Braves Continue Lackluster Play

Has Gonzalez conceded the best record in the NL?

Has Gonzalez conceded the best record in the NL?

Evidently home field advantage in the playoffs doesn’t mean anything, ’cause the Atlanta Braves keep rolling out line-ups littered with substitutes.

Monday night, in the 5-0 loss to the Brewers, the Braves had Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman sitting on the bench resting.  In a few weeks the season will be over, can’t they rest then?

If the best record in the NL is meaningless, I wish the Braves would just tell us.  That way Braves fans will be able to understand why subs are getting so many at bats.

The problem with the preoccupation with giving players rest, is that there has been no evidence over the years that well-rested teams are any better in the playoffs, than teams that aren’t well-rested.  If there was evidence that showed teams are better in the playoffs that are well-rested, then it would be understandable why Gonzalez is resting his players.  But there isn’t.

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The main concern with this Braves team, is that it seems they have become comfortably complacent the past few weeks, and there is no guarantee that they will get a wake-up call anytime soon.

I finish this article by posing this question to you.  If Gonzalez thinks he is helping his team by resting players, then why are they playing their worst baseball all season in September, when they are the most rested?

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Lee
Jim, your final question is spot on! I cannot understand resting players at this critical juncture. The Braves are apparently unconcerned about having home field advantage. When the dust settles, the Braves will unlikely have the best record in the NL. They might be well rested, but will have no momentum going into the playoffs. If they continue to play uninspired baseball, and lose the majority of their final games at home, home field advantage will be a moot point. Perhaps this is why the national media, and many teams don’t see the Braves as a potential threat.
gmckill
gmckill

I think Fredi is a bit concerned that his team is not motivated and/or will not peak at the right time. It is possible that’s what was behind his tirade last night against Angel Hernandez. He should see some fire regardless of who is in the lineup.

BravesBeliever
BravesBeliever

100% agreement, GMC! I just hope his motivational gestures and the good sense to know that this team needs a HUGE pump-up right now is not too late. I don’t think it is; however, Fredi is, quite frankly, not known for fire and brimstone style encouragement and flare. However, I do feel there are more than a couple of players who are fully capable of providing the motivation necessary to pump this team up. I just wish I could see a little more evidence of it on the field and in the dug out. We’ll see, I suppose.

Bronkelliott
Bronkelliott

Agree totally with you Jim. Braves are a soft team and haven’t proven anything to anyone. Do you think any of the playoff teams are fearing this lineup or pitching staff? Freddi tried all year to cover up for Uggla and B J. Now the whole team is playing hide and seek. Without Freeman in the lineup, there is almost no threat. Ask yourself this question, “who would you rather have managing your team at this time, Freddie G or Tony Larussa? Unless Freddi manages correctly this playoff series, neither he nor the Braves will be taken seriously!

rogerheld
rogerheld
C’mon guys. Watch the games. You can see who is burning out and needs a break. Andrelton has booted a couple of easy ground balls. Avilan is not sharp. C. Johnson is up and down. McCann is slumping. Minor has been inconsistent. Teheran and Wood are very young. Even Kimbrel blew a save. These guys have played a lot of innings and need to take it easy. I think this does work better with hitters than pitchers. From what I’ve observed, once a pitcher starts losing it, he doesn’t get it back very quickly. Others need more work – especially… Read more »
BravesBeliever
BravesBeliever
I’ve come to the conclusion- and I know this is no revelation- that the Braves are what I would call a “Perfect Storm” team. If the Bats are hot, the starting pitching at least decent and the bull pen at the level they have been all year- pre-September, that is- there is not a team on the planet who can stop them. However, with the exception of a few short glimpses of their glory, one has to look to the three strong streaks they had during the year to find the baseball equivalent of the meteorological Perfect Storm necessary to… Read more »
Al

Fredi is stupid. This team is full of underachievers. Minor is starting to pitch like Maholm and if he doesn’t improve by the end of May next year, trade him cause he is giving up the game in the early innings. Trade the Uptons and Uggli when they early exit the playoffs and FW with them.

johnnyjunior
johnnyjunior

I call it a loss of momentum. These guys are young studs in their prime … tired my ass! They could play everyday and be ready to go the next. Braves … play hard … find yer mojo ..and hang on.

Mike Crowe
Mike Crowe

Spot on Jim. You’ve been on a roll of late.

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