Braves need to stem this tide

  San Diego — Good afternoon to all from sunny San Diego, where the fish tacos are on the grill somewhere (and I’m about to go find them for a quick lunch), the scenery is oh-so-spectacular in every imaginable way, and the Braves have got to be a bit tired after losing (again) to the Dodgers on Sunday before taking a late-night flight across the country (thanks, ESPN).
  The Bravos could certainly benefit from a possible return from Yunel Escobar tonight, because they need to at least win this series and possibly sweep three from the Padres to get back some of the momentum and upbeat atmosphere they’ve lost during consecutive series defeats against the Marlins and Dodgers.

Braves need Escobar back yesterday, if not sooner

Braves need Escobar back yesterday, if not sooner

  With a four-game long-weekend series awaiting at Dodger Stadium, where it’ll be packed and the look-the-other-way residents of “Mannywood” (I cringe even typing that) will be in a noisy tizzy, the Braves can’t afford anything less than a series win at Petco Park before they bus up the crowded freeway to L.A. late Wednesday afternoon.
  Not that one player is going to carry a team to a series win, but do you get the sense these Braves miss no one more than Escobar in a given series? Brian McCann, for a month or a half-season, would probably be their most difficult to replace, but in a three-game series, David Ross could handle the catching duties without any great falloff.
  However, Escobar … this is a different team without him in the lineup. Similar to how they were a different team last season any time Chipper was out of the lineup.
  Escobar, who’s been out since getting hit by a pitch in the right forearm Thursday at Florida. His replacement is rookie Diory Hernandez, a pleasant enough young fella who has never hijacked a train or anything like that that I’m aware of, but is just not anywhere close to the player Escobar is.
  For example: Escobar leads the majors with a .427 average (38-for-89) with runners in scoring position, with 15 extra-base hits and a whopping .742 slugging percentage in those at-bats.
Hernandez? He’s last among current Braves with a .130 average (3-for-23) with RISP, with a .174 slugging percentage in those at-bats.

 Escobar has hit .305 overall, with a team-high 58 RBI and a .370 OBP.
 Hernandez has hit .146 (12-for-82) with six RBI and a .205 OBP.
Escobar has hit .336 with a .905 OPS against righties. Hernandez has hit .164 with a .485 OPS against righties.
 OK, you get my drift.
 When Chipper Jones out of the lineup, the Braves can slide Prado over there. When Escobar’s out of the lineup, they don’t slide Prado over there, because that’s Prado’s weakest position and because, well, that’s why Hernandez is on the team, probably until Omar Infante returns.
Man, do they miss Infante. Just like they did last season.

 

 ♣ Sweep won’t be easy: It’s always difficult to sweep any team, anywhere. Just the nature of the beast. You’re going to usually get one mediocre-or-worse pitching performance from your guys, or the opponent is going to get a huge pitching performance from one of its guys on a night when yours is just modest, etc.
  Anyway, it won’t be easy sweeping the Padres, even though the Braves have won 14 of their past 17 games against them since late-May 2006. Yes, 14 of 17.
  Thing is, these Padres, after losing 20 of their first 24 games in July, have been on a mini-roll lately, winning five of their last six (three in a row at Cincy, then two of three this weekend at home vs. Milwaukee).
  After hitting .210 with a 5.04 ERA in that 24-game stretch through June 27, they’ve hit .322 with a 3.00 ERA in their past six games.
  And tonight they’ve got young Mat Latos, a 6-foot-6 rookie who’s pitched quite well (2-1, 2.70 ERA in three starts) despite losing a “t” in a boating accident when he was young.
 No, but seriously, the 21-year-old righty has allowed just one run and one hit — a Jerry Hairston Jr. homer — in seven innings of his last start at Cincy. Think about that, one hit in that ballpark? In seven innings?
 Latos has a .164 opponents’ average (9-for-55) that includes an .091 mark (3-for-33) by right-handed batters. Four of the nine hits he’s allowed have been homers, two by lefties and two by righties.
  The guy Latos will face tonight, Kenshin Kawakami, can attest to how great it is (or would be) to allow just one hit at Cincy. In his only start at that bandbox, Kawakami gave up eight runs, eight hits and two homers in 4-2/3 innings on April 26.
  That remains his worst start, though his Wednesday start at Florida was pretty close to being that bad. K.K. gave up six runs and three homers in 4-2/3 innings against the Marlins.
  Kawakami’s road ERA (5.70) is nearly 2-1/2 runs higher than his home ERA (3.28), thanks mainly to those two terrible starts at Cincy and unincorporated Dade County (Miami).
  Kawakami is 1-2 with a 4.73 ERA in his past five starts, after going 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in his previous 10 starts. He had 42 strikeouts with 20 walks in 56-2/3 innings during that 10-start stretch, and has just 16 strikeouts with 15 walks in 26-2/3 innings in his past five starts.
  Still, he’s facing a Padres team that has hit .214 while losing 21 of 30 home games since June 1. So he couldn’t ask for a much better team and place to get things back on the right track, provided his shoulder is as healthy as he insists it is.

