Ex-Braves Vs. Current Braves

by on April 27, 2010   11 Comments

Yesterday, my friend Anna wrote this on my facebook wall:

Stats of the day:

  • Jeff Francouer, Mets: .286, 3 homers, 10 RBIs
  • Kelly Johnson, D-Backs: .322, 7 homers, 12 RBIs
  • Casey Kotchman, Mariners: .279, 3 homers, 14 RBIs
  • Adam Laroche, D-Backs: .278, 1 homer, 7 RBIs

After reading this, it was all I could do to not hang up my head dress until next spring.

Former Brave, Terry Pendleton, is our hitting coach.  He’s not incredibly popular in Atlanta.  See, it seems that ever since he took the position he’s had a really tough time getting guys out of slumps.  And folks who used to hit for average and power, all of a sudden weren’t doing so hot after TP arrived.  Look at Andruw Jones.  Now, I understand that every offensive struggle can’t be attributed to TP since he’s not the one at the plate… but, as a fan, it gives me great satisfaction to complain about things and to blame others.

Minus Martin Prado, the Braves’ offense is currently resembling a AA team.  The Bravos rank last in the league in hitting, with a whopping .228 team average.  And, that includes Prado’s .392 avg (it was .406 yesterday).  They couldn’t muster an earned run against the Phillies, they were shut out for 5 innings by Mike Pelfrey, they scored 3 runs in 23 innings against the Mets, and they are in last place behind the Washington Nationals.  That’s right, the Washington Nationals.

Here’s our current lineup’s numbers:

  • Martin Prado, .392
  • Yunel Escobar, .191
  • Jason Heyward, .234
  • Melkey Cabrera, .175
  • Troy Glaus, .210
  • Chipper Jones, .255
  • Brian McCann, .255
  • Nate McClouth, .159
  • Matt Diaz, .155

Eric Hinske’s hitting .350, and Omar Infante’s hitting .269, but since Bobby Cox is stuck in his old ways, the chances of these guys getting an everyday starting position are slim to none.  But, that’s a different article all together.

I know it’s very early in the season, and things can change… it’s baseball.  But, things aren’t looking very promising right now in Braves Nation.  Don’t stop the chop.

Author: Josh Brown
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11 Comments »

  1. The ESPN focus sure went from Jason Heyward to Stephen Strasburg in a hurry. Although, I have to say as a whole, it sure it mind-boggling how terrible the Braves are hitting collectively. I think, at the very least, they have a better chance of recovering than Kelly Johnson does of hitting 20 home runs.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 29, 2010 at 8:02 am

  2. Yep, they are looking absolutely awful. Go KJ.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 29, 2010 at 10:35 am

  3. When the Phillies played the DBacks, Johnson straight murdered us with like 4 homeruns in 3 games. It wasn’t the Kelly Johnson I remembered that played in Atlanta.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

  4. You’re right Matt. I’m tellin’ ya’ll… Terry is the worst batting coach I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  5. And Johnson homered again today…and Laroche hit two out. Wow. So you don’t think Pendleton is gonna be replacing Bobby after this year???

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

  6. Good Lord, I hope not. There’s definitely chatter about that… but myself and most Braves fans (at least the ones I know and talk to) would dread that. I wouldn’t mind seeing Ned Yost or Willie Randolph. In my perfect Braves fantasy world, Greg Maddox would be the skipper.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

  7. Yeah, it’s just hard for a team to hire a guy like Maddux in Atlanta. I remember, Mike Schmidt was interested in managing for the Phillies, but they basically told him that they didn’t like the idea because of the public backlash that would happen if he wasn’t doing a good job and they had to fire the greatest player in the franchise’s history…

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  8. That’s a very fair point – and honestly big league managers and just big-time baby sitters. Their biggest job is to decide who plays, but even the batting order rides on the advise of the hitting coach. They make two hit and runs slash bunt calls per game and decide when to pull out a pitcher (who the pitcher is that is coming in is, at very least, a partial function of the pitching coach, too). Basically, just someone at the head of the group to get blamed when the team stinks, and why would you want your historical figurehead to be that guy? The most vital key to being a good big league manager is just to find really good people to be on your coaching staff, let them do their thing, then sit back and take the credit.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

  9. If a guy like Maddux or Schmidt wants to manage, chances are they’re gonna have a better shot at doing so in a different organization. The Phillies gave Schmidt a crack in the minors (maybe single A) for a while, but I think he tired of it because the goal was more development of players than trying to win, and he wanted to play/manage to win.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm

  10. Sandberg has done it the right way in Chicago – working his way up the ladder one rung at a time. It sure seems like the Cubs intend to hand him the job after Pinella eventually gets the boot. But just like you guys said – there will be immediate rejoicing in Chicago as if Sandberg is a franchise savior, without realizing that the bone-head Jim Hendry is still signing the players, not the manager.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    May 1, 2010 at 7:28 am

  11. If a guy does what Sandberg has done and works his way up, that’s definitely better. I’ve always thought that less-talented players make much better managers/coaches than superstars because the stars don’t realize everyone isn’t like them. If you look at a lot of managers and coaches today, a lot of them are guys who played for a little bit but most weren’t stars when they played. Sandberg and Schmidt would both be in the minority, that’s for sure. I’d love for Jamie Moyer to take a job as a pitching coach with Philadelphia after he retires from playing (which will probably be about 20 years from now.) He was told when he was in his mid 20’s to hang it up, become a coach…Then he went on to pitch for 20 more years with an fastball that tops out at 82 mph. The man knows a thing or two.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    May 3, 2010 at 8:38 am

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