202: Rounding Third and Heading for Home

by Gil in Mechanicsville

The Braves have completed 75% of the regular season at this posting and currently stand 3 1/2 games behind the first place Mets. While is appears the Atlanta nine are comfortable ahead in the Wild Card, more is at stake besides bragging rights and a spot in the play-offs. A first round bye is a huge advantage in the pursuit of a year’s spot in the World Series. Being able to get a little extra rest for your starting rotation plus being able to align the starters to an advantages position along with the elimination of “travel days” means a team will be less able to rely on just two front line starters.

The Braves have been blessed by the addition of Mike Harris II performing to a high level. Since his insertion in the line up as the everyday centerfielder, the Braves have turned their season around. It goes to show that talent has a way of rising to the top. Of course while the loss of Adam Duvall had negative effect on the Braves offense, they have been able to overcome that loss with balance up and down the line up. Seldom have we seen a line up that equally distributes both speed and power as well and pline baseball smart throughout the batting order.

With Ronald Acuna Jr. returning to his pre injury prowess and Dansby Swanson hitting like the season veteran he is, the loss of Ozzie Albies is less devastating than it might otherwise have been. Not saying he hasn’t been missed but the Braves are balanced enough that even without him in the everyday lineup, players like Arcia and newcomer Vaughn Grissom have made his absence much less acute.

It now appears Ozzie will soon be back with the club leading to the good problem of what to do with Grissom upon Albies return. I suspect the problem won’t be too burdensome with the ability to expand the roster in September. Austin Riley continues on his MVP trajectory this season with gold glove defense and Judgian power, likewise, Matt Olsen’s homeruns and clutch hitting has made the loss of fan favorite Freddie Freeman much less traumatic than it could have been.

Travis d’Arnaud sharing time with finally arrived William Contras has given the Braves a prodigious and steady presence behind the plate as well as a hitting tandem unequaled at the bat. Eddie Rosario has returned to his 2021 level of play following eye surgery. He has become a solid outfielder and lefty hitter in a right handed heavy batting order. New addition Robbie Grossman looks to have regained his 2019 form as a switch hitter with the sharp eye Kevin Seitzer spotting a flaw in his left handed approach.

Top to bottom this year’s team looks even more talented than last season’s World Series champs. Now if the can just continue to put pressure on the Mets in pursuit of first place in the NL East, the 2022 Braves might just pull off a repeat as World Series winners.

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440 Responses to “202: Rounding Third and Heading for Home”


  1. 1 CarolinaLady August 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Excellent, Gil! You da man!

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  2. 2 berigan2electricboogaloo August 20, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    CL speaks the truth! 🙂

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville August 21, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Folks, that was some game last night vs the Astros. Two completely different games as I saw it. The first 6 innings was a pitching duel, 7-11 a slugfest.
    To be honest, I did not think the Braves had a chance after the Stros scored two in the tenth. Oh ye of little faith… Like Yogi said, it a’int over ’til it’s over…

    A dreaded day game Sunday. Charlie Morton answers the call for the Braves today.

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  4. 4 Gil in Mechanicsville August 21, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Note to Snit: do not bring in Dillon Lee when the score is tied late….

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  5. 5 berigan2electricboogaloo August 21, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Gil, wish I had commented before , yep.,..Saturday was a great game, and still won the series, but…, but… yeah Dillon Lee should be rested,esp if we ever face the ‘stros this fall. Spephens also has taken step back as well….

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  6. 6 Vox O'Reasoñ August 22, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Adrianza back; Goins DFA’d. Meh.

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  7. 7 Vox O'Reasoñ August 22, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    KC has called up Drew Waters to make his ML debut tonight. I wish him the best of luck. Then again, I don’t believe in luck. I believe in preparation and opportunity. The opportunity is now before him. I hope he’s prepared.

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  8. 8 berigan2electricboogaloo August 22, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Interesting, in 191 AB’s at Gwinnett, he hit .246, with 5 HR’s 16 RBI’s and 5 steals in 6 attempts. in 31 games in Omaha, 121 AB’s .296, 7 HR’s 17 RBI’s and 13 for 13 in steals.

    the A’s finally called up Shea Langeliers , (3 months shy of turning 25) and is hitting .316 after 5 games, with a homer.

    Remember Christian Bethancourt? Still around and playing fairly well with Tampa, with 3 homers in 18 games…

    What’s so funny is that Waters is 23, and Shea as I mentioned is nearly 25 , and teams with no playoff hopes and terrible offenses, wait soooo long sometimes to bring a guy up…meanwhile the braves…guys 21 and only played a few weeks in AA? Sure, put him in CF, why not? Oh, 2nd 2nd baseman is out, should we bring him up from his cup of coffee at AA, to not play SS? Of course!

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    • 9 Vox O'Reasoñ August 22, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      The greater point here is that the talent evaluators in ATL realized that Waters could not make that jump here. Talented? Yes. Holes in his swing? Bigguns. And with Ronnie locked up and Mikey on the way, Waters was going to have to make some radical improvements to make the lineup in ATL. You see the approach that both Mikey and Vaughn have to putting the bat on the ball, and you understand why they were able to make the big jump… and why Waters could not. It all comes down to what is now termed “bat to ball” skills. I watched Vaughn in one of his AB’s yesterday (he singled to LF) and saw him simply take a measured swing to hit the ball where it was pitched. There was no dramatic “loading” and no effort to alter his “swing plane”. He simply hit the pitch where it was and drove it to LF. “Bat to ball” skills. I’ve seen the phrase become more and more prevalent. The powers that be are finally realizing the K’s are more than just another out. Only 60% of batted balls are outs. 100% of K’s are outs. And none of them move a runner along or drive one in. I hope Waters has gotten some fresh instruction to patch up some of the holes in his swing. But those 57 K’s he had in just 49 games in Gwinnett are still showing on his stat line.

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  9. 11 Vox O'Reasoñ August 22, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Speaking pf prospects, MLB has reshuffled the prospect rankings post-draft, and the Braves have had a bit of movement among their prospects. First, the consensus #1 is not even a prospect anymore, he’s a lineup regular at the ML level. That’d be Vaughn Grissom, of course. Then notably there is only one other position player among the next 11, that being SS Braden Shewmake… who quite honestly might be rated a little high at #7. Shewmake has stalled in his rise up the ladder, in part because of the presence of Dansby Swanson, in part because of the emergence of Vaugh Grissom, but mostly because he is a player with solid skills but nothing outstanding. I have not personally watched him play, but the feeling I get from reports is that he’s a very good defender and a guy that can put the bat on the ball. He just doesn’t really stand out anywhere. I think he could fill in for injury and keep the position warm for 15 days, but he is maybe not an everyday guy on a contending team. I hope he proves me wrong.

    The other thing of note other than the heavy presence of pitching is that 3 of the new Top 10, and 7 of the Top 30 are from this year’s draft class… including new #6 JR Ritchie, the guy they drafted with the compensation pick they acquired in the Waters trade. They loved Ritchie for his mid-90’s fastball (as a HS’er), his plus slider that misses bats, his curve that is more his “go to” breaking pitch, and an effective changeup that comes from the same throwing motion. His simple and repeatable delivery suggests he could be a steady riser and a future rotation mainstay. All in all, the Braves took an diminishing asset from an area of excess and turned it into an ascending asset in an area of need. I call that a win for the Braves, and maybe even a win for Waters himself. He now has that aforementioned opportunity that he was not going to be given in ATL.

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  10. 12 Vox O'Reasoñ August 22, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    Acuña Jr. RF
    Swanson SS
    Riley 3B
    Olson 1B
    d’Arnaud C
    Rosario DH
    Grissom 2B
    Harris II CF
    Grossman LF
    ~~~
    Odorizzi RHP

    Glad to see that Eddie’s hammy is good enough for him to DH over Ozuna. (More on that in a minute.) I think this is the lineup we’ll see most often, with Eddie and Robbie swapping LF duties and WillieC occasionally getting the DH slot against lefties.

    Regarding Ozuna, as Snit said emphatically yesterday, he’s still a part of the team and he’ll play when needed. That said, all indications are that the team is following very specific guidelines as set by the league and union until such time as the legal aspect of the circumstance is cleared up. I even heard one pundit today say that since the Coppygate incident, the Braves are completely submissive to every MLB directive down to the last dotted “i” and crossed “t”. In other words, their jumping through all the league’s hoops until they can do something more definitive. And a legal issue like a DUI can last weeks… and even months. So we best not get in any hurry. Ozuna is sitting on the last few inches of pine, and will move even further down on Sept. 1. And there’s very little chance of him being on the playoff roster. As we used to say, those chances are “slim to none, and Slim just left town on the afternoon stage.”

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  11. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville August 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    On Shewmake, keep in mind the adage:
    Consistent adequacy often out performs occasional excellence.

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    • 14 berigan2electricboogaloo August 22, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      Gil, very true! When Dansby came up, his defense was already there, but…remember his first 2 seasons? 6 HR 51 RBI’s and .232 BA. next year, at 24, 14 HR’s 59 RBI’s .238. I really was thinking after 2 full seasons, really? this guy was the #1 pick in the nation? No one else was more impressive to scouts? Now, we get it….

      By the by. how many times did Dansby strike out last year? 167!!! 136 strikeouts in 123 games. That surprises me, never would have guessed that!

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  12. 15 berigan2electricboogaloo August 22, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    well, not the most exciting game ever, but a wins a win!

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  13. 16 berigan2electricboogaloo August 22, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    So, Phat Albert hit yet another homer, his 693rd of the season! in the past week/10 days, he’s had 2 2 HR games, hit a granny, pinch hit yesterday for a hit, and I think an RBI, and then today, the only run of the game. Wow….something looks different in his swing. Great that he found some sort of flaw, or a why to get his bat to the zone quicker, but he has to be thinking, why couldn’t I do this the last several seasons? better late then never…now hitting .277/ .351 krayKray as the kids say…or said a decade or so ago 😉

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  14. 17 berigan2electricboogaloo August 22, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    “693rd of the season!” I’m not sure, but that could be a record 😆
    Perhaps I meant…693rd of his career.

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  15. 18 Vox O'Reasoñ August 23, 2022 at 7:26 am

    I remember after Jake Odorizzi’s last outing, the one where he gave up 3 HR’s in the first 8 batters, he talked about a mechanical adjustment that he made while tossing in the tunnel during the rain delay. And he did look like a different pitcher after the restart. Of course, it was already too late in that game.

    But he too that mechanical adjustment into last night’s start and it showed. We can’t just write it off to being against the Pirates because that’s a talented young bunch over there. What a boost it will be if Odorizzi is back to his successful self in the #5 slot! And maybe most importantly, it will keep the Braves from rushing Ian Anderson back from AAA. Speaking of whom, he looked exactly like he has in ATL in his first start in Gwinnett… he won and had his share of K’s, but he also walked a few and was done after just 5 innings. Ian has to become more efficient if he’s ever going to be a rotation mainstay.

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  16. 19 Gil in Mechanicsville August 23, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Wondering out loud why Braves pitchers can’t go 7 innings on a routine basis?

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  17. 22 Gil in Mechanicsville August 23, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Not the prettiest game last night but like you said Ber, a win is a win…

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  18. 23 berigan2electricboogaloo August 23, 2022 at 10:16 am

    “Wondering out loud why Braves pitchers can’t go 7 innings on a routine basis?”
    Good question Gil! Houston (with an old school manager) has starters that go deep, and they say they have the best bullpen in baseball. It’s odd, cuz managers often baby starters (5 and 2/3rds is considered a fine start), and then have guys in the bullpen pitch 3 days in a row (or certainly get warm a time or 2 in the same game) and wonder why they don’t seem as sharp as they did in May….

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    • 24 Vox O'Reasoñ August 23, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Don’t like Dusty. Never have; never will. He allowed Barroid Bonds to have an entire corner of the SanFran clubhouse all to himself and his recliner, and turned a blind eye to rampant “clear and cream” use when there’s no way he could have missed it being 2 shoulders deep up Barry’s butt. Now he stands in a dugout with a mask pulled down under his chin and chews on a toothpick while the national media fawns over him. It must be all those World Series rings. Oh wait… he has 0 of those as a manager. Got no use for him personally.

      FWIW, Astros starters:
      Justin Verlander = 6.5 IP/start
      Framber Valdez = 6.5 ”
      Jose Urquidy = 5.8 ”
      Luis Garcia = 5.6 ”
      Cristian Javier = 3.4 ”
      Jake Odorizzi = 5.0 ”

      Average = 5.4 IP/start
      
      Braves starters:
      Max Fried = 6.3 IP/start
      Kyle Wright = 6.1       "
      Charlie Morton = 5.6  "
      Ian Anderson = 5.0    "
      Spencer Strider = 5.0 "  (as starter)
      *Jake Odorizzi* = 4.8    "
      

      Average = 5.4 IP/start

      Remarkably… it’s the same for HOU and ATL.

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  19. 28 Vox O'Reasoñ August 23, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    I bet this guy could still get a hit in a ML game.

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    • 29 Vox O'Reasoñ August 23, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      Not sure if you see the same thing that I do, but mine says: “The following media includes potentially sensitive content.” It’s Julio Franco in a batting cage. Feel safe to click on through. I’m sure if it were a bunch of scantily clad women behaving “unladylike” in a rap video, it’d be just fine. But Julio Franco swinging a bat… now that’s some pretty sensitive stuff, lemme tell ya. Must be the out-of-work CNN fact checkers.

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      • 30 CarolinaLady August 23, 2022 at 6:36 pm

        A fully dressed, fit and trim older man who can still hit pro-level baseballs simply cannot be shown to the current generation, ya know. Might hurt their widdle feelings – or something. disgusted unladylike snort

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  20. 31 Vox O'Reasoñ August 23, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Ozzie is taking BP with the team today. That’s a great sign.

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  21. 32 Gil in Mechanicsville August 24, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Down to two games out again, thank you (shutter) Yankees….

    Kyle Wright vs the Bucs in a dreaded day game today. Let’s keep it going guys, day off tomorrow so don’t let up, peddle to the metal and full speed ahead.

    In other news, the Phillies are about to get a whole lot better as Harper nears a return.

    The Braves showed their quick strike capabilities last night. Pirates must have wondered what happened in the 5th inning.

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  22. 33 Vox O'Reasoñ August 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    2day’s lineup:

    Acuña Jr. RF
    Swanson SS
    Riley 3B
    Olson 1B
    Contreras C
    Rosario DH
    Grissom 2B
    Harris II CF
    Grossman LF
    ~~~
    Wright RHP

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  23. 34 Vox O'Reasoñ August 24, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    And with that, there is no longer any league significance. The All-Star game is even less attractive, it that’s possible. And any remaining mystique surrounding World Series matchups is forever gone. Oh well… progress, right? Sure. 🙄

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  24. 35 berigan2electricboogaloo August 24, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Weird…silly me, my thought for a few years was to have 15 games against your own division and have 9 games against, say teams in the closest division …not sure if that math works or not, too tired to figure it out. This is much more radical, they probably will change it after 2023…but, I have to say, I really, really , really don’t want to go to Miami 3 times a year, or to D.C.
    I really like that part….plus, how many teams do we just not know the players? Not that…I think only 3 games against certain teams is going to help that much….

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  25. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo August 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I’ll tell you what (Yeah I will!) last 9 games are against the Cubs and the Nats, that’s not a bad thing at all!

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  26. 37 Vox O'Reasoñ August 24, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    I believe the Pirates will be happy to see the Braves leave town.

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  27. 38 Vox O'Reasoñ August 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    I thought Kyle Wright had a great shot at a complete game with only 73 pitches through 7 innings. But that long top of the 8th where the Braves batted around (again) and scored another touchdown insured that Kyle would take his great 7 inning effort and hit the shower.

    FWIW, I believe he could’ve done it easily.

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  28. 39 Vox O'Reasoñ August 24, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Well, the Pirates scored a late safety to put 2 points on the board, but the 14-2 victory was still pretty dominating in all phases. And like many football coaches, Snit emptied his bench late in the game as well, with only the reserve catcher and Marcell Ozuna remaining on the pine. I think that says something. Not sure what, but something.

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  29. 40 CarolinaLady August 24, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Really enjoyable interview:

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  30. 41 Gil in Mechanicsville August 25, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Off day today, might be a good one to get some chores done.

    Bryce Harper looks ready to return, not sure what having him beat up on the Stripers will accomplish.

    Wow, looks like the Padres are flailing in the NL West. They remind me of Baltimore back in the day when a bunch of high priced prima donnas could not play together. Just saying.

    Not a problem for the Dodgers who are wasting the Brewers on a nightly basis.

    The Cardinals finish up a five game set with the Cubs today for the rubber match. I hope a couple of the Braves hitters (ahem Riley) will get to rest up a bit, he has suffered from a bout of warning trach power of late.

    A word about the Pirates young shortstop Cruz. Wow….

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  31. 42 Gil in Mechanicsville August 25, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Looking at the upcoming schedule for the Mets… Wow, what a bunch of creampuffs they have coming in. The only team they have any worries about looks like the Dodgers for a three game set net week. If the Braves are going to catch the the Mets, it likely will be next week but the Braves still will have to face off against the Phillies. Rough sledding ahead…

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  32. 43 Gil in Mechanicsville August 25, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Well, like they say, one game at a time, one inning at a time, one pitch at a time.

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  33. 44 berigan2electricboogaloo August 25, 2022 at 11:51 am

    A word about the Pirates young shortstop Cruz. Wow….
    Gil, I don’t know if they knew during the broadcast (I missed a fair bit of the game) but on quick pitch, they said the ball that hit the wall was a 122.4 MPH missile! Statcast has been around since 2015, and it’s the hardest ball hit…that they’ve ever recorded. And, oh by the way, earlier this year, he threw a ball from short earlier this year at I think, 98.7 which since 2015…is the fastest ball thrown by an infielder! Wait til he fills out!

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  34. 46 Vox O'Reasoñ August 25, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Ken Rosensource reports that extension talks between the Braves and Dansby started somewhere around the All-Star break and are ongoing. He adds this quote from Dansby:

    “The easiest way I can say it is, from the conversations we’ve had, they want me here and this is my home — I want to be here. One would think (that would lead to a deal), right? But we’ve seen crazy things happen before. I’ve really gotten to a point of just surrendering that over. This is my home. But wherever the good Lord is going to put me is where I’m supposed to be. I’ve come to terms with that.”

