May 31, 2009

Show #63: The Offense Continues to Struggle Out West

Medlen’s 3rd start.  Glavine’s potential return.  Frenchy’s downward spiral.  And what to do about the woeful offense?

 

 

73 Responses to “Show #63: The Offense Continues to Struggle Out West”

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  1. 51
    Leah Says:

    Thanks Curt…I needed that. What were you referring to when you tweeted that Frenchy wasn’t entirely truthful with you? And, it does however feel good to have someone who can actually hit the ball…actually make contact or heck…walk!

  2. 52
    Curt Says:

    if you read mark bradley’s article on ajc.com, he talks about TP and his, shall we say, impatience with Francoeur, and more so his disappointment with his reaching out to the TX Ranger’s hitting coach in the off season. when i asked francoeur about this very issue he indicated to me that everyone was cool with it. doesn’t sound like it. And last thing. I am excited about the McLouth move. just to shift some ground. he is however hitting .256. francoeur is hitting .251 and we are killing him every day. let’s not put all our eggs in this basket just yet.

    go braves

  3. 53
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, all I can say is, if McLouth’s .256 played out at all like Frenchy’s .251, the Pirates fans wouldn’t be jumping up and down pissed that he got traded. Not one single thread on the Pirates MLB board was by a fan saying “glad to see him go.” Not one.

    Can you imagine how many hallelujah blog parties (hey, did I just make that up? blog parties?) we’d have if we traded Frenchy for three prospects. ANY three prospects?

    It’ll be different. McLouth’s .256 won’t be a where-rallies-go-to-die .256, I almost guarantee. Don’t hesitate to embrace this improvement. It’s all it’s cracked up to be.

  4. 54
    Curt Says:

    Bud, I know. I’m just playing my role. I’m secretly giddy. Don’t tell anyone.

  5. 55
    Leah Says:

    lalalalalala fingers in my ears totally ignoring last comment. Thanks for keeping it real Curt. Some of us feel over the moon excited when we win a couple in a row and think “it’s our year!” only to be reminded by Frenchy swinging at balls in the dirt that it’s not. I wish I could watch the game tonight but I have to throw a baby shower…it’s a chick thing. Lots of tweets please!

  6. 56
    Bubdylan Says:

    Keeping it real is for squares. :)

  7. 57
    Bubdylan Says:

    Two hits.

    Uh….

  8. 58
    Steve Says:

    Yeah – the McLouth era did not start with the offensive explosion I was looking for.

  9. 59
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’ve got the solution.

    1. Spike every cooler in every dug-out with a little steroid dust. Just enough to show up on tests.

    2. Our guys REALLY take the steroids.

    3. Everyone tests positive, but only our guys are stronger.

    World Champs. :)

  10. 60
    Bubdylan Says:

    Guys, I’m signing off of the Bravos for a month. (I’m weird, but you all knew that.) Today I spent THE ENTIRE DAY surfing the freaking net over this team. My eyes hurt. It’s no way to spend my summer vacation. Experience has taught me my only chance is to take a complete break for a bit and see if I can ease back in without being so… OCD, or whatever. Sorry to be personal, but it was either be personal or completely obtuse.

    Anyway, when I get back, I’ll just listen to all the podcasts to catch up, so make good ones (no way in Hell’s pumphouse I’m reading all the DOB blogs I miss.) As I check out, we are about to be 7 full games back of the Philthies, after the Oldest Man In the Universe has shut down the Dodgers for the evening. (two innings left, so I reckon there’s a chance it’ll only be 6.)

    I expect to see that trimmed to about a 3-game deficit by my return on July 5. (Day after Independence Day. Get it?)

    Go Bravos!

  11. 61
    Curt Says:

    sorry about the complete lack of tweets last night. i was at ‘screen on the green’ watching Madagascar 2. a weak sequel to say the least.

    anyway, we have a few things for the show. could be a long one. i’ll try and keep up with the game tonight but we are jumping in the wayback machine and going to see cowboy mouth play. it’s summerfest after all.

  12. 62
    Leah Says:

    I think Bub may have committment issues. We’ll miss you…see ya on the other side. Curt, don’t worry about the lack of tweets. Would you really have had anything “tweet worthy”?

  13. 63
    Anne Says:

    I will be at the game tonight (Saturday). Along with 30 other people. I know it’s not just Turner Field, but good lord where is everybody? I don’t tweet, but happy to re-cap late tonight/tomorrow glorious details of my fellow man involving Kiss Cam, Tool Race, sales at the Funnel of Love and drunk madcap fun on the staircase railings post-game.

