Mac’s back for big series

 

  Philadelphia – So much for brotherly love. The cab driver who brought me from the airport informed me after I got into his beat-up vehicle on a muggy day in Philly and he pointed a little fan at me in the back seat, a little fan that literally had wires dangling from the roof, that’s when he informed me he had no air conditioning, that he had to put freon in it and hadn’t gotten around to it.
  By then we were already pulling away from the terminal, and I was already nearly three hours late, and not about to say stop, let me walk back to the cab stand and get a real ride.
  So we pull onto I-95 and, of course, it’s gridlock headed to downtown. An accident or something. Horrible, stop-and-go traffic on a steamy day with no AC.I see DOB's problem....
  And that’s when I thought, this is one of those payback days for any time I’ve ever been rude or short-tempered after getting no sleep or whatever.
  I’ll keep this brief before we get into Braves talk and Brian McCann saga. Suffice to say, it’s already been a long day. I checked into my hotel more than seven hours after leaving my house at 6:30 a.m. for my 8:30 a.m. flight. A flight that was delayed nearly 2-1/2 hours.
  Then the bags were late, as they often are at the Philly airport. Then, the cab with no AC and the traffic snarl on I-95. The upshot of it: I check in at 1:45 p.m., covered in a lovely sheen of sweat and exhaust fumes, instead of the expected 11 a.m. arrival.
  Got an hour to get a new blog out, eat some room service pizza, and not shower unless this blog comes out faster than I think it will. Then it’s off to the ballpark and pray for no rain. I really think someone might die if Bowman (he was on same flight as me) and I have to sit through a long rain delay.

Recognize this guy?

Recognize this guy?

 ♣ OK the stuff you care about: Braves are only two games behind the division-leading Phillies, and we’re expecting McCann to be in the lineup tonight after giving his new prescription sports glasses and hockey goalie helmet mast a trial run last night in a rehab game at Triple-A Gwinnett. He laced a double in his first at-bat in the glasses, and also drew a walk and threw out a runner.
  Mac couldn’t have picked a better team to face in his first games back from the DL. He’s hit .343 with 23 extra-base hits (eight homers), 35 RBI and a 1.047 OPS in his past 39 games against the Phillies, including .366 with four homers and 15 RBI in his past 12 games.
  He had two homers and five RBI in the three-game series to start the season at Philly’s corporate-bank ballpark, where the dry eye condition first surfaced, the condition that eventually landed McCann on the DL after a 2-for-26, nine-game skid dropped his batting average to .195.
  As much as they’ve missed McCann’s bat in the cleanup spot, imagine if this would’ve happened a year ago, when the Braves’ backup catcher was Corkey Miller, and Clint Sammons was struggling mightily with flaws in his swing that he’s since corrected.
  Instead of having the Corkster handling the catching while Mac was DL’d, the Braves had David Ross, who’s hit .298 with three homers, nine RBI and a .411 OBP in 47 at-bats and played exceptional defense. He’s got a cannon and a quick release.
  Ross signed a two-year, $3 million deal this winter, and I was one of those that raised eyebrows when that was announced. But I was wrong. That’s a smart deal that’s already paid dividends for the Braves.

 ♣ Chipper’s hitting streak: We’re talking about his rather stunning 27-game hitting streak against the Phillies, which he’ll resume tonight ater missing the last game of the season-opening series with a bruised thumb and hand.
  This is one of those obscure stats that goes unnoticed until it reaches the record-flirting lengths that Chipper’s taken this one to.
  He’s hit .387 with 24 extra-base hits (11 homers), 25 RBIs and 20 walks for a 1.383 OPS during his 27-game streak against the Phillies, which began on April 5, 2007.
  Trent McCotter of the SABR records committee sent me an e-mail to tell me that it’s the longest streak by a Braves player against any opponent since at least 1954, which is as far back as he’d taken the research.   Next were Dale Murphy’s 24-game against the Cubs (1981-83) and 22-game streaks by Hank Aaron (vs. St. Louis) and three other Braves — Eddie Mathews, Ralph Garr, Marcus Giles — who had theirs against the Cubs.
  McCotter said it’s also the longest such streak by any player against the Phillies in that time frame, ahead of 25-gamers by Hall of Fame players Orlando Cepeda and Pete Rose.
  If Chipper plays and hits in each game in this three-game series, McCotter said he’ll have just the sixth 30-game streak in the majors against one opponent since 1954. The longest in that span was Vlad Guerrero’s 44-game vs. Texas, and next-longest after that was Ken Griffey Jr.’s 35-game streak against Cleveland.
  The only blemish, as it were, on Chipper’s streak: The Braves have played 37 games against the Phillies during his 27-game hitting streak. So he missed 10, most or all because of injuries.

