2:22 pm June 3, 2009, by David O'Brien
June 3rd, 20092:23 pm
Flamenco the Foot
What a win.
First? Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!
From the last one:
Oh, I know he will…the only Q is “When?” When?…if it wasn’t for the fact that, apart from April 10th, he only has three, this wouldn’t be quite as annoying…
he is like two ply toilet paper proven to be effective
Seems to me there’s something wrong with the way you put that…
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
June 3rd, 20092:25 pm
Thanks for the new blog, DOB.
So here’s a trade proposal: Frenchy for Soriano (Alfonso, that is). Cub killer swapped for Brave killer, LOL.
June 3rd, 20092:29 pm
haha DOB, hit the nail on the head. i was wondering the same thing when Lou decided to pitch to Chipper in that spot in the 12th. He’d just walked him a couple innings before in the same situation. Now of course you’ve got Mac waiting on deck, but that didn’t stop him the first time, and eventually got all the way down to G.A. and got out of the inning.
If the strategy worked the first time, why would a manager stray away from it the second time around. Also… Wells was tossing a gem. Not a high pitch count, D-Lee really blew the kid’s chance a complete game. But despite the HR by G.A. and the error by Lee… i don’t think you take Wells out there. I live in Chicago and Lou is notorious for poor pitcher management. We caught the Cubs at a good time, nothing is going right for them right now. Injuries are killing them (surprise surprise Milton Bradley is hurt again). A sweep would be nice vs Cubs with the hot Brewers coming in on the weekend.
Steve from OH
June 3rd, 20092:30 pm
Great tune, DOB.
Nick in PA
Escobar get his Oscar yet??
June 3rd, 20092:32 pm
Typos: series finale is Thursday and somewhere in there there’s a “hit” where there should be a “not”.
June 3rd, 20092:33 pm
nono mcfann look at it this way what had you rather go to battle with one or two ply…one ply being like greg norton gets the job done but had much rather have mccann up because he is lot more effective…use that imagination
June 3rd, 20092:35 pm
McPoyle, remember when Sweet Lou took Zambrano out after like 4 innings in game 1 of the 2007 NLDS? THAT was stupid.
June 3rd, 20092:36 pm
DOB lets hope for all of the answers we are looking for when it comes to those questions you brought forth in your piece.
June 3rd, 20092:37 pm
Nick in PA
Escobar wasn’t hit. but the way he fell he could have twinged his hip. That could have been why he took so long to get up.
June 3rd, 20092:38 pm
escobar just got his oscar for worst hair in a drama…good grief man he needs to address that issue…yikes!!!
June 3rd, 20092:40 pm
Chipper might not even play today with a left-hander pitching. We’re looking at having Diory play 3rd or Norton playing 1st and Prado 3rd. Not to mention the left-hander is Ted “The Headhunter” Lilly. Things could get interesting.
June 3rd, 20092:41 pm
yea, you can never be too sure what’s goin on with Lou. I get mad at Bobby sometimes because I feel like he’s too “by-the-book”, but then i look at Lou and wonder what the hell book he’s using. Irrationality is his strategy most of the time.
June 3rd, 20092:43 pm
It would be wise for the Cubs to have a lefty reliever ready for Chipper late in the game.
I like Esco faking like he got hit. Nothing wrong with that, if they are going to throw inside at you, no reason not to act like it hit you. That is at least the second time he has done it this year.
Anyone notice that McCann got hit in the foot last night, but didn’t react because he was hoping the ball would get away and the runner from third would score the winning run? That was interesting strategy by Brian.
"Chef" Tim Dix
June 3rd, 20092:48 pm
I am expecting a bench clearing brawl tonight or tomarrow due to the pitching last night and recent past from the Cubs.
If it happens, I want the Bravos to man up, kick them hard, and set a standard for the TED.
Is Kotchman out? What are the details of the injury?
I went to last nights game and had a helluva time. Got into a couple arguments with a couple drunk Cubby fans…competive banter who doesnt enjoy that?
Sitting in left field, a bunch of fans were all over Alfonso Soriano…Some comments drew a angry look from Soriano others a simple chuckle. But what really pi$$ed me off and as well as all the other Braves fans in left, was Soriano prior to the bottom of the 9th pointing to the score board taking off his camp and bowing. He also did a little dance as Frenchy stepped up to bat. After Frenchy went yard, Alfonso never looked back into the stands…I guess he underestimated the heart of the Braves and their fans.
