Diaz returns, maybe can help Braves beat nemesis Nats

The Braves are so desperate to beat the Nationals tonight and avoid a series loss, they traded for old friend Matt Diaz and made sure he’d be here in time to face lefty John Lannan.

Matt Diaz, one of the most popular Braves during his previous stint with the team, is back after less than a season in Pittsburgh.

Matt Diaz, one of the most popular Braves during his previous stint with the team, is back after less than a season in Pittsburgh.

OK, so tonight’s matchup with Lannan wasn’t why they traded for Diaz, but lefties are in general. And maybe he can help them win a game or two against the Nats, who’ve beaten the Braves an astounding 21 times in the past 35 matchups.

Though his numbers have slipped again this season — .259 with no homers, ..303 OBP, .324 slugging percentage — Diaz is still hitting a a solid .295/.342/.362 in 105 at-bats against lefties. He’s 12-for-30 (.400) in his career against Lannan.

The Braves rank dead last in the National League in average (.227) and OBP (.296) against left-handers.

Atlanta pinch-hitters are also 12th in the NL with a .196 average, though they lead the league with eight homers. Diaz is 11-for-44 as a pinch-hitter this season.

He was a force against lefties with the Braves, batting a robust .369 with a .975 OPS against lefties during the 2007-2009 seasons, with 17 homers in 396 at-bats in that period.

In his final season with the Braves in 2010, his overall average slipped to .250, but he still hit .273 with five homers and an .830 OPS in 121 at-bats against lefties.

You may recall, the Braves let him go because his arbitration salary would have risen to a level they weren’t comfortable with, and because they had just acquired Joe Mather off waivers from St. Louis.

Mather turned out to be a bust with the Braves and was waived by early summer. Diaz got a $4.25 million, two-year deal with the Pirates, who are sending the the Braves some cash to help cover his salary. He’s making $2 mill this season and again in 2012.

The Braves will send the Pirates a player to be named later, likely from a pool of minor-league candidates the teams have agreed on. But I’m not sure about that yet.

By the way, the Braves created roster space for Diaz by placing George Sherrill on DL with left-elbow inflammation

Braves vs. Nats, head-shaking numbers: As mentioned above, the Braves are 14-21 in their past 35 games against the Nationals. This is a bit ridiculous.

Most good teams have an otherwise modest opponent who gives them unexpected amounts of trouble one season or for a few years. The Braves used to struggle mightily against the Marlins.

But this ongoing thing with the Nats has become inexplicable in its length and severity.

The Braves have struggled against a few mediocre teams this season — 6-7 against Nationals, 6-7 against the Mets, 4-5 against the Padres, 1-3 against the Dodgers. Those are the only teams they have a losing record against in more than three games, and all are sub-.500 teams.

Meanwhile, the Braves are 6-1 against defending World Series champion San Francisco, 5-3 against NL Central leader Milwaukee, 6-6 against best-record-in-baseball Philadelphia, 6-2 against Colorado, 4-2 against (somewhat) resurgent Pittsburgh, 9-3 against Florida….

Anyway, the Nats. No one is a bigger thorn in the Braves’ side than the nasty Nats.

Beginning with being swept in four games Oct. 1-4 at end of the 2008 season in Atlanta, the Braves are 11-24 against the Nationals.

The Phillies are 35-15 against the Nationals in that same period.

You might not think Lannan would dominate the Braves. But the same thing could be said of the Nationals....

You might not think Lannan would dominate the Braves. But the same thing could be said of the Nationals....

The Braves are 242-181 against everyone else in that period, including 24-24 against the Phillies. Again, they are 11-24 vs. Washington during that span.

Since April 22, 2008, the Braves are 27-35 against the Nationals, and the Phillies are 46-19 against the Nats.

Jurrjens’ slide: You’ve seen it, so you don’t need me to tell you that Jair Jurrjens has been a completely different pitcher since the All-Star break. And if I could tell you why, I surely would.

Again he was asked last night, after giving up six runs in six innings, whether he was healthy. Yes, he said. Knee’s fine. No mention of any other woes.

Which makes the numbers all the more difficult to fathom.

He is Jurrjens is 1-3 with a 6.17 ERA and .323 opponents’ average in four August starts, with 31 hits (five homers), 11 walks and six strikeouts in 23-1/3 innings..

