After a 17-0 loss to the Mets, at home, the Phillies are basically just playing for an empty room these days. I'll bet there were final scores on the NFL schedule this past Sunday that were less lopsided than that loss. Were the Phillies scheduled to have Monday off, or did MLB just grant them one because of how disgusted the league was following that shame spiral.
Meanwhile, the Braves made it so they wouldn't lose 100 games and everybody is bowing down to them.
In late July, the #Braves were on pace for 111 losses. With tonight's win, they guaranteed they wouldn't even lose 100.— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) September 24, 2016
You know, some teams were never on pace to lose three entire months of baseball this year, but you don't see them getting awestruck tweets hashtagged at them. What am I even complaining about anymore.
These games might not be as sparsely attended as you think, though, friend; Turner Field is closing its doors at season's end, and this series, plus another one vs. the Tigers, will be all she wrote. The long, storied history of fans performing a racist chant every inning shall be transferred to Cobb County, where the process of constructing a stadium is being completed with no problems or complaints whatsoever.
Freddie Freeman: This man has a 28-game hit streak going. Gross.
Ender Inciarte: One thing at least one of the Braves has figured out is how to get on base. In the last week alone, Inciarte has eight hits, including a triple, in 22 AB, as well as three walks and a stolen base. He had a positively torrential August, hitting .371 with a .956 OPS after not totaling higher than a .273 BA and .687 OPS through any prior month this season.
Adonis Garcia: He's one of the Braves hitters who has come alive in the season's second half and helped turn this lineup into a... into a lineup. He's one of three Braves hitting over .300 for the last month - the others being Matt Kemp (.320) and Inciarte (.355).
Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez: Throwing these three together since it's really been the same three guys every time I do this anymore anyway. Freddy Galvis gets in the mix, obviously, but he hasn't hit a home run in the week so obviously he is TERRIBLE. Anyway, these three have combined for 25 H, 3 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 15 BB, and 3 SB (All three were Herrera - Cesar tried one but, you guessed it, was caught).
Jerad Eickhoff vs. Julio Teheran, 7:10 p.m.
Adam Morgan vs. Mike Foltynewicz, 7:10 p.m.
Jeremy Hellickson vs. Josh Collmenter, 7:10 p.m.
The Mets are the only winning team against whom Teheran has good numbers (astonishingly good, really - he's posted a 0.90 ERA against them in four starts). He's 0-7 against all others, but the Phillies are no winning team. How has he been against them, smart guy? Well, he's made two starts for a combined 11 IP, which isn't so grand, but he's only allowed 3 ER and 10 H. That being said, Eickhoff's numbers vs. Atlanta are even better - he's kept a boot on their throats with a 1.88 ERA in four starts, averaging 6 IP each time.
Foltynewicz will be making his first start since a line drive bonked him on the calf September 12, while second half inning-eater Morgan has seen his streak of solid, effective performances end, unable to last more than five innings in either of his last two starts.
Lastly, it'll be a wrap on Hellboy come Thursday. The vet makes his last start of the season and presumably his last start with the Phillies. Here's hoping he can somehow summon the very little nostalgia he's generated for this team to ruin part of the Braves' final home stand at Turner Field. Go get 'um, Helly. What're your numbers like against Atlanta these days, anyway? [Checks numbers, sees a 4.08 ERA in three starts vs. Braves] Eh.
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