Braves are rollin’ on road

  New York – The back page of the NY Daily News today put it in typically less-than-subtle terms, in all caps: STIFFED AGAIN, next to a full-page picture of Johan Santana on one knee as he watched a grounder skip past one of his infielders during last night’s 8-3 Braves win at Citi Field.
  I think it’s possible for sympathetic Braves fans to feel bad for The Great Santana while not feeling bad enough for his buzzard’s luck to change. After all, he pitches for the NL East leader, and the Mets are still 1-1/2 games ahead of the Braves with two games left in this series.

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  But he does deserve better, seeing how he’s got the best ERA (0.78) in the league, but the worst run support (2.15 runs per nine innings pitched). Do you realize that Santana, before this season, had never lost a game in which he gave up no earned runs? It’s already happened to him twice this season.

  Then again, he’s the one who chose to take the big money and hook up with the Mets, a franchise that’s had more than its share of misfortune and untimely mistakes and meltdowns through the years (this is a franchise that had Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, among others, yet still hasn’t had a no-hitter).

  

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 But you didn’t come here to talk about the Mets (well, maybe a few of you did, but that’s another story). You came here to discuss the Braves and Steve Earle.

 (OK, maybe only a small percentage of you care to discuss Earle, but I can’t wait to pick up a copy of his just-released Townes Van Zandt covers/tribute album. I’m also eager to get the new one by North Carolina band Roman Candle, whose debut a couple years back reminded me a bit of the great, defunct N.C. band, Whiskeytown — Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary, et al.)
  But where were we? Yes, Braves and run support.
  Derek Lowe has lived up to expectations, and no one who’s connected with the Braves or pulls for them is too concerned anymore that they overpaid for him (four years, $60 million), because without him this season they’d not be anywhere near the NL East lead.
  ”Tonight had nothing to do with Santana — it was all about Derek,” Brian McCann said after Lowe got the first 11 outs last night before giving up a hit, and worked 6-2/3 impressive innings for the win in his first start against his Fort Myers, Fla., neighbor, Santana.
  ”D-Lowe kept us in the game and matched [Santana] pitch for pitch,” McCann said. “That’s why we went out and got [Lowe]. He was unbelievable.”
  Lowe is 5-1, tied for the league wins lead. And speaking of run support, getting the second-best run support in the NL at 7.99 runs per nine innings pitched (Javier Vazquez is sixth on that list, by the way, at 7.19).
  If Jair Jurrjens (3-2) had that much run support, he’d probably have five or six wins. He’s got the fourth-best ERA (2.01) in the NL, and he pitches tonight against the Mets’ Mike Pelfrey, who is 4-0 despite a 5.46 ERA. Run support.
  By the way, it’s no coincidence that the Braves defense played so well behind Lowe last night. They usually do, because he keeps them alert and on their toes by throwing strikes and pitching to contact, getting groundballs and letting the defense work. Guys love playing behind pitchers like that.
  They also love having starters who thrive in big games, as Lowe has for years. Other players notice that and hear through the league grapevine about how this pitcher or that one handles pressure, how he deals with big games, how he interacts.
  Lowe gets great marks in all those areas. He’s fit into the team well, and if you’d see him in the clubhouse before a game like last night’s, the way we get to see him, you’d see the difference in him and some others who tend to tighten up and not perform at their best when the tension’s cranked up a bit.
  Lowe was his usual man-in-constant-motion a couple hours before the game, same as he is on an off day, on the day before he pitches, the day after he pitches … he’s always moving. And talking, to teammates, coaches, reporters. If there’s no one nearby or he doesn’t have time to stop and chat, he says things aloud that amuse him, just sort of throws them out there for public consumption.
  Dude’s a trip. And, oh, yes, he can pitch. That sinkerball doesn’t vary from game-to-game the way that some pitchers’ best pitches do. So he’s steady. And it doesn’t put stress on his arm that some pitchers’ best pitches do, like a splitter or some pitchers’ curveballs. So he goes deep in games, night after night.

   Like I said, no one connected to the Braves seems at all concerned anymore that the team might have overpaid for him. He’s getting results and has played as big a role as anyone in keeping them in the thick of the NL East.

 ♣ Streaky team: The Braves are back at .500 (16-16), and to get there they’ve been about as streaky a team as Kelly Johnson is a hitter.
  Consider, the Braves started the season by going 5-1. Then they lost 14 of their next 20. And now they are on another 5-1 surge.
  The thing that both winning surges had in common was a series at Philly, where the Braves won two of three to start the season, and where they won two of three last weekend.
  The Braves scored 38 runs during their 5-1 surge to begin the season, and have scored 36 runs during the current 5-1 run. In between, they averaged fewer than 3.4 runs per game during that 6-14 skid, hitting just .241 with 10 homers in that time.
  They hit .300 with 10 homers in their 5-1 season-opening run, and have hit .287 with six homers in the current run, although it’s worth noting that four of those six homers came in two games Friday and Saturday at the Philly bandbox. The Braves have gone homerless in three games during this 5-1 stretch, and won all three of those games.
  That’s what good pitching and improved situational hitting can help accomplish, of course. The Braves have been moving a few runners over, hitting a few sac flies, executing a bunt now and then. But more than that, they’ve posted a 3.57 ERA during the past six games. In the past five games, they’ve allowed run totals of 2, 10, 2, 2 and 3. They lost 10-6 at Philly, the only loss in six games.

