How important is a winning April?

   Hey, it’s Carroll here. Just back to the ol’ Braves beat from the NFL draft….which I have to say, is a lot more fun to cover than the baseball draft. Talked to two guys yesterday (Peria Jerry and William Moore) who will actually play next year.

 

   It’s nice not having to be all patient and everything. And the food wasn’t half bad either – my goodness. Thanks Falcons.

   OK, so back over here to the small stitched ball. And wondering what to blog about this lazy Monday morning….This Monday morning, April 27….OK, got it.  

   We’re down to three more games in April. The Braves are 9-9. One way or another after three games with the Cardinals, we’re going to have a crooked number here. So how big of a deal is it to have a winning April?

   They say you can’t win the division in April but you can lose it. These numbers for the Braves seem to bear that out: only four times in the last 18 years have the Braves had a losing April and still made it to the playoffs.

 

   2002: 12-15

   2001: 12-14

   1993: 12-13

   1991: 8-10

 

   Now, 1991 and 1993 were special, special seasons. And in 2001 and 2002, the Braves still had Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz dealing – well, not Smoltz in 2000 because of Tommy John, but they had the pitching to bounce back.

   The Braves can hope they’ve got more of the same in this year’s case with Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens and Javier Vazquez. They’re proving to be quite the threesome. But it’s looking like Kenshin Kawakami might be the weak link.

   I thought it was interesting what David Ross said in DOB’s story after yesterday’s game, that he wanted Kawakami to pitch around Jay Bruce in his first at-bat, but Kawakami put one over the plate that Bruce hit out. And he said that it might have been an issue with the language.

   Regardless, Kawakami has a 7.06 ERA in four starts. Jo-Jo Reyes has a 7.94 ERA after one start and you have to figure that’ll lower, but the other three starters – Jurrjens, Lowe and Vazquez – have a combined ERA of 2.41.

   Anyway, it will be no small task to take two out of three from the Cardinals this series and get a winning April. The Cardinals come to Atlanta leading the NL Central at 13-6. The three starters they have going in this series – Joel Pineiro, Kyle Lohse, and Adam Wainwright – are a combined 8-0.

 

   And of course there’s Albert Pujols who is leading the league in homers (7) and RBIs (25).

   The Cardinals lead the National League in batting average (.299), runs scored (115), slugging percentage (.488) and OPS (.868).

 

GWINNETT BRAVES

   So it’s a lovely ballpark. They’ve got a great starting pitching staff. Where is the love with the Gwinnett Braves? They are 6-12 on the season after winning only their second home game yesterday. They went 2-8 on their first ever homestand.

   The pitching staff is holding its own. Gwinnett is ranked third in the International League with a 3.29 ERA behind Norfolk (2.30) and Durham (2.61).

   But they scored only 3.3 runs a game over the homestand, and they’ve been shut out three times already this season.

   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 fielder Reid Gorecki is hitting .200 (11-for-55).

   And hey a bright spot, reliever Mariano Gomez is third in the International League with a 1.15 ERA. He’s pitched in seven games, allowing only two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings. And Kris Medlen continues to hold his own, going 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA in four games, and three starts.

   Mr. Tommy Hanson has become Mr. Hard Luck. He’s 0-3 in four starts despite a 2.18 ERA (five earned runs in 20 2/3 innings). He’s struck out 29 in his 20 2/3 innings, and he leads the International League in that category.

   Charlie Morton pitches tonight on the road against Norfolk. He’s 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA.

UPDATES TO COME:

   Today we should get some more details on what happened with Brian McCann’s visit to the eye specialist and maybe Glavine is ready to update us on how his shoulder is feeling.

 

   It’ll be two weeks since his visit to Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, and Glavine has said if he doesn’t see improvement in that time, it might be time to consider retirement. If he has, then it’s time to go back to work on his rehab. I’ll keep you posted.

  

 

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Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

Oh, and i also meant to point out on KK that the Braves were thinking it might help him when the weather warms up because his curveball is his big weapon and it’s harder to grip and get a good feel in the cold weather. Course that couldn’t have been to blame for yesterday since it was in the 80s in Cincy.

JasonInFL (Formerly ME)

April 27th, 2009
12:33 pm

I think KK will be better than he has been, but not as good as the Braves were anticipating. But, to be honest; Tommy H will be up some time this year. I think he is already better than KK, so by the end of the year; KK will be our number 5. He will be an over priced #5, but better than what most teams have.