    So prayer is definitely in order for us fans. 😀

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  35. 47 berigan2electricboogaloo August 25, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Oneil Cruz: 6’7″, 220lb. Can he remain at SS?
    good question! they have…shoot, K’brian Hayes? nah, have to look it up. ahh, Ke’Bryan Hayes is at 3rd…perhaps center? Can you imagine guys running on his arm?

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  36. 48 Gil in Mechanicsville August 25, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Phillie manager announced that Bryce Harper will return to the Philadelphia line up Saturday (much to the relief of the Striper’s pitching staff)…

    Watching Dansby this season has been like watching the return of Derrek Jeter.

    I wonder if Ozzie is going to like hitting in the nine hole upon his return to the line up?

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  37. 49 Conrad Hailparn August 26, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    I guess I’m the ONLY one with any issues with wordpress 😛
    man, I clean out cookies about once a week and now, some stupid black box is covering over the w.p. icon , telling me, to click on 1 of the 3 choices (W.P, twitter or FB) I can ONLY click on the FB one….I tried closing the browser, doing control + / – . Nothing works…sigh….

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  38. 51 Conrad Hailparn August 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Gil, I saw DOB say a week or so ago that Dansby could re-sign , if he was willing to take 20 Mil a year. Ok, sounds great…. except…do you know what Carlos Correa is making this year, and possibly the next 3 years? 35.1 MILLION DOLLARS PER  And how is he doing this year? 14 HRs 40 RBI’s  .264 BA. Everyone thought, since he has a player option every year to opt out, he’d do that. Think he’s going to get more than 35 Mil a year anywheres?
    Xander Bogaerts can opt out (20 mil a year for the next 4 years) but while hitting .300, his power is way down, 10 HR’s 50 RBIs. And some say he’s just ok as a SS.
     so…. IMHO, the only guy that truly should get more interest than Dansby is…. Trea Turner (duh! 😉 ) he his one whole year older than Dansby…but, he’s just a better hitter (I would still say Dansby is the best SS out there, but I might be biased 😉 ) 18 HR’s 85 RBI’s 20 steals (I just heard the other day that he’s THE fastest guy in baseball, amazingly enough) and is hitting .311. But, why would the Dodgers let him go? who are they going to get that’s better than him , esp after letting Corey Seager walk?
    So, Dansby may very well be able to get…who knows? 25 MIL? 28 MIL? More????
    it will be interesting, that’s for sure….
    and the emergence of Vaughn Grissom…..hmmm….

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  39. 53 Conrad Hailparn August 26, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    couldn’t get that post above to…post…tried to sign in on a different browser….thought I signed in via wordpress, but looks to be via google? sigh!!1

    CL, I know you have mentioned that before, but man, that’s just crazy!

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  40. 54 Gil in Mechanicsville August 26, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Braves continue to hit against the Cards… Yipeee

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  41. 55 Conrad Hailparn August 27, 2022 at 7:34 am

    yep! Really broke out against them…

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  42. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville August 27, 2022 at 9:30 am

    The line drive that hit off Jackson’s forehead was really smoked. It is a wonder it did not knock him out.

    I think the Braves still need some reinforcements for the pen. You should not need to warm up your closer when you have a 4+ run lead.

    The Rockies broke my heart last night, they let that win slip away last night. It is going to be tough for the Braves to over take the Mets two game lead given the schedules of both teams. Not impossible but dag gone difficult.

    7:15 PM eastern time game for the Bravos tonight. Can be seen on Fox…

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  43. 57 Conrad Hailparn August 27, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    is that really Kenley?

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  44. 58 Conrad Hailparn August 27, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Was that Kenley on the mound? Man, he’s terrible, Will Smith 2.0 only…worse. No control, no movement, no…nothing…..now 3 back cuz he couldn’t get 3 outs….if only we had, 2, 3 guys that are better options as a closer…sigh…..

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  45. 59 Conrad Hailparn August 28, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    sigh…still can’t log in via wordpress…almost as if they don’t want me to …
    I was really hating the Smoltz/nameless generic broadcaster last night…Great that Matt Holliday is in cards HOF, how about…talking to him when the cards players were up? Nah, do it when the 2 21 year olds that much of America haven’t seen before have their first AB’s of the game….Generic guy wasn’t even watching the action , just looking at Holliday, Smoltz at least kept a slight eye on the game…sheesh….they got a bit better later in the game, but man, do I miss the regular crew…at least today, during the day game…wait….no day game???? No, don’t tell me…NO!! ESPN at night? 😡

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  46. 60 Conrad Hailparn August 28, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    had to go espn to see when the game was (I know, I could find it somewhere else, it’s just…easiest to find there, for lazy me 😉 ) and found this interesting story….
    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34453583/goat-watching-albert-pujols-become-albert-pujols-again

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  47. 61 Conrad Hailparn August 29, 2022 at 3:37 am

    Well, old braves pal Boog isn’t too bad in the booth better than Karl R …
    man, I had a terrible feeling when Kenley come on Saturday …was really worried that Snit was going to run him out again for Sunday’s game, I mean, 3-2….sure did NOT expect A.J to give up not 1, but 2 homers in less than an inning!
    Of course , scoring 3 runs , isn’t optimal these days…

    So, what’s the story with this Wainwright feller? Think the braves would have won an extra W.S. or 2 if he’d pitched here the last 15+ years? Man, I know …I know, but still, probably a worse trade than Texiera one, IMO. 163 Innings this year, 11 starts of 7 innings or more…Jake? 2 starts of 7 innings this year.
    oh well, the Mutts lost 1-0 so, there’s that…

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    • 62 Vox O'Reasoñ August 29, 2022 at 8:04 am

      A little unfair comparing Wainwright and Odorizzi, but I get the idea. And in fairness to Odo, he has been much better since the tunnel session during that rain delay 2 weeks ago. He looks like a different pitcher. As for Waino, in the long run, that trade might indeed be worse than Teixeira/boatload.

      When the Homeboy Upstairs traded for J.D.Drew, he thought he was getting a lineup cornerstone to replace Gary Sheffield. Drew was really good, too… for 1 year. Alot of folks forget that the Braves also got a backup catcher/OF in Eli Marrero. Marrero actually ended up being a pretty good player for the Braves… for 1 year.

      People also forget that the Cards received alot more than just Wainwright. They also got a promising young ML ready starter in Jason Marquis and a solid lefty reliever in Ray King. Looking back at some of the press from that trade, you see that the Cards were simply getting something back from their pending FA’s whom they knew they could not afford to re-sign, and cut payroll at the same time. Marquis was the pitcher that the Cards talked about the most in the press. Waino was still in AA at the time and there wasn’t the 24/7 media coverage of prospects then like there is now. Their GM Walt Jocketty said in a brief comment that the deal would not have been made if the Braves had not included Wainwright, though.

      There were mixed reactions among the press at the time, too. There were many that felt that the Cards were giving up on Drew too quickly and that he would be a perennial All-Star with the Braves. John Schuerholz thought so too. And the St. Louis press wasnt sold on Wainwright either. I found this snippet:

      St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz expressed hope for Wainwright’s future, but wasn’t convinced that [Cards manager Tony] La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan were capable of helping the young right-hander reach his full potential.

      “Wainwright is a legitimately bright prospect and a potential steal for the Cardinals,” Miklasz wrote. “But if Duncan and La Russa are around beyond the 2004 season it may not matter, because they can’t develop young pitchers. Perhaps young Wainwright will be nurtured and saved by the next regime.” (I reckon they did OK.)

      “The only risk in this transaction is that J.D. Drew finally will be aroused to compete. If so, he will give the Braves the incredible season the Cardinals waited for in vain,” Miklasz wrote. “… Even if Drew wins the Triple Crown next season, we must remember. The Cardinals wouldn’t have been able to re-sign him after next season. Drew was gone anyway. So at least they got something for him now.”

      Drew indeed stayed healthy in 2004 and gave the Braves that incredible season, playing in 145 games, slashing .305/.436/.569 with 31 HR’s, 91 RBI, and finishing 6th in MVP voting with an astounding 8.3 WAR. In fact, it was so good that the Dodgers threw a boatload of cash at him at season’s end and lured him away.

      I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if he had limped along again in 2004 before reaching FA, then got healthy.

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  48. 63 Gil in Mechanicsville August 29, 2022 at 9:46 am

    I remember Savana Guy railing about how stupid Shuerholtz was for trading away Wainwright. Of course I also remember him dissing Obama too…. hummm, pretty astute fellow in retrospect.

    Yes, last night was a bit disappointing. You cannot fault Odo, he was great for 5 innings. His arm got a little fatigued if you ask me. As for Minter, one might speculate the same for him. We are getting to that magic time in the season where guys start to run out of gas.

    Ice then down and rest up today fellows, still a lot of baseball yet to play.

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  49. 65 Vox O'Reasoñ August 29, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    So what do we do, and by we I mean the Braves, about relievers that are starting to show signs of fatigue? It’s too late to bring in anyone, obviously. The only resource is the pipeline, but you still have pitchers there that are in the dog days of their own seasons. I suppose you just have to be somewhat fluid and measure fatigue as it appears and make your choices thusly. Perhaps using Kyle Muller or Freddy Tarnok, or even Ian Anderson in short bursts would help push the team over the finish line. I love Ian as as starter, but his stuff could really play up 1 inning at a time.

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  50. 66 Conrad Hailparn August 29, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    V, thanks for the refresher on that trade, completely forgot Jason M was in it too, wow (even Ray King I notice, who was good for them for 2 years)
    J.D. Drew was in a way, the Dick Allen of the 90s/2000s (and Harry Carey said about Allen, million dollar talent, 10 cent brain) never played 150 games ever! He walked a ton, which of course is better than anything else….only lived up to his potential with the red sox at the end of his career. (oh and refused to sign as the #1 pick of the Phils…wasn’t his agent Borass?)

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  51. 67 Vox O'Reasoñ August 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    The Angels have released Jesse Chavez. You know AA almost certainly has already been on the phone with his agent. 🙂

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    • 68 Vox O'Reasoñ August 30, 2022 at 7:12 am

      Jesse Chaves notes, courtesy of Darragh McDonald of MLBTR:

      Chavez, 39, is a veteran who made his debut back in 2008. In his career, he’s pitched at the big league level for the Pirates, Braves, Royals, Blue Jays, Athletics, Dodgers, Angels, Rangers and Cubs. This year started with the Cubs, though Chavez was flipped to Atlanta for Sean Newcomb just a couple of weeks into the season while sporting a 6.35 ERA. He pitched well over 38 1/3 innings in Atlanta, registering a 2.11 ERA in that time before getting sent to the Angels as part of the Raisel Iglesias deal. Since becoming an Angel, he has a 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.

      Putting those three stints together, he has a 3.62 ERA for the season with a 25.6% strikeout rate, 6.8% walk rate and 37.2% ground ball rate. Chavez will now head back out to the open market in search of his next opportunity. If he signs with someone prior to 11:59pm ET on Aug. 31, he will be eligible for that club’s postseason roster.

      He can also sign a minor league deal for the league minimum, as the Halos are on the hook for the remainder of his ML contract which runs through season’s end. All kidding aside, I’m a little surprised we have not heard of a Chavez~Braves connection yet.

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  52. 70 Gil in Mechanicsville August 30, 2022 at 8:29 am

    .I was just thinking that the Braves really missed Jesse in the pen, he was more than just an arm out there….

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  53. 71 Gil in Mechanicsville August 30, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    The #Braves claimed RHP Jesse Chavez off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

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  54. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville August 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I would say that worked out pretty good for the Bravos

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  55. 73 Vox O'Reasoñ August 30, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Of course they have!! He’s baaaaaack!!

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  56. 74 Vox O'Reasoñ August 30, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Great news!!

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  57. 75 Gil in Mechanicsville August 30, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Fried seems a little off tonight

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  58. 76 berigan2electricboogaloo August 31, 2022 at 5:18 am

    Gil, indeed he was (wait, now my wordpress acct, without me trying is logged on? Ok…weird)
    I do believe it could be what is now known as…Jesse Chavez syndrome. If you are either not in a pennant race, or you don’t have your adrenaline spike up because your opponent sux..it’s hard to concentrate 😆
    Or, he just had one of those rare off nights…
    as for the offensive…hopefully they will start hitting again soon….missed a chance to gain a game on the Mutts….the Dodgers are doing their part.

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    • 77 berigan2electricboogaloo August 31, 2022 at 5:22 am

      of course, it wasn’t easy to post this…kept mentioning my gmail email (even though clearly my wordpress was logged in, as I saw my handle, and the tiny pic of Carole Lombard) and wouldn’t let me post this post for…only 10 minutes or so…sigh…

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  59. 78 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    O’Day and Tromp reinjured during rehab, signed free agent CF Jake Marisnick (Pirates) to a minor league contract.

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  60. 79 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Kyle Wright to face Rockies tonight, Ozuna in the line up leading off as the DH tonight.

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  61. 80 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Nice piece by Obrien on the return of Jesse Chavez to the fold. Chavez is a perfect example of how you can be so much better when in a good work environment.

    Speaking from personal experiences I can relate. While not on the same level as a pro ball player, I do know it is not always the job you hate but the situation you find yourself in trying to do it.

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  62. 81 berigan2electricboogaloo September 1, 2022 at 8:59 am

    so, is something wrong with Jansen, or what? I mean, he didn’t use to walk folks like he is now. His ball has always seemed, to my eyes to be laser straight….but guys missed it (must be some optical illusion that I don’t see much movement watching on tv) but it’s really just sitting there doing nothing now. Yet, he then throws 3-4 non competitive pitches in a row…just odd. He looked the best all year a week or so ago when there was like a 4-5 run lead, and he just mowed ’em down like you expect a guy with 380 saves to do…
    He’s really, really lucky good ol’ blind as a bat CB Bucknor called 2 balls, strikes, or he might not have gotten that final out….watching on tv) but it’s really just sitting there doing nothing now. Yet, he then throws 3-4 non competitive pitches in a row…just odd. He looked the best all year a week or so ago when there was like a 4-5 run lead, and he just mowed ’em down like you expect a guy with 380 saves to do…
    He’s really, really lucky good ol’ blind as a bat CB Bucknor called 2 balls, strikes, or he might not have gotten that final out….

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  63. 82 berigan2electricboogaloo September 1, 2022 at 9:01 am

    and I’m still having trouble logging in to post…says I am logged in, but one of the other…2 ways I have had to use are superseding the Berigan one…for some unknown reason. So, I have to log out, then log in to make a post…..every single time….sigh!

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  64. 83 berigan2electricboogaloo September 1, 2022 at 9:12 am

    did I mention, every post I have to log out, then log back in? :/

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  65. 84 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2022 at 9:24 am

    My take on the very much under the radar minor league signing of Jake Marisnick…

    Marisnick is probably in the top 5 defensive CF’ers in the game. His bat doesn’t pay up to his defense, but he still puts the bat on the ball occasionally, a whole lot more than a certain Marcell Ozuna does. Is he gonna hit HR’s like Ozuna? No he is not. But he’s not gonna cost you any games, either. This was a very good signing. But I doubt that the Braves are gonna just chuck Ozuna at this point in the season. The guy whose roster spot (both 26-man and 40-man) in danger is Guillermo Heredia because Marisnick mimics Heredia’s talents, but better. (No news on if he can swing a sword, though.)

    I also believe that with Ronnie’s knee feeling “terrible”, his word not mine, he might just be the DH for the rest of the season. And I’m not so sure you want Eddie Rosario’s glove in the field every day… and certainly not late in the game. I could see a scenario where Rosario and Robbie Grossman platoon in LF, with Marisnick in RF. Or some sort of loose platoon whereby all 3 rotate the corner spots.

    In my world, the Braves would cut Ozuna loose with Marisnick taking that slot (both 26-man and 40-man). I suppose we’ll see. We could also see Marisnick stay in Gwinnett as depth. I suppose we’ll see it all unfold soon.

    As a reminder, the Sept. 1 roster expansion is now truncated to just 2 additional players, with a cap of 14 pitchers. So the team can add 1 pitcher and 1 position player today. Look for Jesse Chavez to be the pitcher added. The position player will eventually be Ozzie Albies, but he’s just beginning his rehab stint tonight at Gwinnett. And another reminder, he is on the 60-day IL, so someone will lose their 40-man roster spot when he’s ready to return. Would Darren O’Day’s sprained big toe qualify him to be transferred to the 60-day IL? Makes you go hmmm…

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  66. 89 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Scanning the official transaction wire, Marisnick was not added to the Braves 40-man roster before midnight Aug. 31, thus will not be post-season eligible. There are occasions where the league can be petitioned for an injury replacement to the post-season roster (see Chris Martin last season), but the replacement player still must have been on the 40-man roster as of midnight Aug. 31.

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  67. 90 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Braves officially official announcements:

    The Braves today returned INF Orlando Arcia from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the injured list, and reported RHP Jesse Chavez to Atlanta.

    There are your 2 ML roster additions.

    The club also returned RHP Mike Soroka from his rehabilitation assignment, reinstated him from the injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. To make room on the 40-man roster, Atlanta transferred RHP Darren O’Day to the 60-day IL.

    Toes are not to be trifled with.

    Additionally, INF Ozzie Albies tonight begins a rehabilitation assignment with Gwinnett.

    His imminent return means there will still be some roster casualties to come.

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    • 91 Gil in Mechanicsville September 1, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      Prophet star for your call on O’Day

      My guess would be either Ehire Adrianza or Guillermo Heredia but my preference would be Ozuna but I suspect the Braves are holding out for some type of salary relief from MLB commissioner. I don’t expect to see it but well, you know…

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  68. 92 Gil in Mechanicsville September 1, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    My guess is Acuna will be slotted in as the DH for the rest of the season and d’Arnaud and Contreras will alternate catching duties. I’m pretty sure Travis will catch for Odorizzi each turn.

    Outfield with be Grossman, Harris and Rosario

    Might see Ozuna take a turn while the team is on the left coast. Then again, probably not.

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  69. 93 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Spencer Strider was an absolute beast tonight. What a special performance. So glad I could see those last few innings. 16 K’s. New Braves record. Incredible.

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  70. 94 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Strider probably just sealed the ROY.

