Didn’t you used to be the Mets?

 

Slumping Escobar has hit .500 vs. Mets this season

  New York — Remember in recent seasons how the Braves always seemed to get pounded by that quartet of Mets hitters who absolutely feasted on Atlanta pitching?
  Well, none of them will be in the Mets lineup tonight. Or even on the Mets’ active roster.
  Not Carlos Delgado, with his .306 average, 19 homers, 77 RBI and .949 OPS in 84 career games against the Braves.
  Not Carlos Beltran, with his .318 average, 17 homers, 50 RBI and 1.003 OPS in 73 games against the Braves (which doesn’t even include his gaudy postseason numbers against them).
  Not speedy Jose Reyes, with his .301 average, 40 extra-base hits, 38 steals and .831 OPS in 94 games against the Braves.
  And now, not David Wright, with his .297 average, 23 homers and .941 OPS in 94 games against the Braves.
  All of them are hurt, with Wright joining the DL brigade over the weekend after getting beaned by a 94-mph Matt Cain fastball that hit him flush in the side of his helmet, just above his ear, and left Wright with a concussion.
  Even with all those other guys in various stages of recovery from injuries that have taken an awful lot longer to return from than anyone expected, the Mets still had Wright … until this weekend.
  And no Met had hurt the Braves more of late than Wright, who hit .444 with eight doubles, a triple and seven homers in his past 17 games against the Braves. The erstwhile Iron Man, who had never been on the DL before this, had a 1.464 OPS (.527 OBP, .937 slugging) in those 17 games against Atlanta.
  Now, he’s out of the lineup.
  Yes, the Braves might want to make the most of this opportunity against a Mets team that was already struggling even before Wright went down. Of course, they’ve got to face Johan Santana, a great equalizer of sorts, on Thursday.
  Among the active Mets who will presumably be available to play tonight, the only guys with more than one career homer against the Braves are old friend Gary Sheffield (.276, 20 homers, .878 OPS in 109 games and 392 at-bats vs. Atlanta), Fernando Tatis (.271 with six homers, 24 RBI in 55 games), Brian Schneider (.189 with four homers, 30 RBI in 94 games) and Luis Castillo (.279, two homers, 27 RBI in 136 games and 523 at-bats).
  No, it ain’t exactly the traditional Braves-slaying Mets lineup.
 There’s not an active Met with a batting average higher than .279 against Atlanta. Other than Sheffield, there’s not an active Met with an OBP as high as .350 against the Braves, or a slugging percentage higher than .420.
 So maybe that will afford tonight’s Braves starter, Derek Lowe, with the opportunity to pay extra-special attention to Sheff, who is 9-for-19 with two homers against the right-hander.
 The Braves tonight will face lefty Oliver Perez, who until a few years ago used to pitch great against Atlanta and just about no one else.
  He still has a 6-4 record and solid 3.53 ERA in 15 starts against the Braves, but Perez has not decisions and a 3.91 ERA in four starts against them during the 2008-2009 seasons.
  Garret Anderson is 3-for-6 with two homers against the lefty, Yunel Escobar is 5-for-10 with a homer against him, and Chipper is 11-for-29 with a homer. Matt Diaz is just 4-for-22 against Perez, but two of the hits were homers.
  We’ll know soon if Martin Prado’s back in the lineup after missing two starts with headaches the Braves hope were caused by just heat or a flu bug he had dealt with recently. But worth noting, Prado is only 3-for-15 against Perez.

 ♣ Speaking of Yunel: Wouldn’t you know it, the week ESPN finally starts mentioning someone other than Chipper or Brian McCann in its teaser ads for the Sunday night game, calling Yunel a “rising star,” and he’s of course in a funk after his long hot streak.
  The shortstop is 4-for-26 (.154) with one extra-base hit (double) and one RBI in his past eight games, with five walks and six strikeouts.
  Might be a perfect time for him to face the ailing Mets, seeing how Escobar has hit .500 (17-for-34) with six doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in nine games against the Mets with this season, with a .585 OBP and .853 slugging percentage. He leads the Braves in all those categories against the Mets this season, except homers, where he’s tied with Chipper and Prado.

