Friday Night Lights is pretty solid. I just got through season 1.
When McLouth hits .250 or above during the regular season i’ll be sold. Until then… it’s spring training… He is doing better than I would have thought, but my expectations were very low to begin with. He has played some pretty horrendous baseball in a Braves uniform. I can’t even remember what he did in 09 because memories of last year still linger. He gave opposing 2nd basemen a lot of work, and even Melky Cabrera could have gone 2nd to home on him with a sharp single to CF.
I’m confident . Yes its March, but getting off to a good start is most important for mclouth above anybody else on our team. It’s a huge confidence builder. What gets me most excited about mclouth is not what he or the coaches have said. It’s more what chipper and McCann has said about his aggressive approach. He’s just different this year more confident than ever as a brave.
I think we are absolutely stuck with both Linebrink and Sherrill. It was never a question of them making the team. It’s cool – they’re just working on their delivery and mechanics. Nothing to worry about here.
I think the bullpen will be solid. Linebrink and Sherrill are who we thought they were… Scott will have a 4.00 ERA and provide some leadership and Sherrill will pitch against Ryan Howard and be taken out…
It wil be interesting to see who the long-man is going to be… Martinez looks like he has the early lead. Proctor is an insurance policy- and if they need a guy in a pinch, they can always bring up Marek. They really miss Medlen…
How awesome would it be if Wags showed up at camp and said,”I miss baseball. Just call me Favre”. It won’t happen but a girl can dream. How about JJ? Was he also just figuring out mechanics? He settled in nicely but mercy me…he started out rough.
The Yanks are in town. Always the biggest crowd (10,750) of the year at Champion Stadium. Today was no exception as the long line of traffic into the Wide World of Sport Complex would attest. No big celeb throwing out the first pitch today, just a local TV news person. Fans feel a bit cheated since there were very few Yankee stars in the lineup. No Jeter, no ARod, no Cano, no Teixeira. We did have Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada (DH.) And Mr. Curtis Granderson, who definitely showed up to play!
Chipped DH’d today, Bowman played 3rd. McCann, Freeman, Hayward & McLouth sat out. Schafer play center. Hinske 1st. Ross caught. Young in right. Our pitchers are starting their 3th rotation of the spring beginning with JJ. He went 4 innings, threw 76 pitches (49 strikes, 27 balls), 6 hits, 2 BB, 1 HP and 4 runs. Got into trouble right out of the gate by walking the first two batters, but got out of it with Ross throwing out the runner at 3rd and striking out Granderson. I guess the K fired up Granderson because he killed us the rest of the day. JJ struck out the side in the 2nd, but had big trouble in the 3rd giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. The big blow a Granderson triple over Schafer’s head in deep center to drive in two runs. Granderson scored from 3rd after Posada drove the ball passed a drawn in infield. JJ gave up a double, wild pitch and a sac fly for another run in the 4th. Pitchers looking good included Moylan (struck out the side), Proctor and Kimbrel. Sherrill gave up two hits to start an inning but recovered with a fly out to right and two K’s. Linebrink had tough luck. Ahead 0-2, Nunez hit a good pitch (low-outside) through left side of the infield. It was like it has eyes. A stolen base and single later plated the Yank’s final run. The Yankees ran a lot today: five stolen bases and two successful hit and run plays.
The offense had a rough day. Freddy Garcia completely shut down the Braves for three innings: 0 hits, 0 walks, 2 Ks. 9 Braves up – 9 Braves down. Granderson made three beautiful running catches in center on balls hit by Schafer, Hinske & Prado. We scratched out a run in the 4th when Chipper grounded in to a double play with Prado on 3rd. Scored 2 in the 6th on a clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single by Hinske. Had a chance to tie or win it in the 9th. Down by two had the bases loaded with no outs. But Bowman hit into another 6-4-3 DP’ like Chipper’s, that scored one run to pull us within one. With the tying run at 3rd, Constanza tried to drop a butt down the 3rd base line (good idea) but popped it up (poor execution) and it was caught by the catcher. Ball game!
Oh well. At least we made a game of it at the end. Play the Cardinals the next two games. Always big crowds when the Cards are here. Great fans. Let’s break this losing streak!
Scary situation, somebody on the Braves just got hit by a foul ball off McCann’s bat. They’ re guessing on the radio that it hit the player in the mouth. The player went down immediately. We don’t know who it is. A medical vehicle has just come on to the field. All I can tell is that it is not Mac, McLouth, Gonzo, Chip, or Uggla, as they were all on the field at the time. The player was standing next to McLouth. This sounds awful. They are describing it as a screaming line drive, and the announcers are saying that from Fredi’s gestures it looks like it hit the player in the mouth. An ambulance is now in front of the Braves dugout.