3:38 pm August 5, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 5th, 20099:37 pm
Jorge Sosa is a Nat ~_~
Marc from FL
Norris, even by Sabermetrics terms it’s a fairly useless stat, lol. Sometimes common sense is sufficient. IE – Happ is pitching like an ace and he’s not considered by anyone to be an ace quality pitcher.
The A Bomb
August 5th, 20099:38 pm
CINCINNATI 4 CHICAGO 0 FINAL
Steve from OH
How so, Norris?
August 5th, 20099:43 pm
Norris: how so?
I take it you didn’t read the article they linked on that page?
August 5th, 20099:45 pm
Hey look, it’s Bennett pitching for the Rays on ESPN
early on looking like it was a good idea to let him go, lead off walk
“I tell you what, I have always liked Jeff Bennett!”
– Rick Sutcliffe
August 5th, 20099:46 pm
Its cool. I love baseball and played every sport I could growing up. I watch the braves nightly and can talk braves baseball til im blue in the face. I just dont follow some of those stats. I just mainly follow the basic stats. But its cool. I was just messing with you.
August 5th, 20099:47 pm
Bennett in, Bennett out
Poor Jeff toast already
Out of the game. Maybe he’ll file another grievance?
August 5th, 20099:48 pm
The basic stats are all fine and dandy, and are appropriate for a lot of situations–but since we were talking about how Happ will do in the future, it makes sense to cite a stat that has more predictive capability than a very context-driven stat like ERA.
jeffrey d Something’s wrong with my keyboard and it keeps throwing in extra “N”s sometimes. I was writing an email earlier and I felt like McFann
LOL! Smart keyboard.
McCann “We’re going into a huge series in L.A. and we need to continue to hit.”
You sure do, Mr. 2-13 This Month!
I love ya, BMac.
Every wall and door in Tampa/St. Petersburg is now at risk. Be careful.
Bennett – 2nd & 3rd – no outs – to the showers for him.
August 5th, 20099:49 pm
nice win for the Bravos! now they have to convince me that they are for real, winning the series in L.A.
LOL at bennett i had to get on the computer just to see what yall were saying about him
August 5th, 20099:52 pm
Good for Bennett….doesn’t sound like he missed a step after the injury
Tyler. Same here. I hadn’t been on the blog in 2 days, until JB stepped on the hill.
Sutcliffe wasn’t done slobbering over him before he had walked the lead-off hitter.
August 5th, 20099:55 pm
Nats up 5-4… 1 out… top 9…
August 5th, 20099:57 pm
lol cab I wasn’t talking about he, I was talking about the team.
August 5th, 20099:59 pm
Nats Win! ~_~
WASHINGTON 5 FLORIDA 4 FINAL
Woohoo! Nats win! Marlins officially slumping again!
August 5th, 200910:00 pm
like I said- I can do both…the hotels are not that far apart
August 5th, 200910:02 pm
they’re miles apart in my book
August 5th, 200910:03 pm
Ok…how many people just got done watching the performance finale of So You Think You Can Dance?
Go on…admit it!
August 5th, 200910:04 pm
hey la jolla dawg, i’m assuming you’re a uga dawg? how’d you luck up and land in la jolla? if you don’t mind me asking…
August 5th, 200910:05 pm
cabravesfan – I am shocked at your appalling behavior tonight – by all means you should be there waiting for them.
because she’s smart
August 5th, 200910:06 pm
I spent all day downtown- don’t want to hang there longer then I have to…tomorrow on the other hand
August 5th, 200910:09 pm
I knew your afternoon non-working plans would undoubtedly revolve around meeting strange (or not so strange) men
La Jolla Dawg
August 5th, 200910:14 pm
RHR, I am a UGA grad. My husband, kids and I moved here from Atlanta five years ago. I have extended family who moved to San Diego from the East Coast decades ago, so we had visited here often, it was natural first choice. Also, as Cabravesfan said, I am smart.
