1:48 pm May 11, 2009, by David O'Brien
MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)
May 11th, 200910:16 pm
Not sure how you sloppily get 16 hits and 8 runs though???
May 11th, 200910:17 pm
LOL @ SNY
The ending graphic had Santana winning and Lowe loss.
Buddy come on.
Don’t end it like that. We don’t need Gonzo up when it should have been over.
I love Buddy but that was annoying.
Way to crush those dreams, Bravos! Hell of a game.
Schafer had another 0′fer tonight, his 6th 0 hit night in the past 8 games. It seems obvious to this casual fan that the kid is overmatched and now is starting to tinker with his swing which can’t be good. I know we don’t have many options but are they going to send him down to try and regain his stroke or keep running him out there to put up more goose eggs?
PS: New Bingham disc out early June.
KeyLargo, you’re 9:22 was absolute hilarity! (is that a word? if not, it should be!)
For all you Cox bashers, he sure did make the right calls tonight, first with the lineup, then with the hit and runs and pulling Lowe out at the right time. More clutch 2 out hitting by the Braves tonight and my man Kotchy is really coming on strong. He is starting to produce some mighty fine numbers for our 1st bagger. KJ is coming back around and Mac is back, which makes a huge difference in out lineup. Diaz is a really good spot starter.
I don’t understand why everyone is upset about Philips being a homer for the Mets. He did draft most of the star players for the Mets when he was their GM, so of course he is going to be partial.
MetroMan, Unlike Most Met Fans You can take a A..s Whippin Like a man most just post when they win…
Nuff Respect, Doc
Zimmerman just extended his hitting streak to 29.
May 11th, 200910:18 pm
Ah-ha! Great win, boys! Didn’t MetMan say he was gonna come on after the game? Wonder if…
May 11th, 200910:19 pm
Im going to start a drinking game. You have to drink anytime Steve Phillips says Youkilis
Well, this is fun.
Maybe our problem is that big cow out in left field.
Steve from OH
Efrim, I like Nicklas Backstrom and Kozlov as much as the next guy (Backstrom especially), but Ovie’s presence has really improved their games, IMO. But you’re right, they do have more than Ovie with Semin and Fedorov on that second line. But they’re not like the Wings that can run out lines of Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom, Franzen-Filppula-Hossa and Cleary-Hudler-Draper. Man, what depth.
That said, I like the Pens in game 7. I do. Losing Gonchar hurts bad but can’t ever discount having two premiere players like Crosby and Malkin.
But how ’bout those Braves tonight? Gotta love it when you steal one away from Johan Freakin’ Santana, huh? D. Lowe lookin’ great.
I am not trying to start an argument (had way too much to drink for that) but please tell me the difference between losing a 6 point game on the road to a 9-4 team and losing at home to an 8-4 team? I don’t see it…
Great win tonight but where are the mets fans?? I am alcohol fueled and in a seriously bad mood…need an outlet!
Great managing by Bobby tonight as well. The hit and run was a great call, anyone who thinks he doesn’t have it anymore doesn’t know what they are talking about.
Am I the only one who has noticed how teams are playing some really crummy baseball against us?
I’ve seen people complain about our team “not getting breaks,” but we’ve been getting plenty of them. The real surprise is that they haven’t taken advantage of them enough to be leading the division. Maybe we’re in the midst of one of those seasons where things will just fall into place for us. I guess we shall see, won’t we?
I was watching the ESPN feed tonight. I didn’t want to hear Joe and Chip do their homer stuff. It’s kinda sad that I’ve gotten to that point, but I’d rather hear Steve Phillips call out the Mets for not having “winning players” like Jeter or Youk or Pedroia. That stuff is great. If FireJoeMorgan.com were still running, that would have made a hell of a posting. Every wacko Met fan alive was probably cursing and tearing at their eyes while Phillips was talking.
Just an all-around fun night for a Braves fan.
