May 06, 2012

Show 182: Amazing Comebacks Mark the Braves’ Week

The sweep of the Rockies, the comeback against the Phillies and the uninspired losses.

 

 

125 Responses to “Show 182: Amazing Comebacks Mark the Braves’ Week”

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  1. 51
    Steve Says:

    @47: Heard Fredi on the radio yesterday talking about how he considered putting Prado lower down in the lineup (keeping Chipper at 2, I think was his point) but that “it didn’t look right.” He said the lineup looked “longer” with Prado in the 2 and Chipper and Heyward down lower.

    I 100% agree that Prado and Heyward should switch. And switch Chipper and Uggla, too.

    That said, we’ve scored the most runs in the majors, so do you think Fredi will really make any changes like that in the foreseeable future?

  2. 52
    Walker Says:

    Steve please tell me you are joking. Please. “It didn’t look right”????

    Longer?

    His logic leaves me utterly speechless.

    I’ll tell you what will look right. Seeing him unemployed after the season. How did he get this far?

    And I don’t care if we have scored the most runs baseball, we can improve.

  3. 53
    Walker Says:

    I was listening to the Baseball Today podcast not too long ago and remember them talking about the epidemic of clueless managers in the big leagues. I mean there are so many horrible managers in the game right now. It makes you wonder.

  4. 54
    Adam Says:

    Anyone think McCaan should maybe move down in the order?

  5. 55
    Steve Says:

    I know he’s struggling, but aside from switching he and Uggla maybe in the 4/5, I want to ride it out longer with Mac. He’s been too good.

  6. 56
    David Says:

    4 HR for Josh Hamilton TONIGHT.

  7. 57
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yawn. First place.

    :)

  8. 58
    Bubdylan Says:

    oops, percentage points will keep the Nats in first.

  9. 59
    David Says:

    Bub — Nats are ahead in percentage points, but we’re tied otherwise. I think the determining factor is games above .500 — both teams are 7 games over .500. Nice to be in first, even if it is a tie!

    By the way, isn’t that a bit of a misnomer to say that a team with a record of 19-12 is 7 games above .500? Shouldn’t it be 3.5 games above .500, where .500 would be…um…15.5-15.5? or 15-15-1? Ah, forget it.

  10. 60
    Anne Says:

    Of the clueless managers in the MLB, I wonder how many are former players? Many have said that Chipper would make a great batting coach…so many players DO go on to manage, but I wonder if the old adage, “Those who can’t – teach” might be the way to go. Guys who would otherwise be superfans or umpires? I dunno.

  11. 61
    Leah Says:

    I think the ABT trio would make fantastic managers but not individually. Thay’d have to manage as a team….via Skype.

  12. 62
    ham Says:

    I have to say that I sort of agree with Fredi. While he may not have his bestest hitters at the right spot, it really is a nice feeling to have J-Hey and Chipper coming up late in the lineup. It feels like a luxury. And do you guys really have issues with a top 3 of Bourn, Prado, Freeman? Then Mac, Uggs, Chipper? I know you can make a case for mixing things up, but since we are leading the NL in runs scored, isn’t that a case for not changing things?

  13. 63
    Adam Says:

    We suck at day games

  14. 64
    Shaun Says:

    ham @ 62, the players in the lineup mean more than the order. And the Braves’ top six or seven hitters are all somewhat similar in terms of overall quality.

    I do think Heyward should be near the top of the order simply because I think he has the best on-base abilities. There are some other changes I would prefer, but I don’t have any big issues with the batting order.

    Could it cost the Braves the few extra runs that could make a difference at the end of the season? Sure. And I think we should worry about that when it comes to things like batting the guy with tremendous on-base potential so low in the order so often. But that worry can be overblown, and we are probably all guilty of it as baseball fans.

    The bigger concern for me is what batting order says about a manager, and what he values in players, not necessarily how many runs one batting order may cost over another.

  15. 65
    Shaun Says:

    Last year batting McLouth second to start the season was just weird and I was more concerned over what it said about Fredi: That he thought the second spot should be about speed, hitting behind the runner, bunts, etc.

  16. 66
    David Says:

    62: I like your use of the word “bestest”

  17. 67
    Curt Says:

    Not the series I had hoped for.

  18. 68
    Bubdylan Says:

    David, I agree about the misnomer. I’ve thought about that before. It’s so weird when the games back from first place is so different from how many games above .500 the one team is versus the other.

  19. 69
    Walker Says:

    What a weird series. We were hot coming in against an obviously inferior team. Yet our offense was flat and had enormous bad luck. The Braves hit more line drives right at defenders than I’ve seen in awhile. It’s usually fun when the Braves go to Wrigley but this series sucked.

  20. 70
    Leah Says:

    My sister is a huge Cardinals fan. I want to crush them this weekend.

  21. 71
    Curt Says:

    Took in Avengers last night. Holy cow, great.

  22. 72
    Steve Says:

    All – check out Mike’s new blog. It’s about the Bryce Harper beaning and old school baseball.

  23. 73
    David Says:

    Oh, the Hawks lost a first round series again? Yawn

  24. 74
    DAP Says:

    David “isn’t that a bit of a misnomer to say that a team with a record of 19-12 is 7 games above .500? Shouldn’t it be 3.5 games above .500, where .500 would be…um…15.5-15.5?”

    If we are 19-12, how many games must we lose to be a .500 team? 7. Thats why we say 7 games over .500

  25. 75
    Steve Says:

    I have little confidence in the outcome here.

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