Braves surge came a week late

 

Chipper was hurt Saturday on this game-winning McCann double

Chipper was hurt Saturday on this winning McCann double

 St. Louis – The Braves are going to try to complete a sweep of the Cardinals today, and they’ll be doing it without Chipper Jones. He’s hurt again. And on an unrelated not, I’m not looking forward to spending a depressing Sunday night in downtown St. Louis, where you could roll a bowling ball down the street and not hit a car nine times out of 10 on Sunday night. Slooooow. But the airport is even slower — almost no flights out of here on Sunday night.

 Anyway, where were we? Oh, yes. Chipper. He strained his left groin running the bases in the ninth inning Saturday, when he had to hold up rounding third after the Cardinals got the ball in quicker than he’d anticipated on Brian McCann’s winning two-run double to center.

 Chipper had intended to try to score from first on the play, but when he had to hold up suddenly he said it “pulled pretty good.” With the off day Monday, he said “we’ll see about [playing] Tuesday” against the Mets.

 Now, about today’s game. McCann is also out of the lineup for a scheduled day off. And Chris Carpenter is on the hill for the Cardinals. Yikes.

 It figured to be a formidable task winning today even if the Braves had McCann and a non-slumping, healthy Chipper in the lineup. Without them? Well, hey, one could always look at it optimistically and reason that Carpenter’s due to have a bad game….

 Should be a great pitching matchup, with Javier Vazquez taking on the man I consider to be a slight favorite for NL Cy Young over the Giants’ Tim Lincecum and Cardinals teammate (and former Braves prospect) Adam Wainwright.

 You can’t get much hotter than Carpenter, who’s 11-0 with a 1.97 ERA in his past 13 starts. Dude’s last loss was June 30, he’s had 20 quality starts in 24 this season (he spent five weeks on the DL in April-May).

 “Carp” is 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 10 home starts, with two homers allowed in 69 innings. Against the Braves, he’s 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his only four starts against them this century, and only one of those was in the past three seasons.

Garret Anderson is 7-for-24 with a homer against him, and Kelly Johnson is 2-for-4 with a homer. Both are in the lineup, Kelly at second base with Martin Prado at third.

As for Vazquez, he’s had a stellar season but been a bit erratic lately. He’s 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA in his past five starts, with two scoreless outings, two five-run outings and one four-run outing in that period.

But he pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball with nine strikeouts Tuesday in a win at Houston, and he’s 5-0 with a 2.96 ERA in his past five road starts.

Penelope Cruz is not at this game

Penelope Cruz is not at this game

 

Against the Cardinals, Vazquez is just 1-6 with a 4.31 ERA in seven starts this decade, including an April 29 loss (eight innings, five runs). Albert Pujols is 7-for-17 with a homer against him.

In winning the first two games of this series, the Braves handed the Cardinals their first home-series loss since the end of June.

The Cards had gone 31-9 and not lost back-to-back games since July 25-26 (against Philly) before losing Friday and Saturday to the suddenly resurgent Braves, who took two of three at Houston to start this trip, right after the Astros had swept four from the Phillies.

♣ Waited too long? Winning four of the first five on this trip could have created quite a buzz around the Braves — if they hadn’t dropped five in a row before this rebound.

As it is, that 0-5 skid against the Marlins and Reds all but eliminated the Braves from the wild-card picture, and actually gave them a slightly better chance of winning the division (than the wild card).

But that, too, is very unlikely, even with the Phillies looking a little rough lately.

Because even if the Phillies were to collapse and the Braves make up seven games on them with only 20 left including today, there’s still the significant obstacle that is the Marlins standing in the way.

Remember, Florida is second in the division, not Atlanta. And the Marlins, who are five games behind Philly entering Sunday’s games, have not struggled lately like the Phillies have.

The Marlins lead the NL with a .298 team average this month, and they’ve hit .302 and scored 75 runs while going 8-2 in their past 10 games, a stretch that began with those wretched wins against the Braves when Atlanta pitchers gave up five and six runs in the sixth innings on consecutive nights.

The Phillies, by the way, are 3-6 with a 5.52 ERA in their past nine games, and you may have heard they’ve got serious closer issues. It’s worth noting, however, that they’ve hit 16 homers in their past seven games and still won 15 of their past 26.

So it’s not like we’re seeing signs of a Mets-like September meltdown.

As for the Braves, they are 4-6 with a .219 team batting average in their past 10 games, although they’ve amassed 35 hits (only two homers) during their current three-game winning streak.

