Braves go for series win in Philly

  Philadelphia – Good day to all you sweet moms out there … and hey, good day even to any mean mother…. It’s such a beautiful day in Philly, I’ve got no ill will with anyone. But give me an hour, that could change.
  No, no. Just kidding. It’s a gorgeous day at the ‘yard, mid-60 degrees with low humidity for this series finale between the Bravos and the Phils at corporate bank ballpark, where the Braves already won one series this year and could win another if they take this game today.
  That seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? With the way the Braves have played for much of the first five weeks of the season, they are in position to win their first two series in Philly against the defending World Series champions and, more importantly, are only 2-1/2 games off the division lead.
  Despite a 5-9 home record.
  Despite an offense that’s 10th in the NL in runs, 10th in homers, 13th in sac flies, last in steals, ninth in slugging percentage, and next-to-last in double plays grounded into (by that I mean, only the Dodgers have grounded into more).
   On a positive note, the Braves’ pitching staff has the sixth-best ERA (4.09), third-most strikeouts (239), fourth-fewest walks (104) and fewest homers allowed (22) – the latter particularly impressive given that they’ve played three series in the two notorious NL bandboxes, Philly and Cincinnati, and another series against slugging St. Louis in Atlanta.
  By the way, after his win yesterday against the Phillies, Javier Vazquez now leads the NL with 57 strikeouts, just ahead of tomorrow’s opponent, the Mets’ Johan Santana (54), and Jake Peavy (52).
Jair Jurrjens is fifth in ERA (2.01) and second in road ERA (1.00), and Yunel Escobar leads the league in average with runners in scoring position at .516.
  Oh, and pertinent entering today’s game: Chipper Jones leads the NL with a .417 average in day games.

 ♣ OK, today’s game: It ain’t gonna be an easy series-clincher for the Braves, folks. Not unless Kenshin Kawakami pitches a lot better than he has lately.
   He’s 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA and .326 opponents’ average in his past four starts. He allowed eight hits and three walks, but only two runs, while throwing 113 pitches in five innings Tuesday against the Mets.
  Kawakami is 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA in two road starts, and 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in two day games (he has a 3.94 ERA in three night games). Yikes. Day game, road, and bandbox.

Kawakami-san

Kawakami-san

  This will be his first start against the Phillies, and conditions could be better for KK. The wind’s blowing out to right, which I’m guessing is a reason the Phillies have left-hitting Matt Stairs in RF instead of Jayson Werth.
  Because while right-handers have actually hit better than lefties have against Kawakami this season, it’d be tough for a right-handed hitter to get one out to left field today, with the way that wind has the flags starched toward right.
  Either that, or the guy making out the Phillies lineup is an old-school guy who doesn’t pay attention to things like how hitters are actually doing against a pitcher, but instead does the lefty-righty thing.
  Like I said, I’m guessing it has to do with the wind — good day to give Werth a day off and let Stairs try to hit it up in the jetstream, or whatever it’s called.
  The good news for the Braves is that, even though Kawakami has struggled, so has Phillies starter Brett Myers (2-2, 5.35 ERA). He won Tuesday at St. Louis despite allowing five runs and nine hits (two homers) in 5-1/3 innings.
  Here’s the part Braves fans will like: Myers is 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA and .403 opponents’ average and six homers allowed in his past three starts against Atlanta, including an opening-day loss when he gave up four runs and three homers in six innings. Brian McCann is 11-for-30 with two homers against him, Chipper Jones is 12-for-33 with three homers, and Jordan Schafer is 2-for-2 with a homer.

 

  ♣ Mac’s back: Speaking of McCann, he has four hits and five RBI in two games since returning from the DL, and his effect on the lineup seems obvious. Even though David Ross was outstanding, defensively and offensively, while filling in for McCann, Ross didn’t hit in the middle of the order.
  The Braves played without their cleanup hitter for 15 days, and even before that they were without the real McCann, who was struggling mightily because of his blurry vision and dry eye before he went on the DL and got the glasses.
  Now he’s back, and so is Garret Anderson, who has hit fourth ahead of McCann the past couple of days, and is again today.
  It’s a different and much better lineup with those two hitting behind Chipper instead of Casey Kotchman hitting fourth and, say, Jeff Francoeur hitting fifth.
  By the way, you think the Phillies wish McCann could have stayed on the DL a few more days? Dude rakes against them much the same the way several Phillies do against the Braves.
  McCann has hit .341 with a eight homers, 38 RBI and a 1.033 OPS in 39 games against the Phillies since the beginning of the 2007 season, including 7-for-18 with three homers and nine RBI in five games this season, with multi-RBI games in all but one game between the teams this season.

