Well, no harm no foul.
The Braves gave Tucker Davidson an opportunity to make his Major League debut in a game that meant nothing to the standings, and he just didn’t have his best stuff. For as gaudy as their record is, the Red Sox still have a lineup with some established hitters. And unfortunately for Davdison, they took out their frustrations from last night’s loss on him.
It was worth a try, and at least Davidson has a ball for the trophy case from his first career strikeout. Davidson can now focus on his offseason, get right for spring training, and build towards breaking into the rotation in 2021.
And as a team, the Braves can just rest up and know that tonight’s 8-2 loss didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
One more game until they all matter.
- A 19th round pick made his MLB debut tonight. He had a pair of strikeouts in his first career inning. He is in the encyclopedia of baseball players now, the same book with Hank Aaron and Greg Maddux. His night didn’t go as planned, but it was great to see Tucker Davidson get his chance tonight.
- The Braves won’t have to worry about Tanner Houck in October. Or Jacob deGrom for that matter; the Mets were mathematically eliminated this afternoon. Just wanted to slide that in there.
- If Freddie Freeman ends up resting tomorrow to gear up for Wednesday, he capped off his MVP campaign with a hit and two walks. Take a bow, Freddie. It’s up to the voters now.
- Call it a controversial take, but I would have preferred to see a debut like Ian Anderson’s tonight. I’m just saying it would have been nice.
- If there is one thing you could actually nitpick about tonight that matters, it would be the defense. Adeiny Hechavarría’s error helped open the floodgates in the second inning, and Dansy Swanson bobbled what could’ve been an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. This is a little bit of a recurring theme after last night’s ninth inning, but hopefully it will be out of the system by Wednesday.
- The Braves are still staring down the barrel of the Cincinnati Reds heading into the final day. The scenarios are very up in the air, but that Bauer-Castillo-Gray trio looks like the most likely opponent right now.
Former Brave Of The Day:
The Yankees walloped the Marlins 11-4 in the Bronx, but Matt Joyce did his part with three hits and two RBIs for Don Mattingly’s (playoff bound) club.
Quote Of The Game:
“It’s the final countdown…”
Put everyone in bubble wrap and just get tomorrow over with. We don’t need any injuries right before the postseason.