I'd no be placing any bets on them making it. But that second wild card spot might not require many wins above .500, so you never know. As long as they're only a few games, or even five games or so, behind the second wild-card leader, they have to believe they can hang in the race.
30 years old, Cuban, former Yankees farmhand who never broke through and got a chance with them. Hit for a real high average and little power at Gwinnett.
2 September collapses are fact. No question. Bad stuff. But the "horrible" postseason performance? Other than letting Carp pitch to Uribe, you thought that was a horrible performance against Dodgers? And that whatever that performance was, it was manager's doing?
Because Braves didn't want to give Harang the 2-year deal he was looking for at start of free-agent period, and didn't circle back without enough urgency or big enough deal to sway him from signing with Phillies. They had moved on to other matters on priority list. As it turned out, he'd have been worth every penny.
Braves didn't fire Wren for some of same basic reasons that it was hard to criticize him from media perspective: Because the major league team was still winning. We cover the major league team, for the most part. Because that's what our audience is most interested in, except during and around the draft and during spring training, when we do a lot of stories on prospects and up-and-coming talent. But at the big league level, the Braves, until last year's poor performance, had maintained the best won-lost record in the league over a period of years, had won more during Wren's tenure than almost any major league team including those with much, much larger payrolls. As a result, A. you're not going to have underlings willing to talk, on or off record, about how bad relationships with the boss were, or B. have reporters writing about how bad the minor league system was when the major league team kept in contention for wild card and even won the division in 2013, winning more games, as I said, than most other major league teams with far bigger payrolls and TV contracts, etc.
O'Dowd has opened eyes. Having a great season, performing above expectations.
Too early to know. Lot of time for things to change and new needs to arise before the trade deadline.
You mean the '80s Braves?
Have heard of no plans whatsoever to sell. That could change quickly, of course, but Liberty reportedly is pleased with its investment, particularly with the new ballpark on the way. I'd be surprised if they sold before that ballpark comes to fruition, if they believe value will continue to rise when ballpark and surrounding village are operating beginning in 2017.
It's certainly been a more enjoyable one to cover. Better baseball, and as you say, they're capable of coming back from deficits. Last year's team would get down 3-0 and just trudge through the rest of the game, piling up strikeouts and not posing a comeback threat unless they got a flurry of homers once in a great while in those situations.
Last update was that they didn't expect him to be ready to play games at Gwinnett until around All-Star break. I haven't heard that he's back in Florida. Very complicated mess. Was in Florida briefly, then fled again for some reason I'm not quite clear about or at liberty to discuss.
Is this a thing, to spell losing "loosing"? I only ask because I see it so often on Twitter and elsewhere Online, always wonder if this is a joke I'm not in on.
No, I would not have. Of course, I didn't quite expect Shelby Miller to be leading major league starters in most categories at the quarter pole, either. Thought he'd be good, but more a strong No. 2 or No. 3 starter than an ace. So far, he's been a bona fide ace.
With the team 18-19? Were there expectations they'd be better than that? If so, I don't recall them. They have a better record than Pittsburgh and Seattle, among others that were expected to contend for pennants.
Termed a success by the doctor. Of course, we're still awaiting the first press release that says, "Joe Blow's elbow surgery was an utter failure. We've done better work on previous surgeries. Not sure what happened. Bad day in the OR."
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Fixed tear and fraying of labrum. Rehab about 8 months, should be ready for spring training, they say, barring any setbacks.
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I can't see how they would expect much. He's not a good fielder and he's not hitting going back to last season. I see DFA in his future, though you never know in baseball.
Yes, it could get ugly at the Dodgers and Giants. The Braves for the most part have gotten their wins against bad teams. They still count but I'm curious to see how they do in those two series. The margin for error is so slim with the Braves. If Folty can be consistent it would be huge to have him back-to-back with Miller.
No, they don't need both but the contracts for those guys mean they stick around unless they can be traded. It's not a good situation.
It was not an optimal decision but I think that's going to happen with the lack of bullpen depth.
I think it will still be a platoon. I've never gotten the feeling that Fredi G. (or Hart for that matter) is totally committed to C. Johnson.