12:53 pm March 27, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 27th, 20093:12 pm
Infante’s up. In Spanish, Infante means “infant-y.”
March 27th, 20093:13 pm
If Verlander keeps throwing like that, he’ll win 20 easily. His stuff looks like the 2007 Verlander.
base hit to left, Dirty Diana holds up at third…runners on the corners with one out
Is Chop Chop on speed?
Epinephrine, unfortunately for that comment, it is still NOT April or May. That was precisely my point.
March 27th, 20093:14 pm
Infante is so valuable.
Prado is a stud.
It’s all on Prado. Game over. Little bouncer for a base hit.
Attaway Nitram Odarp.
Brandon aka DukeBoy
March 27th, 20093:15 pm
Braves Win Braves Win
So is Prado.
I hope they had the plastic up in the clubhouse. Lots of partying about to happen.
a win is a win even if that ball was a seeing eye single
Whoo whoo!! Good to see the bench players scrape out the winning run against someone’s closer.
Does anyone think “Jose Vidro” when you watch Prado hit?
Glavine felt better today than last time, “less laborsome” he said, ball came out of his hand easier he thought, and so did Roger McD.
He hopes his velocity will improve as arm strength builds, “But if it doesn’t, if I can locate the way I did today, I can pitch like that. Absolutely.”
Unlke the patchwork Mets lineup he handled last week, this was a solid lineup. And they were taking some bad swings against Glavine’s changeup and late swings on his 80 mph fastballs, which told him the differential between his change and fastball was good, etc.
Hitting 80-81 with his four-seamer, which he’d like to get up to about 84. But hey, in his heyday he said he was most comfortable in 84-86 range, though he’d also throw 86-88 sometimes and occasionally touch 90 mph. But his best location, he said, was usually in the 84-86 range.
People, as much as I had doubts the day of the intrasquad game, after watching him today I think Glavine will do just fine in the 5-hole, long as he stays healthy.
March 27th, 20093:16 pm
Prado RBI, Braves WIN
March 27th, 20093:17 pm
you are hilarious man.
So, the speakers blast “Centerfield” as the fans leave the stadium. John Fogerty has tears in his eyes, no doubt.
Put him in, coach. He’s ready to play…today. Put him in, coach. He’s ready to play…today. Look at him. He can be centerfield.
Omar Infante is a stud!!! Go Prado!!! AMAZING BUNT!!! okay good bunt! Braves win!!!! Infante is really really good–in the field and a solid hitter. Can play anywhere. Glad the Braves have him.
March 27th, 20093:18 pm
Pretty sweet to beat the Tigers with their ace on the mound for 7, their bigtime setup man pitching the 8th, and their closer pitching the 9th. (and our #5 starting the game against most of their regulars).
Doesn’t mean too much in the greater scheme, but it’s better than a poke in the eye, by far.
March 27th, 20093:19 pm
nice 1 run win today,i’m impressed!
March 27th, 20093:21 pm
Good job on the updates today, thanks guys.
March 27th, 20093:22 pm
I like our bench. Pretty deep.
btw, watched the first 3 episodes of the new season of Rescue Me this morning. It’s going to be a great season.
March 27th, 20093:23 pm
I think J.Anderson helped his cause today, most especially with that bunt hit.
thanks for all the updates today everyone!
Brandon Lyon sucks.
March 27th, 20093:27 pm
braint, no joke… out bench will be damn good this year.
March 27th, 20093:29 pm
This is going to be a tough decision, this centerfield situation.
March 27th, 20093:31 pm
Cracks in levee forces evacuations in Fargo, ND
looks like coach and n8 might be bailing sand bags
Epinephrine – “Can’t fault that strikeout. That change was filthy.” Worst post of the day. I guess you are saying pitchers are now aware of Schafer’s greatness and are throwing him superior pitches. Poor JS, he will never make the club fighting those odds.
N Nine (eta Nine)
BA__If you want to believe that. In terms of better player, not so tough decision
March 27th, 20093:33 pm
Did the Braves just win a one-run game????
March 27th, 20093:35 pm
“Baseball Tonight,” at 3:30 p.m.
Awesome. Olney was talking about the Nats’ outfield situation. It seems to me that the Nats should just cut Wily Mo Pena and Austin Kearns. That’s a considerable amount of cash to eat, but Bowden was an idiot. No reason to let his stupid moves haunt the team any longer than necessary.
March 27th, 20093:37 pm
When I watched Schafer at the plate today, he has almost had the same stance as Victorino. Lifts front foot of the ground when the pitch is coming.
