2:44 pm April 20, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
April 20th, 20098:55 pm
Chipper I don’t believe that for a minute. Maybe those are Chippers stats from his rookie year and they’ve never changed them. RunHeap
Chipper usually starts the season around 225 now days. In the late 90s he played a couple of years around 235-240. You are right, Casey is not that big. He’s shorter and lighter, but Chipper is still much faster. When he was a kid Chips was a streak.
jonatuga – I hate the celts AND noah! Somebody is gonna jack that kid up!
April 20th, 20098:56 pm
You mean I have to pick between Jack Bauer and the Braves?
I can’t wait for twilight! One of my favorite days of the year. NFL draft, good friend’s Birthday, and twilight all collide for a projected 3 kegger this year.
Anyone know if ESPN will show the game?
April 20th, 20098:57 pm
so, let me get this strait…..since the delay started it hasnt been raining until just now??? why werent we playing ball. we are getting this one in tonight fellas….(are we ever going to get this game in?)
They put the tarp on the field, even though it wasn’t raining, because rain was on its way and very close. That was good for us. Otherwise, Lowe would have started, but if the delay was long enough, not go much further. It would be just like the last game (that Lowe started). They should be taking the tarp off any minute, and play should resume in about 25 minutes, give or take. However, there is still some precipitation coming on the radar. It doesn’t look real heavy, but it could cause another delay.
April 20th, 20098:58 pm
I’m with you. I hate Noah too. I’ll never forget his foolishness at the press conference after his second NC.
April 20th, 20098:59 pm
Epinephrine, I agree with you. KJ has significantly better power. He’s one of the best hitters at his position in the league. Just, Prado ain’t chopped liver either. But if he hits 10 HR this year, I will be pleasantly shocked. KJ has the power to hit 20 or more.
April 20th, 20099:00 pm
I live right downtown..Gameday Condos…fav time of the year..non-football…
He might actually do well for himself, like Tyler Yates —Il Cattivo
you think Tyler has done well since he left the Braves? Really? an ERA over 4.7 and a WHIP of 1.6 which is like adding gas to a fire? hmmm
April 20th, 20099:01 pm
Analysis of the Braves’ rotation
1. Lowe – good, not great. With run support, will win 18 games.
2. Vazquez – ok, but not as good as Lowe. Will win about 15 games, slightly more than he loses.
3. Jurrgens – good, on a par with Lowe but will be a little unlucky. Will win about as many games as he loses.
4. Kawakami – will have trouble adjusting. Will have a few very good outings but will lose more games than he wins and will not be consistently getting into the 6th inning or later.
5. Problem. Glavine probably won’t come back and if he does it will be a disaster. Cox will stick with Jo Jo for a while and then give up (ERA well over 5). A few others will be tried out before someone clicks late in the season.
Bullpen – yuck! And don’t count on Gonzalez or Soriano. Neither will be pitching at the end of the season.
Braves finish about 10 games below .500.
April 20th, 20099:02 pm
“you think Tyler has done well since he left the Braves?”
And making, uh, $1.3 million dollars for doing it. There’s a place in the world for guys like him. And it’s a good place, I’m guessing.
April 20th, 20099:03 pm
Hooters swimsuit pageant is on..not bad for a rain delay
April 20th, 20099:04 pm
You like the gameday condos? They look amazing from the outside. What a great spot for twilight.
April 20th, 20099:05 pm
ESPN will probably show the first couple up to BBTN…if not they will at least show a few so if you have no other way of watching I’d tune into ESPN
MFin04, April 20th, 2009, 8:54 pm: Is Kotchman ever going to come around? I keep hoping…but what are realistic expectations for him this year?
I just looked up Kotchman’s stats. In his first full year (137 games) in 2007, he hit…3…triples. Did they cut his feet off after that?
He’s a career .269 hitter (although he hit close to .300 in 2007). Looks like you might expect .280 and 10 HR.
I have no idea how many triples we should expect from him this year, though.
by couple i meant innings if anyone didn’t know what i meant
Loaf Garret on a blackberry from the massage table in the clubhouse
April 20th, 20099:07 pm
I’m also pretty sure the Braves spent about $2.5 million too much on the left field manequin that Scott Boras sold them in February. When you talk to Garret Anderson, he’s as lifeless as he looks during those few occasions that he’s actually deemed himself healthy enough to be on the field.
Man that Bowman dude is just jealous because I took DOB to the scrip club and because I blog on DOB’s site instead of his.
I wish the Blaine Boyer apologists coming out of the woodwork in droves would have a little sympathy for me. I guess it’s okay to bash players….as long as they’re not from Atlanta.
I hope before the season is over I can look up into the stands at the ted and see at least one Garret’s Carrots or Loaf’s Breads.
Boy, Pittsburgh is really hitting Florida with a stick now. 5-0 in the 6th and a fast runner on third with 1 out. Sanchez (the hitting machine) at the plate.
If your wondering how I might do this year, look at my past stats.
April 20th, 20099:08 pm
Dr. Leo: I guess misery really does love company. You know, back when I followed those miserable 1970s Braves and the late 80s edition, I just took pleasure in the wins and didn’t rag on the players not named Andres Thomas. We have a good team in a tough division. There is no way, apart from massive injuries like last year, that we finish below .500. Enjoy the fact that we’re nothing like we were last year.
