1:35 pm March 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 25th, 20099:09 pm
Thanks CA, I don’t get that channel.
Charlie in a jam with 2 on with no outs
Charlie is all over the place. Must be extra rust.
Charlies has allowed a single (Dukes) and a walk to first two batters
18 Wheels of Love
March 25th, 20099:10 pm
Charlie is wayyyy up in the zone.
And an RBI single to center. Still no outs.
March 25th, 20099:11 pm
Charlie’s wild. Ineffectively.
Nick Johnson is a tough out.
March 25th, 20099:12 pm
DOB, if talk to Jim Powell, ask him if he is going to have blog like he did with the Brewers.
Yea he through a curve last year. Don’t you remember all of DOB’s “Uncle Charlie” references?
March 25th, 20099:13 pm
not sure if he threw a curve all that much but I saw him pitch against the Angels in his debut and he threw a few absolutly wicked ones that were all but unhittable
March 25th, 20099:14 pm
Meant threw above.
Rob from SC
Here a a few thoughts
1. Josh Anderson sucks
2. We might have some issues scoring runs this season
3. I am very concerned about Gonzalez and Soriano
4. I think Francoeur will have a really good season
March 25th, 20099:15 pm
I hate losing
not mortons night although he has been out a while!!!
March 25th, 20099:16 pm
looks like back to AA for ol charlie
March 25th, 20099:17 pm
In Charlie’s defense this is his first appereance this spring.
New National announcer sounds like Mets’ Keith Hernandez…must be doing double duty!
March 25th, 20099:18 pm
That’s Rob Dibble.
March 25th, 20099:19 pm
“Here’s the pitch…,” and shut the heck up.
Kinda like blog posts, scoots?
March 25th, 20099:26 pm
Tomas thanks for that. I didn’t know that. Wew.
March 25th, 20099:28 pm
Rob in SC, you said:
If Anderson gets the job over Schafer, it is all about saving money
How so? Schafer would make the MLB minimum of $400,000 and I believe Josh would make the same, maybe a tad more, but certainly not less. So how could Anderson over Shafer save money?
If they go with Anderson, I believe it will be merely to give Shafer some AAA time to “prove himself” over a longer haul.
March 25th, 20099:30 pm
Soriano hurt? What a wuss. He reminds me of those NFL guys that fake injuries to skip training camp.
March 25th, 20099:31 pm
I think he means not starting Schafers arbitration clock.
March 25th, 20099:33 pm
They would be saving money by delaying his ARB clock
Anderson over Schafer would save money in the long run, because the longer they wait to bring Schafer up the more time until he hits arbitration, meaning he can be paid that minimum of $400,000 longer. If they wait a month to bring Schafer up, it could push his arbitration back a year by not making him a “Super 2″ player.
March 25th, 20099:37 pm
I been thinking this all Spring, why don’t the Braves get Ohman for around 1 mil and if at trade deadline they are out of contention, trade him him for someone that would definitly help next year?
March 25th, 20099:38 pm
Wonder how Bobby will spin tonights performance by the pen?
March 25th, 20099:40 pm
Salty just hit one out for Texas, if anyone gives a flying burrito brother. I want him back.
Phantastic Phillies Phan
March 25th, 20099:41 pm
losing to the pitiful Nats tonight are you? Like I said last night, now that the real teams are back and first stringers are playing much of the games the Braves will start losing regularly just like last spring. Gonna be a long long summer chasing fourth place again, tonight makes it look like the Nats might beat you out for it. Good luck for fourth!
Why should the Braves be short sided in there thinking about Shafer being a Super 2 player. If he turns into a superstar they will sign him long term probably before arbitaion and if he doesn’t Super2 or not he will not get the big bucks!
March 25th, 20099:44 pm
Phantastic Phillies Phan – Time will tell but I don’t think I would put any money on that stupid prediction.
March 25th, 20099:46 pm
I see the usual bandwagon jumping on and off is in full swing tonight with the game being televised. All this angst over spring training games, I hate to think what it will be like when the games actually count.. good thing the majority of you aren’t in a position of authority…
March 25th, 20099:47 pm
FYI – The Braves are on MLB’s 400K feed tomorrow. Also, it looks like no radio is available.
1:05 PM Toronto Blue Jays @ Atlanta Braves
March 25th, 20099:48 pm
Shafer is almost certainly the Braves CF of the future. Most likely if they send him to Gwinnett he will get a call up early enough in the season to give him his 86 days (I think that is how many it takes to qualify for Super 2). I believe the Braves just want to (a) do the right thing by Josh Anderson and give him a shot, and (b) give Shafer some AAA time to prove his swing.