 ♣ Hoss in Philly: If McCann keeps that up for a lot longer, he could someday have numbers comparable to what Chipper Jones has done in the City of Brotherly Love.
  You probably know by now that Chipper has a 29-game hitting streak against the Phillies, during which he’s hit .380 with 11 homers and 25 RBIs. It’s the longest such streak by any Brave against a single opponent since SABR research dating to 1955, and the longest by any player against the Phillies in that time.
  With a hit today, Chipper can become just the sixth major league player since 1955 to have a 30-game hitting streak against a single opponent.
   But Jones has been feasting on Philly pitching a lot longer than that streak. In fact, for all that’s been made of Chipper’s success against the Mets over the years, he actually has a higher average (.343) and slugging percentage (.630) and more homers (42) and RBI (125) in 194 career games against the Phillies than he has in 192 career games against the Mets (.328-.568-40-124).
  And though he named his third son Shea for his memories of Mets-slaying at the decrepit old park that’s finally closed, Chipper has more homers and RBI at the two Philly parks combined (22 homers, 62 RBI) than at Shea (19 homers, 55 RBI).
  At this particular park, Chipper has a .331 average, .645 slugging percentage and nine homers with 24 RBI in 38 games, and McCann has a .289 average, 5.45 slugging percentage and seven homers with 30 RBI in 35 games.
  Meanwhile, Matt Diaz has hit .326 with three homers, nine RBI and a .628 slugging percentage in 16 games here. He’s not in the lineup again today.

 ♣ Speaking of power: Ain’t it amazing what a bunch of long balls can do to energize and drive a team? OK, not amazing. More like obvious.
  But to drive home the point, the Braves hit three homers and scored 29 runs during a 2-7 stretch through Tuesday. They’ve hit six homers and scored 24 runs during a 3-1 run since then against Florida and Philly, with no appreciable difference in either the team ERA or team batting average in either stretch.

 ♥ Hey, and on Mother’s Day, here’s a live performance by a brilliant dude who had a complicated relationship with his mom….

  OK, outta time. Game’s started. Take us out Robert Earl….

“CORPUS CHRISTI BAY” by Robert Earl Keen

I worked the rigs from three to midnight
On the corpus Christi Bay
I’d get off and drink till daylight
Sleep the morning away
I had a plan to take my wages
Leave the rigs behind for good
But that life it is contagious
And it gets down in your blood

I lived in corpus with my brother
We were always on the run
We were bad for one another
But we were good at having fun
We got stoned along the seawall
We got drunkand rolled a car
We knew the girls at every dancehall
Had a tab at every bar

If I could live my life all over
It wouldnt matter anyway
Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay

My brother had a wife and family
You know he gave them a good home
But his wife thought we were crazy
And one day we found her gone
We threw her clothes into the car trunk
Her photographs her rosary
We went to the pier and got drunk
And threw it all into the sea

If I could live my life all over
It wouldnt matter anyway
Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay

Now my brother lives in Houston
He married for the second time
He got a job with the union
And its keeping him in line
He came to Corpus just this weekend
It was good to see him here
He said he finally gave up drinking
The he ordered me a beer

If I could live my life all over
It wouldnt matter anyway
Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay

 

1,056 comments Add your comment

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
12:58 pm

Nice Efficient Inning by Kamakaze…Offense needs to make B. Myers Work again and get his pitch count up, hopefully he’ll be out by 6

cricket

May 10th, 2009
12:59 pm

TH would have gone thru the inning in 8 pitches :)

Frank from KS

May 10th, 2009
12:59 pm

booger1

May 10th, 2009
1:00 pm

can you tell jeff, jordan & kelly to wear knickers EVERY GAME? :)

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:00 pm

Nice Lookup D.O.B.

“Despite an offense that’s 10th in the NL in runs, 10th in homers, 13th in sac flies, last in steals, ninth in slugging percentage, and next-to-last in double plays grounded into (by that I mean, only the Dodgers
have grounded into more).”

That’s not gonna get it done when we play the AL teams and during the stretch run…

Frank from KS

May 10th, 2009
1:01 pm

Maybe Bobby needs to have Otis come and work with Schafer

cabravesfan

May 10th, 2009
1:02 pm

booger1-

I agree..love, love, love the look

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:03 pm

Nice Kamakaze, Lets get a 2 out rally goin!

Steve from OH

May 10th, 2009
1:03 pm

Cole Rohrbough starting today for Myrtle Beach for those interested.

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:04 pm

Blog wasn’t completed when posted. It is now.

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:04 pm

Myers is going to try to hit every Braves batter once … for mother’s day. He’s one of those mean mothers I was referring to.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:04 pm

ESCO Up with 2 outs and R.I.S.P. I have a good feeling about this

Frank from KS

May 10th, 2009
1:05 pm

Ummm…….Myers is all over the place. No wonder he has a 5.35 ERA.

Steve from OH

May 10th, 2009
1:05 pm

BTW, has anyone noticed Cody Johnson’s numbers so far? .280/.368/.620 with 9 homers and 7 2B. I know it’s early, but that is encouraging, strikeouts be darned.

braveshater

May 10th, 2009
1:06 pm

The Braves wont be anything until Jeff Francour is traded or Bobby realizes he isnt the great white hope they were hoping for. What a WEAK LINK.

booger1

May 10th, 2009
1:07 pm

CA- me too! i think kelly should upgrade to stirrups. he’s been wearing the socks for a while now. haha

Mike

May 10th, 2009
1:12 pm

I wish we could have been more affective against Myers so far…he is not pitching that good, but only has 1 run against him, and that was scored on an out.

ncbravesgirl

May 10th, 2009
1:14 pm

Has anyone in the clubhouse said anything about Jeff’s approach? This first pitch thing is getting out of control. I think he saw like 3 pitches in his first 3 at bats yesterday?

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:15 pm

I am starting to worry that Frenchy may be reverting to his old self. Please someone tell me I’m wring.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:15 pm

Come On LOAF!

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:16 pm

PI Braves

May 10th, 2009
1:17 pm

tied ballgame. Still 1-out. Tsk.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:18 pm

Jason, I think the Cavernous Citi-Field will get Francoeur away from trying to hit the ball out every AB, CBP really messes with Frenchy’s mind with the short dimensions

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:19 pm

talking to Lowe before game today about facing Santana. Didn’t realize they’re neighbors in Fort Myers (Santana spent all those years with Twins, who train there like Red Sox do).

Lowe and Santana have 110 wins apiece since 2002, tied for third most in majors behind Halladay (119) and Oswalt (115).

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:19 pm

Here We Go, Come On B-Macc Get In front of the Damn Ball!

kirkinga

May 10th, 2009
1:20 pm

Howard hustles in from 2nd on a single. Very impressive to see a big guy hustling around the bases.

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:20 pm

OK, Jason, you’re wrong about Francoeur. (I don’t know if you are, actually, but you asked for someone to please tell you as much. So I did. Like I said, I have good will for everyone today.)

Chop Chop

May 10th, 2009
1:20 pm

Boy, if Joe Simpson could just be in our pitchers’ ears in every inning, we’d never give up a hit.

(I get painfully sick of Joe talking pitchers through innings.)

beachcomber

May 10th, 2009
1:21 pm

Who the hell is that behind the plate – Eric Gregg?

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:21 pm

Kamakaze with a 29 Pitch Inning, Not Good! He will be out after 5 it seems, Now he will start the btm of the 3rd against J-Roll and his Crew…

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:23 pm

Thanks DOB for the reassurance. Is it me being a homer or does it seem like ATL’s Pitchers are not getting close ptches like the oppisition?

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:23 pm

Chop-Chop

“Boy, if Joe Simpson could just be in our pitchers’ ears in every inning, we’d never give up a hit.”

I will Co-Sign on that… But Joe had a good point in that you can’t pitch at this level getting into 3-2 counts every AB….

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:24 pm

Steve from OH: 39 strikeouts in 100 at-bats for Cody are alarming. But he’s only struck out two times in his last four games and he’s hitting for a good average and OBP, so perhaps he’s taking steps….

NCBravesFan

May 10th, 2009
1:25 pm

DOB – I know you mentioned that Frank Wren never saw KK pitch, but did any of Roy Clark’s staff actually lay eyes on Kawakami in Japan? Seems to be a much different guy in terms of control than the Braves described/were expecting – at least so far.

