Just pretend it’s San Diego….

Lee's a serious Braves nemesis

  Chicago – The weather’s been so perfect here today that, I swear, Chicago this morning felt like most days in San Diego. That said, perhaps the Braves should pretend they’re playing the Padres, a team the Braves have beaten 17 times in 22 games the past three seasons.
  Hey, they’ve got to do something; can’t wait for a trade to spark them, since a deal might not happen.
  If the Braves don’t win tonight in the second game of this series at Wrigley Field, they’ll have lost five consecutive road series and could fall to a half-dozen games behind the Phillies, who seemed to have recovered quite well from the trauma of being swept by the Braves last week in Atlanta.

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 Or did you miss the score from the Phillies’ game yesterday against Cincinnati? Twenty-two to 1. Yes, the Phillies beat the Reds 22-1, while the Braves were losing their series opener against the Cubs to fall back to fourth place, a half-game behind the Mets.

 The Phillies have Happ (5-0, 2.96) going tonight against the Reds, so I’d say there’s a very good chance the Braves must win just to avoid falling another full game back in the standings.
You know the team’s offense is bad when a 4-0 deficit feels like an insurmountable obstacle even at Wrigley Field. That’s what the Braves faced last night after two innings, as Jair Jurrjens laid an egg early.
  But he didn’t given up anything else the rest of the way, and the Braves still could only cut that deficit in half, on a night when the ball was jumping at Wrigley, but the Braves’ bats were again largely silent.
 In their past 12 road games, the Braves are 3-9, and in seven of those nine losses they scored three runs or fewer. In four of them, they scored two runs or fewer.
 We’ve said it all year, and we’ll repeat: They’re giving their pitchers almost no room for error, and eventually that takes a toll. It’s taking it now, if you ask me.
 I think we’re seeing a crack here and there from the starters who’ve done such admirable work (with little reward) in the first half of the season. Cracks in the form of, say, a bad inning like the second inning last night, when Jurrjens gave up four consecutive two-out hits to let in two runs, after giving up the Derrek Lee two-run bomb in the first.

  Call it a brief loss of concentration or a letdown or whatever, but it seems, to me at least, that Braves starters might be thinking, even if for only a few minutes at a time, “This game is lost because I just gave up that two-run homer and we’re not going to score any runs.”

  Of course, I’m not out there pitching, and that’s not anything that a pitcher is going to admit to. But if it’s the case, they certainly can’t be blamed. It’s been brutal, the lack of run support.

 ♣ Streaks are us: If it feels like the Braves have taken you on a rollercoaster ride these past six weeks, then it’s understandable. Just looking at their day-by-days while ago, I noticed that since early June, the Braves have played only one game that wasn’t part of a multi-game winning or losing streak.
  Who said they’re not consistent? They’re consistent. Consistently erratic.
 The Braves won a series opener at Baltimore on June 12, after losing two in a row at Pittsburgh. Then after that win, they lost their next four games against the Orioles and Reds.
And so it has gone.
 In 31 gmes since June 3, the Braves are 13-18. In that period, they have won two in row twice, won three in a row once, and won five in a row once (they’re only winning streak longer than three games this season).
 They’ve also lost two in a row twice, lost three in row twice, and lost four in a row twice in that span.
 Their past dozen games are a perfect microcosm of their season, the anatomy of a disappointment, the blueprint for a non-playoff season (if it doesn’t change, and soon).
 Here’s the breakdown on that not-so-dandy dozen: The Braves went 0-4 with a .239 batting average and 4.75 ERA from June 24-27 against the Yankees and Red Sox, totaling 12 runs (seven in one game).
 They went 5-0 with a .318 average and 2.74 ERA in five games June 28-July 3 against the Red Sox, Phillies (the sweep) and Nationals, totaling 57 runs in that memorable stretch.
 And since then, they are a momentum-destroying 0-3 with a .270 average and 5.25 ERA against the Nationals and Cubs, and have scored a total of eight runs in that stretch while failing to reach double-digits in hits in any of three games.
 Have we mentioned the Braves could sure use another big bat? Or even a medium-sized bat?
 GM Frank Wren told me this morning that while they continue to explore possibilities, he doesn’t see them adding “significant payroll” this season, and the Braves — like most teams these days — are very reluctant to trade premium prospects.

