It is tough enough being a Braves fan here in Colorado as I only get the 3 or 4 games here and usually catch the Braves somewhere else a couple of times a year. Watch them on TV all the time but nothing beats live baseball for getting a feel for a team. The 3 games have shown a lot. Good and Bad. You all know this team is centered around the pitching but a championship team does need some hitting. It is one thing to get beat by Jimenez, it is another to get beat by tonights group. Without Chipper and McCann, there is little. Yes, Uggla and Freeman are earning respect; after that, nada. Can a team that carries Gearrin, Proctor, Lugo, Conrad, Gonzo, etc. go all the way? Add a weak hitting outfield of Heyward, McLouth and Schafer (Schafer does show hustle and promise) and you can expect results just like the last two nights; has a championship team ever had a weaker outfield? I did learn this week why the Braves don’t fill the house in Atlanta. Poor hitting, poor fielding (our high school boys would have played the ball better than Prado and one senior has a better arm than Heyward), poor managing and poor base running does not work well if you plan to win. Heyward is obviously carrying some sort of attitude that can be cancerous to a team; he has looked PO’d all week,doesn’t hustle and contributes little (doesn’t even look friendly to teammates during warmups). Several good ideas have come up on this site for possible trades; some better happen or a great opportunity will slip away; it is not often that a team can assemble 8 or 9 effective pitchers. One man’s observations. 113, u r right. Nobody walks someone to pitch to Cargo.
Sorry, each team has a different situation; making the Braves better is my concern. Bub, your past comments clearly are in the “don’t bash Wren” category so, sorry one sentence out of 20 offended you. Braves will need to rely on their bench as some starters are not doing that well. But the real point is that the Braves likely will have to make a few changes now and at the end of the year. Anyone willing to bet the Phillies won’t make some improvements? Bub, say hi to Wren for me. Maybe he can extend Lowe’s contract and renew McLouth’s.
On another note, it’s not so much that I don’t want to read Fredi’s post game comments, it’s that I don’t HAVE to read them. “We had some guys on, they made some plays, and we couldn’t get anything done.”
Oh! So that’s what happened. Thanks for clearing that up for me, Luna Lovegonzalez. (That was for you, “Vinnie.”)
It won’t be something flashy. Fredi seems to go out of his way to praise Schafer. They might pick up a backup type and add a righthander to the bullpen, but I will be shocked, shocked I say, if it is anything more than some tweak. They are still hanging on the Chipper and Moylan are coming back vein, and I think that is where they stay.
Carlos Beltran is not walking through that door. Hunter Pence is not walking through that door.