Open thread, 7/7, Braves vs. Jeff Parretts

Eight years ago to the day, Jeff Francoeur, making his Braves debut, hit a three-run homer off Glendon Rusch en route to a defeat of the Cubs. The Braves improved to 49-37 with the victory — one win shy of their record today.

I’m going to start writing more panicky posts about this team. Every time I do the Braves make me look silly.

That said, I still think hitting Chris Johnson, now batting .333 with a .853 OPS, 8th is stupid.

Simmons 6, Heyward 9, JUpton 7, Freeman 3, McCann 2, Uggla 4, BUpton 8, CJohnson 5, Medlen 1

Speaking of hot hitters, B-Mac’s resurgence has gone almost unnoticed. He’s batting .487 with 6 doubles, 3 HR and 11 RBI in his past 10 games and .293 BA and .912 OPS for the year.

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7 Comments on Open thread, 7/7, Braves vs. Jeff Parretts

  1. Greenville Braves // July 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm //

    Shit. Things are starting to unravel for B.J. Him pushing Kris away was ridiculous.

  2. Too bad B.J. can’t be thrown out before the game starts.
    So, the Braves bring up their best pitching prospect Alex Woodup to pitch in blowouts and down by four runs. Interesting.

  3. Tokyokie // July 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm //

    We’ve now lost the last two series, and 4 of 5 games, playing mediocre-to-bad teams. A 2-game lead by the All-Star break? We might not even make it that far.

  4. Tokyokie // July 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm //

    And it’s time to send B.J. Upton down to Gwinnett to work out his problems. We’re more than halfway through the season, and he’s still hitting .175. That not only isn’t worth $15M a year, that’s not only not good enough to stay in the everyday lineup, it’s not good enough to play in the majors. Yeah, I know he’s owed a buttload of money, but the way he’s played most of the season, he’s hurt the team. Once Schafer’s healthy, send him down, and let his hurt feelings motivate him to pull his head out of his ass.

  5. rankin' rob // July 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm //

    The BJ disaster might be the undoing of FW. I don’t see Upton going down to the minors quietly and coming back with a better attitude any more than Frenchy did.

  6. Tokyokie // July 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm //

    rob, If B.J. doesn’t want to go back to the minors, he can always quit. The difference between Francouer and B.J., I think, is that B.J. has already signed a big-money deal, and Francouer hadn’t (and never will). If B.J. wants his money, he’ll have to do as the team says; Francouer thought that he’d proven enough at the major-league level that he didn’t need to return to the minors and figured (correctly) that if he were to raise a stink, he’d get an opportunity elsewhere. But B.J. is on pace to post Deron Johnson-like numbers for the season, and the team can’t afford to keep him in the lineup any longer. I suppose B.J. could file a grievance with the MLBPA, but good luck arguing that his .175 average should be in the lineup every day.

    Meanwhile, Justin, after hitting 12 homers and driving in 19 in April, has hit 3 homers and driven in 20 since. We’ve basically gotten one great month of baseball out of one of the Uptons, and five months of crappy ball from them.

  7. roadrunner48 // July 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm //

    I’ve been away and missed all this. What did B.J. do to Medlen?

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