12:19 pm April 27, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
April 27th, 20095:25 pm
When are you guys gonna learn that fundamental’s win games. So far this season…I have seen stuff that only little league teams do..
And Bobby….why does he always wait ’till the pitcher gives up 5 runs BEFORE he gives ‘em the hook?
When the brain trust finally addresses those simple issues – we contend for the Pennant EVERY Year!
April 27th, 20095:40 pm
I wonder if the Braves would trade for Corky Miller if McCann is out for the season
April 27th, 20095:41 pm
I think the Phillies and Mets will get much better pitching out of their starters than they are right now. If “it’s early” for us, then it’s early for them, too.
the real OLD GOLD
April 27th, 20095:47 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. Garret Anderson is the new Mike Hampton as he rides the bench with “injuries.” If I hear the word “tweaked” one more time I’m gonna blow a gasket with this guy. Jo Jo Reyes sucks and they won’t let him go and the list goes on. Hurry back Hudson.. we need you buddy.
April 27th, 20095:48 pm
I think if we put a patch over Mac’s eye he would still hit better than Corky….
Steve from OH
April 27th, 20095:50 pm
Chop Chop–I don’t think Maine or Pelfrey will get back to sub-4.00 ERAs like they have in the past. They’re really struggling. Ollie? Laughable. If they can get it to below 4.5 (which is possible), then the Mets might be in business with that ‘pen and their lineup.
Not confident Old Man Moyer will be able to match his 3.71 he posted last year. What a bad deal that was, eh? Anyhoo, the Phils are in worse shape than the Mets, IMO, especially if Hamels goes down…then they’re screwed, big time. They’d better hope Carlos Carrasco has a dynamite rookie season (probably in a 2nd half callup) if they want to say relevant.
Bobby’s Cox -
I think if we put patches on both of Mac’s eyes, he would still hit better than Corky.
April 27th, 20095:54 pm
Let’s face it, for all of the BRaves woes this season, being able to push across a couple of more runs in some low scoring games could be the difference in being 9-9 and 13-5. If we could have averaged 5 runs a game in 4 games we lost our record would be remarkably different. I don’t know what the better run scoring teams avg. (I’m sure some on the blog do) but seems to me that our biggest problem isn’t pitching but run production. In the 4 close games we lost we only averaged 1.5 runs per game. It would have taken brilliantly pitched games not to have lost any of them. I’m sure the Braves runs per game avg. is inflated and skewed bacouse of a couple of high scoring games. Take those games out of the equation and you really see how anemic this team is in scoring.
April 27th, 20095:56 pm
Corky was well liked in the locker room
April 27th, 20095:57 pm
Kelly Johnson is 6 for 9 with 2 HR against Joel Pineiro (3-0, 4.12 ERA). Good day for Kelly to break out of the slump. Kotchman is 0 for 9. Chipper 1 for 6. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Pineiro’s sinker is supposedly improved, expect a lot of ground ball outs unless he leaves it up and we can get to their bullpen.
Swagga jones is in the lineup again!!
Wayne in Utah
April 27th, 20096:00 pm
Optimism, is a concept not found often on the ole blog. The Negative Nellie’s make it hard on the Positive Paul’s around here.
When I see some of the comments, I want to laugh out loud, or cry sometimes, at the absurdity of some of the so called fans.
Like (and I am paraphrasing) “I don’t think Kotchman is going to get any better”.
You’d think that thanks to Al Gore, some on here would actually do some research on some of our players, huh?
(still smiling) Game time in a little over an hour!
Piniero has struck out 5 batters in 20 IP this season with a WHIP of nearly 1.5. His sinker had better be damn good to avoid losing with those numbers. He’s as good of a guy as any to break out of a slump against…anyone remeber when he was a promising prospect?
April 27th, 20096:02 pm
Glavine is going to give this thing a little bit longer. He played catch yesterday and today and was encouraged by how that felt. He’s still having some pain, but he wants to continue to build back up by throwing long toss and try to get on the mound before this homestand is over to test it. Will file a short here in a sec. Click there too!
Alaska Braves Fan
April 27th, 20096:03 pm
The Braves were exactly right to keep Hanson at AAA to begin the season. Every outing he becomes better prepared and better conditioned. He’ll be up soon, probably about the first of June, but this surely was the right course of action. Kawakami’s stuff requires him to be patient and not to become emotional. Remember what Glavine looked like in his heyday? Tommy was not overpowering, and he put men on base a fair bit, but in the end he nibbled the hearts out of the other teams. If Kenshin can make that mental adjustment, he’ll be quite effective. Of course, it remains to be seen whether he can.
Chop Chop, I’m sure the Mets/Phils rotation will get better…but, how much better are you talking about here? We all know the story with Hamels health and their 2-4 sucks, but what about the Mets 2-4 and how it might be worse than the Phils. Whatever, we have enough things to worry about right now than those two teams. Cards are in town!
April 27th, 20096:04 pm
Not every pitch by a pitcher is to exploit a hitters weakness, nor will a pitcher try to exploit the hitter’s weakness in each at bat against said hitter.
Situations (lineup position, who’s hitting behind you, the runners on base) determine everything.
Well, that’s one approach to pitching.
Last thing I heard of Pineiro was how he was crying about not getting to start in the WBC. It would be nice if the Braves made him do some crying tonight, huh!
P-Town Brave (Schafer To Leadoff; KJ to 6/7)
April 27th, 20096:05 pm
Good luck waiting for that to happen…his bender so to speak hasn’t lasted quite long enough for him…
He’ll get back to hitting in about a week and then take the rest of May off…
Interesting to see Bobby didn’t change anything at the top but flipped Ross and Schafer near the bottom…why is the next question..? It can’t be because he expects Schafer to see better pitches because he won’t…
Then again, knowing Bobby, I fully expected Diaz to be back in there in LF even though BJ(that sounds bad) had a decent showing yesterday.
April 27th, 20096:06 pm
Good comparison of Maddux vs. Pedro over at Posnanski’s blog today. If it hasn’t already been mentioned.
Oh really? Gee now there is a new one (ROCK ON)
yeah really. The team has next to nothing to do with his inability to get 5 IP in 100 pitches. If you think differently, please explain to us how that is.
April 27th, 20096:11 pm
Got to looking at the team stats and noticed that pretty much across the board we ranked 7th, 8th, 9th in most offensive categories (except for SB’s which I believe we are dead last).THe problem as I see it is not that we are a little better than avg. in some categories but that there really isn’t one category where this team excels. The closest thing to excelling is pitching where we ranked 5th in team ERA.
April 27th, 20096:12 pm
Thanks for the Glavine update, Carroll!
Slugger–when I pitched, every pitch had a purpose, usually to set up my next pitch in the sequence (i.e. inside fastball sets up changeup down and away)…of course, I never had scouting reports to work with! That was just my take on pitching, which probably explains why I’m typing about it here and not doing it for a living…
April 27th, 20096:13 pm
Well, that and the three anchors in my shoulder. F’ing hockey…
April 27th, 20096:14 pm
It is everything in baseball as it was last year when I cam in here on the last day of April and said they were through. Then a few weeks later ajc ran a poll and 70% of so said they still had a chance? They must be on glue as is everyone who thinks the Braves stand a chance if they continue this dismal April. The pecking order is pretty much set. Washington is already out. Don’t believe me? Come back in 5 months and tell me otherwise! No one did last year!
April 27th, 20096:15 pm
This team has averaged 3.2 runs per game in 15 of it’s 18 games. Makes it hard on a pitching staff to hold teams to under 3 runs a game.
April 27th, 20096:18 pm
Washington is already out. Don’t believe me? Come back in 5 months and tell me otherwise! No one did last year!
Wow, bold predictions on the blog. Bold. New. Refreshing. Thank you, sir, you have changed my outlook on life in a single post!
Coach (2010 or bust)
April 27th, 20096:21 pm
Brandon Jones was one of their hottest hitters (.308) and he’s up with Atlanta. That leaves a bunch of struggling outfielders: Gregor Blanco is hitting .197 (14-for-71), newcomer Brian Barton is still trying to find his rhythm, he’s hitting .158 (he’s 3-for-19) and right fielders Reid Gorecki (.200, 11-for-55) and Joe Borchard (.119, 5-for-42) are both struggling.
Um Carroll, Joe Borchard was released. Thought you might want to know.
April 27th, 20096:23 pm
Carroll, what are the chances that Bobby will bring up Tommy Hanson just in case Tom Glavine does not recover? And if KK is not the starter that we expect him to be, do you think that he could be a reliver or a good set up man?
Chop chop…do you go to tech?
We don’t know the story with Hamels’s health. He got hit with a line drive on his left shoulder in his last start. He struck out six in 3.1 IP in that game before that happened. His velocity was okay.
Oddly enough, if you take a look at PitchFX, Hamels’s fastball velocity this season actually looks a little better than it did in ‘08. Maybe his elbow is mangled, but the velocity looks alright. If the elbow is structurally sound, he’ll get back on track.
April 27th, 20096:24 pm
That is a very positive stat, since that talks about a treasure braves have……..pitching. Other NL east teams (except fish) lack of it. In the long run, this is what keeps you in. Besides, we have had lots of injuries already, maybe when we get healthier that run production will get up.
thats 5 key players in the 1st 15 game of the season. Not to mention campillo and glavine in the pitching deparment.
April 27th, 20096:26 pm
Monty, our Braves are averaging 4.33 runs per game. There is no nice way to say this. That is brutal.
April 27th, 20096:27 pm
God no, CorkylikesBeer.
I’m finishing up my A.A. (in journalism…hahahaha) down at wonderful Darton College in Albany, Ga. I think I’ll be switching over to communications. My brother’s an ink-stained wretch. The small-town Arkansas paper he works for has been around for 140 years and may give up the ghost soon. There’s too much of that going on now for me to risk sticking with it.
April 27th, 20096:28 pm
Thanks very much for the update, Carroll!
I’m a Dawg fan.
That explains the “God no.”
Thanks for the info, Ms. Rogers!
Man, don’t go there, please.
April 27th, 20096:29 pm
monty, I hear we’re about two weeks away from acquiring a slugger for the middle of our order: Mc…McCann? Is that it?
April 27th, 20096:30 pm
Chop..I graduated from UGA, awhile back and fortunate enough to still live in downtown athens….thank god for home/office…go dawgs….
April 27th, 20096:33 pm
We’re still waiting for Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa to get more comfortable with the American game and ball (WW)
yeah, very few of them have come over and been regular all-stars like they are over there.Makes Ichiro loom even larger, the best player since Sadaharu Oh.probably.
April 27th, 20096:34 pm
I didn’t care about trying to pass college classes when I was 19. I ended up going back at 27. I care now.
April 27th, 20096:35 pm
Just caught the ass end of an interview with Blaine Boyer on WGST. Apparently he thinks his “breath of fresh air” is phenomenal.
I guess he didn’t like playing for the greatest manager ever, eh?
April 27th, 20096:36 pm
but Pujols is the greatest hitter in the history of the game. (MF)
maybe if you’re 16. There have been a lot of players who hit as well in eras when offense was much tougher to generate
April 27th, 20096:37 pm
Our pitching, 4.24 ERA, ranked 10th.
Our offense, hitting .258, ranked 19th overall, 19th in HR’s and dead last in stolen bases with 3.
But most surprisingly, the defense is ranked 28th with a .979 fielding percentage.
The experts predicted our Braves to finish third in the N.L. East, I think they were right.
April 27th, 20096:39 pm
It seems like we never hit and run or try to hit the other way..move runners over…
April 27th, 20096:40 pm
Yeh, yeh, yeh, it is early – but I think most of us agree that we are in trouble offensively. Mac will be back and that will of course help. We unfortunately know that Chipper will miss more games. The “big bat” that we were in search of never happened and GA is not it. They were out there (Ibanez comes to mind), but FW either didn’t or couldn’t pull the trigger. Maybe someone will fall out early and start unloading, but make no mistake, we are in desperate need of some offense!
April 27th, 20096:42 pm
Hey cabravesfan or anyone else that might know, is there a way to watch the Braves PTV and/or Sport South broadcasts on directv if you’re out of market? Do I have to order something special? I’m a directv noob and already have the mlb.tv package, but thought it might be worth asking…
April 27th, 20096:43 pm
Joe Morgan is very insightful and gives a good analysis B C
that’s one of the funniest posts I have ever read. way to go
Blaine Boyer’s a lucky man. He’s gone from playing for the best manager ever to a genius.
In fact, when Blaine is dead, they’ll talk about what a lucky man he was.
April 27th, 20096:47 pm
I wonder if I will get to see Andruw Jones this weekend..going to a Rangers Game
Is there where I say that the 2 games Kelly didn’t start we scored 8 and 11 and in those games his replacements were 4 for 7 w/ 2 2b, hr, and 3 rbi.
