When we didn’t cash in on Chipper’s lead-off double I was thinking: “Uh-oh”. What do you guys think about the standard practice of bringing in the closer only when its a save situation? (especially on the road) I’d rather we use Kimbrel to extend the tie rather than save him for an inning that might never come.
For me, Linebrink is the bigger disappointment. He threw 2 pitches that were nowhere close and then threw one up and in the inner third to a righty and he got crushed. I don’t know why you wouldn’t leave EOF in to face the righty. He’s about as good against the righties as he is against the lefties. If Fredi’s now going to be going for matchups, it made no sense to start doing it in that situation, imo. Hell, Gerrain just got called up and he looked better than Linebrink or Sherril have all year.
When both Linebrink and Sherrill were warming in the 6th or 7th(the last inning Lowe pitched when A-Gon made the huge catch to end the inning with RISP) I got a sinking feeling and knew we would not be winning that game. It’s like last year when Jesse Chavez warmed up. These guys need to turn it around or be replaced.
I had a similar thought about EOF last night. Why not just let him pitch to one more guy? But these relievers have got to stop walking the lead off guy. The last game in LA they did it, last night they did it. It’s just a killer.
Right now we are really missing Moylan and Medlen.
I don’t see the logic in not letting EOF finish that inning but letting the call up blow a 3 run lead in SF the day before. I would probably let the veteran get out of the mess he made. EOF looked absolutely pissed on the bench after that guy just crushed that gift from Linebrink.
#22 – At least he got a bunt down. That seems to be better than a LOT of our pitchers have done. If you want to be disappointed with Larry Parrish on something, choose the lack of bunting technique by our pitchers…
#23, 25, 28, 29 30 – While maybe not “terrible”, I think both Sherrill and Linebrink have been release-worthy so far, especially with Moylan-lite (i.e. Gearrin – thought he looked good, if he keeps the ball down…) making an appearance, so to speak
#27 – We don’t see Kimbrel in a non-save situation for the same reason most every other manager in baseball doesn’t use their “closer” in other than a save situation – the stupid save rule combined with the second guessing the press will do if the reliever that comes in the last inning instead of the closer blows the save and/or loses the game.
#28, 30 – If you look at the replay, the McCann was set up on the OUTSIDE for the INSIDE pitch that got “crushed”… So really, he was nowhere close on three pitches…
I don’t see the point of veteran experience out of the ‘pen when it’s not very good at keeping inherited runners from scoring and has an ERA over 5. It would be one thing if they were being used in mop up duty, but they’re not. Both guys have been used in key situations with a game on the line.
Only reason Linebrink was in there last night was because Moylan is out. I think, again, you leave EOF in there, but they are short with Moylan gone. Sad part is that if you get through one more out, you get Venters and Kimbrel to finish it off.
Sadder part is the Pads scored 4 runs in the entire series against the Phils.
The podcast mentioned our on base percentage is terrible though our walk rate is in the middle of the pack. I just noticed the Braves are 29th in MLB in BABIP (batting average on balls in play). So, some of the OBP failure is just bad luck.
An interesting counter point to the walk argument were Harang’s post-game comments last night mentioning the fact that the reason that the Braves did so well last night against him was because they were aggressive at the plate. I think that there is a balance there somewhere.
Obviously JJ’s pitch count last night and the slew of recent extra inning games contributed to Fredi leaving him in for the CG. Having said that, I think we will see more CG’s under Fredi’s watch then we did under BC’s.
“The Braves brought [Gearrin] up because they needed an extra arm in a worn bullpen. They have 13 pitchers now, but plan to revert to 12 after the road trip. They are expected to bring up another outfielder who can back up center field, from a group of Triple-A candidates that includes Jordan Schafer, Joe Mather, Wilkin Ramirez and Jose Constanza.
With the way that Gearrin pitched Monday, it’s not a given that he’ll be the pitcher dropped when they cut back to 12. And even if he is, there’s little doubt that Gearrin would be back at some point relatively soon.”
So they aren’t even thinking about calling Young back up. Ramirez has the highest OPS and most homers. Also has 4 steals. Constanza has 8 steals, but no pop.
And apparently this guy Mauro Gomez is raking at first base. OPS of 1.103.