Disagree. See below. Could be wrong, though.
By people do you mean ownership? I'm thinking his problems with LM started when bad contracts hurt the bottom line.
I don't know that fans backed him. Also don't know which writers you mean. But I'm sure he had supporters because it's not as if the Braves were bad. But in terms of the structural problems, yes, anyone who said they weren't there clearly were mistaken.
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Haven't gotten an update in a week or so, because Braves officials seem as tired of replying as we do of asking. They said weeks ago that it would likely be around the All-Star break before he's playing games at Triple-A. I'll try to get an update today, but frankly not expecting anything new.
Peraza hasn't played at 3B at all and haven't heard discussion of him moving there. He doesn't profile as a 3B. Middle infield or possible CF, I could see him playing. But not 3B.
See above (or is it see below?).
OK, I won't bother with the veteran leadership thing, if you don't want to hear that. Sorry, but it's fact. That's why he's here, that and fact he's still a dangerous pinch-hitter vs. lefties.
No consensus. A couple of weeks ago, it was that he's not throwing his fastball enough. Some believe his velocity is down a few ticks, though a lot of pitchers have reduced velocity in first month of season for variety of reasons, so I wouldn't say for sure that's a big issue. He's a little heavier than in past, though still looks to be in real good shape. I don't know, man. If anyone did, he'd have fixed it by now.
If you watched him pitch in Washington, don't know why you or anyone else would ask if anything's physically wrong with him. He pitched great (could have gotten out of 3-run first without any runs scoring if Maybin catches fly ball). Every time a pitcher struggles for a start or three, or five, people automatically ask if he's hurt. If we knew he was hurt, he would not be pitching, because the team would also know he's hurt if we (reporters) knew. And no, he's not hurt.
Stults gave up three runs in six innings of his last start, against the surging Nationals in D.C. So I'd say if he has more starts like his last one, he'll stay in rotation for forseeable future.
To continue with answer on Stults: He gave up six runs in seven innings against Cincy two starts ago. In the other three of his last four starts, he's allowed a total of six runs and 15 hits in 18 1/3 innings. That kind of pitching is not getting anybody demoted from this rotation.
Good chance, since he or Banuelos would be next in line, and there's almost always something that comes up with a current starter or two, requiring one to skip a start or spend 15 or more days on DL, etc.
If they stay in wild-card contention a while, I could see them making at least a modest move for bullpen help. Don't forget, also have Moylan as potential help down stretch. He's now throwing in games at team training site, just started.
Doesn't "expect" it, no. It's their goal, but they're also realistic.
OK, but fact remains, Stults isn't pitching poorly as Cahill did. And Braves major league team isn't a development squad, much as a lot of folks seem to believe it is. Fredi's trying to keep his job, and team is trying to win and sell tickets. If they wanted to make it their de facto 4A team, they wouldn't have brought in guys like Grilli, Johnson, Markakis, A.J., Stults....
Possible. Not likely, for sure. But possible.
Good question, and I don't know. Too soon to know. He lost a lot of muscle in offseason just because he wasn't allowed to do hardly anything for 2 months after surgery. So actually, I've been quite impressed by the average/OBP numbers he's produced and especially by fact he's played almost every day and wants to play every day. Dude is, as they all said before he came, a consummate pro.
No concern. They look at fact they've only had 2 weekend series against teams that aren't traditonally big draws, and the fact that school's still in session, which always has affected the Atlanta market more than almost any other. And then, obviously, the fact they traded away marquee players and turned off some who had low expectations as a result. If they stay close to .500 and keep playing the kind of ball they have, attendance will increase when school's out. Bottom line, for those who watch this team night in, night out:: It's far more enjoyable to watch than last year's, in my opinion. And I don't honestly see how anyone who watches them every night could disagree. Pitching staff is disappointing, but offense has done what Braves hoped, or surpassed expectations. And team just carries itself so much better on field, so much more energy and positivity.
Certainly possible. If Peterson continues to develop, I'd be surprised if he's not in there, or at least not their top utiilty guy getting a lot of starts at 2-3 positions. They really, really like him.
Wisler and Banuelos pitching. Peraza hitting.