Hudson’s gem wasted in 1-0 loss to shifty Cubs

CHICAGO – The Braves got a vintage Tim Hudson pitching performance Wednesday at Wrigley Field, but it went wasted in a 1-0 loss to the Cubs.

They didn’t hit a lot of balls hard against left-hander Paul Maholm. And on most occasions when they did, there was usually Cubs defender waiting to snag it. Sometimes in the darndest places.

Tweaked defensive alignments and Maholm’s craftiness helped Chicago beat the Braves in a game that  lasted barely two hours and gave the last-place Cubs a series win over the Braves.

“The shift won them the game today,” said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who had two potential hits taken away by defenders aligned out of position, yet perfectly positioned. “It lost them the game last night. So, you live with it you’re going to die by it.”

Hudson (1-1) allowed one run on five hits and no walks and threw just 73 pitches before he was removed for pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky in the eighth inning after the Cubs scored a run in the seventh on Bryan LaHair’s two-out groundball single through the left side when the Braves were in a shift of their own.

“It’s disappointing,” said Hudson, a veteran sinkerballer who bounced back strong from Friday’s rough start at Coors Field. “I was making some pretty good pitches. The best I’ve felt this year. I feel like we should have won the game, even though their guy was throwing the ball well. I felt like we should have come out on top.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “Huddy was outstanding. So much that if he would have come out of the seventh inning with no runs, I was thinking about letting him hit in the eighth, because he was that dominant.”

Pastornicky struck out to lead off the eighth, and Dan Uggla flied out with two runners on to end the inning.

After pounding out 42 hits and 29 runs in their three-game sweep against the Rockies at Colorado, the Braves totaled 19 hits and four runs in three games against the Cubs, losing two. They are 4-2 on a nine-game trip that will finish with a three-game series at St. Louis beginning Friday.

Maholm (4-2) allowed three hits and three walks in seven innings and won his four consecutive start while allowing one or no runs. After giving up six runs in four innings in each of his first two this season, he’s 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA in his past four.

“Maholm kept us off-balance,” Gonzalez said. “I thought we had some balls hit right at people with people in scoring position. They did a nice job defending us there.”

He handled the Braves much as he did previously when he pitched for the Pirates. Maholm is 2-1 with a career-best 1.34 ERA in seven starts against the Braves, and 60-88 with a 4.39 ERA in 210 starts against everyone else.

“I tell you what, those lefties that just don’t ever really give in, the soft lefties with cutters and change-ups, who never really give you that heater to hit, we struggle with [them] a little bit,” Ross said. “He had good stuff. We hit some balls hard. I thought they were real lucky with positioning today. I thought Chipper Jones could have had four hits.”

With runners on the corners and two out in the sixth, Jones hit a line drive up the middle that was caught by second baseman Darwin Barney standing directly behind the base.

“That’s how the game’s played,” Barney said of the shift defenses the Cubs use on a regular basis. “If guys want to force the ball through that hole, our feeling is we’ll let them do it.”

Maholm’s teams have scored just one run while he’s been in five of his starts against the Braves, and two runs while he was in the others.

“He’s a guy that’s going to keep you off-balance,” Jones said. “When you get your opportunities you’ve got to take advantage of them. We thought we did, but we hit right into the shift. So give him his due, he pitched well.”

Cubs manager Dale Sveum has used shift defenses all season.

“Through technology, through video, when a guy’s going to hit a ball 90 percent of the time in one specific area, you’re going to play there,” he said. “If you get beat 10 percent of the time, i can live with that.”

Ross said it was a particularly tough loss to swallow given how Hudson pitched in his third start since returning from the disabled list.

“He shouldn’t have given up a hit,” Ross said. “He was as dominant as ever. Stuff-wise, he was as good as I’ve ever caught him. Four years here, nobody’s thrown the ball like he was throwing. It stinks we didn’t score for him.”

The Braves had shifts work against them both at the plate and in the field. The Cubs scored when LaHair, a left-handed pull hitter, hit a groundball the other way, to the left side. It went just past the outstretched glove of shortstop Jack Wilson, who had been positioned near second base.

If Wilson had been in his usual position, it might have been a routine groundout. Hudson didn’t know the shift was on.

