27 April 2010

Braves Woes

Well, ladies and gents, we've reached a 6-game losing streak.  We have a losing record.  We are in last place in the NL East.  We are behind both the New York Mets AND the Washington Nationals.

Did you read that?  The Nats.  The Mets... AND the Nats.  WHO falls behind the Nats?  Couldn't be MY boys.  Those NY Mets, though, yeah.  I mean, come on, they stink.  But my boys, no, never.

What happened to my formidable team?  What good is quality/fantastic/phenomenal/stellar/solid pitching if our offense cannot provide run support?  And what good is run support if we then give up a 3 run lead?

Give me a break, will you?

And to think, I thought we were on our way to snapping that losing streak.  We were SWEPT BY THE METS, you guys.  SWEPT.  Come on.  Really?  The Mets.  We are SO better than they are.  Us.  Swept by the Mets.  Ludicrous.  And Monday's game against the Cards should have easily been ours.  

Wake up, boys.  It's still early, but it's Bobby's last season, and EVERY GAME COUNTS.  This cannot continue.  Stop losing.  Wake up those bats, and for Bobby's sake, stop it with the errors!  What is with all these errors we keep committing?  Stop it.  Please.

It's times like this that I find myself falling victim to the "Terry Pendleton needs to go" school of thought.  But it's hard to stay when you see former Braves now hitting up a hot streak elsewhere, away from TP's influence.    Prime examples:  Jeff Francoeur and Kelly Johnson.  There are obviously arguments for and against.  "What about BMac?  He's coached by TP."

Some have argued that BMac is simply consistent and doesn't need TP to coach him.  I call BS on that.  But the thing is... who has actually flourished as a hitter under Terry Pendleton?  I can't name a single player.  The fact of the matter is, we have a team of players with the potential to be power hitters, but they are slumping collectively.  Examples:  NATE MCLOUTH.  YUNEL ESCOBAR.  TROY GLAUS.  

Who IS hitting?  Martin Prado.  Eric Hinske.  David Ross.  Omar Infante.  Chipper Jones, Brian McCann.  Jason Heyward.  Of these 7 players, 4 are starters.


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