11:53 am March 1, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 2nd, 20096:49 pm
nolie, I laughed out loud, man…spit all over myself, in fact, so I’m billing you for the dry-cleaning.
after the first week ratations get jumbled so you can’t say that any team’s #1 starter is gonna face another #1 starters any movre ofter than the #4 guy.
Actually, nominal 1 or 2 starters see their opposing counterparts, 1 or 2 starters, around 63% of their starts. The percentages for mid-rotation and back-end starters depends on how you typify the group (3 and 4, or 4 and 5), but it’s in the same ballpark. You would like to have as many pitching matchups as possible in your favor, or neutral, at worst. So, slotting matters.
It’s one of the reasons that Vazquez may not be as successful as bloggers may think; he’ll be pitching out of position relative to his past performance, and won’t be in as many favorable matchups.
March 2nd, 20096:53 pm
Is a “ratation” what the Mets call their five starters?
March 2nd, 20096:55 pm
OK, Lew, I just sent the e-mail. Not sure what the problem was, but let me know if you don’t get the pics and I’ll try it again.
March 2nd, 20096:58 pm
It’s one of the reasons that Vazquez may not be as successful as bloggers may think; he’ll be pitching out of position relative to his past performance, and won’t be in as many favorable matchups
Wait a minute… that’s not what I was told on the last page…
NotForMe, I disagree with your predictions. Here’s what I am looking for:
LOWE: 10-18, 4.67
Jurrjens: 8-14, 5.32
Vazquez: 8-20, 5.33
Kawakami- 7-15, 5.66
Glavine/Hanson: 3-32, 9.99
March 2nd, 20097:00 pm
Glad you’ve seen the darkness in the light, KC.
March 2nd, 20097:01 pm
That Glavine ERA might not be too far off.
Wayne in Utah
March 2nd, 20097:05 pm
Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I see a decent year for Vazquez and Lowe, and OK seasons from Jurrjens, Kawakami and Glavine. I am not really counting on Tommy G to get past the All-Star break, but who knows.
What I am definitely hoping for is that Hanson and one of the bobsy twins (Reyes and Morton) put it together before the weather gets hot in Hot ‘Lanta.
15 dingers from KJ and Kotchman, with BA’s hovering at or near .300. Escobar with a solid year, trending upwards from last year. Schafer making the team out of the spring, although it seems that very few on the blog are expecting that to happen.
And lastly, Frenchy to return to his pre-2008 form, if not better.
If all those things happen, it will be a fun summer.
March 2nd, 20097:11 pm
My “expert” rotation prediction:
Lowe- 18-8, 3.34 ERA, 167 K’s…he’s the ace, and he’ll pitch like it
Vazquez- 17-7, 3.45 ERA, 218 K’s…maybe the biggest surprise out of everyone in ‘09
JJ- 14-7, 3.43 ERA, 147 K’s…he’ll get hit a little more, but nothing major
Kawakami- 12-9, 3.64 ERA, 132 K’s… going to slump a little, with inconsistancy
Glavine- 12-7, 4.08 ERA, 112 K’s… old man can still fool guys with the arm action
March 2nd, 20097:16 pm
I sure hope you are spot on, as that would put us into October play for sure. While I am an optimist, I see too many opportunities for things to not go that well with guys like JJJ, Glavine and Kawakami. Also, that might be a bit too good for Lowe and JV.
But, hey, we can always hope….
March 2nd, 20097:17 pm
Manny might be the most expensive couch potato in the history of the world this year…
March 2nd, 20097:26 pm
Now Now KC I thought we over this contradicting oneself thing earlier…
March 2nd, 20097:27 pm
Hope your daughter made it back to Auburn okay!
March 2nd, 20097:28 pm
73 wins from the starters.
72 wins last year.
TnBrian, we’re in for a hell of a season, man.
March 2nd, 20097:29 pm
How do you suppose a six-man rotation, as some have suggested, would affect those percentages? Henceforth to be called “Scoot’s Bayesian Rata-ta-tation Theorem”.
March 2nd, 20097:30 pm
Maybe this is more like it for some of you, just not me:
Lowe- 16-10, 3.55 ERA, 145 K’s
Vazquez- 14-10, 4.15 ERA, 205 K’s
JJ- 12-9, 3.42 ERA, 135 K’s
Kawakami- 10-9, 3.85 ERA, 125 K’s
Glavine- 9-9, 4.20 ERA, 90 K’s
There’s really no gaurantee that this prediction, or mine is closer than the other, but I’m just going to go with health, depth, better offense and solid D.
