Kicking off key trip in Sunny Fla.

   Miami – So last time the Braves played the Marlins, it was a three-game set at Turner Field, and I blogged about what a big series it was.

 

   Both teams were coming in hot, each at 5-1, and tied for first place in the division, and the series seemed like something that could set the tone in the division race.

   The Braves got swept, as you know. And since the first game of that series, they have gone 6-14. The Braves have to beat the Marlins tonight to avoid matching the five-game losing streak they sunk into starting with that last Marlins series.

   Not that the Marlins have done much better. Since opening the season 11-1, the Marlins are 4-11. A loss to the Reds last night dropped them into second place in the NL East behind the Phillies, who’ve won three in a row.

   In those first 12 games, the Marlins hit .273, hit 15 home runs and scored 77 runs. They had a staff ERA of 3.24. In the 15 games since then, the Marlins have hit .211, hit 11 home runs, and scored only 49 runs. Their ERA was 5.60 in this last stretch.

   Now the Marlins are leading the majors with 231 strikeouts. (It only seems like the Braves are – ha ha. Jordan Schafer notwithstanding lately, this is an area they’re actually doing well in – the Braves’ 156 strikeouts is tied for 24th out of 30 teams. Not too shabby.

   Andrew Miller, who faced the Braves April 15 (four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings), is out with an oblique strain. Pitching in his spot tonight is left-hander Graham Taylor.

   Derek Lowe, who faced Miller that day, will try to improve upon that effort, a five inning, four-run outing in a 10-4 loss to the Marlins. That was his worst outing of the year and one in which he walked an uncharacteristic five batters.

   And hey, for a guy who admits to sweating in 45-degree temperatures in Philadelphia in the playoffs, I hope Derek is sucking down some fluids now, because it’s a whole new humidity here.

   Waking up at 6:30 a.m. to run this morning did not help that much (a tidbit for Rodney Derrick) and neither did using a walkjogrun.com map. Dude who created the map must have been on a bike – or in a motorcyle, or heck, a car – because he had me going over a causeway on a skinny little shoulder with cars flying by at who knows how fast. No thanks.

   And that wasn’t even the sad part of the run. That was when I tried to get myself some scenery and run in a little condo-kind of development that backed up to the intracoastal waterway. The security guard shooed me back out. I guess I looked pretty threatening, armed with my water belt and sunglasses.

   Anyway. Back to the point.

   So now, here we are three weeks later and neither the Marlins or Braves have much to feel great about. But neither team is that far off in this bunched up division either.

   Once again, you could say the Braves find themselves in a key stretch: they are two games – both losses to the Mets – into a 10-game stretch against the three NL East opponents ahead of them in the standings. They have a real great chance to make up some ground, now that they’ve fallen to fourth place after back-to-back losses to the Mets, and four games out.

   But then, really, any talk of the Braves needing to win series, or win four in a row to get into first place yadda yadda just falls flat to me right now.

   Win a game. Win another game. Then we’ll talk about winning a series. Do you realize the Braves have won only one of their past seven series? They took two out of three in Cincinnati, and there you have it. Otherwise they haven’t won a series since the home-opening weekend against the Washington Nationals.

   It’s got to get better than that, or this season is starting to feel like last season, only with better pitching.

   The Braves are ranked 26th out of 30 major league teams in runs scored with 105. The only teams behind them are Cincinnati (102), Oakland (101), Arizona (99) and San Francisco (90). The Braves are averaging 4.04 runs per game.

   By the way, that’s less than last year’s average of 4.64 runs per game. Based on what the Braves didn’t do this winter, it was apparent they thought that last year’s offense wasn’t far off – if you get Jeff Francoeur back hitting like himself and add a veteran bat in left field.

   That might be so. Might not. But the Braves would like to see Brian McCann get back in there Friday and see what kind of an impact he can have on this struggling lineup. While battling blurred vision, the Braves went 6-6 with McCann in the lineup. We’ll have to see how much he can lift the team when he’s actually seeing the ball.

 

GWINNETT WATCH

   Tommy Hanson had another great game last night – held AAA Syracuse to a run on two hits in six innings. The only run was a solo home run by former Bravo Ryan Langerhans. Hanson struck out 10 and walked three. He shaved his ERA down to 1.65, while sticking at 1-3.  

 

   Hanson threw 94 pitches, including 61 for strikes.

   Manny Acosta, Francisley Bueno and Luis Valdez combined to give up seven runs on eight hits in the last three innings of an 8-1 loss. It was 1-1 when Hanson left the game after six.

   Those of you who live or work up in the Buford area, you might want to swing by the Gwinnett ballpark and watch McCann take batting practice this afternoon. He’ll be doing that in Gwinnett today and then getting a start behind the plate tomorrow night in Gwinnett, to make sure he’s comfortable catching in his new prescription Oakley glasses.

   Hey, give us a report while you’re at it. And enjoy a relatively affordable way to watch a three-time All-Star do his thing.

   I was up at the Gwinnett ballpark the other day reporting a story I’m working on about Brian Barton – super interesting guy – and I saw a promotion that stopped me in my tracks. They call it the Allgood Pest Solutions “Catch a Termite in your Pants” contest. Am I the last to see something like this? Hey, name alone caught my attention.

   I watched this 10 or 11 year-old girl catch these stuffed termites launched up in the air by a slingshot in these huge, outstretched baggy pants she had to wear. She caught three out of four “termites,” Including one Willie Mays style, over the shoulder. I kid you not. Let’s get that gal on the payroll.

   And speaking of getting on the payroll, it’s too bad Hanson isn’t a power-hitting position player. Somebody like that would have to be on the fast track right now, eh?

 

   That’s it for now, more from the aqua-and-orange Dolphins Stadium a bit later….

1,300 comments Add your comment

elliwg6

May 6th, 2009
11:53 am

BabyGoatEater

May 6th, 2009
11:54 am

This team looks lost……..

Hardcore Masochist

May 6th, 2009
11:58 am

The fact that it’s a “key trip” means the Braves will wilt and lose.

bravofan

May 6th, 2009
11:58 am

bravofan

May 6th, 2009
11:59 am

glad that kid bravofan2 isnt coming over to this blog

bravofan2

May 6th, 2009
12:02 pm

bravofan chill out

P-Town Brave(Time to Find a New Staff)

May 6th, 2009
12:02 pm

DOB-

“Power hitting position player”?

Nah, they’d all be ruined by Pendleton!

bravofan

May 6th, 2009
12:03 pm

O geeez here he is eveyone back to the old one jk lol

bravofan2

May 6th, 2009
12:04 pm

bravofan-didnt you learn the old saying “if you aint got nothin good to say, dont say anything at all”

bravofan

May 6th, 2009
12:04 pm

see you guys and imature bravofan2 later

bravofan2

May 6th, 2009
12:05 pm

Im not the immature one

W. T. Sherman

May 6th, 2009
12:07 pm

Anders—are you Domincan? You sure seem to have taken my post personal. Look at some of the players signed that made no sense. Alou, El Duque and even Pedro only played one productive but got paid big time for four.

Randy

May 6th, 2009
12:08 pm

Carroll’s blogging, you assies.

Why is No One Saying a Word About Francoeur?

May 6th, 2009
12:08 pm

.303 OBP. Same ole crap sandwhich!

Quoting Joe Posnanski on April 30, 2009:

How many “Jeff Francoeur is a changed man” stories did we have to endure this off-season? Fifty? One hundred? From what I can gather, Francoeur is a wonderful guy — Lord knows that Royals general manager Dayton Moore will talk about him endlessly. He’s an excellent outfielder, a competitor, and all that. But he’s not, repeat NOT, a changed man. OK? He’s a moderate power guy with limited speed who doesn’t get on base. He was that when he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And he was that when he hit .239/.294/.359 last year. That’s not to say that he is without value; I think in the right situation, in the right frame of mind, he can hit you 25 to 30 home runs, play good outfield defense, be a clubhouse presence, all those things.

But we’re almost one month into the new season: And while Frankie has cut down on his strikeouts and he oddly already has hit two triples, he is what he is: .269/.301/.423. That should be his social security number.

Fleming

May 6th, 2009
12:09 pm

What’s with all the talk about moving KJ to left field. It’s been years since he played that position. Why not instead put McCann there (LOLLOLLOL). He has more recent experience playing there (World Championships) than KJ and would be the big bat everyone wants.

dmack2027

May 6th, 2009
12:09 pm

DOB,

If Shafer’s wrist is that much of a problem, why dont the Braves disable him, and then call up Blanco to play CF?

Blanco is more than adequate defensively, and this will give Jordan time for the wrist to heal.

I hope the guy they got for Josh Anderson is good, because I would have loved to have kept him on the roster.

MGL

May 6th, 2009
12:10 pm

Does anyone know how they decide which audio feed is used with Extra-innings? It seems like 80% of the time it is the other team’s feed whether home or away. The last two games, it was the Met’s feed.

Sgreeno

May 6th, 2009
12:11 pm

Garret Anderson looks like he is actually in pain. I think he must be very unhappy. He doesn’t seem to interact with anyone in the dugout or care about the game being played, and has that sour expression on his face that we once saw with J.D. Drew and Kenny Lofton, during their “terms” with the Braves.

Ed

May 6th, 2009
12:11 pm

I am a former Gwinnett resident now living in Kansas. Bow. thanks to MLB Extra Innings, I can watch the Braves and Royals on most days. The difference in the 2 teams is stunning. The Royals actually look like they want to win. The Braves are sick. No hitting, poor fielding and worst of all poor coaching. I urge Bobby to rertire next year and clean house of all coached. Pendleton…hitting coach…stupid. We need some fire in our coaches.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:13 pm

MGL-I think what the problem is is that MLB does not have an agreement in place with Peachtree TV. I’m tired of the other team;s people, too. I just can’t get into Keith Hernandez or that other twit Gary something. Wait til you have to put up with the Brewers’ guys-they are pitiful-wish they’d let Uecker do the broadcasts.. But then, there’s always Vin Scully when we play the Dodgers.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:13 pm

You DO have a choice tomorrow-both teams feeds are offered on the EI package.

Anders

May 6th, 2009
12:13 pm

W. T. Sherman – No I am not Dominican. I don’t agree with your thoughts on this. That’s all. Leave it at that. No sense going down that path for either of us.

Ed

May 6th, 2009
12:14 pm

Sorry about my typing. I am scheduled for eye surgery next month.

Same ole S***,Different Year

May 6th, 2009
12:15 pm

I have come to expect the Braves to lose when I watch. Now, any hits are met with the obligatory,very mild,half-hearted,…..Yea.
Between my beloved YANKEES and BRAVES this season so far is just awful.
The dynastys of the 90’s are long over.
What are we suppossed to do? Root for the CARDS? Yuck. The RED SOXS? Aint no damn way.
All I have to look forward to is the return of Ster-rod, I mean A-ROD and somebody named Garret Anderson. I’d rather have a root canal.
Even the GWINNETT BRAVES are pretty bad.
I think MR. Bisher was right.
Oh well, good thing we signed HOSS to forever contract cause even he will want outta here by June.

Joe

May 6th, 2009
12:15 pm

Look, let’s face the facts: the Braves suck. There is no need to try and stick around for the entire season. There are, maybe, 3 marketable players on this team. They needed to be unloaded as quickly as possible for some POWER ARMS and POWER BATS.

It is time to let Bobby Cox go. Frank Wren needs to go as well. This is simply a garbage team. It looks like a beer-league softball game with all the average looking white guys out there. There is no speed, no power, no baseball IQ. Yunel is the only guy with any talent, but he is a headcase.

Chipper is simply playing out the string at this point. I cannot believe he got that contract. It is going to be a long, long pitiful season, and the Turner Field is going to look like Fulton-County, circa 1988, by the time August gets here.

Glad to see that Hanson is tearing it up. Too bad the cheap-ass Braves will not bring him up. Hey, Gwinnett may actually end up with better attendance this season than the big team.

DAP

May 6th, 2009
12:15 pm

Why is No One Saying a Word About Francoeur?

ill tell you why. 9 Ks. thats it. less than chipper. less than kotchman. tied with escobar. those three are the guys in our lineup that strikeout the least. that why no one is talking about him, because he has made an adjustment and its helping. his OBP will improve.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:16 pm

Ed-Me too (number 17). Hang in there. What’s the problem with your eye?

W. T. Sherman

May 6th, 2009
12:17 pm

Just putting my opinion out there Anders….that’s all.

Willy Wally

May 6th, 2009
12:18 pm

We miss McCann, but I think we may be overstating a bit how much he’s been missed. Ross is hitting .282 with a .404 OBP and a .538 SLG at catcher for the season. Can’t reasonably expect McCann to do better than that.

From a positional standpoint, the Braves haven’t really lost a step with Ross in there thus far (although I think it would be a far different story if Ross got 500 PAs). From a positional standpoint, thus far, Ross has given the Braves the same rate stats you’d have expected from McCann.

The major difference is that from a lineup standpoint, Ross is doing it at the bottom of the order and not the heart of the order like McCann would have, so the value of the positional production is discounted accordingly.

I do think however we need to look at the production Ross has given to this point at catcher, and realize that the problem may be much bigger than McCann not being out there

W. T. Sherman

May 6th, 2009
12:19 pm

Lew not liking anything that has to do with the Mets(Broadcaster)…..now that’s a shocker!

DAP

May 6th, 2009
12:20 pm

willy wally: good point about ross/mccann.

PWHjort

May 6th, 2009
12:21 pm

WINSAWAF,
Mainly because, as bad as Frenchy has been (actually, not THAT bad. I mean, anything better than last year is on the up and up, and he’s certainly been better than last year), there have been several position players that have preformed worse. Kelly Johnson has preformed worse with the bat and made some gross errors. Yunel Escobar has made about 1982457 baserunning errors with 2 outs and Chipper at the plate and hit into 90237460 double plays. Kotchman isn’t getting it done when it matters. Schafer is leading the NL in strikeouts. Etc, etc.. Francoeur has been pretty close to the best regular on the team (Chipper has been better and Escobar has been slightly better), which is PATHETIC considering his .303 OBP. Point is, there’s not really 1 person to blame for our offensive struggles, we’re just not getting it done. We need some viagra or a collective kick in the butt or something, not for 1 person to play better.

MGL

May 6th, 2009
12:22 pm

Lew – Unfortunately, I live in the Daytona Beach area which is blacked out for Marlin’s games. Hopefully it is on regular cable here as it sometimes is, but it will still be Marlin’s feed.

Gil In Mechanicsville

May 6th, 2009
12:22 pm

With McCann coming back, anyone else wonder if David Ross could play left field?

Why is No One Saying a Word About Francoeur?

May 6th, 2009
12:23 pm

Since when did having a low-strikeout total equal goodness?

For God’s sake, Juan Pierre usually has one of the lowest strikeouts of any full time player, usually in the 30’s in over 700 at-bats, and he SUCKS.

I don’t care if Francoeur strikes out zero times; if he is OBPing in the .200’s or very low .300’s and slugging like .410….he is NOT a good right fielder.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:23 pm

WT-Not so-I actually have been known to enjoy Ron Darling’s broadcasting upon occasion. Just not real big on Gary Whatever, Keith (though I can appreciate some of his playing days stories) or even Ralph Kiner, for that matter.

P-Town Brave(Time to Find a New Staff)

May 6th, 2009
12:23 pm

Lew-

I’m not disregarding your post toward me on the other blog, I just don’t see much of a reason to respond considering the state of the Braves, and well, me being fairly correct in my statements.

What with all the crap I’ve read this morning from guys talking about McCann playing LF, to bringing back Gregor Blanco, all the way to people explaining that the reason we don’t like Kelly Johnson so much is because he’s white…

Sadly that one was the worst because I am in fact caucasian and I really don’t like Kelly myself, but its not even for that reason…then again, I guess I wouldn’t even put it as far as I don’t like him, he just frustrates the heck outta me!

At this point though, I’m more frustrated about the staff and have been that way for a couple years based on bad hirings and promotions, and will probably be that way til they clear house.

Difference of opinion, maybe, but hey, this is a blog right?

Fleming

May 6th, 2009
12:24 pm

Gil – No Ross hasn’t played there but McCann has more experience playing left than First as some want to see him do.

Noah

May 6th, 2009
12:24 pm

Well McCann is your leader in RBI’s and HR’s from last year and a .300 hitter so even though Ross has filled in well we need Mccann in the lineup badly.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:25 pm

MGL-Understood. I’m lucky up here in the North Country. The Red Sox are our local team, but all their games are broadcast on NESN, so I see the Braves when they play at Fenway-IF I don’t just bite the bullet and pay the outrageous ticket prices to go see them.

