12:53 pm March 27, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 27th, 20092:28 pm
wilymo Yeah, that was the Schilling game I was thinking about. I think it was the D-Back manager that got mad because someone bunted to break up the perfect game. Guess he thought that at that point in the game the batter was supposed to be trying to help Schilling stay perfect.
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.
Yes, I think we may probably forgo the discussion of the run, sink, and action on Glavine’s offerings, LOL.
The man knows how to pitch, and that’s a fact. But when he has one of those days when he isn’t perfectly fine with that stuff, it might be time to get the married men off the infield.
March 27th, 20092:29 pm
Not sure if anyone remembers the 52-round draft pick by the Braves back in 1996. Brett Pierce.
Met him at the bar last night.
I am not condemning Kotchman, it is just frustrating when your starting first baseman gets in so few ST games.
dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !
now now Dook boy, lets not get testy just because you guys lost (AGAIN) in a major game………..
If only MLB 2K9 had anything resembling a good video game…
March 27th, 20092:30 pm
Ha, KJ just absolutely dancing around the question of where he’d like to hit in the lineup. Sounds like he’s at odds with management about it, and is either too smart, or under orders, not to discuss it.
March 27th, 20092:31 pm
Treanor just BLASTED a two-run homer halfwayup the left-field berm off Acosta.
bullpen ACOSTA a gosta…. oh no a long ball
Kelly’s being interviewed. He’s talking. They’re talking about adjustments he’s made at the plate. He’s trying to improve on “hard plays” in the field. He says he feels “really, really good” out there in the field. He feels like second base is his position now. He has a nice comfort level. Norton makes a nice play on a short-hop throw from Prado. There’s a runner at second with one out. Does it matter how he got there? No. Kelly’s talking about the bench. Kelly seems to be bothered about where he is in the lineup. He’s saying the opposite, but the fidgeting betrays him. He obviously doesn’t want to hit leadoff. He thinks the game is changing and that there won’t be all those 40 HR guys anymore. Acosta is taken deep by Mr. Misty May. He spiked that one. 2-0, Tigers.
Well, what do ya know! The GIVE IT UP BOYS have blew the game once again.
Megatons, you forgot the great job he did as GM with the Cincinnati Reds during the 50’s, signing black and Latin-American players.
Oops, check that, that was GABE Paul …
March 27th, 20092:32 pm
Well, I’ve been speaking positively of Manny Acosta today, so NATURALLY…
March 27th, 20092:33 pm
Acosta gives up a bomb.
Someone told Treanor his new nick-name was Mr. Misty May.
N Nine (eta Nine)
“Will the old triples become inside the parkers?” That would be a Thrill- Thrillhouse!
His name is now Manny Will-cost-ya
what in the world is verlander doing?
March 27th, 20092:34 pm
Awright! I win the pool today on the time of Jeff’s first “give it up boys” post. BAM!
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I wonder what would happen if McCann went to see Shafer’s speed coach next offseason.
If anyone’s wondering why Verlander stood at the back of the batter’s box and never gave any indication he was considering swinging at a pitch, it’s because Leyland told him before game not to swing at anything.
Glad Acosta didn’t throw a ball.
Is Verlander going for the complete game shutout in spring? Why was he even batting?
haha kelly johnson just dropped the henry roeingardner on verlander
The recent bullpen meltdown reminds me of last year
March 27th, 20092:35 pm
Kelly’s being interviewed
Ugh! Man, I wish I was watching. Where does it sound like he wants to hit?
March 27th, 20092:36 pm
I wonder what would happen if McCann went to see Shafer’s speed coach next offseason
Josh Anderson would feel completely useless.
Mr. Misty May is okay with the reference.
I think we should pitch Lowe, Jurrjens, and Kawakami against the Phillies in our opener because Vazquez is so HR prone and the Phillies have so much HR power in such a HR friendly park.
March 27th, 20092:38 pm
Roman Gal, he wouldn’t say… you could just tell that he had something to say, but wouldn’t say it. He danced around the question, but won’t win any awards for the performance. (Other than that, a nice interview, btw).
I guess the juicing era is officially over. Notice how many guys have lost weight this year? What the hell is wrong with our bullpen! Both our lefties suck, Soriano is pulling a Hampton on us and Acosta loves to throw gopher balls. This is beginning to look familiar!
haha Kelly was funny talking about Matt Diaz having the 3 month flu and the henry rownegartner with verlander
Duke-Boy…..Dreadful performance by the ACC in this post-season (including NIT). Duke went a long way with that talent but I am still surprised they got past Texas. Villanova just exposed every Duke weakness which is toughness and an inside game.
Until the NCAA/NBA quit allowing these kids to jump to the pros early every team is forced to get the best players and realize that one-and-done players may be there. Rather have them than not have them. Baseball and football won’t take a player before the junior year is over. It should be that way in basketball too. The pros and college would be a better game.
