I think two solid starts from Minor and continued pitcher-like batting averages from McClouth could make JJ’s return become a showcase for interested teams. Question: which pitcher-hungry team has a spare centerfielder who can produce? Nate has made me skeptical of stats on bad teams.
I hope not – I want to see Venters and Kimbrel chatting in the ‘pen at the end of the game. I want Sherrill and Linebrink mop up the 8th/9th and not being terrified…because we’re up by 8. I want to see some blowouts.
Weird game…Uggla not great at base stealing but his defense was steller. Lowe struck out a ton. Heyward and McLouth almost replayed their collision from last year. Their ace beat our ace by 1 point. Good game. Oh, and Prado is a beast in left field.
I would have liked to see the Braves try to work Gallardo a little harder, in other words. The guy Is a strikeout pitcher but only had 2 Ks in 9 innings. He did pitch well but the Braves helped him a little bit, I think.
Hi DAP – I agree with you, but I’m not sure we’re right. There are those games when it looks like the team is just swinging at anything, not being patient, etc. But I bet there are other games when they are doing the same exact thing but getting hits instead of ground outs. All of which to say, I think it may be context and outcome more than anything. I also may not be making any sense.
Kate – agreed. 100%. Tipping your cap to Jamie Moyer is downright painful. Last night, while certainly no fun offensively, had great moments of pitching, defense, tagging guys out. It was a pretty cool game short of the outcome.
2)And I will never drop this batting order issue. Jason Heyward is too dynamic of a hitter to be hitting 6th. It defies baseball logic. It was okay last year when he was a rookie but now either McLouth or Chipper has to move so he can hit 2nd or 3rd. I like Fredi so far but this bother me. Check the last three game logs. McLouth has come up in crucial situations where Jason should have been. Fredi is trying to hard. Hitting Jason second is what jump started our season last year. If Bobby leaves Jason 6th we win 75-80 games.
The old-school book says to put a bat-control guy here. Not a great hitter, but someone who can move the lead-off hitter over for one of the next two hitters to drive in.
The Books says the #2 hitter comes to bat in situations about as important as the #3 hitter, but more often. That means the #2 hitter should be better than the #3 guy, and one of the best three hitters overall. And since he bats with the bases empty more often than the hitters behind him, he should be a high-OBP player. Doesn’t sound like someone who should be sacrificing, does it?