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2009
12:33 pm

Hope Cox has learned from the past and tries to pitch around Pujols because if not…….I predict some 2-3 HR by the guy this series and some 6 RBI. Whatever you do, dont let pujols be the one that beats you.

Wayne in Utah

April 27th, 2009
12:35 pm

My local (Utah) sports page says the it’s the Braves vs the Cards on ESPN tonight. Does that get blocked out in ATL???

I am not going to have too many games I can actually see this year, so this is exciting.

DAP

April 27th, 2009
12:35 pm

efrim (from the last blog) I’m not sure they will be going after a high priced corner outfielder. Jason Heyward is in LF/RF late 2010, starting 2011.

i differ a little bit on this one. i personally think we are going to have both kelly and escobar at their respective positions at least until they hit free agency.

the offensive focal points of our lineup are chipper and mccann, so fart of what wren needed to do, was have very solid backups from those positions. he did that this year by getting ross and locking up infante for two years. prado is also under team control for awhile, i think. so that part is covered.

i also think that unless kotchman does a face plant, he will beat first, because he is inexpensive, plays awesome defense and does his part offensively. plus, free man is on the way.

honestly, outfield is where i expect this team to try and get better. francouer is only a couple of years away from free agency, and i dont think the braves will let heyward coming up prevent them from getting someone for left field, because it could be next year, or it could be 2011 or farther down the road (probably not, but maybe). i dont think they will hurt the team just to wait on heyward. they will improve the team, and cross that bridge when they get there.

i dont think they will sign someone for a long contract, but i would look for them to trade for someone who has a couple of years left or maybe even just one more year.

but, i wouldnt rule out trying to sign someone, either.

Jeff321

April 27th, 2009
12:38 pm

Wayne – It gets blacked out (they run ESPN News) in Atlanta/St.Louis.

brAves Sucios

April 27th, 2009
12:39 pm

Here’s hoping for some good news from Glav. Go Braves!

Random

April 27th, 2009
12:40 pm

MuFfin: “Point is Schafer is the catalyst to our offense”

R: “Schafer has a combination total RBI and Runs Scored of 13, lower than any other regular starter except for Kotchman (10 for him). KJ has 18. . . .You call that [Schafer] a ‘catalyst’?

MFin04 (12:06 pm): “You see a lot of guys in the 8th spot with a ton of RBIs and Runs Scored”

What’s your point?

And (again) how exactly is Schafer an offensive “catalyst” (whatever that means)?

Jeff321

April 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

Carroll Rogers – Can you get an in depth interview with Terry Pendleton?

cphizzle

April 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

so does that mean i will be in the dark here in alabama

Blair

April 27th, 2009
12:42 pm

I think Kawakami has really good stuff, and it looks like he is pressing to me. He seems to be trying too hard, trying to be too fine. Seriously, for a guy that was hailed for his control…we certainly have not seen that out of him thus far. Walks. HBPs. And fastballs up in the zone over the middle of the plate….let’s just say he is struggling with his control.

I wouldn’t attribute that to an adjustment period. I do think he trying to do too much. He needs to settle in a little bit. And it would help if the lineup would get out there and throw up some runs for him. Give him some confidence…

Run Heap Run

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Yeah Wayne, we’ll be seeing that game on Peachtree “locally”.

Blair

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Oh and here is your obligatory “why can’t we see Carroll’s picture” entry into the old blogospehre.

DAP

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

gollee, my post was typed very poorly. hopefully it was understood.

Sirmonator

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

I think that in the end, the starting pitching will be just fine. What bothers me is Bobby’s unwillingness to play Martin Prado at second on a consistent basis…For one, it would add another righty into a line-up that primarily consists of lefties. If the excuse is being made that Prado is not a typical leadoff hitter, then my response would be “Is Kelly Johnson a typical leadoff hitter?” Kelly may be fast, but if you can’t get on base what is the difference? Anyway, I’ve loved watching Prado for a couple of years now and just think he looks like exactly what the braves need, a gritty, tough ballplayer who understands how to play the game. I think he should get more of an opportunity!

monty

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Did anyone see the pitch that Bruce hit out yesterday? It would have been a great pitchout, shoulder high fastball that may have gotten the outside part of the plate. Wind blowing out to left and it barely cleared the fence. Easy out in Atlanta. It’s not like he hung a slider over the middle, dude just hit what would have been called a ball-not even a close pitch for a HR. WHat can you say?

Jeff321

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

so does that mean i will be in the dark here in alabama

I’m not sure about that one. I guess it depends if your in the Braves blackout area or not.

You can go to the bottom of this page and enter your zip code for that info.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp

Wayne in Utah

April 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Jeff

That stinks for you guys. For a couple of bucks, maybe I can do color commentary?

:-)

Blair

April 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

Monty: I’m not sure that ball hit by Bruce yesterday is out anywhere else in baseball. Really tough luck for KK there. That thing was a sky-pop that got the wind and barely carried out.

Tomahawkin

April 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

In this hard Division 9Second Best In Baseball it is imperative to get off to a good start in April…And We should be at least 3 games over .500. Those games that we should’ve won but lost to Washington and Pittsburgh are really gonna bite us in the A..s come September…With our division combined with the fact that the schedule isn’t going to be a cakewalk in May and June, we gotta get out of April with a better than .500 record…

With that in mind, This team better get their A..ss’s Serious and come out Playing For real against the Cards and Mets…

If we come out playing like a AAA team (Inept Defense, Inept Baserunning skills, Overaggressiveness at the Plate, etc) we are gonna get our As..es Handed to us each and every night…

Now Lets beat the Crap out of the Cardinal, I can’t Stand the Fck…g Cards…!

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

Schafer will score more runs in the leadoff spot then anyone on this team period. He will be able to draw walks eventually….and he can use his speed to get on base. Schafer has a higher average and higher OBP than KJ. Why not try him in the one spot where he can score runs. This team can’t score runs unless we hit a miracle homerun or the other team walks 4 straight batters (not sure which is more likely at this rate). That there is the definition of a catalyst.

Jeff321

April 27th, 2009
12:48 pm

Wayne – I live in Florida and only get blacked out for Rays/Marlins games. (Which I get on FSN Florida and Sun Sports.)

That said, I’ll be watching it on MLB Premium tonight.

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2009
12:48 pm

Jeff321 what do you want to know? I’m sure today I’ll be busy trying to gather the news of the day, but I talk to TP most every day by the batting cage. Just wondering what it is you’re after.

cphizzle

April 27th, 2009
12:48 pm

and survey says…i wil be tuned into jim and don tonight, appreciate it jeff

Blair

April 27th, 2009
12:50 pm

Go ahead and throw me into move Jordan to leadoff camp. Not sure I want to do it for him as bad as I want to do it for Kelly Johnson. He hits better down in the order where he can be aggressive and drive in runs. The kid is going to have ups-and-downs all year, but he can’t steal bags and change games at the bottom of the order. This is one area where Joe Morgan was absolutely on target. If we’re going to be successful as an offense, it will be with Schafer in the leadoff spot.

Rock On.......

April 27th, 2009
12:51 pm

Knowitall…..you posted from the last blog–What does Gwinnett having a bad team have to do with Hanson’s ability to pitch past the 5th inning? “The team” isn’t the cause of him throwing 100 pitches through 5 innings.

Oh really? Gee now there is a new one. You might want to add “don’t quite” to your blog name my friend.

Sethual Healing

April 27th, 2009
12:51 pm

Carol, how is Hudson healing up?

Random

April 27th, 2009
12:53 pm

Carroll Rogers: “We’re down to three more games in April. The Braves are 9-9. One way or another after three games with the Cardinals, we’re going to have a crooked number here.”

CR, all numerals are crooked with the exception of 1 and 0. The only way the Braves will have a crooked number record for April is if they sweep (12-9) or get swept (9-12).

If they split the series, we’ll be either 11-10 or 10-11 — no crooked numbers there?

PS: You’re welcome (in advance).

8-)

Rock On.......

April 27th, 2009
12:53 pm

Tomahawkin….don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel.

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
12:53 pm

Monty – yeh the first pitch Bruce hit out…was ridiculous, looked like something Frenchy used to K on.

