5:39 pm August 6, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 6th, 200910:07 pm
Lentz, how can you not comprehend anything anyone writes to you? You still completely missed the entire point! Production. We need more of it from Kawakami. That’s all. That’s all I’ve been saying. He’s underperformed. Period.
Regarding Campillo. How are his statistics in 08 irrelevant when YOU claimed Smoltz, Glavine and Hampton’s statistics in 08 were relevant? In your strange world, shouldn’t they be on an equal tier?
Additionally, what the phcuk does Frank Wren even have to do with anything I wrote? I didn’t mention him. Furthermore, at no time did i suggest braves needing to re sign Smoltz or Hampton in 09. Or Glavine for that matter! I never said I wanted them, either. Your logic for even discussing that, yet again, is astounding.
Like I stated earlier, you are only capable of processing information as long as it accommodates your own strange little agenda.
I am not talking about Frank Wren’s decisions during the off season. At all. I’m talking about results. Results. Not a GM’s decisions on whom to sign/not sign.
But for the record, Wren attempted to sign both Smoltz and Hampton. He just failed. And we’re so incredibly lucky that he did.
That is all.
August 6th, 200910:08 pm
Nothing better then listening to Vin Scully call a baseball game
August 6th, 200910:09 pm
Is the Dodger stadium titiontron a ….. giant Iphone? That makes me sick
em>”Lentz….dear God man…what is it that you don’t understand.” njbrave
Let me answer this one. If I was a betting man, I’d go with the English language.
August 6th, 200910:11 pm
Who the heck is Eduardo Prado ??
August 6th, 200910:12 pm
DirtyYuni , yeah derrick trucks kicks ass! i’m a big goverment mule fan as well.
I hate it for Smoltz because I am still a fan despite his recent d-bag behavior. You have to give props to Wren for seeing that both Glavine and Smoltz were done. I will be surprised if Smoltz is with Boston much longer. Hopefully he will have the sense to retire before he gets released and looks like an old fool.
August 6th, 200910:13 pm
Guys,while KK has struggled at times and more times than we would like he has done fairly well and I would say very well for 5th Starter. Can yu’all remember at least two starts where he left the game with the lead only for the pen to give it up. In addition he like the other starters were victimized by the poor offensive production in the first half. Many of you are the same people who ripped Frank Wren when he decided not to resign Smoltz on the terms that were offered by Boston. Frank is now looking like a genius and Theo Epstein may be catchin hell for signing Smoltz, especially after his performance tonight.
August 6th, 200910:14 pm
Always a treat listenin to Vin Scully.
August 6th, 200910:15 pm
Good inning for Vin Scully (I guess)
Chop It Up All-Stars
Can McCann give Chipper his glasses?
Well…that was easy.
August 6th, 200910:16 pm
I gotta say that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Chipper look this confused at the plate.
Man what is with Chipper not laying off that pitch in the dirt lately. Geez he used to either poke it for a single or take it for a ball.
Chipper is bad right now
Chipper seems tired or something. He keeps swinging at ptiches he never would have offered at last season… what gives? Played too many games?
August 6th, 200910:17 pm
There goes Chipper swinging at everything again. Another strikeout for the man.
Now, after yesterday’s game I hope these Braves, don’t get clowned by Randy Freakin Wolf.
Damn – is everyone listening to Vin? Cabravesfan – you seem to have gotten a trend going here.
So, DOB, what’d the crowd do when Lowe was announced?
August 6th, 200910:18 pm
Have you people clamoring for Heyward to be called up not learned anything from the past?
Do you not remember Joey Devine?
Do you not remember Charlie Morton?
Do you not remember Jordan Schafer?
The list goes on and on of guys who got called up too early and have never been the same since.
Why don’t we let this guy start shaving before we throw him into the fire? I mean, do you REALLY expect a 19-year-old to save this season or do you just want one more thing to bitch about?
Thanks Bystander, appreciate the explanation. I don’t get the postgame stuff. I’ll take that as Nate being a smarta$$, makes me feel a little better.
Has Tom Glavine’s phone rung yet?
Steve from OH
And I see our boy Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg went yard again tonight…as did Adam Milligan. Watch out, Heyward.
August 6th, 200910:19 pm
usatoday showed that moving the pitcher to the 8th spot doesn’t accomplish anything.
Moving a better hitter into the No. 9 slot does raise that batting spot’s run average. However, it will also reduce the number of runs scored when the Nos. 5, 6 and 7 hitters lead off.
Essentially, the gain in those innings that the No. 9 hitter leads off is washed out by those innings in which the regular No. 6 hitter or No. 7 hitter leads off. Furthermore, moving a better hitter in the No. 9 slot instead of the No. 8 slot means an average of 48 fewer plate appearances a season for that hitter.
Do you not remember Andruw Jones?
