Braves go Fishing

   Now that the storm is over, the power is back on (woohoo) and the Nationals are in the rearview mirror, it’s time to get serious again.

 

   The Marlins are in town for a three-game series starting today with Vazquez vs. Volstad, a very vivacious, vaunted, vicious match-up. (OK I’ll stop). We’ve heard aplenty about the Marlins rotation. Bobby Cox raved about them in spring. This will be no foolin, to see how the Braves lineup matches up. And it’ll put that .300 team average to the test.

   (It’s Derek Lowe vs. Andrew Miller on Wednesday night and Kawakami vs. Anibal Sanchez on Thursday. And don’t forget Thursday is a 12:10 p.m. start. Bizarre but true.)

   And yes, the Braves are currently hitting .300 as a team, which leads the National League and is fourth in the majors behind Toronto (.322), Tampa Bay (.304) and Baltimore (.303).

   Some Marlins to keep an eye on? How about second baseman turned third baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who is off to an electric start for his new team since being traded from the Nationals in the offseason. He went 4-for-5 on Opening Day for the Fish, including an inside-the-park home run over Lastings Milledge’s head. He’s hitting .500 (14-for-28) for the season and that’s including an 0-for-4 on Sunday against Johan Santana and the Mets.

   There’s lot of talk of his blazing speed, like this from Marlins personnel guy Dan Jennings, who told Mike Berardino of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and our notes group: “He’s in the top five in all of baseball for pure speed.”

   Bonifacio is a switch-hitter, and Jennings has him running a 3.9 to first base from the right side, and 3.68 from the left. Ichiro Suzuki is the standard and he runs a 3.6 from the left-handed batter’s box. So there you go.

   Also, look for Hanley Ramirez in the clutch: He’s tied for third in the National League, batting .667 (6-for-9) with runners in scoring position. You should know who’s first in the National League: hey, Mr. Money: Yunel Escobar is batting .778 (7-for-9) with RISP to lead another money man: Albert Pujols .750 (3-for-4). 

   And for giggles, guess who’s leading the American League in batting average with runners in scoring position? Andruw Jones is 4-for-4. That’s 1.000, and that ties him with Brian Roberts of Baltimore, who is 4-for-4 as well.

 

   GLAVINE WATCH: Tom Glavine was going to see Dr. James Andrews this morning to check on the soreness he’s feeling in his left shoulder. He was planning to update us when he gets to the ballpark this afternoon.

   It’s hard to know what to expect but I hope for his sake it’s just scar tissue breaking up. If it’s something worse than that, and the shoulder is not going to let him keep pitching, then I know this, that Glavine has nothing to hang his head about.

   Like he has said, he gave it everything he had to get back. He didn’t want to go down the way he did last year. So he had the surgery and has been working his tail off in his rehab. We’ll see what happens, but even if it’s bad, he’s got a lot more going for him than just pitching.

   He’s a great guy, has a tremendous family life, and he’ll be fine. And if this is it, then we’ll see him go into the Hall of Fame in five years with Greg Maddux.

      

   REYES PROMOTION: So Jo-Jo Reyes gets the call for Saturday in Pittsburgh in place of Glavine. The Braves weren’t going to rush Tommy Hanson up, get his arbitration clock rolling when they don’t know what to expect with Glavine just yet.

   Reyes was chosen over Charlie Morton because of the work he did this spring, the improvements he showed in mound presence and command of the strike zone, and probably also because he had a full spring to build up (Morton had a late start because of an oblique injury). Plus he’s left-handed, and the Braves have four righties in the starting rotation at the moment.

   Last year it seemed like Reyes got so many opportunities to make an impression and build himself a foundation in the major leagues and just couldn’t. He ended the season with a seven-game losing streak, with a 7.81 ERA over 12 starts. It seemed pretty much the same routine. He’d have some good innings, and show his potential, but then have things blow up on him in a big inning, featuring lots of walks.

