On Garret, Diaz and the Fish

 The Marlins were probably as pleased to see Matt Diaz out of the Atlanta lineup Tuesday as the Braves would be to see a Florida lineup sans second baseman Dan Uggla, whose sometimes-uggla defense is more than offset by his bat.
  All Diaz has done against the Marlins is hit .425 with seven homers, 21 RBI and a .446 OBP and .708 slugging percentage in 36 games, leading current Braves in each of those categories against Florida (to be renamed Miami Marlins when they get their new ballpark — more on that in a moment).
  Anyway, Diaz was out of the lineup last night because Garret Anderson’s strained calf was healed and, well, they got Anderson to play left field against right-handers and against plenty of lefties, too.
  And against 6-foot-7 sinkerballer Chris Volstad, Anderson fared about as well as most Braves did Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 in the game. The first five batters in the Braves lineup went a combined 1-for-19 with one walk. That group’s only hit was leadoff man Kelly Johnson’s solo homer.
  But the worst part for Anderson wasn’t the 0-for-4, which wasn’t too surprising given Volstad’s stuff and it being the outfielder’s first game back from a four-game absence, etc. No, the really bad part was his two dropped fly balls in foul territory.

Garret's had better nights

Garret's had better nights

  Two errors, and his first boos from a home crowd that generally doesn’t shower the home nine with that type of reception, unless it feels it’s absolutely warranted (this ain’t Philly or Shea, where that sort of thing is common).
  How unusual was it for Anderson to make two errors? Well, consider this astonishing stat, which I just came up with by going back in his day-by-days on our Stats Inc. service.
  From July 18, 2005, through Monday, Anderson had played 452 games and made exactly two errors. Yes, he equaled that total in one game last night.
  It should be noted Anderson DH’d in 160 games for the Angels during the 2005-2008 seasons. But he played the outfield in 367 games in that stretch. So while I don’t have access to exactly how many games he played in the outfield during that 452-game stretch of two-error baseball, it’s safe to assume it was between 350-400 games.
  

ATL nemesis

Uggla: ATL nemesis

And in one game last night, he equaled his error total from those 350-400 games.
  As for Diaz, the Braves face a lefty tonight, Andrew Miller, so it won’t surprise me if he’s in there, given his career numbers against lefties (.328 average, .870 OPS), not to mention his work against the Marlins, plus the fact that Anderson played a full game in his first night back fro the calf re-injury.
  If Diaz doesn’t play tonight, the Marlins will surely be thankful. Again.
  By the way, in his last 11 games against Florida, Diaz has hit .452 (19-for-42) with four doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and an .833 slugging percentage.

Fish-killer

Diaz: Fish-killer

 

 

 

 

 Seven of his 24 career homers have come against the Marlins, and he’s not homered more than four times against any other team. Diaz is 2-for-6 with a homer against tonight’s starter, Miller. Anderson is 0-for-1 with a walk against him.

  Oh, almost forgot to mention Uggla’s stats vs. the Braves. Since Sept. 2006, he’s hit .276 with 25 extra-base hits including 11 homers and 27 RBI in 38 games against them. Yes, he’s got 41 strikeouts (vs. only 12 walks) in 156 at-bats against them over that stretch, but that’s a .583 slugging percentage.
  But here’s the eye-opening line: In his career at Turner Field, Uggla has hit a whopping .362 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 28 games, with a .406 OBP and .681 slugging percentage. Ouch.

 ♣ Lowe on a roll: Even your average Fish fan would probably concede that tonight’s pitching matchup strongly favors the Braves, with Derek Lowe going against Miller. But look a little closer.
  Lowe is 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA in 12 starts since Aug. 11, including 5-0 with a 0.57 ERA and .167 opponents’ average in his past eight starts. He’s given up one run and six hits in 11 innings this season, with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
  Lowe pitched eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball at Philly in the opening-day win, then got no decision in the home-opening win vs. Washington when he had to leave after three innings because of a two-hour rain delay.
  However, he’s not fared particularly well against the Marlins in his career, going 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and 3-for-3 saves in 14 games, including nine starts. And in his past six starts against them, he’s 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA, including 0-2 in three starts during the past two seasons (but only one last season).
  Miller has worked out of the bullpen this season and last September, and will make his first start since July 13. He went 1-6 with a 5.94 ERA in his last 10 major league starts last summer, and the Marlins scored two runs or fewer while he was in eight of those games.
  Against the Braves, Miller is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four games, including two starts, both of which he won (in June 2007 and April 2008).

