1:47 pm April 17, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 18th, 20092:31 pm
maybe shafer would be better off playing arena football
April 18th, 20092:32 pm
You mean, Cox himself should just release them and the Braves should pay off all their guaranteed contracts, then bring up guys from the minors to fill their spots?
DOB – Actually, I was thinking maybe the HOF manager could just tell the players to work the count. But, I guess he’s too busy teaching them how to bunt. Wait, they don’t know how to do that either.
Did I mention that Monroe was a free agent before Spring Training? And why the hell do you walk LaRoche when he has been awful today…and pitch to a guy…that hit a 3-run homer…an inning or two earlier? Bobby has got to go…this is just awful baseball.
But its early.......right? (Doc H.)
Id say that if the phillies were not struggling sooooooo badly and it was the muts and not the nats in the schedule the last weekend………….we would be facing an 0-11 record right now…………easily.
NO HEART NO NOTHING………….. I mean………….which team can possibly look worse than us right now………..I cant think of one.
And whoever suggested bringing up Hanson is crazy. I don’t want him to catch what the rest of this team has. Jojo has caught it bad enough. i wonder if Jojo is thinking if he could have gotten a better performance from his AAA offense. Probably wants to go back.
April 18th, 20092:33 pm
Come on Offense at least get 2 or 3 runs, I know you guys ain’t gonna go out like that…!
Can’t believe We are getting our A.ses handed to us by the Pirates…LMAO
Ritchie from Scotland
looking really bad today, we miss Chipper and Esco like nothing else. Bench may be good but not good enough to be everyday players. Schafer is now realising what it is to be a major leaguer, I really hope it turns it around quickly. We may have good starting pitching this year but you can’t win ballgames without scoring a run.
what do the braves have in common with a tornado? they both blow..and they both suck
we have no relief pitching! anderson is a slacker. he dont hustle and he hasnt showed any signs of being anything more than a utility player.
shafer wasnt ready. he didnt need to start just yet. frenchy is exactly what we thought he was.
chipper cant stay healthy. kotchman is the worst first baseman the braves have ever had.
the relief pitching is the worst in baseball.
the braves will end up dead last and have the worst record in baseball.
MARK IT ON THE WALL!!
EARTH TO MARTIN PRADO-
Don’t you know that you’re not supposed to try…we’re in it to….
Well, its certainly not to win it..that much I know…
Somebody get the hook and wake up Bobby in the dugout.
I can’t believe what i am seeing, I just don’t get it
when showalter called the braves his sleeper pick, i didn’t know he meant DURING the game
semiballcoach, that was priceless … LOL
April 18th, 20092:34 pm
COX MUST GO!
Wake up ‘ol grandpop and give him a gold watch or something.
FRANK WREN MUST GO!
Clueless poser over his head. He couldn’t run a Mickey-D franchise.
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This is the kind of guy who starts the French Revolution. Yikes
Can we summon Superman? The Man of Steel? Where the hell is he?
Hey Superman, there you are. Can you fly around the earth backwards about a thousand times so we can go back and keep Josh Anderson because I think we kind of jumped the gun on this rookie who is so totally still not arrogant.
“I hit two bombs and kept trying to hit the ball 800 feet… ”
Jordan, you hit two balls into the front row at Citizen’s Bank Park. That’s not hitting a bomb. They were like pellets from a BB gun.
You suck. You suck at the plate. You suck out in center field. You suck sitting on the bench.
And Chipper and Yunel are capable of sucking as well. I’m not sure things would be all that different up to this point.
Anyone else FED UP with the stupid Amsterdam beer commercial and the sounds made in said television ad?
April 18th, 20092:35 pm
Even I score more often than the Braves
April 18th, 20092:36 pm
Jeff321. If you haven’t seen it already, you will soon see that DOB doesn’t like anyone ragging on his HOF manager. You will just be labeled as negative. SOS for the last 3 years. Nothing will change until MR. Cox retires.
April 18th, 20092:37 pm
For goodness sakes, please do not bring up Hansen to be a part of this!
Cox is a mornon.
The Braves need Kelly in LF..Prado/Infante at 2B
new pitcher… first pitch swinging. One out; Next batter, first pitch swinging, 2 out.
Hate to say it, but I’m coming over to the dark side. This team just has no clue.
Enjoying Kotchman and Anderson?
THE AMSTERDAM BEER COMMERCIAL MUST GO!
It is so stupid it must have been produced by Frank Wren and directed by Bobby Cox.
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
Well there’s a positive…Jordan made contact.
April 18th, 20092:38 pm
OK, so this is not good, definitely. But can we cut the histrionics about “heart” until we get a good look at this lineup with a healthy Esco & Chipper in it? When those guys get back, it’ll take some pressure off the rest of the lineup and by extension the pitching staff.
