2011-09-29 12:43:40 UTC
terms I have heard so far. All true. This is one of the
franchise-altering fades that can fundamentally define a team.
Never mind that they maybe had no business being so far ahead of wild
card pack on Sept 1. Their starting rotation, although impressive, was
unproven over the course of a full season. Only Hudson had previously
proven he could be on his game for an entire season. Lowe has never
been consistent, and Jurrjens and Hanson had not demonstrated endurance.
Turns out they could not endure. In the end the rotation was Hudson,
the "bad" Lowe, and three rookies. Not exactly playoff-caliber.
But the real villains of this piece were the hitters. Where have you
gone, McCann and Prado? In September, the whole team seemed to forget
how to stay back on off-speed pitch and take it the other way. Yes,
they tried hard. But they looked bad doing it. That is not how
composed, experienced teams play the game.
This is not the same team as the 90s Braves, but this season makes them
look like liars and cheats. Fans may well be asking next season, why
would I watch you during the spring and summer? You're just going to
stab me in the back come September.
OK, maybe the Braves wiser for the experience this season. But next
year, fans are going to ask, what has changed? I am hoping I see a lot
of changes. Big, obvious changes.