1:37 pm March 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 29th, 20094:00 pm
Completely agree, Rob from SC.
Rob from SC
Louisville is in trouble
March 29th, 20094:02 pm
Van Pope hitting now.
Chop Chop Bench McCann forever. I want to see a McRoss posting here.
That’s very amusing…”Hahahaha!”
But that’s also creepy, ’cause we were talking about opossums today. Seriously, though, that was a funny post, uh…as long as you’re kidding…
Daybed W Way to go Ross! Hey, who needs McCann??
You guys kill me…
I don’t know why people are so rough on Boyer. First off last year was his first full year pitching in relief. He had a great first half. Then in the offseason he worked out with Smoltz and learned a cutter and slider. He is going to be our future closer. Mayber even later this year
PWHjort: Thanks, buddy. Hadn’t read about that but knew Infante played a little out there.
So am I right in thinking with 4 OFs, 7 IFs and 2 catchers that we’ll carry 4 starters initially and 8 relievers????
March 29th, 20094:03 pm
Rapada looks tough, we should trade for him
As I stated days ago……. I think braves can do that by benching him once a week, regardless if there is a day off on that given week……… Benching him once a week means 24 games and you have chipper playing some 138 games. So you reduce the chance of cramps and muscle injuries not to 0 but he will be banged up………thats what i think.
KC (2:09 pm): “Watching the game on MLBTV, but want to hear Braves announcers. Unfortunately, the radio play by play is way ahead of the delayed visual on MLBTB. So I figured a way to be able to listen to WGST on Gameday Audio, while watching MLBTV. Problem is… Gameday Audio is way BEHIND the video feed on MLBTV. Just gonna have to live with it, I guess.”
I had the same problem here.
I set up a series of mirrors to slow the MLBTB visual down.
You should try that.
March 29th, 20094:04 pm
I think that’s right TommyP. I think the 8th reliever will be another LOOGY (we’ll carry Mike Gonzalez and 2 LOOGYs to start the season) at least for the series in Philly because they have so many left-handed hitters.
March 29th, 20094:05 pm
Rob from SC: I agree 100% about Boyer. He was overworked but what an arm.
I also love Acosta. Throws easy heat.
Rapada’s mechanics are hilarious. I love it. He hides the ball with his leg-kick.
Stop talking about me!!
March 29th, 20094:07 pm
Haha. Dontrelle Willis. Anytime I need a good laugh I look at his statistics page on baseball-reference.
March 29th, 20094:08 pm
Doc: We actually agree on something. It must be Sunday! Yes, I think a day of every 7-10 days would be wise. The thing that makes it hard though, if he is in a typical Chipper grove, it’s hard to rest him. You want to ride the horse when he’s hot. We need him for the long haul though.
zephyr 8, “recieving”?? Remember, “i” before “e” except AFTER “c”.
Oh my God, this blog is wearing off on me! Man, you can bash me any time you want from now on.
Jeez Dontrelle, you’re so screwed up you can’t even spell your name right?
This is my concern of this team..a lot of lefty hitter in line up…Kelly,Mac,2 Anderson,Kotch,..Any good lefty pitcher (Hamel,Santana) can keep this team under.
March 29th, 20094:09 pm
I can’t see THAT well because of the crappy 400k feed, but it looks like Jeff Bennett is getting some good sink on his fastball. That’s new this spring.
March 29th, 20094:10 pm
Kelly, Mac, and Kotchman all hit lefties pretty well.
ease19 (March 28th, 2009 8:38 pm): ”I mean how many guys have made the AA jump straight into the opening day lineup? (Although I am sure that Random knows).”
Nah, I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ no babies.
DOB Given the # of off days in the first two weeks could we not keep both Anderson and Schafer and go with 11 pitchers? We could then try and get Anderson thru waivers when all the clubs have sert roster.
Shut up, I’m jonesin’!
