As the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves seemingly begin a dogfight through the middle and end of the MLB regular season, the Braves have claim to a slim lead on Wednesday morning because of Shae Simmons. Sure there were other Braves involved in this win and the entire thing is owed to the Braves bullpen but Simmons is the hero of the day. If he had not been there on Tuesday evening it is a good guess that the Braves could have lost that game against the New York Mets.
Mike Minor once again continued his struggles in the middle innings and with the long ball. Minor will likely be alright in the long run but for now he is really struggling to find consistency. To his credit, Minor admits that but the save still had to be made. Insert Simmons who came in and earned his first win with yet another huge bit of relief work. If Simmons is one who has closer stuff and can be a closer in the future, right now he serves as the Braves stopper.
Don’t be surprised if Simmons continues to be the reliever called upon at the most key part of the game if his success continues. One thing that the Braves need right now is someone who can come in when the game is on the line before the ninth inning. Simmons can be good for the eight or even seventh innings but he is a huge plus for any inning when the game is on the line and the other team needs to be stopped dead still. Simmons could be the best call-up of the entire season.