What Miserable Braves Playoff Loss are YOU? BONUS THREAD: Hope.

So, it’s just a bit outside my arbitrarily-defined time frame, but this did happen not quite 18 years ago…

 

 

And if you were reading closely, you’d note that my odds of various miserable things occurring didn’t fully add up to 100%…

 

 

The oddsmakers I bought this ticket from at the Wynn Casino in Vegas a couple weeks ago offered me 7:1, a 14% chance. I put the odds more on 10%, but I’ll pay the vig; what fun is being a fan if you don’t?

I’ll be out at the Ted tonight hoping we can steal one off Kershaw and reverse all this playoff-lottery bad luck. You should come too.  I mean, what are our chances? One out of ten? One out of a hundred? One out of a million?

 

 

Chances of the 2013 Braves doing this: So you’re telling me there’s a chance! 

 

372 thoughts on “What Miserable Braves Playoff Loss are YOU? BONUS THREAD: Hope.”

  1. Freeman gets on, Gattis connects for a 2-run HR, Medlen only gives up 1, and the Kraken closes it out. This would make me very happy.

  2. JC’d:

    I just tried to go to Ticketmaster’s website, and the page is just a white screen that says “Forbidden: You do not have permission to access on this server.”

    Any technology-savvy Braves Journalists who can help with this?

  3. mavery at 85, last thread,

    Continuing on “why are we so stupid as to think Braves can win?”

    I know the Dodgers were awful early and were without Kemp (still without), Puig, H. Ramirez (hasn’t played two games in a row in a while). But still, their run differential compared to Braves says that “for the season” they are fundamentally not as good of a team as the Braves.

    So, then you say “what was better or worse, fundamentally, about each team as the year ended?” (and obviously we don’t REALLY know what is fundamentally different, because of small sample size, but my take follows).

    Braves better: lineup optimization, Heyward offense, Simmons offense, 2B defense, Medlen back on, Teheran maturing before our eyes, Wood getting it done, outfield offense subbing Gattis for BJ

    Braves worse: Walden sketchy, Hudson out, catcher offense down (Gattis cooled, McCann banged up and cooled off, Laird hotter start not holding), bench not having Pena and Schaffer tailing off, outfield defense (using Gattis / Heyward / J Upton)

    Dodgers better: Brian Wilson adds a decent experienced late innings arm, Puig was not in first 60 or so games

    Dodgers worse: No Kemp is worse than a 1 / 2 Kemp, Ethier overplayed his fundamentals and now he may be out completely,

    A big issue on the Dodgers is which Hanley Ramirez is in this. If he really is too banged up to go or to be effective, I think Braves have the better team. If 1000 ops Hanley with decent (by his standards) defense is available, then it will be tough.

  4. If there’s a lesson in this series of posts, it’s that who the better team is tends to be a mostly irrelevant factor. We’re up all night to get lucky.

  5. It’s guys like Nick Punto and Mark Ellis you have to worry about. They’re pesky. They’re the ones who get a rally going.

  6. On the “built for the postseason” argument,

    I do believe that in postseason that the top 2 starters and the top 3 relievers impact a series more than a 162 game season. I also believe that 6th and 7th starters impact the 162 a lot (well, 1 to 2 games most years), but because they will be no more than a low leverage reliever, they do not influence the postseason much at all.

    I am not sure I believe that the strikeout thing is so big, but what is big is that teams don’t press and try to force the issue but are willing to take walks if they don’t get their pitch.

    So, the Braves may not be quite as well built for the postseason as the Dodgers. I think we could take Dodgers over 162 as these rosters are constituted 70% of the time. Postseason, not so confident.

  7. The Braves should forfeit. Kershaw is unbeatable. That’s why the Dodgers have only lost fourteen games in which he started in 2013.

  8. @5

    I’m not sure where you’re getting that number, but it is what I was afraid of. It’s late, people think we’re going to lose, and the pathetic baseball fans in our city can’t be bothered with it.

  9. The Braves are ready for this game. They’ve been building toward it for the last two seasons. They’ll be ready for Kershaw and whomever else the Dodgers throw at them.

    Go, Braves!

  10. @15

    For what it’s worth, there were supposedly around 7000-9000 tickets available for the NFC Championship game, but the Georgia Dome was pretty obviously sold out at kickoff. Although Ticketmaster isn’t working on my computer right now, I do recall that the last time I checked, there were basically just a few small patches of seats scattered here and there deep in the upper deck. I think there’ll be at least 46,000 in attendance tonight. So I’m really not sure where you’re getting that perception from.

