Braves shift focus to Friday’s Wild Card game

The Braves’ chances of reeling in the Nationals and winning an NL East title were reduced after they lost three in a row to the Padres and Phillies back on Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and again after they got swept in three at Milwaukee Sept. 10-12. But the hopes didn’t end until Monday night’s 2-1 loss to the skidding Pirates at mostly empty PNC Park.

Jeff Locke, a former second-round draft pick by the Braves, had the best game of his young career and picked up his first win while eliminating the Braves from NL East title contention Monday. (AP Photo)

Jeff Locke, a former second-round draft pick by the Braves, had the best game of his young career and picked up his first win while eliminating the Braves from NL East title contention Monday. (AP Photo)

The Pirates, who only a day before had lost for the 22nd time in 29 games to secure their 20th consecutive losing season, didn’t figure to be the team to drive the proverbial final nail in the Braves’ division-title hopes, especially with ex-Braves prospect Jeff Locke pitching for the Bucs. He of the 0-6 record and 7.08 ERA in nine previous career starts.

But in this often unusual and inconsistent Braves season, the unexpected happened once again. Locke allowed only one run and two hits (albeit with five walks) in six inning and the Braves mustered nothing against the bullpen in a 2-1 loss.

Wild Card game, here they come.

“We wanted to go out and win the division,” Chipper Jones said afterward. “It’s a little disappointing that we’re going to finish second. But we live on past Wednesday. It was going to be a tough row to hoe anyway – three down with three to play is never the situation you want to be in. But it is what it is now. We play Friday. Now our concentration should be getting ourselves ready for Friday night, or Friday afternoon or whatever it is.”

And so will your crusading everyman’s blog focus today be on Friday night, or Friday afternoon, or whatever time the Wild Card game will be against the Cardinals at Turner Field.

By the way, Turner Field was nearly sold out for Friday’s game by Tuesday, down to mostly standing-room only tix. Tickets remain for potential Division Series games 1 and 2, which would be Sunday and Monday in Atlanta if the Braves win Friday.

Since the next two games left in Pittsburgh became all but meaningless, other than to give some Braves bench players at-bats and rest some regulars like Chipper, let’s take a look ahead toward  Wild Card showdown with the Cardinals in what amounts to a do-or-die, play-in game to see which team advances to a division series and which teams goes home after playing just one “postseason” game.

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The Cardinals plan to start Kyle Lohse in Friday's Wild Card game at Atlanta.

The Braves, as you surely know by now, will start Kris Medlen in the Wild Card game, and he is going to be a center of attention for his much-chronicled winning streak – 23 straight Braves wins in his starts, with Sunday’s win against the Mets moving him past Whitey Ford and telescope inventor (just checking to see if you guys are reading closely) Carl Hubbell for the live-ball era record.

(Be honestly – didn’t some of you folks wish he’d lost once rather than go into the postseason with so much attention focused on the otherworldly streaks and numbers he’s put up?)

The Cardinals will start righty Kyle Lohse, who has no decision and a 9.00 ERA in one start vs. Braves this season (five earned runs, nine hits in five innings), and a 16-3 record and 2.71 ERA in 32 starts against everyone else. Lohse is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in four career starts against the Braves at Turner Field, but that May 30 no-decision was his only start against the Braves anywhere since 2010.

In 10 career starts against the Braves Lohse is 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA, with the loss coming in a 2002 start against a Braves team that had only one player still playing for Atlanta. Chipper, of course. All nine of Lohse’s other starts against the Braves came in 2006 and later, and he’s 3-0 with a 4.11 ERA in those nine.

Against Lohse, Chipper is 6-for-13 with a homer, Freddie Freeman is 2-for-3 with a homer, Dan Uggla is 5-for-15 with a homer, and Martin Prado is 6-for-14. A couple of others of note: Brian McCann is 5-for-20 with a homer, Michael Bourn is 7-for-34 (.206) with one walk, and David Ross is 1-for-2 against Lohse.

We only mention Ross’ stats because, frankly, McCann appears to be struggling still at the plate with his balky shoulder, and lately a sore knee has affected him behind the plate.

McCann went 0-for-4 and grounded into a rally-killing double play Monday night, and since Aug. 1 he’s 25-for-132 (.189) with four extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and .520 OPS in past 38 games, along with five GIDPs. In his past 12 games, he’s 7-for-39 (.179) with one double, three RBIs and 10 strikeouts.

