I was so depressed about yesterday’s game that I couldn’t even force myself to read the recap or watch the highlights. But things always look better after a good night’s sleep. Go Braves! Phillies and Marlins are both losing. Today will be a good day to get a win.
I agree with most on the lack of blacks in MLB. Like somehow the inner city youths are being kept from playing baseball? Where is the outrage of lack of whites or hispanics in the NBA? For that matter Americans in the NHL? Lack of blacks on the Golf tour? This is USA and all races are free to try to play whatever sport they wish.
It’s these kind of games where the Braves just can’t, for whatever reason, get up for a sub .500 team that is going to keep us out of the playoffs this year. I’m not throwing in the towel yet but you cannot be a championship team if you cannot beat the teams below you — it’s just that simple.
Like i said before, I really believe that Dan Uggla is suffering frm the same thing Nate McLouth suffered from: Micro-market to larger-market team pressure. He’s freakin’ pressing.
A couple of games ago, Alex Gonzales was looking like the free swinging Frenchy up there.
…but as far as Alex Gonzales goes, whatever he gives us with his bat is gravy because his and Freeman’s D prevents a lot of runs against — which our run differential is pretty darn good (if we could just start hitting constitently).
I would be cool with Dan making a few less plays defensively if he would hit the ball where it wasn’t an out. Just a thought. I think some of the 50 mil was intended for offense. At this rate we will see a pre-deadline deal. Our offense looks atrocious. You can put up run differential stats all you want, but it’s bad. This is why we won 1 World Series with 3 HOF pitchers. It doesn’t matter if you hold them to 1,2, or even 3 runs if you don’t score any. I was as frustrated with Bobby as the rest, but he can’t swing the bats for ‘em, nor can Fredi. You can’t get that creative with a bench that sucks, so someone has to start hitting. Rant. rant. rant.
Do our players have a strategy when they go to the plate? Because if they do, its horrible, if they don’t then develop one. The current model is not working. You barely beat the Astros twice and just got swept in 2 by the D’bags. pathetic.
The Braves have this arrogance about “oh,we think this pitcher will come around, or we think this bench player adds a lot to the chemistry” that costs them many games every year. It’s a bad cliche, like Curt said.
I have to say, I’m kind of tired of reading the reactions to these games. “We have to get up for everyone.” “No disrespect to the Diamondbacks, but…” The Phillies take care of their business…” blah, blah, blah. Here’s a suggestion – play up for everyone. Have a gameplan. Don’t take your opponent lightly, specifically in a place you normally don’t play well.
How is it that the same issues arise with this team regardless of who is in charge. I understand that Fredi is Bobby 2.0, but couldn’t we have broken some of these habits? Can’t we beat some rookies? Can’t we play up, regardless the opponent? Can’t the players not respond as if it is just a foregone conclusion that we are going to lose these games? They have a new manager too. This “oh well, we never play well in these situations” attitude. This thing with the Diamondbacks is no different than the one with the Nats, we just don’t play them as much.
And I think it is time for Venters to close. Kimbrel can set up and close in certain situations. We have the second most blown saves in the NL. 10 of them. Have to rectify a situation where the answer is so obvious.
I had the tv on while I was doing work, and it was like every time I looked up the D’Backs were hitting. Chip gave a stat where he said that most of our players were swinging at the first pitch, and those that weren’t were swinging at the second (except for Chipper and someone else).
On the other plus side, the offense could wake up tonight and all will feel well. I realize these last two games were really, really grim but the streak of 5 runs a game was not that long ago.
And Curt – I disagree on moving Kimbrel (right now). I’m prescribing to the whole “these are the growing pains we need to live with to get him to reliable closer status” thing. I’m not sure what number of blown saves + games out + depth in to the season will change my mind, but I believe it will become clear. May be time for a F or F this weekend on this.