Braves have big four-gamer in L.A.

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  Los Angeles – With baseball fans in L.A. caught up the past couple of days in the Prince Fielder/Guillermo Mota contretemps, the Braves slip into town for a four-game series that starts with Derek Lowe’s return to Dodger Stadium tonight for the first time since leaving after spending the past four seasons with Los Dodgers.
  ”They’ll boo me,” said Lowe, who’s not expecting quite a different response than the standing O he got at Fenway Park earlier this season in his first start back in Boston since helping the Sox win the 2004 World Series.
 ”They boo everyone who comes back [to Dodger Stadium],” Lowe said. “[Tonight] is just another ballgame.”

  (By the way, getting back to Fielder/Mota. After seeing the video, I thought, If Prince wanted to get to him, why didn’t he just toss that lone guard aside and march into the clubhouse? I think the other Prince would have thrown some purple dust in the guard’s face and strutted past.)
  

Where's Mota?

Where's Mota?

Anyway … yes, another important ballgame for the Braves, as every game is for the rest of the season, or at least for as long as they are within legitimate striking distance of the division and wild-card leaders.
  A few days ago, it looked like that might not be for much longer. They Braves had lost three out of four games and five of seven, and they looked like an uninspired bunch with a punchless offense, a team that might be 10 games by late August. But then there were the past two days in San Diego.
  Braves fans are a little like Al Pacino in Godfather III (not a terrible movie, just terrible compared to the first two masterpieces of the trilogy). Each time he got out, they pulled him back in.
  Each time the Braves look ready to fold it up and the season looks hopelessly lost, they have a couple of games or a good week that provides just enough hope for plenty of their fans to believe.
  A cynic might say they’re just good enough to break your hearts. An big-time optimist might say they’re good enough to reel in the rest of the wild-card leaders or even catch the Phillies.
  I can’t argue too strongly with any of those opinions, though I do think it’s still more likely than not that they’ll miss their fourth consecutive postseason. But again, I don’t think it’s going to take a miracle for them to catch the teams ahead of them in either the wild-card race of the NL East, all teams with flaws, some obviously greater than others. Just when I think the Phillies are clearly too good a team for the Braves to threaten, the Phillies have another stretch like they’ve had the past week where they look vulnerable.
  It won’t take a miracle for the Braves to catch them, but it’ll take much more consistent play than they’ve had all season. It’ll take continued strong pitching, and offense something like they got the past two days in San Diego, where the Braves had 31 hits while outscoring the Padres 15-4 the past two days (even if all 14 hits were singles on Wednesday).
  Anyway, I was looking at the numbers since the Braves started to play better ball at the end of June, and was surprised to see they’ve actually had better results than all but the Phillies and the Cubs since June 28.
  The Phillies are 22-11 in that stretch, the Cubs 22-13, and the Braves 21-13.
  The Dodgers have baseball’s best record (66-42), but are 18-15 since June 28.

 

 ♣ Good matchup at Chavez Ravine: This series pits the two teams with by far the best team batting averages since the All-Star break, and also the best two on-base percentages.
 The Dodgers have hit .292 with a .353 OBP since the break, while the Braves have hit .287 with a league-best .362 OBP since the break.
  The Braves also have, surprising to me, the third-most homers (26) and third-most runs (101) in the NL since the break, while the Dodgers have 14 and 96.
  For the easson, the Dodgers (3.60) and Braves (3.76) rank second and third in the NL in ERA, behind the Giants (3.47). Since the break, the Braves have a league-leading 3.25 ERA.
  So, the Braves have the best ERA and second-best batting average in the NL since the break. But the Phillies (3.26) are right behind them, and they just added Cliff Lee.
And they play in a bandbox, which makes Philly’s ERA all the more impressive.

