Before we dive into the main matter, the Phillies owners should be ashamed of themselves. Firing Charile Manuel with a month and a half left in the season is uncalled for and utterly bush. Weak.
Moving on, the most interesting note heading into tonight’s tilt at Turner is that Schafer is starting in center. He started the last time the Braves faced a right hander. A straight platoon? Don’t know. I suspect Fredi would be circumspect if one of the scribes asks him, which is probably well advised. One of the many luxuries of a colossal lead is that he can experiment, basically run a six-week audition before the playoffs.
Obviously, the Bravos want home-field advantage, but tinkering and winning do not have to be mutually exclusive. Plus, it looks like the damn Dodgers might not lose another game, anyway. The good news there is that the home team appears unlikely to play them in the opening round of the LDS. If they get home field, they play the wild card. Same as we would if we get it, so looks like we can at least avoid them for one round. I admit, they scare me. But then I don’t play for the Braves.
Anyhoo, the sadnats come in tonight on a six-game winning str….oh, yeah. Hah. The former BMF et. al. coughed up a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth yesterday to the now-woeful SF Giants. Poor Bryce. Poor Jayson, poor minor leaguer Danny “we’re still better than the Braves” Espinosa. I wonder if he still thinks so.
Onward! I’ll be at the yard tonight with Larvell Capra and sons. Hope we see a game. If we do, we’ll watch:
Heyward, J. Upton, Freeman, McCann, Johnson, Schafer, Simmons, Janish, Wood.