Agreed, 124. Just a great showing all-around by the Braves. I was just like you in my predictions for this week — I figured we’d take Hudson’s start but lose Delgado’s and Minor’s starts. I also called for a sweep of the Blue Jays, and I think we’ve got a great shot at that with the pitching matchups.
Saw Ken Rosenthal’s tweet this morning: “Good thing #Braves didn’t trade Prado. Leads ‘em with .324 BA and .394 OBP, and his .484 SLG is second on club only to Chipper’s .485.” Absolutely — with everything else going on this year, Prado is quietly putting together a top-10 MVP caliber year. There’s plenty of other stuff — chances of extending Bourn, Freeman’s eyes, Chipper’s injury and curtain call, shortstop switches, what kind of player Heyward really is, Venters’ and Minor’s struggles, McCann’s flu — all of that has overshadowed Prado’s terrific season. We oughta be talking about him more.
#126, I’m so glad we have Martin Prado instead of Seth Smith right now.
The Braves might have one of the top 3 outfields in MLB. They play great D, all 3 are having solid years at the plate, and Bourn and Prado should both be All Stars, imo. Eve though Jason doesn’t have the average numbers we’d all like to see, he’s getting on base and a good rate, and if he starts hitting like he did in Miami winning this division will not be a problem, imo.
Andrelton Simmons has given this team a shot in the arm. You can tell how excited his teammates are to have him around. He seems very confident/comfortable where he is right now. Maybe Tyler can work on some things and can come back up and contribute in a utility role. It’s something the team could still use, imo.
Pretty interesting on Heyward, at the risk of opening up the Sabre debate again, on the timing of the discussion of his WAR, and how baserunning is such an important part of his game. And we saw all that on display last night. What a great win. Finding different ways…
Everything matters but offense is easier to measure because either a guy gets a hit or doesn’t, he gets on base or doesn’t and we can measure how many bases he gets when he gets a hit. Defense and baserunning are harder to measure but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. I don’t think there’s anything particularly sabermetric about that, but the sabermetric approach is generally defined as trying to objectively gain knowledge about baseball (usually through metrics). If it creates animosity among one group versus another, we should just avoid the term “sabermetrics” and think more in terms of measuring performance. Essentially that’s all we should be trying to do: measure performance and gain some knowledge about a player’s skills and performance. Anyone who thinks sabermetrics is some sort of grand movement, almost like a religion, is going overboard. I think it should be viewed as more of an approach to gain knowledge about the game, just like scouting….end ramble.
Resigning Bourn should be a priority. His speed, defense, and offense is a game changer that the Braves have been missing for years. Losing him and Chipper next year would be a big blow to the offense….It sure is fun watching the Braves again after the 8 game losing streak! The pitching, defense, and offense have been great during the winning streak!
With Teheran (sp?) pitching well we’ve got like 7 starting pitchers who seem to be able to start in the big leagues now: Hudson, Hanson, Beachy, Delgado, Minor, Teheran, and Medlen. Plus Jurrgens is still in AAA.
I feel like Hudson, Hanson, and Beachy are pretty safe but other than that I honestly have to clue as to who are other 2 starting pitchers are going to be for the rest of this season. Anyone have any ideas who are starting pitchers should be?
Why is Livan still pitching? “We’re down 2. Let’s keep pitching the guy who gave up 5 straight hits and 3 runs.” doesn’t make any sense. And now he’s still pitching after giving up another 2 run homer?