Mike Minor wasn't optimistic after the first couple of innings on Saturday. He had no reason to be.
His control was erratic he walked the first batter of the game and hit the first guy he faced in the second. He wasn't fooling anyone. He couldn't even get on the same page with catcher Brian McCann.
Only two double plays saved him and the Atlanta Braves from severe damage.
"I told Mac that it wasn't going to be my greatest outing," Minor said.
He was wrong.
Minor showcased his skill, determination and intelligence, demonstrating for a career-high 7 13 innings why the Braves have great hope in him.
Minor was masterful after struggling through the first two innings against Milwaukee on Saturday. He settled down, found his control and a connection with McCann.
He retired 18 consecutive batters at one point, crossing up batters with a mixture of fastball and changes, and working both sides of the plate to leave the Brewers befuddled in a 2-1 victory.
"It's scary," McC...