It’s Miller time

   (Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this weekend in Milwaukee.)

   Milwaukee – So David O’Brien is in Cooperstown this weekend and I’m in Milwaukee. Hm. Fair trade? This time it’s just the calendar, but I was about to start wondering if it’s a coincidence I’m in Milwaukee for the second consecutive year.

 

   Not that I have anything against the fine folks from the Midwest. Just saying it’s not exactly Chicago or San Diego is all.

   Well, heck, at least the hotel went a little nuts and put me in a two-room suite. And while, I still say our friends from the north don’t know how to air-condition – they like to make it feel like winter indoors in the summertime – I’ve got a good setup with a mall right next door, the ballpark here is nice, this year I (so far) don’t have two birds chirping outside my window, and hey, maybe I’ll run into Kelso somewhere.

   Anyway, onto things baseball-related. The Braves open this three-game series with the Brew Crew looking to erase any trace of memories of yesterday’s game…what game….and looking to build on a pretty nice run for themselves. Granted, they’re still down 6 ½ games to the Phillies, but this time last year, the Braves (and I) were in Philadelphia, searching for something good to happen so the Braves wouldn’t trade Mark Teixeira.

   We all remembered what happened there. But right now, things seem on the rise, not on the decline….I just took a look back. The Braves were 7 ½ games behind the Mets at the end of that Phillies’ series last year, heading into the trade deadline. What makes that different though is that Phillies and Marlins were both within a game of the Mets at that time.

   At the moment, the Braves are tied with the Marlins in second-place behind the Phillies, both 6 ½ games back.

   On July 28 last year, after that Phillies series, the Braves were 10 ½ games out of the wildcard lead, with eight other teams either tied or ahead of them. Right now, heading into this Milwaukee series, the Braves are 3 ½ games back in the wildcard, with four teams ahead of them there.

   The Braves enter this series at 49-47, two games over .500. Last year, after this weekend, they were 49-56, seven games below .500 and sinking fast.

   But yeah, really, I see this series as pretty big too. I guess they all are now. But the Braves have six games before the deadline to show GM Frank Wren they’ve got what they need to contend or to clue him in to any weaknesses he needs to patch up, without upsetting the chemistry the Braves have established here lately.

   With Javier Vazquez going tonight against Manny Parra, with an ERA that’s nearly four runs better, you like the Braves chances. And with Tommy Hanson pitching tomorrow, Mr. 5-0, it’s hard to bet against him, even though Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.28) has been tough this year. The Brewers have lost Gallardo’s last four starts (he’s 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in that time) and he’s walked 13 batters in his last 16 innings.

   And you have to figure Hanson will have a little redemption in mind, after giving up three home runs and seven runs total (six earned) in his major league debut against the Brewers on June 7. They’ll see a different Hanson tomorrow night. That’s the series right there, if they can pull it off.

 

CHIPPER’S NUMBERS DOWN

 

   Coming out of the All-Star break, I mentioned something to Chipper Jones about him being on pace for the most games played in quite a while. That just opened the doors on a conversation where he spelled out how disappointed he is with his offensive numbers.

   Entering this Brewers  series Jones was hitting .286 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs, just so-so when you consider he’s a career .310 hitter who won the NL batting title last year and is used to hitting somewhere around 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.

   His on-base percentage was .401 and he had drawn 58 walks, entering this series, but his slugging percentage was only .472. For his career, Jones has slugged .545. He’s on pace to hit 19 homers and 79 RBIs, which is well below what he thinks he should do when he’s healthy.

   “Now that I’m healthy I’m not really producing the way I think I should, whether it be batting average, homers, whatever,” Jones said. “On-base percentage is good, I’m taking my walks. I’ve driven in runs when I’ve gotten the opportunities, but those are about the only good things.”

   Jones wasn’t going to get excited about the two home runs he’s hit coming out of the break, because they were both hit right-handed. And where he’s the most frustrated is hitting left-handed.

   “My mechanics left-handed here are a little off for some reason,” Jones said. “Just having a little trouble finding it. I’m seeing the ball good enough, I’m putting the ball in play good enough, but I’m not driving the ball to the gaps, and driving the ball out of the ballpark the way that I want to. It’s because when I do center a ball left-handed, I’m getting topspin on the ball as opposed to backspin. Can’t hit many homers when you hit topspin.”

   So he says he’s getting a one-hop line drive to the second baseman, instead of a ball to the gap, or a sacrifice fly to the warning track, instead of a double to the gap.

