5:21 pm May 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 29th, 200910:34 pm
“Jon Garland is a hit giving up machine.”
I’d prefer to think our lineup is a hitting machine
May 29th, 200910:35 pm
A WALK!? NO WAY! lol
Hey don’t the Phillies need pitching? Let’s hope they can work out a deal for Garland.
Steve from OH
T-Hawkin’, sure, let’s get Victorino, a key player for the Phils, for our scrap pitching (Reyes, Morton) that’s not going to give them any measurable improvement over their own internal options. Sounds like a deal to me!
May 29th, 200910:36 pm
Steve From OH,
I’ve been saying that exact same thing about Schafer for about a month. To steal an over-used expression, you’re “preaching to the choir”. Needless to say, I agree. The bat will come. He’s over-matched right now, but he ain’t going to be over-matched forever. He’ll catch up. It will take time, but it will happen. And he’s going to be a pretty damn good player.
RHR, wasn’t there a large contingent screaming for a Garland signing this offseason? Where they at now?
I hope it’s nothing too serious. If the OTC was Southern Comfort, then I won’t worry about you too much.
I would never think that! I would have responded the same way to you”
And that, my dear, is just another thing we have in common.
Come On KJ!
May 29th, 200910:37 pm
JJ getting respect as a hitter.
I prefer to assign blame to the opposing pitcher from time to time. Nine baserunners in three innings from Garland. That is awful. It’s great for us, but we’re getting a lot of help.
Hey. He just walked Jurrjens. Impressive.
I call first pitch slam.
Jair working that count. Gets a two-run double and a walk in his first two PAs. Dude wants to win.
Muscle up, KJ.
PWH–it sounds like I’ve been picking on you lately! Hah, again, I’m using your post as a prompt to talk to the “kill Schafer” contingent on the blog. You’d think they’d never seen the mysterious creature called a “rookie” before…
A walk to JJ. Oy vey.
How “damn good” do you think Schafer will be, PWH? Give us some hyperbole.
walk the pitcher, wow, I’m not so happy anymore knowing how bad garland is pitching.
I’m still happy, but this is somewhat of a fake happiness.
Garland is over 74 pitches.
May 29th, 200910:38 pm
Man you think we could get JJ to play LF?
By “slam,” I mean “hit.”
I don’t know, Steve. Was one of them Coach? Please say yes. lol that guy cracks me up with his melodrama. Nothing personal, I’m sure he’s a nice man..it just seems so…painful for him to be a Braves fan. Which is strangely amusing to me.
About Fcking Time KJ….! Nice!
Smart of Kelly, hits that little get-me-over first-pitch fastball after he’d walked Schafer and Jair.
sweet, clutch hitting by Kelly, lets see if we can get JJ in from 3rd this time
Nice job KJ
May 29th, 200910:39 pm
Tom O – TheraFlu, actually – just a cold, and I’m mostly taking it so I don’t wake up too early. Wow, YUNEL!
No need to run!
There WE GO ESCO….!!!!!
MAMA THERE GOES THAT MAN!!
Goldenglove, even if the pitcher’s trying to give it to you, you gotta be good enough to take it. So, that’s… something.
Oh… see ya, little white ball…
Phew, does Garland stink!!!!!!!!!
Rob in Mobile
Garland has 76 pitches already. The bullpen’s gonna be busy tonight. Nice hitting approach tonight, if only they did this more often……..
good god Yunie CRUSHED THAT!
Now would be an excellent time for the Escobar haters to pony up a little apology action!
That was a bomb.
What’d I say about Garland?
Mind your nachos!! -Boog
Solution to a team’s offensive struggles – face Garland as often as possible.
Let’s give Yuney the rest of the night off, eh?
Come get in my poster, son!
May 29th, 200910:40 pm
The bullpen’s gonna be busy now! Escobar……wow.
Looks like the Braves have found the cure for what ails them, in the form of Jon Garland.
Where the hell has this offense been hiding all week?