Tomahawkin – I agree completely. With the way our offense is scoring runs, we cant give away bases/outs/runs/etc. And if we don’t beat the Cards and the Mets…we don’t deserve to make the playoffs period. We have to win games in order to make the playoffs…that’s the bottom line. (And yes the Cardinals are for real…we are going to need to score some runs!)

Tomahawkin

April 27th, 2009
12:55 pm

“This is one area where Joe Morgan was absolutely on target. If we’re going to be successful as an offense, it will be with Schafer in the leadoff spot.”

I will Co-sign Onto That, We need someone in the Leadoff slot that is capabale of stealing 20-25 bases, especially if Schafer is Supposed to be compared to Grady Sizemore. Move KJ down to the 6th or 7th Slot, and With Bobby Stubborness he probably won’t to it til August…Like he did With A. Jones a couple of years ago…

Feast or Famine Offense, let’s see which one shows up tonight…

I think **Coach** Stated it in a previous blog that this is the slowest braves team we’ve seen…

Jeff321

April 27th, 2009
12:55 pm

Carroll Rogers

I don’t really want to rattle off a bunch of “gotcha” questions for TP. Basically, was just looking along the lines of a feature piece with about 30 quotes from him on all aspects of this team and his home life. (Life on the road, what does he see himself doing in 2-5 years, etc.)

braves4ever

April 27th, 2009
12:56 pm

Wayne in Utah , you could do a much better job of color or anything than the current TV guys, I personally watch TV and listen to Jim and Don do the radio show , its great.

George

April 27th, 2009
12:56 pm

**THIS IS OFF THE SUBJECT BUT I HOPE YOU ARE LIKE ME IN THAT I AM TIRED OF WATCHING THE ALL-STAR GAME WITH ONLY ONE OR TWO ATLANTA BRAVES PLAYERS… IF EVERYONE WILL COMMIT TO VOTING ATLEAST THE MAXIMUM 25 TIMES A DAY UNTIL JULY AND WE CAN GET 1000 PEOPLE TO DO IT THAT WILL BE 25,000 VOTES PER DAY… COME ON BRAVES FANS LETS GET OUR BOYS TO THE GAME SO WE CAN ENJOY IT MORE…**

Willy Wally

April 27th, 2009
12:56 pm

I was against Abreu, Dunn, and Ibanez during the offseason, but it’s looking like that $11 million spent on Kawakami, Anderson and Glavine would’ve been better spent on any one of those three plus Ohman.

AndyC

April 27th, 2009
12:57 pm

Carroll, do you think Bobby will move Schafer to leadoff? KJ has struggled and he has always been more comfortable hitting lower in the order. Last year he hit .303 7th and .405 8th. In 2007 he hit .377 7th and .297 8th. I know Schafer strikes out a lot. But he might provide a spark at the top of the lineup.

Tomahawkin

April 27th, 2009
12:57 pm

—Rock On—

You will know exactly how I feel once the game is on-going…I plan to be in Full effect mode when The game starts….I get Hyped up when we play the cards because I know a bunch of bandwagon Cardinals fans from College…

So I plan to get tuned up off some Bud Ice and im gonna go all out once the game starts…!

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
12:58 pm

Random that’s funny…I was kinda thinking the same thing. When all is said and done…Tomahawkin is right…it very well could be 9-12 if we dont get our butts in gear. SWITCH THE LINEUP UP!. I dont even care who bats where.

monty

April 27th, 2009
12:59 pm

I don’t know, is it just me, or is anyone else rubbed the wrong way by MS. Rogers putting KK’s pitcher and asking the question in the Headline “Is he the weakest link?” It’s perfectly fine to discuss it in the blog but to post it as a headline, IMHO isn’t very classy.

Todo

April 27th, 2009
12:59 pm

Carroll,

Ask TP who he thinks is a better overall hitter for this team, KJ or Prado. Then ask him why KJ peaks and valley’s so damn much….thanks.

Run Heap Run

April 27th, 2009
1:01 pm

so does that mean i will be in the dark here in alabama

Do you have Peachtree TV? I’m here in alabama and I do, no in the darkness for me!

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April 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

When is Hanson coming to replace KK?

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

Random, I’m not sure how they’d split a three-game series. I just meant they wouldn’t be .500 at the end of the month at 9-9 with three games to play.

Jeff321, not a bad idea. Though I did one of those in Gwinnett a couple years back. But maybe for an off day story at some point. But it won’t be today. Sorry.