P-Town Brave(Time to Find a New Staff)

May 6th, 2009
12:25 pm

PWH-

Can we blame Terry? I mean he IS the guy giving our hitters their scouting reports and explaining to them how he wants them to go after the pitchers that night…

Fleming

May 6th, 2009
12:26 pm

P-Town – Some of us here are talking about McCann playing left sort-a tongue in cheek while you actually seem serious about some of your outrageous positions.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:28 pm

P-Town-Dude, I agree they are playing some extremely crappy baseball. I’m just not ready to follow the rats of of the ship with 126 games left in the season, our All Star catcher DLed and only four games out of a race where the other participants have major flaws, too.

I just think you already killed the horse and are intent on making it a bloody lump of raw meat.

Willy Wally

May 6th, 2009
12:30 pm

Lew, I thought Carolina Lady buried the beaten down dead horse in her backyard?

JD

May 6th, 2009
12:32 pm

The Braves are still batting somewhere in the .250s as a team. Having McCann back in the lineup isn’t going to help anybody (except CHipper) get on base.

PWHjort

May 6th, 2009
12:32 pm

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again,
You would have to be stupid to call up Tommy Hanson right now. How, exactly, would this team benefit from having Hanson with the big club? Well, there’s a chance our rotation would be slightly better. Ok. But Hanson can’t help us score runs. Our problem is scoring runs, not preventing them. Why waste a ton of money down the road just to keep games close so you can eventually lose, but lose by less?

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:32 pm

WillyWally-I wouldn’t know. She no longer converses with me as I’m a shameless scum sucking Liberal in her view.

DAP

May 6th, 2009
12:33 pm

Why is No One Saying a Word About Francoeur?

Since when did having a low-strikeout total equal goodness?

thats not what i said. the low strikeout rate shows a dramatic improvement. most folks figure that OBP will come up as well.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:34 pm

PWH-You’re absolutely right. I can’t understand why so many Denizens think his call up would change anything that currently plagues the Braves.

PWHjort

May 6th, 2009
12:34 pm

P-Town,
I don’t know if we can blame TP. I don’t really have any knowledge as to how hitting coaches and pitching coaches can affect the performances of their hitters and pitchers. I’m not a fan of Roger McDowell or TP, but I don’t know if we can blame TP for the hitters’ failures thusfar. I’m not saying we can’t, I just don’t know.

Fleming

May 6th, 2009
12:34 pm

Lew – No politics. You’re gonna get the blog police after you

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:36 pm

Fleming-Just explaining why she no longer speaks to me. I didn’t claim she was right, just what she perceives me to be.

Einstein

May 6th, 2009
12:36 pm

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. Bobby Cox’s managerial skills consist of doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. As most of you have realized, the Braves have comfortably settled into mediocrity, just as they did last year and the year before. With Cox at the helm and TP and RMcD right by his side, you can expect more of the same. Hitters can’t hit when the game is on the line, pitchers can’t make good pitches when the game is on the line, we don’t know speed from a speedo, and you can depend on Cox to play his favorites even though they don’t/can’t/won’t contribute. Why did it take so long to realize Blaine Boyer, Chris Reitzma (sp), Kolb, Yates, Devine, Davies, and Manny “I’ll cost ya”, et al are not major league pitchers. Whoever stole the chapter about manufacturing runs from Bobby’s managers book, please return it. Please retire Bobby, so we can all celebrate the 14 divisional titles you bumbled into with 4 Cy Young (3 HOF) pitchers and good hitters in their prime. Then, maybe a new manager (and possibly a new owner) can begin the process of cleaning up this mess. Peace,

Anders

May 6th, 2009
12:39 pm

She no longer converses with me as I’m a shameless scum sucking Liberal in her view. (Lew)

I disagree. You don’t seem like a Liberal.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:40 pm

Right-They just won’t contribute. Recalcitrant children! Maybe if they were sent to bed without the after game buffet?

Frank from KS

May 6th, 2009
12:40 pm

Ed re: your 12:11 p.m.

Welcome to the state. Born-n-breed Kansan here. Grew up a HUGE Royals fan but lost interest in them after Brett retired but still somewhat followed them afterwards….and with them playing more like a winning club this year is a very good thing and the interest has increased. I’ve been wishing they would become a better club again.

