11:17 am April 22, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
April 23rd, 200910:42 am
So, does Jo-Jo start tomorrow against the Padres? — What you eating for lunch today
What, are the Braves loaning him to the Pirates? (Pittsburgh is playing the Padres tomorrow. The Braves are in Cincy.)
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!
April 23rd, 200910:46 am
Is Escobar back at 100%. I read on here on MOnday that he played at 80%? I don’t know who determines what percentile of health they are at but I’m just trying to pin point what is off by Escobar. I think he is turned in towards first in his stance much more heavily then has been in the past. I distinctively remember him hitting mammoth HR’s to LF in the past. I can’t see him ever turning on a pitch for a bomb to left with this stance. Everything he hits is to the right and he only has warning track power to RF. I’d say right now Chipper is at about 70% and McCann currently at 60%. You know Chipper ain’t goin to well when all he hits are singles. Something needs to explain this trend of not scoring for 10, 15, 17 innings at a time. I think the reason is with all of these non-power singles hitters you need to string 3 hits or 2 hits and an error or 1 hit and 3 walks to get a run. Is it the weather??
April 23rd, 200910:48 am
Sethual: It’s because Hanson is piling up nearly 100 pitches in those first five innings. That’s a lot, especially this early. They’re just because cautious with him. Figuring, what’s the sense in having him throw 120 pitches in six innings in a Triple-A game in April?
April 23rd, 200910:51 am
I was just pointing out that it wasn’t a “lazy fly homer” as you said. I don’t know that we’ll see his power return or not. Supposedly it will with time, but we can’t tell yet. But I know he can’t hit homers if he doesn’t put the ball into play, and the new approach seems to be helping out a lot with that. Dude is just going to take heat no matter what apparently. I’m pleased with how he is progressing (he’s right back up there with 2 out RBIs) and I’m hopeful that his power #’s will return too.
April 23rd, 200910:52 am
Monty, I’m with you on Gonzo. I’m not comfortable with him on the mound on the 9th in a close game. And while I think he looks cool as hell rocking back and forth up there like a cobra, he rarely delivers his average fastball to the spot it’s supposed to go. Even when he’s had success, I’ve been really disappointed with his accuracy. I also think you’re right that in large part it’s how erratic he is that keeps some hitters off balance.
Numbers aside, Soriano looks much better out there. You get the feeling he has a plan up there whereas Gonzo is just chucking it.
Chuck James: I wasn’t in D.C., so I’ll have to defer to others to determine whether Escobar was at 80, 83, 87 or, who knows, possibly even the mid- to upper-90 percent range, in terms of health.
April 23rd, 200910:53 am
I feel more comfortable watching him hit 6th or 7th. He is so much more at ease down there and something needs to be changed because this trend of not scoring for long droughts is assanine. If they continue playing the way they have on offense this is easily a 105-loss team. Not scoring for long-long stretches against the Pirates and Nationals for days at end? Very disturbing…
What’s the worst that could happen if Schafer gets the nod for leadoff for the time being? The kid obviously has an ego, albeit much hidden after his humbling suspension etc. But the ego is undoubtedly still there. Who knows? You put a kid like that in the leadoff spot and he can spark the whole lineup to success. I remember him hitting a clutch 2B in the 9th on Tuesday night when the game was on the line and I remember seeing Kelly hit a lazy pop fly right behing SS when the game was on the line. I know it’s one example but I think you benefit from trying this flip-flop and making 2 players more comfortable. Schafer is faster too. The walks will come for him as he eases into the roll. Having Schafer bat 8th is probably killing his fire and ego a little. I know it’s there.
April 23rd, 200910:55 am
Great game last night…doesnt matter how you win them…they all count the same in the end! Here is my question…why did Bobby pinch hit Norton last night…then pinch hit…Prado for him? Was there any reasoning to this?
Pepperidge Blogs Remembers
N8 (10:22 pm): “Yes. I must add as well. Nice game tonight. Tough win. Well pitched game.”
Coach (April 23rd, 2009 12:53 am): “This wasn’t so much a win as it was a gift from the Nationals pitching. But, I’ll take it. 7-8 is much better than being 6-9.
“All in all, it’s been an up and down season so far. I’m not in the least bit surprised.”
