12:53 pm May 10, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 11th, 20097:50 am
Just a quick comment. I have always respected the class of the Braves organization, very first class. What is the deal with the blue jerseys??? It looks like a Gwinnett county softball team. I know teams try to make money on selling jerseys, but please?? Every road game? They have the best uniforms in baseball (Home White and Road Grey) and they go to this minor league look. Keep the blue jerseys where they belong, in batting practice and once in a while on the field.
May 11th, 20098:03 am
I like the uni’s, Irish Thunder, but you’re right- the road greys always looked sharp.
Looks like Freddie Freeman has got it going again-
May 11th, 20098:07 am
That RENTERIA trade just gets better and better. GORKYS HERNANDEZ OF, the other piece in the deal, has found his footing in AA. Batting .412 against lefties in 34 AB and a very respectable .308 in 78 AB against right-handers. Day games only .200, but night games .370, and .339 on grass. Hit .309 (81 AB’s) in April, but .419 in 31 May AB’s. Hitting for average at .309 (81 AB’s) with the bases empty, he’s batting ,419 (31 AB’s) with runners on and all-firmament, .455 in 22 AB’s, with RISP. He’s drawn 6 BB and only had 5 SO in those situations, an excellent ratio. Fast with 7 SB’s, but 4 CS. However, in the past two weeks, he’s 2-0 in the base-stealing department. Only shortcoming – little power. 0 HR’s. He’s developing into a disciplined gap hitter with blazing speed and an excellent glove. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in GWINNETT if he keeps this up another month. SCHAFER/HERNANDEZ platoon? Naw, probably not. Maybe LF though, next year. At 21 that could be for a very long time.
May 11th, 20098:22 am
richbrave, does Hernandez look as if he could hit for moderate power once his body frame fills out. Somewhere in 10-15 range. That would look good with 30+ steals and gold glove defense.
May 11th, 20098:28 am
In the next few years you could potentially see a young OF of LF Hernandez, CF Schafer, and RF Heyward. Not bad, will Frenchy still be here, and where would he play if he is ?
May 11th, 20098:31 am
If all three pan out, I think Frenchy might end up in another city by that time.
Macon Braves (RIP)
May 11th, 20098:37 am
Dang the blog was tough to sludge through last night. Too many comments from dang Mutt Trolls. Wonder if so many people wouldn’t take their bait and comment back if they would keep posting? I doubt it…well except Anders anyway, he’s happy talking to himself (don’t think Anders was here last night, but just saying)
May 11th, 20098:40 am
Chipper is an overpaid wimp; I am ashamed he is from Florida
May 11th, 20098:45 am
Scottish Thunder, I was thinking the same thing; just didn’t want to say it out loud.
May 11th, 20098:49 am
Jason, I think if Frenchy might eventually command a pretty penny if he continues to bounce back like he has early this year. But we’re talking 2-3 years from now, so it’s hard to know how things could turn out that far ahead.
Hell, Heyward could end up in center for all we know
Irish Thunder, Scottish Thunder. It means no matter. You’re both Britain’s beeoches
Rock On....(the denizen formerly known as Dadgum)
May 11th, 20099:11 am
Coach….man I don’t know about some of your posts. So Vazquez, arguably the Braves best pitcher, is going to be traded. During the season or after? He could easily be undefeated. Is as advertized or better. Your summize has no teeth but you may be getting confused with the return of Hudson and what they will do with Vazquez upon said return.
Way too early to think Hudson will be on the 2010 roster. For the sake of argument we will give it a 50/50 shot. Hudson hasn’t even auditioned yet. That will come in September for a few starts. Based on what they see Wren will make the call whether to pick up the 12 mil option or not. Back to Vazquez, he will make close to that same amount. Assuming he continues on his current pace, and that the Braves aren’t going to keep both him and Hudson(maybe payroll increases and they do),then I can see the Braves passing on the option and paying Hudson a million to leave.
Frankly, I don’t want to see either of them leave but far too much time to go until that decision has to be made. Consider this though, the Braves have the best starting pitchimg in the NL East as an overall unit 1-5. Actually outside San Fran probably the best in the NL. Do you throw away Vazquez for Hudson as it stands now? I don’t thats for sure.