 ♣ Speaking of turnarounds: Braves need one, because the surge that stoked optimism and got them back in the thick of the wild-card race is fading from view, and optimism is waning a bit in Tomahawk Nation after two series losses.
  They’re 2-4 with a .226 average and 5.60 ERA in their past six games, after going 17-8 with a .293 average and 3.06 ERA in their previous 25 games. The Braves have scored three runs or fewer in four of their past six games, including a total of five runs in the home series against the Dodgers.

Braves hitters had some frustrations in past week

Braves hitters had some frustrations in past week

  Here’s a snapshot of erratic offense: In their past nine games, the Braves have totaled 10 or more hits four times, but had five or fewer hits three times. They’ve had four multi-homer games in that stretch, and four no-homer games.

 

 ♣ Padres’ Petco Park production primarily poor: It really is a bit mind-boggling to consider how much worse that Padres hitters are at their home ballpark than any other team in the National League’s hitters are at their home ballpark.
  The Padres have hit .215 with a .308 OBP and .344 slugging percentage at home this season, worst in the NL in all three. Really, those are truly wretched numbers. The next-lowest home average in the NL is .251, the next-lowest OBP is .326, and the next-lowest slugging is the Nationals (.390). The Braves have the third-lowest home slugging percentage (.395).
  And it’s not a lack of homers at their spacious park that’s kept the Padres at the bottom of the NL in all those categories. They actually have 42 homers at Petco this season, as many as the Braves and Dodgers have at home and more than the Nationals or Giants.
  No, it’s just overall hitter where the Padres have been a travesty at home. They have 372 hits at home, while the league average is 485, no other team has fewer than 424, and the Diamonbacks have 519.
  And while Padres hitters occupy the league cellar, their pitchers are only middle-of-the-pack in the NL with a 3.73 home ERA and 49 homers allowed at home. (The Braves are fourth in the NL with a 3.49 home ERA and a majors-low 27 homers allowed at home).
  One more thing that’s hard to fathom is how well some Braves, past and present, have hit at Petco compared to how the Padres hit there.
  Brian McCann has a .455 average with four homers and an .879 slugging percentage in 10 games (33 at-bats) at Petco, Chipper Jones has a .397 average with six homers and a .759 slugging percentage in 16 games (58 at-bats), and Adam LaRoche has hit .310 with six homers and a .676 slugging percentage in 19 games (71 at-bats) at Petco.
  Former Brave Andruw Jones has a .319 average and stunning nine homers and .764 slugging percentage in 19 games (72 at-bats) at Petco.
  Andruw has one fewer homer at the San Diego ballpark than the Padres’ Chase Headley, who has 10 homers and a .349 slugging percentage in 304 at-bats at his home park.
  Even Padres all-world slugger Adrian Gonzalez has only 43 homers and a .445 slugging percentage in 1,046 at-bats at the ballpark, or one homer ever 24.3 at-bats, though he’s hit them more frequently in recent seasons.

  ♣ A Frenchy roll: For those who might have somehow missed it, Jeff Francoeur’s been hitting quite well since he was traded to the Mets on July 10.
  He’s hit .301 with two doubles, four homers and 19 RBI in 19 games for the Mets, with a .325 OBP (only one walk) and .493 slugging percentage.
  He has four homers and 17 RBI since the break, while no other Met has more than two homers or nine RBI in that period. (McCann leads the Braves with four homers and 15 RBI since the break, and Escobar has four homers and 14 RBI).
 Ahh, how quickly we forget. How many here wanted the Braves to release or trade him for a bag of balls during his last couple of months with Atlanta? Raise your hands. Come on, now.
  In his last 60 games for the Braves, Francoeur hit .235 with two homers, 19 RBI and a .268 OBP and .309 slugging percentage. Yes, half as many homers and the same number of RBI as he’s totaled in 19 games since the trade.

Slump? I got your slump....

Slump? I got your slump....

  If you throw in his three-double, two-RBI game July 9 at Colorado, the night before he was traded, Francoeur has hit .325 with five doubles, four homers and 21 RBI in his past 20 games, with an .890 OPS.
  In his previous 59 games, he hit .225 with seven doubles, two homers, 17 RBI and a .546 OPS. Yes, a .546 OPS.

