Shea’s dead, Mets are not

 

  New York - It won’t be the same, that’s for sure. When we step off the subway and head over to that sparkling new ballpark with its modern pressbox, with no leaky roof to threaten your laptop every time it rained, and its spacious clubhouses that lack that distinct, charming mold and mildew and other unmentionable aromas found in the cramped visitors’ quarters we were used to.
  Yes, Citi Field ain’t no stinkin’ Shea Stadium. Evidence that our God is a merciful God.
We’re gonna ride the 7 Train out to Flushing here in a minute and take our first look at the interior of Citi Field, the Mets’ plush new ballpark.
  Until now I’ve only seen it from outside as it was being built the past year, and from flying over the completed project today when I landed at LaGuardia. (Why I booked a flight this year from Philly to N.Y. instead of taking the train like I usually do, I have no idea. Senility, good to meet you.)
  Anyway, good that the Braves and Mets both are playing good ball entering the first Citi Field series between the teams. Actually, the Braves are playing good ball, and the Mets are playing great ball.
  The Braves are 4-1 on this trip after sweeping two at Florida and taking two of three over the weekend in Philly. After hitting .253 with a 4.28 ERA and totaling just three homers and 29 runs during a 2-7 skid through May 5, the Braves have hit .263 with a 3.68 ERA and totaled six homers and 28 runs in this 4-1 stretch.
  They went from averaging barely three runs per game in that 2-7 slide to averaging more than 5-1/2 in the past five games. From scoring four or more runs just three times in a nine-game stretch to scoring four or more in every game during this current 4-1 stretch.
  But the Mets are even hotter and have enjoyed an even more dramatic turnaround, theirs based more on pitching than hitting, though they’re also hitting better.
  They went from posting a 5.20 ERA while scoring 55 runs during a 4-8 stretch through May 2, to posting a 2.29 ERA while scoring 43 runs during their current seven-game winning streak to take over the NL East lead.
  Their 7-0 run began with their two-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta May 4, and was followed with a two-game sweep of the Phillies and three-game sweep of the Pirates for a 5-0 record on the current homestand.
  By the way, I didn’t realize this until today: The Mets haven’t been on the road for more than five days since the season began. That’ll change when they start a 10-game, 11-day trip Thursday.
Before the Mets leave town, the Braves would like to return the favor, of course, for the treatment they handed the Bravos down at Turner Field. But it won’t be easy, to say the least.
  The Mets have scored seven or more runs while pounding out 10 or more hits in four consecutive games, and today they’ll have a guy on the mound who only needs about two or three support runs to win most times he’s out there.
  Johan Santana is really, really good. But you knew that. It’s just that right now, he’s even better than usual. He leads the NL with a 0.91 ERA and .168 opp. average, and could easily be 6-0 with any run support.
  The left-hander has allowed one or no earned runs in five of six starts, and five or fewer hits in five starts.
  He’s 0-3 in five starts against the Braves, but that’s not at all indicative of how he’s pitched against them. He’s got a 2.76 ERA against them, and he was 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts against them last season.
   Santana’s teams scored no runs while he was in three starts against the Braves, and two runs while he was in each of his other two against them.
  It’ll be interesting to see if Bobby Cox starts Matt Diaz in left field instead of Garret Anderson, since Diaz is 8-for-15 with a homer against him. I’m guessing he goes with Diaz, even though he’s been talking up Anderson at every opportunity since he returned from the DL last week.
  The other Braves who’s had the most success against Santana is Chipper Jones, who’s 5-for-11 with two walks against him. But we’re not expecting Chipper to be in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with a sore elbow, the result of what he said was hyperextending it on consecutive swings yesterday on top of tendinitis he’s had in it all season.
   Chipper said yestereday there was probably a 50-50 chance he’d play tonight, but we all know how conservative Bobby usually is in these matters. I’m guessing he leaves the 3B out of the lineup tonight, then brings him back for the last two games of the series. But we’ll know soon enough.
  Against Santana, Brian McCann is also 5-for-13 with a homer, Kelly Johnson is 6-for-14, and Yunel Escobar is 3-for-10.

