This season has been encouraging and fun. 6 weeks or so to go. Almost no separation in the division and close enough to quickly drop off the Wild Card pace as well if there is any slacking. No slacking is allowed. Recap writers, “QUIT SLACKING.” Hitters, QUIT SLACKING.
Pitchers QUIT SLACKING. THAT can get a division pennant.
Sometimes you just have to agree with Arsenio. There are “things that want to make you go ‘hunh?'” Yesterday afternoon a 2016 high school graduate 4th round pick was called up to start a Major League game. Granted, Bryse Wilson‘s previous AAA experience was a “stat line scouters’ dream.” 13 strikeouts and no walks. But was he ready for this? Apparently, the scouting and development guys may have some level of understanding. One thing is that Bryse is no slacker.
5 innings. Wobbling a little in the 5th, so I am glad Snitker pulled him. 5 K’s, 3 BB’s, 3 H. and not a damn single run. But, despite 10 hits and two walks, the Braves only got 1. So, the bullpen was called on to make it stick as the offense remained in “Hibernation Mode.”
Sam Freeman had an effective 6th. I think you guys are a little harsh on Sam. If you never pitch him on back to back days and try to keep him from drawing too many righties, he is o.k. Miss on either of those conditions and he is gasoline and the pitching mound is a spark.
Brad Brach got 2 outs int he 7th and gave way to Jesse Biddle (SNIT, A REVERSE PLATOON SPLIT ON A LEFTHANDED PITCHER IS POSSIBLE AND REAL!!!) gave up a single that set in motion the game’s most significant play. Corey Dickerson singled to center with Adeiny Hecharria on 2nd. Ender Inciarte charges it and comes up firing. Suzuki made a tag and the call was “out.” Replay in New York took a long time looking at it. Probably they weren’t sure exactly when H’s fingers came down on the plate, so they upheld the call.
Then, came inning 8. After this, I went to bed, but I saw Jonny Venters. Wow!. I spotted this guy scouting the state line about 8 years ago. he had roughly 55 innings with 59 strikeouts and 5 walks at AA. I didn’t care that he wasn’t on the radar, if he can throw it in the zone that much and keep striking people out, he had to have something going for him. What I didn’t know was that he had what can now be described as an “80 pitch.” The 95 mph lefthanded sinker that dropped 8 inches and moved glove side about 1 to 2 inches. He also had a 70 pitch. A conventional 4 seam rising fastball that rose about 2 inches and rode arm side about 6 inches at 96 or so. Then, he also had a flat Frisbee slider which floated kind of 10 to 4 and probably would only grade 40, but in the mix, it really threw people off. Well, this version of Jonny isn’t quite that same pitcher, but if you hold him to an inning per appearance and pitch him every other day, he is still a joy to watch.
Dan Winkler handled inning 9. We have gotten word that A. J. Minter is having a sore back. If it is muscle soreness, not a big deal. But if it is really a disc problem, oooh.
Stay in first until September 1, and the reinforcements are coming. No slackers on the crazy train.