#176: The Month of May Continues to be Merry.

Gil in
Mechanicsville VA

As we approach mid-May, the Braves continue to hold onto 1st place in the NL East. I’m not sure how others feel but I am pleasantly surprised. Still, there is a long way to go and the traps and pit falls associated with a 162 game season can jump up and bite the Bravos.

The Mets looked as if they were going to be an unstoppable juggernaut the first two weeks of the 2018 season but injuries to key players and a sudden collapse of their vaunted pitching staff has made them appear very ordinary. While there is lots of time for the New York nine to right their ship, they look very beatable.

Same could be said for the mighty Nationals. They stumbled out of the gate but they have come on strong of late, and they trail both the Braves and the Phillies.

As for the Phillies, I thought they would be much improved this season but they are strong all the way across the board. Good pitching and defense and a solid pen, however, they have a losing record against teams in their division. Could the Braves have contributed to that?

The Marlins are where everyone expected but they do have some pretty impressive pieces. I doubt they will have many of those players around by mid-season as they go full on rebuild.

So, as we watch the budding stars of Albies and Acuna learn the ways of the major leagues, we can be pleasantly surprised by the resurgence of Nick Markakis and the continued impressive performance of Freddie Freeman. Now, as soon as Austin Riley makes his appearance, we can really have some fun!

Albies, Acuna, Riley

Freeman & Markakis

 

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77 Responses to “#176: The Month of May Continues to be Merry.”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 15, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Many thanks, Chief! Looking good for the Braves right now. Let’s hope that the good Lord continues to bless their efforts!

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  2. 2 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks CL, strange umpiring tonight. Three Blind Mice should be played after every call….

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  3. 3 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I have seen more than a few rants on the questionable umpiring last night, and even more on what the heck they are watching in the replay booth.

    I missed it, of course, as I watched my hometown Dragons march into the home stadium of a vaunted opponent, said foes being the heavy favorite, and sweep themselves right into the state finals. I am so proud of them I cannot hardly stand myself. They proved that being a scrappy gritty team that doesn’t ever give up or let up can move mountains. And Titans. I’m most proud that they are lead by a man that puts God first and leads in a manner that honors Him and not himself.

    And to tie the two topics together, we had our own questionable umpiring last night. In the tight game 2 we had a big hit in the middle innings that should have plated 2, but the second runner was called out at the plate yet was never tagged with the ball. There was a semi-collision at the plate, and the catcher nailed the runner with his elbow coming across, but never with the ball. It ended the inning and the rally. Instead of a 3 run lead and a runner on 2nd, we were out of the inning with a 2-0 lead. Our coach discussed the incident very respectfully as far as I could tell, meaning I never saw an exhibition of anger or lack of calm. Of course, I do not know what was said. But the next time our team came to bat, the strike zone had expanded upward to the Adam’s apple for the first batter. Pretty cheap and petty by the ump if you ask me, but no one did. It appeared to come back to reality for the subsequent batters, but the kid who was called out on all those high strikes was just baffled by what had occurred. He paid the price for the umpire’s desire to make a point. But our kids buckled down and made that 2-0 lead stand. Did that circumstance steel the kids determination? Maybe. They sure did seem to focus a little harder after it.

    Our Dragons play another top rated team for the state title next week in the stadium of the low-A Rome Braves. Best of 3 series. Double-header on the first day, game 3 on the following day if necessary. You can bet I’ll be there if at all possible.

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    • 4 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Great anecdote Vee, we will be rooting for your team, State Championships don’t come around very often. Glory be To God, Thru Him All Things are Possible.

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  4. 5 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2018 at 8:03 am

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  5. 6 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Just learned that last night’s opponent was ranked #1 in the nation by Baseball America. Not anymore…

    You can see their credentials here: https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/high-school-baseball-top-25/

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  6. 7 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Yes, you have got to smile for that one Vee…

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  7. 8 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Yes, you have got to smile for that one Vee…

    I still am. High school sports is pure in many senses. It’s not about money, it’s not about trying to get highlights on SportsCenter. It’s about battling with your friends to play a game you love. I’ve watched this team all season grow into a state finalist, and it’s so well deserved for them.

    It doesn’t hurt that the head coach is my close friend and an all around good guy.

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  8. 9 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Adding to the options…

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  9. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Another low scoring game tonight. McCarthy looks a lot better tonight than he previous two starts.