May 11th, 20099:14 am
In the next few years you could potentially see a young OF of LF Hernandez, CF Schafer, and RF Heyward.
I estimate at near zero the possibility of both Hernandez and Schafer playing in the same OF.
May 11th, 20099:16 am
Oh yeah, someone mentioned Chipper should be sitting (sans injury). Coach was that you? Really? I’ll just pretend that I didn’t read that. OK…good.
May 11th, 20099:20 am
I don’t that’s for sure either, Rock On
Some interesting stats regarding the muts:
They are 3rd in the league in pitching 0.05 points ahead of us.
They are 1st in the league in hitting.
They have the 3rd fewest amount of HR and the 3rd fewest amount of doubles, yet they are 6th in SLG. How can that be? Well they lead the league in triples (13) almost doubling the amount of triples the team next to them have (7).
They are 2nd in OBP
What does this mean? Well, this team, as our braves, has no power, as our braves, but they do get on base a lot. Im guessing they are relying on the singles and walks to eat other teams. So it is a very good thing they wont be facing KK. So I dont see they hitting the HR in the 1st 2 games, not one. Since lowe and JJ are great pitchers and know how to stay away from the big inning, we might have a good chance. What I dont line is the fact that they both issue a lot of walks, and the mets are a patient team.
May 11th, 20099:24 am
Stats are for losers. Still gotta play the game and find a way to win. If stats meant anything, Braves would have had no chance Sunday.
Don’t you just love baseball. One day/week you can hate everything about the team and it’s players, but win a couple and all’s right with the world…the beauty of a 162-game season, I suppose. It’s clearly heartening to see the pitching kick it into gear, and I agree with Bobby Cox, Reyes ain’t ‘that’ bad. He’ll be pitching for us, or somebody, for years to come. If he ever wins another game.
Sorry about one thing though, something’s wrong with Jeff Francoeur. He looks slower than anybody else on the team. Is it the foot? The weight? I mean any other right fielder – other than Adam Dunn, that is – would have made both of those plays to short right yesterday. Plus, I think I’m seeing way to much of ‘08 in his swings lately.
May 11th, 20099:35 am
It isn’t crazy to think Gorkys and Logan could play in the same OF. It’d be a speed overkill and power deficient, but why not? I think it’s much more likely that Gorkys gets moved, but I would love to see how great defensively our OF would be with Schafer, Gorkys, and Heyward. Sumoza is starting to look like a real, legit prospect too. And if Cody Johnson minimizes those K’s, the organization will have some tough roster decisions to make regarding the OF in a few years. Depth is a beautiful thing.
May 11th, 20099:38 am
Coach, I’m sorry but I’m more inclined to believe Kawakami is the one who is traded after the season is over. I think Vazquez has found his groove back in the NL. He won’t be confused with Cy Young, but at least he’s a lot more consistant than Kenshin has been so far. Now, if things change…and Javy falters as the season goes, while Kawakami gets better who knows.
I’m just going on what I’ve seen the first 5 weeks.
Vazquez, more dependable and very good StrikeOuts per innings pitched rate.
Kawakami, less dependable, more prone to walk batters.
They both have good “live arms”, and an assortment of stuff, so that’s not the issue.
Also, Kawakami may prove to be a more tradable player, given that he’ll have more years left on his contract at an affordable rate for a middle or the rotation guy. Braves may get more in return for him than they will Vazquez (given that Javy’s contract is shorter than Kenshin’s)
An Outfield of Hernandez, Schafer and Heyward is NOT outside the realm of possibility.
Jeff could play his way out of town or be traded (should have made that offer to KC for Zack Greinke last year damn it!) and Schafer (eventually could be a 10-15HR kind of guy, so Hernadez could be our prototypical lead off gap hitter with speed (won’t have to hit HR). At that time we are looking at Freeman also at 1B, bringing more HR to that position. So if HR are the reason why people think that particular outfield combination may not work, think again.
