12:53 pm May 10, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 10th, 20092:57 pm
RAY K–”I would love to see his (Cox’s) record if managing the Pirates the last 17 years”….
Isn’t that kind of like saying Halle Berry would not be as good an actress if she looked like Rosanne.
Hopefully, we can get the win here. But I really hate to see the Mets getting all this good starting pitching.
However… I can’t see it lasting. We all knew that Maine and Pelfrey were capable of pitching better than they did in April, but I don’t think they’re going to be particularly tough pitchers over the course of the long season. And the bottom of their rotation is very suspect.
Hopefully, we can be the ones to cool them off.
Sure looked like Chipper was wincing after his ab in the 5th, and I’ve never seen the Braves pull Chipper in order to save a reliever for a 2nd inning (almost never seen the Braves use a reliever for a 2nd inning period!).
Hope he’s okay, but I’ve got a feeling not so much.
May 10th, 20092:58 pm
Oh right. They are switch hitters. Still, The 7th is usually Moylan’s frame.
Eric has been lights out lately, though.
Joe and Boog just mentioned a day off for Schafer. Sounds like a GREAT idea to me. I think he could use a FEW days off. And in a big way.
MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)
Schafer continues to be terrible, maybe with Chipper being hurt he can work with Jordan a little bit more on the inside fastball.
May 10th, 20092:59 pm
O’Flaherty is another one of those off season signings, along with David Ross, that kinda went under the radar but seems to be paying off very nicely so far
Good hit there by Prado
There we Go Martin! Lets Get his A..s Home!
May 10th, 20093:00 pm
Schafer will not get a day off at Citi Field. You’d have to be the worst manager in baseball to give him a day off there. Could in this park, not in NY.
mbatl, yeah… assuming Chipper misses more than the last few innings of this game (and he probably will), that’s great timing. Right before we head to Queens. Terrific.
Marteeeen = professional hitter!
After Schafer strikes out (again), Prado golfs a double into right center.
At least Schafer fouled off a couple. Eventually that might turn into routine pop outs instead of strike outs.
I dont see Schafer getting a day off. BC says if he plays great D he is going to be out there. His defense looks fine so he will probably keep playing.
Call and text being made to clubhouse now to see if anything of concern about Chipper.
Frank from KS
May 10th, 20093:01 pm
They showed bits of Atlanta-Fulton County and Vet emplosions on TBS coming back from a commercial break.
Pretty cool. I know a lot won’t agree….but I sorta wished they would’ve left the old parks alone. Three-Rivers, and Riverfront too.
DOB, I agree with you on GA. He’s a professional clutch hitter & is just warming up. Funny how so many here are quick to write off the ex-Angels players here. Kotchman looked determined on that bases loaded AB…would be nice if he starts coming through in the clutch.
Prado with a double. Did i ever mention i really like that guy?
No More Bobby
Win or lose today, I like that we are starting to have some chemistry.
KC – I agree.
And FFS didn’t DOB just say that Chipper wasn’t hurt? Its confusing for people who haven’t been here all day to read back thru the comments and see 15 people saying “chipper is hurt! disaster!” like it’s a fact.
Steve from OH
May 10th, 20093:02 pm
Vintage Cody Johnson so far today…1-2, 3-run homer and a K. Heyward 2-2, Rohrbough 3 scoreless w/ 4K.
Funny thing about the Mets pitching is that I think that we have fared better in the games Santana has pitched more than we have against the other pitchers. Not that we have hit him hard but we have simply found a way to win those games.
Gonzo coming in to pitch EIGHTH.
May 10th, 20093:03 pm
Someone give me those percentages of runners on 2B with 1-out. The braves are like what….3% on the year?
Gonzo does not pitch well when he is not closing….what is Bobby thinking????
May 10th, 20093:04 pm
Great move by Cox. I love it.
LKS – Bobby doesnt look at stats
*I meant when he is not pitching in a save situation
Why Gonzo in the 8th? Where’s Raffy? I love Gonzo..but he gets funky in anything but the traditional closer spot.
