2:06 pm April 15, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 15th, 20095:08 pm
LOL paul. You didn’t have to scream at me. I was just making a joke with the comment above that..I’m not too serious today
Scoots, wasn’t necessarily disagreeing with you on the short pitcher thing. It’s just something I’ve always wondered about, and have never gotten an answer that has satisfied me.
Well, anyways, here’s an article I just found on hardball times discussing the tall vs. short, skinny vs. fat pitcher thing:
The final conclusion in part 6 says as follows:
Size does matter, both for pitchers and for hitters. For hitters, the effect is roughly twice as great, maybe seven runs at the extremes, instead of three to three-and-a-half. Size is one of those little things serious analysts tend to ignore, which matters nonetheless, and which mainstream analysts often make too big a deal out of (“look at what a towering hulk that ballplayer is!”).
We shouldn’t ignore size, but it’s down on the list of things we should worry about when it comes to evaluating players. Size has some effect on future performance, and I believe that in this series, I have quantified exactly what that effect is.
Tall pitchers, we find, are slightly worse-off than short pitchers, and overweight pitchers tend to perform better than their skinny brethren. Given that overweight pitchers also survive for much longer time periods in the major leagues, all else being equal, invest in fat guys. But generally, all else is not equal, in which the case the answer should be obvious: Go for the better ballplayer, always.
April 15th, 20095:09 pm
I know Chipper needs to sit…but how come our best players always end up sitting or getting hurt vs the teams we need them against but can play vs the teams we don’t need them against…via the Nats
April 15th, 20095:11 pm
Lineup – Mac – Chipper=
Well we knew this was going to happen. AT LEAST WE HAE GARRET
Perhaps the fact that you think we TRADED for Garret Anderson should prevent you from giving your opinion on him. If that doesn’t, then the “We need to win tonight,we could get too far behind. DLowe, the season is in your hands,” comment should.
April 15th, 20095:13 pm
Geez why is everyone taking me serious today..
Bravos249 – a game against the Marlins counts exactly the same as a game against the Nats.
April 15th, 20095:14 pm
Sorry, N-Nine…unfortunately, there are too many people on here lately that are saying those kinds of things and meaning them.
All I can remember about the Orange Bowl is it was not a great neighborhood, no?
My parents had some friends who lived in Miami Lakes and we went to spend a holiday (Thanksgiving, maybe? It was 35 years ago.) with them. Went to Saturday mass with them and Don Shula was 10 rows behind us.
April 15th, 20095:15 pm
I remember playing in a game when I caught a fly ball off my chest. I’d run hard to reach the ball, and didn’t even take my eye off the ball,but if you run hard, but not smoothly, the ball seems to jump, an illusion from your own running. It’s hard to explain, but neither of those fly balls feel close to the inner pocket of Garret’s glove. You can attribute it to the injury, perhaps, causing a slight limp, but making the ball to appear to jump. Not to excuse the errors, because Diaz, who kills the Marlins, should have been playing instead. But I thought as I watched both foul balls hit off his body, that Garret’s problem was that he didn’t really see those balls well.
April 15th, 20095:16 pm
Wakefield has a no-hitter through 7 innings against Oakland. It would have been a perfect game so far, if not for an error by Lowell (grammar?). Or is it still a perfect game?
April 15th, 20095:18 pm
note to self… do not take n nine serious.
April 15th, 20095:19 pm
DOB, I have a selfish question. Do you know if Cantu is gonna play? I got him on my fantasy team. Sorry to bug ya.
April 15th, 20095:20 pm
Oak’s icing Wakefield right now. ’bout a 20 minute top of 8th
April 15th, 20095:21 pm
Mitchie-san He’s on mine too. Just day to day
April 15th, 20095:22 pm
Did you see that game last night Volstad and their starting pitching come nowhere close to whatever AAAA pitchers the Nats throw out there…granted since the game tomorrow starts so early neither Chipper or Mac probably would’ve played anyway.