  ♣ About KJ leading off…. Anyone on the ol’ Braves/MIB blog still clamoring to move young Jordan Schafer to the leadoff role in place of Kelly Johnson?
  Schafer is 1-for-7 with five strikeouts in his past three games, after going 8-for-19 (.421) with two doubles, two homers and four strikeouts in his first five games of his major league career. He hasn’t drawn his first walk.
  Folks, everyone should realize that Schafer is going to have stretches like this, and probably a lot worse, during his first season in the majors. He’s a dynamic talent who’s going to play outstanding defense and have some torrid hitting stretches at the plate.
  But he’s also going to have extended slumps, like just about every rookie. Which is why he was not thrust into the leadoff role to begin his career. Less pressure down in the order.
  By the way, Johnson’s .458 OBP as a leadoff man is the second-highest among NL leadoff hitters in at least 10 plate appearances, trailing only Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio (.500).
  In the two games when Omar Infante has hit leadoff instead of Johnson, Infante has a .667 OBP, reaching in six of nine plate appearances.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

  Johnson finished the 2008 season on a surge, and now leads the Braves with three homers this season. Since Sept. 2, he’s hit .388 with 20 extra-base hits (six homers) and 26 RBI in 31 games, with a .427 OBP and .678 slugging percentage.
  At Turner Field during that stretch, he’s hit .379 with 15 extra-base hits (four homers) and 14 RBI in 17 games.

 

♣ Etc.
  Brian McCann is 1-for-10 in his past three games, after going 6-for-15 with three doubles, two homers and six RBI in his first four games. He’s likely to get his first day off Thursday in a day game against Florida, when David Ross is to expected to be activated from the DL…. The Braves have hit three homers in four home games, after hitting eight homers in the season-opening series at Philly…. The pitching-heavy Marlins, who have a majors-best 6-1 record, haven’t homered in their past three games or in three of their past four wins.

♣ Links
  • In Newsday, my sister Kat O’Brien has this story about A.J. Burnett’s no-hit bid yesterday for the Yankees against the Rays, and how he wants to get another no-hitter to overshadow the first one he pitched in 2001, a nine-walk job against San Diego that Burnett said was sort of embarrassing. Hey, I covered that game. It wasn’t embarrassing. It was the very definition of effectively wild. (By the way, Kat’s not my sister.)….
 • Speaking of Yankees, the Braves have to be thankful they didn’t trade for outfielder Xavier Nady, who could be headed for elbow surgery….
  • Have to admit, I’m a bit surprised at how well Andruw Jones has accepted (so far) and thrived (so far) in a part-time role with the Rangers….
  • Here’s a look at what the proposed $634 million ballpark in Miami, home of the to-be-renamed Miami Marlins, is supposed to look like. Pretty spectacular, though not at all a traditional ballpark. As I’ve said, having lived down there 13 years, I’ll believe it’s going to get done when I step through the doors.

  What a night: I saw one of the best music performances I’ve seen in a long time last night, up there in a category with the two Tom Waits shows at the Fox and Tabernacle and a couple of James McMurtry shows in Atlanta and Athens. It was Alejandro Escovedo last night at Eddie’s Attic, where the legendary former punk and esteemed Texas songwriter and troubadour entertained for two hours.
  Friends, if you have a chance to see the show tonight, I’d implore you to go. It’s sensational. He’s there one more night, though it’s just about sold out (might be by now; last night’s show was), then he heads to London to do a tribute to the Clash by Latin artistics who were influenced by that mighty band.
  Anyway, last night it was just Alejandro and terrific guitarist David Pulkingham, both playing acoustics, but playing them with such energy at times, I was amazed that two guys could create such a beautiful fury with just two acoustic guitars (including their cover of Iggy & The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
  Escovedo played most of the tunes off his Real Animal CD, which was one of my favorite albums in 2008, and which I’ve been playing more than ever in the past month or so. At one point in the show, he went out in the crowd to play four songs, two at two different spots in that small venue. No amplification whatsoever, and it was just sublime stuff. Unforgettable. Amazing.
  At one point, he played two songs literally 4-5 feet away from us in front of the bar, Hollywood Hills and Swallows of San Juan, both of which had to do with his growing up and living in Southern California. Intimate doesn’t begin to describe how special it was hearing those songs, with him telling stories to set up each, while standing that close to us. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Probably never will again.
  Anyway, here’s a link to Escovedo playing “Always A Friend” (which he played last night) at last year’s SXSW festival in Austin, only with a full band at that event. He’s tremendous in either setting. Also, there’s a Lucinda Williams video on this same link. On the Alejandro song, you can fast-forward to about the 3:20 mark to get past the introduction, if you want.

