Braves need to snap out of it, or else

 San Diego – Greetings from Southern California, where the weather’s beautiful again today and I’m fighting my first head cold in months, but still feel healthier than the Braves’ offense lately. Oy vey.

Slumping Bravos need big one tonight from ace

Slumping Bravos need big one tonight from ace

 Remember that 17-8 run the Braves went on, when they hit .293 with 30 homers while averaging nearly 5-1/2 runs per game? Well forget it. It’s over — that run and, if the Braves aren’t careful, soon their season itself. Sixth-place tie in the wild-card standings? Not good.
 They are 2-5 with a .223 batting average, a 4.99 ERA and a not-at-all-grand total of 18 runs in seven games beginning with the trip to Florida, where the grotesquely re-named Land Shark Stadium apparently corroded Braves bats.
  Or something like that.
  No, but seriously, the Bravos have scored three runs or fewer in five of their past seven games, and lost every one of them.
  They’re not scoring, and now they’re piling up more strikeouts than hits. No, really. In their past five games, they have more strikeouts (38) than hits (33).

Can we get Braves game on satellite off the satellite here?

Hey, can we get Braves game on satellite over here?

 (Time out: I’ve got my Ipod shuffle playing and, I swear, Jimmy Cliff’s “Vietnam” just came on as the news channel I have the muted TV tuned to showed that incredibly awkward photo of Bill Clinton and North Korea’s diminunitive dictator at their meeting today. … OK, just thought I’d share that unusual moment with you. Maybe it’s my cold medication that made it so interesting. Oh, now My Morning Jacket’s rockin’ “Aluminum Park” is on. Love this song… Where were we?)
  Oh, yes. It is never a good thing to have more strikeouts than hits over any multiple-game stretch. But the Braves are whiffing up a storm, and it’s apparently contagious.
  A few of them have been slumping or otherwise hacking-and-missing a lot lately:
  Nate McLouth has not been much of a sparkplug atop the order the past week or so. Dude is 7-for-32 (.219) with one double, one RBI, three walks and 10 strikeouts, and his leadoff OBP has slipped to 10th in the NL for the season.
 – Matt Diaz. He’s 6-for-34 (.176) with no extra-base hits, one RBI, one walk and 10 strikeouts in his past 11 games. Yikes. And that diving attempted catch last night near the right-field line….
  – Brian McCann. Yes, the All-Star catcher even struggles at times. In his past nine games, he’s 7-for-35 (.200) with three walks and nine strikeouts. He has a five doubles, two homers and five RBI in that span, so how, you might ask, can you say he’s struggling? Well, consider that four of those doubles, both homers and five RBI came in two games, the series finales at Milwaukee and Florida.
   In his other seven games during that stretch, he’s a combined 1-for-26 with one RBI and eight strikeouts. The Braves lost six of those seven games. As Mac goes, so goes the Braves? During this stretch, that’s been the case. He’s 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in his past three games, and the Braves lost them all.
 – Garret Anderson. He was one of the Braves’ hottest hitters for a month or more, peaking with a .465 (20-for-43) burn for 12 games through July 29, during which he had four doubles, four homers and eight RBI.
  But he went from blazing to deep freeze overnight. Beginning July 30, he’s gone 1-for-20 with no RBI, no runs and one walk in his past five games, including 0-for-16 with no walks and three strikeouts in his past four games.
  Are some Braves hitters getting frustrated and desperate? Last night it looked that way, when they were woeful beneath a combination of their recent woes, plus maybe some jet lag – Martin Prado’s baserunning blunder? Diaz diving for that ball? — and facing a 6-foot-6, 21-year-old they’ve never seen, Mat “One T Will Do In This Economy” Latos.
  Latos is good, but this good? According to ESPN’s Stats dept., courtesy of Buster Olney’s ESPN.com blog this morning, these numbers:
  Latos threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 27 batters. Braves swung at 40 percent of his off-speed pitches that were out of the strike zone (the MLB average is 31 percent) and 24 of 27 batters saw four pitches or fewer (that’s 89 percent of them, compared to the MLB average of 65 percent).

At times like these, random photo of Penelope Cruz helps

At times like these, random photos of Penelope Cruz can help

 ♣ Buzzard’s luck: Or is it Braves luck? Anyway, wouldn’t you know it, the Padres stink it up for a month — who we kidding, make that for most of the season — and struggle mightily at home for two months, then get hot at home just before the Braves travel to their fair city.