 ♦ Mannywood, whatever: I doubt the Braves will be nearly as focused on Manny Ramirez as those wig-wearings fans seated in the left-fied Mannywood section. Simply because he’s not the hitter that’s killing teams in this lineup lately.
  Ramirez has hit .191 (9-for-47) with one homer, three RBI and 13 strikeouts in his past 12 games, with a .296 OBP and .340 slugging percentage.
  If I’m the Braves, I’m concentrating more on Andre Ethier, who has hit .368 with four homers since the break, and has a .356 career average and 1.034 OPS in 19 games against the Braves, including 7-for-14 with two homers and five RBI in three games against them this season.
 Or Matt Kemp, who’s hit .320 with four homers and 19 RBI in 19 games since the break.

 ♣ Still at bottom: Braves outfielders have improved offensively since the trade for Nate McLouth, but as a unit they still rank last in the NL in homers (26) and slugging percentage (.378).
  Someone tells me they have a 19-year-old down at Double-A who might be able to help in that regard before too much longer… OK, I couldn’t resist fanning the Jason Heyward flames.
Speaking of Braves outfielders, the gone but seemingly never forgotten Jeff Francoeur has cooled a bit lately with his new team, the New York Infirm … er, Mets.

McLouth's helped, but OFs still at bottom

McLouth's helped, but Braves OFs still lag

  After hitting .327 with three homers and 16 RBI in his first 14 games for the Mets, Francoeur is 6-for-30 (.200) with one homer and three RBI in his past eight games.
  Still, his overall numbers since the trade are impressive, and he deserves credit for going over there and producing in the midst of the unbelievable multitude of injuries and tense times swirling around the Mets.
  Meanwhile, the guy the Braves traded for in that right fielder swap, Ryan Church, returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing six starts with an hyperextended elbow and receiving three cortisone shots.
  He had a couple of hits yesterday and also made a strong throw to the play (even if the runner should have been called safe, it was still a good throw).
  The Braves got him back just in time for Church to play at Dodger Stadium, where he’s got a .404 career average and 1.108 OPS in 14 games, with two homers in 47 at-bats.
  Adam LaRoche also has five homers and 15 RBI in 13 games at Dodger Stadium, and longtime Angel Garret Anderson has a .305 average with 17 extra-base hits (seven homers) and 16 RBI in 27 games and 105 at-bats there.
  Chipper Jones, on the other hand, has just a .239 average in 53 games (201 at-bats) at Dodger Stadium, one of his lowest averages anywhere. He does have 11 homers and a .342 OBP there, however.

 

  ♣ OK, gotta get over to the ballpark. Since I can see the Hollywood sign from my 31st-floor hotel room, and since I associate L.A. more than any city with Tom Waits, I’m gonna go with another gem from the master.

“Eggs And Sausage (In A Cadillac With Susan Michelson)” by Tom Waits

Nighthawks at the diner
of Emma’s 49er, there’s a rendezvous
of strangers around the coffee urn tonight
all the gypsy hacks, the insomniacs
now the paper’s been read

now the waitress said
eggs and sausage and a side of toast
coffee and a roll, hash browns over easy
chili in a bowl with burgers and fries,
what kind of pie?

In a graveyard charade, a late shift masquerade
2 for a quarter, dime for a dance
with Woolworth rhinestone diamond
earrings, and a sideway’s glance
and now the register rings

now the waitress sings
eggs and sausage and a side of toast
coffee and a roll, hash browns over easy
chili in a bowl with burgers and fries,
what kind of pie?

the classified section offered no direction
it’s a cold caffeine in a nicotine cloud
now the touch of your fingers
lingers burning in my memory
I’ve been 86ed from your scheme
I’m in a melodramatic nocturnal scene
I’m a refugee from a disconcerted affair
as the lead pipe morning falls

and the waitress calls
eggs and sausage and a side of toast
coffee and a roll, hash browns over easy
chili in a bowl with burgers and fries,
what kind of pie?

 

2,102 comments Add your comment

HTF

August 6th, 2009
5:41 pm

Free Heyward

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
5:43 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! I wish the game started at 7 or 7:30 ET so we could be getting a lineup right about now…

stamper

August 6th, 2009
5:44 pm

**posted in the last blog**

So i was really bored earlier and decided to take a look at our bullpen statistics… specifically Moylan.

