Braves open with nemesis Phils

  “This sh*t don’t count. This sh*t don’t go on the bubble gum card.” — Rickey Henderson on spring training.

  Philadelphia – No, but this sh*t does. Beginning tonight. Hallelujah.
  Welcome to a fresh season and greetings from Philly, where the Bravos open against not Cole Hamels but Brett Myers, who a month ago at Dark Star was asked how he dropped than 30 pounds during the winter.
  ”Making smarter choices while you drink beer,” he replied. “Instead of pizza, eat salad. Play for the tie, you know.”
  Did we mention he’s no Cole Hamels?
  (Before we go any further, I should note that my downtown hotel has served as headquarters for participants of the Irish Dancing World Championships and a national convention for a black fraternity. It was not dull in the lobby.)

Lowe gets ball tonight

Lowe gets ball tonight


  The weather’s nice here today, sunny and temps around 60 degrees, though it’ll be cooler by gametime and could drop below 50 during the game. Rain in forecast after midnight and probably most of the day Monday, but Braves and Phillies are off that day before completing the three-game series Tuesday and Wednesday.
  (The off days are often built into the schedule during the first series in case opening day is rained out, because it’s usually a sellout and rain checks are a pain for crowds that large. So they put an extra day in there in case it must be made up, and usually that’s the only day fans can use those opening-day ducats.)
  The Braves caught a break when young ace Hamels had elbow problems in spring training that will cause him to miss his first start. The Phils’ filthy lefty was 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in five starts against the Braves last season, and 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts for the World Series champions.
  Myers? He was 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA in two starts against the Braves.
  Not that he’s going to be a pushover for Derek Lowe and the Braves tonight at the Phils’ cozy corporate-bank ballpark. But given the choice between facing Hamels and Myers … well, it goes without saying.
It’ll be the third consecutive opening-night start for Myers, by the way. Against the Braves in the 2007 opener, he gave up three runs in 7-2/3 innings for no decision in the Braves’ 10-inning win here in Philly.
  

Myers, not Hamels

He's no Cole Hamels

Last year Myers gave up four runs in five innings of an opening-day loss to the Nationals, who had the disinction of beating both the Braves and Phillies on their respective opening days.
   (If you remember, the Braves played the ESPN Sunday night opener last year at Washington, a one-game inconvenience and 3-2 loss, no series, then flew home to Atlanta for a home opener against Pittsburgh the next day, which the Braves lost in 12 innings. At least this time, the Braves don’t have the three-day insanity of last season, when they played a Saturday exhibition in Atlanta, Sunday season opening in D.C. and Monday home opener in Atlanta.)
  Lowe will try to end a dubious opening-day streak of his own — he was 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA in three consecutive opening days for the Dodgers (2005-2007), including a loss to the Braves and Tim Hudson in ‘06, when Lowe gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in five innings.
  Those were the only three openers the sinkerballer started. As he sarcastically noted to me when I asked if he had any other opening-day starts, the Red Sox had a couple of guys named Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling when he was with them.
 (Lowe’s got quite a sense of humor, if you haven’t heard by now. He’s a live wire.)
  If he’s gonna get off the opening-day schneid, this is probably a good opponent for him to face. Lowe is 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA in six starts against the Phillies since 2005, including 3-0 in the past three with three quality starts and one homer allowed – that homer coming in his last start at Philly in 2007.

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  We’ve got an interesting matchup in Game 2 on Tuesday, when Jair Jurrjens faces old man Jamie Moyer, 46. Jurrjens was born in 1986, Moyer’s rookie year with the Cubs.
   While Moyer has won a remarkable 30 games over the past two seasons — 14-12 and 16-7 records at ages 44 and 45! – the crafty lefty with 246 career wins is just 3-8 with a 5.56 ERA against the Braves, including no decisions and a 6.55 ERA in two starts last season.
  Meanwhile, Jurrjens went 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in four starts against the Phillies last season. Oddly enough, both losses were in Atlanta, while at the hitter-friendly Philly ballpark the Curacao kid was 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts, including eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball in a July 25 win.
   That win by Jurrjens was one of just four Braves wins in 18 games against the Phillies last season.
   Did we mention, the Phillies owned the Braves in 2008? Oh, yes.

 

You ain't so bad!

