Gamethread: White Sox at Braves

Interleague interstellar: In case you were wondering, Iván Nova’s career slash line is .041/.041./.041 (@WhiteSox)


Prepare for a trip through the Interleague Cosmos: it’s Super Nova day, my friends. 

In the opener of this three-game set, the Chicago White Sox head to an area of the galaxy they haven’t visited since 2016: Atlanta. With their 81-54 record, the Braves sit atop the NL East. What’s even more out of this world is that the Braves are 14-6 in their last 20 games, blasting off towards yet another postseason. 

While the Braves seem as insurmountable as the Sun inevitably turning into a red giant and swallowing the Earth whole, remember that Iván Nova is rocketeering for the Good Guys today. Nova started August with a 3-1 record and a 1.09 ERA, allowing only four earned runs over 33 innings. Nova especially pitches well against National League teams; in his last five games vs. Atlanta, he’s 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 27 innings pitched. Against National League teams in 2019, he’s 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA in 24 innings.

On the hill for the Braves is the lefty, Max Fried. He’s 14-4 with a 4.03 ERA. Fried is a slight ground ball pitcher, but has been known to pile on strikeouts every now and then. In his last five starts, he has 31 punch outs in 27 innings pitched; he struck out 10 batters in an August 7 matchup against the Minnesota Twins. 

And now, the lineups:

Brian Snitker’s lineup is below:

Now that you’re thinking about the Sun expanding to the point where it either engulfs the Earth or just boils the oceans ceasing all life as we know it either way, view today’s televised 6:20 CST game on NBC Sports Chicago. For the radio broadcast, set your phasers to WGN 720.

I mean, we have five billion years, right?

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A reputable baller after being the only girl on her middle school's basketball team, and a librarian that worked in public libraries in Texas and Wisconsin, Janice Scurio (@ballerlibrarian) is no longer a baller, nor a librarian. Chicago born-and-raised, Janice spent her high school years slinging White Sox hats and jerseys at the ballpark, and has many fond memories of Jon Garland making fun of her. Beyond being SSHP's resident LOOGY, she enjoys writing about comedy, technology, food, and travel.

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akief87
akief87
10 months ago

Who’s that in the booth with Stonie?

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  akief87

I believe Tom Paciorek

akief87
akief87
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Thanks, I didn’t know Jason was on a college football assignment.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  akief87

Same! I didn’t know either. He’s a really busy guy. Look at him making the most out of his career! It’s so cool.

akief87
akief87
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Yeah he’s really grown on me. I like him as our broadcaster a lot!

Lenny G
10 months ago
Reply to  akief87

Jason has like 57 gigs. I might hire him to record my voicemail!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

SunTrust Park looks REALLY nice!

akief87
akief87
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

I know right? Watching on MLB.TV and I’m thinking to myself, “this camera is so much better than most ballparks.” Haha, yeah it looks great.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  akief87

Exactly!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

That was a beautiful bunt by Joyce

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Swanson puts the Braves on the board first with an RBI-single. This Braves team really has something special. Will definitely be a team to reckon with in the postseason.

akief87
akief87
10 months ago

Uh oh, this isn’t looking good for Nova.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Ope, Tyler Flowers rips a three-run bomb.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Way to stick it to the Sox. He’s thriving in Atlanta.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Way to hustle, Fried!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

LEURY!

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago

Adam just missed one datgummit

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  lwilz17

Might be one of those nights

Lenny G
10 months ago

Every time the Sox and Braves meet, Tyler Flowers will never not own us!

Lenny G
10 months ago
Reply to  Lenny G

As soon as Benetti goes away for 5 seconds… the Sox are approaching Might Get No Hit status!

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago

We better not get no-hit by a team that’s *only * outscored us by 150 runs this season

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  lwilz17

LOL. Every time I go to a game, that thought is always in the back of my mind. Where, instead of the Sox, the visiting team is throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter. Who do you root for? The Sox to break it or to see a little history?

lwilz17
lwilz17
10 months ago

I’ll take blame for that, I just insulted TA’s defense so I guess I was asking for that. Boo hiss

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Fried is cruising.

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago
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Yep. Sox are getting a baserunner in the fifth, though.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Resis

I hope so!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Bam! Of course it would be Eloy.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Resis

ELOY!!! Infield single!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Eloy’s single came off the bat at 60 mph and had a 10% hit probability, but it counts all the same! And now two on 😮

Lenny G
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Resis

The proverbial Line Shot in the Box Score!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Let’s go, Adam! An RBI-single gives the Sox their first run of the game!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Fried is a total complete pitcher. You love to see it.

Lenny G
10 months ago

Flowers is the Sox new owner. Let’s all congratulate him!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

YOLMER!!! ELOY WITH THE WHEELS AGAIN!

Lenny G
10 months ago

Guess Eloy doesn’t need to change his stance now huh?!

Lenny G
10 months ago

Passed ball by Flowers!!! SOX WIN THE…. NON-TENDERING

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Oh, HELLO!

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

LET’S GO!

Lenny G
10 months ago

Hooooooly shiiiiit. Beef Welington pinch hit homer?!?!

akief87
akief87
10 months ago

That’s what I like to see!

Brett Ballantini
10 months ago

Can’t believe I’m missing a Wimpy broadcast …

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Sigh

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Well, dang.

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Interesting double play there! 9-3-6-3

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe Resis

True! Too and the run scores, but I guess that’s pretty insignificant at this point in the game.

Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Keep the line moving!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

I like this ninth inning life.