Open thread, 7/24, Braves vs. Butch Bentons

Sorry we’ve been a little lax in recent days — work has been hectic.

I guess we should feel good about the Braves holding a 7-game lead, but it’s hard to be positive about this team, now just one game over .500 since a 12-1 start.

This month has seen the once-dependable rotation stumble. The Braves have a 4.14 ERA in July while continuing to struggle offensively, scoring 3 runs or fewer in 8 of their 18 games.

Yet Fredi stubbornly refuses to change the line-up, burying the team’s most consistent hitter in the 8th spot. Just dumb.

I assume everyone has memorized the line-up by now, but if not:

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

The Braves really need to end this series with a couple of wins or we could look back at this road trip as a lost opportunity to bury the Phils and Nats. I’m far from confident that the division is wrapped up.


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6 Comments on Open thread, 7/24, Braves vs. Butch Bentons

  1. Tokyokie // July 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm //

    What hope I have comes strictly from our rivals’ showing absolutely no ability to contend for a title.

  2. Greenville Braves // July 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm //

    Huddy’s ankle is broken?

  3. Jack Straw // July 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm //

    It’s possible his career just ended.

  4. Tokyokie // July 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm //

    It looked like a displaced fracture of the lower right tibia and fibula, possibly open. It’s a worse break than Jeter suffered last season, and a shortstop doesn’t drive off his throwing-side leg the way a pitcher does. Huddy’s gone for this season, and considering that he probably wouldn’t recovere sufficiently to be able to pitch before the middle of next season, he may just decide to hang it up. Hate to see it end that way.

  5. pepefreeus // July 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm //

    We’re 8 up on the Phils, 9 on the Nationals, they both suck, it’s my birthday and I feel like crawling into a hole.

    I expect this team to respond the way the ’92 team did when that worthless asshole Caminiti broke Greg’s leg.

    Just to be clear, aside from their impact on the club, those plays aren’t remotely comparable. Eric Young is a real man and acted as such tonight. Caminiti was a clueless cunt. As my grandmother used to say, his being dead doesn’t make it any less true.

  6. roadrunner48 // July 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm //

    I expect this is it for him. I’m sure he’ll be thinking of how Chipper refused to hang it up when he got hurt and being the competitor that he is, he’ll want to come back. But as Tokyokie points out, this is his driving leg.

    I’m glad I had the privilege of watching him pitch this game. He was dealing. What a weird and unsettling way to go.

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