12:53 pm March 27, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 27th, 20091:53 pm
The 3 Rules to pitching:
March 27th, 20091:54 pm
Glavine’s done, 34 strikes in 51 pitches. Was only going to go three innings originally, but pitch count was so low through three that he went another
Three hits, no runs, no walks, three strikeouts
I didnt say I dont like Glavine, just shocked that he’s only hitting 80. Will he build up to his normal 87 or so, or is that it for this year?
If there’s a cooler guy in baseball than Matt Diaz, I can’t imagine who that would be. His attitude is always outstanding, no matter the circumstances. He never whines about playing time or anything else. consummate team player.
Actually, Bowman never said Griffey was a done deal. He reserved that and wrote 4 blogs in that time period that said we were still waiting on him.
Sorry, try again contact buzz
scoots…what’s with the humor lately man?! lol
they only way i could tell was you saw the loop in the pitch….well, more of a loop than the fastball.
Ritchie from Scotland
lol Glavine’s pitches are all off speed…..but in the right place thats for sure.
dogsbrekky (Dook lose again)
Chipper just misses one
high fly to RF, 1 down
March 27th, 20091:55 pm
Chop Chop – if you knew anything about Matt – you’d never say anything about him juicing! Shame on you
Chop Chop, was that a Facebook entry? “Chop Chop is ordering World Series tickets online….”
March 27th, 20091:56 pm
Any word on potential trades? What do you expect from Franceour this year? I say .275, 27 HRs, 103 RBIs.
I’m with DAP on the 80mph. That’s still very fast for “anyone.”
March 27th, 20091:57 pm
and 40 BBs
Hey, listen, Bobby’s, I’m a funny guy, always have been, LOL. Trying to reclaim some of the funny-guy turf from our buddy Bub.
Two quick outs for the Bravos. Chipper was laughing after his long flyball to right. I was joking about the juicing thing. Is it possible to joke about things? Yes. Francoeur took one of those infamous “Captain Caveman” swings. 2-2 count on him. He skies a fly to right. Verlander’s looking pretty good.
March 27th, 20091:58 pm
AJC Braves page:
“Braves closer declares he will begin pitching in a few days in hopes of returning for season opener.”
When did Soriano usurp the job from Gonzalez?
March 27th, 20091:59 pm
That would be a good idea for a status update, DOB. I guess I could tweet that, too.
The interviews with Diaz and Glavine were both well-done. I have never seen Diaz speak before; he seems like a really nice guy.
March 27th, 20092:00 pm
matty diaz wants schafer in center
Verlander looked like the 2006 version
March 27th, 20092:01 pm
KC, agree about Diaz. Just a pleasure anytime you hear him talk. That doesn’t replace talent, but all things being equal, he’s a guy you want around. (not saying he doesn’t have talent, btw!)
I think you’re referring to the bunt hit that broke up Schilling’s perfect game when he was with the DBacks. Link
Cru Jones, Glavine himself doesn’t expect to get up above 83-84 after he builds arm strength. Judging from results so far, that might be enough, with his location and mix of pitches….
No one should be surprised if Braves trade Anderson, but don’t expect them to get much in return. They’ve been talking to teams for a while now, but so far it seems teams would prefer to wait. For obvious reasons: Other team keep up with this like we do and realize that Schafer has outplayed Anderson and that the Braves might try to get Anderson through waivers or trade him for less a week from now than they would now.
Braves know the importance of getting off to a good start, and if they believe Schafer (or Blanco) makes them a better team than Anderson, they will probably go that route, minor-league options be damned.
March 27th, 20092:02 pm
Prado played 1st base, now at 3rd base
Campillo gets a 5-3
0-0 still in 5th
If I had to pick the bullpen right now, this is what I would go with:
That’s right, no lefty middle-reliever. I’d rather have a righty that can get outs than a lefty that gets knocked around. But we really do need to get Ohman or someone comparable as soon as possible.
I’m afraid Brian would be the slowest baserunner on just about any team. LOL
Oh, I agree. I was just referring to McCann’s mad basestealing skillz. Certainly McFann can attest to those.
