Creatures From the Deep are Upon Us

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May 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird (11) makes it safely to second before St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Daniel Descalso (33) can make the tag in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

So here we are at the second week of May – 33-35 games along (just over 1/5th of the season) and the Marlins are in first place.  It’s not too early to do some projections for the year.  Unfortunately, those projections tell me that the Braves could be in trouble.  Trouble with their own season, trouble with making the playoffs – all of that.  Part of that is their own making – part of it is because of others.  Let’s take a look at the reasons:

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  • Chris Headrick

    Very concise and well put together view of the reality that all Braves’ fans should be aware of! Certainly the Braves can turn things around, and history is replete with examples of how the Braves have done this, so while I’m worried, I’m also hopeful. This team has the same talent level they had last year, perhaps even better, but as you well point out, something is amiss and a fix doesn’t seem obvious. Certainly plate discipline is my biggest concern, and whether the Braves can re-muster the pitching troops to continue what they did for most of April. There is no ONE thing that can turn their current slump around, but a series sweep, good hitting, and good pitching against the Cubs could go a long way toward increasing morale, and helping achieve a renewed vigor for the upcoming, and tough, series the Braves’ will face. I almost see the Cubs series as a kind of mini-benchmark.

  • Joseph Fain

    Getting runners on not only creates scoring opportunities, it puts pressure on the pitcher. So far, the Braves offense has simply been making it far to easy for opposing pitchers by not getting on base and failing to work counts. Doing both creates pressure on pitchers that leads to more mistakes for other hitters to take advantage of.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Free swingers playing home run derby doesn’t cut it in my book

      • carpengui

        Right – and they are continuing to do that even with 2 strikes… hence the excess K’s.