Did Pendleton take the day off?
Bad hip and all…Escobar CRUSHES one. Take notice Franceour. That is how you turn on a pitch. Franceour would have grounded out to the shortstop on that pitch.
Patience shows dividends. Can you believe our leadoff guy just had his 3rd AB in the third inning?
Dang, Escobar unloaded on that thing.
Wow. Crushed. Three-run bomb hit nearly into Friday’s restaurant.
From the lead note in my Braves notebook that I just filed while ago:
By David O’Brien
Phoenix – Yunel Escobar was back in the Braves’ lineup Friday, and this time manager Bobby Cox was confident the shortstop would not be scratched.
Escobar was a late scratch Thursday after feeling lingering soreness in his right hip flexor, an injury that sidelined him for six consecutive games.
“He said he’s going to play tonight,” Cox said Friday afternoon. “I wish you could have seen him in B.P. [batting practice]. He was hitting them above Friday’s [restaurant].”
There is a Friday’s in the second seating deck above left field at Bank One Ballpark, and witnesses said Escobar hit a few tape-measure shots to that vicinity during early batting practice.
He was among the many Braves who showed up for voluntary early hitting at 2 p.m.
JJ is speechless right now. Embarassment of riches as they say.
Oh and Steve I remember quite a few people asking for Garland. I was thinking that to myself last inning but I won’t rag on them as I was one of the people hoping we would take a chance on Ben Sheets. Obviously I was wrong.
Wow!!! The Braves are so hit and miss when it comes to offense, we just need to spread it around
That ball was 450 feet!!! I haven’t seen any braves go up there since A. Jones Went Up There Against Byung Hung Kimm in 2002
Its a Blowout game Now Sit Esco NOW!!!
who’s hatin on Escobar? He’s the teams best clutch hitter.
Things are looking up. And, to think some of you were dead set on acquiring Garland to anchor our staff.
Well Jim, I think you can go to bed happy now. Hope you feel better soon.
All you suckas owe me some cheese, yeah?
May 29th, 200910:41 pm
Feast or Famine Offense, I’m Loving the Feast!!!
you love to see this but its almost like we get all of the runs out of our system in one game and the next three we score a total of two….
WE NEED CONSISTENCY.
but what a bomb by yunel! go braves!
Escobar decided he didn’t feel like running the bases.
You know, on to something different for a change, I’ll give my opinion on the offense…DOB just said that Garret is putting good wood on balls(that didn’t sound right) and with Diaz clobbering lefties, that makes a decent LF deal there. Now, you get Schafer going a little and Wren can find him a good bat for RF, hey…that’s not a bad hitting team.
MERCY, Escobar’s HR had to be 450-460 ft blast!
Way to go YUNI!!
Your statistical oddity through 2 innings and change … the only hitter in the Braves lineup without a hit, so far, is the one with the best batting average, McCann.
May 29th, 200910:42 pm
I agree, take Yunel and Chipper out now.
Are we ever going to score between 2 and 10 runs in a game? Its one or the other.
Yunel’s going to get some all-star consideration.
You want hyperbole, Chop Chop? How about he’ll be so damn good he won’t ever have to swing the bat. He’ll be perpetually intentionally walked for an extended portion of his career because the thought of giving him a pitch to hit is just that scary.
Bam I was Right on the Estimation D.O.B….
How do you like my ESP.N Skills?
May 29th, 200910:43 pm
452 feet for Yunel
Who hit me?
It’s the third inning. You don’t take players out in the third inning. If things somehow go awry (that’s happened before in baseball, you know), you’re down two men early.
Official measurement of Esco’s HR – 452 feet, courtesy of Jim Powell. Nice guess, TnBrian!!
May 29th, 200910:44 pm
There would be consistency if the Braves could face Garland every other night, but they cannot.