  The Padres were 4-20 with a .210 batting average and 5.04 ERA in the first 24 games of July. They are 6-1 with a .319 average and 2.86 ERA since then, including a road sweep of the Reds, a home series win against Milwaukee, and last night’s 4-2 series-opening win against the Braves.
  Their opponents have scored two runs or fewer in four of those seven games, as the Padres pitching staff has displayed a handful of promising young arms (Latos has two wins in that stretch).
  Here’s an even more startling stat about the Padres: They were 7-20 with an absolutely pathetic .200 batting average in 27 home games from June 1 to July 22, averaging three runs per game in that stretch. A .200 team batting average!
  But in four home games since then, they’ve gone 3-1 and hit .331.

♣ Etc.
  Do you realize that the two best records in the majors belong to the teams from Los Angeles, the Dodgers (65-41) and the Angels (63-40). They also have the largest division leads in their respective leagues. Freeway Series, anyone? Anything, and I mean anything, is better than a NYC Subway Series…. Five of the Padres’ starting nine last night began the season in the minor leagues – Latos, Will Venable (who had three hits and robbed Greg Norton of a potential game-tying pinch hit with a diving catch), Kyle Blanks (massive first baseman who homered last night), Eliezer Alfonzo (who’s name is pretty cool, like an alt-rock band that could open for Yo La Tengo) and Tony Gwynn (you may have heard of his dad)…. Adam LaRoche’s homer last night was his seventh in 73 at-bats at Petco Park, where he’s hit .315 with a .712 slugging percentage and 17 RBI in 20 games…. Another stat from Buster’s blog this morning: The top eight payrolls in the majors belong to the Yankees ($206 mill), Mets ($139 mill), Cubs ($138 mill), Tigers ($130 mill), Phillies ($128 mill), Red Sox ($123 mill), Angels ($117 mill) and Dodgers ($109 mill). Buster notes that among those eight, seven could qualify for the playoffs.

 OK, I’ve got to go get some lunch (more Mexican food at Maria’s) before heading to ballpark. Let’s take it out with a solo cut from Son Volt leader Jay Farrar.

“CALIFORNIA” by Jay Farrar

Walked the sidewalks of San Francisco.
Spent the night in a town called Weed.
Soaked up the sun on Mission Street.
Filled up the day in Chinatown.

It’s been said before,
But it’s worth saying,
No one could dream a place like California.
It’s written before,
But it’s worth repeating,
No one could dream a place like California.

Walking along downtown L.A. streets.
Sidewalk homes of makeshift shanties.
Recall the sight of the old growth.
Standing, thinking of a dark Encinitas morning.

It’s been said before,
But it’s worth saying,
No one could dream a place like California.
It’s been written before,
But it’s worth repeating,
No one could dream a place like California.

Conjunto Station stranded on the freeway.
The road sign, schoolbus, cultural landscape.
Making way through mountains and desert.
Eastbound daybreak carrying it all back home.

It’s been said before,
But it’s worth saying,
No one could dream a place like California.
It’s been written before,
But it’s worth repeating,
No one could dream a place like California.

 

1,361 comments Add your comment

UNCBrave

August 4th, 2009
4:52 pm

Nova Scotia, I hope the Yankees take him off our hands…

Nova Scotia Steve

August 4th, 2009
4:48 pm
Believe be UNCBrave…I’m all for trading Kawakami to free up salary to keep Hudson and Vazquez.

But is anyone really going to take a guy with a 5-9 record and still owed over $16-17 million.

If your out there…please step forward

Madre Padre

August 4th, 2009
5:03 pm

Hello guys, I would like to say that your team will not snap out of it.
Cheers,
Madre Padre

FEAR

August 4th, 2009
5:06 pm

“or else” has already happened.

mlbrow5

August 4th, 2009
5:07 pm

First!?!?!?!

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
5:09 pm

<a href=”http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2009/08/03/braves-need-to-stem-this-tide/comment-page-23/#comment-240662

Thanks for the info! Yeah, it was a scary sound…my life would be well complete if I never heard it again. 8O

THWG

August 4th, 2009
5:09 pm

Seventh??? Just kidding. I’m not that guy.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
5:10 pm

Crud…I messed up the link. :roll:

Was referring to this post from Hillbilly.

braves4ever

August 4th, 2009
5:10 pm

Madre Padre , the good news is in a few days we won’t see you again, But we have Anders and Robert here daily so this is a tough bunch that a few words will not hurt.