March 27th, 20093:38 pm
No, Horner’s Corner, I was saying it was a good pitch. What are you talking about?
March 27th, 20093:40 pm
looks like coach and n8 might be bailing sand bags (ncgary)
I missed the memo. N8 and Coach are considered sandbags now, not windbags?
March 27th, 20093:42 pm
DOB: Did the umps give Glavine a wide strike zone today? Or was it fairly tight? This information is critical for judging how he might do in the season when he gets squeezed.
18 Wheels of Love
March 27th, 20093:43 pm
“Where Ron Paul at?”
“Your a real man Ron Paul.”
Sorry, crazy day here in cubicalville. Cut throat in sales I tells ya. Almost time for some Mellow Mushroom again and a nice dark beer. Stay dry Fargo!
March 27th, 20093:44 pm
Seems like many fans thought Soriano was just dogging it last year when he was complaining of a bum arm. If both guys are healthy (Soriano & Gonzo) isn’t Soriano the better closer? His stuff seems nastier and he comes with straight gas. None of that goofy rocking on the mound nonsense.
Cracks in levee forces evacuations in Fargo, ND. looks like coach and n8 might be bailing sand bags (ncgary)
I guess we’ll see if Noah will listen to God and save 2 of every kind. The question is what kind of whatever you call it do Noah and God consider N8 and Coach?
March 27th, 20093:45 pm
That’s a great idea 18 Wheels. 1 hour 15 minutes. The countdown is on.
Wonder if Glavine would consider working as a middle to long reliever? His stuff would certainly be a change of pace following a much harder throwing pitcher and putting him in the pen would open a slot for Hanson or Reyes.
March 27th, 20093:47 pm
Stay safe N8&Coach. Hopefully things will be back to normal come opening day.
Well, Billy Gillispie just got canned. Big Blue’s on the hunt for another coach.
I’ve got a penny that says Calipari will be Kentucky’s next coach.
March 27th, 20093:49 pm
One game doesn’t make a good ballplayer. Look at the overall stats and see the big picture. Anderson still doesn’t have an arm and he never will and we all should know that CF defense is just as impotant as the offense. Why are all the Braves on the team saying they want Schafer on the MLB club with them? They must know something that will help them win games during the season and his name is: Jordan Schafer.
Actually Astro Joe, no Soriano isn’t the better closer. He’s only been a closer for a short time after he came over to the Braves. Gonzo on the other hand was a closer before he came over and was perfect in save opportunities that year (something like 28 out of 28, someone correct me if I’m off on that number) But he’s only blown 2 saves in his last 40 or so chances, so he’s the answer at closer even if both are healthy.
March 27th, 20093:50 pm
DOB, do you see Atlanta keeping two of the speedy outfielders on the roster such as Jordan Schafer, Josh Anderson and Gregor Blanco and utilizing more speed in the lineup to manufacture runs. It seemed that last season Atlanta sat around waiting on the five run homer much of the season and, of course, it never came. In their glory years in the early ’90’s, the Braves were able to manufacture runs with Otis Nixon getting on base, stealing bases, the Braves pushing runners over and the big boppers bringing them home. I think with their pitching staff that getting runs in this manner would be very important because I feel that this staff will limit opponents ability to score greatly. What do you think?
March 27th, 20093:51 pm
I think as much of Glavine as any pitcher we’ve had. I’m thrilled that he’s feeling better…
March 27th, 20093:53 pm
I’ve got a penny that says Calipari will be Kentucky’s next coach. (Chop Chop)
If they hire that crook Calipari, what are the odds Kentucky will be back on probation again?
March 27th, 20093:55 pm
I don’t think anyone is laughing with you.
March 27th, 20093:56 pm
Wait until the games count. We’ll be lucky if Glavine wins as many as five games this year and Francouer hits eleven home runs. The Braves look like a fourth place team again this year.
March 27th, 20093:58 pm
Funny, Wascilly Wabbit (seriously, I laughed).
Thanks to those concerned, but I live in Bismarck (about 200 miles to the west of Fargo. Coach lives in Grand Forks (60 miles north of Fargo). It sounds like Coach could be in more trouble than me, since we’re pretty much out of the woods at this poing. Though that could change on a moments notice with the way the weather has been around here.
Garrison Dam (which regulates the amount of water let into the Missouri River), was shut down during all of this. First time EVER they have cut off all water being let into the river.
