August 08, 2010

Show #120: The Braves Post A Surprising 5 – 2 Week

The Glavine ceremony.  Medlen, KK, Minor.  The hole at 1st base.  Wagner and the closer role.



429 Responses to “Show #120: The Braves Post A Surprising 5 – 2 Week”

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  1. 401
    Anne Says:

    I have no camera phone, so I cannot be responsible. Go Braves!!

  2. 402
    Bub Says:

    “Vincente Padilla, not so much”

    How about: “Braves… yes so much” instead?

    Padilla’s ER per game in his last 10 starts before today:

    4, 0, 2, 1, 0, 0, 2, 1, 2, 4, 2

    Versus Braves: 8

    C’mon, man. Give the hitters some credit, as unlikely as that seems.

  3. 403
    Bub Says:

    * unlikely that the Braves’ hitters would be responsible, Curt, not unlikely that you would credit them.

  4. 404
    Bub Says:

    “I guess over the last two months I’ve come to the realization, not to sound brash or anything, that I’m more valuable than I thought I was,” said Jones, ”

    Albatross contract.

  5. 405
    Curt Says:

    Bub, I was sort of messing with you knowing your deep love for all things Vincente.

    Great game today. Now we can revert back to normal and score 2 runs a game for the next 3 weeks.

  6. 406
    Bub Says:

    “Now we can revert back to normal and score 2 runs a game for the next 3 weeks.”

    I guess you’re just being flip. There are no 3 week stretches in the season, not even in April, where the Braves scored 2 runs per game. I would be surprised if there were any where they scored 3 runs per game. They averaged 3.9 runs per game from opening day until they’re lowest point of the season, May 9th.

  7. 407
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Does torrential downpour give the Mets any sort of advantage?

  8. 408
    Bub Says:

    In fact, what many overlook is that, while the offense obviously improved from April/early May (3.9 RPG) to the hot streak of May 10 till the break (5.0 Runs Per Game), the pitching improved almost as dramatically at the same time, dropping from 4.4 runs allowed per game down to 3.5 runs allowed per game.

    We are now in between. In the second half, still allowing only 3.5 runs per game, but now only scoring around 4.3 runs per game.

    I know that’s a garbledy post, so here are the numbers again in plain sight:

    April/ Early May: 3.9 runs scored, 4.4 runs allowed
    May 10 – break: 5.0 runs scored, 3.5 runs allowed
    Break – now: 4.3 runs scored, 3.5 runs allowed

    So, you can see, we are still playing winning baseball, scoring .8 more than we’re giving up. But we were a point and a half per game in the plus during the hot streak.

  9. 409
    Mara Wanna Says:

    TJ for Meds. Sadness.

  10. 410
    Bub Says:

    TJ for Meds is happiness, Mara. You don’t want a partially torn ligament haunting you every outing, waiting for the rubber band to pop.

    We’ll have a brand new Medlen this time next year. Teheran will also be ready then. We don’t have much breathing room between now and then, but if we can get there, we’ll be set like never before in pitching.

  11. 411
    Nate Says:

    Does anyone know what’s happening with Arodys Vizcaino? I know he had similar injury to Medlen’s, but I wasn’t sure if he was going to have the TJ surgery.

  12. 412
    Bub Says:

    Nate, last I heard was a 6 week rehab somewhere in Florida. It’s been 6 weeks since the injury – in fact, almost exactly, as I believe it was around July 1. Talking Chop hasn’t mentioned it lately – unless I missed it – and they usually keep pretty close track.

  13. 413
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Now who’s the Mary Sunshine?

  14. 414
    Bub Says:

    Who, me? No, I think it’s possible they’ll go into an offensive funk. Chipper, Heyward, Prado, and (the good) Glaus, is an awful lot to go missing from this line up.

    I’m just saying it hasn’t happened yet, and 2 runs per game is an exaggeration, considering our worst offense scored twice that.

  15. 415
    Curt Says:

    Yes. Flip. Of course.

    Broader point I was trying to make was that we tend to score lots of runs in 1 game and then hibernate for a few. But hopefully May Troy will now get going and he can carry us now that the Chipster is done.

  16. 416
    Bub Says:

    Curt, not to drag this out, but most teams feel like their offense either scores a bunch or nothing. Since the Braves have averaged between 4 and 5 runs per game whether hot or cold, I’m going to assume that the zero, one, and two run games are the ones that qualify for “nothing,” and we’ll let the Braves off the hook for the “ALL” half of all-or-nothing. Mainly because I don’t want to count any more stuff.

    So, how many times have the Braves scored zero, one, or two runs? 28 times.

    Meanwhile, the Phillies, who have scored more runs than the Braves, have a whopping THIRTY SIX games in which they’ve scored zero, one, or two runs.

    (And since they’ve scored more in total, you know that means they’ve had more big-scoring games on the top end of all-or-nothing.)

    So, in any case, in whatever sense it’s true that the Braves have an all or nothing offense, it’s more true for the Phillies. Since I didn’t check any other teams, for all I know the Phillies are the worst all-or-nothing offense in the game, and the Braves are 2nd. I don’t know. But I doubt it.

  17. 417
    Bub Says:

    Okay, had to check the Yankees. Used 0, 1, 2, and 3 runs for the nothing end of their offense because they score 5 and a half runs per game. 39 times they fell to the nothing end. Lots of zeros and ones in there, too.

    So, on the skimpy end of all-or-nothing, the Braves have shot a “nothing” 28 times, the Phils 36 times, and the Yankees 39 times.

  18. 418
    Curt Says:

    See Bub, I let you do my math to make me feel better.

    I still have the faith. There’s just a finer line now.

  19. 419
    Bub Says:

    It’s a little finer for me, too, Curt.

  20. 420
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I really would have liked for a couple of today’s runs to cross the plate last night. Not sure what that does to your math but sure woulda been handy.

  21. 421
    Curt Says:

    You guys should get a good one tomorrow.

  22. 422
    Bub Says:

    Doesn’t do anything to the math.

    The math shows that it happens to everybody.

    Yankees scored zero today. Eight yesterday.

    LA scored 15 last Tuesday. Zero the next day.

    Phillies scored 10 on Thursday. Zero on Friday.

    And that’s just one quick scan in one month on three screens I already had up.

  23. 423
    Bub Says:

    I wish we weren’t going to get a good one, lol. Billingsley skeers me. But maybe Tommy’ll be up for the task.

  24. 424
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Um…did everyone see my comment about a picture? When I say livid I mean stark raving mad.

  25. 425
    Bub Says:


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