Atlanta exercised the contract options on these players on Tuesday. Hope Mac bounces back after offseason shoulder surgery. Hudson and Maholm will help the rotation. Would like to see Atlanta pick up an outfielder this winter. Pagan? Bourn? Hamilton? Ross must be re-signed. Hinske? Not so much…
Atlanta certainly didn’t play good enough defense to win (3 errors), but this contest will forever be known as the “Infield Fly Rule Game”. What a terrible call in the bottom of the 8th. The ball was definitely in the outfield and the ump clearly called it too late. Potentially a game-changing call. The bases would’ve been loaded with one out and who knows what might have happened. I don’t blame the fans’ reaction. What a travesty. And I thought only football had replacement refs.
And another thing: MLB admitted later on Twitter they didn’t understand the infield fly rule, and then mysteriously took it away. Coinsidence? I think not…
This whole one game Wild Card playoff format is pure garbage. Baseball is played in series of games, not single elimination Mr. Selig. This isn’t football. Baseball wonks don’t care about the fans or about rewarding teams for good records accumulated during the season.( Braves had at least six more wins than the Cards). They only care about the almighty dollae and maximizing TV ratings. I feel sorry for Chipper that his career ended this way.
Atlanta beat the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon in Ben Sheet’s final major league start. He pitched a perfect 1st. Uggla continued his recent surge with an RBI single. Chipper pinch-hit late, singled, and eventually came around to score on J.C. Boscan’s RBI single. Great way to tune up for the playoffs. Atlanta plays the Cardinals at the Ted on Friday. Go Medlen!
Tommy Hanson had yet another rough start. Ben Sheets takes the mound in tomorrow’s regular season finale. It will be the final start of his career.
Paul Maholm pitched great- eight strikeouts and 2 runs allowed over 7 innings- but the batsmen failed to support him. The only run came in the 3rd. Heyward singled home Bourn. With the loss, Atlanta will play in the play-in Wildcard game on Friday October 5. Looks like the Cardinals will be the opponent.