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it, and i’m sorry if many of you have been talking about this… but i was kinda shocked to see how impressive Moylan’s numbers have been since May.
And while, yes, he had a rough patch toward the all star break in colorado and washington, his stuff has been particularly impressive… which kinda surprised me, considering how much negative press he receives among a few of the bloggers here (Lentz comes to mind).

And since the all star break, he’s been even better… Yes, he had a rough inning against San Francisco, but as I recall nothing went really well for the Braves in that game. but here’s how he’s done since the All Star Break…

10 2/3 IP, 2 Runs, 0 ER, 7 Hits, 0 Walks, 12 K’s… Not bad at all.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 6th, 2009
5:45 pm

I’m really speechless

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
5:49 pm

OK, here’s a little something to chew on, what with the lefty starting tonight:

BMac is 3-25 (.120) against lefties since the All-Star Break with no walks and 5 K’s.

But here’s the thing: Those 3 hits all came in the series against Mets right after the Break, during which he hit .333 (3-9) with 1 K against lefties.

That means, since that series, he’s gone 0-16 with 4 K’s vs the LHP’s…and again, no walks. 8O

richbrave

August 6th, 2009
5:50 pm

BL:

From previous blog. You and me too. Signing SORIANO and GONZALEZ? I’m not sure about that. Right now I’m thinking the BRAVES brass esteems RAFAEL over MIKE, but that’s just me.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
5:50 pm

Ah man, and is our OF still last in homers? :roll: But hey, looks like they’re gonna surpass last year’s total…or have they done that already?

richbrave

August 6th, 2009
5:51 pm

Guess HEYWARD’s not going to GWINNETT first.

TnBrian

August 6th, 2009
5:51 pm

Alright, lets focus on Wolf and game 1 tonight and get the win. Having that momentum helps. I have a good feeling Lowe will pitch his a** off tonight and rest the pen and then JJ tomorrow, so we have a shot to at least take 2 of 4.

stamper

August 6th, 2009
5:51 pm

interesting stat, McFann. hopefully he turns that around and soon. Looks like we’re gonna get a heavy dose of Lefties against the Phillies next weekend, as well.

N8

August 6th, 2009
5:53 pm

Director John Hughes dead at 59:

“Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood’s youth impresario of the 1980s and ’90s who captured and cornered the teen and pre-teen market with such favorites as “Home Alone,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.”

Apparently he had a heart attack while walking in NY.

Whether you liked his movies or not, there is no denying that the slew of movies aimed at teenagers shaped a decade of pop culture history. Did for me anyhow.

Feris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club are two of my favorites from my teenage years.

Bummer.

TommyP

August 6th, 2009
5:54 pm

and 80%+ of those “placeholders” are better than the guys at AA whatever you wanna call them. Sounds like you’re quoting some articles you read from some theoretical baseball writers. I’ve been there and done that. AAA is better overall, and way better as far as giving young hitters experience at hitting breaking balls. 2 great players on a team do not make up for the difference in quality of the rest of the roster. oh well…

Nolie: I’ll take that as a compliment that I’m “quoting some articles….” LOL

I’m not quoting articles. The difference in AAA and AA is the AA players have better tools, more raw talent. The AAA players have more experience, are gamers, etc.

You sound like you’re having a bad day, bro. You’re next response was “I always get a kick out of this kinda crap.”

Tomahawk1310

August 6th, 2009
5:54 pm

Free Heyward-I second that!

N8

August 6th, 2009
5:54 pm

And apparently, I’m still too stupid to get the italic function to work consistently.

stamper

August 6th, 2009
5:54 pm

wow. can’t believe JOhn Hughes died. one of my all time favorite filmmakers.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
5:55 pm

A little above average….

jj

August 6th, 2009
5:56 pm

I know it’s a touchy subject,but should the Braves consider dropping Chipper down in the lineup?Chipper has turned into a singles hitter and right now with our first two hitters getting on,we need some pop in the 3 hole.Should they put our new firstbaseman or Escabor in the 3 hole?Just asking.