Frenchy has always run like a bow-legged girl. But he covers enough ground in right to be an above-average defender in right, considering his arm (best OF arm in baseball, or close to it).
May 11th, 20099:44 am
REK live after the Rangers game this Saturday night. DOB come on over!
May 11th, 20099:48 am
ncscoots, I’m with you on Gorkys. I like him, but I can’t imagine the Braves having Hernandez in LF. Most of his value lies in the fact that he is a good defensive outfielder. Gotta hit for some power in the corner.
Braves have this three game set with the Mets, then have 17 games against Arizona, Colorado, Toronto and San Francisco to finish out the month of May.
May 11th, 20099:52 am
good defensive *centerfielder* is what I meant in my 9:48.
May 11th, 20099:54 am
It’s May people. Why are we discussing next year’s rotation and speculating on re-signing a player who hasn’t even made it through re-hab yet?
MetroDude-”The Mets team doesn’t have another collapse in them. They just can’t.” A plaintive prayer to Heaven?
May 11th, 20099:58 am
Since we are talking future, who do we have lined up for 3B in side the oganization? Will we have to go outside to find one, shift Escobar over ?
May 11th, 200910:02 am
Haha! Good one. Will never forget when “that guy” said that…
Bad habits are tough to lose. Just when you think you’ve got your head on straight and the muscle memory’s been corrected you revert.
YUNEL looks like a different hitter. I did not like what I saw at all. Not much patience at the plate. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but it seemed to me he was better last year as a hitter in the clutch than he showed in yesterday’s game. Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know…
May 11th, 200910:03 am
I think yuney is still a guess hitter. He swings at some ugly pitches like Frenchy sometimes.
May 11th, 200910:06 am
Hey there McFANN. Say, do you think that collision last year caused regression in his left eye? That’s something the team would probably not talk about. I was just wondering if his was a long-term thing, or if it showed this year.
Probably the most asked question in this blog…when will we see Tommy Hanson? Overpowering the AAA hitting, but obviously there’s a huge talent differential between AAA and the big leagues? What does everyone think before or after the late season roster expansion?
W. T. Sherman
May 11th, 200910:07 am
I get that the Mets failed to close the deal the last two seasons and as a fan it did hurt. But Brave fans harp on that but fail to acknowledge their own “collapse’s”. During the braves streak how many times did they not collapsed to an inferior team? Most of those years the braves had the best pitching staffs of all the teams in the playoffs but year after year they were knocked off by lesser staffs. Hey, I’m not….I repeat I’m not disqualify the accomplishment of the the streak. I’m just saying that’s it’s so hipocritical for Brave fans to point out the Mets failures when the Braves have many of their own.
May 11th, 200910:08 am
A real duel on tap for tonight both Lowe and Santana are 4-1 the Braves will only be 1.5 games back if the beat the Mets at Citi Field tonight! And o yeah that win streak will be up to 3 games! Everyone comeon the bandwagon is callin your name!
May 11th, 200910:09 am
It’d be a speed overkill and power deficient, but why not?
PW, answered your own question, my friend, LOL. Just no thump there. Even the current OF, as poor as it is offensively, would probably generate more runs.
I like Gorkys, he’s a fine player, but Schafer will produce a whole lot more runs with his bat than Hernandez will with his feet. I also rate Schafer a hair better defensively, though Hernandez might close that gap with more experience. Either one will make a fine CF for the Braves, depending on need and surrounding personnel, but one of them at a corner? No, thanks.
May 11th, 200910:11 am
Since we are talking future, who do we have lined up for 3B in side the oganization?
by the time chipper’s contract is up, david wright might be also (option year) so maybe we could sign him.
next year is one thing, three years from now is another.
Gotta’ tell you, I haven’t put eyes on the HERNANDEZ prize. Just crunching numbers at this point. So, I couldn’t even guess. Some of our regulars who haunt the MISSISSIPPI ball-park might hazard a guess though as they’ve see his play first hand. Wanted him called up to GWINNETT so I could go to NORFOLK and see him when he comes to TIDEWATER.
