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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

AJC: Simmons’ error costly as Braves’ skid reaches 7 games

Even in games when the Braves gave Aaron Harang little or no offensive support, they at least played crisp defense behind the veteran pitcher. That changed Monday against the Cardinals, when an error by the Braves’ best defender led to two unearned runs in a 4-3 loss that extended their skid to seven games.

The Braves rallied most of the way back from 4-0 deficit with a two-run sixth inning and Ramiro Pena’s seventh-inning homer, but they couldn’t complete the comeback on a night when they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position to continue a disturbing trend. Pena also doubled, but the utility man was in no mood to enjoy his productive night.

“At the end of the day we lost, and we need to win games,” Pena said.

Jason Heyward doubled with one out in the seventh and was stranded there when the inning ended, and the Braves had two on in the ninth when suddenly slumping Justin Upton struck out looking to end the game, his fourth strikout of the night and 11th in four games.

The Braves are 6-for-51 with runners in scoring position during their losing streak, their longest since an eight-game skid in May 2012. They took some solace in hitting several balls hard with runners on base.

“We were in the game the whole game,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “That’s something we haven’t been able to say the past week. So you’ve got to take the positives when you get them, and go in tomorrow with a better mindset.”

Depressoteric Posted: May 06, 2014 at 04:52 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 06, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4701596)
There are so many great things about this losing streak that one could go on for hours.

Perhaps the best thing out of all of them though is that it has caused The Psychopath to stop posting the pitching matchups with his stupid-ass commentary attached.
   2. Depressoteric Posted: May 06, 2014 at 07:10 PM (#4701602)
Perhaps the best thing out of all of them though is that it has caused The Psychopath to stop posting the pitching matchups with his stupid-ass commentary attached.
A lot of us liked those "stupid-ass commentaries," you know.

In fact, I think you're literally the only person who has a problem with them.
   3. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:18 AM (#4701818)
The Psychopath
But you're the... nevermind.
   4. Bug Selig Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:43 AM (#4701872)
Aaron Harang should definitely march into the manager's office and request that he no longer have to pitch in front of that butcher.
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:33 AM (#4701896)
Simmons just needs to spend 15 minutes taking infield practice with Chipper Jones.
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4701914)
I miss the pitching matchups already.
   7. Bitter Mouse Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4701921)
The Psychopath


What LA Hombre said. Though I admit I clicked on this thread with the hopes that Rickey! would be gnashing his teeth and rending his garments here. I don't want him "person miserable", but a little bit of "sport's misery" is OK.

Of course I follow the Twins, like the Cubs and the SF Giants, and my basketball team is the Timberwolves and football team is the Vikings. So while there has been some success, I am plenty familiar with sport's misery.
   8. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4702015)
Miami Marlins at home: .305/.370/.484 (675 at bats)
Miami Marlins on road: .215/.287/.333 (405 at bats)

Those away at bats come in the following locations:

Turner Field (Atlanta) - offensively neutral
Coors Field (Colorado) - hitter friendly
Chavez Ravine (LAD) - pitcher friendly
CitiField (NYM) - offensively neutral
Citizens Bank (Philly) - hitter friendly
San Diego - pitcher friendly
Seattle - pitcher friendly
Washington - offensively neutral

While it only impacted one game during the recent losing streak (the last game in FLA where the Braves scored 3 runs), the Marlins are *clearly* stealing signs at home.

The Braves recent woes, wherein they were so horrifically bad that they actually fell a half game behind the Nationals in the NL East for a day, are entirely driven by the offense going into one of its semi-regular tanks. It has nothing to do with expected pitching performances or the absurd numbers the Marlins are putting up at home vs on the road.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4702030)
You might want to double-check that Marlins schedule. I'm not going to look up each one, but I know they haven't been to Coors Field yet this year.
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4702041)
They haven't played any road games outside the NL East.

   11. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4702090)
You might want to double-check that Marlins schedule. I'm not going to look up each one, but I know they haven't been to Coors Field yet this year


My bad. Pulled the wrong table info from B-REF. Here's the actual away games.

.198/.236/.257 @ Turner Field
.200/.279/.340 @ CitiField
.250/.336/.385 @ Citizens Bank
.210/.292/.350 @ Nats Park
.305/.370/.484 @ home

Of those five stadiums, the only one with any history of offensive value is Citizens Bank. The other three play +/- 3 points from park neutral. It's getting to be a big sample of absurdly large splits in the Fish's favor at home.
   12. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4702581)
ROFL. Just a few days ago we had one Braves fan here telling us that the whole Marlins stealing signs thing was really just some tongue-in-cheek joke, and we've got another loon here still insisting that, yes, the Marlins are really stealing signs at home.

Stuff like this is why I get so much entertainment out of this place.
   13. mos def panel Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4702584)
I think we need jackkeefe's take on this, Al.

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