12:19 pm April 27, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
April 28th, 20091:04 am
What ever !
April 28th, 20091:06 am
Kelly Johnson is awful can someone tell me why Bobby continues to play him when clearly he can’t play defense and also hes batting 203 haha wow i bet if prado and infante play instead of that scrub we will start scoring more runs enough said.
someone said yes i’m her and it’s true even if i say it cause on the internet i can be her or i can be someone named claude or i can be the president of mexico or i can be bizarro AIG which actually made a huge profit last year and decided to donate it all to a fund to buy hats for people who live in caves
April 28th, 20091:07 am
Doc Holiday (11:22 pm): “Very interesting stuff”
Yeah, I was surprised that he was so damm consistent (aside from that fluky 5th inning Sunday).
mets fan in atlanta (11:56 pm): “So you’re saying after all that, the only two starts that Kawakami has allowed 2 ER were against the Nationals???? What is your point?”
I got no point to make with you.
“I thougth it was going to be a summarization that implied Kawakami had pitched pretty good this year”
You obviously did not read the comment, which is fine by me.
April 28th, 20091:09 am
You sure can be anyone on the internet !! Maybe some need to go to your KKK meetings !!!!!!!
April 28th, 20091:11 am
if bobby cox lineup card were exposed to massive doses of radiation it would morph into a giant grocery listcalling for six foot long stalks of celery 1000 loaves of sourdough biscuits a lamb hunk the size of new jersey and all the coffee in arkansas
April 28th, 20091:12 am
I try not to read those particular comments of yours, Random. I just try to skim past the personal crusades because there are plenty of targets here. It’s too much like shooting fish in a barrel made of fish that is filled with fish that, much like Russian nesting dolls, have increasingly smaller fish inside of them.
April 28th, 20091:14 am
fish inside fish are those fish made of molecules that are actually tiny fish all existing in a teardrop and this universe is actually a giant fish swimming in a larger ocean but that ocean is just drop of liquid in a cell of another larger fish i don’t know if einstein liked fish
April 28th, 20091:18 am
manny being manny or manny being many if so manny needs help or maybe many being manny if so good for them but in the end who gets paid
April 28th, 20091:19 am
a bull a steer a cow a commie two of these things are extinct
April 28th, 20091:57 am
Chop Chop (1:12 am): “I try not to read those particular comments of yours. I just try to skim past the personal crusades because there are plenty of targets here.”
(shrug) Your loss.
If you had read it, you’d'a seen it was no “personal crusade”, merely an attempted analysis of Kawakami’s performance his first, second and third times thru the opponents’ line-ups.
(I usually pseudonymize the personal stuff.)
P-Town Brave (Pleading for DRASTIC Change)
April 28th, 20092:10 am
At the end of the day, I’m pretty certain both Manny and Scott Boras are being paid handomsely…AND the fans are filling the park in LA and buying up the 99 shirts…
Makes you think that Manny would be a good investment for ANY team…I mean did you see the stands tonight? Then again, I’m not sure I would want to be in the park either given we’re averaging about 2 runs a game at home…
Hey, the kiddie board is at http://braves.scout.com
Maybe you could go there and post whatever it is you think is relevant…they actually might listen to the nonsense that is being sent from your keyboard.
April 28th, 20092:13 am
I read it and thought my head may explode…great stat listings, but all you really had to say was:
Kenshin Kawakami…Call me Chief Youknockahoma
Sadly I shouldn’t be joking like that, but it is 1:12 AM here
April 28th, 20092:22 am
Formula for stupidity points (my creation): defensive errors + baserunning errors + times picked off + times caught stealing + GIDP. Your current leaders: Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson with 6.
April 28th, 20092:37 am
PWHjort — thru last nights games, BP ranks the Braves 30th of 30 ML teams in baserunning.
April 28th, 20092:40 am
scottbravesfan (11:45 pm): “The Braves have got to get some clutch hitting going on. Too many runners left on base.”
Either that, or increase the double plays and getting picked off.
April 28th, 20093:17 am
they actually might listen to the nonsense that is being sent from your keyboard. P_TOWN
Do they listen to the negative crap that spews out of your keyboard hour after hour during the game? I bet not. Bill would throw you punks off in a heartbeat for dominating the board and chasing others away with your incessant negativity. It’s always all about your rights for you worthless young pukes isn’t it? All about your rights and nobody else’s.
April 28th, 20093:20 am
I’m back !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Coach (2010 or bust)
April 28th, 20093:53 am
I ask that for just one second, would the blog stop and listen.
There are reliable sources all over the internet starting to question whether this new pig virus is actually man made. The chief reason being that bird, pig and human strains said to be mixed together do not happen naturally in nature.
This concoction could be a bio-weapon. And you will notice that the mainstream media is saying absolutely nothing about this.
April 28th, 20094:02 am
That link won’t work? I’ll just cut and paste the whole thing and see if it gets censored.
According to two mainstream media journalists, one in Mexico City and the other in Jakarta, who spoke to WMR on background, they are convinced that the current outbreak of a new strain of swine flu in Mexico and some parts of the United States is the result of the introduction of a human-engineered pathogen that could result in a widespread global pandemic, with potentially catastrophic consequences for domestic and international travel and commerce.
The journalists have been told by top officials of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) about the grave dangers posed by the new and deadly swine flu strain, known as A-H1N1. This flu, never before seen by scientists, has already killed up to 68 people in Mexico and has forced the cancellation of public events, including sports matches and concerts, and the closure of schools, libraries, and museums. Eight cases have been reported in Texas and California. Doctors are examining several students at a Queens high school in New York who displayed symptoms similar to those experienced by swine flu patients in Mexico.
Our Mexico City source said a top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain transmission “vectors” that suggest that the new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon. The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents.
Past swine flu outbreaks have been spread from pigs to humans, who then passed the flu on to other humans. However, with A-H1N1, there have been no reported infections of pigs. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), A-H1N1 has gene segments from North American swine, bird and human flu strains and a segment from Eurasian swine flu. Costa Rica, Brazil, and Peru have issued alerts to check all incoming passengers from Mexico at border crossings, airports, and seaports for symptoms of the swine flu.
WHO is convening an emergency session of its top medical experts in Geneva and is set to declare H1N1 a “public health event of international concern.” It is reported that WHO will recommend travel restrictions to and from areas where the flu has been reported, including Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Hidalgo, San Luis PotosÃ and Oaxaca.
Our Jakarta source said WHO officials are afraid that the presence of gene segments from dreaded H5N1 bird flu in the A-H1N1 swine flu strain could mean that the new swine flu strain was engineered to “jump species.”
WMR has been informed that the CDC and U.S. Army dug up the body of an Inuit woman who died in 1918 in Brevig Mission, Alaska from an outbreak of Spanish flu. The influenza pandemic that year killed up to 100 million people worldwide in an 18-month period. Brevig Mission saw 72 of its 80 residents die within five days, the worst case recorded anywhere in the world. WMR has been told the genetic material recovered by the U.S. government from the corpse of the Inuit woman provided the basis for the development of the H5N1, or bird (avian), flu strain at the U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the point of origin for the Ames strain of anthrax used in the 2001 bio-war attacks against the U.S. Congress and the media.
The fear in Asia is that if the A-H1N1 pandemic spreads to the United States, travel to and from the country will be all but shut down.
April 28th, 20095:26 am
Nothing is surprising these days coach. Thats definately not a comforting idea.
April 28th, 20095:59 am
Chipper Jones understands more about what’s wrong with this team than anybody. He was around when the Braves were the beast of the east. The Hall of Fame switch hitter has seen feast and now famine. It would be wise to listen. (COACH)
Your mother in law knows what’s wrong with your marriage more than anyone. She ’s been married for 40 years. The b!tch has seen richer and poorer and has stuck it through. It would be wise therefore to let her nag you and run all over the neighborhood gossiping about what a bum of a husband you are.
Lose a Chipper, gain a mother-in-law.
April 28th, 20096:16 am
the real OLD GOLD (5:47 pm): “It looks like the strike zone might be bigger in Japan. What a terribly over-hyped import. Frank Wren is a blind dog and his only bone so far is Lowe.”
And Wren was VP/Assistant GM – Player Personnel when the Braves drafted Heyward and Freeman in 07.
April 28th, 20096:31 am
Braveheart, maybe Chipper thinks he has to play bad cop to Bobby’s good cop, or something. I’m not all that thrilled about those type of comments, either, on point or not. That’s too close to the same type of passive-aggressive BS that Smoltz used to spew, for me.
On another note…I think I might create an In-Game Lame Hall Of Fame for some of the posters who blog then. Just do a quick count of the posters who think (obviously) that 2 minutes going by without authoring a post is, well, too long. Then, do a sampling of the content to determine credentials for the Hall. A single relevant/entertaining/informative post automatically disqualifies the poster.
No shortage of first-ballot candidates.
April 28th, 20097:16 am
Nope they were on peachtree tv on 17 in area however out of atlanta saw the lousey braves lose to a near 5.00 era man again…..Hey bobby cox u be 9-11 after thursday n my books out of wild card n playoffs its goin be a 4 place season under wren n cox the wife beater….and that former GN now president of braves son needs go back to richmond um gwinnett so can be Boooed there….if we can’t beat the nats philles can so did mets ..Oh it simple no leadership on the team…all we love bobby cox n TM who is leavin AJC lets all clap …Now if we can fire cox we can clap also…sorry folks phillies will win east Ny mets 2nd fla.marlins 3rd atlanta braves 4th n there kissin cousin’s the wash-Mtl–expos nats…last
April 28th, 20097:49 am
That doesn’t surprise me one bit. It also doesn’t surprise me that we’re not even close to the 29th best team in baserunning, well outside of a standard deviation away from number 29, not number middle. We’re also 28th in the majors in defensive efficiency, so all in all we’re doing a great job of giving away free outs on both sides of the ball. It’s unbelievable how many stupid mistakes we’ve made this year. It’s completely unacceptable. This team’s playing like it’s spring training, and if they don’t tighten up their game and quit giving the other teams free outs we won’t win 75 games. I’m personally pretty sick of the unprofessional ism, especially considering the fact that our 9-10 record shows that despite our horse-sh!t play, we’ve got all the pieces to make it happen this year. If we don’t put together a decent season this year it’ll be because we pissed away opportunities and gave the other teams too many free extra chances, on both sides of the ball.
April 28th, 20098:20 am
It’s simple. These are the same old, tired, losing Braves. Will football season please, please, please get here. Even summer camps watching NFL players sweat is more fun than watching the boring losing Braves.
April 28th, 20098:33 am
Same lineup at the top and the same old sad results. The little things and Bobby ball is why we are still loosing all these one run games. Bobby (THE players manager) does not want to offend anyone or hurt their feelings so that is why he does not make changes when players are performimg bad or in a slump. But wait – when KJ is on a hot streak Bobby will sit him out so Prado can get some at bats. If you are a true baseball and Braves fan then you should be able to see what the problem with this team is.
April 28th, 20098:34 am
Yeah, Scoots, I hate trashing the guy, but he’s getting a bit out of control with throwing teammates under the bus. I appreciate the honesty and all, but I’ve gotta wonder how much his teammates do.
Maybe whomever the vet was that told him to shut his mouth when he was younger, knew what the hell they were talking about. Kids don’t like crusty vets sitting in the corner popping off to the press about who and what is wrong with the team as much as crusty vets don’t like cocky kids popping off to the press about who and what is wrong with the team.
I think Chipper is a great player, but not a leader. It’s time for the kids and young vets to take this team over, and do what some vets did a decade ago, by telling Chipper to sit quietly in the corner and just do his thang out on the field.
Steve from OH
(Apologies for double post)
For all of y’all complainers (looks at P-Town Brave, MFin04, Coach, PWHjort)…an honest question….what would you say if you were a die-hard Phillies or Mets fan on their boards right now? Just sayin’…maybe you should evaluate the other clubs and realize that they’re just as flawed as we are…and yes, I do think this club is flawed. But not flawed enough to gnash the teeth and wallow in despair.
Coach, I can probably get some semblance of an answer for you re: swine flu today if you want. My initial feeling is BS, because A) no one went on record as saying this, and B) viruses are notorius for genentic recombination and it is not unusual for viruses to mutate very rapidly (hence, this is why you need a flu shot every year)…now, I’m not a virologist, but I can try to find out a little more info.
April 28th, 20099:07 am
As a long time Braves fan. I would like to see some org. changes.
1. Is there any accountability by Cox for sloppy play, they are playing like high school and college players,base running,pick off, hit run plays.
2.You cannot pitch the same way every game.You cannot pitch to the out side 60% of the time with walking batters. The umpires will not give you the call every time and this is a fine line.
3 I do not know if TP has the batters trying to pull the ball or they will do not listen to him. 70% fo the reg. try to pull the ball rather than hitting the ball where it is pitched.TP was a super hitter and maybe he does not have the backing he needs to insist that the players do as he suggest.
April 28th, 20099:09 am
Just for the record, I tried to post several times after the game last night, but the Blog ate them all.
OK, more contacts, eh? And if these don’t work, then what? (Here’s hoping they work, but I’m just curious.)
Too bad Gwinnett is outta town–then maybe BMac could try ‘em out here. But they are gonna be home when it gets to be time for him to come off the DL. Do they do rehabs in AAA?
April 28th, 20099:14 am
Look, we’re going to lose games. We’re going to not play well some days. We’re going to give up runs. We’re going to make outs. I don’t expect us to go out there every day and win. That’s silly. I expect a quality start from our 1-3 starters and something close to a quality start from the other 2, 3-5 runs, and good defense. We’ve done the pitching part, it’s the STUPID outs we’re making and the STUPID runs we’re giving up that make my blood boil.
April 28th, 20099:16 am
Bobby Cox needs to do something different at the top of the order. This lineup is not producing at all like it should. I just dont understand why Bobby insists on keeping Kelly at the top of the lineup with a .203 batting average and an OBP of .295. The lineup should go like this:
And when Mac gets back you just move everyone down in the order.
The reason I have Schafer leading off is because he has more speed than Kelly, he can make more things happen at the top of the lineup just with his speed alone. he also has a better batting average and OBP than Kelly.
I have Kotchman hitting second because he always seems to be hitting the ball hard and seems to get on base at a good clip.
What do you guys think?
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!
April 28th, 20099:17 am
Jee, wonder if Pujols will hit 2 or 3 bombs off Reyes tonight….
I put the over under at 3
April 28th, 20099:20 am
I like that lineup you proposed dude. Unfortunately, we are smarter then Cox and Kelly will lead off and go 0-3 with a BB and probably and error with the bases loaded somewhere along the lines tonight.
Imagine if Atlanta did that Ludwick for Kelly Johnson trade….Hmm…
I understand why Wren didn’t pull the trigger though. They both make about the same amount of money only Ludwick hits like 35+ HR’s, who wants that when you have KJ leading off at a .203 clip blowing every game with his non performance…Atleast his steller defense is still there!
April 28th, 20099:24 am
Kevin-Re: Your 7:16 post-Hate to say it to start the day but Your And Idiot. You can’t write, either.
April 28th, 20099:27 am
LOL, Chuck james was solid.!!!! Yeah, I just dont get why Bobby doesnt see it. I mean, even Freddi Gonzalez, whose team has lost 7 straight but is still leading the east says that something needs to be done, they have to shake things up. But it seems as if Bobby is just content being at .500 or just below.
April 28th, 20099:28 am
Kevin at 7:16am….ummmmm……….WHAT!!!!?!?!?!?!
April 28th, 20099:32 am
Original Jon, I like Schafer at the top (do I hear an echo?) but I don’t like Kotchman in the 2 spot – he’s just too slow and it would spell double play.
The single most important player on a baseball team in the post-steroid era is the leadoff man. Look at our Eastern Division rivals: Florida (Bonifacio), Mets (Reyes), and Phillies (Rollins). All of these guys are speedsters with serious base stealing capabilities. In contrast the Braves have Kelly Johnson. OK bat, poor OPS, slightly above average speed, and no base stealing capability. This is currently the biggest problem with our team; we can’t manufacture a run. The only solution I can see is to use Infante. He’s not very fast, but he knows how to get on base, something Kelly doesn’t know how to do. Kelly needs to ride the pine for awhile.
April 28th, 20099:33 am
Wow, Lew, thanks for pointing that out about wizard Kevin’s brilliant comments. I just went back and read that and I feel miserable and dumb after it. Each word was worse then the one before it….Just wow, my mind hurts.
April 28th, 20099:38 am
The lead-off guy should be a high OBP guy. It isn’t important he be a base stealer, just get on base. Making an out to lead off an inning drastically changes your probability to score a run that inning. You don’t want your lead off guy making a ton of outs. And KJ currently leads the team in outs. KJ was decent in that category (OBP) last year, but partially because he went on a tear in September when the games were meaningless.
A note: Yes, I know it is natural for a lead off hitter to lead his team in outs because he gets more plate appearances. However, we have someone on our team named Jeff Francoeur who has hit anywhere from the 5-8 spots during his tenure here and has lead the team in outs EVERY YEAR, so it is unusual for someone other than him to be leading the team in outs. Don’t worry, he’s a close second.
April 28th, 20099:39 am
ncscoots (6:31 am): “Braveheart, maybe Chipper thinks he has to play bad cop to Bobby’s good cop, or something.”
Funny — I had that very same thought after Chipper’s “controversial” remarks regarding Escobar’s overreaction to being HBP.
April 28th, 20099:41 am
crap-wheelie. really? Infante? In place of who? Schafer is the logical choice for lead off because of his speed and his higher OBP. Yes he has 22 strikeouts, but he is also hitting for a higher average and drawing more walks than Kelly. I am not sure who youre going to replace with Infante.
Sethual healing, thats the good thing about Kotchman though, he may not be fast, but he hits a lot of line drives to all fields. He leads the team with 8 doubles and has only grounded into 1 double play so far, where as our current number 2 hitter leads the team in double plays grounded into with 3
April 28th, 20099:42 am
Oh, and Kelly Johnson is last on the team in OBP among the lineup regulars
April 28th, 20099:43 am
Nice job my Moylan giving up the go-ahead run last night. Looks like the Bravos have no 4/5 starters in the rotation, and middle relievers (Bennett, et al) and set up guy (Moylan) are predictably unpredictable.
Carroll wrote that Gomez and Medlen are pitching well in relief at Gwinnett. Hope we see those guys by June if the rag-tag bunch the Bravos have now doesn’t settle down and pitch consistently effectively.
Don’t really have answers for Kawi-crummy or the Glavine-less #5 slot.
AND bench the slumping Kelly Johnson. Prado makes consistent contact and is a better glove at 2nd, anyway.
Random what were chippers remarks about escobar being hbp?? fill me in please
April 28th, 20099:44 am
Original Jon: Yankees are below .500, and spent a couple dollars more (or a couple hundred million, give or take $50 mill) than the Braves did. Not to mention the $1.5 bill ballpark. Are they “shaking things up” yet?
Marlins have lost SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES with that pitching staff. Yeah, they might want to shake things up a bit.
