The Braves play the Nationals today in a rare Friday afternoon game. Unless my memory is starting to soften, I can’t ever remember the Braves playing a regularly scheduled tilt on a Friday afternoon. Can you?
Half the Braves fan base probably won’t realize the game was played in the afternoon until they sit down with their favorite beverage after dinner and turn on the TV to watch a game that is long over.
I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide if this is a “key” series against the Nationals. Win or lose there will be 156 games left in the season unless a game or games are postponed due to inclement weather, earthquake, or problems with the Obamacare website. So it really isn’t a “key” series unless the Braves win or lose all three.
Lose all three and fall four games behind the Nationals with 2-3 more weeks before Minor and Floyd return to the starting rotation would not be a good thing.
The Braves home opener is Tuesday and I don’t like having that event after the season has gone on for over a week. It is like arriving at a New Year’s Eve party at 1:30 in the morning. Nonetheless, make sure you get your tickets for the game, this is your first opportunity to see the Braves collection of new millionaires in person.
Have a great Friday and don’t forget to pick up your parting gifts on the way out.