2:06 pm April 15, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 15th, 20093:47 pm
Josh Anderson batting .300 with a couple doubles and a SB. Glad to see him doing well. We might miss his speed off the bench…but we have the better center fielder playing everyday.
MFin04 – A one game Glavine start would cost 1 million.
April 15th, 20093:48 pm
Anyone you sign for the league minimum I meant to say
I love the small, blurry photos with captions such as: “uggla: ATL nemesis” “Diaz: Fish-killer”. Makes me laugh everyday.
Chipper’s out, Infante at 3B. Diaz in LF.
Going down to talk to Chipper now
April 15th, 20093:49 pm
yeah, but fleming,
it would be for the love of the game.
April 15th, 20093:50 pm
Well Glavine better make it a perfect game like Kevin Costner did in that movie!
Kenny Powers taught Eric O’Flaherty how to pitch.
Chipper’s out. No complaining.
April 15th, 20093:51 pm
Chipper is out? IM SHOCKED. But seriously…hope he can get better and heal up so he can play a long stretch of games.
April 15th, 20093:52 pm
mbatl, yea it will be interesting what they do with medlin because they are stretching him out to be a starting pitcher but seems like we have a surplus of that right now. When I went to spring training I was blown away at how such a small guy could have nasty stuff. He told me that he was kind of in shock when he came in the first game and had to face 2 regulars versus the yankees(posada and nady) but he set them down easily
April 15th, 20093:53 pm
Maybe Chipper should sit a while and let that hand heel.
Cal Ripken Jr.
I know iron men, and Chipper Jones, you are no “Iron Man”.
April 15th, 20093:54 pm
What NL East team has a really good lefty reliever?
I guess the Phillies have Eyre, who’s pretty good; and they’ve got JC Romero back after the 50 game suspension… but otherwise I don’t see any really imposing LH relievers in our division. Am I missing someone?
April 15th, 20093:55 pm
I’m not surprised Chipper is out today. He looked like he was in a lot of pain last night after his last AB. I hope he can get his hand healed up soon. Hopefully Infante continues his good play.
Lets hope Chipper rests today and plays tomorrow. Already no BMAc for thursday, if we are without Chipper too that would be bad.
April 15th, 20093:56 pm
For how long is Chipper out?
just a note:
Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, their supporters, and a handful of protesters will be blocking traffic near the Capitol tonight. There’s gonna be some road shutdowns near TF.
If you’re heading to the game tonight, it’d be good to look into the traffic situation.
YoungerThanThatNow…? Didn’t the Marlins try to ship Uggla off last offseason, I wouldn’t be suprised if they try to sell off Hanley to the Yankees 2 years from now when his contract starts taking a 1/3 of the teams payroll…I only see the Yankees/Red Sox getting Hanley because they will need someone to replace Jeter. Jeter is already showing signs of decline…
Oh yea and don’t bank on the Marlins keeping all their starters once they reach Arbitration/Free Agency. Its just gonna be too much for the F.O. unless they double their payroll which I don’t see happening….
April 15th, 20093:57 pm
hitting Schafer 8th is about the worst place you can put him in the lineup. once the pitchers figured out he was going to hurt them they stopped giving him pitches to hit. because they can do that with the pitcher up next. so now he’s racking up strikeouts. duh. thanks for the great insight there dave.
April 15th, 20093:59 pm
Josh Anderson was hitting .183 before his 2 for 2 today, so let’s not go nuts about that .308 avg just yet…
I will be happy if the Red Sox keep losing.
Hey Cal Ripken Jr. – Eat it.
At least Chipper sits out when he knows he can’t contribute at high level and doesn’t put personal streaks ahead of overall team performance. But, good job on that record. That one will never be touched.
April 15th, 20094:01 pm
I’d like to think that Schafer’s strike-outs that he is “racking up” have something to do with the fact that he faced a guy last night that almost no one was hitting.
Tired of Braves#1
April 15th, 20094:03 pm
Then go somewher else.