 Here’s another one he played last night, off that great Real Animal album….

SISTER LOST SOUL by Alejandro Escovedo

Nobody left unbroken
Nobody left unscarred
Nobody here is talking
That’s just the way things are
You had to go without me
You wandered off alone
And all the neon light reflects off the sidewalk
It all reminds me you’re not coming home

Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you
Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you

Every last heart is hardened
And every last tears’ been cried
Out on the street the water is frozen
And I feel like the only one alive

Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you
Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you

I long to lay down beside you
Feel your breath in my ear
You’re not the first or last I’ve lied to
I’m lyin’ to myself right now
You’re still here

Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you
Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you
Sister lost soul, brother lost soul
I need you
Sister lost soul, brother lost soul

 

 

1,388 comments Add your comment

ellaguru

April 15th, 2009
2:13 pm

Can’t wait to see the show, Dave. Al rules. Hope you get a better game tonight now that you’re back to work.

Reid in EAV

April 15th, 2009
2:15 pm

Alejandro is sensational, and a really cool guy, too. Had the good fortune to meet him some years back. Very glad he bounced back from his health problems.

On that new Marlins stadium… um… wow. Looks like it pays homage to Florida’s official architectural symbol: an elevated freeway viaduct.

Random

April 15th, 2009
2:22 pm

MFin04 (April 13th, 2009 12:37 pm): “Problem with Hanson is he threw almost 100 pitches in 4.1 innings. That isnt going to get it done at the MLB level.”

That would actually be 84 pitches — 56 of them for strikes. To 19 batters.

Muffin: “Strikeouts are overrated when you have to go to 8-10 pitches an AB.”

To get his 10 Ks, Hanson threw a total of 50 pitches — that would be 5.00 pitches per strike-out, not 8-10. Overall, he threw an average of 4.42 pitches per batter.

Muffin: “Id rather have a guy that gets no K’s a game and has 4-6 pitch innings.”

I cannot disagree that 6 pitches per inning would be much better than Hanson’s 19.38 average in his first start, though most ML pitchers would settle for 10-12 (90-108 pitches for a complete game).

MFin04 (April 15th, 2009 12:38 pm): “Did anyone actually watch Vazquez pitch? He was awesome last night. Got some tough ball/strike calls in the inning he gave up three runs…other than that he looked great.”

Vazquez — 6.0 IP, 12 Ks, 106 pitches (73 strikes), 24 batters.

He threw a total of 59 pitches to get his 12 Ks, or an average of 4.92 pitches per strike-out (if he had needed just 1 more pitch, he’d've averaged an even 5.00 per strike-out).

Overall, Vazquez threw an average of 4.42 pitches per batter, and 17.67 pitches per inning.

So of course, MFin04 concludes the following:

Hanson with 5.00 pitches/K, 4.42 pitches per batter, 19.38 pitches/IP, a WHIP of 1.15 and 0 Earned Runs in 4.1 IP: “Problem . . . . isnt going to get it done at the MLB level.”

Vazquez with 4.92 pitches/K, 4.42 pitches per batter, 17.67 pitches/IP, a WHIP of 1.00 and 3 Earned Runs in 6.0 IP: “awesome . . . . he looked great.”

Yepper, that’s our little Muffin!

18 Wheels of Love

April 15th, 2009
2:25 pm

Wow, gotta love a stadium with a highway off ramp towering down the left field line…or is that the Monorail from, err, Dark Star? either way, it’ll be a much easier exit during those 15-2 losses for the Miami Marlins.

ncscoots

April 15th, 2009
2:30 pm

jeez, guys, it was hard enough to get the Florida stadium plans this far, and you want aesthetics, too?!? LOL

After the sucking chest wound of red ink they’ve had all these years, I imagine those guys would spit at the highway offramp and call it all good.

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
2:30 pm

Random you have too much time on your hands…and your conclusions are still off base..when one guy is pitching to a team that is 6-1 in MLB ….and another guy is pitching to a AAA team that isnt very good offensively and is 2-5 on the year.

Any logical person wouldn’t compare the two. You pretty much just wasted your time…and looked stupid.

I’m not arguing that Hanson isn’t good, the kid is legit and will be up with the Braves hopefully sometime this year (hopefullly sooner rather than later).

But Vazquez has looked solid so far as well. He is a very good pitcher and if the Braves scored yesterday…he would have had a great chance to get a win (minus the whole bullpen sucking).