To me, this 10-game streak has been something of a microcosm of their season, offensively. By that I mean, the Braves’ overall offensive numbers this season are middle-of-the-pack or better. But they’re skewed a bit, in my opinion, by the relatively small number of games when they’ve piled up hits and runs.

Look at the past 10 games: They’ve scored 34 runs in three of those games, and had 10 or more hits in each of those. In their other seven games in that stretch, they’ve totaled 23 runs (3.3 per game) and 36 hits (5.1 per game).

Granted, that’s an extreme 10-game sample, but you get the point I’m making. To a degree, it represents what they’ve done all season, looking like a potent offensive team in about one or two games a week, and just trying to scrape together enough hits to win behind a quality start from their pitchers in the others.

♣ Talkin’ slumps: It appears that McCann has shaken off his by going 8-for-13 with three doubles and four RBI in his past three games. This after going 5-for-45 (.109) with two extra-base hits, four RBI, nine strikeouts and no walks in his previous 12 games.

Chipper and Prado, that’s another story altogether. Those two are still mired in slumps and power outages.

Chipper did have pair of singles Saturday, just his second two-hit game in his past 25. But he’s 11-for-82 (.134) with 10 RBI, 21 strikeouts and a .183 slugging percentage in his past 25 games, and has but two extra-base hits (one homer) in his past 28 games.

He has more than three times as many errors (seven) as he has extra-base hits during that stretch.

Prado also has more errors (three) than extra-base hits (two) in his past 21 games, going 16-for-76 (.211) with five RBI in that stretch, with five walks, a .265 OBP and .263 slugging percentage.

This after he was the catalyst for a revived Braves offense for six weeks, batting .340 with 18 extra-base hits (five homers), 28 RBI and a .381 OBP and .512 slugging percentage in 38 games from June 30 to Aug. 12, just before his headache woes sidelined him for a week.

♣ OK, out of time. We’re about to tee this one up. Take us out, Sir (that’d be Hank Sr.). Oh, and happy birthday, Bill Monroe (the bluegrass giant was born this day in 1911) and Irish footballer Keith Treacy.hank_williams_photo                                                                                  Hank

“I’LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE” by Hank Williams

Now you’re lookin’ at a man that’s getting’ kinda mad

I had lots of luck but it’s all been bad

No matter how I struggle and strive

I’ll never get out of this world alive.

 

My fishin’ pole’s broke the creek is full of sand

My woman run away with another man

No matter how I struggle and strive

I’ll never get out of this world alive.

 

A distant uncle passed away and left me quite a batch

And I was livin’ high until that fatal day

A lawyer proved I wasn’t born

I was only hatched.

 

Ev’rything’s agin’ me and it’s got me down

If I jumped in the river I would prob’ly drown

No matter how I struggle and strive

I’ll never get out of this world alive.

 

These shabby shoes I’m wearin’ all the time

Are full of holes and nails

And brother if I stepped on a worn out dime

I bet a nickel I could tell you if it was heads or tails.

 

I’m not gonna worry wrinkles in my brow

‘Cause nothin’s ever gonna be alright nohow

No matter how I struggle and strive

I’ll never get out of this world alive.

 

I could buy a Sunday suit and it would leave me broke

If it had two pair of pants I would burn the coat

No matter how I struggle and strive

I’ll never get out of this world alive.

 

If it was rainin’ gold I wouldn’t stand a chance

I wouldn’t have a pocket in my patched up pants

No matter how I struggle and strive

I’ll never get out of this world alive.

 

1,104 comments Add your comment

Spark

September 13th, 2009
2:24 pm

Rob from SC

September 13th, 2009
2:24 pm

Any Gwinnett callups coming. Maybe B.Jones and Valdez

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:25 pm

DOB, You’re not feeling an 18-2 finish from the Bravos to steal the NL East?

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:26 pm

That’s one of the first songs DOB’s posted that I’ve actually heard.

Benoit Jonathon

September 13th, 2009
2:27 pm

From the previous blog, towards the very end:

Escoabr, Prado, Diaz, Infante. There are your right-handed bats.

You been watching the same Prado and Infante post-All Star break as the rest of us?

David O'Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:29 pm

Braves have done (so far) in this series what very few others have done: Slow Pujols. He’s done nothing in this series. (Sorry, I had to mention it.)

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:29 pm

But Infante got off to a hot start, Benoit. That means he’s as good a hitter as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Brooks Conrad. It would be ridiculous to keep their bats out of the lineup.

bravefaninok

September 13th, 2009
2:29 pm

first….no way

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:29 pm

The Nats are laying some wood to the Marlins today. 6-1

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:29 pm

fastasballs-

I think they were hoping rest would make it better and that he would be able to get some more playing time in AAA before the season ended. I wish they would’ve just gone ahead and done it, too. Let’s hope he’s a quick healer and can be completely healthy by Spring Training. I wouldn’t be too disappointed if made the team next year and platooned for a while with Diaz.

