Apparently the Braves got their struggles out of the way quickly, as they have bounced back to win their last five games, including Sunday’s victory over the Cardinals, a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians and Friday’s win over the Miami Marlins.
It’s the fifth time this season the Braves have won at least five games in a row — including stretches of ten, eight and 14 straight victories — with the man who will take the mound against the Marlins on Saturday in Atlanta, starting pitcher Mike Minor, leading the pitching side of things.
The 25-year-old left-hander now has as many wins (13) as one of the favorites to win the National League Cy Young Award, Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw, and his 2.99 ERA is comparable to that of the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (2.96), the Washington Nationals‘ Jordan Zimmermann (3.33) and the Colorado Rockies‘ Jorge De La Rosa (3.33), three of the NL’s four 15-game winners.
That’s not to say that Minor is deserving of the Cy Young Award, but he is certainly showing that he’ll continue to be a top contender for years to come. And given that he is undoubtedly the Braves’ ace, a matchup with the NL East cellar-dwelling Marlins, who he beat on Aug. 11 despite allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings, could propel Atlanta to its sixth straight win and Minor to his fifth win in as many decisions.
While they still have to actually play the game, Miami is catching the Braves at the wrong time, as they have turned into Hotlanta once again.