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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    Will Says:

    Sometime do two most surprising things about the Braves: mine are: strength/promise of Yunel Escobar and the overall unsuckiness of the bullpen.

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    Will Says:

    For Batboy! classic…

    Id rather not waste another moment on Frenchy, but for the sake of the argument I think I was right to bring the inconsistencies up…RBIs are frikkin RBIs and includes sacrificing, and getting out on groundouts, so to his defense a low OBP can be compensated for by being good in getting RBIs, even if it is pure luck not skill & agree it helps that men are on base ahead of him…Its a headscratcher and I don’t know how to let that stat rest..RBIs win games….But OK I’m not apologizing for him and recently .154 ewwww…who cut the cheez… as to who replaces him…. sad thing is that nobody really is that promising. Please explain Prado/Blanco?

    McCann/Andersen/Escobar/Jones/Kotchman/Prado or Blanco/Pitcher…still missing 2 batters. I see .500 baseball at best.

    Tonight Shafer just looked pathetic…

    Kawakami !!! he rules!!!

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    Steve Says:

    Will – For the next 6 to 8 weeks, I think the bats are there to get us through to the trade deadline. There are 55 games left between today and the trade deadline. With our starting pitching, bullpen and the following line-up I think we could play .600 ball until the big bat comes:

    Blanco – CF
    Esco – SS
    Chipper 3B
    Heap – C
    GA – LF
    Kotchman – 1B
    KJ – CF
    Diaz – RF
    Pitcher

    Seriously, don’t you feel better about the team with that lineup?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, did you mean 2b for Kelly? I like the line-up, yes.

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    Will Says:

    Like…will Bobby do?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I wish we had a good manager. And Adam Dunn. And a good manager.

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    Hamilton Says:

    I will keep dreaming the dream – Matt Holliday. Oakland has the second worst record in baseball.

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    Leah Says:

    Ditto Hammy…I would love to see MH in a Braves uniform. . Plus it would just be nice for Tim Hudson to have a bald friend on the team.

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    Curt Says:

    names of outfielders i have seen are not of Holliday’s ilk. guys like Nate McLouth and Corey Hart instead. and if those names don’t spell championship….

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – welcome back. And yeah, I meant 2B for Kelly. Have you guys seen all the buzz around Derosa? He would certainly be a nice addition and give us some Infante-like flexibility around the infield, but I want a bigger bat, dammit! Could you imagine if the team had completely stepped outside themselves in the off-season and gave Manny a 2 yr, 50 million deal as so many fans had caled for and then the suspension happened. It would have been an uparalleled calamity.

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    Steve Says:

    Will – Sadly, Bobby will not do. I think the best we’ll see is time to time, like he did this weekend, is putting Diaz in CF or RF. I don’t really believe that either
    Schafer or Frenchy will be sent down. But, the team does surprise us once in a while. Like a couple of weeks ago when Bobby called a couple of hit and runs. And sometimes he actually let’s one player on the team steal a base. Strangely, it’s usually our catcher.

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    Curt Says:

    new name for the list – Brad Hawpke (sp?)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Schafer down, I like. Blanco will give (only) the same production, I fear, but even so, it gives Schafer a chance to figure things out without us losing (heh) a step in his absence. More importantly, perhaps, these little moves sometimes gives the team a mental spark. A small sign that things can’t keep going as they have been.

    But…

    Frenchy still in the line-up. I swear I have begun to hate his very face. The only ever-so-slightly comforting thought is that they keep running him out there b/c he is working so hard. Do I think the hard work will pay off? No, I don’t. He’s just to dumb in baseball IQ, I swear. Too stubborn. Too finished. Whatever he learns doesn’t stick because in the end it’s just too tempting to return to the old muscle/mind movements that rattle with homerun glory in his puny brain. But paying hard work with playing time, while not the most savvy thing in the world, is, like I said, ever-so-slightly comforting.

    Until he’s gone. May that day hasten forth.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, I’ve been meaning to mention, and I mean this in the most constructive way: one of you guys’s microphone is more trebley than my fifth grade Garfield transistor radio. I swear, every time I play the podcast, four dogs run away from my neighborhood yelping. If I turn the treble down low enough to help it, the other guys sound like Darth Vader. Can your faithful following pitch in and score a Sadio Shack gift card to remedy the ear bleeding?

    Faithfully yours… 🙂

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Uh, Radio Shack, I meant. I guess Sadio Shack is where you bought the first one…

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    Curt Says:

    bud – see if there is a way you can figure out who it is and we will try and rectify it. maybe that tandy computer needs updating though. count it

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, could be my computer. It’s cheap.

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    Anne Says:

    Bub – funny how if you mention it, others speak up: me speaking up. I notice it less on my laptop (new-ish) but moreso in my iPod earbuds (also new-ish). I chalked it up to my not figuring out the new-fangled Extras and where to find the treble/bass. Maybe I need to go to the Tinnitus Center, but I think it’s Curt. No offense, Curt. Technology’s a mother.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Great. Just great. Frenchy hits a damn clutchass homer in the most dramatic possible fashion. We’re stuck with him

    FOR.

    EV.

    ER.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Sorry for the language in the above. A little over the line there.

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    Steve Says:

    What a game! Favorites moments:

    1. Bobby moving to the other side of the dugout in the 7th to end the no hit bid and Chipper gets a hit soon after.
    2. Frenchy’s homer (obviously) and the absolute beating/elation/relief that occurred in the dugout. I hear you Bub, it certainly doesn’t get Frenchy sent to Gwinnett any sooner, but a spectacularly joyous and unlikely moment.
    3. Chipper running away from his teammates after getting the game winner. Classic.

    What a game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I have to say, I watched the highlight of the game winner from Chipper a few times, and that big doofus happiness face that Francoeur makes is so dang innocent and joyous and honest… it’s really not in me to hate him. I just have to throw my hands up in the air and let fate have its way with the boy. He makes me freaking nuts.

    Hard working. Innocent. Mule-headed. Arrogant. I can’t do anything with that.

    Go Braves?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, and Steve, while Bobby was jinxing the no hitter in the dugout, Mark Lemke switched to play-by-play on the radio broadcast trying to break it up as well. I guess they both worked. Well, that, and Chipper Jones is a Hall of Fame manbeast.

    Agreed that Chipper trying sincerely to escape injury to his frail body during the celebration is absolutely classic. I’ll probably remember that (and this game) for as long as I live.

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    Will Says:

    Frenchy hitting .333 in June!!!

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    Steve Says:

    Great point, Will. I’m officially convinced. Redemption complete!

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