Gonzo three in a row, oh-no

 DENVER – Don’t know what we’ll see tonight from Lowe, whose recent struggles were chronicled in yesterday’s blog (along with his recent woes at Coors Field).
 But I would be willing to bet we will not see Mike Gonzalez in tonight’s game.
  Not because he blew the game last night in the two-run eighth inning, but because he pitched for the third time in as many days.

Will bad back keep him out?

Will bad back keep him out?

  And even for a Braves reliever, pitching in four consecutive games would be highly unusual.
Perhaps having Gonzalez pitch on three straight days might not be such a good idea, either, at least for the time being. Because here’s the thing: Gonzalez has been lit up twice in his past six appearances, and I doubt it’s a coincidence that both times it was when he pitched for the third consecutive day.
  On July 4 at Washington, he gave up three runs, one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning, after pitching a hitless inning with one walk on July 2 vs. Philly and a perfect inning with three strikeouts on July 3 at Washington.
 And last night he gave up two runs, a hit, a walk and a hit batter while recording two outs. This after pitching a scoreless inning with one hit in each of the previous two days, in pressure situations Monday and Tuesday at Chicago.
 Including the combined three runs and four hits he allowed in two innings of games June 28 against Boston and June 30 vs. Philly, Gonzalez has a 10.29 ERA and .308 opp. Average in his past eight appearances.
 He’s allowed eight hits, eight runs, two homers and four walks in seven innings over that span, with eight strikeouts.
 He has been used an awful lot in the first half, as have the Braves’ other top relievers — Rafael Soriano, Peter Moylan and Eric O’Flaherty.
 In fact, here’s a fairly stunning stat: Only six major league relievers have pitched in more 42 games this season, and the Braves have half of them. That’s right, three of the six are Braves.
  Moylan, who had Tommy John elbow surgery 13-1/2 months ago, leads the major leagues with 47 relief appearances. The American League leaders have 42 appearances.
 Tied for second in the majors, with 45 apiece, are Gonzalez and the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano.
 Three are next in a tie fo fourth with 44 appearances, including O’Flaherty.
 Soriano has “only” 39 appearances, and has been awesome: 1.55 ERA, 53 strikeouts with 15 walks in 40-2/3 innings, and only 22 hits and one homer allowed. (Remember when he gave up a rash of homers during that period in the 2007 season? How’d that ever happen?)
 Getting back to Gonzalez, the thing that alarms me upon closer examination are a few numbers against right-handed hitters and against hitters with runners in scoring position, and in the late innings of close games.
 • Against righties, he’s allowed a .234 average (22-for-94), which is good for a lefty. But he’s walked 14 of them and hit five others, which raises the OBP allowed against righties to a troubling .360 (lefties have just a .270 OBP against him, with 23 strikeouts, four walks and no hit-by-pitches).
 • With runners in scoring position, similar story. While he’s held hitters to a .231 average (9-for-39) in those situations, he’s also issued 10 walks and hit a batter, which adds up to almost his number of strikeouts (12) in those spots. Hitters have a .392 OBP against him with runners in scoring position. Not good.
 • And in close-and-late situations, which is about two-thirds of the times he’s pitched, hitters have a .241 average against him, but they also have 15 walks, five HBPs and a .357 OBP.
Soriano is far better in those situations, and I think we’re probably going to see him handling most of the last-inning save situations, rather than the alternating, lefty-righty type of strategy Cox has used for much of the season with those two depending on how the opposition lines up in the eighth inning.

 

♣ Speaking of RISP: Were you awake last night when Chipper Jones came in to pinch-hit in the eighth inning and got intentionally walked with one out and a runner at second? Get used to it, if you’re not already.

RISP? Walk him.

RISP? Walk him.

 Most teams have just decided the Braves don’t have enough other weapons to make pitching to Jones worthwhile. They’d rather walk him, even if he’s got a sore groin, has missed three starts, and admittedly couldn’t “juice” a ball without pain yesterday.
 For the season, he’s hitting .373 (19-for-51) with runners in scoring position, second on the team to Yunel Escobar’s .410 (32-for-78). But Jones, who has three doubles and three homers with RISP, has been walked a staggering 26 times in those situations, giving him a .563 OBP with runners in scoring position.