My bad I know McCann isn’t going to play but I mean Chipper probably wouldn’t play anyway.lol
18 Wheels of Love
April 15th, 20095:23 pm
Madoff’s Gone (to the tune of Gravity’s Gone by The Drive-By Truckers)
I went surfin’ thorugh the blog, trying to find the reason for Anders’ scoldin’
He woke up runnin’ his mouth and I figured DOB was too slow to say ‘I told ya’
Between the Sheffield man-love and the dropping balls by everyone involved
Citi Field looks slick but I see the pop flys all seem to fall
So we’ll see you at the botton since the Mets are done
They always fold it when they see that it’s over
Cause they’ll be losing so long now that Madoff’s gone and Wilpon’s poorer
Those early losses ain’t the causes for the booing uncontrolled the teams been getting
They’ll never lose again as long as Wilpon can find his money where he left it
And don’t ever let Anders make you feel like your team is not number one
If the Mets had a blog worth watching all the time I doubt his browser would be on it
Between the Sheffield man-love and the dropping balls by everyone involved
Shea used to be home but what ought to be ought not be a credit card
Wakefield working on no-no thru 7
rob from sc
April 15th, 20095:25 pm
listening to Bill Shanks
he just said we should release Garret Anderson now/ lew him go back to L.A. that he doesn’t want to be hear anyway
I Support Ron Paul '08
April 15th, 20095:27 pm
I’ll be at the tea party and the game!
April 15th, 20095:28 pm
What you think about that rob from sc? He does look unmotivated..
April 15th, 20095:29 pm
Bah – a walk followed by a hit. So much for a perfect game.
The Secret Society
April 15th, 20095:30 pm
OK. O’Brien’s back today and his watching his pet blog like a hawk. So if we want to talk politics we have to do it in code:
The EAGLE is in the CHESTNUT tree. A PIE is for SALE. All BISHOPS must return to the CISTERN.
Skip & Pete Fan
April 15th, 20095:31 pm
I realize that we’re in a recession and last night was a school night but was a little concerned about attendance! Any input DOB?
So Garret is the latest B.J. Surhoff to join the Braves???
joe from central coast ca
April 15th, 20095:32 pm
For all of you who are questioning GA’s appearence in the field after his misplays I have a couple of comments. First, having lived in southern cal for the last 15 years I’ve seen alot of GA and his Angels. His nickname amongst many Angel fans was “Lazy Boy” Anderson. Its not that he doesn’t care its really just his laid back demeanor. His demeanor would seem to indicate a carefree or non-caring approach. However, his career numbers don’t lie. He just doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve for everyone to see. He’s just different and its something we as Braves fans will have to accept, or not. One thing I know the guy is a professional in every sense of the word, no doubt. Just give him a little time to adjust and you’ll see the real GA and the reason Wren got him. Happy Tax Day everyone!
You know, it’s times like these that teams are made or broken! Someone needs to step up and fill the gap with Chipper out! Very disappointing!
“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.”
JTB, 2 things: I didn’t say he should have a look of silent rage–that’s simply how I perceived Diaz’s countenance. Period.
Second, what in the world does Anderson’s consistency over the past 10 years have to do with his dedication or lack thereof to the Atlanta Braves in 2009, especially as this incarnation: a 36 year old, recently traded Angel, who just committed as many errors in one night as he did in over 200 in Anaheim)? So, no red flags have gone up for you, JTB? I was merely stating a fact: he looks apathetic. And wouldn’t you concede that perhaps the Angels recognized a slight drop off in ability if they were willing to let him go?
Even Joe Simpson said he didn’t look right out there. I didnh’t say get rid of him: simply to not fritter away too much time on him if he doesn’t show improvement. Or would you recommend doing what we did with Raul Mondesi and Reggie Sanders and just keep sending them out there on their legacies instead of real time ability?
April 15th, 20095:33 pm
Oh good, the game’s on Peachtree TV. At least we won’t have to worry about any sentences ending in prepositions thanks to Chip Caray.
Garret Anderson's personal trainer
April 15th, 20095:34 pm
Garrett Anderson made only two errors on his tax return. I think one of them involved the alternative minimum tax.