How ’bout the Rays? The AL champs are four games under .500. Does that mean they’re “content” to be four below .500 a year after going to the World Series? I mean, they haven’t fired any coach or manager yet.
Since there has been so much negativity on here, I’ll take the liberty of pointing out some very strong positives to look forward too.
Chipper is just NOW getting healthy over the last 2-3 games, finally. Escobar seems to have things headed in the right direction. McCann has had like 3-4 good games out of the 19 played and Anderson has played in 4 games or so, not healthy. Kelly Johnson is in the most violent funk a leadoff hitter could be as well. Regardless of all that turmoil, Atlanta is only 2 Games Back. I will continue to bash Kelly until something is changed and he performs, which we all know he will (hopefully starting tonight and hopefully Cox makes a little change in the lineup or gives KJ a day or two off as Prado is a line drive machine.) So you have to figure once Anderson and McCann get back from the DL, talk all the trash you want about Anderson, any real knowledgable baseball fan knows when healthy he is a .300 15-80 automatic second-half strong player, things will be on the up-and-up. Also if Reyes struggles tonight there will be a Hanson sighting in May and a young gun like himself can really be a big boost in the arm. My feeling is they wanted to float above water as long as possible and use that shot in the arm from Hanson as later as possible, but again, if Reyes struggles mightily tonight, expect Hanson to start against the Mets next week. Also, for what it’s worth, if they can get Glavine back next month that is a big boost too. I think Kawakami is a solid pitcher, I just think if they put up more runs for him, along for the other pitchers, then our starters can settle in more and do what they are capable of. JJ should be 4-0, easy. Being right at .500 is pretty good if you factor in all of the misfortunes the Braves have endured. These next 10-12 games are very crucial for the psyche of the Braves to get in the heads of the Phils, Mets and Marlins. Words can’t describe how much momentum can come from winning 7/10 during that stretch. We shall see….Again, there is 140 games left, I am pretty content with the results so far factoring in how pathetic everything has gone with the offense and injuries. There is alot to be encouraged about IMO. Kelly Johnson is a major factor here and I’ll say it for the 70th time, he NEEDS to be blended down in the lineup to be successfull, 6th, 7th whatever. That is where he has always succeeded.
PWHjort – Do you think some of the reason Frenchy leads the team in outs (other than the terrible year last year) is that he plays every day while others don’t?
April 28th, 20099:45 am
why kotchman in the number 2 spot?
April 28th, 20099:47 am
DOB: have the players talked at all in the clubhouse about Hanson?
Fleming, yes and no. I think the fact that he plays every day AND posts a miserable OBP are both contributing factors. For instance, Chipper Jones wouldn’t lead the team in outs because he only plays 120 games. He also wouldn’t lead the team in outs because he always posts a 400+ OBP.
April 28th, 20099:48 am
Will football season please, please, please get here. Even summer camps watching NFL players sweat is more fun than watching the boring losing Braves. — Homer Simpson
Not exactly an old-school appreciation for the subtleties and rhythms of a 162-game season.
By the way, which is most fun, watching lineman sweat, or watching skill-position players sweat?
April 28th, 20099:49 am
Bravofan: I have actually heard two players say recently they’d like to see Hanson up with the big club.
April 28th, 20099:51 am
can you say who they are? If you don’t want to I completely understand
“Braveheart, maybe Chipper thinks he has to play bad cop to Bobby’s good cop, or something.” Funny — I had that very same thought after Chipper’s “controversial” remarks regarding Escobar’s overreaction to being HBP.
Random, justify it with all the phoney-baloney tortured logic you’d like, but the reality is Chipper is as undisciplined controlling his tongue with the media as Escobar is controlling his temper on the field. There is no design or logic or purpose Chipper is using to run his mouth this way. He’s just running his mouth, just the same way he did when he was a kid, ya know, the same kind of behavior that forced vets over a decade ago to tell the kid to sit quietly in the corner twiddling his thumbs until it was time to do his thang out on the field.
Kids don’t like vets popping off to the press about who and what is wrong with the team just as much as crusty vets don’t like kids popping off to the press about who and what is wrong with the team. One of the kids needs to act like the vets did a decade ago and tell him to sit quietly in the corner until it’s time to do his thang out on the field.
April 28th, 20099:52 am
McFann, yes they do rehab stints in Triple-A. Any level of minors, usually where it’s most convenient. In past, that’s been Rome when that team was home. Now, Gwinnett will be even more convenient, obviously.
Sure, we’d like to see Hanson come up…and bring a couple of bats with him. It ain’t the pitchin’ it’s the hittin’ – or lack thereof.
April 28th, 20099:54 am
PWHjort, no doubt seeing stupid baserunning errors and the like ticks me off too…but I consider that less of a problem than “we really don’t have any pitching.” The latter is easily fixed…the former, not so much. That’s my main source of optimism right now, I guess.