    It’s 1-1 with Tyler Flowers robed of a homer by a terrific catch bu Amara.

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  10. 11 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 8:04 am

    A couple of random notes:

    In the post-game last night, Jeff Francoeur made the comment that the Braves are proving that they can play toe-to-toe with the Cubs, a team considered to be among the league’s best. I think it’s a valid point.

    And in a semi-related point, isn’t Frenchy a really good broadcaster? So much better as an analyst than Brian Jordan and Nick Green. And that’s not to say either of them are bad, but Frenchy is really good.

    He has also filled in on the radio side for Don Sutton, who has yet to make a road trip with the team this season. (That’s a separate topic.) He made on road trip with Mark Lemke filling in on the others. Lemke offers good insight, but his voice is a bit annoying. But Frenchy is smooth, smart, insightful, and natural. I think he can excel in that venture if he wants to. I hope the Braves keep him here with them. Obviously Don is in the far end of his long career. I think Frenchy would be the perfect compliment to Don’s partner, Jim Powell, whom I like very much. He is a great play-by-play announcer, although for some reason they still let Don do p-b-p fr about half the innings. That has always been a mistake in my opinion, but what do I know?

    Anyway, that was a long-winded compliment to Frenchy. I think he’s found another avenue to be called “The Natural”.

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  11. 12 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Much like when we discovered John Smoltz was a really good announcer and is now an “A team” broadcaster with the MLB network. Frenchy is simply gaining experience,

    And last night’s game. Wow, what fun…

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  12. 13 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Isn’t it something to see a bunch of kids – stinkin’ kids – go out and play well and have fun doing it? I’m not sure any of thought the bounty would be quite this good. And we still don’t have Austin Riley, the cherry on top, up yet. They have me very excited for sure.

    Oh… and that doesn’t even broach the topic of pitching, the side of the game that all of the “experts” think we have loaded up on.

    Put on those Ray-Bans… the future is truly quite bright.

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  13. 14 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Good times… good times…

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  14. 15 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Notice above the nice easy swing RAJ put on the ball. He didn’t try to hit it out; he just tried to knock Ozzie in. That’s maturity beyond his 20 years, folks.

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  15. 16 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

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  16. 17 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    The new prevailing thought on a corresponding move is to option Johan to AAA to work on his swing, which has gotten somewhat “long” lately. Opposing pitchers are exploiting it by eaten him up inside. Over the last week he’s slashing .125/.300/.125. Over the last 2 weeks he’s slashing .147/.341/.147.

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  17. 18 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Wait for it…

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  18. 19 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Dangit.

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  19. 21 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm

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  20. 22 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Gotta say, I like Fried vs. the Cubs. He’s a good young pitcher and major league ready. These kind of starts get him more exposure. I think he’ll be dealt as “capital” at some point to fill another need. Closer at the deadline maybe? Catcher in offseason? Hope he goes to the AL.

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  21. 23 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2018 at 3:53 pm

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  22. 24 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Isn’t it something to see a bunch of kids – stinkin’ kids – go out and play well and have fun doing it? I’m not sure any of thought the bounty would be quite this good

    V, I don’t see how anyone could guess that they would be this good, this soon. You just don’t see seemingly fully formed MLB players at 20, 21. I mean, for every ARod, Ken Griffey Jr. there are more players like Nelson Cruz, that didn’t even become a regular til he was 28 (an extreme example actually) Look at Dansby. Sure seems like he turned a corner, but he is the more normal situation, right?
    How upset would anyone have been if 25 YO Sean Newcomb was traded away during the offseason? I did think he could be a valuable member of the rotation, but he only got a chance because of Gohara getting hurt…and now he’s as of today, the best starter on the team….baseball, it’s kinda hard to predict 😛

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    • 25 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Yes Ber, it is why betting on baseball has to be dumbest endeavor know to man. So many moving parts, not to mention the shoddy umpiring…

      And wither Nick Markakis? Who would of thunk it?

      Still, it is early and the bullpen is in danger of being seriously over worked at the pace they are being used. Young tender arms being used is always scary. I am glad to see the Braves taking a cautious approach with young pitchers however, Steve Avery anyone?

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  23. 26 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Only on the day after a rainout, with no other real news, would this even be brought up, but MLBTR is reporting “The Braves released outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the organization, per an announcement from the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett”.