I hope Everyone knows that GA is a notoriously slow starter…I still would’ve rather had Dunn/Abreu. Eespecially on the days that Chipper sits, which seems like it will be a once per week thing for the rest of the season…
Steve from OH
mbatl, I’m with you on Campbell…I haven’t given up on him yet either.
As for Vazquez/Hudson, give me both of them completely healthy and I pick Hudson. But keep in mind that a lot can happen between now and September that could make the Braves’ decision very easy either way. Let’s wait until at least the all-star break before we start anointing next year’s rotation.
On a side note, (as I posted last night and someone did earlier) Cody Johnson is doing well at Myrtle, as did JJ Hoover in his first appearance at Rome. Keep and eye on Hoover and Johnson…I expect them to make big leaps this season. Locke pitching tonight for Myrtle, hopefully he keeps up the good work.
Run Heap Run
April 15th, 20094:05 pm
Thanks for the update DOB.
Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!
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
1-10? Eww…even I didn’t know it was that bad. GET WELL SOON, Ross!
Although, I’m kinda with the person on the last page who mentioned sitting McCann against the lefty tonight–he’s been having trouble against lefties. But he’s a good hitter; he’ll work out the problem.
April 15th, 20094:06 pm
Eww…I pressed “post” too soon…
Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!
Skip & Pete Fan
April 15th, 20094:07 pm
Hi Everyone! I’m a little nervous about attendance! After taking a look at attendance around the league from 8 games last night, we were the fourth lowest! Take a look!
Kansas City – 11,756
Texas – 14,041
Toronto – 15,375
Atlanta – 16,293
St. Louis – 25,678
Milwaukee – 27,441
Tampa Bay – 36,973
Seattle – 45,958
O’brien, Do you think that we would ever have to worry about our Braves being moved for lack of support? Just wondering…
April 15th, 20094:09 pm
It seems that every year the Braves (and maybe all teams) have a pitcher that they just don’t support. Whether it be lack of hitting in his starts or poor bullpen efforts. Although it has started out that way this year I hope that Vasquez is not going to be that pitcher for us. He has terrific stuff and properly supported he could have a break out year.
Hey Monty, I think we are from the same hometown.
McFann, I think you are getting way too confused. This is DOB’s blog, not carrolls
April 15th, 20094:10 pm
April 15th, 20094:11 pm
Tomahawkin… that’s been the routine since the franchise started and I don’t see it changing either. Sad too really… think about the guys who have come thru their minor league system, proved that they have “the stuff” and then they either trade them in a 1 for 6 deal or let them leave via free agency.
Next year, 2010, they’re due to win a WS after making the playoffs as the wildcard, then have a fire sale before they can hand out WS rings, followed by a 3-5 year rebuilding period only to do it all again. And they’ll still draw less than 10,000 thru it all.
I’ve been to 8-10 games at Tampa and Miami over the past 3-4 years (will be in Miami again on 4/25) and so far I’ve bought one ticket, which was on my first trip to Tampa. Every other time we’ve walked up to get in the line at the ticket window and somebody would walk up to us and hand us tickets… 2-4, depending on how many there were of us. And parking in Tampa has been free up until this year. Unbelievable.
April 15th, 20094:12 pm
We sure do have a lot of dime-store psychologists on the ol’ blog here.
“GA doesn’t look like he wants to be there!”
“Anderson doesn’t even look like he cares!”
“I want a player who shows that they care!”
I’ll echo what DOB said earlier today (on the previous blog). It’s not wise to make a judgment after 7 games. Why would you ignore Garret Anderson’s crazily consistent body of work over the last 10-15 years, to focus on the 5 games he’s played so far in this young season?
Like I’ve said before–take a deep breath…there’s a long way to go!
April 15th, 20094:15 pm
Skip & Pete fan – I think it’s safe to say that DOB’s response to your question would be “no.”
The contract the team has with the city of Atlanta/Stadium Authority would make that next to impossible. Just like with the team’s performance on the field, it’s still early in the season. We’ve had horrible weather for the home opener, and then a crappy opponent for the other games (and even though Florida is good, they’re not drawing many fans to the stadium like a bigger name team would). So rest easy.
