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  1. When Drew Hutchinson has a 5 point advantage in NERD to Daniel Bard, then I know the terrorists have already won.

    I’m going to watch Bard throw more walks than strikeouts and whimper quietly (as I usually do watching baseball)

    Comment by Shaggychild — June 3, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  2. I wrote that before the game today, and now I fully appreciate the NERD rating, but my god…

    Comment by Shaggychild — June 3, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  3. Good game by Hughes. CG, 1 ER, 9 K, 3 BB

    Comment by Chippchipp — June 3, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  4. Sorry, I meant 8 Ks for Hughes

    Comment by Chippchipp — June 3, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  5. Both he and Andrew Miller were drafted out of North Carolina in the first round in 2006. Why do both of them struggle so badly with control when they are put in the starting rotation yet seem to pitch so well in a relief role. Bard needs to go back to the bullpen when Daisuke is ready. He’s had enough of a chance and I’m not impressed.

    Comment by yo-yo — June 3, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  6. Chris Sale is the best pitcher in baseball. That is all.

    Comment by Adam Dunn's Bat Speed — June 3, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  7. I was all for the Bard to starter move, and I thought it still might work out until today. Bobby V will feel vindicated when he gets his top reliever back in the pen.

    Comment by Shaggychild — June 3, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  8. Hey, the Braves TV announcers were talking about Gio’s swinging strike rate today. Must be looking to up that analysis score for next year.

    Comment by ElJosharino — June 3, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  9. Bard was never successful as a starter – granted his minor league stint was abbreviated…. mainly because he has a reliever arm and they wisely stuck him there when his walk rates were high and his K rates were low in A ball as a starter.

    His fastball is straight – at 97 it moved a bit more and with that velocity it doesn’t matter as much, at 93mph it does. Couple the velocity dip with the horizontal movement per f/x being nearly gone (-1.7 vs -3.7 and -5.3 the previous 2 years) and you have an average-ish fastball as a starter. He has a good slider but that’s basically it. Why would that repertoire work as a starter? That’s basically a grind out it out 5-6 inning guy who is mainly good for 2 turns through a lineup… and that’s with good control/command of those 2 pitches

    Not sure why people thought this was a good move – yes a starter can be more valuable than a reliever, but that’s when the starter is actually good.

    Comment by Tom — June 4, 2012 @ 12:28 am

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