Braves shift focus to Friday’s Wild Card game

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MFin04

October 4th, 2012
1:39 pm

“Hinske or Overbay”

Loyalty vs Performance

George_George

October 4th, 2012
1:39 pm

UKUGA

October 4th, 2012
12:24 pm
I’m loving the 1 game play-off more and more. It’s like an instant shot of post-season adrenaline.

Go Braves!
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TOTALLY DISAGREE. even the NCAA is fair enough to have DOUBLE EMLIMINATION.

Puma

October 4th, 2012
1:39 pm

Venters has looked pretty good lately, more like last year. Just a question if you can trust him like you could last year. Pitched awesome yesterday though, albeit against the Pirates who could care less about that game.

Frankie

October 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

Wow great call with Ross, suprised. Defensively makes sense as well, good stuff.

Tomahawkin (LCS or BUST)

October 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

“Don’t hand me no lines and keep your hands to yourself!”

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

That being said he is a heckuva weapon to bring of the bench considering our other options.

You bet, a guy too hurt to start is absolutely the best guy to be up there PH with the game on the line.

No assailing that logic.

George_George

October 4th, 2012
1:44 pm

Veer

October 4th, 2012
12:29 pm
This one game playoff isn’t an adrenaline or exciting. It is pure torture. To have 94 wins and be 6 games better than the Cardinals and then have to play a 1 game coin flip head or tales match?
This is injustice. If Cardinals were 6 games better than we were then i would feel privilaged to play this 1 game playoff but having that much better record then the Cardinals and having played in much tougher division this one game playoff is an injustice. Cardinals played almost 40 games aganist the Cubs and the Astros.

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Veer, I NEVER AGREE with you , but on the above I sure do AGREE WITH YOU.

Tomahawkin (LCS or BUST)

October 4th, 2012
1:45 pm

P-Town Brave ©

Gotta love 680….

“Even on the eve of the big game they are still talking solely about football….”

And That #### John Kinkade is pretending to be a Braves Fan…SMH

That Effing Phillies Homer!

Mel needs to come on and set the record straight!

MFin04

October 4th, 2012
1:45 pm

“You bet, a guy too hurt to start is absolutely the best guy to be up there PH with the game on the line.”

Exactly. For a whole game he might not be healthy enough to play defense and throw out runners and have 4 at bats. But to put him in the game in a crucial situation with all the adrenaline he might be able to have one terrific at bat, draw a walk, etc.

The guy still is mentally a better hitter than most of our bench and he does have the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark if he is amped up for one at bat.

P-Town Brave ©

October 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

Hinske has 3 hits since end of July and 10 K in that amount in 21 AB…..

Interestingly enough, Overbay was still hitting over .300 midway through July, but he had lost his spot with Arizona due to younger talent and then he slumped off not being used to being a bench guy…

His 15 BB / 31 K to Hinske’s 14 BB / 41 K is a better bet for better AB’s during the playoffs especially when you consider most of his early season ABs were as a starter…

That said, Hinske seems to be somewhat of a good luck charm and has 2 HR in 7 career playoff AB’s….

PLUS, Overbay hasn’t done much to distance himself and earn a roster spot….

So I think that tips the scale toward Hinske even w/ the slow bat he seems to be exhibiting the last 2 months

cricket

October 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

First-inning bunt to follow.

Bourn bunt single, steal 2nd, Prado bunt him to 3rd, Heyward chop to 2nd scoring Bourn, repeat every other inning to score 4 runs and win – WS

DAP

October 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

So, Ross vs. Lohse for one game? Mac isn’t the best option for an elimination game, but will be for Sunday vs. Gio Gonzalez? I’m so confused.

No more so than folks here who would point to a Fredo lineup decision as validation. Bubba, please.

He’s already playing scared. First-inning bunt to follow.

scoots and efrim, i think we can only assume that mccann is injured.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
1:47 pm

Just like a bench player…. not good enough to start consistently, but they are good enough to get an AB when you desperately need it.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

It’s a real comedy club on this blog with some of the baseball logic you see here.

I would of started McCann, but it’s a one gamer, so who the heck knows? Part of the reason I hate this thing.

