Braves walk off for the WIN! A good way to end an offensively frustrating game –Andrelton Simmons smacked a change-up into the opposite field gap. In his postgame interview he said he was looking for that pitch and remarked, “I’m getting smarter.” Our little Simba is such an exciting player! I was one of the folks who thought he could handle the leadoff duties before the season started, and I even continued to trumpet him as the leadoff man after his early season struggles. His bat is finally coming around, but it’s showing more power than I ever thought it could, and that makes Simmons more suited to a lower third of the order type hitter. He may still hit .300 down the line, but I’ll be happy with .250, good power, and other-worldly defense.
Your move Maholm: With another good start from Freddy “he knows how to pitch” Garcia, the pressure is on tonight’s starting pitcher Paul Maholm to have a solid outing and show that he deserves the 4th spot in the postseason rotation. Right now Garcia has to have the edge. Whatever he’s discovered, it’s working. Keep in mind that he’s not the first thought-to-be-done pitcher to come to the Braves and find new life. In the playoffs you have to go with the hot hand, so I kind of hate to say that Garcia might be the better option over Maholm… though both make my face cringe as I type this.
3/4 of rotation set: With the 4th starter still to be decided, Fredi Gonzalez has essentially set his postseason rotation by announcing that Medlen will start this Friday, followed by Minor on Saturday and Teheran on Sunday. That’s the way I would line it up, as I mentioned yesterday. Game one of the playoffs is next Thursday, October 3rd.
After the game: the reporters were interviewing David Carpenter, asking him all the usual blah blah questions, and my eye started to wander to the sheet of paper hanging on his locker behind him.
In the background there's a nice dig on Schafer – good natured ribbing. pic.twitter.com/qIeEfKgOPB
— gondeee (@gondeee) September 25, 2013