I really don’t want to get into too much detail on this. Suffice it to say that the Braves got shutout on two hits by a man who was born during the Kennedy Administration and throws maybe 83 MPH with a tailwind. Both hits were by Glaus; in the first one, he was immediately erased on a double play. Moyer is apparently the oldest man to throw a shutout, which isn’t much of a surprise as I think the only older pitchers in major league history were Niekro, Wilhelm, and Satchel. Personally, I feel older than dirt after watching just a month of this team.
Meanwhile, Derek Lowe managed to go two entire innings before giving up the inevitable three-run homer. Congratulations to whoever had Jayson Werth in the third in the pool! As is so often the case, the only thing that functioned tonight was the back of the bullpen. Venters pitched one inning with a walk, Kimbrel gave up a hit, and Chavez pitched a perfect eighth. It’s really not worth much celebration.
There is no reason for this team to be this bad. The good players are playing poorly, and the bad players… Well, on a clear day, Melky can see replacement level. With McCann out with another eye problem — glasses are on the way — and Heyward sitting another game out, there wasn’t much hope coming in. But give me a break.