“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

Are we turning a page in the rebuild? In quick succession, Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies, and Max Fried have joined Mike Foltynewicz, Sean Newcomb, and a shortstop to be named later on the major league roster. Age 30+ guys Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia, Sean Rodriguez, Emilio Bonifacio, and others are gone; Adonis Garcia injured and largely forgotten.  Furthermore, there also has been a groundswell of promotions at the minor league level.

It was Sims on the mound today, battling nicely to stick around 6 innings after allowing 4 runs in the first.  The first started decently enough, with a Miguel Rojas flyout followed by hitting Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch, and therefore stopping him at first base.  But Christian Yelich walked, and back to back home runs by Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto would be all the Marlins would need, or get.  Sims allowed 6 hits and 3 walks, and recorded 3 strikeouts (a caveat: all 3 K’s were against Marlins pitcher Jose Urena.)

Urena allowed 3 hits in 6 innings of his own and allowed the lone Braves run, as Jace Peterson‘s double marked his 2nd pinch hit in as many days, and preceded Ender Inciarte‘s single.  Brandon Phillips made a couple of nice plays at 3rd, and Ozzie Albies was about 3 biscuits short of hitting 2 opposite field homers to left center.  (I’m not sure if those kind of flyballs from him are good or bad.)

If the Braves have indeed opened the valve on the prospect pipeline, it still may be closer to symbolizing the end of the beginning of the rebuild than the beginning of the end.  Folty is looking good lately, but it’s taken him 3 seasons in Atlanta to get here, and it’s unknown if the ultimate winners of Survivor: Gwinnett are even in the majors yet.  Just saying it could still be awhile folks, but if the front office will at least give us the end of the beginning, I’m all in.

Off Monday, then the Phillies come to town on Tuesday.

The 3rd funniest thing I ever heard about Miami:  Anything less than the best is, at most, a misdemeanor. At most.