9:05 am July 3, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
July 3rd, 20097:06 pm
Excellent AB Matty!
TBF(n)K as Billy
I heart diaz
Chop It Up All-Star
That’s damn good baseball right there!!
Nova Scotia Steve
Now that’s baseball
Nice…I love the ABC baseball in the 2nd inning. Bobby going old school on us. I like it.
Carroll Rogers……….I said that “the cynic in me wants to say”, I didnt stated that Braves management “for sure” put Kelly on the disabled list to prevent from sending him down.
Earlier this year, when Greg Norton was struggling, instead of sending him down to Triple A or cut him, the Braves put him on the DL.
YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! Nice rip there by Diaz. Fastball down the middle, he rips it up the middle. Meanwhile, here comes freaking Francouer and his weak A$$ bat.
Good job Diaz!
July 3rd, 20097:07 pm
Diaz is 8-for-his-last14 going back through the last homestand with that run-scoring single. this after back-to-back three-hit games.
I think Yunel bunted on his own…No Bobby involved
PHI/NYM game is underway….big game tonight. By the way, Pitt is up on FLA 3-0 in the 3rd right now.
Classic Francoeur, 2-0 count, he “wildly” swings at a curve that almost hit the dirt. Way to wait on a pitch, lol.
July 3rd, 20097:08 pm
Jeff hit that one…Prolly a homer at the Ted
braveheart (at 6:59)–yes, precisely. i’ve been saying that for a while now as well.
Some nice fundamentals
July 3rd, 20097:09 pm
Dang, a 400-foot out.
Wayne in Utah
Our LF’er, Gatty DiAnderson is doing well lately!
Long out by Francoeur, lol.
Nice hit by Kotchman there, gets Kawakami out of the way.
Steve from OH
God, dontcha just love giving up outs, guys?
July 3rd, 20097:10 pm
Nice drive by Frenchy there. Still think he’s doing better than he has been. Another hit by CK too. This hitting thing is contageous.
Well…if Bobby did not call for the sac bunt, that has got to earn him some points with Bobby.
McLouth of the South
Why does everyone seem to think Vazquez would be traded for a bat? He could easily be traded for prospects, possibly even young pitching, that could be traded for a bat. Said before that I’d offer him and Francoeur to Milwaukee for Mike Cameron and a couple of good prospects. Then, if you wanted, you could deal Kotchman + a prospect for LaRoche. This would give you better defense, more power, no added salary, and payroll flexibility next year. No 40 homer guy, but five 20-25 hr guys plus Yunel, Prado and LF combo.
Bases Loaded for Nate!
This is delayed, but Matty rules.
Pirates up 3-0 over the Marlins, top of the 3rd.
Come on Nate. Rip one here.
Good AB by KK.
Bases Loaded MCLOUTHHHHHHHH
July 3rd, 20097:11 pm
Jeff hit that pretty good haters, encouraging at least.
make em pay nate
Huh…A two out walk to the pitcher to load the bases? I’ll take it.
July 3rd, 20097:12 pm
Steve, I’m not a fan of Corey Hart either. So no worries there. I can’t argue with you if you don’t think there is value out there for him. If that’s your stance, I’m cool with it.
But for people to just say it’s stupid to trade him without giving reasonable reasons, I’ll argue with them all day.
“A contender who would want Vazquez would actually want to keep the good hitters that they’d need to contend kinda like how a contender shouldn’t trade away their best pitcher because they need said pitcher to continue the dream of contending.” Braveheart
So, you’ve looked at everybody’s roster, and all of the contending teams out there with a pitching need, don’t have any surpluses of offense, where they could trade a guy (say like the Pirates trading McLouth with his replacement IMMEDIATELY stepping in – along with Gorkys being part of that deal).
Besides. We’re 7-10 in Vazquez’s starts. With how good he’s been (and the rest of the staff) if that’s not a sign that we need offense more than all the starting pitching we have, I’m not sure what else to type.
Like I said earlier. Even if our rotation would only be 3-deep (not counting Hudson), we STILL would have the best rotation in the East. But it would still be FOUR deep, AND Hudson might be back.
In a perfect world, we trade KK or Lowe for a bat and a young pitcher. Good luck with that. Not going to happen.
I’m really fine with just keeping the roster as is and seing what happens until July 31.
Who knows? Maybe we get swept by the Nats and fall 10 games back by the deadline. Then all of this “contending talk” would be for nothing.
Or, the team fires off 8 wins in the next 10 games and open up a lead, and Frank tells all the teams he’s been talking with to forget about it.