March 27th, 20092:03 pm
Ugh…why does McCann refuse to hit now that I’m watching?
Thanks! Most of my pics of Mac are from a considerable distance.
March 27th, 20092:04 pm
Over/under 5: Brian McCann’s 2009 total stolen bases plus triples?
This might be the regular season order of things. Glavine pitching in the reagion of 5 innings and Jorge Campillo coming into bridge it with 2-3 innings.
Oh yeah! He got real mad skillz on the bases!
DOB, should the fact that Blanco is batting leadoff today worry me?
March 27th, 20092:05 pm
Uncle Creeply Ex-Con conned the knicers right off me . . . ooops, did I say that? I meant, I ‘ll see you later. Go Braves and McTurtle
March 27th, 20092:06 pm
Nice play by Norton. He sure looks a lot better at first than the outfield.
BravesFan InRockies (IbleedCarolinablue)
dogsbrekky (Dook lose again),
The Zags could beat our Heels tonight If every bulldog goes off and Lawson gets in foul trouble. But I’m a lot less worried about this game than I was when Ty had an awful first 10 mins. vs. LUS (Justin Wilson, RIP).
Coach K’s got to be willing to recruit and sign one-and-done guys or Dook’s going to be no better than a Sweet 16-caliber program.
Norton great play at 1st
looked like a 25 year old, 3 outs
PWHjort – Give me the over.
This girl heard about Glavine’s fastball.
March 27th, 20092:07 pm
Bravesfan – I actually am very worried about our ‘heels
Lawson is the big key…….
March 27th, 20092:08 pm
Over Under on BMac’s belly flop sildes into 3rd on a triple???? God, that was funny.
McFann, I have to say…you’re one tough cookie. You stuck to your guns last offseason when everyone was talking about how bad of a baserunner McCann was. And look what happened…he goes out and leads the majors in stolen base percentage.
Drizzle N. Megatons
March 27th, 20092:09 pm
Ron Paul is for the people, unless you want your children to have human implant RFID chips, a National ID card and create a North American Union and see an economic collapse far worse than the great depression. Support Ron Paul he speaks the truth and the media and government is afraid of him go to YouTube and search for ‘Ron Paul’ and you will see his large base. Get motivated America, don’t believe the lies of the media! Value Freedom instead of corporate lies and corruption. Bypass this media blackout they are doing to Ron Paul, tell your family and friends and get involved in the Campaign for Liberty and make your voice heard! He will end the War In Iraq immediately. He will eliminate the IRS and wasteful government spending, and eliminate the Federal Reserve and restore power to the people and is not a member of the CFR. How many other Congressmen make these claims?
He has NEVER voted:
* to raise taxes
* for an unbalanced budget
* to raise congressional pay
* for a federal restriction on gun ownership
* to increase the power of the executive branch
He HAS voted:
* against the Iraq war
* against the inappropriately named USA PATRIOT act
* against regulating the internet
* against the Military Commissions Act
He will eliminate the IRS, Wasteful Government Spending & Stop The Iraq War Immediately!
Most importantly, he voted NO on anything in Congress that is not allowed by the Constitution.
Google: “Ron Paul” Today! Join The Revolution!
ArkyTech, Kelly Johnson led off yesterday. Escobar led off a few days ago.
N Nine (eta Nine)
March 27th, 20092:11 pm
I’d say a few of those doubles could become triples for MAC. Going to be fun watching the new and improved McCann!
golly…can we delete that post about ron paul?
well verlander looks amazing
PWH, McCann has a sterling 80% career stolen base rate, despite his disastrous 0 for 1 performance in 2007. And his number of triples increased, well, infinitely, from 0 to 1 in 2008.
Given that and his new svelte figure, I’m taking the over on that. I’ll say 5 stolen bases, 2 triples.
Brandon aka DukeBoy
Your Point on Coach K Recruiting one-and-dones is true, but I Understand why he doesnt.
dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !
No bloody politics or I will start quoting……….
