• Hudson started 26 of 29 Brewers hitters with a first-pitch strike, the highest percentage by a starter this season. Overall, Hudson threw strikes on 74 of 102 pitches, his highest percentage in the last three seasons.
• After starting hitters with strikes, Hudson did not allow them to battle back. Just eight of his 102 pitches came when he was behind in the count. Hudson’s previous low over the last three years was 13.
• Hudson forced the Brewers to hit the ball on the ground. The Brewers grounded out 15 times against Hudson and hit the ball in the air just seven times. The Brewers hit just five balls out of the infield and only one after the fifth inning
Ron, if you want to complain about free outs, Prado, Gonzalez, and Uggla should be your targets. Freddie Freeman has an on base percentage of .328, which is, respectively, 30, 40, and 55 points higher than those three guys.
Jason Heyward has an OPS of .828 – good for second best on the team behind only David Ross.
Hey guys, our bullpen is fine we have youth in our bullpen. With that will come rough outings at times. Just as long as we have more good ones than bad. It’s called experience and we have to have those. I like Guerrin I believe he can handle Moylan’s role just fine. We’ve just been having trouble trying to redefine our roles. With moylan they were set now they’re not. As far as the bench production is picking up nicely.
My concern and I don’t know if anyone else has picked up on this too. Is have yall noticed but the last couple of head first slides by heyward he’s been grimacing and showing discomfort in his hand again.
Back to the Heyward and Freeman bashing … Not to mention that the team is freaking hitting and scoring runs. And winning. Everyone’s not going to go 2 – 4 every game and have BA’s over .300 all year. The offense has made huge strides the last couple of weeks.
Brandon, interesting you should mention that. He slid head first into home a couple of games back on a play where there was not even a throw, and all I could think about was that it’s probably best not to do that when you don’t even need to. I thought they were trying to get them to not slide head first at any time. Maybe that’s why they never steal any bases. Fear of the slide.
Why are their losers on this site showing no name like #50 or a made up name like#52. Folks that can’t deal with other opinions should shut up themselves. Looks like this site has 4 or 5 regulars and a couple of them only want to hear themselves talk. Pay to join a real site.
Eric and Nate, are you one in the same? Freeman belongs in 7 batting position. Too much pressure for a rookie. He seems to pad his stats when game is NOT on the line. Look what taking the pressure off has done for McClouth. Eric, is baseball a new sport for you?
I thought Freeman should be batting 8th, Ron? Move up McLouth, right?
Jason Heyward batted in the 2 and 6 spot last year as a rookie. Buster Posey hit clean-up as a rookie. Ike Davis hit 6 as a rookie. Kimbrel and Beachy are rookies. Venters was our set-up man as a rookie. Just because a guy is young doesn’t mean he can’t contribute – even in big spots.
If you think Freeman is padding his stats in low pressure situations, give me some numbers. I notice you conveniently ignored the numbers I provided. If you want to stick with cliche and one-liners that’s fine with me, but anyone reading can tell that critical thinking is a new for you.
Eric, Does someone really have Freeman mixed up with Posey? Do you want stats?
Eric, Prado, Gonzo, and Uggla have MLB experience and history: rookies only bat in the middle of the lineup if they are extraordinary. Rarely, when they bat .225. Someone can find stats to make anyone look good. By the way, Freeman is 6 for his last 40 at bats/.150 (last 10 games). Add in his walks and you have a .250 OBP. WOW!!! If you were managing the team, where would you have him batting? I seriously don’t think you know much about baseball.
I am not giving up on Freeman but he would bat near the bottom and I would have a contingency plan. You may not know it, but most rookies are not that successful. But if you keep reading your stats and following baseball, you will catch on some day.
Eric, do the stats; you seem to like them. How many rookies enter the MLB every year and how many compare to Posey? You may need to be reminded that Posey did not play the whole year.
I’m feeling good about our chances this year. So much so that I intend to start saving up for a trip to Atlanta later this year. The dream scenario is that I can run in the Atlanta Marathon on October 30 and watch a Braves World Series home game that weekend. Hopefully all the pieces will fall into place.
Is it too late to change my predictions for the week? Feeling pretty good about this team. I know we are still fighting for +500, but our youth is really looking strong, despite a few lapses into being human. I don’t know where all this negativity comes from! All good teams are good because they make a few adjustments through the regular season. I don’t think we are going to have to make the huge moves I was expecting during ST. In other words, I am optimistic.
I read and listen to hear the opinions of others, but its hard to take you seriously when you talk about this team like its 0-30!
Danny, they look good right now, no doubt. The starting pitching has just been unbelieveable. These last starts of the 2-5 starters were something to behold. The offense is still finding their way, but it’s hard not to be excited after a 4-game sweep of the Brewers, who are a pretty good team themselves. Let’s see if we can carry some momentum on to Philly. Love to take 2 of 3.