7:05 pm May 23, 2009, by David O'Brien
Steve from OH
May 24th, 20095:07 pm
nolie, I like the red unis too…
CHIPPER JONES IS TAKING HIS USUAL DAYS OFF AGAIN I SEE. THIS TIME IT’S A TOE. NEXT TIME IT WILL BE HIS SHOULDER. ONLY IN ATLANTA AND BOBBY COX WHO MANAGES WITH HIS HEART AND NOT HIS HEAD.WOULD JORDAN SHAFFER FIT THE LEAD OFF ROLE BETTER THAN THE CURRENT HITTERS WE HAVE?DO WE HAVE ANOTHER SECOND BASEMAN FOR KELLY JOHNSON?
May 24th, 20095:08 pm
looks like the Yanks are failing us.
braves tied for seconed atleast
May 24th, 20095:09 pm
Tied in second would be fine. I think we’d be ahead of Mets though.
May 24th, 20095:12 pm
I would like the red jerseys if the team also wore red pants, red shoes and red caps.
May 24th, 20095:13 pm
Dammit The Phillies Won…
Fcking Bankees… Billion Dollar linep can take advantage of Lidge’s struggles!
Macon Braves (RIP)
May 24th, 20095:14 pm
What is it with the CAP LOCK Idiots today?
Small rule of thumb on the blog…..If you have to YELL your post, it’s probably full of moronic, idiotic BS and most of us just scroll right on by it. But hey, thanks for helping me not waste a few seconds of my life on your idiocy!
May 24th, 20095:16 pm
(nolie)thanks, but I am embarrassed to admit that like McFann I like the red unis
nolie… just a bit of sarcasm on my part. I like the red jersies as well. Not to mention I like the home whites, road greys, and the new road blue uniforms. I even own all three of the hats and will wear them on the appropriate day.
May 24th, 20095:18 pm
Don’t be embarrassed! You know what they say about great minds…
WASTE A FEW MORE SECONDS.
May 24th, 20095:22 pm
Macon Braves What is it with the CAP LOCK Idiots today?
“Idiots”? Surely this Blogger isn’t one of those to whom you are referring.
May 24th, 20095:23 pm
Like the Cuban WBC uniforms.
May 24th, 20095:25 pm
Since the CAPS LOCK “idiot” thing was not me, I will say the following:
Some times people are at work where they need caps lock turned on (like my posts sometimes), or maybe they dont realize it is on and simply do not look at the screen while they are typing, I know i am most of the time looking at they keys while I type. CAPS lock just never bothered me, I guess
May 24th, 20095:27 pm
That’s who I would be referring to, McFann.
May 24th, 20095:29 pm
Speaking of idiots, I love all of the “Bobbys and idiot” posts when Bennet was called in from the bullpen.
JJ was certainly not sharp but he showed himself to be a real fighter even without good stuff. Love to watch him pitch.
May 24th, 20095:35 pm
Yeah… F’ing Yanks. Oh well… at least the Mets lost. We gained a game on both teams during this series.
Phili keeps finding ways to cover for their pitching problems because their offense is on such a tear. But ALL offenses, no matter how good, go through stretches where they’re collectively not at their best. That’s why offense-oriented teams are nearly always significantly more streaky than pitching-oriented teams.
Phili has been hot, but they ARE going to cool off. They ARE – because of their pitching – prone to prolonged slides. If the Braves can use their pitching to remain steady winners the rest of the way, we’re going to have a great chance to overtake the Phillies and maybe even put a little distance in between.
The Mets too have problems. Their pitching is better than the Phillies. Maine and Pelfrey have come on strong. BUT… they’re likely to bleed half to death from the bottom of their rotation, as the Braves did in ‘07. And, while their offense is good, they don’t have as much offense to cover that up.
The Braves have had problems with the bottom of their rotation as well… but as I (and many others) have said all along… the bottom of the Braves rotation WILL get better. MUCH better. Maybe it already has if KK has found a comfort level over here with that last start. But whether it’s KK and Medlen…. KK and Glavine… Glavine and Hanson… and eventually, Hudson… the Braves WILL find a combination at the bottom of that rotation that will win a lot of games in the final 4 months of the season.
