Where is the help for the dominant pitching of the Atlanta Braves? Game after game fans have to witness great efforts on the mound from the Braves’ starting pitchers only to watch the offense not hold up their end of the bargain at all. Today’s contest against the Miami Marlins was no different either. Atlanta provided no run support for Aaron Harang this time around and wasted another stellar outing from the right-hander.
The Braves’ inability to hit the ball right now is not hurting the team’s record yet, but if the offense continues to perform this way it will. The series with the Marlins at the moment proves this point, too. Last night, starting pitcher Alex Wood had a phenomenal game against Miami, but he still managed to suffer a loss despite only giving up one earned run, striking out 11 batters and lasting for eight innings. Harang only gave up one run today as well and somehow recorded a no decision.
It’s time for the offense to wake up because enough is enough. The pitching was the biggest question mark going into the season, not the hitting. There’s no excuse for the Braves to be ranked 24th in the league with 76 runs scored on the year. With players such as Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton to name a few in the batting order, Atlanta should at least be in the top ten. However, I guess when your team’s batting average is at .244, it’s kind of hard to drive people in when they are hardly on base.
The Braves rank at No.8 in slugging percentage, so you know the power is there, but where are the base runners? It’s time for some players to start putting the ball in play more so that they can be driven in. This means someone such as Heyward has to set the tone. He’s the leadoff hitter for Atlanta, which means he can’t have a batting average under .200 like he does right now.
He played well today against Miami, getting on base three times, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come from him. However, it’s not just Heyward who needs to raise his game. Most of the team needs to step up besides maybe Freeman and Evan Gattis. The pitching has been excellent so far in the early going, and now it’s time for the rest of the offense to do their part. Gattis and Freeman can’t do it all.