So far, in this nine-game homestand, the Braves followed the same routine. Lose the first two, win the third. That happened with the Mets, and it happened with the Rangers, as Atlanta sent Texas home with a 4-2 victory. Jair Jurrjens got his ninth win of the same, and the bullpen held it together for Craig Kimbrel to post his 17th save. The homestand wraps up with a three-game set with Toronto, before Atlanta heads to the Left Coast for games with the Padres and Mariners. This will be the third west coast trip of the first-half. That has to be some kind of record for transcontinental travel. That has to wear on a team. But what is wearing on me is the anemic batting averages. Despite hitting the second most home runs in the NL (behind Milwaukee), Atlanta’s team batting average still ranks in the bottom third of the league. Hopefully help is on the way. Jason Heyward got back in the lineup (and got a hit), and today Nate McLouth joined him (and got a hit as well). Now the walking wounded consists of Chipper Jones, but he thinks he’ll be cleared for pinch-hitting duty tomorrow. What is keeping Atlanta in the thick of the wild card race is the pitcing. Jurrjens’ ERA is just other two, and then there’s the excellent middle relief of Jonny Ventners and Kimbrel has been no slouch either as a shut-down closer. I hope the bats come back to life. Toronto is always a forgotten club in the AL East, and now would be a good time to reel off a winning streak and put some separation between Atlanta and the rest of the wild card contenders.
I read where MLB is considering moving Houston to the AL. (Why not Milwaukee? They started there.) But that would leave 15 teams in each league. An odd number? How in the world would scheduling work? One day in each play an interleague tilt? That seems like confusion waiting to happen.
Here in Atlanta we have a summer collegiate league, called the Sunbelt League. I’ve done play-by-play for them the last two summers. My vacation from calling games is almost over, and I think I’ll step back in on Tuesday night, when the Atlanta Crackers face the Berkeley Lake Tides in Norcross, GA. You can listen at NHSBN.com at 7:15. I’d appreciate it.
About the Author
Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.