I’m happy he hit the homer. It’s just qualified a little by the fact that his slow bat speed – my concern the whole time – wasn’t answered by this particular homer. Maybe that’ll change. A poster I respect called BigLousomethingorother suggested that even though his bat speed is down, he sees enough in his mechanics to hope the potential for an increase is still there.
Here’s Olney, backing me up a little, but also giving some hope for ya:
“Troy Glaus got a big hit for the Atlanta Braves, David O’Brien writes. I’ve probably seen about half of Glaus’ at-bats, and it seems pretty clear what kind of hitter he is in this career: He will have trouble against pitchers who throw hard, but if you make a mistake, or if the pitcher is a lefty or a right-hander who throws 88-89 mph, he can do some damage.”
Here’s why: we need to score first. Run-prevent teams like the Braves need to put the pressure on early. It sucks as a batter to be facing Tommy Hanson AND be behind two runs already. Last year, when the Braves had little runs, seems like they were scoring a ton in the first inning.
Here’s why also: bunch up the best hitters. Got to have some black hole innings? fine, but have three innings per game where there’s little to no breathing room. I think there are studies that prove this is effective anyway.
Here’s why also also: Give these 5 batters the most at bats per game. That’s simple enough.
Look at that list of names. Tell me that wouldn’t score some dang runs.
can we clone Tom Glavine and have him pitch against us every game?
here’s hoping Bobby just plays streaks. Struggle, you’re out. i love that he put Diaz at lead off. Stat last night showed him hitting over .450 as a lead off guy. Plus, he swings at everything so pitchers couldn’t get comfortable to start the game knowing that they have Crazy Legs up there leading off. let he and Heyward start and flip flop Melky and McSloutch depending on weather patterns. or let infante start in CF. whatever. just get the best lineup out there every night. Diaz struggles, in goes Hinske.
But Bub, the earth would turn off of its axis if Chipper weren’t in the 3 hole.
A kind soul at the MLB board went hunting and found what they were saying about Glaus in St. Louis when he started slow in 2008. They were complaining about a “big, slow swing.” He went on to tear it up. So, that sounds fairly hopeful.
That’s weird that Catherine Keener appears the most in that list. I was just telling somebody how much I love her. Watched her in Where the Wild Things Are a couple days ago. (Not really a kids movie, to me, but I loved it.)
It’s a very good list. I’ve seen about 10 of them in the last couple months. Time on my hands? Nah.