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:25 pm

I was listening to what Buck Martinez was saying about KK. That was my thinking. I think/ hope by the All Star break we will come to love this signing.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:25 pm

I think The Strike 3 Mis-Call against B-Macc might be the play of the game…We could Knocked Myers Up early and didn’t, now he will probably settle down…

2 HBPS and only 1 run, only the Braves

There We go Loaf! But seriously he scares no one hitting clean-up

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:26 pm

Some of you, I have a feeling, are probably going to have to bite the bullet on Garret Anderson soon and, if not acknowledge he’s hitting a lot of balls hard, then at least stop writing that he’s done. Honestly, since he got back from the DL he hasn’t looked “done” to me. Not with that swing.

PWHjort

May 10th, 2009
1:26 pm

Just like the Braves. Bases loaded nobody out, settle for 1 run. Typical.

Steve from OH

May 10th, 2009
1:27 pm

DOB, I agree simply because he’s walking more and hitting for a better average while still manually placing balls in orbit. Yeah, he is K’ing at a Schaferian rate, but he really cut his K rate during the second half of last season and he’s walking more this season…

Heck, I just like seeing the 600+ SLG with a very respectable OBP. I’ll take the strikeouts for now (but I would like to see him cut down, for sure)…

PWHjort

May 10th, 2009
1:27 pm

Brian McCann is so damn good.

Steve from OH

May 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

Is it just me, or do KK and Myers seem like very similar pitchers?

Jeff321

May 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

Gotta love Kotchman slamming that bat down!

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

Frenchie, Come On…!

PWHjort

May 10th, 2009
1:30 pm

Yeah, Jeff321, that was awesome. At least he’s showing some fight in him.

Chop Chop

May 10th, 2009
1:30 pm

Kotchman threw his bat yesterday, Joe.

It’s nice that he did that to a pink bat on Mother’s Day, though. Mothers everywhere were just brought to tears.

braveshater

May 10th, 2009
1:30 pm

Eric Gregg has passed on you piece of shyt-beachcomber-dont mention his name.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:31 pm

Braves have had 2 runners on all 3 of the first 3 inning and only 1 run, Yeah we’re bonafide contenders…Pardon the sarcasm

Mike

May 10th, 2009
1:31 pm

Our offense is not doing well today so far. With as bad as Myers is pitching the score should be alot higher. We have had multiple guys on in every inning.

booger1

May 10th, 2009
1:32 pm

ahaha chop, chop!

casey really does do that most of the time when he flies/pops out.

braveshater

May 10th, 2009
1:32 pm

Once again Francouer cant deliver, I cant remember a time when he did. He shouldve played football, maybe then he could be covered up by other talent.

PI Braves

May 10th, 2009
1:33 pm

c’mon Bravos… that;s just too many wasted opportunities..

Edward

May 10th, 2009
1:33 pm

We’ve had atleast two runners on base in each of the first three innings and we only have one run. Pathetic

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:34 pm

Frenchy’s last abat was good. A lil’ out in front on the grounder to third.

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:34 pm

Jeff’s in a funk. Not only is he not working the count as he has been for the most part this season, but on that last out he just made… he took a pitch on the outside corner, and pulled to third base. Up ’til now, he’s been lining that pitch into right field.

McFann :Ô:

May 10th, 2009
1:35 pm

Dangit…fielder’s choice…

BMac’s hitting .260, now. The elevator goes up!

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:35 pm

jason, didn’t see your post before my last post. Jeff saw more pitches, but was pulling off the ball.

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:36 pm

Frenchy is still working on the hitting. A page out of the Falcon’s book. “It’s a process”

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:37 pm

Nice! Well At least Kamakaze Got through the 3rd without having to throw a lot of pitches

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

Nice inning by KK!! We need more of that from him! Establish fastball. Stop nibbling.

Tom O'Hawke

May 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

Good afternoon, Eastern & Central
Good morning, Mountain & Pacific*

Phillies radio announcers said Esco got hit in the chest before the ball hit his bat.
Phillies tv announcers said Esco got away with one, never hit him.
What did the Braves’ announcers say?

*especially you know who

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

It’s like his mind knows what it wants to do, but the body is just not listening…

TnBrian

May 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

Good Lord, yeah Casey and Frenchy missed out on two fastballs down the middle, but Myers did a very good job in those last two at bats with his pitches. Mixing a slow curve with 92-94mph heat does throw a hitter off, people. Ya’ll get too critical over EVERY single thing during a game…CHILL! Kawakami looks decent here and Myers can’t live through this game doing what he’s doing with his control, lack of it.