Round 2 on Tuesday in Philly

  It’s not easy to lose 14 of 18 games against any team in one season, but it’s damn near impossible for a team that’s not terrible to lose all nine of its home games against another team.
  That’s what the Braves did last season. They went 0-9 against the Phillies in Atlanta. Yes, 0-9.
  The Braves were 2-14 against the Phillies before winning the last two games against them Sept. 23-24 in Philly.
  Two months earlier in Philly, the home team ended the Brave last hopes of being a buyer instead of a seller at the trade deadline by handing them two excruciating defeats in a weekend series that convinced   Braves management to figuratively waive the white flag and trade Mark Teixeira.

 

Traded after losses in Philly

Traded after losses in Philly

   Truth be told, it wasn’t just last season that the Phillies have had this mojo over the Braves. It began in 2007.
  Do you realize that the Phillies have won 22 of the past 30 games between the teams? That includes 16 of the last 20. The Braves have posted a 5.63 ERA in their last 30 games against the NL East champions.

 

   To figure out how to stop the dominance, the Braves probably need to find a way to slow down Ryan Howard. I know he wrecks a lot of opposing pitching, but it’s ridiculous what the man does against the Braves.

Braves nemesis

Braves nemesis

   In his career against Atlanta, he has a .342 average with 24 homers, 71 RBI and a 1.139 OPS in 66 games. Yes, a 1.139 OPS in 66 career games.
  In his last 13 games against the Braves, Howard has hit .380 (19-for-50) with 10 extra-base hits (five homers), 20 RBI and a 1.268 OPS, with seven walks and eight strikeouts.
  Might want to think about increasing his walks total if you’re the Braves, huh?
  Of course, Phillies fans might say the same thing about Chipper Jones, who has hit .387 (31-for-80) with 21 extra-base hits (10 homers) and 24 RBI in his past 24 games against the Phillies, with a staggering 1.418 OPS in that span. But the Braves still lost 16 of those 24 games since April 30, 2007.
   And the other problem is that Chipper has also missed nine other games against the Phillies in that time period. The Braves lost seven of those nine that he missed.

   Revolving door at 1B: This is remarkable. Casey Kotchman tonight will become the 10th different Braves opening-day first baseman in 11 seasons. The list: Ryan Klesko in ‘99, Andres Galarraga in 2000, Rico Brogna in ‘01, B.J. Surhoff in ‘02, Robert Fick in ‘03, Julio Franco in ‘04, Adam LaRoche in ‘05 & ‘06, Scott Thorman in ‘07, and Mark Teixeira in ‘08….

  And in left field…. Assuming Garret Anderson starts tonight, he’ll be the fifth different opening-day left fielder for the Braves in six seasons (Chipper in 2004, Brian Jordan in 2005, Ryan Langerhans in 2006-07, Matt Diaz in 2008).

 ♣ Random numbers: Speaking of Anderson, he has 104 at-bats against Jamie Moyer, while the rest of the Braves have a combined total of 131 against the ancient lefty. Next-highest after Anderson? Surprisingly, Jeff Francoeur, with 24 at-bats against him. Chipper only has 13…. Anderson, by the way, has hit .317 with five homers against Moyer, while Brian McCann is 8-for-18 with a homer against him…. Against tonight’s starter Myers, Chipper is 10-for-30 with three homers, McCann is 10-for-27 with a homer, and Diaz is 3-for-4. Anderson is 2-for-6.

  Take this to the bank: Or, better yet, don’t.
  But a bunch of you asked, so here’s how I think the races will go.
AL
East
: Yankees
Central: Twins
West: Angels
Wild card: Red Sox

NL
East:
Mets
Central: Cubs
West: Diamondbacks
Wild card: Phillies, in one-game playoff over Braves

ALCS: Yankees over Red Sox
NLCS: Cubs over Phillies
World Series: Cubs over Yankees
 

 •  OK, we’ve got to get over to the ballpark. Let’s take it out with a great Philly-themed tune. Or close enough, at least. Some guy from Jersey wrote this…

“ATLANTIC CITY” by Bruce Springsteen

Well they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night now they blew up his house too
Down on the boardwalk they’re gettin’ ready for a fight gonna see what them racket boys can do

Now there’s trouble busin’ in from outta state and the D.A. can’t get no relief
Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade and the gamblin’ commission’s hangin’ on by the skin of its teeth

Well now everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City

Well I got a job and tried to put my money away
But I got debts that no honest man can pay
So I drew what I had from the Central Trust
And I bought us two tickets on that Coast City bus

Well now everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City

Now our luck may have died and our love may be cold but with you forever I’ll stay
We’re goin’ out where the sand’s turnin’ to gold so put on your stockin’s baby ’cause the night’s getting cold
And everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back

