I guess it would be nice to be one of those people who believed the Braves could make a run at the playoffs. Of course if I was the Houston series would’ve been a crushing blow with reality. Expect more of the same this weekend.
The Braves will be without their best reliever, pushing the likes of Jason Motte into high-leverage situations. Maybe Akeel Morris, called up today, will help out, though his 1.447 WHIP at Gwinnett isn’t very encouraging.
DOB writes that the Braves might be willing to deal Julio. His value may not be at his highest but, with starting pitching at a premium, he still might bring back a healthy return. I’m intrigued.
They’d be wise to unload Matt Kemp, too. After a strong start Kemp has been slowed by a tricky hamstring, which is likely to be a recurring problem as he ages. He no longer should be playing the field, as his -0.2 WAR attests.
Ozzie Albies is on fire, stroking two more hits Thursday to raise his BA to .296. He’s shown some added pop this year, with a .454 slugging percentage, while retaining his skills on the basepaths, stealing 21 bases in 23 attempts. The strikeouts are still a bit high and the walks a tad low, but I was foolish to worry about Albies.
In case you missed it, Kevin Maitan made his much-awaited debut this week. He has four hits, one double, in nine AB.
Folty could show us a lot tonight. A couple of dominant starts in a row would sure be a nice change. Regardless, Chip’s claim that fans had come from all over the Southeast to watch Folty pitch tonight is laughable.