Many of us pined for Max Fried to take the hill on short rest and it seemed sensible, but I do believe it’s the right call to let both Max Fried and Ian Anderson pitch on regular rest to maximize chances of winning.
Like we all predicted, A.J. Minter will get the call for the first inning tonight and there’s good reason for it:
vs. LHP in 2020
- Mookie Betts: .531 OPS
- Corey Seager: .827 OPS (.998 vs RHP)
- Justin Turner: .745 OPS
- Max Muncy: .795 OPS
- Will Smith: .841 OPS
- Cody Bellinger: .663 OPS
Whether it be 1 inning of quick work or 2 innings of quick work, the Braves are betting on the splits and it’s a smart bet to make. We’ll see if it works out.
Sign Marcell Ozuna with World Series $?
Most Braves fans would like to see Ozuna in a Braves uniform in 2021 and I second that motion as he seems an obvious fit in the lineup and a perfect fit in the clubhouse. In Game 3, when the Braves were being pounded by the Dodgers, Cristian Pache hit his 1st HR and as he was rounding the bases, the camera shot over to the clubhouse where Pablo Sandoval and Ozuna were begging for the ball, stirring it up, and seemingly unaffected by the score and happy for the kid and his moment. Winning attitudes don’t disappear in losses and Ozuna’s value goes far beyond his dingers.
So, of course the year that revenue is down like crazy and The Battery is largely vacant, the Braves have a chance to go to the World Series for the first time this millennium. If Ozuna re-signs with the Braves, it won’t be due to “World Series cash” as there’s just not enough to balance out the loss of revenue.
Get that W then 4 more and call it a year. Go Braves!