1:37 pm March 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 30th, 200910:23 am
just reading over what was blogged during the game yesterday…its nice to go back and see what happend. i find the anderson/norton debate pretty funny. one funny thing is doc holliday insisting that infante could cover 1B better than norton in case of injury…infante has never ever played first base in a MLB game. not one inning, not one play. so how would he be better at 1B than norton?
there is no reason to keep anderson over norton. that would be dumb, and would weaken this team. what the braves should do is carry 5 outfielders into the season (keep anderson on the roster) until glavine is ready to join the team around the 19th. putting anderson on waivers 2 weeks into the season might give him a better chance of clearing.
p.s. the +6 rating for the marlins defense has got to be a typo. they dont even have one player thats as good as escobar defensively. their infield is full of butchers. (cantu is not average, he is bad)
March 30th, 200910:32 am
thanks for the heads up chop chop
March 30th, 200910:34 am
Simple (and a couple of ‘em have actually admitted it) — it is simply THE best beat blog in the NL East.
March 30th, 200910:36 am
DAP-Apparently Doc didn’t see any of those plays that Norton made at first the other day, either. Dude can pick it at first from what I saw.
March 30th, 200910:44 am
I know everybody is excited about Schafer as they should be.I still have a lot of concern about whether he is truely ready.A lot of times spring stats do not carry a lot of weight.My preference would still be to keep Josh and Jordan on the opening day roster.Surely we can figure a way to do this until we can get a little more experience for Schafer.
The game might be on NESN. It says Red Sox vs. Phillies?? I think it is channel
626 Direct TV???
March 30th, 200910:50 am
i agree with you on the over-specialization. i think it started pretty innocently. managers graded thier relivers and gave their best guy the job of finishing the game for them. when it gets out of hand is when a “closer” wont be used in another situation because it isnt the 9th inning, or isnt a save situation, ect. to me, you should know who your best relievers is, and use them when you need them. if that in the 9th, fine. if it in the 7th with a bases loaded situation, then use them! i often see situations where i think…its time to use our BEST guy. i dont care what his title is. the 9th inning might be the bottom of the order with the bases clear…weve got to get out of this first to have a chance to win this game.
March 30th, 200910:51 am
p.s. the +6 rating for the marlins defense has got to be a typo. they dont even have one player thats as good as escobar defensively. their infield is full of butchers. (cantu is not average, he is bad) (DAP)
I love most of their work, but their defensive FRAR analyis ain’t very good. Baseball prospectus’s defensive metrics ain’t one of the five most worth looking at.
March 30th, 200910:52 am
We’ve got two other quality arms in Soriano and Moylan that I’m more than comfortable with pitching the ninth.
But…if you’re comfortable with those two in the 9th (and I would be, also), aren’t you just as comfortable with them in high-leverage 7th and 8th situations? If so, wouldn’t consistency of roles be an added value, as opposed to having all three pitch anywhere from 7th to 9th?
It’s an interesting question, for sure. As I said, I’m no huge fan of the over-specialization, either.
One thing: probably aren’t that many squads that could throw out three arms like healthy Gonzalez, Soriano, and Moylan, disregarding role altogether.
March 30th, 200910:58 am
1. KJ, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. G. Anderson, DH
6. Francoeur, RF
7. Kotchman, 1B
8. Diaz, LF
9. Schafer, CF
1. Baldelli, DH
2. Pedroia, 2B
3. Bay, LF
4. Youk, 1B
5. Lowell, 3B
6. Nick Green, SS (yes, that Nick Green)
7. Chip Ambres, CF
8. Dusty Brown, C
9. Che-Hsuan Lin, RF
March 30th, 200911:00 am
So what does the opening day line up look like compared to the one above?
March 30th, 200911:01 am
Well, I get to follow the game today. I’m off for 9 weeks. They closed our plant on a rotation system. We’ll be closed until June 1st, then they close another one. I’m glad I’ll have a job to come back to, and glad for the time off. This is my favorite time of the year. That Tiger Woods comeback yesterday got me ready for the Masters in 2 weeks, and I’ve been ready for the Braves to start playing games that matter. Plus, Who wouldn’t want Spring time in Georgia off? I’m definitely in for the viewing party at Jock’s and Jill’s next Sunday KC. See some of you there. I’m excited for the new HD programming that FSN, and Sportssouth are doing this year. If you haven’t heard, 99 of their 104 scheduled broadcasts are going to be in HD. Plus, all of the P-Tree(45), ESPN(2), and FOX(9) broadcasts are in HD as well. There’s 2 games currently not scheduled to air. One of them is most certainly going to be picked up by ESPN’s Monday night baseball (vs. Cubs on July 6th), and the other one may be an ESPN Wednesday night game.