 ♣ Stinkin’ vs. the Cubs: The Braves have lost 11 of their past 15 games against the Cubs since June 3, 2007, and have scored two runs or fewer a remarkable 10 times in those 15 games.
 They’ve been outhit .298-.229 by the Cubs in that stretch, outscored 91-47, outhomered 20-12, and outpitched 2.60 to 5.52 (in terms of ERA).
 One man who’s had a big hand in the Cubs’ success during that period is Lee, who has hit .333 with seven homers and a 1.078 OPS in his past 20 games against the Braves.
  One man who’s not had a hand in much Braves success against the Cubs in that stretch is Chipper Jones, who has hit .208 with no homers and four RBI in his past 16 games against them, a skid that began after his two-homer, four-RBI game at Wrigley on Aug. 22, 2005.
  Of course, the fact that you have to go back to Aug. 2005 to get to 16 games he’s played against the Cubs also points to the fact that he’s missed quite a few games against them.
  As noted yesterday, Chipper struggles at Wrigley unlike almost anywhere else in the majors.

 ♣ Stinkin’ in late innings: Was anyone surprised when the Braves’ would-be ninth-inning rally fell short last night? No? Didn’t think so.
 The Braves have lost 38 of the 41 games in which they trailed after seven innings.
 That’s not surprising when you consider how much better they’ve hit in the first through six innings than after the sixth.
 The Braves have hit .270 in the first through sixth innings, second-best average in the NL. They’ve hit .242 after the sixth inning, tied for 10th in the NL.
 Their .336 OBP in the first through sixth innings is tied for fifth-best in the NL. Their .322 OBP after the sixth inning ranks 12th in the league.
 Eight Braves are hitting .296 or higher from the first through sixth innings (24-game minimum), but only three Braves are hitting above .290 after the sixth inning — Martin Prado (.349), Matt Diaz (.321) and Nate McLouth (.310).

 ♣ Diversions: Ate a mighty fine skillet-breakfast with shredded chorizo, eggs, fresh guac and potatoes this morning at West Egg not far from Michigan Ave., and spent some time at the terrific Jazz Record Mart, also down here not far from the Magnificent Mile. Huge selections of jazz and blues records and CDs. Bought a few CDs – Junior WellsHoodoo Man Blues, Magic Sam’s West Side Soul, and Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign.

 Alright, gotta get over to the ballpark. We’re on an Uncle Tupelo/Wilco jag since we’re in their adopted hometown of Chicago, and the buildings from the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album cover are only a few of blocks from my hotel.

“GRINDSTONE” by Uncle Tupelo (Jay Farrar)

if you find yourself standing
at the end of your line
looking for a piece of something
maybe a piece of mind
fed up, lost, and run down
nowhere to hold on
tired of, take your place at the end son
we`ll get to you one by one

no light ever shines
dead end tears that dry
maybe a waste of words and time
never a waste of life
every hour will be spent
filling a quota, just getting along
handcuffs hurt worse when you`ve done nothing wrong

no thanks to the treadmill
no thanks to the grindstone
there`s plenty of dissent from
these rungs below
the clockwork of destruction
hanging low over our heads
always a smokestack cloud
or a slow-walking death

no light ever shines
dead-end tears that dry
maybe a waste of words and time
never a waste of life

no thanks to the treadmill
no thanks to the grindstone
there`s plenty of dissent from
these rungs below
the clockwork of destruction
hanging low over our heads
always a smokestack cloud
or a slow-walking death

no light ever shines
dead-end tears that dry
maybe a waste of words and time
never a waste of life
maybe a waste of words and time
never a waste of life

 

 

1,982 comments Add your comment

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
3:49 pm

Tomahawk Talk

July 7th, 2009
3:52 pm

ElbravoX-- EbX

July 7th, 2009
3:54 pm

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 7th, 2009
3:55 pm

DOB,

This team is so troubling. The only bright spot is Martin Prado and KK. Lowe has let me down and Chipper and B-Mac aren’t as slutch as they have been in the past. This team is so inconsistent, it is hard to watch. Tell me there is hope & help coming!

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
3:55 pm

Paul Lentz

I read your comments and others about religion and god per se

I have never been a big fan of organized religion and having just toured Italy for 2 weeks I still think that way. My family made me go to religious studies and the like…

However, when I was alone and dying from a horrible disease I got lucky, real lucky, maybe superhuman lucky……. or maybe god just deciced to save my sorry ass…

anyway everyone is entitled to their thoughts but I thought I would add that this little duck is still alive due to some kind of abnormal intervention

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 7th, 2009
3:55 pm

Clutch, damn the spell checker

Adam Dunn

July 7th, 2009
3:56 pm

Paul Lenz all I can say is wow. Your on a blog that plays to “The Souths Team” Atlanta Braves and you bash on everything that you find wrong with the South. Most of that crap I did not even bother reading but the first couple sentences I could stand made me sick. You, my friend, are an ignorant moron who does not belong on this blog and you have no reason to be a braves fan. Everything you stand for is negative evil and I really hope you get banned. To everyone else, whats up!

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
3:57 pm

and we are off fire away boys…

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

July 7th, 2009
3:57 pm

“GM Frank Wren told me this morning that while they continue to explore possibilities, he doesn’t see them adding “significant payroll” this season, and the Braves — like most teams these days — are very reluctant to trade premium prospects.”

Translation: We’re looking at a 78-84 finish, or thereabouts.

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
3:57 pm

thought you meant “sluts” for a minute Brooklyn….. well in Chipper’s case maybe

Renegator

July 7th, 2009
3:57 pm

From the Rob Neyer article: It’s a shame that it took them so long to get Schafer ouf of the lineup, and to give regular work to Prado and Diaz. But it might not be too late.

This is why I wish Bobby Cox was already gone…

McFann O

July 7th, 2009
4:00 pm

Hey, BTW, Adam Dunn, sorry I told you to shut up last night…

Paul Lentz

July 7th, 2009
4:00 pm

Adam Dunn……..you are too funny. I, for one, associate religion (christianity, judaism, and Islam) to “evil”. Religion and man’s belief in God has done more to hurt progress and world peace than any “force” in the history of mankind. The world would be a MUCH BETTER place if religion wasnt around.

I’m a Braves fan because I grew up in Arkansas following the Braves on TBS. I didnt become a San Francisco Giants fan just because I moved to the Bay Area.

Renegator

July 7th, 2009
4:01 pm

DOB: and have scored 10 runs or fewer a remarkable 10 times in those 15 games.

I have to think this is a typo. Of course this offense hasn’t scored 10 runs. They can barely score 2.

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
4:01 pm

if i were to be a guesser id say that frenchy is in the starting line up tonight. who knows the rest might have done him some good mentally and physically

Blair

July 7th, 2009
4:03 pm

DOB, are you hearing ANYTHING on the trade front?

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
4:03 pm

im down with brooks conrad…i say give this guys some more abs. he put up a good battle in the 9th lastnight.

Nova Scotia Steve

July 7th, 2009
4:04 pm

Mark Bowman on Yunel Escobar

Look I understand the entertainment value of the rumor market that will swirl over the next few weeks leading up to the trade deadline,” Bowman wrote Monday evening. “But at the same time, I think it’s time to take Yunel Escobar’s name out of the mix.

Teams have certainly called to express interest in Escobar and with his stubborn personality the talented shortstop has given the Braves at least reason to ponder the possibility of moving him.

But from what I’ve gathered, the Braves have zero desire to move Escobar.”

So can we please drop the Yunel trade talk for the Love of Everything that is Holy…

Steve from OH

July 7th, 2009
4:04 pm

Paul Lentz (read closely):

We DO NOT CARE what you have to say or think about religion and politics. Take it elsewhere.

glord

July 7th, 2009
4:05 pm

Francouer in the line up? Great that way we can go from 4 guys hitting (Esco,Nate,Martin and Matt) to just three guys.

