FW and Fredi were signed to new contracts today, terms undisclosed. Wren, despite some major stumbles, is deserving. I’m not sure I’d say the same about Fredi, who tends to save his worst decisions for the games that matter most.
There was last year’s call to keep Kimbrel in the ‘pen in Game 4 of the NLDS. A year earlier, in the Wild Card game against St. Louis, he ordered a safety squeeze by Andrelton in the 4th inning with one out, a slow-footed Freddie on 3rd and the PITCHER on deck.
Or how ’bout his decision, in Game 162 of the 2011 season, to pitch to Hunter Pence with Michael Martinez, a 28-year-old rookie with a .196 BA, on deck. Pence, as you may recall, drove in the run that eliminated the Bravos from the playoffs.
To be fair, Fredi has shown improvement since his first year in Atlanta. He was right about giving Freddy Garcia the ball in Game 4 last year. And his record is nothing to sneeze at.
But I still think the Braves could do better.