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  71. 96 Vox O'Reasoñ September 2, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Strider’s numbers from last night:

    8.0 IP, 16 K (new franchise record), 0 BB, 2 H, 106 pitches/79 strikes.

    I’m not sure which is more impressive, the 16 K’s or the 0 BB’s… except I think that the 0 BB’s is so much more grand alongside the 16 K’s.

    And that 8th inning performance was absolute nails. I haven’t gotten that excited during a regular season game in a long time.

    DO’B called it “the emergence of a starting pitcher unlike any the Braves have had”. If I’m not mistaken, he’s aware of guys like Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz. But really, Strider is alot like John Smoltz with an extra 5 mph on his fastball and a plus changeup.

    If you were able to watch the Bally’s broadcast, you saw Luke Jackson join the boys in the booth and talk about what makes Strider so different. He talked mostly about how he uses the fastball in different ways, i.e. he comes from different angles, places it in different spots depending on the count and the sequence. And then he throws that slider with extreme break that moves away from the RH batter at the very last second. Add to that the devastating changeup that looks just like his fastball except that it’s about 15 mph slower and drops off the table at about 59 feet.

    The other element here is that while we’re all gaining the realization of just how good he is, Strider has known it all along. He oozes confidence, and in turn always looks like he’s in complete charge of the game. It’s not even a matter of him controlling his nerves. He just knows he’s that much better. There is only one other pitcher I’ve watched with that same mound demeanor, and that’s Jacob deGrom. They both just make their opponent defeated from the first pitch.

    This fan has taken Strider’s success with a little tempering this season, enjoying the ride but waiting for a step back. After watching that performance last night, I’m all in. He’s for real and he’s a star.

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    • 97 Gil in Mechanicsville September 2, 2022 at 9:32 am

      Last night’s broadcast was one of the best I have watched this season, BMac was a plus plus addition and having Jackson Stevens and Luke Jackson chime in was great too. Then there was Strider… WOW, just WOW…. I can’t say a star was born because he has been a star all season but maybe a super nova was born….

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  72. 98 berigan2electricboogaloo September 2, 2022 at 10:12 am

    I was soooo glad that Snit left him in , even after the miffed play by Olson….I think just about anyone else would have been taken out…amazing that no one else had struck out more than 15 (Smoltz twice they said) in the history of the franchise!
    And it was a lot of fun with BMac and the others showing up. They really ought to do that once a month.

    Funny, a friend and I were talking about the braves and I was saying how Jansen scares me a ton and how against the cards he only threw 4 strikes in 22 pitches(Naturally he had an easy 9th last night) …he said, well , who are your starters for the playoffs? I said, well, Fried, Wright, and Morton…he said, then Strider is perfect from the bullpen , perhaps the closer. I said, hmmm, makes some sense….
    but, with a likely 3 game W.C. series…would you possibly run Strider out there instead of Morton??? Hmmm! starters for the playoffs? I said, well, Fried, Wright, and Morton…he said, then Strider is perfect from the bullpen , perhaps the closer. I said, hmmm, makes some sense….
    but, with a likely 3 game W.C. series…would you possibly run Strider out there instead of Morton??? Hmmm!

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  73. 101 Gil in Mechanicsville September 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Any report on how Ozzie did last night at Gwinnett?

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  74. 103 Vox O'Reasoñ September 2, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    2nites lineup:

    Acuña Jr. DH
    Swanson SS
    Riley 3B
    Olson 1B
    d’Arnaud C
    Harris II CF
    Grissom 2B
    Ozuna LF
    Grossman RF
    +++
    Charlie Morton RHP

    For some unknown reason, Marcell Ozuna is in the lineup. That will be at least 2 K’s, guaranteed.

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    • 104 berigan2electricboogaloo September 2, 2022 at 8:23 pm

      apparently…..Ozuna has had luck against Alcantra (SP) and I see he has one hit….can’t watch the game of course cuz…China’s fav company is broadcasting it….

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      • 105 Gil in Mechanicsville September 3, 2022 at 12:53 am

        I gave up trying to watch it after the 2nd inning because #1 the woman announcing the game grated on my nerves like finger nails on a chalk board, and #2 the broadcast kept lagging so the whole thing jumped like it was loaded with jumping beans…

        I did listen to the final couple of innings via the radio broadcast.

        If Apple broadcasted all of the games I would never watch again. While I like my phone and watch (some of China’s best) I detest Apple news etc… Just more left wing tripe.

        So, about the game, I did not expect the Braves to jump on Alcantara like they did. 3 two run homers will ruin your ERA PDQ. Rookies Rule.

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  75. 106 Gil in Mechanicsville September 4, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Well, that was fun… Riley trying to make up for a lost couple of weeks with his 4th homer in four days. Bryce Elder says he has done all he can do to show the Braves he belongs with another strong effort against the fish.

    Kenly Jansen needs some time off to recover. Tired arm? Tired body? Something is wrong and it is hurting the team right now. It is not as if Snit doesn’t have some other options for a few weeks.

    And how about the ball and strike calling by the umpire last night. Wow… Really poor showing behind the dish.

    Has MLB not looked at Tyler Flowers’ spring loaded face mask? Why would anyone not use one if they had the option?

    Fried toes the rubber for Los Bravos today on get away day. 1:35 P game time…

    Oh by the way, back to 2 games down thanks to the Nats drumming of the Mets 7-1 last night. Ley’s go for the sweep today and make it a happy flight to the left coast.

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  76. 107 berigan2electricboogaloo September 4, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    I gave up trying to watch it after the 2nd inning because #1 the woman announcing the game grated on my nerves like finger nails on a chalk board
    THIS, as the youngsters say…or at least used to. 😉 For the life of me, instead of using women like Heidi Watney, or….Kelly Nash…oh my…that have, you know… pleasant voices, they don’t sound like…Lesbians…and not just lesbians, but….lesbians with terrible voices….that don’t seem to know baseball.

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  77. 108 berigan2electricboogaloo September 4, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Gil, Snit was defending Kensley so hard last night…as you would expect him to, but, brain f*rt, can’t think of the Aussies name, he said his cutter just isn’t coming out right at all, velo is fine…so…why not just make him the 7th, 8th inning guy til he figures it out? I mean, no way could anyone expect a team 41 games under .500 to beat the mutts 2 games in a row… Do NOT bring him in today, please, PLEASE! We could be 1 game out if we win this one!

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  78. 109 Vox O'Reasoñ September 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Kenley Jansen himself says something is off with his delivery. He’s working on it. He won’t be called on for today’s game (especially since it just ended in victory) and will have the travel day off tomorrow. But the bottom line here is that he acknowledges something is off and is working to correct it.

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  79. 110 Gil in Mechanicsville September 4, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    The nearly 2 hour rain delay made for a long day. Jesse continues to amaze and McHugh continues to exasperate the crap out of me….

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  80. 111 Gil in Mechanicsville September 5, 2022 at 11:47 am

    One game back… We have been here before only to get knocked down again, kind of like Sisyphus, but different.

    A travel day today, perhaps the jet lag won’t be as bad. The trip out to the left coast messes with your internal clock. Both games against the A’s will feel odd to their body clocks as they acclimate.

    I hope they don’t let up playing Oakland. Just because they are one of the worse teams in the majors doesn’t mean they can’t beat you. Ask the Mets about looking past the Nats…

    The headline on Fried’s outing yesterday lamented the missed opportunity of a no hitter. I have to laugh at that, I did not think he looked at all sharp yesterday.

    The Coach looked great. I know the radar gun has his pitches clocked at around the 88-90 mph range but they sure look a lot quicker than that to me. Of course two dimensional TV distorts speed perception. Seeing players in person give one a completely different appreciation of their athletic abilities.

    Did anyone else see Peter Molan’s interviews with Bryce Elder and then Spencer Strider? Give me an appreciation of the depth of Elder plus Strider’s agility is off the charts. It was like watching a ballet dance warm up. Incredible…

    Other incredible feats yesterday: Ozuna hitting a homerun to right field…. Also, I think the Braves need to check Rosario’s eyesight again. Swinging at pitches 2 feet out of the strike zone!

    Okay folks, enjoy the holiday.

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  81. 112 Gil in Mechanicsville September 5, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Some Monday morning folderol: Who do you think gets punted when Ozzie returns? Arcia or Heredia? Think maybe they dress Heredia up in a Blooper costume to keep him around? Just saying…

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  82. 114 berigan2electricboogaloo September 5, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Gil, they have to keep Heredia, cuz he is the only back-up CF’er, correct? I mean, Ronald, if his knee wasn’t so bad could play there , but…he isn’t good there healthy.
    Rosario maybe could play out there…..

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    • 115 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2022 at 8:04 am

      Agree on Heredia as backup CF. Rosario is not a great corner OF. He’s better than Ozuna, which isn’t saying alot, but he’s not great. And Gil was correct earlier regarding Jake Marisnick. According to MLBTR, “Those within an organization but not on the 40-man at the start of September can still be added to the postseason roster to replace a player on the injured list via petition to the commissioner’s office.”

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  83. 116 berigan2electricboogaloo September 5, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Was it you Gil that mentioned possible salary relief as the reason Ozuna was still here? I mean, swell that he got a few hits, but he’s still terrible in left, and has around a .215 ba. we really don’t need 2 guys that never play….oh well….now we have 28 guys

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  84. 119 Gil in Mechanicsville September 6, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    It was tough finding a game I was really interested in watching yesterday.

    And what is with the Nats all of a sudden???

    I related news, Drew Waters hit his first home run for the Royals yesterday.

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  85. 120 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    I’m reading today that Mike Soroka’s next pitch could be made in Atlanta. According to reports, he threw 61 pitches over 4 IP with 5 K and 0 R in a rain shortened start in AAA Gwinnett on Friday that was labeled “his final rehab start”.

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  86. 121 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    As for Ozzie, after a 0-4 posting in his first rehab start, he went 2-3 in the same rain-shortened game Friday which was suspended and carried over to Saturday. He did not play in the scheduled Saturday game, Sunday’s game was a rainout, and yesterday was an off day. It’s notable that he has DH’ed in both game appearances and has not yet seen time in the field. I think it’s safe to say that he’s not close to returning in the next day or so.

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  87. 122 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Speaking of Ozzie, the debate on where Vaughn Grissom will play upon Ozzie’s return my be taking care of itself.

    In the last 14 days, Grissom is slashing .220/.273/.342, and is at .162/.225/.297 over his past 40 PAs. Thus, it may be a case where he simply goes down to AAA Gwinnett to learn LF and get his bat back on track. We need to remember he’s still a kid whose development was halted in an emergency callup. I see the same great bat-to-ball skills you all do, but I also see that he has come back to earth a bit. I think the Grissom we witnessed early is the guy he will eventually be, but he was pressed into a high stress spot a bit earlier than expected and then had a ton of hype heaped upon him. I think Dansby might can attest as to how difficult that can play on one’s overall development. Some non-stress learning time in AAA might be the right place at the right time for him to get on track to help the team in October.

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    • 123 Gil in Mechanicsville September 6, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      Yes, I noticed Vaughn had cooled off some, the “book” gets made pretty quick these days. Still, he has contributed meaningful at bats even with the diminished output.

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  88. 124 berigan2electricboogaloo September 6, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    .213 in 2021, .218 in 2022, after a bit of a hot streak. Slow, no arm, and also terrible in general in left…. .183 with 1 homer against lefties…
    in the past, DH only guys weren’t brought back even after an old timer like me were good seasons
    Sammy Sosa didn’t play in his age 37 year, came back at 38 and in only 114 games, he hit 21 HR’s 92 RBI’s with .251/.311 BA/OBP. But, apparently, no offers came to him the next year.
    Vladimir Guerrero Sr in 2010 , ..”a batting average of .300, 29 home runs and 115 RBIs. He earned a Silver Slugger Award in the regular season for a Texas Rangers club that wound up winning its division and ultimately, the first pennant in Rangers history. the Rangers declined to pick up Guerrero’s 2011 option making him a free agent.” played in Baltimore the next year, hit .290 with 15 homers…no offer came the next year…I know, 10-15 year ago examples , with a touch of steroid inflated numbers, but…at least with Vlad no taint , and Sosa wasn’t arrested for wife beating/DUI’ing either…
    so, why would any team really want him, with all the baggage, and with…terrible numbers to boot?

    I mean, I’d like Jessica Biel to leave Justin Timberlake, and marry me, but ….I don’t think that’s likely to happen either 😛

    I’ll bow down to the Greek if he can find a sucker to take him off our hands and not have to give up a top prospect also….

    oh, since I Have wasted this much time…Eric Hosmer was traded to the Red Sox and the Pads are paying ALL of his salary to get rid of him, and he can actually play in the field

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    • 125 Gil in Mechanicsville September 6, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      Good opine Ber, and be thankful Biel is staying put, pretty high maintenance I would venture.

      This is really an interesting time of the year. Prospects being brought up and given a chance to make an impression. On the flip side, powerhouse teams beginning to sputter.

      I still shutter to think about the Braves epic collapse in 2011. One thing for sure, a team cannot afford to get caught looking past anyone. Also this is a bad time to be looking “at the back of the baseball card” and expecting similar results. Eyes fade, bats get heavy etc…

      Late game tonight, I will try to stay awake but no guarantees.

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  89. 126 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    so, why would any team really want him, with all the baggage, and with…terrible numbers to boot?

    2 reasons: Swap of bad contracts, or inclusion of a promising prospect. Or any combination of the above.

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    • 127 berigan2electricboogaloo September 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      oh sure….but, who do we “want”? do we need some terrible starter that has to go every 5 days cuz…he’s owed a lot of money too, or give to give up a really good prospect to get a team to take him and pay…5-6 mil per year less (can you believe 32 mil I believe in 2023-24?) Just…take the L Thoppy…no one is perfect, not on earth presently at least….

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  90. 128 Gil in Mechanicsville September 6, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Well by tomorrow morning to pay it might actually be tied for first going to the bottom of the sixth and the Pirates are out for zero

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  91. 129 berigan2electricboogaloo September 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    and be thankful Biel is staying put, pretty high maintenance I would venture.
    true…but, the alimony payments I would get , should help heal the wounds 😆

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  92. 130 berigan2electricboogaloo September 7, 2022 at 4:59 am

    I NEVER doubted the braves would be in a tie for 1st place with the Mutts, like a week ago…and if you believe that…I’ve got a bridge you would really like to buy 😉

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  93. 131 berigan2electricboogaloo September 7, 2022 at 5:05 am

    V, all you had to do is say Grissom was slumping, and viola , his first 4 hit game! And I think all were to right or up the middle (and 8 for 18 for September)
    of course I trashed Ozuna several times, only to see him drive in 2 big runs….no doubt he will go on a huge run for the rest of the month 😛

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  94. 132 Vox O'Reasoñ September 7, 2022 at 7:33 am

    A few observations this morning as our Braves are finally atop the standings, albeit in a tie.

    Matt Olson is a pretty good ballplayer.

    Vaughn Grissom apparently can read writing on the wall.

    Likewise, Marcell Ozuna can also read said writing.

    Austin Riley = MVP.

    Kyle Wright = human.

    Jesse Chavez ≠ human, at least in an Atlanta uniform.

    Kenley Jansen = fixed.

    Mets = stunned.

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  95. 133 Gil in Mechanicsville September 7, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Using the voice to text feature to post from my I phone can make for some interesting reading methinks…

    Now Kyle Wright: Good grief… will it be reported he has some sort of arm malady later today? I am not sure what was the problem other than a bunch of hanging breaking balls and then completely losing his release point. It was brutal to watch.

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  96. 134 Gil in Mechanicsville September 7, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Max Scherzer to the IL… it suxz to be a Mets fan… 🙂

    Quadzilla takes the ball for the Braves this afternoon… I like the Braves chances…

    Wow, it sure was great to see Kenley look like the guy the Braves signed to have closing this season. Not like I was nervous seeing him come in from the pen to protect a one run lead in the ninth or anything…

    And Jesse is my hero…

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  97. 135 Vox O'Reasoñ September 7, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    3:30pm start time today, folks.

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  98. 136 Vox O'Reasoñ September 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    2day’s lineup:

    RAJ DH
    Dans SS
    MVP 3B
    MattyO 1B
    Cd’A C
    Troublemaker I 2B
    Troublemaker II CF
    Re-awakened Ozuna LF
    RobbieG RF
    +++
    The Mustache RHP

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  99. 137 Gil in Mechanicsville September 7, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Strider struggling early today

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  100. 139 Gil in Mechanicsville September 7, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    I guess Grissom’s slump is over…

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  101. 141 Vox O'Reasoñ September 7, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Huascar Ynoa underwent TJ surgery today. That was a shocker.

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  102. 146 CarolinaLady September 8, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Queen Elizabeth II has died at age 96.
    Charles is already being addressed as King Charles.
    What’s-her-name is now Queen Consort.
    Elizabeth was an amazing woman.

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  103. 147 Gil in Mechanicsville September 9, 2022 at 7:33 am

    It’s always the bat…

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  104. 151 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    And here come the rumored changes…

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    • 152 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      Oops. That was the MLBPA response to this:

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  105. 153 berigan2electricboogaloo September 9, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    of course, I did NOT know it was another horrid Crapple broadcast (I think that’s a h/t to the Simpsons) DOB really should tell folks where you can find the game.
    on that braves dugout site, they did have this link…so…Never used it before, but the pregame stuff is there (Gil, did you mention this or some other site? I r old) https://www.streameast.xyz/mlb/seattle-mariners-atlanta-braves/

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    • 154 berigan2electricboogaloo September 9, 2022 at 10:53 pm

      ok the fuzzy gray matter recalls Gil talking about buffering issues (or was it my friend David?) I was having the same problem, it would buffer as soon as the commercial starts , so I have to guess after 2 + minutes I hit refresh and the pic comes back. Not purfect, but can check at least once in awhile…
      actually, they just did something…interesting! Talking about Acuna’s knee and how it doesn’t quite rotate the way he wants to, and showed how low and twisty his knee was last year, compared to this year in a side by side pic.

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  106. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville September 10, 2022 at 7:32 am

    I went back to the fifties last night, well, and early sixties too. I listened to the radio feed. Of course back then we actually used a radio. My big brother, my dad and I would all sit in my mom’s ’57 Ford and listen to the baseball broadcast of our local Richmond Vees, (then a farm club of the cursed Yankees) and as often as not run the car’s battery down.

