The Atlanta Braves finally ended their seven-game losing streak after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1. In the past 10 or so games, the Braves have looked terrible. Their pitching has been good, but their offense can’t seem to get anything started. It seems as though the team has forgotten the fundamentals of baseball.
Yes, it was great for the Braves to finally get a win, but they still have a lot to improve on if they plan on making the playoffs come October. One of the most obvious problems has been their inability to drive in runs with RISP. They also can’t seem to do the basic things like moving runners over with a bunt. Major league players should be able to do these things on a more consistent basis.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez even tried changing up the lineup in hopes of scoring more runs. He moved the pitcher up to the eighth spot in the batting order in hopes of having two leadoff hitters batting back-to-back. This move hasn’t seemed to work for the Braves. At this point, I’m not sure what they need to do to get things back on track. The only thing left to do is bench some starters like Dan Uggla and give some bench players the opportunity to get at-bats.
I can’t remember the last time watching the Braves play was this unbearable. I’m sure there are Braves fans who feel the same way. The team better get their act together, or things will stay the same. This isn’t the Braves franchise we are used to seeing. Maybe Gonzalez should take a look in the mirror and ask himself if he is doing the best job he can.