– MLB – Box Score – Mets at Braves

I probably should reinstate the Miserable Braves Loss Type Index:

Miserable Braves Loss Type 4.1(d): “Starting Pitcher Gets Completely Knocked Around, Game Basically Over From Beginning, Don’t Try To Get Your Hopes Up.”

Chuck James was abhorrent, giving up three in the first and then allowing a grand slam in the second, after which he was yanked for Shiell, who is probably our second-best starter right now in that he can go five without giving up more than five runs.

The offense almost got back into it, which is so frustrating. They got three in the second and loaded the bases with two out only to have Francoeur ground out to end it. It wasn’t the first time they’d get the tying run to the plate, but they never got the hit they needed to get within striking distance. The Braves actually had 16 hits (three fewer than the Mets) but they were mostly singles (four doubles, two by McCann, no homers) and they left a lot of baserunners (14, plus Aybar was thrown out stealing to end the game).

Aybar started at third and led off, and was a bright spot with four hits, scoring twice and driving in two. I expect he’ll lead off for now, especially since Giles, back in the two spot, had two hits and a walk. Baez pitched the eighth and let the first two runners reach but then got a strikeout and two popups to get out of it.

JS may have something else planned. I would probably guess that it would be to trade away a veteran or two for prospects, because this week wiped the team out. The starting pitching is worse than it’s ever been. Worse than the mid eighties. A day off, much needed, then the Pirates. Our peers.