I have only witnessed the Braves win in San Diego once since we have been here and I have attended one or more games each series. Without fail, they win the games I don’t attend and yes–I am getting a bit of a complex.
August 5th, 200910:23 pm
The “CHAW” resurrected then laid to rest. Whew.
August 5th, 200910:24 pm
cabravesfan – time to rest up for my activities tomorrow – not too mention another late night in LA (hopefully I can stay up for the whole game). Enjoy your partial day at work tomorrow, my dear.
August 5th, 200910:26 pm
Interesting discussion on MLB Network about bean balls. Never thought about how to analyze if a pitcher throws at a batter on purpose.
Harold Reynolds said, just look at the catcher. If the catcher gets up and gets between the batter & the pitcher, then you know it was on purpose. If the batter has a clear path to the pitchers mound, he probably got beaned on accident.
August 5th, 200910:27 pm
a bit on the early side, isn’t it? I guess I will say good night then- and I will do my best to keep you up during the game tomorrow
August 5th, 200910:29 pm
La Jolla Dawg:
When my eldest daughter thought graduate school in Marine Biology would be cool, we visited the SAN DIEGO area, and scoped out SCRIPPS. What a great institution. Stayed at PACIFIC BEACH. Had a blast for a week. Ultimately she came back to VIRGINIA and is now a SPEECH PATHOLOGIST in BROOKLYN. So much for Marine Biology.
cabravesfan – I am sure that I will be in good hands, in that case. Good night all (not that there are many of you out there right now)!
August 5th, 200910:30 pm
Enter Bobby’s Cox.
August 5th, 200910:31 pm
Exit Vinings Jim.
August 5th, 200910:32 pm
Bobby’s – I’m not dead yet!
(I suspect he is still lurking about…)
Uh might want to rephrase that?
August 5th, 200910:33 pm
Hey where’d my post to la jolla dawg go? So annoying.
August 5th, 200910:34 pm
go to bed VJ.
August 5th, 200910:35 pm
I like Fielder.
Sorry – the dog is in my spot
August 5th, 200910:36 pm
sorry to hear about your frustrations in downtown. you should spend more time at the beach…
the dog weighs 7 pounds…pick her up and move her!
August 5th, 200910:37 pm
I live at the beach…that’s way I enjoy coming home so much
August 5th, 200910:38 pm
blog problems i suppose. It took 5 minutes for mine to post, then when i rewrite it, it pops up. Maybe VJ reported your comment instead of mine on accident…
August 5th, 200910:41 pm
Richbrave, I am from Richmond and seem to remember that VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences) was a pretty well regarded research institution. UCSD is a great school if you are into science/math. No football. I hope your daughter is happy with her choice. NY has a lot to offer.
Why is Heyward still in AA? See: Schaeffer, Jordan. The Braves aren’t going to make the same mistake of rushing Heyward too fast and crushing his confidence. I think Schaeffer will be fine over the long run, but you never know.
August 5th, 200910:42 pm
7 pounds? That’s feline territory no?.
Yes, cabraves, but you’re never on the beach, unless you take your laptop
you like to body surf?
August 5th, 200910:44 pm
Bobby – stop making fun of my dog, or I will have cabravesfan sic Nala on you
August 5th, 200910:46 pm
I actually have not been down to the beach where I live in quite a while- just don’t have much time these days, but I love the water and the waves…
August 5th, 200910:47 pm
I am not about to sic Nala on a fellow SoCal Braves fan, sorry
August 5th, 200910:49 pm
Woof woof woof woof. Go Braves Woof woof woof. Beat L.A. Woof woof woof
August 5th, 200910:50 pm
DOWN ON THE FARM:
6′ 4″ DOMINICAN right-hander LUIS de LUNA continues to plow through the DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE with a 9-1 record and a 1.55 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP. 63.2 IP – 35 H; 58 SO – 11 BB. But his one August appearance, his worst of the season. Let’s see how his next start goes.