 

 ♣ On the Kotchman trade: I keep getting asked why the Braves did Friday’s LaRoche-for-Casey Kotchman trade. (Including a lot of questions from e-mailers who’ve apparently not caught on to the blog yet. But that’s another story….)
  Here’s my understanding of why the deal was made, and I also should add that can see why the Braves would want to swap Kotchman for LaRoche, given LaRoche’s second-half career performance and also his clubhouse impact, though the latter wasn’t overly important.
  The Braves did the Kotchman trade for a few reasons: First and foremost, they wanted to get more run production from first base, and in LaRoche they got a guy who was a .295 career hitter with .900 OPS after All-Star breaks.
  He’s had his worst season to date, and his OPS this season was still about same as Kotchman’s despite Kotchman’s career-best streak in past couple months.
  Secondly, Kotchman was arb-eligible and stood to make more than $4 mill next season. The Braves figured if they’re going to pay $4 mill or more for a first baseman to get them through to Freddie Freeman in 2011 (or perhaps even sooner), they could get a free agent on a one-year deal for less than that, someone who’d provide more power and RBIs than Kotchman.
  Kotchman probably would have have non-tendered, if not this winter then certainly after the 2011 season if they still had him then, as his salary would likely climb well above $5 mill in arb for 2012.
  Third, if they don’t re-sign LaRoche, they’ll likely get a draft pick as compensation when he leaves as a free agent.
  Fourth, Freddi Freeman’s coming as fast or faster than expected, and should be ready by 2011, even late next season if he’s needed then. He’s tearing up Double-A, despite being only 19 (turns 20 in September).
  I had this stuff in here on the day of the trade, but it’s worth repeating, I think:
  Kotchman had been hot lately — .317 with four homers and 15 RBIs in his last 30 games before the trade — and raised his average to .282 with 41 RBIs before the trade, but he still had only six homers.
  Braves first basemen were tied for last in the National League with seven homers before the trade, and their .401 slugging was better than only Arizona’s first basemen.
  The Braves got Kotchman from the Angels in the Mark Teixeira trade on July 29, 2008. Kotchman hit .267 with 24 doubles, eight homers and 61 RBIs in 130 games for Atlanta, with a .346 on-base percentage and .378 slugging percentage.
  In that same span, LaRoche played the exact same number of games (130) and hit .258 with 37 doubles, 23 homers, 75 RBIs, a .330 OBP and .483 slugging percentage.
  Some e-mailers and bloggers here say, but isn’t Kotchman what the Braves thought they were getting, a line-drive hitter with a high average, etc?
  Well, yes, but they thought he’d have more power than he showed. I mean, the dude had four homers and a .475 slugging percentage in his last 30 games for the Braves.
  But in his first 100 games for them, he had four homers and a .350 slugging percentage. Folks, it’s hard for a team that doesn’t have tremendous power at other positions to pay $4 mill for a first baseman who hit four homers with a .350 slugging percentage over 100 games, regardless of the defensive prowess.

  ♣ OK, let’s wrap it up. I saw the movie Adventureland on the plane to San Diego yesterday. Really good movie with one of the best soundtracks in motion-picture history, in my opinion. Replacements, Lou Reed, Husker Du, early INXS (I’m talking early as in “Don’t Change” early) … good stuff. Movie takes place in 1987, when the characters were all just finishing college. So I could relate to the time and certainly the great tuneage.
  Also watched a great documentary, Tyson, late last night in my hotel room. Powerful, painful, disturbing at times … and absolutely compelling filmmaking.
  Now, one from one of the giants, Mr. Waits, who was born in Pomona, Calif., and grew up in San Diego. (Another of the greatest living songwriters, Leonard Cohen, is playing the Fox in September, if any are interested and hadn’t heard. Got my tix this morning when they went on sale.)


“SAN DIEGO SERENADE” by Tom Waits

I never saw the morning till I stayed up all night
I never saw the sunshine till you turned out the light
I never saw my home town until I stayed away too long
I never heard the melody until I needed the song

I never saw the white line till I was leavin’ you behind
I never knew I needed you until I was caught up in a bind
And I never spoke I love you till I cursed you in vain
I never felt my heart strings until I nearly went insane

I never saw the east coast until I moved to the west
I never saw the moonlight till it shone off your breast
I never saw your heart until someone tried to steal, tried to steal it away
I never saw your tears till they rolled down your face

I never saw the morning till I stayed up all night
I never saw the sunshine till you turned out your love light, baby
I never saw my home town until I stayed away too long
I never heard the melody till I needed the song

 

2,226 comments Add your comment

Mike S

August 3rd, 2009
3:27 pm

Please be able to play tonight Yunel!