March 30th, 200911:02 am
Uh-oh…he’s playing, eh? OK…BMac, just remember: You cann beat ‘em with one hand behind your back!
18 Wheels of Love
March 30th, 200911:03 am
I think we might be seeing that lineup on opening day! Looks good.
Smoltz is playing golf again with Tiger later today.
By the way, Smoltz looks more fit, bigger in the upper body, than I’ve seen him in a long time. Said he’s been lifting weights, when Bobby asked about it. Diet and fitness regimen upgraded, and it’s obviously working. Seriously, he looks younger.
Was wearing a Georgia basketball shirt, by the way, when he came over to Braves dugout. I think because he needed something with red on it to wear with his Sox shorts for his workout, if he was going to be seen outside the clubhouse, etc.
Oh…and thanks for the lineup, Chief!
March 30th, 200911:05 am
Uh, that looks like Opening Day lineup to me except with Schafer 8th and Diaz on the pine. Looks damn solid up and down.
March 30th, 200911:06 am
Yes, McCann back in lineup. No problem.
March 30th, 200911:07 am
going to be pretty tough to see that lineup on opening day when there is no DH. I bet Schafer will be leading off on opening day
Sorry game is not on NESN. Forget last comment!!!
March 30th, 200911:09 am
Just went to buy an American CAR
What a nightmare………… will not bore you with the details and sales tactics, cause I am sure you have seen them all..
what a shame
So baseball, who is playing 2day
March 30th, 200911:12 am
Anything to the fact that Kelly has hit leadoff a few times this spring? I personally would rather have whichever horse wins the CF race batting leadoff, no matter who it is.
The next game on TV is Saturday I believe
March 30th, 200911:14 am
Dang.. that there is one sweet lineup. I could get used to that (minus the DH). Looks solid 1–9. The Sox look good 1-5 but sort of taper off after that.
March 30th, 200911:16 am
Braves on CSS tomorrow. 7:05
March 30th, 200911:17 am
Uh, that looks like Opening Day lineup to me except with Schafer 8th and Diaz on the pine. Looks damn solid up and down.
Doesn’t appear to be any other way to go, based on the currently available info. I’d certainly be shocked to see Schafer hitting 1 on Opening Day. Maybe at the All-Star break.
I’d really prefer to see Johnson hitting at 3 and Chipper at 4, but I assume that’s an extremely unlikely scenario, even if Schafer were to hit leadoff at some point.
Braves on TV tomorrow at 7:05 on CSS
March 30th, 200911:18 am
This is the first time we’ve fielded our real lineup isn’t it? I’m excited…let’s see what our lineup of professional hitters can do against a quality pitcher.
Josh from Columbus
March 30th, 200911:19 am
Just curious… is today’s game on television? My lunch plans are pending this answer, lol.
oh well I don’t get that css channel
vabravesfan (11:12 am): “The next game on TV is Saturday I believe”
No — at least not for those who get Comcast Sports South (CSS):
Tuesday, March 31 @ Astros 7:05 PM CSS
Thursday, April 2 @ Astros 1:05 PM CSS
Friday, April 3 vs Tigers 7:10 PM CSS WGST 640, Project 96.1
Saturday, April 4 vs Tigers 1:10 PM SPSO, MLB.TV WGST 640, Project 96.1
and of course, opening day —
Sunday, April 5 @ Phillies 8:00 PM ESPN2 WGST
March 30th, 200911:34 am
I’d really prefer to see Johnson hitting at 3 and Chipper at 4, but I assume that’s an extremely unlikely scenario, even if Schafer were to hit leadoff at some point. (scoots)
Yeah, I’d like KJ hitting third myself. He’s ready for it, and he’d be no worse than a league average 3 hitter. There are just too many lefties in this lineup and no one ready to assume the leadoff role besides KJ. The lineup would work better if they had Escobar second, Chipper fourth, Frenchy 6th so that it would be left, right, left, switch, left, right, left, left. Just don’t think Schafer is ready for leadoff yet. Josh Anderson ain’t really a leadoff hitter either but he’s just a pawn you let get chewed up and spit out at leadoff while Schafer is more of a rook or bishop and maybe later a king or queen that you try to protect down in the order when he’s first called up.
March 30th, 200911:35 am
forgot about the css channel games because I don’t get it but thanks for correcting me. If you don’t get css you will be waiting til saturday with me.
March 30th, 200911:40 am
What in the world Willy Wally? That completely lost me with the chess references.