But yes, dunderheaded plays are infuriating.
Agreed, DirtyDawg. Why waste a year of Hanson arbitration money if the offense isn’t going to score any runs anyway? What’s the point? They’d be wasting money to be more impressively mediocre.
April 28th, 20099:58 am
Yes! THanks, Ms. Rogers!
Sweeeet…so if everything goes accordingly, we’ll be able to see BMac for about 5 bucks!
April 28th, 20099:59 am
The Braves are 2 games back of the Malrlins can everybody stop complaining about every little thing. I think we should not rush Hanson he is 0-3 but he does have an era of 2.18. Wow did the Braves make a good decision or what gregor blanco is hitting a mere .197 at Gwinnett he has 71 ABs and only 14 hits. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Gregor%20Blanco&pos=CF&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=453923
Sorry! Meant thanks, Chief! Total mistake! My fingers just typed it, and then I hit “submit” too soon. Sorry sorry sorry!
April 28th, 200910:00 am
Watching swim suit models sweat.
Run Heap Run
April 28th, 200910:02 am
So Kelly sucks, bring Hanson up, Chipper needs to shut his stupid mouth, Chipper needs to whip some ass, Bobby sucks, TP sucks, McCann’s still got eye problems, the season is over, the Braves suck, Casey sucks, Escobar sucks, Chipper is old, Glavine is old, Bobby is old, Bobby picks his nose, Wren sucks, Prado and Infante needs to play full time, Frenchy may or may not suck, and the swine flu was invented by terrorists.
Am I all caught up now?
nobody has the right to get on here and cry about how bad the team looks or how much they hate bobby cox or how kelly and yunel are terrible or how much our bullpen stinks or how frenchy needs to take more pitches you know why???? because i listen to the game on the radio and attendance is anounced at 16,000. are you flippin kiddin me??? i live in alabama and its a six hour drive from my house, if i lived closer i would be at turner field every chance i got supported this team besides gettin on this blog cryin about every little thing…get real people
April 28th, 200910:04 am
Diory Hernandez looks good at Gwinnett if the Braves do something with KJ he has had a hit in every single game he has played in so far this season except for 2. Did anybody else see that all 3 walks in last nights game led to runs?
April 28th, 200910:05 am
Run Heap Run-You understand the general concept.
April 28th, 200910:06 am
Any comments from Cox about KJ? Any chance he moves him down the order any time soon? If so, who will hit 1st?
April 28th, 200910:07 am
DOB, my point is we have a guy hitting .203 with an OBP of .295 in the leadoff spot. The Yankees dont need to shake things up with their lineup because they are scoring runs and their leadoff man has an OBP of .352. The Rays have switched their lineup around so much that no one can really get comfortable with their roles and produce, they need to stop shaking things up. And the Fish, well, Major League teams are finally figuring out Bonafacio at the top and his OBP is sliding everyday. I am just saying we need to try something different at the top of our lineup, thats all. I am not saying we need to fire people or trade or release guys, just shuffle the lineup a bit. I mean, I dont buy this whole, we dont want Jordan to feel pressure so we put him in the bottom of the lineup bit. The guy has played every game I do believe so far this year, I am sure there isnt much more pressure to do well anymore. I mean, he is already doing better than Kelly.
April 28th, 200910:08 am
In order to get the much needed change in this organization – the fans are doing the right thing. Don’t go to the games. The only language any of the upper management speaks is money. When the poor play leads to poor attendance which leads to the team losing money – trust me, changes will be made.
As you can see by television coverage – no one is going to the games. This speaks volumes to management that the fans aren’t interested in the product that they have put on the field.
I believe this will lead to the changes that this franchise so desperately needs to make.
Coach, after doing a bit of research I am skeptical of that claim…
April 28th, 200910:10 am
Run Heap Run, you forgot that Bennett sucks, the bullpen sucks, Josh Anderson is awesome, and we should recall Vlad Nunez from Gwinnett…
April 28th, 200910:13 am
I live in the Tri-State and I get to about 6-10 games in Atlanta a year. If I lived within an hour of Turner Field I would be at like 50/81 games. I guess it’s those overwhelming and overpriced tickets….Clapping and cheering can really take a toll on the body too.
GA sucks, shoulda went with BJ at the beginning of the year (like I said). He’s the same guy right now just cheaper. KJ sucks and has since he’s been here, how long does it take to realize he is what he is? A .265-.275 hitter with 10-15 hr power and a horrible glove, can get that production from Prado or Infante so let’s please move away from him. Same thing with Diaz, he is a great pinch hit guy and a good 4th OF but a terrible starting OF. SP is good, bullpen is so much better without Boyer, but still needs another arm (Ohman sure would be nice about now). We need one more big bat, like I been saying for months now, and CJ to stay in the lineup and play with a little pain. DOB the Yanks may be losing after spending alot in payroll, but how are the Sox? Pretty large payroll and they won 11 in a row, just because you spend it doesn’t mean your going to win, but it gives you a chance at least. Don’t defend the Braves for being cheap, guys like you are the reason we never get guys like Tex to stay or C.C., or Manny. Those guys are great and we shouldn’t have to buy 20 game ticket packages to see them!