That certainly elevates the per game RS average…
And yes, I agree…holding a team under 3 is difficult, especially when all things being considered, a quality start by a pitcher is 6 IP+ and 3 runs or less…so if (blank) throws 6 IP and gives up 3 or 2 (or even 0 like Jair did in Washington) they most likely get either a no decision or even a loss with our anemic offense…
Things need to be altered in a way where the players that are placed on the field are comfortable in their spots in the order and know their roles…
That will never happen w/ Kelly batting 1, Kotchman batting 4, and Schafer batting 7 or 8…
Casey Kotchman only had 22 AB’s in the cleanup spot before he came to Atlanta….what does that tell you?
Kelly now is hitting .265 (yes with a .350 OBP) BUT he also only has 9 SB out of 16 attempts (less than ideal) AND strikes out in the leadoff spot once in every 5 AB’s AND he’s only batting .214 when leading off the game.
That being said, a couple good stats for Kelly to look at would be this:
When swinging at the 1st pitch in an AB or at 1-0 in a count, Kelly is batting over .350 (.370 OBP/ .600+ SLG) which means if the first pitch is a strike he should be hacking, AND
Batting 7th in the lineup has produced these results over 170 AB’s…(.331 .406 .538)…very VERY good numbers, which show why he should bat around this spot in the order so he can relax and just hit.
Finally, Jordan Schafer…lots of us have been clamoring for him to be up in the leadoff spot…besides the KJ numbers I just presented, Jordan had a +.370 OBP the last 2 years in the minors (mainly from the leadoff spot) AND stole 20+ bases in a full season between 2 A clubs and 12 last year in a 1/2 season at AA.
Jordan will bring speed and different intangibles to the 1 slot…Plus it will return him to his better suited spot and more aggressive nature…
There’s no sense in creating a lineup and having all your players in all the wrong slots…
That would be like sticking Chipper in the leadoff hole or moving him to RF (to a lesser degree, but you get the point)…
These things are just not smart baseball and not smart for a team IF it wants to play winning baseball.
Feel free to tear this down, but there isn’t a single stat or single point I put in this that I didn’t research to the fullest.
Hope to get a win tonight, but it will be an uphill battle against a team that scores plenty of runs when we haven’t built a lineup with the ability to do so over more than a 1-2 game stretch…
April 27th, 20096:48 pm
Chop Chop , it will definitely be interesting to see if Blaine Boyer can get back on track under the guidance of Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan.
April 27th, 20096:49 pm
Just now watching an Albert Pujols highlight reel and realized how much I will cringe tonight every time we HAVE TO pitch to him
St Louiee Woman
April 27th, 20096:50 pm
Braves are gonna have the St Louiee Blues the next three games.
Lucky Man! Love it!
April 27th, 20096:52 pm
MattyRoss – You’d have to have the MLB Extra Innings package if you are out of market. Otherwise, the games would be blacked out. I live in AZ and have Extra Innings and also have the DirecTV Sports Pack, which gets me all the regional sports channels (including SportsSouth). Having the Sports Pack would allow you to see stuff like the pre & post game shows, but unless you have Extra Innings, the game itself would be blacked out.
April 27th, 20096:53 pm
I have the MLB package on DirecTV…it is kinda pricey but totally worth it. I get every game except the Saturday day games (don’t ask- I will spare the rest of the blog my weekly rant agains FOX), including Peachtree.
April 27th, 20096:54 pm
“Is there where I say that the 2 games Kelly didn’t start we scored 8 and 11 and in those games his replacements were 4 for 7 w/ 2 2b, hr, and 3 rbi” P-Town
I threw those same stats up there last year. Didn’t do any good. Btw, me and you seem to be on the same side of almost every argument.
You guys are lucky….I have to listen and watch the stupid Cardinals broadcast tonight!
April 27th, 20096:56 pm
BC- Yeah, I do believe I have noticed some of your statements…good arguments as well…
Oh, and just to mention they’ve already completely botched Jurrjens in the pre-game on the Cardinals broadcast.
Finally, Lohse will make his scheduled start tomorrow, so that being said, should we may be pray for rain?
April 27th, 20096:58 pm
WoW…after listening to Al Hrabosky and Chris Berman, I may have to rethink my top 5 most annoying broadcasters!
Run Heap Run
April 27th, 20096:59 pm
MattyRoss – Where do you live? PTV Braves is channel 651 on my Direct TV. But I’m in the southeast.
Good news about Glav. Still looking back for the Mac news.