   He’s not striking out a lot, so it’s not like he’s panicked. He’ll continue to work on his mechanics left-handed and not worry about the numbers.

   “Now is the time when you just focus on the team,” Jones said. “The chances of me hitting 30 homers is very, very slim. Chances of me driving in 100 are slim, so you just go out, try to produce a run a game, try to field your position cleanly and do whatever it takes to help the team win. That’s the mentality you take out every day, but you were certainly like the numbers to follow suit and to be where they normally are.”

   And yes, he acknowledges he had a bad first half defensively. “I’m pretty disappointed in the way I’ve moved my feet,” he said. “I haven’t moved my feet real well defensively this year.”

   Anyway, the stat that started this whole conversation was how he’s now on pace to play 143 games, which would be his highest total since 2003. He played 153 games in 2003, at age 31, the last year of an eight-year stretch where he played in 150 or more games.

   OK, speaking of going to the post, better pack it up and find my way over to Miller Park. 

3,333 comments Add your comment

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

July 24th, 2009
3:41 pm

12th? (Thanks for the blog, CR)

TommyP

July 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

How ’bout a little trade conversation, Carroll? Hearing anything?

chilidog75

July 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

It’s amazing.
One guy comes on here, for the second day this week, and posts that some mysterous radio station in Chicago is reporting that a Konerko deal is in place.
And that’s all it takes to get the rumors flying.
What’s the radio station? Any links? Any “basebal insiders” chimed in?

Or is it just one dude trying to see how riled up he can get a blog?

MFin04

July 24th, 2009
3:43 pm

Really hope Chipper’s defense and bat come around and he really gets going in the 2nd half.

flange1

July 24th, 2009
3:43 pm

Thanks for the new blog Carroll, and say hey to Kelso for us!

Mitchie-san

July 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

lol, Paul just posted a novel on the last blog no one will read.

Steve from OH

July 24th, 2009
3:45 pm

Flange–ok, you’re pushin’ it too. Watch it….

Steve from OH

July 24th, 2009
3:45 pm

See? Your mention of Michigan made me add an extra period to my usually perfectly-formed ellipses…

flange1

July 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

chilidog,

I have a friend in Chicago that is friendly with 2 guys in the Sox organization. He says there have been and still are on going talks. His friend have suddenly gotten quiet which is typical for them before a trade.

Is it going to happen? I don’t know. The teams don’t match up in my opinion, but just passing along what I have heard from folks that are supposed to be connected.

FWIW!!!

chilidog75

July 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

Don’t beat yourself up, Chip.
You’re pacing yourself for the stretch run in September — something you haven’t been a part of for a few years.

cabravesfan

July 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

RG-

caught your comment on the last blog- It will take a lot more then you can offer to get me to switch my allegiances to whats-his-name…a lot more. But go ahead and keep trying…

Chop Chop

July 24th, 2009
3:47 pm

pl lntz ned 2 stk 2 txt lik me

hed get msg acros mor eficntly

Soph

July 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

Thanks for the new blog Carroll!

AlabamaBrave

July 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

Carrol: Saw Kotsay got DFA’d. Any chance we pick him up and get rid of Norton? He can play 1st and the OF

wjones

July 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

65 games left. 30 home, 35 on the road (including the 3 this weekend in Milwaukee).

flange1

July 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

Sorry Steve, just couldn’t help myself!

chilidog75

July 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

Flange,
So you have a friend of a friend of a friend?
And the other guy listens to some mysterious radio station that has better sources than the Sun Times or the Trib?
I hope it happens. I really do. And I’m not doubting your claims, just not holding my breath on a Konerko trade.

With that said, prove me wrong Frank Wren. Prove me wrong.

njbraves

July 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

Carroll…any truth to the rumor that KJ being called back up has ” set the tone” for a second half failure?? Also, do the Braves players and management feel that having G. Norton on the team means that they might as well “pack it in?”

Rodney Derrick

July 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

Since I have posted a perspective that Carroll is good luck at least on the first day of a new series several times recently and the Braves then won, here it is– Welcome back Carroll the good luck charm and happy running in Milwaukie, one of the few places in the USA that I have not visited, even though I was a Milwaukee Brave fan because the Crackers were their farm team. Fortuitous, since, despite later brief stints as the farm for the Cardinals (with Braves and Deion favorite Tim McCarver catching) and Twins (with Marlins World Series manager Jack McKeon managing), the Braves moved to the ATL and the rest is history.

