Braves must catch Rockies … or Dodgers?

  So here’s the deal. The Braves have the second-best record (32-18) in the National League since June 28, yet they gained only one game on Colorado in that stretch, before the Rockies’ late game Monday night against San Francisco. Damn, son.

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 And they lost 1-1/2 games on NL East leader Philadelphia (33-16) in that same period.

  Yes, I’d imagine it can be disheartening to watch your team produce its best 50-game stretch in recent memory, yet have it result in almost no net gain on the wild-card leader –and actually lose ground on the division leader. Those Philthy Phillies….

 But here’s another way to look at it for Braves fans, which might give you a bit more hope: If the Rockies keep playing like they have since early June, they’ll catch the Dodgers soon.

  They have a three-game series against them in Denver beginning Tuesday, and the Rockies will be either three or four games behind the Dodgers entering that series.

  Since June 4, the Rockies were 50-22 (before Monday night) and the Dodgers were 37-33. The Rockies gained a whopping 12 games on them in that stretch, whittling it down to a very manageable deficit and putting them in position to overtake L.A. and win the West, thus getting out of the way of the Braves and other wild-card contenders.

  Unless the Dodgers find a way to stop their two-month stretch of mediocrity, they’ll lose the NL West lead very soon and be fighting the Braves, Giants and possibly Marlins for the wild-card berth. So for a moment, let’s assume the Rockies are going to overtake the Dodgers. Because unless momentum shifts considerably, and quickly, they are going to do just that. Thus, let’s turn our attention toward the Dodgers for a moent, and assess the Braves’ chances of catching the team that looked uncatchable for everyone in the NL not long ago.

  If the Dodgers were the wild-card leader today, they’d have a 7-1/2-game lead over the Braves. Yes, that’s a lot. In fact, it’s a half-game greater than the Phillies’ seven-game lead over the Braves in the NL East.

McCann has four homers, 11 RBI in his past seven games

McCann has four homers, 11 RBI in his past seven games

  But there’s a very significant difference: The Phillies are hot. The Dodgers are not.
  A 7-1/2-game difference doesn’t seem quite as large when you consider that the Braves gained 4-1/2 games on the Dodgers in 19 days from Aug. 4 to Sunday. The Dodgers are 9-10 in that stretch, and the Braves are 13-5.
 Too small a sample size?
 OK, then how ‘bout this: Since June 24, the Dodgers are 27-27. That’s right, the team that started out 47-24 has been a .500 team since the week before Manny returned. (That must be a misprint. You mean ManRam (most ridiculous nickname in baseball, though I don’t think anyone in the game actually calls him that). All those close games they were winning? They’re not anymore.
  The Dodgers have lost 16 of their past 28 games, averaging just over four runs per game during that stretch while hitting only 20 homers in those 28 games.
  If the Braves keep winning series, it’s going to get interesting.

 ♣ Padres up next: While the Rockies and Dodgers square off these next three days in Denver, the Braves have a golden opportunity to make hay against the visiting Padres in a three-gamer at Turner Field.
  Yes, we know, the Braves have laid an egg so many times in this type of situation in recent years, it’s understandable that fans might expect the worst. Can’t blame you, to be honest. I mean, just look at how the Braves have struggled against the Nationals.
  But the fact remains, the Braves have pummeled the hapless Padres in recent years. The Braves have won 12 of the past 16 and 16 of the past 20 games between the teams.
  Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Braves have won 19 of 25 games and five consecutive series against the Padres.
  The Padres arrive in the midst of a 3-8 skid in which they’ve hit .240 while posting a 5.95 ERA and scoring two runs or fewer five times, including one or no runs in three of their past five games.
  With these pitching matchups — Mat Latos (4-3, 4.82 ERA) vs. Jair Jurrjens (10-8, 2.99 ERA) on Tuesday; Tim Stauffer (1-6, 3.95) vs. Kenshin Kawakami (6-9, 3.97) on Wednesday; Clayton Richard (3-0, 3.67) vs. Javier Vazquez (10-9, 3.14) on Thursday — there isn’t any reason for the Braves not to expect a sweep.
  Granted, it’s hard to sweep any team. But the Braves should be able to do it if they get typical performances from their three scheduled starters. The last-place Padres are 22-1/2 games out of first and don’t have much to play for, and the Braves have an awful lot.

