By the way, no show until tomorrow (Monday) night.
Great win tonight. As the ESPN guys said, “just enough.” And it’s true. But you can’t argue with a 4 – 1 week (nice prediction, Pure). 3.5 out. Gotta stay close until the runs start coming more freely.
Just saw the headline, “McLouth encouraged by how oblique feels” And, I’ve got to admit, I’m kinda bummed about it.
I have the tiniest, very tiniest (pauses for laughter) suspicion that Fredi will let Schafer keep the job if he performs well the entire time of Nate’s recovery.
1. Fredi surprised me by slapping Jordan right into the leadoff spot like it was nothing.
2. The Braves have nothing to lose in alienating Nate. He is absolutely gone after this year.
3. Every game Jordan extends his stay in CF provides vital information for Wren concerning this upcoming offseason, when SS, CF, and possibly 3B/LF will be targets for acquisitions. If by some fluke miracle Schafer becomes a legit MLB’er via this injury call-up, that would be an unbelievable relief to the organization re: upcoming needs.
Until Jordan proves he’s still lost at this level, they have nothing to lose and a ton to gain by keeping him in the every day line up.
I think Jordan Schafer wins the CF job for financial reasons, his speed, his defensive play, and his arm and most of all his willingness to use that arm of his to thorw runners out at home plate rather than putting the ball in his back pocket for fear of making a bad throw.
I’m not sure Jordy’s power will ever return but I think he is showing us that he is a legit leadoff hitter in The Show.
BTW: This bunt single stuff we saw from Schafer… He’s been working on that down at Gwinnett. I watched a televised game a few weeks ago and he pulled it off. No, his number’s at the plate have down in Triple-A have not be great but he’s been working on what he needs to work on and he seems to be show casing the one area the big club needs: SPEED at the leadoff spot and excellent defense in CF.
Alex Gonzales for SS Gold Glove? Oh yeah, I’m there and so is everyone else who’ve watched him play this year. But here’s the bad news. This award is somewhat an unfair one, meaning that, you have to also have a few things on your side; 1) Gotta be a two-way player, so he needs to really be consistent at the plate and 2) Depends on how visible the Braves remain in the playoff conversation. I think they’ll be in it but if someone else out hits him, he may not get the vote. Gonzo has been tremendous out there at short this season — even better than what he showed us when he arrived last summer. He’s playing with such swagger and confidnece that I don’t even miss Yunel Escobar at all not to mention the team player he is in the locker room over Esco.
Another great pitching effort wasted. Fredi’s determination to have a dead weight (Uggla) in the middle of the lineup shows a serious manager flaw. Uggla’s sorry start leaves the Braves with few options since they have little offense as it is. This could seem like one of the longest contracts ever. Still can’t understand why a middle market/payroll team signed Uggla in the first place. That money was needed to hold their young talent.
#118 I totally agree with your comments on Uggla. I remember being excited about that trade and then when we gave him an extension and suddenly I didn’t feel the same way. This will be the downfall of frank wren and maybe fredi G too. I don’t see how you can possibly be optimistic with Uggla going forward. In the last week there have probably been 4 or 5 balls that Uggla has put in play where I said, “OH MAN HERE WE GO!” and every time its just another expensive, lazy, fly ball.