UPDATE: Game 2 lineup: Schafer CF, J. Upton RF, Freeman, Gattis LF, C. Johnson, Laird, Uggla, Simmons, Garcia. Heard Fredi on the radio say Avilan appears to be OK, but he’s unavailable tonight and they’ll examine him again. Fingers crossed.
Probably a good thing they get right back out there. Needless to say, a couple early runs would be a big lift.
I went to a Braves-Expos game when I was about 13. We sat in the left field seats, near a group of Tech students who heckled Cromartie by repeatedly calling him “Com-eratie.” The 13-year-old I thought it was about the most hilarious thing I’d ever heard. I was 13. They made a dope smoking reference that I sort of got, and again, I thought those guys were extremely cool. Sort of like Beavis and Butthead with Todd, although these guys apparently were Georgia Tech students and Todd is a dumb ass redneck, but there was a similar dynamic anyway.
OK. Back to baseball today. Minor vs. Haren in Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader. Does MLB ban traditional doubleheaders? Do they really think they’re going to make a lot of money off a 1 o’clock game on a Tuesday, with the home team having just a Hail Mary chance at the second wildcard spot, and a mass murder having happened down the street 24 hours earlier? Maybe that last item was in bad taste, but the point is, why can’t they let people see a couple games for the price of one once a year or so?
Re things it’d be nice to see, Minor returning to April-June form would count. It’s not like he’s been awful. But other than his outing two starts ago in Philly, he has not been nearly as sharp since the end of July. We need to see good Mike again. As for Haren, he was terrible in the first half, good for awhile, and then got curb stomped by the Mets and Marlins before pitching well last time out versus the Mets again. Time for another Haren ass whooping, Braves.
Tonight’s second game features Freddy Garcia vs. Tanner Roark. Indeed this series is short on marquee pitching matchups, as Wood faces Ohlendorf tomorrow night. So despite the Sadnats good recent play, this might be a nice chance for the forces of good — our team — to win a couple and thus clinch the NL East.
I have not seen lineups yet. It’s a safe bet we’ll see Laird in one of these games, as El Oso Blanco has cooled. McCann really needs to start hitting, as does J. Upton. No point wasting pixels on Uggla and BJ, though I guess I just did. Speaking of wasted pixels, apologies if I’ve shared the above anecdote in a previous open thread. I think I started to once but never did.