Braves not 100% serious about winning now

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
April 18, 2019 - 11:39 am

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The Atlanta Braves bullpen has blown back-to-back games against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Suntrust Park. 

And to make matters worse, the Braves would-be closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. 

It's been a very frustrating situation for fans even before the season started. The Braves didn't address the bullpen with any offseason moves. Just a day ago, "We Want Kimbrel" chants rained from the stands at the Braves ballpark.

"I understand why people are so fustrated. I'm frustrated," Andy Bunker said. 

The "closer-by-committee" situation is now down to A.J. Minter. It seems like a simple solution would be to bring in Kimbrel.

"Because of how bad things are going, and from what we see, it seems like such a simple answer to say go get Kimbrel," Randy McMichael said. 

Andy says whether it's Kimbrel or not, if the Braves don't address their bullpen shortcomings, they're sending a clear message to the fan base.

"Whether it's Kimbrel or not, not addressing this seriously and not doing something about it is a very clear signal that this season is not 100 percent about winning," Andy continued.

And that's a problem.

"Last year was supposed to be that year. They're ahead of schedule," Randy added saying we saw what this young team was able to do in winning the NL East.

"Now you mean to tell me it's not important this year? So, what's important? Is it the development of the young stars? Look how they're playing...you can't win along with them developing? You did last year."

Andy said that's the attitude fans felt heading into this season; that the Braves were going to make it a development year and not a "win-now" mentality. There's no development year for fans. Tickets still cost the same.

"It's really hard to sell me on supporting what's going to happened three years from now when the dollar is still the same thing today to try and support it," Andy said. 

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