 ♣ Speaking of streaks: I didn’t realize until I was going through Casey Kotchman’s day-by-days that he hasn’t made an error in 71 games since being traded to the Braves in the Mark Teixeira deal last July.
Kotchman hit a dreadful .149 with no homers, five RBI and a .458 OPS inh is first 22 games for the Braves. In 49 games since then, he’s hit .316 with three homers, 21 RBI and an .833 OPS.
  No, he doesn’t have the power you ideally want from a first baseman, particularly in a lineup that doesn’t have a lot of pure power at other traditional power positions. (By the way, how would another of Tex’s typical slow starts being playing in Atlanta about now?)
  But Kotchman is contributing with the bat lately in addition to that superb defense. In his past 18 games, he’s hit .355 with nine doubles, a homer and a .960 OPS, though he has just four RBI in that stretch.
  The Braves have the second-fewest homers (one) from first basemen (Kotchman just hit his first yesterday at Florida), leaving only the Dodgers and Giants without a homer from 1B among all major league teams.
More importantly, the Braves still have the fewest RBI from first baseman with just seven. No other team in the majors has fewer than 11, and the average from the position is 18 RBI in the NL and 19 in the AL.
But, like I said, he’s shown some encouraging signs lately, at least. And I’ll bet you that tonight’s Philly starter Cole Hamels would rather face another first baseman other than Kotchman.
   Have you forgotten? He’s got those inexplicable numbers against the Phillies’ lefty ace — Kotchman is 4-for-9 with three homers against Hamels. Yes, three homers in nine at-bats against Hamels.
Chipper, by the way, is 5-for-15 with two homers against Hamels, and McCann is 8-for-21 with four walks and a .480 OBP against him.
  The Braves might need all the offense they can get from Chipper, McCann, Kotchman and everyone else, because Jo-Jo Reyes is starting for them, and he’s had his troubles against the Phillies, for sure.
Reyes is 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Phillies, with six homers allowed in 13-1/3 innings of the three starts. He’s given up eight runs and four homers in six innings of his last two games at Citizens Bank Park.
  My advice: Pitch carefully not only to big Ryan Howard, but also to that little Victorino fella.
  Yes, Shane the Braves Killer has hit .342 with six triples, five homers, 18 RBI and 24 runs in is past 27 games against the Braves, and the Phillies won 20 of those 27. He also had a memorable collision with McCann that left the catcher with a concussion last summer.

 ♦ Alright, we’re outta time. I just wanted to mention that the only major league qualifier with a higher RISP average than Yunel Escobar’s .517 is none other than Andruw Jones, hitting .636 with RISP for the Rangers, albeit in only 11 such at-bats in his part-time role…. Oh, and Chipper is hitting .395 with an 1.176 OPS in 10 road games, compared to .200 (8-for-40) with a .671 OPS in 12 home games.
   We’ve got to get to the ballpark. Take us out, Townes.

“IF I NEEDED YOU” by Townes Van Zandt

If I needed you would you come to me,
Would you come to me, and ease my pain?
If you needed me
I would come to you
I’d swim the seas for to ease your pain

In the night forlorn the morning’s born
And the morning shines with the lights of love
You will miss sunrise if you close your eyes
That would break my heart in two

The lady’s with me now since I showed her how
To lay her lily hand in mine
Loop and Lil agree she’s a sight to see
And a treasure for the poor to find

 

1,977 comments Add your comment

eatPhillie

May 8th, 2009
3:06 pm

Cole’s back!

Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!

May 8th, 2009
3:08 pm

Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!

May 8th, 2009
3:09 pm

I feel sorry for DOB today.

1. He is sweaty
2. He is tired
3. Hungry
4. Sleepy
5. Has to share his blog with Carol Roberts
6. Hasnt seen Wolverine yet
7. Probably wont see Star Trek tonight
8. Has something against Eagle’s Deli for some reason

flange1

May 8th, 2009
3:10 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

Did you see that X is coming to the Variety Playhouse Sat June 13?

ease19

May 8th, 2009
3:12 pm

I’m shocked that no one “sees” this.

Lew – Seriously?