March 2nd, 20097:34 pm
Lowe- 14-12, 3.56 era
Vazquez- 12-7, 3.38 era
Jurrjens- 10-12, 4.15 era
Glavine- 3-5, 5.67 era
Hanson- 5-5, 6.34 era
Frank from KS
March 2nd, 20097:36 pm
Just my $0.02 on Mr. Manny
He needs to crap or get off the pot.
This thing where he’s had offer after offer after offer and not signed is sickening. He thinks he’s going to keep holding out for a better offer.
I got news for him, after what he pulled in Boston, there AIN’T no chance in that happening. Ya better go sign with LA or get off the pot Mr. Manny.
Just a thought…..wouldn’t it funny tho, if the Giants swooped up and signed him away from the Dodgers…kinda poetic justice for us after the Furcal disaster.
March 2nd, 20097:42 pm
BA, I just don’t see that. The offense won’t put together team HR’s like Philly and maybe we don’t have 3-4-5 hitter like the Mutts, but IF Frenchy can come back, Kotchman,Esco.,KJ, G.A. are all pretty damn good hitters, man. The pen will no doubt be better. That’s something even a prick like H. Reynolds would admit. I don’t think a smart young guy like JJ will struggle in his 2nd yr either. He’s very smart and will know when he needs to make adjustments. With all of that, I think my rotation prediction is closer. They’ll get run support and bail outs from a very good pen.
March 2nd, 20097:44 pm
Forgot to mention Chipper and Mac, but we know what we’re getting with those two.
March 2nd, 20097:52 pm
But if he’s pitching as he did in ‘07, you could deal him straight up KC
if he’s pitching that well why would you want to trade him? Makes no sense to me. I doubt anybody is gonna trade a strong #2 at the deadline. If they did they’d be crazy.
March 2nd, 20097:53 pm
I certainly hope you’re right, TnBrian. But your initial prediction, the 73 wins- that’s the kind of numbers Atlanta hasn’t gotten from the rotation since the Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz/Neagle/Millwoood era.
I do, however, think the bullpen will be good to very good, so I think more wins will come from relievers than say, Lowe winning 18 or Vazquez winning 17. Those guys will get a lot of wins AND losses because they stay in close games.
This is not going to be an explosive offense, by any means. It should be better than last year, but I can’t see it being so good that it’s going to propel this particular group of starters to 73 wins.
N Nine (eta34)
March 2nd, 20098:01 pm
The numbers game
Lowe- 17-10, 3.61 ERA
Vazquez- 9-9, 4.45 ERA
JJ- 13-7, 3.82 ERA
Kawakami- 10-9, 3.17 ERA
Glavine- 6-11, 4.94 ERA,
18 Wheels of Love
Put it on MLB TV Network….30 minute Braves preview.
March 2nd, 20098:06 pm
Chipper will reach 125 RBI’s. WHAT? Why couldn’t he? If he could play 140-145 gms, he can easily reach that. He is the best pure hitter in the game, guys. TnBrian
and just how many times has he done that while in his prime and playing almost every game? Oh yeah, he hasn’t even come close to 125 RBI at any time. Another Pollyanna huh?
March 2nd, 20098:12 pm
MLB NETWORK hour preview!!!!!
March 2nd, 20098:18 pm
Braves preview on MLB network. Interesting point just made – Derek Lowe is not an Ace. Hmm….
March 2nd, 20098:20 pm
OK,OK… maybe the 125 RBI’s for Chipper is a little exreme, but 100-105 is very realistic. I’ll stand by my rotation prediction.
March 2nd, 20098:23 pm
Francoeur just said he had a good month of sept. ill give him the average he hit .278 but he struck out a third of the time and hit no homeruns and drove in only 11. i dont know about u guys but i dont think it is all that good
March 2nd, 20098:24 pm
Anders, on those Mutt blogs, is there a Braves version of Anders over there? Not trying to be smart a–, well yeah I am, but why do you care who our “ace” is. Honestly, I’d feel a little nervous right now and especially in the future with the talent Atl. has just around the corner. You can say they’re unproven all day/night, but it’s better to have them than next to nothing like your team.
