April 15, 2012

Show #179: The Braves Turn It All Around

The 5 game win streak.  Chipper’s impact. Heyward’s emergence and the 4th outfielder spot.

 

 

200 Responses to “Show #179: The Braves Turn It All Around”

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  1. 51
    Nate Says:

    I’m starting to think JJ, not Delgado, goes when Huddy comes back. He looks awful.

  2. 52
    Leah Says:

    Why didn’t JJ ask for the mound to get work before wright’s at bat?

  3. 53
    Leah Says:

    I don’t care what Hammy says…Prado is awesome!

  4. 54
    Adam Says:

    Durbin is loosening up? No no no no no

  5. 55
    Shaun Says:

    The Braves’ offense so far this season is looking how it should have looked last season.

  6. 56
    Shaun Says:

    Somewhere Larry Parrish is shaking, in the fetal position.

  7. 57
    Nate Says:

    Good second time around for offense against Dickey and Santana. Video scout paying off already.

  8. 58
    Leah Says:

    I like Fredi Livan Hernandez in to close. #highfivesBubdylan

  9. 59
    Lee Says:

    Another good win. Still unsure about JJ but it’s early. GO BRAVES!

  10. 60
    Bubdylan Says:

    #highfivesprincess

    National League Runs Scored:

    Braves – 65
    Cardinals – 59
    Dodgers – 54
    Rockies – 52
    D-Backs – 52

    Everyone else – under 50.

    Philly – 35

    Damn.

  11. 61
    Shaun Says:

    Nate @ 49, the research into batting order suggest that speed is better utilized in front of high-contact singles hitters rather than in front of your best power hitters. The idea is even an average runner is going to advance and possibly score on extra-base hits and homeruns.

    Speed is nice, but the top of the order should be all about on-base ability. Plus your good all-around hitters should hit near the top so they are getting the most plate appearances.

  12. 62
    Bubdylan Says:

    btw, #60 came before I saw the tweet. So much for originality.

  13. 63
    David Says:

    Great win today — aside from JJ’s continued struggles, we’re on a roll. I am pumped for the Arizona series, for several reasons:

    - The offense is going strong, especially Heyward and now Freeman is busting out of his slump
    - We don’t have to pitch JJ against them
    - We’re catching them at a good time — Chris Young is on the DL, and Justin Upton is hurt (not sure if he’s on the DL yet). So this seems like a good time to face them in their house of horrors.

  14. 64
    Steve Says:

    55 – agree 100%
    56 – hilarious

    The leading the NL in runs scored thing is nothing but hard to get my head around. We scored 8 runs total in the first 4 games against the Mets! Of course we scored 23 the next two games…

  15. 65
    Steve Says:

    #63: I agree. We’re surging and the Dbacks are beat up. Good time for sure.

  16. 66
    Walker Says:

    I would hope for the optomized lineup tomorrow. But this is more realistic and should be the lineup that has the snakes begging for mercy. Fredi has no choice now but to bat Heyward in the top of the lineup. He gets on base too much.

    Bourn
    Heyward
    Chipper
    Mccann
    Uggla
    Freeman
    Prado
    Pastornicky

  17. 67
    Curt Says:

    I will be the first to offer that Pasto has not been near the train wreck I anticipated.

    And he begins his collapse in 3, 2, 1…….

  18. 68
    David Says:

    Curt — so .167/.219/.367 isn’t a train wreck?

    Kidding (sort of). His numbers aren’t great, but at least he isn’t striking out a lot or making too many errors. And he’s had a couple of clutch hits for us so far this year, including the two-run double that broke open the game on Tuesday night.

    66: I like that Heyward has had a good couple of games in the top of the order. At the same time, I’m trying to not get too excited yet — 2 games is too small of a sample. He did have 3 Ks yesterday. Typically, I’d say that you can throw out yesterday’s game since it was against a knuckleballer, but everybody else seemed to be doing just fine against him. I think I need to see more of him in the top of the lineup, but I’m glad he’s up there.

  19. 69
    Leah Says:

    Heh…hard one to swallow indeed…
    http://t.co/Mi0OoE4R

  20. 70
    Shaun Says:

    Pastornicky is 13th out of the 16 NL shortstops with at least 25 plate appearances in OPS, for what that’s worth at this point, which isn’t much.

    I think Pastornicky will end up being above replacement level offensively. I think it’s unlikely Simmons would be above replacement level offensively at this point in a full season in the majors.

    And I think Pastornicky’s defense, which probably isn’t great, gets underrated because of the comparisons to Simmons.

    I think the offensive differences in these two players are somewhat significant and the defensive differences, while very noticeable, would not impact the team as much as some seem to believe.

  21. 71
    Bubdylan Says:

    Shaun, I think it’s at least close enough that you don’t dare interrupt Simmons’ development.

  22. 72
    Shaun Says:

    Good point, Bubdylan. Even if it’s closer than I think between those two, Simmons very likely needs more seasoning in the minors offensively. While I think Pastornicky has little to gain and little to prove with more minor league time.

  23. 73
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, I put it clumsily, but I meant that even if someone argued that Simmons would be an improvement (which I would not), it would still be too close to risk damaging Simmons.

  24. 74
    Leah Says:

    Welcome to the gun show Marteeeeeeen!!!

  25. 75
    Bubdylan Says:

    Uggla and Heyward both went oppo field in that inning for huge clutch hits. New hitting coach is surely making a difference.

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