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.
Send Minor down. Put Medlen in. Im still hoping Tehran can be the next Pedro Martinez(fingers crossed) so try him out too.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, of course you don’t need replay to make that call, just don’t be a complete idiot. But they keep being complete idiots, therefore you need replay to make that call. Ya know what I mean? Just cuz it’s physically possible to umpire pretty well doesn’t mean they’re going to. They’re getting worse.
Don’t fret, though, baseball won’t go to automated refs. Too many fuddy duddys.
But, Leah, keep in mind I would make the following changes to baseball if I was in charge (yes, I’m being dead serious).
1. Pitchers would throw underhanded, fast-pitch style.
2. Spit balls, scratched balls (heh), and all manner of other manipulations of the baseball would be permitted.
3. Not only would there be a DH, but the entire batting order would be DH’s, and the fielders would be designated fielders, the slickest, fastest fielders in the world and the biggest, baddest sluggers in the line up.
4. I’m not sure I wouldn’t pad the walls more and put a bunch of trampolines on the warning track.
The “you know it’s coming” part of Minor and Delgado’s failures are arguments for keeping them up. It points to mental struggles, i.e. youth. I’m for Medlen in the rotation, but I do believe running these kids out there is the way to get them over the hump. In short, I agree (blech) with Fredi.
Agree with Steve that Delgado is within range of just ordinary rookie-with-promise struggles. Minor is falling out of that range superfast. But it wouldn’t surprise me if suddenly both of these pitchers put up a batch of good games. We’re just gonna have to hit our way through the bad pitching.
Heyward’s connecting with the inside pitch. Seems like he’s very likely to be coming out of it, maybe permanently. Good feelings there.
I thought it was a jerk move to stretch Meds out and then pull him back, but now that he’s in the BP, I’m not anxious for him to leave it. Especially if we’re going to commit to even two of JJ/Minor/Delgado in the rotation. The reason being that we’ll be hoping for their starts to be sporatically good, so we’ll need Meds in the pen when they’re bad. It’s a gamble, but you gotta gamble somewhere and that model seems to offer the most hope. But if they DO promote Medlen, he ought to be a starting pitcher for the Braves for at least a year before – barring a total disaster – before they consider moving him again. Meds could be a real starter; I don’t know why the Braves don’t think so.
@37, this all day. The Braves are playing like a playoff team again. I’ll hold off my excitement until we make it through the oncoming JJ/Minor/Delgado portion of the rotation.
It’s so great, as a Braves fan, which we all are, to see Heyward playing at a very high level. The wait has been worth it if it continues. Yeah he’s young, but it’s time for him to be doing what he’s been doing in June. Now let’s see it in July, August, September, and even more so in October. That is what is expected from players with his talent. That’s not to say he’s tradable, that’s to point out that he has as much talent and ability as any outfielder in the game, now let’s see the production. That’s why I hate the view of “he has unbelievable talent so we shouldn’t knock him.” Hell no. It’s a job. We all have them, and your performance is probably determined by production in terms of ability. In that regard, he has underperformed for the majority of his career. Some people just have to get over that, and that is why some of us still give Heyward criticism when he goes through his LONG slumps. My gosh, yeah, he’s hitting. Great. Let’s see him do it for the rest of the year before he’s crowned the golden god of baseball again, please. A player with his athletic ability should be stealing bases and playing great defense. The hitting is where he earns his money in future contracts, imo. Anyone with his athletic gifts should be an amazing defender/baserunner. Those are probably the easiest parts of the game given his physical tools. Do we need to keep crowning him because he has better DNA than everyone else. Do it at the plate, then you will get praise from everyone, not just the stat nerds.
The stuff on Teheran not being as good as advertised is hilarious. He’s a 21 year old kid ready to be challenged against MLB hitters. He put up video game numbers in AAA, why does he need to do it again? Ever been 21, I’d be pissed if I were him, too. Give him as many starts as Minor has had so far and you’d get more production and a kid competing for a front of the rotation spot in the next year or so. The guys calling the shots are looking bad right now.