Now I been lookin’ for a job but it’s hard to find
Down here it’s just winners and losers and don’t get caught on the wrong side of that line
Well I’m tired of comin’ out on the losin’ end
So honey last night I met this guy and I’m gonna do a little favor for him
Well I guess everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your hair up nice and set up pretty
and meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City

1,785 comments Add your comment

Josh

April 5th, 2009
2:35 pm

Hotspur

April 5th, 2009
2:44 pm

Repeated from the abandoned previous blog:

DOB, I once again recommend to you the cheesesteaks at D’Allessandro’s in Manayunk (not sure you had a chance to try them out last year). IMHO, the best in the city, but slightly off the beaten path, so no one outside Philly knows about them. It’s about a fifteen minute drive from downtown when there’s no traffic. (Like, say, in the middle of a Monday off.)

Andy K.

April 5th, 2009
2:45 pm

I’m sooo stoked for tonight…plus it’s Schafer’s ML debut….so it will be a night of firsts for him.

David

April 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

DOB, any hint on the starting lineup. It appears Escobar and Johnson will switch leading off depend upon where it is a lefty or righty starting! Thanks. Hope we get off to a good start and exciting baseball season. GO BRAVES!!!

The_Superhoo

April 5th, 2009
2:49 pm

OPENING DAY! The Braves are undefeated!

ncbravesgirl

April 5th, 2009
2:52 pm

Manayunk is a great little area of Philly, I do miss stopping at Wawa up there! I wish we had those down south. There are lots of great vineyards around Philly as well.

7

April 5th, 2009
2:54 pm

Phillies in one game play-off over Braves…oh!

DOB, please use press parking tonight!

Shamus Thacker

April 5th, 2009
2:55 pm

What’s your favorite team other than the Bravos DOB?

Anders

April 5th, 2009
2:57 pm

Heading out for the rest of this beautiful day here in NY Braves fans. Enjoy your opener.

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
3:00 pm

I remember KJ led off last year in game 1. First batter to bat in the Nats’ new stadium. First to strike out, too.

Andy K.

April 5th, 2009
3:00 pm

Any idea if the Bravos will be wearing the dark blues? Love ‘em. How about those new all blue road helmets???

BigDaddy

April 5th, 2009
3:08 pm

DOB – You have the Diamonbacks with th best record in the NL? I don’t see how the Cubs play the Phillies in the NLCS any other way.

Steve from OH

April 5th, 2009
3:08 pm

Here are my preseason picks (feel free to write them down and rub it in my face when they’re completely wrong come October!):

AL East: Rays
Central: Indians
West: Umm…Rangers?
Wild Card: Red Sox

MVP: Grady Sizemore
Cy Young: Justin Verlander
ROY: Weiters if he qualifies, Travis Snider otherwise
Breakout Player: Alex Gordon
#5 Team: Yankees
Darkhorse: Royals

National League:
East:Phillies
Central: Cubs
West: Dodgers
Wild Card: Braves

MVP: Hanley Ramirez
Cy Young: Johan Santana
ROY: Jordan Schafer (homer pick!)
#5 Team: Cardinals
Breakout player(s): Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw
Darkhorse team: Marlins

Don’t hold me to it!

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
3:08 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! You don’t mind if I add a couple lyrics of my own, do ya?

All our times have come

Here but now they’re gone

Seasons don’t fear the Reaper

Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..we can be like they are

Come on baby…don’t fear the Reaper

Baby take my hand…don’t fear the Reaper

We’ll be able to fly…don’t fear the Reaper

Interested Observer

April 5th, 2009
3:09 pm

Hey 7, just curious, how well do you think Frenchy will bounce back this year?

Chop Chop

April 5th, 2009
3:11 pm

I like how DOB managed to avoid picking the Braves to make the playoffs. That’s a crafty way of pumping up the denizens without completely deflating them. Of course, if his scenario actually goes down, people here will be jumping off of bridges.

KC

April 5th, 2009
3:16 pm

Really DOB??? You’re that confident in the Mets starting pitching?

cabravesfan

April 5th, 2009
3:17 pm

McFann-

Love the lyrics! What song is that?

Chop Chop

April 5th, 2009
3:18 pm

KC,

That’s right, buddy. Start trying to chip away at the man’s predictions. If you don’t convince him to change his mind, the Braves’ honor will have been permanently stained.

:D

Too bad I can’t be at your little shindig. We’d laugh at this stuff.

