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-9 points · 3 days ago

I would have gone further. The Indians name isn’t long for things either.

I love the chief, I love the Indians name and highly doubt anyone truly felt racially demeaned by it. But at the same time, I recognize the world is changing and those that want it changed are extremely vocal and unlikely to shut up. Ultimately it is an unnecessary distraction

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1 point · 3 days ago

It's good that you're not offended and you highly dobut that anyone else is. Because that's what's important.

11 points · 5 days ago

Jesus christ yall. He's a 26/27th man utility guy who can handle center field your expectations are too high. You can't expect to have starter quality players at all 8 positions 162 games a year.

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13 points · 5 days ago

Bench players are used every day, man. These things matter.

And Shelby wasn't as bad as compared to De La Rosa.

The saddest (or amazing, depending on how you view it) part of this entire pitching story is that Alex Avila had two innings of 1 hit ball allowing no runs.

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1 point · 7 days ago

I really think the Rox were just being kind and swinging away at everything, especially since nobody wants to be struck out by a position player...like Parra

-24 points · 10 days ago

Because nobody wants to spend $100 million on a corner outfielder.

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8 points · 10 days ago

👉🕶️👉 that's where you're wrong, kiddo

-18 points · 11 days ago · edited 10 days ago

I haven't seen the incidents in question, but from this description this all sounds very straightforward and sensible; not like Lott's tweet at all. Why would the translator be allowed to be there without the person for whom he's supposed to be translating?

E: Hello, oblivion

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2 points · 11 days ago

Gibbons doesn't need to be there for Oh to talk to Martin through the translator, but the umpires are saying the translator can't be out there without Gibbons.

There needs to be something for base running during the ASB, like thr home run derby, but fun.

I'd wanna see Javi, Franky and Michael Taylor all compete.

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3 points · 13 days ago

Throw in Josh Harrison and Rajai Davis!

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2 points · 13 days ago

Not really, Minter doesn't have a power curveball (or any curveball for that matter) like Kimbrel does

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2 points · 13 days ago

AJ has an extremely comparable cutter/slider. Much faster than kimbrel's curve with wicked movement and deception, and he can throw it for strikes. The comparison of a lefty Kimbrel is actually great.

While I understand the anger at the call the fault lies squarely at the Braves not scoring when it was 2nd and 3rd with no one out. The video review was besides the point.

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It is, and also replay review needs to be better.

Since the PGT isn't on yet, I have a rant. We all love Ozzie, but where is his baseball iq with a bat? Ever? Is anybody teaching him anything? He smiles after so many hideous screwups that cost his team/teammates. Today in the 1st, he does something good for his guys, but runs out at 3rd with Freeman/Markakis/Zuk up with no outs. Gave away at least another important run. Didn't seem to be bothered by it a bit. In the 3rd, after Folty had hit first, and Ender had gotten out reasonably quick, he swings away and pops out, smiling all the way into the bottom half, where Folty gives up 5 runs, all that the Brewers would get. In the 7th with 2 outs, he whiffs at ball 1, and grounds out on ball 2. Well la dee da, right?

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3 points · 13 days ago

Y'all are ridiculous. We're watching the start of something great with Ozzie and you want to shit on him for being aggressive and smiling about it. Never see you bitching about his hustle doubles when he's safe huh

3 points · 14 days ago

The last 5 series of the season for the braves are against the Nats, Cardinals, Phillies, Mets, and Phillies again, in order. If there's a division race through September it might come down to the last few games

13 points · 15 days ago

While we're speculating, it could be possible the FO is particularly hot on Drew Waters projecting 5 tools and wants to deal Pache while he has the hype. I'd hate to lose him but we really don't want to deal with a logjam in 2-3 years with such big trade opportunities available now, particularly deGrom.

I think I might fucking explode if either of these rental trades happen. We could have had moose for pennies if we wanted him and Britton isn't worth a top prospect for just the rest of the year.

The guy in the NY cap is cringe worthy. Eeeek one of those baseball thingy's is coming at me. Eeeek!

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3 points · 16 days ago

He's trying to not interfere with the play, come on man.

54 points · 17 days ago

oh here we go

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22 points · 17 days ago

I love FP and Carp and no amount of hate can change my mind

Original Poster2 points · 18 days ago

You forgot about Winkler and Carle. It really is just Moylan and Freeman that suck.

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Luke Jackson showed some promise of competence this season before blowing it against the cards, and Wisler is a failed starter turned failed reliever, and both suck. But it is mostly Freeman and Moylan

today is a perfect example of why people are frustrated with snitker. righties are hitting less than .100 against biddle but snitker puts in moylan and he gives up the homerun. if he is going to stay long term thats the kind of shit that he cannot do. he HAS to know the numbers and let biddle stay in.

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7 points · 18 days ago

He's just playing the matchup by eye and ignoring facts, and all the Snitker stans who hate stats and sabermetrics are eating it up.

0 points · 18 days ago

Biddle's holding righties to a sub .100 average in how many ABs? I love sabermetrics and analytical management as much as anybody in the world (Freddie batting 3rd and stolen base attempts make me want to break things) but Biddle has 29.1 ML innings in his career. None of his traditional ML statistics mean anything at all. When you're evaluating a guy with 30 innings at the major league level in his entire career, stats like BAA and ERA mean absolutely nothing. They shouldn't even be considered. You completely ignore them because they don't mean anything yet. Even his FIP and xFIP are likely incredibly noisy. For a guy with 30 ML innings, the eye is the only thing that matters.

