The last time I came back from a break, this blog finished first among all Braves blogs in August. Lets see what kind of magic we can come up with this time.
Why I Left?:
Because of Hewlett Packer. Those expletives took forever to give me my laptop back!
The Braves are eliminated from the playoffs, and they sure are playing like it. Having dropped three in a row, two to the Nationals no less, that spark in the team certainly has left. I’m a bit tardy on covering their near-historic streak, but I will say that pitching and timely hitting carried them.
Fridays loss was disappointing. Lowe needs to go, for one big reason:
- His contract: Lowe makes 45 million dollars over the next three years. Thats good for the highest paid player on the Braves…
- His performance: Derek was brought in to lead the staff, and a 4.55 ERA doesn’t really say, “leader”. Sadly, he does lead the team in wins, but thats a totally different story.
- His age: The man is 36 years old. While thats young in our world, he’s old in baseball years. Much like dog years, you have to convert it. So Derek Lowe is actually 72 years old, until he retires.
- His sweat: Its amazing how much sweat he can produce. Does he ever stop? He could have an endorsement deal with speed stick…
Oh look at that, I had four reasons, well isn’t that something… [Rolls Eyes]
AL ROY: Gordon Beckham
NL ROY: Chris Coghlan
AL MVP: Joe Mauer
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke
NL Cy Young: Adam Wainwright
Also, I will be covering select playoff games, so, there is something to look forward to do.
GO TWINS!! (and Braves!)
That’s all for me folks!
I’m really sick of people complaining about Bobby Cox. Seriously! When is it going to stop? If anyone of you whiners knew anything about baseball, you would know that deciding when to take out a pitcher and when to leave him in is the hardest thing for a manager. They stress about this all the time, its what keeps Pinella, LaRussa, Cox, Torre, etc. up all night. Furthermore, I believe its wrong for people to critic (although thats putting it lightly, you people are b*tching) something, if they can not to better themselves.
Bobby’s uniqueness entails building up players’ confidence. Do you think taking a pitcher out as soon as he gets in a jam is going to bode well in the long run? No. That player is going to get pissed. You also CAN NOT overuse an already tired bullpen by taking out a pitcher to early. Managers judge whether to let a pitcher get through a jam based on how good his pitches are, not the result of his pitches. If 4 men in a row get 4 cheap singles in the 2 inning, are you going to take him out? Well, you should say no.
If you want to root for a manager that is the anti-Bobby, then become a White Soxs fan and stop making Braves fans look stupid.
I would also like to add that I really like the White Soxs and have nothing against them expect for Ozzie Guillen.
Thats all for me folks!