Brandon Beachy may have to pitch as well as he did last Friday to win tonight, considering the line-up behind him:
Heyward 9, JUpton 7, Freeman 3. Gattis 2, CJohnson 5 ,Pastornicky 4, BUpton 8, Janish 6, Beachy 1
Simmons and McCann are getting a rest, and it would be incumbent on Fredi to keep everyone fresh with the division all but clinched. The magic number is 30, by the way.
There’s been some griping lately from Braves fans that this team doesn’t get enough respect nationally, and I understand the sensitivity. But we should remember that, as recently as three weeks ago, many of us were pessimistic about the local nine’s chances. And although this Braves team shouldn’t be held accountable for the October failures of past squads, it stands to reason that people are going to have doubts about their postseason chances. Being a Braves fan means wishing for the best but expecting the worst.
Why should we expect different from anyone else?