#52 — I agree. I think that Gonzalez should continue to play the hot hand with Constanza, but get Heyward in there somehow. Even if it means giving the semi-struggling Prado a night off, start Constanza in LF and Heyward in RF. For me, it’s close to unacceptable to not even allow Heyward the opportunity to hit his way out of it — especially when they’re facing a RHP tonight. I know that for you, Steve, it’s beyond unacceptable.
Y’all mentioned at the end of the show about alumni weekend and the list of players the announcer was naming…I’ve got a different request regarding the alumni: can we get some decent guys to announce Braves games, for both TV and radio?!?!?! Glavine’s good on Sundays, but Lemke and Treadway are painful to listen to on the radio, both during and after the games, and Gant and Brian Jordan are awkward at best!
The Braves won Lowe’s first start…what’s y’all’s call for the remainder of the week? Surely we don’t lose either series from here.
And just to clarify — I’m talking strictly about former Braves players as guys who announce or analyze games, in pre-game, in-game, and post-game segments. Jim Powell, Don Sutton, etc — those guys are good.
Getting benched on his birthday. Lame. There has to be more to this than playing the hot hand. I agree with those suggesting to give Martin a rest. He has had some pretty miserable ABs lately.
Kind of surprised to see Chipper in there on back to back days. He is hitting well, but he looks like every part of his body hurts. He had a postgame quote the other night confirming that pretty much everything hurt.
Fredi has to be more creative in finding ways for Heyward to play.
Alex Gonzales has been aggressive as well and has been fortunate to get the hits he’s got for a 7 or 8 game hitting streak. I wish I had some video of some of his horrible swings — I mean, stuff that is high and out side to where the catcher can hardly get to it.
“Just talked to #Braves’ Heyward, who has good perspective on this situation and great attitude. Said he understands Fredi starting Constanza because they’re trying to win games in a playoff race and Constanza gives them best chance right now. Said time off has given him opportunity to work a lot more in batting cage each afternoon, said he’s getting more comfortable in his approach and stance, simplifying things. Also, said health not an issue at all. Will write something now and post on http://ajc.com in a bit.”
Just saw Heyward’s interview on the rain delay show — wow. That looked like a completely different interview than how I’ve heard the interview with Steve went. He was smiling, being nice to the interviewer…kid deserves a start!