  ♣ Speaking of stiffed: The fans at Turner Field might be feeling that way if the Braves don’t start playing as well in Atlanta as they have been on the road.
  Seriously, this is getting crazy, folks.
  Do you realize the Braves are 5-9 at home and 11-7 on the road? That they’ve hit 21 homers in 615 at-bats on the road, compared to five homers in 453 at home? And they have a half-run-better road ERA (3.77) than home ERA (4.25)?
  And lately, the disparity has been even more dramatic.
  Are you ready for this? The Braves are 8-2 with a 3.38 ERA in their past 10 road games, and 2-9 with a 4.36 ERA in their past 11 home games.
   They have hit .267 with 10 homers and scored 5.3 runs per game during the 8-2 road surge, and hit just .236 with three homers while scoring 3.1 runs per game during the 2-9 home skid.
That’s really strange.

  ♣ Schafer update: The kid’s going to have tales to tell someday about this season, about the rookie year when he was thrust into the lineup and learned a whole lot about how you must make adjustments and how facing big-league pitching is an entirely different thing than facing minor leaguers on a nightly basis.
  For now, he’s trying to keep his head above water offensively.
  Schafer is 3-for-32 with 16 strikeouts and no RBI in his past nine games, pushing his league-high strikeouts total to 43 in 106 at-bats. He has 23 hits, walks and a .340 OBP and .357 slugging percentage (.697 OPS).
  After hitting .273 with a .415 OBP in April, he’s hitting .125 (5-for-40) with a .255 OBP in May.
  Schafer has hit .295 with a .411 OBP and .426 slugging percentage in 61 at-bats with nobody on base. It’s when runners are out there that things get hairy.
  With runners on base, he’s 5-for-45 (.111) with 21 strikeouts and a .286 OBP.
  With runners in scoring position, he’s 2-for-26 (.077) with 12 strikeouts and a .294 OBP. With RISP and two outs, he’s 1-for-14 with seven walks, seven strikeouts.
  Oh, and against righties, he’s hitting .206 with one RBI and 30 strikeouts in 68 at-bats, with 15 walks and a .349 OBP.

  ♣ OK, we’re outta time. Gotta catch the 7 Train to Shea … er, Citi. Let’s go to Townes to take us out….

 


“WHITE FREIGHTLINER BLUES” by Townes Van Zandt

I’m goin out on the highway
Listen to them big trucks whine
I’m goin out on the highway
Listen to them big trucks whine

White freightliner
Won’t you steal away my mind
Ah, New Mexico ain’t bad, lord
And the people there they treat you kind
And the people there they treat you kind

Well, it’s bad news from Houston
Half my friends are dying
Well, it’s bad news from Houston
Half my friends are dying

Ah, Lord, I’m gonna ramble
Till I get back to where I came
Ah, Lord, I’m gonna ramble
Till I get back to where I came

I’m goin out on the highway
Listen to them big trucks whine
I’m goin out on the highway
Listen to them big trucks whine

 

 

1,925 comments Add your comment

jrjags

May 12th, 2009
2:04 pm

Thrillhouse44

May 12th, 2009
2:05 pm

What isn’t there to like about D-Lowe. After beating the best pitcher in the league, he bigs up JJ as the Braves’ best pitcher. Classy, hard-working, and good…sounds like our blogmeister.

Mark Twine

May 12th, 2009
2:07 pm

Am I the only one who turns the HD portion of the game on 30 minutes early to see the field getting prepared/camera work getting fine tuned and to see the behind the scenes look at joe simpson dropping the “S Bomb” and then chip carey flipping the camera off??? haha that was awesome!!

cphizzle

May 12th, 2009
2:08 pm

no way joe droppin bombs and chip flippin the camera??? ha thats hilarious!

flange1

May 12th, 2009
2:10 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

BBFCFM

May 12th, 2009
2:14 pm

Mark Twine
What in the name of feral cows are you talking about? If you have satellite or something, you get early broadcasts? Everytime I tune in early, I get to hear a diatribe on why people ride buses.

Shane

May 12th, 2009
2:15 pm

Here is to JJ getting it dont today. Shut down the Mets again and it will send a message to the rest of the NL East that the Braves have some arms and arent going to go away easy.

