September 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game 3 vs. Nationals
The Braves won 5-4 on Saturday as Andrelton Simmons was hit by a pitch to bring home the go-ahead run in the eighth. It’s just the latest example of the Braves finding new ways to win.
The Braves will go for a series sweep against the Nationals tonight after going 5-10 against them coming into today. Mike Minor is on the mound for Atlanta, sporting a 4.42 ERA and 4.54 FIP in 161 innings. He pitched 5.2 shutout innings on two hits with eight strikeouts against the Brewers last time out, increasing his K% to 19.9%.
Gio Gonzalez will go for the Nationals, recording a 2.93 ERA and 2.84 FIP with a 25.6% strikeout rate, including a career-best 9.1% walk rate. Gonzalez is fourth in baseball in fWAR at 4.9, including the second-best FIP in MLB behind teammate Stephen Strasburg.
Braves.com recap for Saturday’s win.
AJC quotes following Saturday’s win. Fredi Gonzalez: “It’s important because our eyes are still on trying to get the division because the wild card is so hard and so difficult with the one-game playoff. But at the very least if we don’t catch them because they’ve got a good club you could hang your hat, and say, we may meet them after the first round, the play-in playoff game. if it ends right now, we’d play them. and it’s always good to play good with your opponent the last time you’ve seen them.”
Brian McCann is day to day with a right hamstring strain. He is expected back Monday or Tuesday.
Another example of how good Craig Kimbrel is.
Carroll Rogers with some facts on Kris Medlen’s strikeout numbers.
Another September collapse story, this time from Buster Olney in his latest Insider post.
Eno Sarris of FanGraphs writes on the Braves’ arms having the ability to beat the Nationals (for ESPN Insider).