3:09 pm August 28, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 29th, 200911:34 pm
If you mean Cassidy Hubbarth,someone should tell her with a caboose like hers,she should not wear tight jeans an then turn her back to the camera!
The question of the night is “How hot is Matt Diaz”? The answer is as hot as I have ever seen anyone. Lets look at some numbers.
In Matts last 19 starts going back to the beginning of the away Dodger series on the road here are some scary numbers.
34 hits in 64 at bats = .531 average
Slugging .890 – WOW
OPS – .1499 Are you freaking kidding me.
12 multi hit games out of 19 games started
In 19 games he has raised his average 39 points.
DOB – Have you ever seen anyone hotter for a month?
August 29th, 200911:35 pm
manager Ozzie Guillen said he feels like he’s stealing money from chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and he wishes he had another pitching option other than Jose Contreras.
I see Ozzie is throwing another pitcher under the bus. Guy has no class at all.
August 29th, 200911:36 pm
Our dear Matty is on drugs, LOL
lol RHR, I read your earlier post about how you hoped MFIKY would go to AL if the Braves didn’t resign him. Initially, I thought you meant Alabama and he’d come live with you or something.
Do I look like I have a death wish to you!?! No no no…the American League. As you figured out lol.
August 29th, 200911:37 pm
August 29th, 2009
Dammit on McLouth. Hope it’s nothing serious.
Hope Roachy feels better soon too.
Whats that about?
5-3 now….tie run at the plate.
August 29th, 200911:39 pm
winning run at the plate….
August 29th, 200911:40 pm
Matt Cain against rockies tomorrow………….with some luck we can get to 2.5 by tomorrow at this time.
Problem is on monday we get johnson……….not good.
No,I wouldn’t. That’s what the better pitchers get paid for. Hey DOB as long as Mississippi and Atlanta are talking,see if Mississippi needs a RP with #38 on his back!
August 29th, 200911:41 pm
SF finally wins…
August 29th, 200911:42 pm
rockies get the muts on tuesday……….not good.
Joe D. loves Marilyn
With 33 games to go…and 3 back in the loss column (whew…thank you San Fran…)…Wild Card…is I believe…ours for the taking? Winning the East would still require a total collapse on the Phillies (still 8 back in the loss column…) and they have too much offense to let that happen. Sorry…just stating the obvious…especially playing in that very similar version of Yankee Stadium. Rockies have just loss 4 straight…unusual for them. The NL west just needs to beat each other up. Just take care of our own business and we could very easily make up the difference over the next 5 weeks + 1 day…(Oct.4th)…and do not count Chipper done! He could easily get hot…and help us get over the hump…and with a healthy & effective (?) Hudson…that should give the pitching staff a real boost…just when our starters have thrown a helluva lot of innings (and when will we see K.K. again as a starter?)…and that my friends is why you play the game(s)…we can make all the assumptions we want…but it will be decided by the Braves performance over the next 33 games…Yea, we can scoreboard watch all we want…but we just need to take care of our own business…especially with 20% of the regular season left!
August 29th, 2009
Doc – I hope his supplier does not run out.
August 29th, 200911:45 pm
I’m smelling blood!
August 29th, 200911:47 pm
Braves would have consider themselves extremely lucky if they wake up Monday morning trailing by only 2.5 games in the WC all things considered.
August 29th, 2009
I’m smelling blood!
did you hurt yourself?
August 29th, 200911:50 pm
Doc Holiday — did you hurt yourself?
No! I’m talkin’ p-p-p-playoffs!
Joe good break down. The Rockies pretty much play nobody the rest of the year. We need the D-Backs and Padres to play some ball or we in trouble. Also, watch out for the Cubbies they play nobody also. I know we have a decently easy schedule down the stretch too. But, if we don’t get and stay healthy we will go no where. We get healthy in the next week and the sky is the limit. CHOP CHOP!!!
August 29th, 200911:51 pm
3 1/2 out in the wildcard is a miracle considering what happened with the padres series…after taking 2 days off from team hyde, team jeykll has sucked me right back in.
Oh, OK………..I was worried about ya!!!!!!!!!
August 29th, 200911:52 pm
No,I wouldn’t. (Eben)
Ok, but a whole buncha posters would have
August 29th, 200911:54 pm
Hope Roachy feels better soon too.
