Maybe they should try playing in their road uniforms. Or change dugouts. Or dress in the visiting clubhouse. Or just look for temporary quarters in Cobb County now because, really, Kennesaw State’s stadium can probably accommodate most Braves’ home crowds this season, anyway.
I’d suggest the Braves can start changing the roster but when pitcher Ian Krol was summoned from Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday, he became the 39th player the Braves have already used this season, so clearly that’s not working.
The Braves got a nice glimpse of their future’s upside Tuesday night but it wasn’t enough to overcome their catastrophic present day existence. Young starting pitcher Matt Wisler pitched a strong eight innings against Philadelphia, allowing only three runs. But three runs looks like Mt. Everest to this bunch. The Braves lost 3-2 at Turner Field.
And just like that, the Phillies (1-0) have as many wins in Atlanta as the team that calls Atlanta home.
The Braves are now 1-16 at home. If you’re looking for the punctuation on a 7-24 start, that’s it. At this rate, they will finish 37-125, including 5-76 at home in their final season at Turner Field.
“I don’t know what the heck’s going on,” Jeff Francoeur said. “It’s frustrating. It’s baffling, especially when you go to Chicago and win, to New York — teams like that. And then you can’t win at home?”
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been handling this dreadful situation as well as can be expected — actually, far better than could be expected. That’s assuming you don’t count the other day, when he tried to take out the towel rack in his office by swinging at fungo bat at it several times in anger.
The Braves managed only two runs, but that’s not a departure from the norm. They’ve scored a major-league low 92 runs in 31 (2.9).
The team ranks 22nd in “announced” attendance. I stress “announced” because it didn’t appear there were 14,490 in the stadium Tuesday night, even if that was the official “count.” It’s not going to get better if the home losing continues. Of the Braves’ seven home opponents this season, six have more at Turner Field — the Nationals (2), Cardinals (3), Dodgers (2), Mets (3), Red Sox (2), Diamondbacks (3). The Phillies need win only one of the next two to pass the Braves.
“You’d like to win games anywhere,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously you want to win games at home for your fans. They’re watching games and wearing (the frustration), just like we are.”
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