After making things interesting in the eighth inning, the Braves held on to beat the White Sox 5-4 in Comerica Park Friday night. Here are three observations from the game:
1. Brian McCann is setting himself up to make some serious money this offseason
White Sox pitcher John Danks kept making mistake after mistake against McCann in the sixth inning, leaving off-speed pitches up in the zone, but kept narrowly escaping as the Braves catcher fouled them off. However, on the final pitch in an 11-pitch at-bat, the seven-time All-Star made Danks pay.
When the misplaced changeup landed in the right field seats, McCann's 2013 home run total bumped up to 13 in 210 plate appearances -- not Evan Gattis power efficiency, but certainly respectable for a guy coming off his least productive (and injury-restrictive) season to date. To date, the 29-year-old is hitting .290.371.546, good enough for the highest WAR (2.2 entering Friday's game) on the roster.
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