It’s hot, but Braves’ bats are not

  Phoenix – We’ve taken this roadie from the cool, crisp days and foggy nights in San Francisco to the 100-degree heat of Arizona, and the Braves can only hope their bats also experience a drastic warming trend.
  How ugly was their offense in San Francisco? Very. The Braves hit .165 and scored five runs while being swept by the Giants at AT&T Park. Oh, it was bad.
  This after they had hit .308 and scored 35 runs during a 5-1 finish to their homestand, including a sweep of the Blue Jays (which looks less impressive by the day, as Toronto continues to skid).
  Chipper Jones, playing on a sprained right big toe, rarely looked as bad as he did during the San Francisco series, going 1-for-9 with six strikeouts, including his first four-strikeout Golden Sombrero last night, when he was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against Randy Johnson (he hit six homers in 33 at-bats against Big Unit before last night). It took him 2,060 games to get one; Jordan Schafer already has two.
  Chipper conceded afterward that he can’t push off with his right foot when batting right-handed, so I’d be surprised to see him in there Saturday against lefty Doug Davis, who’s scheduled to start the third game of the Arizona series.
  Whether manager Bobby Cox saw enough last night to decide Jones shouldn’t play at all tonight remains to be seen. The Braves are set to face righties in the other games of the four-game series, including Dan Haren tonight and Jon Garland tomorrow. Chipper’s 2-for-4 with a homer off Haren, and hasn’t faced Garland.
  Does everyone realize how much the Braves have missed utility man Omar Infante and shortstop Yunel Escobar? They hope to get Escobar back during the D’backs series, perhaps as soon as tonight.
  But yesterday, Cox didn’t seen too confident that Escobar would be back before the weekend, and even hinted that the Braves could only carry him a few more days before they’d have to consider the DL.
  How much did they miss him in San Francisco? Consider: the Braves went a heinous 3-for-23 with runners in scoring position against the Giants. Escobar ranks fourth in the NL with a .439 average (18-for-41) with runners in scoring position, and fifth with a .458 average (11-for-24) with RISP and two outs.
  Schafer, poor dude, is 4-for-42 (.095) with runners in scoring position, fifth-lowest among NL qualifers.
  How much have the Braves missed Infante? As much as they feared they would after he broke his hand and player after player described it as a “huge blow” to the team. He probably won’t be back before the All-Star break.
  Not only is Infante versatile and a professional hitter, he also had one of the highest on-base percentages in the NL as a leadoff man, and has the Braves’ highest (and NL’s 10th-highest) average against lefties at .385 (15-for-39).
  The Braves lost against two lefty starters in San Francisco, without Infante or Jones in the lineup for the opening games against Jonathan Sanchez and with a hobbled Jones and no Infante in the lineup last night against Johnson.
  Jones said Johnson caught him and the Braves at a good time, and didn’t seem too concerned by losing three games at San Francisco, given the circumstances.
  ”We’re predominately left-handed,” he said. “They had the pitching matchups on us this series. They saw the bottom of our rotation, and we saw the top of theirs. It’s gonna happen sometimes.”

 ♣ Matt Diaz said while the Braves hate to put pressure on Derek Lowe, he was glad that Lowe was the starter for tonight’s series opener against Arizona. Because the Braves need a stopper, need their veteran, big-money pitcher to beat Dan Haren tonight and snap the three-game skid before it goes any longer.
  ”That’s one of the reasons we got him, for situations like this,” Diaz said.
  Lowe is 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his past six starts against Arizona, including 3-1 in five last season with the Dodgers. He was 0-3 in seven starts at Phoenix before pitching six scoreless innings to win in his last start in the desert.
  He’ll face Haren, who’s 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA in his past three starts, and got no decision Saturday when he allowed five runs and four homers in seven innings of a D’backs win at Oakland.
  Against the Braves, Haren is 2-1 in three starts despite a 6.88 ERA. He lost his only start against them in 2008, allowing 10 hits and six runs in 5-1/3 innings.
  Tomorrow, it’ll be Jair Jurrjens, the Braves’ potential All-Star (if he can just get some run support to notch a few more wins before All-Star pitchers are selected), going against Garland.
  Jurrjens is 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in five May starts. He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in eight starts in a row, producing a 1.98 ERA in that span. He’s 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in five road starts, second-best road ERA among major league starters.
  Meanwhile, Garland is 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA in his past three starts, with 24 hits (four homers) allowed in 15-2/3 innings, and more walks (six) than strikeouts (four).
  The Braves won’t have pitching matchups as an excuse if they don’t win the first two games in this series.
  They’ve also got a favorable matchup Saturday of Javier Vazquez (4-4, 3.80) against lefty Doug Davis (2-6, 3.77). Well, except for the lefty thing, unless Jones gets better in a hurry.
  Then on Sunday, the interesting one — Kris Medlen (0-2, 9.72) against D’backs righty Max Scherzer (2-3, 3.38). If the Braves don’t replace Medlen for that start, it’ll be interesting to see if, in his third start, he can get through a game without having another of the alarming single innings that have undermined each of his first two starts. And if he walks or hits Scherzer with a pitch, well, then the Braves (or, rather, Medlen) might have issues to discuss.

