Braves Problems Run Deep
- Updated: May 6, 2014
The struggling Atlanta Braves dropped their seventh straight game Monday night against the Cardinals and the losing streak hasn’t been a fluke.
Atlanta has been outplayed by good teams and good pitching and that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. St. Louis used their small ball to move runners, hit the opposite way and push across one more run than the Braves in the 4-3 win. While the Braves again waited for the 3-run homer that would snatch a late game victory. It never came.
Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton are struggling again this season, so how long can the Braves stay patient? It is okay to be patient when a team is winning, but when the losses are piling up it doesn’t make sense, does it?
It appears Justin Upton is having trouble catching up with pitchers who have good fastballs. With a runner on second and two out against the Cardinals Monday night, St. Louis pitched around Jason Heyward to get to Upton. He struck out to end the game, just like he did in another recent game.
The human condition is to not like change and the Braves over the years haven’t had to change much due to their success. They are resisting the inevitable change at second base and are now past the kicking and screaming point. But if the losses keep piling up, change will have to come in the form of players being benched, traded or both.
Braves prized second baseman Tommy LaStella is again tearing it up in the minors, hitting .313 at AAA Gwinnett. He could hit 100 points lower in the majors and still be an upgrade.