3:54 pm April 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 29th, 20095:40 pm
I got the solution. Cox loves to baby rookies. He’s too afraid of bringing up a blue chipper and having him flop. I say let them get their seasoning in the majors right now. It’s clear to me that
Frenchie, Casey, and Diaz are here only til their replacements (Heyward, Freeman, and Cody Johnson) are ready. As it stands our lineup is KJ/Yunel/Chip/Kotch/Frenchie/Diaz/Schafer/Ross. How about Schafer/Yunel/Chip/Heyward/Cody Johnson/McCann/Freeman/KJ? I think my lineup beats the crap out the current lineup as far as scoring runs.
But ya gotta have the balls to take the chance. Bobby Cox never had any balls to take chances with younger more talented players. I still remember Jeff Riordan giving up that two run homer to Ed Sprague to turn that WS game around. We can be power laden if Bobby would only get up the BALLS!
April 29th, 20095:43 pm
To all the negatives ragging on Kotchman……..
He has 8 doubles and 13 singles in 20 games while hitting .292. I can’t think of too many situations made worse by a double or a single.
April 29th, 20095:44 pm
Good point keylargo.
Yeah, those hitters stats from ‘91/’92 didn’t explain that we had Nixon at the top. Need speed.
April 29th, 20095:45 pm
Okay, I confess that I don’t always read the whole article, I just wait for my turn to talk. I love hearing the sound of my bloggy voice.
That’s stupid. But wait, DOB did you seriously say that Wilco has St. Louis roots? Are you high on ravioli?
I’m assuming Tweedy’s home town of Belleville is not far from St. Louis on the other side of the border but Wilco is Chicago through and through. I dare not challenge you musical powers but you better run it by Wilco before you start calling them a St. Louis band. Those are fighting words.
Who am I kidding, Jeff Tweedy’s probably off writing another song about wanting to kill his wife.
April 29th, 20095:48 pm
stew, um wow. You really think that Cody Johnson deserves a shot right now? Have you checked out his strikeout numbers? Until the kid realizes he needs to put the ball in play more often he will be in the minors. He is striking out in almost every other at bat this year.
Don’t know if it’s been posted, but here’s lineup. Infante leading off and playing second two days in row (Bobby said KJ would be back in there “real soon” but he wanted to give him a couple of days):
1. Infante, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. Kotchman, 1B
5. Francoeur, RF
6. Diaz, LF
7. Schafer, CF
8. Ross, C
9. Vazquez, RHP
April 29th, 20095:50 pm
I agree with the knocking of Kotchman being wrong. The guy is a super 1st baseman making up for his lack of power. Why all the hate?
April 29th, 20095:51 pm
A Chipper! How bout gettin a hit or some runs before the ninth so we can relax a little. Arent u guys gettin paid to do this.
LOL @ ncscoots (4:23)
Man, don’t you know when someone is joking with you? Geeeez! You were talking about how Ross may have some superior defensive skills over McCann. When I read this, I thought, uh-oh Brian’s goose is cooked now. Run Heap Run wrote, “Been nice knowing ya, TnBrian….”, and finally scoots added his comment. None of us are talking about your opinion. We are talking about you incurring the wrath of ….. McFann (that would have been a good time for me to know how to use bold, don’t you think?)Everybody’s favorite blogger is a big McCann fan. Don’t you ever read any other posts? Anyway, we were all kidding that McFann was going to kick your butt. There was no reason to get upset. OK?
My two cents through 20 games:
This team is too good to be a .500 team. We’ve got much better pitching than we’ve had in a while and the lineup is solid. Their aren’t any real black holes this year i.e Frenchy last year, Andruw a season ago, Corky Miller when he played, etc. Each guy in this every day lineup has the ability to hit at least 15 bombs and hit for average.
The rotation has been well above average. Kenshin has struggled, and I am worried about him. I like his K total, but he’s walking too many and not keeping the ball down well. It’s very early for him of course, so we can just hope that he adjusts. I believe that he will.
