Mr. Automatic. 105 comments


Freddie Freeman keeps the Braves’ hopes alive with a solo shot in the sixth.

 

Freddie Freeman is about as reliable as they come. The guy rolls out of bed in the morning and gets clutch hits. That’s what he does.

He batted .309 in 2018. He hit .309 batting from the right, .309 batting from the left. He hit .304 at home, .314 away. That’s consistent.

The Braves rode on the back of his steady offense all season long. But the first two games of the playoffs, he and the entire Braves lineup went silent. They exploded for a 5-0 lead early but that didn’t hold up.

With two outs and a five-run lead, Braves starter Sean Newcomb commited the unpardonable sin of walking a batter. Gasp. He just had to be taken out of the game immediately. And the Braves lead evaporated shortly thereafter.

Down two games to none, with the lead suddenly gone, it was starting to get tense in Atlanta. Until Mr. Automatic showed up.

Freddie Freeman hit the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning deep into the right field seats for a 6-5 lead that the Braves clung to.

They are still alive. The series is 2-1. They get a chance to even it tonight in another do-or-die games.

Don’t bet against Freddie Freeman.

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  • Curt Hays

    Only in baseball can something be clutch AND automatic.

    • dearmidol

      Nice one.

    • JacobMcCandles

      HA!!! Nice

  • JacobMcCandles

    BB all day today….Cleve/Stros up first in 5 minutes

  • CrazyEd

    Just out of curiosity I checked the MLB payroll tracker.
    1) Boston 228,398,860
    3) Dodgers 199,582,045
    4) Cubs 194,259,933
    6) Yankees 179,598,151
    9) Astros 163,524,216
    13) Rockies 143,968,544
    14) Indians 142,804,703

    18) Braves 130,599,395
    22) Brewers 108,982,016
    28) Oakland 80,315,288
    League Avg) 139,153,883
    Rangers 16) 140,625,018
    Luxury Tax Cap) 197,000,000
    So, Boston, Giants(2), and Dodgers have a fine to pay and a loss/change of draft pick order to deal with. How much and how big depends on how far over the limit they are and if they are repeat offenders.

    • elkaba

      Yeah. Who says money doesn’t matter in baseball.

  • dearmidol

    Josh Donaldson. New uniform, same hair.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Clevinger reminds me of Lincecum

      • dearmidol

        He does.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Something to watch….Keuchel’s ERA is close to 9.00 in the first inning….after that closer to 3.00

    • dearmidol

      He wasn’t dominating this season.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Terrible start…pretty good finish,,,but overall you are right. Different pitcher now

  • dearmidol

    Bregman is amazing.

    • JacobMcCandles

      MVP type year…but Betts and Trout will prob finish ahead of him

      • dearmidol

        JD Martinez too.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Good call

          • dearmidol

            Bregman is still young. He will win an MVP soon, I imagine.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Trout needs to get older,,,LOL

          • dearmidol

            Trout is getting better.

  • CrazyEd

    Clevenger is filthy.

    • dearmidol

      He is.

      • JacobMcCandles

        5 innings tops for Clevinger

    • JacobMcCandles

      Astros have pushed him hard and his pitch count is high……..Marwin just misses a Grand slam

  • JacobMcCandles

    That inning was huge for Clevinger

  • dearmidol

    I’m glad they brought back Clevinger.

  • JacobMcCandles

    The newest Mr October…… Springer!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Last inning for Clevinger

    • dearmidol

      This will be for sure.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He has good stuff today but Houston has been patient

  • JacobMcCandles

    Franconia is the best…but he has overused Bauer

  • JacobMcCandles

    Great hustle by Bregman….Cleve feeling the heat

  • CrazyEd
    • dearmidol

      Yep.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Ed….Walt Garrison told the best story about Don…..said they were flying back and plane was going down cuz of probs….guys were telling,praying and Walt looked over at Don and Don raised his whiskey and said “boys it’s been a good ride”

      • CrazyEd

        I like it!!!!!

        • JacobMcCandles

          His son made a great documentary about him

  • JacobMcCandles

    Even the best mgr in the business can make mistakes….Bauer was overused….pk out your fav broom

  • JacobMcCandles

    Mr October goes deep again

    • dearmidol

      Wow, he is amazing. He’s our Rougned Odor.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And much better

  • VladHOForever

    Folt…foltz…foltw….that guy is starting for the Braves 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      Folty…Stro traded to get Gattis

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cleve power guys Donaldson,Encarcinon,Ramirez 2 hits and 0 RBIs for the series…..

