3:14 pm August 20, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 20th, 200910:50 pm
Anybody watching MLBN guys talking about the stunt that Sheff pulled today?
Yup Mitchell, we did. How was tennis? Was payback served?
I’d like to think the Braves are a little higher up. They’re a couple of poor Soriano outings from winning series against the Marlins and possibly Phillies.
August 20th, 200910:51 pm
Heath, agreed the Braves are playing well but it will take some sweeps to make the post season. Starting to leap frog teams winning 2of 3 but are losing some ground on the leaders. A sweep or two will be great.
DOB , the TV guys said earlier Yunel was a little easy on the leg, is he hurting any , a few balls he didn’t look to aggressive on?
don’t need to lose that guy any more.
Steve from OH
I hope I didn’t convince you of anything, because I don’t think anything is certain at this point. I’ve got no idea what’s going to happen, and I won’t pretend to.
August 20th, 2009
Yes…and Reynolds did make one good point at the very end. Once you a star player with $100M in the bank…stop worrying about the money and just stay where you are happy. Like Chipper. He didn’t say, like Chipper, but he is a good example.
August 20th, 200910:53 pm
Like the order but you forgot about the Cards. Would put them second and bump everyone down a rung.
August 20th, 200910:54 pm
Nobody in their right mind would give Sheff a 2 year extension to play the outfield even the Mets with all their injuries. Now I could see an AL team bring him in next year to DH but he is 40 and skills are going down.
Count de Monet
August 20th, 200910:58 pm
August 20th, 2009
Another good win for the Bravos. Good teams come back and win after taking a bad loss and the Braves have been doing that with regularity in the second half.
Keep it up — Go Bravos !!
How about a few less heart breaking losses?
August 20th, 200910:59 pm
I’m not too familiar with Jim Powell and his sense of humor, but I was listening in the car tonight, and they were playing the Mortal Kombat theme at Citi. Powell goes “Kawakami needs to finish him right here.”
Did he make that pun on purpose? I can’t tell.
ANy win against Santana is a good win, even if it was just him and a bunch of Little Leaguers.
Manolo….your trade post has to go down as worst post of the day. Braves ain’t trading Vazquez and Dunn as has been noted here more times than we care to count is not wanted by Wren or we would have gotten him earlier. Based on what Adam has given us I see no need for a 1st baseman.
August 20th, 200911:00 pm
Steve, still why won’t you do this trade? we need a cleanup man, that can make our lineup more effective, and a lead off man with speed that gets on frequently. With this trade, well only have room for Heyward and Freeman in 2010 if they are ready. A guy with Dunn’s power is desperately needed to challenge the Phils.
August 20th, 200911:01 pm
I hope Turner Field is packed tomorrow night!
August 20th, 200911:03 pm
Team Act Rec / Exp Rec / (+/-)
COL 68-53 / 69-52 (-1)
SFO 66-55 / 66-55 (–)
FLA 64-57 / 61-60 (+3)
ATL 64-57 / 67-54 (-3)
Based off the premise that runs scored / runs allowed can get pretty darn close to predicting the remaining games, here are some “odds” on making the play-off for the 4 main WC contenders.
Team Div% / WC% / Tot%
COL 19.8% / 40.5% / 60.3%
SFO 6.3% / 18.5% / 24.7%
ATL 9.6% / 10.4% / 20.0%
FLA 4.6% / 5.5% / 10.1%
Again, it is not a ‘perfect’ way to predict future games, but that is what it gives us…for what it is worth. Enjoy.
August 20th, 200911:04 pm
Rock on, we did not had the money in the offseason to get Dunn, Franks priority was pitching. We have the pitching now, we need a big time hitter. I will love to keep Javi, and leave Hudson out, but many do not agree this will be the way to go.
I did forget to put them in there… and that is exactly what I would do.