Shane

May 12th, 2009
2:16 pm

Mark Twine i Have knology and I get that feed as well. sometimes you can hear the announcers saying stuff going to break.

Chop Chop

May 12th, 2009
2:18 pm

That happens when I watch the Braves, Mark Twine. I’ve mentioned it on here before. Outside of the actual game, it’s the most interesting aspect of my Peachtree TV feed. Also, between every inning and half-inning, there are no commercials. I get to see the high angle above home plate and, well, sometimes the mics don’t get turned off. It’s cool to hear Chip, Joe, and some of the other people working up there talk like they’re not on the air.

bravos2249

May 12th, 2009
2:18 pm

In the past five games, they’ve allowed run totals of 2, 10, 2, 2 and 3.

Not that hard to figure out who started that second one eh?

Mark Twine

May 12th, 2009
2:19 pm

BBFCFM
Yesterday i turned my comcast HD on about 30 minutes prior to the game which i do somethimes becasue it has a camera angle of the field getting waterd/camera man practicing zooming in to random objects. but last night they used a camera in the press box at citi field. they showed joe and chip getting “miked” up and sound checks. at one point joe must have gotten some ribbing by someone talking in his ear piece then flipped the camera off. i couldnt believe it. rather funny. and joe dropped the s bomb when i first turned it on…think he was talking to himself like” s joe”.

just an observation and i was curious if i was the only one to see it…

McFann :Ô:

May 12th, 2009
2:19 pm

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!! I was at the game and it was a bullet off his bat I thought for sure would get passed the defensive liability Tatis is over there.

Uh-huh…of course he didn’t look like a liability on that play. Think Delgado woulda had that? (Sorry if I spelled his name wrong…)

Yeah, I’m the “dangit”, “crud”, “ah, nuts” kinda person–but I do drop an occasional “curse you” every now and then…

Bobby's Cox

May 12th, 2009
2:19 pm

I have no empathy for Santana. I really don’t know how he’s 4-1 with a 0.78 era. The ESPN guys were saying how hard it is to hit against a guy with a good fastball and a good change, but the Braves seem to hit good pitchers with that repertoire pretty well. Eric Gagne fit the mold too.

The guys at the top half of the lineup gave Santana the fits yesterday. In fact, if it weren’t for our terrible 7 & 8 hitters, Santana would’ve been out of the game sooner.

I am more shocked at Santana’s start this year after seeing him pitch yesterday, than I am that he’s never beaten the Braves.

GboroBravo

May 12th, 2009
2:19 pm

For those who watch PTV, does your feed freeze up sometimes? Seems like everytime a ball gets put into play that it happens. The sound keeps up, but it freezes the picture up.

18 Wheels of Love

May 12th, 2009
2:19 pm

I would have liked to have seen the lyrics to “Shut Up And Get On The Bus”.

Sirmonator

May 12th, 2009
2:21 pm

DOB,
How long do you think the Braves (Bobby Cox) will continue to stick with Schafer in the starting lineup? I guess they really don’t have a feasible option with Anderson gone, but do you think there is a point when more harm is being done by leaving him in there (possibly getting really frustrated and losing confidence)?

McFann :Ô:

May 12th, 2009
2:21 pm

“Occasional…every now and then”? Bit redundant there…sorry ’bout that…

18 Wheels of Love

May 12th, 2009
2:21 pm

I enjoyed watching the little punk azzes in the OF last night giving Frenchy the finger…or were they telling him he was number 1?

Mark Twine

May 12th, 2009
2:22 pm

when i say joe flipped the camera off i meant chip…

GO BRAVES…it would be nice to break in this new field with a sweep

TnBrian

May 12th, 2009
2:23 pm

Might be time to take that cow down at Turner Field since it hasn’t brought the team anything but bad luck since they put it up. I guess that all depends on how supersticious Wren and Sheurholz are. I’d think they could have the authority to call in the dismanteling folks.

Imagine if Wren paid glass boy Burnett all that money and Lowe was pitching behind Santana with the Mutts. Imagine him signing Furcal and him slumping and possibly no chance at getting a bat or pitcher during the summer. It’s all turned out for the better.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
2:24 pm

The front page photo of Moylan looks like a RIP photo (with birth and death dates), everytime I see it I think Moylan died or something. Need to work on their graphic design.

BBFCFM

May 12th, 2009
2:24 pm

Mark Twine- wow very cool. Thanks for the explanation

Gboro Brave- It happens all the time on PT TV. A lot of times it will rewind the telecast and continue the monologue, effectively confusing the crap out of me. It usually only lasts for 10 sec’s or less though

Mets

May 12th, 2009
2:24 pm

“… he’s the one who chose to take the big money and hook up with the Mets, a franchise that’s had more than its share of misfortune and untimely mistakes and meltdowns …” Division titles don’t make you a champion, World Series titles do and for all the hot air you are blowing, the Braves are 1-for-14 during their run.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
2:27 pm

Santana really did not pitch well yesterday, he didn’t give up any earned runs, but still gave up 2 runs, walked some guys, couldn’t get a team who sees very few pitches out, and he ends up throwing over 100 pitches in what 6 or so innings? That’s not really great pitching. And coincidentally made the bullpen throw 3 innings and give up 6 runs? That kinda is on his shoulders don’t you think?

jonatuga

May 12th, 2009
2:27 pm

did anyone notice the random “Rev. Otis Nixon” post last night?

