Friday, May 04, 2007

We're getting no respect, no respect at all

This article by Cliff Corcoran over at,

The Braves are back in their customary first-place position in the NL East, but they have several hitters on unsustainable paces. Chipper Jones might be a future Hall of Famer, but he’s not going to slug .692 at age 35 when his career mark is .544, and, though he hasn’t missed a game yet, he’s also not going to stay healthy all season. Kelly Johnson is a good hitter (his career minor-league batting line is .281/.366/.464), but he’s not this good. His hitting .323/.466/.591 while learning a new position is a great story, but reality will come calling sooner or later. Meanwhile, Edgar Renteria is outproducing his 2003 career year. That can’t last either. On the mound, Tim Hudson’s 1.40 ERA and perfect record won’t hold and I’ll be surprised if he’s not sharing the DL with Chipper at some point during the season. On the flip side, other than Craig Wilson, the short side of the team’s first-base platoon, there are no real candidates for improvement, especially now that Ryan Langerhans and his .068 average have been shipped out of town.

Ok, what to say, what to say, first off what the hell is he talking about when he says "there are no real candidates for improvement"? What about Andruw Jones, who is currently hitting .253/.392/.505 with 5HR and 20RBI, last year through 27 games he had 8HR 27RBI so there is room for improvement there, what about John Smoltz who has had a couple of off games this season, still he has performed well with a 3-1 record and a 3.96 ERA. What about Chuck James who is sure to improve, he's currently at 3-2 with a 4.83 ERA, what about Rafael Soriano who has been lights out in close games but when we have a big lead he gives up hits/runs/walks, I have no doubt that all of these guys will improve dramatically throughout the season.

After a little research, and I do mean a little(google is a hell of a thing) I found out that this guy is a Yankees blogger over at Baseball Toaster: Bronx Banter. So let me get this straight, the Braves are taking heat and being called "overachievers" by someone who blogs(I don't know if he's a fan, but I would assume he is) about the Yankees, the same Yankees who are currently in 4th place in the AL East while we're in 1st, the same Yankees who are currently underachieving and in a big way. And they think their problems are because of a strength and conditioning coach, maybe, I don't know stop signing players that have injury risks. But before I start insulting mothers, throwing out childish names, etc...I'll just stop.

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