September 05, 2011

Show #163: A Middling Week for the Braves

The good and bad with the offense.  Hanson and JJ in the post season.  Faith in Fredi.  And the NLCS Hope Meter.



236 Responses to “Show #163: A Middling Week for the Braves”

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  1. 1
    will Says:

    interesting you guys are nice to Lowe…I still prepared these for you:

    Frontal Lowebotomy

    Lowe grade fever

    So Lowenly

    Lowest common denominator

    Lowe hanging fruit

  2. 2
    Nate Says:

    Good show, guys. The Spy Kids franchise really took one on the chin.

    I would love to see this lineup:
    Bourn, Chip, Mac, Uggla, Freddie, Prado, J-Hey/Diaz, Gonzo, P

    I am hoping all of our guys just find some consistency so Fredi has to do very little tweaking in the postseason. I completely understand resting O’Ventbrel if the plan is to just use them + Moylan in the postseason.

    The Hanson news has me feeling much much better. JJ is kind of a huge question mark in terms of what pitcher you’re going to get. Kind of like Lowe. IMO, that makes JJ a lot cheaper when it’s time for a new contract.

  3. 3
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Just for you, Steve:

  4. 4
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Good thing there are no cliffs in Memphis because after that depressing show I wanted to frive my car off one! :)

    I STILL don’t think Hanson is coming back….. (Hate to say it)

  5. 5
    Walker Says:

    @4 Thanks for the positivity

    I think he will be back

  6. 6
    ham Says:

    100% chance of rain in Philly until 10 a.m.

    What are the chances of back to back Double Headers? Is there a precedent for that?

  7. 7
    Frigatedoc Says:

    @5 I know…..sorry….but when I hear “tear” that means he is worse than we all think. It all depends on which doctor he sees.

    How about that…..right hand starter and no Heyward in sight!

  8. 8
    G-Dawg Says:

    This show hasn’t been uploaded on iTunes yet I believe…

  9. 9
    Steve Says:

    #7 – Not sure if you’re mocking me on the Heyward thing, but it is insane.

  10. 10
    Nate Says:

    #9, It’s just ridiculous at this point.

    I hate this whole series so much. Our guys look beat down right now. They need to find a way to get their confidence back against these guys.

  11. 11
    Walker Says:

    I know this team is on cruise control but we haven’t clinched the wild card yet. The Giants pose no threat but with the way we are playing the Phillies the cardinals could gain a couple games and make the lead 6.5. Then we play St. Louis for a three game series and if they sweep its 3.5 with 2 weeks to go. It’s unlikely but we need to get it going.

  12. 12
    Nate Says:

    Is Fredi expecting these guys to be able flip a switch in October and be able to compete with a hot Brewers team with home field advantage? Are our players expecting it to play out that way?

  13. 13
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Maybe 2 weeks ago Steve…..not now…. this is crazy. From now on I don’t think that anyone can believe what comes out of Freddie Gonzalez’s mouth.

  14. 14
    Frigatedoc Says:

    We should have our best team on the field against the Phillies, not because we may catch them but to prove something. So is Georgy starting in the playoffs?

  15. 15
    Steve Says:

    #8 – I just went out to iTunes, hit update podcast and it came up.

  16. 16
    Steve Says:

    I totally agree that 12 innings into this series and it just gets more depressing. They do look beaten down and they certainly look overmatched. Pain.

    I am getting the feeling that Fredi is going to start Constanza in the playoffs. It’s just ridiculous. Constanza is a one infield hit starter. That’s it. And a crappy outfielder. Heyward’s upside game to game is so much higher.

  17. 17
    Steve Says:

    Well, the Uggla homer followed by the Chipper single is a better start.

  18. 18
    Steve Says:

    And the Freeman single. Much, much better.

  19. 19
    Nate Says:

    #16, And to me, the Ankiel homer last year proves that no matter how bad a guy is struggling, he can always run into a big one. Constanza won’t give you that ever.

  20. 20
    Nate Says:

    The Phillies could pitch around Chipper and Freddie all night long.

  21. 21
    Walker Says:

    I know J- Hey isn’t having a ideal year, but October is a new year and by starting Constanza throughout the playoffs we potentially lose out on at least one HR and maybe a couple doubles which could be HUGE.

  22. 22
    David Says:

    Constanza is proving his lack of worth every time he flails at a outside breaking ball for strike three. It seriously is a crime that Heyward isn’t starting against a righty that we will hopefully see in the playoffs.

    Suggestion for a new segment on the podcast: who do you want managing the Braves in 2012?

  23. 23
    Walker Says:

    I would love if the Braves could somehow get Joe Madden from the Rays. Next to Scioscia, I think he’s the best in the game. But of course that’s just fantasy.

  24. 24
    Nate Says:

    Buck Showalter. Joe Madden would be a nice choice, but he can make some really bizarre bullpen moves.

  25. 25
    Walker Says:

    Showalter is cool but his teams always start off well but never obtain next level success with him as manager. Maybe he isn’t given more time but right after the Yankees and D-backs fired him they won World Series championships.

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