With apologies to those whose graphics I stole* from the Internet, this is the Official Undead Offense/Undead Game Thread for today’s contest between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves’ offense has been in decay - zombie-like decay, in fact – with mostly sluggish slugging and a lot of time taken off between their occasional attacks… just like your average zombie apocalypse B-movie script.
The Phils come in today with a chance to sweep the Braves right out of Atlanta and on towards an even tougher task with the Washington Nationals – whom they face for four games starting Thursday. Yes, while it’s still kinda early, but you have to wonder if the momentum of this season might turn on this team’s performance over the next week.
Accordingly, Fredi Gonzalez has not only shuffled the lineup, he has outright taken a shotgun to it, by cutting off its head and recreating it like some mad scientist:
- Leading off: Tommy La Stella (!)
- Ramiro Pena (SS)
- Freddie Freeman (1B)
- Evan Gattis (C)
- Jason Heyward (RF)
- Chris Johnson (3B)
- Ryan Doumit (LF)
- Jordan Schafer (CF)
- Aaron Harang (P)
Not only are BOTH Uptons sitting today, not only is Simmons sitting, but there’s the strong hint of different things still to come with this lineup:
Fredi is going to try La Stella in the lead off spot for a bit. Not just day game after night game thing. See what happens
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) June 18, 2014
Wow. That’s gonna be interesting going forward.
Game time is 12:10 Eastern: join us — if you DARE!!
*The bobbleheads can be purchased:
- Left side zombie bobblehead: use this link
- Right side zombie bobblehead: use this link
- Center: hard to tell, but follow this link – I think you can get it on a T-Shirt.