Verlander looks really sharp. Two easy outs. Anderson showed bunt on the first pitch. Carlos Guillen is starting to hate Josh Anderson because of all the running he just had to do into foul ground. Josh obliges by popping out in foul territory to third.
Boog is just a wealth of information on various little things. He keeps a game interesting.
March 27th, 20092:12 pm
Drizzle N. Megatons just farted
March 27th, 20092:13 pm
can you believe its the sixth already
Drizzle, keep the political garbage of this blog.. I get enough of that crap on the nightly news…
McCann will probably end up with ten triples. Ten of them will result from cut-off men fainting when they see Heap rounding second base.
Vote 4 Pedro!!! All of your wildest dreams will come true!
March 27th, 20092:14 pm
DOB – Do you get any sense that Kotchman is going to be able to play this year. It just seems that the guy has had zero luck getting into the lineup this spring or last year when his mom was ill. Maybe we should try to trade him and go with someone else at 1st. What do you think.
oops Cattivo__ KJ is streaky but I’m still positive he’ll be OK.
March 27th, 20092:15 pm
What the hell was that (Ron Paul) all about?
Verlander had a pretty rough year last year. I’m glad it looks like he’ll bounce back this year. I don’t know why exactly, but I’ve always liked him. Of course, I’d rather him not make our lineup look like chopped liver, but what can we do?
you’re writing kotchman off that quick? He obviously just didn’t get his flu shot this past fall…
Uh, oh. LOOGY alert. O’Flaherty is in the game.
March 27th, 20092:16 pm
Drizzle, take the politics to a mets blog
Eric O in the game. Wake up the scoreboard guy.
Will the old triples become inside the parkers?
Ron Paul? Everyone knows Ron Gant is for the people!
Wow, sounds like last year when Cox would put the sorriest reliever right back out there to prove to everyone he still sucks..hopefully he won’t!
March 27th, 20092:17 pm
The Irishman looks very good today
maybe mcdowell threatened him to the very inch of his life
Not talking politics, but just to be clear Paul had his chance to run for higher office, and that ship has sailed.
March 27th, 20092:18 pm
theres our lefty
Roman Gal, if Verlander returns to form, today’s game won’t be the only hors d’oeuvre he serves up this season. I think some folks forget pitchers draw a paycheck, too.
O’Flaherty strikes out Busta Rhymes on three pitches. Impressive. Who needs Ohman? Size our ring fingers, Selig.
Ordonez is up there. His hair has Kenny Powers potential. “Everybody clap your hands,” says the BS PA crap. Prado makes a nice play to his left to get Ordonez. O’Flaherty is a golden god. He’s a much better pitcher than Ohman. No doubt in my mind. No doubt at all. Let’s see if I can jinx him. You’re great, O’Flaherty. 1-2 count on Cabrera. Does O’Flaherty eat Lucky Charms? He probably uses Irish Spring. He strikes out Cabrera looking.
Ladies and gentlemen, the bullpen issues have been solved.
Boe we have so many ex-Mariners
.. Oh wait. Scratch that one.
March 27th, 20092:19 pm
Eric had a nice outing looked like completely different pitcher versus the mets game
O’Flaherty actually looked pretty good. 1-2-3, 2 K
March 27th, 20092:20 pm
“Drizzle N. Megatons”?????
ncscoots, I’m just glad we don’t have to face him during the season.
March 27th, 20092:21 pm
Drizzle N. Megatons
March 27th, 2009
take your political opinions somewhere else(the mets blog would be ok)!!!
O’Flaherty’s swagger is probably back up around 97
Why the hell did somebody mention my name on DOB’s blog? Let’s talk Braves people, not me!
March 27th, 20092:22 pm
roger that, RG. Who IS on the interleague schedule this year, anyway?
80 MPH would not be among the top 3 on any pitching staff in the Richmond area high schools. Trust me on that one. 80 is rather ordinary. We constantly see 85 as the norm with the top pitchers topping out at 90-92. This on radar guns by scouts mind you, not eye-balling it. 85-90 is pretty easy to hit for a seasoned high school batter but it all comes down to movement, location, and the changeup/curve.