 ♣ Yo, Adrian: What’s up with Adrian Gonzalez? Or have you not noticed the big Padres first baseman has had quite the up-and-down season? It’s easy to lose track of guys playing for West Coast teams that are out of the race, I know.
  Anyway, Gonzalez was a one-man wrecking crew for most of the first half. But then he slumped badly, hitting .165 (18-for-108) with just two homers, 10 RBI and a .275 slugging percentage and .303 OBP in 33 games through July 26.
  (I bet most of you didn’t realize he had struggled to that degree for such a long span, did you? I know I didn’t realize it till I looked up the numbers today.)
  Earlier this month he threw in an absurdly hot week, going 19-for-30 with five doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in six games through Aug. 16.
  But in seven games since then, chilly. Gonzalez is 4-for-25 with one extra-base hit and two RBI in his past seven games.

 ♣ Since the break: The best four records in the NL belong to the Phillies (24-12), Cardinals (23-12), Braves (23-13) and Rockies (23-13 before Tuesday night). Before Tuesday, no other NL team had more than 19 wins since the break.
  Before Tuesday, the best ERAs since the break belonged to the Phillies (3.18), Braves (3.23), Dodgers (3.41), Cardinals (3.51) and Giants (3.56). The Rockies (3.93) were next.

  ♣ Still with the two-out thing: It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned the two-out scoring prowess of the Braves, so you might be surprised that it’s still in effect.
  Their .281 average with runners in scoring position and two outs is far and away the league leader. In fact, no other NL team has hit as high as .260 in those situations.
  You have to look to the American League to find teams with higher average with RISP and two outs than the Braves’ .281, and it’s only two teams over there in the DH league: Angels (.296) and Red Sox (.284).

Chipper, Braves still raking with RISP and two outs

Chipper, Braves still raking with RISP and two outs

  The A’s (.268) were the only other AL team as high as .260 with RISP and two outs. So you know it’s a pretty heady stat, that .281 average by the Braves in the NL.
  The Braves also led the NL with a .385 OBP with RISP and two outs, while their .437 slugging ranked third behind the Rockies (.444) and Brewers (.438).
 So who’s doing all this hitting for the Braves with RISP and two outs? Start with Chipper Jones (.385) and Yunel Escobar (.375), who rank fourth and tied for fifth in the NL. Chipper’s made the most of limited opportunities, going 10-for-26 with three homers, 15 walks, a .610 OBP and an .808 slugging percentage.
  Escobar has more than twice as many at-bats in those situations (they don’t want him like they do Chipper), and he’s cashed in, going 24-for-64 with a .394 OBP and .609 slugging percentage.
  Other standouts for the Braves: Casey Kotchman (.361 in 36 at-bats before he was traded), Ryan Church (.364 in 11 at-bats since he was traded to Braves), Matt Diaz (.345 in 29 at-bats), Omar Infante (6-for-19), Jeff Francoeur (.313 in 48 at-bats before he was traded) and Martin Prado (.310 in 48 at-bats).
The Braves held a 22-point lead over the next-best team average in the NL, despite having two of the league’s worst so far this seaseon with RISP and two outs: Jordan Schafer (2-for-25, .080) and Kelly Johnson (3-for-26, .115).
 Without their averages included, the rest of the team has a .299 average with RISP and two outs.
Meanwhile, Escobar continues to lead the NL with his .412 overall average with runners in scoring position, ahead of Hanley Ramirez (.400). Escobar is 42-for-102 with RISP, while Ramirez is 48-for-120.
 Fifth and sixth on the NL list with RISP are Chipper (.363) and Albert Pujols (.360).

 ♦ The tool chest: One more thing. Just got my midseason Best Tools issue of Baseball America, as voted by the managers in each league, in the minors and majors. Not a lot of Braves represented, but there are a few notables, particularly in the high minors.

 In the Triple-A International League, Tommy Hanson was named best pitching prospect and Kris Medlen was cited for best changeup. In the Double-A Southern League, Jason Heyward was named best batting prospect and Freddie Freeman was named best defensive first baseman. And in the high-A Carolina League, Cody Johnson was named best power-hitting prospect, Craig Kimbrel was cited for best fastball, Freeman again as best defensive 1B, and Heyward as most exciting player. (Freeman and Heyward began the season at Myrtle Beach and were promoted to Double-A Mississippi at midseason.) Low-A Rome had no one on the lists.