I like Atlanta’s chances here folks. I really do. But of course, like everyone else, I’ll be pulling for Wren to come through with another big bat in the next couple months.
concerned braves fan
May 24th, 20095:36 pm
Another great thing about when he Braves win is that the blog is not filled up with negative comments from certain bloggers. Have you notice that there are certain people suddenly not around as much since the Braves have been winning? Where are the “blow it up” people now? My guess is as soon as the Braves lose a couple in a row, they’ll be back.
May 24th, 20095:41 pm
and another day with no mut bloggers
Gotta love it!
“Idiots”? Surely this Blogger isn’t one of those to whom you are referring.
Of COURSE not, McFann…..there is a difference in YELLING your excitement and yelling your opinion thinking that by yelling it someone has to take it serious (no matter how moronic the opinion was).
Ha, that was only about a half second wasted so no harm done…
This is a big series coming up because it’s our 3, 4, 5 starters going for us. A series win here would be huge!
Hey, sure is nice to see the Braves put a little distance between themselves and the .500 mark.
Both the Phillettes and Mutts play Florida and Washington over the next 6 games, so we might not get much help. Gotta go take care of business.
May 24th, 20095:42 pm
Gotta love it!
You said a mouthful there……O Happy Days….
May 24th, 20095:45 pm
Too Bad the Bankees couldn’t take that game today in “The House That Rois Built”
May 24th, 20095:47 pm
You’re a hoot. You know the large gum corporations really are trying to keep this scandal under wraps. I’m sure DOB is chewing over his options right now. I mean, I would hate for him to get stuck in the middle, but it sure would be Extra good for him to blow this up with a Bazooka. And it sure would be ah-mazing if Chipper could Eclipse last years numbers…all we really want, however, is for him to Excel.
May 24th, 20095:48 pm
I see the old game time emotional roller-coaster was in go mode today. I turned it off with MOYLAN leaving, the sacks full, and the score tied. I was sure yard-work would be more thrilling than another BRAVES loss. “Come on MAYO-NAISE, let’s see what you got. My, my. Lookie here…..” NICE!!!!. O-o-ps, hope I’ve avoided the ire of the CAPS POLICE.
May 24th, 20095:50 pm
May 24th, 2009
Amen …….a most enjoyable blog ,after a most enjoyable sweep.Go Braves
May 24th, 20095:52 pm
You been drinking, that post made no sense. Like no sane human being could comprehend what you just said? U alright
May 24th, 20095:53 pm
Braveheart… You are making too much out of the power bat thing. I for one am not advocating just one change. One guy rarely makes a team. A trade for one power outfielder would only be the start. Maybe trading Johnson and putting Prado at second, hoping that G Anderson will start hitting, and maybe if Schafer starts hitting above .250–all these things would help.
Maybe even a power bat in the middle of the line up would take some pressure off the other guys and they would concentrate more on getting on base. I don’t know. But we need to expect more out of the other guys. Hopefully Escobar & Kotchman can have career years.
Who knows. Again, one guy does not make a team and I hope others think the same way I do. We still need a power bat! I don’t think there is any question about that.
May 24th, 20095:54 pm
Francoeur didn’t get off to a good start in this game, but seemed to right himself later in the game. Of course, it was his 1 out hit that kicked off that huge 7th inning.
May 24th, 20095:56 pm
my last post was directed towards rich brave. Good win today, I honestly don’t know why Bradley says we need another bat, it would be nice but let’s wait UNTIL JULY WHEN IT”S GETTING TOWARDS CRUNCH TIME AND THE TRADE DEADLINE. We swept an solid AL East team. Lets do our thing in San Fran and continue the streak.
May 24th, 20096:00 pm
Yep….Big week for the Bravos with the mets and phils getting to beat up on the Nationals and Marlins the whole week. We definitely need to take care of business in SF and Ariz.