Fargo is in DEEP trouble. Not sure if it will get as ugly as Grand Forks in 97, but it’s gonna get ugly none the less. Last I read, the Red River in the Fargo area will crest at about 41 feet, and they expect it to get as high as 43 feet for anywhere from 3-10 days. Yikes.
Like I said the other night, when you’ve got record snow fall, followed by record lows that keep it frozen, then all of the sudden it gets to 60 for 3 or 4 days, this was inevitable.
Last week here in Bismarck, we had 3-4 days of beautiful weather, followed by a day of pouring rain, which turned to sleet/ice, then on this half of the state places got anywhere from 8 to 22 inches of snow.
Sad thing is, that crap has to eventually melt too. This of course, was the winter we had, that followed one of the driest summers we have had in years.
It’s 30ish outside today, and I feel like wearing flip-flps.
Anyhow, again. Thanks for those concerned, but unfortunately for all of you, I’m gonna be just fine.
DOB, Check out this hamburger in Memphis. Bigger than the one in Michigan.
Calipari may be a crook, but he’s never been caught.
Besides, can he really take Memphis all the way to the Promised Land? He’s never coached at an elite basketball school. Kentucky wants to win. I think he’d be willing to listen.
In the words of my daughter:
Nobody cares, nobody cares
March 27th, 20094:03 pm
i hope rocktalk,jayhawk,ku, lays a big fat one…k-state rules the sunflower state…josh anderson will start in cf, bravos still have options on the pre-madonna,schafer…this whole season rests on how the other pre-madonna,frenchy does…pitching will be fine, bench will be fine, every day lineup is fine, but we need production out of rf…lets hope bobby doesn’t give frenchy half the year to find his swing..we’ve got options out there..
March 27th, 20094:05 pm
This talk of hamburgers reminded me, anyone see the new Hardee’s commercial with Padma Lakshmi? SI.com’s Hot Clicks has a link to it as well as Egotastic.com, the guys of the blog can thank me later.
March 27th, 20094:06 pm
I would post a link to it (but I don’t know how), you can ask McFann, I’m doing good if I get an emoticon right….:-)
I was born in the desert
March 27th, 20094:07 pm
Donovan has pretty much already accepted the UK job
What’s a pre-madonna?
What tha??? See, I’m sorry once again McFann, I am such a crappy student
March 27th, 20094:10 pm
KenDawg, you think so? I just take away the talent and focus in on depth of the 4 teams excluding Was. Phily- Hamels health oughta make them Phillies PANIC! Who covers for him if he’s out for any length?Santana is supported by crap, except for Pelfrey. Perez is too inconsistant. Fla. pen is a disaster waiting to happen, and their D is pitiful. Atl. biggest problem will be the health of the pen. A trade for an arm and some health and I see a 2nd place behind Phi.
March 27th, 20094:12 pm
N8, all we are talking about here is a silly baseball game. You are talking life and death. Hope everybody comes out OK.
Dude.. its prima donna
March 27th, 20094:19 pm
Has anyone else noticed that the MLB Network isn’t showing tomorrow’s game until 9pm Eastern?
March 27th, 20094:22 pm
What Could Have Been…
If everything had gone according to plan “A”, would we really have been better off?
Let’s say that the Braves had signed or trade for the following players this winter:
- Vazquez (who was already in the fold before they pursued Peavy)
With Vazquez and Peavy in the fold, Burnett would never have been in the picture (not enough $$). And if Furcal had signed, Kawakami would have been out, and there wouldn’t have even been enough left over to pursue Griffey or G.Anderson.
So if everything had gone according to “Plan A”, it would have looked like this:
1 – Furcal SS
2 – Johnson 2B
3 – Jones 3B
4 – McCann C
5 – Francoeur RF
6 – Kotchman 1B
7 – Diaz/Jones LF
8 – Anderson/Schafer CF
I actually think we’re better off with Lowe than Peavy. I’m not denying that Peavy is a better pitcher than Lowe over the 162 reg. season games, BUT…
- Lowe is more dependable and less injury prone.
- Lowe didn’t cost us a HUGE bundle of talent, as Peavy would have.
- Peavy has only made 2 post-season starts, but he got SHELLED in each of them (and didn’t look great in the WBC either. Lowe, on the other hand, consistently excels in big games.
AJ Burnett MIGHT have been a better pickup than Lowe… but again, Lowe is far more durable and dependable.
And if we had signed Furcal, there would have been no Kawakami or G.Anderson.