Capt Caveman ( a/k/a Bosley )

August 3rd, 2009
3:29 pm

YO BJE — Paul will never admit he is wrong. He lives in a fantasy world of his own creation in which he somehow roots for the Braves yet at the same time declares their season over as of right now. LOL

He also claims to be the Real San Francisco Treat to all the women out there, but I’m thinking they are all transvestites. LOL

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:33 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Hey, I had just posted BMac’s year-by-year stuff from Petco Park when I discovered the new Blog. Don’t think I’ll bother to repost…

They sure have missed Escobar…no doubt. We need his bat there in the cleau–uh! I mean…

Brian McCann, for a month or a half-season, would probably be their most difficult to replace

Oy…don’t even wanna go there. But yeah, in a 3-game series, Escobar’s the worst. Though he’d be hard to replace for half a season, too, I’d expect…

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Brian McCann has a .455 average with four homers and an .879 slugging percentage in 10 games (33 at-bats) at Petco

Yah, good stuff!

PWHjort

August 3rd, 2009
3:38 pm

LaRoche doesn’t profile as a type B yet. Though he’s close and a fairly good bet to make the cut given his 2nd-halfness.

CB

August 3rd, 2009
3:39 pm

turkey, go jump in an oven.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
3:40 pm

I’m taking you with me CB

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:41 pm

turkey

Wow…I don’t even know you and one of my hobbies is old to you…Dang, you would feel sorry for my family members! :P

So…what, you just want me to leave, then? Fat chance of that.

“Sweety”? Fresh…

BJE

August 3rd, 2009
3:45 pm

Again Paul – give us the circumstances under which you will admit that you were wrong. Lay it out for us all to read. Don’t duck this. People are seeing it.

Also, I think DOB is calling you out Paul… must be a sinking feeling.

slow roller

August 3rd, 2009
3:45 pm

We all agree about Yunel. The Frenchy doing better with Hojo’s quick and easy advice was predictable and is why we need a new hitting coach. Sounds like the Mets could probably fix Kelly Johnson too. Seems like every guy that gets away from TP permanently or down at AAA does a lot better. When is Brooks Conrad coming back up? We need another .380 hitter who hasn’t worked with TP back in the lineup? What’s up with Ryan Church, DL?

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
3:47 pm

Fresh indeed ;)

how about a new obsession feel free to pick any of these: Freddie Freefan, Jorfan Schafer, Tommy Fanson, or any other that would tickle your fancy

enough with the extra n after every cann or mann geez

ain’t dat sum’n chief ;) !

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:47 pm

Refresh, please.

Outside Robber

August 3rd, 2009
3:48 pm

The Braves are what they are: .500 team regardless of the lineup and who’s hot/who’s not. .500 team at present. Their current record is an accurate reflection of who they are.

And, it won’t change that much between now and the end of the season. Much work left to do in the off-season and the further development of young talent down on the farm. Memo to the inflated sense of self O’Brien: Have to admit you were accurate and displayed good reporting instincts on the Kotchman/La Roche trade/situation. You might yet have promise as a journalist.

TnBrian

August 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

My God, how bad is Diaz right now? He’s the most unpredictable hitter we have right now. I mean, Diory is bad all the time, but Diaz can sometimes look worse up there.

I’ll bet LaRoche is signed on a one year deal with a second year option this offseason. Vazquez will be packaged in a trade for an OF and Huddy is resigned. They’re going to pin a lot on Heyward/Freeman and Lord help them if those guys don’t pan out.

Bring Me the Head of Francisco Cabrera

August 3rd, 2009
3:50 pm

Anders on the last blog:

“Minaya had the worst off the field day any GM has ever had imo.”

Somebody obviously isn’t old enough to remember Dodgers ex-GM Al Campanis and his 1987 appearance on ABC’s “Nightline.”

njbraves

August 3rd, 2009
3:51 pm

This team is going nowhere.

toga party

August 3rd, 2009
3:52 pm

“…the scenery is oh-so-spectacular in every imaginable way…”

“…Diory Hernandez, a pleasant enough young fella who has never hijacked a train or anything like that that I’m aware of…”

Pure gold. Great blog today.

njbraves

August 3rd, 2009
3:52 pm

Diaz sucks. He swings at pitches out of the zone all day long. he’s starting to remind me of Frenchy.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
3:53 pm

have faith fellow Braves fans

believe in the Rally Turtle! ;Ô;

wjones

August 3rd, 2009
3:53 pm

“Sounds like the Mets could probably fix Kelly Johnson too”

I know Kelly has had a bad year, but doesn’t that seem a little harsh?