  • JacobMcCandles

    Brooms in hand

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just when you think you have seen
    .everything…..first time pitchers ever made 3 errors (Cleve) and first time same guy lead off Astros Kemp

    Astros BP 10 innings 1 run 4 hits 10 SOs

  • JacobMcCandles

    Braves go up

  • dearmidol

    If I owned an MLB team, I would immediately hire John Smoltz to run it. He is such a baseball genius.

    • JacobMcCandles

      True competitor…….Good golfer as well

      • dearmidol

        He is not buying this home run or bust philosophy.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Nor should he…..ESPN influence

  • dearmidol

    3-0. Pitch right down the middle. Then a foul. Then a strikeout.

    • dearmidol

      Two out of three.

  • dearmidol

    Red Sox-Yankees, Game 3. Big game.

  • dearmidol

    Can’t believe Angel Hernandez is an umpire in the playoffs.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yeah thats damn baffling as it is supposed to be evaluations that drive it,,,he was a WASH hater

      • dearmidol

        He sued MLB last year for discrimination. This is payback.

        • JacobMcCandles

          ??? For what

          • Rowdy Yates

            MLB front office was discriminating against ‘incompetence’.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good grief

          • dearmidol

            He said he wasn’t getting post season opportunities because he’s Hispanic.

  • dearmidol

    Even the announcers are aware of his suckiness.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Its BB and anything can and will happen but the three best teams are in the AL

    • dearmidol

      I think Milwaukee is pretty solid.

      • JacobMcCandles

        They are but all three remaining teams in the AL are better

        • dearmidol

          Houston looked pretty solid this series. Like unbeatable.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah and they are not even hitting on all cylinders…..but that BP is phenomenal

  • dearmidol

    Angel Hernandez looks like he is just guessing.

  • dearmidol

    Another overturned call from Angel Hernandez.

  • dearmidol

    I am calling it for Judge right here.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Someone was complaining about the the lack of competion in BB series…..I prefer to embrace more talented teams….and tis is nothing new have always been sweeps or teams that choke…thats been BB since the beginning

    • dearmidol

      I agree. The better teams are advancing. I hope Boston wins this series and the Yankees aren’t rewarded for being all all or nothing team.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….yanks are good but I thought they were the less of the three,,,SP staff is not top notch

  • dearmidol

    A hit and run. Nice to see.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I know its football…but after tonight Brees will be #1 in career yards in NFL

  • dearmidol

    Bases loaded, no outs. Let’s see about five runs here.

  • JacobMcCandles

    This inning could finish the game….might have to call Saul

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well thats game….talking to Saul

    • dearmidol

      Season finale.

      • dearmidol

        Have you watched the show after, Lodge 49? I love that show.

  • GoRangers23

    Ooh 7-0! I like it! I was finally able to turn on the game.

    • dearmidol

      The Yankees have a homer crazy offense, so they can score. Red Sox need to pile it on.

      • GoRangers23

        I’m really going to be mad if they lose it after scoring 7 runs to 0.

        • dearmidol

          It would be a total collapse.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Would love to see my Brewers in WS against either Houston or Boston but would not enjoy watching them get pounded.

    • dearmidol

      I think they have a chance to win it all. Good team.

      • JacobMcCandles

        If they had their best starter they wouldve had a chance

  • dearmidol

    8-0.

  • GoRangers23

    Mitch hurt. Total bummer!

    • dearmidol

      Maybe a hamstring.

  • dearmidol

    10-0.

    • GoRangers23

      Yay!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Sure have been a buncha butt kickings in the Playoffs this year. Not good for MLB.

    • dearmidol

      I do like this game, though. Ten runs so far, not a single home run.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sweep or no sweep….its post season BB, and I always enjoy it…like I said before who acres if teams get swept other than TV….just embrace the better teams….nothing new here

    • elkaba

      No competition to be found except NY and Boston… and then this blow out.

      • JacobMcCandles

        There is competition in all series..best team win….this opinion is bizarre to me???

  • dearmidol

    Angel Hernandez is horrible.

    • GoRangers23

      He really is, and everyone knows it. It’s a shame they won’t make him retire, or fire him for incompetence.

      • dearmidol

        They can’t because he sued them last year for racial discrimination. They are stuck with him now.

        • GoRangers23

          Wow. How in the world did he win that? It couldn’t have taken much to prove he isn’t good at his job. All of his work is on video for crying out loud.

  • dearmidol

    Angel Hernandez is so bad.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Only one umpire worse

  • Rowdy Yates

    Love seeing Yankee Stadium 50%+ empty in the 6th inning of a playoff game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Huge win tonight for me with Saints

  • GoRangers23

    Ouch. Holt hits for the cycle in a Post Season game against the Yankees. The Yankees had a position player pitching. 16-1. Again, ouch.