After a rough start to the 2022 Major League Baseball season, the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves have won 11 games in a row. That hot streak has them right back in the NL East race and could bode well for another postseason run.
Since the Braves are the “local” MLB team for Asheville, that led off our weekly WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Pat Ryan, Charlie Metcalf, and I also discussed a baffling decision by Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa, how Walker Buehler’s elbow injury affects the Los Angeles Dodgers, and umpire Angel Hernandez appealing his lawsuit against MLB.
I didn’t get a chance to point this out, but the Braves winning all their games against subpar teams like the D-Backs, Rockies, A’s, and Pirates shouldn’t be held against them. Good teams beat the bad ones and hope to play the other top clubs evenly. The Braves face some stiffer competition in the Giants, Dodgers, and Phillies later this month. That should provide a better idea of how strong Atlanta is.
If you missed the clip of La Russa calling for the Dodgers’ Trea Turner to be intentionally walked with a one-ball, two-strike count, here’s a clip. As mentioned, the fan yelling “He has two strikes, Tony!” is notable but so is the surprise from the White Sox broadcast crew of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone.