3:53 pm August 16, 2009, by David O'Brien
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
August 17th, 200911:27 am
I thought Heap’s ABs Saturday against Hamels were stellar. I wanted to throw things at the TV when I saw McLouth and Prado hack wildly at the first pitch they saw. (Then we learn they weren’t 100% before the game … ARRGGGH … if you can’t play at the highest level vs. your division rivals, then take yourself out of the lineup, pride be damned).
Anyway, I digress. Heap’s approach in those ABs should be a model for every Braves hitter. Make the other pitchers work. Foul off those you can’t drive. Make the other team go to the pen early.
What’s so difficult about that? (Is it TP? Seriously, I don’t know …)
August 17th, 200911:29 am
I was pulling for a split of the Rockies-Marlins DH. Best to let the teams ahead of us beat up on each other. Of course, our guys have to win their games …
August 17th, 200911:32 am
brent a, Steve from OH,
I think it would be great option for a few reasons, our bullpen needs rest too, so having our starters go 7-8 innings like a few have done lately will rest the whole pitching staff. And if(and a big if) Hudson can regain some form in 2-3 starts he would be a solid # 2-3 going into late division games and Oct. Nobody loses and Cox would have the BEST rotation in MLB.
August 17th, 200911:34 am
We gotta win the wild card and make the playoffs! Adam was a great addition to the lineup nice one wren! The Braves must add another big name bat this offseason!
August 17th, 200911:35 am
hey frank how about you sign Smoltzie to a very cheap contract and let him comeback and close one more in a Braves uni! I remember those days when he came in from the pen in the night and you just knew he was gonna be lights out and keep the lead in tact. O those were the days
Mid Town Joe
August 17th, 200911:36 am
If buy some fluke we make into the post season, that’ll be as far as it goes. I do not see the Braves winning a series. The past 3 games are my barometer.
I’m with you Piedmont Blues. It kept us from getting pushed back yesterday, even with the loss.
“Jason Heyward coming soon to a field near you! “
August 17th, 200911:38 am
Piedmont Blues I thought Heap’s ABs Saturday against Hamels were stellar.
They were…I was so cheesed that the first and third ABs went unrewarded (well, obviously you can’t get a hit in every good AB, but really…a foul-out and a K? Darn…)
I wanted to throw things at the TV when I saw McLouth and Prado hack wildly at the first pitch they saw.
That was REALLY infuriating. I can’t stand it when our guys do that.
But yeah, I hope BMac keeps up that approach, and the other batters follow. Do that often, and you’ll eventually get some good results. Am I wrong?
August 17th, 200911:40 am
bravofan-I’d just as soon sign someone who hits-I don’t give damn if he has a big name.
August 17th, 200911:41 am
mid town joeI do not see the Braves winning a series. The past 3 games are my barometer.
then you dont know anything about baseball.
August 17th, 200911:54 am
The clear difference in us and Philly is power. I feel like we lost in HR derby this weekend and really our pitching wasn’t “that bad.” Every time through their 3-6 hitters I felt like I was holding my breath, with one eye not wanting to look as soon as our pitcher let the ball fly from his hand and the other eye too curious to not look, wincing on every swing. Every time we got through an inning without someone hitting a HR I let out a collected sigh of relief! WHEW!! But sooner or later you just knew that a pitcher would make a mistake and it would be crushed. Whenever our guys batted you were just hoping they could just maybe hit a single somewhere. Their 5 Hr’s to our 2 told the story over the weekend. At least they felt sorry for us and gave us a game! We had to have our best lineup available to beat them and we lost McLouth and Prado, our table setters. It was never more evident than in these games that we really need a big RH bopper in the middle of the lineup to compete with these guys without everything having to go perfectly our way in order to win.
forgot to say – new blog is up!
August 17th, 200911:59 am
“What about the games when JV didn’t get run support?”
He didn’t get any last night! One run??
August 17th, 200912:01 pm
power – and speed
August 17th, 200912:23 pm
brent a.: “Wayne, the point is, these teams don’t have to fold. Even though we don’t play the two teams out West, one of them HAS TO LOSE at least 5 games in head2head competition with the other. It’s opens windows – at least a creak.”
Brent, thats true but the problem is that also means the other team is going to win at least 5
August 17th, 20095:21 pm
I have been a Braves fan since 1957 – my father and I saw Warren Spahns 300th win against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee County Stadium. I don’t do blogs, but watching the game this afternoon – this question is burning a hole in my brain. WTF is Kelly Johnson doing playing Major Leauge baseball? He is a poor hitter and without a doubt, the worst fielding Second Baseman I have ever seen. He couldn’t catch a pillow if you threw it to him underhanded. Does he have pictures of Bobby Cox with animals or what? .
August 18th, 200911:04 am
QUIT COMPAREING SALARYS BETWEEN PLAYERS. EVEN AN IDIOT KNOWS IT IS ABOUT WHAT A TEAM NEEDS ACCORDING TO POSITION. THE HITTING HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH IT, IF THEY ARE OUTSTANDING AT THEIR POSITION. THE BRAVES CHOSE TO SPEND ON PITCHERS THIS YEAR, AND IT HAS PAYED OFF. FRANCOUER WAS NOT HAPPY IN ATLANTA AND YOU DO NOT NEED A PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM THAT DOES NOT WANT TO BE THERE. WHATEVER THE METS DECIDE TO PAY HIM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT THE BRAVES PAY THEIR PLAYERS. ATHLETES ARE STARTING TO REALIZE THAT MONEY DOES NOT BUY HAPPINESS. AND THE MOVES CAN EITHER BE GOOD FOR THEIR CAREERS OR BAD. RE: JOHN SMOLTZ AS AN EXAMPLE. THEY ARE ALL OVERPAYED, BUT YOU WILL NEVER CONVINCE THEM OF THAT : HENCE:BIG EGOS.
August 19th, 200912:56 pm
IF MC CAN IS WORRIED ABOUT HOW MUCH HE MAKES COMPARED TO FRANCOUER, THEN HE NEEDS TO START CATCHING THOSE PASSED BALLS AND HIT AS WELL AS FRENCHY IN GAME WINNING SITUATIONS. YOU CAN NOT EXPECT MORE PAY FOR LESS PERFORMANCE. IT TAKES MORE THAN AN ALL STAR BIRTH TO GET A RAISE, AND HE BARELY MADE THE ALL STAR TEAM THIS YEAR.
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