Uh-oh. So we spend a good bit of time on Chipper in the show, we’re not too worried, etc, etc. unless, of course, this is a pattern for the year, he’s getting too old, he’ll get hurt again. And news of his back locking up just hits. Not good.
Oh boy, typical Chipper I guess. Podcast was good this week but it felt too short. Glaus has been so-so, Prado is a beast and Heyward hit his third home run of the year tonight. Offense needs to turn it up a little, but hopefully we can clobber the Padres and take care of business back at turner against the rockies this week.
Thank you Steve for FINNNNNNNNNALLLLLLLY mentioning Martin Prado’s .600 BA. Again, I ask…what does he have to do to get noticed! When you google “unsung hero” there is a picture of Martin Prado and raving reviews about his value to this team. Other than that, good show. I think the offense is going to figure it out. I think Glaus is going to bust through the ceiling sooner rather than later. I’m still excited. I am the ultimate homer who expects the Braves to win every game and until the math makes it impossible I plan on their winning the NL East and the wild card all at the same time.
What are the chances of having a pitcher have his worst start of his career… agaist the Padres… at Petco… and THEN, having a second pitcher come in and give up MORE hits and runs than the guy who set the personal record????
Jo Jo: 10 hits, 3 walks, 9 runs in 3.1 innings. How does this man get AAA hitter out? I don’t understand it.
This is Jo Jo’s last stand, clearly. They might have even been holding out hope that he actually might pitch well out of the pen and help the team or be a viable piece in a trade. This outing helps none of those possibilities.
I keep telling myself it’s only one game. And it’s early. But this does really feel like the first half of last year. Scraping together barely enough runs for our good pitching to keep us in games and then, the occassional bad starting pitching performance and we look completely outclassed. Depressing indeed. And the off day today just makes it worse. All of that said, string a few good games together and this is all forgotten.
Now Steve, I just re listened to the podcast, cause I’m a nerd, and you made me feel better. At the end of the show you said the offense would figure it out. I think you’re right. I’m kinda glad for the day off. Everyone can sleep in, get rested, adjust to Pacific time etc.
Question: why not put Prado as leadoff? I don’t know a lot about figuring out who goes where in a lineup but it seems you would want #1 to get on base. Why not Marteeeeen?
Sorry, but the IFs are starting to look like mostly IF-NOT-FOR’s to me. Plus we’re having trouble in two areas we thought were not so bad: our CF bat is a black hole and Jurrjens not only laid an egg, but is having velocity issues coming off of a Spring that featured shoulder discomfort.
No lead off, no clean up, and major question marks at the #3 spot; just the three most important places in the entire line up.
It just doesn’t seem like enough fire power to keep our good pitching from wearing down. Add to that the lingering disappointment at finding out we really did cut payroll with Damon and Cameron sitting there for the taking – or even if we hadn’t gotten anything yet, the ability to make a midseason move – and I think I might be about done trying to cheer myself up over this team.
As for it being early, I’m just not seeing too much that’s out of character for this team, besides Jurrjens being bad yesterday. Also, Prado is great, but he won’t hit .500 for the year.
Would winning 4 of 6 against Rocks/Phils change the way I feel? I guess it might, but I get the strong feeling I’m not going to have to worry about that.
We should not have cut payroll right now, of all times. Bobby’s last year and Heyward’s beginning should have been supported by the bat we need to get back in solid contention. Glaus was a nice gamble, and might pay off yet, but so far his spring and his regular season look like a complete picture. One without homers.
Were I a clever lass I would figure out how to spell the sound my boys make when they’re playing the game “Gross, You Farted!”. Come on people! Snap out of it! The off season was too long for all hope to be loss. It would break my heart and I can’t handle the mere thought of it!
ME TOO!!! In that I’m ready for good things not so much for the 10 pm start. I’ll be a total grouch to my younguns Thursday morning. I didn’t see Frenchy hit although I know he hasn’t gotten an RBI. I was watching and doing laundry then got totally distracted by LOST.