TnBrian

April 5th, 2009
3:21 pm

DOB, Philles over Bravos in one game playoff spot? Well who the hell asked you! Kiddin,not really but you’re the boss around here, so….

DMBJAMS

April 5th, 2009
3:22 pm

Wow, Braves don’t even take the wild card?

Good luck in the clubhouse.

Don’t get me wrong, unbiased journalism is refreshing.

You should teach a class on it, DOB.

TnBrian

April 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

Chop Chop, people shouldn’t be discouraged if DOB’s predictions pan out simply because 2010 and beyond looks AWESOME!

KC

April 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

Chop Chop, just disagreeing with the man. That’s all. And I’m really surprised. Honestly, though, and I’m sure DOB will take exception to this, but I wonder if his predictions are slightly weighted in the Phillies/Mets favor, so as to keep from looking like he’s not entirely objective about the Braves.

Yeah, wish you could be there. Had a lot of fun last year (despite the outcome), and I’m sure tonight will be a blast as well.

Brian the Brain

April 5th, 2009
3:25 pm

Let the games begin! *Cue original American Gladiators theme*

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
3:25 pm

cabravesfan

Thanks! That’s Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. That’s kinda where I got Victorino’s nick name from–it was half from that song, half from a Far Side comic.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
3:28 pm

You are off the Christmas card list

The bloody ‘mucils for 1st…….

oh wait…….. I don’t even have your adress

What…… yes care of Atlanta Journal Constitution………

DMBJAMS

April 5th, 2009
3:28 pm

Chop Chop, people shouldn’t be discouraged if DOB’s predictions pan out simply because 2010 and beyond looks AWESOME! – TnBrian

I was just talking about this the other day. Braves never officially went into “rebuilding mode.” Thanks to our incredible minor leagues maybe we wont have to for years to come.

The future looks exciting for Braves fans!

Tom O'Hawke

April 5th, 2009
3:28 pm

For those with satellite radio, Scott Graham and Buck Martinez are doing a pregame show, live, from Citizens’ Bank Park at 5:00. Wow, 3 hours of pregame hype!

McFann, I don’t know if it’s today, Tuesday or Wednesday, but if it’s today, Happy Birthday! I know what you want for your birthday.

DMBJAMS

April 5th, 2009
3:30 pm

McFann,

I gotta have more cow bell!

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
3:31 pm

Murder Incorporated should be the tune to your next blog………

David O'Brien

April 5th, 2009
3:34 pm

Just got to the ballpark. KC, I’m picking Mets despite their starting pitching, not because of it. Their lineup and bullpen, plus Santana, means they really just need a couple more of those starters to have a decent year and … well, they’ll be tough to beat.

But you know what, it wouldn’t at all surprise me if any of the three teams wins the division. Really, it wouldn’t. I do think the Braves have a legit shot at it, just not as good as the other two, on paper.

7

April 5th, 2009
3:34 pm

Interested observer: 286 BA 26 hrs. 107 rbi. The kids got new life, 2nd chance, good wife and family and wants to prove his worth. Chipper’s his big brother looking over him, that a big plus. He knows what he’s got to do and everyone is depending on him to come thru. Pray he will.

Tom O'Hawke

April 5th, 2009
3:39 pm

I wouldn’t worry, too much, about what DOB predicts. How much credibility do you give to someone that doesn’t pull his car over, in the middle of the night, on a dark, lonely highway, to play the air guitar, simply because he’s afraid of being attacked by an Asian woman’s garment?

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
3:40 pm

My predictions for 2009

1. Communism will attempt a major comeback but a little pig will remind us all that, “We are all equal but some of us are more equal than others”

2. Dobi One Knobi – is off of my Christmas card list

3. I will not switch from Buddhism back to Christianity making point 2 mute

4. The Mets will choke

5. We will worry about our bullpen all year

6. John Smoltz will inform the world how competitive he is

7. Atlanta Braves will crush the weenies in the NL BEAST with awesome starting pitching

8. Vazquez for Cy Young

9. Glavine will win at least 12 games with a sub 80mph fastball and

10. I will still no close to zippo

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
3:40 pm

Austin

April 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

The best day in baseball. At least for today every team has a shot; every team can say they were in first place!

GO BRAVES!

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

Tom O’Hawke

Thanks! Huh, it’s Wednesday, the DGANG. Yeah, I’d like a nice W from the Braves–especially since it’s the Fillies in Filly…yuck!–and a good day from BMac…if he plays.

