Boys are back in town, Cubbies too

   Welcome to my re-emergence. DOB is trying to recover from his trip out west, and I’m trying to figure out if I can remember how to cover a baseball game.

   It’s been that long, and I’ve been way, way out of touch. Holden Beach, NC is not a place where you get Braves games on TV, I was determined not to take my laptop on vacation, and short of driving around in the car and listening on the XM, I was going to be in a total blackout. So I was.

   Then my best friend got married on Saturday in Pawley’s Island, SC. Reception in a tent at Brookgreen Gardens. Lovely, dream wedding and so fun, but no, um, real keeping up with the Braves outside of scoring updates on the blackberry.

The Trip that Was:

   So, after some cramming yesterday, this is what I surmised happened on the Braves 2-5 swing through San Francisco and Arizona:

   Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar were hobbled and that didn’t help matters, Matt Diaz actually played center, the outfield woes continue, except for Garret Anderson, who’s starting to show why his first month does not define the player he will be for Atlanta.

   Let’s see, there were some rumblings about a possible Francoeur trade to the Red Sox. Jair Jurrjens got the all-elusive W on a night when he gave up five runs. Kris Medlen got his act together and initiated himself into the win club. And we got book-end homers by the outfield, one by Francoeur on May 1, one by Anderson May 31.

   After going 10-11 in April, the Braves went 15-14 in May, and now they’re right back squarely at .500 again at 25-25.

   Does that about cover it?

   Oh, and Brian McCann has been tearing it up since his return from the disabled list. He’s hit .394 in 20 games since he came back wearing his cool sporty specs. In that time, he has a .481 on-base percentage (aided by his career-high four walks Sunday in Arizona) and a .576 slugging percentage.

   This was after he hit .195 in his first 13 games of the season, with .333 on-base percentage and .415 slugging.

   Now here we are back at Turner Field to open a long homestand and things are reversed from the last time around. The Braves came off a good road trip to actually play well at home the last time here, including a three-game sweep of Toronto. Then they stunk it up on the road.

   Maybe the trend that is emerging is the Braves are competing with the good teams, or the teams they get up for – Phillies, Mets, Blue Jays, for example (although I see the Braves started the Blue Jays on a 2-8 tailspin and they’ve dropped to third in the AL East) – and lose to the underachieving like the Giants and Diamondbacks.

   By that measure, this homestand won’t go that well in the series against the Cubs and the Pirates, the fourth and fifth place teams in the NL Central respectively. But if you have tickets for the weekend set, no worries, the Braves should hang against the NL Central-leading Brewers.

   But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, shall we? The Cubbies are in town, which, if nothing else, means ticket sales should spike, and something interesting will happen. It almost always does. Ted Lilly and some plunkings come to mind.

Cubbies in Town:

   We won’t see Carlos Zambrano until Thursday night because he’s serving his six-game suspension for his meltdown after umpire Mark Carlson called Pittsburgh’s Nyjer Morgan safe at home ahead of Zambrano’s tag last Wednesday. Zambrano ended up hurling a ball into left center field.

   The tirade was even eye-popping to Milton Bradley, who said in a quote passed on by my “cousin” Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune in our notes group: “That was pretty impressive. It was on a Bradley level.”

   My cuz also points out that Cubbies faithful are restless with how the big offseason decisions are playing out this season:

   Ryan Dempster, signed to a four-year $52 million contract extension, is 4-3 with a 4.48 ERA. Bradley, signed to a free agent contract worth up to $30 million, is hitting .224 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 38 games, and Mike Fontenot, who replaced Mark DeRosa at second base, is hitting .224 with five homers and 14 runs scored in 45 games.

   Phil writes that he finally got GM Jim Hendry to confirm the reason for the DeRosa trade: Lou Piniella wanted the lineup to become more left-handed after the Cubs were shut down by Dodgers right-handers in the playoffs, and DeRosa was the one right-handed hitter who could be moved.

   “Mark’s a terrific guy, and he was a good player for us,’’ Hendry said. “But the thinking in the winter was that we already had five right-handed hitters penciled in that weren’t going anywhere. And we were concerned with how [Kosuke] Fukudome was going to come back [as a left-handed power hitter]. … If he hadn’t come back well and we kept Mark, we were probably looking at seven out of eight right-handed hitters every day in the lineup. Then we would have that issue again.”

    DeRosa, who is being paid $5.5 million this season, hit .285 with 21 homers and 87 RBIs for the Cubs last season.

   How’s it working out? The Cubs batted were second in the NL with a .274 batting average against right-handed pitchers a year ago; they’re 13th with a .250 average against them this season.

Bend it like Beckham:

   Phil also wrote that Gordon Beckham, an Atlanta native, former Georgia Bulldog and last year’s first round pick by the White Sox may be poised to replace Josh Fields at third base for the White Sox.

   Beckham moved from shortstop to third base at AA Birmingham then got promoted to AAA Charlotte last week. Beckham hit .299 with four homers and 22 RBIs at Birmingham. Asked why Beckham had been moved to third base, GM Ken Williams said, “Because we wanted him to.’’

    Fields is hitting .238 with two homers and 53 strikeouts in 168 at-bats.

   Upcoming:

   Tom Glavine goes tonight in Class A Rome in what should be his final minor league rehab outing. If all things go like he’d expect, he’ll return to the Braves rotation some time later this homestand.

 

 

2,306 comments Add your comment

Thomas

June 2nd, 2009
12:19 pm

When one of the Tommys take over Medlen’s spot does he go to the pen or back to the AAA rotation.

I say back to the pen.

Also, in the next few games we face 3 righties and only one lefty. Thats good for Chipper and his bum toe.

Free Tommy Hanson

June 2nd, 2009
12:23 pm

Welcome back Carroll. Please bring us good news that Failcoeur is being sat again.

ernesto

June 2nd, 2009
12:23 pm

Let’s keep Frenchy on le Benchy until we lose again – see if that generates any mojo.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Carroll – Thanks for the new blog and you are so lucky to spend so much time in the Carolinas, my 2 favorite states in this great country..

I especially love Charleston SC and it’s island beach “Folly Beach”..

I want to crush those hated Cubs, effing losers who pride themselves on mediocrity… lets go Braves

Also, Dobi or Carroll – any hint on when the GLAV may make a MLB start (assuming all goes well tonight in Rome) ?

fastasballs

June 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Just my luck I posted this at the end of the old blog, lol. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but have kept up reading the blogs as much as I have been able.

In all honesty the Braves being a .500 team right now is amazing considering how putrid the offense has been. Starting pitching goes a long way. With a productive outfield this team could easily be 10 games above .500 right now or better.

I said long before the season I was completely happy with 2009 being a rebuilding year, but staying in the race this long has changed my mind a bit. The offense doesn’t need a complete over haul, but some changes in the outfield is a must. The Braves are sitting on so much talent in the minors they can afford to make a move for a power bat, hopefully one that is controlled for a while. If only they could have pulled something off for Jason Bay last season we would be in so much better shape.

They are so deep with starting pitchers right now sooner or later some of them will have to be traded. With Glavine almost back & Hudson coming back possibly in August who is on the block? Next year’s rotation will be great, Lowe, JJ, Hudson (if option is exercised), Hanson, & probably KK, Medlin or Morton anchoring down the 5 spot. I see Vazquez being traded over KK because of salary & being in the 5 spot would be more benificial to him more so than Vazquez.

It’s a good problem to have IMO. Depending on Glavine, Hudson & Hanson the Braves could be buyers & sellers at the deadline. Teams need pitching & with these guys in the rotation it makes a few guys expendable who could net a decent return from the right team

cabravesfan

June 2nd, 2009
12:30 pm

Roman Gal-

Episode 3 is probably the best of the lot, but none lived up to (albeit very lofty) expectations…

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
12:34 pm

fastasballs – our 25-25 would be more like 28-22 if the 2nd base caught a ball or 3, and our dumb offense made some sacrifice flies or at least shots to the rhs of the infield when we have had guys on 3rd with none or 1 out…. think we have dusted at least 3 games with poor or selfish decision making at the plate

CB

June 2nd, 2009
12:35 pm

I agree very much with what Lew said about DeRosa,we should not trade top prospects for him. Now, on the other hand,Frenchy….

Thomas

June 2nd, 2009
12:36 pm

With the way our starting pitching and even the pen lately have been performing, I don’t think we abosolutely NEED and ‘impact’ bat. All we need is a productive bat in right and for GA to keep improving.

Just a tidbit- GA’s second half line from last year:

.335/.360/.496/.855

GA is a slow starter and should continue to improve. If we get that kind of production in the second half with some improvement from Schafer, all we will need is a productive RFer like DeRosa or even Kearns.

David O'Brien

June 2nd, 2009
12:37 pm

This from other blog, since I posted after Carroll put up new blog. I’ll get out of the way, just wanted to comment to something said earlier about BBQ, The Varsity, etc:

DirtyDawg: Sonic’s just another chain, man. They had those in Kansas when I was in high school, for God’s sake. And that was, uh, well, a while ago. Those are coast-to-coast. (I think our views on such places are skewed by our memories growing up. Because to me, I remember the Little Mint and Hardee’s being terrific when I was a kid growing up in Greenville, N.C., where the first Hardee’s was located not far from East Carolina University. And I’m pretty sure neither were actually great, in retrospect).

Even though I know it’s sacrilege here, I’m also of the mind that The Varsity ain’t all that (someone else said as much earlier on the other blog). Great, sort of Southern kitzchy place to take the visiting family members or to go before a Tech game. But honestly, how many folks who live in Atlanta actually make a trip to the Varsity otherwise? Maybe I’m in the minority on that, but I just don’t think it’s worth repeated trips for the food and “atmosphere” or whatever. Gimme, say, Six Feet Under for good, affordable grub….

As for BBQ in Atlanta, I like Fox Bros., too (especially when they used to serve it at Smith’s Olde Bar). But for real, artery-clogging, sinfully good ‘cue, you gotta try DaddyD’z and Wyatt’s, both no-b.s. joints on Memorial Drive, couple miles apart. Wyatt’s is out towards East Lake, Daddy D’z is just a few blocks west of of Grant Park Oakland Cemetary (and Six Feet Under).

Wyatt’s and DaddyD’z are both dives, Wyatt’s (1674 Memorial Drive) is more a takeout place (only a few tables, and not a place you want to sit and eat anyway). But DaddyD’z is a cool place to kick back and get your hands and face covered in BBQ sauce while you eat. No pretense in that joint, to say the least. And great blues tunes playing on the stereo.Kind of place where they hang plastic bags of water from the screen–less open windows in the summer to keep mosquitoes away (ask you mom or grandma about that if you’re from the South).

Alright, now I’ll get out of Ms. Rogers’ way.

richbrave

June 2nd, 2009
12:41 pm

Hey CARROLL. Welcome back. Left you a post on the previous blog someplace about what’s happening in RICHMOND on the professional baseball front, but I will capsulize it in a word now – NUTHIN’.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
12:41 pm

Dobi One Knobi – Thanks for the BBQ tidbits, will print out this page to take to the ATL when we visit later this summer…

I also note that one Mr SMOLTZ is very close to a comeback and he may be ready to go at MLB for that late June series at the TED

Renegator

June 2nd, 2009
12:42 pm

What I don’t understand is why the Braves don’t treat Francoeur like the Tigers treated Dontrelle Willis. Send him down to the minors for an exteneded period of time (rest of the year if need be) to get him right. It’s obvious that he was rushed to the majors back in 2005. Why not send him back to get more seasoning.

I mean, isn’t that better than him killing the team in the majors or trading him to another team only to watch him rebound? Why won’t they do it? Are they THAT scared of hurting his feelings?

The Truth

June 2nd, 2009
12:46 pm

Renegator – He is “THE NATURAL”. It’s fine. He’ll work it out and hit .275 with 20 homer and 80 RBI’s.

David O'Brien

June 2nd, 2009
12:47 pm

dogsbrekky: and i’m with you on Folly Beach. Awesome place. Reminds me so much of what Atlantic Beach near Morehead City, N.C., was like when I was a kid and we’d go there every summer. Now so much of it’s built-up and commercially zoned. But back then it was like what Folly Beach, S.C., is still like now.

Rock On....(the denizen formerly known as Dadgum)

June 2nd, 2009
12:49 pm

Just posted on other blog when Carroll posted new blog…..

I think my computer’s demons are ggone. At least I hope, not that anyone missed me.

Paging upward I noticed some talk about “disco music”. Man, can’t believe DOB didn’t fire back at that. Let me go on record that DISCO came close to ruining the great music in the 70’s. That music survives still and disco is dead. Nuff’ said. Disco sucks—still.

Saw Richbraves extolling the greatness of several Q joints. Agreed on Parkers in Greenville. A real old joint I first tasted way back in, well, the 70’s. Ate there again last year. Still great and an old eatery of DOB. Gotta be good. My list as follows:
1. Commissary – Germantown,TN
2. Sonny Bryans – Dallas,TX
3. Country Tavern – Tyler,TX
4. Lexington #1or2 – Lexington,NC
5. The Salt Lick – Austin,TX (actually outside Austin)
6. Parkers – Greenville,NC
7. Pierce’s – Williamsburg,VA
8. Gates – Kansas City,MO
9. Salih’s – Addison,TX
10. Q Barbeque – Midlothian,VA (new-they actually have several locations but they just won the best BBQ in Virginia and frankly I haven’t eaten at 10 better Q joints so they make my list)

Agree with Lew on DeRosa, great guy, but not what the Braves need to put them over the edge. Would love to have him though especially with Infante on the mend.

A sweep of the Cubs would be nice as we are in the midst of the hardest month, schedule-wise, that the Braves have ever faced since they came to Atlanta. Seriously, give me a harder one.

MFin04

June 2nd, 2009
12:52 pm

I wouldn’t say GA is a slow starter. His career numbers show that he is pretty consistent with .avg/slugging/obp. Obviously there are up and down months, but from what I’ve looked at, he looks like he is what he is, year round. Numbers might got up a little bit in the 2nd half. But realistically his numbers going up from what they are now…wouldn’t be that much.

gatorhead1013

June 2nd, 2009
12:52 pm

Remind me about Ted Lilly and plunkings?

Rodney Derrick

June 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm

Welcome back Carroll. Hope running in flat areas of North Carolina do not set back your ability to handle the hills in Seattle at your marathon at the end of the month. Have you run a half marathon or a 30k race in your preparation. Good luck and hopefully you will bring good luck to the Bravos.

fastasballs

June 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm

The French one isn’t going back to the minors. The front office butchered that move last year by bringing him back within a few days after Diaz (I think) went down. After a decent start he’s regressed back to last year’s form or close to it, even though his ankle is fine. He moves a lot better in the field & runs better so I assume it’s better. That was one of the excuses used last year of why he lacked power.

The Braves don’t have a replacement for him, Heyward is progressing nicely but he’s probably not going being to be up any sooner than the mid 2010 season. A trade is about the only option at this point, but so few teams are willing to deal right now it’s not a good option unless the Braves are willing to overpay to get someone.

AndyC

June 2nd, 2009
12:54 pm

Welcome back Carroll. Good thing you missed that road trip. It was pretty terrible. The only bright spot was Medlen showing what he can do. Hopefully you can get a streak going for us tonight.

richbrave

June 2nd, 2009
12:54 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM:

SWEET JESUS!!!! Yes, the 21 year old JESUS SUCRE is tearing the cover off the ball for the ROME BRAVES. Any of you going to see GRAVINE’s last warm-up check out the young VENEZUELAN behind the plate. After 108 AB’s he has a .370 BA in 29 games. In the month of MAY, he’s all-world with a .389 average in 72 plate appearences. Hitting .640 against left-handers in limited AB’s (25).

Hillbilly

June 2nd, 2009
12:55 pm

The History 2 year Bean-Ball Battle looks like this:

2007

–Alfonso Soriano hit 3 homeruns in a game against the Braves.

–Tim Hudson drilled Soriano the next day because AS stood and admired one of the aforementioned homers.

–Ted Lilly hit Edgar Renteria in the chin in the first inning of the final game of the series and was ejected.

–Renteria planted an intentional elbow to Mike Fontenot’s jaw on a pop-up slide at second base immediately following Lilly’s ejection.

2008 June Series

–Greg Norton hit a 3-run home run, and Ted Lilly’s next pitch sailed behind McCann’s head.

–The next day, Jeff Bennett hit Alfonso Soriano (to load the bases) breaking his hand and sending him to the DL for a while.

–Ryan Dempster hit McCann with a fastball, later in that same game.

2008 August Series

–Alfonso Soriano stood at home plate and admired a loooong single off the wall.

–Francisely Bueno got ejected from his ML debut after throwing at Soriano’s head later in that same game.

–Ted Lilly continued his quest for the kill the next day by going for Yunel Escobar’s face, but YE blocked it with his elbow.

bigchiefrg

June 2nd, 2009
12:56 pm

I live in Folly Beach and it is pretty awesome…Taco Boy is the best restaurant in the charleston area, although they just opened one in downtown charleston.

Free Tommy Hanson

June 2nd, 2009
12:58 pm

This team could use a good brawl to get them going.

CB

June 2nd, 2009
12:59 pm

I hope the Braves are not stupid enough to give young talent like Medlen or Morton away for a stop gap answer. I would rather give one of the high salary pitchers in trade for a real bat.

Rock On....(the denizen formerly known as Dadgum)

June 2nd, 2009
12:59 pm

DOB…yeah, you may be right on the Varsity but since I don’t live in Atlanta I still hang on to a cult following of the place. Eat there now and again but doubtful I would salivate over it every week if I lived in Atlanta.

Actually there was an old joint on the other side of the GT campus called The YellowJacket that had great chilidogs and other pre-game food. It was a drive-in restaurant but not on the scale of The Varsity. It was where Nipsy Russell and Flossie got there start before moving over to The Varsity. Excellent food and memories.

Renegator

June 2nd, 2009
1:00 pm

Over Under the number of HRs Alfonso Soriano will hit in this series against the Braves – 3.5

BamaBrave

June 2nd, 2009
1:00 pm

Amen, Renegator… They’ve given Francoeur EVERY opportunity to self-improve. The guy needs to go to Gwinnett and get his batting eye back. I would think AAA would be perfect now since it’s just down the road. What’s the hesitation? The guy may never make the cover of SI again, but he still has all the tools to become a long-term quality player. Might as well be for us.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:01 pm

Dobi One Knobi – Folly Beach – I had the best tuna I have had anywhere in the world at a grungy pub/restaurant called CONCH (just on the corner opposite the Holiday Inn Hotel)………..

We also (the mutt and I) ate at the Crab Shack which was fun

Local beers were good too

We also ate a chain style BBQ place up the road in Columbia which was quite excellent…

Il Cattivo

June 2nd, 2009
1:02 pm

I am looking forward to the fireworks in this cubs series. Ted Lilly, Soriano – there is going to be a fair bit of hit batsmen and warnings, I hope. I’d rather have Lowe going against Lilly than someone else.Their pitching isnt great right now,Soriano, D.Lee slumping. Should be fun.

CB

June 2nd, 2009
1:03 pm

Wow Hillbilly, I had forgotten all that. Maybe a very interesting series.

TnBrian

June 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

As much as people need Frenchy to bash for the offensive problems our team has struggled with off and so far this year, Escobar and Chipper staying healthy and in the lineup is really the key. GA looks pretty good right now and KJ is in one of his hot streaks. Mac is Mac and Kotchman is still hitting doubles. Frenchy is not the problem as long as Diaz keeps starting in RF.

Il Cattivo

June 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

Awesome recap Hillbilly, thanks.

Rock On....(the denizen formerly known as Dadgum)

June 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

CB…rest assured that Medlen and Morton are going nowhere for a stop-gap player. As for Heyward, he will be called up at roster expansion in September. Seemed to work well for a 19 year old kid named Andruw Jones. Heyward is of the same ilk.

Carroll Rogers

June 2nd, 2009
1:06 pm

Thanks Hillbilly, well done!! you keeping notes somewhere?!

dogsbrekky, my brother loves Folly Beach. Talks about it all the time, so I’m thinking you’re right on with that. I think what Holden Beach has that sounds like it’s similar to Folly is the old-school beach feel. Holden is just houses and they are set well back from the beach, so that when you’re on the beach you aren’t staring at these giant, gaudy homes, you’re just taking it all in. and there’s not much commerical stuff around there except for a few restaurants. I love it. Just wish it would move a little closer to Atlanta!

Rodney Derrick, no halves, tho that’s a good idea. I thought about Atlanta ING half but wasn’t quite at that distance yet. But by now I’ve lapped the ole half-marathoners. Got a 20-miler coming on Saturday. Running on flat ground last week just happened to come on a “recovery” week, so I don’t think it’ll be an issue. Got back on the horse with some Atlanta hills this morning. and yes, it’s humid here, but nothin like the beach!!

BamaBrave

June 2nd, 2009
1:07 pm

Just watch out for the fuzz at Folly Beach, folks. It may be eclectic and full of Birkenstocks, but the police have NO sense of humor.

AndyC

June 2nd, 2009
1:07 pm

Good stuff Hillbilly. Something to watch for over the course of the series.

Josh H

June 2nd, 2009
1:09 pm

RomanGal:

Episode 2 is bearable. Seeing Yoda fight for the first time was exciting.
Episode 3 has its strong points, but overall the story is unpolished.

A much better Sci Fi movie that came out the same year as Episode 3 is Serenity. Based on a cancelled TV series (Firefly). Funny, and terrific story.

monty

June 2nd, 2009
1:09 pm

Dogsbrekky

In an earlier post you implied I had made some statements about “hanging up the cleats and throwing in the towel”
These I suppose were taken from a remark I had sent to getnathan about his assumption that 90 games might win the division, I guess you took exception with my response to him. I suppose 90 could, but not likely at this point with the Phils on pace to win about 95 games,Ouch! That hurts,I didn’t mean to burst your bubble, evidently you didn’t like me stating the truth. Was there anything wrong with saying the Phils will run away with the division if their pitching improves any at all with the way they score runs? If so say it. Is there anything wrong with saying the Mets pitching staff is better than ours right now(though not by much) and they score more runs than we do? Well? Them are the facts. Stating facts about other teams doesn’t mean I’m saying the BRaves should quit. Not sure where you got that from. It just means they have to play a heck of alot better than what they are. I’m not a stats guy but at the current pace the BRaves will finish somewhere around 13-14 games out of first. But hey, those are just projections. Relax, no ones saying we cant do it, at least not me, not yet!

Slee

June 2nd, 2009
1:09 pm

Carroll, u need an iPhone. Then u could listen to games without XM!

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:09 pm

bigchief – the doggy and I actually had an afternoon snooze and several hours of frisbee play on the beach there at Folly… truly a spectacular beach (and I thought beaches in Perth, Australia were nice). The water is warm, the ladies are very pretty, the sand so wide to the water and the beer is bloody cold…. ah perfection..

We have a place in Quogue NY near the beach and The Hampton’s set try to tell me how great those beaches are (Quogue, Southampton etc), but the water is freezing, the sand to water area is small…… no comparison to the Carolinas…

WestPalmDawg

June 2nd, 2009
1:11 pm

DOB, You’re right. You can’t build on Folly anymore. If anyone goes out there, go down the main drag and take a left at the Holiday Inn. go all the way to the end of the beach, park and walk down about 1/4 mile until you see a trail leading off to the woods on the left. On the other side is one of the most gorgeous sights from a beach. On the far left you can see the Mt. Pleasant bridge and across the horizon you can see 3 light houses.

Take a girl out there and you can hit more home runs in one night than Jeff Francoeur will hit in his career.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:12 pm

monty – yes I agree, we need to do a lot better and mainly that means playing good fundamental baseball

The girls at the College Series could teach a thing or 2 to many MLB players about hustle, fundamental thinking etc, maybe I should send our boys a tape of it

TnBrian

June 2nd, 2009
1:14 pm

If “Hillbilly’s” count down of the bad blood between these two teams dosn’t get you pumped for this series, you have no pulse. That is if you’re a Braves or Cubs fan.

cabravesfan

June 2nd, 2009
1:15 pm

A much better Sci Fi movie that came out the same year as Episode 3 is Serenity. Based on a cancelled TV series (Firefly). Funny, and terrific story.

Firefly is one of my all time favorite Sci-fi series and Serenity was excellent…good call Josh H

Roman Gal- I highly reccommend :)

Shane

June 2nd, 2009
1:16 pm

Why would you need to go eat before a Tech game? Dont they give you free hotdogs for showing up?

Baba O'Riley

June 2nd, 2009
1:16 pm

Enough of the Medlen-Morton worship. They are 4A pitchers, and yes we can afford to trade them. nobody outside of ATL sees them as future stars.

TnBrian

June 2nd, 2009
1:18 pm

Bowman’s article on Wren and saying that most teams weren’t budging on trades right now looks true. MlBtraderumors has some stuff on it right now.

Shoeless Joe

June 2nd, 2009
1:19 pm

Baba O’Riley:
What MLB teams do you scout for?

VaBravesfan

June 2nd, 2009
1:20 pm

Richbrave: What part of Richmond are you from? Rock on/Dadgum: Where in Midlothian is Q Barbecue?

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:20 pm

I am buying some new audio speakers for a 100W rms Yamaha amp, only want to use them for audio rather than full home theatre so want 2 way etc

Anyone recommend something to say $200 for floor or shelf that is bonza. I havent bought new speakers in 23 years so am kind of out of the loop (at least they are cheaper nowadays)

Baba O'Riley

June 2nd, 2009
1:22 pm

Shame- As long as the beat the ‘necks again, I don’t care what they give away. Had a Blackout lately?

Baba O'Riley

June 2nd, 2009
1:23 pm

I talk to scouts from different teams, as well as a certain Braves scout that played IF for us in the 70’s.

DAP

June 2nd, 2009
1:24 pm

regenerator under. i think the braves handle soriano and the cubs this series.

AdirondackDave

June 2nd, 2009
1:25 pm

Baba O — Lumping Medlin and Morton together… not so sure about that. I’d probably agree, time to trade Morton but Medlin just got here. In three starts he’s had just 2 crappy innings, that’s not bad at all for a young guy fresh out of the gate. Looks like a keeper to me.

Daslied

June 2nd, 2009
1:25 pm

Carroll, while in Holden Beach did you go to Mary Paulsen’ house? She’s an outsider/folk artist, and she has her work displayed all over her yard. She’s built tree-houses and crazy little buildings throughout her yard, and they’re all full of paintings and other things. My wife actually did her thesis on outsider art, so we ended up buying a piece. It was an experience, if nothing else…Anyhoo, that beach is wonderful.

Rodney Derrick

June 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

Hillbilly- That was a great list, but I still remember one of the greatest transgressions a couple of years ago, near the end of the Braves great run. It was the last series of the year and the Braves had clinched their division and the Cubs had just been eliminated from their division and the wildcard. Wild man Zambrano hit Chipper in the hand, and Chipper was rendered pretty much inept from the pain and limitations and as a result, the Braves playoff was a disaster. I still do not remember any retaliation yet against Big Z.

mcdawg

June 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

The Cubbies?? are they cousins to the Teletubbies-simply the most annoying moniker in all of sports

TcD

June 2nd, 2009
1:27 pm

Used to spend every summer at Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas (dating myself here) before golf and high rises and shopping…lots of big houses, sand, dunes, bars, and “shagging” (a dance you guys – not an Austin Powers reference…although…)Much like the Atlantic that DOB remembers and Folly is still a lot like that.

Baba O'Riley

June 2nd, 2009
1:30 pm

Dave- Don’t get me wrong. I hope the guy goes out there and dominates each start. I just don’t see it happening. He’s the kind of guy you cheer for; a scrapper, I just don’t think he can consistently get ML batters out. While I respect uour opinion, I disagree.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

TcD – Myrtle reminds me of the seedy side of Coney Island, been there 4-5 times on the way through

but the good thing is all of that seafood, think you guys call it Calabash,,, btw wtf is “Calabash” ?

Rodney Derrick

June 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

Cabravesfan– Firefly and Serenity were great. Amazing but great that Dollhouse was continued when you consider Fox cancellations of Firefly, Dark Angel, Tru Calling, and Terminator-Sarah Connor Chronicles.

ccrider

June 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

Shane: Tech does give hot dogs away at Tech games, but they ask for a charitable donation that is used to tutor UGA football recruits so they can eventually pass their state tests and get into college

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

June 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

Welcome back, CR.

Completely agree with you about Holden Beach. What a delight. Took a family vacation there in 2002; rented a house that was meant to accommodate up to 16 and I think we shoehorned about 20 in there one night. If you ignored the mob, it was the most relaxing beach trip I can remember.

RHR

June 2nd, 2009
1:34 pm

That’s good knowledge, Hillbilly.

I’ve never been to Folly Beach but it sounds like my old beach gulf shores back in the day when there were only 2 hotels and 2 souvenir shops. About 25 years ago it had gotten so touristy my dad sold our little slice of paradise in disgust and has never been back. Broke my tender heart in a million pieces when he sold that little house on stilts by the sea. I mean, do you parents ever stop to think about your kids inheritance at times like these? :lol:

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

June 2nd, 2009
1:34 pm

dogs,

Calabash is a little town just across the state line in N.C. My folks had a house at Cherry Grove/North Myrtle Beach years ago and we’d drive across the border for the original Calabash-style seafood.

Sorta like getting Lexington BBQ in Lexington.

cphizzle

June 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

i would definately send frenchy down the minors before i trade him. cant just give up on the guy when he has showed(although its been a while now) a promising future. i say send him down for the rest of the year and if he dont show us something then it would be time to part ways with him but he is still only 25

PJ

June 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

I’m looking forward to Glavine’s return. Let’s see what he’s got left. If it’s not good, let’s call up Hanson for the duration.

New Braves posts are up at http://braves.gearupforsports.com/blog

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

ty Piedmont – whatever you call it, it is bloody good seafood and that coming from a kid who grew up next to Tuna, Prawn and Crayfishermen (Lobster)

WestPalmDawg

June 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

why the hell are we supposedly inquiring about Delmon Young?

The Truth

June 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

Delmon Young for Jeff Francoeur swap?

TcD

June 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

dogsbrekky – Calabash is actually a coastal town on the border between NC and SC that has always billed itself as “Seafood Capital of the World”..has morphed into a description of the seafood itself. We NC natives are sometimes quite full of ourselves!

CB

June 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

Rock On, I hope you are correct, sir, about not trading Medlen or Morton for a stop gap player, I have a lot of strong belief these two guys will have long careers. I don’t want it to come back to haunt us.

Rodney Derrick

June 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

Carroll– Hope the lack of race training at half marathon or 30k distance do not impact your experience. I have always read that they are very helpful and I have always structured them into my own marathon training. But if this is your first marathon, the key is primarily a fun experience where the best idea is to start slow and then in the later miles pass the folks who overdid it as that gives you a surge of energy. I know as I have experience the positive surge and the negative feeling of being wasted and being passed by lots of people.

Shoeless Joe

June 2nd, 2009
1:38 pm

Baba O’Riley:
So let me get this straight, a certain Brave scout who played infield for us in the 70’s, thinks that Morton and Medlen are no better than 4A pitcher’s?

bravos2249

June 2nd, 2009
1:38 pm

Okay. I don’t know if it’s been talked about (I’ve had internet problems the past TWO days and don’t feel like going back and reading), but I noticed before people talking about how DeRosa isn’t an OF. Well he’s been playing LF in Cleveland for awhile now..only 8 games. But all in a row. All of a sudden they want Peralta at 3rd.

DiamondJim

June 2nd, 2009
1:40 pm

Dogsbrekky — btw wtf is “Calabash” ?

Calabash is a town just over the NC/SC border into NC. The Calabash shrimp were first served there, therefore the name “Calabash Shrimp”

MiltonDawg

June 2nd, 2009
1:40 pm

Love the Charleston talk- My preference though is Sullivan’s Island. Lots of great dive, beach bars. Folly can be a nightmare with traffic if you show up late.
DOB- BBQ you need to try Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell. Good Stuff. The best i’ve tasted and i’m ashamed to say is Dinosaur’s in Syracuse, NY. Just got rated #1 BBQ.
I’m defently looking for some action tonight. Us fans get to see all the “closet cubbies” come out in full force and outnumber Braves fans. Such a sad sight.

Baba O'Riley

June 2nd, 2009
1:40 pm

Shoeless Joe- He sees them as tradable pieces.

cabravesfan

June 2nd, 2009
1:41 pm

Rodney Derrick-

Dollhouse started kinda slow for me but got good towards the end…glad they are finally bringing back a decent Sci-fi on the networks…

Baba O'Riley

June 2nd, 2009
1:41 pm

WestPalmDawg- Howdy neighbor. You got me on the Delmon Young thing. I hope it’s not true.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:41 pm

No way we trade little dog Medlen, kid has kahunas and just needs to remember to throw strikes…. trade Morton and/or JoJo ++ sure for a big bat (Holliday etc), but little dog I hope not

1st

June 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

MiltonDawg

June 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

I must add too that just got back from Nags Head, NC. What a great place to drink and fish all day long.

cphizzle

June 2nd, 2009
1:42 pm

delmon young??? yikes!!!

getnathan

June 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

Delmon Young for Jeff Francoeur would be an even swap.

CB

June 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

Baba your friend knows not of which he speaks – time will tell.

Doc Holiday

June 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

In the process, Wren placed less emphasis on improving an outfield mix that has proven to be a glaring weakness for a second straight season. While signing Tom Glavine instead of making a push for Bobby Abreu, the Braves put a lot of faith in Jeff Francoeur’s ability to rebound from his forgettable 2008 season.

Carroll Rogers

June 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

RichBrave, thanks for the up-to-the-minute update. the significant other has been feeding me news off the radio reports too.

Daslied, dangit, no. I wish I had. I was running every day in the heat and looking for something interesting to see. Best I did was a Duke mailbox (ha ha) and a street that cut back to the marsh which is almost as lovely as the ocean view. The house where I stayed was to the right after you get off the bridge. Is her place to the left? That would be my excuse for missing it.

Work it, WestPalm. Good idea.

Doc Holiday

June 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

Considering the Braves rank last in the National League in stolen bases (11) and 14th in slugging percentage (.394), maybe they should feel good about the fact that they’ve achieved a .500 record without any clear indication of power or speed.

getnathan

June 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

And no I don’t like it. We can’t wait for Delmon Young to wake up. We might as well trade for Austin Kearns.

Doc Holiday

June 2nd, 2009
1:44 pm

There are just two qualified NL outfielders — San Diego’s Brian Giles and Arizona’s Chris Young — with lower OPS marks than Francoeur and Schafer.

JJ

June 2nd, 2009
1:44 pm

Must say I concur with the Folly Beach talk. Great, great place. The wife and I go every year and stay in the condos right next to the Holiday Inn. Great beach environment. We were there in April for a conference I had and they had ther Sand and Beach festival (or some aptly named shindig with lots of beer and music). Good stuff highlighted by the Land Sharks, a Jimmy B cover band. Good times. Only wish I was there again.

Big Easy

June 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

We were at the “Colombian Elbow” game, and it was crazy. Fontenot paid for Lily’s pitch, for sure.

~E~

Doc Holiday

June 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

When left fielder Garret Anderson took Diamondbacks right-hander Max Scherzer deep on Sunday, it marked the first homer hit by a Braves outfielder since May 1. While hitting .333 with a .424 slugging percentage in his past 17 games, Anderson has at least provided some indication this outfield mix has a pulse.

Captain_Kirk

June 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

I was wondering about the Braves possibly trying to target someone like Shelley Duncan of the Yankees (or someone similar). He’s right handed, in AAA and seems to be hitting extremely well . . . for both average and power.

I am thinking that it would only take a lower or mid-level prospect to acquire him because he doesn’t seem to have a place on their major league roster. Plus the financial cost would not be a problem due to his minimal service time (parts of 2 seasons if I read correctly).

I understand that he probably would not be the “impact” bat that many of us would desire. However, he would probably be a cheap “gamble” in both financial price and trade piece(s) required.

I’m curious as to other opinions on Duncan or someone like him?

Doc Holiday

June 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

With Gregor Blanco showing some recent improvement with Triple-A Gwinnett, the Braves at least have the internal option of putting him in center and allowing Schafer to right himself in the Minors.

dogsbrekky

June 2nd, 2009
1:46 pm

Miltondawg – your BBQ talk piqued my memory, I am pretty sure my excellent BBQ in Columbia SC was at a Smokey Bones place, they had dry BBQ and then offered 8 or so different sauces and vinegars to add. I like that style best !

Dinosaurs in Harlem is pretty good too but the crap places we have in NY city are a disgrace except for the chicken at DALLAS BBQ

Shoeless Joe

June 2nd, 2009
1:46 pm

Baba O’Riley:
How can they be tradeable pieces if they’re only 4A players? Who would want them?

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