1:53 pm July 28, 2009, by David O'Brien
July 28th, 20094:54 pm
Only good Q I have found in NY is way out on Long Island. The “chain style crap” places in the city serve overpriced dissapointing crap or “celebrity chef” trendy wendy stuff..
all in all, quite dispiriting
But tonight going for some fresh jumbo shrimp. I am going to murder those little mothers with cayenne, hot sauce and some sour cream…. yeah baby
Nova Scotia Steve
Is there a ATL trade going down or what?
July 28th, 20094:55 pm
my spelling is disappointing this arvo
Just asking! Can Kelly play first base?
RC………excellent points you made in your 4:37pm posting. Using Hudson as a short reliever to help Soriano and Gonzalez close out games MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.
It’s about getting MAXIMUM use out of all our players. Kawakami can contribute as a starter while Hudson helps shore up our short relief corps.
If Hudson comes back as a starter, then Kawakami gets banished to the bullpen to pitch in mop up relief. Also, we will STILL NEED an arm for the bullpen.
Efrim, I should have said ‘If he is traded, I prefer he go to Boston over Philly”, but like you my first choice would be he stays put in Toronto..
Wayne in Utah
I miss me some Zaxby’s out this way for shore!
“You seem to be conveniently forgetting that Infante was playing some second before going down” Wayne
I didn’t conveniently forget it all. But I thought I should look up the splits before commenting.
KJ (before his start the other night), made 57 starts at 2B in the first half.
Infante, before going down, had started 10 games (out of 29 total games played by Braves), at 2B. So he was getting the RH half of the platoon basically.
From May 20th (Infante’s last game), until July 2nd, KJ made 32 starts (out of 37 total games played by Braves) at 2B. In the meantime, during that same stretch, Prado started 16 games at 1B and 3B filling in for Chipper and Kotchaman. So technically there were only 16 other games that Cox could have started Prado over KJ at 2nd base during that stretch.
Injuries DO appear to have played a bigger part in Cox’s decision. All of them (Infante’s, Chipper and Kotch). I’d be curious to see what would have happened without the injuries.
I guess, ultimately, it appears that Cox is now content to ride the hot hand, which is good. But it just seemed like he waited too long to pull the trigger permanently.
Wayne, I went skiing this march at Alta. Great mountain and it snowed 12 inches the night before so we got great powder. I’m still torn because I do love Colorado.
July 28th, 20094:56 pm
Speak of the devil…
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
DAP (from hours ago),
I do care, and I appreciate your response. I’m not a Tim Redding fan by any stretch of the imagination (and was delighted the Mets signed him!), but the thing about Hudson is that he has to have his entire game going to be effective — location, sink, durability. He doesn’t knock the bat out of anybody’s hands. If at only 80 percent, he’s OK but not a lockdown pitcher.
So yes, Vazquez is better than a Hudson at 80 percent.
How bout trading Church for some relief help and use Diaz, Anderson and Johnson in a platoon situation in LF and RF?
Zaxby’s is bomb, Wayne. Couldn’t live without me a grilled house salad 2 or 3 times a week.
July 28th, 20094:57 pm
dogsbrekky, 2:44 pm … “So can anyone tell me who they want right now to manage the Braves”
How ’bout Chuck Tanner? <g>
A McRib was forced into my mouth during bbq exorcism.
July 28th, 20094:58 pm
anybody wish we had gotten garko given what little the giants gave up
July 28th, 20094:59 pm
awbright – preferably someone alive or is old Chuck still kicking ?
What about Virgil’s BBQ on 44th in Manhattan? Although I must say it seemed better in 2002 than when I went back in 2007.
I think it’s very funny that the Mutts are reportedly talking with the Rays about Scott Kazmir.
July 28th, 20095:02 pm
ncscoots: Anybody remember who originated “bafoon” here? Was that you, Shamus?
Yes scoots, I was the original bafoon here.
July 28th, 20095:03 pm
Let’s just hope that Infante didn’t forget what he was doing before he went down. When we face a lefty it should be like this.
Does anyone who knows anything about Kotchman think that he’s a homerun hitter? Come on. He’s a very good glove and a singles/doubles hitter, primarily. He’s also a place-holder until Freddie Freeman is ready.
learner – Virgils – nah, okay for salads but their BBQ is average on a good day
Good night and god bless all
July 28th, 20095:04 pm
I’ve got Chick-Fil-A sauce running through my veins.
