The Braves eight-game winning streak can be blamed on any number of things — but Brian Snitker deserves some of the credit.
Suddenly, everything is clicking for the World Series champs.
Just like last season, Atlanta’s midseason turnaround has begun. While it’s too early to know if they’ll catch the Mets and win the NL East crown yet again, the Braves are in prime position to make a playoff push thanks to a recent eight-game winning streak that isn’t over just yet.
What’s to credit for the recent turnaround? Is it the excellent play of call-up Michael Harris? The return of Ronald Acuña? What about the pitching staff?
The steady hand of Snitker ought to receive some praise, as well.
Braves: Brian Snitker team meeting led to turnaround
On June 1, Snitker called a team meeting after two straight sloppy losses to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Atlanta was 10.5 games back in the NL East at the time. Something had to give.
Braves bench coach Walt Weiss discussed the meeting with The Athletic’s Dave O’Brien.
“Snit and I talked about it before, the day he was going to do it,” Weiss said, per O’Brien. “He told me he couldn’t sleep the night before and he had some things on his mind. And I just said, ‘You know what, Snit, all of us need reminders. From time to time, we need to be reminded of what we’re supposed to be doing, or going about it the right way.’”
Snitker gave his team that reminder, all right. The team hasn’t lost since.
Something clicked that morning. Maybe it was turning the calendar to June that did it, or perhaps it was Snitker raising his voice — something that doesn’t happen all too often.
Nonetheless, this veteran manager knows his team. He knows when to assert himself.
Safe to say it worked this time around.