March 15, 2010

Show #97: Top 9 Storylines from Braves Spring Training

Overreaction or reality?  Checking in on Braves Spring Training.



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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    Awesome show! Loved it.

    Laughed a lot at the “one contact and a monocle” line.

    I agree with most of the reality/overreactions except Lowe and McLouth. I think the buffoon angle on Lowe is crazy. Flakey, yeah, but a hard worker (lots of comments from the team about his work outs and stretch routines when he first arrived last year). And that he’s changed his mechanics to “pitch taller” makes good sense. Today he was quoted as being resolved not to change little things along the way, but to stick to what he’s worked out this offseason.

    No, I don’t think he’ll go 19-7 or whatever. The blisters in Atl humidity will keep him a little inconsistant. Another 15 win season probably, with a lower ERA. But I don’t think his flakery is the detriment some of you do.

    And I’m not quite ready to give up on Nate. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see him spiral into oblivion. But I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a couple of line drives in one game and then completely turn it around.

    I wish Bobby would say no to his “keep putting me in there so I can find my timing” request, though. Take charge of the team. Start Melky/Diaz/Heyward and then put McLouth in as the first replacement. Can’t be held hostage by a slump the way we were with Kelly and the French.

    Both of the Japanese pitchers have me worried. I took a peak at KK’s splits the other day with an eye to how teams are doing after they’ve seen him a few times. Don’t look. It’s not pretty.

    Go Braves!!!

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    Will Says:

    Bub – I havent had time to listen yet – but remember what we were saying a while back – that there are two views on KK. The first is that he improves after settling in, the second is that his pitch variety is limited and he is getting figured out. Put me into the worried group.

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    Danny Says:

    The Mark Bowman article at MLB is reassuring on the Lowe situation, but I’m with you Bub on Nate. I will die if Nate is hitting under 1 at leadoff for two months of the regular season!

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    Will Says:

    Brooks Conrad?

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    Steve Says:

    Hi Danny – welcome to the board. I’m with you on Nate. But, given last season’s early team struggles, I believe that Bobby will act more quickly and move him. Ham and Curt don’t share that same level of faith.

    Will – I believe that Conrad is on the team on Opening Day. Not only is he hitting (something we saw him do last year) but he’s also looking much better defensively than he did last year.

    Bub – I agree with you on Lowe and the flakiness. I really don’t believe the non-taping incident has much of any significance other than an uncharacteristic moment of laziness/flakiness on his part.

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    Steve Says:

    Nate sitting today. Melky in CF and batting lead off. I’m just sayin’.

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    jj getting absolutely torn up in the first. Talk about some balls sounding like Hank Aaron; every Marlin in the first inning.

    I think even the three outs were blistered.

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    Curt Says:

    I would like to retract recent statements I made…..

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    2nd inning better. 3 up, 3 down. Still gave up a line drive. Somebody on the DOB blog says his pitches “don’t look fast.”


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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    Are you guys listening to Mazzone go off on Joe West? Brutal. Saying how he’s always got to be the center of attention, and now fat jokes. “Needs to step away from the table.” Yowzers.

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    3rd inning also 3 up, 3 down, but I’m extremely concerned. Sounds like his change up is all he’s got going. Got a strike out with back-to-back-to-back offspeed pitches, I think.

    The other two outs were hit squarely. That’s, like, ten JJ pitches squared up on in three innings.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Getting my first official look at the Braves on SportsSouth. *very deep ever loving sigh*. It really is a drug isn’t it. I like Tommy G in the broadcast booth. I hope to see a ball fly off J. Hey KID’s bat.

    Great show by the way. My favorite moment was around minute six when Hammy makes the excellent observation that we aren’t a team that has a Johnny Damon. I find great comfort in the fact that I’m concerned about Chipper. When I disagree with one or all of you I’m always wrong. So Yippee! McLouth is disheartening. I don’t see Bobby trotting him out there like a JS or Frenchy. I don’t see him having the love for him (like Steve said). Finally, I know it’s spring training and the season is long but I expect the players to prepare and play their butts off every game. I acknowledge that this is unrealistic but anything less hurts my feelers. In other words Lowe better shape up and keep his head in the game. Keep it together mister!

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    Wagner hit 101 mph according to the radar gun? Did I hear that right??

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Wags looks nasty and I had no idea Freddie Freeman was such a looker! We might need to bring him up early.

    Shut it!

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    Steve Says:

    Bub and Leah – how did Saito look? I’m just following the box score and it looks good there …

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve, I was called to lunch duty for my wee ones and missed most of his innings. I did see him get knocked around a little by the first or second batter but that’s all I saw.

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    Steve, I’m on radio. Sounded like too little info on Saito to make a judgment. Other than not getting spanked, which I’ll take. I guess.

    Oh, wait. Here it is. Bobby Cox said he did great. Reminds him of Maddux and Bob Gibson, only with more action. Opening day starter and clean up hitter for any other team.

    (Asked for comment on sitting McLouth for the day, Bobby said, “Who?”)

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Wish Prado was playing. :(

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Matty D being interviewed saying this is the most confident Braves team he’s ever played on. I like it!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    “No one’s been on the DL for pulled fat.”. Funny guy.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    David Ross said Saito looked good today. I think Ross looked great with his throw to second.

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    Leo Mazzone makes me feel icky.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh come on Bub. Leo rocks! Hah!

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    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    ba-doom-boom, chhhhhhh.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Ya’ll have probably seen this but I love clips like this. Nice to see our boys of summer having such a good time.

    And…Brian Jordan just said Martin Prado was his MVP last season.

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