Surging Braves hit Frisco

 

  San Francisco – Good afternoon from the shores of San Francisco Bay, where the sun’s out after the earlyfog, and it’s going to get up to 60 degrees. I hope it’s as nice where you are, because here it sure is a crisp, gorgeous Memorial Day here by the bay.
 Before we go any further, Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar aren’t in the lineup. Just got back from clubhouse, talked to Chipper, whose sprained big toe is still black and blue, and quite sore.
 While he was in an initial lineup that was posted, that was more hopeful on Bobby Cox’s part, and once Chipper got here and told him it wasn’t any better, that was that. Martin Prado in there again, hitting second this time behind Kelly Johnson and ahead of Matt Diaz and Brian McCann.
 ”It’s probably the worst one he’s had,” Cox said, referring to Jones and comparing this to his previous toe injuries (not including that ligament injury beneath his foot a few years back, that nearly required surgery).
  I just got back from clubhouse, and talked to Chipper. He said running the bases after his big pinch-hit yesterday didn’t help it, though he didn’t think it really aggravated it much. He’ll miss his fourth consecutive start today.
  ”It’s just not ready yet,” he said. “I can’t go out there and play defense and run the bases.”
  Asked if he was frustrated, he said, “It is what it is. It’s a sprain. It takes some time for the soreness and swelling to get out of there. Just doesn’t happen overnight.”
  ”Running the bases yesterday was painful, and it’s not going to be any better today.”
  I asked Bobby Cox if it was still not being considered a possible DL situation, and he said he didn’t think so. He added that if they still had Omar Infante, it’d be easier to carry Chipper a while without putting him on DL.
  But even though they don’t have Infante, Cox said that, for now, he doesn’t think it’s a DL thing with Chipper. “I hope not,” he said.
 Chipper said he’ll be in there as soon as he can play his position and run the bases. To his credit, he said, “There were some plays Martin made yesterday that I wouldn’t have been able to get to. He’s done a great job, and I think we’re better off right now with him out there and me coming off the bench.
“It [sprain] just has to run its course.”
  As for Escobar: “I would say he’s more day-to-day,” Cox said.

  ♣ On a roll: Braves have won five out of six and 12 out of 17 games, and they finally started to remove that home-park pox by winning four of the last five on a homestand that ended yesterday with a 10-2 win against Toronto, completing a sweep of the team that came to town with the best record in the American League.
  Seriously, anyone who’d written the Braves off a week or two ago, and still believes as much, is going to need to explain to us who in the division is so formidable that you really don’t believe the Braves can’t stay in this race.
  They start a seven-game trip today that includes three against a San Francisco team that’s lost nine of 11 and scored two runs or fewer five times in that stretch.
  After three here at beautiful AT&T Park, the Braves play four at Phoenix. We’ll go from temps in the 50s and 60s here to highs above 100 there (albeit with a domed stadium), and the Braves will have a chance to keep making hay.
  The Braves are 12-6 since May 5, best record in the NL East over that span, ahead of the Mets (11-7), Phillies (12-8) and Marlins (5-13). We’ll give you the Nats’ record over any stretch when it becomes relevant again.
  ”I think it gives you a little bit of momentum,” Cox said of the way the Braves finished the homestand. “We had a great flight out here after the victory.”
  Chipper said watching the Braves sweep the Blue Jays — without him in the lineup, and without Escobar the past two games — was encouraging.
  ”We’re playing some good baseball now,” he said. “Now you’re starting to see some guys get hot. Kelly, Mac, they’re starting to swing the bat well, driving the ball out of the ballpark. That’s good to see. Hopefully it’s contagious and some of the other guys will fall in line.”

  ♣ Heating up: Johnson continues to be the streakiest hitter in baseball, or at least it must seem that way to any Braves observer.
  Dude hit .200 with one homer and five RBI in exactly 100 at-bats over a 31-game stretch from April 12 to Friday. In the past two games, Kelly’s 5-for-9 with two homers and four RBI.
  One fewer RBI in the past two games than he had in the previous 31.

Johnson heating up?

Johnson heating up?

