So much criticism is directed at a Braves starting pitcher anytime he gives up a few runs and/or a couple of homers in the first five or six innings, as Tommy Hanson did Tuesday against Colorado.
But as much as Hanson hasn’t lived up to expectations this season, but to me the stagnant, inopportunistic Braves offense has been a bigger problem than pitching during a 6-11 stretch that’s all but wiped out the Braves’ hopes of winning the division and could put in peril even a wild-card berth if things continue at this rate much longer.
Over the past 17 games, the Braves have hit .220 and posted a 3.90 ERA while scoring 55 runs. This coming immediately on the heels of a seven-week stretch in which the Brave had a 28-10 record while hitting .248 with a 2.78 ERA and 189 runs.
Yes, the ERA is more than a run higher in the past 17 games than in the previous 38.