Macon Braves (RIP)
May 11th, 200910:20 pm
Dang, I tried to Troll on the Mutt blog, but they won’t send me a password so I can register ( Maybe that’s an idea on keeping the Trolls away here as well). However, the Troll problem has gone away tonight for some reason….can’t imagine what caused them to go back under the bridge tonight
May 11th, 200910:21 pm
abwright Zimmerman just extended his hitting streak to 29.
Yeah, well…McCann extended his to 5, so…
OK, I’m out…
not sure if you have ever had the pleasure of eating at Canter’s, but you have to hit that up at the stadium when you are out here…great food
Yo DOB do you know what hotel are the Braves staying in??…im in NYC.. might have some time to loop around and check on my braves for some autographs or something..
May 11th, 200910:22 pm
Hey DONK lovers. Wasn’t BC stupid for starting MATT DIAZ tonight? Man, that guy is dumb. I can’t understand why anybody would vote him into the HOF. What a moron.
May 11th, 200910:23 pm
hey- did my Pens/ Caps insiders leave? what happened??
The original Loaf Garret on a blackberry would never suggest going to a Mets blog to troll after a win.
I’m satisfied just reading the first few pages of this blog’s comments section when they were out in full force now that I know they’re now curled up in the fetal position crying.
Caps win in OT, cabravesfan.
I just watched the highlights on Baseball Tonight and didn’t see it during the game but Ross put on Mccann’s glasses and was air swinging left handed in the dugout to make fun. Good to see the boys having fun.
I was flipping back and forth to the Caps/Pens game which was just great just like all the others so I may have missed this during the game. Can’t wait for game 7 at home for the Caps.
On a different note, on Baseball Tonight, they analyzed the game like the Mets were the home team. lol Almost like it was, “oh yeah, the Braves won.”
May 11th, 200910:24 pm
Diaz kills Santana, richbrave. If he hadn’t started Diaz, he’d be a fool.
Grand Hyatt, Mikey. Good luck….
Theres nothing positive but the norm for a Santana start. No run support and either excellent defense or shoddy defense behind him. Both of his losses came with errors being made leading to runs. Now Plefrey for some reason gets plenty of run support. The braves used Citi Field well in the late innings, hitting it in front of the outfielders which the Mets have learned to use to their advantage lately. Let’s see how tomorrow goes, like I said on the trash talk side, it wouldn’t seem right.
Steve from OH-
DAMN! Thanks, but…I am pulling for the Pens
BSPN post game is still talking about the darn Mets…sad sad day.
May 11th, 200910:25 pm
cabravesfan—Honestly have no idea what your talkin about with the “6 point game” and all. Think you have me mixed up with someone else on here. Just don’t like USC (I’m an SEC guy…GO DAWGS), that’s why I said I hear a lot about he Dodgers and USC on ESPN.
so much for that mets sweep “rabid in queens” was predicting…
May 11th, 200910:26 pm
GO BRAVOS! Playing huge on the roadtrip. Let’s keep it rollin’ with Jair tomorrow.
On the so-called broadcasters on ESPN – The fact of the matter is ESPN is a national network which means it is in their best interest from a business standpoint to air programming that generates the most national appeal and ratings. This is why the biggest market teams get the most nationally televised games. I totally get that. This, however, doesn’t exempt their broadcasters from being impartial to the big market teams during their telecast. And you did not watch the same game tonight if you didn’t hear obvious bias toward the mutts. This is understandably irritating to fans who tune in that are not rooting for the yanks, sox, mets, cubs, etc.
May 11th, 2009
Game looks complete to me. Lowe was lights out so I have no room to talk any trash. All I can point to is the sloppy play by Reyes and Wright that led to runs. The braves capitalized on these and will walk away with the a win. So take pride in taking the first one, but lets hope it doesn’t carry over into tomorrows game.
buy this guy a beer and braves cap….
