June 24, 2012

Show #189: Ups and Downs On the Road in the AL East

Heyward and Simmons killing it.  Minor and Venters killing the team.  And the triumphant return of JJ.

 

 

146 Responses to “Show #189: Ups and Downs On the Road in the AL East”

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  1. 1
    Nate Says:

    Yacht Rock is the bomb.

  2. 2
    Walker Says:

    If Heyward continues to be hot and Fredi still doesn’t move him up I really don’t know what to say. Its scary a MLB manager can’t make adjustments. With his OBP Heyward should be hitting 3rd. Fredi didn’t hesitate to stick Freeman in the 3 hole why not with heyward. With Bourn, Prado, and Heyward getting on base the offense will be even better. Have to make a mid season adjustment. I also want Fredi to stop constructing his lineups strictly LRLRLRLR. I say construct your lineup to the SP instead of the late relievers. Put two lefties back to back like LRLLRLL.

    Also

    Send Minor down. Put Medlen in. Im still hoping Tehran can be the next Pedro Martinez(fingers crossed) so try him out too.

  3. 3
    David Says:

    2 — I agree regarding Heyward. And y’all hit on it on the show, but it’s asinine that Fredi’s not batting Heyward any higher in the lineup. The only reason for him not to would be that the rest of the lineup is clicking on all cylinders. Let’s take a look at guys’ averages in June:

    Bourn: .341
    Prado: .279
    McCann: .209
    Uggla: .179
    Freeman: .212
    Chipper: .189
    Heyward: .391 (THREE NINETY ONE)
    Simmons: .329

    We used to have black holes in the bottom third of the lineup. Now, for the last several weeks, they’ve been in the middle. And Fredi has no plans to change that.

    In June, Heyward’s slash line is .391/.417/.754 in 19 games. And he has 12 rbi. TWELVE. And 5 of those are from when he’s driven himself in via HR. He’s had 14 extra-base hits this month. How many have come with men on base? 2. Thank you, Fredi Gonzalez Lineup Construction.

  4. 4
    Anne Says:

    It’s Monday and the Bank of Steve guarantees we won’t lose tonight.

  5. 5
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    @2,3

    Wonder if he is afraid of the “Heyward does well in a ‘lower pressure’ spot and won’t do as well higher in the order – doesn’t JHey have some past experience?

  6. 6
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Definitely send Minor down. So far it looks like it worked for JJ.

  7. 7
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Simmons looks good at the plate. With that flat swing, the bat stays in the hitting area for a long time. His “power” is so far looks like he doesn’t miss “hangers”… Which I think is GREAT! The power guys do miss a lot of hangers. The guy who is trying to get on base will “run into” a few more if only by accident.

  8. 8
    Corky's Mom Says:

    Who needs pitching when you can have catching?? If only for the beard action, check out my boy: http://www.wdrb.com/story/18761566/corky-miller-keeps-big-league-dream-alive

  9. 9
    Leah Says:

    Oh Corky. I think you’re awesome!

  10. 10
    Curt Says:

    Liberty Media just won $950 million in a lawsuit.

    Dear Whomever:

    We need some parts.

    Thanks,

    Braves Fans

  11. 11
    DAP Says:

    i think sending all these guys down to AAA that arent performing well is not the answer. jonny venters needs to pitch up here, in lower leverage situations. scoring some runs would help, give him a cushion. hes is having issues, but he doesnt need to be sent down at this point, because there isnt anyone better than him at AAA to take his spot.

    same thing with minor, although i dont feel quite as strong about it. no doubt kris medlen is getting misused, but id let minor work this out. he might be a trade piece if he can put together some good starts.

    if im the braves, i continue to the all star break with hudson, hanson, jurrjens, delgado, and minor. make kimbrel, o’flarety, durbin and medlen your high leverage relievers, with venters easing back into that. varvaro and martinez for low leverage spots. leave it alone and lets see what we’ve got, because i still dont think we know for sure.

  12. 12
    Steve Says:

    Corky is his given name?!?!?! Seems impossible.

    DAP – I really disagree on both. Minor is hurting the team. And don’t you think successful starts in AAA vs. meltdowns on the big club would help his trade value more (not that I’m advocating trading him)?

    And Venters needs to straighten out his mechanics and confidence. Neither seem to be improving on the big club right now.

  13. 13
    DAP Says:

    Steve, I think our differences probably come from our views of Medlen and Tehran. I don’t see those guys in the rotation right now. If I though they both could pitch better than Minor, I’d be willing to try one of them, but I’m not sure that is the case.

    Venters’ confidence might take a bigger hit if he is sent down. Getting major league outs is what he needs to be doing, just my opinion.

    I agree with you guys that the team seems a bit stuck…not really a clear cut way to improve the team. A starter needs to be a guy like Garza, Hamel, ect. Not sure if we want to trade the guys it will take to get them. Some bench help to replace Fransisco, Hinske, Wilson wouldn’t be bad, but you take a chance of upsetting the team balance and having a player who is even worse than who you let go. I think a couple of veteran bullpen arms would be nice.

  14. 14
    DAP Says:

    By the way, now that we are out of the teeth of June, I think this team is going to get much better results.

  15. 15
    Steve Says:

    Heyward batting 2 and Prado 3. Madness. But an improvement.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=of&stats=bat&lg=nl&qual=y&type=8&season=2012&month=0&season1=2012&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&players=0&sort=20,d

    Braves OF’s are #’s 2, 3, and 4 in WAR among NL OF’s. We finally got an OF about the time we lost our rotation. That’s life on a budget, I suppose.

    (originally posted on MLB.com message board by … I forgot.)

  17. 17
    Walker Says:

    Losing Beachy is just so unreal and unfair. I don’t know why its just now hitting me. Tommy Hanson needs to step up and be even better. I know he’s been good but we need great. Hudson should be solid. Other than those two there are nothing but question marks. I say Matt Garza should be seriously looked at.

  18. 18
    Bubdylan Says:

    I wouldn’t make a big trade with any significant pieces of the farm. The schedule will get easier starting tonight. Accept our fate as an offense-first team and play ball.

    tonight’s line up is sexy. I hope we do well so our poo-brained manager will keep it.

  19. 19
    Leah Says:

    My sister, brother in law and nieces are at the game. Right behind Marteeeen. Life is so unfair.

  20. 20
    Steve Says:

    #18 – I’d say you got your wish. Hell of a game. And Uggla even managed a hit by pitch.

  21. 21
    Walker Says:

    Has everyone noticed Uggla’s OBP? He may not be hitting but he definitely hasn’t been hurting the team offensively.

  22. 22
    Bubdylan Says:

    Nice game, Bravos. Good Heavens ain’t it nice to be done with the AL East…

    Always nice to tax the opponent’s pen in game one, especially while saving every important arm in your own. Feel a good run coming on.

  23. 23
    Bubdylan Says:

    Walker, I’m not worried about Uggs. He built up a lot of credit at the Bub Bar with his early performance. The guy carries his load, imo.

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    This blown call is spectacular: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22614397

  25. 25
    Bubdylan Says:

    I am 100% in favor of automated umpiring on every level in which it can be achieved without much delay. Including balls and strikes. We can send a man to the moon, but we can’t get the games out of the hands of nimrods. Grumble, grumble.

    Automated umpiring is logical. Do it already. Yeah, it’s been part of the game for years. We used to ride horses to work, too.

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