David O'Brien

May 8th, 2009
3:12 pm

Flange1, saw that. You should go, they still sound awesome. Saw them at Tabernacle couple or three years back.

I got PJ Harvey tix, and we’re getting Steve Earle tix when they go on sale Tuesday

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:13 pm

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
3:15 pm

Your looking at CAREER #’s! I dont give a F%$@ what he did in ‘06, ‘07, ‘08.

See, this is exactly the kind of retort I was looking for on the the last blog. Facts? F%$@ ‘em. LOL

Thanks, Andy, that gets me back to blog I know and love. :-)

Willy Wally

May 8th, 2009
3:16 pm

Nice having Lisa Loeb back at catcher tonight.

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:18 pm

Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!

May 8th, 2009
3:19 pm

LOL< LMFAO at willy wally

YOU SAY, YOU ONLY HEAR WHAT I WANT TOOOOOOO……

Frank from KS

May 8th, 2009
3:21 pm

WOW.

Sorry to hear of your day so far DOB…..but it wouldn’t surprise me with all the luck you’ve had today…… if you had to go through a long rain delay…(Lol).

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Well….now that Mac’s back and (hopefully) Glavine coming back soon……it looks like MAYBE the Braves are coming around to being at full-strength…..which I think is definately good news for the Bravos.

Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!

May 8th, 2009
3:22 pm

Does Mac have a show on E! like Lisa Loeb.

Willy Wally

May 8th, 2009
3:22 pm

Fine Andy, we’ll throw out track records, we’ll just go the way you prefer: by who’s hotter over every 5 game stretch. Do you really want to know who that is? It’s KJ, not Infante.

Over the last 5 games, KJ is hitting .385, .467, .462

Over the last 5 games, Omar is hitting .333, .381, .333

GO WITH THE HOT HAND!

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
3:23 pm

I was kinda hoping McCann would show up with some of those Kareem specs, the big old goggle-eyed alien-from-planet-57 type, you know? These look too hip, too cool, too chi-chi. They don’t give you that “I’m a geezle-eyed ballplayer, what’s it to you?” vibe.

TBrown

May 8th, 2009
3:23 pm

As a Kelly Johnson advocate, Willy Wally is quickly becoming my favorite blogger haha

Frank from KS

May 8th, 2009
3:25 pm

Willy Wally re: your 3:16 pm post

LMAO

Lars Taint

May 8th, 2009
3:25 pm

Willy Wally – Do you even look at the numbers you are about to post before you post them?
Runner on third, career: .275, .354, .475
Man on third, less than 2 out, career: .388, .415, .672
Man on third, two outs, career: .351, .448, .608

If KJ hits .388 with a man on third with less than 2 outs and .351 with a man on third and two outs, then how could the overall average with a man on third be .275? As with most of the posts I have read from you, the math just doesn’t add up.

Lew

May 8th, 2009
3:26 pm

ease19-No, It was said with much sarcasm and a huge sense of irony.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
3:29 pm

Actually, as I remember, WW isn’t really that big a fan of Johnson’s, and he’s certainly made posts in the past that point out the kid’s flaws. He just has a tough time letting illogical and flawed arguments pass by unattended, regardless of point of view or side of argument. Thank the gods.

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:29 pm

Mac’s glasses look more like the ones on Lewis from “Revenge of the Nerds”.

Frank from KS

May 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

Chop Chop

Revenge of the Nerds II was my favorite out of that series of movies.

That’s the one with Courtney-Thorne Smith and Lewis ends up with her in the end.

Willy Wally

May 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

If KJ hits .388 with a man on third with less than 2 outs and .351 with a man on third and two outs, then how could the overall average with a man on third be .275? As with most of the posts I have read from you, the math just doesn’t add up. (LARS TAINT)

They’re from baseball-reference. The numbers do make sense, I just didn’t write them clearly. here’s an attempt at rephrasing:

Runner on third, career: .275, .354, .475 (this means a runner on third and no runners on any other bases)

Man on third, less than 2 out, career: .388, .415, .672 (this means runner on third, and also perhaps on first and/or second as well, with less than 2 outs)

Man on third, two outs, career: .351, .448, .608 (this means runner on third, and also perhaps on first and/or second as well, with 2 outs)

TnBrian

May 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

Anybody know what Hamels fastball is topping out at right now? It wouldn’t matter so much if he didn’t have that changeup. I believe he was at 87-88 mph his last start, so that might be good for our hitters. I agree with DOB on Reyes…we need some runs, early!

RC

May 8th, 2009
3:34 pm

So basically Kelly stinks if there is a runner on third and not a runner on 1st or 2nd?

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:34 pm

You see, if Willy Wally is going to take up the defense of Kelly against people who are unable to sift through stats and figure out that, dear Lord, Kelly’s not a bad baseball player, then I will damn well take up arms against this Lisa Loeb/Mac glasses comparison. Look at the glasses, for God’s sake! Mac’s not wearing full dark frames. It makes me absolutely sick that someone would be able to completely screw up such a comparison. Someone needs to make an Eyeglasses Reference page that I can just post the link to so I can smack down ‘tards (tenured or otherwise) who apparently cannot distinguish between frames!

Dammit.

Turtsnap

May 8th, 2009
3:34 pm

I know how to get a new blog posted…. I post a blog on the old one, and WHAALAA, here it is…..

Sorry about your luck DOB. I took about 15 trips to Philly last year, but none like the one you described, although I had a few bad ones myself. My luck would be getting stuck in the Philly airport trying to get back home to Atlanta.

Gilmore

May 8th, 2009
3:36 pm

CB

May 8th, 2009
3:36 pm

ncscoots same fellow who said Omar-Kelly subject had been run into the ground telling his opinion four minutes later. Don’t you love it, don’t you?

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:38 pm

TnBrian,

Look at this page. It will show you the average velocity on Cole Hamels’ fastball back to some starts in ‘07. As far as this season goes, his fastball appears to have been right at 90 mph in his last start.

Jersey Gil

May 8th, 2009
3:41 pm

DOB..Did fly US AIR???/ That the worst airline ever….From all the Braves Fan in this area , we are sorry for the treatment of that Cab driver.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
3:42 pm

CB, Johnson ought to be getting residuals for all the hits he generates on the blog, LOL. There certainly don’t seem to be many here on the fence about the guy.

And I’m as bad about stoking that fire as anyone, so I shouldn’t be talking, I guess. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve publicly said, “That’s my last post about Kelly Johnson.” Lied every time.

Willy Wally

May 8th, 2009
3:42 pm

You got that right, Scoots. I really don’t like KJ. See, the reality is I really don’t like anyone and I don’t like to conversate. I just like to argue, and I’m a coward. So I come on here everyday to pick fights, but I don’t do it with folks smarter than me. So, although I don’t really like KJ, I see a whole bunch of smart folks backing up KJ. I know that won’t be a fun fight, and it’s one I might lose, and even if I won, it would take far too much effort to win. But I need to fight, and the fight of the day is KJ, and I see a whole bunch of really dumb fools trashing KJ with really ignorant arguments, and the bully in me knows I can win this fight, and I can win it pretty handily without exerting much of an effort at all. So that’s the fight I pick that day. Tomorrow, I might just flip, and take on all the KJ lovers, but that’s only if and inevitably when the smart KJ lovers dumb themselves down to my level by acting like KJ is far better than his reality.

TnBrian

May 8th, 2009
3:46 pm

Chop Chop, appreciate it. Hamels at 90mph with that change, if he’s hitting his spots, is one of the toughest pitchers in baseball. Seems like, or I know, he’s overmatched our guys more than Santana ever has. I’d make him work his butt off in the 1st inning if possible. Need to see what he’s got before we try and hit him out of the game first.

Willy Wally

May 8th, 2009
3:46 pm

Chop Chop, stop showing your age with the Revenge of the Nerds comment. How friggin’ dated is that reference? Half this blog was born like 10 years after that movie came out. The other half was born about 60 years before that movie came out.

flange1

May 8th, 2009
3:47 pm

WW,

Love your strategy!

How about taking on the BMac to 1B folks next?

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:48 pm

I know, man. Being 29 sucks. I’m too damn old.

richbrave

May 8th, 2009
3:49 pm

GWINNETT:

HITTING:

DIORY HERNANDEZ:
2B, 18 G, 69 AB, 7 R, 25 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 34 TB, 7 BB, 7 SO, 2 SB, 2 CS, .436 OBP, .493 SLG, .362 AVG, .929 OPS, 5 E.

NOTABLE:

5 errors, yikes. Must be taking lessons from the lumbering Cuban. Then again maybe not, as BARBARO only has one, a decided improvement over his RICHMOND days. Of course, he’s listed as a DH, but I note there’s no 1B on the current roster either. I remember some errors for HERNANDEZ here in RICHMOND when he was called up last year also. Obviously no improvement to date. Batting .400 against lefties, .352 against righties in 54 AB’s. DAMMED good hitting either way. PHENOM status with men on(.500) and in scoring position(.667), but only hitting .222 when behind in the count. Singles hitter with a bad glove and vunerable to strikes in the zone when the count is negative. Most ML pitchers will have a field day. Lots of work to do.

STARTING PITCHING:

TOMMY HANSON:
6 G, 1-3 record, 1.65 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 32.2 IP, 21 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 12 BB, 48 SO.

NOTABLE:
Have mercy on the IL hitters. When’s the call-up? Is there an options deadline? Day after….

CHARLIE MORTON:
5 G(starts tonight), 4.15 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 26.0 IP, 24 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 2 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 30 SO.

NOTABLE:
CHARLIE, CHARLIE….. Consistancy where is your glory? My man MORTON has all the tools, I’ve seen them many times, but his inconsistancy is killing him. And I think he’s becoming prime trade bait. There has to be some other club who thinks they’ve got the magic formula for solving his problem. If he doesn’t rebound strong this season, his days are numbered in THIS organization. 5.21 in April, 1.29 in May. He needs back to back solid starts. He can be dominating just as HANSON is, but….6.59 against lefties ouch – 1.46 agin’ righties. 5.06 behind in the count. 0.00 with the bases empty, 10.13 with runners on, and 23.14 with runners in scoring position – unhorrible which is beyond horrible. All point to the old horse-collar when things get tight. PANIC CITY. CHARLIE, ya’ gotta’ believe my man, in yourself that is.

KRIS MEDLEN:
6 G, 5 GS, 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 30.2 IP, 17 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HB, 7 BB, 38 SO.

NOTABLE:

Outstanding line. Great hits to IP ratio and BB-SO as well. No hit batsmen, and 0 HR’s!!!! Lefties, righties makes no difference. He mows ‘um all down. 0.53 vs. left-handers, 1.98 vs. righties. WHEW!!!! Behind in the count 0.00, 0.77 ahead, pick your poison. Bases empty 0.00, runners on – 3.00, and in scoring position – 5.06, but he’s only been in that position 5.1 innings total. When ATLANTA comes calling he’ll be ready. Go get ‘um KRIS.

David O'Brien

May 8th, 2009
3:49 pm

McCann’s in the LINEUP, batting fifth. G. Anderson hitting cleanup

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

I think Lisa Loeb hit it big when I was, what, 14? I’d seen and done so much back then. Oh, I’d done a lot. I was the Shawn Kemp of freshmen.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

WWW, re your 3:42…man, I hope I didn’t insult you earlier. Meant it as a compliment.

Choppinmama

May 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

Jersey Gil: thanks for the shoutout to mothers. I’ll be posting as Choppinmother on Sunday. Have fun at the game!

David O'Brien

May 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

Before I head down to clubhouse (typing this as it’s being written on the board in pressbox):

1. Infante, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. G. Anderson, LF
5. McCann, C
6. Francoeur, RF
7. Kotchman, 1B
8. Schafer, CF
9. Reyes, LHP

the real Andy

May 8th, 2009
3:52 pm

just bc it hasnt been said in a while – go Braves!

P-Town Brave

May 8th, 2009
3:53 pm

I hate to burst all you guys’ bubble, but in all reality BOTH Kelly and Omar should be in the lineup tonight…

If we’re going based on the hot hand, the numbers, and just simply stats against Hamels, Yunel should be sitting as he is a cool 1 for 16 career against the Phillies lefty.

As I stated last night, Hamels’ splits lead ppl to believe we should stack the lineup w/ lefties as his changeup is more devastating to RHH.

Like I stated last night, Casey, Chipper, BMac, and Omar should be LOCKS for the lineup as they are all hitting .300+ against Hamels.

Finally, the other reason…I don’t want Bobby to feel like putting Kelly back into the leadoff spot again and watch him regress…HE should know better by now!

Like I said, this would be a decent lineup against Hamels:

Infante ss
Kotchman 1b
Jones 3b
McCann c
Anderson lf
Francoeur rf
Johnson 2b
Schafer cf
Reyes p

richbrave

May 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

LEW:

KOTCHMAN. RISP .217 per THE HARDBALL TIMES. Doesn’t sound right to me. Would sure love to see a split on the RISP figure for the season. Bet its improving. Maybe DAVE has access to such info as our resident INSIDER.