    The game is quite enjoyable that way with a good announcer. Jim Powell and Joe Simpson are quite good by the way. Fun game… So lots of homers last night, just the sort of game to keep the final outcome in doubt until the final out. I did watch the highlights on Quick Pitch. My imagination was better, except for Dansby’s catch for the final out. WOW… Pretty impressive vertical leap.

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  107. 156 Vox O'Reasoñ September 10, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Feels pretty good to be in 1st place all by ourselves, doesn’t it?

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  108. 158 Gil in Mechanicsville September 10, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Mets have to survive without Schuzer and Marte

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  109. 159 Gil in Mechanicsville September 11, 2022 at 10:48 am

    The Braves were done in by a rule 5 pick up from the Mets organization last night. Oh the humanity…

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  110. 160 berigan2electricboogaloo September 11, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Trying my reverse jinx on Matt Olson…
    in his last 15 games, .116 BA with 1 HR and 4 RBIs .243 BA right now…Perhaps a wee bit tired? Who could play there , just Riley? A lefty on the mound, that’s he’s had success against, so…

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  111. 161 berigan2electricboogaloo September 11, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    I really hope this is the last time Jake O. pitches this year for the braves…2 “ok” starts out of 6….hopefully shoulder “fatigue” will shut him down now, and Elder can pitch the next 3-4 starts…..if you have to play Olson every day cuz, tired Olson still better than no Olson, then a better 5th starter is more important than a guy paid more to start ….

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  112. 163 berigan2electricboogaloo September 11, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    wow, did ya watch the rest of the game? So nothing for 8 innings, then…a truly incredible comeback (a terrible, terrible ump missed 2 pitches that should have walked Michael Harris, then hits a 3 run homer, then Grossman hits a 2 run homer)
    then washed up closer Kensley gives up, not 1 , but 2 homers to lose the game…well…cra…crud….
    great game, their fans are so into the game…a lot better than playing in Oakland…
    but Kensley….cost us a precious game today

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  113. 164 berigan2electricboogaloo September 11, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    really odd press conference with Snit….kept saying oh Kensley leads the NL in saves! had saves in 3 of his last 5 games! Looked great Friday! Even though you could tell Snit was not happy, you expect him to defend his closer (even when he should be the 8th inning guy for a week or so) That wasn’t too weird, but…when asked if Jake O. would make the next start or not…he said…oh I don’t know, you are asking the wrong guy….hmmm…..

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  114. 165 Vox O'Reasoñ September 11, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    About right…

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  115. 166 Gil in Mechanicsville September 12, 2022 at 7:01 am

    I watch the game between ion blackouts… ^*&^(905$5^ satellites. Anywho, had pretty much given up until that incredible 9th inning comeback, The Jansen blows it again… AURGHHHH!

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    • 167 berigan2electricboogaloo September 12, 2022 at 12:30 pm

      Gil, that’s interesting, was it around the time Grissom looked to have been injured with that collision with Grossman….picture kept getting weirder and weirder til I had to change channels and come back (to a commercial break of course) was ok for a bit, then same thing happened a few times…of course, all other channels were fine and I have seen this a time or 2 before…thank God it was fine the last few innings

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  116. 170 berigan2electricboogaloo September 12, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Remember being told Olson was a better 1st baseman than FF????

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  117. 171 berigan2electricboogaloo September 13, 2022 at 12:48 am

    sux when the mutts lose, and the braves not taking advantage of that….Still can’t believe they gave the error to Grissom instead of Olson…think the same think happened a week or so ago to…I mean, if the ball is right in the glove (even on a bounce) how is it Grissom’s fault Olson didn’t close the glove in time? sigh…

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  118. 173 Vox O'Reasoñ September 13, 2022 at 7:15 am

    I’m sensing that Ber will never like Matt Olson.

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  119. 174 Vox O'Reasoñ September 13, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Me.

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  120. 175 Gil in Mechanicsville September 13, 2022 at 11:10 am

    I am detecting an epidemic of Tired Arm Syndrome

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  121. 176 berigan2electricboogaloo September 13, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    V, I “like” Olson, (stuck with him on the braves for the rest of my life most likely 😉 )

    but, I was told by “experts” (you know, the sort of experts that thought Inflation would be down today, for some crazy reason) that he was a better fielder than FF….I have seen very good plays, but, a lot of balls not perfectly thrown, he misses…
    even last night, on quick pitch I saw that Mookie Betts was at 2nd for some reason, and made a circus play, scooped the ball with his glove to FF , but it bounced short of his glove by a foot or so, FF still got the ball in his glove…Gil says Grissoms throw tipped the top of his glove, and I will have to defer to Gil’s eyesite, and probably bigger TV 😉 but it looked to me in the pocket of the mitt….
    meanwhile, Olson is hitting 4 for 34 with 4 RBI’s for the month. last 30 days, .206. and perhaps I’ve missed it, but I haven’t heard Jeff or Chip talk about his slump…
    2.6 WAR since folks seem to care about that…FF 5.3 WAR (his b.a. is…88 points higher than Matts)
    hmmm, might be in 1st place with that old, clearly declining dude…
    I liked Matt a lot more when he was hitting homers and driving in a ton of key RBIs…but, 2nd half…216 BA .309 OBP. Snit messed up, not giving him a day off , clearly he’s a gamer, won’t ask for one, but…it’s a lot hotter here than Oakland, you know? but right now, he stinks….

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    • 177 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2022 at 7:44 am

      It’s fine. You don’t like Matt Olson, who you are stuck with. You don’t have to. But remember, Freddie Freeman chose to leave, whether actively or passively. He had months to come to an agreement with an organization that overtly valued his return and had made multiple offers. He (or his former agency, whom he hired to represent him) overplayed his hand and he ended up in LA. And honestly, that was the golden parachute that his agency banked on during the entirety of the negotiations. Whether or not Casey Close communicated clearly with Freddie or not, that agency clearly played the Dodgers against the Braves for the entirety of the negotiations. That was their leverage and they used it.

      I cannot forget the images of Freddie and his family upon his/their first return to Truist Park… and the subsequent and immediate firing of Close. That confirmed any suspicion we may have had about the way those negotiations were handled. Anyone who thinks otherwise either isn’t paying attention or is completely naïve.

      Personally I have a hard time blaming Alex for moving on under those circumstances. GMs generally don’t like having their entire roster being held hostage during protracted negotiations for one player that would dictate the flexibility of the rest of the payroll. Alex had his own options and he exercised them so that he could get on with the rest of his roster construction. All parties were reportedly aware of a hard deadline, and Close went all in to force Alex’s hand. And he accomplished just that.

      One more note…

      I’ll give you the fact that Freddie is playing at an elite level this year and Matt is not. Numbers don’t lie, right? Freddie is clearly in his prime… in 2022 at age 33. What about in 2027 at age 37 when he’s owed $27M? I wonder what his numbers will be compared to Matt’s, who will ironically be 33 and in his prime, making $22M and under contract for another 3 seasons? I suppose we can make those comparisons then. My point here is that we’re comparing Matt Olson over a month’s slump to arguably the best hitter in baseball in his prime. Had we isolated March and April for comparison, we might have been elated with the new guy.

      Alex built this roster for sustainability. His core is young and under contract for the foreseeable future. Freddie could have been a part of it, but ultimately through his own choice or that of his representation (same thing), he opted for more money elsewhere. And that’s fine. He earned that right. I just have a hard time punishing Matt Olson for Freddie Freeman’s choice. I moved on when Freddie put on Dodger blue.

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      • 178 CarolinaLady September 14, 2022 at 7:03 pm

        Well said, V. I wholly agree. It was Freddie’s choice to let the negotiations continue as they did. I also agree with AA drawing the line and not be bullied. I like Olson. I liked Freddie. We have what we have and I’ll cheer the team on.

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  122. 179 Gil in Mechanicsville September 14, 2022 at 7:04 am

    1/2 game again…

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  123. 180 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Ozzie played 9 innings at 2B last night, and went 5-5 at the plate with a walk-off HR. He’s scheduled to play another 9 innings at 2B tonight at which point the Braves will assess his rehab. This fan thinks he appears to be ready now. It’s my guess that he’ll be activated prior to the upcoming homestand that starts Fri. vs. Phillie.

    Vaughn Grissom has been working out in LF with Eric Young for a bit. I suppose we’ll see how Snit and Alex choose to proceed once Ozzie returns. I have to say that at 6’3″, the rangy and athletic Grissom looks more like an OF anyway. It’s my guess that he’ll slot into a semi-rotation in LF and that Snit will simply play the hot hand (or bat). If he continues to hit, he’ll continue to play. After all, Marcell Ozuna has been in LF a few times on this road trip, and we know he can’t field the position. Grissom can’t be any worse than that, right?

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  124. 181 berigan2electricboogaloo September 14, 2022 at 11:25 am

    V, like I said, I “like” him…I do not hate him, as my dear friend Lori would say about something she wasn’t crazy about (song/film/person) it’s alright! 😉

    I know, I won’t change anyone’s mind on this…but…won’t stop me from saying this…again 😛 I feel…like when I hear people who are soft Republicans/RINOs (and some true conservatives) say, why, there is no proof of election fraud, the courts, the courts, etc, etc, etc…
    All I know is the Greeks M.O. is to go “cheap”. It works fantastically, most of the time. Amazed he’s gotten so many kids to sign up for what sounds like a ton of moola, but…will save the braves 10s of millions. Will be interesting to see how Acuna reacts when a slower runner/lesser outfielder like Sosa, gets 40 Mil , when he is “only” getting 17 mil , tops. anyways…he was NOT going to let FF win, contract wise…period. that’s why, Dansby is…gone. Shame, but…Olson gets 21-22 mil the next several years, is Dansby gonna take less than that,(still same agent as FF, right?) being a better hitter, playing a premium position? When Correa gets 35 mil? gone, he’s gone….opens the position to Grissom…

    I’ll give you the fact that Freddie is playing at an elite level this year and Matt is not. Numbers don’t lie, right? Freddie is clearly in his prime… in 2022 at age 33. What about in 2027 at age 37 when he’s owed $27M? I wonder what his numbers will be compared to Matt’s, who will ironically be 33 and in his prime, making $22M and under contract for another 3 seasons? I suppose we can make those comparisons then

    it is odd how some guys just collapse around 33, 34…our old buddy , Mark Teixeira had hit over .300 4 times by the time he was 28. .292 ba at 29 for the Yankees, then never hit higher than .256 for the rest of his career. from the age 32 on, never played more than 123 games. only 15 games at 33. Had I believe core issues . I remember him doing some crazy exercises to strengthen his core/rest of his body, but it was not to be (oddly, enough, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were all either done by 30 or so, or suck like Elvis did, til being traded to the White Sox a few weeks ago)

    I guess my round about points are, some guys (like FF and the older Goldschmidt) that work seemingly day and night to not only remain very good, but to get even better, when 90% of their fellow players decline precipitously (wow, spelled that right? amazing!)

    I really hope Matt will figure it out, and soon. he should be at his peak, right now…at 33???

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    • 182 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      It’s the eyes. Gotta have those elite peepers to keep hitting in an elite manner. Just ask Dan Uggla. I hope FF never slows down and is having the same type farewell tour that Phat Albert is having (and with his original team too!) and knocking on the hallowed numbers of heroes past. But cold reality says that Albert is the exception and not the rule. I hope Freddie is too.

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  125. 183 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Jake Odorizzi is scheduled to pitch on Saturday. Does he make that start? Would the Braves make a change there in light of his rather unimpressive outings up to this point?

    Odo has made 6 starts since he swapped cities with Will Smith. In 29.0 IP, he has a 4.96 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Neither are very good, but maybe worse is that he’s averaging less than 5 IP per start. That doesn’t fly for a starter, not even in this day and age of specialized bullpens. It may sound ticky-tack, but I’d be more tolerant of him if he could at least work into the 6th inning, but he’s not even getting that far. And the whole purpose of having the veteran back-of-the-rotation starter is for him to eat some innings and give the bullpen a rest from time to time.

    My humble opinion is that if the veteran isn’t winning nor eating innings, I’d just as soon give some youngsters a shot to succeed, or at the very least some valuable experience. Bryce Elder can win against Miami, but big Kyle Muller has really turned things around in Gwinnett, finally locating his fastball and having a stellar AAA year. And it wouldn’t hurt to have another lefty in the rotation. He has my vote.

    Doesn’t Odo have some shoulder stiffness or something? How’s his big toe?

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  126. 184 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    3:45pm ET start time for the west coast wrap-up and series finale.

    Ronnie returns to RF! The lineup is:
    RF Acuña Jr.
    SS Swanson
    3B Riley
    1B Olson
    C Contreras
    CF Harris II
    2B Grissom
    DH Ozuna
    LF Grossman

    … and Uncle Charlie is on the bump.

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  127. 185 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    This is so awesome. Vaughn Grissom might have just become my favorite Brave. I might need his jersey. 🤣🤣🤣

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  128. 186 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Just a 1 game difference in the NL East with 19 to go. The final stretch starts with 3 each against the Phils and Nats at home, followed by 4 in Philly and 3 in DC. We really need to make hay against these teams, the Nats in particular.

    Then the fun begins…

    The Mets come to ATL for 3 for what could be the most important 3 games of the 2022 regular season, then the Braves head south for 3 in Miami to close the regular slate.

    For all the ballyhoo about the Mets having the easier schedule down the stretch, I am of the opinion it’s not that much different. They play the tenacious Pirates at home for 3 before going to Milwaukee for 3. Then they continue west for 3 in OAK. Following a travel day, they have 2 at home vs. the Fish before coming to ATL for the big face-off. The close up at home with 3 against the Nats.

    The real difference here in this fan’s eyes is the 6 games the Braves have against the Phillies. What we do in those 6 games against that team will really tell the tale of the Braves path to another division title. If we take care of our business, the home 3 vs. Mets could be a means to seal the deal and set up the rotation for the playoffs. If not, then the Braves may end up scratching and clawing all the way to 162. Or they may simply settle for Wild Card #1 and still set up their rotation.

    At any rate, this fan’s eyes will be all over the Braves/Phillies bouts. This is where the team can make a real statement. I just hope they state what we want to hear.

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    • 187 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 8:20 am

      BTW, the Braves are 7-9 vs the Mets this season and thus would need to sweep their series to gain the season tie-breaker. That said, if they were to sweep the Mets, they likely wouldn’t need the tie-breaker anyway. Just thought I should tack this on here.

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  129. 188 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Per DOB, Ozzie did not play last night for Gwinnett as most believe he’ll rejoin the Braves tonight. If you’ll recall, he played 9 innings at 2B on Tuesday, going 5-5 with a walk-off HR. On Wednesday, he played 9 innings at 2B and knocked a triple, no doubt losing his helmet somewhere between 1B and 2B.

    He’s ready.

    Also of note, Kyle Muller pitched 5 innings last night striking out 5 vs. just 1 walk. The big lefty is thus not a candidate to start in Jake Odorizzi’s slot on Saturday. Bryce Elder last pitched on Tuesday and would be on short rest. Both Jared Shuster and Freddy Tarnok pitched on Wednesday leaving youngster Darius Vines as the lone Stripers’ candidate to pitch Saturday. And he’s not on the team’s 40-man roster. In case you missed it, Ian Anderson suffered an oblique strain earlier this week and is out at least a month. He was not a real candidate for return anyway as his big league struggles continued in AAA. And Huascar Ynoa had TJ surgery last week.

    I’m afraid we may have to suffer through another Odo start in a very important game Saturday. He is currently listed as the probable starter vs. Aaron Nola. I imagine I’ll just watch college football all day.

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  130. 189 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 9:12 am

    One last note before I turn my attention rightfully to the job that is actually paying me to type things into a computer…

    When the Braves activate Ozzie, 2 things must happen. As he is being returned from the 60-day IL, a 40-man roster spot must be opened. And of course, an active roster spot must also be opened.

    I believe the Braves were looking ahead to this when Vaughn Grissom get a day off on Wednesday and Ehire Adrianza got the start at 2B instead of Orlando Arcia. I think the Braves were essentially “auditioning” the 33-year-old Adrianza to see if he has something left in the tank. He and the 28-year-old Arcia are somewhat redundant, except that Adrianza is a SH. And since the bench as is currently constructed doesn’t have a true LH on it, I’m guessing Arcia will receive the short straw and lose both his active and 40-man roster spots… with the dreaded DFA likely heading his way. I suppose we’ll know this shortly, probably around noon-ish.

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  131. 190 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Or they could do it this way.

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  132. 192 berigan2electricboogaloo September 16, 2022 at 11:03 am

    I meant to ask about Orlando Arcia, as I thought of him the other day, assumed his hammy was so bad he was done for the year. Acted like he was activated (but found stories weeks old) but haven’t even seen him in for an inning or a pinch hit (how about this, he bats right and is hitting .189 against lefties, .269 against righties!)

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  133. 193 berigan2electricboogaloo September 16, 2022 at 11:06 am

    meanwhile, Ehire Adrianza is hitting .175 for the year (I think)

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  134. 194 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    This is a tired question, but today is the day it will likely get answered. What will Vaughn Grissom’s role be? He did tail off from his hot start, and his overall numbers aren’t that great… if you just at them on paper. Grissom adds something to this team beyond just numbers. And he does seem to get the big hits when you need them. What I really like about him is that he doesn’t try to hit the ball 400 feet every AB. He just tries to put the bat on the ball. In this fan’s estimation, the best lineup we can throw at the Phils tonight has Ronnie at DH, Grossman in RF, and Grissom in LF. We’ll see in a couple of hours if Snit and Alex agree.

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  135. 195 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Holy crikey. This is not relevant to the Braves, but it is relevant to baseball fans. Here are some shocking numbers:

    Juan Soto since being traded to the Pads: .202/.375/.319, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs. He’s 3-48 with 0 extra-base hits in his last 15 games. (Marcell Ozuna has more.) The Padres are 18-19 record since the trade and in danger of dropping out of the Wild Card.

    And for what it’s worth, Josh Bell is slashing .204/.319/.307 since the trade as well.

    Don’t you know the Pads front office is ecstatic at the return they’ve gotten for their top prospects?

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  136. 196 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    2nite’s lineup. Vaughn goes to the bench.

