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Old April 15 2013, 01:24 AM   #136
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In other news, Carlos Quentin has decided to drop his appeal of his suspension and will begin serving it immediately, presumably because he didn't want to be part of the series against the Dodgers that starts tomorrow.
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Old April 15 2013, 02:37 AM   #137
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If you turned the movie Unbreakable into baseball, Bruce Willis would be Cal Ripken Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson would be Jose Reyes.
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Old April 15 2013, 02:40 AM   #138
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"Gardy goes yardy"

Gotta love those Sterlingisms...
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Old April 15 2013, 03:04 AM   #139
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Gio got jacked today. That guy wears his emotions on his sleeve. His mini temper tantrums on the mound today didn't do him any favors. I don't know what happened to the Nationals bullpen. They were really solid last year. It seems like the whole team is having trouble throwing strikes and keeping the ball in the yard. Between that and Zimmerman throwing the ball all over the place this team might be a victim of buying into their own hype a little too early. That being said it is really early so they definitely have time to settle down. Just a really odd series all around.
It's still early in the season. Although, I do think there is something wrong with Zimmerman's hand. However, I am glad to see the Bravos get off to a great start, for once.
The Braves are on absolute fire. What do they do when Freeman and McCann come back. They can't tell Gattis, thanks but the stars are back and you have to go to the bench, can they? He's probably been one of the top stories in baseball this early season.
I honestly don't know what they do. Gattis is not going to play first base. Freeman has that spot anchored. McCann is the kind of guy that is screaming DH to me. Maybe the Braves dangle him out there for the AL. I'm happy with Gattis but there is still a lot of time before McCann comes back. He could fall back to Earth kind of like Francoeur did when he first came up. Time will tell. Its a good problem to have though.
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Old April 15 2013, 04:06 AM   #140
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It's important to remember that we're only two weeks into the season: Small sample size, my friends. At this time last year, Bryan LaHair had a 1.119 OPS.
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Old April 15 2013, 06:13 AM   #141
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"Gardy goes yardy"

Gotta love those Sterlingisms...
God Sterling sucks sooooo much . It's almost unbearable, between him and "OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS!" Suzyn Waldman.

Buchholz was just flat out nasty today. Yes its the Rays, but he was completely overpowering. He and Lester, with the caveat of SSS, have been just what the Red Sox needed this year to contend.
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Old April 15 2013, 11:42 AM   #142
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It's important to remember that we're only two weeks into the season: Small sample size, my friends. At this time last year, Bryan LaHair had a 1.119 OPS.
I pretty much said that but yes. I'm wondering if we already had the best years out of McCann. His problems with his vision and frequent time on the DL is making me lean towards moving him while we still can. I think he's got a few good years left but I think he would still be attractive to American League teams.

It is a small sample size but I don't think Gattis is going to regress all that much. He doesn't have the approach of a green rookie. He doesn't bite on stuff that most rookies go for and he has a tremendous eye for the plate. He makes contact, usually very strong contact and hits to all parts of the field. So far so good.
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Old April 15 2013, 02:23 PM   #143
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Well, Gattis is definitely going to regress quite a bit, since no one can sustain a 194 OPS+ over the course of a season. What's propelling him right now is that more than 33 percent of his hits have been home runs, which obviously isn't going to last.

That's actually a problem with the Braves' entire offense, really ... there are some gaping holes, so the strategy of "get a guy or two on base and then pray for a dinger" really isn't going to work in the long term.
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Old April 15 2013, 02:42 PM   #144
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Their pitching is really the thing that has kept their winning streak alive, especially in the bullpen with Luis Avilan doing fantastic work as a jamstopper. The Braves offense is going to hit a lot of homeruns and strike out alot. I think everyone knew this. Its better than last years team that didn't hit homeruns and also struck out alot.

They were successfull against the Nationals mainly due to production from bench players. Ramiro Pena had four hits off the bench and Chris Johnson ended up with 8 hits in the series. This team doesn't necesarily have to live off the long ball. B.J. needs to stay in the leadoff spot as he seems to be feel more comfortable there. I'm not too worried about the long term because if you think about it the Braves are just riding Upton and Gattis right now along with strong pitching. Once Freeman and Heyward get going that should even things out a little bit.
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Old April 16 2013, 02:55 AM   #145
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I'm up to 20 on Beat the Streak. I'll probably be on the leaderboard tomorrow.
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Old April 16 2013, 09:39 PM   #146
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Just another rich person acting like they're doing you a favor when you buy their product. I really hope D-back ticket sales decline because of this.
Apparently the D-backs' owner is even more of a dick than we thought.
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Old April 17 2013, 02:44 AM   #147
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Fun night for the Braves in the 8th with three home runs but a costly 9th as Luis Avilan goes down with a hamstring injury mid-pitch. Hopefully its not something that will cost him a lot of playing time.
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Old April 17 2013, 02:53 AM   #148
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Bombs away for the Bravos, Wooo!!

Update: They mentioned on the post game show that it's a left hamstring strain. *fingerscrossed* Hopefyully, Avilan can return soon.

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Old April 17 2013, 06:12 PM   #149
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I did like how the Yankees went out of their way to show solidarity with the Red Sox in light of the Boston bombing.
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Old April 17 2013, 10:07 PM   #150
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^ I saw that all over FB. Very touching considering the intense (putting it lightly) rivalry between the two.


Bravos winning streak snapped in a 1-0 loss to the Royals.
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