By the All- Star break one of two things will a reality. Either Josh Anderson will be performing so well that we will not mind Shafer being in Gwinnett for one more season, or Shafer will be called up and take the starting CF position.
March 25th, 20099:49 pm
Philley fan ! If you loved philly soo much ! Why are you living in atlanta ?!! Why don’t you take your yankee but back up north !!!!!!
March 25th, 20099:51 pm
Bry22 If no one wants to sign Ohman for 1 mil now when all it costs is cash, why would it be reasonable to think that come July 31 someone would be willing to pay approximately 1/2mil and give up a prospect or prospects?
There is something about Ohman that MLB knows that we don’t.
March 25th, 20099:56 pm
Phantastic Phillies Phan, man the phillies are 10-12, the Braves are 16-7, spring results don’t matter. In a regular season game, Kawakami would have gone deeper on the game, and had kept Chipper, Kelly, Yunel, McCann, and Franceour on the game instead of (Diory Hernandez and Infante(who in comparison to Yunel, and Kelly they’re seriously lacking range)).
Not to mention there was no Garret Anderson or Kotchman tonight. And Mike Gonzales wouldn’t have come in the 6th inning.
March 25th, 20099:58 pm
Philley fan ! If you loved philly soo much ! Why are you living in atlanta ?!! Why don’t you take your yankee but back up north !!!!! Melissa
but but but…it’s butt darlin’, and who said anything about living in Atlanta. What a disgusting thought. Have to watch the Braves all the time in their ineptitude? No thanks. But…keep working on that spelling at UGA lil’ darlin’.
KC (2:29 pm): ” ‘For two of the last three years, Kawakami has not pitched at the level of an above-average major league pitcher.’
“Over his last 3 seasons, Kawakami has gone 38-20 with a 2.81 ERA.”
Geez Louise, KC, BP’s Clay Davenport can somehow project for Kawakami that he “ought to be better than an average National League pitcher,” and you still go all ballistic because he fails to conclude that Kawakami would “at least be well above average”.
“But if you believe, as I do, that the Japanese league is at least slightly better than AAA baseball here . . . “
I believe that BP goes on a little more than just their gut feelings when translating Japanese performance to US MLB equivalences. I believe that I’ll go with BP’s analyses rather than with your faith, creeds and dogmas.
PS: Btw, good call on figuring his ERA for those three years — it brought to my attention an apparent error in the Jan BP article, which might would justify Davenport’s revising his entire conclusion (upward).
I earlier posted the following comment to Davenport’s Jan article:
There’s a discrepancy between the (”real”) ERs you show charged to Kawakami and those shown on his xttp://www.japanesebaseball.com/players/player.jsp?PlayerID=1026 page.
For example, for 2006 (215 IP), 2007 (167.3 IP) & 200 (117.3 IP), the Japanese page records 60, 66 & 30 ERs, respectively.
BP’s chart shows 74, 72 & 33 ERs for the same years.
I think these may be his total runs allowed, not his earned runs.
March 25th, 200910:00 pm
By the way Phantastic Phillies Phan, the Nationals were at home and had all his regulars starting the game, and kept them all game(with the exception of Valentine their catcher, Adam Dunn who was replaced by a pinch runner in the 8th inning, and Anderson Hernandes who got injured).
March 25th, 200910:04 pm
Phantastic Phillies Phan, name some teams you faced that were so full of regular season regulars. Or maybe you could explain why the Phils are 10-12 in grapefruit league play. Not that it matters really because it is spring training, but dont be talking crap about how the Braves will start losing now that the regular players are back. What is your teams excuse then for having lost so many games already???
Wayne in Utah
March 25th, 200910:06 pm
Are you still on this Japanese thing. Your post are so disjointed, they only mean something to you and MAYBE KC, that is, if he is even reading them.
I can’t tell what the heck you are talking about. And please, don’t try to explain….
March 25th, 200910:08 pm
hahaha, A guy/gal who spells fantastic and fan with PH at the beginning of the words is telling someone how to spell. Classic.
March 25th, 200910:11 pm
I got a chance to watch about 2/3 of the game tonight. A couple of points. JAnderson was not impressive on that throw, or in any of his AB’s. Can you say Schafer?