Speaking of LOST…I wish I had a spread sheet telling me whose good and whose bad. Will/Hammy I’m ready for Sun to find Jin and I’m so glad we know what all the whispering’s about.
GO BRAAAAAAAAAVES!!! Let’s kick some Friar boo-tey!
Steve, in my mind, we need Rollins and company to beat the crap out of everybody they play to increase our Wild Card chances. From 0.09% to a full percent.
Then if a couple players want to get injured right at the end, bully for them. 8)
Sorry, Leah, I’m pretty much bummed out on the Braves. I know it’s irrational, but then, so was my homerism. I feel like somebody pulled the curtain back and I’ve finally seen the Wizard is just a hot-air balloon pilot from Kansas.
MAYBE if Jair’s velocity returns AND Glaus hits a couple of convincing homers. But his next one of those in an ATL uniform will be his first one. His next hustle to 1B will be, too. Loaf II?
Did you see how pissed he was when that ump’s strike zone was three feet wide? I think he wants to come back and, I’ll say again, I think he will. I believe! I have no basis for this belief but the only alternative is bursting into tears. That tends to frighten the children.
Yeah, I’m a (sucker) Insider now. Here’s something to make our stomachs hurt:
Jurrjens!? One more start like the last until we start hearing about his shoulder again?
Jerry Crasnick (12:21 PM)
Andrew, I talked to a scout who said Jair Jurrjens didn’t look like himself in his first start, either. The Braves can say what they want. But given that scare early in spring training, you have to wonder if he’s healthy. It’s reflected in his lack of command as much as his velocity.
It is completely evil to like that about Javy, Bub! Our rooting for and against ex-teammates is, of course, totally irrational. For me, if they were really bad at the end (see Kelly Johnson) or whined and had bad attitudes on the way out (see Francoeur) then I tend to root against them. Javy falls into neither category so I have only good will toward him. Of course, as time passes, I tend to drift back toward rooting for them (see Andruw).
I’m joining Curt on the Dark Side. (I know he’s been floundering, but he’ll be back. I’ve got confidence). You and Steve and Tcc can keep up the good fight.
It actually feels alright to give up hoping for the Braves. It’s interesting, the effect. I still get to root for them. Still get to watch the games. Still get to enjoy victories. But all without that lost look on my face I get when I’ve just been thinking we were serious about contending. I’m wondering what the advantage is to the other way.
Good game indeed. A small bit of my soul is less charred and crunchy this morning after that heartening win.
Leah – I see that goofed up look of the site, particularly in the comments section (such as the background stays all blue) from time to time but then it clears up with a refresh. If it persists for you, please tell me.
The only thing I will say about the Phils is that there schedule so far has been a joke. They have played the Nats 5 times and the Astros 3 times. Let’s see how they do against some real competition – their schedule starts to get legit this weekend – and without Jimmy Rollins who is out for at least a month, and Werth who has a sore hip.
I hate to say this, but I just looked at Glaus’s homer, and his bat still looks like it’s going in slow motion to me. He’s obviously a strong guy. But the pitch he hit out was thrown 82 MPH and absolutely on a T. Can’t see that pitch being repeated very much.
And Bub, that’s against the Nat’s starting pitching. I know that’s a ton of runs, but collectively we could score 5 off of the Nats.
The starters they have faced thus far – John Lannan, Marquis (2x), Craig Stammen (2x!), Bud Norris, Felipe Paulino, and Oswalt (2 ER). Plus playing in Houston, another bandbox of a stadium. It’s a total and complete joke. their offense is awesome, I admit that, but seriously? The Braves would be no worse than 6-2 against the lot the Phils have been gifted by MLB. Now they get Sanchez, Nolasco and Nate Robertson this weekend. Hamels has a 5.06 ERA. Moyers’ is 7.50. Let’s just see how they do against some real teams. Their next month will be interesting. Lots of legit opponents and without Rollins.
