Cloudy in the capital…

   Washington, DCGreetings from our nation’s capital where there are big green blobs on the radar map, and I’m having a bad hair day. (Here’s your clue No. 1 to double-check that byline at the top.)

 

   We’ve got an 80 percent chance of rain forecast for tonight in Washington and this little nugget: “a few storms may be severe” from our friends at weather.com. It says storms may produce large hail and strong winds. Let’s hope the walk over to the ballpark happens before or after the hail.

   Of course, the worst of it looks like it’ll be coming between 8 and 9 p.m., when the hourly breakdown says there’s a 60-70 percent chance of rain, and there are little lightning bolts pictured. That’s terrible timing, when it comes right down to it. I think I’d rather get hailed on.

   As for the prospects of a doubleheader tomorrow, it looks like tomorrow afternoon is OK but there’s more rain coming tomorrow night. And I do wonder, if it comes down to a doubleheader, what the Braves might have to do about catching. You’d rather not ask your catcher to catch two games of a doubleheader, and with Brian McCann having his vision problems, it could be an issue.

   McCann was scheduled to visit an eye doctor here in DC today, so I should have an update later this afternoon once I get over to the clubhouse.

   If the Braves do play tonight, Yunel Escobar is supposed to be back in the lineup. That’ll help. And obviously it gave the Braves a big lift to get Chipper Jones back yesterday in Pittsburgh.

   That made the Braves 6-1 this season when Chipper is in the lineup, 0-5 when he’s not. When he’s in, the Braves are averaging 5.6 runs per game. When he’s not, they’re averaging 3.4 runs per game. Now, is one guy that important?

   If anyone would be, I’m thinking Chipper is the guy, but I’m just wondering what you guys think. Has it gotten to be a mental thing, where if he’s out of the lineup, hopes are down, or when he’s in, guys are waiting for him to carry the load?

   I’m doubting any of that is conscious with other players, but statistics do really bear out how valuable Chipper is, right there at home, in his usual No. 3 spot in the order.

   The Marlins’ pitching had plenty to do with two of those Chipper-less losses, no doubt, and Chipper played the first of that series sweep and the Braves were still shut down 5-1. But still. (Yes, that’s the phrase I’m using to make my big point. I blame an early wake-up call – and here I am now with only a free candy bar for my Marriott patronage to keep me energetic.)

   Outside of the weather, the Braves have to be happy to be here in DC to play the ole Nats, who took one on the chin yesterday from the Marlins, who rallied from 4-3 down in a ninth inning to win 7-4. The Nats are now 1-10 on the season.

   The Braves swept three from the Nationals at Turner Field the weekend of their home-opener. There was the 6-5 win in 10 innings on April 10, featuring the two-hour rain delay. There was Kawakami’s first win as a Brave in a 5-3 game on April 11 and Jurrjens out-pitching Scot Olsen for the 8-5 win on April 12.

   Tonight we see Jordan Zimmermann – no relationship to Ryan, apparently – who will make his major league debut on the mound. The Nationals’ top-rated prospect was projected as the Nats’ No. 5 starter this year but was not needed until now. He was called up from AAA Syracuse. The 22-year-old right-hander is 15-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 39 starts in the minors. He was a combined 10-3 last year with a 2.89 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 134 innings in Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg.

   Zimmermann was drafted in the second round out of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (that’s a new one to me), a pick that came as compensation when the Cubs signed free agent Alfonso Soriano.

   As for the other Zimmerman – it’s a pretty big day for him too. Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman just inked a five-year $45 million contract extension. The press conference announcing it is scheduled for 4 p.m. today.

   Meanwhile the Braves will run Derek Lowe out there who had his last start against the Nats (three innings) shortened by rain. He’d like a chance to get back on the mound and rebound from his career-high five walks in five innings of a 10-4 loss to Florida.

   Let’s hope we get this one in.

 

1,327 comments Add your comment

Smyrna Jim

April 20th, 2009
2:47 pm

Thanks for the new blog, Carroll!

18 Wheels of Love

April 20th, 2009
2:50 pm

Peterbilt

Peterbilt

McFann =Ô=

April 20th, 2009
2:56 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Important point about the DH…and I await your update on BMac with great anticipation! We’re going down to Daddy’s work in about half an hour or so, but there are plenty of computers there that I cann plant myself in front of.

They oughta have an emoticon for being anxious. I could go with 8O , but that doesn’t seem right…

toga party

April 20th, 2009
2:56 pm

Looks like Lowe has angered the storm gods. Shame too, we could use some innings from our #1 tonight.

N8

April 20th, 2009
2:58 pm

Thanks Carroll. Pretty close to being time to get the kids, so I’ll take a “natural” break and see what happens.

But I apreciate the effort (whether they can solve it or not – is another story). But again, thank you.

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:02 pm

Thanks for the new blog, my Dad and I are big Brave’s fans and our new favorite phrase is ‘Bravos take on Nats’! We love playing them more than we liked see ole Armando Benitez come out of the opposing bullpen, remember how the Braves used to light that poor soul up, especially Larry.

cabravesfan

April 20th, 2009
3:02 pm

McFann-

That guy looks more stoned then anxious:) I’m with you, though, waiting (im)patiently for an update on Mac.

By the way, I still call my dad “daddy” on occation and I am much older then you:)

NC Braves Fan

April 20th, 2009
3:02 pm

Carroll: thanks for the new blog. Pesonally, I think Chipper is important, but it’s the loss of Chipper, Yunel and McCann’s issues combined that caused a lot of the offensive dropoff IMO. Chipper got back yesterday and Ross was plugged in for McCann, and the runs returned (helped out by a bad start by Zach Duke).

Hopefully Yunel will be back tonight (or whenever the rain lets up) and we can get some rund in back of the great SP we’ve been getting all year.

Finally, I will say a prayer to the hail gods on your behalf! :P

blausy

April 20th, 2009
3:03 pm

Carroll — is the weather likely to affect outdoor BP today, regardless of whether the game ultimately gets called or not?

Nick in PA

April 20th, 2009
3:03 pm

DOB,

Any chance Bobby sits Lowe in order to avoid having another start get shortened by rain?

Josh H

April 20th, 2009
3:03 pm

McFann:

It seems that once a girl gets into that college/out on her own phrase, the world “Daddy” is usually uttered when they need money or something :) . Just my own personal experience. I’m mid twenties myself.

Chino Cadahia

April 20th, 2009
3:03 pm

That’s Zimmermann.

NC Braves Fan

April 20th, 2009
3:04 pm

Cabraves fan: “That guy looks more stoned then anxious.”

Well, it is 4/20. ;-)

I was born in the desert

April 20th, 2009
3:04 pm

I always thought McFann was meaning he k’s a lot

Sandlot

April 20th, 2009
3:05 pm

I’m curious about the catcher situation, too. Do we have anyone on the active roster who could be used in an emergency? I’d think it more likely (assuming the game tonight is called, and a doubleheader is scheduled tomorrow or Wednesday) that they’d try to call up Sammons and get him there in time to catch one or the other. Unless this specialist Mac’s seeing today has some sort of miracle cure for him, of course.

Thrillhouse44

April 20th, 2009
3:05 pm

Who’s your daddy?

Josh H

April 20th, 2009
3:07 pm

Thrillhouse44:

That comment reminds of Remember the Titans. Really good movie.

ncscoots

April 20th, 2009
3:08 pm

It seems that once a girl gets into that college/out on her own phrase, the world “Daddy” is usually uttered when they need money or something

That’s why, for some young ladies of a certain age, you don’t need a purse when shopping; just take along a pocketful of daddy, LOL.

And daddies wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scott K.

April 20th, 2009
3:08 pm

“I was born in the desert”:

Were you also raised in lion’s den?

Rock On.......

April 20th, 2009
3:09 pm

Carroll…you are not transparent. Something I remembered from a year ago or so.

