Beachy had a good day. Minor is having a good day. This fifth starter thing is a great problem to have. I think Minor has the edge. The team would be better with Minor starting and Beachy as a Medlen-sub, imo. We’ll need both guys.
I have no clue on the bench. Ramirez has been great. Conrad has been awful, but DOB seems to think that Conrad’s power and late inning heroics will win out. Seems like his complete inability to play in the field would hurt him. Diory has been solid and has shown that he can play 2nd, so that helps. Lucas has been a great surprise. Mather has been pretty lame, but it seems like his versatility is a real key for him. No clue.
Great start for Minor, though. KK wasn’t terrible, if we are simply looking at his value. Giving up a homer to Holliday does not make you a bum. Going 1-10 makes you a bum. But props to the guy for being able to perform now a couple of times when his country has had an apocalyptic disaster happen to it. Can’t help but think he is a little distracted.
Curt – you’re weirding me out with you level headed sympathy for KK. But it’s a great point.
KK looked very average today. And had trouble finding the strikezone at times but he did make an AMAZING catch of a line drive straight at his head and then, without hesitation, made a laser throw to third, almost doubling a guy off. It was a great sequence.
I know people have said it before, but the sea of red that are Cardinals fans at a baseball game is nothing but impressive. There were about 100 Braves fans there with us today.
Curt, I’d say no way on Proctor. I realize that his bad inning started with Freeman’s errors and the runs were unearned, but he still looked awful today. Bad commaand and balls hit squarely. Not a great combo.
As for J-Hey, I know it’s Spring Training, but the guy is what, 21,22. There always seems to be something going on with him, and for a guy his age it should be a major concern. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have if you can’t get on the field. Yes, it is only Spring Training, but this was a pretty big issue last year, as well. When he’s hurt his performance drops off significantly. What’s the point of playing through an injury if you look lost in the field and struggle at the plate? And Braves’ players have a knack for playing through injuries and hurting the team. That’s why I don’t buy the “if it were the season he would play” approach to the injury issue. When it’s the season and Braves’ players play through injuries they usually don’t perform well. Fact. See Schafer, Mac, Heyward last year, Glaus, Chipper (multiple examples here), McLouth, Hudson pre TJ surgery, JJ last year, and the list could go on and on.