AndyC, eventually? yeah. Today? No.

Tomas

April 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

Royals DFA’d Branyan Peña, maybe the Braves could get him back but not to the big league roster.

I think Kawakami will be a good pitcher, he just hasn’t been able to adjust. From what I’ve seen, at the start of games he is a bit wild, but then is able to settle in, and when he gets tired he starts making mistakes and he gets hammered. Let’s see how his next start goes against Houston.

Eware

April 27th, 2009
1:02 pm

Tomahawkin, careful with the Bud Ice. I tend not to drink anything with the slogan, “Man, now that’s a hangover.”

cphizzle

April 27th, 2009
1:03 pm

RHR you have peachtree? and how is that?

Sethual Healing

April 27th, 2009
1:05 pm

The thing about hitting lead off is that it requires a different mentality. Anyone playing on in the majors knows this. There is a big strategic difference between hitting 8th and hitting lead off.

We can’t predict how Schafer will do in the 1 spot based on how he did in the 7 and 8 spots. If that were an indicator, Kelly Johnson would be hitting in the mid-.300s (he hits so well late in the order). Schafer deserves a chance. His speed is so worthless in the 8 spot!

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
1:05 pm

By the way…if you do the All Star voting…it remembers your votes…so you just need to resend it 25 times. I got my 25 votes in.

Heavy Medlen

April 27th, 2009
1:06 pm

CR…

any word on if Cody Ross is getting the start again today?

Run Heap Run

April 27th, 2009
1:06 pm

Well I have Direct TV but the local cable company charter has it as well. It’s Braves ONLY on Peachtree, so technically I don’t “have” PTV…except for when the Braves are on, which is the only thing they show I’d be interested in anyway.

Random

April 27th, 2009
1:06 pm

MFin04 (12:46 pm): “Schafer will score more runs in the leadoff spot then anyone on this team period.”

Agreed — eventually.

Just not yet — be patient. Cox is.

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

Todo, if you’re a coach, why the heck are you going to answer that question? Sometimes you guys need to use your head for more than a hat rack.

Monty, I did not write that headline, and I’m with you that it’s questionable. I know what our web gurus are doing though. They’re trying to get hits. I guess I have to just suck it up and bear it, but that wasn’t my call. My headline was the one I put down on the blog list about April.

Jeff321

April 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

Carroll Rogers – Thanks for taking it under consideration.

Macon Braves (RIP)

April 27th, 2009
1:09 pm

Sethual Healing– If you look at his stats this year his average is up, slugging is up, his Ks are down.

Agree on those stats being up, wouldn’t that be just as good, if not better, at 6 in the lineup. Where hopefully there are guys on in front of him so he can be a run producer. As I said earlier, I see Escobar as more of a run producer than Kotchman, and you want your run producers in the middle of the lineup, not at the top.

Tomahawkin

April 27th, 2009
1:09 pm

Everyone Keep in mind that we should be at least 12-6, I give a Big Shout-out to our Inconsistant offense costing our starters wins…And Another Shout-out to Our Lovely Blowpen for that 10 day stretch where the Mantra was “No lead is safe” when The Blowpen came in…

Looking into May we have 2 series with the Mets. One with Philly, One With Florida, One Series With the Hot Torontoans, and 2 Series With Arizona…

It’s something about games with Arizona…Is It Me or Has Arizona Always Played the Braves Tough ever Since Randy Johnson threw That Perfect Game 5 years Ago…?

So May isn’t gonna be a walk in the Park…That’s why it’s imperative that we Go-All-Out against the Cardinals…

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2009
1:10 pm

Heavy Medlen, you trying to scare me. I called David Ross, David Ross, didn’t I?

Sethual Healing wants to know how Huddy is healing? I’d say Sethually but that might sound bad.

Macon Braves (RIP)

April 27th, 2009
1:10 pm

MFin04– Nope, no more Macon Whoopie. :-( They tried another independent hockey team a couple of years ago, but that didn’t last either.

Macon Braves (RIP)

April 27th, 2009
1:13 pm

Carroll— Agree completely on Breaking Bad, fabulous show! Have to thank DOB for steering me to check it out, loved it since the first show I watched. Now have to wait to catch the earlier ones that I missed on rerun or maybe even will order the box set if it’s out.

