Even in the “easy” part of the schedule, there are going to be some games that you probably shouldn’t win. When your starting pitcher gives up 6 runs in 5 innings, you probably won’t — nor shouldn’t — win.
The Marlins pretty much had Brandon McCarthy figured out. He gave up 11 hits, including two home runs, in 5 innings, and the Braves offense couldn’t keep up. Ozzie Albies hit yet another home run, and he’s now currently tied with Bryce Harper for the league lead.
An encouraging thing tonight, though, is Jesse Biddle’s two inning scoreless performance. He had a rough outing against San Francisco last week (who didn’t?), but 6 of his 7 outings have been scoreless, and he may very well be here to say.
I’ve got all three recaps this weekend, so I’ll be taking you through the minor leagues stop-by-stop. Tonight I’d like to talk to you about the Gwinnett Stripers, and what’s going on with our AAA talent. With Acuna and Soroka now in Atlanta, the prized possessions of AAA are Kolby Allard and the recently-promoted Austin Riley.
Allard is six starts in, and he looks like the next prospect up: 34 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 24 K, 12 BB. The walk and K rates need some work, but it’s hard to argue with the results. He could end up in the pen, but he certainly seems to be in position to challenge for an Atlanta rotation spot at some point.
Riley has only spent 4 games (as of this writing) at Gwinnett. He’s 5/16 with only one extra base hit, a double. As exciting as he has seemed, one would think he’s at least a half season from Atlanta, if not more. His .333/.394/.677 line in 99 ABs at AA with improved comments about his defense didn’t hurt his chances at being seen as Atlanta’s future third baseman.
Rio Ruiz has had a slow start, hitting .248/.304/.344, but perhaps more importantly, he’s primarily playing first base, a position he’s almost certain not to man at the big league level. But his move from being the full-time third baseman most likely means he’s falling fast from the team’s plans.
Dustin Peterson has a .825 OPS in 90 ABs, and there’s an interesting amount of AAA depth. Hopefully Peter Bourjos, Chris Stewart, Danny Santana, and Ezequiel Carrera don’t have to spend significant time on the big league roster, but you could do a lot worse, and we have.