You know, I’m tempted to put the Seattle sweep pretty high on the season accomplishments so far. Anyone else feel that way?
Oh, and just to put you on alert: I noticed Baltimore has a winning record against both the AL Central and the AL West. Couple that with the Braves’ tendencies to play “down,” to be less good at home, and to follow the happy with the very sad, and we could be in for a rough weekend. It would be really great if they picked now to not do that.
But seriously, don’t you guys feel better about the boys now? Some of the swoons previously this season almost seemed like foregone conclusions, but I feel like putting up a stinker against the O’s would be the biggest surprise/disappointment of this season.
Ham, I’m not sold on Heyward and Uggla being close to the production we need from them. When that happens, I’ll be way, way excited. When that happens, we may be the best team in the NL or even in baseball.
As it is, I’m having a good time watching them play inspired baseball in spite of shortcomings.
#185 really made me laugh. I was expecting to see Steve Carell’s face from the 40 Year Old Virgin poster. Yours was much better.
Ham – it’s been a hell of a week and a half, but those two losses to SD were only 6 days ago. And Uggla is not *really* hitting yet. Here are his BA/OPB/SLG the last 6 games. Better, but nowhere near the level where I’m declaring an end to his personal state of emergency: .200 .333 .500
All of that said, I am psychotically excited about this O’s series. Take 2 of 3 from them and look good doing it and my confidence levels will grow significantly.
yes, he will be a free agent and if the braves got him, they would need to extend him as well. i’d give the O’s gonzalez, to playout his contract for the rest of the year, pastorinicky, who is our best most advanced SS prospect, and one of the lower rated pitching prospects like hoover or redmond.
i think they take that since hardy will be a free agent, but again, braves would need to sign hardy in the off season.
and even if they dont trade for him, lets hope the extension with the O’s falls through, because the braves should go after him as a free agent.
also on hardy, though he is playing above his career averages, he is 28 and entering his prime. this is a time where he may play above his career averages for several years in a row. also, his career averages are over 100 OPS points better than what gonzalez is giving us.
if you look at hardy’s career numbers, they are up and down a bit, but one thing you can know about him. he has a pretty good K/BB ratio, has above average power for a SS, and hes just OK at getting on base. so to me, hes a bottom of the order hitter, probably 6th or 7th. he is also a very good fielding SS.