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.