10:19 am April 21, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
Run Heap Run
April 21st, 200911:58 am
What we need is for the players we have to learn discipline at the plate. Would make a world of difference. Look at the Marlins.
Many of you have been arguing statistics on “play for the three run homer” theory. You can throw all the numbers out when you are not playing to your team’s strengths. Bobby generally likes to allow his players to “do their own thing”, the challenge with that, is that THIS team is not constructed for the long ball. In order to maximize THIS team’s talents, they must change their identity and create more situations for runs to occur. If that means being more aggressive and doing things differently, then that is what needs to happen. You can’t continue to do the same thing and expect a different result…just my opinion.
April 21st, 200911:59 am
Adam Dunn has a career SB% of .746…75% (59-79). Not too shabby, but McCann still has him beat, sporting a career SB% of .818…81% (9-11).
Life Goes On BEST SHOW EVER!: ooo what could have been?? we will never know They must sign another bat! furcal is hitting .275 1 homer and 5 rbis and griffey is hitting .206 2 homers and 2 rbis burnett is 2 and o with a 3.20 era and 17 strike outs! Lowe is not doing too bad but if we had him and Burnett aww man
Your statement that he does poorly in a MAJORITY of his starts is not accurate.
Wayne in Utah
2007 – 2W 2L ERA 6.22
2008 – 3W 11L ERA 5.81
2009 – 0W 1L ERA 7.94 (small sample size obviously)
Sorry, I have never looked at a gamelog. However, I have looked at the above stats, and it looks to me like the majority of his starts are losses. Now of course every loss doesn’t mean he pitched poorly. Yet, with a total of 5 wins and 14 losses.. It seems very clear to me.
April 21st, 200912:01 pm
Greetings from sunny Southern California, where it has already past 90 degrees at 9:00 in the morning…anyone interested in trading places for a few days? I’ll even throw in my beer drinking, cigarette smoking, couch hogging 3 legged dog…
April 21st, 200912:02 pm
Willy Wally (11:13 am) –
You just saved me a lot ot typing (and typo opportunities).
April 21st, 200912:05 pm
I love California but I’ll pass, we’ll have our share of 90 degree mornings before long. You ought to be ashamed blaming all your vices on your poor dog though.
A Dizzy Nick Esasky
April 21st, 200912:06 pm
Wait a minute, last night’s one-run loss on the road smells familiar…..How many one run losses on the road did they have last year? Not to mention key injuries…hmmm.
Any update on McCann?
April 21st, 200912:09 pm
Run Heap Run-
If you knew her, you’d understand
April 21st, 200912:14 pm
No bravesfan, no update on McCann. If we had our way he would’ve got on here and told us what was up himself as soon as he left the examination room. Guess he doesn’t read the blog.
Carroll said she’d get us something when she got to the clubhouse later today.
April 21st, 200912:16 pm
I agree w/ others saying we need another bat, because that part is obvious…
The problem is where it would come from…I mean Edmonds is out there but where would you put him? Frank Thomas can’t play any position on the field and hasn’t for a long time otherwise I would LOVE to move Kotchman to the bench and get rid of Norton.
I mean really, the Braves could try and package Reyes and Morton to someone to get a bat, but I believe its too early to eliminate our pitching depth and also too early for a team to give up on anyone of worth.
So I ask again, where would this bat be coming from?
April 21st, 200912:18 pm
I believe it’s too early to give up on Charlie, period. I like the kid.
April 21st, 200912:19 pm
Run Heap Run If we had our way he would’ve got on here and told us what was up himself as soon as he left the examination room.
Haha, ain’t it the truth!
April 21st, 200912:21 pm
When you play for one run thats all your gonna get
chip off the ol block
April 21st, 200912:24 pm
yall are talking about getting a big bat now, we’ve needed that all along, but right now we’re just in a rough spot, every single team goes through it and it ain’t nothing new.
now as for where we could get the big bat, how bout Jo Jo and GA for someone? plus a minor guy no one’s ever herd of?
but as of today it is too early to be making these decisions as much as i have been critical on Anderson the guy has the stats, and we should be seeing him play very good, very soon
Eric from Valdosta
April 21st, 200912:25 pm
I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems like Manager Bobby Cox have gotten away from the things that brought Atlanta so much success and excitment. That is strong pitching, speed on the pads, and playing aggressively throughout the game.
