2:54 pm August 26, 2009, by David O'Brien
Brooklyn Braves Brawler
August 26th, 20098:26 pm
You chastised pretty heavy about me hatin on Adam LaRouche. I am starting to come around a bit on Adam. He has been a hitting fool since his return to the team. I like the way he is playing.
I can admit when I am wrong. I still like Kotchman though but, realize that Adam is/was the better option.
August 26th, 20098:27 pm
Beautiful K there by KK.
August 26th, 20098:30 pm
George C. Scott is terrific in Dr. Strangelove. Peter Sellers was great because he played three different parts but Scott was very funny. When I think of Slim Pickens I always think of Blazing Saddles.
You chastised pretty heavy about me hatin on Adam LaRouche.
Might help if you didn’t throw a completely unneccessary U in his name.
August 26th, 20098:31 pm
David O’Brien………thanks for the tidbit about Pete Van Wiren concerning his interest in poker.
Chris Moneymaker, whom you mentioned that Van Wiren beat in a poker tournament, plays a lot of online tournaments at pokerstars. He’s a pretty nice guy, and who will chat with you if you are at a table with him online. Moneymaker is partly responsible for poker boom that began after the 2003 World Series. I dont think the poker gods could have given a better name to a poker player.
Wayne in Utah
“somebody go get us a shyt load of dimes!”
August 26th, 20098:32 pm
K-Dub is just dealing tonight.
Is it safe to say that K-Dub and Hanson have been the most consistent parts of the rotation in the past month?
76 pitches for Kawakami through 5 innings. I imagine that Bobby will try to stick with Kawakami for 2 more innings, unless Kawakami has a meltdown.
bravesfan (August 26th, 2009 4:14 pm): “I saw the Laroche girls on tv last night are they just Random girls or do they know Adam?”
No, not Adam’s.
Band Of Skulls…..I dig ‘em!
August 26th, 20098:33 pm
Talking to Jurrjens yesterday about the Curacao team. He called and talked to their delegate at the World Series, gave him a message to send to the players (Jurrjens flew up there last year and talked to the players before a game, then flew back).
Anyway, he’s buying them warmup suits, so they can all look cool traveling and hanging out together.
KK almost had him a base hit there
I highly doubt all these players listen to music on their Verizon phones
August 26th, 20098:34 pm
Used to calling him LaDouche. Rookie mistake!
August 26th, 20098:35 pm
Oh man, that’s great. Good for JJ and those kids.
Could have used that last night Matt.
Adrian Gonzalez must be sweating like crazy… cause he is standing next a man who is on fire.
Come on Mix Master Mark, get the crowd goin. I mean, the ones that are there need to be LOUD!!!!
August 26th, 20098:36 pm
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!
August 26th, 20098:37 pm
It’s gotta suck being Jerry Springer….having people chant “JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!” everywhere you go
Diaz is up to .316. The average has steadily been rising, even though he’s been playing mostly everyday (which is something that a number of you said that he isnt capable of doing effectively). Something about only being a utility player?
Great move by bobby putting Matty leading off……….. yeah bobby…………now I love, just a little.
DOB..thats great stuff from jurrjens! those kids must be pumped
All you can say is what a throw by the catcher.
August 26th, 20098:38 pm
6 more wins and we equal last years total. The future looks bright folks
Matt was meat on that attempted steal. Was that a straight steal or a missed hit and run?
Hundley = professional catcher…..bank on it.
Yeah, I used to catch too. I know a coupla things about it.
Come on, Chipper. 2-fer, pretty please. Make it go just a little bit farther
There's an app for that
pressing the “Chipper gets a hit” icon right now
Anyone wondering about Diaz bunting last night, it was met with approval by the coaches, who all thought it was a great idea if he’d just executed it better with either a slower bunt or one that didn’t go straight up the line. I wrote about it in my Braves notebook today, but I don’t think it’s posted online yet. So here it is:
By David O’Brien
A day after Braves outfielder Matt Diaz tried a surprise bunt with two out in the ninth inning of a tie game, he was moved to the leadoff position Wednesday.
But the two developments weren’t at all related.
Manager Bobby Cox decided to try the hot-hitting outfielder at leadoff while the Braves await the expected return of center fielder Nate McLouth from the disabled list Monday. McLouth (hamstring) begins a rehab assignment Friday.
“He doesn’t swing at any bad pitches, so why wouldn’t you bat him leadoff,” Cox joked about Diaz, a reference to his shoetops-to-shoulders strike zone.