Bobby's Cox

May 12th, 2009
2:28 pm

DOB,

Good bloggin’ under the “Streaky Team” section. In fact, the 1st sentence of that section is the exact reason why many here would rather go with other, more consistent, and less “powerful” options at 2nd. Not sure if others have realized it by now, but stats in that section speak for themselves. It was nice to see it come from your keyboard.

the real Andy

May 12th, 2009
2:29 pm

i agree with TnBrian – it’s like we had a good offseason in spite of our best efforts to foul it up. we offered $80 over 5 years to a 32-yr old pitcher who has started 30 games just twice in his career. dodged the bullet on that one – thanks Yankees for foolishly overpaying

bravefaninok

May 12th, 2009
2:30 pm

Mets

May 12th, 2009
2:24 pm

“… he’s the one who chose to take the big money and hook up with the Mets, a franchise that’s had more than its share of misfortune and untimely mistakes and meltdowns …” Division titles don’t make you a champion, World Series titles do and for all the hot air you are blowing, the Braves are 1-for-14 during their run.

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And just how many world series titles have the muts got in the last 15 yrs????

jonatuga

May 12th, 2009
2:32 pm

Mets,

Marched out your best last night and lost. How did it feel? We got our ace going tonight.

NC Braves Fan

May 12th, 2009
2:35 pm

GboroBravo: Yep, the PTV feed is crap on my tee-vee too.

Did the Braves overpay for Lowe? In one way, yes – 4 years/$60 mill is a fat contract in this economy for an aging pitcher. But it was the price of doing business for a team that lost 90 last year and hasn’t won anything since 2005.

Also, the Braves didn’t overpay for Lowe nearly as much as the Mets overpaid for Oliver Perez – especially given that the Mets are trying to win a championship now and could use a guy like D-Lowe in the roatation.

BamaBrave

May 12th, 2009
2:35 pm

The cows ain’t goin’ nowhere… Remember how the away blue uniforms were supposed to be bad luck last year? They’re still around, and they rook maaaaahvelous…

Sgt. Pepper

May 12th, 2009
2:35 pm

Mets, are you sure you want to criticize another team’s long-term track record? I could be wrong, but I was under the impression the Mets had won exactly 0 World Series Titles and only 2 division titles since winning the Series in ‘86. Ouch. You should re-think your trash-talk strategy.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 12th, 2009
2:37 pm

Wiz—Still haven’t seen you answer the question posted to you about Jurrjens earlier. Would you take Maine or Pelfrey over Jurrjens?

And what would Phillie and Atlanta fans be envious of the Mutts for? For your history making CHOKES the last two years? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
2:39 pm

I really like the Blue Uniforms I think they look great. Do the Braves still have the gray ones? I haven’t seen them in a while?

MattyRoss

May 12th, 2009
2:39 pm

I was at the Ted for that Nats series sweep…maybe another cross-country trip is in order to reverse the fortunes. DOB or anyone, what’s the latest in the season the Braves have been in first place since ending the streak? Here’s hoping that fact is relevant soon…

Duval

May 12th, 2009
2:40 pm

Mark Twine, I don’t think we can get the sweep, simply because of who we have pitching tomorrow. It’s bad when my mindset is “come on Jair, get the win tonight because if we lose tonight there is no way we can win the series with Jo Jo on the mound!”

the real Andy

May 12th, 2009
2:41 pm

i love the braves, and i hope we continue to give schafer a chance. but i do really think it’s time we gave him a day off.

He has not driven in a run in 29 consecutive starts. could this be some kind of a record? not just that he’s a position player who has failed to plate a run in that long, but that he hasn’t sat at all during that stretch. some stat nerd somewhere could figure this out.

he hasn’t driven in a run in something like 118 plate appearances. he is on pace for 15 RBI in 653 PAs, despite driving in 3 runs in his first 3 games. At this rate he will finish with 203 more K’s than RBI. This has gone beyond bad into historic territory.

i guess the argument is that we don’t have a true CF other than him. maybe that’s a good point. and hey, we are rolling right now, so what do i know?

Go braves!
i hope as much as the next guy that jordan will be a good player and i still think he should be our CF. i just think we gotta give him a day or two off sometime. rest his wrist or whatever he needs to do. go fishing, meditate, find a slump-buster, anything!