Metropolitan Man1, I posted this in the last blog, but I think it got lost in the shuffle…
if you’re still around, email me at email@example.com. Lets double down my man. The Mets last play in ATL in mid-September. But let’s get together before then for a Braves/Mets game.
Maybe you, me, Grinchy, Mets Fan 1, and a couple other guys can hook up for a game.
May 11th, 200910:27 pm
Thank goodness BUDDY got that last out. Sure wouldn’t want GONZO up in this game. He needs a break. I don’t think COX would have used him until the tying run was at the plate. Probably would have used BENNETT if CARLYLE couldn’t do the job. Sure was great to see the BRAVES two days hand-running. Takes me back to the days when all but a handful of games were televised by TBS.
Macon Braves (RIP)-
USC’s only L was by 6 at Oregon State…
and having you mixed up is entirely possible…drinking + no dinner = sketchy memory
May 11th, 200910:28 pm
even metsblog.com is down
Metropolitan Man1, is Santana having to match up against the other team’s ace all the time? That’s the first thing I wondered tonight. Might explain the lack of run support for him.
NICE win for the Bravos!!! Back to .500, just 1.5 games out. Won 5 of 6, and beat the best the NL has to offer here tonight with Santana. Now we’ve got our other ace on the mound tomorrow. Let’s go get the series win boys!!!!!
May 11th, 200910:29 pm
I won’t hold that against you, at least until the Dawgs put together a season worth discussing
MetroMan–Nice to see a Mutt fan show up tonight, might have to remove you from the Troll list (for the night anyway ) Santana was nasty, Braves put the ball in play against him being the difference ( my high school coach always told us that if you put the ball in play, anything can happen) Can’t wait for tomorrow, that game is as big as this one as far as a series win goes.
Steve from OH, yeah, Wings have the best team in the NHL. In my mind, it really isn’t that close. Braves are moving right along. I would love for Chipper to be feeling better and in the lineup tomorrow. Would be a big boost. I see the Braves hitting Pelfrey hard tomorrow night. I saw his last start against the Phillies. Was in the high 80’s with that sinker, didn’t have as much velocity as usual. Flatened out. Braves left handed hitters should do well.
May 11th, 200910:30 pm
Really chop chop. I never would have guessed. Go back to sleep.
You are suprised by this? Cfrashing under pressure is what they do
I think the plan tommorrow for the 7th 8th and 9th innings should be Bennet or O’Flaherty(depending on the matchups) and Moylan and Gonzalez. Soriano needs a break.
Awesome win for our guys tonight! Lowe outpitched a another great pitcher and Diaz/Kotchman/Escobar came through in the clutch.
I’ve come to the conclusion that ESPN is trying to butter people up for the Mets as the best team in the game this year. I believe it’s all a matter of politics, which is one of the worst things to do in sports. People watch their sports to get away from the politics of work, etc. and these folks try and leak it into sports.
chip off the ol block
amazing win tonight, we beat their best! and WE DIDNT EVEN HAVE CHIPPER IN THE LINEUP!
we beat their best SP, their best of the bullpen (most of the best anyway) and their regulars, our guys came through tonight and i dont know about yall but this is a very very good sign
May 11th, 200910:31 pm
Best win of the year tonight…Go Braves
I can’t Believe So Many People are watching BSPN right Now…
I stopped Watching that Network ever since the MLB Network debuted, and Don’t miss one bit of it…Well I take that back I do miss Dana Jacobson and Firstake and Mike And Mike…
Other than That Baseball tonight has sucked ever since the Red Sox won the series in 2004
May 11th, 200910:32 pm
No, richbrave. You go back to sleep
Boy having most of your players healthy sure does make managing look easier.
Hell of a road trip so far. Finally they are catching some breaks and turning some double plays too.
Every team eventually gets some breaks but I wouldn’t say the Braves have gotten more than any other team. Now we have given other teams plenty of chances to capitalize on our mistakes. One has to only ask Kenshin Kawakami about that. Just last week it was us making the stupid plays against the Mets.
