Well, once again I am recapping from the state of “I didn’t see a damn bit of it.” I have been at work accomplishing a little toward trying to meet professional responsibilities and generate revenue. I did keep GameCast and the preceding thread open most of the time. So, it would not be accurate to address me as Alicia Silverstone (despite my sudden interest in pearls as an accessory) because I do at least have a clue.
The first clue is my cousin Ian is back. When you strike people out, don’t give up walks, and don’t give up homeruns, you usually finish fairly well. Yes, he was wobbling in the 5th, but 5 innings, no runs, no walks, 3 hits and 6 K’s is postseason ace territory (where Ian resided last year). The WHIP was barely over .5 Yeah, that’s good, real good.
For much of the game, the Braves offense struggled. Finally when a little wiggle started moving in the bottom of the 5th, Snit decided this is the appropriate part of the season for pearls. He threw those pearls before the swine of Mule Hockey. And, with 2 on, Joc Pederson put Milwaukee’s post season hopes on life support. It was Earl Weaver’s favorite baseball play, the 3 run homer. And on this day, 3 runs looked like a mountain.
Yes, Duvall had done a monumentally stupid base running blunder in the second. He went on a short fly ball for 2nd, but didn’t pull up after he drew the throw. So, he made an out before the runner on third could score. Like, really?
But the relief cops provided some of its name required production. The professional impersonator for Jesse Chavez continues to pitch somewhee between good and excellent almost every time out. Good thing it is not REALLY Jesse Chavez. Then, Deathstar did his thing with only a double. Luke Jackson must be a Molly Hatchett fan, because once again he flirted with disaster, but ended up allowing no runs. And then the Fresh Prince was actually kind of fresh as in a WHIP of 0.
My concern in this post season was the bullpen. So, far, that is zero runs for 3 games and 8 plus innings. If that continues, it could be a fun fall for the diehards of BATRA fandom.
So the Brewers aren’t starting Burnes tomorrow? Uhh…
We’re at least saying Morton on short rest is an option. Honestly, it’s the only viable option…if you want it to be a Morton-led bullpen game, fine, but I think you have to pitch him.
Jeez Cliff, they haven’t even finished the press conference…
Itâ€™s a recap, not an analysis, one that provides a foundation for commentary.
@3 Your dissatisfaction is noted and your money will be refunded.
3 â€” Oh, is this FREE content not good enough for you?
I owe Jon a coke.
@2 I agree. With the off day, you could possibly get an inning out of him in game 5 too
@3, you may be new here, but the “I didn’t watch it” recap is a cherished practice on this blog. Me, I’d rather read one of cliff’s recaps.
Dumb question but uh, who’s Deathstar?
You have to pitch Morton, especially with a chance to clinch at home.
And if you end up back in Milwaukee, you have Fried on regular rest.
btw, happy birthday Timo
You and I are the only ones not complaining about the start times of this series
It was my understanding that there would be no expectations.
Darren O’Day gave Matzek the nickname Deathstar last year. O’Day was interviewed about his bullpen mates and in response to a question about Matzek said something like “He’s the [bleeping] Deathstar. he destroys everything.”
@13 That was certainly my expectation.
A strange game. The only winning move is… not to have expectations?
I can’t say it’s the first rule of Braves Journal…but don’t question the recap.
Great win!! Got them on the ropes. Go for the kill.
We do not insult the recappers that do this work for free.
I don’t get it.
OK, I’ll be the contrarian. I am not sure Morton on 3 days rest is the best option. He tired before either Fried or Anderson (I didn’t see Anderson’s 5th issues as being from fatigue). I may be the only one here that thinks a tag team of Smyly/Ynoa, both of whom have had a lot of rest, would be a pretty decent choice. I think Jackson and Matzek may not be available so we’re going to need a bunch of runs anyway.
BTW, Joc has an OPS of 4.000 for the postseason. That’s pretty good…… LOL
So if Iâ€™m keeping track, here are the starters on our roster who are available to start:
Game 4: Smyly, Ynoa, Morton (short rest)
Game 5: Morton, Fried
IMO this decision depends entirely on Snitâ€™s sense of how Morton is likely to perform on short rest. I would actually be intrigued by a plan of starting Smyly and letting him go 3-4 IP and then swapping to Ynoa or Morton to take it to the 8th – 9th, at which point you go with standard bullpen selections.