  11. And right after the time frame for editing one’s post expires, I see that Ticketmaster is magically working again. But now I got a message that says “Lots of fans are trying to buy tickets right now–you have a much better shot if we select the best available seats for you.”

  12. @19

    That story that came out about tickets being available for the NFC Championship Game was nothing but complete hogwash, because all of those tickets were available on StubHub, not through Ticketmaster on the main site. So all of the seats had been sold, but somebody saw that there were thousands available on StubHub and wrote some cutesy BS implying there would be 10,000 empty seats at the Georgia Dome as if those seats hadn’t already been sold.

    This is a little different, because these are available directly via Ticketmaster and haven’t been sold yet. Though it seems like a lot of people are getting the word that there are tickets left since the site is jammed right now, so maybe through last-minute sales this afternoon and the walk-up, it won’t be so bad. One can hope, anyway.

  13. The Tokyo Rose media has probably depressed ticket sales.

    “Surrender now Braves, you have no chance. Dodgers are unbeatable.”

  14. @22

    Maybe, but telling us not to even bother voting for Freddie Freeman for the All-Star Final Vote had the opposite effect. Of course, that didn’t require venturing inside the Perimeter with the chance that you wouldn’t get home until after midnight. That is to say, it didn’t actually require any effort in the slightest.

    EDIT: Game 3 on Sunday is set for 8:07 p.m. ET BTW.

  15. I think tomorrow will be the bigger crowd, and that “eh, I’ll go on Friday, don’t have to get up for work/school the next day after a late game” may be a drag on tonight’s crowd. StubHub has a similar amount of tickets available for tomorrow but they’re generally priced higher in any given section vs. tonight’s.

  16. Lineup probably what everyone expected
    1. Heyward
    2. J. Upton
    3. Freeman
    4. Gattis
    5. McCann
    6. C. Johnson
    7. Simmons
    8. E. Johnson
    9. Medlen

  17. Does anyone know of anywhere where the game will be streaming by… alternate means? I don’t have cable and am very poor, is why I ask.

  18. Is there any way to stream the games through MLB.tv, or is that out the window for the post season?

  19. Odd to consider that Medlen’s actually older than Kershaw. Kris turns 28 next week, while Kershaw won’t be 26 until just before Spring Training.

    BTW, Medlen’s numbers vs. this Dodger lineup are pretty good. Only Hanley (5/9 with 1 HR) seems to hit him pretty well.

    And… you don’t really want to see the Braves’ hitters numbers vs. Kershaw. (Freddie has the only HR off him & JUpton’s 3/29.)

    Nonetheless, I’m pretty excited about this game. Kershaw might be the best starting pitcher since Pedro, but that doesn’t mean we can’t beat him tonight.

  20. Let’s keep it real. We’re heavy underdogs tonight. Rooting like hell for us to win, but I don’t expect to.

  21. @26, postseason.tv lets you stream the division series and the NLCS for $5 total, which is actually a pretty good deal.

  22. @ajcbraves: #Braves Uggla: “Dissappointed, p***ed off… I’m not blind to my numbers. But at same time, I know what I’ve done my whole career.”

  23. Oh and Fredi said Laird could play 3b if needed. It’s really a bad decision to have Constanza on this roster and not Uggla.

  24. I’m going down there tonight. The playoffs form a bizarre world where the previously unimaginable become possible. In the past those cruel fates have been mostly visited upon us. Maybe we get a little good fortune this time.

  25. Uggla says what I myself feel. I’d take him over E. Johnson any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Also, Fredi seems to love Constanza the way Cox did Lockhart.

    But whatever at this point. Go Braves.

  26. @ajcbraves: #Braves Uggla: “First inclination is to say, screw this, I’m going home. But I knew that’s not the right thing to do.”

    @ajcbraves: #Braves Uggla: “I’ll show up tomorrow with my suit and suitcase, and if they let me on the plane I’ll go.”

    @ajcbraves: Uggla last comment sad in response to Fredi G saying he would welcome Uggla traveling with #Braves

  27. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have scored 4 vs. Burnett in the 3rd inning, still no outs, bases loaded.

    Sure would have been nice if the Braves had won a single more game in the regular season, we could’ve been facing Burnett tonight instead of The Best Pitcher In Baseball.

