Tuesday, Of Course – Braves 1 – BrewCrew 13

I’m tired.  I didn’t get home from work until after the game started.  I don’t feel very creative, but, on the other hand, it’s Tuesday. How creative do you have to be when you already know the Braves are gonna lose. And, frankly, I’ve got a lot going on around here and I’m losing interest in tonight’s game.  It doesn’t help that the Braves can’t score and the Brewers are nickel and diming us to death.

Bryse had his chance tonight to prove whether he was still on his game after his prior great start. His start at Gwinnett was a disaster, but, hey, that might not mean anything. I guess it did, though, as Bryse only made it through 4 innings giving up 4 runs (including one Grybo). I guess it was Byrd that kept pointing out how Bryse was extremely vulnerable to 1st and 2nd pitch hits. The Brewers sure must have picked up on it because they were whacking every first pitch they could including a Hiura HR in the 2nd.  In the 3rd, Bryse had another one of those innings we seem to keep having where we get two outs and then can’t get the third.  Three hits and a walk later, the Brewers had two more runs and the Brewers led 3-0.

The only hope for the night came from an unexpected source.  TFlow smacked a 2 strike HR in the top of the 5th.  He just kinda reached out on a low outside pitch and the ball just took off.  Then Bryse got his second hit of the year.  Acuna forced him at 2nd but stole 2nd himself.  Dansby then hit a rocket right at Moustakas at 3rd and the whole rally ended.  In the bottom of the 5th, Bryse walked two and left for the showers.  Blevins came in and looked like he might get out of it until he wild-pitched a Grybo.  At this point, the game was more or less over.  Snit left Blevins in for another Cain HR the next inning and the rout was on.

Huascar made another appearance and I wanted to see if he’d do as well as before.  Not.  Oh well.  Huascar’s not the answer.  6 runs including a Yelich grand slam later, Huascar got his three outs and the Braves were down 11-1.  Touki came in and gave up the last two runs.  Do I really need to go on?  Tonight was our night to lose one.  Lucky it was Tuesday because we should have expected it.  I’m still convinced that we’d have a better record than the Dodgers if we could just subtract Tuesday.  And, with Fried and Webb on the IL, this game more than any other recent one screams to us that we need a starter and a reliever to augment our staff.  Two weeks to see if we get them.

48 thoughts on “Tuesday, Of Course – Braves 1 – BrewCrew 13”

  1. Ynoa is obviously not ready. Touki has also been really struggling of late.

    Looks like Gausman will be rejoining the rotation.

  2. Well, sometimes you win 4 straight. Sometimes you lose by 12.

    This is good. Keep running Ynoa out there to see what we got. I went back and watched his inning since I went to bed early. Can’t necessarily say he was a significantly different pitcher than he was in his last outing. He just got lit up.

    Would reckon we will see Gausman next go ’round.

  3. The potential combinations I’m hearing right now for Fried and Wilson’s turn in the rotation against the Nats are:

    Allard, Wilson
    Gausman, Wilson
    Gausman, Allard (in either order)
    Gausman, Newcomb + pen

    Personally, I think it’s time to dangle a rotation spot at Newcomb and see if he will maul the Nationals to get it.

  4. @6 Yes, go with Newk. He has “earned” it after pitching well for so long in the pen. Have Gausman available if Newk tires early.

  5. It would weaken the pen, but I would go with Gausman and Newcomb. Obviously the two most deserving. But like I said, really getting thin in the pen.

  6. Any chance that Wilson out of the pen could be worthwhile? I feel like we’ve seen Touki a fair bit in that role, and Newcomb could always return to the pen after Fried is back.

    The only thing I know is I won’t be watching a pair of games headed by Allard and Wilson on back-to-back days. :)

    I feel like we’d stand a better chance of seeing fewer home runs hit with Tomas Perez on the mound for the Braves.

  7. Time to go on an ill-timed (with the game just starting) advanced stats rant. I say this as an advanced stat guy. I was perusing this bref WAR by position by team tool:

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/team_compare.cgi

    and it struck me that Tex is #2 in SP WAR (7.4) while the Giants are dead last (-5.2). For reference ATL is 16th at 0.7.

    So then I went to look at the basic stats and SF has a better ERA (4.85 to 4.99) in 14 more innings.

    I understand there are other factors (park, quality of opponents, team defense, etc.) but that is insane and leads me to believe pitching WAR is worthless.