 

♣ Poor production at the bottom: Last night’s three-double, two-RBI game from Jeff Francoeur in the No. 7 spot was noteworthy.
 Not just because it was the first three-double game of his career, but it was one of the few times the Braves have gotten decent production from the bottom third of their order this season.
 It’s been pretty pathetic what they’ve gotten out of the seven through nine positions. The latter is expected, since it’s the pitcher’s spot for all games except interleague games in AL parks.
 But how can you be a playoff contender by having a combined OBP below .300 from the Nos. 7-8 spots in the order, along with a slugging percentage barely above .340? Answer: I don’t know if you can.
 Braves No. 7 hitters have hit .218 with 37 RBI, a .284 OBP and a .343 slugging percentage. Their No. 8 hitters have hit .226 with 20 RBI, a .306 OBP and a .339 slugging percentage.
I mean, that’s not a whole lot better than their No. 9 hitters. Their No. 9 hitters have a .192 average with 25 RBI — yes, more RBI than the No. 8 hitters — and a .252 OBP and .225 slugging percentage.
  That’s three of the nine positions in the lineup. Yikes.

 ♣ OK, gotta keep it short and get to the ballpark. We’ll close with a great old tune Tom Waits did with the band Thelonious Monster. I wish I could find a video of them performing it, but I did find at least this clip if you want to hear it.

 

Waits

Waits

 

“ADIOS LOUNGE” by Thelonious Monster feauring Tom Waits

I know an oldtimer
Just a nickel-and-dimer(1)
At the bar down the Adios Lounge
And for whiskey and smokes
Recites poems and jokes
But he’s not just your average clown
And he’s entertaining nightly
Down the Adios Lounge
And he puts it politely
But he does lay it down

Now I lie here alone in my bed
With these words running wild in my head
He said…

Don’t let nobody go there for you
Don’t be satisfied with a second-hand life
Don’t let nobody stifle or bore you
Handle your troubles or take on your strife
Don’t let nobody live your life for you
Not your friends, not your kids, no not even your wife
If you want to know where the rainbow ends
It’s you who´ve got to go there and find it my friend

So I’m going back down
To the Adios Lounge
Where there’s no one to wait up for me
I hope he’s still around
Oh, that crazy old scrounge
To tell us how things ought to be
He said…

Don’t let nobody go there for you
Don’t be satisfied with a second-hand life
Don’t let nobody stifle or bore you
Handle your troubles or take on your strife
Don’t let nobody live your life for you
Not your friends, not your kids, no not even your wife
If you want to know where the rainbow ends
It’s you who’ve got to go there and find it my friend

So I buy him more drinks
Just to hear what he thinks
Oh, it’s worth it to see him almost smile
It’s worth feeling free for a while
At the bar down the Adios Lounge
At the bar down the Adios Lounge
At the bar down the Adios Lounge

 

2,531 comments Add your comment

flange1

July 10th, 2009
5:17 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

buzzmeat

July 10th, 2009
5:21 pm

Nice stat about apperances from relievers, I have been wondering why Acosta is not out there more often, he has been goon lately

Steve from OH

July 10th, 2009
5:23 pm

Good blog, good song, Dave. Thanks!

nolie

July 10th, 2009
5:25 pm

Yeah, my question is: How did Cox’s comment morph into “questioning” Escobar’s injury? (DOB)

The typical cast of Cox-hating conspiracy theorists….going on all night long over nothing. OCD rules the blog, no doubt. Sad.

dunwoody in denver

July 10th, 2009
5:26 pm

Hey DOB, did you have a chance to eat at that hot dog place I told you about yesterday?

nolie

July 10th, 2009
5:28 pm

Ross is a good player. Will cost more than Gonzalez. (Baba)

you are kidding, right? I wouldn’t even think of giving up more than Gonzo for Ross.

Baba O'Riley

July 10th, 2009
5:29 pm

Just my opinion. I’ve seen a lot of both players.