Efrim…..to end our debate from the last blog. Many prior posts I said that simply Prado could do fine IF allowed to play full time. Stats bare that out. No regression seen based on minors numbers and now MLB stats to date. Obviously the “sampling” number would be less for the comparisons. You wanted some numbers to legitimize my claim. So you have them. Best I can/care to do. Nuff said, no winners.

Rodney Derrick

April 20th, 2009
3:09 pm

Carroll– Where do you run in DC. Whenever I went there for meetings, the Mall and the Towpath were pretty much as good as you could ever want. Also, considering today was the Boston Marathon, have you picked out that half marathon. Consider the Indianapolis 500 half marathon in Indy, which is a day or two before the 500. No race finish ever quite matched the last mile and a half on the Brickyard. Perhaps with the restructuring at the paper, you can arrange to cover the race. Or, who knows, while I have not checked, maybe the Gwinnett Braves will be playing nearby.

Train Wreck Bystander

April 20th, 2009
3:09 pm

Time to post for the first time since Opening Day.

About that Gallery poll that’s on the main AJC Braves page:

A.J. Burnett – Lose Him – Sure he has a 2.70 ERA, but he’s also pitched in 2 road games and only once in New Yankee Stadium. Just wait until he gets in a few starts in that homerdrome and watch that number rise…

Jake Peavy – Use Him – too bad it didn’t work out when we tried to land him

Rafael Furcal – Lose Him – One SB so far, and that’s the main reason I would have wanted him – to steal

Andruw Jones – Lose Him – Glad to see he’s doing better in Texas, but I don’t think he’d have done nearly as well had he returned to the Ted

Josh Anderson – Coin Flip – I want to see Schafer do well, but it’s tough watching the kid play human pinball with various outfield walls. I don’t remember Anderson having those sorts of issues.

Ken Griffey Jr. – Lose Him – I don’t think we missed out on much.

Will Ohman – Use Him – Coulda, shoulda, woulda signed him and somehow let him get away.

An entire week with no PTV games and the Nats & Reds to feast on – I sense the stars aligning for a great week.

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:11 pm

I rekon that Matt Diaz would be the emergency back-up at least he was last year, but why not put Prado back there? I mean the guy plays anywhere Bobby tells him too, he even helps out the equipment guy when towels are low :0)

TnBrian

April 20th, 2009
3:11 pm

Lou, I do agree with you on the Braves needing to let go of the past(Glavine). At least that’s what I thought you meant in that last sentence. If you didn’t, well they do and I think they are to an extent.

I will say that maybe if the Braves did more for their fans as some here have pointed out, maybe they’d have a packed house more often. That guy commenting on Diaz and his smug attitude, that doesn’t surprise me a bit. Me and my girlfriend went to a Braves game in ‘06 and with about 20 other people calling for Hudson to at least acknowledge we were there, he refused to even notice or care. He was loosening his arm when he didn’t pitch. What do ya know, Francoeur was the only player that waved and signed some baseballs for fans. If this is the way they operate, FU** em! I’ll root for them like I always have, but I don’t have to respect some of them as people. John Thompson pitched that night.

Rodney Derrick

April 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

Games with Nats are such a drag as they blacked out in Durham, whether you use MLB or Extra Innings. Maybe I will watch the archive on MLB.com.

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

Or Omar Infante for that matter.

Random

April 20th, 2009
3:13 pm

Bill James on managers (from This Time Let’s Not Eat the Bones):

“Every good manager effectively threatens his players with professional extermination if they don’t give him the best effort they are capable of giving; Casey Stengel, Billy Martin, White Herzog and Earl Weaver are masters at it, as was Durocher. These are not nice people. They are manipulative, cunning SOBs, hard and crass and they drink too much. Nice guys finish last because a nice guy is not going to coldly exploit the insecurities of his players. Nice guys finish last because a nice guy is not going to kick an old friend out of his comfortable sinecure the minute that old friend becomes a milli-second too slow on the fastball.”

So is Bobby Cox a “nice guy”, or is he one of those “manipulative, cunning SOBs, hard and crass [who] drink[s] too much”?

Rock On.......

April 20th, 2009
3:14 pm

all Washington games are carried by Comcast Sports Net here in Richmond and Mid-atlantic region. No blackouts. Games on! Find a sports bar.

Tom O'Hawke

April 20th, 2009
3:15 pm

“Over/under on when everybody stopped calling their parents Mommy and Daddy?” (Bay Area Steve)

Steve, I’m gonna climb out on a limb now, and guess that you’ve never been accused of being “overly sensitive”. lol

cabravesfan

April 20th, 2009
3:16 pm

NC Braves Fan-

That is true…didn’t even think about that- Bring on the stoned emoticon!

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:17 pm

Its always Mama Daddy Granny and Grandaddy here in the land of Grits and F150s

Rodney Derrick

April 20th, 2009
3:17 pm

Hey Rock on– We do not have Comcast in Durham; we have Time-Warner, and no matter how you cut it, you can not watch Bravos when they play Nats, or some years, the Os

Detective John Kimble

April 20th, 2009
3:18 pm

Were going to play a little game today children.

it’s called “who is your daddy and what does he do”

Thrillhouse44

April 20th, 2009
3:18 pm

Games against the Nats are some of the few games that I do get to see on TV.

Random

April 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

Epinephrine (1:52 pm): “P-Town, fine, but two points:

1) Kelly will probably only lead off ONCE during a game”

Nope — wrong.

Even aside from the first inning, the lead-off hitter is more likely than any other position in the line-up to lead off an inning.

On account of because the pitcher so often makes the last out in an inninjg.

On account of with two outs the other team often walks the number 8 hitter to get to the pitcher.

You could look it up.

Thrillhouse44

April 20th, 2009
3:21 pm

Tony2loco, I don’t have a Granny, I have Big Moma. No related to Big Papi though.

buzzmeat

April 20th, 2009
3:21 pm

Derek Lowe is getting nailed with weather problems, Rain, then the sun in his face, now rain again

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:21 pm

Det John Kimble lol “it’s not a tumor” poor Governator did turn out himself to be an economic gurly-man

Detective John Kimble

April 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

Im going to let that one slide Tony. I am a wonderful Governator and zere are no Politics on ze blog. Boys have a p…wait thats not my line

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

Thrillhouse my Granny is from mexico but refuses to be called abuela but my great granny is called Amma, wonder what Esco calls his mom and dad, my Puerto Rican counsins call theres Ma and Pa

Jim

April 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

I’m in Charlottesville, VA – about 3 weather hours SW of Wash. DC. Stopped raining here about 10:30 this AM. Misty, but really no rain since then. I would think we’re going to play tonight since weather pattern is moving in NE direction.

N8

April 20th, 2009
3:26 pm

Random, thank god for you 3:20 post. THAT was the point I was trying to make (4 times) that kept getting eaten by the blog.

KJ has hit in the leadoff spot in 9 games this season. Yet he has led off an inning 17 times.

People just like to repeat the nonsense that Bobby spews sometimes, and assume it’s fact.

Crisp

April 20th, 2009
3:26 pm

Don’t worry Dominic, Im a fireman

Run Heap Run

April 20th, 2009
3:33 pm

I’m in my 30’s and I always call my dad daddy…

I liked that gallery poll too, here’s how I voted..

A.J. Burnett – Lose Him

Jake Peavy – Lose Him

Rafael Furcal – Lose Him

Andruw Jones – Use Him – He was a bargain and we need an extra outfielder on the bench, hey, he’d have been as good or better than Diaz or Loaf, IMO. AJ was an outstanding defensive CF’er, watching Schafer and the also rans in between then and now have magnified his defensive skills even moreso.

Josh Anderson – Lose him

Ken Griffey Jr. – Eh..

Will Ohman – Use Him – OF COURSE! :lol: I expect that 100% of the bloggers voted yes on that one.

Carroll Rogers

April 20th, 2009
3:33 pm

Only in DC do you come into the press box and the TV is on CSpan….Tarp is on the field, so I’d say BP is questionable.

I run at the mall. LOVE it. but it’s flat, so I look at it as a little break. But love people-watching and sight-seeing.

Yes, chino, you’re right. I’ll fix that!

ZC Rider

April 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

If we are only gonna get a few innings in, maybe we should start Parr or JJ

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

I wonder what happened to DOB today? Perhaps it has something to do with good tunes and Bar-B-Que. BTW how good has Lowe looked so far, Wren may start to surprise us all like ole JS did year after year…..or not.

McFann =Ô=

April 20th, 2009
3:36 pm

cabravesfan

Yeah, good point. And I’m a little impatient, too. Patience is a virtue, but I don’t have much of it! ;)

There’s no shame in calling your Daddy “Daddy”.

Josh H. the world “Daddy” is usually uttered when they need money or something

Well, not too long before that’s me! ;)

I was born in the desert I always thought McFann was meaning he k’s a lot

What?

Gotta split. But I’ll get on again once we get to Daddy’s work…gotta check for Mac updates!

Tomahawk210

April 20th, 2009
3:37 pm

Anyone watching the NHL Playoffs? Best time of the year to watch hockey-fights, hitting, lots of action.
You heard it here first at 2:36 on 4/20:
Vancouver Canucks will be Stanley Cup Champions in 2009.
Luongo is on his game-none better when he’s on and the team is playing the best hockey since the start of this year-best record. So you guys talking about the Rangers, or whoever it won’t even matter.

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:37 pm

ZC Rider I agree, but I would throw Campillo out there, it seems to me that he is a much better starter than a long reliever.

ncscoots

April 20th, 2009
3:37 pm

People just like to repeat the nonsense that Bobby spews sometimes, and assume it’s fact.

As opposed to bloggers (not you) who spew nonsense and present it as fact, LOL.

nathan, I hate to say this re the blog eating your posts, but maybe it’s only “functioning as designed”, LOL. Eating in self-defense, perhaps!

Chino Cadahia

April 20th, 2009
3:37 pm

That’s going to be hell on writers who are dealing both Zimmerman and Zimmermann.

Shea Stadium

April 20th, 2009
3:38 pm

I always called Chipper “Daddy”.

Jim

April 20th, 2009
3:39 pm

Reliever Stat:

Binary measure: allow no runs and get at least one out = good perfomance; allow 1 or more runs = bad perfomance.

So far this year, here’s the “scorecard:”

Carlyle: 2/3
Gonzo: 2/6
O’Flaherty: 3/6
Soriano: 5/5
Moylan: 4/7
Boyer: 1/3
Campillo: 1/4
Parr: 0/2
Bennett: 4/6

Team: 20/42 – w/o Soriano and Bennett: 11/31. Who do you want in there?

blausy

April 20th, 2009
3:39 pm

Campillo’s on the DL, sport.

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:40 pm

Chino not as bad as when we had Pitcher Lopez throwing to Javy Lopez at Catcher with a Lopez in the batter’s box, yall remember that one? funny funny

SoWeGa Fanatic

April 20th, 2009
3:41 pm

Daddy died many, many years ago. I’m a guy, I’m pushing 60, and he’ll always be Daddy. Why would I call him anything else?

KLB

April 20th, 2009
3:42 pm

SoWeGa Fanatic

April 20th, 2009
3:43 pm

Enter your comments here

Anders

April 20th, 2009
3:43 pm

Tomahawkin210 – Whoah, easy on my Rangers. As for the Canucks winning the cup- maybe. I’ll have to take your word for it because the way Bettman has destroyed the hockey schedule east coast teams almost never see the west coast guys.

We do agree that there’s nothing like playoff hockey. It can be insane. I love baseball on the whole most but nothing will ever come close to the Rangers cup run in 1994. The most electric 2-1/2 months of my sports life. (Oh yeah, for the record the Rangers beat the Canucks that year in the finals).

Spanky

April 20th, 2009
3:44 pm

They have an off day Sept 24 prior to a 3 game series at Washington. Could do a make-up game then.

njbraves

April 20th, 2009
3:44 pm

Any truth to the rumor that it’s Bobby’s fault it’s raining in DC today??

P-Town Brave

April 20th, 2009
3:45 pm

N8 and Random-

Thank you for proving my point…its always nice to have others do work so that I don’t have to, even though I knew the results (17 times) were pretty close to what I thought they were.

I hope the game gets in tonight…otherwise those of us w/ MLB EI may get the shaft on the DH tomorrow…

Oh, and thanks again for the spot on commentary N8…seems like you really get it.

Tony2loco

April 20th, 2009
3:45 pm

I stand corrected and bow to your greatness Blausy, I need to stop going to the lake every weekend and think before I speak (or blog). The Wife aka ‘commanding officer’ would agree with all of the above…………sigh. Yeah the notes say he is unable to generate velocity due to shoulder tendinitis.

Anders

April 20th, 2009
3:46 pm

Tomahawkin210 – I forgot one thing. Lundqvist is better than Luongo when he’s on his game. Henrik is pretty much regarded as the best goalie in the World right now. (Hockey is one of the few sports where you can make that claim and it is true).

Jeff321

April 20th, 2009
3:46 pm

Schafer gets moved up to the seven-hole, eh?

Frankie Knuckles

April 20th, 2009
3:48 pm

njbrave – yes, b/c he’s a jerk

AustinBrave

April 20th, 2009
3:49 pm

What is the website for that free basball on the radio. I was using it but i lost my hard drive over the weekend. Trying to get prepared for tonights game. Thanks

Josh H

April 20th, 2009
3:50 pm

P-Town Brave:

Without even getting into the Kelly vs Prado discussion, I definitely agree that he should not be hitting lead off. Especially with the lineups we were running out Friday/Saturday with Infante, Prado, and Diaz all playing, with Infante hitting 2nd and Diaz 3rd.

Kelly hit a snag this last week, but he was still hitting the ball hard against the Marlins. Didn’t see much of the Pirates series.

Mekons

April 20th, 2009
3:51 pm

For anyone who is blacked out or doesn’t have the appropriate cable stations, you can at least listen to every game at the link. Sometimes you have to try a few stations to find the game; a lot carry local sports because they’re small-town stations.

http://www.freebaseballradio.com/Atlanta.html

N8

April 20th, 2009
3:53 pm

ncscoots, I try and back up what I call “facts” with numbers or something that proves my points.

Everything else, like Bobby Cox and what I think of him (good, bad or indifferent), is just opinion.

“Oh, and thanks again for the spot on commentary N8…seems like you really get it.” P-Town Brave

I’m not sure what “it” is (LOL!), but I think what I think, and ususally type a bunch of words trying to explain it. Doesn’t make it right. Just my opinion.

But that whole thing with the lead-off hitter only batting “lead-off” once, has always bugged me. It’s just Bobby’s way of deflecting the question, when he doesn’t have a “true” leadoff type hitter.

But I do appreciate you appreciating my comment. Thanks.

OK, time to go get the kids.

AustinBrave

April 20th, 2009
3:53 pm

Thanks Mekons you made my day

P-Town Brave

April 20th, 2009
3:54 pm

Jim-

We could do like the Nats did and fire the whole bullpen…

I actually did have visions of telling half the pen to clean out their lockers, unfortunately for the Braves, we have the majority who have guaranteed contracts and are on the 40-man and so on…otherwise I wouldn’t have any issue w/ calling up Medlen, Marek, and the other reinforcements…

Granted it is in fact Triple-A, but Mariano Gomez, Luis Valdez, and Kris Medlen have been stellar, and even better than that, Gomez is left handed!

DCBraves

April 20th, 2009
3:57 pm

Still debating whether it’s worth it to try to go to the game today. Given how poor the Nats’ attendence is, it’s easy to get a $5 ticket and then sit whereever you want (except for the suite and directly behind home plate). Was going to go early for BP, but don’t think the odds are that that’ll be on.

