Minor would start potential NL East tiebreaker

PITTSBURGH – In the unlikely event that the Braves forced a tiebreaker with the Washington Nationals, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said Mike Minor would start in that single game Thursday in Washington to determine the division champion.

The Braves trailed the first-place Nationals by three games before Monday, meaning Atlanta needed to sweep the Pirates and Washington would have to be swept in its last three games against Philadelphia to create a tie. In that case, the winner of the Thursday game would be the division champion and advance to a best-of-five division series, while the loser would play in the Wild Card game the next day on Friday.

If the Nationals clinch the NL East before the regular season ends, Minor’s next start would likely be in a potential Game 2 of the division series that would start Sunday in Atlanta, provided the Braves won the Wild Card “play-in” game Friday.

Minor (11-10) has a 2.21 ERA and .193 opponents’ average in 15 starts since the beginning of July, after posting a 6.20 ERA and .271 opponents’ average in 15 starts through the end of June.

Kris Medlen is scheduled to star the Wild Card game for the Braves and Tim Hudson would start the first game of a division series.

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Max Sizemore

October 1st, 2012
8:29 pm

That’s a, er, major assignment for the young man. But well deserved.


October 1st, 2012
8:31 pm

did Pittsburgh honor Chipper today?


October 1st, 2012
8:38 pm

yea like that is going to happen. braves can’t even beat lowly Pirates. LOSERS again.


October 1st, 2012
8:43 pm

Gee, JJ, with fans like you, who needs enemies? Sheesh…


October 1st, 2012
8:50 pm

Just stating fact. LOSERS again because thet don’t score runs. What a slaughter Friday nite.


October 1st, 2012
9:49 pm


Don Gurian

October 1st, 2012
10:53 pm

Considering that McCann is batting 227 and Ross is batting considerably better, and is a better defensive catcher, why are they not AT LEAST platoonnig them? Is this really such a difficult strategy ?

real braves fan

October 2nd, 2012
6:55 am

JJ if u are a fan of the braves, u are the true loser. Because with your additude we don’t need u, Gocheer for the Mets that’s where u belong.

Playoffs baby

October 2nd, 2012
9:03 am

rbg420…yes Pittsburgh did honor chipper before the game. They gave him a commemerative third base and a $5,000 check for his foundation. Of course when he came up everyone gave him a standing ovation except for the lady behind me who booed. I proceeded to tell her to shut up and have some respect. She is just bitter since the pirates have had 20 straight losing seasons.


October 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

Post season is different shet.. And chipper knows pretty well how to play this kind of games! I just want to recall 14 Division Series Championships IN-A-ROW! Thank u! Hope Chipper can say good bye with a WS champion tittle! He deserves it.

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