In the Braves’ most recent loss, manager Brian Snitker once again left Drew Smyly out on the bump for too long and it cost the team.
Things just simply haven’t gone to plan for the Atlanta Braves this campaign. Entering the new season, the Braves seemed like legit threats to go on to compete for a World Series title. Here we are in early June and that doesn’t feel to be the case.
Despite taking down the Washington Nationals on Thursday, the Braves are a disappointing 26-28 on the year. For fans, the frustration continues to mount against Brian Snitker, with his inability to make adjustments on the fly clearly standing out.
Fans are starting to lose patience with Braves manager Brian Snitker
This was showcased in Atlanta’s 5-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday. In that defeat, starting hurler Drew Smyly was on the hill looking to step up for this team. However, after looking strong in the first four innings, Smyly struggled in the fifth, opening the door for the Nationals to take a 3-1 lead.
On the day, Smyly tossed 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs. In that fifth inning, though, he gave up two runs. Time and time again, Snitker has waited too long to pull the plug on Smyly. While he tends to start off strong, he loses things in the middle innings. His 2-3 record and 5.98 ERA backs that up.
He’s been nothing short of inconsistent this year, but Snitker will leave him out there a little bit longer than needed. If Smyly can’t deliver for this team, then some tough decisions will need to be made in the future. It’s on Snitker to recognize his shortcomings and make the call to the bullpen sooner.