Listen, I totally agree that the Phillies have done no more than what they ought to have done against those sorry teams/pitchers. But the truth is, most teams don’t do that. Most teams, including the Braves, frustrate the heck out of their fans when inferior match ups come around. Just the nature of baseball, I guess.
But in this case, the Phillies have done exactly what the on-paper suggests. And I’ve been watching the game long enough to know that’s rare. To just blister an opponent time and time again, even when you’re clearly superior – that’s a football thing, doesn’t happen much in baseball.
You think the Braves would have gone no worse than 6-2 against that schedule? You’ve lost it.
Very tempted to encourage BubDYLAN to have his gall bladder taken out…it’s done wonders for Curt. However, I actually appreciate someone on the board keeping it real. I tend to be on the delusional side of positive and therefore you guys even me out. I must bring to light the reality that Glaus can’t help how slow the baseball was pitched. Sure, it was a ball he should have crushed and he did. There have been plenty of pitches over the last few days that he should have hit and didn’t so we HAVE to be happy about the homer. Come on MISTER!!! At least give us the homerun (remember how I called it and how fun that was…remember?)!
Steve, I’ve done something. The left column is all the way down at the bottom of the page which is annoying for someone with my OCD delicacies but I can deal. Thanks for the reaffirmation that it is in fact ALL about me.
The Braves of the 90s feasted on weaker opponents. The Braves of the 00s have played themselves out of the playoffs struggling against them. It’s the point I made on the show. You have to win at a .600 clip against bad teams to have a chance. Over the past few years the Braves have been at or below .500 against them. Win the games you should. It’s very simple.
no way the Braves are less than 5-3 with that schedule. look at our starting pitching. it’s been great other than that one game. and honestly, no way the Phils are more than 6-2 against our schedule.
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.
Somebody tell me why we used Saito and Wagner with a 4 run lead against the PADRES. Come on, one of you smart people, please make it make some sense to me. It’s completely MIND BOGGLING to me.
Is there something I’m not seeing? Not understanding? I honestly hope there is. But if we don’t rest Wagner with a 4 run lead , WHEN will we rest him? WHEN? How often is this offense going to have MORE than that lead?
I’m very proud of the boys for rebounding to take the series. But this absolutely blows my mind. He did this over and over and over again last year and it cost us games. Now with a 39 year old legend, he’s going to act this foolish.
Curt? Steve? Anyone? Am I taking crazy pills? Is this understandable to you?
I concur w/ Bobby using Wags when there’s clearly no need to (except it helps my fantasy league pitching, thanks for that Bobby!). I’d rather him show more sense w/ his late inning guys, but he’s a creature of habit…& I’m not all that surprised for it. It’s nice to see Heyward still playing well & growing more, it’s such a joy to see that guy play. If this is a sign of things to come from Melky Cabrera, then I’ll be the first to say it, I miss Scott Thorman…and maybe in some ways, Greg Norton. I’m glad we were able to salvage the road trip & finish that with a .500 road record. Bring on the homestand. I really like the way our bullpen is looking, hopefully they’ll show Jo-Jo the circus clown the door out of Atlanta (if not the Braves organization) I’m so over that guy. He needs a change of scenery. On a final note…I truly hope JJ’s struggles are strictly due to his late start in spring. Otherwise, I have some honest concerns about him.
I’m really enjoying the shows guys! Are Frank & Scott gonna be around more this year? Or do they just come around for special shows?
Bub, it’s nothing more than Bobby’s ill advised approach to the bullpen. He simply doesn’t know how to manage a bullpen. He thinks everyone has Moylan’s rubber arm. Now he has two 50 year old guys coming off of surgery, but that isn’t going to stop him from running them into the ground. There is no excuse for it, and frankly I don’t think there is any more explanation to it. He’s terrible with a pen.
There should be a stat for using your closer in a non-save situation when he was used the day before.
I think it should be called “Wastes.” As in “Mike Gonzalez led the league in wastes the year before he went on the DL.” Or “Did high waste totals lead to Saito and Wagner injuries?”