Coach Coach anyone
Enter your comments here
April 27th, 20097:01 pm
Situations [in the game] determine everything [about the pitcher's approach]
Of course, it does. Never implied differently. The line I read said the pitcher would not pitch to the hitter’s weakness in order to get ahead of the hitter, which is bass-effing-ackwards. I also said I must have missed some of the exchange. Whatever the case, the guy has a hole in his swing? I’m throwing a boatload of pitches there, first inning, third, fifth, whenever, until he shows me he can put in a cork in it.
April 27th, 20097:02 pm
Are ya ready for some baseball?!?!?
Predictions for tonights game?
April 27th, 20097:03 pm
You mean like Edwin Encarnacion, who for the life of could absolutely NOT hit an inside running 2-seamer, BUT…
We manage to pitch to Jay Bruce instead and give up a 2-run HR…
Regardless of language barrier, KK should at least know what a scouting report is shouldn’t he?!
Gee stephen glad u think highly of the braves
Budweiser Presents Real Men Of Genius
April 27th, 20097:04 pm
Today, we salute you Mr. Turn a Two Hour Game Into a Three Hour Game, lefty after lefty, right after righty, you motion to the pen, I use six relievers a night, yes, we salute you, Mr. Larussa
April 27th, 20097:05 pm
Stephen..the braves are favored by 1.5 runs…
April 27th, 20097:06 pm
I’m Gonna One-Up your prediction and say we lose by 1 run…Gotta go out in Style…
4-3 Cards, unless we come out with our A Game early…
Memo To Bobby C. Don’t Let That Fck..g Pujols Beat You, gotta avoid him at all costs…
April 27th, 20097:07 pm
WainWright For J.D. Screw, Burger King, And Eli Marrero, I’d like to re-do that trade…!
April 27th, 20097:08 pm
Corky, who in God’s name would favor the Braves by 1.5 runs?
April 27th, 20097:09 pm
I agree with your assessment. Schafer is our most dynamic baserunner and he doesn’t even get a chance to get on base until the 2nd or 3rd inning and then again in the 5th or 6th innings generally speaking.
I bet on the cardinals….got 1.5 points…the over/under for the game is 9 runs.
I’ll go in on those predictions:
April 27th, 20097:10 pm
Man What A Sparse Crowd at the Ted…I guess People are took heed to my boycott suggestion…And Not go to the Games…
April 27th, 20097:12 pm
Man Afer Hearing about all the stats about the cardinals offense…This Cardinals offense scares me…We better not be giving these guys extra outs to play with or we are gonna get our As..s handed to us…
April 27th, 20097:13 pm
so is this how this goes…. when the braves are doing good everyone loves them. when they are sucking everyone hates them? is that a true fan?
Late arriving crowd…tomahawkin..cardinals have a huge following like the braves
Lol, a major league chess match. That’s a good one.
April 27th, 20097:14 pm
Slugger–when I pitched, every pitch had a purpose, usually to set up my next pitch in the sequence (i.e. inside fastball sets up changeup down and away) (STEVE FROM OHIO)
All I did was chuck it as hard as I could as long as I could, keep the ball down, and only come up to letter them for strike three. Wish I could claim a better strategy than that, but I had a hard enough time throwing strikes to worry too much about location, other than to keep it down
April 27th, 20097:15 pm
Were Escobar’s feet trapped in cement on that play?
Wow JJ just hit 95 on the gun on his second pitch to Pujols. 94 the last time. 95 again. Either he is really jacked up or the gun is!
April 27th, 20097:16 pm
Pujols is special…what is his value on fangram
Pujols is only 29? What? I don’t know why I thought he was more like 35.
Nice Dealing, Going after Pujols, That was Sick!
JJ just K’d Pujols. I’ll tkae it.
April 27th, 20097:17 pm
He was thinking about Kelly, Braveheart.
Time to go enjoy some baseball. Have fun, folks.
braves fan – No, it’s a fairweather fan. Real fans (like me and many others here) hate losing, but we suck it up and lace ‘em up for another day.
Dammit! I had a feeling that JJ would think he was out of the woods after Facing Pujols, which isn’t the case
April 27th, 20097:18 pm
Good to see a lot of swings and misses, maybe Jair can keep this up all night and Piniero will walk in a couple of runs. ^^
Rob from SC
April 27th, 20097:19 pm
Bad choice on the throw to home. Doesn’t look like B Jones has the arm?
And here we go.
gotta get Molina
April 27th, 20097:20 pm
Anybody know why the game isn’t on ESPN. TV guide says thats whats on but it isn’t?
Quick! Name that Molina!
Too early to call this one?
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