Hurricane Corky

April 15th, 2009
2:30 pm

DOB — did you like Bowman’s obit… errrr blog entry about Glavine today?

mattdrum

April 15th, 2009
2:31 pm

DOB, did you catch the opener for that show? A friend of mine named Kitty Snyder opened, I believe. I just talked to her the other day, and she told me she was asked to play that show. Personally, not a big fan of her music, but she’s a cool girl. Just wondering if you caught her show and what you thought. (Wouldn’t hurt my feelings either way, just curious).

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
2:31 pm

Medlen 5ip 1 hit 0runs 6ks and a pickoff (55 pitches)

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 15th, 2009
2:32 pm

I really hope our hitters tonight show a little more patience, and make these Marlins pitchers do something on their own account.

Willy Wally

April 15th, 2009
2:35 pm

Big Easy, that was funny. Dadgum, those were good points to consider.

Also for a small pitcher to throw at the same velocity as a tall pitcher requires more torque on his body and thus presumably more injury prone. (fleming)

Yeah, I can see that. They do tend to have to be max effort guys. That doesn’t bode well long-term considering the torque they put on their bodies to hit that velocity. But, again, to me, if you can burn ‘em up in the first six cheap years of their careers, why not? Why be too concerned whether or not they’re washed up right about the time they hit their late twenties and become eligible to be a multi-millionaire free agent?

The other thing I could see though is that torquing themselves like that may limit their ability to develop secondary pitches as well. Lack of deception is also an issue because tall guys can hide the ball better with their goofy limbs and clumsy mechanics.

NC Braves Fan

April 15th, 2009
2:36 pm

Seems like the Braves crowds are a little angrier these days. GA heard from the boo-birds last night, and I was really surprised when Moylan got booed in his first appearance at Turner Field last Friday. Granted he was part of the meltdown in Philly, but it seems like a guy like him coming off surgery would get some slack.

Perhaps the Braves fans are more impatient these days given the team’s recent lack of success, or it’s a reflection of the times we’re living in right now.

Run Heap Run

April 15th, 2009
2:36 pm

Good for Andruw.

That stadium rendering is heinous.

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
2:36 pm

Who is the next relief pitcher to be called up to the Braves? Any ideas?

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

MFin04
Acosta

Andrew in P-tang

April 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

Andy K.

April 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

For those wondering, David Ross went 2-4 last night in his rehab appearance, with 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 1 Run. All three RBI’s were with two outs.

Tom O'Hawke

April 15th, 2009
2:41 pm

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DAP

April 15th, 2009
2:41 pm

i think the marlins stadium looks pretty cool, but not for a baseball stadium.

Tom O'Hawke

April 15th, 2009
2:42 pm

You mean, submit doesn’t refresh? Well I’ll be ….

RBraves Fan

April 15th, 2009
2:42 pm

DOB, any word on whether Chipper will play tonight?

ncscoots

April 15th, 2009
2:44 pm

Braveheart, maybe nolie can give you a perspective on smallish pitchers from the scout’s perspective. I’m sure that would be better than any explanation I might venture.

Bear

April 15th, 2009
2:44 pm

Nice save, Tom O’

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
2:44 pm

Oh the Yankees love Swisher now…but they werent too keen on him before when they were trying to ship him off all winter long. I think Nady also might be hurt as well. Probably glad they didnt get rid of him now.

How sweet would it be if both the Yankees and Red Sox didnt make the playoffs.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

April 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

MFin04,

Thanks for the Medlin updates.

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

Anyone have a link to the new Marlins Stadium?

Run Heap Run

April 15th, 2009
2:46 pm

What a ridiculous poll for the 2nd week of baseball season.

Run Heap Run

April 15th, 2009
2:48 pm

I heard DOB had one, MFin04, but he hid it in his new blog. He’s tricky like that! I hope I find it soon.

Swi

April 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

Any word on whether Cantu is playing today ? I think Gload was in yesterday because of his success against Vasquez… also, I wouldn’t mind if they rested McCann today against the lefty, instead of tomorrow. Wouldn’t want to see McCann and Chipper out of tomorrow’s lineup… day game after a night game… thoughts ?

Tomas

April 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

DOB Schafer has one walk.

vabravesfan

April 15th, 2009
2:50 pm

Schafer has 3 walks

Kenny Powers

April 15th, 2009
2:50 pm

Kenny has been real real busy

vabravesfan

April 15th, 2009
2:50 pm

Medlin’s day is over

ellaguru

April 15th, 2009
2:51 pm

In that stadium rendering it kinda looks like the Marlins will be unfurling the World’s Largest Depends Undergarment when its time to close the roof.

