Three game losing streaks are always worse when they’re at the beginning or the end of the season, especially when they’re in the playoffs. It also makes it especially worse when it’s against the division rival that’s considered the favorite and a team that acquired two of the players your team’s fans were hoping to get (along with the rest of baseball).
To add to the level of dissatisfaction, the sweep came when three starting pitchers that probably shouldn’t have started games 1-3 toed the rubber against Philly’s three best starters. And when the games were close, Atlanta threw some of the organization’s worst relievers, and Philly threw their best.
With that said, we didn’t throw our two best starters. We didn’t throw at any point our two best relievers. The most talented starting pitcher of the three, last night’s starter Kyle Wright, clearly was affected by last night’s cold, and perhaps his first start jitters. One would assume that Wright’s next start, Friday or Saturday at home against the Marlins, will be a much better environment. And by then, we should have a better idea about what’s going on with Arodys Vizcaino, and A.J. Minter will be back. One would also hope that the bullpen roles will be a little better solidified.
Last night’s offensive performance was pedestrian, but overall I was happy with the offensive output in this series. With that said, the Braves were thrown out twice on the basepaths last night, perhaps trying to take advantage of the cold night and the hopes that Realmuto wasn’t ready to get the job done. Alas, he 2 for 3 in striking out would-be base stealers. But overall, this team’s offense can play with anyone in the league. I don’t think we are particularly outmatched anywhere on offense and defense collectively.
I’m ready for the Braves to go home and get some better weather and the home field advantage. It’s Kyle Hendricks vs. Sean Newcomb tonight at 7:10, Jon Lester vs. Julio Teheran Wednesday night at 7:20, then Yu Darvish vs. Max Fried Thursday night at 7:20.