Game 32 Thoughts: Bad Pitching Match-Up

FanGraphs Win Probability

W: Tommy Hanson (3-2)
L: Doug Davis (1-4)

ATL HR: Troy Glaus (3), Martin Prado (2)
MIL HR: Casey McGehee (7)

Sometimes you just have a bad feeling about a game going in. Games that pit Doug Davis against Tommy Hanson definitely give me that feeling.

Gut instinct wasn’t wrong in this case, as Hanson threw 8 shutout innings against the Brewers, striking out 8 and allowing only 4 hits and a walk. For awhile, Davis stuck with Hanson, allowing just 1 run in the first 5 innings. He hit a wall in the 6th inning again, though, leaving the game down 3-0 with the bases loaded and 2 outs. His final line would have looked respectable (aside from the 6 walks) if it wasn’t for Manny Parra giving up a grand slam to the first batter he saw, letting all of his inherited baserunners score.

A lot of people seem to be upset about losing at home again, but this was simply a game the Brewers probably didn’t have much chance of winning to begin with. The pitching match-up was decidedly in Atlanta’s favor, Hanson is one of the best young pitchers in baseball (if not the best), and Davis was essentially one out (or one Rickie Weeks error) away from a quality start. Unfortunately, Parra made a bad pitch and gave up a grand slam to a guy who’s never hit one before in his career. It was also the first grand slam for the Braves in 253 games.

Sometimes, things just don’t go well for the Brewers. It happens. I’m not going to complain much about it, especially after the way they played in the final 6 games of the recent road trip.  The Bush-Hudson match-up tonight isn’t much more appealing for the Brewers, but Bush has been solid lately.

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