Shamus Thacker

August 6th, 2009
5:56 pm

DOB: Chipper Jones, on the other hand, has just a .239 average in 53 games (201 at-bats) at Dodger Stadium, one of his lowest averages anywhere. He does have 11 homers and a .342 OBP there, however.

I’m just surprised to see Chipper’s only played 53-games at Dodger Stadium. Seems like a low number. Guess I’m reverting to the days of the Western Division Bravos.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
5:58 pm

stamper

Yeah, I dug that one up today…I knew it had been bad, but I didn’t realize it had been that bad. He’s gotta turn it around REAL soon, or he’s gonna be batting below .200 against them–he’s sittin’ right at .200 (20-100) right now.

Looks like we’re gonna get a heavy dose of Lefties against the Phillies next weekend, as well.

Dangit! That really……stinks… :x

Stupid Fillies…why couldn’t they have gotten Ian Snell instead of the Mariners?

TommyP

August 6th, 2009
5:58 pm

N8: I’m pretty poor with the italics as well. Once I get ‘em started, they don’t stop!

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
5:59 pm

Anyone watch the Marlins – Nationals series? It was incredible!! The moral of the fish has to be killed the that. Especially going into Philly.

Chop Chop

August 6th, 2009
5:59 pm

Shamus,

It’s crazy to think that Chipper didn’t play in our NL West days. I’m not even 30, but that makes me feel old.

Marc from FL

August 6th, 2009
6:00 pm

lol, that’s going to be Homer’s new catch line

“Free Heyward!”

And I’m suprised about Moylan at out, he’s a great pitcher. Most guys scuff along a little after tommy john surgery, it looks like he’s found himself again though. Our bullpen is secretly amazing.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:00 pm

Shamus Guess I’m reverting to the days of the Western Division Bravos.

So glad they’re not still in the Western Division! I cann only take so much of this 10 o’clock stuff…

(Sorry, cabravesfan. :P )

Marc from FL

August 6th, 2009
6:00 pm

OMG I can’t type right now, better grab some Morgan and pizza before continuing.

Chop Chop

August 6th, 2009
6:01 pm

“The moral of the fish has to be killed the that.”

Amen.

CB

August 6th, 2009
6:01 pm

I’ve got socks older than you,Chop Chop.

Packerman

August 6th, 2009
6:02 pm

Enter your comments here

Chop Chop

August 6th, 2009
6:02 pm

I take that back. Chipper did appear in eight games during the ‘93 season.

Therefore, he was a hard-bitten NL West warrior.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:03 pm

McFann, were 21 – 15 against lefties as opposed to 34 – 38 against righties

Shamus Thacker

August 6th, 2009
6:03 pm

McFann, I slept through many days of school and work during the West years, :)

TommyP

August 6th, 2009
6:03 pm

I’ve had some beers today but I wish I had some of that moral and fish or whatever. :)

Chop Chop

August 6th, 2009
6:04 pm

I’ve got shirts older than McFann.

Life’s strange, CB.

Homer

August 6th, 2009
6:05 pm

Katie J.

August 6th, 2009
6:06 pm

Big series in L.A. Could, possibly, make or break our playoff chances depending on how we do over the next 4 games. We’re still in there though. Glad to see this blog’s followers haven’t given up yet. That SportSouth Facebook Page gets nasty and negative in a hurry. My new blog post is about what we can be happy about right now:

http://braveskatie.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/08/balancing-optimism-with-realism—the-plight-of-the-braves-fan.html

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:07 pm

“The moral of the fish has to be killed [by] that” Fixed.

RHR

August 6th, 2009
6:07 pm

The other Prince could take both Mota and the fat Prince. Don’t believe me? Watch the basketball video.

Katie J.

August 6th, 2009
6:07 pm

Oh, and TommyP, thanks for mentioning beers. Reminded me to grab some before tonight’s game :)

StingerSplash

August 6th, 2009
6:07 pm

DOB,

Agreed. On its own merits, Godfather III is a solid movie (the casting of Sofia Coppola, however, remains debatable. And that’s being kind).
Unfortunately, for it, it has to be compared to its predecessors, to which few movies can measure up to. And Godfather III falls into the ranks of the many and not the few.

