Great show guys! And yes the mint julep is underrated.
I was fair on Teheran’s start. It was about what I expected from a 20 year old making his debut. I liked how well he changed speeds on the fastball and his changeup is a plus-pitch. A little fine-tuning the curve ball will do him some good. Anyone else think he was slow on the mound? Just soaking up the moment i guess.
Right now I really like how deep our rotation is. So I have to go foul on trading Derek Lowe. What would he get in return? I really only want Andrew McCutchen, he’d be perfect, who’s on board?
In regards to the Braves against other division leaders. Pitching, Defense, and timely hitting win championships right? In Team ERA, Defensive Efficiency, and Avg. w/ RISP our MLB ranks are 2nd, 4th, and 4th. Winning! Only teams that scare me are the Angels and Cardinals right now.
I thought Bobby and Orel were great last night — I actually thought the whole broadcast was very fair, except for the extended Gonzo love fest. He’s good, to be sure, but they had him up there with Wagner.
Ham – was Gamescore (GSC) the pitching stat that you were referring to? Hudson’s 1-hitter had a GSC of 90, tied for 4th-best this season. And yes Steve, it “equaled awesome”. Liriano’s no-hitter only had a GSC of 83 (18th place). http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/topperformers
Here’s a stat I noticed today that surprised me — in spite of our hitting problems earlier in the season, our run differential is now at +43, second only to the Cardinals (+44)!
Great show, guys. Our pitching is ridiculous. I think Fredi came out and said the pitchers have adjusted to Jason and now he needs to adjust to them. This is coach speech, but it is also true.
I like the idea of making a pitching move after the season. You never know what the depth will look like in late September. Plus, as you guys mentioned, Lowe has been outstanding in clutch situations. I think the reemergence of JJ, the success of Beachy, and the possibility of Teheran and Minor has some folks thinking a trade is in the Braves future. It makes me curious about what might be available.
I find the Braves’ base stealing stats humorous more than anything. No one can ignore the fact that we are terrible at it, and thus, since this is a professional sports team, it is probably worth improving rather than ignoring. The Braves are apt to hit a run scoring lull, so being able to put yourself in scoring position on a walk or a single can be pretty crucial. But like the guys said, it’s not a huge issue. We are obviously scoring runs and winning baseball games.
Hey i agree with the stolen base issue…if we did look for one…who do we get…is ther any speed threat in AAA..or is it a trade issue? I feel it would really put us over the top if we had some more speed…we need it
Encouraged by Teheran – Fair
Good to see that his first appearence in front of 40K people didn’t phase him too much. The HR was more McCann’s fault… yes the pitch was up, the problem was not up far enough… you get Howard out with pitches up, he likes the ball down and that is where McCann was calling for them…
Support trade of Lowe – Foul
When your starters are pitching their roles as well as they are (i.e. 2-5 don’t have to try to live up to a #1 spot…) leave well enough ALONE! Once Medlen has “returned” (i.e. has gotten his feet back under him, so to speak), we might talk…
Concerned about lack of stolen bases – Foul
Outs are always more valuable than bases. If you don’t have a high percentage (like 75-ish+), you are not helping yourself…
Long time listener but only my first comment.
I don’t think we should be looking to move ANYONE on the big league club. Yes, we can always use bullpen help and now, more than ever, with Moylo being out for the year most likely. But that can be done with mid level prospects. A major move like trading Lowe will only hurt. The lineup is very good, on paper and performance wise. And this is happening with JHey and Uggla under performing greatly. When they hit their stride this is the best lineup in the NL and maybe the Majors.
The only position that can be considered to be replaced in Nate in CF. If someone said Nate will bat 8th all year and hit .250/.350/.380 with 15HR and 60RBI, we all would have taken it. He may not hit 15 dingers and have a fair opportunity at 60 RBI, his performance can dip and he’ll still have better numbers than that slash line.
Plus, we all know how much this team talks about chemistry. I think Nate is a big part of that chemistry as he really seems to be liked and respected by everyone. And I think the team really appreciates how he handled himself last year and the work he put in during the offseason to get where he is today. If we play to our potential (like we have this past week) we won’t need an upgrade in CF.
Obviously, if a team is desperate and offers some unbalanced trade like Uggla’s for a CF we should consider. But in all likely trade scenarios, moving Nate will only hurt us. And I haven’t even mentioned what the loss of Lowe would do.
Also, I was at the game Saturday. While I was hoping for a 12K gem like one of you said, I remained realistic. I was very impressed in our future ace. That was a very big game for us as all our against Philly. But this is a time when we are turning things around and it was a road start coming off a great win. When he left the game, I still felt we had a chance to win. That is all you can ask of any pitcher, especially, a 20 year old making his big league debut.
Jeff. It’s a great point. Still being in it, with your 20 year old pitching for the first time in such a hostile road environment, that also happens to be a little league park … it was pretty impressive.