I have even wondered about starting a Zaxby’s franchise out this way. Maybe I should……heck then I wouldn’t have any time to blog!
July 28th, 20095:06 pm
Wayne in Utah — yeah just click the “report this comment” right below each post and fill out the 4 lines of info or “cut and paste” like I do and tell them it’s not you. They are pretty quick about it now.
The funny part is when you notice that one of the regular “agitators” on here suddenly disappears and you realize he was the one fake posting.
Like I always say, you can make fun of my name but you can’t use my name. LOL
Steve Philips may still be the GM there if he hadn’t traded Kazmir for Victor who am I Zambrono. I think i would rather have the ESPN over Mets GM right now. Erin Andrews anybody?
Tim Hudson coming up on 680 in about five minutes
July 28th, 20095:07 pm
You mighta originated the term, but there have always been many of us.
(feeling sorry for you for that exorcism thingy!)
July 28th, 20095:08 pm
I’m going to miss the first hour and a half of the game. Somebody get a lead for me. I hate not being able to know what’s going on for the first half of a game. It’s rough.
Is it me, does it seem like a week since they last played a game? I don’t like off-days.
I’m ready for more Braves baseball. It’s exciting but they still aren’t where they need to be. If they lose 3 in a row or 3 out of 4, they’re pretty much done.
Gotta beat those lowly Marlins.
DAP…………..true, the Phillies won the World Series with basically the same staff. HOWEVER, they are not pitching nearly as well this year as they did last year.
If their current starters dont pick up the pace, then the Phillies are a first round exit waiting to happen. In the post season, against good pitching, the Phillies wont be scoring 8-9 runs every game. Plus, their bullpen will be so worn out at the end of the this season that they will have nothing left for the play-offs.
July 28th, 20095:09 pm
Shamus, I meant the word, buddy, not you personally, LOL.
Seen something about the Braves talking to the Pirates about Freddy Sanchez? any thoughts?
Did you figure out who the culprit was??? I would love to know who these “loosers” are. I use an ocassional different screen name for fun (proton being my primary one), but NEVER pirate somebody else’s name.
July 28th, 20095:10 pm
Great insight by me.
“If Hudson comes back as a starter, then Kawakami gets banished to the bullpen to pitch in mop up relief. Also, we will STILL NEED an arm for the bullpen.”
I don’t think Cox would start Hudson initially. I think he moves into a middle innings role. I think Cox would have a harder time explaining why Kawakami has been sent to the pen, given his contract.
Actually, Kawakami may just thrive in a middle innings relief role. But I doubt that will come to pass.
July 28th, 20095:11 pm
Where would you play him? Unless there was another deal in the works in addition to that one, I don’t see it happening.
I can see it now McClouth leads off with a homer and, we win 7-3. Go Braves!!!
July 28th, 20095:12 pm
I think it was Wren more or less seeing what the Pirates were looking for for Sanchez. I hope it is more than that because Freddy can hit for a good average. But it doesn’t make sense with Prado playing the way he is and having KJ back with the club. Although crazier things have happened….
I wonder when we last swept the Marlins in Miami.
Anybody? 2 out of 3 would be okay I guess.
July 28th, 20095:13 pm
I don’t think that the Phillies are entirely out of the Halladay sweepstakes, regardless of press reports. Sensibly, the Phils aren’t interested in giving up Happ and Drabek, but they’d give up one of the two. I bet the Bluejays could squeeze a solid but less regarded prospect out of the Phils if they’d agree to choose either Drabek or Happ.
July 28th, 2009
Seen something about the Braves talking to the Pirates about Freddy Sanchez? any thoughts?
Where did you see this?
July 28th, 20095:14 pm
i dont see the Braves paying a middle reliever(Kawakami) 7 mil a season thats is twice as much as Gonzo and 1 mil more than Soriano.
But i do like this rotation
in any order that is…
Before I go espnews reporting Farve to stay retired. HAHAHA!
Does anybody know which Braves will be at the ‘Shop With the Braves’ thing this Friday?
I’m with Wayne. Don’t know where he fits on this club. On the last blog I said he looks like a better fielding, much more expensive (and older) version of Prado. Give the PT to Mar-teen1
Reportedly, the Red Sox have added Buchholtz into the Halliday mix. That might do the trick.
