Braves need a closer as postseason approaches

John Fricke: "Your best closer over the weekend was Charlie Culberson" 

John and Hugh
August 20, 2018 - 9:55 am

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The good news: The Atlanta Braves are still in first place in the NL East, tied with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The bad news: They got swept by the Colorado Rockies in a 4-game series over the weekend.

Dansby Swanson committed an error that led to Thursday's loss. Starting pitcher Sean Newcomb struggled on the mound in Friday's lopsided loss. But the real concern this season has been with the Braves bullpen. And closer A.J. Minter blowing a three-run lead on Saturday doesn't ease any of those concerns.

"That was a bad look this weekend," said John Fricke. "[Braves> blew two of those games. The game on Saturday was an utter disaster. [Reliever> AJ Minter apologized, but you're ahead 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and you lose the game?"

Minter took ownership over the bad outing calling his performance "pathetic:"

The Braves bullpen is still of concern, and John believes Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos needs to make another move before the postseason:

"You have to go get another closer... Who are you going to turn to [if Arodys Vizcaino goes out>? A.J. Minter? Brad Brach? You want to trust those guys right now?"

Hugh Douglas says they have to ride with the guys they have right now because other clubs are aware it's a need.

"You don't want to go out into free agency to get a guy knowing that the price is going to be that much higher."

Even utility man Charlie Culberson was called to pitch over the weekend, albeit in a blowout. Culberson threw 10 pitches, seven of them strikes. He allowed two hits and one run.

"Heck, your best closer over the weekend was Charlie Culberson," John said. 

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