“The way my sinker was going today, it would have been hard to pull it,” he said. “But [LeHair] did hit some off-speed pitches for a base hit up the middle in his first at-bat, and he pulled a curveball to the first baseman, so…. It obviously didn’t work out for us this time, but that’s just how the ball bounces sometimes. No pun intended. They had the breaks and they won the game.”

78 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 9th, 2012
8:17 pm

1st…. If not for the darn shift we might’ve won today. Nice hustle by Jack to try to keep the ball on the infield though.

Largo

May 9th, 2012
8:30 pm

It’s nice when the offense and pitching shows up at the same time but that seldom happens.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
8:35 pm

Two key mistakes by Fredi cost us the game – the shift against LaHair (I’m sorry, but a shift is just shady defense) and pinch hitting Pastornicky for Hudson in the 8th – you have a guy on your bench with something like a 1.400 OPS against lefties (Diaz) – which is about all he’s good for – why wouldn’t you A)have him in the game to begin with and B) use him in a spot where he is your #1 option. Shake my head…

[...] Dave O’Brien of the AJC calls the Cubs “shifty” because he loves terrible puns more than I do. [...]

least of the east

May 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

if it wasn’t the shift, it would have been the wind blowing in at Wrigley.

what a consistent offense ! 15 runs a few days ago, now get shutout and 4 runs in a series

Maholm was available, but too expensive for the Braves as are most decent players. unlike Durbin, he commands a real salary.
if he was in our division, we’d make him an All Star every year.

bring on wainright and the Cards. maybe we can score 1 run

go-BRAVOS

May 9th, 2012
8:55 pm

This us the Braves. Offense is unstoppable for a few games and then they forget what their doing. I guess you can say it’s a long season and things will even out. You can guarantee though when the season winds down and it gets closer to October the offense will disappear just like every year. At least as an Atlanta sports fan you always know how the story ends.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
8:55 pm

Wainwright isn’t the one to worry about – we have to face Lynn! :)

Kat

May 9th, 2012
9:06 pm

“vintage” Huddy love it, just too bad the bats didn’t come through for him this afternoon.

smallmouth6

May 9th, 2012
9:09 pm

Good game by Tim Hudson. The mistake I saw was even pitching to the hottest hitter in the NL with two outs. Still, you gotta hit to score. Enjoyed watching Tim.

bp

May 9th, 2012
9:20 pm

let the overanalyzingbegin.

In Theo We Trust

May 9th, 2012
9:42 pm

“the shift is shifty”, in my mind I disagree with that statement. Playing the percentages is typically smart. Also, LaHair isn’t a dead pull hitter. If I’m not mistaken, four of LaHair’s eight homers of gone to left or center and he has shown he can drive the ball to all fields and does not favor the pull, in fact he has shown a good ability to take pitches on the outer half and take them to left or left center.

double

May 9th, 2012
9:48 pm

Errors & Excuses prevail.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
9:49 pm

I’m guessing you’re referring to my “the shift is shady” (not shifty) comment. Sure you can play the percentages, but how often have you seen a baserunner go from 2nd to third, or a guy lay down a bunt to third, or just plain “beat the shift” by hitting it somewhere that they’re not. In that situation, they should have been playing straight up, maybe even a hair deep in the infield. What percentage were they playing against? As you said, LaHair isn’t a dead pull hitter by any means…so it was a shady defensive call. Shady = questionable.

In addition, with a runner on third, you’re allowing him a huge lead off of the bag – and Hudson does have a tendancy to throw a ball in the dirt with the sinker or splitter – so the runner had a better chance to score on a WP/PB.

DetroitBraves

May 9th, 2012
9:54 pm

@In Theo We Trust, I’ve got a friend that’s a Cubs fan that thinks Rizzo is the better player and the Cubs should sell high on LaHair. What do you think?

J-Man

May 9th, 2012
10:06 pm

I think the Braves are a good team and I’m still more worried about the Phillies than the Nationals. But we do have problems and I’m gonna list them.

1. Fredi Gonzalez……..I dont think he deserves to be fired but with his questionable moves and lack of fire and intensity and the fact he will allow certain pitchers to stay on the roster when they should be replaced.

