Braves face resurgent Reds

  Cincinnati — Greetings from the banks of the Ohio River, where the Braves and birthday boy Chipper Jones will go for their first back-to-back wins in 10 games tonight when they open a series against the surging Reds.

  That’s right, the surging Reds.

  In case you missed it, they just put together a 7-3 road trip that included series wins at Milwaukee, Houston and Chicago, where the Reds outscored the Cubs 10-1 Wednesday and Thursday at Wrigley Field.
They return home with a 9-6 record that’s tied for the third-best in the NL, and tonight on Hoss’s birthday we’ve got the V-quez matchup, Atlanta’s Javier Vazquez vs. Cincy’s Edinson Volquez.

Chipper's 37 today

Chipper

  Volquez is 2-1 despite a 6.46 ERA, while Vazquez is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Ah, the beauty of run support.

  Anyway, the Braves were the only major league team in Cincinnati for most of Thursday, when they spent their off day here and were able to savor the unusual flavor of Wednesday’s 1-0 sweep-averting win at Washington, D.C.

  How unusual was it? Consider that Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur had never been part of a 1-0 Braves road win. The last time the Braves won 1-0 on the road was June 4, 2005, when they won at Pittsburgh and John Foster was the winning pitcher. (Remember that heavily tattooed left-hander? He was a trip.)
 

 Not only that, but the Elias Sports Bureau went into his massive database and found that before Kelly Johnson’s game-winning RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Nats, the last time – the only other time – that Atlanta won a 1-0 game on a bases-loaded walk was 1966, when Clete Boyer drew a bases-loaded walk off the Reds’ Tony Cloninger in the eighth inning.

  Whew. That’s going back a ways.

 

 ♦ Speaking of going back a ways, Chipper turns 37 today, and I’m sure he’d like nothing more than to go deep in a win at Cincinnati’s Great American Smallpark, as the corporate-bank bandbox of a ballpark is often called.
  Then again, at this point the Braves would take a few doubless, any extra-base hits at all from a few cogs in their lately rather punchless lineup. Other than Casey Kotchman and Jeff Francoeur, they’re not getting much extra-base-hit punch at all lately (if someone had told you a month ago that Francoeur and Kotchman would be the hottest Braves hitters in late April, what would you have said?)
Consider these varying degrees of slumpitude:
  • Brian McCann is 2-for-26 (.077) with no extra-base hits and one RBI in his past nine games, for an .077 slugging percentage in that span.
 • Kelly Johnson is 2-for-23 (.087) with no extra-base hits and one RBI in his past seven games, for an .087 slugging percentage.
 • Yunel Escobar is 3-for-24 (.125) with no extra-base hits and no RBI in his past six games, for a .125 slugging percentage.
 • Chipper Jones is 8-for-30 (.267) with one extra-base hits (triple) and three RBI in his past eight games, for a .333 slugging percentage.
  On the other hand, Kotchman is warming up at a 7-for-17 clip (.412) with four doubles and a .647 slugging percentage in his past five games.
  But it’s Francoeur who has been the Braves’ hottest hitter over a significant stretch, going 15-for-39 (.385) with four extra-base hits and seven RBI in his past 10 games, with a .538 slugging percentage in that span.
  It’ll be interesting to see how Francoeur, who ranks 10th in the NL with a .407 average against lefty pitchers, will fare in this series against a trio of Reds right-handed starters. He’s hit .242 (8-for-33) against righties this season.

Diaz (right) has raked at Cincy

♦ Favorable matchups: There would seem no better time than this weekend for McCann, getting used to that new contact lens, to start doing some raking again.
  At the cozy Cincy ballpark, McCann has a .385 career average with a whopping seven homers in 52 at-bats. Ten of his 20 hits at the park have gone for extra bases, and McCann has an .846 slugging percentage here to lead current Braves.
  Not only that, but he also has hit very well against the first two pitchers, albeit in fairly limited at-bats.
McCann is 3-for-5 with a homer against Volquez. And he’s 4-for-9 with two homers and five RBI against Bronson Arroyo, who’s scheduled to face Derek Lowe in an attractive pitching matchup Saturday afternoon.
  Others who’ve done damage against Arroyo: Kotchman, who’s 6-for-12 with a homer, and Chipper, who’s 9-for-20 with two homers.
  Eight current Braves have hit .333 or higher at Cincinnati’s park, including Matt Diaz, who’s 8-for-18 with a homer here. If Garret Anderson can play, you’d think he would’ve gotten most of the left-field playing time in this series.
  But that’s a big “if.” He hasn’t played since injuring his quadriceps Sunday at Pittsburgh, and if he can’t go today, the Braves might DL Anderson. No word on that decision yet, but I’m guessing we’ll know soon after we get to the ballpark, sometime around 3 p.m.
 Kelly Johnson has a .378 average with two homers and nine RBI in 45 at-bats at Cincy, with a 1.091 OPS in 12 games.
 Chipper has a .333 average with two homers and nine RBI in 48 at-bats here, for a .959 OPS (which is really only about average for Chipper in recent years).
  Francoeur has a .292 career average with six homers and 20 RBI in 26 games against the Reds, including three homers in 61 at-bats (13 games) here in Cincy.