 ♣ One other thing before we wrap this up and head to the ballpark: The Braves have now lost five in a row to the Giants going back to last season, when they lost to Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito in their last two games against the Giants. Those two games were in Atlanta in August.
  Bravos hit .169 with a 5.36 ERA while being outscored 26-6 in that five-game stretch against the Giants.
  Now, they turn attentions to a Diamondbacks team that has won six of its last eight road games, but lost seven of its past nine at the ginormous airplane hangar of a stadium known as Bank One.

  ♣ We’ll close with a gem by one of the great songwriters, Jimmy Webb. Johnny Rivers first sang this tune, but I love the versions by Glen Campbell, Isaac Hayes, and Nice Cave & The Bad Seeds (yes, this one definitely transcended genres). Oh, and I just saw that Lucinda Williams is playing in nearby Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday night. Gonna have to check into ticket availability. Hard to pass up a chance to see Lu.

“BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX” by Jimmy Webb

By the time I get to Phoenix she’ll be rising
She’ll find the note I left hangin’ on her door
She’ll laugh when she reads the part that says I’m leavin’
‘Cause I’ve left that girl so many times before

By the time I make Albuquerque she’ll be working
She’ll prob’ly stop at lunch and give me a call
But she’ll just hear that phone keep on ringin’
Off the wall that’s all

By the time I make Oklahoma she’ll be sleepin’
She’ll turn softly and call my name out loud
And she’ll cry just to think I’d really leave her
Tho’ time and time I try to tell her so
She just didn’t know I would really go.

 

 

1,631 comments Add your comment

cheld

May 28th, 2009
5:19 pm

Shamus Thacker

May 28th, 2009
5:19 pm

This team is schizophrenic.

Is there a better word?

Nice Piece DOB, thanks as always…

Thrillhouse44

May 28th, 2009
5:20 pm

Diaz is right – this is why the Braves signed Lowe. Hopefully the offense wakes up and helps him out some.

McScared is scared to post under his/her real blog name.

RC

May 28th, 2009
5:21 pm

DOB,

Do you think the fact the Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will be selecting backup players for the All-Star game (i think) will help Jurrjiens chances of making the team, since he’s been able to see up close this year just how good Jurrjens has been, regardless of wins?

ZC Rider

May 28th, 2009
5:21 pm

I get to attend this game, and the Dbacks are bad enough to turn the Braves’ bats around.

Shamus Thacker

May 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

Escobar is almost as sorely missed as Chipper when he’s out.

I definitely realize it.

cheld

May 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

I just read the BA piece on Heyward / Freeman / Johnson. I’m glad those guys are doing so well. Do you think they’ll need a full season in hi-A or do you think they could be in Mississippi this season (not trying to rush them to the majors, just want to get them plenty of time with the staff in Pearl).

Taylor S

May 28th, 2009
5:23 pm

Glavine looked pretty good today.

McScared

May 28th, 2009
5:26 pm

Life is all about conquering your fears.

Fear of flying. Fear of spiders. Fear of heights. Fear of speedy hawaiin outfielders.

McFann :Ô:

May 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Redstick19

Thanks. Maybe I’ll go look for some ants after dinner…

jtb

The collision with Byrnes was in ‘06. He missed 3 weeks, but his ankle bothered him for the rest of the year, and has acted up a few times since.

I would rather him go get the ball and try to apply a tag than risk injury in a collision.

Me, too. But I guess there does come a time when you have to take a small hit…but hopefully that time will be never…

Polterbubba

Thank you very much. Yeah, I don’t know where all this crud came from all of the sudden.

I mean, again, McCann is one of the guys on our team who actually looks like he, ya know, cares.