August 20th, 200911:06 pm
Manolo, I wouldn’t do it for several reasons:
Firstly, I value Vazquez more than Dunn. I like Dunn’s bat a lot, but he’ll give a lot of his offensive value back with the glove, so that makes him less valuable than you might think (but still a good player). I also prefer Schafer long-term to Morgan. I think he’s equivalent to Morgan defensively (and Morgan is pretty good) and I think he has a higher offensive ceiling than Morgan. He walks a lot more than Nyjer, and I definitely think he’s got a lot more pop in his bat (or at least power potential), as Morgan only slugs .394 for his career. His wOBA this year is .340, which is pretty good considering his defense, but I think Schafer’s ceiling is higher. So I wouldn’t do it. I like both players, just not enough to give Vazquez and Schafer for them.
August 20th, 200911:09 pm
That’s not a knock on Morgan either, as he’s a really nice all-around player.
Heath, to consider your list, since the break, the Braves are very close (like 1-3) in RBI’s, HR, ERA,RS, Wins, I am sure if you look at the team stats especially wins that the Braves would be higher.
I don’t have time to do it tonight,been a long day ,nite all
Garrett said it’s actually his right hip, at the back of the joint. Same sort of injury he had about five years ago. But he didn’t seem to think it was severe, didn’t know if he’d be ready to play against Marlins. Cox said he thought Anderson would be fine, not miss much time at all….
Here’s game story with quotes. Everyone lauded Kawakami. And when I asked McCann about Kawakami’s big-game performances, Mac said “I’m gonna take it further than that,” and talked about how Kawakami has pitched well almost every start this season, with just a “few hiccups” as Mac put it.
“Pretty special,” Cox said of what Kawakami has done to adjust and pitch consistently in his first season over there.
Anyway, here’s the game story:
By David O’Brien
New York — Each time the stage lights shine brightest on Kenshin Kawakami, the Braves pitcher responds with one of his best performances.
He did it again Thursday night, outpitching New York Mets ace Johan Santana in a 3-2 victory that gave the Braves a series win at Citi Field.
Kawakami (6-9) pitched seven strong innings and Brian McCann hit his second homer in as many nights as the Braves notched their 11th win in 15 games, keeping their postseason hopes alive.
“I can’t say enough about the way he performed,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Kawakami, who allowed seven hits, one run and two walks with five strikeouts. “Almost no matter what, we have a chance to win when he toes the rubber.”
The Braves moved into a tie for second in the National League East with the Florida Marlins, whom they play in a three-game series beginning Friday night at Turner Field.
The Braves and Marlins are 6-1/2 games behind surging Philadelphia in the East, and four games behind wild-card leader Colorado.
Ryan Church had an RBI double in a two-run third and McCann hit a towering homer in the fourth to give the Braves a 3-1 lead, and they hung on for their sixth win in eight games against Santana in his career.
“He’s one of the toughest pitchers in the game to face,” McCann said of the lefty, charged with three runs and nine hits in seven innings. “You know going in you’ve got to get a couple of runs and hope your pitcher goes out and deals. And Kenshin did that. He’s been solid all year, not just in the big games.”
Santana (13-9) had two strikeouts and slipped to 1-5 against the Braves, despite a 2.21 ERA in those games. It’s his worst record against any opponent.
“It’s good to get some runs off Johan,” Church said. “He can be had; he’s human. And you just tip your cap to Kaw for the way he pitched.”
The Mets scored an unearned run against Mike Gonzalez in the eighth, after a throwing error by Chipper Jones on a grounder by former Brave Jeff Francoeur.
The only negative for the Braves was Garret Anderson’s second-inning exit due to injury, termed a lower-back strain. Anderson said it was actually in the joint of his right hip, similar to an injury he had five years ago.
He didn’t know if he’d be ready to play Friday night against the Marlins.
Kawakami, a 34-year-old major league rookie, was at the top of his game against Toronto’s Roy Halladay and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, and in a ballyhooed matchup with Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka, his more famous Japanese countryman.
The Braves won all those games, and Kawakami was 2-0 with an 0.86 ERA in those three starts, with only nine hits and two runs allowed in 21 innings.