Paul Lentz

August 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

I wouldnt consider the Tex trade to be anywhere close to being compared to the June 2002 trade of Cleveland trading Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew to the Expos for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Lee Stevens.

During Teixeria’s time with us, in 589 at-bats he batted .295 with 36 doubles, 37 homers, 134 RBIs, 92 walks, and 116 strikeouts. During Kotchman’s time with us, in 450 at-bats he batted .267 with 24 doubles, 8 homers, 50 walks, and 44 strikeouts. Adam LaRoche, in 9 at-bats, has hit .444 with 1 double, 1 homer, 1 RBI, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Ron Mahay pitched 28 innings while giving up 19 hits, 16 walks, 23 walks with an ERA of 2.25..

With the Texas Rangers, Elvis Andrus, in 285 at-bats, has hit .263 with 8 doubles, 4 homers, 19 RBIs, 25 walks, 46 strikeouts. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, in 636 at-bats, has hit .247 with 32 doubles, 19 homers, 81 RBIs, 59 walks, and 214 strikeouts. Matt Harrison has pitched 147 innings and given up 181 hits, 54 walks, 76 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.76. Neftali Feliz has pitched 2 innings, given up 0 hits, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 0.00.

So, let’s add up the cumulative totals of what we have given up vs. what we have acquired:

………………………Braves……………Rangers……..

At-bats………………1048………………921………….
Average……………(.281)…………….(.249)……….
Doubles……………….61………………..40………….
Home runs……………46………………..23………….
Walks…………………144………………..84…………
Strikeouts……………162……………….260………..

Innings pitched……..28………………..149……….
Hits allowed………….19………………..181……….
Walks………………….16…………………54………..
Strikeouts…………….23…………………80………..
ERA…………………(2.25)……………..(5.68)………

Granted, given the fact that we have Adam LaRoche left from that trade, while the Rangers have Salty, Andrus, and Felix playing on the big club right now (Harrison is out for the year)…..then chance are those numbers will begin to tilt more in favor of the Rangers.

However, it is far from a GIVEN that it will happen. Injuries can happen. Slumps occur that cut into a player’s time. The point in posting those numbers is to give those of you who keep “harping” as to how the Braves got RIPPED OFF in the Tex trade………..is that 2 years later, the numbers show that SO FAR the Braves got the best of the deal. Harrison’s numbers look TERRIBLE, plus he cant stay healthy. Andrus has good glove with no bat so far (his Minor League numbers do not suggest that he will “fill out” as many of you keep saying). Salty does not hit nearly enough homers to justify his low average, low walk, high strikeout numbers. And while Felix has a cannon of an arm, once MLB sees him enough and makes adjustments to his heat, then it remains to be seen whether he can adjust to that.

The Rangers still are using the term “potential” when it comes to those guys. The Braves actually got 2 years of solid production from the trade.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

THWG Just kidding. I’m not that guy.

Of course not! ‘Cause you’re sixth! Ha ha!

Steve from OH

August 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

Do I think Matt Diaz is better than Garret Anderson? In regard to this year, yes I do.

Roman Gal

August 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

and being replaced by Charlotte Church.

I love Charlotte Church!!

Paul Lentz

August 4th, 2009
5:12 pm

UNCBrave…………Kawakami has actually pitched better than his 5-9 record. The Braves simply have not scored very many runs for him when he has pitched.

boonie27

August 4th, 2009
5:13 pm

Another book from Paul Lentz to start the ol blog off.

Joe Fan

August 4th, 2009
5:14 pm

The Braves are toast. What an uninspired performace last night with the playoofs on the line. Someone needs to give them a kick in the rear and it doesn’t look like Bobby has it in him. To make matters worse it looks like the Braves are stuck for two more years with KK’s salary plus they may very well wish they hadn’t signed Chipper for 3 more years. Certainly 2010 will be interesting to see who is in the outfield and who is at first… lots of holes to fill.

Loaf on blackberry laying out on the beach so I can show my hot bod

August 4th, 2009
5:17 pm

The girls is liking me out here. Why did I leave Cali? Oh yeah to join a 500. ball club instead of the second best team in baseball. Oh what a smart man I am.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:17 pm

“At times like these, random photos of Penelope Cruz can help”

This is why I come here

njbraves

August 4th, 2009
5:18 pm

Lentz…do you really think anyone is going to read all that??

jtb

August 4th, 2009
5:18 pm

Paul
Kawakami doesn’t pitch deep enough into games to get many wins. The Braves score as much runs for him as they do every other starter, but when he’s pitching somewhere between 4-6 innings per game he’s not going to get many decisions.

