1:54 pm June 28, 2009, by David O'Brien
June 28th, 20093:30 pm
The Braves’ needs are rather simple. For KJ to break out of his slump (analytical explorations suggest he will) and a right fielder who isn’t completely worthless. Chipper, McCann, McLouth, Kotchman, Escobar, Diaz/Loaf, a KJ who is hitting like he’s capable of, and a competent right fielder is enough offense to make the post-season with this pitching staff.
The pitch O’Flaherty, Bobby, and Chipper all got thrown out of the game for arguing was the best pitch I’ve ever seen not called a strike.
June 28th, 20093:31 pm
this Hanson kid is alright huh
June 28th, 20093:32 pm
I’ll never look at a tube of “mighty putty” the same way again.
Yeahhh Big Red!!!
An impressive performance by a kid who is clearly out of gas. Troubling that noone in th4e Braves dugout seems to see or sense it.
Cmon Hanson – aint nobody in there gonna help you – you’re on your own buddy
Ump blows. Cost at least 2 Ks
June 28th, 20093:33 pm
Anybody heard much about this Hanson kid… Seems like he could be a good one
I can see Joe Simpson doing a viagra commercial..he is old enough and is considered a silver fox
That pitch looked sick alright. But the other kind of sick.
Well I must say that Tommy Hanson is starting to make a believer out of me. You have to be impressed by his performance on a hot day ans feeling sickly.
June 28th, 20093:34 pm
The Red Sox are just so damn good at fouling off the tough pitches and “waiting’ for the one they want. They very rarely look bad when taking swings.
But man, even with the bad calls, Hanson is dealing. I hope he has “flu-like” symptoms more often. Perhaps the Braves medical staff should make him a “colon blow” protein shake before each start?
Ladies and gentlemen. May I introduce the Braves new stopper. I don’t see too many people clamoring for Glavine anymore. Where did they all go?
Hanson is winning in spite of the umps also.
Steve from OH
BH–I agree that Casey isn’t an average offensive 1B, but he’s above-average defensively, whereas we’re getting worse offense and much worse defense from both corner OF spots. 1B is a place of need, but of lesser need than RF and LF. Wasn’t taking issue with that persay, taking issue with saying GA is producing, and Casey isn’t. That’s a load of crap. Both of them are below-average bats (GA about 30 points worse than Casey according to wOBA), but Garret’s defense, coupled with below-average D in center, makes him, IMO, the one that should be first to go of the two.
I agree with a previous poster on Francouer. If Escobar had made that baserunning mistake, he would have been pulled from the game. Stop giving Francouer slack because he is from the Atlanta area. I believe he would have been traded if he had not been from the Atlanta area. It was a good story while it lasted. Time to move him while you can and get something for him.
RJB in DC
June 28th, 20093:35 pm
Interesting that for a strike-out pitcher, he is pitching well despite being squeezed at the plate. Pretty mature…
Even if the Sox are not the best team we’ve played this year we should or could have won just about all the games we’ve played so far.
If we weren’t in this classic June slump and if we could have just kept up the pace we set in the first two games of the homestand, there’s no reason we couldn’t have already won this series by now.
It’s like we’re good but we suck. It’s exactly like that.
Robert, that comment … have a bowl of sad.
On a side note, it appears that Penny is back on track after his slow start too, huh?
June 28th, 20093:36 pm
I don’t know Chop Chop. That pitch was at worse a borderline pitch. That won Hanson threw, there was nothing borderline about that.
Vazquez has a 1.90 ERA last 6 outings
Hanson has a 3.13 ERA last 4 starts and including todays game and innings
How manny innings since Hanson has given a run 20 ???
I’m not seeing this “out of gas” for Hanson. Hes making quality pitches.
June 28th, 20093:37 pm
Brazil scores in the 1st minute of the 2nd half… 2-1
Being that Hanson is not coming back for the 7th, it safe to note that he has pitched 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings.
DOB – why is it sad? the kid has pitched great but he shows signs of tiring. I’d hate to see him lose a great effort
Loafy is on it today. Gotta love it.
