Series Recap: Braves lose two of three to Cardinals

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves snapped their losing streak but still lost the series

The big negative of this series was that the offense continued to struggle. Fredi Gonzalez tampered with the lineup after six straight losses in the first game of the series as he has started a platoon with Ramiro Pena and Dan Uggla, and he has also decided to start batting the pitcher eighth.

Despite the lineup alterations, the Braves still could not muster up many runs, as they scored just six during the three game set. Even in the team's lone win of the series, they scored just two runs.

It should be noted, as it was before the series, that the Cardinals are a better team than their record suggested entering the series. Both Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller were sharp in their outings, as was lefty Tyler Lyons.

The big positives of the series were Aaron Harang turning in a quality start and Gavin Floyd impressing in his Braves debut. There has still been little stated in regards to how the Braves will handle their six starters going forward, but both of these two are making the decision difficult which is all you can ask for. Mike Minor was unimpressive in his second start as he gave up six runs in four innings while allowing 11 hits. He did strike out six batters though, and to me he should be perfectly fine going forward given his strikeout numbers are still good and his walk numbers are solid as well.

Justin Upton was one of the lone bright spots offensively, compiling four hits during the series including a home run and two doubles. Now in the two spot, as I mentioned during the game previews and recaps, his performance against lefties late in games will be crucial as he sits between the Braves only two left-handed bats. We have to be happy with his .303/.378/.597 line at this point in May. His BABIP is high but hopefully he can decrease his strikeouts over the course of the year to mitigate the expected drop in batting average on balls in play.

Overall, at least the Braves got a win, but that is now three straight series losses. Fortunately they get to face the Cubs this weekend with Julio Teheran, Ervin Santana, and Alex Wood scheduled to start as of now.

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