Baba O'Riley

July 10th, 2009
5:31 pm

I’ll put it this way. I doubt the Marlins would make a straight-up trade Gonzo for Ross

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

July 10th, 2009
5:31 pm

Thanks for the new blog. Last week I noted that the back end of the pen (plus O’Flaherty) was due to pitch A LOT this season even though Wren had shored up the rotation. I really think Cox has trouble managing a pitching staff in this era of six-inning starters.

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:31 pm

glord

July 10th, 2009
5:32 pm

DOB,

Interesting stats on the relievers. I have a few more for you. From 2000 – 2006 only once dod the Braves have a pitcher throw 80 GP or come in the top 10 in GP. That year was 2003 when Ray King appeared 80 times and ranked 2nd in GP.

In 2007 Moylan – 80 GP and ranked 10th in MLB.
In 2008 Ohman 83 GP ranked 2nd and Boyer 76 games ranked 9th.

2009 projected

Moylan 90 games ranked 1st in MLB
Gonzo 86 games ranked tied for 2nd in MLB
O’Flarety 84 games ranked tied for 3rd in MLB.

Outside Robber

July 10th, 2009
5:34 pm

The fat toad, sitting on his pad, and burning up a bullpen. What else is new?

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:34 pm

Or not…….(DOB and nolie) Whether Cox was implying Escobar was really hurt or not is not the point. I think the thing most bloggers had a problem with was how some on here think Yunel was faking it and how other players get a free pass (equity) when it comes to bumps and bruises

CB

July 10th, 2009
5:35 pm

We complain if starters are left in too long,if not left in,if we bring wrong reliever in,we don’t use this reliever,blah,blah,blah….

RJB in DC

July 10th, 2009
5:36 pm

I am floored by the fact that three pitchers who have had serious arm/shoulder injuries within the last two years are within the top six in apperances by relief pitchers in mlb. Can they really be effective come Aug/Sept when we are at crunch time (assuming we can hang close until then)?

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:36 pm

CB I think the point is that some relievers are being used too much and others are not being used enough.

Raleigh Dog

July 10th, 2009
5:37 pm

This blog explains completely why Bobby Cox has to retire. His use of the bullpen lacks a coherent strategy to keep pitchers fresh. So how many games has this non-strategy cost the Braves?

njbraves

July 10th, 2009
5:37 pm

I’m gonna laugh my azz off when Acosta comes into a close game tonight and gets pounded. All you fools want him so bad, you’re gonna be sorry.

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:39 pm

NJB, have you even bothered to look at Acosta’s career stats?

Baba O'Riley

July 10th, 2009
5:39 pm

nj- they would conveniently forget and find another reason to whine.

Richard

July 10th, 2009
5:40 pm

The thing about Gonzo, and it has been like this at least all of this year, is why does he refuse to throw to the outside corner against righties?? The catcher always sets up inside against RH and when he misses it is down the middle. I just don’t understand why he won’t have the catcher set up on the outside corner against righties. Additionally, he is not the greatest at spotting his fastball.

CB

July 10th, 2009
5:41 pm

AB,I understand that,my point is this is a blog with divergent opinions in which all of us are experts,lol. None of us need to take ourselves too seriously.

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:42 pm

CB…I totally agree with that last statement at 5:41

glord

July 10th, 2009
5:43 pm

So the Cox defenders believe that with roughly 180 relief pitchers in MLB it does not raise some eyebrows with 3 Braves pitchers in the top six in GP? Even when the starters are 7th in MLB in quality starts? Really?

UNCBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:44 pm

gonzo for ross. go for it. all the chipper haters need to realize he never gets pitches to hit

PWHjort

July 10th, 2009
5:44 pm

Heh. This is pretty funny:

Heh. This is pretty funny:

“NEW YORK — Baltimore manager Dave Trembley has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount following his ejection in the first inning of the Orioles’ game against the Seattle Mariners earlier this week.

Bob Watson, Major League Baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline, said Friday that Trembley violated a rule that states an ejected manager must take no further part in a game.

Trembley was tossed Tuesday night for arguing a baserunning call. He told reporters after the game that when Luke Scott came into the clubhouse, Trembley told him to “get me a couple” runs.

