The plucky Braves try again to score an actual run

Turner Field, 13 minutes before gametime. Pennant fever! (M. Bradley)

Turner Field, 13 minutes before gametime. Pennant fever! (M. Bradley)

Turner Field, 13 minutes before gametime. Pennant fever! (M. Bradley)

The Atlanta Braves had three hits Tuesday, one night after they’d managed none. They actually had 11 on Sunday, which enabled them to score one run. That run — a second-inning homer by Evan Gattis — remains the Braves’ only one in 37 innings.

They’ve been shut out three times in four games. Over that span, they’re 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position. (And the one hit — a Jason Heyward infield single Saturday night — didn’t result in a run.) Over those four games, the Braves are hitting .044 with RISP. Fun fact: The Braves were actually 0-for-6 with RISP on a day they got no-hit.

Today the Braves will try again, and this is the lineup they’ve dispatched in the attempt to score against the Phillies: Heyward, RF; Simmons, SS; Freeman, 1B; Doumit, LF; La Stella, 2B; Johnson, 3B; Bethancourt, C; B.J. Upton, CF; Santana, P. Three of these own batting averages under .207 — Bossman Jr., the pitcher and — pause for effect — the cleanup-hitting Ryan Doumit, who’s at .191.

That said, there’s another average working works in the Braves’ favor — the ol’ law of averages. They can’t not score forever, can they? Well, can they?

Update: No, they can’t. The slugging Doumit touched off a three-run rally in the second that was capped by a Bossman Jr. homer. Fredi Gonzalez, genius.

Further update: Doumit’s single has been changed to an error on Chase Utley. All three Braves runs were unearned. Which doesn’t mean they don’t count.

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17 comments
C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Things are definitely looking much better. Braves got 3 times more hits than the day before. 

Wilbo
Wilbo

I don't even have anything smart or sarcastic to say. I think I'll buy a nice stand up paddle board and just go nuts getting good core workouts 'til the playoffs begin. 

Cousingeorgestone
Cousingeorgestone

Just change a couple of letters Bradley and perhaps you will have something accurate.  Delete the PL and add an S.   Sucky yes, plucky, hardly.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

I think the Braves are showing great resilience - especially BJ after all the criticism ( from me included). Way to go Braves! Once Frank Wren bites the dust I'll come back to your games!

MikeS777
MikeS777

haha best laugh I've had on a Braves column in a while, Mark.  Whether intentional or not, the update and further update are some priceless comedy.  haha great stuff.  Even when they get some runs across, the hit gets taken away for an error haha

Wrestler
Wrestler

Pennant Fever??? for who the Nationals......??

Jazzpman
Jazzpman

So how many folks do you think are ACTUALLY in the stadium today Mark ?  We know they will be counting season ticket holders !

PAUL R
PAUL R

Ok. Everyone, please listen to this explanation as to why BJ hasn't been benched. It is ALL about the money. 

Imagine your Boss signs a miserable center fielder to a long term - big money contract in the off season. Now you, as manager, bench him - and you get a call from your Boss that says " Hey - you trying to make me look bad by benching BJ? Remember, you didn't veto the deal we gave him either; so keep him on the bloody field - the more he gets worse the more rationale we will have to dump him before next season - But don't you make me look bad now!! We have the new stadium to thinkof too - stay the course!"

So, when you follow the money - you see the corruption that goes with it. Too bad Freddie doesn't dump on Wren - but then, he would be out of baseball forever. One might ask "Where the hell is Senior Mgt?"

From one Senior Executive to the Braves Senior Staff - Fire Wren NOW.



MondayMorningQB
MondayMorningQB

Look, I love the Braves but I am getting tired of the never finishing the season.  We have one World Series win to go with all those divisional and league championships.  Bottom line is, nobody in Atlanta- or in Braves country- feels confident in the Braves due to their consistent lack of offense. The injury bug has bitten the Braves the past few years to add insult to injury but if you don't score runs, you can't win.  Simple as that.  I kinda wouldn't mind seeing the Braves bow out early or even just go down in flames or the rest of the season- if that's what it takes to send Frank Wren packing.  Maybe next year we can start fresh.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Wren just said BJ has got contacts on... took two years to get contacts..lol

58Supersports
58Supersports

706 I really don't care about Schafer but the AL has really been a blessing to him.. his average is really 341 with 11 sb  in 90 ab. I wish him well with his new team,  Just another player that's got better after leaving  Wren's team.

Fire Wren and his manager.. clean house!

housebroken706
housebroken706

Is it lost on Fredi that BJ is, statistically speaking, the worst hitter and worst outfielder in baseball? Gosselin and Bonifacio are each better options in the outfield than BJ. Doumit would be if Fredi played him regularly. Anyone but BJ, but Fredi keeps running him out there. He should be fired.


Jordan Schaeffer is batting about 330 for the Twins, and that's an entire month's worth of ABs. Surely, his time on the bench in Atlanta left him talking to himself and wondering "How bad does BJ have to be for me to get some at bats?" 


Neither Gosselin or Bonifacio are in the lineup today. They will begin talking to themselves soon. Fredi's lineups these past few days seem to be put together with no notion that the Braves are still only 1.5 games out of the wildcard race.

drewK
drewK

Any insight as to why so many players who come to the Braves suddenly have "eye" problems - McCann, Freeman, BJ Upton, Dan Uggla, etc......

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Just think, Doumit is a better cleanup option than BJ, who is also hitting behind such stellar offensive threats as Simmons, LaStella, Johnson, and Bethancourt. This must be Dysfunction Day.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Hallelujah! Manufactured run and a two-run bomb from BJ.

Sidslid
Sidslid

@DawgDadII Bossman Jr. must have just received his annual September shipment.  Wren must go because he just didn't see the steroids stats of Bossman and Uggla, when everybody else in baseball except the Angels knew of the juice factor when analyzing free agents.