April 28th, 200910:15 am
HUDSON UPDATE (WHOOP WHOOP)
“Another ailing pitcher, Tim Hudson, said he could be throwing off the mound in two to three weeks. The former 20-game winner said he’d be willing to come back as a reliever if that would help the team and bump up his comeback from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Hudson noted that Braves reliever Peter Moylan was back on the mound 11 months after the same operation — about a month earlier than the normal recovery period. Hudson isn’t expected to return before August, but he’s looking for ways to speed up the process.
“Maybe I can come back sooner and help in the bullpen,” said Hudson, a starter throughout his career.”
April 28th, 200910:17 am
Steve from OH,
I agree that stupid baserunning errors can be fixed. But they shouldn’t happen in the first place. These are professional baseball players and making stupid mistakes isn’t acceptable. And I don’t expect us to be at or near the top of the list in baserunning, but we’re farther away from 2nd to last than 2nd to last is to 20th. Now, I DO expect us to be at or near the top in defensive efficiency because we’ve put together a very talented defensive team. 28th in that category is also completely unacceptable and can only be attributed to bonehead plays (and some bad luck, but bad luck doesn’t turn a top-10 into a bottom 3).
April 28th, 200910:20 am
guess so i mean its a tough task goin and i dont know buyin a ticket and gettin one free or cheering on the team that you take the time out of your day to get on this website and blog…so i dont get they are practically givin away tickets. maybe if some the fans supported the team then the players might put forth that extra little ump that makes a difference
April 28th, 200910:22 am
PWH: Agreed. It’s not acceptable, but it’s gonna happen throughout the season. I expect our DE to rise considerably as the season progresses and the baserunning should become adequate at least. Better to have those problems than 4 question marks in your rotation!
April 28th, 200910:24 am
Hudson is a real down to earth guy wanting to help the bullpen out rather than sitting on his butt and not being productive! Go job Huddy! Most of these guys are class acts!
Heap, you forgot Monguesi sucks.
April 28th, 200910:26 am
Steve from OH, that’s certainly true. Not doing the little things right is a better problem to have than not doing the big things right. It’s just frustrating, really. I also expect our DE to rise and our baserunning to be middle of the pack. Hopefully what we’ve observed in April is us working out the kinks and not signs of things to come.
April 28th, 200910:28 am
hudson is flippin awesome on mlb09 the show
Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!
April 28th, 200910:30 am
my hudson sucks in MLB2K9
Those Hudson qoutes scare me as he is being magnificently and heavily relied on for next years dominance. Lowe, Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, Kawakami/Vazquez (One will be traded)….I’d rather he come back for 6 starts in September and be fully healthy instead of rushing to get in the bullpen. Also I forgot to point out earlier in my optimism post that Campillo will be back from the DL soon too. Say what you want about him but I’d rather have him be the 5th starter until Hanson or Glavine come back. Campillo is a very strong #5 starter and long reliever. There is alot to be optimistic about with this squad. But they need to handle their business in the next two weeks against the Phils, Mets and Marlins to show everyone they are for real, which with the pitching and guys coming back from blindness and injuries, they are.
April 28th, 200910:31 am
Sethual – Do you expect Hudson to be immediately effective when he returns from an injury like that?
April 28th, 200910:32 am
Anybody know who screwed up that pickoff attempt late? The one where Infante had to dive and snag Ross’ throw? Would it have been Infante who missed that sign?
DOB are we looking at a mediocre season? This April has been very frustrated, we start the year great with the first series against the Phillies then we struggle, then we WIN, then we struggle.
Truth be told and be honest please is this team just going to be 500 and should we begin looking toward 2010/2011
April 28th, 200910:33 am
PWH: Exactly. Now consider how POed you would be if your starting pitchers had current ERAs of: 0.70, 5.40, 6.32, 9.31(!) and 7.31 and your best option in the minors is…Jon Niese. Ouch.
Or consider if your starters had ERAs of 9.69 (!), 8.41(!), 5.09, 4.91, and 7.16. Do you understand what the state of the blog would be if either of these scenarios occured? Oh, the humanity!
April 28th, 200910:34 am
Yes DOB/Plato/Nostradamus are we looking at a mediocre season??
did you guys see barry bonds and the giants game last night??? he tryin like heck to get back in and i think it hilarious that no one will touch him, shoot he couldnt play for free as far as im concerned
April 28th, 200910:35 am
bravofan (9:43 am): “what were chippers remarks about escobar being hbp?? fill me in please”
Where you been, kid?
