SWORDS..........PEARLS........NOW TOMAHAWK STEAKS!!!!!
Whatever random, inanimate object the Braves and their fanbase want to use as a means of motivation, the results speak for themselves.
All kidding aside, in the first two games of the NLCS, the Braves have clearly not played at their best. However, what they have done is make the most of their opportunities, especially late in games. In Game 1, it was Austin Riley. In Game 2, it was Eddie Rosario. Now, the Braves and Dodgers head west as the series shifts to Los Angeles.
Winning Game 1 was ideal, and winning Game 2 is absolutely outstanding. The Dodgers now must beat the Braves in four out of five games to win the series. Of course, this exact same scenario played out last year, in which the Dodgers reeled off three straight to advance after being down three games to one. However, not only is Atlanta’s personnel different this year when it comes to their pitching, but a year later, you can bet this roster remembers what last year felt like.
And they have no desire for history too repeat itself.
Especially with swords, pearls, tomahawk steaks, and if necessary, homefield advantage on their side.
- While Rosario played the role of hero, it was Riley and Joc Pederson that continued their consistency in the clutch, as they combined for three RBIs in the victory over the Dodgers.
- Another big key to the Braves victory was third base coach Ron Washington remaining aggressive and putting the pressure on the Dodgers defense.
- Despite their resourcefulness late in games, another key development for both the Braves and Dodgers is that Atlanta’s Game 2 victory occurred while both Max Scherzer and Julio Urias pitched significant amounts in the game. After the contest, Scherzer spoke about how his arm felt fatigued.
- While the Braves are certainly feeling the benefits of big hits like Pederson’s mammoth home run off Scherzer, the Dodgers are not having nearly as much luck finding clutch contributions this series.
- On the Talking Chop Podcast, Brad Rowland and Eric Cole recap a special night and all that occurred to make it happen on Sunday night.
- Though his departure from St. Louis was a bit surprising, Mike Shildt certainly could find other teams interested in his services. The San Diego Padres seem to be looking for a chance to talk to Shildt about their manager opening.
- While the Braves benefitted from arguably the best infield in the majors this season, the Astros infield unit are becoming one of the most productive infields of all-time due to their longevity and success together.
- Major League Baseball seems to have interest in making games more available to fans. Talks are taking place on how MLB could launch a streaming service available to those without cable.
- Major League Baseball seems to also be looking at ways to improve the overall experience for minor league ballplayers. In an historical announcement, the league will require its teams to provide housing to their minor league players starting next season.