  ♣ Told you so, about Lowe: But honestly, when I pointed out nearly two months ago — look it up, led a blog with it — that Lowe had bounced back from most of his previous worst career skids with long surges, I didn’t expect quite this much.
 He went 0-4 with an 8.51 ERA in five starts through July 5. And since then? He’s gone 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA in seven starts, all of them quality starts of six innings or more and three runs or fewer.
  The veteran sinkerballer has allowed just three homers in 43-1/3 innings in that stretch, and has 23 strikeouts with 13 walks — hardly spectacular, but marked improvement in comman over the seven strikeout and 11 walks he had in that dreadful five-start stretch before the resurgence.

 ♣ Braves of late: They are 19-11 with a league-leading 3.10 ERA since the All-Star break, a half-game behind St. Louis (19-10) for best record since the break. Philly is 18-11 with second-best 3.24 ERA since the break.
  Believe it or not, Braves have 40 homers since the break, tied with Phillies for second-most in the NL behind Arizona (44).
  Since June 28, Braves’ 28-16 record is a half-game behind Phillies (28-15) for best in the NL.

 ♣ Etc.
 Adam LaRoche has hit .370 with four homers, 10 RBI, a .492 OBP and .652 slugging percentage in 14 games since the Braves got him in the July 31 trade that sent Casey Kotchman to Boston. Since the trade, Kotchman is 5-for-24 (.208) with one homer, three RBI, a .296 OBP and .333 slugging percentage in 10 games for the Red Sox…. After his sluggish start with the Braves, Ryan Church is on a bit of a roll as he plays in New York for the first time since the Mets traded him to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur. Church has hit .282 with six doubles, a homer and 10 RBI in his past 11 games, with a .364 OBP and .513 slugging. Since that July 10 trade, Francoeur has hit an impressive .294 with five homers and 21 RBI in 33 games. He’s still not walking (five walks and a .328 OBP), but sure seems to have benefited from a fresh start away from his Atlanta roots. He hit .301 with four homers and 19 RBI in his first 19 games with the Mets, though he has only one homer and two RBI in his past 14 games.

 ♣ OK, gotta get to the clubhouse. Rest in peace, Jim Dickinson, the legendary producer, singer and Memphis record producer who died at 67 on Saturday. He played and produced for so many legends, from the Replacements to Aretha, from Dylan to Big Star, the Stones to Mojo Nixon. And two of his sons, Luther and Cody, are mainstays in the North Mississippi Allstars.

Legendary Jim Dickinson produced Dylan, among many others

“ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE” by Bob Dylan

Your breath is sweet
Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky
Your back is straight your hair is smooth
On the pillow where you lie
But I don’t sense affection
No gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me
But to the stars above

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go.
To the valley below.

Your daddy he’s an outlaw
And a wanderer by trade
He’ll teach you how to pick and choose
And how to throw the blade
He oversees his kingdom
So no stranger does intrude
His voice it trembles as he calls out
For another plate of food.

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go.
To the valley below.

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself
You’ve never learned to read or write
There’s no books upon your shelf
And your pleasure knows no limits
Your voice is like a meadowlark
But your heart is like an ocean
Mysterious and dark.

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go.
To the valley below.

 

2,142 comments Add your comment

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:13 pm

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

August 18th, 2009
3:15 pm

Anders,

From the last blog….

What is your prediction for this series?

Looking at the pitching matchups, I’d have to say 2 out of 3 at worst for the Braves. Although, I’m not sure the Mets can muster enough offense to help Santana win against KK.

fleming

August 18th, 2009
3:16 pm

James – I thought Lentz was banned from the blog after last night’s performance (and rightfully so).

This blog as all open blogs are anonymous as is all web apps. The blog doesn’t have physical access to the blogger only a network connection. Thus you cannot ban an individual blogger only his network IP address. All Paul has to do, or anyone else who has been banned has to do is change to a different computer with a different IP address and they are no longer banned.

lexbrave

August 18th, 2009
3:16 pm

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

David Wright is not happy that he was DL’d.