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
4:05 pm

cphizzle – Froggy (Frenchy) would already be in AA/AAA but he refuses to go

of course no-one will admit that but you know………………… politics is banned from this bloggage

forget the curveball Ricky

July 7th, 2009
4:06 pm

Paul Lentz

July 7th, 2009
4:06 pm

Chipper Jones and Brian McCann are due to bust out of it. And when they do, the Braves are poised to go on a good run. McLouth, Diaz, Prado and Escobar are hitting the ball. We just need Chipper and McCann to ad some power to help us score enough runs to win some games. Their body of work over their careers have shown that their slumps will soon be ending.

If the Braves do not make a trade for a slugger to play right field, then I feel that adding an arm or two to add to the bullpen would be the way to go……that is if the Braves want to make a run to the play-offs.

There is still half a season to go. I feel that the Phillies will continue to face pitching woes. The Mets are too banged up to go on any kind of winning streak. The Braves arent that far from putting together a run.

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
4:06 pm

matty had a hole in his bat lastnight. looked like he was a little bit on the anxious side

Robert

July 7th, 2009
4:06 pm

“DOB, are you hearing ANYTHING on the trade front?”

We offered the Cubs Cox for a jar of rabbit turds and got turned down flat

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:06 pm

Think I’ll repost these happy lyrics to start off the new blog:

You know in our minds we have such
great imaginations
And that means we can pretend
anything

Make believe we’re at the zoo
Where you can be a monkey too
You can be
A chimpanzee
Just use your imagination
Just use your imagination

Make believe that you’re a bear
Your body’s covered up with hair
Great big paws
A real strong jaw
Just use your imagination
Just use your imagination

Make believe that you’re a seal
Barking for your morning meal
Shiny skin
You’d like to swim
Just use your imagination
Just use your imagination

We could always be
Anything we wanted to be
So much fun
For everyone
Just use your imagination
Just use your imagination

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
4:08 pm

dogsbrekky you think he really has that much leverage over management? i would hope not. if that was the case and i thought that was the best thing for him he would be on the next thing moving outta town.

kdbanks

July 7th, 2009
4:08 pm

Here’s my prediction: Braves aquire Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians in exchange for Frenchy, KJ and a minor league pitcher.

Yes, he’s another lefty. No, he’s not a monster homerun threat. But he hits around .300, will hit 25-30 homer uns, and plays decent defense. And he’s relatively cheap.

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:08 pm

But they WOULD trade said jar of turds for Robert plus a prospect…

Robert

July 7th, 2009
4:08 pm

“The Braves arent that far from putting together a run.”

Corrrect. They are one simple move from being a contender

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:09 pm

kdbanks, does Shapiro owe Wren a favor we don’t know about?

THWG

July 7th, 2009
4:09 pm

kdbanks-

Why on earth would the Indians agree to that?

Adam Dunn

July 7th, 2009
4:09 pm

Haha its ok McFann i guess I deserved it. Paul, I dont really care what you say anymore and I will choose to ignore your posts from here out. I feel most others will follow suit seeing as how unpopular you are here.

I do feel like this season is lost unfortunately unless we can package Kotchman, Medlen, and Shafer for Dunn. We desperately need power in the middle because in order to win with our current lineup, everyone has to be hitting at the same time to score lets say 5 runs. We saw an example of this when we won 5 in a row but the reality of the situation is our lineup can go on streaks like this where everyone is hitting SOMETIMES, but not for the duration of the entire season.

Chop Chop

July 7th, 2009
4:10 pm

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
3:49 pm

uno

Tomahawk Talk

July 7th, 2009
3:52 pm

dos

ElbravoX– EbX

July 7th, 2009
3:54 pm

Tres

I’m not much of a U2 fan, but why no one followed that up with a “catorce” is beyond me.

paul

July 7th, 2009
4:10 pm

team needs to recognize publically what we all know. if you recognized it we could all enjoy the season.

time to admit the building process.

too bad lowe is untradeable with that goofy contract he got.

time to deal vazquez, chipper and soriano (chipper also got a goofy contract for a slap hitter)

Paul Lentz

July 7th, 2009
4:10 pm

Nova Scotia Steve………..totally agree with your take on “giving the Escobar trade talk a rest”. Escobar is not going ANYWHERE. The fact that he isnt eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2010 season will make Escobar are HUGE bargain. I seriously doubt that the Braves could acquire a shortstop to replace Escobar who could give us the production that he gives us for what the Braves are paying Escobar this year and will be paying him next year.