Tomahawkin

April 27th, 2009
1:13 pm

—Eware—

I made The Mistake a couple of months ago drinking about 10 Bud-Ice Longnecks at a mini-house party that we had at our house before going to a Bachelor Party…At the Party we started doing Tequila shots…Combine Those 2 in one night equals a Hangover from hell…

Heavy Medlen

April 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

CR….

yeah, thats my fault. i interchange them all time time I don’t know why. The question was for fantasy baseball purposes. Let me try again.

CR…

do you know already, by any chance, if DAVID Ross is getting the start again tonight?

cphizzle

April 27th, 2009
1:16 pm

oh i gotcha…well its been well documented on this here blog that i have dish and for some unknown reason they cant seem to strike a deal with the peachtree very very frustrating

Mac

April 27th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think Pujols should be quarantined as a swine flu risk. Three days ought to do it.

monty

April 27th, 2009
1:18 pm

Carroll

Thanks for clarifying, it wasn’t you. Please accept my apology.

Supes

April 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

Thankfully the Marlins are coming down the earth.

Philly is hit or miss, if they are scoring runs, they win. Their starting pitching leaves much to be desired.

Mets have problems, lots of them. Wait on Anders to explain them to the blog:)

Nats…well, other than beating the Braves, they are pretty much worthless. Probably looking at 100+loss team easy.

Now onto the Braves. They miss B-Mac. Simple as that offensively…and Kelly has cooled off significantly. Kelly and Yunel are the key, if they are going to be 1-2. They’ve gotta get on infront of Chipper and B-Mac. Jeff has been good so far and I hope he keeps it up. Disappointed in Kotchman. He seems to have warning track power and often doesn’t get the ball out of the infield.

I think Jordan Schafer will be fine. He’s getting pitched to high/inside a lot and he’s K’ing on that pitch. Hope he finds his groove soon, Braves need him to play well. Eventually, you just have to move him to the leadoff spot, but he can’t be K’ing 3 times per game and do that. So once he learns to be a bit more patient, and starts to make steady contact, you have to gamble and move him in that spot and see how the young man reacts.

Matty Diaz has looked HORRIBLE of late. Swinging at pitches in the left handed batters box. With Anderson hurt (I knew he would turn out to be a liability more than he would be help)…I hope Bobby Cox gives Brandon Jones a shot in LF.

I’d go with:

1. Schafer
2. Esco
3. Chipper
4. B-Mac (when healthy)
5. Jeff
6. Kelly
7. B. Jones
8. C. Kotchman

Anyone else concerned now about the HR production? It’s tapered off significantly since the start of the season. Chipper’s injury slowed him down and no B-Mac. Kotchman seems determined to go a whole season without a HR. So much for him being a 15-20HR kind of guy. More like 10 or less.

Ruh Roh

April 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

I just don’t see the Braves offense being enough against the Red Birds. Their pitching has been stellar so far…do the starters have a couple of complete games already too? Their offense is a juggernaut….and our offense is as anemic as it can be. Their one weakness is a guy in the pen…called Boyer…I read about him…given up 3 runs for the Cardinals in 1.2 innings.

AndyC

April 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

Willy Wally, I kind of agree with you. I am not ready to writeoff KK yet but when you realize that Hanson could be the #4 pitched and JoJo #5 and instead of spending that money of Glavine and KK we could have Dunn in left field. You can say whatever you want about Dunn, poor outfielder, strikesout too much, etc. but he is very productive, OPS so far this year is .997

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2009
1:24 pm

BTW

Hampton is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA plus he has gone 6.0 IP 3 out of 4 starts……….life is amazing……

Tomahawkin

April 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

—Supes—, The Decreased Home Run Production isn’t just the Braves problem, Its leaguewide (I was suprised that Miguel Cabrera Led the A.L. Last Year with only 37 homers), even though the Braves are Rock-Bottom, Hence the Reason Why Many fans are calling out Kotchman because he doesn’t hit for high power numbers at a power position…

And Our Weak Outfield corps still hasn’t been addressed, Hence the reason Why I’m Still P’d Off that The Braves F.O. Went Cheap and Didn’t Go Harder After Raul Ibanez…

DAP

April 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

heavy medlin cody ross might be starting for the marlins tonight, but im not sure why you would care….

