Wickman Blows Game For Braves
The Atlanta Braves needing to win every game possible right now, has just finished up a series with the Reds where they lost 3 of 4 games. Bobby Cox’s precious closer Bob Wickman suffered the defeat in last night’s game that went to extra innings. Wickman is a solid pitcher, but it’s funny how Bobby Cox has kept him as the closer. There are 4 relief pitchers on the Braves roster who are clearly better than Bob Wickman. If you look at the fast ball speed and movement on their pitches, then I have no doubts that Rafael Soriano, Mike Gonzalez, Octavio Dotel, and Tyler Yates are all more suitable for a closer’s role. A couple of these pitchers are hurt and Gonzalez is out for the year. It’s just the fact that when everyone has played, none of these guys have been given a shot at the closer’s role, while Wickman seems to struggle each opportunity he gets.
The Braves virtually have no shot at winning the NL East now with the way Bobby Cox manages. He got threw out in last night’s game after the team went down 5 to 1. It’s that type of attitude of giving up, gives no hope for the Braves team or their fans that the Braves can comeback from this defecit.
Chipper Jones once again proves he isn’t going to hustle while he’s out there. He was thrown out at 3rd base last night while running from 2nd base on a grounder to the shortstop. For some reason Chipper watched the ball and the shortstop field it, instead of putting his head down and getting to 3rd base as fast as he could. Then the other night he hits a ball to centerfield and was an obvious double. He just strolls around 1st base then centerfielder Josh Hamilton from the Reds made a strong throw to 2nd base and just barely missed Chipper sliding in. The play was close because Chipper Jones doesn’t hustle. Chipper’s stats might look good from last night, but it’s been going on like this all year. He gets his hits early and doesn’t deliver late in the game when we really need them.
If Andrew Jones continues to hit in front of 300 AVG hitters and a 300 AVG hitter has to sit on the bench to have him out there, then the Braves aren’t looking to win no way. THERE IS NO WAY ANDRUW JONES SHOULD BE PLAYING EVERYDAY!!!Click here for reuse options!
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