Train Wreck Bystander

July 24th, 2009
3:52 pm

Just to get it into the top of the new blog: Holliday to Cardinals: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4353256

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
3:52 pm

This blog has been up for over an hour and no Paul Lentz.

I suspect foul play.

Chop Chop

July 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

brvz get pl knrko 4 kj-moyln-nrtn

call it a pl lntz special

UNCBrave

July 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

Good points and I’d do this deal if Vasquez has said he doesn’t want to go to a western team

brian

July 24th, 2009
3:43 pm
I just hope that the Braves are not hoping to acquire Konerko for Medlen, Kotchman, and prospects and then clearing payroll by shipping Vazquez to the Dodgers for prospects.

Unfortunately I could see the Braves adding a bat such as Konerko and agreeing to take on the salary to minimize the prospects that have to be given up (and by no means would I ever include Freddy Freeman in that potential trade). By taking on a new bat salary the Braves would have to clear salary somewhere and I would have to assume they would look to Vazquez, especially with Hudson coming back.

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

Roman Gal should be all for trading Freeman.

I’m afraid Freeman is Heyward’s “Brayan Pena” and we can’t ever trade him. But, he’ll look pretty good coming off the bench…

UNCBrave

July 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

Record with KJ back….0-1

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

RG, are you a Michigan fan too?

That’s a negative, Ghostrider!

Faction

July 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

I’m glad this pre trade deadline is nothing like the offseason where there was so much speculation- and disappointment, in what the Braves were going to be doing. We need more offense, but not at the expense of Vazquez. Really if they make the playoffs I like Vazquez, Jair, and Hanson against anyone else’s top three. I like Kawakami, think he was pitching well before the ball to the neck, then sucked the next outing. People are def getting picky when he gets berated for 1 run in 5 innings. He’s the fifth starter, I’ll take it. That leaves Lowe. He was needed in the beginning of the season but I would LOVE to see a starting pitching depraved team that doesn’t want or have what it takes to get a Halladay or Lee trade one upper tier prospect for Lowe. Seriously sounds plausible for a team needing a push. If not him and Kawakami out of the pen in the playoffs, and one of them possibly during the season depending on Huddy and things are looking solid there.
They need a bat obviously. Anderson is coming around and hopefully its not just a hot streak but something thats consistent the rest of the season. Since RF is so iffy another OF would be perfect so Anderson can rest, Church can play CF at times, it really is a perfect 5 person OF if they get a quailty guy. 1B is a glaring power weakness but if we get the OF Kotchman batting 8th is pretty solid. If I’m right he’s on a one year contract as a stop gap until ‘11 for freeman.
So many possibilities and I think based off history it’s more believable they will pull off a trade when the rumors are quiet. The McLouth and Church things were done quickly and quietly, just like the Braves of old.
Lastly, speaking of the Braves of old, the first three games of that Giants series was like the old Braves. Seriously beautiful baseball to watch!

McFann :Ô:

July 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Roman Gal We’re both RSF fans, after all…

Very true. But how could anyone not like him?

Um…”How Do I Not Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…”

:P

Steve from OH

July 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Who is Schafer’s Brayan Pena? Oh God, don’t tell me it was Brooks Conrad…

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
3:56 pm

RSF for Konerko….if the Sox threw in Dye and a middle reliever to boot.

PWHjort

July 24th, 2009
3:56 pm

UNCBrave,
Are you familiar with the concept: “Correlation doesn’t imply causation”?

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

cabravesfan-

It’s just a matter time. Don’t fight it!!

Bravedawg

July 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Carroll,

Any chance the Braves only brought up Kelly to showcase him for a trade? Not that there’s anything to showcase, but still…

Bob Dole

July 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

nothing on any chisox blogs or fan forums about anything with the braves, other then Braves scouts being at their game a few times.

AlabamaBrave

July 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Anybody on here in favor of dumping Norton for Kotsay?

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Wasn’t Frenchy Mac’s Brayan Pena?

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

Anybody on here in favor of dumping Norton for Kotsay?

Only if Norton ain’t somebody’s Brayan Pena?

Random

July 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

fleming (July 24th, 2009 11:58 am, p 20), Bay Area Steve (July 24th, 2009 1:50 pm, p 21) –

Thanks, fellas.

But I gotta apologize — I had no cause to personally demean nrtnscks like I did. It did nothing to elevate the discourse, and diminishes my own credibility.

Sorry, nrtnscks — my bad. I was out of line.

