#100, don’t overlook the damage Fredi can do to our record if he starts making the same mistakes we saw all last year. He didn’t single-handedly cost us the game, but he didn’t put the team in the best situation to get the win- bad personnel moves. That’s really all NBA, MLB, or UEFA coaches/managers have to do. The good ones do it very effectively, the mediocre ones like Fredi are bound to mess up every once in a while. Not having Chipper, Mac, or Jason in the lineup on the same night is DUMB. We squandered a great start from Hanson last night.
Bubdylan @103, well, if the Reds were in Atlanta in a tie game in the bottom of the 9th, I’m sure Baker also would have lost the game before he used Chapman in a non-save situation. It’s the way of the managerial world today: Worry about saves before wins.
Nate @104, I agree. We should kick and scream whenever a manager does dumb things. I don’t think he was the only reason or even the major reason the Braves lost. But he didn’t do his part in at least a few instances, which is all we can ask.
@104 – It’s not like Jason has been any good the last month offensively. I doubt having him out of the lineup cost the Braves any runs. Maybe a night or two off and some time in the cage will get him back on track.
Costas and Verducci discussing closer usage. Good stuff.
Verducci just said, “it’s not a criticism” that the way teams use closers, that it’s just the way the industry is. Why the heck isn’t a criticism? Someone needs to criticize reliever usage. That’s the only way it’s going to change.
The game is less entertaining when you are seeing a teams 4th or 5th best reliever with the game on the line in, say, the seventh inning when the other team’s best hitters are up.
08:13 AM ET 05.25 | Where or when will Roy Owalt pitch this season — if anywhere? Two friends of [Oswalt] say they still believe his preference is to play in Texas, Atlanta or St. Louis. But since there’s no indication the Braves or Cardinals are interested, his challenge is likely to be trying to convince the Rangers to pay him the significant dollars he’s hoping for. … Oswalt has been linked to the Phillies and Red Sox. But both of those teams are right up against the luxury-tax threshold. So they’re highly unlikely to dangle the kind of dollars he’s looking for. Meanwhile, one executive who speaks frequently with the Orioles’ brass says: “Don’t discount [reports on] Baltimore going after Oswalt.