Yesterday I went over the Braves offense and hopefully encouraged those of you who were worried about the team’s run scoring abilities this Spring. Today I’m not going to encourage you at all. In fact I might scare you, so if you want to be a good fan and never think anything bad about the club ever, I would click back to the offensive post.
Well, its probably not that bad, but the offense has definitely been doing the heavy lifting so far.
The Braves are 20th in the league with a 4.24 ERA. They are 16th in the league with a 3.99 FIP and 15th in the league with 3.93 xFIP. Now, none of those are terrible but those aren’t the kind of numbers we have come to expect as Braves fans.
Atlanta is dead last in opposing batting average, letting the bad guys’ hitters get a nice .284. WHIP is just as bad, as the team is tied for last in the league with the Rays and a 1.56 WHIP. The Braves are 17th in the league in SIERA at 3.90. I don’t use SIERA much, you might have seen Lee use it a bit more than me, but I am going to start using it a bit more. You can find out more about that here.
The team has definitely put up worse numbers than the same point in time last year but we are going to get Tim Hudson back soon and if Jurrjens continues to pitch abysmally, then we have the pitchers to replace him. You guys might be starting to think I am just super optimistic about the team all the time but I legitimately believe the pitching is going to get a lot better. Tommy Hanson and Mike Minor look great so far, Brandon Beachy looks good and Randall Delgado has done exactly what we have expected. We are going to be fine.