So we're not going to do the Atlanta Braves Fan Confidence Poll anymore. I mean, who really cares what you people think. We bloggers are the ones with the real power!
Was that too harsh of an intro? Either way, we're stepping away from confidence voting for the time being and we're going to try something new. I've asked each blogger here at Talking Chop to give me their confidence level in the form of a number and a statement. All of this is collected below for your reading enjoyment:
||This club has 54 wins at the All-Star Break, has suffered from injuries all season long, and had multiple players slumping badly in the first half, but you'd never know it judging by the Braves blogospehere. We'll be fine. I'm at a 9 for the week, which is triple the number of pitches Alex Gonzalez is seeing per-game.|
|Danny Hong (royhobbs)
||A lot of people saw the Braves drop 2/3 to the Phillies to close out the first half of the season. I saw Tommy Hanson and Brandon Beachy match Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee pitch for pitch, and more or less result in a draw. The Phils exploding on the likes of Derek Lowe, Scott Proctor and Cory Gearrin means little to me, and is akin to the scene in Bad Santa where an intoxicated Billy Bob Thornton is beating up children. Still confident in this team's fortune to the tune of an 8.|
|Jack Moore (moorebraves)
||The Braves are rolling. On a scale of one to as many runs as the Phillies scored against our worst possible pitching lineup on Sunday, the organization scores an eleven. Sure that last game was ugly, but Dan Uggla looks like he's starting to get hitz, and the looming return of a fella named Prado boost my confidence. The Braves have been doing the little things necessary to win ball games, and in the long run little things=big things.|
||Even with Martin Prado on the mend and Alex Gonzalez's suckage batting second, the Braves still managed to put together an impressive week. I have no doubt the team's fortunes will improve once Prado returns, but for the life of me, I can't understand why Scott Proctor is still on this team; he's been absolutely horrible this week. Despite Proctor's extreme fail, my confidence in this team is a 9.|
|Bennett Hipp (SCrebel10)
||Even after dropping the series against the Phillies right before the all-star break, the Braves find themselves sitting 3.5 games back in the N.L. East. Winning the division is still easily in sight, but Atlanta also finds themselves 5 games up in the wildcard and is in good shape for a playoff run. My confidence rating for the week is a 9, which is the same number of walks "lead-off hitter" Jordan Schafer has drawn since May 30th.
||Some things, like the continued presence of both Scott Proctor and Julio Lugo on the roster, are inexplicable. Others, though, just make sense. In baseball, pitching wins ballgames. The Braves have great pitching; ergo, they win lots of ballgames. That simple formula outweighs all the daily frustrations, poor performances, and Fredisasters. 8/10|
||I'd never heard of the Colorado Rockies, at least not the baseball team, before this week. After the drubbing the Braves game them, I doubt I'll ever have cause to hear of them again. Losing two out of three to the Phillies stung, but honestly they only lost one out of two, as clearly most of the team took off early for the All-Star break, leaving in their place stunt doubles, who, while they might have looked the part, certainly weren't Major League caliber baseball players. 8/10
|Matt Foreman (yondaime4)
||I'd sooner have Dale Muprhy manning CF than Jordan Schafer and the same goes for A-Gon at SS. Proctor is somehow getting paid to sabotage the team and still we are two games better than last season at this point and half the team can't hit. Add in a couple of tattooed relievers in the second half and maybe clone Jeff Blauser and we are good to go. 70 (on the 20-80 scale)|
|Martin Gandy (gondeee)
||If Scott Proctor affects my confidence in this team, then I have problems. Clearly, I have problems. Mark my confidence as a 6, though it should be a 3, or the number of team-leading bullpen losses by Proctor.|
We're going to try and do this each week, so tell us what you think, and if you're so inclined give us your two cents in the comments.