Georgie sprained his knee after slipping in the huge pool of bile that you have hosed him down with every week Steve. (Curt, since you don’t have a gall bladder, you are in the clear on this).
Actually, fluke play at first. I have to agree though that Heyward should definitely have started this game, without question. But now with Georgie out for a few games, this is his chance.
We are really firing on all cylinders now. JJ looks good. Great bullpen. Awesome power from our horses. Alex Gonzalez just striking out instead of hitting into DP’s (while playing stellar defense). I am insulted that we are only number 5 in the new Power Rankings (although I had not realized that the Brewers had won something like 23 of 25 – even more reason to win the East.)
I hope Georgie gets well however with this huge wild card lead there is no excuse to not start Heyward and get him going again. Heyward in the lineup pushes Gonzalez down to the 8th spot and Heyward will be up in these RBI situations. Starting him everyday should at least make him halfway decent for the playoffs which is a huge bonus for us. I would be happy if he just hits .260 with pop from now on.
Great show. You guys make me laugh. I love the way the team is playing although the longer J-Hey struggles the more concerned I become. Do a lot of players slump during their sophomore year? Where’s Bub when ya need him.
I think it can be attributed to a high level of talent can get you through the minor leagues and can get you through a year at the majors… however, major league teams have people who can do nothing but scout players. And when one team tries something that works on you (as a batter), you can bet the rest of the league will know about it soon and will do the same thing.
As for Heyward, there are some things going on to worry about:
line-drive percentage – 17.8 percent in 2010 to 13.9 percent in 2011
infield pop-ups – 8.4 percent to 24.7 percent
batting average on balls in play – .335 to .245 (some bad luck involved)
swinging at 44.8 percent of pitches overall, up from 39.4 percent last year
swinging at 28.7 percent out of the zone vs. last year 24.2 percent
He is hitting fewer line drives and more pop-ups and seems to have lost control of the strike zone (not my research or words – from an article).
The last part (“losing control of the strike zone”), I figure, is due to frustration with the rest; ironically, it is the one thing that has NOTHING to do with mechanics…
ESPN has Alex as the number one defensive infielder in all of baseball. They are basing that on the new defensive stats that I can’t claim to understand. But I think it may be worth having subpar offense at Short Stop if we get that kind of defense.
If your gallbladder has been removed, the bile moves from the liver straight to the bile duct and through to the small intestine. Since the bile has nowhere to be stored, this process happens continuously with the bile being released in a slow trickle.