The Nats announcers were woefully lacking in any game preparation. But, to be honest, rarely do I find any of the announcers these days to do their homework on the visiting team.
Gonzo needs to clean up that delivery. Morton, first outing, we will cut him some slack. Moylan looks real good.
Which brings me to a point I have made before. We have a 7th inning man, a setup man, and a closer. A couple of years ago, I liked the way that Moylan was used. Kinda as a stopper. He would often times come in when we needed someone to put out a fire, usually between the 6th and 8th innings. I like the idea of having a stopper for the bullpen. First guy in when things are on the line, BEFORE the 9th.
Could Medlen be that sort of guy?
Phantastic Phillies Phan's only friend
March 25th, 200910:20 pm
Listen fans, PPP has a saying “guys with wide butts, drive me nuts!” Look, I’m not saying he’s… well, you know. I’m just saying, as a Phily fan, he’s a little crazy when it comes to Utley…I,I, mean his boys..NO, I mean his favorite team. Sorry PPP, they had to know.
Wayne in Utah (10:06 pm): “Are you still on this Japanese thing. Your post are so disjointed, they only mean something to you and MAYBE KC, that is, if he is even reading them.
I can’t tell what the heck you are talking about. And please, don’t try to explain….”
I cite the commenter and the time of their post.
I quote the pertinent portion I’m addressing, in both italics and quotation marks.
I make my comment on their post. I include links if appropriate.
If you cannot follow that, you don’t deserve a goddam explanation.
And I’m not about to explain it to you anyway, so you can relax.
March 25th, 200910:24 pm
I think Philadelphia’s intellectual core left with, oh, i don’t know, Benjamin Franklin.
When are the first cuts ?!
March 25th, 200910:28 pm
Chipper on his swing:
“It was better tonight. I just was more aggressive, trying to hit the ball hard instead of feeling for it. Tonight was the first time all spring I felt dangerous if a ball was in the zone.”
He hit a changeup left over the plate by righty Balester for the home run, pulled it way gone to right. Hit a fastball away from righty Kip Wells for the opp-field down the left-field line, which Chipper said told him more about how good his swing was tonight than the homer.
“I went up there in BP today and just let it eat,” he said, using an expression these fellas like to use when they’re feeling charged up after doing something good. “I’ve been trying to protect my side so long that I wasn’t aggressive.
“I said today, to heck with it. When I decided to let it go, I let it go.”
About the double:
“When you hit a ball like that, you know you’re close. Because you have to be mechanically sound to do that, put a good swing on a ball middle-away like that. The pitch I hit out of the ballpark, you’re supposed to hit hard.”
March 25th, 200910:31 pm
You are the only person on here that gives a damn about going back and reading exactly what someone else posted.
My point was, why do you waste your time with something that nobody on here gives a rats azz about anyway.
The word dip $hit comes to mind……
Yes!, although I have no personal knowledge of that fact.
March 25th, 200910:33 pm
Melissa, you missed ‘em. First cuts were last week.
Next cuts are expected Friday or Saturday. Possibly tomorrow, but probably not.
March 25th, 200910:34 pm
Our backup infielders were less than impressive tonight too. I am hopeful for a good year from our golden child, Francoeur.
March 25th, 200910:37 pm
Man, you have a lot of good points to make on the ole blog, but you get too bogged down in not only proving your point, but then jamming it up their azz afterward. Then, for good measure, you do the old shampoo routine. Rinse and repeat.
You’d have a lot more people interested in carrying on a conversation with you if you would lighten up a bit.
Call me crazy but I think the person “close to Soriano” that was posting earlier is legit. Or, he/she could just be an obsessed fan wanting everyone to ease up on their idol.
Knuckles, I’m telling you, I’ve worked at two different places and each place had a born and raised Philly I had to work with. They know it all, they’re LOUD, and just plain rude. No, they’re not all that way, I hope, but our guest earlier probably fits that mold.
March 25th, 200910:38 pm
Thank you !!
March 25th, 200910:39 pm
With Soriano’s injury, and Gonzo’s seeming lack of “pulling it together”, do you see Medlen getting a legitimate shot at making the big club?
Why is it that the pitchers in Atlanta has had so many injuries since Leo Mazzone left the Braves for the Orioles. I think the Braves need to bring him back to the minors and help the young pitchers get ready for the majors.
March 25th, 200910:41 pm
If you changed your moniker to “sweet melissa”, that would be really cool! (especially with all these music a-fishin-ados around here)
March 25th, 200910:42 pm
Random, you my friend are a bonafied, conceded A-HOLE! And that’s just putting it nicely. I feel for you and your arrogant attitude that you spill on folks here.
