3:00 pm May 8, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 8th, 20093:06 pm
Gummy Bears...Bouncing here and there and everywhere....THEY ARE THE GUMMY BEARS!!!!
May 8th, 20093:08 pm
May 8th, 20093:09 pm
I feel sorry for DOB today.
1. He is sweaty
2. He is tired
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
May 8th, 20093:10 pm
Thanks for the new blog DOB!
Did you see that X is coming to the Variety Playhouse Sat June 13?
May 8th, 20093:12 pm
I’m shocked that no one “sees” this.
Lew – Seriously?
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
May 8th, 20093:13 pm
Looks like Mac’s glasses are making him a little cranky (and have a hankering for some fast food).
May 8th, 20093:15 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.
May 8th, 20093:16 pm
Nice having Lisa Loeb back at catcher tonight.
May 8th, 20093:18 pm
This is what will happen during his next golf outing with Frenchy.
May 8th, 20093:19 pm
LOL< LMFAO at willy wally
YOU SAY, YOU ONLY HEAR WHAT I WANT TOOOOOOO……
Frank from KS
May 8th, 20093:21 pm
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.
May 8th, 20093:22 pm
Does Mac have a show on E! like Lisa Loeb.
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!
May 8th, 20093:23 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.
As a Kelly Johnson advocate, Willy Wally is quickly becoming my favorite blogger haha
May 8th, 20093:25 pm
Willy Wally re: your 3:16 pm post
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.
May 8th, 20093:26 pm
ease19-No, It was said with much sarcasm and a huge sense of irony.
May 8th, 20093:29 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.
Mac’s glasses look more like the ones on Lewis from “Revenge of the Nerds”.
May 8th, 20093:31 pm
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.
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)
May 8th, 20093:32 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!
May 8th, 20093:34 pm
So basically Kelly stinks if there is a runner on third and not a runner on 1st or 2nd?
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!
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.
May 8th, 20093:36 pm
How bout the job David Ross has done in place of Heap?
Much better than expected.
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?
May 8th, 20093:38 pm
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.
May 8th, 20093:41 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.
May 8th, 20093:42 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.
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.
May 8th, 20093:46 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.
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.
May 8th, 20093:47 pm
Love your strategy!
How about taking on the BMac to 1B folks next?
May 8th, 20093:48 pm
I know, man. Being 29 sucks. I’m too damn old.
May 8th, 20093:49 pm
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.
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.
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.
Have mercy on the IL hitters. When’s the call-up? Is there an options deadline? Day after….
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.
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.
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.
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.
McCann’s in the LINEUP, batting fifth. G. Anderson hitting cleanup
May 8th, 20093:50 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.
WWW, re your 3:42…man, I hope I didn’t insult you earlier. Meant it as a compliment.
Jersey Gil: thanks for the shoutout to mothers. I’ll be posting as Choppinmother on Sunday. Have fun at the game!
May 8th, 20093:51 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, 20093:52 pm
just bc it hasnt been said in a while – go Braves!
May 8th, 20093:53 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:
May 8th, 20093:54 pm
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.
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.)
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, 20093:55 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…
May 8th, 20093:56 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.
You going to MASTODON at Center Stage next Friday?
May 8th, 20093:58 pm
remember that bumper sticker from the 80s – Go Braves (and then in smaller print) and take the Falcons with you.
Kevin in Chatty
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.
May 8th, 20093:59 pm
I sent you an e-mail re the internet tv…
May 8th, 20094:01 pm
Richbrave, you forgot to mention the excellent start turned in by Jerome Gamble last night (gotta think the dude loved pitching to Mac)
May 8th, 20094:03 pm
Thanks Carrol…For the Line up…Dob is problaly in Luke, having a Cheese Steak…
May 8th, 20094:04 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.
May 8th, 20094:06 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).
Just skimmin’ my man. Takes way too long to list them all. Left out REDMOND too.
May 8th, 20094:07 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
May 8th, 20094:08 pm
Scoots, absolutely no offense taken at all. I was just being honest/comical in response about the reality of my blogging style.
May 8th, 20094:10 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…
May 8th, 20094:11 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.
May 8th, 20094:12 pm
OK, good deal, WW. Whew, LOL.
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.
May 8th, 20094:13 pm
Just to chime in..one of the best airlines is Southwest…they don’t charge you extra for anything.
May 8th, 20094:15 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.
May 8th, 20094:16 pm
Here’s an interesting article by Jason Whitlock regarding the role of sports journalists.
May 8th, 20094:19 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
I have my filling that the KID going yard tonight….
May 8th, 20094:22 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.
May 8th, 20094:23 pm
its comforting to see mac in there…
May 8th, 20094:26 pm
Am I sensing optimism? Am I in the right place?
May 8th, 20094:28 pm
I got even money that some in-game blogger yells for him to get his eyes cut again, after the first popup.
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.
May 8th, 20094:29 pm
Final scorre tonite- phillies 9 -4 over the braves
Does anyone else find it ironic that McCann’s optometrists name is Dr. David Ross?
May 8th, 20094:35 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.
May 8th, 20094:36 pm
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.
“[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.
May 8th, 20094:37 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.
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
See, this is exactly the kind of retort I was looking for on the the last blog. Facts? F%$@ ‘em. LOL
Now there’s two rings of the needed three to open a circus.
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.
May 8th, 20094:39 pm
If McCann isn’t at first tonight, I quit. I’m done. I can’t abide Bobby’s lunacy. It’s over.
May 8th, 20094:40 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.
May 8th, 20094:42 pm
He has a back-up pair
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.
May 8th, 20094:44 pm
Absolutley, N8. If anyone thinks you (or anyone else) meant meant moving Mac to first tonight or anytime soon, they are crazy.
“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, 20094:46 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?
May 8th, 20094:47 pm
[i]I think of all the hanging sliders that I missed [/i]
[i]but then my eyesight was never quite like this!!! [/i]
Jo-Jo’s First turn through the lineup will be indicative of how the game goes I think….
May 8th, 20094:48 pm
Mac has been terrible in his past few plate appearances. Bobby should go with the hot hand and play Ross tonight.
May 8th, 20094:49 pm
Jo-Jo is usually good until the 5th/6th, I wouldn’t be worried about the first time through the lineup.
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.
May 8th, 20094:51 pm
Andy, roger that. The Braves need both Johnson and Infante to play well this year.
Piedmont Blues (formerly BravesFan InRockies)
May 8th, 20094:54 pm
How do you keep Mac in the lineup for 150+ games a year? Why, Bobby tried to do that in 2008 …
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.
May 8th, 20094:55 pm
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
May 8th, 20094:57 pm
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