The Braves are off to a surprising 4-0 behind solid pitching and an offense that is actually executing the fundamentals. To put Atlanta’s start into perspective, the Braves were in first place a couple months into last season, so don’t buy the champagne quite yet.
Are these Braves for real? What is great about baseball is that we will find out nearly every day for 162 games.
What you have to love about this team is the relief pitching (not a surprise with pitching coach Roger McDowell still a Brave) the bench Fredi Gonzalez has never had this type versatility with his position players) and what new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has done with Andrelton Simmons and Chris Johnson. Both look markedly better in their mechanics and approach.
Great recent news, Mike Minor starting to throw and feel better. Eric Stults is a spot starter and arm in the bullpen, not a fourth starter. A healthy Minor along with number five Trevor Cahil give the Braves a solid starting rotation.
At the end of the day, what is fun about this Braves team is that they play hard and in particular, play good defense. When they lose, it won’t be because they made silly errors, or struck out 15 times against some journeyman pitcher, who shouldn’t even be in the league.