Game Thread 8/28: Indians at Braves

Dilip Vishwanat

BJ and Uggla are back!

Loading Scores

1. Jordan Schafer - RF
2. Justin Upton - LF
3. Freddie Freeman - 1B
4. Chris Johnson - 3B
5. Brian McCann - C
6. Dan Uggla - 2B
7. B.J. Upton - CF
8. Andrelton Simmons - SS
9. Paul Maholm - P

Two questions:

  1. How do you normally type a person's name like B.J.? Do you insert the punctuation or not? "B.J." or "BJ". Personally, I just want to type BJ because we get that the periods are there, but I was curious what people did, not necessarily whether it's "grammatically" correct.
  2. What do you think of the game threads as currently constructed, at least when I do them? I try putting some information about that night's starting pitcher below whatever random information I put in this section, but I'm not sure if anyone looks at it or not. I'm not looking for a "Yeah, it's awesome. You're so great!" response. I'm curious what you want/don't want in game threads so that we can make them better. Obviously, we can't make them too detailed because of time constraints, etc., but if there's something simple you would like to see in addition to or instead of the pitcher report, let me know. Thanks.

*wonders if anyone reads this part anyway*

Masterson_medium
Scouting Report: Sinker, slider, sinker, sinker, slider. That's about what you get with Justin Masterson. He's essentially a two-pitch pitcher who slings it in there from a low, low 3/4 angle. Despite the limitations of having two pitches and a low arm slot - fewer pitches to worry about and giving lefties a loooong look at the ball, respectively - Masterson has been an above-average pitcher for most of his career by keeping the ball on the ground.

Analysis: Masterson is having one of his best seasons so far. He's missing more bats - 24% K rate instead of his normal 17% - while adding more sliders to his arsenal than ever before. While the righty doesn't have masterful control, his ability to keep the ball on the ground - a 58.5% GB% that ranks as the best in the MLB - makes him a very good pitcher to have around. As for the splits, they're pretty gnarly as his FIP is a full run and a half higher against lefties than righties. Probably would have been a good night to start Terdoslavich instead of BJ or B.J. or the older Upton.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker