12:53 pm July 20, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
July 21st, 20093:38 pm
ESPN’s MLB page has a headline that reads: Braves in search of big bat. It is one of those insider things though. Anyone no what it says?
Wayne in Utah
Looks like our boy Kelly Johnson is making a push for reinstatement from the DL w/ his performance last night. Easy call would be to send Conrad down, but as much as I like Greg Norton (from his past years performance), I think I might offer to put him through waivers and send him to Gwinnett.
Or maybe he could come up with an “injury”??
I really don’t see Frank making a move w/ Javier Vazquez. One of these days, we are going to HAVE to get us a left-handed starter around here.
We really will have a sweet dilemma this winter, if Huddy comes back strong, and all our other starters either continue as they are at present, or even get better.
Vazquez, Jurrjens, Hudson, Lowe, Kawakami, Hanson, and Medlen! Wow.
your and IDIOT and a MORON
July 21st, 20093:39 pm
I’ll tell you a guy who’d be perfect to trade for and he’s been mentioned on here some before, but Jorge Cantu. The Marlins might be sellers here soon which isn’t surprising because that’s what they’re famous for. Anyways, Cantu is cheap and we wouldn’t have to trade Vazquez. Works out perfect as maybe a Kotchman/Medlen/low prospect deal could work. Any thoughts?
Tom House Lives
July 21st, 20093:40 pm
Lessee. . .
Hanson went seven. Vazquez went seven. Even Kawakami went 6.2.
Lowe neeeds to drop his pitch count a bit to reach seven. Ditto Jurrjens.
Starters are starting to get the memo. Ditto Bobby.
Save the bullpen! They’ll matter in September.
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Joe Morgan are probably the three worst in the biz. Infuriating, maddening, annoying, worthless all.
Nova Scotia Steve
Let’s not do anything and stand pat…this teams deserves that…
Matty Diaz deserves it…
Garret Anderson deserves it…
Ryan Church should get a chance…
I want this team to be a winner…with what we have right now! We can do this Wild Card thing
My other haiku
Misleading perhaps for I’m
Speaking of male-ass
Chris from the Rock
July 21st, 20093:42 pm
Ouch, McFann, I like Joe Buck too.
The Bird and Indian
Fleming: Well it’s good your not a basher but there’s no reason to get on somebody about giving his insight on the Braves. While it does get a little long and unnecessary sometimes, I would rather have that than negative posters who have no clue about the Braves. I’m just saying.
Jaglawyer: Back in the days with Oakland Zito was better than Hudson and was actually one of the better pitchers in the majors. In 04 he started a decline. In 99 and 2000 Huddy was great but not sure if he was number 1 because of his age. You gotta remember that Zito won the Cy Young in 02. Hudson may have been the number 1 in 2000 and his last year with Oakland. But that was back then anyways and I’m just trying to say that I would rather have Javy than Hudson right now and probably in the future.
Shamus Thacker @ 3:22 pm
“If it’s never contained coke, how is it a coke bottle?
You can write Coke all over it, but if it’s never bottled Coke, it ain’t a Coke bottle.”
Not true…if a bottle was made BY Coke it would be a “Coke bottle” even if it never contained the DRINK Coke. For example, a Mason Jar is a “Mason Jar” despite never containing a Mason.
Why would the Braves scouts be at a White Sox game?
To scout players on the Cuban National Team?
July 21st, 20093:44 pm
TnBrian – Jorge Cantu
Lower OBP, higher slugging 10 hr vs 4 but with more ABs, equal BA than Kotchman. How is he defensively?
July 21st, 20093:45 pm
The Bird and Indian……………thanks for the props with your 12:23pm posting. I’m ok with you (or anyone else for that matter) disagreeing with me. I totally agree with you saying that my “style” of posting can be “odd” at times. However what cannot be denied is my love for the Braves. I “back up” my love for the Braves by posting stuff that I think will help the Braves win.
I dont go around and call myself a Braves fan, and then go on rants about how the Braves should play “my favorite players”, even if they SUCK. My loyalty is to the Braves team first. 20 years from now, when every player on the Braves has retired……I will still be a Braves fan. I want the Braves to have as much success as they can.
I grew up in the mid to late 80’s. I was a die hard Braves fan growing up in Arkansas. Most of my friends were Cardinals fans. By the time the Braves started winning in 1991, I was already out of high school. While I would have loved to have seen the Braves win more than 1 World Series during our run of excellence from 1991-2005, I appreciate being able to be a fan during that time. During that time, it was a given that we were going to make the play-offs before the year started. Many of my friends in San Francisco are Giants fans. Whenever they bring up the fact that we only won 1 World Series…….I immediately ask them “How many have you guys won since the Giants have been in San Francisco?”. A BIG DONUT………..ZERO!!!!!!!!!! A man who has NEVER BEEN LAID, has no right to make fun of a man who has only been laid once. One is MUCH BETTER than zero.