   Well, it seems like Reyes took things to heart this winter and really set about trying to get himself right. He had a really solid spring 2-0, with a 2.08 ERA in four games, including three starts. He was more confident on the mound, not trying to nibble as much, and the other day when I spoke to him in Gwinnett, he pointed this out: He told me he was going out there with the mindset that he wanted to try to get hitters out in three pitches.

   That shows you that he’s thinking more aggressively. We’ll see how he does on Saturday. Good for him.

 

   OK more updates from the ballyard. Glad to be back online today from the home front. 

1,566 comments Add your comment

Maddux

April 14th, 2009
12:30 pm

Power still out here and the food is rotting in the freezer. Good thing I can at least go to the Braves game tonight and see a good battle.

Runnin

April 14th, 2009
12:35 pm

Right on Carrol, on the Glavine comments. I hope it all works out well for him. Praying for scar tissue. His days are numbered either way, but I’d like to see him get to have a few more good games before he says his good-byes.

Bravetiger

April 14th, 2009
12:39 pm

Carroll or DOB – who do you expect to be the fall guy when they actually activate Jo-Jo? Who’s spot on the roster will he take?

Jim

April 14th, 2009
12:40 pm

From the end of the last blog

While striking out 10 guys in 4 innings is impressive, it doesn’t necessarily translate into quality outings. The starting pitcher needs to go at least 6 innings on a regullar basis to give the bullpen time off. I think Hanson needs to face situations where he doesn’t have a ton of K’s and learns to get people out by having them put it in play. Holding runners is another facet of his game that is a work in progress.

RLPmetro

April 14th, 2009
12:42 pm

Carroll…minimum 100 at bats? Has anyone gotten 100 at-bats thus far in the season? That’s an average of 16+ at-bats per game! I am assuming you meant a minimum of 10 at-bats!

TnBrian

April 14th, 2009
12:42 pm

Dang, reading this article, you’d think this was a Marlins blog. They’re overachieving and they will lose a ton of games with a bad pen and even worse defense. Who cares that they have hitters that might lead the league in homers… they K a ton, are streaky and can’t play defense. I mean if our pitchers can keep them off balance and the hitters get to their 3-5 pitchers early, we should sweep them.

Zach

April 14th, 2009
12:43 pm

DOB, How seriously concerned are you about Glaivine’s arm knowing that it was sore from hitting and not pitching. Could it be that that soreness only occurred because he hasn’t hit all spring and its a different motion that the shoulder was not used to. I know you’re not a doctor, but just curious.

GboroBravo

April 14th, 2009
12:43 pm

DOB,

I dont rememember Jurjens exactly lighting it up the last month or 2 of the year either.

cityofdecatur

April 14th, 2009
12:43 pm

thanks for the updates

chuckw/deadjournalist

April 14th, 2009
12:46 pm

Carroll –

What’s the status of David Ross? Is he still on target to be activated from the DL as soon as he’s eligible?

Randy

April 14th, 2009
12:46 pm

DOB is a SLACKER.

RLPmetro

April 14th, 2009
12:46 pm

TnBrian,

First and foremost, it’s a blog, not an article. Secondly, I like to get an update on the opponents the Braves are facing prior to a series opening up. It is a good snapshot of what to expect while watching the games. How bout you do us a favor and quit complaining! Tell me, exactly, what it is that you don’t know about the Braves at this point?? Besides the outcome of Glavine’s visit with Dr. Andrews, DOB and Carroll have bestowed a wealth of knowledge on us. How about they just regurgitate that same crap every day, over and over again?

Ric Roc

April 14th, 2009
12:47 pm

It’s a shame how they’re only holding Hanson back so they can pay him in peanuts for one more year. Didn’t Jo-Jo just get rocked in his first start for G-Braves?

mbatl

April 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

I’m wondering if Moylan might not be the guy sent down to make room for Reyes.

Remember, he’s still just about 1 year off TJ… wasn’t really expected to be pitching in the majors this soon. Might make sense to send him down where he can regain his command (supposedly a big issue “post-TJ”) without the pressure of games that count.

