3:14 pm August 20, 2009, by David O'Brien
18 Wheels of Love
August 20th, 20093:16 pm
August 20th, 20093:18 pm
Thanks for the new blog DOB!
4 Wheels of Fun
August 20th, 20093:19 pm
Built by Peter
Cox apologists = Clown shoes
August 20th, 20093:20 pm
August 20th, 2009
Wayne in Utah and other bloggers: I had a thought (Dangerous I Know) last night.
We are all trying to figure out what pitcher to trade and how to construct our roster next season. I wonder if to get to the next level, something more drastic needs to be done.
Kris Medlen has been lights out for awhile now and if people remember he was the best starting pitcher(era wise) on the Gwinnett roster before he was called up. I still believe he would be an exceptional 4th starter or better.
What I’m purposing is,what if, the Braves were able to move Lowe and his contract in the off season and Vazquez.
Before I here the yelling from my 50 miles outside of the ATL let me explain.
Lowe and Vazquez salaries $26.5 mill next year. We would get some good prospects for Lowe and better for Vazquez. We combine those propects along with McLouth and other considerations for Carl Crawford $10 mill. Sign Matt Holiday $16 Mil for 5 years.
Lineup: Crawford, Prado, Chipper, Holiday, McCann, Escobar, Heyward(When Ever he arrives), Laroache($5 Mill) Total Lineup: $51.5 Mil
Rotation: Hudson(This is predicated on Tim showing he is back to normal) Jurrjens, Hanson, Kawakami, Medlen Total Rotation: $20.5
It would leave us $25 Mil to assemble a bench and bullpen.
The lineup would match up with the Phillies, Dodgers and better than any other in the NL.
The Rotation would match any in the NL
The risk, of course, is could we resign Crawford? He has stated somewhere that he had followed the Braves growing up, so we have a shot and a year to get it done. If, he leaves we still have Jordan Schafer.
I am just tired of this team staying on the edge of competing again and I think this would be worth the risk.
August 20th, 20093:21 pm
Giants LOSE on a walk off HR
August 20th, 20093:23 pm
to continue discussion,
“You all are Cox apologists”
Dude, that’s just crazy.
To make the Leo magic argument, you picked bad examples:
Jaret Wright went 15-8 in 2004 with 186 innings pitched. Not bad for sure, but for one of the few times in his career, he was healthy.
Jorge Sosa looked good starting when he won 13 games with a respectable ERA (also had a quality start in the playoffs against Houston). But Damien Moss was great at first, too. As were so many other callups who won a lot of games quick, then failed to make counter adjustments once the hitters figured them out. You really believe Mazzone could coach Sosa to a 15 win season today?
As for Russ Ortiz, yes he won 21 and 15 games in 2003 and 2004, but he did that with poor control. The guy was pitching in and out of trouble a lot. ERA was just under and over 4 both years. Russ, IMO, benefited more the Braves offense than he did Leo Mazzone. We hit 235 homers in 2003!
Still talking about Smoltz, really?
August 20th, 20093:24 pm
Poor giants…they lost today. Well, I for one would love to see ‘em get back on their feet with a weekend series win against the Rockies!
Enter your comments here
August 20th, 20093:25 pm
DOB — I think you mixed up Kawakami’s record in your blog by accident… But the fact is, Kawakami’s 9-5 record could easily — and I do mean easily — be reversed if he had received even mediocre run support. Instead, he’s had the second-worst run support of any major league starter, at 3.18 runs per nine innings.
DOB you need to proof read
You realize that you just doomed the Braves for tonight.
August 20th, 20093:26 pm
thanks swi for typing all that out for me
One other thing that I don’t beleive has been mentioned in regards to KK’s run support is that he has had to face, it seems an abmornally large number of times, the opposition’s ace. Santana, Haladay, etc. It seems like almost every start it’s like this, which doesn’t help his run support numbers because those types of pitchers rarely give up runs because they are aces. So KK has to be at his best to even have a chance, and more times than not he has risen to the challenge.
