April 22, 2012

Show #180: The Braves Dominate with Bats and Starters

The 5 – 2 week.  Hudson’s return.  And the back end of the bullpen.



117 Responses to “Show #180: The Braves Dominate with Bats and Starters”

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    carlos Says:

    I say they go 3-3 this week.
    Worried about Kemp and I can already see JJ hanging one on the first pitch…ahhH!

    Pirates are pesky but we’ll get some wins.

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    Walker Says:

    I am feeling so confident with this offense. Even without Chipper and Heyward we were able to score some runs against a Kennedy, who was a Cy Young nominee last year. Looking ahead against the Dodgers and Pirates, we are facing some league average to slightly above league average starters. Names like Harang, Lilly, Capuano, and Bedard don’t scare me. These are all #4 or #5 starters. We should be able to go 6-0 or 5-1.

    Also, Fredi’s reason for not starting Heyward was puzzling. Jason is not working at Applebees or Walmart. You don’t reward good performance and hard work with a day off. You reward it with more playing time because playing pro baseball should be more like fun instead of work.

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    DAP Says:

    jim powell is a very talented broadcaster and does a good job. don sutton has a lot of goo dstuff to add, but i think he comes up short on play by play. all in all, the radio broadcast is very good.

    i dont have a problem with getting heyward a day here and there. the braves havent had a day off in awhile, and heyward just had his hitting streak broken. day game after a night game, seems like a good day for a rest for heyward.

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    David Says:

    Regarding Fredi’s decisions, I think it’s best to look at things from a longview. You guys have weekly broadcasts (which I LOVE) and have a pretty focused perspective, so I think it can be hard to look at things — like benching/resting Heyward yesterday — for their full value.

    For example — right now, many of us are wondering why in the world Fredi would ever want to bench Heyward, the future face of our franchise and our starting RF. Perhaps we shouldn’t make the call until later in the season. Who knows? If we’re in mid-September and Heyward is an MVP candidate, then perhaps a key part of that is Fredi resting him once every 10-15 games in order to keep him fresh?

    On the other side of the coin, I have very little confidence in Fredi being the manager to oversee Heyward’s development. From day 1, he hit Heyward in the #6 spot after he was in the top 3rd of the lineup from mid-May to October the year before. He benched him in favor of Constanza. Fredi doesn’t give him his due in the press. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — if Heyward doesn’t turn out to be the behemoth that he was hyped as, I think that Fredi will have had some part in preventing Heyward from reaching his full potential. And if Heyward does reach his full potential, it’ll be in spite of Fredi!

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    David Says:

    Also — I just got done listening to the podcast. Great job as always, and I had an idea.

    You guys finish each show with your weekly predictions, and I really enjoy hearing ‘em. So much so, in fact, that I think y’all oughta let us message board dwellers in on the fun too!!

    Do y’all think it’d be possible to get some kind of game on the site where we all make our weekly predictions? Say, they have to be locked in one hour before the start of Monday’s game? You could have a) the prediction for the upcoming week’s record (4-2 or 3-3, for example) and so many points for that, AND/OR b) let each person predict the outcome of each game — for example, “W, L, W, W, W, W,” and I would get a point for each one that I got right….does that make sense?

    What do y’all think, Steve, Curt, and Ham? Or, a la O’Ventbrel, “Curvilton?” I know it’d take a little bit of work — more time than y’all probably have, and more than I’ve got — and if it is too much time, perhaps there’s someone here that could get that kind of thing going?

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    Shaun Says:

    Powell is by far my favorite. Joe Simpson is okay but I liked him a lot more with Boog Sciambi.

    It is odd that the Braves and Fredi seem to be keeping Heyward’s plate appearances down. He has the highest OPS+ but is 6th in plate appearances.

    The only regulars that have fewer are McCann (a catcher), Chipper (an old player with a bum knee) and Pastornicky (a rookie shortstop who isn’t all that good a major leaguer yet).

    I guess I can understand wanting to give Heyward rest and wanting to keep pressure off him. But I think an argument could be made for making sure he gets plenty of reps against major league pitching.

    It’s also weird how the Braves seem to overrate Prado. He had an OPS+ of 88 last season and is at 108 this season.

    Even Uggla, if you take last season as a whole and this season so far, hasn’t been all the great as an Atlanta Brave.

    At some point I think they have to reevaluate their players and make sure the right guys are getting the most plate appearances.

