Two things can be true at the same time: this team is really fun, and this team is really frustrating. The fun part is expansive. The team has life. The team has passion. The team has young stars. The team has old veterans. The team has exciting defenders, lights-out relievers, and everything you don’t want at the plate: power, speed, contact, the works.
The position players are built for the postseason. Tonight, it was more of the same. Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman (twice!), and Dansby Swanson all went yard. Six starters had hits (9 in total, but clearly they counted), and they saw 143 pitches in 9 innings. Love it.
But you know some negativity is coming. Good freaking gosh, can we stop having to look at journeymen starters? I’m sick of it. WE HAVE YOUNG PITCHERS WITH FRESH ARMS. Robbie Erlin — a disgrace to us Roberts! — is not fooling anyone, much like his replacement level brother Tommy Milone. Listen, it ain’t working. I pay to the Lord of Harvests that we have seen Robbie Erlin’s final season totals with Atlanta: 23.1 IP, 28 H, 6 BB, 22 ER, 8,49 ERA. Well, at least he threw strikes.
It’s right frickin’ here. The team is loaded. Between Cole Hamels, Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, Mike Foltynewicz, and Sean Newcomb, I hope there are a couple starting pitchers out there. We’re running out of time, and we’re running out of offensive performances by this team. Or maybe we aren’t. But I’d like to win some games 7-2 and not 7-6. I guess I’m greedy like that.