  14. 64
    Hamilton Says:

    Anne- Don’t forget updates on the Nazi Cow. Heil-fil-a!

  15. 65
    Steve Says:

    Anne – I’ll be there tonight too! Go Javy!!!

  16. 66
    Leah Says:

    Loving Nate tonight already! What’s that called when a guy runs to the next base during a pitch? Oh…stealing…that’s right…I almost forgot.

  17. 67
    Anne Says:

    Steve and I can tag-team while weeping. Me, first, looks like. I was sitting on the 1st base side, Section 215. In no particular order: (1) Leah, I hardly believed it myself: that WAS a steal! What was that, our 3rd of the year?? (2) Prince Fielder must function on pure fat because he not only hit those two homers but I believe was the “Fielder” in the Fielder’s Choice to get McCann out at home (I had a tall guy sitting in front of me so missed a few things). (3) Diaz was robbed on his run to 1st base…if he had not been called out, maybe we’d have eventually tied and gone on to extra innings. (4) What up with Ryan Braun looking like a total idiot out there missing the pop-fly by like a city block?? (5) Can someone tell me why Cameron was ejected, really? From our angle, it looked like he just argued the call but I heard someone behind me say he bumped the ump. (6) I ate a delicious hot dog. (7) Between Vasquez and Soriano, I’m shocked I made it home just after 11, because that game seemed like it was 7 hours long. G’night, everybody.

  18. 68
    BluesMan Says:

    Wow,
    I gotta say I’ve given the Braves ’til June before figuring out how I think they’ll do. I love our pitching…especially our rotation. Like I said before, there are but minor kinks w/ KK, and a couple of the bullpen guys…but Frank Wren has more than succeeded my expectations to anchor this team around starting pitching.
    I was really not convinced about Kelly Johnson and other defensive improvements that we were waiting on. Garrett Anderson is improving in Left. Not what he should be. Frenchy is from what I’ve seen in games this year…a very dependable right fielder…not a gold glove though (he could be though). Defensively speaking, I’m very happy to say I was wrong about Kelly Johnson…I think he has made strides of improvement. My biggest doubts w/ the Braves defense are Chipper, & GA. Why? They’re old. Time isn’t on their side, they’re not what they once were. Not that I don’t think they’re good ballplayers, but I think a lot of fans have unrealistic expectations of Chipper. He’s a great hitter, great swing, he can show shades of his youthful defense…but he’s really injury prone (Captain Obvious).
    Now to the part I dread discussing. I’m VERY disgusted w/ the offense of the Atlanta Braves. With the guys we have on this year’s roster…there’s NO REASON for us to be doing this bad. We have the tools to be a consistent, run-producing offense, I know we do! Do you know who’s ultimately responsible for the offense sucking. NO (for the love of all things sacred) it really isn’t Bobby Cox…it’s TERRY PENDLETON. If I were in the front office…I’d light a fire under him to get him to straighten everyone out. It’s not that I think he’s a horrible coach…but it’s his responsibility to make the offense as good as it can be. We have to have an offensive spark in every game, and we have to take advantage of the opportunities that we get from our starters. I have something really mean to say about the offense, there isn’t cussing in it or anything…but the context isn’t exactly ‘church lady’ talk either. I’ll refrain from it because I don’t know what the posting rules are and although it’s really funny…I don’t know who’s gonna read this.

  19. 69
    Leah Says:

    I think Glavine put a jinks on the Braves. Can we just score a run today? One run just to break the curse?

  20. 70
    Anne Says:

    I’m watching Major League on HBO (thank god for housesitting gigs where richer people than me pay for premium cable) and as silly as the thing is, it sure makes one believe. Disappointed lately, but: Go Braves.

  21. 71
    Steve Says:

    Last night was absolutely demoralizing. The Braves looked flat, flat, flat. Utterly disheartening. A Glavine jinx crossed my mind as well. Saw quite a few anti-Wren signs in the crowd. Chipper single handedly trying to win the game this afternoon. Thank goodness.

  22. 72
    Leah Says:

    Jinx still intact…hunt Glavine down and take away his voo-doo doll. Is Hanson throwing bad pitches or have they just figured him out?

  23. 73
    Steve Says:

    Leah – Hanson will be fine. He needs to figure out the Majors to some degree, but I think he looks very good.

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