No doubt, this week has been sickening. And the disappearing offense is the worst. But this is still the same group of guys that were winning almost every series for 2 months. It could turn around. I don’t know that it will, but it could.
The Atlanta Braves are the only National League team not represented in ANY rumor on the top page at MLBTR as of right now.
Either Frank’s the stealthiest GM in the league, or he’s seriously just not going to do anything significant.
If he wants a bat, waiting until the 11th hour seems awfully dangerous. If I’m reading this right, once Bautista and Dunn/OR/Willingham are acquired, that about wraps it up. Strange. Wren in his short history here had rather pay a little extra to get what he wanted before it disappeared than wait around hoping for the best bargain. Hard to gauge his current stance.
If it’s him holding on to the talent, fine. If it’s the $$, that’s bull. Does he think those (comparatively) loud crowds are there to see Chipper Jones’s last ride? It’s the winning.
And the numbers that matter: PHI 9-6, ATL: 6-7. The Phillies are always in a close game because of their power. The Braves are not because they have no clutch hitting right now. Baseball is a simple game. The Braves have had 6 decent outings from their starters and lost 2-4. (A 4 run outing from D. Lowe is about as good as can be expected) One of those 2 wins came at the hands of one of the worst bullpens in the modern era. The Braves need to start hitting the Randy Wolfs/Scott Olsens/Chris Volstads of the league and they will be a good team again. If they don’t hit they will win very few games. It really is that simple.
Something that concerns me is that the Braves went 8-4 against the N.L. East before the All-Star break, and then made a trade, and then went 2-4 against the bottom of the N.L. East… I hope the team chemistry that I keep hearing about that is so important helps us start hitting the ball again. I hope we all get to start our Saturday mornings thinking about winning baseball.
Bub/Howie, The Braves runs scored numbers are misleading because we’ve scored 10, 8, and 11 in three of those wins. In the other 10 games since the All-Star break we scored and average of 3.6 runs/game. Even before the break, our runs/game were low, but we were winning, so no one cared. In that 8-4 stretch before the break we scored like 3.7 runs/game. The Escobar/Gonzo trade had no effect offensively, so what’s the deal? Why are we losing if we’re scoring the same amount? Now we have a sub .500 win pct, whereas before, with essentially the same offensive production, we won at a .667 clip… Baseball.
I like looking at the schedule in 2 week intervals. We are in a garbage interval right now. Go look at the schedule over the year in 2 week intervals. The Braves have gone through 2 weeks where they dominate, then 2 where they’re middling, then 2 where they dominate, then 2 where they get dominated. If the Braves hold true to form, they should have a very successful upcoming 2 weeks. If we can get there with a division lead, then it’s all gravy… for 2 weeks.
That’s just crazy talk. What if the Phillies won 9 games by 1 run and the Braves won their 6 games by an average of 20 runs per game? You don’t think that would be a sign of an uptick? You might as well say the only numbers that matter are the Braves are up by 2.5 games, so why worry? Trends matter. They add to the win/loss data. Did anybody think the Orioles would win their division after week one?
Bub, I’m with you on the fact that the Braves are not involved in any rumors. It’s crazy. They have to at least be in the mix. Particularly now that the Phillies have to be considered the favorites to win the division. They have to be looking to add a piece to this offense. And I was wrong. It can’t be Mike Deveraux. It has to be someone who can really make a difference. I think if the Braves were willing to eat a bunch of money, the could move KK and McLouth. I know they aren’t worth a lot, and not suggesting they would bring us anything, but they have produced at times, and could serve a team in some capacity. Find a larger package to move with Medlen, Dunn, whomever. Make a move. Prove that you are in it for real. You can’t stand pat. What about Derek Lee? Maybe he is willing to come to Atlanta.
I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possiblity that FW is simply in super stealth mode. Think about the last three big trades he’s made: McLouth, LaRoche and the Gonz. No one had as much as a whiff about any of those. Now, do I think a big impactful trade is coming? Not really. Too busy in my Braves suck, all is hopeless with my team death-spiral right now. But, I’m still hitting refresh on MLBTraderumors and espn.com every five minutes.
If Frank Wren does nothing further, he will at least have the dubious distinction of adding bats (McLouth, Gonazalez) in consecutive deadlines that came in as the new Braves homerun leader, only to drop through the floor. That’s… special.
Steve, that’s the same mode I’m in. Trying to shake it, but this has the potential to be almost worse than not even getting close. Almost.
MArk Bowman was just on 790 and he said don’t expect any moves. He felt that if there were a CF to be had, maybe, but because there is not the Braves will do nothing feeling that getting Diaz, Heyward, JJ back from injury covers it.
Ok…yesterday I was in the depths of despair. Today, hope springs eternal. All those fantastic wins came while Diaz and JJ were on the DL and a lot of them while Heyward wa on the DL. In FL we didn’t suck. There was a lot of luck on the side of the Fish. The Nats have historically had our number not to mention being all geared up for Strausburg and trying to shift gears for that other guy. I’m not saying losing that gam was excusable…believe me it wasn’t. Yesterday was crazy hot and if the Marlins have something that resembles a home field advantage then certainly the Nats do as well. The Phillies can’t win every game and this team is very good. JJ is stellar. Wags has had his slump an is back to rare form. Gonzo is getting settled and Heyward is due for a hot streak. If Bobby can sit Troy for a day or two and for the love play Diaz and Infante til they drop dead from exhaustion. I’m sure most of this post is BS but I feel better. Until tonight.
Frank Wren is a ballsy individual to look at what the Phillies did at the deadline and do nothing. You have to wonder how much the Vizcaino arm injury hindered any moves. I thought we might see a big move this year because in theory you can’t have more than Delgado, Teheran, Minor, JJ, and Hanson in a future rotation. I have a feeling Medlen’s future role is in the pen and as a back up plan if somebody got hurt during the season. That’s why I thought Vizcaino might be a trade piece for a bat, especially since Wren couldn’t get a bat for Vazquez. Does anyone think we might see a Freeman call up soon, or do they wait until the roster expands?
Bub, I’m sorry I disappointed you with my early morning ramblings. I just don’t see how we’re playing (offensively) much worse than we were in the stretch where we went 8-4 before the break. That’s all I was trying to say, however poorly it was said. I didn’t mean to come off as pompous with my response. I’m sure there are many stats that can explain poor results (W-L record). I just see W-L as the only numbers that really matter in a divisional race, and I am sure the stats you listed do explain the trend going on. I tend to see things very black and white. It is a fault frequently cited by those who know me all to well.