August 20th, 20093:29 pm
nice blog !!!! great work DOB…
Escobar for Supreme Court
Good article on comparing tonight’s starters.
Do you like “Too Long In Exile” or “Wavelength”?
August 20th, 20093:31 pm
BOOK IT METSFAN4LIFE
Book it? What is this Hawaii Five-O?
But seriously, all caps aside, you’re not making any points. You’re just annoying people. And if the Braves win tonight, you’ll be nowhere to be seen.
KK has the best ride out of all the Braves that I’ve seen. I love the Rovers but man that car is smoking hot. Ol’ boy has got good taste.
Kawakami has definitely been underrated. But the problem with the stats DOB sited is that many of them are dependent on defense and chance/luck/whatever you want to call it, except for strikeouts and walks.
Also, I think this premise is false: “But it’s amazing how many people will make excuses for Santana having a mediocre season.”
Santana has actually been the 17th best pitcher in the NL this season according to Baseball Prospectus. According to The Hardball Times he’s been the 12th best pitcher in the NL. That’s mediocre for Santana but it’s far from a mediocre season.
Not trying to make excuses for Santana. Obviously I’m a Braves fan and love to see the Mets 13.5 games back. And I’ll defend the Kawakami signing to anyone. But I think a few more facts need to be pointed out.
Santana has been a great picture in his career. He’s a good pitcher right now. That doesn’t mean that he won’t revert to form and be great in the future, or even that he won’t pitch a great game tonight. But you are what you are, and right now he’s not great.
KK has been a good pitcher for the Braves. He suffers in part because Vasquez, JJ and Hanson have been outstanding. Had he pitched for the Braves last year and had the exact same stats, he’d have been viewed much more positively.
I wanna ride in KK’s Maserati.
This weekend series against the Fish is very important. The Braves should take advantage of good timing…in that they are scheduled to face Sanchez (1-4, 5.55 ERA), Volstad (9-9, 4.61 ERA), and Nolasco (9-8, 5.22 ERA). Of course, need to take care of business tonight…
August 20th, 20093:32 pm
KK should go back to Japan. He is not a major league pitcher like Santana.
I had no idea that Van Morrison was from Ireland until recently…I can’t hear any accent when he sings, much like a lot of singers from Across the Pond…why is that?
things that make you go hmmmm
Mid Town Joe
August 20th, 20093:33 pm
So, if your the long man in the Cardinals bullpen, and John Smoltz starts the game, what inning do you start warming up?
Sit amongst yourselves and discuss. I’m feeling a bit vermklepht.
Need the win tonight. Then you can work on FL this weekend. I still think the Phils win the division without a ton of resistance. Lee completely changes their rotation and others have really stepped up – it’s not the same as when Moyer ran out there. Their hitting has holes with their strikeouts, but most of their lineup is just a swing away every night from changing the game with the long ball, whether at home or on the road. Braves have lots of company for the Wild Card, but they cannot worry about that – they need to beat the bad teams – it’s the reason they are behind the Phils – you go 8 and 4 v.s the leader, and they’re obviously not taking care of business elsewhere. Start by winning tonight against the Mets and get yourself ready for the Marlins.
August 20th, 20093:34 pm
Mid Town Joe – I say the 3rd inning is when they get the long man up, unless the team you are facing is full of right handers, then it goes to the 4th. Good one
August 20th, 20093:35 pm
We’re lucky in that we’re not drawing Josh Johnson for the Marlins this weekend…he goes tonight against Houston’s ace, Wandy Rodriguez…Of course we do draw Santana with the Mets, who the Phillies won’t have to face this weekend…it probably all evens out in the end
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
August 20th, 20093:36 pm
You are an annoying troll that just comes here to annoy people, you are probably the same person who came on pretending to be a Giants fan, and a Rockies fan, and all the other teams that Atlanta plays. Dude, really… figure out where the caps lock button on your keyboard is. Doesn’t school start soon for you, I mean you’re a little too young to be a drop out aren’t you?
August 20th, 20093:37 pm
I remember the old days at Fulton County Stadium, Terry Pendelton made a great impression on me when he left the game in a little beat up Toyota. I loved it!
Can u inquire on this DOB…
Mid Town Joe
That was funny…I say the 4th
August 20th, 20093:38 pm
So, if your the long man in the Cardinals bullpen, and John Smoltz starts the game, what inning do you start warming up?
That’s like one of those Zen Riddles. If you’re a reliever, and you take over for Smoltz in the first, does that make you a starter?
It’s a mystery
August 20th, 20093:41 pm
Buffalo NY BF: why don’t you root for a team that actually supports their teams through thick and thin? Atlanta fan’s are fairweather jock straps.
Wayne in Utah
So, in review of all data, if Hudson comes back, do you put Derek Lowe in the pen? Or does Huddy go to the pen?
Could be interesting.
Hey, I got your post from the end of the old blog. A point or two. I expect at least one of our starters to be dealt this winter. Just too many good arms. Though it is always nice to have some insurance, though I expect that insurance to be Medlen or maybe Reyes.
I really don’t see the point in dealing McLouth for a CHANCE to keep Crawford. I like Crawford marginally better than Nate, but only marginally.
I would not be opposed to making a go for Holliday or Jason Bay, but I don’t have any strong feelings we would be successful. To do so, we might have to deal TWO guys, and I just don’t see it happening, unless they get some great offers.
I realistically expect Vazquez to be dealt, as he is the most easily moved. Kawakami would be the second easiest, and Lowe third on that list.
My best guess is that we will hope for Schafer to return, and wait until mid-season to have Heyward come up. Diaz and Church are in the wings for backup.
I would rather see us pick up ONE more versatile bat. Preferrably right handed, and preferrably one who could play third, the outfield corners and maybe one or two other infield positions. Mark DeRosa anyone? Casey Blake I think is signed for two years. I am sure there are a few others out there, but they aren’t coming to me right now.
Just don’t see BOTH a Crawford deal AND signing a big FA. Besides, I think we got McLouth for the long run. Same can be said for Lowe.
Yesterday I floated the Lowe on waivers thingy, but that was more to get some conversation going than realistically thinking it was going to happen.
Whaddya think? (I like Medlen too, eventually as either a closer or a mid-rotation starter)
August 20th, 20093:42 pm
think i’ll watch mullholland dr. tonight and take advantage of myself.
better than watching what may be a debacle.
August 20th, 20093:43 pm
Kawakami keeps you in the game – that’s what you ask. He has been dependable especially lately. Santana, stats or peception, has not had a good year by his standards and for his pedigree. It’s not been a bad year, as Shaun points out, but far from what he normally gives a team. Time will tell if the Mets overpaid for his services – that is a long contract.
Matt the Brave
August 20th, 20093:44 pm
Hey 18 Wheels of Love, you gonna go Eastbound and Down, loaded up and truckin’?
no, monsters ball
If I am the long man in St Louis, I make sure I am not in the cann around the 4th inning.
amicusterrae: I see you have a fixation on a certain part of the male anatomy. That’s great, but keep those daydreams to yourself.
Buffalo NY BF: why don’t you root for a team that actually supports their teams through thick and thin? Atlanta fan’s are fairweather jock straps
Why don’t you root for a team that actually supports their team?
But seriously, since these past 3 years have been such good times for the Braves, then I guess we’re all fair weather fans.
August 20th, 20093:45 pm
You invoked the Lentz name on the blog. That’s like sending out a calling card.
Nova Scotia Steve
Well…We have the chance to pick up a game on the Giants…
I posted this in the last blog…but I’ll post again….
