5:39 pm August 6, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 6th, 200911:10 pm
according to Vin Scully, Marteen Di-az is now at the plate
If that’s what Vin f*ckin says, then that’s the guys f*ckin name.
Stay away from the double play!
” what about Smoltz’s performance would lead you to believe he could be effective pitching the ninth for the Braves in 2010?” DOB
Are you that short-sighted to make a comment like that without digging deeper into the numbers? Now, I would be the first to admit that Smoltz might not have what it takes to pitch 1 inning at a time 4 or 5 games a week. But with Soriano and Gonzo more than likely on their way out, Smoltz certainly could be a cog in a “closer by committee”, based on his results the first time through the order in his starts.
In his first start of the year, he allowed 4 runs in the first inning (he’s only allowed 5 ER in the first inning in his 8 starts). He then proceeded to give up only 1 run in the next 4 innings.
2nd start: 0 runs in the first inning (2 scoreless innings before a run scored)
3rd start: 0 runs in the first inning (3 scoreless innings to start the game)
4th start: 0 runs in the first inning (4 scoreless innings to start the game)
5th start: 0 runs in the first inning (3 scoreless innings to start the game)
6th start: 1 run in the first inning (followed by a scoreless 2nd inning)
7th start: 0 runs in the first innings (2 scoreless innings to start the game)
Tonights hammering by the Yanks: 0 runs in the first inning (2 scoreless innings to start the game).
Like I said. Not sure he could be the only closer on a team that has a bunch of save opportunities. After all, he’s always stated that starting is the best role for him “arm wise”.
But even so, there isn’t much reason to believe that he couldn’t serve the purpose of say Blaine Boyer or Jeff Bennett out there, if he can’t close. Just his knowledge alone in the bullpen might be worth the contract.
Of course, come next spring, he and his arm will be one year older. So, this could be the end.
August 6th, 200911:11 pm
You think a guy that cheats at his career and ruins baseball would at least try to clean up his image a little. Manny looks like he spends every night in a dumpster.
Haha. WTF is Randy Wolf faking to second for? Loaf ain’t going anywhere.
Let’s get at least one in Lowe. C’mon!
August 6th, 200911:12 pm
please no DP. just stand there and strike out if you have to.
August 6th, 200911:13 pm
cabravesfan – I was, in fact, joking – it would have been too easy to find you Saturday in the wig. Tonight I am wandering through Redondo Beach looking for signs that you have been here.
LaRoche is a OBP machine since he’s been with the Braves this time around…sheesh.
August 6th, 200911:14 pm
Why not try a SQUEEZE there??
I’ll take that “k”.
Nate has a better chance at doing something…
No pressure, Nate
Now that Chipper is getting long in the tooth…I’m not sure the Braves have one single position player that doesn’t have a “glaring” weakness (Or 2)…in their game…Heyward MAY soon be the exception….(Or Esco if he learns to control that “head” of his)
August 6th, 200911:15 pm
Supes – I really didn’t think about it that much, was just remembering Matty’s horrible night in the field the other night. But … I’m and idiot…good choice, Bobby!
McLouth just doesn’t seem to look confident in his facial expressions…
i am so sick of that no-grand-slam graphic
August 6th, 200911:16 pm
UNCBrave, 11:14 pm … “Why not try a SQUEEZE there??”
Bases loaded = force at the plate
GA on third = slow runner
Nates gonna crank one over Manny’s head
Ol’ Dierks is coming to town in a couple weeks. Free show at the Tabernacle.
I remember when cabravesfan joined the MIB/Braves blog. I guess I just missed when all the stalkers showed up… now they’re everywhere… hell, even DOB was willing to drive out of his way to dine with the lady.
August 6th, 200911:17 pm
Quick, someone tell Nate LC is in the crowd. He’ll hit a granny to impress her
nice AB nate
August 6th, 200911:18 pm
way to battle back there
great AB NATE!
Yikes! Yet another run scored on a bases loaded walk.
very nice AB by Nate
Nice AB Nate…nice. I once you got past the 2nd pitch without getting out, my confidence in you went up A TON!
That was the best at bat I’ve seen from Nate since he’s been here.
Chop It Up All-Stars
Are they booing, or are they saying Woooolffff?
Free run! Thanks, Mr. Wolf.
“McLouth just doesn’t seem to look confident in his facial expressions…”
Yeah, when he signed my baseball the other day, I noticed a lot of self-doubt in his handwriting, too.
August 6th, 200911:19 pm
“Yeah, when he signed my baseball the other day, I noticed a lot of self-doubt in his handwriting, too”
Great job by Nate McLouth to work the walk. Make that Wolf-man work!
Come on Martin….make them learn your name!
August 6th, 200911:20 pm
Honeycutt: “Hey, ****head. You have two outs. Try to get an out, ****head.”
Wolf: “That would have been a strike if my brother was behind the plate.”
Honeycutt: “I hate my life.”
Darn…too bad. Still, got that run back for D-Lowe.
At least Randy Wolf has had to WORK tonight, probably be out of there by the 6th inning.
Wolf just can’t beat the Braves anymore. Period.
Before today, he’s 0-5 with a 7.31 ERA in his past 10 starts against them.
August 6th, 200911:21 pm
Smoltz golf handicap +2 ERA 8+
What the hell Martin, not a good time to be going O for 3
methinks DOB has just doomed us.
Dang, 2 is not enough.
Better than nothing.
That dude’s lucky Martin didn’t hit one to City Hall.
We can get more. Need a quick inning from D-Lowe.
August 6th, 200911:22 pm
Wolf has no shot of beating the Braves tonight.
My bad, it’s the other way around. The Phillies are hosting the Marlins starting tomorrow.
