March 10, 2013

Show #213: Braves 2013 Spring Training Check Point

The battle for opening day starter at 3rd.  The remaining bench spots.  And we play Worried or Not Worried.



48 Responses to “Show #213: Braves 2013 Spring Training Check Point”

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  1. 26
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeesh, Gorkys Hernandez has a career OPS under .600; I remember thinking he was the most painful part of that trade.

  2. 27
    Steve Says:

    Tonight’s game against the Marlins is the first I’ve been able to watch. Here are my first impressions:

    – Medlen looks great. I take back any reservations I had.
    – Venters looks like hell. It’s going to be painful this year.
    – Both Uptons look great. Justin made a great play in left.
    – All those projections that Shaun listed are too high for Uggla. AND 5 errors for Uggla already. Yikes.
    – Even though he flied out, Gattis at the plate was pretty fun to watch.
    – Chris Johnson could not look less athletic.

  3. 28
    Bubdylan Says:

    To comfort myself, I looked up the 2008 Phillies, you know, a World Series team with lots of slugging and yeoman pitching, to see what their weaknesses were.

    I did find a “Bad Uggla” comp with Ruiz. And it would be hard for our 3B platoon to out-suck Pedro Feliz.

    But MAN, what monster years from Utley, Howard, and Burrell all at once. Hopefully between our five most promising hitters (J-Up Freemons for short), we can find three monsters.

    It wasn’t as comforting as I’d hoped, but it got me in the neighborhood of not stabbing Uggla’s voodoo doll in the groin area. Yet.

  4. 29
    Leah Says:

    Chris Johnson runs like an oaf. Does he have knee trouble?

  5. 30
    Shaun Says:

    Steve @27, yeah, Uggla does look done. He reminds me of Marcus Giles: Both short, stocky secondbaseman without any overwhelming baseball tools or athleticism, although Uggla had more power, which may be why he was able to hang on a little longer. It seems like these types of players aren’t good long-term bets.

  6. 31
    Steve Says:

    @29 – Leah, not sure if you’re referring to a play he made last night toward the end of the game where he made a nifty catch behind 3rd. And it looked to me like he’d injured himself on the play, because it looked like he was limping. But they never said anything about it. He may just run that way. It’s weird.

  7. 32
    Will Says:

    Word up on Stephen Jackson to the birds

  8. 33
    Ham Says:

    Oh Craig.

  9. 34
    Leah Says:

    Kimbrel is getting good experience. Sad.

  10. 35
    Leah Says:

    @31 That’s exactly the play I’m speaking of. He DID look hurt.

  11. 36
    Shaun Says:

    I hope Angel Hernandez isn’t assigned to any meaningful games this season. Can MLB just go ahead an suspend him? How does a MLB umpire miss that strike/ball call?

  12. 37
    Steve Says:

    Huddy giving up another HR. Maybe I am a little worried about him.

  13. 38
    Steve Says:

    Shaun – is it one blown call or many? I saw some of his horrendous work in the WBC this week as well.

  14. 39
    Shaun Says:

    Here’s a post from our friends over at Capitol Avenue Club on concerns with Hudson:

    Basically the concerns are age, drop in fastball velocity and the Braves’ infield defense.

  15. 40
    Shaun Says:

    Steve @38, the backdoor slider that Kimbrel through that he called a strike had to be a good foot/foot-and-a-half off the plate. I hope Kimbrel gets that call all season.

  16. 41
    Leah Says:

    Speaking of…what happened to him last night?

  17. 42
    Walker Says:

    I was just watching the Braves Preview Show on FSS and Joe Simpson said Chris Johnson was a good defender. ??????????? C’mon can we please get truthful analysis instead of that fake pc stuff.

  18. 43
    Curt Says:

    Boo. More reasons to hate Victorino and Rollins

  19. 44
    Steve Says:

    More bummed than I thought I’d be about the US being eliminated. Do you think JC Romero pitched himself back into the Majors?

  20. 45
    will Says:

    ganbare Nippon!

  21. 46
    Walker Says:

    What if Chipper and Prado stayed and the NL had the DH.

    Prado 3B
    Jones DH
    Heyward RF
    Upton LF
    Freeman 1B
    Upton CF
    McCann C
    Uggla 2B
    Simmons SS

    I’m just fantasizing

  22. 47
    Walker Says:

    I listening to this.

  23. 48
    Steve Says:

    @47 – Wow. That is crazy cool. Very excited for that show.

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