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. 176
    Leah Says:

    Why does the board keep telling me to slow down? I’m starting to take it personally.

  2. 177
    Curt Says:

    Hey look Proctor lost us another game

  3. 178
    Wiley Says:

    Well despite his best efforts he actually recorded an out before blowing it. Who’s at fault tonight the Proctor or the O? I mean it was fricking Ibanez

  4. 179
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I told the wife between innings that if Proctor took the hill, somebody’s going yard. sure enough.

    We’ll get ‘em tomorrow but I’m really tired of the Fredi G. era — the same guy that bats AGon 2nd in the order who’s never seen a bad pitch he doesn’t like to swing at.

  5. 180
    Steve Says:

    That’s a tough one to swallow. You simply cannot pitch Proctor in that kind of situation. Or any MLB situation, for that matter. DFA NOW!

  6. 181
    Curt Says:

    Ibanez, who’s batting .239 and having a terrible season.

  7. 182
    Walker Says:

    I’m so upset right now. I have to vent.

    1. Why is there so much talk that this series doesn’t mean much and that is not a series we have to win. This is not a must must win but I want to hear language like ” we know how important this series is”. These games count just as much as the ones in September. I don’t like defeatist attitudes.

    2. Fredi’ managing of the bullpen an extra inning away games is horrible and doesn’t make sense. To me Priority is to stop the home team from scoring. So to do that you should bring in your best relievers first. Kimbrel should have been pitching in the 9th or 10th. Especially he should have been in when the batting lineup gets past the pitchers spot.

    3. Its time to release Scott Proctor. I saw that Ibanez HR before it happened. If you go back and look at the tape Proctor’s delivery and attitude was very “I dont give a _____” I’ve never seen seen such a cookie of a pitch on that 2-0 count. That was a weak 88 mph fastball. RELEASE HIM!!!

    4. This team is in first place without Fredi Gonzalez. I literally had no idea how unintelligent he was when it came to baseball strategy. I was bamboozled and hoodwinked. Jeffrey Loria had it right.

  8. 183
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I guess Fredi is telling the media right now that: ‘You just gotta tip your hat — that was a helluva swing by Ibanez right there. Proctor pitched good and made a good pitch [no he didn’t Jordan Schafer saved his @$$ on that first fly ball, idiot]. That’s the way baseball goes sometimes.’

  9. 184
    Bobby Cox Says:

    It’s so stupid to be losing a game, letting your worst bullpen pitcher pitch, while your closer remains unused.

  10. 185
    Bobby Cox Says:

    Alex Gonzalez batting 2nd? Really?

  11. 186
    Jo-Bu Says:

    #185: Well, more acurrately, he’s having at-bats in the second hole :)

  12. 187
    Bobby Cox Says:

    Pam, where are my cleats? I can’t find them.

  13. 188
    Pure Says:

    Tough loss. Had to let a few hours go by and let my blood pressure go down before I could post. You guys have said it all.

    Since we’re at the halfway point, I thought it would be a good time to review the 2011 Predictions in Show #140:

    2011 Predictions (Show #140)|Steve|Ham|Curt|Scott
    Braves wins: 91|over|over|over|over
    Chipper HR: 18|under (14)|under|over (20)|under
    Nate’s BA: .265|over (0.266)|over (0.272)|under (0.257)|under (.250)
    Freeman HR: 13|under|under (10)|over (15)|under
    More saves: Venters or Kimbrel|Venters|Kimbrel|Kimbrel|Kimbrel
    Staff leader in wins|Hudson (17)|Hanson (17)|Hudson (17)|Hudson (17)
    NL East|Philllies|Braves|Philllies|Braves
    NL Central|Brewers|Brewers|Brewers|Reds
    NL West|Rockies|Giants|Giants|Rockies
    Wild Card|Braves|Philllies|Braves|Philllies
    AL East|Boston|Boston|Boston|Boston
    AL Central|White Sox|Twins|White Sox|Tigers
    AL West|Oakland|Texas|Rangers|Oakland
    Wild Card|Texas|White Sox|Yankees|Texas
    World Series|Boston (W)-Colorado|Braves-Boston (W)|Braves-Boston (W)|Braves (W)-Tigers

  14. 189
    Danny Says:

    Sure, we missed some opportunities last night, but our #5 starter just matched up with the Phil’s #1! I still feel pretty good.

  15. 190
    Anonymous Says:

    Kevin Gregg is crazy. I’ve never seen Big Papilloma r un so fast. Dude can hustle when provoked.

  16. 191
    Leah Says:


  17. 192
    QC Bravo Says:

    Guys, look at the bright side – Kimbrel was available for the 11th! Great move to bring in a terrible pitcher when one run means a loss, but save a good pitcher for when one run means a tie! It is always better to manage to arbitrary silly statistics, than actual game situations.

  18. 193
    john j Says:

    One more time: if Proctor isn’t released, then he should only be used in games where Braves are 5 or more runs ahead or behind. Fredi G is from the wizard of OZ; someone, please find him a brain.

  19. 194
    Curt Says:

    So why wouldn’t Chipper just wait until this series was over to get the surgery? 2 more days? But huge games in the balance. Curious. It muse really be bothering him.

  20. 195
    Frigatedoc Says:

    I agree Curt…

    Now that Chipper is on the DL I don’t want him on it.

    I agreed with you guys about him getting it over with. (Well 2 out of 3 of you!) Being in the medical field, i just don’t see him coming back soon after surgery.

  21. 196
    Nate Says:

    I just heard about Chip to the DL. I wanted him to have the surgery, but our lineup just got a lot worse. Hopefully Martin can come back in full stride after the break.

    Do we know what the timeline is on his return? On ESPN, when they weretalking about A-Rod of course, they mentioned it takes about a month for a torn meniscus.

  22. 197
    Nate Says:

    I don’t even want to see what the lineup looks like for this afternoon.

  23. 198
    Steve Says:

    #195 – Frigatedoc, bite your tongue!

    Curt, your tweet about it being worse this morning than last night is so true. So painful and true.

    I just don’t get the trust they have in Proctor. I mean, just looking at his freaking numbers this year. It is maddening.

  24. 199
    Steve Says:

    #197 – Great point. I would think they’ll start Conrad at 3rd. But, now that I said that, it will probably be Lugo to ensure no production from that spot in the order. Wow, one bad loss has made me really pessimistic.

  25. 200
    Steve Says:

    Curt – Good point about Chipper. It must be really terrible as he’s had a good week in the field and at the plate.

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