Hopefully, the Braves can use last nights win as a source of motivation and get going on a long win streak. Go Braves.
June 3rd, 20092:49 pm
Hey McPoyle, I too am caught up here in Chicagoland, and I must say it was painful listening to Santo pronounce KK on the radio last night on my way home from work. Pat Hughes just pronunced KK’s name correctly and then asked Ron to tell us about KK, and then there goes Ronny murdering KK’s name just after it was pronounced correctly for him by Pat Hughes. I can’t see him screwing up Lowe’s name, but JJ’s might be an adventure tomorrow.
June 3rd, 20092:52 pm
That’s the first thing I thought of when it happened, but he was also a great seller. Him trying not to laugh while standing on first base was classic
June 3rd, 20092:54 pm
If the braves make the playoffs, will you rock some frosted tips like Yunel?!?
Kotchman has a “contusion” (bruise) on his leg. I think they said out 3-4 days or something at the time. That was Sunday, I think.
June 3rd, 20092:56 pm
PWH: I believe Kotchman is day to day on his shin. The game last night was awesome! Francine may ( i say may) have gotten some heat off him for awhile, we’ll see how he does tonight. I’m hoping this well turn the page for the Braves…lets start winning some series and move away from .500 please!! Expect more drama for the next two games.
Casey is expected to play in the Brewers series…after the Cubs leave town.
that picture of chipper looks like hes doing a freddy kruger impression or something.
June 3rd, 20092:57 pm
Also loved seeing the look of the bandwagon cubs fans sitting there like what the heck just happened? priceless.
June 3rd, 20092:58 pm
I’ve read his name before on here, but I wanted to find out what the thoughts might be in trying to acquire Aaron Rowand from the Giants. I know everyone has a player they want that may or may not actually be available, and he may not be at this time, but we could likely send a Morton/Reyes with a couple of other solid minor league prospects in exchange once the Giants realize they aren’t going to catch the Dodgers.
He has an OPS of .850, has won a Gold Glove in Center, and allows us some flexibility in the outfield. We would need to Giants to pick up a chunk of his $9.6 mil salary, but I would think he would be a nice fit for us right now.
June 3rd, 20092:59 pm
Oh, I know. I was just givin’ you the business.
Yeah, I noticed that. It would have been great if he woulda ended up getting a hit.
fat people sink faster
we could see a pretty average at best lineup out there today from us
BMoney – that’s great! haha. I could only imagine how badly he butchered that name. Santo is the absolute worst, Pat Hughes must be a saint to put up with him all these years. I bet Ron was prettttty upset at the loss last night. When Frenchy homered it was probably a big “ohhh nooooo!!!” from Ronny. Chances of him saying JJ’s name right are about as good as Soriano’s chances or hitting a slider down and in.
June 3rd, 20093:00 pm
Let’s hope this sparks a 7-3 homestand at least. Braves seemed like they pushed the issue by stealing the base and getting the GW single in the extra innings. That’s good.
June 3rd, 20093:02 pm
see miltondawg that the problem with the expectations for frenchy everybody expects him to go 5-5 everynight and win the game for us and it is not fair for him or anybody else. if he goes 0-4 tonight everyone will forget he bascially won the game for us lastnight. he is gonna hey his good days and bad but he is still our rf so lets support and dog him when he has a 0fer
June 3rd, 20093:05 pm
Is there anyway to get the Braves stats against just starting pitchers and against just relievers. I wish I could see the splits. It seems more so than most teams we struggle against the starters 1000Xs more tham we do with relievers. I look back and see guys like Wells,Owings,The Unit 2009 2.0,Doug Davis ect…………………Kicking our A$$es. These are #3-5 starters that we consistanly make them look like Ace pitchers. I just would like to know WHY TP AND BOBBY DO NOT SEEM TO ENCOURAGE MORE PLAYERS TO WORK THE COUNT. Now I did see a little improvement last night but that was with Prado screaming to Yunel to be selective.(I love the little MP14 player). Baseball is a team sport and to me the first objective a starting lineup should have is to get the starter out of the game. Even if a pitcher is no hitting you, if you work the count he should be at 100 pitches in the 7th. We consistantly have starting pitchers we face in the 6th with 65 pitches. The first game of a series should b the biggest one to knock the starter out early and tire the opposing teams bullpen for the remaining 2-3 games. ABC baseball…….ATTACK BULLPEN CONSISTENTLY
June 3rd, 20093:07 pm
I think the fact that we have no idea what will happen, that we don’t know if this was a turning point, indicates that it probably was not. If a dramatic indecent could obviously turn momentum, wouldn’t it be fairly obvious?