The pen is still an issue in my mind. Jeff Bennett cannot pitch with inherited runners. O’Flaherty is good for an out and that’s about it. No more Boyer is a godsend. Gonzo was filthy last night and Soriano has been solid.
If we were able to grab a big bat the deadline this season we’d be money. Imagine if we had pulled off the Jason Bay deal! If we grab a bat to play in left and hit some bombs, we’ll be ws caliber. I still wish we had taken a flyer on Adam Dunn. Oh well.
Overall, this team is too good to be floundering around .500 much longer. Let’s make a run after the win last night!
April 29th, 20095:52 pm
Thats a horrendous lineup. Kotcham as the 4th hitter, with Francour protecting–hahahahahahaha. What a laugher.
April 29th, 20095:53 pm
Kotchman is fine. He is still adjusting the NL. Look at some of the inside pitches he swings at. Expecting a breaking ball and getting a fastball. The power will come, but for all his success it is obvious that he is still a little off on NL pitch patterns.
April 29th, 20095:54 pm
Michell: Tweedy and Jeff Farrar (co-founders of Uncle Tupelo, which spawned both Wilco and Son Volt) are both from Belleville.
It’s OK, Mitchell. Bands can be identified with more than one town. We know Wilco is more identified with Chicago than St. Louis now, but that doesn’t mean you have to dismiss the fact that the band leader is from outside St. Louis.
By the way, Tweedy’s dad worked for the railroad in East St. Louis when Jeff was a kid.
That would be Ross.A guy who can go deep. Personally, I would bat Schafer-cf,Infante-lf,Prado-2b,Chipper-3b,Ross-c,Kotchman-1b,Frenchy-rf,Escobar-ss
McFann …. save me some chicken. As soon as I chop up some onions, I grabbing a flight and heading down. You don’t have to wait though, just save me some, please.
April 29th, 20095:56 pm
braveshater, your mama!
Cody Johnson is a legit prospect, but he isn’t one of the 2 best OF prospects in our farm. That’d be Jason Heyward and Gorkys Hernandez. I’ve also got Luis Sumoza on my list ahead of Cody Johnson. It’s way too early to crown Cody Johnson the heir apparent to any position. Plus you’re talking about calling up 2 19 year olds and a 20 year old. That’s stupid. By the time they’re in their prime they’ll be free agents.
April 29th, 20095:58 pm
April 28th, 2009
The braves dont hit for minorities just as they dont sign them. White boys dont steal bases, they cant run, they’re not athletic, and the Braves love them. What does that equal, another subpar season. Good luck braves fans, it will be a long summer.
Just wanted to remind the bloggers who you are.
April 29th, 20095:59 pm
I think I just got served yet again by DOB.
Yeah, I did.
April 29th, 20096:01 pm
Bravefaninok: I would put Prado at first base and hit him fourth.
RBI’s Prado 5 Kotchman 4
Prado has spent most of his time on the bench and still has more RBI’s than Kotchman who plays almost everyday.
April 29th, 20096:03 pm
big fan of wilco, nice choice carroll, i saw them in concert here in athens a few years back, and they are solid live
April 29th, 20096:05 pm
Can anyone think of Kotchman’s best game since he joined the Braves?
I rmember he hit a home run against us when he was with the Angels but what has he done for us?
(I grabbing a flight)??? McFann, your chicken salad has my mouth watering so much, I cann’t even talk right.
April 29th, 20096:06 pm
he went 3 for 4 a couple days ago…..
April 29th, 20096:08 pm
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lets see,batted around .300 gold glove defense…..walks alot more than s/o
April 29th, 20096:11 pm
This is an outrage. Any idiot can see why the Gwinnett Braves are not winning, according to their stats on their website they don’t have a first baseman.
April 29th, 20096:12 pm
Casey Kotchman batted .321 in his final 21 games in 2008.
I s’pose it wouldn’t hurt to guess…If you’re wrong, I’ll tell you if you’re guess is too high or too low. Lot’s of people guess my age…don’t know why I’ve always kept it a secret–I guess it’s ’cause they’re cann be some wack-jobs on here. But my ID is still hidden, so you know…
I see your point about the competitiveness. Ha, yeah, there were no worries with Corky (no offense to Corky, of course). Ross is a dang good backup.
[sigh]…I’m ready for BMac to come back. I’m totally over this DL thing.
Here’s how to blod and italicize.
Oh, and there’s a chicken sandwich with your name on it!
April 29th, 20096:21 pm
bravefaninok: Do you remember what he did with the game on the line in the 4th at bat? Why do you think Tony walks Chipper all the time – because hapless Kotchman hits next.
April 29th, 20096:22 pm
OK I’m gonna do this one more time.
(strong)TEXT YOU WANT BOLDED(/strong)
type everything like above EXCEPT use the corresponding LESS THAN sign(above the comma) and MORE THAN sign(above the period) instead of the parentheses in above equation. it ain’t that hard.
April 29th, 20096:24 pm
I would rather have McCann with one eye hit behind Chipper than what we have right now. Maybe McCann standing in the on-deck circl would make tham pitch to Chipper.
April 29th, 20096:27 pm
Met’s lose. Oh what a shame. Marlins get to Santana and Putz blows it in the 8th. Uh oh. See I thought the bullpen was going take the sports media’s favorite team to the top of the heap this year.
I for one was sold. SportsCenter will have to wait for Santana’s next turn in the rotation to unabashedly lavish more undeserved praise. Nah, I’m sure they’ll squeeze a little more in the meantime.
And the Cubs are getting blown out in Arizona. Makes me happy. I think I hate the Cubs more than I like the Braves. I can’t explain it. They bother me. Their fans bother me intensely.
To be fair, I pretty much passionately hate every team in baseball except the Braves. That’s how I roll.
April 29th, 20096:28 pm
(strong) nolie’s (/strong) instructions
April 29th, 20096:29 pm
ED i never said Casey was a clean up hitter.I just don’t get everyone bashing him he’s batting .292
Wow, so far I got McFann’s right. nolie, what did I do wrong?
April 29th, 20096:31 pm
(strong)nolie(/strong) was it the space?
April 29th, 20096:32 pm
April 29th, 2009
lol…we need Mac no doubt!
Run Heap Run
April 29th, 20096:33 pm
I know how you feel, Mitchell. I hate when people call DBT an Athens band. No sir!
use instead of ()
let’s try again- use <
April 29th, 20096:34 pm
Spring is in the air. Might head down to the beer joint to see if any ill-mannered liquored-up honky-tonkin barefoot contessas, care to join me for the game…
Wish me luck!
If it don’t happen, I’ll see y’all in a bit….
April 29th, 20096:35 pm
When I clicked on your link, I got this “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” both times I tried it. However, I remember that you were trying to teach another of us ignorant bloggers, some time back, and I saved that link. Forgot all about if until now. Thank you very much. BTW, sometime an entire post is bold, by mistake. How does that happen?
April 29th, 20096:37 pm
McFann’s instructions say to use , nolie’s(). McFann’s (obviously) are working.
April 29th, 20096:38 pm
Those pointed things disappeared when it posted, but you get the idea. It’s what you said.
April 29th, 20096:41 pm
Ok I am calling a truce. Hope Casey gets some big hits tonight.
April 29th, 20096:42 pm
I learned something today. That’s always a good thing. Thank you all.
OK, wait for it, it’s coming, listen, listen…..
sip, sip, sip, (swallow) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I love that first one of the day, just thought I’d share it with you.
April 29th, 20096:44 pm
Wilco rules! The Ashes of American Flags DVD, which just came out is incredible. Hightly recommended if you are a fan of the band.
April 29th, 20096:45 pm
If you’re around, and still on the wagon, I’m sorry. That was very insensitive of me. I wasn’t thinking, my friend.
so Ross isn’t hitting cleanup yet
April 29th, 20096:46 pm
I think our pitchers (JJ&jojo)both showed some grit by pitching to Albert.
