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2014 Atlanta Braves: Just Pitch Baby!

The 2014 Atlanta Braves came into the season with a plan of how their pitching rotation would look. Then Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen were lost for the season with elbow injuries that required Tommy John surgery.

Spring training had barely begun the injury bug had bitten, check that, was gnawing on the Atlanta pitching staff.

Cory Gearrin would later join them with an elbow injury of his own. Craig Kimbrel’s arm situation isn’t serious right now but at this point you can’t help but hold your breath just a tad.

Something had to be done and it had to happen quickly. Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang were brought in to steady Atlanta’s reeling rotation. Now it’s early, the season isn’t even one tenth of the way complete. However, the Braves haven’t missed a beat. Ervin Santana, Julio Teheran, Aaron Harang and Alex Wood all rank in the top 25 in ERA which explains why they are second and rising in the MLB team ERA category.

For you youngsters who may be reading this, the just pitch baby is a play on the old Oakland Raiders from back in the day. Their one time coach and long time owner, the late great Al Davis, coined the phrase “Just Win Baby!”

The Raiders just won, they had a culture of winning just as the Braves have developed a culture of great pitching. The rotation doesn’t look like anyone thought it would but the results thus far look as they have for almost two and a half decades now.

They are also sending a statement to the N.L. East (5-1 vs. the Nationals) and the rest of the league letting them know that they aren’t going to lay down this season or go anywhere. The offensive firepower is there and when it isn’t the pitching staff will keep them in most every game. They are going to do what they always do, just pitch baby.

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  • carpengui

    Starters’ ERA: 1.58.
    Next closest team in majors: The A’s at 2.48. That’s NINE-TENTHS of a run and 60% better than 2nd place. The worst ERA for a starter is Hale’s… and it’s hardly bad at 2.89. In fact, he would rank 8th in the majors if he were a ‘team’ unto himself.

    It’s a crime that the starters are only 7-4, but we know why. You have to actually score to win.

    • Vinny Hardy

      I agree carpengui. The offense is more than capable if they just show up and play. They were shut out to many times last year and last night was another one. They need to give the rotation a little more room for error by consistently putting some runs up. Thanks for reading.

  • fireboss

    Not carrying whether the NFL: existed my mind went another direction when I read the title. I thought back to Freddy Garcia who was asked whether the occasion bothered him and he said I just think Make Pitch.
    It’s funny how some of the big name writers miss the obvious answers. Ken Rosenthal said the Braves had the same problem last year and haven’t solved it when the truth is they did solve it when they moved Jason to leadoff. The problem recurs since Jason isn’t hitting and no they don’t have another internal answer, they tried everyone last year. The lineup follows Jason’s (or other leadoff man’s) lead. If he can get on, even with a walk it starts something otherwise it’s a struggle made worse when the opposing pitcher is good.

    • Vinny Hardy

      Definitely a fine line on how the tone or complexion of a game can go based on what the leadoff man does. It carries a lot weight. Thanks for reading fireboss.