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Muts 7, Barves 1

Muts 7, Barves 1

I didn’t watch this game. Sean Newcomb put in his typical outing: 7 baserunners (4 of which were walks) in 5 IP with 7 K’s. Newcomb’s had a decent rookie campaign. 4.32 ERA, 4.19 FIP, and 1.3 fWAR in 100 IP and 19 GS. So he’s averaging a little over 5 IP per start, and he’s striking out a little over a batter an inning. But the 5 BB/9 is consistent with his 5.49 BB/9 in his minor league career. Bottom line: he will be a serviceable 5th starter and nothing more if his control doesn’t improve. At least for me, as a fan, his starts won’t be particularly enjoyable to watch. But that’s just this guy’s opinion.

The bullpen B-squad got their work in. Jason Motte and Matt Wisler both put in scoreless innings but with two walks apiece, and Gas Can Jim Johnson was hurt by a Freddie Freeman error to let a 3-run homer and run-scoring double to have four unearned runs come across. Whatever.

I would say that the only real developments happening on the offense front is the playing time being given to potential 2018 pieces. Lane Adams, Jace Peterson, and Rio Ruiz have been given lots of playing time to identify whether or not they factor into the team’s plans going forward. Other than that, it’s riding out the string.

The Braves were 12-15 on days I recapped, so I was neither good luck nor bad luck.



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Braves 3, Mets 4

Braves 3, Mets 4

For the first 6+ innings of this game, it was the RA Dickey show (with Ender Inciarte picking up his 200th hit on the season for good measure). The Braves offense failed on beat up on Rafael Montero as much as they usually do, but Dickey‘s knuckleball was fluttering and keeping the Mets off balance. After giving up a couple of hits early in the game, Dickey retired 13 straight Mets hitters and gave every indication that the three runs the Braves had scored would be more than enough. There is speculation over whether or not Dickey will retire at the end of this year, and if that was his last MLB game, he was on his way to going out in style. His evening had shades of the 2012 Dickey, who had dominated the league on the way to picking up the Cy Young Award. The Mets could hardly make contact at all, while on the offensive side Dickey had picked up two sacrifice bunts and a single. His low pitch count offered a tantalizing opportunity for a complete game. The evening was shaping up to be a magical night in Flushing, one that movies are made of.

Then the 7th inning happened. Dickey retired his 13th-straight batter, then gave up a single and home run. Suddenly, the Mets had pulled within one run, and still had 8 outs left to play with. Dickey recovered to get the second out of the inning, but a triple to the next batter prompted a visit to the mound, and just like that, Dickey was out of the game. Dan Winkler relived him and got out of the inning with the lead in tact. A one-run lead, however, banished all of the happy feelings that had just been present three outs ago.

Try as they could, the Braves offense could not extend the lead any more. Sam Freeman gave up the tying run in the 8th, and the writing was on the wall. A.J. Minter came in to pitch the 9th, and could only record one out before giving up the game-winning hit. What started out as a magical evening ended with Cinderella’s coach turning back into a pumpkin, and her fancy gown becoming rags once more. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Someone mentioned this a week or two ago, but I thought it worth revisiting. It always felt to me like the Braves offense would stink it up after facing a knucklerballer; batters would be off stride and their timing would be thrown off. I can remember always groaning whenever I would see the Braves were facing Dickey or one of his kind, because I would mentally write off the Braves winning for the next few days. Why have we not seen the opposite of this this year, now that Dickey is pitching for the Braves? I can’t recall seeing an opposing team this season having a poor offense showing, where batters look so thrown off after watching soft tosses they day before. You would think his presence in the rotation would help boost the numbers of the guy who throws after him, but I don’t think there has been any sort of impact at all. Life is not fair.

Well, that’s a wrap for me for the 2017 season. Let’s do it again next year, only this time with a few more victories, perhaps?

I will now turn my attention to watching the annual Nationals postseason collapse. I am rooting for a three-games-and-out experience for them. I’d be content if they were to simply forfeit (maybe unhappy with the fact that they can’t host a beautiful-weather delay on the big stage?), or if the league disqualified them for any or all reasons. A girl can hope.

Natspos delenda est.



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The deck of the battleship Missouri: Braves 9 Mets 2, then Braves 2, Mets 3

The deck of the battleship Missouri: Braves 9 Mets 2, then Braves 2, Mets 3

This is the last post for me this season. In a few days, baseball for the Braves is no more. So, I bring up the scene on the battleship Missouri. We are the delegation in top hats, come to surrender. What about the recaps:

Game 1

The man’s name is Lucas Sims. He was the primary key to game 1. 6 innings with no runs and a little bit of a wobble in the 7th and Winkler let 2 of Sims’ runners score. Two solid starts to finish the season. Is it a mirage or something real. Stay tuned.