Thursday, he beat Santana at a point when every game is crucial to the Braves.
“I’m well aware he’s one of the best pitchers over here,” Kawakami said through his translator. “So I do look at it as a challenge. I faced Santana before and didn’t pitch too badly, but got the loss. I wanted to make sure I pitched well tonight.”
(Kawakami gave up two runs in 6-2/3 innings of a July 18 loss to the Mets, Santana’s only win against the Braves.)
The Mets loaded the bases in the first and failed to score, Kawakami inducing a Fernando Tatis grounder for the final out. They got a run on three hits in the third, but stranded two runners in scoring position when second baseman Omar Infante leaped to stab Tatis’ soft liner for the third out.
Rafael Soriano allowed one hit in the ninth before recording his 18th save.
August 20th, 200911:16 pm
A month ago, the NL Central was the closest divisional race and the NL West was the apparently going to be a run away…. just about flipped around now… Wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Central ends up with the biggest winning margin.
August 20th, 200911:17 pm
DOB not sure if you meant to but you mentioned the unearned run in the eigth twice. Not big thing but just trying to lend a hand possibly.
Flange1, I don’t know if Gonzo was upset. Didn’t talk to him afterward. Had to hurry to get Cox, McCann, Kawakami and Church, then wait on the slow-arse elevator here (they don’t have a dedicated pressbox elevator, quite the oversight) to get back up and do write-thru.
Braves4ever, don’t know if Escobar was hurting, but he did seem about a half-step short of his usual range, and a couple of balls he seems to get to usually, he didn’t tonight.
Escobar for Supreme Court
August 20th, 200911:18 pm
August 20th, 2009
Since the break the teams with the best win to loss ratio are as follows..
1) Philly 20-11 +9
1) Stl. 20-11 +9
2) Braves 20-12 +8
3) Marlins 18-12 +6
3) Col. 20-14 +6
then the cubs and Nats come in at +3 wins
August 20th, 200911:20 pm
John, Cox thinks he’ll be fine, not serious. Anderson said he had a similar injury five years ago, but didn’t seem too concerned, other than to say he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for all or any of Florida series.
He was walking around afterward without any noticeable difficulties, and sat on the couch waiting for team bus, etc. Not that any of that means a lot, but he didn’t seem to be wincing or show any sort of serious concern when discussing it.
August 20th, 200911:21 pm
Any idea what Escobar said to KK on the mound that one inning? I’ve seen Escobar interact with teammates, so I assume his English is good enough for that. Not sure about KK though. Funny moment.
August 20th, 200911:23 pm
Will: Thanks. Fixing now.
August 20th, 200911:26 pm
Escobar for Supreme Court -
I can’t really argue putting the teams in that order…
Phils and Cards as 1-2 or 1a and 1b is the easiest… but looking at the games that some of the teams should have won or loss (especially the Braves), I still might put them in a tie for 4th with the Fish behind Phils, Cards, and Rocks. The margins between the Rocks, Fish, and Braves is very, very slim right now now. My order could change cery easily pending the outcomes of the upcoming weekend series.
August 20th, 200911:27 pm
August 20th, 2009
Yup Mitchell, we did. How was tennis? Was payback served?
Oh, Soph… you stole my joke.
Or did I already use it? Justice was indeed served and it was served cold.
No, it wasn’t really, it was very hot actually. Temperature-wise, that is.
Loaf Garret on a blackberry from the sky
woooo! dodged a bullet there! no need to get all sticky icky if you ain’t gots to. gotta be smart and fake an injury or two when you need some “chillin time” as i call it.
August 20th, 200911:28 pm
Louisville Brave: Can’t take any credit for turning Mac onto Kings Of Leon. I was as surprised as anyone when I heard him use it as his intro music. He said he just heard it couple times one day, thought it was coolest song ever, so he used it.
I agree with you the race has really narrowed between some teams. It pains me to think of all the game the braves should have run I can think of at least 7. Thats baseball though. I think the braves are poised for a serious run though.
