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Bourn Seeks Playoff Identity In Atlanta
08-23-2017, 06:35 PM
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Bourn Seeks Playoff Identity In Atlanta
The Braves finally got in on one of the very most active trade deadlines in recent memory Sunday morning, once they acquired Michael Bourn in the Astros. In doing so, the Braves could spend quantity over quality and obtain a man who perfectly fits their ballclub.As Bradley Woodrum noted in the All-Star break, the Braves were only getting a .310 wOBA from their leadoff spot in the break, and matters havent improved any since. After Jordan Schafer and the anorexic .291 wOBA went down, the Braves had tried Martin Prado, Nate McLouth and Jose Costanza at leadoff. As the Braves a minimum of gave us an opportunity to relive some choice Seinfeld moments, that wasnt really helping them win ballgames. Enter Bourn. Perhaps sensing he might be traded at the deadline, Bourn continues to be on fire Tony McDaniel Jersey for the past two months. Because the Astros hit Chicago after May for a set using the Cubs, Bourn continues to be hitting .339/.388/.446, with 14 doubles, five triples and 21 stolen bases against just 5 times caught stealing. For that season, Bourns wOBA is a robust .353, eighth among qualified center fielders and definitely the best available on the trade market. With McLouth on the disabled list and Schafer heading out within the trade, Bourn slides right into center for the Braves. Bourn has accumulated a WAR of 3.6 this year, and has established himself as just shy of the five-win player. Plug that right into a spot within the lineup which had only generated 0.9 WAR so far thus season (25th within the Majors) and you've got what should be upgrading of at least a win over the all the growing Walter Jones Jersey season plus the Braves get him for 2012 as well. Regardle s of what the entire is for the remainder of this season though, the Braves are setting themselves as optimally as po sible in that they slotted in the best available center fielder into among the two black holes within their lineup. Its a much better situation compared to Braves might have faced had they acquired someone like Carlos Quentin and Michael Bennett Jersey then had to figure out how to fake center field and all the big bats within the lineup simultaneously. The same cannot be said due north in Philadelphia, where rather than allowing Hunter Pence to replace the warm-congealed-chunks-of-milk version of Raul Ibanez, they've once more partaken in tradition-is-best hijinks and sent down Domonic Brown instead. The main difference between Bourn and Schafer is roughly three wins, much like the difference between Pence and Ibanez, but Brown narrows that gap significantly, and may likely have continued to narrow it in August, unfamiliarity with left field be damned. When the Braves do mount a comeback charge for the National League East crown, which will be described as a decision the Phillies regret. Also unlike the Phillies and Giants and Indians the Braves didn't part with the cream from the crop on the farm to be able to land Bourn. They land annually and alter of Bourn without having needed to sacrifice top-shelft talent. First, Schafer was obviously expendable within this deal. Few, if any teams carry three true center fielders on their roster, with McLouth the better bat, the offense-starved Braves wouldnt have had an area Schafer. Schafer had briefly resurrected his career this season as a defense-first guy, generating an UZR of just one.8 in just 440 innings within the field, so when the dust settles in Houston, he will finish track of, if not a starting role, at least a Major League job in their rebuilding proce s. The Astros also net three Minor League pitchers. Chief among them is Brett Oberholtzer, who as they didnt make our own Marc Hulets top 10 this spring DeShawn Shead Jersey or Keith Laws, he was ninth on Baseball Americas list. The 21-year old has organized well at Double-A, but his strikeout just to walk ratio has dipped from 5.94 at High-A to 2.21 this season. His teammate in Mi si sippi, Paul Clemens, is 2 years nearer to having the ability to rent an automobile, but performance-wise is his junior, as Clemens 3.80 FIP cant touch Oberholtzers 3.36 mark. Finally, 26-year old Juan Abreu could fill the Wild Thing role for that Houston bullpen in the near term, as he is striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings but additionally walking more than five at Triple-A Gwinnett. Many of these mankind has some upside for them, and will supply Houston with nece sary depth in their system, but none could be mi sed in the same manner that recently departed pitchers like Jarred Cosart, Zack Wheeler and Drew Pomeranz might. Outside of shortstop, in which the Braves seem comfortable with the ineptitude of Alex Gonzalez, center field was hurting the Braves probably the most. Michael Bourn represents the best po sible fit for that position, as well Will Pericak Jersey as in netting the next six-eight wins of his career without giving up blue chippers to do this, the Braves certainly win this deal in the short term, and po sibly the long term too.
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