hey guys, nice show. i agree with you guys on chipper. he was the right guy to deliver the message, and he did it in the right way. he complimented heyward, he didnt slam him.
im surprised there isnt a bit more optimism though. 10 games over .500 with the entire starting OF on the DL, plus the other lineup issues that havent gone our way…that impressive. you mentioned the phillies were playing well…but they are playing the cubs, who are just as bad as the astros!!!
Chipper was angry that ESPN (I think) added a headline to his comments of “Chipper calls out Heyward”. He said that was not the tone of his comments. He was just making statements about how much the team needed Heyward.
However, McLouth should replace Henske so he can go back to the bench. Henske was exposed to the league as being vunerable to a good breaking ball pitcher… not something you want opponets to know about your best hitter. With the pitching staff we have, defense is much more important than what we are getting in offense between Henske and McLouth. Maybe putting Nate back in the 8th hole ahead of Schafer/Uggla/Chipper/McCann, etc. will get us some runs later in games and allow the pitcher to bunt more…
yeah, bad news about prado being DLed, but good news is that schafer will still have some time to continue getting starts in the OF, even when mclouth comes back. until mclouth, heyward, and prado are all healthy and back, i think schafer should get regular playing time to give him a chance to see what he’s got.
Great show! The Chipper comments about Heyward were blown way outta proportion. Heyward is mature enough to realize that. I think Uggla’s back! Of course I thought he’d return in FL and I was way wrong. Jim Powell was saying Freeman could have ripped the callus off the base of his hand where the bat rubs it. I guess sometimes a blood blister can developed. All hear say folks…go Braves!
I like the spark Shafer’s been providing at the top of the line-up. I don’t think it’s reflected in his numbers, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if McLouth is the 4th outfielder when the Braves are at full strength.
Looking at Uggla’s performance in Florida, I bet he was pressing there… *you always want to do well against your old team, especially when they decided not to keep you. That on top of his “struggles” probably didn’t bode well for him. Maybe after that, when he got to Houston, him relaxing a little combined with getting better pitches to hit with Chipper and McCann hitting behind him translated into a better performance.
M in M, #4: I can’t argue with the numbers you’ve posted. The only point I was making (just speaking for me here) is that Heyward was putting up some of the best numbers in baseball at the start of the year in 2010 and then the thumb injury came and he fell off – compared to the unbelievable start. It was not a criticism. Just stating that we got robbed of the “true” Heyward b/c of the injuries. And, despite his good numbers overall, there were weeks that he’d just disappear (again, presumably, because of his injuries).
Alright, I am now more open to trading Lowe! I must admit, however, that I am now sceptical of anyone’s great numbers continuing after coming to the Braves. I would trade Lowe for another Hinske and another Moylan. Also I now must recall my blind support for Kimbrel. If Venters had 22 straight saves, that would be pretty cool.