July 28th, 20095:15 pm
•”The Twins and Braves have checked in on Freddy Sanchez”
The point is that the Braves don’t NEED a pitcher for the middle innings. With our starters, Medlen and one of Acosta or Boone are good enough to fill that role. What they NEED is a guy who can come into a game in the 7th or 8th inning and be depended upon to get outs, one who preferably can produce a lot of ground balls for double plays. Kawakami cannot fill that role…Tim Hudson can. Plus, mop-up man/5th starter is useless in the playoffs. A stud 7th/8th inning guy is VERY valuable in the playoffs.
July 28th, 20095:17 pm
Hey caveman do you have any idea who i could email to report a bad banning. I have never copied anyones name. Heck i hardly post at all. Im not even real sure how long i have been banned. I just know a couple weeks ago i tried to post and had been banned
I wasnt saying it would be a good move that makes sense i was just telling everyone what i seen….. it doesnt make any sense lol cause we have KJ,Prado and Infante and Conrad
July 28th, 20095:18 pm
I wonder why we would check in on Freddy Sanchez…I don’t get it
Nate the GR8
July 28th, 20095:19 pm
Freddy could play second moving Prado to first…That makes Kotchman the odd man out…I really like Kotchman and think he will come into his own….You have to value defense with the way the game is changing away from the steroid era….
mitchell didnt e sweep a two game series earlier this year
I tried going through DOB but he wasnt much help. I guess he is busy or whatever. Its not like i want to post all the time but it is irritating to know that i cant
TnBrian 4:22 pm … “…I seriously think it might’ve been the coke. Sometimes the sugar from those drinks at fast food places can get you sick, so I don’t know.
All the more reason to ONLY drink beer at sporting events! (As if most fans needed another reason.)
July 28th, 20095:20 pm
TnBrian they face Nolasco so it makes any Brave fan feel better. I say that and watch him throw 7 shutout innings at us.
That happens to me all the time! I’ve tried to contain my excitement about facing Ricky…but I do have some good memories of that guy!
I’m not a huge sandwich person, either…gimme sliced chicken (or turkey), pickles, and lettuce on a hoagy-roll, though! I also do sliced chicken (or turkey) and cheese (gotta be orange cheese, or that orange and white mix, though…not just plain white cheese). Never put condiments on my sandwiches!
Gotta eat what’s available mostly. My customers are not normally near any decent eating establishments!
AndyC They have Coke Zero Cherry. It’s pretty decent, you know for a zero everything drink.
Yeah…that’s got that fake sugar, though, doesn’t it?
If one of the starters falter, or if Kawakami has shoulder issues, then I would expect Huddy to move into that spot. Otherwise, I would expect Hudson to get plugged into a relief role.
Kotch killing us???Seriousl???
July 28th, 20095:22 pm
Kotch is right at .280 with Gold Glove defense. I’ll take him any day over anyone not making 15 mil a year. Steady on base percentage, GREAT ‘D’ and not breaking the budget.
Also, anyone else nervous about Bobby sending Prado back to the bench in favor of KJ? I just have a gut feeling that it’s going to happen. Prado is an absolute hitting machine and plays good ‘d’ as well. Bobby just seems to have a mancrush on KJ, otherwise he’d have been sent down in May.
July 28th, 20095:23 pm
Chick-Fil-A is pretty good…I like their soup. And this sit-down restaurant version of Chick-Fil-A near our house has a good chicken-pot-pie.
“The point is that the Braves don’t NEED a pitcher for the middle innings. With our starters, Medlen and one of Acosta or Boone are good enough to fill that role. What they NEED is a guy who can come into a game in the 7th or 8th inning and be depended upon to get outs, one who preferably can produce a lot of ground balls for double plays. Kawakami cannot fill that role…Tim Hudson can. Plus, mop-up man/5th starter is useless in the playoffs. A stud 7th/8th inning guy is VERY valuable in the playoffs.”
Well, you gotta have that guy because you never know. Remember KK getting hit in the neck in the third inning while pitching a perfect game? Remember Lowe getting tagged in Baltimore and throwing a million pitches by the end of the third? Not likely to happen, but you gotta have a guy just in case, and I think KK would fill that role fine in the postseason. I do agree that Hudson would probably be great in that 7th/8th inning slot. Plus, if he is recovered enough, we suddenly have 3 guys we can depend on for saves. Down the stretch, we may have situations where we just cannot put Soriano on a third or fourth straight day, so we need a Plan B. Hudson, if sufficient by then, would be a good possibility. As would Gonzo if he still has his arm.