March 25th, 200910:43 pm
Leo was on XM this afternoon, and was extremely entertaining. Good idea, but I don’t know if he would go for that sort of job.
Adam Dunn was very funny during his interview earlier tonight.
Gotta run, the Jazz are on…….later..
March 25th, 200910:45 pm
Dave ! How much are you concerned about the over all team ? It looks scary But, The nationals might look even with the braves ! They have a better line up but not starting pitchers. I think the nationals have a better pen ! I wanted Wren to sign Dunn ! But, he didn’t ! He gambled on KK ! I don’t know ! The braves have problem !!
Blauser, is that your first DBT record? If so, glad we could help steer you in the direction of the mighty band from Muscle Shoals by way of Athens (they call both places home).
Decoration Day, you should purchase next.
And then there’s this:
DOB, dude, I’m worried about you. That song is about breaking up with a suicidal actress. What the fielder does this have to do with anything? Are you a DJ or a beat writer? Stick to baseball! Can’t you throw up some home videos of Hanson pitching? — Ross
No, Ross, but we can try to find some “home videos” of the Drive-By Truckers’ show at Tabernacle a few months ago, if that’ll work for you.
Dang, now you’ve gone and done it….. You won’t hear the end of it now.
The three-headed replacement for WIL OHMAN is not good, not good, and this is only ST. I peeked at the spring stats. RIDGWAY is gone. O’FLAHERTY is going and LOGAN has had his moments both good and bad. But nobody’s hit the panic button yet, so I guess the decision makers don’t think crisis mode has arrived yet. Now SORIANO’s complaining. I’d feel better about a proven lefty in the pen. Isn’t JoJO a lefty?
I was gonna go to bed, but I figured I’d check the blogs for the last half hour or so. Wow! Fur was flying! If you guys get this testy after a ST loss, there must be real fireworks during the regular season.
March 25th, 200910:46 pm
Tn – the Soriano contact was probably one of his agent’s assistants doing a little bit of damage control.
I don’t get it.
Yeah, Wayne in Utah, I know that it can sometimes be very frustrating to read other peoples’ correspondence — sometimes you just feel so left out.
I promise I’ll write something to you sometime.
Why, looky here — I just did! Woo hoo!!! Feel better? Happy now?
MYOB, if you can’t keep up.
March 25th, 200910:47 pm
dob, do you think the bullpen looks weak?, would FW try to solidfy it before the season starts ? what would u do ?
March 25th, 200910:51 pm
DOB, he already owns Decoration Day. I recommended Southern Rock Opera and The Dirty South as well.
March 25th, 200910:53 pm
Anybody else like Important Things with Demetri Martin? – clever man.
It’s not like we are complaining about a meaningless game, But the braves team seems to show you things that stands out ! You can’t help but notice ! It’s how you lose a spring training game and unto who you lost too !
March 25th, 200911:02 pm
Have you heard of Fleet Foxes? I just got thier album from a friend and I havent heard that good of an album in a long time. I also suggest the new umphreys mcgee CD.
Ross- If you dont like the music talk get the heck off the blog
March 25th, 200911:03 pm
If you’re alluding to my blog, melissa, I was referring to the war of words among some of the Braves’ fans. You got a couple of good ones in there too, but that was only with a Phillie fan. They don’t count.
March 25th, 200911:05 pm
Okay BB5795 ! Right on !!
March 25th, 200911:07 pm
Frankie- I love Demetri Martin. He is an incredibly intelligent comedian… a rarity these days. He actually attended NYU Law and dropped out a year prior to graduating to pursue his comedy. If you haven’t seen his flip chart routine that was popular on YouTube awhile back, you need to.
March 25th, 200911:10 pm
True enough, read the blog description – We talk Braves, baseball in general, other sports, music, movies, BBQ and whatever else (except politics). Thats right, its not your blog
March 25th, 200911:16 pm
THWG – There are some smart comics these days. Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, David Cross ( when he’s performing ) ect. Unfortunately you have to seek out these performers. Most of the world still thinks Dane Cook and Kat Williams are the top of the class.
March 25th, 200911:18 pm
DOB, you’d be proud; I danced with a woman to McMurtry’s “Lost in the Backyard” tonight. Also turned the crowd (a party of 20-somethings, mostly, nice kids, though) to “Choctaw Bingo.” It is kind of weird, as you’ve said before, that he’s not more popular than he is. Everyone I show him to likes him.
