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2013-04-18 11:09:45 PM
13 and 2 baby!
 
2013-04-18 11:22:12 PM
LARRY!
 
2013-04-18 11:42:43 PM
El Oso Blanco is looking pretty stout right now.  Get BJ hitting and Struggla can go rot.
 
2013-04-19 01:56:33 AM
The 3rd base platoon seems to be working out really, really well.   I'm rather agog that they're 13-2 with Freeman on the DL and Heyward at a < .600 OPS.

I have half a mind to point out that the Braves have a ton of WAR on defense which is likely contributing to the stellar team ERA.  And defense, unlike pitching and hitting, rarely slumps.
 
2013-04-19 05:26:53 AM
The sweep of the Nationals was impressive.   But beating the Cubs, Philliies, Royals and Pirates is worth trumpeting about?
 
2013-04-19 06:17:34 AM
Wasn't he that married guy that used to play for the Braves that banged a Hooters chick?
 
2013-04-19 09:48:58 AM
Jones. Chipper Jones. Reliable .300 hitter, gonna be a Hall of Famer.

Some of you guys are really bad at sports trivia.
 
2013-04-19 09:49:13 AM

LessO2: The sweep of the Nationals was impressive.   But beating the Cubs, Philliies, Royals and Pirates is worth trumpeting about?


Of the teams you mentioned, I would argue the Pirates are the best of that bunch.  But yes, our team ERA is being inflated by pitching against some weak hitting teams.

The reason the Braves are getting the "wow's" are the late inning HRs to close out games.  You must admit, it's the most compelling story line in MLB so far.

Quit hating.
 
2013-04-19 11:34:58 AM
Dan Uggla is worthless.

Despite Dan Uggla, who is worthless, this has been a really fun team to watch and a great start to the season.  Hopefully they can keep it rolling, despite Dan Uggla and his worthlessness.
 
2013-04-19 11:50:06 AM

ThisIsntMe: Wasn't he that married guy that used to play for the Braves that banged Hooters chicks?


FTFY
 
2013-04-19 11:59:35 AM

dameron: I have half a mind to point out that the Braves have a ton of WAR on defense which is likely contributing to the stellar team ERA.


I don't understand how a team that puts Dan Uggla and Juan Francisco in the infield can produce an excellent defense.

/I know, Andrelton Simmons makes up for a lot of defensive deficiencies. But still.
 
2013-04-19 01:24:18 PM
And before people start hatin' on Heyward:

http://capitolavenueclub.com/?p=9331">http://capitolavenueclub.com/? p=9331
 
2013-04-19 01:41:57 PM

smurfco: Dan Uggla is worthless.

Despite Dan Uggla, who is worthless, this has been a really fun team to watch and a great start to the season.  Hopefully they can keep it rolling, despite Dan Uggla and his worthlessness.


What are your feelings about Dan Uggla?
 
2013-04-19 01:58:42 PM

smurfco: Dan Uggla is worthless.

Despite Dan Uggla, who is worthless, this has been a really fun team to watch and a great start to the season.  Hopefully they can keep it rolling, despite Dan Uggla and his worthlessness.


Dan Uggly is worthless.  This is known.
 
2013-04-19 02:02:29 PM

smurfco: Dan Uggla is worthless.

Despite Dan Uggla, who is worthless, this has been a really fun team to watch and a great start to the season.  Hopefully they can keep it rolling, despite Dan Uggla and his worthlessness.


I can't for the life of me, figure out what Freddie's doing with the lineup. The best hitter on the team has 9 HR, and only 13 RBIs. That is inexcusable. The number one and two hitters need to be getting on base. Two guys with a combined batting average under .300, just ain't setting the plate for the big dog. That's going to be a problem later in the season, if those two don't get it together. And, yeah...fark Dan. Fark him in his stupid, worthless ass. Him and Heyward need to realize that not every pitch needs to be a long-ball. They both have all the power in the world, they just can't hit the damn ball. And would someone please tell Francisco that every pitcher in the NL is going to throw him a junkball on a 3-0 count, until he stops swinging at pitches in the dirt when he's ahead in the count? A walk is better than a strikeout, asshole.
 
2013-04-19 02:03:34 PM

LessO2: The sweep of the Nationals was impressive.   But beating the Cubs, Philliies, Royals and Pirates is worth trumpeting about?


13-2 is worth trumpeting about regardless. It's not like Atlanta is the only team to have played bad opponents, but no one else is doing as well over the beginning stretch. This is MLB, where even historically bad teams still win 60 games. 13-2 is 13-2.

Now, that being said, this is very early in the season yet. Atlanta looks talented enough to back up that hot start with solid baseball the rest of the way, but we don't know a whole lot about who's good and who's not good yet.
 
2013-04-19 02:08:34 PM

Cagey B: we don't know a whole lot about who's good and who's not good yet.


We know that Uggla sucks, so we've got that going for us...which is nice.
 
2013-04-19 02:11:07 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I can't for the life of me, figure out what Freddie's doing with the lineup. The best hitter on the team has 9 HR, and only 13 RBIs. That is inexcusable. The number one and two hitters need to be getting on base. Two guys with a combined batting average under .300, just ain't setting the plate for the big dog.


