Yes, I am still unable to view Braves games on a regular basis. I saw a lot of the TBS game on Tuesday. But I have YouTube TV and Bally doesn’t play with them, so I sit on the sidelines. And, I am certainly fine if one of you who CAN see the games regularly steps up in this slot. This is an interesting diversion for me, but sometimes a little of a pain in the ass.
I will describe first, my experience as a “blacked out” fan. Last night I used my phone set on ESPN Gamecast and followed along somewhat. I was getting ready to go to bed and rechecked. I had been watching Midway (the 2019 or so version). I cut Midway off. I picked up my phone and it said Giants 3, Braves 1 top of the 9th, no outs. Dansby Sanson had no pitches recorded, so it really was the beginning of the inning. I looked at win probability and it had the Giants at 89.4 (or something close). I was surprised. I thought on run lead in bottom of 9th was around 90%.
As a GameCast checker, I wonder sometimes how accurate their pitch info, particularly as to location, might be. But it was obvious that Jake McGee was determined to pitch Dansby high. So, on a 3 – 2 count, Dansby hit one about 413 feet to center. It as 3 to 2 and the win probability had dropped to 74%. Then Ozuna gets to 2 – 2 and singles to right. The Giants’ win probability dropped to 63%.
Well, then Matt Olson hit a long fly ball to deep center. It got caught, but Ozuna (or maybe the first base coach) saw an opportunity and he went to second. Win probability went back up to 79%. Then William Contreras singled, and Ozuna scored from second. Two pretty good baserunning moves by the big man and the game was tied. Now win probability switched to Braves at 60%.
So, now Kapler went to the pen and brought in Tyler Rogers. And, no, I wasn’t headed to bed. The phone was logged in and on. I had turned Midway back on and got to See Dick Best drop a bomb through the flight deck of the 3rd carrier. Scratch 3 flattops. A little later in the movie he gets the 4th and final carrier in the carrier task force. That made me dig up an old name that doesn’t appear in this version: John Thach. He first implemented the Thach weave at Midway (look it up). After Midway, John was called back to fighter training school to make sure the new pilots learned what he had figured out. He also came up with “blue blanket” whereby vast numbers of Navy fighters and a handful of destroyers maintained a 50 mile perimeter out from the rest of the fleet and knocked down the kamikaze threat. So, back to baseball. Orlando AR see uh struck out, but meanwhile (I didn’t figure it out from my phone, I thought it might have been a fielder’s choice that got Contreras to 2nd), Contreras had stolen second. Catcher steals are an interesting baseball phenomenon. Attempting to steal with 2 outs in a tie game in a potential walk off inning is interesting. But, now, free baseball was up to Adam Duvall. He singled, Contreras scored, and BRAVES WIN!, BRAVES WIN!, BRAVES WIN!.
Earlier in the game, it appears that the WD 40 has almost completed its work as Charlie Morton pitched 7 innings with 11 K’s and 0 BB’s. 2 long balls marred his night. Then, a non scoring inning out of Jim West. Then, Minter gave up 1 that stretched the 2 to 1 lead to 3 to 1. BUT, the whole staff gave up NO walks. Damn good. Damn good.
The earlier Braves scoring was in the 7th when Olson doubled home Ozuna (once again taking “the extra base”. Has Ozuna added a new skill set?). So, Braves had one more walk received, one more hit, and one more run. The last of those seems more sufficient.
Well done. My recap today will be similarly game-challenged, since I have to play golf at 1. (“Have to?”) But I can hopefully conjure up the excitement of a Gamecast review.
Thank you, cliff. I’d never heard of John Thach, so thanks for introducing us also.
Morton pitched like the good old Charlie, and no walks for the entire game, woohoo!
Bring on them bums.
@1 – “Have to” is indeed correct
By “coincidence”, I was consuming some of this last night
Never saw the more-recent “Midway” flick. But I saw the one from the mid-’70s w/ Robert Mitchum, Charlton Heston, etc., and it was in Sensurround. Remember that? It was also used in the “Earthquake” movie.
For Sensurround movies, the theaters were installed with a special loudspeaker system, so that whenever there was an explosion or, in the “Earthquake” movie, the quake hit, the subwoofer system kicked in & the theater would start shaking. I guess that was the ’70s version of 3D movies (from the ’50s).
The complete story of The Battle of Midway is almost too involved to ever completely convey it well onscreen. Skill (codebreaking), happenstance (the scout planes) & luck (essentially knocking out the carriers with their own bombs) combined for quite an outcome. The saga of the codebreaking alone is fascinating.
And let’s make it 3 of 4.
Acuña, Riley, and Duvall are all out of the lineup today.