 ♣ Good matchup: And what makes tonight even more appealing, of course, is the matchup of Santana vs. Derek Lowe. Both veterans are 4-1, and they’re facing each other for the first time.
  Lowe is 3-0 with a 4.82 ERA in his past three starts and has been the beneficiary of 11.6 support runs per nine innings pitched in that span. He gave up a season-high six runs in five innings Wednesday in an 8-6 win against the Marlins.
  Lowe is 1-2 with an 8.78 ERA and .373 opp. average in eight games against the Mets, including 1-1 with a 10.00 ERA in two starts, one quality start in 2006 and one really bad start in 2007.
  OK, I’m gonna post this now and finish after I get to Citi Field….

  ♣ It’s mighty fine: Ok, We’re here now, and I’ll say this for Shea Stadium — it sure makes a nice parking lot.
  There is no sign of the old stadium, just a big parking lot where it once stood. And next door … a palace.
  Yes, maybe my perception is colored by the fact that the old place was so bad. But I’m sitting in the pressbox of this new place right now, looking out at the spacious ballparki with the deep-green seats and the curved seating layou and wide concourses and I’m thinking we’ve died and gone to heaven.
  Relatively speaking, of course.
  Compared to Shea, this is the Taj Mahal. Don’t know where I’d rank it among MLB ballparks, but I’ll have a better idea after three days. I’d say it definitely moves into the top 10.
   We enter the pressbox by walking through the Caesars Club (as in Caesars Palace, Atlantic City), the area for the well-healed fans. It’s pretty spectacular, I gotta say. Looks like the lobby of a hip, upscale hotel.
  Oh, and funny moment after we got off the 7 Train. We walk up to the press entrance, and who’s standing there with a security guard going through his bag? Tom Glavine.
  The guard was embarrassed after Glavine had stood there politely while he went through his bag, then smiled and thanked him before walking into the ballpark. As the guy was wrapping up with Glavine, someone told the guy whose bag he was going through.
  The guy had no idea it was Glavine, or he’d have waved him past.
  Anyway, then he went through our bags, sifting through Bowman’s cans of Kodiak and half-eaten chips and such.

  ♣ OK, so where were we? Oh, Derek Lowe. Facing Santana tonight. Lowe said last week he felt bad about Jair Jurrjens pitching great but not getting any run support and taking no decisions while Lowe’s been getting more than any pitcher could ask for lately.
  Lowe’s 3-0 in his past three starts despite a 4.82. That’s what more than 11-1/2 support runs per nine innings pitched can do for you. That’s what Lowe’s gotten in that stretch, as the Braves have scored 10, 6 and 8 runs while he’s been in those games.
  Not that he’s been bad in them, because he hasn’t. Just not quite what Jurrjens has been lately. Lowe had quality starts in seven innings at Cincy and two runs in 6-2/3 innings against Houston (like we said, not bad at all) before giving up seven hits and six runs in five innings at Florida in is last start, and still getting the win in an 8-6 game.
  Lowe’s only two starts against the Mets were in 2006, when he gave up five hits, two runs and four walks in a win at Dodger Stadium, and 2007, when he gave up 10 hits, nine runs (eight earned) and three walks in three innings of a loss at Shea.

  ♣ Kotchman rockin’: Again, it’s all relative. But dude is hitting, folks.
  Casey Kotchman has hit .347 with 10 doubles, two homers and 10 RBI in his past 20 games, with a .397 OBP and .569 slugging percentage.
  He has twice as many RBI in his past four games (eight) as he had in his first 27 games this season. He’s 7-for-17 with three doubles and a .941 slugging percentage in those last four games.
  But if you go back to last season, his turning point so to speak on Sept. 5, he has hit .316 with 15 doubles, four homers and 27 RBI in 52 games since then, with a .385 OBP and .460 slugging percentage.
Before that, he hit .149 with three extra-base hits (no homers) and five RBI in his first 22 games for the Braves, with a .256 OBP and .203 slugging.

