Braves’ slump has cut wide swath across team

It takes pretty much a complete team effort to put together a 22-9 surge like the one the Braves had earlier this season. And it takes a fairly complete team effort – with key injuries and illnesses added to the mix, in this case – for a talented team to lose seven in a row and get swept in consecutive series the way the Braves just did at Cincinnati and at home against the Nationals.

Bourn's triple was one of only two Braves hits Sunday, but even the standout leadoff man hasn't been getting on base much during Braves' slide. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

Bourn's triple was one of only two Braves hits Sunday, but even the standout leadoff man hasn't been getting on base much during Braves' slide. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

It’s gotten grim, folks. The Braves, with a sputtering offense, suddenly sloppy defense and erratic pitching, need a win in the worst way today against the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Turner Field.

Here’s two rays of hope for you on this holiday as you fire up the grill and kick back to see if your Bravos can get the ship righted: 1. Brian McCann is back in the lineup after missing six consecutive starts due to sickness, and 2. as much as the Braves have struggled this month, so have the Cardinals.

The Braves and Cardinals are each 12-14 in May, the Braves with 4.34 ERA that ranks 12th in NL, the Cardinals with a 4.57 ERA that’s 15th.

Oh, and it feels as if God and/or the baseball gods mercifully dropped the temperature 5-8 degrees and provided some cloud cover for McCann’s first start since the catcher came down with the flu or some sort of nasty virus Monday at Cincinnati (the Braves have avoided saying specifically what he has, for reasons that none of us is quite sure of).

Meanwhile, Freddie Freeman is still waiting for Oakley or Under Armour to complete and ship a pair of special sports glasses/goggles that he can hit in. He’s had both companies on the case for more than a week – he’s under contract with Under Armour and had to give them first dibs, but UA agreed to let Oakley also try to make a pair, given the urgent circumstances – but making such glasses is not easy.

You don’t just go to Lens Crafters and have them grind out a pair of glasses suitable for hitting in major league games, as Freeman found out when he got a pair done as a temporary solution on Friday upon returning to Atlanta, after his contacts and regular glasses both failed him for the purposes of hitting throughout the seven-game road trip.

The pair he got made on short notice in Atlanta? He tried hitting in them and couldn’t see well enough with his peripheral vision. That’s the problem – the lenses have to be wrap-around types to allow a hitter, particularly a hitter with a fairly closed stance like Freeman, to be able to see looking sideways at the pitcher, or they are worthless for the purpose of hitting 95 mph fastballs and seeing the spin on breaking pitches, etc.

And every time he’s tried to wear contacts since his eyes went crazy in the dry, windy conditions at Colorado earlier this month, they’ve dried out and his vision has become blurry, leading to incidents such as in Cincinnati, where Freeman said he saw two baseballs coming at him a couple of times on throws across the infield, and saw only a blurry baseball when he hit.

So they’ve said, enough with the contacts. Ditch ‘em for now, take the medicated drops for another day to get the eyes back healthy, then see the doctor once more tomorrow and discuss the situation as they continue waiting for the glasses to arrive, which could be any day.

Freeman said this morning that he’s gotten so desperate he’d even consider having Lasik done, something he had sworn off after McCann’s problems post-Lasik, including needing a second procedure only a year or so after the first (and he’s still had problems since).

Also, Freeman said the doctors have told him patients with dry-eye issues aren’t recommended as Lasik candidates. And Freeman definitely has some seriously dry eyes. So much so that the having his tear ducts plugged not long after the Colorado series still hasn’t produced tears, whereas most of us would be tearing up all the time if we had our tear ducts plugged.

Freeman is frustrated, to say the least. I mean, this is a guy who went from hottest hitter in the league for a while, a guy who won two NL Player of the Week awards in a three-week span, to hitting .150 (9-for-60) with one homer in 16 games since the Braves left Colorado, including 2-for-25 with no walks and nine strikeouts in his past six games.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. McCann C
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Heyward RF
  6. Francisco 3B
  7. Hinske 1B
  8. Pastornicky SS
  9. Hanson P

• The slump: I mentioned it’s taken a near-complete team effort to sink the Braves to levels they’ve reached in the past couple of weeks. They’ve gone 4-10 with a 4.10 ERA, .229 batting average and 45 runs in their past 14 games (3.2 runs per game), and hit a startling .180 with a 5.31 ERA and 18 total runs during the seven-game skid, the longest losing streak for the Braves since a nine-game tailspin in April 2010.