  At the major league level, the Braves had just two mentions: SS Yunel Escobar finished third in voting for best infield arm, behind former Braves SS Rafael Furcal and Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki. And Bobby Cox was second in the best manager category, behind Tony La Russa and ahead of Joe Torre. Talk amongst yourselves.

“HARD TIMES” by Ryan Bingham

When I was young my daddy said, son
Never be ashamed of where you’re from
There’s nothin wrong with your last name
Don’t be lookin’ for people to blame

‘Cause hard times they come and they go
And most of the time they’re in the middle of the road
It’s the same pain, in different ways
Don’t your know, son, when it pours it rains

Hard times
In the middle of your road
Hard times
Creepin’ up on the good folks you know
Hard times
You daddy wakes up in the liquor store
Hard times
From the California hills to the Cumberland Road

You’ve had yours and I’ve had mine
Lots of good folks have tried and tried
To make a livin’ on minimum wage
And coming up short nearly every day

What’s enough and what’s the cost
You can’t stand up ‘cause all is lost
The oil is up, and your doors are locked
There’s a poor boy livin’ on every block

Hard times
In the middle of your road
Hard times
Creepin’ up on the good folks you know
Hard times
You’re livin down the rest of you knows
Hard times
From the California hills to the Cumberland Road

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Random

August 24th, 2009
9:01 pm

nolie (August 24th, 2009 8:28 pm): “most astute. No way in H is Wren telling Bobby who to play. just not happening.”

Also sprach Baba O’Riley (August 24th, 2009 — 12:52 pm, 3:24 pm).

;-)

Random

August 24th, 2009
9:02 pm

I’ve got a gripe. You may not be able to resolve it, but here goes:

You and CR often mention your AJC contributions other than this blog — eg, “Game Stories”, “Braves Notes”, “Scout Boxes”, “Q&As”, other interviews, other stories, etc.

However, the AJC Braves page does not specifically identify any of these different types of articles — all it gives us is “Latest Atlanta Braves headlines”.

Those currently include the following »
• Top Braves prospects to join Arizona Fall League
• McCann leads Braves
• Hudson has solid outing
• Prado back Tuesday?
• Baseball, ADHD link two Braves

I wish the AJC would better identify Braves online articles. (And eliminate duplicate links to the same article.)

Thanks. I know it’s no fault of yours.

Random

August 24th, 2009
9:03 pm

I said Rockies would take WC — I still think Braves will take the NL East.

dogsbrekky

August 24th, 2009
9:05 pm

Huh, we just need to crush opposition souls and then jump up and down on their watery graves

Go Braves

Random

August 24th, 2009
9:10 pm

jeffrey d

August 24th, 2009
9:14 pm

Adrian Gonzalez is probably just upset that he wasn’t included in a trade for Jojo, KJ, and Kotchman. That’s why he hasn’t produced recently.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:14 pm

RHR-

Hey girl! (I am assuming the “cabbie” was me? :) )

David O'Brien

August 24th, 2009
9:15 pm

I did a Q&A with LaRoche, and it’s still not posted on our site, so I thought I’d go ahead and put it here until it shows up on the site. Wait till you see his response when I asked about Freddie Freeman. Classic LaRoche.

First baseman Adam LaRoche has wielded a scorching bat since being traded to the Braves from Boston, hitting .406 with seven home runs, 16 RBIs, and a .500 on-base percentage in 20 games. He was traded from Pittsburgh to Boston on July 22 for two prospects, then traded again to the Braves on July 31 for first baseman Casey Kotchman.

LaRoche, 29, came up in the Braves organization and played his first three seasons for Atlanta through 2006. In a Sunday conversation with David O’Brien, the Journal-Constitution’s Braves beat writer, LaRoche discussed several topics including his success since returning to the Braves, and his pending free agency.

Q. How’s the experience been for you since being traded back to Atlanta?

A. It feels like I never really left. Even though it had been close to three years [since he was traded by the Braves to Pittsburgh], I felt comfortable coming back to a clubhouse that I’m familiar with, guys I came up playing with. And the city here, for my family, my kids, it’s been an easy transition.

Q. You’re borrowing [Red Sox pitcher] Jon Lester’s house near Peachtree City to live for the rest of the season. How’s that working out?