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:31 pm

Albert is afraid of being alone.

He wants to get back to that dugout to be with his teammates, his friends. Doesn’t want to be out on those bases by himself.

Okay, so I’m a little late but yet another strike out of Mr. Pujols. It never gets old.

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:31 pm

Benoit – but Infante and Prado got off to hot starts. By blog reasoning, that means they’re the greatest hitters since Ted Williams or Brooks Conrad. Why would you want their bats out of the lineup?

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:31 pm

And Kelly breaks up the no-hitter.

David O'Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:31 pm

Someone asked about callups from Gwinnett. I don’t think they’re planning to bring any more up. Don’t know why they’d call up Valdez (someone asked about him) when they already have about five relievers who’ve not pitched in a week to 2-1/2 weeks.

Benoit Jonathon

September 13th, 2009
2:32 pm

DOB does seem to have a taste for obscure songs that have a small niche fan-base.

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:32 pm

A collective gasp heard around baseball, not just at Busch Stadium. Kelly Johnson got a hit.

Well, if we lose it won’t take much more than two hours.

David O'Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:33 pm

jeffrey d: I take it you’re not a big music aficionado?

Doc Holiday

September 13th, 2009
2:33 pm

Phillies 10-12 = 90-72

Fish 12-8 = 88-74

Braves 16-4= 90-72

What are the chances for that to occur?

Id say theres a 25% chance for that to occur.

Soph

September 13th, 2009
2:34 pm

Nice catch MattE!

Kelly Johnson Fan Club

September 13th, 2009
2:36 pm

Attaboy Kelly.

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:37 pm

Really Joe? In 2 or 3 years people are going to have forgotten about Tommy Hanson, Andrew McCutchen, Garret Jones, or J.A. Happ?

Ballad of a Thin Man

September 13th, 2009
2:37 pm

We do have this: Mutts determination to do to the Phils what they’ve done to them the past couple seasons, and wouldn’t Francouer delight in that prospect. However, the Braves would need to go 18-2. Anything is possible, it would be one whacky story for Dave.

McFann :Ô:

September 13th, 2009
2:37 pm

Great catch by Matty!!

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

It appears that McCann has shaken off his by going 8-for-13 with three doubles and four RBI in his past three games.

Yeah! And I like it, I love it, I want some more of it,

I try so hard, I can’t rise above it.

Don’t know what it is ’bout Brian McCann’s doublin’,

But I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!

Bitter Pradobot

September 13th, 2009
2:38 pm

Oh sure, now you catch it KJ!

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:39 pm

And Kelly makes the running catch.

What can’t he do?

Ballad of a Thin Man

September 13th, 2009
2:39 pm

Dob,

Know you like M Everett. How about Westerberg, Grant Phillips, PJ Harvey, M Eitzel? And doesn’t Everett look like G Hudson?

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:39 pm

DOB – haha, somewhat…I mean, I’ve been studying theory and really appreciating that stuff in music (different harmonies, modes, etc). And I’ve really been getting into some old bluegrass lately. I’ve just never really heard of some of the artists you post. I mean, I’m sure they’re good…I trust your taste. Just haven’t heard of a lot of it.

I do like the 3 Hanks, though.

Benoit Jonathon

September 13th, 2009
2:40 pm

Do any of the Braves listen to music on something other than their V-Cast Verizon phones?

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

And Kelly makes the running catch.

What can’t he do?

Fly and sing soprano. That’s about it.

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

Vazquez is being quite economical with his pitches so far.

Pete and Repeat

September 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

Already made this comment on the football blog but I want to cover it here.

John Fox is the NFL version of Bobby Cox! Everyone talks about what a great job he does and the high expectations…. yet the Eagles are KILLING Carolina today!

At least Carolina might consider giving Fox his walking papers if he underachieves again this year. Bobby doesn’t have that hanging over his head.

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:43 pm

Thanks Pete…firing Bobby Cox is a rather novel idea. Don’t think we’ve seen it on this blog yet.

Ambrose

September 13th, 2009
2:45 pm

Does anyone know when Cox o’ de team be supposed t’announce eida’ an ‘estension o’ retirement? Dis be de latest in de season ah’ can rememba’ it goin’ wid Cox wid de quesshun still in de air and doubts abound.

Soph

September 13th, 2009
2:45 pm

Marteeeeeen.