On the other hand

May 28th, 2009
5:28 pm

“Escobar is almost as sorely missed as Chipper when he’s out.”

And Escobar is out because he’s as sore as Chipper when he’s missed.

Thrillhouse44

May 28th, 2009
5:30 pm

Diamondbacks have lost 7 of their last 9 at home? Sounds like the venue is right for the Braves.

McScared why are you fearful of posting under your typical blog name?

McScared

May 28th, 2009
5:30 pm

McCann’s favorite movie character is the Lion in the Wizard of Oz.

McScared

May 28th, 2009
5:31 pm

I don’t have a “typical” blog name. I was absent on the day that blog names were handed out.

McFann :Ô:

May 28th, 2009
5:32 pm

McScared

Yeah? Well yours is the Scarecrow!!

McScared

May 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

I’m kinda scared of incoming blogs that are critical of me.

I think I’ll stand here to the side and try to “tag” them after they go by.

monty

May 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

I’m predicting a 5-3 win tonight!

Sarge

May 28th, 2009
5:34 pm

I think the Scarecrow is more manly than the Lion. But let’s face it, Dorothy was the most manly of the bunch.

Thrillhouse44

May 28th, 2009
5:36 pm

A reference to ’shrooms on the last blog and now we’re talking about Wizard of Oz…I’ll be back after I get my Pink Floyd synched up.

McScared

May 28th, 2009
5:38 pm

My all time baseball hero is Jimmy Piersall. Do you know why?

wiki

May 28th, 2009
5:38 pm

The problem with Glavine on this team is that, at best, he is not the kind of pitcher that will shut down a team, especially at this point in his career. A best case expectation from him would be the minimum quality start (6 IP, 3 ER) criteria, which would be a sufficient result with the Phillies (see Jamie Moyer) or, say, the ‘03 Braves (see Russ Ortiz). With this inconsistent (to be generous) offense, that can’t work. To remain competitive, the Braves need pitchers who have the ability to dominate lineups, which they have to some extent in the first three starters…..win most of the 2-1s and 3-2s and hope to break even in the rest.

wiki

May 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

Piersall and Harry Caray were the most controversial and entertaining broadcasting tandem in ML history. Just saw the name and had to comment.

Now ranked 1,270 on Amazon.com...

May 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

Dub Side of the Moon
by Easy All Stars

Talk about high concept: this project features the house band of noted New York reggae label Easy Star covering Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in the same sequence and in recognizable but reggae fashion. Here, the All Stars turn Floyd’s strangely surreal world even stranger and more surreal, adorning the English band’s dark psychedelic music with slow reggae beats and head-spinning dub-style production that is both inspired and effective. “Money” opens with the sound of bong hits and coughing instead of the cash register, then grooves to a reggae beat as guitar and organ churn out the classic riff–there’s even the signatory sax break in the middle. The group hits it just right on “Great Gig In The Sky,” retaining the soaring gospel voice, while the remake of the chiming bells on “Time” reveals a bit of irreverent humor. Tearing away at the alienation of the original, this infusion of new personality makes it all work, elevating the album’s concept from the half-baked to visionary.

ZC Rider

May 28th, 2009
5:41 pm

I heard if you take shrooms, the Braves never disappoint

jtb

May 28th, 2009
5:41 pm

McFann
My bad about the years. I remember after that ankle injury his power wasn’t the same for the rest of the year. I feel the same about McCann blocking the plate as I do about Chip running out ground balls. Unless the game is on the line, take it easy because we need their bats.

Redstick19

May 28th, 2009
5:42 pm

McFann- hope you realize I was talking to McScared to go step in something, not you. Maybe if we all ignore McScared and stop responding (myself included), it will go away.

McScared

May 28th, 2009
5:42 pm

I heard that there are scorpions in the desert. I’m not going to Arizona – Ross can do the catching.

ZC Rider

May 28th, 2009
5:44 pm

Hey, Glavine’s fastball touched 86. I guess the jokes about his velocity can stop.

wOw

May 28th, 2009
5:48 pm

86 yards per hour? Bobby Cox can walk faster than that.

Van the Man

May 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

5 scoreless for Glavine today. What say ye haters?

Duke

May 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

Nice heading

braves70

May 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

I’ll bet the Braves score zero tonight. A zero that looks just like a moon pie.

Rob from SC

May 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

Don’t look now but Gregor Blanco is heating up. Just keep in mind that Schafer had more hits and less strikeouts than Chipper jones yesterday.