  As for McCann, he needs to hook up with a glasses company for an endorsement right now, because he’s raking in the prescription eyeware.
 He’s hit .396 (19-for-48) with three homers, 10 RBI and a .453 OBP in 14 games since coming backfrom the DL, and yesterday was his third three-hit game in that period.
 Oh, and the Braves are 9-5 in those 14 games.
  Meanwhile, Casey Kotchman’s avg and OBP are down in his past 16 games, but his run production is way up in that span. He hit .293 with a .363 OBP and 10 doubles in his first 27 games, but had only four RBI, no homers and a .402 slugging percentage in that span.
Kotchman has hit .268 with a .311 OBP in his past 16 games, but has 17 RBI, two homers, a .482 slugging percentage in that span. Braves are 11-5 in those games, after going 12-15 in his first 27 games.
His pal Garret Anderson is also starting to hit, though without extra-base hits in the mix. He’s 15-for-43 with a double, 14 singles and six RBI in his past 11 games, and four of those runs were driven in via sac flies.
Hey, it’s improvement over what he did early, that’s for sure.

 

 ♣ No support for Curacao Kid: No run support, that is. You gotta wonder, will it cost Jurrjens a spot on the All-Star team?
  Dude is 4-2 with a .228 opponents’ average and 2.07 ERA in 10 starts, the third-lowest ERA in the NL, fourth in the majors.
  In his past eight starts, Jurrjens is 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA, which is stunning, to me. In that span, he’s received 3.06 support runs per nine innings pitched.
  But as bad as J.J.’s run support has been, Kenshin Kawakami’s has been worse. In fact, his 2.56 support runs per nine innings pitched ranks as the second-lowest in the NL, behind only Barry Zito (2.09).
  Meanwhile, two Braves now sit atop the NL in run support: 1. Javier Vazquez (7.71 runs) and Derek Lowe (6.75).
  Vazquez (4-3, 3.39 ERA) is going against lefty Jonathan Sanchez (1-4, 4.74) today in a matchup that would appear to favor Los Bravos.
  Sanchez is 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA inh is past four starts, with almost as many walks (16) as strikeouts (20) in 20-2/3 innings. Against the Braves, he’s 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA and .344 opp average in his past three games, including one start last season and two relief appearances in 2007.
   Vazquez is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four road starts this season, including wins in each of his past three.

 ♣ A salute on Memorial Day: After boarding the plane yesterday in Atlanta, I was alone in a row of three for about 15 minutes. Until this older black man with a Vietnam Veteran ballcap boarded the plate late. I was in the aisle, he in the window seat, empty seat between us.
   He had a cane and real difficulty walking. I had on a young Bob Dylan T-shirt. And, well, I just never know what a Vietnam vet might think of that, you know? By that I mean, might be a guy who believes the war was total B.S., or might be a guy who’d like to strangle any hippy and Jane Fonda, or he might have a view that falls somewhere between. I do think about those things as I get older.
  Anyway, I look closer and notice he’s got on an earring. I take off my don-t-talk-to-me headphones and say, “Thanks for your military service.”
 He looks at me, like he’s making sure he’d heard what he thought he’d heard, and said, “Pardon?”
 I say again, “Thanks for your service.”
  He smiles and says, “You’re welcome.”
  I tell him my uncle, Wayne, served in ‘Nam, had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and not until the past decade or so was he finally, properly medicated and more functional and happy. Tell him Wayne died a year or two ago, had all kinds of other health issues.
  The old guy’s listening intently, nodding. Tells me he has PTSD himself. And starts telling me that it’s fairly common for vets to not be treated or get meds or whatever, initially because they believed when they came back that they were fine, and secondly, because the VA and/ or the government makes them jump through hoops to prove they were specifically traumatized by incident or incidents when they served. They have be tested and quizzed by shrinks, and to go from this doc to that one before they get a ’scrip. It’s wrong.
  Anyway, this was a cool guy. He volunteers now to help other vets get help they need. Says that’s his purpose now that he’s retired. Dude has it together. He’s a native New Yorker but has lived for a long time in  Coral Springs, Fla. (suburban Fort Lauderdale, for those not familar). He was coming to San Francisco to play golf for a few days with his brother, also a ‘Nam vet.
  Tip of the proverbial cap to him, and to all veterans and active-duty military personnel on this Memorial Day. Whether we agree or disagree on the reasons for the various wars you’ve fought, or on the principles of war itself, all of us Americans — every single one of us — owe you a huge debt of gratitude for serving.   Much respect.