  28. Meh, the Braves feel like they do worse against bad pitchers. Forget Kershaw, Capuano was the one to fear.

  29. I hope to wake up tomorrow with a 1-0 lead

    Child 2 hopes that Justin homers off his first pitch – she’s 8, and I hope for the same

    I haven’t been this excited/nervous in a long time

    I hope

    I hope

    I believe

    btw @ 44. Indeed

  30. Seven straight playoff series losses. Seven straight game 1 losses. It ends tonight (maybe tomorrow morning).

    Let’s go Braves!

  31. I don’t know if blackout rules apply to postseason dot tv, but it’s worth pointing out that it’s not an actual broadcast; it gives you a choice of fixed camera shots, along with the audio. No replays, no graphics, etc. That said, you can choose a quad view, giving you four different camera views all at once. It’s more than adequate for following the action, IMO.

  32. Blackout rules do not apply for postseason.tv, because of what it is (as stated in 51 above). If you’re trying to stream the actual TBS broadcast through it, you’re blacked out in the U.S.

  33. when are we going to see a baseball game??

    there hasn’t been one all week

    will we get one tonight?

    whatever, it’s not likely to be as boring.

  34. Locked and loaded…ready to go. There’s nothing that could happen tonight than would be worse than some of the things we’ve seen in the playoffs over the past 25 years.

    And if we win, it would be sooo great. Some cliche about defeats and victories sweeter and all that. But seriously, we’re effing due. And Buster Posey was still OUT.

    Let’s go.

  35. “Kershaw is so dominant, the crowd roars with every foul tip, because he’s just able to keep the at-bat alive!”

    So I guess Medlen must be so lousy that the crowd roars everytime he manages to throw a strike? Or maybe the Dodgers are just so dominant that the crowd roars every time Medlen manages to get one by them?

  36. Well, I guess we are going to lose 1-0 since Kershaw is just totally unhittable and no one can beat him, right?

  37. Oh wow, he just flat out missed that one. Gonna be an uphill climb tonight. I wish we weren’t playing at home. Nothing good happens at the Ted in October.

  38. One more win and we’d be playing the hapless Pirates instead of the Dodgers. Just one more win.

  39. Yeah should’ve caught it. Lots of defensive issues in that inning. Simmons positioning on Puigs hit, not throwing to third by JHey, throw home by JHey, missed play by Gattis.

  40. Alright well, you needed one anyway. And one wasn’t going to win it, so you might aswell get two.

  41. Bummer of a rally. I blame BJ. If he wasn’t shit, Justin would’ve been in left to make that play.

    Oh well. Let’s hope Gattis runs into one here!

  42. Well at least we’re making Kershaw work, right? At 14 pitches per inning, he can probably only go 11, 12 tops.

  43. This is so damn familiar. It’s the playoffs so the Braves are going to lose control of their bowels.

  44. We’re already playing like we’re handicapped. What difference would it have made to start a blind man?

  45. Good lord, that was an ugly inning, and now it is carrying over. Uggla could have booted that grounder just as well.

  46. Johnson wears his glove with two fingers in the pinky stall, which gives the glove more height and creates a deeper pocket. The index finger moves one stall to the right. IMO, it’s not a natural way to catch a ball. Medlen also wears his glove that way.

  47. It was extremely unlikely we were going to win this game anyways, but shitting all over the bed is just so aggravating.

  48. Are the Braves shifting like a lot more than normal tonight? Or are the Dodgers just hitting against it a lot more than normal?

  49. That’s twice Puig has gone right up the middle while Andrelton was deep in the hole. Bad advance work or bad luck?

  50. Why is Simmons playing so out of position? Fuck it, who cares. Time to find something else to do. We’re not scoring tonight so it doesn’t matter how bad we play.

  51. That’s it. Trade the damn farm for an ace starter next year Wren. They will continue to lose in the playoffs until we can match others’s #1’s.

  52. @154, agree 1000%. This is a pitching mismatch of epic proportions. Until we can counter that we won’t be sniffing a World Series. We need the next Smoltz…not soft-tossing changeup artists.

  53. It’s not medlens fault. He’s only had one ball hit hard and EJ’s error made him ace Agon there. That and awful defensive positioning.

  54. This is like a microcosm of every playoff loss we ever have. Horrid defense, no chance to score, and mediocre pitching.

  55. If EJ gets on do you bunt with Medlen or PH? Announcers just got it right. Uggla should’ve been up with a chance to drive him home.