March 29th, 20094:11 pm
You can also consider Chipper a lefty for practical purposes.
The Tigers are supposedly looking for a reliever. You think Bennett just auditioned for his future team?
Great outing by Bennett. 2 ground balls and ended the inning with a strike out on a fast ball that drew back over the plate.
March 29th, 20094:12 pm
Thanks for the correction. I did spell the word deceiving wrong. OK i think thats right.
March 29th, 20094:13 pm
can you imagine the stat Gehrig would have if he batted 3rd instead of behind Ruth. He might have driven in 200 runs ROB
not necessarily. Ruth had a very good OBP (.495-one of the best in history) and they weren’t mostly homers, so he was on base ahead of Lou a LOT. I’d guess that a whole buncha Lou’s RBI were the Babe. and he would have had less opportunities the other way around.
Top 9…weak grounder by Blanco to 2b. 1 out.
JerseyGil, I’m with you 100%, but get ready for the, “KJ, Kotchman, Mac all hit lefties very well!”, lecture. You’re right, any good lefty can and will keep those guys in check for the most part.
March 29th, 20094:14 pm
Freeman lines out to 3b. 2 out.
We certainly could use a Manny Ramirez.
March 29th, 20094:15 pm
and im not gonna bash you. i usually dont post that much.
March 29th, 20094:17 pm
zephyr 8, you know I was messin with ya, right?
Maybe we could put Norton in to hit a PH HR…….that would be easy, wouldnt it?
March 29th, 20094:18 pm
Base hit for Infante to LF. 1 on 2 out.
Up to Jordan to keep it going with Infante on first
yeh its cool, it been a long day.
and he comes through with basehit. runners 1st and 2nd
Schafer base hit to left. 2 on 2 out. Tying run in scoring position.
March 29th, 20094:19 pm
Come on Ross
We should be playing in Philly tonight! The WBC pushed us back a week which means Game 7 of the 2009 World Series will be played on Jan. 1, 2010 (if nec.)
March 29th, 20094:20 pm
Doc, “You can also consider Chipper a lefty for practical purposes.”
In ‘08 Chipper hit .394/.478/.561 (wow!) as a RH hitter. A little more HR power as a lefty, but if you’re detailing who in our lineup can hit LHP, I’d include Chipper. (and KJ and McCann, for that matter)
I think we’re a little challenged offensively, in general, but don’t see a big problem with L/R splits.
Ross grounds out to end the game. Tigers 5, Braves 4
hard smash at inge but he gets it over to 2nd to end the game
Good game…a lot of fundamental baseball show today
March 29th, 20094:21 pm
You mean November 1, 2009. Right? We don’t play major league baseball in December or January.
Ross sucks. Start McCann.
March 29th, 20094:24 pm
Whatever, anything past October is way too late!
I think that’s the idea, Chop Chop. And my Michigan State in the National championship pick is looking pretty good right about now.
macon county line
March 29th, 20094:28 pm
Louisville down and out. God’s favorite team up next (that is why the sky is Carolina Blue).
Starting with Anderson in CF and JS at AAA makes sense long and short term.
Nice Neil Young song DOB.
March 29th, 20094:30 pm
Gonna go for a while guys………hope you can do without me in the mean time.
March 29th, 20094:32 pm
I need some help, I live on the west coast and my cable provider dosent carry MLB xtra innings,is there a web site I can watch the game when I get home from work? Like at 10 pm eastern, so I guess no live… Maybe down load the game?
March 29th, 20094:33 pm
J Anderson isn’t worth all the fuss. It will suck to lose him but we have better options.
It’s hard to shoot 34% from the field and 55.6% from the line and expect to win a basketball game. Michigan State was just much more physical than Louisville today. I guess Rick Pitino might wanna give Kentucky a call.