Maddux

April 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Carroll, what are you doing today to turn your and the Braves’ luck around. Your 1-4 covering the Braves so far right? You killing any live chickens?

TnBrian

April 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

MFin04, nope, the Braves are in a very tough position to win one of these games unless they can figure out a way keep Pujols to a HR/hit per game, and the offense can actually stay consistantly good for 3 games. Not looking forward to this series at all! I’m not even sure it’s worth watching since I don’t know what this offense will or won’t do.

McFann Ô

April 27th, 2009
1:27 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Today we should get some more details on what happened with Brian McCann’s visit to the eye specialist

Guess you just had to copy and paste that from the Blog you posted on Tuesday. ;)

cabravesfan

I know, I’m sorry! I had to wait for my turn at the computer–Mommy gets it first. :P

Lew

April 27th, 2009
1:28 pm

OK-If we only made the playoffs four times in the past 18 years after having a losing April, then the most times we could have had a losing April and NOT made the playoffs is three times- 06 thru 08.

What I take from that is a.we made the playoffs more often than NOT when having a losing April and b. That if we look at the past three seasons, it certainly wasn’t April performance, but later in the year that cost us our chance. Not too sure what having a losing April really proves.

Brock

April 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

You can still buy Bud Ice? I thought that fad went out a long time ago. Oh well. I’ll stick with Schlitz.

Pitching will continue to be horrible until we replace Roger Mcdumbass as a pitching statue. Not a coach but a statue. He does nothing!! Bring back Leo and you will see a turn around.

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

Sat. Apr 25, 2009 Source: STATS
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News: Devine has had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, a procedure that usually requires at least one year of recovery. The operation was performed Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews on Devine’s ulnar collateral ligament. A’s manager Bob Geren said Wednesday that it was replacement surgery but that he had not spoken with the pitcher. [-]
Impact: Devine has been on the disabled list since the season started. Going into spring training, he was expected to share the closer’s role with Brad Ziegler. Devine went 6-1 with a 0.59 ERA and one save last season. He struck out 49 and walked 15 in 42 games covering 45 2-3 innings.

McFann Ô

April 27th, 2009
1:30 pm

MFin04

I haven’t done any All-Star voting yet…just can’t–not with my mann hitting a buck-95 and on the DL…

Heavy Medlen

April 27th, 2009
1:31 pm

dap, good one.

cabravesfan

April 27th, 2009
1:31 pm

McFann-

excuses, excuses! Doesn’t she know this is way more importnat??
(by the way, I’m counting that as post #2 regarding Mac- you still have a long way to go to reach the over…get to work!)

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2009
1:32 pm

AJ is hitting .435 in 30 PA

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
1:35 pm

Why not Ross in the 4 spot? Makes it really easy when McCann comes back.

1. Schafer
2. Esco
3. Chipper
4. Ross/McCann
5. Frenchy
6. KJ
7. Kotchman
8. B. Jones

Nike Shox

April 27th, 2009
1:36 pm

so after 3 weeks you all are calling kawakami a bust…….the pressure the people in baseball, most not familiar with actually playing sports of any kind, put on players to immediately succeed is RIDICULOUS………just wait til kenshin turns it around and you all bow at his knees…..give the guy a break and get a life………

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
1:36 pm

McFann quit your whining and get McCann to the All-Star game…he is our only shot at getting a position player into the game. ;)

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2009
1:37 pm

MFin04,

I agree, Ross is a dangerous guy.

Marc Schneider

April 27th, 2009
1:38 pm

Silly argument. Correlation is not causation. You just mentioned four years in which the Braves made the playoffs while having a losing April. Having a winning April is no more important than having a winning record in any other month. It’s more like superstition.

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2009
1:39 pm

Dang, Maddux, that’s a good point. What can I tell you. I’m usually a fast starter. Maybe Adam LaRoche took all my April luck….(don’t know where that came from, but it just popped into my head.)

No worries, Monty. I’m glad you pointed it out.

Heavy Medlen – hey, I’m not the only one eh? And your sign-on rules.

TM

April 27th, 2009
1:41 pm

For a team who missed the playoffs the last 3 years, I wish there would be a sense of urgency from the bench. Bobby Cox’s laid back loyal mentality the player will come around attitude works great with a team loaded with pitching and talent. BUT, when you have above average pitching and an average lineup, you need to come out of the gate with a sense of urgency to win in April and carry it through the summer.
I still believe the Braves will come up short, but with urgency they can compete until September. Without it, they will be out of the race by August.

