Hot Braves, Jurrjens vs. The Freak (Lincecum)

 

  Let me start by wishing a happy funkin’ 68th birthday to George Clinton – shine on you (seriously) crazy diamond and Freak of the Week.
  Speaking of freaks, the Braves get the Freak tonight, Giants ace Tim Linceum. And there’s a couple of ways of looking at this: 1. The Braves are overdue to break through and he’s overdue for a bad game (against them and against anyone); or 2. Jair Jurrjens better not give up more than two runs, or history says the Braves have almost no chance of winning against this guy.
  Considering how the Bravos have played lately, it’s a the first option seems more reasonable than it would have a month ago, for sure.
 They are 14-6 with a .297 average and 3.16 ERA since June 28, and the only NL team with a better record in that period is Philadelphia, which has won 10 in a row (but was losing 7-3 to the Cubs when I checked a few minutes ago).
 Again, two ways of looking at it from Braves perspective: good thing they ramped up their own game before the Phillies went on this torrid run; or, wouldn’t you know the Braves go on their best run of the season and actually lose ground to the division leader in the process?

Lincecum toes slab tonight

Lincecum toes slab tonight

 The fact remains that if the Braves keep playing ball like this, they’ve got a good shot at making the postseason via the wild card, at least. They’ve trimmed their deficit to three games behind wild-card leader Colorado.
 The Braves are even with the Cubs and 2-1/2 games behind San Francisco in the wild-card standings. And considering that, in the past two weeks, the Braves won a series at Chicago, split a four-gamer at Colorado (where they gave away a couple of leads in the late innings) and won the first two games of this series with the Giants, they’ve got to feel good about their chances.
 And they do, which was clear from postgame comments last night in the clubhouse.
“It’s a great feeling when everybody’s playing good and everybody’s playing together,” said second baseman Martin Prado, who had three more hits and was part of an incredible double play that featured a barehanded toss-and-throw (while leaping a runner) by Yunel Escobar.
  ”If we keep our lineup healthy and keep everybody playing every day,” Prado said, “we’ve got a pretty good shot at October.”
 They’ve also got to keep their bullpen healthy, which, to me, is a bigger question mark than the lineup’s health, given the number of appearances by key Braves relievers so far. Seven NL relievers have made 47 or more appearances this season, and three are Braves: Peter Moylan with a league-high 52 and lefties Eric O’Flaherty (49) and Mike Gonzalez (47).
  That’s why I think the Braves’ biggest need before the trade deadline has probably shifted to relief help, more than another big bat. They lineup is functioning well now, with Prado providing the big boost in the 2-hole and Brian McCann, Chipper, Escobar and Garret Anderson doing damage in the middle.
  If they keep Nate McLouth healthy — he left last night’s game with a sore back, and missed time with a hamstring strain — and get him back hitting like he was before the break, this lineup is good enough to get to the postseason, assuming the Braves get the same, or close to the same, pitching they’ve gotten so far.

 

 ♣ Speaking of McLouth, he’s in the lineup I just got, at least for now:
1. McLouth
2. Prado
3. Chipper
4. McCann
5. Anderson
6. Escobar
7. Kotchman
8. Church
9. Jurrens

 This little stretch of games is the first time Bobby Cox has been able to go with a real similar lineup every day, with Diaz as only exception when he plays LF or RF depending on the matchup (Diaz told me yesterday he likes that, being able to “float” between positions and not be one-dimensional in a LF platoon.
  And did you notice the nice catch Church made after moving to CF when McLouth left the game last night? That’s a plus for Church over the guy he replaced, since Braves didn’t consider Francoeur a good option as a backup CF.