DOB, shutup. Now, I don’t mean that in a rude way it’s just that you’re known for being a jinx for the Braves with comments like that about Wolf.
August 6th, 200911:23 pm
Chop Chop: Obviously Wolf missed the game calling on Sunday ESPN. Otherwise he would have known, because Joe Morgan said so, that you need to get three outs to end an inning. For the longest time this was a grey area in the rules of the game.
DOB: thanks for addressing that. I just thought the omission was so noticeable. No film, and no reminisces by anyone other than a couple of mentions of the “only-comes-once-in-a-lifetime” pitching triumverate. Dunno, maybe it was just me….
Anyway, got my #31 centerpiece with the dried-up carnations in my Braves room!!!!!!!!!! He will always be so cool…………and so nasty, I understand!!
Shot Thru the Lockhart
August 6th, 200911:25 pm
Anyone else ever thought that it is kind of funny that we say great “at-bat” after a guy battles back for a walk when, in actuality, walks don’t count as at-bats? No? Guess it’s just me then.
You know the old saying, if you cant beat them join them. Think about that one Randy.
DOB: also, thanks for taking the time to do the response on waivers. That was very interesting and informative………….I’m saving that for future reference. You are a good quote these days!!!!!!!!!!!!
D-Lowe says he enjoyed his time with the Dodgers. I’m guessing he enjoyed his time with the Dodger dugout reporter a little more.
Who’s got time to think about the wife and kids back in Florida?
Man, I’m just Mr. Judgey McJudgerson tonight.
Am I the only one who saw that thing on E! about athlete’s wives and getting cheated on and whatnot?
Wide strike zone tonight, fellas. It’s working nicely for Lowe…except when a guy has to protect against that non-strike and gets a cheap hit.
omg what a cheapie way to get hit # 1000
August 6th, 200911:26 pm
Most pitchers should just throw the ball…then just hit the ground.. and stay outta the way….Gonzo is a perfect example
Wow…two straight times through the batting order where the pitcher in the 8th spot works out well for Torre.
G Damn it.
D-Lowe you better get out of this.
What the he…Get the DP LOWE!!
August 6th, 200911:27 pm
…and of course, no bunt. Yikes.
Man. We need some more runs.
On the plus side, they have some fun, new music playing at Dodger Stadium. If this was the Braves at Turner, they’d be hitting us with some Gwen Stefani “whooo-OHH! WEEEE-OOOOH!”
Out managed in this inning.
Vin: “Both Dodger runs set up on balls that should have been caught.”
Yeah, might have spoke too soon about Wolf. Figured Braves would score more than one run in that inning after loading them with one out and then getting the bases-loaded walk with two out.
Why I figured that, I don’t know. I forgot which team I was covering, apparently.
see what happens when you don’t field a freakin Grounder..
All dodger runs sheer lucky so far
Sometimes, these “official” scores act like that these are Little Leaguers are playing, instead of Major League players. Sure, for you and I, that muffed play by Lowe may have been difficult. However, a play being difficult for us is just one of the reasons why we arent being PAID to play Major League baseball.
That was an error by Lowe, simple as that.
August 6th, 200911:28 pm
“Out managed in this inning”
lol. Yes. Joe was all over that mis-gloved ball by Lowe. He’d planed that before the game.
Steve from OH
Really? An SB by Randy Wold?
That was awful. Like he forgot there was a baserunner entirely.
wtf. you let the pitcher nab one. come on guys. the defense is sorry tonight
Well, Wolf should be worn out after this inning.
August 6th, 200911:29 pm
Meltdown in progress this inning. Just cant give runs away.
Derek, who are you playing for tonight?
That’s plain embarrassing.
That’s right Wolfy run those bases, and then come back to pitch tired.
Randy Wolf doing everything he can this inning to help himself. Now a SB. Yikes.
Vin Scully with the whole ADD thing is funny considering who we got at first and that lets dont pay attention to the runner thing.
August 6th, 200911:30 pm
He gave up one run in the inning.
Better yet, do a waiver trade with the Royals. Make them pick up his entire salary.
Derek is mad…and he should Be…all Because of a defensive miscue..
Before today, he’s 0-5 with a 7.31 ERA in his past 10 starts against them
Are you kidding me with this? OMG you have learned nothing. I got my eye on you, buddy. You know I’m just like this with MFIKY.
August 6th, 200911:31 pm
We’re pretty good at “throwin’ ” the leather…maybe if we learn how to use it…. we wouldn’t have to “throw” it so much…
August 6th, 200911:32 pm
DOB That was awful. Like he forgot there was a baserunner entirely.
Yeah, our pitchers do that a lot.
Not too mention nobody (Escobar, Prado) even flinched a go to second base…guess the lead was just too big anyway.
If Wolf had gotten a bit better “jump”…he coulda stole 2B AND 3B on that one pitch..
Chop It Up: You watching the game, or just monitoring via computer? Wait, even if you’re monitoring via computer, what did managing have to do with that inning? Other than Lowe not managing to field that grounder or managing to acknowledge the runner on first base, I mean.
We’d have to re-acquire Francoeur and then include him in the deal. Or at least send them an autographed photo. The photo by itself should at least net us Hosmer.
Chipper broke Pete Rose’s record for most post season games by an NL player… 67
August 6th, 200911:34 pm
Lexbrave: you need to get schooled a little……….around this blog it’s “I’m and idiot”. That’s the way this DOB blog rolls.
And, theres also mandatory double nn usage, i.e you cann, I cann, she cann, he cann, they cann, we cann, toucann, Mr. Wrenn, ok?
Get it together McCann…no DP! Do something positive baby!
Diaz is terrible as defensive OF, but at least he may be swinging the bat a little better in this game. The Braves OF may be the worst defensively in the Majors, as The Nationals since getting Niger Morgan has surpassed the Braves.
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