    RF Acuña Jr.
    SS Swanson
    3B Riley
    1B Olson
    C d’Arnaud
    DH Contreras
    CF Harris II
    2B Albies
    LF Grossman

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  137. 197 berigan2electricboogaloo September 16, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    V, agree with everything you said about Grissom! Just occurred to me, someone(s) is/are really doing something right in the LOW minors. These kids have no right to be this good, at 21! I mean, of course they are smart AND humble enough to listen, to be sponges, picking up all the knowledge they can. For Every Andrew Jones/Acuna, there seem to be 10-15 ML guys that don’t get it til they are 25,26,27 (Wright, DeGrom, pitching wise)
    And I think he’s really energized the team….I know he will play, once a week, or something like that…but I really hope they don’t think, hey, he’s 21, he’ll have plenty of baseball to play next year….he’s really helped the team…he won’t sitting on the bench.
    Almost feels too late to rest guys now,(but, they really need it!) but he should have filled in for Dansby/Riley already….esp. against teams, like Oakland, SF…
    Is Acuna a RFer again? a bit more flexibility if his knee can handle it…heck, put him at 1st and Make Olson the DH for a game, if we simply cannot be without his scorching hot bat for a single game (I gave him plenty of ammo the other day to make me look a fool, hit 3 homers today Matt, I’ll gladly wear the dunce hat 🙂

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  138. 198 berigan2electricboogaloo September 16, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    and V, that’s amazing about Soto and Bell! kinda/sorta get it with Bell, never in a playoff race, perhaps trying too hard, but Soto already has a ring!!!
    Even Josh Hader sucked for awhile there…hate it for teams going all in when they don’t perform after big deals. Then there are teams like the Brewers that seemed to collapse after trading their closer.
    El Cheapo Indians (bleep their silly name) didn’t make one move, and yet will likely win the super soft AL Central even though the Sox and Twins are just as talented…guess Tito is an excellent motivator.

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  139. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo September 16, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    this death really, really makes me feel old. I bet you all remember him. Not many speedy catchers (25 steals one year!) didn’t know that it was of all things an elbow injury that shortened his career.
    71 does and doesn’t sound old at the same time, you know?
    Rest in peace….
    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34603600/john-stearns-four-all-star-catcher-new-york-mets-dies-71

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  140. 202 Vox O'Reasoñ September 17, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I loathe head first slides.

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    • 203 berigan2electricboogaloo September 18, 2022 at 8:48 am

      agreed, not the first time he has hurt himself this way. Shame, in just his 2nd game back. Ricky Henderson and Pete Rose need to give tutorials on how to do it without hurting yourself, if you just can’t not slide in headfirst

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    • 204 Gil in Mechanicsville September 18, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Nothing like sliding feet first to stop an opposing player from blocking plate/base with their knees and legs. Getting spiked hurts like he**…

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  141. 205 Gil in Mechanicsville September 18, 2022 at 11:45 am

    I think Ozzie getting hurt last night will haunt the Braves. His presence in the line up is a lot more than just what he adds at the plate, his whole persona tends to lift the entire team. Like Heredia but with talent…

    And what to do about Olson? It appears his batting woes have drifted into his play afield. Either that or he needs new glasses.

    Acuna played like the guy the team has been missing for the past 13 months or so. Hitting homers to right field instead of trying to pull the ball and making plays in the outfield… I don’t know if Ozzie can sit on the bench while he is on the IL but the team and especially Acuna needs him near-by.

    Good opine by Obrien this morning. The hitting coach mused that Grissom was thinking too much… Yep, I concur, perhaps that is Olson’s problem too. Far too often baseball becomes a match where the thinking gets in the way of playing.

    It reminds me of why I hated trick questions, after being fooled a couple of time, you begin to read too much into every question.

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  142. 206 Gil in Mechanicsville September 18, 2022 at 11:48 am

    OBTW: I think Acuna was responsible for 4 offensive runs last night as well at least two of the defensive verity. The latter could easily be double that.

    I noticed Ozuna will get a start in left field today. SIGH!

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  143. 207 Vox O'Reasoñ September 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Have I mentioned I hate head first slides?

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  144. 208 Gil in Mechanicsville September 18, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Okay, nice game for the Los Bravos today. Solid win. Strider again had trouble early but found himself and finally surrendered a Bohm bomb in his final inning. Not a bad Houdini act however. He gets the win on a Contreras dinger in the bottom of the sixth.

    Now, about Olson… At what point do the Braves realize the guy is struggling and needs some pine time? An eye exam? A kick in the rear? He is as lost as Ozuna was early. At the very least put him down in the line up to afford Austin some protection because any pitcher who throws to Austin with Olson behind him is an idiot.

    The Mets sweep the Pirates too but that was not unexpected. The Bucs hung close but gave it up in the eight. Now the Mets head out to play the Brew Crew while the Braves await the resurgent Nats. The Nationals are actually playing better of late so the good guys need to maintain their focus because Washington would love to come in and spoil Atlanta’s party.

    What’s ahead? The Braves pitching rotation lines up pretty well Atlanta vs the Nats with Kyle Wright vs Cory Abbot on Monday, Charlie Morton vs Patrick Corbin on Tuesday and Max Fried vs old TBD Wednesday afternoon. Don’t be surprized to see the Braves bring up someone for a spot start to cover for a mystery aliment this week.

    As it is, ODORIFIC would be in line to face the Phillies for the opener next Friday night in the city of brotherly love.

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    • 209 Vox O'Reasoñ September 19, 2022 at 7:40 am

      Agreed that Olson is in the midst of a major slump. But I disagree that he needs to sit. You cant break out of said slump on the bench. The Braves need him back to being himself, and he’s not going to get there if he’s not out facing pitchers. Having watched many of his AB’s this weekend, I can attest that he looks better than he did even last week. He appears to be on pitches, meaning he’s not being fooled. Not it’s just a matter of mechanics. And again, you can work on them in the tunnel, but you have to refine them on the field. I acknowledge that I’m the eternal optimist, but I do think the guy is close. Maybe facing Nats pitching is just what the doctor ordered.

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  145. 211 Vox O'Reasoñ September 19, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    DO’B says he’s here for a bullpen role this time. I’ll believe that when I see it.

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  146. 212 berigan2electricboogaloo September 19, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Chip and others were acting like , what did Gil call him, ODORIFIC? 😉 that he pitched a heck of a game, that whole …. 4 2/3rds innings? we have 2 kids in AAA that could go longer than that (oh, and Soroka, though I found nothing new on him til today, not so hot)

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    • 213 Vox O'Reasoñ September 19, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      Honestly, I thought Snit yanked Odo too early. He was really pitching well for the most part, allowed a couple of baserunners and was quickly pulled. I get that Snit wasn’t taking any chances in a game vs. Aaron Nola, and since he’s won more World Series than I have I wont try to second guess him. And maybe Snit was just protecting a struggling starter in what was a very good outing up to that point. I get that too. I just thought Odo should have at least finished the inning. But like I said, I’m just a guy typing into a blog. What do I know?

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      • 214 Gil in Mechanicsville September 19, 2022 at 4:30 pm

        Yep, it is why we pay our quarter to mount the soap box. But I digress, I think what Snit saw was what most of us saw was a guy who had reached the end of his string and was struggling to find it. Philly has too good a line up to gamble. Maybe when this division title is wrapped up he can let Odo get deep in a game with no pressure. it is late in the season and lots of guys are trying to tough it out. I suspect that is what is bothering Olson to be truthful. Some guys are just flat out winded.

        Maybe Snit will pair Elder with Odo with 4 innings each. Bryce has had very good luck against the Marlins so there is that option. Also allows to pitch on extra rest.

        Speaking of rest, apparently the pine time has not hurt Ozuna, amazing what cutting down on you swing can do for your average.

        One last thing, the catch that almost was… A shame the kid didn’t make that catch on the Bohm homer, it would have clinched the ROY for Deuce methinks. A game of inches for sure, he was stabbing blind at that point but was only an inch or so off from it being on a par with Otis Nixon’s “The Catch” to rob Andy Van Slyke of a homer in ’92.

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  147. 217 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Matty’s 2 hits is a good start. He’s getting good wood on it now. He found a gap last night, and was close a second time. He’ll find the seats before long. Progress is good.

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  148. 218 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2022 at 7:46 am

    I have to type something to go along with the link or WordPress will send my post to cyber purgatory. It may anyway.

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  149. 219 Gil in Mechanicsville September 20, 2022 at 10:28 am

    About last night: I am forced to listen to the Nats’ broadcast when the Braves play Washington but sometimes it is okay to get a different prospective of the team.

    To be fair, they are scared sh**less of Austin Riley. Not so much of anyone else but they do have a lot of respect for the Braves team. They have some pretty decent young talent on their team but they are a long way from returning to where they were in 2019. While Soto is a real talent, it is better for the Nats to put him behind them.

    No one was happier than me to see Matt get that double last night. Well, maybe Matt was happier but there is that.

    Now, all that opined, I sense a disturbance in the force, it is subtle but I don’t thing Acuna likes Grissom very much. Just the visual interactions between them on the field. What? Ronald doesn’t think Vaughn is reverent enough to him? Acuna has his posse around him, it is/was Ozzie who keeps/kept him grounded methinks.

    It will be Corbin vs Morton tonight. Then it will be a quick turn around and a 12 o’clock game tomorrow. I think that game will be aired on the MLB network.

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  150. 220 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2022 at 11:38 am

    I don’t thing Acuna likes Grissom very much. Just the visual interactions between them on the field.

    It could just be the cultural thing. Language barrier too. Ronnie pretty much just hangs with his Latino brothers. I’ll bet that Dansby, Charlie, and Kenley make sure the clubhouse is harmonious and happy.

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  151. 221 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Wow. With the rich heritage of pitching this team has had in Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, and to an extent Avery all on the roster at the same time, it’s hard to believe this is a thing.

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  152. 222 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    RF Acuña Jr.
    SS Swanson
    3B Riley
    1B Olson
    C d’Arnaud
    DH Contreras
    CF Harris II
    LF Grossman
    2B Grissom

    Vaughn drops back to the magical 9th hole, which will invariably cause him to have a breakout game and drive in 4+ runs.

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  153. 223 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Bowman tweets:

    Elder will start tomorrow. Strider has a sore oblique. So he’ll be pushed back a few days . This also allows Fried to face the Phillies Thursday and possibly again during next week’s Mets series
    4:22 PM · Sep 20, 2022

    Strider will continue to play catch. The Braves didn’t want to take any chances. So, they’ll just insert him in the rotation at some point next week. Sets up the possibility of having Wright, Strider and Fried in the Mets series
    4:33 PM · Sep 20, 2022

    Yeah. We knew that would happen. Gives guys extra rest and sets up for the Mets. Sounds familiar, eh? Actually quite predicable.

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  154. 224 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Early game today folks. Noon. Sad me… I have a 2:00pm meeting that will preclude me seeing the final innings. Hopefully we can get a big lead early. Or, I could pause it and restart it and pretend it hasn’t happened yet. Hmmm…

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    • 225 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2022 at 9:47 am

      Oh wait! It’s a 3:00pm meeting. I might get it in after all. I’ll most likely have to leave it in the 9th with the game in the balance though. 😀

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  155. 226 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2022 at 11:05 am

    2day’s lineup:

    El Abusador DH
    Lt. Dans SS
    Riles 3B
    Oly 1B
    Billy Bats C
    Money Mike CF
    Eddie LF
    Robbie G RF
    Vaughn Gone 2B
    +++
    Bryce Elder RHP

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  156. 227 berigan2electricboogaloo September 21, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    we sure were lucky the Nats, after being super smart with 2 bunt hits (or hit and an error) instead of a double steal , tried to bunt a 3rd time…then after an hour, tried a double steal (and the nats batter swung when the guys had a double steal)
    It’s weird, Will Smith scared the heck out of me, but he had a great curve that was a true out pitch. I saw one really good cutter last night, but….even though there were swings and misses, I just don’t trust him , just don’t. Esp when he’s hitting 91, 92…sigh….hope I am wrong, like I was last year with Smith…

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  157. 229 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    What is it with the good guys and day games? Especially Game 3 day games?

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  158. 230 Gil in Mechanicsville September 22, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Poor base running cost the Braves the game Wednesday.

    Yes, day games bad….

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  159. 231 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Probable pitching matchups for the weekend series in Philly that starts tonight:

    Max Fried vs. Ranger Suárez
    Jake Odorizzi vs. Aaron Nola
    Kyle Wright vs. Bailey Falter
    Charlie Morton vs. Kyle Gibson

    For the second series in a row, we dodge Zack Wheeler.

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  160. 232 Vox O'Reasoñ September 23, 2022 at 7:08 am

    WordPress hates me. The feeling is mutual. I’m going to have to start typing everything in Word and copying it over. It’s maddening to carefully craft one’s thoughts into a sizeable post only to have it end up floating around as 1’s and 0’s out in cyber purgatory. I can’t even remember half of it now.

    Summation: Braves lost; not good.

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  161. 233 Vox O'Reasoñ September 23, 2022 at 7:17 am

    There is more frustration with what is represented here than with WordPress’s shabby treatment of its contributors. Still, you can’t let an important game come down to a blind ump and the pitch sequence in the final AB.

    If WordPress eats this one, I’m done for the day.

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  162. 234 CarolinaLady September 23, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Is it time for us to find a new home somewhere?

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  163. 236 berigan2electricboogaloo September 23, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    V, I really hate when that happens… I too can’t remember half of what I said after a post poofs…
    what I do now, Is if I start to write some really long post, I copy what I have typed, and go to gmail (I assume it works with other email platforms) and create an email and paste it there…in 10-15 seconds, I see that it’s saved (somehow) I just don’t trust wordpress anymore…

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  164. 237 berigan2electricboogaloo September 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    wow, knew 2 pitches were not strikes, but that is pathetic ……I wonder if umps want to stop being behind the plate at this point….easier on them for their 6 figure jobs…

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  165. 238 berigan2electricboogaloo September 23, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    speaking of pathetic…
    as Gil called him, ODORizzi….
    I sure hope this is the end of his season here ( IIRC, he’s under contract next year, ugh)
    Dude is terrible, can’t make 5 innings, now may not get out of the 4th…error or not, he sucks….2 kids could and should do better….
    have to save the bullpen and lose the game, but Matt HAS to play every day cuz…so important he’s out there to…to….to…umm….

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    • 239 berigan2electricboogaloo September 23, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      like how I tied a rant against Jake O, to Matt’s slump? 🙄
      We need him to hit, we can’t go far (or win the division) without him hitting, at least .240 with a some doubles and homers…and we all know when guys are in a deep slump, it wears on them (and us when we all have slumps in real life) you need a break….I know, wrong time of year, but right now, he’s just no good…a day off, even a start of the game off, then coming in to pinch hit might help, can it , at this point, hurt????

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  166. 240 berigan2electricboogaloo September 24, 2022 at 4:03 am

    so, to talk about 9-1 loss, or Phat Albert hitting 2 homers to reach the 700 mark??? Tough call 😛
    who had him reaching that number at the beginning of the year? I would have have given him a 0.00001% chance of doing that.
    4* guys in the history of the game. Even AROID couldn’t quite reach that number.
    It must be kinda tempting to stick around for another year, having his best year in…I don’t know, 3-4 years , at 42. But, I’ve noticed when running the bases, he looks old/tired/sore….
    Heck of a way to go out, getting one more shot in the playoffs…

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    • 241 Gil in Mechanicsville September 24, 2022 at 10:24 am

      I feel ya Ber, It’s like the Braves are playing on fumes… I dreaded the team going into Philly this week, somehow foresaw it all coming undone. Oh well, like Pickett at Cemetery Ridge, was last weekend the high point for the Braves season?

      Oh well, time for Odorific’s shoulder to act up again, bring on young Bryce Elder and Tucker, it cannot possibly be any worse.

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      • 242 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 1:27 pm

        It won’t be Bryce Elder, he’s starting in place of the injured Spencer Strider. It won’t be Tucker Davidson, he’s in LA with the Angels. It won’t be Ian Anderson, he’s injured and out for the season. It won’t be Huascar Ynoa, he’s injured and out for the season. It won’t be Mike Soroka, he’s injured and out for the season (and hopefully not or good). It could be Kyle Muller, but his last 2 starts in Gwinnett have not been very good. The remaining realistic candidate is Freddy Tarnok, but he has only had the proverbial cup of coffee in The Show, and the heat of a pennant race is not a great atmosphere for green kids. And that goes for longshot non-40-man-roster kids Jared Shuster and Darius Vines as well.

        Nope… there are no comforting options here. If it’s me, I go with Muller. At least he was throwing well prior to his last 2 starts and certainly can’t look much worse than Jake Odorizzi, can he?

        And here’s the thing… you gotta really hope that the rest of that rotation stays healthy. The depth we started the campaign with has evaporated.

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        • 243 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 2:05 pm

          Of course, it is notable that Jared Shuster started last night for Gwinnett and would line up perfectly with Odor’s slot in the rotation. How’d he do? 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 10 K, 1 BB. He sports a 3.74 ERA in 8 AAA starts since a mid-season promotion.

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  167. 244 berigan2electricboogaloo September 24, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Yep, good idea , or a toe even…you know, toes are nothing to be trifled with 😉
    Bryce or Muller (we traded Tucker, who sadly has stunk for the Angels) or both…
    Honestly, no one in the rotation is looking sharp right now, are they? I mean, if our starters are going to have trouble with the Phils and Nats hitters, what’s going to happen with about real competition?

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  168. 246 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Here’s my hope…

    The Braves were playing at a very high level for about 2 weeks. I’m hoping this is a bit of a lull before they right the ship heading into the playoffs, whether as division champs or as the top Wild Card. I want to pass the Mets as badly as anyone. But I really want the pitching to be healthy going into October. That is an imperative. Oh. and I’d like Ronnie to be healthy too. That could be equally important.

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  169. 247 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Reliever Alan Rangel was called up for the bullpen today with The Mustache being placed on the IL. I expect him to hang around until Wednesday when Big Kyle gets the call to start the season finale against the Nats. But Jake O doesn’t need to be disabled. With so little starting depth now, he needs to hang around in case they need him. But at this point, I’d prefer him in the long relief role. Hmmm… I wonder how many innings we could squeeze out of Collin McHugh in a start? Just thinking out loud (figuratively speaking of course).