April 20th, 20099:09 pm
There’s so much blind chance in baseball that accurately predicting anything is damn hard. lol Not much difference in a ball being foul by a foot or fair by same. A lousy home-plate umpire can have as much, or more, to do with the outcome, as the players on the field. Eric Gregg was the worst home-plate umpire in the history of baseball-era civilization.
I will give you 280-290 with 15 HR’s and 2-3 triples.
Not that is matters that much, but does anyone remember on a SportSouth broadcasted game when Lowe pitched they were talking about how he is superstitious and how he has the same routine before each game. Wonder how the delay has him feeling based on this
McClouth hits a 3 run bomb. 8-0 Pittsburgh.
Human Implant RFID Chips
Fluoride in Drinking Water
North American Union
National ID Cards
Kenyan Usurpers in the White House
Lies about 9/11
Uh oh, they’re really gonna play this game. I bet Bobby never thunk it when he put you in the clean up spot, Krotch.
April 20th, 20099:10 pm
I know it’s kinda late for most of you but it is really nice to finally get to watch a game at a decent hour for once instead of watching hte first 3 innings on fast forward
April 20th, 20099:11 pm
If the Marlins win tonight…they will go 150-12….guaranteed.
Down with Gnats
April 20th, 20099:12 pm
I’m with ESPN: the Blue Jays, Padres and Royals have been surprising and impressive. The Marlins? Not so much. Six wins against the historically awful Nationals.
If the Marlins could play the Nationals 100 times, they’d be a contender. As it stands, they’re a pretender. The 22-4 2008 Diamondbacks failed to make the playoffs, so will the soon-to-be 11-2 Marlins.
There is no I in team, (mbatl)
no, but there is a me
I love reading this blog because you can read so many varying opinions. I generally find, most interesting, the Bobby Cox hate. Call me silly, but I love Bobby Cox. Dude knows how to manage players. His players love him and they play hard for him. The Braves owe a great deal to Bobby Cox. I have been on record, in the past, as saying Mark Bowman is a hack. His take on Garrett Anderson is total crap. People are already overreacting to the events thus far. Give it more than a two weeks before we jump ship on a career .290 hitter with 15-20 bombs.
I do think it is time to start thinking of ways to remedy the ailing bullpen. For whatever reason, MIke Gonzalez’s velocity has still not returned. He is not the same pitcher without his 96mph heater. He needs to work on a changeup to be more effective against right-handers. At this stage, he is struggling to locate his slider against right-handers and they are sitting on fastball. I am not sure he can even develop a change right now. But I think he needs one if he isn’t going to ever regain his velocity. Perhaps by mid-summer his will be hitting 96 again. But I am worried, and the Braves should be as well.
The issue of middle relief is also very real. We need some better arms that can keep the game close when we’re trailing late in games. We cannot continue to be knocked out in the late innings. Can’t comeback if the bullpen can’t keep us close. I think we can and should deal Jo Jo Reyes for a middle relief guy that can also setup. Or a setup man that can be slotted in the middle relief.
Offensively, I think we’re finding out that the lefty lineup cannot work without the Chipper and Escobar (must have one or the other really). They give us some righty strength in the middle, which we desperately need. 18 innings without a run…Chipper comes back and boom….10 runs. It makes a difference. A healthy McCann will also help.
All in all, it’s not time for doom and gloom – It is time to think about solutions to that bullpen. I just don’t see it resolving itself.
I know it’s been said, but I really dread watchin’ the Braves face a new pitcher in zimmerman. The Braves are the only team I follow, but I have to wonder if other teams have similar problems against pitchers they haven’t seen.
NO MORE, REALLY
April 20th, 20099:14 pm
Loafing left fielders
Clueless pitching coaches
Fragile third basemen
cabravesfan, did you crack one open yet, or are you waiting for the first pitch?
April 20th, 20099:15 pm
If the Marlins go 150-12, Armageddon is right around the corner…
Game has started
NO MORE, MAN LOVE
“Call me silly, but I love Bobby Cox.”
Why don’t you move to Iowa so you can marry him?
Are we about to play yet?
April 20th, 20099:16 pm
man… i always hated watching laroche hit… still do. that swing is the laziest most god-awful thing to watch ever.
that’s 96 on the gun for ZimmermanN
Dude, Laroche has a gorgeous swing…..*face palm
April 20th, 20099:17 pm
First time in mlb 2 zimmermans have been in the same IF.
zimmerman looks good 123
Really quick inning there. But, what’s new?
cabravesfan, do you want previews/updates on 24?
April 20th, 20099:18 pm
can’t crack any open until I go to the store…think the dog got into the fridge again:)
Well that was a quick top of the 1st.
one is Zimmerman one is Zimmermann…I don’t think that counts
Fred Hickman is with SportSouth? The guy canned from ESPN for calling in sick 200 times over the course of three years?
April 20th, 20099:19 pm
April 20th, 20099:20 pm
So much for making the rookie work huh?
7 pitch inning!
April 20th, 20099:21 pm
If the Braves aren’t going to field a PERFECT team, why field one at all? Right?
Braves have problems just like everyone else… stop complaining and root for your guys instead of picking out players you don’t like and bashing them nonstop. Bravos got a solid squad this year.
April 20th, 20099:22 pm
Why are those ugly blue ALTERNATE road uniforms now the norm in road games? The grey ones were so much nicer? Is them some uber-PC thing like with Chief Nochahoma? Grey was the color of the Confederate military or something? Why else would they keep wearing those eye-sores?
I’m rooting for the Washington Zimmermans.
April 20th, 20099:23 pm
cabravesfan, that’s too bad. I had a beer drinking cat once. Had to chain and padlock the fridge.
Wow, Jack Bauer just killed Tony, 24 is getting good.
7 pitches in the top half of the first…7 strikes….3 outs….someone tell me that isnt what they were taught to do?
It ain’t as much the arms in the pen; it’s the brains, that can’t seem to relay strikes to the arms.
Hey oh, underway
April 20th, 20099:24 pm
I smell a pitchers’ duel.
April 20th, 20099:25 pm
The rookie Zimmerman has the benefit of not having to make his debut in front of a hostile crowd… or any crowd for that matter.
Is this the episode where Jack Bauer waterboards a guy 183 times in a month and then finds out he is retarded and doesn’t really know anything?
Braves on ESPN
McCann’s issues really underscore the dangers of Lasik for professional baseball players in particular. Frankly, I’m shocked any hitter would ever elect this procedure.
Night blindness, blurred vision, and dry eye are VERY common side effects for Lasik patients. While the tradeoff in daytime vision is certainly worth it for most, this is way too risky a procedure for a hitter who relies on perfect night vision to compete. It doesn’t take much loss in night vision to make a .300 hitter a .200 hitter, and Lasik is just not worth it.
I really hope McCann’s career isn’t in jeopardy, but it certainly may be. Hope for the best, but hope no other Braves make this same mistake.
April 20th, 20099:26 pm
A guy called in sick 200 times in three years? You gotta be kidding. I think I’ve called in sick about 20 times in 20 years. I can’t believe they put up with it for three years.
Kotchy displaying the blazing speed:)
Holy Shyt! Dunn is a Slug out there, It looks like he’s given up on the team already!
if i didn’t think she would break a tooth trying to eat the chain I would consider that
lol. I was just being honest.
suprise kotch made it to 2nd
April 20th, 20099:27 pm
THAT WAS DUMB
Wow, Krotchman, you suck.
April 20th, 20099:28 pm
wtf slowest man in baseball
Another Bad Break on this Roadtrip, WTF…!
ROB DIBBLE!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Yes you can blame Casey cause Frenchy did NOT signal for him that it was okay to take 3rd.
Hasn’t Chipper called in sick about 200 times in the past 3 years?
More outs on the bases. Down with stolen bases!
April 20th, 20099:29 pm
I’m Calling For Zimmerman to K 10 tonight, We are being Way Too Aggressive out there…
I am not hating on the guy but he isn’t a power threat (vabrave)
plus he’s 27 and in AAA not all that bright a prospect, but better than nothing. Definitely not a power hitter as you say.
Nice hustle by Diaz.
let’s go matty!
nice hustle play by MattE
Diaz has some speed with the weight loss
diaz wtg with the hustle
April 20th, 20099:30 pm
I can’t believe thefirst pitch to Diaz wasn’t called a strike. It was right down the middle, waist high!
Diaz stretching a single to a double!
MattE with the great hustle!
99% of all baserunners would have taken off on that ball. Kotchman went on the bounce of the ball just a bad break off Frenchy’s chest.
April 20th, 20099:31 pm
I’m having a hard time believing Jordan Zimmerman is 6′2. He doesn’t look taller than Mike Hampton.
Zimmerman was one of the best pitchers in the Northwoods League the summer I was there. He was on the Eau Claire Express while I played for the Mankato Moondogs.
If every runner waited for the batter to signal him to run they’re would be way more outs on the basepaths
Foreign exchange student in Marietta
double cheeses to the pitsies!
I think Matt Diaz is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen. The way he carries himself and makes you pay when you don’t put 100% of your effort forward is unrivaled.
But its early.......LOL(Doc H.)
Some interesting point……
5 out of the top 7 hitting teams (AVG) are in the NL east. This being said, you just got to figure NL pitchers will get hammered this season, so you got to figure pitching will be very very important in the NL east since all teams seem to be hitting well. Braves have the deepest SP and the BP is not so bad (it will get better).
BTW……….with the 2 doubles tonight, braves are leading the NL…..AS i PREDICTED.
April 20th, 20099:32 pm
How long till Manny Acta is fired? Man, what a lazy bunch of players.
April 20th, 20099:33 pm
Just a note…Celtics losing to the Bulls by 5.
Smart and great hustle from Matt Diaz. Too bad Jordan Schafer couldnt drive him home.
April 20th, 20099:34 pm
Apparently this monkey is famous in Nippon Pro Baseball (Japan’s MLB). His name is Goh, the ball monkey.
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