DMBJAMS

Oh yeah! And the guitar and drums in that song are amazing.

dogsbrekky

I can’t believe it! You stole my idea! I was gonna post those lyrics if our lineup whopped them Fillies! Man…

;) No hard feelings.

PWHjort

April 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

dogsbrekky, it would not surprise me one bit if Vazquez wins the NL Cy Young.

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

Why is all that bold? Arg…

kirkinga

April 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

Finally real games to talk about.

I think the Braves win between 85-90 games just barely winning the Wild Card over the Mets and Cardinals.

Interested Observer

April 5th, 2009
3:46 pm

I hope you’re right, 7, I’d love to see it. His spring was very encouraging!

TnBrian

April 5th, 2009
3:46 pm

The bottom line for me is that there is no way Mets/Phi./Atl. aren’t competing with Fla. to make things a little difficult for us three. Who’s deeper and can make that mid season trade might just make the difference…could be us that does it. Talking is done and the Braves are ready to shock the critics.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
3:46 pm

PWHjort – I am serious about that point and the Christmas card !

He (Vazquez) will kill the NL BEAST

I weenied out of going to Filly today as it is the g/f’s birthday but at least it was spring at my apt today, the birds were singing well in Central Park and I had an awesome Italiano meal last night out near Sheety Field

David O'Brien

April 5th, 2009
3:50 pm

Just added a poll to the original blog, should be showing up any moment

f.n.hale

April 5th, 2009
3:51 pm

“The list: Ryan Klesko in ‘99, Andres Galarraga in 2000, Rico Brogna in ‘01, B.J. Surhoff in ‘02, Robert Fick in ‘03, Julio Franco in ‘04, Adam LaRoche in ‘05 & ‘06, Scott Thorman in ‘07, and Mark Teixeira in ‘08…” – DOB

And Bobby loved ‘em all. I had forgotten about Brogna. Ya gotta love how Bobby always talks up his guys. Any manager that could convince me that Fick and Thorman were going to be special is o.k. in my book.

David O'Brien

April 5th, 2009
3:51 pm

O’Hawke, that’s a good point, about the Kimono dragon menace.

BravesFAN885

April 5th, 2009
3:55 pm

wow, didn’t realize Brett Myers was a wife beater and a drinker. we really need to BEAT his redneck ass tonight!

Cyrus

April 5th, 2009
3:55 pm

Lets get this party started and beat them Phillies and DOB did you see Oliver Perez gag it in NY yesterday ? He would be in Single A accoriding to this blog with that outing.

Tom O'Hawke

April 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

McFann, (”Huh”) Nothing psychic or suupernatural here. You mentioned the other day that your birthday was during the Braves series with the Phillies. I remembered thinking that McCann cann make it a happy one!

7

April 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

Start fast…I don’t want to hear its still early, its still early, its still early. That’s BS to me. Every game counts, lets win as many now as possible.

PWHjort

April 5th, 2009
3:57 pm

If you don’t subscribe to Baseball Prospectus, there’s an article up today about the top 10 teams written by Joe Sheehan (he did 11-20 and 21-30 previously). He has the Braves at number 5 going 91-71 finishing 1 game back of the Mets and 5 up on the Phillies winning the wild card. Other predictions include Cubs in the Central, Dodgers in the West, Red Sox in the AL East, Yankees with the WC, Indians in the AL Central, and A’s in the AL West. Here’s his list:
1) Red Sox
2) Yankees
3) Mets
4) Dodgers
5) Braves
6) A’s
7) D-Backs
8 ) Cubs
9) Rays
10) Phillies
11) Indians
12) Angels
13) Twins
14) Reds
15) Marlins
16) Rockies
17) Giants
18) Brewers
19) Cardinals
20) Rangers
21) Mariners
22) Blue Jays
23) Tigers
24) Royals
25) Nationals
26) Orioles
27) White Sox
28) Astros
29) Pirates
30) Padres

Frank from KS

April 5th, 2009
4:00 pm

Here’s my pick for both divisions

AL

West: Angels or A’s with Rangers being the darkhorse

Central: Royals with Indians or White Sox being darkhorses

East: Red Sox or Rays with Yanks being the darkhorse (altho I’m hoping like hell the Yanks fall flat on their a** with all that money they spent)
Wild Card: Rangers or White Sox

NL

East: Braves or Phils (Mutts, Nats will be fighting for the last two places) with the Marlins in 3rd with their young and talented staff.

