1:04 pm September 6, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
P. W. Hjort
September 6th, 20091:08 pm
Good move sending Valdez back down for Gwinnett. Their season is more important than Atlanta’s at this point.
September 6th, 20091:13 pm
That rally head is hilarious!..I hope Smoltz enjoys it!
September 6th, 20091:16 pm
dawgs sure are quiet today. wonder why?
September 6th, 20091:21 pm
Whatever, just saying…
September 6th, 20091:22 pm
Brooks! Brooks! Brooks!
So on and so forth.
Maybe because you’re looking on a baseball blog, Urban.
September 6th, 20091:23 pm
Not sure how many in a row we would have to win to dig out of this hole… but it seems very unlikely which is discouraging
I don’t think Kelly’s ever going to play again
September 6th, 20091:24 pm
Well if history is any guide, the Braves should bounce back to day. They obviously were not mentally prepared to handle a hot Reds team after two devastating losses to the Marlins.
I don’t know how the two leaders of the team could be made to take today off, with avoiding a sweep on the line and an off day tomorrow, but I guess this team just isn’t healthy and I imagine that should they not make the playoffs, we’ll here about that ill health all offseason long.
As big a game as it is for the team, it is just as big for Hudson who in just his second game back, must show that he is still capable of being an ace. He’s got an 3.10 ERA against the Reds the last 3 seasons so the Braves are going to have to start scoring today.
September 6th, 20091:25 pm
jeffrey d – try again amigo. lots of dawg talk before the game at osu. not much after. just wondering if everyone is hung over. you should have scheduled a cupcake like we did.
September 6th, 20091:29 pm
They gave up after the last Philly series. The level of play in the Florida and Cincinnati series has not been that of a team in contention.
I am glad Huddy is back and looking promising. I’d like Bobby & co. to bring up some more minor leaguers to see what we’ve got.
They gave it a good ride since the AS break…imagine if they play that way a whole year!
September 6th, 20091:30 pm
I don’t think Kelly’s ever going to play again
Tell me about it – he can’t even get into the game with the B-lineup. Geez.
Urban – well first off, I still insist that a baseball blog isn’t the best place to look for college football talk. Second, I just checked out the UGA blog and surprise….there’s UGA football fans there. Third, what are we supposed to say? “Go Dawgs! Beat the Cowboys!!!”?
September 6th, 20091:31 pm
With a couple of exceptions, I see the blog regs have accepted that the Braves are done for 2009. In recent memory, I do not recall a lineup that has so poorly supported this good a pitching staff on any MLB team. From one through eight, these guys are pitifully inept.
With all due respect, Chipper has got to go. For the salary he takes up, he will never be a 30-100-.300 guy for the rest of his career. He needs to go NOW, and the Braves need to get a real #4 bat. Matt Holliday has to be gone after with the same fever they went after Derek Lowe last winter. McCann is a five-hole hitter, and will need more breaks next year that he had this year, or his career will end by 2011.
If Frank Wren thought he had problems last winter, wait ’til he sees the mess he created:
-Now he’s gotta have Cañizares play half or two-thirds of next season until Freddie Freeman is ready to take the 1B job.
-He’s gotta find a SS or 3B, depending on where he wants to place Yunel Escobar. Escobar is not speedy by any measure, and would be better served by playing third, where his gun of an arm would be still useful. You think Wren and JS still wish they would’ve just held Elvis Andrus back in that crappy Teixeira trade, not making it the total rape it was of our farm system?
-Jason Heyward is the new RF by default.
-Nate McClouth is a gamer; Nate McClouth is expensive; Jordan Schafer has to be the answer in CF next year.
There is a YAWNING canyon in LF that HAS to be filled by a legit 30-100-.300 bat, no cheap rent-a-crap player.
That is why McClouth has to go, Clint Sammons has to be the (inexpensive) backup catcher, and either Soriano or Gonzalez must go.
September 6th, 20091:32 pm
I just aint drinkin the cool-aid that this team serves mitchell…er dumbass!
Hey “Urban” the dawgs know we are bad so why bring it up on a baseball blog? Lets talk about a poor no enthusiasm team like the Braves.Watch them sit on the bench with no emotion while Greg Norton blows another opportunity to get a run across.When are they gonna get excited about what they do?Chipper is “suppose” to be the leader but he acts like a washed-up veteran on his last leg.At least they have sat Kawakami down since every game he pitches leans toward a loss rather than a win. The fans pay for better results than what they get.Its time to sit some of these losers down and bring up the AAA guys!!!
September 6th, 20091:33 pm
I mean, remember when everybody accused Kelly of being Bobby’s boy (and race even came into it)? He was hitting .220 with ease but he was still leading off for weeks.
Now even Norton is getting pinched before him.
September 6th, 20091:34 pm
This feeble Braves offense was one hit by a pitcher who hadn’t won since the first gulf war.
Plus another great performance by J.J. squandered.
—Going backwards with 26 games left….is that gagging I here?
Steve from OH
September 6th, 20091:35 pm
MiaBchBravesfan–how do you get the tildae over the n?
Chipper took the lineup card out today….
I’m highly disappointed in one of his posts from the last blog -
Falcons will go 5 – 11 this year.
AND, he said Go Yankees? I thought we were friends Mixxo. I hardly know you.
September 6th, 20091:36 pm
It’s gonna take some bizarre 3-way collision between Infante, Conrad, and Prado for Bobby to even consider playing Kelly.
Bobby: Kelly, I need you….
Bobby: To go tell the ump we forfeit. Got nobody to play second.
September 6th, 20091:37 pm
We had a glimmer of hope when we were up 3-1 against the Marlins in the last game of that series. Then Bobby decides to bring in Medlen for his third straight appearance the night after he got shelled. Medlen proceeds to let all inherited runners score and a couple more to boot. Expanded rosters are supposed alleviate overuse of the pen. Someone forgot to tell Bobby though. Just one example of the many games Booby’s helped give away. How much closer in the race would we be without him? It probably will never happen but the Braves need to wise up and can him.
Ball on the ground, 6-3, first out, what you like to see for Huddy
September 6th, 20091:39 pm
OH Steve – ALT-164
What’s with all this love for Kelly Johnson? he is total crapola just like Schafer, Anderson,Jones,and that turd Norton!!!!
Lets see, Braves major league lineup couldn’t get it done the past 2 days, why not give the AAA lineup a shot?
Biggest thing will be to watch this game to see how Tim Hudson does in his 2nd start. It would be encouraging to see good action on his pitches, and hope he goes at least six innings.
I’m sure KK isn’t happy that he’s not starting right now, but the braves organization needs to see what they’ve got in Hudson for 2010. It’s a huge roster/financial decision and I’d rather they see Hudson pitch right now than Kawakami (who’s already shown what he’s got).
September 6th, 20091:40 pm
Good start, Tim!
Good inning Huddy!
September 6th, 20091:41 pm
MiaBchBravesFan , you can forget the “trade Chipper” argument. I believe someone tried to make that case last week and got shot down quickly.
Oh right….the game’s on
Also, if money is an issue as far as payroll in 2010…The more I think about it the more Javy Vazquez being traded (and his 12 million dollar salary) would make more sense than trading KK and his (6 million dollar salary).
Anybody have an opinion on Conrad and Prado… say if Conrad plays like he did last time he was here and Prado keeps struggling the rest of the year, think Conrad should be the favorite for our 2nd baseman next year. To me, it just seems Prado will break out of it and get back that line drive type swing, but I do like what I see from Conrad.
September 6th, 20091:42 pm
What the hell are you talking about? I’m not telling you to drink anything.
But if you’re going to work “blue”, why don’t you try coming up with something better than “prostitutes on peachtree street”?
It was a little tacky and not really funny. Sounds very specific though, like it’s based on a personal experience.