 ♦ Relief pitching was the most encouraging aspect of the Braves’ mostly dreary three days and (long) nights in D.C. Their bullpen has started to come around, at least the key parts at the back end of it.
The unit’s overall ERA and opp. average are still rancid, and it’ll take a while to whittle those figures down after some early season blowups inflated them to ghastly degrees.
  But if you watched the series, you know why the Braves are starting to feel better about their Big Three of Peter Moylan, Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez.
  It won’t surprise me if Soriano starts getting at least as many opportunities in the closer role as Gonzo. Soriano’s stuff is nasty again. He’s currently third among NL relievers in opponents’ average at .095 (2-for-22).
  And here’s a stat that I bet will surprise all of you. It did me.
  Among the NL relief leaders in strikeouts per innings, Braves hold down three of the top nine spots. Granted, it’s very early and the sample size is quite small, but still, Gonzalez leads NL relievers at 15.6 strikeouts per nine innings (11 in 6-1/3 innings), and Moylan is second at 14.4 (eight in five innings). Soriano is ninth at 12.9 (10 strikeouts in seven innings).
  Hey, I said it was a small sampling size. Still a lot of strikeouts from the guys they’re depending on, and has to be considered a great sign.

 ♦ This, on the other hand, is not a great sign: The Braves top pinch-hitter, Greg Norton, is 0-for-11 with four strikeouts and one walk this season.
  Remember when Norton was the hottest pinch-hitter in the NL during the second half of last season? He had a particularly torrid stretch from Aug. 16 to Sept. 21, when he was 10-for-27 with four homers, 13 RBI and 11 walks in 30 games.
  Since Sept. 22, Norton is 0-for-16.

Etc.
  • The Braves, after hitting .300 with 10 homers in six games during their 5-1 start, have hit .229 with four homers during their 2-7 skid since then. They have 65 hits in their past nine games, and 15 of those hits (and two homers) came in one game at Pittsburgh. That’s 50 hits in the other eight games, including just two homers….
 • The Braves are 4-9 against the Reds since the beginning of the 2007 season, including 1-6 at Cincinnati, where they’ve lost their past six in a row.

♣ Diversions: Saw a very good movie, State of Play, while I was home in Atlanta this week and Carroll was covering the Nationals series (by the way, Carroll wrote a great story today on Matt Diaz and Jordan Schafer’s friendship; check it out on the website if you haven’t already).
  Russell Crowe as an ink-stained wretch of a newspaper man in State of Play. Gotta love it…..
  Also went on a CD buying spree, my first in a while. Of the ones I’ve listened to so far, I really like the new CD by Booker T with the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young as his backing band.
  But I love the new ones by Manchester Orchestra and Mastodon, two bands that happen to hail from Atlanta. Surely you know Mastodon, if you’re into a sort of thinking-man’s metal that’ll melt your face if played at the proper volume.
  But I urge any of you looking for an up-and-coming, downright stellar rock band with a bit of an alt edge, to try Manchester Orchestra’s new CD, Mean Everything to Nothing. It’s terrific.
  By the way, is any other region of the country producing as much vital new rock as the South? From Tennessee’s Kings of Leon and Louisville’s My Morning Jacket to Athens/Muscle Shoals’ Drive-By Truckers and Atlanta’s own bevy of bands including DeerhunterBlack Lips, Mastodon, Manchester Orchestra, the Selmanaires, Anna Kramer, the Whigs … the South rocks.
  Always has.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

“YOU GOT THAT RIGHT” by Steve Gaines & Ronnie Van Zant

Well I’ve heard lots of people say
They’re gonna settle down
You don’t see their faces
And they don’t come around
Well I’m not that way
I got to move along

I like to drink and to dance all night
Comes to a fix not afraid to fight
You got that right
Said, you got that right
Sure got that right

Seems so long I been out on my own
Travel light and I’m always alone
Guess I was born with a travellin’ bone
When my times up, I’ll hold my own
You won’t find me in an old folks home
You got that right
Well you got that right
Said, you got that right
Sure got that right
I tried everything in my life
Things I like I try ‘em twice
You got that right
Sure got that right

Travellin’ around the world, just singing my song
I got to go, Lord I can’t stay long
Here comes that ol’ travellin’ jones once again
I like to drink and to dance all night
Comes to a fix not afraid to fight
You got that right
Said, you got that right
Well you got that right
Sure got that right

 

 

2,404 comments Add your comment

Taylor S

April 24th, 2009
2:33 pm

As bad as we are playing the Mets and Phllies are playing worse. We just need to turn it around before they do.

Dr Hoo

April 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

Got Mastodon’s latest, Crack the Skye, yesterday after reading a review on Deadspin and have been enjoying it. Refreshingly throw-back (think early 70s metal). Sounds like what you might get if Black Sabbath tried to compose a high-concept album like Rush’s 2112.

BravesFAN885

April 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

DOB, is Heap playing tonight?

Tomahawkin

April 24th, 2009
2:37 pm

Thanks for all the 411 D.O.B.. Agreed if we are gonna get the bats going, this is the best place to do it. With that in mind the braves hitter can’t come out swing at the first pitchevery at bat…

We seriously need to take 2 of 3 before the schedul starts getting more difficult, which makes the losses at Pittsburgh and Washington more painful to digest….

Feast or Famine for the offense so far, Let’s see which side we get tonight…

James is Red

April 24th, 2009
2:37 pm

DOB: Play GM. What do you do with the middle relief on this team? Do you dump Bennett or Carlyle? Bring up Charlie Morton and take him out of the starter role he’s currently in? And what about the position players and the horrid offense? Do you think it’s time for Brandon Jones? Or some Prado at 2nd? I’d appreciate hearing your take.

brAves Sucios

April 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

Dwight Schrute

April 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

My new years resolution was to write and record my songs and music.
Outcome? Not necessary. Decided against it. Waste of time. Songs are for children and inmates. Switched resolution to increase beet farm productivity by additional 3%. Achieved new resolution.

Tomahawkin

April 24th, 2009
2:41 pm

Taylor S….Your Qoute…

“As bad as we are playing the Mets and Phllies are playing worse. We just need to turn it around before they do.”

Co-sign, The phillies are down in Ft. Liquordale this weekend and I hope the Marlins hand their as.s to them like they did us…

Also We gotta get on a roll before we face the Cardinals and Mets. If we go against those 2 teams playing like the AAA braves of Last year we are gonna get Clowned…We gotta end this Inept/Ho-Hum Style of play on the field, NOW!

18 Wheels of Love

April 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

DOB, you left off Darius Rucker from your list.

Hehe.

Supes

April 24th, 2009
2:44 pm

Mets are just playing crappy baseball, I’d like to read Ander’s take on that:)

Phillies should be worried. Cole Hamels hasn’t looked ANYTHING like a dominanting lefty ace, and he got banged around in his last start. Sure the Phillies will score runs…but can you outslug teams every night? Not sure about that over the course of the season.

Marlins look like the most balanced team right now. Althought they got beat by the Pirates…who continue to lead the league in ERA.

Fantasy update…Maholm(sp) still available in most leagues…what are you waiting for? Get it while it’s hot:)

18 Wheels of Love

April 24th, 2009
2:44 pm

Oh, how about Glavine? Hasn’t it been 2 weeks since he shut it down?

Dwight Schrute

April 24th, 2009
2:48 pm

I hate Salmon. It’s so pink. And it smells like fish. Salmon sucks!
I hate Salmon. I hope they all die in those rivers.

Macon Braves (RIP)

April 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Mentioned at the end of the last blog, but guess I’ll repeat here since everyone probably moved over before I posted.

The soft sided coolers are ok, but you have to remove the plastic liner?? What the heck??? Food/drinks aren’t going to stay cool very long in just the cloth cooler. And those freezer “cubes” don’t cool nearly as well as actual ice does.

Sandlot

April 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Slumpitude? I’m going to have to add that one to my vocabulary, DOB. It rolls off the tongue rather nicely.

fat people sink faster

April 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

we’ve been pretty damn terrible at th dish the last bit of games…if we can just get upto 4 or so runs a game, this team has the pitching to make it holdup on most evenings

ellaguru

April 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

Dave, I should’ve taken you with me to see Acid Mothers Temple at the Earl.

They’re from South Japan, maybe. Mastodon probably wouldn’t trade either of their guitar players for Kawabata; they’re a little more, um, technical; they hit all the notes they’re trying to play, probably. Kawabata was a little more impressionistic. Like an F-22 spooling up in the room, pretty much.

northbeach Scott

April 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

DOB Elias is wrong, should be 1969 (April 13), rather than 1966. Cloninger pitched for the Braves in 1966 (two grand slam game vs SF) joining the Reds in 1968 and Clete Boyer joined the Braves in 1967. You may want to correct the blog article. 8-)

ncscoots

April 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

Like an F-22 spooling up in the room, pretty much.

Wordsmithing at its best, my friend. Perfect imagery.

northbeach Scott

April 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

Listened to the entire Clash album, London Calling for the first time in years, last night. What a remarkable disc. Been listening to Pylon’s Gyrate the last week, as well. Some fond memories of undergrad when I originally enjoyed them.

Random

April 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

ease19 (2:08 pm): “Me – Sagittarius. Wife – Sagittarius.

” . . . was that the luck you were referring to?”

Ehhh, well . . .

Just great good luck to you and yours in all your endeavors, eh!!!

(My ex is also Sag.)

I just registered for my free game — had to jump on the day game, myself. Weekday, that is.

Any excuse not to work.

8-)

dogsbrekky

April 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

London Calling was such a great piece of vinyl, makes me want to go searching through the missus’ old collections to see if I can find it…

Salt

April 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

You forgot that great Macon band, Barry Darnell & The Mobile Slim band. They are the buzz all over town.

Your friend,

Barry

northbeach Scott

April 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Also, strangely enough, Phil Niekro scored the winning run on the bases loaded walk to Boyer in the bottom of the eighth. He pitched a complete game 2 hit shut out and struck out 9. Not sure he was worried about pitch counts and running the bases in the eighth. Can you imagine by today’s standards a pitcher batting for himself in the 8th, much less running the bases in a tie game, that late.

ncscoots

April 24th, 2009
3:06 pm

Slumpitude, pah, LOL. The good thing is that you regress to the mean from both directions; the four guys mentioned by DOB are unlikely to be mired in that kind of deep mud for long, and that means they should streak somewhere along the line, evening things out. En fuego, etc.

Add Diaz to that bunch, and Schafer’s mini-affair with Ks, and a .500 record doesn’t look so bad. Not if you can see further beyond than the last AB in the last game. ‘Course, half the people here are ready to waive half the team during a single bad series, so that might be asking a little much.

ease19

April 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

(My ex is also Sag.)

Ex? Oh dear, so the future not so bright? :cool:

TnBrian

April 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

What can I or anybody else really say about the Braves right now that already hasn’t been said at least a few dozen times? Maybe take two from three from Cincy? Someone probably beat me to it already…

David

April 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

DOB, can you PLEASE tell me where a good site is for cumulative baseball statistics.

I have three things to look up for teh last 3 years:

1-What % of the Braves runs are due to HRs vs the rest of the league (we rarely steal or move runners in my estimation)

2-Batting avg with RISP

3-Stolen bases

Thanks!

lagnamor

April 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

reds take 2 out of three. Tn Brian, everythings been said but get ready to hear it again.

David

April 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

DOB, a VERY good song for the day. Skynyrd gets better every time I listen to them….ROCK

braves4ever

April 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

DOB, Whats the news on Glavine? wasn’t he supposed to start throwing about now? Hope you enjoy the game there ,thats a nice park on the river. Hate to leave for the evening but my 12y old has a tourney starting tonight so I will be checking back later to see how things went on here.Go Braves

Greg in TN

April 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

I agree w/ most of what you said, however, how could most of us not fully believe that someone else is capable of at least 272-292 since August 1 of 2005 IF not better than that. C’mon Greg, Bobby may be great and all, but I’m fairly certain we could have a manager and coaching staff that would’ve been able to figure out how to play AT THE VERY LEAST .500 ball and maybe just MAYBE be able to beat the lowly Nationals!P-Town Brave

Hey, to each their own P-Town. You and many others may certainly believe that, and have every right to do so. But that doesn’t make it a foregone conclusion that it would happen. My point is it’s just as likely that the record would be close to the same, or could have even been worse. I don’t think any manager or coaching staff would have foreseen the epic slide that Andruw Jones had starting after 2006 or how deeply Francoeur would slump last year.

Could changes have been made sooner? Certainly. Would they have resulted in a dramatic change that would have changed how the season would have played out? Doubtful.

C’mon P-Town, there are no guarantees of anything in the sport of baseball other than starting the season with 162 scheduled games. You’d love to think that bringing in another staff would magically transform that had real problems with injuries and ineffectiveness of some key starters and make a meaningful difference. I just don’t see that happening.

I did mention the other night that the Braves need to play better against the Nats if they want to make noise in this division, but I also mentioned that even back when the Nats were in Montreal, that team always seemed to get up for a game with the Braves better than most team, even during the 90s.

rob from sc

April 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

Orderly from Bellview Retard Ward (some people placed

The reason I asked a couple of times was because people either misunderstood the question (links to his player page) or said the Myrtle Beach was off last night. Sorry it did not meet you approval.

richbrave

April 24th, 2009
3:21 pm

DAVE:

Any word on GARRETT ANDERSON?

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
3:21 pm

Big shocker (or not): Diaz is in LF.

Rest of lineup is usual, with Mac catching, KJ and Escobar at the top, etc

No announcement yet on Garret. Headed downstairs.

Random

April 24th, 2009
3:22 pm

ease19 (2:30 pm): “Besides where else does a hot dog taste better?”

Last season when I had access to season tix and my brother worked as one of the über ushers, the vendors would occasionally bring by their “overstock” in the late innings — imagine half a dozen hotdogs at a buck apiece.

Run Heap Run (2:24 pm): “(PS I have no idea who or what Nice N’ Smooth is either…sounds like a hair product.)”

Or a stool softener.

Chop Chop (2:12 pm) — I sublimate my gambling instinct thru serial marriage.

(Or would that be capitulating rather than sublimating?)

;-)

Frank from KS

April 24th, 2009
3:22 pm

DOB

Yeah, anymore info on Mr. Glavine? This coming week should be the second of the two week shut-down to decide if he was going to try and play this season or hang’em up.

Me…I’m hoping like hell he’s able to play….if not, he’s a sure-fire, first ballot HOF.

richbrave

April 24th, 2009
3:22 pm

TnBRIAN:

Try MILB.com for minor league stuff. Haven’t got a majors site myself.

Greg in TN

April 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Oops, that one sentence should have read ‘You’d love to think that bringing in another staff would magically transform a team that had real problems with injuries and ineffectiveness of some key starters and make a meaningful difference.’

ZC Rider

April 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

I would love to hear any answers on the topics of Tom Glavine or Lance Niekro. I have heard about Lance for three months and he isn’t on their minor league rosters.

Renegator

April 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

Based on the Braves recent (lack of) success against the Reds, especially in their ballpark – I’d say we are staring down the barrel of another sweep.

Hopefully the Braves can find a way to take at least one game.

BravoMan

April 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

WOW, after losing 7 of the last 9 games we’re in 2nd place? Neither the Mets or the Phillies are impressing either.

fat people sink faster

April 24th, 2009
3:27 pm

i guess g.anderson will play after the all star break??

come’on

Chop Chop

April 24th, 2009
3:29 pm

Two things are due to happen to the Braves:

1) The hitting will get better.
2) The starting pitching will get worse.

How much better the first thing is will determine how much the second thing affects the club.

monty

April 24th, 2009
3:29 pm

Sorry, there’s really no excuse for hitting this poorly,whatever it is it seems to be catching. One thing is for sure, the Braves as a group see less pitches per AB than any other team in baseball(I think I read). If that’s true then maybe they need to take another approach because the “see ball, hit ball approach isn’t working. I believe Escobar could be a .300 hitter if he had Chipper’s ability to work a count in his favor, but dude has yet to see a pitch he doesn’t like.

BravoMan

April 24th, 2009
3:30 pm

I bet Anderson goes on the DL and Brandon Jones is brought up. He had a good spring. Let Garret’s quad heal and he’ll be back ready to roll. I also expect that come Jo Jo’s next start we won’t see JoJo and it’s not gonna be Glavine, he’ll retire…

northbeach Scott

April 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

I wonder if Bobby will give Greg Norton a start in LF for one of these games against the right handed Cincy starters. A few ABs might help to snap him out of his slump, especially since Garret-I only have one t in my name-Anderson is not DL’d. The ballpark is so small that Norton could manage LF.

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

Anderson haters, I’m not thrilled with him either. Doesn’t seem too interested or fit. But I thought the same thing for quite a while about our current 0.00 ERA, fairly fiery closer, so I’m trying to be patient. Delay gratification, ya know…. *lights incense*

Thrillhouse44

April 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

Random, RHR: You haven’t heard of Nice N Smooth? Check out Sometimes I Rhyme Slow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNOAM22yPAo – great song.

northbeach Scott

April 24th, 2009
3:35 pm

Oops, my error. Niekro threw a 4 hit shutout complete game. Cloninger only gave up 2 hits (Niekro and Sonny Jackson) over 7 2/3.

Ken Overstreet

April 24th, 2009
3:35 pm

DOB-Thanks for the Skynyrd. I am an old coot and I actually had tickets to see them in concert in Dec. 1977, which of course was after the crash. I still have one of the original “Street Survivors” album jackets where they were walking through the flames.

chc4

April 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Diaz is pretty bad but the thought of Norton getting 4 ABs in one game is utterly horrifying.

beekay

April 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

Good thing we didn’t blow 30 mill on Bradley…he only has one hit this season and has already been tossed and suspended from a game. He is nursing a nagging groin industry and the boo birds are already out in Cubbieville….maybe wasting 2 mill on Garrett Mondesi isn’t so bad after all

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

Anyone check out the Mets’ starting pitching numbers for guys other than Santana? Take a look at those figures.

Starters Pitching
Statistics through APR-23-2009

ERA W L Sv SvOp G GS CG IP H R ER HR TBB IBB SO
Santana,J. 0.46 2 1 0 0 3 3 0 19.2 11 3 1 0 5 0 27
Figueroa,N. 4.50 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 6.0 5 3 3 1 2 0 3
Hernandez,L. 7.31 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 16.0 22 13 13 4 4 0 7
Maine,J. 7.47 0 2 0 0 3 3 0 15.2 16 13 13 2 9 1 11
Perez,O. 7.80 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 15.0 14 13 13 1 12 0 15
Pelfrey,M. 8.10 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 10.0 13 9 9 3 6 1 5

Champ

April 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

Looks good to me

McFann :Ô:

April 24th, 2009
3:41 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Great numbers on BMac. [sigh]…Hope he adds to them this weekend. This could be just what he needs…just what the doctor ordered?

Dwight Schrute

April 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

Note to all those reading this blog. Be on time.
Only miss a day of work if your life depends on it.
Think about the billions you are costing the American
economy with your selfishness by being tardy or absent
without leave. Think about me busting your A$$ and
think twice. Oh one more thing, in Canada it is always winter. Sometimes the sun never rises in Canada. Harp seals abound until they
are brutally slaughtered by Canadians. They worship maple syrup, hockey and Alanis Morisette. I hate Canadians. That is all.

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

“I still have one of the original “Street Survivors” album jackets where they were walking through the flames.” -Ken Overstreet

Ken, I lived with a songwriter the first time I failed college, and I stole his flaming Street Survivor vinyl and pawned it. (I was both an idiot and a punk). Years later I heard a homemade cd of his tunes. The chorus to a song called “Education Free” went:

“One for my family and
one for the road.
One just for continuity.

And one for the guy listenin’ to my
record that he stoled.
He gets his education free.”

Haven’t gotten up the nerve to tell him yet. He probably knows.

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
3:43 pm

Braves lineup
1. KJ, 2B
2. Yunel, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Kotchman, 1B
6. Francoeur, RF
7. Diaz, LF
8. Schafer, CF
9. Vazquez, RH

Tomahawkin

April 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Has anyone other than me noticed that Chipper comes out Clownin on his B-Day…I’m not sure what his average is onhis B-Day but he usually hits well…

Hopefully he will start something that the rest of the offense can pick up on…

chc4

April 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

The difference b/ NY’s pitching and our hitting is that the Mets will aggressively seek a trade and aren’t afraid to add salry in order to win. Whereas the Braves are pretty much stuck w/ this lineup.