Heath

August 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

From the last blog -

AndyC

August 18th, 2009
3:08 pm

Heath

Like I said, I’m not saying you are wrong, just that there are too many variables that can change a race when there are 45 or so games to go. Teams getting hot/cold, injuries. I mean, what were the odds that the Nats would have gone 11-3 in thier last 14 games. Almost zero, but it happened.

AndyC -

Over a 162-game, it all evens out… speaking of the Nationals:

Actual: 43-75, Expected: 49-69….so, the numbers would actually suggest that they should have won several in a row to get to their expected win/loss record and that they are very well could win several in a row again to get to their expected record.

That said, I understand what you mean. I am not saying you are wrong either. We’ll end the conversation with this: Odds are used to for gambling purposes and odds-makers and bet-takers will use these all day because of they are about as close as it can get.

To be off by, say, 3 games after 120 games is pretty good. 3/120 = 2.5% inaccuracy. Not too bad.

Gone Viral

August 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

I asked this overnight on the last blog, but I never saw a reply either way. Did the Braves ever sign either Ryan Woolley and Bennett Pickar? Those were the last two out of our top 23 that we hadn’t locked up. Also, is Woolley the kid who used to play for Georgia who accidentally ran over a buddy at the Cape Cod league last year?

Thrillhouse44

August 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

Hopefully Esco gets rolling tonight. Definitely need him to heat back up and take the pressure of BMac.

Hillbilly

August 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

Your post earlier about loading David Allan Coe into your Ipod had me curious. What are some of your DAC favorites? I know I’ve made this recommendation to you a couple of times before, but there are some outstanding DAC albums that have gotten lost in the shuffle due to the popularity of his typical “Greatest Hits” type of stuff. This is some of the best country music that nobody has ever heard. Most of his older stuff has been re-released as double-album cds. I really think you would like these:

1)Tattoo/Family Album — Top-Notch stuff from start to finish. “Canteen of Water,” “Houston, Dallas, San Antone,” “Heavenly Father, Holy Mother” “San Francisco Mabel Joy” (Mickey Newberry). First time I heard it I dubbed it one of the best original country cds I had ever heard, until I bought:

2)Longhaired Redneck/Rides Again — #1 on my list of most played cd’s ever. If you listen to this one and don’t like it I promise you I will never make another music recommendation on this blog again. The man was at his very best in the mid-to-late 70s. “Spotlight,” “Livin’ on the Run,” “A Sense of Humor,” “Young Dallas Cowboy.”

3)The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/Once Upon a Rhyme — Slower paced but very solid. It took me a couple of times through to really get into it, but songs like “33rd of August” (another Newberry song) and “I Still Sing the Old Songs” really grew on me. If you like the first two, then try this one.

chilidog75

August 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

OK. One more time. Apologies. Just had to get it off my chest.

Two things.
This country is almost insane with its love for dogs.
If Vick was fighting chickens instead of pit bulls (both are illegal, both needlessly kill and torture helpless animals for entertaintment purposes), he wouldn’t have lost $139 million and he’d still be playing for the Atlanta Falcons.

And … unless you’ve ever lost a person you love in a DUI accident, you couldn’t possibly understand how insulting it is to see people more outraged about the killing of 25 dogs. I know there was a difference in intent between Vick and Stallworth, but there was also a vastly different outcome.
A human being was killed. Not a dog. Not a chicken. Not a deer. A human being. But it seems as if that fact is brushed aside because Stallworth didn’t mean to do it. He did mean to get in his car. Drunk. And drive. And in doing so, he took someone’s son off the face of the earth. Forever.

Sorry, but in my mind, that trumps the torture of an animal.

Ok, sorry. Back to the Braves.

Gone Viral

August 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

“David Wright is not happy that he was DL’d.”

You’d think he’d be more upset over getting brained.

Pete

August 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

amicusterrae: “SOMETIMES that’s the case, but you can’t make this generalization. Sometimes, pro atheletes get punished more harshly, to fight the perception you mention, and also to make an example. Plaxico Burress is an example. Why no plea offer for a lower charge that doesn’t require jail time? Can’t have people think athletes always get off.”
What jail time are you referring to re: Plaxico? Hasnt even been to trial yet, so as you certainly must know, there is plenty of time for a plea bargain prior to trial. Lets see what happens before you assume there will be some jail time.