Which in a lot of ways seems appropriate.

Ray K.

April 15th, 2009
2:52 pm

Do you folks remember when Diaz misjudged the liner in left field last week against the Nats? The one that should have been the third out but instead rolled to the wall? Do you remember the look of silent rage burbling beneath his eyes for the following several minutes, as he excoriated himself for failing to get the job done and help his team? And he had an excuse: the lights. Garret Anderson, after inexcusably dropping two gimme foul balls, the latter costing a run, looked utterly indifferent. Just a vacuous stare.

If Garrett doesn’t shape up in the next couple games in which he plays, then he sits. Period. We have another guy who can flat out hit, who cares an awful lot, and whose defense is obviously not any more of a liability. Garret looks unhappy, or unmotivated, or…WHO CARES what the reason is! Just play Diaz.

Tom O'Hawke

April 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

My 2 cents: I think one reason, of many, that there are so many taller pitchers today, compared to yesteryear, is because of the availability. Years ago, most players came from the good ol’ USA. Today, a good part of the world is involved. I think there’s something like 40% Latino’s, playing MLB. Basically, there’s more to choose from.

richbrave

April 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

Just saw the movie “men out.” Those drops weren’t in a world series. What’s up?

bali

April 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

your articles are getting kind of stale, i still like your music reviews

vabravesfan

April 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

Alright Ray, the liner diaz lost in lights was the first batter of the inning, nick johnson. Show me a video or picture where he showed emotion as an angel

mbatl

April 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Medlen threw 55 pitches in 5 innings. One AAA game, no big deal, but you gotta love that kind of efficiency.

Scott K.

April 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Also, look at the game against the Phillies with the 8-run 7th inning. When Diaz was up to bat in the last inning, you could tell he was angry. When he hit that homer you could see the anger on his face , when he was in the batter’s box and as he rounded the bases. I really like Diaz because of how much he really cares about the games.

“Do you folks remember when Diaz misjudged the liner in left field last week against the Nats? The one that should have been the third out but instead rolled to the wall? Do you remember the look of silent rage burbling beneath his eyes for the following several minutes, as he excoriated himself for failing to get the job done and help his team?”

N Nine

April 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Going to have a fried fish dinner tonight. Florida can’t be this good right?

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
2:59 pm

Marlins park looks pretty sweet…I just don’t understand…how they are going to fill it with more than 30,000 they usually look like they have 10,000 fans. And the Marlins are usually pretty good…and still cant fill their stadium.

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 15th, 2009
2:59 pm

I’d be interested in seeing how GA interacts and such around the clubhouse. I’m sure he is trying to adjust after being with the Angels for hsi entire career. But I’d still like to know how he is fitting in with everyone else.

Logan23

April 15th, 2009
2:59 pm

Run Heap Run

That stadium rendering is heinous.

Yea. Maybe they can add a really big cow to spruce up the place.

AndyC

April 15th, 2009
3:00 pm

DOB, you had me going for a minute about your sister being a beat writer for the Yankees. Good one.

DAP

April 15th, 2009
3:00 pm

ray k.Garret Anderson, after inexcusably dropping two gimme foul balls, the latter costing a run, looked utterly indifferent.

no, i think thats wrong. he looked pretty mad after the second one. but yeah, he needs to sit in favor of diaz for now.

Il Cattivo

April 15th, 2009
3:02 pm

DOB

Regarding Anderson’s errors in the field – ESPN last night said he had 2 errors in his prev 298 games in the field. So thats a pretty significant number of games, most of them however in ballparks he is familiar with in the AL, mainly AL west. Got to say, a new ballpark and its walls has to take sometime for him to get used to.

Youngerthan Thatnow

April 15th, 2009
3:02 pm

I’m really not one of those who gets down an individual player for one night’s woeful play, BUT… it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a major leaguer play a less inspired game than Garrett Anderson played last night. And I like Garrett Anderson… glad that the Braves picked him up for what should be considered a bargain basement price, and I’m not really talking about the two plays that he made the erors on. But he just looked like his mind was a hundred miles away… or maybe 2000 miles away (or whatever the distance from Atlanta to Anaheim is)!

Even when Andruw was having some terrible plate appearances here (and he had his share of them) he still went out and gave you all he had on defense, which was a lot. But Anderson’s play last night reminded me of the few games I watched Andruw play in LA… he just looked LOST… HOMESICK… OUT OF PLACE… or whatever you wish to call it.