Ross since Aug. 1: 18-for-38 (.231) with eight extra-base hits, 11 RBIs, .707 OPS in 24 games. He has two homers and four RBis in his past five games.

• Scoring malaise: Not that McCann has been the only Brave scuffling at the plate. Not by a long shot. It’d be easier to cite the ones who haven’t been rather than list the Braves who’ve slumped lately.

The Braves have hit just .222 in the past 32 games, and have a 20-12 record in that span mainly because of their 2.67 ERA. Get this: The Braves have scored two or fewer runs in 16 of those 32 games, including one or no runs in nine. Think about that.

They scored five runs in three others during that 32-game stretch, meaning they’ve scored four or more runs in just 11 of their past 32 games, including four of the past 12.

The Cardinals are 11-3 with 2.46 ERA and .269 batting average in their past 14 games, and have scored four runs in all but one of those 14.

I asked Fredi Gonzalez again about the scoring/hitting woes after Monday’s game, and his answer was the Braves planned to rest some regulars and get at-bats for some bench guys in the last two games in Pittsburgh now that the Nationals have clinched the division.

“Play some of the bench and get those guys going,” he said. “They need some at-bats too. You don’t want to give [regulars] three days off before our next game Friday, but maybe we can get a couple of guys an at-bat here or there and get them out of the game.”

But what about the lack of offense? How much of a concern with the postseason looming?

Before Monday's series opener, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen gave Chipper one of the commemorative bases being used in the series to honor the retiring Braves third baseman.

Before Monday's series opener, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen gave Chipper one of the commemorative bases being used in the series to honor the retiring Braves third baseman.

“Lack of offense is always a concern,” Chipper said after the game. “But quite honestly you can’t control when you’re seeing it good, when you’re swinging it good. I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, they may feel great. I don’t feel particularly good at the plate. But it’s up to me to fix it before Friday.”

Chipper will be out of the lineup for one and probably both of these last two games in Pittsburgh. He started a season-high seventh straight game Monday and has gone 1-for-18 with six walks in the past six games.

After hitting three homers in back-to-back games vs. the Padres (two on his bobblehead night) and Dodgers Aug. 16-17, Chipper has hit .216 (24-for-111) in his past 34 games with four doubles, one homer, eight RBIs, a .348 OBP and a .279 slugging percentage.

A few bright spots have been steady Prado; Uggla, who is expected back in the lineup today or Wednesday after missing Monday’s game with a swollen hand around the cut he sustained in last week’s wild-card-clinching postgame celebration, and Bourn, who appears to be emerging from his long slump.

Bourn is 7-for-17 with three doubles, four walks, .524 OBP in past five games, after hitting .220 with 10 extra-base hits and .310 OBP in his previous 60 games. He’s 3-for-6 with a double and two walks in two games since returning from one-week absence for jammed thumb.

BRAVES LINEUP Wednesday

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado lf
  3. Heyward rf
  4. Freeman 1b
  5. Uggla 2b
  6. McCann c
  7. Francisco 3b
  8. Simmons ss
  9. Sheets p

• More on Medlen vs. Lohse: You know about Medlen’s winning streak, but did most Braves fans realize how good a season Lohse has had?

He went 8-0 with a 2.29 ERA and .218 opponents’ average in 13 starts from June 21 to Aug. 27, but has cooled a bit since then, going 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA and .243 OA in his past six starts.

In his past two starts, Lohse allowed 13 hits, seven runs in 12 innings, including three runs in six innings against the Cubs and four runs (and eight hits) in six innings against the Nationals on Saturday.

Medlen is 9-0 with a ridiculous 0.97 ERA and .191 opponents’ average in 12 starts since moving to the rotation July 31, and has 84 strikeouts with 10 walks in 83-2/3 innings as a starter this season.

In 30 career starts, Medlen is 15-2 with a 2.81 ERA. He lost his first two starts in his first two major league games in May 2009, and since then he’s 15-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 28 starts.

We’ve probably gotten a bit jaded from reciting the numbers so often, but let me repeat: That’s ridiculously good.

Medlen has only five the Cardinals as a reliever, and has a 3.72 ERA and .229 opponents’ average in those five appearances, including two in 2010 and three this season. He was charged with two runs and four hits in 2-2/3 innings of a May 28 appearance against them at Turner Field.

The Braves went with Medlen because he’s the hottest starting pitcher in baseball since moving from the bullpen, and they can’t go to the division series if they don’t win the Wild Card game.