Chop Chop

August 6th, 2009
6:10 pm

I just hope this series doesn’t kill our morale, Jurrjens4NLCY.

RHR

August 6th, 2009
6:10 pm

Shamus Thacker

August 6th, 2009
6:10 pm

Reminds me of a Bible verse TommyP. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man how to pit-cook a delicious hawg, and you delight him for a lifetime.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:11 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY

Are we? Really? Wow…well, wonders never cease…

Shamus

Haha! I’m sure I would have, too.

What year did they move to the East? I’m sure I know already…

Nova Scotia Steve

August 6th, 2009
6:11 pm

Just got back from Church.

Re: Kenshin Kawakami’s start against the Dodgers

I lit a candle, said four Hail Mary’s and rolled off the Lord’s Prayer twice. 8O

Good Luck my-son…you will need it. Or a sh*tloads of runs…whatever works.

Shamus Thacker

August 6th, 2009
6:11 pm

The Biblical verse is paraphrased BTW….

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:12 pm

“City of Brotherly Love”?

Don’t kill over spilled beer…

Shamus Thacker

August 6th, 2009
6:13 pm

The move was in 94 McFann

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:14 pm

And the Live Look-in at the Rangers-A’s game goes off at an intense moment! 2 on, 2 out, one run already in…

Rangers’ closer got the last out, though–6-4 Rangers.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:15 pm

Shamus

‘94…OK, so I was around

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:15 pm

I present to all of you good people: Jurrjens4NLCY’s keys to winning this series! 1. Steal bases 2. Try hit and runs, squeezes, etc. 3. Work the count 4. Don’t throw as many fastballs, Dodger hitting is weak against breaking balls, change ups, sinkers (that actually sink) , etc. All in all, small ball. Follow these steps and the Braves should be in good shape, IMO.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:17 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY

Good keys…just make sure it’s the Braves that follow them…especially that first one… :mrgreen:

wjones

August 6th, 2009
6:18 pm

“He has 94 ab’s now, in 109 plate appearances. .415/.496/.702!! (WJones)

and that means what? 109PA is a drop in the bucket. IIRC Chipper had 500+ and hit .249, was that a significant sample size? Perhaps not. Ah the sitcom generation.”

I was responding to the fact that you had said “Wait until he has 100 ab’s…”. Well, he is almost there, and has over 100 PA’s. So that’s not good then? OK. Tell me when he has enough PA’s to evaluate him, then. Apparently he has gotten Wren’s attention, who is most likely a better judge than either of us.

And comparing apples to oranges does not impress me, either. Chipper hit .248 at what, age 32? In an injury plagued year? After 9 years of consistent, sustained excellence? And what has he done since? And we are going to compare that to a kid, highly thought of, who gets called up to a higher league and immediately begins dominating said league? A league that has been proven to be a major jump, perhaps the biggest jump save the jump to the majors? I don’t think we can discount it. If you are waiting to see him rack up 500 PA’s in Pearl, don’t hold your breath.

RHR

August 6th, 2009
6:18 pm

MFIKY is not impressed with this weeks SI Players poll.

“Which closer would you least like to face with the tying run on 3rd and fewer than 2 outs?”

Mo Rivera 36%
F Rod 12%
Joe Nathan 11%
Brade Lidge 10%
Jonathan Papelbon 9%

Heath

August 6th, 2009
6:18 pm

If Yankees/Red Sox series couldn’t get worse, MLB had to really hit us in the gut and give us a four-game series with which we have to deal…. We gotta listen to that (whether we watch ESPN or MLB Network) for the next four days. Thanks. :roll:

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:19 pm

StingerSplash, I sorry but Godfather does not compare to the Matrix. I believe its one of the greatest trilogys in movie history.

