I guess in a way, both, since they seemed far apart on their expectations.
SeaATL guess I'd better answer one of yours of they're just going to keep coming with more and more vigor and wildness. Guess I should just pack it up and head back to Atlanta since the team is obviously going to miss the playoffs and we know what's going to happen for the next three months.Why would anybody make a decision like that without the facts?
Not sure if there's a question in there either, but I get where you're coming from and I think it's worth posting it over here in this column! I've wondered the same thing. You also lose Hudson and between Hudson and McCann maybe there is something to be said for what's lost in clubhouse leadership. Think we're seeing that McCann was an established game caller and there's going to be a transition period there for Gattis. But offensively McCann had his struggles late in the season in recent years. So yeah, not sure if there's an answer in there but worth pondering.
That will be interesting to watch develop because he's a guy that's making his presence known when there aren't logical openings ahead of him. A lot will depend on how La Stella produces with the opportunity he has at second. Maybe Peraza is an option at third base going forward, though don't see that kind of change this year.
I think the team would rather he find a way to keep his emotions in check and stay in the game. He could be back up in a key spot later in the game, or if the Braves go extra innings they're down a player.
I think that's a fair question. I think if they had a big CF prospect in the minor leagues they probably wouldn't have signed BJ to such a significant contract to begin with, so no, nobody knocking on the door. And I think there are those in the organization that feel if Schafer were given the every day job he would be "exposed" as they say, but to me, Schafer contributes when he gets the chance and he brings a lot more to the table defensively. He's as good a defensive center fielder as any of the other guys the Braves have had in recent years, in my opinion.
Because they're a couple games out of first place, and a couple games out of the wild card race and because they're trying to build momentum for a move to a new ballpark.
Not yet, or they would have extended him this past winter when they gave him two years instead. They'll watch how things unfold, how he does with full seasons without missing extended time with injury and making a decision going forward. I would have thought Mike Minor would be next in line for an extension, of anyone on the roster.
if this team misses the playoffs I think both will feel the heat, not just from the fans but from an organization that's preparing to move to a new stadium in Cobb County and made significant financial investments to win this year and going forward.
I don't get that sense, that they'd want to trade away Justin Upton from an offense that's struggling like it is. ....I think the Braves could benefit from adding some "hits over pop" kind of players but I'm not the one constructing this roster and it's pretty clear this one was built with power in mind. I think Freddie Freeman is always important in this regard, as one of the players who values the opposite field and RBIs over power. Also think if La Stella settles back in at the top of the order like he was hitting lower, that helps too.
You're correct on outlook for Venters, who is in the midst of a 4-6 week rest after a PFP injection. so bullpen help figures to be the top priority going into the deadline.
I don't think anybody associated with the Braves from the top on down thinks the way things are going now is what you want. I think there's frustration, yes, and continual evaluation of what needs to be done to make the team better.
Ervin Santana and then Braves could call on Gus Schlosser whose next start would fall on Saturday on regular rest and is coming offf a good outing Monday vs. Louisville, seven innings, one run. Other option might be David Hale for a couple innings and a bullpen game. but given all the innings logged by the Braves bullpen of late, I'd lean more toward a spot start for Schlosser. Braves haven't announced their plans yet though.
It could. Though the impression I get is that for now, they're going to let Gattis continue to get more experience and learn a part of the game that he's still developing in.
My inclination is to say yes, emphasis would be on adding bullpen arm. Difficulty with making a big move is how many players the Braves have locked up at key positions and where would you add. Center field is an area they could improve significantly but with B.J. Upton so early in his long-term contract, it's hard to see them giving up on him so early. Much as it would be nice for the Braves to add an ace to the top of their rotation, I don't think they're willing to pay the price in prospects that teams are going to want for Samardzija/Price. Holding on to young talent like Minor/Teheran has served them well in recent years.
I wonder that myself. He had a little flurry of effectiveness there for a few weeks but seems to have settled back down. I wondered when Fredi put La Stella in the leadoff spot last Wednesday if he might come back the next day and put Justin Upton in the 2 hole over B.J. Didn't happen but that's something to keep an eye on for sure.
C Bethancourt might be somebody they turn to eventually, though I don't think they're ready to juggle multiple players to new positions yet to accommodate a move like that. Think the Braves have shown that they will turn to the minors when they need help though. La Stella and Shae Simmons have both been given big roles already.
I think it's not something that's hurt them yet because Uggla is holding back some obvious choice to be called up or fill that spot. That could change going forward though.
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If they offense is better, yes. If the offense turns in a few dud playoff-game performances, games like we've seen so often this year, then it doesn't matter how good the starting pitching is. Again, starting pitching is not in the top two needs of this team. Bullpen and offense are.