I think we really need to let the month play out and decide from there.
If Frank finds a deal that is EXACTLY what he’s looking for for Vazquez (or another starter), and wants to pull the trigger sooner than the deadline, I’m OK with that too.
I just appreciate that he’s not willing to assume that this roster as it sits is good enough to do anything provided they win this crappy division.
I’ve thought it through dude. We just disagree. Nothing new there. But as always, I’m enjoying the back and forth.
Earlier I’ve vowed to not blog during games. My “new” theory is to blog during games (most traffic for conversation), but to avoid talking about the game. LOL!
You know what, the Nationals should trade for Francoeur. Honestly, they’re a few pieces away from turning into the 1991 Braves, and if they teach Francoeur how to run he could be one of those pieces defensively. It’s a gamble he’ll ever hit again, but what do they have to lose? Plus there would be no pressure for Francoeur. And he wouldn’t be instructed by TP. Wow, it actually does make sense for the Nationals to take a gamble on Francoeur.
dogers get matt holiday, j. vasquez
oakland get escobar
braves get kemp and mid level prospect or another player from dodgers
think oakland would do this deal? esco can play third.
At least it’s heart of the order next inning.
July 3rd, 20097:13 pm
damn nate… atleast we got top order up in 2nd
And a K on 4 pitches. Maybe hitting isn’t THAT contageous.
Can’t bash Nate. Had some time off due to the hammy. He’ll come around.
July 3rd, 2009
hahahaha..might as well get his name involved…
July 3rd, 20097:14 pm
How very Schafer like of you.
Don’t care what happens the rest of the inning, the idea of having Escobar bunt to advance McCann to third is just plain stupid. Having one of your best hitters bunt with no outs against a pitcher very likely to give up multiple runs in an inning displays an absolute lack of strategic thinking.
Cox is still living in the 1950s and the game has obviously passed him by, You don’t give up outs when you don’t have to, and you don’t take the bat out of the hands of one of your best hitters.
Stupid managing can be overcome by the players, which was the case last night. Cox made several inexplicable decisions, but the Braves won in spite of his questionable moves.
This team may win tonight, but it sure won’t be because of the Hall of Famer in the dugout.
Wonder if Cox would like to have that bunt back after what just happened with McLouth. Probably not. Bet he still thinks that was a wonderful move.
So my dream about Brian McCann was….. I was at a hospital because I had a HUGE headache. Then a few of the Atlanta Braves (McCann, Carlyle, Johnson, and Soriano) came in for injuries. The Hospital was packed so all patients had to be place in semi-private rooms. I asked Carlyle if he would ask if B-Mac would be in my room. Well, Buddy was being a b!tch to me (I don’t know why). Brian was apparently pregnant, which isn’t the most shocking part, and then he was arrested. My aunt and I went searching for him on my GPS enabled phone. We found him and paid bail. Then he took me to a game and hit 3 HRs. Soo yeah, It was weird. By the way…Brian is a nice guy.
The Nats have a team ERA of 5.21. From my angle, if we don’t score AT LEAST 15 runs in this series, and win 2 of 3, and we have solid pitching, it’s a sure fire sign that the lineup is still in dire need of “work”.
Not a good at-bat by Nate. Still, he’s probably a little rusty coming back from the hamstring injury. He’ll be fine.
The reason I dont rip McLouth, McCann, and Chipper when they fail to deliver in the clutch is because of the fact that they do deliver in the clutch enough to warrant patience.
July 3rd, 20097:15 pm
4-0 Pitt-FLA in 3rd…just need the Braves and Mets to win. Ugh, did I just say I wanted the Mets to win?
Did we just possibly bunt ourselves out of a longer inning?
July 3rd, 20097:16 pm
Mr. Baseball, I don’t think you would be singing the same tune if Yunel struck/ground out (without advancing the runnner, and Matt hit a deep fly out.
JAIR JURRJENS for MATT KEMP
~ Matt Kemp / 24 years old / $467,000 / VORP 24.2
~ Jair Jurrjens / 23 years old / $450,000 / VORP 26.6
Sounds fair, and gives each team a need from the other team’s plethora.
July 3rd, 20097:17 pm
I’m gonna let this go…this time. But I’ve got my eye on you, mister!!
I guess that’s rust too??
July 3rd, 20097:18 pm
WTF was THAT Nate? Gotta get those son.
I want Jose Reyes to make his new walk up song, “Turn my swag on,” just so I can hate him even more.
I can’t argue with you if you don’t think there is value out there for him. If that’s your stance, I’m cool with it.