April 9th, 2009
N8 (10:03 pm): “Coach, your 9:49 ['It’s just one game, another one run loss….. And if our Braves win 88 games and some other team wins the wild card with 89, then what?'] is dead on. Too many people want to say “it’s a long season” or “it’s just one game”.
“I wonder when people type that or say it calling into the sports talk shows, if they realize that in 4 of the past 5 NL Wild-Card races, it’s been decided by 1 game. The other year (2006) was a 3 game margin.
“If we’re a serious contender and we fail by one game to get in. This will likely be the game that stings the most. Yes. The 3rd game of the year, could turn out to be THAT important.”
No, once again, as sometimes does happen, Coach is dead OFF.
You’re both emptily indulging yourselves in masticatory* meaningless mental mind games, is all.
How many games will the Braves win this season that they should have lost? At least one? I’d say that’s a safe bet. In that case, it’s a push.
If you can accept an undeserved good luck win, you should accept the undeserved hard luck loss. Over a full season, it all comes out in the wash, and teams end up where they deserve to be.
*You know, like when you throw up in your mouth a little, and chew it?
18 Wheels: Agreed on Soriano last night. Looked like the old Soriano. Now that I can see closing.
Run Heap Run
April 23rd, 200910:59 am
Thanks DOB, I didn’t know the rule. Of course I know that it didn’t pertain to just KJ. Come on..
April 23rd, 200911:00 am
Any reports on Anderson and if he will be dled or we will have to wait till tomorow?
My point about these percentages when Carroll says, “Escobar in lineup, says he’s at 85%.” is what does that mean?? When a guy says he is not 100% and is playing terribly you question these things. I know Chipper won’t say a word but it is clear when you look at a sample of his hits, that although he has a 3B and a 2B in his last 10 AB’s, this is Chipper Funkin’ Jones! AKA HOF’er to be, 410 HR’s, Power-House Chipper, not slap a ball down the line on 9 hops to Adam Dunn and run hard. Not seeing eye single up the middle Chipper. That is the injured Chipper. He is just so freakin good that when he is in agony he goes 1-3 with a BB and 2 Runs so his injury is not exploited. But to a fan like myself who has watched him for 13+ years, you know right away when he is hurt. He hits tappers back to the mound, rolls over the ball for weak dribblers for easy outs in late and close situations. That is not the HOF Chipper Jones.
I wonder where his health at with his hand is? I don’t want a 80% update because why would Chipper tell you, “Oh yeh, my hand? It’s at like 25%.” It’s obvious he is half the player we all know right now. I give him credit for hangin in there and slappin those singles and being a presence. But from the Left-Side atleast he has zero power, Righty he is hackin pretty good. It’s just obvious he isn’t healthy now, sure as hell ain’t 100%, my eyes would pop if he told you that.
April 23rd, 200911:01 am
Their sending Anderson to the glue factory…
DOB….yes it has been an RBI (walk with bases loaded) oh, since about 1887.
Tom O’….Soriano was dealing no question but it was his movement and setting up the hitters. Reminds me of Field Of Dreams when Shoeless Joe mentioned to Moonlight Graham “now he just through it in your ear look for outside but watch out for in your ear”. 91-92 MPH scares absolutely nobody if it is straight down Peachtree. For the last 3 years we have had a tremendous amount of quality pitchers on every team in the Richmond high school scene. Every top pitcher threw 90+.
I was sitting near the Braves scout Billy Best at a HS game last week. His radar gun pointed squarely at the batters box. 184.108.40.206.88.92. I could go on and on. The Giants, Nats, college coaches all with guns reading similar numbers. This is common place where top schools play around the country. So true, nobody is enamored with 90 mph but they are enamored with 90+ that moves and a pitcher can set up hitters. Huge difference.
April 23rd, 200911:02 am
This is off topic… but how the hell does someone get 383 strikeouts in one season. What did Nolan Ryan eat???
April 23rd, 200911:03 am
Serge, just going by how they treated Anderson in ST it looks as if he will be DL’d retroactive to 4/19. So it’s more like a 10-day DL stint. I prefer to see him on the DL miss the next 3 series, then come out hackin, healthy. I don’t want Anderson to try to be a hero and come in at “80%” and then re-injur it this weekend.
April 23rd, 200911:04 am
As sad as it is, there is nowhere else to turn. This team needs Garrett Anderson back healthy ASAP. His healthy bat is crucial for the rest of the season.