  And finally … This one goes out to Jay Bennett, the former Wilco band member who died over the weekend at age 45. As one of our bloggers, musician Dylan Kight, pointed out to me, it (presumably) wasn’t written about Bennett, but it seems particularly poignant and fitting in this instance.

“THE LONELY 1″ by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

After the show you walked right past.
Arms reached out for your autograph.
And as you flashed your backstage pass.
I caught your eye with a camera’s flash.
When the band came out they stood behind you.
Cymbals crashed, the lights went blue.
You stood alone in the halo’s haze.
Shinny guitar hung on gold lamay.
And you, you were the lonely one.
You were the lonely one.
When you perform it’s so intense.
When the critics pan I write in your defense.
I understand I’m just a fan, I’m just a fan.
When I get home I turn off the alarm.
I’ve checked the phone, no messages on.
I play the ones from yesterday.
I play you’re song just to hear you say that….
You, you’re the lonely one.
You are the lonely one.
You, you’re the lonely one.
You are the lonely one.

1,568 comments Add your comment

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
3:19 pm

Joe Mama

May 25th, 2009
3:19 pm

TnBrian

May 25th, 2009
3:21 pm

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
3:22 pm

DOB

You’re lucky ~_~

It’s gonna be a wet one here today. I just hope I am able to watch the game. When it storms here, power lines get a little sensitive :-(

David O'Brien

May 25th, 2009
3:22 pm

Forgot to mention, both teams wearing red caps today (as are all major league teams, I think).

Braves has a blue and white-trimmed “A” with little white stars on the letter.

Again, the LINEUP
1. KJ, 2B
2. Prado, 3B
3. Diaz, LF
4. McCann, C
5. Francoeur, RF
6. Kotchman, 1B
7. D. Hernandez, SS
8. Schafer, CF
9. Vazquez, RJ

CB

May 25th, 2009
3:25 pm

Thanks DOB for sharing that story.

LKS

May 25th, 2009
3:26 pm

DOB-GREAT Story. Thanks!

Rob from SC

May 25th, 2009
3:28 pm

Hopefully Vazquez avoids that troubling inning.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
3:31 pm

I like the idea of all the Red Caps for today.

I heard from someone that they are likely to do it for 4th of July. Is it true?

Supes

May 25th, 2009
3:34 pm

Let’s hope the Braves can keep this going. Take care of Sanchez and the Giants today!

Capt Caveman

May 25th, 2009
3:34 pm

YO DOB,

With the Mets in a little tailspin personnel wise and the Phillies only 1.5 games up, do you think it is important for the Braves to make a move into first in the next week?? Or do you think that just staying close thru the halfway point will be good enough??

Personally I think they need to get into first place as soon as possible to ignite some of the younger guys on the team and maybe get a few more bats going. Something about being in first place always adds a little bit of an edge to a teams play.

Could be a good spark, even if they didn’t stay in first very long. What do you think??

Random

May 25th, 2009
3:34 pm

“CY” Jones (2:46 pm): “Wren didn’t address the outfield production problem in the offseason. He knew he didn’t. “

I don’t see how you can hold this position while at the same time acknowledging that Wren decided to go with Schafer and that he did acquire GAnderson, and according to you:

“GA is actually playing below expectations and so is Shafer.”

If these two were playing up to expectations, there would be no OF production problem.

So Wren did do something to address the outfield production problem — it just hasn’t worked out as reasonably expected (yet).

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

From the Last Blog…, But Does Anyone Like The KotchMeister Hitting 3rd instead of sixth, since he’s on a Roll…? Matty-D has been Good lately too, But I like The Kotchmeister’s tendency to work the counts better….