  56. @164 I can’t help but be an optimist. Because this Braves team and roster makes it so easy to be (/sarcasm).

  57. @168—The Braves are making it way to easy for them to follow the “Braves are terrible, Kershaw is unstoppable” script.

  58. And letting Medlen hit there was not a good decision – although we have nobody on the bench worth a damn.

  59. Gotta do like those late 90’s Yankees here and chip away at this lead a bit at a time. Don’t know if we have the personnel though.

  60. Also, did you all see that Chipper picked the Dodgers to win this series? Maybe he’s playing the jinx angle. He picked the Nationals to win the East this year, and that worked out pretty well for us…

  61. Medlen has like no FB command tonight. His breaking pitches are fine, but he has no idea where his FB is going. Kershaw’s had issues, too, but his stuff is just good enough to not have to care.

  62. @191, he would be my #1…but the problem is we just don’t have a guy like Kershaw or Wainwright. It puts too much pressure on us to win a series when we know we’re probably gonna lose to the #1 guy twice.

  63. They’re tight. They’ve looked tight from the first inning when Medlen was humping up on the FB to get the Ks. This is a very young team. They need to relax.

  64. And EJ is playing right by the second base bag. I don’t remember us playing extreme shifts at all the entire season. So let’s do it now?

  65. csg,
    Teheran starts only if you value winning in the postseason as a top priority. Medlen is good for the full season, but more like a number 4 starter for a team planning to win the WS. Unless he learns how to live on the corners like Maddux.

  66. #203

    Pine tar. He touches his bat and then adjusts his helmet, leaving residue that has built up over the course of the season. The all-time champ was Craig Biggio, who completely obliterated the star on his Astros helmet.

  67. We brought this upon ourselves when we couldn’t beat the Brewers. And fuck Fredi and Wren for this postseason roster

  68. #207

    Yep. I don’t understand why everyone wants to relive their Little League days. I just don’t get it.

  69. @186 I forgot Chipper grew up a Dodgers fan. Surely his career with the Braves would have negated that by now, though. MLB tweeted this picture out earlier (if you don’t have Twitter, the summary is pretty much every celebrity they asked picked the Dodgers). I just looked back and realized they were talking about today and not the whole series, so that makes more sense to me now.

    https://twitter.com/MLB/status/385885662286585856/photo/1

  70. @213, the entire sporting universe has picked the Dodgers. They are like -160 favorites to win the series. So far it’s kinda hard to say that they are wrong.

  71. Their is a reason why everyone picked the Dodgers. It’s also the reason why we should’ve taken care of Milwaukee at home and played the Pirates and Aj Burnett today.

    When can we complain about not seeing LaStella in Sept? I mean Elliot Johnson is starting. I’m still baffled by it.

  72. Two more base runners and then we can hit a 5-run homer to tie it up! ( cause that is the only way Braves score, you know.)

  73. Sad that what went through my mind before strike three was, “Maybe we can clear the 8-spot for the bottom of the fifth.”

  74. But not today…that was a small crack in the Kershaw armor there, but we didn’t take advantage.

  75. If I’m down 5-1 in a playoff game in the fifth, I don’t agree to do a dugout interview for TV. And if Bud Selig waves a TV contract in front of me saying I have to, I tell him to screw himself.

  76. Well, I’ve done what I can to help us win this game. I’ve had a recap for a Braves loss typed out since the 3rd inning that just needs the final numbers plugged in. If me having to completely rewrite it does not spur them on to victory, I don’t know what will.

    I first started using this negative motivation when Ryan Klesko was on the team, because my sister and I felt like he always hit a home run whenever he got angry. So whenever he stepped into the box in a big moment, we would start yelling mean things to the television (at least, things that were “mean” to an 8-year-old like “you’re ugly!”) He homered in an inordinately large number of at-bats in such instances, and I have never been able to shake the feeling that my negativeness can inspire the team. I’m not a superstitious person in real life, but baseball is an entirely different beast.

  77. @242, my wife and I do the same thing – I think we started it with “Bret Boone sucks” chants that would invariably lead to roid-rage homers. Good times. Unfortunately it hasn’t ever worked much in the postseason. I’m trying my best tonight but the poor-mouthing magic doesn’t work in the Ted in October. We need some new juju.