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  170. 248 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    2day’s lineup:

    SS Swanson
    C Contreras
    1B Riley
    DH d’Arnaud
    LF Ozuna
    CF Harris II
    2B Grissom
    3B Arcia
    RF Grossman
    +++
    RHP Kyle Wright

    Y’all get the much requested day off for Olson. Personally, I do not like days off for struggling players. They are not productive. You can’t break out of anything on the bench. You don’t see pitches and you don’t get swings. I don’t buy that he’s tired. It’s flippin’ baseball. It’s not ice hockey or soccer. He’s 28 years old and spends 80% of the time standing or sitting. He spends the other 20% within 10′ of the 1B bag or batting 4 times. I should be so tired. The old adage is that they get to “watch from the dugout”. How does that help him with pitch recognition or timing? It doesn’t.

    I know mine is not a popular opinion, but I cannot believe you break out of a slump on the bench. You have to see pitches and hit pitches. Today Matt gets a free ticket to a baseball game and endless sunflower seeds.

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    • 249 Gil in Mechanicsville September 24, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      Sometimes it helps to just sit and reflect upon the situation, just saying…

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    • 250 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      And here’s the other thing. Olson is replaced in the lineup by a guy that hasn’t had meaningful innings in weeks, and is himself slashing .243/.321/.405 on the season.

      Good thing these games don’t mean anything. Oh wait…

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      • 251 Gil in Mechanicsville September 24, 2022 at 5:31 pm

        Vee, did you not see, observe, watch Olson’s at bats last night? He was continuingly pulling off the ball every swing. His head was moving on every pitch. He had lost his mojo.

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        • 252 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 5:52 pm

          I completely understand both sides of the debate. I’ve just never been a big supporter of having a guy who is already thinking too much have nothing else to do but sit and think. That said, I hope Matt comes out refreshed on Sunday and has a big game.

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        • 253 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm

          Heck, I’m all for any method of breaking Matt out of his funk. I’ll even chip in to place Jobu in his locker.

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  171. 254 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    What is the point of replay?

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  172. 256 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Final in OAK: A’s 10 – Mets 4

    Hang on boys!

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  173. 257 berigan2electricboogaloo September 24, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    so glad they won this one!(even though I was out and missed it all :/ )
    I saw 2 1/2 back last night, and thought, well…that 3 game series at the end of the year, may not even matter…now back within range

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  174. 258 berigan2electricboogaloo September 24, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    V, Matt in his last 30 days (the odd stat espu has on their site) 13 for 91 in his last 30….days… .143 ba. 1 HR and ….4 RBI’s over that period.
    A guy that normally gets a hit every 4 ABs, (and a fair share of walks) going down to this level of futility , has to be weighing on him mentally. I am sure Snit was thinking along with you that he would eventually come out of it, but….it just didn’t happen. Those 2 long foul balls, you could just see how disappointed he was they weren’t homers….
    Just relax the brain…the brain is a muscle too, kinda sorta 😉

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  175. 259 Gil in Mechanicsville September 25, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Guys, the Phillies still scare the heck out of me, they are a good team. So much improved since Joe Girardi was given the boot. Modern players do not respond well to the lash, just saying…

    I am impressed by how much Ozuna has improved since he was demoted to the B team. Taking the ball up the middle, cutting down on his swing and not trying to hit 5 run homers every at bat.

    Congratulations to Kyle Wright on winning his 20th game, it could not have come at more opportune time. Looking at this series, only Friday’s game was of the unwinnable verity. While Fried was hung with the loss, he only gave up one run. Yes, sometimes the offense lets you down but then again, sometimes you give up five and still get the W.

    Hats off to the As for whooping up on DeGrome, now the Braves need to split the series with the Fightens this afternoon before taking the train to DC.

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  176. 260 Vox O'Reasoñ September 25, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I told y’all all he needed was a little rest!! 😀

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  177. 261 berigan2electricboogaloo September 25, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Yes, I should have given some props (as the youngsters say ) to Kyle Wright for getting to 20 wins. Something else that exactly no one could have predicted at the beginning of the season. He’s going to be very important for us in the playoffs (Duh)
    hey, did ya’ll hear who was the last guy to win 20 for the braves? I couldn’t have guessed in a million/billion years….

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  178. 263 Vox O'Reasoñ September 25, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I would have gnawed my own left arm off before advocating for the robot ball/strike calls. But I’m a new convert. Either these umpires have lost all concept of what is and is not a strike, or they just don’t care. But whatever the case, they suck. Period. They must have all graduated from the Eric Gregg School of Umpiring.

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  179. 264 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Some ballgame today… A great one to be on the winning side of.

    Still within striking distance of the Mets.

    With the predicted route of Ian looking like at least part of the storm will impact Atlanta Friday or Saturday, I expect a twin bill will be played as part of the set with the Mets.

    Only nine more regular games to play this season, man, time can sure get away from you can’t it?

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  180. 265 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2022 at 7:34 am

    Just saying right now… we are supposed to be off on vaca camping for a week starting Friday in NEGA, and moving into NC on Monday. I knew that I’d be missing the big Mets series, catching only updates and such. I didn’t know that we’d have a remnant of a Hurricane boring up the state. This could affect the trip. I could forego a couple of days… the ones that contain baseball games. It would not make Mrs. O’Reasoñ very happy though.

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  181. 266 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Young Bryce Elder assigned to start tonight’s game vs the Nats. The Nationals are actually a better team than when Soto was in the line up, funny how that balances out. Like most rebuilding teams, it is always pitching that is a tell.

    In other news, Don Mattingly has reached the end of his rope…

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    • 267 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Yep, Bryce starts tonight and it appears at the moment that Big Kyle Muller will indeed make a start tomorrow, but not in place of Jake Odorizzi but rather preceding him. Odor will still get the Wednesday start, pushing Maxie back a day (OK, technically 2 days) to start the first game against the Mets on Friday.

      Pitching probables vs. the Nats:
      Elder vs. Cory Abbott
      Muller vs. Paolo Espino
      Odor vs. Josiah Gray

      Then the Mets series will line up like a playoff series:
      Fried vs. Chris Bassitt
      Kyle Wright vs. Jacob deGrom
      Charlie Morton vs. Max Scherzer

      It might as well be the playoffs.

      The Braves last 9 regular season games include 3-gamers against each of the Nats (away), Mets (home) and Marlins (away). The Mets are off today before their final 8, including 2 against the Marlins (home), and 3 each against the Braves (away) and Nats (home).

      So here we go.

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  182. 268 berigan2electricboogaloo September 26, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    V, until this year, I had no desire to see robot umps, but man, I have never seen this many bad calls since ….Maddux got those pitches called 4-5 inches off the plate. They have really gone after Robbie Grossman, so many bad calls against him.

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    • 269 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Maddux could place the ball wherever he wanted. If he wanted a strike, he’d just throw one. And the batter still couldn’t hit it.

      Now Glavine… there’s a guy that thrived on getting the calls on low and away. But he could hit that same spot consistently, so he got it. And the batters all knew it would be there. They still couldn’t hit it.

      In both cases, those HOF pitchers succeeded with location and change of speeds. Why the game evolved away from that is beyond me. I maintain that if another pitcher came along that could locate like Maddux, changing speeds and keeping batters off their 89-91 mph fastball, they’d still win plenty of games. I guess it’s easier to coach a young kid how add 10mph to his fastball than it is to teach him how to control it. Either that or young kids just think it’s sexier to light up a radar gun, even if they have no idea where it’s going. Probably a combo of the two.

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  183. 270 berigan2electricboogaloo September 26, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    I heard Snit mention the….O word…I really can’t believe they would run him out, yet again….IF we lose by one game…ugh….he’s under contract for 6.5 mil next year, but…only 3.5 million buyout…surely the homeboy upstairs isn’t making Snit keep running him out there, for that mere pittance…surely??? Recall when Snit said a week ago if he was going to make his next start, he said, you’re asking the wrong guy? Who would YOU rather see on the mound, Odor, or Muller???? Who is more likely to give you a robust, amazing, colossal, stupendous…5 innings?

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    • 271 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      See above. The purpose is to get Max, Kyle and Charlie in the Mets series. If the Braves cannot win at least 2 of those 3, the division is over. Those games are that critical. Otherwise, ATL has already wrapped up the top Wild Card spot, so the other games don’t carry the same importance. It really does come down to the Mets series.

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      • 272 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 4:28 pm

        The only problem is is the Braves are 2 games out, likely they won’t catch the Mets either. I get it however, thinking the Mets hitters are better than the National’s line up so you don’t need as good a hurler to go against them. We shall see.

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  184. 273 berigan2electricboogaloo September 26, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Ok, I somehow missed this, sorry V!!!!

    Pitching probables vs. the Nats:
    Elder vs. Cory Abbott
    Muller vs. Paolo Espino
    Odor vs. Josiah Gray

    as Emily Latella would say…nevermind!

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  185. 274 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Check this out… I heard a whisper today that if the hurricane causes problems for the Mets series, and that is a very real possibility, that the series might be moved to another city. There are no days left on the schedule to make any of them up, and the forecast right now is pretty dismal. 96% chance of rain on Friday, 96% chance on Saturday, and 25% chance on Sunday.

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    • 275 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      With the current forecast, there is little chance of playing the Friday game. The best case scenario is that you get in the Saturday night game, then play 2 on Sunday. Still, there is a possibility that Saturday could be a wash as well.

      Will MLB sit on their hands and just hope they can get these games in? I’m not so sure they will. Of course, the Braves are gonna do everything in their power to keep these games at home. But they have no power over the weather, and they may have no choice but to go where they are told to go.

      This is something to keep an eye on over the next couple of days. I imagine MLB will have a contingency plan and see where the storm tracks after nicking Cuba and making landfall on the gulf coast. Those 2 events will impact the track of the storm. We all need to pray that it moves further east and away from the heart of Georgia. If it pushes any more toward the west, the Braves/Mets series might take place in Miami.

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  186. 277 berigan2electricboogaloo September 26, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I was looking for the wide strike zone for Maddux, with Gregg, but found this one…wow….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR3eK5gCChM

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  187. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Last week I told Miss Josie I would really like to drive up to DC to see the Braves play live but concluded it was just not worth the hassle. Getting old suks and being mobility challenged squares that sukage.. So I will sit in the easy chair where it never rains and the beer is cheap. 🙂

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  188. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Nice to see Matt range one in enough to stay fair, 2 run homer off the fair pole in right… woohoo

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  189. 285 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Elder very efficient tonight, Eddie was robber of a homer in the 4th…

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  190. 286 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    And Ozuna joins the party

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  191. 287 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Wow, complete game shutout for Greg Bryce Elder in a snappy 2 hrs and 24 min… Snit says it was just like he drew it up.

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  192. 288 berigan2electricboogaloo September 26, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    wow, amazing ! sorry I missed it, but just awesome!

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  193. 289 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 8:40 am

    I flipped the game on late thinking I’d see the last couple of innings but the Braves were already coming to bat in the 9th. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw the score. As they went to commercial prior to the bottom half, I got up to let my dogs out. When the game came back on, I was a little distracted by my dogs going out and coming in, and looked up thinking AJ Minter was on the mound (beard, never mind it was the wrong pitching arm… like I said, I was distracted) and wondered why he was pitching in an 8 run game. Then I saw what was actually happening and was immediately locked in. That was a pretty exciting half inning. Elder still looked dominant after 100 pitches.

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    • 290 Gil in Mechanicsville September 27, 2022 at 11:28 am

      It was a pretty neat game to watch, I wondered if Snit would allow the kid to finish the complete game but I guess he figured with an 8 run lead it was safe. Never saw a pitch over 91 mph but that sucker was moving like it was Greg Maddux on the mound. It wasn’t even fair to unleash a guy like him on the Nats.

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  194. 291 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I believe we saw this coming.

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  195. 292 berigan2electricboogaloo September 27, 2022 at 11:31 am

    what little I saw via highlights, looked like Elder , who already had a 7 inning no run game, was tossing slower, and getting a lot more movement (hmmm, wasn’t someone talking about a guy like that a day or so ago? 😉 )

    Oh, Kyle Hendricks is/was the closest to Maddux we’ve seen. Even had 2 Maddux like seasons, but hasn’t been very good the last 2 years, for some reason (and I know he has arm issues right now)

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  196. 293 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    I know that Elder hasn’t proven anything over any amount of time, but given the Braves’ shaky rotation situation at the moment, you have to think he’s at least in the conversation about a postseason start after last night’s performance. I know it was against the Nats, but the opponent does not define the stuff. And the stuff looked really good. Charlie has to, let me reiterate that, has to have a better showing in his next start. It’s essentially a playoff start anyway. Home runs often make the difference in the playoffs, and Charlie has become very susceptible to them. In a perfect world, Strider will come back healthy and it won’t matter. But I’m not convinced of that yet. Obliques are tricky. Just ask Steve Avery.

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  197. 294 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Speaking of the Mets series, the forecast is getting a little more clear, and it’s not good. There will be rain on Friday and Saturday, and it’s gonna be alot of it. Wind too although it’s not certain how much wind we’ll have. But we do know we’re gonna get alot of rain.

    Now, the league pretty much has 3 choices. They can simply wait and see what happens and hope for the best. They can move the series to another city (Miami and Arlington have already been mentioned). OR… and this is the newest one I’ve heard mentioned, they can play 2 on Thursday, a scheduled off day for both teams, and hope Sunday is a return to normal. The forecast says it should be. I’m sure that is the Braves’ choice as it keeps the home team advantage as well as keeping all the revenue from such a huge series in The Battery. Not to mention the fact that pitching Muller tonight pushes the others back a day so tackling a DH on Thursday wouldn’t tax the rotation. Not sure how it would impact the Mets, but I really don’t care either. 😉

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    • 295 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      Alternately, they could play 1 on Thursday and 2 on Sunday. I’m sure the Mets would prefer that as it would be better for their pitching. Heck, it might be better for ours too.

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  198. 296 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    The first bits of info are now starting to emerge.

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  199. 297 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    MLB is not looking at the same forecasts I am. I’ve already cancelled my campsite for the weekend, along with a crushing amount of other people.

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  200. 298 berigan2electricboogaloo September 27, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    in Morton’s last 9 starts, he’s give up 4 or more runs in 5 of them. I honestly don’t get it…he’s still throwing hard, but just can’t seem to be consistent anymore. With well, any pitch… I mean, he should be able to figure it out all on his own…unless he’s sore, and is basically trying too hard to maintain his stuff.

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    • 299 Vox O'Reasoñ September 28, 2022 at 7:10 am

      He’s not locating his devastating curve as well, getting behind in counts, and having to throw his fastball more. When that curve is on, he’s as good as it gets. But he’s been inconsistent with it all season.

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  201. 300 Gil in Mechanicsville September 28, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Best thing about last night’s game was to see Ronald’s break out performance. Two absolutely crushed homeruns were the things to give us new hope. That and seeing Orlando Arcia hit his second dinger of the series and to see Eddie Rosario heating up.

    Muller did a nice job while he was in the game but I thought Snit was a little quick with the hook but that is why he is the manager, it is his decision to make. McHugh still almost coughed it up on his first pitch.

    Man, you just have to love Jesse Chavez, he is one cool customer.

    Now let’s hope Odoriffic can not stink up the joint tonight, I don’t have a lot of faith in him at this point. Is there anyone else they can pull up from the minors at this point?

    So the Yankees and the Cardinals clinched their respected divisions last night. Only team left to celebrate are the Mets and the Braves. This so reminds me of all those seasons in the 90s when it came down to the final week against the Dodgers and the Giants.

    About the game in New York: We sure have seen some very questionable umpiring this month. Phantom balls and strikes and last night’s 3 balk calls against the Marlins Bleier. I’m telling you, gambling will ruin the sport….

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  202. 302 Vox O'Reasoñ September 28, 2022 at 7:27 am

    The latest word on what the league may do to work around the effects of Hurricane Ian makes the most sense. Friday’s night game is likely to become a matinee, with Sunday becoming a day/night twin bill. Failing the ability to play an early game Sunday, the two teams will reconvene on Oct. 6, the day following the regular season wrap up and the only buffer day between the regular season and the start of the Wild Card round. That contingency game comes with the caveat of “if necessary”. In other words, if either team pulls away by 2 games or more before the last one… it’ll just blow away like patio furniture in Sarasota today.

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  203. 303 Vox O'Reasoñ September 28, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Silvino Bracho? He was DFA’d by the Sawx in late June and the Braves acquired him for “cash considerations”. He’s worked to a 2.08 ERA in Gwinnett, and has pitched multiple innings a few times. He has 34 Ks across 26 IP. He might be an interesting guy to watch.

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  204. 304 Vox O'Reasoñ September 28, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Yes, I think he will be an interesting guy to watch.

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  205. 306 berigan2electricboogaloo September 28, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    last nights game was my kind of game, no doubt at all who’d win it 😉
    Gil, you are right, great to see Acuna hit not one, but 2 absolute bullets, was great. Arcia’s homer looked 30 MPH slower….

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  206. 307 berigan2electricboogaloo September 28, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    whats crazy, to my untrained eye,(as a chronic weather watcher who used to live in Florida) looks like the storm is going to be further east of us…but, it’s a very big storm too….

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  207. 309 Gil in Mechanicsville September 28, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    That is the way it is with hurricanes, they pretty much do what they want

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  208. 310 Vox O'Reasoñ September 28, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    The latest forecasts for the area where Truist sits says the rain will probably not roll in until about 7pm on Friday, rain all day Saturday, and move out about 9am Sunday. So the matinee Friday/tin bill Sunday seems to be the greatest likelihood now. I have heard that moving the games out of town is definitely NOT on the table.

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  209. 312 Vox O'Reasoñ September 28, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    2nites lineup:

    RF Acuña Jr.
    SS Swanson
    CF Harris II
    3B Riley
    1B Olson
    C d’Arnaud
    LF Rosario
    2B Arcia
    DH Grossman
    +++
    RHP Jake Odorizzi

    We need the good Odor to show up tonight. This game is muy importante.

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  210. 313 Gil in Mechanicsville September 28, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Ugly first inning for Odor, I guess Snit doesn’t really want to win this game…

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  211. 314 Gil in Mechanicsville September 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Dear Alex, not every trade works out like you thought it would, it is okay to miss once in a while, just don’t be hard headed about it. Stinky must go… PLEASE!

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  212. 315 Gil in Mechanicsville September 28, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    I have noticed something, there appears to be a correlation between a pitcher who can’t find the strike zone and fielders who suddenly can’t catch the ball.