April 23rd, 200911:07 am
most optimistic a braves fan can be and im still not that crazy about g. anderson maybe he will do something to prove me wrong but i think he is just on the downhill slide and a quick one at that specially with the injury
speaking of Chuck James…where is that guy these days???
Question from my wife
April 23rd, 200911:09 am
“Is Brian Jordan really a Braves legend?”
Entering tonight’s game:
The “lowly” Pirates – 9-6
The “suckable” Reds – 8-6
The “towers-lead ” Padres – 8-6
The “frinkin” Royals – 8-6
The “?” Mariners – 9-6
All have better records that the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Rays, A’s and Angels. If it’s not still early, then are these teams “better” and will fans give them the respect that they deserve? Or is it still early because fans still refer to these teams as “suckage”?
April 23rd, 200911:10 am
Chuck James can be spotted at your local Home Depot.
Serge, I think that was the point of waiting until Friday on G. Anderson — to see if the off day helped, if he’d be ready to play this weekend. If he’s not, then they’ll likely DL him.
April 23rd, 200911:14 am
I, in my humble opinion, see a lot of reasons to be positive about the Braves right now. Does anybody really think McCann will continue to hit .195,Kelly hit so poorly?? Slumps will stop but our starting pitching is good and our bullpen is rounding into shape and not being overworked. I also believe it is time to leadoff with Schafer and shake up the lineup. I think better things are ahead.
April 23rd, 200911:18 am
Why did Norton pinch hit last night in the 9th?
April 23rd, 200911:19 am
Chuck James was a Lowe’s employee, window installer to be exact if I remember correctly. He was solid for 2 years until the 6th as you all might know.
April 23rd, 200911:22 am
Amen, CB, amen. The issue with McCann has nothing to with ability though. He will continue to hit .200 if he doesn’t get his vision back to “100%” however. He looks uncomfortable the last 2 nights and rightfully so. So I will give him said alotted week and see how he responds. If it’s May 5th and he still has 1 HR and is batting .200 then you know something is still very wrong.
April 23rd, 200911:23 am
Norton was announced last night, but when Acta brought in the LH’er Hinckley, Bobby wisely went with Prado who had an outstanding AB and set up Kelly for the dramatic GW walk to smash the Nats 1-0 and end their 8-Game slide in D.C.
April 23rd, 200911:28 am
CB Does anybody really think McCann will continue to hit .195?
OK, you asked for it:
If he goes 3-4 tomorrow, he’ll be up to .244; if he goes 3-3, he’ll be at .250.
Let’s take it one step further: Suppose he plays 2 games in Cincy. A nice 4-6 in those games would give him an AVG of .255. Now, I’m not expecting that, of course, I mean…gotta give the man a chance to get used to that contact lens. Just pointing it out.
Course, 6 ABs is kinda low. Let’s say 7…4-7. That’s still a .250 AVG…toss in one or two RBI, and everything’s peachy-keen, right?
April 23rd, 200911:29 am
Luis Vizcaino is going to be available, and we’d only have to pay him the minimum. Should we bite? Vizcaino to Moylan to Soriano to Gonzalez would be pretty formidable. Or how about Nelson Figueroa, as he is refusing the Met’s AAA Assignment.
That doesnt really make sense…why not bring in Prado in the first place? You are wasting a player…?
April 23rd, 200911:33 am
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th If it’s May 5th and he still has 1 HR and is batting .200 then you know something is still very wrong.
Very…’cause he’s got two homers. Sorry, not trying to be a smart-aleck.
He has looked uncomfortable at the plate. So it is tough to say whether this trip to Cincy came at just the right time, or just the wrong time. I guess we’ll know soon…I wish they were playing tonight…
I’m willing to give him the week, too…but it’s hard not to get my hopes up for this series in Great American Ballpark.
April 23rd, 200911:35 am
Nelson Figueroa is the worst player in baseball, literally and seriously.
The Patron Saint of the Lost Art
MFin04…Bobby was going to go with the switch-hitting Norton against the RHP, but when the Nats brought in the LHP, Bobby went with the right-handed Prado.
You could say wasting a player, but Norton is only meant for pinch-hitting…and in some cases bluffing the other team into changing pitchers. Playing the lefty-righty matchup is a move Bobby has been doing for 20 years.
April 23rd, 200911:36 am
Lefty-Righty matchup. Norton is a switch hitter but is better as a lefty. Acta brought in the lefty to face Norton. Bobby countered by pinch hitting Prado.
