Freeman hit a HR last night. In the 2 games of the double header he went 3-6 with a HR, 2B, 2R, 2 RBI. He’s now batting .312. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised he hasn’t been called up. It fits with the absurdity of the Braves’ organization. This is the same organization that thinks Alex Gonzalez is a better SS than Yunel Escobar… Oh wait, that was because Yunel was messing up the highly valued team chemistry of the Braves. It’s just the ultimate slap in the face to see us not hitting anything and then to see our former SS hitting around .300 since the trade and not costing his new team games with his glove (Alex Gonzalez). Well, for a team with great chemistry, these guys hit nothing and play garbage defense, but at least they all like each other.
Sorry for the Esky mention, to those who hate our former SS. I wasn’t a big fan of some of his plays, but I really do think he is going to have a good career. He really impressed me with his hitting last year with runners on and with 2 outs and RISP.
Nate, on Escobar and the fact he’s done much better in Toronto. Can’t you also interpret it that he quit on Atlanta and could have been doing this all along? If so, isn’t that about the worst sin you can committ against your teammates (aside from what Jason Werth’s doing, I mean)?
Steve, very good point on his lack of effort being a very bad thing, but I never thought he was much worse than a young Andruw. Another reason for his success in Canada would probably be that he is seeing better pitches hitting 2nd in the Jays’ lineup. Anyway, for some reason he’s playing better now. Gonzo had a heck of a game today, though. I really hope he starts to heat up. The Braves really need it.
I was going to say I just woke up, but apparently I’m still asleep and dreaming…
Steve, #394 is a very high possibility to me. Not a definite, but between “doing well on a fresh start” and “punked out to get traded,” I lean strongly toward B.
Time will tell. If Escobar becomes permanently productive with no more “attitude slumps” (remember when Atlanta let his friend go and Esco went in the tank?), then I believe we can rule out him flopping on purpose. I’ve never, EVER seen those tendencies not repeat themselves endlessly with players that have them. If it never repeats in Toronto, I’ll have to conclude that Bobby and the gang could have done better at getting along with him.
Great game. Nate, good to hear 96 on the radar from Jair, that’s excellent. We’ve got three pitchers hitting great strides, and two doing their jobs well enough.