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Lineup Discussions and Dan Uggla

Posted by jrniemeyer on November 16, 2010

So it appears the Braves committed a legal felony tonight by acquiring Dan Uggla for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.  From what I understand what really sealed the deal is the Braves said they would include some fish and light bulbs for the new stadium and aquarium in Miami.

With Uggla in the lineup, it gives you some right-handed power that the Braves have so desperately needed. What I really want to discuss is where Uggla and the rest of the crew will hit in the lineup this upcoming season. Below are some options that I believe to be viable:

Option A Option B Option C Option D Option E
1.McLouth Prado Chipper Prado McLouth
2.Prado Heyward Prado Chipper Prado
3.Heyward Chipper Heyward Heyward Chipper
4.Uggla Uggla Uggla Uggla Uggla
5.McCann McCann McCann McCann McCann
6.Chipper Freddie Freddie Freddie Heyward
7.Freddie Alex G. Alex G. Alex G. Freddie
8. Alex. G McLouth McLouth McLouth Alex G.

Option A

The one constant in every lineup is Uggla hitting 4th. I just don’t see any other way around that.  McLouth is your ideal leadoff man if he doesn’t suck. When McLouth hits leadoff Prado is a great table setter hitting 2nd. This lineup would have one of the best 2 through 6 lineups in the NL if not MLB(If Chipper is healthy).

Option B

Option B is probably the one I like best. I like Prado hitting leadoff with Heyward behind him. Like Capitol Avenue, I also believe Chipper will probably hit 3rd until the day he dies. McLouth is a solid 8 hitter with Freddie and Alex. G hitting 6th and 7th.

Option C-

To preface this lineup, it comes from the mind of Brad Rowland(@Browismyhero and http://bradsportsfix.blogspot.com). He thinks nothing would be better than Chipper to hit leadoff. Good luck trying to talk him out of it. If Chipper hits leadoff Prado has to bat 2nd and that sets the order nicely for Heyward, Uggla and Mac.

Option D-

This is the same as option B but with Chipper hitting 2nd and Heyward hitting 3rd. I wouldn’t mind Chipper hitting in the 2 spot. He get’s on base alot and can set the table for Heyward and Uggla.

Option E-

Not sure I love this lineup. It’s the same as option A but Heyward and Chipper are switched. I realize most will not like Heyward batting 6th but it gives you good pop towards the end and Heyward hit pretty well in the 6th spot this past year.

 

So there you go folks. Those are a few options that I believe the Braves will consider. Please feel free to disagree.

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How The Braves Future Has Everything To Do With Age

Posted by jrniemeyer on August 4, 2010

Coming into the 2010 season, the only thing we knew for certain about the Braves was uncertainty. How much does an aging Bobby Cox have left in him? How good can a 20 year old really be? Does the 38 year old future HOF 3B have anything left to give? How can we trust our setup man and our closer when they have a combined age of 79? Is it a good thing that all 5 of our starting pitchers are either 24 and under or 35 and older? Many of those questions have been answered while some still remain.

With all due respect to Brian McCann, the future of the Atlanta Braves is 20 year old Jason Heyward (at least for 5 more days, someone needs to buy that man a beer.). There is little doubt in my mind that Jason Heyward can carry this team into the future. However, depending on him to do that right now may end up being a little much. Jason Heyward is as cool as they come, but he’s still 20 and the pressure and grind of a 162 game season will catch up to him.

Chipper Jones is an enigma to me. The 38 year old future HOF blew the doors off MLB when he won the batting title at the age of 36 with a .364 average. His lack of power isn’t a surprise at his age but for a reason I can’t explain his average numbers went from top of the league to below average at best. His OBP hasn’t declined too much but you can attribute that to Chipper having one of the best eyes in the MLB. One of the biggest problems for Chipper is all his ailments. It’s never a good thing when fans reference an oblique injury by saying “pulled a Chipper”. Chipper has been the leader of the clubhouse for almost a decade. If the Braves are going to go anywhere this season, that leadership needs to be shown at the field and at the plate.

Coming into this year most thought the starting rotation would be solid but I don’t think anyone thought Tim Hudson would be this dominant. He’s been just short of un-hittable in 4 out of his last 5 starts. On the other end of the spectrum, Derek Lowe and Kawakami have been a disappointment. Lowe posted a 4.76 ERA in July which included games against all 4 NL East teams. The starting rotation has been a mixed bag of sorts and will continue to be that way. Consistency is hard to come by when you don’t have a single starting pitcher in the 25-34 age range.

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