Jonathon

May 12th, 2009
2:41 pm

1986 was a looooooong time ago, Mets. And the Mets have imploded down the stretch the last 2 years. Winning the division matters. Period. Regardless, let’s stick to what’s happening in 2009. Never let yesterday take up too much of today.

The Real Don Steele

May 12th, 2009
2:41 pm

After the game last night, Lowe was quoted as saying, “we got our best pitcher going tonight”, meaning Jurrgens. What a class act Lowe is. No wondering why he didn’t want to sign with the hapless Mets. They are the chokers of all time. The Mets players had that “deer caught in the headlights look” all during the game last night. Chokers! Chokers, all!

Il Cattivo

May 12th, 2009
2:42 pm

DOB

Did you catch the House finale yesterday. Real great ending – kinda channeling M.Night Shyamalan, only better. Just when I was wondering if they had gotten the House-Cuddy moment in too soon…
Well if you didnt watch it, I dont want to spoil it for you.

fifthbusiness

May 12th, 2009
2:42 pm

Is it just me or is the pitching getting better with Mac back.

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

May 12th, 2009
2:45 pm

Eat some ny style pizza dobe.

Jersey Gil

May 12th, 2009
2:46 pm

Do you realize the Braves are 5-9 at home and 11-7 on the road?…..DOB, not only we are playing better than last year on the road, but also we been playing more games (18) on the Road only Washing ton playing same games 18 , Phillis only 13, Mets 12, Marlin 17.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 12th, 2009
2:47 pm

Cattivo–House was WILD last night….I loved it!! It was just the season finale right (not the last show forever)? Surely they plan on at least one more season.

Turtsnap

May 12th, 2009
2:49 pm

Is there anyway we could petition for the Braves to stay on the road?

rammerjammer

May 12th, 2009
2:49 pm

We’re seeing why the Angels considered Kotchman their MVP.

Sandlot

May 12th, 2009
2:49 pm

MFin04, they’ve worn the grays a couple times so far this year, but it seems the blues are the main road jerseys and the grays are alternates this year. If there’s any rhyme or reason as to when they wear the grays (like wearing the home red jerseys on Sundays), I haven’t picked up on it yet. Anyone?

Disgruntled With Schafer

May 12th, 2009
2:50 pm

**SINGING THE SCHAFER TO THE MINORS BLUES**

**Frank Wren** made a huge mistake when he chose to go with Jordan Schafer over **Josh Anderson** in CF!

The Braves are for all practical purposes giving away a spot in the batting order, when it’s Schafer’s turn to hit — or should I more appropriately say strike out.

Schafer needs to be working out his hitting problems in the minors.

And since **Josh Anderson** (and his current .327 batting average for Detroit) has foolishly been traded away, I’m all for bringing up **Gregor Blanco**. At least Blanco wouldn’t be almost a sure out, as with Schafer!

Yes, I’m singing the “Send Schafer To The Minors” blues!

Schafer's Wafers

May 12th, 2009
2:50 pm

for the last time JURRJENS not JURRGENS. With a J.

Schafer's Wafers

May 12th, 2009
2:53 pm

Thats funny disgruntled Blanco is hitting in the low low .200s yea lets bring him up.

buzzmeat

May 12th, 2009
2:53 pm

TWINE

COME DRINK BEER AT THE HIZZEY FOR MR JIAR!

Jersey Gil

May 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

Here the Standing agains NL east Team, can you believe the Braves didn’t play any team in the West.

The NL East Standing:
Marlin 13-7
Atlanta 11-9
Phiilis 9-9
Mets 9-7
Washington 5-15

MightyQuinn

May 12th, 2009
2:56 pm

Mets, ‘08: Greatest regular season collapse in MLB history!

Yankees, ‘04: Greatest postseason collapse in MLB history!

Yes, its great to be an NYC baseball fan in the 21st Century!

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

May 12th, 2009
2:57 pm

Fans at Turner Field? Doesn’t sound right…. Maybe if people showed up, they’d play better. If the place was packed like Philly and NY maybe they’d play better at home. But no, instead you have 1 fan every 3 seats. That really gets the blood and adrenaline pumpin’ if your a ball player!

csg

May 12th, 2009
2:57 pm

whats with all the ********’s. Gregor Blanco sucks, has no power, and doesnt know how to use his one asset and thats speed. He’s got a crap arm and he’s hitting .220 at AAA and is slugging something around .280 or so. He’s not a replacement for anyone on this team

Rodney Derrick

May 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

When Tom Glavine pitched for the Mets, the bullpen and his fielders also blew lots of games; I could not say for sure but I expect some research would show he had 15 to 20 games over the five years that they blew the same way they are blowing games for Santana. Of course, he was always the outlier, former Brave, and Pedro was the excitement, so no one made a big deal of it. I distinctly remember Beltran making bad plays and causing losses, plays that Andruw always made successfully for Braves pitchers, but the media treats Beltran like Wright.

ncscoots

May 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

Josh Anderson has had all of 60 plate appearances this year. Anoint the guy when he’s still hitting .300 after 600. Until then, holding his stats up as evidence of “foolishness” is, you guessed it, foolish.