I have also noticed that there is no real African-American athletes on the team that we fans can connect with. I mean, all the good prospects are being traded and when they do come up to the big leagues, they don’t stay long before they are back in the minors.
Have Bobby become sensative to Blacks or is there some reason for the team not going after the American Black baseball athelete anymore?
Francouer is still killing us. When those bloop singles stop falling he is gonna be in trouble.
April 21st, 200912:29 pm
“No Panic” Mentality – wow, seems to be working the last couple of years as the Braves have avoided last place.
Maybe they should panic?
Same routine also as the last coupe of years – drop below 500 baseball. Win some games and approach or reach 500 only to quickly lose a few games and return to under 500. Quick start was nice – gave hope they might sustain above 500. NO PANIC – and back under 500 me thinks to stay.
This team has a will to lose and lose they will
April 21st, 200912:31 pm
I also like the idea of JOJO in the bullpen. He has proven over the last couple of years to lose it the second time through the lineup. Right now starting pitching seems to be our strength and left handed relievers a weakness. His and the Braves future would be better served.
Rock On……. (11:24 am): “Pepperidge…..whatthe hell was that?”
Just a favor for a friend — if no one don’t get it, then likely not meant for them.
Life Goes On BEST SHOW EVER!
April 21st, 200912:32 pm
So DOB or Rogers has Wren mentioned looking for a bat yet?
April 21st, 200912:33 pm
Eric from Valdosta,
That comment was really short-sighted and stupid. The Braves signed Garret Anderson this offseason, and I think he qualifies as the “American Black baseball athlete”. Their top prospect is a young black man from the Atlanta suburbs, Jason Heyward. And just YESTERDAY they traded for a young black outfield prospect, Brian Barton. Also, it’s spelled SENSITIVE, not “SENSATIVE”. Please do a little research next time before posting something like that.
The Patron Saint of the Lost Art
Mark Lemke made a good point on the rain delay show last night. Lemke said that “there is good hitting and there is timely hitting.” Something Mark may know a thing or two about.
The Braves may have a lineup full of guys that can bat .280 or above, but that doesn’t mean anything when a majority of those hits are gotten with no one on base or in a game that is out of reach. On the flip side, a guy may hit .240, but still come through often when it matters.
The Braves don’t need a power bat or a speedy lead-off guy. They need “timely” hitters, not neccesarily just good ones.
April 21st, 200912:34 pm
You wouldn’t wanna trade places with me right now. Not that the weather hasn’t been nice–it’s beautiful right now, but it’s kinda ruined by the stench of that dead deer. Needless to say, we’ve had plenty of vultures hanging around the house…
What kind of dog do you have, BTW?
April 21st, 200912:36 pm
If McCann was/is seeing a specialist today, then I doubt he plays tonight. The line-up will probably be the same as last night. Still, we knocked Martis out of the game in three innings the last series…let’s hope the Bravos can get a little double pits to chesty and do it again.
April 21st, 200912:37 pm
waah you didn’t get an autograph… get over it
April 21st, 200912:38 pm
If it’s not 92 degrees, I will take the dead deer
I have a german shepard- pit bull mix who is the love of my life
April 21st, 200912:40 pm
Ah, Martis pitched in the rain delay game that knocked DLowe out in three too. Still, we had 3 runs and 5 hits off him in 3. Still pretty DP to C.
April 21st, 200912:41 pm
Timely Hitting requires clutch players. Unfortunately, for far too long the braves are comprised of a bunch of head cases. I’ll say it again, they need to go see Smoltz’ sports psychologist.
April 21st, 200912:44 pm
Only someone from Marietta would find that axe commercial entertaining….
April 21st, 200912:46 pm
Those of you who are clammoring for the Braves to sign “One big bat” – do you REALLY think this team is one big bat away from being good?
I mean, come on. Will one more bat fix our worthless bullpen? Will one more big bat help this execute the fundamentals of baseball that they have been unable to do for the last few years? Will one more big bat eliminate our feast or famine offense? I don’t think so.
