Open thread, NLDS Game 1

Medlen twirls a classic. Will it be enough?

Line-ups haven’t been posted, but I’ll be shocked if it’s not:

Jay Hey

J-Up

Freddie

Gattis

McCann

CJ

Simmons

EJ

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15 Comments on Open thread, NLDS Game 1

  1. Wouldn’t be surprised if CJ and McCann are flipped vs. a tough lefty.

  2. I know in the long run whether the Braves win this game and series won’t affect my quality of life. Yet still I’m nervous. Anyone have any advice?

  3. Medical marijuana, charlesad. That should do it.

  4. roadrunner48 // October 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm //

    McCann has been pretty bad since the end of July. I’d rather see him batting 7th. Hell, I’d rather see Laird behind the plate.

    Drink enough so that you are numb to the pain

  5. Just keep reminding yourself that the Braves are 5-2 against the Dodgers this year and beat Cliff Lee 1-0.

  6. Medlen falling behind early, some defensive mistakes, bad baserunning. I’ve seen this movie before. There’s a controversial blown call later on.

  7. pepefreeus // October 4, 2013 at 12:15 am //

    Not exactly, but that prick Miller rung up a couple of Braves batters on non swings and the game ending “strike” wasn’t in the zone.

  8. Last night officially sucked.

  9. rankin' rob // October 4, 2013 at 9:18 am //

    Attended last night’s game, sat in 121 row 12, down the right field line. Atlanta fans get a lot of crap from the media, both locally and nationally. And yes, it was no where near a sell out. But the crowd that was there was energized, showing their love, there was a lot of hope, emotion, and vocal support. And the Braves do what Braves do come October. They shit down their legs. From Medlen’s focus to Gattis and Elliot Johnson’s misadventures to BJ’s useless pinch hit AB, the Braves are settling into their Fall groove. Hang another division pennant on the wall, we’ve done our job. Paraphrasing Hunter Thompson on Richard Nixon, the Atlanta Braves never let me down.

  10. rankin’ rob expresses my feelings in a nutshell. There must be some cosmic payback for something, because if the Braves make a mistake during a post-season game, they always seem to pay for it. Dodgers are good though.

  11. Braves had to lose 3 games first to beat the Pirates in seven. (yeah, that’s the party line today)

    Crowd was *intense* last night. For the first two innings at least…

  12. Sharon Egan // October 4, 2013 at 11:07 am //

    Huge proportion of drunken 20- to 25-year-old males in last night’s crowd. If that’s the demographic the Braves are courting with the extended between-innings music and entertainment, mission accomplished.

  13. Thinking optimistically, if we win the next 3 games then we won’t have to face Kershaw again. That should be their mindset going into today’s game and on to Los Angeles.

    And as much as I like Medlen, I’m thinking he’s just not a big game pitcher. Maybe Teheran will develop into an ace eventually, but if the Braves decide not to bring back McCann, I really hope they use that money on trying to bring in a legitimate #1 pitcher.

  14. roadrunner48 // October 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm //

    Yes, Medlen reminds me a bit of Maddux, who rarely pitched at his regular season level in Oct.

    Teheran seems like an ace to me, though. Let’s hope Beachy comes back. If so, that’s a hell of a rotation.

  15. Jack Straw // October 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm //

    I drove all the way from Savannah for THAT?

    Two times Heyward made a useless throw to the plate and two times the runner advanced from first to second on the throw. The first one scored.

    But with Grienke and Kershaw, we were in the odd position of hoping for a split at home. Not getting to Kershaw last night doubles up the pressure for tonight. But if we can get through their two aces at 1-1 we are in good shape.

    Base-runners are gonna be at a premium again tonight. In my opinion, we have to play Schafer. Can’t afford a defensive liability like Gattis in left field against a team that can run. And a number of the Dodgers are fast and aggressive on the base-paths.

    The worst part of last night’s game (and there were no good parts) was watching BJ Upton waste another at bat. He has no clue, no plan when he is at the plate. This is something different from a slump; this is mental.

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