March 25th, 200911:19 pm
anyone catch SOUTH PARK tonight? probably one of their best.
March 25th, 200911:24 pm
I’m gonna catch the rerun at 12:00
March 25th, 200911:37 pm
Saw an eye opening documentary tonight. Josh Anderson REVEALED. Schafer may go 0 for his next 25 and you still can’t make a case for JA. Never mind the 0-4, it happens. Did you see the throw to 3rd? Wow! As in Wow! my daughter has a better arm (and hers is bad!) To call this a competition is demeaning to JS.
March 25th, 200911:42 pm
Hey, azz wipe, didn’t somebody tell you that a blog is open conversation between many. If you want to send personal messages, use email.
Jazz up by 6 at the half….
March 25th, 200911:43 pm
I’ve been thinking bout renting band-wagons, complete, with personal on/off valets…
March 25th, 200911:47 pm
Sign me up for a seat (along w/ Bobby’s Belly) on the Jordan Schafer ride along.
March 26th, 200912:00 am
Jump on Wayne! All the “JS has options” idiots are awfully quiet after actually getting to SEE the real JA.
The Real Don Steele
March 26th, 200912:01 am
Shamus, you say the most insightful things. Bravo to you, sir. Bandwagon indeed!
March 26th, 200912:05 am
“Gonzo threw the best he’s thrown all spring,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “But he overthrew the breaking ball just a little bit. It was good to see the velocity he had tonight. He’s going to be fine. It’s there.”
This old man is a joke
March 26th, 200912:07 am
Soriano is also a joke…………please send him packing.
March 26th, 200912:08 am
Doc – Did BC really say that? I hope you’re drinking or kidding or both.
March 26th, 200912:20 am
I don’t work for his agents. Trust me, player agents have a lot more things to worry about than damage control on the blogs.
Shamus – The Braves bullpen bandwagon has an off valet, correct?
N Nine (eta10)
March 26th, 200912:27 am
While I agree Bobby sugar coating every damn thing gets very old, but I do feel positive about Gonzo. No reason to stress over the line from today’s game! Two weeks ago people were freaking that he’s topping high 80’s. MPH has steadly moved up and he’s feeling good. He thrives in games that matter. Let’s see what happens as we near opening day.
Its SORE-iano that I’d worry about. He watched and learned well from Hampton. Got bust written all over…
March 26th, 200912:32 am
Bubdylan, I’m surprised more don’t know him, either. McMurtry’s catalog over the past decade is unsurpassed among singer-songwriters, in my humble opinion. Brilliant and so very listenable. I can listen to “Lights of Cheyenne” on an endless loop. Well, maybe not an endless loopy. But repeatedly for a while….
Just drove back from Viera, made it in just under an hour. Me, coffee, the rest of my La Gloria Cubana, and Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning” disc cranked at ear-busting volume. Man, what a great CD. When “For Whom The Bell Tolls” was playing, I felt like pulling the car over and getting out to air guitar on the side of the road. But figured a possum or some swamp mammal might attack me like those Kimono dragons that killed that Indonesian fisherman the other day.
Just got done watching that South Park and you were right, it was a good one. I can see how that is right up your alley, I’ve seen you talking about the economy before. I just love South Park so much because they pull no punches and they will tackle any issue. They have pissed everyone off at one time or another but that’s what makes it great. No one is bigger than South Park.
March 26th, 200912:33 am
Prince on Tonight Show, right now….
March 26th, 200912:36 am
Mike Gonzalez sucks. Kawakami looked brilliant. Moylan should be our closer. Guy has a screwed up arm angle that can get three outs .
March 26th, 200912:41 am
All the “JS has options” idiots are awfully quiet after actually getting to SEE the real JA.Bobby’s Belly
damn dude, I really have to agree. You have to be retarded to want Josh over Jordan. Jordan is our future and has better tools. All 162 games matter to me. We must plug in the best option and JA is no match AT THE MOMENT…..
March 26th, 200912:46 am
Dang Wayne, they’re puttin on a dunk show! D up!
March 26th, 200912:47 am
Wilymo – Trust you. You seem to know a good deal about agent time management. If your a credible source just explain to us all what your relationship is to Soriano? You can’t come around here with this Phantom of the Opera thing and expect to be considered Credible. But, the fact still stands that your boss’ client does get sick like a malnourished little girl living in a strip club.
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