3:48 pm June 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
June 26th, 20091:25 pm
It does seem like that, doesn’t it? Although, the Cubs were playing great until they came in here Monday. Toronto earlier this year was playing well until they came to Atlanta.
It does seem like the struggling teams are getting better against the Braves far more than the hot teams cooling off against them, but it’s not completely one sided.
shaun makes a good point, that if kotchman and kelly make a correction toward their career averages, then the braves are in for a ride, because they have a long way to correct to!
anderson has already started correcting toward his season averages, and pretty much everyone else is right on target. so, better days for this offense could be to come!
June 26th, 20091:26 pm
Buffalo NY Braves Fan – great comments on McLouth, agreed.
McFann – Are the new ASG “standings” up? I can’t find them. Funny that everyone is all up in arms over Y. Molina.
Steve from OH
Is anyone else a bit worried about Lowe? 2 less than stellar games and 1 hard luck loss in his last 3. I hope he can figure it out soon.
Absolutely not. His ERA before interleague play was 3.44. He was a bit off his game and ran into a couple of really good offenses. His body of work up to that point speaks for itself.
June 26th, 20091:27 pm
You can’t really go from being a closer to starter in the middle of a season. Would need to stretch out your arm for the additional innings required.
June 26th, 20091:28 pm
GA – present: .281/.311/.388
GA – career: .296/.327/.467
Francoeur – present: .253/.286/.355
Francoeur – career: .267/.309/.425
Johnson – present: .219/.290/.368
Johnson – career: .265/.347/.429
Kotchman – present: .266/.326/.377
Kotchman – career: .269/.335/.408
I can’t see Anderson posting a .467 SLG this season. I mean, it’s possible. He has one season above .446 since 2003. The guy is just older now.
Francoeur may get there, and if he does, I’m pretty sure anyone would take that at this point.
Kotchman is 40 points of OPS off his career line. 9 points from his career OBP.
It’s really Kelly Johnson, and not that he is the only one sucking, but that we all know he is a better hitter than this. He was too good of a hitter in his minor league career and in his first two full major league seasons to be performing this way.
June 26th, 20091:29 pm
This debate could go on forever, but my only statement on it is this:
Schafer looks like a rookie in CF while
McLouth looks like an All-Star Gold Glove Veteran in CF.
(You don’t see Nate giving up ridiculous triples, misjudging balls, etc.)
Steve from OH,
I have to agree with you there. Between Schafer and McLouth, not too many balls are going to fall in our OF. Offensively Schafer can’t do any worse than Loaf, Diaz, or Francoeur (although he is hitting better).
I’m not exactly an optomist when it comes to Francoeur, but it does look like he is turning it around a bit. I think he may just be a guy thats going to hit 15-18 HR’s and drive in 80. We all got a bit spoiled when he hit 30 bombs and thought he was the next big thing.
June 26th, 20091:30 pm
Efrim–yeah, Kelly’s offensive swoon is really hurting us. If he’d have been posting the line he did in 2007, we might be in first right now (exaggeration, but for effect).
June 26th, 20091:32 pm
Steve from OH, I’m not neccessarily “worried” about Lowe as much as I am ticked off that hardly anybody blames him for not being able to win a series in a month. The guy just hasn’t buckled down and given us a shot in his last few outings like a “#1″ should do. Now, you can throw out his stats from his last few starts at me all day long, but I’ve watched every one of his starts this year and he’s recently been anything but solid. He really needs to straighten out his flaws out there or we’ll be out of it soon.
June 26th, 20091:33 pm
Burdell, You have alot of “if” in your blog. If we knew the answer it would save alot of time and money.
KJ has proved to me that you can be absolutely right on something and totally wrong at the same time. As a KJ supporter, at start of season I thought that this would be the season where he finally became consistent which was completely right but along with that I thought he would be consistently good which was totally wrong.
Toronto has a good team, but I believe at the time they played us they had not played Boston or New York hardly at all. So they’re record was achieved by playing the weaker teams. A little over inflated. We had that stellar performance that Friday night by KK and it carried over. We havent won a series since sometime in MAy?
June 26th, 20091:34 pm
I’m worried about Lowe, like I said, he isn’t pitching like an ace and is getting singled to death the last few games.
Given up 16 runs in 11+ innings.
Raised his era 1 whole run from 3.5 to 4.5 in 3 starts. 7 walks to 2 Ks in those games. Not good…not good at all.
