Here’s my concern about the slow start in ST and it’s not the results so much as the doubt creeeping in to certain players on the team. We started worrying about it and putting meaning to it on day 1. The team certainly didn’t do it that soon. But, at some point here, it’s got to start getting to them, too.
#Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, Jones 3b, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Hinske dh, Heyward rf, Ross c, Simmons ss (Beachy rhp)
Simmons in there again today w/ basically regular #Braves projected lineup. Hmmm…
Maybe DOB is just fueling the fire or getting us fans interested in something other than the 1-9 record, but I for one am very intrigued by his comments re Simmons vs Pastornicky. Several times he’s responded to tweets asking if it’s possible for Simmons to be the starting SS, and not once has he refuted it. I think the closest he’s come has been to say that it’s Pastornicky’s spot to lose.
Looking forward to this week’s podcast, whenever it’s up!
Granted, Pastornicky has gotten a lot more playing time and has had about twice as many chances on defense (33 chances to Simmons’ 14), but I would really like to see Simmons make a strong bid for the starting spot.