Yeah, yeah. I know it’s Wednesday and the column is late. Unlike other people I don’t get paid for writing snarky blog entries about baseball, I do it for free. The week has been brutal to put it mildly. Not San Francisco Giants brutal, maybe more like New York Mets brutal? I don’t know. I get the feeling the Mets are going to fold like a cheap suit and the wild cards will be the Cardinals and the Giants.
September 12th, Chaz Roe of the Atlanta Braves. I kid you not, THAT is his legal name. Well Chaz Daniel Roe, but still. It’s like a name from a late 80’s early 90’s Nintendo baseball video game.
It’s quite apropos since the game already looked like “video game baseball” what with a 7-5 lead the Braves had over the Marlins going into the 6th inning. Although to be honest, this was all Iran Krol’s fault. The man was completely unable to get a single freaking out.
Single, Single, Single (RBI) and… Single. Yes, we’re definitely channeling R.B.I. baseball at this point.
Chaz came in to put out the fire. All in all it was decent outing. He faced the Wounded Giant, Giancarlo Stanton. It was a sacrifice fly (better than a home run), so the run came in and Chaz gets the blown save. He intentionally walked Justin Bour to strike out Really Speedy Bastard er- J.T. Realmuto and managed to induce an Adeinys Hechavarria ground out to end the threat.
Later on the Braves would score five more runs to get a REAL lead and not a tenuous one. All Hail Chaz Roe, Winning R.B.I. Baseball Pitcher.
September 13th, Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets. Pitching Sensation Jeurys Familia is usually fairly reliable. Though he tends to blow about 5 games a year which isn’t bad considering he’s saved 49 games so far. That’s about a 90% save rate. That’s pretty good.
Jeurys came in the 9th inning of a 3-1 game to do what he does best: Close out games. Apparently he was replaced by an imposter and the real Familia was tied to a chair, gagged and locked in the bullpen bathroom, because he immediately surrended a single to Daniel Murphy and Harper reached on a throwing error (by Reyes, not Familia).
Things got worse as Anthony Rendon singled driving in Murphy. Wilson Ramos would bring in the tying run hitting a ball that was deflected by Familia.
At this point the real Familia breaks out of the bathroom and yells: “The Man is an Imposter!”
Not really, but that would have been so funny. Zimmerman lined out to James Loney for out number one and Clint Robinson hit into a douple play to end the inning. T.J. Rivera would hit a home run in the 10th. Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined for the save in the 10th inning.
BTW I find Familia’s entrance song is way too campy for a closer. I know his friend composed it for him and everything, but the idea is to put in some music that will let the opposition know that it’s game over man. While “La Sagrada Familia” is way too long as a song, there are certain sections that would be awesome for entrance music. The lyrics are even apropos. But that’s just me.