You ace should give you a chance to win every time he pitches. He has had games of giving up 5, 6, 7, and 8 runs in a game. You just don’t want to see that out of your ace!
June 26th, 20091:36 pm
Steve, I’ll also say that I’m glad Lowe is a Brave and Burnett is a Yankee, and Lowe will fix his flaws out there. But, he deserves some blame for the teams downfalls this year, especially lately.
Frank from KS
June 26th, 20091:40 pm
While MJ’s death came as quite a shock to me since I was a child of the 80’s and he was certainly a HUGE part of the 80’s…and my generation’s Elvis….I would like to say one thing to the media….”Hey, btw…actress Farrah Fawcett passed away yesterday too…in-case, ya didn’t know”.
It seems that they’ve been talking/reporting MJ’s death as it’s been more important news story than Farrah’s death which I think is VERY disrespectful by the media.
June 26th, 20091:43 pm
Agreed about Lowe. Nothing special as of last several starts. He really is more dependent now on his location than I remember. If he isn’t at the knees he get’s lit up. He doesn’t pitch to contact nearly as much as people on here give him credit for either. He as of late he has become such a “nibbler” driving up his pitch count. I don’t see it being because his sinker is just darting so much he can’t control it as it had been earlier in the year. He just seems really reluctant to allow hitters to hit it now.
June 26th, 20091:44 pm
i wouldnt say im worried about lowe, but he has not been as sharp his last three games. i didnt see the start against boston, but the other two starts where he really struggled, it was the opposition doing it to him. he was struggling with control big time.
They don’t have the new standings up yet–just that article saying that there’s not much time left to vote (wrong time to be slumping, BMac!). I just thought some of the comments were “int’resting”. (B. Molina best offensive catcher in the NL? Seriously? I’ll admit that he gets overlooked, but…)
June 26th, 20091:45 pm
Frank, the news and media capture the “shocking” stuff and apparantly his death was. She was battling a disease and when she died it was kinda expected. That’s a shame and agree it’s disrespectful.
“What if he (Cox) comes back next season? Should we just continue to say goodbye to him on a regular basis?”
Then we can forget about the Braves winning the World Series in 2010.
Donkey in the dugout
June 26th, 20091:46 pm
Lowe averaged a K/9 rate of 6.00 in LA over the last four years. It’s currently at 4.8, lowest of his career. But it’s pretty early in the season to freak out over something like this. Maybe by August if this is still the case, then you’d question it.
June 26th, 20091:49 pm
I knew there was a reason I liked you.
June 26th, 20091:51 pm
Didn’t Lowe start out slow with the Dodgers last year and got better in second half?
Wayne in Utah
Horrible Bullpen? I don’t know. Soriano, Moylan and Gonzo have been fairly consistent and strong lately. That part is certainly not horrible.
Besides the closer and a set up man or two, the bullpen usually consists of pitchers who aren’t good enough to start anywhere else.
For our group of “non-starters”, they have kinda sucked a bit this past week. Overall, they have not been horrible all year. Just here and there, which is kinda what I would expect out of a bunch of non-starters.
Our starting for the most part has been very good to great. Although several have struggled from time to time (Lowe recently, and Kawakami early on).
Our hitting has gotten a tad bit better, but for the most part, has been substandard most of the year on the whole.
Our defense and fundamentals have been spotty at best this year.
I do think McLouth helps our offense. Has it translated into more victories, not yet.
So, all this does not translate into a horrible defense, offense, starting pitching or relief pitching.
So, in other words, we are an average team this year. Getting our azzez whupped on ocassion, and doing some whuppin on other days.
So, can we not get so over dramatic about any one particular part of our game. We are just an average team this year. If we could show a bit of improvement in 2-3 areas, and maybe add one or two more pieces (not sure if this is possible), we might actually contend in our weak division. Otherwise, we are doomed to be 3rd or 4th in the NL East, with a record at or near .500.
Does any of this make sense? Let’s please just call it what it is….and that is not a “horrible” this or that.
June 26th, 20091:53 pm
Frank from KS
With all due respect to Farrah, MJ was a worldwide icon and his troubles and controversies were more public than Farrah’s, so unfortunately the media is paying more attention to MJ’s death than Farrah’s. It is completely not right and disrespectful, but it is just my take on it.