Can’t somebody in the media say to Bobby Cox, “Bobby, I saw you’ve been using Wagner in a lot of non-save situations. Is that because you don’t have confidence in other possibilities, or is more to do with retardation?”
It’s a crying shame. Wagner is fulfilling a dream by playing for Atlanta. And Cox is risking his arm and, with next year being an option year (right?), his money, too.
My ONE hope is that Wags will actually say something. I just hope it’s not a locker room spill the day his arm goes SNAP.
Lives of Others is truly SUPERB. I defy anyone not to love it.
I can’t get over Wags and Saito either. Tcc – I understand the importance of winning last night’s game (psyche of the team, Phils had lost, etc.) but, frankly, I don’t attribute that to Bobby’s decision making process. I, sadly, believe it was more – it’s the 8th that’s when Saito goes in. It’s the 9th, time for Wags.
Bub – I’m somewhat heartened by what you found on the mlb board about Glaus’ start in St. Louis. I hope it’s true because I thought his bat has looked as slow last night as it has all season. Now let’s take care of the Rockies!
Spring has sprung, y’all. It’s baseball season AND my endless string of last first dates has – hopefully – ended. The fella knows that if Diaz comes calling (because he’s clearly not spending his days in the batting cage, so it could happen!), I’ll give him up, but it’s nice to have this guy around. He’s willing to learn a thing or two about baseball, so I’ll learn him (god help him). I’m sure you’re all losing sleep wondering where I’ve been with random comments and questions…but I’ve been absent with good reason. Will be watching from Turner Field as the Rockies lose tonight … GO BRAVES!!!!!
ps – seriously, the Phillies have only lost two games so far this season and they’ve BOTH been to the Nats???????????????????????????????????????
I’m pretty sure I just roasted a national writer on ESPN Insider for writing an article on Tim Hudson’s “major red flags.” Get this, Hudson’s K/9 rate through the first 12 innings is alarming in his post-surgery return.
So, I was like (making swordfighting gestures), OH YEAH, well how is any strike out rate worth a damn article 12 innings into a season? And then I was like, how can you do a post-surgery work-up on Hudson’s K rate and not look also at his K rate from the FOURTY TWO innings when he FIRST came back??? And he was like – well, he didn’t respond, I don’t think they do.
So, then I was like, I’LL go look it up mister INSIDERRRRR. And I did. And his K/9 rate last year was a FULL STRIKE OUT HIGHER than in his previous FIIIIIIIIIVE seasons.
So, yeah, a “red flag” article based on the 43rd through 55th innings pitched after an operation, on a ground-ball pitcher with a 2.84 ERA.
And THEN, I went and monitored ALL 5.2 INNINGS of Hudson’s performance last night on the gameday strike zone and made the case for his control being pretty darned spiffy after all.
Is anyone else out there tired of the Braves not having a true lead-off hitter. Do they just not exist? No, wait, they do- -I’ve seem them on other teams.
I wish we could manufacture a run. Like draw a walk, steal second, sac bunt the guy to 3rd, and then drive him in with a sac fly. But with a runner on third and less than 2 outs- -our hitters are not looking to drive the ball to the outfield. They are content to hit slow rollers to the 3rd baseman.
And finally, does it seem like our defense is less fundamentally sound than others? We don’t seem to hit the cut-off man, catch the ball (Mac at home), etc. Just seem generally sloppy. I can’t figure out if that is us, or just generally in MLB.
I was glad we took the series against the Padres, and sure wish we hadn’t blown the game a week ago against the Giants. 4-2 sounds a lot better than 3-3. But winning last night after getting pants a few nights ago was a nice response.
Martin Prado (Braves) — Projected pace: .469 batting average, 304 hits, 81 doubles, 142 runs, .541 on base percentage, .594 slugging percentage
RATING: REAL DEAL
It’s safe to guess that Prado isn’t going to hit .469 all season, or average nearly two hits a night. But if you’ve been paying attention, it would be hard to conclude he’s not going to be an offensive force, because this is no two-week phenomenon. Since the Braves made Prado their regular second baseman at the end of June last year, the only NL hitters with a higher batting average and on-base percentage than he’s had (.331/.380) are Hanley Ramirez, Todd Helton and Pujols. Heard of them?