Here’s a quick story I just wrote for onlne
By DAVID O’BRIEN
Chipper Jones is out of the Braves lineup tonight and could miss at least a few more games after aggravating his left-thumb injury during Tuesday night’s loss against Florida.
“Last night was the worst I’ve done it,” said the third baseman, who was initially injured when he got jammed by in inside pitch in an April 2 spring-training game. “I keep aggravating it and aggravating it, just not giving it enough time to get better.”
Jones was jammed by at least two more pitches after his initial injury and missed an April 8 game at Philadelphia with bruising around the left thumb, index finger, and hand.
The Braves had an off day April 9, and he returned to the lineup April 10. He played the first four games of the homestand before being replaced Wednesday by Omar Infante.
Jones was 4-for-16 with four singles and three RBIs in those games, and said the soreness had returned in the past couple of days. He wore a small guard on the thumb during Tuesday’s game, but said it felt awkward and didn’t help him.
“Usually it feels pretty good after a couple of days,” said Jones, who’s had similar injuries in the past after being jammed by pitches. “But a couple of days didn’t prevent it from coming back [this time].”
He said that because he could easily reinjure the area while fielding a hard-hit ball at third base or batting, he wanted to do what he could to let it heal completely this time. He said, however, that the 15-day disabled list was not considered.
Manager Bobby Cox said Jones would probably miss a few games, but that it was too early to know the specific length of his expected absence.
Jones thinks he’ll will be evaluated “day-to-day” after Thursday or Friday, meaning he could return at any point after that, depending upon when the thumb and hand improve. He had the area taped Wednesday, and displayed the dark bruising around the base of the thumb and index finger.
Jones said no MRI or X-rays were taken because simple strength and movement tests done by team medical staff basically eliminated the possibility of structural damage.
So the SHRIMPER proposed a WILLIAM today that would give BLACKBEARDS a MARQUEE MESSAGE.
Will the USURPER in DA HOUSE support such a SAGE THOUGHT?
April 15th, 20095:36 pm
“rob from sc
he just said we should release Garret Anderson now/ lew him go back to L.A. that he doesn’t want to be hear anyway ”
GA probably didnt bow low enough to Bill Shanks when he was introduced. He has some extreme reactions sometimes.
Skip & Pete Fan: Only 16,293 announced last night for two 5-1 teams. Hey, Marlins never a big draw, and it was chilly, etc. Still, that’s pretty bad, and I’m assuming there were quite a bit fewer fans here than tix sold, though I don’t know for sure since I wasn’t here to see.
April 15th, 20095:37 pm
Chipper taking off a few days is a good thing. He hasn’t looked right. Even though he is still hitting well. I think he has struck out 7 or 8 times this year. I wouldn’t mind him resting a full week. Anything to get him healthy for the long haul.
Think tax day and a loss last night are making some of the gang here a little uptight.
N-Nine…got your sarcasm..don’t think just because all the facts aren’t in line 100% should totally eliminate you from the conversation. Truly..who actually knows everything 100%. Except McFann???? If you think you do…thats another story.
April 15th, 20095:38 pm
Secret Society: here’s a better solution than talking code — go to a political blog.
Nah, that’d be too difficult, wouldn’t it? I’m guessing those people on those blogs are probably too serious about their politics for you anyway, right?
DOB, do you think MLB would ever consider moving the Braves from Atlanta because of waning attendance over recent years?
April 15th, 20095:39 pm
Mitchie-San, Cantu’s in Marlins lineup
April 15th, 20095:40 pm
I mean down here in the south people aren’t going to drive from the neighboring states in the middle of the week for a Braves game people calm down about the attendance…until the summer or a big series or the weekend expect low crowds
April 15th, 20095:41 pm
1. Bonifacio, 3B
2. Baker, C
3. Ramirez, SS
4. Cantu, 1B
5. Uggla, 2B
6. Hermida, LF
7. Ross, RF
8. Maybin, CF
9. Miller, LH
1. KJ, 2B
2. Infante, 3B
3. Escobar, SS
4. McCann, C
5. Diaz, LF
6. Francoeur, RF
7. Kotchman, 1B
8. Schafer, CF
Thats why you are the best, DOB. Thanks!