That said, I lost my mom to cancer so I can identify somewhat with Ryan O’Neal when he was in his car moments after Farrah passed away. I am inspired by her will to live.
June 26th, 20091:54 pm
It’s disrespectful, yeah. But MJ was was a cultural icon, so sadly, that’s the story more people are interested in. When most people heard that Farrah Fawcett died, they went “Aww! That’s too bad.” When they heard MJ died, they went “WHAT?! Michael Jackson died???”
June 26th, 20091:55 pm
Wayne in Utah
The bullpen isn’t horrible as you say but it is just average in NL. Braves currently rank 8th after these last two games.
June 26th, 20091:57 pm
With Farrah it’s also been a long time since Charlies Angels. She just isn’t a household name anymore like MJ
Darn shame that a 50 year old man must die so young. I am just hoping that the autopsy can disspell all the rumor mongering, and his family can be respected in their time of morning.
Farrah! While I never owned the poster (was a bit old for that), I did admire it on ocassion! Again, let’s respect these families in their time of grief.
June 26th, 20091:58 pm
I saw that on an earlier post,(this was months ago) that you proposed trading JJ to the White Sox for Carlos Quentin and then make a deal to KC Royals to aquire Alberto Callaspo. I know about the injury to Quentin takes this out of the equation, so what do you propose now.
June 26th, 20091:59 pm
I really don’t get into too much of the rankings and such. I just trust my instinct and what I see and hear. 8th doesn’t surprise me one way or the other.
Like I said, an average team.
McFann – I really don’t think McCann will make it as a starter in the All Star Game. Last I saw, Molina had a few hundred thousand votes on Mac. While Brian is obviously the better offensive catcher by far (and really….when have people voted All Stars based on defensive skills?), Molina’s lead plus the fact that he plays in St. Lois tells me Brian won’t be a starter.
It’s not like the “Vote for the All Star Game” on the steps behind home plate at Turner Field that’s usually blocked by a cotton candy vendor is going to make the difference.
June 26th, 20092:00 pm
I would like to say one thing to the media….”Hey, btw…actress Farrah Fawcett passed away yesterday too…in-case, ya didn’t know”.
Yeah, well – no offense to anyone, but celebs dying shouldn’t eat up every single second of every news network’s time. Whats going on in Iran today? What about the Cap and Trade bill being voted on today? Or what about the shadowy market (and huge environmental consequences) of e-waste? What about the growing dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico? etc…
Oh wait, those aren’t new stories I guess, but Jackson’s death in a constant 24 hour cycle is apparently more important and somehow is not totally fu-king boring to anyone else but me.
The mainstream media is interested in the lowest common denominator and money. News went out the window as a priority decades ago. If they could report on fart jokes and show clips of pornography they would to boost ratings.
June 26th, 20092:01 pm
I say we trade Chipper to the Cards for Albert Pujols! How’s that for a deal.
OK, maybe just go after Matt Murton or Jason Repko then……
It’s eerie how deaths usually go in 3’s. McMahon, Farrah, now MJ
June 26th, 20092:03 pm
I should add that Jackson’s death is a big deal, but it doesn’t need to be the ONE news story all damn day. I forgot to mention that in my anti-media tirade… his death is relevant, but FFS people… move the fu-k on.
Coach (Moon Pie, Anyone?)
Hey, did ya’ll know Michael Jackson died?
OK then. Enough already.
I really believe the voting should be taken out of the hands of the fans, and given back to the players themselves. Too darned many large market players getting on the team too easily.
Like I said, those stories don’t interest most Americans. The average American turning to a 24 hour news network right now wants to hear about Jackson’s death. Especially since there’s so much confusion around it.
June 26th, 20092:06 pm
Ye-ah…but he’s gonna be there, at least. The players/coaches or whoever picks the reserves will have to pick him.
They did wait a little too long to start advertising it at Turner Field it seems like.
and really….when have people voted All Stars based on defensive skills?
The last 4 years…?
A moon pie as an after lunch “desert” sounds good right about now!
The average American turning to a 24 hour news network right now wants to hear about Jackson’s death.
He’s just another person. We have 6+ billion more.
He might have been famous, but the world will turn without him. We have bigger fish to fry as a society than one pop star’s death. But you certainly wouldn’t know it.
Wayne @ 2:03–
June 26th, 20092:07 pm
June 26th, 20092:09 pm
It’s scary how many in our society just want to stick their heads in the sand and let somebody else worry about all the real problems in the world (hoping not too sound too political, not my intention).
too many too’s!
