Braves On The Ropes?
It was always going to be difficult when pitcher Charlie Morton suffered a leg injury in Game 1 of the Series.
Still, the Braves rallied (especially in Game 4!) to take a 3-1 series lead.
All day, yesterday, I wondered who Brian Snitker would give the ball to for Game 5.
Never heard of him, but OK — with Morton gone, perhaps this is the best option.
The good side of a kid getting his first start is that his opponent hasn’t had an opportunity to study tape on him.
The bad side of a kid getting his first start (in the World Series, no less!) is the pressure and emotions of pitching on this stage.
Davidson got through the 1st inning alright, then his mates spotted him with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st.
That should have been enough, except..
When a kid is hyped and “pumped”, I wonder how easy it is to throw strikes consistently — especially, again, on this big of a stage.
Hindsight being 20/20, I wonder if starting Max Fried at home would have been the better move.
I think, at home, he’d would have settled down and given the Braves 5-6 solid innings.
Now, I really wonder what Snitker is going to do.
Anyone who has seen Fried pitch on the road this postseason is not excited about the idea of him (likely) getting the ball for Game 6 – but that’s probably going to be the move.
With that in mind, it’s likely we’ll get 7 games.
Hopefully Ian Anderson gets the ball and does his best “1991 John Smoltz Game 7” impersonation.