Mark Bowman: Before the walk-filled fourth inning, the only eventful occurrence for the Braves happened after Yunel Escobar overreacted when he got hit with a pitch in the third inning. Both benches cleared, but nothing but words, primarily between Escobar and Volquez, were exchanged.
“Esco is high strung and he overreacts sometimes,” Jones said. “There was no intent there. If you’re going to stand on top of the plate, you’ve got to expect to get hit, and if you do get hit, take your base. There’s no sense in getting everybody all geared up, having warnings get issued and taking away the inside part of the plate [from the pitchers]. It was unnecessary.”
DOB: Volquez also hit Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar in the third inning, a fastball in the back that triggered a near-brawl. The fiery Escobar walked toward the mound, pointing and shouting at Volquez, who began shouting back.
Home-plate umpire Tim Tschida and Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez jumped in front of Escobar. Both benches and bullpens cleared, but order was restored before any punches were thrown. There were no ejections, just warnings for both dugouts.
“Esco’s high-strung, and he overreacted,” Jones said of the shortstop. “There was no intent there [to hit him]. … Apparently, he doesn’t like getting hit.”
Several pages of blog discussion starting Here, p 11 ff, with DOB chiming in Here: Chipper’s succinct, honest appraisal of the Escobar-Volquez incident:
“Esco’s high-strung, and he overreacts sometimes. There was no intent [by Volquez to hit him]. If you’re going to stand on top of the plate, you’ve got to expect to get hit. if you get hit, take your base. There’s no reason to get everybody geared up, warnings given, [and then umpires] take away the inside of the plate.”
On Escobar, he added: “You don’t want to take away from what he is. He’s an energetic guy…. Apparently he doesn’t like getting hit.”
Many here thought that Chipper not only failed to sufficiently support Escobar, but also went so far as to “throw him under the bus”.
There would be a “blog-out”. Haha.
April 28th, 200910:38 am
When Kelly came up last night for the last time, my comment/thought was, “Do not let him hit into a double play.”
It seems like Bobby would do something, anything, to try and help Kelly out in that situation. Kelly is so streaky, I’m not gonna say that his confidence is shot; but, the young man certainly does seem to get in really nasty moves (at least his mouth, and the look on his face) when things aren’t going well for him.
Thankfully, we don’t have any noon starts this week, so at least he doesn’t have to worry about Lou Vales’ white shirt blinding him and causing him to lose the ball.
“nasty mood” (not “moves”).
April 28th, 200910:39 am
DOB re: your Rays and Yankees comment. You really believe that is a good comparison? Dude that line looks to come straight from the Brave PR department.
When was the last time the Braves won anything? This team has had a payroll over $80-85mm for years pushing $90-95mm in recent years with nothing to show for it.
They have watched all manner of team and level of payroll waltz past them into October with a bunch of excuses and violins playing on why they came up short. The only guy speaking the truth has been Chipper. When the team stinks he calls them on it. Everyone else is spewing the company line. “We’ll get um tomorrow” or “once we are all healthy”, etc.
At least the Rays went to the WS and the Yankees are in the playoff most years albeit with mixed results. Both teams (like the RSox who started off slow, have you seen them lately?) have the parts to turn it around – I mean both the players and good coaches – the Braves not so much.
The Braves have been MIA come October for what 5+ years and in their last few playoff appearances they were bumped in the first round by the WC team. The staff has more or less stayed the same. I think the fired the conditioning coach in a bold mgt move two years ago. That is about it.
You cannot compare the two/three.
2008 was a bust due to injuries and partly due to poor coaching and terrible fundamentals. In addition the bipolar offense is not a recent problem. This team has been hitting in bunches or beating up on bad pitching (only) for donkey’s years. Year end numbers look respectable but over the course of the season this team has struggled with timely hitting and flat out cannot hit good pitching.
While some of that goes on the players backs there is no one that can say the coaches don’t share some of the responsibility.
You drop $40mm on your team over the winter but you see the same movie as 08. So we should wheel out more excuses for mgt? Since its April we should pause but if this keeps up well into May/early June (when most Braves seasons are typically lost) they need to do more than just bench KJ and sign some journeyman pen guy no one knew was still playing. A coach or two needs to get canned.
The coaches were all given the gift of a 4th chance this past winter (by Bobby) and lots of new faces on the team they are getting the same results. Not encouraging.
In the end who cares what the Yankee or Rays are doing or if their fans are calling for changes. The Braves are trying all manner of fixes and the like with no new results. At some point mgt needs to look in the mirror.
Well, we did see a tale of two managers last night! Tony, on his feet, talking with his assistants, Going over scouting reports, Putting runners in motion, calling for the hit & run..Hell, even the pitcher tried to steal a base! Bobby was sitting on the bench, enjoying the beautiful day, and watching a baseball game!!
April 28th, 200910:41 am
Steve From OH – Or, imagine if your team batting average was .259, your bullpen ERA was 5.30, and your team was 12th in scoring runs. Ouch!
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