“The Myth” that they decided to pitch Medlen in the bullpen early so he would be available late to be a starter, if needed – while still keeping him to a 160-ish inning limit ala Strausburg, was confirmed by Joe Simpson during a Braves broadcast detailing a conversation Joe had with Fredi in Spring Training.
However, I agree with you that they never really expected Medlen to be THIS good as a starter…
Here’s a philosophical question about the Cy Young: Should the voters punish guys like Medlen, Kimbrel, Chapman, etc. because of the way their teams use them?
If the Cy Young should go to the pitcher with the most value, I don’t think either of these guys has thrown enough innings to accrue enough value. But baseball convention dictates teams only use pitchers like Kimbrel for one inning at a time, mostly in save situations. Should the voters punish Kimbrel for baseball’s strange convention of concentrating too much on the save or the last inning or whatever managers are concentrating on when they decide to use relievers in the ways that they use them these days?
But should we go down this path? If our rationale is refusing to punish Kimbrel for modern bullpen usage, what’s to stop some mid-season call-up from winning the MVP, or something like that?
The most interesting case playoff scenario for me is that the Braves tie for the division, which means a one game playoff for the division, and in this case, then a one game play-in wildcard game, and then the real playoffs start… What fun…
Great show guys. I feel very good about the Braves heading into the playoffs. Thats something I couldnt have said last year if they had squeaked in, and I couldnt say it in 2010 when they did squeak in. September is when young players can sometimes hit a wall, so Fredi needs to spend the next two weeks getting everybody some rest. if Jason and Freddie catch thier wind, we could do alot of damage in the playoffs, and I honestly see that happening for us this year. I’m not seeing one and done, and I’m not seeing us whimper in defeat in the DS.
I don’t really consider the wild card game the part of the real playoffs. I will be rooting like heck in that one game but who really knows what the hell will happen. It’s so fake and artificial to me. If we get to the Division Series then my hopes for the World Series Championship goes sky high. Until then my expectations are extremely tempered.
I have a extreme idea. How about next year make the wild card round a 2 game series. What????? Let me explain. Give the wild card club with the highest seed both games at home and require them to only win 1 of the 2 games to move on to the Division round. The wild card team with the lowest seed is should be required to win BOTH games to move on to the next round. This gives leeway and wiggle room for the highest seed and punishment for the lowest seed.
For example, this year the Braves and the Cardinals would play a 2 game series at Turner field. The Braves would have to win 1 game to advance. The Cardinals would have to win all 2 games to advance.
To me this is fairer and just as fun as a 1 game playoff or coin flip game.
Walker, I think the whole idea of expanded playoffs and a one-game wild card round is to bring in the casual fan. I doubt MLB will ever go for something that isn’t somewhat simple.
But I think there are clearly better alternatives to bring in casual fans and to make the playoffs more rewarding to teams that are the best over the long haul.
How’s this: No divisions, balanced schedule, top two teams get a bye, seed 6 at seed 3 for three games, seed 5 at seed 4 for three games, no off days in the first round and no off days between the first round and the second round, all later rounds are seven-game series.
You get high-intensity, expanded playoffs to bring in casual fans and you reward the two best regular season teams.
I was at the Ted last night. What a great moment. And I know it’s easy to say now, but once that passed ball sent Chipper to third, the whole place could feel the wheels coming off for Dunn and that really good things were about to happen. That, and my rally cap was particularly strong last night.
And how about all of the post game celebration in the clubhouse and out on the field? So great. I think back to all the post game celebrations in the early and mid-2000′s and last night is so above and beyond on the excitement meter it’s got to bode well for the post season.
We as Atlanta Braves players and fans went the playoffs for 15 years straight and I’ll admit that even I got a little spoiled. I realize that the MLB regular season is the hardest regular season in professional sports and I think we all appreciate it even more since we’ve only made it through once in the last 6 years.
Did y’all see the company Freddie and Meds entered via that game? The other players in baseball history who’ve sent their teams to the PS with a bomb includes Hank Aaron in 1957.
But Meds’s deal might be even better; the all-time leader in team wins whenever they start the game with 22. The only others with 20-22 in a row: Whitey Ford, Carl Hubbell, Lefty Grove, and Roger Clemens.
Between that game, Chipper’s tour, and Kimbrel’s historical dominance, there’s some good memories. Wish Beachy were here.
The Braves basically have win every game for the rest of the season to win the division and it’s very possible. However, at the same time it’s imperative to rest guys like Chipper, Heyward and Prado. Who knows what happens.
Its crazy that with those numbers in that article, people constantly ask whether Chipper is a first ballot Hall of Famer. Why is there even a question? I don’t hear these questions about Jeter. Yes, both are first ballot Hall of Famers but I have a secret for baseball folks. Chipper Jones is far and away and has always has been a better baseball player than Derek Jeter. It’s not even close. But I guess that’s blasphemous.
Hey Leah. I will be there on the 5th, too. Once we know the time, we’ll see if we can meet up.
The Chipper ceremony was fantastic. And mostly because of Chipper’s speech. So appreciative of his team and the fans. Great, great, great.
And then there was the game. What a crap game. And while the moves worked out, I don’t get Fredi going with Martinez and Gearrin in a 2 run game when the Nats are getting killed. Very frustrating all around.
Steve — I’m really sorry about not meeting up last night, and about not even replying to your post! I live in Columbia, SC, so yesterday morning was spent packing stuff up for the weekend trip, then traveling, then trying to get to the game on time, etc. In the midst of everything, I wasn’t able to get on the board and see if there would be a meeting, so I missed #55 until seeing it this morning.
Really sorry! Hope you had a great time, despite the loss.
By the way, did anybody else find it a bit ironic that, during the players’ memories that they showed on the big screen, they had Teixeira’s goodbye come immediately after Hudson’s? Given the history between Hudson and Tex and the whole “still a douche” thing? I thought that was great. AND I loved how everybody booed Tex.