What we have here is a bad baseball team — at the moment, the worst team in baseball. They are not only getting beat, they aren’t even competitive. I doubt that they will stay this bad, but they are basically burying themselves. Even the return of Brian McCann didn’t do any good — in fact, he allowed a passed ball for the game’s first run. Considering the Braves’ (generally admirable) refusal to overreact, I doubt that Fredi is going to get fired any time soon, but I have to think his seat is getting warm.
Tommy Hanson‘s Jair Jurrjens bag of tricks didn’t work today, as he went two innings then imploded. He gave up a couple of runs in the third, followed by a two-run two-out homer, then Rafael Furcal hit one with one out in the fourth. This was followed by one more, inherited (by Kris Medlen) run to make it 6-0. The Braves actually got two runs in the bottom of the inning on a Juan Francisco two-out single, but in the sixth Medlen gave the runs back on a two-run double.
Okay, Chipper Jones is out, and David Ross and Freddie Freeman are out, and Matt Diaz is playing through illness and McCann is probably still weak. But the pitching has also collapsed, and none of the hitters except Martin Prado is doing much of anything. It’s bad right now.