He’s 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA, .301 OA in seven starts since the break, after going 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA and .229 OA 16 starts before break.

Jurrjens' second-half slide continued Tuesday when he was shelled for six runs in six innings, including three homers.

Jurrjens' second-half slide continued Tuesday when he was shelled for six runs in six innings, including three homers.

And this one is really hard to believe: He’s allowed nine homers in 36-1/3 innings in past six starts, after allowing five homers in 115-2/3 innings in his first 17 starts.

Lowe vs. Lannan: Although Lannan is only 1-3 in five August starts, he has a 3.38 ERA for the month. And in his past seven road starts, the lefty is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

Doesn’t much matter against the Braves, because he’s had them under his thumb for a while anyway. Lannan is 5-0 with a 3.12 ERA in six starts against the Braves since August 2010, including 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in four this season.

Besides Diaz’s 12-for-30 against him, Alex Gonzalez is 8-for-18 with a homer off Lannan, Dan Uggla is 8-for-21 with a homer and five walks, and Chipper Jones is 9-for-28 with four walks. But Freddie Freeman is just 2-for-11 with five strikeouts.

Lowe has shown some signs of coming around, going 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in his past four starts, after going 3-6 with a 6.54 ERA in his previous 10.

The Braves veteran is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and .333 opponents’ average in his past two starts vs. Nationals, after going 3-0 with no runs allowed and .203 OA in 18-2/3 innings during his previous three starts against them.

He’s 3-5 with a 5.12 ERA in his past nine starts against them.

Against Lowe, Ian Desmond is 7-for-22 (.318) with three homers and eight RBIs, Ryan Zimmerman is 15-for-49 (.306) with two homers, ands Rick Ankiel is 4-for-10 with two homers.

Jonny Gomes and Danny Espinosa are each 5-for-11 with a homer against him, and Michael Morse is just 3-for-18 but has two homers.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. McCann C
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Jones 3B
  6. Diaz RF
  7. Freeman 1B
  8. Gonzalez SS
  9. Lowe RH

♣ OK, gotta get down to the clubhouse and see Diaz back with his old boys. We’ll close with a fine tune from one our blog favorites, Jason Isbell, which you can see him do live by clicking here.

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“GROWN” by Jason Isbell

Last night I heard the sirens’ song and I followed it in the ditch.
Oh baby, I’m just carrying on. Far be it for me to bitch.
Last night I heard the distant hum of another damn hurricane.
Oh Sunnie tell me where you’ve gone. Are you still dancing to Purple Rain?

You took my little hand and took me to your room.
You taught me how to want something so I learned how to move.

Oh, oh, you made me feel so grown.
Oh, oh, you made me feel so grown.

Last year I heard your momma had a little trouble with the thin blue line.
You always knew that you could understand and not undermine.

You took me to your room. I let my eyes adjust.
You taught me how to want something and I learned how to lust.

Oh, oh, you made me feel so grown.
Oh, oh, you made me feel so grown.

All them years ago you took a nervous little kid
and showed me how the slow it down just a little bit….

– DAVID O’BRIEN, Braves/MIB blog

1,605 comments Add your comment

Chris from the Rock

August 31st, 2011
3:50 pm

Welcome back, Matty D!

froszty8519

August 31st, 2011
3:50 pm

Go braves! now they should be back in business !

Valdosta DAWG

August 31st, 2011
3:50 pm

David from Athens, AL

August 31st, 2011
3:51 pm

Mike S

August 31st, 2011
3:51 pm

Getting my tix right now off stubhub to see Matt-E and the Bravos tonight!!!

Brandon from Warner Robins

August 31st, 2011
3:51 pm

fine song choice, great album.

phil

August 31st, 2011
3:52 pm

Good to have Diaz back…

better than that bum Wayward and the slow-footed Constanza…

BravesfaninWis

August 31st, 2011
3:52 pm

Why in the hell are they hitting Freeman so low? Man alive I know its a feel good story, but Diaz should not be hitting in front of Freeman.

The Bream Team

August 31st, 2011
3:53 pm

DOB, how do you feel having Diaz back? I know he’s been a solid contributor to the “Quotes” blog for years.

BFChris26

August 31st, 2011
3:53 pm

Nice new blog :)

GA 57 Native

August 31st, 2011
3:53 pm

Yes! Braves need more players that can hit when the pressure is on!