Are we better off with KK and Anderson than we would have been with Furcal? Time will tell. But overall, I don’t think this would have been a significantly better team had Plan A come fruition. AND we better protected the future of this team by not coughing up all that talent for Peavy.
March 27th, 20094:24 pm
Cru, when can I see you race again? Been waiting over 22 years to see you race Hell Track, but you’re nowhere.. wuz up wit dat! You gotta be at least 42 by now, right? By the way, I let you win that race in ‘86…
March 27th, 20094:27 pm
I have been pleasantly surprised and pleased with how the team has played (even though it’s only spring training). My only concern is their lefty situation in the bullpen. Bobby traditionally keeps a player or player(s) that don’t belong on a big league club because of a “hunch” (See Corky Miller). I worry that he is going to keep Logan and or O’flaherty over the more logical (potential signing) of Will Ohman. Dude is sitting without a contract just begging to come back here…all we have to do is reach out. Please Bobby, don’t pull a Corky on this one.
March 27th, 20094:29 pm
Wascally Wabbit & Chop Chop, the compliance officer who was at Umass when Calipari was unceremoniously forced out, is at Kentucky. Word is they don’t really like each other, and that the AD is not looking at Cal for the position because he wants either Donavon or Ford, both of which are Kentucky alum and would be a better fit with UK’s boosters, who are the ones that got Gillespie fired, and are paying his buy out.
I’m still hanging out in the lumber yard. Yeah, but if you had not stopped a couple of back flips would have caught me up anymays.
Dont put hanson in that lineup. He would be a Padre.
March 27th, 20094:30 pm
Ya, except Escobar would be SS, Furcal 2B, and KJ in Left.
March 27th, 20094:33 pm
That Anderson kid looked good today. I hope he keeps it up, cause I’m looking forward to the total board meltdown when they send Schafer to the minors. Oh glorious day!
March 27th, 20094:37 pm
The fox affiliate in Orlando is saying Billy Donovan is stepping down as coach of Florida to take the Kentucky job that just opened.
Another Phag Phillies Phan
March 27th, 20094:40 pm
Hi guys I’m just on here because I’m loser who trolls other teams boards who I’m afraid will dethrone us this year, and all my fellow Phag Phillies Phans are losers who I’m afraid to talk to.
March 27th, 20094:41 pm
PhantasticPhilliePhan-How would the Phillie blog look the day…..oh, there isn’t a Phillie blog worth wasting time to click on? So that’s why you troll on here, ok. By the way Troll in blog speak = Pathetic Little Loser
March 27th, 20094:43 pm
What’s a Kristal slider? Hey, do you think we could get someone to trade us Len Barker for Jordan Shaefer?
March 27th, 20094:44 pm
You Braves fans are halarious! What make you think your team has a chance against the Mighty Mets and Phillies-gotta give em credit? You have NO ace, that bullpen has waaaay to many question marks, and Chumper will come up limping-just wait and see. Vazques and Jurgens aren’t even good enough to wash Santana,Pelfrey or Perez’s jock straps!! Face it losers, the Braves have 4th place written all over them AGAIN!
PhantasticPhilly.. it’ll be a tight race between us and you guys, but the Mighty Mets will finish strong and beat you guys out! LETS GO METS..LETS GO METS!!!!!!
March 27th, 20094:46 pm
Cru Jones, we actually, no… Wren took Hanson out of the conversation immediately, and all of the talks proceeded from there. Yes, the Padres wanted him, but when it was reported that the Braves and Padres were moving toward a deal, that deal would NOT have included Hanson.
March 27th, 20094:47 pm
You’re an idiot. Look at this: http://www.baseballprojection.com/2009standings.htm I’m pretty sure we’re all in the same conversation.
March 27th, 20094:48 pm
Dude you do realize half your team is on crutches and your pitching staff is one of the worst in the league and if Santana goes down your looking at 4-5 place guaranteed. Dude Mets suck azz.
March 27th, 20094:49 pm
Hey facebookers who don’t subscribe to Chop Talk – I just put up some scans from the April issue of an article on the off field life of spring training. Was interesting to me, I’ve always wondered what they did when their kids were in school and all that. It’s very much written for the female fans, I would think, but interesting none the less.
March 27th, 20094:50 pm
I was trying to help prove your point, but I didn’t know those details. Sorry
March 27th, 20094:53 pm
#1MetFan, O.Perez and Maine are questionable, and your 5th starter had an ERA almost as high as his age last year. You’re 8th/9th inning options are excellent, but you have questions in the middle relief dept.
