After a surprising 6-4 west coast road trip, the Crew returns home to face Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves.
2009 vs. Braves: 3-3; 24 runs scored, 27 runs allowed.
Braves Probable Starters (in order):
- Tommy Hanson (2009 vs. Brewers: 2 GS, 0-1, 5.54 ERA, 6 SO, 3 BB, 3 HR allowed)
Tim Hudson (2008 vs. Brewers: 1 GS, 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 6 SO, 1 BB, 0 HR allowed)
- Derek Lowe (2009 vs. Brewers: 1 GS, 1.0, 3.00 ERA, 3 SO, 0 BB, 1 HR allowed)
Brewers Probable Starters (in order):
- Doug Davis (2009 vs. Braves: 2 GS, 0-0, 2.77 ERA, 9 SO, 2 BB, 1 HR allowed)
- Dave Bush (2008 vs. Braves: 2 GS, 1-0, 1,93 ERA, 8 SO, 2 BB, 2 HR allowed)
- Yovani Gallardo (2009 vs. Braves: 2 GS, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 SO, 8 BB, 0 HR allowed)
Follow the jump for my questions with Talking Chop's mvhsbball and go here to read my answers to their questions
BCB: What's going on with Derek Lowe? I read he revamped his delivery and is still not seeing results. Do you see him staying in the rotation? How is this affecting your season?
BCB: Bobby Cox has been publicly critical of Heyward's impatience at the plate. It seems as thought that's the final straw for some fans, who are now calling not only for his firing, but for the hiring of former Brewers manager Ned Yost. What's the story here?
Great question here. Is Chipper's production declining from his once MVP-form? You bet. He's constantly being bothered by nagging injuries and he can't get around on fastballs like he once could. His power numbers are also way down; since June of 2010, Chipper's slugging percentage is .376. Compare that to his career slugging percentage of .541 and it's pretty apparent he shouldn't be hitting 3rd anymore. Combine that with his sub-par defense and it's sadly becoming obvious that the end of Larry Wayne Jones is slowly coming upon us.
What Chipper still does as well, if not better, than 95% of the league is control the strike zone. I would absolutely love for him to hit 2nd in the lineup. His high OBP would be perfect in the 2-hole and he would be a fantastic guy to have in front of Heyward, Troy Glaus and Brian McCann. This won't happen in the near future, but we can all dream can't we?