Well, I guess I found a foolproof argument, LOL! In all seriousness, I don’t see it right now, but closer to the trade deadline we’ll get more info. Of course no on here (looking at you, Coach) can know exactly what any market is because we’re not in the biz, so everything here is just speculation. But IMO our most logical trade partners (w/o doing any research as a caveat) at this point are Milwaukee or St. Louis, and I don’t see them giving us enough value to make it a worthwhile deal.
I have posted 6 times here, ever, you must be confusing me with someone else Roman Gal.
N8, I agree with you on not talking about the game. It’s fun to chime in once in a while, but I’d rather conversate and argue like I would at a ballgame.
were not trading jj for kemp. not even close talent wise
July 3rd, 20097:19 pm
KK looks horrible tonight and so does the defense.
This game does not have a good feeling to it
Get somebody up! KK’s done.
Oakland gets Escobar, Texas gets Holliday and sends AJ to and 3 prospects to Pittsbugh, Boston gets Sanchez, The Cardinals get Nick Green & a prospect from Boston and Oakland, The Yankees get Ankiel and sends 2 prospects to Texas, The Nationals get Nick Swisher and a top pitching prospect from the Yankees, The Braves get Dunn.
this is gonna be long night, why screw around with the pitcher batting i just dont understand it
Damn. If Francoeur wasn’t so sexy I wouldn’t have to hate on him so much! What does he see in Catie anyway? That b!tch…
July 3rd, 20097:20 pm
Son of a beotch….
You’re supposed to pass after you puff…too much puff from ya.
ok ok KJ+Frenchy+Yunel+JV+McLouth and a couple of prospects for Adrian Gonzlaez…lol
Don’t care what happens the rest of the inning, the idea of having Escobar bunt to advance McCann to third is just plain stupid.
Tell that to Coach. We’re supposed to play for one run at every possible opportunity.
Get his @ss out Bobby, he is getting torn up by the Nationals!
Nate will be fine. First game back from the hammy injury. He’s rusty. Got to get his timing back, both on offense and defense.
Still, our defense isnt exactly the greatest out there.
Kawakami is pitching on 9 days rest. He looks very rusty with his command right now.
So that’s why BMac has been playing poorly lately. He’s with child. Explains everything!
NO MORE BOBBY
July 3rd, 20097:21 pm
Why is Bobby so anti those cool 70s uniforms but allows us to wear these ugly red caps?
your one of the reason why i come back only to find that I should’nt have
did you notice yunel sitting on the bench, taking to the bench coach while everyone else got up to congratulate McCann after that run? And when McClouth tried to high five him, as it was his bunt that put McCann in scoring position…Yunel left him hanging to the point Nate had to give him an awkward pat on the shoulder.
Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar)
Schafer catches that ball
Well, there’s a run that shouldn’t have scored…probably Bobby’s fault for McLouth not catching that ball and for KK giving up a hit to someone who had never gotten one before…
Nope. You talk bad about Schafer and you might get an ear-full eye-full!!
July 3rd, 20097:22 pm
This is terrible
Hudsoon will take Kawakami’s spot. Don’t trade anybody Wren.
Looks like Medlen might be pitching tonight…soon.
Kawakami just doesnt have it tonight.
BALLGAME! I knew we would crap the bed against the worst team in the history of baseball.
Looks like we have all been tricked again folks!!!!!!!!!!
I have a feeling Dunn is going to destroy a KK pitch tonight
July 3rd, 20097:23 pm
game has been on for like a hour and not in the 3 inn yet
were playing the worst team in baseball after sweeping the Phillies and were screwing around playing like complete sh1t.
You’re darn tootin he does!
JasonInFL: Obviously Cox’s fault. He called for that pitch and location and positioned the fielders. Had they prevented the run it would have been in spite of him.
AndyC, HAHA I guess so, But he got a double…
I was just kidding. There has been some interesting trade scenarios lately, just thought I’d throw mine in. I guess I forgot to add
Out of all the players in Japan, how did we get stuck with this guy?
July 3rd, 20097:24 pm
Got to get Kawakami out of there before this thing gets out of hand.
Here we go with the cellar-dwellers kicking our arse..absolutely disgraceful beginning to the game.
How can Wren even contemplate trading JV and keeping KK? Somebody has to be dumb enough to take on his contract.
Typical defensive play from Prado.
wow…im done again…the fair weather fans who give up in the 2nd inning are just too much
July 3rd, 20097:25 pm
TennesseePaul, obviously. I don’t know who else could be at fault other than Bobby.
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