BravesfaninWis

August 31st, 2011
3:53 pm

Why no Constanza? He should be in the lineup if he is not injured. The guy has been raking since he came up.

Arkansas Transplant

August 31st, 2011
3:54 pm

posted before Shaun!!

dogsbrekky

August 31st, 2011
3:54 pm

I love Matty D

Braveone

August 31st, 2011
3:56 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,669 comments, Tomahawkin led the way with 71 posts. There were 230 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 Tomahawkin 71
2 Efrim 69
3 Shaun 64
4 phil 50
5 TennesseePaul 44
6 ncscoots 44
7 noliee 44
8 N8 40
9 cabravesfan 40
10 Lew 39
11 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 34
12 DS1 32
13 raleighbravefan 31
14 Tomahawk Mafia 30
15 Hugo 28
16 Stizz 27
17 Tom O’Hawke 24
18 LOB Braves 22
19 TnBrian 22
20 Snotboogie 21
21 CraZy 20
22 Tomas 20
23 Ward 20
24 Arkansas Transplant 18
25 Dumbfound 18

Chris from the Rock

August 31st, 2011
3:56 pm

Now if Wren can only pickup a better backup SS than Lugo. His .136 is an embarrassment.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
3:56 pm

get ‘em, phil, LOL.

Chop Chop

August 31st, 2011
3:58 pm

Diaz is a huge addition. Kind of reminds me of when we got Fred McGriff. The Ted will be rocking tonight.

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:00 pm

I”m starting to get really concerned. Does anybody know of anybody who is not projected to regress?

BJ Upton. I’ve heard great things about his potential!

Bobbys Booger

August 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

Hey Colorado…how much for your shortstop mang?

okfly

August 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

yea im sure the braves got so desprate tonight they traded for Diaz… No we needed a RH bat comming off the bench and maybe platoon vs lefties. Good pick up though, glad to have Matty back.

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

Diaz is a huge addition. Kind of reminds me of when we got Fred McGriff. The Ted will be rocking tonight.

Did you just pull a Tomahawkin’? ;-)

Arkansas Transplant

August 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

Is that redress or regress?

NCbrave

August 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

Enter your comments here

flange1

August 31st, 2011
4:03 pm

Thanks for the work DOB!

The Isbill song is great!

Bobbys Booger

August 31st, 2011
4:03 pm

yep just like Crimedog…’cept different

Chop Chop

August 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

I left out a bunch of unnecessary caps and exclamation points.

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

Fred McGriff? Reminds someone of that move?

Wow.

cricket

August 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

Who was Rowand blocking that giants are paying him 12mil to play somewhere else next year?

Remarkable

August 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

BravesfaninWis I agree.

Braveone So??????? Who cares?

Chris from the Rock True. We had better be looking at free agency for a SS. We certainly don’t have anything in the minors.

Linebrink for (Re)Cy(cling Bin)

August 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

“George Sherrill on DL with left-elbow inflammation”

Guy with an injury has been pitching better than Linebrink ………

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

That’s what I thought. :-)

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

I think there is some confusion about the meaning of the word “regress.” Regress just means going back to the previous. A good player having a down year can regress to his norms, which would mean he improved. “Decline” and “regress” are not synonyms, folks.

McCmann and Aqua Hoss

August 31st, 2011
4:05 pm

man man man man man man…..

AquaHoss: Matty D got a .364 average against Cliff Lee

McCmann: As my good friend Johny Chase would say….VICTORY!!!

Chop Chop

August 31st, 2011
4:07 pm

A can of Sterno caused the fire last time.

This time? Bowman’s chafing.

Soph

August 31st, 2011
4:10 pm

I left out a bunch of unnecessary caps and exclamation points.

And, an intro. You definitely need an intro, Chop.

Efrim

August 31st, 2011
4:11 pm

Efrim, I think Cain is a decent number 2, a good number 3 and a great number 4. Over his career, Cain has been a better strikeout pitcher and a better control pitcher than Jurrjens.

Fair enough, but your standards are higher than mine. I think I’d probably take about ten guys over Cain in the NL.

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:13 pm

And, an intro. You definitely need an intro, Chop.

jeffrey couldnt pull it off. Will be interesting to see if Chop can.