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  213. 316 Vox O'Reasoñ September 29, 2022 at 8:32 am

    I think it’s a safe bet that Odor will NOT be on the post-season roaster. I believe the only way we’ll see him pitch again this season is if the division race is decided before game 161 or 162 against the Fish, at which time he may get trotted out just to save the more valued arms for the playoffs.

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  214. 318 Vox O'Reasoñ September 29, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Last night as tough. Watching the Mets come back in the 8th to tie it, and to win it in extras as the Braves were going down in extras was brutal. That was a major swing in the status. But the simple fact is that the Braves can still take care of their own business in the next 3 games and control their own destiny. Yesterday’s gone. Today is here. Bear down and take care of the next 3 games and the rest doesn’t matter.

    The Mutts have shuffled their pitching so that Jacob deGrom is going tonight against Max and Max Scherzer is going up against Kyle. I think that is a mistake. Fried can (and has) beat deGrom and Wright can beat Ol’ Weird Eyes, pushing Chris Bassitt back to face Charlie. IMO, Buck Showalter has given the Braves a better shot at sweeping. And from this fan’s perspective, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Bryce Elder take Charlie’s slot. At worst, Charlie will be on a short leash.

    Seriously, I think Showalter has done us a solid.

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  215. 319 Vox O'Reasoñ September 29, 2022 at 11:40 am

    The whole thing kicked a few clicks east. It’ll still be raining where I am, but should be fine at Truist.

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  216. 320 Vox O'Reasoñ September 29, 2022 at 11:40 am

    New forecast.

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  217. 321 Gil in Mechanicsville September 29, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Yep, you are right about the Braves lack of success with the bat last night was telling. Grey is going to be a force going forward for the Nats. Who knows why the Braves batters are so hot and cold some nights? The baseball gods have a somewhat warped sense of humor methinks…

    Regardless of the aforementioned opine, Odor stinks…. Maybe he can get his mojo back over the off season maybe not but I am inclined to think his roster spot could be filled by one of the many kids currently plying their craft in the bushes this year. Even Charlie could be a number 5 but I don’t see the Braves paying his level of salary for a guy whom father time may well have diminished his skill set.

    Now, something of a totally different tact. Take care CL, the change in direction of Ian may well benefit Atlanta but increases the peril face by you coastal dwellers. While August was unusually quiet on the hurricane front, Mother Nature is making up for it now. Ian was/is a particularly nasty storm, it is not unprecedented, hurricane Charley back in 2002 followed an almost identical track.

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  218. 322 Vox O'Reasoñ September 29, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    I find this quite interesting…

    For the well documented extended slump of Matt Olson, check out this factoid dropped by Mr. Bowman this morning:

    Players who’ve hit 30 HR in each of the past three 162-game seasons:
    Olson
    Goldschmidt
    Arenado
    Suárez
    Alonso
    Schwarber

    That’s some pretty dang good company.

    And at the same time Olson became just the 4th player in Braves history to knock 30 HRs and 40 doubles. Those players are:

    Chipper Jones (1999): 45 HR, 41 2B
    Freddie Freeman (2016): 34 HR, 43 2B
    Ozzie Albies (2021): 30 HR, 40 2B
    Olson (2022): 30 HR, 43 2B

    Again, that’s some pretty dang good company.

    I hope the last couple of games are a real indication that he is emerging from the slump. Regardless, I don’t think anyone can say he’s been a disappointment.

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    • 323 Gil in Mechanicsville September 30, 2022 at 1:35 am

      I believe next season we will see his BA rise by at least 50 points. Why, no short fielder in right field. I am inclined to think BAs for all left handed batters will see a revision upwards.

      As for the correlation between power and low averages is real, my only hope is for hitters to mature so they understand that situational hitting is a real thing. A three run homer is always needed when a single will do.

      On a different note, one has to wonder if either the Phillies or the Brewers really want to get into the playoffs. SAD…

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  219. 324 Vox O'Reasoñ September 30, 2022 at 7:37 am

    The playoffs start tonight!!!

    Well, technically maybe not, but realistically they do. I know that the Braves and Mets are essentially just playing to decide who is the division winner and who is the #1 Wild Card, but there is still a matter of seeding and placement.

    Now Snit will tell you he likes his team to have to fight up to the end. His feeling is that if you go into the playoffs with the mindset that you’re playing for something big, you have an advantage over a team that has been on cruise control for a few days. It’s hard to disagree. Then again, you might be able to rest up and prepare your team a little easier. But the Braves are a team that rarely does anything easy, so I don’t see them needing any breathers. They seem to like this kind of environment.

    I believe the Braves are 1 of maybe 4 teams that can actually win the whole thing, the others being the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees. Can any team get hot at the right time and surprise? Of course. But those are the top 4 IMO. I hope the seeding and placement allow those to be the LCS teams. That would create some great series themselves.

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  220. 325 berigan2electricboogaloo September 30, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    V, as frustrating as it is to say, the Mutts are in the top 5, mainly because of their rotation and their lights out closer. (wouldn’t it be nice if we could score off him in one of the 3 games, or 2 of them?)
    Heard something interesting by Dan Plesac the other day and he said the Mutts HAD to win the division to really move on…braves were just a better offensive team (as we know) and could win via the wildcard…
    that said, we really have an uphill battle in that, we have to win 2 out of 3 to have a chance, and even if we do that, part of the new “system” the mutts have won the season series, so if we both were say, 100-62, they still win the division. Yuck….

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  221. 326 Vox O'Reasoñ September 30, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    RF Acuña Jr.
    SS Swanson
    CF Harris II
    3B Riley
    1B Olson
    C d’Arnaud
    DH Contreras
    LF Rosario
    2B Arcia
    +++
    LHP Max Fried

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  222. 327 berigan2electricboogaloo September 30, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    cuz my brain’s weird…I wanted to look up Mad Max’s stats…he just hasn’t seen as sharp of late….did ya know, he threw 165 innings twice in his career (last year, though didn’t he go to AAA for a start or 2?) plus the playoffs last year, this year, he’s already tossed 180 innings. Sure glad he has had more time to rest…
    also, wasted time…err, did more research…
    from April 19th to Aug 22nd, he pitched 6 or more innings 20 times!
    since then he’s gone… 5, 5, 6, and 5 innings. and his last 2 starts are the ones with the highest pitch count totals of the year….

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  223. 329 berigan2electricboogaloo September 30, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    CL, tonights game is on bally sports, but Saturdays game I think is on “Big” Fox, and Sundays game is on espn around 7 pm

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  224. 330 Gil in Mechanicsville September 30, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    yes, winning the division means you get to avoid the Dodgers in the first round plus you get the homefield advantage in the first couple of rounds. Having a bye is a huge thing this time of year. That said, beware of the Cardinals, they have been giant killers a couple of tie in their history.

    CL. get much rain? We are scheduled to get our share beginning at game time. YUK

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    • 331 CarolinaLady September 30, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      It’s still in progress, Gil. Yep, so far something between 3″ – 6″ depending on location, but it hasn’t been constant so there’s little accumulation at this point. Windy as all get out. Internet in and out, power flickering at times in stronger bands. The eye is passing just to my west at this moment, so the backside stuff will be slung up on us until it moves further north. All in all it hasn’t been bad, just the usual nerve-wracking watch for spawned tornadoes, cringing when things hit the roof. Kelly is jumpy since her experience during Florence a couple of years ago. I see her just looking around her room and can see her wondering if she’ll have to endure what she did during and after that storm. Pray for her peace, please! I’ve been reassuring her, even offered to pull a mattress into the hallway for her last night so she could maybe relax more. (She decided she’d stay in her bed in its usual place. Lots of little stuff down. We’re blessed and won’t complain. This too shall pass. Love you guys! Be safe.

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      • 332 berigan2electricboogaloo September 30, 2022 at 9:01 pm

        glad to hear it CL! we didn’t see a drop of rain here, heck, my friend in Savannah area said 100% chance of rain yesterday and today, and same thing, not a drop!

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        • 333 Gil in Mechanicsville October 1, 2022 at 1:33 am

          Like I said, hurricanes are finicky. Prayers for those less fortunate in the Ft Myers area. Majority of deaths from these storms are water related.

          We have been lucky so far, just nuisance rain. Looks to continue thru Monday.

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  225. 334 berigan2electricboogaloo October 1, 2022 at 10:34 am

    I am soooo confused! Of course, I am naturally (dirty dishwater) blonde . I thought, after the loss to the Nats, we were 2 games back. That’s why I was thinking, we had to win 2 games minimum , which…I guess is still the case, but had NO CLUE we were gonna be tied with the mutts if we won last night!
    Those 3 homers off of 98+ MPH pitches were rare events (I saw a tweet, but can’t find it now) and that Dansby has done it 4 times…this year? ever? oh well…hard to throw a ball past him 😉

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  226. 335 berigan2electricboogaloo October 1, 2022 at 10:52 am

    watching Quick pitch, I noticed Shea Langeliers and Drew Waters hit homers last night.
    Drew is doing decently, .237/.333 with 3 HRs
    Speaking of the Royals, is anyone surprised the Royals let Dayton Moore go? They seem to have a pretty good group of rookie hitters right now…just seemed like an odd time to get rid of him….

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    • 336 Gil in Mechanicsville October 1, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      Owners always want to blame somebody else for their failings, could not possibly be their own fault for being cheap could it?

      Dayton will find a job somewhere else in baseball if he wants it.

      Yep, we all hope Braves alumni do well, it reveals the depth of the organization.

      I really enjoyed last night’s contest. Except Eddie’s misadventures in left, the official excuse “lost in the lights”. He did get the run back with the sac fly.

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  227. 337 Gil in Mechanicsville October 1, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    OBTW: That Arcia kid can play a little bit can’t he?

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  228. 338 Vox O'Reasoñ October 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Me too!!

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  229. 339 berigan2electricboogaloo October 1, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    1st place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  230. 340 Gil in Mechanicsville October 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Tonight’s game on ESPeeU will be a huge game for both teams, the “choke” factor will play large in this one.

    I just hope the umps know how to keep their hands in their pockets and let the players decide the game. No phantom strike calls etc. Most likely I will keep the volume turned off as I don’t need to listen to someone’s biased opinions during the game.

    The Brew crew sure is making it hard on themselves to make the play-offs. They do have the scheduling advantage with their final three games at home vs the D-backs while Phillie has to play their final three in Houston vs the Astros.

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  231. 341 Vox O'Reasoñ October 2, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    The slump is officially over.

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  232. 342 Vox O'Reasoñ October 2, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Magic number = 1

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  233. 343 Gil in Mechanicsville October 3, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Who would have thunk it? Swept the Mets 3 games with huge break out series from Olson and Swanson. And a bullpen which allowed one run in 12 & 2/3 innings. WOW!

    Now it is on to Fishville where one game is needed to tie it all up in a bow.

    GO BARVES… 😉

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  234. 344 berigan2electricboogaloo October 3, 2022 at 2:07 am

    I am still stunned how easy it was! esp. with Charlie not having his A game tonight (or recently, still stunned they are giving him 20 mil next year, I thought for sure he’d retire, or no offer)but, to be fair, he kept us in there… 4 2/3rds is the new 7 innings!
    Even Jansen looked good, 3 nights in a row.
    To be honest, I think home field advantage, is just huge….I mean, we didn’t look like we belonged on the same field as the Mutts in NYC, and…they didn’t look like they belonged on the field with us. Of course, Starling Marte being injured hurt them a ton…
    Now, win tomorrow, please? the Marlins have been playing good ball of late, please don’t look past them Braves

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  235. 345 Gil in Mechanicsville October 3, 2022 at 8:08 am

    I guess the Braves will ship the bubbly and beer to Miami in preparation for a keg party. They did not get an opportunity to celebrate clinching a play-off spot so it so be an event for the new kids on the block.

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  236. 346 Gil in Mechanicsville October 3, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Looking back at this season, there were several turning points for the Braves, one of the most significant methinks was the Braves getting their butts handed to them by the Mets in July, losing 4 out of 5. I think that was the real wake up call for the Braves to understand no one cares what you were, it is what are you able to do now.

    The mocking chant by the Mets fans…. hooha… who is laughing now?

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  237. 348 Gil in Mechanicsville October 3, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Open letter to Dansby: Dear kid, don’t be fooled into thinking just money will be the answer. I don’t think AA will low ball you but you will not get $30 million per year in Atlanta, what is it worth to you to be idolized by millions of Georgians? As for New York? How much is it really worth to live in a cesspool?

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    • 349 berigan2electricboogaloo October 3, 2022 at 6:18 pm

      Carlos Correa is getting 35 mil a year, and ….even with numbers not as good as Dansby’s (3 less homers, and 32 less RBI’s but…OBP is so much more important that his WAR is 5.4 and Dansby’s is 5.6)
      But, 3 SS’s at the same time…it will be interesting….what should be Dansby’s bottom, 25 mil a year?

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  238. 351 Gil in Mechanicsville October 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    It is tough to keep salaries in perspective when you remember making $1.15 per/hr starting pay. Of course gas was .20 a gallon and bread .19 a loaf and you could get two burgers, an order of fries and a large soda for a dollar…

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  239. 352 Gil in Mechanicsville October 4, 2022 at 7:24 am

    So, the Braves have Stinky slated to pitch tonight in Miami. I guess they are thinking the Nats will win at least one from the Mets…

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  240. 353 berigan2electricboogaloo October 4, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Gil, since 9-11 , Stinky has gone… 3.2, 4.2, 4 (and 8 runs!) and 3.2… I just don’t get the hate 😉
    I guess Muller already pitched in AAA? sigh….

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  241. 354 Vox O'Reasoñ October 4, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    He came through when we needed him though, right?

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  242. 355 Vox O'Reasoñ October 4, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Absolutely brilliant!!

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  243. 356 Gil in Mechanicsville October 5, 2022 at 6:06 am

    I cannot tell a lie, Stinky came through in the clutch. Not that I didn’t feel nervous the entire time but that was just me, what I found more frustrating was the numerous opportunities to score that were lost by the Braves. That said, the Braves’ pitching staff came through like gang busters.

    I did flip over to the Nats/Mets game immediately after the game to get the Mets reaction to news that they were on a fools errant. LOL… I love it, shows it’s not nice to taunt the Braves nation…

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  244. 357 berigan2electricboogaloo October 5, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I still have to laugh that a starter going 5 innings is considered a tremendous accomplishment, but whatever, it was serviceable. He feels like he contributed to the team finally, so good for him…
    Amazing, I had no good feeling after all the missed scoring opportunities, after being shut out yesterday, and then using the same 3 guys in the 7th, 8th and 9th for what, 4 out of 5 games…yikes! Yet, it all worked perfectly!

    Don’t you feel sorry for the mutts, just a little???? 😛 😆

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  245. 358 Gil in Mechanicsville October 5, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    To be honest, it is just not in my DNA to feel anything other than complete disdain for Mets fans….

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  246. 359 Vox O'Reasoñ October 5, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Not too shabby friends, despite the late season slump. What might he have done without it?

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  247. 360 Vox O'Reasoñ October 7, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I have made repeated attempts to wish CL a Happy Birthday, but WordPress keeps eating my posts. It has no birthday spirit

    Happy Birthday CL!!! 🎉🎂🎁🎈🎊

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  248. 364 berigan2electricboogaloo October 8, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    CL, I’m sorry, I clicked
    “heart” on a fb post and I was….going to make a separate happy birthday post….D’oh! Sure hope you had a great birthday!

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  249. 365 CarolinaLady October 8, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    I did, Ber, and it was great. Kelly, my brother and I feasted on indescribably delicious fried shrimp, cole slaw, insanely good hushpuppies, fresh okra, and ice tea. It was just a special time for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Thank you for thinking of me, my friend! Hugz!

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  250. 366 berigan2electricboogaloo October 9, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    have to admit, was rooting for the Cards to win a game…but also thinking we have a better chance against the Phils, so not necessarily wanting the Cards to win a series…shocked the Phils went into STL and “swept” a series in 2 games. We seemingly did well against the Phils but, 11 wins and 8 losses against them and I just read we only scored 3 more runs than they did…and, they are pumped up right now, feeling they can beat anyone….hopefully, we will correct that notion, quickly 😉

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    • 367 Gil in Mechanicsville October 9, 2022 at 3:17 pm

      I agree Ber, although not completely unexpected, especially since it took them until the 9th inning of game one to score a run, then they went crazy. It reminded me a bit of when the Cardinals came back to beat the Rangers.

      Oh well, it is not like the Phillies didn’t earn their chance to be there. The Braves need to stay focused and keep their eyes on the prize.

      The Mets achillea’s heel revealed itself last night too. BULL PEN is weak.

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  251. 368 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

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  252. 369 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Kevin McAlpin: One storyline to keep an eye on as we look towards the NLDS starting tomorrow: Phillies have been on the road for 15 straight days now as they closed out the regular season with a three city trip to Chicago, DC & Houston. That’s a long time living out of a suitcase.

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  253. 370 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Here we go…

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  254. 371 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Alex Anthopoulos is a magician.

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  255. 372 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Speaking of Strider, Bowman made this note a little earlier this morning:

    We’ll learn more about Strider within the next couple hours. The Braves remain optimistic he’ll be available for the NLDS. But given he hasn’t pitched since Sept. 18, it’s uncertain what role he could fill. Maybe an opener for Game 3 or 4? A reliever?

    If I had to guess, he’ll start Game 4 and go as far as the powers that be gauge that he can go, to be piggybacked by Bryce Elder.

    The other option that I see as feasible is that he could piggyback a Charlie Morton start in Game 3 if the Braves are on the verge of a 3 game sweep.

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  256. 373 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Go get ’em!

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  257. 374 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Snit this morning from the entire host of team beat writers:

    On Strider’s availability for NLDS: “We’re still working that out. He threw yesterday, I watched and it was really good. I know he feels good but we’re still mulling that over. We’ll see how he is when we get out there. We’re kind of leaving a lot of options open.”

    On Ozzie, who got his cast off yesterday: “It’s just now getting strength and flexibility. We’ll take him with us as he continues to progress.”

    On the NLDS: “I think the Phillies are hitting on all cylinders. They’ve got everybody back. Their starting pitching is really good. They’re playing really, really well now.”

    Max Fried will start Game 1, and they are “leaning toward” Kyle Wright starting Game 2.