BA

April 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Got nothing but love for you, DOB- but your pitching chart is harder to read than the tax code!

I’m pretty sure it says that the Mutts have questionable (at best) pitching beyond Santana. They might not make it to the end of the year to wet the bed.

Chop Chop

April 24th, 2009
3:47 pm

I spent a good portion of last season posting the same type of comment about Milton Bradley. Some people here wanted him to play left or right field (depending on what they thought of Francoeur, I guess). I kept posting that the guy was DH’ing most of the season (he DH’d 97 games for Texas in ‘08) and that he was still missing a lot of time (36 games). In fact, he only made 20 starts in the OF for the Rangers.

To further the point, Milton Bradley has made more than 100 starts in the outfield only once in his entire career (137 GS in 2004). The most he’s made since then were the 94 starts he had for Oakland back in 2006.

Nevertheless, the Cubs gave this guy a three-year deal worth $30 million.

There were some dumb contracts handed out over the past few seasons, but to me, that one is the dumbest. Whatever Bradley’s attitude may or may not be, he can’t stay healthy long enough to be counted on as an everyday player.

jonatuga

April 24th, 2009
3:47 pm

Where’s Anders when you need him?

Thrillhouse44

April 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

Think the increase in Mets’ ERA’s has anything to do with the decrease in Anders’ posts?

Thrillhouse44

April 24th, 2009
3:50 pm

jonatuga – he’s watching playoff hockey 24/7 – at least that’s what he wants you to believe.

SoWeGa Fanatic

April 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

chc4, Mets are cash strapped.

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

G. Anderson DL’d retroactive to March 20, Brandon Jones recalled from Triple-A, on his way now. Don’t know if he’ll be here for game, though.

Serge

April 24th, 2009
3:52 pm

No update on G-Derson?

mbatl

April 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

Tony Almeida

April 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

March 20th? Wow.

Hillbilly

April 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

20 or more DL retroactive date correction posts coming in 5…..4…..3….

Anders

April 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

I just posted a response to Supes asking for my take about 10 minutes ago. If this post appears I will re-answer. Glad you guys miss me!!!

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Golly Gee Wizz, March 20th, surely you must mean…

Bobby's Cox

April 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Anyone else think it’s ironic that the last time the Braves won 1-0 on a Bases Loaded walk was 30 years ago in 1969 when a kid named Boyer drew the walk, yet this year the Braves released a Boyer who had struggled by, no other than walking in a few runs?

chc4

April 24th, 2009
3:56 pm

The Mets are more cash-strapped than usual thanks to Bernie Madoff squandering all of Wilpon’s money (how funny is that?). But compared to the Braves, they are flush w/ cash.

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Uh oh… tell the piano player to switch to a minor key…

TnBrian

April 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

Someone yesterday mentioned the movie Fargo and said that it was a masterpiece. I’m sorry, but I’ve watched the movie from beginning to end and it didn’t blow me away. That North Dakotaian or Minnesotian accent or whatever it was annoyed the crap out of me. It was all right, but not a masterpiece.

I think Bobby throws that lineup out there night in and night out to frustrate us bloggers… :cry:

Random

April 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

Kim

The Most Interesting Man in the World never sits facing west. Riding backwards makes him throw up.

Ken Overstreet

April 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Bubdylan-We all live and learn.

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Brandon Jones will be here for the game. They had already sent him, just in case (writing was on the wall, after all)

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

You know, I added GA to my fantasy team after hearing we had acquired him…..he’s done great sitting on my bench…..that’s about it.

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

TnBrian, there are things Fargo gets exactly right that I’m not eloquent enough to explain. To each his own. ‘Specially vis-a-vis cinema.

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

TnBrian: I’d have to say Fargo was, indeed, a masterpiece. Or pretty damn — oops, make that darn — close.

Jersey Gil

April 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

The two top team in NL East to be in the top(Mets/Phillis) accordly with the expert has there Pithing rotation disater mode in April, additional to those number that DOB show for the Mets the Phillis look worse than the Mets:
Hamel 0-2 Era 9.69
Myers 1-1 Era 5.03
Moyer 2-1 Era 6.35
Blanton 0-2 Era 7.31
Ho park 0-2 Era 8.68

With a little big of more offense the Braves will be in First Place in
May.