He’s right, the atmosphere at the Ted was great last night. The Cub fans are pretty good sports about losing too. But I’d guess you’d have to be if you were a Cubs fan.
DOB no more BBQ and music. gEEZ MAN, YOU WERE HIRED TO COVER YOUR BASEBALL TEAM. now stop it already!!!!
June 3rd, 20093:12 pm
cphizzle, i agree with you but i think many fans were expecting the next Mickey Mantle to come through and since his rapid acceleration to the top when he first came on the scence, it’s been close to a downward spiral for him since. Hopefully that HR last night will give him a motivation boost.
Not a huge Rowand fan (though he would mark an improvement over any of our OF right now), but the Giants are looking to add bats not arms. So even if the Braves were interested, I don’t see it happening. Same with Randy Winn, who I’d rather see them get than Rowand.
June 3rd, 20093:13 pm
i feel if JF has another month like he did in May, send him to the minors for 2 weeks. He may moan and complain but whatever, it’s good for him in the long run.
June 3rd, 20093:14 pm
“If you’re a rookie hitter like Schafer, is the Philly bandbox (or new Yankee Stadium) perhaps the last place you should make your debut, or what?” DOB
I’m not sure that’s fair. I don’t recall all of his hits in Philly that series. But I do recall that he was stinging the ball all spring, and the one HR he hit in Philly was to the deepest part of the park and was a very nice, level swing that was rocketed out of there.
I just think the struggles compounded on him, and big league pitchers (when given a scouting reports of recent “trends” of certain hitters), can exploit holes in a swing, like Jordan has.
But you’re right to an extent. I remember Furcal hit his first ML HR at Enron in Houston and it barely got over that LF fence. He then proceeded to start hacking.
So, imo, rather than blame the bandbox park, I think hitting a HR (no matter what park it would have been in), in Schafer’s first ML AB, was perhaps a disaster in the making.
But like I said. I don’t remember all of his hits at Philly in that series. Whether any of them were “cheap” or not. But I do remember his swings were very nice and balanced. Not sure when that changed. Wrist injury, maybe?
There’s been plenty of talk about Esco’s acting job last night, but I think the reason he was thrown at is because he was peeking in at the signs. Soto setup outside and Wells – who had pinpoint control all night – put one on Esco’s chin. The WGN broadcast (I’m in Bermuda right now so it’s all I could get) clearly pointed this out in their replays. I know it’s not the first time Esco’s peeked at the signs, and not the first time he’s faked being hit, but I hope his habit doesn’t get him actually hit where next time the pain might be a little more real.
June 3rd, 20093:15 pm
McPoyle, hear ya man.
Forgot who mentioned beanings, but I could see something happening w/ Lilly tonight. Hopefully the Bravos will man up.
a643dp – totally agree on the hitting approach. braves didn’t work any counts last night, and Wells doesn’t have strikeout stuff so you can afford to work counts against him. seemed like lazy fly ball after lazy fly ball early in the count last night. was glad to see him yanked for the walk-happy Marmol
June 3rd, 20093:16 pm
Back in your previous blog, (Monday Medlin) some here briefly speculated on what might be the name of a four walk game to compliment the four strike out golden sombrero. Are you familiar with any terms? Wiki baseball terms page did not have any that I saw… Golden Watch was suggested, as was Golden Spikes, and maybe others. Any thoughts? Thanks, Bruce
i think the giants are looking to add, not subtract, and they have plenty of what the braves have to offer, pitching. the giants are actually similar to the braves in that they have good pitching, and need a bat.
but, the braves sure could do worse than rowand.
by the way, we won that game last night like a championship team. im just saying, the braves looked REAL good at the end of that game last night. the clutch homer to tie it and then the SB to set up the game winning single was sweet.
If I’m Lilly, I drill Escobar in the back to make sure that he gets hit.