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

Okay. I was the Travis Henry of freshmen. That’s a more recent reference.

(I did own a pair of Shawn Kemp Reeboks back then, though.)

Choppinmama

May 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

McFann: What a good guy to sign for fans, huh? Did he fumble for the ball, or see it right from your hand to his? LOL! He’d better watch out, seems to be lots of folks that want to shuffle him over to 1st. Hope he’s got his hot bat in the rack and his arm wound up for the foreseeable future.

And the win streak goes on!

Mike in Savannah

May 8th, 2009
3:55 pm

OMG are you guys going to argue over this kind of stuff? Stats can be used to show bias from one side to another, no matter what you’re arguing. Geez…

matt_T

May 8th, 2009
3:56 pm

Amazing that after the awful play the past few weeks that they could be in first after the weekend series. Further proof that the season is long and don’t panic should be the team mantra.

DOB-
You going to MASTODON at Center Stage next Friday?

the real Andy

May 8th, 2009
3:58 pm

remember that bumper sticker from the 80s – Go Braves (and then in smaller print) and take the Falcons with you.

Kevin in Chatty

May 8th, 2009
3:58 pm

Am I the only one who does not feel confident with Jo Jo Reyes coming to the mound tonight? Surely someone like Medlen or Hanson is a better option.

cabravesfan

May 8th, 2009
3:59 pm

P-Town

I sent you an e-mail re the internet tv…

Dominique Wilkins

May 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Richbrave, you forgot to mention the excellent start turned in by Jerome Gamble last night (gotta think the dude loved pitching to Mac)

http://minorsandmajors.com/2009/630/gamble-dealing-gwinnet

Jersey Gil

May 8th, 2009
4:03 pm

Thanks Carrol…For the Line up…Dob is problaly in Luke, having a Cheese Steak…

richbrave

May 8th, 2009
4:04 pm

K in CHATTY:

Well, at least an unknown. We’ve SEEN the results for JoJO vs. the FILTHIES. Gives you a quesy feeling in the pit of your stomach doesn’t it? You are not alone brother.

Renegator

May 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

Looks like we’ve got a full-time platoon going at 2B. Couldn’t even make it through a month with KJ before he is religated to a platoon situation.

It’s really too bad our HOF manager can’t see that KJ is a real asset to this team when he is hitting down in the line-up (6th or 7th).

richbrave

May 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

‘NIQUE W:

Just skimmin’ my man. Takes way too long to list them all. Left out REDMOND too.

Tomahawkin

May 8th, 2009
4:07 pm

We’re extremly luck to be just 2 games out of first with the way we’ve played the last 3 weeks (Excluding the 2 Game series at Ft. Liquordale)

Maybe we get out of our funk this roadtrip with a series win against Philly, gotta take 2 of 3

I have a feeling that one of these games will get rained out…

And better Yet I hope everyone on here agrees with me that It will be imperative for our Awfense to come out and get a couple of early runs fo Jo-Jo to play with…He’s gonna need some breathing room because the ball is gonna carry tonight at CBP

Bubdylan

May 8th, 2009
4:08 pm

Willy Wally

May 8th, 2009
4:08 pm

Scoots, absolutely no offense taken at all. I was just being honest/comical in response about the reality of my blogging style.

Tomahawkin

May 8th, 2009
4:10 pm

Yes, I actually like this lineup against “King Cole” Hamels

Also I like GA Sandwiched in between Chipper and B-Macc, Expect Hamels and the Philly pitching staff to go right at GA because of the man hitting behind him…

A good series from GA is imperative if the Braves want to take 2 of 3 or better from Philly…

3trees

May 8th, 2009
4:11 pm

richbrave – Thanks for the scouting updates. Medlen is sounding like a competitor with a bone to pick w/hitters and that’s a good thing. Maybe he needs to tutor Charlie?

flange – I’ll be going to see X. Maybe I’ll see you there. I’ll be the dumb looking guy in front of the speakers who’s always asking folks to repeat themselves.

DOB – my condolences, I lived there for a short time. It can be sultry and the roads are usually bad, but that’s true for all of PA.

Go Braves!

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
4:12 pm

OK, good deal, WW. Whew, LOL.

Jackie Treehorn

May 8th, 2009
4:12 pm

This lineup is more like it. I have to say, being only two games back after losing Mac for that stretch, things could be a lot worse.

bravos2249

May 8th, 2009
4:13 pm

Just to chime in..one of the best airlines is Southwest…they don’t charge you extra for anything.

