Crab Cakes, the DH and Mr. Hanson, Take II

    Baltimore – Greetings from the inner harbor! It’s a beautiful day and it’s hopping here around the hotel, people cruising up and down the street, abuzz with the start of a weekend….and dare we say, interleague play?

 

   I know it might be tired to some, but there were quite a few Braves fans on my flight up today – either that or Jeff Francoeur has shrunk, dyed his hair blond, and taken to wearing his Braves jersey on flights.

   MLB says in a release that the 100 millionth fan will take in interleague play this weekend. That in the 13 years since interleague play started (1997-2008), attendance at interleague games is 11.8 percent higher than for intraleague games – that’s a 33,252 average at interleague games, 29,739 at intraleague games.

   The American League has a five-year winning streak in interleague play, by the way, and leads this year 22-20 after the first round in May.

   So we get back to it for the Braves with as tough an interleague schedule as it gets, including six games against the Red Sox, three against the Yankees, and yes, these three against the Orioles in the next 15 games.

   But taking it on the road now means we got to play these dang American League rules. (Not good for deadline, for starters.) The obvious choice for DH for the Braves would seem to be Barbaro Canizares, let the boy rake (them let eat cake?). I don’t know yet how Martin Prado is feeling, but if his groin is still sore, they’ll have to come up with some other plan, but Canizares might have been born to be a DH.

   MLB also sent out a 52-page attachment on the completion of the baseball draft, listing all 1,521 picks taken over three days.

   In case you were wondering, Albay Barkley, a first baseman from George Washington High School in New York just sneaked under the wire at No. 1,521, taken by the Los Angeles Angels. That brings to mind what my friend Ashley used to say at the blackjack table, holding one chip in her hand – “With this, I will build my fortune.”

   Hey, got to start somewhere!

   Or finish.

   My e-mail inbox also tells me the Falcons have finally, officially, contractually, cut ties with Michael Vick. Oh wait, wrong blog? Shocker that there were no trade takers, ahem. Anyway, just acknowledging that the chapter is officially over now.

 

   CLEANUP WOES: So seeing Canizares in the cleanup spot yesterday got me to wondering how many different Braves have hit there this year. More than one time you’ll walk by the posted lineup, see the No. 4 hole, and go, “Really?”

   Thanks to some tallying on my plane ride, I have it at eight different guys: Brian McCann (28), Garret Anderson (12), Casey Kotchman (10), Martin Prado (3), Jeff Francoeur (2), Chipper Jones (2), Matt Diaz (1) and Canizares (1). Of course, I just checked myself against the Braves notes. Why didn’t I just wait to log on and see the notes when I got here? Curiosity, I guess. Though Mr. Richmond might say it was my Type A side.

   The Braves are hitting .290 in the cleanup spot, which is fourth in the National League (thanks in large part to McCann, I’d guess), but their seven home runs at the cleanup hole is tied for 12th in the league and their 33 RBIs from the cleanup hole is tied for 14th in the league.

   And wow. The Dodgers have a grand total of two home runs in the fourth spot. Manny hits third, so you can’t blame it all on his absence.

   Anyway, here’s how it broke down for the Braves cleanup hitters:

 

Brian McCann  28 starts .275   5 HR  18 RBIs  

Garret Anderson 12 starts, .318  0 HR, 8 RBIs

Casey Kotchman 10 starts, .359, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Martin Prado 3 starts, .231, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Jeff Francoeur 2 starts, .375, 1 HR, 4 RBIs

Chipper Jones 2 starts, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Matt Diaz, 1 start, .333, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Barbaro Canizares, 1 start, .250, 0 HR, 0 RBI

 

   So yes, in an ideal world, the Braves find themselves a slugger at the trading deadline. Not sure where that guy is going to come from; the prototypical cleanup hitter doesn’t come along every day. But then again, this sort of need is not new to the Braves. The trading deadline was when they got Fred McGriff (1993) and Mark Teixeira (2007). And those were probably the two biggest trades in franchise history, no? (Not that my wealth of knowledge goes much earlier than 1991 – aha – so somebody argue with me.)

 

   HANSON: Lest we not forget – and we would never – we have the young Tommy Hanson taking the mound for his second major league start tonight in Camden Yards. He’s looking for better results this time, than the three home runs he surrendered on Sunday when his fastball location suddenly went south.

   I read something in a Buster Olney column today that made me realize I should have asked Hanson more about feeling tired after the game Sunday. I’d asked him if he’d gotten much sleep the night before, thinking he might have been nervous and had a hard time sleeping. He said he slept like a baby, that he was exhausted and still was, and that he’d sleep well again Sunday night.

   At the time, Hanson blamed his fatigue on having so much family in town, and travel and this and that, but it sounds like just the sheer adrenaline he had working – yes, it was in there, despite the cool demeanor we all see on the outside – caught up with him too. And that might be what happened to his pitches later in the game.

   Here’s what Buster wrote: 

 

   “When Tommy Hanson walked off the mound after making his first major league start this past Sunday, he went into the Braves’ weight room and simply laid on the floor, exhausted. It wasn’t until after he finished pitching when he realized how much the adrenaline that surged through his body that day had affected him.

   ‘I was so amped up,’ Hanson said. ‘I’ve never gotten tired once in my life from pitching. I never get tired. But after that, everything felt tired — my legs, my body.’…

   (And later, Buster wrote) But during the middle of the game, fatigue began to set in as the tidal wave of adrenaline drained out of Hanson’s body. “I didn’t feel fresh anymore,” Hanson said. His fastball started drifting on him, and the Brewers mashed three homers, two of them by All-Star Ryan Braun. …

 

   So maybe tonight Hanson will be able to take a deep breath and pace himself a little better. I’m sure it’s helped just to have four days with the team, sitting in the dugout, doing his normal preparation and getting used to his surroundings. It’ll be hard to be anymore dominant than he was in those first three perfect innings against the Brewers Sunday, but I’m sure he’d take a little more consistency.

   It’ll also be interesting to see how he used his breaking pitches. They are so dang nasty, that you wonder if he might be smart to use them more when his fastball is being a little testy. I know it makes the most sense to work off his fastball, but I just wonder – the way hitters’ knees were buckling at his curve, if they could hit it even if they knew it was coming.

   It’ll be interesting to see. I’ve babbled on long enough….More when I get to the ballpark. Excited to see the ol’ Camden Yards. I haven’t been here since 2000! I just had to look it up to refresh the memory. Andy Ashby pitched his first game as a Brave here and it was a complete game victory 4-1. That should tell you a little about how long it’s been.

 

 

 

3,327 comments Add your comment

getlukescott?

June 12th, 2009
2:38 pm

getlukescott?

June 12th, 2009
2:38 pm

yessss. First!

TRobb1

June 12th, 2009
2:41 pm

Man, I’m never first…fifth?

TRobb1

June 12th, 2009
2:41 pm

Third! Hitting where Nate McLouth should be if Jordan Schafer would get his butt in gear.

getlukescott?

June 12th, 2009
2:44 pm

Nate McLouth seems to be better suited leading off in our seemingly pathetic, punchless lineup

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
2:48 pm

calling for a sweep in baltimore. do we have faith??

Buzzmeat

June 12th, 2009
2:49 pm

I say Garret should DH his defense blows

Dylan

June 12th, 2009
2:50 pm

No song?! Whaaaaat! I’ll chime in!

Gram Parsons
“Streets Of Baltimore”

Well I sold the farm to take my woman where she used to be
We left our kin and all our friends back there in Tennessee
And I bought those one way tickets she had often begged me for
And they took us to the streets of Baltimore
Well her heart was filled with gladness when she saw those city lights
She said the prettiest place on earth was Baltimore at night
Well a man feels proud to give his woman what she’s longing for
And I kinda liked the streets of Baltimore

When I got myself a factory job, I ran an old machine
And I bought a little cottage in a neighborhood serene
And every night when I’d come home with every muscle sore
She’d drag me through the streets of Baltimore
Well I did my best to bring her back to what she used to be
Then I soon learned she loved those bright lights more than she loved me
Now I’m a going back on that same train that brought me here before
While my baby walks the streets of Baltimore
While my baby walks the streets of Baltimore

Ron Roberts

June 12th, 2009
2:51 pm

Please….what about the 7 and 8 spot? :)

Dylan

June 12th, 2009
2:51 pm

Hey Carroll. Give the Braves some good luck for us! Maybe you can hit cleanup ;)

PWHjort

June 12th, 2009
2:51 pm

Depends on the pitching match-ups. Fly ball pitchers usually suffer in the hitter-friendly Camden Yards.