A. It’s been great. I caught about a 3-1/2-pounder [bass] this morning.

Q. You started hitting well just before you were traded from Pittsburgh to Boston, and haven’t cooled off [LaRoche has hit .375 with eight homers and 20 RBIs for three teams since July 20]. Are you surprised you were able to maintain that despite being traded twice and bouncing between leagues?

A. No, because I went to Boston and Tito [Red Sox manager Terry Francona] called me in his office the first day, and it was the most comfortable meeting I ever had with a manager. He said, ‘Hey, go have a blast. Do what you do.’ And I got that from the whole team – it’s pretty easy to succeed over there, so I was able to step in and be pretty comfortable right away. And then obviously it’s the same thing coming back here. I know what they expect here. I didn’t feel like I had to impress anybody.

Q. What’s it like going through a stretch like you’re in now, where you’re hitting everything hard and also not hitting a lot of balls at people?

A. It’s a different feeling not hitting it at people. Because for most of my career, somehow I find a way to hit it right at somebody. So it’s nice to find some holes. I’m not physically doing anything different. You know, they happen to fall. It’s a shame, but it comes and goes. It’s how baseball is.

Q. Have you thought much about the disparity between your hitting stats before and after All-Star breaks? [LaRoche has a .302 career average and .920 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) after the break, and a .252 average and .773 OPS before the break.] Or do you just sort of say, “It is what it is?”

A. That’s exactly what I say – it is what it is. I fought it the first couple of years, trying to figure out what it is, what I could do to fix it. But anymore, I prepare myself in spring training and before spring training, and I don’t know if there’s a lot more I can do. So I just kind of roll with it now.

Q. This will be your first time going to free agency. Have you thought about what you want, about location or years and dollars? Or is the market changing so much each winter that you can’t even think too much this soon about those kinds of things?

A. I can think about where I’d like to end up, where I’d like to play. As far as money and years, there’s no telling until the season’s over and you see what the market is. Really, every year I’ve been in this boat, as far as not having a long-term deal and having to renegotiate. And every year I’ve played it the same way – wait until the last game’s over, give it a couple of months, and then start thinking about it.

Q. But aren’t you looking forward to maybe not having to go year-to-year this time, possibly getting some security with a multi-year deal, at least two or three years?

A. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to listening to a long-term offer. It’d be nice to settle my family in somewhere. But I can’t complain; we’ve had pretty good luck going year to year.

Q. Have you thought about the Braves being a possibility? Or do you look at their situation, with [Freddie] Freeman coming up, and think that it’s maybe not more than a year before he gets here? Or have you even thought about it like that?

A. To be honest, I don’t even know who Freeman is. I take it he’s a first baseman coming up? [Freeman is a first-base prospect, currently in Class AA.] No, I haven’t. That’s completely up to them. I’m sure they’ll know this winter, whether they want me back for a year, for five years, or not at all. Again, I like it here. But that really doesn’t mean anything with what we do. A few things have got to fall into place, and that’s kind of up to them.

Q. One last question: How many acres do you own in Kansas and Missouri, and how much of a passion is that, your hunting and ranching in the offseason? Is it as important to you as baseball?

A. Oh, absolutely. I mean, that’s my life out there on the ranch, having my family out there. We’ve got about 3,600 acres now. We run some cattle on it. Most of it’s used for deer hunting. It’s right on the state line. We built our house on it, and we’ve got a lodge on it now, so when these guys [Chipper Jones, Ryan Langerhans and others in their Buck Commander hunting company] come out they’ve got a place to stay. It’s basically like a hotel. We’ve got company there all winter, and we love it.

Doc Holiday

August 24th, 2009
9:16 pm

Giants winning ……………YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 24th, 2009
9:18 pm

DOB, kind of an odd time for you to be writing a new blog, ain’t it?

I hate off days.

keylargo

August 24th, 2009
9:18 pm

Heath

Two MIT guys run the coolstandings.com and they claim a accuracy rate of 2%.

Heath

August 24th, 2009
9:18 pm

keylargo

August 24th, 2009
9:11 pm

Heath

The only thing you probably didn’t know is that two MIT guys run that site and they claim to be accurate to within 2%.

I believe it. I ran my own regression analysis tests (I am fairly well versed in statistics) and the numbers make sense. Even if you don’t get that sophisticated with your analysis, you see there is a lot of merit to what the numbers say. You can do something as simple as take the actual record and expected record….take the difference, and divide by the total number of games played….you’ll see an average of 2% inaccuracy is about right.

