Some of the Braves wore aliases on their uniforms this weekend. None were noticed with paper bags over their heads yet, but that is surely coming.
Mark Reynolds hit a 2 run homer off of A.J. Minter in the 6th, an unnecessary abuse, as the Rockies had already salted away the game with a run in the 2nd. Mike Foltynewicz labored through 97 pitches in 5 innings, striking out 6 while allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and the aforementioned run of doom. A number of other players also participated.
There are only 31 pitchers in the National League with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title – essentially 2 per team. The Braves have 3 such qualifiers, unfortunately Foltynewicz and Julio Teheran rank 27th and 28th in ERA respectively (R.A. Dickey is 19th.)
At least they’re eating a few innings, but 32 starts such as today’s will still leave you short of qualifying for the ERA title. A number that was once expected as a minimum is becoming a feat. From 2010 – 2016 the number of NL qualifiers were 45, 50, 46, 46, 43, 38, 30. Baseball is seemingly quickly evolving toward the days of the 16 man bullpen.
The Braves dropped 2 of 3 from the Rockies and end the home stand 3 and 6. On to Philadelphia Monday.