2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 26th, 20098:06 am
Wow I hope we as fans can appreciate the greatness of Albert Pujols who just drove in his 1000 run of his career. Wish the Braves had him. Sigh!
18 Wheels of Love
April 26th, 20098:16 am
Whole Foods Morning Buzz makes a pretty good cup of coffee.
State of Play was a very good movie. But I doubt if Russell Crowe had to put on 50 pounds to pull it off. And believe it or not Ben Affleck (what no Matt Damon?) was really good.
Amazing what a little pitching will do? We are seeing what having starters going deep can do for you. Amazing how smooth things can go when you end a game with Moylan/Soriano/Gonzales. And my blood pressure is probably a little lower too.
I’m still concerned about LF. We are getting by right now but I think we are going to need a bopper out there for the 2nd half run. Dye, A. Huff, Maggs would be names I would check in to.
April 26th, 20098:23 am
18 Wheels: I agree on State of Play, including the part about Affleck. I read some review that said he wasn’t believable as the congressman. I thought he was. And Crowe was, as usual, great. Hey, he might not have put on 50 pounds for the role, but I’m certain he put on at least 30.
April 26th, 20098:51 am
Lots less stress on the old blog last night and early this morning. Amazing what winning can do. I am currently a geezerette, but will lose that status soon.
April 26th, 20098:58 am
CB, speaking of Pujols, I was just doing numbers for preview box on Cardinals. In his last 30 games against Braves, he’s hit — are you ready? — .419 with 14 doubles, 13 homers, 34 RBI, 26 walks, 8 strikeouts, a .534 OBP and .924 slugging percentage.
April 26th, 20099:04 am
we’ll get a new blog up before the game
Ouch, DOB. I say we give him the “Bonds treatment” and just walk him evertime. (preferably not with the bases laoded…)
April 26th, 20099:05 am
I always seem to proof read AFTER I hit Submit Comment…sigh.
April 26th, 20099:06 am
richbrave (8:51 am): “I am currently a geezerette, but will lose that status soon.”
PS: I hope BJones gets a start today.
picked last in gym class
April 26th, 20099:21 am
Dont look now but the Braves have scratched back to within 2 games of first place! No matter how good the Florida pitching is I find it hard to believe they can contend all year with three hitters tied for 6th in strikeouts for the league
April 26th, 20099:32 am
It’s my dotage, son. My dotage(sp?). What do you think of KOTCHMAN this year? And I think KJ has finally fallen off the wall. Time for a new line in the leadoff slot. Maybe we should suffer through and take the best lead-off hitter with the #7 pick.
April 26th, 20099:58 am
richbrave (9:32 am): “It’s my dotage, son.”
Oh, okay. Are you entering or exiting? (”lose my status”?)
“What do you think of KOTCHMAN this year?”
I think he’s an integral part of the team, and the Braves are going to need to get everything out of him that he’s got (offensively and defensively), ’cause I don’t see much chance of upgrading at 1B this year.
April 26th, 200910:08 am
No just being random. heh,heh,heh.
April 26th, 200910:22 am
Brandon Jones in the lineup in LF, batting sixth. Otherwise, usual lineup
April 26th, 200910:26 am
Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years
They blend the better parts of brit pop, with classic rock from the 60’s and 70’s, to create another album in their ever-growing catalog dating back to the early 90’s when this Welsh band began recording.
For the record, I’ve always been somewhat lukewarm to the Super Furry Animal’s output in the past, but this album hits the mark where their earlier output failed for me. Dark Days/Light Years is a great blend of indie, 70’s brit pop, and psychedelic rock that combines to form a smooth flowing record that is easy on the ears, but also intricate and engaging.
It has several high points for me: including track 4 – Inaugural Trams, and track 6 – Cardiff In The Sun. Great album, definitely on my early list of Top 10 Albums from 2009.
April 26th, 200910:27 am
Random-Braveheart was right-we all can not only be persistent, but nasty and opinionated, too-usually to one another. I think when all is said and done we realize we’re all Bozos on this bus, as the Firesign Theater once said.
He was also right that he and I went back and forth on Dontrelle for a few days. Only thing he didn’t tell you was that I was right-Dontrelle is washed up.
The question is are you Random in all shadows?
damn it, I don’t know why I’ve been having so much trouble with italics! Sorry about that.
April 26th, 200910:32 am
Doom – Born Like This
I don’t listen to as much rap, so its harder for me to bullsh-t about genres and ’sounds’ like I know what the hell I’m talking about. Anyway, this is an excellent rap album that was well worth the wait (MF Doom – now just Doom – hasn’t released much in the past 4 years).
JUst checking Andruw’s stats and then thought about Frenchy’s new approach to hitting and thinking about who helped turn them around and WE STILL PAY TERRY PENDLETON to be a hitting coach…… go figure
April 26th, 200910:33 am
DOB (10:22 am): “Brandon Jones in the lineup in LF, batting sixth.”
All right — woo hoo!
Hope he does well.
April 26th, 200910:39 am
Lew (10:27 am) –
You betcha! In fact, I’ve inscribed my own pattern.
(I get migraines and my edges get sort of fuzzy at the courts, though.)
April 26th, 200910:41 am
Random-Yeah, it’s too bad he won’t be writing anymore on the story, isn’t it?
April 26th, 200910:42 am
A href=”http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2009/04/24/braves-face-resurgent-reds/comment-page-23/#comment-68736″>Run Heap Run–
Close, but no cigar.
April 26th, 200910:43 am
Curses…let me try that again, though it’s one of those posts that if you post it twice, it’s like totally lame:
Run Heap Run–
Music – last year
“Naked Acid” by Valet.
A throwback, psychedelic experience that manages to sound original (if not new). This is an album that has taken me a long time to appreciate. Its definitely not for everyone, and may put some people to sleep!
Its a slow and gentle piece of sonic refinement that sounds more like a film score than an album. If you find ever yourself appreciating the desperate cycle of life while you are lost in a desert on drugs, then this is the album for you.
April 26th, 200910:46 am
new music (lost on previous page – sorry for the double post)
Super Furry Animals – “Dark Days/Light Years”
For the record, I’ve always been somewhat lukewarm to the Super Furry Animal’s output in the past, but this album hits the mark where their earlier output failed for me. “Dark Days/Light Years” is a great blend of indie, 70’s brit pop, and psychedelic rock that combines to form a smooth flowing record that is easy on the ears, but also intricate and engaging.
Definitely in my early running for top 10 albums of 2009.
April 26th, 200911:10 am
JF leading the team on RBI…. great job Jeff………it shows you have done hard work.
April 26th, 200911:13 am
Can he keep that up??? or at least below 2.50? glad for the kid………he is a hardworker also.
P-Town Brave (Schafer for Leadoff)
Eric from MO-
You should know being from the area that absolutely no one counts East St. Louis…that would be like counting East Alton as a part of Alton or towns like Sauget and Brooklyn as part of St. Louis….
IF they were counted, you’d certainly be correct on that assertion…
Happy to see Brandon is gonna get a start today…
Like I said about 10X yesterday, Matty really needs a day or two off…
With righties going in the entire Cards series (Piniero, Lohse, Wainwright) I hope to see some more out of Mr. B Jones.
April 26th, 200911:15 am
Trust me…from N8 to me, we have harped on this MANY a time…
We certainly can not figure out why they continue to pay him, but then again remember, this is the organization that paid Corky Miller…
April 26th, 200911:17 am
If it was “close but no cigar”…then is it on the plus or minus side of the guess? LOL
Eric from MO
April 26th, 200911:20 am
P-town depends who you ask around the area. Some dont like to include it but most will.
Run Heap Run
April 26th, 200911:29 am
Hey McFann that’s why I said you were “like” 16, because I didn’t know exactly. Either way is good because by cabraves math I’m also “a little older than you” by 10+ years.
Bay Area Steve- Not sure if I should be insulted that you called me needy and desperate last night…?? It’s all in good fun, my friend, all in good fun
April 26th, 200911:32 am
Lineup (before I exit for a bit to write another blog):
1. KJ, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Hoss, 3B
4. Kotchman, 1B (.300 cleanup hitter with little power)
5. Francoeur, RF
6. Brandon Jones, LF
7. Schafer, CF (will ascent up batting order begin soon?)
8. Ross, C
9. Kawakami, Rh
April 26th, 200911:35 am
Marlins have lost, I think, 5 in a row. Maybe 6..got a rook up today to fend off the sweep.
April 26th, 200911:38 am
That sounds like how some Atlanta residents don’t think the far-flung ‘burbs are really part of the city.
People out in Kennesaw, Peachtree City, Conyers, and other locations of bum-fu-kery drive longer and sit in more traffic. They get to crawl along the clogged arteries of Atlanta – so in that sense, Atlantan burbanites are part of the city through their wonderful contribution of summer smog.
April 26th, 200911:39 am
cabraves – I just saw your team got a bama boy, Glenn Coffee in the 3rd. He’s a tough kid, not sure how deep the 9ers are at RB but you’ll like him when he gets a chance to play.
April 26th, 200911:43 am
Run Heap Run-
Just saw that- trying to avoid another rant I’m sure he’s good but he peobebly won’t play much for a while- Frank Gore is very good and pretty durible. And the 49ers still need O-line help, a safety, and an OLB that can pass rush out of the 3-4 base Defense…and they went and drafted a Running Back? Makes sense to me
Is there a chance Cox hits Yunel leading off and Schafer in the 2nd spot so Kj can hit 6th? or 5th? He is just so much better down there that its is dumb to hit him up there………..I can understand they dont want to pressure Schafer but maybe hitting second………. that would be just perfect………if yunel gets the 1st out, schafer (if he gets on base) would be on 1st with 1 out in the 1st inning with chipper hitting behind him (good protection in order to get some walks).
That was not supposed to be a smile
April 26th, 200911:44 am
Maybe glen coffee was the best available player at that time…no reason to reach
April 26th, 200911:45 am
But taking the best available doesn’t matter if you are ignoring major needs- you can always trade down
April 26th, 200911:46 am
RB may be the one position where they are solid and don’t need help at all…
April 26th, 200911:49 am
DOB…In Today Philadelhia Inquirer is a column in the Movie Section about this new Movie coming out, The name is “Sugar” Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck wrote this Baseball Movie.
It About this Domincan Player come to the USA and he face reality of Life,The challenge of provident himself on the play field and learning a new language & culture. Look like a good movie story.
Sound like my life ,when first time i came to the State , draft by the USA Army & send to vietnam with some language barrier & culture.
April 26th, 200911:50 am
Doc Holiday (11:13 am): “Bennett……9 IP….1.00ERA
“Can he keep that up??? or at least below 2.50? glad for the kid………he is a hardworker also.”
But of 5 inherited runners this year, 3 have scored. Some here would hold him fully accountable for those as well, which would push his ERA (in the worst scenario) to 4.00.
“Just sayin’” — I’m a big Bennett supporter, as much as yourself.
April 26th, 200911:51 am
Are you just getting your kicks w/ your lineup post OR have you heard something to indicate Schafer will be moving up the order soon?
April 26th, 200911:53 am
I know that part you are mentioning, but Cox should not use him in the middle of an inning then. Because he is not like overpowering. Moylan and gonzo could be use if needed in the middle of an inning if needed to put out the fire……..ie……….but not bennett. Of course, if we are talking 6th inning, you wont be using gonzo there, but bennett is almost automatic at letting inherited runners score.
April 26th, 200912:00 pm
Run Heap Run, TJ –
Geez, you guys — she’s a kid! You didn’t realize that?
This blog will be but a fond memory to her by the time she’s sixteen.
April 26th, 200912:04 pm
1- back end of this bullpen is looking great!
2- need more luck with health to contend
3- about 100 at bats is the magic number for schafer to move to the top
4- starting pitching is healthy and very very good!
DOB – Can we get a writeup about just how ineffective KJ’s been in the lead off spot this year? I believe Cox will cave under the pressure as usual and the team will benefit.
April 26th, 200912:05 pm
P-Town Brave, I was wondering the same thing. Hasn’t the lineup been Schafer-Ross all year when Ross plays?
April 26th, 200912:06 pm
But of 5 inherited runners this year, 3 have scored. Some here would hold him fully accountable for those as well, which would push his ERA (in the worst scenario) to 4.00.
I’m somewhere in the middle with Bennett. He has his uses, but as Doc Holiday points out – he ain’t the guy you want in there when the heat is up.
So far this year, he has been a shaky reliever who makes me drink more when he comes into close games (regardless of the situation).
April 26th, 200912:08 pm
Doc Holiday (11:53 am): “I know that part you are mentioning, but Cox should not use him in the middle of an inning then. Because he is not like overpowering. Moylan and gonzo could be use if needed in the middle of an inning if needed to put out the fire……..ie……….but not bennett. Of course, if we are talking 6th inning, you wont be using gonzo there, but bennett is almost automatic at letting inherited runners score.”
Understood — good points. I believe of his 9 appearances, 4 were mid-inning — the first 2, 4th and 8th.
Not to be contrary, though — isn’t Bennett supposed to be what passes these days for the Braves’ “groundball specialist”?
April 26th, 200912:10 pm
Bama’s safety Rashad Johnson (rated 2nd best safety by the WWL) just went to the Cardinals. I love that kid…natural leader, works his butt off, won’t accept defeat.
April 26th, 200912:12 pm
Random..I knew she was a kid. Even though I got the age wrong are you saying 16 is not a kid?
April 26th, 200912:15 pm
Whatever, he is supposed to be, he has done the following:
Given up 16 hits and 2 walks in 9.0 IP for a lovely WHIP of 2.00… with a horribly misleading ERA of 1.00
Dude has not been impressive so far this year.
April 26th, 200912:16 pm
Hell, most young people act like kids until they hit 25 or so.
Jeff321 (12:04 pm): “DOB – Can we get a writeup about just how ineffective KJ’s been in the lead off spot this year? I believe Cox will cave under the pressure as usual and the team will benefit.”
KJ’s second in runs scored. Besides, you know the plan is to bat Schafer lead-off eventually — it’s just not as soon as you want.
If DOB were to write such an article, don’t even try to credit it with Schafer’s eventual leading off, ’cause that’s going to happen anyway, with or without you, with or without any article.
April 26th, 200912:17 pm
you can always trade down, but if no one wanted to trade with you and you thought you were getting good value at that pick, why not take the best player on the board
April 26th, 200912:19 pm
Run Heap Run — Yes, 16 is not a kid. (Even though our “kids” may be twice that age.) 16 is a young adult.
April 26th, 200912:20 pm
16 is a young adult. Ie, in this blog context.
April 26th, 200912:21 pm
I just made a brilliant and timely post and I hope it shows up in a minute…or before DOB publishes the next blog…anyway, Random my son is 17 and he’s very much a kid. Whether he likes it or not lol.
April 26th, 200912:22 pm
Yes, Random, I did realize that, which is why I had the “LOL” on the end of my comments. I was just funnin’….and if she is around that age, I’m not only old enough to be her momma, but her grandma at that…LOL
April 26th, 200912:23 pm
I used the word hell in my post. Is there a filter on this thing now? Maybe that’s where it went. Dam..err dang it.
April 26th, 200912:24 pm
And I agree that being “adult” is not always age related. I know some really mature 16 yr old and I know a few 30 somethings and 40 somethings that are still trying to “grow up”….
April 26th, 200912:25 pm
Can’t wait to see Brandon Jones play today.
April 26th, 200912:26 pm
DOB, I think you mixed up B.Jones/Schafer in the lineup. Tell me you did.
LOL Run Heap Run….cyberspace ate your post. Happens to me all the time.
April 26th, 200912:29 pm
BJones in the line-up today? Should be fun. Diaz needed the day off anyway. Let’s get double pits to chesty with it, boys!
Schafer is looking alot better since he come out of that strikeout funk. He’s had alot more patient at-bats. If he keeps that up, he should move up quick. If Schafer was to lead off, what about KJ in the 2 hole? Escobar hits into alot of DP’s.
REALLY? I give up.
April 26th, 200912:30 pm
So like why does that one show up instantly but this one I’ve tried to post 3 times never shows up. Trickery.
April 26th, 200912:32 pm
Because sometimes the best player on the board is kinda useless for your team- the 49ers don’t need a running back
Run Heap Run, check for line breaks and/or certain words which might get your post trashed.. Which would be different than “awaiting moderation.”
Ghost in the machine maybe? I’ve posted a comment before, it shows up, then a minute or two later it’s gone. Not sure what’s up with that.
April 26th, 200912:34 pm
Making his ML debut for the Marlins (in place of Andrew Miller, I think…), lefty Graham Taylor threw ball 1 to the first 7 batters he faced, walking 4 and giving up 2 runs in the first inning. Looked like a poor man’s Jo-Jo…
April 26th, 200912:35 pm
Let’s get double pits to chesty with it, boys!
How about the boys just play baseball, and the rest of us refrain from using corporate lingo in our everyday vocabularies?
April 26th, 200912:37 pm
I think Bennett is the guy the braves can use to close out games that are………6-2 or 5-0 things like that. He can also come in when we are leading games in the 6 by 3 runs and 1 runner on………stuff like that………. I think you can trust him, but you have to use him cautiously. I have never made a single comment against this guy……..not 1, ever. I like what he brings for the braves, he is cheap and he eats tons of innings from the BP…….he is a warrior. You just cant ask him to perform like a superstar reliever.
With Schafer not in the 8 hole for a little while, maybe he’ll finally get a chance to use his speed, which has been all but wasted.
Every time Schafer reaches hitting in the 8 hole with less than 2 out, BC automatically has the pitcher bunt him over. I kept thinking maybe JUST ONCE Bobby would have the pitcher pull back the bunt, and let Schafer steal 2nd, and then be bunted over to 3rd. But it’s never happened.
And of course, if there are 2 outs, he can’t steal and risk the pitcher leading off the next inning. So his base-stealing ability is completely and totally wasted in the 8 hole.
Of course, now that he’s hitting 2nd, he still probably won’t be allowed to steal with 2 out… because then the pitcher would walk Ross to face the pitcher. But he should get some opportunities batting 7th.
April 26th, 200912:38 pm
And Taylor just hit Jamie Moyer Nice control kid!
I hope DOB has noticed that lately whatever the theme of the blog entry for the day is the opposite usually happens. ie the Power Outage entry on a day the Bravos hung up 14 or some ridiculous number. Then Carroll’s McCann Out of Lineup entry (McCann did play that day and the next) and this one the Resurgent Reds (have looked anything but this far).
Following that pattern DOB needs to title this next one No Way in HECK the Braves Sweep and the next Cards Coming to Town, Braves Can Fuggetaboutit’ … You with me DOB?
April 26th, 200912:41 pm
I just tried it for the 4th or 5th time. I give up.Boo. And the Falcons just picked another safety? Can I get a WTF?
April 26th, 200912:43 pm
I think you summed up Bennett quite well. A bit more optimistic than my outlook, but you nailed his uses and the appropriate times for him to come into games (based on what he has done so far this season).
April 26th, 200912:44 pm
I think it is the other way around……….yo want Yunel hitting second………he is very aggressive and makes lots of contact………..with schafer on 1b you can put the hit and run everytime and make the IF dance around, that could work braves way………lots of balls finding holes left by IF covering second base.
April 26th, 200912:45 pm
Either they won’t ever post or all of them will post together at the same time…Did the Falcons not need another safety? (not bein’ sarcastic, just askin’). I don’t follow the Falcons, so I’m not qualified to answer that one.
April 26th, 200912:49 pm
I think the guy they drafted was a CB. He will probably come in and compete for the Nickel spot
April 26th, 200912:52 pm
Doc…I was sitting on my thinking throne the other day thinking the exact same thing…if Schafer is quick…and Yunel hits a lot of ground balls….DP’s are pretty difficult…plus…hit and runs would work well…and Schafer could better steal….in the 1/2 spot in the order.
April 26th, 200912:54 pm
So is DOB going for some kind of post record or what?
April 26th, 200912:56 pm
When will this rotation get back to normal? What I mean is we have Lowe/Kawakami/Reyes/Jurrjens/Vazquez.
McFann’s a kid?
April 26th, 20091:00 pm
Frank from KS
Phils up 2-0 over the Fish……bottom 3.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Florida winning one. I don’t like either team….but I wouldn’t complain the Marlins winning this one.
April 26th, 20091:01 pm
Just checking to see if I can do links.
April 26th, 20091:02 pm
Yes, by all means, put the fastest guy in the lineup just ahead of your best hitter, so that every time the guy is on and uses his speed, he takes the bat right out of said best hitter’s hands. Brilliant.
Somebody call Dayn Perry and tell him he better hurry home, because the village is auditioning new idiots.
April 26th, 20091:05 pm
I would do this, not because I hate KJ or because of something personal……but because its a win win situation.
1. KJ hits better down the order.
2. He has shown he can overcome pressure…..he has gone into a horrible slump and he has come out of it or at least times look better for him.
3. You could use this overaggressive yunels approach in your favor. And you could use a teammate (schafer) to get the best out of yunels situation.
Since Cox loves shuffling the lineup, I think he will sooner or later put up this lineup we are talking about and he will like what he sees.
Plus……..protecting out cleanup hitter or 5th hitter with KJ would be great for the team.
April 26th, 20091:11 pm
abwright – how’d you do that link thing?
April 26th, 20091:31 pm
You had been laying off the in-on-your-hands pitch (usually fastball) the past couple games… don’t go back to old habits.
April 26th, 20091:34 pm
DOB, would you please send a mass email out to all the announcers of the opposing teams that Jordan did not test positive for HGH. Tell them you cannot detect HGH in the first place. Also explain them that he was suspended because of involvement with people surrounded with HGH. This is like the 3rd time I have heard announcers saying he tested positive for HGH.
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