I always like to read other takes. Gives good insight into opposing team’s media’s perspective on the games and the Braves. This was an interesting one on the current state of Braves v Nats
“The Nationals should not need reinforcements to be better than 1-6 against a team as hamstrung as the ’14 Braves, who don’t scare anybody but the Nats. They are 31-34 against the rest of baseball and have been outscored by 29 runs. ”
To Curt’s point in #51, this insane state from DOB:
Strasburg is 3-5 w/ 3.86 ERA in 13 starts vs. #Braves, inc. 0-2 w/ 3.42 ERA in 6 since beginning of 2013 season. Since his April 5 loss to #Braves, #Nats Strasburg is 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 7 home starts, w/ 62 K and only 8 BB in 47 inn.
yeah, but that’s baseball. The Braves have had their share of playing below their ability because of mental blocks (think of the Javy Lopez interview), so if we squeak out a division title by being in Washington’s head, that’s their hump to get over. They could still get over it in this very series by winning the back three. But let’s hope they never get over it.
and btw, nobody is scared of the Nats, either. There aren’t that many fear-worthy teams around. And many of the non-scary variety win championships.
Also, the nation in the above quote lays the Nats’ trouble is unnecessary while ignoring the fact that the Braves’ record (which is his evidence) is equally unnecessary. It’s the two most talented teams in the division and both are acting dysfunctional as hell right now.
Seeing this from the Nats’ point of view, I can’t even imagine how frustrating last night was.
* The general struggle with the Braves
* Strasberg on the mound
* Come back against Kimbrel and still lose
* Drop from first to second instead of pushing back to 1.5 lead.
* At home.
Just because baseball is so lucky, anything could happen, but you gotta think the Nats could look really foolish in these last two games with the mental pressure at an all new high. Could be delicious.
Hmmm….that is more than 14 innings without runs. Well this team has too many bad cuts, slim plate discipline and doesnt walk much and barely bunts decently.
If i own a team…..if i hire a manager with credentials. …i would do the same with my coaches. I think Roger McDowell is good. Like him alot. But i think and know a lot of people dont agree. I would like just one, now two hitting coaches. Id want one that is all about basics. Emphasize the aspects of bunting properly. Working a count. Better patience. Etc. Just my opinion
These Braves, these Braves. Not bad enough to give up on. Not good enough to be exciting. I said if they got out of this series with a split or better, I’d give ‘em one more month of hope, so I’ll stick to it. But unless they come back in the last bit of this game, definitely gotta drop the ol’ meter to a Three.