“Bravda,” from the Russian word “pravda,” meaning “truth.”
The west coast road trip brings back cruel memories of MLB’s scandalous history, when the Braves were forced against the laws of nature into the National League West division. The unfair burden of those 27 games per year in the Pacific Time Zone…
So, at what stage of “Major League” are these guys?
A. They have uniforms and everything
B. These guys ain’t so (freaking) bad
C. The veterans are starting to play back to form and the rookies are developing faster than I thought
D. We’re contenders now
Mike Foltynewicz went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and the run, while walking 3, and striking out 7, leading the Braves in salvaging a game from the 3 game set. The Braves are 30 – 21 and regain a 1/2 game lead in the NL East, as the Phillies lost to Toronto.
The wind was blowing in at Coors Field, but it didn’t make the Braves shutout any less impressive, as Nick Markakis, Dansby Swanson, and Ozzie Albies all tamed it with solo home runs. Sean Newcomb went 6+ strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 0 (!) walks, along with piling up 9 strikeouts.
Since the series began, we’ve hired a new GM and lived through the Acoppolypse. For your shopping convenience, here’s an overview of the position players in one shot. First, a brief look at where we (think) we know we’re going, followed by a summary of my earlier thoughts on the question marks.