August 16, 2009

Show #74: Looking to Continue the Winning Ways

The Nats and Phillies series.  Soriano’s woes.  What to do with Hudson?  And reveling in the new look lineup.



158 Responses to “Show #74: Looking to Continue the Winning Ways”

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  1. 26
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m totally with Hammy about not moving KK to the pen. He’s adjusting to a new size baseball, a new culture, a new league, and he’s getting better. It’d be nuts to shake him up. He’s a long term investment. He’s shaping up to be the best #5 in the league.

    Hudson can be evaluated from the pen. He’s a big boy.

    Anne, none of me at home but myself. Actually, I’m not here either.

  2. 27
    Chris in Boston Says:

    Amen, Bub.

  3. 28
    Bubdylan Says:

    True story: I’m so intoxicated that I just put on some microwave popcorn, instantly forgot I had done it, and when it started popping I thought somebody was shooting fireworks outside.

  4. 29
    Curt Says:

    Ah, Monday.

  5. 30
    Bubdylan Says:

    Cold, Curt. Ice cold.

  6. 31
    Steve Says:

    C in B – I love the story about the Sox fans and their anger toward Smoltz. It will be interesting to see if Smoltz blasts the Sox over the coming days. The Braves was one thing. Coming off his 2 – 5, 8+ERA tenure with the Sox would be an entirely new level of diva-osity.

    Curt – that was VERY funny.

  7. 32
    Leah Says:

    I was remembering this time last year and the woes of the rotation. Huddy, Smoltz, and Glavine were either out or needing surgery. Jo-jo was called up as a starter. Campillo and Carlisle were starting. I don’t remember who else but my point is while I think Huddy should go to the pen for a while I’ll just be happy to have him and so glad it’s not last year. Go Braves! Let’s sweep the Mets. I’ll try not to cry everytime I see Frenchy in that nasty uniform.

  8. 33
    Bubdylan Says:

    Peanut butter and chocolate. Sonny and Cher. McCartney and Lennon. Frenchy and a Mets uniform.

  9. 34
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ugh. Two of those pairs split up.

    Anecdote Fail.

  10. 35
    Steve Says:

    Speaking of Frenchy and a Mets uniform – does anyone know what the deal was with those uniforms the Mets were wearing on Sunday (with the big N and Y on either side? Are they a one time thing or here to stay as some alternate Home uni?

  11. 36
    Leah Says:

    Now who’s cold, Bub.

  12. 37
    Leah Says:

    Ummm…Prado. Thoughts?

  13. 38
    Curt Says:

    Steve thinks he has vertigo. If he does……very, very bad.

  14. 39
    Leah Says:

    Bobby’s butt is glued to the bench again.

  15. 40
    Tcc Says:

    Bobby, ever the Grandfatherly figure was just waiting until he was sure that Lowe had learned his lesson..

  16. 41
    Bubdylan Says:

    I picked a good day to miss a game. Goodness. Did Bobby really leave him in for all eight? Or did a reliever let some of those score? How in the world … the METS???

  17. 42
    Leah Says:

    Oh Yeah Bub…all 8. The 9th run was scored by none other than the great Frenchy after being pegged in the back by Chipper J. I’m a zero. If I have no hope I won’t end up in the fetal position after such a horrible blowout.

  18. 43
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wow, that’s pitiful.

    For what it’s worth, my fellow ABT sufferers, I did some hack research last week on NL East starting pitchers giving up 5 or more runs, or getting pulled before finishing 5 innings (a stat I officially named “Laying an Egg”). And Atlanta has by far the fewest laid eggs in the last 50 games (I used that Last Ten Appearances chart that provides). So I guess we were due.

    Atlanta, at the time I looked it up, had only four laid eggs in the past fifty starts. Two by KK, one by Lowe, and… I forget the other. Jair? Maybe?

    Mets had 16, including 3 from Santana. Phillies had nine. I can’t remember the fish, but it was high, owing mostly to their #5. I spared the Nats and didn’t look them up.

    Anyway, these starts do happen. And they happen less often to Atlanta than most. If we had a big bat, it wouldn’t hurt so bad.

    Hope meter, first official entry: 5. And I get some kind of mad positivity credit for entering a 5 on a loss day.

    Leah, come on, don’t be a zero. Be brave. Slap that “1” up there at least.

  19. 44
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yikes. I see on Gameday that Bobby let Lowe give up NINE HITS in the inning before getting him.

    I’ll stay by my five, but if you gave me the choice right now between making the first round of the post season and NOT EXTENDING Bobby Cox another year, I would take Door #2.

    What in the WORLD??

  20. 45
    Leah Says:

    Fine Bub…I’m a 1 *curls into fetal position to save time and energy later*. Wish Frenchy hadn’t played so well and Church had gotten a hit.

  21. 46
    Steve Says:

    It’s just inexplicable, how Bobby left him in for so long. And Jeff Porter was working on a blister on Lowe’s hand in the 3rd. How does Bobby leave him in like that? I realize that the season’s been over 50 times or more already the past few months and all the hyperbole can get pretty thick but … damn. This one is brutal. And now Prado’s headed back to Atlanta for more tests. And Mac is slumping. And Chipper’s losing his ability to hit the fastball and, and, and. Dammit – I was so upbeat Sunday night.

  22. 47
    Steve Says:

    In other spectacular news … Philly, Florida, Colorado, and SF all won tonight.

  23. 48
    Bubdylan Says:

    “And now Prado’s headed back to Atlanta for more tests. And Mac is slumping. And Chipper’s losing his ability to hit the fastball”


    My “5” is the dumbest thing I’ve ever posted I think. I also just saw the Phillies AND the Rockies AND the Giants AND the Marlins ALL won.

    You all will have to forgive my fickleness once again. I retract my “5”. I’m in the fetal position with Leah. Well, not WITH Leah…

  24. 49
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, weird overlap, Steve. This is what we all get for getting so ridiculously excited going into the Philly series.

    At least Heyward is coming back down to earth.

    Sigh upon everlasting sigh.

  25. 50
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ugh, also retract my uncomfortable post re: the preacher’s wife.

    Spiraling, spiraling…

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