Offense was provided by Ozzie with a solo homer in the 4th, and then 3 more in the 6th pushed it out and they didn’t stop piling on runs.

Game 2

This was mostly the Seth Lugo show. 6 innings (why not more, Terry Collins?), 7 K’s, no BB’s, 2 hits. He looked dominant. Max Fried struggled but some double plays bailed him out. The curve looks like Steve Avery‘s. The fastball is fast. There is definitely something to work with here. When Lugo came out it was 3 to 0 Mets. But the last 2 years, the Braves don’t roll over. They keep scrapping out at bats. They got 2 in the 9th before the rally fizzled out.



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Phillies 2, Braves 0

Phillies 2, Braves 0

Maikel Franco homered in the 5th off Luiz Gohara, the only oasis in what was otherwise 7 innings of a Gohara desert for the Phillies.

Luiz allowed 5 hits and 2 walks along with the run, and struck out 9.  The Phillies tacked on a run in the 8th against A.J. Minter.  The Braves made it interesting in the 9th with a couple of ground balls up the middle by Freddie Freeman and Kurt Suzuki, but around those singles, Hector Neris struck out 3.

Someone named Nick Pivetta went 6 innings for the Phillies, allowing 5 hits and a walk, and striking out 4.  Ender Inciarte had 3 hits, giving him 197 on the season.  The Freeze ran down Paul Byrd in the heavily promoted match race.

The Braves close their first season at SunTrust Park at 37 – 44, yet still stand 9 games in front of the Phloatin’ Phils after taking the series 2 games to 1.  Doubleheader Monday against the Mets; the first game starts at 4:10.

(Has anyone used Gohara desert yet?  If so, I apologize.)

The 3rd funniest thing I ever heard about Philadelphia:  Lasorda Vs. Phanatic



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Aeolian Cadence? Mahler, M’Lud….. Braves 4 Phils 2

Aeolian Cadence? Mahler, M’Lud….. Braves 4 Phils 2

https://youtu.be/wLXF9ib9liY

Not a Second Time, surely? There seemed no way our Freeman-less offense could surmount the early 2 run lead we had given up. Our chances of a second, back to back win against our nemesis Phils seemed remote. A cloud of inevitability was settling over our Park accompanied by a bundle of wasted scoring opportunities. Leaving the bases loaded at least twice, runners on third with one outs stranded etc. It wasn’t pretty, it became dull even, an old song we had heard so many times with the Phils  before over the season.

And then. Rio, who had a miserable evening early sitting on the Mendoza, striking out and making two poor plays at third, surprisingly got into one in the sixth and hit a solo homer to halve the deficit – we were alive. Poor Rio, he had not looked the same guy who took Lester out at Wrigley into a strong headwind. But here he was.

Julio had pitched a great game and departed after 7 in some style. Somehow, with 2 out, the bases had loaded themselves and Snit came out looking exhausted after apparently vacuuming his new house. There was the predictable will he/won’t he leave him in moment, to his credit he did and Julio only took one pitch, his 102nd, to reward his confidence.

Into the 8th we struck. Got 2 on in scoring position but with 2  out, Dansby had driven in the tying run.. My man Camargo came on to pinch hit, from his weak left side, and quickly had two strikes on him . He then went down inches off the ground and cracked a line drive double, his 21st, that effectively won the game as Vizzy cleaned up.Wow. An aside while we’re here. No more sabermetricians please telling us they can’t take this guy seriously as a Major Leaguer because his minor league numbers were so anemic. HE’S NOT IN THE MINOR LEAGUES ANY MORE. As we grow into manhood judge us by our contemporaries at whatever stage we and they have then reached. The past is irrelevant.And then BABIP. Oh Dear. He keeps on being so lucky, doesn’t he? Yes, if you call it luck he hits so many balls so hard on a line that outfielders tend to have to go laterally to the ball or it is past to the wall. His winning hit tonight exemplified that. For pure line drive hitters BABIP is BS. Shoot me.

I’ll tell you what bothers me about Camargo – I believe over 162 games he would be a significantly more productive short stop than Dans and that thought upsets me. At least, if you insist on ‘bringing in’ a proven 3rd basement you are almost bound to have him at short it would seem to me. He can’t sit on the bench.Don’t let’s be half ass about it.

Some bits and pieces.

Ozzie made yet another poor throw under pressure to a base to try and out a runner, this time to home plate from a distance just outside the second bag. It was weak and five feet down the first base line, no chance to get the runner. This now seems to be happening every time, work needs to be done on this specific in the winter (I typed that as minter, Ha!) On his plus side it was good to see him respond with the bat late when he could hit from the right side and hit the ball hard twice.