Famous “power” RH hitters for the Braves the last 18-19 years:
Gant- Lopez- A.Jones- Chipper- Gallaraga- Shefield- Francoeur- Tex with around the same number of those power lefties in the lineup through these years. The weight has definitely leaned more LH for whatever reason. Schafer/Heyward/Freeman in a year or two makes a lineup of :
Schafer/ KJ/ Jones/ Mac/ Franc./ Heyward/ Freeman/ Escobar… I think with Heyward and Schafer in the mix, Freeman gets packaged in a trade for a power hitting RH 1B.
March 29th, 20094:34 pm
PWHjort (2:58 pm): “there’s 3 possibilities for Schafer. Call him up immediately get 6.0 years of service and 3 arbitration years out of him. Call him up after 12 days and get 6.9 years of service and 4 arbitration years. Or call him up after 6-8 weeks and get 6.66 years of service and 3 arbitration years. I’m for option 2.”
Same here — I’m with you. It’s the service time that’s critical, not the arbitration money. (He may not even qualify for Super 2 status, though we all do hope he performs well enough to.)
March 29th, 20094:37 pm
To all you blog people:
Thanks for letting me hang out today. I’m not sure I understand exactly what the hell this is all about. I’ve made some mad. Others seemed confused with some of my posts.
Some of you are very sensitive. Some of you have no sense of humor. I think you all know which category you fall into.
I didn’t intend to be disruptive or rude by any means, and if I came across as so then I apologize (even though it makes me feel like a liberal.)
Thank you for the tour of a bloggers world!
March 29th, 20094:39 pm
I agree. The notion of November baseball is silly.
Hate to see the Braves lose Anderson on wavers. Rather see them send Blanco down. No doubt Schafer had the better spring and deserves the startig job, but Anderson is a good CF; keep him on the roster to 1) see how Schafer performs; 2) see if Wren can swing a deal that snags some good talent in return.
March 29th, 20094:40 pm
Meet me down at the O.K. CORRAL. Bring the EARP’s with you.
March 29th, 20094:42 pm
Just got back from clubhouse, decided to stay since we didn’t get Vazquez until bottom of 7th inning. Watched some of the hoops game in the clubhouse. Michigan State handled them pretty thoroughly. Well, if your team’s got to lose, at least it’s good to lose to a team that goes on to the Final Four.
March 29th, 20094:44 pm
G. Anderson no problems with calf. DH’d so he can get more at-bat than if he played the field, since they didn’t want him playing field whole game in first couple days back. He’ll DH again tomorrow, then see about playing in the field soon. He and Bobby both expect him to be in opening day lineup.
Kotchman left after his at-bats, so didn’t get to talk to him. Bobby said Kotchman is still weak, they’re gonna ease him in.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
Responding to BlawgDawgs comment’s at 1:45 concerning Frank Wren not making decisions based on the want’s of the fans or the blog.
99 percent of the time this would be accurate. However, Jordan Schafer sells tickets and if 85 percent of the blog want’s Schafer then we have to assume that some of the same people will go to the Braves games to see Jordan Schafer play.
As far as the blog having any impact on the decision making process of the front office. Greg Norton is on the team because Frank Wren saw the wisdom in having such an effective pinch hitter coming off the bench.
March 29th, 20094:45 pm
Random, “I set up a series of mirrors to slow the MLBTB visual down.You should try that.”
Yeah, I might try that… but the speed of light might in the way of this otherwise theoretically sound idea. =)
There actually is a device that will delay a radio signal specifically for this purpose. It’s made for sports fans who want to listen to a local radio feed while watching a game, but have trouble with TV satellite delays. However… the last time I checked, the device was about $200. If it were $40, I’d already own it, but $200 is a little more than I am willing to spend to solve this problem.
THB (3:24 pm): “The game I was referring to was against the Brewers on May 28. He went 7 innings (My bad, thought it was where he gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, striking out 9. In the next four games he pitched a 6 inning 3 run 4 K game, a 7.1 inning, 4 run 8 K game, an 8 inning 2 run 5 K game, and a 7 inning 2 hit 3 K game. Don’t know about anyone else but I though he was looking pretty promising at that time.”