March 30th, 200911:42 am
>If you don’t get css you will be waiting til saturday with me.
Quite a few of the games are available on MLB tv’s lame 400K feed.
Tue 7:05 PM Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros
Thu 1:05 PM Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros
Fri 7:10 PM Detroit Tigers @ Atlanta Braves
i wouldnt want someone to call me the “queen” in anything.
March 30th, 200911:44 am
What in the world Willy Wally? i love alliteration.
March 30th, 200911:46 am
Just don’t think Schafer is ready for leadoff yet.
Agreed. The question is, which better makes him ready: 200 appearances batting 8 in the bigs, or 200 hitting leadoff at AAA? Don’t know, plus there are other variables involved that may or may not be more important.
March 30th, 200911:47 am
Belly – where are you? I need my Schafer update.
March 30th, 200911:49 am
I think JS hits 8th till Bobby thinks he is comfortable in the bigs, then moves him to leadoff.
Anyone know which TV providers have the CSS channel?
March 30th, 200911:51 am
DOB is preparing his Kawakami vs. Dice-K blog right now, and I have to admit that I’m surprised S.T. is getting this many people to blog.
March 30th, 200911:52 am
Woogity Braves on TV tomorrow at 7:05 on CSS
Hmf…that doesn’t help those of us with AT&T!
March 30th, 200911:55 am
McCann dodged a bullet with just a bruise…saw the hit and really thought he broke something. We can breath now
March 30th, 200911:56 am
Forigve the poor writing on the chess reference. What I’m kinda trying to say is that Jordan is back row royalty on the chess set that you protect and deliberate like crazy about before you move and expose. Josh and Gregor are front row pawns you throw out there for the slaughter in order to protect the back row royalty. Still poor writing on my part but, oh well.
March 30th, 200911:58 am
i for one am jealous of everyone out there who has access to css…one of the downers to livin in the sticks i guess
March 30th, 200912:03 pm
Random, Richard Linklater wrote the sprawling script to Waking Life, but he is definitely Philip K Dick influenced. In fact, the climax (if a trippy cartoon dream-movie can be said to have a climax) involves a conversation about a story by PKD. And, if I’m not mistaken, the next movie Linklater directed in that same animation style (A Skanner Darkly? Something. Too lazy to google; that’s bad…) was based on another story by PKD. So, even though I don’t remember the digital clock business being credited to PKD (I like to type PKD… PKD… PKD…), it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s where he got it.
March 30th, 200912:05 pm
Steve McP (11:49 am): “Anyone know which TV providers have the CSS channel?”
You could check here: http://www.csssports.com/pages/main
March 30th, 200912:07 pm
“Pawn – To the ill informed, the pawn, or foot infantry, was the most expendable of all chess pieces. As Paul Keres, Estonia’s chess grandmaster, once said, “The older I grow, the more I appreciate my Pawns”.
That was a quote from a chess book. Don’t be so quick to “ruin” Josh or Brandon–they could be saving us down the road.
March 30th, 200912:13 pm
Are the Braves interested in bringing back Will Ohman on a $1.5MM deal?!
March 30th, 200912:14 pm
Do you guys think the Braves could trade Boston Josh Anderson for John Smoltz?
March 30th, 200912:19 pm
You can enter your zip code on this Comcast Sports site, and it will tell you what provider(s) are available and what channel(s):
March 30th, 200912:22 pm
“and I have to admit that I’m surprised S.T. is getting this many people to blog.” -TnBrian
We blog when there’s no baseball at all, homes (or is it holmes? White people shouldn’t even try…). Even when there’s no hot stove. Rain, sleet, drunk at night. The blog abides.
March 30th, 200912:23 pm
I dont know if you guys read the mlbtraderumors.com live chats, but there are alot more questions regarding the Braves that I have ever seen. It gets me pretty excited.
Marty Malloy, you are thin ice with the Will Ohman stuff, DOB will probably rip you a new one.
March 30th, 200912:24 pm
Marty-If the Braves were really interested in bringing back Will Ohman, he would be in Braves’ camp already. All indications are that the Braves are not interested in Ohman and are happy with the potential that Boone Logan and Eric O’Flaherty exhibit (or not as some probably think).
There DOB-saved you the trouble.
GTI in Chicago
March 30th, 200912:26 pm
I posed a related question about Francoeur going to another team’s hitting coach a couple of weeks ago. One of the other bloggers here (whose handle I now forget) kindly answered.
