April 08, 2012

Show #178: Nightmare Start for the Braves

The significance of the sweep.  Should Fredi go?  And Good Signs/Bad Signs of the week.



219 Responses to “Show #178: Nightmare Start for the Braves”

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  1. 126
    Anne Says:

    The Chipper stretching tweet from DOB is so sad. Promising, but sad.

  2. 127
    Pure Says:

    Where can I see the lineup?

  3. 128
    Walker Says:

    Chipper never stretches. Explains alot but I still love him.

  4. 129
    Steve Says:

    Just saw DOBs tweets about Chipper’s stretching. It is nothing but crazy.

  5. 130
    Leah Says:

    Playing all kinds of ball tonight…I like it!

  6. 131
    David Says:

    Love that Heyward and Uggla are both coming to life. Even Jack Wilson is contributing with his fundamentals. Now we need to get Freeman and Bourn going.

  7. 132
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Yeah, I am willing to give Heyward a little time…

  8. 133
    frigatedoc Says:

    Can somebody PLEASE run for Chipper? Looks like he hurts running. I cant believe he is back so soon. I see normal people take months to return to work for what he had done.

  9. 134
    Mike Says:

    #133: I know. I was kinda glad that Uggla’s almost sure double down the 3rd base line in the top of the 9th was fielded. I didn’t want Chipper to have to run from 1st to 3rd.

  10. 135
    Steve Says:

    #134 was me

  11. 136
    Walker Says:

    Great win

    Wouldn’t it be amazing if somehow Heyward has a breakout Matt Kemp like season?

  12. 137
    Danny Says:

    112 is brilliant!

    My hope meter is now even more unexplainably high! (5ish)

  13. 138
    allgU Says:

    Princess, I had a bad feeling about Schafer even when he was a promising prospect for the good guys. Now I think he’s a punk, spelled PUKE! Just sayin’

  14. 139
    Leah Says:

    #138 has he EVER played that good? He killed us from both sides of the plate all 3 games!

  15. 140
    Nate Says:

    Great game last night. I hate all these off days at the beginning of the season.

    #139, no he didn’t. Kelly Johnson did the same thing to us when he went to the D’backs. They both fall under the Wes Helms category of hitting .220 on your team/hitting .400 against your team.

  16. 141
    Nate Says:

    I will say that both the Astros and Mets looked a lot scrappier than I thought they would. Maybe it will take a long, hot Summer to get them into the form everyone anticipated.

  17. 142
    Nate Says:

    Ham, are you watching The Killing Season 2?

  18. 143
    Ham Says:

    Nate, reluctantly and unbelievably, yes. And I am liking it.

  19. 144
    Nate Says:

    Me too. I told myself I wouldn’t watch, but I caved. It’s been better. Hopefully the writers have an idea of who the killer is going to be at this point.

  20. 145
    Adam Says:

    I am not satisfied with the current Braves game to off-day ratio.

  21. 146
    Steve Says:

    #145: Totally. On the bright side, tomorrow starts a 9 straight game stretch.

  22. 147
    David Says:

    136 – Oh, totally. Heyward can definitely have a breakout season like Kemp had last year. The only question is when it will happen. I was actually thinking about that today — that Heyward could have a Kemp-like season last year. I also just looked at Kemp’s seasons before last year, and he had a few years that were kinda middling, promising, but not up to his 2011 potential. Lots of OPSs in the .750-.850 range, which is where I think Heyward will be until he becomes the hitter he’ll fully be.

    A couple of other factors:
    1. Last year, Kemp was 26. Heyward is currently 22.
    2. Fredi Gonzalez. If he keeps undervaluing Heyward and hitting him in the 7 spot, I think that Heyward will have a Kemp-like season…for another team. For now, I have little confidence in Fredi’s ability to oversee Heyward’s production and development as The Behemoth that Heyward is meant to be.

  23. 148
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Sorry… I don’t think Heyward will be what we all want…..

    I may be crazy, but should you already have your swing down by the time you get to the show? We always here that “oh he needs to work on his swing.” I know people get better with practice but this is what these people do for a living. All day long.

    BTW…did anyone see the article about Francoeur delivering pizza to fans?

  24. 149
    Walker Says:


    He’s still only 22 years old and had one of the best OBP’s by a rookie ever. Most pros at 22 are still in AA or AAA. Show me a MLB player who doesn’t work on his swing and I’ll show you a scrub. This game is all about adjustments.

  25. 150
    Curt Says:

    #148 – doc, I saw that article. Great stuff. Despite everything, he really is a super nice guy. Very humble. Very down to earth. It seemed very typical of something he would do.

    For those of you who didn’t see it – http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/jeff-francoeur-gets-pizza-delivered-fans-bleachers-233500021.html

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