Open Thread, 6/21, #Braves vs. Pat Buchanans

Freddie’s 6-for-11 in the series and 12 for his last 29. He’s back. The Braves are 10-5 in Julio’s starts, and he’s starting tonight. We’re playing the Natspos. The Natspos are probably thinking about now that they’ll have to score 18 runs to beat the Braves.

24-7. All day long. And that’s the Braves’ record since July 2012 vs. the former Expos.

Back to Julio. The team is 10-5 in his starts, even though his record is just 6-4. That’s because the Bravos have averaged scoring 2.47 runs while he’s been in the games. And he’s averaging exactly 7 innings a start. So the pattern is low-scoring games and then winning late. Which is fine, but it’d be nice to see Julio get rewarded more often with wins for his fine work. He’s among the top 5 in the NL in ERA, innings pitched, WHIP, WAR for pitchers, complete games and shutouts.

Not bad. Remember how we lacked an ace entering the season? We have one now. We have to hope Minor, Santana and Wood can form a dependable 2-4, and I think they can. Harang might be starting a collapse, but he’s the fifth starter. Plug in Hale if need be. A No 5 ain’t extremely important.

It’s four-and-a-half hours to game time, so no lineups yet. I’m guessing Justin won’t be in there. His condition is getting a little worrisome. If he’s out, I hope Doumit is in left. Schager’s offense has been putrid.

Justin is playing: LaStella, BJ, Freeman, Gattis, Heyward, Justin, Johnson, Simmons, Teheran.




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