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  • #76
    Props to Mike Foltynewicz for a greatly-pitched game and Jim Johnson for not blowing it!
    46 wins to match last year's total

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    • #77
      Can't stop them Gwinnett county boys
      Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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      • #78
        Is it wrong for me to hope the Braves lose three of four or get swept by the Nats? I get this nagging feeling that it's possible that the brass as a whole can get a false impression of this team as it stands right now.
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        • #79
          Originally posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
          Is it wrong for me to hope the Braves lose three of four or get swept by the Nats? I get this nagging feeling that it's possible that the brass as a whole can get a false impression of this team as it stands right now.
          Not at all. We need to be sellers, especially with guys like Phillips and Adams who have significant rental value after having virtually none. It's so difficult explaining this to casual Braves fans. People don't understand that these guys are overperforming and don't have any staying power.
          Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Francoeurstein View Post

            Not at all. We need to be sellers, especially with guys like Phillips and Adams who have significant rental value after having virtually none. It's so difficult explaining this to casual Braves fans. People don't understand that these guys are overperforming and don't have any staying power.
            Yeah. I like that people have confidence in them again, which was virtually non-existent last year, but Phillips and Adams can go all Willie Harris on us at any time (I still can't get over that collapse and how long it took Bobby to pull the plug on him).
            46 wins to match last year's total

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            • #81
              Originally posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post

              Yeah. I like that people have confidence in them again, which was virtually non-existent last year, but Phillips and Adams can go all Willie Harris on us at any time (I still can't get over that collapse and how long it took Bobby to pull the plug on him).
              Holy cow, Willie Harris! Haha. I still remember his 6 hit game, let me pull up his stats really quick...

              --So he had a .339/.403/.441 line in 207 PA through that 6 hit game on July 21st, he slashed .190/.288/.335 in the subsequent 184 PA for the remainder of this season. Dynamite example, Sam!
              Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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              • #82
                It's funny, I was hearing from some people last night that the Nats regularly do this in an attempt to hide their in-game faults.
                46 wins to match last year's total

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                • #83
                  And tonight is why the Braves aren't contenders and shouldn't be thought of one with Mr. BS we have as the closer. :P
                  46 wins to match last year's total

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                  • #84
                    Twins sign Bartolo Colon:
                    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/...olo-colon.html
                    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                    • #85
                      Good for him. Maybe they can squeeze whatever he has in the tank out of him.
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                      • #86
                        Okay, so the Braves are where they were a month-and-a-half ago: 9 1/2 out behind Washington. They're a half-game behind St. Louis and Chicago and 7 1/2 behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot. To me, that's a "commit to selling" situation if I ever saw one. And before anyone makes the parallel: this team is not the 1991 Braves and we shouldn't think it is.

                        Yes, they were 9 1/2 out on July 7 but they only had Cincinnati and Los Angeles in front of them and both collapsed while Atlanta rose. Can the same thing happen again? It COULD, but I think the Braves seriously need to consider positioning themselves for next year because being in this 1991-style position is progress enough.
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                        • #87
                          90 games in and they're at .500, which is great. It is interesting to hear all the trade buzz, but I am a little bit concerned that Ozzie Albies is being floated around in these rumors because Phillips and Camargo just really aren't going to get it done going forward. Plus, they've already had a giveaway of a long-term second baseman blow up in their face (Peraza in Cincinnnati) and he was just the throw-in. That being said, I do like the idea that the Braves are looking for long-term pitching at the deadline right now, so it's going to be a very interesting couple of qeeks.
                          46 wins to match last year's total

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                          • #88
                            Braves activate Sean Rodriguez:

                            https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/...rodriguez.html
                            The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                            • #89
                              And the Facebook Freakout ensued from a select few, convinced he never should have been there at that time. :P
                              46 wins to match last year's total

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                              • #90
                                Last night on MLB Now, a short discussion involved the Braves as possible contenders. Certainly they're in striking distance. Bobby Valentine who is probably a bit biased did support his notion that they are not contenders because of the rough schedule coming up.

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