What? It's been like two and a half weeks. Calm down.

Sin_City_Superhero: Him and Heyward need to realize that not every pitch needs to be a long-ball. They both have all the power in the world, they just can't hit the damn ball.


Jason Heyward posted an OPS of .814, a 117 OPS+ and a 3.4 oWAR last season. It seems as though he can indeed hit the damn ball.
 
2013-04-19 02:18:44 PM

Cagey B: Jason Heyward posted an OPS of .814, a 117 OPS+ and a 3.4 oWAR last season. It seems as though he can indeed hit the damn ball.


This season he's batting .115, with a .258 OBP. Yeah, it's early in the season, but I'd like to see him try for contact, instead of swinging for the fences every at-bat, and flying out to the warning track. And also...Fark Dan Uggla. That SOB should feel guilty for stealing all that money from the Braves.
 
2013-04-19 02:32:58 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Cagey B: Jason Heyward posted an OPS of .814, a 117 OPS+ and a 3.4 oWAR last season. It seems as though he can indeed hit the damn ball.

This season he's batting .115, with a .258 OBP. Yeah, it's early in the season, but I'd like to see him try for contact, instead of swinging for the fences every at-bat, and flying out to the warning track. And also...Fark Dan Uggla. That SOB should feel guilty for stealing all that money from the Braves.


In 1947, Stan Musial woke up on May 1 with a season slash line of .146/.222/.341.

When he woke up on June 1, his line was .198/.294/.333.

At the end of the year, he had hit .312/.398/.504.
 
2013-04-19 05:16:36 PM

bennett311: LessO2: The sweep of the Nationals was impressive.   But beating the Cubs, Philliies, Royals and Pirates is worth trumpeting about?

Of the teams you mentioned, I would argue the Pirates are the best of that bunch.  But yes, our team ERA is being inflated by pitching against some weak hitting teams.

The reason the Braves are getting the "wow's" are the late inning HRs to close out games.  You must admit, it's the most compelling story line in MLB so far.

Quit hating.



Calm down, Cupcake.  I would have said the same thing were it the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Royals or whoever.
 
2013-04-19 05:21:23 PM

DeWayne Mann: In 1947, Stan Musial woke up on May 1 with a season slash line of .146/.222/.341.

When he woke up on June 1, his line was .198/.294/.333.

At the end of the year, he had hit .312/.398/.504.


Which would be nice if Heyward were Musial reincarnated.
 
2013-04-19 06:24:14 PM

Slow To Return: DeWayne Mann: In 1947, Stan Musial woke up on May 1 with a season slash line of .146/.222/.341.

When he woke up on June 1, his line was .198/.294/.333.

At the end of the year, he had hit .312/.398/.504.

Which would be nice if Heyward were Musial reincarnated.


Well, I see you've ignored the more obvious implications of that post, namely.

1. April 19th is way too early to say how a season will turn out
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2. Even someone as good as Musial in his prime can start a season out just this poorly.

But ok. That being said, he's 23. It's too early to say WHAT he is. Here are his OPS+s by age:

20: 77
21: 106
22: 73

Oh, wait. I'm so, so sorry. Those are actually Roberto Clemente's numbers. And then he proceeded to put up two more sub 100 seasons before finally having an OPS+ of 121 when he was 25.

Heyward's are actually:

20: 131
21: 93
22: 117

But, no, I'm sure he's totally going to keep hitting exactly as well as he has been.
 
2013-04-19 07:04:13 PM

DeWayne Mann: Oh, wait. I'm so, so sorry. Those are actually Roberto Clemente's numbers. And then he proceeded to put up two more sub 100 seasons before finally having an OPS+ of 121 when he was 25.


Five million other players put up those kinds of subpar numbers and did NOT turn out to be Roberto Clemente.
 
2013-04-19 07:20:48 PM

Slow To Return: DeWayne Mann: Oh, wait. I'm so, so sorry. Those are actually Roberto Clemente's numbers. And then he proceeded to put up two more sub 100 seasons before finally having an OPS+ of 121 when he was 25.

Five million other players put up those kinds of subpar numbers and did NOT turn out to be Roberto Clemente.


Isn't that a good hint that maybe, just maybe, it's too early to make any sort of call?

Besides, the number of players in the majors at age 20 isn't anywhere near that high. At a quick glance, there have only been 56 players who qualified for the batting title at age 20 and had an OPS+ of at least 75.
 
2013-04-19 07:25:13 PM

DeWayne Mann: Besides, the number of players in the majors at age 20 isn't anywhere near that high.


really?  Over 3% of the population of adult American males haven't played major league baseball?

Look, I get what you're saying.  It's early.  I'm just poking fun at you for using the same "it's early" argument we hear every April.  Last year, it was Pujols we were comparing to Musial, was it not?
 
2013-04-19 07:34:47 PM

Slow To Return: Last year, it was Pujols we were comparing to Musial, was it not?


Probably. And he only ended up hitting .285/.343/.516.
 
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