Open Thread, June 16-18, The Quest for .500

Who’d a thunk it? A win tonight will put the Braves’ all-time franchise record dead even at 10,468-10,468.

Newcomb aims to do that — though I suspect he’s unaware of it — and follow up on his sterling debut v the Fish this evening. I’m guessing, his being a rookie and all, he won’t twirl another gem. But the Marlin moundsman, Dan Straily, has a Colonian ERA of over 6 in two June starts, so perhaps he Bravos will pile up runs at the Mallpark. In more good news, the Braves already agreed to a deal with first-round pick Kyle Wright. He is rated by mlb.com the second most likely draftee to quickly rise to the bigs.

In less good news, Kemp is not in the lineup tonight after leaving Wednesday’s game with what appeared to be a lame hammy. He is day to day, according to the local organ. And in news that all but defies explanation, the organ’s scribe also reports that the Braves plan to start Colon on Wednesday night. What the fuck does it take to get released from this club?

Tonight’s lineup: Ender, Phillips, Markakis, Flowers, Adams, Santana LF, Swanson, Camargo 3B, Newcomb.

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