I have pointed this out before, but I still find it absolutely freaking mystifying.
Vs. the Braves, career
I will never understand this.
I apologize for the non-recap of Friday night’s game, but it was not worth dwelling on anyway. The Braves are 5.5 games back in the division with 10 games to play, and their wild card magic number is 3. Barring the not-exactly-unthinkable-but-you-know-what-I-mean, the Braves are going to be the home wild card team. (Home field in the play-in game is apparently determined by the head-to-head record for the two teams. The Cardinals are 2.5 games up in the wild card, and the Braves are 5-1 against them this season. We’re 3-3 against the Dodgers and Brewers, but we have a much better regular season record, which I assume is the tiebreaker.)
Of course, we’d be in a better position if Fredi had followed my advice and skipped Tommy’s turn in the rotation. Right now, according to DOB, Fredi’s planning on swapping Medlen and Maholm’s next turns in the rotation to put Medlen in line to start the play-in game. Still, I’m taking the chance to say I told you so.
There were only two players who recorded a hit in both Friday and Saturday’s games. One was Martin Prado, because of course he did — he’s playing shortstop and batting second and hitting .300 and when Peter Moylan tweeted that Prado should be in consideration for the MVP I found it hard to disagree. The second, however, perhaps encouragingly, was Michael Bourn. When Bourn and Prado are hitting at the top of the lineup, this is a very dangerous ballclub.
Our offensive sputters track pretty well with Bourn’s slump, as you might imagine. For example, Bourn’s slump began before this, but the last day of the season that he was hitting .300 was July 24. Through July 24, the Braves were averaging 4.6 runs per game with a .728 team OPS (including pitchers). Since then, we’re averaging 4.1 runs per game with a .690 team OPS.
It’s worth taking a second to point out how freaking good Mike Minor has been of late, especially because I absolutely hated him earlier in the year.