The Braves retooled their lineup on Sunday, moving Ozzie Albies to the top of the order, and dropping Ender Inciarte to ninth. The initial data point is promising.
Albies hit the first pitch of the game into the right field seats, and the Braves never looked back. Albies added a double to finish 2 for 5, with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Bottom Ender was outstanding as well, finishing a homer short of the cycle, and scoring 2 runs. Johan Camargo broke the game open with a 3 run homer in the Braves 5 run 3rd.
Brandon McCarthy could last (or was only allowed to last) 5 1/3 innings, despite being staked to a 6 – 0 lead. Fortunately, our Zombie Bullpen of Walkers added only 2 more of those to their league leading total; we’ll focus today on their 3 2/3 hitless innings. Jesse Biddle struck out 5 in 2 innings to close it, and added a double in his first major league at bat to drive in the Braves final run. A really fun moment in front of his family.
Off Monday, and at the Mets on Tuesday. Whatever happens the next 5 months, the Braves conclude April with 16 wins in the bank. Adjust your projections as you will.