Mike Minor is a problem with this team. Unfortunately, he is not the greatest of this team’s problems.
When you give up 8 runs you are probably going to lose. Unfortunately, the 8 runs were given up by three pitchers that the Braves really can’t do without. Four were off Minor — “No doy,” as the kids used to say about 20 years ago — but equally problematically, two were off Kris Medlen and two were off Jonny Venters. There is clearly something very, very wrong with Minor, who has given up 34 earned runs, including 12 homers, in his last 32 2/3 innings. There is also clearly something very, very wrong with Venters, who has given up five runs (four earned) in his last five innings, including two homers.