Well, it looks like September is still upon us. The Braves lost 1-0 to the Mets, and the offense did worse than that sounds. There were five 1-2-3 innings and with runners in scoring position, the Braves went 0-6 with 2 BB. Another horrible sign was the ONE line drive out of the 23 batted balls, the one being Pastornicky’s triple. Overall, the slashline for today was .129/.206/.226, with a BABIP of .174, expected with a sub-5% line drive rate. The Braves weren’t unlucky; they didn’t do enough to score.
The Braves pitching was alright, only allowing one run, but was not nearly as effective against Mets hitters. The slashline was .241/.333/.276 with a .304 BABIP. The Mets hit four line drives and nine ground balls out of 23 batted balls, a fairly standard batted ball profile. Hanson had an unimpressive 3 BB, 4 K performance, plus 58% flyballs, good for an xFIP near 5.00. Medlen threw 20 of his 21 pitches for strikes, but only got two swings and misses.
While there are a lot of stats above, this is not supposed to show any sort of future predictions. This is meant to show more than what a normal boxscore does. Hopefully I’ll be able to show some more favorable stats in the future. On a side note, only 14 runs were scored in the first five finals of the day, so it looks like it will be another low-scoring April this year.