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

Did I use it right? Little help? Doesn’t seem fancy when I say it…

obamallama

April 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

Anyone see this?

Jones plays first

Andruw Jones said his right knee was swollen a day after injuring it while legging out an infield single, but he pinch-hit for Chris Davis on Thursday and made his first career appearance at first base.

PMC

April 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

Thier ERA improved a ton the second they traded Blaine Boyer.

Anders

April 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

OK, guess my original post got swallowed by the AJC server. As I posted the other day, I think we need to wait 35 – 40 games to see where each team is. I do think the Mets need to start hitting with RISP and getting starters through the 6th. If that doesn’t happen in the next 6 weeks then there will be changes.This whole Daniel Murphy thing in left is being ridiculously blown out of proportion. He’s not the problem. My only real concern up until last weekend was that the Marlins would stay incredibly hot and get way to far out in front. Fortunately they couldn’t play 3/4’s of their games against the Nats and Braves forever! That was for DOB’s 3:39 post.

The good news is if the starters remain a problem the Mets aren’t locked into long deals with Maine, Pelfrey or hernandez and they can go out and commit to others if they’re available. And in this market some will be available imo.

As for those wondering where I’ve been I actually avoided the blog last weekend because I wasn’t here the few days before and I didn’t want to look like I was jumping in during that Braves losing streak. I’ve also been spending more time on the hockey side of things with The Rangers. Big game for the blueshirts tonight.

Remember just before the season when I posted Garret Anderson = Moises Alou and took a lot of crap for it? What do you think now?

Greg in TN

April 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Brandon’s been swinging a hot stick in Gwinnett and can’t ask for a better ballpark to come in off the farm to hit in than GABP.

mbatl

April 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Aside from their aces, I really don’t think there’s a starter on the Mets or Phillies that would make the Braves’ rotation. And I (and a lot of people) thought so before the season started.

Andy K.

April 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

DOB So whats the deal with Borchard? Released or Reserve List? If he was reserve I’d imagine they’d call him back for AAA since Brandon just got the call.

Bubdylan

April 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Oh, DOB… you just… ain’t right.

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

I am excited to see Brandon Jones up!

Although I am worried about all these youngsters getting down on themselves if they go through slumps…Hopefully they’ll play through it well!

PACDOB - People Against the Censoring of Dave O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

We demand the ability to hear (or read) our Chief and Leader the way he was intended to be read (or heard)!

Salamander

April 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

The difference b/ NY’s pitching and our hitting is that the Mets will aggressively seek a trade and aren’t afraid to add salry in order to win. Whereas the Braves are pretty much stuck w/ this lineup.

If the Mets starting pitchers continue to put up similar numbers for the entire first half, the Mets may not be buyers.

Anyway, the problem with your statement is that it avoids the reality of the trade-deadline market, which is usually dominated by prospects NOT cash. Sure, the Mets could add a high profile starter (say Peavy just as an example), but do they have the pieces to pry him away from San Diego?

Furthermore, I think the Mets might need 2 good starters to salvage their rotation. I don’t know if they are going to find (and afford) both of those pieces. Of course, by the time the trade deadline rolls around, the market will have expanded and more players will be available, so the Mets might be able to pull it off… but I doubt it.

AZBravoFan

April 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

DOB,
Someone just mentioned Phil Niekro above. Any word on how his nephew Lance is doing with his attempted knuckle ball career resurrection?

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

Jones hit .308 (16-for-52) with four doubles, eight RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage in 14 games for Gwinnett, with eight walks and 10 strikeouts.

eltrompoBRAVESfan

April 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Run Heap Run

April 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Tomahawkin – I’ve noticed…I like our chances tonight. Hoss’s birthday plus temps in the 80’s in Cincy today = Braves win!

For his career on April 24, he’s hitting .500 (18-of-36) with four homers, eight RBI and 10 runs.

“I always feel like I need to do something cool on my birthday,” the third baseman said. “Hit a homer or have three hits. I would have taken either one, to be honest. Today, I got ‘em both. It was awesome.”

However on this date last year he was hitting a .442 and already had 7 HRs and 20 RBI compared to .316, 1, and 4 as of today.

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Andy K, Borchard got released.

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