Dale

August 24th, 2009
9:19 pm

DOB!!!! did you see what Frenchy had to say about Braves Fans!!! It appears the Natural feels the magic has completely left Atlanta. Maybe he’s right.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/sports/baseball/20braves.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

McFann ;Ô;

August 24th, 2009
9:22 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Keylargo

Haha, no everything’s cool!

My Dad went to Tech too and somehow he has turned out just fine.

Mine, too. :)

Kate

Do you know who the two guys hugging in the picture at the top of the page are?

CB

August 24th, 2009
9:23 pm

cabravesfan, if you make a typo you “WILL’ read Paul Lentz’s posts 5 times for a week. VJ will be responsible to make sure you do.

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 24th, 2009
9:24 pm

If you’re good, you can make stats say pretty much what you want them to say.

ncscoots

August 24th, 2009
9:26 pm

Actually, it was pretty much a given that a new blog would go up, as soon as I made a response comment on the last one, LOL. I think it’s a law of nature, thus, new blog at 9 Eastern on an off night. :-)

RHR

August 24th, 2009
9:26 pm

A night blog?! This is like seeing your boss wearing jeans. Weird.

Yes, you’re cabbie, cabbie. :D

Tony LaRussa? Best manager? Excuse me while I laugh my ass off.

And forgive me for copying this from the old blog but I didn’t see the ‘new bloggage’ sign before I wrote it.

And then theres this…

http://deadspin.com/5344555/cardinals-bullpen-fixes-john-smoltz-in-five-minutes

My first thought when I read the “Cards think Smoltz was tipping his pitches” story earlier today was…’wow, that makes the Boston pitching coach look horrible’ followed by ‘wonder if Cardinal scouts noticed this before they signed him’ …

Kate

August 24th, 2009
9:26 pm

McFann-

Mac and Gonzo I think, but not positive.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:31 pm

CB-

NOOOOOO! Please don’t make me!!! I promise I will proofread! Don’t make me!! I beg you!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

18 Wheels of Love

August 24th, 2009
9:32 pm

How can you not like LaRoche? Bet he like the DBT’s too.

And as nice as it is to project Freeman at 1B, LaRoche for 2 years – maybe 3 should be the call. I mean there’s no way Freeman puts up LaRoche-type numbers the next 2 years. If we don’t add a proven bat for LF, then you have to keep LaRoche at 1B. Can’t afford the drop off.

CB

August 24th, 2009
9:33 pm

cab, ok since I like you. :-)

Steve from OH

August 24th, 2009
9:33 pm

Mike Minor threw three scoreless innings for Rome tonight…2H, 2K, 0BB. Chris Masters with 6 scoreless for Danville with 6K. David Hale 3 innings, 1 unearned run, 1K. RSF: 2-3, 2B, BB.

Milligan 3-4, 2B. JJ Hoover 5 innings, 1ER, 4K, 2BB.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:35 pm

CB-

THANK YOU!!! I was all stressed out…
:)

RHR

August 24th, 2009
9:35 pm

McFann – yes, it’s Heap and Gonzo in the hug pic on that blog. :D

Vinings Jim

August 24th, 2009
9:35 pm

CB – thank goodness – I did not want that responsibility – at least 5% of the time I am unable to control what she does (did I say 5% – make that 99%).

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
9:36 pm

Vinings Jim

August 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

cabravesfan – long day without you on the blog – I have been forced to interact with our buddy Heath far more often than I consider healthy (then again, we were discussing women).

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

VJ-

meaning you can control what I do 1% of the time? maybe but only because I let you think that :)

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

When I read “Cards think Smoltz was tipping pitches” I thought it was a joke, like The Onion…

Tomahawkin

August 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

From the last blog late last night…

Aight You guys We are gonna Need some stuff to keep us from losing our minds over the off day here Goes I’m Gonna Jot down some Names that people wanted to be on this team this year and went eslewhere…

Ibanez Everyone knows what he has done, Ditto for Dunn…If Dunn or Ibanez were in the #4 spot this year between Hoss and B-Macc

1) Chipper’s offensive number would be up in that pitchers would’ve pitched to him more instead of walking him
2) We’d probably have an identical record to that of the Phillies

