Open thread, 4/19, #Braves vs. Biebers

Fredi’s limitations as a manager were on full display in the 10th inning yesterday when, with Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion due up, he called on Sugar Ray Marimon to pitch. When asked why he didn’t bring in Cody Martin, he said he hasn’t thrown in back-to-back games. Okay, but he’s a reliever now and they pitch in consecutive games. Might as well start now.

The better question: Why not pitch Jason Grilli, your best reliever, against the meat of the Toronto line-up? We know the answer to that one, but it’s not a good one. Fredi ain’t going to change, and, according to Jon Heyman, the Braves are unlikely to change managers.

Braves people in power now like him and mainly want to see progress from their kids before extending Gonzalez. He won’t be judged on won-loss record is the word.

So much for rooting for 100 losses.

The line-up:

Maybin CF Callaspo 3B Markakis RF Freddie DH CJ 1B Gomes LF Bethancourt C Peterson 2B Simmons SS

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