Mike Minor is a problem with this team. Unfortunately, he is not the greatest of this team’s problems.
When you give up 8 runs you are probably going to lose. Unfortunately, the 8 runs were given up by three pitchers that the Braves really can’t do without. Four were off Minor — “No doy,” as the kids used to say about 20 years ago — but equally problematically, two were off Kris Medlen and two were off Jonny Venters. There is clearly something very, very wrong with Minor, who has given up 34 earned runs, including 12 homers, in his last 32 2/3 innings. There is also clearly something very, very wrong with Venters, who has given up five runs (four earned) in his last five innings, including two homers.
What else is there to say about this badly hobbled team? Chipper Jones is going to the DL, which is a shame, because the team can’t hit without him. Brian McCann is still sick and David Ross strained his groin on a checked swing. Freddie Freeman is having vision problems. Tyler Pastornicky still sucks at baseball. Somehow the Braves offense managed four runs in five innings against Stephen Strasburg and not a blessed thing against Tom Gorzelanny.
Are the Braves terrible? I don’t know. So many of our players are either injured and out of the lineup or injured but still in the lineup that it’s hard to assess. But this team sucks. A lot.
This song is by Phil Collins’ son Simon. That’s how awful this team is. You’re welcome, Smitty.