  Alright, let’s end this by letting Queens’ band finest take us out with a classic:

 

ROCKAWAY BEACH by The Ramones

Chewin’ at a rythym on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
Its not hard, not far to reach,
we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Up on the roof, out on the street
Down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Chewin’ at a rythym on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
Its not hard, not far to reach,
we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Up on the roof, out on the street
Down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

 

 

1,709 comments Add your comment

richbrave

May 11th, 2009
1:56 pm

KAWAKAMI does tire after five. May be the different approach to hitting here vs. JAPAN, the size of the ball, I don’t know. He’s throwing too many pitches early, but our opponents have been utilizing that strategy ever since the walk-a-thon loss a month ago. He’s beginning to find the strike zone more ofter however. He’s gonna’ be tough the last half of this season

And a cortisone injection directly into the elbow works wonders in about 72 hours.

flange1

May 11th, 2009
1:56 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB

Hopefully this one will have more Braves talk and less Mets talk!

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
1:57 pm

scoots, that line was a bit tongue-in-cheek…

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
2:00 pm

I know it leads down a slippery slope, just saying that DOB’s patience far exceeds what mine would be were I in his shoes.

beekay

May 11th, 2009
2:00 pm

I think we need to give Norton a start against a righty coming up. I think 4 AB’s in one game might help him get his swing back….

Willy Wally

May 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

What?!?!?!?!? No effin’ lyrics today?!?!?!?!?

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

Reality is, Trolls are Trolls and will always be Trolls….If you ignore the Trolls then they will just show their true colors as they get more and more frustrated that they can’t get a reaction being the juvenile, crap starting children that they are.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 11th, 2009
2:04 pm

Willy Wally–Calm friend, the last line of the blog says that he will finish when he gets to the stadium.

Woogidy

May 11th, 2009
2:06 pm

Gwinnett game audio. Medlen going to keep his 13 inning scoreless streak alive.

http://www.streamaudio.com/Player/Player.aspx?Station=WDUN_AM&filename=&Optin=

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

Wow…This is a first for me. Posting on a fresh blog!

Jim

May 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

The history of HS pitchers at the top of the draft is at best mixed.
Beckett — great in the post-season, but only 2 noteworthy regular seasons so far.
Kazmir– been good, but not great
Avery — very good from ‘91 – ‘93 and came up huge in the playoffs and WS in ‘95, but all too brief a career.
Ankiel — a brief display of what the hype was all about followed by Steve Blass disease.
Brien Taylor — 0/1 in bar room fights
Matt White — got 10 million bonus to never pitch in majors
Harrington — refused to sign with 2 clubs and never was heard from again
The kid from Texas (whose name I’m blocking on right now) that allowed Chipper to be drafted by the Braves — never pitched more than a few years of middle relief
It looks like Matzek will be off the board by the time the Braves draft, but that might not be such a bad thing.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 11th, 2009
2:10 pm

Jim–That was Todd Van Poppel wasn’t it that basically told the Braves he wouldn’t sign with them so they took Chipper instead? If so, Thanks Todd!!

BossLady

May 11th, 2009
2:11 pm

This blog is not finished. It will be finished this afternoon. DOB

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
2:12 pm

I have to say that it is truly great that Casey Kotchman is red-hot right now. The homers seem to be coming more frequently now and he is a consistent presence on the base paths.

IMO, I think he is someone the Braves ought to hang on to for a while.

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:13 pm

geee JIm- u should post that post again. I dont think people seen is the first 2 times u posted it.

mbatl

May 11th, 2009
2:13 pm

Jim, good points. It’s just such a longshot that an 18 year old pitcher will stay healthy, and improve enough, to make an impact at the ML level. But of course, they can make for great trade chips along the way. I really hope that the Braves will draft offense, but only if it works out that the ‘best available’ is a position player.

bravos2249

May 11th, 2009
2:14 pm

I don’t know if ESPN360.com can be blocked but the game will be available there tonight too…it’s a free streaming service that ESPN provides for games they broadcast.

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

May 11th, 2009
2:15 pm

Here’s to the first game at Citi Field for the Braves. Here’s to a victory. A classic from Tommy.