All I know about Sensurround comes from the They Might Be Giants song.
William Contreras is a ballplayer. This catcher tandem is the best we’ve had in a good while. In 2017, we were second in baseball with 5.9 fWAR between Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki; in 2013, we were fifth in baseball with 5.5 fWAR, thanks to Brian McCann and Evan Gattis (though Gerald Laird was replacement level). In 2012, we were fourth with 6.8 WAR, thanks to McCann and David Ross; in 2011, we led all of baseball with 9.4 WAR, with McCann and Ross at the height of their powers.
Right now, we’re second in baseball with 2.9 fWAR from catchers. It’s such an incredible weapon.
I get them getting a day off but why not yesterday? Riley is banged up still? Would have loved to see RAJ and Duvall against a LHP.
The airplane scenes in Midway are awesome.
This is ridiculous. 3 pitches, 3 hits against the shift.
I am fine with sitting some guys today. It is going to be like 109 degrees.
Big strike zone today.
Gosh, Michael Harris II.
Wow, what an AB for Harris… he’s really something.
OK, 2 runs in, based loaded & still no outs — time for a really big inning.
EDIT: And that’s four now… let go for a TD
Good thing Ronald and Riley aren’t in the lineup.
Today’s lineup does look like a Bobby special. Sometimes that works out just fine.
Keep eating those Wheaties, Dansby… he’s blazing.
Time for a pitching change. In this heat, looks like Kyle’s done. Screw the W stat, Snit.
Edit… I wrote and he strikes out the next two batters. Once again, what do I know.
Wright should not have been left in to face LaStella. That one is on Snit.
Wright is obviously wobbling and Snit always seems like the last one to figure it out. Now we have a ballgame in a situation it should have been a laugher. At least it wasn’t O’Day or McHugh (yet)
@11 so much for the big strike zone…ugh
Dodged a bullet there & got a break with that double bouncing into the stands… some tack-on runs, please.
Looks like Wright got the BABIP bug again.
Olson’s ABs have been trash today.
@23 I hope we don’t regret that at bat by Olson…woof!
Chavez’s 7th inning performance was something else.
When Chavez is on, he’s like a right-handed ’21-Matzek. Man!
@25 @26 And to think we got him for Newk! What an addition the second year in a row
Will Smith ladies and gentlemen. Just can’t be trusted
Will Smith literally has the worst FIP of any Braves pitcher currently on the roster — 5.01 coming into today. But, hey, keep using him in high-leverage situations, Snit. He’s bound to become October 2021 Will Smith again anytime now, right?
An insurance run or two would be nice.
No more drama, please…
EDIT: Fine… a solo blast… hit it to the moon, Joc.
OK, Joc, we get it. We kept the wrong outfielder.
Four games behind the Metropolitans now.
Closed it out unproblematically after the Joc moon blast. Nice to take three of four from the first winning team we’ve played in like a month.
Who’s the best comp you can think of for this new Michael Harris that has above average contract and average power, not the guy that had speed and defense but didn’t know if he would hit. Kenny Lofton? Matt Lawton? Dexter Fowler or Jason Heyward before they went tits up?
The final score makes it look closer than it mostly was, but we just took
two of threethree of four from a really good team. We’re just four back, and this club has a lot of weapons. I like these guys.
And that Michael Harris at-bat was simply sensational.
Man, 3 1-run games.
@37 Bro, we took 3 of 4.
What a series. Could have lost all four, could have won all four. Going 3-1 against this team is huge.
Ole Dansbo Swanson should be in the top 10 in fWAR after this game. I know we all saw that coming, especially Chief Nocahoma.
I know I make too much of a habit of doing this, but Manny Machado is on a 162-game fWAR pace of 11.2.
@39, whoops — fixed!
Dansby saw the inflation numbers and gas prices and figured he’d better get to work.
@42 Sorry, I wasn’t trying to critique. It was more of just a statement of amazement. \
@43 Could you imagine what Latrell Sprewell would be saying about his contract at a time like this?
I know what Rasheed Wallace would say.
CTC. Cut the check!
I don’t follow contract stuff all that closely. Have there been any reports that the Braves have discussed an extension with Dansby? And if so what the terms might be?
I’ve been assuming that the Braves weren’t all that anxious to lock him up, that they would shop for one of the top tier FA shortstops likely available this off-season (Turner, Correa, Bogaerts). The way Swanson is playing now may make AA more likely to try to extend him before FA. Of course if Sanson keeps this up his potential FA contract goes through the roof—making extension a lot tougher.
How much more patience can we have with Heredia? A 130 batting average can’t continue – that is Corky Miller territory.