Thank you, cliff. Thank you, clan Anderson. Thank you, Joctober.
Brewers brew beer. Consumption of beer induces intoxication. If there were no intoxicants, there would be no DUI.
I think it depends on how Morton feels pitching on short rest. If he thinks he can go 5 innings, then you take that option. If not, go with Ynoa / Smyly tandem game.
But yeah, the better option is for the bats to wake-up early and make everything moot.
Now that I know how fraught with bogus criticism recapping is, I think the Braves should win tomorrow so I don’t have to recap on Thursday…. (I’m very sensitive.) Get it done, Hammers.
Oh, and nice job, cliff.
Cliff, I suspect you take solace in Matthew 5:11-12. Excellent recap, and if anyone doesn’t like it they should demand their money back. You are blessed indeed.
And JonathanF, as much as I enjoy and am enlightened by your recaps, I devoutly hope you wonâ€™t be recapping a Thursday game this week.
@23 Wow, I am dense in my old age. Thanks.
I would like to see Chavez/Smyly/Ynoa tomorrow. Charlie on regular rest on Thursday (if necessary). That leaves Max available for an NLCS Game 1 (and 5), Ian for Game 2 and Charlie for Game 3.
I may be guilty of counting my alligators before they hatch, but that plan makes sense in my head.
Looks like the Red sox might upset the Rays in 4 games. That is pretty shocking.
I just don’t think Ynoa should be the starter tomorrow. I don’t want their bats to wake up.
When I was growing up in the 1970s, I often read about the pinch-hitting heroics of Dusty Rhodes in the 1954 World Series. Rhodes only played in three games of that series, pinch-hitting in all three and staying in the game twice. As a PH, he had a 3-run walkoff HR, a run-scoring single, and a 2-run single. (After staying in, he had a solo HR, an IBB, and two Ks.) Of course there’s a difference between doing this in the World Series and doing it in an NLDS, and Rhodes’ WPA was higher because of the extra baserunners and the timing, but Joc’s pinch-hit heroics in this series have been similar to Rhodes’ as a pinch-hitter, with a solo HR, a single, and a 3-run HR.
(Digression: Dusty Rhodes now is ancient history, and I haven’t seen his name as often in the last couple of decades, but it would be like a kid of today reading about Randy Johnson winning game 7 of the 2001 Series in relief after starting and winning game 6 the previous night, or a kid in a couple of years reading about Schilling’s Bloody Sock game and the Red Sox coming back from down 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS, so it wasn’t all that long ago at the time.)
P.S. Thanks to all who provided clarification during the game on Duvall’s Debacle. My son & I were seated in left-center almost directly under the video replay board and so couldn’t see any replays.
Ryan, did you see the game at Truist?
Rays Eliminated. Wow.
@30 With the entire back of the bullpen rested it will be interesting to see what Snit does do tomorrow. He could start Minter as the article above suggests. The Brewers apparently don’t like lefties. Follow him with Smyly. Morton could be ready too to close it out. Matzek and Jackson need a break.
@31 My Dad often talks about Dusty Rhodes…..his big heroes from that era were mostly Reds players. He did get to see Jackie Robinson play in Cincinnati so that is a cool story.
That bloody sock game was something else. I was a Sox fan too back then.
I’ve never been a fan of the bullpen game but it has worked well lately. Problem is our most reliable bullpen arms have been called on all 3 games of the series so far. Morton was almost unhittable for much of game 1 and brought the heat. I don’t think he would have the same edge on 3 days rest. My preference would be to start Ynoa and have him on a short leash with Smyly waiting in the wings. There is no perfect solution but that’s the best shot I see.
I went to school in Houston and a friend I have there will get me tix if it’s Braves/Astros, so I’m now compelled to root for the ‘stros in the AL playoffs. The Rays being out makes the Astros to the WS a couple ticks more likely too.
I did not. Wife had too busy of a schedule.