After Washington….Colorado goes to play the Giant in a 4 game series…then it’s off to LA for three and then another 3 with the Giants…
HUGE opportunity for the Braves in their wild card chase…not to mention we have the Marlins and Padres while all this is going on.
We need to win now more than ever and make up some games…
August 20th, 20093:47 pm
nice Ride KK!
August 20th, 20093:48 pm
Thanks for the good piece on Medlen. Do you think he has relaxed some since Hanson was called up? I’m not trying to insinuate a Escobar-Brayan Pena soulmate thing, but I feel like since Medlen was outpitching Hanson at the time of his call-up, some people were expecting him to pitch even better than a #1 prospect. Clearly nerves were a problem for him early on so just wondering if Hanson getting up here and deflecting the spotlight may have helped ease him. He has a solid 3.34 ERA since Hanson came up and it’s actually 2.90 if you exclude that spot start in Colorado.
Also, what’s the deal with the schoolgirl backpack Medlen is always wearing? I assume it’s a hazing (ahem, “rookie initiation”) thing but, if so, why is Hanson spared? Seems like Medlen’s been sporting it for awhile now.
well hopefully he won’t show up!
August 20th, 20093:49 pm
DOBs point about Diaz verse the Marlins made me remember, we really need the 2007 version of Diaz the Marlin killer to show up this weekend for the 3 games with the fish.
I really hope we take the series tonight. It will be a tough game but still winnable. The Braves upcoming schedule is very favorable. If they can take 7 or 8 out of the next 11, they will probably be in second place alone in the wild card standings behind the Rockies by month’s end. That would be pretty darn good with one month left to play. Beating Santana tonight would be a great start down that road.
As far as analyzing two pitchers starts, yes, there are a gazillion other factors, but does that mean you don’t take a look at the numbers. It really doesn’t matter much anyway I guess. Both teams are going with their guy, no matter what.
Bobby Cox: “Wait a minute, I don’t like Kenny K’s chances against Santana due to their last 13 game stats! Damn it! Get Chief Knock-a-Homa out here doing that rain dance pronto!”
Kris in NC
Someone give directions to METSFAN4LIFE so he/she can find the NY Post or Times and talk about the Mets and their pathetic losing season and a manager who likes to talk trash about former players.
Now to the subject at hand, the one thing we can all agree on is KK’s ride is smokin’ hot. As for KK, he has taken the ball every time his number has been called, just like every guy in the rotation except the one time Javy missed but other than that, our starters have been healthy all season.
Look at the big games KK has pitched in against some of the big name pitchers like Roy Halladay, he has come up big and came out with a win. The game in LA when he knew the bullpen had been used the night before in a major way, he came out and threw 125 pitches so the bullpen would be used to much. At least KK didn’t have to come into Atlanta thinking he had to be the go to guy, he could settle into the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation, let guys like Javy, Derek and JJ handle the top 3 spots.
I think we will see a nice pitching performance from KK tonight. He is going against Johan, who doesn’t get that run support and it will be worse now since Wright ain’t in the lineup. Just another big game pitcher for KK to take down, jmo.
August 20th, 20093:50 pm
I like Smoltz, but i didn’t like him signing with the bosox. If I’m in the pen when Smoltz starts, and have to come in before the 3rd inning, after I record the 3rd out, I’d walk straight over to Smoltz on the bench(asuming he’s still there) and say, “WTF”.
4th? Y’all are being mighty generous…
I do hope Smoltzy doesn’t embarrass himself again.
August 20th, 20093:52 pm
MF4L – you do realize that MF can stand for something else, right? Since this is a friendly blog, I won’t tell you – I think you and everyone else will get it. Now get the H**L off our blog!