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    ham Says:

    #5 David, I love the idea of everyone getting in on the weekly action, but not as much as I love “Curvilton” (if only because I get 5 letters and Steve only gets one – it also has a great baseball nickname to it). I don’t know if our site can handle that kind of game, but maybe our FB site could. We’ll look into it.

    At any rate, what are everyone’s predictions for this week?

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    Walker Says:


    Its just a case of this franchise not being sabermetrically inclined. Prado needs to be hitting 7th and Jason needs to be hitting 2nd. I guess since Jason isnt a small middle infielder type then he can’t hit 2nd.

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    Walker Says:

    I guess Jack Wilson is our new starting SS.

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    Adam Says:

    I want to say 5-1, but I’m going to play it safe and say 4-2. Matt Kemp scares the bugeebus out of me.

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    carlos Says:

    Tonight’s lineup is a JOKE.

    how does fredi expect us to win when JHEY is hitting so low in the lineup? Cisco is sitting after hitting three homeruns in limited time. Wilson back in the SS position so thats an out. I’m okay with Rossy getting the start but where’s Cisco and why JHEY so low in the lineup???

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    Steve Says:

    Fredi cannot let an opportunity go past where, if Chipper’s out and there’s a lefty on the mound, that he puts Diaz in the lineup. It’s really Fredi’s signature move.

    As for Heyward low in the lineup, yeah. It’s pretty crazy.

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    Steve Says:

    Although, in all fairness, the team did a bunch of winning last week with Heyward in the 7. I’m not saying it’s right, but I’m also not assuming an L for tonight and going to bed at 9:30.

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    Steve Says:

    David. 1 letter!?!?!? I may have to ban you from the comments board the remainder of the week.

    And, on top of the slight, Stevurliton is the obvious way to go.

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    Steve Says:

    #5: Great idea, by the way. Just not sure how to deliver it. But, as Hammy said, we’ll think about how it could be done.

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    Curt Says:

    Clearly the name should be Curtetal

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    David Says:

    #14 – Hey, O’Flaherty has only one letter in O’Ventbrel! Seriously – no disrespect intended…just couldn’t come up with something better at the moment. Maybe it should just be Stevestevesteve?

    I’ll go 4-2 for this week. Is it bad that I’m already chalking up tonight’s game to a loss, considering that JJ is pitching and Kemp isn’t on the DL like Chris Young? I have confidence in Beachy and Minor to continue their good work, and I think that we take the Pirates series as well. When do we face Burnett? For some reason, I think he beats us, but we take the other two games.

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    Leah Says:

    And Kelly Johnson becomes our first nominee for PLAY OF THE YEAR: http://t.co/0EcZXQQA


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    Leah Says:

    I do not have a good feeling about this game. Or this series.

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    Walker Says:

    Seriously Wren or higher management needs to talk to Fredi about using Ross to pinch hit more. I mean he could really start for somebody.

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    Curt Says:

    Not to constantly belabor a point, but another city that would never be called out for its fans, a 1st place team hosting one of the hottest teams in baseball, tens of thousands of empty seats. I’m sure Sportscenter will point that out tonight.

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    Pure Says:

    Oh JJ…

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    Curt Says:

    He is really adding nothing to the cause

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    I keep hearing “put the best players on the field” and yet you gig Fredi when he puts into the line-up the person on the team with the second best career batting average against Caqpuano… Diaz (.333, 6 hits in 18 AB)

    Francisco is a lefty who has never faced him and Henske (another lefty) has two AB and a .000 average.

    So who did you want him to play?

    He is already playing:
    Bourne (.222), Prado (.111), Freeman (.000, 6 AB), Uggla (.188), Heyward (.000, 0 AB), Ross (.300, 10 AB), Wilson (high man on the team against Capuano with .370, 27 AB)

    I appreciate he is trying something to “change out luck” against this guy… Capuano vs. Braves (career) 2-0, 1.26 ERA, 3 games pitched, 2 games started, 1 HR, 2 BB, 19 SO, .163 BAA

    Fortunately, Freeman is so locked-in right now, it just doesn’t matter who he hits against…

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Either JJ still has a knee problem or he is afraid of getting out over the knee…

    Send him down to pitch till he has confidence that he can do it without hurting himself and live w/ Delgado’s “interesting inning each game”, or live with games like this…

    Which do you think is best?

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