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Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker is addicted to relief pitcher Will Smith. Someone needs to get him some help before it’s too late.
Smith is the most consistent reliever in the Braves bullpen right now — and not in a good way.
In the top of the seventh inning against the Padres, Snitker brought in Smith to face Fernando Tatis Jr., despite the fact that Tatis is a righty and Smith is a left-handed pitcher. Smith has also been struggling for weeks, so why in the world are the Braves bringing him in to face the likely NL MVP?
NO. 30 FOR TATIS🔥🔥🔥
— Bally Sports San Diego (@BallySportsSD) September 25, 2021
There are so many questions, none of which Snitker can answer coherently.
Braves: Fans furious at Brian Snitker again
Braves fans had plenty to say after Snitker’s decision to go to the well on Smith didn’t pay off.
Smith is not Mark Melancon, or even a once-capable Shane Greene for that matter. Every failed save opportunity (even though that was technically not a blown save) makes the Braves front office look even worse for getting out-bid for their reliable closer, and never replacing him.
Braves fans are right to question Snitker, but the blame ought to be shared across the front office as well.