Vinings Jim

August 4th, 2009
5:22 pm

Roman Gal – but can she play right field?

Nova Scotia Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:22 pm

Does anyone have Loaf’s PIN # for his Blackberry????

Shamus Thacker

August 4th, 2009
5:23 pm

We’ve already snapped out of it, completely out.

Paul Lentz

August 4th, 2009
5:27 pm

Jeff Francoeur hasnt drawn a “real walk” in his last 138 at-bats. He was intentionally walked on July 27th against the Rockies.

Yet he “credits” the Mets coaching with his “new approach” to hitting? Let’s see how his lack of ability to draw a walk will play out in the NY media and fans when he’s in a 5 for 35 stretch.

Jackets77

August 4th, 2009
5:27 pm

Is it fair to assume that tonight’s game is basically our season? Lose this game, and you guarantee that you lose this series…meaning you lose a series to the Padres…meaning this would kill any confidence / moral this team has left…so yeah..tonight’s game might not make our season, but sure as hell can break it..

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
5:28 pm

OK, down to business now…

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

In his past nine games, he’s 7-for-35 (.200) with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Yeesh…ain’t it awful? Wish I or anybody else knew what’s with this strikeout thing. It is annoying!

He has a five doubles, two homers and five RBI in that span, so how, you might ask, can you say he’s struggling? Well, consider that four of those doubles, both homers and five RBI came in two games, the series finales at Milwaukee and Florida.

Hmm…perhaps this means he’ll hit two doubles and a homer in the series finale there in San Diego? Right…Dude, I’d take a base hit with RISP in each game. Don’t hafta be real dramatic, just some nice hits with men on…? Please?

But yeah, he sure is struggling, though some people don’t seem to notice. Some people I talk to think I’m overreacting…but if you look at the numbers, you’ll see he’s in a slump.

In his other seven games during that stretch, he’s a combined 1-for-26 with one RBI and eight strikeouts. The Braves lost six of those seven games. As Mac goes, so goes the Braves? During this stretch, that’s been the case. He’s 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in his past three games, and the Braves lost them all.

Oh, lovely. Again, enough with the K’s, BMac. Just ’cause Frenchy left doesn’t mean you have to provide those extree K’s.

Yeah, seems like if he’s not hitting, they’re not winning–which is why I get so infuriated. Might help if he was taken out of the cleanup spot.

Um, I’m gonna shove some more stats down your throats (turkey, if you’re around, you don’t have to read this. I know my obsession gets on your nerves.)

Through June 22, BMac hit .318 with a .409 OBP, a .506 SLG, 6 homers, 12 2B, 1 3B, 28 RBI, 24 BB, and 22 K’s in 51 games (46 starts).

From his 3 strikeout game on June 23 to the present, he has hit .265 with a .306 OBP, a .515 SLG, 6 homers, 15 2B, 0 3B, 25 RBI, 9 BB, and 26 K’s in 35 innings (32 starts).

Obviously the strikeout to walk ratio has been pretty horrid over this particular stretch–almost 1 walk for every 3 K’s, when before that he had more walks than K’s. As a result, his OBP is nearly 100 points lower over that time period than it was over the time leading up to the 3 K game.

Dunno what’s up…but I’d sure like to find out.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
5:29 pm

Sorry, didn’t mean to go all Paul Lentz on you there…but I copied-and-pasted a couple things from the original Blog, so that added to the longevity of the post.

:mrgreen:

Frank Drebin

August 4th, 2009
5:29 pm

….Strrike????

Shamus Thacker

August 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

“”Is it fair to assume that tonight’s game is basically our season?”"

The games we lost to the Marlins was our season…

keylargo

August 4th, 2009
5:31 pm

By far the biggest FUp the Braves made in acquiring Tex was not knowing whether or not he would sign. If he were playing 1B for the Braves now at $16 to $18 mill a year, most everyone would be happy. And on this blog someone is always unhappy.

richbrave

August 4th, 2009
5:33 pm

I think MARIANO GOMEZ will be called up in September unless the G-BRAVES are in the thick of a pennant race.