    Yawn.

    OK… might as well state why. Again, MLBTR: In 93 plate appearances for Gwinnett, he limped to a .146/.228/.220 slash.

    The real news here is that this is the news. Nothing else to report. Bleh.

    Of course, it could be in advance of OF Preston Tucker being sent down to make room for Dansby, but that is probably a reach. Even if you were to try to justify dropping a OF from the bench by saying Bautista is an OF, it’s still exchanging LH for RH. And it’s a bench move anyway.

    The better move is to let Johan go down and get his stroke back… or to move on from Joey Bats and give 3B back to Ryan Flaherty until Austin Riley gets the callup, which could come sooner than any of us imagined when the season started.

    Truth is that Tucker has been reliable off the bench. I think we need to keep that.

    See there? I made something out of nothing. I could be in politics!

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  24. 27 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Wha?

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    • 28 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, a real head scratcher that one. Maybe they did not want to start a lefty or maybe Fried woke up with a back ache. I’m sure the question will be asked by someone tonight, if they even play a game…. Lots and lots of water up and down the coast.

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  25. 29 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 3:09 pm

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  26. 30 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

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  27. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Hey Vee, what is the weather forecast for the game tonight?

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  28. 32 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for 755 Battery Ave., Atlanta:

    This afternoon, showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

    Tonight, showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9pm. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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  29. 33 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Could be that they feel there’s a good chance for another rainout here, and they wanted Fried to get a regular turn in Toledo with the AAA Stripers.

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  30. 34 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Uh… yep.

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  31. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo May 19, 2018 at 1:59 am

    well….too bad it wasn’t another rainout….Matt Wisler was decent…just stings to lose(and a shutout) against a team that traded most everyone that was good away…

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  32. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I thought Wisler pitched a heck of a game. The game was lost when the Braves failed to score after having men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. When a pitcher only give up 2 runs, he has done his job.

    So, a re-rack and play again tonight.

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  33. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2018 at 10:26 am

    https://t.co/GW5Weg3PS0

    The Joey Bats experiment is over….

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  34. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

    1 o’clock game today as Julio toes the rubber in a effort to secure another series win. That, and stay in first place prior to their journey to the (cough) City of Brotherly Love…

    Then to continue the patriot tour, they travel to Boston to take on the Red Sox. All good fun eh?

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  35. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2018 at 11:22 am

    ooh, ooh.. the sun.. uh, never mind… 😦

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  36. 43 berigan2electricboogaloo May 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    so…I came home, put the game on, 8-4 Marlins…8th inning. Marlins then hit another homer, 9-4. Hit pause, and …forgot about the game… a friend called…hey, did you go to sleep after Church and lunch? No….why? Well, the braves won, 10-9!!!! WHA????????????????????????????????
    my friend even gave up at 9-6 (Saw tv at McDonalds ) went out to the car, called someone, and then heard they won….so, I unfroze the DVR and gave a play by play as it unfolded.
    Truly unbelievable as FF, Nick M, and Dansby were all down to their last strike, and each time there were 2 outs!!!
    the odds, the odds of this happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😯

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  37. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Shamefully, I gave up when it was 8-4, went outside to help Josie work on the pool. When I came in, I checked the scores to see how Philly had done. To my amazement, I too saw the Braves had one. Fired up the old DVR to pick up where I left off.

    So, the Braves got the one back that got away in Chicago. Works for me… 🙂

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  38. 45 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2018 at 7:37 am

    So, the Braves got the one back that got away in Chicago. Works for me.

    Echoes my own sentiments…

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  39. 46 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2018 at 8:14 am

    So I had been taking care of some pre-Peru business yesterday afternoon – did I mention that I’m going to be in Peru on mission for a week starting this Friday? – and turned the game on the radio to drive late in the afternoon. I had been trying to opportunistically keep up with the game somewhat via Twitter earlier, so I knew we had been down 6-0, but had not been able to check in since about the 6th inning. I ended up in the car ahead of the rest of the family and turned the game on the radio as quickly as I could. As I tuned in, Braves radio guy Jim Powell was recapping Nick’s hit that scored Freddie for the 2nd run in the 9th inning to make it 9-6, and I immediately wondered how many outs we had to work with. Powell came right back to reset the action and dutifully noted there were 2 runs in and 2 outs. I cringed a little. But I know this team never gives up, so I locked in to the audio confident that Powell would carry me on the rest of the ride. I sat there in the parking lot for several minutes alone getting into the action as the Braves worked back to a 1-run deficit before the rest of the gang came out to the car. Dansby was already in the middle of his AB when I started driving. It’s very hard to concentrate on the road when you are living and dying with each pitch, and I almost drove off the road when Dansby got the big knock down the LF line. I think I scared my daughter a little. Mrs. Vox just laughed. She gets me.