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:46 pm

Cox doesn’t even have a contract for next season at this point so I doubt he’s going to be fired with three weeks left in the season.

He may not get one for 2010 or maybe he doesn’t want one. There has been little spoken or written about Cox managing in 2010 as far as I know.

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:47 pm

Fly and sing soprano.

He could take flying lessons from Jordan Schafer.

Ambrose

September 13th, 2009
2:47 pm

Marteeeeeen

How sad fo’ de Prado fans when some meanin’less, RBIless sin’le brin’s on dis stupid stock-post fo’ non-failure Prado ABs.

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:48 pm

A hit would be nice.

Pete and Repeat

September 13th, 2009
2:49 pm

Yes jeff and folks like you will continue to yawn about it so the Braves will continue to employ him.

Idiots like you are too afraid of change. You would rather dream about the past even if it means failure in the future.

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:49 pm

He could take flying lessons from Jordan Schafer.

I think someone jacked Roman Gal’s name.

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:49 pm

Still quiet on the Busch Stadium front.

RC

September 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

LaRoche > Kotchman

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

Pete – sweet Lord, man….when did I say I was a Bobby fan? Almost everyone here wants to see him go (especially after Hanson-gate last week)

Soph

September 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

How sad fo’ de Prado fans when some meanin’less, RBIless sin’le brin’s on dis stupid stock-post fo’ non-failure Prado ABs.

Ok, just for you – some extra e’s.

Marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen.

Rob from SC

September 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

Why can we beat the s h i t teams

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

Ambrose

September 13th, 2009
2:51 pm

I hope sucka’s do not start deludin’ demselves wid playoffs thoughts again.

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:51 pm

Man, it stinks not being able to watch the game. What I’ve been able to gather about it so far from reading the blog:

Matt Diaz made a catch.
Martin Prado did something.

David O'Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:51 pm

OK, this is only the second time that Carpenter has allowed four runs in a home start all season.

What is happening here this weekend?

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:51 pm

Wow, four runs off Carpenter. I wasn’t expecting that

bruce

September 13th, 2009
2:51 pm

stranger things have happened

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:52 pm

Anytime you hear about a guy going 11-0 in 13 starts you know it’s gone on just about long enough.

Had a feeling about this one.

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:52 pm

Look at Kelly being greedy again…only hitting those ground rule doubles.

Rob from SC

September 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

Kelly, why can’t you be more consistent

Ambrose

September 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

It be past time t’retire “Marteeeen” and “Nitram Odarp”. Dey wuz NEVER funny, cleva’ o’ wo’d postin’. Just mah’ opinion.

Johnson > Prado; for 2010

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

Two more.

Let’s go.

David O'Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

… and now it’s just the second time he’s allowed five runs in any start all season.

Soph

September 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

Here Ambrose, I’ll even do a Kelly one fo’ you on dis blog fo’ that non-failure AB.

Kellyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

MattE too.

RC

September 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

jeffrey d,

LaRoche just got a 2-out double with the bases loaded to make it a 2-0 game, then Escobar hit a 2-run single to make it 4-0. Then KJ did something to get to 2nd…was watching the Falcons during that. So Esco on 3rd, KJ on 2nd, 2 out. 4-0 Braves.

David O'Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

OK, now he’s matched his season-high for runs allowed (six). And we’re in the third inning.

RC

September 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

Then Diaz got a 2-run single, and moved to 2nd on bad throw. 6-0 Braves, 2 out, Diaz on 2nd.

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

Ha ha!

Sorry, my inner Nelson Munce coming out.

ranger

September 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

I respect the Cardinals team, players, management, organization and fans. I suspect they are just playing with us. They have looked like the Braves all weekend. When was the last time Carpenter gave up four runs in an inning. Holy Cow

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

jeffrey d-

Haha…I can poke fun at my guy every once in a while.

Rob from SC

September 13th, 2009
2:55 pm

here is what happened

1out
2out
McLouth single
Prado single
Anderson walk
LaRoche 2 run 2B
Escobar 2 run single

Ambrose

September 13th, 2009
2:55 pm

Matt Diaz made a catch.
Martin Prado did something.

Yep, youse truly missed a once in a blue moon showin’.

Rob from SC

September 13th, 2009
2:55 pm

Johnson 2b
Diaz 2 run single

RHR

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

Oh hi new blog. I’ve been talking to the old blog.

McFann :Ô:

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

That was fun! :D

Ah, ssoR! :roll:

flange1

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

WOW,

That was fun!

bravefaninok

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

!6-4 not impossible…

NCBravesFan

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

It really is stupid season – Cincy sweeps ATL, ATL promptly kicks STL all over the place. Just seems like there’s something in the water in September …

Vinings Jim

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

Nice inning – I kept going to post something and someone else would get a big hit!