May 24th, 20096:01 pm
Oh, and Prado with ANOTHER double today. That’s 8 doubles in only 60 at-bats. To put that in perspective, if you projected that out to 550 at-bats… that’s 73 doubles. I know that would never happen, but I’d be pretty comfortable predicting 40+ doubles from him if he were to play every day for a full season.
He also has 2 homers in those mere 60 at-bats, so he can take you deep every now and then as well. I think Prado is a very comparable hitter to KJ. I think Prado, in a full season, would hit .280, 15 homers, and 40 doubles.
That’s the sliver lining in this Infante thing. This will give Prado more regular at-bats.
McFann nobody on this blog has anything but respect for you who knows you as nothing but a very sweet young lady. We all know who the braves haters are and the nay sayers.
Johnson’s hot streak seems to be coinciding with Infante’s injury. Maybe he needed that “threat” eliminated to take the pressure off?
May 24th, 20096:04 pm
Oh, and Prado with ANOTHER double today.
Yeah, his one hit of the whole series….
Chipper back please.
Man…I feel dirty not rooting against the Yankees. When the Yankees play against the Mets or Phillies, it’s like a double edged sword, no matter which side you cheer against the hardest it still hurts.
May 24th, 20096:08 pm
KC most of us who root for the Braves are also rooting for Jeff, but it is very maddening to see him not being patient in clutch times. I can live with his slumps if he would not be so impatient! GA is another story with his lack of hustle on defense.
Rob from SC
May 24th, 20096:13 pm
I wonder if we should send Moylan to Triple A to work on his lack of control.
I leave town and the Bravos can’t lose.
(Hi everyone. Now I’m gone again…)
May 24th, 20096:17 pm
You better really be gone again and not just saying it. If we start losing again I’m definitely not blaming the players. I’m gonna blame you.
May 24th, 20096:18 pm
Bubdylan do you need gas money?
May 24th, 20096:19 pm
May 24th, 20096:21 pm
Break out the brooms.
May 24th, 20096:25 pm
Saltalamacchia hit his 5th home run today.
May 24th, 20096:26 pm
The TV boys made the comments about JJ “tweaking something” in his last at bat, but never followed up. Anybody hear anything further on the radio broadcast?
May 24th, 20096:27 pm
Most of you people get down right giddy after a few wins, don’t you? Well, leave it to me to be the voice of reason. This is still the team that lost to the Astros and Pirates. This is still the team that broke even, at home, against the Backs and Rockies without facing one decent pitcher. This is still the team that is managed by Bobby Cox, who still has Gonzo as his closer and who still continues to make mistake after mistake because of his loyalty to certain players. This is still the team without a bonafide cleanup hitter and still the team whose best hitter can’t stay in the lineup for more than a couple of weeks at a time. And even though we won without him this weekend, we historically lose when he isn’t playing. They call him Hoss, but his name really should be “Day-to-Day Chipper”. This is also the worst base stealing team in the majors, and without real sluggers in the lineup, that means runs will be hard to come by. The Braves have Lowe, Jurrjens, and Vazquez that can be counted on. I know Kawakami did great on Friday, but until he gets consistantly good, I’ll continue to group him together with our less than sufficient bullpen. That’s about it folks. Sorry to rain on your parade, but this team is no better than a .500 team and will fight it out with the Marlins for 3rd place. I would love to be wrong, but you know in your heart of hearts that I’m right. Later.
May 24th, 20096:31 pm
Maybe he should work on his “lack of ability”
May 24th, 20096:32 pm
Thanks for the heads-up, Jerald! Man, if only I’d known before I’d gotten all “giddy” over those wins…
Oh, well. It’s not too late to turn on some imo music and wallow in sorrow.
May 24th, 20096:33 pm
Mets fan, right?
May 24th, 20096:41 pm
I find myself losing a battle of self-will: I swore not to look at the standings, just to focus on how the home 9 were doing. They play ball as they should, the standings will take care of themselves. But sheesh, sweeping the Jaybirds, playing solid ball without the old man at third, El Cubano at short and a Mendoza flirtation in center … the eye is certainly drawn to the agate type.