I think he’s a fine reliever, but maybe just isn’t back to full speed yet.

JOHNNYG

April 14th, 2009
12:49 pm

The timing of this Tommy’s injury makes me wonder if he isn’t taking one for the team one last time.

TnBrian

April 14th, 2009
12:49 pm

Is David Ross really that important? Does anybody really care if the backup catcher is activated today or a week from now? He’s better than Sammons, but I’m a little more worried about Chipper’s health to be honest.

Rodney Derrick

April 14th, 2009
12:50 pm

I posted this just before the last blog ended– For those of you who eagerly wait for Terrence Moore to call for the Braves to do various things with which many of us may disagree, note that another Atlanta publication has a list of 70 AJC staffers, including Terrence, taking a buyout. Best wishes to all 70, and thank goodness we still have DOB and Carroll. Also as a sign of change that all have to endure, Marilyn Chambers died yesterday. Compare her good girl image advertising soap to her porn movie image. And too bad about Mark Fidrych. John Smoltz was a big fan of Mark growing up in Michigan. No one ever cleaned a mound and talked to a baseball like Mark. In addition to Nick Adenhart and Harry Kalas, a rough week all around. Hard to mourn for the Somali pirates however despite my Buddhist perspective.

Tomahawk210

April 14th, 2009
12:51 pm

On a side note:
Anyone playing MLB 09:The Show download the new roster update?
They finally put Schafer and Kawakami in there and did a pretty good job as far as Schafer’s likeness. Kawakami isn’t as close to looking like he does but still good. I had to raise Schafer’s numbers for fielding and hitting, he was way too low on some catagories. Any thoughts on the update and the game? Anyone start a season yet?

Stacie

April 14th, 2009
12:53 pm

I think they need to put Tommy out to pasture and bring in the new Tommy. We had the past, now lets move to the future.

Randy

April 14th, 2009
12:54 pm

Moylan isn’t going anywhere. It’ll be Jeff Bennett.

TnBrian

April 14th, 2009
12:55 pm

RLPmetro, ok! Carry on about the Marlins… did you know that they’ve won more WS titles in the last twelve years than the Braves have in God knows how many years? Seriously, that was a little dry sense of humor that I put on here. Really wasn’t disrespecting Carrol at all…just can’t stand the Marlins, that’s all.

DCBrave

April 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

Carroll-

Thanks for the great V blog. I think this is your first blog with the Braves for this young this season, and I certainly hope they get you a win to start your another nice record with the Braves – as good as the first half of last season.

FaninFaytown

April 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

Tomahawk im in 2013 on my franchise lol but a lot of that was simmed

Jeff

April 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

Carroll, I think you may have gotten some of your days mixed up….

Braves website says it Lowe vs. Miller on Wednedsay and Kawakami vs. Sanchez on Thursday

Taylor S

April 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tomahawk210 I just started playing 2k9 for 360. It has that living Roster Feature that is allegedly updated every day. Schafer is a 70 overall and Kawakami is like a 74.

DAP

April 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

hey DOB, you arent here, so why am i addressing my post to you?

Brian the Brain

April 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

Happy Birthday to Greg Maddux today.

Epinephrine

April 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

It’s just baffling to me how people get so caught up in hyping prospects. How many people here that are aching for Hanson to get called up have seen him pitch more than a handful of times? As stated in the last blog, he still has serious issues–as he would be the first to admit.

He has trouble pitching late into the game because of his command issues. His command issues also allow hitters to sit on his fastball when they get ahead in the count, leading to a relatively high home run rate.

There is still a good chance that were he called up now, it would hurt his confidence and tax the bullpen. He still needs polishing in AAA.

Reyes and Morton have earned their shot. Glavine has proven that when healthy, he’ll at least keep us in the game and get us to the 5th or 6th. That is all we need right now from a 5th starter. In the meantime, we don’t need to screw up Hanson’s development. Relax. We will see him when he is ready.