March 2nd, 20098:28 pm
Anyone watching Braves turn on 30/30?
March 2nd, 20098:36 pm
“A lot depends on Jeff” Chippers words. The pressure continues to build for Frenchy.
March 2nd, 20098:45 pm
Anders is a closet Braves fan. He hangs here to see what it is like to be a Brave fan….I am told it is similar to kinda of like a closet gay guy hanging out in gay bars to check it out. Anders is our token gay/Braves fan
March 2nd, 20098:51 pm
Anders, i’ve got your Mutt lineup prediction:
Reyes- .284, 7 HR, 45 RBI…will pull his groin celebrating a 1st inning HR in Aug.-out a month
Castillo- .225, 1 HR, 16 RBI…just sucks
Wright- .310, 32 HR, 108 RBI…gets another undeserving GG for being nothing more than a NY meatball
Beltran- .276, 24, 79 RBI…Hamels drills him on the hand in Aug.for getting a bigger newspaper headline for a more unique bahsing comment than his- out for 2 months
Delgado- .251, 21 HR, 80 RBI… in Sep. he’ll be forced by the gov. to join the U.S. Army for spitting on the US flag on live TV
Tatis- .240, 5 HR, 32 RBI… everybody remembers that he really sucks
Murphy- .275, 10 HR, 65 RBI
mets fan in atlanta
March 2nd, 20098:56 pm
Hey Southern, sounds like you know something about that…….
For some reasons you keep asking why we hang out here, but you answer your own question all the time: this is by far the best blog around that any of us have been able to find. If i wanted to know any baseball talk in the offseason, i could come here and find it being discussed. Not just Braves, not just Mets, but anything. Now, at the same time, i consider Mets/Braves to be the preeminent rivalry the last 10-55 years in the NL East, even though the Phillies have snuck in there the past two years. I’m from MS, so i liken it to MSU/Ole Miss or for most of you, UGA/GA Tech. Those fans show up on each others blog all the time, what is the difference here?
March 2nd, 20098:59 pm
mets fan in atlanta and anders are cute and I love your macho insults and your sweet buns. I do hate it when your mascara runs.
Whomever suggested putting some lemon into a Jack and water has my thanks. Jack and water has always been my favorite “sittin around drinkin” beverage, and I never would have thought to add lemon. I must admit, it’s quite refreshing.
And I’ll never again claim that I don’t learn anything from this blog. (Never have, actually. I’ve learned a lot here over the years.)
James is Red
March 2nd, 20099:06 pm
Pretty interesting podcast interview with Glavine He talks about Smoltz, his own negotiation, ‘91 and ‘95.
March 2nd, 20099:07 pm
Toga, that was Random, and it’s good, isn’t it?
March 2nd, 20099:13 pm
Anders quote “I know longer wonder what your blog name means”. Anders when you get past the 7th grade they will teach you the difference between know and no.
mets fan in atlanta – I have never asked you anything.
The subtle shots you two take at Braves players are cute. I “know” longer wonder what your blog names mean…”troll”
March 2nd, 20099:14 pm
I heard there was a stagger party here. Am I too late?
March 2nd, 20099:22 pm
Ahhh. Thanks Random. And cheers Bub. Your posts always make me laugh when I read the overnight comments.
March 2nd, 20099:23 pm
Southern Bones- You attacked me -not the other way around. If you have something productive to say please do, Otherwise I’ll just ignore your misplaced anger.
BTW- Anyone else watching “We are Young” on the MLB Network? It’s a documentary on Dimitri and Delmon Young and their family. Great production quality and very interesting. Telling you folks, if you’re a serious baseball fan you have to have this network.
March 2nd, 20099:26 pm
I hope you’re right, but you’re being to optimistic. Jurrjens, and Kawakami will probably have ERA’s close to 4.
My predictions would be:
Derek Lowe 16-11 with a 3.76 ERA
Javier Vazquez 14-8 with a 3.82 ERA
Jair Jurrjens 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA
Kenshin Kawakami 8-8 with a 3.97 ERA
Tom Glavine 8-4 with a 4.45 ERA
March 2nd, 20099:42 pm
Does anyone know who’s scheduled to pitch tomorrow?
March 2nd, 20099:47 pm
must be campillo and hansen again
March 2nd, 20099:50 pm
Or is Campillo going to the WBC for Mexico? I can’t remember.
