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Posted on: April 8, 2008 2:22 pm
 

Bored at work...

So I'm working more at work now which basically means on slower days I'm going to have time to look at Sportsline and throw around the bull. I'm a bit concerned that the Braves bullpen isn't doing so well at this early stage of the season. Of course, every team has to go through the wringer a bit through the season, and I'm positive that the bullpen will not be the exact same as it was at the start of the season. Apparently, Mike Gonzalez (Gonzo) is looking good and will be back around the first of June. I won't be surprised if he ends up with the closing role at the end of the season with Moylan and Soriano taking the 7th and 8th. I do like what I've seen from Bennett...got to see him last season against Milwaukee about 12 rows up on the 3rd base side and his stuff was awesome. Of course you all know that he has lost 50 or more pounds since that start and has worked even more on his breaking pitches. I can see him in the rotation next year...he has the stuff to be a #4 guy. Someone who can start and eat up a ton of innings after the top three.
The bench also leaves a bit to be desired. I can't see the Braves holding onto three catchers all year, even if Pena can play first base. I could see Miller getting cut, as well as Gotay to make room for Infante and Scott Spezieo. That would shore up the bench a bit and we wouldn't lose some of the pop with Tex out of the lineup.
Talking about Teixeria, if he walks there might be an interesting person the Braves might get to replace him. Apparently the Pirates and Adam LaRoche have reached an impasse and LaRoche might not be interested in signing with them after this year. Wouldn't it be interesting if we ended up with him again? Talk about a fleecing for a trade if that were the case! Of course, TP would have to work with him on that swing again...too many swings for that sweet swing of his. Here's one more interesting wrinkle to think about as well...Edgar has stated that he wouldn't mind playing in Atlanta again even if it were in a backup role eventually. I wonder if he is able to play 3rd and 2nd as well as SS. Might also be an interesting pickup for next year, but I think that Edgar's got too much left in the tank to be thinking of playing in a backup role just yet.
More later kids!
Posted on: March 25, 2008 11:52 am
 

New Blog for me...

Well, I have had a blog on myspace for quite some time now, but I haven't had one just dedicated to the sports that I love. For me, the three to four weeks between the Super Bowl and the start of Spring Training are almost unbearable. Basketball in the Southeast should have to be played outdoors...sure, it's like 20 degree, but hey, it's the South. Enjoy the outdoors! And talking about the South, why the heck do we have hockey down here? I mean, we get like three snow days in Georgia, and none in Florida. Why are there three hockey teams in Florida when they don't get below 40 EVER? It's rediculous. Honestly...
Another weird thing...why does Spring Training work in Florida but major leauge baseball teams don't? You know, besides the fact that the Rays have never had a winning season and the Marlins basic design is to win a World Series then break everything down. Oh wait, I guess I just nailed that one on the head, right?
So, the Braves are starting another year as the non-leader. Two years without a postseason. Not too fun for Braves fans right now...but consider this. The Braves have the youngest starting 8 players in the major leauges right now (even including Chipper). However, this said, they have a .500 record since two years ago. Most teams would have fallen apart by this point with this young of a team...Bobby Cox, anyone? This year we also see the return of Tom Glavine from his exile in the North. Everyone seems worried about his Spring Training numbers, but from what he has said himself is that he was trying some new pitches and some different locations that didn't work out too well. Maybe he's just screwing around with hitters in Spring Training so that he can mow then down when the season starts? Also, Smoltz is going to be out for the first few starts of the season this year. I hope that this is not a trend that will start in the starting pitching. We can't afford for the top three guys to go down for extended periods of time. If they do, then we'll be in the same situation that we were last year.
Ok, enough for now, got to get to work. Let me know what you think of my rantings...more later kids!
 
 
 
 
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