We lost to the Pirates on Monday and Tuesday – I mean, anything can happen – it’s Baseball. Get your most shiny coin and flip that sucker. ;)

P-Town Brave ©

October 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

Scoots-

Look at the other LH options….

While a BMac at 50% is not better than Rossy, he could very well be better than Francisco, Hinske, or Constanza.

N8

October 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

“If Fredi had started Mac, it wouldn’t be because he was placing a player over the team. It would be because he thinks Mac gives the team a better chance to win. Same reason I wanted to start Mac.”

No. It just means he hasn’t been paying attention to B-Mac’s production/health.

It would simply be a “hunch” that Mac might do something special based on his ability when healthy, and what he’s done in the past when healthy.

Anybody paying attention to Mac’s arm and his bat the past 3 months makes this call without even flinching.

yes. Healthy Mac is CLEARLY the best choice to help the team win. No ands, ifs or buts about it.

But he’s NOT healthy and not producing. So it’s a no brainer.

If Fredi makes the choice to start Mac right now based on the recent trends? He’s NOT putting the team first. He’s hoping that Mac goes against everything he’s done for 3 months.

I don’t think it’s a really hard decision. But to be honest, I’m a little surprised that Fredi made it.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

Ju____‏@braves_____
@mlbbowman Gearrin more likely to be on roster tmrw (and rest of way) over CMart?

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
@bravesfanjulien I would think so

Good.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

i think we can only assume that mccann is injured.

Did he reaggravate something yesterday when he went 2 for 2? It’s possible.

cricket

October 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

You bet, a guy too hurt to start is absolutely the best guy to be up there PH with the game on the line.

No assailing that logic.

sounds somewhat like Smoltz’s suggestion of starting play-in game with relievers

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

Paul in Macon ‏@jpmccord
First time in 68 years (1936-44) that the #Braves finished five straight seasons (2008-12) without a 100 RBI man.

MFin04

October 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

“assume that mccann is injured”

Does anyone actually watch baseball on this blog? The guy has been injured for well over two months and has put up pathetic numbers all year long. We all like McCann, but geez, stop acting like he is the All-Star McCann of years passed. The guy put up a line of: .230/.300/.399/.698 in 121 games.

George_George

October 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

I just got my Sunday special order AJC with CHIPPER insert [ NICE JOB DOB] I took a look at the sports section of paper and was shocked at how little the AJC thinks of baseball. The story of the BRAVES METS game was on page 17 of sports section. I know it is football season, but still SHAME AJC.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
1:51 pm

Good.

Yeah, Gearrin could be useful in a RH on RH in a one gamer. We probably won’t need a long man.

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
1:51 pm

For a whole game he might not be healthy enough to play defense and throw out runners and have 4 at bats.

First, the shoulder problem does not impair his throwing, so you’re down to hitting as a reason for sitting him. If he can’t hit, he can’t hit. One AB or 4 is no different. Either he’s good enough to swing the bat or not.

Frankly, it’s not surprising that Fredo went with Ross. It’s the kind of decision that has made him so beloved here. I mean, it doesn’t rank up there with Constanza instead of Heyward, but it’s certainly in the same zipcode.

George_George

October 4th, 2012
1:57 pm

Braves Fredi said Ross gives them best chance to win in one game. Added that McCann would play if advance to series.
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Way to do it FREDI, GOOD CHOICE.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
1:57 pm

I guess that’s why I really liked BC – didn’t really go with the hot hand. That’s poor logic.

P-Town Brave ©

October 4th, 2012
1:58 pm

Scoots-

Cmon now….

THAT 3rd paragraph right there just makes you sound like an idiot….of which I know isn’t true….

George_George

October 4th, 2012
1:59 pm

Braves Fredi said Ross gives them best chance to win in one game. Added that McCann would play if advance to series.
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Way to do it FREDI, GOOD CHOICE. U

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
1:59 pm

I hope we win on Friday and Fredi does some good work in the playoffs. Sorta like Bochy did in 2010 with the Giants. He was always considered a joke of a manager and had a really good NLCS and World Series. Maybe Fredo can surprise everyone.

Otherwise, he’s still a tick above Ron Washington to me – and that’s pretty friggin terrible. ;)

MFin04

October 4th, 2012
2:00 pm

Bobby made some terrible moves consistently too. Didn’t know how to manage a starter or the bullpen. Loved the lefty righty matchup thing and disregarded guys numbers against lefties or righties.