Here are some other Names

Furcal: .256 6HR 35RBI’s 6SB’s in 118 games. I’m Glad he screwed us otherwise he’d be a whipping boy on this blog

Griffey: .220 13HR 41RBI’s…Glad D.O.B. got that deal wrong…I’d take Loaf over that production in a second

Bobby Abreu: .307 11HR 81RBI’s Ain’t That a B…H! I lobbied for the F.O. To go after him

One Other Guy I Lusted for was Nelson (Nellie) Cruz…He started off Clowning but he has slowed up as of late. He’s only hitting .269 but he does have 26 homers

Andruw Jones: .217 17HR 41RBI’s Typical A. Jones #’s

Nick Swisher: Has 21 Homers but He plays in a Bandbox which is why his numbers are inflated

I know how everyone wanted Peavy but I’m glad we didn’t ship Big Red off 4 him

PS I was all for trading in the offseason for either A. Ethier or Matt Kemp…We really missed out on that!

Feel Free to add any other names that weren’t listed that fans on this blog lusted for

McFann ;Ô;

August 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

Kate, RHR

OK, thought that was BMac…wasn’t sure who the other guy was. :)

Night, all!

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:39 pm

VJ-

so I noticed…you really do have an unhealthy obsession with a certain young lady ;)

Tomahawkin

August 24th, 2009
9:41 pm

Looking at the Cardinals stats…They are a very Underrated/Dangerous team

Seriously who cares about Francoeur now…?

And How did Turdowitski’s arm rate above Esco’s…?

NorCal

August 24th, 2009
9:41 pm

McFann ;Ô;

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looked like a fun day at the park, and Gwinett looks really nice.
Way nicer than Oakland-Alameda County Stadium at least! I saw the A’s-Tigers game yesterday, good game but run down park.

Heath

August 24th, 2009
9:42 pm

I have an obsession with a woman… but no one can say it is unhealthy… :)

http://images.newcelebritypics.com/img/celebs/images/k/kate_beckinsale_photoshoot-2047.jpg

David O'Brien

August 24th, 2009
9:44 pm

SoWeGa: No time’s an odd time to write or contribute to this blog, my man. No time.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:45 pm

Sometimes I am amazed that some of you have girlfriends/wives :lol:

Heath

August 24th, 2009
9:47 pm

cabravesfan -

She has her obsessions too… We’re confortable with ourselves and each other. It’s all good.

GTI in Chicago

August 24th, 2009
9:48 pm

You know, it’ll be interesting later – maybe after the season, because I’d hate to jinx anything – to sit down and look at the stats LaRoche has put up post-trade and compare them to the numbers that Teixeira put up after his trade to ATL through the end of ‘07. I’m only guessing, but they might look a *little* similar. Then when you throw in a pound for pound factor…

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:50 pm

Heath-

she can have as many obsessions as she wants…she’s a woman, that’s how it works ;)

Vinings Jim

August 24th, 2009
9:51 pm

cabravesfan – whatever thoughts make you happy re: the 1%…

and, in terms of your last comment, are you implying that some of us have girlfriends and wives? (asked the disturbingly non-tendered blogger)

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
9:51 pm

Heath, Shes beautiful, wtf is up with that purple stuff in her face

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
9:52 pm

Heath: She has her obsessions too…

Brad Pitt?

Heath

August 24th, 2009
9:55 pm

Shamus -

Yep. Among others. And you know what? I don’t mind at all.

Doc Holiday

August 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

DOB,

Superb stuff you posted on the blog. Journalism at its best.

Paul Lentz

August 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

I watched Barry Zito pitch for the Oakland A’s for 6 years before he left to sign that huge contract with the Giants. There were times where he looked virtually unhittable when he was pitching for the A’s.

However, he’s looked like a totally different pitcher since he signed with the Giants. Even on a night like tonight, where he is up 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th, he doesnt look like he’s been dominating. He looks like he is a pitcher who is waiting to give up a big inning.

No injury. Dude just went from being an elite pitcher…….to being the pitcher’s version of Jeff Francoeur.

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

DOB ALMOST predicted a sweep. Bout to get a jinx test… If we take out the brooms, the wicked jinx is dead.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

VJ-

I would never imply such a thing…but I would put the over/under at…20% ;)

Doc Holiday

August 24th, 2009
9:57 pm

SF leading 1-0 but Rockies have 2 RISP.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
9:57 pm

Brad Pitt’s not bad but he’s a little short…

Heath

August 24th, 2009
9:57 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:00 pm

Speaking of girlfriends, I have a funny story.

