23 games. 23 straight games since the Braves offense has put enough runs on the board for Shelby Miller to record a win. The latest letdown came at the hands of the NL East leading New York Mets, who dropped four runs on the Braves (the Braves, on the other hand, failed to put a single run on the board). Miller himself allowed just two runs through six innings, but an inept offense held Miller back from the win.
There's just a few weeks left in the regular season, but that still leaves time for the Braves to make a few moves. One potential move could be bringing up elite pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins to the major league squad. Across two levels of minor league baseball (Triple-A and Double-A) Jenkins has put together a 3.19 ERA. He's already pitched 138.1 innings this season, so he may not have too much left in the tank. But, at this point in the year where the Braves are out of the running for the playoffs, it might not be a bad idea to see what the kids have.
It was announced on Sunday that Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz was hospitalized with blood clots in his right arm. On Monday, he had the front part of his first rib removed Wellstar Kennestone Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. He's expected to be released this Thursday, and continue treatment for the next six weeks. Foltynewicz, 23, pitched 86.2 innings for the Braves this season, posting a 5.71 ERA.
General managers just keep getting younger and younger. On Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that 30-year old David Stearns, former Houston Astros assistant general manager, as their new general manager. Stearns will replace Doug Melvin, who's held the role with Milwaukee since 2002. Despite being 30-years old, Stearns is not the youngest GM in baseball history. Theo Epstein (2002) and Jon Daniels (2005) were both 28-years old when they were hired by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, respectively.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the best teams in baseball all season long, despite being ravaged by injuries to their key players. Adam Wainright, Matt Adams, Matt Holiday - you name it - but they've kept keeping on. The news keeps getting worse for the Cards however, as it was announced that star catcher Yadier Molina may miss the remainder of the season with a torn thumb ligament. Molina, 33, is batting .270/.310/.350 on the season, with four home runs and 61 RBI.