Playing Ross is the right move.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
2:00 pm

Seriously though, Fredi has had a solid year – aside from the different lineups every single game. The bullpen management was very well done throughout the entire year.

P-Town Brave ©

October 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

Efrim-

That last statement confuses me….

In the playoffs you MUST go w/ the hot hand…..its such a small period that if a streaky player goes hot, you can ride him through….

See Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros, and LARGE contracts

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

Braves Fredi said Ross gives them best chance to win in one game.

Good grief. They’re all “one game”. What a nimrod.

cricket

October 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

I woulda started Mac too but Fredi beloved here? that guy has faced the most vitriol here i’ve ever seen.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

Just hoping for a big first two innings. Get a lead and gain some confidence against Kyle Lohse – who is always around the plate.

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

but Fredi beloved here? that guy has faced the most vitriol here i’ve ever seen.

I left off the sarcasm emoticon. :-)

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

Mustn’t go with the hot hand? Start Hudson tomorrow then. Medlen has made all of 12 starts this year, none in the postseason…….

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
2:04 pm

Braves Fredi said Ross gives them best chance to win in one game.

He didn’t seriously say this and then say McCann would start in the NLDS, right? That would mean he isn’t giving his team the best chance to win one game if he started McCann, right?

He’s thinking way too much and way too hard. I hope he doesn’t hurt himself.

Paul Wall

October 4th, 2012
2:05 pm

When is DOB gonna get off his lazy bum bum and write a new blog, haha kidding DOB, just wanted to see what it felt like to be like the rest of the punks on here.

cricket

October 4th, 2012
2:05 pm

I left off the sarcasm emoticon. :-)

ok, that makes me feel better. i was worried that i had landed in bizzarro world, what with george praising Fredi here :)

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

He’s thinking way too much and way too hard. I hope he doesn’t hurt himself.

too late, LOL.

George_George

October 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:01 pm
Braves Fredi said Ross gives them best chance to win in one game.

Good grief. They’re all “one game”. What a nimrod.

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“all one game”? the rest of the series are 3 of 5 and 4 of 7.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

Considering McCann’s nagging shoulder injury and strained mastring….LEW

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Ouch….never heard of a mastring but it clearly explains the .230 average.

No way Mac should play tomorrow.

Paul Wall

October 4th, 2012
2:07 pm

No Efrim your reading way to much into that comment, for this particular game and matchup YES ROSS GIVES US THE BEST CHANCE FOR TOMMOROWS GAME!

Brava

October 4th, 2012
2:07 pm

Frankly, it’s not surprising that Fredo went with Ross. It’s the kind of decision that has made him so beloved here.

As surprising as it was, it certainly earned my respect.

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:09 pm

As surprising as it was, it certainly earned my respect.

…and it certainly crystallized my opinion of the guy.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:10 pm

If FG is starting Ross, consider me surprised.

It’s clearly the right move to make, but I can’t really believe he may do it.

Mac is a shadow of his former self this year. Note I say this year.

I tip my hat to him if he does go with Ross. I actually feel more optimistic if that’s the case.

Reason over longevity…..

DAP

October 4th, 2012
2:12 pm

i think its best not to think about things fredi says to hard. hes just talking. it doesnt mean anything.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:13 pm

Way I see it, BMac isn’t hitting, and Ross isn’t hitting much better. However, he does have “slightly” better games with Ross than Mac did and he is a better defender. If Mac was hitting, he’d start. He isn’t, and so the advantage goes to the defender.

Same with Pastornicky earlier this year. If he was hitting .300 with doubles power, the Braves would have found a way to keep him in the lineup, even with his fielding issues. He wasn’t however, and so he got dropped.

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:13 pm

I tip my hat to him if he does go with Ross. I actually feel more optimistic if that’s the case.

Does anyone actually need more confirmation that this is a bad idea than the fact that it makes phil (phil!) optimistic? :-)

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:16 pm

Ok….

Go with the injured .230 guy who doesn’t normally catch Medlen…..perfectly logical, just because it’s a playoff game.

