May 28, 2012

Show #185: The Braves Losing Streak Reaches 8

Breaking down the streak:  what’s gone wrong and how much does it mean for the long haul?



184 Responses to “Show #185: The Braves Losing Streak Reaches 8”

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  1. 101
    Walker Says:


  2. 102
    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne, watched it again today. Might be my favorite filmed Shakespeare, even above Branagh’s Much Ado. Hope you dig it. Subtitles are very handy, especially to catch all the little pieces of dialogue Ralph (brilliantly) gave to the tv news playing low in the scene.

  3. 103
    Bubdylan Says:

    Freeze, Freese! Now sit down.

  4. 104
    Bubdylan Says:

    Kimbrel is a madman tonight. What a pitcher.

  5. 105
    Bubdylan Says:

    Pastornicky >>>>>>> Wilson.


  6. 106
    Bubdylan Says:

    Out 27. Ballgame. This division is bunchin’ up like crazy.

  7. 107
    Bubdylan Says:

    If scores hold:

    Nats –
    Fish .5
    Mets 1.5
    Atl. 2
    Phil 3

  8. 108
    Bubdylan Says:

    Seattle 17, Texas 0, fifth inning.

  9. 109
    David Says:

    98 – definitely agree that Prado/Constanza is far, far better than Francisco/Prado. Even if Constanza does what he did last year and is only good in short spurts, that’ll get us through until Chipper returns from the DL.

    Right now, Durbin is much better than Venters, and I never thought I’d say that.

  10. 110
    Shaun Says:

    Wow. Pastornicky optioned to Gwinnett. Simmons likely coming up.

  11. 111
    Shaun Says:

    ….according to Mark Bowman

  12. 112
    Shaun Says:

    Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves: “Roster Move: T. Pastornicky has been optioned to Gwinnett. The contract of A. Simmons has been purchased from Mississippi, will wear #19.”

  13. 113
    Shaun Says:

    keithlaw ‏@keithlaw: “Atlanta calling up SS Andrelton Simmons. 80 arm, 80 glove, 60 run, contact hitter without power.”

  14. 114
    Walker Says:

    I was shocked at first but now I understand. Simmons will provide outstanding defense with at least some on base skills. Pastornicky has a .281 OBP right now. He’s sucking offensively and defensively. Might as well get someone in here that can field.

  15. 115
    Shaun Says:

    It seems Pastornicky is the more skilled offensive player and maybe would have turned it around. But if the team hits to its potential, probably best to have the glove, and he’s probably no worse offensively than what Pastornicky has done so far.

  16. 116
    Bubdylan Says:

    Love the aggression by the Braves front office. I fear Simmons will be an offensive bust even worse than Pastornicky, but we gotta get some run prevention up in this piece.

  17. 117
    Shaun Says:

    The Braves are 5th in the NL in OPS+, 3rd in runs scored per game but have allowed the 6th-most runs per game and are tied for 5th-worst in defensive efficiency (percentage of balls in play converted to outs).

  18. 118
    Walker Says:

    Guaranteed automatic improvement

  19. 119
    Nate Says:

    I like this move. You can’t have the Rev and Danny Pipes as your middle infielders. All Simmons has to do is hit somewhere between .200 and .220, even Jason Heyward can do that. I kid. But in all seriousness Simmons has sick range and a hose. Turning a dp won’t be iffy anymore.

  20. 120
    Steve Says:

    @100 – fair enough. But he’s struggling so bad right now, and wins have been so hard to come by, maybe last night’s situation was not the best to bring him in too. Alls Well That Ends Well (that was for Bub and Anne right there).

  21. 121
    Steve Says:

    At first blush, I have no issue with the Pastor/Simmons move. And I’m excited for the Simmons era. Just hope he’s not being rushed.

  22. 122
    Bubdylan Says:

    Do you guys think that the Braves would ever ask Heyward to just take BP against inside fastballs for a week? Or would they tip-toe around it? Just curious. I hate that ego controls so much in this sport. I get the feeling they would not ask him to do that.

  23. 123
    Curt Says:

    No. Maybe they make him watch video

  24. 124
    Bubdylan Says:

    Looking at Baseball Reference, Heyward’s 1-hit-show is just as bad as I thought. It doesn’t just seem like he’s good for about a hit per night, with zeros liberally sprinkled in, it really IS what’s going on.

    In 50 games, he has four 2-hit games, and one lonely 3-hit game way back in mid April against Astros pitching.

    In 30 of 50 games, Heyward has 1 hit.
    In 15 of 50 games, he has 0 hits.

    His .739 OPS is at its low point of the season right now. It’s been steadily dropping for a couple of weeks.

    Multi-hit games from others (to compare with Heyward’s 5):

    Uggla: 12
    Freeman: 14
    Bourn: 19! (with NINE 3-hit games!)
    Prado: 20!
    McCann: 10
    Pastornicky: 7
    Chipper: 10

    He does have 22 walks on the season, which adds value, but sheesh, other than Pastornicky, everybody on the team has twice as many multi-hit games. I’ve never seen anybody with his tools become unable to get hot for a game or two for this long.

    One Hit Heyward.

  25. 125
    eric Says:

    From DOB earlier:

    Heyward’s past 36 games: .189 (23-for-122) w/ 4 HR, 16 BB, 37 K, 4 SB (7 SBA), .293 OBP, .344 slugging (.637 OPS)

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