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:13 pm

Wow…Shaun is a statistician AND an English teacher. Multitalented!

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Matt D is heads and tails better than Wayward ever thought of being….OPS, OBS, BABIP, BA, RBI, hits, walks, errors, speed, height, weight, bat weight, appearance in on deck circle, batting stance, clubhouse leadership, the car he drives, girlfriend, rapport with FW, relationship with FG, distrust of Parrish, career HRs, strikeout totals, closer to 3,000 hits, older, slugging %….

You name it, MD is better.

Lew

August 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Shaun @ 3:36 on Aug. 31 -

“raleighbravesfan, really? I’ve said Bourn isn’t very good and is getting worse? When? I would love to see that.”

Shaun @ 12:20 pm on Aug. 29 -

“His hitting skills are not overly great so his hitting skills will likely drop noticeably with age.”

And this was after posting @ 10:56 on Aug. 29 -

“I think Nate McLouth is a decent comparison as far as offensive value.”

Yeah – we put words in your mouth, right?

Abnerish

August 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Why is Freeman batting below Matty? 2-11 with 5 Ks. That’s why.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Will be interesting to see if Chop can.

Chop can do anything. Uber-poster.

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

A healthy JJ is a good #4? Maybe for us. Some teams would consider him an ace on their staff.

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Efrim, yeah, I think my standards are high. I’m not looking at just one year. For example, with aces or number 1’s, I don’t think they are simply the top 30 pitchers. I think they are pitchers who would clearly be the best on almost any staff year-in, year-out. Same with 2’s. Same with 3’s. And so on. I think it’s possible for a team to have more than one number 1 or ace and it’s possible for a team to have none.

meh

August 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

the Nationals must cheat somehow when they play the Braves. how else could they so good against the Braves and so horrible against everyone else? also, they’ve had like a million former Braves come through the orginization so they probably know all the Braves signs.

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Wow…Shaun is a statistician AND an English teacher. Multitalented!

Funny thing is “regress” has a meaning which is the opposite of “progress”. Statisticians use it differently, but doesnt mean that is the only one.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:17 pm

You name it, MD is better.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about his swing. Because, after all, if his swing were messed up, how would you know? :-)

Chop Chop

August 31st, 2011
4:18 pm

Tomahawkin

August 30th, 2011
6:31 pm

Bing!

Soldier____

(Waving Arm!) Get Out The WAYYYYY!!! (Boom!) Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!

What’s Up All…?

I don’t want to pull it off. My Chop Chop Swagg™ speaks for itself.

Richmond Braves Fan

August 31st, 2011
4:18 pm

Dave need a movie review. Have you seen Horrible Bosses? Worth the theater, wait for DVD, wait for HBO, or avoid at all costs? Also is it true that the head University of Miami’s compliance office and Donna Shalala are in it? How do they still have jobs especially in this economy? There are a few thousand more qualified people out there.

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

raleighbravefan, right. Quite a few teams probably don’t have a true ace or number 1. But I don’t define ace as a guy who would be a number 1 in a bad rotation. I define ace as a pitcher who would be a clear number 1 on most pitching staffs in baseball, year-in, year-out; not just in a single, great season.

TennesseePaul

August 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 starts of the starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS
Bourn__ .308 .308 .410 0.718
Prado__ .176 .263 .294 0.557
McCann_ .152 .243 .455 0.698
Uggla__ .276 .400 .586 0.986
Chipper .344 .400 .656 1.056
Diaz___ .200 .294 .267 0.561
Freeman .226 .265 .419 0.684
Seabass .167 .242 .400 0.642
Lowe___ .200 .294 .267 0.561

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

Plus, you don’t have to worry about his swing. Because, after all, if his swing were messed up, how would you know? :-)

Man, this would’ve been the perfect spot for “inflammation – Sherrill” joke, But I seen to have used my closer in the 7th inning instead.
:oops:

MFin04

August 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

“Plus, you don’t have to worry about his swing. Because, after all, if his swing were messed up, how would you know?”

That is one plus. I mean when you know the guy is crazy at the plate, you at least go up there thinking…he will swing at everything and you hope for the best.

It’s quite calming. :)

Especially when he goes through spurts when he is hitting .400 or so and carrying the team against lefties.

Puma

August 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

So basically, if it weren’t for the Nats, our record over the past two seasons would have been comparable to the Phils?