I see my plan is working perfectly so far…
nice shot GA
Nice going Hanson. Looked good that 6th inning. Considering he just struck out the #4 hitter in the order, I would like to see him go out for the 7th. However his pitch count is 97, plus it is a hot day. Given this scenario, let’s see Bobby earn his manager’s pay and make the right decision. I cant say what I would do for sure because I dont know how Hanson feels. Bobby has to make a decision based on his past experiences and instincts as to whether to throw Hanson out there for the 7th.
Personally, I’d put him out there for the 7th and have Moylan warming up……(damn, I cant believe I said Moylan……..however with Bennett hurt, who else can you go to? lol. Just kidding).
Oh behave. Yeah baby! Randy. Do I make you horny baby yeah.
You know like that movie?
June 28th, 20093:38 pm
What! This ump has lost his mind.
A 2B by GA just to support some of my posts today.
Loaf has trade value to a contending team in the AL as DH. Trade him now at the end of inter-league play.
you can’t stop Loaf!
Watching This Team Execute at fundamentals and situational hitting is like pulling teeth
June 28th, 20093:39 pm
pick em up Frenchy
Why doesn’t CK bunt in that spot?
Something I’m missing here?
joe Frenchy is going to somehow manage to hit into a DP here.
June 28th, 20093:40 pm
Too Bad GA keeps leading off innings…he could be getting these hits with men on base…
I know we’re winning, but only 2 runs is kinda scary.
Dang, Ortiz is shaky at best at first
When was the last time Frenchy did anything good at the plate?
Well the little blue pill is helping out many guys in the early and mid 20’s too. ED is not just for “silver foxes”.
“It’s like we’re good but we suck. It’s exactly like that.” Mitchell
That might be the quote of the year. LOVE IT!
Hey, look on the bright side. If we’re out of it come the end of July, with Loaf heating up at the plate, there might be an American League team interested in adding a DH/PH for their playoff push at the deadline.
He certainly won’t be in a Braves uniform next year.
Whew. At least Garret didn’t go all “jeff” on the basebaths. But just another expample of NOT moving the runner over.
Quite simply put, it’s just bad fundamental baseball. You can’t win (and we haven’t) playing like that.
It’s a mindset, and we don’t hav it. Timing is every thing. If Kotchman gets the runner over to third, Jeff has an RBI, and we have a 3-0 lead.
Nothing like putting more pressure on your bullpen than you need to, huh?
Kotchman is A.W.F.U.L
June 28th, 20093:41 pm
yeah, good call Robert: He’s faced six batters in the last two innings, retired the side in order in the sixth, struck out the last batter he faced with a nasty fastball … pretty obvious you were right about him being out of gas. Don’t know how anyone could dispute that.
Again, have a bowl of sad. There’s still time for the Braves to lose and make your day, don’t worry.
Rodney Derrick – assuming an AL contender doesn’t already have a strong DH.
I think Rafael Bellird is bigger than Pedroia.
Does Diory Hernandez have a hit in him?
Probably not. Apparently the Sox do know enough about him to know he’s not good.
So whats the message this idiot Bobby Coxcks is trying to send to Yunel? AKA, the braves best player. Play like the rest of these pathetic losers, Coxcks has to go.
June 28th, 20093:42 pm
Doc Holiday……..actually, this is Hanson’s 5th start….and his ERA right now stands at .2.48. Not bad. 29 innings, 24 hits. Almost 6 innings per start. Just lower those 17 walks and he will be fine.
Whatever OBrien – go back to spewing the party line
I’ll match wits with you when you find yours
Anyone notice that Hernandez swings like Andruw Jones?
Just make contact D.
Robert, I don’t really think it’s bad signs of tiring, I think its more like Hanson is just throwing to many pitches. The one thing I’ve noticed with him is that he really works the count, using all 6 of the pitches he has to each batter.I don’t expect to see a strike thrown from him with 2 strikes until it’s 2 or 3 balls. I worry that some batters might figure him out a little since he seems predictable,taking away a little bit of his star potential. He’s still going to be great though.
By the way, are there any other rookies doing a good job right now? I think Tommy’s making a run at ROY even though he came up so late.
