Live from the Braves: There’s a wild card to be clinched

This is how it ended last season. It should go better this time. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

This is how it ended last season. It should go better this time. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Three hundred sixty-three days after they last took the field with a chance to make the playoffs, the Braves are here again. The night of Sept. 28, 2011, went badly: They lost 4-3 to Philadelphia in 13 innings while the Cardinals were winning 8-0 in Houston, and the Braves went nowhere but home.

There’s reason to believe tonight will yield a better return. Kris Medlen is pitching, and the Braves haven’t lost a game he has started since May 23, 2010. The opponent is Miami, which quit on the season long ago and is apparently trying to decide who to fire when. But this is baseball, and as the famous philosopher/pitcher Joaquin Andujar once noted: “There is one word in America that says it all, and that word is ‘you never know.’ ”

The magic number for clinching a wild card is down to 1, so even if the Braves lose the deed would be done should both the Brewers and Dodgers lose. (The former is playing in Cincinnati, the latter in San Diego.) But the Braves would like to be able to have their champagne party — that’s correct; even the wild card is occasion to break out the bubbly — without having to wait around until 1 a.m.

Whatever happens, I’d appreciate your company as the night unfolds. And I’d also ask a favor: In between innings, click over and watch my little video chat with Noah Coslov of CineSport. It concerns the Braves, oddly enough, and we do like it when y’all watch our videos.

As ever, I thank you in advance.

187 comments Add your comment

bulldogbubba

September 25th, 2012
7:00 pm

Old devil

September 25th, 2012
7:02 pm

Cracker

September 25th, 2012
7:05 pm

Game on! Be the man for the moment, Kris.

Sonny Clusters

September 25th, 2012
7:06 pm

First Clusters.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

Kudos, bubba.

Steve

September 25th, 2012
7:08 pm

Go Braves! Mark, is Ben Sheets done for the year?

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
7:09 pm

Medlins pitching.
I’m surprised the Marlins don’t forfeit!!

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:11 pm

Don’t think so, Steve.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

First pitch is a ball. Second pitch is a groundout to 2B.

Mud

September 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

To put it into the words of that infamour southern philosopher, Larry the Cable Guy, “Let’s gitter done!”

Mud

September 25th, 2012
7:13 pm

Gotta hate the slip of the finger…..infamous….

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:13 pm

Third pitch is a groundout to SS.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:16 pm

Tenth pitch is a Jose Reyes double.

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
7:16 pm

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:16 pm

Heyward did have his glove on it. I might have called that an E-9

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:17 pm

No harm comes from it, though.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:17 pm

No harm comes from it, though.

Cracker

September 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

1st pitch: low, on the outside corner, with movement. Next two pitches: two outs. Pitches around what should have been called an error. No sweat.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:23 pm

Braves do nothing against Eovaldi in the 1st. K, 4-3, 6-3.

bighittas

September 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

can we just go ahead and lock Bourn in to a long term deal now?

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

I wonder if Bourn’s price has come down. Doubt it.

Cracker

September 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

Hadacol, a popular tonic (12% alcohol), used to be one of the Atlanta Crackers’ sponsors on radio. Ebba St. Claire, father of Marlins pitching coach Randy, and a big power hitting catcher, once got into a terrible slump. He rubbed some Hadacol on his bat and broke out.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:27 pm

Well, Medlen gives up a run. Solano home run.

Sonny Clusters

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

That means they have to score 2.

Dum-Bass

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

So Ozzie G and the Marlins owner are at each other’s throats huh? Well, here’s hoping there’s a manager in ATL who will be available to go back there, if he wants him. The Braves are fighting for a wildcard rather than the division crown due to an inept manager. Just 6 more games not lost due to bad managerial decisions would present a different scenario. The Braves are actually where they are now in spite of FG not because of him.

Steve

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

Would rather see Medlen do poorly tonight and lose vs. doing so in the Wild Card game. He is going to lose eventually! Better to do so now.

bighittas

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

Medlen is human after all!

Cracker

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

Enter your comments here

Steve

September 25th, 2012
7:31 pm

Dum-Bass I think Fredi has done a great job this year after what happened last year. He has not been afraid to mix-up the line-up. He has benched players. He has not overworked the bullpen. However I am sure you could do a MUCH better job!

"Chef" Tim Dix

September 25th, 2012
7:33 pm

I would rather see “Med” Dog win both.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:35 pm

Chipper walks. Freeman singles despite getting jammed. Two on, none out.

Dum-Bass

September 25th, 2012
7:36 pm

MB is falling into that same trap as DOB. The Braves are not the wildcard rep in the playoffs until they WIN the one game play-in on Friday the 5th of Oct. Until then there is not much to celebrate. If they lose that game they are in the same boat as all the other teams who don’t make it after 162 games. As CJ said, “IT’S STUPID”! 2 WC contenders=1 WC REP (for the playoffs)

Bruce

September 25th, 2012
7:36 pm

I don’t consider making a one game winner take all event making the playoffs. If the Braves get into this game and lose, what will they have accomplished?

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:36 pm

Tied. Uggla RBI single. He does hit against the Fish.

Cracker

September 25th, 2012
7:39 pm

Steve, I agree with you. I don’t read every word on these blogs, but I haven’t seen a single example cited to support the notion that Fredi is inept. Your examples supporting him are well chosen.

President Mountain Dew Camacho

September 25th, 2012
7:42 pm

uggla gets an rbi. nice

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:43 pm

Threat fizzles. Simmons hits into a DP.

Steve

September 25th, 2012
7:43 pm

Thanks Cracker. I do totally hate the stupid play-in Wild Card game. It should at least be best of 3. Will be heartbreaking should the Braves lose on the 5th. I think in a 5 or 7 game series, they can hang with anyone.

President Mountain Dew Camacho

September 25th, 2012
7:45 pm

wild card play in game should be null and void if one team is up on the other by 5 games or more.

…or if the 2nd place team (top wild card) would lead 2 other divisions

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:50 pm

Lots of pitching so far. Which is a key reason it’s 1-1.

Dum-Bass

September 25th, 2012
7:51 pm

BRUCE you and I were on the same channel at 7:36PM. A little eerie there huh?

Josh

September 25th, 2012
7:52 pm

What time do you think the Wild-Card game will be?

Remley

September 25th, 2012
7:53 pm

The Cards always get to finish in the soft underbelly of the NL central, big advantage for them.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:54 pm

Brewers down 2-nil in Cincinnati.

Remley

September 25th, 2012
7:54 pm

Yea Josh I’d love to know too so I can plan to take a day off work if neccessary

Dum-Bass

September 25th, 2012
7:55 pm

STEVE, FGs ineptitude has shown through mostly on his pitching changes. He has been apt to stay with a veteran pitcher like Hudson way too long. I can think of at least two examples when Hudson had big leads he surrendered. Most managers who have “baseball smarts” would not do that.

Steve

September 25th, 2012
7:55 pm

I was just thinking about that Josh. Greedy MLB will wait until they know who is playing who and then will put the major market teams on prime-time and the others probably at 4:00 if I had to guess. Hoping it’s a night game.

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
7:55 pm

I’d prefer Lohse, Wainwright or Lynn starting for the Cards instead of Carpenter for the Wild Card Game.

Remley

September 25th, 2012
7:56 pm

If the Braves have to lose in the one game play in farce I’d rather it be the Brew crew.

Mark Bradley

September 25th, 2012
7:56 pm

Don’t know times yet. Both wild-card games are that day. Assume one will be at 4 and one at 8.