What do we know after two bad losses?
Well, the bullpen gave up 8 runs on Monday, and blew a lead tonight when Grabow gave up a two-run homer. So your first reaction may be to skewer the lowest-paid group of guys on the team, the guys who are not good enough to be starting pitchers.
But then again, on Monday, the pen was called upon in the second inning, whereupon Marshall and Russell threw over 4 scoreless innings. And last night, while I am not excusing Grabow whatsoever, but Chipper Jones has done this a lot in his life.
On Monday, we managed five hits against a man who had a .305 batting average against in 2009. Last night, we managed two runs, and if it weren't for the blown call on Soriano's double play grounder, and some excellent fielding by Troy Scissorhands, we'd have no runs at all.
I am way more worried about the offense than I am with the bullpen. Where are the at bats Colvin is supposed to be getting? While the Braves' rookie outfielder is becoming the next Willie Mays wrapped up with Hank Aaron, ours sits while Soriano, Byrd, and Fukudome all combine to hit under .200 so far?
Derrek Lee and Ryan Theriot are still oh-for-2010. And when is the Great Geo Soto going to hit the ball again? Fuck, man, you're worthless.
And, while we're at it, Theriot? Do you understand now why everyone wants to replace you at short? When they discuss your range, they're talking about you standing out there like you're the range, as in an oven with burners on top.
No conclusions can be drawn after 2 lousy games, but shit, we look awful.