Nice interview. Sounds like a nice fella. Hey, can he start in center field? Sounds like he’s already on a payroll of sorts. He couldnt be worse than McLouth. If Bobby starts mcLouth tomorrow night (Did i mention ill be there? I swear I will pay the biggest drunkest guy to run on the field and head butt him giving him another concussion. Curt’s prediction of weeks of scuffling makes me nervous. Our 5 game lead seems very small right now.
Mara – funny you say that about the 5 game lead. We had that very same conversation last night after recording the show. Enjoy the game tomorrow. Pretty cool that you get to see Strasburg. Looking forward to reading your stuff from the game.
Hey guys, good show and cool interview. I have to agree with everything that has been said about McLouth. It was fun to watch the Braves in person yesterday. I wish we could have gotten a win, but it’s baseball. Wins are no guarantee. That said, it was very painful to watch our offense- lots of walks and singles, not many runs. I thought we had Volstad’s number after the first few hitters but no such luck. I would love to see us get a power bat, but it’s going to cost us some prospects for sure. The 5 game lead does seem really small, especially with the Phils getting Happ back and pondering an Oswalt deal. I’m worried about Hanson tomorrow night. I don’t think he handles going up against other “studs” very well. He seems to be trying to out-throw the other starting pitcher. I felt that way when he faced Mike Leake and Justin Verlander, and I think he had a similar game in LA against Kershaw or Billingsly. Hopefully he will handle the Strasburg matchup. He will need to hold the Natinals to only a few with the way our offense is going right now. Hopefully we have a good week. The Phils are playing the D’Backs and Nats this week after going for a 4-game sweep of the Rockies today.
Re Curt’s #7: Because of Bobby’s lineups the last few years (see Frenchy, see KJ, see Greg Norton as two very recent examples) I’m initially conditioned to believe he’ll do something crazy such as NOT sit McLouth. But when I look at his actions this year (all the lineup shuffling in particular) I think that Bobby’s had enough of Nate. I don’t hold out tremendous hope for a big bat by the end of the week, but I’m 99% confident that we see mostly Melky/Blanco in CF for the remainder of the year. I feel much better about this prediction if Melky is starting in CF Tuesday night against the Nats.
I’ve been digging through the internet for trade rumors. Nothing that appealing out there. Steve, I’m losing hope on a big bat, too, especially if Wren is reluctant to give up prospects. I can’t say I blame him. It’s almost like whatever we do this year is gravy, and that Wren is really trying to build up talent in the organization for a better shot in 2011, 2012, and so on. I’m also starting to wonder if the Phils can get Oswalt without giving up prospects that they are supposedly not going to give up. The Cards don’t appear to be able to offer a legit package of prospects for Oswalt either. This year could be a very uneventful trade deadline.
This from Talking Chop:
Stat of the Series, Part 2
Jason Heyward reached base as many times in this series (12 times in 16 PA) as Nate McLouth has since May 23rd. In 21 games and 66 PA for McLouth in that time, he has 6 hits, 5 walks, and 1 hit-by-pitch. That’s good for a .102 / .185 / .119 line.
The biggest problem, I see, is that you gave some teams reason for optimism. Doubtful that the Phils weren’t going to be players, but maybe now the Mets and Marlins believe they are in it too. So instead of dumping players and tanking for the rest of the season they hold onto guys and maybe even pick players up. This makes your life much more difficult down the road when you have to play them 100 times before the end of the season. If you win just 2 of the 3 games you blew last week, the Mets and Marlins are cashing out right now. Now the Marlins are only like 5.5 out of the WC. You gave them life, and incentive.
Curt, to me, keeping other teams from cashing out is a good thing. As you say, the Phillies weren’t going to anyway. The Phillies have to play the Mets and Marlins a bunch of times, too. So giving those teams life and incentive hurts our competition as much as it hurts us.
Meanwhile, if the Braves do hold on and take the division, they’ll have managed to do so while making those non-cashing-out teams a little weaker for the future as their most sellable players lose trade value. They’ll have stayed in it for nothing.
If the Braves, as constituted, can’t hold off the Marlins and Mets as constituted, then May and June were an illusion anyway. Besides, a sell-off is sometimes the catalyst for a weird hot streak, so it wouldn’t be a guarantee those teams would go away.
Maybe the Braves lost the Cody Ross trade, though, from letting the Marlins stay in.
I hope Wren will stiffen up and, in spite of the shrinking 4.5 game lead, refuse to part with key prospects. This team’s only chance at a prolonged winning window is holding onto cheap talent. Hanson’s switch to Scott Boras is a reminder of what we are up against. When JJ and Tommy roll out of town in 2014 and 2015, we need two of Minor, Teheran, Vizcaino, and Delgado to be entering their sophomore years or so. That’s a lot to hope for even if we hold onto all four. Losing one or two of them would almost guarantee major rotation depletion.
Braves just have to weather a storm. We knew there’d be one. They are a good team. Good enough, in my mind to lose their entire lead and still come back and win the division.
Bin, I like the Hinske at 1st bit and I’m kinda inclined just to platoon Melky and Blanco. I really like our team minus McOut and Troy’s tired legs. Who needs Hart and we already have a Ross thank you very much.
Bub, I love the Freeman idea. Glaus looks like he could use some time off. Who knows, with some rest he might start hitting like it’s May again. Hinske at first isn’t a bad idea, especially considering Wren signed him so he could play 1st every once in a while. Put Omar in LF to hit the righties.
We’re watching the Rays game, and Jimmy Leyland just got ejected. It takes that guy all of 5 seconds talking to an ump to get tossed, and he’s usually right. I think he was comparing this umpire to fertilizer.
Bub, I like the point. We only play the Phils 6 more times, so it certainly won’t hurt to have teams giving them their best. And, as we know, often times at the ends of seasons, the most dangerous teams are the ones with nothing to play with. They’re loose and throwing it all out there. Teams often get tight when they have a lot on the line.
I’ll be curious to see what kinds of moves get made. Sounds like the Phils are not getting Oswalt. He’s a country boy and really doesn’t to play for them. And the Cards can’t get a deal together. Thinking now is that he pulls a Halladay and forces a trade to the team of his choosing in the off season.
I repeat that I don’t want the Braves making some knee jerk trade that loses a big piece and gets nothing in return. But it seems there are some guys who can be had for some minor items. Maybe Clint Sammons has some value. Diory is having a nice season.
What about Prado at 1st? Infante at 2nd or Conrad? Just to spell Glaus in some games.
They just won’t. I would imagine that McLouth does not have a split contract where he was getting paid less to be in Gwinnett. Blanco most likely does. In the majors he makes the minimum. In the minors he makes 60k. McLouth is collecting his millions wherever he plays.