Suddenly, things are interesting again.
The home team sits 1.5 games back of San Fran for the second wild card spot, and a game behind Pittsburgh. After tonight, the Braves visit the Pirates for three, and then the Reds, who are a game-and-a-half behind us, for four. So the next week could do much to settle the playoff picture for the Atlantas.
Then we have to root against the Giants, Pirates, Cardinals and Reds. It’s a bit of an uphill climb, yes, but winning a couple against the A’s is a nice little tonic. If Minor pitches tonight like he did last time out, the Braves will have a shot at a sweep. Interesting that Gosselin is back in the lineup at second. Unfortunately, BK is in center field.
The lineup: Heyward 9, Gosselin 4, Freeman 3, J. Upton 7, Johnson 5, Gattis 2, Simmons 6, B.K. 8, Minor 1.