The irony is, Norton hasn’t had a hit this season so its a resounding success to get Prado in to face a pitcher who was tired. Looking at the stats, the lefty/righty matchup doesn’t matter much for Prado.
April 23rd, 200911:37 am
So after Tuesday night…Bobby was really going to hit Norton again? Bad move. And if he was really trying to bluff…why wouldnt Acta call the bluff and bring in another pitcher to face Prado?
April 23rd, 200911:38 am
All we heard from Anders this Spring was how Soriano was worthless and that Anders was so amazing because he called it when we gave Soriano a 2 year contract…um where is Anders talking about Soriano? (Eric from MO)
Sorry, been tending to my NY Rangers of late. Nothing like playoff hockey!
Anyway, as for Soriano – The Braves signed him to a two year deal for about $10 mil to be their closer.He pitched 14 innings last year with 3 saves. He’s pitched 7 innings this year with 2 saves. Based on this your saying I was wrong? You sir,are one tough critic.
For the record, what I did say last year the day after the Braves signed him was that something was fishy about him signing that low ball (for a closer) 2 year contract on the verge of free agency. I wondered if he had an injury and knew it so he was cashing in. DOB felt Soriano just wanted to assure security for his family as quickly as possible. Then he showed up to ST hurt. Lasted about a month and was hurt for most of the year. Those are the facts. I stand by my opinion.
I would warn before you claim victory this year I would at least wait until he pitches for a couple of months in a row first.
Before I get jumped for patting myself on the back I’m just answering a post about me from last night.
Ok if he has 2 HR’s on May 5th and is ba……
McCann says he needs to adjust to it with the lights and unfortunately, off today and 2 day games this weekend. I’ll have my eye on him for the upcoming night games. His production along with Chipper’s will determine whether this team succeeds, period. So Chipper at 75% with his hand and McCann semi-blind, maybe that is why they go on 10-inning-18 innings scoring droughts consistently.
April 23rd, 200911:39 am
So Bobby really should have brought Prado in all along and not wasted a player…if the L/R matchup doesnt matter for Prado.
April 23rd, 200911:40 am
DOB…Did you think MLB will be change the rule of give a pitcher a win that just have 1/3 of the inning intead to the pitcher that picth 2/3.
Last night the Win go to Gonzo instead of Jurrjens . That not fair.
April 23rd, 200911:42 am
MFin04…if I am not mistaken there may be a rule that prevents Acta from immediately switching pitchers before facing a single batter.
Norton has struggled (no hits in his first 12? 13? 15 ABs?) but it isnt as if he will never hit again.
April 23rd, 200911:43 am
Also did anybody reads Mark Bowmans blog? He wasnt too kind towards Anderson (Calling him a manaquin)
April 23rd, 200911:44 am
For Jersey Girl- I say NO. Gonzo was the pitcher of record when the Braves scored what turned out to be the winning rung. Tough break for Jurrjens, but that’s baseball.
The Patron Saint: “MFin04…if I am not mistaken there may be a rule that prevents Acta from immediately switching pitchers before facing a single batter.”
That is correct. Unless imjured, a relief pitcher must face at least 1 batter before he can be removed.
Prado 2nd in teams AVG, OBP and OPS only behing Ross(9 ABs), you can call it coincidence……….but the kid knows how to hit, he DESERVES to play more games than Cox gives him………. and KJ deserves to play less than he gets. This is not (only) a personal thing against KJ…… it is the truth…….
Anders, I live in the Tri-State and I watch alot of baseball and I must say the Mets are doomed man. All other teams aside, just looking at them. They have Santana then NOTHING! Maine, Perez, Pelfrey, Hernandez?? All bums, straight up bums. I love that we get to have Perez in our league for 3 years at 12$ million at that. I don’t know why they ever relied on Maine to begin with, he has never had a long durable and solid season and Pelfrey put up way too many innings last year and is already out with a mysterious injury and Hernandez is what he is, a 30 start guy if you start him 30 games with a 5.00+ ERA. You guys are in for a long summer with that rotation and Murphy’s LF prowess.
Again, I said all other teams aside, just focusing on the Mets.