Think about it. This team can’t lay down a bunt. This team doesn’t steal bases. This team has more base-running errors than a little league team. This team boots easy grounders, drops pop-ups, drops double play feeds. This team can’t throw out a base stealer or hold runners.
Will “one more bat” really fix those problems? It’s all about executing fundametals which is something that Bobby obviously doesn’t care that strongly about or he would have fixed it a long time ago.
GJI – Don’t go doggin Marietta man.
Wayne in Utah
April 21st, 200912:49 pm
Hey, looking at the numbers the guy sucks. It is true. What I was trying to get you to do was to see that about half the time, the guy pitches decent enough to be a 3-4 in somebody’s rotation.
Now, I am not saying his poor performances warrant sticking with him forever, but his GOOD performances warrant a second or even a third look.
I am not saying Reyes will ever be a Tom Glavine, but I am saying that if folks looked at Glavine’s first full year, many would not guess he would be an eventual hall of famer.
Come on man, look at the game by game splits. Here is the webaddress (I don’t know how to do links)
At least 10 of his starts (22 total) were serviceable to very good.
So, if you want to say we should trade him, then I can’t change your mind, but he pitched well enough to win in at least 10 starts last year.
If you don’t want to look at the facts, then what can I say, I tried to keep you from being a knee-jerk reactionary!
cabravesfan…I hear more people who say they have either german shepards/pit bulls – or in your case – a mix of both! – and how they love them as pets. Our city here in CO just banned pit bulls- too many attacks- mostly on children. That’s great he’s part of your family- but I have to tell you..I don’t trust them around my little kiddos.
Brian – good luck getting an autograph – kids think its cool – I think its still a good way for players to give back.
April 21st, 200912:51 pm
Hmm…yeah, I see what you mean. I can’t stand 92 degrees either. I’m not heat-tolerant in any way, shape, or form.
Aww! That’s sweet! I got my White-Faced Pied Cockatiel who’s the Lovey of my life…very annoying at times, but I don’t think I could live without him.
April 21st, 200912:53 pm
Tom Hawk, regarding your question for me from the last blog: No, we’re not doing anything on 680 The Fan this year. So don’t worry about streaming.
April 21st, 200912:54 pm
I think Marietta Derek is employed by some company to come here and keep spewing his “DP to C” crap ad nauseum – as a marketing tool (pun intended, both times) to spread the word about that stinky deo. I have heard companies do that these days and a sports blog would be a good target given the number of males hanging around. It has to be that because any self respecting human being with an IQ greater than room temperature (in celcius) wouldnt keep using such an annoying phrase.
Better watch out folks, Random has EVERYTHING you ever posted, or even thought of posting!
Man, how do you archive that stuff? Word?
BravesFAN885: “Seems” to be wearing a leather jacket? Things are as they seem.
April 21st, 200912:55 pm
My girl loves kids! I have a 20 month old nephew that she follows around licking and sniffing like there is no tomorrow…she’s not too big on other dogs, however She is also the smartest dog I have ever been around, including the lab my family used to have
April 21st, 200912:57 pm
Carroll / DOB – Road trip to Cincinnati this weekend. Any nightlife suggestions in downtown Cincy would be great.
April 21st, 200912:58 pm
Jeff, if you won’t look at the facts, I guess I have failed in trying to convert you from a knee-jerk guy to a look-at-reason guy. My failure.
Actually, JoJo pitched well enough to win 10 games last year, believe it or not. He only started 22 times. Our offense failed him much of those starts. Then, in his other starts, he definitely did SUCK.
DOB Are the Braves giving any thoughts of having JoJo become a reliever, as some on here have speculated? I would think not, but…
April 21st, 200912:59 pm
I think this team still needs a four hitter…I can’t remember a time when we havent had atleast a decent homerun threat in the 4-spot. How are teams ever going to pitch to Chipper…if Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman are hitting behind him? Not sure who is out there…but we need to be looking if this team wants to win now. We’ve got some good young pitching we can trade…and a surplus of middle infielders…something needs to happen.
The Wren and Stimpy Show
April 21st, 20091:00 pm
Bobbys Belly- western kentucky is awesome lots of cool bars 5 minutes from the stadium.
