All you folks with kids should do what Prince Fielder has done. Just let each of your children do a self-portrait on your forearm when they are around 5 years old, and by self portrait I mean a tattoo that will be there the rest of your life. I thought they were joking when they were telling that story, but then I saw the gigantic stick figures on his arms. Wow.
Are we thinking the rotation is going to open this weekend with Hudson then Hanson followed by JJ on Sunday? I wasn’t sure if JJ’s 1 2/3 IP would bump him back, or if the game might have been used as part of his in between starts routine and he would go as planned on Saturday.
Of course the only run given up last night was by Cliff Lee, the guy who gave up 1 run in all of June. Baseball. The only thing I hated about the game was that Jonny’s performance was completely overshadowed by a large man running and then sliding on some grass.
The play at the plate was terrifying! On Heath Bell’s sprint and slide, I thought it was hilarious. It seemed like something Moylan would do. I was also terrified when Kimbrel appeared to be unable to locate his fastball. Great to see JJ perform well after reading that Detroit garbage!
At least he admits it (although no mention of the Hanson slight):
But Bochy was bold with his pitchers, using the Phillies’ Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens for at least five outs apiece. Though Lee allowed the solo homer to Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez for the AL’s lone run, the trio otherwise were as good as advertised.
“If you look at their records, or how they have done the first half, I think they were very deserving to be out there,” Bochy said. “Well, more so than my guys, I think, to be honest.”
Did anyone see DOB’s blog “All-Star Braves like chances, trade or no trade”
!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!! Here we go again with the “if we get these guys back it will be like we traded for someone.” I hate that mentality! Does anyone remember the impact that the Mcgriff trade had? Oh, I forgot…Wren wasn’t around for that.
“I had a better seat to watch [the rest of the game], no pressure on me, getting to watch Kimbrel and Jonny and J.J. do what they do. It was almost better to be in the dugout, because I never get that perspective, listening to what guys are saying about them. I’m proud that everyone came in and put up zeroes.”
#112: “Do we need a piece? That’s up to [Wren],” McCann said. “But as far as what we have here, we have, I think, the third-best record in all of baseball. We feel very comfortable where we sit today.”
What do you expect him to say? The players know there’s not that much to be spent. Secondly, like it or not, what he said has a great deal of validity.
Improvement from within- If Uggla and Heyward hit and Prado comes back in full Prado form it makes a BIG difference. I feel much better about Martin than I do about the other two. I’m also excited about the prospect of a healthy Chipper in late August, September, and October (knock on wood).
As far as trades go, I think we definitely need another righty for the ‘pen and another right handed utility guy, if not 2. We have looked bad against lefties all year. Having a guy like Infante would really go a long way towards strengthening our depth and making our lineup stronger against a good lefty like Cliff Lee.
I wouldn’t want to make a move just to make one, that’s for sure. Sometimes there’s the temptation, when you’re sitting on a lot of money or trade capital, to grab the best of whatever’s out there. Jason Bay and Jayson Werth contracts were definitely the result of that temptation.
Wren has fielded a competitive team on a budget while nuturing the farm all the way back to pre-Tex awesomeness. Scott Proctor notwithstanding, I can’t see knocking Wren.
I wouldn’t knock him for the lack of a McGriff trade (an extreme rarity anyway) without noting in the same e-breath his lack of a Tex trade.
Look at it this way, here are your 4 dominant 2011 ballclubs:
Yankees, #4 ranked farm system, 207 million dollar payroll
Phillies, #7 ranked farm system, 165 million dollar payroll
Red Sox, #14 ranked farm system, 163 million dollar payroll
Braves, #2 ranked farm system, 91 million dollar payroll
Why knock Wren? He certainly never gives in to “temptation.” Some of his biggest deals: Lowe, McLouth, Uggla have certainly worked well and were worth the money, surely. But you might say, “don’t call me shirley.” Congrats to whatever part he plays in drafting and developing as many Braves are playing in the MLB, somewhere.