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.