nolie

August 6th, 2009
6:20 pm

I’m not quoting articles. The difference in AAA and AA is the AA players have better tools, more raw talent. The AAA players have more experience, are gamers, etc. (Tommy P)

you are way overemphasing what you are saying Tommy. You are right to a small extent, but a few players per team are all that qualify for your statement. way. Over 90% of all prospects no matter how good play in AAA. The few who do not do not make up for the fact that 75% of the AAA team roster is better than an AA roster. A hitter might go all year and hardly ever see the top one or two pitchers that another team has who are so elite that they will skip AAA, he will definitely have to bat against many more of the rest of the staffs who are better and throw more and better breaking balls than in AA.
I am not saying that some guys aren’t good enough to pass it up and still succeed, but it is always a learning experience for those who play there. I worked for both levels and what you are saying is just not true overall. I agree that it is somewhat more like you claim than it used to be in my day, but I have continued to spend most summers at different parks at different levels and AAA is still stronger as a baseball level than AA.
And the fact that I get a kick out of all the haters has nothing to do with my day, I always get a kick outta them and comment on it once in a while. ;)

Heath

August 6th, 2009
6:26 pm

PTI talking about great rivalry games that they wanted to see….

Best to see IMO…that I haven’t see and would LOVE to see….

OSU/Michigan in The Shoe. I went to a couple OSU games when they faced nobodies and it was still awesome. With the way these guys are regarding the Bucks and Wolverines up here when their on tv, just can’t imagine being there for one of those games.

Heath

August 6th, 2009
6:28 pm

“…when their on tv…”

OH MY.

Sorry folks. I deserve all the ridicule coming for that…

stamper

August 6th, 2009
6:28 pm

Nova Scotia Steve… i wish it were as easy as lighting a candle, saying four Hail Mary’s and saying the Lord’s Prayer twice in order for KK actually beating the Dodgers on Saturday.

I think we’re also gonna need some pixie dust, a few good luck trolls and a whole lotta rabbits feet for any hope of that happening.

Frank Wren

August 6th, 2009
6:29 pm

StingerSplash, I sorry but Godfather does not compare to the Matrix. I believe its one of the greatest trilogys in movie history.

That may be the dumbest post ever in the history of blogging. Are you seriously comparing The Matrix to The Godfather? Not only are they not in the same league they are not on the same planet

tralfaz

August 6th, 2009
6:29 pm

“Re: Kenshin Kawakami’s start against the Dodgers”

-the kid seems to do better against the bigger challenges, I’ll remain optimistic (vodka helps)

Greene Hornet

August 6th, 2009
6:30 pm

DOB: I rarely write, but you ought to go on the road with your comedy! That was great talking about Prince/ and the guy formerly known as Prince and putting that photo up there. It seems you recently started putting star’s photos in your blog (kudos to the Penelope Cruz photo by the way). Great Braves talk and humor in the same column/ blog. I couldn’t ask for more! (Well, maybe a World Series Championship for the Bravos, but I’m nt holding my breath…)

P-Town Brave

August 6th, 2009
6:31 pm

Nolie-

Yes, but aren’t there many more Travis Smith’s and Gregor Blanco’s in AAA?!

Greene Hornet

August 6th, 2009
6:31 pm

It was either that or I’m extremely tired from work to why I thought that was funny, but either way I laughed…which is all that counted…

CrimeDog

August 6th, 2009
6:32 pm

…The Matrix? But The Matrix has Keanue Reeves. Doesn’t that automatically disqualify it from being the greates trilogy of all time?

Luke H.

August 6th, 2009
6:34 pm

We need some of Jobu’s Rum from Major League. And maybe Pedro Cerrano’s bat in the lineup.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:34 pm

Frank Wren, haha next your going to tell me Quintin TaranDULL is the greatest director ever.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

August 6th, 2009
6:36 pm

Heath,

I enjoyed watching an OSU Michigan game in the big house. That rivalry is crazy…. glad I was going to school at UM and not a traveling buckeye fan, thats for sure.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:37 pm

RHR “Which closer would you least like to face with the tying run on 3rd and fewer than 2 outs?”