Dansby’s been struggling going back to hitting everything into the ground but tonight, when it mattered, he elevated to line drive to the off field which were crucial to our comeback. Good on him.

Ender is scrapping hard for 200. My money’s on him.

Flowers    2 hits and a passed ball for their second run. So pleased about Kurt coming back but have quite forgotten – knucklers apart, who’s the better defensive catcher?

Freddie       get well soon

The Adams family     Matt, almost, twice.  Lane, more and more a pinch hitter.

 

So good night. Stay on if you can or come back and learn something about a song that helped turn the world round when a newspaper article came out 56 years ago in the dry and stuffy, but venerated  by the Establishment, Times of London. It has brightened my life and a few others and you may not know of it. Cheers.

 

How about the guy on the Rickenbacker??!! He did a job, didn’t he.

 

Here’s the original article.

http://aeoliancadence.co.uk/ac/Times_article_William_Mann_The_Beatles_Aeolian_cadences_pandiatonic_clusters_flat_submediant_key_switches_songwriting_appreciation.html



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Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 2

Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 2

Didn’t I just recap this exact same game last week? Sean Newcomb goes 5 1/3 alternately great and frustrating innings? Check. Dan Winkler comes in with men on in the 6th to bail out Newk? The pen shuts down the opponent? Sam Freeman wiggles out of trouble in the 8th? Check, check, and check.

OK, so the offense jumped all over the Phillies starter, Ben Lively. Double by Ender Inciarte. Singled home by Ozzie Albies. Freddie Freeman double. 2 run single by Nick Markakis. 2 run yickety from Kurt Suzuki. Just like that, 5-0 after 15 pitches. Johan Carmago added a single after Suzuki’s shot, but was erased on a niftily turned DP.

Atlanta added a run in the second, when Newcomb worked a walk, and was eventually driven in by Markakis. Always fun to see your clean-up hitter, in the second inning, have a 2-2 line with 3 RBI.

Philly managed to get one run back in the 4th. Cesar Hernandez led off with a double, and was eventually driven in by a Nick Williams sac fly. In the 6th, Williams singled in another run, and Newcomb left with men on first and second. Winkler came in, and got Rhys Hoskins to fly out and struck out Aaron Altherr to end the threat.

Suzuki finished up the scoring with his second dimger of the night, his 18th of the season. Show of hands, who had the Braves catchers with 29 HR and 94 RBI? Anyone? Bueller?

Anyhow, the Braves surpassed last year’s win total, and, for one night at least, slew the Philadelphia dragon. Now, let’s keep it going.



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Braves 3, Natspos 2

Braves 3, Natspos 2

R.A. Dickey turned in a masterful performance, probably his best of the year. He went 8 innings and surrendered only 4 hits and no bases on balls. Vizcaino struck out the side in the ninth, which was a perfect contrast to his horrific performance the night before, when he walked 3 consecutive batters with the bases loaded. I guess Wednesday was just Bizarro Arodys. The Braves put together just enough offense to win 3-2. Ozzie Albies was the offensive star, with 3 hits, an RBI, and a run scored.

Dickey hinted after the game that he may retire after the season. I’ve got to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed his tenure with the Braves. That’s because I’ve always loved the knuckleball and knuckleball pitchers. I was a kid when the Braves came to Atlanta, and for the first 18 of those years, the original Knucksie was the only consistently good pitcher. Phil Niekro was then and always will be my favorite pitcher.In the two pre-1991 pennant winning seasons, 1969 and 1982, Niekro won 23 games in the first and went 17-4 in the second. Last night’s game was especially fun for me because Knucksie joined Chip and Joe in the booth for an inning or so.

I used to argue with my friends in high school who insisted that Niekro wasn’t a real pitcher, that his success was just trickery. Of course that’s nonsense. Throwing a consistent knuckleball must be one of the hardest tasks in baseball, or else more pitchers would rely on it. In my lifetime, there has generally been only one or two good knuckleballers active at any one time: Hoyt Wilhelm, the Niekros, Wilbur Wood, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, Tim Wakefield, and Dickey. As Knucksie told Chip and Joe, the key is practicing constantly and always trusting the knuckler.

No Braves starter in 2017 will accumulate even 2.0 WAR. Phil Niekro had over 2.0 WAR in 17 seasons. He had over 6.0 in 7 seasons, including 10.0 in one and 8.9 in another.

One more home series this year, against the juggernaut that is the Philadelphia Phillies (at least against your Atlanta Braves).

And, of course, Natspos Delenda Est.



