Friday, June 17, 2016

Game 3: Reds v. Braves 6/16/16

The Braves won 7-2, and they've won 2 in a row at home. It's a small miracle! And we're on a winning stree...eak? I'd forgotten how to say that. It feels weird on the tongue. Or the keyboard really. Either way we've won a couple in a row and we looked competent on offense with RISP in this game. Plus Freddie Freeman is RAKING.

Three things for victory, Freddie Freeman producing - 3/4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, so that's a check. Quality starting pitching - Wisler went 6.2 innings with 2 earned runs, so that's a check. Solid bullpen - the pen went 2.1 innings with no runs, so that's a check. Add up all three, and that's how the Braves won. But it wasn't just Freddie producing, as Jace Peterson and Nick Markakis combined for 4 RBIs as well, and the team went 5/8 with RISP. It was a mirror image of the offensive RISP woes we saw in the first three games.

Freddie Freeman has emerged from his slump and totally overshadowed what I normally would have discussed in this recap, and that's another great outing from Wisler. However, Freddie in the last seven days is hitting .379 with 3 bombs, 2 doubles, and a triple. YEESH. His OPS on the week is a staggering 1.252, which is amazing given that in the month of May, Freddie's OPS was .741. He's busting out of this slump, firing on all cylinders.

Next up, the Braves face the Mets in NY. That should be an interesting series given how the Mets have one of the best pitching staffs in the land, but one of the worst offenses in the MLB. I'll preview this afternoon.


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