I watched the inning when the Braves threatened on ESPN gamecast, and I was working on some other stuff, so I wasn’t paying total attention.
But every time somebody would come up to bat, I’d look at the on deck batter to think about whether the current batter had to be the one to drive them in. And even though they failed to execute, I was amazed at how many times I was looking at the next guy coming up, thinking he was just as dangerous.
Prado batting with Heyward on deck.
Heyward with Chipper.
Chipper with Glaus.
Glaus with McCann.
McCann with Diaz.
Diaz with Gonzalez.
Those guys can really, really hurt you.
Something I dug up re: Hanson to calm myself down:
Tommy’s funk = 5 bad starts (5 ER or more) in a span of 12 starts.
1990, John Smoltz (14-11, 3.85 ERA) had exactly 5 of them in his first 13 starts.
1988, Greg Maddux (18-8, 3.18 ERA) had 5 of them in 10 starts from July 20 to Sept. 8.
1989, Tom Glavine (14-8, 3.68 ERA) had 4 of them in 9 starts from June 2nd to July 17th.
Other calming news:
Hanson has given up 0, 1, or 2 runs 13 times this year.
The # of runs Hanson has given up during the 7 non-bad starts while in his current funk:
Bub, that’s a good point on Hanson. He is still very young and inexperienced. Chipper’s post game quote called attention to what we’ve been saying for a couple months on him. He said they were swinging like they knew what he was about to throw, or something along those lines. I hope it is a problem that can be fixed before too long. The teams that have hit him pretty well(Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Brewers, Tigers) are all very good offensive teams, and that makes me believe Chipper’s quote even more. I think some of the hitters or coaches on those teams have seen something in video on Tommy, and they are using it to their advantage in the game. It’s not like they’re going through the order a couple of times and then get runs late. Those teams are hitting him early and often.
On a side note, does anyone else have issue with Chiper calling other players out on inconsistent performance? Reading that in his post gamers just really really bothered me. When I read it I was like yeah, but Chipper you popped to second with the bases loaded and one out. Did you have a hit? No you didn’t. The offense should talk critiquing the starting pitchers performances when they start hitting again. The offense has been carried by our pitching a lot lately. Bub, I’ll admit that our line up is definitely more dangerous than Braves line ups of Summers past, but every time we went through the Brewers line up and a guy like Hart, Braun, or Fielder came up I was thinking, “Man it would be nice if we had one of those.”
“Mara” – I saw both pitches live…and I have no idea. The radio guys on the way home offered “Venters has such good control, I’ve never seen him throw that wildly.” I heard Bob Gibson talking about plunking batters back in the day – fully admitting he participated in vendettae for the team and had no remorse. Kind of an “it’s what you do” kind of thing. He did say that guys don’t do it much purposefully these days.
Venters is young – he is the Wearer of the Backpack to the Bullpen – I wonder if it’s some kind of hazing?? It’s a little late in the season for the bullpen guys to egg him on, though.
Fielder is certainly a large target and hard to miss!