Utility man Omar Infante, who was 2-for-15 with four walks while batting leadoff in the past four games, was on the bench Wednesday when outfielder Ryan Church played center after missing three starts with back spasms.
“Batting leadoff should be fun,” said Diaz, who hadn’t hit in that spot since a couple of games in 2007, and last hit leadoff on a regular basis in 2002 at Class AA Orlando (Rays).
“I had 31 steals that year,” he said, smiling.
Cox can joke about his Diaz’s unorthodox, free-swinging approach because it’s effective for him. He entered Wednesday with a .310 career average, including .312 with nine homers and a .377 on-base percentage this season.
Now, about that bunt….
Diaz was still fielding questions Wednesday about his attempted bunt in Tuesday’s 2-1, 12-inning loss to San Diego.
The Braves had scored on Adam LaRoche’s two-out single in the ninth, and there were runners on first and third when Diaz came to bat.
Diaz has sizzled lately, hitting .426 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games before Wednesday. He had gone 8-for-9 in a three-game stretch when he came to bat in the ninth, with the potential winning run at third … and bunted.
“I’ve talked with people who’ve told me that was about the best baseball decision I ever made, and the poorest execution,” Diaz said.
He had already swung through one of closer Heath Bell’s fastballs, and the wheels in Diaz’s mind turned when he saw second baseman David Eckstein playing near the base and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez at the back edge of the infield.
Diaz decided to bunt to the right side.
“It was a good [idea],” Cox said. “I think there’s nothing wrong with that. Eckstein and Gonzalez were way back. If he’d just got it over four or five feet, even as hard as he hit it, that’s a game-winner.”
Diaz bunted it too firmly, and directly up the line to Gonzalez for the out.
“It was there for the taking,” Diaz said. “If I make a half-decent bunt, not even a good one, I could skip to first base. Instead, I hit it right on the barrel, the hardest I’ve ever hit a bunt.”
Diaz had batted .345 with runners in scoring position and two outs before that bunt attempt. But hitting coach Terry Pendleton also liked the decision.
“I thought it was a great idea, baseball thinking,” Pendleton said. “He thought, ‘What’s the best way to get this guy home?’ It was a perfect thought. He just didn’t put the ball where he wanted to.”
August 26th, 20098:39 pm
Come on Chipper.
You have to do something.
I can’t believe this guy is still even pitching.
August 26th, 20098:41 pm
Here’s a promotion….we can bring Maury Povich to Turner Field and he can perform paternity tests for everyone. Maybe that’ll bring in some fans.
If talk show hosts are going to be in attendance, we should at least take advantage.
Count me in the menage that said DIAZ can’t hit right-handers. Well, he’s learning.
That would have been a hit if Chipper still cared…
I would say Chipper is close. He’s put some good swings on the ball tonight.
August 26th, 20098:42 pm
my iphone sux. I’m going to borrow Loafs’ blackberry.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’m watching “House of Payne” right now instead of the Atlanta Braves.
Here’s the clip. Warning, foul language.
Hey, MITCHELL. A little respect O.K. STAUFFER’s a fellow alum.
That Jurrjens seems to be one stand-up guy. A good ambassador to have on the team.
at There’s an app for that=funny
August 26th, 20098:43 pm
That’s a 1-for-30 skid for Chipper over 10 games, with one RBI.
I just wish Garrett Anderson would play hard. I’m so tired of watching him loaf. He can hit, but I’ve got to believe he’s a cancer on the team.
Haha Vinings Jim. Good point. If his hands had a sense of URGENCY he would have shot that ball into left field.
August 26th, 20098:45 pm
Cox got his three run homer, and now the offense is on cruse control.
August 26th, 20098:46 pm
Come on KK, don’t need to make this interesting. Damn, damn, damn.
DOB (August 26th, 2009 6:31 pm): “Random: Paul Anka’s “Having My Baby” is schmaltz. The Three Degrees’ “When Will I See You Again” is Philly soul from the monumental producing-songwriting duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
“Big difference, bro.”
Say that often enough and maybe a couple of other saps will believe you.
Are we in love, or just friends?
Is this the beginning, or is it the end?
I’ll readily concede that it may have incredible significance to you (and I will not mock that — at least, not too much), depending on where you were in your life when it made its impression on you.
But, c’mon, bro. Objectively? It’s a push:
What a wonderful way to say how much you love me. . . .
What a wonderful way to say what you’re thinking of me.