2. Tyler Pastornicky…….He has finally improved his hitting but he is still questionable with the bat, But what isnt questioned is his defense……which is flat out awful. In fact the only reason we have Jack Wilson on the team is because Pastornicky needs a defensive replacement late in games……Fact is Simmons outperformed him in Spring Training and deserved to be here instead.

3. Chad Durbin- He has the 3rd highest ERA in the majors and has the most appearances on the team. Unlike EOF he doesnt have a good history to fall back on and has a career ERA over 5.

4. EOF- He has had a bad year this year………See Fredi Gonzalez over using him and burning him out……I think he needs a trip to the DL to recharge his batteries and to work on his mechanics.

5. The pitchers starters and relievers do no go after hitters and are allowing too many lead-off walks.

6. Prado hitting in the Number 2 spot

7. Brian McCann not adjusting to that shift.

8. Dan Uggla swining at anything

9. The fact we need another lefty reliever

10. There is no 10 because this is a good team that if they can remedy some of these flaws can become the team to beat.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
10:14 pm

I dunno, I’m not worried about the Phils that much. Their bullpen is awful, SP is showing holes early on, hitting is below average (and may not improve – they’re sure injury-riddled and seem to be slow healers), defense is suspect…getting older and older. I think it’s funny that the Mutts are about to sweep them, in Philly. Their fans must be going ballistic. LOL

Fan since 1977

May 9th, 2012
10:31 pm

Good news: Huddy has shaken off the rust and is back — no reason to doubt was Rossie says.

Q: Why not put Chipper back in 2 hole given the incredible run production when got when he was there, and have Prado hit in front of Heyward?

Fan since 1977

May 9th, 2012
10:33 pm

@J-Man: Agree with you, Durbin should be stocking shelves at Sears.

Larry Hawkins from Bull Durham

May 9th, 2012
10:36 pm

God. I worked at Sears. Sears sucks. Sold Lady Kenmores. Horrible, ooh….horrible.

BravesFAN

May 9th, 2012
10:44 pm

I kept thinking about if Pastornicky would’ve been able to get to that ball that Wilson just barely missed. Highly doubt he would’ve been able to stop it and still throw Lehair out I was just curious about it though.

BravesFAN

May 9th, 2012
10:48 pm

JMan – When Prado starts killing the ball in a month in the 2 hole I’ll wonder what you have to say about it. He’s not killing it but he’s not doing awful either his OBP is around .350 not too bad for a guy you want on base for your 3,4,5 guys to bring around. And as far as Uggla swinging at everything it’s the same reason he will jack 30-35 HR’s this year. Because he will hack away at any and everything. Big risk big reward, yes he will strikeout a lot but he will also jack a lot of HR’s and give you a decent OBP for a power hitter.

CaptMudd

May 9th, 2012
10:55 pm

Feel for Huddy in the worst way…I’m sure the others…his team-mates do too. This is MLB, sometime you do well and lose but it sure blows. Get them when they come to Atlanta guys!

david

May 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

good grief people-its baseball. if he hits at the”shift” you all are praising Freddi. Man, 162 games is a long season. Let it play out you band wagon bunch of “fans”. You all were praising everyting after the sweep–now “oh, doom and gloom” we cant score. GET A LIFE– ITS BASEBALL

Rafael

May 9th, 2012
11:25 pm

Jack “Julio Lugo LITE” Wilson and his .158 BA… might as well play Freidi’s NEPHEW “Double Play” Matt Diaz in the lineup also.

And “good grief”… some of us lifelong Brave’s “fans” REALIZE with Liberty CHEAPIA as owners you get WASHED-UP STIFFS like Jack Wilson on your team.

“Good grief”… you BETTER hope that Tyler Pastornicky does NOT get hurt, because it is TRULY going to be a “LONG SEASON” with Jack “Julio Lugo LITE” as our starting SS.

“Good grief”… what’s it like being an EMPLOYEE of Liberty CHEAPIA??????????????????

gotigers72

May 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

Sveum’s been playing the shift all year, but it must not be working that great, because his team is 4 games under .500 or something. Worked great today though. Especially against Chipper.

