“I know, I know. For many among you, the mention of WAR yields an EGO (eyes glaze over) effect. But I find this stuff fascinating, even as I concede that I don’t always understand it. (Indeed, sabermetricians argue long and hard over the accuracy of defensive metrics.) But I can’t say the advanced analytics regarding Andrelton Simmons contradict what I’ve beheld with these aging eyes. He’s among the very best shortstops I’ve ever seen, and yes, I saw Ozzie Smith quite a lot.
“As for the identity of the Braves’ MVP: My inclination would be the same as yours – Freeman by a landslide. But that’s why I make it a habit to check FanGraphs and Sweet Spot and Baseball Prospectus almost every day. Because I’ve come to realize there’s more to baseball than meets these aging eyes.”
Family homeviewing rec: Blu-ray peeps must own Sleeping Beauty. Even if you only like it a little bit as a film. You won’t believe what it looks like in HD.
It’s comforting that Pixar has tanked so hard since Toy Story 3. The last thing I wanted was a slow death. 11 masterpieces and then sell your soul completely … it’s so clean, such complete closure. It’s the small pleasures in life.
I was worried that Monsters University would be just good enough to bring a pulse back. But then I saw it. That is, I saw thirty minutes of it.
The Planes thing – apparently it is not a Pixar movie. It is a Disney HOME Entertainment movie. It was originally scheduled to be a straight to DVD release, but they got wind it might do well, so they released it. Small budget, decent return = 2 sequels in the making.
If you want to hear some info on the difference in J. Up, listen to the Baseball Tonight podcast for 8/9. The talk is about the BIG jump in J. Up’s swing-and-miss percentage on the fastball from July to August…
I really hope we don’t resign McCann after this season. He’ll be 30 in February and data suggest signing players to long term contracts after this age post steroid era isnt smart at all. With our budget constraints we must concentrate on extending players like Freeman, Heyward and Minor. We already have too much money locked into Uggla and Upton long term. Pay for 20′s not 30′s.
@11 Walker – pretty interesting comment – surprised nobody has come back with a strong opinion the other way…I think your point is valid but what about Chipper? Until he was 32 he played in 150+ games per season, then after that far fewer due to injuries….So I think your point is valid…definite decline happens…But was it worth it? And Could McCann be Chipper – becomes the heart of the Braves…
im betting purse strings will loosen… as we win 3 WS over the next 5 years..
Walker @11, I think it obviously depends on price and years. I don’t think it’s automatically bad to invest in a player into his 30′s. Even if McCann slips in value on the field, he’s still likely to provide more than most catchers. And you have to figure there is some extra value for the team related to keeping McCann with the Braves his whole career, or at least the bulk of it.
From ESPN.com: “A Productive Out, as defined and developed by ESPN The Magazine and the Elias Sports Bureau: when a fly ball, grounder or bunt advances a runner with nobody out; when a pitcher bunts to advance a runner with one out (maximizing the effectiveness of the pitcher’s at-bat), or when a grounder or fly ball scores a run with one out.”
The Braves rank 10th in the majors in Productive Out Percentage. They are tied for 8th in runs scored per game in the majors and are 2nd in the NL in runs scored per game.
Some teams that rank ahead of the Braves in Productive Out Percentage:
The Nationals rank 1st in Productive Out Percentage. They rank 5th from the bottom in the majors in runs scored per game.
The Giants rank 4th in Productive Out Percentage. They rank 3rd from the bottom in the majors in runs scored per game.
The Astros rank 7th in Productive Out Percentage. They rank 6th from the bottom in the majors in runs scored per game.
Boston ranks dead last in Productive Out Percentage. They are 2nd in the majors in runs scored per game.
The Tigers rank 12th in Productive Out Percentage. They rank 1st in runs scored per game.
Yeah it depends on year and cost but realistically speaking its no way we can afford McCann even if he provides above avg production. I just feel like that production isn’t worth tying money up in an aging player long term with our budget. Unless we extend them, Heyward is a free agent in 2 years and Freeman in 3 years. Maybe Wren can find a way to make it work but McCann prob wants 5-6 years with 18 millon AAV.
I think Chipper was different and that he was on an obvious HOF track and had a better track record than McCann. Looking back at the contract, Chipper was prob underpaid as well. Maybe not with inflation but this BJ Upton contract hurts.
Well, boys, I guess you must be ecstatic to see Uggla hit the DL… especially for eye surgery that the Braves wanted him to have in spring training… also to get a chance to see what Tyler can do at 2B for an extended period…
What do you think Fredi does with the line-up? Is it Tyler, BJ, Andrelton… BJ, Tyler, Andrelton… Or BJ, Andrelton, Tyler? Tonight’s line-up leave Andrelton last w/ Schafer before him… Think it stays the same w/ BJ in their?
