2:22 pm June 3, 2009, by David O'Brien
June 3rd, 20093:52 pm
Would somebody please set the press box afire?
June 3rd, 20093:53 pm
cabraves – you didn’t miss anything, madonna was in there twice for petes sake.
Is there some little controversy or misunderstanding going on between the Braves and TommyG.
First Carroll said that Wren wasnt ready to commit to Tommy starting on this homestand. I understand that if Medlen were to start this Saturday, Glavine could take his spot next time around and that be on this homestand(Thurs against Pit).
Glavine wanted to stat at Atlanta after his previous rehab start and they sent him back to Rome for another one. Now this.“I don’t know what else I can do,” said Glavine,…..I’d love to get to Atlanta and help the team”.Thats what he said after his Rome game. I might be reading a little too much between the lines, but he seems to be unsure of the Braves’ plans.
June 3rd, 20093:54 pm
The Braves are trying to avoid Glavine becoming a Super Two player.
June 3rd, 20093:55 pm
Wasn’t there a big comeback in a game against Baltimore in 04 or 05 that helped the team really get on a roll?
Surprised that Bobby hasn’t found a start or two for Norton at 1st or OF as he did in past years to try to get him seeing the ball. Guess he feels the defense is not worth it.
You have mail!
June 3rd, 20093:56 pm
You don’t put the lead-off man on via HBP. You just don’t do it. Give them as lite chance as possible to score their free baserunner.
Kinda confused about Hoss being out. Did he tweak the toe in the celebration?
I was listening to Donald Fagen’s – “Morph The Cat” while I was mowing the lawn yesterday. Man it sounded good on my MD player with my new-ish Sennheiser earbuds. Fat!
June 3rd, 20093:57 pm
Lunatic Fringe – You are so right. Drill Soriano first.
II Cattivo: I believe there has been talk of him taking Kawakami’s next start. KK would then just miss this time through the rotation and that would give 5 more days until something else had to be done.
After Medlen’s last start I can’t imagine Braves brass not seeing him go out and try to build off of it.
I understand what you mean about the size of those parks,except the ball Schafer hit out his first AB in Phillie would have been out of any ballpark at 420 ft.
@ Chop Chop. You KILL me.
Cyndi Lauper's Aura
June 3rd, 20093:58 pm
Chop Chop, you meant Super Twenty-Two. They get the same rights plus free nachos.
June 3rd, 20093:59 pm
What exactly is a “dramatic indecent”?
June 3rd, 20094:00 pm
you didn’t miss anything, madonna was in there twice for petes sake.
So many comments…none blog appropriate
Brooklyn Braves Brawler
I thought KK pitched well again last night, he just got victimized by some shotty defense and Wells’s attempted no hit bid. Frenchy was clutch and Loaf was doing what he normally does, professionally hitting.
The story was the dominance of the Bullpen! Moylan, Gonzo and Soriano were just dominant.
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
Cyndi Lauper’s Aura,
I thought Super Twenty-Twos got free coffee and half-price dinners before 5 p.m.
June 3rd, 20094:01 pm
Given the lack of Chipper, Kotch, and Anderson, wouldn’t this be a great night to bat Kelly lower in the order? It seems like Blanco could give an equal possibility for success in the leadoff spot, whereas KJ could give more potential to drive in runs lower in the order.
June 3rd, 20094:02 pm
I don’t get why Madonna and ARoid aren’t a great couple? Seems to me they are both freaks, both enjoy steroids, and would be perfect for each other?
Agreed, but sprained wrists can linger. Especially when used like he does everyday. While not totally incapacitating, it certainly could impact Jordan’s ability to hit fastballs.
I agree though, someone would have mentioned it by now.
I would like to see Bobby put Gregor in motion some. He hit several balls hard last night, by the way.
June 3rd, 20094:03 pm
Dr. Braveslove – DING DING DING…WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Exactly, KJ should be hitting lower to drive in runs tonight.
mixxo the toe bother chipper the most when he is batting righthanded.
P Blues, they changed it to Nachos so as not to make sore-arm geezers with 85 mph heaters feel old.
DOB, do you have Jim Powell’s email address? I couldn’t find it on the website. Thanks in advance.
In terms of today’s lineup, Anderson’s been swinging a hot bat and has hit lefties well over the course of his career. Why not keep him in the lineup, start Diaz at 1B, and Prado at 3B. I’d rather have Anderson’s bat in the lineup than Hernandez’s.
June 3rd, 20094:04 pm
I think BMAC didn’t say that he got hit because he is a confident hitter and wanted to drive home the winning run instead of getting first base.
Wouldn’t have won last night were it not for the great Mark Lemke-
Our pen sure did outpitch theirs. We were mighty lucky Lou pulled Wells after 7 innings and, what, 75 pitches? Braves hitters were up there hacking at everything Wells sent up there, like they had early dinner reservations …
I was at the KJ pop-up game last year and it SURELY seemed like a 3 month long HANG-OVER followed. Many of us on this blog felt that it WAS the beginning of the end for the Bravos last year. Not QUITE ready to say this is the beginning of a BEAUTIFUL thing, but we are CERTAINLY better off for that THRILLING win.
Was VERY happy with Frenchie, both in the field and at the plate. I LOVED Escobar’s steal of second. Not sure if we would have won otherwise. Soriano BLEW the cubbies away. Chipper came through and it was HILARIOUS watching the post-game celebration. Frenchie looked so happy and ENTHUSIASTIC. Brought back GREAT memories. I am excited about this team again and HOPE it can carry over into the season.
Thanks DOB for the blog. Look forward to it EVERY day!
DOB-Get any sense what the Braves are looking to do with their first pick?
Obviously it depends on who is available, but this pick is important. They have a chance to get an impact player.
If you were a betting man, do they select a HS pitcher?
June 3rd, 20094:05 pm
Shane, what did they say Escobar do last night besides be a smart player and fake getting hit because the pitcher was throwing a no-hitter? You gotta get on base to score runs, sometimes whatever it takes to get on base.
How about Soriano throwing his bat towards the Braves dugout after admiring his leadoff HR? Should he get knowcked on his a** for that?
June 3rd, 20094:06 pm
lol @ BJones comment. Oh what I would have paid to see Soriano’s reaction after Frenchy blasted that homer. I’ve seen a couple of comments in other blogs about Soriano going at it with fans yesterday. Must be true.
I still think that KK or Javier could get moved especially if the Braves fall out of contention. We have way too much money tied up in our staff, especially if Huddie comes back healthy. Medlen and Hanson will be ready next year, even Morton. There are way too many teams that could use quality arms like JV and for the most part KK. JV would be the ace on the Nationals staff today. Both would crack any teams 5 man rotation
June 3rd, 20094:07 pm
Anyone else worry that umps might keep Esco’s fakers in their back pocket for the occassional pitch in the black?
Yup Luther – I remember the Braves coming back big vs the Orioles in 2004. Turned the whole season around.
Nova Scotia Steve
Last Night was so exciting…I couldn’t watch the end of the game…but I had gameday on my phone…I went nuts went Frenchy tied it in the 9th…Good for him. I very happy for him and hope it sparks something good for Jeff (in or out of a Braves uniform). Pretty weak looking line-up today tho folks against a tough customer…No Chip or Kotch…Let’s get on a roll…I’m pulling for this team so bad!!!…
Love AJC and these Braves blogs by either DOB or Carroll…Great work guys and gals…I stop by the site daily!!!!
buzzmeat (BMAC AT CLEANUP!)
June 3rd, 20094:09 pm
Chipper out of the lineup because his teamates beat him up last night?
June 3rd, 20094:11 pm
He still can’t swing right-handed.
We beat Baltimore that Saturday afternoon, and counting that game, won 11 of 14 heading into the All-Star break.
I’m pretty sure I said at the time that game was a season-changing type game. And, I’m pretty sure that I knew it.
June 3rd, 20094:13 pm
RHR How come cabraves, Roman Gal, McFann, and my pic wasn’t included in the “Chicks who dig the longball” pictorial?
Not sure exactly what you’re referring to, but my guess as to why my pic isn’t included is that they figured me to be more of a doubles digger…and reasonably so…
June 3rd, 20094:14 pm
Man, I can’t wait until we’re losing in the NLDS again. It’ll be fun.
RHR’s a girl, too? Man, they’re EVERYWHERE.
June 3rd, 20094:15 pm
Do you think the Braves OFs have been reading this blog? Frenchy & Garret hit a home run each, 3 RBI and 4 runs.
I was at the game and I actually saw Garret smile!
this is probably silly, but i still remember where i was that day the braves came back to beat the orioles in 2004. what a turning point…
Well look on the bright side. If something does go down tonight at least Chipper won’t get hurt. I wouldn’t put it past Lilly to throw at Chipper’s feet.
June 3rd, 20094:17 pm
bravos2249, Chipper could still tweak the oblique laughing at Escobar smashing Lily’s face.
June 3rd, 20094:18 pm
Florida Brave – I cant believe no one else has mentioned putting Diaz at first and keeping Anderson in Left field. Too bad Bobby didn’t!!
That’s not so silly. I remember where I was when the Braves clinched it in 2005…that game went late ’cause of a rain delay, if my memory is correct.
Wish I remembered where I was when BMac made his debut.
Over or under 3 injuries in tonight’s brawl….
Today is not the day to wish Frenchy to AAA. He just had a gigantic 9th inning game tying homerun.
As DOB questions in the blog, which direction will last nights’ win catapult the Braves?, likewise, what effect will Frenchy’s heroics have on the rest of his season?
I’m hoping that it’s an awakening for him, and that he goes on a hot streak where he becomes the player that everyone expects him to be.
June 3rd, 20094:19 pm
Yo SHAUN — what is a “dramatic INDECENT” ?? Is this a new stat or scoring term?? LOL
PLEASE DOB — could you make a correction in you article that JJ and Zambrano are pitching on THURSDAY ?? I got 2 friends coming to town to go to the game and they just read were you said it was Wednesday and they are TOO STUPID to figure out it was just a typo?? And yes they will be reading my comments here, YOU 2 MORONS LOLOL.
I wonder if sending Jordan Schafer down to the minors woke Frenchy up a bit…
June 3rd, 20094:20 pm
Did I miss something or is there suddenly a law invoked in MLB that a switch hitter has to hit right handed against a left handed pitcher. If the poor baby Chipper’s toe is still bothering him when he swings right handed then bat lefty against the lefty instead of wimping out and not playing. Finding a way to play at all costs is what a true team leader does, but I guess not Chipper.
Capt Caveman, a “dramatic indecent” is like when Cathy Bates goes nude in that Jack Nicholson movie.
June 3rd, 20094:22 pm
Chipper really kicked it into another gear last night when he saw the team about to pound him !! LOL
I don’t think I’ve seen him move that fast in years !!
When you’ve never seen a breaking ball move away from you or a change-up tail towards you you can’t just turn around and hit .300.
June 3rd, 20094:23 pm
“Golden Eye”…hey, that’s good! I think that one’s winning so far. What do you think, Bruce? (I had one in my head the other night and it disappeared completely!)
tvsportscaster, I’m just guessing, but if I had trained my muscles and brain for the past thirty years to hit lefties from one side and righties from the other, I might find it awkward to switch it one day to satisfy some yahoo’s definition of team leader.
FOOT MOUNTAINS BLUES (Ex BFIR):
But, but, when it counted, he moved the runner to third and would have won the game if the grounder had split HEILMAN’s wicket
June 3rd, 20094:24 pm
I always forget Lilly’s a lefty for some reason.
June 3rd, 20094:25 pm
mcfann i remember where i was for the clincher in 2005 too! back then, it still seemed almost automatic for our bravos…
June 3rd, 20094:26 pm
♣ Francoeur vs. the Cubs, Part 2: he also made two excellent running catches last night.
lilly’s just easy to forget about period. man i cant stand that guy i hope the braves hammer that guy tonight
June 3rd, 20094:27 pm
YO tvsportscaster — that was the dumbest thing I have ever heard, you really are a tvsportscaster !!
I’m not going into the righty/lefty thing on here, it’s too involved. Just know this, Chipper has NEVER had an at-bat where he faced the pitcher from the same side of the plate. EVER. As a switch hitter you already have to learn 2 different looks and swings. Why would you try to learn 2 more that are a disadvantage for the hitter??
June 3rd, 20094:29 pm
Thanks for the Paul Weller inclusion. His amazing voice depth, from his 80’s power pop days with The Jam to his gruff soulful solo work leaves me feeling he is one underappreciated dude. Those unfamiliar should downnload his solo “Broken Stones” or The Jam’s “Town Called Malice” if they want to get a taste. Keep the tune talk, BBQ, movies, and all discussions involving the mighty Wichita State Shockers coming..
Is there an echo in here?
You could see CHIPPER was in pain his last two bats last night. Not surprised he’s out today. Maybe tomorrow as well.
June 3rd, 20094:30 pm
Re: Chipper — Yes, he was hobbling out there. It was not fun to watch.
any word on whether or not zombrano is startin tomorrow night after he missed the plane? lou is prolly scared to bench him fraid he will bust a roid on him
June 3rd, 20094:31 pm
Just thought you might have missed my enlightened post from the last blog.
TBF(n)K as Billy
anyone have that list of radio stations for the Braves
June 3rd, 20094:33 pm
All About SCHMITT. Scary, scary. Scarier than MISERY.
It’s so funny how all it took was the posting of the line up for everyone to start complaining again. Can they at least play the game before we decide it’s a lost cause. Chipper can’t swing the bat righty at this point, so he gets a day off. Florida Brave….Diaz is not going to play 1B any time soon. You can’t just put guys anywhere on the field.
June 3rd, 20094:34 pm
Yeah…that was really fun. I cann remember talking about it the next day, and we were poking at Francoeur for answering the question, “What was going through your mind as you guys clinched it?” with, “Well, pretty much nuthin…” (He said some more stuff, but I don’t remember all of it.) We poked at McCann a little, too…
I hope they hammer him and Zambrano…they are both so annoying.
June 3rd, 20094:35 pm
Billy – this what you mean? http://mlb.mlb.com/atl/schedule/affiliates.jsp
Whatever happened to Lew? Did the fact that this once great blog has evolved into a glamorized chat room scare the old cat off?
Come back, Lew- we need some regulation.
Where did Campillo disappear to? He has only pitched once since he came off the dl.
June 3rd, 20094:36 pm
I was just thinking the same thing, njbrave.
All about Schmitt(sic), eh?
That reminds me of this classic SNL clip.
Talk about scarier than Misery…
June 3rd, 20094:37 pm
tvsportscaster, good post earlier re: switch-hitting.
IIRC, Terry Pendleton batted right-handed against Tim Wakefield in the ‘92 NLCS.
Of course, we know that Chipper doesn’t go to TP for advice.
Can anyone tell me where I can find a grocery store?
June 3rd, 20094:38 pm
Hey, I just found an int’resting stat, and am ashamed that I missed it when it happened:
May 24 was McCann’s 500th game (counting those which he did not start). That was the day he went 3-4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI.
Someone should dress up for the game Zambrano pitches….have one person holding a bat with a sign on them representing the gatorade machine and another person with a black eye (makeup) wearing a shirt that says Zambrano and underneath write “the gatorade fought back.”
June 3rd, 20094:39 pm
no the one with links to live FREE stream of the ball gamee
Fantastic blog DOB! A win like that sure feels good. Even if Lou had decided to walk Chipper he still had the best hitting catcher in the NL coming up next. Pick your poison.
June 3rd, 20094:40 pm
I understand you can’t put guys anywhere on the field, thank you. But Diaz has played some 1B and certainly could handle it better than say…CF.
June 3rd, 20094:41 pm
Tim Wakefield doesn’t throw a breaking ball or change-up. So I guess that wouldn’t be an issue.
McCann is a career 3-for-6 with a HR and 3 RBI off Heilman. Chipper was 6-for-12, so Heilman probably needed to walk both guys.
June 3rd, 20094:42 pm
Is there anything wrong with knocking the lefthander out of the game and they bring in a RH reliever and then we bring the big bats in?
In anticipation of tonight’s game against Ted Lilly, the Atlanta Braves have re-signed Scott Thorman, Ryan Klesko, and have obtained the rights to the Rock.
June 3rd, 20094:43 pm
njbrave and rhr its not a total stretch for diaz to play 1st. he has played there before, and hey, this weekend he started in center field. if bobby will put him in center, where wont he put him? p.s. hes also the emergency catcher.
Chop Chop McCann is a career 3-for-6 with a HR and 3 RBI off Heilman.
Don’t forget that he also has two um…doubles off Heilman.
I’m tellin’ you, I couldn’t have been madder at the Mets…if they had to dump him, they could have at least given him to the Fillies.
What about TBF(n)K as Billy
June 3rd, 20094:44 pm
Gimme,gimme. I need, I NEED!
For all the talk and excitement about Frenchy’s clutch two-run jack last night, how bout some love for the kid getting down a bunt in extras, too? It’s not like he’s called on to do that often … you know, like, ever and stuff … and he got it down and got a runner over. Hit a bomb one inning, give up an AB for a bunt the next. Not bad, kid.
Thanks DAP & PWHjort
Like McFann, I keep forgetting Lilly’s a southpaw.
The Cubs have called up Terry Funk, Mick Foley and Arn Anderson for tonight’s tilt.
June 3rd, 20094:46 pm
For those of you who think asking Chipper to turn around and hit lefty just too stay in the lineup is such a stupid idea, there have been plenty of switch hitters that have done it. I remember on more than one occassion, switch hitters batting lefthanded against Tom Glavine just to take his change up away and there have been other examples of switch hitters hitting on the opposite side for various reasons. So it can be done and I find it hard to believe that at no point in Chipper’s life has he hit lefthanded against a lefty. I know it’s blasphemous to talk about a Braves icon like Chipper, but some of his crap is getting old.
Hey, DOB, any Braves draft preview coming this weekend from either you or Ms. Rogers?
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