Gonna be interesting when Nate McLouth comes back. Jordan has more than earned back his leadoff spot. I don’t see how the Braves can take Jordy out of the line up. I think like this. McLouth won’t be back next year so this season, you play one of them (starting with Schafer) until they stop producing. Kinda like low minor league hockey goalie tandems. But if I had to choose, Schafer is in and McLouth is out. It’s as simple as Jordy has more tools than McLouth does. Schafer also seem to have more fire in his belly and being down in the minors the past two years has made him even more hungry to get back especially after Chipper’s frank conversation with him.
Afterall, this Jordan Schafer is the Jordan Schafer the Braves paid for and expected. He’s grown-up some too which helps a great deal. The Braves paid for a McLouth that just never really panned out the way they hoped.
Schafer’s game reminds me of Kenny Lofton. He’s got a long way to go before he’s putting up Lofton’s numbers, but there is definitely potential with Schafer. Give him the job so you can see what you got.
Didn’t everyone predict a 3-4 week? We’re one win away from going 6-0…
Also I’m a Schafer fan. I don’t know the Braves record with him in the starting line-up but it has to be good. And he’s stolen more bases in a week and a half then anyone else on this team has stolen the entire season. How do you justify benching him?
From Elias: The Braves’ 6-3 victory in Houston on Saturday night not only moved them nine games above .500 for the first time this season, but it lifted the franchise’s all-time record to 9982 wins and 9982 losses. The Braves franchise, of course, was a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the team went 19-19 in its first 38 games that year. Then on July 25, 1876, Boston defeated New York, 11-1, to go to 20-19 – and the team stayed above .500 (high point: 523 games above .500 in April 1903) until June 3, 1923, when the Braves lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-6, evening Boston’s record at 3084-3084. A 9-7 loss to the Phillies the next day dropped the Braves a game below .500 – and they had stayed below the .500 mark ever since – for over 88 years, until the win over the Astros on Saturday night! The low point came on April 20, 1991, when the Braves lost to the Reds, falling to 526 games below the break-even mark. But that same 1991 team started the big climb back to .500 by winning the National League championship that year; now, 20 years later, the team is back to the .500 mark for the first time since 1923!