2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 24th, 20097:55 pm
here is a link if you want to listen to the game online free.
Strikes out Volquez looking with a seed on the outside corner of the plate at (or slightly below) the knees. Vazquez has made a couple of mistakes, but he really looks sharp. If the Braves could get him a couple of runs, he should be good to go.
Alas, he’s probably going to have to do it himself. Maybe if he gets on base, KJ and Yunel can bunt him to 2nd and third for Chipper.
1. How long will the Braves stick with TP as batting coach with our bats dead?
2. Anyone know what the TV ratings are for Braves games this year? Im not sure how much more I can take as its REALLY boring watching this team on TV.
I give Wren credit for the starting pitchers we have now but its like making a cake and leaving out other important ingredients. We need a bat and a solid arm in the bullpen. Wren? You working on these?
April 24th, 20097:56 pm
Tom O – in that case, I’m good so far. I guess I can kkep going. On a Braves’ related note, I hope Bobby doesn’t pull Javy if he’s still going for going for 20 K’s 90 minutes from now.
Run Heap Run
Metallica….hmmmmmm I’m gonna guess…..Krotchy?
Hey ease up on the Brave hitters, it’s not their fault they’re being overmatched by a great pitcher.
April 24th, 20097:57 pm
Vodka Tea??? I am intrigued.
Did Boog forget he’s already talked about this? :
dylan your quote upon signing GA: “Garret Anderson=Raul Mondesi all over again.” requires balance and analysis.
Raul Mondesi in 2005 was purchased for $1M as 13 yr veteran, 34 yoa OF, coming off two years of serious decline production. Was he a good investment looking forward? maybe, given that he two years earlier his numbers were decent, not great : 162 AB, with numbers of .302, .372, .512 -albeit without power or run production. His career numbers were .273 .331 .485 Was he worth a million dollars looking BACK – noooooo!
Garret Anderson was a $2.5M investment as a 15yr vet, 35 yoa, whose previous year saw him playing in 145 games and 557 AB. Last year he hit 15HR with 84 RBI and numbers of .293 .325 .433. Did this production justify a $2.5M signing, ya betcha in my view. Looking back can’t occur now, but I will grant you the early indications are not favorable.
Bloggers talk about his speed – well, he isn’t “deceptively slow” – look at his 15 year career, which shows he successfully steals two-thirds of the time, but, alas, only an average of three a year. We didn’t purchase the dude for speed. So he ain’t deceptively slow.
He has averaged 18 HR and 86 rbi over 15 years, with as I’ve mentioned a career .293 average.
Some say he came in out of shape. Maybe so, sounds subjective to me.
On the other hand, he’s averaged playing in 143 games a year, omitting his rookie season of 13 games. Not a slacker there.
I hate to sound like the old geezer that I am: I respect this guys numbers, and dissing him by comparing him to Raul Mondesi (using only Raul’s final .211 4HR, 17rbi year) is disingenuous. In fact, since I’m on the subject, I will raise my glass of Merlot to both of these players, both of whom clearly deserved to wear the uniform I so long have found iconic.
It’s sad when fans know what the team needs…and management doesnt. Find one arm for the bullpen and a right handed power bat for left field. This isnt that hard is it? Package Prado, Kj, Esco, or Infante with a young pitcher.
April 24th, 20097:58 pm
Vazquez has a long at bat, but grounds out the third.
By the way, kkep is an accepted alternate spelling for keep in the new Unabridged Not Quite Enough Vodka Dictionary.
April 24th, 20097:59 pm
Guess what Chipper’s wife got him for his birthday?
A small laptop to carry with him on road trips.
I told him once the bloggers learned that, he’d have no excuse not to come on the Braves/MIB forum.
He smiled and said, “I didn’t say I was going to actually use it.” But seriously, he said Sharon, his wife, was getting it ready for him. I’m guessing he’ll need a tutorial of sorts.
KJ strikes out swinging (again).
April 24th, 20098:00 pm
George Dickel is what gives me my special aroma. That and last night’s chili between my teeth.
Finally! This team has a heartbeat!
Yunel gets hit by a pitch. He’s going out to the mound. Benches have cleared.
April 24th, 20098:01 pm
Thataboy Esco. Get the team some energy…it needs something!
Fight fight Don’t F(&&K with Yunel!!!!
Maybe this is just what the Dr.ordered to get this team some life thank you cincy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Excellent………..our slugger leadoff hitter has 2 K……..give me 5 bobby!!!!!!!
“This Braves lineup sort of reminds me of the ‘27 Yanks…” — JasoninFL
I think I know this one. Because they’re all dead?
The fiery Escobar. Taking no prisoners.
Hey, it did look like he was throwing at him, particularly since some pitchers have in the past.
Is he still hurting on that side from the jump strain?
April 24th, 20098:02 pm
Yunel response there was embarrassing. He looked so immature!
Boy, Yunel was jawing at Volquez, pointing to him. Clearly po-ed. Umps are still hanging around with Yunel at first, hoping he doesnt’ start it up again.