J-Man

May 9th, 2012
11:38 pm

Well Braves Fan if Prado starts killing it I will be praising him of course. But look at his stats since we acquired Michael Bourn. He hasnt been producing the numbers he is capable of producing. And Prado is a heck of a player he is hitting .283 but I think the way he approaches his AB makes him a #3, 5, 6, or 7 hitter. Prado just doesnt draws walks and stretch out counts to allow Bourn to steal bases like a #2 hitter should. Prado is a hell of a player I just think Chipper is a better fit in the #2 spot is all.

Fats

May 10th, 2012
12:51 am

162 game season will make you forget this one fast. Too dm long season,as people now dont have the attention span for this monster length of a season. Cant get too involved as the Braves blew it at the end last year,so look at the season in week by week. We might sweep the Cardinals the way we play anyways

In Theo We Trust

May 10th, 2012
3:20 am

@detrotbraves…In regards to Rizzo vs LaHair I agree for one simple reason and that is that the Cubs are not contenders now. They are in a major rebuild and though LaHair is our power source (not one of but rather IS) it seems that everything Theo and company are aiming for is sustained winning, which frankly, is not going to be this year or even next. Rizzo has his upside. He crushes right handed pitching and he is a well above average fielder. Does he need work against lefties, yes. Did he struggle last year (in Petco, pitchers paradise after all), yes. But in the future of the Cubs by selling high we get multiple pieces for the big picture. Here is where I’m conflicted. I love what he is doing but in the big picture what is more valuable LaHair or what we can get for him has to be the question of the day in Chicago.

clay

May 10th, 2012
3:23 am

I just don’t understand how you only score 4 runs in the series against the last place cubs after sweeping the Rockies and scoring 20 something runs.

In Theo We Trust

May 10th, 2012
3:25 am

@gotigers a) it’s not the shift look who is on the Cubs in terms of talent b) the source of many of the cubs loses can be pinned on two men…Marmol and Wood…anyone who thinks the Cubs can contend now is delusional

Finally, what I think should be getting a little more attention is the Cubs goodwill gesture to Chipper on his farewell tour. Of all that teams will do for him, the gift of the Braves standing flag from atop the scoreboard has to be one of the most meaningful of all. Well done Cubs in honoring a player who has continued to exemplify what is great about baseball his whole career.

Carl Farvman

May 10th, 2012
8:01 am

“I just don’t understand how you only score 4 runs in the series against the last place cubs after sweeping the Rockies and scoring 20 something runs.”

I can…….Braves not anything more than average. Playing weaker teams and coming into May in seemingly good shape. Again the ATL TV/Radio nitwits ridiculing the Cubs ‘No Name’ lineup prior to the first game of the series. The nitwits did the same thing with the Pitt series and ATL didn’t win either of those. The nitwits need to shut up and stop acting as if the ATL lineup is somehow an elite one. Where do they get this attitude when the Braves have done nothing to earn it.

You said what?

May 10th, 2012
8:52 am

The Cubs lineup is “no name”. They didn’t say they weren’t good, just that the AVERAGE baseball fan is unfamiliar with them. What does it matter what the media says? Does it affect the outcome of the game/series?

[...] Hudson’s gem wasted in 1-0 loss to shifty Cubs | Atlanta Braves“The shift won them the game today,” said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who had two potential hits taken away by defenders aligned out of position, yet perfectly positioned. “It lost them the game last night. So, you live with it you’re going to die by it.” [...]

Brave Hokie

May 10th, 2012
9:39 am

Where are all the Braves enablers puffing their chests out yesterday???

The Braves will never win ANYTHING until they stop hitting like an Ivy League girls softball team every opportunity they get…

I foresee a long weekend in St Louis ~ a team of REAL ‘gamers’…

Winchester

May 10th, 2012
9:45 am

The Braves need to overcome their chronic attitude of casual play when facing a bottom dwelling team. We all have seen this over and over again in the past with Washington, Cubs, and so on.

Positioning strategy from the dugout is bush league. Makes you wonder how we are expected to win games against more efficient teams this season.

Carl Farvman

May 10th, 2012
9:48 am

“The Cubs lineup is “no name”. They didn’t say they weren’t good, just that the AVERAGE baseball fan is unfamiliar with them. What does it matter what the media says? Does it affect the outcome of the game/series?”

Yeah, and you left out the chuckling among them as one said “I’d rather have the Braves lineup, for sure……” Really? Chipper every fourth game, McCann and his hitting and lack of leadership and the rest of the inconsistant hodge podge of players….? No Braves fan who knows anything believes this crew has a chance to do anything in the playoffs, except, maybe, for the TV, radio, nitwits.

