1:06 pm February 27, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 27th, 20091:09 pm
GA leading off and playing centerfield. Wow I bet he hasn’t been in either spot in a long time.
February 27th, 20091:10 pm
Is this game on any RADIO station today ??
February 27th, 20091:11 pm
how many brain surgeons does it take to figure out the misprinted the name and that it’s really Josh Anderson?
February 27th, 20091:13 pm
Wow this feels like a new pair of shoes,
February 27th, 20091:14 pm
Forgot to post the lineup, which yesterday seemed to mess up the typeface for the rest of the blog beneath it anyway, so maybe it’s best I did forget.
Here it is (Braves just went down 1-2-3 in first inning, Kawakami warming up now)
1. Josh Anderson, CF; 2. Omar Infante, SS; 3. Chipper Jones, 3B; 4. Brian McCann, C; 5. Jeff Francoeur, RF; 6. Matt Diaz, LF; 7. Freddie Freeman, 1B; 8. Greg Norton, DH; 9. Diory Hernandez, 2B.
1. Nate McLouth, CF; 2. Jack Wilson, SS; 3. Freddy Sanchez, 2B; 4. Ryan Doumit, C; 5. Adam LaRoche, 1B: 6. Eric Hinske, DH; 7. Jose Tabata, RF; 8. Ramon Vazquez, 3B; 9. Jeff Salazar, LF.
… Kawakami’s first pitch: A fastball down the middle taken for Strike 1.
that is a very funny kawakami story..its going to interesting with him this year..bobby’s the man
i cant take it anymore
February 27th, 20091:15 pm
whats a brain surgeon?
February 27th, 20091:16 pm
McLouth grounded out to first to lead off.
February 27th, 20091:17 pm
From last blog….
Slugger, as you have described, yes, we are very much in agreement…. including the “throw the hands” method. Though I am aware that it can be used to correct some hitting illnesses… as a mental picture, it is not really accurate and is not an ideal hitting method.
Ease19, Anders mentioned it yesterday when he was here. Of course, he knew it before anyone else here did.
Let me thank DOB and anyone else who offers the play-by-play for todays game…….ITS IS MUCH APPRECIATED!!! seriously.
February 27th, 20091:18 pm
Im so glad are offense still has done little to nothing at the beginning of games haha….jeez…
AJones with Rangers 0 for 3 with 3 Ks.
Dave, thanks for the play by play can’t find the game on anywhere and much appreciate the play by play postings.
Jack Wilson fly to shallow CF for second out.
Kawakami paints a fastball on outside corner first-pitch strike to Sanchez, who pops out to CF for third out.
I agree with Mike on that…will be here late today at work..
DWW, thanks for the radio info.
February 27th, 20091:19 pm
13 pitches/9 strikes for Kawakami-san in first inning
How are the faces looking like for the first few batters compared to the faces of hitters against Hanson?
yeah this is great…so many positives out of Spring Training this year…just reading the updates on Hanson yesterday…I couldn’t watch it here in Canada…with Kenshin pictching today…so many positives…A big turnaround from some of the negative talk from the off-season…This team could be on the verge on a special season…
February 27th, 20091:20 pm
not to bad a start…(even though its the pirates)…the first time we haven’t started off trailing in the first inning haha
February 27th, 20091:21 pm
McCann won’t be going to Dunedin tomorrow (he was originally schedued to). He wanted to stay back at Dark Star and do a ton of hitting before he reports to U.S. WBC camp on Sunday, and Bobby said no problem.
Only regulars making trip tomorrow are K.J., Escobar, Kotchman and Josh Anderson.
kawakami… lock for 09 cy young
February 27th, 20091:22 pm
Thanks for the update, David.
is the Japanese media going nuts with the flashbulbs?
Speaking of McCann, he just drew a leadoff walk in second inning, bringing up Francoeur….
Francoeur takes first-pitch ball.
Thanks for the play-by-play! Mac’s coming up now, right??
Petey had a good bath. He really loves them (actually, theyre more like showers, ’cause we use a spritzer bottle, but anyway…)
Petey does that loud “alert” thing, too. Baby Bird is a cockatiel, too, right?
February 27th, 20091:23 pm
Big booooo on the lack of audio on mlb.tv. Are the Pirates radio guys not broadcasting either?
Hey DOB…any idea when G. Anderson will get in the line-up?
I wish we could see Kawakami pitch today…
Francoeur took ball 2, that’s six consecutive balls by LH Tom Gorzelanny to start the inning…
Make that seven, it’s 3-0 count….
Excellent play by plays, thanks DOBI 1 K – NOBI
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Francoeur did what???
February 27th, 20091:24 pm
I wish I wasn’t such a cheapskate when it comes to mlb.tv
Finally threw a strike, which Francoeur took on 3-0.
Now he’s walked him on five pitches. When’s last time Francoeur didn’t swing the bat in a five-pitch plate appearance?
I have a fun idea for the blog during the game today, in honor of ManRam , lets think of things we would not do for 25 mill a year. I seem to be drawing a blank right now.