Central: Cubs or the Cards (altho the Cards rotation is suspect at best)

West: Dodgers with the darkhorse being the Giants (Randy Johnson looked very good this spring)

Wild Card: Braves or Phils (whoever doesn’t win the Eastern division…they’ll win the WC.

ALCS : Red Sox over the Royals
NLCS : Braves over Cubs

WS : Braves over the Red Sox in 7

I picked a Braves/Red Sox WS last year and missed on BOTH accounts (Lol)….but this year, I think it may come closer to frutation(sp)

Daybed Wagmoe

April 5th, 2009
4:01 pm

Vazquez for Cy Young? Wouldn’t be surprised if Vazquez wins the Cy Young? Wow. The man has NEVER received any Cy Young runner-up votes, nor has he ever won more than 16 games in a season, his lowest season ERA is 3.24 and he has a career ERA of 4.32, and the White Sox were very happy to trade him…and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wins the Cy Young???

I’m expecting him to be better than he was last year, but I’d be SHOCKED if he wins the Cy Young this year!

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
4:04 pm

2009 – Get it right here…….. MLB Net precidting Cubs, ‘mucils and Bosox so let us discard them (mainly)

Al East – Rays, Yanks get wild card
Al Central – Kansas
Al West – The Billy cheapo Beanes (finally)

NL Beast – Braves, Marlins (yes watch out for their pitching)
NL Central – Cards, Cubs for Wildcard
NL Worst – The Mannies but honestly who gives an eff

World Series – Rays

RHR

April 5th, 2009
4:04 pm

THE METS? Oh DOB, how could you? On opening day when the world looks rosy how could you? We’re in a fight now. A big one.

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
4:10 pm

McFann the turtle-lovin’, emoticon-flashin’ blog sweetheart in here talkin’ about the reaper and murder… the Phils better run and hide…

PWHjort

April 5th, 2009
4:14 pm

Daybed, his peripheral numbers have always been good. He’s had a very “unlucky” career, constantly featuring high BABIPs, pitchers’ parks, bad defenses behind him, and unfavorable managerial situations. He’ll have none of the above (except maybe a high BABIP, but probably not since our defense is so good) this year along with switching from the AL where the hitters are tougher and you have to face a DH instead of a pitcher to the NL. He’s got a very favorable set of circumstances this year. It wouldn’t surprise me if he won the Cy Young. It WOULD surprise me if any other Braves pitcher won the Cy Young.

PWHjort

April 5th, 2009
4:15 pm

I meant to say hitters’ parks, not pitchers’ parks.

Random

April 5th, 2009
4:15 pm

This observation from Mark Bowman was very reminiscent of something Pete van Wieren might have come up with:

… This will be the fourth consecutive season the Braves have opened on the road, and their only wins during this span came in games started by Lowe and Myers. They defeated Lowe’s Dodgers to open the 2006 season and Myers’ Phillies in 2007.

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
4:16 pm

Every time I see the word “BABIP” I think something Italian is happening.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
4:18 pm

Dobi’s got a gun that he keeps beneath his pillow (oh yeah)
Out on this blog his chances are zero (oh yeah)
Take a look around you (Mets choke down)
It ain’t too complicated
You’re messin’ with Chipper Incorporated

Now you check MLB scoreboards everywhere that you go (oh yeah)
Bloggin’ down the street, there’s eyes in every shadow (oh yeah)
You better take a look around you (Mets choke down)
The prediction you got’s so obliterated
You can’t compete with Chipper Incorporated
Everywhere you look now there’s Chipper Incorporated

So you keep a little secret down deep inside your ajc drawer
From dealing with the ‘mucils you’re feelin’ down on the killin’ floor
No matter where you step you feel you’re never out of danger
So the comfort that you keep’s a gold-plated ballpoint Schafer-two
I heard that you

You got a job downtown, man it leaves your head cold (oh yea)
And everywhere you look The Mets ain’t got no soul (oh yeah)
That apartment you live in feels like it’s just a place to hide
When your bloggin’ at the TED you won’t meet no one eye to eye
Now the cops reported you as just another bloggercide
I can tell that you was just frustrated
from livin’ with Chipper Incorporated

Incorporated
Everywhere you look now
Chipper Incorporated
Down on your knees
Chipper Incorporated
Everywhere that you turn it’s Chipper Incorporated

Couch Tater

April 5th, 2009
4:19 pm

It’s been a long offseason. Strange to start the season without Skip & Pete or Smoltz, but as Chipper said, the FO gives us a chance to be competitive.

