Well, the Braves got swept. I think there’s basically three reasons why:
• Every single member of our starting rotation was pitching above his head — some way above their heads, like Aaron Harang (killed in Game 1), some somewhat above their heads, like Alex Wood and Ervin Santana (destroyed in Game 2 and decent in a no-decision in Game 3, respectively). It couldn’t last forever.
• Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi, who beat the hell out of us in Games 1 and 2, are really good. Fernandez may be the best pitcher in the league, Kershaw included, and Eovaldi appears to be breaking out after a spring in which many predicted he would do so.
• Our offense is frequently horrendous. Game 1 was our fifth shutout this year. We’ve only played 27 games. That ain’t good.
I hate getting swept, because it’s humiliating on top of everything else, but even if we’d won Game 3 by a run instead of losing by a run, all of those would be true. Every so often we’re going to lose extraordinarily badly.
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