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Braving A Dilemma

The Braves’ outfield is a complete mess, they could pick three guys of the street who would play better than what they have now.  Where is the root of their problems?

Could it be that CF Jordan Schafer is hitting like what he is, a minor leaguer?  Or is RF Jeff Francoeur still swinging at everything?  Maybe it’s because LF Garrett Anderson can’t hit anymore?  Whatever the cause maybe, the Braves’ outfield is hitting, .237/.288/.327 combined, Matt Diaz and Greg Norton won’t be the solution to this problem; Josh Anderson’s playing in Detroit, Atlanta doesn’t have any outfield prospects, no good outfielder is available.  The Braves are in trouble, big trouble.

Sombreros and Crowns

When a baseball player strikes out four times in a game, he is
said to wear a
golden sombrero.  Without further ado, I present the
two newest members of the golden sombrero club: Mr. Jeff Larish,imgres.jpg, and Mr. Jordan Schafer,imgres.jpg,
Mr. Larish struck out four times against the Royals, and Mr. Schafer struck out
four times against the Giants.

  •  Pitching Triple Crown

A pitcher unofficially wins the Triple Crown when he leads the
league in, wins, ERA, and strikeouts.  However, including wins in the
Triple Crown is clearly unfair to pitchers on poor teams; though some pitchers,
like Steve Carlton in 1972 playing for the
59-97 Phillies, defied this rule.  As an example that using wins is
unfair, I will use the 1984 season of Bert Blyleven, playing for the
75-87 Indians.  In that season, had Blyleven received slightly more run
support, he would have won at least 22 games, and the win title.  Wins
depend just as much on run support as they depend on pitching performance; a
poor pitcher can pitch five innings, give up seven runs, but still win because
their team scored eight runs; a good pitcher can throw a complete game, give up
one run, but still lose because their team was shut out.  I believe that
innings pitched should be used in place of wins in the Triple Crown, durability
is a trait disappearing in pitchers, because of better bullpens, and the
constant babying of starters, let the workhorses be rewarded.