Live Game Thread and Preview: Braves Brewers


 

Live Thread and Preview! Brewers / Braves – Game 1

The Atlanta Braves haven’t had a division title since 2005, and with a division title under their belt now, the Braves are also headed to the postseason for the 3rd time in the last four years.   With tears in his eyes after the NL East clinch yesterday, the division title was clearly important to manager Fredi Gonzalez, but he realizes the real battle is still ongoing – maintaining the best record and clinching home field advantage in the playoffs!

Right now, the Braves lead in that race is mere percentage points, so it will be vital the Atlanta Braves win as many of their remaining seven games in the regular season as possible, particularly in light of their amazing 52-22 home record, and a dismal below .500 road record.  The home field advantage race continues for Atlanta as the Milwaukee Brewers come to Atlanta for a three game series beginning this evening.

Game 1 will feature the Brewers’ RHP Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.26 ERA) against the Braves’ LHP Mike Minor (13-7, 3.19 ERA).  Estrada has pitched very well since coming back off a hamstring and back injury.  He’s 2-0 with an impressive 2.62 ERA in seven starts since returning from his DL stint, and he has struck out thirty batters in just over 27 innings in his past four outings.  That’s pretty good, and the Braves, prone to way too many Ks, will need to be patient.

Mike Minor has his fair share of struggles along with moments of brilliance this season, and had a good outing his last start with six solid innings of 3 run ball against the Washington Nationals.  Minor has struggled in early innings mostly, with a tendency to give up home runs, but if he can get past those first few innings, Mike has been very solid.

The Atlanta Braves will need to begin turning up their offense a notch as the playoffs approach.  They’ve put double digit runs on the board in just two of their past eighteen games, and all too often, we’ve seen small leads squandered with struggles from the bullpen.  Hopefully in the seven remaining games, Braves’ hitters will produce a little more in the run category to give a touch of breathing room to our struggling bullpen.

Game 1 Lineups

Atlanta

1. Jason Heyward (L) CF
2. Jordan Schafer (L) RF
3. Justin Upton (R) LF
4. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
5. Evan Gattis (R) C
8. Paul Janish (R) 2B
9. Mike Minor (R) P


Milwaukee

1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
2. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
3. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Khris Davis (R) LF
6. Sean Halton (R) 1B
8. Jeff Bianchi (R) SS
9. Marco Estrada (R) P

 

Final Thoughts and Live Thread

Frankly, I know that Freddie Freeman certainly needs the rest.  The league MVP candidate has played well, and often this year, but with the Braves’ need to win as many games as possible down the stretch, one has to wonder about the wisdom of Joey T. at 1st.  The same can be said of playing Janish at 2nd.  Granted, his glove is as good as Elliot Johnson‘s, but I would argue his bat is not nearly as good.  All teams walk a fine line between resting players and fielding the best lineup though, so we’ll just have to hope the rest given will pay dividends later, with little damage in the present.

 

Join us tonight for our Live Thread!  We’ll talk all things baseball, and all things Braves!  Just scroll down to our comments section and rant, rave, gloat, groan, or whatever else floats your boat.  Just keep it clean! :)  Go Braves!

Tags: Atlanta Braves FanSided

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Join us for our Live Thread, and let’s talk about how the Braves are going to play hard to maintain home field advantage in the playoffs.

  • Jeff Schafer

    Well…Carlos Gomez, welcome to Turner Field

  • Jeff Schafer

    Rough 1st inning for Minor but gets out with only giving up 1 run

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Better late than never. Was finishing up supper.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Wow Cuddyer really turned it up last few games

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Chris Johnson strikes out swinging. One out.

  • Jeff Schafer

    Dale Murphy just posted a photo of Chipper in the stands

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah saw that

  • Jeff Schafer

    View originalFlag media

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Minor’s Line Through 2: 28 Pitches: 19 Strikes, 9 Balls

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Carlos Gomez strikes out swinging, catcher Evan Gattis to first baseman Joey Terdoslavich. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Minor throwing those odd “knuckle curves”

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    7 pitch at bat so far

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Jonathan Lucroy grounds out softly, pitcher Mike Minor to first baseman Joey Terdoslavich. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Aramis Ramirez singles on a line drive to left fielder Justin Upton. Two out.
    Ramirez continues to eat Braves pitching alive

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Khris Davis flies out to right fielder Jordan Schafer. Three out.

  • fireboss

    Evening all Ice pack on elbow and a stiff back but I’m here

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Evening! Sooner you get all that painting done, the better. We need your typewriter healthy for the postseason ;)

      • fireboss

        Painting is done room nearly reassembled computer doesn’t help the elbow and I’m having the tingling finger as well. we’ll see, maybe I’ll get dragon working

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Naturally Speaking? Fun

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Paul Janish grounds out softly, pitcher Marco Estrada to first baseman Sean Halton. One out.

  • Jeff Schafer

    i just started watching Breaking Bad…anyone else watch that?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Religiously. It’s arguably my favorite show of all time. Sorry to see it go. One more episode.

      • Jeff Schafer

        sweet, i’ve heard nothing but great things and just now have time to watch…on EP #2

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          You won’t regret it. If you buy the DVDs, people will wonder why you’ve grown a scraggly beard, gained weight, and have become a couch potato. It’s that good.