3B-man EDISON SANCHEZ started off the 2009 season well with a .304 average for the month of June. He dipped in July to .294, but has batted .444 in limited AB’s so far this month. He hits with some power. In 124 AB’s he has 37 H, six 2B, three 3B, and four HR. Good SO(34) – BB(24) ratio and 10 SB with only two CS. .467 OBP, .492 SLG., and .959 OPS. Excellent in the clutch, .189 with the bases empty, .380 with runners on, and .426 with men in scoring position/ 1.333 OPS. He should be moving up in the BRAVES organization soon.
August 5th, 200910:51 pm
See: Schaeffer, Jordan.
What the hell?!
Eric from MO
August 5th, 200910:52 pm
Bobby’s I dont know if that is true. If a hitter looks pissed your going to see the catcher get between them, regardless if it was an accident or not. Consider your source, Harold Reynolds. I dont pay attention to anything he ever says, because it is normally wrong.
August 5th, 200910:53 pm
She was weak in math, strong in science with a biology undergraduate degree. No football, tennis. She loves what she does, and I think is happier helping people than marine mammals. Thanks for responding.
August 5th, 200910:58 pm
Thanks. Tell Nala I’ll bring her a treat. We’ll be instant friends. I love dogs who can eat other dogs and still be hungry.
Btw, you should head down there soon! It’s only summer once a year. I haven’t been to the beach in a while, but will soon. I’ll to have endure a mile’s swin in the ocean before too long, so if you forgot how to swim, me & Nala will come after you.
August 5th, 200910:59 pm
always enjoy your status reports. Thanks!
August 5th, 200911:00 pm
I don’t wanna see him, he’s ugly and got ears like Dumbo.
August 5th, 200911:06 pm
Eric from MO,
I kinda agree with Harold on this. I think for the most part, if it’s retaliatory & such, the catcher will make his move toward the mound. They were actually teleprompting this (yes, they do crazy stuff on MLB Network). They showed Mota beaning Fielder last night in the 9th & “J” Martin’s repsonse. He immediately moved towards the mound, kept checking Fielder, the Brewers dugout, etc… Pretty sure that was on purpose. Then they showed other pretty bad HBP & the catcher would stay put. I think the situation pretty much dictates if you know whether a player is hit on purpose, but sometimes you just can’t tell, and looking at what the catcher does is probably a good technique. I do like Harold and his analysis, and I think most times he knows what he’s talking about.
Not saying I agree or disagree with him on this, just that it was an interesting discussion to bring the teleprompter out on and analyze & stuff….
August 5th, 200911:09 pm
You’re really startin’ to push it, ya know!? I got my eye on you, mister!
August 5th, 200911:14 pm
Goin’ easy on the kid tonight, I see.
August 5th, 200911:19 pm
Looks like Loaf might have a new buddy coming soon. ESPN’s Crasnick says the Braves might make an August waiver trade for a professional right handed batter
The Matt Stairs-type professional bat
There’s a reason we once called the post-non-waiver trade deadline market the “Jeff Conine Olympics.” Conine helped Florida win the World Series after coming over from Baltimore by trade in August 2003. Three years later, the Phillies acquired Conine with five weeks left in the regular season.
This August, two aging former Red Sox could have Conine-type allure.
Kevin Millar is hitting .227 with five home runs in 185 at-bats for Toronto. But he has pennant race experience, he’ll fit seamlessly in any clubhouse and he could have enough left in the tank to provide a big hit or two down the stretch.
Option B is Nomar Garciaparra, who’s putting up some similarly underwhelming numbers in Oakland (a .675 OPS) but might be reinvigorated by a race.
The Phillies filled their need for a righty bench bat when they acquired Ben Francisco in the Cliff Lee trade. The Braves, who are overwhelmingly left-handed, apparently are out of money and done dealing but have some options if Bobby Cox wants a righty bat off the bench. At the moment, the Braves are planning to go with Omar Infante once he returns from the disabled list.
