The Atlanta Braves have now lost 9 straight games dropping them to last place in the NL-East (8-14). This is one of the most pathetic road trips I have ever witnessed. Atlanta’s offense is border line anemic from top to bottom. Nate Mclouth, Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera, and Matt Diaz are all hitting below .200, with Yunel Escobar not far ahead hitting a mere .215. The only Atlanta Brave hitter who has any sort of clue is Martin Prado who is hitting (.360).
Is this really how Atlanta is going to play in Bobby Cox’s last season? If so these guys need to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and remember that it is a privilege to step foot on a baseball diamond. If I thought this was a question of talent it would be a different story, but that simply is not the case.
This offense features Brian McCan who is arguable the best all around catcher in Major League Baseball behind only Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins. McCan hasn’t been terrible by any means, but he is only hitting .250 and has been suspect behind the dish.McCan needs to do a better job working with his pitchers, and having a game plan.
Chipper Jones just looks flat out old. Chipper has been one of my favorite players since I was a kid, but if he can’t compete with the same fire and intensity that made him a future hall of famer then please find me someone who can.
Nate McLouth frustrates me more than anyone else. This guy started spring training 0-38. He then went on to hit under .200. Is anyone honestly shocked that he is hitting .148 on the season thus far? Why does this kid get so many chances? He should be playin double A ball, and even that might be generous. Find me a center fielder who can hit please.
I don’t even know where to begin with Troy Glaus right now. The Braves 6 foot 6 first basemen is hitting exactly .200 to start the season. Like Jones, Glaus also looks older than dirt out there right now. I feel like Atlanta has put together a team that would have been good about 5 years ago. Is this the type of example these veteran players want to set for up and coming players such as Heyward, and Prado? I sure hope not.
I am all about respecting the game of baseball every time out, but Atlanta seems to be just going through the motions. Losing 9 games in a row is never good, but the way they are losing really gets to me. They are getting blown out not only on the scoreboard, but in all aspects of the game.
I am not ready to give up on this team by any means, but I will tell you one thing if they keep playing the way they are they will have to begin rebuilding for next year by the all star break. Atlanta trys to regain consciousness tomorrow night at home against the Houston Astros to start the 3 game home stand.
About the Author
Written by Bill Furey
My name is Bill Furey, and I am from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I am 25 years old, and a complete baseball guru. This will be my first year blogging for major league baseball, and I am really looking forward to both voicing my opinion as well as covering games. As a former 3rd basemen for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell I got the amazing opportunity to compete, admire, and most importantly learn from some of the most talented players, and coaches this great game has to offer. Growing up in New England I have always been a die hard fan of the Sox, Pats, Celts, and Bruins. My love, understanding, and respect for the game of baseball takes major precedent in my life. I currently coach one of Massachusetts best 13 year old baseball teams. Teaching the game of baseball to young talented players is something I truly look forward to every time I take the field. The relationships I built from this wonderful game are better than any home run, stolen base, or any winning season. Baseball has given me life lessons I couldn't have learned anywhere else in the world. A baseball quote that best describes my passion for the game is this: "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Jim Bouton, Ball Four, 1970. I look forward to covering the Atlanta Braves this season, and getting some great feedback from my followers. Play ball.