Steve, is it a mullet? I haven’t seen it, but that’s what it sounds like you’re describing. Good show. I am excited about the next stretch of games because a lot of the “ifs” hanging around this team will finally be answered, and we’ll know how well the team really stacks up against the Phils and Mets. We’ll know if Diaz and JJ are both doomed for a bad year, we’ll know what the deal with The Thumb is, and we’ll know if McOut’s concussion somehow helped him figure out how to hit again, to throw home, to call for a ball, and to maybe not bunt with RISP with the pitcher hitting behind him. I’m almost certain Meds is going back to the pen. No use getting fussy about it. Remember who calls the shots for this team. Diaz and McOut are both going to see the field more than they should, and KK will keep on startin’. If the next couple of weeks go bad for Diaz and McOut, then I bet Wren picks up an outfield bat. I don’t think it will be anyone that requires a lot of premier prospects to be given up. I expect that it would be another Hinske type player that can play both corners and maybe some first. Another reliever couldn’t hurt either. You can’t go into the postseason with a bunch of guys with control issues. The Vulture, Meds, and Wags have been consistently good, other than that….
P.S. Props on the US soccer team mention. It was a great run. It’s amazing that we made the final 16 with the likes of Germany, Argentina, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, and Portugal, all of which have so many more talented players than the US team. The soccer Yanks gave it their all, and won their group, which hasn’t happened since like 1930.
Clarification on if the Braves have announced anything about KK/Medlen. From DOB a few minutes ago: Jurrjens is scheduled to start Wednesday. Beyond that, Cox absolutely refuses to even discuss which way he/they are leaning regarding Kawakami and Medlen and who’ll get bumped. Sorry, but that’s all. Again yesterday, he cut off questions about that subject, said, “Let us decide. We’ll let you know when we have an announcement.”
Because he knows he will get killed if he declares Medlen is headed to the pen and wants to stave off the howls until the last minute. Given your numbers last night, and the fact that KK was awful coming out of the pen, i think we grin and bear it. The way Hanson has pitched, we are going to need a good long reliever.
Yeah, the one good thing about having Meds in he pen is that when a starter “lays an egg” , then Meds can come in and hold the other team so the offense can get us back in the game. He can also hold a team when Hanson or Lowe have to leave after 6 or less due to a high pitch count. On the other hand, I just think the team can’t win with KK out there, which is what I think Curt mentioned on the show. It’s ridiculous, but it’s the truth.
Crazy thought of the day: I wonder if KK wouldn’t have any trade value given the numbers Steve gave last night night. I mean, Greinke has a terrible record, but I’m sure many teams would look at him as an excellent trade piece. I’m not saying KK is Greinke, but his numbers aren’t awful (other than W-L), and a lot of teams are going to be looking for another starter at the deadline…
Me too. Headin’ home to Tennessee for the 4th and My mom’s B-day this weekend. I’m going to try to make it down to ATL for a game against the Fish. That’s awesome that you’ll be there tonight, Anne. I’ll look for you on ESPN 2.
Do you guys think maybe BC will put Meds in the pen due to a lack of confidence in JJ? Somebody mentioned KK’s long relief work last year and how bad it was. Maybe Bobby anticipates really needing a strong reliever. Just a thought.
Didn’t Terry say many times how badly Heward was hurting but we’d never hear it from him? Isn’t it maybe the hitting coaches job to go to bat for the players. It’s easy to throw Terry under the bus. I kinda like Heyward wanting to play through the pain and not want to bow out. I don’t think we can ever expect him to say he’s too hurt to play. Speaking of hurt…I jammed my thumb during wiffle ball last week and typing on my iPhone kills.
Mara – they’ve got to be weighing that kind of stuff (are we better off with a middling starter -KK-, plus a good long reliever -Meds-, vs. a better starter but a worse long man). To Nate’s point, with Hanson and his short starts of late, plus who knows what we get out of JJ for the first few starts, the long man in the pen may get a lot of work in the coming weeks.
Well, I’ll go on the record as the (one of the) last hold-out. I don’t believe KK belongs in the starting rotation, and I regard his first win as the most unfortunate fluke to hit the club since Jo Jo Reyes’s first decent performances.
KK has looked completely hittable to me since he got here. Sometimes he faces a team for the first time and has some success, but stats show the more a team sees him, the more they crush him (generally). How do we suppose that’s going to work out against NL East opponents as we start to play them more and more often? KK is going to get KILLED. It’s going to get very, very ugly.
Meanwhile, Kris is finally stretched out. The sensible solution would be to use Kris as a starter, skip his starts when off days allowed, and further control his innings with a Mike Minor call up at the end of the season if progress allowed, or in the worst case stretch KK out again and bring him back then. That would be one less round of seeing him for the NL East foes.
I agree having Meds for long relief is very handy, and I’ll grin and bear it like the rest, but I expect KK to really, really struggle as a starter in the second half. It’s so important to be confident in “the next day’s starting pitching.” That suff stops bad streaks and keeps good ones going.
Kris Medlen starting for this team creates wins. KK starting creates losses. I agree Bobby is going to go with KK and I think it’s going to hurt us. Hopefully Meds as a reliever goes some distance in relieving that hurt.
And there’s always the chance I’m just dead wrong and KK will indeed be “middling.” Middling I can accept. Maybe he’ll come out strong with new confidence.
I’m with you, Bub. Not going to be pretty, score-wise, but will be beautiful to watch, baseball-wise. AND I’ve discovered – thanks to my friend Sarah – there exists @ Turner Field this glorious thing called the Season Ticketholder Clubhouse. This lovely air-conditioned room where I can go when it’s hot or rain-delay or just because. They have comfy couches and big-screen TVs AND because they’re on whatever channel broadcasts whatever game, the TVs are on time delay. So, the crowd goes wild, and about 8 seconds later you find out why. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.