A day after their thrilling win the Braves decide not to show up

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No one does getaway like the Atlanta Braves.

A night after a thrilling extra innings win and a few hours before hopping on a plane to Denver, the Braves got shutout on three hits by Joe Blanton and the Phillies, who prevailed 4-0.  And they didn’t mess about, either: they made Blanton throw all of 88 pitches. The game took a cool two hours and two minutes. It was like Greg Maddux came forward in time from 1994 and was traded to Philly for Ricky Jordan, Kim Batiste and a player to be named later.

Great work by Blanton, obviously. Pound the zone — 67 of his 88 pitches were strikes — and make the offense try to hit you.  It’s not his fault if the Braves didn’t seem all that interested in doing it.

But really, Atlanta: the next time you take a dive, at least try to sell it.  The next time you mail it in, at least put a stamp on it.  The next time you leave for getaway day, at least try to show up at the ballpark first.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.