On this date in 1982, Braves management made the fateful decision to remove the chief’s teepee from left field to make room for more seats. The local nine would blow a 10.5 game lead, losing 15 of their next 16 and 19 of 21 before recovering in time to win their second NL West division title.
A week ago I would’ve believed this team capable of such a slide, but no more. If Alex Wood pitches well tonight, my confidence will know no bounds. The Nats, meanwhile, face Annibal Sanchez in Detroit.
A double-digit lead sure sounds nice.
B-Mac is back in the line-up, hitting 5th. Chris Johnson, with a BA .140 points higher than Fan Uggla’s, follows in the 6-hole. That move, combined with the decision not to bunt Andrelton last night in the 10th, makes me wonder if Fredi has decided to be sensible for a change.
The bench, meanwhile, suffered another blow when Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL with achillies tendinitis. I hope that’s not as bad as it sounds. Todd Cunningham has been called up in his place. Gerald Laird is also on the shelf as he tries to pass kidney stones. He’s day-to-day.