Today is the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. People are honoring the turn of the year and beginning the holiest days of the year.

Today is Diez y Seis de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day. People are remembering El Grito de Dolores, the cry that began the Mexican War of Independence, and they are celebrating Mexican history and culture.

Today is not a significant day for Braves country. We celebrated earlier this week the clinching of the sixth straight NL East pennant. The remaining games, including last night’s 9-6 lost to the Marlins in Miami, don’t mean much. Sure, as a team, the Hammers want to clinch home field advantage in the NLCS and the World Series, but the lead over the Dodgers in the NL is six and a half games, and the lead over the O’s and Rays is five games. The most important thing over the next two weeks is to have everyone at their peak for October.

As this is supposed to be a recap, I suppose I should summarize this relatively meaningless game. Bryce Elder gave up four in the first to put the Hammers in a big hole. But the offense did what it does and came roaring back, with two in the third, single runs in the fourth and fifth, and two more in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. After his rough first, Elder held them scoreless through five.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Brad Hand entered with two outs and no one on, and a 6-5 lead. He gave up, in order: single, run scoring double, IBB, HBP, and bases clearing double. 9-6 Fish. The Braves didn’t scratch in the 8th and the 9th.

Plenty of good performances by the hitters: two hits each by Ronald, Ozzie, Riley, Arcia, and Harris. MHII hit his 17th home run and his OPS is now .811. He’s been one of the best hitters in baseball for over three months. RAJ did RAJ things: two hits (for 201 on the season), two runs scored (for 135 on the season!), and he sored from first on a single.

I suppose the one thing that last night settled is that Brad Hand will not be a high leverage reliever in October. Other than that, nothing much to see here.


Careful observers may note that I have buried the lede, as the journos say. Acuña left the game in the eighth inning with a leg injury. Gasp—that could be the most significant event of the season. But after the game Ronald said it felt like a cramp, that he feels good and hopes to play today, depending on what the trainers say. What they report may be the most significant news yet. If he needs several games of rest, they need to do so, even if some of his individual milestones may be at risk, such as 40 homers and 70 steals. Until we hear otherwise, though, let’s assume it’s no big deal.

In any event, Shanah Tovah and Feliz Dia de la Indepedencia!

Braves Saturday Lineup

Ronald Acuna Jr. gets a rest after yesterday’s injury and Jared Shuster takes the his because…well, I don’t know that answer.

  1. Michael Harris II
  2. Ozzie Albies
  3. Austin Riley
  4. Matt Olson
  5. Marcell Ozuna
  6. Eddie Rosario
  7. Sean Murphy
  8. Orlando Arcia
  9. Kevin Pillar