Since these games were on the far outpost of Seattle, and I had to work most of the time, I trusting reliable sources to inform you that the Braves did in fact sweep the Mariners, and now own a record of 47-35. (Hmm, that adds up to 82, which is just on the other side of half of 162, and you see where I’m going.) Seattle could only scratch out eight runs during the set, but Atlanta plated 13, and Craig Kimbrel saved all three. Both teams hitting wasn’t the best, but Atlanta got a little better, so they’re heading home with a sweep under their belts. However, Boston managed to take only game in their set with the Phils, so all Atlanta has to show for that effort is only a game closer to the top of the NL East. (It’s now 4) But, and here is the good news, there is a tiny bit of separation in the wild card. It’s now about 3 games. Sure, I’d rather be about 80, but 3 games is a 3 games. Losing a game here or there won’t send us into full blown panic mood. Atlanta went 16-9 in the month of June, and pitching is the story. With Hanson and Beachy doing well just off their stints on the DL, Atlanta has a pretty good rotation. The bats need to heat up. Brian McCann torched Seattle, and we’ll see if he continues his torrid pace against Baltimore. I like how Brian was used as a DH in the AL parks. It gives David Ross some swings and spares McCann the grueling grind of catching night after night. Can Atlanta continue this against Baltimore. They do have the worst record in the AL, and are already also-rans in the East. You have to like their chances.
In about a few hours, the NBA will be in a lockout, joining their peers in the NFL. What is it with all the slow-motion train wrecks? We see these coming a mile away, know that nothing good will ever come of it, and yet it happens anyway. Those who fail to learn from history wind up repeating it. And all this after a stirring postseason. Way to throw it away, guys.
About the Author
Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.