Oh no, not the Nats!

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

 

   Somehow it keeps coming back to this, doesn’t it?

   The Braves have a date with the Nationals, and they need to play well, and they are reminding themselves not to look past the “lowly” team from the bottom of the division, yadda yadda.

   Well, I, for one, think they’ve got no room to look past the Nats. Don’t care if the Phillies are coming in this weekend for a three-game showdown, and the Braves are in striking distance at 4 ½ games behind the Phillies in the NL East.

   How can you look past a team that keeps beating you? The Braves should be staring squarely across the field at the Nationals, especially now. The Nats are actually bringing momentum with them this time – an eight-game winning streak – and they already seem ready to rise up to play the Braves tough just any old time.

   In the last two seasons, these two teams have met for 10 series (including the one-gamer to open the 2008 season). You know how many of those series the Braves have won? Two. They swept the Nationals 3-0 on April 10-12 at Turner Field, and they took two out of three from the Nationals in Washington on April 11-13 of last year. Otherwise it’s a split or a Nats win.

   Overall in the last two seasons of this series, it’s Nationals 16 games, Braves 11. Ten of those games have been decided by one run, so one play here or there could have swung this thing around. (The two teams are 5-5 in those one-run matchups, by the way.)

   John Lannan takes the mound tonight, and he’s usually tough against the Braves, going 3-2 with a 3.32 ERA in six career starts against them. He’s pitched seven scoreless innings against them twice, allowed one run in six innings once, and in his last start he held them to three runs in eight innings to beat them and (tonight’s starter) Tommy Hanson on July 4.

   Oh, you remember that game, eh? The Braves had a 3-1 lead through seven innings behind Hanson, when Mike Gonzalez came on and loaded the bases in the eighth, setting up a four-run inning in a 5-3 loss. Then the Braves went on to lose the next day by the same score (weird). And that completed a deflating series after the Braves had come into Washington on the high of a three-game sweep over the Phillies.

   Now the Braves come home to play the Nationals on the high of winning three in a row over the Dodgers. Will it be enough to turn the tide in this series? The smoking hot Nationals lost to the Pirates on August 1 and haven’t lost since. They won two against the Pirates and swept three-game series from the Marlins and Diamondbacks.

   We shall see. In the meantime, welcome back, Braves, to the muggy heat. I hear it was really nice out in San Diego and LA. Here, well, not so much. And a little chance of rain in the forecast is not such a scary thing to a baseball writer at the moment. Sounds refreshing.

 

COUPLE OTHER POINTS:

    1) This is the first time the Braves have faced the Nationals since Manny Acta was fired and Jim Riggleman took over as interim manager over the All-Star break. Under Riggleman, the Nats are 14-11.

 

   2) The Nationals just found out yesterday that Jordan Zimmermann is likely headed for Tommy John surgery. You remember him, right? He made his debut against the Braves April 20 and beat Derek Lowe 3-2. Zimmermann is one of the top young pitchers in their organization, and I think it just got that much more important for them to sign Stephen Strasburg. The Nats have until Monday to sign the No. 1 overall pick from San Diego State with the electric arm and Scott Boras as his agent.

 

NL EAST OVERLOAD

   Not that we’re looking ahead, ahem, but did you realize that 18 of the Braves’ next 22 games are against NL East opponents? This is where it’s won or lost, right here, you have to figure. (OK fine, either now, or the last three weeks of the season. Get to that in a minute.)

   After playing the Nats, Phillies and Arizona (makeup game) on this homestand, the Braves travel to New York to play three games against the Mets. Then it’s home for three against Florida and three against the Padres. Then they hit the road to play in Philly for three and Florida for four.

   At that point, the Braves get a breather from the NL East with nine games against the NL Central. Then they finish out the season by playing their last 19 games against the NL East. Wow. Things could get interesting. Of course, the last four games of the season will be against – you guessed it – the ole Washington Nationals.

 

INFANTE CLOSE

   We could see a little movement on the roster front today, with Omar Infante about ready to return. He went 5-for-17 with three walks in five games for Rome and then 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs Sunday in Gwinnett after Rome hit the road.

 

   I’m guessing a potential roster move will surely kick up some Greg Norton talk, but you have to figure Diory Hernandez draws the short straw since Infante can back up Yunel Escobar at shortstop.