 ♣ LaRoche over Kotchman? Did a few folks here suggest earlier today that Adam LaRoche (traded to Boston today) would have been an improvement over Kotchman? Hey, I’d love to have LaRoche back, since the guy was one of the best quotes we had, a great sense of humor, etc.
  But honestly, can you look at what Kotchman’s done this season and tell me you really would have wanted to give up a quality prospect or two to land LaRoche?
  • Kotchman’s hit .281 with 23 extra-base hits, 35 RBI (while batting mostly sixth and seventh) and a .352 OBP and .396 slugging (.748 OPS) in 79 games.
 • Ol’ Rochy has hit .247 with 38 extra-base hits, 40 RBI (while hitting cleanup most of the time) and a .329 OBP and .441 slugging (.770 OPS) in 87 games.
 • With runners in scoring position, Kotchman’s hit .315 (23-for-73) with a .430 OBP and .438 slugging, and LaRoche has hit .214 (18-for-84) with a .355 OBP and .321 slugging.
 • LaRoche has played his usual solid defense, and Kotchman has played legit Gold Glove-caliber defense (he still hasn’t made an error since being traded to the Braves a year ago).
 • Against lefties, LaRoche has hit .226 (24-for-106) with two homers and 30 strikeouts. Kotchman has hit .271/.326/.341 against lefties, and .286/.364/.422.
  No, Kotchman ain’t Mr. Excitement at the plate or Mr. Personality in interviews. But he’s a solid player, more consistent than LaRoche, and a terrific glove man.
   And, finally, in his past 20 games, he’s hit .328 with nine RBI and an .886 OPS.

 ♣ Yunel when it counts: Speaking of coming through when it counts, Yunel Escobar has opened a fairly significant gap on the rest of the major leagues with his .440 average with runners in scoring position.
  He is 37-for-84 in those situations, while Hanley Ramirez (.429) and AL leader Bobby Abreu (.404) are the only other major league qualifiers hitting over .388 with RISP.
 Think about that — .440 with RISP. Escobar is absolutely raking.
 Chipper Jones is sixth in the league with a .373 average (22-for-59) with RISP, and he also has 29 walks and a bloated .548 OBP in those situations (Escobar has four walks and a .456 OBP).
  The Braves are second in the league with a .274 average with RISP, thanks in large part to those two guys.
  Escobar also leads the league with a .524 overall average (11-for-21) since the All-Star break. But he’s been sizzling for a lot longer than that, as you know.
  He’s hit .321 with 48 RBI and a .382 OBP in 66 games since April 25, including .369 (31-for-85) with three homers, 20 RBI, a .430 OBP and a 1.001 OPS in his past 25 games.

 ♣ Almost forgot to mention: The stats for tonight’s Freak vs. Surgin’ Jurrjens matchup.
Lincecum is 7-1 with a 1.39 ERA in his past 11 starts, with 93 strikeouts and 19 walks in 84-1/3 innings. He’s 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his past nine road starts.
 Against the Braves, he’s a perfect 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five career starts, including eight scoreless innings (five hits, two walks) on May 26 in San Francisco. Ryan Church is 4-for-6 against him, and Brian McCann is 5-for-13.
 Jurrjens is 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA and .176 opponents’ average in his past four starts, despite totaling more walks (12) than strikeouts (11) in 25 innings in that span. He’s 2-0 in his past two home starts, while allowing just three hits and no earned runs in 13 innings.
 He is 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Giants, both in 2008. Randy Winn is 5-for-6 against him.
 OK, now touch gloves and come out swinging, fellas. Or something like that.

♣  What say we close this out with a hypnotic track off Radiohead’s outstanding In Rainbows. The whole album stays with you after listening to it again and again, but this cut in particular sticks to my brainpan for hours every time I hear it.
 Oh, by the way, what’s the more improbable/unbelievable coupling on Entourage, E and the gorgeous Sloan, or Turtle and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow from Sopranos)?

“HOUSE OF CARDS” by Radiohead
I don’t want to be your friend
I just want to be your lover
No matter how it ends
No matter how it starts

Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine
Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine

Fall off the table and get swept under

Denial, denial

The infrastructure will collapse
From voltage spikes
Put your keys in the bowl
Kiss your husband goodnight

Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine
Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine

Fall off the table and get swept under

Denial, denial
Denial, denial
(Your ears should be burning)
Denial, denial
(Your ears should be burning)

 

1,932 comments Add your comment

Jaglawyer

July 22nd, 2009
3:54 pm

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
3:55 pm

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
3:55 pm

brAves Sucios

July 22nd, 2009
3:57 pm

Turtle and Jamie-Lynn. What a first-class jerk.

Heath (Cleveland)

July 22nd, 2009
3:58 pm

Rockies up early on the D-backs….come on D-backs!

The A Bomb

July 22nd, 2009
3:58 pm

I would expect to see a ton of small ball tonight. . .

Steve from OH

July 22nd, 2009
3:59 pm

With runners in scoring position, Kotchman’s hit .315 (23-for-73) with a .430 OBP and .438 slugging,

Guess this kinda puts an end to MFin09’s theory about Kotchman not hitting with men on, huh?

blueridge

July 22nd, 2009
4:00 pm

has to be E. Sloan is many leagues above that little fella.