At least let’s talk about a Braves hero – Nippy Jones.
The more I think about it, the more I favor Chavez/Smyly/Ynoa. Chavez has only thrown 8 pitches in a week. Smyly and Ynoa are fresh. Chavez seems especially adept at handling the top of a lineup while Smyly seems enhanced by not starting from the top. Just feels like that sequence could work quite well.
Minter and Lee could be the first relievers in.
Ynoa has a ERA/FIP of 6.57/4.09 over the last 30 days. It’s a mistake to start him but he could probably handle an inning when the back of the order is due up (maybe).
The more I think about it I would start Minter, then Smyly. If the Braves take a big lead use the regular relievers. If it is close let Charlie relieve Smyly. He can bring the game home. Of course that would require Snit thinking way outside the box.
I guess given our options I can live with another bullpen game. The issue to me is we can’t expect an inning to an inning and a third from relievers like we’ve done recently. If we can get 3 innings from Ynoa and 3 from Smyly, I think we could be on to something.
Nathan, I hereby give you a pass to root for the Stros, on the condition that you feel appropriately bad about it!
Dusty Baker is with the Astros, and that’s good enough for me. Well, that and the Red Sox.
Nice interview with Jim Powell here:
Rusty, nicely done â€”Â that’s fair enough.
Not starting Max Fried in Game 5 is exactly as stupid as only pitching Soroka once in 2019…it is not even one iota less stupid. Probably more stupid since we’ve all spent the last two years complaining about it.
Ian Anderson: 5 career post-season starts, 3-0, 0.76 ERA, 23.2 IP, 2 ER, 14 H, 10 BB, 30 K
John Anderson, My Jo
John Anderson, my jo, John,
When we were first acquent;
Your locks were like the raven,
Your bonie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John,
Your locks are like the snaw;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson, my jo.
John Anderson, my jo, John,
We clamb the hill thegither;
And mony a cantie day, John,
Weâ€™ve had wiâ€™ ane anither:
Now we maun totter down, John,
And hand in hand weâ€™ll go,
And sleep thegither at the foot,
John Anderson, my jo.
Anywhere I Wander
Entirely far from home
The thought remains, so sadly
I’ll never play for Rome.
@47: I’m gonna need some help here; is a strikeout-to-hit ratio above 2 good?
Morton to start Game 4. Good choice I think.
I would start Ynoa (sorry Nick and Smitty) though I might be tempted by Chavez or Minter. I especially like the idea of closing with Morton if you have the lead and saving him for game 5 if not.
I think Morton could pitch on short rest, but you are not getting optimal Morton, as a tired Morton is a hittable Morton as we have all seen (think the Arizona game when he was left in too long and Game 1).
I could also see the argument for going Fried over Morton in game 5 even if we don’t use Morton in game 4.
I will also say that winning the LDS would be nice, but getting through the LCS (and ultimately the WS) should be the goal. If we burn both Fried and Morton to where they can’t go games 1 or 2 in the LCS, we certainly worsen our odds there. I know you have to get there first.
Brilliant timing on my post, oh well maybe ATL will do this like the 19 Nats and win the whole thing using like 6 pitchers.
Only 18 pitchers who pitched over 50 innings this year had a strikeout-to-hit ratio over 2, and almost all of them were relievers. The only starters were Peralta, deGrom, Rodon and Glasnow. https://stathead.com/tiny/HbEZR
Win today and you can go Fried game 1 and Morton game 2 on regular rest.
Lose today and win game 5 it’s Anderson game 1, Morton game 2, Fried game 3, Ynoa/Pen game 4, Anderson 5, Morton 6, Fried 7 (well that could work actually).
I don’t trust Yona or Smyly.
Let Morton roll once through the order, then Ynoa once through, then Smyley once through? If all goes well, that could get you through 6 innings. Then onto Jackson/Matzek/Smith? Don’t let any Brewer hitter see a pitcher twice. I’d approve.
I think Minter needs an appearance as well, as much as I love Matzek, I start to worry about familiarity.
I think we should just score 10 runs and let whomever pitch.
Man, they really outta let me manage these teams. I have all the answers.
