September 11, 2011

Show #164: The Braves Stumble on the Road

Looking at where it all went wrong this week.  Plus Chipper batting second and the post season hope meter.

 

 

137 Responses to “Show #164: The Braves Stumble on the Road”

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  1. 101
    Steve Says:

    I’ve been moderately upbeat about Lowe up to this point. Big game pitcher, great Septembers, etc, etc – but that inning was an absolute atrocity.

  2. 102
    Walker Says:

    He needs to make some serious adjustments because he’s throwing batting practice. Weak sinkers up in the zone will always be hammered.

  3. 103
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    @93

    Think he could play third? Are his errors more fielding or throwing?

    We had a guy on a softball team I played for. At shortstop, he tried to play everything off to the side… he was terrible. They moved him to third. He didn’t have time to move to the side, so he caught EVERYTHING that was hit that way.

  4. 104
    Walker Says:

    Lowe maybe just pitched himself out the postseason rotation.

  5. 105
    Steve Says:

    #104 – I wonder. Not convinced.

  6. 106
    Leah Says:

    Eta brought the valley of sucktitude with them.

  7. 107
    Leah Says:

    Mets…I mean.

  8. 108
    David Says:

    Phillies tie it up! And have the winning run on 2nd in the bottom of the 9th!

    I hate to root for the Phils, but it’s definitely a necessary evil through Monday.

  9. 109
    Nate Says:

    Just checked in and saw “Hamburglar” in the recent tweets. That told me everything I needed to know.

    @103, I probably shouldn’t be as hard on him as I was. He is just very inconsistent in the field. He has good quickness, and he’s got a nice arm. Those things usually add up to a solid defensive player- except in the case of a former SS who shall remain nameless. His numbers show that he has made great offensive improvement over the last year. If he can do the same with his defense the Braves might have a very nice piece to add in 2012.

    We really, really, really need Tommy Hanson back.

  10. 110
    Nate Says:

    @ 108, indeed.

  11. 111
    Walker Says:

    3 1/2 game lead. Gotta win tomorrow.

  12. 112
    Nate Says:

    Trying hard not to think about the year(s) the Mets fell apart and let a team that got hot late in the season into the playoffs…

  13. 113
    Nate Says:

    20 hits given up to a team that has been just terrible lately.

  14. 114
    Nate Says:

    I really hate that our fans booed Heyward. He has had a disappointing year. He’s also 22.

  15. 115
    Nate Says:

    Don’t read the postgame comments.

  16. 116
    Curt Says:

    Read this whole article as it will serve to divert your disappointment in several new directions. But this one note was particularly irritating:

    - Interleague play continues to create huge inequities. Here’s one example regarding the two top teams in the NL East. The Phillies (15 games) and Braves (18) don’t even play the same number of games against AL teams. The Braves get road games against the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays; the Phillies play none of those teams on the road (they get the Orioles, which is like a home game, Blue Jays and Twins on the road). They don’t play the Yankees at all.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/tom_verducci/09/16/philadelphia.phillies/index.html#ixzz1YBKhpm1q

  17. 117
    Nate Says:

    A Marlins pitcher got trapped in a bullpen bathroom for 13 minutes on Thursday night. Seriously.

    @116, Thanks MLB. I guess the road series in Citizens Bank in 2010 wasn’t enough.

  18. 118
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Thank God college hockey started to night! :/

  19. 119
    Leah Says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I always want to make the post season. But if we’re gonna play like this? What’s the point?

  20. 120
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    @113

    But they were a team whose, for lack of a better term, “manhood” was publicly challenged by their manager prior to this series.

    That combined with the “Lowe point” of our starting pitching rotation spelled trouble…

  21. 121
    Walker Says:

    @119

    Anything can happen in the playoffs. A team is only as good as the starting pitcher sometimes. And Lowe always sets a negative tone in his starts and it allows the other team’s starting pitcher to relax more. Lowe doesn’t need to pitch in another meaningful game the rest of the year.

  22. 122
    Walker Says:

    Solid Solid win. Vets came through.

  23. 123
    David Says:

    Wow, what a game. Gramps can still do it. The guy’s amazing.

    Several observations:

    - I’m very grateful that we won’t have to face Livan Hernandez, Chris Capuano, or R.A. Dickey in the playoffs.

    - Huddy really saved our bacon today. To go 8 innings after The Hamburglar (great nickname, btw) went only 2.1 was huge.

    - Lowe has received $1 million per loss this year. The wins are his pro bono work.

    - I don’t know what was worse: the entire game last night, or reading Fredi’s postgame comments.

    - Oswalt is through 6 innings with a 2-0 lead. I hate to say it, but go Phils.

  24. 124
    Leah Says:

    What’s our magic number now? Can’t keep track.

  25. 125
    Leah Says:

    I think Kate should manage the Braves. She has led our fantasy league ALL SEASON. Or maybe that just shows the state of the rest of us.

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