February 27th, 20091:25 pm
Lead off walk? Nice. That gives him an OBP of .500–2 walks in 4 PA. Still only one official at bat. Good to read he’s gonna get some hitting done tomorrow.
Sorry about the double post. Still getting used to this new system.
You can get play by play at http://m.mlb.com/scores/plays/2009_02_27_atlmlb_pitmlb_1/1 – you just have to refresh the screen periodically….
Well that’s a promising at-bat for Frenchy! Ha! A guy will never get so many good comments for taking a walk than Frenchy.
February 27th, 20091:26 pm
thanks D.O.B It is nice to follow along
DOB-is there any significant trade value for Morton, Reyes, Campillo? I will leave Bennett and Parr off the list because I know the answer.
DOB, interested to hear your thoughts on Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez too if they play him today…
February 27th, 20091:27 pm
GTSteve- How about cheering for the Mets?
Loving the DOB commentary track. Please keep it up!
Did Kawakami beat out Dice-K for the Japanese Cy Young Award in 2004, or were they in different leagues? Impressive if he did beat him.
Manny Ramirez is flat out stupid for turning down 2 years and $45 million. I would play for the worst team in the league and enjoy every bit of it for league minimum. I hope Manny retires because he doesn’t deserve another shot after turning the Dodgers down again.
Diaz has worked the count full, fouled off some pitches … and grounds into a 5-4-3 DP.
So who is in Center? Garret Anderson or Josh? DOB said Josh but the play by play says Garrett…
Is it Garrett Anderson playing CF or Josh Anderson?
February 27th, 20091:28 pm
Ok , I might want 30 a year to do that…lol
Freddie Freeman 4-3 groundout to end it. Gorzelanny escapes after walking first two guys.
Francoeur drew a walk?
Yeah no kidding! lol
February 27th, 20091:29 pm
Was it really Francoer, or so sort of alien impostor?
I’d settle for 45 million FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE
Hey yall, just in case there’s somebody who doesn’t know, MLB network’s 30 clubs/ 30 days program will do the Braves on Tuesday, March 2.
BravesFan… Regarding the Manny contract, I think he is fine with the dollars and length, he just dosen’t want to money deferred (with no interest), which I totally understand. I would be upset if my boss told me I had to work this year but couldn’t get paid for it for a another 3 years.
February 27th, 20091:30 pm
I think it was June 21, 2007
Garrett Anderson is not a center fielder. Never has been. That’s Josh in center.
February 27th, 20091:31 pm
Manny is proof that most players are spoiled today. After the crap he pulled in Boston no one should have touched him. Also that 2 year deal was a player option on the second year so he could have a huge year for the Dodgers and leave for somewhere else. Idiot!
Leading off and playing CF for the Braves – Gosh Anderson
DOB – I know these are early games, but when the starting pitchers begin going 3-4 innings, will they start to bat so they can get in possible game situations?
kwakakakakaka is going to dominate
i just want to see that dookie 12-6 hook he’s got….some boys are going to look terrible swinging at that thing this season
February 27th, 20091:32 pm
Doumit 6-3 grounded to start second inning.
How cheap are the Dodgers, they give away Lowe, Penny, Nomar etc etc and then they have the best chance in hell to make a winning year on and off the field and cheap ass McCourt wants to delay some payments to Manny, what for………… ?
February 27th, 20091:33 pm
KK is taking over
damn i wanna be watching this rightnow
Ol’ Rochy takes 1-0 pitch for a strike, the hits a bloop single to shallow left just beyond the reach of Chipper running back and Infante running over at an angle. Weak single, no way they could get to it.
Does anyone know how Andruw is doing this spring? I know he’s with Texas on a minor league contract worth $500,000 but aside from that, has anyone seen him play or heard otherwise?
Wayne in Utah (12:48 pm): “Actually, I hope he never signs. I hope the selfish you know what and his money grubbing agent lose their shirts on this one.
I have no patience or need for somebody who would lay down on his team, just to get a better deal. I just hope he gets what he deserves.”
Who you talkin about, Wayne?
Babe Ruth in 1919?
Or Joe Dimaggio in 1938?
Or maybe Curt Flood in 1970?
Your accusations above are equally valid to all three, you know.
Yer just a hater, Wayne — plain and simple.
PS: KC: “Does anyone know if today’s game is on local radio (in ATL)?”
Here’s the braves.com radio broadcast schedule.
February 27th, 20091:34 pm
you answered your own question: “cheap ass McCourt…” pretty much sums him up
Thanks for the play by play DOB.
It’s much appreciated!!
Andruw 0 for 3 with 3ks.
Hey DOB, I’ve heard criticism of Kawa’s fastball. What are you observing with regards to his pitches?
February 27th, 20091:35 pm
Beautiful first-pitch curveball to Pedro Alvarez, which he takes for a strike (he’s DHing in place of Hinske, scratched with a bruised chest).
Fly out to left field, out two.
