And in Atlanta, we have our first “we’re all hungover” lineup of September


I love lineups the day after someone clinches a division title. Most if not all of the regulars are given the day off, partially as a reward, partially because you know they drank their weight in champagne the night before. Especially if they’re on the road and didn’t have to do things like drive automobiles, take the dog out for a morning walk or otherwise be functioning adults before the game.

Today in Atlanta I give you the Washington Nationals’ post-clinch lineup:

1. Michael Taylor, CF
2. Danny Espinosa, 2B
3. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
4. Tyler Moore, 1B
5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
6. Steven Souza, LF
7. Jeff Kobernus, 2B
8. Sandy Leon, C
9. Blake Treinen, SP

There are no regulars. Not even the starting pitcher.

If you’re the sort who bets on baseball games, you may be thinking it’s a good day to bet on the Braves. To that I’d say, well, you may be underestimating the Braves’ commitment to their increasingly typical September collapse, so bet carefully.