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Shocker: Brooks Conrad is out of the Braves lineup tonight

Oct 11, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

Troy Glaus is an awful third baseman. But he's the best of nothing but terrible options as the Braves try to stave off elimination.

And the lineup is:

1. Infante 2B
2. Diaz LF
3. Lee, 1B
4. McCann C
5. Gonzalez SS
6. Heyward RF
7. Glaus 3B
8. Ankiel CF
9. Lowe P

I know Troy Glaus can’t field anymore either, but what choice does Bobby Cox have? All the players said the right things last night, but you know deep down none of them want Conrad at second base. And the fans? Well, Bobby Cox doesn’t give a hoot about what they think, thank goodness, but they wouldn’t be too pleased themselves. If Glaus screws up, well, yeah, that will suck, but at least he saved everyone’s bacon on Friday. At least he’s a veteran. At least it’s not doing the same thing and expecting a different result, and people will accept that a hell of a lot better than they’d accept Conrad fielding a ground ball again.

The truth is that there are no good options here. Diory Hernandez may have an OK glove, the Braves wouldn’t be in the mess they’re in if they could hit a lick, and Hernandez’s bat is probably worse than Glaus’ glove. When you do battle in the playoffs with your sixth or seventh infielder starting games you’re pretty much screwed no matter what you do.

Maybe more interesting in all of this: unless it’s a blowout, Bobby Cox is almost certain to use Brooks Conrad as a pinch hitter. Which, by the way, is the position that got him where he is today. His big hits this year helped the Braves into the playoffs. And while that doesn’t excuse his defensive lapses, he at least has a chance to add some value in that role.

I hope that, if he does get to bat tonight, Braves fans cheer for him.  I fear they won’t, but I really hope they do.

  1. btberry - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I honestly think one of the outfielders (other than Diaz) could do a better job in the infield than Conrad at this point. It’s totally in his head now and they don’t have the luxury to wait for him to work his way through it. Hopefully Glaus won’t blow the game.

  2. andrewlw - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    If the ball is hit right to Glaus he should be able to make the play. If he has to move a couple of feet he might be in trouble. Doesn’t seem so long ago the jays were playing him at shortstop when they had a fly ball pitcher going…
    Why is Hinske not an option at 3rd base? I know he’s not very good defensively either, but he can at least move around.

  3. CJ - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    It’s a tough spot for Cox to make do for an entire game. If I were the Giants, I’d have anyone with even semi-respectable speed bunt it down the 3rd baseline and make him prove he still has the range to make the play.

  4. dreadpirate82 - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Why didn’t Dayton Moore include Bloomquist in the Ankiel/FARNSWORTH!!!!! trade? He probably would have made a game-saving defensive play Friday night to complete the trifecta. People joke about Bloomquist a lot, but he’s at least an effective backup who won’t kill your team when he has to fill in for an injured player.
    As a fan without a rooting interest in this series, I sure as hell hope the Braves come back and win for Conrad’s sake.

  5. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Glaus is better.

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