Baseball is many things. It is a sport. Extrapolating further, it is a "bat and ball" sport, of which there are many other examples such as cricket and meteorite smacking. For those unfamiliar with the latter it is a personal favorite of mine, wherein one positions himself in a field or other open space of few obstructions and simply waits for a space rock to fall within the range of his swing. It takes an almost abnormal level of dedication, but the sense of accomplishment one attains upon finally managing to cream one of the little extraterrestrial buggers is beyond compare. Of course, this is a much more popular sport here, on the moon, where there is no pesky atmosphere to burn up any swattable interplanetary projectiles, so I guess you ****ers are just **** out of luck.
But anyway, back to baseball.
Like all competitions baseball is more enjoyable when you, or the players you live vicariously through, are successful. There has not been a whole lot of success for the Chicago National League Ball Club in 2014. After winning their first series by taking two out of three from the much loathed St. Louis Cardinals they promptly dropped three out of four to the cross-town Chicago White Sox, including both games at their home venue of Wrigley Field. But is there a glimmer of hope? For the Cubs did win the final game of that series behind a spectacular power display of their young players in Rizzo, Castro and Olt. So they may very well be flying into Atlanta on a relative high, primed and eager to continue that success against the 18-15 Braves.
Shall the Chicago Cubs find victory in Georgia? Or will they be rendered unconscious by an angry hale of slobbery peach pits? FIND OUT ON THE NEXT EXCITING EPISODE OF ah **** it, here's your match-ups:
From Turner Field
Friday, May 9th, 6:35
Jason Hammel vs. Julio Teheren
(4-1, 2.43)-----(2-2, 1.80)
Saturday, May 10th, 6:10
Jeff Samardzija vs. Ervin Santana
(0-3, 1.62)-----(3-0, 2.41)
Sunday, May 11th, 12:35
Edwin Jackson vs. Alex Wood
(2-2, 4.57)-----(2-5, 3.00)
Braves: Justin Upton (.974), Freddie Freeman (.910), Evan Gattis (.789)
Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (.926), Starlin Castro (.761), Welington Castillo (.748)
Braves: Upton (9), Gattis (7), Freeman (6)
Cubs: Rizzo (7), Olt (6), Castro (5)
Braves: Pastornicky (11), Carpenter (9), Schlosser (9)
Cubs: Schierholtz (11), Samardzija (10), Villanueva (10)