Rowlands’ 1st Half Awards

Best impression of an ace: Julio Teheran. When Spring Training began our biggest concern was the lack of an ace. No more.

Third year’s not the charm: Luis Avilan. He had an ERA under 2 and WHIP under 1 after completing his first 100 MLB innings. His ERA has more than doubled and his WHIP is an unisghtly 1.652.

Worst Brave since Jody Davis: Dan Uggla, who, it appears, won’t be an ex-Brave anytime soon. Phil Gosselin was returned to Gwinnett on Monday.

Worst celebration for a living legend: The 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 714th homer. Former teammates were in attendance but none were invited to appear on the field or on the dais. Who would you rather hear speak: Dusty Baker or Terry McGuirk? And once the game started, there was not one Aaron highlight shown on the big screen. Can’t interrupt the tool race or the relentless corn pone masquerading as family friendly entertainment.

Best game: 4/27, Braves vs. Reds. Julio  T. and Johnny Cueto each pitched 8 scoreless innings before the bullpens took over. With 2 outs in the 10th, Jay Hey, B.J. and Freddie hit consecutive singles to give the Braves a 1-0 win and 17-7 record.

Worst game: Either the first or last game of the Red Sox debacle. I’d rather lose 10 straight to the Nats than 1 to that godforsaken former home of the Braves. Seeing Turner Field turn into Fenway South did nothing to brighten my mood.

Most depressing numbers: Attendance is down 2.352 a game, but that’s nothing compared to TV ratings, which have decreased 32 percent from last year.

Best John Burkett impression: Aaron Harang, on pace to pitch 200 innings and win 15 games.

Best Office prediction: Evan Gattis will outhomer Brian McCann

Worst Office prediction: I was convinced the hierarchy had waited too long to ink Freddie to an extension. Thankfully, I was wrong.

Worst extension: (tie) Chris Johnson and Frank Wren.

Worst debut: Paul Byrd. A cheater with a shitty Braves legacy and zero insight. I guess John Thomson wasn’t available.

Best debut: Tommy LaStella, just what we needed — a lefty bat who doesn’t mimic the Dave Kingman approach to hitting.


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