We witness a team that has won 20 out of its last 23 games. The pace is around 107 wins. That is good.

The first reference here goes to the front office and Snit. Rounds and rounds of criticism. Why did you call up Kolby Allard? Michael Soroka would be better. Allard will get shelled. What idiot would decide who to call up based on the offensive deficiencies of the deficient opponent against lefthanders. Well, once again, the FO shone. Once again, somehow, the powers that be will probably find some other “Executive of the Year.” But really, it’s proven. Alex Anthopoulos is Executive of the Century. We may well be witnessing the Branch Rickey of the 21st century.

I know it is a small sample size. 4 2/3 innings pitched, 8 (EIGHT!!!) strikeouts. 3 H, 1 BB 0 R. I got to listen to a little of the radio banter today and they gang was impressed. curve ball high with a massive drop followed by fastball (90 to 91 mph ha) high with more hop than you would expect. At 71 pitches, with runners first and second and 2 outs, Snit brought in Yates. Yates saw 4 batters and got 4 outs. Then Minter let a single get done, but got a double play to face the minimum. Then Joe Jimenez put away 3. Then, Raisel Iglesias got 2 strikeouts and one more out in 3 batters. Staff shutout. Most of the time, when you get that, you win.

How did the hitters do? Actually, by their standards, “not too good.” First off, that is 6 straight games with only 8 offensive innings. Winning teams lose some plate appearances, don’t they? They had 9 reach base safely. 3 of them got home. Acuna was the on base man today with 3 times. The first time came on a first inning walk. Then, he stole 2nd. Then, he went to 3rd on a wild pitch. Then, hitting star number 2, Matt Olson, doubled him in. Olson also hit an 8th inning home run to add cushion. Michael Harris II was 2 for 3. Otherwise, Albies had a sacrifice fly and Ozuna got a single, but that was about it.

So, a day off tomorrow. Then, the Fish come to Atlanta. Can we have a Fish fry? They don’t get the off day. They are playing tomorrow in Boston. Keeping this win streak for 3 more games would essentially end the division race before the All Star break (the all time lowest margin ever overcome in baseball was 14.5 games by the 1914 Miracle Braves, so the Mts are already very badly burned toast and the Phillies are close). Go get ’em Braves.