Open Thread, NLDS Game 4
One way to look at the pitching matchup is that the Braves will have to beat the Dodgers with Kershaw starting to win the series, either in Game 4 or in a Game 5. So it’s better to face him on short rest for the first time in his career. Granted, it might be better to face him with someone besides Freddy Garcia hurling for our side. But Garcia was good in his very brief Braves tenure this season.
If the Braves lose the series, I don’t think Fredi starting Garcia will be the main reason. The main reasons are: Hanley Ramirez and most of the Dodgers are having the offensive week of their lives; and Medlen and Julio had really bad starts. Shaky defense here and there hasn’t helped, but those are the main ingredients in this 1-2 deficit.
That stuff doesn’t affect what happens from here, except inasmuch as that stuff caused us to be here, here being down 1-2 with Garcia on the mound. My logic might be twisted, but I have not gotten my usual ration of sleep the past few nights. Point is the Braves can go out and play well tonight. Just because they’re down 1-2 does not doom them to another atrocity. I suspect Garcia will exit quickly if he is getting hit hard. Like, say, if the Braves get down two runs in the first three innings, it’s time to bring in, I don’t know, Medlen? Which would of course re-beg the question of why he’s not starting the game.
Hell, maybe Freddy will pitch a beaut, Freddie will knock in a passel of runs and Fredi will look like a wise man. That’s a lot of F’s.