Interested Observer

June 12th, 2009
2:52 pm

A couple of items from the last blog:

Regarding Rosenthal’s suggestion Blanco as an internal replacement for Frenchy. If there is an internal replacement, I believe it will be Schafer, or more specifically McLouth with Schafer reclaiming CF.

Also regarding the “you can’t walk of the island” line. I might be wrong but I want to say that was attributed to Rafael Ramirez.

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
2:53 pm

I realize you may not know more than we do because they wanna keep things on the down low but what are the Braves options as far as acquiring another bat? A lot of people can put down what they hope to get but I just wanna know if there was anything legit out there of the different possibilities. I personally am hoping for Jermaine Dye but Chicago would have to eat some of that $11 million contract hes got.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 12th, 2009
2:53 pm

If Prado can play, Canizares should DH. If not then Anderson. One guy you should NEVER see at DH is Failcoeur, they’d have to change the name of it if Bobby ever put him there. :-)

Renegator

June 12th, 2009
2:53 pm

MiltonDawg: a sweep which way? Us getting swept or us sweeping the O’s?

glord

June 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

I believe Hanson will be lifgts out tonight. First great start on his way to ROY honors. You remember you heard it here first.

TrojanBrave

June 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

DOB,

Any chance we got out and make a deal for someone like Ryan Spilborghs that could play RF and hit cleanup?? That seems like the perfect remedy for two problems…Frenchy and lack of a four hitter.

NC Braves Fan

June 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

It’ll be fun to watch the kid toe the slab tonight – I’m betting the change in scenery and having gotten the first start out of the way will do wonders for him.

MFin04

June 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

First!? Second? Third? Fourth? Fifth? Sixth? Seventh? Eight? Ninth? Tenth? Eleventh? Twelve? Thirteenth?

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

granted i realize there was nothing out there about the McLouth trade. i didnt see any rumors about that one

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
2:54 pm

hopefully lineup will be the following:
1- McClouth
2- Escobar
3- Chipper
4- Mac
5- Canizares (DH)
6- Anderson
7- Prado
8- KJ
9- Francouer

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
2:55 pm

sorry mclouth

Rodney Derrick

June 12th, 2009
2:55 pm

Carroll– Great Afghan restaurants just past Washington Monument owned by brother of President Karzai. This is the brother that some observers claim now controls certain substances produced in that country. Also, great seafood, Greek, and Italian restaurants especially in the area where they produced “The Wire” and one other famous cop show, both written by former Baltimore newspaper writer. Also, the Walters Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art are great. Enjoy! Parks with long distance soft surface running trails for running too.

And hopefully, Barbaro can hit like the Babe, and Hanson can pitch like the Babe.

glord

June 12th, 2009
2:55 pm

Francouer could play DS. Designated swinger.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 12th, 2009
2:56 pm

I say Bobby should let the pitcher hit and DH for Failcoeur.

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
2:56 pm

honestly renegator- i would hope us, but they way they’ve been playing..could be the opposite.

MFin04

June 12th, 2009
2:56 pm

With three games….Chipper should DH once, McCann once, and Barbaro once. It’s pretty simple. Chipper has sucked at third (Prado should probably play third one day if better, or Diory ). McCann should get a day off from catching and Ross would be a good replacement, and Barbaro is the logical DH.

PMC

June 12th, 2009
2:56 pm

Ya know, honestly, baseball is supposed to be entertaining… why exactly do we give a crap about Pitchers hitting? They don’t do anything particularly well and it’s not like we’ve got guys on for them to bunt over either. Small ball is dead. National League rules are dinosaur rules. We don’t hit and run, we don’t move runners over with Pop Flies, we don’t sac bunt. God help you if you can remember the last suicide squeeze you saw. Heck we don’t even steal bases anymore.

Why not institute the DH?

Renegator

June 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

MiltonDawg:

I figured that’s what you meant but the way this offense goes – we are more likely to get swept than to sweep.

NC Braves Fan

June 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

Carroll: any updates on Casey? Would there be any chance he could DH, if anything (especially if Prado can take the field)?

