This recapping stuff is getting to be a real drag. Coming into tonight, the Braves were 1-4 on Tuesday and now it’s 1-5. I don’t have the enthusiasm to be witty or clever because this game was just depressing. I’ll give you the bottom lines and hope it’s enough to generate the “continue reading” bubble.
Folty sucked. Biddle sucked harder. And Venters sucked about as hard as Biddle. The Cards can hit – including two 3-run HRs tonight. I think it was Chip that quoted (supposedly) Jack Morris saying “You can’t beat me with 10.” Well, the Cards scored 14. I mean the Cards had 11 runs before the Braves got a HIT.
The Braves disappointed me in that, when Culby PH for Biddle, they didn’t let him pitch. That sucked. Of the two garbage time guys recalled from AAA today, at least Parsons showed that he belongs on a major league mound.
What are we gonna do with Folty? I looked and, glory be, Folty has an option. Seems to me like the Braves ought to option him to Gwinnett until he can pitch lights out again. TC said, in a story, that Ender couldn’t be optioned without giving him the choice of being released because he has 5 years of service. I looked it up and Ender only has about 4.3 years of service so I call BS. Folty has about 3.3 years of service so the option shouldn’t be a problem. We should option both along with Biddle.
There’s not a decent starter to bring up so I’d put Newk back in the rotation, bring back Dayton and Duvall, and give either Rowen, De Paula, or Leyva a chance to use that 40th roster spot and see what they can do. I’d probably go with Rowen since he can be DFA’d with no real harm done. Even if Newk doesn’t do well, he’ll be better than Folty is now. Heck, maybe Tomlin can do a spot start (Rowen could be a multi-inning opener).
I should have had this up sooner, but I fell asleep in the 9th. Hey, AA, get us a MadBum and a Kimbrel. Do it. Do it now.