We need a brawl, after all.
June 3rd, 20093:17 pm
Thanks for the Kotchman news, all.
Cphizzle, we don’t expect Fewnchy to go 5-5 every night. We just expect him to not make an out at least 35% of the time and hit for some power. Neither of which he has done since 2006.
I see Max Headroom…..er… Shaun is back to refute any possiblity of human element, momentum and confindence “building” moments having any impact whatsoever.
June 3rd, 20093:18 pm
shaunI think the fact that we have no idea what will happen, that we don’t know if this was a turning point, indicates that it probably was not. If a dramatic indecent could obviously turn momentum, wouldn’t it be fairly obvious?
you must be alot of fun to be around.
DOB; Thanks for the new blog.
Question? Bill Shanks has been saying that there is tension and unrest inside the Braves locker room. It sounds as if there are several cliques. In your opinion is this true? and if so, does it matter. Does a team have to have personal chemistry versus team chemistry in order to be successful? If they have tension and differences inside the club house can they still get the job done on the field?
June 3rd, 20093:20 pm
Uh, me and most of my nonpale girlfriends luv his hair. It needs to be more blonde as it’s a nice contrast with his complexion. Blonde streaks in hair shouldn’t have any shock value or be worth comment. Is there anyone on this thing that lives in a big city?
Cyndi Lauper's Aura
If Francoeur were the only major hole in the line-up, it wouldn’t be so bad. His occassional power and his great arm in the field would be plenty good in that sort of role.
But having him in the middle of Pitcher’s-Vacation Row is head-banging frustrating.
In other words, he could probably succeed very well in Boston.
June 3rd, 20093:21 pm
Blast from the past: Just looked this up from last year. The cubbies beat the crap out of Braves 5 out of 6 games, outscoring the Braves 46 – 16 over that five game stretch. But get this, the starters in those five games were Charlie Morton, Jorge Campillo, Jeff Bennett, and Glavine twice. They managed 16.1 IP and gave up 27 ER.
Gotta say I like the idea of throwing KK, Lowe, and JJ at em this year A LOT better. My how things (pitching anyway) change in just a short year.
By the way the Cubs announcers were raggin on Esco the whole game after his ol’ John Wayne that he pulled. I was so glad Chip drove Esco in for the winner.
By the way, they were also commenting on how players never play for one organization their whole career anymore. They went thru a bunch of names like Brett, Gwynn, Biggio, etc, even brought up Smoltz for being a Brave for 20 years, but never once did they bring up Chipper. You all should be thankful for the announcers down there. These guys just don’t seem to read anything but the Tribune or watch local Sports. I could give you a handful of more examples of things they botched last night, but I gotta get back to work. Again, be thankful for the Braves announcers.
June 3rd, 20093:22 pm
Someone has to be the boring a$$hole who proves that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit (in the wrong hands).
You are it sir.
DOB: “In other words, the Braves have a real chance to sweep the Cubs…”
Now why you gotta go say that?
June 3rd, 20093:23 pm
we’ll see tonight if last night’s result was a turning point. I liked, though, HOW the Braves won the game in the late innings. Escobar stole the base instead of waiting to be bunted over, and Chipper came through with the GW single.
If we’re not going to trade for a bat, and go with what we got, successful small ball is how this team is going to have to win.
June 3rd, 20093:24 pm
salamader my punch “fits” your ugly face
June 3rd, 20093:25 pm
“And a sweep would give the Braves eight wins in their past nine games, a complete turnaround from their early season home-field woes.”
I’m assuming you meant 8 of their last 9 HOME games?
Nocho, DOB cursed the Braves so many ways in this current blog, I can only hope he’s hoping for some kind of bizarre curse-reverse from the sheer overkill.
If not, look for four injuries and two losses. I feel a karma cloud like that dark sky in Ghost Busters forming over this blog….
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June 3rd, 20093:28 pm
I love to see Frenchy have a good game.
My opinion is that he is thinking too much, and his confidence is shaken. I really want to see him do well this season. Here is to hoping that happens.
DOB-How much of Schafer’s struggles can be attributed to the sore wrist? Maybe he needs some time to heal. People bang on him for not utilizing his speed, but 8 hole hitters rarely steal bases.
