112 thoughts on “Game Thread Royale: Natspos at Braves, Aug. 27”

  1. Actually, in this country, we call it a Game Thread with Cheese…

    1914 Update:

    NY Giants 61-49 (–)
    St. Louis Cardinals 64-54 (1 GB)
    Boston Braves 60-51 (1.5)
    Chicago Cubs 60-55 (3.5)
    Cincinnati Reds 53-60 (9.5)
    Brooklyn Robins 52-61 (10.5)
    Philadelphia Phillies 51-60 (10.5)
    Pittsburgh Pirates 51-62 (11.5)

    Today’s Game:
    Boston 001 010 000 0 – 2 8 0 LP- Rudolph
    StLouis 010 000 010 1 – 3 11 2 WP- Griner

    I think we’ve infected the ’14 Braves- they’ve lost four of five, losing today on a single by Lee Magee and a double by Cozy Dolan to lead off the tenth.
    Look at the Reds trying to emulate the Braves- they’ve gone 6-1 since the 18th and have gained 4.5 games and three spots in the standings.

  2. So how healthy is Francoeur after that little incident on his way to First yesterday? Is he playing today? I have him and Johnson on one of my fantasy teams so that really sucked.

  3. McCann has 375 PA (335 AB, 31 BB, 6 SF, 3 HBP). He needs 127 to qualify for the batting title, and we have 34 games left. If he sits for a fifth of those games, that leaves him 27 or 28 games in which he would play. Maybe if we batted him leadoff.

  4. (cross posted from previous thread)

    If Cox goes with the same usage pattern that he has since the beginning of July, McCann would be right on the number needed (502). However, if he’s just short on PAs but happens to have the highest BA, they will add whatever number of hitless PAs necessary to bring him up to 502. If he’s still leading, he’s the batting champ. Tony Gwynn won over Ellis Burks in ‘96 via this method.

  5. A.Soriano LF
    B.Castro 2B
    R.Zimmerman 3B
    D.Ward 1B
    A.Kearns RF
    R.Church CF
    B.Schneider C
    H.Mateo SS
    B.Traber P

    M.Giles 2B
    E.Renteria SS
    C.Jones 3B
    A.Jones CF
    J.Francoeur RF
    B.McCann C
    M.Diaz LF
    A.LaRoche 1B
    O.Villarreal P

  6. A.Soriano LF
    B.Castro 2B
    R.Zimmerman 3B
    D.Ward 1B
    A.Kearns RF
    R.Church CF
    B.Schneider C
    H.Mateo SS
    B.Traber P

    M.Giles 2B
    E.Renteria SS
    C.Jones 3B
    A.Jones CF
    J.Francoeur RF
    B.McCann C
    M.Diaz LF
    A.LaRoche 1B
    O.Villarreal P

  7. Talking about McCann’s batting average reminds me of 1989, when all there really was to root for was Lonnie Smith to win the batting title. He didn’t — he finished third, but I remember being — well, not amazed exactly — but impressed with his .315 BA. No Brave had even managed that relatively modest accomplishment in 15 years, since Ralph Garr hit .353 in ’74.

  8. Bobby is letting Oscar go as long as he is effective….

    …and then three additional starts after that…

  9. That dog I believe has performed well enough that Chip Caray’s job might be in danger. Kind of like the Leno subbing for Letterman thing.

  10. Chipper bobbled the ball, picked it up and threw to first and Soriano touched first at the same time the ball was in LaRoche’s glove.

  11. Villareal is pitching. I have a *Miller Lite* Inflatable stereo system for anyone who can correctly predict the total number of runs he will allow the rest of this game.

  12. How come every other team steals against us all the dam* time but we can never successfully steal against them?

  13. I am glad that we got the inevitable L’il Tony pinch “hitting” appearance out of the way. I believe that he now has three hits, a homer and two infield singles.

  14. Miller Lite inflatabe college degree in nuclear physics to the guy who correctly predicts the total number of runs we score in this inning.

  15. Seriously, Frank, how dumb do you have to be to intentional walk Francoeur to get to McCann.

  16. The Vulture didn’t go 5 innings, so he can’t be vulched. On a side note, have two hitters ever been less alike than Alfonso Soriano and Tony Pena, Jr.?

    Soriano’s hitting about .900 against us this year, while Pena is hitting about .090 for us this year.

  17. Mac, thanks for the YouTube clips. I never thought I would hear the phrase “And Trevor Wilson with a two hit shutout for the Giants” ever again. That 1991 team is still my favorite because they looked like they were having so much fun out there and that clip certainly reinforced that.

  18. You know, I learned something today. Oscar Villarreal sucks, and Lance Cormier sucks. They both suck. Johnny Estrada would have been a better pitcher than them.

  19. Thorman was a disappoint in my book. The hype around him made him sound like some mini-Barry Bonds circa 2004.

  20. His face. When they first showed McBride, they showed only his face, and I thought he was Paronto. McBride hasn’t been used much lately.

  21. hopefully we can keep going through the lineup like this when McCann gets to play so we can get him some ABs in!

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