The loss left the Braves 1-14 in home games, the worst home start for any team since the 1913 Yankees lost their first 17 home decisions, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees had one tie in that span.
The Braves continue to hate playing at home. Shelby Miller got his first win since October 4, 2015, and he did it facing the team that helped him lose 16 straight decisions from May 17 to September 27. He and Julio Teheran locked horns today, and they pitched more or less equally effectively: Miller went six innings and allowed two runs on two walks and four hits (including a solo shot by Freddie Freeman), and Teheran went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on two walks and five hits. Julio got five strikeouts while Shelby got one, but Shelby’s pitch count was a lot lower.
Of course, ballgames don’t stay tied very long when Bud Norris enters the game. His first two batters walked and doubled, and that was the winning run.
Fifteen Braves checked into the game, including five pitchers and two pinch-hitters. Of them, at least three are clearly not major-league caliber players right now. First is Norris. Second is A.J. Pierzynski, who as our cleanup hitter went went 0-4, dropping his batting line to .203/.257/.246. That’s more than 100 points of OPS worse than Adonis Garcia (.260/.319/.308), whom we recently sent to the minors, and Drew Stubbs (.237/.310/.316), whom we dropped.
And third is Erick Aybar, who booted a relay throw on a play that would have been an easy rundown, where his error allowed Jean Segura to score the second Arizona run. Oh, and he’s hitting .184/.213/.214, 76 points worse than Pierzynski.
It isn’t Fredi’s fault that they’re on the roster. Blame the suits for that. But it is his fault every time they read their names in the starting lineup. Norris started five games but was mercifully kicked to the pen. For the love of Pete, Fredi had better do the same to Aybar and Pierzynski.