August 20th, 200911:31 pm
Atlanta is 30-17 in their past 47 games…. I hope that we didn’t dig ourselves too big of a whole.
The A Bomb
August 20th, 200911:34 pm
Good lord. . . The final game at Philly is now a SUNDAY NIGHTMARE GAME!
ESPN. . . . Leave us alone. Isn’t there Yankees-somebody or Red Sox-somebody?
August 20th, 200911:39 pm
I think he’s equivalent to Morgan defensively (and Morgan is pretty good) and I think he has a higher offensive ceiling than Morgan. Steve from OH
I don’t know about the first part of this…I know Schafer made a lot of defensive mistakes early in the year, but when I’ve seen Morgan play, he takes some funky routes to balls. He has good speed, but I wouldn’t say that he has good instincts. Plus, he doesn’t have a very good arm.
August 20th, 200911:41 pm
RG–his UZR rating is off the charts…I realize that there are some issues with that stat, but still, his rankings are really impressive. I do agree that Schafer’s arm is better by far. Not taking anything away from your boy, he’s a tremendous CF.
August 20th, 200911:43 pm
Kings of Leon and The Bravos forever!!!
NO MORE BOBBY
Louisville Brave: Can’t take any credit for turning Mac onto Kings Of Leon. I was as surprised as anyone when I heard him use it as his intro music. He said he just heard it couple times one day, thought it was coolest song ever, so he used it. – DOB
So your to blame for that weak music he comes out to at Turner? Cool band but not what you think would fire a batter up coming to the plate.
August 20th, 200911:45 pm
Heath – I take it you made good grades in school?
No More Bobby-
No, DOB is not to blame. We all know Bobby Cox is to blame for everything that bothers you on this Earth.
August 20th, 200911:46 pm
I went to the Rome Braves game tonight. I have to say, Mike Minor impressed me a lot. He pitched two flawless innings. He looked pretty nervous when he was walking from the bullpen to the dugout before the games started, too. David Francis, who pitched after Minor, did not impress. He was having some command problems.
I think it was fairly obvious that Adam Milligan is a good player who is struggling right now. He did hit a double, but it really should’ve been caught by the third baseman. It was a ground ball right down the line and he must’ve thought it was going to go foul so he just kinda watched it go all the way past him.
Anyhoo, the game was fun. We were winning when the game was suspended due to rain…but not before my roommate and I won some prizes!!!
August 20th, 2009
Shafer wrist was hurt pretty bad thats why his arm wasnt so hot, but with out a doubt he is one of the best younger players we have..my predicitons is that next year our outfield will look something like this…LF-McLouth CF- Shafer RF- Diaz/Church platoon
Turner Field will not be packed Tomorrow Night “Bank On It!”
The Marlins do not draw crowds to Turner Field it has always been like that even when the marlins were good in 2003
August 20th, 200911:48 pm
I see The blog went on a Chipper bashing spree tonight saying that he is having an “Off year”
And yet I called his off year out to the blog during the Phillies series in which he failed to show up and I got my Ass handed to me, Mainly by one of his biggest supporters and he knows who he is…
NO MORE BOBBY
August 20th, 2009
Why you ask?
Schafer wrist was hurt pretty bad thats why his arm wasnt so hot Escobar for…
You misunderstood. I was talking about how unimpressed I was with Morgan’s defense. Don’t get me wrong, when he makes good judgement on a ball, he gets to it. But, he’s taken some funky routes to get to some balls.
FYI, I like Jordan Schafer…a lot.
August 20th, 2009
I disagree it will be packed given the race and how we are tied now. This might be the biggest series the braves have played this season.
August 20th, 200911:50 pm
I guess I haven’t watched him enough. I know he made some tremendous plays against us…that’s for sure.
August 20th, 200911:51 pm
August 20th, 2009
Yea it got heated for a moment.
You said you saw him(Shafer) make a lot of mistakes the first part of the year. We you talking about fielding or throwing?
Gosh, why did sing a guy to a 23 million dollar contract if all he can do is beat Johan Santana?