Taylor S

July 22nd, 2009
4:00 pm

The Phills may drop 2 out of 3 to the Cards considering they are going into the series with a depleted pen.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

July 22nd, 2009
4:01 pm

Steve from OH,

Remember, only stats from April count in his arguments….

J Dub

July 22nd, 2009
4:01 pm

first??? probably not…took too long to read

Fischerking04

July 22nd, 2009
4:01 pm

Thanks Dave!

At this point would you say that the division or the wild card is more attainable? We are closer to the wildcard numbers-wise but we still have 9 games against the Phils and in the NL East we are only chasing one team as opposed to four or five.

scotty doo

July 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

LETS GO BRAVES

monty

July 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

I would like to see some fans at the game tonight with signs saying, “Beat the Freak!!” C’mon fans.

fleming

July 22nd, 2009
4:02 pm

DOB –

Good blog but you should have mentioned how the Braves don’t have a chance tonight against the mighty Giants and their Freak. lOL

AndyC

July 22nd, 2009
4:03 pm

DOB

Do you know that Jamie Lynn Sigler and the guy that plays Turtle are dating in real life? That blew me away. Heard it from her own lips on Jimmy Kimmel last week.

Steve from OH

July 22nd, 2009
4:03 pm

And on a side note, how bad is Jamie Moyer’s contract looking right now for the Phils?

Heath (Cleveland)

July 22nd, 2009
4:03 pm

Freaks are only good if their women, right? :twisted:

fleming

July 22nd, 2009
4:04 pm

Good stats on Kotch and LaRoach but you failed to mention who wins the foot race between them.

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:05 pm

fleming

July 22nd, 2009
4:04 pm
Good stats on Kotch and LaRoach but you failed to mention who wins the foot race between them.

A rock

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm

Wow, philies finally losing.

semiballcoach

July 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm

DOB
since you feel that a reliever is the new requirement, could that mean that bennett and carlyle are (hopefully) out of the picture?

as far as entourage–any of those 4 guys with anyone as smokin as sloan is UNBELIEVABLE

civilized white trash

July 22nd, 2009
4:07 pm

gregg scares the hell outta me

semiballcoach

July 22nd, 2009
4:07 pm

bruce benedict wins the race between kotch and roche

Heath (Cleveland)

July 22nd, 2009
4:07 pm

3-run HR for the D-backs….3-1 over Colorado in the top of the 3rd!!!! Go D-backs!!!!

semiballcoach

July 22nd, 2009
4:07 pm

gregg= right handed gonzo

bigchiefrg

July 22nd, 2009
4:07 pm

Really and truly…if the braves were to keep this up and make a run at wild card and/or eastern division glory, would it be out of the realm to consider Esco for 2nd in the MVP voting? I would love to see Marteeeeeeen keep up this pace as well. Man that lineup looks nice right now. Keep putting the pressure on fellas. Go Braves

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm
Wow, philies finally losing.

Not for long. Gregg pitching for Cubs. Walked Utley and Howard is coming up. Bases loaded, 2 outs.

civilized white trash

July 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

dang it he just walked utley bases loaded for howard this aint good

Taylor S

July 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

3-1 Snakes !!! Worst case scenario the Braves wont lose any ground tonight.

Nova Scotia Steve

July 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

3-1 D’Backs!

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

Gregg got out of it with a ground ball to first

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

Howard just left the bases loaded!!!!!!!!!!!

Homer

July 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

chilidog75

July 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

Turtle and Meadow Soprano are dating in real life. So I’d have to go with E and Sloan.
Though the actor who plays E has apparently dated a who’s who of Hollywood starlets. Man, it must be great to be famous.

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:10 pm

Taylor S

July 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm
3-1 Snakes !!! Worst case scenario the Braves wont lose any ground tonight.

Actually the Braves would lose ground in the WC because, if SF wins, the Giants will have WC lead

CB

July 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

Steve from OH, Jamie Moyer or Oliver Perez could be the two worst contracts signed for 2009.

Roy Hobbs

July 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

This is not meant to be critical, but why are we not seeing Medlin or one of the other less used relievers in these blow out games? Seems like they could be getting some actual game experience in low pressure situations, and save some mileage on the horses at the back of the bullpen.

