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Agreed. His delivery is so violent and it's very hard to repeat it time and again without it having some effect on your shoulder or elbow. Kind of like Lincecum in SF, he's lost so much life on his fastball because his body can't handle the stress that his violent delivery places on his arm. And then none of his other pitches are as effective because hitters will just sit on the fastball, instead of chasing the junk he throws. Same idea with Hanson.
Yes, pretty crazy that we are talking about how deep they are when Hanson and Jurjjens have both struggled so much this year.....they were our best two starters before the All Star break last year and I seem to remember people arguing about which one would be the ace for the team in the future.
People forget we still have Tehran in the minors who still has a lot of learning to do, but is still very young and was the top pitching prospect in baseball at one time.
Also, if you would have told me that the Braves were going to have the fourth best record in baseball toward the end of September with Brian McCann hitting only .230, then I would have thought you were insane.
The Braves seem to have given up on JJ. They've given him plenty of time to correct things, though, and it hasn't worked out. Teheran is still really young. He needs time to develop his secondary pitches. Once he puts it all together, look out!
Even more insanity: Uggla < .210.
Thank goodness Jason Hayward has finally come alive, and Chipper is Ole Man River and Prado can play every position in the field and still hit effectively. If any of those three had not come through there's no way we'd talking playoffs.
I think next year is JJ's last chance. The Braves almost certainly regret they didn't trade him when they could have.
agree with you - two of our best players batting so poorly is unreal ..lucky to still be in the chase
Very much so, and we have our pitching to thank for that. We haven't had to out-score other teams in the 2nd half because our pitching has been able to make a 3-1, 4-2 game stand up.
Uggla will never hit consistently, just streaks . Terrible contract
Hindsight is 2020, my friend. Uggla was pretty consistent up until he came to Atlanta. I think it has more to do with the pressure of living up to the contract and also playing for a team you've watched your entire life, almost. In short, he tries too hard almost. Still a really dangerous hitter, and his defense is very underrated
With his stuff he should be but his between the ears stuff is not up to snuff. Sorry just couldn't help myself.
For the Braves, it's a blessing. It reminds me of the glory days in the 90s with Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, even Avery on the mound.
3 Hall of Famers in the same rotation. Should have won more than 1 title though. I don't think we will ever see a rotation like that ever again. Never say never though. The phillies rotation was never together long enough and, except for Hamels, the other 2 were not in their prime when they got there, IMO.
Med is a beast , wow am i glad they finally moved him out of the pen
I have a baseball I won in Tom Glavine's charity golf tournament(purely an accident) that has Smoltz, Maddox, Glavine and Denny Neagle sig's on it. If Neagle had won the Cy Young the year he was so good you can just guess how valuable it would be. Three hall of famers and 4 Cy Young winners. Oh Well.
Neagle always did MLB's best player imitation of a train whistle, for what that's worth. He used to crack me up during TBS interviews.
I remember that now. These pitchers have way to much time on their hands between starts.
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