May 11th, 200910:33 pm
Link to gregg maddux interview
Mixxo— You’re one win closer to having butt-kicking “guard drawers”.
May 11th, 200910:34 pm
Yes, Efrim, we’ve been fortunate to have been blessed with competent management, an owner who really digs his team, and Stevie Y. And I hope your prediction holds true for tomorrow. That would be sweeeet!
cabravesfan– HaHa…….I seriously didn’t make any comment against USC earlier other than ESPN slobbering on them (must have been someone else, but I’ve had too much as well to go looking) I knew preseason last year the Dawgs were in trouble when they were preseason #1, not a good sign for a young team. I was a kid when Hershel was around, so I got spoiled early on, but I love the things Mark Richt has done (winning SEC Championship is next best thing to National Title in my book) since he came on and I think they will surprise some people this year who have already written them off.
May 11th, 200910:35 pm
why do you keep disappearing during the games? i was looking for you!
May 11th, 200910:36 pm
Whether or not the Mets only scored 2 runs for Santana it’s not like we only scored 3….they ended up scoring 3 total but still…we scored 8.
By the way, richbrave, I wanted to tell you that I wish the AAA team was still in Richmond. I liked your updates. You had a real connection to the team. The Gwinnett Braves will never have the same connection with the fans that the Richmond Braves had.
Unfortunately I get pretty damn excited when the Braves get an ESPN game since I do not live in ATL anymore. This is the reality for a lot of out of town Braves fans. I do go the mlb.tv but there’s nothing like seeing it in full HD even if I have to put up with the shoddy broadcasting crew.
May 11th, 200910:37 pm
If kotchman keeps hitting like this, then the Braves will continue to win. Schafer really needs to go back to AAA. He can’t catch up to the fastball right now and his swing is really long. There has got to be a capable centerfielder out there who can do better than 1 hit every 7 games. Schafer is still the future, but the Braves aren’t doing him any favors by keeping him with the big club at the moment.
May 11th, 200910:39 pm
wow. Metropolitan Man 1 actually had the balls to come back to this forum after a tough mets loss….
i appreciate that. now where is “reality”???
braves took by far the most important game of the series without chipper and santana on the mound. we just need to win 1of the next two and take this series and come home and take care of business. a sweep would be nice but we would very difficult. who knows? maybe we can do it and then take first and stay there the rest of the season. what a game. way to go braves!
May 11th, 200910:40 pm
Well Chop Chop lets give it a few decades. Maybe G-BRAVES will grow on them.
May 11th, 200910:41 pm
You got a jewel to watch tonight, aswingruber.
I haven’t gone anywhere, sweetie. I’ve been watching the Mets winning streak disappear along with the trolls on the blog.
May 11th, 200910:43 pm
God, Peter Gammons is a breath of fresh air on BBTN. What a baseball man and writer. His HOF plaque is well-deserved, IMO.
May 11th, 200910:45 pm
you don’t comment much during the games…I was all set to fire off some angry, drunken posts but you werent around to appreciate them (and we won so it was not necessary)
May 11th, 200910:46 pm
I just happen to be a fan of long standing from 1952 to the present. Had a strong connection back in the 50’s besides SPAHN, SAIN and MATHEWS as LEW BURDETTE was from the UNIVERSITY of RICHMOND. I’m pretty atypical of what the fan base in RICHMOND was in 1966, but now there’s quite a few of us. Probably be the same with GWINNETT. If you get up this way maybe we could take in a BRAVES-NATS game like GIL and I did last month.
May 11th, 200910:47 pm
We are facing a 4-0 Pelfrey tomorrow, but he has a 5.46 ERA.
He is 2-3 with a career 5.54 against the braves………..we might blast that guy to the moon.