@59 – I like it, Rob. Maybe Atlanta turns the tables and this time THEY score double-digit runs in the first inning!
Yeah, going with Morton feels right to me. I’d have a short leash, especially his second time through the order, but even if “sinkerballers get more sink when they’re tired” is a myth, I’d say that I’d much rather we go with our ace on short rest than a bullpen game with the pu pu platter.
Blazon, lovely to have Rabbie on the blog! Is that an homage to the etymology of “Ian” relating to the name “John”?
Braves, wha hae wi’ Snitker bled,
Braves, wham Wash has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to victory!
Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Counsell’s powerâ€”
Chains and slavery!
Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward’s grave!
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!
Wha for Georgia’s king and law
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa’,
Let him follow me!
By oppression’s woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!
Lay the proud usurpers low!
Brewers fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!â€”
Let us do or die!
How are we Braves fans feeling about our team facing Eric Lauer?
I don’t trust Ynoa much at all. Check the stats I posted above. I would follow Morton with the lefty Minter or Smyly, who has been great out of the bullpen. It would be great if they could stay away from Jackson and Matzek.
I hope we just bust out and score 10 runs in the 1st inning too.
Given that Lauer is a lefty I guess Joc won’t be starting today.
Joc is starting in place of Rosario.
Two reasons, Anderson itself as a name and, more importantly, still the greatest love poem of 2 people sharing a lifetime’s affections together. Ian/John? I know not, you may be right.
Third reason. Getting back home after successful surgery! Wow. And btw, the second piece was all about Wander Franco; gone for ever presumably. Shame!
Very glad to hear that the surgery went well, blazon.
Many happy returns, blazon! Thank you for sharing the news!
I never sufficiently appreciated Deion, or Brian Jordan. Those two-sport guys really are the closest thing I ever saw prior to Ohtani. (Bo’s prime was just before I was really a huge sports fan.)
Welcome back blazon.
Well, if the Brewers beat us, they have to beat our best guys. I can get behind that strategy.
Yes I have come full 180, I think this is the right move (though not as a couple would say the only reasonable move).
Seeing how the big 3 can still start 6 of the 7 potential LCS games, really feels like you aren’t sacrificing future rounds, assuming you don’t damage Morton.
And you could argue you want Fried in a potential game 5 anyway and now that is lined up.
If we lose, it wonâ€™t be like getting beat with Kimbrel still available and not pitching.
Soler tested positive for COVID and is out. Heredia is started in CF against the LHP Lauer and Duvall shifted to RF.
And Pache takes the roster spot. This almost feels like the Martin injury all over again. We are gonna miss Soler.
Just to point out how far we are from a championship at the moment, in the pivotal play finder, Joc’s homer last night leads the season, raising the Braves’ probability by 2.49%. All time, however, that homer ranks 883rd, tied with Fred McGriff’s single off Jimmy Key in the top of the 1st of the 2nd game of the 1996 WS.
Glad you’re still among us, blazon.
[Edit: does the rule that replacing a player due to injury makes him unavailable for the next series apply to COVID?]
One more note: if you restrict to NLDS games only, Joc’s blast ranks 51st, tied with Mark Wohler’s strikeout of Andres Galarraga with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 9th in Game 1 against Colorado in 1995. (The real fun of this stuff for me is finding, and recalling, comparable situations in terms of cWPA.) (Hinske’s homer off Romo is #1, at 7%.)
Per MLB postseason rules, the replacement is only eligible until the Covid player can come back, then they can come back at any time I believe.
Yeah, Jordan made the Pro Bowl one time.
Deion was probably a near star platoon centerfielder. He couldn’t hit lefties, but otherwise, he could go get em and run the bases. Throwing, not so much.
I remember an inside the park home run for Dion at Coors Field and he rounded the bases in under 13 seconds. 120 yards on the square but more like 140 yards with the curves.
Same game McGriff hit one and it was like 15 seconds and the crime dog looked near death on the stretch in from 3rd.
It still amazes me that in October 2021 that teams donâ€™t just guarantee negative tests for their players. I could have no taste or smell and on a dadgum ventilator and if you put a PCR just in the tip of my nose, Iâ€™ll be negative and good to go.