    • fireboss

      I watched the first season but I had so many shows to watch and the network and Dish were fighting so I stopped. Won a gazillion awards. Very well acted show

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Minor’s line so far: 45 Pitches: 31 Strikes, 14 Balls, 1 ER, and 3 SOs

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I’ve thought awhile now… Roy’s on the decline

    • fireboss

      shoulders are like that ask Jason Schmidt

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Indeed, and Doc’s no spring chicken anymore, baseball wise.

  • fireboss

    this manual refresh mode sucks

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      What did fansided support say, if anything?

      • fireboss

        Haven’t heard since I sent them a link

    • Jeff Schafer

      Are you using a Mac or PC?

      • fireboss

        PC

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Still think we need to disconnect our disqus account and maybe re-create, or re-validate. What is strange though, is mine updates fine, so it doesn’t seem to be strictly a disqus issue. What browser you using Fred?

      • fireboss

        Firefox

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies. Standard fix for fixing meta refresh issues

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            Also, if you’ve installed any firefox plugins lately, or extensions, those could be the culprit.

          • fireboss

            I’ve dumped the cache and haven’t added anything since it worked last well. I just downloaded Chrome and will try that but I suspect it may be my firewall in some way .

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Estrada’s Line so far: 44 Pitches: 31 Strikes, 13 Balls, with 0 ERs and 2 SOs

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Golden opportunity he’ah!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Patience Gattis!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Estrada’s been a strikeout machine since he came off the DL

  • fireboss

    On Chrome we’ll see what that does

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      That’s what I use… so *crosses fingers* for ya

      • fireboss

        Well Chrome didn’t even show my comment after I refreshed. It did before but not after. I tried IE the other night with the same result – comment didn’t show. I’ll drop the firewall and see what happens

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Squandered opportunities. smh

  • Jeff Schafer

    Geez, had a chance to get one or two or 22 there….

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Other day I was at work, and posted a live thread. A colleague was commenting, and he could see my posts, and I could see his, but I couldn’t see my own, nor he his own. So, sometimes disqus just screws up. A few minutes, later, it was fine.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Nats Cards just underway

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    hehe Gomez almost tripped, then dropped his hat… comedy at bat

  • fireboss

    welp firewall didn;t make any difference, turned program management off but I don’t see anything different

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Well fansided probably just needs to disconnect our disqus account and then re-create I would say. I’ve read of others having these glitches with Disqus, so it’s not uncommon, but not a lot of real fixes for it.

  • fireboss

    Well,that sucked

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Go Nats! yuck, but yes, Go Nats!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Braves gotta start taking care of their own business. Help by others won’t see you through the playoffs, homefield or not.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I don’t imagine Varvaro appreciated that comment.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Fred, here’s one work around you might consider. Chrome uses “extensions”, what others call plugins. There is an extension called ” Easy Auto Refresh” that you can install, and set it to auto-refresh any webpage you’re on every XX seconds you set. Save you at least from having to keep clicking the button. Don’t know how that might interrupt your posting, but worth a try.

    • fireboss

      Yea I found one for Firefox too but decided against it. Something is messing with Disqus and I for some reason can’t send an animated gif through Tweetdeck or Twitter on the machine but I can on my desktop. Something on here is disagreeing with just a few things but not touching the rest

  • Jeff Schafer

    well that was quick

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Like that first awkward back seat experience.

      • Jeff Schafer

        well…yes

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Gretchen does a good job at looking up stats she don’t know, and then feeding them to Joe, Chip, and Tom, who also don’t know them lol

  • fireboss

    I’m going to break out my tools and see what I can find on this machine that night cause it. i’ll be back if I can fix it

    Heyward didn;t hesitate to dive after that but my heart jumped

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Going to take a break myself. Not feeling 100% right now. Too little sleep and too much work. Back in a bit. Not much danger here lately of missing out on visiting commenters.

  • fireboss

    Just went to Disqus and told them my issue. We’ll see what happens

  • Jeff Schafer

    what just happened?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Janish took a plunk on the leg, and didn’t move much to get out of the way…. Angel Hernandez ruled as much, and didn’t award the base. Fredi argued and got tossed. I don’t like Angel, but it was the right call imo.

      • fireboss

        Indeed it was right but either everyone should call it or they should ignore it

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Agreed. You see it all the time when they take and it don’t get called.

  • fireboss

    My dad would say. Making the stop does no good if the next thing you do isn’t the right thing

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I believe that Simba has now made more errors than CJ, for all the talk about CJs errors, and Simba’s perfection. Just sayin

    • fireboss

      SImba gets to a lot more impossible balls than CJ.Going into the game both CJ and Simba had 13 as did Uggla

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Well, my point is that there’s much talk about CJ’s error, and lack of defense, but he’s improved over previous years when he’d put up as many as 18 or 19 errors. Not a vast improvement, but one nonetheless, and I believe even Chipper averaged almost 14 for his career.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Nats hanging on to a slim 2-1 lead over cards, middle of 4

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Gomez is probably a terrible golfer

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Queen my dishes please

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well, I’m out for the night. This game is like a fart. It stinks.