On this date 26 years ago, the Braves boasted a record nearly identical to the 2015 edition: 59-92 then, 57-90 now. That night, Gary Eave, a pitcher very similar to Williams Perez, held the Astros scoreless through 7-2/3 innings, allowing just two hits (albeit with six walks).
The offense was supplied by two future franchise cornerstones who, up to that point, had done little to impress. Ron Gant, batting .176, and David Justice, recalled earlier that day from Richmond, homered in the 4th off 20-game winner Mike Scott to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. It was Justice’s first career homer.
The Braves ended the ’89 season winning four of their last nine, avoiding a 100-loss season. I doubt they’ll be so lucky this year, which is probably a good thing as they trail the Phils by one game for the right to draft first.
There’s no consensus top pick at the moment, though Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel is high on Blake Rutherford, a prep outfielder from Southern California.
Short report on him is OF tweener, 55 runner, 55 raw power, 60 bat, LH has hit everywhere for the last three summers. If you have read me for awhile, you know I don’t put 60 bat on almost anyone, even in the minors.
Of course the Braves will probably draft another pitcher.
Here’s the line-ups, along with a pretty incredible stat, courtesy of @BravesAmerica. The Braves entered play July 10 with as many losses as the Blue Jays and the same number of wins as the Rangers. Since then Toronto is 40-17 and Texas, 37-23. The Braves? 15-45.
Markakis, Castro, Freddie, Garcia (LF), Maybin, Andrelton, Olivera, Bethancourt, Perez