I think this Nats thing goes beyond just the Washington Nationals all the way to the Expos, who also gave us fits throughout the ’90’s despite being one of the worst teams in baseball.

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

10Paul @ 4:19

Worthless post.

Bat Masterson

August 31st, 2011
4:21 pm

Can Matty pitch? What’s his FLIPouit rate? I remember his cussing rate is nil, still does not affset Heap though

Its raining here in blunderberry hell today, go figure.

Jimmy

August 31st, 2011
4:22 pm

Jaine

August 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

Well, that’s nice…but what about the pitching???What about the pitching??? I don’t want to bash any players – but the pitching…what about the pitching? We lost 9 – 2 last night…that’s a problem.

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

Snotboogie, I’m just pointing out that “regression” isn’t always the same as “decline.” Lance Berkman regressed to closer to his norms so far in 2011.

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

Shaun – So are you saying there are at least 90 guys better than a HEALTHY JJ in baseball, or are you saying there really aren’t many #1-3s. Wouldn’t a #4, by definition, be someone who was not in the top 90 starters in baseball?

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

But I seen to have used my closer in the 7th inning instead.

Should have been posting to the save stat, LOL.

That is one plus. I mean when you know the guy is crazy at the plate, you at least go up there thinking…he will swing at everything and you hope for the best. It’s quite calming.

But somewhat less calming when the hitter’s name is Alex? :-)

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

Matt may be one of the best active tackles in baseball. Just ask the fan who ran on the field in Philly.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:26 pm

Worthless post.

Well, I think “worthless” is a bit harsh. Not important or meaningful, sure…

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:26 pm

Shaun – to further clarify, how many pitchers do you think are BETTER than a healthy JJ?

TennesseePaul

August 31st, 2011
4:26 pm

SB, I like to waste everyone’s time.

Free Constanza

August 31st, 2011
4:27 pm

why is Constanza not playing….. AGAIN!???!!

BFChris26

August 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

Can’t wait to see Diaz back with the Braves tonight :)

MFin04

August 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

“But somewhat less calming when the hitter’s name is Alex?”

Yes, because he NEVER hits. :)

But on a more positive note, A-Gon might have been the player of the game last night, he showed incredible plate discipline and had great at bats.

Jimmy

August 31st, 2011
4:29 pm

TennesseePaul – “SB, I like to waste everyone’s time.”

10Paul, you keep posting that stat. I look for it before every game. You and Fish Bisch “_____ owns us” line are traditional touches to the blog.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

why is Constanza not playing….. AGAIN!???!!

New blog pool: last date that the blog gets one of these, and Constanza’s BA on that date. Bonus points if the BA is actually higher than the sum of the month and day of your chosen date. :-)

Snotboogie

August 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

SB, I like to waste everyone’s time.

I’d say keep doing it, but what the heck do I know. :shrug:

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

Shaun…Hello…Are you thee?

raleighbravefan

August 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

there, not thee

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

Release Diaz…

O'flarity's water bottle

August 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

IS THIS NEEDED? THIS TEAM HAS NO HEART PLAYING THE NATS!

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

Yeah, Shaun is there, but he’s trying to figure out how to distort the retort to his bumbling denial….

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

Shaun @ 12:20 pm on Aug. 29 -

“His hitting skills are not overly great so his hitting skills will likely drop noticeably with age.”

And this was after posting @ 10:56 on Aug. 29 -

“I think Nate McLouth is a decent comparison as far as offensive value.”

Yeah – we put words in your mouth, right?

Lew, saying a player’s hitting skills aren’t “overly great” isn’t the same thing as saying he’s no good. Bourn isn’t “overly great” offensively but he’s still above average.

As far as McLouth, I believe if you look at the whole comment, you’ll see that I was responding to someone who pointed out that if the Braves re-sign Bourn, it could turn out like McLouth. McLouth at his peak is similar to Bourn at his peak, in terms of overall offensive value. Obviously they have different offensive skills and Bourn has much more defensive value, even at McLouth’s peak he was no Bourn defensively.

I know you aren’t going to look at the nuances of my comments and pay attention to context. You are going to do your best to oversimplify every comment of mine because of your dislike. So I’ll keep explaining for you, if necessary.