Naw. I thought you and MFIKY were tight, ya know. LikeThis.
August 29th, 200911:55 pm
Doc, see DOB’s last post below -
August 29th, 2009
LaRoche is actually right hip, not hammy. Been bothering him a few days, said he hopes he wakes up tomorrow able to play but doesn’t know how long it’ll take….
McLOUTH UPDATE: TOOK himself out of game tonight after feeling discomfort it same spot in hamstring when he went for a ball in gap. They think it’s only a mild strain, but will know more tomorrow after the training staffs of Atlanta and Mississippi teams talk.
Steve from OH
August 30th, 200912:00 am
Does anyone else think Constantine was a good movie? I’m guessing no, but I liked it…
(It’s on AMC now. That’s why I bring it up)
August 30th, 200912:01 am
Thanks Soph………just got here a few minutes after that post.
August 30th, 200912:04 am
Welcome Doc. Did you catch any of the game today?
Just to know we can give KK some time off is such a good thing for him………we are loaded…………..come on offense……….lets kick some axx tomorrow………..blanton aint no better than lee………
Maybe the phillies are hoping we dont get into the playoffs now that they know we can kick both their aces around.
August 30th, 200912:05 am
Just looked at it and if the rotations for the Card’s and Brave’s remain the same then game 3 of the series in St. Louis would be Hanson vs. Smoltz
August 30th, 200912:06 am
I need to catch up on my AMC watching…
I watched A Haunting in Connecticut last night for pete’s sake!
Little…………..I saw 1st 2 HR, I was at bennigans but the TV set was kind of far away from me. I just saw the replays at mlb.com
So sweet to kick Lee around…………I just wished it was pedro instead………….but sweet nonetheless.
What A lOAD
..so the classy thing to do id to lie like Bobby often does?
“just made one mistake”…”the balls were just finding holes”….”the wind got a couple of those”…etc…
No thanks, give me the truth because I as a paying fan can see it with my own eyes. Don’t tell me a guy isn’t playing well when he isn’t that insults my intelligence. And if a player has the gumption to ask for a big contract and then doesn’t perform, he deserves to be recognized for hurting the team. Period.
August 30th, 200912:07 am
Here’s game story with quotes, unedited and straight to the good, staying-up-late denizens of the Braves/MIB blog.
By David O’Brien
Philadelphia – It had been a long time since Phillies ace Cliff Lee got knocked around like he was Saturday night by the Braves, who keep doing just enough to stoke — or resuscitate, depending upon your view — their postseason hopes.
The Braves hit four home runs, three against Lee, during a 9-1, rain-shortened rout against Philadelphia before a stunned, sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
Home runs by Matt Diaz and Garrett Anderson drove in all five runs in the fourth inning, when the Braves took a 5-1 lead on their way to snapping Lee’s eight-start winning streak with Cleveland and Philadelphia.
“I hope it shows you we’re not going away,” Diaz said of the win, which moved the Braves back into third place in the National League wild-card standings, 3-1/2 games behind leader Colorado. “We’re going to be relevant down the stretch and play some fun games in September.”
Lee (5-1) was charged with six runs and 10 hits in five innings, just the third time he allowed more than four runs in 28 starts this season. He gave up three homers for the first time in 66 starts since a 2007 game at Cincinnati.
“We know how good he is,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Lee, who had an 0.68 ERA and .175 opponents’ average with no homers in five starts since being traded to the Phillies. “He’s been the class of the league for a month. He’s dynamite.
“He just made some mistakes tonight, and we put good wood on them.”
The game was called before the bottom of the eighth, after the second rain delay and the fourth in the first two games in a soggy series that ends tonight.
Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche left after three innings because of worsening pain in his right hip, which he said has bothered him several days. He never had a hip injury before and said he didn’t know how long it might sidelined him.
“I hope I wake up and it feels better tomorrow,” said LaRoche, who’s hit .393 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 25 games since being traded to the Braves. “I don’t want to miss a game.”
Derek Lowe (13-8) limited the Phillies to one run on eight hits in 5-2/3 innings, surrendering a Chase Utley homer in the first before stranding five runners in the second and third innings.
“You always try to win the division,” said Lowe, who was part of an NL West-winning Dodgers team in 2008. “But there’s nothing wrong with winning the wild card…. All in all, it was a good game for us tonight.”
It was only the fifth loss in 18 games for the Phillies, who still hold a commanding seven-game lead over the second-place Braves in the East. The Braves have 33 games to play; the Phillies have 35.
The Braves are 9-5 against the Phillies, but had dropped three of four games against them this month, including a 4-2 loss in Friday’s series opener.
They needed a big performance from Lowe, who allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in 8-2/3 innings over his past two starts. He’s 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his past nine against the Phillies, and 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in five at Citizens Bank.
“For whatever reason, it seems like I’m able to pitch good games here,” he said. “I don’t know why.”
Yunel Escobar added a solo homer off fifth in the fifth and Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Chad Durbin. Jones was 3-for-42 with no extra-base hits in 13 games before his blast to center pushed the lead to 9-1.
Diaz said Anderson’s three-run homer – the second by a left-handed hitter against Lee this season and first since opening day — was the game-changer.
“That was huge,” he said of Anderson’s homer to the right-field seats, after singles by Brian McCann and Escobar started the inning. “We’re down 1-0, and all of a sudden it’s 3-1. That changed the whole momentum.”
Reid Gorecki singled later in the inning and advanced on a Lowe sacrifice before Diaz’s two-run homer for a 5-1 lead.
Diaz has seven consecutive multi-hit games and a .476 average with five homers and 15 RBIs in 18 games. Against the Phillies, he’s hit .444 with five homers and 17 RBIs in his past 21 games.
Cheese…………things will change for the bravos since we have 6 starters………
August 30th, 200912:08 am
Heath: Braves would have consider themselves extremely lucky if they wake up Monday morning trailing by only 2.5 games in the WC all things considered.”"
If this happens, I will happily take Al and Daisy (chihuahuas) for a day of crow hunting.
Every time I think we’re done, we rise from purgatory somehow. Hell, is this a team of destiny or something? Beginning to smell that way.
August 30th, 200912:09 am
If the Braves find a way to win tomorrow, a side bar story with that victory is that it guarantees the Braves a season series win over the Phils. Today’s win guaranteed a non-losing season series. That is a far cry from the way things went last year. The wins for the Braves have been fairly dominant too with a +25 run differential against the Phils too.
August 30th, 200912:10 am
I think we’d miss Smoltz. More good luck for the Braves. It looks like we’d get Wainwright, Pineiro and Carpenter. Sweet.
Does anyone else think Constantine was a good movie? I’m guessing no, (STEVE)
you guessed right for me anyways
August 30th, 200912:12 am
need to catch up on my AMC watching (RHR)
Turner Classics is better
What do you guys think of Johnson at the hill on monday against us?
Tomorrow we can beat blanton…………but as we all know………..we are really bad when playing on national TV. I predict a loss………….just hope Im wrong.
August 30th, 200912:13 am
How exactly is going against wainwright and carpenter is good luck or sweet?
August 30th, 200912:15 am
I’ve been asking Diaz just about every day, apparently, about whether or not he’s ever felt quite this good at the plate.
First time I asked him, a week or so ago, he mentioned that, ahem, he did match a record an NL record a few seasons ago with hits in 10 consecutive at-bats.
Anyway, we approach him after game tonight and he smile and said, “The answer is no. You’ve been asking me every day if I ever felt this good, and the answer is no. We can finally say no.”
August 30th, 200912:17 am
Doc: it’s not. That was sarcastic.
August 30th, 200912:18 am
MVH cards went to a five man rotation with boggs so we’d get Pineiro, Carpenter, and Smoltz
LaRoche had a funny comment about his hip: “It got to the point today where I couldn’t run on it at all. When you’re as slow as I am, the last thing you need is to get slower.”
I asked him if he had any idea how long he might be out: “No clue. I hope I wake up tomorrow and it’s gone. But I’ve got no clue.”
Later he repeated that he hoped it’d be better tomorrow, because he doesn’t want to miss even one game.
August 30th, 200912:19 am
Falcons won tonight too, but it looks like they need help in the defensive secondary. Chargers passed at will against starters in first half. Ryan and Redmond were dynamite at QB. Shockley’s gonna be odd man out..
Friends came over to watch Falcons. DVR’d Bravos. Bout to watch. Can’t f’n wait!!
MVH–uh, those three have been really, really good this year. Not sweet.