May 11th, 200910:12 am
That thought had occurred to me…but he said his vision was fine until the end of Spring Training. So I don’t know–seems like if it had anything to do with getting Victorinoed it woulda showed up sooner. Guess we’ll never really know…
May 11th, 200910:13 am
DAP by the time chipper’s contract is up, david wright might be also (option year) so maybe we could sign him.
Hoo-hoo! Could you imagine…?
May 11th, 200910:15 am
Wright, now that is a sweet dream, never happen…
W.T. Sherman – fair enough. But if you believe it is hypocritical of Braves fans to point out the Mets failures when the Braves have many of their own, is it not also hypocritical of Mets fans to point out your own successes without recognizing the Braves for theirs?
May 11th, 200910:16 am
its hard to argue with yunel’s results though, right? he has been arguably our best hitter, especially with RISP. i believe he is 2 RBIs behind jeff for the team lead and has played 3 fewer games. plus, hes been batting 2nd all year instead of middle of the order like jeff.
Mcfann….Dream on. Wright is the face of the franchise and speaks english.
Now the Mets fans are trying to compare a run of fourteen consecutive division titles and a World Series Title to a first round playoff win where they lost to the team with a barely .500 record in the NLCS and then collapsed in titanic terms two straight seasons, winning exactly nothing? I guess that’s what passes for logic in New York. Must come from being number two in their own city since they came into existence.
The Braves may be in a three or four year rebuilding mode, but the Mets have been in that mode for the better part of four decades. Come back and thump your chest or grab your crotch when you’ve actually won something.
May 11th, 200910:21 am
I also do not believe a Schafer and Hernandez outfield is in the future. What I am hoping is a continuous improvement by Cody Johnson. I would hope the future outfield will be Schafer,Johnson and Heyward. This would give us some balance of power and speed.
Steve from OH
I gotta say that I agree with Coach that if everything (aka, Hudson’s rehab) goes well then I think Vazquez is traded. Don’t see Kawakami getting traded because if you’re a major league franchise, do you take him on at 8MM for the next two seasons? He’ll be tough to unload. But let’s wait until Hudson makes us choose, eh?
As for Hernandez, his start has been pretty impressive, but I don’t see him in Gwinnett this season. He’s one of the youngest players in the Southern League and really hasn’t hit for any power in the last two seasons, so if I’m the Braves I keep him in Mississippi and let him develop his power stroke, as his average, speed and defense are already there. In time, I see him as sort of a Rafael Furcal type player, but in centerfield.
But like scoots and Efrim said, there ain’t no way that he and Schafer are in the same outfield, especially with Heyward hot on his heels. Can’t really have a leftfielder with meager home run pop (we’ve seen how that’s worked for us the last two seasons, huh?). If Gorkys continues to develop and Schafer starts to find his groove, Gorkys is traded.
I see us trading from some of our pitching depth for a leftfielder this offseason.
As far as 3B depth goes…we don’t have much. But that’s ok, because we have a pretty decent 3B under contract for three more years, and we’ve got Marteeen ready to fill in when Chip needs a day (or a week) off. I would say that our best “prospect” is Donnell Linares, a Cuban defector in Myrtle Beach who is off to a slow start, but who Baseball America describes as “The 25-year-old Linares, who signed last year after defecting from Cuba, was off to a slow start at the plate but impressed the Braves with his defensive abilities in spring training. He, too, has above-average power and had a pair of home runs among his first seven hits.’ He’s gonna have to start posting some numbers, obviously, but he apparently has tools. But Eric Campbell has tools too, and we’re seeing how that’s working out, so…
3B Samuel Sime is off to a nice start in Rome, posting a .305/.343/.442 start after posting a .500ish OPS in Danville last season. Don’t know much else about him, but someone to keep an eye on, at least for now. I’m not really too excited about any of Rome’s hitters (except maybe Luis Sumoza, a toolsy outfielder who hasn’t done too much numbers-wise this season, but that’s the story of the minors, eh?)
May 11th, 200910:22 am
Yeah, I know, but something just wasn’t quite the same. Of course, I saw a lot of him here in RICHMOND, and until TBS dumped all the BRAVES NATION. Maybe it’s just maturation to big league pitching.
