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.
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.
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!
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?
#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?
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.
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???
#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.
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.
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…