The Atlanta Braves were victimized by two HRs by Utley, Howard. Of course by favorite, Jair Jurrjens, was, er, how to I out this nicely, screwed over by Victorino. The Flyin’ whatever robbed at least 5 extra base hits and an almost HR by slumping Brian McCann. That, and a misplaced fastball by Jurrjens to Utley that was driven over the right field wall.
Jair gets another no decision, he is still 9 – 8 on the year. Shane Victorino should have been hit with something more than beer. Perhaps a foam tomahawk, another beer, a car, Turner Field scoreboard, Planet X…
So, what do we do now…
That brings me to the subject. “Win the next 2 and look for the Wild Card.”
That precisely is what should be done. Braves have enough games left within the division leaders to at least make a run at the division title, but they’d need to win almost all those games. While that is unlikely, we should turn our attentions to the wild card.
Atlanta sits 3.5 games back of Colorado, who in my opinion, does not have enough to win the WC. The Giants, now there is another story. San Fran has the best pitching in baseball, reining CY winner ( And likely 2009 CY winner), Tim Lincecum. Florida has a 1.5 game lead on the Braves, and if they want to win the WC or division, they have to bury the Braves quickly. They have just the chance to do that in 7 days.
Tomorrow, The Braves let Kawakami take the mound to oppose Phils former “ace” Cole Hamels. If your going to the game tomorrow, bring a glove, because there should be a lot of meatballs.
Time to make Gonzo the closer again?:
I believe so. Soriano has a 6+ ERA since the All star break. I’m sure you all saw the stat. If you didn’t, you should know Mike Gonzales has a 0.00 ERA.
People say Jurrjens is great with keeping the ball in the park. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Jair Jurrjens. But he has given up a HR in 7 of his last 11 starts. This has to stop. He has to be great to be lucky enough to not get a loss, so maybe, just maybe, if he become perfect and limited HRs, he could get a no decision or even a win (GASP!).
Good luck Jurrjens, and Go Braves!!
Thats all for me folks!
With a plethora of moves and rumors regarding Nate McLouth, Tom Glavine, Tommy Hanson, Jordan Schafer, and more, I’d like to recap with my new segment: “Week In Review”.
We will begin with Tuesday. Tuesday I started my day by doing what I always do, check the Braves website to see if any new news had come along, and I see “Braves send struggling Schafer to minors.” I was shocked, not because it was improbable but because I had doubts something would get done. Blanco had took over that day and did not do very well. He was 0 – 5, I guess paying a tribute to Jordan, however that night was very spectacular. The Cubs go from throwing a perfect game to a no hitter to a shutout to a dramatic 6 – 5 loss. I was very proud to be a Braves fan living in Chicago.
Wednesday was an even bigger day. I, again, checked The Atlanta Braves Website
and saw that Tom Glavine was released. This time I was shocked because it was improbable. ‘How could the Braves release Tom after all the rehab’ , I thought. Well, earlier this year I learned death comes in threes, and so did Braves moves. That’s right, the release sparked a chain of beneficial moves. First, the Braves had called up RHP Tommy Hanson, and then traded Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorky Hernandez for Pirate All Star center-fielder Nate McLouth. Talk about a big day!!! Derek Lowe pitched a great game but got a no decision as the Braves lost that day.
Now that Wensday is said and done, and the Glavine fiasco is over, I have to say every move help our 2009 playoff chances. Tom is/was/forever will be my favorite southpaw pitcher to ever play in MLB. However Tom, you need to gracefully leave. Do not make the same mistake Smoltz did. Be happy The Braves paid for your rehab, and took a chance on you. Sign with somone else and carry on wuth your stroied HOF career.
Thursday The Braves’ game was disappiontly rain out as I was hoping for the Braves to gain mommentum with a new centerfielder.
Friday morning Mark Bradley of the AJC had ripped Smoltz and Glavine in his two blogs on the Braves section of AJC. It was a reaction to the Glavine fiasco, which I pray dies soon. Friday afternoon Buster Olney said The Braves would be interested in Brad Penny, to which Mark Bowman quickly shot down, letting all Braves fans exhal in relief.
Ok so it wasn’t a full week, but it was a lot to happen in 4 days.