It’s opening day, let’s kick some Phillie arse!

Braves Got A Good Team

April 5th, 2009
4:24 pm

Cole Hamels will go down this year and so will Santana…..Take that to the bank

Tom O'Hawke

April 5th, 2009
4:26 pm

I don’t usually consider myself, overly optimistic. But based on what a lot of you are predicting for Frenchy, and what I expect from him (300+, 30+, 100+), I think even Bobby would think I’m on something, and he’d probably think I got it from dogsbrekky (Vazquez). I really believe he’s going to put up those kind of numbers, and he’ll be contending for the National League Comeback Player of the Year, along with Chris Carpenter.

Mrs. Hamels & Mrs. Santana

April 5th, 2009
4:26 pm

Cole Hamels will go down this year and so will Santana…..Take that to the bank. -BravesGotAGoodTeam

Woo Hoooooo!

FEAR

April 5th, 2009
4:30 pm

wow…..this offseason took forever

Englishteacher

April 5th, 2009
4:33 pm

dogsbrekky,
The word is moot not mute. If it were mute, it means you’d be unable to say it. Go Braves!

nolie

April 5th, 2009
4:33 pm

AL East: Rays STEVE

I wrote ‘em down starting with this idiotic pick. :LOL:

Dylan w/o the dead

April 5th, 2009
4:34 pm

my prediction for baseball this season is for the first time ever we see every professional ballplayer indicted after jose canseco releases his new book “Everyone is on steroids but me and Dykstra”.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
4:34 pm

englishteacher – I have not used either moot or mute today

but thank you for the 4th grade lesson

Steve from OH

April 5th, 2009
4:35 pm

nolie, that’s my anti-Yankee anti-Sox sentiment showing, lol! But I’ll stand by it mainly because that’s what I hope happens…

Thrillhouse44

April 5th, 2009
4:35 pm

Just dusted off the mower and finished the lawn. Now, the only thing I have to do before game time is dust off the Thriller Lites. Go Braves!

DOB, thanks for another great spring!

Mrs. Hamels and Mrs. Santana, sorry to disappoint, but your boys are usually only good to go once every 5 days.

Hellen Keller

April 5th, 2009
4:35 pm

Apparently my point is mute.

nolie

April 5th, 2009
4:37 pm

but I wonder if his predictions are slightly weighted in the Phillies/Mets favor, so as to keep from looking like he’s not entirely objective about the Braves KC

I’d guess that his predictions are based on much the same reasoning that has 90% of the national unbiased observers picking the Braves 3rd or 4th. Just guessin’ though :lol:

Steve from OH

April 5th, 2009
4:37 pm

And to whomever made that 4:26 post: brilliant! Got a good laugh out of me.

Fillies Feeling Frightfully Philharmonic

April 5th, 2009
4:39 pm

The Mets will not win anything
The Cubs will not win anything

Both are perenial chokers…

The Fish and Braves will be big dangers.

Bobby Cox needs to just walk Ryan Howard and then the 4-14 season you had against us from a year ago will be much better, hence changing the NL East

Fillies Feeling Frightfully Philharmonic

April 5th, 2009
4:40 pm

or even perennial

N Nine

April 5th, 2009
4:41 pm

Wild card: Phillies, in one-game playoff over BravesDOB

If we win tonight you, will you reassess the one-game playoff? Interesting you have Mets winning the east. To me, the east and wild card seem to be toughest picks.

Bubdylan, nice post on McFann! The reaper can wear on everyone. Too bad Bueno didn’t make the team

PLAY BALL!!!!!!!

Steve

April 5th, 2009
4:41 pm

Why isn’t Jordan Shafer leading off in the lineup? I thought that was the Braves idea all along to have some speed at the top of the lineup. The kid can hit and run! Look at his spring stats!!!

dogsbrekky

April 5th, 2009
4:41 pm

god I did use the word MUTE

so apt for my intellect today !

My apologies (teacher)

PWHjort

April 5th, 2009
4:44 pm

They’ve released line-ups?

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
4:46 pm

Tom O’Hawke Nothing psychic or suupernatural here.

I know. I only said “Huh” as a kind of chuckle–chuckling at the fact that they picked that day for the DGANG. Happened in ‘06, too, and we ended up with Pratt catching. But, in ‘07, when it was a Sunday–Easter Sunday–McCann caught and tied the game with my favorite: An RBI double! So we’ll see. Yeah, he could make it a happy one…wish Blanton wasn’t pitching, though. He’s the guy that started the game on July 27…YUCK!