Eric from MO
I dont know why anyone would even consider putting Kawakami in the pen. Since April he has been pretty good. Plus if you put him in the pen he will become a mid-reliever, so he will basically takes Medlen spot. That is a waste. We need a setup man. Which Hudson could provide. Personally I would like to see Hudson get used about every 3rd or 4th day but for 2 innings. Throw him in a game where the starter goes 7, then let Hudson go two, that way the rest of the bullpen rests. If he goes every 3rd or 4th game he will make somewhere around 8 or 10 apperances with about 16 or 20 innings in Sep. That sounds about right coming of TJ surgery. Just enough to help the team.
Gotta have mayo on my sandwiches! Favorite sandwich of all time. Tomato, mayo, salt and pepper on ANY kind of bread! Can’t beat it in my book!
July 28th, 20095:24 pm
I don’t get why people are so opposed to pitching KK in the pen, only because he’d be one of the highest paid middle relievers in the bigs. Here’s my logic: We are already paying Huddy and KK their money, regardless of where they play. Therefore, we play them where it makes the most sense. If that means KK in the pen, so be it no matter what we are paying him.
July 28th, 20095:25 pm
Jeff R………….the thing is, how often do the Braves need a “middle innings relief guy”? Kris Medlen has been filling that role since the end of May. Look at how often he gets used? Our starters usually get into the 6th and 7th innings with regularity. By that time, Moylan, Logan, O’Flaherty, and Acosta get in.
So when you say “thrive”, how can someone “thrive”, when they would RARELY be used?.
Paul Lentz….I’ve got to be fair here. You make some pretty good points. You’re starting to sway me on this whole Huddy to the ‘pen thing.
July 28th, 20095:26 pm
I still don’t like KK.
Anyuhy’all ever ate (to any disgusting yankees, I’m aware the correct word is eaten) fried fish or chicken at The Shrimp Boat in Rome? It’s amazingly good! Don’t try the shrimp though, even with the name Shrimp Boat, the things just suck.
The fish is the best I’ve eaten anywhere, and I’m as bigga seafood lover as Q-fan. No fish at Red Lobster, The Four Seasons, French Laundry, or anywhere else, can match it. That’s the honest to Gawd truth.
July 28th, 20095:27 pm
Wjones what happens more a pitcher getting hit by a linedrive or a setup man gets used. Besides if that happens we would still have Medlen or Hudson to come in.
6 man rotation.
July 28th, 20095:28 pm
KK will be the odd man out! He can be moved to the pen and be a spot starter for one year!
I still like KK
Rev. Otis Nixon
McFann: The Dwarf House, right?
July 28th, 20095:29 pm
Favorite sandwich of all time. Tomato, mayo, salt and pepper on ANY kind of bread! Can’t beat it in my book!Wayne in Utah
I’ll have two, please.
July 28th, 20095:30 pm
THWG thing is it doesnt make sense. We have a mid reliever, Medlen, and how often do we use him. Almost never, what we need is a setup man. That is why we don want Kawakami in the pen.
RC……………trust me, you are in the MINORITY when it comes to the idea of having Tim Hudson pitch in short relief. Most of the people on this board are so FIXATED on Tim Hudson being a starter, they just cant see that starting pitching is NOT our problem.
What the PROBLEM IS…….is the lack of another QUALITY arm to help Soriano and Gonzalez close out games. Right now, with the Braves scoring like we are the Phillies…….the Braves can afford to only use Soriano and Gonzalez in short relief, because we havent been in many close games lately.
However, when our offense cools down, then there will be stretches where we will have 3 or 4 close games IN A ROW. We’ve seen several times this year what happens to both Soriano and Gonzalez if they have to pitch 3 days in a row. Why not use Soriano and Gonzalez 2 days in a row……and then bring in Tim Hudson for a possible 2 inning save if we are in a close game 3 days in a row.?
Also, we can improve the bullpen WITHOUT having to make a trade.
PS–Good for Kotsay…even though I don’t really like the White Sox…
Sounds simple enough! Hey, if that’s what you like, go for it!