What exactly was the point of posting Coach’s old rants? Especially “copying and pasting” the part where The Grinch said “great catch by Andruw”. As though, anybody would remember “a” great catch by Andruw, as if there was only one of them.
And people bitch at me for wasting valuble cyberspace. Sheesh.
April 21st, 20091:01 pm
We’ve got some good young pitching we can trade
By the way…whoever thought of doing these Braves videos….that was a great idea…love watching them.
April 21st, 20091:02 pm
As for dogs, a lot has to do with how they are raised (I guess that is obvious), but I think some animals are more prone to being vicious than others, and that is where the pit bull seems to fall.
Hey, the Taco Bell dog could be a killer, but he is too darned tiny.
April 21st, 20091:03 pm
IMHO- I don’t see JO-JO as a reliever, like I couldn’t see Maddox or Glavine as a reliever. To make him a reliever now is to basically give up on him as a starter. Besides that,Reyes is a guy who doesn’t really have a devasting “out pitch”,that is he doesn’t have a blazing fastball or a nasty slider or a change-up he can throw every pitch like a Trevor Hoffman or Gene Garber, and he doesn’t have a filthy splitter. Jo -Jo is a guy who uses his fastball, locating it, then working off of his fastball and changing speeds. His change-up is much improved but it is dependent on him 1st establishing the fastball. Often in a closing situation you don’t have time to work into a groove like a starter does. You have to come in with a pitch that you know you can get an out with to the first batter and you can’t afford to nibble.
April 21st, 20091:04 pm
Thanks WS – Anything in Cincy where I don’t have to cross state lines (probation officer frowns on that.)
If we are not worried about 1-6 stretches, like we were last year, then why hasn’t it been stopped. Two of those losses were to the Pirates, 3 to the Marlins, and 1 to the Nationals. Two of those losses were with our “ACE” pitching against their 5th starters. You HAVE to win those games. At least, the good teams do. Momentum in baseball is supposed to be as good as the next day’s pitcher. Vazquez stopped the bad mo and started the good and we couldn’t continue it with Lowe against a Rookie. That is inexcusable.
Maybe we would be playing better with McCann, Jones, and Escobar healthy, but I have to say I am not to encouraged that this year is going to be better. The other day when we were getting beat by the Pirates 10-0, they panned through the clubhouse. Guys were just staring into space and sitting on the bench. None of them looked like they cared or wanted to do something about it. Not even encouraging each other to at least put up ONE run.
I am an optimist and I think this team has potential. I am not giving up. But, I am starting to worry.
April 21st, 20091:05 pm
Rock On……. (11:17 am): “Steve…as it relates to our little exercise above. Yes, you do give up an out. Absolutely. It will take two hits most of the time to score both those runs anyway. Why not put your team in a position to tie the game with one hit. Especially with Chipper up after Esco lays down a bunt. They may walk Chipper to get to McCann and put a double play possibility on the board but many managers won’t put the go ahead run on base in that situation.
“I don’t care if the team is batting .275 you play the percentages.”
Y’ain’t lis’nin’, son — from 1977-1992, in all NL game situations with runners on first and second and 0 outs, an average of 1.402 runs scored.
From 1977-1992, in all NL game situations with runners on second and third and 1 out, an average of 1.320 runs scored.
There’s a bigger difference with just one runner — runner on first with no outs = 0.820; runner on second with one out = 0.650. Runner on second with no outs = 1.054; runner on third with one out = 0.907.
THEM’s the percentages — play with them for a while.
(11:31 am) “Steve….I will take the odds of a bunt and single to tie the game over a 3-run homer in our little scenario. Take it every time regardless of who’s up.”
Those two are not the only options. By presenting them as the only options, you’re just setting up straw men to knock down.
I have repeated that line about dogs so many times…don’ blame the dog, blame the owner.
April 21st, 20091:06 pm
i dont know what was worse having to watch the braves get beat by the nats or havin to watch all of those in my own words shows good grief that was torture. except the one on bobby dews he is a purty interesting cat.
April 21st, 20091:07 pm
cabravesfan – thats great!! I’m sure its like that with the majority of them..but unfortunately we’ve had to take the approach that we can’t trust them (unless we know the owner, you know…). We were chased by a stray rottweiler at the park last summer- the dog was probably 80-90 pounds- well over twice what my oldest child weighs.