Norton probably bats better against righties(can’t say for sure) but he could bat either way so when the left hander was brought in Prado is the “hot man” right now and eats left handers up. So Bobby burned Norton to get the match up he wanted. Lefty against righty. But the right, righty. “Get it, got it, did it.”
April 23rd, 200911:45 am
Here is the rule:
10.17 Winning And Losing Pitcher
(a) The official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher that pitcher whose team assumes a lead while such pitcher is in the game, or during the inning on offense in which such pitcher is removed from the game, and does not relinquish such lead.
April 23rd, 200911:46 am
That rule will never change and it really shouldn’t. It not fair, maybe, but that is the rule in baseball for ages.
Beautiful and a math major that is why we all love you McFann!
April 23rd, 200911:47 am
Prado and Infante vs Norton is a no-brainer right now for pinch hitting. Interesting…if you can’t bring in another pitch right away? That doesnt make much sense why you couldnt though.
And if they wanted JJ to get a win…they could have left him in…Im not sure they expected to score in the 9th anyways, thoughh.
wheelz007 …I know the rule..what i say is this is an unfair rule.
April 23rd, 200911:48 am
*Also did anybody reads Mark Bowmans blog? He wasnt too kind towards Anderson (Calling him a manaquin)*
That is the best analogy I have heard, that is pinpoint on.
April 23rd, 200911:49 am
Are we really talking “fair” and “unfair”? It’s the rules man, literally for ages.
April 23rd, 200911:52 am
DOB: anybody calling that a “vultured” win last night? Haven’t seen that term used yet this season, but it should rank right up there with other baseball cliches still used…….can of corn………toe the bump
You traveling today or enjoying the day off in Cincy?
April 23rd, 200911:54 am
ESPN the Magazine story on Jordan Schafer
Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!
What does the mood in the clubhouse feel like? Are the players happy, sad, upset, angry at what has happen so far this season? Do they feel they can turn it around?
April 23rd, 200911:56 am
as consistent as frenchy has been with the hits so far this year does it seem like to you guys that he is just missin on some balls i mean not gettin the good part of the bat on the ball…i believe when he starts doin that he will really take off
April 23rd, 200911:59 am
Chuck James – Too early to say anything yet. We need to give all these teams 35 – 40 games to see what they are. The Mets brought back the same club from last year with a rebuilt bullpen. I’m willing to wait this out a bit to see how they play. As for Murphy – when did having a lock down defensive genius in left become a requirement? Certainly not last year in Philly. That seemed to work out ok for them. Murphy needs work for sure but he’s a victim of the NY media on a feeding frenzy. That’s what makes it so tough up here. Being from these parts I’m sure you know this. I’d bet if the Braves had Murphy this off season they’d have gone no where near Anderson and Murphy would be playing left with spot duty by Diaz.
That Schafer story was like a 4th grade essay on your favorite baseball player. Hope the writer didnt get much for that story. Good to see a positive story about Jordan though. Glad to have him on the team…he is only going to get better.
April 23rd, 200912:03 pm
Yeah I think the guys in the Bravos clubhouse are happy to have Schafer there and realize that he has changed, and you gotta respect his work ethics.
April 23rd, 200912:05 pm
In the days of Cy Young, as I understand it, the official scorer had liberty to give the “Win” to whichever pitcher the official scorer felt had pitched the best.
It might be interesting for a historian to go back and review the box score of every game Cy Young pitched, and see what his actual win total would be under modern rules.
April 23rd, 200912:06 pm
Ha. Ya that story was bad.
April 23rd, 200912:07 pm
Burrell was a 30+ HR guy for years though so his defense was tolerable. His defense in 15 games has already, alone, caused them 2 games. Santana’s start in Florida and the decisive 4-4 tie breaking stumble-fall that was comical, if you are not a Mets fan. I don’t see 20 HR potential in him, let alone 30. I agree the media is vicious up here, SNY and Mike have been crushing him and the team. But with that rotation things won’t change. Garrett Anderson, WHEN HEALTHY, is beyond solid, so hopefully they can get him back to form, if not then it looks like we have our Daniel Murphy in LF in form of Garrett Anderson. But in all honesty, tell me right now that for the rest of the year, starting today that you want Daniel Murphy over Anderson, both 100% healthy and you are telling me alot.
You’re right though, I think 40 games is a good sample and you can see better what you got, I’m just saying that after 15 it is looking like things might get worse in that rotation and for Murphy.
