Coming into the season, ESPN ranked the Braves as the worst team in baseball. And after the first week, they might be right. The Braves opened up the 2016 season with a two game series against the Washington Nationals. The Braves dropped game one in a gut wrenching extra innings loss after a Gordon Beckham error allowed Ryan Zimmerman to reach scoring position, where he eventually scored. Game two was less thrilling as the Braves failed to score leaving a total of 10 men on base. The Braves hoped to make a comeback against the 0-3 St. Louis Cardinals, but failed miserably. Losing game one 7-4. Unfortunately, it only got worse for the Braves as the lost game two by a whopping 10 runs with a final score of 12-2. Game three was more of the same as the Braves lost 12-7 ending another series sweep. To add insult to injury, the Braves lost two promising player. Ender Inciarte landed on the 15-Day DL with a hamstring injury while RP Daniel Winkler is more than likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured elbow. Also the use of the “Utley Rule,” which says that a base runner may not purposefully hit the fielder in order to disrupt the play (AKA breaking up double plays). Nick Markakis was faulted for breaking this rule and was called out because of it.
So, here we are. Week one has come and gone and all we have to show for it is an 0-5 record. The Braves head to The Capital this week to face off once again with the Nationals as the Braves fight to get their first win of the season. Then they travel to Miami to face the Marlins in a division series. Here’s to a better week… hopefully.