April 21st, 20091:08 pm
I heard this morning on KC sports talk radio, that the Royals are moving Ho-Ram into the bullpen. Hmmm. Only 4 years, and 3 teams later, and somebody FINALLY has him in the right role.
I wonder if Coach suggested that at some point or another?
Forgot to add before, that the reason for my sarcasm on the reposting of old Coach rants isn’t neccesary to remind everybody that he’s over the top and stands by what he says/thinks. Anybody who can read already know that.
But while you’re at it, if you’re board, you could look up some old rants of mine and re-post those. That would be fun, huh?
Yeah. I don’t think so either.
Run Heap Run (11:58 am): “What we need is for the players we have to learn discipline at the plate. Would make a world of difference.”
Isn’t that pretty much the same thing as saying: “What we need is for the players we have to be better players”?
April 21st, 20091:09 pm
I agree with the bunting of Esco…he has been very susceptible to the double play since he hits the ball on the ground so much…and led the league or the braves last year in DPs. If they walk Chipper you have your clean-up hitter up with the bases loaded….isnt that what the cleanup hitter is for? (i do disagree with who is batting cleanup…but that isnt really part of the argument.)
April 21st, 20091:14 pm
This is a flawed team offensively. No real lead off man, no power in the outfield or first base.No real team speed to manufacture runs. As is will most likely finish 4th in division and lucky to play 500 ball.
Really? Are you still crying about that? Move on.
April 21st, 20091:15 pm
I’m not ignoring you…I’m trying to post a response to you…but the dagblame thing won’t post!
Man, if anyone says something on this blog that one are two (know it alls) don’t agree with, then you’re a fool,crackhead or something etc. Thank the Lord for smart people like TnJeff04,and Run heap run .
April 21st, 20091:16 pm
Maybe it’s just me but the comments from Steve from Oh about the success rate of bunting or stealing is a gamble I would like to take whenever presented. Let’s just take a scenario of a man on first with none out and a batter with a 273 avg is at the plate…that gives you approx a 25% chance that the batter will advance with a hit…probably the same chance he will walk but a 75% chance the batter will not be productive at all. The other benefit of the bunt is that even though you are giving up the out, you diminish the chance of the double play…if teams don’t want to play to the steal bunt type of offense then why do teams like lead off hitters that can steal bases along with the high obp? I guess my point is that most players aren’t as prolific at moving runners over as maybe a Chipper or McCann and the majority of the time runners are stranded at first.
JO-JO Reyes for Cy-Young…2009!!!
Martin Prado for NL MVP….2009!!!
See how silly that sounds?! Now lets go get another big game pitcher and a freaken BIG BAT!!!!
Also if anyone gets scared watching the Braves on TV lose this year, just keep repeating to yourself..ITS ONLY A GAME, ITS ONLY A GAME…
BTW if you saw Last House on the Left then you know what I am talking about lol.
April 21st, 20091:17 pm
OK…that posted. So let me try this one again:
Hmm…yeah, I see what you mean. I can’t stand 92 degrees either. I’m not heat-tolerant in any way, shape, or form. But this smell is horrid. And after you smell it once, you feel like you smell it for pretty much the rest of the day.
April 21st, 20091:18 pm
Yeah Random, I guess it is. From my living room it doesn’t seem like it’s asking a lot.
April 21st, 20091:20 pm
Braves are 12 or 13th in th NL in walks…15 or 16th in K’s. I wonder why that is? Hmm maybe swinging at way too many first pitches? Not seeing enough pitches?
To DOB, Carroll, and the AJC tech gurus:
For a future improvement to the site, would it be possible to put in a spell checker that looks only for the names of current and former Braves players? Everytime I see someone refer to “Schaeffer”, “Andersen”, or worst of all “Maddox”, it makes me cringe. At least nobody has misspelled “Jones” today….yet.
April 21st, 20091:21 pm
Golly, but this is bugging me!
Every time…almost every single time I try to talk to someone about their dog, the dumb Blog eats my post. It just won’t post!!