MFin04

July 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

Steve – you have to look at the production with runners on…not the average. Lots of Casey’s hits with runners on don’t score runs. An average is one thing, having a bunch of RBIs is another thing. HE doesn’t hit sac flys, he can’t bunt, he doesn’t consistently drive in runs.

23 hits with RISP and you only have 1 homer and 29 RBIS? That is absurdly low.

Kotchman played 19 games batting 4th/5th and hit .380. Guess how many runs he drove in….three.
He just isn’t a very good guy at driving in runs. Weak singles don’t drive in as many runs and he has very little home run power.

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

You think Cox is bad?
Lidge is pitching in the bottom of the 9th down 3 runs………go figure.

AndyC

July 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

If you think about it, if we all think that the Braves don’t have a chance of winning the division, and I don’t really, maybe an outside chance, wouldn’t it be better for the Braves if Chicago lost? Just throwing it out there. Don’t crush me for presenting an alternative point of view. :)

Paul Lentz

July 22nd, 2009
4:13 pm

David O’Brien……….those few on here who wanted to see the Braves re-acquire Adam LaRoche are probably the same ones who want to see Kelly Johnson, Jeff Francoeur, Jeff Bennett, and Jo Jo Reyes all back on the 25 man roster, lol.

Jptuba

July 22nd, 2009
4:14 pm

“They lineup is functioning well now”. Change “They” to “Their”. Sorry, but things like that jump off the page to me. Go Braves!

nique

July 22nd, 2009
4:14 pm

love me some radiohead.

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:15 pm

Adam Laroche sent to the redsox………..
man, pirates must be loaded with prospects after dealing all their talent last 12 months.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

July 22nd, 2009
4:15 pm

AndyC,

I agree. Braves need to hope that Chicago and the rest of the WC teams lose. Once they are on top of the WC standings, they can worry about taking the division. Plus they have 9? games left against the phils and are only 6 1/2 back, so they can make that up with the games they have left head to head.

nique

July 22nd, 2009
4:15 pm

kind of don’t like me some entourage though lately. seems kind of boring so far.

cphizzle

July 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

how bout that peachtree tv on dish…i wish every game was on there now wooooo and may i add hoooo

monty

July 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Silver lining

The Braves play more games inside the division than the Phillies coming down the stretch. Which is a good thing because of the Phillie’s record inside the East. They kill the NAtionals and the Marlins.The Phillies also will have about 10 more games to play against teams that are still currently in contention outside the East than the Braves will. Phils have 7 games left against the Giants, 3 Cards, Rockies 3, Cubs 3, Astros 8 !!, Brewers 4,and Braves 9!!

BravoMan

July 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Lidge sucks. Philly needs a solid closer if they wanna get far in the playoffs

Paul Lentz

July 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Doc Holiday………….I must agree. It is a little confusing pitching Lidge in back to back games like this, consider that the Phillies are down 3 runs…….AND……..they may need him tomorrow against the Padres.

beekay

July 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Taylor
3-1 in the third in Colorado is no sure thing..hell 10-1 in Colorado in the 3rd aint a sure thing

Double J

July 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

Braves will win tonight.

cphizzle

July 22nd, 2009
4:17 pm

yep thats righy pauly i would love to see frenchy back on the roster been tearing it up since he been in a met uni. its a dang shame we let him go. prolly the best for him though

Heath (Cleveland)

July 22nd, 2009
4:17 pm

3-2 D-backs.

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Brad Lidge getting kicked by the cubs…………bases loaded and 1 out……….still no runs in.

Steve C.

July 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Paul Lentz, this is your official notification that your use of “lol” has now gone beyond an acceptable level. Your quota has been exceeded, I mean, are you really laughing out loud that often? You really are a happy fella…

Brightside

July 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Roy Hobbs, I have wondered the same thing. Seems it would be great opportunity for Medlin to get comfortable on the major league level.

18 Wheels of Love

July 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

I’ll go with E & Sloan, but Ari is in way over head with his cougarific wife.

MFin04

July 22nd, 2009
4:20 pm

Can people get over the Wild Card.

Fact Check: The Braves are statistically 3x’s more likely to win the division than the Wild Card.
I don’t care which one they win, but stop with the “don’t we want the Cubs to lose…” the answer is no. Bottom line….we want whoever plays Philly to win.

That being said, if we keep winning games, it all takes care of itself.