April 15th, 20094:16 pm
Was hoping Chipper could play tonight vs the left hander since it would be less a strain on the ole thumb but guess sitting would be best.
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
April 15th, 20094:17 pm
I think we should all remember one thing about Garrett Anderson. He was an Angel last season, so was Kotchman…. With the recent Adenhart trajedy, maybe their heads aren’t completely back into the game yet.
Just a thought?
Well, it never pays to get married to an opinion on a minor leaguer, that’s for sure, regardless of the direction of that opinion. You never know when fortune might favor a kid with an epiphany, or decide to never ever bestow another smile on his sorry butt, LOL. Watch and learn, is about all you can do.
April 15th, 20094:18 pm
It’s not wise to make a judgment after 7 games
errr, on this blog?…You mean the one where Vazquez and Kawakami have been traded, Hanson pitches every 2 days, Chipper has retired, Glavine has been shot and Anders has had a short stint as Mr. Anders and played blogmaster? Wise? Too funny.
April 15th, 20094:19 pm
TOTALLY off topic here…but I am already in dire straits over the TV/Radio voices for the Braves. I knew I would miss Skip and Pete but these new guys are awful. The guy on radio with Sutton sounds like a younger Bob Ueker. UGH!
i think the strikeouts have more to do with JS being a rookie that jumped AAA. i think he’ll have his rough moments but be better because of it. but, you’re right that the marlins were dealing last night.
man, this is gonna be a great division to watch. lots and lots of quality baseball.
April 15th, 20094:21 pm
I hate it when Chipper is out but if he plays with an obvious injury better to sit and recover.I feel good about Infante over an injured Chipper
April 15th, 20094:22 pm
todd h – Don’t know if you can call the game last night quality baseball. Especially the Braves. UGH.
GOOD POINT, Steve avery is a good example, most people hated him
It is very simple Wren made a mistake in signing both Glavine and G. Anderson. Whether he is willing to own up to these errors is the question. Diaz and Brandon Jones can certainly hold down left field until Heyward is ready and among Medlin, Hanson, Morton or Reyes there has to be a more than adequate replacement for Glavine. The Braves to need to get a clue and field the most competitive team not one with players that can’t field, pitch, hit or are prone to injuries.
April 15th, 20094:23 pm
’scoots, don’t know if you saw my original post about Campbell, but I did acknowledge that “I’ve been warned.” Appreciate your insight on some of these guys… even if I choose to ignore it to make myself feel good.
Wonder if there has ever been a organization that had four rookies starting, each with a different team, in the same year…Jordan with the Braves, Josh with the Tigers, Brent with the White Sox, and Elvis with the Rangers?
April 15th, 20094:24 pm
Oh good lord.
Brandon Jones vs Garret Anderson? Hmm…interesting debate…I’ll take the guy with 2,300 career hits. Just hope he can catch the ball soon
Do we have lineups yet tonight?
April 15th, 20094:28 pm
I would bet Chipper is out until Friday. He was really favoring that hand last night and it was affecting his swing. I hate it when people say stuff like this BUT these games in April are not worth making this anymore of a lingering problem than it has to be.
April 15th, 20094:29 pm
Yeah, Joe Fan–Let’s wait and see if Frank Wren “owns up to it” when we all light torches and march to his house.
Do YOU know when Heyward is going to be ready? Because you’d be the only one. No one knows for sure. Most people thought (DOB included) that Schafer would be up with the Braves by the all-star break last year, if not sooner. And they weren’t crazy for thinking that. But HGH and an ego got in the way.
I know that it’s the internet, and you can say whatever you want without retribution (and you’re certainly entitled to your opinion) but let’s try to have a shred of fact to back up our opinions on here. We’re smarter than this.