Rex – Actually, Roseanne was quite good in “She Devil”
Incidentally, I live in Hollywood, Ca, and have been acting (bartending, mostly) for about 8 years out here, and could write a book about my sordid collection of experiences. A nice little memory, though, was when I saw Halle at a premiere party for Catwoman years ago: she is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous woman I have ever seen.
May 10th, 20093:05 pm
Gonzo in the 8th… interesting. I haven’t been keeping track, but the middle of the Phillies’ order must be coming up. Makes sense if that’s the case. Soriano can certainly close.
Bringing in a lefty for a lefty? Interesting move. Makes little sense, but ok.
“Gonzo coming in to pitch EIGHTH.” – DOB
Good call. 3 big lefties coming up. Who knows if it will work, but makes all the sense in the world. Good move, Bobby!
That was the 1st time I saw Schafer hit in about a week. He’s still swinging pretty hard and looking to pull some pitches over the plate. I remember a drill I used to do where you stand 8 inches away from a fence & you swing by pulling your hands in & try to keep the bat from hitting the fence. Schafer could use a week’s worth of that drill with pitchers trying to eat him up inside. He needs to keep his hands in and try so hit some of those inside pitches up the middle.
Gonzo pitching the 8th becasue of all the lefties…
May 10th, 20093:06 pm
Seriously. Quit F’in around with Gonzo, Bobby. Whyyyyyyyyyyy why why why why would you do this?
Gonzo gets Howard to fly out to center field. An adventure for Schafer with the wind moving the ball around.
If Gonzo can get through the frame, looks like Soriano gets the bottom of the order for the ninth.
What a great call to the bullpen by Bobby….just smart baseball by him
We have to stop using Gonzo so much. He needs a day off. This is absurd. He’s been used 4 of the last 5 games.
May 10th, 20093:07 pm
Hanson at Gwinnett: Line below . Could actually get past the 6th today. Gave up a 1st inning HR.
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pitches
Hanson 4.0 3 1 1 0 5 1 1.72 53
Ibanez hits a deep fly to center, but the park holds it. Schafer makes a routine play. 2 outs on pretty deep flys.
Of course I’m going to say how brilliant Bobby is if we come out of this unscathed.
May 10th, 20093:08 pm
that was a strike a couple of innings ago…
It makes since having Gonzo here. We basically have two closers so Bobby is doing the right thing I think.
May 10th, 20093:09 pm
Gonzo falls behind Stairs 3-0. Stairs fouls off three pitches.
C’mon Gonzo, through your best out pitch here.
Pedro Feliz a great HR hitter against the Braves.
May 10th, 20093:10 pm
Yeah Jake but one of the two closers doesn’t have a history of being hit when used in a non save situation. Guess which one does?
May 10th, 20093:11 pm
Whew…I can breathe now-till the 9th
Nice inning by Gonzo. :>)
Except for today…
Brilliant move, Bobby! Manager of the year!
nice inning from Gonzo…another run would make me feel a whole lot better
Good job Gonzo…scary…but it worked…props to Bobby since it worked.
Nice, One More Inning, Lets Get some Damn Insurance!
Lets get some insurance!
Good work, Gonzo. Now let’s get Raffy an insurance run.
that’s it, half complain because Gonzo comes in, the other applaud it…. you gotta love this blog…
Gonzo walks Stairs up to first. Bruntlett pinch runs. Gonzo gets Feliz to dribble back to the mound.
Three outs to go!
It would be nice if the Braves would score about 5 runs in the top of the ninth.
May 10th, 20093:12 pm
So Gonzo or Rafy in the 9th. That’s another question for the “Manager of the Year”
This is a great call by Bobby. He still has Moylan and Soriano in the bullpen and he has Gonzo go against hte lefties. I’ve been waiting for him to do this all season – the benefit of having 2 good pitchers in your bullpen with the closer mentality.
Gonzo usually isn’t good when the team is behind or way out in front. When he has the pressure of holding a smaller lead, he’s damn good. I don’t have a problem with seeing him in the eighth in a one-run game precisely because of that.