   I will follow up on that at the yard, see if it’s happening today, as well as checking to see if both Chipper Jones (oblique) and Nate McLouth (hamstring) are back in the lineup. The Braves won three in a row from the Dodgers without Chipper in the lineup. That’s a good sign for the way this lineup is swinging.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

    Don’t forget the Sunday game with the Philies was changed to 8:05 p.m. to accommodate ESPN. And the Braves have a makeup game on Monday against the Diamondbacks at 4:10. Hey, that reminder is partially for me. Never good to forget to show up on time at the ballpark.

 

 

 

1,798 comments Add your comment

Johnny Quest

August 11th, 2009
12:38 pm

cvbraves

August 11th, 2009
12:40 pm

Welcome back, Carroll!

HTF

August 11th, 2009
12:40 pm

Free Heyward

Soph

August 11th, 2009
12:41 pm

Thanks for the new blog Carroll!

UNCBrave

August 11th, 2009
12:41 pm

Lannan pitches well against us and that is a concern tonight

FREE HEYWARD

McFann ;Ô;

August 11th, 2009
12:43 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers.

John Lannan takes the mound tonight…

Yuck.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 11th, 2009
12:44 pm

UNC Brave…

I was reading up on Lannan last night…and yes he has pitched very very well against us…and is 8-8 on a team that’s lost more than 70 games…

That’s pretty decent in my books..It’ll be no cakewalk tonight

TommyP

August 11th, 2009
12:46 pm

Damn that last blog was long. I kept waiting for a new headline to this blog before coming back for the fresh one.

Anybody have the stats Heyward put up while Wren was watching him the past few days?

So we ARE all on-board that if the Braves do decide to call up Heyward, it’s on or before August 31st, right?

Rios to the Chisox. That should stir up the Dye rumors again.

ernesto

August 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

4 out of the next 5 would be very, very sweet.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 11th, 2009
12:48 pm

At least it’s a game-day…Sweet Saint Jerome off days kill me sometimes…Especially when your team is playing some good ball.

Robert (Chipper Is The Best)

August 11th, 2009
12:49 pm

I have to wonder how tempting is it for Wren to call up Heyward? If the Braves are still in strking distance of a playoff spot come September 1st will Heyward get the call? Would you call him up? I’ll be honest. I don’t know but the temptation would be quite strong.

TommyP

August 11th, 2009
12:50 pm

Found it. Heyward in Hunstville while the Wren perched above: 6-17, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 homers.

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 11th, 2009
12:51 pm

Perhaps Shafer should be consulted on Heyward’s call-up. He knows the pressure and scrutiny better than most.

Steve from OH

August 11th, 2009
12:54 pm

Robert (CITB)–I wouldn’t. I would’t be opposed to opening the season with him, but I think that it would be a lot to ask of Heyward to be league-average right now, much less out perform Church and Diaz (.844 OPS and .807 OPS, respectively) in the heat of a pennant race. Too much to ask of a young kid, albeit an immensely talented one. It’s hard to expect a 20 year old with about 100 AB above the class A level to OPS .825+ in his first stint in the bigs during a pennant race.

Like I said, I’m fine with opening day, but not 2009.

kirkinga

August 11th, 2009
12:55 pm

The Nats are the last team I want to see the Braves playing right now. They obviously play with confidence when they play the Braves, it’s as if they know something is going to go right..for them..and they’ll win.

This will be a good test for the Braves as they too often let the other team impose their will upon them. I hope the Braves know their record against the Nats an increase their level of determination to win this series.

I hope Chippers plays as well, the Braves need their leader on the field, especially with McCann struggling a wee bit. The Dog Days are here and this is when you want your money players to step it up.

Mixxo

August 11th, 2009
12:55 pm

L.L. S.E. Regionals

Ga. 9
Ala. 0

Bottom 5th

Go Warner Robins!

braves4ever

August 11th, 2009
12:55 pm

Heyward coming to the bigs is act 1 in the changing of the guard , Wren makes a move Aug 31st.

Eric from MO

August 11th, 2009
12:56 pm

Robert I agree it would be tempting but I dont think I would. He isnt as good as his numbers have been,which they have been incredible, which means eventually he will hit the wall and once you bring him up it is hard to sent him back down.

