Snakebit? More like devoured by a nest of vipers.
Actually, most of what has befallen our hometown nine isn’t really bad luck. It’s either by design–assembling a landfill of a roster in the name of rebuilding–bad managing, bad execution, bad drafting, bad free agent signings or, in the case of Olivera, just plain revolting human behavior.
CB contends that Olivera’s arrest for allegedly beating up a woman, combined with his hitting .245 with little power and a sub-.300 OBP as a Brave, officially makes the trade a bust. It’s hard to argue otherwise. Whatever becomes of Wood and Peraza is beside the point now. The Braves must pay an alleged woman beater who is suspended indefinitely by MLB $36.5 million for this season and the next four. They can release him, but they’d still have to pay him.
It’s nearly impossible to see how the Olivera experiment ends well. At least maybe Smith will stay with the big club for a while. But, alas, the road to respectability will be long, winding and really bumpy.
Meanwhile, Daniel Castro joined the club in DC to take Olivera’s roster spot. He isn’t starting tonight. The lineup against Tanner Roark (the JD Drew of pitchers is sick and won’t go tonight): Mallex, Markakis, Freddie, Garcia, KJ, Pierzynski, Aybar, Peterson, Wisler.