April 15th, 20095:42 pm
I don’t know if this has already been asked or mentioned, but have the Braves gone to wearing the navy blue hat on the road full time with both the blue and grey jerseys?
April 15th, 20095:44 pm
Thank god Anderson is out tonight. He single handedly lost that game for us last night.
April 15th, 20095:45 pm
That’s a little harsh isn’t it, Scott?
“He single handedly lost that game for us last night.”
That is totally unfair. Garrett ALWAYS uses two hands when trying to catch a ball – even if he misses.
Gil In Mechanicsville
April 15th, 20095:46 pm
Want to see attendance rise, build more seats in Gwinnett and trade places with the AAA team. For the life of me I cannot understand why people insist on driving the square peg into the round hole.
I will always be a big fan of Bobby Cox…..but cannot understand why Matt sits and Anderson plays. I am not sure what Matt has to do to prove himself; he hits everybody well, left or right and plays good left field. Bobby has won a few more games than I have as a manager but I sure don’t understand this one.
That’s why Mattie’s in the lineup tonight!
Run Heap Run
April 15th, 20095:47 pm
I was there and if they counted 16000 they must have been counting hairs on heads rather than butts in seats because it seriously looked like about 3000 people by the end of the game, but I know that can’t be right so yeah…not even close to 16000 there at any time last night. Thats too bad..
April 15th, 20095:48 pm
April 15th, 20095:49 pm
Funny how no one wants to remember that Diaz missed a easy fly ball the other night. Perhaps because we won the game.
April 15th, 20095:50 pm
mattdrum: Your friend’s opening for Alejandro tonight. last night it was the two women from Atlanta band Magnapop as opening act. They were good.
April 15th, 20095:51 pm
Skip & Pete Fan: i’m going to assume you’re serious about waning attendance and your question about whether Braves would move, and answer you with a simple one-word reply: No.
Or two words: No. Period.
April 15th, 20095:54 pm
Let’s hope the Bravos get a little double pits to chesty with it tonight!
April 15th, 20095:55 pm
DOB, I know we are still a couple weeks away from knowing anything, but if Glavine isn’t able to pitch would you see him being able to stay with the team in some sort of role this year? Do you think that is something Glavine would even want?
April 15th, 20095:59 pm
Take your meds Scott everything will be OK
April 15th, 20096:01 pm
Derek let me ask you a question. Do you laugh to yourself like everytime you say that like some immature nerd?
Campaign for Chesty, Shrimp-free blog
April 15th, 20096:06 pm
I swear I’m gonna go postal if I read something about “DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY” or “SHRIMP” here one more time.
April 15th, 20096:07 pm
Ok, back to relevancy…can we establish an offical play-by-play blogger before the game begins?
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
April 15th, 20096:10 pm
Baseball reference.com has Garret Anderson playing 367 games in the field while being the DH in 160 games from 2005-2008.
April 15th, 20096:12 pm
I think they should give it a try, you have to take risks…….baseball is like war………and no one will die just by trying to use JoJo as a reliever……. we could try it for 3 games and see what happens.
April 15th, 20096:13 pm
Marietta ’snoozefest’ Derek
Sill unable to come up with anything original? How’s life as a corporate tool treating you?
April 15th, 20096:15 pm
Not too hopeful about the next few games. DOB produced some numbers a while back that clearly showed the Braves W-L ratio was way worse with Chipper out of action. But that’s stating the obvious I guess.
April 15th, 20096:16 pm
I am a huge fan of Bobby Cox and I’m not trying to second-guess him. But does anyone know why Garret started last night given Matt’s success against the Marlins?
April 15th, 20096:17 pm
Even Chipper can have a 1 for 10 slump……….all we are saying is………give it a try.
I would even hit KJ 2nd or 5th in order for him to find runners on base since he is hitting for power.