RHR – you read my mind – and I’ll look forward to watching the rest of the game when I wake up.
nolie, thanks for the linkage. Good stuff. What are your thoughts on Alex White? Have you seen him pitch? Violent delivery. He just doesn’t look like he has as high of a ceiling than some of the other pitchers (EFRIM)
I’ve seen some video. I am not that high on him. Like you say, a violent delivery and he has not had as good a year as many thought he would. I like some of the high school pitchers better, but of course they would likely take longer to get to Atlanta and there is always a bit more of a gamble with HSers, but in this case a higher possible return IMO. Also have no interest in Tate, but he is a Boras client I believe so it is less likely that they will draft him I think.
AndyC, unfortunately, you are wrong. Hanley, Rollins and Reyes are all going to be well ahead in peoples minds, even though he has been way better than 1 and probably better than another. Thank ESPN for that.
Close enough, PWH.
May 29th, 200910:45 pm
Charlie Morton pitched a six-hit shutout tonight, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Beat Syracuse 7-0.
Ol’ Charlie is 7-2 with a 2.51 ERA. Look out, now.
May 29th, 200910:46 pm
Sadly AndyC he doesn’t even get recognition in this division. I heard someone on some show talking about all the good shortstops in the NL East and they mentioned every shortstop in the division but Escobar. He like McCann will probably be overlooked for the most part.
I’m back! What’d I miss??
Wow it IS the 3rd inning. It seems like it should be later in the game.
the ball was hit 420+…….easy.
Yes, that was the announced estimate on Escobar’s blast — 452 feet. And that might have been conservative, to be honest.
OMG……….this score only means we are due for a 7-0 loss tomorrow.
Sophomore Slump's Mother
Has anybody seen my son?
I just need to know a few things about a player… avg./HR/K-BB and if he’s durable as to whether I’d like him on my team. (TNBRIAN)
May 29th, 200910:47 pm
Dear Charlie, Thank You for upping your trade value
Thanks for the update on Charlie, DOB…he’s one of my favs- nice to see him pitching well
Chipper definitely needs to get out of this game… and I would think that Yunel is better than the N.L. highest vote getter at SS JJ Hardy
Now would be an excellent time for the Escobar haters to pony up a little apology action! Jeff321
In the last inning KJ throws out a runner at the plate and has a bases loaded two run hit. Now would be an excellent time for the KJ bashers to pony up a little apology action!
That ball was hit no more than 412 feet.
May 29th, 200910:48 pm
wow 452 ft…….jesus. i was behind the telecast because i kept rewinding it so i could see it again. that was a mammoth blast. 452 ft home run. adam dunn rarely hits them that far. good god.
Schafer is having a solid game so far. A good confidence builder for him.
If Jurrgens can continue to get these guys out, it should be interesting to see how Franceour approaches his at-bats. With the Braves up 9-1, it isnt like he’ll be hitting in a pressure situations.
Since a left hander is going tomorrow for Arizona, starting Franceour is a no brainer (after all, the Braves need all the right handed bats in the line-up the can get). However on Sunday, I hope that Bobby starts Prado in right field.
Oh man, keep Morton in AAA! He comes up and struggles in MLB and all that trade value goes down the tubes. Well not all of it but a lot, I’m sure.
I think everyone owes Francoeur an apology. He had a hit tonight.
May 29th, 200910:49 pm
Yesterday the Braves watched Coming to America before the game…today Scarface.
New rule: No more pre game comedies. Someone run out and buy every gangster movie ever made and pack them with the equipment.
May 29th, 200910:50 pm
Did Tom O just make a cameo appearance, or is he still out there?
Good effort by Gimper.
Nice to have Yunie back in there. Chipper was screwed on that call. Guy was safe but the umpire’s owed us one there.
the ball went over the fence at the 376 mark. its safe to say that he hit more than 30 feet of the wall. 452 ft is about right….
I’m pretty sure you’re being sarcastic (pretty sure…), but a point. That pitch was a hanging breaking ball. And Ted Lilly could’ve gotten a hit off of that pitch. That’s a pitch you’re supposed to drive to the gap or out of the park, not hit on the ground for a single…
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