Il Cattivo

May 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

Macon Braves

Yes it seems to have been renewed for a 6th season. While at times this season, the storylines seemed to be faltering, the last few episodes have pulled it up.

ncscoots

May 12th, 2009
3:04 pm

Where’s Tom O’Hawke? Is he hanging around today?

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

May 12th, 2009
3:04 pm

McFann

“curse you” Haaa

Gerald Williams

May 12th, 2009
3:04 pm

Tom O'Hawke

May 12th, 2009
3:05 pm

philosophical question: If you type and post, but there’s nobody there to read it, id your keys make a sound?

RHR– Don’t worry about not doing the summary. I got ambitious and read my posts. Besides, you might have put a comical spin on them, and I was trying, as always, to be serious. BTW, thanks for the links.
DOB– Great comeback-post vs the Wiz @ 10:56. There may be others, but I’m still in catch up mode.

scoots–OK, you don’t want to answer my questions. I get it. I won’t bother you with them anymore

Rodney Derrick

May 12th, 2009
3:05 pm

Saw this here regarding Garrett Anderson. Note the info info in the article about Chipper and Andruw ( expect Yunel to be more in Andruw’s category)– http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/sports/baseball/12juice.html
“He is the only active player to have faced at least 28,000 pitches and not been hit at least 10 times. Anderson has been hit about once every 4,807 pitches. Chipper Jones of the Braves has been hit 17 times, the next fewest for a batter who has faced at least 28,000 pitches. Jones has faced 32,562. He has been hit about once every 1,915 pitches. By comparison, Andruw Jones of the Texas Rangers has faced 28,640 pitches and been hit 85 times. Anderson went five straight seasons without being hit, from 1999 to 2003. He was hit once in 1995 (by Roberto Hernandez), twice in 1997 (Ben McDonald, Bryce Florie), and once each in 1998 (Hideki Irabu), 2004 (Todd Williams) and 2008 (Adam Eaton). You could say he’s more unhittable than, well, Johan Santana.” By ELENA GUSTINES

RHR

May 12th, 2009
3:06 pm

Wow I read 4 paragraphs before I realized that, somehow, I’ve landed on the Mets beat blog.

gatorhead1013

May 12th, 2009
3:06 pm

Any word on Chipper?

Chop Chopius Sabermetricus

May 12th, 2009
3:09 pm

Sabermetric stat alert:

Jair Jurrjens currently has a .236 BABIP.

How unsustainable is that? Sandy Koufax had an obscenely low .259 career BABIP.

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

May 12th, 2009
3:09 pm

McFann

See this is where it evened out. Delgado picks that throw in the first inning last night, the one Esco scored on. However, Delgado may not make that play Tatis made on McCann.

If you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm there is a guy that refuses to curse so he reverts to saying “Freak you!!” all the time. So Larry David picks it up and starts dishin it back at that guy in a shouting match when they have at it. Priceless stuff.

Chop Chop

May 12th, 2009
3:10 pm

Anyway, I think Jair’s going to start coming back to Earth soon. When he does, he still be a really good young pitcher.

PMC

May 12th, 2009
3:11 pm

The Braves did an OUTSTANDING JOB yesterday of working the count on Santana. It didn’t always work out, but they got base runners.. they ran hard and capitialized on errors. That’s all you can ask really. That is what I hoped this team could do routinely. Lowe gave them a chance to win and they capitalized. Let’s hope this continues.

P-TnJeff04 (MFinBrian321-Brave)

May 12th, 2009
3:11 pm

MFin04 (The Hopeless Moron) (2:27 pm): “Santana really did not pitch well yesterday, he didn’t give up any earned runs, but still gave up 2 runs, walked some guys, couldn’t get a team who sees very few pitches out, and he ends up throwing over 100 pitches in what 6 or so innings? That’s not really great pitching. And coincidentally made the bullpen throw 3 innings and give up 6 runs? That kinda is on his shoulders don’t you think?”

Is your idiocy truly so boundless?

Do you not have even the feeblest of grasps of the difference between earned runs and unearned runs?

Santana did not pitch well? He went 6 and a third innings and gave the Braves zero runs. (His defense gave them 2).

He struck out 6 and walked only one (not “some”).

That IS great pitching, and the Braves would take it every single day of the season from every single one of their starters.

“And coincidentally made the bullpen throw 3 innings and give up 6 runs”?!?!? He did not take himself out of the game — Manuel did. Santana did not want to come out.

So, no, it’s NOT “on his shoulders”.