Mixxo

May 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

I like the Black Moses’ version the best. Huge Isaac Hates fan. RIP brotha.

Lucinda can also “bring it.”

Lets win tonight guys…..JEEZ!

Steve

May 28th, 2009
5:52 pm

McScared: that’s hillarious. Your assumptions seem spot on to me.

McFann :Ô:

May 28th, 2009
5:53 pm

jtb

That’s OK. Yeah, it did take him about a month to get his power back. I see what you mean about the game being on the line and stuff.

Redstick19

Yeah…I was gonna go step on some ants like, ya know, “Take THAT, Mac bashers!”

I’m doing my best to ignore it…just had to throw out the Scarecrow line (which wasn’t very nice, but hey, it needs to lay off my mann!).

Fans Against Bad Right Fielders

May 28th, 2009
5:53 pm

NO MORE FAILCOEUR! NO MORE FAILCOEUR!

Interesting note… Even if Jeff were hitting .300, Jordan Schafer would still have a higher OBP than him.

To which we’re reminded…

“If on-base percentage is so important than why don’t they put it on the scoreboard?” – Jeff Failcoeur

bravesphanatic004

May 28th, 2009
5:54 pm

siap…but on mlbtraderumors they are saying that carlos lee wont waive his no trade clause for anyone. how much would it take? probably too much…. we could have easily made this trade if wouldnt have given half of our farm to the rangers. i dont care what anyone says, we can all agree that carlos lee is a “big bat” and would be a great addition.

dream trades are always fun to think about but never happen…. damn this sucks.

dream trade #503

May 28th, 2009
5:57 pm

The ghost of Babe Ruth for the silhouette of Ted Williams.

Be-yotch Puh-leeze!

May 28th, 2009
5:57 pm

Somebody must have taken McScared’s meds away from him/her/it. Down boy/girl/thing!

Joebrave

May 28th, 2009
5:58 pm

Wonder how many runners Stenchy and Schitfer leave on base tonight??? I am taking the over at 9

Kotchfann

May 28th, 2009
5:58 pm

Casey’s on base percentage must be really high. He’s almost always on first base!

Joebrave

May 28th, 2009
5:59 pm

Note to the Braves Front Office, Please fire the lying scout that works from his basement in Gwinnett, Apparantly he thinks he knows Baseball, and must be Bobby’s Love child!!!!

McScared

May 28th, 2009
6:00 pm

Not to worry. I borrowed some xanax from my buddy Garret.

Joebrave

May 28th, 2009
6:01 pm

As for Last Night, YUCK!!! anytime a team can go to Six Flags and get Buford the Buzzard to shut your team down, Ya have a real problem, and Wren, YOU HAVE A REAL PROBLEM!!!!

Bring Me the Head of Francisco Cabrera

May 28th, 2009
6:03 pm

I’m not sure I should be encouraging him, but McScared is pretty funny!

Buddy the bald eagle

May 28th, 2009
6:03 pm

The Braves WISH they had a 4th or 5th starter like Buford the Buzzard.

Rob from SC

May 28th, 2009
6:04 pm

can somebody link the BA Heyward article

McScared

May 28th, 2009
6:05 pm

Oh oh. I saw my shadow today. That means six more weeks of the Braves below .500.

Jackie Treehorn

May 28th, 2009
6:06 pm

DOB, assuming Oakland trades Holliday, what do you think it would take to get him? I would think a package of Kris Medlen and Charlie Morton plus a less developed minor league pitcher would probably get the job done.

McScared

May 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

Oh my God! I just found out that diamondbacks are SNAKES!

MFin04

May 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

Just watched the Twins Red Sox highlights. Twins got screwed twice and get ejected after being right on both calls. Then the next inning, Red Sox argued a pitch that was probably 12-15 inches off the plate. Wasn’t anywhere close. They look so stupid arguing that strike call.

P-Town Brave

May 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

So I read about the Braves inquiring on DeRosa + (the other bat)….

My ? is this….

Is it feasible to believe the Braves have enough left in the bank to acquire DeRo (5.5M)+ another bat from somewhere else, even if they shed the contracts of Francoeur (3.375M) and Johnson (2.825M).

