Well, boys, we’re back.
And, in pure form, today ended in dramatic fashion.
Game one of our first series with the New York Mets marks opening day for Braves fans everywhere; and it could already be in contention for pitching duel of the year.
Jacob deGrom and Mike Soroka put on a clinic today, totaling 11 K’s with the only run coming from a historic swing.
Look at this. I am so happy for this man. All the baseball joy in the world. pic.twitter.com/mncu453BNI
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 24, 2020
The first home run in almost two years flew off the bat of Cespedes today, giving New York the 1-0 victory.
The final pitch is thrown, the last out is called and the game is over. So; what worked and what didn’t?
What Went Right
If there’s one thing we can count on with a Braves lineup like ours, its defensive gems shining left and right almost every game.
While Soroka did his part and held the ball on the ground, the boys did a great job keeping the ball in control and limiting the scoring to only one.
And, of course, we can’t forget the highlight of today’s acrobatics in the field.
Inciarte proved himself ready to go again, taking a home run back and keeping the deficit short.
Keeping the ball on the ground is important in key matchups, and Ron Washington’s teachings are proving to be beneficial.
In case you didn’t know, Mike Soroka is good at baseball.
Mike Soroka, 94mph Fastball and 83mph Slider, Overlay pic.twitter.com/EYh6CsRkBe
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 24, 2020
Maple Maddux held the dangerous Mets bats off today, posting a line of 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, and 3 K’s. Combining with Martin and Greene, the Braves arms held the Mets to only six hits.
What Didn’t Work
What’s the definition of insanity, you ask> Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Going in to a game like this we already knew we’d see limited offense.
I just don’t think anyone was expecting this limited.
Of course, going up against deGrom, it’s not expected for you to go out and get a hit.
The Mets bullpen did their part today too, limiting the Braves to only three hits on the day. While a shortage in runs can be expected from a pitcher like deGrom, it doesn’t fix the 3 in the H line. Adjustments need to be made if we want to even the series tomorrow.
Game two of the series is scheduled for tomorrow at 4:10 in New York. Stay tuned in to SportsTalkATL for in-game highlights and analysis.