April 15th, 20094:30 pm
one night does not make a team. you have to admit, there seems to be 4 good teams in this division that have few weaknesses, but are built to compete at a high level. phillies have a great offense with a stud pitcher. mets have some a great bullpen. marlins are young and exciting.
and, the braves have depth in the rotation that no one can match.
we’ll see, but i really believe this will be a fun year.
everybody got on vasquez for throwing too many pitches last night. Check out rich harden’s line from today. 3IP 5H 4ER 4BB 8SO and it took him 92 pitches. Wow at least vasquez got through 6 innings
April 15th, 20094:31 pm
Monty, I believe I know you!
April 15th, 20094:32 pm
mbatl, nothing wrong with that, brah. I was actually talking to myself more than anything, about being “married to an opinion”, LOL. Campbell, for example, might have reached that point where maturity becomes more than a word in the dictionary. These kids don’t exactly have a train schedule to follow when it comes to development.
todd h – agree, just commenting about both offense and defense last night. Terrible.
April 15th, 20094:33 pm
Not sure if anyone else shares this sentiment, but here goes…
I’ve realized in this young season how much I began to take for granted the wonderful starting pitching we had all those years…because we are experiencing great starting pitching again. It’s so nice not to sit on pins and needles and wait for a starter to give up “the big inning,” which is what I did the last couple of years with Carlyle, Morton, Bennett, Parr, James, Reyes, etc.
Call me an optimist, but I am so thankful that we have a strong rotation.
It all boils down to pitching doesn’t it? Last night the MArlins shut our guys down completely. Vazquez would have had to thrown a shutout in order for us to win. Tonight we have our ace. THey have a potent lineup for sure. But I have always believed great pitching beats great hitting more often than not. The formula for the Braves in years past was great starting pitching and timely hitting, somethings never change. Tonight and tommorrow is a chance to send a statement to them,if we don’t they will, but make no mistake, a statement will be made. Every series you play against your arch rivals you just keep making statements until the other team starts believing it. When the team was on their 14 year run, other teams knew the Braves were better and that they were going to lose the series, and thats what the Braves did they took 2 out of three most every time, with most every team.
gwinnett is in the top of the 13th now. Acosta has pitched 2 good innings today.
April 15th, 20094:34 pm
Acosta’s had a good day for Gwinnett (1 hit, 3 K’s in 2 innings). I’ve been a little down on him, but given his experience he’s probably the first guy in line if we need to replace a reliever. Good to see him pitching well.
April 15th, 20094:36 pm
Skip & Pete Fan
The Braves won’t get moved. They have been averaging somewhere in between 27,000 to 34,000 for the past 10 years which has been somewhere around 12th best to 17th best every year. Attendance will definitely be down the beginning of this year but if the Braves can stay in the race come July through September attendance should be really good.
Knuckle Sandwich (The Malcontent Left Fielder)
April 15th, 20094:39 pm
mbatl…Renyel Pinto is pretty dadgum good too.
Medlin pitched another strong game with Gwinnett today. Five innings, one hit, one walk, 6 k. This guy looks like a winner either starting or in the pen.
April 15th, 20094:43 pm
Braves attendance is always bad during the week. Most casual fans probably don’t consider the Marline a “worthy opponent” yet.
Works for me. I can buy the $2 seats and hang out in the Chop House.
April 15th, 20094:44 pm
Medlin seems like a right handed version of Mr. Chuck James
April 15th, 20094:47 pm
brandon please tell me you are kidding. James was a finese type guy with only 2 pitches. Medlin isn’t going to throwing blazing fastballs but he throws heat.
April 15th, 20094:48 pm
ahha and right as I say manny had pitched well today, he gives up a 2 run jack to end the game
April 15th, 20094:49 pm
well, the game needed to end, vabravesfan (LOL).
April 15th, 20094:50 pm
Acostus just gives up too many home runs…you just new it was coming. Granted he pitched 3 innings…but you cant give up homeruns as a relief pitcher.
Brandon are you kidding? Why would you say that?
yea well glad I could jinx him into ending the misery
Time for Anderson’s honeymoon to end. If this was New York, he’d be getting death threats by now. He doesn’t even look like he cares.