TL;DR

One of the most important parts of embracing analytics is understanding when the stats can't help you.

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2 points · 18 days ago

You're right, guessing is probably better.

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145 points · 18 days ago

FOR SALE: 1 GENTLY USED AUSSIE PITCHER

$69 OBO

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12 points · 18 days ago

IS FREE OK?

26 points · 18 days ago · edited 18 days ago

MINTER AND WINKLER ARE PERFECT

JUSTICE FOR BIDDLE

FUCK MOYLAN

Nothing about the Braves bullpen makes me feel particularly good, but I'm more comfortable with Winkler and Minter for the 8th and 9th than anybody else.

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Winkler, Minter, Biddle are each actively good at their positions. The narrative of "this bullpen sucks" has made people believe they're worse than they are. All we need is a bullpen tune-up, not a rebuild.

It's all about usage. Put them in the right situations and don't overuse them, and they are all legit good relief pitchers. It's just that they the management of them is often really bad. Biddle should be an option any time a righty comes to the plate and Snit just refuses to believe his reverse splits.

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Absolutely this exactly. Biddle only struggles against lefties, so use him against righties only. Snitker stans refuse to think any of this is his fault when it's almost entirely.

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Joe would honestly be so much better if he just accepted that analytics can play a part of your team, and it be successful

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3 points · 19 days ago

I think it's ok for him to dislike analytics, despite being wrong it's entertaining. I absolutely love hearing them hate on shifts, "shift that" on the Freddie dinger is a highlight of the year.

9 points · 22 days ago

DeGrom is one of the few guys worth sending a large chunk of prospects for. He has two full years left of control and would be the most reliable guy on our staff to give us a quality start every 5 days.

I really hope this fanbase doesn't get too attached to all our prospects, we have to use the farm eventually.

13 points · 22 days ago

Didn’t catch the game but sporadically checked on the score. Let me guess. Pen lost us the game?

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7 points · 22 days ago

Got it in one!!

7th year in the majors and he's 31... Not much potential left for us to untap. He gave us 1 solid year last year but he's been too inconsistent this year.

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2 points · 22 days ago

His peripherals are fine, good BAA from both sides of the plate. But man he seems to suck consistently, and much more so recently. His stuff is good and he there's no reason he should be bad but here we are.

So while our offense is good, it's certainly not deep.

Some of that has to do with Acuna being out. Just using typical starters, Charlie would be the PH in high leverage situations. We also have the resting Catcher. It's unlikely Flaherty/Bourjos/Santana will combine for more than 1 AB/game.

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Yup, I definitely agree. Acuna starting every day would give us Culberson off the bench which is much better than what we're dealing with now.

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4 points · 22 days ago

I'm not worried for a few reasons and hopefully they make sense to you.

For one, our issues are obvious. Starting pitchers aren't going deep and certain bullpen guys haven't been up to the task of finishing games. It's not like we're losing for no reason. The first of these issues will only take time to fix, Newcomb, Folty, and Julio's nasty stuff is either on or off, which means they either go deep or don't. Either way they pitch well and put up strong innings each start which is fine, and they shouldn't have pitch 7+ with a deep bullpen behind them. Guys like Anibal and McCarthy are veterans taken on in a rebuilding year, they don't work out and that's fine; they won't be with us next year.

This segues into the second issue of the bullpen. Our (young-ish) core of Winkler, Minter, Carle, Biddle, and Vizcaino has been solid and promising. Wisler hasn't worked out starting but he could be an innings-eater much like (an apparently resurgent) Luke Jackson. The guys who keep ruining games are Freeman and Moylan, neither of which are large commitments much like Anibal and McCarthy.

All of this needs to be viewed in the context that this season's success is coming at least a year ahead of schedule. It might feel bad if you think we're spoiling a postseason run but that wasn't supposed to be the goal of this year, and we've still made progress on the rebuild while leading the division.

This was supposed to be the year where last year's starters can hone their skills in low-stress games and instead they've been thrown into the heat of a division race. It's hard to justify calling up prospects from AAA to start games (which is what you do when rebuilding) that everyone feels is very important because it's such a high pressure situation and it looks bad if they don't do well.

Ultimately, it's hard to not get excited about the idea of making the postseason especially a year ahead of a completed rebuild, but it'll only lead to frustration when we struggle unless you keep the perspective that this is a rebuild year.

4 points · 22 days ago

Also, to address some things specifically:

I don’t think we have the money to spend big.

Kemp was moved to the Dodgers specifically to clear up salary for the next year. I don't think this move would've been made if money wasn't being planned to be spent.

Fourthly, I don’t know that we’re going to make moves for any big players before the deadline. I don’t think we want to move many pieces in the minors

Ideally extra minor league depth will be used to acquire pieces that have contract years left, not rentals like Machado or Britton. This is why trying to compete in a rebuild year can be dangerous, blowing the farm on rentals now can hurt us trying to compete for the next 5-10 years. They're going to want to make moves but need to be conservative and economical in doing so.

0 points · 22 days ago

Sean would throw his arm off if you let him. He could've been tired and struggled if he went out again, even if he says he's fine. Chuck knows what he's doing.

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