Weather Man

April 20th, 2009
3:58 pm

According to Weather.com its supposed to be cloudy all afternoon and much of the evening…showers moving in around 10 p.m.

Hopefully the game can be played without delay and Derek Lowe can go about throwing a No-No in the nations capitol.

Steve from OH

April 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

Sabermetricians will see a player with a 300+ average, a 400+ OBP, and 500+ SLG % and frequently get sexually excited.

Hmm…this is a new phenomenon. Usually an attractive young lady does the trick. Interesting…

Also, how does one become a “sabermetrician?” Do you go to grad school, or will a few classes at community college suffice? Ahh, you know I’m just messin’ with ya, I think you’ve made some sound arguments today, PWH.

Efrim, I watched the Pens-Flyers game the other night and I thought it was a good one. Except for the obligatory Sidney Crosby interview. The arrogance (and sheer amount of hair gel/product) make me cringe. Great player though. My Wings have been cleaning house, albeit against the hapless Blue Jackets, so I’m happy. I think the Pens/Flyers and Rangers/Caps will both go seven. Also, did you catch any of the Blues/Canucks game? Lots of heavy hitting there…gotta love it.

DOB, glad to hear your assessment of Cody Johnson and minor league prospects in general. Do you speak with Frank Wren with any regularity about prospects? I would figure that you don’t but I’m just curious. Any info you can pass along is greatly appreciated.

Dan_in_NC

April 20th, 2009
4:03 pm

Personally, I would rather it be rained out instead of having Lowe’s outing shortened like we had two weekends ago.

Luke L1

April 20th, 2009
4:03 pm

Carroll,
Any news on Tommy G. We are about a week removed from his flare-up. I was just wandering if he had improved any or how he was feeling.

Go Bravos

April 20th, 2009
4:04 pm

It has been nasty up here all day, but it looks like the rain has stopped for the moment. Lets see if it holds off…Go Bravos

jbutler

April 20th, 2009
4:04 pm

McFann…your “worried” emoticon actually looks like a fly. Or a pinhead. Keep thinking good thoughts- I think your boy will be just mcfine.

P-Town Brave

April 20th, 2009
4:05 pm

Josh-

Kelly had some pretty bad AB’s against the Pirates. Another thing I have noticed is that if Kelly hits the ball the other way, he usually pops or flys out. That is another reason for me to not like him batting 1. I like my leadoff hitter to be able to hit consistently and to all fields (ie Prado, Infante, even Escobar). It tells you how much trouble we were in Fri/Sat when Diaz is your 3 hitter.

N8 mentioned about Bobby changing lineups and pitchers too late. Completely accurate as Bobby always waits way too long to make a decision. If Yunel is going to play against the Nats tonight, I suggest moving Kelly down in the lineup to say, the 5 slot. We know Mac won’t be playing so I would suggest this:

Escobar
Kotchman
Jones
Francoeur
Johnson
Diaz
Schafer
Ross

In that lineup we split up the lefties and keep teams from bringing situation relievers in for multiple batters. Also, I feel Casey would be a better 2 hitter as he doesn’t strike out and opens up the hole on the right side of the infield.

Once Mac is back this would be a good lineup v LHP:

Escobar
Kotchman
Jones
McCann
Francoeur
Johnson
Diaz
Schafer

v RHP:

Escobar
Schafer
Jones
McCann
Anderson
Francouer
Johnson
Kotchman

bravos2249

April 20th, 2009
4:07 pm

Out of all the possible guys to hit 4th Bobby picks KOTCHMAN????

Renegator

April 20th, 2009
4:10 pm

I’m a little worried about tonight. The Braves typically don’t do well against a called-up minor leaguer they have never seen before.

Just saying…

SoWeGa Fanatic

April 20th, 2009
4:10 pm

I predict the game will not be played tonite.

Interested Observer

April 20th, 2009
4:10 pm

DCbraves…I’m in the same boat. Can’t decide whether to take the trek down to the park tonight.