I think that after seeing that last night and knowing that even though he may not make ALL the plays… still, Matt Diaz gives you everything he’s got on every play. (Which, BTW is one thing that Mike Martin at FSU said attracted him to Matt.) And I think he could roll out of the sack, wipe the sleep from his eyes and go out there and hit… especially against the fish.

One woeful night at the plate (or in leftfield) doesn’t make this team, but I think we’re a better team with Matt Diaz out there at this point.

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
3:02 pm

G-Braves are one-hitting…Durham (5-0)…through 7 innings.

jtb

April 15th, 2009
3:03 pm

Ray K.
You shouldn’t judge how much people care by how they look after making a mistake. Everyone has different ways of reacting to things so to say that he was indifferent just because he didn’t have a look of silent rage isn’t fair. Anderson has been one of the most consistent players in baseball over the past 10 years. If he is given time to get back into the swing of things then he will produce.

Braves Fan

April 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

Watching Garett(sp?) Anderson was painful last night. His shoulders were slumped and he was staring off into the stands with his glove down. He looked like it was the last place on earth he wanted to be. Not to mention his effort with 2 errors. He probably should have cut off the ball in the corner too that allowed the run from first. Is he always like this (almost like the issue with Andrew Jones with the smirk all of the time). Hopefully this doesn’t mean we picked up a malcontent…

NRBQ

April 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

Can somebody ’splain who a major league manager could not know that Diaz has “hit .425 with seven homers, 21 RBI and a .446 OBP and .708 slugging percentage in 36 games, leading current Braves in each of those categories against Florida?”

Or did he know it, but start a rusty veteran coming off injury anyway?

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
3:06 pm

I thought they should have pulled Anderson to send a message. You just can’t drop two (possibly 3) fly balls in a game. Not when you were gifted a position in left over Diaz without much of a ST battle.

James

April 15th, 2009
3:07 pm

Guys when is chipper going to get his contract?

ease19

April 15th, 2009
3:07 pm

Enter your comments here

monty

April 15th, 2009
3:07 pm

THe Braves are going to want to see a good deal of Hudson by the end of the year so they can evaluate whether or not to excercise his option, if he looks like he’s back and throwing his pitches and getting the groundballs as usuual, I expect they will keep him on in 2010, now that said, what if Vasquez say goes 16-10? Do you try to trade him thinking Hudson is back, but the question is, if Vazquez can be had a few million cheaper, why would you opt for Hudson over him when Hanson is waiting in the wings? We know too the problems Huddy has had with the side muscle pulls. I believe Carpenter went out of yesterday’s game with that problem. If Huddy can’t look like the old Hudson by the end of season I don’t believe Wren will roll the dice if Vasquez remains solid. I think it is foolish to base any arguments at this point on Huddy’s past performances coming off his surgery.

Reid in EAV

April 15th, 2009
3:08 pm

People, reality check. Long season — seven games down, 155 to go. An 0-for-4 and two E7s (on foul balls) does not suddenly make the rock-solid Garret Anderson a bum. (And have you noticed? That’s the only game face he has — it’s a poker face, and I have no problem with it.) Now if he’s hitting .201 with a sub-.600 OPS at the All-Star Break, then yes, that’s a problem. But c’mon — it’s one game.

Same goes for pretty much everything else — the beauty of a 162-game season is that over the weeks and months, you get the true measure of things. And on that score, I feel pretty good.

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
3:08 pm

Diaz worked his butt off in the off-season only to have his position in left taken over by a guy that isnt hitting or fielding? That has got to be rough for Matty. No way Diaz sits tonight…no way.

Tomahawkin

April 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

MFin04

If you want more 411 on the Marlins new stadium check out these 2 links
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/future/MiamiBallpark.htm

And…http://www.stadiumpage.com/

The stadiumpage link has better renderings than ballparksofbaseball.com

…I think the new stadium will be a mistake 5 years down the road…Has anyone noticed that the Nationals are already having issues filling out their new digs? And their fanbase isn’t no where near as bad as the fanbase is in S. Florida…

TRobb1

April 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

DOB, KOB is much hotter than you are. No offense.

vabravesfan

April 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

james chipper already got an extension…don’t know where you have been

ease19

April 15th, 2009
3:10 pm

Hmmm, that was odd. I was not anywhere near the submit button.

