Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/21/13
FOX Sports South catches up with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to get the latest on the Braves. FOX SPORTS SOUTH: Mike Minor gave up three home runs in Thursday's loss to the Mets. But overall he's been the Braves' most consistent starter. Do you believe he's an All-Star? CHIP CARAY: I do. I think he's one of the best pitchers in the game and the numbers don't lie. He's in the top five in ERA and the top five in wins going back to last year's All-Star break. He's grown up before our very eyes and he knows how to pitch. He's going to give up home runs and he said Thursday night the home runs were a matter of location, not stuff. Big-league pitchers are going to give up runs, they're going to give up home runs if they miss their spots. Good hitters hit bad pitches and good hitters hit real good ones too and unfortunately for Mike he made a couple of pitches that he couldn't get back. But the real problem in the game for the Braves Thursday night was the lingering problem that we've talked about: they'll get guys on and get the big hit or they'll strike out a lot. Either way, when you're not scoring in those close games it comes back to bite you that was case. FSS: The Braves hit the road after losing a series to a team, the Mets, that are 12 12 games back. Now they play Milwaukee, which is seven games back in the NL Central and then the Royals, who are far back in the AL Central. How do you think this team is going to respond? CC: I don't look a team's record and the great thing about baseball is anybody can beat anybody else on any given day if you're not playing well. The Braves have some things they have to tighten up. They've got to catch the ball a lot better than they did on the home stand, when they get an opportunity to score they have to do it and they have not done that particularly well at times on the road. The Brewers are coming off a bad series against the lowly Astros. They've gotten beaten u without Ryan Braun and three of their starting pitchers are out, but they've got a real talented kid at shortstop. As much as we've been raving about Andrelton Simmons, Jean Segura can really play. Aramis Ramirez, if he's healthy is a fearsome run producer, and the Braves couldn't get outfielder Norichika Aoki out last year. The Braves have lost six straight games in Milwaukee and it's the kind of place where you throw out the record and try to beat a team that has given you trouble. As far as Kansas City is concerned, they're a club that doesn't score a lot of runs and doesn't hit a lot of home runs, but they have outstanding pitching. But good pitching's not going to be enough if you can't cash in on your opportunities. Since George Brett has been their hitting coach they've played a lot better, but they have a ton of young talented players who haven't lived up to a lot of expectations. But once those guys breakout and figure out how good they are, the Royals are going to be a team that can really make life tough on you if youre not careful. FSS: We saw the best of the Mets over this past series and some parts that the Braves are going to have to deal with for a long time going forward. CC: Look, they're headed in the right direction and what better blue print to follow than the Atlanta Braves? When you think back to when the Braves started turning things around, they had terrific, young starting pitching with Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and Steve Avery and Greg Maddux and they had a young guy playing third base that was pretty good in Chipper Jones who came along a little later. David Wright's a terrific player, one of the best players in our league and he has been for a long time. As Chipper Jones tormented Mets pitchers for all those years, David Wright has hit 32 home runs against the Braves, that's more than he's had against any other club. He hits well at Turner Field. In this day and age of player movement it's really refreshing to see that he wants to be a Met for life and wants to see the Mets become relevant again. Frankly speaking, if the New York Mets are good it's really good for baseball. It's a major media market and there's a lot of interest and one of the best rivalries in the game back in the 90s was the Braves with Bobby Cox and the Mets with Bobby Valentine and a lot of us would like to see that happen again. All of us were very impressed with Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, Dillion Gee has always given the Braves trouble and you hope Jonathan Niese isn't hurt too badly. Hey, give the Mets credit. They came into town shorthanded and took three out of five against the Braves and played dominant baseball at Turner Field. Who knows where this series will take them, but for the Mets and their fans it had to be a very encouraging five games.
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