Braves lines from Opening Day

Braves lost… it was a horrid game. The Braves did some hitting, but it was quite untimely. In 5 different innings they got their first baserunner after there were two outs. After those hits they couldn’t manage to get that baserunner in. The 9th inning was exciting, but again, they couldn’t do any 2-out hitting with runners in scoring position.

  • Braves have the lowest runs per game in MLB at 2.14.
  • They are just 1-for-23 with 2-outs and runners in scoring position, tied for worst in Majors with the Astros.
  • With runners in scoring position and any number of outs, they are hitting just 7-for-44 (.159) with no home runs, third worst in the Majors.
  • Their Triple-A first baseman Ernesto Mejia has more home runs (5) than the entire Atlanta Braves roster (4).

Hitting, it’s a problem right now.

Good celebration of Hank: It was a touching ceremony last night, well done by the Braves. I got a little welled up when Hank came to the mic. I’m glad I was there. Here are some of my tweets from last night.

Gavin Floyd (top) and Mike Minor (bottom) throw during their rehab starts for the Gwinnett Braves last night. (Photo by CB Wilkins)

Gavin Floyd (top) and Mike Minor (bottom) throw during their rehab starts for the Gwinnett Braves last night. (Photo by CB Wilkins)

Run support in AAA: Gwinnett won. Speaking of Ernesto Mejia, he hit his 5th homer last night in the 1st inning, and collected his first non home run hits of the season, going 3-for-5, a triple shy of the cycle. Gavin Floyd made a great rehab start: 4IP, 3H, 1R, 0BB, 2SO. Mike Minor followed him with a lesser effort: 2.1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4SO, 1HBP. Floyd thew 60 pitches, Minor threw 65, so they essentially got in the same amount of work. Every batter in the G-Braves lineup hit safely. Phil Gosselin, who had a cup of coffee with Atlanta last season, went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and a stolen base.

Floyd/Minor progress: In their first rehab start a week ago, Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor each threw about 40 pitches. Last night they each threw about 60 pitches. They will definitely make one more rehab, probably throwing about 80 pitches, then I would imagine there will be another rehab start for each after that.

Lynchburg won. Outfielder Josh Elander went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and a walk. The top of the order duo of Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren were a combined 5-for-10 with 5 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. Every batter in their lineup hit safely as well.

Rome played a double header. They lost the first game, won the second game. OF Blake Brown collected 3 walks between the two games, showing more good signs of his game coming around. The team only had 2 hits in game-2, but scored 3 runs for the shutout win. Starting pitcher Francois Lafreniere had a terrific start: 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6SO.

Top prospects per position: My latest article at Bleacher Report looks at the Braves top prospects at each position. Check it out here.

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