  8. 2-19 now for Freddie on the road trip.

    Honestly we’ve been fortunate to be 4-1 with the offense not being great.

  9. @16 – You should have specified that early runs for Atlanta would be nice. Milwaukee’s 5 through 9 hitters today don’t exactly look like a juggernaut. Certainly not expecting a homerun from the dreaded Manny Pina.

  10. Survey question: on a scale from zero to Jeff Francoeur, how worried are you that Austin Riley may not be much of an asset for the remainder of 2019? His OPS by month: 1.143 (sweet!), .778 (sure that works), .569 (yeeesh).

    Riley hits the ball hard but doesn’t walk enough and strikes out wayyyyy too much, his current profile looks a bit like Jorge Alfaro in that respect. He’s got a history of starting slow at new levels before figuring things out and dominating – I have faith that he can become a sustainably good major leaguer but I think we may be in for some growing pains and the Braves need to keep churning out victories during the stretch run.

    TL;DR – we may see Inciarte back as a starter in the Braves outfield this season even if Riley is healthy.

  11. 22 – He really needs to work on his selectivity. Pitchers are beginning to work Riley out of the zone almost exclusively and he is not making them pay. I have more confidence that he can adjust than I did with Frenchy, but it’s painful to watch right now.

  12. Riley not struggling when first called up is the first time that he hasn’t struggled when first debuting at a new level.

    I don’t know how dominating, then struggling is going to change his approach and adjustments, but it is something he hasn’t had to do before and it may take him a while.

    I wish Inciarte would hit a little better in AAA before giving him back his place, though.

  13. McCann has a. 764 ops. I wonder how many doubles he would have and where his ops would be if he could run faster than….. basically 95% of the people reading this blog and several grandmothers.

  14. BMac with the gun. Comparing our catchers’ performance this year, little can be said in Tyler’s favor.

  15. So far, this is a completely ineffective offensive performance. This guy has hung a handful of pitches and, with the exception of the McCann double that came to nothing, we haven’t done anything with any of them.

  16. @25 Thanks for the numbers, Dusty.

    No HR’s and crap ATL offense make Carl go something something….

  17. It’s gonna be really bad if the bats don’t get going for this upcoming series with the gnats…

    And nice cutoff throw by Ozzie to Donaldson, threw it straight into the ground.

    I hope they punt this game and at least have a fresh bullpen for the next series.

  18. Riley was a huge catalyst for our entire lineup when he was hot. He is a huge void of sucktitude when he’s playing like this.

  19. Brian McCann needs be saluted as the only Braves hitter capable of hitting a line drive over the outfielders head to the wall. He has just done it the second time.

    All the rest of our sorry bunch look like a bunch of overmatched kids – some of course are just that. Together these last two days they have been almost unwatchable. Freddie’s as the go ahead run and getting the pitch he must have wanted died in CF from a gentle high loop that three people could have caught.

    BMac…every day you are appreciated. Show them up, they need it.

    and…

    You are the GM of a club able to offer 10 year 100M contracts to one of two young hitters…Riley/Hiura. On the evidence of your eyes and ears only which one? How long did it take you to make up your mind?

  20. I think you’re giving Hiura too much credit since he’s batting around .600 against the braves. He’s not good enough to deserve an extension like that yet.
    Riley as well doesn’t get that extension until adjustments over a longer period are made.

    So no extensions from me. I try to avoid spending stupid money if possible.

    Now an Albies type extension, that I would do for both. ;)

  21. I was at the Braves-Brewers series in May at SunTrust, and even then, at the early apex of Riley-mania, I would have rather had Hiura. Looking at his spray charts from the minor leagues, his bat speed and a better walk rate, he appears to be more sustainable to justify such a contract.

  22. allow me to take this space to note that should this game end up the way it’s looking, we are done with the brewers and end the year with a 3-3 record. Phils are also done at 3-4 and the Nats have 3 games left but currently sit 0-3. Movin on.

    Queue the comeback!

  23. Thanks for the good words everyone. At least we have one guy still hitting. I guess JD can’t win the game all by himself though.

    I think we’re ready for some home cooking.

  24. Folks, that’s the first time this team has lost a series in a long time. Some individuals need to step away from the ledge.

  25. @38

    The question, rather, assumed you HAD to choose one or the other – you could not play Scrooge.

    Alonso went 475 feet today, 3rd Deck at Target Field. Apparently, he used to be fat!

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