Sandlot

April 14th, 2009
12:58 pm

Just curious – what’s the logic behind the 12:10 start time on Thursday?

Eric from MO

April 14th, 2009
1:01 pm

Ric Roc isnt it believable that maybe they dont want to rush Hanson.

Tom O'Hawke

April 14th, 2009
1:03 pm

Nick, thanks for the link.

Tomahawk210

April 14th, 2009
1:04 pm

FaninFaytown

Did you make your own roster or download one for you franchise?

Ron E.

April 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

Things that smart people don’t pay much attention to: 1) team batting averages after 1 week of the season 2) individual player’s spring training records and stats.

Carroll Rogers

April 14th, 2009
1:09 pm

No clue on the 12:10 start thursday. Bizarre….

You’re right RLP metro, 100 sounds way too high. This is what I was reading on Stats inc: NL Leaders in BA Scoring Position (Thru games of APR-13-2009)
100 PA (0.6 per scheduled game)

And yes, i was going on pitching matchup off the Braves notes from Saturday which is the latest they have on MLBpressbox. Man, what good am I this morning?! Ha. I’ll fix that. Yes it’s Miller on Wednesday and Sanchez on Thursday.

bravofan

April 14th, 2009
1:09 pm

THomahawk 210: Can you get the roster download for psp? for the show does anybody know??

FaninFaytown

April 14th, 2009
1:10 pm

I downloaded one of the rosters from the vault but i got it like the day the game came out and started it then. I basically made schafer completely. also had to create heyward. Its hard to create someone on the game because as far as i know you cant change the “Potential” aspect. so if you try to make them good they tend to lose attributes very quickly.

DAP

April 14th, 2009
1:11 pm

ron e. add to that list: 3) ron e.’s blog posts.

RLPmetro

April 14th, 2009
1:12 pm

TnBrian,

Of course I know the Marlins have won more titles in the last 12 years. The point being the intro to the blog was a tune up for Braves fans specifically pointed at one Marlins player that most of us haven’t seen yet, and that is creating a lot of buzz right now. The rest of the blog was about the Braves. Hating the Marlins aside, it is a good balance in the blog for the day that the Braves open a new series.

Random

April 14th, 2009
1:12 pm

Epinephrine (12:15 pm): “By hitting Schafer 8 the Braves effectively rob him of one of his biggest tools–his speed. If he gets on base, it makes no sense to have him steal. In that situation, you have the pitcher bunt him over.”

The pitcher can as easily bunt him from second to third as from first to second.

Knowitall

April 14th, 2009
1:13 pm

mbatl,

Did you miss Moylan’s most recent performance when he struck out the side?

Tom Davis

April 14th, 2009
1:14 pm

No worries about the Marlins. Oh yeah, who was the idiot who jumped into the bunker with Phil Mickelson? I hope some scalper losses his Masters tickets.

Noc-a-homa

April 14th, 2009
1:14 pm

Still need a lefty reliever but this team looks good.

I still wished we would steal more bases because there comes a time when you need to manufacture runs and Bobby just doesn’t do that.

CB

April 14th, 2009
1:15 pm

I agree with what Ron E said about spring stats.Many on the blog go a little crazy about Schafer based on the spring stats and 1st week stats.Here is hoping they are for real.

bravofan

April 14th, 2009
1:15 pm

anyone know if I can download the current roster for psp?

Josh H

April 14th, 2009
1:16 pm

Random:

Yes, but with the pitcher at bat, the pitcher on the mound can focus much more on the runner.

It might not make a big difference.

Not to mention that if Schafer gets on with two outs, he won’t be running. Not going to risk a throw out and having the pitcher lead off the next inning.

He’ll be leading off soon enough. Kelly won’t be batting 8th. It’ll probably be Kotchman, or Diaz when he plays. Although I’m convinced that with our lineup, batting 7th and 8th really isn’t much of a difference from our 5th and 6th guys.

