The most exciting moment for Braves fans in about two months occurred when Hector Olivera made his long awaited major league debut for the Braves Tuesday night. However, the excitement fizzled quickly as Olivera went 0 for 4 from the plate and the Braves lost for the 14th time in 15 games against the lowly Marlins, who have frankly been the only team the Braves have been able to beat all season.
Olivera has been struggling through injuries all season long. He got into 19 minor league games with the Dodgers before the Braves traded for him. He spent time rehabbing his injury before making his debut in the minor leagues for the Braves. In his 10 games with the Gwinnett Braves, Olivera only hit .231 with 3 RBIs.
It is safe to say it is going to take some time for Olivera to get back into the swing of things. It is tough to come back from injury overall, but to do it when facing the toughest competition in the world for the first time is going to be a huge mountain to climb. Expect Olivera to take some getting used to, but as he starts getting more and more MLB at bats, fans will see why John Hart gave away so much value to acquire the 30-year old Cuban defect.
The loss puts the Braves one step closer to the worst record in the MLB and possibly the #1 overall draft pick in 2o16. The Braves sit just a half game ahead of both the Rockies and Marlins, and one and a half games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies for the worst record in baseball. With the way the Braves have been playing baseball the past two months, they seem to be the team most likely to wind up with the worst record in baseball.
It is safe to say the season has been a brutal one, but the addition of Olivera gives Braves fans a reason to continue watching. Hopefully he can start performing sooner rather than later, because this Braves team certainly needs a spark in their lineup.