Easy there Curt…take a deep breath…place your 5 fingers around your favorite beer and chug. Wow. I don’t know where I am on the spectrum. I’m stoked about the series with the Dodgers but so afraid of more heartbreaking games with zero offense. After we play the Nats maybe I’ll feel more inclined to pick a number.
Great show guys, I gotta say I’m a 6.5 on the Postseason Hope Meter. If we can solve the Nats, & put a proper beating on the Fish, then I’ll be an 8. I ain’t worried about Philadelphia though, IMO they went from having no steady & dependable pitchers to one. I don’t think Pedro will be able to do much for the Phillies. Will he bolster their rotation? Yes. But not enough to win the division. Their offense is finally starting to lose it’s luster…that compounded w/ a shaky rotation & a fair bullpen (at best)…they don’t have a chance. I think the Marlins have a better chance at taking the division than the Phillies. If our Bravos do what they set out to do against their division rivals…than they’ll be in great shape, & I wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to the Rockies & the Marlins for the Wild Card.
To be honest, I’m still weary about having our inter-division games being called by retarded & blind umpires. If we have another game of bad calls by fools, I hope Frank Wren, John Schulerholtz, & Bobby Cox all call Bud Selig & read him the riot act.
I think we learned from the Glavine situation that minor league starts mean nothing. He will get a nice welcome back to the majors against the Cubs. He pitched well in the WBC, but I’m real curious to see if he has anything left. I think counting on him only boosts our chances. I’d rather count on Tim Hudson.
I’m with Chris. Not cuz he’ll be the old Pedro, but cuz he’ll be better than Moyer.
But watching the Braves play good ball lately has reminded me that I really DO care more about playing good games than making the playoffs. It’s so fun to watch them click together and make exciting plays.
And this isn’t just me trying to feel okay about not making it (if we don’t). I’m just genuinely reminded that good baseball in the middle of the season can be pretty magical.
I agree, Curt. Pedro struck out 11 in his last start, though. Glavine wasn’t doing that. We’ll know soon enough whether he has anything. I haven’t seen any scouting reports on Pedro and I’d love to know what they are. The ones on Smoltz were fairly accurate in predicting his ML performance.
I’m happy to count on Hudson replacing Acosta, but that’s about it.
Bub – I had to fight the urge to correct you, but I felt like I’d be one of those DOB blog jerks if I did it.
I have little faith in Pedro as well. He hasn’t really dominated since 2005. That’s a lot of years, especially in your late 30′s as an athlete. I predict he goes 4 2/3 and gives up 5 runs Wednesday night.
And I can’t get on board with the “it’s just fun to be playing good baseball right now” thing. It’s REALLY fun because of what it’s propelling us toward (for me, anyway). If we were the Nats, 40 games under .500, and went on this 8 game streak, I’d still be pretty damned bummed.
Did anybody see Bill Hohn’s call during the Dodgers game last night. It was a play which Mark Loretta (playing first) mishandled a ball and stepped off the bag to retrieve and Bill Hohn called the runner out. And then by no surprise ejected teh manager arguing the call. This guy needs to be fired!
And Steve, if you can’t appreciate excellent play in the most elegant sport in history, regardless of post season implications, then I’m going to have to make elitist-sounding quips at you until I realize I probably need to playoffs to be happy, too (takes about three days).
Bub – you’ve forced some soul searching here in the ol’ comments section for me. And here’s the thing for me. My fanaticism around the Braves is absolutely tied to overall success and potential post-season games. In fact, I can’t think of anything I love more (family/friends excluded) then sitting down to watch a Braves playoff game. So, while there was some good Braves baseball played last September, I didn’t really care much about it. To put it another way, if I had to choose between watching all 9 innings of tonight’s game against the Nats with all its momentum and corner-turning implications or a game 7 of the NLCS that did not include the Braves (a game 7 that would potentially provide a much higher level of all-around play and intensity), I would pick tonight’s game without hesitation. Bring on the elitism!