August 5th, 200911:20 pm
Talked to 2 scouts at tonight’s game (neither of which I had met before, I usually see at least one I’d met before at Rome’s games) about Spruill’s demotion and both of them weren’t aware of any off-field incident. One of them speculated they’re sending him down to work on his endurance, i.e. throw more pitches at a less meaningful level. The other one just sort of brushed me off saying something to the effect of, “I just don’t know, man (now leave me alone!)”. The situation seems very odd to me, still.
August 5th, 200911:21 pm
and I don’t even have a good excuse- it’s only about 2.5 miles from my house…
August 5th, 200911:26 pm
Even Boog was riding Chipper pretty hard today. He’s gone like a 1/4 of a season hitting .240. Little pop compared to years gone by. Said we need for Chipper Jones to hit like Chipper Jones! “Drive balls into the gaps and over the fence.” To me Chipper’s stance LH looks cramped, he’s bent more than he used to be in the knees and at the waist. Just swings with his arms mostly. Hope he comes around sooner than later!
August 5th, 200911:29 pm
The situation seems very odd to me, still.
Yeah, kinda. At first I figured that they’d just sent him there as a way to keep him off Rome’s roster while they gave him a breather to limit his innings, but like Dave said earlier, maybe they’re just having him work on some mechanical issues in a low-pressure environment. IIRC he was pretty raw with everything but his FB out of high school.
August 5th, 200911:43 pm
I’ll give you an excuse to go
August 5th, 200911:47 pm
looking forward to it
August 5th, 200911:51 pm
Oh and Bobby-
My dog loves people, especially those bringing treats (other dogs, not so much)
August 5th, 200911:53 pm
We just got to the hotel after being stuck in traffic for what seemed like hours. Sorry that I didn’t get a hit today, but at least we won right? I will try better tomorrow when I pinch hit with the game on the line.
August 5th, 200911:57 pm
Lame song, that one. Sorry DOB.
August 6th, 200912:01 am
Greg — You will not pinch hit tomorrow or in the near future because my ex-husband and I will be making sure your legs will have matching bruises.
Stick to being the king of the clubhouse. Nice backward bend after Diaz’s tater last night.
August 6th, 200912:04 am
maybe they’re just having him work on some mechanical issues in a low-pressure environment.
I’m not saying you’re wrong, everything I’ve gathered leads me to believe you’re right. But what I don’t understand is why they’re being so hush-hush about it. Why not just say, “We want to get him to work on his mechanics a bit in a lower-pressure situation”? Is it that embarrassing to Zeke? Is he that thin-skinned?
August 6th, 200912:05 am
It’s apparent Chipper’s bat has slowed a bit. . . Lots of oppo this year and not really exploding and turning on much. At 37 you can’t expect a major rebound. Better to have him doing this than sitting around with the magical oblique injury.
NO MORE BOBBY
August 6th, 200912:11 am
Does anyone know which MLB team has the most bloggers and where do the Braves place on the list? I see 300 votes on latest poll here and that seems a bit low to me.
A question to all Braves bloggers. If, it is determined in the off season by the Braves braintrust that Jason Heyward is ready to take over RF, but Freddie Freeman needs more time on the minors and that by trading Kawakami, KJ and Church for some cheap bullpen help it would give the team the money to sign Matt Holiday at $15 mil per year, but would require Prado to play 1st and Infante to play 2nd until Freeman was ready, would you feel that would give the Braves a shot at a playoff spot?
The lineup would be something like: 2B Infante, CF, McLouth, 3B Chipper, LF Holiday, C McCann, SS Escobar, RF Heyward, 1st Prado.(OR switch Prado and Infante)
Rotation: Lowe, Jurrjens, Hudson, Vazquez, Hanson
Bullpen: Soriano($8 Mil), Moylan, O’Flaherty, Medlen, Carlisle and 2 cheap trade relievers
Bench: Ross, Conrad, Canizaires, Schafer and a cheap middle infielder
Could that get us back in the playoffs?
August 6th, 200912:12 am
We need to kick ass on LA.
If the Dodgers want to start some of that @#$% they did with the Brewers, somebody better be prepared to react.
