Open thread, 5/26, Braves vs. Chico Escuelas

As we watched the game last night it occurred to CD and myself that these Mets are the late 70s Braves — a hopeless assemblage of scrubs.

Ruben Tejada? Pepe Frias reincarnate. Lucas Duda? Brian Asselstine says hello. Dillon Gee, meet Tony Brizzolara. And on it goes.

I almost feel sorry for the Mets.

The Bravos have shown no pity, and that’s what what good teams do — beat up the bad ones. But when the quality of the opponent improves, I fear the bullpen will be exposed.

Until then, enjoy. Quoting H.I. McDunnough, these are the salad days.

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12 Comments on Open thread, 5/26, Braves vs. Chico Escuelas

  1. Tokyokie // May 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm //

    Case in point, the 1969 Braves. That team finished the season 93-69, or 24 games over .500. They were 20 games above .500 against just two teams, the Astros (who weren’t all that bad that year, but only won 3 of 18 games against the Braves) and the expansion Padres. In a long season, you’ve got to play thump-a-chump.

  2. pepefreeus // May 27, 2013 at 12:07 am //

    So Turner is Barry Bonnell?

  3. Got to do something about the pen. Avilan and Gearrin are going to get run ragged at the pace they’re on. Are we left hoping Walden returns in the near future and solidifies the back end? Unless Rasmus becomes a major bullpen piece overnight, is it not time to explore what’s out there? Bullpen arms will be readily available in the coming months (Rafael Betancourt – yes), but a Mike Dunn reunion wouldn’t be the worst thing. Or decide to do something with Alex Wood sooner than you had envisioned. But you could see the writing on the wall for this one while Uggla was still pounding away on the on-deck batter, post-trot.

  4. pepefreeus // May 27, 2013 at 2:01 am //

    Why stop at Dunn? Maybe we can get Farnsworth back again! Wonder what Reardon’s up to these days?

    Seriously, I don’t want to panic and do a dumb trade (like the one with the Royals in 2010.) Cory is effective against righties. Someone needs to sit FG down and try to make him grasp that.

  5. I don’t think there are many who are going to disagree Fredi is the problem, or at least a significant portion of it. But it’s not hard to see the similarities in the ways he’s currently using Gearrin and Avilan the same way he did Kimbrel and Venters in 2010. Another lefty would be beneficial to the pen, and I’m afraid this 6-man bullpen rotation is going to ultimately force them to make a roster move they don’t necessarily want to make. Dunn was just an example, but really, what do you think he’d even command in trade?

    FG has already shown he’s not the least bit reluctant to dole out Gearrin and Avilan with a 4+ run lead, and I can envision where it’s going to leave them come September.

  6. Turner = Rod Gilbreath.

  7. Tokyokie // May 27, 2013 at 8:21 am //

    Well, the whole point with the 6-man pen is that the starters and the relievers have to pitch longer. And that means you can’t just bring in relievers exclusively to get favorable matchups, all the relievers need to be able to get out both lefties and righties. So last night, either Teheran needed to finish the 7th, or Avilan needed to come back out in the 8th. Fredi’s trying to have it both ways.

    Of course, if our lineup didn’t make friggin Shawn Marcum look like Bob Gibson, it wouldn’t have been a concern.

  8. That’s what gets me more, Tokyokie – Marcum has been pretty bad this year, and the Braves struck out 12 times against him, of course for his career high.

    I agree that they need to be careful with the bullpen, and maybe even make a move to bring in a reliable replacement for EOF, but the bats can’t let mediocre pitchers look like Cy Young winners against them. Using the bullpen too much is obviously not ideal, but having to use them in tie or 1-run games regularly would be a lot more taxing…

  9. pepefreeus // May 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm //

    He got a lot of favorable strike calls last night, especially early. When is the last time any of us have ever seen Fredddie Freeman react like that?

  10. pepefreeus // May 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm //

    And I’m sorry about overreacting to the Dunn thing. I don’t disagree with any of you guys about the pen problems. I just keep seeing that guy’s name as a possible target and after October of ’10, he gives me hives.

    Imagine someone suggesting we fill a hypothetical hole in the rotation with Mike Hampton.

  11. I agree, Dunn is not ideal, but the bullpen is going to continue to be exposed and he may be one of the few guys readily available.

  12. Doesn’t matter what we do with the bullpen if our guys don’t start hitting the ball regularly…

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