It would be disappointing to see Francoeur in the line-up tonight. We need hitters in the line-up who are capable of driving the ball, something that Francoeur has clearly shown that he isnt capable of doing anymore.

Coach (Moon Pie, Anyone?)

July 7th, 2009
4:10 pm

NAA NAA NA NAA,

NAA NAA NA NAA,

HEY HEY GOOOOOOD BYE!

See ya Frenchy. This is long overdue.

O yea, the six year 26.5 M-I-L-L-I-O-N dollar contract that Brian McCann has, the Braves basically offered you the same thing and you turned it down. Way to go……… JACKASS!!!!!!!!

paul

July 7th, 2009
4:11 pm

by the way, can we put a moriatorium on francouer and kelly johnson trade proposals. neither player has any value.

and then add a moritorium on anything with kotchman added to it…

McFann O

July 7th, 2009
4:11 pm

Adam Dunn

Well, I didn’t have to act that way about it…frustrated as I was…

I feel most others will follow suit seeing as how unpopular you are here.

I will.

6-4-3

July 7th, 2009
4:12 pm

At the end of the chat on MLBTraderumors.com he said that he had a bit on Vazquez coming up a little later in the afternoon.

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
4:12 pm

Adam Dunn – Casey has saved our bacon many times with 5 star 1st baseman plays… do not write him off

Robert

July 7th, 2009
4:12 pm

So Cox has given up on Francoeur and Johnson. (No more calling him Frenchy – you lose the cool nickname when Donk turns his long ears and back on you)

Typical Cox style – Keep trying to use a broken piece for months and years on end, thereby ruining the team. Then, out of the blue, get sick of it, hee haw a few times, and throw the piece away. But never ever consider trying to FIX the piece. No, that would require brains and logic

I love the comment someone posted where Jeff said something like “as long as six has my back I’m good” – I just gotta say I think it’s cruel making Cox wear his IQ on his uniform

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
4:13 pm

catorce! now what a clever idea! shoot i wish id come through with that

18 Wheels of Love

July 7th, 2009
4:14 pm

Grindstone, easily one of the best Uncle Tupelo songs.

McFann O

July 7th, 2009
4:14 pm

Adam Dunn We desperately need power in the middle

Yeah, like…a cleanup hitter!

Robert

July 7th, 2009
4:14 pm

“team needs to recognize publically what we all know. if you recognized it we could all enjoy the season.”

I can picture it now. The anthem ends, the PA system comes on, and we hear

“Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Turner Field. We would like to announce that YOOOOUUURRR ATlannnta BRAVES are managed by a donkey.”

paul

July 7th, 2009
4:14 pm

let’s say someone named … manny acta was managing this roster of players and we were playing this poorly? anybody think he would still be around? i dont

oklahomabrave

July 7th, 2009
4:14 pm

kdbanks, shapiro would laugh in your face at that proposal. Put Javy and Gonzo on the market and get some help for next year. Maybe the rays would be interested in Gonzo and we all know they have farm depth. These Braves are DONE!!!

RHR

July 7th, 2009
4:15 pm

The matter of fact tone of today’s blog isn’t going to cut it. We need dramatics, like One of the best catchers ever! Or – Lowe will rebound, he always does! Or, just plain – Braves Stink! would suffice. Maybe the stinkin stuff you put at the bottom will do the trick but, as you know, it’s usually the headline and first few paragraphs that does it.

Pretending it’s San Diego will probably summon a swarm of bees to LF and cause Loaf to have to run hard and break something and then we’ll never get rid of Frenchy. Speaking of that guy, I predict he’ll be in the lineup tonight and go 4-4 with a game winning RBI thus securing his place in the regular lineup for the remainder of the season thus crushing the hopes and dreams of braves nation.

