By: Austin Davis
3/28: Braves @ Phillies 10-4 L
3/30: Braves @ Phillies 8-6 L
3/31: Braves @ Phillies 5-1 L
In short, the Braves did a horrible job in showing people that they have the talent, in the very least their current state, to pull off a second division championship and making a deeper postseason run than last year. And while it is just three games, with how the bullpen has been performing and the state of the rotation being as it is, it may be time to panic. However, before we get too hard on the bullpen, the starters didn’t do too much in the way of setting them up for success, and the offense was mostly silent, save for a few loud innings. But, as was the story more often than not last year, the bullpen can be seen at fault. Let’s take a look game by game.
Julio Teherán should not have been the Opening Day starter. But, with breakout star Mike Foltynewicz out with an elbow injury, and midseason acquisition Kevin Gausman out with a shoulder industry, he was the last best option. And in his defense, he didn’t do too terrible. He went 5 innings allowing just three runs, striking out 7, and walking just two. He also didn’t give up Bryce Harper’s first homer as a Phillie. Then, Shane Carle came in. ⅔ of an inning, two walks, three runs. After Wes Parsons got the last out in the sixth, Luke Jackson came in, giving up four runs and walking two. Max Fried shut down the 8th, but by then it was too late. 7 of the Fightin’s 10 runs came after Julio had finished his sixth consecutive Opening Day start. Place the blame on whichever of the five pitchers used, but if the bullpen had done their job, the Braves would’ve pulled out the one run victory.
This game was a different story. The offense put up six runs, so they aren’t to blame. This story begins with rookie Bryse Wilson, who gave up four over 3.1 innings of work. Wes Parsons gave up another two over 1.1. Finally Jesse Biddle and Josh Tonkin each gave up a run over 1 inning and ⅓ respectively. So again, not the greatest start, but once again, half of the Phillies’ runs came via the bullpen. And once again, had the bullpen shut down, Charlie Culberson’s 9th inning two run jack would’ve been the dagger.
Game Three was the game where the bullpen was at the least fault. Former 5th overall pick Kyle Wright went just 4.1, allowing three runs and waking 5. Max Fried, however, was the one who walked in a run and gave up a sac fly. Shane Carle then gave up two runs, one of which was a Bruce Harper bomb, his second as a Phillie, and his 27th career homer off the Braves. In addition to the lack of pitching, the offense was silent.
Overall, a horrible game.
Weekly Grade: D+
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