August 30th, 200912:20 am
We need church back real bad if LaR is to miss some game so we can put Prado at 1b and infante at 2b
August 30th, 200912:21 am
Ah, never mind. Carry on…
Braves are 2 games into a stretch where they play 13 of 16 on the road…yikes.
August 30th, 200912:22 am
It won’t be easy tomorrow. (Are they ever?)
Blanton is 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and six quality starts in his past six home games.
Then again, he’s 0-1 with a 6.58 ERA and .313 opponents’ average in five career starts against the Braves, including four this season. However, in his most recent start against them, he allowed only two runs (one earned) in seven innings of an Aug. 14 Phillies win.
As mentioned earlier, McCann is 6-for-13 with two home runs against him.
And like Lowe, Jurrjens pitches quite well against the Phillies and at Citizens Bank.
Pretty impressive stat about Lowe: 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in five starts at Citizens Bank.
August 30th, 200912:24 am
Nolie, but AMC has two of the finest shows on TV: Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
August 30th, 200912:29 am
McClouth re-injures the hammy, a difficult injury to come back from under the best of circumstances. Church is made of glass, and his elbow continues to be a problem. Gorecki: enough said.
Frank Wren better get off his a$$ and find a CF ASAP. He’s got less than 48 hours to do so. McClouth will not return even half-healthy this season. Freakin’ red lights should be going off in Wren’s head!!!
The Bird and Indian
August 30th, 200912:33 am
What A lOAD: I’ll agree to disagree on that one. The media does enough of that, there is no reason for a coach to talk about it publicly. They can have private talks about it but anyone in the game will tell you that coaches shouldn’t do that. That’s why players love playing for Cox because he won’t do things like that and he sticks with you and tries to make the situation better, not worse.
August 30th, 200912:35 am
KK, Church, Anderson, McClouth, Chipper, Escobar, Prado, and now LaRoche.
What are we now, the freakin’ Mets???
Ya, guys, I know it’s not sweet. I was kidding.
August 30th, 200912:37 am
So here are the updated numbers for the Braves right field position since the trade.
Keep in mind, this is JUST the right-field position, it doesn’t take into accont what Church has done during his starts in center.
At bats: 163
Francoeur since the trade:
At bats: 168
August 30th, 200912:39 am
Less than 48 hours? Damn. Talk about urgency. Now we have urgency with a specific time frame.
August 30th, 200912:40 am
chilidog: Thank Matty Diaz for that favorable stat breakdown. The guy is playing like a winner. He’s been a blessing to this woebegone lineup.
August 30th, 200912:42 am
RHR: Let me get my crayons out and draw you a picture. If the Braves score a CF AFTER Aug. 31st, the acquisition cannot play in the playoffs; gotta be on the team’s roster by Aug. 31st.
(Stashing my Crayolas. . .)
August 30th, 200912:43 am
Thanks for the quotes, DOB. I was waiting around for word on Roachy….now I’m going to bed with my book. Night y’all.
PS – BBQ Cookoff deal at The Ted Sept 12th. Maybe they’ll let Dave be a judge.
August 30th, 200912:53 am
Good win tonight for the braves. Right handed aces kill us but we seem to do pretty good against the left handed ones. Go figure. Last few days decided I would peruse some phillies blogs see what they thought of the braves. Surprise, Surprise not much educated commentary. According to them all southerners are stupid and don’t forget to remind everyone that Turner Field doesn’t sell out every game. They hate Bobby Cox and any braves who dare talk about the dimensions of their park which means after Mac’s little quote last night he may soon find himself on their boo list. They say when the braves complain about the park its whining and making excuses because when the braves play in the park they have just as much a chance of taking adavntage of the dimensions. Funny, when the big three Somltz, Glavine, and Maddux were dominating all you heard where them complaining about all the calls they were getting off the plate. Last time I checked their pitchers had the chance to benefit from the strike zone too. Sounds like the same thing to me. Needless to say made me appreciative of this blog and the opportunity to read civilized baseball talk.
August 30th, 200912:55 am
Not sure that Freeman is a stud though. nolie
Who cares about Freeman?
