Well, the team is 6-6 over its past dozen games. Maybe Snitker is doing something right. Or maybe they’re finding a little offense here and there and getting (mostly) decent starting pitching.
Perhaps it’s a bit of both. In any case, it’d be nice to see borderline competence the rest of the way. The Braves could actually split, or heaven forbid even win this four gamer with the Giants, a first place club. Jake Peavy, tonight’s opposing moundsman, has been almost Shelby Millerian this season. His ERA is over 7. But two of his past three outings have been solid, so there is every possibility that he flummoxes the home nine on Hank Aaron Drive this evening. (It’s Drive, Chip and Joe, not Avenue as they both said during a recent telecast. Which is lame.)
On the other hand, young Mr. Wisler has been sterling, and he leads our worthies onto the diamond tonight. Interestingly, the only hitters who’ve done any damage at all against Wisler are No. 3 hitters. They’re hitting .464 against him with a 1+OPS. No other batting order position is hitting higher than .222, and that’s cleanup hitters. Not sure if that means much, or if it’s just a quirk. But we are at the end of May, not April.
Anyway, tonight’s lineup: ( I like seeing Inciarte and Mallex in there, with Inciarte in center because, for now anyway, he’s the better outfielder.) Inciarte, Beckham SS, Freddie, Flowers, Markakis, KJ 2B, Garcia, Wisler, Mallex. I wouldn’t mind seeing d’Arnuad get more ABs. I kinda like him. My guess is the Braves are hoping Adonis has a couple hot weeks and becomes somewhat attractive to other teams.