It’s hard to score runs when two of your offensive catalysts are on the bench. And that has a ripple impact up and down the lineup, and puts pressure on the pitchers to be perfect every tie out.
This is bad, but it will get better once we get our horses back.
Braveheart, All very good points. Would you agree that Chipper MAY have moved to a new level of fragility that just might skew some of your numbers?? Do you really believe that owners and GMs have not noticed the degree of slippage with this guy– (LouVales)
OK get off it Lou. You’re as bad as the GOO GUY for running things into the ground sometimes. By Chipper’s current age Eddie Matthews had 5 straight mediocre years and was retired for a year.(I’d credit Moby’s post last night but I’m the one who told him that ) The guy is doing ok for his age but without steroids he will have a normal aging span.
Many of his injuries have not even been related to agiong. Anyone can get jammed badly and that span of games he missed a few years ago from that collision could have happened to anybody. The same time he was sitting out an oblique two years ago Holliday from Colo was sitting out the same thing. He has definitely had some bad luck involved. I will grant that it might take a little longer for him to heal the last few years, At least you aren’t making totally asinine statements like Boyer /Cox did.
April 18th, 20092:39 pm
I agree with austin completely
by the way where is loaf anderson on the blackberry!?!?!?!
Every rocket finds a glove for Pirates, while Schafer is still runnin
Joe and Boog sound depressed! Time to switch on over to the FSN Pittsburgh feed.
Man This Offense Blows! Swinging at first pitches, flyball outs! No effort at all by the offense
I gotta wonder when was the last time we were shutout in back-to-back games…?
Bobby Cox is the worst manager in the game right now
god, i hate this team.
Actually Mitchell the first homerun was a bomb. However the second one was a citizen bank special. Kotchman should get the day off so Norton can play and get his timing together. Will miss Casey’s glove but when you’re not scoring it doesn’t even matter. So what’s the Braves record for scoreless innings and are we getting close? Nice to see the team working for something together.
April 18th, 20092:40 pm
I thought Amsterdam was allegedly a “cool” place. That beer commercial makes it appear the opposite of that.
Raul Mondesi or Loaf Anderson?
two consecutive shutouts…against the Pirates. If I still drank, I would go get drunk.
I’m sitting in right field at pnc park and am more interested in blogging on my PDA than actually watching this game. Terrible. 17 innings and we can’t score? Btw dave any good pub type locations here in pittsburgh that you know of?
April 18th, 20092:41 pm
BOBBY COX MUST GO!
His so called statements to the press are idiotic and demeaning to any intelligent Braves fan. This guy is incapable of analytical thinking. Only cursing and screaming.
Way to go Bravos…a seven pitch inning. Way to work the pitcher!
Infante is CF tomorrow…Prado at first. Kotch and Schafer need days off.
April 18th, 20092:42 pm
Predicted it here yesterday – goodbye 500 baseball – hello 3rd place & lets fight it out with the Nats for last
Oh boy…Parr’s got the mojo now too
I still want retialiation for Chipper’s injury here. Prime example of this team having no heart!
So, without Esco or Chipper in the line up the rest of the Braves team can’t hit? This is crazy…
Greg Norton is 0 for 9
I’m glad we have his bat on the bench.
Who called up St. Elmo?
April 18th, 20092:43 pm
Infante…put the freakin tag on him!
I think I hate everything about this team…I hate it that JF has resorted to swinging at everything they throw at him…I hate it that KJ has decided that he’s a power hitter and lacks patience as well…I hate it that McCann may be the worst defensive catcher in the game…I hate it that Kotchman is as slow as I am…I hate it that Terry Pendleton doesn’t seem to have any positive influence over any hitter he’s ever coached…I hate it that GA doesn’t want to be here and I wish he would get his wish…I hate it that we don’t have a single relief pitcher, or any other kind for that matter, that can dominate anybody…I hate it that we’ve made a series of poor trades over the past four or five years that have cost us prospects that are doing well someplace else, and even when we do make a better move we lose patience with a player and let him go for nothing (Aybar)…I hate it that Francoeur wasn’t even close to backing up Schafer on that ball hit to right-center that spun past for a triple (and it looked as if JS let him know it as well, more of which I’d like to hear)…I hate it that Diaz is worse than JF ever was at swinging at pitches he can’t reach (must be that that ’something90X’ diet must impair his judgment)…I hate it that here we are, barely past mid-April and these players act as if they’re already out of it…and I hate it most of all when I waste a good part of a day or evening watching these guys stink it up again….and I’m sure there’s plenty more that I hate but since I’ve turned the game off maybe I won’t be reminded of them.
April 18th, 20092:44 pm
If you love Cox, why don’t you move to Iowa so you can marry him.