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  40. 49 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2018 at 11:37 am

    By the way, how long will you be gone?

    Gone Friday to Friday.

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  41. 50 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

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  42. 51 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe, on Saturday:

    Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals — There’s a growing feeling among talent evaluators that Moustakas could become a Braves target. GM Alex Anthopoulos isn’t known to sit still.

    Would AA look to take on the remainder of Moose’s $6.5M deal? We’re talking about roughly half, so $3.25M. I think the Braves would do it if it would not cost too much in talent going the other way. After all, this is truly a half season rental with Austin Riley raking at AAA. And as much as we’d like to see Riley come on up and join the fun, it would not be very wise expect such a young team to play through a playoff gauntlet. No, for that you need a sprinkling of experienced and battle tested veterans. Moose is certainly that. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s slashing a cool 294/.333/.528 with 10 HR’s in 46 games.

    What would such a deal look like? Maybe a pitcher like Joey Wentz, top rated, but not as highly spoken of as Kolby Allard, Kyle Wright or even Luiz Gohara. But for a 2 month rental, they won’t get much else. Maybe a fringe throw-in prospect. It would cost a top 10 guy, but would really solidify an already formidable lineup. Picture Moose’s bat in the middle of our order with Freddie and Nick. Yum yum.

    Maybe the more important thing to read out of this is that these “talent evaluators” are apparently expecting the Braves to remain in contention, thus in the market to buy at the deadline. It is a marked change of attitude from even just this spring, when most national “experts” still predicted a sub-.500 season for Los Bravos. The prevailing thought now, of course, is that the current level of play from this talented, young and exciting team is absolutely sustainable. This team is for real. If they can solidify their top spot in the division with a couple of wins in Philly, they’ll be securely on top at Memorial Day, the first realistic time you can look at the standings and draw any conclusions. That will be the time for AA to start making decisions based on 2018 and not on 2019 and beyond.

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  43. 52 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Yes, likely the Braves will be buyers if they have a good showing this week. They are playing some good teams all in a row. Like the man says, “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best”,

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  44. 53 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Like the man says, “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best”

    Fun fact: the Braves have the 3rd hardest strength of schedule in the NL thus far in the season.

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  45. 55 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Yesterday my baseball attention was consumed by the hometown HS baseball team playing the opening double-header of the best-of-3 championship series for the 4A State title in Georgia. They played these games in State Mutual Stadium, home of our own low-A Rome Braves. It’s a pretty nice facility for these boys to get to wrap their season in. it’s a good 2 1/2 hour drive from home, but only about a half hour from our opponents’ home. That said, we traveled just as well and by my estimate we still had as many folks in the stands. And the crowd was amazing for a HS game.

    Anyway, the teams split the opening games, meaning they will play a decisive Game 3 tomorrow. One final game for all the marbles.

    Pretty dang fun, y’all.

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  46. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Good luck to your homies Vee…

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  47. 57 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    What would such a deal look like? Maybe a pitcher like Joey Wentz, top rated, but not as highly spoken of as Kolby Allard, Kyle Wright or even Luiz Gohara. But for a 2 month rental, they won’t get much else

    umm…no….

    Gohara impressed me more than any braves pitcher last year…it would be beyond stupid to give up the next Sabathia for a 2 month rental….
    now, I’m not saying don’t trade for Moose….now, Allard (easier to give up guys you’ve never seen pitch, right?) or Max Fried ? Perhaps…can’t have 9, 10 legit starters (well, you can in case of injuries but) but you trade away young(cheap, since we are supposed to care about billionaires saving a few million) potential #2’s or #3s for more than rentals, right? I mean, Riley doesn’t appear to be flopping so no way they sign Moose in the offseason, and you don’t get a thing draftwise either when he walks….

