At the outset let us note that the Braves suck so bad things are just going to cascade from there. That said, Braves starter Shelby Miller has had more bad luck cascade on him than he deserves this year.
Miller has lost his last 10 decisions. Those ten decisions have come in the course of 18 starts in which he has a 3.24 ERA. That’s not CY Young stuff to be sure, but it’s sure good enough to have at least notched a couple of wins, right? Fact is, he hasn’t notched a win since May 17. That and his previous win, May 5, both came in complete game shutouts. In other words, Shelby Miller has had to be almost perfect to win, and even then, hasn’t won in over three months.
Dude has deserved way, way better.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.