Tom Waits: “First Kiss”

She drove a big ol’ Lincoln with suicide doors
And a sewing machine in the back
And a light bulb that looked like an alligator egg
Was mounted up front on the hood

And she had an Easter bonnet that had been signed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
And she always had saw dust in her hair
And she cut two holes in the back of her dress
and she had these scapular wings
That were covered with feathers and electrical tape
And when she got good and drunk
She would sing about Elkheart, Indiana
Where the wind is strong and folks mind their own business

And she had at least a hundred old baseballs that she’d taken from kids
And she collected bones of all kinds
And she lived in a trailer under a bridge
And she made her own whiskey and gave cigarettes to kids
And she’d been struck by lightning seven or eight times
And she hated the mention of rain

And she made up her own language
And she wore rubber boots
And she could fix anything with string
And her lips were like cherries
And she was stronger than any man
And she smelled like gasoline and Rootbeer Fizz
And she put mud on a bee sting I got at the creek
And she gave me my very first kiss
And she gave me my very first kiss

Talking ’bout my little Kathleen
She’s just a fine young thing
Someday she’ll wear my ring
My little Kathleen

Funny thing this is about my best friends Aunt.

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
2:15 pm

Oh, and thanks for the new blog Chief!

Sorry McFann, I just wanted to see how it would feel.

I promise, no more thunder stealing from you! ;)

Scott

May 11th, 2009
2:17 pm

If Chipper can’t make it tonight, this should work…

Infante
Yunel
Casey
McCann
Franceour
Diaz
KJ
Schafer
Lowe

Would make for a pretty solid bench wiht Chipper and GA. They could do some damage in the late innings once Santana is out.

Shamus Thacker

May 11th, 2009
2:18 pm

Jim

May 11th, 2009
2:19 pm

SUCKS
I posted it at the end of the last blog after I later found out that DOB had put up a new one. Incidentally you might try grammar check before you post.

DAP

May 11th, 2009
2:20 pm

Casey Kotchman is red-hot right now. The homers seem to be coming more frequently now

i guess you cant get less frequent than never.

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:20 pm

bravos2249

May 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

Scott

And considering it’s more of a pitchers/triples park it’s better to have speed in there. Whether or not Chipper plays do we honestly think Santana of all people will be afraid of him? Either way I’d be shocked if this game isn’t decided on defense and not offense.

Sethual Healing

May 11th, 2009
2:22 pm

haha, true DAP

richbrave

May 11th, 2009
2:22 pm

W. T. Sherman

May 11th, 2009
11:39 am
2006 LEW? How many years back are we allowed to go here?

Well general, your handle begates history doesn’t it? Care to burn ATLANTA twice? How about a reprise for COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA while you’re at it? Let’s see METS history 1961? BRAVES 1876. Now that’s history!!!!. MELTS come up short all way around.

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
2:22 pm

DAP

Hell, who knows..he might have found his “groove.”

As long as he drives people in, I guess that’s all that matters, eh?

wheelz007

May 11th, 2009
2:23 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB. I really appreciate your effort and all the stats, player quotes and other interesting tid bits that you and Carol supply on a daily basis.

Go Braves!!!

richbrave

May 11th, 2009
2:27 pm

KOTCH’s only homer comes tonight.

Jim

May 11th, 2009
2:27 pm

mbatl
I’m not with you on the notion of trade chips for a very high pick. I don’t know that anyone is willing to trade their top prospect for someone else’s top prospect. A high prospect may get an oler more expensive major league player, but, for instance, would the Braves be willing to trade Hanson for Heyward if they were in different organizations? I don’t think they would make that trade in either direction. I think you either hit a homerun with a top 7 pick or you get someone you might keep or trade for a fill-in type prospect or part of a deal involving a major league player. Given the Braves payroll limitations vs Philly and NY, they need to do especially well in the draft.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 11th, 2009
2:28 pm

AJC SUCKS–If you really feel the AJC is that bad, why give them all the page hits that you continue to give them? You should change your name to “AJC SUPPORTER”, that would be the most accurate for you.

bravos2249

May 11th, 2009
2:29 pm

richbrave

Kotchman already has 2 homers? Either I failed to see what you meant or you didn’t know that….lol

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
2:30 pm

richbrave

I thought Kotchman hit one against Florida and then one against Philly the other night.

Or did I dream that?

McFann :Ô:

May 11th, 2009
2:30 pm

Necromancer

That’s OK…I’ll let it go this one time. ;)

thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

ncscoots

May 11th, 2009
2:31 pm

scoots, that line was a bit tongue-in-cheek…

And replying in kind, brah, LOL.

