I would definitely swap Heyward and Prado in the lineup. But I’m ok with Chipper where he is if nothing else but for the fact that it may result in a fewer at bats per game which may make him available for more games overall
you guys are awesome, great show. the braves are just looking good right now. they appear to be being coached well, and managed well too. shocking, i know. i would still like to see the bench strengthened a little bit, but im in no hurry, the team seems solid.
With all the injuries to the top NL contenders and the Braves’ offense looking good, so far, the Braves look like one of the top two teams in the NL, along with the Cardinals.
That could change if Philadelphia gets healthy or if Arizona makes some call-ups or some teams make some trades. But as of this moment, I’m saying the Braves are one of the top two teams in the league.
Freeman has swung at 61.1 percent of pitches, highest on the team among non-pitchers.
Only Juan Francisco has a higher percentage of pitches that are swinging strikes. Freeman and Uggla are tied for second among non-pitchers. But Freeman’s walk rate is the second-worst. Only Francisco has a lower walk rate.
7 – I think another factor that’s preventing O’Ventbrel from being overused is the lack of extra-inning games the Braves have played this year. Last year in April they played 4 x-inn games. This year: none.
It’s obvious to say that the offense is a huge reason for this team’s success, but that factor is also, I think, a big reason why the pitching is doing well. The bullpen guys are often coming in with leads; the offense is preventing the team from having to play extra-innings; etc. Last year, the bullpen often had to either keep the game tied or, when we were behind, keep the game close so that the bats could mount a comeback.
Also, do y’all realize that the Braves have had only ONE blown save all season, and that was in the home opener when O’Flaherty allowed the Brewers to tie the game which we went on to win anyway? The bullpen has been stingy and nearly perfect all month. Knock on wood — but that’s pretty dang exciting.
I know everyone thinks Dale Murphy is a HOF but I just compared his career to Andruw Jones and according to WAR, Andruw was the more valuable player interestingly enough. Andruw has a higher career OPS to go along with being the greatest defensive centerfielder in ML History according to Defensive WAR. Both players stopped producing offensively early in their early 30′s. So just sayin. If you think Dale Murphy is a HOF then Andruw Jones is too.
Walker, not sure that everyone thinks he is, otherwise he would be in.
I will offer that Andruw played on some of the greatest Braves teams in the history of the franchise. Murphy did not. He had no protection. He was one of the best players in the 80s. I will not back away from that statement, regardless of stats. Now does that merit a spot in the HOF? Maybe not. His peak was a window of 6 or 7 years. He stayed in the league 2 years too long. But his place in the game should not be overlooked or discounted because he is a ‘nice guy’ or because he played in Atlanta during the 80s.
Walker, I certainly believe Andruw has the better Hall of Fame case. He was a historically elite defensive player and he was a very valuable offensive player. Andruw’s offense alone doesn’t get him in, of course, and I think we all realize that. But the combo of historically great defense and very good offense I think should get him in.
Murphy in all honestly probably wasn’t great for long enough. But the fact that Jim Rice got in and the very real possibility of Jack Morris getting in will help Murph’s case.
Jim Rice played in Boston. Jack Morris has Game 7 of the 91 WS. Murphy has neither of those things.
You can’t compare the offensive numbers of guys from the 90s and 00s with guys from the 80s. They aren’t the same. The game played in the 80s was completely different than the one played today. Apples and oranges. Murphy should be compared to his piers. If he had played in the current game he would have hit 100 more home runs. The 80s is an era of baseball that is ignored. It shouldn’t be. Again, is Murphy a HOFer, maybe not. Was he a better player than guys who are in there? Without a doubt. If he played for the Yankees he would be in the HOF.
Curt, point was Jim Rice wasn’t actually a Hall of Famer. Murphy is probably more worthy of the Hall. Jack Morris was an okay pitcher who racked up wins because he was fortunate enough to play on good teams and had one big moment. He’s not Hall worthy. Murphy is more worthy than Morris.
So, I agree that Murph is better than most Hall of Famers and if he had played on more winning teams and/or in New York or Boston or Chicago, he would probably be in.
I think voters pay attention to era, but probably not enough. I think even we adjust for era, Murphy falls a bit short. But, then again, Rice and Morris (if Morris gets in) should cause everyone to rethink Murph.
Really bad inning for McCann — he can’t handle the pitch from Venters and allows the go-ahead run to score, then kills a potential rally with a GIDP.
On another note…I’m putting very little stock into JJ’s numbers while in AAA. Like y’all mentioned in the podcast, all he’s shown is that he owns Houston’s AAA split-squad lineup and the Toledo Mudhens. 7 IP and 1 run on 4 hits are nice numbers, but I just hope he regains confidence and gets his knee straightened out.
And for what it’s worth: before yesterday’s game, I was thinking 4-3 for this week. I probably would have said a win on Monday, 2 out of 3 against the Phillies, and 1 win in Colorado. I’ll stick with my 4-3, but obviously I’m thinking now that we take the next two against Philly and two in Colorado. That is, of course, assuming we don’t get to Papelbon right now.
With CLE having an all right handed starters, do you think we could get Matt LaPorta from them, maybe for Gilmartin? They have two RH SP’s with little experience, both struggling (5+ ERAs each)…
LaPorta seems ready for majors, must not be in CLE’s plans. He is a 1B/LF. They already have a “power bat” for LF in Shelley Duncan. They signed Damon for LF as well and though Kotchman is struggling at the plate (.149), LaPorta is still in the minors, hitting well to begin the year. His carreer totals for 2009, 2010 & 2011:
GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
269 909 104 216 51 2 30 115 81 206 3 0 .238 .304 .397 .701
Interesting take from the Philadelphia Enquirer. Particularly the Hamels reaction.