“He’s made himself a very good player,” said one scout. “He’s a player who was considered a utility guy when he first came up. But he’s used an intelligent approach to hitting to make himself a very productive player on a good team. He’s following the same path, for me, as Placido Polanco.”
Kelly Johnson (Diamondbacks) — Projected pace: .360 average, 61 home runs, 142 runs, 122 extra-base hits, .467 OBP, .840 SLG
RATING: HUNG JURY
We can’t rave about Prado without examining the guy who preceded him at second base with the Braves. And Johnson, too, is off to a great start, looking — in the words of one scout — “rejuvenated” by his escape from Atlanta. But not everyone is sold.
For every scout who loves his tools, you can find one who has reservations about his ability to apply them consistently. For every scout who tells you “He has an excellent eye, and the ballpark [in Arizona] fits him perfectly,” you can find one who calls him too “defensively challenged.”
“I don’t see him as a 500-at-bat regular,” said one scout, emphatically. “For me, I think he just projects as a productive major league role-player.”
Question: if a very fast fast ball is squarely hit does it go faster and farther than a slower fast ball that is hit equally as square….ly? Does the speed of the ball translate off the bat or due to the change of inertia does it take more effort to hit it as far as the slower fast ball? Don’t bother answering if it’s a stupid question. Just curious if the only advantage of a faster fast ball is it’s being hard to catch up to.
Good game…slow game…good to be there. AND Friday night fireworks. Real ones, not describing TMI of my recent dating life.
I think it was Steve who mentioned last podcast that DLowe is the luckiest pitcher in the major leagues. Agreed.
Can’t wait for game two!
Bub – Smoltz is a type-A competitive person and it comes across as self centered. It has been tough for him to fade into retirement after being such a primma donna/dominant player. It was tough to watch as a fan. But he seems to be moving on. He’s trying hard to fit in as an announcer and he knows so much and is a smart guy…is much better than any alternative that I can think of. Hope he stays…good for the organization. My 1.8 yen.
Will, I seriously doubt I’ll ever think much of John Smoltz. A complete egotist in my view. I browsed through articles & interviews one day – from before and after the fallout – and counted the times he said the equivilant of “I’m the type of guy who…” and it was unreal. Hardly a paragraph goes by without John Smoltz declaring his character to the world. The sort of clueless self-chatter that only goes unchecked when you are surrounded by yes-men (& yes-women). The kind of guy who never sees the eyes rolling behind him in the room.
His case against the Braves, too, was utterly ridiculous. He was hurt, and left for a rich team that took a foolish gamble and then regretted it – and he blew a fuse because the Braves wanted to see him heal up before making a big offer. There’s no way around this. Smoltz’s case was lame, lame, lame. And then he drug it out to the bitter end, yap yap yap, far past Glavine, who actually DID have a case against Wren. To me, he’s a pouty creep.
But that’s the last I’ll say about it on this blog. I know it isn’t pleasant conversation, and it’s not about to add anything new to a dead-horse topic. Just couldn’t help myself this once, and now I feel a bit obligated to defend my snarky remark. But that’s it, I’m done. Sorry to drag it up again.
Yep, you warned me. I watched it by myself which made it worse. No other human in the room = ugly cry and I literally slammed the computer shut at one moment (right after Precious brought her son home from the hospital to meet grandma). Yikes!
Yeah. To be honest, I saw that coming. I was moved by the movie, but it was relentlessly punishing and deterministic. I saw a reviewer call it voyeuristic and I’m not sure he wasn’t spot on. And the fantasy/escape scenes were about twice too long to be effective, to me.
But that’s all stuff that I’ve thought after the emotional sledgehammer wore off. I was more effected by it, while I was watching it, than by any film in a long time.
The best I understand it, “offspeed” is generic for any non-fastball, when the announcer can’t pick out the exact pitch. But don’t swear by that.