Bub and Chop don’t seem to have wiped the sleep from their eyes as yet, and I was trying to hold the humor fort until they arise from the stuff of dreams.

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
2:32 pm

It’s all good, scoots. My humor-dar hasn’t been all that good lately, apologies dude.

DAP

May 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

necromancerAs long as he drives people in, I guess that’s all that matters, eh?

absolutely. and, he leads the team in extra base hits. he has all season, even before he ever hit a homer.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 11th, 2009
2:35 pm

Everyone please remember tonight, that his is a series, and not a 1-game series at that. The goal is to win 2 of 3 by whatever means necessary. Phillies series didn’t start off great but ended up winning it 2 of 3. Should be a fun one.

chc4

May 11th, 2009
2:37 pm

Anyone noticed that Frenchy is starting to revert back to ‘08 form? There’s no telling what Santana will do to him tonight. My guess is it won’t be pretty.

StingerSplash

May 11th, 2009
2:37 pm

Hopefully, DOB is scrounging up some Jason and the Scorchers lyrics. Those would be sweet today.

flange1

May 11th, 2009
2:38 pm

MFin04,

I don’t understand your 2:35. Are you telling people not to get negative because of tonight’s outcome because it’s a 3 game series?

HUH? From you?

richbrave

May 11th, 2009
2:40 pm

No DAP was stating that KOTCH didn’t have ANY this season. I was just responding to DAP and NECROMANCER. But I didn’t realize he had hit two, although I should have. Sorry MR. KOTCHMAN. Care to make us all wrong and get a grand slam tonight?

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
2:40 pm

Good one, flange.

ncscoots

May 11th, 2009
2:40 pm

Steve, no sweat, man. I just didn’t provide enough nuance to make the intent clear, LOL.

Naaah. Your fault. Absolutely. No-doubter. :-)

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
2:41 pm

Also, nice one re: Kotchman, DAP. Pretty funny.

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
2:47 pm

This might be one of those games where it goes 0-0 to the 9th inning, if Lowe brings his “A” game tonight!

Then again, it would be nice if Santana slips up tonight. Remember, even the aces have an off night….just hoping its Johan’s night…

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 11th, 2009
2:47 pm

I’m not really negative, more like realistic….with an occasional flair of anger/negativity during games ;) People were expecting Jo-Jo to beat Cole Hamels in a homerun friendly park and it wasn’t to be. Not really sure we should expect to score 10 runs off of Santana tonight and sweep the series. I’d love to see the Braves continue to score runs and beat Santana, don’t get me wrong, but I’d rather be pleasantly surprised if we do than optimistic about it and be gravely disappointed.

Mike S

May 11th, 2009
2:48 pm

I’d like to see this tonight if we have no Chipper:
1 – Infante – CF (give Schafer a needed day off against the toughest LHP in the game)
2 – Yunel – SS
3 – Prado – 3B
4 – Mac – C
5 – Frenchy – RF
6 – Diaz – LF
7 – Casey – 1B
8 – Kelly – 2B
9 – Lowe – P

Thoughts?

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
2:49 pm

Occasional flair of negativity? That’s like saying Coach “occasionally” likes to watch people steal bases and bunt.

mbatl

May 11th, 2009
2:49 pm

“I think you either hit a homerun with a top 7 pick or you get someone you might keep or trade for a fill-in type prospect or part of a deal involving a major league player.”

Jim, I thought that was pretty much what I said… but guess I wasn’t clear! Obviously, we need to “do well” in the draft, and I’m not suggesting that we draft a guy with the intention of trading him. Was really just agreeing with your point (I thought) that high school pitchers a tough to project when they’re 18 years old.

In my opinion, that’s a risk well worth taking when you’re drafting 28th (for example) but unless you’re just blown away by a guy, it’s a much bigger risk when drafting 7th.

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:49 pm

Macon Braves….Why does it matter to you what my name is?!?!

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:51 pm

Mike S. Schafer should stay in the line up in fact cox should have him leading off, THATS WHAT ALOT OF PEOPLE IN HERE WANTED!!!

