The beginning of yesterday’s game started with a bang. Dansby Swanson had a homerun and Freddie Freeman had a hit and came around to score. This was the Braves team I had waited for during the off season minus Matt Kemp. Julio Teheran was on the mound and it was a gorgeous day in Pittsburgh. Then the Pirates bats showed up. They are a fast ball hitting team. Although Teheran held the Pirates to only 2 runs in 7 innings, the Braves bullpen did not rise to the occasion once again.
Every batter in the Braves lineup got at least one hit, but the Pirates were looking to sweep the 3 game series at their home field. The Pirates did not disappoint their home crowd and swept the Pirates out of Pittsburgh and set a tone in the National League Central division. Freddie Freeman made his case that the second half of the 2016 season was not a fluke. Freeman went 4 f or 5 at the plate including 2 solo homerun. Freeman also was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Despite the fact that Freeman was a hitting machine, the Braves did not score enough runs to put the game away.
There was a lot of chatter on social media that the Braves are horrible and some fans were ready to throw in the towel. Baseball fans tend to be patient and Braves fans need to put this young season in perspective. We have not even played one week in the season. The Braves coaches are well aware of the problems in the bullpen and it will be addressed. Please do not buy into the theory that every time a team goes to it’s bullpen, it is automatically lights out. This is baseball and there are no guarantees. The Braves are enjoying a travel day to Miami where division rivals the Miami Marlins await. It will only be a 2 game series in Miami, but it will be another good series for the Braves. Matt Kemp should rejoin the lineup and it will be a nice short series before the Braves play their first home series at the new stadium SunTrust Park. Be patient Braves fans, the Braves were never going to win every single game and series. Relax and take a break from Braves baseball and get ready for a new series starting Tuesday night. GO BRAVES!!!!!