March 2nd, 20099:55 pm
Campillo went to mexico I believe.
March 2nd, 200910:03 pm
Would it be smarter to have your best pitcher (ace) be the # 2 starter so he can face most other team’s # 2 starter ? Sooner or later the off days and different game scheduling would make it of no consequence anyway.
So when are G. Hernandez,Schafer,Heyward,others projected MLB ready ?
Thomas,the Braves lack the offense to likely compete with the Mets and Phillies. The Braves would have to have great years from all (except Chipper, that’s a given) to even have a shot. K-Rod will probably be the difference maker for the Mets this year winning the East. But the Mariners competing this year ? H. Reynolds needs to wake up…
March 2nd, 200910:08 pm
Tomas, based on what we saw last year, I think you may be attributing too few wins to Jurrjens, and that ERA for him might be a tad inflated as well.
And while we never know for sure what a guy will do converting from Japan to the US… Kawakami’s recent numbers of there can give us some idea.
Over his past 500 innings, Kawakami has gone 38-20 with a 2.83 ERA.
No, Japan competition isn’t as good as MLB, but it’s significantly better than, say… AAA baseball. So I agree with what Leo Mazzone recently said about KK… I think he wins at least 12 games. Probably more. Your ERA looks pretty reasonable for him.
Your ERA for Lowe might be a tad high as well, but it’s certainly a reasonable prediction. Your predictions for Glavine and Vazquez also seem very reasonable.
Nothing lately from Bugg Selig on the steroids front… Old Bud
(former owner) plays the middle man all too well… “Don’t blame me for the steroid era.” Let’s see, I believe that you were the commissioner of MLB those years ? If the Player’s Union doesn’t agree then its time for another work stoppage, Bugg. But you just bow down to their decree. Do your freakin’ job already…
March 2nd, 200910:12 pm
Sorry, that Selig vent has been wanting to escape me for a couple of weeks now. I’ll focus solely on the Braves from this steroid-free (?) day forward…
March 2nd, 200910:13 pm
robdawg08, I disagree. The Braves pitching, assuming health, will likely be the best in the division, and that will count for a lot. They don’t need everyone to have great years. They just need everyone to do what we know they are capable of (within reason).
No, we don’t have any 30-40 HR guys… but as long as Francoeur bounces back (that’s a big key), the Braves have quality hitters all the way up and down this lineup.
Again, assuming a Frenchy rebound, about got 3 big run producers (Chipper, McCann, Francoeur)… but then you also have 4 positions from which you can expect .280-300, 13-20 homers, 65-90 RBI. That’s a very nice, balanced attack.
Again, don’t need big years… just need everyone to do their part. If that happens, the Braves edge in the pitching dept. will keep them in this thing AT LEAST long enough to find a bat at the deadline, if necessary.
March 2nd, 200910:14 pm
OOPS… meant to say: assuming a Frenchy rebound, you’ve got 3 big run producers…
March 2nd, 200910:20 pm
KC, I agree that the Braves starting pitching can be better than the Mets or Phillies. But the bullpen (Gonzo,Sorio) needs to be lethal too.
This game is about both offense and defense. I’ll still beg to respectfully disagree with you that if the Mets and Phillies hitters are averaging 10 more homeruns and 20 more rbi’s (per player) than the Braves offense is then it will offset their pitching deficiencies. Ryan Howard,Chase Utley,Carlos Delgado,and Carlos Beltran could be the major reasons too. Based on last year’s Braves offensive numbers everyone except Chipper & McCann needs marked improvement to compete in the NL East.
March 2nd, 200910:22 pm
Francoeur is closer to losing his position right now than to hitting 25 to 30 homeruns next year. Truth be told.
March 2nd, 200910:23 pm
Bill Shanks wrote a book a couple of years back gushing over the Braves, which was mostly hostile to statistics and sabermetrics. Describe the culture within the Braves regarding newer, advanced stats.
“The culture within the Braves is to find the best players, period. In order to find the best players we use as much information as possible
I think you are reading what you want to read into that response.What else would you expect him to say Steve? That they ignore new stats? I doubt seriously he would say anything but what he did. The proof isn’t in what they say but in what they do, and even in that answer he starts with and emphases the scouting dept. As I said B4 they don’t ignore them, but they are a scout-approach team first and foremost and it has been a very productive approach for the most part.
