Looking only at Braves first basemen (min.100 games) Seasons w/ 130 OPS+ or better: Freeman (7), Adcock (5), Torgeson (2), Tenney (2), McGriff (1, tied w/ 7 others) Seasons w/ 120 OPS+ or better: Freeman (7), Adcock (7), Tenney (5), Torgeson (3), Galaragga (2), McGriff (2)
With that escape, Viz joined Pedro Borbon ('95 NLDS), Paul Doyle ('69 NLDS), Karsay ('01 NLCS), Rocker ('99 WS), Venters ('10 NLDS), Wohlers ('93 NLCS and '96 WS) and Jaret Wright ('03 NLDS) as the only Braves pitchers to record 3 Ks over just 1 IP of a playoff game.
This ninth inning reminds us how good Vizcaino was when healthy. His shoulder was never going to allow him to handle a regular season workload. But the expanded rosters in Sept. and offdays in the postseason gave the Braves the chance to use him.
You know how Freeman has said his elbow didn't bother him in the '19 NLDS? Well, if nothing else his timing was off because of the time he missed. But that HR he hit in Game 1 (460 ft.) is the third-longest hit in a playoff game dating back to '15 https://t.co/RNDID4u4JG
RT @callienicolef: @mlbbowman @LasMayores it was my first playoff game after 25+ years of being a fan. i took a friend who knew nothing about baseball and taught her all about the team. i remember saying they’d go hard after newk b/c surely they wouldn’t pitch to RAJ w/ bases loaded. never been so glad to be wrong. 😭☺️ https://t.co/uPDkDPVLEr
As Gausman begins to labor here, it's important to remember he helped the Braves get to the postseason by posting a 1.88 ERA over his first six starts after the trade. But he posted a 4.98 ERA over his last four regular season starts.
Rocker walked to begin the 11th inning of Game 3 of the 1999 NLDS (The Walt Weiss Game). He was retired when Eddie Perez grounded into a double play. The former closer also walked and scored in the decisive 5-run eighth the Braves used to win Game 5 and extend the '98 NLCS