March 29th, 20094:47 pm
Here is that radio delay device I was talking about… http://www.scannermaster.com/DelayPlay_p/01-561344.htm
March 29th, 20094:48 pm
DOB why would they not just go with J.Anderson, Frenchy and Jordan in the outfield. GA is a one year deal, been hurt, and no lock to have a solid season anyway. There is room for those four to get a lot of at bats ….
March 29th, 20094:50 pm
richbrave (3:33 pm): “Just being random. Glad you took the time to read my thoughts.”
De nada, mi amigo. I’ll miss your AAA updates.
Coach, in regard to Schafer and ticket sales, I’ll throw something else out there…
Some people were concerned when the Braves moved the AAA club to Gwinnett that it would compete with attendance at The Ted. I haven’t felt it would be too much of an issue there, BUT… if you go loading Gwinnett with Hanson, Schafer, and others who fans will go out of their way to see… The G-Braves just might dent ATL’s attendance just a bit.
Not that this should be a deciding factor in anything… just an observation.
OK CORRAL?, that sounds familiar….whatever do you mean….could you give some directions? Sorry but I have been drinking a little bit. hehe
March 29th, 20094:52 pm
33/m/NY here…..any females wanna chat?
Steve from OH
Oh, and welcome back Efrim (from the last blog). Where ya been, man?
March 29th, 20094:53 pm
DOB – Braves play at Lakeland again Wednesday. Is Carroll coming in so you can go home and rest and be ready for opening day?
March 29th, 20094:55 pm
Schafer shows today it is not just all about the bat. Lookin more clear each every day who the CF should and will be.
March 29th, 20094:56 pm
Love that i am able to blog from my phone while living out DOB’s fantasy (Disneyland with a 19 month old…). Isn’t technology a wonderful thing? Sounds like Francoeur’s power is starting to come around just in time for the season to start…I am feeling cautiously optimistic about this season…things seem to be settling into place nicely…let’s get this thing started!
March 29th, 20095:04 pm
“He can’t hit the bass notes that Johnny could, but he’s good.” – ?
Sorry but I forgot who said this, but it reminded me of something my dearly departed dad used to say about Johnny… “His bass notes were so low you could smell the *stuff that Bobby Cox said yesterday* on his breath”
March 29th, 20095:07 pm
March 29th, 20095:09 pm
It was nice to go all day without hearing some ignorant bufoon say something like “Fire Bobby!”
the only solace I have for wake forest is the Kansas example. Didn’t they lose in the first round to Bucknell or somebody before they won the title a few years later.
losin to cleveland state is embarrasing. Not showing up for the game and losing is even worse.
March 29th, 20095:14 pm
Aw, well you didn’t have to go that far…
March 29th, 20095:18 pm
Could anybody please fire Bobby to make some people happy?
KC, The new Gwinnett Braves stadium has a seating capacity of ten thousand with additional room for fans to sit on the berm behind center field. Whether or not the AAA team impacts the Braves Turner field attendance remains to be seen?
March 29th, 20095:29 pm
Doc, My belief is that nobody in the Braves front office want’s to fire Bobby Cox nor would they if given the choice. The man is an institution.
Personally, I believe that Cox has cost this team and organization more than they will ever know. He is the fourth winningest manager all time (2,327 wins). Cox has also lost more post season games than any other manager in ML history. He is one for five in the WS and 5-6 in LCS series. Cox is also the dean of all big league managers and is universally respected. He is a first ballot slam dunk HOF inductee. The players and fans simply love the man and I do too.
It is what it is. Got to take the good with the bad and vise versa.
March 29th, 20095:30 pm
BravesFanChris24: ”Ugh those high hoppers.”
Epinephrine: ”Blaine might give up a run here but he has looked really good.”