Basically, Frenchy PAID for that session with Jaramillo; paid him directly, with a check or cash or whatever. The ballpark figure was, like, $2000 a hour. Neither the Rangers nor the Braves organizations were involved. It’s like a little freelance side gig for the coach, and I know it’s not terribly uncommon. Now, if Frenchy had just been doing off-season work with TP, or another Braves coach, well, that’s all just part of the job description for the team and no money need change hands between the player and the coach.
March 30th, 200912:28 pm
Charlie Morton is on the DL (oblique strain), not a surprise. He hasn’t pitched enough here to begin the season on Gwinnett’s active roster
March 30th, 200912:29 pm
Lew, not nearly biting enough. Try:
Marty, as covered earlier ad nauseum in our blog and many others all week – for several weeks, Will Ohman is not going to be a Brave. Is. Not. Going. To. Be. A. Brave.
(oh, man, if I hit submit, I’m a dead man, ain’t I? I’ll just let my finger gently brush the left click and let fate decide….
Wayne in Utah
Dave will probably send Guido over to break some of your fingers if you type any Ohman stuff again!
Overspecialization of the bullpen:
I have stated in the past, and definitely agree that you use your BEST guys sometimes first. It is hard as heck to get to the 9th, if you blow the lead in the 7th or 8th.
I really like the idea of a “stopper” for the bullpen, similar to what Moylan did in 2007. I say use the best guy for the situation, and don’t worry about who got some meaningless stat called a “hold” or a “save”.
March 30th, 200912:30 pm
March 30th, 200912:31 pm
Thanks, DOB, I know you’re busy…and the lineup today looks pretty close to what I’d anticipate in the opener.
Random: Thanks for the link to gameday.
Sure would be nice if some of these games were on MLB Audio!
March 30th, 200912:32 pm
Is the game today not televised at all? Even CSS here in Atlanta? Thanks!
March 30th, 200912:36 pm
What do you think of the blog there Marty, kinda like swimming with piranha eh?
March 30th, 200912:37 pm
……don’t know how to type a “breathing sound”, so let’s just say: [deep breath]
March 30th, 200912:38 pm
bubdylan-Just trying to be a kinder and gentler me, cause I seem to get lots of grief for my supposed insensitivity. I’m also working hard to improve the stick figures that I’m accused of drawing poorly. We all strive for personal improvement. Right?
Thanks in advance for the game updates for us cubicle rats. This blog is way better than gameday. Faster too.
March 30th, 200912:39 pm
McFann, you breathing heavy on the blog again?
March 30th, 200912:40 pm
All in good fun, man!
Actually, I think the AJC is in secret negotiations with Ohman to bring him in to be Dave’s side kick. Man’s got a gift.
March 30th, 200912:41 pm
Posted these last night, but I’ll try to make the numbers a little easier to read here…
——Attainable Numbers for ’09 Braves——-
1 – Schafer………280….12…..55…..33…..355……37
2 – Escobar……..290….13…..65…..32…..369…….5
3 – Jones…………332….23…..87…..26…..461……4
4 – Francoeur……300….21….106….39…..343…….3
5 – McCann………301…24……88….40…..372…….2
6 – Andrson/Diaz.303….17…..88…..30…..337…….8
7 – Johnson……..286….18……82…..40….353…….7
8 – Kotchman…..290…..17…..77…..31…..355……2
Ditto RHR, thanks to everyone taking time to give updates for the rest of us
Lew – What about all the complainin’ and whinin’ you do? Working on that? ‘-)
March 30th, 200912:43 pm
Lew, that was actually a jab at (looks over both shoulders) DOB. If you were more sensitive, you’d have picked that up.
March 30th, 200912:44 pm
This team isn’t going to hit anywhere near 200 HR’s, obviously, but they’ve got a good chance to top 160 as a team, and have a good chance to lead the league in team avg. and/or doubles. So this offense, I am convinced, (barring anything completely unforeseen) could very well wind up being one of the best 4 or 5 offenses in the league.
March 30th, 200912:45 pm
That is just ludicrous…McCann with only two SB…TWO? Come on man, we looking for at least five here. What happened to your sense of optimism?
lol… I was trying to yank DOB’s chain.
March 30th, 200912:46 pm
Wayne in Utah, isn’t today’s game on Gameday Audio? Pretty sure it is.
March 30th, 200912:47 pm
If you really want to hear some whinin’ and complainin’, just wait until the season starts and for the Braves to lose 2 in a row, or for somebody in the pen to blow a lead, or for Frenchy to ground into a DP. Then anything Lew might do will be child’s play in comparison.