Joe Nathan!!

stamper

August 6th, 2009
6:37 pm

For the money, I’m sure we’re all in agreement Robocop can claim Best Trilogy of All Time.

*looks across the room for mutual reflection. a tumbleweed blows by*

Glass Half Full

August 6th, 2009
6:37 pm

Unless Keanue Reeves is starring as a surfing FBI agent or traveling around in a phone booth with So-crates and Billy the Kid, I don’t wanna see it…

RHR

August 6th, 2009
6:41 pm

Director John Hughes dead at 59

WHAT?! Damn. Goodbye youth. I hardly knew ye.

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
6:42 pm

OK, here’s a weird stat, BMac’s year-by-year numbers at Dodger Stadium:

2006: 3 games, 2 starts–2-9, HR, RBI

2007: 3 games, 3 starts–2-10, HR, 4 RBI

2008: 3 games, 3 starts–2-10, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Hopefully he’ll crank out more than two hits this year!

chilidog75

August 6th, 2009
6:42 pm

For KK to get a win against the Dodgers,
we’re going to have to sacrifice a live Komodo Dragon.

RHR

August 6th, 2009
6:43 pm

DOB: I rarely write, but you ought to go on the road with your comedy!

Yeah..he could call it The Broke and Homeless Comedy Tour.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:43 pm

I like the Matrix because of the Wachowski brothers. Not Keanue Reeves. Tha Wa Bros have done some great things like the Matrix and V for Vendetta. And Speed Racer was pretty ok. Can we get back to baseball now?

Lew

August 6th, 2009
6:43 pm

Jurrjens_ I was about to comment on those lefty -righty splits (interesting considering our LH dominant hitting lineup) when I saw your post about The Matrix vs. The Godfather. You’re like 13, right?

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:44 pm

“Yeah..he could call it The Broke and Homeless Comedy Tour.” Ziiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnng!

jaygee

August 6th, 2009
6:48 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kawakami is Japanese for batting practice. That might sound cruel, but the guy’s game just has not translated to MLB. He can’t put hitters away. I hope Hudson can get back into form and take KK’s spot.

I have also been wondering whether Chipper should move down in the lineup, though I’d put Escobar there, certainly not LaRoche. Chipper looks tired. So does McCann. If we only had Infante, Chipper could take a few days off and get some strength back. He actually looks disintrested during some at bats. And McClouth has looked a little lost at times lately. He’s missing a lot of pitches, especially breaking balls. I still like him a lot–he’s a great fielder and he always plays hard — but it seems he’s behind in the count all the time lately and then vulnerable to the hook.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
6:50 pm

Lew, The reason being for the “Leftie -Righty” splits thing is our LH hitter hit lefties better than righties, Kelly Johnson, Garret Anderson, Brian Mc….Oh wait. Jk. And the fact of the movie matter is I have different taste than “y’all.” Their both respectable movies (Godfather with the awards and Matrix with the fact that its a course at Northwesterns’ Psychology department), but I don’t like the Pulp Fiction/Godfather/Scareface type. Not my cup of tea. BFD, lets move on.

chilidog75

August 6th, 2009
6:50 pm

Kawakami isn’t great. But he’s not batting practice. Jo Jo Reyes IS batting practice. Kyle Davies IS batting practice. KK is an overpaid fifth starter, who has made plenty of quality starts this season.
He’s not great. At all. But he’s more than serviceable. Just wish he’d eat up more innings.
Which is why we need to find a Komodo Dragon.

Bob Sacamano

August 6th, 2009
6:51 pm

chilidog75

August 6th, 2009
6:54 pm

Jurrjens,
Then don’t say “I’m sorry, but the Godfather does not compare to the Matrix.” Just say you like one more than the other. Then it wouldn’t be a BFD at all.

PWHjort

August 6th, 2009
6:56 pm

KK is an overpaid fifth starter

How do you figure he’s overpaid? Teams pay 4.5 million per WAR. If he’s slightly below average, he’s worth his contract. Don’t like WAR? Meet JC Bradbury, who also doesn’t like WAR.