Anyone concerned that we ARE NOT HITTING quality pitchers this ST
>Awright! I win the pool today on the time of Jeff’s first “give it up boys” post. BAM!
Is it asking too much for us to have a quality pen? I really don’t see how they expect to compete by trotting out this stable.
March 27th, 20092:39 pm
Season almost here…. Braves starting to lose more regularly…… All is right with the world
braves are on mlb network tomorrow and sunday
March 27th, 20092:40 pm
I think Medlen is going to make this team over Acosta. I really do. Also, I am feeling very strong about taking Verlander in fantasy, no question.
The only problem with pitching Kawakami in Philly is that he is scheduled to pitch the last spring game in ATL on the 4th and he would be throwing on short rest…no reason to do that
Francoeur gets robbed by Larish. Francoeur should retire. Joe says that a “rotisserie” guy might want to take a look at Verlander. Well, Joe…let me tell you something: I had that sorry sack of crap last year. He killed me for the first four months of the season.
I forget, does Acosta have options? I think he has one left.
March 27th, 20092:41 pm
Anyone else worried about the bullpen?
dogsbrekky – UNC rocks ! , we never hit stud pitchers
Also another quality at bat there from Jeff against a very good pitcher. I forget whoever was saying that Frenchy has looked “overmatched” against good pitching, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. He is really looking great. That should have been a single.
March 27th, 20092:42 pm
doesnt get any better than acosta…except if they put boyer in. wren needs to do us a favor and rid the pen of these two.
just for fun, what would the trade negotiations be like?
wren: hey guys, ive got this young first baseman who is always sick or worried about his mom and can’t stay on the field. i know this because he missed a few weeks last year and like a whole week of spring training games. he just cant get in the lineup! will you give me something good for him?
“Anyone concerned that we ARE NOT HITTING quality pitchers this ST”
dogsbrekky (etc), wonder if the Tigers are concerned that they couldn’t hit Tom Glavine.
Give Jeffy321 a break. Francoeur hasn’t given him enough to complain about lately. He’s got moan about something.
offense and bullpen: not worried about either. Not yet anyway. It is STILL SPRING TRAINING. Our opening day lineup has yet to play a game together and the bullpen is out of sequece but the guys that really matter (Boyer, Carlyle, Moylan, Soriano, Gonzo occasionally)have been fine. Quit worrying so much.
March 27th, 20092:43 pm
Ya it’s not going to happen. That’s just the way I would’ve done things. You’re correct though, no reason to pitch Kawakami on 3 days rest.
March 27th, 20092:44 pm
Short rest might not be the only problem for Kawakami. Those high fastballs and hanging breaking balls he’e had a tendency to throw could also be a problem in a small park.
Other than that, a nice interview
mbatl, I’m so jealous. And of course, the game will be over before I can get back to catch the end of it. Stupid pitchers duels!
Jeff, you’re right, it’s not exactly an outre expectation re the bullpen, and I even agree that the performance has been less than inspiring this spring. I just couldn’t resist messin’ with ya, that’s all.
love watching these interviews
March 27th, 20092:45 pm
how can you not worry when you get reminded of how terrible the so called “give it up boys” have been the last couple of years
McCann’s on now. He doesn’t think the WBC helped his swing. I don’t think it hurt him. The Tigers want to get this game over with. Busta Rhymes grounds out again. I don’t know what his real first name is, but I think it Rhymes with “I suck.” McCann thinks “everyone is good.” The guys in the booth are mocking his cliched interview skills and are giving him crap about it. Bennett looked like Cy Young there.
After Acosta’s epic failure, it appears that the bullpen problem has been solved…again. Thank you, Jeff Bennett.
March 27th, 20092:47 pm
Turtsnap 2:39 pm
I agree – Rewind to last year’s season. Of course there will be those
same idiots who keep saying “don’t panic, its a long season”
I have the feeling that Boy it is gonna be a LONG SEASON
March 27th, 20092:48 pm
Never thought I’d hear thanks Jeff Bennet..unless it was coming from the other team as they rounded the bases.
March 27th, 20092:49 pm
I remember when Fernando Rodney use to throw 100. Now he throws 90.
I remember when Glavine use to throw 90, now he throws 80.
I sound like my grandmother.
March 27th, 20092:50 pm
dogsbrekky – UNC rocks, when pitchers with truly great stuff are on top of their game, there’s not much you can do. Great pitching beats even great hitting nearly every time. When guys like Verlander or Santana are on top of their game… who DOES hit them??
Uggh, if Anderson wins this job…
March 27th, 20092:51 pm
Tie game. Norton with a ground rule double.
March 27th, 20092:53 pm
Thanks, Roman Gal! My Dad always says, “If only McCann knew how much he owed you…” Haha…but uh…yeah, he really saved my bacon there, didn’t he?
