Hey all! As I usually do when it gets really hot in June, I take a summer vacation with the family. That means I'll be down in Key West, relaxing pool-side, eating fish, biking around the island, and reading in a hammock while sipping Cuban Coffee in the morning. I'm already more relaxed as I type it out. That means I won't be doing regular recaps this week until I'm back on Monday, so I'll just give you a preview for the week's Braves action.
Game 1 - Norris v. Fernandez
Game 2 - Wisler v. Conley
Game 3 - Gant v. Harvey
Game 4 - Blair v. Matz
Game 5 - Teheran v. deGrom
Game 6 - Norris v. Colon
Miami record: 37-33 coming off 1 loss
NY Mets record: 36-32 coming off 3 losses (to us, hahaha!)
The Miami series is interesting because it's a two-gamer and because the Braves are 5-1 against Miami this year, and coming off a 5 game winning streak. It's the perfect time to meet up with the Marlins who can't seem to figure us out. However, we open with Fernandez, whom the Braves have managed to avoid so far this season. Jose Fernandez has a 2.57 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and he's generally dominant with his strikeouts at 118 this season. He'll be tough to get past, but if we can the Braves have had success against Conley.
The Mets series will be about revenge. The Mets got embarrassed by the Braves in NY, and I expect they'll want some payback in Turner Field. However, we once again miss the Mets best starter in Noah Syndergaard, so that could play to our advantage. The Braves beat Harvey, Matz, and deGrom all in a row in NY, and the odds of beating all of them again aren't great. They are good pitchers for a reason. Also, the Braves face Bartolo Colon who they absolutely struggle against for no apparent reason at all. We'll see if the hot bats continue this week, because last week they were the great equalizer in terms of winning.
What a week at the plate we had over the last 7 days. Freddie Freeman hit .538 on the week with 4 doubles, a triple, and 2 homers. Adonis Garcia hit .467, Eric Aybar hit .400, and we had 4 other guys hitting over .250 in the lineup. That's gangbusters for this bunch of sad bats. Now, can they transfer some of that hot streak into this week? It's been an up and down year, so I guess we'll find out.
The CPA is 29-31 on the year, and picking 6 games in a row likely will lead to some really strange picks in the system since it changes on a week to week basis, but oh well. Let's see what we've got.
Game 1 - Marlins by 2
Game 2 - Braves by 1
Game 3 - Mets by 1
Game 4 - Braves by 2
Game 5 - Braves by 1
Game 6 - Mets by 1
The CPA is predicting 3-3 on this week, which honestly I'd be fine with given how we've played leading up to this point. If the Braves could finish at the All-Star break with over 30 wins, I'd consider that a win. We'd be setting ourselves up to maybe have a stronger second half and possibly not lose 100 games. MAYBE! It's unlikely but I'm holding out hope.