And while you have 4 great hitters, you still have 3 positions from which you might not get much offense.
So your team has plenty of flaws sir. At least as many as the Braves.
March 27th, 20094:54 pm
The Braves don’t stand a chance against my guys! Look, this spring training stuff doesn’t matter. When the games really count we’ll be passing Chumper and the rest of the has beens by smilin! Chumper isn’t good enough to sniff Wright’s jock strap! I’m not worried our starters have been a little shakey, and Santana can easily be replaced by a guy named Pelfrey..he’s better than Lowe. Take That!
March 27th, 20094:56 pm
What about moylan as our closer? He is the best at keeping the ball in the infield. that means less risk of HR in the 9th.
Ritchie from Scotland
March 27th, 20094:57 pm
There you go again PhilliesPhan going on and on about Schafer, get over it he’s our prospect just because you don’t have any to get excited about
#1MetsFan – We’re quite happy floating under the radar and let you and the Phils do all the trash talking. However, Vazquez or Jurrjens not fit to wash PEREZ’S socks? Yeah he looks like a quality $12 mil pitcher right now…
mets finishing string?? HAHAHAHA..HI.HY…HOHAHAHAHAHAHA that team will choke again and i will laugh. Poor mets fans they are always overshadowed by the yanks and even when they spend money they choke and fail to get to the playoffs. HAHA
Even I know Chipper has had our number …even the death of Shea stadium can’t contain him.
March 27th, 20094:58 pm
Dude you found yourself some real delusion New York crack this time. And your gonna need it for your Mets season this year.
March 27th, 20095:00 pm
Tomahawk210 – I agree that JS is has bright future with the Braves and I cannot wait to watch him play over the next several years. My only concern is why rush him to the ML’s if Cox or Wren think aspects of his game that still need fine tuning. You are also correct that one game does not make a ballplayer, but neither does one spring training. JS has a propensity to strikeout (not picking on him, just a fact) a lot and if he makes the club he would most likely bat at the bottom of the order. So the Braves need to decide over the next week how they will shape their line-up.
When JS joins the Braves roster he will be exciting to watch, but he is not a Godsend and there is no reason to place undue pressure on him when the Braves have viable options in the interim. I don’t expect J Anderson to be the next Brett Butler, but he was the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) Player of the Year in 2006 and the Richmond Braves (AAA) Player of the Year in 2008. The guy is no slouch. Plus, I don’t see JS future being a lead-off hitter, rather I see him as a run producing, middle of the line-up guy. So why not try and keep them both, cause I do not see G. Anderson sticking around next year.
KC..the Braves are a team you just can’t trust if you’re a fan of theirs. That bullpen would worry me and Jones’ history of nagging injuries and another big one would be devestating to that team. I think Francoeur and Kelly J. are going to break out BIG TIME but those starters you guys seem to praise are way overrated IMO. LETS GO METS!!
BravesFan InRockies (IbleedCarolinablue)
The games in ST may not count but the injuries do. Wren absolutely picked the right Boras client — Lowe over Ollie (Head Case) Perez. Then there’s Tim (Get In Ma Belly!) Redding.
March 27th, 20095:01 pm
Cru Jones… wasn’t trying to shoot you down there. But yeah… as I understand it, Wren (wisely) said “hell no!” to the Hanson thing immediately.
March 27th, 20095:04 pm
Is there some reason the Braves are not making an offer Ohman?
I think mets fan has a subconscience crush on Chipper.
Make that an offer to Ohman.
March 27th, 20095:07 pm
Coach K resisted recruiting two-and-done guys for the longest time, too. If you want to be a truly elite program in a prestige league, you have to be willing to go after the players who might jump to the NBA in one season. Otherwise, you’ll never get premier athletes. Not every one-and-done guy leaves after his freshman year, of course, but if you rule out the best players just because you’re not sure they’ll stay, your team will spend a lot of time watching other clubs cut down the nets in March and April.
Duke has other recruiting issues, to be sure. Greg Monroe said a big he chose Georgetown over Duke because Coach K had Wojo — a 5′10″ point guard — teaching post play. Which makes me wonder who Coach K had teaching post players when he got guys like Brand, Williams and Boozer.
#1Metfan – You are too funny dude. Your beloved Mets haven’t won anything of significances since the 80’s. The only thing you guys are good for is a September CHOKE. Right now your whole team can barely sniff the Phillies jock strap(s). I guess you can hold onto 2nd place…which is the 1st loser.
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