PWHjort

July 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

Here’s how rumors like the Konerko one get started. A blogger has a fairly decent speculative trade idea. He posts it on a blog. A radio station with no credibility that will read anything that gets printed on the internet report that a blogger said it. Someone else writes that the radio station reported it. Another radio station reports that someone wrote that a radio station reported it. Pretty soon, you have a full-fledged meaningless rumor. That’s why accountability exists and we don’t pay attention to those who aren’t accountable to anyone.

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

My Brayan Pena is Paul.

John

July 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

Speaking of Chipper’s “topspin” problems from the left side….I think there is ONE player playing today that may be the best…well…what I call “spinners” (putting backspin on the ball when he hits it) I have EVER seen…and I’ve seen a bunch…

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Mitchie-san

July 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

I am willing to bet everyone in here will take Kotsay over Norton.

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Does Brayan Pena have a Brayan Pena?

Steve from OH

July 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Wayne–I must have missed this conversation, but you’re not really Paul, are you?

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

Who is Schafer’s Brayan Pena?

Corky Miller.

jeffrey d

July 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

I just happened to catch my first episode of That 70’s Show in quite awhile last night.

Hyde’s hiding a bag of pot behind his back
Kitty: Hyde….what’s in the bag?
Kelso: The Packers going to the Super Bowl, THAT’S what’s in the bag!

UNCBrave

July 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Agree with Alabama…DUMP Norton for Kotsay

cabravesfan

July 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

RG-

whats-his-name has nothing I am interested in…including baseball skills ;)

McLouth of the South

July 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Tonight at 11…

Local man committed after neighbors found him walking the streets in his underwear repeating the same nonsense over and over, “KJ, Norton, and Francoeur suck! Bloggers are MORONS, I was RIGHT!” No one knows exactly what caused this phenomenon or why he refused to let go of his peter as he walked. Tune in tonight for the sordid details…

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

I’d take Kotex over Norton, and I’m a guy…

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Steve

Since I “retired” Paul this morning, have you seen him since???

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

…including baseball skills

Ok. Now you’re just making stuff up…

John

July 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

Gary Sheffield MAY have the worst “knuckleball” swing I’ve ever seen…hate to think how many HRs he’d have if he could “spin” the ball….

jeffrey d

July 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

After reading the blog I had a thought – say we were still in contention last year and we didn’t trade Tex. Who would be playing first base for us now?? We wouldn’t have Kotch, there was no one in the farm system that we knew was ready, and we didn’t know Prado was capable of being an every day player yet (well, some of us didn’t. There are some geniuses here who’ve claimed to have been 100% sure all along).

You don’t think….Greg Norton would’ve been our opening day first baseman do you?

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

Hey Wayne, we haven’t seen willieg in a while either….. Hmmmmmmmm

Mitchie-san

July 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

I still think Paul is on the old blog, plugging away…

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

McLouth is onto something….(I am blogging from jail)

KennyP

July 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

There should be a poll up – is it cooler to run into Kelso, or Klesko

cabravesfan

July 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

I love Mark Kotsay, however the last thing we need is another left handed bat…

RG-

I would never…if your boy is so good why’s he still in single A?

fleming

July 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Wayne in Utah – Since I “retired” Paul this morning, have you seen him since???

Unfortunately end of last blog

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

July 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

… but I don’t want Kotsay, either.

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Shamus

I thought you were willieg???

McFann :Ô:

July 24th, 2009
4:07 pm

Roman Gal

:lol: Nice try.

Someday, Someway You’ll realise that you’ve been blind

Oh mann…that was cold…

monty

July 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

What happened to the beer that made Milwaukee famous?

McFann :Ô:

July 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

cabravesfan I love Mark Kotsay, however the last thing we need is another left handed bat…

I feel the same way.

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

July 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

Steve from OH,

You know the Braves system pretty well. What kind of package would the Braves have needed to put together to match what the Cards offered for Holliday? Freeman plus … ??

Just curious.

Billy Walsh

July 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Carroll,

To a fellow Dookie….just when you thought we had a realistic shot at a final four next year..Elliot Williams transfers..hopefully the younger Curry will help fill some of the void next year along with some highly recruited talent (I doubt Kyle will stay past this year).

fleming

July 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

McFann :Ô:

Can Kotsay bat cleanup

AustinBrave

July 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Carroll- Sure like the title. Think I will. Its 5 oclock somewhere.

Paul Lentz

July 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Lew………concerning your 10:13am posting, I cant speak for others……….however I have repeatedly stated that while I opposed the Brooks Conrad demotion……that single move “in itself” isnt going to doom the Braves season.