BravoMan

July 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

Double J, Pretty even match-up I’d say. Jurrjens=great pitcher. Giant’s offense=kinda good but crappy. Braves offense=pretty good. Freak=really great pitcher…toss up lol

DHD

July 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Bobby's Cox

July 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

you have to look at the production with runners on…not the average. 23 hits with RISP and you only have 1 homer and 29 RBIS? That is absurdly low MiFin

If those numbers are accurate, how is that bad?

That’s driving in more than a run with every hit with RISP. Meaning, he’s not getting infield hits. That totally rebuts your own argument that Kotch’s production isn’t that great with RISP despite his .315 avg.

I’m not understanding your argument.

Steve C.

July 22nd, 2009
4:23 pm

18 Wheels, agreed, Ari’s wife is pretty hot. Now that Sloan…sheesh, she is something else entirely…

Bad Scooter

July 22nd, 2009
4:23 pm

How can it not be Turtle and Jamie-Lynn. At least E has a job and a house now, Turtle is Vinny’s driver and isn’t the greatest looking guy. She is smoking hot

BravoMan

July 22nd, 2009
4:23 pm

MFin04, I agree. Phillies need to lose here. If nothing it cools em off.

Bruce Benedict Fan

July 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

To Semiballcoach —
Excellent Bruce Benedict reference! I seem to remember someone from back in the day commenting on how Brucey running from 1st to 3rd is the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports’.

The A Bomb

July 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

Before all you myopics go off about the wild card consider this. . .

Check out Milwaukee’s schedule between now and Aug. 31 — they are positioned to make a run not only for the wild card but for the division. Let’s hope for the division because their schedule is pretty cushy.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

July 22nd, 2009
4:25 pm

The A Bomb,

They still have to win the games on the schedule, poised to make a run or not.

McFann ;Ô;

July 22nd, 2009
4:25 pm

Thanks for the new Blog and the lineup, Chief!

chilidog

Regarding that Top 100 list…Seriously? McCann and Escobar are numbers 81 & 90? Weak…very weak…

And how rude to have a “Lose the Fat” add right under the picture of BMac! :roll:

:P

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:25 pm

Lidge just walked in a run. 10-5 Cubs, 2 out, bases loaded. Ryan Madsen coming in

Heath (Cleveland)

July 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

MFin04 -

I finally looked at the stats for play-off chances…to me it looked like the everything was based off of predicted win-lose records which were based on run differential. So, I would say the the statistics are not reliable. Just think about reaching 90 wins.

Phi: 37-34 (Going in to today’s game.)
Atl: 42-26 (Also, going in to today’s games.)

The Phillies just need to barely play better than .500 ball…that is very likely considering their team and the face that they are already 15 games over .500 now. The Braves have to play 16 games over .500 the rest of the way, something they still have not even done in this VERY good 14-6 stretch…. I’m not giving up on the NL East race, but realistically, that is just not very likely.

CB

July 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

You guys complain about Chip Caray, the announcers for Cubs are boring.

The A Bomb

July 22nd, 2009
4:27 pm

Yeah Buffalo — you have to win the games. . . but if we had this many games lined up against Washington, San Diego, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh everyone would be typing in capital letters.

McFann ;Ô;

July 22nd, 2009
4:28 pm

Steve from OH Guess this kinda puts an end to MFin09’s theory about Kotchman not hitting with men on, huh?

Yeah!

Doc Holiday

July 22nd, 2009
4:28 pm

Heath (Cleveland),

Phillies back to earth today………..10 runs against their poor pitching.

Ron Roberts

July 22nd, 2009
4:28 pm

Put ‘BobbyBall’ on the shelf and MANUFACTURE some runs, guys. Getting on, getting over and getting ‘em in is what we’ve done a MUCH better job of, lately.

MFin04

July 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

One would think that if you had 23 hits with RISP, that you’d drive in a lot more runs than 29.
Take the bases load for instance. He has been up 9 times with the bases loaded. He has gotten two hits.

2 for 8 with the bases loaded. He has 4 RBIs. 4 RBIs out of a possible 32. He could have not gotten a hit and driven in 4 runs with sac flys. He just isn’t exactly crushing the ball with men on, and isn’t driving in a TON of runs.

wjones

July 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

“Kotchman played 19 games batting 4th/5th and hit .380. Guess how many runs he drove in….three.
He just isn’t a very good guy at driving in runs. Weak singles don’t drive in as many runs and he has very little home run power.”

