July 06, 2011

Show #154: Our Mid-season Report Card

The Best.  The Worst.  A Grade for Fredi. Predictions for the Second Half.

 

 

337 Responses to “Show #154: Our Mid-season Report Card”

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  1. 101
    Curt Says:

    Nate, I would love to get Infante back on this team.

    Leah, to answer your bewilderment about me supporting the return of Bobby, we really didn’t frame it with any context on the show. Originally, we had compared it to Jack McKeon returning to manage the Marlins after their manager quit. Would I want them to re-hire Bobby? No. Would I want him to come in, should Fredi be fired, and handle the remainder of the season? I wouldn’t mind it. There would certainly be some excitement from the players that would only help the team, in my opinion.

  2. 102
    Bubdylan Says:

    It can not be healthy to be as happy as I am right now because of the Atlanta Braves. Went to bed thinking about Uggla’s homer. Woke up and the first thing that flashed through my head … Uggla’s homer.

    I really do love home runs. I didn’t always. I was all about some small ball (hush, Leah), and said many a condescending word about homer-lovers. But I’m over that. Hit the little white ball out of the park. Way out, like Dan Uggla does it, is even better.

    Same for strike outs, which as a Maddux fan I used to be pretty indifferent to*. But Javier Vazquez woke me up to how sexy K’s are. Now with Kimbrel I’m in Heaven again.

    *Have no idea why Smoltz’s K’s didn’t excite me that much.

  3. 103
    Nate Says:

    I want to Uggla smash the Sillies this weekend, but first I want the 4 game sweep.

  4. 104
    Bubdylan Says:

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y99/PaJay06/Braves%20Photoshops/ugglasmash.jpg

  5. 105
    Nate Says:

    It’s really fun to go on ESPN’s stats page and try to find a picture of a Philly on top of the ERA and Wins leader board…

    Congrats on your 1st walk-off Mike Stanton. I’m happy it wasn’t us and even happier it was the Phils.

  6. 106
    Nate Says:

    #104, awesome.

  7. 107
    Leah Says:

    #101 When you guys complain about his decisions, I get it. You make good points that make sense. I just remember last year during the 9 game losing streak or after tough losses, even I could see the mistakes Bobby made. I could list off how I would have done things differently. We’re winning like crazy! So if we lose a lot it’s the manager’s fault. If we win the manager gets no credit? I’m not trying to be sarcastic (shocking I know).

    #102 “I was all about some small ball (hush, Leah)” stealing all my fun. :)

  8. 108
    Steve Says:

    #94 – Pure, I’ll say this. I believe it way more today than I did a few days ago. And it really set itself up numbers wise.

  9. 109
    Steve Says:

    #107: It’s a valid point. And one could certainly say, “they’re winning, how can you complain about anything?”

    That said, there are just some bad baseball decisions being made (Gonzalez in the 2 hole for the 5th straight game) that the team is winning despite of and some other bad decisions (overuse of Venters) that may hurt the team long term.

  10. 110
    Steve Says:

    Interesting read about the upcoming series in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20110707_Paul_Hagen__Braves_look_to_join_Phillies_in_fast_lane.html

  11. 111
    Leah Says:

    #109 I’m not saying you shouldn’t complain about anything, I’m just saying for one I don’t want Bobby back. His rose colored glasses filtered perspective was too much for me. I shouldn’t even try to have an opinion since the only info I read is from this very board. I don’t have time to venture far and wide like I used to so I usually just hop on the general consensus or at least agree with Bub but…I want to give Fredi G. some time. Wanting Bobby back in the case of overusing Venters doesn’t play…lest we forget.

  12. 112
    Nate Says:

    Amazing.

  13. 113
    Walker Says:

    After years of torture with the braves going through 1st basemen like governor Chris Christie goes through donuts. I am proud to say we finally our 1st basemen for the next 15 years. I’m excited.

  14. 114
    Adam Says:

    Freddie Freeman is too good to not have a nickname. How about Freddie “I’m really good at baseball” Freeman. That seems to do him justice.

  15. 115
    Eric Says:

    Frank Wren should set Jason Heyward up with Mark Sanchez for sliding lessons.

  16. 116
    Walker Says:

    Maybe Sanchez should learn how to hit homers like Heyward.

  17. 117
    Leah Says:

    A lot is going right these days. I’m so stoked about the weekend although I really wish the Phillies had to play today also. I say foul on their day off.

  18. 118
    Leah Says:

    Freeman cannot not get a hit!

  19. 119
    Bubdylan Says:

    One of the best things about Freeman’s power surge is that it’s STILL coming off this compact swing of his. Amazing. He’ll always be in position, with that swing, to do something with whatever pitch is offered. Starting to wonder if his ceiling isn’t way higher than – dangit, I forgot his name; you all interviewed him a couple times – than he figured.

  20. 120
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Looks like Heyward has a chance at the cycle.

  21. 121
    Leah Says:

    I’m not watching but I’m listening and it sounds like Fredi is showing some passion we’ve been missing. Is Jim Powell over exaggerating?

  22. 122
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Is O’Flar not getting the calls or does he just not have it today? It happens. Get ‘em next time big boy!

  23. 123
    Bubdylan Says:

    Man, do I want insurance runs? Or do I want Kimbrel to rap up the rookie pre-ASB saves record? Tough choices. So hard to be a Braves fan right now.

  24. 124
    Leah Says:

    #123 made me laugh. Bless your heart.

  25. 125
    Bubdylan Says:

    http://www.flockaball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/jonathan_papelbon.jpg

    Eat it, Jonathan.

    Congratulations Craig Kimbrel!!!!!

    SWEEEEEEP!!!!

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