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
3:54 pm

that’s gold Jerry, pure gold!

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:55 pm

turkey

Mann…if you don’t mind (and even if you do), I think I’ll stick to my current obsession. Jordann Schafer and Freddie Freemann aren’t even on the big team at the moment.

enough with the extra n after every cann or mann geez

Just a little joke, mann. No harm, really, right?

ain’t dat sum’n chief !

Oh mann, you don’t like me “Chief” thing, either, do ya? Up…and now you’re picking on the Rally Turtle…

Hmm…that you, Clint?

toga party

August 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

“…Mat Latos, a 6-foot-6 rookie who’s pitched quite well (2-1, 2.70 ERA in three starts) despite losing a “t” in a boating accident when he was young.”

I honestly breezed over this one the first time as well, but that’s some funny stuff right there.

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:56 pm

*my “Chief” thing

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
3:57 pm

Hurdle

I got it out for you McFann

but I will tell you what, your last post made me smirk

and I will try to contain my inner grinch…my apologies

N Nine

August 3rd, 2009
3:57 pm

How about turkey boxers?

Robert (Chipper Is The Best)

August 3rd, 2009
3:58 pm

I’m very happy for Frenchy but I am not yet going to say he’s turned it around. He can give credit to whomever he wants but the true test will come when he hits a slump. Doesn he continue to stick with his newly taught info or does he slip back into his bad habits?

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
3:59 pm

“…Mat Latos, a 6-foot-6 rookie who’s pitched quite well (2-1, 2.70 ERA in three starts) despite losing a “t” in a boating accident when he was young.”

Yeah, now that’s funny. Quite a few gems in the Blog today…

CB

August 3rd, 2009
3:59 pm

turkey is probably Francoeur’s shorts.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
3:59 pm

there is only one turkey here, imitators i tell ya

but I like that that’s the first place you go

stay in the closet impostor ;)

Nova Scotia Steve

August 3rd, 2009
4:00 pm

So true DOB…its tough to sweep a team…anytime anywhere…

Just like its equally as difficult to sweep a day night double-header!!!

But I just have no faith in this KK guy…Unless ofcourse we out 7 or 8 runs on the board by the 5th inning…He MIGHT get the win…

Then its left to our bull-pen to hold down (hang on) for the remainder of the game.

AARRGGGGGGGG I get so frustrated talking about KK….8O

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:01 pm

alas I have no relation to the infamous frenchy undergarments…if I did I would have strutted those bad boys these last two series…

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:02 pm

turkey

Hmm. Glad I could make you “smirk”, I guess. :?

and I will try to contain my inner grinch…my apologies

Well, good. :roll: And just to let you know, I switched to chicken on my sandwiches quite some time ago…

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:03 pm

so you listened to our pagan idol and decided to eat mor chikn

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:05 pm

“…Mat Latos, a 6-foot-6 rookie who’s pitched quite well (2-1, 2.70 ERA in three starts) despite losing a “t” in a boating accident when he was young.”

I’m guessing he didn’t lose a tooth :O

Charlie Lau

August 3rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Dave, any tremors felt? Said you should have felt it in SD. Let’s get a sweep!

slow roller

August 3rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Diaz is messed up having to share field time with Ryan Church. He probably wishes he could get traded for a full time job. He practically hit .400 the week before the Church trade…now he has to share time in Right Field!? G. Anderson sure whiffed pretty good against the Dodgers….0-12 and 1-16 the last four games. Ouch! Bring back Frenchy!

Homer

August 3rd, 2009
4:07 pm

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:07 pm

I come up with some real knee-slappers.

God, I LOVE men.

N Nine

August 3rd, 2009
4:08 pm

Free. Fun. Fantasy Football. alpharetta99@live.com. All Turkeys invited. Join today!!

I know much

August 3rd, 2009
4:08 pm

The Braves problems remain the same. They still have three guys in the starting 9 who cant hit:
Diaz
LaRoche
Hernandez

The pitching still has no room for error and is likely to tire down the stretch—Kowakami and Lowe already looked burned out as does Gonzalez. Soriano is likely to tire as well.

.500 will be a good year for this team.

wjones

August 3rd, 2009
4:08 pm

“Ouch! Bring back Frenchy!”

