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01 Oct

Braves 3, Astros 1

ESPN.com – MLB – Box Score – Astros at Braves

The Cards probably aren’t going to give us Adam Wainwright back, but they should at least vote John Smoltz a playoff share. Smoltz went six shutout innings, pitching around six hits and three walks, striking out five. He needed 107 pitches to do it, so was pulled then. Weird game. The Braves had only three hits, but scored single runs in each of the first three innings. Francoeur hit a homer in the second, but errors on groundouts produced runs in the other two frames.

McBride opened the seventh allowing three straight singles, one on the infield, then struck out the next two. Again, weird. Kali then got out of it and followed with a 1-2-3 eighth. Wickman duplicate the feat in the ninth. Serves the Astros right.

I’ll start my series of postmortems sometime soon. Anyway, season’s over, it sucked, and yet I can’t shake the feeling that if we were in the playoffs we’d win the NL. It helps that the NL sucks, but I think this is a team that “should” have won 88 or so games. Considering that other than the Mets nobody in the league is going to win more than 88 and now Pedro’s out… Useless speculation.

23 Responses to “Braves 3, Astros 1”

  1. 1
    pedro Says:

    I don’t think so!

  2. 2
    'Rissa Says:

    Only 181 days left until April 1st…

  3. 3
    Davey Says:

    hahahhaa. Good one ‘Rissa…

  4. 4
    Dan Says:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    They put up a team analysis on the Braves for 2007 if anyone is interested.

    Now for another long, boring offseason.

  5. 5
    pedro Says:

    I want to congratulate the Twins for winning the 2006 World Series.

  6. 6
    Jeff M. Says:

    It seems appropriate to use this thread to say thanks Mac. You do us, the many Braves fans from scattered parts all over the world, a favor by providing this place to gather, talk, argue, play nice, and play not-so-nice with each other. Thanks, Mac!

  7. 7
    lharris Says:

    You can have Jason Marquis (ERA: 6.02) back if you want him…

  8. 8
    Rob Cope Says:

    Yeah, ya know what, let’s give Mac a hand. …………………… I just gave him a hand. It was about 10 seconds, and 10 seconds is a long time for me since I’m not a bigger long-clapper. If you guys can, give him a hand too when you read this. This is a great site and Mac deserves recognition for the hard work he puts in. Here’s to you, Mac Thomason.

  9. 9
    'Rissa Says:

    Yeah, kudos to Mac for keeping this great site up.

    And I think I’ve decided to agree with him and root for the Twins and Padres in the postseason. I’m glad we’ve known for awhile we couldn’t make it into the playoffs, because that allowed me to get over it and now I’m getting pumped to follow this postseason. If I were an Astros fan, though, after today it would take me awhile to get interested again (which is why I can honestly say I can’t remember the last few LCSs).

  10. 10
    csg Says:

    hallelujah, its over

  11. 11
    hazeman Says:

    I wonder what the odds are of an NL team winning a World Series game this year? It kind of looks like the NL is going to get swept for a third straight year. Sigh…

  12. 12
    rb from across the country Says:

    I’ll be cheering for the twins and tigers, eff the rest of these playoff teams.

  13. 13
    'Rissa Says:

    Our Hudson isn’t the only one with problems. Jayson Stark shared this nugget of info in his last article:

    Here it comes, friends — the messiest box-score line of modern times. The victim: Royals starter Luke Hudson, Aug. 13 vs. Cleveland:

    1/3 IP, 8 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SLAM, 47 pitches, 1 out

    Claims to fame: 1) The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Hudson is the only starting pitcher in the last 40 years who was allowed to face the first 10 hitters in a game, even though he forgot to get any of them out. 2) Elias also reports that Hudson was the first pitcher to give up that many runs in the first inning of any game since Sept. 21, 1897, when Boston Beaneaters ace Kid Nichols allowed 12 in the first to Fielder Jones’ Brooklyn Bridegrooms.

  14. 14
    'Rissa Says:

    Who wins the NL Wild Card if both the Dodgers and Padres win today?

  15. 15
    ububba Says:

    Yep, season’s over & here’s to Mac for holding all this together.

    I have Yankee tickets for Game 1 of the ALDS & I’m really disappointed that I don’t get my Santana-Wang matchup. I’m afraid that I see the Tigers as roadkill. Put me down as shocked if they win that series.

  16. 16
    Elizabeth Says:

    Dodgers win the Wild Card if both win since Padres won the series this year.

    When they announced the Braves won at Busch, they were playing the tomahawk chop and all the Card fans were doing it.

  17. 17
    jenny Says:

    It feels like last offseason just ended, that the 2006 season just flew by. I can’t believe we’re here again. Oh, well.

    Yours truly turns 19 in 6 days and today was given tickets to games 1, 2, and 5 of the ALDS at the Metrodome this week as a present. I’m so excited. Go Twins!

  18. 18
    ububba Says:

    Twins-A’s oughta be a good series.

  19. 19
    billy-jay Says:

    Yeah, thanks, Mac. You’ve really made it easier to follow the Braves over here and a lot more fun. You should get a raise.

    Happy birthday, Jenny. I hope you have a great time at the Metrodome.

  20. 20
    4Seam Says:

    YEA! HOUSTON TAKE THAT!!! WAHOOO!!!!

  21. 21
    Dan Says:

    “It feels like last offseason just ended, that the 2006 season just flew by. I can’t believe we’re here again. Oh, well.”

    I know. It felt like a week ago this season started. It just flew by in a blink of an eye.

    “Smoltz can get some satisfaction with win
    John Smoltz and the Braves can end Houston’s playoff hopes with a win.”

    The Braves wanted to knock the Astros out. That was on the official site. And the Braves’ fans too, one had a sign that said: “Houston you have a problem.”

  22. 22
    JoshQ Says:

    Mac, I must say I’m amazed you were able to come here everyday and put in the effort to write for this blog. I had to take a couple of months off lately because I just had nothing more to say. Thanks a lot…

  23. 23
    Justin Says:

    “It feels like last offseason just ended, that the 2006 season just flew by. I can’t believe we’re here again. Oh, well.”

    Wow you really felt that way, I felt like this season couldn’t have lasted any longer. I’m just glad that they put the Astros out. At least there is some motivation and maybe some hunger for next year now.

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