The Bravos today at noon go after their first seven-game winning streak since June 2014. They won 9 straight then, as A. Harang (above) got the win in the last triumph of the skein. Also notable: the club is 15-18 under Snitker, after going 9-28 under Fredi.
Is it because of Snitker? Certainly it’s not all his doing, but he clearly hasn’t hurt. Hot streaks from Freddie and Peterson have surely helped, along with better relief pitching and defense. Over the past five games, the Braves have made one error and the pen has allowed no earned runs. Withrow has been good since returning from the DL in late May. Outside of one disastrous appearance–six runs allowed vs. the little bears on June 12–he’s stacked up a dozen scoreless outings.
As for today, it’ll be intriguing to see if John Gant pitches well again. It would be a pleasant surprise indeed if he emerges as a decent starter. The lineup:
Peterson, Inciarte, Freddie, Francoeur, Markakis, Flowers, d’Arnaud, Aybar, Gant.