Sad story: my wife, as Iâ€™ve mentioned, has been doing Covid testing since we were two weeks to slow the spread. This fella came in that was working a job that all of us here would love to be able to graduate from, if you catch me. He just could not produce a negative test even though he had no symptoms for like three weeks. He was sitting on a bench after his 787th consecutive positive test crying. My wife and her co-worker friend came over and were talking to him. He said he hadnâ€™t worked in 3 weeks, and his employer wouldnâ€™t let him come back to work until he produced that magical negative test.
He walked out with a negative test 10 minutes later. Back to work.
Oh crap. Get well soon, Jorge.
He is reportedly vaccinated and asymptotic; I think that means he is much less likely to spread it, especially to other vaccinated folks (which I hope includes all his teammates)
Weâ€™re currently living during the worst plague since 1353, so maybe heâ€™ll pull through.
True or false: you can pretty much take our top five outfielders, and thereâ€™s a three-man configuration that is about the same across the board. Of the top five, thereâ€™s no one you canâ€™t live with, and thereâ€™s no one you canâ€™t live without.
@84 Something tells me he will triumphantly persevere.
@85 I would say the top 4 but not necessarily the top 5. I think the drop from Soler to Heredia is pretty significant offensively but Heredia can certainly go get it in the field.
Basically true. As long as we avoid an outbreak, we’ll be OK.
@87 The net difference is pretty negligible because of how much Heredia adds in center with Duvall pushing the right field.
For a single game sample size it can make a huge difference or no difference. Heck, Heredia could hit a big RBI double and have us feeling really lucky Soler got sick (given he recovers)
Also – I did not expect to see Morton today. Snit will receive a ton of criticism if the move flops (and Morton will receive the praise if he pitches well). Tough position for the manager. Thatâ€™s why they get the big bucks!
Honestly, I know Snit will be criticized if it doesn’t work out, no matter what, but in my opinion this is the right call. Morton’s the hoss. Occam’s razor would say to saddle up your hoss.
I really liked Soler at leadoff. Dansby is going to have to really get locked in, put together some good at-bats and bring a disciplined approach. If he can do that, he’ll set the tone for the whole offense.
An aside – the Brewers blue jerseys and blue/yellow caps look frigginâ€™ great. I hope today is the last day they wear them until 2022.
I miss the Braves blue-text road blues. They were slick!
Oof, Charlie is picking up where he left off control-wise.
Thanks to all you nice guys.
Maybe this will help. Pre surgery i had to be tested for Covid, standard practice i believe. Positive, BUT asymptomatic. This was a Tuesday. By Friday I had been reinstated on the hospital schedule and life went on. In the meantime I got a free $1400 booster blood injection, arranged by my family doctor through a new government program. Hemogoblins, Antibodies and all that Harry Potter stuff. Rightly or wrongly I now feel myself to be less at risk myself -and to others -than when I simply had my Moderna shots.
Good health to us all.
Martin, Duvall and now Soler. Seems it’s always a vital cog that goes down just as we need them. But I still have faith. We win this tonight.
Ugh, I hate that about Soler. I’m glad he (and almost the entire team) is vaccinated. Hopefully he will test negative soon and can come back soon.
Please do well Charlie. Please score lots of runs offense.
@81: The negative test requirement to return to work was guidance that changed fairly quickly and many employers simply didnâ€™t notice. One can test positive for up to three months after infection.
August 2020: Return to work 10 days after symptom onset, with no symptoms, and at least 24 hours have elapsed without using symptom-reducing meds: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0814-updated-isolation-guidance.html
Great play by Riley.
Listening to the radio call â€”Â did Riley just make the Chipper Jones play? Charge, barehand, throw to first?
Austin Riley is a good fielder. He deserves that 3B WAR.
@100 Yes sir.
Edit: Playoff Charlie, we will never doubt you again!
100 â€” Yes
@100. Yes. No margin for error.
Good health to you, blazon!
As Skip used to say, “Boy, this is fun!”
Early runs would be so huge here. Come on boys!
No runner on first. Better for sac fly!