Kevin

May 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

Cant mention it enough today and like DOB said Thanks to our veterans and God Bless America ! Being a native New Yorker I saw America rally on Sept 12th and we are still and always will be behind our military folks so if you see one thank them. Thanks DOB for that nice story

TennesseePaul

May 25th, 2009
3:41 pm

DOB:“the Braves play three at Phoenix”

You had me panicked DOB. I’m headed out to AZ for this series and I was planning for a four game set. Then you start typing and a game is dropped… I checked though, the schedule on both the D-Backs and Atlanta page calls for a four game series.

Shane

May 25th, 2009
3:41 pm

Matt Harrison getting lit up today 5IP 7ER. His season ERA now up to 5.43 ( Thats Jo Jo Territory folks)

Mixxo

May 25th, 2009
3:42 pm

Good story David! Hat off to ‘em all.

Diggin’ the headline too ….Surging… 8)

R.I.P. Jay

chc4

May 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

Wow, SF has the worst offense in MLB but their lineup looks much better than ours today. Let’s hope Javy brings his A game.

Steve from OH

May 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

Dave, have you heard any whispers that the Braves are in the market for a bat, or are the stories on CBS a bit speculatory?

Goldenglove002

May 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

What channel is the game on today? Gotta get in as much of it as I can before all the family comes over.

Chop Chop

May 25th, 2009
3:45 pm

That’s right, Shane. The Tex trade was a success. Eat it, haters.

Steve from OH

May 25th, 2009
3:45 pm

I really enjoyed your story about the Vietnam vet as well, Dave.

Dumbfound

May 25th, 2009
3:49 pm

I do not understand the injury to Chipper ! Yesterday when he got his hit, He begged Bobby Cox not to take him out ! He motion to Cox that he was fine ! Watch the replay, He told Cox he was fine ! So why did he say he was fine running the bases yesterday ?!!!

a643dp

May 25th, 2009
3:49 pm

We should all thank our service men and women today as well as thank them on some idol Tuesday in March. I think it means more to them when its not a holiday. Just a thought………

Goldenglove002

May 25th, 2009
3:51 pm

Anyone else see this? Milton Bradley seems to think there is a conspiracy against him.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4204044

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
3:51 pm

Those hats are fugly

Mark

May 25th, 2009
3:52 pm

“GA is actually playing below expectations and so is Shafer.”

If these two were playing up to expectations, there would be no OF production problem.

Hey Random, aren’t you forgetting about a certain huge, gaping hole in that other outfield spot not occupied by Anderson, Diaz or Schafer?

Mark

May 25th, 2009
3:54 pm

Great blog, DOG.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
3:54 pm

I thank our service men and women every day and keep them in my thoughts and prayers. I’ll admit, doing that is not my thing, but I respect them for doing what they do, so I can do what I do.

David O'Brien

May 25th, 2009
3:55 pm

Thanks for that catch TennPaul. Fixed now. Yes, four in ‘Zona.

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
3:56 pm

Matt Harrison for ya….5IP 11 H 7 ER 1 BB 2 SO

MP31

May 25th, 2009
3:56 pm

any news on trying to get a right hand bat. DB

Eric from MO

May 25th, 2009
3:57 pm

Mark
3:52 pm
“GA is actually playing below expectations and so is Shafer.”

If these two were playing up to expectations, there would be no OF production problem.

Hey Random, aren’t you forgetting about a certain huge, gaping hole in that other outfield spot not occupied by Anderson, Diaz or Schafer?

Yeah but if Anderson and Schafer were playing up to expectations Francouer wouldnt matter that much. You could afford to have one bad outfielder but not 3.

a643dp

May 25th, 2009
3:57 pm

First time all year I have seen both the home and away feeds available for the braves on mlb extra innings. (indemand/cable version) I hardly ever get to hear Joe and Chip stink it up as often as people on here suggest. 95% of the time they show the opposing teams feed not sure why?

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
3:58 pm

NO matter how Mauer hits, I’ll still say Mac is the best ML catcher. Mac doesn’t get to DH, doesn’t play indoors, and plays half his games in the Southern heat/humidity.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
3:58 pm

I am gonna watch Braves feed today.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
3:59 pm

McCann should unquestionably start the All Star Game this year.

