ATLANTA A few hours before Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had some words of praise for his starting pitcher, Ben Lively. “He’s just very competitive,” Mackanin said of the 25-year-old right-hander. The Braves’ first six hitters of the game all reached base on hits (three singles, two doubles and a homer) and five of them scored.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 4:26 am
Freddie Freeman stopped taking batting practice several weeks ago to save some of the remaining strength in his left wrist that was broken by a pitch in mid-May, but don’t think about giving the Atlanta Braves first baseman any other kind of rest. “I’m going to go out there every day,” said Freeman of his goal to not miss any of his team’s remaining 11 games. As the Braves conclude their final homestand of the first season at SunTrust Park with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies beginning Friday night, Atlanta fans can only dream about what could have been if Freeman hadn’t missed nearly eight weeks.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:01 am
The New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Mets are expecting manager Terry Collins to retire after this year. The 68-year-old Collins has been with New York since 2011, racking up 578 wins (and counting) along with a National League pennant and back-to-back trips to the playoffs. Of course, as with most things Mets, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a simple affair.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:27 am
Gio Gonzalez gave up seven hits and five earned runs against the Atlanta Braves in an 8-0 loss last week in Washington, D.C. that began with the Nationals’ lefty striking out the first six batters he retired around two singles (one an RBI hit) and a double before things went pear-shaped in the top of the third. “Just one of those games you can’t really understand what happened, just pick up what you can and go from there.” – Gio Gonzalez on start vs ATL in D.C. A walk, single, and three-run HR by Freddie Freeman put the visiting Braves up 4-0, and two doubles in the top of the fourth made it five runs total against the southpaw. “It was weird to me,” Gonzalez explained after that game, “you get the strikeouts then all of a sudden the hits came in, it was one of those games you just take it for what it was, sweep it under the rug, get ready for tomorrow.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:43 pm