Murph

October 4th, 2012
2:17 pm

scoots is stomping around the blog with his eyes shut as tight as he can make them, fingers shoved into his ears, holding his breath… kinda funny to see.

Puma

October 4th, 2012
2:17 pm

Exactly DAP, these are comments made by Fredi in an intreview, not like he was reflecting on every word the way some on here are. There has been more analysis of Fredi’s comments on here than last night debates.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:18 pm

Now to say that he doesn’t normally catch Medlen is factually inaccurate. He’s caught more innings of him this year and in starts, Mac has caught 7, Ross has caught 5. Medlen has done marginally better with Ross though…

Brava

October 4th, 2012
2:19 pm

MLB Network ‏@MLBNetwork
Coming up on @MLBNetwork: LIVE coverage of the @Cardinals #WildCard press conference with Mike Matheny and Kyle Lohse. #postseason

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:20 pm

kinda funny to see.

Not nearly as humorous as watching the futile efforts of some to understand baseball. Now, that’s Vegas, baby.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:20 pm

We’ve got to win this game….

Emotions, longevity, whatever go out the window. I would sit Chipper too if he isn’t up to it tomorrow.
Why would you play guys that can’t do the job?

You wouldn’t unless there’s something wrong with you. Now, Ross might fall on his face tomorrow, but it’s still the right move.

Much like starting Medlen over Hudson is the right move. Hudson can’t possibly REALLY like it, but too bad.

Brava

October 4th, 2012
2:21 pm

George_George

October 4th, 2012
2:24 pm

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:20 pm
We’ve got to win this game….

Emotions, longevity, whatever go out the window. I would sit Chipper too if he isn’t up to it tomorrow.
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CHIPPER MUST PLAY, always a chance he will hit one out.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:24 pm

I wish I had the time ot always be as factually accurate as some are….

Please forgive my transgression.

Start Ross.

ncscoots

October 4th, 2012
2:25 pm

Well, what the heck. If it comes down to Ross as a game difference-maker, they’ll already be in the crapper, so I guess it probably doesn’t matter all that much. They’ll just have to win the game despite the extra obstacles placed int he way of successt.

At least Murph’s happy, and that’s what counts.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:26 pm

and to spell to correctly….sigh

Brava

October 4th, 2012
2:27 pm

Cards press conference on.

Murph

October 4th, 2012
2:28 pm

Not nearly as humorous as watching the futile efforts of some to understand baseball. Now, that’s Vegas, baby.

I’ve been to Vegas a few times. Saw Wayne Newton. Lost some money at the blackjack tables. Ate some nasty prime rib dinners.

Nothing humorous about it.

Unless you’re referring to Vegas Vacation. That was actually pretty humorous. At least the part where Rusty becomes Nick Papageorgio. And Randy Quaid is always good for a laugh.

UKUGA

October 4th, 2012
2:32 pm

double-George:

You disagree that I love the 1-game play-off. I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. I do love it.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:34 pm

scoots, you haven’t noticed Mac’s terrible struggles this year? Come on, man!

Murph

October 4th, 2012
2:34 pm

At least Murph’s happy, and that’s what counts.

Blub, bluuuub, bluuuuuuuuub

C’mon scoots, it’s not like you to be so pout-pout fish about a lineup move. Turn that frown upside down.

Look, if Ross blows the game you get to come on here and tell everyone how you were right. Win. If Ross does well and contributes to a victory, you get to celebrate with everyone as the team moves forward. Win.

phil

October 4th, 2012
2:36 pm

That’s just it with Ross….

He can only do as badly as Mac has done in three quarters of his games this year. We have nothing to lose and more to gain with Ross out there.

Besides, it’s the others who really need to carry the load. Frankly, if Chipper doesn’t have at least two hits, we’re likely toast. Bourn has got to show up and one or the other of Heyward and FF.

Uggla? Who the heck knows….

DS1

October 4th, 2012
2:36 pm

C’mon scoots. Two things you should know by now.

As the blog’s popularity has increased, the overall baseball knowledge has decreased.

And Fredo tends to over think.

MiaBchBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:37 pm

Really!? Dan Uggla lacerated his finger while reaching for a celebratory beer!?

The guy does not need a hitting coach. He needs a voodoo priestess!!!

