September 16, 2012

Show #201: Two Sweeps Mark the Braves Week

The expanded Post Season Hope Meter.  We play Trust or Mistrust?  The Dan Struggla Meter.



106 Responses to “Show #201: Two Sweeps Mark the Braves Week”

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    David Says:

    Great show, guys. I’m still holding out hope for the division, even though it’s going to be tough.

    The one-game playoff is stupid. Sure, all of the added end-of-the-season suspense is good, but it’s a poor addition to the playoffs because of the undue amount of importance on a single game.

    That being said, Medlen should start that game. And the way his schedule lines up, he would go on regular rest:

    Wed, 9/19 at Marlins
    Tue, 9/25 vs Marlins
    Sun, 9/30 vs Mets
    Fri, 10/5 vs ____

    Of course, that’s if they keep him on regular rest. With two off days after his next start (Thur 9/20 and Mon 9/24), they could give him an extra day of rest and have him pitch the first game in Pittsburgh.

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    DAP Says:

    i love it when hammy’s mic randomly glitches and he goes all buffalo bill on us.

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    will Says:

    i got that too… thought it might be my connection.

    it puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose!

    The Braves are going on a 15 game winning streak… and winning the WS.

    Or it gets the hose!

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    ham Says:

    It hits with runners in scoring position. IT HITS WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION!

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    Steve Says:

    @3 – David – Nice work on Medlen’s schedule the rest of the way. I really hope they do the right thing and start him there. I know I said last night that you can’t really go wrong starting Hudson there – but I take it back. Go with your best and Medlen is by far the best right now.

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    DAP Says:

    i think id rather face the pirates out of all of those teams. but out of the likely winners ill take the cards. brewers offense is scary, and the dodgers have alot of talent and lefty pitching. but, almost no matter who wins, (other than the brewers) they will likely be stumbling into the playoffs, based on how they are playing now.

    i would pitch hanson in the playoffs, but probably not until the 7 game series.

    right now, i would work the rotation so that medlen goes on regular rest for the 1 game playoff on oct 5th, with huddy going in game 1 on the 7th. minor in game 2, with medlen coming back to pitch game 3 on regular rest. (off day between game 2 and 3, right) maholm in game for with huddy going again in game 5 if needed.

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    DAP Says:

    ham @ 4, awesome.

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    Steve Says:

    @6 – DAP, I like it.

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    David Says:

    #2 — I’ve noticed that for weeks, but never made the connection with Buffalo Bill. That might be the best comment on this site, ever. At least, it was until #4 came along.

    #5 — Hopefully they’ll do it. Here’s what the schedule would look like, assuming they keep at it:

    Wed, 9/19: Medlen
    (Thurs: off)
    Fri, 9/21: Hanson
    Sat, 9/22: Minor
    Sun, 9/23: Hudson
    (Mon: off)
    Tue, 9/25: Maholm

    Really, Medlen should start on Tue the 25th, but someone has to get skipped in order for that to happen and to line up Medlen for the 5th on regular rest and to avoid pitching him on 3 days’ rest for the wild card play-in game.

    Sheesh. I feel like I typed way too much to unnecessarily explain that.

    Also, this is great: Your browser does not support iframes.

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    David Says:

    #9 — if you can’t read that, well…nevermind. Sorry about that. It’s a clip of Kimbrel doing wind-up imitations of Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine…and then Batista doing his imitation of Kimbrel. If that link didn’t post, search for it on

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    Steve Says:

    Hi David – thanks for the heads up on that Kimbrel thing. Sounds great. And yes, this version of WordPress doesn’t support some things like iframes.

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    Walker Says:

    Medlen definitely get the BIG start.

    Also sooner or later MLB will shorten the season to 158 games. Make the Wild card series a 3 game series and extend the Division series to 7 games. At least that’s what I hope.

    The idea that a one game playoff makes the season more exciting is false. I can’t really get excited because of unknown of that game. The possibility that our season could be decided in one game is depressing not exciting.

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    Walker Says:

    Here is the link of Kimbrel.

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    On more Kimbrel stuff…… One guys talks about STARTING Kimbrell–mlb.html

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    BTW….great show.

    Loved it when you asked the “what would Bobby Cox do” question on Medlen vs. Hanson and everyone including me said “NO” at the same time. I even said it outloud to myself alone on the way to work. Great stuff…..

    Do you think we can guess who is going to pitch closer to time if they switch up the rotation? My only thing with pitching Medlen if he is still lights out till then that he HAS to have a bad outing sometime…..

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    Not “Braves” related, but good luck to the Falcons tonight. HUGE game to prove that they are the team we think and HOPE they are…. On paper anyway….wait a minute, doesn’t that sound like another Atlanta sports team we know?

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    Leah Says:

    I vote Cards…pay back and all that jazz. Did any of you think there was a remote possibility for a W last night? You all sounded like a sweep was impossible and I was right with ya! Go braves!

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    Adam Says:

    After last week it feels good to get a big lead early.

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    Curt Says:

    At the Falcons game. Go team

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    Ham Says:

    Curtis, lucky for you, you get to miss the ESPN atrociousness. Also, if you stay there long enough, you too might get an interception.

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    bub Says:

    Prado’s a good egg.

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    bub Says:

    Leah, congrats on the ULM victory. 8)

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    bub Says:

    Also, Leah, my fellow Austen fan, if you can get hold of any of Juliet Stevenson’s readings of Austen audiobooks, get it. She’s one of the best book readers out there. She hasn’t done P & P, but I’m listening to her S & S now and they say her Emma is one of the best audiobooks recorded.

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    Leah Says:

    Thanks Bub! I’ve been thinking it was time for my annual Austen “read”. I bet it’s one of the $29 audiobooks huh. Btw, stellar play by Uggs there.

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    bub Says:

    Leah, I dunno what your audiobook consumption is like, but I pay 7.99 a month to for a Gold Membership which gives me one credit per month plus discounts on whatever I buy on top of the monthly credit.

    A credit can be used for anything, including the $65 unabridged Crime and Punishment, which is seriously the very, very best audio performance of a book I’ve ever heard. It’s a good service. I’ve bought up all the Lewis they have, two Austens, 3 Dostoyevsky’s, some Hawthorne, and Don Quixote, and I don’t think I’ve spent $200 yet.

    Also, you can return audio books you don’t like and get your credit back, which I’ve done 3 or 4 times (their Brothers Karamazov’s are awful).

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