1:48 pm May 11, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 11th, 20091:56 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.
Thanks for the new blog DOB
Hopefully this one will have more Braves talk and less Mets talk!
Steve from OH
May 11th, 20091:57 pm
scoots, that line was a bit tongue-in-cheek…
May 11th, 20092:00 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.
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….
May 11th, 20092:01 pm
What?!?!?!?!? No effin’ lyrics today?!?!?!?!?
Macon Braves (RIP)
May 11th, 20092:02 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.
May 11th, 20092:04 pm
Willy Wally–Calm friend, the last line of the blog says that he will finish when he gets to the stadium.
May 11th, 20092:06 pm
Gwinnett game audio. Medlen going to keep his 13 inning scoreless streak alive.
May 11th, 20092:07 pm
Wow…This is a first for me. Posting on a fresh blog!
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.
May 11th, 20092:10 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!!
May 11th, 20092:11 pm
This blog is not finished. It will be finished this afternoon. DOB
May 11th, 20092:12 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, 20092:13 pm
geee JIm- u should post that post again. I dont think people seen is the first 2 times u posted it.
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.
May 11th, 20092:14 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, 20092:15 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.
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!
May 11th, 20092:17 pm
If Chipper can’t make it tonight, this should work…
Would make for a pretty solid bench wiht Chipper and GA. They could do some damage in the late innings once Santana is out.
May 11th, 20092:18 pm
Here’s a pretty good piece on the Rome Braves starting staff.
They’ve been utterly sterling of late.
Hope Bisher sees this!
May 11th, 20092:19 pm
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.
May 11th, 20092:20 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.
May 11th, 20092:21 pm
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.
May 11th, 20092:22 pm
haha, true DAP
W. T. Sherman
May 11th, 2009
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.
Hell, who knows..he might have found his “groove.”
As long as he drives people in, I guess that’s all that matters, eh?
May 11th, 20092:23 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.
May 11th, 20092:27 pm
KOTCH’s only homer comes tonight.
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.
May 11th, 20092:28 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.
May 11th, 20092:29 pm
Kotchman already has 2 homers? Either I failed to see what you meant or you didn’t know that….lol
May 11th, 20092:30 pm
I thought Kotchman hit one against Florida and then one against Philly the other night.
Or did I dream that?
That’s OK…I’ll let it go this one time.
thanks for the new Blog, Chief!
May 11th, 20092:31 pm
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.
May 11th, 20092:32 pm
It’s all good, scoots. My humor-dar hasn’t been all that good lately, apologies dude.
May 11th, 20092:33 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, 20092:35 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.
May 11th, 20092:37 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.
Hopefully, DOB is scrounging up some Jason and the Scorchers lyrics. Those would be sweet today.
May 11th, 20092:38 pm
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?
May 11th, 20092:40 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?
Good one, flange.
Steve, no sweat, man. I just didn’t provide enough nuance to make the intent clear, LOL.
Naaah. Your fault. Absolutely. No-doubter.
May 11th, 20092:41 pm
Also, nice one re: Kotchman, DAP. Pretty funny.
May 11th, 20092:47 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…
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.
May 11th, 20092:48 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
May 11th, 20092:49 pm
Occasional flair of negativity? That’s like saying Coach “occasionally” likes to watch people steal bases and bunt.
“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.
Macon Braves….Why does it matter to you what my name is?!?!
May 11th, 20092:51 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!!!
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…
May 11th, 20092:52 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.
May 11th, 20092:53 pm
Thats what alot of people in here wanted. for schafer to be in the leadoff spot
May 11th, 20092:54 pm
We have alot of coaches in here…
we could let DOB be the coach
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.
May 11th, 20092:55 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.
May 11th, 20092:58 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.
May 11th, 20092:59 pm
Everyone please remember tonight, that his is a series, and not a 1-game series at that.
I like that MFin, of all people, was the one to say that.
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:
May 11th, 20093:00 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
May 11th, 20093:01 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, 20093:02 pm
Im glad its DOB blog
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.
May 11th, 20093:04 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.
I hope Schafer is in there tonight. Remember that machine he has? He has a Johan Santana disc…
May 11th, 20093:06 pm
richbraveDAP was stating that KOTCH didn’t have ANY this season.
hm…nope, i dont think i did.
May 11th, 20093:08 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.
May 11th, 20093:11 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.
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…
May 11th, 20093:13 pm
MFin04 Citi field is supposed to be the world’s best triples park
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…
May 11th, 20093:14 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!
So, Medlen is working on 3 scoreless, hitless innings with a walk and 2K’s so far today.
May 11th, 20093:15 pm
On Schaefer, you figure Donk would rest him and that wrist.
That might help him find his swing again…who knows..
May 11th, 20093:21 pm
I expect this game to be as good as the Sanatan v. Smoltz game lastyear.
May 11th, 20093:22 pm
Santana not Sanatan lol
May 11th, 20093:23 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.
McFann, that doesnt mean that Brian will pull another belly flop into third, but one could only hope
May 11th, 20093:25 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.
May 11th, 20093:26 pm
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
May 11th, 20093:28 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.
May 11th, 20093:32 pm
I know, I know, GA probably hasn’t faced Santana many times, but that’s what film and scouting reports are for. 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…
May 11th, 20093:34 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.
May 11th, 20093:36 pm
May 11th, 20093:38 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.
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.
May 11th, 20093:39 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.
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.
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.
May 11th, 20093:40 pm
I have been one of Garret’s biggest supporters on this blog…you don’t have to convince me the man can hit
May 11th, 20093:44 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.
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
May 11th, 20093:45 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.
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.
May 11th, 20093:46 pm
Yeah…maybe he’ll get a standup triple this time…but I’d take some doubles–love those RBI doubles!
May 11th, 20093:47 pm
Anyone heard from Marietta Derek or is he still locked up in Philly?
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