Did you say Frenchy took the first pitch for a ball?
McFann (sorry I don’t know how to bold in the new format) — yep – he’s small for a cockatiel – about the size of a large parakeet actually. Totally hates bathing…and any other maintenance! LOL
February 27th, 20091:36 pm
DOB is doing play by play. No time to field questions. Keep it up DOB, and thanks.
Kawakami has MARBLES
February 27th, 20091:37 pm
Hey funny Andrew story, I think it was on AJC.COM, the last intrasquad game he hit a double and a home run……just to the left of the headline was the city that the story originates in…..they were in Suprise AZ….how appropriate
DOB, insignificant detail, but a little correction. Chunichu Dragons are in Nagoya. Japanese baseball teams don’t have their home city names in their team names, but rather, their parent company names. This results in some really weird ones, like Soft Bank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters. I’ve seen the Fighters been referred to as “Ham Fighters,” but it’s really the FIghters owned by Nippon Ham.
Oh well in Japan, Stevie Ray Vaughan is often referred to as “Ray Vaughan,” so it goes both ways.
He’s got time! He’s all-knowing, all-powerful!
February 27th, 20091:38 pm
Runs count to full against Jose Tabata with runner at first base and two outs…. And strikes him out on a high fastball, swinging through it.
Folks, Kawakami-san looks very good.
Wow, a pitcher couldn’t locate to the previous batter, and Frenchy laid off 5 straight pitches? And drew his first walk of ST? Nice. Now that’s encouraging.
If he hits to right field today, I’ll start taking some very small sips of the kool-aid.
Can you and McFann get a private chat room for the bird talk? Thanks.
Yes, Frenchy took all 5 pitches in his walk, never swung.
Run Heap Run
Oh yeah I forgot all about Manny….did he ever sign with anybody?
Thanks for the live updates, DOB.
Kawakami threw 29 pitches, 18 strikes
Francouer to lead the league in walks this year…mark the words fellas
February 27th, 20091:39 pm
YOUR TEXT but no spaces between strongs…
You guys need to send photos of your birds to Lew so he can sketch them…so we can see what they look like!
Mets are playing St. Louis on MLB network. Mets up 3-0 and batting with 2 out in bottom of 2nd.
February 27th, 20091:40 pm
Good opener for Kawakami!
The only thing that scares me about this team is the fact Chipper said Francoeur was the key to us having a good season. That’s one step below Houston banking on Hampton to be the key to their success.
DOB, out of curiosity, where is Kawakami on the radar gun?
I’m still vollying for Hot Sake at the Ted this season….maybe start it for only nights in which Kenshin starts……..?
There are two TV cameramen and five still photographers in front of the Braves’ dugout between innings, capturing Kawakami’s every gesture and discussion.
Baseball Prospectus’ Clay Davenport on Kenshin Kawakami (川上), 26 Feb:
Unfortunately for [the Orioles], as a starter [Koji Uehara]’s just another [question mark].
On the other hand, 川上 gives the Braves a more hopeful case, though still not without cause for some doubt.
For two of the last three years, 川上 has not pitched at the level of an above-average major league pitcher, though he did turn it around last year. If he struggles in the US, it will probably be because of his home-run tendencies (considering that the HR/9 column is set so that 1.0 is average). That’s a product of trying to get ahead in the count with an unimpressive fastball—hitters will have their chances to tee off on it. He’s been healthier than Uehara, but he did miss time with a back injury last season, as well as winding up spending some time with the Olympic team last summer.
Baseball Prospectus’ Clay Davenport on Kenshin Kawakami (川上), 20 Jan:
DOB: 6/22/75 (33)
Team: Chunichi Dragons, Central League, NPB
川上 has been one of Japan’s better pitchers over the last decade, with a string of honors that include an NPB Rookie of the Year award, an MVP award (in 2004), and a Sawamura Award (roughly the equivalent of our Cy Young Award). The scouting reports say that while his fastball is just average, he earns high marks for his cutter, his slow curveball, and his control. I can’t say I’m fond of the up-and-down pattern of his career, particularly since his three-year contract with the Braves is set to land on two of the down seasons were the pattern to persist.
There is a second reason for concern, however. Chunichi is regarded as a good pitchers’ park, and the translation process may not be doing an adequate job of rendering this. The pitchers who have pitched in both Chunichi and in the US since 2003 have a combined translated ERA of 5.15 in Chunichi, and 5.98 elsewhere. On the other hand, that stat comes from just five pitchers, only one of whom—Luis Martinez—pitched more than 80 innings in Chunichi. The translation makes 川上 roughly as good a pitcher as Jair Jurrjens was for the Braves last year; I don’t think he’ll do quite that well, but he ought to be better than an average National League pitcher.
And here, by the way, is 川上’s Player Page on http://www.japanesebaseball.com.
Someone say Stevie Ray – just love that guy, my older brother introduced me to his early stuff when I was still a wee pup, awesome musician……
Kawakami-san is hot…..
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