Great, great, great night at the ballpark. Watching the first two games you could feel the playoff atmosphere through the TV and it was there tonight as well. Once that 2 run 6th inning happened and the Braves shut down the Cards’ offense, the place was electric. There was even a ton of chanting in the concourse walking out of the stadium. What a weekend.
Even with all the struggles, this has got to be the most relaxing season for me as a Braves fan since the early 2000′s. Big division leads feel good. All you can ask for your team in this unpredictable game of baseball is for your team to get into the playoffs. And we are well on our way. After all we just swept the Cardinals.
Downs seems to be a GREAT pickup, especially when all we gave up was Cory Rasmus (who?). 43 games so far this season, but only 29.1 innings pitched. Decent K rate and not too many walks. Looks like he’s been struggling a bit lately, so hopefully that won’t carry over here.
There’s been a lot of talk about how easy the Braves’ schedule is over these last two months, but there could be a trouble spot in September. We play 13 road games within a span of 17 days — two road trips broken up by a 3-game homestand against the Padres. Our competition isn’t that impressive (Miami, Philly, Washington, and Cubs), but if we don’t start playing better on the road, those two-and-a-half weeks could be problematic.
I’m ok with the 13 road games if we keep up our nice home win pct but get to at least playing .500 on the road.
We lost a little bit in Rasmus (younger bro of the other Rasmus I believe) but for what we got in return, I think we we could have lost a lot more. We really don’t have much to give down at Triple-A pitching-wise — the ones we did have are all filling-in downtown.
JJ and Hanson made it hard for me to believe in our young pitchers. That being said, I am pretty high on the possibility of having the best young staff in baseball, even if this run only lasts one year! Come on younguns!
I was impressed by Alex tonight. I think getting that big lead took a lot of pressure off of him and I hope that he learns that his fastball will work against great line ups at this level. Go out, pound the strike zone, change it up a bit but above all trust your stuff.
It does bother me that we don’t have much at all in post experience but you would hope that these guys get enough regular season experience to not completely fall apart in the post.
@54 – he’s actually using the term correctly, he’s just talking about a different concept. Congress has mandated that there be 5% less Ryan Seacrest across the board. When asked for comment, Randy Jackson said, “That’s pitchy, dawg. But you know I love you.”
heres how its going to be.
were going to win the WS this year.
Lib Media is going to see how valuable the franchise is under that scenario.
They are going to splurge on a starter and Mac next year.
Mac takes a small hometown discount, but nothing shameful.
We can keep this core together for three or four years.
We are going to dominate!!!
@78 medlen – not as consistent as last year. goes periods where hes great, then gives up hr or gets skaky/gives up walks. so maybe he gets pulled at 6 to give it to the bullpen. im ever the optimist- he could rebound and become more of a robot, seems mental more than physical…i wouldn’t send him back to the pen after all this work as a starter.