August 20th, 20093:53 pm
Same thoughts I was having about Diaz. Since MAy he has slugged around .500 and has an approximate .881 OPS in that time. He has more AB’s against RH than LH. His average does drop considerably against RH but what I like is his HR numbers stay the same. In other words he doesn’t lose the ability to hit a HR when facing same side pitchers as so many players do. He plays a very adequate defense. THis guy could start for alot of teams.HIs numbers suggest 18-22 Hr’s a year, not too shabby.He hits right at .300 for avg., he can steal you a base and he plays hard all the time. at what point (like with PRado) do you say you earned the right to be a starter? If he’s not in our plans to start this year or next I would think he would be a person of interest for other teams.I just think he has way too much value to be a reserve.
August 20th, 20093:54 pm
Louisville brave – There are a few widely accepted reasons why Brits don’t sing with accents:
1. Singing and speaking use different parts of the brain.
2. Emulation – Beatles idolized Chuck Berry, Elvis, etc., so they form words with an “American accent”.
The same applies to stutterers, like Mel Tillis, who form phrases and sentences perfectly only when singing.
August 20th, 20093:55 pm
Johan drives a hummer that would crush that little black import.
August 20th, 20093:56 pm
Thanks…good to know
August 20th, 20093:57 pm
We gotta get our hitting shoes on this weekend, and hope that the Giants and Rockies either split or the Giants win one more.
In the end, all the Braves can do is just play every game like their ain’t no tomorrow.
I like our chances against Santana, but no doubt, KK has to be spot on, and we need to play smart and work some counts against the big lefty, or else we are going down.
August 20th, 20093:58 pm
Smoltz is done. Peter(I’m an honorary Red Sox) Gammons is the only reason Boston hung on as long as they did. PG kept talking about how good he was the first time through the lineup. It was the American League for heavens sake. He was pitching to guys who had not faced him often. Wait til he faces guys with 25 career at bats against him with the stuff he has now. He is only lucky he is not facing the STL lineup.
LT- A Blogger
August 20th, 20093:59 pm
I think perception of KK is largely due to Braves place in current standings (plus his high pitch count). If the Braves were in first or leading the WC, I think he’d be lauded as an excellent acquistion.
Dude has nice taste in auto’s that’s for sure. DOB- you have any idea what mp3s KK has loaded on his Verizon wireless phone?
August 20th, 20094:00 pm
But it’s amazing how many people will make excuses for Santana having a mediocre season — oh, he’s got terrible run support, the Mets stink … blah blah blah (DOB)
I have to be honest. I haven’t heard much of this from fans or the media. Santana is having a so-so year for his standards and I think most feel that. He hasn’t pitched lights out much at all. He is a phenomenal second half pitcher but hasn’t shown that much this season either. There is time for a run though. I’m hoping he uses the importance of tonights game to elevate his game and start a little run.
KK has pitched well in big games, so I look forward to another quality start from him tonight.
Braves need to win this series, because they are slowly running out of games. And we have a big series with the Fish coming up…
DOB – You’ve got a nice bench of showers headed your way. They’re just east of Harrisburg, PA, and should be at the park around mid-game.
Wayne in Utah: I guess I would prefer Crawford (A true leadoff man with some power around .300 avg and 50+ steals over McLouth. I just don’t see Nate as a true leadoff hitter and it would be nice to have a Crawford that once he gets on base, distracts the hell out of the pitcher. A aspect to our offense we haven’t had since Otis Nixon.
I also think that moving Lowe’s contract even if we don’t get that much back is seriously important to moving forward to the next level. It would free the money needed to upgrade the offense with a Holiday (preferred) or Bay. I’ve got a feeling that Lowe won’t be that hard to move in the offseason because there are too many teams that need a qaulity dependable starter.
August 20th, 20094:01 pm
Haven’t seen lineup yet, but told that INFANTE is at second base, not Kelly….
SP: I don’t think Medlen relaxing had as much to do with Hanson arriving as it did just getting used to the new surroundings. As Medlen told me yesterday, he did more interviews in his first three days in the bigs than he did his entire minor league career. And he was so worried about this guy or that guy batting, big-name guys, that he didn’t trust his stuff and tried to be too fine with them. He learned not to worry about that….