Tell me how that one goes as that would be LOGICAL thinking…
Old Man Bobby left that parking lot 10 years ago.
DOB: Kinda hard on Jo Jo, huh! Listening to the radio, sounded like he did a pretty good job until he gave up the home run. Sutton, who knows a little bit about pitching, thought he pitched well up until that point (which came after he was getting no support from his hitters).
You know, if you had told me a couple weeks ago that Frenchy would be leading the team with a .326 BA after 11 games, Soriano is healthy and effective, and that our starting pitching would be consistently pitching fairly deep into games and putting together a lot of quality starts, I think I would have believed we’d be pretty good.
Of course, then you would have to tell me that not a single other everyday player that isn’t injured is hitting above .244 and there’s not a single guy in our bullpen that can reliably get guys out other than Soriano. And then I’d feel like I do after seeing today’s game.
April 18th, 20092:45 pm
Come on Parrr! Lets give the offense a chance.
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April 18th, 20092:46 pm
I am now convinced that this team does not have a good offense. We rely to heavily on only a few guys to carry and inspire good hitting out of the others. Every aspect of this team right now is terrible, except the starting pitching, and they are still having trouble with pitch counts. I am at a loss. I have never seen this team play so bad. Jordan is young yes, but he has become quite frustrating to watch at bat and in the field.
“Cox is a mornon.”
I thought he was a Methodist?”
April 18th, 20092:47 pm
Sutton, who knows a little bit about pitching, thought he pitched well up until that point AKA, Chuck James syndrome. remember that saying Chuck James is solid until the 6th!!!!?!!!
I agree with everyone – fire the front office and the coaching staff (can Eddie Perez stay?); fire the announcers and DOB; switch half the players with Gwinnett and trade the rest for people who care about their job and want to play; I’ve been doing a lousy job providing updates for the last half hour, so I’m gone too. And there are a bunch of ushers at the Ted (and beer vendors) who should not be feeling too secure right now.
Put another quarter in fellas…
Dear Superhoo, I would have flown up yesterday and stayed for the 3 game series. I would not have flown up for Saturday afternoon game. Appears I’m not missing much. Go Brewers and Padres.
JasonInFla – I still do, and I will. Not because of the game, but because I enjoy the spirits. I’ve been a Braves fan my whole life, therefore i’ve built a fairly strong emotional callus. Why do you think Braves viewship has dropped so much? Some folks just can’t handle a team that loses ( especially the big games ). Anyway go Braves! Cant’t slump forever.
April 18th, 20092:48 pm
wow, just think what the games will be like when we start playing good teams… yikes!!! CHIPPER and ESCO… HELP!!!!!
Who among you wanted to keep Anderson (the CF, not the LF) as insurance in case Jordan S struggled and as a pinch runner, rather than Norton?
April 18th, 20092:49 pm
DOB, what is our pen ERA?
You’re welcome! Glad it worked!
Just read Bowmen’s blog…that makes me feel “better”…
At least we’re playing the Pirates so nobody anywhere is watching.
Thank God we’re not playing like the Cardinals on Fox. F***’n Thom Breneman or Dick Stocton or some other a**hole would just start babbling for hours about everything wrong with the Braves.
Oh great, James Parr who said in Sports Illustrated that he’s tired of everybody talking about Obama… as if he’s some attention starved d-list reality tv star. Genius.
It is funny that the two subs Prado and Infante are hitting over .300.
Kotchman and Anderson look pathetic. Can anyone think of a worse first baseman in the National League than Kotchman?
I guess with all of the 1-run losses last year, I can’t remember the last time we were shutout by such a large deficit…
We seriously don’t have a single person in the bullpen other than Soriano that can get guys out consistently. That’s so pathetic I don’t even know what to say.
We do and have for quite awhile needed to make a statement that these results will not be tolerated…
Get rid of the staff…this is the only way to kick the players in the A__ and show them losing is no longer allowed!
If this were college you could put a lock on the locker rooms and make them dress in the parking lot…unfortunately w/ some of these “softies” I’m afraid they’d take their bat and ball and go home.
April 18th, 20092:50 pm
yeah, isn’t it game over… ten run rule? i wish
Yeah Dirty Dawg, Chipper, Escobar, and Mac really suck in general when it comes to hitting. These are grown men and if anyone should take the blame its them. I’m pretty sure TP isn’t going around before every at bat and saying hey kid, go out there and swing for the stars. Or you know that pitch that is right down the middle of the plate, find a way to pop it up. Frenchy is actually the only one doing well so lay off him.
Have it Frankie Knuckles! I feel better…I knew the scoreboard couldn’t be reading 9-0…
Same old Braves I fear. Our star hitter missing in action (yet again), the same stubborn old man running the show, a clueless and already once failed GM, and a bullpen made up of guys who no one else wanted and had “will pitch for food” signs around their necks.