March 2nd, 200910:26 pm
I can’t pass this one up…
Did Jeff Francoeur work out with Andruw Jones in the batting cage over the winter ? Lol.
March 2nd, 200910:39 pm
I agree Francouer is on the bubble concerning his starting position. Braves simply can’t go with him as their everyday RF if he tanks in ST. This team must get a solid year from the RF position to be even remotely having a chance to compete for the division.
Remember also that Glavine hasn’t made the team just yet. Predictions are just as likely he won’t be on the 25 man let alone guessing how many wins he will have. Something still tells me he won’t make it and something even more tells me he shouldn’t make it.
Am I missing something, because I am sure not going back over all the page clicks, exactly why aren’t we signing Ohman. Right now. He is dirt cheap and probably better in the pen than we got now. Just wondering.
Rock on……was 24 awesome or what!!
March 2nd, 200910:41 pm
New reader/fan of the coverage. Really enjoy your insight and good to know you are from Greenville, NC as I am a 10 year resident. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the updates.
March 2nd, 200910:44 pm
robdawg08, I certainly won’t argue that bullpen health is a key!!
I’ve said all along that if two things happen, the Braves ARE legitimate competitors, if not, it’ll be tough… and those two things are: 1) bullpen health, and 2) a Francoeur rebound
Right now, everyone appears to be healthy, so… knock on wood. Truthfully though, I think they’ll be just fine in the ‘pen, so long as at least 2 of their big 3 (Gonzo, Soriano, Moylan) are healthy at all times. There are some other good arms down there, and the burden this ‘pen will have to carry will be MUCH lighter than it was last year.
As for Franceour, no one knows right now, but I think there’s plenty of reason to be hopeful. There is PLENTY of precedent for a good hitter to have a terrible season-long slump, and bounce back the next year. It’s happened to better hitters than Francoeur. A couple that come to mind… Mike Schmidt had a terrible season (for no apparent reason) at a similar point in his career. And Mark McGwire had a season in which he hit .201, steroids and all. If we extend the conversation beyond hitters, Tim Hudson faced a similar situation a couple years ago after that awful ’06 season.
So I don’t have a difficult time at all envisioning Francoeur getting right back to where he was in’07, because this sort of thing has happened many times before in Major League Baseball. And I’m encouraged by his attitude and Chipper’s comments about his progress. That said, there’s certainly no guarantee. Way too early to judge his spring performance. We’ll have to wait and see.
Anyway, if everyone in the Braves lineup hits as their capable, I don’t think the Mets and Phillies are going to average anything close to 10 more HR per player. Again, no 30-40 HR guys (neither did the ‘98/’99 Yankees teams), but there’s pop all up in down the order. So this isn’t a team full of slap singles hitters. There’s enough HR power, and plenty of doubles power.
Again, offensively, everyone just has to pull their weight, including Francoeur. ESPECIALLY Francoeur. If the Braves get that, plus a reasonably healthy ‘pen… they’re going to be in this thing.
March 2nd, 200910:45 pm
OK,OK… maybe the 125 RBI’s for Chipper is a little exreme, but 100-105 is very realistic. I’ll stand by my rotation prediction. TN BRIAN
I agree with you that 100-105 is possible if he can stay relatively healthy. He’s never been a great RBI guy(big totals) but a consistently good one.
robdawg08, yes, Francoeur hit all winter with AJ and Chipper. You heard Chipper’s comments about the two of them, right? Chipper raved about Frenchy… but didn’t have a good word to say about AJ.
March 2nd, 200910:47 pm
Robert, for what it is worth, I am with you on the incompetent Ol’Donk. His in-game tactician skills are mediocre at best and frankly border on incompetent. Donk’s primary skills seem to be in talent evaluation and getting the most out of players that need to be placed in position to be successful. He does the later, in part, by establishing the clubhouse that is very player friendly.
My concern with Booby is that he seems to be unable to execute and to make competent decisions on line ups, pitching changes, by the book left vs left handed pinch hitters, and baseball fundamentals. He also seems unwilling to have “come to Jesus” meetings with the likes of Frenchy, Corky, Woodcrap, Lasse Wilson, etc. He does need to occasionally put a boot up some of these jerks’ butts to get them in gear.