Bubdylan

LOL! Did realize I was being so sinister…Haha! Reminds me of this Ink Pen comic.

Yeah! Look out, Fillies!

nolie

April 5th, 2009
4:46 pm

I really believe he’s going to put up those kind of numbers, and he’ll be contending for the National League Comeback Player of the Year, along with Chris Carpenter TOM O

that’s OK, we’ll rub your face in it when it doesn’t happen . Won’t see me makin’ no danged pre-season predictions on this board. 8)

Brandon

April 5th, 2009
4:47 pm

Classic song from the Boss..

NL East Phillies
NL Central Cubs
NL West Dodgers (watch out for SF)

AL East Red Sox
AL Central Royals (This years Rays)
AL West Angels

NL Wild Card: Atlanta Braves
AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
4:47 pm

N Nine

Oh man, yeah! Rats…where’s Bueno?

Or Tommy Hanson…we wasn’t afraid of hittin’ guys, either…

Couch Tater

April 5th, 2009
4:48 pm

What will be the time when Joe Morgan talks about opening day with the Cincinnati Reds? My guess 8:12 EST

NCBravesFan

April 5th, 2009
4:49 pm

DOB: What’s your sense of the team’s confidence level entering the regular season? They were picked by quite a few to win the division last year and we all know how that turned out.

No surprise after last year they’re getting no respect in the preseason picks. And even though they’ve solidifed some spots, there are a few question marks on the roster, too.

So what’s your sense of their belief that they can make some noise this year … and what do the Braves players think will be the keys to getting back to postseason play if it happens?

Tom O'Hawke

April 5th, 2009
4:51 pm

McFann, the next time you quote me, would you correct the typo, please?

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
4:52 pm

McFann, I lol’d at “hecky-hecky.”

Steve from OH

April 5th, 2009
4:54 pm

Won’t see me makin’ no danged pre-season predictions on this board.

Pansy! C’mon, man up and make some predictions! 8)

McFann ;Ô;

April 5th, 2009
4:54 pm

Tom O’Hawke

Haha! You got it! Guess I forgot to proof read… ;)

Bubdylan

Me, too. That one was great!

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
4:57 pm

Dylan w/o the Dead, your 4:34 is funny.

Oops

April 5th, 2009
4:58 pm

Mutt’s Morning Meal

englishteacher – I have not used either moot or mute today

but thank you for the 4th grade lesson

WANNA BET DUDE? Did you miss the 4th grade cause you were too bust hanging with your world famous pals already?

dogsbrekky – UNC rocks !

April 5th, 2009
3:40 pm

My predictions for 2009

1. Communism will attempt a major comeback but a little pig will remind us all that, “We are all equal but some of us are more equal than others”

2. Dobi One Knobi – is off of my Christmas card list

3. I will not switch from Buddhism back to Christianity making point 2 mute

Salamander

April 5th, 2009
4:59 pm

Just over three hours to go, and I’m getting excited!

Here’s hoping the Braves set the tone early this season by getting out from under the ‘Phillies prison b-tches’ label that they have been lugging around the past couple years.

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
5:01 pm

Oops, he already corrected himself. Guess the Gotcha’s made you fidget past it.

TnBrian

April 5th, 2009
5:04 pm

We’ll see tonight if Bobby uses the hit and run where neccessary. If he doesn’t and we loose a close ballgame, we’re probably in for another lng season of Bobby’s stubborness.

I’ll admit that I’m disappointed that DOB picks the Mets to win the division. Yeah, he along with almost every other critic/writer.

Oops

April 5th, 2009
5:04 pm

Oops, he already corrected himself. Guess the Gotcha’s made you fidget past it BUB

It was posted before I read his admission. Kinda reply to them in the order I read them, you know? :oops:

Salamander

April 5th, 2009
5:06 pm

What will be the time when Joe Morgan talks about opening day with the Cincinnati Reds? My guess 8:12 EST Couch Tater

Aaaah crap, I forgot that being on ESPN means that I have to listen to those two guys prattle on until I hit the mute button in the middle of the 2nd inning.

Radio baby, all the way.

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
5:06 pm

Oops, yeah, well, after I posted my own I realized I was doing what I accused you of, so I guess it all washes, huh?

Go Braves…

Bubdylan

April 5th, 2009
5:08 pm

Is it really Joe Morgan? Radio + mute is right, Salamander. It’ll feel like a special victory doing it right from the beginning, too, you’re right. I can take almost anybody but that guy.

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