Steve from OH

July 7th, 2009
4:16 pm

Has Francoeur been cut? Did I miss something in DOB’s blog?

Lunatic Fringe

July 7th, 2009
4:16 pm

Chop Chop,
I’m not much of a U2 fan, but why no one followed that up with a “catorce” is beyond me.

I guess BBB did not get the memo—-I thought that was an unusual sequence of posts.

Wayne in Utah

July 7th, 2009
4:17 pm

DAP

Reporting of objectional posts I believe falls on deaf ears. I reported the same guy over the weekend for over 2 hours of the same garbage, and no change in his status, or no email response to me (as of last night).

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:17 pm

Riddle: What’s the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts?

Answer: Deer nuts are under a buck…

Lunatic Fringe

July 7th, 2009
4:19 pm

RHR—get up on the wrong side of bed today??

drdebug

July 7th, 2009
4:19 pm

Going to Wrigley tonight to chop for the Braves. My buddy at the office is a big non-believer in Javy’s resurgence, so I hope he goes 8 innings with 11 K and no more than a run ( I can dream, right? ). We MIGHT be able to scrape two runs tonight. Hoping the rain stays away too.

CB

July 7th, 2009
4:19 pm

Our friend Paul Lentz- ” Moron of the year” . You don’t have to be a Christian but can I hear an amen?

DAM

July 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

Paul Lentz

Your posts about religion just reinforce why I prefer to skip straight over anything you say. You can feel free to not believe in God if that’s what you choose, but I think you’re going to have a hard time supporting the notion that religion = evil.

God bless you, sir. You certainly need it.

Wayne in Utah

July 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

Sorry I am late today……had to fly down for the MJ memorial show earlier today. Had my hands in blood at 6 this morning (checking my blod sugar) and have sworn off all religion and politics too!

Nova Scotia Steve

July 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

I think we had our chanve to sign Adam Dunn…and IF we would have put at least a decent offer out for Dunn he probably would have signed with us…instead of Washington…like the guy has gone from a loser in Cincy to an even bigger loser in the Nats…you’d figure the guy would have like even the smallest chance to win…But as far as I know I don’t even thing we offered anything…

And look what we’ve been talking about for a month or more…you take away GA salary…plus we MUST have at least a few bucks kicking around…we couldn’t offer Dunn $6 or $7 million???? Now to land him…we would need to dump a major salary…such a Javy Vazquez or some starting player

Thrillhouse44

July 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

No more calling him Frenchy – you lose the cool nickname when…

Figures that the guy who is so proud of calling someone “donkey” feels that “Frenchy” is a cool nickname.

Chop Chop

July 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

I do like the “slutch” phrase, though.

Let’s see…

Hmm…

Okay. I guess a girl could be “slutch” if you are about to end your first date with her and, well, you end up with a hell of a lot more than a kiss goodnight. That’s pretty slutch, right? Good word, Brooklyn Braves Brawler.

oklahomabrave

July 7th, 2009
4:20 pm

good one mclouth, when does fball start?

Adam Dunn

July 7th, 2009
4:21 pm

-Dogsbrekky-
You are right, no question he is an exceptional defensive first baseman. At some point though you have to make changes to better your offense. If they can put Dunn in right field and keep Kotch at first, then that is atleast a pretty good option to consider. Overall though, you need power at 1B and at right and ultimately that is why L.A. let him go…

atlbravesfan44

July 7th, 2009
4:21 pm

Just wondering…with Mclouth the team leader in HR, why not hit him cleanup? or at least 5th or 6th?

Pennski

July 7th, 2009
4:21 pm

Paul, give the religion talk a break. This is a baseball blog last time I checked. I never thought I would rather hear your baseball opinions, but I surprise myself.

TRobb

July 7th, 2009
4:21 pm

Paul: The correct phrase is “flashes in the pan” not “flash in the pans”. Damn Southern Ozark upbringing. That ever hurt you in the clubs out in San Francisco, you being a hayseed and all?