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  48. 58 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    You misunderstand me Ber. I am suggesting Joey Wentz. There is a short list of pitchers that I consider “untouchable”. And this is only because we do have a wealth of talent to consider in the ranks. But Kolby Allard is an untouchable for me. As is Mike Soroka and Kyle Wright. Luiz Gohara falls into the second tier, along with Max Fried. Joey Wentz could in the end be as good or better than those I named. But I haven’t seen it yet. His is still unborn potential. With Soroka and Allard and Wright and Gohara and Fried (mostly in that order) we have already been able to see where they have dominated at times.

    As an aside, I think pushing Fried (remember, he jumped from AA to make his ML debut last year and since has yo-yo’d back and forth between Gwinnett and Atlanta, has hurt his development. I don’t think the kid got a chance to get ripe. I’d love to see him have some extensive time to just start every 5 days in AAA. I think he still has great potential.

    Gohara will always scare me from an injury standpoint. He may have the stuff of a Sabathia, but you can’t pitch from the training table. So if I’m forced to choose between Gohara and Allard, I take Allard 10 times out of 10.

    But as I said, I wouldn’t give up Gohara for 2 months of Moose. I don’t even know if I’d give up Wentz. In today’s market, GM’s are loathe to give up prospects for 2 month rentals. The going price has dropped for such players.

    Let’s just make it Lucas Sims and call it a day, OK? 😉

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  49. 59 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Riley doesn’t appear to be flopping so no way they sign Moose in the offseason, and you don’t get a thing draftwise either when he walks

    No, but this isn’t about the future anymore. It’s about 2018. How much would Moose help our everyday lineup, how much would he help us secure a spot in the playoffs, and how much deeper in the postseason would he help us get?

    That’s what it’s about. If I’m AA and think this team has a legitimate shot – and there are now talking heads that say this series between Atlanta and Philly has the best 2 teams in the NL – then I push the right buttons to make it happen now. I stoke the hot team while they are a hot team and I don’t let my foot off the gas.

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  50. 60 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Fun times in Philly last night. With the win, the Braves assure themselves of leaving town still in first place. Now the goal is to expand their lead by a game by winning tonight.

    Gohara takes the ball tonight so it is someone the Phillies have not yet seen. Only problem for me is Luis is a fly ball pitcher where a pop up can turn into a run.

    McCarthy continues to surprise me, 95 mph? Methinks the radar gun needs to be re-calibrated. Dansby appears to be struggling again, it’s alarming how quickly he falls into bad habits….

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    • 61 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Voice text so expect many errors V I didn’t realize you had written some of that I thought that was all some column is talking. Imho Gohara has the best stuff and you don’t trade him unless you’re getting somebody like Ronald Acuna not to 3 months of a third baseman. I understand improving the team I just know that the GM is itching to make a trade because he hasn’t really done anything and this is the guy that traded away Thor you don’t want to be the general manager of the trades away somebody that beat you up in the playoffs every year quick name all the starters that are left-handed and throw in the upper 90s all right then LOL

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  51. 62 Vox O'Reasoñ May 23, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Dansby appears to be struggling again, it’s alarming how quickly he falls into bad habits

    Wrist injuries take their toll. He’s also adjusting to a new bat. He has switched over to the axe handle type bat like Zuk uses. He says it takes alot of strain off his wrist. That’s the upside. Of course, the downside is that he’s not used to that grip…

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  52. 63 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Gah. I hate trying to come in via my phone anyway I have a comment above fees

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    • 64 Vox O'Reasoñ May 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      I use the voice-to-text a good bit. You can actually speak your punctuation if you want. Just say “period” at the end of a sentence. Same with “comma” and “question mark”. It works.

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      • 65 Vox O'Reasoñ May 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        I just realized that maybe I should try that before I say that. I have not ever tried to do that in the WordPress format. But it appears to work. Doesn’t it? You know, I think it does. Yes all of that was a test.

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  53. 66 Vox O'Reasoñ May 23, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Imho Gohara has the best stuff

    He’s got great stuff. And I hope he goes out tonight and gives us 6 innings (or more) of dominant pitching. And I hope he comes off injury free. And I hope he repeats that from start to start.

    All I’m saying is that I’m not confident that he can stay injury free.