Daslied

June 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

That would be a telling sign, if Frenchy gets “a day off” and KK is the DH.

Necromancer

June 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

It was real disturbing what I read in the Jeff Schultz article concerning some of Chipper’s comments. (I believe it was the Schultz article, could be wrong).

Chipper said that they were playing as hard as they could.

If that’s all they’ve got…that’s not really encouraging to hear about the rest of the season…

Carroll Rodgers

June 12th, 2009
2:58 pm

The lineup as follows:

1. McLouth
2. Escobar
3. Jones
4. McCann
5. Anderson
6. Johnson
7. Francoeur
8. Canizares
9. Hanson

I hope Frenchie will benefit from having 2 hits y/d.

Barrington

June 12th, 2009
2:59 pm

Enter your comments here

bravos2249

June 12th, 2009
2:59 pm

Macon Braves (RIP)

It’d be DS….for Designated Swinger

McFann :Ô:

June 12th, 2009
2:59 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Macon Braves they’d have to change the name of it if Bobby ever put him there.

Yeah, that’d be like…”DB”: “Designated Batter”…?

No…”DO”…?

Daslied

June 12th, 2009
3:00 pm

NC – I think Casey’s on the DL until Tuesday. So even if he was better he wouldn’t be eligible.

Braves Fan

June 12th, 2009
3:00 pm

carroll who’s the DH??

Jay Wills

June 12th, 2009
3:00 pm

Thanks for the lineup Carroll. When will Brandon Jones be back?

BT

June 12th, 2009
3:00 pm

Looking at your stats Carroll, it is obvious that batting cleanup will be the salvation to Frenchy’s career!

MiltonDawg

June 12th, 2009
3:01 pm

renegator: here’s a good rule of thumb i’ve discovered on how the braves will fare on a per game basis: if no hits by the 3rd or no x-tra base hit by the 3rd…the braves will lose. it’s like all of a sudden they get scared of the ball and the opposing pitcher will have his best game ever.

getlukescott?

June 12th, 2009
3:01 pm

Sorry Milton –

I don’t see Braves sweeping in Baltimore. I see them losing 2 of 3 because they play to the level of competition. Baltimore has been reeling of late, but Braves have not been able to take advantage of such situations. We’ll see though. Maybe I’ll be presently surprised.

PWHjort

June 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

Good thing the AL doesn’t use a DH, fake Carrol.

Jay Wills

June 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

Hanson will hit DH, he’s better than Greg Norton!

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

i dont think thats the real carroll posting there…Tommy Hanson will not be batting seeings how we are playing in Baltimore plus her post woulda been highligthed

MFin04

June 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

The DH is garbage, hopefully they will take it out of the AL not add it to the NL.

fleming

June 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

McFann :Ô:

Just wanted to let you know you need to speed up the voting for McCann. I just crossed the 2000 mark so you lagging way behind. Thank goodness for gmail and easy to create mail accounts.

peter

June 12th, 2009
3:02 pm

hey carroll do we have the 10th player and who is the dh

Unknown

June 12th, 2009
3:03 pm

Lineup:

1. McLouth
2. Escobar
3. Chipper
4. McCann
5. Garrett (DH)
6. Diaz
7. Barbaro
8. Johnson
9. Frenchy

J-X

June 12th, 2009
3:03 pm

If Prado can’t play, and you have to play Barbaro at first, I would Put Mccann at DH and ross to catch, that significantly improves our defense and I feel puts our strongest(by comparison) offensive team on the field.

McFann :Ô:

June 12th, 2009
3:03 pm

MFin04

Int’resting stat: McCann has never DH’d a game in his career. (’Sept in MB this year.)

Tomahawkin

June 12th, 2009
3:03 pm

We, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Swept the Pirates, Nuff Said!!! We Better Take 2 of 3 from the Orioles!

I’m So Tired Of This Team Slacking Off Against the Jubroni teams of the League, expecting them to hand the games to them like opposing garbage teams did in the late 90’s…

Our Offense Comes Correct against the Good Pichers (Santana, B. Myers) But We Hit like an AAA team against The Jubroni Pitchers of the league….

Other Than McLouth Who Has come with a fire persona to this team, I Hate This Bobby-Ball Style Off Offense, even though The Team Made a good Effort to play ABC Offensive baseball yesterday

I knew That This Awfense would Get Too Homer Happy after the first 2 games of the Series, and Wholllah!!! They have swung for the fences the last two games and therefore having undisciplined At-Bats Resulting in Garbage Results!!!

Savannah Guy

June 12th, 2009
3:03 pm

an unnamed teammate explained: “He can’t run, can’t throw, and can’t field, but the sumbitch can [...]

I’ll assume that last word was hit. — Savannah Guy

S.G.: If you’d just read the actual blog above, rather than merely the comments, you’d know the last word was “hit.” It’s right there. You don’t even have to read more than the first few paragraphs of the blog to see that.

Just curious, do you typically read only the comments from me and the denizens, and not the actual blog that they’re commenting on? And that’s fine if you do, I’m not trying to be a smarta&%. I’m just curious if many do that, and if so, why. But again, no problems at all if that’s the way you do it. I know some might not want to take the few minutes to read the blog, might not have the time.

No worries. – DAVID O’BRIEN

David, now you have me curious with your 11:11 am post on the last blog. Do you typically read the comments that include an italicized quote and then attribute the entire post to the person commenting, even though they were very clearly, with italics, quoting another denizen’s comment? Even though I wasn’t being critical of the author of the comment that I quoted, perhaps I should have said, “that last word in your comment was “hit” and I know that because I read the entire blog as you should”?

To be fair and accurate, I try to quote verbatim and in this case, without the word “hit”. Why? Because the post I was quoting replaced “hit” with “[…]”. How did I assume the word was “hit”? Well, because I’d actually read your blog. Yep, the whole flippin’ thing. Looked at the pictures too.

As you advise, take a few minutes to read comments, or better yet, attempt to get the gist of the message before you comment on it. Besides, my comment really had nothing to do with you but was directly related to your blog subject, in pointing out the irony of the number 25 being shared by AJ and Canizares with their opposite skill sets. Yet you commented on leaving out the word “hit”. That parsing was a bit off-point. The attitude seemed odd. Whatever. Maybe a bad crab cake.

Like you, I’m not trying to be a smart@ss. Well, maybe just a little… like you. I usually read the blog. Sometimes even the lyrics. Townes Van Zandt’s were particularly good. In fact, I’m going to see Steve Earle tomorrow night who’ll perform many of Van Zandt’s songs from his new album, “Townes”. I submitted a comment on that earlier today. But you chose to focus on my other post.

One would think that you’d be more interested in a music comment directly related to your blog. That’s fine, we all do that from time to time. It’s silly, it’s snippy, it’s unnecessary but it’s common. Not a problem, all of us need the occasional Mulligan for smart@ssness.

Must be a slow news day. Just thought I’d give you some truth and perspective. You’re welcome.

No worries.

The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)

June 12th, 2009
3:03 pm

My lineup would be:

1- McClouth
2- KJ
3- Chipper
4- Mac
5- Canizares (DH)
6- Anderson
7- Escobar
8- Prado
9- Francoeur

(KJ’s a natural 2-hole hitter)

J-X

June 12th, 2009
3:04 pm

Does anybody know if a DH in the American League can swing over and play defense if someone is injured?

Heath (Cleveland)

June 12th, 2009
3:04 pm

Odds on the following?…

1.) McLouth
2.) Escobar
3.) Chipper
4.) McCann
5.) Canizares (1B)
6.) Diaz (LF)
7.) GA (DH)
8.) JF
9.) KJ

McFann :Ô:

June 12th, 2009
3:05 pm

Fleming

2000?? Holy cow…you’re good! I am behind…

VOTE McCANN 2009 ALL-STAR!!!!

The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)

June 12th, 2009
3:05 pm

oops i copied the lineup i edited from someone else’s post.

McLouth, not “McClouth” haha

Chuck

June 12th, 2009
3:05 pm

Seems like the Braves are feast or famine, and I’m looking for reasons why. Do you think they change their philosophy of hitting if the opposing pitcher makes it through a couple of innings without giving up a run? Start taking more pitches to wear him out so they can get to the bullpen sooner? Someone made the comment that many of the Braves players seem to be taking lots of pitches early in the count – they specifically mentioned Kelly Johnson. Anybody?

NC Braves Fan

June 12th, 2009
3:06 pm

Daslied – I had heard he might be to coming off the DL in the Orioles series. I guess I missed something or miunderstood. Thanks!

Anders

June 12th, 2009
3:06 pm

Savannah Guy – Unlike you DOB isn’t here today. Hate when that happens.

MFin04

June 12th, 2009
3:06 pm

J-X – I dont think they can…that’s why you won’t see a catcher as DH, Bobby is like that. (Although I think they should.)

MFin04

June 12th, 2009
3:08 pm

Yeh, Barbaro has to be in the 4 or 5 spots, has some power and is a good hitter. None of this garbage with GA, Frenchy or Diaz hitting number 5, they just aren’t 5 hitters.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 12th, 2009
3:09 pm

J-X The DH can be put into the field, but you then lose your DH. The pitcher would bat in the place of the player that was pulled out of the field.

fleming

June 12th, 2009
3:10 pm

J-X

If I understand the DH rules correctly, the DH can move to the field but when you do that you lose the DH and the pitcher must bat. At least that was how it worked when I played years ago

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
3:10 pm

J-X

I believe if that happens you lose the DH spot and the pitcher then has to hit

Original Jon

June 12th, 2009
3:10 pm

I wonder if while the Braves are in Baltimore, they can swap some players so they dont have to travel far, lol. Say, Jeff Francouer, and a prospect or two for Luke Scott?

I can dream cant i.

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
3:11 pm

cant wait to see Matt Wieters. He is a GT boy and can HIT!

Interested Observer

June 12th, 2009
3:11 pm

j-x: The DH can enter the game on defense, but you would then lose the DH spot and the pitcher would have to hit in the vacated spot for the rest of the game.

DAP

June 12th, 2009
3:11 pm

anders, i answered your post about swisher on the previous blog. i wont repost it, but you can check it out there, if you even care.

fleming

June 12th, 2009
3:12 pm

sorry Macon Braves (RIP). Jumped right on top of your post to J-X

Savannah Guy

June 12th, 2009
3:12 pm

he obvious choice for DH for the Braves would seem to be Barbaro Canizares, let the boy rake (them let eat [...]?)

Blog-Reader challenge: Fill in the missing [...] word from the blog. The winner gets a crab cake.

Hint: The word is not crab, dust, flake or shyte.

VaBravesfan

June 12th, 2009
3:12 pm

Ms. Rogers: The inner harbor is a cool place. I was there once and a Coast Guard ship came up the canal. It blocked out the sun.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 12th, 2009
3:12 pm

I used to travel to a place called Havre de Grace, Maryland for work all the time. It’s a place about an hour north of Baltimore…on the water. Charming little place…and great food. The Baltimore area was definitely one of my top places I liked visiting from a food point of view… Got a top five Carroll?

J-X

June 12th, 2009
3:13 pm

Thanks for responses, Well I can see why you would not use your catcher as DH, unless you had two catchers on your bench…

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
3:13 pm

actually i think they could eventually look to trade Luke Scott away. they are 11 games out and I would love to see Scott in the Braves lineup

beekay

June 12th, 2009
3:13 pm

Heading to the game Sunday with my Son, lower box behind Braves dugout. I hope they don’t give Chipper or Bmac the day off since it is a day game following a night game(we can’t afford either of those guys to be out of the lineup anyways)

AZBravoFan

June 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

What is a team that can’t field a team of 8 decent hitters supposed to do with the DH?

Tomahawkin

June 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

During This Series…I like B-Macc DH’ing so he can get some rest off his knees and D-Ross Catching…Use Loaf In left and Matty-D in Right

JD

June 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

When the 100 millionth fan walks through the turnstiles, do you think some sort of celebration music will play while a bunch of confetti, balloons, and streamers fall? Like on TV?

J-X

June 12th, 2009
3:14 pm

Ok DH Experts:

Do you have to use the DH to hit in place of the pitcher? For example if the Pitcher rakes, like micah owings, could you use the DH to hit for a weaker offensive position?

Original Jon

June 12th, 2009
3:15 pm

B-rockGT, yeah, that would be awesome too!! Too bad it might not happen until the trade deadline.

Knowitall

June 12th, 2009
3:15 pm

I say Bobby should let the pitcher hit and DH for Failcoeur

Now that was funny………..sort of.

Savannah Guy

June 12th, 2009
3:15 pm

The Blog-Reader contest winner also gets to have a free crab cake dinner with Carroll Rogers tonight.

AdirondackDave

June 12th, 2009
3:15 pm

What a difference a big-time cleanup hitter would make on this club. You could live with Frenchy in right because of his arm and his potential IF we had that righthanded cleanup guy in left. Without him, Frenchy is a real problem in the batting order. Common’ Frank, find that true clean-up hitter, you’ve got serious prospects, Brandon Jones, Cody Johnson, Canizares, Rohrbacher, and more as well as Francoeur, Reyes, who could be used for a Braun or Gonzalez caliber hitter. It’s got to be done, one way or another to elevate this club back to a perennial post-season threat.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

Tomahawkin…I wouldn’t mind seeing McCann and Ross in the lineup at that same time during a few of these intraleague games either, but I doubt that Bobby would do that for all, or even a majority of them. My over/under on them both being in the starting lineup at the same time is 2.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

Aners You commented on the last blog about how Swisher gets pitched to in the Yankee lineup( I’ve never seen him play so can’t really have an opinion of him). Yet Swisher has drawn 42 walks in about 226 plate appearance this year for a .394 OBP (only has a .255 AVG). So would you say that he is that patient of a hitter then, since you say he gets pitched to in that lineup and yet he’s on base almost 40% of the time?

PWHjort

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

We all can dream, Origional Jon. And we all do. Wouldn’t that make some problems go away?

Anders

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

DAP – Checked out your response. I hear you on the numbers. So be it. Me, I think today’s game is made for the better athletes in the 8 position spots. There’s more running, throwing and fielding emphasis now that the roids are gone imo. Let’s agree to disagree.

B-rockGT

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

J-X

yes you can do that.

nfieldr

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

CR, while I agree that the McGriff trade was hugh, I’m not sure that I agree that the Tex trade was one of the biggest in franchise history. Tex was only a rental Brave, we only had him for two half seasons and we didn’t make the playoffs either year. In retrospect, I certainly don’t think we got the better end of that deal.

On the other hand, the trade of Doyle Alexander for John Smoltz did pay off handsomely for the Braves (I know, I’m a master of understatement) and was definitely one of the biggest in Braves’ history.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 12th, 2009
3:16 pm

Meant Anders obviously, sorry.

TennesseePaul

June 12th, 2009
3:18 pm

Exceptional Blog today DOB.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

J-X No, you can’t use the DH for a position player in MLB (you can in amateur leagues and I don’t know about the minors). You have to use it for the pitcher.

JD

June 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

Exceptional Blog today DOB.

It’s Carroll this weekend. I’m not sure if that’s a burn for her or a burn for DOB. Probably DOB.

Anders

June 12th, 2009
3:19 pm

DH in interleague play. Another penalty for having your catcher be one of your key offensive players. Along with day games after night games. Ah yes, I remember these things well when Mr. Piazza wore the tools of ignorance for the Mets all those years.

Savannah Guy

June 12th, 2009
3:20 pm

Savannah Guy – Unlike you DOB isn’t here today. Hate when that happens.

Anders, I knew that. How? Because I read every word of today’s blog. Yet my message was to O’Brien, because his was to me. My message to Ms. Rogers would be quite different. Something like, Hi Carroll, welcome back, enjoy the game and I hope you have lobster after the crab cake.

Or something like that.

JC Bravo

June 12th, 2009
3:20 pm

Once the DH enters on defense the pitcher bats in the spot of the player who came out of the lineup for the rest of the game.

Original Jon

June 12th, 2009
3:20 pm

But I think we need someone who is more of a game changer, someone that opposing pitchers fear when that person comes up to bat. Someone that can change the game instantly and consistently with one swing of the bat. Someone like Ryan Howard or Albert Pujols. Someone in that mold. Maybe Adam Dunn.

PWHjort

June 12th, 2009
3:20 pm

J-X,
I am not sure you can do that in MLB, but you are allowed to in the minors. Jason Motte used to get DHed for all the time when he was a catcher because he couldn’t swing the stick.

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