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.
Why would you bunt with Wilson. Odds are that Boscan who is a career minor league catcher was not going to have a Francisco Cabrera moment. Maybe if Fredi didn’t pinch hit for Conrad who is a switch hitter earlier Diaz would be available.
McCann must need another eye exam. 8 LOB; his bat is killing the Braves. I’ll look it up later but he must be around .180 BA since the all star break. He and Prado are showing no signs that they can contribute to a Wild card race. McCann is what Uggla was in the first half; you have to stick with him and pray he has a break out day. Braves pinch hitters must also be in the buck eighty range.
As someone tweeted last night when McCann struck out with the bases loaded, “Why doesn’t Alex Gonzalez ever get to come up in those situations?”
I remember stating a few weeks ago how I had faith no matter what. Down big, extra innings, whatever, I knew they were going to win. I now have the opposite of that. When we blew those two late opportunities, I knew we were losing. i even knew when Stanton came in that he was going to get a hit to knock in that run. I hate this feeling.
Maybe it’s just me — but isn’t a situation in which we have a 5-run lead, 2 outs in 8th, and on a night after Venters worked and Linebrink didn’t — aren’t those situations the reason that Linebrink is still on this team?
That is to say — shouldn’t Gonzalez have gone to Linebrink in the 8th rather than Venters? Especially when Venters pitched last night (19 pitches), Linebrink didn’t, and when he’s said that they’re going to try to rest Venters in these last few weeks?
Perhaps he’s saving his mop-up stud for the 9th inning.
Maybe we are past the lowe point now. A few minor adjusments helped a lot. Last week, it looked like we were going to crash in the Hudson. Now, life is a beachy for the other teams especially since Delgado is not delgado (see spanish word-thin/weak).
So, 2012 schedule is out. We’re back with the AL East for Interleague. Boo.
The Braves play a total of six interleague series, with three of the series coming at home against the Toronto Blue Jays (June 8-10), the New York Yankees (June 11-13), and the Baltimore Orioles (June 15-17). The Braves’ American League road opponents include the Tampa Bay Rays (May 18-20), the New York Yankees (June 18-20), and the Boston Red Sox (June 22-24).
I don’t know if any of you guys or gals listen to sports talk radio, but I do from time to time. There is a lot of debate out there about MLB shortening it’s season. I was curious about what fellow ABTers thought about this. I would not be opposed to a shorter season, and the playoffs starting in September. I also wish they would cut down on the amount of times you have to play your own division.
In my day, schedule was 154 games and that was when there was just the American and National league winners playing each other in the WS. No additional rounds. They could easily shorten it up by a week or two so you wouldn’t need long johns to see a playoff game.
#63 – Would love a shorter season. Makes total sense, in every way, except to the owners who would lose hundreds of thousands in gate. Or, in the case of the Miami Marlins, who would lose $238 in gate.
I really wish they would do away with the unbalanced schedule. It’s so unfair to the NL and AL East. The dregs of the NL Central are keeping the Cards in this thing. It makes me think they should go to 1 division per league with the top 4 making the postseason.
I’m all for shortening the season. The playoff teams have pretty much been set since late August and I don’t see any lead changes happening in these last couple weeks. The owners would never go for it though. The Marlins are counting on that $238 for Christ sake!
“Or, in the case of the Miami Marlins, who would lose $238 in gate.” Solid.
I wonder how long it takes for them to make the new stadium smell like a urinal. Maybe it already does? I went to a game in Miami last year and it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made in my life. Watching Troy Glaus run in person has definitely scarred me for life.
On that note, how disruptive, and self-serving, is it for him to announce NOW that this will be his last season in Milwaukee. That’s a good team that has a chance to do some things in the playoffs and he throws that out weeks before the season ends.
One guy on Baseball Tonight was trying to argue that it would motivate the team knowing the window was closing. I think it would serve to do the opposite. Now they are going to have to answer questions about him for the remainder of the season, instead of focusing on the real objective.
Yeah. The Fielder thing is nothing short of ridiculous. What a total eff you to his team and the folks paying him right now. To not say it won’t be a distraction is a total joke. Maybe I’m rooting to meeting the Brewers instead of the DBacks now.
Alex sat to rest a chronic sore back flare-up. Then came back so go 8 for 11 in his last three games…
Now, it was against Florida (which he sort of plays like Chipper vs. the Mets), so it might be skewed… But with Wilson on the team to provide a day off w/o much downside defensively, I would LOVE to see them rest him at least a day as week… maybe sit him one out of every five the rest of the way…
Are you kidding me about Prince Fielder? First time I have heard. You guys are a GREAT news source!
This is crap! Could you imagine if he was in New York or Philly? It would be like the return of John Rocker. Milwalkee is just so desperate for a WS I think that they will look over it. Some will boo, but they will still welcome him.
As for Prince Fielder……no class….he is JUST THAT….a “Prince”
AS for Medlen….whould be be in the bullpen? It would be great to have him back, but are we rushing him?
Julio Teheran named Organizational pitcher of the year. Does he have much else to prove in AAA? Is he guaranteed a spot in Atlanta next year? I think so. You don’t hold onto all of these guys to have a solid rotation in Gwinnett for 2012.
I just looked at Starlin Castro’s errors and immediately felt better about Pastornicky’s fielding.
Part of me wonders what would have happened if the Braves could have slowed things down for Meds, JJ, and Hanson like they have for the new guys. All 3 got thrown into the fire out of necessity, before they really got a chance to build up some innings in the minors.
I like Hanson better. He just has that it factor, and he just seems like a more competitive guy.
Yeah I vote to keep Hanson. He has better stuff and we have more control years with him. The good news is no matter who we trade it should bring a huge return. Re-stocking the minor league system would be great.Thinking ahead maybe long term success with these exciting young players can attract a big time owner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Braves are trying everything possible to blow this season. As for Lowe, he is the MOST overpaid, wortlhless pitcher in the MLB. Remember, the BRAVES were the only team willing to give him more than 3 years. IT WAS A MISTAKE AND IS A MISTAKE TO PITCH HIM AGAIN THIS YEAR. I totally disagreed with the contract when it was done; sorry, I know some at this site still think it was a great idea.
The Cardinals have one more with the Phillies and then end the season with the Mets, Cubs, and Astros. We a 3 game series @ Miami, @ DC, then home for Philly. Not feeling very good about. especially when you consider the way St. Louis is playing and the way we’ve been playing.