Acuña, Freeman shine in NLDS Game 1 Loss

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The first 7 innings of the game were as intense as the last 2, both for different reasons. 

The offense was not alive at all, save Acuña and Freeman, who totaled 5 of the team’s 9 hits. The team went 1-11 with RISP, with Dansby Swanson providing the only hit, and that was a sharply hit ball initially ruled an error (a double error truly, that got re-ruled as a single and an error).
Besides that, the offense looked as dead as the horse people are dragging about “watching fly balls.” Keuchel shined, going 4 2/3 IP and only allowing 1 run with O’day finishing the 5th scoreless. Shane Greene was shaky but provided another scoreless inning of relief in the 6th, and Max Fried threw the best frame of any braves pitcher, striking out 2 of 3 batters faced (the first two strikeouts of any braves pitchers) completely overpowering the opposition.
Things got a little shaky after that. Fried questionably should have stayed in, but with his skates to start game 4, there was hesitation. He was taken out for Chris Martin who has been reliable since Joining the Braves in July at the trade deadline. However, as he was warming up, he felt pain in his side and was later diagnosed with an oblique injury.
Luke Jackson entered in his stead and was less than great in his 5 batters faced, allowing one run to score. Melancon then came in to finish out the inning to limit damage and got out, but not before allowing an additional run to score, charged to Jackson. Melancon had a shaky top of the next inning, allowing 4 more runs before the Braves offense (Acuña and Freeman) vied for an unlikely comeback, scoring 3 runs off 3 home runs, but ultimately fell short, losing 8-7.
A hard fought game by the team and lots to shine from many players, but a lot left on the field. If the Braves can hit better with RISP, they should have no problem winning Game 2 against Flaherty, the Cardinal’s ace pitcher.
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Breaking: Ronald Acuña Jr. wins NL ROY

*Pretends to be surprised*

The Braves knew Acuña Jr. was going to be great from the start. He blew up every league he was in up until the majors, including Spring Training this year, where he led the Grapefruit league in batting average and was among the leaders in many other statistical categories.

He came into the league and started off with a small adjustment period, followed by a hot streak, then a really cold streak/adjustment period where he reworked his swing. Then the All-Star break came, went, and Acuña Jr. went on an otherworldly year batting leadoff. Though the heat tapered off, he stayed hot the remainder of the season and came close to a .300 batting average, led the team in home runs, and was above average in just about every category.

For a few weeks, people thought Juan Soto might win ROY, and he may have in any other year. However, the second half of the season totally sealed the deal for Acuña, though Soto’s patience kept him in the conversation for quite some time.

Just think, Acuña will only get better before he gets worse

Atlanta Falcons @ Cleveland Browns Official Recap

The Falcons Browns game November 11th was one to forget. The Browns debuted a new play action/option offense under new coach and Offensive coordinator. It had the Falcons defense confused to start. Trufant was beat 3 times in the first quarter. The Falcons secondary was unorganized giving up first down after first down eventually giving up a TD to Rashad Higgins on the Browns second series of the game. That was the Browns first 1st quarter TD of the season.

Matt Ryan did not complete a pass to a wide receiver in the 1st quarter. Falcons ended the first running a Sanu wildcat on 4th and 2 and were in scoring position at the Cleveland 37. Falcons had some offensive miscues in the red zone and kicked a FG to make the score 3-7 to open the 2nd.

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On the Browns next series the now NFL’s interception leader Demontae Kazee intercepted Baker Mayfield as they tried to get fancy on a trick play. On a high at the Browns 45, Matt Ryan marched down the field and threw a screen pass to Julio Jones at the Browns 2 to make the score 10-7. On the drive Julio became the fastest player ever to reach 10,000 receiving yards.

Baker Mayfield continued his perfect game and the Browns scored on a play action screen to Nick Chubb to take the lead 14-10. Matt Ryan took a huge sack late and the half ended. Baker Mayfield was 12 for 12 at the half with 2 TDs.

Sanu fumbled on the opening possession trying to reach for a first down and the Browns recovered at the Falcons’ 32 yard line. On the Browns’ ensuing possession the Falcons missed a potential fumble recovery and the Browns momentum gained. 