—Wow, we’ve got two guys on base at the same time!—
But really, he’s not a bad base runner–just a little slow. Sometimes it’s not speed that counts, it’s smarts.
Funny interview–I think he’s was happy that Bennett went 1-2-3!
Hey, I’m just tired of watching a close game and having it blown almost on a regular basis by the guys Bobby Cox chooses to represent this team.
I have nothing against Frenchy personally. I think like a lot of others — his performance last year coupled with his trash talk to the press was worthy of much scorn. However, it looks like he’s actually been doing some work in the off season. So, hopefully I won’t have to rip his lack of performance anymore. (At least until after the all star break!)
Btw,I guess Acosta is now off the hook for now.
Didn’t DOB say Verlander has allowed 5 hits in his last three starts and two of those were bunts? Sometimes or most of the times good pitching beats good hitting. THE PEN WILL BE FINE!!!! As long as the STARTERS are okay—just get to the 6th or 7th three out of 5 starts. Its going to be a fun season—not alot of homers. The Braves have a good chance to be relevant again regarding the NL east race. I think they’ll win the east myself.
I think Wren needs to give Ohman a call.
Rob from SC
March 27th, 20092:54 pm
Looks like Anderson won the job
March 27th, 20092:55 pm
I want to see Schafer pinch hit
All Manny Acosta does in walk people and give up Homeruns
Tie game–wow. The things you miss while scanning the Blog!
During the season, I do that during commercials…as long as the computer vacant. But they’ve got a knack for having rallies when I’m not there…and in ST, McCann doesn’t hit when I am there!
we should have sent the runner, its spring training
March 27th, 20092:56 pm
Who did Norton drive in?
schafer time, hit here wins him the job
Conrad should be cut. He just blew a huge AB in a very important game. This disgusts me.
Why does everyone think Anderson won the job? Have the Braves announced that? Has DOB reported it? No. In fact, he reported something to make you wonder the exact opposite!
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
For those of you saying that the Braves aren’t hitting the “premier” pitchers this spring…..
they are premier pitchers because NO ONE hits them. They win Cy Young awards and have low ERA and WHIP because NO ONE hits them.
You all act like the Braves should hit .350 as a team against the likes of Oswalt, Santana, Verlander, and every other ace out there.
They are ACES for a reason… when they are on the hill, you can expect to not get many hits and have to claw for 2 runs.
March 27th, 20092:57 pm
some fastball from Rodney
If Schafer gets a hit here, he’ll go to the Hall of Fame. If he makes an out, Wren should trade him.
How did we score the runs?
March 27th, 20092:58 pm
I would love for someone to let me know who is winning or atleast the score and hit me up with some play by play. Concentrate guys
Struck out looking.
Schafer, you’re being traded to the Royals for Tony Pena, Jr. Pack your bags.
March 27th, 20092:59 pm
Ground rule double drove the runs in.
There was an error committed by the Tigers that put Prado on base. Josh Anderson roped a single to right center. Anderson stole second base. Greg Norton hit a ground-rule double to plate both runs, Tomahawk210.
March 27th, 20093:00 pm
Can’t fault that strikeout. That change was filthy. I really hope Anderson doesn’t win this job. He will bat leadoff, and he will sink our lineup with an atrocious OBP. I don’t care how fast you are, if you can’t get on base at a high clip you shouldn’t hit lead off. But that is what is going to happen.
I like Buddy Carlyle
chop chop your posts are so insightful
Schefer will be the CF by year’s end as long as he is healthy. That’s all that matters. If he is not, then it is still good for us, because that means that Anderson or Blanco are having a solid year. So quit worrying so much…
March 27th, 20093:02 pm
Unfortunately, GSU-Lee, the games in April and May count just as much as those in August. It matters.
March 27th, 20093:03 pm
Chop Chop is cracking me up today
March 27th, 20093:04 pm
DOB, they’re talking about ya on the tely!
March 27th, 20093:06 pm
So I go down to talk to Glavine and miss the fireworks, including Norton’s two-run double down the line (they have a TV in clubhouse)
March 27th, 20093:07 pm
Josh, score is 2-2, Verlander made us look like little leaguers out there. Pretty boring game, so you ain’t missin much.
buddy is so underrated,dude is a gamer.
March 27th, 20093:08 pm
Braves get ‘em in order in the top of the ninth. Time to get a walkoff of some sort.
Boog mentioned DOB in order to show that he is “hip” to our scene. I think Boog and DOB should have a “leather blazer” contest.
On the other hand…if Anderson keeps thriving, maybe his trade value goes up.
March 27th, 20093:10 pm
Brandon “Listen to the” Lyon is on the mound. Ross is facing him. Ross walks.
March 27th, 20093:11 pm
Is that Rick Ross, Chop Chop?
Guzman gets a bunt down. Runner at second with one out.
March 27th, 20093:12 pm
and of course by Schefer I meant Schafer.
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