So let’s list some of the more glaring examples of what I was referring to regarding a complete effort:

– Eric Hinske went 6-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs in three games May 2-4; since then he is 2-for-32 (.063) in 16 games with one RBI, 15 strikeouts and a .162 OBP and .063 slugging percentage.

– Jason Heyward has hit .189 (21-for-111) with 31 strikeouts, a .297 OBP and .351 slugging percentage (.648 OPS) in his past 33 games, with one multi-hit game in that stretch. In his past 16 games he has three doubles and one homer in 55 at-bats, with a .262 OBP and .291 slugging percentage.

– Michael Bourn, after producing at higher level than any other NL leadoff man for more than a month, has hit .167 with a .186 OBP in his past 10 games, and has as many home runs (3, all hit in Cincinnati’s small park) as his combined total of singles (2) and walks (1) in that period. Bourn has 12 strikeouts and two stolen bases in that 10-game stretch (team is 2-8).

-- Tyler Pastornicky is 2-for-17 with no walks and five strikeouts in his past six games, and has three errors in his past five to drop his fielding percentage to .944, lowest among major league shortstops.

– Dan Uggla is 5-for-32 (.156) in his past 11 games, albeit with two homers, 14 walks and a .413 OBP in that span. (It’s the opportunities with runners in scoring position that have been damaging during that period.)

– Among pitchers in May, Mike Minor is 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA in five starts and Jonny Venters is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in 11 relief appearances, with as many homers allowed in his past eight appearances (3) as he had allowed previously in his entire career.

Pastornicky laid down this nice bunt Sunday, but was also charged with two errors to give him the lowest fielding percentage among major league shortstops this season.

Pastornicky laid down this nice bunt Sunday, but was also charged with two errors to give him the lowest fielding percentage among major league shortstops this season.

There are others, but we’re running out of time before first pitch.

By the way, the Braves are now 3-8 with a 5.44 ERA in their past 11 home games. And for those who may have forgotten, they are still looking for their first Monday win, home or road (0-7 before today).

• Today’s matchup: It’s Tommy Hanson against the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn in what should be a solid pitcher’s duel. (Famous last words, right?)

Lynn was 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA and .168 opp average (and also more than eight support runs per nine innings) in six starts before the Braves (and Hanson) beat him on May 13 in St. Louis. Beginning with that game, he’s 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA and .296 opp average in three starts. Lynn allowed four hits, three runs, three walks in six innings of that game

Like Hanson, Lynn has pitched better on the road, where he’s 4-0 with 1.93 ERA in five road starts. He’s 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in four day games.

Hanson is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and .225 opp average in his past four starts, and worked at least six innings in each while allowing one or two runs. Hanson is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals, and got the win May 13 when he pitched five innings and allowed one run and five hits.

• Let’s close on this Memorial Day with a powerful tune, “Dress Blues,” from our bud (and huge Braves fan) Jason Isbell, which you can hear by clicking here. A heartfelt thank you to all enlisted folks past and present. We can never repay our debt of gratitude to you. Ever. But we could sure treat you a hell of a lot better than we do when you come home. R.I.P., Uncle Wayne.

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“DRESS BLUES” by Jason Isbell

What can you see from your window?
I can’t see anythin’ from mine
Flags on the side of the highway
And scripture on grocery store signs

Maybe eighteen was too early
Maybe thirty or forty is too
Did you get your chance to make peace with the man
Before He sent down his angels for you?

Mamas and grand mamas love you
‘Cause that’s all they know how to do
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin’ in your dress blues

Your wife said this all would be funny
When you got back home in a week
Turn twenty two and we’d celebrate you
In a bar or a tent by the creek

Your baby would just about be here
And your very last tour would be up
But you won’t be back, they’re all dressin’ in black
( From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/j/jason-isbell-lyrics/dress-blues-lyrics.html )
Drinkin’ sweet tea in Styrofoam cups

Mamas and grand mamas love you
American boys hate to lose
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin’ in your dress blues

The high school gymnasium’s ready
Full of flowers and old Legionnaires
Nobody showed up to protest
Just sniffle and stare

There’s red, white and blue in the rafters
And there’s silent old men from the Corps
What did they say when they shipped you away
To fight somebody’s Hollywood war?