Will really look forward the 2010 and 2011 Braves under a new manager–hopefully Freddy Gonzalez or Eddie Perez. Have appreciated your leadership Donk, but please hang ‘em up after this season.
March 2nd, 200910:52 pm
Andruw only struck out once today in 4 at bats. He is getting better. LOL!!!
TBraveFan, I’m here until next Tuesday, so holler if you see a redheaded gal with a notepad. Not a bad idea on the spring training photos. Not sure if we can do it on the fly, but I’ll run it past the bosses and see what they say.
I must be in the right rental house – there’s a motorcycle in the garage!
Steve from OH
March 2nd, 200910:56 pm
nolie, never said or implied their approach was wrong. How can you not love their scouting approach, especially with the folks they’ve got working there? Just confirming my suspicions that Frank has a little bit of a different mindset from JS, that’s all….
The people you’ve got doing the work can make any approach look good if they do their jobs well. The Braves have some of the best scouting folks in the game, so why not use them? Likewise, if you have idiots in your FO reading the stats, they can make a sabermetric approach look silly too…
Stats and scouting go hand in hand man. And it looks like the Braves see it that way too. That’s all I’m sayin’.
March 2nd, 200911:04 pm
Although neither of us can be considered impartial analysts of that particular answer, can we?
March 2nd, 200911:13 pm
HOO WEE HOW BOUT THEM APPLES!
The Atlanta Baseball Talk telephone interview (I don’t know how to link, but the google route to that interview is logical) with Tom Glavine is a nice listen. I know Tom gets accused of grandstanding, but I thought he was pretty genuine and graceful. He gives talks honestly (tactfully, of course) about the Smoltz thing, even admitting how it put him at a certain advantage, with the team not wanting to publicly spurn two veterans in one offseason.
I know his arm can’t do the sexy things Smoltz’s can at this stage, but I’m glad Tom is back. I hope he has a good year.
March 2nd, 200911:17 pm
I agree Francouer is on the bubble concerning his starting position. Braves simply can’t go with him as their everyday RF if he tanks in ST. This team must get a solid year from the RF position to be even remotely having a chance to compete for the division
I think you guys are kidding yourselves. I think there is very little chance that Jeff doesn’t start the season in RF if he is still with the team, which is more likely than not. They didn’t just spend what they did on him, not to start him regularly. For veterans with largish contracts, ST at-bats don’t count for much.
March 2nd, 200911:19 pm
interesting… Met’s Hope to land Big Bat later in the season http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/93275-mets-hope-to-land-big-bat?eref=fromSI
March 2nd, 200911:25 pm
Welcome to Florida, Carroll! Sorry you got here just in time for a little cold snap.
March 2nd, 200911:32 pm
Carroll, did DOB leave the key to the bike for you?
March 2nd, 200911:35 pm
that was partly my point(I don’t think we disagree at all about how they should be used, just the degree to which the Braves are likely to use them), but I’ve been studying their actions for a lot of years with the previous experience to interpret them, and they are definitely in the bottom half of teams when it comes to newer stats. they have never shown any real interest in guys like Dunn who draw all the Sabre-love.I hope that Wren does change that a bit cause I agree completely that scouting & stats should be combined(well they are of very limited value when drafting HS players), been posting that for years. It seems like most people even many baseball execs are more comfortable with one approach or the other even if they don’t ignore the other one.
March 3rd, 200912:05 am
Don’t forget to leave something (putting itching powder or a fake poop in the bed would be nice) at the rental so DOB will know you were there.
March 3rd, 200912:07 am
You could also try Super-Gluing the toilet seat down. We always seem to forget to leave the seat down…
March 3rd, 200912:12 am
I think all this talk about Francoeur’s struggles in ‘08 will end soon. He’s not going to have that plate discipline like a Chipper or Manny, but he’ll put up his .250-.260 avg and give you 20+ hr’s. He just not the type you build a team around though. I don’t know who that next guy will be when Chipper is gone, but Mac is certainly possible.
I’ll tell you, if this Hanson kid turns out as great as most think, he and Mac are guys that will lead us to a new dynasty. If ‘09 is another year of a transition period, so be it. It’s baseball, and it was going to happen eventually. But, Wren has put together a very nice rotation, so we’ll see.
