Just a thought, what if Jason H. hit leadoff? Move Nate down in the order and bat Prado or Melky second depending on the starting pitcher. As far as Lowe,Saito or any of them its SPRING TRAINING the only goal on anyone persons mind is getting into shape and timing,timing and more timing.
Princess..that was hilarious! ABT, a great show as usual. It’s so hard to tell how ST will translate to on the field performance once the season gets started. I like McLouth a lot but would keep him on a short leash if he can’t get out of the box. Hoping for the best.
As far as “reality vs over reaction” on Heyward..there is so much pressure on this young guy I can’t imagine how he is dealing with all the hype. But! He seems to be doing that and passing the performance tests so far. How great would that be?
Off topic, if you don’t mind but you guys were talking about GT losing in the first round against OSU. Do you think Hewitt’s job is in jeapordy having a lineup of Favors, Lawal, and Shumpert ( all NBA prospects ) and not going to the sweet 16 is a failure. And who takes the blame??
MattChu, I’ve been clamoring for Heyward in the leadoff role for a week. He sees soooo many pitches. And he hits line drives, walks, and generally scares pitchers. Some might call it a waste of power, but I think he’d have a better rookie campaign if there was as little pressure for power as possible. The one hole is good for that idea.
Against RHP, I would absolutely hit him lead off if he puts in a month of league average+ ball in the 6, 7, and 8 hole.
Chipper (I’d go with Escobar, but Stevie won’t let me)
Tcc, being a huge, life-long GT hoops fan, I would offer that Hewitt is safe regardless of what happens. I think had they lost to UNC in the 1st round of the ACC tournament, I think he would have been fired. Given the run in the ACC tournament, and honestly a near championship, I find it impossible to believe that he doesn’t survive until next season. I definitely think his leash grows shorter every year, and his antics at the end of the season have earned him no friends in the AD at Tech. Add to that the booing he received at the end of the home loss to Va Tech to end the season, he better get his act together.
Pros on Hewitt are his recruiting and his character. He can still recruit, but his character took some hits this year. The fact that he has two lottery picks and finished under .500 in the league, barely made the tournament, and had such a mediocre regular season that despite making the ACC championship game they are a 10 seed -meaning should he win the first round he gets a 2 seed in the 2nd – all tell me he isn’t doing a good job. The team is very undisciplined, have no identity, can’t run a half court offense, can’t handle late game pressure, can’t make free throws, and have copious amounts of turnovers. There have to be better options out there. It doesn’t seem to hard to find a guy who can recruit and coach. The talent base in Atlanta is unmatched, as is the allure of coaching in the ACC.
Sorry. I could go on and on. Hewitt has outlived his purpose. He is getting nothing out of these guys and when they are only there for a year, you can’t let all these opportunities pass by. And I know that the Tech community feels the same for the most part. His contract makes him tough to fire though. He gets more than $7 mill should he be terminated and Tech’s AD is strapped for cash.
To the Braves, we were doing this show with tongue somewhat in cheek as we have so little to go on and ST is so tough to gauge. McLouth does concern me a lot. But that is why they are down there. To get straightened out. Saito apparently had a nice outing today. Heyward and Glaus continue to kill it. It certainly feels early on that we have much fewer issues than we had in the past few years, and isn’t that nice.
Bub i agree with most everything. One thing i might change just to see how it would translate to more production is move the pitcher to the 8th spot and put Nate in the 9 hole with Heyward/diaz at the top of the order depending on pitcher
Pitcher in the 8 hole gives the 7th hitter fewer pitches over the plate. When Heyward’s the 7th hitter, that would be okay, since he’ll just take his walk. Not sure about putting Esco in that kind of spot, though. Does he take? I can’t really remember.
Another nice thing about Heyward at lead off (this’ll never happen, but a guy can blog, I guess), is that his doubles and even triples would be very handy for limiting double plays on grounders by the 2nd batter (not to mention that his speed would help that, too).
Heyward at lead-off = a lot of 1 & 2 run first innings. I’m falling in love with this idea. They’ll never do it, though. Not in a millon years.
I rarely look at the AJC, but I did this morning (stole it from my neighbor) (and then put it back…so BORROWED from my neighbor). WTF is John Smoltz’s problem? “Asked if his new assignments with Peachtree TV, TBS and the MLB networks signal the end of his pitching career, Smoltz told the AJC ‘not officially.’”
It’s not like he’s hurting for cash, and it’s not like there’s some kind of time clock ticking (like rookie year to contract or something)…so what’s the deal?
I dislike him as a person almost as much as I dislike Chipper as a person (nothing to do with talent, y’all) so I’m biased, but seriously, Johnny? Go gentle into that good night. Of retirement.
Anne – I don’t think that Smoltz is being coy or evasive, I think he believes (and it may be true) that some team will come knocking at mid-season (ala Pedro) and that he may pitch this year. I would put the possiblity at 50%.
Curtis – R.E. GT – I agree with everything you are saying. I also think Hewitt is still riding the coat tails of the magical run to the Final Four (even though they should have won the Championship the following year – classic Hewitt).
I think we might eventually get to Heyward at the leadoff spot, but I don’t see it happening before mid-season at best. Too much pressure for the Kid, and Bobby doesn’t like to put that kind of pressure on anyone. I think Melky is our leadoff guy if Nate can’t get his act together.
Glaus looks natural at 1st to me. McCann lost a pop up in the rainy sky and Glaus ran in and bailed him out. Maybe Mac saw him coming and just let him take it but it looked like Glaus had to come in fast (I’m tired of trying to re-word potentially euphemistic phrases so bring on the guy humor).
“Maybe Mac saw him coming and just let him take it but it looked like Glaus had to come in fast” …. would not have registerd on me until Leah pointed it out. Now inappropriately loud laughter at my desk.
Anne – I wasn’t even trying to defend Smoltz. I truly believe there’s a legitimate chance that he’s pitching for someone before the end of the season.
Agreed on Heyward and batting first. There’s just no way they’ll take this AA, 20 year old and bat him leadoff. But, I agree that it’s not a bad idea.