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Anemic Atlanta Drops 9 Straight
Posted By Bill Furey On Apr 29 2010 @ 6:17 pm In Atlanta Braves | 2 Comments
The Atlanta Braves have now lost 9 straight games dropping them to last place in the NL-East (8-14). This is one of the most pathetic road trips I have ever witnessed. Atlanta’s offense is border line anemic from top to bottom. Nate Mclouth, Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera, and Matt Diaz are all hitting below .200, with Yunel Escobar not far ahead hitting a mere .215. The only Atlanta Brave hitter who has any sort of clue is Martin Prado who is hitting (.360).
Is this really how Atlanta is going to play in Bobby Cox’s last season? If so these guys need to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and remember that it is a privilege to step foot on a baseball diamond. If I thought this was a question of talent it would be a different story, but that simply is not the case.
This offense features Brian McCan who is arguable the best all around catcher in Major League Baseball behind only Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins. McCan hasn’t been terrible by any means, but he is only hitting .250 and has been suspect behind the dish.McCan needs to do a better job working with his pitchers, and having a game plan.
Chipper Jones just looks flat out old. Chipper has been one of my favorite players since I was a kid, but if he can’t compete with the same fire and intensity that made him a future hall of famer then please find me someone who can.
Nate McLouth frustrates me more than anyone else. This guy started spring training 0-38. He then went on to hit under .200. Is anyone honestly shocked that he is hitting .148 on the season thus far? Why does this kid get so many chances? He should be playin double A ball, and even that might be generous. Find me a center fielder who can hit please.
I don’t even know where to begin with Troy Glaus right now. The Braves 6 foot 6 first basemen is hitting exactly .200 to start the season. Like Jones, Glaus also looks older than dirt out there right now. I feel like Atlanta has put together a team that would have been good about 5 years ago. Is this the type of example these veteran players want to set for up and coming players such as Heyward, and Prado? I sure hope not.
I am all about respecting the game of baseball every time out, but Atlanta seems to be just going through the motions. Losing 9 games in a row is never good, but the way they are losing really gets to me. They are getting blown out not only on the scoreboard, but in all aspects of the game.
I am not ready to give up on this team by any means, but I will tell you one thing if they keep playing the way they are they will have to begin rebuilding for next year by the all star break. Atlanta trys to regain consciousness tomorrow night at home against the Houston Astros to start the 3 game home stand.
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