Just a regular guy who loves the Braves and Major League Baseball. I live in Florida with my beautiful wife. Android user. I wish I lived in a world where the new Marlins uniforms, the DH, and inter-league play were a thing of the past.
It wasn’t the Braves night tonight. Heyward had a solo home run in the 2nd inning. That was the lone bright spot. Hanson pitched six innings and allowed 2 earned runs. It could have been a lot worse. He was very fortunate to only give up 2 runs.
The bullpen wasn’t very good. O’Flaherty and Durbin gave up three runs to put the game out of reach. The offense had plenty of base runners, but no big hits. It wasn’t meant to be tonight.
Sidenote: Fredi got ejected in the 7th inning after arguing with the ump. The home plate ump issued both teams warnings after O’Flaherty hit DeJesus. Fredi came out to ask questions, but he got thrown out of the game.
The Braves bullpen is one of the team’s strengths going in 2012. The trio of Craig Kimbrel, Johnny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty is the best in baseball, but a fitting nickname has never been found. O’Ventbrel isn’t a nickname, it’s annoying.
A couple weeks ago I suggestedThe Untouchables to Kent Covington and he’s written an excellent article about the problem with O’Ventbrel. Braves beat writer Mark Bowman is on board so there’s a chance…. right?
The Untouchables is hardly a new concept. I just Googled “braves untouchables” and found this article by Jayson Stark. Stark goes as far to say…
Three Strikes is here to make the case that we’ve never run across ANY bullpen tag team as unhittable and as untouchable as the Braves’ two game-shrinkers have been so far in 2011.