Nobody here could forget you
You showed us what we had to lose
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin’ in your dress blues
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin’ in your dress blues

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,454 comments Add your comment

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
12:59 pm

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

Thanks, DOB!

Jimmy

May 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

Jimmy

May 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

Another great Blog DOB.
We fans appreciate the Braves info we get here.
GO BARVES!!

VaBravesFan

May 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

Alot of the concerns about this team that I mentioned and listed in the offseason have came true to some extent. Cause we didn’t make any moves for insurance.

1. Chipper, How much will he play. Can he stay healthy?

2. Will Heyward rebound and figure it out?

3. Can Freeman escape the dreaded 2nd year slump?

4. Is Pastornicky really ready? Alot of confusion on this with Wren… Can he provide solid defense?

5. Will the pitching staff come close to match 2011’s success?

6. Will Jurrjens/Hanson/Hudson stay healthy and producitve?

7. Will Minor and other youngins step up?

8. Will our overworked bullpen be able to come close to repeating 2011’s performance?

9. Can Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske bounce back from horrible season’s off the bench?

Waffle House or Bust

May 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

Even the baseball God’s think McCann is soft (and fat).

Mister Frisky

May 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

ITS BOHICA TIME BRAVES FANS!

Just Pateeeee

May 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

What a powrfully sad song today.

Waffle House or Bust

May 28th, 2012
1:06 pm

8. Will our overworked bullpen be able to come close to repeating 2011’s performance?

Lets hope not. They sucked in September and headed that way again from being overused.

George

May 28th, 2012
1:07 pm

Repost from old blog.
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George

May 28th, 2012
1:03 pm
cabravesfan

May 28th, 2012
12:50 pm
George-

A question- How is my criticism or praise of of a manager or player going to have any affect on if the team wins or loses?
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Hi cab
It dosen’t , but every time someone [not only me] points something out, you and VJ imedently point out they are wrong, EVERY TIME , Do you folks NOT EVER get upset with 7 lose’s in a row going on 10?

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Meanwhile, this useless and poor excuse for a manager has done basically nothing to shake things up, like calling up Constanza who provided a “spark” last season. This “robot” is not qualified to be the manager at AAA, much less a major league team. The only AJC sportswriter who has called him out on anything is JS, and he nailed it yesterday.

David O'Brien

May 28th, 2012
1:10 pm

Blog updated with photos and lineup now. So re-read it!

cabravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:10 pm

George-

I don’t point out people are wrong, unless their “facts” are incorrect.

And no, I don’t get upset over a baseball lose. (and I’m not going to assume, like you apparently are, that we are going to lose the next 3 games). Sure, winning is better. But why should I let a lose upset me? Has zero affect on my actual life.

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

“Jimmy”, what are Barves? Maybe the plural of “BARFS”? That would be appropriate.

cabravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

VaBravesFan

May 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

From 2006 to 2010 McCann averaged 139 games a season. But in 2011 only played 129 with his worst season since 2007 with the oblique injury, and now in 2012 he’s started 35 games out of 49 games, but hasn’t played a whole series since May 7th for the Cubs series.

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

DOB, no need to. One cannot “read” photos and we already know the lineup. Next?

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

George – when I get frustrated I occasionally have fun with folks who go overboard moaning and groaning rather than take it out on the team I root for…also, not much reason to be the 20th person to complain when we do something stupid, though I do recognize when we do…

njbraves

May 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

DS1….when I called veer one of the biggest idiots on here, I was putting him in a group that included you.

reckingball

May 28th, 2012
1:14 pm

I have a good feeling that the Braves are going to win today.
go braves

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:14 pm

first!

I had to make some coffee, oh, and how many are we down by?

njbraves

May 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

Fantastic start….pitching looks sharp as ever.

George

May 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

I want to buy FREDI 10 case’s of 5 HOUR ENERGY it MIGHT wake him up enough so we know he is at least alive.

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

In the back of my mind I hear that old country song “HEAR WE GO AGAIN” softly playing.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:17 pm

somebody wake nolie up…

Mister Frisky

May 28th, 2012
1:17 pm

Mister Frisky

May 28th, 2012
1:18 pm

Chip and Joe are awful.

brian

May 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

Tommy needs to keep an eye on Furcal – don’t let it be easy for Furcal to swipe 3rd

Darth Obama

May 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

No sense in posting players’ poor stats. Everyone on here is going to say it’s Fredi’s fault no matter what happens.

