I see grass of green, red uniforms too,
Produced 3 straight wins, for me and you.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
It was win, win, win, losing Devil Magic foe.
Already 2 games up and 156 more to go.
We see Braves pitching shine, like a diamond in the sky
and Matt Olson launches one into the very sky.
Bryce Elder pitched 6 and looked like a dream.
This team is probably better, than we thought that it would seem.
And i think to myself, what a wonderful world.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
That’s right folks. 5 and 1 and 2 games up. Elder was dealing. 3 straight batters reaching and coming around to score in the top of the first goes a long way. That gave Elder some cushion. No hibernation mode. Lots of good relievers. The Gulf gave up 1 and Sweeper gave up 1, but you can stand that from middle relief. And when the Sweeper got up over 25 pitches, Uncle Jesse Chavez came in and finished it up. The Angelic magic is with Atlanta.
Marcell Ozuna certainly looks cooked. Too cooked to keep going out there for a good time with some at least 2 WAR ish players who could be playing (higher if you DH the non catching catcher).
Tomorrow, we have the unusual Thursday game following a Wednesday get away day. But when you are at an .833 clip, you want to keep playing.
Thanks, Cliff! I realize now that I was sadly remiss in my recap duties for last night’s game. That’s my fault. Here’s my recap for that one:
In front of his family and friends, Dylan Dodd had a first career start to remember, twirling five innings of one-run ball, allowing five singles, a double, and zero walks to keep the Cardinals off balance while Austin Riley and Orlando Arcia’s long flies got the away team on the board. The bullpen made a bunch of fantasy owners happy as Jesse Chavez, Joe Jimenez, Dylan Lee, and Kirby Yates all recorded holds, and A.J. Minter locked down the save, as the five firemen needed just 61 pitches to complete the final four innings.
Oh, and Ronald Acuña threw out a couple of guys, including one where he hosed Tyler O’Neill by about six steps, prompting the Redbird manager to call out O’Neill for not running more aggressively, to which O’Neill gave a delightfully pissy and self-righteously aggrieved response:
Never change, St. Louis. Never change.
Lovely, cliff and thanks for including yesterday’s game Alex. This is what I come here for. 🙂
Thanks cliff, a wonderful world indeed.
I’m a little surprised our moral superiors called for a curtain call down 5 – 1, but moral superiority is something I have little experience with. Happy for Jordan Walker though.
Beating the Cardinals is my favorite thing. I hate them more than any of our real rivals. I don’t even really know why. I just really dislike them. Chip is definitely in the right place.
Oh, I bet I know why.
What an awesome thread. Has it really be 10 years? PS: makes me miss the post #’s and @’ing them.
I was at the wild card infield fly game. My hatred of that call and of the Cardinals has not dimmed in the slightest over the past decade.
My only regret is that Sam Holbrook retired before he could start a 3rd career riot, which I assume is the lifetime max. Actually, I regret nothing.
Most umps go their whole career without even starting one riot.
Thanks for a great recap, Cliff. This team is a NOzuna away from beating everyone 25-0. I don’t make the rules.
Luplow, we hardly knew ye.
And that takes the Braves off the hook for his 1.4 million.
Just in case you needed to know:
Acuña: 1.063 OPS
Olson: 1.126 OPS
Riley: .976 OPS
D’Arnaud: .885 OPS
Arcia: .811 OPS
Ozuna: .059 batting average
Austin Riley has taken his game at least 1 gear higher than I ever thought he would (and I was probably the high man on him around here). I guess if you are tough enough to take a scorched one hopper off the neck without flinching, you must be pretty tough.
I’m pretty positive about the changes to the site (thanks, Ryan). We will get through the adjustment period and all will be well.
The main reason I’m bullish on this site is the quality of the writing. Just as Ronald, Olson, and Riley are off to terrific starts, so are our recappers. Great job, Cliff! (And Alex!)
Thank you for the wonderful recaps, cliff, and Alex. The Braves are just playing great baseball in every aspect of the game. They seem focused, locked in and to be having a lot of fun. So good to see Ronnie smile and have fun. Matt Olson looks very relaxed compared to last season. Go Braves!
I did not know that Ian Anderson is on the IL with right elbow injury. That does not sound good but unfortunately makes sense.
Yeesh. Ryan called it immediately after seeing what happened in his last start. That dude is just in a tough place. I hope he can find a way to maintain his confidence and belief in his own ability to pitch his way back to the bigs. He’s shown he has the stones to excel on the highest stage. Now he just has to reclaim his stuff.
Hey crew! We kicked off our hybrid model for comments. Here’s how it will work:
If you have any other questions and/or comments regarding the new site, you can email me at cothrjr at gmail, but please take this into consideration: There is no way to satisfy everyone and some things just take a little time to get used to. We’ve had the same system for and like Harry Styles sings, we just want things to be “As it Was”, but it just wasn’t possible with the upgrade, and the upgrade was long overdue.
I’m not actively hating the site redesign which is actually high praise considering how often I hate any change to a website no matter how much better it makes the site.
my one complaint is that the reply threads start to get too narrow on mobile after 2-3 replies which is primarily how I access this site. i kind of wish the reply to individual comments was removed because most everyone here is smart enough to figure what a comment was in reply to.
Game thread is up