Ozzie sure has been awful
Ozzie is always swing happy. Too many times he swings on the first pitch. Sadly, it works out nearly as much as it doesn’t. So he won’t stop. Kid could use a better eye. I’d love it.
The Braves offensive numbers in the playoffs:
Heredia has been in a horrible slump but has looked a lot better at the plate with no results recently. Let’s hope there are results this time.
edit: Guess not. Another terrible piece of baserunning by Duvall didn’t help either.
Did Duvall forget baseball rules?
Oh, no. I think he thought there were 2 outs.
That’s twice, Duvall. Come on, man!
That was a thing.
Did Wash wave Duvall around? That looked 90% out off the bat.
Did someone drop Adam Duvall on his head before yesterday’s game?
Has he lost all sense of baseball judgement?
EDIT: #118, if that’s the case, I’d ask the same question of Wash. I cannot imagine that anyone thought that ball was going to drop in.
Given that Morton was up next, it wasn’t the worst baserunning play imaginable. But then again, he made the worst baserunning play imaginable the day before, so it would have been at worst the second-worst baserunning play imaginable.
Next time Duvall reaches base, pinch run Pache. Or anybody.
It would have been nice to clear the pitcherâ€™s spot at the least. They need to have a team meeting about being smart on the bases.
What was d’Arnaud doing? Wasn’t he standing at 2nd as well? Puzzling play.
dâ€™Arnaud saw Duvall running for home and would look pretty silly standing at first if it did drop in.
Playoff Charlie doing great. Good call by Snitker.
Well, it appears starting Morton was a great choice. Snitker needs to be quick with the hook beginning in the 4th inning, but no complaints about the results so far.
Yeah, D’Arnaud was on 2nd. Somehow I think this time everyone is blaming Duvall without knowing the facts.
The batter clears the pitcher, not the runner. You don’t just head out for home if it’s questionable. This one is actually worse than yesterday. Just mind boggling. Duvall really needs a homer today to make up for two bone headed plays.
Lauer has a good fastball. Guys are late or being blown away.
@126 dâ€™Arnaud was at second when the throw made it to the base, but the inning was over before he was tagged.
The organist is a MONSTER.
Not as bad as yesterday, as it’s trying to go for a run in a situation where we’re unlikely to get one with runners at first and second with two out and Morton at the plate. However, there was no chance of that ball falling in, so still not great. If Yelich had made a diving catch or something, it would’ve looked less stupid.
And d’Arnaud was only at second because Duvall had taken off. He did the right thing on that play.
What we don’t know is if there was a call for the runners to run on contact. Everyone is blaming Duvall but they BOTH ran on contact.
Late to the party here (work, go figure), but WTF is Duvall doing out there? Get your head in the game, man.
The Braves need to tighten up.
There’s never a call for both runners to run all out on contact on a fly ball to the outfield with one out. The bad play was clearly Duvall’s…it’s just not as bad as yesterday’s, since there was at least some sort of rhyme or reason for it.
The only thing I could figure was that he forgot how many outs there were…
Morton is running out of gas.
Francoeur said he was pretty sure he knew there was one out based on how he was looking at the flight of the ball, for what it’s worth. He was clearly trying to read the flight early, so I’m inclined to agree.
Joe Simpson chalked up Duvall’s baserunning gaffe to a “bad read.”
Snit leaves Charlie in an inning too long.
Bah, braves are choking offensively as usual; Morton left in one batter too long. Not looking forward to burnes vs fried with no Soler power.
One batter too late. Ugh.
Yeah he shouldnâ€™t have been in for the 4th at all. But especially after the first base runner. Boo.
This one is on Snit. You pull your young horse always to early but leave the old guy on short rest in too long constantly. Then you compound it by bringing in a contact pitcher with runners in scoring position. Snit giveth and tak-ith away
I honestly don’t have a huge problem with how he handled it. Maybe you take him out one batter earlier, but you definitely don’t preemptively pull him after three just cuz.
UPDATE: Whew! Still in it.
Yeah, itâ€™s been beat to death on this blog, but Snit has his strengths and weaknesses. Managing complex bullpen games is a weakness. He just doesnâ€™t seem cut out for it.