Mike S

May 11th, 2009
2:51 pm

Wow, just after I posted that I found that Omar is 2-for-24 with 7 K’s (.083 BA) vs. Santana. Schafer could probably do at least that, with better Def. Maybe we should leave the kid in for this game and put Kelly at leadoff and Schafer at 8…

6-4-3

May 11th, 2009
2:52 pm

My thoughts exactly about playing Infante in place of Schafer tonight. We need the extra right handed bat and it’s the perfect excuse to sit Schafer against a tough leftie.

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:53 pm

Thats what alot of people in here wanted. for schafer to be in the leadoff spot

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:54 pm

We have alot of coaches in here…

AJC SUCKS really

May 11th, 2009
2:54 pm

we could let DOB be the coach

bravos2249

May 11th, 2009
2:54 pm

MFin04

You know if we had Jojo going in this game then Jair and Lowe I’d say more than likely we’d take 2 out of 3. But since Lowe is up against Santana we don’t know. But if we lose or not we still know we put one of our best up there against (the best so far in) Johan and if we lose it’s not like we lost to a nobody.

RHR

May 11th, 2009
2:55 pm

Johan Santana is really, really good. But you knew that. It’s just that right now, he’s even better than usual. He leads the NL with a 0.91 ERA and .168 opp. average

All that means is he’s due a bad outing. He can’t, and won’t, continue pitching that well. Here’s hoping tonights the night. :)

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 11th, 2009
2:58 pm

Mike….the outfield in Citi Field is GIGANTIC, Omar can’t field all that ground like Schafer, this is one of the worst parks to sit Schafer at.

RHR

May 11th, 2009
2:59 pm

Everyone please remember tonight, that his is a series, and not a 1-game series at that.

:lol: I like that MFin, of all people, was the one to say that.

Efrim

May 11th, 2009
2:59 pm

I’d like to see Infante and Kelly in the lineup tonight. Kelly seems to be slowly coming out of it. My guess is that the lineup looks like this:

Infante
Escobar
Kotchman
McCann
Francoeur
Diaz
Johnson
Schafer

Aja

May 11th, 2009
3:00 pm

CHANGE OF THE GUARD (Fagan/Becker)

If you listen you can hear it
It’s the laughter in the street
It’s the motion in the music
And the fire beneath your feet
All the signs are right this time
You don’t have to try so very hard
If you live in this world
You’re feelin’ the change of the guard

All the cowboys and your neighbors
Can you swallow up your pride
Take your guns off if you’re willin’
And you know we’re on your side
If you wanna get thru the years
It’s high time you played your card
If you live in this world
You’re feelin’ the change of the guard

Ron Roberts

May 11th, 2009
3:01 pm

I agree; give Schafer the night off. Every chance he has to let that wrist get stronger is an opportunity we should take.

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

May 11th, 2009
3:02 pm

Im glad its DOB blog

GT08

May 11th, 2009
3:02 pm

I agree Efrim, I like that lineup as well. Kotch has been on a roll as of late and we need him in either the 3 or 5 spot with Chipper out.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 11th, 2009
3:04 pm

LOL, I think Schafer needs a night off too, but if he was going to have a night off it would have been in Phillie with the smaller field. Citi field is supposed to be the world’s best triples park, and we DO NOT want Omar Infante’s first game in CF this year to be at this field.

Andy K.

May 11th, 2009
3:04 pm

I hope Schafer is in there tonight. Remember that machine he has? He has a Johan Santana disc…

DAP

May 11th, 2009
3:06 pm

richbraveDAP was stating that KOTCH didn’t have ANY this season.

hm…nope, i dont think i did.

Schafer's Wafers

May 11th, 2009
3:08 pm

Cant sit the kid tonight…As said above ballpark is way to big for Omar to play CF tonight. We need the kid tonight for Defense which ironically is really the only reason they keep running him out there game after game. To get the kid experience and let him play good to great defense.

Aja

May 11th, 2009
3:11 pm

Wish we had that big right-handed hitting bat Frank Wren talked about. But alas, we have Diaz, who does have decent numbers against Santana.

Go Braves!

McFann :Ô:

May 11th, 2009
3:11 pm

Run Heap Run All that means is he’s due a bad outing.