March 3rd, 200912:15 am
Carrol, he can’t stand the comedian Dane Cook, so maybe buy a huge poster of him and put it right over his bed. Or, better yet, get an autographed poster of Hudson and lay it next to his pillow.
March 3rd, 200912:25 am
Not bad, TnBrian.
However, finding a fake white snake and putting it under the covers might be better. You could put a Post-It Note on it that reads, “Walk along a lonely street of dreams, ***hole. Whitesnake RULZ!”
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
March 3rd, 200912:27 am
I found this interesting little tidbit of information over at the baseball section of Yahoo:
Braves team report.
As for Kawakami, his honors in Japan notwithstanding, general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox never saw him pitch live until pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.
Wren tried on three occasions to see Kawakami pitch in Japan but was foiled each time. It seems that announcing probable starters is not done in Japan—it’s potluck for fans and visiting executives alike as to who appears at the beginning of games.
Did not David O’Brien tell us that Frank Wren had seen Kawakami pitch live in Japan? Once again, the information coming out of the AJC is not what it seems to be.
March 3rd, 200912:29 am
DOB what do you think of Ra Ra Riot? Just saw them out here at the El Rey with all my Syracuse pals. Great fun, as always. Weird to see them hitting it big, as they were a campus band when we were there.
March 3rd, 200912:31 am
Also, Coach, DOB actually specifically told us that Wren had gone, tried to see him and failed. Once again, the information coming out of this blog is weeks ahead of other places on the net. Good call, though.
March 3rd, 200912:34 am
Chop Chop, whitesnake’s not the worst hair band ever. They had some ok songs back in the day. Of course I was probably 7 years old at the time, but I can listen to them sometimes.
Coach, that was on the Braves homepage before. Bowman wrote that Wren tried to see Kawakami pitch in Japan. And I do remember DOB mentioning the same thing more than once.
March 3rd, 200912:38 am
Also, Coach, DOB actually specifically told us that Wren had gone, tried to see him and failed. MATTY
yeah that’s what Dave said quite a while ago
March 3rd, 200912:43 am
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed), no… I think DOB said exactly what you just repeated in your last post. He said that they had tried to see him live, but weren’t able to catch him… and that Braves scouts had seem him live numerous times, and of course, the Braves watched plenty of video.
March 3rd, 200912:57 am
OK, got it.
One other thing, today’s Yankee’s vs. team USA game at 1:15 pm will be televised live on the MLB network. Hoss and Heap will be playing.
Hanson is scheduled to start Wednesday against Panama WBC, so he wont be going today
Coach (I'm a babbling, drooling moron)
March 3rd, 20091:03 am
March 3rd, 20093:48 am
Did somebody want my autograph? I seem to be famous.
March 3rd, 20096:55 am
You may want to don your leathers and ride that bike over to Sopotnick’s to cover the coleslaw wrestling at noon tomorrow.
March 3rd, 20097:45 am
Downloaded the Isbell album last night….will listen to it today.
March 3rd, 20097:57 am
Carroll Rogers: As you probably noticed, but in case you didn’t, your comments didn’t begin in the left margin and didn’t show up in blue/gray. Some of us like to scroll quickly past other comments to see what folks in the know like DOB (and now you) may be saying about the team or the game.
Are you going to be able to keep us updated on what is happening in today’s game? Doesn’t look like it is on either MLB.TV or radio.
March 3rd, 20098:16 am
Panama vs. Braves game is today, not Wednesday.
Who’s on the hill today?
March 3rd, 20098:19 am
Think it is Hanson.
March 3rd, 20098:20 am
Couch, finally saw that post, and I’d say such a scenario would blow the percentages all to heck and gone, LOL. Cats living with dogs, 6’s against 1’s, end of the world stuff.
Love the name, though. HA!
Original Jon, the Panama game is today, and from my count, it looks like Hanson will be pitching, but I can’t find confirmation of that anywhere.
KK will be going tomorrow (Wed) against the evil empire (Yankees). I think you just had your days mixed up.
March 3rd, 20098:22 am
Bubdylan – I beg to differ on your assessment that Tommy’s arm cannot do the sexy things Smoltz could… I think it’s very sexy what Tommy can do – at any stage of his game!!
Carroll – Will holler – from one redhead to another!
March 3rd, 20098:37 am
toga party I am just going by what DOB said in his blog the other day. He said Hanson was starting Wednesday, maybe he had his days messed up, lol.
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