DeRosa is almost all but offset w/ the contracts of those two, however, I would imagine the big OF bat would be pretty hefty unless we somehow did get the Cards to re-establish talks for Ryan Ludwick(3.7M) or even Ankiel (2.825M)

JEB

May 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

Unless Frank Wrenn and can pull off some special magic – I really do not see anyone out there that we could possibly get without giving up a whole lot and getting back very little.

For the really good ones – I would say those teams are going to keep them. For a few of the others – teams will be asking a whole lot from us, knowing they can get what they like from someone else if not the Braves. There are a lot of teams out there looking for a big bat.

We may just have to wade this season out – and let something special develop in the winter (as hard as that is to bear!).

caseyskotch

May 28th, 2009
6:07 pm

chipper is one of the greatest but he needs to stop acting hurt all the time i mean ive played softball with turf toe before and i was playing for free hes making 11 million

McFann :Ô:

May 28th, 2009
6:08 pm

Bring Me the Head of Francisco Cabrera McScared is pretty funny!

No, it’s not.

Sarge

May 28th, 2009
6:10 pm

caseyskotch: You are more manly than Chipper.

caseyskotch

May 28th, 2009
6:12 pm

How about we show up at turner field and the braves will have the money to sign matt holliday long term does anyone know the average attendance this year?

Bay Area Steve

May 28th, 2009
6:12 pm

The madder the Unauthorized Turtle gets, the funnier the McScared becomes.

mets fan in atlanta

May 28th, 2009
6:12 pm

Medlen and Morton for Holliday???? That’s ridiculous. Medlen’s trade value is shot after the last two starts, and Morton’s was gone after he faded badly down the stretch last fall.

P-Town Brave

May 28th, 2009
6:14 pm

Jackie Treehorn-

LOVE your movies ;-)

Anyways, I am thinking Morton/Medlen/BJones + one more may get it done…just looking at their OF, after losing Holliday they will need some replenishment there at the corners…

In the case of what I said above at 6:07, I would rather give up say Medlen/Johnson to St. Louis for a bat (pref. Ludwick) and then Reyes(Morton)/Francoeur/Redmond or something like that to Cleveland for DeRosa…

The Ludwick scenario I would think would be virtually impossible w/o Kelly Johnson being in the mix plus another pitcher…the Cards need arms and middle infield help.

caseyskotch

May 28th, 2009
6:15 pm

hey sarge im not saying that. chippers my favorite player he just always puts on a show its like he wants people to know hes hurt hell be walked even more cause he cant run

McScared

May 28th, 2009
6:16 pm

“The Ludwick scenario”?

Isn’t that the new Matt Damon movie?

Bring Me the Head of Francisco Cabrera

May 28th, 2009
6:19 pm

In all fairness, McFann, I think you’re a little too close to the subject. McCann seems like an unassuming guy — I’ll bet he’d laugh.

P-Town Brave

May 28th, 2009
6:23 pm

McScared-

You mean The Bourne Ludwick?

Supes

May 28th, 2009
6:26 pm

As much as I’d like to see Ryan Ludwick in LF here for the Braves in 2009, it’s not going to happen. Not during the season anyways.

Matt Holliday will be too expensive (as far as what the A’s will want, plus there are other teams who need corner OF help).

Market for Corner OF is going to be active, but there are only a few suitable candidates.

Josh Willingham, Jeremy Hermida are 2 players I hope the Braves consider. Neither will cost a lot, and both are “players who have yet to live up to their potential”. Speaking of Marlins players…Jorge Cantu for 2B (during or in the off-season is a move the Braves need to really think about, esp. if they end up trading KJ in some package for another player this year or in the off-season).

Frankie Knuckles

May 28th, 2009
6:31 pm

Oh my God! I just found out that diamondbacks are SNAKES!
- McScared

Aight, i laughed at this one. BMac has been fielding off the plate a little bit. Don’t know if its nerves or just bad catching.

Supes

May 28th, 2009
6:31 pm

DOB,

I’ll be shocked if Chipper is in the lineup the way he looked at the dish yesterday. It was beyond clear he was not able to swing the bat as usual due to the foot injury. No sense of having him play. Everyone knows it’s affecting him, pitchers will exploid it. If he bats LH, they’ll pitch him away (just like that last at bat during the game last night, and he’ll end up flailing b/c he can’t plant and push off)

I’d rather have Prado at 3B, Hernandez at SS and KJ at 2B tonight regardless of who is pitching on the mound for Arizona. Gotta go with the players who are healthy and able to play.