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
3:59 pm

a643dp

Might be cause the Holiday, they probably want people to be able to view which one they want?…IDK

booger1

May 25th, 2009
3:59 pm

My brother returned home from Iraq yesterday. Best Memorial Day Weekend ever!

And I agree, Bravos2249. Those hats are NOT cute.

bravesfan07

May 25th, 2009
4:00 pm

so dob have you heard anything about the rumors that sourround jeff failcoure

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
4:02 pm

booger1

Congrats on your brother coming home. And the hats like those last year that where dark blue where ok, but red? no

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:02 pm

You think if Schafer can hit it into one of the caroms of the field that he could get a triple or inside the parker?

Chop Chop

May 25th, 2009
4:03 pm

Kris Benson gave up three runs in the sixth for the Rangers, so it looks like Matt Harrison isn’t the only one getting smoked by the Yanks today.

PWHjort

May 25th, 2009
4:03 pm

Steve From OH,
Your point about Gorkys needing polishing was mine exactly.

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
4:04 pm

Now the Rangers look ok in those red hats, it matches their “red” in their other red dominant unis.

The Nats may look ok with the hats too, but everyone else, especially the Giants will look tacky. Why can’t they just put the stars and stripes in the emblem on the hat and let the hat stay the color it is, it would look better.

Random

May 25th, 2009
4:05 pm

Mark (3:52 pm): “aren’t you forgetting about a certain huge, gaping hole in that other outfield spot not occupied by Anderson, Diaz or Schafer?”

Nope.

Number one, Francoeur has improved from last year, which is all most of us ever asked for.

Number two, “two out of three ain’t bad” — if Schafer and GAnderson had been playing as reasonably expected (and had remained uninjured), Braves would be in 1st in the NL East. That would be good enough for most here.

David O'Brien

May 25th, 2009
4:05 pm

Capt Caveman: No, it’s not important they make a move by next week. First of all, how many moves do you really think will be made by next week? It’s way too early for most teams to start moving impact-type players, and the Braves need to get a real bat, not just some marginal player a team is ready to dump.

To get someone like that, it’s most likely going to be deeper into the season. There are exceptions, sure, but Braves aren’t only team looking for a bat. Sabean, the Giants’ GM, is openly saying he is pursuing one.

Yes, Braves are, by the way, for those wondering if rumors are true. They’re looking, but they have been for most of the season. Just gotta be patient and hope they can find a trade partner that won’t demand a king’s ransom.

I think if they do make a move, it’ll come well before trade deadline this time around.

PWHjort

May 25th, 2009
4:05 pm

Mauer is probably the better player just because of his defense. But if he continues hitting like he did in May he’ll win the MVP.

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
4:05 pm

Chop Chop

Yeah since Harrison’s 2 CG he’s gone a combined 10 innings giving up 12 runs in 2 starts.

Steve from OH

May 25th, 2009
4:06 pm

Thanks, Dave!

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:06 pm

As I said earlier…Man If We can get one of Our Other Regulars to carry the Team While Chipper is out, Like A. Jones did in 2005 in his Career Year…This Team can make a Push…

I think The Kotchmeister Goes Yard Today With the Short Dimensions from the Right field line to Right Center (To Hit anything Out of the Park left of Right Center is only Restricted to Barroid Bonds Only, They Need to name it the Barroid Alley, Nook ETC, because I have seen few people other than him tho it one in the area OF Ctr/Rt,Ctr where the angle gets drastic)…

a643dp

May 25th, 2009
4:08 pm

Iwamura out for the year they need a 2nd baseman??????????? pick up the phone wren………………

bravesfan07

May 25th, 2009
4:08 pm

sso guys who would be a better pickup dye or holliday

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:08 pm

Bravos2249….

I agree That Dud Selig and The MLB Marketing team has taken it too far with the red hats…

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
4:08 pm

PWHjort

I agree on that, but I’m just saying catchers like Mac, GULP Martin and even frickin Soto, don’t have the luxury of DH’ing every couple of days. Joe has played in 13 straight games but only 9 behind the plate. I think having to go out there and squat every inning and then being able to hit is more impressive then sitting on the bench and hitting.

pryguy

May 25th, 2009
4:10 pm

DOB…thanks man

David O'Brien

May 25th, 2009
4:10 pm

Well, there’s an abrupt alarm clock for the Braves, who appear to be dragging a bit after flying out last night, eh?

