Monday, July 6, 2009
So I am watching the Braves losing to the Cubs 4-1 right now. It's kind of frustrating cause I just watched Diaz swing at 4 pitches out of the strike zone with the bases loaded and only one out. With that I think the Braves hitters' problem is that they are not playing baseball... they are playing wak-a-mole. They are swinging at everything they see. I think it's time that Pendleton move to bench coach and the braves should pick up a new hitting coach. Someone who will teach these guys a bit of patience. Pendleton is teaching these guys the same style of hitting that he employed in his hitting days. The problem with this style is the extremely low OBP. When you're hot you're hot but when you go on a slump there is nothing. This would explain why it's either feast or famine with the Braves this year. The only two guys on the team with half an eye at he plate (Chipper and McCann) both get their hitting advice from their dads. Everyone else employs a free swinging mentality. If the Braves want to win a pennant this year they are going to have to be more patient at the plate and I think that starts with moving Pendleton elsewhere.