August 30th, 200912:58 am
Nolie, but AMC has two of the finest shows on TV: Breaking Bad and Mad Men. (DOB)
I’ll agree about Breaking Bad it’s great. Actually I was thinking more of movies since she mentioned one, and I’m a sucker for the films from 40s and 50s especially. Film Noir & Screwball comedies in particular. She is likely too young to be as interested.
August 30th, 200912:59 am
Jake: any city that considers the height of its culinary constellation a sandwich with Cheese Wiz on it, and is willing to boo Santa, is a city to be ignored. Of all of America’s great cities, Philly is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing day.
I weep for our Founding Fathers and the rich history they initially bestowed upon that city.
August 30th, 20091:02 am
C’mon now RG that has just got to melt your stony heart. nolie
Someone calling me old doesn’t make me mad yet. Actually, I’m not sure what to think about it, but it certainly doesn’t melt my cold, stony heart. Also, calling me a lioness implies that I prey on the weak…ok, so maybe I do that a little bit.
August 30th, 20091:04 am
What A lOAD: I’ll agree to disagree on that one. The media does enough of that, there is no reason for a coach to talk about it publicly. They can have private talks about it but anyone in the game will tell you that coaches shouldn’t do that. That’s why players love playing for Cox because he won’t do things like that and he sticks with you and tries to make the situation better, not worse. (Bird/Indian)
Yup, and I think Load was pretty hypocritical as I bet he wouldn’t wanna try to do his best work for a guy like Ozzie. Well neither do they. And his junk about being offended by Bobby’s comments is pretty silly too since anybody with a brain knows they are made to make the player feel more confident, not to be taken seriously by others.
Ozzie has become one of the more disliked guys in baseball and when he wears out his welcome in Chitown, and that day will come, he is gonna have a hard time getting another job as a manager. Kinda strange how he turned out cause as a player he was a pretty good guy.
August 30th, 20091:11 am
They just know how to take something little and blow it way out of proportion. We have some of those bloggers too but for a team that sits in 1st place and is cruising torward the playoffs after winning it all last year they sound more panicky than most of our fans. They’ll point of the fact that bobby said that those balls in turner field would be home runs in philly but probably ignore the quotes that he gave on Cliff Lee tonight. Just thought i would find some educated commentary. There was some and for the most part to few and far between.
August 30th, 20095:16 am
DOB – Have you ever seen anyone hotter for a month?”"
Agnes Moorehead: January, 73′
August 30th, 20097:01 am
Chipper said he was “taking that AB to Philadelphia”, re one drive for an out the other night. Maybe he did. I know many bloggers think you’re supposed to break a slump by immediately going into I’m-Matt-Diaz-and-I’m-currently-unconscious mode, but, I’d settle for Chipper being his regular old self in September.
On another note…I read instances of folks attempting stuff such as self-propping, un-propping, and re-propping over the blog last night. This kind of thing simply won’t do. May have to send you to props school, LOL, or maybe come up with a version of the RROE for proper props pertinence. However, props to all, anyway!
Thanks to Dentz for being wrong about, oh, just about everything, last night and forcing the baseball gods to fit circumstances to his woeful wrongness, LOL. Attaway to get a big win for us, Paulie! NPD has its uses on the old blog, no?
Now, you’ll pardon me while I exit. I have a sense of urgency, but, that might just be too much coffee, I don’t know…
August 30th, 20098:17 am
Wow – that really surprised me – reading Saturday night 1:00 am posts, and suddenly two posts later it’s Sunday morning. I guess everyone is resting up for the late ESPN start tonight. And, since I’m caught up already, I can make a bagel run earlier than I expected.
August 30th, 20098:31 am
Hank Blalock is sitting in Texas now and probably available. He sure would be handy to have around to backup Chipper and LaRoche, as well as, replace Norton as a pinch hitter. The deadline for adding players to be available for the playoffs is fast approaching. Any other thoughts on who if anyone we might be able to acquire or are interested in?
August 30th, 20098:51 am
Looks like McLouth is more than likely not going to help us down the final 33 games…and how much are we going to get out of Ryan Church for that matter? So, whom do we bring up? Any guesses?
Septemeber 1 call up’s…on Tuesday…anyone from Gwinnett?…or are the G’ braves more interested in winning the International (South Division)…and their season does not end till 9/7…yet they now trail by 1 game to Durham…
Real question is who can really help us? Cox is only going to bring people in that he would actually use…not just decorate the bench with a bunch of bodies. With Diaz on a tear and Anderson performing the way Wren expected…what outfielder not named Gorecki can step in and help…now? I don’t believe that Jones, Blanco or Barton would add as much punch as the Heyward kid would…plus how old was Andruw when we brought him up? Or are we content on saving him for the Arizona Fall league and 2010? (Or does he really have a lingering ailment / injury…as he has not played much of late?)
As for the bench…Conrad, Hernandez and Canizares…all would be capable…(but since it is crunch time…how many days off is Escobar really going to get…none?) Still, need an extra bat / pinch runner or two…so make it Conrad & Hernandez…
And the bullpen…Acosta, Nunez and Valdez…one or two would be a safe bet.
And for the love of God…will Chipper get going (last night homer included)…as Diaz needs some support! Who thought we would be preaching the gospel…according to Matty on August 30th?
Mid Town Joe
August 30th, 20098:52 am
As posted earlier, here is my Ted Kennedy baseball tribute:
August 30th, 20098:55 am
mike cammeron may be available. what does it take to get him? does anyone know his contract status for next season?
August 30th, 20098:58 am
Joe D. loves marilyn: How about Matt Young. I do not know much about him but loking at Miss. boxscores he looks like a speedy contact hitter who could spell Mclouth foe a little while.
August 30th, 20099:02 am
What A lOAD (August 30th, 2009 12:06 am) –
You are a stupid putz.
Blalock has much more pop than Norton…but so do most grandmothers…
Blalock also being paid over $6million to ride the pine now in Texas. Left handed power…but I believe Bobby would like a RH (or switch hitter) bat? But, he clearly would be a better option than what we have now!
And does he have to clear the American League first…before he can get a shot with a National League team? May get nabbed first by a team over in the AL…
Also, is the deadline at midnight on Monday (31st) or is it earlier in the day (say 4PM)?
August 30th, 20099:09 am
Matt Young…little guy…has speed…however, caught stealing almost 30% of the time…but, yea…if the Braves do not bring up one of the AAA guys…this guy can possibly be of help. Only 4 HR’s in 456 AB’s…so not any help with power…good on base % .417 though. But, in my mind, Braves must feel that Gorecki can do what this guy can do?
August 30th, 20099:15 am
Oh…and I’d bet that Clint Sammons will be called up…need that 3rd catcher!
August 30th, 20099:16 am
Padres have a winning record in August and have won 5 of the last 7 series(Cardinals won 6 of 7 games in their two series).
D-Backs win today and they have a chance for a winning month tomorrow. Herculean task ahead for the Bravos but maybe these teams just might be competitive against the Rocks and Giants next month for than anyone would have thought. We have a pulse.
August 30th, 20099:18 am
Sorry, meant more than anyone would have thought.
August 30th, 20099:21 am
Frank Wren, of course, handled the deal, but it had to be approved by Cox.
I guess the above quote from Bradley concerning the Frenchy trade might come as a shock to people around here. Ya know, the same people that act as if Cox doesn’t have a “say so” in roster moves.
August 30th, 20099:23 am
Toad Dude-If you can see it yourself, then why do you need Bobby Coi to tell you?
August 30th, 20099:24 am
Mike Cameron of
1 year/$7M (2008), plus 2009 club option
1 year/$7M (2008), plus 2009 club option
signed as a free agent 1/11/08
$1.25M signing bonus
08:$5M, 09:$10M club option ($0.75M buyout)
limited no-trade protection
August 30th, 20099:36 am
I would say more than a pulse…but cannot afford to lose the ‘three out of four’ type scenarios. Still think that 90 wins is the number.
Which means we need to go 22-11 over the last 33 games. Impossible? No..but that is a .667 clip! So the scenario is just win…2 out of 3…the remainder of the season! Wishful thinking? Not really…especially if Chipper came to play at the Matt Diaz party going on now!!
One workable scenario…that will get you to 90 wins:
Phillies……4 games…2-2…no worse, please…
Marlins… 7 games…5-2…have to beat these guys…
Reds………3 games…2-1…not a very good team…have them in ATL…
Astros…….3 games…2-1…on the road…
Cardinals…3 games…1-2…may have best team in NL?…Smoltz on Sunday 9/13)???…
Mets………6 games…4-2…beacause it is the Met’s…let’ just go ahead and go 6-0…
Nationals…7 games…5-2…they give us lot’s of trouble…
Do you think that the Braves would take this?
dogsbrekky - here filly filly filly, take this
August 30th, 20099:37 am
so our MAN, the real D Lowe showed up last night and Diaz was hitting them rocks well yet again..
August 30th, 20099:44 am
Lowe should get six more starts…can we pray that he pitches like he did last night…in at least 4 or 5 of those? He may actually get to 16-17-18 wins…for the year. And wasn’t that why he was signed in the first place. He was supposed to be our ‘ace’…
Hudson maybe the key down the stretch? Scary thought…since he has not pitched in a year!
August 30th, 20099:56 am
Hey, all you dudes hatin’ on my man Benji Johnson, on the blog yesterday…I saw him hit a home run in Chattanooga last Wednesday, the man can rake vbg! & he’s a pretty good catcher, too
August 30th, 200910:16 am
Both Giants and Rockies finish up on the road. Wish we had another right handed bat down the stretch and hopeful Infante gets in a September groove. Be nice if last week and a half we were still in it. Stranger things have happened. We can handle the Nats, winning up there a couple weeks back was big.
Neftali Feliz is the man.
August 30th, 200910:18 am
Any chance that the Braves call up Jason Heyward to fill Nate McClouth’s spot, now that he’s reinjured his hamstring? I know they don’t want to rush Heyward, but I don’t think that in the case of an injury you can call it rushing him, it is simply making the best use of your resources. And I didn’t necessarily disagree with trying to make due with Ryan Church and Omar Infante in CF if you believed McClouth would be back soon. But now that he’s a question mark, and now that the rosters are about to expand, why not see what Heyward can do? He might surprise them and make the postseason roster (if there is one). You can’t tell me that in 1996, Andruw Jones was as advanced a hitter as Jason Heyward is in 2009. But Andruw was with the big club and made a huge impression in the World Series. Heyward is and will be a better player than Andruw Jones. Why not get started now?
August 30th, 200910:21 am
Joe D. loves Marilyn,
Id say we will sweep one of the following:
One of the 2 muts series
one of those 4 series will be a sweep………
I’m thinking the Braves get the W tonight. The last time Blanton faced the Braves he did go 7 & only allowed one run, BUT that was the night the Phillies outfield saved probably 5 runs or more with great plays. Also about 4-5 of the balls grabbed by that outfield would have left the yard in Philly.
JJ pitched well in that game so I’m thinking the Braves take this game to finish off the series. A win tonight keeps the Braves right in the thick of things in the Wild Card & gives them an very outside shot at the East.
If they can just stay within 3 games of either race with 19 to play I think they can do something. They finish with 7 games with the Nats, 6 with the Mets, & 3 each with the Marlins/Phillies. 13 of those are at home including Phillies/Marlins games. 7 of the last ten are with the Nats.
The West teams have to contend with the surging Padres & better looking DBacks team the last month while the Braves get the once again slumping Nats & the DL Mets. The Braves just have to play solid ball until then. 2/3 does the trick for the next few weeks & then they need a blazing finish the last 19 games.
August 30th, 200910:27 am
JF is doing that good in NY?
Go figure………..whos their hitting coach?
Man, if JF was to be that good here playing CF while nate was gone and diaz at right………..that would have been interesting.
August 30th, 200910:37 am
That’s a bold statement. Andruw Jones was one of the best players in the sport for a number of years (when you take into account that he was, maybe, the best defensive CF in the history of baseball).
I know Andruw was terrible by the time he left here, but if Heyward can have the kind of impact that Andruw had his first decade in Atlanta, then we’ll all be happy.
August 30th, 200910:45 am
Another scenario…with 3 back in the loss column for the Wild Card…ALL Braves need to do….is pick up 1 game…per every 8 games played…starting with next 8…and we would finish 1 game ahead of someone(s) for the Wild Card crown…that said…September & October…should be worthwhile!!! (better than the last 3 years…)
August 30th, 200910:52 am
Jeff Francouer would have never been that good here…
August 30th, 200910:55 am
I say let’s go yard…at least three times tonight…maybe more…as a deep fly ball is going to get out in Yankee Stadium…south. I’d say someone is going to get two tonight…Chipper…are you game?
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