The Boomtown Rats are going to have to start traveling with Atlanta, as it would seem “I Don’t Like Mondays” is quickly becoming the Braves theme song for the 2012 season.
During the first two months of the season, the Braves have lost seven Monday games to the Houston Astros (3-8), the New York Mets (1-6), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2-7), the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-9), the Chicago Cubs (1-5), and the Reds on two consecutive Mondays (1-3 and 1-4).
There is no pattern to the losses on the dreaded first day of the work week either. Starters Brandon Beachy and Jair Jurrjens have both suffered one Monday loss each, while Mike Minor and Tommy Hanson have each been beaten two times on Mondays. Reliever Jonny Venters took one Monday loss, with the no-decision going to starter Randall Delgado. Four of the losses have been on the road, and three of them have come at Turner Field.
It’s not only the losses that are piling up, but the lack of offense on Monday games as well. In seven games played on a Monday the Braves have scored a total of 12 runs, averaging out to 1.7 runs per game. Not even Greg Maddux would be able to pitch above that pathetic offensive output.
The good news is that after one more Monday game in May against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Braves will get two Mondays off during the month of June, with only a home game and an away game against the New York Yankees stuck in the middle of the month.
Yep, someone’s got a case of the Mondays.
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Guess the guys didn’t get the memo about the new cover sheets.