Good game indeed. A small bit of my soul is less charred and crunchy this morning after that heartening win.
Leah – I see that goofed up look of the site, particularly in the comments section (such as the background stays all blue) from time to time but then it clears up with a refresh. If it persists for you, please tell me.
The only thing I will say about the Phils is that there schedule so far has been a joke. They have played the Nats 5 times and the Astros 3 times. Let’s see how they do against some real competition – their schedule starts to get legit this weekend – and without Jimmy Rollins who is out for at least a month, and Werth who has a sore hip.
I hate to say this, but I just looked at Glaus’s homer, and his bat still looks like it’s going in slow motion to me. He’s obviously a strong guy. But the pitch he hit out was thrown 82 MPH and absolutely on a T. Can’t see that pitch being repeated very much.
And Bub, that’s against the Nat’s starting pitching. I know that’s a ton of runs, but collectively we could score 5 off of the Nats.
The starters they have faced thus far – John Lannan, Marquis (2x), Craig Stammen (2x!), Bud Norris, Felipe Paulino, and Oswalt (2 ER). Plus playing in Houston, another bandbox of a stadium. It’s a total and complete joke. their offense is awesome, I admit that, but seriously? The Braves would be no worse than 6-2 against the lot the Phils have been gifted by MLB. Now they get Sanchez, Nolasco and Nate Robertson this weekend. Hamels has a 5.06 ERA. Moyers’ is 7.50. Let’s just see how they do against some real teams. Their next month will be interesting. Lots of legit opponents and without Rollins.
Listen, I totally agree that the Phillies have done no more than what they ought to have done against those sorry teams/pitchers. But the truth is, most teams don’t do that. Most teams, including the Braves, frustrate the heck out of their fans when inferior match ups come around. Just the nature of baseball, I guess.
But in this case, the Phillies have done exactly what the on-paper suggests. And I’ve been watching the game long enough to know that’s rare. To just blister an opponent time and time again, even when you’re clearly superior – that’s a football thing, doesn’t happen much in baseball.
You think the Braves would have gone no worse than 6-2 against that schedule? You’ve lost it.
Very tempted to encourage BubDYLAN to have his gall bladder taken out…it’s done wonders for Curt. However, I actually appreciate someone on the board keeping it real. I tend to be on the delusional side of positive and therefore you guys even me out. I must bring to light the reality that Glaus can’t help how slow the baseball was pitched. Sure, it was a ball he should have crushed and he did. There have been plenty of pitches over the last few days that he should have hit and didn’t so we HAVE to be happy about the homer. Come on MISTER!!! At least give us the homerun (remember how I called it and how fun that was…remember?)!
Steve, I’ve done something. The left column is all the way down at the bottom of the page which is annoying for someone with my OCD delicacies but I can deal. Thanks for the reaffirmation that it is in fact ALL about me.
The Braves of the 90s feasted on weaker opponents. The Braves of the 00s have played themselves out of the playoffs struggling against them. It’s the point I made on the show. You have to win at a .600 clip against bad teams to have a chance. Over the past few years the Braves have been at or below .500 against them. Win the games you should. It’s very simple.
no way the Braves are less than 5-3 with that schedule. look at our starting pitching. it’s been great other than that one game. and honestly, no way the Phils are more than 6-2 against our schedule.