May 11th, 200910:23 am
Dr. Martin VanNostrand
The all-time best call from Sterling is:
“Bernie goes BOOM!! Burn, Baby, Burn!
SoFLBrave…..I personly try to keep things in the present state. We can all look back and be selective in our memories when talking up our teams. Like I said before, the streak was an accomplishment that may never be matched again but in it there were many lost opportunities for the Braves. Which is how I view the last two seasons for the Mets.
May 11th, 200910:28 am
richbrave i do think escobar is being more aggressive, but i dont see it as a problem. it seems to be serving him well.
The G-Braves have the same offensive whoas as the parent club. With the pitching staff that they (G-Braves) have, there’s no way they should be under .500.
There’s a need for hitting at both the G-Braves and the parent club.
May 11th, 200910:29 am
‘Greed on the JOHNSON evolution. He’s really amping up his power numbers. Of course a power hitter has a lot of SO’s, but he really does need to get a bit more bat discipline based on his current figures. Would love to see some outfield power. Maybe SCHAFER is being tested and if he busted out, he’d be traded and HERNANDEZ brought in. Lots of possibles at this point. I’m sure BRAVES management is assessing all options where the future of the outfield in concerned.
I trust their judgement. Deference to you FW haters out there, but I rate him A+ compared to BALTIMORE. Of course, he’s with a REAL baseball organization here in ATLANTA. Always helps to have a solid baseball franchise watching your back.
Meet the Melts
Sherman is right- that would be “hipocritical”. It could also be considered hypocritical, for those of us that aren’t morons.
May 11th, 200910:30 am
The Mets’ and their fans should actually be pitied, for it is surely pitiful when the best they can say is “we had a better record than the Braves for three years.” Not we won the Division/NLCS/World Serties for those three years, but “we had a better left out loser’s record. Maybe it’s time for y’all to realize that since 1991, even the Phillies have more playoff and World Series appearances than the Mets. Y’all aren’t even second best.
All I said was “Could you imagine”, didn’t say I thought it would happen. I think we have about as good a chance of signing Not wRight as you guys have of signing McCann.
Meet the Melts–good one.
May 11th, 200910:31 am
Played gold yesterday and missed the game and the blog. Just got finished catching up and 2 things really stand out:
1. Some of you in game bloggers are the dumbest folks that I have ever been around. Do you folks ever read anything that anyone else posts? Do you go back and see that you are wrong 90% of the time? Yet you still spew your bile…..
No I am not negative, just a realist. That is the most stupid line that I have ever read…..
2. Even after a win, a well played win, folks are still bashing the team and Bobby Cox. Well tomorrow Bobby will revert back to his stupid ways.
Heck even reading the bickering with the Mets trolls is better than reading some of you folks idiotic banter…..
May 11th, 200910:32 am
Braves look a lot better with McCann and Anderson in the 4 and 5 holes. Too bad we will not have Chipper today. Although, tonight isn’t a bad game to miss for him. Santana is pitching. He might want to be fully healthy facing him. This guy has been lights out all year. Fortunately, we have D Lowe pitching for us. This is the kind of game Lowe has thrived in. He loves pitching in big games. If he shows up big and we beat the Santana-led Mets tonight, and take the series, we will let them know we are here to stay. Hopefully, that happens.
As a Mets fan, I’m very curious about this (and this is NOT trash-talking, by the way…a serious question): how frustrated are you all getting with Chipper’s lack of durability? Here you are, facing the first-place team with arguably the best starter in baseball pitching tonight, and once again you can’t count on Chipper. Are you all okay with this for the next three years (in which time he’ll only become more fragile)?
May 11th, 200910:33 am
The Braves wouldn’t have lost nearly as many opportunities if they had spent all of those years being a hopelessly uncompetitive team, the way the Mets did. There aren’t many opportunities to lose out on when you fire your manager every year and all of your over-hyped prospects flame out.
May 11th, 200910:34 am
Not to mention that the Marlins have two World Series appearances (and wins) in that time frame. The Mets aren’t even third best.
i guessing it will be infante at third tonight and leading off, with johnson lower in the order. it would be really nice to have chipper tonight against santana, but i think the braves are a team that matches up pretty well with santana. the reason is, santana is worse against lefties, and we have a bunch of lefties that really hit LHP well.
santana carves up righties with that change up, but a changeup from a lefty doesnt usually work as well against lefties. mccann, anderson, kotchman, johnson are gonna win us this game tonight.
Lew….go F yourself. Go read my post again. I would not call the Mets failure to win the division “Titanic”. I would save that term for the Yankees losing to the Redsox in the playoffs with a 3-0 series lead.
If Lowe pithes his “A” game tonight, the Braves will beat the Mets.
The Mets have wons 7 in a row & Johan has not pitched a bad game all season. They are ripe for the picking.
May 11th, 200910:35 am
As for Chipper’s lack of durability-you mean the guy who has lead all of MLB in hitting over the past three years?
May 11th, 200910:36 am
WT-My my. Are we mad because the truth hasn’t set you free. ude, take your own advice. Remove head from anal cavity first, though.
Zinger. Chippy,chippy. Good one.
May 11th, 200910:37 am
McFann….I was just joking with the “Speaks English” comment.
May 11th, 200910:38 am
Looks like you’ve arrived on SHERM’s “A**” list. Careful he doesn’t invade VERMONT next.
May 11th, 200910:40 am
realityhow frustrated are you all getting with Chipper’s lack of durability?
very. but, most of us agree that 130 games with chipper is better than 162 games of anyone else, so…. but yeah, its very frustrating.
the moral of this story is that the focal point of this offense needs to move away from chipper jones. the braves need at least one more brian mccann type so that we are still very solid without chipper.
May 11th, 200910:41 am
Reality, I think the reality is that your 10:32 a.m. post is the early frontrunner for most patronizing and grossly disingenuous comment of the day. It’ll be tough to beat….
Moving on: It’s a nice day here in the city (NYC, that is). Crisp weather, probably gonna be in the high 50s or so by early innings. Sure looking forward to getting off that 7 train and entering a nice, new stadium instead of decrepit Shea.
Oops sorry LEWIE:
I inadvertantly picked up McFANN’s next post at the end of your zinger to the general. From his response it obviously caused a wound too.
May 11th, 200910:42 am
Lew – is it possible for you ever to simply consider a point of debate without offering a snarky, knee-jerk, snide response? Someone says hello to you and you take it as a poke in the ribs. Loosen the waistband on your adult diaper, man.
May 11th, 200910:43 am
LEW….You take anything said you don’t agree with and use it as an opportunity to try and insult others. Your post are nothing but tirades that sound like they come from someone who doesn’t get enough sleep or sex. In fact you sound like a bitter old man that failed at most things in your life and this blog is your only outlet for your feelings of inadequicy.
May 11th, 200910:45 am
What do all you KK haters have to say NOW!?! This guy has shut down type stuff, he does need to work on his control, but aside from the obvious physical differences once the ball leaves his hand it’s almost like watching Greg Maddux pitch. His pitches have great movement and time and time again he leaves hitters frozen for a strike 3 that he painted on the corner or at the knee or both. That curve to Utley yesterday in the 6th with runners on was the only one in that sequence he threw and it was on a 3-2 count. Utley never saw it coming!
Hopefully we can go into NY beat the hottest team in baseball and then we’ll be sitting pretty.
May 11th, 200910:49 am
DOB – please, by all means, explain how initiating a debate on Chipper’s durability is in any way disingenuous. It’s not as if it’s a topic that hasn’t been discussed before. I guess the part where I specifically stated I wasn’t trying to provoke anyone didn’t quite register with you.
Sorry to have distracted you from your incredibly important journalistic endeavors, such as more stories about how you had to ride in a cab without an air conditioner. That was Pulitzer-worthy stuff, man.
May 11th, 200911:00 am
WT-Listen Dude, you’re the one coming into our neighborhood, talking trash with no basis to back it up, tell me to go F myself and you’re insulted? Seriously, we do understand the inferiority complex most Mets’ fans seem to have and we also realize that it’s so hard for you to see sunshine and appreciate it when all you’ve seen for decades is your own hemorrhoids.