Slugger

April 14th, 2009
1:16 pm

DOB I thought you were going to keep going with a, “Remember, remember the fifth of November.”

Slugger

April 14th, 2009
1:19 pm

Josh H/ Random -

We talked about this briefly on the blog yesterday. I do feel Jordan’s base stealing is suffering from his current lineup position.

Having a pitcher take a pitch or two greatly decreases the chances of them executing a successful sac bunt. It could actually work out great for the Braves if Jordan steals first pitch and pitchers pull back the bunt and let him steal, but I don’t see that happening.

VaBrave

April 14th, 2009
1:22 pm

I miss the Braves on TBS. CSS has the games blacked out in Virginia. Oh well, out of site, out of mind.

Random

April 14th, 2009
1:24 pm

TnBrian (12:42 pm): “I mean if our pitchers can keep them off balance and the hitters get to their 3-5 pitchers early, we should sweep them.”

Or, failing that, if we score more runs each game than they do.

Woogidy

April 14th, 2009
1:32 pm

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

April 14th, 2009
1:32 pm

Brian, these Marlins are better than they were last season and that team won 84 games. Of course, they have also committed six errors already. But this Bonifacio kid can fly and this 2009 team has six stolen bases to complement the eight HR’s they have hit.

They won won last season and this team is improved. It’s not rocket science.

MFin04

April 14th, 2009
1:33 pm

Stop with the Schafer moving, he aint moving anytime soon. He is dangerous in the 8th spot. He has yet to get thrown out at second on 2 horrible sacrifice bunts (i.e. he should have been out at second if he wasnt so fast.)

pryguy

April 14th, 2009
1:33 pm

another story on ESPN about teams leading the divisions early on in baseball, and another time the Braves get overlooked by the Marlins hot start. I guess maybe it’s better we fly under the radar, but it’s pretty insulting the ignorance shown toward this team’s potential. Maybe a sweep this week will create more of a buzz, but I guess I’m just a homer looking in on things. However, Yunel and Kelly should start getting more respect than they do around the league and I think this year will solidify such.

Let’s get a good outing out of Javy tonight!

David O'Brien

April 14th, 2009
1:34 pm

Slugger, I know it can be confusing because my picture’s still at the top. But look below that, at the “byline” at the beginning of the blog. It’s by Carroll Rogers today. She’s covering today/tonight.

I just wanted to say happy birthday to someone other than Greg Maddux — Loretta Lynn, born 31 years before him.

But happy birthday to Mad Dog, too.

reagan

April 14th, 2009
1:37 pm

SLUGGER (OT)…..when did you go to ELON?

flange1

April 14th, 2009
1:37 pm

Interesting new fan of the Braves, he calls them favorites to win the east….

Old “friend” and douche bag Dayn Perry….He likes the Braves pitching and hitting.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9450998/Braves-should-be-favored-in-tough-NL-East

Imagine that! What next, dogs and cats living together?

N8

April 14th, 2009
1:39 pm

“Byline”?? Isn’t that where people lineup to purchase Village People concert tix? Ooops. Different spelling. My bad.

pryguy

April 14th, 2009
1:39 pm

DOB,

What are your thoughts on GA so far? Does he seem to fit in with the team or does he keep to himself as it seems to be? Does this team have a good bond much like the Phillies of a year ago? I think thats just as important as timely hitting and quality pitching, especially when you spend so much time together as a team. What are your observations as you see them mostly on a day-to-day basis?

lewie

April 14th, 2009
1:39 pm

loretta lynn is badass…a happy bday to her and maddog

TnBrian

April 14th, 2009
1:41 pm

Random, true!

RLPmetro, it did sound like I was being a smart A*, but that’s the difference between reading someone’s comment and seeing they’re facial expressions etc. I guess I’m just not too good at getting myself across typing my thoughts as some others. It ain’t easy…

The_Superhoo

April 14th, 2009
1:41 pm

pryguy…,what are you talking about the Bravos being overlooked on ESPN? They’re currently #1 in the Power Rankings on ESPN.com….?

