Monday, April 14, 2014

Let's Get It On- Braves Series Preview

Atlanta Braves (8-4) @ Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday, 7:00 - Ervin Santana vs. Roberto Hernandez
Tuesday, 7:05 - David Hale vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday, 7:05 - Julio Teheran vs. AJ Burnett
Thursday, 1:05 - Alex Wood vs. Jonathan Pettibone

Braves Bats:
R - 46 (21st tied)
AVG - .246 (16th)
OPS - .711 (14th)

They have Freddie Freeman/1B (.442/1.333) and Justin Upton/LF (.386/1.175) in the middle of the lineup, but the rest of the crew isn't anything spectacular.  The group of Jayson Heyward/RF, BJ Upton/CF, and Dan Uggla/2B are off to slow starts (all batting below .200).

Braves Arms:
ERA - 2.44 (3rd)
WHIP - 1.18 (5th)

Pitching has been Atlanta's bread and butter for the past 3 decades, and continues to be the team's strength.  Someone gets injured and they just plug someone in from the minors and never seem to skip a beat.  Every starting pitcher going in this series has an ERA of 2.89 or less.  Runs might be difficult to come by for the Phightins.

Tuesday's game will be washed out, turning it into a 3 game series rather than 4.  As far as wins go, I have no clue.


Beer-a-Thon said...

It certainly seems that Dan Uggla only plays well against the Phillies.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Evan Gattis now with 6 homeruns against the Phils. Taking over for Brian McCann just fine.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Well, BJ has an ERA now.

Nikole said...

not so excited about sandbergs choice of Diekman vs. a bunch of right handed power hitters.

Utley made a terrible play on the ground ball with the casual back hand flip.

The walks are inexcusable.

Great comeback ruined.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Uggla now with 30 homeruns against Phils. More than any other team.

Saint Utley's haphazard toss to 2nd was stupid. Take the guaranteed out at 1st.

Sandberg can't manage a bullpen, just like Manuel couldn't. For shit sake, please hire someone who can.

Diekman is never going to be a quality reliever with shit control like that.

Nikole said...

Diekman has basically done nothing but give up runs this year so I'm not sure why we think he's our 7th, 8th inning guy?????

Andrew said...

AS I've said before, the "unavailable" aspect of pitching three days in a row is complete horseshit. Considering the massive paychecks of these guys combined with the actual workload they do (Paps pitched a total of 45 pitches over 3 days. Waaa waaaa!) its completely absurd that the "best" pitcher isn't played in a close end of a game. Not saying Paps wouldn't have also blown the save (50% chance he would have done the same) but at least I wouldn't have been as mad about it. And was Bastardo also considered unavailable?

Next time I work three 9.5 hr days in a row, I'm going to tell my boss that I'm not coming in on the 4th day but he still needs to pay me.

GM-Carson said...

Pitchers have been turned into wussies. Coddled by organizations, yet injuries are higher than ever.

Andrew said...

By the way, Gattis with the Howard. Should have known they would have won

Bob D said...

From your 4/13 post "*BJ Rosenberg hasn't allowed an earned run yet.
*Dom Brown has yet to hit a homerun, but is still hitting (.302)." you quoted 2 stats, one negative and one positive. Both were broken the next day.

I still have hope for Rosenberg and Deikman. I feel they will both be quality arms in pen. DeFratus too. Its taking them longer than I wish, but the team is a potential contender.

GM-Carson said...

The problem with Rosenberg, Diekman, and DeFratus is they all have good to great stuff, but that doesn't translate into consistency and positive results.