My sandwiches cann be so tedious…gotta have every square-centimeter of bread covered up by the meat–even if that means breaking off a tiny piece from the next slice…putting the meat together like a puzzle. Gotta have the pickles covering every square-centimeter of the meat, and the lettuce covering everything. Can’t just throw it together! I get that from my Dad…
Rev. Otis Nixon–
July 28th, 20095:31 pm
njbraves, don’t think my BBQ exorcist can help you man… Might wanna try the Vatican; I’m sure there’s a Lentz exorcist by now.
Just curious what are kk salary figures i cant remember what the exact amount was per yr
Wayne in Utah……….what kind of “relief role” would you have Tim Hudson “plugged” into?
Well it’s 5:30…where’s that trade?
Living in New York, I really miss Chik-Fil-A. Y’all are making me hungry.
July 28th, 20095:32 pm
6 man rotation.
Could happen in September when the rosters expand. Save some wear and tear on everyone.
Now I Know Why He Was Banned
July 28th, 20095:33 pm
JUSTcallMEsirMOUF – You’re constant complaining make me wish your work computer would get banned too…
Paul dont know if you have noticed but we sure agree on alot. We also both get ridiculed by other bloggers even though we normally turn out right.
Hey i have to agree with paul on that point…. I think huddy could make a pretty good closer or set-up guy. Then in the off season they can decide where to go from there
July 28th, 20095:34 pm
wjones…………..the Braves already have a guy fulfilling the mop up relief role. His name is Kris Medlen. I mean, do we really need to “upgrade” the mop up role?
Tim Hudson will not be a reliever!!
Skip & Pete Fan
It’s almost time to take care of business! Let’s bury the Marlins!
A big game tonight… GO BRAVES!!!
Hey if everyone got banned just because of some complaining then there a few that would be gone way before me
July 28th, 20095:35 pm
I say put Huddy in the pen, ala Smoltz a few years ago – there’s no way that Gonzo, the Aussie and Sorry-ano are going to make it injury free – so Huddy and his sinker are perfect for late inning relief role.
“”McFann: The Dwarf House, right?”"
I’ve never understood the whole “Dwarf House” thing. Anybody got an explanation?
Aww, DOB, I love the truckers and everything, but did you have to pick the incest song? I kid, good song. I just can’t bring myself to listen to the whole thing. Grosses me out.
July 28th, 20095:36 pm
and hey if they ban this IP then there are a couple more computers around that i can use to complain
Eric from MO……….your 5:23pm posting made some good points. However, most people on here just cant see that. I’ve been making those points for 2 months now. Yet it’s been shot down more times then a number of hoes that Wilt Chamberlain “went up in”.
Not only do I agree with Paul Lentz on the Huddy in the closer/setup role, he also just threw out “do we really need to upgrade the mop up role?” line. For some reason, that made me laugh. But seriously, I think Huddy to the bullpen for meaningful innings would be the best use of talent for this season. Just don’t beat the point to death..
Dan in NJ
Lets not forget about Bobby batting Frenchy cleanup or 5th for the past year and a half. Just like he did with A.Jones a few years ago. As he did with K.Johnson in the leadoff spot for so long.
Those are some very questionable moves on Bobbys part.
Just imagine having a 280…300 hitter in the spots Frenchy(& AJ) was in, with men on base or bases loaded. Nevermind imagining, Its clear right now how many runs this team can put up without guys like Frenchy(or AJ) in the 4th or 5th hole.
July 28th, 20095:37 pm
still would like to know who we are in “hot pursuit” for…under the radar arm…i have been scouring the bullpens…a blue jays reliever perhaps? rays?
July 28th, 20095:38 pm
“Wjones what happens more a pitcher getting hit by a linedrive or a setup man gets used. Besides if that happens we would still have Medlen or Hudson to come in.”
You are right, maybe it never happens again. I’m just talking about the post season, and you have to be ready for everything. And in the post season, KK fits the emergency long-middle reliever fine, with Lowe, Vazquez, JJ, and Tommy our 4 starters, with hopefully Hudson being healthy enough to be a set-up guy/back-up closer, along with Gonzo, to back up Soriano (or MFIKY). That would probably leave only 3 more spots, and if we don’t make a deal, and assuming no more injuries Moylan gets one spot EOF another, and everyone else fighting over the one remaining spot.
July 28th, 20095:39 pm
This is a serious baseball post. Beware of unbridled idiocy.
A 6-man rotation is definitely the best thing for Huddy, don’t know how the other five would respond. I really like the idea though; keep our pitchers fresh deeper into the season than anyone else’s.
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