Monday, May 11, 2015

Braves play the Reds in Cincinnati

If it seems like the schedule is endlessly repeating itself, that's because it actually is repeating itself. In late April, we played a series against Philly, Washington, and Cincy. Now in the last few series we've played Philly, Washington...and Cincy. WHO AUTHORIZED THIS?

Game 1 - Miller v. Leake
Game 2 - Foltynewicz v. Desclafani
Game 3 - Stults v. Iglesias

Honest to God, the first two games are literally the same matchups that we had from the earlier series about two weeks ago. I don't even really feel the need to recap those because no much has changed. Miller got taken deep a couple of times in the first game and lost, Folty came out with a great debut and won in the second game. This is pretty much just round 2.

So the third game is different, and I'll preview that one. Stults is coming off a very bad lucky outing in Washington where he pitched great for 5 innings, and then everything exploded from the 6th inning on in a barrage of runs. He took the loss and fell to 1-3 on the season, but he wasn't as bad as the record indicates. In fact, I think he's improving, but he just has to keep the ball in the park. That's his only real flaw right now since hitters aren't really stringing together big rallies against him. It's just the long ball. Meanwhile, because the Reds had a Saturday double-header, they have to throw some guy at the Braves to rest their normal rotation. That guy is Raisel Iglesias from Cuba. He's had one start in his career in and he's got a 5.40 ERA. I have no other analysis there. Go rough him up like the other rookies we've seen this season.

CPA Predictions:

Well last series was a disaster because we got swept. This series? No idea. CPA went 1-2 on predictions, and it's now 10-17 and -11.10 units. Blech. Let's see if we can't get this trend turned around shall we?

Game 1 - Braves by 1
Game 2 - Reds by 1
Game 3 - Braves by 1

Go win this series Braves. We need to turn this road trip around.


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