That’s what we always say!

Hey, I was doing some backtracking in my head last night, and remembered a post I addressed to CB on April 23. It was the off-day before the Braves opened a 3-game series in Cincy. Obviously, we didn’t know BMac was DL-bound at the time, and I said that if he went 4-7 in two games against the Reds, his AVG would jump to .250. Thought it was a bit of a stretch, but

Look at his AVG now. And in the first two games in Filly, he went 4-7. Heck, it took two weeks, but he proved I wasn’t stretching it a bit! It’s a good feeling, too…

McFann :Ô:

May 11th, 2009
3:13 pm

MFin04 Citi field is supposed to be the world’s best triples park

All riiiight

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
3:13 pm

Schaefer does play good defense, but geesh..the kid’s an automatic out each time he comes up pretty much…

When are his offensive struggles going to be addressed? Surely that raises the Ole Donk’s and Bird Man’s eyebrows…

HATinGA

May 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

Jo Jo has got to go bullpin maybe, he has no confidence and Bobby keeps trotting him out there loss after loss,please do him and me a favor and try him in the pin!

Steve from OH

May 11th, 2009
3:14 pm

So, Medlen is working on 3 scoreless, hitless innings with a walk and 2K’s so far today.

Necromancer

May 11th, 2009
3:15 pm

On Schaefer, you figure Donk would rest him and that wrist.

That might help him find his swing again…who knows..

BravoMan

May 11th, 2009
3:21 pm

I expect this game to be as good as the Sanatan v. Smoltz game lastyear.

BravoMan

May 11th, 2009
3:22 pm

Santana not Sanatan lol

RHR

May 11th, 2009
3:23 pm

Loaf has been solid since coming back, I know Matty is a fan favorite around here but I’d rather see Loaf in there.

Infante
Escobar
Heap/Loaf
Loaf/Heap
Krotchy
Frenchy
KJ
K’fer

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 11th, 2009
3:23 pm

McFann, that doesnt mean that Brian will pull another belly flop into third, but one could only hope ;)

Ron Roberts

May 11th, 2009
3:25 pm

After seeing how big an impact Raul Ibanez has been for the Phillies, I just keep shaking my head wondering why we didn’t get involved in picking him up in the off-season. I think – in time – Garrett Anderson will do ‘alright’ for us, but there’ll be no comparing the two at the end of the year, I don’t believe.

What I don’t get is how OVER-loaded with pitching we are, this year, and how under-offensed we are. Sure, the expectations of losing BMac for an extended period weren’t there in pre-season, but c’mon, Chipper’s always gonna be dinged up and miss a game (or few) here or there, and when you lose one of those two, this offense is anemic.

I understand the rationale behind keeping Tommy Hanson down until the point in the season where his arbitration eligibility slips back one year, but I’m not so sure we wouldn’t have the same record (or better) had we invested in Ibanez in LF instead of picking up Kawakami (who looked pretty decent, all-in-all, Sunday). Without Kawakami, we’d be using Lowe, Jurrjens, Vasquez, Reyes (who I think is actually close to figuring it out) and let’s not forget, not only do we know Hanson’s on his way, but so is Glavine, apparently, and Campillo, too.

I understand feeling burned from last year’s pitching inefficiencies, but I almost think we over-did it to the detrement of the offense, and in th ecase of Ibanez, we missed a short-term golden opportunity.

cabravesfan

May 11th, 2009
3:26 pm

RHR-

the only issue with starting Garret instead of Matt Diaz is that Matt hits Santana very well…not sure what Garret’s numbers are against him

DAP

May 11th, 2009
3:28 pm

ron roberts you wouldnt have wanted to give ibanez the deal he got, but what does suck is that we didnt get swisher, or abreu this offseason. both guys would have been pretty cheap and would have done wonders for our offense.

RHR

May 11th, 2009
3:32 pm

I know, I know, GA probably hasn’t faced Santana many times, but that’s what film and scouting reports are for. :lol: I just think he’s a better hitter than Matt. We’ve got enough guys who can fill the 6-7-8 hole, which is where Matt would be, but not many who are qualified to fill that 3 hole…

vabravesfan

May 11th, 2009
3:34 pm

I agree with DAP remember they gave him 30 million before the outfield market crashed basically. They also gave 3 years to a 37 year old. Might work out this year but just wait.