    And again, I would not trade Gohara for 2 months of Moose. Never said I would. But I would consider – consider – including him in a package to bring back a long term catcher or in a package for a veteran pitcher top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

    Sounds crazy to say I want to add a pitcher, doesn’t it? But I don’t want to go into the post-season with Julio Teheran as my “ace”. Julio is not an “ace”. But he’d be a great #2.

    Remember how stocked Houston was last year with pitching, even young pitching? Yet they added Justin Verlander. And JV was the MVP of the playoffs for HOU. That’s what I want,

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  54. 67 Vox O'Reasoñ May 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    And I’m almost as worried about Folty’s head as I am Gohara’s body. He just never looks settled on the mound. He’s at the stage of his career where he has to mature and just simply pitch his game regardless of the way the calls go. He’s gonna have something go against him in every game. He just will. It happens to every pitcher. But Folty just can’t ever seem to get over it. You see the signs… he starts twitching. He starts talking to himself. He has to walk around the mound. He simply loses focus, and then the strike zone. And then is all snowballs.

    He’s a high wire act every time out. And the tough part is that he has no-hit potential from his arm every time out. But the head…

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    • 68 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      He is still pretty young, and I remember the same being said about John Smoltz. Maybe someone should wear a red sweater… Any who, Just remember what I have been preaching about an ace verses a number 5, All pitchers can generally give you one good game out of three, it is the ace who gives you a stellar performance every time out. That is why Julio is a number 3 on a really good club.

      Now, that said, it is also when you pitch. If I could make a trade, I would inquire as to what the Marlins would want for José Miguel Ureña, I think he is one of the best 0-7 i’ve seen in a while.

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  55. 69 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I use the voice-to-text a good bit. You can actually speak your punctuation if you want. Just say “period” at the end of a sentence. Same with “comma” and “question mark”. It works.

    V, yep…punctuation is not the issue…the King’s English is 😛

    I have a small phone (for a smart phone) and I cannot see what I am saying basically….screen(text) goes all over the place (do you have this issue? Do you have a “mobile” version of wordpress?)

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  56. 70 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    He’s got great stuff. And I hope he goes out tonight and gives us 6 innings (or more) of dominant pitching. And I hope he comes off injury free. And I hope he repeats that from start to start.

    All I’m saying is that I’m not confident that he can stay injury free.

    he’s still only 21, I don’t see how we can know how healthy he will be long term. I mean, remember Ozzie’s health issues last year?
    Fat pitchers seem to pitch forever. David Wells pitched til he was 44. How many pitchers do that, period? Sabathia is still going strong at 37-38

    And again, I would not trade Gohara for 2 months of Moose. Never said I would. But I would consider – consider – including him in a package to bring back a long term catcher or in a package for a veteran pitcher top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

    Sounds crazy to say I want to add a pitcher, doesn’t it? But I don’t want to go into the post-season with Julio Teheran as my “ace”. Julio is not an “ace”. But he’d be a great #2.

    Remember how stocked Houston was last year with pitching, even young pitching? Yet they added Justin Verlander. And JV was the MVP of the playoffs for HOU. That’s what I want,

    well, I get that…the Astros really didn’t have a #1 for the playoffs (soft tossers just don’t do well in the playoffs, and there were several players upset that they didn’t get someone by the first deadline, Dallas Keuchel for one) now they have 2 guys, and they sure didn’t give up much for either, did they?

    I just hope Thoppy will be…smart. I hope he learned some lessons from the poor deals he made in Toronto….I guess it all depends on whom you can get…but who will be available tradewise?????

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  57. 71 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    wow, I forgot big sexy as an example….a righty…but still

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  58. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Ah, the mistakes of youth. Methinks Dansby learned an important lesson last night, make the play in front of you and forget being cute. Umpires are a fickle bunch…

    I expected the Phillies to take at least 2 of three in their home ball park. I did not expect the Braves to get shut out two games.

    It is on to Boston where I think the Braves will pull a mild upset and take 2 of 3.

    So, the Marlins and the Phillies gained ground on the Braves last night. I can live with it, it’s a long way to October.

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  59. 73 Vox O'Reasoñ May 24, 2018 at 8:24 am

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  60. 76 berigan2electricboogaloo May 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Really, really don’t know how Julio T can look as good as anyone, then throw hanging pitches to back to back hitters in the 4th. Needs Smoltz to work on his slider…he’s been pitching too long to look like a rookie Pitcher…

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