However, what that move “did signal” was a SNEAK PREVIEW of what lies ahead (roster moves that will be coming up in the next few weeks that the Braves have to make). For instance, both Jeff Bennett and Buddy Carlyle will be soon coming off the DL. They will both be activated and rejoin Peter Moylan as pitchers Bobby Cox will “use’ in the 6th and 7th innings in crucial situations.

I feel that Peter Moylan, Jeff Bennett, and Buddy Carlyle do not need to be pitching for the Braves. They are not dependable nor consistent. In crucial situations, more times than not, they will be rocked. Check their stats. Remember their meltdowns that have cost the Braves a number of games.

What began with Greg Norton being added to the Braves roster right before the All-Star Break in Colorado (while demoting a speedy pinch running option and bunter in Gregor Blanco)……..and continued after the All-Star Break with Greg Norton (5 for 46 thus far in the season) being given important pinch hitting at-bats over Brooks Conrad (11 for 32, batting .344 with 1 double, 2 triples, and 2 homers). Last Saturday’s game against the Mets where Norton struck out on two fastballs down the middle with the bases loaded and 2 outs with the Mets up 2-1……sealed the fate on Greg Norton, in my opinion. Yet the powers that be disagree with me.

And yesterday morning, when I woke up, I read that Kelly Johnson was promoted and Brooks Conrad was demoted. As I said yesterday, while I not a fan of Kelly Johnson’s ability to hit, I do feel that he can contribute more than Greg Norton. However, not at the expense of Brooks Conrad, who has PROVED to be a valued bat off the bench in his limited time with Atlanta. Dude is a hot hand, you rid that horse until he slows down. You dont jump on a horse (Greg Norton) who has yet to start running all year long.

I think that the scouting report on a hot Braves player (who isnt one of “Bobby’s boys”) is to wait for Bobby to bench them, so he can give one of “his boys” at-bats to “get them going”. When the Chicago series right before the All-Star Break started, Matt Diaz was in a 13 for 26 stretch. Does Bobby continue to start Diaz over Francoeur? Of course not, he inserts “his boy’ Jeff Francoeur back in right field in order to “get him going”. No wondered Diaz cooled off during the Colorado series.

Brooks Conrad was 11 for 32 with 5 extra base hits since his call-up…….yet who does Bobby Cox start using as his valued pinch hitter off the bench after the All-Star Break? Greg “Mr. 5 for 46″ Norton. No wonder Conrad was 0 for 1 in the 7 games after the All-Star Break (he did have 1 walk in his other pinch hitting appearance) before he was demoted yesterday……..he cooled off because he didnt get a chance to play.

Only Bobby Cox can cool a hot player by not playing him (especially if the hot player is trying to take playing time from one of his “boys”). So Bobby sits them for a week (so a BUM like Greg Norton can get valued pinch hitting at-bats). And then he has the nerve to say to the reporters “I had a tough decision to make yesterday”. TOUGH?: What was SO FREAKING TOUGH about yesterday’s decision? If was a NO BRAINER. Greg Norton is a BUM.

Some of you really have no idea what lies ahead in the next couple of weeks. Some of the coming moves are going to accelerate the “ship is sinking” process. YOU CAN BANK ON IT. All you have to do is look at what has happened in the recent moves. Just because the Braves have won 6 of the past 8 (we should have won all 8 if Bobby had pushed the right buttons)……does not mean that the Braves will continue playing that way, especially given the effect of what the moves recently made, coupled with the moves that are soon going to be made.

I stand behind my statement last night that “Our season is over it”.

monty

July 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Did I see a Paul Lentz sighting on the old blog? Get’um going Paul! Ole blog kind of boring right now!

McLouth of the South

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

I know what a left-handed glove looks like, but a left-handed bat? Kotsay uses one you say?

Paul Lentz

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

fleming……………concerning you 12:15pm posting comparing Jimmy Rollins’ first half struggles to Kelly Johnson’s leaves out a few “differences”.

First Rollins is a Gold Glove winning, former “recent” MVP who was a key clog on the Phillies World Championship team last year. Rollins has put up some “consistent” numbers from 2004-2008. It is that kind of “excellent” track record, over a period of 5 STRAIGHT YEARS, that warranted Charlie Manuel to be patient with Rollins. Since the Braves swept the Phillies a few weeks back, Rollins has started to “pick up the pace”.