Mixxo

May 11th, 2009
3:36 pm

Aja

Great song!!

George

May 11th, 2009
3:38 pm

I like that the road record looks pretty good to start the year. I think the home record will equalize. No one can be upset with 4-1 on this roadtrip so far.

mbatl

May 11th, 2009
3:38 pm

Also, Abreu has come crashing back to earth (hard) the last couple of weeks. Not saying he’s not a good player, but he’s not as good as he was the first 2 weeks. I think it’s too early, and Garret has played too little, to pass judgment on Wren’s moves.

vabravesfan

May 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

I hope I don’t jinx him but Medlen hasn’t given up a run in his last 18 innings. He is also looking to duck below 1 for his era in this next inning.

bravos2249

May 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

I think the Phillies signed Ibanez to like a 2 or 3 yr deal and really with our farm system we didn’t need to sign someone for that long and invest that much in a stop gap.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

AJC SUCKS–Didn’t say I gave a crud about what your name is, just find it humorous that you bash the AJC but continue to give them page hits (therefore, whether you like them or not, you are an AJC supporter like the rest of us that click on their pages)

On a better topic, only problem I see with throwing a bunch of righties in the lineup just because Santana is a lefty is that Santana is actually tougher on righties because of his awesome changeup. For example, this season righties are putting up a .138 BA, .200 OBP, and .183 SLG. Lefties are doing better: .265 BA, .316 OBP, and .471 SLG. A smaller sample size for lefties (34 AB for lefties and 109 AB for righties), but I think lefties are better able to handle the changeup than righties since it is moving towards them and not away.

cabravesfan

May 11th, 2009
3:40 pm

RHR-

I have been one of Garret’s biggest supporters on this blog…you don’t have to convince me the man can hit :)

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 11th, 2009
3:44 pm

Matt Diaz would be an exception tonight I would think though. He’s 8 for 15 against Santana with a double and a homer. Garrett Anderson has had the most AB’s against him and he is 6 for 25 with a homer.

Infante has to sit I would think, he’s 2 for 24 career against him while Kelly Johnson is 6 for 14, but no extra base hits.

Maybe sit Frenchy down (1 for 13…ouch), put Diaz in RF and Anderson in LF. I know Diaz is a bit of a drop off defensively, but Diaz and Anderson have had the most sucess against Santana among the outfield options.

timthebrave

May 11th, 2009
3:44 pm

Went to Nine Inch Nails and Janes Addiction show last night. It was worth feeling tired at work. I’m ready for some great baseball today. What a great match up tonight. This could be a preview of game 1 of the playoffs. I’m thinking about heading out to turner field tomorrow to watch dawgs and jackets play some college baseball. That has got to be a thrill for college players to play at turner. Go Braves! Beat the Mutts

flange1

May 11th, 2009
3:45 pm

Just an off the wall thought here, so far this year the Braves starters have done a nice job of getting deeper into games. MUCH better than last year.

So far they are so much better that James Parr (long man in the pen) is getting work every 5-6 days.

I wonder if it is time to only keep 6 relievers on the team and add a new bench player. We could really use another OF that can play CF to give Schafer a night off from time to time.

It would be great if that player could be Josh Anderson who would be a great pinch runner/late inning defensive replacement. It would be nice if the player was RH.

Thoughts?

sri

May 11th, 2009
3:45 pm

I think I found something else to blame on Hampton :-) Our offensive troubles.. If he had accepted our offer, I dont think Wren would have gone after KK, but instead spent that money(~$5million) on offense (most likely Abreu). But Wren did a good job with the hand he was dealt, investing on pitching is never a bad thing. If our young hitters continue their development, our offense should pick up. Lets hope we eke out a victory tonite and that Lowe can keep us close deep into the game.

McFann :Ô:

May 11th, 2009
3:46 pm

MFin04

Yeah…maybe he’ll get a standup triple this time…but I’d take some doubles–love those RBI doubles!

bravos2249

May 11th, 2009
3:47 pm

Anyone heard from Marietta Derek or is he still locked up in Philly?

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