It also shouldnâ€™t be lost that if the Drew Smyley signing wasnâ€™t a failure, they wouldnâ€™t be in this spot. You wouldnâ€™t be tempted to go to Morton on short rest of your 4th starter was decent.
@143 How come you only post these pearls of wisdom after the fact?
@145 – Truth!
@145 Look at todayâ€™s Sox/Astros box score. Must be because La Russa is a bad tactical manager.
Lauer’s front foot went behind the rubber before the throw to first, is what EY is on about.
These umps be like…”Do we really have to work here?”
I hate to say this, but bring on the cyborgs.
What in the actual hell was even the call? What did it bounce off of?
It wouldnâ€™t be Braves playoff baseball without the umps kicking a few calls.
Baseball’s replay system is just a joke.
WOW!! What were they looking at?
Edit: Not reviewable ……ugh
LOL…because of a dumb oversight in the MLB replay rules, that play is not reviewable.
Umpires are making themselves irrelevant and replaceable, especially the sorry excuses who monitor plays in NY (notwithstanding the call that was apparently not reviewable). Thereâ€™s no reason this group should be eligible for a generous defined benefit pension.
It’s just so completely asinine that that play isn’t reviewable. The fair/foul down the lines not being reviewable is clearly meant to keep ground balls right down the line from being reviewed. How in the hell does it make any sense to not review that play?
ARCIA AGAIN????? Holy moly, where is Adrianza????
Everything about this game has been wrong. Morton should not have started. Joc should not have started. Soler should not have gotten COVID. This is crazy.
Edit: OK, Rosario is better.
I’ll add on…why have two extra umps for the postseason if not to make sure the plays are fairly called? Oh…umpire’s rule book. Right.
Snit’s doing a little Casey Stengel imitation here… I like it
Bring out the swords!
Brilliant move by Snitker.
Snit just outmanaged Counsell.
Hooray for pinch hitting for Arcia!
Counsell outsmarted himself on that one.
Dang…..that was a great play. Their defense is good too.
Tough luck, Dansby… that’s the 2nd ball he’s scorched today
Way to get off the deck, fellas…
Bullpen game now. Come on Ynoa, two innings would be great here.
Ah eff it, spoke too soon…
My was that one crushed.
This is why I didn’t want Ynoa to start this game. Instead, we see it in the 5th.
Still…A LOT of game left to be played here and we’re into the pens.
FWIW Tellez is a cheapskate who skips out on his rent.
THAT is why I would have stayed away from Ynoa in this game. Would have gone with Minter or Smyly.
There was no way we were getting through this game without seeing someone we didn’t want to see.
Any guesses with a choice to replace an outfielder (or not) why they chose to replace Pederson? If it’s because he was later in the order than Duvall, that’s just dumb. It’s only one batter different.
They didn’t. They replaced Heredia. It’s still a weird double switch, as it pushed the pitcher farther up in the order instead of farther back.
Though since we’re now behind, I’m glad we have Rosario in the order instead of Heredia.
EDIT: They pushed Duvall to center BTW, so Heredia is the guy that actually got taken out of the game even though Rosario went to left.
Remaining position players are Adrianza, Contreras, Pache, and Gore, for future pinch hitting reference. I guess Max is also on the list.
@177 Ynoa would have been my last choice in a close game. He has been trending downward for a month. Minter & Smyly have both had better numbers.
I was gonna say before the inning started that I would’ve gone with Smyly instead of Ynoa, but then I thought “maybe Huascar will pitch good, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt”. Yeah, no.
I would have gone to Minter with 2 LHB.
@180 – Is Arcia blown as pinch hitter because of that earlier move?
@181 – We know what didn’t work, that’s for sure.
@179″ Ah, thanks. I was confused by the situation, but replacing Heredia makes sense.
@184 – Yes, Arcia was announced.
Hahaha yes Adam! Lol he didnâ€™t even try to move. The olâ€™ Chase Utley play.
Utley used to stick his elbow over the middle of the plate.
Another RBI for Mr. Joctober… OK, we’ll take that one
EDIT: Way to go… keep it comin’!