Carroll Rogers

August 11th, 2009
12:57 pm

It’ll be interesting to see on Heyward. i think all you “Free Heyward” types (too funny) have to be pleased that Frank went to go see him play in person. Tells you exactly how hard he’s thinking about this…..I believe Frank saw him for four days starting Wednesday, which means he saw Heyward go 6-for-17 (.353) with a double, two homers, two RBIs and six runs scored, and he just missed getting to wish Heyward a happy 20th birthday on Sunday.

TommyP

August 11th, 2009
12:57 pm

Not endorsing the call-up or making him stay in the minors but Heyward’s minor league peripherals look very similar to that Pujols guy.

DAP

August 11th, 2009
12:58 pm

i think we edge out lannan tonight.

Robert (Chipper Is The Best)

August 11th, 2009
1:01 pm

As hard as it would be I would go with the side of caution and not call him up. I think I would like to him being the starting RF next year. But, boy would it be hard. And what about Schaefer. Is he still hurt or what? Also, what about Cody Johnson. What is his outlook as far as ever being in Atlanta.

Brandon from Warner Robins

August 11th, 2009
1:01 pm

Looking forward to the series with the Nats and Philly. Heading to the balllpark tomorrow and friday. Dad bought tickets for me as birthday present. Hopefully the Braves can take care of business and pull out a few wins and take command of the division…

DAP

August 11th, 2009
1:02 pm

steve from OHit would be a lot to ask of Heyward to be league-average right now, much less out perform Church and Diaz (.844 OPS and .807 OPS, respectively)

i think you have church confused with someone else. or, youre using his splits as a brave. his overall OPS is .734. i bet heyward could do better than that right now.

TommyP

August 11th, 2009
1:03 pm

He’s using his Braves’ splits, DAP.

TexasBrave

August 11th, 2009
1:03 pm

Bobby needs to work KJ in the line up in some way today. Kelly is hitting .400 in 15 AB with a HR. Prado on the other hand is hitting .182 in 11 AB.

Also even though Lannan is a lefty Church should be in there over Diaz. Both of hit him well but Ryan has 2 HR. It won’t happen but perhaps put Diaz at first because Adam is ofer against Lannan.

Gary

August 11th, 2009
1:04 pm

As for Heyward, why not move him up to Gwinnett and see how he handles AAA for the rest of August? Then if he continues to rake, it’s only common sense then to call him up for September to see how it goes. I have faith Frank knows when the right time to pull the trigger will be.

MiltonDawg

August 11th, 2009
1:06 pm

Lets just pray the Bravos don’t play down to their competition.

Steve from OH

August 11th, 2009
1:07 pm

Yeah, I’m using his splits as a Brave, because that’s the production that we’ve gotten from him. I would be interested to know what the RF OPS has been since the Francoeur trade, though.

If we wanna just take career platoon stats, we’re looking at .334/.371/.510 (.881) for Diaz against lefties and for Church against righties we’ve got .281/.365/.464 (.819). So average the two, going closer to Church’s because you see more righties and you’ve got an expectation of about .830 or .840 if they play in a strict platoon. I think JH would be hard pressed to top that right now.

Frank Wren

August 11th, 2009
1:07 pm

Brooks Conrad blah blah blah Brooks Conrad blah blah

Eric from MO

August 11th, 2009
1:08 pm

Robert I agree, I dont want to risk ruining him. I am fine with next year.

As for Schafer I hope he is still hurt because he as been horible in the minors. Still batting under .230 and OBP under .270. As for Cody Johnson my guess he never makes it to Atlanta. I bet he will eventually be trade bait considering they wont trade Heyward or Freeman.

Eric from MO

August 11th, 2009
1:10 pm

DAP who cares what Church did for the Mets.

Carroll Rogers

August 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

Should have mentioned in the blog that Elijah Dukes is back for the Nats too. And he always tears up the Braves. Last time Braves were in Washington, Dukes was in the doghouse and sitting in the minors. Lately, it seems like every time I see a Nats highlight, he’s doing something.

