The Braves limped across the country to LA after losing three straight to the Cubs by a combined margin of 17-6. The Dodgers had won 11 in a row and 31 of their last 35. After the Cubs’ sweep, it appeared that the the Braves’ FO was ready to focus on the continuing rebuild rather than the Quixotic quest for a wild card spot. Reports were that they had traded Jaime Garcia to the Twins for a “minor leaguer.” (What else could the return be–Bartolo Colon?)
So, of course, the Braves defeated the Dodgers 6-3. Folty had another pretty good game. He may not be an ace yet, but he’s becoming consistently good. The offense, which had been moribund through the Cubs series, struck early, scoring 6 runs in the first 4 innings. Inciarte, Freeman, Adams, and Suzuki each had two hits. Kurt’s included a 2 run bomb; why does anyone throw that guy a fastball?
And now this morning, reports are that the Garcia deal may not happen. We’ll just have to keep watching.
If Garcia is dealt, the Braves starter tonight will be Aaron Blair, who has a career MLB ERA of 7 and a half. The Dodgers counter with our old friend Alex Wood, who is 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA. Because this is baseball, the Braves will probably win.