Chop Chop @ 5:27–
Oh, I know. I was just funnin’ with ya.
Thank you, CB. But I’m sure I’ve rubbed somebody the wrong way (I know I did when I first started bloggin’…rubbed myself the wrong way back then…)
May 24th, 20096:43 pm
Wow. I can post. Let Stinky just say this: Pitching wins at every level, no matter who the beet journalist is.
May 24th, 20096:45 pm
Yeah, we’ll definitely have to take care of business on the left coast here. Because, come June, we’ll kick off the month against Chicago and Milwaukee…
The Phillies play San Diego and LA to start the month.
And the Mets play Pittsburgh and Washington. Actually, the next 4 series for the Mets… Washington, Florida, Pittsburgh, and Washington. They have a powder puff stretch coming up.
If only we had a power bat like that in the lineup!
May 24th, 20096:47 pm
**Mets fan, right?**
Please! At least give me more credit than that.
Heyward just hit his 9th homerun.
Jerald Holcombe, boy… you’re a little riled up today, aren’t you?
Sorry about the Mets loss. But don’t try to project your team’s weaknesses on us. Our pitching is going to carry us along while you bleed to death from the bottom of your rotation.
May 24th, 20096:48 pm
If only our catcher could hit like that GREAT Salty guy……(I better make sure I call Sarcasm on this post so McFann doesn’t reveal the claws on me)
Eric from MO
May 24th, 20096:51 pm
Have had a busy weekend and didnt see a pitch of baseball. Til 5 minites ago I didnt know if the Braves had won a game against Toronto. Glad to see them sweep them. It made my really good weekend GREAT!
May 24th, 20096:53 pm
May not seem like it, but I’ve been a Braves fan since 1966 when they came to town. I’m just not prone to see this team through rose colored glasses like some of you are.
Actually Salty and Mac both have 5 jacks a piece. No question though, Mac is the better hitter.
That said, it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Salty puts up at the end of this year. (Assuming he plays without missing any significant amount of time.)
Gil In Mechanicsville
Send Moylan back to AAA to work on his control
Funny, the ump was calling the same pitches he threw for balls last night as strikes today…
I think he has been phenomenal considering he is less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery.
“Bad” Manny was on the verge of showing up before the double play started by Prado, his entire demeanor changed after that play and then he struck out Wells…. Sometimes you need to be picked up by your teammates….
Yes, the Braves could still use an additional big bat but you have to play with the guys you have so until that trade happens, it’s good for the team to play well. It still comes down to depth…
And Garrett Anderson is Lonnie Smith’s clone… except he bats left … Still dogs it in the outfield, just like Smith use to.
May 24th, 20096:55 pm
Eric would you please stay busy for the rest of season?
Yeah, Heyward… if he gets 500+ AB’s, is on pace for 35-40 homers and 40+ doubles. That kid is a beast! Maybe next year?
Chaz Morton had a good game today going 7 innings with 4 K’s. He gave up 4 hits and 1 run.
May 24th, 20097:04 pm
When did Charlie Morton become known as “Chaz’? Are we gonna start calling him “Chachi” soon?
Cubs Troll 4 U
May 24th, 20097:05 pm
Soto for all-star start 2009!
The Rainbow Coalition
May 24th, 20097:06 pm
New/Fill-in writer Vivlamore has a new article out that bears reading.