He’ll be back after the season. He still lives here, and so does his family. Call him up after the season.

keylargo

August 3rd, 2009
4:09 pm

“…Mat Latos, a 6-foot-6 rookie who’s pitched quite well (2-1, 2.70 ERA in three starts) despite losing a “t” in a boating accident when he was young.” DOB

?????????? Lost a tooth?; a toe?; a toenail?; a testicle? He got Krukked? Dave, let that one lie!

TnBrian

August 3rd, 2009
4:10 pm

McLouth isn’t a leadoff hitter with that swing. He one arm, uppercuts the ball on just about every one of his swings. He also doesn’t work the count enough to be a solid #2 hitter either. Love his speed and D but I’d like to see him hitting lower in the order. Can’t blame Bobby on this one though because Prado is a perfect #2 hitter so who bats leadoff that has the speed of McLouth?

This lineup lost a lot of depth when Infante got hurt. Diory would’ve probably never been called up to give opposing pitchers automatic outs. It seems so much harder than the old days to stay above .500 and I still believe a lot of that is because other teams are that much better. Hitters are stronger, the young pitching is better and Bobby has lost some magic.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:10 pm

turkey impostor, don’t be jealous…

are you that inadequate that you must post as someone as someone else?

contribute under your own name, it’s much better that way

TcD

August 3rd, 2009
4:10 pm

DOB Great song and perfect for the T’storms rolling through S Atl right now — and some great memories of San Diego in my traveling days…

McFann – Don’t you ever change child…we love your obsession —- and the smileys and the Chiefs and all that – - one of the reasons I keep scrolling through and reading select items. (Plus I love to see what CAB and VJ are up to these days….) :wink:

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:10 pm

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

N Nine sounds like a deal

fleming

August 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Maybe Kotchman was Loaf’s Pena

keylargo

August 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

I come up with some real knee-slappers. Turkey

You don’t have knees Turkey! And what you gonna slap em with?

braves4ever

August 3rd, 2009
4:11 pm

its been a few days but Homer is back, gzzzzz

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:13 pm

turkey

No. I started eating chicken years before that cow…See, I was trying to make a joke that you had no reason to be out to get me because I stopped putting turkey on my sandwiches… :roll:

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:14 pm

TnBrian

August 3rd, 2009
4:14 pm

slow roller, bull sh**! Diaz has had plenty of playing time since Church got here. Seems like he’s had even more. Diaz is a luck hitter that obviously can’t nearly pick up the ball as well out of a righties hand than a lefties. He’s a career platoon hitter and that’s it.

GTMidtown

August 3rd, 2009
4:14 pm

DOB – just wanted to say that I continue to enjoy your blogs; another great one today. I appreciate it.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:15 pm

keylargo its a tough task, but somehow it gets done, don’t ask…

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:15 pm

TcD

Thanks! :) Yeah, no worries. I’m staying the way I am. No anonymous blogger (who I’ve never even seen before) is gonna make me change my ways!

(Plus I love to see what CAB and VJ are up to these days….)

Oh yeah…good stuff.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:16 pm

anonymous, the turkmeister is not “anonymous” as you claim :(

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:17 pm

Meant especially one who I’ve never even seen before. One that I have seen before couldn’t make me change, either.

DP

August 3rd, 2009
4:17 pm

A .215 team batting average at home is unbelievable and has to be virtually unwatchable for Pads fans. I would guess that might be on pace for the worst in baseball history, or at least since the dead ball era. Even the ‘62 Mets had a team batting average (home and away) of .240.

I’m raising my hand as one of those who wanted to trade Frenchy for a sack of baseballs, and I stand by it. I place a little more weight on his 2500+ ABs with the Braves than the 20 games or so he’s played for the Mets.

As I watch Matt Diaz continue to swing at shoulder high fastballs I fear his days as a .300 hitter are over. As with Francouer, why would a pitcher ever throw him anything in the strike zone?

braves4ever

August 3rd, 2009
4:17 pm

McFann Ô , as you know its about this time of day leading up to game time they let them out or give them a hour on the puter, it always gets crazy and seriously dumb but always funny. Don’t let em get you too much.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:18 pm

“No anonymous blogger (who I’ve never even seen before) is gonna make me change my ways!” McFann

So I guess its all up to Lentz…

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:18 pm

turkey

Sorry…but…we’re all technically anonymous. Nobody knows who we really are.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:18 pm

i got 40 mins til 5…just killin some time lol

fleming

August 3rd, 2009
4:19 pm

McFann

Like your support of Brian but sometimes you do get a little rough on him when he has a bad game or at bat. Remember next time that even the best all time make outs 6 out of 10 times, even with RISP.

Chop Chop

August 3rd, 2009
4:19 pm

McFann,

It would be funny if someone started posting “McFann Minus McCann” comments.

