The bad news: Felix Hernandez, who has a 1.44 ERA in his last 14 starts, with 118 K’s and 19 BB in 106 IP, toes the slab for the Mariners. He’s the right-handed Kershaw and the Braves are a collection of Pat Rocketts.
The good news: BK is on the bench — for good, we hope, although that’s wishful thinking. At least we won’t have to hear Chip spread the propaganda about what a wonderful job he’s done leading off.
At leadoff, #Braves B.J. Upton batting .227 w/ .292 OBP, 47 K in 141 ABs. Since AS break, .188 (12-for-64) w/ 23 K, .288 OBP, .234 slugging
— David O’Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 4, 2014
Unlikely as it is, beating King Felix would be a nice confidence boost for a team that badly needs one.
Bonifacio 8, La Stella 4, Freeman 3, JUpton 7, Heyward 9, Gattis DH, Johnson 5, Laird 2, Simmons 6 (Wood 1)