Don

May 10th, 2012
9:59 am

Maholm – 1.34 ERA and 4-1 against the Braves in 7 starts
4.39 ERA and 60-88 against everyone else
This says it ALL relating to the Braves against so many below average pitchers.

Winchester

May 10th, 2012
10:07 am

After further consideration, the Braves blew a crucial chance to gain some ground in their standing before heading to St. Louis for a possible spanking and lasting damage to their divisional standing.

The Nationals have been on a losing streak.

Their loss of the series to the Cubs is unacceptable. This should have been a sweep. The Mets have won 5 in a row and are about to overtake the Braves.

Now heading into a weekend series with the Cardinals there is concern of coming away in 3rd place rather than maintaining a shakey 1st place standing.

You said what?

May 10th, 2012
10:51 am

Carl, I would rather have the Braves lineup as well. Isn’t their offense near or at the top of MLB in runs scored?
Brave Hokie- baseball is a 162 game season. Most people that have been around the game a long time do not get too high or too low after a game.

Josephus

May 10th, 2012
12:09 pm

Oh, you said “shiFTy”…I gotta stop trying to read without my glasses

Billy Brave

May 10th, 2012
12:12 pm

Why Dan Ugli in the cleanup spot. Last night he had two chances to bat in the tying or go ahead run He is too inconsistent, like McCann.The Denver series was an anomoly. This team is like grass growing. I wonder if they lead the majors in strikeouts. Theymust be near the top.

Dwayne

May 10th, 2012
12:12 pm

Wilson barely missed? it was an error…ball weny under his glove…Pasrtornicky gets that ball….another bonehead move by Fredi….and by the way………FIRE DON SUTTON!!!!

Matt

May 10th, 2012
12:16 pm

Enter your comments here

You said what?

May 10th, 2012
12:28 pm

Dwayne- There’s a reason that a team hasn’t searched you out to be an official scorer.

jim

May 10th, 2012
12:36 pm

Give Wilson a break on the LaHair hit. He tried to make a play the only way he had any chance of getting the runner at 1B, by stabbing it and bracing to throw at the same time. He probably would not have got the runner anyway even if he came up with it. Keeping it on the infield and not getting the runner at first still allows the run to score.
The decision to pitch to LaHair in that situation and over shift for him was the questionable decision. Fredi attributed Delgado’s decision to go after Soriano (and not leave the job of getting out of the inning to somebody else) as a learning experience for the young rookie. What was the decision to pitch to LaHair for the veteran?

jim

May 10th, 2012
12:43 pm

Speaking of dumb decisions by a front office, how does a team like Seattle let a guy like LaHair go. He has put up good numbers in the minors and was a very impressive hitter in this series. He looked like he hit that ball away from the shift by design, unlike our guys driving it into the shift and complaining afterward.

Carl Farvman

May 10th, 2012
12:59 pm

“Carl, I would rather have the Braves lineup as well. Isn’t their offense near or at the top of MLB in runs scored?”

Is it good hitting or facing bad pitching?

You said what?

May 10th, 2012
1:10 pm

It’s a good hitting team that had a bad day. Believe it or not, teams do have those.

Matt

May 10th, 2012
1:17 pm

Never happen.

Matt

May 10th, 2012
1:24 pm

Morris Code

May 10th, 2012
1:40 pm

Lobosolo

May 10th, 2012
1:59 pm

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy… got to copy and paste for posting on multiple blogs in case the Braves’ brass decides they are gonna take their cues from a bunch of pedantic armchairs… armchairs, the professionals are watching the game from the dugout and their sky boxes… they also are privy to all information AND have the capacity to understand that knowledge…. they get paid the big bucks for their expertise… you, on the other hand, watch from the couch, have no inside information, and don’t know your behinds from third base when it comes to baseball… that’s why armchairs will never get paid for their own brand of “expertise” when it comes to baseball… legends in your own minds…

Here is an important baseball fact that you armchairs can get a hold of to start your notebooks…. you can just title it “Everything About Baseball I Need To Know As Soon As I Realize I Don’t Know Jack”

Fact 1: There has never, ever been any team in baseball that has won all of their games… All teams, even the best, procede through the season in a series of streaks, rising up and down… even the best teams in baseball can go on a streak in which their hitters just can’t hit or their pitcher’s just can’t pitch… It’s why such a l—o—-n—-gggg season can be so much fun…

Get over yourselves, armchairs… life is too short to delude yourselves year in and year out and make the rest of us have to suffer through your pedantic, boorish, and sophmoric ramblings….

