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.
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.
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.
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!