John Smoltz is done for the season, and probably for his career.
Tom Glavine has a strained shoulder, immediately goes on the DL, and will have an MRI. I think there is a 90% change he’s thrown his last pitch in the majors.
Rafael Soriano, who really isn’t all that good, can’t pitch and no one knows why.
Chipper Jones is having an amazing season, but is having trouble staying healthy.
Mark Teixeira isn’t playing up to his ability.
Jeff Francoeur is playing below his ability, but his ability wasn’t all that high to begin with.
Left and center field are playing just as poorly.
Yeah, it seems like this is not the Braves season, but I am an optimist when it comes to my sports teams. The Braves are third in the league in runs allowed and eighth in runs scored. The run differentials says the Braves should be 37-28, which would give them the second-best record in the NL. Isn’t there some hope?
Sadly, I don’t think there is. Though the record may understate the baseball the team has played, I think there is little reason to believe that the team can play up to the level it had been playing. The offense is somewhat sustainable, but I think the pitching is about ready to come crashing down.
I don’t think Jo-Jo Reyes and Jorge Campillo can keep pitching the way that they have. Jair Jurrjens looks to be a good pitcher, but he’s bound to stumble some this early in his career. Blaine Boyer has been overused. Manny Acosta is a lot older than everyone seems to realize (with an unspectacular track record). Jeff Bennett, Buddy Carlyle, Royce Ring, and Will Ohman are retreads. Tim Hudson is the only Braves pitcher whom I expect to continue pitching as he has so far this year.
Is it time to throw in the towel on the season? I think so. But, I’d love to be proved wrong.