Shaun: As I said several times, I’m not insinuating they are even remotely on same level as pitchers. But facts are facts.
And the only facts you supplied is how Hardball Times and Baseball Prospectus ranked Santana, not why or how or anything else about where those rankings are derived from.
And maybe he is the 17th-best or 13th-best or whatever pitcher. I can’t imagine how they came to that conclusion, but maybe he is. Still, just look at those last 13 starts and try to explain that away. That’s more than half the season so far.
And, as pointed out, he’s making as much per season for six or seven years as Kawakami is making for his entire three-year contract.
Gosh why the anger? You are acting like y’all got run-ruled or something last night?
August 20th, 20094:02 pm
METSFAN4LIFE….You thinkMet fans support their team through thick and thin?? You and I both know that is not the case. Listen to sports radio in NY when the Mets aren’t going good and all you hear is trashing of tyhe mets and their management. Nice try buddy.
Oh I see now, KK was that guy on The Fast and the Furious movie driving that Honda when his VTEC kicked in.
Robert (Chipper Is The Best)
Metsfan4life, put the pipe down, my brother.
I agree that I think the Phils will win the division. The Braves have to concentrate on the wild card. I think they win at least 87 games but that isn’t going to be enough to win the wild card. I think 90 wins will likely do it with the way the Rockies are playing and chasing down the Dodgers.
Can the Braves go 27-15 the rest of the way to reach 90 wins? Yes. Will they? I don’t know.
okay..one more time
The Braves have been a different team since the break, coinciding with Martin starting and Frenchy leaving. He’s doing better in NY. Great, hope he’s a Hall of Famer, but he was killing us.
August 20th, 20094:04 pm
I’m sure you’re covering the game Saturday, but I’m playing at Eddie’s Attic at 7 just in case you aren’t, and in case anyone here wants to hear some good Muscle Shoals music in ATL Saturday night.
The KK fan club really annoys me. Watch the man pitch, it is painful most of the time. He doesn’t attack hitters. I’m not saying he’s terrible, but I am saying that the $23 million they are going to pay him could have been used for a bat.
I watched every Smoltz start as a member of the Red Sox. The slider is still nasty. His fastball has lost a couple of inches and his location isn’t where he wants it. But if he can spot it where he wants to, he can get away with a fastball in third gear rather than fourth. Hey, Maddux never really threatened to break any radar guns. Smoltz wasn’t that far away from being effective — he said so, and the Sox felt the same way.
He’s not the Smoltz of old and he’s not an old Smoltz — yet. The question is can he make the step to being effective … or is there too much mileage and damage on the arm to prevent that from happening?
August 20th, 20094:06 pm
Wayne in Utah
How come you have such faith in Schafer? I wouldn’t mind if he never played for us again.
METSFAN4LIFE…check the mets players parking lot…it’s filled with cars that have the fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview. How you enjoying the season so far???
August 20th, 20094:07 pm
Sorry I’m not in the Kawakami fan club either…
Don’t plan on signing up anytime soon either…
Kensin Kawakami: My Maserati does One-eighty-five.
Kelly Johnson: I lost my license. Now I don’t drive.
When I am sitting around with nothing to do but work my brain, I come up with a gazillion scenarios for the Braves. When I am being most realistic, I try to follow the logic that FW and his staff seem to be following.
Messages I am getting is that McLouth was traded for to be here for a while, and that Lowe was signed to have an innings eater/stabilizing solid mid rotation guy for our staff for years to come.
For those reasons, I don’t see either of those guys leaving.
DAMNIT on KJ not being in there!
August 20th, 20094:09 pm
Every time I read a post pining for KJ to play I can’t help but laugh. 99% of the people here said he was the worst player ever, now they’re complaining he never plays. Unreal.
I got two words for you: Gary Sheffield. Mr. 500 homeruns will love to see Kawakazi. He’s hitting .401 with an ops of 1.016 against him.
