A quote from Tim Hudson in Jerry Crasnick’s article about baseball and DUI’s. Sounds like a bunch of excuse making to me:
“Ballplayers aren’t like everybody else, where you, your wife and your family deal with it and that’s it,” said Braves pitcher Tim Hudson. “A lot of times you may not actually be guilty of DUI, but you’re charged with it. And in the public’s eye, everybody in America thinks you’re a drunk and you were reckless driving and endangering yourself and other people. That may not be the case, but everybody’s opinion is made as soon as your name and your face are plastered all over the TV.”
Braves starters lead the NL with a 2.90 ERA, ahead of the ballyhooed band of aces rotation of Philadelphia (3.14). For the Braves, that 2.90 ERA includes one start (and loss) apiece from Julio Teheran (5.79 ERA) and Mike Minor (10.38).
Without the eight earned runs that those two rookies allowed in their combined nine innings, the rest of the Braves’ starters – their regular rotation, in other words – has a collective ERA of 2.69 in 214-1/3 innings.
Oh Huddy, what a weak and empty defense. Explain LaRussa falling asleep at the wheel, DLowe racing, and Fookie’s multiple DUI’s. I am sure that there are a few exceptions to that, but I imagine if it looks like a DUI and smells like a DUI . . .
Still on trade rumors:
I just listened to ESPN Baseball Today, and here’s what Keith Law has to say about Atlanta’s pitchers:
“Atlanta’s is cheap and they have extra arms. If you are Atlanta, at some point you need to trade for a bat and I think they will. You’ve got Beachy or Minor. You’re not trading Teheran. But one of Beachy or Minor? Pretty good trade bait. A 3rd or 4th starter say who makes 400 grand, and 400 grand next year? That’s an incredibly valuable piece of trade.”
“They’ve got this fountain of arms coming up through the minors, which is great for depth, but is also great for trade bait. If they just sent word out Mike Minor is available for the best young hitter you’re willing to give us, they’d get some pretty good offers.”
When you have so many pitchers, you really will reach a point where you go beyond depth and have to trade somebody. We all know how great Minor is and how is upside is huge. But you can’t help but be tempted with getting a consistent hitter in our line-up.
“Good velo, good change-up, breaking ball needs some help. I’d love to see a better breaking ball from him. He’s a baby. You could see it. He’s got the baby face, the gangly arms. He’s gonna grow into his body, and then he’s gonna be a monster.”
Hey Vinnie, how’s that for a nickname for Teheran? “The Monster”.
Best nap ever. Went to sleep, 7-1. Woke up, 7-6. If anything, what I will take away from this game is that Chip Carey is the worst announcer in professional sports. That, and Jason Heyward should really peel off more when he hears the CF call for it.
Leah – we came back and then led off the bottom of the 9th with Diory. Fredi should have pinch hit for him. I know there’s no other SS on the club right now. And both Hinske and Mather were already out of the game. But that lead off by Diory was a killer.
Yeah, another case of a Braves’ player playing with what seems to be a serious problem. I don’t know if I feel better or worse that the Braves actually knew about this one and kept him out there to the point that his hand was going numb.
Are the trainers culpable in this “not telling about injuries” stuff? I mean, if your wrist is broken or if you’ve got a bulging disc or whatever (that sounded filthier than I intended) – aren’t the trainers skilled to spot stuff like that and, oh, I don’t know – tattle?
Walker – bottom of the 9th you could have had Conrad pinch hit for Diory and then Ross pinch hit for the pitcher’s spot. If you go to extra’s, you play Conrad at SS. Not ideal, I know. But the move would be an all in, win it in the bottom of the 9th kind of thing. Maybe it’s not the smartest move. And you’re without a back-up catcher if you go into extras. That said, doesn’t Conrad/Ross/Prado seem much better than Diory/Conrad/Prado?
#41 Pure- I agree 100% with you; this happened last year with his thumb. He was not productive and it took weeks for him to finally give in and go on the DL. If someone is hurt and performing poorly, it is not helping the team. Arg!