If you don’t like the commentary of Braves Fans (and that includes the rest of y’all trolls), maybe this isn’t the forum for you. Maybe you should find a Mets Blog and go grunt with one another.
Reality, you’re not interrupting me from any “important journalistic endeavors.” This is a blog, in case you’re unclear. There’s not a Pulitizer category for blogging, probably won’t be anytime soon. See, part of a blog is the writer (me, in this blog’s case) sharing personal experiences. Thanks for coming to the blog that I write and allowing me to share those with you.
That said, please, by all means, “as a Mets fan” on a Braves blog, feel free to continue your important work surveying how Braves fans feel about Chipper’s durability. It’s never come up here before, that subject. So it’s good you weren’t afraid to bring it up for the first time. As a Mets fan, I know it’s important to you.
Now, I’ve got to get back to coming up with material for the anticipated new Pulitzer blogging category.
May 11th, 200911:01 am
Why are Met fans on a Braves blog? Youd think after all the poundings we have put on the Mutts over the years that they would know there place. Like I said last night though when the Mutts win a few in a row they come out of the woodwork. Trust me they still know where their Yankee gear is though. Just in case LOL
Well, well – look at what we have today. A real showdown. Busy weekend so I haven’t been here but I’m sure you Braves fans have the “feeling” back after the last two days. Nice job against them Phils.
Tonight could be special. What happened to Chipper?
May 11th, 200911:03 am
Anders, it’s a secret. No information to be released on what happened to Chipper.
May 11th, 200911:04 am
DOB – Based on what you just said, we can all pretty much be certain there will be a Pulitzer category for blogging by tomorrow. I mean, you get everything else wrong on this blog, so why not that too? Does the phrase “Dude’s gonna be a Brave” mean anything to you? Or how about “Ohman’s gonna sign”? Or, “they should knock this one early.”
Basically, DOB, if you say it’s sunny outside, it’s a good move for your readers to bring a raincoat.
May 11th, 200911:06 am
reality i will add that braves fans definitely dont feel as bad about having chipper for three more years as the mets do about having castillo for three more years, or paying wagner $10mil this year for being hurt (because of his somewhat long last contract).
those guys obviously arent as big of a deal as chipper, but that just adds to the foolishness of their signings.
May 11th, 200911:07 am
Shane-Amazes me, too (maybe that’s why they call themselves “Amazins”?). I can’t figure why with a seven game win streak that only puts them four games over .500 and only two wins above the fourth place team in their division (with 131 games left to play), that they’re so boastful (not to mention hostile). I mean, maybe if they’d actually won something. However, best not to tell them that. They’ll make nasty sexual suggestions if you do and go throw batteries at the Braves tonight..
Ahh nothing smells like a Mets Braves series than the influx of trolls on the blog. Should be a congested three days on the interwebs.
May 11th, 200911:08 am
LEW—This in not a Neighborhood” it’s a blog open to anyone who wants to post. As for your accusations of “Trash Talking” go back and read my earlier post’s you idiot. There was nothing about it that constitutes as “Trash Talk”. You’re just so ready to insult anyone that you may have mis read my post. Go take your Meds and read it again.
Gil In Mechanicsville
May 11th, 200911:10 am
Reality… but you do admit to reading his stories… right? As for Chipper, well.. about the same as the Mets fans in regards to Delgado, but different…
May 11th, 200911:14 am
Braves bullpen is now tied for 5th in ERA(4.00) among National League teams. Starters are 5th with a 4.03 mark. Overall, they are 4th 4.02 ERA. Only the Mets, Giants and Dodgers have better team ERA’s. Pretty impressive, I’d say.
Offensively, 10th in runs, 6th in OBP, 9th in SLG%, 8th in BA, 11th in home runs.
If Chipper can stay healthy, Braves can make some noise the next 20 games to close out May. At the very least, it would be great to see them a game over .500 at 26-25(11-9 over next 20 games) on June 1st.