TnBrian

April 14th, 2009
1:44 pm

I hate to say this, but is anybody else waiting on something bad to happen to our team, like a bad injury? Not to be negative now that everything is going smooth for our guys, but I think the last few years have be anticipating a set back.

ncscoots

April 14th, 2009
1:44 pm

It could actually work out great for the Braves if Jordan steals first pitch and pitchers pull back the bunt and let him steal, but I don’t see that happening.

No kidding. It doesn’t make sense to take a 30% chance of caught-stealing rather than the 3% chance of failed-bunt as your risk factor. It’s how many runs Schafer scores at 8 that’s important, not his effin’ SB total.

Besides, even if you run him in that situation, what’s the pitcher gonna do after? Swing for the fences? Bunting him to 3B doesn’t create much more success probability than leaving him at 2B. All that steal-and-bunt scenario accomplishes is to create higher risk that the 8 hitter won’t get into scoring position at all.

N8

April 14th, 2009
1:45 pm

I’ve always said… that Dayn Perry knows his baseball.

Ahhh. He’s still a douchebag in my book. He’s just jumping the band wagon after a 5-1 start. Make no mistake about it. He’ll rip this team to shreds the second it starts going bad.

But it’s always nice to have a douchebag on your side to get you out of those….er….never mind.

MFin04

April 14th, 2009
1:45 pm

Here is the problem with people analyzing the Braves after a 5-1 start. Its easy to say they are going to be good after going 5-1. Its easy to say they have great starting pitching after the starters have performed well so far. Id rather read someone who has insight before the Braves went 5-1. Anyone can say the Braves are good after seeing that they are 5-1. And anyone can look at individual players and say they are going to have good years after seeing their fast start. We all knew before the season started the Braves were going to contend and the fans, better than national reporters, new the Braves starters and lineups were going to do very well.

mbatl

April 14th, 2009
1:49 pm

“mbatl, Did you miss Moylan’s most recent performance when he struck out the side?” – Knowitall

Well, no I didn’t miss it, but I did forget about it! Thanks for the reminder. If he’s back to normal, I’m all for him staying up, of course.

flange1

April 14th, 2009
1:49 pm

Well said N8!

Maybe we can say that Dayn is now “our” douchebag?

mixxo

April 14th, 2009
1:50 pm

Save for one bad inning …..we’re undefeated! :D

That said, I’m “cautiously optimistic” about this season.

ncscoots

April 14th, 2009
1:51 pm

flange, geez, I could have done without knowing Dayn Perry has a good word for the Braves. You think the SI cover jinx is bad? Perry only gets his name right because he has an ID card for referral. Braves are screwed.

Colonial Dawg

April 14th, 2009
1:51 pm

VaBrave, I watch nearly every game on MLB. I hate paying for it, but it’s nice to be able to watch. I am in Virginia also and really miss the Braves and yes, the R-Braves too.

pryguy

April 14th, 2009
1:52 pm

Superhoo,

That is true. What I was referring to was a piece on Sportscenter today highlighting each team leading the division and Tim Kurkjen saying the Marlins are the most believable team, without the Braves receiving a mention. But you are correct in saying such.

MFIN,

I completely agree and couldn’t have said it better myself.

J

April 14th, 2009
1:54 pm

Here’s a serious question. How will the recent AJC buyouts, which includes the paper’s entire arts team (music, theater, visual arts), affect readership? Does anyone really care that the AJC seems to be rejecting local editorial content in favor of saving money? At least DOB won’t get fired anytime soon, I hope.

MFin04

April 14th, 2009
1:54 pm

Someone explain to me how to watch the Braves on Fox…if they arent televised in my area? Is it not stupid that it isnt on MLB Extra Innings. Does MLBTV get the saturday Fox games?

brad

April 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

yo DOB-
please remind us of Glavine’s contract details.
this could be the perfect storm…Glav out for the year, but with the Bravo’s saving face. They save the money he could have possibly made in incentives…if JoJo pitches well for a month or 2, trade him, bring up Hanson…spend the left over Glav $ on a late season addition.

