The ATL Thread: Offseason Edition
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Posted by OBUDan on 2/4 at 2:50 pm to USAF Hart
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Dan Uggla is a better baserunner than he's given credit for. He is always hustling. If he is hitting leadoff he's not going to clog the bases and he's going to get more fastballs than he will hitting 7th. Why? Because pitchers will not want to risk walking him to set the stage for Heyward, Justin, Freeman and BJ. That's just screaming big inning. If he gets more fastballs to hit his contact rate will increase. Why? As Bobby Cox once said "throw a guy enough fastballs and they'll time a jet". In other words if you see the same pitch enough times you'll eventually hit it. One of the reasons he saw hardly any fastballs once he got moved down in the order was because pitchers didn't care if they walked him because they didn't fear the 8th spot or the pitcher's spot. So in those very rare times that he did get a fastball he would often times completely swing through it because he his swing was completely screwed up because he saw so few of them. You can hit in the cage until you're blue in the face but it's not the same as stepping in the box against a real pitcher throwing 95


Completely agree. We should at least TRY Uggla at the top.

I'm pretty fearful of throwing Simmons in there. He did well enough last year, but hitting atop the order is tough. Worried it may be too much too fast for him.



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Posted by lsu31always on 2/4 at 2:55 pm to Rohan2Reed
I see that. Where you catching the parades this weekend?


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Posted by The White Lobster on 2/4 at 2:57 pm to OBUDan
If Uggla can lead the league in walks and have a dozen or so HBPs again, it's not a bad idea


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Posted by Rohan2Reed on 2/4 at 2:58 pm to OBUDan
Uggla in the leadoff? Come on man. Simmons can easily settle into that role just needs time to work on it.

also, no troll here.. but with this depth chart do any Atlanta fans really not expect them to be in the top 1 or 2 in the NL in strikeouts?



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Posted by Rohan2Reed on 2/4 at 2:59 pm to lsu31always
haven't thought about it yet. probably stay near St. Charles/Washington area. also may get down to the FQ a little.

oh and it there's any openings in the FBB league I know a guy who may be interested.



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Posted by OBUDan on 2/4 at 3:01 pm to Rohan2Reed
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Simmons can easily settle into that role just needs time to work on it.


Making him do it on opening day is not "settling in," especially not on a team with high expectations.

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Uggla in the leadoff? Come on man.


Posted the 2nd highest OBP on the team last year... while hitting .230.

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lso, no troll here.. but with this depth chart do any Atlanta fans really not expect them to be in the top 1 or 2 in the NL in strikeouts?


Yep, and who cares.



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Posted by lsu31always on 2/4 at 3:01 pm to Rohan2Reed
Yea you told me at Finns the other night. I expect there to be multiple openings



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Posted by bamafan425 on 2/4 at 3:03 pm to lsu31always
I'd be interested in any openings. I'll take the last spot on the waiting list.


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Posted by volfan30 on 2/4 at 4:37 pm to bamafan425
Keith Law
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20. Atlanta Braves

They actually didn't give up that much in the Upton trade, but they've drafted so poorly the past few years that it's really hurt the system. The 2010 draft probably won't produce much of anything besides Andrelton Simmons (no longer eligible for the list), 2011 looks just slightly better right now and 2009 is likely to end up producing Mike Minor and nothing else. They're not lower because they've made good trades and found value in non-traditional ways, but you can't get this little value from the draft for long without feeling it.




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Posted by SwampDonks on 2/4 at 4:43 pm to volfan30
Agreed, our drafting has sucked.

Last year's draft might be really, really bad.



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Posted by Chatagnier on 2/4 at 4:46 pm to SwampDonks
What do yall think Medlen's innings limit will be? 180?


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Posted by SwampDonks on 2/4 at 4:50 pm to Chatagnier
Sounds about right. Not like any of our pitchers ever throw for more than that anyways.


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Posted by motorbreath on 2/4 at 4:54 pm to OBUDan
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Yep, and who cares.



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Posted by WicKed WayZ on 2/4 at 8:26 pm to lsu31always
You opening the league tomorrow?


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Posted by Caplewood on 2/4 at 8:29 pm to lsu31always
I'll allow someone to take my spot as long as I can periodically drop in and talk shite


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Posted by WicKed WayZ on 2/5 at 2:19 am to volfan30
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20. Atlanta Braves






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Posted by SwampDonks on 2/5 at 10:45 am to WicKed WayZ
WHERE IS MY FANTASY THREAD


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Posted by lsu31always on 2/5 at 10:54 am to SwampDonks
WHERE ARE MY TOP 100 PROSPECTS


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Posted by SouljaBreauxTellEm on 2/5 at 11:06 am to Rohan2Reed
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also, no troll here.. but with this depth chart do any Atlanta fans really not expect them to be in the top 1 or 2 in the NL in strikeouts?


oakland lead the world in K's. what's the point? this lineup will produce runs.



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Posted by SwampDonks on 2/5 at 11:18 am to lsu31always
It realeases this weekend.


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