But it made sense for another reason, too: Tim Hudson is 3-4 with a 5.78 ERA vs. Cardinals, while Mike Minor has no decisions and 9.31 ERA in two starts vs. Cardinals. If the Braves advance to the division series, Hudson would start the opener and Minor is expected to get the Game 2 start.

The Braves might also be glad the Cardinals are starting Lohse instead of Adam Wainwright in the Wild Card game. Wainwright, a Georgia native and former Atlanta prospect, is 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in his career against the Braves, including 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in four games (three starts) at Turner Field.

• OK, let’s close this with a great old Lemonheads tune, which you can see them do live by clicking here.

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“IT’S ALL TRUE” by Evan Dando

I haven’t cried baby since I learned to talk
Haven’t fallen down since I learned to walk
And I don’t get bored watching the tube
And I never had a rock in my shoe

And if I tried baby, would you mess me round?
Would we both get bored by the simple sound

Sorry about dropping that lude
It just seemed like the best thing to do

It’s all true
I got me
She’s got you
And we got time to share a few

You never get me down when I’m feeling blue
When I tell you lies you wont believe they’re true
Now I really should be on my way
Think I’m gonna stick around all day

It’s all true
I got me
She’s got you
And we got time to share a few

She’s so precise with her exacto knife
She’s gonna take her life

I don’t wake up with a sudden start
With some empty arms and a broken heart
And I don’t get bored watching the tube.

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

3,118 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:12 pm

Venice Jim

October 2nd, 2012
3:12 pm

Thanks, DOB!!!

Michael

October 2nd, 2012
3:14 pm

phil

October 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

But in this often unusual and inconsistent Braves season, it happened. Locke allowed only one run and two hits (albeit with five walks) in six inning and the Braves mustered nothing against the bullpen in a 2-1 loss.
*************
First, Dave calls us denizens, then this hate?

Terrible. ;-)

Thanks for the good work.

Venice Jim

October 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s lineup at PIT (7:05, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Pastornicky 4 Simmons 6 Overbay 3 Ross 2 Francisco 5 Baker 9 Constanza 7 Hanson 1

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
3:17 pm

I love a good “First!” post… when it’s third.

phil

October 2nd, 2012
3:17 pm

Dave called us denizens…..

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

I bet that lineup puts up 8+ runs tonight.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s lineup at PIT (7:05, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Pastornicky 4 Simmons 6 Overbay 3 Ross 2 Francisco 5 Baker 9 Constanza 7 Hanson 1

Wow

cricket

October 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

Again, your argument is like so many others: Because perfection is impossible, MLB shouldn’t bother trying to do better.

no, my comment has absolutely nothing to do with it. look at it again. it is entirely in response to your following idiotic statement that seems to discount the concept of postseason-

The postseason is entirely for fun (and money)

i am pretty sure you understand that my comment had nothing to do with “Because perfection is impossible, MLB shouldn’t bother trying to do better” nonsense. but based on my observation of your behavior here from the beginning, you will never admit to even simple misunderstanding of a comment, as IMO you do not have a single honest bone in you, at least when you are posting here. you will off course prefer to post the same drivel one millionth time again, though it has nothing to do with my comment.

ok, time for shower. be back on friday, when the game(s) will actually matter.

RC

October 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

Somewhat surprised Simmons is playing, but I guess he needs to get as many ABs as possible in since he missed so much time with injuries.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Pastornicky 2nd, I like… with he was playing SS. Simmons 3rd surprise me. Overbay cleanup? Mercy. Ross 5… meh. Would have preferred Juan to hit 4th, but that’s nitpicking.

Bad enough Constanza is in it! :D

usnavyvolfaninva

October 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Thanks, DOB. Yeah, nice exposing the hypocrisy of the Cardinals “not wanting to celebrate getting into the WC play-in game.”
BTW, they haven’t clinched yet. I’m no fan of the Dodgers, but I do like Karma, and I hope Karma helps the Dodgers overtake STL.

Efrim

October 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Hope to see the regulars sprinkled in a bit over these last two games. Three days off is too much, as Fredi said.

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

we will score 8 runs….

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
3:25 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

ncscoots

October 2nd, 2012
3:25 pm

I bet that lineup puts up 8+ runs tonight.

That would be “a meaningless 8+ runs”. :-)

usnavyvolfaninva

October 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

we will score 8 runs….

You mean tonight, or Friday?

