Not Good Enough
Posted by Kris N. on August 11, 2010
I’m a Braves fan, through and through, til the end. I would never wish harm to my team, nor a loss. But that all changed last night.
“Conrad, who replaced Jones, has been no stranger to comeback wins this season. And once again he ended any chance of another meltdown with a two-run homer that was the difference in a 4-2 win on Tuesday.” – Steve Gartner
While I was never rooting against the Braves (I never do), I think a loss would have boded better for the future of this club. I wanted to read quotes along the lines of, “Yea, we didn’t play good defense, I think we’ll all step our game up, I know I’ll work on it,” rather than, “Brooks Conrad is amazing.” There is no question that he is amazing, but we can’t come to rely on him every 9th inning.
If that game plays out 1,000 times starting at the top of the ninth, the Braves win it maybe 130 times. Braves use a process, good pitching, poor hitting, terrible defense, and get good results.
Remember when Atlanta suffered that 5 game losing streak vs. The Fish and Reds, and they went on to win 16 out of their next 19 games to force themselves into a wild card hunt? That’s what I was hoping for.
That’s a problem. A big one. Braves will have to find a way to replace a .381 OBP, and might I be the first to say gooooooooood luck. Brooks Conrad is penciled in as the 3B today, and will likely be the new 3B. If news comes back that Chipper’s injury will sideline him for the rest of the year (October included), Wren should trade for an infielder. Before, I talked about the rumors of Chone Figgins at the trade deadline. Expect those rumors to pick up again if Chipper’s MRI results come back barring bad news.
This one is for Chipper
“Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst”
“Forever young, I want to be forever young”