Unfortunately, “discipline at the plate” means “just stand there and take pitches, regardless of the game situation” to most of the bloggers loudly shouting for such “discipline”. That isn’t plate discipline, it’s passivity, and the calling for such “discipline” is simply clueless adherence to dogma.
Every AB is a different game situation, and calls for an approach appropriate to that situation. Sometimes you wait, sometimes you swing early. Approaching every AB with the same mindset gets you .250 in a heartbeat, I don’t care what count you swing at.
If you want to say that some of the Braves’ hitters do not correctly analyze the game situation and game-plan ABs accordingly, I might (might) go along with that. But all the blathering about “patience” and “discipline” is just regurgitation of Baseball Cliches 101, without regard for the actual moment of truth in the batter’s box.
April 21st, 20091:22 pm
But if a “know it all” does really know it all, if you disagree with that blogger, you probably are a crackhead or dimwit.
Don’t believe me, ask Random. He knows all, and has it archived too!
I bet those numbers increased from 1992 on, during the roid era.
BLESS YOU AMEN
April 21st, 20091:25 pm
We started well and now do not give a , not and now starts to leave things more rare of the world , mc cann with vision problems, in order, never going to come to nothing , never was attributable to sign to cox for 1 year , that was a mistake, you really believe that we are going to arrive at something with a chipper injured almost always , with problems now in the bullpen , mc dowell was the one that had to leave the braves and put in place to LEO MAZZONE and never made such move.
Sorry friends but not come to nothing, with a mgr that carries more years that MATUSALEM and with some coachs mediocre you believe that we are going to win something ? forgeit
TnJeff04 (née MFinBrian321)
April 21st, 20091:26 pm
Jeff321 (11:59 am): ” ‘Your statement that he does poorly in a MAJORITY of his starts is not accurate.’ (Wayne in Utah )
“2007 – 2W 2L ERA 6.22
“2008 – 3W 11L ERA 5.81
“2009 – 0W 1L ERA 7.94 (small sample size obviously)
“Sorry, I have never looked at a gamelog. However, I have looked at the above stats, and it looks to me like the majority of his starts are losses.”
No, looser — it looks to you like the majority of his DECISIONS are losses. But that doesn’t represent all his starts. There’s not enough info above to tell you about all his starts.
Do you know ANYthing about baseball?
April 21st, 20091:27 pm
DOB IS SO LAZY AND SUCH A SLACKER HE TAKES OFF MORE DAYS THAN ANYONE ELSE I KNOW YOU FOLLOW BASEBALL. ITS NOT LIKE YOU OUT THEIR DOING MANUAL LABOR!
April 21st, 20091:29 pm
BUD: You are exactly right. Are fundamentals worked on? Does hitters know to NOT pull the ball in certain situations? Has anyone practiced bunting? Why are the Braves always the worst at bunting or getting someone over?
April 21st, 20091:30 pm
JoJo Reyes is the best 5 inning pitcher in major league baseball (ok not really…but he does pitch well often until the 5th or 6th). He always has a awful 5th or 6th inning…that kills his overall start. He just isnt as good once people have seen him once or twice around in the batting order.
Patron Saint, here are a few of the top “timely” hitters in the league and their BA/RISP:
Escobar – .636
Francouer – .438
Chipper – .429
Mccann – .375
Johnson – .333
Diaz – .333
Kotchman – .308
and one from the bottom:
So only one Braves regular has a “timely” average below .300. Timely hitting has not been the problem on the offensive side. The main problem there has been the inability to work counts deeper, get some guys on base, and get into the bullpens of the opposing teams. However, they are currently middle of the pack in runs scored so we shouldn’t be too concerned about the offense. The main concern is that league worst bullpen ERA of almost 7 and their inability to throw strikes.
April 21st, 20091:31 pm
Didn’t mean to come across as a know it all but Frank Thomas being suggested on a blog that has hundreds of posts per day about how old and washed up Chipper and GA are just caught me off guard. Sorry buddy. I really don’t know much of anything, I should never be considered a know it all by anyone ever.
Maybe the blog is a cat person? (cat blog? cat…something?)
April 21st, 20091:32 pm
Better hold your glee over reyes to the pen, it’s only temporary. Due to Braves not needing 5 starters this time through the rotation.