Bobby's Cox

July 7th, 2009
4:22 pm

RHR,

Just read Francouer’s comments and yours regarding those comments that you posted on yesterday’s blog.

I agree with you 1000000%

That’s been my beef with Frenchy for quite some time. Look in the mirror dude. Realize your numbers suck. Your numbers were the worst last year out of every position player in all of baseball, and they are on pace to be even worse this season.

Yet, all he can say when being benched is “I don’t make the lineup card” and ” I just have to be patient and wait my turn, whether it’s here or somewhere else. I don’t control that”

What a sorry loser. Seriously Jeff. It’s still “your turn”. Bobby went with the hotter bat. That’s all. You’ll be back in there tonight unfortunately, and if this were any other team in any other city, your ass would’ve been benched, demoted, or DFA’d long ago.

Can’t you see you’ve been sucking? And Lucky to still have a job in the majors? Add “Frenchy” to my list of least favorite Braves. From Clontz, to McMichael, to Woodcrap, to LaRoche, to Thorman, to Corky, and now Fransuckouer.

He may be a nice person, or a good community guy, as DOB or others right. But, I do not feel sorry for the prick. His arrogance got old yesterday. I can deal with Yunel’s ‘tude, could deal with a Bonds, or a racist Ty Cobb, but I can’t deal with this. You don’t produce, then you’re antics are untolerable.

I like to think I’m a forgiving and patient person. But this isn’t the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time Jeff has done this. Realize you suck, and support your manager and teammates, and tell yourself you are one lucky SOB for still having a job because if you didn’t suck so bad that you were untradeable, then you would have your wish and be in the minors for some other organization.

Wayne in Utah

July 7th, 2009
4:22 pm

chris

July 7th, 2009
4:22 pm

6-4-3
mlbtraderumors will post what ken rosenthal had to say in his article this morning about his opinio that the braves should not trade vazquez. i really dont think the braves will or can make a move until the week of july 31

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
4:22 pm

Robert the Brain Surgeon – same old record sunshine

best you be off to do some doctoring now how hero

ever workeed out that we are a sub 0.500 team because we have not got the quality cattle

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:25 pm

Don’t understand why Paul don’t pray. He stays on his knees…

Shamus Thacker

July 7th, 2009
4:26 pm

Thinking of writing a book about Frenchy.

“The Manchurian Baseball Player”

Joe Fan

July 7th, 2009
4:26 pm

No more fantasy baseball, please. The Braves are through trading unless another GM is dumb enough to give up a top prospect for the over matched players the Braves are dangling.

kdbanks

July 7th, 2009
4:26 pm

Indians get three inexpensive young players, in exchange for one player that will be making big money soon. Indians are going into rebuild mode, as you’ll see when Lee and Martinez are traded soon.

Wayne in Utah

July 7th, 2009
4:26 pm

dogsbrekky

I for one am glad for your good “luck”!

AndyC

July 7th, 2009
4:27 pm

Paul Lentz

I have banned you from my personal reading list of bloggers. I will not be reading any of your posts from now on. I suggest everyone do the same. If no one responds to you maybe you will go away…or probably just start posting under a new name.

BTW, it won’t do you any good to post a snappy comeback to my post because, remember, I’m not reading any of your posts anymore. Good day sir!

Chop Chop

July 7th, 2009
4:28 pm

Not sure who it was on the last blog, but someone came up with another cool phrase:

fool-hardly

I could hear Emmitt Smith saying that one…

“You know, it would be really fool-hardly for the Cowboys to think they won’t get blowed out. After all, you cannot change the stripes of a leopard.”

It’s a damn shame that Emmitt Smith won’t be on ESPN this year, but at least we have this webpage to remember him by.

6-4-3

July 7th, 2009
4:28 pm

If we’re ever gonna make a run here, Chipper’s gonna have to get it going, and soon. He looks lethargic lately.

Necromancer

July 7th, 2009
4:29 pm

Paul Lentz has become what he calls everybody else:

MORON

IDIOT

Just like my mom always says..what goes around comes around.

Enjoy that karma, Mr. Lentz.

