I knew he had struggled, butÖ
This could be the single biggest reason the lead has shrunk to 2.5 games. Nearly everyday we have a near-guaranteed rally-killer batting 5th in the lineup. Men on base with less than 2 outs? Here comes a strikeout or worse: a double play. And his defense is overrated. Julio needs to be playing a lot more.
I can't wait until the Braves trade LaRoche in the offseason to make room for Marte at 3rd and move Chipper to 1st.
Adam LaRoche before the ASB: .272/332/478/810
Adam LaRoche after the ASB: