Medlen and the 15-inn. marathon

 

  My favorite part of the highlights that ESPN showed of last night’s 15-inning Braves win was the shot of the maintenance guy vacuuming the area behind the bullpen mounds in the 13th inning.
  He was vacuuming it because there was no one left out there in the bullpen. No one.
Kris Medlen was the eighth pitcher and seventh reliever used by the Braves, and the kid was impressive, working three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.
  He kept the Pirates on lockdown until the Braves pulled out the 7-6 win on David Ross‘ one-out, bases-loaded grounder ruled a hit, as the usually stellar Pirates SS Jack Wilson made a throw just wide enough to pull his catcher’s foot off the plate and allow Jeff Francoeur to score the winning run.
  Now, about Medlen: I think we’re seeing, in his last two outings, exactly what it was that earned him his call to The Show to begin with, aren’t we?
  The little dude went 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA in his first two starts after getting called up in mid-May, allowing seven hits, nine runs and seven walks with six strikeouts and a hit batter, plus a couple of costly wild pitches.
  But in two games since then, including one start and his first relief appearance, Medlen has pitched nine innings and allowed just five hits, one run and two walks with 12 strikeouts.
  Opponents have hit .167 against him in those nine innings, and that was six innings at a hitters’ park in Arizona and three innings with the game on the line and no one else available to replace him if he faltered.
  Good stuff. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t stick around as a long reliever, especially now that Buddy Carlyle is DL’d and coping with his recent diagnosos if diabetes, and Jorge Campillo is back on the DL for shoulder tendinitis.

McLouth hit one of three Braves homers last night

McLouth hit one of three Braves homers last night

 ◊ Chipper feeling it: Every time the past couple of seasons that it looks like Chipper Jones might be headed for the DL or that he’s starting to lose it, the old man goes on a tear that reminds us what a special hitter he is.
  He had a two-run, opposite-field homer in the first inning last night off lefty Zach Duke, and an opposite-field single in the fifth inning immediately before Brian McCann’s two-run homer.
  In his past 22 games, Chipper has hit .391 with 11 extra-base hits (five homers), 19 RBIs, a .494 OBP and a 1.204 OPS. He’s boosted his season average to .331 — is this really what he is now, a .330 hitter and not a .300 hitter? — and his OPS to 1.018, fifth in the NL behind Pujols, Ibanez, A. Gonzalez and Fielder.
  He’s 12-for-25 (.480) with four homers and 13 RBIs in his past seven games, and the switch-hitter is showing no more signs of the right big-toe sprain that looked like it might land him on the DL barely a week ago.
  ”My power stroke is there right-handed,” said Jones, who is hitting .385 (20-for-52) with 11 extra-base hits (five homers), 16 RBIs and an .808 slugging percentage against lefties. “I’m getting pitches to hit, and hitting ‘em hard.”
  He said if he could only get his left-handed power stroke going like he’s raking from the right side, he’d be all set. He’s hit .305 (32-for-105) with three homers, 14 RBIs and a .448 slugging percentage against righties.

  ◊ Two outs w/RISP: Say what you will about he Braves offense — it’s been anemic far too often, and the OF has been awful — but for some reason, hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs has been there thing all season.
  By “their thing,” I mean they’ve done it better than anyone in the majors, all season.
  The Braves currently have four of the top seven NL averages with RISP and two outs, led by Jones (.538, 7-for-13), who’s second in the league behind Todd Helton (.556). In the fifth through seventh spots are Casey Kotchman (.455, 10-for-22), Matt Diaz (.450, 9-for-20) and Yunel Escobar (.438, 14-for-32).
  We’ll take a moment for some folks to say, “Yeah, but it’s a bunch of singles, so who cares?”
  OK, now we’ll inform you that no team in the majors has hit more homers w/RISP and two outs than the Braves, who have hit 12. (The Rockies also have 12, while no other NL team has more than eight, and the Yankees lead the AL with 11).
  The Braves lead the majors with 111 RBIs in those situations, and the Rockies are the only other team with 100 (they have 101).
  The Braves have a .423 OBP w/RISP and two outs, while the Red Sox (.403) and Rockies (.400) are the only others as high as .400.
  Finally, the Braves’ .512 slugging percentage w/RISP and two outs ranks second in the majors to the Rockies’ .514, and the Red Sox are third at .476.
  Considering what a joke new Yankee Stadium is as a hitters’ park (there’ve been twice as many homers hit to right field in that park as there have been homers hit in total at Turner Field this season), the Braves (or anyone else but the Yanks) leading in any area when it comes to homers and slugging percentage surprises me. I’ve got no explanation, and one comment: Why can’t they hit anywhere as good in other situations?

  ◊ McCann’s vision (and view): If you’ve noticed, Brian McCann has been wearing his glasses under his mask while catching recently.
  Were you wondering what McCann did to take care of the fogging problem he was having with his glasses when he initially tried wearing them under his mask?
 I talked to him about it yesterday. He got a new pair of glasses specifically to wear under the mask, and it’s a bigger pair that sits a little farther from his face. That made the difference, increasing the air flow between glasses and face and preventing the fogging.
  ”They don’t look good, but they’re working great,” McCann said of those glasses, which aren’t as cool and sleek as the ones he wears while hitting.
  Wearing glasses beneath his mask makes a difference, he said, when it comes to reacting a little quicker on pitches inside or outside and picking up the spin and direction of the ball. Not as crucial catching as hitting, but important.
  Don’t know about you all, but I’ve noticed his defense has been a little better since he started wearing them a little over a week ago at Arizona.
  As for hitting, he’s been hot since returning from the DL last month, batting .364 with 10 extra-base hits (four homers), 15 RBI, 13 walks and a .451 OBP and 1.031 OPS in 26 games since returning.
  Will it be enough to land him a fourth consecutive spot on the All-Star team to begin his career? If I had to guess, I’d say yes.
  By the way, don’t notice if you guys saw the unsolicited comment that McCann made last night regarding team chemistry, a subject that’s come up here recently because of something that was written elsewhere.
He was asked about the team’s recent come-from-behind wins and extra-innings games.
  ”The character [of the team] is unbelievable,” he said. “This has been the funnest team I’ve been on since I’ve been here. The chemistry is great; everybody’s pulling together.
  ”We’ve got a great mix of veterans and young guys here. There’s been a lot more interaction lately. We’ve played a lot of close games, and we’re winning games that we didn’t win last year.”

“KID” by Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)

Kid what changed your mood
You’ve gone all sad so I feel sad too
I think I know some things we never outgrow
You think it’s wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
When you don’t want me to

Kid my only kid
You look so small you’ve gone so quiet
I know you know what I’m about
I won’t deny it
But you forgive though you don’t understand
You’ve turned your head
You’ve dropped by hand

All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrowShut the light, go away

Full of grace, you cover your face

Kid gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won’t cry
I know angry tears are too dear
You won’t let them go

2,197 comments Add your comment

David O'Brien

June 9th, 2009
3:55 pm

Francoeur’s OUT of the lineup

1. McLouth
2. Escobar
3. Chipper
4. McCann
5. Anderson
6. Norton, 1B
7. Diaz, RF
8. Johnson
9. Lowe

TennesseePaul

June 9th, 2009
3:57 pm

“He’s 12-for-25 (.248)”

DOB Math

Renegator

June 9th, 2009
4:00 pm

No Francoeur – nice!

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 9th, 2009
4:00 pm

Francoeur’s OUT of the lineup

Just turned a good day into an even better one with that post!! :-)

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

June 9th, 2009
4:01 pm

Frenchy’s out of the lineup … black helicopters sighted … pump up the rumors … let the pointless speculation begin!

jay

June 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

God to see Norton in there vs. the RHP. He needs the ABs. And ggod to see Francouer getting a night off.

Thrillhouse44

June 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

I haven’t seen any Medlen quotes after last night’s game…how amped up was he?

TnBrian

June 9th, 2009
4:03 pm

Good that Frenchy is out of the lineup, bad that Norton is hitting 6th in front of Diaz. Why Bobby?

TennesseePaul

June 9th, 2009
4:03 pm

I like Medlen. I’d love to see that guy back in the rotation, but understand it is crowded as is and there is a larger need in the pen. But I really hope he gets to go back ou there next year and nail down the spot. Having Jurrjens, Hanson and Medlen would be nice for stability in the long run…

jay

June 9th, 2009
4:03 pm

DOB: any news out of the Pirates’ camp on Morton? With Karstens pitching last night, it makes some sense Morton would get the call tomorrow.

Jackie Treehorn

June 9th, 2009
4:03 pm

DOB, have you seen The Hangover? Seems like a movie that’d be right up your alley.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

That is one nice looking lineup there, glad to see Bobby sticking with McLouth at the top and Johnson at the bottom. And no Failcoeur is almost too good to believe!

Lunatic Fringe

June 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

Any update on JoJo’s outing?

jay

June 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

Why Norton? Makes sense to me: Either he’s done, useless, time to turn him loose, or he’s not. Right or wrong, I’m sure Cox wants to get him some ABs, either to get Norton’s bat going, or to make sure it is time to release him.

AndyC

June 9th, 2009
4:05 pm

I believe this is Norton’s first start of the year.

David O'Brien

June 9th, 2009
4:06 pm

Piedmont Blues: Hilarious post, my man. I love it. (4:01 p.m.)

By the way, players don’t have to be here until after 5 today, because of the late night.

I’m headed down to the empty clubhouse anyway.

Rodney Derrick

June 9th, 2009
4:06 pm

Any news on JoJo coming out of the game today after one hitter. That plus Frenchy not in the lineup. Maybe (haha) trade them for Nats first round pick. Of course, it is a land of billionaires and millionaires, so who knows. Some years ago, when Time-Warner took over ownership from Ted, I had an email exchange with the great Furman Bisher of Selah fame and I said that would be the end of our Camelot run. Furman disagreed, but the bottom line is that we have not seen the likes of Ted’s boldness ever since. Under the circumstances, Wren is doing a great job. He had to deal with the legacy of John the Great GM’s Tex trade fiasco, yet he is repeatedly making great trades, getting JJ, Infante, McLouth, Kotchman, among others, yet keeping our very best prospects for the future. He will have the guts to unload Frenchy. Last night’s loaf and look back when he lucked into scoring the winning run, after screwing up the bunt, should be the ultimate straw. Please! Meanwhile, thank goodness for Prado, a real player!

AndyC

June 9th, 2009
4:07 pm

Frenchy out of the lineup because he is being traded?

I guy can dream can’t he?

Epinephrine

June 9th, 2009
4:07 pm

Interesting on Frenchy. We’ll see what that means.

I wonder with the Pirates taking Sanchez if there is any chance at all that Tate falls to the Bravos? Draft gurus, does this change our position at all?

David O'Brien

June 9th, 2009
4:08 pm

Karstens is still scheduled to start tomorrow. Doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing Charlie this series.

Steve from OH

June 9th, 2009
4:08 pm

Epi–nope. Tate probably goes to the Pads, and if not, we’re not going to pay what he’s asking, and for good reason. The Sanchez thing is good though, because if Crow goes to the O’s then we’ve got a shot at Wheeler or Matzek (who has a huge price tag I know, but a blogger can dream…).

BamaBrave

June 9th, 2009
4:09 pm

Chrissie Hynde…hell yes. Nice, DOB.

Slee

June 9th, 2009
4:09 pm

There’s a few typos in this article…I guess the ole blog doesn’t get proofed quite like a piece going to press does

David O'Brien

June 9th, 2009
4:10 pm

Jay, as I wrote in notebook today, Prado’s had a bad groin. Cox said after game last night that Norton would start today.

McLouth of the South

June 9th, 2009
4:14 pm

We want Canizares!

Thrillhouse44

June 9th, 2009
4:15 pm

Norton is in because Kotchman is on the DL and Prado’s groin is bothering him. Sore groins are not to be trifled with.

TBF(n)K as Billy

June 9th, 2009
4:15 pm

If we dont win this year we look really good for next year….Hudson (if option is picked up), JJ, Javy, Hanson, Medlin, Kawakami. DOB you think if Medlin and Hanson do really well that it would impact weather or not Hudson option is picked up? That 12 million could be used for an outfielder. I love francour but it looks to me like he will/should be not tendered.

TexasBrave

June 9th, 2009
4:16 pm

DOB are you implying that DRoss’s “hit” should have been scored something else? Like perhaps a fielders choice and no RBI?

N8

June 9th, 2009
4:17 pm

Smart move, imo, of the Pirates “brass” by not making Charlie face the Braves this soon after the trade. The kid has been know to be a bit fragile on the emotional side. So why give him the pressure of facing his old team, less then a week after moving?

A FAN

June 9th, 2009
4:17 pm

hey watching jon heyman on mike francesca. i guess chipper went on a satellite radio show and said something about the MUTTS D.Wright? anyone kno what was said? it got both of those two riled up a little.

Jeff321

June 9th, 2009
4:18 pm

Francoeur’s OUT of the lineup

EXCELLENT!

learner

June 9th, 2009
4:19 pm

Wouldn’t surprise me if the JF benching is related to his non-running to home last night. It was a terrible mental mistake. Message being sent?

jay

June 9th, 2009
4:19 pm

DOB: thanks for the Prado update (I skipped reading your notebook this morning; just went back and read it now). From watching last night’s game, I figured Prado’s being hobbled also factored into Norton’s getting today’s start.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 9th, 2009
4:21 pm

TBF(n)K as Billy:

If I were the Braves, I would pick up Hudson’s option, and parlay Javy’s good season into an off-season trade for some offense (with some prospects too if needed–depending on for whom they trade). Hudson has the potential to be a #1 guy for us, so keeping him and trading Javy makes the most sense in terms of off-loading payroll and getting something in return (which we would not get if we just let Hudson go.) Worse case scenario, Hudson’s option gets picked up, he gets hurt, and Medlen steps in to pitch….which is not that bad because we used Javy for offense, Hudson’s salary is partially paid by insurance, and we still have 5 effective men in the starting five.

nfieldr

June 9th, 2009
4:22 pm

Can’t wait for the draft to start. I’m hoping that Wheeler lasts until the Braves’ pick. I’d like to see the local boy get a chance with the Braves. But then again, I have a personal interest in this. I used to play senior league ball with his dad back when Zach was like 3. Although that makes me feel very old, I’m really excited for the whole Wheeler clan. It should be a special day for them.

wheelz007

June 9th, 2009
4:24 pm

no offense TBF(n), but we have a chance to win this year.

We’ve got really good starting pitching (assuming Hanson gets better) and a descent bullpen most of the time.

We also have a few guys that can hit. Frenchy, KJ and GA’s bats are going to come around. When those 2 start hitting good, we’re going to be tearing it up. Unless it’s too late.

BJones

June 9th, 2009
4:24 pm

Dang, I was hoping Frenchy would be in the lineup tonight…

Anders

June 9th, 2009
4:24 pm

Chipper said Wright was frustrated with the new stadium. Too hard to hit HR’s. At least that’s what they’re saying Chipper said. I didn’t hear Chipper say it.

Not cool if he leaked that out on Wright. Generally stuff like that stays between the players. I’m sure Wright wouldn’t have intended it for public consumption or he would have said it himself to the always present NY media..

McFann :Ô:

June 9th, 2009
4:24 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Thanks especially for the last part!

Don’t know about you all, but I’ve noticed his defense has been a little better since he started wearing them a little over a week ago at Arizona.

I have. So glad he got that new pair for catching. As we saw in SF, he does need them for catching…And I was curious about what he did to get rid of the fogging (or at least decrease it), so thanks for the update!

No Francoeur tonight, eh? Nice…

Maturin

We were at the game Sunday afternoon, but thanks for thinkin’ of me! ;)

Mann, so you got to see his triple! Well, I did get to see his RBI double, so I’m happy! (LOVE them RBI doubles…)

Thrillhouse44

June 9th, 2009
4:26 pm

A FAN, someone posted an article earlier about Chipper saying the Muts’ new park is really big. Chipper said that whenever someone hit a double off the wall or a long fly out, David Wright would say to him “gotta love the new park” or something along those lines. Not sure who posted it earlier, but I believe the article was from the NYPost.

nemov

June 9th, 2009
4:27 pm

wheelz007: I’m not sure what you’ve seent he past 1 1/2 seasons that make you believe Frenchy’s bat is going to “come around.”

Spike

June 9th, 2009
4:27 pm

Anybody notice Frenchy looking back at the play instead of running full speed to home last night? Wouldn’t have been nearly as close otherwise. Maybe/hopefully his absence is a bit of discipline, not that anything would help at this point.

TBF(n)K as Billy

June 9th, 2009
4:27 pm

only thing that would concern me though is our depth is now depleted in the minors hopefully we have some good double A guys that can help for a start of two next year while playing in Gwinette

groundfog

June 9th, 2009
4:27 pm

Francoer will be the first player in history to be traded for nothing, have all his salary picked up by the team trading him, and have an actual player thrown in with Francoer just so they take him.

beachcomber

June 9th, 2009
4:28 pm

We do look good for next year but I think we have to spend on one of the two back of the pen guys who are FA after this season. Right now, it’s an easy choice – Soriano but let’s see how he (and Gonzo) hold up for the rest of the season.

BamaBrave

June 9th, 2009
4:28 pm

Loved McCann’s comments on team chemistry, and the fact that they’ve had comeback wins. I don’t remember ANY of those last year, although I guess there may have been one or two? Anyway, it makes me wonder if some of the young guys now feel like it’s their team, not something being leased from Glavine, Smoltz, Maddux, etc and the 90s.

richbrave

June 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

DAVID O’BRIEN:

So DAVE, I had to go to the old article and see how many hits – 3060. Dude that’s a career. Is it a record for the AJC? Seems that type of volume in the time reference might be close to an internet record, at least in the sports area.

And also, you now have both an O’FLAHERTY and a McLOUTH on the club. Are you three guys gonna’ go IRISH mafia on us? I’ve noticed the improvement in the overall play of the club since they’ve come aboard? Is this just for the BOSTON series or what?

Jackie Treehorn

June 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

TBF(n)K as Billy: No kidding huh? The Gwinnett rotation went from opening the season with Hanson, Medlen, Morton, Reyes, and Parr and now only Parr remains? Damn son.

TnBrian

June 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

Anytime you can get McFann to be give a big NICE when a guy’s not playing, you know that guy,Frenchy< is just horrible!

DA** it’s humid!

McFann :Ô:

June 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

DOB My favorite part of the highlights that ESPN showed of last night’s 15-inning Braves win was the shot of the maintenance guy vacuuming the area behind the bullpen mounds in the 13th inning.

That was hilarious! In the 13th, Boog says, “I think I see some activity in the Pirates bullpen.” And Joe says, “Really?” Then they switch the camera to the bullpen, and the two of them start laughing. I busted out laughing, too…I think partly because it was so late and I was getting punchy…but it was really funny.

cs95

June 9th, 2009
4:30 pm

glad to see chipper in there. I thought with the extra innings game that he might be out tonight. Yay! I really like our 1-4 new look. Even if mclouth does hit some homers with nobody on base and although KJ struggled last night. I like him in that eighth spot cause if he gets on(good OBP) then the pitcher can sacrifice and mclouth can knock him in.

McLouth of the South

June 9th, 2009
4:31 pm

“Not cool if he leaked that out on Wright. Generally stuff like that stays between the players.”

And from what personal experience do you speak, numbnuts? People who make comments like these, pretending to know what players “do”, are laughable. Maybe Wright just doesn’t like the new stadium because he had grown accustomed to the warm piss smell at Shea.

Bobby's Cox

June 9th, 2009
4:31 pm

I hope we get Alex White. I love the college guys over the high school ones, and White’s stuff looks nasty. He throws what, like 6 pitches? It seems like the high school guys have a tougher hill to climb to the majors than guys that played college ball.

MFin04

June 9th, 2009
4:32 pm

Martin doesn’t look like he is going to be playing for a while, at least not healthy. The drop off after the first 4 hitters is astounding. Not that 5-8 are bad, they just aren’t anywhere close to the top 4 guys. Really hope Garret Anderson comes around, but it seems he can only hit the inside fastball down the line (couple homers on that pitch, and some doubles) and any high fastball he usually hits hard for singles to the outfield.

We’ve also been saying for a while that Greg Norton needs to get a start at first base, sad that it has to come with both Casey K and Martin hurt. Might end up helping the Braves in the end.

McFann :Ô:

June 9th, 2009
4:32 pm

BamaBrave Loved McCann’s comments on team chemistry, and the fact that they’ve had comeback wins.

Me, too!

TnBrian

:P I’m a big Diaz fan, too…

Ulgth…it is humid alright. And we got a half-weeded garden…feels like we’re never gonna get to get that job done!

PWHjort

June 9th, 2009
4:32 pm

Ace pinch hitter Greg Norton.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 9th, 2009
4:33 pm

Anders We get it, you don’t like Chipper….he’s not cool, he corks his bat, David Wright is great blah, blah, blah. :roll:

CB

June 9th, 2009
4:34 pm

McFann we need to talk about this thing you have for doubles- its not…normal.

SC Ace

June 9th, 2009
4:34 pm

Seriously, Barbaro Canizares must have said something about Frank Wren’s mama. What’s it take to at least get a call up when your 1st and 2nd string 1B are ailing?

TnBrian

June 9th, 2009
4:35 pm

It’s probably gonna rain is why it’s so dang humid here. Just went outside and you can smell the rain comin. Someone check the radar and see if it’s gonna hit Atl. tonight.

PWHjort

June 9th, 2009
4:36 pm

According to ESPN.com’s Keith Law, the Pirates have come to an agreement with Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez and will draft him when they select fourth tonight. – MLBTR

richbrave

June 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

McFANN :O:

Weeding begins at 4:30 a.m. this time of year so you could finish before school. If you didn’t turn out with a ‘hoe in your hand, my dad had the strap handy for your laggerdy azz. Hoe, hoe, hoe.

The Big Hit

June 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

Last night’s hero ought to be prado. he had the big hit, the “double” that set up ross’s game winner. he was palying on a bum groin and also made a nice play late in regulation dodging a broken bat to keep the speed mccutchen at third base. his performance seemed to go unnoticed.

SoDak Brave

June 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

Wow. 150 votes for BMacc. Wish it was easier, but I will keep it up.

ncscoots

June 9th, 2009
4:38 pm

What’s it take to at least get a call up [for Canizares] when your 1st and 2nd string 1B are ailing?

Stop picking up a masonry trowel when they say it’s time to take infield.

AdirondackDave

June 9th, 2009
4:39 pm

I’ll second in spades DOB’s comments about Hanson in the last blog. We we fortunate to see him from just behind the 3rd base dugout in a spring training game. The guys breaking stuff is “other worldly.” Honestly, I’ve watched baseball games for 60 years and I’ve never seen anything comparable. It’s like the ball is coming up there 90 mph and, when it gets 2/3rds the way to the plate, it caroms to the south-west. Like it hits something and veers. I don’t know how anybody at all can hit one.

N Nine (Send Frenchy down)

June 9th, 2009
4:39 pm

PWHjort__

That’s great news! That could help us get Wheeler, ..They have Sanchez at 27 on BBA

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/mock-draft/2009/268312.html

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 9th, 2009
4:40 pm

No worry of rain tonight. There’s a storm in Missouri, but it should stay well north of Atlanta. Afternoon thunderstorms sometimes pop up out of nowhere during the summer around these parts, but shouldn’t be any problems for the game tonight.

Soph

June 9th, 2009
4:41 pm

No rain on the radar from what I see…

beekay

June 9th, 2009
4:41 pm

I like Norton getting a start. Give him some AB’s….lately he has drawn several walks and has hit the ball hard…I do agree if he continues to bat a buck thirty for another month or so we should cut him and look for alternatives

Thrillhouse44

June 9th, 2009
4:42 pm

Seriously, Barbaro Canizares must have said something about Frank Wren’s mama.

I hope it was this one: Frank, your momma’s so old, when she was in school, they didn’t have history.

Jim

June 9th, 2009
4:42 pm

Groundfog:

Maybe we can throw in Norton …

bravesrbaseball

June 9th, 2009
4:42 pm

No Frenchy in for automatic outs. Yes I can leave the remote alone and watch the whole game. Please don’t tell me I am the only one who turns the station when he bats.

TnBrian

June 9th, 2009
4:43 pm

MaconBraves/Soph, good, thanks.

ncscoots

June 9th, 2009
4:43 pm

the little dude

I like it. Medlen is henceforth nicknamed “LD”.

Or maybe “Pony” is better. I can’t decide.

Thrillhouse44

June 9th, 2009
4:43 pm

Frank, your momma’s so fat, when she wore a Malcolm X t-shirt, a helicopter tried to land on her.

rammerjammer

June 9th, 2009
4:44 pm

McLouth taking no prisoners at 4:31. Excellent placement of “numbnets” epithet.

Anders not hustling on that one.

Jim

June 9th, 2009
4:44 pm

Let’s hope they are going to give Norton a chance to get a few back to back ABs to see if he still knows what it is like to stand on 1B. If it doesn’t work the next couple of nights, then let’s hope they finally give Barbaro a chance. The poor guy has earned it.

Dopher

June 9th, 2009
4:44 pm

I’m with the Norton start…. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he was getting a good number of starts last year and then was extremely effective as PH. Give him some AB’s.

Jason

June 9th, 2009
4:45 pm

DOB — what the HECK was David Ross thinking going after Hudson in the postgame celebration last night??? Does he realize that Hudson had TJ surgery last year?

monty

June 9th, 2009
4:46 pm

Thanks Dave for your giving Medlen some love, my mission now is completed.

JerseyGil

June 9th, 2009
4:46 pm

Here in Phillis Nation there talk of the town is Lidge in the DL, but also they recall ours old friend Paul Bako….Bako??? why him, the Phillis have Three catcher Now…Rumors is they have a Deal with Colorado.
Lew Call your friend Amaro, to see what is going on….

corkylikesbeer

June 9th, 2009
4:46 pm

DOB, I guess Bobby Cox is wearing off on you…very insightful about the positive spin our offense…two out stats were very interesting.

cabravesfan

June 9th, 2009
4:47 pm

Jason-

You must have missed Huddy punching Ross in the ribs like 6 times… :)

AdirondackDave

June 9th, 2009
4:47 pm

Th…44 — Really good ones!

kdbanks

June 9th, 2009
4:47 pm

I love our 1 through 4 hitters right now. I really hope Bobby keeps those four in that order the rest of the way. McClouth is a dual threat leadoff guy, Escobar is driving in runs and getting on base (though his baserunning is bad), Chipper is better than ever and McCann protects Chipper and does his own damage.

Highly effective top of the lineup.

csg

June 9th, 2009
4:47 pm

Jason, yeah I know, I could see how Huddy could get hurt in that headlock esp with that bad elbow! (im being sarcastic)

JerseyGil

June 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

So who care about the Phillis, It Time the Braves make a move to the top of the Division.
GO BRAVOS

CLE

June 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

Bravesrbaseball – Instead of switching the channel when Frenchy comes to the plate, you can play a little game and try to predict whether the first pitch will be a called strike, or if he’ll take a huge swing-and-miss. You can even turn it into a drinking game!

FloridaBrave

June 9th, 2009
4:50 pm

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/

These eight picks look fairly certain:

1. Nationals: San Diego State righthander Stephen Strasburg.
2. Mariners: North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley.
3. Padres: Georgia HS outfielder Donavan Tate.
4. Pirates: Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez.
5. Orioles: California HS righthander Matt Hobgood.
6. Giants: Georgia HS righthander Zack Wheeler.
7. Braves: Vanderbilt lefthander Mike Minor.
8. Reds: North Carolina righhander Alex White.

Braves passing on Matzek, Purke, Miller…and even White…for Mike Minor. I see this as worst case scenario.

AndyC

June 9th, 2009
4:50 pm

There is actually a 20% chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the forecast for tonight. With Lowe on the mound, make that a 60% chance.

Thrillhouse44

June 9th, 2009
4:51 pm

Ad…ve – Thanks. 17 years later, and “yo momma” jokes still aren’t old. Although, I cannot endorse MTV’s “Yo Momma” or whatever show that was hosted by Fez.

MFin04

June 9th, 2009
4:51 pm

Where is JC Romero for the Phils? Thought his suspension was 50 games?

McFann :Ô:

June 9th, 2009
4:52 pm

CB

What is “normal”? :P

Richbrave

Uh-oh…well, my sister and a pull them up by hand…or we use a shovel. However, she’s sick right now, so I’m off the hook! :)

AdirondackDave

June 9th, 2009
4:52 pm

Kdbanks — Yes, 1-4 is in great shape now. Wren needs to work some more magic and get some serious power in left and maybe 1b. We can contend with this lineup but deep into the playoffs… not so much.

Anders

June 9th, 2009
4:52 pm

And from what personal experience do you speak, numbnuts? People who make comments like these, pretending to know what players “do”, are laughable. (McLouth of the South)

You know what I find laughable? People who take players names as their own. What are you – 12?

That’s a real classy comment you closed with too. You’re doing wonders for both McLouth and the South.

McFann :Ô:

June 9th, 2009
4:52 pm

That :) was supposed to be a ;)

Supes

June 9th, 2009
4:52 pm

Anders,

Chipper is right. That is the worst “new” stadium I’ve seen so far in the last few years (of this era of new ballparks). While places like Cincy or Philly take it to the extreme (hitter friendly), NY Mets have taken the other side. It makes sense for sluggers like Wright and Beltran to be upset about it. Hell, the only people that should be happy about it are the Mets Pitching staff.

They need to first (even out the OF walls to be the same height all the way across the playing field), and second, move IN the freaking fence next season.

Shea may have been a horrible park, but it played fair. Like Chipper said, I mean we watched the Braves/Mets series up there…for some of those NOT to be HR is a crime.

Not to be a homer, but the Ted has good dimentions as far as distance and look, the OF wall is the same height all the way across!

Some of these “designers” of the new parks have too much fraking free time on their hands. Simple and elegant (Turner Field) works.

Mixxo

June 9th, 2009
4:53 pm

Chrissie – my most favorite chick rocker!
Medlen – game trophy for last night
Norton – not worried about him at all, hope he’s over the flu.
Frenchie out – good move!

Frank from KS

June 9th, 2009
4:53 pm

Seen the highlights from the game last night on ESPN earlier this afternoon and seen Frenchy INDEED looking back while running (or should I say…JOGGING) to home plate.

I agree with Mr. Lentz on that subject. My $0.02 is that’s a another sure-fire reason Frenchy should be rode OUT of town.

Isn’t that (lookin’ back at the SS or whatever) lack of fundamentals?

Am I wrong or right?

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