A while ago my girlfriend wanted to break up with me because I didn’t spend time with her (I was watching Braves games). So I decided we could watch them together, right? The game we watch was the first game of the Florida series (the one before the Dodger series). So MFIKY gave up that walk off homer. I felt like sheet right. And she goes, “OH! Thats bad right?” I almost died. We have not seen each other since…. So I decided I can only date non Braves fans from November to March.

Rob from SC

August 24th, 2009
10:00 pm

Heyward is not in the lineup for Mississippi. We have a lot of outfield injuries. Is there any chance he can be called up?

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
10:01 pm

The new AJC “Find The Blog” game is downright cool!

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
10:01 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY-

Dude, that was painful for me…but it did crack me up :lol:

18 Wheels of Love

August 24th, 2009
10:02 pm

Following up on the Smoltz tipping pitches thing….

Anyone else notice Lowe maybe tipping pitches? I kind of notice some differences in his delivery. On some pitches he looks normal but on some he seems to be dropping or elongating his arm angle or release point. Maybe not tipping but I have seen something there.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:02 pm

throw a strike!

Vinings Jim

August 24th, 2009
10:03 pm

Heath – you’re gonna get me on trouble ;)

Jurrjens4NLCY – couldn’t agree with you more

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:03 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY -

My g/f is not really a sports fan. She couldn’t care less really. She has her things that she does and I have my things I do. That actually works out well. It has worked for over 6 years now, anyway.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:03 pm

cabravesfan, Are you saying my writing is painful?

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:04 pm

1-1 through 5 in Colorado.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

Vinings Jim –

Its tough though because I live in Chicago

PWHjort

August 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

Great blog. And I definitely think the Dodgers are an easier team to catch than the Rockies.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

VJ-

going to get in trouble? A little late…

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:06 pm

The new AJC “Find The Blog” game is downright cool!

Its not as cool as “Throw the tomato at Jeff Schultz”

N Nine

August 24th, 2009
10:06 pm

Ryan Howard has decided to take the division in his own hands. 8 homers in last 11 games. Looking to take down the Phillies has now become a mute point. The q

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
10:06 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY-

not at all…your girlfriend’s response was ;)

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:07 pm

VJ -

Trouble? You could have obstained… :wink:

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:08 pm

Jason Marquis and Jorge Cantu are contenders for “ugliest baseball player of the year”

Scott

August 24th, 2009
10:08 pm

“Anyone else notice Lowe maybe tipping pitches? ”

Why would it matter if he did? Slider low and on the outside corner every time, look for it.

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
10:08 pm

Heath-

not when it comes to Kate- it’s like moths to a flame… ;)

bravefaninok

August 24th, 2009
10:09 pm

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
10:01 pm

The new AJC “Find The Blog” game is downright cool!

LOL……fish tacos and pizza giveaway as a lure????

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
10:10 pm

cabravesfan: Brad Pitt’s not bad but he’s a little short…

And I wanted him to play Tree Rollins in The Mike Fratello Story. Dang

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:10 pm

cabravesfan

August 24th, 2009
10:08 pm

Heath-

not when it comes to Kate- it’s like moths to a flame…

Hey, I don’t deny it. She is my kryptonite. I am powerless against her.

Vinings Jim

August 24th, 2009
10:10 pm

Heath – I’ve been doing that for the past 11 days ;)

PWHjort

August 24th, 2009
10:11 pm

So it’s Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Mike Minor, Brandon Hicks, Craig Kimbrel, Jeff Lyman, and Lee Hyde going to the AFL. We got the first 5.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:13 pm

“Anyone else notice Lowe maybe tipping pitches? ”

Why would it matter if he did? Slider low and on the outside corner every time, look for it.

Yeah. That or sinker down.

jeffrey d

August 24th, 2009
10:13 pm

Well if we’re sharing girlfriend/Braves stories…

I was on a first date to a Braves game last summer (after we traded Tex) and Greg Norton was batting somewhere in the middle of the lineup. I immediately get angry and say something like “Bobby has NO idea what he’s doing. He always does stupid stuff like this.”

