Let’s not do anything stupid and sweep the Reds. Winning 10 of their last 16 at the end of 2015 cost the Braves a chance to draft Nick Senzel, the power-hitting third baseman who would’ve been a much better fit than Ian Anderson.
A sweep won’t be easy because, while their pitching is abysmal, the Reds can hit. Four of their starters have reached double figures in homers. The Braves have none.
With 100 games left, the local nine would have to go 45-55 to avoid 100 losses. Ain’t going to happen. I’m not sure 35-65 is realistic.
It’ll help if tonight’s starter, Aaron Blair, establishes some command of the strike zone. Blair is not the only prospect who’s struggling — Dansby’s BA has dropped to .243 at Mississippi. It would be foolish to bring him up to the bigs this year.
But not all the news is bad. Mallex is hitting lead-off. Finally.
Smith, Inciarte, Freeman, Markakis, Garcia, Pierzynski, Peterson, Aybar, Blair