Sorry about the late thread — feeling sketchy tonight. Feeling worse after hearing the news about McCann’s right abductor strain, which is the same injury that sidelined B.J. earlier in the summer. Hopefully it’s not that serious, but it’s possible we have just seen B-Mac’s last game as a Brave. Which means we’ll have the pleasure of watching either B.J., Schafer or Laird start in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, did anyone else hear Chip’s answer to tonight’s trivia question (When’s the last time two Braves infielders won a Gold Glove in the same season)?
Mark Texshowmethemoney and Rafael Belliard. Seriously. Great guess, Chip, except for the fact Belliard’s Atlanta career ended 10 years before Borasbot’s started. It’s one thing to be annoying. It’s another to be clueless about the team you’ve covered off and on since 1991.
Finally, where the fuck is Jordan Walden? Tonight presented an excellent opportunity to give him some work. Is he still hurt? Is Fredi still dim? Questions worth asking, don’t you think?
We lost Skip Caray five years ago today, and The Nation of Jake has compiled an hour-long tribute that’s worth a listen. It’s a crime Skip, and Pete, aren’t in the Hall of Fame (but Milo Hamilton is). Maybe that’ll change next year, when the Class of 2014 should include Mad Dog, Glavine and Bobby.
Fredi inexplicably gives the red-hot Jay Hey a day off and moves Andrelton back to the lead-off spot. But all eyes will be on Beachy, who I suspect will rebound nicely. Regardless, I’d feel better about October if FW acquired another starter — particularly if Milwaukee makes Kyle Lohse available. The 34-year-old righty has quietly put together another quality season, and his ERA is just a shade over 2.00 in his last 12 starts.
Lohse is signed for two more years at $11 million per — not a bargain but reasonable in today’s market. Acquiring him would probably mean cutting ties with Huddy, who will be 39 next July, but sentiment shouldn’t get in the way of winning a pennant.
Here’s the line-up facing John Lannan, 9-5 with a 3.20 ERA in his career vs. the Braves:
Simmons 6, JUpton 9, Freeman 3, Gattis 2, CJohnson 5, Uggla 4, BUpton 8, Terdoslavich 7, Beachy 1
Gerald Laird was placed on the 15-day DL to make room for B.J. on the roster. Nothing too serious — he had a kidney stone removed surgically.
His miserable spring continued today: 2.2 ip, 6 h, 7 r, 7 er, 4 bb, 2 k, 1 wp, 1 hr, 1 hbp.
In the meantime, re-live one of 2012′s best, from last May.
UPDATE: Never mind — the Phils just acquired Revere for Vance Worley.
UPDATE: According to DOB, the Braves are talking to Minnesota about Revere.
Jon Heyman says the Phils have been talking to the Twins about Ben Revere, who’s apparently available for pitching. I hope FW is on in this, because Revere, an Atlanta native, would be a perfect fit.
Revere, 24, hit .292 with 40 steals in 124 games last year. He’s gifted defensively and won’t be a free agent for four years.
I’d be willing to part with Delgado and Sean Gilmartin to make it happen.