VaBravesFan

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

Dan Uggla is tied for 4th in all of Baseball in Walks. With a really nice 374. OBP

Pastornicky and Francisco both have more double’s than McCann.

Jack Wilson is still the only position player without a extra base hit, also 4 pitchers have a higher OPS.

Pastornicky is tied for 6th in all of baseball in Errors, BUT 5 other shortstops (Including 2 GREAT ones) have more!

Mike Minor is still tied for the most strikeouts on our ballclub with 51.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

ncbravesfan90

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

Can’t say anyone should be surprised by this start…

George

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

BOBBY is what 23 years older than FREDI? With 10 times the energy.

brian

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

HOlliday took that one for the team – did not even attempt to move out of the way

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

Sucks to be a Braves fan. Bout to lose 8 in a row. Unreal.

njbraves

May 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

My god, could these guys suck any more??

phoenix

May 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

I feel so sorry for folks who have paid to see the Braves today. It sure would be nice to have a pitcher who can strike somebody out.

Minor Is A Major Loser

May 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

reckingball

May 28th, 2012
1:14 pm
I have a good feeling that the Braves are going to win today.
go braves

Bases loaded no out. Still have that good feeling..Go Braves. Lose # 8 in a row.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

whoa, Uggla like at bat from Beltran there…

Mister Frisky

May 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

Almost time for the Game Ova post.

gotigers72

May 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

I hate to be one to throw everybody under the bus. However, SS is a premier defensive position, along with CF, 2B and Catcher. Tyler is not doing the job at SS defensively. IMO it’s time to bring up Simmons to play SS, just for his defense. It’s not like he’s playing poorly offensively either. Over .300 with double digit stolen bases. But mainly for his defense. It’s not just the errors that Tyler makes either. It’s positioning, arm strength, not being aware on the field as when he threw the ball to the runner at 2nd base because he didn’t realize that the runners were going on a 3-2 two out pitch.

From what I read into it during Spring Training, Fredi wanted to keep Simmons, but Wren wanted to go with Pastornicky. Looks like Fredi was right this time.

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
1:22 pm

Here comes a triple steal like Vandy pulled on Florida the other day. Six steals in one inning, the 9th.

George

May 28th, 2012
1:22 pm

Outta here to take Peanut out, then the game, Lets have a good one.

Darth Obama

May 28th, 2012
1:22 pm

Bases are loaded. It must be Fredi’s fault!

VaBravesFan

May 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Gameday is broken, guess it’s telling me I don’t wanna see what’s already happened?

Mister Frisky

May 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Adams would look great in a Brave uni.God knows we could use another fatty.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Don’t give in Tommy. Stay on track here. No 2 out hits please.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

get the rook Hanson

TBbravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

we still ain’t out of it the snake is fixin to BITE.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

wait, gamecast is all mucked up

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

Yadier with the fat contract

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

Tough out here. Molina always puts up a big fight.

TBbravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

My Lord Tommy will be gassed by the 3rd.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

out of the inning, good
30 pitch first on a steamy day, bad

cabravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

Well done, Tommy

ncbravesfan90

May 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

I did like seeing Tommy hitting 93mph with his fastball that inning. Very encouraging to see!

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

In case anyone needs, the game is on ESPN Radio – Boog announcing:

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?s=mlb

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

We have a pulse.

njbraves

May 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Great job by Tommy….30 pitches will hurt though.

D.A. Nuggla

May 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

I would say that’s a good sign, but not ready to do that right now. Hope all understand.

David O'Brien

May 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Hanson works out of bases-loaded, no-out jam unscathed in #Cardinals 1st, strikes out Molina to end it. Impressive escape.

Kentavo

May 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Five-inning Fredi will pull him after The Fifth.

Fols

May 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Looks like we’ll see the bullpen today…is Kimbrel going to be ice cold or what?

VaBravesFan

May 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Hanson showed amazing composure and battled out of that jam like a true Ace. Great sign, but yeah he’ll be lucky to get 5 innings today unless he gets some very quick innings.

cabravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:30 pm

Fols-

Kimmie pitched Saturday.