April 15th, 20094:51 pm
Except that Medlen knows how to throw a (plus)curve. And an average slider.
April 15th, 20094:52 pm
Do the ushers let you move around when there is no one in the park?
April 15th, 20094:53 pm
I do not much about Garrett Anderson and after watching him last night I can see why. We also have another Angel problem at firstbase. Kotchman does nothing. I can’t remember anything of significance he has done since he got here. Prado has been up five times this year and had more RBI’s than Kotchman. Play Prado at first. If the Angels call
about a trade this year I hope Wren won’t answer the phone.
April 15th, 20094:54 pm
MFin04, are you asking about at Turner Field?
April 15th, 20094:55 pm
We need to win tonight,we could get too far behind. DLowe, the season is in your hands
Yeh at Turner Field.
April 15th, 20094:56 pm
Get off Kotchmans back geez….The kid has had nothing but tragedy since he got here….he will be fine and he is one hell of a good defensive first basemen
April 15th, 20094:57 pm
“If the Angels call
about a trade this year I hope Wren won’t answer the phone”
Ya that Garret trade was a ripoff. So was the Tex trade, he was better than Kotchi
April 15th, 20094:58 pm
Like everyone else I was frustrated when GA dropped those two balls… But, we must remember – we are Braves fans. We’re not Yankee fans, or Boston fans, or Philly fans… We’re Braves fans. We encourage our players; that’s why people like comings here and playing for us.
If he continues to have horrid nights like that, then you earn the right to be boo’d. But not one bad night. We’re better than that, we’re the best fans in the game (or used to be). A guy’s facial expression has nothing to do with his passion for the game. I think people are looking too far into that.
I need a Schafer jersey
The one time I went there, def didn’t let me move around to get autographs if thats what you are talking about. I was in a section behind the dugout and bmac and jeff were signing between the net and dugout and they wouldn’t let me go over there even though it was like 10 feet away. So don’t know if thats always how it is but that was my one experience.
April 15th, 20094:59 pm
Does anybody here have DirecTv extra innings? If so, do you think it is weird that Peachtree TV goes silent between innings, instead of commercials? You just sit there and watch the players go on and off the field. If you watch Peachtree TV over the air, is it the same way?
N Nine, pretty sure they haven’t come out yet. I looked the other day but I am right there with you once they do come out.
Well said Marc…I’ll try to remain calm a few games longer.
April 15th, 20095:01 pm
N Nine – “I need a Schafer jersey” They only make those in size small.
April 15th, 20095:02 pm
we are Braves fans. We’re not Yankee fans, or Boston fans, or Philly fans… We’re Braves fans. We encourage our players; that’s why people like comings here and playing for us
Well see about that! Frenchy will not get by this year if he repeats. But yes, were pretty chill.
Vabravesfan_Lets go shopping together! :}….
I have a Schafer player t-shirt already and I live in Illinois.
April 15th, 20095:04 pm
Any of those around yet? Schafer player t-shirt oh and mine is a XXL MGL. MEAT
The Real Don Steele
It’s amusing to see the AJC Braves’ beat writer emploring fans to forego the baseball game and go see a lounge act instead. Should we wonder why newspapers are failing left and right?
April 15th, 20095:05 pm
HEY N-NINE WE DIDN NOT AQUIRE ANDERSON VIA TRADE U MORON WE SIGNED HIM AS A FREE AGENT GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!
April 15th, 20095:06 pm
I ordered my lady freind one off of braves.com and a McCann shirt for myself
April 15th, 20095:07 pm
If I can’t find a Schafer jersey then I’ll settle for a wafer-head outfit. You in Schafer’s Wafers? We can sell those stupid hotdog outfits.
Chipper’s gonna be out at least a few days, probably. Not DL, though. Said he’ll probably be “day-to-day” after tomorrow or Friday.
Mac will be off tomorrow, which means lineup will be without Chipper and him.
Bill in VA
Bill, Great link to minor leagues site, at 3:22 pm. Thanks.
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