Open thread, NLDS Game 3

Here’s the stakes: If the local nine lose tonight the season will hang on the shoulders of Freddy Garcia, and even if he wins the Braves would have to beat the best pitcher in baseball to advance to the NLCS. Fortunately, we have the right pitcher pitcher on the mound. April aside, Julio T. was…

Open thread, Game 2 NLDS

Braves get no hit, lose 18-0. In other news, Chip Caray is inducted into Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, Mark Owens joins him in the booth, Lee Greenwood sings the National Anthem, Jim Leyritz throws out the first pitch, following the pre-game invocation by new team president Ralph Reed. Go Braves! Heyward cf JUpton rf Freeman…

Open thread, NLDS Game 1

Medlen twirls a classic. Will it be enough? Line-ups haven’t been posted, but I’ll be shocked if it’s not: Jay Hey J-Up Freddie Gattis McCann CJ Simmons EJ

Braves vs. Dodgers: The rivalry that was (’91)

July 7 On June 28 the Braves beat the Dodgers in 10 before 43,000-plus at Fulco, to close within 5.5 games of division-leading L.A. In those days, that was reason for hope. Then the Dodgers won the nightcap and the remaining two games of the series, The two teams met again a week later in…

Braves/Dodgers: The rivalry that was (1983)

I was not among the 48,556 fans at Fulco on August 13, 1983, but I should’ve been. While my parents and a cousin enjoyed the best game of that season from field level seats behind first, I was participating in pious sing-a-longs at a Christian retreat. “God said, to No-ah, there’s gonna be a flood-y, flood-y…

Braves/Dodgers: The rivalry that was (1982)

Though it’s been 20 years since they played in the same division, I still view the Dodgers as one of the Braves’ biggest rivals. They were a reliable draw back in the bad old days, and when the Braves finally righted the ship in 1982 it was the Dodgers who stood in their way. The…

The Bob Watson game, 30 years ago tonight

I was not among the 48,556 fans at Fulco on August 13, 1983, but I should’ve been. While my parents and a cousin enjoyed the best game of that season from field level seats behind first, I was participating in pious sing-a-longs. “God said, to No-ah, there’s gonna be a flood-y, flood-y …” I had…

Open thread, 6/9, Braves vs. Kevin Malones

Last night Kris Medlen made an enviable decision even tougher, pitching beautifully for the second start in a row. Are you going to move him to the bullpen? It’s got to be Beachy. And maybe that’s what the Braves are thinking. Just because they’ve announced he’ll start in the doubleheader against the Mets doesn’t mean…

Open thread, 6/8, Braves vs. Dave Goltzes

Damn stubborn Fredi. Even with a RH pitcher on the mound, he persists in playing Fan Uggla. Why not Pena? Simmons 6, Heyward 9, JUpton 7, Freeman 3, McCann 2, CJohnson 5, Uggla 4, BUpton ,8 Medlen 1

Open thread, 6/7, Braves vs. Fernandomania

The excitement over Yasiel Puig hasn’t quite reached the heights of Fernandomania, but it’s getting there. Of more concern to the Braves is another pudgy southpaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has quietly developed into on the NL’s better starters, posting a 2.89 ERA and 67/22 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 IP. His control deserted him in…

Open thread, 6/6, Braves vs. Don Stanhouses

One day after placing Stephen Strasburg on the DL comes this headline outta D.C.: Bryce Harper injury: Nationals OF to visit Dr. James Andrews Monday The Braves lead the Nats by 8 games and the Phils by 7-1/2. Philly is playing to expectations — .500, give or a take a few games. They’re not a…

Open thread, 5/17, Braves vs. Jack Fimples

For the first time this year, the Braves are fully intact. All their regulars are healthy and in the line-up, though one wonders if that’s a good thing. It is. Though Jordan Schafer and Evan Gattis have produced at the plate they aren’t in the same universe as B.J. and Jay Hey, talent-wise. Slumps, though…

Mike Piazza is a whiny brat

I don’t know if Piazza is a cheater (probably) or gay (who cares?) — allegations he denies in his new book. But I now know that he’s an dimwitted asshole, based on this: In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to…