Atlanta Braves Update 4/27

Brian McCann - Atlanta Braves Catcher

McCann hit two home runs last night in his first rehab game.

With last night’s loss Atlanta no longer has the best record in the major leagues.  That distinction is now owned by the Texas Rangers.

The Braves not only lost last night, but they did it in grand style.  The 10-0 loss was the worst defeat since May 16, 2009 when the Braves were pasted 12-0 by the Diamondbacks.

After opening the season 12-1, the Braves have now dropped six of their last nine.  Having played 14 of their last 16 games on the road, you wonder how road weary and distracted the Braves may be.  Playing on the road for extended periods is always challenging, but especially in April when new players are still getting themselves and their families settled.

The eighteen strikeouts that Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez and reliever Bruce Rondon recorded against the Braves last night were the most K’s the Braves have had since May 6, 2011 at Philadelphia.  The way the Braves are constructed, this probably won’t be the last time this season that strikeout records are set.

The Braves still have the best record in the National League. and a three and a half game lead over the Nationals.  This season’s 15-7 start is the best since the 2000 season when the Braves started 16-6.

Despite last night’s 10-0 shellacking to the Tigers, there was good news for the Braves.  Brian McCann hit two home runs in his first two at bats last night and walked in his other two at bats for the Rome Braves in his first rehab game.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

  • Bob Long

    McCann’s results against a Low A ballclub has no significance. I’m in my 60’s and think I could get at least one hit against them. On the flip side, it’s a wonderful turn of events that McCann can swing for power and throw 180 feet without pain. I eagerly await his five games in AAA to see if he can catch up to better pitching.

    • http://atlantabullpen.com Jim Hart

      Good start, nonetheless. People forget that McCann was a multiple year All-Star and Silver Slugger winner and how much of an impact he can make when healthy.

      • Bob Long

        The caveat in your statement is: “when healthy”. If his shoulder is fully healed and he can play as he expects to play, the Braves will be lucky to have him back,

        • http://atlantabullpen.com Jim Hart

          Looking forward to seeing him back in Atlanta behind the plate.