Coming into that series Toronto was one of the hottest teams in baseball. It doesn’t matter who they did and did not play, they were one of the hottest teams in baseball.
You can’t have it both ways…. the Orioles bats were struggling because they had played against the Red Sox and Yankees… there are plenty of other examples I’m sure I could pull up if I had time and work allowed me to go on sports pages.
June 26th, 20092:10 pm
flemingDidn’t Lowe start out slow with the Dodgers last year and got better in second half?
i know you didnt ask me, but last year, he was pretty consistent with his ERA all season, staying in the high 3s low 4s. he wasnt winning a bunch at first because they were mannyless. once he got there, lowe started getting wins, but he was pretty consistent all year, until september, when in 5 starts he gave up just 2 earned runs in 30 innings. wow.
holy cow! I’m watching game one of the 1968 WS on the baseball channel and I learned something new today. Bob Gibson was a Harlem Globe Trotter. I didn’t know that.
Gonna go kick myself now
June 26th, 20092:11 pm
“The average American turning to a 24 hour news network right now wants to hear about Jackson’s death.”
I must not be average then. The guy was famous, an icon for sure, but he’s dead, lets move on.
Wayne – Ain’t that the truth. If this is how they’re going to run it, it needs to be named the All Popular Game, because the fans most certainly aren’t picking the stars. No one outside of St. Louis would argue that Yadier Molina is a better offensive catcher than McCann (he’s slugging .380!)
But fans in Arizona and Pittsburgh aren’t exactly rushing to their computers saying “we have GOT to fix this injustice!” Apparently they’re not in Atlanta either.
June 26th, 20092:13 pm
Now I’m not saying that I agree with the 24/7 coverage of MJ’s death, I’m just saying I understand why.
June 26th, 20092:18 pm
I wasn’t suggesting that you applauded with the 24/7 coverage – didn’t mean to give that impression. I also understand why they do it, and I simply can’t stand the answers to that WHY.
Canadaian braves fan
come on Braves Fans help out my school project
go to http://www.newblogofbraves.blogspot.com
Thanks for your help McFann
June 26th, 20092:19 pm
Anybody watching Fox news right now? LMFAO…the reporter is trying to be all serious and guys are throwing up gang signs in the background. The repoter says, “Gary,IN. is a place with a high unemployment rate”…really, couldn’t tell with all the people in the background.
DAP thanks for the answer. Question was for the general blog not to any one person
June 26th, 20092:20 pm
hey McFann it doesn’t show your email address when you become a follower. I think that was your question the other day
June 26th, 20092:21 pm
Braves win loss streak in June runs as this:
No way Braves are ever going to make up any ground if they keep this up. Hopefully they can pull off a 10 game winning streak or something.
June 26th, 20092:22 pm
I like all the coverage bc i missed it all last night in favor of watching the braves lose. I
tried recording some stuff but was having issues with my direct tv connection on the tv with the dvr receiver.
June 26th, 20092:23 pm
Just a heads up, you spelled Canadian wrong
June 26th, 20092:26 pm
Original Jon – a 10 game win streak isn’t just going to pop out of nowhere. Those dismal “streaks” you just put up are dismal for a reason. Poor defense, questionable coaching, schizophrenic offense, etc. And we’re not going to pull off any huge streaks until those are improved. I hope it happens soon, but I don’t see anything that’s going to change.
On Monday morning, I would not be surprised to see the Marlins in 1st place again. The way the teams have been playing I would not be surprised if the Blue Jays take 2 of 3 from the Phillies, the Yankees take 2 of 3 from the Mets, the Red Sox take 2 of 3 from the Braves and the Marlins take 2 of 3 from the Rays — putting them in a tie for the lead.
June 26th, 20092:27 pm
getsomewins re: your 1:53 pm
Damn, sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I can’t say I know what your going through but my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 96, went through chemotheraphy, and had reconstructive surgery in 99 and has been doing fine ever since…thank god.
And this goes out to everyone on the blog…..ya know, with the deaths, albeit celebs….kinda brings out the sentiment that there are more important things in life than baseball. Kinda bring us back to reality.
I hope I said that right….Lol.
June 26th, 20092:28 pm
Good argument over Hanson’s short arm delivery.