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  258. 375 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 10:53 am

    The Braves do not have to set their NLDS roster until tomorrow morning, but I do not expect any surprises either included or excluded. I expect Odorizzi to be left off and Elder to be included. I expect Adrianza to be left off, with Arcia starting at 2B and Grissom acting as UTIL. I think Ozuna’s late surge to keep him on the roster with the Braves essentially carrying extra OF/DH as the majority of the bench.

    My best guess for the roster…

    Starters:
    Max Fried
    Kyle Wright
    Charlie Morton
    Spencer Strider
    Bryce Elder

    Bullpen:
    Kenley Jansen – CL
    Raisel Iglesias
    A.J. Minter
    Collin McHugh
    Jesse Chavez
    Dylan Lee
    Tyler Matzek
    Jackson Stephens

    Catchers:
    Travis d’Arnaud
    William Contreras

    IF:
    Matt Olson – 1B
    Orlando Arcia – 2B
    Dansby Swanson – SS
    Austin Riley – 3B
    Vaughn Grissom – UTIL

    OF:
    Ronald Acuña Jr. – RF
    Michael Harris II – CF
    Eddie Rosario – LF
    Robbie Grossman
    Guillermo Heredia

    DH:
    Marcell Ozuna
    Contreras

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    • 376 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      I’m hearing some interesting theories that Snit might lobby to carry Chadwick Tromp on the roster as the backup C and use William Contreras as the primary DH. At first I blew that off as pretty farfetched until I actually thought about it. And the more I think about it, I believe it could happen. Who would then lose their spot in such a move? I have to think that Marcell is the odd man out. He holds no defensive value at all, thus would be a huge liability in a bench role.

      This will be the 1 roster decision to keep an eye on. I believe the rest of it is pretty cut and dry.

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  259. 377 Gil in Mechanicsville October 10, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Good afternoon Stuffville… Vee, glad to see you back. Yes, AA is signing everyone he believes can help the team repeat, now it is just left for Dansby to come to terms. One thing for sure, he will get more money elsewhere if that is his goal, maybe he is waiting to see if Trey Turner stays with the Dodgers.

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  260. 378 berigan2electricboogaloo October 10, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    hopefully, the day game (will game 2 be a day game too, I assume?) will not be a problem…
    V, that sure would make some sense, 3 catchers…I guess they could go without Heredia and if God forbid Harris got hurt, Grossman, someone could cover for the rest of the game, then bring him on the P.S. roster for the next day? Just thinking if a tough leftie came in to face say, Rosario, you then pinch hit Ozuna, hoping he ran into one, since 1 run can be so important in the playoffs….

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  261. 379 berigan2electricboogaloo October 10, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    just looked up Ozuna, .304 .358 but, only 1 homer in 50+ AB’s

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    • 380 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      Yep. More quality contact… as if he stopped trying to hit everything to Birmingham and began settling for actual productive ABs. Do ya’ll remember when we looked at his then team leading 18 HR’s and wondered when he had hit them because none were memorable or noteworthy? His recent production certainly makes setting the NLDS roster a little trickier for AA and Snit.

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  262. 381 Vox O'Reasoñ October 10, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Gotta keep an eye on this one. Yowser!

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  263. 382 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Braves NLDS roster announced. There are a couple of surprises, one biggie being that Tyler Matzek is experiencing elbow soreness and has been sent to Texas for evaluation. Interestingly, the powers that be have opted for an additional bench player rather than another bullpen arm. Of course, you only really need 4 starters in a 5 game series, so it isn’t that radical. The other surprise is that Bryce Elder was left off in favor of Jake Odorizzi. I cannot explain that one other than that Odor will probably just be used as a long reliever. I expect that Elder is still with the team’s “taxi squad” and staying on schedule for possible inclusion on the NLCS roster.

    The announced NLDS roster is:

    Starters:
    Max Fried
    Kyle Wright
    Charlie Morton
    Spencer Strider

    LEFT OFF: Bryce Elder

    Bullpen:
    Kenley Jansen – CL
    Raisel Iglesias
    A.J. Minter
    Jesse Chavez
    Collin McHugh
    Dylan Lee
    Jackson Stephens
    Jake Odorizzi

    LEFT OFF: Tyler Matzek (elbow)

    Catchers:
    Travis d’Arnaud
    William Contreras

    IF:
    Matt Olson – 1B
    Orlando Arcia – 2B
    Dansby Swanson – SS
    Austin Riley – 3B
    Vaughn Grissom
    Ehire Adrianza

    OF:
    Ronald Acuña Jr. – RF
    Michael Harris II – CF
    Eddie Rosario – LF
    Robbie Grossman
    Guillermo Heredia

    DH:
    Marcell Ozuna

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  264. 383 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Braves Game 1 lineup:

    RF Acuña
    SS Swanson
    3B Riley
    1B Olson
    DH Contreras
    C d’Arnaud
    2B Arcia
    CF Harris II
    LF Grossman
    +++
    LHP Max Fried

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  265. 384 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Phillies Game 1 lineup:

    LF Schwarber
    1B Hoskins
    C Realmuto
    DH Harper
    RF Castellanos
    3B Bohm
    2B Segura
    CF Vierling
    SS Sosa
    +++
    LHP Ranger Suárez

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  266. 385 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Don’t forget, 1:07pm ET start on FOX.

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  267. 386 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

    One significant Phillies roster note, reliever David Robertson is injured and not on their NLDS roster. According to published sources, Robertson strained his right calf jumping following Bryce Harper’s home run in Saturday night’s win over the Cardinals.

    Wow.

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  268. 387 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    IMO, the key for the Braves is the contribution from the DH and LF spots. William Contreras will likely get the lion’s share of DH at bats, but Marcell Ozuna could be the swing factor, so to speak… and pardon the pun. Maybe the greater focus should fall on LF, where Eddie Rosario and Robbie Grossman will share duties. If that spot in the lineup falls silent, it could make things tougher for the good guys to score the runs they’ll need to outpace the mighty Phils and their power barrage.

    For the Phillies, its their bullpen… again. If the Braves can get to that pen, I believe they’ll reap the rewards. We know Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler will be tough. I expect Ranger Suárez to be as well. The Braves must be patient and work counts, to increase the starters’ pitch numbers and get to that pen early. Missing David Robertson for a silly reason could well come back to haunt those guys.

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  269. 388 berigan2electricboogaloo October 11, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    V, I was wondering why Tyler Matzek was not in games…I thought they really lost confidence in him, now we know differently…
    man, really hope the braves were not taking the phils for granted….and Fried….what has happened to his 96-97 MPH we are used to seeing in big games???? He looks so slight to me, I hope puts on some muscle this offseason…

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  270. 389 Gil in Mechanicsville October 11, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Braves are playing a little tight…

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  271. 391 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Not to belabor the point, but that 1st inning was completely changed by that horrible inside strike call on William Contreras at 2-1. If the very obvious ball as correctly called, Wild Bill is in the driver’s seat at 3-1 with the bases loaded and nowhere to put him. Instead he has to go into protection mode at 2-2 and he grounds into an inning ending double play. Maddening.

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  272. 392 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    But the Braves cannot leave the bases loaded twice and expect to be victorious either. Gotta capitalize. The only silver lining here is that Suárez’s pitch count is climbing.

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  273. 393 Gil in Mechanicsville October 11, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Okay, somebody check the Ump’s Draft King account…

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  274. 395 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    The hard truth today is that Max looked very average, and the Braves left too many runners on base early. That, my friends, is a bad recipe. The harder truth is that today’s pitching matchup was the most favorable for the Braves. Gotta face Wheeler tomorrow and Nola on Friday.

    Why is it that the Braves have struggled so much in day games this year? I gotta admit, when I first saw the schedule for these home games I was less than enthralled that we were shoved out of the prime time TV slots and into the afternoon purgatory that 2022 has been.

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    • 396 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      I just looked at the schedule for the rest of the series. The Braves do not have a single night game scheduled. Today’s 1:07pm start is followed by 4:35pm tomorrow, 4:37pm in Philly on Friday, 2:07p on Saturday (if necessary), and wrapping up back in Atlanta Sunday at 4:37pm.

      By comparison, the Yankees games are 7:37pm, 7:37pm, 7:37pm, 7:07pm, and 7:37pm.

      Meanwhile, the Dodgers games are at 6:37pm, 5:37pm, 5:37pm, 6:37pm, and 6:07pm.

      I think the term “disrespect” is easily warranted here. It’s fairly evident that the networks, whom we all know drive the whole league bus, aren’t even trying to hide their bias toward NY and LA.

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    • 397 CarolinaLady October 11, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      Nothing exists outside NYC and LA. Nothing.

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  275. 398 Vox O'Reasoñ October 11, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    The flu. The dadgum flu. Timing is everything.

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  276. 399 Vox O'Reasoñ October 12, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Oh boy… not what any of us wanted to hear.

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  277. 400 Vox O'Reasoñ October 12, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Lots of rain in and around the ol’ ballpark in ATL right now, and the tarp is on the field of course. Looks like the rain might be here a while too. I would not get too anxious for the scheduled 4:37pm start. I won’t be surprised if they can’t get it in today at all and have to push it back to tomorrow’s scheduled travel day. But we’ll see I suppose. The current forecast for Truist Park says the rain will continue until about 9am tomorrow morning.

    I understand there is a 4pm meeting between umps and managers to discuss the weather situation. Maybe they can make a decision then, but they will probably monitor it a little longer before making a definitive call.

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  278. 403 berigan2electricboogaloo October 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    1st off, feel terrible for Tyler Matzek….we don’t win a W.S. without his super hero like performance in the playoffs…I don’t think I was more excited at any point in the whole playoff run, than when he mowed down the Dodgers murderers row , for what, 3 innings???
    Pray he will be as good as new in…2024 :/

    secondly….V, thanks for that weather bug link…. (I use wunderground, but have issues at times with their radar coming up) hearing WSB’s weather lady (surely more tolerable then the uber boring, Kurt Mellish who gave so very little to go by, rain perhaps, now, or later) acting like , crazily like it will be out of Cobb county in about 2 hours, makes little sense from what I’m seeing…

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  279. 404 Vox O'Reasoñ October 12, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    The latest hourly forecast from Truist Park predicts a window in which the teams might get the game in… likely starting around 8pm. Best case scenario says the rain holds off for a full 9 innings. I’m not so confident. There is no official start time announced as of yet. I’ll try to stay on top of it for a short while before I have to abandon the watch.

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  280. 405 Vox O'Reasoñ October 12, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    She is a local meteorologist. Hopefully she knows what she’s talking about.

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  281. 407 Vox O'Reasoñ October 12, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    There will be another meeting of the minds to discuss the weather situation at 6pm. Maybe they’ll have a good idea of an updated start time then.

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  282. 408 CarolinaLady October 12, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    There are a couple of links at the bottom of the page that give good weather radar for ATL and wherever the Braves are playing. Since I can’t get into the admin page anymore, I can’t update anything, but those links are still there. Hope that’s helpful.

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  283. 410 berigan2electricboogaloo October 12, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    so, I was wrong! 😉 it even stopped raining here, south of the ATL. I just thought it was going to rain til 9-10 …of course, a friend near Savannah said when the remnants of the Hurricane were nearby, the forecast said 100% chance of rain, lets say on a Fri and a Sat. and …they didn’t get a drop.

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  284. 411 berigan2electricboogaloo October 12, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Wow CL, never, ever noticed that before! But to fair, this site hasn’t been around all that long 😆
    https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/atlanta/30303/weather-radar/348181

    https://swishanalytics.com/mlb/weather

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  285. 412 Gil in Mechanicsville October 13, 2022 at 1:39 am

    What a great game by the good guys tonight. Stellar defense, outstanding pitching and timely hitting.

    I guess the Los Bravos just needed to get reoriented and reminded they actually had to show up to have a chance to win.

    The Phillies are no pushovers.

    The Braves have exactly the same record as the Dodgers do now in their series with the Padres.

    Now a day off as the games move on to the town that loves to boo, I hope the Braves give them even more to boo about.

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  286. 413 Vox O'Reasoñ October 13, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Good morning Stuffians. All round good game out of the good guys last night. Kyle Wright was masterful, and the bats were patient and opportunistic. Can’t say enough about the defense, either. Dans and Austin made plays that stood out with the broadcasters, but I thought the play that Eddie made late in the game to hold Castellonos (I think) to a single was huge. He played the carom of the wall perfectly. Ronald had done the same in RF earlier. Under the radar plays, but big time important.

    Snit still hasn’t committed to his starter for tomorrow yet, but I have to think it’ll be Charlie Morton. After all, they did just extend him into next year for another $20M. For that much, he’s a hoss and a post-season starter. Maybe, just maybe if they were facing elimination they might empty the chamber and trot out Strider for as long as he can pitch. But I think with the series being back even again they’ll hope for a classic veteran start from a classic veteran.

    But I could be very wrong. What do I know? They could look to go short innings with Strider so that they could bring him back in a potential game 5. I could see that strategy as well. Those are the type of decisions that Alex and Snit get paid to make. Honestly, I think the team is blessed that they have such a choice. Nether is a bad one. At least they aren’t having to go into Philly behind Jake Odorizzi, right?

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  287. 414 Vox O'Reasoñ October 13, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

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  288. 416 Gil in Mechanicsville October 14, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Nasty weather on the east coast, cold front moving down from Canada

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  289. 417 Vox O'Reasoñ October 14, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Interesting…

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  290. 418 Vox O'Reasoñ October 14, 2022 at 11:27 am

    WordPress is eating my posts again. Of all days for it to be messing with me, this ain’t the one. Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow.

    Maybe.

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    • 419 berigan2electricboogaloo October 14, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      V, I forget to do it , sometimes, but when I start to write something that’s more than a paragraph or 2, I copy and paste it in gmail…I assume it will autosave in other email programs….because I KNOW if I have to rewrite what I just wrote, and lost…it’s never as good, cuz I am angry I have to rewrite it, and I forget things quickly :/

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  291. 420 Vox O'Reasoñ October 14, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Maybe this’ll post:

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  292. 421 berigan2electricboogaloo October 14, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    well, I gave up at 4-0… 94 MPH, that was the speed of the fastball to Rhy…ykes…perhaps Spencer will get over this vegan thing…and will start eating hamburgers in the offseason…
    no pressure guys, just have to win tomorrow, or the braves season will be over

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    • 422 berigan2electricboogaloo October 14, 2022 at 10:35 pm

      to to Rhys

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    • 423 Gil in Mechanicsville October 15, 2022 at 4:40 am

      Amazingly, the Dodgers and the Yankees are in the same boat.

      All is not lost quite yet but the Phillies don’t really have another ace at this point. That said, if they win it, they earned it.

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    • 424 Vox O'Reasoñ October 15, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Strider wasn’t physically ready for the start. I suppose I understand taking the risk. Snit would look like a genius if he could have gotten 3 innings of typical Strider. But as is noted, Strider was not his typical self.

      Go get ’em today guys, and let’s bring it back home for the deciding Game 5.

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  293. 425 Vox O'Reasoñ October 15, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    I like Charlie today with our backs up against the wall. He has a proven track record in these types of games. Maybe that was the reasoning behind pushing him to Game 4 all along. I know I’d rather have him today than Strider, just on experience alone regardless of hindsight. And once we get to Game 5 (he said confidently), then hopefully we’ll have a healthy Max Fried in the series decider.

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  294. 426 berigan2electricboogaloo October 15, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    I would have liked to see Charlie yesterday , and Bryce today (with Strider available to back him up) I really think he proved himself in the limited starts this year…
    Doesn’t look good right now, and Smoltz is right, Acuna should’ve backed up Harris , I mean, a catcher, no matter how fast he is, shouldn’t have that easy an inside the park homer…
    ok, Olson hits a homer, 4-2….still can hopefully get back in this

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  295. 428 berigan2electricboogaloo October 15, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    crud….super weak contact for 3 straight hits, after a HBP…and scoring 3 runs in 2 days , and swinging at every single pitch thrown at them = a long, long winter.

    thank goodness philth fans are so classy, you don’t mind losing to them :/

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  296. 429 Vox O'Reasoñ October 15, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Two observations:

    First, I believe the radio team was probably correct in their assertion that the 5 days off was more detrimental to the team than it was helpful. They simply never really got it in gear.

    Second, the Phillies are the hot team at the right time. They could make a real run.

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  297. 431 berigan2electricboogaloo October 15, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    anyone watching Seattle vs Houston? 15th inning and no score…ughh, I am bad luck for any/all teams today. (Just want to see Seattle win one game for their fans)

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    • 432 Gil in Mechanicsville October 16, 2022 at 2:01 am

      I saw Pena hit the winning homerun in the 18th. Also the walk off by the Indians Guardians in the ninth vs the Stankees. Looks like the New York and Cleveland will have the stage to themselves tomorrow.

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  298. 433 Gil in Mechanicsville October 16, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Oh how the mighty have fallen, the Braves will be joined by the Dodgers in their exit from the play-offs. Wait til next year. 😉

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    • 434 Vox O'Reasoñ October 16, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      That would be the NL West champion Dodgers, who also had 5 days off before commencing their playoff campaign.

      Maybe the powers that be need to revisit that dandy idea before next year. It’s not like football where there is a week gap between games already. Baseball above other sports is a game of momentum. Teams get hot and get on a run. The Braves themselves ended the regular season on a pretty strong run. Then they sat for 5 days. I’m not making excuses for them… the Phillies deserve alot of credit. But even the Phillies will tell you their late season surge carried over into the Wild Card series and then into the NLDS.

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  299. 435 Vox O'Reasoñ October 16, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    The Braves certainly do not need me to make excuses for them. The Phillies earned their victory, and to the victor goes the continued opportunity.

    But…

    I would like to see Game 1 again with a healthy Max Fried, not one suffering from a bout with the flu.

    I would like to see Game 3 with a healthy Spencer Strider. Gil said timing is everything. It certainly is. Bad, bad timing for an oblique strain. Just the worst.

    I would like to see Game 4 without Charlie Morton getting hit with a line drive in the elbow in the 2nd inning. How can a guy get hit with a line drive in his first playoff game in 2021, and then again in 2022. What are the chances?

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  300. 436 Vox O'Reasoñ October 17, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Working title for current draft in process: “Thrown Out At The Plate; Now What?”

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  301. 440 Gil in Mechanicsville October 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    NEW BLOG UP…. Thanks Vee…

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