Kelly Johnson plays inferior defense at second. Plus he isnt the “base stealer” that Rollins is. Plus he doesnt have the “body of work” (ok, so Kelly had a decent 2007-2008). Jeff Fancoeur had a decent 2006-2007 and we all know what happened to him.

I “understand” what some on here were trying to do with the Kelly-Rollins comparison. However, Rollins is a MUCH BETTER PLAYER than Kelly will ever be.

Greg Norton

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

I’m looking forward to getting into tonight’s game.

monty

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Right on cue!

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

cabravesfan, they’re giving the guys at AA time to improve before they promote Renee Jasper-Flusterburg. They don’t wanna demoralize the AA guys…

cabravesfan

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

OK, which one of you conjured our dear friend up from parts unknown? It was such a nice day…

Jeff321

July 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

We can always count on Carroll Rogers to put something other than a bunch of stats in her blog. Thanks!

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

fleming

That must be an imposter, since I am Paul. Can’t you tell??

jeffrey d

July 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

I know we all have good memories of Mark Kotsay, but the man’s playing horribly. He’s got 5 RBIs and is slugging .324. If we would’ve been watching that all season we’d be calling for him to get the ol’ Jeff Francoeur Special.

Roman Gal

July 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

cab-

He’s was just drafted this year. And I have no idea why he isn’t in Rome yet…maybe they’re just waiting for me to get there so he’ll have someone to show him around Rome when he gets there.

keylargo

July 24th, 2009
4:12 pm

Nah, Wayne might have been “Fake Paul Lentz” last night for a while but Wayne has a job. Paul Lentz is out of High School for summer vacation.

McFann :Ô:

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

fleming

Hmm…I don’t know. Well, only one way to find out!

:P

cabravesfan

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

Shamus-

or maybe they just want to keep the laughter to a minimum? You know kids these days…so sensitive. Wouldn’t want to hurt Rainbow Justa-Wasteofspace’s feelings…

jeffrey d

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

That’s a 10 paragrapher from Paul Lentz. Whew…

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

YOUR RIGHT WAYNE IM WILLIEG AND WHERE DID YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE THAT PAUL LENTZ POST!?

fleming

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

Paul Lentz – concerning you 12:15pm posting comparing Jimmy Rollins’ first half struggles to Kelly Johnson’s leaves out a few “differences”.

Yes but the comparison was based on short term stats which seem to be a favorite of yours

njbraves

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

Lentz posted that on the other blog too. get a life man.

Wayne in Utah

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

McLouth of the South

July 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

“Rollins is a Gold Glove winning, former recent MVP who was a key clog on the Phillies World Championship team last year.”

I imagine J-Roll does some dancin’, but he ain’t no clogger

fleming

July 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

Wayne in Utah – That must be an imposter, since I am Paul. Can’t you tell??

Maybe Wayne in Utah is the impostor.

njbraves

July 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

Paul Lentz….you’re all MORONS!! I am always RIGHT…ALWAYS!! I started the FRANK Wren Bandwagon!!! I DID it!! MORONS

njbraves

July 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

I just wanted to sum up what paul will say for the rest of the day.

Steve from OH

July 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

Piedmont, if we wanna go prospect-by-prospect, Wallace is pretty comparable to Freeman (corner IF w/bat), the Mortensen kid is a sinker/slider righty that has started but is probably a reliever long-term from what I’ve gathered, so it’s Medlen if you want to stick to comparing him to guys on his developmental level, and Cordier/Lyman if you want younger cats. The other guy, Petersen, is a projectable corner OF, which we don’t really have…I’d say a Luis Sumoza type player.

In terms of value, it’s probably Freeman/Rohrbough/Sumoza (like Efrim pointed out). The last spot can be pretty interchangeable since we don’t have much position depth at Rome or Myrtle…

Paul Lentz

July 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

njbraves……….the recent moves are an indication of what lies ahead with other roster moves that will be made in the next few weeks. If you cant see how potentially destructive the up coming moves will be to the Braves chances to make a move……..then I dont know what to tell you. Frank Wren caving in to Bobby’s desire to get “his boys” back is “writing on the wall” to what is going to happen next. You can BANK ON IT.

KennyP

July 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

Pretty sure Paul beat Carroll in words today

jeffrey d

July 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

First Rollins is a Gold Glove winning, former “recent” MVP who was a key clog

I think you mean cog. A clog is a Dutch show

Shamus Thacker

July 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

“”Lentz posted that on the other blog too. get a life man.”"

I failed to realize this. Wonder if not reading either one had anything to do with it?

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