That’s all I was saying.
If Chipper wants to coach he needs to remember one thing, just b/c you were a HOF hitter doesn’t necessarily make you a good teacher & hitting coach. They are 2 completely different things.
September 6th, 20091:45 pm
Owch. Poor Marteen.
Kelly Johnson Fan Club
September 6th, 20091:46 pm
You’re crazy. Kelly Johnson is, and always has been, the answer at 2B. If they don’t need him more in LF.
September 6th, 20091:47 pm
GA’s really bringin’ it lately.
Well done sir.
Wow, Chipper is 8-66, it doesn’t seem that bad.
September 6th, 20091:48 pm
I think Prado will head into next season as the starter at 2nd. He has earned his shot at being the starter for a full season I think if Conrad plays well the rest of the season and has a good spring, he has a shot at making the team as a reserve next season.
September 6th, 20091:49 pm
OH-MY-GOD! This team takes suckeness to a new level with each passing game. Hey, it’s good for a laugh though.
September 6th, 20091:50 pm
kirkinga: bad bunions, chronic pec pulls, a cranky surgical knee. Chipper will never be a 30-100-.300 guy again. For the $11 millions-plus he’s getting paid, that is money the Braves cannot afford to waste when you potentially have a rotation of Vasquez, Hudson, Lowe, Jurrjens, and Hanson – with Medlen waiting in the wings.
Yes, KK has to be traded. Love the guy, but he’s a good #4-#5, nothing more. Matt Holliday has to be the bat Wren has to go after this winter.
Jones has to go.
Laroche sure does have a pretty swing when he whiffs.
September 6th, 20091:51 pm
Don’t make MattyE mad gosh darn it!
September 6th, 20091:54 pm
Nice play Omar.
September 6th, 20091:55 pm
Hahaha, omg this team is fantastic!! They find a way to $uck more and more every night!
Diaz is a DORK
September 6th, 20091:56 pm
Gosh dernit to HECK, Cueto! What are you doing big guy?? Can’t you see me in the box, I mean, GEESH! FUDGE TO POOEY! Do it again and I’ll…. oh, you just don’t and we’ll be fine, STINKIN PITCHER!
I hear crickets.
Does Chipper make that play? Hell NO!
September 6th, 20091:57 pm
Go ahead Marteeeeeeen. Great D, so far.
The comments on the blogs have been up and down all season , depending on whether the last game was an up or a down. The fact remains that the Braves management and owners never put the team in a position to win, and no surprise , they are losers again at the end.
September 6th, 20091:58 pm
Hudson is getting NAILED this inning.
September 6th, 20092:02 pm
Who is this a-hole sprinting to first base on a walk?
Give me a break.
Sarah Palin-Joe the Plumber 2012!
September 6th, 20092:03 pm
For a second, I thought that said seven homeruns for Corky Miller. Then I realized it was seven RBIs. I was about to say: “WTF!”
My laptop charger is broke and trying to read the blog on an iphone is just too annoying plus it sucks my battery down quick.
Good notes on Chipper, Carroll. It’ll be what? 15 years before Chipper’s youngest is “up and out” dang he’ll be an old man by then lol but would still make a fine hitting coach.
Can’t see the game from in here so I’m out..
Poor Kelly. What is that on his head?
“That was right down the middle.. Corky Miller left at the doorstep.”
September 6th, 20092:05 pm
Ok, now you’ve gone and done it!!
September 6th, 20092:06 pm
Another hard hit ball by Brooks and another out.
I like it but I don’t like it.
September 6th, 20092:07 pm
Brooksie with a hit!
Insert “if Bobby had sent Norton down instead of Conrad the Braves would be the favorites to win the world series” comment here.
Oh it was an out? See this is what happens when I’m listening from the other room.
September 6th, 20092:08 pm
Sounds like even Joe and Boog have finally accepted that the Braves are out of the race….talking about next season.
