Meh…the Pirates salvaged a split with our Braves today in another real stinker, 7-5.
There are two personalities I identify with when things don’t go my way: Fred Sanford and the Grumpy Old Man, Walter Matthau. Since I’m an aging, middle-aged white guy…you’re getting the Grumpy Old Man recap today.
Atlanta led 4-0 through 2 1/2 innings and it seemed as though today might be the day. But a one-out single by Jason Delay started a rally for the Pirates. Josh Palacios was then hit by a pitch that should have been called a strike, Bryan Reynolds walked and out-of-nowhere MVP candidate, Ke’Bryan Hayes, singled to left to score Delay and Palacios. With the score cut in half, Bryce Elder got Alfonso Rivas to fly out to left. Kevin Pillar came up firing, Travis d’Arnaud made a great call, and Hayes was called out at home. But, then he wasn’t when replay idiots in NY overturned the call.
I hate MLB replay. There is no way that call should have been reversed. The system is broke and needs to be fixed. Not only does replay need to be fixed, I’m also ready to say it is time for robo-umps. Did you see that strike three call to Matt Olson to end the game? Meh…another real stinker.
Offense does its job
The good news is the offense banged out 12 more hits today and gave themselves a chance in ninth. Olson hit his career-high 40th homer of the season to make it 4-0. Austin Riley had three more hits to give him seven in the series, and d’Arnaud added two, as well.
The bad news is Elder couldn’t get through the sixth, and Snit used Brad Hand against righties – that rarely goes well. Additionally, the Braves are still 31 games over .500 and have a 10-game lead in the division.
And, oh, yeah! The Braves get to play the Mets four times this weekend. I’d like to say I’m confident, but we are running uncle Charlie Morton out there again Friday night and Yonny Chirinos is listed as Sunday’s probably starter. I sure hope we don’t see another real stinker for a few weeks.
Morton takes the mound against Tylor Megill. Morton’s struggles are well documented. He is 10-10 with an ERA below 4 somehow. Megill is 6-5 with a 5.45 ERA and 1.68 WHIP Let’s hope the offense whips up on him and that Morton can dial it in for 5+ innings tonight.
I’m curious, who do you think the Braves’ player of the game will be tonight?