  78. Man that had double-Grybo written all over it. I feel like we just stole something. Turning point? Maybe.

  79. So in our half of the 5th we’ve got terrible-hitter, terrible-pinch-hitter, and groundball-to-second.

  80. Maybe Uggla can get a hold of one here. Oh wait, maybe EJ can single

    Edit: No, he will just look completely lost. Probably why he was released earlier this season.

  81. BJ Upton tried about as hard in that AB as I would have had I been asked to get a hit off Kershaw.

    What a joke.

  82. That’s the best curve-ball in the majors folks. He’s not even pitching like his usual self tonight and we still look overmatched.

    This is the worst possible matchup for us. 5-game series with two against this mf’er. Somehow we gotta find a way.

  83. @275 We are battling. Just couldn’t get the big hit.

    @274 I want David Price. We can send them Uggla and BJ.

  84. Well, we are probably gonna lose this one. I feel decent about our chances to win the next two, so there is that.

  85. They are beating the shit out of us. My sympathy to everyone that paid money to see this seal clubbing tonight.

  86. Walden is Pedro Cerrano’s kind of pitcher: “Straight ball, I hit very much.”

  87. #288 – I’m not sure how you could possibly feel that way after watching this mess and knowing that BJ/Reed/Constanza/Schafer/and Janish make up our bench. I can’t put Laird in that group. He’s useful.

  88. It’s not that Uggla isn’t terrible…I just don’t get why you’d disrupt the clubhouse, cause turmoil and hurt-feelings and distraction, all for… Constanza? There just wasn’t any reason to do that.

  89. Yeah, I have no idea what they do with Uggla now. He’s completely untradeable and it’s hard to imagine him being next year’s 2B. I mean, there’s gotta be some bad blood.

  90. It’s not because Uggla is awesome. It’s because he can still run into one. He’s got 22 HR and a higher OBP. If we had a better option I wouldn’t complain. EJ is not a better option.

  91. There’s no way that Uggla and Fredi will be in the same dugout next year. I’m hoping they both are sent packing, but I’m afraid we’re stuck with Fredi. Uggla has played his last game as a Brave.

  92. @301 As I said, there has to be something else between Fredi and Uggla on top of the performance issue.

  93. @297—exactly. Freddie and McCann’s comments about it were concerning. It’s one thing to hurt Uggla’s feelings, but it’s another thing to include Constanza and have Uggla’s teammates openly express disappointment.

    Edit: Uggla certainly wasn’t hitting well enough to be an asset to this team, but we are talking about Jose-freaking-Constanza being his replacement here.

  94. This made me laugh

    @ajcbraves: I don’t have a legit answer for that. RT @ToddRoss72: @ajcbraves why exactly was Walden put on the NLDS roster?

  95. Uggla made his bed; now he has to lie in it. That’s it. He failed to make adjustments. He didn’t hit consistently.

    Uggla’s not the problem. Medlen couldn’t locate his fastball. Poor defense, partially the result of shifts that have been newly implemented. OFers throwing to the wrong base, allowing runners to advance. Poor baserunning. That’s why the Braves are getting beat, not because Dangerous Dan isn’t in the lineup.

  96. @308 Just a poorly played game tonight. However, there is a reason why we won 96 games. Tomorrow is a new game.

  97. #306 – Last time I checked everyone started today at .000/.000/.000. Oh yeah and EJ since the break is .207/.262/.284.

  98. @308, my impression is that Uggla is very well liked in the clubhouse. That shouldn’t mean much, but again the other option is Elliot Johnson who is completely terrible. We didn’t sit Uggla for Chase Utley. We sat him for EJ and then rubbed salt in the open wound by putting Constanza on the roster. There’s literally 10 guys in our low minor leagues I’d rather have on the roster than Constanza. The whole thing is bewildering to me. I would have zero respect for my manager or GM if I was on the Braves.

  99. It’s all about Dan Uggla’s pride. If he would at least bat .200 it would not even be an issue. He can’t control what the management does, he has to perform just like everyone of us at work.

  100. KC I agree but how do they explain the BJ, Reed, Walden, and Constanza choices. They sure haven’t performed either.

  101. #316

    Conversely, Fredi might lose respect among his players if he didn’t make a change. I mean, Uggla’s been struggling one way or another for the past two seasons. Sure, he’s a good guy, but a manager has to leave personalities out of it. He needed someone in the lineup who could make contact consistently without sacrificing defense, and E. Johnson was that guy. Constanza doesn’t wow me either, but he can make things happen. He puts pressure on the defense. I want to say he had a good series against the Phillies?