Mitchie-san

May 28th, 2009
6:33 pm

Hey McScared, I live in in Hawaii and have no idea what a “hawaiin” is. Mahalo.

rocky mtn braves fan

May 28th, 2009
6:33 pm

DOB – I know it’s still very early to discuss potential outfield solutions, but what do you think about Russell Branyan? He’s on a one year deal in Seattle, and has 11 Hr, 11 2B, 23 RBI, with a .331 average in 41 games for the mariners. He strikes out a good bit (46k in 41 games), but he certainly has pop in his bat (1.006 OPS). I think he would be a much cheaper option in terms of trade and salary($1.4M this year) than some of the other possibilities. Thoughts?

Cautious Catcher

May 28th, 2009
6:35 pm

Bring Me the Head of Francisco Cabrera McScared is pretty funny!

and true too.McCann is obviously scared of the plate He’s a dishophobic I don’t know what the fear of speeding baserunners is called, but they need to make him stay at home like an agoraphobic.

MGL

May 28th, 2009
6:35 pm

The Braves Supremacy starts at 9:40.

Jonathan Simeone

May 28th, 2009
6:38 pm

I am so tired of watching the same hitters have bad at bat after bad at bat. At this point, I just want to see new faces in the lineup. Gorkys Hernandez should be given a chance to play center–he can’t possibly be a weaker hitter than Schafer. Then I would try and trade Francoeur for Delmon Young. Both guys have much more talent than they’ve shown; maybe, a change would help both of them find their swings again. Something’s got to change.

curioso

May 28th, 2009
6:39 pm

Mitchie-san: which island do you live on?

csg

May 28th, 2009
6:39 pm

so we are upset the Braves rushed Schafer and our solution is to rush Gorkys now, thats just a great idea

bravesphanatic004

May 28th, 2009
6:39 pm

The Braves Supremacy…..

damn thats funny!

StingerSplash

May 28th, 2009
6:39 pm

As bad as the Braves offense was (and it were ugly against the Giants), they made the usually punchless Giants look like the Yankees by comparison. Good teams clobber run-of-the-mill, not-even-mediocre clubs like the Giants. The Braves are the biggest tease this side of a hot chick in high school — they do just enough to make you think something’s there (such as the recent homestand), and they turn ice cold against bad teams.

RCinATL

May 28th, 2009
6:40 pm

I think the Braves should go ahead and call up Gregor Blanco for Jordan Schafer. I GB has not had the best of starts in AAA, but he did prove last season that he is capable of hitting .250 consistently, not scared to bunt for a hit or take a walk .366 OBP, and HE CAN BAT LEADOFF!!! Even when Escobar is healthy, the Braves are a much better team when he hits second – and certainly much better when KJ hits 6th or 7th. We could do this RIGHT NOW and it would be a moderate upgrade over what we have now – and it would cost us merely pennies. Then, perhaps we can get by for a few more days or weeks while looking for a better solution in RF and perhaps even LF.

Cautious Catcher

May 28th, 2009
6:40 pm

am so tired of watching the same hitters have bad at bat after bad at bat. Jonathan

tough, deal with it. they aren’t gonna tear the team apart because of your ADD.

ANTI-NEGATIVE GUY

May 28th, 2009
6:41 pm

Don’t know if this is an omen or not but I killed a diamondback rattler on the patio last night

McChubb

May 28th, 2009
6:42 pm

It’s no fun getting hit. How would you people like to get hit by a big Hawaiian Punch?

Mitchie-san

May 28th, 2009
6:43 pm

curioso, I am stationed at Pearl Harbor on Oahu.

StingerSplash

May 28th, 2009
6:44 pm

And one more thing — Frenchy certainly can’t be on the BoSox radar screen. For starters, he doesn’t fit their mold of hitters, you know, patient, as in letting the pitcher’s pitch go by and making them come to you with what you want in your happy zone. Kotsay is almost ready to come off the DL, so they’ll have Bay (who is really good), Ellsbury (who is really fast and getting better) and the three-headed monster of doctor’s office regulars Drew, Baldelli and Kotsay. They don’t need Frenchy and there’s no one they’re willing to deal (like Bay, who should be in the MVP running this year) who would fill a Braves need right now. They’ve got gobs of talent down on the farm, but so do the Braves.

Maybe the deal is...

May 28th, 2009
6:47 pm

Baldelli for Frenchy, straight up.

Change of scenery might do them each good.

McScared

May 28th, 2009
6:48 pm

Whap! I could have had a V8.