Anderson/Kotchman MORE than teammates
Funny how he writes that BEFORE going to San Francisco
May 24th, 20097:08 pm
Mike Hampton (L, 2-4) IP5.0 H8 R5 ER5 BB1 SO0 HR3 ERA 5.63
May 24th, 20097:10 pm
Jerald-You mean the rose coored glasses that just saw the Braves win 5 of 6 and 12 of their last 17 despite having a less than potent offense? You mena the rose colored glasses that have seen the three most reviled players on the Braves, KJ, Francoeur and Anderson with 12 hits the past two games? The rose colored glasses that during that stretch has seen the Braves not lose a series in over two weeks, beat the Marlins, Phillies, Mets and the first place Jays (the last three without Chipper starting)? How about the rose colored glasses that have seen our starters give up three or less runs in 30 of our 44 games? Or maybe the rose colored glasses that see the Braves tied for second in the division with the Mets and a mere 1 1/2 games behind the “powerhouse” Phillies with only 119 games left to play?
Hell no, we’ve got absolutely nothing worthwhile to look forward to, do we.
18 Wheels of Love
May 24th, 20097:12 pm
3 games over .500? Hey, I could get used to this….and this Chimay blue label Belgium beer! If I had a plate of BBQ and some bottle rockets it would be pretty damn good day.
Still need a OF’er though, regardless of how we are doing,
May 24th, 20097:14 pm
Everyone calm down about Jerald. I havent seen him post on here in a long time (he may have this weekend) but I remember him from last year. He normally said stuff to get people all riled up. Now I picked the Braves to finish 3rd in the division, so Im not saying he is wrong but right now looks like he and me may end up being wrong.
May 24th, 20097:15 pm
Yeah, watch it, buddy!
Actually, I haven’t looked at Saltalamachia’s (am I spelling that right?) numbers all year…sorta forgot about him…
May 24th, 20097:16 pm
Jerald I’m just not prone to see this team through rose colored glasses like some of you are.
I’m not looking at them through rose-colored glasses…more the black, Oakley variety…
May 24th, 20097:18 pm
Day to Day Chipper-Old Beatles’ song, right?
Frank from KS
May 24th, 20097:20 pm
Watch out. The Rangers look like they could win the AL West.
May 24th, 20097:24 pm
The Rangers have a series coming up with the Yankees. (Who are only 1.0 out of first place in the East.)
It’ll be interesting to see how that series shakes out.
May 24th, 20097:25 pm
Calm down Lew.
May 24th, 20097:26 pm
Hey, McFann- where do I get a pair of those glasses?
May 24th, 20097:29 pm
While I think you posted that @ 6:27 p.m. JUST to stir up trouble…..I would like to add something to that.
This is the same team that blew a HUGE lead to Phily the first week of the season too….well, minus Boyer, of course…but on the other hand I will say I agree with Lew @ 7:10 p.m.
I think we as fans have a lot to look forward to.
Got a good reason for taking the easy way out.
Got a good reason for taking the easy way out, now.
Sunday pinch-hit, yeah!
It took me soooooooooooo long to find out…and I found out.
He’s a big teaser.
He only plays when he wants.
He’s a big teaser.
He only plays when he wants now.
Sunday pinch-hits, yeah!
It took me soooooooo long to find out…and I found out.
(Rock out, George…)
Try to play him.
He only plays half homestands.
Tried to play him,
But he only plays half homestands now.
Sunday pinch-hits, yeah!
It took us soooooooooo-oooooh-oh long to find out…and we found out.
Nice to see everybody bouncing around sportin’ that “winning swagger” for a change.
Nice to see!
McFann–You’ve forgotten about Salty….how have you managed to do that despite his name being brought up here at least every other day.
And I personally am not interested in what kind of numbers Salty has at the end of the season (not saying anyone else shouldn’t be, to each his own). Now McCann’s numbers, yeah, they interest me quite a bit.
I’m not that hung up on the Tex trade (Only ones I would really wish were still in the Braves system are Andrus and Feliz). Andrus wouldn’t really have a spot here though so won’t worry over that one that much, wish the kid luck. Despite Escobar’s complete lack of baserunning knowledge, I’d rather have him (right now anyway, time will tell between the two).
May 24th, 20097:31 pm
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May 24th, 20097:37 pm
Speaking of Soto, has anyone seen his putrid stats this season? Didn’t all the Cubs fans say he was better than McCann last year?
McCann has consistently been the NL’s, and probably MLB’s, best everyday hitting catcher these past few years now.