Paul Lentz

August 4th, 2009
5:35 pm

Matt Harrison of the Texas Rangers (you know….the “All-Star” that we gave up in the Teixeria trade) has pitched 147 innings in his 26 career starts. That averages out to be 5.65 innings per start (Kenshin Kawakami averages 5.55). Harrison has a career ERA of 5.76, while Kawakami has an ERA of 4.38. Yet Harrison has a 13-8 career record while Kawakami is 5-9.

Now what is the difference between the two pitchers? THE NUMBER OF RUNS THAT THEIR TEAM SCORES IN GAMES THEY PITCH IN.

Sure, Kawakami makes more money. Yet that isnt the issue here. The issue is “who is the better pitcher right now”?

Skeezix

August 4th, 2009
5:37 pm

Dave: It was “Or Else” for this bunch before the season started. We had some fun at season’s start and in July. I was even starting to hope that maybe this puny offense could somehow stay hot thru Sept. and we could have some post season fun again. But we are back to the same old mediocrity we’ve seen since 2005. Offensively the Braves are a little better than a AAA team. We lost 90 in ‘08 (fourth place); but have we improved? Based on the win/loss trend, not much overall….hopefully we will improve on ‘08 by about 9 games, to around 81 losses this year–facing many games with better teams, 81 may be optimistic. Thank goodness football season is finally getting started.

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
5:39 pm

Is someone arguing with him?

I’m not saying that someone shouldn’t be, but is someone arguing with him?

Loaf on blackberry laying out on the beach so I can show my hot bod

August 4th, 2009
5:39 pm

Nova Scotia Steve: Nobody knows my number. I don’t know if you noticed but I’m not much of a social guy. :(

gayle

August 4th, 2009
5:40 pm

Like I’ve said all along Braves fans, this is a .500 team with no hope of a post season. Better than average pitching, weak hitting, no speed and a manager that should have been sent out to pasture 10 years ago.

Enjoy the occasional tease of contention and the reality of now perpetual mediocraty – at least until someone buys this team that wants it for more than a tax write off.

Greg Norton

August 4th, 2009
5:41 pm

Thank you for the Penelope Cruz photo. That may just be the motivation I need to help the team out of this slump.

David O'Brien

August 4th, 2009
5:42 pm

Offensively the Braves are a little better than a AAA team. — Skeezix

See, you lose me when you post a comment like this. Come on, man. We here are a savvy enough group that you don’t need to exaggerate to make a point (and I hope you were exaggerating and don’t actually believe this).

Javy Vazquez/Lopez

August 4th, 2009
5:42 pm

Chipper & Rockin Leo are dreaming, the Bravos are done, WELL DONE! Even by some miracle they made the playoffs they would be out in the first round, you cant win if you cant score, havent we seen this show already from the Braves, no power & no offense= no playoffs! 4 years in a row, NO October baseball in the ATL, Sorry Buck Belue

Bay Area Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:43 pm

Don’t seem so, Chop.

Maybe folks are learnin’.

Hopelessly a fan..............

August 4th, 2009
5:44 pm

Instead of rising to the top, the Braves are creamed! The Atlanta Braves need to play and act like professionals, not like entertainers!!! No hits, no runs or no strikeouts, it’s all the same….The END!!! Recommend salaries based on production and wins, not how long you’ve been in the league or on how long you’ve been a star!

Sadtoseeitthisway

August 4th, 2009
5:45 pm

Kawakami always seems to have a dead pan exression on his face, like his mind is elsewhere. Maybe its the language barrier. He never seems to smile. If he did, he looks like he`d be great at doing Toyota commercials.

Bay Area Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:47 pm

I proclaim: Chipper and Mac are back, and because so, the Braves win at least 35 more games the rest of the way.

My proclamation is effective immediately.

Bay Area Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:49 pm

I like the Cruz photo; how could one not?

But, doesn’t this open the door to CR doing something similar?

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
5:50 pm

I should argue with him about Francoeur.

After all, I believe that Francoeur’s going to revert back to the .740-.780 OPS guy he was for us back in ‘06 and ‘07. He was a worthwhile player then. He just wasn’t going to get back to that in Atlanta. Everyone needed a change. I don’t need to kick dirt on the guy just because I didn’t like what he did the last two seasons. Some people here just can’t let it go. If you never loved Francoeur in the first place, how can you hate him with real passion? Try breaking up with someone you don’t love. Will you hate that person after they’re gone? Probably not.