August 20th, 20094:10 pm
Signing LAroach puts less pressure on trying to find an expensive RH bopper. You take the combination of Laroche and whoever they find for the outfield(even a less expensive player with good pop) versus lose ADam and (say play Prado at first, too short) and sign a big expensive Bopper and the cost should be about the same. Adam looks like he can return to be a guy who challenges 30 HR’s next year. We could add someone to LF (or center and move NAte to LF) who hits 25 a year versus 35-40. The cost would probably about the same for Adam and a 25 HR guy versus a 35-40 HR guy and no Adam. ADam gives you excellent D and pop!!
note to kawakami:
do NOT trade that hot ride in for something else under cash for clunkers. Ever. Unless you’re getting a new Camaro.
Hillbilly, that’s a great musical observation from one long-arse song!
You mean the same gary Sheffield who took ‘roids??
Chris from the Rock
August 20th, 20094:11 pm
I see Kawakami fitting Frency with a Golden Sombrero tonight.
okay..one more time II
Of course Infante’s starting. KJ’s only hitting .400 or so against Johan, and 315 or so against lefties for the year, almost 300 for his career against lefties. It’s Bobby’s d@mned lefty vs lefty thing, with the stats being thrown out, I suppose. I prefer Infante to KJ mostly, but sometimes you have to use something besides the feelings in your gut, Bobby.
August 20th, 20094:12 pm
Stinger– If you watched every JS start then you know he was throwing a lot of BP. Close is not a 8 plus era.
August 20th, 20094:13 pm
METSFAN4LIFE – He’s hitting .401 with an ops of 1.016 against him.
Talk about a small statistical sample.
The Braves will not score any runs on Johan tonight unless the Mets defense can commit some errors….That’s pretty much a given for the Braves offense against a decent pitcher, let alone Santana.
Mike Hampton is on the DL….Wow, that’s a surprise!!!
August 20th, 20094:14 pm
Coulda woulda shoulda.
Your saying that last January, before Lowe signed and before we knew Jurrjens wasn’t going through the sophomore slump (a large percentage of pitchers do) and before we knew for sure that Hanson was going to be the real deal THIS year, you were confident enough in our staff at that time to NOT go after KK?
If FW had hindsight, I doubt he would have signed him. Unfortunately, FW has to set up the team knowing what he has, and not what he MAYBE has.
I just don’t understand all the dumping on Kawakami. He is EXACTLY what we expected and hoped for from him.
August 20th, 20094:15 pm
Only problem with LaRoach is his career first half numbers are bad.
August 20th, 20094:16 pm
DOB, does anyone on the Braves have a ride that compares to KK?
Kelly Johnson's Mojo
I plan on eating 2 bags of David sunflower seeds tonight. I wonder if Bobby even remembers my name???
I would challenge you to EVER find a place where I have railed on KJ. I have always been a staunch supporter. Now I did think Prado deserved to start, but I have NEVER hated on KJ (Random can back you up on that one!).
August 20th, 20094:18 pm
“KK doesn’t attack hitters.”
THere’s laws against such things!
But seriously dude, that’s a stupid statement. He’s not a power pitcher. Neither was Glavine(Mr.Nibbler himself)and for that matter neither is D.Lowe. If he can get away with not throwing a strike he’ll do it everytime. Very few pitchers are gifted enough to just throw it and say hit it if you can, I’m attacking you! You usually find those kind in the HOF.
Folks keep talking about signing a big bopper OF.
I am not seeing it!
I see Heyward in RF, Schafer in CF, Nate in LF, Diaz on the bench (maybe Church too)
LaRoche is a FA, I do not see him taking a pay cut to stay in the ATL. This is the contract for him to make some money. 3-4 years? Will the Braves jump??
I see the Braves going after a 1-2 year guy a 1B that is the bopper we are looking for. Either trade or FA (really has to be a trade because other than LaRoche, don’t see any other 1B boppers on the market)
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