Remember Bizarro World in Superman where everything was the opposite? I want to live in Bizarro MLB where the Braves play well and beats the other guys. Alas, that alternative universe does not exist in anything other than our hearts and minds.
How can we stink up offense? Let me count the ways. Get your most consistent on base threat (Tommy LaStella) to tweak his hamstring. And that brought that offensive juggernaut, Ramiro Pena, into the game. Get the Bear, Evan Gattis, to swing like he is desperately hungry trying to swat a salmon from a stream. Freddie Freeman can hit a sharp line drive, but pulled all the way around so it almost hit Justin Upton in the on deck circle. I am tired of counting. I will exit this meaningless rant and ask that each of you add your own personal observation of offensive futility in the comments.
Again, a substantially ineffective pitcher, Kevin Correia, shuts this miserable team down. Correia has been a mediocre 5th starter for most of his career. He went through the lineup the first time 9 up and 9 down.
Julio Teheran goes through 5 innings pretty effectively except there was a tell tale sign. Not ONE ground ball out. So, in the 6th, he gives up 5 hits and 3 runs. With this team, that equals “L”.
This team cannot be tweaked. There is more talent on offense than they are showing. However, for some reason, it isn’t getting on the field. But even at that higher level of talent, this team is a “barely make the playoffs, then go home” team.