June 3rd, 20093:29 pm
It simply amazes me how one good game by Francoeur is supposed to erase his two year long “slump”. It was one nice game. Let’s not go overboard.
June 3rd, 20093:33 pm
BMoney – i caught that too on the broadcast. Good ol’ len and bob. Rattled off a bunch of HOF’s who’ve played for one team their whole career and didn’t even mention the player in the very game they were watching. I guess Chipper as a hall of famer is still a question mark in some minds, but I was waiting for them to toss his name out there.
Should be a good matchup tonight, Lowe and Lilly’s numbers are pretty similar. Even if the Braves toss out the B-squad tonight against a lefty i like our chances. Between the injuries and the struggles of D-Lee, Soto, and Fontenot… this is the time to get at the Cubbies
Nocho, baseball blogging rule #1: Anything that happened in today’s game is about to happen consistently for the rest of eternity. Until it doesn’t, at which point it will never happen again.
June 3rd, 20093:36 pm
Nocho, he had that look that he actually had a plan in his at-bats prior to the homer, and he looked like he was on a mission tracking balls down. He’s gonna have a decent season and I’m not just saying this because of last night, but I truly think the Braves would regret trading him. He’s gonna go on a streak now. Go get some queso dip and watch.
June 3rd, 20093:37 pm
I hope DOB is right about this being the opposite of the Kelly Johnson dropped popup of the 08 season. Man, that was fun. I’m mad they’ve never put on a show like that for me when I’ve been in the seats of the ted.
I read somewhere a minute ago that Chipper is getting the day off, not sure how anyone would know that for sure already but that’s what I read. In any case, Go Bravos!
PS – How come cabraves, Roman Gal, McFann, and my pic wasn’t included in the “Chicks who dig the longball” pictorial?
June 3rd, 20093:38 pm
Those were some strong words to send over the internet (I’m shaking like a leaf) – what are you 14?
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!
I’d rather have Jim Edmonds at the same salary as Gregor Blanco in CF right now, by far. Gregor = ZERO power. Edmonds hit 20 HR’s last year in limited time, is a grizzly veteran who would fit right in and bring that winning fire to the squad as well…
Also I am also an advocate of getting 1 of Derosa&Figgins and Russell Branyan to spell LF & RF and pinch hitting duties. I choose this over a “big bat” like Holliday, who would cost alot, although Beane hasn’t gotten much of anything from ATL in the past and is a rental %100. Those type of guys are gamers and especially Derosa and Figgins bring alot of versatility and speed (which the Braves need BADLY) to the team. Also, to get a Branyan/Derosa/Figgins the MOST you’ll have to give up is a Morton/Reyes/Gorkys not a Medlen/Morton/Gorkys like a Holliday would.
DFA Jeff Bennett!!!!!!!
June 3rd, 20093:39 pm
MiltonDawg and cphizzle, has it really been a downward spiral for Francoeur? He had his obvious limitations in the minors with control of the strikezone (264 SO, 89 BB in 1547 PA, 365 G). He cam up in 2005 and performed well in 70 G and 274 PA but his limitations were still there (11 BB in 274 PA and 70 G). In 2006, as the sample of PA and G started to rise, his limitations became glaring (a .293 OBP in 686 PA). At some point that season, the Braves should have realized those limitations and either sent him down for more seasoning or platooned him.
What annoys me the most is that some Braves fans (and the front office) act like Francoeur all of the sudden became this out machine and bad hitter. But his limitations were very clear at some point back during the 2006 season. Everyone was just enthralled with his RBI and homer totals and his clutch hitting that they completely ignored that he was a well below-average major league hitter.
And I actually feel bad for Francoeur. Everyone was treating him like a star and when his RBI and homers dropped (even though he’s not that far off from the hitter he’s always been), they stopped.
I actually expect some casual fans to pay too much attention to homers and RBI and ignore OBP and SLG but I don’t expect it from hardcore fans and the front office. There is just no excuse for it.
Great game last night and I hope its a big turn around for the team. Yes, it was a fat pitch but the kid put a blast to it. Todays a different day and we’ll wait to see which team shows up tonight. Go Braves.
June 3rd, 20093:40 pm
Chipper’s out of lineup, Diory at 3B.
