Tonight the Braves are facing a pitcher, Bronson Arroyo, who has been pretty awful in May, with an 0-3 record and 6.90 ERA. Which, of course, means the Braves are in trouble.
Because while they have difficulty scoring against just about any pitcher lately, these Braves have struggled especially against mediocre or struggling pitchers, guys with 5-plus ERAs, and/or pitchers they’ve not seen before.
Give ‘em a Cliff Lee and they go to work. Give ‘em a Marco Estrada, Jake Westbrook or Mike Leake and it’s trouble for the Bravos.
But like we said, right now it doesn’t seem to matter who they’re facing. The Braves, they just ain’t scoring. So when they get behind early, like Friday night against Cincy, it can be particularly difficult to watch them try to play come-from-behind.
(By the way, the Braves have lost 18 of 28 games against the Reds