Since 2007, the Phillies are 56-22 against the Nationals. The Braves are 40-38. That’s a 16-game difference. Last season, the Braves went 23-20 against Washington, Florida and Arizona. That’s 6½ games worse than the Phillies did (29-13). The difference in the division race was six games.
Taking it at face value, we should expect our record to even get better when things even out and we get to play more sub-500 teams. But then this goes back to the discussion that we don’t seem to gear up against teams like the Nationals.
Bub, in full disclosure, that stat came from Jeff Schultz. I just thought it was interesting. I spent too much time the other night researching the Braves record against sub-.500 teams, and couldn’t find anything.
I think the Braves should save their major trading pieces for the
off season. We have some big holes to fill this winter because McLouth, Alex, and Chipper may not be back. So we may have to find a major league third basemen, shortstop, and centerfielder to be competitive. Minor, Delgado, Schafer would bring these back. I hope Frank Wren doesn’t go too crazy at the summer deadline. All we need is some bench help and a couple of relievers. We should think about the future.
Walker, unless the Braves get sold to some deep pocketed billionaire, they are filling all those spots from their farm system. Schafer might very will be the CF, or Jose Costanza, Wilkin Ramirez. You’ve got guys like Diory, Hicks, Pastornicky, etc. to play infield. They might go out to fill one of these spots. No way they do it to fill all 3.
Agreed on all of it. I just have watched how the Braves have plied their trade the last couple of years, and replacing 3 positions on the team with high priced, and/or moderately priced, free agents isn’t part of the plan.
As a friend of mine used to say “I was going to think that…”
Unfortunately, the four or five baseball reasons to remove him from the major league roster do not outwiegh the 1.5 million non-baseball reasons to keep him on the major league roster, as far as the Braves are concerned… (Can you say K.K.?)
I guess hope springs eternal that he will “return to form” (again, can yo say “K.K.”? Did Linebrink ever really have “form”? Is that like saying “get back into shape” implies that at one point in time you were “in shape”…?)
Mark, Linebrink has been absolutely terrible for all of 2009, all of 2010, and thus far in 2011. No bad luck BABIP. No unfortunate strand rate. Just very, very bad pitching. He will cost the Braves on this road trip unless we are very lucky.