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6/22 Game Thread: Please, Just Let Us Win

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Well, the worst team in baseball was up 4-1 in the 8th against the Braves, but we miraculously scored 2 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to win it, capped by a soft Brian McCann looping liner over a drawn-in infield -- yes, it was a 1-run victory. We have 4 of those now. (And 19 one-run losses.) Lovely win, and hopefully it'll be a momentum shifter, so even though we just beat a terrible pitcher on one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, we should probably think of this victory in absolute terms. This team lays down and dies all too often; they don't fight their way back much. Yesterday, they did. Chipper even had a pinch-hit RBI single, his first hit since Wednesday, which raised his average to .393. It was nice to see. Today's the rubber match, and it's Tim Hudson versus Carlos Silva. Silva, as you know, sucks, and was the recipient of yet another horrible Bill Bavasi contract (joining Jarrod Washburn, Adrian Beltre, and Richie Sexson). Hudson is usually very good, but he was atrocious his last time out, and considering that Chipper's definitely out and Yunel's probably out, we're going to need him to not put us in a huge hole. I'd continue to complain about Francoeur, but what's the point? A blind orangutan could tell how awful he's been -- oh, what the hell. Francoeur is batting .247 /.301 /.403. His EqA is .239. Over the year, he has produced -8 Batting Runs Above Average, and -4 Fielding Runs Above Average. This year, he is a below average defensive and offensive player. I won't use the word "annoyed," since that didn't work out too well on Friday. Suffice to say that, if we fail to crush this team this afternoon, I will be peeved beyond words.

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