Try to relate that to other aspects of life. It helps.

Yeah, it’ll apply even if you’re an extremely intelligent masculine man sittin’ on the dock of the Bay with all those desperate wimmins flingin’ themselves at ya.

Tomahawk Choppers

August 4th, 2009
5:51 pm

Tonight is the night we begin another winning streak. I voted no on the playoff pole, but I’m taking it back. It’s time for the Braves to show how tough they are! The March to October begins…

TnBrian

August 4th, 2009
5:53 pm

I’m more aggravating watching Chipper this year than ever before. Just like him not blocking 3rd base when he knew how fast the guy running is. It’s like he thought, “OH, HELL NO… risk injuring myself for a lost game anyways?” Sure, that exagerating it I’m sure, but that’s because everything gets amplified when your team is losing. That “I don’t give a crap” attitude makes fans wonder why they even spend a lot of their time devoted to a team.

Bay Area Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:54 pm

Is it wrong that I use CR because I can’t remember how to spell the woman’s name? And, if so, is it even worse that it took me four years to be able to spell Francoeur, and still can’t manage to get Pujols right, much of the time?

Bay Area Steve

August 4th, 2009
5:55 pm

TnBrian,

you’re exactly right. You are more aggravating.

Braves326

August 4th, 2009
5:56 pm

good to have Javy on the mound tonight.

auburnbrave

August 4th, 2009
5:57 pm

I think we’re about to see another series of games in the next few days where we’ll be getting quotes from Chipper Jones and a few others saying, “We’ve got to go at least 7-3 in this next stretch of 10 games.” and they’ll end up 3-7 or 4-6, and they’ll have another saying “Ok, we’ve GOT to go 8-1, or 9-1 in the next stretch.” and so on.

It’s happened the past 2 seasons, although sooner than this year.

Flat Bill Kid

August 4th, 2009
5:57 pm

Anyone have any idea what it would take to get Carl Crawford this offseason and sign him to an extention? An outfield of RF Crawford, Heyward, McLouth would look spectacular next year. Def have to sign someone to a cheap 1B deal for a year. Kotchman would have been nice.

Steve from OH

August 4th, 2009
5:58 pm

Sure, that exagerating it I’m sure, but that’s because everything gets amplified when your team is losing.

So why take part in such an intellectually emasculating behavior?

Steve from OH

August 4th, 2009
5:59 pm

Chop Chop–didja eat your Wheaties today?

TnBrian

August 4th, 2009
6:00 pm

How about lay off Kawakami. He pitched fine considering he isn’t that good anyways, but he damn sure kept his team in the game. He could’ve easily said PHUCK IT but he battled through and saved the pen an inning or two.

I like LaRoche fine, but he’s way too much like Chipper and it’s annoying.

Jerome J… “What did you miss most about the south while you were gone?”

LaRoche… (5 second pause) “uhhhhh, the bass fishin”

God Da*** get some life on that team besides Prado and McCann. Sometimes Yunel is lively when Bobby isn’t on his jock, it appears.

FloridaBrave

August 4th, 2009
6:01 pm

Flat Bill Kid,

What would it take to get Carl Crawford? Well it would have to rhyme with Shmason Shmeyward or Shmommy Shmanson.

TnBrian

August 4th, 2009
6:02 pm

Bay area Steve, I think the “fruits and nuts” have gotten to your head out there by the bay.

sportsmandh

August 4th, 2009
6:04 pm

How long y’all think it took Slick to start hitting on the gal on the far right of the picture?

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
6:04 pm

Sure did, Steve.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
6:05 pm

Four hours till the game starts? Dangit…

I want my Bravos now.

Steve from OH

August 4th, 2009
6:06 pm

Well, you’d better be ready to take on the brick wall that is Paul Lentz’s reasoning ability…

Roman Gal

August 4th, 2009
6:08 pm

but can she play right field?

We could put her out there to sing the opposing players to sleep…what do ya think?

CallUpConrad

August 4th, 2009
6:09 pm

The Braves will play .500 the rest of the way to finish .500 for the season. It’s going to be another LONG winter. Let’s see what the pressing issues will be this offseason…bullpen, first base, LF and RF. Why those are the same issues facing this team since the season began. Here’s to hoping Frank Wren addresses these issues like he did starting pitching and centerfield during the offseason and early this year.