To Glavine’s credit (yes, I said credit) either he has the location movement or the hitters are so geared to 90+ that their timing is off. Probably the latter. Probably wouldn’t be pretty to watch the later innings if he was to go that far. Not now though coming off the rehab.
Saw Verlander’s brother pitching last week here. Has it up about 83-84 on the gun. Good-looking kid by most accounts. Keep in mind that Tim Lincecum was 4′11″ and 115 lbs as a high school freshman throwing 79 and as a senior he was 5′8″ 150 lbs throwing 89-90. You know the rest of that story.
Kelly gets another hit, this off a right-hander (the lefty has been hitting lefties better than righties, much as he did last season)
Norton is a solid hitter. I like his approach and balance at the plate. HIt that hard, just to the wrong part of the park.
First time i saw O’Flaherty pitch. Kinda looks like a thrower. He missed his spots on several occasions. Seems like he could get most major leaguers out…but i fear him coming in to face a Howard.
Nice hit by Kelly there.
o’fortheloveofgod pitched well.
Kotchman has the same CR..P I did. It did the same thing to me, and it took three weeks before I was healthy again. Nasty Stuff. Take all the drugs they give you Casey!
March 27th, 20092:23 pm
i wish the season would just start alreadddddy. how bout those games last night by the way… besides Pitt vs X-men, what a bunch of crappy games. Good to see Memphis play a quality opponent and get blow out of the gym.
DOB man, tough one tonight for KU… didn’t look good against the Izzo’s first time around.
March 27th, 20092:24 pm
I think their interleague schedule consists of AL East teams this year.
Greg Norton’s talkin’ bout China Grove as he flies out to Granderson. Blanco’s up again. Still hasn’t shaved that crap off his face. I know; it’s from a Sharpie. Blanco grounds out to second and doesn’t increase his OBP. He should decrease his strikeouts. The passive Kelly gets a first-pitch single up the middle. B. Jones “factors in somewhat” into the outfield mix. Wild pitch from Verlander. Matt Treanor, aka “Mr. Misty May,” couldn’t handle that one. Brandon gets owned on a low fastball. Inning over. We head to the seventh.
Wow, i guess Ron Paul really is for the people…
Scoots, I think we have the O’s twice, Blue Jays once, Yankees once, and Red Sox twice…
Drizzle whatever I think you took a wrong turn somewhere. Now put the car back in drive and move along please.
March 27th, 20092:25 pm
Lesson 1 – we are never late
Make sure you are getting up over your front leg
We like to establish our dominance with a fastball
We throw inside when we have to…………
Excellent play by play Chop Chop. Take note Boog.
March 27th, 20092:26 pm
I wonder if Kotchman might have a more serious issue going on….Going through his Rotoworld bio, he’s missed quite a bit of time in the past with a few non-baseball related ailments. He missed most of 2006 with Mono and missed a playoff game in 07 with severe flu-like symptoms. He also missed some time in 07 with dizziness and headaches, but it appears those were the result of a concussion he suffered. Anyone have any insight on this? I hope he’s ok.
Verlander has only given up five hits in his last three starts, and two of those were bunts. Dude is back at top form, it would appear. Jimmy Leyland said today Verlander will start opening day, against Roy Halladay at Toronto.
March 27th, 20092:27 pm
UNC does not rock dogsbrekky, the Tarholes go home tonight.
wow, i guess ron paul really is for the people … well, when he’s not for the aliens…. or was that the other weirdo, dennis kookenich? always confuse those two nuts. and if they did talk to an alien, was ross perot that alien?
Bosox (home and home) blue jays (home) Yanks (home)and Baltimore (road)
Verlander will start opening day, against Roy Halladay at Toronto.
Ooh…I bet that’ll be a good one!
I know Kotchman missed quite a bit of time a couple of years ago due to getting mono during the season…has he or anyone else around the team indicated that his current “flu-like symptoms” might be a relapse of this? I only ask because I’m pretty sure that once you get mono you always have it, it just usually goes into a dormant state, but relapses can occur.
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