MFin04

October 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Like the lineup. Maybe should be the lineup Friday if the Cardinals throw a lefty. ;)

By the way for all the people suggesting Angel Pagan will be cheap. Is ESPN the Magazine has him listed at 13-16 million a year, then you can bet GMs have him at that value as well. The article even says Pagan is more valuable than Bourn.

ncscoots

October 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Man, this is a sucky website for performance. What have the nerds done to this thing?

usnavyvolfaninva

October 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

ncscoots…
I blame the Chinese.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

Wonder if Fredi will be letting the regulars PH and finish the games… if we score 8 runs with this offense, let these guys start the playin!

ncscoots

October 2nd, 2012
3:29 pm

The article even says Pagan is more valuable than Bourn.

That ripping you hear is the sound of cred being shredded.

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

Pagan ≠ Bourn

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Pastornicky 2b, Simmons ss, Overbay 1b, Ross c, Francisco 3b, Baker rf, Constanza lf, Hanson p

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
3:31 pm

yeah scoots, I’ve been having trouble with the site most all day. lose it completely at times. worst site I use

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

I think they let the traditionalists take over… take the site back to the Dark Ages…

REMLEY

October 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

What was Bud Selieg’s excuse for not showing up at Chippers retirement ceremony?

usnavyvolfaninva

October 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

Thanks for the lineup, DOB.
Braves are “bringin’ the House” tonight. LOL.

mrnatural

October 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

Put up a 12-spot boys, I need my oil changed.

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .176 .300 .235 0.535 .260 ___74
Pastorn .111 .143 .148 0.291 .125 ___-6
Simmons .207 .273 .241 0.514 .240 ___66
Overbay .313 .371 .531 0.903 .388 __188
Ross___ .212 .229 .424 0.653 .270 __107
Francis .194 .219 .355 0.574 .245 ___82
Baker__ .231 .286 .269 0.555 .289 ___79
Biff___ .308 .400 .346 0.746 .354 __142
Hanson_ .000 .000 .000 0.000 .000 _-100

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for this…

DAP

October 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

first!

am i close?

usnavyvolfaninva

October 2nd, 2012
3:37 pm

TnPaul,
Overbay .313 over his last 9 starts? Did I miss something? All I kept hearing about him was how bad he was at the plate.

MFin04

October 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

Shouldn’t our backup catcher be playing?

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Pastorn .111 .143 .148 0.291 .125 ___-6

Pastornicky’s last 9 starts go back to what, May? :lol: Overbay hasn’t hit since coming to ATL…

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Good news for Braves in playoffs is that they most likely will not have to face either:
a) a journeyman lefty with an ERA north of 6
b) a rookie they have never seen before

Bring on the former CY winners and current CY candidates.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

33rd

phil

October 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Look at those numbers for the starters…..sheesh.

The local little league could outplay this bunch.

Fire FG!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:44 pm

navyvol: Those numbers only include their starts. Overbay hasn’t started yet as a Brave, so his horrid numbers with us don’t count

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:44 pm

(Be honestly – didn’t some of you folks wish he’d lost once rather than go into the postseason with so much attention focused on the otherworldly streaks and numbers he’s put up?)

Not really… I’m enjoying the streak. I want it to last as long as possible. He’s already made the record, anything else is gravy.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
3:44 pm

PDOG

October 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

I would like to see the Braves get Sheets a few innings in either of the next two games to see what he has.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

Enjoyed the read, David. Gracias

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
3:52 pm

“The article even says Pagan is more valuable than Bourn.”
**********************

Myself and others have felt that way for a long time.

Fly On The Wall

October 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

Let’s get em tonite boyz….Go My Bravos!!!

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
3:55 pm

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
3:55 pm

yeah scoots, I’ve been having trouble with the site most all day. lose it completely at times. worst site I use

Are you guys getting the server error page? I get it at least five or six times an hour, depending on how many times I hit refresh.

I guess the AJC doesn’t want me on the forum viewing the cornucopia of advertising they put in front of me.

chipontheroad

October 2nd, 2012
3:55 pm

this denizen say’s mucho appreciado
GO BRAVOS LOCOS

jim

October 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

The Ovrbay numbers must go back to a previous team or AAA. They certainly don’t include his pinch hitting numbers. I recall maybe 1 previous start with the Braves.

Win One For The Chipper

October 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

With Overbay getting some at bats tonight, I’m guessing that ole Ski won’t be on the roster come Friday night

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

The posts which don’t make it through?