Scott ended up with seven RBIs in the Orioles’ 12-4 win.

Trembley was scheduled to begin serving the suspension Friday night against Toronto.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4319392

Dan in NJ

July 10th, 2009
5:45 pm

NJB

Its not about Acosta. Its about giving GONZO and others a MUCH needed rest.

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:45 pm

glord…..IMO opinion quality starts is an overrated stated. In order for a start to be quality it has to be 6 innings and 3 runs or less. Am I correct with that last statement? Anyone? Anyone?

Mitchell

July 10th, 2009
5:47 pm

PWHjort

July 10th, 2009
5:48 pm

AlabamaBrave,
Well, people quarrel over the definition of a “quality start”. Some say it’s 6 + innings and 3 or fewer earned runs. Others say it’s a game score of 50 or more. I’ve never put any stock into it. Silly statistic in my opinion.

UNCBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:49 pm

after reading and seeing our horrible offense, im amazed were only 5 games out

RJB in DC

July 10th, 2009
5:50 pm

Given where Gonzo is at the moment, Acosta’s numbers compare pretty favorably with respect to WHIP (1.30 for Gonzo, 1.26 for Acosta) and opponents BA (.229 v .219). Gettig Acosta in to take some of the load off of Gonzo doesn’t represent a significant drop in expectations.

CB

July 10th, 2009
5:51 pm

Mitchell,you need to get a life!lol

PWHjort

July 10th, 2009
5:51 pm

Nate McLouth CF
Martin Prado 1B
Chipper Jones 3B
Brian McCann C
Garret Anderson LF
Jeff Francoeur RF
Brooks Conrad 2B
Diory Hernandez SS
Derek Lowe RHP

kirkinga

July 10th, 2009
5:52 pm

I think those numbers help support the idea that those guys are overused, even if Soriano has not broken down yet.

Last season it was Boyer and Acosta, and Ohman and well, the young guys couldn’t hold up and have never been the same. Ohman was ok until September and he gave out.

Funny how Bobby gets kudos for handling his starters, but gets a pass with the pen. I think we should also question whether Roger McDowell is doing a good job developing the guys in the pen.

It’s natural to use certain relievers more than others, but the problem comes when you overly on guys even after clear indication they are losing effectiveness.

Dan in NJ

July 10th, 2009
5:52 pm

Is it possble that B.Cox knows his time is running out. Therefor is desperate and would do whatever it takes to get one last chance at the playoffs. Even if it means burning out arms if he has to?

RJB in DC

July 10th, 2009
5:54 pm

Kewl- BC responding to DOB’s comments on poor production in the seven spot, slides Frenchy up to six in the batting order. This is why he makes the big bucks and DOB doesn’t.

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
5:55 pm

Maybe it is really Matty that Cox is pi%^ed at and this whole Yunel and Frenchy thing is a smoke screen. How can Diaz not be playing?

CB

July 10th, 2009
5:56 pm

One thing that might help is using a couple of our middle relievera,ie, Logan, Acosta as two inning pitchers. I think other teams do this and it would take some stress off bullpen.

David O'Brien

July 10th, 2009
5:57 pm

Chipper’s in there, Escobar’s not, Francoeur in RF, Diaz in LF

glord

July 10th, 2009
5:58 pm

Alabama Brave

I agree that Quality starts do not tell you the whole story but they do tell you one thing. It is telling you that the starters are not getting blown up in the first 5 innings which was the case last year. My point is that if we are consistantly getting 6 out of our starters there does not seem to be any reason for 3 relievers to have 44 GP at the all start break. Especially when the team is carrying 12 pitchers.

Moylan went 80 GP in 2007 and then had surgery the next year. Ohman and Boyer had 83 and 76 GP last year and both are unbelievably ineffective this year.

If I was an agent for one of Moylan, Gonzo and OFlarerty I would be very concerned.

Jeff321

July 10th, 2009
5:58 pm

http://markbowman.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/07/tonights_lineup.html

We’ll post a quick entry before I head downstairs. And to see if we can keep that reverse mojo going, I’ll just say that I can’t believe Matt Diaz is sitting while Garret Anderson is in left field again tonight.