Shoutout To KK for coming Correct tonight…But Seriously he has to be around tops in the league as far as recieving the least run support. Ditto for Double J (excluding last night…
August 20th, 200911:52 pm
RG–neither have I. Hey, I believe what you say, trust me; not discounting it at all.
August 20th, 200911:53 pm
FREE HEYWARD now that Anderson is down…Any WORD ON PRADO?
CrimeDog – That one is not Bobby’s fault. Im sure Bobby still thinks the Beatles are still together and has no clue who Kings of Leon are.
Heath – Just impressed with your stats posted.
August 20th, 200911:54 pm
You said you saw him(Shafer) make a lot of mistakes the first part of the year.
I said, “I know he made some mistakes, but…” As in, I know he wasn’t perfect, but he’s still really good.
August 20th, 200911:55 pm
Yes, but the 1st game of the season…Braves beat the Phillies 4-0 and it was an ESPN night game.
So maybe we’ll just revert back to that, and not what happened recently at the Ted on Sunday night.
August 20th, 200911:56 pm
I think P-Lentz got Bozo’d…
He’s usually on here during the games…
Oh, and uh…I didn’t get Adam Milligan’s autograph. He wasn’t signing before the game started, so I was going to get it after the game, but it got suspended because of rain. But, we might go back for the other half of the game and maybe I’ll get it then!
August 20th, 200911:58 pm
ESCO for Sup. Ct
I’ve been saying all season that if the braves are gonna get into October and have success that Chipper needs to go a 2-3 week stretch where he carries the team and he has yet to do so as of yet…He needs to come out clowning and prove me wrong…
August 20th, 200911:59 pm
Especially if Chipper is the self proclaimed “Leader of the Team”
August 20th, 2009
Yea but then later in that series was one of the worst games I have ever seen so hopefully we wont revert back to that.
August 21st, 200912:00 am
Maybe he’s with a lady?
August 21st, 200912:02 am
Falcons throwback uniforms are sweet! Would love to see the 70s Braves uni come back at least one game a year.
August 21st, 200912:03 am
Later! Lets hope Braves take at least three this weekend and gain some ground on the Rockies!
August 20th, 2009
Yea absolutly I think he will heat up soon. He’s still to good not to. Plus with everything he said at the start of the season about the 678 guys he cant fold up now.
August 21st, 200912:05 am
RG–c’mon, you’re killin’ me, LOL!
Dave, KK was very good tonight, and Santana looked just average. It must be very difficult for even one of the greats to go out there, knowing he will have little or no run support from essentially nothing more than a little league lineup. The homer he gave up was crushed.
I was pleased that the Braves took two of three in New York. Even with a depleted Mets lineup, the Braves have had some odd games in New York over the years.
Hopefully, we can continue our good play from New York during this upcoming homestand.
August 21st, 200912:07 am
, and Santana looked just average.
His fastball didn’t impress me. Didn’t see good velocity (according to the TV gun) and not much movement, but tough to see from that camera angle. Of course, his changeup is awesome, but he already throws it a lot, and if his command is off…he could be in for trouble.
August 21st, 200912:08 am
I know, I know!! Perhaps it’ll be better this way, because maybe I’ll remember to take something worth autographing besides my ticket.
Looked like Escobar had a little hip or hammy problem tonight. Kept streching his right leg.
August 21st, 200912:09 am
RG–sounds like our man Milligan is getting a bit self-absorbed with his newfound blog fame.
NO MORE BOBBY -
Thanks for the compliment. For your entertainment:
-H.S. (6 AP classes and such) GPA 3.72
-B.S. Electronic Engineering Technology GPA 3.9
-Masters Project Management GPA 4.0
-MBA GPA 3.94
August 21st, 200912:11 am
Good game by the Braves tonight. They took out an ACE in route to another series win. KK did what he needed to & settled down after a not-so-easy start to the game.
The Bravos just seem to be inching their way along in the WC standings, well as far as climbing over teams & putting distance on them once they pass them.