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:20 pm

18 Wheels of Love

August 18th, 2009
3:22 pm

Does Frenchy look like Gomer Pyle in that picture or is it just me?

lewie

August 18th, 2009
3:23 pm

we need to take at least 2 of 3 against this AAA team the mets are running out there…bad teams, or good teams in bad stretches, have given us hell the last couple of yrs

Pete

August 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

Very good post Chili…..assuming you have lost a loved one to DUI, you have my sympathies.

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:26 pm

Why would St Louis be talking to Smoltz?

joe

August 18th, 2009
3:27 pm

fleming…the rotten potato was banned?

Eric

August 18th, 2009
3:27 pm

There seem to be conflicting reports on MLB.com about Hudson — one says he has 3 more rehab starts in the Minors (including tonight) and the other says he’s joining the big league team in NY later this week. Anybody have any idea, definitively, what the plan is?

"You all are Cox apologists"

August 18th, 2009
3:28 pm

Nothing less than 8-1.

3 VS NYM, 3 VS FLA, 3 VS SD. SD AND NY=SWEEPS. You have to pay back FLA for losing a series a couple weeks back. Anything less than 8-1 in the next nine UNACCEPTABLE.

chilidog75

August 18th, 2009
3:29 pm

Pete,
Thank you. I appreciate it.

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:29 pm

Is anybody else wondering if there is ANY interest in Smoltz?

timthebrave

August 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

chilidog75, Vick never got convicted of torturing dogs, but I get your point with Stallworth. He was convicted for interstate gambling or something like that. That’s why the feds got involved. Would you rather have Vick or Ryan as qb? I would take Matt Ryan although Vick was definitely an exciting player to watch. Anyways…..Go Braves. Important to win all series from here on out

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

“Cox apologists”

I hope for a 9-0, but to say that anything less than a 8-1 is unacceptable, well, it just ain’t realistic.

"You all are Cox apologists"

August 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Lewie,

Really???? Do you really believe what you posted????? If the Mets are a AAA team as YOU stated, why shouldn’t the Braves SWEEP them? Are you saying the Braves’ talent isn’t much better than a AAA team? If we only win 2 of 3 I will be DISAPPOINTED, regardless of facing Santana. We need at least a SWEEP.

Tomahawkin

August 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Bobby If you want to win? Please Put Roachy In the cleanup spot and Move B-Macc to fifth…! Why does it take 2 months before he decides to make lineup changes to the middle of the order…?

Esco needs to be dropped to seventn in the order since he is going through a rut…

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

I don’t know why I am answering a person who calls me a “Cox apologist” anyway.

keylargo

August 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

Yunel’s cooled of as DOB mentioned and he is joined by Martin Prado. In the last month Prado has come back to earth and has this line:

.274/.308/.425/.733

Tomahawkin

August 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

I want to see Smoltz go to the Rangers…They are one pitcher away from getting into October

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

Are you Keith Oberman come here to torment us?

Tomahawkin

August 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

I was Banking on Prado being a pest to the Phillies much like Pestorino was against us. That didn’t happen and the result bears…

Cheese

August 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

Hudson could still have 3 more rehab starts but in between starts travels with the braves…I wouldn’t expect to see him activated until the rosters are expanded to 40

Heath

August 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

So, tonight is bbq-grilled chicken and corn on the cob. I’ll be firing up the grill in an hour! Mmmmm.

Gone Viral

August 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

“If we only win 2 of 3 I will be DISAPPOINTED, regardless of facing Santana.”

You’re setting yourself up for disappointment, then.

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

Smoltz should sign with the Twins. He and Farve could open a geriatric sports clinic.

chilidog75

August 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

Tim,
Point taken. But people aren’t outraged because Vick was gambling across state lines. They were outraged in WHAT he was gambling on.

And there ain’t no doubt who I would rather have at QB for the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan. And I think Roddy White agrees with me. :)

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

Tomahawkin

Did you mean one GOOD pitcher away from October? Then that rules out Smoltz this year.

dogsbrekky

August 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

We need to go 30-14 (if my math is correct) to make sure of anything so yes, we need to sweep the ‘mucils and given that we have big game Kenny on the hill against sandwich shop Santana I feel very comfortable that we will

now if we can light up the $36 Million man

Soph

August 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

It would make my year if the Rangers won the wild card over the Sox. Dream come true…

CaliChopper

August 18th, 2009
3:37 pm

Heath, you grilling the corn also?

Anders

August 18th, 2009
3:37 pm

Buffalo – I have no idea what to expect from the Mets this series. They just have no sustained offense. I can’t see them winning more than one pitching duel. So I guess the series is the Braves to lose.

I will predict some good eating for DOB though.

Thrillhouse44

August 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

Why would St Louis be talking to Smoltz?

Um, they took a chance on Boyer. Apparently if the pitcher can get the ball over the plate over-handed, they’ll consider him.

JEZ

August 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

chili you are right!!! Although this is a baseball blog…but it’s all good. JF does kind of resemble Gomer, kinda acts like him too

Heath

August 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

CaliChopper -

Should I?

RHR

August 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

LMAO @ that pic of Jeff. Lord that kid has the most special expressions.

Hmmmm I remember the last time Dave wrote about how pitiful the Mets lineup is.

KK vs Santana – me in the stands – scoreless game until KK gives up 2 runs in the 6th – Chipper gets 1 back in the 8th on a solo shot – Yunel kills the rally with missed sign gate – Bobby drops F bombs on National television – braves go on to load the bases that inning anyway – bottom of the 8th 2-1 ballgame, bases full, 2 outs, 51,000 on their feet, Greg Norton steps in and looks at 3 perfect strikes right down the middle of the plate. Acostya then gives up 3 runs in the 9th, Braves go down pathetically 1-2-3 on about 4 pitches in the bottom of the 9th. BALLGAME! Mets win 5-1.

But I mean, I’m not bitter or anything. :lol:

Anders

August 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

Mid Town Joe – That 3:34 is pretty funny.

BTW- what town are you in the middle of?

Cheese

August 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

I think you’re allowed to drop one to the mets vs. santanta, but I feel good about our pitching matchups vs. Florida since we don’t see johnson and we should take 3/3 from the pads…but the point is if anyone’s looked at the phillys schedule if we don’t take 8/9 then we will be for sure out of the divisional race by the time we head to philly

"You all are Cox apologists"

August 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Wayne in Utah,

PLEASE explain to me why anything less than 8-1 is acceptable to you?
We should SWEEP NY and SD, two of the worst teams in MLB. We NEED to beat FLA 2 of 3 because WE lost 2/3 to them last time. Aren’t the Braves in a playoff CHASE? If I remember correctly, if the playoffs started today, we would be on the OUTSIDE. Thankyou.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

August 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Tomahawkin’

I agree. Smoltz could help the Rangers. I just want SOMEONE to knock off the damn Angels for ONCE.

CaliChopper

August 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Heath, Oh yeah, its the best way for corn on the cob

dmack2027

August 18th, 2009
3:42 pm

Again, very curious as to why Gonzo was used last night.

Anyone but our closers and Moylan should have been used. Run Logan out there for another inning, even though he was hit fairly hard. At that point, you are still working with a pretty good cushion.

Soph

August 18th, 2009
3:42 pm

lol RHR, I had almost erased that disaster of a game from my memory. There were Mets fans all around me. :-(

Daslied

August 18th, 2009
3:43 pm

Heath, here’s a second to grilling the corn – fantastic!

BUZZMEAT

August 18th, 2009
3:43 pm

I bet Ryan Church will get booed pretty bad!

Heath

August 18th, 2009
3:43 pm

CaliChopper -

…it’s good that way….no doubt. As long as it is not boiled. Steamed is good too.

