Baseball’s worst team faces off against its best. The Braves have 42 losses. The Cubs have 41 wins.The road team will probably have a bigger cheering section tonight than the hosts. Everything that’s supposed to be up is down, and so forth.
But never fear. Jace Peterson is back despite a .186 BA at Gwinnett. Erick Aybar, also batting below the Mendoza Line at Triple-A, won’t be far behind.
Meanwhile, the Braves just drafted another high school pitcher. Those in the know praised the team’s draft haul, but I’m hesitant to put too much faith in the same front office that signed Nick Markakis and traded for Hector Olivera.
The latter otinues to haunt the Braves. Consider: For Jose Peraza and Alex Wood, the Braves got Olivera and an injured reliever. For Peraza and two marginal prospects, the Dodgers got Trayce Thompson, batting .271 with 10 HR and a .910 OPS, and Frankie Montas, a promising reliever who hit 100 MPH in last year’s Futures Game.
Thompson sure would look in a Braves uniform. Instead we’re stuck with this line-up:
Inciarte, D’Arnaud, Freddie, Markakis, Garcia, Flowers, Peterson, Norris, Mallex