By the by, I REALLY wish they would don the red jerseys on Friday.

cricket

October 4th, 2012
2:38 pm

Ross is starting, get over it. everyone here thinks they are way more baseball-savy than Fredi.

people who like this move will condescendingly give Fredi credit for this move and shower him with backhanded compliments till he makes one move those people don’t like and then go back to deriding the heck out of him.

people who don’t like this move will say that their suspicion of his incompetence is confirmed and pile on him.

personally, i think he has done much better job than he gets credit (!) here and if i had a team, i would select him to manage it over absolutely any one who comments here.

raleighbravefan

October 4th, 2012
2:38 pm

scoots – Yeah, it’s amazing how many people view baseball through “football glasses”. Obviously, there’s not enough gambling in baseball. :)

Danga

October 4th, 2012
2:40 pm

I’m with Scoots on this one. You play your franchise catcher in this one. I’m not sure what Fredi sees to push him this way. I suppose it is a perception thing. Mac has certainly had a disappointing season by his standard, but if you look over the last month Mac has actually hit a little better than Ross. And if we are all going to fall in love with small sample sizes and streaks, Mac does have a career playoff OPS of .946.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:40 pm

StL or Atl in WC game?

Klaw

Atlanta……Which means we’ll have to suffer the (blank) Tomahawk Chop for two more games after that, at least.

It’s settled.

UKUGA

October 4th, 2012
2:41 pm

Remember when Brad Ausmus took Kyle Farnsworth deep to tie Game 4 in Houston?

The ESPN cameras were locked in on Jeff Bagwell in the dugout, holding his bat, during Ausmus’ entire at bat. How dare Phil Garner not let Bagwell pinch hit, injured or not, with the game on the line? After all, we’re talking about one of the Killer Bs here.

David O'Brien

October 4th, 2012
2:42 pm

Braves McCann on Ross starting Friday: “I haven not played the way I want to play, and Rossy’s been playing great. I’ve been battling a shoulder injury for a while, and haven’t had the production to help the team win.”

MiaBchBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:42 pm

You go with the best and healthiest you have:

Bourn
Prado
Heyward
Jones
Freeman
Uggla
Ross
Simmons
Medlen

George_George

October 4th, 2012
2:44 pm

Outta here for now, wish game was today to get it over with. George is very nervous about this one. Have a good day all.

cricket

October 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

I REALLY wish they would don the red jerseys on Friday.

i remember reading they are not, conceding the red color to cards

David O'Brien

October 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

FREDI G on McCann/Ross situation: “It’s one of those things where you feel he gives you a good chance to win a ballgame. Defensively, we know how well he can throw people out. The Cardinals have a tendency to put people in motion a lot. With the combination of Rossy and Medlen maybe we have an opportunity to shut that down a little bit.”

Danga

October 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

Frankly, I am terrified to see how Fredo manages in the post-season. I cringe at the thought of Prado bunts in the first inning, Durbin pitching when it matters, and Constanza batting 9th after Heyward has a couple of 0fers. Dude is going to to have a hard time just letting his players play.

Jeff R

October 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

This one game playoff isn’t an adrenaline or exciting. It is pure torture. To have 94 wins and be 6 games better than the Cardinals and then have to play a 1 game coin flip head or tales match?
This is injustice. [snip]

What are you going to do about it? Storm MLB offices in New York?

The play-in is what it is. Might as well sit back and enjoy it.

MiaBchBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

Apparently, George, you are so nervous, that you choose to speak in the third person. :-)

Jeff R

October 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

The Braves aren’t wearing the red jerseys, per a post by DOB yesterday (I think).

Me, I just don’t like the red jerseys and the cap with the honking big tomahawk. I like the Braves’ classic look.

Jeff R

October 4th, 2012
2:49 pm

Apparently, George, you are so nervous, that you choose to speak in the third person.

ACE is typing for Jorge_Jorge. ;)

DS1

October 4th, 2012
2:51 pm

My guess is that the jersey color won’t have much of an outcome on the game. And if Fredi thinks Ross will be better at keeping the Cardinals runners at bay, I can buy that. Sort of…..

But if we end up losing the game tomorrow, it’s entirely possible we will have our whipping boy for the ENTIRE off season!!!

