Open Thread, 8.5, Bravos vs. the sadnats
As our friend in the D.C. metroplex, lifelong Braves fan Larvell Capra (not his real name), has pointed out, Jayson Werth was right in spring training. Werth said the Braves would not be the Natspos’ main competition this season.
Alas, in the battle for second place in the NL East, indeed the Braves are not the Nats’ competitors. Those would be the Mets and Phillies. Hah. Werth and his mates welcome our heroes tonight, as Minor faces Strasburg, who symbolizes the Nats’ year about as completely as any player. He’s been disappointing.
But we don’t much care. In fact, we’re kinda glad life is unpleasant for Werth, Harper, Strasburg & Co. (I do sorta like Davey Johnson, but them’s the breaks.) A couple wins by the Bravos in this series obviously all but buries the Nats and the ‘tude. Frankly, the Braves could get swept and still be in fine shape.
But it’d be a hell of a lot better and more fun to keep the spikes on their collective throats. Trying to do that tonight, along with the razor-sharp-of-late Minor, will be:
Heyward, J. Upton, Freeman, McCann, C. Johnson, Uggla, BJ, Simmons, Minor.
B.J. actually swing it well last night. We’ll see if it continues. Oh, by the way, did something happen with A-Rod today? Wow. Just saw he is hitting cleanup tonight for the Yankees. Enjoy it while it lasts, weirdo. That guy is a pathological liar. I’m working at home today and have had MLB Network on in the background much of the day. Their discussion has been good.
Among the more interesting comments: Harold Reynolds said that if this had happened 15-20 years ago, meaning players suspended without actually failing a test, the players would have gone on strike. Today, by contrast, most players are applauding the suspensions and ripping the cheaters. Harold is fully with today’s players.
* Note: We don’t have an image of a sadnat. Sorry.