Braves 8, Dodgers 1: Bad Team is Bad

June 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Matt Magill | Leave a comment

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I’m not sure how the organization views Zach Lee right now, and I’m also not entirely sure that he’s actually ready myself. What I do know is that Matt Magill has walked 28 in 27.2 innings and has a 7.15 FIP, so, that’s not really working out. I’m not sure if it means Lee or Aaron Laffey or whomever — it might not actually be anyone new, since there’s a few days off coming up — but it seems clear that it should not be Magill again any time in the near future.

Of course, to simply focus on Magill ignores a lineup that managed just eight hits (six singles) against Atlanta pitching and scored their only run after loading the bases with no outs in the first inning. Scoring just once in that situation is bad; scoring zero for the rest of the game after that is worse. It’s worth noting that four Dodger starters today — Luis Cruz, Mark Ellis, Tim Federowicz, & Scott Van Slyke — now have OBP’s south of .303, which is pretty awful.

At least there continues to be Yasiel Puig, who had three more hits to push his OBP up to an outstanding .483. But despite how often he’s been on base in his first week as a major leaguer, Puig has scored only four runs… all on his own homers. That’s just horrendous, and it’s a pretty good sign that this offense is not working as intended.

Oh, but at least Matt Kemp has “suffered a setback” in his rehab from a hamstring strain and is no longer expected to return on Friday. That’s depressing, though I guess that expecting him to come back the day he was eligible was just a recipe for disaster anyway.

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