When the Braves began this nine-game road trip by taking two of three against the Blue Jays, it appeared Freddie Freeman had distanced himself from the offensive misfortune he had experienced during the regular season's first two weeks.
Given that he was once an All-Star pitcher, Trevor Cahill might not be comfortable with the fact that his completion of six innings is now viewed as progress. But based on the tremendous struggles he has encountered recently, the veteran right-hander has no choice but to accept whatever form of optimism he produces.
As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has utilized A.J. Pierzynski as his primary catcher over the past 10 days, he has said he wants to stick with the "hot bat" and also remind Christian Bethancourt that he has to earn the starting role at the Major League level.