TnBrian(taking DOB's spot today)
May 24th, 20097:38 pm
Asked Bobby after the game about why the offense can’t stay consistant and he flipped one of his famous crusty’s at me…that’s a booger for some slow folks on the ole’ blog.
May 24th, 20097:39 pm
LOL! Oh yeah, didn’t I tell you about my Oakleys?
Yeah, I was just being goofy…I’m in one of those “moods”…
Eh, I just sorta block it out, I guess.
I’m not as int’resting in Saltalamacchia’s numbers at the end of the year, either…is he does good, fine, if not, I prob’ly even know about it. Only other catchers I really give a hoot about (other than McCann, of course) are NL guys. Although I am slightly nosey about Mauer (sometimes), but I don’t check his stats everyday…or even every week…
Despite Escobar’s complete lack of baserunning knowledge
McCann oughta give him some lessons.
May 24th, 20097:40 pm
I agree with the SI top 50 players in MLB right now, except a few… first, is Jeter a better player than Chipper? Second, are there really 49 other players better than McCann? Finally, Hamels at #49? Zambrano is better than Hamels? Some serious biased BS going on there!
May 24th, 20097:43 pm
TnBrian–that just might be because it’s impossible to make a list that everyone agrees with. No one will ever make a perfect one.
May 24th, 20097:44 pm
“Putrid”, LOL…yeah, I seem to remember him being a catching “god” last year. That irritated me…partly because it took the heat away from BMac, but also ’cause it was like, “Give the kid some time in the ML…let’s not go all Francoeur on him…”
I think Grove has had some shoulder problems this year…that could be the main cause of those putrid stats.
McCann has definitely been the NL’s best-hitting everyday catcher. Mauer ain’t too bad in the AL, but isn’t he kind of a singles guy?
May 24th, 20097:46 pm
Lew: Yeah, those rose colored glasses. And no, not much to look forward to unless 3rd place is your idea of scaling that mountain.
And Eric, I hope that we are both wrong about this Braves team, but I think we both know that when the team is going good, it looks really good, but when it starts going bad, not many teams look quite as bad. Fact is, we have a centerfielder that is simply atrocious at the plate. One of the most overmatched hitters I’ve ever seen. Kelly Johnson did well yesterday and today, but we all know he is prone to streakiness. That, in and of itself, is not the problem. The problem is that Cox leaves him out there when he slumps so bad that he simply kills the team before Bobby finally sits him down. Then you have Jeckll and Hyde Francoeur, whom btw I said that he would be the Comeback Player of the Year this season. I’m rethinking my position on that due to how easy it has been for him to slip back into bad habits. Escobar can be a great player, but has bad habits on the basepaths and are exaserbated by his refusal to pick up his coaches when he’s about to round a base. Inexcusable. I love watching McCann, Chipper, and Diaz bat. Outside of those three, there are some glaring problems. And someone earlier made mention of the Mets deficiencies in the back of their rotation. That is amazing to me because the back end of our rotation is nothing to write home about. And then there is our bullpen. Which would you rather have, ours or the Mets? That should be a no-brainer. As I said, I hope this team plays way over it’s head this year, but I refuse to let them cause me to lose sleep at night.
May 24th, 20097:47 pm
Hey, but John Grove did get his AVG up over .200!
I’m not exactly gloating here…because McCann was in the .190’s for a while. But now he’s over .300! (OK…that was a gloat…but just a little one!)
May 24th, 20097:51 pm
Frank, I don’t post some things to stir up trouble. I just call em as I see em. I try to stay consistant.
May 24th, 20097:55 pm
Can you believe the Padres just finished a 9-0 homestand, and achieving that in the mist of trying to trade their best pitcher.
May 24th, 20097:56 pm
“Call them as you see them?” Like Tim Tshida and Greg Gibson?
May 24th, 20097:58 pm
OK;I just casted my 50th All-Star ballet. Can’t believe last year I voted over 100 times…after all I’d said about despising on-line voting…
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