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:29 pm

kdbanks, Cheap has to do with quality, inexpensive with price. See, KJ and Francoeur aren’t inexpensive. They’re cheap. Jurrjens? Inexpensive. Hanson? Inexpensive. Blaine Boyer? CHEAP.

Kinda like the fact that MLK, JFK, Abe Lincoln were all assassinated. Tupac and Big E.? They a$$es got shot. See the difference?

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
4:29 pm

Wayne (UTAH) – thank you my mate from that beaut state (UT)

There are some funny responses above, I chortled at many re “Paul is standing on his knees”, too bloody funny

Robert (Chipper Is The Best)

July 7th, 2009
4:29 pm

One thing is this team is simply underachieving. Chipper isn’t hitting like he normally does. The same can be said for KJ, Kotchman and even Norton to a lesser extent. But, I will be interested to see what Wren does over the next two weeks because a decision has to be made soon.

Roman Gal

July 7th, 2009
4:31 pm

Schafer’s now back in the minors (and struggling)

Rob Neyer just had to sneak that little snippet in there, didn’t he?! He’s such a doo-doo head.

The Love Child of Dale Murphy and Johnny Cash

July 7th, 2009
4:32 pm

The one bad thing about a public forum like this is it give a self-absorbed jackass, like Paul Lentz, whose intent is to arouse, if not offend, an opportunity to spew his mental manure.

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
4:32 pm

Roman Gal _ I agree and I love almost everyone but

Rob Neyer, Steve Fillerup pluease and Joy Behar

I would pay to hit all three in the gob with a tomahawk (no Braves ref intended)

The A Bomb

July 7th, 2009
4:33 pm

DOB, I’ve been dogged for days here because I am of the OPINION that Saturday’s not riding of Hanson to at least the 8th killed the winning streak and thus killed all the momentum the Braves had. In addition, I am of the OPINION that Gonzalez was not ready to go Saturday after throwing gas in striking out the side on Friday night. . .

Am I entitled to my OPINION or is this blog so myopic that my point is when we look back at July 4, could it have been the move that killed the season?

I know you weren’t in D.C. but would like your thoughts.

mattdrum

July 7th, 2009
4:33 pm

I don’t know (or care)anything about Paul Lentz or his posts, but just noticed that there sure are a lot of posts about how nobody will read his posts or respond to him. Just think that’s funny.

David O'Brien

July 7th, 2009
4:33 pm

THIS JUST IN: Dempster to DL with a fractured toe, Zambrano will START TONIGHT.

Thrillhouse44

July 7th, 2009
4:34 pm

McLouth of the South, love the analogy, but 2Pac is still alive.

N8

July 7th, 2009
4:34 pm

Well, here’s to hoping that Vazquez doesn’t ruin some of his trade value tonight. That would suck.

dogsbrekky

July 7th, 2009
4:34 pm

mattdrum – meet irony

Nova Scotia Steve

July 7th, 2009
4:34 pm

Paul Lentz is getting a good old fashioned Jeff Francoeur ripping today folks….

mattdrum

July 7th, 2009
4:35 pm

Great, maybe the offense can get back on track against Zambrano. ahem

Renegator

July 7th, 2009
4:35 pm

Robert: I love the comment someone posted where Jeff said something like “as long as six has my back I’m good” – I just gotta say I think it’s cruel making Cox wear his IQ on his uniform

Now that is funny – I don’t care who you are…

Wayne in Utah

July 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

RG

Don’t forget that sunscreen! (jealous as heck)

:-)

jj

July 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

Did I miss something,is JF back in the lineup tonite?I hope Bobby don’t be Bobby and do the usual.Give Diaz a chance,please.

Shamus Thacker

July 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

If all the other teams in this division didn’t suck, Wren’s decision would be so much easier. We’d be 15 out, at least.

Herschel Talker

July 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

THIS JUST IN: The Braves are done. Stick a fork in ‘em. If we sell like crazy, we can be a frontrunner next year.

McLouth of the South

July 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

Dempster must have hurt his toe kicking our asses

cphizzle

July 7th, 2009
4:37 pm

zambrano…aw crap i cant stand that fat boy

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