I think the Uggla’s and McCloth’s of the world suffer from larger baseball market syndrome. They put too much pressure on themselves to perform. I sure hope it doesn’t take Uggs a season and a half to stop pressing at the plate. Fredi says he’s not pressing but I’m not buying it. This ain’t Miami or Pittsburg, this is Atlanta and the expectations are higher here the players know it.
What I can’t stand is the annoying electronic strum they use when the score board goes up to the corner. Terrible. Great win! Especially without Chipper and Heyward and with Huddy half gimpy. Fantastic end to a somewhat frustrating week.
Did anyone catch the pre-game ceremonies? Carlos Santana had to ruin it in my opinion. Apparently, we here in Atlanta and Arizona should be a shamed of ourselves. Leave it to some entertainer to inject politics into such a class event as this. I’ve lost any amount of respect I’ve ever had for Carlos Santana after hearing his little childish jab.
I’m going to blow a fuse if Atlanta’s next pitching move is to spare getting rid of Scott Linebrink, as is being rumored (they say they might let Martinez have the spot start to keep from making any roster moves).
It has been since 2008 since Scott Linebrink was worth a crap to any baseball team. He has been terrible now for, ready for it? ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY GAMES. He was terrible before he came here, terrible the year before that, and has been terrible since he got here. He is not suddenly going to become a valuable pitcher. Grow some balls and cut this guy right stinking now.
Why right stinking now? Because if you let the long bullpen man, Martinez, have a spot start, you are losing your long man during a no-off-days stretch, and with your bullpen already very taxed and very vulnerable.
This one stubborn move, to keep Linebrink, could do a TON of damage, if that’s indeed the main player in their decision. And on top of the damage, again, YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE SCOTT LINEBRINK IN YOUR BULLPEN. UGH! Sometimes this front office makes me bananas. Somebody at ESPN said they’d never seen a crazier mixture of savvy moves and absurd ones as with the Atlanta front office.
Keeping Linebrink is going to really, really hurt us. And these are the things I remember when we get a what-could-it-hurt response from people on the acquisition of a bad player. It can hurt a lot, because this club will let a bad player do ridiculous amounts of damage to the Win-Loss column, the team psyche, and in this case, the team health, before they’ll get rid of him.
That said, I hope they make this post look silly by cutting Linebrink in the next 24 hours.
Yep, need to 86 Linebrink. George Sherrill has at least made up some of his earlier misgivings. I don’t remember which game it was but I only recall one single inning where Linebrink looked good. The Braves don’t turn to him that much anymore so maybe they’re thinking about cutting him loose.
Jones again: “The thing that bothered me about that Washington series is that we looked like we were sleepwalking. That’s the difference between the two teams. The Phillies don’t come into a series wanting to take two of three — they want to sweep.”