April 24th, 20098:03 pm
No one tossed from the fray, warnings issued to both dugouts.
Some of you asked me back when i wrote that spring-training story about Escobar, to cite specific instances when his temper or whatever got the best of him.
Please file this away.
Warning to both benches.
wrong anderson sent to detroit….josh has 4 stolen bases…braves team has 3…bobby really wanted garrett, and dumped josh…bobby apparently hates speed in the lineup and wants someone with experience (on the dl)…who is making the decisions and how is this making any sense?
April 24th, 20098:04 pm
Oh yay I love Chipper’s bday present! Good job, wifey. But yeah…you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. My boss has had a laptop for years and I still have to help him check his email.
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
You got it O’Hawke!
Yunel needs to get his charge the mound on.
He did the same thing against Ted Lillies of the Field last year but didn’t charge the mound. And that guy deserved to be dropped cause he’s a little bitch.
Yunel, bring it next time! Come on!!!
Let’s go Chip, hit that s*** outta here.
April 24th, 20098:05 pm
Chipper dribbles to second. Some much for the fire.
Hoss’s birthday isn’t going anything like last years so far…
Someone has to do something to get this team pumped up…because their offense sucks and has sucked for a lot of games now. Chipper hitting a lot of weak ground balls…must still be hurt…this is going to be rough with no Chipper and McCann. Wow.
I hear that Chipper Jones is a batter who usually gets lots of rubies. is that a good thing? Are they real rubies, or fake ones like my second husband, Neil, bought for me? Does Chipper Jones get to keep the rubies and give them to his dear wife?
April 24th, 20098:06 pm
If Yunel doesn’t react the way he does, no warnings issued, and the Braves can respond later by plunking one of the Reds. Hopefully right on the elbow.
There was a game against the Reds last year were they threatened to hit Blanco cause he broke up Volquez’s no hitter and since he did indeed hit Escobar and looked like he threw at him….in the same spot he’s had problems with recently….I’d be po’d too
Chipper what the f$#%!?!?!?!
Damn it Chipper, you suck. That’s right, I said it. I said what needed to be said.
Oh, come on people. I kid. He’s Johnsoning it up around here though.
April 24th, 20098:07 pm
Smyrna Jim … LOL@7:58
by the way it was like the 5th inning when Blanco bunted for a base hit so threatening to hit him was stupid
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!
April 24th, 20098:08 pm
It’s so great when your best offensive player on the team is blind and your second best player is playing hurt and is limited to hitting choppers and dribblers to the pitcher and 2nd base. That is amazing!
Outside of the first two games of the season Chipper has 1 XBH. That is not good.
(NOTE: I am not bashing him. Just saying I think its obvious he is still hurting.)
The warning is stupid…so the Braves can’t hit someone…but the Reds can? How the F does that make sense? They should just warn the Reds…not the Braves…then warn the Braves after they hit someone
Run Heap Run–
That’s for sure. Think it’s impossible to have a repeat now.
Thanks for the piece on McCann, Chief.
April 24th, 20098:09 pm
I want to see Volquez drilled before Vazquez finishes his day. Bush to nail Esco there. Make ‘em pay Chipper. Oh well.
Tavarez hits a grounder to third. Chipper to Kotch. 1 out.
Postscript: GA averaged less than 3 errors per year and a .989 FA for his career. Yes, FW shoulda known he’d miss 2 in one game of his first year here! FW shoulda known that this guy, who averaged playing in 143 games a year for 15 years, was a “slacker” not a “gamer”!
I will not show hate for the GA nor FW for signing him. He may have nuthin’ left, but I would caution some patience.
Wow, I really hope Kelly Johnson is traded and does well somewhere else. Somewhere with intelligent fans that can appreciate the kid.
April 24th, 20098:10 pm
They’re talkin’ about you DOB!
Ah I almost guessed Norton.
DOB gets name dropped on TV
DOB getting love on TV!
Dribbler to second by Dickerson. KJ to Kotch, 2 out.
April 24th, 20098:11 pm
BOB, Josh Anderson and Garret Anderson have nothing to do with one another. Maybe both of ur points have a little validity, but before you try to equate one to the other know the background.
Other than Votto the batting averages for Cincinnatti are not very high. So how can they be 9 and 6?
Ever see a band called “RLA” in Atlanta. They played at the Roxy once and played regularly at Smith’s Old Bar in mid-town. If you’ve seen them, would love to hear your thoughts on them.
Great play by KJ!
I remember that…I didn’t see it, but I remember that.
It was Hairston who threatened that they would hit Blanco. Then McCann gave Hairston a little what-for when Jerry came up to bat…Mac even stood in his way when Hairston started to run to first after bunting.
April 24th, 20098:12 pm
Joe and Boog have begun talking about Facebook and twittering.
KJ makes a great play on a sharp grounder to his right. The third has bitten the dust. Reds, 1-0.
“Pants up, pants down, nice play either way.” Yes, I’m 12.
