Mike Minor's struggles continue as the Braves left handed starter is now 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in his past four starts. He has allowed at least six runs in each of those outings and has now allowed 27 earned runs in the past 20 2/3 innings pitched.
Minor particularly struggled the second time through the order last night which is an ongoing trend during his last four starts.
"I felt good the first time through and then the next time through I felt like my secondary pitches, I threw a lot in dirt, they weren't even competitive right out of the hand, already too low to even bite at. I felt like I threw pretty much all my offspeed pitches the second time through just like that. It's easy for them to sit back and wait on a good pitch and hit it, when I can't throw anything over the plate that's offspeed....and then my fastball. I started to compound that with trying to get the ball up, that's belt high for them, and they put the bat on the ball."
While the Braves have to be concerned, Fredi Gonzalez indicated post game that a move to drop Minor from the rotation wasn't on the horizon just yet.
On if planning to keep running him out there?
Some of the Braves other options would include swapping Minor with Jair Jurrjens but he had his own struggles on Wednesday. Jurrjens had his worst start since being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett Wednesday night allowing ten earned runs and 12 hits over just 4 2/3 innings.
Atlanta's other option would seem to be prospect Julio Teheran who is 3-1 at Gwinnett in seven starts with a 2.48 ERA. Teheran has picked up right where he left off in the minor leagues but had limited success last season and struggled in spring training.
The question remains how long will the Braves give Minor to straighten himself out?