2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 24th, 20092:33 pm
As bad as we are playing the Mets and Phllies are playing worse. We just need to turn it around before they do.
April 24th, 20092:35 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.
April 24th, 20092:36 pm
DOB, is Heap playing tonight?
April 24th, 20092:37 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
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.
April 24th, 20092:38 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.
April 24th, 20092:41 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, 20092:43 pm
DOB, you left off Darius Rucker from your list.
April 24th, 20092:44 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:)
Oh, how about Glavine? Hasn’t it been 2 weeks since he shut it down?
April 24th, 20092:48 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, 20092:50 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.
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, 20092:51 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
April 24th, 20092:52 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.
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.
April 24th, 20092:55 pm
Like an F-22 spooling up in the room, pretty much.
Wordsmithing at its best, my friend. Perfect imagery.
April 24th, 20092:59 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.
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.
April 24th, 20093:00 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…
April 24th, 20093:01 pm
You forgot that great Macon band, Barry Darnell & The Mobile Slim band. They are the buzz all over town.
April 24th, 20093:05 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.
April 24th, 20093:06 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.
April 24th, 20093:07 pm
Ex? Oh dear, so the future not so bright?
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…
April 24th, 20093:12 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
April 24th, 20093:15 pm
reds take 2 out of three. Tn Brian, everythings been said but get ready to hear it again.
April 24th, 20093:18 pm
DOB, a VERY good song for the day. Skynyrd gets better every time I listen to them….ROCK
April 24th, 20093:19 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
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, 20093:20 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.
April 24th, 20093:21 pm
Any word on GARRETT ANDERSON?
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.
April 24th, 20093:22 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
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.
Try MILB.com for minor league stuff. Haven’t got a majors site myself.
April 24th, 20093:23 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.’
April 24th, 20093:24 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.
April 24th, 20093:26 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.
WOW, after losing 7 of the last 9 games we’re in 2nd place? Neither the Mets or the Phillies are impressing either.
April 24th, 20093:27 pm
i guess g.anderson will play after the all star break??
April 24th, 20093:29 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.
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.
April 24th, 20093:30 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…
April 24th, 20093:31 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.
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*
April 24th, 20093:32 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.
April 24th, 20093:35 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.
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.
April 24th, 20093:36 pm
Diaz is pretty bad but the thought of Norton getting 4 ABs in one game is utterly horrifying.
April 24th, 20093:38 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
April 24th, 20093:39 pm
Anyone check out the Mets’ starting pitching numbers for guys other than Santana? Take a look at those figures.
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
April 24th, 20093:40 pm
Looks good to me
April 24th, 20093:41 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?
April 24th, 20093:42 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.
“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.
April 24th, 20093:43 pm
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
April 24th, 20093:44 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…
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.
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.
April 24th, 20093:47 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.
Where’s Anders when you need him?
April 24th, 20093:49 pm
Think the increase in Mets’ ERA’s has anything to do with the decrease in Anders’ posts?
April 24th, 20093:50 pm
jonatuga – he’s watching playoff hockey 24/7 – at least that’s what he wants you to believe.
April 24th, 20093:51 pm
chc4, Mets are cash strapped.
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.
April 24th, 20093:52 pm
No update on G-Derson?
April 24th, 20093:53 pm
March 20th? Wow.
April 24th, 20093:54 pm
20 or more DL retroactive date correction posts coming in 5…..4…..3….
April 24th, 20093:55 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!!!
Golly Gee Wizz, March 20th, surely you must mean…
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?
April 24th, 20093:56 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.
April 24th, 20093:57 pm
Uh oh… tell the piano player to switch to a minor key…
April 24th, 20094:00 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…
The Most Interesting Man in the World never sits facing west. Riding backwards makes him throw up.
April 24th, 20094:01 pm
Bubdylan-We all live and learn.
Brandon Jones will be here for the game. They had already sent him, just in case (writing was on the wall, after all)
April 24th, 20094:03 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.
April 24th, 20094:04 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.
TnBrian: I’d have to say Fargo was, indeed, a masterpiece. Or pretty damn — oops, make that darn — close.
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
April 24th, 20094:05 pm
Did I use it right? Little help? Doesn’t seem fancy when I say it…
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.
Thier ERA improved a ton the second they traded Blaine Boyer.
April 24th, 20094:06 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?
April 24th, 20094:07 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.
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.
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.
Oh, DOB… you just… ain’t right.
April 24th, 20094:08 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
We demand the ability to hear (or read) our Chief and Leader the way he was intended to be read (or heard)!
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.
April 24th, 20094:09 pm
Someone just mentioned Phil Niekro above. Any word on how his nephew Lance is doing with his attempted knuckle ball career resurrection?
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.
April 24th, 20094:10 pm
Run Heap Run
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.
April 24th, 20094:11 pm
Andy K, Borchard got released.
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