It’s an afternoon game! A 4:10 EST start and Atlanta Braves Charlie Morton is on the mound taking on Nick Martinez. I could bore you with a quick scouting report on Martinez, or I could let Alex’s words ring from his recap ring through these halls:
It’s another afternoon getaway game, as the Braves finally get to enjoy an off-day tomorrow. Nick Martinez is a 32-year old journeyman who has an 11:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the young season. Let’s go get him.-Alex Remingtion, AKA “Another Alex R”
Advance Metrics Unfavorable to Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton’s Statcast page doesn’t look so hot. In fact, it’s a dadgum iceberg. The only thing well above average is his curve spin. The rest looks the opposite of good. The advanced data at Fangraphs seems to back this thought as his ERA is 3.86, but his xERA is 6.23, FIP is 4.29, and xFIP is 5.32. However, Morton shouldn’t have to do much to outduel Nick Martinez who gives up a lot of walks and hard contact, and those 2 things are the 2023 Braves calling cards.
Let’s hope that Ronald Acuña Jr., Matt Olson, Austin Riley, and Sean Murphy continue their West Coast reign of terror and help Charlie Morton reel in another W.
In case you missed it, here’s the latest piece from Braves Journal MILB Guru Clint Manry on A.J. Minter!
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Recap coming tomorrow morning. Go Braves.
Is everybody awake yet? Jesus…
How did the Riley grounder end up being a double play? Some bad baserunning?
Uh…yeah. And that’s understating it rather catastrophically.
That was some real “how not to run the bases” baserunning. Wow
Edit re: Kirk – Acuna foolishly broke towards 3rd on a ground ball in front of him, got in a rundown and was tagged out, and Riley for some reason was too far off of 1st so they threw there after tagging Acuna and got him too. Boneheaded by both guys.
Thanks. Gameday said Acuna was in a run down, but in that case couldn’t figure out how Riley could also have been out.
Hoo boy that was impressive from Murphy. Quick release, strong throw, right on the money. Dude good.
Olson is starting to go down the tubes a bit. (Note: Meant as a short-term observation, not a long-term prediction.)
Team looking dumb, like they might’ve went to pound town on some beers last night.
Twas only a matter of time before Bad Charlie showed up.
Charlie is actually probably our 5th starter the way he is throwing the ball as compared to Max, Strider, Wright and Elder. They all have less “episodes” anyway.
I remember day braves being a thing last year, maybe the vampirism is still going strong.
Good job by Morton to not blow up completely
Yeah, that could of gotten out of hand very quickly.
Well, Olson and Riley are doing their best Ozuna impressions today.
4 of the 5 total losses are to the padres…..offense just crapped the bed most of those games.
Oh well, that’s probably the last we see of them this year, and the Mets will have to see them with Tatis in the lineup and a probably not slumping Soto.
Ozuna got hosed twice on calls in that 9th inning AB by the way. Umpires were horrific all three games, not so much today, though
Some 1-0 games are high-quality tense affairs. Not this one. At least it was over fast.
Maybe the bats were just tired after a week without rest. Good day for the staff, at least. I just went and watched Jimenez’s inning, which was nice to see. Pounded the zone with fastballs and sliders, and got a 1-2-3 inning in 16 pitches, 75% of them strikes. Not the amount of swing-and-miss that I’d ideally like, but if he can pound the zone like that, he’ll get a lot more work and we’ll be in a much stronger position.
Hard to complain about a 5-1 road trip. But I will note that Olson’s (and Riley’s) strikeout rates are rather high. It’s ok when they’re mashing homers, but it would be nice for them to make some more contact.