The ones which complain about how stinking slow and awful this site has been lately…

That, and jokes about Bowman… I think there is a correlation here…

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Server error or just takes forever to reload

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

I’m guessing that ole Ski won’t be on the roster come Friday night

Yeah, his Atlanta days are ending real quick.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

Braves lineup vs. Kevin Correia…

Bourn- 5 for 17, 1 HR .294/.429/.471/.899
Pastornicky- 1 for 2, 1 double 1 RBI .500/.500/1.000/1.500
Simmons- Never faced
Overbay- 2 for 4 .500/.600/.500/1.100 No Ks!!!!
Ross- 2 for 10, 1 double .200/.273/.300/.573
Francisco- Never faced
Baker- 2 for 6 .333/.333/.833/1.167 3 Ks!!!
Constanza- Never faced
Hanson- Never faced

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
4:01 pm

That looks real close to the lineups proposed by us on the blog yesterday when the talk was about a rain out game being re-scheduled for Wed night or Thurs.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

October 2nd, 2012
4:01 pm

Be honestly – didn’t some of you folks wish he’d lost once rather than go into the postseason with so much attention focused on the otherworldly streaks and numbers he’s put up?

I’ve been going back and forth over that one, yes…I didn’t WANT him to lose, but…egads, better once during the season than once during the WC play-inwhatever…

It’s a complicated emotion, to be sure.

phil

October 2nd, 2012
4:02 pm

Murph – yes, numerous ones….

And Mark Bowman is as fat as a little butterball….someone might want to suggest a diet and some running before he greatly regrets it.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:02 pm

I’m guessing that ole Ski won’t be on the roster come Friday night

Yeah, his Atlanta days are ending real quick.

I’m shocked he’s not in the lineup tonight… thought Constanza or Reed would play CF and he’d go to LF.

jim

October 2nd, 2012
4:02 pm

If the Yankees are home tonight, they will probably be rained out. The AL playof picture will likely go down to the last day and maybe beyond.

ncscoots

October 2nd, 2012
4:02 pm

Are you guys getting the server error page?

Occasionally. Mainly, just poor structure on the loading mechanisms, I reckon. Plus cinesport is probably the worst link to ever hit a web page. I haven’t looked, but my guess is that there are a whole boatload of trackers and cookies being dropped (and probably synchronously instead of async). That’s just stuff I can come up with without doing any investigating, at all.

Probably much worse than I imagine, LOL. When you kitchen-sink one of these puppies (as newspaper companies are prone to do), you’re bound to get some sewer backup eventually. But this has become pretty bad, almost to the point of unusable.

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:05 pm

DOB, any idea why the blog forums are running so horribly lately? Did the AJC just upgrade the software or something?

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:07 pm

Correction to my 4:02… the numbers I posted for Bourn are actually Uggla’s numbers. Bourn’s numbers are below…

4-13 .308/.400/.308/.708

usnavyvolfaninva

October 2nd, 2012
4:08 pm

Thanks for clearing that up, TOBF.

ryan

October 2nd, 2012
4:10 pm

Why not Hinski we all no Overbay cant hit .What’s he got one hit in how many at bats.But Braves like guys like that see Norton as Cox liked him.

Lane Kiffin

October 2nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Jack wilson is retiring where is his party and gifts.

Lane Kiffin

October 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

we know it too.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
Sheets will start tomorrow. He will try to pitch a couple innings

Good. It’s been a while.

Russell Bell

October 2nd, 2012
4:16 pm

Anyone who is a fan of Baroness – they have posted an updated regarding their tour bus crash in Britain. First 4-5 paragraphs are riveting.

http://baronessmusic.com/update-from-baroness/

Lane Kiffin

October 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Good for sheets.

phil

October 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Who gives a rat’s big ole butt who plays the next 2 days?

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:21 pm

I wish Teheran was starting instead of Sheets. Sheets is gone in a few days, Teheran hopefully not.

Shaun

October 2nd, 2012
4:21 pm

no, my comment has absolutely nothing to do with it. look at it again. it is entirely in response to your following idiotic statement that seems to discount the concept of postseason-

My point is simply that the postseason shouldn’t do so much to negate a team’s regular season, because the regular season is 162 games and 6 months long.

The Yankees, Orioles, Rangers and A’s will all have won more games than the Tigers over the course of 162 games and 6 months. Yet, two of those teams will face a tougher path to the World Series and one of those teams will be eliminated before the Tigers ever play a postseason game in 2012.