Mayfield threw his first completion at 10:52 in the third quarter. Mayfield marched down the field and threw a 11 yard TD to Duke Johnson to take the lead 21-10. The Falcons defense was exhausted. The offense went 3 and out the next possession and then the defense gave up a 92 yard run to Nick Chubb to bring the score to 28 to 10. The Falcons had another 3 and out next drive and the offense looked to be losing steam.

After back and forth 3 and outs, the Falcons started the 4th moving the ball at the Browns 43. The Falcons failed on 4th and goal at the 1 and Cleveland got the ball back. They went 3 and out and the Falcons scored on a TD pass to Hooper late with a missed 2 point conversion bringing the score to 16-28.

The Falcons failed to score again and lost the game 18-26. Matt Ryan had a career high 38 completions today but the Browns defense and lack of Falcons secondary cost them the game.

Auburn @ UGA Preview

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The Georgia Bulldogs take on the Auburn Tigers at 7:00 in Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs are favored by 13 points in this clash between number 5 and 24. Both teams have rebounded nicely in the last few weeks following their losses. After getting crushed in the Bayou against LSU, the Dawgs look like a brand new team with two straight ranked wins against Florida and Kentucky. The Tigers meanwhile have also won two straight after it looked like their season was headed towards disaster. Ones teams winning streak however will be snapped tonight.

Keys to the game:

Contain Stidham

The talented Auburn quarterback has been relatively inconsistent this season, with games ranging from good to horrendous. Recently though, Stidham has looked like he has gotten back to throwing the ball well, with 415 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last two weeks. Luckily for the Dawgs, the Auburn offensive lines has some holes, and the Dawgs pass rush has come alive. If they can get constant pressure to assist the secondary, Georgia should be able to keep Stidham and the Auburn offense in check.

Let Fromm keep rolling

After his poor performance in LSU game, many Dawgs fans called for freshman Justin Fields to take his job. However, Fromm turned it around with excellent performances against the Gators and Wildcats. The Dawgs should allow him to play his game and keep the offense rolling. If Fromm can keep up his recent work, the Dawgs should have no problem outscoring a mediocre Auburn offense.

BREAKING: Falcons sign Michael Bennett—but not *that* one

The Falcons signed Michael Bennett, former Jaguars DT, with the news that Grady Jarrett will be out several weeks with an injury.

Michael Bennett was a 6th round draft pick in 2015 out of Ohio State. He played 13 games for the Jaguars his rookie season, totaling 10 tackles and .5 sacks. Since then, he has been injury riddled and has spent most of his time on the IR. He was released by the Jaguars on September 11, 2018.

Braves Cold Takes

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Like cold takes about the Braves? We thought so. I’ll start with a few Braves fans hot takes, and then a LOT of cold takes from everyone–Sports Analysts, fans, you name it.

Your’s truly:

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This guy did pretty good.

I can’t get ALL of them, so send any into me and I’ll be sure to add them! Now let the fun begin 😈

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Braves @ Marlins Series Recap

The Braves have finally finished a 7 game road trip and a stretch of 22 games in 20 days. They finished the road trip 5-2, going 2-2 against the Fish for this series. The starting pitchers were exceptional during those 4 starts, while the offense sat fairly still (with the exception of Ronald Acuna, who hasn’t missed much of a beat over the last month).

Game 1, the Braves won 5-0, including homers by Acuna, Inciarte, and Culberson. Sean Newcomb threw 6 scoreless that game.

Game 2 ended in a 1-0 loss for the Braves. Mike Foltynewicz threw 6 innings of 1-run ball, but the Braves offense couldn’t get it done against Braves killer, Dan Strailey.

Game 3 was another disappointment for the Braves–Anibal Sanchez went 5.2 innings allowing just one run. Brian Snitker made a questionable call leaving him in to pitch the 6th rather than pinch hit for him. The Braves lone run came as a Dansby Dinger in the 9th, not enough to beat the Marlins.

Game 4 was yet another great outing by Kevin Gausman, who went 5 innings, allowed no runs and just one hit (the pitcher). The Braves offense seemed quiet at fist, but manufactured 4 runs to win the game 4-0 and even the series 2-2.

The Braves have the day off tomorrow before coming home for a strange few days–2 games against the Rays, one against the Cubs, the the Pirates.


Andrew Carter