Lobosolo

May 10th, 2012
2:02 pm

Winchester, sounds like the best thing you can do is get out your hankie, or pick a new team to follow… if it scares you so much, perhaps you should just go watch Wheel of Fortune

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
2:05 pm

LoBosolo, You are full of nonsense.

Bobby Dews

May 10th, 2012
2:16 pm

I can see the Braves losing on game 162 again to miss the playoffs….again.

J-Man

May 10th, 2012
2:26 pm

Well I will say I’m glad were not giving up 10 runs a game like we were doing last week. The only problem I have with this series was Fredi disrupting the line-up chemistry by moving Chipper from the #2 spot in the line-up. But you get clunker series like this its just we dont go “Tipping our Caps” and not trying to improve and just letting what happened last year happen again……And Braves fans do need to call them out all season until they do make the playoffs because even Schulholtz said people are gonna be accountable.

Josh

May 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

Lobosolo is a complete idiot.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
2:31 pm

J-Man

May 10th, 2012
2:38 pm

Come on guys lobosolo is the only “Real” fan and everybody else here are just “Armchair Bloggers”
To lobosolo last year’s collapse never happened and Fredi went undefeated in the playoffs last year.
But I agree with you that teams will go through streaks and its a long season….with that said you still have to try to fight against those losing streaks andnot “Tip your Cap”. So from your favorite armchair blogger have a nice day and weekend.

DawgDad

May 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

I’m in the camp of those believing Prado is best suited to hit down in the lineup, probably sixth until he starts hitting .300+ consistently again. Jones looks good in the 2-slot, and Heyward would be OK there. Actually, I’d probably hit Heyward leadoff and Bourn second, with Jones third.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
2:42 pm

Sorry, You are wrong again. You are an idiot too.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
2:56 pm

Take your nap,children. See you later.

DawgDad

May 10th, 2012
2:57 pm

“We might sweep the Cardinals the way we play anyways”

Can’t place too much importance on any series in May, but this will be a good measuring stick for the Braves. The Cardinals are (at this point) the team to beat to go to the Series. A punchless offense is not going to sweep the Cardinals; the Braves better hit or THEY may get swept.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:02 pm

You are right. Sayonara Yobasayo

J-Man

May 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

Is there more that 1 Tommy on this blog because I’m reading this and it seems like that

Joe in SoCal

May 10th, 2012
3:10 pm

2 of 3 would be fine. winning series is what matters. just keep winning series and everything else falls into place.

phil

May 10th, 2012
3:11 pm

Fire Lobosolo!!

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:12 pm

Just 1 Yobasayo

Joe in SoCal

May 10th, 2012
3:13 pm

58% winning pct probably gets us in the playoffs. or around 95 wins.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:16 pm

Never happen Yobasayo

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:23 pm

Anya Hashimika Yobsasayo yi Sayonara

J-Man

May 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

OOOOOHHHHH now I get it lobosolo is going under different names because he cant get no one to agree with him.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

Wrong again.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

Moga Moga chicho Yobasayo..

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
3:38 pm

eddie

May 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

I did an article on the braves and their recent struggles and successes and how this series is going to pan out against the cards so come read it and enjoy! http://baseballpitboss.com/2012/05/atlanta-braves-look-to-get-back-on-track-against-st-louis-cardinals/

Carl Farvman

May 10th, 2012
5:51 pm

DawgDad: “Can’t place too much importance on any series in May”

Someone explain why early season success/failure seems to have less significance [for the genuises] than the second half of the season? I hear this stuff all the time and it makes no sense. For all the baseball experts the end result is cumulative–for better or for worse–beginning with the first game of the season. You miss the playoffs by a game and you might want to consider the impact of the 0-4 start.

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
6:10 pm

Anya Hawshimika Carl Farvman ..You are right. Moga Moga chicho Yobasayo

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