Comments for Atlanta Bullpen http://atlantabullpen.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by MIke Crowe http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1380 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:49:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1380 The Brewers are not in our division. Beating the NL East pick, the Nationals, two of three on the road is key at this point. I would agree with Johnson in the two hole but with a lineup like Atlanta has where there are a lot of strikeouts and guys swinging for the fences, sometimes you have to make exceptions. FG doesn’t know what he has, didn’t last year, so you experiment until you find some chemistry. Jim’s preseason lineup is the one that makes baseball sense, but If having Heyward at leadoff works, or Johnson at cleanup, then stay with it until it quits working. It looks as if this team is going to be a bit unconventional anyway. It happens sometimes.

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by rogerheld http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1379 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1379 You guys got it backwards. Coming back and winning two of three from MIL was more critical than winning 2 of 3 against the Nats. Last year the Brewers were tougher on ATL than the Nats. Easy to get “up” for a Nats game – not as much for the Brew Crew. We were lucky last year to have Justin get off to an incredible start but can’t expect that every year. The bats will come around. Pitchers are always ahead of hitters. And for all the BJ busting going on, he did seem to have things corrected in the Spring. His issue seems to be trying to do too much. I would have to agree that the 2-hole does not seem to work for him. Really, Chris Johnson is the only one that makes sense in the 2-hole – good average, good contact, adaptable hitter. Heyward, CJ, Freddie, Justin, Gattis, Uggla, BJ, Andy. As long as Uggla is hitting or getting on base then having them together in the lineup is not a disaster like last year. Or maybe go back to last year’s winning formula and put Justin in the 2-hole and keep CJ clean-up. Doesn’t make sense in a logical world but it seemed to work pretty well in practice.

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by Mike Crowe http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1378 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1378 LOL, Gosh Jim, you should be doing standup. Yeah it’s a key series. Any series with the Nats is key, especially now with a lame rotation.

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Comment on Same Old Braves So Far by Mike Crowe http://atlantabullpen.com/old-braves-far/#comment-1377 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 04:51:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9155#comment-1377 Guess I’m a Magpie then.

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Comment on Same Old Braves So Far by Mike Crowe http://atlantabullpen.com/old-braves-far/#comment-1376 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 04:46:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9155#comment-1376 No, it’s easy. “Sorry BJ, we made a mistake in signing you. Pack your things, you’re headed for Japan.” There, nothing to it. In fact, I would volunteer to be the one to tell him. It’s worth 15 mil a year to not have the aggrivation, and to serve as a reminder that you don’t spend 15 mil a year on an average player, who is fast becoming a ball and chain. This guy has done nothing but power fail in Atlanta. Make a good decision for once and live with the mistake.

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by Al Simard http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1375 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:18:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1375 Trade the Uptons for good fielding replacements and drop Justin in the order behind Gattis until then. They may have to eat salaries, but these guys will cost us the World Series. I love most of the line up. Uggla should be hitting fifth. Great win Fri!

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by Wayne Canon http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1374 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:15:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1374 Absolutely.
I just looked up an amazing fact: The Florida Marlins TEAM salary is around 36 million.
It would tickle me to death if the Marlins finished the season ahead of the Nats.

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by NorthAlabamaGM http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1373 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1373 Good pitching can make any team competetive.

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by Wayne Canon http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1372 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:44:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1372 Agreed. A split with the Nats and Fish considering the Braves circumstances would be a moral victory if nothing else.
However — The Braves have historically had a record of playing at the level of their competition. Second tier teams always seem to give us trouble. We usually win, but the Braves make it more difficult than it should be.
Watched the Marlins the other day — ain’t nothing shabby about them. They could really make some noise this year.

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Comment on Braves Series Against Nationals Key? by BravesBeliever http://atlantabullpen.com/braves-series-nationals-key/#comment-1371 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:36:00 +0000 http://atlantabullpen.com/?p=9169#comment-1371 Put my glasses on as I cannot seem to find the parting gifts….so I hope they are in the form of many homers and Uggla’s continued doubles and tons of offense because I got a feeling if we do not see a lot of offense, it’s going to be a miserable season. While the starters have shown unexpectedly promising talent from the outset, Floyd and Minor’s opening salvos in the minors were painfully disappointing. Ok…I know, it’s just one short outing but…MAN! Pretty rough. I agree on the scheduling and hope we are happy on the backend when it gets better; however, I HATE opening AND closing away. Sucks! Looks like we’ll see the least talented of the Nats rotation except for Strasberg who the Braves have hit well (or run off with him crying about some malady or another) so that bodes well. I really do think this is an important series if we could sweep or at least take two of three, it would take a LOT of wind out of our chief divisional competing team’s sails which is important as they are a very emotional bunch who seem to be easily frustrated and it would be nice to set that tone for the rest of the season. Hell, I’m just glad we’re rolling into the reg season now! Thank God. I never thought it’d get here! Thanks for another enjoyable, informative and humorous post, Jim! …..departing (with or without parting gifts)……

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