May 11th, 200910:48 pm
to quote a favorite character: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise
Braves are back to 500
Been fun watching them on the road trip
Kill the cow – resurrect the Teepee
mets fan in atlanta
May 11th, 200910:49 pm
I guess I’m a troll too, but oh well. I’ve been watching the game on DVR and it just ended for me. Actually it ended the moment Jose Reyes made that stupid nonchalant play on McCann’s grounder. I knew the game was over at that moment. Santana won last Wednesday 1-0 against the Phillies, and it was going to take that tonight to win, cause we can’t hit the ball for crap when Santana is on the hill.
My theory: (and not one announcer has mentioned this that i know of)
No one gives credit to the opposing pitcher. I think when a guy sees he is matched up against Johan, he thinks, “Wow, i have to be almost perfect tonight or we lose.” He has more focus than at any point of the season until the stretch run of a pennant race or the playoffs. I just think these opposing pitchers “man up” when they go against Johan.
Look at Lowe tonight. I DVR’d the Peachtree feed (I was afraid ESPN would black it out), and they mentioned on there that Derek Lowe had induced one double play this season before tonight….ONE!!! Tonight he induced two double plays to get him out of tight situations. Again, an example to me of increased focus and concentration (which was light years ahead of his last start).
DANG, it is freakin IMPOSSIBLE to post on the Mutts blog…….their password are impossible and then the cryptic words you have to put as well are impossible to read…..I think we should really think about making it that hard here for anyone other than Bravo fans to post.
Metro man……..we will give you the night off……….go get some sleep, I now you must be depressed.
cabravesfan … don’t let the silence fool you. I’m still keeping my eye on you. BTW, they just interviewed Matt Diaz on XM Radio. Ya gotta like him.
Ya’ll are telling me this game was on impartial broadcast network ESPN, and not Mets TV? Dayum, the broadcast I saw harped on the greatness of the NY team even as the Braves were scoring run after run. Who knew?
May 11th, 200910:50 pm
i think some of you have serious self esteem problems. other then linda cohen, espn is not anti braves.
keep in mind they just signed the SEC to largest tv contract in college athletics.
May 11th, 200910:52 pm
my bad…thought it was you that commented- and I really don’t like the SEC at all (nothing personal but…) and I am a 4th generation Trojan (my great grand mother graduated from USC in 1924) so I pretty much bleed cardinal and gold …we deserve more national respect then we typically get…but we are reloaded and ready to play, dispite the brutal road schedule
May 11th, 200910:53 pm
I adore MattE! sorry i missed that- he’s one of the good guys
mets fan in atlanta and MetMan
IMO, if you show up here after a Braves victory over the Mets, you lose your “troll” status.
May 11th, 200910:54 pm
Too many superstars on the mets team. They cannot play together or support Santana because now he gets all the publicity. Beltran, Reyes and Wright were the “big boys” along with Delgado. Now, it is all
Santana and I don’t believe they will ever give him run support even if they “cough up” the lead. What they did to Randolph was a good example of how far that click will stoop to get themselves back in the spotlight. Omar has blinders on if he does not see the foolish power play going on between his players. I will never believe the Mets can succeed as long as this star studded lineup continue to fight for the
This is a rough night for ESPN. They were centering SportsCenter (redundant) around another stellar Johan Santana performance.
Still haven’t heard them mention that he hasn’t beaten us yet.
I would also like to point out that I said we would beat him, that we would beat him just like we did “all last year”. Remember, anybody?
Somebody give me some corroberation!
May 11th, 200910:56 pm
Someone mentioned a bit earlier about Shafer. The subject is a bit easier to speak about after a winning streak. It doesn’t seem so “knee jerk” to question how long the Braves can go with Shafer. We know the offense will struggle again sometime. So how long can you go with Shafer in center before sending him back to AAA?
He isn’t striking out as much as he was a week ago, but he’s not hitting the ball with ANY authority. It’s obvious he’s just trying to cut down on the K’s. I appreciate that, but he’s just hitting dribblers and weak pop ups. The kid is overmatched. He just doesn’t seem ready for MLB yet.