They even complain sometimes during an at bat……
(Kelly watches ball one go by in the dirt (WHAT AN EYE!), and on the second pitch, he swings and misses..(WHAT A FREAKIN BUM!)….
i cant take it anymore
did those numbers come to you in a dream?
ease19, you could be right man… but I just can’t bring myself to go to 5 SB for McCann. 4 maybe… but 5? Hmmm… if he can get to 5, they might want to consider him for the leadoff spot!
March 30th, 200912:49 pm
Alex Trabek: “This, is exactly what the City of Fargo, DOES NOT need, at the present time.”
Contestant #1: “What is 14.5 inches of snow (and still going) reported at the Bismarck Airport in the past 15 hours, and headed DIRECTLY towards Fargo.”
Yup. Just when Fargo thought they were in better shape than first reported. Mother Nature decides to let everybody know, that in the end, the human race has ZERO control over this stuff.
Here in Bismarck, we’re at 97+ inches of snow for the “season”, 4 inches away from the alltime record, and the pundits expect us to break that record (easily) by mid afternoon.
Florida sounds pretty damn good to me, right about now.
KC, those numbers look sexy. but i’m not ready just yet to put that much stock in Frenchy… i’d be happy if his numbers were closer to those you projected for Kelly… either way it’s an improvement. i just hope he’s not stricked with andruw jones syndrome
Marty, the “I was only funnin’ ” blog recant is so offseason. In the spring, we blame alcohol. Try and *hiccup* keep up…
I checked earlier, but I will recheck. Maybe they don’t show a link until it is imminent.
March 30th, 200912:50 pm
With all this talk about absolutely needing Ohman (or another of his ilk) because we face so many good LH hitters, I figured I’d check something out. I don’t have the time or inclination to check everyone we face, but since Utley is prominently mentioned in such conversations, I thought I’d look up his Braves’ RH/LH splits. Many might find it enlightening.
Against RH pitching, he hit the hell out of Morton, Campillo, Acosta, Stockman and Parr. However, he only hit .200 against Jurrjens, and .000 against Bennett, Boyer and Vlad Nunez.
Against Braves’ LH pitching , he creamed Hampton, Reyes and Chuck James, but only hit .222 against Ohman.
Make of it what y’all will, but it looks like good RH pitching can get at least Utley out.
March 30th, 200912:51 pm
Hang in there N8!
Anyone know when channel 651 (BRVS) on DirecTV will switch over to start actually carrying Braves games that normally show on CSS? It’s in the menu, but the guide simply says, “To Be Announced”.
i cant take it anymore, no… I try to dream about more interesting things than baseball stats. =)
Of course… you can’t always control your dreams. One minute you’re in a pool with a young Christy Brinkley… the next moment you’re shooting pool with David Brinkley.
For realseys though, if you tell me which hitter’s “attainable stats” you find to be unrealistic, I’ll be happy to tell you exactly how I came to those numbers.
March 30th, 200912:52 pm
Wayne – I agree with you on your bullpen post. If the number 3 batter is leading off the 8th inning, that is more likely to be the inning of decision than the 9th.
Wayne… I am ready for that! I was just giving Lew grief because he gets a lot of grief about all his bellyaching! (said good naturedly)
Yeah…my computer screen is all fogged up now…
Ease is right. Ya know, McCann did have five SB in five tries last year.
March 30th, 200912:53 pm
Ease19-I only whine and complain about those who deserve it. Actually, come to think of it, I complain and whine much less than many like Jeff321 does. For example, I’ve never laid a pitcher low for giving up two choppers off of home plate like Jeff 321 did yesterday.
Wayne, I’m fine. We’re in no real danger. Unless you count back pain, from snow-blowin’ all this heavy, wet snow.
Fargo, on the other hand….. Yikes.
March 30th, 200912:55 pm
i-can’t-take-it-anymore, KC’s predictions are never predictions. He’s the baseball Nostradamus version of the kid that puts his finger an inch from your face, saying “I’m not touching you… I’m not touching you…”
(smiling at KC, who is still out-homered by me any day of the week…)
March 30th, 200912:57 pm
Wayne-At least there has been no surge towards providing gallows or chopping blocks in the on deck circles so bloggers could have players summarily executed during an at bat.
Somewhat ironic that what those who claim that I whine and complain are whining and complaining about my supposed whining and complaining.
March 30th, 200912:59 pm
Nathan-Hell, at this point in time, Vermont should look good to you. We’ve been above 40 for three weeks now and the glacier has receded. Hardly any snow (comparatively) this year.
Lew – Honestly, I can only recall you whinin’ and complainin’ about others whinin’ and complainin’…which is totally understandable…MnFn04 (or something is the same way..as Jeff321)
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