TnBrian

April 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

flange1, did you read one of the comments under that article. It was pretty funny- “another consistantly wondeful article, almost as good as the one you wrote in Jan titled ‘Big offseason still not enough for the Braves’.” That pretty much sums up how predicting a MLB season is just silly, plus the bandwagon fools.

Chop Chop

April 14th, 2009
1:56 pm

The Dayn Perry/ESPN Power Rankings stuff is exactly why I don’t understand why people here were whining about the Braves “not getting respect” this offseason from national chatterboxes. Television and Internet media make it nearly impossible for a team to fly under the radar when the games begin to count. Look at the Rays last season. As soon as it looked like they were legitimately going to be good, they were hyped. If the Braves continue to win this year, you will get all the hype you want.

Chop Chop

April 14th, 2009
1:58 pm

Note: I don’t want hype. If the Braves pull a KC and win well over 90 games, I want a World Series title.

Carroll Rogers

April 14th, 2009
1:58 pm

oh and David Ross should be going out on a minor league rehab assignment today and be ready to go Thursday to catch the day game

jbutler

April 14th, 2009
2:01 pm

N8/flange1…you guys 12? The last time I heard the word “douchebag” was by boys…hmm…about that age, and in the 7th grade classroom. Guessing you guys can come up w/a better nickname than that. Please try :)

Bravedawg

April 14th, 2009
2:02 pm

I’m with Chop Chop–I don’t care if we get hype or not…let’s just care about being good enough to deserve the hype.

Wow–reading on here the plight of people that can’t watch the Braves every night puts it in perspective for me. Being an Atlanta, I get to see every game (and go to lots as well). I’m not bragging, either–I’m genuinely sad for you. I don’t know what I’d do!

Carroll Rogers

April 14th, 2009
2:03 pm

Glavine got $1 million guaranteed….he’ll get $1 million if/when he makes the active roster, $1.25 million after 30 days on the roster, another $1.25 million after 90 days on the roster.

Happy B Day Madd One!!

arobs3@yahoo.com

April 14th, 2009
2:04 pm

Did anyone catch Nick Swisher picthing for the Yanks last night? It was hilarious. I know that 7th inning was a fluke the other night but it’s pretty sad when a position player comes in to pitch and only walks one and only gave up 1 hit. Apparently that was the first time he’s pitched since freshman year in high school…not too shabby

glorydays

April 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

Anybody ready to pick up Andrew Jones on the fantasy team? I wonder what TP expects out of AJ this year?

Mike Lum

April 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

was Maddux number 31 becasue that’s how much older Loretta was than him?

BravesfanfromBirth

April 14th, 2009
2:06 pm

Just a guess here, but I am going out on a limb and will say that Jo Jo Reyes will get knocked around when he pitches Saturday against Pittsburgh.. If Glavine comes back today and announces that he is done playing, then I hope the Braves reconsider and bring up Tommy Hanson as the 5th starter in our rotation.. Reyes had to many times to prove himself last season and he couldn’t get the job done.. Time to go in a new direction, and that direction for me is Tommy Hanson..

garlick

April 14th, 2009
2:07 pm

Hey Chop Chop, just an FYI, those power rankings that ESPN is doing, this year they’ve implemented a computer system to base things on record, runs scored, ERA & a hole bunch of other stuff, and not just some guy that sits there and does it based on what he thinks.

So it still took a computer at ESPN to give us some attention.

bravesgrl4life

April 14th, 2009
2:09 pm

MFin04, I share your pain. Sucks not being able to watch Braves in our own market.

OHBravesGirl

April 14th, 2009
2:09 pm

arobs: And the article I read about it said Swish was the Yankees best pitcher of the night. Hilarious. It reminded me of the time Mark Grace went on to pitch for the DBacks during a blow-out…I saw that game on TV and just about died laughing at Gracie out on the mound.