I think, and it’s just speculation, that it is a positive thing. Maddux sort of short armed the ball as well and he never had arm problems. Hanson’s is even more of an exaggerated short arm than Maddux’s, and he’s going to throw more curve balls and sliders than Maddux ever did.
But, it seems like you put less pressure on the elbow short arming the ball than when you reach back, gain arm momentum, so as to torque your elbow and forearm in the “normal” baseball throwing motion. Side-arming the ball is supposed to be a more natural movement on the arm, as is under-handing. It doesn’t seem to me like there’s much abnormality in Hanson’s throwing motion than there is in a normal pitching motion.
If anything, Hanson may suffer from blisters through out his career, because it seems like he generates a lot of velocity from rolling the ball off of his fingers.
June 26th, 20092:30 pm
I’m just sayin’ that the details concerning his death, his estate, his kids, etc… could all be summarized in a nice 15 minute news piece for the 6 o’clock news. Does it really need to be drawn out all day like a bad case of diarrhea?
Shouldn’t 24 hour news networks diversify their approach and report on other happenings of the day, both here in America and (heaven forbid) in other parts of the world? Of course I’m pis-ing into the wind with my comments, I know that… just frustrated that our society is so vapid that Jackson’s death outweighs REAL news.
you seemed pretty angry last night….did you ever get your hug?
June 26th, 20092:34 pm
Maddux stayed healthy because he didn’t throw as hard as he could. It is well-documented that he threw in the low nineties in college, but changed his strategy. I’m not saying Hanson should hold back, but his delivery could still cause injuries
June 26th, 20092:35 pm
Michael Jackson – musical/dance genius, King of Pop, weirdo, pervert.
SoWeGa – that’s very accurate. But when someone dies, I hope we can remember them for the good. Humans will always have a dark side…every one of us.
Like you said, MJ was a musical genius. He had an incredible voice and some dance moves that didn’t even look real. I think that’s starting to be overshadowed because of how he’s turned out in the past 20 years. But I hope we can look past that because while his dark side was a lot weirder and more public than the rest of us, it’s a part of being human.
June 26th, 20092:36 pm
Same thing happened when Anna Nicole passed away. This will be going for awhile especially with his kid’s custody in question.
June 26th, 20092:37 pm
I don’t know. Willingham makes a ton of sense.
June 26th, 20092:39 pm
What’s sad is that kids today will never appreciate him. Absolute crap is getting recognized as music and hitting the top 10 charts.
Where’s today’s MJ (the superstar, not the weirdo)? Brittney Spears? Kanye? Please…
I wish we had someone like him now.
Crazy Trades McGee
June 26th, 20092:40 pm
Do you think we could trade Tommy Hanson for Greg Maddux?
Canadian Braves Fan–
And thanks for answering my Q! I just like to be careful with my e-mail.
June 26th, 20092:41 pm
OMG, do not get me started on the Anna Nicole stuff… holy crap, that “news” story was even more annoying. At least Jackson was a talented musician… as well as a freaky, child molesting drug user.
Anna was just a stupid slut who did too many drugs who somehow managed to get her own TV show. Big deal, there are like 5 million more of those in this country alone. Been to a strip club lately? Watched Rock of Love lately? You don’t see their deaths and over-used naughty bits all over the news.
June 26th, 20092:42 pm
Loved his music from the J5 on up. His weirdness I can overlook. His sleeping with unrelated kids and he’s 45+, no thank you, regardless of what else he did.
June 26th, 20092:43 pm
“He doesn’t pitch to contact nearly as much as people on here give him credit for either. He as of late he has become such a “nibbler” driving up his pitch count”
I don’t get to see the games as often so I’ll have to take other’s words for it, but if this is indeed the case then it could possibly be laid at the feet of the Braves offense. As DOB and CR have suggested, lack of run support eventually will have an impact on a pitcher as the pitcher adjusts to the mindset that he must be perfect every time out in order to win….
“But when someone dies, I hope we can remember them for the good.”
Just out of curiosity, what was the good we should remember from Stalen?
Beckett on the hill. no DH, What the guess on tonight’s line up?
I would go something like this:
Hey, KJ proved he could at least bunt. I wouldn’t change from lastnights lineup, even with KJ starting.
Chuck James was Solid Until the 6th!!!
June 26th, 20092:44 pm
Now, now, now…..I get BLASTED for wishing Bennett’s hand gets mashed yesterday morning, although I exaggerated and really just pleaded for his DFA. Now, the idiot breaks it on his own and now everyone jumps the bandwagon with joy. I’ll be here all season…..