TnBrian

May 8th, 2009
4:15 pm

Renegator, outside of last year’s second half, what has Kelly really done? I’m not saying he should be bench warmer for the rest of the year, but Infante is so much more consistant. Sure, KJ will tease you with some power every once in awhile, but too dang inconsistant to be a regular, especially in a lineup that’s been struggling.

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
4:16 pm

Here’s an interesting article by Jason Whitlock regarding the role of sports journalists.

Serge

May 8th, 2009
4:19 pm

So let me get this straight. Kelly Johnson is hitting .389 in May. (Higher than Infante and Anderson)

but Anderson hits cleanup,. Boy that ..167Avg is something

Jersey Gil

May 8th, 2009
4:19 pm

I have my filling that the KID going yard tonight….

Shadetree

May 8th, 2009
4:22 pm

This is like opening night. Finally the lineup we’ve been waiting for. Go Braves!!!!

Did anyone see the MLB network announcer that called the Atl fans the worse in sports.

DAP

May 8th, 2009
4:23 pm

its comforting to see mac in there…

Thrillhouse44

May 8th, 2009
4:26 pm

Am I sensing optimism? Am I in the right place?

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
4:28 pm

its comforting to see mac in there…

I got even money that some in-game blogger yells for him to get his eyes cut again, after the first popup.

N8

May 8th, 2009
4:28 pm

From the topic I started on the other blog, to the guys who responded, I just want to be clear. Wanting Mac at 1B has little to nothing to do with his defensive ability behind the plate.

It’s that I think he is a VERY viable cleanup hitting option, but when he sits for as many games as he does, not only are we losing what seemingly will be our future leader of the team (our future “Chipper” if you will), but our cleanup hitter.

I don’t like that. We went through the same crap with Javy. It’s the down side of having a great hitting catcher, I guess.

But like I said, it’s more about LOVING how he hits when healthy, and one way to keep his knees from giving out and keeping him more “fresh” for an entire season is to hit him out from behind the plate.

I realize that by having a damn fine backup in Ross, that one could argue that we don’t actually lose that production. But make no mistake, nobody is pitching around Ross, nor is he affecting the lineup the way Mac will/would/does.

Mac is basically our best hitter, no offense to Chipper. But based on the past two years, I want Mac up with the game on the line. Though it’s VERY close. When healthy, Chipper is not only arguably the best Braves hitter, but one of MLB’s better hitters. I’m counting “availablity” into the mix as well.

This is now Mac’s team, IMO.

So why not do what we can do to get him in the lineup 150+ times? Seems too simple to me.

oldschool

May 8th, 2009
4:29 pm

Final scorre tonite- phillies 9 -4 over the braves

J Dub

May 8th, 2009
4:29 pm

Does anyone else find it ironic that McCann’s optometrists name is Dr. David Ross?

ZC Rider

May 8th, 2009
4:35 pm

Mac can’t play first tonight, Kotchman loves to hit Hamels. Also, he isn’t a first basemen. It’s not as easy as it looks. If he fails to pick one throw in the dirt, he has offset his offensive contributions.

PWHjort

May 8th, 2009
4:36 pm

DOB,
What is Escobar hitting with RISP in, say, the past 15 games? I could be off base, but it seems like he was on a tear with RISP to start the year but has since declined in that category.

Daybed Wagmoe

May 8th, 2009
4:36 pm

“[McCann] laced a double in his first at-bat in the glasses, and also drew a walk and threw out a runner.”

That’s great news DOB, but let’s hope that he didn’t get them from the same doctor that prescribed Manny’s prescription.

Original Jon

May 8th, 2009
4:37 pm

oldschool, i think the score will be more like 3-2 Braves win. Reyes flip flop act should now land on him having a good game while Hamels is trying to come back from hurting his ankle.

keylargo

May 8th, 2009
4:37 pm

Renegator, outside of last year’s second half, what has Kelly really done? I’m not saying he should be bench warmer for the rest of the year, but Infante is so much more consistant. Sure, KJ will tease you with some power every once in awhile, but too dang inconsistant to be a regular, especially in a lineup that’s been struggling. TnBrian

Your looking at CAREER #’s! I dont give a F%$@ what he did in ‘06, ‘07, ‘08.

See, this is exactly the kind of retort I was looking for on the the last blog. Facts? F%$@ ‘em. LOL
Andy

Now there’s two rings of the needed three to open a circus.