It is nice to come across those who can see that I do put some thought into my reasoning.
It’s amazing to see the number of people on this blog with Attention Deficit Disorder. I didnt realize that getting migraines from reading a posting longer than 2 sentences was “contagious”, lol. Paul Lentz
Hmmm….and he wonders why he gets ransacked here on the blog…
Billy Beane Lives
July 21st, 20093:46 pm
Easy solution for next year. Do not exercise the option year on Hudson, use the money to sign both Gonzo and Sori. Easily, they are both worth the trouble, and you have Medlen as a number six if one of the starters should falter. (Jo-Jo Reyes is our number seven, if anyone forgot.)
Strength in numbers, folks. Strength in numbers.
July 21st, 20093:47 pm
From Jeff Shultz’ blog
“♦ Jarrod Saltalamacchia: He homered off of John Smoltz Monday night but on the whole he’s been fairly average. He’s hitting .245 this season and .256 in his career. Worst of all, he has struck out 88 times in 245 at-bats, which ranks ninth in the American League and averages out to once every 2.78 at-bats. Wait. Isn’t the Rangers’ hitting coach the celebrated Rudy Jamarillo? You mean, sometimes it’s not the hitting coach’s fault?”
I especially like the last couple of sentences.
July 21st, 20093:48 pm
fleming………….if you are against the Braves bashers, then why are you on me so much? I dont bash the Braves. I only RIP those select few who were hurting our chances to win earlier in the season. I repeatedly offer praise to the vast majority of Braves players I feel gives us a good chance to win night in and night out. I want to see the Braves put the BEST PLAYERS they can out on a nightly basis.
Superhoo, you’re talking bottle ownership, I’m talkin bottle containment. Yes, it is a bottle manufacture by coke, but purely in a containment context it’s not technically a Coke bottle if it’s never contained Coke.
fleming: Well Javy has given up 22 less walks while having 62 more strikeouts. He has thrown more innings in 1 less start and has a WHIP of 1.04 to a WHIP of 1.23. Both of them have been fantastic, so I’m not saying anything bad about JJ. I just think Javy has been the more effective pitcher for us.
July 21st, 20093:49 pm
Superhoo has you on that mason jar thingy!
No thanks for Cantu on either Kotchman or Medlen. Let’s not let our kid Medlen go so easily.
And all these announcers that irritate listeners, I really don’t get too hung up on them one way or the other. Joe Morgan really is the only one that grates on me.
NS Steve: I am with you, Bro! As long as Escobar behaves, I like this team. It can only get better, and all the guys are good clubhouse folks. If they can keep hitting like they have as of late, it is going to be a very happy bunch of winners with great chemistry.
Bobby must be having fun again.
July 21st, 20093:50 pm
TampaBrave………….when I made the Ryan Howard comparison, I didnt say it was an “exact comparison”. I was just trying to make a general point to refute those who said that Kelly’s defense at 2nd should warrant him some playing time at 2nd over Prado. That’s all.
Otherwise, you and I are in COMPLETE agreement about Kelly Johnson.
July 21st, 20093:51 pm
Cantu is an absolute butcher defensively… at least he was as a third baseman last season.
July 21st, 20093:53 pm
Heath (Cleveland)………simple answer to the question you pondered in your 3:37pm posting: Jermaine Dye.
Is a water bottle still a water bottle if it’s NEVER contained water but has WATER scrawled across the front? It’s not a water bottle, just a potential water bottle…
Man it SUCKS that we traded Francoeur. He is SEXY. I wanted to give that b!tch a posting… and it would last a lot longer than you ADD types could imagine. All night long…
Phillies have only allowed more than 3 runs 4 times in the last 14 games……….dudes have been pitching very well lately, which means that their actual winning chain is more related to their pitching than to their hitting, which is not normal for them, so id say they will get back to earth as quick as tonight and return to the usual .530 baseball.
The Bird and Indian -
I’ll give you that Javy may eek out a #1 over JJ this year but what’s your opinion on the original discussion about not picking up Hudson’s option and getting nothing vs picking up the option and trading Vazquez for at least some very good prospects. But why stop the discussion there because there is KKK, JJ, Hanson, and Lowe who could be considered as trade bait if Hudson’s option is picked up.