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

Constanza reminds me of a young Stan Musial, absent the prowess at bat and afield….

cricket

August 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

Well, I think “worthless” is a bit harsh. Not important or meaningful, sure…

may be it is regressively optimal..or is it optimally regressive …

Jimmy

August 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

“distort the retort”
:-)

RC

August 31st, 2011
4:37 pm

This is going to lead to Matt Diaz starting every game against LHP in the playoffs, isn’t it?? :(

Lew

August 31st, 2011
4:37 pm

Shaun – Parsing words will not extricate you from this one. Your hoist on your own petard. That’s exactly what you said.

T for Texas

August 31st, 2011
4:38 pm

Old friend Mike Gonzalez acquired by the Rangers. If he performs at all that is one nasty bullpen.

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:39 pm

Shaun – So are you saying there are at least 90 guys better than a HEALTHY JJ in baseball, or are you saying there really aren’t many #1-3s. Wouldn’t a #4, by definition, be someone who was not in the top 90 starters in baseball?

raleighbravefan, I’m saying there aren’t many 1-3’s in baseball. I’m talking 1-3’s year-in, year-out.

For instance, true number 1 starters. I don’t think just because there are 30 spots for number 1 starters, since there are 30 teams, means that the top 30 starters are true number 1’s. My definition of a true number 1 is a guy who would clearly be a number 1 on any team and would be the clear number 1 for several seasons (except in the case where maybe two of these type guys happen to pitch on the same team, like a Halladay and a Lee). So there are fewer than 30. And there are fewer than 30 number 2’s. And there are fewer than 30 number 3’s.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:39 pm

This is going to lead to Matt Diaz starting every game against LHP in the playoffs, isn’t it??

Maybe not. Not if Heyward starts rockin’ righties. But he has to do that, I think, before there could be any confidence in him against lefties.

Tomas

August 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

seriously the Rangers are loaded

Shaun

August 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

Lew, that’s what I said. But that still doesn’t change the fact that you ignored context, particularly with that second quote. One’s brain has to understand nuance and be more than narrowly-focused to get that.

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

Can we get the Rangers’ blog to acquire Shaun?

Bat Masterson

August 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

Scoots_

Bifff bet ………. 9/29

Threadkiller

August 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

I love how Shaun compares Bourn’s previous stats with the Houston Astros (The worst team in baseball) to his future declining stats with the Atlanta Braves (One of the best teams in baseball)!

phil

August 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

Shaun – Your brain hasn’t understood nuance since your conception….

Heisenberg

August 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

Hey DOB, finally listened to the Jeff Bridges album..Most of it is a bit slow for my preferences, but the song he sang on Colbert recently (what little bit of love can do) is catchy and will stick in your head and is worth some radio play. Wish there were more up tempo on it like that. It will probably take a few more times hrough to maybe appreciate the entire work.

Also listened to the new Cars release. Not the same magic as the 80’s but Ric Os wife is still HOT.

OK, now back to your regularly scheduled arguing.

PS I got nothing to add to the DIaz trade discussion. Will just see what happens.

Efrim

August 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

For instance, true number 1 starters. I don’t think just because there are 30 spots for number 1 starters, since there are 30 teams, means that the top 30 starters are true number 1’s.

Right, but how many guys do you think are better than Matt Cain, who you called a decent #2 starter?

Lew

August 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

Shaun – Just STFU, you condescending little jerk.You wouldn’t know or understand nuance if it bit you on your behind.

Lew

August 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

That’s what I said but you don’t understand what I said. Whatever.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

Bat, sure, you’re probably right, LOL. Might even be getting calls for Biff to start, sometime after the WS, for that matter.

coach

August 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

Braves acquired Edgar Renteria from Reds and released Lugo

Wes

August 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

Can’t wait to watch that bat swing Matt-E again, tonight!!!

Sid the Rally Salmon

August 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

Can there be another comment section or other far off place on the intertubes for Shaun and those who claim to hate him, but constantly and ceaselessly engage him. I don’t know who is right and I don’t care. The day after day of Shaun vs. Anti-Shaun is not enjoyable for me or most other fans, I would guess. Why do those of you that claim to be sickened by his comments engage him?

This makes no sense. But it cuts down my enjoyment of the blog, the comments and the community.

Sid don’t swim in polluted waters. Rally Salmon out.

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