Open thread, 8.11, Braves vs. Tony Scotts

The Bravos are the bane of stat geeks. Offensively, they’re mediocre at best. Same with the defense (87 errors; only the Nats have more). The starting pitching, while a strength, is not the league’s best.

Can a team get to October on the backs of a stalwart bullpen and heroic bench? Looks that way.

They’ll have to step up again today. Jay Hey isn’t in the line-up, though we’re told his injured knee won’t keep him out long.

1. Infante 2B. 2. Cabrera RF, 3. Gonzalez SS, 4. Diaz LF, 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Ross C, 7. Conrad 3B, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Hanson RH

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21 Comments on Open thread, 8.11, Braves vs. Tony Scotts

  1. since Atlanta is using a 1988 caliber team lineup today, will they be wearing throwbacks uniforms?

  2. rankin' rob // August 11, 2010 at 11:57 am //

    I’m really starting to worry about Heyward’s tendency toward injuries.

  3. charlesad // August 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm //

    Yet another error helps lead to a run. Since the break the Braves have played the worst defense I think I’ve ever seen from a big league team.

  4. clete boyer fan // August 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm //

    Lance, our uniforms today are the same as ’88 excepting the navy caps. Although we definitely screwed up that rundown with Bourn a la the ’88 Braves.

  5. charlesad // August 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm //

    Must every game be a nail biter? Yes.

  6. Viva Rufino Linares! // August 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm //

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  7. teamlittleguy // August 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm //

    Bottom of the ninth and I’m not sure whether to vent here or in the F!*K thread.

    Nice work, Tommy – too bad they couldn’t get it done in the ninth.

  8. charlesad // August 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm //

    Do you consider making Venters the closer at some point?

  9. Sharon Egan // August 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm //

    Awful tough to win a division when your ace closer blows a save every third outing.

  10. Viva Rufino Linares! // August 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm //

    Blood pressure coming down a little now.

  11. Viva Rufino Linares! // August 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm //

    That should do it. MCCANN!!!

  12. charlesad // August 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm //

    B MAC!! This team defies reason.

  13. clete boyer fan // August 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm //

    McCann’s the man!!!!!!

  14. teamlittleguy // August 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm //

    Hellz YEAH!

  15. Wow. Right when I think they’ll fold…

    I don’t understand this team at all either. But I do know that Prado’s coming back soon. And that he’s darned good.

    Minor showed promise. Hanson pitched extremely well today. Huddy’s been insane. Jurrjens has the stuff. Even Lowe’s been semi-repectable.

    Runs, runs, runs! Attendance, attendance, attendance! Let’s send Bobby (and Chipper?) out with a bang, people!!!

  16. rankin' rob // August 12, 2010 at 6:55 am //

    I was encouraged when Bobby ran Saito out there in a closing situation the other day, giving Wagner a day to regenerate. This was an obvious situation for that, too. I expect Bobby to continue to use Venters and Wagner every day, so that if we reach the playoffs they will be completely blown.

  17. Any explanation as to why Bobby had Hanson hit for himself with two outs and a runner in scoring position in the eighth and then brought out Venters in the bottom of the inning?

  18. rankin' rob // August 12, 2010 at 8:58 am //

    The closer we get to October, the further down the wormhole goes Bobby’s strategy. Could anyone be surprised at this point?

  19. charlesad // August 12, 2010 at 10:24 am //

    Hanson hit in the top of the 7th, not the 8th. He hit and then pitched the bottom of the 7th. It was the right call to leave him in the game then.

  20. charlesad // August 12, 2010 at 10:26 am //

    And to be fair to Bobby re strategy, his decision to pinch-hit McCann for Diaz worked pretty well.

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