May 18, 2014

Show #262: Two Wins on a Rough Road Trip

A bad stretch or are there fundamental issues with the team? Was the Alex Wood decision the right one? Is the Pastornicky decision the right one?



46 Responses to “Show #262: Two Wins on a Rough Road Trip”

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  1. 1
    George Says:

    I thought San Francico was a sweep. Albeit the opposite way.

  2. 2
    Jeffrey Says:

    Why is Uggla still in the dugout?

  3. 3
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Good show, guys.

    Just wondering…

    Do you feel the current (including last year) team style/make-up is a reaction by management, not necessarily “knee jerk”, but still a reaction to the “built for 162″ type teams of “The Pennant Run” and usually “no where” in the playoffs?

  4. 4
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    It is an all-or-nothing choice.

    How would you feel if the Braves were to DFA Uggla combined with bringing up La Stella and a line-up of:

    La Stella
    J. Upton
    B. Upton

    La Stella will be given at least a week of starts.

    What will you choose? As it is now or this change?

  5. 5
    Shaun Says:

    So apparently B.J. is quoted as saying he’s not comfortable in the sixth spot. As much as I think pro athletes should just hit where they’re told to hit and perform to their capabilities, this might be a situation in which I would put him where he wants to be, within reason.

  6. 6
    Steve Says:

    That whole quote pisses me off, though. I mean, how do you complain about anything when you’ve been that abysmal at doing your job.

  7. 7
    Bubdylan Says:

    BJ should hush. Seriously.

    Lookit all these runnnssszzzzz!!!! Wang getting beat hard.

    I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

  8. 8
    Anne Says:

    I will never feel old as long as Julio Franco is around.

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    Tim Says:

    Surprised that no one is negative about Schafer yet. His average is abysmal even compared to Uggla. Thoughts on pros/cons of swapping him for Terdaslovich?

    I’d also be curious as to Uggla’s mindset (or pro athletes in general). I’m sure he feels bad that he isn’t producing but does it reach a point where they are just happy collecting a paycheck and wait for a team to DFA them? Just wondering if he would ever feel guilty enough to retire on his own volition.

  10. 10
    Steve Says:

    I think it’s hard to judge Schafer on the small body of work at this point in 2014. And it’s all mute right now anyway. BJ will get every opportunity and then some to round back in to form. And Schafer’s speed off the bench is very useful.

  11. 11
    Shaun Says:

    I’m sure Schafer is out of options. And both he and Terdoslavich are bench players. Even if Schafer is the worse player, it’s not a bad idea for the Braves to make sure they can keep both players for a while, until they have to make a decision.

  12. 12
    Leah Says:

    Me and my PB&J are at the Ted. Hope we get some runs!

  13. 13
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Princess, you’ll never get food poisoned twice at the same Ted vendor.

    Seems like a fun game to be at so far.

  14. 14
    Bubdylan Says:

    But if it’s Jiff PB and Bama strawberry jelly, you’re excused.

  15. 15
    Bubdylan Says:


  16. 16
    Leah Says:

    It was a great game! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to eat anywhere again. I have PTSD and will never be the same.

  17. 17
    Bubdylan Says:

    Post Ted Sandwich Disorder

  18. 18
    Bubdylan Says:

    *Poisoned Ted Sandwich Disorder

  19. 19
    Leah Says:

    Something like that. Whichever sounds the most violent.

  20. 20
    Steve Says:

    Headed there tonight.

  21. 21
    jo-bu Says:

    @5: Hmmm, didn’t BJ’s problems with the easiest manager to get along with in the MLB start with him not liking his position in the lineup? If BJ can’t get it together with his bat, he’s going to become a cancer in the clubhouse or at least a pain in the ass to Fredi Gonzalez — and when and if that happens, it could be interesting times between the Braves FO and BJ.

    I think the time Tyler Pastornicky is getting is all about a possible mid-season trade. I think the Braves are They showcasing him as they know that Pena is the more solid hand both at the plate and in the field. I sure feel better with Pena in there.

    LaStella. I know everyone is hot about Tommy LaStella. I’ve seen him play a few games now and I really think they need to let him settle into triple-A a bit. It’s just a gut because it is so hard to tell a lot of times is a player is a ready major leaguer or just a quad-A starter at this point in time. Let me tell ya, he can sure pick it and he can hit it but how many times have we seen this before? My vote would certainly be to see LaStella as a September callup, to reward what “could” be a great season at Gwinnett. We have Pena right now and we sorta know what he can do. We know what he has done and I think the Braves owe him a shot as a starter at 2B this year for at least what he did last year. And yeah, he ran into a rut but at least he’s shown he can get out of a rut unlike Uggla.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I dunno if I can believe the Braves are showcasing anybody. They need every sliver of offense they can get every single game.

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    jo-bu Says:

    22: True enough but I really think Pastornicky is ripe for a mid-season trade. Not sure he’s worth much as such but you never know.

    I’ll tell ya what. I know a few of us think that the Braves might not DFA Uggla at some point, but hey, if they took him out of the line up for the playoffs last year, I think just about anything is possible to get rid of him.

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    Shaun Says:

    jo-bu, Pena has a career 62 OPS+ in 506 PA and 6 years worth of MLB experience. Now that is mostly in a part-time role so maybe he’s a little better than that performance would indicate if he had been an everyday player. But still, nothing to indicate he’s more than an extra player.

    Pastornicky may very well be a backup as well, but he only has 254 PA in the majors and he was a solid minor leaguer and a prospect who got some attention with his tools and skills. So it’s wise to go with Pastornicky over Pena.

    La Stella is 25 so I think he is who he is, more or less. I don’t think more Triple-A seasoning is going to help. It might be wise for the Braves to keep him down for a while, if they think he can be the everyday guy for a year or two, to make sure he’s as cheap as possible. But he’s not some young prospect that is going to do a lot more developing in the minors. I don’t think he’s anything special but he’s probably good enough to hold down a major league second base job.

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    Steve Says:

    @24 – I’m pretty confident that they’re waiting for the mid June Super 2 date to pass and, at that point, determine if Pastor is good enough for the year or to call up La Stella. I agree that Pena is not the answer – apologies to Curt who is renaming his first born Ramiro.

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