Your total ignorance of baseball continues to astound, even though it’s on daily display. You are some piece of work, you are.

Tom O'Hawke

May 12th, 2009
3:12 pm

scoots–over here, over here….4 posts below your last one!

RHR

May 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

Marched out your best last night and lost. How did it feel? We got our ace going tonight.

And here’s to hoping you don’t have egg on your face later tonight…

I wonder how DOB would’ve watched the House finale? Maybe he has a slingbox..

cabravesfan

May 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

Tom-

do you ever actually sleep? You really felt the need to blog at 4:30 in the morning? wow :)

By the way, I think I’d have to chose DOB- nothing personal but he’s got the whole “covers the Braves for a living” thing going on- that’s hard to top ;)

Il Cattivo

May 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

P-TnJeff04

Kudos Sir. Great reply at 3:11.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

What exactly does come back to earth mean? Walk more guys and give up more hits? Give up a run more a game? Jair has looked great so far, hope he continues that tonight, but overall he is a great pitcher such maturity for being so young. It amazes me how he gets out of jams and always seems so relaxed.

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

May 12th, 2009
3:15 pm

Mets Fans

Atleast Atlanta waited until the NLCS&WS to choke after they actually won a title in between the last 20+ years. Your team blows it on the last day before attempting to make the playoffs. And what better then our HOF’er Tommy Glavine who is going to the Hall in a Braves Jersey doin’ it for ya 2 years ago to start your streak off. It’s nice, very nice.

Il Cattivo

May 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

RHR

Good point. Forgot he was at the game. Ofcourse there are various ways one could watch it online, though I’m guessing he has it TiVo’d and will watch it after the road trip ends. Silly me.

Chop Chop

May 12th, 2009
3:18 pm

24 sucked it bad last night. I don’t think they knew how to wrap this season up. As ESPN Sports Guy Bill Simmons put it:

This season’s writing staff threw a phenomenal 6 2/3 innings and completely ran out of gas. To paraphrase Jack, “Tell me what happened to the good ideas!!! TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GOOD IDEAS!!!!”

Jonathon

May 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

I think the Braves wear the road grays when their opponent wears a dark jersey. I don’t think that’s universal (I think they sported the gray uni vs. the Nats, who wore all white), however. If the Mets wore their black jersey, the Braves would probably wear gray. Home team gets first choice. You can have dark-v-dark, but they have to be contrasting colors.

Harry

May 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

DOB: don’t get too excited about Earle’s latest. It has gotten some atrocious reviews. Go check out pitchfork for their take.

Bobby's Cox

May 12th, 2009
3:20 pm

Sandlot,

I think the Braves have been wearing the greys on away Tuesday games if the game is played on an odd date and starts at 7:10 or 7:40, not 7:05 or 7:35.

Il Cattivo

May 12th, 2009
3:20 pm

MFin04

Come back to earth means that as the season wears on he ends up performing like a No.2 or a strong No.3 starter. Usually means the ERA goes up (for him around 3.5 is expected), he might not go as deep in games as he is doing now, needing to skip a start or two. If your daycare doesn’t take away your computer access and you continue to come on here, we’ll discuss it then.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 12th, 2009
3:21 pm

Imagine DOB had House set to record on his DVR, though he probably hasn’t watched it yet, thus Cattivo and I were avoiding any spoilers. Very glad to know that a 6th season will be happening!!

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
3:22 pm

As a pitcher you can’t use unearned runs as a crutch. Santana still gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, and threw 108 pitches to a Braves team that barely ever sees pitches in 6 innings. That is not “great” pitching, never said it wasn’t good, but for an Ace making what he makes with no Chipper in the lineup, it wasn’t a great game.

And yes Santana “took” himself out of the game by throwing so many pitches to a team that DOES NOT take pitches. If he was his dominant self he could have gone 7,8,9 innings, but by not being as effective as usual and throwing a ton of pitches to guys like Derek Lowe and Martin Prado he got himself yanked after 6 innings.

And it’s Santana’s job to get to Putz and K Rod in the 8th and 9th with a tie/lead and he didnt do that now did he?

ncscoots

May 12th, 2009
3:24 pm

Ah, Tom, OK, there you are. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to answer your question, just wanted to make sure you were around to see the answer, LOL.
Anyhoo, Hernandez and Schafer, and the reason I don’t see them in the same OF: either one in CF would be fine, but they can’t both man the position, which means one would have to play a corner. Neither projects the kind of offense you would like there. You could live with that, if the other two OF are producing corner offense, but in the scenario under discussion, that wouldn’t be the case.

Schafer has enough power to be a plus offensive player for a CF, but probably not for a corner. Hernandez doesn’t appear to have the kind of swing that might translate to more power as he matures. He does have impact speed, but that isn’t the tool you would look for in a corner.