Jeff321: “Give it up boy extraordinaire Boyer strikes again!”
PWHjort: ”2 baltimore chops? Are you kidding me? I’d be so livid if that happened in a game.”
JerseyGil: ”Give that run to the Ump”
vabravesfan: ”Thats tough luck for boyer with 2 high hopper infield singles which scores a run”
Rob from SC: ”Boyer had some tough luck there. he really looked sharp. He will have a great year”
Rob from SC: ”and boyer had the leadoff guy struk out”
PWHjort: ”Completely agree, Rob from SC.”
Rob from SC: ”I don’t know why people are so rough on Boyer. First off last year was his first full year pitching in relief. He had a great first half. Then in the offseason he worked out with Smoltz and learned a cutter and slider. He is going to be our future closer. Mayber even later this year”
Jeff321: “Am I suppose to forget all the terrible pitching he did last year? Who cares if he was good until fatigue set in? Its all about my last memories.”
TommyP: ”Rob from SC: I agree 100% about Boyer. He was overworked but what an arm.
“I also love Acosta. Throws easy heat.”
Jeff321: “I love the Braves, dude. Actually I like everyone except Cox, Frenchy, Boyer, Acosta, Bennett, and Soriano.”
March 29th, 20095:35 pm
It’s nice to see that Ohman’s huge ego has been noticed by a HOF manager in Torre. Torre bascally said, in his own words, Ohman looks rusty against minor leaguers. While Ohman’s ego thinks he’ll be ready for opening day. I don’t have much regard for him and his attitude of hm thinking he’s better than what he really is. Dude shoulda taken Atl. offer months ago!
March 29th, 20095:39 pm
“I think with Heyward and Schafer in the mix, Freeman gets packaged in a trade for a power hitting RH 1B.”
Freeman IS a 1st Baseman….
March 29th, 20095:41 pm
PWHjort (4:04 pm): “I think that’s right TommyP. I think the 8th reliever will be another LOOGY (we’ll carry Mike Gonzalez and 2 LOOGYs to start the season) at least for the series in Philly because they have so many left-handed hitters.”
With you again — my thoughts exactly.
March 29th, 20095:43 pm
PWHjort (4:14 pm): “We certainly could use a Manny Ramirez.”
Okay, now you’re just tryin’ to start sumpin’.
March 29th, 20095:44 pm
Coach……..there was some sarcasm on my comment about cox
March 29th, 20095:45 pm
Buzz, I know that Freeman IS a 1st baseman!
March 29th, 20095:50 pm
Every team could use a Manny! But there are only 4 teams that can afford him, duh!
Speaking of the bullpen. The Braves non-starters have run up the three highest inning totals in Atlanta Braves history during the previous three seasons.
2006: 512.1 innings
2007: 539.1 innings
Leo Mazzone left after the 2005 season. 2009 will be telling, especially when considering all the starting pitching that has been acquired.
March 29th, 20095:56 pm
Some of you have no sense of humor.
March 29th, 20096:02 pm
I can’t believe I’m standing next to Tiger woods. It’s Tiger Freakin’ Woods!
March 29th, 20096:03 pm
He’s really not that good. Been playin from the cabbage all day.
March 29th, 20096:05 pm
Haven’t read through the posts yet, but couldn’t wait to express my opinion on Bobby hitting KJ in the leadoff position. He’s definitely not a leadoff hitter but Bobby seems to have this love affair with Kelly. Pesonally I think Prado would prove to be a better hitter and he’s absolutely a better fielder. Regardless, KJ’s not a leadoff type…how many bases has he stolen? He’s not even fast…so what gives?
March 29th, 20096:07 pm
Giggidy, you’re obviously that chicken s- blogger that hides behind a computer to get out your anger on people. It’s the only way you can do it, huh puss?!
March 29th, 20096:08 pm
ed – wrong Prado is not a better hitter nor fielder.
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