:twisted:

cricket

October 4th, 2012
2:52 pm

i would paint the dirt and grass red and go with red jerseys and pants, with cards also wearing red. confuse the heck outta them :)

raleighbravefan

October 4th, 2012
2:54 pm

Yeah, Fredi’s managing terrifies me. Man has he been bad. I’ll bet 20% of our losses are directly his fault. we should have won at least…108 or so. Man, I’ll be glad when they fire that guy. (eye rolling begins).

MiaBchBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:54 pm

MiaBchBravesFan feels strangely good about tomorrow. After carefull consideration, I will don the circa-80’s road Dale Murphy jersey & matching cap. My other two options are a Travis Smith retro-1969 Braves jersey I got in an auction (w/ matching navy cap), and a mid 00’s Braves batting practice jersey and matching knit-weave cap…

Although the BP jersey might be a good call to awaken sleepy bats! :-)

Jeff R

October 4th, 2012
2:54 pm

But if we [the Braves] end up losing the game tomorrow, it’s entirely possible we will have our whipping boy for the ENTIRE off season!!!

If the Bravos lose tomorrow (and I’m not betting on it happening), then the vampires, vultures, trolls, and ghouls will descend on the blog like hosts of flies. It’ll take all winter to swat them away!

DS1

October 4th, 2012
2:55 pm

cricket

So, you’d have them seeing “red” four shore!

Nice………

:wink:

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
2:56 pm

Jeff R

October 4th, 2012
2:56 pm

cricket, my vote is for glow-in-the-dark uniforms for both the Braves and Cards. Then turn off all the lights at Turner Field. That would be cool to watch.

Jeff R

October 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

Yeah. FIRE FREDI!

;)

Dum-Bass

October 4th, 2012
2:59 pm

Arm and shoulder is still sore from patting myself on the back. Back’s a little red too. Pulled out the sheet I had filled out on Aug. 08 yesterday for the Braves projection the rest of the way. Wow! Hit it right on the head. Had forgotten what I predicted. There it is in black and white 94-68! This was on Aug. 08 folks! At that point the Braves were 64-47 and I took each series and predicted 30-21 the rest of the way. I missed on a few series splits here and there but in the end it all evened out. Think I will go buy a lottery ticket now. (In all honesty, I did miss on Washington by one game. I said 97-65 and they finished 98-64, which is still pretty DANG good).

Danga

October 4th, 2012
2:59 pm

(eye rolling begins)

Your condescension is so refreshing. I never would have expected it here.

But seriously, the man has a tendency to over-manage games. I can only imagine that is going to be amplified in a playoff atmosphere.

Am I the only one that thinks this? Maybe I am just paranoid.

David O'Brien

October 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

More McCANN: “I don’t really have anything to say. I wish I was playing, but I’m not. That’s it. Rossy’s been playing unbelievable. And I’m his biggest fan. He’s one of my best friends in the world. He’s going to play great.”

raleighbravefan

October 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

The rule says if you don’t win your division, the two next best teams play to see who is the WC team. (Nats probably think it’s NOT FAIR that they will have to face us, first 2 at home, no less, after we win tomorrow). Fair…unfair…doesn’t matter. That’s the way it is. You can whine and moan and make excuses….OR YOU CAN GO OUT AN WIN THE DAMN GAME.

I vote for the latter. BTW, If we lose tomorrow, we still had a terrific year.

cricket

October 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

it’s entirely possible we will have our whipping boy for the ENTIRE off season!!!

partially right Wayne. Wren – with any moves he makes or doesn’t make – will take away some of Fredi’s whipping boy share..

DS1

October 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

raleigh
I think Fredi has done a better job in the second half of the year. But he was making some lineup moves that were incredibly perplexing earlier on.

I’ll leave it at “I think Fredi tends to overthink sometimes!” That kinds stuff can get you in trouble if your not careful.

But I’ll be the first to admit that he’s done an admirable job for the second half. I just don’t trust him yet.

And if we lose tomorrow, I’ll not blame Fredi (unless he makes an incredibly terrible blunder during the game, which I do NOT expect.).

We have Medlen going, and it’s the Cards. Look at their road record. We are highly favored to win. But that’s what makes baseball so wonderful. Anything can happen, and oft times does. If we lose I suspect the sun will rise again on Saturday morning. Just a guess.

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