Have you had tornados? We’re trying to decide at what point do we gather our children and head for the bunker. Hoping it passes quickly and quietly. Btw, false alarm…my azaleas are fine. I’m just not very patient.
That’s not going to get it done. Who’s starting for the Gents tomorrow? Zito? I guess we get Lincecum? Be curious to see the last series we took in SF. Has to be long before we only made one trip out there. Go Braves.
Who is this Prado kid? He seems awesome. Clearly the best Brave on the team. HOW COULD YOU GUYS NOT SEE THAT?
And yes, the Kid looked woefully overmatched in the ninth. Troubling. Also troubling is Chipper’s injury. We should have done an over/under on games played for him. I will set the line at 138 – place your bets.
The Chipper injury is very discouraging this early in the season. Just to see, I went back to his game logs last year. He missed 5 games in April in 2009, for what it’s worth. The fact is, he can’t play more than 130 and be effective. He was top 3 on the team in appearances last year (143) and that clearly did not work out. Maybe this isn’t the worst thing so long as Infante/Hinske can pick up the slack.
haha…the loafing wonder. Maybe I’m naive but I feel that’s the difference in this team. I don’t freak out when Chipper’s day to day. Don’t get me wrong, naive yes but not an idiot. I know we need him and we need him healthy but I have enough confidence in the rest of the line up and the rotation it doesn’t devastate me like last year. Oh the difference I feel when Hinske steps to the plate instead of last year’s pinch hitter…i burst into song every time.
Will, Hammy, this weeks episode was fabulous. The Penny/Desmond story is my favorite. Remember when he made her his constant and he called her from the freighter? Beautiful! MY FAVORITE LOST SCENE! I’m still adjusting to Widmore being the good guy and Locke being satan. I like Locke and he looks just like my father…creeps me out.
Hammy, we not good enough for a few days off and a very short plane ride?
The offense is not only not all about Chipper, they had a higher winning % without him last year. Honestly, offensive injuries don’t bother me with this team. The back ups are solid, and we’re not going to be either a powerhouse or punchless by going from Chipper to Infante or from Glaus to Hinske.
Now, if McCann, Escobar, Prado goes down, or if two starting outfielders go down, obviously we’re going to have trouble. But for what the Braves are offensively, our bench has no black hole swingers on it. Diaz, Hinske, Conrad, Infante: 2-3 of these in our every day line up wouldn’t even phase me.
PITCHING injuries are what would kill us. This is very obviously a pitching team first, which I’m fine with. Two of our three first games have been great pitching duels with Jurrjens, Dempster, Hanson, and Wells all being awesome to watch. In the long run, if Wagner stays healthy and Saito performs well, I feel great about an identity as an awesome pitching team: innings 1 through 9 being a pain in the ass for the opposing hitters.
Our offense just has to have enough break-out games to keep Wagner, Moylan, and Meds from being necessary every day. I think we’ll achieve that.
If we can make it to through the end of the first Phillies series, our fifth series overall, without being more than a game or two out of the wild card hunt, I think we can buckle down for a very exciting season.
I would be interested in gauging our wildcard competition sooner rather than later, too. Maybe size it up at the end of that Phils tilt.