April 15th, 20096:20 pm
Just reading the headlines on MLB.com (haven’t even read the articles), but Dice-K and Chris Carpenter both headed to the DL, apparently. Just shows the fleeting nature of starting pitching “depth”. Hang on to Reyes, Morton, Hanson (of course), Medlen, etc, (and anyone else who can throw 5-6 innings in the bigs) as long as possible, Braves!
Steve from OH
April 15th, 20096:23 pm
Question for the denizens…a few buddies and I are thinking of seeing Queensryche in a month or so but the tickets are kinda pricey…are they worth the price of admission live or is it likely we’ll be disappointed?
April 15th, 20096:24 pm
It is sofa king annoying to add music to an ipod. I love my shuffle dearly but could this BE more annoying. I want to run before the game but I stupidly decided to add some new stuff to my ipod . That was oh 30 minutes ago? Or more? Big mistake. Huge.
April 15th, 20096:26 pm
Could it be!?! Yes! ipod is finished synching…ok to disconnect! Yes by all means someone do the play by play at the start because I’m clearly going to miss an inning or three now.
April 15th, 20096:28 pm
Run Heap Run, I find your “dilemma” kinda funny. God forbid you try running without the plugs in your ears! Hope it works out.
DAP, who all is in the fantasy league? I’ve only been able to figure out a few players and I’m curious as to the rest…
April 15th, 20096:33 pm
Just a typographical error…or maybe I am confused…
Not sure what’s going on, but I sure don’t know everything 100%…thanks for the compliment, though!
April 15th, 20096:35 pm
I want to run before the game but I stupidly decided to add some new stuff to my ipod .
Run, Run Heap Run, run!
GWINNETT HITTING STATE 7 games:
Player POS G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS E
J.C. Holt 2B 3 15 5 6 2 0 0 4 8 0 1 0 0 .400 .533 .400 .933 0
BarbaroCanizares DH 7 28 5 11 4 0 1 4 18 1 5 0 0 .414 .643 .393 1.057 0
Diory Hernandez 2B 7 28 4 9 4 0 0 6 13 2 4 1 2 .387 .464 .321 .851 2
Alvin Colina C 3 13 2 4 2 0 1 5 9 2 5 0 0 .400 .692 .308 1.092 0
Brooks Conrad 3B 4 17 3 5 0 0 2 7 11 1 5 0 0 .333 .647 .294 .980 0
J.C. Boscan C 5 14 3 4 1 0 0 0 5 1 4 0 0 .333 .357 .286 .690 0
Brandon Jones LF 6 20 0 5 1 0 0 2 6 5 6 1 0 .385 .300 .250 .685 0
Gregor Blanco CF 7 32 5 7 1 0 0 1 8 1 10 2 0 .242 .250 .219 .492 0
Wes Timmons 3B 6 14 3 3 0 0 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 .350 .214 .214 .564 0
Van Pope 3B 5 20 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 .150 .200 .150 .350 0
Reid Gorecki RF 6 21 4 3 2 0 0 2 5 2 5 2 1 .308 .238 .143 .546 0
Joe Borchard RF 6 24 4 2 1 0 0 3 3 4 8 0 0 .214 .125 .083 .339 0
CANIZARES is batting ALL-WORLD again through 7. Seems to be his mantra. He’s hot for a month then cools off and surges late in the season. Same pattern in ‘07 and ‘08.
April 15th, 20096:37 pm
BTW KRIS MEDLIN pitched 5.0 strong innings last night-6 SO.
April 15th, 20096:41 pm
Just orderd the MLB package on cable and every Braves game I’ve watched has been the other teams broadcast. Why is that? Do I have to wait for the Braves to go on the road before I can hear the Braves announcers?
Frank from KS
April 15th, 20096:42 pm
My question is a little bit like kagevsu at 5:55 pm.
What’s your gut feeling about Tom Glavine? Do ya feel this is it…or will he be able to give something to the team this year at all?
April 15th, 20096:48 pm
With Bobby Cox,
as the manager,
in the end,
it will not matter.
1-14 in the last game–and series–of his postseason career.
The Marlins are built for the postseason, Great starting power pitchers, speed and contact, situational hitters.