Roman Gal

August 4th, 2009
6:09 pm

I like the Cruz photo; how could one not?

I could think of a few reasons…

chilidog75

August 4th, 2009
6:10 pm

Enough with the “we need to show some life out there” posts. Or “we need guys who have fire.”
No we don’t.
We need guys who can hit. With power.
Pujols might be the most boring dude that’s ever walked the planet. Terrible interview. Keeps to himself. Not a huge ‘rah-rah’ guy. Think the Cardinals fans get on him about not being “a leader?”
If Chipper was hitting .364 this season instead of .284 he would leading just fine. Performance is what counts. Not fiery speeches and butt-slaps.

Vinings Jim

August 4th, 2009
6:11 pm

RG – I have not heard that anyone has her music on their wireless phone; what are your issues with Ms. Cruz (other than the whole you being-a-female thing)?

btw – cabravesfan – she is okay, not way up on my list

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
6:18 pm

I just want to inspire a ten-paragraph post. If I can’t do that, I should probably just quit blogging altogether.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
6:21 pm

Um…Escobar is the only player on this team with 100+ hits! That’s disgusting…

BMac only has 89? I guess in 86 games that’s not horrid…this time last year he had 104 in 97 games.

8O

Roman Gal

August 4th, 2009
6:22 pm

VJ-

I would love to hear about one of them listening to some Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, or Michael Buble…that would be funny. I don’t have any problems whatsoever with Ms. Cruz. I don’t even mind the picture…I can’t say it has the same effect on me as it does on you all, though. I think it mostly makes me feel self-conscious and hurts my self-esteem. Way to go, DOB…ok, not really. But like I said, it doesn’t have the same effect on me as it does most folks here.

JasonInFL

August 4th, 2009
6:22 pm

McFann Ô, you rock!

Steve from OH

August 4th, 2009
6:22 pm

If you do, you’ll likely be run out of town on a rail, Chop Chop. Sounds like a lose-lose proposition to me.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
6:23 pm

Chop Chop

Ha! My post had about 11 paragraphs…and that’s not counting the little one-liners.

Vinings Jim

August 4th, 2009
6:24 pm

RG – you ladies get the photos of all those baseball players – DOB just throwing us a bone.

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
6:24 pm

Uh, thanks, JasonInFl!

Not sure that that’s true, but I appreciate it nonetheless! ;)

Wayne in Utah

August 4th, 2009
6:24 pm

Who are the true southeastern Braves fans who will stay up long enough to finish the west coast games? I tip my cap to those who do!

Go away for 4 days, and look what you folks let happen! A big 1-3 without me, and we go and trade away our first sacker without even asking me?

I thought FW was my buddy. Actually, I like the deal. I wondered about this sort of deal a month ago, but that was during the Escobar crisis era, and I was thinking of a LaRoche/Wilson deal for Kotchman and a prospect.

TennesseePaul

August 4th, 2009
6:25 pm

Thanks for the Blog DOB>

Careful, you are close to the source… swine flu is only a hop-skip-and a flop a way…

McFann Ô

August 4th, 2009
6:25 pm

Shouda been a capital “L” in your name…sorry about that. Maybe I hit the “i” instead…?

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
6:25 pm

I ain’t goin’ nowhere.

David O'Brien

August 4th, 2009
6:26 pm

TNBrian, sounds like you had a rewarding, stimulating day. Glad you brought the pleasant banter and good cheer to the blog, to share with us all.

Steve from OH

August 4th, 2009
6:27 pm

10Paul, Diaz is a free agent after 2011.

Robert

August 4th, 2009
6:27 pm

I have to agree with Steve from Ohio that it is totally inappropriate to refer to Bobby Cox as senile

Senile means having lost some or all of one’s mental faculties

Cox never had any mental capacoty to lose

The correct term to describe him is the currently accepted politically correct euphemism for “retarded”

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
6:28 pm

McFann,

McCann has three more hits than games played. If you look at past seasons, he’s hitting at about the same rate. I’d expect you to know that.