I think a skeptical perspective on Teheran is practical. However, I think he could be doing what Delgado and Minor are doing, and his upside is much higher. Last year I felt some of our AAA pitchers would outperform Lowe, and late in the year they did. Baseball is just so afraid of change in every aspect from rules to personnel. I guess what Julio did last year is complete hogwash now given Redmond and Carlyle’s great almost 1/2 season in Gwinnett. I’m not sold on the journeymen over blue chip prospects for a starting spot argument, which means nothing, it’s just my opinion. I think you make the journeymen long relievers.
Sorry just catching up on the show and some Braves.
If you think watching Craig Kimbrel end games is akin to hearing Beethoven’s 5th for the first time each night, your senses ain’t fooling.
“He’s faced 106 batters this season, and of the 49 that managed to put the ball in play, only 7 were hit hard enough to be considered a “line drive”. That means batters square up Craig Kimbrel about 6% of the time.
In 28 appearances this season, he hasn’t allowed more than one run in any appearance.
He hasn’t allowed more than one HIT in a single appearance.
He has yet to give up a home run.
He’s only failed to strike out at least one batter in 4 appearances.
He’s K’d 2 batters in 11 appearances
He’s K’d 3 batters in 6 appearances …which means he’s more likely to strike out the side than allow a run.”
Kimbrel is just so sick. If we make the playoffs I just hope Fredi doesn’t hold back and unleashes that kind of weapon before the 9th. I mean seriously Wren and Schuerholz need to sit Fredi down and explain. I dont care if its on the table or not. What we have in our Bullpen with a guy like Kimbrel is a automatic stopper. I just want somebody with the balls to say how this guy should be used. I wont talk about it anymore.
#47, agreed, Adam. Homers are awesome, but that was so exciting. It’s a highlight on gameday and I watched it five times. Love the last few feet of it in slow motion. Baseball players are pretty amazing sometimes.
Leah, I’m just giddy that JJ is getting MLB outs. I thought he’d recover, but that’s because I thought he’d get his velocity back. He’s all-location now, which is nerve-wracking, but he’s pulling it off for the most part.
Thank God we have MLB network because Major League baseball just isn’t talked about enough in an in depth way. All espn talks about is Tebow, Lebron, NBA, NFL. First Take acts like baseball doesn’t exist. One hour of Baseball Tonight is all they offer. But I guess its business. I’m finished rambling.
Anybody want to trade Pastornicky and a minor league pitcher for Zach Greinke? Mil is pretty much out of the NL Central, they need a shortstop and have very little in the minors thanks to trading for Greinke…
Avett Bros? Is it their first since that one you hooked me on?
Also, if Adam’s namesake’s garden was in the ghetto, run by a conglomerate of monkeys that spent all its money on the Mesopotamian Puppet Theatre, and Eve spent all day tipping her fig leaf to the serpent for just being the better creature that day, Genesis would have been a very short book.
I’m close to being completely over Minor. 5 walks and 5 hits in 5.0 IP. Nothing but pure luck has him ahead in this game. Delgado is, to me, is not even in a category with Minor. 2 or 3 more starts without showing something else besides this garbage and I’ll be fine if I never see him again.
I get that the All-Star game should be a showcase and should not count for World Series home-field but should people get so outraged? Before all this home-field was essentially random, with the leagues alternating from year-to-year.
I think one could make the argument that having the All-Star game decide home-field is actually a little better, though I would prefer something like league inter-league records plus All-Star game.
Oh, and both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference have Michael Bourn as one of the five best players in the NL.
How about the team with the best record gets home-field, just like every other major sport with a ‘best-of’ championship? Not sure why it has to be any more complicated than that? Basketball and hockey don’t seem to have any problems with that format.
I like Sheets. Maybe he can glue this rotation together until the postseason. We can get away with three starters at that point. I don’t like the idea of trading our youth for a rental pitcher who will likely be no better than what we’ve currently got.