The Braves are always the same under Cox–no speed and streaky hitting. As for Josh Anderson who’s surprised? Doe it not make since for Bobby Cox to trade the fastest guy and best fielder for a modest pitching prospect?
Boring, predictable baseball. Now the Marlins on the other hand, how excited would we be if only in last night’s game the Marlins had on the Braves uniforms and we had the fresh, aggressive approach from our manager? By the All Star break we will see many more empty seats behind home plate than we did last night.
richbraveDidn’t know Gregor Blanco was doing so poorly. Thanks for update. Aren’t you from richmond?
Mitchie-san I wouldn’t count on him too much tonight…
April 15th, 20096:50 pm
joe from central coast ca-
You should be able to get both feeds. I have the MLB package (on DirecTV) and I get multiple feeds of every game. Peachtree is labeled BRVS by the way
April 15th, 20096:56 pm
cabravesfan…thanks, however unfortunately I have cable (Cox) and while I’ve seen other games of teams labled (H) and (A), for some reason the Braves thus far have only had one choice for broadcast and its been the other teams numbnuts (ie. Rob Dibble/Nats). Horrible! At least I get to see them since TBS gave’em up.
So Larry, Schafer is a slow poke then?
April 15th, 20097:00 pm
Well Kelly Johnson would seem to be the guy to have batting 3rd with Chipper out. He is super hot right now, and it’s a table setter for his ability to get on base, hit for power, and come through with big hits. Maybe have Schafer lead off, and have him steal a base for a change.
April 15th, 20097:01 pm
The cable Extra Innings package, which I have, apparently doesn’t have as many channels as DirecTV and doesn’t always show both teams feeds. They usually show the home teams’s feed, but doesn’t seem to be showing Peachtree games. I don’t know why since it is available this year for Extra Innings. I’m beginning to really hate my cable.
April 15th, 20097:02 pm
JOE SIMPSON “He [Chipper] is feelin’ kinda like the weather tonight- under it”
What the hell does that mean?
April 15th, 20097:04 pm
I seem to remember there being some really puny crowds at the beginning of last season, too. Once people start getting out of school, attendance will go up. I know I’ll be going to a lot of games come May. I wouldn’t worry too much about it if I were you.
April 15th, 20097:05 pm
Do not try to understand Joe Simpson.
I’m going tomorrow and hoping I can find some cheap tix from a scalper.
April 15th, 20097:06 pm
Larry, there is nothing “fresh” or “aggressive” about the Marlins’ approach. Their leadoff hitter (who had never really hit in the majors) has a .458 batting average and has hit his only major league HR this week, and their pitching staff has a 3.14 era.
(and I GUARANTEE you that Bonifacio’s .667 SLG PCT is a mirage)
If those things continue, the Marlins will win the division. I don’t think it’s likely, but regardless, let’s not credit Fredi Gonzalez with some great new approach. He’s as good as his players make him.
richbrave, medlin pitched today and the bullpen blow the game, thanks in part to logan and acosta.
April 15th, 20097:07 pm
Man that J.J. (peachtree dude), how did he keep his job?
I’ll keep that in mind Chop Chop
April 15th, 20097:08 pm
Medlen needs to be in Atlanta before June, period.
JJ is right up there with mark fein
April 15th, 20097:09 pm
That’s right, mbatl. I’ll take that a step further and propose that a manager should never lose his job due to team performance. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that a skipper should have keep his job for life as long as guys aren’t knifing each other in the clubhouse. Am I right, or am I right?
April 15th, 20097:10 pm
mbatl, the same people slobbering all over the Fish are the same ones that will echo what you just posted WHEN they come back down to earth. Yes, they have good pitching, but KC brought a good point earlier about Josh Johnson’s health history and their not so great pen. Denfense?…YUK!
Play Diez everyday for 2 munths and I know you will see a .325 ave. My other prediction has proved true once again. Chippie is hurt. Trade the bum. He won’t play a 100 games.
I question who/what made someone believe that the JJ cut-ins before during or after the game was a good idea? Who is that guy and who on earth thought he would add anything to a broadcast?
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