I’m not saying there should be some kind of brawl but I think the Dodgers are a little full of themselves lately.
What is the deal with their pitching anyway? Who is winning games for them? They’re overachieving as far as I’m concerned. We gotta play some good baseball, take care of business. Take ‘em down.
Regardless, the Braves better be ready to come home and literally murder the Nationals. I want blood on the field at the end of those games.
Not really. I swear though, no way they can lose those games.
August 6th, 200912:13 am
Or maybe in LA.
If they can figure out the on part I would be very impressed.
August 6th, 200912:16 am
Tonya … I talked to you ex (jeff gillooly) and he told me that he was out of the ‘clubbing’ business.
August 6th, 200912:17 am
OAKLAND 7 TEXAS 5 TOP 8
Feliz pitched the 7th – 2 Ks. Allowed baserunner on an error by Andrus. Hit 100 on the K of Suzuki.
August 6th, 200912:25 am
Chips and I ( I call Chipper ‘Chips’ in case you were wondering) are gonna go down to the bar and have some scotch. It’s still early here on the left coast. There’s roughly 22 and a half hours till game time
August 6th, 200912:30 am
I have posted these for over a week…
Div – 11.3%
WC – 3.2%
Total – 14.6%
As we already knew, the series against the Marlins and the Dodgers put a serious dent into the Braves chances. Need to exact some revenge against the Dodgers this weekend. Here’s to a series win….
August 6th, 200912:35 am
Yea, chipper is mostly swinging with all arms. he started doing that often last year while focusing on getting base hits than to step into one and trying to hit it out of the park. he’s actually doing well going the other way with the pitch. and it’s unfortunate that his bat speed is declining, but at the same time, hes still going to be productive, and i believe part of the problem is that he isnt getting alot of good pitches to hit. his injuries are down this year, and despite his numbers declining, he is certainly still going to be productive next year as well.
August 6th, 200912:36 am
The A’s Adam Kennedy went deep on Feliz. First hit dude gives up was a homer.
August 6th, 200912:39 am
Jeff Bennett’s line tonight: 2 batters faced, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 run gave up.
August 6th, 200912:40 am
Welcome home roachy! Not knocking cotchman but its clear that Adam is a much better bat at 1st..
August 6th, 200912:42 am
I heard that Paul Lentz doesn’t like me very much. That’s fine, as long as Chips likes I’m golden.
August 6th, 200912:56 am
I’ve always ben a big Chipper fan. However in saying this the end is nearing(maybe this yr and next). Do the Braes have anyone groomed in the minors for 3rd or does everyone think Yunels the next 3b? And if its YE who plays ss?
August 6th, 20091:32 am
August 6th, 20091:35 am
Steve…I’ve got an eye on you, too, bub!
August 6th, 20091:49 am
Chip Caray has done an outstanding job calling the radio broadcasts this series with Sutton. Caray is a natural radio guy and has a good chemistry with the permanent waver.
Don’t get me wrong, Powell has been much better than advertised. A nice dry wit, kind of like DOB.
August 6th, 20092:41 am
LaJollaDawg, another year passes … Wahoos. I was trying to think of the name of that place.
Didn’t stop at the pier, since it was already almost 8 when i got to San Clemente. Little late leaving San Diego. Took my time, glad I did, because by the time I got on freeway at 7:15 traffic was a breeze. I made it to downtown L.A. in just under 2 hours, stopped and got a double-cheeseburger (w/onions) and fries at the In-N-Out by Santa Fe Springs off the 5.
BravesFanInWisc: I don’t think the Braves have decided what they’re gonna do next year at 1B. Lot of options. They’ll see how Freeman progresses, but I don’t think they’re planning on him at start of season. I’m sure they’re not, but they’ll let him keep developing and show what he can do rest of this year.
They could sign a guy for a year, see if LaRoche has any interest in coming back for a year as a free agent (not at a arb-set salary), or even trade for a guy. So many ways they could go….
Adam Kennedy hit a two-run homer on a very straight 97-mph Feliz fastball tonight.
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