CallUpConrad

August 3rd, 2009
4:20 pm

OK, so the LaRoche trade makes a little more sense but I still think that they HOPE Freeman may be ready before 2011. I think in their mind they hope that Heyward is ready before 2011. If not, there is at least one more year of mediocre baseball before they are actually a contender. By then, Chipper will be a year away from hanging up the spikes and then the question will be where Atlnata will get a power hitting third baseman. In short, there is a lot more work to be done than might appear before Atlanta returns to its glory years.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:20 pm

WOULD YOU PREFER THIS TURKEY? :)

“Sorry…but…we’re all technically anonymous. Nobody knows who we really are.” McFann

Unless you’re one of those who joined the DOB group on facebook (and I don’t mean you McFann, just in general)

Bill Heller

August 3rd, 2009
4:21 pm

I’ve got a PHAT bat to swing but every time I run onto the field I get arrested.

njbraves

August 3rd, 2009
4:21 pm

TnBrian…exactly. Diaz is a bench player, nothing more.

McFann Minus McCann

August 3rd, 2009
4:21 pm

yes it would

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

braves4ever

Oh yeah…and it is kinda funny. Totally off the wall, but funny. :roll:

They don’t really get to me…I s’pose if this guy did, then I woulda dropped the extree n’s.

dmack2027

August 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Dave,

Here is my point on the trade, and nobody has really explained this yet (to my knowledge). Kotchman’s stats were on par with what he had done in his previous two seasons, although the RBIs were up some. He is what he is and Wren traded for him knowing this. Maybe Wren can say that we expected some development, but that is not a particularly strong argument.

Kotchman was the center of the Tex trade. We knew what we were getting, and the reason people were pleased with this acquisition was that he is under control for a number of years. Now, Wren basically gives him to Boston for LaRoche who will be a free agent after this year.

Wren has made some great trades for the Braves. However, in light of what happened last week, the Tex trade to the Angels has to be considered a bust. Kotch did exactly what everyone expected him to do (play great defense), and the Braves would have considered non tendering him this winter.

Below are the free agent first basemen (some might have options). If the Braves do not extend Adam Laroche, tell me who on this list gets anyone excited?

Rich Aurilia, Russell Branyan, Miguel Cairo, Frank Catalanotto, Tony Clark, Carlos Delgado, Nomar Garciaparra, Ross Gload, Eric Hinske, Nick Johnson, Adam LaRoche, Doug Mientkiewicz, Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy, Daryle Ward, Dmitri Young

Maybe they plan to use Barbaro until Freeman is ready. To me, unless LaRoche signs at a discount, that is the most likely option. I get that LaRoche is an upgrade this season, but it just seems like Wren changed course in his thinking on Kotchman, and in the process left the Braves with a potential void at first base.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:23 pm

as long as you leave off at least one extra n i’ve done my part to society

njbraves

August 3rd, 2009
4:23 pm

I love how some people on here think that Freeman and Heyward are the saviors. I’m sure they’re both great ballplayers, but let’s not pretend they are going to come up in a year or so and solve all of the Braves problems.

keylargo

August 3rd, 2009
4:24 pm

I come up with some real knee-slappers. Turkey

If you had knees you could flap em but you couldn’t slap em.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:25 pm

If you were the real Paul Lentz, you would know he gets behind no move, but instead criticizes the move even when it proves effective

cabravesfan

August 3rd, 2009
4:25 pm

TcD-

cabravesfan is stuck at work instead of on my way to gorgeous San Diego and last I heard VJ was walking his cat…err…dog :)

DOB-

Welcome to sunny Southern California! Please, for the love of all things sacred and holy promise me you will never type “Mannywood” again

Robert (Chipper Is The Best)

August 3rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Since LaRouche is back could that mean some LaRouche/Chipper hunting stories are far off? ;)

Bravedawg

August 3rd, 2009
4:27 pm

dmack2027 – the important thing to remember is that, as was widely reported at the time, the Angels deal was the best one presented to Wren. There wasn’t a market for Teixeira at the time, because teams knew they’d only get Tex for the last 2 months of the season. They knew he was a Boras client and, as such, would be signing with the highest bidder in the offseason. If you’re looking at recent trades as a barometer, guys like Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez have contracts that are up after the 2010 seasons – meaning their new teams get them for a year and a half. So, you shouldn’t compare the two.

Oh, and a few of those guys excite me – Russell Branyan, Nick Johnson, Carlos Delgado, Adam LaRoche…etc

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

fleming

I s’pose I do get a little rough on him sometimes…I’ll try to cool it. Course, if he’d cooperate, I wouldn’t have to be so rough. :P

Remember next time that even the best all time make outs 6 out of 10 times, even with RISP.

