Looking forward to this week’s podcast, which I’m guessing y’all are currently in the process of recording.
Can’t put too much stock into a 3-4 record in Colorado and Cincinnati since they’re such weird ballparks, just gotta move past it and look forward to being at home this week. We should’ve done better than 3-4, but oh well. We’ve already won the Wild Card, according the ESPN, so it doesn’t matter anyway.
This week — 4 against the Pirates and 3 against the Marlins. I say 5-2 this week — either a) 3-1 vs Pittsburgh and 2-1 vs FLA or b) 2-2 vs PIT and 3-0 vs FLA. I think the first one is more likely, but either way I think this is a winning week at the least.
Also…I’m looking forward to the Phillies finally losing a series this week — which’ll be vs the Giants.
Jim Bowden thinks we need Bourn from Houston.
Mike Minor, Jordan Schafer, J.J. Hoover
Gives the Braves a legitimate top-of-the-order game-changer
Led the NL in steals the last two years
Is leading the league again this year
Has a .350 OBP
Can run the ball down in center field with phenomenal range
Though he is a lefty, he hits decently against lefties.
vs. Left .278/.333/.389/.722
vs. Right .310/.368/.407/.775
Hits well on the road (does hit better in Houston)
Outside of Houston .293/.357/.366/.723
Has really heated in June and July (but was still better than our CF options from April and May):
Is Minor better than a #3 starter (as what I have read over and over)? I heard he was the Braves pick that year because they thought they could afford him (he was picked ahead of higher ranked players in the draft)…
I think a really good OPS guy would do the Braves a world of good (see post 226)
Once again, use your best pitcher when 1 run means a loss or when 1 run means a tie? When on the road, there is only one goal while not hitting: make the game last until you hit! Stop using a stastic to dictate which pitcher to use!!!!! Not to mention the top of the order being up. (banging head against wall)