Innocent Bystander

August 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

I’d like for Chipper to sit one more day, play Martin at the hot corner and stick KJ at 2nd. I can’t get over how well Kelly hits lefties.

Salamander

August 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

I understand the apprehension many Braves fans have about this two game series with the Nationals, but I just have to believe that the Braves will come out tonight and play the Nats with the same intensity as when they’re playing against the Mets. Just can’t afford to lose any ground before Philly comes into town, and I’m confident that the Braves will win a tough 1 or 2 run game tonight against a hot hitting team.

I probably just jinxed them.

CB

August 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

Yeah, I’m blaming you, Salamander. :-)

ncscoots

August 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

As for Schafer I hope he is still hurt because he as been horible in the minors

All nine games worth, before he was shut down for the wrist. He hasn’t played in six weeks. Didn’t you and Dentz know that? Thought you two were the guys who were “always right”, according to, well, you.

TommyP

August 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

Steve from OH: Great point with the righty-lefty platoon splits.

That said, if he CAN produce like that, sure makes the bench a lot deeper, huh? :)

madison man

August 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

I am one of those guys who thunks that Heyward is hitting better in AA than A simply because he is seeing BETTER pitching. By that I mean to say that the guys in AA are the best in the minors, and are throwing more pitches near/in the strikezone. Pitches that he can tee off on more easily. Very rare, very unique. Of coruse, he isn’t going to be a 420 hitter or anything, but the sky is the limit with this kid. That Wren went down there for four days says a lot to me. I think he’s here in September, if not sooner. AND- I think that he will excel- the Majors won’t have a book on him yet, nor know where the holes are (if there are any)….. Next year might be rough, but for the playoffs he might be one mean hitting machine,,,,

Nova Scotia Steve

August 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

This is going to be a tough series…YIKES..

No easy games left on schedule for this team I guess

McFann ;Ô;

August 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

kirknga with McCann struggling a wee bit.

A “wee” bit?

Lemme put it this way–he’s 4 for his last 30 (.133) with 8 strikeouts, 5 walks (two of those coming on July 31), no homers, a double, 3 RBI 1 HBP and 1 SF.

But this homestand’s gonna be the turning point! I cann feel it!

Eric from MO

August 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

ncscoots I said I hope he was, meaning he hasnt put up any numbers, which means two things he was hurt or sucked so bad they didnt play him. I didnt say he was healthy. It was my way saying he was hurt, my bad.

Steve from OH

August 11th, 2009
1:25 pm

TommyP–if he comes up tomorrow and OPSes .840 through the rest of the season, that would be incredibly impressive.

DAP

August 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

is russell branyan’s season a complete fluke? hes a warner robins native and will be a free agent this offseason.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

Hey,Nova Scotia Steve. I agree,off days kill me too. Especially if the only thing to watch is an AL game. That just isn’t real hardball over there with the DH. And 4 outta 5 would be mana,but all ya’ll are right, the Nats make me nervous! And hey,I don’t have to listen to “Boob” tonight!

DAP

August 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

eric from moDAP who cares what Church did for the Mets.

well, i mean, it matters to me because its shows that church is a .734OPS type of player, or at least a .791OPS type of player which is what he is for his career, instead of an .844OPS player which he has been for about 50 ABs. the braves arent magic….they dont automatically make a player better.

hes been great for the braves, not taking anything away, but to say we should bring up heyward because he probably couldnt match church’s .844 OPS isnt an argument. church himself probably wont match his .844 OPS over the last 50 ABs. by the way, i think heyward could come up and OPS .800 for a month.

Chief

August 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

JEFF FRANCOUER HAS JUST BEEN TRADED!

McFann ;Ô;

August 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

NS Steve off days kill me sometimes

Me, too…sometimes I want them to have days off ’cause certain guys on the team play like they could use one, but I still can’t stand them.

And I can’t stand how this week they had yesterday off and have Thursday off! Irritating…

Gustopher

August 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

Great blog CR. Does anybody know when Schafer is coming back?

Mixxo

August 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

No easy games left on schedule for this team I guess – Nova Scotia Steve

There really isn’t. Gonna be a tough road to hoe from here on out.

