August 31, 2017:

Fwd: Friday 9/1 Recap

Alex Remington (8:09 PM)

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Sam, want to grab Friday’s recap – and maybe shoehorn in a Bama preview?

So, my first thought was “sure, why not?” I was planning on turning the TV on tonight anyway to watch the USMNT, which is the national soccer team for those of you up in Cobb, play Costa Rica, which is another country that we need to beat in order to qualify for the World Cup, which is a big soccer deal, for those of you up in Cobb. I mean, I’m technically still on vacation through tomorrow morning, but what would it hurt to dig the laptop out and follow the baseball game along with the futbol, which is what the fur’ners call the soccer and stuff, ya know?

And so I did that; the digging the laptop out thing. And I logged in and well, apparently this was a day game against the Cubs. We lost. I’m not really sure of all the details because I literally turned on the computer long enough to see

  • Ozzie Albies walks;
  • Freddie Freeman grounds into double play…;
  • Matt Kemp called out on strikes

scroll by, then they plopped that little “x” that means “the home team didn’t even need to bat in the ninth, because your team really sucks right now” into the box score and, ya know? All over but the cryin’.

Looking back at the game log, we lost because we managed four hits all day. Four. Three of which were singles, which, do they even count? Singles are boring, man. Ender Inciarte singled to lead off the game, and was wild pitched to second, but then the next three batters sucked in the “failed to put the ball in play” variety of suck.

In the second, there were two out already before Rio Ruiz and Dansby Swanson both singled ahead of the pitcher grounding out. If you’re keeping score at home, we have already collected three (3) of our four (4) hits. That does not bode well, right?

For the record, the pitcher was Mike Foltynewicz, who strung 8 base runners and 2 runs over 6.1 innings, which is perfectly cromnulent, but not good enough to win when your side scores NONE RUNS, and isn’t the sort of outing a fan base desperately looking for an ERHMAHGAH FINALLY AN ACE FROM ALL OF THOSE PITCHING PROSPECTS is going to remember very fondly either.

The third begins a string of, I shit you not, 15 up, 15 down. God, I’m so glad I didn’t watch this game. 15 up. 15 down. FIFTEEN!

Rio Ruiz led off the 8th with a ground rule double, which was the first time a Braves hitter managed one of them there “extra base hits.” It was also the last time. Alas, neither Dansby With The Good Hair, nor Lane Adams Whose Name Sounds Like Either A Furniture Store Or A Plus Sized Woman’s Boutique, nor Ender Inciarte Who Will Eventually Become the Speaker For The Dead, were able to do anything with it.

Ninth. Albies walks. Freddie wants to go eat. Matt Kemp swinging. Fin. Draw the curtains, Doris.

I’m going to make dinner now, then watch the FUT-BOL, which is a popular sport played by godless heathens outside of America where we play football that crushes men’s brains, like God intended, for those of you up in Cobb*. And speaking of the concussion inducing variety, I still owe you that Bama write up, Alex, which will come along shortly, but the gist of which is that Alabama is going to win the SEC, and probably the no longer quite so mythical National Championship, because Alabama loves football more than you love your mama and while you’re thinking “man, I’d hate for my kid to get skull crushed and drool by the time he’s 37,” Alabamans are literally on a wait list to sacrifice blood to Ba’al for the chance to erase the memory of Deshaun Watson and some puff named “Dabo” lifting the trophy that is god-ordained to go to them. Also, Nick Saban recruits ambulatory refrigerators on both sides of the line.

Mmmmmm, futbol.

*to be clear, I am not making dinner for you folks in Cobb. I’m mocking you by insinuating you’re uncultured and don’t know what soccer is because you live in Cobb. Because that amuses me. No, I don’t think you’ll find it funny really. I’m pretty self-motivated most of the time, ya know?

30 thoughts on “Cubs RUNS, Braves NONE RUNS”

  1. @csg, Well, that’s another discussion then. Not the right Foltynewicz outing to get upset about.