Man You’re on a roll! You’re more pessimistic than I’am and that’s saying something!
May 10th, 20093:13 pm
technically it is a save situation, even if he can’t actually get a save- he could still get a blown one (does that make sense?)
RHR before Mike got hurt in 07 he was the setup guy. He knows how to pitch in these situations. Last year I think just coming off the surgery helped contribute to some of his struggles in that situation. You’re not completely healthy and then not having that adrenaline to help you out hurt him last year.
May 10th, 20093:14 pm
Braves hit Lidge well in non save situations.
Dr. Martin VanNostrand
great inning by Gonzo, good bullpen usage by Bobby
If EVER there was a time to use Gonzo in the 8th, that was it. Howard, Ibanez and Stairs?
I’m so glad to see Bobby being flexible, and not designating one guy as closer-by-default. Best use of our talent.
We are witnessing the beginning of a Lidge meltdown. He’s been pretty bad the last few appearances.
May 10th, 20093:15 pm
Come on Garrett, take one for the team there lol
May 10th, 20093:16 pm
I get it! I just really want the series win here and this team is known to be a big fan of Murphy’s Law. They make me nervous in close games…and especially while waiting on word about Chipper.
mbatl, well said. Bobby’s job is to utilize our players in the best way possible, and he did it there. That was a tremendous move by Bobby. C’mon, Bobby bashers, show the man some props when he deserves it.
It’d be nice to have a fast runner off the bench, we should find a relief pitcher with some speed or something.
May 10th, 20093:17 pm
Steve from OH, very exciting to see Rohrbough pitch today. Also, great to see Cody Johnson sporting an OPS around 1.000.
I was just thinking it sounds like we are all jumping on you…not the intention at all (at last not by me )
May 10th, 20093:18 pm
Is Philly really this dirty? What the heck is with all the trash?
RHR — No one knows for sure, but it’s unusual for Chipper to be taken out unless he was hurt. IMO, when he swung and missed for strike 3, in the 5th, he did something then. I don’t know if it was his oblique or a groin muscle, but something wasn’t right. He was way off balance when he swung at a pitch that was low, and he looked real awkward.
Sore right elbow on Chipper, day-to-day.
May 10th, 20093:19 pm
Whats The team record for pop-outs in a game? We have to be near it…Arrrgh!
Efrim, I know it’s early, but it is very encouraging to see Johnson putting up those numbers.
How ’bout your Pens pulling it out in OT yesterday? Nice. Did you see Kopecky is gonna need facial surgery after that beating he took from Beauchemin? Ouch.
Big hit for Casey here!!!!
Gimpy elbow for Chipper, eh?
Thanks, DOB. Life goes on, and this is where you’re glad to have Omar and Marteen.
There was NO WAY Lidge was going to pitch as well as he did last season.
Just no way.
May 10th, 20093:20 pm
They just said Chipper was out for a sore elbow
Chipper Out For Tomorrow against Johan Santana at Citi Field equals a loss
Thank you Ruiz
We need a pinch runner tomorrow!!!!!!
Nice belly flop by Norton! And studly Kotchman of course with another double.
Huge run there! Casey comes through big again
Kotchman has power!
yeah, where are the kotchman haters now…
Go Norton! what a graceful slide too- way to represent those of us approaching 40 lol.
May 10th, 20093:21 pm
The Angels (Casey and Garret) are really swinging well. Very good to see!
There we Go Casey! That Fckin Victorino Saved a Inside the Park Homer
How about that Casey!
Wow, Norton and Kotchman should do the 100-meter dash for the title of world’s slowest human. It would be the most riveting 20 minutes of TV that this century has ever seen…
Way to go, Kotchy.
Lidge is really bad in non save situations like Gonzo. That’s how come his ERA got pretty high last year. Braves hit him hard last year as well.
Today’s Brad Lidge = doing what Gonzo does when he’s in a game that his team doesn’t lead
Charlie Manuel screwed his team today. We’ll take it, of course.
Frenchie Looks like Shyt!
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