Chipper Jones is back in the lineup after missing three starts because of a sore right groin. But Yunel Escobar is sitting tonight with the lower back strain that forced him to leave last night’s game.

Early word is that Casey Kotchman is out of the lineup because he’s sick.

Tonight’s Lineup
Nate McLouth
Martin Prado
Chipper Jones
Brian McCann
Garret Anderson
Jeff Francoeur
Brooks Conrad
Diory Hernandez
Derek Lowe

njbraves

July 10th, 2009
6:00 pm

Look, I know Francoeur sux, but he deserves to play tonight after last night’s performance. And I also undertsand that reliever’s need days off. All I’m saying is, if Acosta or Logan get shelled, people are going to blame Cox anyway. You can’t win with these people.

Bryan

July 10th, 2009
6:02 pm

MLBTrade rumors says francoeur for ryan church….what?>!?!?!

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
6:03 pm

According to DOB, Diaz is in there. I will go with him on this.

EarlyinLA

July 10th, 2009
6:03 pm

DOB, what are the odds of a Vasquez/Escobar trade to the Angels for say…Brandon Wood? I hear his name bandied about when talking about a possible Halladay trade, which makes me believe there may be other scenarios he could be dealt for as well? That would be a coup if you ask me.

Jimbob

July 10th, 2009
6:04 pm

frenchy to mets for ryan church

Josh Bruce

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

Church for Francouer good trade hopefully

CB

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

We better hope Lowe goes deep,I don’t know who would go in long relief with Medlen going Sunday.

semiballcoach

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

ryan church for francoeur?

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar) (I hate Bobby Cox)

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

not the Mets, What happens if he turns things around

god of the arts and entertainment

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

Jeff321

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!

Good riddance, Frenchy! May all your lovers follow ya to the Mets.

BravesFanChris24

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

OMG Francoeur to Mets for Church STRAIGHT UP!

I am shocked.

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

DOB any thruth to the statement on MLBTraderumors that Frenchy has been traded for Ryan Church?

BravesfaninWis

July 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

Stick Prado at SS if Conrad can’t play SS.. Either the case, I would rather see Prado and Conrad in there over Hernandez.. Conrad has a good eye at the plate and we need that right now..

Frankie Knuckles

July 10th, 2009
6:06 pm

Church for Frenchy. Thoughts?
Wow

BravesfaninWis

July 10th, 2009
6:06 pm

It says that Church has been traded, no destination as of yet.. I haven’t heard word one about Church for Francouer..

Steve from OH

July 10th, 2009
6:07 pm

DOB, what are the odds of a Vasquez/Escobar trade to the Angels for say…Brandon Wood?

I’d love to have Brandon Wood, but I’d want a lot more in return for either. Good starting point though.

TnBrian

July 10th, 2009
6:07 pm

How is Francoeur playing tonight if he was traded…I’m calling it BS.

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar) (I hate Bobby Cox)

July 10th, 2009
6:07 pm

Ryan Church has not been the same since he ran into Escobar’s knee

amicusterrae

July 10th, 2009
6:07 pm

It’s definitely a lot of appearances for Moylan, Gonzo, and Soriano.
But, isn’t this a function of our offense?
We have to try and keep the games close because we don’t come from behind very well or score much at all, let alone in the late innings.

Compare 2002 (the year we had Remlinger, Holmes, Hammond, and Smoltz (who logged just over 80 innings!)), to 2003 (the year we hit all those homers). Big difference in the way the ‘pen was used those years.

Chop Chop

July 10th, 2009
6:08 pm

Well, they’re talking about it on ESPN. If it’s not true, you gotta wonder why.

BravesfaninWis

July 10th, 2009
6:08 pm

Wow, now they are saying it.. Good deal for us I guess.. Isn’t Church a lefty though?

Poor and gettin worse

July 10th, 2009
6:08 pm

mlb TV SAYS fRENCHY TRADED TO METS

A FAN

July 10th, 2009
6:08 pm

thank the METS!!!!!!!

