July 11, 2010

Show #116: The 2010 Braves at the Halfway Point

Omar Infante backlash, All Star no shows, Yunel Escobar, and looking back at the first half of the Braves’ season.

 

 

298 Responses to “Show #116: The 2010 Braves at the Halfway Point”

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  1. 176
    Nate Says:

    So, is the organization thinking Gonzalez is going to fill the SS role until Salcedo is ready? I’m guessing our future infield will include Infante and Prado at 2nd and 3rd. Who is our most viable future SS in the organization? This Postornicky (sp?) guy sounds like another Brandon Hicks. His future seems like it will be as a super utility player rather than a starter. Your thoughts…

  2. 177
    Bub Selig Says:

    Other than pre-minor’s advanced scouting, I don’t know why we’re sure Salcedo is the guy. He hasn’t done much in the states yet, has he?

    I believe the SS position will become an offensive weakness like LF has been unless we get lucky somewhere. I figured that when this whole thing went down. I’m fine with it if we actually do replace the LF weakness and keep the rotation strong.

    (After all, SS was a weak offensive position during out best half season in years – this one)

  3. 178
    Curt Says:

    Listening to Wren, they are clearly picking up Gonzalez’s option for 2011 and then will worry about it then. It’s only like $2.5 mill. So if Chipper returns, you have your left side. Should Chipper retire, I wouldn’t be shocked if they gave the job to Brooks Conrad to see what he could do for a season – which is insane by the way. He’s a role player, not a starter. And then come 2012 they see where their SS talent has developed and find someone there to replace Gonzalez.

    Unless Arthur Blank owns the team in which case A-Rod and Jeter are our left side in 2011.

  4. 179
    Bub Selig Says:

    Starting. Pitching.

    Don’t lose your focus, peeps. We’ll be fine.

    Remember: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blausje01.shtml

  5. 180
    Nate Says:

    This 11 game road trip the Mets are about to go on might be the end of their season.

  6. 181
    Nate Says:

    EOF on the DL with a viral infection? Mike Dunn got called up? Why couldn’t Chavez get the viral infection?

  7. 182
    Curt Says:

    Bub, not to state the obvious, but the Braves won one WS in 14 tries throwing out the likes of Jeff Blauser. They have to start cultivating some more offensive threats for this team, and power threats more imporatantly. Dominating pitching can’t be all you have. There has to be some balance. You can check stats for Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, whomever, and they all have great post season ERAs. It was their offense that let them down time after time. Sterling Hitchcock shut them down one year.

    post season:
    Glavine – 14-16, 3.30 ERA
    Maddux – 11-14, 3.27
    Smoltz – 15-4, 2.67
    Avery – 5-3, 2.90

    Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather win with pitching than in some slugfest, but the Phillies are going to get a starter. The Yankees have a crazy rotation, and a lineup that can pound you. It will be tough to compete against teams like that if we rely on Jeff Blauser to get it done. History proves it.

  8. 183
    Kate Says:

    Lineup tonight

    Prado
    Heyward
    Chipper
    McCann
    Glaus
    Hinske
    Gonzalez
    Blanco
    JJ

  9. 184
    Bub Selig Says:

    Curt, the Braves could have won more championships than 1 with those teams. When they did win, they beat one of the most potent offenses of the era in 6 games.

  10. 185
    Marra Wanna Says:

    Viral Infection? That sounds…fun. Hope it’s not contagious. Very excited about this series. Why? No idea!

  11. 186
    Bub Selig Says:

    Speaking of offense, here’s more crackpot detective work I did for the Darkboard.

    1995 vs. 2010 offenses

    Grissom .693 OPS
    Lemke .681
    Jones .803
    McGriff .850
    Justice .844
    Klesko 1.004
    Lopez .842
    Belliard .500

    Total OPS points: 6.217

    Prado .851
    Heyward .821
    Jones .770
    Glaus .802
    McCann .827
    Gonzalez .793
    Melky .664
    Average of Diaz v. LHP and Hinske v RHP .790

    Total OPS points: 6.318

    I know this is of limited worth, but I though it was worth mentioning. As a starter-driven team, our offense shapes up a lot like 1995.

    As for the times changing and all that,

    in 1995 reg. season, Braves scored 4.48 runs per game and Cleveland scored 5.83 runs per game.
    In 2010 reg. season, Braves score 4.61 runs per game and Yankees score 5.33 runs per game.

    So, both #’s have shifted in our favor.

    Obviously, being starter-driven isn’t the same thing as having Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddux and the Yankees’ pitching is more dominant than 1995 Cleveland’s was, but I thought these numbers were worth a contrasting look.

  12. 187
    Marra Wanna Says:

    Making Mama proud.

  13. 188
    Curt Says:

    Obviously I agree that we should have won more than the 1. My thinking is that we should have won at least 4. 1991, 95, 96, 98.

    But they didn’t. They won one. I’m curious as to why you think that is? Bobby? Luck? Bullpen?

  14. 189
    Bub Selig Says:

    Lemme get back to you on that. I have an answer, but I’m not very confident in it and I won’t to poke at (read: manipulate in my favor) some numbers.

  15. 190
    Bub Selig Says:

    won’t = want

  16. 191
    Anne Says:

    Greetings from Turner Field where (news flash) it’s hot…but I have beer AND water.
    Alan the Usher’s two cents on The Trade: Esco will never ever be a team player and will always showboat wherever he may land. “He’s not a ball player.” Alan saw Gonzalez in 2003 while he was a Marlin and liked what he watched developing. So sayeth my ballpark boyfriend.
    Brewers just finishing BP. Go Braves!!

  17. 192
    Bub Selig Says:

    In the meantime, though, the Braves are scoring 4.6 runs per game. Do you think we’re a weak offensive squad? We’re in the half of the league and #2, barely behind Philly in the East. And we’ve faced a crapload of aces & high caliber guys.

  18. 193
    Bub Selig Says:

    Plus we play at the Ted and Phillies play at the Toy.

  19. 194
    Curt Says:

    I don’t think they are a weak offensive squad, but I think they can be had. You pitch around 2 maybe 3 guys and the runs will completely disappear.

  20. 195
    Bub Selig Says:

    What? Subtract Melky and you can’t get more that 81 OPS points between any two hitters. Who in all of MLB is that balanced?

    Prado .851
    Heyward .821
    Jones .770
    Glaus .802
    McCann .827
    Gonzalez .793
    Melky .664
    Average of Diaz v. LHP and Hinske v RHP .790

  21. 196
    Bub Selig Says:

    *I should say… that’s very balanced. Not “who in all of baseball…” because I haven’t looked.

  22. 197
    Bub Selig Says:

    There’s a reason we have “a different hero every time” syndrome.

  23. 198
    Anne Says:

    Gonzalez will be jersey #2. I swear I remember he was #11 for the Jays. Oh, wait…#11 is Kawakami. God forbid we mess up THAT mojo…

  24. 199
    Anne Says:

    Nice “welcome home” ceremony pre-game for our 6 All Stars.

  25. 200
    Curt Says:

    So write it down. Bub says we are winning the world series.

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