Now I realize that if MLB is to have a postseason, you run the risk of a team that wins more in the regular season losing out to a team that won less. That’s part of the fun of the postseason. But MLB shouldn’t focus so much on the postseason that they negate what teams have done over 162 games and 6 months of the regular season.

I agree that it’s hard to imagine Hinske earning a spot on the postseason roster over Overbay. Too bad for Hinske. I think he’s the quintessential Frank Wren type player.

I view 2010 as the first Frank Wren team, symbolically, and Hinske was one of the somewhat unsung, yet notable acquisitions, a guy that can hit and can (or at least could) play multiple positions.

Wren is going to get value out of his roster spots when he feels he has a team that can do something and Hinske is one of those acquisitions that made that apparent.

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:22 pm

Who gives a rat’s big ole butt who plays the next 2 days?

I’m a pout pout fish,
With a pout pout face,
And I spread the dreary wearies,
All over the place.

Blub, bluuuuub, bluuuuuuuuuuub

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

Plus cinesport is probably the worst link to ever hit a web page

Yep.

flange1

October 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

phil

October 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

damn right…

chipontheroad

October 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

wow that dude from baroness had a Jimmy Buffet moment

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
4:27 pm

Finally in Pittsburgh, long drive to see Overbay and Baker :)

RBrave

October 2nd, 2012
4:28 pm

They had better start to get a few hits or they won’t be here past Friday ! Go Braves get freakin hit or two and take some pressure off of those pitchers

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
4:28 pm

Nice view from the 8th floor – I look out and see PNC right across the street.

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

Is it raining there yet Kat?

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

better than overpaying for a baker…

MIdtown

October 2nd, 2012
4:30 pm

A healthy McCann would have been such a potent weapon in that lineup. It’s too bad we’ve lost him to a slump/injury. Hopefully he’s got something left in the tank before the season is over.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:30 pm

and it’s a Hanson start too. Yikes! Start drinking lol

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
4:32 pm

Finally in Pittsburgh, long drive

Wow. Quick. You had 200+ miles just a few minutes ago.

Tomahawk Mafia

October 2nd, 2012
4:32 pm

That lineup looks like trouble. Especially on a night where Tommy Hanson is pitching.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
Tomorrow will be Ben Sheets’ last career appearance. He said he will not ever pitch again. This was an inspiring comeback by a great guy

It ends here… great try by the guy

Lane Kiffin

October 2nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Hoping to see Uggla break out in this WC game.

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Murph – rained the whole way here, not raining now, mostly cloudy w/ some sun shining through. Looks like isolated t-storms tonight.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:34 pm

About the lineup… cruel, but funny! (and true?)

Josh S______ ‏@Im______
This Is The Type Of Lineup That Tommy Hanson Starts Deserve.

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
4:36 pm

Couch Tatern- 200 miles ago was at 12:13 that was a while ago hah.

MIdtown

October 2nd, 2012
4:38 pm

I believe Jack Wilson was watching the game in the stands last night.

phil

October 2nd, 2012
4:39 pm

So Sheets is retiring….well dadgum.

I hate to see him go. The guy really helped us and laid it on the line for the games he was able to pitch.

He was a big part of us getting where we are….

Thank you, Ben!!

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Kat – Put a set of scroll wheels on yer car before you head back home. whoooosh.

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:40 pm

Kat, are you headed to Primanti Brothers for a sandwich? If you do, post some pics. DOB didn’t acknowledge our request for a Primanti Brothers visit/picture.

chipontheroad

October 2nd, 2012
4:41 pm

95-67 ? bring it home

JC Boscan III

October 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Which is more likely tonight — the Braves get 2 hits and get shut out, or to shock everyone with 7 runs?

Regarding Overbay, as bad as he’s looked as a pinch-hitter, he’s had 1 4-hit game this year and four 3-hit games with Arizona. As a Brave, he did get a start in Milwaukee, and went 0-3. But, he got robbed of a double to deep RC late in that game. That’s probably the only ball he’s really hit well since joining the Braves.

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Murph-went there last time I was here. Very good. There is one at the park but I think I’m gonna snag some BBQ today..or maybe tomorrow …or maybe both days haha.

abby normal

October 2nd, 2012
4:44 pm

Glad to see the Braves make the post season, but I really HATE this one game play-in BS. It’s like saying the Braves’ five or six game lead in the wild card means nothing. If MLB wants a second wild card team at least make the play-in two out of three.

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