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!