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Game Thread 9/13 Braves vs Rangers

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A mediocre pitcher is making his debut, get the everclear ready

Rick Yeatts

Happy Julio Teheran Day Braves fans! So the good news is the Braves are starting their ace Julio Teheran this afternoon. Teheran is facing the worst offense in the American League. The Rangers are starting a pitcher who is making his first big league start and had a 4.10 ERA in AAA this season. Basically everything is lined up perfectly for Atlanta here.

Except the Braves are still the Braves. Emilio Bonifacio is leading off because of the insidious nature of heuristics in the decision making process in humans. Ramiro Pena is getting a start so the Braves are basically batting a pitcher ninth even though the game is in an AL park. Also the Braves lost to the Rangers last night which already makes this series a disaster.

Regardless, logic and the evidence available suggest Atlanta will win this game. Things can go wrong because they have always seemed to this year but seriously this is as winnable as games get in MLB.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Emilio Bonifacio - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Leonys Martin - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Phil Gosselin - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Elvis Andrus - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Freddie Freeman - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Rougned Odor - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Upton - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Adrian Beltre - DH</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jason Heyward - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ryan Rua - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Christian Bethancourt - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Tomas Telis - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Tommy La Stella - DH</td><td class="td-first td-name">Adam Rosales - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Andrelton Simmons - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Luis Sardinas - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ramiro Pena - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Michael Choice - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name"></td><td class="td-first td-name"></td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Julio Teheran - RHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Lisalverto Bonilla - RHP</td></tr></tbody>

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