Monday, June 05, 2006
"Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes?"
The Braves are 1-6 on their current homestand and have been outscored 51-32. They just got bitch-slapped by the D-Backs pitching staff, despite missing Brandon Webb during the four-game series. Braves beat writer David O'Brien has a solid take on their failings. In short, the bullpen sucks, the pitching depth is questionable, and Francoeur and Langerhans aren't hitting. Personally, I'm not going to get too carried away by the last seven games, which are essentially a market correction after the Braves tore through the Cubs, Marlins, and Nats, but the bottom line is that this is a .500 team until the bullpen starts getting some outs. Horacio has been very encouraging, but as he has stepped up, John Thomson has turned in a couple excreble performances.