  102. The thing with Constanza is that earlier in the summer when we had outfielders hurting, we called up Joey T and Todd Cunningham. Constanza wasn’t called up until Gattis was sent down to AAA for some at-bats, just a few days before rosters expanded. If he is so valuable to this team, why wasn’t he called up earlier? Uggla has been with the big league club all season and is a pretty popular player by all accounts. I don’t think the Braves would be winning this game if Uggla was on the roster, but I do strongly question Fredi’s decision. There has to be other factors that we don’t know about here.

  103. I’m just saying that you don’t rock the boat unless you are making an upgrade. EJ is not an upgrade. Constanza shouldn’t even be on team regardless of Uggla’s status. We don’t need 6 outfielders.

  104. Kershaw’s up to 118 pitches. If the Braves can somehow win the next two games, surely LA wouldn’t bring Kershaw back on short rest in Game 4 after this? Or would that be short rest, with the days off?

  105. Just can’t seem to get a break tonight….

    Shame, too. Kershaw certainly hasn’t seemed unhittable.

  106. If Uggla was my friend and teammate — who happens to have Francouer-like delusions about his abilities — what would I say to the press about him? “He sucks and he played his way off the roster.”? I wouldn’t get too concerned about how this thing has created some deep wound in the psyches of McCann and co.

  107. Good night boys and girls. See you for tomorrow’s game. Another tough pitching matchup, but their chances should be a little better against a righty. Minor needs to bring his A game.

  108. @330, you’re probably right. I still don’t see the need for it, but it’s not the reason we’re getting pants’d tonight. We getting chewed up by the best pitcher in either league for the last couple years. Let’s just hope we can win the next 3 and not see him again until next year.

  109. Just need to score 6 runs before making 6 outs. It’s been done before. Maybe if I drink enough we’ll have a better chance.

  110. Does Constanza really put pressure on the defense? He really doesn’t hit balls out of the infield often and he’s not a good base stealer from what I can recall.

  111. Y’all help me out with the positives for tonight…

    1. As far as we know nobody has fallen out of the upper decks tonight.
    2. … ?

  112. Bullpen has been good, but now they have seen all of our arms down there

    Bmac has had some good Ab’s

  113. #340

    Ayala’s performance.

    Gattis has hit the ball hard, and he just made a pretty good running catch.

    Carpenter and Wood looked good.

  114. You can keep saying the “sound off the bat” but it makes no sense to keep talking about it if he doesn’t make contact.

  115. Yeah… Here comes Elliot Johnson…, sure glad Uggla isn’t here… Ugh…Uggla could have K’d 3 times with at least the threat of some power

  116. I find myself hoping that Elliot Johnson pulls a muscle on his way back to the clubhouse.

  117. 17th home playoff loss in the last 22 games. Enough with the Ted. Burn it. Bulldoze it. Pour holy water in the smoking crater.

  118. I guess if the plan was to strikeout 15 times and generally look like we didn’t belong on the same field as them…mission accomplished.

  119. @362

    I’d suggest the Georgia Dome with a short RF porch, but it’s no better. The Dome, Turner Field … they both need a Hazmat team, an exorcist, or both.

  120. Tough match-up with Kershaw. He’s in a league of his own. When you give up 6 runs and Kershaw’s on the mound, you’re probably going to have a bad time.

    As for Struggla, I can’t believe we’re still talking about this. Dan Uggla does not “run into a fastball” anymore. And if he still does, he should have demonstrated it over the past two months. Uggla makes ZERO impact on the outcome of this game.

    If you’re desperate to “blame” someone for the loss, then blame Medlen. He didn’t bring his Game One Starter Stuff today. You typically don’t win when your starter gets bombed, regardless of who is standing at second base.

    I like our odds tomorrow and game three. It’d be nice for the bats to throw a 10 spot on the board tomorrow, wear out their bullpen, and have an advantage the rest of the series. They can’t pitch Kershaw every game.

  121. Both the next two guys for the Dodgers are better than our #1 starter (whoever you think that might be). We have two more games until hot stove talk.

  122. @krussell

    Zach Greinke is a complete head case who has not had a remotely worthwhile big game start in his life. But if you’re so sure, you could always just not come back for the rest of the series. I doubt that would bother anyone.

    Also, anyone who thinks Dan Uggla would’ve done anything but go 0-for-5 with 4 strikeouts is an idiot.

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