The ghosts of 1988

Game 17 of the ’88 season was played in Atlanta, against the Mets, just like Saturday night. Braves batters managed 10 hits but left 8 runners on base, just like Saturday. As for the bullpens, think of Ryan Weber as the white Gary Eave.

The 2016 Braves have won but one game at home, just like Chuck Tanner’s boys. This year’s team does have one more win after 17 games but trails the division leader by a half-game more.

If tomorrow proceeds like  Game 18 in ’88 we should expect a tough loss for Aaron Blair. Twenty-eight years ago, the Braves wasted seven shutout innings by Zane Smith, blowing a 2-0 lead in the 9th.

Keith Hernandez hit a 2-run homer, giving him 9 RBI for the series, off Paul Assenmacher to tie it. Then, with two outs and a runner on third, Charlie Puleo was brought in to walk Howard Johnson intentionally. He proceeded to walk Dave Magadan and Lenny Dykstra unintentionally, scoring the winning run.

Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell might remember that night. He pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the year.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Tokyokie says:

    By my count, 35 players have more home runs than the Braves do at this point. And about 24 teams have at least one guy with more homers at this point. I find it difficult to find a single facet of the game in which this team achieves the lofty height of mediocrity.

  2. 2016 Braves NL rankings:
    14th in team BA, 13th in hits, 12th in ERA, 11th in walks allowed

  3. roadrunner48 says:

    Well, the Braves are in Boston. There was a time when I would get tickets for each game. But I have no interest in seeing them. They’ll probably get swept and I don’t even care.

  4. Bill says:

    Thanks for the post.

  5. Tokyokie says:

    roadrunner, Hey, the Braves were in Bahston through 1952, and nobody went to see them then, either. But I skipped the series the last time the Braves played the Rangers, and I didn’t miss seeing the Braves win.

  6. Caz says:


    Regarding your mention of the lack of home runs:

    The more alarming stat that the article points out is the lack of extra base hits as well…our team slugging percentage is way down, which is how you post double digit hit totals in multiple games but still score little (or no) runs.

    At least Blair’s first start was promising…

  7. roadrunner48 says:

    Tokyokie, if the Braves had peaked a little sooner, they would have been the team that stayed in Boston. I’m glad they left. I’m no lover of the South, but Boston is a racist, insular city. I don’t know how Hank Aaron could have played here. Or Bruton. I’m glad they left for Milwaukee.

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