N8

May 8th, 2009
4:37 pm

I also want to point out, that I’m not advocating Mac moving to first base tonight, hell, not even this season. I’m thinking more along the lines of next year. I wouldn’t expect him to go all “Salty” on us and do it mid-season.

Chop Chop

May 8th, 2009
4:39 pm

If McCann isn’t at first tonight, I quit. I’m done. I can’t abide Bobby’s lunacy. It’s over.

Interested Observer

May 8th, 2009
4:40 pm

DOB, do you know if McCann ordered more than one pair of these glasses? Considering what it took to get these, it might be wise to have a back-up pair handy in case the originals get broken or something.

ZC Rider

May 8th, 2009
4:42 pm

He has a back-up pair

Andy

May 8th, 2009
4:42 pm

The I have tried to make (unsuccessfully i admit) is that while Infante’s career #’s are inferior I believe that he has improved as a player to the point that if given the opportunity (say like the opportunity that KJ has been given the past 2+ years) he will be able to put up very respectable #’s that far out reach his career averages. The point is I think he has IMPROVED. He is a better ballplayer now than what he was with Detroit or even last season with us (remember he missed ST last year and the start of the season with a broken hand). Certainly I think if KJ were to get back in the lineup he will pick up his #’s and put together a respectable, albeit streaky, season. All I am saying is that you cannot put too much FUTURE stock on PAST #’s. Hopefully they will both be able to contribute from here on out through the rest of the season.

Mitchie-san

May 8th, 2009
4:44 pm

Absolutley, N8. If anyone thinks you (or anyone else) meant meant moving Mac to first tonight or anytime soon, they are crazy.

Hillbilly

May 8th, 2009
4:44 pm

“Does anyone else find it ironic that McCann’s optometrists name is Dr. David Ross?” –J Dub

Just as long as his name isn’t David Roth, I’m cool with it.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 8th, 2009
4:46 pm

Of course he doesn’t have a back up pair, the company couldn’t even one pair right, why the heck would we think they could send a second pair that was correct?

Hillbilly

May 8th, 2009
4:47 pm

[i]I think of all the hanging sliders that I missed [/i]

[i]but then my eyesight was never quite like this!!! [/i]

Tomahawkin

May 8th, 2009
4:47 pm

Jo-Jo’s First turn through the lineup will be indicative of how the game goes I think….

RC

May 8th, 2009
4:48 pm

Mac has been terrible in his past few plate appearances. Bobby should go with the hot hand and play Ross tonight.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 8th, 2009
4:49 pm

Jo-Jo is usually good until the 5th/6th, I wouldn’t be worried about the first time through the lineup.

P-Town Brave

May 8th, 2009
4:49 pm

Question:

Why would the Braves ever consider moving McCann to 1b when not only do we have Kotchman for the forseeable future, but we also have two talented players in Freeman and Rodriguez that will be ready in the next 2-3 years?

Also, I’m not saying its going to happen tonight, but I have a real good feeling that Garret goes yard sometime this weekend.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2009
4:51 pm

Andy, roger that. The Braves need both Johnson and Infante to play well this year.

Piedmont Blues (formerly BravesFan InRockies)

May 8th, 2009
4:54 pm

N8,

How do you keep Mac in the lineup for 150+ games a year? Why, Bobby tried to do that in 2008 … :-)

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 8th, 2009
4:54 pm

The Washington Captiols and Pitts. Penguins are going to have to play back to back playoff games because of Yanni, the WWE, and Dane Cook. How sad is it that those three factors screw up a NHL hockey playoff series, lol.

flange1

May 8th, 2009
4:55 pm

N8,

I won’t argue that the PHILOSOPHY of moving Mac to 1B makes sense. That is you build the team around a powerful 4 hole hitter and get him as many at bats as possible.

In my mind, the same thing could be said about moving Chipper to 1B to save him from injury. To get him more at bats…

But learning a new position is not easy at the ML level.

My preference would be to try to to make Mac a complimentary hitter, not the main man.

We could do this by adding a real clean-up hitter.

If this team could add a real RH power hitter in the 4 slot, then MAC, Frenchy and KJ could hit 5,6,7 with Schafer and Yunel and Chipper at 1, 2 and 3, the line up would be fairly balanced and folks would be in proper positions.

Just a different perspective

P-Town Brave

May 8th, 2009
4:57 pm

CA-

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