BossLady

April 15th, 2009
3:12 pm

If my employer paid me the type of money that G Anderson is earning I would come to the stadium and plant my u kno in left field, march down the steps to the wall, the stands to make sure I learned my “territory”
They also practice and field balls everyday so shouldn’t he get some fly balls in his area to help him out. I have seen players walk in the outfield along the grass and the warning track to field out ground flaws
lighting and sunshine “what ifs”. So I say BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Youngerthan Thatnow

April 15th, 2009
3:13 pm

Good point Tomahawkin… but if you gave the Nats the Fish’s winning percentages (and future promise) just over the past couple of years I think that they would have very respectable crowds most every day.

Colbrave

April 15th, 2009
3:14 pm

Whats up with Chipper??? Is he playing tonight??

J Dub

April 15th, 2009
3:15 pm

I am not ready to write GA off yet but I too have noticed the look of indifference he shows. That may be his personality but it comes off as lackadasical.(sp?) I like Matt’s desire to win and the emotion that he shows as well but we need GA to get fired up and make that platoon work. For us Braves fans, we don’t like losing anymore. We have tried our best to block the 80’s out of our minds and we all feel a sense of urgency with Chipper getting a year older every year. We need to get Infante more at bats, he is automatic right now.

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
3:17 pm

BossLady…good point…no excuse for not knowing your home park.

DAP

April 15th, 2009
3:20 pm

jamesGuys when is chipper going to get his contract?

a couple of weeks ago.

Mike S

April 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

Marlins will be good, but I think there offense will have problems over the long season. They’re all free swingers who strikeout way too much and don’t walk enough. Their streakiness will cause problems when they go through hitting slumps with a team comprised of all free swingers. Their starting pitching should keep them in a lot of games, but they’re also really young, so over a full season they’re going to have some problems too (injuries, adjustments, stamina, etc.), that a veteran staff would probably handle more easily.

I think they’ll have a season similar to recent years: stay in it for awhile, but tail off towards the end with a still respectable finish.

Tomahawkin

April 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

Youngerthan Thatnow….?

I’ve noticed that the marlins have 6 year-cycles for their development…

The prospects that they sell the team for takes 6 years to get into the playoffs. Its a funny thing I noticed…

They won in 97, and 2003 so they are due if that 6 year cycle remains true (hopefully it will not)…And after this offseason or next they are due to have another fire-sale…therefore It will be hard to retain a strong fanbase down there…Bank on it!

NC Braves Fan

April 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

All you Amazing Kreskins that seem to know whether a player is motivated or not should really get a clue. GA made a couple of boneheaded plays and isn’t hitting yet.

Long way to go, folks!

Bill

April 15th, 2009
3:22 pm

Cody Johnson is raking down at Myrtle Beach, and so is Freeman-

http://minorsandmajors.com

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
3:23 pm

G-Braves bullpen sucks too. Boone Logan/Luis Valdez…garbage. Game tied 3-3. 3-run homer

Renegator

April 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

Anybody going to the game tonight?

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

I couldn’t agree more Mike S. At least that’s the hope I have.

Bobby's Belly

April 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

says, “Diaz loves to sit next to me in the dugout.”

Fischerking04

April 15th, 2009
3:25 pm

GA looked bad not only on the errors but also on a misplayed ball later that scored Bonafacio. He just looked lazy jogging over to it while Bonafacio was flying around the bases. GA should realize that the fans will still root for their guys when they are struggling. But they aren’t going to cheer on a guy for playing half assed defense and looking like he could care less.

James I hope you’re not serious but he got his 3 year deal over a week ago.

monty

April 15th, 2009
3:28 pm

I can remember many years ago when Ray Knight and Harry Spilman who are from my hometown came back to their old ballpark right before reporting to spring training, Ray of course with the Reds and HArry with the Astros I believe. Any way, they were practicing(don’t know if this was a regular event or an impromptu deal) but they were hitting these huge infield pop-ups to each other and catching them bare-handed and not dropping many, if any at all. All of us high schoolers were in awe. I would like to think professionals like Garrett Anderson practiced in the off season to get ready for spring training. We keep hearing the excuse that “he didn’t get that much time in during spring training.” MAybe so, but surely he put time in in the off-season.

mbatl

April 15th, 2009
3:29 pm

Well, Boom Logan and the rest of the ‘pen have cost Medlen the win today, but Medlen’s started 2 games, given up a total of 1 hit and 1 walk, with 10 K’s, in 8 + innings so far. Not bad.

macdwolfpack

April 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

Someone remind me why the Braves brain trust signed Logan and O’FLaherty? Logan 1/3 inning two runs at AAA. Why didn’t they take the money for both and resign Ohlman?

vabravesfan

April 15th, 2009
3:32 pm

mbatl, medlin didn’t start during his first outing. He came in and relieved hanson but agreed he has looked awesome so far.