The interesting thing is while the Braves have gained exactly zero games on the Rockies the past 30 days they have picked up 5 on the Dodgers. The Rockies are only 3 behind the Dodgers right now & have a lot more momentum right now.
Anything is possible these last 40 games, just about anything. The Rockies are playing some really solid ball while the Dodgers look like they are treading water at best.
The Braves just need to keep on keeping on these next few weeks. If they can enter the last three weeks of the season being within 3 games in either race they are in good shape. The last 19 games include 7 with the Nats, 6 with the Mets, & 3 each against Florida & Philly. 13 of the 19 are at home including the Phillies & Marlins series. They should be able to close out the season on a good run of 14-5 or 13-6, possibly better if most things go right.
August 21st, 200912:12 am
Holy crap now we have HS records on the blog. Is this a dating site too?
August 21st, 200912:16 am
No More Bobby: You still chirping nonsense? Oh, OK. Just checking.
If you are referring to me… I was asked. No other reason for me to tell. Chill.
August 21st, 200912:17 am
I cant belive i heard you say Jordan Schaffer is really good. HAHAHAHAHA i havent laughed this hard in a long time. He is awful no excues about a wrist or anything. His defense was terrible, he caused are pitchers alot of triples that should have been close doubles. His arm was good thats all that he could bring to the table. Schaffer= STIKEOUT MACHINE. All Jordan did was strike out. In 167 at bats he had 8 rbi, yes out count them. Batted 204 with 63 strikeouts, WOW. Dude is a young Greg Norton.
FYI … If the Braves sweep the Marlins and SF takes 3 out of 4 from Colorado, the Braves will be 1.5 games behind in the WC race. Not likely to happen, but, Braves are inching back into the races.
August 21st, 200912:18 am
Phillies have the Mets and then Pittsburgh. Wouldn’t expect too much help there.
August 21st, 200912:20 am
UNCBrave, as reported yesterday, Prado didn’t return to NY, stayed in Atlanta and will rejoin team there. Will play when his symptoms are gone. No timetable. Could be tomorrow, might not be until next week. I’d bet he’ll play during Florida series.
August 21st, 200912:26 am
Schaffer= STIKEOUT MACHINE
I have no idea of whom you speak. Even if I did, I wouldn’t understand why people keep talking about him…
To get to 90 wins…
PHI 21-23 (.477)
ATL 26-15 (.634)
I doubt very seriously the Phils are going to perform that poorly over their final 44 games and that is about as good as you can expect from the Braves in their final 41 games. It is not impossible, but there is very little probability that the Phils finish anywhere but 1st in the division.
The Braves players and coaches should be focused on winning every single game, and not what they have to do and what other teams have to do to win the East…. For us outsiders, though, we probably should be focused on the Wild Card. Just too many games to make up with too few games remaining for the Braves.
Went to the Danville Braves Game Tonight And I Got Pictures. Ill Upload Them to Photobucket and post the link for anyone that wants to look. After The Game I Got Miles game used bat and got him to sign it and then after they got outta tha showers and csaid he had been called up to Rome, so Miles at Danville has been moved to Rome.
August 21st, 200912:28 am
Let’s just hope nobody taught Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg about blogs over there in South Africa.
August 21st, 200912:29 am
Esco For Sup Ct…
I’m Calling 32 Thousand come out tomorrow if that. Simply put the marlins don’t have the star names nor the fanbase outside of the 305 to travel to other teams parks across the country… Sundays game will draw the most since they have so many festivities and it won’t be as humid this weekend because of the front that will be rolling through tomorrow. And I’m calling for rain delays tomorrow night
And Correct that The Phillies series last week at Tooner Field was the biggest series of the season…The braves had a chance to make a statement to BSPN as well as the Nat’l media and laid an egg (excluding the starting pitching)
Wayne in Utah
August 21st, 200912:30 am
We have a lot of good bloggers on here. We have a few who are on the fringes. Then, there are those that are having a hard life….., John Wayne said it well. “Life is hard, it’s harder if your stupid!”
