Thursday, June 20, 2013

Game 4 Recap: Mets 6/19/13

Well that was a crazy game. Just when you think the Braves have their foot on the neck of the Mets (after a 3 run CJ homer), Kris Medlen decides he's going to toss a ball into left field and essentially tie up the game. I'm not afraid to admit that after that particular error, I had to get up and walk around for a while to calm down. I rarely get so furious at the Braves, but when they've been struggling to get Kris runs all year, and they finally spot him a decent lead, for him to give it right back on what amounted to a brain-fart was unconscionable. Luckily, the Braves continued to rally and won the game 5-3 to even the series at 2 apiece.

Chris Johnson was the real hero of the game. He went 2-for-4 with a 3 run jack in the 4th inning that plated Dan and BJ. All this happened on a two out rally to take the lead. After so many innings against the Mets in the prior 3 games, that was the first time the Braves had actually held a lead in the middle of the game. Another hitting hero was Jordan Schafer, a guy who I thought of as a moron at the beginning of the season, but now I find myself campaigning to get him more play time. Schafer's double in the 5th became a run scoring play when he was moved to 3rd by Freddie Freeman, and the Mets went into a shift against McCann at the plate. That gave Jordan the chance to take a large secondary lead off the third base bag, since Wright had moved over towards the SS position for the shift. When the ball got about 8 feet away from the catch on a wild pitch, Jordan was far enough down the line for him to score on a heads-up play. That kind of moxie is what you want out of a bench guy. You need those types of players to make an impact whenever they get a chance, because those chances are usually few and far between.

As bad as Kris' aforementioned error was to give up 2 unearned runs in the 5th, his pitching was otherwise very solid. He went 7 innings of work, 6 hits, no walks, and only 1 earned. His ERA continues to hang below the 3.00 mark, which is one of the best on the team. The only guy with a better ERA goes tonight in the rubber game, Mike Minor. The bullpen also stopped the bleeding from the double header by putting in 2 innings of shutout work. Kimbrel notched his 20th save, and he's looked dominant in his last 2 chances against the Mets. Set them up and he knocks them down. I can only hope he continues to get those chances as we advance through the summer. That comes down to how well we are swinging the bats.

Tonight we face the Mets in a rare game 5, and even rarer rubber game of this long series. Mike Minor takes the hill against Jonny Niese. Who will emerge victorious? The CPA (35-26) is fresh off last night's victory. It has an idea of what might happen.

CPA Prediction Game 5: Braves 6 - Mets 2

Niese has been bad on the road. Mike Minor hasn't lost a start since May 3rd. Need I say more? That stats advantage is heavy Braves in this game, but they had to put the lumber on the ball. Do that, and the CPA thinks it should be a large win.


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