Reyes will indeed be back in the starting rotation for the April 28th start against the St.Louis Cardinals provided there are no more rainouts between now and then.
April 21st, 20091:35 pm
When booby was talking about reyes not going to the pen, it was if the choice was between being a long man in ATL or a starter in AAA.
Nothing’s changed. Reyes is now the 5th starter. If Glavine returns healthy(seems doubtful) or Hanson is brought up(seems unlikely at the present time) Reyes will then head back to AAA to start in Gwinnett.
April 21st, 20091:36 pm
I’ll say it until everybody is sick of it… leadoff man! That little punk Furcal could’ve actually been useful about now, but…
How about we worry about one thing at a time, please. The pen is a question, but to avoid an ulcer, lets just worry about the hitting for now.
ncscoots–So are you saying that the Braves hitters are approaching their at bats well right now? Hacking at the first pitch constantly isn’t an approach, it’s impatience and the hitting coach is either ignoring those bad approaches or he is being ignored by the hitters.
Sure, sometimes that first pitch is the best one your gonna get and you should jump on it. If a pitcher has shown a tendency to throw first pitch fastballs over the plate, by all means jump all over it. But when guys are hacking at first pitches that are off the plate or high/low, that is a bad approach. Matt Diaz is a guy everyone talks about is an aggresive hitter, that’s his approach. That guy has had some of the worst at bats in the history of baseball because of it. Look at the three pitch strike out last week where he swung at the first and third pitch despite it being in the left handed batters box.
LT- A Blogger
April 21st, 20091:37 pm
II Cattivo (12:54)- I said same thing last weekend. Gotta be a paid schill to troll some blog repeating the same ad slogan. This blog would meet their demo. That’s easier to believe than someone being that big of an a-hole.
April 21st, 20091:38 pm
Paul, How many days a week and hours per week do you work? I guarantee DOB works significantly more hours/days per week than you work. And just because someone is not doing manual labor doesn’t mean it isn’t hard work. For example, I am a school psychologist at an alternative school for kids with emotional and behavioral disorders. Even though it’s not manual labor, it is definitely difficult and stressful work. But obviously your post was meant to start an argument on this blog and it is just a reflection on you, not DOB or anyone else. It’s sad that you are so unhappy with your life that you need to come on a blog to put down others.
April 21st, 20091:39 pm
Furcal?? The guy has a .320 OBP and one steal so far. How would that have made a difference so far?
Do a little homework on Reyes. He certainly doesn’t ALWAYS (your word) have a bad 5th or 6th. Won’t you folks just look at the facts. Look it up, you might be surprised to find that your NEVER’s and ALWAY’s are off base.
Again, I am not trying to apologize for Reyes. He might end up in the scrap heap. But heck, let’s let him do it of his own accord, after a sufficient trial of his skills. Let’s not give him the “Boyer” treatment.
Heck, where is all the indignation towards Kawakami???
April 21st, 20091:42 pm
Fred—Paul’s just Trolling, no response to that type of idiocy (we could have guessed it was idiocy without reading it since he had caps lock on anyway) is the best response.
April 21st, 20091:43 pm
TnBrian – Lol…lets not worry about the pen….(funny, but I agree…its just too hard to fix at this point)
April 21st, 20091:44 pm
BlawgDawg, You are correct, there really is no reason to respond to Paul’s idiocy. Thanks for pointing that out.
Look up Jjo-Jo’s good starts…he always is almost perfect thru 5 or 6…Braves need to know that…and pull him early.
April 21st, 20091:47 pm
His start against Pit…he went 5.2….5 ER….4 in the 6th…its a typical start…and probably after the 3rd or 4th he gave up knowing he wasnt going to get any run support….that game was depressing.
Thanks Run Heap Run, respect your opinion it was the name calling. Respect you more now for owning up. We’re all Braves fans. Bless you friend.
Must be. I’m gonna try this again…
If it’s not 92 degrees, I will take the dead deer
April 21st, 20091:50 pm
travis (1:16 pm): “Maybe it’s just me but the comments from Steve from Oh about the success rate of bunting or stealing is a gamble I would like to take whenever presented.”
Also, check out this article.
Must be. I don’t know why it won’t go through. It’s really starting to tick me off. As if I wasn’t agitated enough already…
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