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
4:10 pm

Diaz as the 3rd hitter? I mean I know he can rake lefties BUT you gotta have a more patient batter in that spot.

bravos2249

May 25th, 2009
4:11 pm

DOB

Whose the tard that made this a day game. I mean the dang White Sox who are in a sense a little closer to Cali than the Braves don’t play until like 10:00.

some sense

May 25th, 2009
4:11 pm

Good God, DOB, thanks for the story on your seatmate…chilling. No lie, I’m tearing up as I think about you, him and look across the room at the flag from dad’s (WW II) coffin. God bless you, the guy, my father, and everybody else who has served on our behalf and respects and appreciates those who have.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:12 pm

Definitely looks like a beautiful day. Wish I was there :-(

TnBrian

May 25th, 2009
4:12 pm

Sanchez might give the Braves hitters a LONG day…dude looked nasty in that 1st inning. Javy is gonna have to be on his game and stay away from that famous “bad inning”.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:12 pm

Interesting stat for Javy. Undefeated on the road and in day games.

Nice catch Diaz!

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:13 pm

Uggghhh Oh, This offense Looks Flat, Maybe it was Jet-Lag or something the offense suffered in the top of the 1st….! I’m still calling it that that the Braves Only show up to play against the Good Teams Of MLB…

Braves Paisan

May 25th, 2009
4:13 pm

Nice play Matt Diaz in left — GA doesn’t catch that ball.

Vinings Jim

May 25th, 2009
4:13 pm

Adam Dunn could have caught that just by sticking his glove up (with his eyes closed).

Mixxo

May 25th, 2009
4:14 pm

Heckuva catch Matty!

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:14 pm

Man I thought Dud Selig Was gonna Address the weak bat issue in Mlb? Edgar didn’t even get jammed and he broke his bat…

David O'Brien

May 25th, 2009
4:14 pm

Sun is shining and the scenery from this perfectly located pressbox perch (low, practically right in the stands), the scenery is remarkable…. And the water and boats beyond the outfield don’t look bad, either.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:15 pm

A nice 1 2 3 inning.

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:15 pm

Yeah There we Go Javy, 7 pitches, Nice!

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2009
4:15 pm

Vinings Jim-

You just had to go there, didn’t you? :lol:

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:16 pm

DOB

Is a breeze blowing or anything? Or is the temp just good and humidity down?

McFann ;Ô;

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Great numbers on my mann!

BravesFanChris24 @ 3:59–

Yep;that’s what we all said last year, too…

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

DOB-

the only park that even comes close in terms of setting, at least in my opinion, is San Diego. AT&T is just beautiful and the location cannot be topped

TnBrian

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

Oh man, imagine jet lag on top of bad plate discipline for Frenchy. Woah, it might get REAL ugly up there for Jeff today…we’ll see.

LKS

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

Ok DOB…keep rubbin it in :)

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

Would’ve been a heckuva play there.

MP31

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

offense needs to get goin

JJ

May 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

Glad your scenery is nice, DOB. Wish I could say the same for the non-HD Sportsouth telecast. I can hardly tell whats what without HD.

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2009
4:18 pm

BravesFanChris24-

never been to San Francisco I take it? Humidity is pretty much non-existant and the wind is always blowing

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:19 pm

I only had to work 4 hours (half a day) today, so I am able to watch the game live :-)

Mixxo

May 25th, 2009
4:19 pm

Mac flashin’ the wheels again! :lol:

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:20 pm

cabravesfan

To be honest, I haven’t even been anywhere much less west coast ~_~

I’ve been to Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee and Florida (live in FL).

Goldenglove002

May 25th, 2009
4:21 pm

Just some interesting stats on some of the guys that have been in trade rumors that the braves might go after, all from over the past 3 years.