“…Blast ‘um to the moon…” Is that an O.K. Corral sentiment, or the HONEYMOONERS talking? “Let’s just take ‘um one at a time and the good lord willing everything will work out” – BULL DURHAM.
May 11th, 200910:57 pm
ANDERS used to do that TOM. And he got some respect here for doing so.
May 11th, 200910:58 pm
cabravesfan (10:52)… I think that was Tomahawkin. Get him!
MLB Network > ESPN’s Baseball Coverage
MLB Network is the best of the pro sports networks, IMO.
May 11th, 200910:59 pm
I agree with you about ESPN not being “anti-Braves,” uga.
The Braves aren’t a sexy club. They don’t play in New York or L.A. They don’t have a superstar. They were boring even when they were winning division titles, but the constant winning made them worthy of being talked about. If fans want the Braves to be ESPN darlings, they’ll just have to win a ****load of games. Of course, that might not be enough to get ‘em to lead SportsCenter every night, but I like to think that it would be enough to please most of us.
May 11th, 200911:00 pm
I didn’t know the Braves played SEC football.
No one has mentioned it yet but this is the same crew that Jair had the first time he was in Shea…remember I think it was McClelland behind the plate for that game…either him or Angel Hernandez….but tomorrow it’ll be Andy Fletcher calling balls and strikes so he should be okay.
May 11th, 200911:01 pm
BTW Mitchell, tonight you beat the Mets…not Santana, as far as I’m concerned…..it was more of a win against Reyes, Wright, and after the fact, Feliciano, Stokes, and Takahashi.
Bring it on tomorrow….Pelfrey has been pitching good enough to win, hopefully the Mets defense won’t blow the game for him too.
By in Shea…I hope you know what I meant it’s kinda late and basically that game he walked like 6 in a row but then settled down…he grew up befor our eyes during that game….I think that’s when I truely started liking him
May 11th, 200911:03 pm
BTW Mitchell, tonight you beat the Mets
Wasn’t that the goal of the exercise? Some very confusing statements on the ‘ol blog sometimes…
Nice win tonight. Hopefully Jair keeps up the good work and we get another win tomorrow. I’ll be at Citi Field to cheer on the Bravos, anyone else going? Go Braves!
If you can tell me the difference between losing to a team that finished in the top 20 on the road and losing at home to a team that did not, I will give you that FLA deseved to play in the national title game over USC, but just because they play in the SEC does not mean the sun rises because they ask is to! (i do believe that a FLA/USC match up would have been way better then the one we got…and USC’s defense would have shut fla’s offense down)
May 11th, 200911:04 pm
I swear I am not bitter!
mets fan in atlanta
What timing. Shortly after your 10:49 post, the host of the MLB talk show on XM, just said the same thing. Maybe he read your post.
Yeah, richbrave … some don’t like Anders just because he’s a Met fan, but I like him. He posts intelligently, even if you don’t agree with him.
May 11th, 200911:05 pm
where is the braves spring training site? last time i checked disney owned espn.
May 11th, 200911:06 pm
I really think some of the in-studio guys especially are afraid of the Braves. Guys like Kruk and even Harold Reynolds over on MLB used to pick the Braves every year to win the Pennant and even the WS! Then, year after year, it didn’t happen. Some of those guys had egg on their face even after the Braves steak ended at 14 years and they were still picking them. Heck even last year some of the network baseball people were picking the Braves!
Not this year. As the Braves have eroded as an organization, so has the love that some of those guys used to give the Braves.
Don’t think you’re going to see much love for the Braves until they at least win another division.
I agree on Anders. He’s come a long way.
Maybe it was all those lectures from him mom .
Also, it’s a damn good thing I didn’t bond out Marietta Derek for running on the field in Philly Fri. night. We’ve got 3 in a row since he’s been locked up…….. DPTC.
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