August 6th, 200910:20 pm
Amen to that, Jeffro. Today’s announcers all sound exactly the same. No color or personal style, and noone sticks around long enougfh to really become the voice of a team.
I feel really lucky to have grown up listening to Skip, Ernie and the Professor in Atlanta, as well as Vin Scully, Harry Caray and some of the other giants. No one like ‘em anymore.
And yeah, I loved Howard, Frank and Dandy Don on Monday Night Football, too.
Chipper had three hits last night, and tonight he sucks already. I tell you, what a tough crowd. The lady at the front table looks just like the bouncer.
Oh hell this is going to be one of those games, LoafLaRoach, just lazy-assed a ball to second.
Marc from FL
KK has some interesting numbers when you crunch them. Both financial numbers and baseball numbers. I thought this was interesting, he’s making as much money per win as an ace, but is closer to a back of the rotation guy in terms of money per workload. Let’s not forget that the two guys I’m comparing him two are team Aces (something KK was never meant to be) and while Johan’s offense behind him is huting, Santana has had a great offense behind him.
CC Sabathia, Season salary: 22mil (with sign-on bonus factored)
Wins: 11, 2mil a win
Innings: 155, $142,000 an inning
ERA: 3.95, 7 losses, 23 games
Johan Santana Season salary: 18mil
Wins: 11, $1,630,300 a win
Innings: 145, $124,100 an inning
ERA: 3.10, 8 losses, 22 games
Kenshin Kawakami, Season salary: 8mi
Wins: 5, $1,600,000 a win
Innings: 111, $72,000 an inning
ERA: 4.38, 9 losses, 20 games
I promise I was working on a point, but my laptop battery is about to die, good night, lol.
Innocent Bystander: “Do you not remember Andruw Jones?”
Not been around the blog long? Word around here, when he was here, was he’s no good.
Lowe almost gets the shaft!
August 6th, 200910:21 pm
I hate that guy.
Methinks Lowe just said SHHHHEEEEIT!
August 6th, 200910:22 pm
Hey Jim, I agree, Chipper sucks. what a hack. they need to send him to gwinnett and bring up brooks conrad.
August 6th, 200910:23 pm
Derek’s whole life just flashed before his eyes………
Me too RHR, me too.
Steve from OH,
Since you’re supposed to use 3-year samples for UZR
Yes and no. All UZR does is report what actually happened. You may need a 3-year sample to assess how good a player actually is on defense but you don’t need a significant sample to know what the player has actually been worth on defense. Might not have predictive value, but as far as assessing what players have already done, I don’t see that as a problem.
This can’t be how Smoltz is gonna go out, can it?
Come back to Atlanta, John.
Swallow your pride, take a small salary, and pitch the 9th for the resurgent Braves in 2010.
Oh, and just got back from the G-Braves game. A few observations:
Jonny Venters looked a lot better than his line indicated. 90-93 on the stadium gun, hit 94 a few times. Got a few awkward swings on the changeup, but from where I was sitting I couldn’t get a good look at how much his ball moved, and how much tilt on his slider. K’ed 6 in 3 innings, but also gave up 8(!) ER. His defense didn’t do him any favors though. Gregor Blanco badly misplayed a flyball into a 3-run triple, and Sammons dropped a ball at the plate on a throw home for a sure out.
Brooks Conrad is bad at defense.
Barton is kinda clumsy.
Brandon Jones was the only guy who even looked like a decent hitter at the plate.
Barbaro moves like he’s got lead in his shoes. And couldn’t hit a curveball to save his life tonight.
August 6th, 200910:24 pm
Just talked to Minor about signing tonight.
“Today was the first day I actually felt like a Brave,” he said. “Draft day was a big day in my life, but today it was like I sealed the deal. I feel like I’m actually starting my career now.”…
“We were excited about being drafted in the first round, and then to be picked by the Braves was like a dream. Now to get a bonus like this – it’s a little overwhelming.”
You are absolutely right. My grandpa like the Cubs when I was growin up and got to hear him during the day, and Skip and Pete at night. I said when Skip died that everytime I heard him or Pete or Don or yes even Joe….it just felt right somehow, felt like home and comfort and all that emotional crap.
Lowe has good movement tonight. Expect him to have a big game
And last night Adam Milligan had 2 warning track fly-outs and hit a line-drive right at the LF that he made a nice play on but then dropped the ball for an RBI single/error (not sure what the official scoring was). I was impressed with him last night.
August 6th, 200910:25 pm
Crush those dreams, D Lowe.
I mean, way to crush those dreams, D Lowe
August 6th, 200910:26 pm
congrats to Minor
Andruw Jones was the exception, not the norm.
I’m not totally against bringing up a 19-year-old if he’s ready. I just don’t think it’s worth the risk for this team, this season.
I don’t have a problem with bringing him up in September.
The Matrix trilogy is great popcorn cinema. (Tokyo)
I’ll not even go that far. The first one was an excellent movie, the 2nd & 3rd were not. What a jumbled mess they were.