Actually, if I’m remembering correctly, David Ross hit his first career home run off of Mark Grace during that outing. :)

pryguy

April 14th, 2009
2:09 pm

chop chop,

it’s not about hype, its more about respect to me. I don’t care too much about hearing them mentioned consistently. Living in Philadelphia, I’m happy to see their highlights for more than 30 seconds. I think its more about the media being so centralized with their east coast bias that annoys me with Philadelphia, New York and Boston always being the center of attention and being “hyped” as you put it. I agree I’d rather see a World Series than hype all season. Come back with something a little less obvious.

don

April 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

Mantle reportedly went from home to first in 3.1 seconds (from the left side).

FaninFaytown

April 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ANDRUW ITS FREAKING ANDRUW its a “U” for gods sake

ncscoots

April 14th, 2009
2:11 pm

jbutler, I realize that the d-word probably is offensive to our distaff bloggers, but, there is no more perfect word to describe Dayn Perry. It’s unfortunate, I admit, so I’ll apologize in advance for my use of it in the future, LOL.

Because ole Dayn was, is, and forever shall be a…well, you know.

Thrillhouse44

April 14th, 2009
2:12 pm

So, Clint Sammons is going to be optioned back to the minors before his “Know Your Braves” video posts? Oh, the humanity!

Bill

April 14th, 2009
2:13 pm

We don’t have to see those Red Jerseys today. Thank the Lord. The few who believe the fish are for real (Me) they have a damn Good Mgr. don’t forget. GO BRAVES.

Woogidy

April 14th, 2009
2:15 pm

Any way the Braves could trade for Swisher to come out of the pen? It’d be hard to find a reliever with as low of an era and as high as a k/9 as his. Seriously, it was funny to watch last night. He couldn’t keep a smile off his face. The other funny thing last night was when Pelfry tripped and fell delivering a pitch. I about fell out.

matt_T

April 14th, 2009
2:17 pm

Happy Birthday to the best pitcher of our generation. Reading his wiki entry has a lot of gems in it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Maddux#Atlanta_Braves_.281993.E2.80.932003.29

My favorite: On July 22, 1997, Maddux threw a complete game with just 76 pitches, against the Cubs

Kenny Powers

April 14th, 2009
2:17 pm

Kenny Powers has a new twitter site its as awesome as Kenny Powers to the tenth POWER. It contains daily quotes on how to live your life according to Kenny Powers. No kids allowed especially if they dont know their dad I aint signing for no more paternity suits.
https://twitter.com/k*#ckingP (you have to fill the blanks people my kids might be watching)

jbutler

April 14th, 2009
2:18 pm

ncscoots..thanks in advance for the apologies. Any stars/asterisks would be mucho appreciado!!

dogsbrekky

April 14th, 2009
2:20 pm

Maddog is as old as me

Ha ha ha

Happy birthday to Greg and go Javier tonight against those pesky fish !

fastasballs

April 14th, 2009
2:23 pm

Who cares if anyone is picking the Braves to win the division or be in the race for that matter. Exactly what have the Braves proven in the past three seasons? They get respect when they earn it, period. A 5-1 start doesn’t mean crap if it’s followed by a 1-5 stretch.

It’s still very early but what Braves fan can’t be excited about starting 5-1? I’m more excited about the way they have won the games. A mix of solid starting pitching, clutch hitting, power & taking advantage of other teams mistakes. How many times last year did the Braves sweep the Nats? Yes the Nats suck, but they did last year as well. The Braves overcame 17 walks in the three game series & still managed to sweep. Last year they probably get swept after allowing that many walks.

The longer this young team can continue to win the more it helps the younger players learn to win. McCann & Frenchy were part of the last Braves Division winning team, but they were not the focal point of that team. Now they, along with Ecobar, KJ, & Schafer are expected to carry the offensive load. To this point they have not disappointed, but this team only goes as far as they take it.

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