PS: “monumental producing-songwriting duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff” — what exactly was their “genius”? Being able to write and sell a lyric with 25 words or less? Anka’s lyrics are infinitely more complex and, well — more.
YANK HIM, Coxy!
OK, so the glove still isn’t much….
Gotta catch that Matt. GOTTA catch it!
August 26th, 20098:47 pm
That Hundley has impressed even me in this short series, I gotta admit…
I really prefer Diaz in left
Diaz might have a good bat, but he should have turned around to catch that one. Didn’t call for a spectacular play
A cancer? Yes, Garret Anderson is completely tearing this team apart on and off the field.
Yes. His .287 average is killing rallies, and his lack of sprinting absolutely tears apart the clubhouse. I can’t think of a player who’s a bigger “cancer” than Garret Anderson.
August 26th, 20098:48 pm
He has my respect. He’s keeping them in the game. The Braves, not surprisingly, have failed to add on.
They’re asking for trouble if they don’t.
Hey Dave – sorry for the noob question, but do you watch the game through a monitor, or just straight up from the press box?
Come on K-Dub!
August 26th, 20098:49 pm
Props to Prado!
No way Kelly makes that play. Nice grab Prado.
Good play Prado.
Prado… saving the game.
Big league play Martin.
We gotta get a couple more runs. KK, get this one on strikes. You just blew the shutout.
August 26th, 20098:50 pm
Hmmm. No way KJ makes that play.
I hope RHR got to see MFIKY talk
Dan Kolb's Mom
and we suck again. awesome.
How about that braves blow another lead wow they actually make the padres look good this is just sad.
Here we go again.
Top ‘o the sixth?
Apparently the know it all Coxy didn’t yank him. So, we’re all tied up! BOOOOOOOOOOO!
time to yank KK. Unfortunate. he was good til now.
August 26th, 20098:51 pm
I have a feeling Braves should pull this one out with a W.
What a revolting development.
What? You wanted us to keep playing?
I must be hallucinating. I just saw Bobby walk out to the mound and pull the pitcher when the other team tied the game.
I dont’ like that Hundley guy.
Need the boys to get at least one in the bottom so KK doesn’t take a loss or no decision. Isn’t Mac due up first? Since he seems to be carrying us right now, I’m begging for another jack.
Steve from OH
August 26th, 20098:52 pm
Ya serious? Great play by Marteen, no doubt, but that ball was two steps to his right. C’mon folks.
Braves aren’t scoring anymore. You guys should know this by now. They score runs in the 1st inning and then balls drop off.
I mean, only a few more runs Bobby and you’ll get a ground ball and get out of it. Where’s your heart, man?
good move by Cox. Braves failed to add to score, and KK gave good effort, but will not win again.
too bad we don’t have a Gold Glove right fielder ….. any more
the hopes of the braves nation rest in your hands mr. hanson
pirates fall short in the seventh…
phils up 1-0 heading into the eighth.
here we go in the 6th kawakami is getting hit.. and WAY TO GO TO SLEEP BRAVES AGAINST THE ONE OF THE WORST TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE.. GOOD JOB.. YOU LOSE THIS GAME YOU SHOULDNT BE IN THE PLAYOFFS. DIAZ SHOULD OF CAUGHT THAT BALL.. way to go bobby great management and yea just allow them to do what they do the least and cream kawakami.. i bet the braves lose this game 2.. because the offense has to sleep after the first inning..
Dodgers up 2-0 in the first.
Looks like he lost his concentration this inning, but I am a big K-Dub apologist.
August 26th, 20098:53 pm
Cruising after that shaky first inning, and then he loses it. Kawakami just left too many pitches up this inning.
Meanwhile, other than McCann’s homer in the 1st, no offense. Then again, we’re facing another Cy Young candidate tonight, right?
August 26th, 2009
Braves aren’t scoring anymore. You guys should know this by now. They score runs in the 1st inning and then balls drop off
Damn, that sounds painful.
At least Bobby not waiting to see if he can get out of any more damage.
Maybe Prado can play Right and 2B at the same time.
Very underrated pick up.
Bobby sure is an enigma isn’t he? Sometimes he leaves pitchers in until their arms bleed and the score’s 94-2. But now he takes Kawakami out shortly after he was showing signs of trouble.
Any news from anyone in Braves’ Front Office/Coaching staff on what is gonna happen with the rotation once Huddy returns to the club soon? The way our starters are going (not including this rough inning by Kawakami), would any of them get moved out to clear him a starting spot? When do we expect that final decision??
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