Many teams in MLB need many things from their starting pitching. The Atlanta Braves are no different in that respect as they will look for a couple of huge outings from their next two starting pitchers. A swell of momentum that the team was carrying into the Boston Red Sox series has dwindled down to nothing as the series heads to Boston. Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor will now take center stage for the Braves as they try to regain that momentum.
The offense is playing pretty well. When Jon Lester is on the mound and your team has the lead going into the seventh inning, you must win that game. The Braves were unable to do that this week and now they need two long and great starts from two of their starters. Floyd has only had a few issues but has otherwise been spectacular since arriving on the scene. Minor has been solid as well.
Going to the second half of the two and two series with Boston however, the Braves do not need solid, they need eight shutout innings. Obviously if each of them can go seven or eight innings and give up two or fewer runs, the Braves should win both games. The fact of the matter right now is that the bullpen that once was trusted more than any in the game has become suspect over the last couple of games. A couple of outstanding starts from these guys that can get to game to David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel would be just exactly what the doctor ordered.
After losing two at home to the Red Sox, Atlanta will now look to repay the favor and do the same to Boston when they meet on Wednesday. Atlanta won’t return home to Turner Field until next Tuesday when the Mariners come to town with Braves tickets averaging $42 according to RazorGator for the contest, which also features a postgame concert from pop singer Austin Mahone.