    But here’s what I think. Folty is 25 years old, young enough and talented enough that it won’t be surprising at all if he becomes a better-than-average pitcher. He’s not blocking anybody; he’s not eating up much of the budget. 13 of his 25 starts this year have put the Braves in a position to win: at least 5 innings pitched and no more than 2 runs allowed.

    It’s a good point you raise about hitters getting their second and third looks at him. (Although the split for the 4th time through was only for 1 1/3 innings of work.) That’s something to work on though, part of the craft of pitching that I imagine requires experience to get a good handle on.

    Besides, if R.A. is retiring, do the Braves have a better starter on the roster? Newcomb needs to throw strikes; I’m not sure what’s going on with Teheran. Sims isn’t better yet. Even if R.A. Dickey isn’t retiring, he’s not exactly a sure thing. Let him pitch. If he learns, it will be a huge help to the organization. If he can’t hack it and put together a solid–consistently solid–season next year, well then we move him to the bullpen or to another team.

    Folty is a guy who could swing either way, and the Braves don’t have any reason to be anything other than patient with him.

  2. I didn’t think Folty was a guy who could swing either way. Didn’t know that was getting more common in MLB. I guess that inclusion ambassador is having an impact.

  3. Sam…

    a recap and a half…two sports for one…thank you

    Yes, the futbol was just ordinary – in vino veritas – but our offense at Wrigley yesterday afternoon was appalling, particularly from the big bucks ‘stars’. The first innings foretold it all. There was plenty more where that came from.

    Two guys tried. Folty was fine by me, fighting himself but still getting into the sixth down only two. Ozzie was hitless but leading off the ninth showed us something special. Wade Davis is nasty by any definition and midway through the at bat went high and very tight – Ozzie had to spin out, very quickly. He was back up at the plate in an instant and took ball four. Character.

    Yeah, futbol and baseball. Two world sports that will grow and thrive as long as there is oxygen to cheer them on. Football here has a decade left at the most to soak up its last dollars, the litigators will grow fat on them via the easiest case to prove ever. At all levels/ages.

  4. Wade Davis
    he’ll show you what a save is
    Ozzie stands tall
    creates three chances to even it all.

  5. Curacao
    Scott Boras has a condo there nao
    but he’s too late
    Simba and Ozzie, the School of the Merely Great.

  6. People on the Twitter machine like to prospecterbate with these 2018 rosters that are comprised predominantly of prospects who have already seen MLB action. Games like this highlight that if we don’t get an additional 5-6 WAR on the position player side, amongst all of our other needs, this team goes nowhere. A Camargo/Ruiz platoon at 3B is ok for September, I guess, but it better be to showcase Ruiz for a trade in the offseason and Camargo ABs for a utility role. DOB is already talking about how the Braves are considering bringing Phillips back in the offseason. This stage of the rebuild is a yawnfest until the Braves turn 4 prospects into the next Chipper Jones or Greg Maddux or Fred McGriff. If there’s some sort of power struggle in the FO and there’s some decision maker hoarding these prospects like a squirrel with acorns, I hope there’s a mutiny up there. Based on everything I’ve read, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Coppy thinks he’s going to do something magical with all of these prospects and Hart/JS are going to tie him in a closet while they improve the team.

  7. Matt Kemp OPS since June 1: .653. If we don’t see a resurgence in September, he’ll end the season with a sub-.800 OPS. Bad defense, bad baserunning, bad offense and clogging the cleanup spot. He’ll get to Markakisian levels of contempt which is surprising that he hasn’t gotten there already. His official weight is 210 LB. As Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey’s character in Liar Liar) says, “Yeah, in your bra.”

  8. Well, right. I think he thinks they’re more valuable than they are and therefore wants to keep them because they’re so good or he can acquire more with less.

  9. Is it just me or does Kemp look like he’s gained 20 pounds since the beginning of the season? I can’t wait for all those “best shape of his life” stories to start next season.

  10. Always glad when our team can provide some light entertainment for the the paying customers in Chicagoland.

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