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

Not Atlanta. I’m Between Perry and Warner Robins. I’m on business quite a bit in MidTown ATL, but for the most part, do my best to avoid the roads up there. I have a brother is Wisconsin, and we been having fun with this Farve thing all year. The Farve family book a ton of rooms in Green Bay weeks ago for the Vikings/Packers game, and never cancelled!

timthebrave

August 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

chilidog75, I think that Stallworth deserved a longer sentence than he got. What he did was definitely worse than what Vick did. He paid off the family and had them testify, etc. If a regular person(anyone not wealthy) killed someone while driving drunk the hammer would come down on them. That is one thing that really irritates me about our judicial system. One rules and sentence for the regular joe and one for the rich person. Dog is man’s best friend and that’s why all the outrage. I have a dog and if someone tortured or electrocuted him they would have worse to worry about than a 2 year sentence. Just saying

Heath

August 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

Daslied -

Well, if I wasn’t going to grill it before, I sure am now. :)

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

“Cox apologist”

I never said I thought we were going to make the playoffs, did I?

I have only said I HOPE we do. A 7-2 record in 9 games is a .777 win percentage.

I hear what your saying, that we NEED them to go at least 8-1, but being a realist, and knowing we do have flaws, I will not bet the farm on it.

AndyC

August 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

Heath

Agreed on the betting aspect. I don’t gamble so I really don’t care what the odds say. They will play the games and we will see what happens.

Shamus Thacker

August 18th, 2009
3:47 pm

JEZ: JF does kind of resemble Gomer, kinda acts like him too.

I have a much deeper voice, but lots of the words I say prolly have a heavy Gomer Dialect…

SHAZAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMM

Paul Lentz

August 18th, 2009
3:47 pm

It’s been satisfying to see Derek Lowe rebound from his bad June. 5-0 in 7 starts since July 5th with an ERA of 2.91 while averaging more than 6 innings per start shows that as the year passes on, his pitching becomes more clutch. He is showing why Frank Wren signed him to that big contract.

Throughout his career, Lowe has shown that he is a big money pitcher. While I love what Javier Vazquez and Jair Jurrjens have done for us this year……..if the Braves were in a one game play-off to make the postseason…..then who better than Derek Lowe would you want to pitch in that pressure filled game? It’s hard to argue with history.

CLE

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

LOL at Mid Town Joe’s 3:34 post!

DD

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

Chilidog,

Everything I’ve read says that there was nothing Stallworth could have done. Yes, he was drinking at the time of the accident but drinking didn’t appear to contribute to what happened. Dude ran right out in front of him. It’s a tragedy that it happened, but it wasn’t Stallworth’s fault. Huge difference in that and what Vick did, although I think Vick has done his time and deserves the right to get on with his life. If you think Stallworth is culpable for the guys death, then point me to some reason to believe that. Some evidence, not just a rant by someone who had no clue what happened.

DAP

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

you are all cox apologistsPLEASE explain to me why anything less than 8-1 is acceptable to you?

you didnt address this to me, but since i have the same position as wayne on this one, ill answers anyways.

less than 8-1 is acceptable because i have a grip on reality. the reality is that its difficult to sweep in MLB, even the “terrible” teams. the reality is also that if the braves simply win every series from now until the end of the year, they will win over 90 games.

RHR

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

Does Frenchy look like Gomer Pyle in that picture or is it just me?

Not just you, I have often thought he looks like Jim Nabors.

Tomahawkin

August 18th, 2009
3:49 pm

Frank In KS

I want to see Smoltz in the Playoffs Knocking off the Yankees since I believe the Rangers have never beaten the yankees in the Playoffs

Mid Town Joe

August 18th, 2009
3:49 pm

Train Wreck Bystander

August 18th, 2009
3:51 pm

Funny that Smoltz was not willing to pitch out of the Red Sox pen, but for his new suitors, it’s not necessarily a problem. I guess $5 mil lets you buy a big pair of brass balls.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2009
3:51 pm

LINEUP

1. Infante, 2B
2. Prado, 1B
3. Chipper
4. Mac
5-6 Anderson and Escobar (PR man didn’t have specific order written down)
7-8 Diaz and Church (same as above)

I’ll give specific after get back from clubhouse

Tomahawkin

August 18th, 2009
3:52 pm

Wayne In Ut

I was being optomistic in seeing Smoltz get on hot streak heading into October and sticking it to the Red Sox and Bankees

glove51

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

Prado in the OF? You show both LaRoche & Prado – 1B

Hillbilly

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

Too many infielders in that line-up. PR man needs a breathalyzer.

