Sweep leaves Braves wondering if Marlins were stealing signs
The Braves seem to suspect there's an underlying explanation for their recent flop in Miami.
The first-place Braves were recently swept by the last-place Marlins, and in the process the Braves were outscored by a combined margin of 23-7. That's left Atlanta wondering what happened. Here's an inside look from Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ...
[Manager Fredi] Gonzalez said he changed signs five times during the course of Harang’s outing and went to multiple signs even with no runners on base. The hits kept coming regardless.
Gonzalez was laughing when he told the story Thursday afternoon in the Braves dugout, describing how the Braves went so far as to look at the sculpture in left center field, wondering if there was somebody hiding in there with a camera.
To be fair to the Braves, they also wondered whether their hurler or catcher might have been tipping pitch selection in some way or another.
Anything's possible, but simplicity suggests that the Braves just got rolled by an inferior opponent because those things happen in baseball, a game that includes a great deal of built-in parity. Although, if the Marlins' home run sculpture was somehow a locus of espionage, then that would qualify as most welcome news.