My shot-in-the-dark prediction: Uggla hits .280 w/ (games-he-plays/3) home runs for the remainder of the regular season and knocks two pitchers out of the game by hitting them with line drives up the middle…
Ok guys….. I am pulling the BS flag on this Uggla thing. Lasix surgery does NOT take 15 days to recover. Does MLB require you to take 15 days when you go on the DL? Is he blaming his poor performance on eye sight? He can’t throw to a guy at first base who is 6-5 wearing red, white, and blue AND he can’t hit Rafael Belliard’s weight.
Oh…and who is worst at broadcasting…. Paul Byrd or Ryan Klesko.
My 4 year-old thinks Planes was the best movie ever! It was also his first theater experience. You can tell it was made for home theater by the lack of plot and character development (definitely not Pixar), but it was a great movie for small people. At least less violent than Cars 2.
Medlen was dominant tonight, and I don’t have a problem with Fredi leaving him in there in the 8th. He was only at 88 pitches and cruising. Medlen needs to continue to build his confidence, and i think an 8 inning, 1 run game can work towards that.
I will note that while Disney released Planes, as I noted earlier it was actually Disney Home Entertainment, and not Pixar – John Lasseter had his hands all over that movie and he is the CEO of Pixar. It makes me nervous. They seem to be way too entrenched in sequels right now. And if you are doing that, where the hell is Incredibles 2??????????
Other than that, great game last night by Medlen, etc.
And I ordered a new mic so now my nose whistling will be in 4D.
Starting Ross over McCann in the one-game playoff? He conveniently doesn’t mention McCann was so injured that he had his worst season in the majors, by far.
Moving Heyward to leadoff? He conveniently fails to mention Andrelton Simmons in the leadoff spot for much of the season.
Evan Gattis breaking camp with the big club? You think Wren and the front office had just as much to do with that? What about the fact that Gattis is already 26, so the Braves had better get what they can out of him now? Oh, and Gattis played leftfield a good bit in the minors, so that’s not really a Gonzalez move.
I think Fredi has improved greatly as a manager but come on. Terrence Moore doesn’t seem to have a basic understanding of what all goes into decision making for a major league team. If I had to guess, I’d say Fredi probably got some outside input on even the lineup from other folks in the organization.
I think a managers’ job, as far as tactics and strategy goes, is to get out of the way and let the players play. This is where Fredi has improved.
Well I have a problem with Fredi leaving him in for the 8th…
After keeping most everything down and locating pitches well for 6 innings, Medlen was up with everything in the 7th. The Phils were hitting the ball HARD in at bat after at bat, the ones that didn’t put the runner in scoring position and didn’t drive him in were still hit HARD, but caught…
The trend of “missing his spots up” continued in the 8th.
Since Medlen was due to lead off in the bottom of the 7th, Fredi should have used the opportunity to let a bench player get a pinch hit appearance and moved the game to the bullpen.
I’m tired of the deal with Atlanta and Harper. The guy isn’t that bad of a personality, and he’s a good ballplayer. I don’t think the Braves are doing anything really nasty, but I’m getting kind of uncomfortable with the situation and hope it ends soon and with the rivalry being strong, but not bitter. Just one man’s opinion. I confess that I like the Nats, and I think their success would be good for baseball. By success, I mean Wild Card years, of course.
Now, if it were Werth we were hitting …
Hey, looks like my one Turner Field loss was Charlie’s 1000th win, and his last win as the Phils’ skipper. That’s … well … something?
Come ON Bub. Did you see his homer in National’s Park? Did you hear his complete confidence in the Braves impending collapse? Maybe those weren’t his exact words but…dude’s a punk and he called Teheran a very bad name. having said that I don’t want anyone to get hurt.
@66 looks like it’ll be a wet one. Taking my poncho and assuming I won’t get to see the 9th.
Who do you think gets plunked today? Seems like JUP is the obvious choice (he of the admiring HRs and the game winner last night). But Freddie is kind of the face of the franchise and there’s his whole hugs things, too.
Last night was a spectacular win. Once the 2nd plunking resulted in the tying run, it seemed all was aligned for a loss yet they still pulled it out. The turnaround this season has taken is something really special.
I’m with Leah. I’m sure it would be different if he was one of ours, but I think Harper is a DB (no offense to other DBs). If that makes me a small person, then so be it. I think one more plunk would be sort of funny, but not if it gets in the way of our ultimate goal – humiliating the Cardinals.
I don’t think it makes you small, I think most would agree that he seems like a DB. I think he is good for baseball, but I would like to see his face if he got plunked with a couple more slow curves tonight.
I let the Rev decide our exit strategy since all wisdom leaves my body and soul when it comes to Braves baseball. Due to the hour and an early morning for both of us we left at the top of the 9th. My 12 year old was not happy and burst into tears when JHey tied it up. We listened to the rest of the game on the way home and really hoped for a win! Oh well…seriously great ballgame even without a W.