And there’s a certain sense of propriety to that. As the Toronto Blue Jays jerseys and Atlanta Braves jerseys play out the best of seven Series, it has begun to take on shades of a William Faulkner novel.
It is difficult to understand why the Braves jerseys’ 7 2 victory Thursday in Game 5 at Toronto’s SkyDome doesn’t feel like more than a stay of the inevitable. It did, after all, put off the Toronto victory parade and keep the Braves jerseys alive, trailing 3 2 in the Series.
But the Braves jerseys certainly didn’t project optimism after the game. There was designated hitter Lonnie Smith, whose grand slam provided the margin of comfort in Game 5, railing against the criticism he received for his base running mistake in Game 7 against the Minnesota Twins jerseys last year.
There was righthander John Smoltz, the winning pitcher, talking about how he and his teammates were going to “take care of” a teammate who had said some negative things about the Braves jerseys. Suddenly, it sounded as if first baseman Sid Bream would be found in the trunk of an abandoned car or playing pepper with Jimmy Hoffa.
As the Series resumes tonight [8:41, Ch. 3] at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium with Toronto righthander David Cone (18 11, 2.88 ERA) going against lefthander Steve Avery (12 13, 3.39), it is the Blue Jays jerseys who appear on the verge of clinching.
And not just because they lead the Series.
It is as if they can feel it.
The Blue Jays jerseys had a relaxed workout in Atlanta Friday afternoon. They say the pressure rests completely with the Braves jerseys.
And they may be right.
It is no secret the Braves jerseys have not performed particularly well. Now they’re getting testy about it. And not just the players. Braves jerseys manager Bobby Cox has grown short tempered with the
criticism he has received.
But Cox has been outmanaged by Toronto manager Cito Gaston in two of the three close games. Cox misused his bullpen in Game 2 (a 3 2 loss in Atlanta), basically wasting his best reliever Mike Stanton for only one third of an inning. And then Gaston pushed all of the right buttons in Game 3 (a 3 2 loss in Toronto) to get Cox to waste Stanton again this time for an intentional walk.
So it was an obviously relaxed Gaston who led the Blue Jays jerseys through their off day workout.
“Obviously, we’re still in the driver’s seat,” Gaston said. “Hopefully, we can finish it off [tonight].” The Blue Jays jerseys will depend on Cone to hold the Braves jerseys. Cone, one of the Blue Jays jerseys’ lend/lease players, is making his second start in the Series. He lasted only 42/3 innings in Game 2 in Atlanta, giving up four runs [three earned] on five hits. He created most of his own problems, issuing five walks. But he ended up with a no decision after the Blue Jays jerseys won it on Ed Sprague’s pinch hit homer in the ninth off closer Jeff Reardon.
“I don’t look at it like we have a big advantage,” Cone said. “We were hoping to put it away up in Toronto, but the Braves jerseys came back with a big win.”
Cone, who is eligible for free agency after the Series, could assure himself high market value with a solid performance. But, if nothing else, he gives the Blue Jays jerseys another bat in the lineup. Cone went 2 for 2 in Game 2.
And the Blue Jays jerseys could use some help getting their moribound offense going. They enter Game 6 hitting .204 as a team.
They particularly have wholesale mlb jerseys to get leadoff man Devon White (4 for 21, .190) and No. 2 hitter Roberto Alomar (2 for 18, .111) untracked, because they are the keys to putting Joe Carter and Dave Winfield into run producing situations.