Poor Smoltzie – I watched ’til he got yanked early. Wrenn is looking less and less like The Braves Baseball Ogre. John would not have been helpful to us this year.
And DOB and/or Carroll: I’m still wondering about the deafening silence from and about Smoltz at the Maddux HOF day. What gives?
brent a: what about Smoltz’s performance would lead you to believe he could be effective pitching the ninth for the Braves in 2010?
August 6th, 200910:27 pm
The moral of the fish has to be killed [by] that” Fixed.
Oh, and did someone really say the Matrix was better than the Godfather? For shame.
August 6th, 200910:29 pm
I love that guy!
I rather enjoyed Serpico vs. the Godfather.
August 6th, 200910:30 pm
Escobar should have steamed over to third with Juan in center…
I know some guys that would have gotten a triple out of that hit by Yunel.
speaking of underperforming… we’re just dropped over 2.4 million dollars on that Minor guy… how many wins has he gotten us? Come on now. Shape up or ship out, young man! Earn your keep ’round here.
August 6th, 200910:32 pm
Randy Wolf looks like Dierks Bentley!
I think he paces himself, and doesn’t have it to go the distance, even five innings.
My hope is that he could come back and air it out for one inning at a time.
I know in the past he has said that it is easier on his arm to prepare for starting; but, he was willing to give closing a try again last year before another surgery.
After this year’s (seemingly) unsuccessful attempt at starting; perhaps he’ll be willing to give closing a shot, one more time.
For a small salary, I’d like to see him give it a try.
Yankees 1st inning
D Jeter grounded out to second.
J Damon struck out swinging.
M Teixeira walked.
A Rodriguez struck out looking.
0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors
I’ll take that from my closer.
Someone needs to tell the rest of the NL to throw GA fastballs again.
August 6th, 200910:33 pm
Way to go Diaz! Score early.
There ya go Diaz!!!!
Wow. The boo birds are out already in L.A….
Diaz no goat tonight..getting some cheers instead of jeers early in this game.
I missed a lot of weirdness on the previous pages…I’ve just read something that made me think I should just skip right over the rest haha.
Um but how am I harsh? And how does nolie know how tall i am or am not?
And I was just about to wonder why Diaz was starting over Church..glad I didn’t say anything lol.
August 6th, 200910:34 pm
at a boy matty…
What a dangerous number eight hitter we have tonight with LaRoche.
Hell yeah baby!
Huge hit, huge run.
That’s Matt Diaz for you. Been trashing the guy for days and then he turns in on. Still hit into three damn DPs.
Turns it on.
August 6th, 200910:35 pm
Esco continuing to rake….and Matty Diaz taking one of his ugly swings payed off with that jam shot that drove in the run. Hey, good job by Matt stealing 2B. Too bad we don’t see more of that from the Braves!
Come on Roachy! Get that runner in!
regarding Minor, awesome to see him pumped to be a Brave!
Well, that worked out great! 2-0
John Deere Green
Look at Matt Di-ass lumber around the bases.
Awesome! Nice LaRoche!
So far I’m likin this LaRoche trade.
and rochy continues to hit
Suck it Dodgers.
F you Randy Wolf.
That’s right… BOOOOOOO!!!
I haven’t been able to see the last 4 games, was away from my Xtra Innings. I’ve been jonesing bad for blogging and Braves baseball. (also, it’s the only way I’ll be able to stay up tonight :-0 )
C’mon guys, us bleary-eyed fans need excitement…… hits, runs, close plays at the plate………..not a pitcher’s duel tonight. (2 yawns surpressed during this blog alone)
Just like Bobby drew it up…
Wow. That’s pretty. Diaz stolen base, Roachy through the middle. So nice to see them make it a little easier on themselves.
August 6th, 200910:36 pm
Adam looking good with that single….
As the Dodger road game-calling crew calls him: Speedy Diaz
Casey Kotchman who? Did I complain about this trade? I’m sure I didn’t.
doesn’t matter where Laroche hits, he’s just happy to be back in Atlanta
Why is one of our hottest hitters batting 8th?
good lineup Bobby!1
That was some beautiful baseball.
Thank you Joe Torre for not walking LaRoche. Guess we don’t have the only Hall of Fame manager who makes bad decisions.
Yep. I’m pretty sure Bobby doesn’t really look at splits like that very much…
–RBI SINGLE LaROCHE. Yah, he should be batting cleanup…TOTALLY!!–
Chop It Up All-Stars Can McCann give Chipper his glasses?
No, he really needs them…
I will reiterate, I told a certain ca braves fan that this was a good trade, when the rest of the blog hated it. (not to go all PL)
roachy..keeping it hot
Great baseball. I like it.
Roachy clears the pitcher.
Too little too late Juan Pierre. We’re on the board.
August 6th, 200910:37 pm
Any word on HUDSON? Been at football practice…
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