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Hated Team From Washington 7, Braves 3

Hated Team From Washington 7, Braves 3

Florida and Tennessee played football last Saturday. I can’t remember a time where I’d been so angry but then so excited in such a short period of time. In the final drive, Florida inexplicably let 27 seconds drain off the clock down to 9 seconds during a tie game. They had 2 time outs, were about 30 yards away from our All-SEC kicker’s range, and our defense was getting gassed, meaning that if it went to overtime, we were toasted. I was so mad, yelling at my TV. My wife asked me why I was so mad (I’m not usually mad about Braves baseball). I told her that college football games are really important (she already knew that, but I was re-iterating that individual plays can mean everything). Then, quarterback Franks to receiver Cleveland for 63-yards in the air as time expired for the win, and we were both jumping up and down and excited about the final play, even though I was still really angry about the poor clock management on the previous play. We got lucky.

So, last night. It felt like it was going to be a win, but then the 8th inning happened. Jose Ramirez had gotten a strike out, looked good, and then gave up a little nubber to Wilmer Difo that if Ramirez’s mechanics didn’t push him to the first base side, he’d have easily gloved and threw him out. Runner on, no big deal. But then Trea Turner doubles down the line (of course), and then he walks Werth on four straight. Arodys Vizcaino comes in, and another walk on four straight. Then another walk. Then another walk. And since Winkler pitched last night, and Minter and Freeman had already pitched, Brian Snitker went to… Rex Brothers. And it went about how you’d think: single, single, and the game is out of hand. But the whole time I didn’t get mad. That’s what the Braves have done to me, and probably many others. I’m just numb to it.

Perhaps the lack of anger was caused by some silver lining: the pitching otherwise was quite good. We seem to be controlling innings by only having our young starters pitch about 5 innings, even if their pitch count is low. So last night, Lucas Sims pitched well for 5 innings, throwing 74 pitches. Walked two, allowed three hits, and struck out 6. AJ Minter had his 11th straight appearance without allowing a walk, and he now has a 17/0 K/BB ratio in 11 IP. He could either be Shea Simmons or Craig Kimbrel, and if someone can predict that, they should be in a front office somewhere. Sam Freeman, who has also been very impressive, gave another scoreless inning. So it’s hard to get too worked up considering our bullpen is about 6-7 quality pitchers deep, but if you keep having your starting pitching go 5 innings, then you’re going to have games where the 3rd or 4th reliever of the game has a meltdown. Play the odds, friend.

Otherwise, what else is there to get worked up about? You’ve got Nick Markakis as your cleanup hitter, Adonis Garcia playing left field, and Matt Kemp and Matt Adams are on the bench. We need an offseason. Go back to your corner, regroup, and start again.



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Nationals 4, Braves 2

Nationals 4, Braves 2

The last game the Braves played while I was in my 20s was pretty indicative of how the Braves played throughout that entire decade of my life. They played okay, showed flashes of promise for the future, but were not inspiring, ultimately unable to do anything with the promise they showed and meekly going down against the opponent, with the Nationals emerging victorious in the end.

Luiz Gohara looked pretty good again as he pitched, showing he may end up being an important piece of the Braves future. With a little more seasoning and learning on his part, he could pan out. Kurt Suzuki continued to rake against Washington, and he had the at-bat of the night against Scherzer, fouling off multiple full-count pitches until he finally stroked a slider out of the strike zone into left field to drive the Braves first run of the game in. Dansby picked up an RBI on the evening, too. I can’t help but root for him. Hopefully he learned from his first season in the big leagues and will get another shot next year to build off of that.

Perhaps the Braves will be able to start off my 30s tonight in better fashion than they bid farewell to my 20s. There really is never a bad time to delenda those Gnats.

Nationals delenda est.



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Mets 5, Braves 1

Mets 5, Braves 1

No one is interrupting any regularly scheduled broadcasting to bring us this developing story, but the Braves are now eliminated from the wild-card chase.

The Mets first 2 batters scored off Julio Teheran, effectively ending the game, as the Braves would manage only 4 hits. The lone Braves run was gifted in the 7th by Amed Rosario, whose consecutive errors led to a Jace Peterson ground out RBI.  Jose Ramirez uncharacteristically allowed 3 runs in the 8th, presumably to keep the final score from being misleadingly close.

Johan Camargo had 2 of the Braves hits, and A.J. Minter looked dominant in 1 1/3 innings of relief, striking out 3. Rex Brothers struck out his batter; Brothers now has 29 K’s in 19 1/3 innings, and an ERA of 7.91. Go figure. Asdrubal Cabrera had the big blow in the 8th, with a 2 run pinch hit homer, and Robert Gsellman allowed 3 hits and the unearned run in his 7 innings.

Teheran settled down after the shaky 1st, allowing only 2 hits and a walk in his final 5 innings.

The Braves drop the series 2 games to 1, and remain a game and a half behind the Marlins in the battle for 2nd place in the East. The Nationals (delenda est) come to town on Tuesday.

The 2nd funniest thing I ever heard about New York: Watch Danny Heep

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