Chipper can bat anywhere in my lineup. The key is to have someone in front of him that can get on base and someone behind him who has some skill to drive him in. Not much to pick from that meet either criteria right now. Freeman is consistent but beyond him and Chipper, who would you want batting with the game on the line? What is the hitting coach (Parrish) and Fredi doing to help these guys hit? Nearly the whole team looks out of rhythm; if they are doing what Parrish tells them, he should be fired today.
Parrish just isn’t a good hitting coach. Terry Pendleton was very successful during his time here and just last year the Braves had one of the highest team OBP’s in the league. I just don’t know why TP gets a bad wrap.
Solid show considering what you had to work with. Hopefully Brian Jordan is right, and sleeping in their own beds turns things around for the team. The postseason rotation is just scary to even think about at this point.
I get that Fredi has had to deal with a lot of adversity, but so has every other manager this year. For example, La Russa has endured Wainwright’s season ending injury and an injured Pujols in his worse year so far, and they’re still making things interesting. I honestly thought Fredi did very little with a talented team in Fla, and I think he is continuing the trend in Atlanta. Maybe it’s part of being a young manager. Bobby certainly had similar issues early in his career. One thing we never talk about is the fact that Fredi is still learning his players and what resources he has with this group, but he is making very slow progress.
I’m not looking up the numbers, but Hamels and Lee probably have a better postseason winning percentage than Maddux and Glavine. I’m guessing Halladay is no slouch either.
Frank Wren is going to have a busy offseason. The Four Horsemen of the Pitchpocalyse have looked very solid. The only real blemish for me was Minor’s Glavine-esque first inning. Teheran’s control was a little suspect, too, but that guy can really change speeds better than the other 3. Beachy is still the only one I fell comfortable with starting in the postseason. I think Stevie’s right and you have to take Lowe’s experience over Hanson’s unknown status and Minor, and Delgado and Teheran have to be approaching their innings limit.
SS ??? (though I also think it’ll be Alex Gonzalez)
He’ll need to add some pieces in terms of bullpen and bench, but for the most part, it’s a matter of health for some of these guys. If JJ and Hanson were healthy, I think our magic number would be less than 5, and we’d be talking about how our rotation would match up with Philly’s in the NLCS. As it stands, we’re hoping that a 4.5 game lead will be enough with 15 left to play.
*”and Delgado” should be and Vizcaino. It’s hard to remember all 10.
I could definitely see Vizcaino and Medlen in the bullpen. Is a move to the bullpen out of the question for Lowe? I don’t know how they could possibly trade him, and he is probably the worst of the 10 potential starting pitchers I listed.
I would say yes. I think he has stated that he has no interest in going to the pen and where would they use him? $15 mill for a long reliever who can’t really go long in games?
I think they try and trade him too. I think they are getting proof that they can “rely” on these young starters and are going to do what they can to move salaries to free up room for them, thereby making us a fringe wild card team at best next year. Maybe Hudson gets shopped too. They have yet to waiver on these in-house cost cutting moves when they can.
Insert Uggla comments here.
If they could free up money to sign Bourn, I’m all for it. If they don’t make some legitimate effort to sign him, they are crazy.
@12, I would rather spend money on Michael Bourn than 2 injury prone starters, and the only reason I feel that way is our depth at starting pitching.
I think 2 of this year’s original rotation probably go. If I had my pick I would say Lowe and then JJ as most expendable. It has taken 8 solid starters to be contending for the WC this year. Chances are it might take the same number next year, too.