UNCBrave

August 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

If Diaz and Church hit Lannan well, put them in as Garrett Anderson needs a day off…Also, so does Roche and KJ has been HOT

McLouth CF
Prado 1B
Chipper 3B
Escobar SS
McCann C
Diaz LF
Johnson 2B
Church RF
Hanson P

madison man

August 11th, 2009
1:37 pm

WTH are you saying about Francour?

UNCBrave

August 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

BTW Carroll, UNC>dook…2009 National Champions and Tyler Hansbrough wins 4 in the OUTHOUSE (Cameron Indoor)

:)

Eric from MO

August 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

DAP so a change of scenery has never helped a player. ok. Guess there is no way Chuch can continue this for a month and a half in a platoon role considering he wasnt that good with the Mets and we all know everyone succeeds in New York. Yep, that sums it up.

Brandon from Warner Robins

August 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

ncscoots

August 11th, 2009
1:42 pm

TommyP–if he comes up tomorrow and OPSes .840 through the rest of the season, that would be incredibly impressive.

Actually, that would make him The World’s Most Interesting Baseball Player, LOL. Even Phat Albert, who blew through three levels at age 20, didn’t make it to the bigs until the next year. What’s the rush?

Even if the kid has the physical tools and emotional makeup to make the bigs right now (and I’d agree that he’s probably OK, in that respect), why take the chance that he doesn’t? With the current OF situation, there is no need to run that risk.

Brett Esterson

August 11th, 2009
1:42 pm

Maryland > UNC > Duke

Carroll Rogers

August 11th, 2009
1:43 pm

UNCBrave, I got absolutely no room to argue with Tar Heels’ recent success vs. my boys.

Gustopher, I should find out more on Schafer when I go out to Gwinnett on Thursday.

Frank Wren

August 11th, 2009
1:43 pm

Brooks Conrad now hitting .172 over his past ten games AT AAA !!!

Good man Brooksie. Thanks for proving my point.

BF91

August 11th, 2009
1:43 pm

FREE HEYWARD

Shamus Thacker

August 11th, 2009
1:44 pm

What else can Heyward do at Missississippippi but get bored? He should be promoted to Gwinnett at least, at once, if not sooner.

Johnny Quest

August 11th, 2009
1:46 pm

AGTFan

August 11th, 2009
1:46 pm

If the Braves can somehow overcome their jinx aagainst the Nats and play well against the Phils, I’ll concede that I gave up too soon on this season.

JDH GT

August 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

GT > Maryland > UNC (wishful thinking) > Duke

BossLady

August 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

Francoeur traded to what team?

Couch Tater

August 11th, 2009
1:48 pm

Too much to ask of a young kid, albeit an immensely talented one.

Steve, You’ve gotten much more conservative since you were bitten by that Crotalinae Rookus Schaferis.

Shamus Thacker

August 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

Maybe the Braves fear the temptation of Heyward being just up the road in Gwinnett.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

August 11th, 2009
1:50 pm

Thank god for TIVO, got a softball game at 9pm CDT

stupup74

August 11th, 2009
1:51 pm

This is the week to make a move for the pennant. Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve from OH

August 11th, 2009
1:52 pm

CT–yeah, good point, LOL! I would’ve said this same thing last year, too though. I don’t know what came over me during ST (I guess my inner prospect hugger came out), but I did advocate promoting r. Schaferis, and take my medicine for it I shall.

CB

August 11th, 2009
1:53 pm

VT>GT>Maryland>UNC>Duke

The_Superhoo

August 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

I don’t know about bringing Heyward up, but might be smart to bump him to AAA.

I’m very happy to hear Wren has been out watching him a lot. Gives me some confidence in Wren, knowing he goes out and really does his due diligence.

18 Wheels of Love

August 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

HEY FREEWARD!

ncscoots

August 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

Couch, when your friends introduce you to the woman of your dreams, one tends to go a little slower, for fear of screwing up what might be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Heyward? Same way.

Brandon from Warner Robins

August 11th, 2009
1:54 pm

CB…absolutely not.

The_Superhoo

August 11th, 2009
1:55 pm

CB,

But VT = crap.

;-)

The Chokies lose to Bama. Book it.

BF91

August 11th, 2009
1:56 pm

I don’t understand why people are talking about Schafer like he couldn’t adapt to ML-pitching. He raked for all of ST and up until he hurt his wrist in the majors, then his production dropped off.

