The Atlanta Braves are trying to improve their team, but so far, the moves are… mostly just curious.
Oh, it would be great to be a fly on the wall for meetings among the Baseball Operations staff of the Atlanta Braves. Maybe then we could understand what their plans are for this team for the rest of the season.
The core production players are already in place: Acuna, Freeman, Albies — along with a rotation that’s come to life over the past couple of weeks.
But now we’re into July and the trade deadline is less than three baseball weeks away. So now it appears that Orlando Arcia may get a shot to play some left field for the big club?
Nice for him to get the promotion (one it happens). But also bad for him that if the Braves do manage to pull together some sort of deal for an impact left fielder in July, Arcia will either be relegated to the bench… or back to Gwinnett.
Then there’s the matter of simply wondering if this team has the gumption to make a deep post-season run… and the implications of whatever answer you think is appropriate here.
There are some optimistic signs, though:
- Starting pitching is holding together
- The offense is doing just enough (though it’s the performance of the rotation that’s allowing the offense’s contribution to be sufficient)
- Check the Mets’ schedule… there’s a fair chance that they come back to the pack in the next week or so
So with all that… there’s why we’d really like to know what the Front Office is up to.
So the podcast is indeed back this week: episode 21 for this 2nd season. As usual, please feel free to listen to it via any of the usual means: via this direct download link, via your favorite podcast subscription provider, or from this widget below…
Thanks again for hearing us out on these topics… we definitely appreciate your patronage!