Open Thread, 9/13, Braves vs. the Gene Richardses
I’m heading to the yard tonight with the three-and-a-half-year-old. This’ll be his second game. In his first one, BJ got a walk-off single against the Sadnats. Maybe tonight David Hale will throw a no-hitter. That seems about as likely as BJ winning a game with his bat.
Heard radio chatter today about Fredi as an NL Manager of the Year candidate.
Notwithstanding his shortcomings as an in-game tactician, he certainly deserves consideration. If success as a manager is measured by getting the most out of your team, who’s done a better job this season? Clint Hurdle? Maybe. I don’t think anyone else in the NL has a case that’s clearly stronger than Fredi’s.
We know the litany by now, but it bears repeating that the Braves have the best record in baseball (tied with Boston at 30 games over .500) despite: your two highest-paid players hitting in the .180s all season; your best starting pitcher missing nearly half the season; your co-No. 1 starter (Beachy) missing practically the entire season; your two best setup men missing virtually the entire season; your dynamic leadoff man taking a fastball in the face and missing several weeks; your starting catcher missing the first month; your rotation being anchored much of the season by three guys — Minor, Teheran and Medlen — who came into the season with a combined 87 big league starts, 53 of those by Minor. And it’s also notable that the team you’ve smoked this season, Washington, entered the season as a heavy favorite to win the league
So, yeah, Fredi bunts too much. Bitch all you want, but the guy’s kept this team churning out wins no matter what. Looking to churn out the 89th triumph in about three hours will be: Schafer, J. Upton, Freeman, Gattis LF, McCann, C. Johnson, Simmons, E. Johnson 2B, David Hale. Hale is a Marietta native, Princeton alum, and will be making his big league debut this evening. Good luck, young Princetonian! Let’s hope Hale is not distracted thinking about Princeton’s Sept. 21 football opener against Lehigh.