As someone who detests WAR values on many levels and for many reasons, I would like to say that based on my research on player salaries that I do not believe that Kawakami is overpaid. If he is overpaid, it’s not by much and not the contract that Braves fans should be worried about.

Edit: this sounds snooty. Just trying to say that another method backs up the sound payment theory.

Braves326

August 6th, 2009
7:02 pm

Go get em smoltzy

McFann :Ô:

August 6th, 2009
7:02 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY The reason being for the “Leftie -Righty” splits thing is our LH hitter hit lefties better than righties, Kelly Johnson, Garret Anderson, Brian Mc….

Well, this year BMac’s batting .200 (20-100) against lefties, and .340 (71-209) against righties.

Link

Wayne in Utah

August 6th, 2009
7:02 pm

And btw, the Bad News Bears is/was the greatest movie of all time, and if you don’t agree with me, then you are a doo-doo head!

:-)

chilidog75

August 6th, 2009
7:04 pm

PWH,
Not snooty, man.
I just disagree. How many other No. 5 starters are making the kind of money he’s making? And that’s what KK is. A No. 5 starter.
Just like D-Lowe is overpaid to be, essentially, a No. 4 starter. But at least Lowe has a track record and eats up innings.

KK is serviceable. Not great. I personally don’t think the Braves are the type of franchise that can afford to pay $8 million a year for a “serviceable” starting pitcher who rarely – if ever – pitches into the eighth inning.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 6th, 2009
7:05 pm

Chilidog75

Believe me I’m checking E-Bay for the komodo..

Wayne in Utah

August 6th, 2009
7:06 pm

So Smoltz is going today. While I hope he does well, I will be surprised if he does.

PWHjort

August 6th, 2009
7:07 pm

No, chilidog75, that’s what JC said, not me. I typed html blockquote tags but this blog doesn’t accept them. Everything after “Meet JC Bradbury, who also doesn’t like WAR.” Is a direct quote from JC, not something I wrote.

Shadetree

August 6th, 2009
7:07 pm

i used to work second shift and when I got home TBS had the Braves replay at 1 a.m. I always watch my Braves. I wish they were still a TBS product. That’s what made us famous. You see all the Braves fans when the Braves go on the road. That’s not Maddux, Smoltz or Glavine. That’s TBS long long ago.

ray k.

August 6th, 2009
7:07 pm

DOB –

Any word on what the traffic was like for the bus bound Braves yesterday heading north on the 5 from SD to LA? I have been living in LA for a decade and know the freeways all too well. I figure if they left yesterday around 4, they may have just pulled in an hour ago? It’s awful.

At least there is a breeze today. The weather has been over 100 in the valley’s all week. My car window decided to stop working yesterday, and the AC kicked off an hour later. I feel like a dog left panting in the car as his owner goes into the grocery store.

A Braves win tonight would help my mood some…

OklahomaBrave

August 6th, 2009
7:08 pm

Free Heyward I third that I think.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 6th, 2009
7:08 pm

How about this: In my humble opinion, The Matrix is better than the Godfather… There, now shall we all discussion why Brian can’t seem to hit lefties as well as he used to, I’ll be honest, I don’t know why, anyone see anything?

Del

August 6th, 2009
7:09 pm

Wonder how long it’s going to take our esteemed mgr to move our RBI leader (Esco)up to the 4th spot and drop McCann and GA down one slot. I would keep Chipper at #3 and let his singles put him on base ahead of Esco. Seems like we are presently wasting Esco pretty much down in the 6th spot.

Marc from FL

August 6th, 2009
7:09 pm

Chilidog, how many other #5 starters are giving their teams as many quality starts? KK has been a victim or poor offense as bad as anyone in our rotation.

OklahomaBrave

August 6th, 2009
7:10 pm

Del, I agree that Yunel should be batting cleanup. Dude is clutch

Nova Scotia Steve

August 6th, 2009
7:11 pm

Mostly everyone gunna be around for the game tonight?

rtrafford

August 6th, 2009
7:11 pm

KK doesn’t “eat innings” because the braves offense needs a pinch hitter too soon and too often.

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