September 6th, 20092:09 pm
Uh…he didn’t get a hit. Another “BUT IT WAS HARD HIT!!!!1″ crap out like we heard with Francoeur.
September 6th, 20092:10 pm
MiaBchBravesFan you made some good comments. If Chipper does not take a pay cut he may need to go. Unless he’s “seriously injured” he looks like he is done. KK has not been that bad his last 4 or 5 starts he may turn out to be ok. The offense needs speed and power. They also need a manager who will let them steal bases.
The only playoff baseball in Atlanta in 2009 will be by the G-Braves.
September 6th, 20092:12 pm
I love that organist.
This looks like Cueto’s day, just like it was Arroyo’s and Wells. A sign of very bad hitting and brain dead pitches by our guys.
Rob from SC
September 6th, 20092:13 pm
not looking good here
Are you effing kidding me?
September 6th, 20092:14 pm
Why do announcers always think that if someone makes an out and the next batter gets a hit that it would have happened the same way. Don’t they know that the situation at hand dictates the way a batter is pitched to?
If we don’t win…!
*Angrily shakes clinched fist at world*
Hopefully Boog,Joe and Chip will be replaced as well as Chipper,Cox,Schafer,Anderson,Johnson,and that,human gas can Mike Gonzalez, add in carlyle,Acosat,and Crampillo, and maybe they can save a few bucks and seel us a different brand of cool-aid next year
September 6th, 20092:15 pm
Does McLouth ever try to throw home
Get over it Joe Simpson.
September 6th, 20092:16 pm
It’d be very nice to see them trade Chipper in a few months. But would Wren be willing to take more of a beating from certain morons like he did with Glavine and Smoltz? Lets hope so.
Um, Joe calling out someone other than Yunel, that’s refreshing.
Rob from SC
No, because he has a weak arm
DOB Braves Blog
September 6th, 20092:17 pm
Wow…why did he not throw home? Looks like a real fight to win.
NO ONE ON THIS TEAM IS IMPRESSING ME NOW.
That was one ugly swing
September 6th, 20092:18 pm
You said it Soph.
Worst swing I’ve ever seen in my life by apparently their most dangerous hitter.
This guy scares me… as a hitter, not for any other reason.
Nobody’s going to take “Buck Commander” unless the Braves pay most of his salary.
September 6th, 20092:19 pm
I really believe Wren wants Schafer and Heyward in the opening day lineup. I would not be suprised to see McLouth traded this offseason
Classic Braves inning, Hudson has given up three hits on 0-2 counts, and they were bleeders that barely found a hole.
Good job Rossy & Marteen.
They are not trading Chipper. They just gave him a huge deal, and half a bad season/slump doesnt make you decide to trade a veteran and one of the best hitters in the league.
Team full of gutless quitters!,Besides what do you expect when you go out and acquire Pitsburghs trash!
September 6th, 20092:20 pm
I would welcome a trade of McClouth, good guy, good piece to have, but no primary star.
BMac, are you taking notes? That’s how you throw out a baserunner.
If these hitters watch video, they sure don’t know what they’re looking at. No discernable pitch recognition. Everybody is pull happy. With the exception of Matt Diaz, nobody else hits to the ooposite field with any consistency. Just pitch the Braves away, and they’ll roll a weak grounder to short or strike out. Watching these guys try to hit makes me puke!
All season long; these guys suck!
CJ would have made that tag on the runner and adventure, unlike Prado who made it look natural. Just another reason why trading huntin boy is a good idea.
Speaking of 2010, the Cubs will have a lot of work to do in order to make the playoffs. I don’t like that team at all for some odd reason.
There is a big damn difference in Glavine and Smoltz who were both coming off surgery and both over 40 years old and Chipper who is 37, played in more games than anyone else on the team, and is in a slump.
September 6th, 20092:21 pm
Mike J: ???????????????????????????????????
September 6th, 20092:22 pm
Strokenhomers, that was harsh.
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