3. Diaz, LF
5. Prado, 1B
7. Hernandez, 3B
bruce, Golden Specs, or a Golden Eye, or Golden Pass or a Golden Train Or you could go with the Golden Beret, Golden Fedora or pick a hat any hat, except the Sombrero
June 3rd, 20093:41 pm
so DOB – are you a vinegar based cole slaw or mayo based cole slaw?
Anyone else sick of these “Cub’s fans” I mean really am I supposed to think that somehow there are 10,000 fans at the game all from Chi? Or at least families are from there. I am really sick of these ppl. Anyone remember the 2004 playoff game 5 w/ their blue tomahawks? I say go back to your ATL homes, your ATL jobs and root for your ATL team.
June 3rd, 20093:42 pm
is chipper resting or hurt? Hard to follow up last night’s dramatic win without our Hall of Fame bat in the lineup
Shane (The original)
Ted Lilly and the Braves have a history . Could be some fireworks tonight. I know the Cubs were none too happy about Escobars performance. Guys on 790 this morning said they bet he gos down at some point in the game.
June 3rd, 20093:43 pm
McPoyle- Glad I wasn’t the only one who picked up on that. Only 2 switch hitters w/ more homers than Chip: Mantle & Murray. Len and Bob better go ask somebody.
No Bradley tonight either, as he is questionable for the rest of the series.
If Kelly leads off the game with an out, I think Lilly will plunk Yunel. It’s a lot easier to see that happening with Chipper out of the lineup.
June 3rd, 20093:44 pm
Great line… up….. say, what’s on the Hallmark channel?
How come cabraves, Roman Gal, McFann, and my pic wasn’t included in the “Chicks who dig the longball” pictorial?
Must have missed that one Although I freely admit I get just as excited at a well executed bunt as I do a home run (but I’m kinda a sports nerd anyway…)
DOB…great blog content AND inspired lyrics as always. The best 1-2 combo in any publication regardless of media format. Paul Weller is a hidden gem. Don’t change a thing my man.
June 3rd, 20093:45 pm
dmack2027: If Schafer’s struggled were significantly attributed to a sore wrist, I think he’d have said it by now, and certainly team officials would have said it yesterday by way of defending the guy. He hurt the wrist the first week of the season. It was not broken. He didn’t even miss an inning because of it, and that was nearly two months ago.
Yep, keep hitting KJ cleanup, we all know he is a leadoff hitter and can’t drive runs in down in the order. Good thing we have so much power down in the lineup that can drive in KJ leading off.
June 3rd, 20093:46 pm
Yeah, that’s the lineup that will strike fear into any opponent. All the more reason we need someone like DeRo to fill in for Chipper when his toe is hurting, like tonight.
Any word out there as far as trades???
I wouldn’t mind seeing a Javy Vasquez for Matt Holliday trade. Maybe another player or two to even it out. Plus the log jam at pitcher is keeping our biggest prospect in the background.
I really like how JV has played. But we need to deal from our biggest area of strength and add SOMETHING to our line up.
June 3rd, 20093:47 pm
whoops – cleanup=leadoff
jmart1951: Why don’t you ask Bill Shanks to expound on that, because I don’t sense anything out of the ordinary. I heard a lot more tension at midseason last year than I have this season.
When teams lose, there’s generally some tension, as there is when guys struggle. When teams win, and things are going well, there’s generally a lot less tension. Not too complicated.
June 3rd, 20093:48 pm
nba live press conference
Wow, not like we have any other choice, but playing Diory and Prado along with the defensively challenged KJ isn’t going to help Lowe, a ground-ball pitcher.
that is one garbage lineup.
June 3rd, 20093:49 pm
Dadgummit. Of all days NOT to move Frenchy up to the 5 hole as a knee-jerk. This is the one game when a false perception by Cubs pitchers might give McCann some protection by having the Frenchster behind him. But nooooooo, we’ll protect him with Prado.
June 3rd, 20093:50 pm
If I were Lowe, I would plunk Soriano, first pitch for his bowing antics last night. Get both teams a warning, then let Lily be on a short leash.
June 3rd, 20093:52 pm
If I were Lowe, I’d hit every Cubs batter until Bobby pries the ball out of my cold, dead hand.
L Fringe, they might give Lowe the heave ho without warning. It’s already happened this year.
If Esco does get hit tonight than Lowe BETTER hit a cub. Soriano preferably…and NOT with a changeup-fastball to the ribs!
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