I am quite tired of this same old rerun year after year.
The good news is that Parr only gave up one run (10-0) – the bad news is that Boromir is about to die.
April 18th, 20092:51 pm
Look at the pitch count again….over 130 pitches thru 7 innnings…what is mcdowell telling these guys? take maddux’s numbers out of the equation and compare mazzone’s staff pitch counts with mcdowell’s staff counts…i suspect that you will see an average increase of 20% per game…this is why the injuries are up. give mcdowell an early retirement incentive
and, what is pendelton doing with the braves hitters pitch counts….has terry actually helped a single braves batter in the last two plus years?
if this team goes 10 games below 500, then changes need to be made…but none will be made because mgmt is too respectful and too cautious
April 18th, 20092:52 pm
Boog, NEVER got over Pete admitting he bet on baseball. Boog started at Pete Rose’s Ballpark Cafe in Boca Raton. He and Hank Goldberg constantly defended Pete’s innocence.
Just read Bowmen’s blog…that makes me feel “better”McFann
Why? Is there something we’re missing here?
April 18th, 20092:53 pm
Thanks for the play by play- it really is appreciated!
Anyone that has been helped hitting wise has either done it on their own or went to their father for help.
See Mac, Chipper, Yunel, so on and so on…
I mean what does it say when Francoeur goes to the Texas Rangers hitting coach for advice instead of his own…
April 18th, 20092:54 pm
Here we go again. Mitchell no one gives a crap about Parr or your politics. There are blogs out there for that stuff. It’s bad enough right now with the way this team is playing and this is not the time or the place. No one comes here for politics. I mean what don’t you understand about that?
Got a question for all the Schafer fans…Are you now convinced that we should have started the season with Gregor Blanco as our center fielder and leadoff hitter?
I want to see what is the lowest run total for a week, the Braves are at 7 now, with only 1 day left. 7 runs in 5 games, say that a few times, against 2 teams with half the payroll of the braves.
April 18th, 20092:55 pm
cabravesfan Glad you missed out on this one. Very sad day
Kotchman reminds me a lot of Doug Mienkiewicz…Not a lot of power and will probably drive in only about 70 runs
I thought Kotchman was overrated when he was a highly touted prospect in the Angels organization before getting here that’s why I haven’t put much high expectations on him…
2 SnoreFests in a row…2 of the most boring games I’ve watched ever…
Has there ever been a team so lacking in fundamentals. Where unproven young players are free to do whatever they please. WHERE THERE IS NO APPROACH TO THE GAME. No strategy. No game plan. No teaching.
Let’s get a real leader in here who will kick some butts.
April 18th, 20092:56 pm
I wish this was a no-hitter.
Something to really remember this by.
Can we play the Mets already!? That’s the only thing that’s going to help us break out of this.
Bad Bullpen and minor league batting order(except McCann).You can’t win.Hey alt least we got rid of Blaine Boyer
WHERE’S THE OFFENSE?
April 18th, 20092:57 pm
Dan_in_NC He’s not fairing too well down in Gwinnett…ball game!!!
Now Its The “Lets Go Bucs Cheer” I guess this is like them winning the Division, Since half of their fans will be Wearing Stillers Gear by June…
Wren can I suck your Cox
Everbody the worst part about this is that we are sucking this bas this early. If the braves dont turn it around soon all the fans are not gonna spend their hard earned money to go to the games. We might be forced to trade Vasquez, Lowe, and Kawakami. Oh wait nobody would want their contracts. Enjoy the stew you made Wren you are the smarterest GM in baseball.
fitting ending to the game… wow… that was ugly
Yeah P-Town Brave, I mean Francoeur is the only one who has gone to him. Check the facts because quite a few players have gone to him. Francoeur didn’t just go to TP his also went to Chipper so I guess Chipper and his dad suck to.
I like the headline that said “Braves want to see Jo-Jo go-go.”
I hope Bowman wrote that one. It’s wayyyyyyy clever.
Game over. McCann probably needs to go on the DL and get that eye cleared up.
….and tomorrow we face a lefty. Yay!
April 18th, 20092:58 pm
Its over!! Thank god its finally over!
So, is everyone going to be back for Part 3 tomorrow?!
Jake W, do you think any bad coach ever tells their team to go out and stink it up ? If TP can’t get players to improve, he’s useless.
cabravesfan – you’re welcome – BTW, Mac struck out to close it out.
April 18th, 20092:59 pm
“Kotchman will probably only drive in 70 runs”
What in the wide wide world of sports are you talkin bout – nobody on this team is gonna drive in 70 runs. Nobody gets on base & nobody hits homeruns.
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