“The Braves ultimately sliced Hamels for two runs and his night was over after six innings. Hamels said he did not expect Atlanta to demonstrate as much patience. He threw only 64 strikes in his 108 total pitches. He surrendered the lead in the sixth, but it could have been worse.”
I’ve been out of it for days with insomnia and stomach aches. So I slumped my groggy ass over to the computer, didn’t even know if Atlanta was playing, checked it out. Huh, I says, tied with Philly in some mega-run game in extra innings.
My favorite quote from last night’s game is from Matt Diaz:
On coming back from 6-0 to tie against Halladay: “It’s one of those where you’re like, surely Roy Halladay is not going to give up a grand slam. But in the back of your mind you think, ‘Well Mac’s definitely going to hit a grand slam here.’”
Made my 11 year old watch the condensed game with me. Fantastic win! So glad I stayed up for it. Did y’all notice Prado, Rev, and Freddie had cups of water waiting on the first step of the dugout during Chipper’s at bat? They ha Steve’s premonition as well. Then I loved Chip’s casual gaze into the dugout after the homer just watching his buddies, soaking it in.
I say we win today! Bub, go get your gall bladder removed.
It really is amazing how poorly this team plays without Chipper. And I have brought it up everywhere today, but when the Phils have their big three, you have to make your move on the back end of their rotation. The Braves can’t beat ANYONE who starts at 4 & 5 for them. Blanton, Happ, Kendrick, Moyer, Worley. It’s pathetic. And when you play them 19 times a year, those losses rack up. Even more galling is that for the most part, those guys can’t beat anyone other than the Braves.
91 and 92 — I think it’s okay. Fredi probably figured that the other 7 guys would provide enough offense at Coors Field, and I’d say that he figured right on that one. Besides, Pastornicky can come off the bench late in the game.
#94 And why the heck are you playing small ball in Coors Field in the first place, especially when our pitchers still have to get 9 outs? Fredi is beyond bad. If he can’t make the playoffs with this team he has to go.
So Fredi double-switched, took out Heyward so Diaz could pinch-hit with only righties left in the Colorado bullpen, and when he still has Venters and Kimbrel left in the bullpen, so it’s not like he loses much of anything by taking O’Flaherty out of the game.
i didnt like the double switch, but since heyward made the last out, and fredi wanted to leave o’flarety in there for a while, it made sense to take out heyward…sort of. i mean. you dont know how long that game was going to go, and fredi was able to preserve at least one arm by doing that.
of course, on the other side of the “you dont know how long the game will go” coin, diaz got 2 ABs in spots where heyward could have been swinging it. toss up, trade off, whatever.
i actually have to give fredi credit because i think his managing this year so far seems to be WAY better than last season. way better. the bullpen, even when to take out the starter, and late inning defense, lineup construction…everything.
I know that it was probably good thinking at the time, but now I’m questioning whether it was a wise move for Fredi to have Minor avoid his throwing session after Wednesday night’s game. Note to Fredi: have your young pitchers keep with their regular throwing routine before heading out to Colorado.
dunno if you all saw this, but catch this Grade AAA smack from Chipper after Moyer accused him of stealing signs…
“I don’t know what the problem was,” Jones said. “I was literally having a conversation with the shortstop when he stepped off and said that. I don’t know why he’s so paranoid. But to be honest with you, every pitch he throws is 78 [mph]. So it’s not like we really have to relay signs.”
I think Bourn is going to have a career year. I don’t know how they are going to replace him next year. It seems like he is having for more and is more comfortable though than he was last year when he got traded here. Its too bad Boras is his agent…
DAP, Fredi does seem to be a little better. The mistakes he’s made seem to be the same ones that probably 90 percent of the managers in the game make this year. But he seems to be playing less “small ball,” which is always good.
Curt @ 142, I think Hanson’s start was probably just a fluke.
Tim Hudson is doesn’t miss a whole lot of bats so he’s prone to some starts like Friday’s, especially in a place like Coors Field.
I think Minor got a little overrated after some of his early-season start. He was just so good, that it was hard to imagine him keeping that up. And most scouting types seem to think Minor’s ceiling is closer to a mid-rotation or closer to a back-end starter than something like a number two, which is fine. He’ll provide plenty of value even if he’s not consistently one of the best starters on the team, year-in and year-out.
#142: First of all, yes, the starting pitching has been awful lately.
I’ll follow that up with this, though:
Monday: Minor with a bad start, although he also had a lot of Ks and got into the 7th.
Tuesday: Beachy with a terrific start.
Wednesday: Hanson with an awful start.
Thursday: Delgado with a terrific start.
Friday: Hudson with a bad start.
Saturday: Minor with a bad start.
4 bad/awful starts on the week. Personally, I think we can attribute Friday and Saturday’s starts to pitching in Colorado. Hudson’s never pitched well there, and it was Minor’s first time.
Minor’s start against Pittsburgh — not good. At the same time, I agree with Shaun #151: he’s pitching like a back-of-the-rotation starter. I think he’ll probably be like this all year, with some good stretches and some bad stretches as he learns the league and learns how to work hitters.
Hanson against Philly — that one’s got me baffled as well, although we’ve seen Hanson come out and just have a big crap start every now and then.
Looking forward to seeing Beachy this afternoon. I just hope that his slider is working and he’s able to miss a lot of bats.
You guys should read this article if you didnt already yet, its a great read. It has some great quotes in there, and its awesome seeing Chipper fired up! Also talkes about the Pirates and the Phillies stealing signs.
“I tell you what, the next time we face them I’ll stand with my back to him, and see what he says then,” Jones said. “What’s his excuse going to be when he gives it up then? I mean, dude, we don’t need signs, especially for him. I mean, my goodness, every pitch is 78 [mph]. Come on.”