DOB, Have you ever ridden Dills Gap on your bike? If you have is it as crazy as they say? It’s got to be from what I read, 318 turns in 11 miles.
We’re going to hit the track in VIR on Monday for open track day & my friend wants to head down there afterwards. I didn’t want to miss another few days of work, but if it’s all it’s cracked up to be it may be worth it.
August 21st, 200912:32 am
It’s hard not to get excited when your team plays well. Let’s not forget that the Braves have struggled and let us down a few times this year. If we can just take it to the Marlins, then I will feel a lot better about getting my hopes up.
Are we really gonna go two days without one of the original, never-gets-old “Let’s face it…” posts?
You know, “Let’s face it, season’s over…”
Because it’s over every time the Braves lose, don’t you know? Hey, sometimes it’s over if they merely fall behind in a single game.
Hey, maybe they won’t make it. There’s a good chance they won’t, at least if you look at the odds and the teams ahead of them, etc. But all those who said “it’s over” two, three or more weeks ago, fellas, you were obviously wrong. You see that, right?
Because when a team is four games off the wild-card lead, with two teams ahead of it and 40 games to play, it simply isn’t over. Admit it or don’t admit it, but you were wrong. It’s not over.
Again, I’ll repeat: Braves might not make it. Odds are pretty good that they won’t. But anyone who says a team that’s 30-17 since June 28, a team that’s tied for the most wins in the NL in that span and most wins since the All-Star break, is out of any race with 42 games to play and a four-game deficit … well, you’re either really bad at math or you’re really hoping the Braves will fall apart.
Gonna watch the Prestige again… loved that movie.
August 21st, 200912:33 am
Who wants to make a guess as to when the first moronic poster on here will accuse DOB of guaranteeing the Braves make the playoffs?
August 21st, 200912:35 am
fastasballs: Actually, I haven’t. Can’t believe I haven’t yet, but I meant to last offseason and stuff kept happening. But I will before it gets real cold this winter. No doubt.
I did a similar twisty, mountainous, well-known bike ride in Arizona, from Prescott up to Jerome. That’s terrific. But I think the one in N.C. has even more turns.
August 21st, 200912:36 am
I’m a HS Football and track coach. Coached HS baseball a couple years. Can’t make it on the blog every night as our 1st HS FB game is tomorrow..Sorry I missed the info on Prado
Good Point! Braves need to focus on the WC Philly will not lose all 6 games remaining against us so in other words they have the division wrapped up…
August 21st, 200912:37 am
“Life is hard, it’s harder if you’re stupid”… I like that, made me laugh. Very true.
The Braves have as good a shot as the other teams fighting in that WC. I know they can do it, but Chipper has to get on a hot streak and help carry his team. I think Garret is another key piece to us getting there. He doesn’t buckel under pressure and can hit ANYONE in a pressure situation.
DOB – Cmon dude! I think you have great taste in music. Actually some of the lyrics you post makes me pull out my old CD’s and listen. But honestly that song Mac comes out to is weak. Why not Guns N Roses, The Ramones or Buckcherry? Something that kicks and gets a hitter fired up!
Next your going to have him coming out to this…..
Tomahawkin: Who cares about making statements to ESPN and the “national media?” This isn’t the BCS; Braves don’t have to get votes to get in the postseason. They just have to win. Whether the games are on ESPN or Peachtree TV, they just need to win, win just about every series from here out (maybe not every single series, but almost every one, and sweep a few).
The only “statements” that might matter are ones made to teams ahead of them, like the Phillies and the Marlins, just to plant the seed with those teams, keep reminding them you’re there and not going away, that kind of thing. And obviously win head-to-head matchups, because there’s no more efficient way to reel in teams ahead of you. They don’t have any more against Colorado and S.F., but sure do against Phillies and Marlins.
August 21st, 200912:39 am
Let’s face it, I might strangle the next person who misspells Jordan Schafer’s name…
Hypothetically speaking, that is.
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