One thing to know: a fastball without movement is susceptible to exactly what you’re talking about. But squaring up a fastball with movement is what’s so hard. It’s no good thinking of it as an advantage because all you have to do is square it up, as squaring it up is what’s so hard. Not just because you have to catch up to it, speedwise, but because hitting it on the screws when it’s got movement is also superhard.
Pitchers whose FB don’t have any movement don’t make it in the majors very often. So you can usually assume both speed and movement.
Venters was just great – proud of the kid.
Kawakami…I said enough about my doubts last year and I still have doubts. Hubbard ran out with a jacket for him after he made it to first, and his mind was clearly on the next inning rather than being a base runner.
Disappointing for the Bravos, but as a baseball fan, I gotta say I was silently wishing that Jimenez would get the shut out – just because they’re so rare to see. He made the headlines on CNN dot com already.
The highlight of the evening: guess who was on Kiss Cam??????? (that’d be me)
as someone who attended tonights game. I was bittersweet about the no no. I am glad i saw it but that will be on the season summary shows for the at the end of the year. That will suck. But at least he wasnt perfect. And also, think about how many people were rooting against us tonight around the eighth and ninth. That sucks.
Oh GOODIE! HOOOOORAAAAY!!! I’ve mentioned before how free I feel to make random comments when a new show is about to post soooo…I thought this tweet by Michael Schlact was pretty hilarious.
“Yo Ubaldo..imma let you finish..but this #Mets and #Cardinals game is the best game of the 2010 season so far. Believe it.”-Kanye West
Well darn. Wiley, are you feeling better today? Sorry at such a young age you had to experience your team fall from grace so heavily. I have found the silver lining to last night’s no no. Prado was going to have to end his hitting streak at some point so it makes it less dramatic and less of a downer for it to happen in a game where nobody else hits either. He’s a sensitive fella.
Well, no reason to do that. Although it wouldn’t be unreaonable to note that he bore down with the highest MPH of the night after struggling early in the inning. Might exhaust him.
We should simply have more runs today. Awful, awful, awful. If we don’t score for him in the bottom, I’m gonna shut this game off and do something else. These Rockies pitchers are terrible and we’re just crapping the bed.
Seriously… a bases loaded walk and then a walk off hit when DOWN a run and TWO outs… is it too soon to put Heyward at #2 or #3? C’mon, Chipper. Go to Bobby and volunteer the move. It would be a killer classy idea.
Um…link for the inept? Couple three things…1st, let us not overlook Prado’s single to start the 9th. 2nd, I am convinced now more than ever that I wouldn’t know a balk if it bit me on the nose. 3rd, I’m always confused as to which pitcher wins the game. Did JJ win it? I would think no since he left the game while behind. Did EOF win? Should I just give it up all together? Sometimes I have more questions than answers. Thank for your support.
Leah, there are a number of things that serve to be a balk. The Rockies pitcher today seemed guilty of two of them. One, when you go into your wind up, he being left handed, he has to make his step toward first or toward home. He can’t step between the two. He has to commit to either throwing a pitch or throwing to first. If he does not he commits a balk. Reading that, it’s a terrible explanation so I hope you understand what I am trying to say. Second, he has to have a pause in his wind up. He can’t just make it all one motion. And this is what he was called for. Noted that he continued to not pause and quick pitch as Bobby called it, throughtout his time on the mound. Joe Simpson and Glavine both continued to point out that he was doing the same thing each pitch. So I hope that makes some sense.
That does make a lot of sense. The pause in his pitch issue…I assume this has something to do with the batter being able to be ready? Ok…one more question, (yea right…have we met?) I read that Jimenez started pitching from the windup in the 6th inning or something like that. Wasn’t he winding up in the first 5 innings?
Great link! Sent it to a friend whose son is just starting to pitch. He stuck with baseball and made his Mama happy unlike other kids. Tcc, I’m glad I’m not the only one. Now if I can just keep it all in my very small brain.