On second thought, maybe not.

i cant take it anymore

May 28th, 2009
6:49 pm

i have consulted with a few different beers and we have decided that logan schafer’s problem
is his hat. The bill is a little too flat. It also seems to be causing problems with kris medlen on an inning by inning basis.

Cautious Catcher

May 28th, 2009
6:51 pm

Whap! I could have had a V8.

go with the straight six

Steve from OH

May 28th, 2009
6:51 pm

RCinATL

May 28th, 2009
6:52 pm

Another couple of ideas…

If we could somehow get DeRosa back here, could we not put him at second, which would make KJ expendable. It seems DeRo would be somewhat of an upgrade defensively, he’s right handed (which we need more of), and we wouldn’t be sacrificing hitting.

Also, if Greg Norton is not going to get going soon – and very soon – why not go ahead and call up Brian Barton? He would at least give us more speed to use late in games that Norton doesn’t have. Probably a significant defensive upgrade as well.

PWHjort

May 28th, 2009
6:54 pm

Great song, DOB.

savannah dawg

May 28th, 2009
6:54 pm

Amen RCinATL,I believe Blanco had 4 hits today for gwinnett.He heating up,now would be the perfect time for a call up.

PWHjort

May 28th, 2009
6:55 pm

Can’t wait to watch Dan Haren tonight. I’ve always loved watching him pitch. My post-11pm Braves protest lasted all of 1 night because I’m staying up to watch all of the innings he pitches.

caseyskotch

May 28th, 2009
6:55 pm

does anyone know average attendance this year at the ted compared to last year

Jerald Holcombe

May 28th, 2009
6:58 pm

Not much is gonna improve the Braves unless you do something about the root problem. There has to change from within the coaching ranks and up to and including the GM. If it were up to me, I would remove Wren and replace him with Bobby Cox. Some don’t remember that Bobby was the architech of this team’s success initially. He built the minor league system to national prominence and that gave Schuerholz a lot of ammo to make a lot of the trades he made. Bobby also traded Doyle Alexander for Smoltz. He also drafted Chipper and most of our core players in the early 90s. The way I see it, we need a change and so does Bobby Cox. Also, I would replace Bobby with Chris Chambliss and get rid of Pendleton and McDowell and bring back Mazzone and Don Baylor.
Now, most of you may not agree with me, but it is my opinion. So please, agree if you like and disagree if you like, but try to keep it civil this time. Thanks.

CB

May 28th, 2009
6:58 pm

Steve- may force Phillies to go to the trade market for sure.

P-Town Brave

May 28th, 2009
6:58 pm

Supes-

Not to start an argument but Willingham and Hermida give me too much of a Francoeur vibe and Cantu can no longer play the middle infield.

RCinATL-

Good points there and exactly what I talked about in my 6:07 and 6:14

Bravesfan

May 28th, 2009
6:59 pm

Don’t look now Schafer, but Gregor Blanco is fast approaching in your mirrors. Most would assume Blanco would replace Jordan. (and so would I) However, I would find it quite funny if Frenchy was the one replaced. Schafer has shown he’s able to adapt. There’s a tiny improvement going on in his game. Granted, you might need a microscope to see that improvement. Frenchy’s doing jack to improve his game and has had all sorts of opportunities.

Marty from Roc City

May 28th, 2009
7:02 pm

Hey DOB

Is there a way for you to know who the Gwinnett Braves probables are next week. I live in Rochester NY and the Braves are playing a series against the Red Wings starting on Tuesday. I’m really hoping to see Hanson pitch and possibly Glavine if he makes a rehab start too, If anyone else knows or knows where I could find that info that’d be great.

RCinATL

May 28th, 2009
7:03 pm

Savannahdawg, perhaps people have forgotten that Blanco finished 24th in OBP last year in all of MLB – with over 400 plate appearances. Now, I know this isn’t Jose Reyes material as a leadoff hitter, but lordy, he sure offers us some sense of competence there. Also, calling Barton up would help out in the outfield as he would be a better second option in CF than anyone else we have.

A wise person once told me, “Perfect is the enemy of good.” So we don’t have an Otis Nixon leading off. We don’t have a 40 HR guy on the corners. Ok, but we do have a kid close by that can do better than the one who is out there now.

Isenberg

May 28th, 2009
7:03 pm

Wiki, what are you basing your Glavine description on? You expect him to give up three earned runs every time out?

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