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:39 pm

Jason, yeah…. no doubt. ANY season is a process for ANY hitter. Francoeur, like all players, is going to have stretches over a 162 games where falls into some bad habits. Hopefully, he snaps out of this quickly.

cabravesfan

May 10th, 2009
1:39 pm

Morning Tom :)

It seemed from replays that Yunel kinda got away with one, didn’t seem to actually hit him

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:40 pm

Seriously, was that like a 3 pitch inning from KK. Keeps that up, want be able go to the bathroom and grab a beer.

Jeff321

May 10th, 2009
1:41 pm

KK goes down in a heap.

Steve from OH

May 10th, 2009
1:41 pm

The fact that Schafer has walked so much, eight spot or not, is very encouraging for a 22-year old rookie. You can’t teach that kind of strike zone control and that’s a great tool to work with moving forward.

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:41 pm

Like I said, mean mother Myers is going to try to hit every Brave….

In the clubhouse before game, Reyes asked Schafer if he went 4-for-4 today would he use the pink bat again tomorrow. “[Heck] yeah, I’d use it tomorrow if I just don’t strike out today.”

Kid’s kept a sense of humor.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:42 pm

Seriously B. Myers Is throwing at our Hitters…That Foul ball Crap is a Really F’d Up Rule…If the Ump see’s intent it should be a HBP nontheless if it hits the bat or not…

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:43 pm

Say what you will about KK’s difficulty adjusting to the big leagues on the mound… but that boy can handle the bat.

Supes

May 10th, 2009
1:43 pm

Braves letting Myers off the hook early on. Men on base in every inning and 1 run to show for it!

Glad to see some BRAVES show some emotion, esp. Kotchman after missing on that 3-1 pitch and flying out instead of driving it for a double or more. Need some fire in that lineup:)

KC…I agree, this series Jeff isn’t working the count, which he had done for the entire month of April before that. I think FSS put up the stat…something like 16 pitches seen in the last 3 games, hmm, don’t know if that’s right, but it was a very low number regardless.

DOB, thanks for being nice at least for one day out of the year. We appreciate it.

Anders must be feeling pretty good about his METS right about now…it’s going to be a huge matchup tomorrow night. Johan vs D-Lowe. May the best man win…and btw…Santana got smacked around by the Braves last year.

Speaking of Myers being “wild”…made KK dive under that fastball while attempting to lay down a bunt.

Braves need to pull this game out somehow going into the Mets series.

I’m not ready to proclaim G. Anderson “healed, or back to a raking RBI machine, or anything close to that”. Let’s see him put up good RBI/Slugging precentage numbers for a month and go from there. Until then he’ll be a bust to me. I mean the guy is BATTING CLEAN UP, so the bar is raised just a “bit more”.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:44 pm

That Fckin Howard, Highway Robbery!

Frank from KS

May 10th, 2009
1:44 pm

Kelly got robbed there.

cabravesfan

May 10th, 2009
1:44 pm

Kelly seems to be swinging the bat better- tha t was a great defensive play by Howard

David O'Brien

May 10th, 2009
1:44 pm

Ryan Howard’s made a couple of stellar defensive plays in this series.

Jeff321

May 10th, 2009
1:44 pm

Escobar swinging at the first pitch…

Chop Chop

May 10th, 2009
1:45 pm

Down goes Yunel’s RISP! Down goes Yunel’s RISP!

(Dude was hitting .513 in those situations before today. Time for that number to come crashing down.)

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:45 pm

Offense In Creep Mode, Soon as I praise them they revert to doing the things that lose games…At least Casey showed his Grit of not getting it done…

We really let Myers off the hook today…

mbatl

May 10th, 2009
1:46 pm

“Not only is he not working the count as he has been for the most part this season,” KC

Not to be argumentative on a fine Sunday, but I was just looking at some of Jeff’s numbers. He’s not been more patient this year.

He has seen the fourth fewest pitches/plate appearance (3.29) of any hitter in the NL. (Yunel Escobar worst and Chipper is 5th worst). Last year, he saw 3.43 P/PA.

And he’s actually swinging at a higher % of pitches this year (58.9%) than last year (56%).

The only difference I see in him this year is that he’s not swinging and missing as much – maybe the better view of the ball due to the changed stance. But he’s really no more patient than in past years.

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:46 pm

Tomahawkin, I agree about the foul ball rule. If the hitter clearly doesn’t swing at the ball, it should be called a ball when it hits the bat, unless the umpire feels the bat was in the in strikezone when contact was made.

