Thought this might be a good time for a bump.
Since acquiring Gonzalez, the Braves are 8-9. Gonzalez has OPS-ed .710 in 58 ABs as a Brave.
Meanwhile, Escobar has OPS-ed .782 in 67 ABs for the Blue Jays, who are 11-6 with Escobar.
From the Braves perspective, they had to deal Escobar because his head was so far up his rectum it wasn't funny. And whether he wears out his welcome in Toronto sooner rather than later is certainly a possibility.
But the reality has set in around here that Gonzalez at the plate isn't the answer to the team's offensive woes.
The lack of offense from Gonzalez is exacerbated by the fact that Martin Prado is now on the 15 day DL. Nate McLouth finally got shipped out to AAA because the Braves could no longer hide the fact that Nate McLouth is...Nate McLouth. Troy Glaus is simply waiting for someone to come along and play Travis opposite his Old Yeller.
Melky Cabrera has warmed up lately, but at the end of the day, he has 2200+ career ABs and a .712 career OPS. Brian McCann is leading the team with an .850 OPS and 14 HRs. If you look at his splits over the last several years, he generally puts up his best numbers in July (getting 3-4 days off over the ASB has to benefit catchers as much as anyone), and then his numbers drop the last 2 months of the season as the pounding of being the every day catcher adds up.
The Braves need a couple of bats to get hot quickly, or pretty soon they will be looking up at the Phillies in the standings.
Anyone else see Gonzalez not run on the soft liner to SS that Renteria dropped?
3 more outs before the Bobby Cox era ends.
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.
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