McGee – Maddux isn’t signed with any team so we can just sign him without trading anybody. But I think Hanson for Smoltz would be a good idea
(PS – love the name)
June 26th, 20092:45 pm
TennesseePaul, It could also bplaced at the defensive feet of Chipper and Escobar.
June 26th, 20092:46 pm
jeffrey d, Kidding right? I sense sarcasm…
Someone on the previous page asked, sarcastically, “did Cox forget how to manage between 2005 and 2006?
Of course not. Cox has never known how to manage. With all the money Ted Turner was willing to spend, the 3 Cy Young / Hall of Fame pitchers he had, and the ability to go buy a difference maker at the deadline Cox never had to manage during the season. Cox’s mismanagement of different players, lineups, bullpen and strategy, was noticed but the Braves were winning so what could you say.
The one World Series ring instead of 3 or 4 is a direct result of Cox not being able to manage. You have to have a good manager in the playoffs because by the time you get to the League championship and then the World Series the difference in talent between the teams isn’t usually that great. That is when the team with the better manager has an advantage.
June 26th, 20092:47 pm
jason, shouldn’t that be “defenseless feet?”
I can’t believe you guys are talking about Michael Jackson and Farrah when you could be on MLB.com bidding on your very own, autographed, game-used Corky Miller pink bat (starting bid $300). (No bids so far.)
June 26th, 20092:48 pm
Ok, this organization has made so many changes the past few years to try to get this team to win. Maybe its time to change the coaching staff. I think Ned Yost would make a great manager. Bobby Cox has had his hands on this organization tooo long. Time for change. A new FRESH start.
June 26th, 20092:49 pm
jason – about Smoltz? About today’s cultural “icons”?
Yes, definitely kidding about both.
June 26th, 20092:50 pm
Shamus Thacker, Yes it should, Thank you.
jmart1951, So you’re saying Cox couldn’t manage against other playoff-caliber teams? Well, why did the Braves have the best record in baseball by far in 1991-2005 against teams with an above .550 winning percentage?
Let’s see. The Braves sweep the Bosox, Tampa sweeps the Marlins, Yanks sweep the Mets, Jays sweep the Phils…Hey, folks, we’re tied with the Marlins one game out come Monday morning.
Oh, you’d better hope Bobby keeps managing a few more years. When he retires, Bobby “bashers” will probably be looking at a lot more losing seasons than Bobby has ever had.
June 26th, 20092:52 pm
Best thing to happen to this team is Jeff Bennett breaking his hand.
Now if Bobby Cox….water….stairs….
That made me chuckle. I’d pay $3.00 for a Corky Miller pink bat.
June 26th, 20092:53 pm
Not good, but doesn’t this scream “statistical outlier” to you rather than “downward trend?” Especially in interleague play, against two (three) great offenses?
June 26th, 20092:54 pm
jeffrey d, gotcha. Noticed I haven’t ventured into the MJ debate, much like the wrestling debate; it’s all crap anyway.
June 26th, 20092:55 pm
The Braves were 231-200 from 1991-2005 against teams with a .550 winning percentage or better. That’s a .536 WPct. The Yankees were next at .506.
Remember when Leeman Bennett was fired because the Falcons had reached a “plateau?” The fall from that plateau was long, steep, and hard. If you think it’s bad now, how bout if we lose 100 after Bobby steps down? A new manager could come in, rub this team the wrong way, and lose 100 just like that…
June 26th, 20092:56 pm
Hey, speaking of Corky – looks like he got traded to the Reds.
June 26th, 20092:57 pm
June 26th, 20092:59 pm
Because we had better players than almost all of those teams. We should have won more games.
That stat only emphasizes that when it really counted ( league championship and WS) Cox fell short on strategy in the lineups he used, in game strategy and bullpen management.
I wasn’t on during the game last night, but saw in the box score that Diory ended the game last night with two men on base and McLouth on deck.
Did anyone figure out why they didn’t pinch hit Kelly in that situation? With only one more baserunner needed to get the tying run to the plate, surely wouldn’t we have thought Kelly — even slumping epically — would have been a better choice than Diory and his .108 average?
Especially keeping in mind Kelly had the opportunity to see Rivera’s stuff the day before, and Diory probably never having seen a pitch as nasty as Rivera’s cutter?
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