Thanks for that reminder, Curt. Some weeks ago I took advantage of the “Get a Free Ticket for your Birthday” promotion and decided some interleague play would be good to see. I chose tonight. Not only Halladay, but Kawakami with no run support. When you’re watching TV tonight and seeing the solitary woman sitting in the bleachers in the 9th inning with no one else…that’ll be me. Someday I’m going to a game where we’re not thoroughly trounced. Um, Go Braves. (?)
My birthday is actually the day after Steve’s…but he’s like 30 years older. The ticket deal is pretty sweet — if you have a birthday, you have a free ticket at some point during the season. Check out their ticket site — it’s true!
I am just stunned by how great that game was. KK looked like a completely different pitcher. All the body english. All the dancing around. And, most importantly, keeping the ball low in the strikezone. His command was so superior to anything we’ve seen all year. And the ABC baseball in the bottom of the 8th (Matty D.!). And, of course, Prado and Klutchman pulling off that play to preserve the win. Heaven.
How about Kenshin Kawakami!!!!! Kawa-bunga is right! Now it looks like he’s finally comfortable with the American Major League strike zone…as well as KK being comfortable w/ his fastball (according to B-Mac). I hope he continues to do well and gets quality starts every time!!! OH the depth of our rotation. Muahahahahaha. Great job to Prado, Diaz, Escobar, & Kotchman for doing their part in putting us on the board so KK can notch a ‘W’ for the Bravos. I love games like this! Let’s clinch the series tomorrow!!
P.S. – I enjoyed the show last week…my only comment about what is being widely said about Frenchy is that despite his apparent slump, isn’t he leading the team in RBI’s? That being said…who deserves to be put under the microscope more out of the players?? Jo-Jo the circus clown? KJ? GA? Schafer? Also, I still believe Bobby still has it as a manager, and thankfully he has more to work with this year than last year. It should be noted that we have won more one run ballgames than we have lost (so far this season)…something we were beyond awful at last year, and was a sure sign of our awful finish. All that being said I have faith in this team’s ability to contend. One way or the other; by the end of the All-Star Break the pieces will be in place.
Yeah, how about Frenchy Saturday night? Of course, in today’s game he looked fooled and lost yet again in his first at bat. Ugh. BluesMan – the RBI thing is pertinent to a point, in my opinion. For one, part of it is out of his control because there’ve been lots of guys on base for him. Secondly, 13 of 21 came in April, so his rate is falling.
Jeff Francoeur can not hit RH pitching…and it’s becoming more exposed every year. He had very high Babips in 05-07, and when the luck evened out (and pitchers cottoned on to the hole in his swing), his splits skewed. His mil splits are only about .025 off. It progresses steadily to this year.
Season Split: vs. RHP AVG 230/OBP 261/SLG327/OPS 588 and vs. LHP AVG 347/OBP 352/SLG 490/OPS 842.
Career Split: vs RHP 259/299/411/710 vs. LHP 291/337/478/815