You’re not obsessed enough. I’m disappointed.

ivan babbit

August 4th, 2009
6:28 pm

Jay212033

August 4th, 2009
6:28 pm

I’m love the Braves but our offense has been up and down, mostly down. This is a .500 ballclub no matter how you look at it. We are playing poorly against the sub .500 team. Last night when we had a chance to jump on a rookie pitcher and kill his confidence we let him off the hook. Personally I was really hoping that we’d trade off a few guys at the deadline like Gonzo, Anderson(while he’s hot) and maybe even Vazquez and Soriano but the Braves are stubborn and still think we have a chance. Oh well now Gonzo and Soriano will walk basically for nothing because I can almost bet the Braves won’t offer arbitration to either guy. Well enough ranting Ilm ready for some football and the 2010 baseball season when Heyward’s up!

Chop Chop

August 4th, 2009
6:29 pm

That was a joke.

Actually, it wasn’t. I just didn’t read your last post. I guess I’m not obsessed enough with the blog.

Sad, really.

Luke H.

August 4th, 2009
6:29 pm

Wayne in Utah – try being in the Atlantic time zone. That’s right, another hour later than those in the southeast. I’ll be up – haven’t missed a game in years.

Roman Gal

August 4th, 2009
6:29 pm

this guy is nice…although, I’m pretty sure cabravesfan doesn’t like him.

DOB could make it up to us ladies by putting more pictures of Joe Mauer and Huston Street on here.

joshb

August 4th, 2009
6:30 pm

Whatever happened to Cody Johnson? I thought he was killing the ball. Know whenever I look on the milb.com I can’t find any kind of stat for him

OICUB12

August 4th, 2009
6:30 pm

I see KK is 5-9, can’t be, braves announcers said he was a great pitcher! I know they wouldn’t tell me wrong?

Mitchell

August 4th, 2009
6:30 pm

Thank you DOB, but more importantly, thank you Penelope.

That’s a good pic too. Simple but still hot.

I’m a creep.

David O'Brien

August 4th, 2009
6:31 pm

LINEUP:

McLouth 8
Prado 4
Jones 5
McCann 2
Anderson 7
Escobar 6
LaRoche 3
RF to be announced
Vazquez RH

blueridge

August 4th, 2009
6:31 pm

I am so bored with this team, yet again. That two week stretch was nice wasn’t it?

Anyway, what position players do we build around next year that will bring some excitement to the park on a regular basis.

Esco, Prado, McLouth, McCann, Infante…….Chipper?….who else? Will the front office clean out the cupboard? I hope they do.

Vinings Jim

August 4th, 2009
6:32 pm

Robert clearly very familiar with said pathology.

Mixxo

August 4th, 2009
6:36 pm

That two week stretch was nice wasn’t it? – blueridge

“Was” being the operative word….yes it was and a distant memory now. :(

Marc from FL

August 4th, 2009
6:36 pm

I can’t stay up late enough to watch these west coast games, probably a good thing. The intensity will pick up once we’re playing our league again, but will it be too late?

Our pitching doesn’t have the luxury of slumps, we have to give a Cy Young performance 4 out of 5 nights to have any chance of the post-season with this offense; it just seems unlikely at this point.

Vinings Jim

August 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

RG – where did you get a picture of me?

Duke

August 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

Time to get it back going tonight. We need to take tonight and tomorrow before heading to Manny-Wood. And surely Manny will get his swing back to old form against the Braves. Well, isn’t that how it seems to work? Anyway, here’s hoping Bobby mixes up the line-up a bit. Our offense is “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Landshark Blues Again”

Mitchell

August 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

It’s sad to be reminded of the passing of Skip Caray but more so because at the time the Braves were having one of their worst seasons in nearly twenty years. It was already bad enough the way the were playing and the number of injuries they had suffered.

Now, twelve months later, our team is vastly improved but we still suck.

There have to be guys in Triple A who are better than a lot of these guys on this team.

I’d include Matt Diaz in that discussion as well, not just the obvious three we always talk about. I can’t stand the guy. I get to a certain point with him and then he goes out and gets three hits and looks amazing and I come off like a jerk. Soon enough though he’s hacking away and coming up with some of the worst swings you’ve ever seen.

And he’s not that great in the outfield either. You can’t deny that.

TnBrian

August 4th, 2009
6:38 pm

DOB, anytime I can bring a smile to someone’s face, it’s always brightens my day as well.

cabravesfan

August 4th, 2009
6:38 pm

RG-

what on earth makes you think I wouldn’t like him??

VJ-

odds you will recieve a reply? 10-1?

David O'Brien

August 4th, 2009
6:38 pm

They’re working on Ryan Church, hitting in the cage to see if he’ll be ready. That’s the holdup on RF….

Roman Girl: No.

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