Today’s game was a noon start on getaway day. They used to call these games a businessman’s
special. That never made much sense to
me. If a man or a woman is working in
the day, what makes us think they can take most of the day off to go to the
I promised Rob I’d talk today about JC’s paper on changes in
aggregate player compensation over time.
I’m not going to do it, and Rob can fire me if he wants to. I preemptively agree to a 50% cut in pay this
week, but I plan to grace the off day next week with a piece on an economist’s
take on the Albies extension.
I still love, Max. Last time he was great, this time he started off good by not great. He went deep into counts but scraped by through three. The dam finally burst in the 4 th after Fried got the first two outs. Four straight hits later, the D’Backs had a 2-0 lead and Max’s ERA finally went above 0.00. He didn’t look good and…
With the Braves splitting a home series with the Mets, the season is around 10% done. The race that we thought there would be is on. The Mets, Phillies, and Braves are within a half game with the Nationals 2 games back of the lead. So no one has come out of the gate red hot, and no one has disappointed, other than maybe the…
Finally. We have our first Saturday night victory of the new season which you know who will help us celebrate in the traditional manner. It was a great game to watch, full of incident and good things following bad but it was nearly ruined by Chip’s inane and irrelevant asides to the action on…
For the second night in a row, the Mets treated the Braves like the ‘before’ picture in one of those Charles Atlas adds and kicked sand in their faces, this time abusing Kyle Wright to the tune of all six runs on eight hits and 4 walks in just 3 2/3 innings. Atlanta falls to 0-5 against the NL East major league teams…
I know IWOTM, but they must have been reading their “Weaver
on Strategy.” Five of the Mets’ runs
scored by a three run homer in the second (two walks followed by a blast) and a
two run homer in the seventh (a walk followed by a blast). Their other run was on three straight singles
with two outs in the sixth.
Opinions might vary on what the worst Braves game was last year, but no matter how you slice it, the 14-10 loss to the Cubs in weather that everyone admitted after the game was unbaseballable, is, I suspect, in everyone’s top three. That game was just under one year ago.
We had a chance to repeat it in the Rocky Mountains today. Sense…
Much was made about the Braves not getting a bigger bat for right field than Nick Markakis or for the catching spot than Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers. Between a huge improvement from Dansby Swanson so far, Nick essentially repeating his performance from 2018, Ronald Acuna doing his best Hank Aaron impression, and Ozzie Albies hitting like he did at the beginning of last year,…
Soroka ended his day by escaping a bases-loaded threat in the fifth. He allowed one run and four hits over five innings (84 pitches). He threw 30 sliders. His previous high was 26 sliders during a 90-pitch effort in Miami on May 12