Its not that he wasn’t ready, he was hurt.

Rob from SC

August 11th, 2009
1:57 pm

Carroll

Being around the team, what is your gut reaction regarding when we will see Heyward.

The_Superhoo

August 11th, 2009
1:57 pm

Rob from SC

August 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

Everyone who still thinks Schafer was not ready, go try to his an inside fastball in the mid 90 with a severe bone bruise in your wrist.

CB

August 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

You all are Cox apologists

August 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

It’s funny how Chipper always “mysteriously” gets hurt when the Braves are struggling. Sometimes I get the feeling he’s just a sore loser.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

Francueor…Toledo Mudhens?

chris

August 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

free heyward!

CB

August 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

The Superhoo- you poor thing.

Shamus Thacker

August 11th, 2009
1:59 pm

AGTFan: If the Braves can somehow overcome their jinx against the Nats and play well against the Phils, I’ll concede that I gave up too soon on this season.

I conceded after the third game of the Dodgers series. This team has much more heart than I’d come to believe. It was proven to me in that series. No matter what happens now I’ll be proud of this bunch. Got tears in eyes now; haven’t done that in while.

The_Superhoo

August 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

BF91,

Honestly I think it was a bit of both. Not ready AND his wrist was hurt. More of the latter though.

Notorious Number 10

August 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

MLB trade rumors links to a Rosenthall story that says we offered Kotchman to the Pirates before they traded Laroach. Kenny also agrees the Braves were right on Smoltz and Glavine. (duh)

Eric from MO

August 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

Yeah Carroll, I dont think any of us have met Wren, what do you think he will do with Heyward? My gut says leave him down, but with him going down to see him and Heyward couldnt of performed any better, got to wonder.

Marc in FL

August 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

I’m really excited about this 5 game stretch coming up, hope to stay this excited once it’s over. Let’s do this sh*t 90’s style guys, late in the game, late in the year, just tear’em up!

Frank Wren

August 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

Please god dont Free Heyward before Saturday night. I have tickets to see Mississippi Braves vs Montgomery Biscuits Saturday night. Cant wait to see the big fella in person

The_Superhoo

August 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

CB,

If we do bad enough, Groh is gone. Haha

If nothing else…our colors are better than that dull orange and turd brown ;-)

TexasBrave

August 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

Shamus there is no crying in baseball!! Shame on you!!

Rob from SC

August 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

Go get the Nationals Tommy Hanson. Hopefully, when he spent the night with his family he got some good home cooking to put back on that weight he lost.

We need you tonight Hanson because Lannan is a crafty SOB.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

Jeff Francoeur has been traded to the Indianapolis Clowns…former stomping ground of ol Hammerin Hank

Rodney Derrick

August 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

Carroll– Great news that you are covering first game in this series, so I have confidence that Braves will win first one and thus insure at least a split and have a chance at a sweep. I always hate the Nationals’ series because they are stupidly blacked out in Durham. At least I will clean some memory on DVR, however, by watching movies instead of Braves. A good side of the deal, I suppose.

Couch Tater

August 11th, 2009
2:05 pm

Scoots- I think Steve started listening to some of those old folk tunes and found they do have good messages.

Rob from SC

August 11th, 2009
2:05 pm

Carroll

If you have a second, I have two more quick questions.

1. Is Omar Infante going to be activated tonight
2. Will Chipper make an appearance in the Starting Lineup.

You all are Cox apologists

August 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

Regarding Heyward, Wren should not call him up if they continue to play well (15-9 since the ASB). If the Braves are more than 4 games out of the WC and division by September 1st, we should not call him up. The only reason we should bring him up is if we have a shot at making the playoffs and one of the regular OF’s gets hurt.

ncscoots

August 11th, 2009
2:09 pm

Honestly I think it was a bit of both. Not ready AND his wrist was hurt. More of the latter though.

Well, the wrist was a problem, no doubt. But, in truth, he did get a little pull-happy and some of his mechanical flaws grew out of that. I’m pretty sure that, given health, he could have worked his way out of it, but, hey, that’s life in the big leagues. Get well, play plenty of winter ball, and have at it again in 2010. The kid can play.

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