Just a thought.

Random

April 27th, 2009
1:42 pm

Carroll Rogers (1:02 pm): “I’m not sure how they’d split a three-game series.”

Ask DOB. While you’re at it, get the skinny on crooked numbers from him, too.

BravesFAN885

April 27th, 2009
1:43 pm

i don’t understand, Carroll, why would Ross not be able to communicate “walk this batter” to Kenshin? do you think Kenshin just chose not to do that, or are you really saying he didn’t understand “walk the batter”?

AndyC

April 27th, 2009
1:49 pm

Too bad about Devine. I always thought he got a raw deal with the Braves. He got rushed to the majors and got killed his first few outings but looked a lot better in 2007. He was lights out last year with the A’s. Hopefully he can make it back.

DAP

April 27th, 2009
1:51 pm

in kenshin’s defense, if ross wanted him to walk jay bruce, it looked like thats what kenshin may have been trying to do. he put a pitch shoulder level in the righthanded batters box that bruce just sliced to the foul pole.

NC Braves Fan

April 27th, 2009
1:53 pm

I think slow April starts aren’t terribly damaging unless the division leader out of the gates rips off a 18-5 record or something like it. If you have to try and come back from 8 games back after a month (and you aren’t playing well to begin with), it puts a lot of pressure on teams to turn it around fast.

Billy Walsh

April 27th, 2009
1:54 pm

Its still way too early to tell on whether KK will be an effective pitcher or not. As for Schafer, if you look at his minor league numbers he is prone to striking out quite a bit. The more I see him, the more he reminds me of BJ Surhoff. BJ’s average season 13 hr 82 rbi .282 average. Schafer will probably have more pop in his bat, although BJ did hit 20 hr’s more than once. The comparisions to Grady Sizemore might be a stretch.

abwright

April 27th, 2009
1:59 pm

Carroll Rogers, 1:02 pm“Random, I’m not sure how they’d split a three-game series.”

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” … Crash Davis

ozzie

April 27th, 2009
2:00 pm

To be frank TP has to be on the bubble re: getting canned.

If the Braves continue to be bipolar at the plate, especially after the past few years and given how Frenchie and AJones were fixed by someone not named TP, Wren is going to force BC to clean house.

So a TP interview will just annoy fans that want him gone and wonder why he is still here.

BravesFAN885

April 27th, 2009
2:02 pm

ozzie: I don’t think any true fans want TP gone.

Maddux

April 27th, 2009
2:05 pm

Carroll, maybe you won too many games this spring and wasted all of the wins that actually count now! One thing that will get you back to winning is if we WALK Pujols all night for the next 3 nights.

sportsmandh

April 27th, 2009
2:07 pm

I think Kawakami will improve. In his first 3 starts he was pretty good except for too many walks. He also did not get much defensive support in his 2nd and 3rd start either. He may not turn out to be a top tier guy, but I don’t think he’s going to give up 8 runs a game either. After a couple more starts, I think he’ll begin to adjust better.

Random

April 27th, 2009
2:07 pm

George (12:56 pm): “I AM TIRED OF WATCHING THE ALL-STAR GAME WITH ONLY ONE OR TWO ATLANTA BRAVES PLAYERS… IF EVERYONE WILL COMMIT TO VOTING ATLEAST THE MAXIMUM 25 TIMES A DAY”

MFin04 (1:05 pm): “By the way…if you do the All Star voting…it remembers your votes…so you just need to resend it 25 times. I got my 25 votes in”

The limit is not 25x per day, nor 25x per person — it’s 25x per email address. (Or it was last year.)

After you’ve voted your own 25x, you can vote 25x for any other email accounts you might have, plus 25x for everyone in your email directory(s) (if you think they won’t be voting themselves). Last year, McFann (I think) and I voted over a couple hundred times each. (I cancelled all her McCann votes with votes for Corky.)

It may even take fictitious email addresses — I don’t know.

MFin04

April 27th, 2009
2:07 pm

Runs scored in the last week: 0, 0, 11, 2, 3, 1, 4, 10, 2

Not sure what that means…but it can’t be good. Maybe it means we are due? I dunno.

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