April 23rd, 200912:10 pm
cphizzle, lets hope he actually does start doing that.
April 23rd, 200912:16 pm
I know that Soriano wasn’t lighting up the radar gun, just throwing 93-94 according to the announcers , but his fastball seems to hit another gear about 2/3 of the way to the plate, (seemingly) speeding up. As I was watching him pitch, the way his fastballs were thrown reminded me of Nolan Ryan’s,”the Ryan Express.” His pitches also seemed to have a burst of acceleration 2/3 of the way home.
April 23rd, 200912:17 pm
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!–
Good point about the day games…huh, that figures. I’m thinking he’s gonna play two of the games in Cincy–either Friday and Sunday, or Saturday and Sunday. It’d be good if he played on Friday.
I’ll have my eye on him, too…but I’m sure you knew that.
So Chipper at 75% with his hand and McCann semi-blind, maybe that is why they go on 10-inning-18 innings scoring droughts consistently.
I don’t doubt that at all.
Thanks, CB! How’d you know I was beautiful?
April 23rd, 200912:18 pm
Haha yeah… I got excited and posted the link before I read it. It was really horrible. Anyone on this blog could have written that.
April 23rd, 200912:19 pm
Choppinmama anybody calling that a “vultured” win last night?
That would be ironic, seein’ as how the woods behind our house have been filled with vultures.
Same ole S***,Different Year
April 23rd, 200912:21 pm
Chuck James- I did go back and read Bowman. Wow. Good for the reporter to call like it is. This player is major DEPRESSED I think. Hes missing the California lifestyle and the fact HIS team gave up on him. Unless he has torn something…an injury like this doesn’t take 6 weeks to become 95% healthy. He IS a HEAD CASE!
April 23rd, 200912:22 pm
Yeh, that CB comment surprised me a little too, but I let it slide because this is a Braves blog, but now that McFann brought it up…CB?
Willster-You have a ball signed by Burt Hotten? Has it been authenticated?
April 23rd, 200912:24 pm
Brandon Jones looks like better option……even if its only for his AGE.
Thanks for the post though, there was some great qoutes atleast but MFin04 you’re right, it’s like a 4th grader wrote it, haha.
Francoeur leads the team in hits (19) and RBI (11), so lets not argue with progress at the moment…the home runs will come, even if accidentally. His approach at the plate has changed so much that given a second time around the league, I would wager that he figures out the pitchers before they figure him out. He has (for the most part) been laying off that outside breaking ball, which has been a huge improvement, and although he is getting jammed alot, it is still not a good idea to pitch him there consistently.
Chuck James – Murphy is getting way too much attention imo. The Mets need to hit with risp and get 6 to 7 innings out of guys not named Santana and what Murphy does will fade into the background where it belongs.
If there starters don’t step up then they will absolutely have a problem. Time will tell.
April 23rd, 200912:25 pm
One thing I don’t get is…if McCann is having soo much trouble adjusting…why not give Ross…who is making a lot of money for a backup catcher….some playing time.
Chuck James – how is forearm tendinitis a “mysterious” ailment? Seems pretty cut and dried to me. It’s tendinitis. And it happens in the forearm. What’s the mystery? Or do you not understand one or both of the words “forearm” and “tendon”? Would it be more clear to you if they just called it a Grabber-Ouchy?
April 23rd, 200912:26 pm
Oh sorry, didnt mean to sound rude…thanks for posting the Schafer article!
McFann unfortunately my Rally McTurtle seems to be in a major slump right now- I went 0-10 last week, which takes a considerable (lack of) effort in fantasy baseball…Oh well, it’s a long season!
Random question: Can anyone tell me how the tempature can drop almost 30 degrees in 2 days? It went from ridiculously hot to really cold (at least in my world) almost overnight…
April 23rd, 200912:27 pm
Great points, I just wish he could do this with serious power, The Natural cover was unfair but he lived up to it so I have been waiting for it…Correction though, he hasn’t been laying off the outside breaking ball, even better, he is taking that pitch and lining it to right for hits. I love this approach he has, I am just anxious for the power…
McFann, maybe Mac should drive around Cincinnati tonight and find a cage that is open so he can get some BP “under the lights”?
April 23rd, 200912:30 pm
I think the blog ate my post…damn
anyways- McFann- Unfortunately my Rally McTurtle seems to be in a major slump right now…I managed to go 0-10 last week, which takes a considerable (lack of ) effort in fantasy baseball. Oh well, the season is young and our boy should start hitting soon (PLEASE LET HIM START HITTING SOON!!!)