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar) (I hate Bobby Cox)

July 10th, 2009
6:08 pm

Just reported on ESPN

If Francoeur plays like he has here in NY, they will eat him alive.

18 Wheels of Love

July 10th, 2009
6:09 pm

I’m frackin’ speechless. The Mets. Frenchy? WTF.

braves70

July 10th, 2009
6:09 pm

CSS SporstNite doing a live show just cofirmed the Francoeur for Church deal.

wren in minayas butt

July 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

oh thank you omar, this feels so good!!!!!!!!!!!

Vinings Jim

July 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

Buster Olney got the trade news on camera – shocked because he thought there was no trade value there.

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar) (I hate Bobby Cox)

July 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

I don’t like him going to the Mets.

Frankie Knuckles

July 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

I think Church is a gamer. There are 2 NY media sources confirming the trade.

Couch Tater

July 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

I just picked up my jaw.

Cyrus1254

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

DOB — WOW COMPLETE SHOCKER — Ryan Church straight up for Jeff Franceour tell me this isnt true !!!

David O'Brien

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

I’m hearing that JEFF FRANCOEUR HAS BEEN TRADED TO THE METS FOR RYAN CHURCH

amicusterrae

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

francoeur for church . . .

reported by Denver Post AND NY Times and many others.

WOW!

Epinephrine

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

WOW. If that is true, wow. Big wow. Nothing left to say but wow. I’d have much rather sent him to the minors.

Bring Back Andruw

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

Frank Wren is God.

FloridaBrave

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

WOW, shocking trade!

I’m glad Francoeur is gone and I think the Braves did well not only to get SOMETHING, but someone who can help us down the stretch.

I like Church as a player, I’m a little concerned about his help though.

Frankie Knuckles

July 10th, 2009
6:11 pm

Really?

July 10th, 2009
6:12 pm

It is true! He gone

Pete

July 10th, 2009
6:12 pm

Good job Frank Wren!!

amicusterrae

July 10th, 2009
6:12 pm

So the Mets want to upgrade their defense I take it???

AlabamaBrave

July 10th, 2009
6:12 pm

Good trade or not? Anyone? Anyone? If true, I do hope Jeff decides to put in whatever work he needs to in order to get himself turned around. Even if it is the Mets.

Il Cattivo

July 10th, 2009
6:12 pm

Wow
Career .273 hitter, signed only through this year @ 2.8 mil
In all likelihood we could have a RF platoon with Diaz if he makes it here.

On the other hand, if Frenchy is gone what are we gonna talk about here on the blog!! Darn it.

pryguy

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

wow…just wow. Really gonna miss Frenchy being a Brave cause he seemed like a great guy, just couldn’t hit for shi….crap

Baba O'Riley

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

Best of luck Frenchy.

Bobby's Cox

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

The reason why Gonzo and Soriano pitch so much is because we’re always playing in close games and the rest of our bullpen isn’t that good.

Prime Time

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

Church
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
232 26 65 16 0 2 22 6 2 17 36 .280 .332 .375 .707
Francoeur
304 32 76 12 2 5 35 5 1 12 46 .250 .282 .352 .634

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar) (I hate Bobby Cox)

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

we better own him next week

Epinephrine

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

Church is a definite upgrade though

Bobby's Cox

July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

Francouer for Church? Hallelujah.

Capt Caveman

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

OK , now I can give you my ” I TOLD YOU SO” . I said the other day that their was another reason why Frenchy wasn’t playing. You have to protect your trade from an injury.

Now let’s see what the Bravos can do about this division race.

And Good Luck to Frenchy in NY. He’s going to need it.

6-4-3

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

I asked about Church on this blog a month ago.

I like Church, I think he’s an upgrade. A lot of lefties in the lineup now, but we got value for Franceour I think.

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar) (I hate Bobby Cox)

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

If he turns it around, then we all know Pendleton sucks

Vinings Jim

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

This will be an interesting night in Blogville.

McFann Ô

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

What the freaking devil?

RU SERIOUS?!

Bobby's Cox

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

Francouer for Church? My prayers have been answered.

jukeandjive

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

HORRIBLE NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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