I'm just here to irritate you.
There's absolutely no reason to bring up any kid unless he's going to get significant playing time. Better to keep him in the minors getting ABs. He's not going anywhere. Plus, as much as nobody wants to think about it, injuries ARE going to happen. These issues usually work themselves out.
At least until team starts losing and Uggla becomes a liability. But it's worth noting he's hitting .294 (5-17) with runners in scoring position.
Depends in part on Ramiro Pena's season. But longer than I would've thought in offseason,
At the very least, AJ should be in Braves Hall of Fame. But I think he's still playing in Japan.
Did I mention I hate Sabermetrics?
Hey, what's wrong with glasses? ....Agree that BJ's problems are more in his head than his eyes. Doesn't mean glasses can't help though.
Asked and answered on Hale. I'd put Floyd in bullpen, even if that would piss him off. Can't bump Harang or anybody else. And no reason to go to 6-man rotation.
You'd have more luck if you asked me what lottery numbers will hit this week. WAAAAAAY too early for that. Depends partly on injuries.
Not sure that I would call their pitching smoke and mirrors. But will it come back to earth? Yes. At some point this team will have to start scoring more runs. Team ranks 27th in majors in runs scored. That has to change.
I think Hale's proven he can start at the major league level. My guess is he'll go to Gwinnett when Mike Minor comes back but hard to know Wren's mindset right now.
Since team is winning, I doubt there will be any major lineup changes for a while. I;m sure the view is let Simmons keep hitting and he can be moved up later if Chris Johnson, B.J. Upton or whoever struggles.
Nothing new as far as I know. Probably June but doubt they'll rush him.
Hey folks. This is Jeff Schultz, or for the purposes of this Braves chat: Ryan Doumit (third string catcher behind David O'Brien and Carroll Rogers). So throw your ques at me and I'll try to manufacture a deep, philosophical and intellectual response. Haha! Anyway ...
I think they don't rush and give somebody else 16 the year after McCann leaves, don't know that it has anything to do with the bigger picture and whether his number gets retired some day. but sure, I think that's in the realm of possibility.
You know, I've never even asked Terry if he's interested in coaching third base. I'll have to do that some time. He's a guy who never complains about the job he has, is always upbeat and is a respected voice in the Braves clubhouse and in the dugout. I hope somebody does offer him a managerial position at some point, but it would be a big loss here, in my opinion.
My interpretation is he still sees Simmons as a younger player, developing his offensive game and finding his consistency at the plate. But i think you're touching on something Fredi has toyed with, the idea of moving Simmons up to second in the order. And it he drops B.J. lower, Simmons could be a viable piece there.
Rick Z i'll answer that one the same way David O'Brien did the other day. Kind of makes you figure if the Braves could have gotten good return for Mejia, they would have already.
DRL you ought to come by the ballpark in the afternoons some time if you live close by, and watch them. They do. Hard to simulate game situations in batting practice, though, balls are coming off the bat as hard, pitches are as hard.
You want to answer that one Calvin? tough call considering how great both Wood and Harang are pitching...I guess the answer is you've got to keep seeing how this plays out.