You’ve been warned, so don’t complain.
1. Former Braves hitting instructor Merv Rettenmund was fired after a season in which Rico Brogna was the Opening Day 1B, Rey Sanchez started 50 games at SS and B.J. Surhoff often batted clean-up. Under Merv’s tutelage, the ’01 Braves tied for ninth in the NL in batting average (.260), were eighth in on-base percentage (.329), 12th in slugging percentage (.412) and 13th in runs scored (729).
So far in 2014 the Braves are 10th in BA (.243), 12th in OBP (.304), 9th slugging percentage (.381) and 13th in runs scored (230). Oh, and only two NL teams have struck out more. Last year only one team struck out. In 2012, Walker’s first year, the Braves had the 3rd most K’s among NL offenses and batted only .247.
Yet no one seems to be clamoring for his dismissal, not like they were when TP allegedly couldn’t fix the Golden Boy. Forget that, in Pendleton’s last year as Braves hitting coach, the team finished first in NL OBP. They’re 12th this year and, when Walker was with the White Sox, the Pale Hose were consistently among the worst teams in getting on base.
I don’t know if he’s the problem, but he’s obviously not the solution. And since you can’t fire B.J. or Chris Johnson, you might as well fire the hitting coach. Just do something.
2. The number crunchers over at Talking Chop insist “there is nothing wrong” with David Carpenter, who’s now given up 36 hits in 25-1/3 IP, good for a 4.62 ERA. Maybe the author should actually watch Carpenter pitch.
First game I’ve watched in like two weeks and I can’t take no more.
— Andrew Sisson (@arrbeeye) June 12, 2014
These are the same folks who wrote last July that Dan Uggla was “worth his contract.”
I’ve come around on much of the stats-based analysis, but not when it contradicts the obvious, or places the blame for bad results on luck. More likely: David Carpenter sucks, just as he did every year before 2013.
3. The Rangers are discouraging fans from doing The Wave.
Chuck Morgan, executive vice president of ballpark entertainment and productions, came up with the idea of posting a fun “warning” to fans as they started the wave. It read: “The Republic of Texas Constitution written in 1836 states: a facility has the right, when playing a team from Miami, to turn off the air conditioning in the facility. If the wave continues, the AC will be turned off here tonight.”
What are the odds you’d ever see that happen at Turner Field?