Today maybe wasn’t a great day to be a Giants fan. Not only did they get beaten by the Braves, but the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their second-half makeover by absorbing literally all of the Red Sox’s bad contracts, sending over a couple of real actual prospects for $260 million worth of Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez. Crawford’s out with Tommy John, but Beckett’s probably capable of being a decent pitcher after moving from Fenway and the AL East to Chavez Ravine and the NL West, and upgrading James Loney with Adrian Gonzalez is worth a win or two over the next month by itself. That could be enough to put the Dodgers in the playoffs, which would put the Giants onto the wild card breadline, scrapping with the Braves, Cardinals, and Pirates for two spots.
Obviously, in the next few years, the Dodgers might regret paying hundreds of millions of dollars for Crawford, Beckett, Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez, not to mention the fact that the team’s $2 billion purchase price itself was probably an overpay. But flags fly forever, yadda yadda. Today’s trade may hamstring them in the future, but in the present it puts the Giants squarely behind the eight ball.
Jason Heyward homered for the second day in a row, and the Braves were able to tack on four more runs in 7th-9th innings, capped by two bases-loaded walks in the top of the 8th. Dan Uggla (need you ask?) went 0-4 with a walk. Mike Minor went 6 2/3, striking out five, walking no one, and allowing just four hits; he was credited with three runs, but two of those came when Chad Durbin came in and immediately allowed a two-run double, for a vaunted double Grybo, before getting out of the inning.
The seven runs the Braves scored today is their highest total since beating the Mets 9-3 on August 11. For the month, the Braves are 13-10, while the Nats (who lost today) are 16-7. That pretty much says it right there.