So guess what? You don’t bat him cleanup. You bat him second, sixth, seventh, eighth, but not in the power spots. You also don’t bat McCann leadoff, even though he has only been caught stealing only once this year. Why not talk about what a player is doing WELL for you, and using that to help you win, instead of constantly complaining about weaknesses. He has a 13-game hitting streak, he saves our pitchers hits AND pitches, and he gets on base consistently, and while he hasn’t found the homer stroke yet he has 21 doubles even with his missed time. We could be and in the past have been a lot worse at this position, and we know from experience Bobby wants defense at first base.

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

July 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm

We pull for the Cubs to win today, particularly with Lidge blowing up. (Perhaps the bad, Astros Lidge will return.) Since four of the five wild card contenders are in the central, I think they’ll beat each other up. If the Braves take care of business, as DOB said, they can make a run at the postseason somehow.

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:30 pm

CB

July 22nd, 2009
4:26 pm

I will take them any day over Chip who just talks and talks and talks and talks for no apparent reason

chilidog75

July 22nd, 2009
4:30 pm

McFann,
Yeah. Thought Brian would be much higher considering he’s a proven, four-time all star at a premium position — who by the way has now gotten three straight hits with runners at first and second! Dude is on a Dimaggio-like tear in that situation. Glad to see it’s evening out.

BravoMan

July 22nd, 2009
4:30 pm

Chip>Cubs Announcers…that’s not saying much. Len and Bob are two of the worst announcers that I’ve ever listened to.

NO MORE BOBBY

July 22nd, 2009
4:31 pm

FRANCHURCH is stupid but no more than all the other celebrity mixed names. Ha! The more I watch him play Im getting close to dropping the FRAN part though. Great catch in center! I was at the game and did not realize he was the one who made the catch until replay on big screen.

So Im sure it will only be Church soon. Its just that he was pretty lame first week and no different than who we traded away. But Im coming around. He won’t be the long term RF though. See you guys at the game again tonight (much better than on TV lately). Not sure what Maddux brought to the stadium but its still there and I love it!

Heath (Cleveland)

July 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Doc Holiday -

When did I say anything good about the Phillies pitching?

Even with a loss today, the Phillies would win 88 games if they “just” went .500 the rest of the way.

chilidog75

July 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

MFin,
Kotchman is a No. 7 or No. 8 hitter — what kind of bat do most lineups have hitting in that hole?
Guy is solid. Certainly not spectacular.
And the fact that the Braves have a catcher and a shortstop who drive in runs more than offsets the fact that they have a first baseman who doesn’t.

Rob from SC

July 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Lidge is mentally finished.

MFin04

July 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

Heath the Braves still have to play 16 games over .500 ball to win the Wild Card. The catch is that they have to compete with 7-11 teams for the Wild Card (including current division leaders) to win the Wild Card.

While the Braves still play the Phillies 9 or so more times. The probabilities aren’t based on one specific stat, but a multitude of stats. It is correct that they are 3x’s more likely to win the division, even though logic might seem otherwise.

Nova Scotia Steve

July 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

So i have a question…does everyone else on this blog for the most part work? lol

Cause I gotta make sure I’ve got my s*it done before I log onto this thing…I get nothing done!

Rob from SC

July 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

The Phillies better get a closer as well as a starting pitcher.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

July 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

The A Bomb,

You’re right, the capital letters would be saying “WE’RE DOOMED, WE CAN’T BEAT BAD TEAMS”

Oh, and

July 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

DOB needs to quit overusing Oh, and.

MFin04

July 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

chilidog75 – Kotchman is a 8 hitter, but he has had a lot of games/ABs at the 4-6 spots, which are run producing spots in the lineup.

BravoMan

July 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Nova Scotia Steve, I’ve been at work since 9, been blogging all day. Slow day…..

willieg

July 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

WHERE IS MY BLOG

AlabamaBrave

July 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Cubs win 10-5

Double J

July 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

I agree, BravoMan, just tryin’ to be positive. And we do have a chance, after all, Mr. Lincecum isn’t undefeated.

Bubba

July 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Phils finally lose.

The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)

July 22nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Phillies lose! Woo!

18 Wheels of Love

July 22nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Bad Scooter, ever go to college? You didn’t the notice all the hot women with the guy that sold weed? Turtle and Jamie Lynn is not shocking…

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