Yeah, but he’s making outs 7.1 out of 10 times with RISP! ;)

Chop Chop

Kinda like “Garfield Minus Garfield”, you mean? Haha… 8O

turkey

Well, yeah. But that’s why I don’t do Facebook…

turkey

The extra n’s will remain…sorry, mann.

McFann Ô

August 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

Didn’t mean to type “turkey” twice, dangit.

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:30 pm

The extra n’s will remain…sorry, mann.

low bloww

Lou Vales

August 3rd, 2009
4:30 pm

I really like Paul Lentz. Is he too coherent or something for the Blog??

I still have not ascertained the “need Factor” for this series and 7 game trip. Is the “NEED”:

(1) 4

(2) 5

(3) 6

Whatever the Current NEED for games won, it will invariably change by Monday to accommodate the ACTUAL number of games won. If the Fed could control interest rates like that it would be a piece of cake.

dmack2027

August 3rd, 2009
4:31 pm

Dawg,

The A’s recieved the Cardinals top prospect, among others, for 2 months of Matt Holiday (also a Boras client).

Nick Johnson and Delgado are both always hurt. Branyan is a reclamation project this year, and has not history of this kind of sustained production. The previous two years, he only averaged 125 at bats. Pass on all three of them.

I would like to see LaRoche resign.

Space Monkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:33 pm

So what if Frenchy has 19 RBI in as many games in NY. How many of them have been on ground outs? He bats fifth or cleanup in that lineup. Also, one of his homers was in Denver. He will be released at the end of the year. Also, now that he’s adjusted the pitchers will also adjust. This brief flurry of hitting will end very quickly when that happens because the one thing we know about Frenchy is that he’s too stupid to make adjustments.

Lou Vales

August 3rd, 2009
4:33 pm

Enter your comments here

N Nine

August 3rd, 2009
4:33 pm

Sorry…but…we’re all technically anonymous. Nobody knows who we really areMcFann

So who was that young lady holding a ball next to McCann? …… ;P

Lou Vales

August 3rd, 2009
4:34 pm

Did not mean that last comment.

PWHjort

August 3rd, 2009
4:35 pm

Love his [McLouth's] speed and D

I’ll probably love his D when he shifts to a corner, too. But I’m not loving having an average-at-best (and I’m being kind here) center fielder.

BJE

August 3rd, 2009
4:35 pm

Paul is still ducking. What does Frenchy have to do for you to say the words “I was wrong about Francoeur. He is better than I stated. The Braves should have never traded him like I demanded that they do.”

Give us all on this board the exact requirements for your admission so we can follow along. Even if he has to hit 50 HR’s over the course of the next year – give us something.

Anders

August 3rd, 2009
4:35 pm

I have to laugh when guys like Supes on the last blog moan and groan about my updating Frenchy’s doings with the Mets by stating that no one on here cares and he’s not our problem anymore etc..etc.. Then the blogmaster goes and dedicates about 4 paragraphs to good old Frenchy along with a picture of him in his new home whites for the Metropolitans. He looks sharp -doesn’t he? I mean this is like seeing your old girlfriend in the halls with another dude everyday at school and she not only looks real happy but she looks as hot as she used to look to you when you first met her. Meanwhile your bored with your new girlfriend already.(Not that that has ever happened to me) {:

Marc in FL

August 3rd, 2009
4:36 pm

Fish Tacos are bad mmmk

ncscoots

August 3rd, 2009
4:36 pm

really like Paul Lentz. Is he too coherent or something for the Blog??

Oh, man, LOL. You usually have a cover charge and two-drink-minimum to get that kind of humor.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 3rd, 2009
4:36 pm

I have to say I find this blog extremely amusing guys and gals…I laugh out loud at least a couple times a day.

And I have to say…that whoever posts under the screen name “Loaf on a Blackberry while walking out to Left Field”…its hilarious

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:37 pm

Anders how much rent do you pay to stay in your mother’s basement?

turkey

August 3rd, 2009
4:38 pm

Marc in FL

August 3rd, 2009
4:38 pm

dmack, with all due respect, the Tex to LAA for Kotchman was a bust from the get go. We didn’t even get a legit prospect in the deal.

Anders

August 3rd, 2009
4:40 pm

turkey- I don’t have to count the minutes until 5 O’clock so lets just agree that I’m a little farther from living in a basement then you.

Punch thatclock funny man.

fleming

August 3rd, 2009
4:41 pm

So Anders. Do the Mutts offer Frenchy arbitration or DFA after this season?

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