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On paper you'd never know it, but BJ is actually hitting the ball with some authority this year.

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hes hitting the ball hard even if its an out....he and Simba both. Now if we can get Uggly hitting with some authority, we'll be in good shape.
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Barry Larkin said we have the best SS and 1B in baseball.
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I would have to agree with Barry on that one. And damn near the best rotation and we are depleted.

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View PostHFS, on 28 April 2014 - 01:40 PM, said:

Barry Larkin said we have the best SS and 1B in baseball.

I remember when simba was struggling to hit in AA. He's come a long ways. Still raw at the plate

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View PostGoldenRebel, on 28 April 2014 - 01:45 PM, said:

I remember when simba was struggling to hit in AA. He's come a long ways. Still raw at the plate
It's obvious he's overaggressive and doesn't recognize pitches well. Yet, his batting average is consistently 100 points higher than Uggla.
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Was it 2 years ago that Struggla had a 30 game streak and was still batting .230?

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I agree, BJ is hitting the ball better this year, it just seems to me that he's not focusing on all aspects of the game.
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Bryce Harper is out until July. His thumb needs surgery.

Eventually players will learn not to be dipPosted Images. I'm scared this will happen to Heyward.
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View PostHFS, on 28 April 2014 - 01:40 PM, said:

Barry Larkin said we have the best SS and 1B in baseball.

And he would be correct.

Also, according to WAR, Justin Upton is the highest-rated LF in the game right now. He's at 1.5 wins. Next best is Melky Cabrera with 1.0.

And Gattis is tied for second among NL catchers.

We are league-wide 'elite' at LF, SS, 1B and C. That's pretty amazing.
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For the bad, Dan Uggla ranks 28th among all 2B in the majors...with a -0.1 WAR.

Chris Johnson is 18th among 3B...he's been average in every way. A little better defensively this year than last, but not anywhere near as potent offensively so far.

Heyward's WAR is actually tied for 3rd among all RF in the majors, and that's entirely a credit to his superb defense. If he could ever get that offense going, he would be All-Star material easily.
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I don't think the Braves have ever had a combination defensively like what they posses now with Simmons at SS and Heyward in RF. Those are both perennial Gold Glove/Fielding Bible caliber players. It's sort of like having Andruw Jones and Ozzie Smith on the same roster. Though Heyward in RF compared to Jones in CF makes him less valuable.
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Lineup tonight will throw you for a loop until you remember who we are facing.

Going ultra-lefty heavy. Pena, Doumit, Schafer all getting the call. Pastornicky starting in place of strikeout-machine Dan Uggla.

It looks like a Spring Training card, but it actually is probably a smart move...considering what the 'regulars' did last time out vs Fernandez.
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View PostUAdan, on 29 April 2014 - 02:53 PM, said:

Lineup tonight will throw you for a loop until you remember who we are facing.

Going ultra-lefty heavy. Pena, Doumit, Schafer all getting the call. Pastornicky starting in place of strikeout-machine Dan Uggla.

It looks like a Spring Training card, but it actually is probably a smart move...considering what the 'regulars' did last time out vs Fernandez.

Worth a shot, probably still gonna he wrecked. Makes you miss Josh Johnson.

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