That boy is Chase’s brother!
d’Arnaudtober?? I’ll take it!
Man, Urias is saving their asses down at third base.
Also, the weird double switch cost us Ynoa, but I’m guessing no one’s shedding a tear on that count and it gained us Rosario for the rest of the game, so whatever.
Great game. What playoff baseball should be.
I need to take a nerve pill and my high blood pressure medicine.
That Urias guy can go away.
I just opened my first nerve pill.
AJ should definitely come back for Round 2.
@196 – Agreed. Could do without the umpire jackassery but apparently it’s all over the place this postseason. Get the win, Braves!
Agree, AJ definitely needs to come back out.
Ruh, roh……..Woodruff warming up.
Brandon Woodruff warming in the pen for Milwaukee.
Another inning from AJ please.
Ozzie!! Come on Riley.
Letâ€™s get to the part where we hit a 3-run homer. Now would be an appropriate time.
Jesus, who does Counsell have left to double switch with? These benches are getting empty.
EDIT – Can we shoot Urias to the sun? Is that allowed on Braves Journal?
Urias needs to fly to the moon on one of those space trips.
Milwaukee’s out of catchers. They brought three and used all three in the span of six innings.
1st pitch?? Really …
@206 – Allowed? It’s a tradition.
Don’t wanna try to nurse him through a righty so that he can face Telez, Snit? Not sure I’m too huge a fan of that.
I would have left Minter in for Tellez who has been their best hitter this series.
Wow, not sure I’ve ever seen Luke so fired up. The boys really want to end this tonight, and my biggest concern is that if they don’t manage to pull it out, they will be emotionally deflated for Game 5.
Welp, it worked out. We need to see more of Minter in the playoffs. He has been really good since returning from AAA.
I guess it’s Matzek and Smith for the eighth and ninth. You’re likely looking at Webb in the 10th and Smyly for the long haul if this goes extras.
@212v hard agree. Snit is managing for the short term, which i get, but AJ looked fantastic and this is a tie game and could be tied for awhile.
Luke’s got towels around his arm. I think he’s coming back if we don’t get to his spot in the order (which would only take one baserunner for us to do).
Contreras on deck, Matzek warming.
I guess Pache is the next PH. I might even have Fried follow him as a PH in extras rather than Gore, just to keep a position player in case of injury.
@#%!, I thought Adames’s throw would get past Tellez and Duvall would score.
Francouer has done a good job. If I didn’t know he were the Braves’ announcer, I would only notice a few things, like his calling Freddie & I think Ozzie by their first names. Similarly, I was impressed by the impartiality of the Dodgers’ announcer last year in I think game 7 of the NLCS.
Full props to Matzek, but I’m in danger of running out of refreshments
I’d like to keep Matzek around for another, but unfortunately, I don’t really think we can. He’s pitched four times in five days and we might need him Thursday.
Well, that’s worth staying up for
Just realised I have to sit through a WillSmith save op – gulp!
FREDDIE!!!! It had to be Freddie.
Freddie!!!!! And they brought in Hader mainly to face him!
FREDDIE! FREDDIE! FREDDIE!
That nice Mr. Freeman
Hader made Rosario and Swanson look as bad as major leaguers can, and then that happens.
That’s probably his biggest one in a Braves uniform if they hang on tonight.
Prepare for the ultimate Will Smith spin cycle…
We really need â€œlights outâ€ Will Smith to show up.
Hold on to your butts everyone. Will Smith.
All the money!!!!!
There is something so wholesome and beautiful about Freddie Freeman celebrating.
Pay the man. Give him the check and let him fill it out.
OK, here it isâ€¦ hang on, Mr. Smith
Câ€™mon Will, be smooth like Hitch.
Rusty is right–Hader looked absolutely unhittable. It was a smart call by Counsell to bring Hader in the 8th to face a couple of lefties, especially Freddie. But Freeman made him pay.
The radio guys did a fantastic job with the call of Freddie’s HR.
Have been obliged to have another beer – it is 2:05am
Yeah baby, never in doubt
Yes, yes and yes!!!
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! YeeHaw!!!! Braves win. Braves win.