P-Town Brave

April 20th, 2009
4:11 pm

Oh, I also think giving Kotchman and Johnson games off against lefties would help in the long run too…maybe even in the same game to stack the lineup w/ righties…play Prado at 1b and Infante at 2b…

Besides going w/ the stats and the odds, Bobby really should learn the phrase “going with the hot hand”…If we EVER did that this year, I would be impressed.

Bay Area Steve

April 20th, 2009
4:11 pm

Thanks for the info, folks. And to McFann for never presuming negativity in any of my (our) posts.

Mr. Hawke, you’d be correct, sir.

J-X

April 20th, 2009
4:12 pm

It is absolutley scary how many double plays that line up would create. Kotchman at number two is asking for inning killers. Kotchman is a groundball machine with deceptively slow speed.

I agree that his patience would be nice and going righty lefty would be nice, but he just can’t pick’em up and put’em down fast enough to be a number two.

LKS

April 20th, 2009
4:15 pm

Yunel is best batting 2nd. He batted lead off for a while last year and he did not do as good. Plus, he doesn’t like to work the count. He has been doing great so far this year in the 2 spot. I think moving him leadoff might mess him up a little.

ncgary

April 20th, 2009
4:17 pm

4-20 on 4-20 puff puff

Josh H

April 20th, 2009
4:17 pm

J-X:

I don’t think there is anything deceptively slow about Kotchman’s speed. He’s just flat out slow. :)

AGTFan

April 20th, 2009
4:17 pm

So is Bobby Cox a “nice guy”, or is he one of those “manipulative, cunning SOBs, hard and crass [who] drink[s] too much”?

Yes.

Tomahawk210

April 20th, 2009
4:18 pm

Anders

Well it’s only 1 thing we agree on and that is playoff hockey is amazing-balls out for 60 minutes and no letting up. And the only reason you won it in ‘94 is Vancouver had no goalie. Now we have Luongo who while Lundqvist may be one of the top 3 goalies in the game, I think most people would pick Luongo to be the best when on his game-no doubt. Lundqvist probably secord or third best behind Brodeur. But they showed a stat in last nights game that Vancouver has only lost 7 games since January and it’s showing. They are playing great as a team,offense scoring when needed, defense is huge in front of Luongo, special teams, looking really well. Also St. Louis was the third hottest team since the new year and look what we are doing to them. I’ll give you credit, the Rangers are taking care of Washington right now.

dogsbrekky wants to be the "Tassie Devil"

April 20th, 2009
4:21 pm

If DC is like NYC today then there will NOT be a game

Went out with the border 4 times and we got soaked each time

Oh for timing

Hey Anders……………… did you guys buy another starting pitcher yet ??

Anyone else noticed how empty baseball stadiums seem nowadays

P-Town Brave

April 20th, 2009
4:21 pm

J-X

I do agree w/ your assessment there…I think Adam LaRoche would beat Casey in a foot race…which frankly is really REALLY sad!

But Casey did hit well in LA in the 2-hole, that and Esco hits more groundballs than anyone in baseball so thats the reason I move him from the 2-hole as all those DP’s last year (26) were killers.

Maybe Jordan in the 2-hole would be better, although the K numbers alarm me just as they do w/ Kelly batting 2nd.

Chop Chop

April 20th, 2009
4:21 pm

Kotchman is deceptively slow. Just when you think he can’t run any slower, he does. It’s amazing.

DirtyYuni

April 20th, 2009
4:22 pm

Where do you guys find the lineups before the games? I only know to look for Carroll/DOB to post them here. Are they up anywhere sooner?

Josh from Columbus

April 20th, 2009
4:23 pm

What are the random numbers next to everyone’s name on the lineups on the Nats blog posted above?

Steve McP

April 20th, 2009
4:24 pm

P=Town Brave, Johnson hits lefties better than righties, why leave him out of the line up in those games?

Josh from Columbus

April 20th, 2009
4:24 pm

Chop Chop,

It could be worse. He could be Johnny Estrada slow.

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