In what has been a weird and mostly bad week for the Atlanta Braves, they now come home to start a four-game series against the Washington Nationals.
This past week was weird enough with the Atlanta Braves have two off days around a two-game series in Boston.
I can’t tell you enough how much I hate two-game series, but to surround it with two off days is even worse.
On top of that, the game on Friday night gets rained out, so at that point, the Braves had played two games in four days.
They get embarrassed on Saturday both on and off the field. And then the game that was supposed to be on Sunday night baseball gets canceled.
However, it’s probably for the best the ESPN game got canceled as all that drama-filled network would have talked about was Marcell Ozuna.
Still, the Braves were on the road for the entire week and played just three games in seven days. That can’t be healthy for a team that has struggled to find any kind of consistency this year.
Baseball players are very routine and used to playing every day, so to only play three games in an entire week can’t feel good.
They’re 4-6 after off days this year, so there’s that.
On the flip side, you hope this extra time has given guys plenty of rest and time to work on some things.
This has, for the most part, been a disastrous start to the season for the Atlanta Braves. And yet they enter this week only two games below .500 and are in second place in the NL East — 3.5 games behind the Mets.
Washington is last in the division with a 21-28 record so this is a chance for the Braves to pound on a team while they’re down.
Max Scherzer pitched on Sunday so they won’t have to face him in this series. They do have to face Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, but neither has been great to start the year.
We just have to hope they’ve spent this downtime wisely, are healthy, and energetic as they get back on the field Monday afternoon to start this four-game series with the Nationals.