May 11th, 200911:15 am
My My-WT Troll is all upset. I’m an idiot, take medication for idiocy, can’t read and should go F myself. Yes, reading your posts is certainly informative. Why, exactly, should I insult anyone who misread your posts? That makes about as much sense as anything else you’ve blurted out today. Must be the benefits of a P.S. Sub Ground Level Education.
May 11th, 200911:16 am
The next three games should be a good contest since the Braves have played better of late. But the Mets did take those two games down in Atlanta with little resistance. But hey, the Mets don’t any pitching after Santana so brave fans have nothing to worry about…..Right?
May 11th, 200911:17 am
Probably the most asked question in this blog…when will we see Tommy Hanson? Overpowering the AAA hitting, but obviously there’s a huge talent differential between AAA and the big leagues? What does everyone think before or after the late season roster expansion?—Luke
Well, Luke, gotta agree on the talent level thing there since AAA is where marginal players go to die. AA is where the best talent is and Hanson has proven time and time again, including the Arizona league, that he belongs right now in the bigs. Hanson will get called up way before roster expansion because September will see the return of Hudson for his audition. If the Braves are still in the race it is doubtful that they will give Hanson his first start there. Of course, all this assumes no injuries to our regulars prior to that.
The main question as I see it….are the Braves going to waste a million bucks to trot Glavine out there for a swan song as opposed to staying with Jo JO or bringing up a Hanson or Medlin/Morton. The minute you see Glavine on the mound you can then start to worry about Wren and the true value of a million dollars not to mention future decisions.
May 11th, 200911:18 am
Feels like 1993 all over again… but different, Braves are still one big bat away from catching fire. Pitching seems to be in place. Just need one more power bat to make the difference.
Watched Kotch’s post game interview….does he always sound so slow? Good thing he knows how to play ball! Must be a tough interview for you.
May 11th, 200911:20 am
DOB – Yeah, I should have read a few posts before asking about Chipper. Didn’t realize the firestorm brewing.
Tell you what, I’ll tell you that Momma’s is out past right field on the field level and save you the search. Now can you tell me what happened?
BTW- Have your bullpen fellas heard about their new home at CitiPark? We’ve taken to calling it “Gitmo”. You’ll know why when you see it. Plus on the back side of it there’s a chain link fence that’s open to the fans. Makes for a real pleasant experience for the guys. Has that Philly feel to it.They’re talking about tarping that off. Not sure if they did yet. The old Apple is stored right there too.
May 11th, 200911:21 am
Reality, as a Braves fan, I can tell you that we are ecstatic about Chipper’s latest injury. We tire of him only hurting his feet and his hammy, so naturally we’re excited when his elbow keeps his bat out of the lineup too. If there’s one thing Braves fans hate more than our 3 hitter going down, it’s a lack of variety. Again, we’re really psyched about this one.
As a Mets fan, how do you feel about your bullpen sucking, and your team underachieving despite having a lineup full of all stars and a payroll that could bail out the auto industry? Just asking.
May 11th, 200911:22 am
Yeah…I was joking, too, to begin with.
Anders-He hyper extending his elbow on two swings in an at bat yesterday and aggravated lingering elbow tendinitis.
May 11th, 200911:23 am
I’m not upset LEW. I find you quite amusing. Just when I think you can’t post anything more thoughtless than your last post you prove me wrong and it makes me chuckle. keep them coming.
May 11th, 200911:25 am
Thanks Lew. How’d the Phils look? When we played them they’re SP looked lost. Between that and their bullpen coming off a long year last season I think they may have too much to overcome this year. It’s early but they look to be leaking oil imo.
May 11th, 200911:26 am
Amusin-Anything like Amazin? I’m glad provide humor for you. Actually, I found my humor in the Mets finishes the past two years. LMAO at the “wet pants” look on Beltarn’s face after striking out to end the NLCS in 06. Now THAT was hilarious. Amazin, too.
May 11th, 200911:28 am
Gasp whatever will we Braves do facing the big bad Mets. I mean its not like WE HAVENT OWNED THEM EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. As Pedro would say The Braves are the Mets daddies.
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