LOOGY

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

Where’s LaRoche playing if Prado is at first?…you don’t think Prado is at 2nd, LaRoche at first and Infante in the OF…or you mixed up LaRoche where Diaz should be. Great job.

AndyC

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

Wright should play it safe and make sure he has recovered from the concussion before he plays again. He only needs to see what happened to Church to see how a concussion or two can affect someones career. It’s not like the Mets are going anywhere so what’s the rush.

Shamus Thacker

August 18th, 2009
3:55 pm

When folks find out I have a college degree/diploma, they wanns SEE the damn thing!

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2009
3:55 pm

Just FYI, LaRoche is 0-for-4 with two K vs. Perez, Prado 3-for-15

But…. Perez has allowed just a .200 avg and .288 OBP and .286 slugging vs. lefties
against righties, he’s allowed a .293 avg, .457 OBP (yes, .457 OBP) and .516 slugging

Ben

August 18th, 2009
3:55 pm

Infante must be playing in the outfield?

RHR

August 18th, 2009
3:56 pm

Where is LaRoche playing?

wow

August 18th, 2009
3:57 pm

DOB
If prado is at first where is laroche playing

jukeandjive

August 18th, 2009
3:58 pm

DOB 2 guys at 1st?

Soph

August 18th, 2009
3:58 pm

I’m thinking Omar will be playing a little outfield today probably.

Roy Hobbs

August 18th, 2009
3:58 pm

Thanks for the new blog. What did Dickinson produce for the Mats (whose reissues are well worth picking up by the way.) Catching any live shows while in the city or just hitting some good record stores?

Heath

August 18th, 2009
3:58 pm

CaliChopper -

Speaking of grilling stuff. I actually put my baked potatoes on the grill… I put them in aluminum foil with lots of butter and just place them right on the charcoal while I’m grilling my meats. They turn out great that way.

wow

August 18th, 2009
3:59 pm

DOB
No Diaz? Did you mean Diaz instead of Laroche?

Wayne in Utah

August 18th, 2009
3:59 pm

Tomahawkin

Yeah, I know. Just rattling your chain a bit. If you think Smoltzy will help, that makes you and extreme optimist though.

Somethings a bit out of kilter w/ that lineup I guess.

Vinings Jim

August 18th, 2009
3:59 pm

“YAACA” – ‘If we only win 2 of 3 I will be DISAPPOINTED, regardless of facing Santana. We need at least a SWEEP.’

Are you hoping to win 4 out of 3?

lexbrave

August 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

i have to say it’s pretty impressive that at age 37 and hitting only .251 this year that pudge could still get two minor league players and the rest of his salary paid for as a return.

wow

August 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

O ok that makes way more sense gotcha.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

Guys, guys … eeeeasssy. My God, you’d think you were the ones on no sleep. Settle down, folks. Just a typo. Not going to forfeit the game or anything.

Infante’s at 2B, Prado’s at 1B. Rest is same, Church in CF, etc.

DAP

August 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

im sure that lineup isnt correct.

Soph

August 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

Nevermind, guess he’s not.

DAP

August 18th, 2009
4:01 pm

DOB, i think youre confused as to where the typo is.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2009
4:01 pm

Train Wreck: Smoltz didn’t refuse to pitch out of ‘pen for Sox. He refused to go back to Triple-A.

DAP

August 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

never mind, i see the re-do :-) i wish i could re-do….

JayDub

August 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

This lineup seems highly unlikely. LaRoche gonna play something other than 1st?

Hillbilly

August 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

Guys, guys … eeeeasssy. My God, you’d think you were the ones on no sleep. Settle down, folks. Just a typo. Not going to forfeit the game or anything.

BALLGAME!

Hillbilly

August 18th, 2009
4:03 pm

FIRE PR MAN!

Lew

August 18th, 2009
4:03 pm

Y’all-he changed the typo. LaRoche is not playing. Prado is at first, Infante at second and Diaz in right.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2009
4:04 pm

Mid Town Joe: as we wrote on blog at about 1 a.m. last night, person in St. Louis told me last night that Cardinals were pursuing him as a reliever, and he thought Smoltz would go there. Dodgers want him to start, last I heard.

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