What’s the worst that could happen if Schafer gets the nod for leadoff for the time being? (Chuck James)
Oh, maybe he puts undue pressure to be something he’s not yet, like say, when he hit two homers in the first week and then struck out like 10 times in his next 15 at bats because he suffered from Furcal-itis, trying to be Mr. Slugger all of a sudden. Just leave him at 8th for the first 80 games, where he doesn’t feel the pressure to do anything but survive as a major leaguer
April 23rd, 200912:31 pm
Did I strike a nerve, bud? I’m sorry I don’t get daily updates on your #2 starter. I just know he missed a start to “rest”. That was what I heard this past weekend. Sounds good to me though, I like that “elbow tendinitis in the Mets #2 starting pitcher” …Has a nice flow to it!
April 23rd, 200912:32 pm
Who are the braves playing next
you can tell frenchies approach has changed dramatically but that being said you can also tell that it absoulutley kills him to lay off some pitches, once it gets to a 2-2 count he is swinging
April 23rd, 200912:33 pm
Gonzo looked good the last 2 outings, his fastball was nasty last night
The big closer has looked in awesome form and fatty Moylan looks a little fitter and his pitching is more effective…
Now let us bring up the Medlen kid and Tommy Smoltz II and call it a year…….
April 23rd, 200912:35 pm
You ever think Kelly is getting undue pressure there? He sure as heck ain’t succeeding. Schafer had those 10 K’s ’cause he was hacking for the parking lot, if you havn’t noticed he has cut that swing down alot and is making solid contact freuqently. So you think they should stick with said lineup and score 1.5 runs a game? Something needs and has to change, where are your bright ideas? I think Schafer can do it and I know his ego thinks he can too, that is what a superstar playing in the making does, takes on challenges and succeeds. I was just saying if any young talent can do it, it’s him, he has the skills, tools and confidence to do it, so I’m saying TRY IT. Not set it in stone….
April 23rd, 200912:36 pm
Anders – Murphy is just plain awful, the worst OF in MLB (fielding) but the kid can hit………
My doormen are all Mets fans and they were spewing over bonehead Beltran’s NON SLIDE the other night….. If I was Manuel I would put Sheff at LF and keep Church in RF…….. get Murphy a lesson or 2 in fielding flyballs
April 23rd, 200912:37 pm
Chuck James – That post was from reality not me. Apparently someone’s nerves are frayed. Not being able to follow the flow of information and all.
April 23rd, 200912:38 pm
Chuck James – I know, it seems everyone is anxious (just look at McFann!) about one thing or another these days! But if Frenchy came out of the box hitting with power, it might have lead to him believing that he has it all figured out, then next thing you know, snap, same ole Frenchy again! You worry that early success may lead to a big head and then the next coming of Andruw Jones (by that I mean stubbornness) happens. So his continued approached at the plate is very encouraging, even after some success, and well, I see that as a good thing. If pitchers continue to pitch him in, or even better, away, and he knows this…the power will come.
April 23rd, 200912:41 pm
That might be a good idea…
Dang…sorry about that! Maybe I’ll have a little talk with Mr. McTurtle. (Look at ‘im–trying to hide! Well, he can’t get away from me!)
Yeah, the season’s young…he oughta start hitting soon…Just gotta keep the faith!
If Cox had let Norton stay in, he would have gotten roasted on this blog. He made the Nationals change pitchers and the Braves one without a big hit. Whatever Bobby did, he got the most out of the least. Tip yer cap
April 23rd, 200912:42 pm
Arg…cabravesfan didn’t bold…
Just call me Ms. Anxious!
April 23rd, 200912:43 pm
(sry, I’m dumb)
We need someone that takes pitches in the 1-spot…but no one on this team really takes a lot of pitches…draws walks…etc. Schafer has the speed for the 1-spot but…really doesn’t know how to hit yet/draw walks being a rookie (no I didnt say the kid can’t hit, he can). Infante actually is a really good idea for the lead-off spot..but he isnt going to start over Schafer or KJ…so I dont know what you do. Infante could play left? I like Diaz there…but Diaz isnt a leadoff hitter…and we really need a leadoff hitter. Its this huge circle…thoughts?
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