Y’all, I went to bed before first pitch. From the thread, I can see that Huascar looked okay at first, then hit a wall, then Newk made it a laugher.

Knowing essentially nothing about the game, I will just make these observations based on little more than deep familiarity with these boys:

  • Sean Newcomb sucks. 
  • Ozzie Albies is a wonderful All-Star caliber ballplayer. What he isn’t is a leadoff hitter. He’s hitting .214/.306/.548 this year and .272/.324/.478 for his career. He is the most perfect 5- or 6-hole hitter you could wish. But Snit has gotta stop putting him at the top of the lineup just because he’s a short middle infielder. He doesn’t hit like Mark Loretta, he hits like Dave Kingman. 
  • Huascar Ynoa, to put it charitably, is not stretched out. (To put it uncharitably, he’s not a starter.) Last year before his broken hand was the only stretch in his career when he demonstrated an ability to go more than three innings. I would love to see the team consciously focus on building his in game stamina at the ML level, but right now he has a very limited number of bullets, and he’s perilously close to Touki Touerritory.
  • The bats will be fine. Riley is for real. Olson is a pretty good guy to throw a hundred seventy million bucks at. 
  • Number 15 notwithstanding, the pen looks in better shape than it did at this time last year. 
  • I’m glad Freddie’s happy, and sad and seemingly unnecessary as it all was, it seems possible that we might get the rare state of affairs mentioned at the end of the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels:

What I do know is there’s no more Harry. Which means there’s no more debt. If there’s no more debt, there’s no more problem. And there’s no problem with the neighbors… because they’re all dead. And I think, if I get this right, we haven’t done anything wrong.

We’re in the clear!

Now let’s try to actually win a ballgame for a change.