Argh! I missed the game! By the time I woke up at 4am the game was over. I’ll just watch the archived game later. Hey, I’m spot on so far with my prediction of sweeping the Bucs. Ugg had another bad day I see — 0/5 with 3 SOs plus an error. One of these days Hinske might get plunked if he keeps on admiring his HRs.
Jayson Stark: “One team that’s actively stepping up its search for bats: The Braves, who have been looking for a right-handed-hitting outfielder for a couple of weeks but just put two left-handed-hitting outfielders (Jason Heyward and Nate McLouth) on the disabled list. Also on the Braves’ shopping list: a utility infielder who can back up Alex Gonzalez at shortstop.”
That was not the question. The question that was posed was something to the effect of do you still have confidence in Fredi as manager?
As for a “great job”… I don’t think there is a handful of managers in all of Major League Baseball that could qualify as doing a “great job” this year.
Do I think Fredi’s in game decisions have “cost us” games? I would have to say, for the most part, “No”. If the Braves had executed on those occasians where hit-and-runs and squeezes were called, he is the hero. To say in hindsight he never should have called a play that wasn’t executed I think delves a bit into revisionist history.
As far as his decisions go:
Pitching Linebrink, I might not have brought him into some of the situations that Fredi has (also hindsight at this point), but you have to find out what you have… You can’t have a man on your staff, never pitch him and then get rid of him because he hasn’t produced. I would put him in “mop up” situations and determine if he has value.
Personally, I would have released Linebrink after spring training, which could be considered hingsight, but I would have done it at the time. However, I probably would have considered releasing Sherril after the first two weeks, where now he appears to have figured out how to be effective. I think his turn around has the Braves hoping that Linebrink might “turn” that same corner.
Another point as which I probably would have released Linebrink was when Proctor was called up. Since Linebrink was supposed to be on the team for his veteren leadership, I figured that Proctor could help fill that role and we could have kept “Moylan-lite” (Gearrin) up and given him some more experience.
#53 makes me wonder if said right handed outfielder was being pursued for starting purposes or off the bench purposes. My guess would be CF… sorry to all the McLouth lovers, but that seems to be the most logical spot for an upgrade. Uggla’s at 2nd for the next half decade and Chip’s at 3rd until he retires, which leaves Prado in LF. RF is Heyward’s until he completely breaks. I guess that leaves McLouth.
I wonder what Fredi will do if we find ourselves in a 19-inning game like the one yesterday. Will he burn a starting pitcher? Let a position player pitch? or have the last reliever stay on the mound until his arm dies?