If Wood gets sent down, I think it's a sign they're set on trading a veteran starter. But I don't see that Hale being sent down would be such a sign at all.
Bullpen is priority, from what I'm told. Bench isn't really a weakness. Pena's a sound utility man, Doumit a good pinch-hitter, Laird a reliable backup catcher, Schafer a versatile fourth outfielder.
No, there was no article written here about Uggla's bulging biceps this spring, or weight gain. And i don't recall writing any article about a player's physique this spring, because I get sick of the Twitter critics who like to poke fun at any article about how players look after an offseason of working out or not working out, etc. Even though said articles are often quite relevant, I for one don't bother much doing them anymore just because of the wise armchair critics who wait to jump all over us for writing them. They win. So, I'll just let fans wait to see how players look for themselves, either when spring games are broadcast or when season starts, if they don't get a chance to go down and see games in person during spring training.
It's a slump of a few weeks. Rare for him, but I wouldn't say it's anything to get overly concerned about at this point. He hit a couple of balls hard last night, even though he appeared to be having more trouble with his eyes. Not surprising, given the dryness of the mile-high air. When I try to wear contacts up here to snowboard or work out or whatever, I have problems with them. Most folks who wear contacts do, at least until they get used to it up here.
Haven't heard any discussion of that since the issue with the proposed spring-training camp cap up before 2013 spring training, when they decided not to use the cap with the old Indian-head logo. Other than that, issue seems dead with Braves, for now. Maybe that could change if the same folks who are putting so much pressure on Redskins get that resolved and move on to Cleveland Indians and Braves, etc., but I don't nnow. Doesn't seem like it's nearly as controversial.
I think he'll be released if he's not traded soon.
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Last time I spoke with Venters was before last road trip. He was still resting and rehabbing after set back with scar tissue breakup. I think he was going to Orlando while the team was on the road to rehab there. Will have to check with him when I go out there today. Don't know of any closed door meeting, though I wasn't with the team on the trip.
That's exactly why i don't see them traded Wood or Hale, actually
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I know RIVA amazing how different this experience is after a few wins than a few losses. I do think as Tommy La Stella proves himself over time you could see him move higher in the order! he's a quintessential no. 2 hitter.
Not sure!!!! I'm usually up getting a drink or something when that's going on. Drill, what is it Two-Bit?, doesn't usually win til September or so!!
if anybody can do it, it's Julio!! I have a funny story or two, but not for this kind of format. but always enjoyed Julio's upbeat personality and good humor. Proud for him
that's a valid point and nobody I talk to likes two-game series....or four-game series for that matter. But with the new interleague-every-day schedule these short series keep popping up. And these mega-long homestands. Now the Braves have a month where they play only nine games at home. You don't want that either
you're welcome too! (smile) but I'm guessing Kimbrel would like to keep things right where they are. Baseball players aren't superstitious or anything either ?!!!
I tend to agree with you Christopher! Sounds like there will be a lot of prime pitchers on the market too. But I'm sure teams will be asking for the world in prospects in return. Braves have shown a tendency in recent years (since Teixeira trade, etc) to hold onto their top prospects and as we can see with Julio Teheran, that's paying off now. The way Julio's going, you'd have to see him as your ace if they don't go get anyone.
In his first 12 games, Mejía hit .438 with two home runs, five runs and five RBIs for the Seibu Lions. he had a 23-game hitting streak just broken, if you go back to his last 12 games in Triple-A Gwinnett and first 11 in Japan....So yeah, he's doing what he does.
He has talked about his own approach and being too aggressive at times, maybe trying to do too much, coming off last season and trying to pick right back up. I think batting cleanup out of the game might have gotten into his head a little bit too. But I'm thinking pitchers are pretty well aware now of his capabilities after last season and he's not sneaking up on too many people anymore.
I think they'll do something at the trade deadline, they usually do. What makes this year interesting is that they have so many players locked up at so many key positions it's not like there's an area where they can immediately target and say - go after that....There was at second base, but now that they've turned that over to La Stella and so far so good, it's not an area of need. Bullpen and bench would be my guess right now, and that's just a guess, since we're two months away from July 31 trade deadline
I think it'll be interesting to see how that plays out. Kid has been put in some big situations already and shown the ability to come through. I don't think you say he's top set up guy in stone, certainly not right out of the shoot, but if Carpenter continues to struggle and we'll have to check on Walden's progress (hamstring) when we get to the park today, but Simmons certainly has filled an immediate need, hasn't he?
I think it comes down to have an every day-oriented outfield, with Upton, Upton and Heyward, and the Braves wanting to give B.J. Upton every chance to get himself right and on a roll this season. but i know a case can be made for giving Schafer more playing time. it is amazing how few ABs he's gotten. But no, i don't think there's anything more to it than meets the eye
From what i understand he's on the roster for the foreseeable future.