TnBrian

May 10th, 2009
1:47 pm

Who else told theirself Yunel would swing at that first pitch?

LKS

May 10th, 2009
1:48 pm

Chop Chop

He isn’t going to hit EVERY one…if that was the case he would be batting 1000. And ummm…are you a braves fan cause it sure seems like that was excitement that his percentage is going down. At least he is doing something with runners in scoring position unlike some other players…

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:48 pm

Escobar looking a little anixous today. He has had alot of runners on base early. Must be shocked. lol. He’ll settle down. They do need to start captiolizing on all these oppurunities though.

Mike

May 10th, 2009
1:48 pm

We are not doing well with the bats today. Why in gods name with Schafer on base do you not have him steal 2nd or 3rd, then he scores on that scorcher by KJ. He is our only base stealing threat, and we dont even use him when we have the chance. Bad decision IMO.

Blogger 518

May 10th, 2009
1:50 pm

I’m not ready to proclaim G. Anderson “healed, or back to a raking RBI machine, or anything close to that”. Let’s see him put up good RBI/Slugging precentage numbers for a month and go from there. Until then he’ll be a bust to me. I mean the guy is BATTING CLEAN UP, so the bar is raised just a “bit more”

only a world-class weenie would say something like that. A real fan would first hope that the guy’s injury has healed, and then allow him more than a weeks worth of at bats before pompously claiming he’s a “bust”.

Chop Chop (now with SmackTalk®)

May 10th, 2009
1:50 pm

Stuff it, LKS.

He hasn’t done anything today with RISP. I blame you.

jason

May 10th, 2009
1:51 pm

mbatl, to piggyback on your post, I think the act of going to RF/RC is also helping his hit parade so far.

Jeff321

May 10th, 2009
1:51 pm

Yet another one scoots on by a DIVING KJ.

Mike

May 10th, 2009
1:51 pm

Its unfortunate, because KK is pitching pretty well, and we have had multiple opportunities to get him some support off a horrible Myers, and they onec again have gone quiet. I am weary about this offenses inconsistencies. I really cant tell just how good they truly are.

braveshater

May 10th, 2009
1:51 pm

Damn Kelly Johnson sucks, the ball was 2 inches to his damn left and he stil couldnt get there. He’s not a fucin infielder. He cant make a diving stop to save his family’s life. Damn!

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:52 pm

Nasty Pitch to Feliz for the K, Reminded me of Maddux back at the Vet

Chop Chop (now with SmackTalk®)

May 10th, 2009
1:52 pm

Hey. That’s the same pitch Myers threw to McCann and got a called strike three on. Looks like the ump is being consistent.

mbatl

May 10th, 2009
1:52 pm

Chop Chop, anyone who’s hitting .513 in any situation is likely to drop. Book it. Mark it down. Take it to the bank. End of discussion.

(just playing, but really, you don’t expect him or anyone else to maintain that rate, do you?)

bravefaninok

May 10th, 2009
1:53 pm

Kawakami is looking sharp now….might be just a little pissed

braveshater

May 10th, 2009
1:54 pm

Escobar is anxious because he knows, no one else is going to knock in runs. Chipper looks old to me, he looks like he wants to roll over the ball, groundout, and get back in the shade of the dugout.

Tomahawkin

May 10th, 2009
1:54 pm

KC, Regarding that HBP Rule…

There was no way for Kenshin to get out of the way of that 92 mph fastball…That could’ve him him square in the face with the way he was positioned…I want to see some Retialiation sometime down the line

LKS

May 10th, 2009
1:55 pm

real classy…real classy. Seems like you would make a better phillies fan.

KC

May 10th, 2009
1:55 pm

mbatl, well I won’t argue with the numbers. It sure FEELS like he has been working counts better. I think that’s because, for the most part this season, he hasn’t been swinging at bad pitches. He’s taken the pitches he’s supposed to take.

Interesting… KK was throwing 91mph earlier. His fastball is now coming in at 86-88mph, but he’s locating it better and getting better results. Looks like he’s taken a little off to concentrate on placement. Nice to see.

Mike

May 10th, 2009
1:56 pm

Chipper has not seemed himself at the plate so far this year. i know his average is okay, and he hasn’t had many RBI opportunities, but he has just seemed to be…off?

Rodney Derrick

May 10th, 2009
1:56 pm

Bad timing for Chipper to hurt his hand in Philly. Streak plus Mets and not Shea tomorrow.

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