VaBravesFan

May 28th, 2012
1:31 pm

The Indians announced that they designated right-hander Jairo Asencio for assignment. The Indians acquired Asencio from the Braves for cash at the end of March. The out of options reliever posted a 5.96 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 25 2/3 innings for the Indians this year. He led the International League in saves in 2009 and 2011 and posted a 1.81 ERA with 11.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 54 2/3 innings at Triple-A last year.

Fastball

May 28th, 2012
1:31 pm

bottom of the first. about time for fredi to change pitchers

Fols

May 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

Did he pitch on Saturday? Jesus…thanks Cab….this losing streak has me in a daze! lol

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

I played my entire career with regular glasses, even hit .800 one year – and don’t try to tell me there’s THAT much difference between slow pitch coed softball and MLB…

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

bravesgrl4life

May 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

Hanson has to be wayyyy more efficient in the next few innings to make it past 5.

SoWeGa Fanatic

May 28th, 2012
1:33 pm

Huddy started out a few days ago throwing a million pitches in the first and went, what, 7? And TH didn’t give up the 4 runs in the first Huddy did. It’s a wonderful start!

D.A. Nuggla

May 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

I see that Terdo down at Gwinnett had two more errors last night at 3B and now has 22 for the year already. Is that why they are showing him as a first baseman now?

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

Bring back JC!

TBbravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

McFann were you at?

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:35 pm

I like Juan batting 6th.

I don’t think he’s the punk show-off hitter we saw in Cincinnati.

Mister Frisky

May 28th, 2012
1:35 pm

Usually when you have the flu for a week you drop a few lbs.I guess the Cracker Barrel delivers.

TBbravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

I think uggla wants it down the middle

Powder Blue

May 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

Schuerholz might want to have another letter in the can.

ncbravesfan90

May 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

Dadgum, Lynn’s fastballs are straight as they can be. Its like they’re on a string!

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

Apparently Dan sizing him up for future reference…

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

“Usually when you have the flu for a week you drop a few lbs.I guess the Cracker Barrel delivers.”

This makes McFann cry.

JasonInFL

May 28th, 2012
1:37 pm

That’s not like Uggs…watched 3 straight fastballs go by.

SoWeGa Fanatic

May 28th, 2012
1:38 pm

3 called strike fastballs? In a row? Musta been some mean kind of fastballs.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:38 pm

Uggla getting ready for the big hit.

We won’t need the 1 run moon shot until we’re already down by 6.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:38 pm

Uggla forgot he had a bat in his hands.

D.A. Nuggla

May 28th, 2012
1:38 pm

I didn’t see them at all. Think I have FF’s disease. It is contagious you know.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:39 pm

“That’s not like Uggs…watched 3 straight fastballs go by.”

Yeah, usually he swings through them.

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:40 pm

Dive, Eric!!!

TBbravesfan

May 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

poor old braves.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

Tyler Green is a beast.

Took out Mark Ellis and put him on the DL and now with the triple.

Venice Jim

May 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

A harder bounce off the wall might have helped there…

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

May 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

Pitcher gets a RBI I might blow a fuse

Ryan

May 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

Trade a .300 hitter for Uggla the worst defensive second baseman. Braves will get shoutout today.

D.A. Nuggla

May 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

I should have said, “it is contagious you know, unlike the flu, a virus, flu-like symptoms, a bug, whatever”. Dr. Gonzalez would have been proud of me.

Fols

May 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

We get a muligan on a Monday right…….we expect to lose because of the Monday results so nobody here should be complaining?

Charlie

May 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

Dan Uggla, quote after loss # 7 in a row, “We need some intensity…” His first at bat today, with a runner on, Dan goes down on 3 called strikes. Doesn’t even take the bat off his shoulder.
GREAT INTESITY, DAN (but typical for Dan, with runners on base.) What a clown.

Max Headroom

May 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

Thanks DOB. You will never see or hear the not-so-wonderful stats from the Braves radio or TV crews. I don’t know if they are afraid of losing their jobs or they just don’t feel we can take anything short of praise and optimism. But part of the fun of being a baseball fan is anaylzing the good AND the bad.

count_schemula

May 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

“Trade a .300 hitter for Uggla the worst defensive second baseman.”

And blow our FA budget for the next 20 years on a 30+ year old.

Arms are big though.

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