Lets hope Javy has his A-game tonight….Go Bravos!!
April 29th, 20096:48 pm
Time to get a little double pits to chesty, boys! I hope we hit at least one homer!
No problems for McCann last night (other than his 0-for-3 and a strikeout, that is). Reported that the new contacts felt a lot better. He DH’d last night and was expected to do the same tonight. There’s no rush to get him back behind the plate, since the earliest he can come back from the 15-day DL is May 8.
April 29th, 20096:49 pm
BravesFAN885, I’m not sure if Carroll knows or likes Wilco. I’ll ask her. (She’s out here to talk to Lowe today for an off-day story.)
April 29th, 20096:51 pm
Wow, so far I got McFann’s right. nolie, what did I do wrong? (TOM O’)
you didn’t replace the parentheses with more than> and less than< signs. but the important thing is that you now know how from McFann’s link.
April 29th, 20096:54 pm
let’s try again- use < (Cabravesfan)
yeah that’s the problem, if you include the correct signs in the correct order anywhere in the post they disappear, that’s why I use the ( ) and tell them to replace them which Tom did not. I guess we should all bookmark McFann’s link and use it when she is not available to instruch others.
April 29th, 20096:55 pm
Tall order on the jack Marietta, but I hope we can too.
Bobby – Time to get Soriano up and loose!
April 29th, 20096:56 pm
You’re welcome! Glad to be of service!
Yeah, I was real happy when I learned how to bold and italicize. At first, typing “strong” all the time kinda got on my nerves, but my fingers are “trained” now. They cann automatically type “strong” as fast as they automatically type “Braves”, “McCann”, “that”, “thanks”, and so forth. Just takes some getting used to.
I like that sound canns make when you open them, too–my all-time favorite soda is root beer. Gotten to the point where I don’t really drink any other soda. Sometimes Sprite tastes extremely good, though. And I love Cherry Coke, but I can’t drink too much caffeine, unfortunately.
Oh, I see. I misunderstood that to be an alternative, not all one instruction. Thanks.
April 29th, 20096:57 pm
THE BEER JOINT IS CLOSED!!
Maybe for good!
Ohhhhh, the humanity…….
April 29th, 20096:58 pm
Thanks for the 6:48, Chief!
Hope gets at least one hit tonight…like a double!
When I clicked on your link, I got this “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” both times I tried (TOM O)
yeah McFann I couldn’t get through either
MarriettaDork, I hate to agree with you but yes, we need to see some power.
April 29th, 20097:00 pm
I can bold, but lemme see if I can italicize.
Gues I can’t.
April 29th, 20097:01 pm
Gorkys Hernandez is off to a nice start at Double-A Miss, batting .321 with four doubles, two triples, nine RBI, nine walks and a .391 OBP in 19 games, with five steals (been caught four times, though).
He’s one of the youngest guys in that league, too.
April 29th, 20097:02 pm
= greater than? If that’s correct, I’ll no longer refer to them as “pointy things”.
Tom O’Hawke, can’t “scoots” do his own blog fighting?
Oh boy, another night of Chip! I heard he took Ryan and Pujols out for lunch today.
April 29th, 20097:03 pm
Use “em” instead of “strong” for the Italianization stuff.
Nolie, Tom O’Hawke–
Huh…not sure what the problem is. I posted that thing on ImageShack, because for some reason, PhotoBucket wouldn’t post it. I could try it again on PhotoBucket if you want.
I typed (..) first, then replaced them. They still disappeared. Why?
April 29th, 20097:04 pm
Joey Votto’s got it down.
McFann, let me give back to you what I saved from you before.
April 29th, 20097:05 pm
Let’s see if this shows up in bold and italics.
That’s a no.
Wayne in Utah
Perfect Day! Checking into my hotel in Idaho Falls, gonna dial up the Braves on mlb audio and pick up some nachos.
Got the Teton’s to the east (if it weren’t cloudy, I might could actually see them!).
Time for a 10-0 route!