Kenny Powers

April 15th, 2009
3:33 pm

Kenny Powers cuts hiw own hair.

The ghost of Will......Ohlman?

April 15th, 2009
3:34 pm

You can’t keep a good ghost down!

BlawgDawg

April 15th, 2009
3:35 pm

macdwolfpack…..Logan was part of the Vazquez trade. And I don’t know the actual numbers, but I doubt what both are making together would’ve been enough to sign Ohman since he turned down at least one offer (two according to some reports I remember reading) the Braves had on the table for him.

ease19

April 15th, 2009
3:35 pm

Ummm…because they offered Ohman a contract and he turned them down…that could be why. Might just be me, though.

Fred

April 15th, 2009
3:35 pm

I noticed that Bueno is pitching quite well for Gwinnett. Could he be the Braves lefty specialist solution? He can’t be much worse than O’Flaherty.

mbatl

April 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

vabravesfan, yeah, noticed that right after my post… but he does look good (on the Internet, anyway!)

ease19

April 15th, 2009
3:37 pm

Kenny Powers – does the Floobee count?

The Patron Saint of the Lost Art

April 15th, 2009
3:37 pm

Fischerking04, I was sitting in LF last night and recall the play you are speaking of. Schafer covered twice as much ground as GA getting to the ball. GA is clearly still bothered by his strained calf. He was running very slowly and gingerly. I don’t think he is lacking desire. Have you ever run on a sprained ankle or with a hurt toe or foot? Maybe he shouldn’t be out there until he is healthier, I dont know. But I don’t think you can say he isn’t trying.

Youngerthan Thatnow

April 15th, 2009
3:38 pm

Tomahawkin… I’m agreeing with you. I’m just adding that if the Nats were what the Fish are “on the field” today with their starting pitching and two or three can’t miss guys (Ramirez, Uggla, et al) that they probably wouldn’t have attendance issues.

Florida has all of those things and if anybody’s been down there lately, they sure as everything holy have the fannies to fill the seats and yet, as you say, they just don’t do it. And if history proves itself (the 6 year cycle you spoke of) all of their superstars will be gone before the parking lots are paved.

I ain’t ag-in ya… I’m wit ya.

Cameron

April 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

I am not one to overrreact. But, watching Garrett Anderson play last night was kind of concerning. He really doesn’t look like he wants to be out there. Supposedly, that is how he has looked since the day he started playing the game. Maybe, but I do not know for sure.

If he starts hitting and playing adequate defense, nobody will care. But, if he continues to suck it up, he will think he is playing in philly from all of the “Boo” birds. He needs to get it together. Diaz will probably be in there tonight against the lefty. Then again, Bobby might put Garrett back out there to have a chance to get last night’s game out of his head.

Braves#1

April 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

Kinda tired of the way the braves work. Waiting on Glavine putting Hanson off. Dealing with Anderson and sitting Diaz. Anderson and Glavine have no place on our team and Diaz needs to be giving the chance to play. Being loyal to Glavine is a joke. Same player who went to the Mets. Its not like hes a lifer or anything. Build the team with players who can win. Stop waiting on the old men for their last hurrah. Im tired of it. Lets sign and play to win shall we?

Schafer's Wafers

April 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

wolfpack we didnt sign logan he was part of the vasquez trade..

obvious

April 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

Kenny Powers, well um, duh!

macdwolfpack

April 15th, 2009
3:42 pm

Maybe, a better question might have been why didn’t we just save the money on O’Flaherty and go get us a LH reliever that is dependable.
I too think that maybe Bueno along with Reyes may be better answers than Logan and O’Flaherty

MFin04

April 15th, 2009
3:43 pm

Glavine needs to stop trying to rehab his shoulder…and just pitch one final game on adrenaline like in “For Love of the Game”. Then we can honor him and let him go.

Thrillhouse44

April 15th, 2009
3:46 pm

Kenny Powers could play on 3 strained calves.

brent a.

April 15th, 2009
3:46 pm

Lillibridge leading off for the W Sox today. 0for3 with a walk. He’s at .077 on the year.

Josh Anderson started in LF for the Tigers, is 2for2 and is at .308 on the young season.

Anderson is about to bat on WGN.

BlawgDawg

April 15th, 2009
3:46 pm

O’Flaherty makes the league minimum, don’t think you were going to find a “dependable” LH reliever for the league minimum. Anyone you sign is going to have the risk of being knocked around from time to time. I think it’s going to take a trade to really fix the LH reliever problem, but you still aren’t going to get top notch one without giving up something good from the minor leagues.

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