Greg Norton hit a homerun in his first at bat. Thanks Greg.

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:16 pm

I’m still waitin’ for the fish taco recipes…. DOB, you should know better than to tease about that. :)

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:17 pm

cabravesfan,

Ooh, I’m a little slow, I just woke up…

Shamus Thacker

August 24th, 2009
10:19 pm

jeffrey d: Greg Norton hit a homerun in his first at bat.

Bet that was a Belliardian blast!

DJ

August 24th, 2009
10:21 pm

The Freeman comment made me laugh outloud. Does LaRoche even know who the second baseman is?

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:23 pm

<i.DJ

August 24th, 2009
10:21 pm

The Freeman comment made me laugh outloud. Does LaRoche even know who the second baseman is?

At this point, do we? :)

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:24 pm

Greg Norton hit a homerun in his first at bat. Thanks Greg.

Bobby is famous for doing things like this, remember when he benched Diaz in place of Francouer and Frenchy got 3 doubles?

Jukeandjive

August 24th, 2009
10:31 pm

Boog’s doing espn Monday night baseball

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
10:32 pm

Any WS predictions? The one I want to see most that doesn’t include the Braves is Cardinals vs. White Sox

Heath

August 24th, 2009
10:33 pm

1-1 in the 7th inning stretch in COL.

munz

August 24th, 2009
10:39 pm

DOB —
That’s one of my favorite Ryan Bingham tunes … so far. Have you picked up his new one yet?
Also, have you checked out American Aquarium yet?

jeffrey d

August 24th, 2009
10:39 pm

Wow, thanks Jukeandjive. I wonder if Boog will be able to make Joe Morgan more interesting?

NorCal

August 24th, 2009
10:42 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY-

How old are you? I know a cute girl who lives in Chicago who is a Braves and Tigers fan. She just broke up with a Cubs fan. :)

jeffrey d

August 24th, 2009
10:42 pm

So Boog has to fly from Atlanta to Los Angeles back to Atlanta? Does this mean we’ll have Ron Gant tomorrow?

Joe D. loves Marilyn

August 24th, 2009
10:46 pm

38 games to go and I would not wait any longer…bring the Heyward kid up now (how many games were left when we called up Andruw Jones and how well did he produce? Made it to the World Series!); but, Greg Norton, he has got to go. Now! Don’t believe he has had one clutch hit in 2009. I know…Heyward is more than likely not 100% ready…but he gives us more options than we have now. On August 31…Nate McClouth is back and on September 1…bring up the rest of the calvary! Tim Hudson, Conrad, Caryle, Hernandez, Valdez, Nunez, Sammons, Canizares, Barton & Blanco. Schafer needs to get his wrist healthy for 2010.

I like our chances for Wild Card…National League – East, not so much. Phillies too tough…do not see them folding liking the Met’s of 2007 & 2008.

And if he is really healthy (?), I would let Hudson take Lowe’s spot in the rotation…let Lowe get his arm healthy by pitching long relief. I think he has a dead arm right now…and he would have too many starts left (maybe seven) that if he is off…could really cost us!

Make no mistake, we are in a battle! One that we can win..however with being 8 back of the Phillies tonight (loss column is all that matters!!!), the Wild Card is better than 50/50…in my opinion…

Selah…

N Nine

August 24th, 2009
10:49 pm

jeffrey dI don’t think PeachtreeTV broadcasts another game until September 15th. Wondering why they haven’t hired Boog….

Santana now could be out for season? MRI pending! WOW

AustinBrave

August 24th, 2009
10:53 pm

Fish Tacos the best at Baby A’s in Austin and then a purple margarita. But you better be walking, cause you sure can’t drive. Then the best music anywhere in the States.

Heath

August 24th, 2009
11:03 pm

I have only had Fish Tacos in San Diego…only place I have ever seen them. I had them at Jake’s in Del Mar…loved ‘em, and always went there to get them afterwards.

PWHjort

August 24th, 2009
11:03 pm

So now Francoeur is the Mets’ spokesperson?

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
11:04 pm

NorCal – 16

jeffrey d

August 24th, 2009
11:04 pm

Well FoxSS has the game tomorrow and it’s in Atlanta. Boog is in Los Angeles. I’m thinking we might see Ron Gant or (gulp) Brian Jordan tomorrow

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 24th, 2009
11:05 pm

Man! This is a great game!

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