I don’t think Fredi’s as bad as most around here. I really don’t. He’s no Bobby Cox, Whitey Herzog or Bruce Bochy, granted. He bunts too much. He’s a pedestrian strategist. But I don’t think last year’s Braves won 96 games by accident. Fredi is a steady hand. I think players like playing for him.
Then he pulls something like this. He puts Oaf back in the lineup. I don’t get it. At all.
Pena had as many hits last night as Oaf’s had in his past seven games combined. Pena homered last night. That’s one more RBI than Oaf has produced in his past 15 games. He has none since that night in Philadelphia when he hit two homers and had 5 RBI. That was April 14, nearly a month ago. He’s 2 for his last 25. That’s an .080 batting average. He’s….
It’d be one thing if there were any hope for Oaf. Dude hit .233 his first year as a Brave and …it’s been downhill since. In the past two full seasons plus the first month-plus of 2014, the Oaf is hitting .200, actually .1998, with 369 strikeouts. That covers more than 1,200 plate appearances. That is a large sample. He is done.
Nice guy, by all accounts. Hustles, blah, blah, horse shit, dog piss, as my friend Duane might say. The time has come. Oaf is no good anymore. He offers nothing. Pena might be nothing more than a serviceable utility infielder. That’s a damn sight better than Oaf. Fredi, it’s time. It’s past time. Frank, it’s past time. Oaf must go. Speaking of Frank, has anyone ever made two worse long-term signings that overlap than Oaf and BJ? FW’s done a good job overall, but man. His mistakes are colossal. That has to be the worst $135 million investment in players this side of Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle (combined $170M from the Rockies.)
Your humble bloggers will be at the yard tonight. If you listen closely to the broadcast, you might hear CB howling when Oaf comes to bat. We’ll see this lineup:
J-Hey, Justin, Freeman, CJ, Laird, BJ, the Oaf, Floyd, Simmons. Oh yeah, Gavin Floyd’s debuting tonight.