Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekend Recap: Braves v Phillies May 20-22, 2016

The Braves won their first series since playing in Miami on April 15h, over a month ago. That's quite a few trips between series wins. Exactly how many other series did the Braves play between those two winning efforts? Nine. This was the 10th series the Braves played since the Miami win, and the Braves also sport a 3-3 record since changing managers. Dare I pray for a .500 record the rest of the way? It might make this season palatable.

In Game 1, Wisler was his usual dominant self we've come to expect, and I love that he's the best prospect development we have on the mound so far. He looks great out there and went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits (check the box on a quality start QS from the starter). The Braves absolutely pounded the Phillies offensively with not one, not two, but THREE homers in one game. Your jaw should be on the floor right now. Freddie Freeman had two of the homers (check the box on Freddie being productive), and the bullpen shut things down for the final 2 innings with no runs (check the box on good bullpen). Those three things always lead to Braves wins.

In Game 2, Williams Perez shocked me again by going 6.1 innings throwing a shutout, which really indicates that he owns the Phillies and nobody else right now. I'd love to see him throw well against another team, but I still don't trust him at all. We'll see. Still, he got more than a QS on the night, and the bullpen gave up nothing as well as the Braves shut-out the Phillies. It was a dominant pitching performance because the Braves only scored 2 runs, which was all they needed. The winning run came on an Inciarte double that knocked in Jeff Francoeur. Side note, I love the way Ender Inciarte is playing right now. After a really slow start at the plate he's hitting .269 on the week, and he's been excellent defensively in both center and left. His arm is fantasic and his speed really lets him cover some ground. As Don Sutton said in the broadcast, he's like watching an Andrelton Simmons who plays outfield. High praise from Don.

Game 3 was the clunker as the Braves were forced to pitch Casey Kelly, who isn't that good. Kelly gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, which isn't that horrible, except for the fact that EOF came in on his heels and gave up 2 more runs. With a 5-0 deficit, the Braves were dead in the water for a day game. Fun stat for the Braves (well not so much fun as depressing) the Braves are 3-10 in day games. If the sun is shining, they suck. I think they might be vampires. Somebody check on that.

In your Eric "Boner" Aybar still sucks report: He went 1-5 with an RBI and a walk this weekend. Not as horrible as usual, but he got benched for the day game. I'm not sure he would have been in the difference in that affair. However, let the record show that the Braves lost the only game he didn't start. Perhaps he's some kind of voodoo talisman that we're forced to play in order to win. What a Catch-22. I don't know if I could handle the truth on that one.

Braves win 7-1
Braves win 2-0
Braves lose 5-0


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