I think Ankiel has to be considered a match up starter. He’s really proving to be an easy out right now. And he seems very frustrated. It’s easy to say he is pressing, but reading his comments when he got traded, i know he grew up a Braves fan and was very excited to be coming over, so maybe give him a couple of days to relax.
Bub – we’ll always have Paris.
Steve – Alan looks GREAT – all cured. In a nutshell: let’s just say that a healthcare center in the greater Atlanta area (NOT the one where I work – thank heavens) treated him poorly and initially misdiagnosed him, and he’s quite happy to be (a) walking and (b) back at The Ted. GO BRAVES!!
Melky – I’m sorry we said bad things about you back in the day. You can stay and platoon, even if it means I don’t see Matty as often.
JJ – what is the problem you’re having again with the site? I don’t like hearing about these technical problems. Curt and I were 6 and Hammy, I think, was a 5.
Nate – the batting lineup is a pretty interesting question – which may be answered tonight (I think Prado will be back). While it’s hard to argue with putting Prado back in the 1 spot given how well he did there, I’d do something like this:
And yes, I kept Ankiel off the list on purpose. Speaking of, Curt and your #51?!?! I don’t think I know you anymore.
Steve, I really like that lineup. It makes the best use out of what we have. Infante has done well leading off in Prado’s absence, and maybe Prado turns into a good RBI guy for us down the stretch to solidify his MVP candidacy. I also like Melky batting 8th because you know he’s going to put the ball in play most times he’s up there.
I could use a break, if someone would like to be me for a while. It’s really tricky most of the time and there’s usually a party going on in my head. It would also throw off my psychiatrist, who has been trying his best, and is probably working on a book.
Meant to say earlier today: met Ballpark Frank for coffee. I could hear him talk about baseball all day. Meanwhile, tonight I’m reminded that this is a game for fathers and sons. Sweet example behind me – question after question being thrown at dad with solid, steady answers. Go Dads!