Open thread, 9/29, #Braves vs. J. Papelbon throat punch

It’s a rainy Tuesday. The Braves are trudging to the merciful end of their worst season in a quarter century. Tonight’s opponent is playing out the string in a season that, all things considered, is even more disappointing than the Bravos’ year. When your big trade-deadline acquisition, the guy who’ll supposedly put you over the top, fails miserably and then assaults your best player….well, things are not going swimmingly for the Natspos, either.

What a pity!

So there figures to be plenty of tranquility at the yard this evening. About the only item of interest will be whether Wisler can continue his recent spate of good work. It would be nice to see him take some momentum into the offseason. His strong finish would join Vizcaino’s work as closer among the few bright spots this season. I’ll include Miller’s season. Yeah, he’s faded, but who wouldn’t in this kind of season, with the luck he’s had? Pierzynski’s been far better than expected, Maybin has pleasantly surprised, Markakis has been OK, Andrelton has had another sterling year with the glove and Julio has turned it around. That’s enough to probably avert a 100-loss season.

Tonight’s lineup: Markakis, Castro, Freeman, Pierzynski, Garcia, Olivera, Simmons, Bourn, Wisler.



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  1. In defense of “old school” guys: The Braves 13-game win streak at the beginning of the 1982 season almost ended earlier. It was late in the game and Bob Horner was at bat. Horner hit a routine fly ball to center field. The centerfielder dropped the ball! Where was Bob during all of this? Running all out! Bob slid head first into second base. Not only was he safe, he also was bleeding a little bit from the slide. The Braves went on to win the game. Bob Horner, who did not have much in the way of speed; who struck many as being less-than-friendly; who was prone to streaky, non-consistent, hitting; got the job done through old-fashioned hustle. Teams that have any sort of chemistry and good feeling (which the Nationals apparently don’t) often have a “kangaroo court” or similar group of players to enforce hustle through fines of cold drinks, candy, etc. Other teams have had players like the late Yankee catcher Thurman Munson, who just had to glare at the offender to modify their habits.

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