Have been a Braves fan for a long time as well.

JD

May 6th, 2009
12:41 pm

PWH – Well said at 12:32.

Although I see Tommy went hitless last season, so maybe he would be a good fit for the lineup.

Southpaw

May 6th, 2009
12:41 pm

Folks – here’s something I’ve been pondering. I am a lefty. When I played softball in high school, I threw right-handed and batted left-handed. My youngest son is the same. He is also a lefty that throws right-handed and bats left-handed.

I noticed that Kelly Johnson throws right-handed and bats left (as well as Buddy Carlisle). I know some players are switch hitters and can bat from either side. Why do you think some left-handed people throw better right-handed?

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:41 pm

Anders-Well, you’ll never know from reading the Blog. We can’t talk about it. Family secrets and whatnot. Care to speculate on my religious affiliation, too? Sorry. Can’t talk about that either. Suits me fine.

Anders

May 6th, 2009
12:43 pm

Lew- I was kidding “shameless scum sucking liberal” . I only disagreed with the liberal part.

Get it?

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:44 pm

Anders-Yes, I got it. Have you considered a career in stand up comedy?

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:45 pm

Anders-Just to give you a hint-I don’t watch either Fox or MSNBC. Clarify things?

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
12:49 pm

I think any manager could have won with Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddux in their prime, with a decent amount of run support from McGriff, Justice, Chipper, etc. But I doubt the team would have stayed together without Bobby Cox because the players love playing for him and took less money to stay in Atlanta.

The problem is now is that Bobby doesn’t know how else to coach besides hoping to win low scoring games by one home run. They currently have the best and healthiest rotation (Jurrjens, Lowe, Vazquez) they’ve have had in a few years (with Hanson available now and Hudson ready at the end of the year), but they don’t have the home run hitters like they did in the past.

The Angels won the series a few years ago with small ball and great pitching. Stealing bases, solid bunting, clutch base hits. Bobby Cox has ever coached like that despite the fact that’s the only way we’ll win games. I can’t believe I’m saying this but maybe it’s time for Bobby to step down after this year.

flange1

May 6th, 2009
12:49 pm

Lew,

At least you don’t get the right wing emails anymore, right? :)

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
12:53 pm

correction: “Bobby Cox has Never coached like that….”

Jeff321

May 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

Carroll Rogers – Looking forward to your expose on Brian Barton!

Carroll Rogers

May 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

dmack2027, it’s Carroll, not DOB, FYI. It’s not like Gregor Blanco is tearing it up in Gwinnett (.221) though he has come on much stronger of late, with five multi-hit games in the last 10 days. but they must figure it’s something Jordan can play through – he told DOB it’s not the primary reason he’s swinging and missing – plus his defense doesn’t look like it’s been affected. if his struggles continue maybe it’s something they consider. but i bet they want to give him a chance to hit his way out of this, rather than sitting him down and letting him think about it for two weeks.

Groundhog Day on Turner Classic Movies

May 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

A big league manager(Bobby Cox) lives a happy go lucky life until one day things go awry. In what seems a never ending dream, Bobby wakes up each day to repeat the same mistakes with the same sorry cast of characters. The vicious cycle continues as he repeats the same worn out phrases and denies that a problem exists.

(repeat)

DAP

May 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

poopy pantsThe Angels won the series a few years ago with small ball and great pitching. Stealing bases, solid bunting, clutch base hits.

i think you should check these stats for that team…

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ANA/2002.shtml

they did steal some bases, but they had several good power guys on that team and high batting averages.

Carroll Rogers

May 6th, 2009
12:56 pm

Thanks Jeff321, not coming out for a couple of weeks, but stay with me….

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
12:57 pm

Southpaw– Who knows. I write right handed, but throw left and bat left. I play tennis right handed (but have a better backhand swing), play golf left, bowl right handed, played soccer right-footed. How do you explain that?

Lew

May 6th, 2009
12:58 pm

flange-Nary a one. Not too sure if they were right wing or just freaking insane.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

DAP-Yeah, not too sure I would consider Vlad Guerrero a speed guy. Wouldn’t mind having him to hit behind Chipper, though.

flange1

May 6th, 2009
1:01 pm

Lew,

I sometimes wonder if there is a difference?

ncscoots

May 6th, 2009
1:01 pm

A sometimes-coherent blogger (ncscoots) lives a happy go lucky life until one day things go awry. In what seems a never ending dream, scoots wakes up each day to read the the same stupid posts from the same sorry cast of characters. The vicious cycle continues as he hears the same worn out phrases and realizes that a problem exists.

The problem being that, he can’t just hunt down and kneecap every one of the dumb sumbeeches.

Steve from OH

May 6th, 2009
1:01 pm

Easy guys, you’re bordering on eating the forbidden fruit…

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
1:02 pm

DAP–Thanks for the link, but you just proved my point. 5 starters had over 10 steals, and two had over 20. And 7 out 9 starters had averages very close or over .300

Steve from OH

May 6th, 2009
1:02 pm

scoots, I’m getting some strange looks while laughing at your post. Well played, sir.

Lew

May 6th, 2009
1:02 pm

All of this crap about Bobby only winning with the Bg Three is absurd. Seems to me he won in Toronto as well, without them.

Steve from OH

May 6th, 2009
1:03 pm

scoots, the difference between you and me seems to be that my fuse is about a day shorter than yours…

Lew

May 6th, 2009
1:03 pm

flange-If I answered that I wouldn’t be able to maintain the mystique.

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
1:04 pm

and 4 out 5 pitchers in the rotation had ERA’s under 4

monty

May 6th, 2009
1:04 pm

I seem to remember comments after the end of last season and especially after new pitchers were acquired that the Braves were going back to the tried and true formula of “great pitching and timely hitting.” So much for the “timely hitting.”

Braves Paisan

May 6th, 2009
1:05 pm

Judy and I have been to a half dozen games, and I, while I have always admired Bobby’s loyalty to his players (hey, it’s a paisanic thing), I think we have to face music sooner rather than later or the season will get away from us by the end of the month.

I am sorry to say that Bobby has held on to Greg Norton one season too long. Average major league fastballs are being blown by him. Plus, he is essentially devoid of defensive value.

Garrett Anderson has been a mistake. There is a difference between being low key and being completely enervated. Two more weeks max. If he isn’t whacking the ball by then, release him and eat the contract.

Same goes with Matt Diaz. I love the guy, but I am not sure can do enough to sustain even a part-time job in left.

I think it may be time to work Omar into a reverse platoon with Kelly. And when Kelly starts, he cannot bat lead off. Kotchman would be a better choice. Forgot that he is not fast — OBP is the only things that really matters in a leadoff hitter.

We simply must trade for a power hitter somehow, somewhere. One of the starting pitchers, perhpas. With Jo-Jo looking good, Glavine about to come back, and Hanson on the cusp, we can make that move.

The crowds, while smaller than last year, have been spirited, at least in spurts. A few bold moves might be all it takes to turn things around. I think our pitching is good enough. If we are going to lose, I would rather it be with fast young kids running wild in the pastures rather than older players with no upside jogging it out hither and yon.

– B.P.

DAP

May 6th, 2009
1:06 pm

lew

vlad wasnt on that team…i thought he was too, but he wasnt.

but that year, troy glaus, garrett anderson, tim salmon, and brad fulmer combined for 263 extra base hits. garret anderson had 88 of those on his own, including 56 doubles. wow.

ArkyTech

May 6th, 2009
1:07 pm

Sure would be nice to have Josh Anderson and Andruw right about now. How’s this for a lineup:

J Anderson
Escobar
C Jones
A Jones
McCann
Kotchman
Franceour
KJ/Omar/Prado

A little more speed, a little more power. With our rotation, that lineup would win. And it coulda been ours….

McFann Ô

May 6th, 2009
1:07 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

They call it the Allgood Pest Solutions “Catch a Termite in your Pants” contest. Am I the last to see something like this?

They did that on Opening Night, too. The PA guy was really getting into it.

Speakin’ of the promos, I hope when McCann plays tomorrow they don’t do that eyeball race…just wouldn’t be very appropriate, now would it? :P

Lew

May 6th, 2009
1:09 pm

DAP-I stand corrected. Still wouldn’t mind him in the order behind Chipper.

DAP

May 6th, 2009
1:09 pm

poopy pants

yes, there were guys who stole bases, but look at my last post. i listed 4 guys who combined for 263 extra bsae hits…

im just saying they didnt win the world series because they stole bases, but because they hit and hit for power.