June 28th, 20093:43 pm
i still dont get you fools taking up for Yunel… He’s an idiot in the field, and is a loose cannon. Get rid of him NOW, Wren!
Coach (Moon Pie, Anyone?)
Once again, another lead off double is wasted because Cox refuses to manage. The man will never bunt the runner to third, play small ball and try to score one run. The score should be 3-0.
More runners left in scoring position.
June 28th, 20093:44 pm
I’m sure somebody mentioned this earlier. But do you all realize that we have 5 guys in the lineup today (counting Hanson), with batting averages under .245?
Scoring 2 runs today is a fricking miracle!
I’d hate to see him ruined by the awful Braves management and coaching staff. Cox WILL misuse him, mark my words
wow this team is awful with runners in scoring position….
Ryan langerhans changes teams again:
Pete McElroy informs us that the Nationals have sent Ryan Langerhans to the Mariners in exchange for Mike Morse.
June 28th, 20093:45 pm
Booby Coxcks has no f—— what to do in a close game. Just watch, wait, and hope for homeruns. This guy is a loser beyond all belief.
I remember when a kid called Avery had lights out stuff and gave you six great innings alla time – and I remember how Cox would watch him melt down in the seventh and waste leads
This has precedent. Donk certainly aint got no smarter over the years
June 28th, 20093:46 pm
“Again, have a bowl of sad.” DOB
Hey. Just because I’ve been backing off the bowls of sad lately, doesn’t mean that you’re free to dish it out to anybody else who wants it, without my permission. The least you could do is ask if I’m done with it, before offering up my leftovers to others.
Toronto has bases loaded in bottom 8th…currenlty down 5-4 to Phillies
Coach (Moon Pie, Anyone?) But he will bunt with a runner on first and no outs. I don’t freaking understand it. I try, but just don’t. This offense is pathetic.
Diory = automatic out
N8, yes I posted alot of that earlier (not counting Hanson, who does have a hit today). Butt Blanco had a good bunt earlier (ruined by Kelly) and Francouer hasn’t been bad (outside of the baserunning mistake)
I may stop calling Bobby Dpnk, and start calling him “Sucks”
June 28th, 20093:47 pm
We just need to get out of the 7th alive and it’s probably over.
DOB..they did make a pitching change..so relax…robert was right that hansen was gassed
EOF. I can’t watch.
Robert, we agree. You haven’t gotten any smarter through the years.
Robert, you mean the way he misused Glavine and Smoltz?
Hey, look at that. A popup to the left side, and the SS took control and Chipper let him have it.
June 28th, 20093:48 pm
Yunel is the best young everyday player the braves have had since 1995. I wouldnt give a damn either if I knew this pathetic coach couldnt manage a damn burger king, therefore we have no shot of winning unless someone throws a shutout. I hope he gets traded to a team with a chance of being something other than a launching pad for stars.
Jman you’re the fool if you can’t see Escobar’s talent and value to the team. Like it or not, the guy produces.
No one is making excuses for him, but it does seem to be an uneven standard applied to the players.Getting rid of Escobar will not make the Braves a better team.
June 28th, 20093:49 pm
20-scoreless inning streak for Hanson, going back to the last 2-2/3 innings of his second start at Baltimore.
Hanson’s ERA is now 2.48
DOB, you’re making enemies left and right.
“We just need to get out of the 7th alive and it’s probably over.”
Substitute the 8th for the 7th and you have a great quote to describe game four of the 1996 WS – and yet Cox found a way
kirkinga, no, but it would passify BC and the Braves way.
Yunel is not better than Furcal IMO, at least not yet. Furcal was better in every phase of the game, including power
No… Yunel is not the best young everyday player the Braves have had since 95. If you aint go anythin upstairs you aint worth having…
Our Defense Blows
KJ buckles and JF is caught loafing, eh?
dumb play kj and jf
Joe’s simpson..man crush continues……
How many times does Jeff have to screw up in a game to get pulled? Diaz anyone?
Here’s your chance Joe haters.
June 28th, 20093:50 pm
take him out of the line up too.
Kelly Johnson take a hike
Cmon Frenchy. Jesus
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