A Mason jar doesn’t have to physically contain a Mason. However, a Mason jar is limited to 33 degrees of separation from Masonic influence.
A Coke bottle is not a Coke bottle unless it has physically contained that wonderful elixir.
July 21st, 20093:54 pm
I mention Cantu because trading for him would allow us to hang on to Vazquez and get at least a 18-20 HR guy at 1st. No, I’m sure he’s not nearly as good at 1st as Casey but I do remember him being pretty solid over there when we were facing them earlier this year.
July 21st, 20093:55 pm
Have the Braves inquired about the availability of Arizona’s Mark Reynolds?
If Wren were to acquire Reynolds, he would be a great addition. He’s slugging .544 this year with 25 dingers in what appears to be a break-out season. He’s a right-handed 3B that has played 1B, 2B and OF in his career.
Most importantly, he’s making less than $500K this year and is under contract until 2014. He might be elligible for “super two” status, but would be a bargain even for post-arbitration prices. This way we could push for post-season berth this year without selling out the farm or adding payroll. Chipper could move to first (or Reynolds could play 1B until he’s ready to move), and Kotchman could be packaged with a prospect in the deal.
I don’t know if Reynolds is available, so this all may be moot, but it’s at least an interesting hypothetical…
July 21st, 20093:56 pm
I will say this about you..you do stick to your convictions. Eventhough I don’t agree with 99.9% of them, you’ve have some testicular fortitude.
But, c’mon, man….you can deliver your opinions out in a more healthier way.
It’s not that we’re ADD, but have you ever had to listen to a dull lecture? That’s what these posts of your’s reminds me of. Redundant.
Anyhooo…I know….I don’t have to read them….
Also, I say a lot of provoking things to you just to get a reaction…and…it works…
That’s my personality, I like to pick on folks…that doesn’t mean I hate them…I just like to have fun.
There….that’s my attempt at trying to bury the hatchet…
Necromancer…………..if you felt that you was wrongly attacked, wouldnt you want to attack back? When someone talks bad about my postings, just because they are a little long………why shouldnt I come back at them and “talk bad” about their attention span? Turnabout is fair game.
July 21st, 20093:58 pm
Catch me on the new blog…
July 21st, 20094:01 pm
Knowitall………….your 3:47pm posting about Salty was right on. When the Mark Teixeria trade bashers come out with their “we reloaded the Rangers” crap………I post his stats. Yet they STILL IGNORE IT. The keep right up with that nonsense.
They keep lamenting the fact that we also gave up Matt Harrison, even though he is he white man’s version of Horatio Ramirez (injured, high ERA, short outing kind of guy).
And of course, we cant forget about Elvis “I’m hitting .249 with 3 homers and 16 RBI’s in 249 at-bats” Andrus.
July 21st, 20094:14 pm
Well, let’s not forget that Elvis is only 20, and already plays some MLB-great defense. So his potential is great–anytime you can get in the bigs, on a contending team as a starter, at that tender age is quite an accomplishment.
Salty could go either way. If he winds up as a .250ish, 15-20 homer guy with decent defense, then he has a Sandy Alomar, Jr. career, and he will retire a wealthy man.
Feliz could obviously go either way, and I hear you on Harrison.
But each of these folks were basically blocked. Salty was doomed to a second-string catcher fate; Elvis, for all his skills, isn’t Escobar; and we had/have pitchers ahead of those (excepting possibly Feliz).
So I agree that it isn’t as bad as a lot of folks piss and moan about. Especially when getting the complete package at first that Tex was/is. The only thing about it I regret is that we weren’t able to secure more time for him. Even if he had agreed to a one-year extension, I would have been more pleased. But, what can you do? We pulled the trigger, and didn’t mortgage the future, despite opinions to the contrary.
July 21st, 20094:37 pm
Mr Cox, at the time didn’t have anyone else good enough to let Moylan stay in AAA. And you know how loyal he is to the guys who come thru for him. Nobody knew the lefties we got would be effective. All of Braves Nation was stuck on how they didnt re-sign Ohman, and all the other things(CF, RF, 2B), which have been pretty much been corrected. I do agree with Hudson is better served coming out of the pen when he returns, I thought the same because he is coming back in late August.
July 31st, 20093:37 pm
So Adam LaRoache? Anyone no who they are giving?
July 31st, 20094:46 pm
I have told anyone who would listen that Casey Kotchman was not giving you anyt production at first base, but this trade is still puzzling. Adam LaRoche is not an upgrade. I hope he takes his pills and concentrates
September 12th, 201110:53 pm
entering 11th, Braves are 3-for-16 with RISP and 7-for-36 since Friday night in St. Louis
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