Chipper better get on the old blog so I can give him a piece of my mind…
Kelly Johnson makes a stellar defensive play. Monkeys are about to start flying out of my butt.
lets see how this lineup fairs with kotch leading off?
Esco’s a Scorpio …..like me. We don’t take any s@&t!
*hums Petty’s “Won’t Back Down”…..*
April 24th, 20098:13 pm
that’s what I thought they were talking about…that’s the only thing from 2008 I remember happening
April 24th, 20098:14 pm
What is boog and joe’s facebook page?
Chipper better not play too much on that laptop, he might hurt his finger!
April 24th, 20098:15 pm
Is Francisco Cabrera available to hit?
Mitchell….”Kelly Johnson makes a stellar defensive play. Monkeys are about to start flying out of my butt.”
So who wants to bet one of their guys gets a pitch between the numbers in the 1st inning tomorrow?
come on let’s get a HIT!
April 24th, 20098:16 pm
DOB: Boog and Joe just dropped your name and passed along your recommendation of Manchester Orchestra. Of course, “the vaunted” was understood……..
Kotchman draws a walk on a checked swing. First lead off man on for the Braves.
It’s a group for them someone made, not their actual page. I don’t have the link handy but search “Joe and Boog” on FB and it’s the first result.
Frenchy “bunts” Kotch to second on a weak grounder to SS.
April 24th, 20098:17 pm
Alright, I pulled Diaz’s spot in the order (7 card) in the no-hit pool in the pressbox after third inning. So pull for me here, folks. Need a hit to rake in the dough (OK, so it was a $1 per person pool)
Need that double from Diaz to score the Kotch-man.
April 24th, 20098:18 pm
Wow! Did he seriously lay off that one?
No, scratch that. I have Schafer, because the lineup changed after Mac was scratched. I was thinking of the old lineup. Now I need Schafer to get the hit to break up the no-no.
April 24th, 20098:19 pm
I like it. No sarcasm here.
I just realized that we are into the fourth and Volquez is no-hitting the Bravos. This guy isn’t that good tonight.
That Casey Kotchman seems like a very nice young man. I would like to knit him a sweater. What size do you think he is? Do you think he would like it if I used lime green wool? That’s all I have right now. If he were a pitcher he would be an ace. Acey Casey! That’s probably what the sportswriters would call him. They like to rhyme, you know.
Matty strikes out swinging.
April 24th, 20098:20 pm
This offense is so abysmal….
Oh Matt, how could you do that to me?
I was bragging on you.
Can anybody get that run home? Can we pinch run for Kotch?
April 24th, 20098:21 pm
I think Volquez is what some would call effectively wild tonight. He doesn’t really know where his pitches are going, so the hitters really have no idea.
April 24th, 20098:22 pm
There you go Schafer.
Any chance of making contact on this one?
Bobby i’ll be right over here if you need me, just so ya know i’ll be right over here if ya need me. Thanks
April 24th, 20098:23 pm
Good eye Logan.
Oh yeah, that would be great. let’s have him pop in right after a loss. I’m sure he’d be so impressed.
Thatta baby Schafer!
Can’t believe I just said that.
April 24th, 20098:24 pm
At least we are being patient and running the pitch count up on Vasquez. Let’s get him out of there by the 6th and do some damage to the bp.
DOB: Here’s a chance for some real investigative sports journalism. Don’t you want one of those Wurlitzers with a P- and no -u (no offense, Lew) sitting on your office shelf too?
What’s the REAL beef between Escobar and Volquez? How far back does it go…childhood rivalry? Anything to do with the recent “We Are The World” World Series perhaps?
OK, there you go, a few avenues to explore. These 2 Gringos announcing the game have no clue.
Tom O’Hawke, BravesFan54, and Treehouse…I love the comments, I always enjoy a good sense of humor.
I have been a braves fan since I was 7 years old, growing up and living in Lubbock, Texas, all I had was TBS, but now that is gone, I am stuck with reading these blogs for my Braves fix… and their are three things that drive me crazy about them: First, the wishful trades that appear on all of these; Second, people writing what they wish the lineups would be, or not be, and thinking people actually care to read them…; and third and probably the most irritating, are the amount of bandwagon fans you can find on these blogs…my goodness, their are 162 games in a baseball season, that’s a huge roller-coaster of a season…have patience, please!
So now you might see why I scroll down to DOB’s and Carroll’s comments…
Schafer walks. No money for DOB. Ross has another chancet to atone.
A double scores both Kotchman and Schafer.
A single…not so much.
Schafer, a walk’s not as good as a hit in this instance — because it doesn’t win the no-hit pool for me. And that’s what counts, right? Right?
Choppinmama, did they say that? That’s pretty funny.
In the future, humans will be even less able to throw baseballs (no evolutionary advantage). Baseball games will take even longer to play.
April 24th, 20098:25 pm
Hoss’s birthday isn’t going anything like last years so far —RUN HEAP
I’m betting Chipper’s entire year won’t be much like last season, or the one before that either. He is due to come back down.
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