Matt Holliday: in 29 AB’s at Turner Field, Holliday has .379 AVG, 2 HR’s, 4 doubles, 2 SB’s and 8 K’s. He also has a .439 AVG with 9 HR’s, 21 runs and RBI’s, 2 SB and 15 K’s against the Marlins over 82 AB’s, a .305 AVG with 3 HR’s, 9 RBI’s, 2 SB’s and 16 K’s against the Mets in 82 AB’s, a .250 AVG with 7 HR’s 19 RBI’s and 9 K’s in 68 AB’s against the Phillies, and a .364 AVG with 6 HR’s, 27 RBI’s, 6 SB’s and 19 K’s against the Nats. He also hits .302 with RISP and .378 with bases loaded

Mark Derosa: Has a .361 AVG in 32 AB’s at Turner Field. A .158 AVG against FLA in 38 AB’s, a .286 AVG in 35 AB’s against the Mets, A .237 AVG in 38 AB’s against the Phillies, and a .326 AVG in 43 AB’s against the Nats. He’s a .305 hitter with RISP and .440 with bases loaded. His AVG is also 20 points lower post allstar, when we might see him come in a trade.

Magglio Ordonez: 4-12 with a SB at Turner Field. He’s 2-6 with a double against the Mets, 5-11 with 4 RBI’s against the Phillies, and 7-10 against the Nats. Has not played the Marlins in the last 3 years. .352 with RISP and .306 with bases loaded. Traditionally hits in the #4 spot.

Out of these 3 I really think we should try hard to get Holliday. Yes, it’s a 2-3 month rental, but he could really keep the offense going as the season progresses.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:21 pm

Used to live in GA for a time period, which is when I became a Braves fan.

Vinings Jim

May 25th, 2009
4:21 pm

cabravesfan – I’m just glad that my remark was caught by someone who understands the difference between cogent commentary and being a smart aleck.

MP31

May 25th, 2009
4:21 pm

we need a win today. good chance the phils lose tonight against marlins with moyer on the hill. had 5 bad outings in a row.

Zach

May 25th, 2009
4:23 pm

DOB,

What do you think about the article bowman wrote about trading Jeff?

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:23 pm

OMG That Wendy’s Commercial is AWFUL, Sounds Like that Pop-Tart, T-Pain/Gay-Kon Garbage that is overplayed on the radio nowadays

Vinings Jim

May 25th, 2009
4:25 pm

It doesn’t get better than the war games scene in “The Dirty Dozen” (unless the Braves could score a few runs).

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2009
4:25 pm

BravesFanChris24-

Let’s just say San Francisco is one of the few places that, when the tempature hits 60 at the end of May, it’s called “warm” :) The first time i went to AT&T for a game, in july, it was about 55 degrees and the flags on top of the right field wall, well, the one on the right was blowing straight to the right. The one on the left was blowing straight left. And the one in the middle was dead. They are perhaps 10 feet from eachother. Swirling doesn’t even begin to describe the wind there, although it seems fairly calm today…

groundfog

May 25th, 2009
4:25 pm

Geez, is red bul on the banned substance list? lol

Tomahawkin

May 25th, 2009
4:26 pm

Well before this game The Braves are 13-7 against teams that are over .500 this year…

While They are 11-12 against teams that have played less than .500 baseball this year, letting their guard down against the Jubroni teams

Proof that this team comes correct when the play the good teams of the league, and W emight drop 2 of three of three to the giants

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2009
4:26 pm

Vinings Jim-

I’m sure someone out there thought you were serious ;)

J-X

May 25th, 2009
4:28 pm

Does it look to anyone else that Vazquez’s stuff looks better than normal? Knock on wood, but it just looks like he is peppering the bottem of the zone at the corners. He looks good, hopefully we can give him some runs to work with.

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:28 pm

So far so good for Javy.

LKS

May 25th, 2009
4:28 pm

Ok stupid girl question…what is the umpire looking for when he is looking over the ball after it hit the ground and Mac gives it to him to throw to the dugout? Is he just looking for where it hit?

BravesFanChris24

May 25th, 2009
4:29 pm

cabravesfan

I’d love that weather daily. I’m in Pensacola, FL and it changes constantly.

David O'Brien

May 25th, 2009
4:29 pm

What we had there was a failure to communicate. And some bad sun. But mostly a failure to communicate.

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