Mara, I’m plenty encouraged about McLouth for 2011. But I hope they leave him down there until then, let him work that swing all the way back into habit-shape. Because when he came back up, he went right back to the swing that got him in trouble.
I’m discouraged. I don’t want him ever wearing an Atlanta uniform ever again. I’m quite serious about that. And I don’t want the Braves entertaining the idea of bringing him up to take anyone’s spot on this team.
I wish he could have done some more of that for our Major League club. I’m over Nate McLouth for 2010. No more. I don’t want to think about him in 2011. His whole game sucked at the Major League level this year.
I’m not as willing to write him off as Curt, but I have to admit he seems to react adversely to pressure. It’s been guessed that the mental part of his game has always suffered, and that the low pressure of Pittsburgh was a large part of his success. If this is true, the last thing we want is for him to be in a post season line-up.
However, with the 6 million owed to him next year, I figure the chances of replacing him with a legit CF are slim. There’s always the possibility he can turn the corner on his “pressure problem,” if that’s the real case. Or maybe even become trade-able.
He has won me over with his classy reaction to being sent down. I’m pulling for him, though with hesitation.
I hope we get Diory instead of Hicks. Someone who can at least feign some hitting potential at the plate. We’ll still get Prado back before the Phils get Utley back, but how much more futile does that make our offense until Prado returns? This is obviously Ham’s punishment for making him an if.
Curt, I came very close to being over Nate. For me it was the no-throw to third on a tag-up in one of his last pre-demotion games. His play in the outfield, when that’s all he’s bringing to the table, was nearly disgusting.
But his attitude about getting sent down, coupled with his good signs in AAA and Bobby/Wren’s apparent willingness to keep him on a short leash, has calmed my nerves.
It’s just too much bad juju for the Braves to host the absolute, irrevocable pre-30-yrs-old downslide of Andruw, Frenchy, and Nate in this short a time span. We deserve a little break. At least, that’s my story and I’ll likely not stick to it.