Even if Heyward becomes the beast many think, or Francoeur progresses to being a player with primary power, it’s unlikely that you’re going to find three other bangers sitting in the IF. One of those other two OF slots has to contribute major thump. That puts the kibosh on Schafer and Hernandez roamin’ the gloamin’ together.

PWH had the right of it the other day, though, that would be an OF where hits go to die. About the only balls that might get past them would be over the fence, anyway.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
3:25 pm

Lot of immature people on here with the personal attacks, grow up. No need to attack other people and be rude. Talk baseball, talk your own opinion, talk about the Braves, but leave the personal attacks at the “proverbial” door.

Tom O'Hawke

May 12th, 2009
3:27 pm

cabravesfan– I was working. Most of the work I do is at home, from my computer. It only takes a few seconds to post on the blog. It’s like a break. When I spend that kind of time, on my work, it gives me free time to go fishing.

OK, you made your choice. If you were smart, you would’ve played the field a little longer. You’ll be sorry you didn’t wait. (Damn that Chuck)

BB FAN

May 12th, 2009
3:29 pm

Mets,

“Division titles don’t make you a champion, World Series titles do and for all the hot air you are blowing, the Braves are 1-for-14 during their run.”

Yes, you are right, the Braves have the one WS title since 1991. Congratulations. Now, tell me, how many WS titles do the Mets have in that time span?

I can’t stand these fans who say the “Braves are only 1 for 14 during their run.” First, it’s actually 1 for 18 (1991-2008) and every Braves fan should be proud of the one. Only four teams were better than 1 for 18 during that time. And the Mets are 0 for 18!

The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Marlins are the only other teams to win more than one WS tilte during that span. ANd we all know that the Yankees and Red Sox bought their WS titles. They played well during those wins, but unlimited payrolls helped out a lot. As for the Blue Jays and Marlins…well, seriously, are those two teams considered more successful over the last 18 years than the Braves? I think not.

Sandlot

May 12th, 2009
3:29 pm

Thanks, Jonathon. That makes sense about contrasting colors.

Supes

May 12th, 2009
3:33 pm

What irony…a MUTS fan coming in here lecturing Braves fans about what a team “choking is all about”. Might wanna look to your own team the past 2 years in september.

I think you look up CHOKE in the dictionary…the NY MUTS logo appears:SMIRK:

Go Braves, beat the STINKY MUTS

Thomas

May 12th, 2009
3:33 pm

DOB – any update on Chipper?

AGTFan

May 12th, 2009
3:33 pm

Schafer, will get better. I think he’s trying to hard. I also wonder if he’s trying to hit balls that are out of the strike zone because he doesn’t see as many good pitches with the [pitcher behind him.

MFin04 (The Hopeless Romantic)

May 12th, 2009
3:33 pm

I could be wrong, but I think the Marlins wore Black one game when the Braves wore Blue. Could be a different team, but I remember announcers talking about how it was weird that both teams were in dark uniforms. So I really don’t know what the rhyme or reason is with the jersey colors.

Steve McP

May 12th, 2009
3:35 pm

The starting pitcher decides which road jersey’s will be worn. JJJ always wore them last year, the rest of the staff not so keen.

I would imagine that if Glavine comes back he won’t even have one in his locker let alone wear one.

Andy K.

May 12th, 2009
3:38 pm

Steve McP What are you talking about? Glav wore the blue jerseys last year on the road.

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 12th, 2009
3:39 pm

AGTFan–I agree that I think Schafer will eventually come around, but he’s not swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. He’s swinging through fastballs down the middle on a regular basis right now. It does concern me that he looks overmatched a lot lately, but he’s only had about 100 AB’s above AA ball so I’m hoping he will come around.

Stanton

May 12th, 2009
3:39 pm

DOB, Stranger’s Almanac is one of my favorite albums.

David O'Brien

May 12th, 2009
3:39 pm

Did you catch the House finale yesterday. — Il Cattivo

What, do you think I carry a DVR with me on the road? I was a little busy with something else last night during the House finale, bro.

Tom O'Hawke

May 12th, 2009
3:41 pm

scoots — Thanks for being considerate. However, even though I got thrown out of the “Evelyn Wood, School of Speed Reading”, I can still read quite fast. I usually scan over all the posts. Even If I’ve been away for a few days.

I see what you’re saying. Obviously, you’ve seen Gorkys play, haven’t you? Even with that being said, couldn’t you see him as a fourth outfielder? Everyone has nagging injuries or just needs a rest from time to time. BTW, you didn’t answer the other question. The most important of the two.

Bravo

May 12th, 2009
3:42 pm

I’m hearing there’s talk about a possible move in trying to acquire Sizemore if Cleveland continues to struggle and Schafer the same. This would be a great pick-up, you could always move Sizemore to LF, leaving Schafer in center. It brings speed and a top notch leadoff hitter. Did I mention he has power as well.

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