1.I’m okay with Minor in the short term (2-3 starts) but not long term. JJ, as a veteran is still a better option right now. However the danger of him being hurt is that there is a tiny chance that if Minor throws a no hitter and 2 complete game shutouts, he could find himself in the bullpen. But the chances of that happening are very very small.LOL
2. I don’t mean to be nosy, but do you guys make money from this podcast or do you do it just for the love of the Braves? I just noticed there wasn’t any advertising on this site.
I think, even if it’s 4 – 6 weeks (not that there’s been any indication of it), Minor will be more than a fine fill-in. While he stumbled down the stretch last season, he was pretty damn good when he came up. He should be even better with a full-offseason and a ST with the big club under his belt.
Another great show guys,
I feel very happy with the current line-up with McLouth in the second spot and Heyward being in sixth. I totally understand the argument about losing at bats over the course of a season, but Heyward will protect Uggla in a way that McLouth or Gonzalez would not. Also he is young; missing a few at bats over the course of a long season will be beneficial in the long run. It also makes out 7,8 and 9 spots a little more interesting than putting three of your weaker hitters together.
My only fear this season is expectancy. Last season we were hopeful rather than expectant and this lead to a really enjoyable season. Expectancy can be dangerous. We have all the tools, but we are still relying on a very young back end of the bullpen and older starting pitchers. I hope we have a season as exciting and enthralling as last season. I don’t want my expectancy of this team to spoil it for myself.
Keep up the great show and already looking forward to next weeks show.
Great show, guys. The JJ news is disappointing. I like the way Fredi is handling it, though. I would much rather have a healthy Minor than an unhealthy JJ. I’m still very confident about our rotation with the way Lowe and Huddy pitched this year. With Tommy, the potential is there. We shall see… I’ve never really had a chance to watch Beachy, so I’m pretty excited to see him today. His numbers look really good, and I’ve heard he can strike a guy or two out. I have to agree with what was said about using Venters yesterday. He had no business being in that game. I though those situations were why Sherrill and Linebrink made the team. Perhaps I was wrong.
Our lineup looks pretty good regardless of where McLouth is hitting. I’ve given up on Chipper not batting 3rd like most Braves fans have, and Heyward batting 6th means a lot of RBIs for him. I would like to see him bat 5th, too, especially against a guy like Halladay. It might be a better option until Uggla heats up.
Teheran made the Gwinnett rotation. That rotation looks pretty good. I’m definitely gonna make a couple of their games this year.
I am not worried about Minor filling in for Jurrjens- for now.
I just want the best pitcher on the mound at all times, right now that’s Minor. If Jurrjens pitched now, we’d get last year’s version that wasn’t 100%. I want 2009 Jurrjens and if that means he misses a month; so be it.
I’m fine either way as long as KK never enters Georgia again…
It was such a great game. Beachy is fantastic. Our offense was actually produced by homers. HOMERS! Oh how I’ve missed them. And Kimbrel is the real deal. I think we saw the start of the Kimbrel era today and I’m incredibly jacked up about it.
Are there an inordinate amount of week day day games this season or do I just not notice, since I work and typically can’t go? There have been two already, and will be two or three more before the month is through.
Anne, I think it’s kind of like all the off days early in the season. They just play on the excitement of the start of the season and operate differently to accomodate that energy. Of course, the off days are to deal with spring rain.
I thought it was a High School Basketball game, such a disappointment. America loves an underdog, not two in the same game. I think that is really what is missing. The upset victory in a Championship game.
What an anticlimactic ending to what I thought was a good tournament. The Nance Walker Texas Ranger comment on Kemba Walker was almost as bad as Butler coming out and scoring 5 in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Craig Kimbrel looked outstanding once again. I was also really impressed with Beachy. That’s a tough lineup to open the season against.
I am excited to get Minor in some games early this year. I feel good about him making two or even three starts this month. I just know we will need him again at some point in the season. Feeling really good about our depth this year.
Like a few others have stated, but worth repeating: Kimbrel is trying to make Braves fans say “Billy who?”
Hey guys sorry its been a busy week. But here is my predictions from last weeks podcast.
Mclouth .280 average 20 hrs.20 steals 75-80 rbi.
chipper 15-20 hrs.
Hudson 18 wins leads the team.
Kimbrel 25 saves.
NL East BRAVES
NL Central Reds
NL West Giants
NL WC Phillys
AL East Boston
AL Central White Sox
AL West Texas
And here’s my shocked AL WC Baltimore by 3 over Yankees
Also great show as always. I feel very comfortable with minor and beachy for any amount of time. My worry is our major league ready depth afterwards. I know we have KK and Lopez but they really scare me for any extended time frame.
Wow….this season is off to a hot start…nothing crazy good…but a solid showing of baseball….Sat. was a fluke with the weather playing a role in the game…Hanson will bounce back….What do we expect from the closer role now? Kimbrel or Venters…? So far looks like Freddi likes Kimbrel
One day I’ll remember there are weekly shows these days and I won’t talk to myself on the previous weeks board. What did y’all think about Fredi bringing in Mac to pinch hit and then leaving him for the 8th and 9th? I liked it but just don’t remember Bobby using a position player to pinch hit very often. Is this fairly standard? Love the homers!