How have the Braves maintained a .500 record two months into the season? Hell if I know. The rotation, outside of Shelby Miller, has been erratic. The bullpen, more so. The line-up is neither top-heavy or deep. The manager is strategically inept.
But here we are. It would take a sweep of the Diamondbacks to make this a winning road trip, but finishing 4-5 would suffice. The Braves have the right arms to do it: Wood, Miller and Folty. And Cody Martin is back, replacing the demoted Donnie Veal.
Arizona doesn’t have much, save for the one thing most teams, including the Braves, have little of: Right-handed power. Paul Goldschmidt just keeps getting better, batting .354 with 15 homers and a 1.143 OPS. He’s complemented by Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock and rookie Yasmany Tomas, all having productive seasons.
Peterson, Maybin, Freeman, Markakis, Uribe, Pierzynski, Simmons, Cunningham, Wood