Letter to Fredi Gonzalez

Dear Fredi,

I hope this letter finds you well out on the West Coast.  I will be  brief and frank: the Diamondbacks Ssries did not go as well as we all had hoped, did it?  And let’s be perfectly honest, your ballclub got very fourtunate to win the two games against the hapless Astros.  Next up, are the LA Angles are medicore team in a mediocre AL West.  The Angels have two of the best picthers in all of baseball in Dan Haren and Jered Weaver; the good news is that you miss their two aces. 

So there should be no excuse then for another anemic offense performance this weekend.  Ervin Santana (4.85 ERA), Joel Pineiro (1.98) and Tyler Chatwood (4.50) shouldn’t provide much of a problem for a lineup that has Jason Heyward, Brain McCann, Chipper Jones, Martin Prado and Dan Uggla.  Yet, the Braves have had a terrible time scoring runs the last 4 games, against pitchers that are not even that good.  Your team has made medicore pitchers look like Cy Young candidates. 

I also wanted to point out that is perfectly OK to score runs prior to the 6th or 7th inning.  In fact, it is encouraged. 

I just have a request as a fan that has stayed up to well past mindnight the last two evenings…please don’t squander the excellent pitching performances.  If Jurrjens only gives up 2 runs against the Diamondbacks-or any team that doesn’t have Tim Lincecum, Josh Johnson, or Roy Halladay pitching-that should be an easy win.

Please make whatever changes necessary to make sure you don’t squander this “breather” in the schedule.



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