The offense has really sucked, but you have to be optimistic with this pitching staff. Someone commented the other day that it’s much easier to help apoor offense than to add to a poor pitching staff, and I think that’s true.
Huh…just doesn’t work on PhotoBucket. Sorry…
April 29th, 20097:06 pm
This is a test. Call it pre-game blogger’s long-toss
What do you mean?
April 29th, 20097:07 pm
i feel like it’s been a few games since we’ve had an extra base hit, let alone a homer
Random knows how to pull that off.
April 29th, 20097:08 pm
Thanks Chop 2x!
Dave, lets bring up Gorkys and throw him to the wolves!
Robert(Chipper Is The Best)
April 29th, 20097:09 pm
Here’s a question. How long will it take Bobby Cox to realize that Schafer should hitting at the top of the lineup. Yes, I know he is striking out a lot right now but he is also drawing a lot of walks which means his OBP is high. With him hitting in the 7th and 8th holes the team is not able to utilize his speed as well. He is having to pick his spots to steal instead of being able to have more flexibility at the top of the lineup with Escobar and Chipper hitting after him.
April 29th, 20097:11 pm
No problem, Mixxo.
Enjoy the ballgame, folks.
I’m too old to be scouting-out a new, preferred, beer joint.
I prefer the old one dammitt!
Myrtle’s out of a job too; dead ringer for Agnes Moorehead. Maybe she can audition for the Endora part in the upcoming “WeBitched” feature film.
Wow. I just glanced at a Mets site…if you think we were hard on Frenchy last year we were choir boys (and girls) compared to what Met fans are raining down on David Wright. I hate that.
April 29th, 20097:13 pm
Nice catch Frenchy.
Have you thought about the fact that many of Schafer’s walks might have come about only because hewas batting 8th and people are sometimes pitching around him to get to the pitcher?
If the blog didn’t eat that post, you would’ve seen what I mean. That’s the first one of mine that got gobbled up in a long time. Let me try it again.
April 29th, 20097:14 pm
that’s a stat that would make you s*** yourself…Right now it’s harder to strikeout Frenchy than Pujols…WOW
April 29th, 20097:16 pm
I like it Omar
Only thing I don’t get about the Mets fans is Wright is still hitting BUT he’s K’ing a lot.
April 29th, 20097:17 pm
No-hitter all the way for Vasquez. Watch out.
We’ll knock Wainright around. You can quote me on that.
Tonight the Braves will win. I hope.
Infante! Make it happen Yunel.
I will leave now. Bye.
Not sure if this was posted previously, but a nice little blurb on Jayson Heyward from Gordon Edes of Yahoo! Sports:
• One major league scout from a top-tier organization is so high on Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward that he said he would be willing to give the Braves anyone on his team’s 25-man roster to get him. “The best young hitter I’ve seen in years,” the scout said. “He’ll be leading the league in home runs for 10 years once he gets here.” Heyward, 19, was the Braves’ No. 1 draft pick in 2007, the 14th player taken overall. He’s strong, disciplined, and smart – his parents, Eugene and Laura, are both Dartmouth graduates. “Let me put it this way,” another major league executive said of the 6-4, 220-pound left-handed hitter. “He’s a cross between Dave Parker, Darryl Strawberry and Fred McGriff. How’s that put it? He’s got a chance to be a real superstar.”
Another Braves power-hitting prospect with a high ceiling – first baseman Freddie Freeman – is already joined at the hip with Heyward.
“They play together, they room together,” the executive said. “Heyward is an African-American kid from Atlanta, Freeman is a white kid from [Orange, Calif.], and they’re the best of friends. They both have makeup that is off the charts.”
Heyward and Freeman are currently playing at Class-A Myrtle Beach. Look for them to move up to Double-A by midseason.
Well, Yunel tried to hit into the double play. Good thing Omar was running.
omar is making KJ’s comeback not so certain
“Cuban bunt” – We’ll take it.
April 29th, 20097:18 pm
wow! sent the runner and did not hit into a double play, who’da guess?
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