Mike

May 6th, 2009
1:10 pm

I cant believe I am about to type this…but….what about Bonds. AHHHHHHHHHHHH! I know its been discussed in the past ad nauseum, and i have been one of the ones that has been absolutely against the idea in the past. I just dont think he is a very nice person, and attracts alot of negative media attention. However, he hasnt been accused of being a terrible clubhouse guy, and if the guy can still hit, he would certainly give Chipper protection and may give this team the offensive boost it needs. Look what Manny did for LA and he is thought of as bad as Bonds. Obviously the steroid issue would be a problem, so I doubt our front office would even consider it, but hey it would definitely solve our problem.

This is how bad things are right now, that I actually suggested that.

Okay, go ahead, pile on…..

Lew

May 6th, 2009
1:13 pm

McFann-You really don’t want to know. Did they really do that over the PA? The Dogs!!!!

WK

May 6th, 2009
1:13 pm

DOB: I know it’s early and all, but if you project current numbers for the rest of the season, well, the Braves offense is truly offensive. Take a look at some of the RBI totals so far, and this team is in dire need of help. I know, I know…..BMac has been blurrrrry, no one to hit behind Chipper (who I still think got way too much in his extension), Anderson has been hurt, Schafer with his rookie stikeout troubles, etc. I really would like to see some form of help or insurgence of excitement(I don’t know the answer, I’m a fan, not a part of the decision making team). But, this team needs something to excite the fans. It’s boring to watch on TV and only the entertainment value featured on the jumbotron helps while at the ball park. I don’t think they will, but I would love to see Heyward get a look to add some power, or Hanson a chance to throw the heat. At this point and with this current team, the strong spring looks to be a figment of our imagination and we (fans) might be in for a looooonnngg summer. I hope that I’m wrong.

Willy Wally

May 6th, 2009
1:15 pm

The crowds, while smaller than last year, have been spirited, at least in spurts. (BRAVES PAISAN)

I agree from the 3 games I’ve attended. I think that’s because there is a hardcore base of about 20,000 fans who show up no matter what. When all the casual and non fans vanish like they have, you finally get to see how spirited those hardcore fans are. You got to blame the extra 10,000 to 20,000 casual dweebs who show up only when it’s the in thing to do that water the feistiness of the crowd down.

JD

May 6th, 2009
1:15 pm

DOB banned from covering Marlins.

Is that true??

WK

May 6th, 2009
1:16 pm

Sorry CARROLL, thought it was DOB today, but would love to hear your thoughts on my posting above.

DOB's Leather Jacket

May 6th, 2009
1:17 pm

With a young lefty on the mound for the Fish tonight, please let Prado be at 2B and Infante in CF.

ncscoots

May 6th, 2009
1:18 pm

Aaah, Steve, I’ve just had a few more years to learn about controlling my temper, LOL. Besides, that post was less about pique than picking the low-hanging fruit for some humor.

Besides, you can’t reach some of the folks here who are dominating the blog right now, even if you wanted to. I’m all for taking the lonely, principled stand, but where’s the upside? I admire you folks who still man the wall during in-games, still try to present rational baseball arguments, and even occasionally find topics other than Kelly Johnson’s worthlessness, but I’ve turned coward. You’ll just have to leave me behind on the migration trail, like you would any other broken-down elder, LOL.

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
1:22 pm

Is anyone really surprised that we can’t hit? It was the same problem last year (, and we didn’t do anything this year to change our lineup besides add Garrett Anderson (who has barely played this year due to injury) and add the strikeout king Jordan Schafer.

I guess we got what we wished for. I was rooting for Schafer to beat out Josh Anderson, but look who has a better BA (.333 v .238), more RBI (7 v 3) and more SB (6 v 1)? It’s not a shocker that a rookie is struggling. Perhaps the Braves (and myself) got caught up with the faulty “grass is always greener” mentality when it came with picking a CF just on good spring training stats.

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
1:25 pm

DAP- obviously they hit for power, I can see that. But they also won a lot of games with speed and small ball too. Good teams can do BOTH. The Braves can’t hit for power nor can they play small ball well.

Poopy Pants

May 6th, 2009
1:28 pm

David Eckstein and Darin Erstad caused so much havoc on the base paths that year, including the playoffs.

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