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

Thanks RC….I’m watching on Yahoo now though.

Man, seeing Kelly like this makes me wonder what would’ve happened had he been playing over Infante or Prado since they’ve been so terrible lately.

fastasballs

September 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

Well Vazquez finally has some runs to work with.

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

Come on DOB.

You had to know it was too good to last. Anybody can be beaten.

Hell, we lost five in a row and we’re the best team in sports history. Am I right?

Well, partially.

They’re lucky we didn’t do this yesterday.

Braves Paisan

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

More Penelope Cruz.

No Pressure

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

David O’Brien

September 13th, 2009
2:51 pm
“OK, this is only the second time that Carpenter has allowed four runs in a home start all season.

What is happening here this weekend?”

The Braves are out of it, that’s what’s happening.

It’s easier to play when that necktie known as pressure ain’t around your neck. That’s the difference between playoff teams and the Braves. The playoff teams can win meaningful games without choking. The Braves? Well that’s another story.

1-800-Bullpen-Abuse

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

DOB: Someone asked about callups from Gwinnett. I don’t think they’re planning to bring any more up. Don’t know why they’d call up Valdez (someone asked about him) when they already have about five relievers who’ve not pitched in a week to 2-1/2 weeks.

That’s classic …

ranger

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

DOB How about East St. Louis Toodle doo for the song of the day?

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

Is it just me, or have we been scoring a lot of runs when Ross plays?

Mitchell

September 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

1-2-3 would be nice.

njbraves

September 13th, 2009
2:58 pm

This team is unreal. The more they win, the angrier I get. Those 5 terrible games against Florida and Cincy cost them any shot.

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:58 pm

nice name Bullpen-Abuse

Roman Gal

September 13th, 2009
2:59 pm

The new blog welcomes you, RHR.

brent a.

September 13th, 2009
2:59 pm

cabravesfan

September 13th, 2009
2:59 pm

RHR-

Welcome :) Weren’t you awfully lonely over there?

RHR

September 13th, 2009
2:59 pm

Kelly is such a tease. And yet … it still works on some people. Hopefully it won’tt tease Frank Wren out of 2.5 million dollars that he could use on somebody consistent.

Johnson > Prado; for 2010

Not for 2.5 million+ dollars more. No sir.

The Eagles? Oh, Chipper.

brent a.

September 13th, 2009
3:00 pm

In the last 16 days, the Braves have shellacked

Cliff Lee
Roy Oswalt
Chris Carpenter

Wow!

Wayne in Utah

September 13th, 2009
3:00 pm

Nice song DOB. I learned to play guitar on Hank’s stuff.

Who needs Chipper and McCann. Could we trade them both for a cleanup hitter and a bag of balls?

Just kidding McFann!

:evil:

Steve from OH

September 13th, 2009
3:01 pm

The more they win, the angrier I get.

That’s new…

RHR

September 13th, 2009
3:01 pm

http://i30.tinypic.com/59vgnp.jpg

Don’t forget your bingo cards lol.

Rob from SC

September 13th, 2009
3:01 pm

RHR

September 13th, 2009
2:59 pm
Kelly is such a tease. And yet … it still works on some people. Hopefully it won’tt tease Frank Wren out of 2.5 million dollars that he could use on somebody consistent.

Johnson > Prado; for 2010

Not for 2.5 million+ dollars more. No sir.

Well said

Ballad of a Thin Man

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is – do you, Mr. Jones?

Pete and Repeat

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

jeffrey d

September 13th, 2009
2:50 pm
“Pete – sweet Lord, man….when did I say I was a Bobby fan? Almost everyone here wants to see him go (especially after Hanson-gate last week)”

jeff -sweet Lord, man. If you’re going to comment to a poster who wasn’t soliciting a wise azz come back from YOU then don’t become excited when you get an equally wise response.

If you accept performance without complaint, then you’re just putting your stamp of approval on it. Suppose that’s you.

southern hope

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

Steve from OH, I was just laughing over the same quote. But, dang it, why win now? they kill me.

brent a.

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

I mentioned this last night, and I’ll mention it again (just for grins).

Even if the Braves had gone 3-2 in that 0for5 stretch, they’d still be trailing Philly by 4 and Colorado by 5.5.

Plus, who’d have thought we’d come in and sweep the Cards?

The Braves’ slow start is what hurt them this season.

Yes, the 0-5 stretch really stunk; but, that stretch, in and of itself, is not what sunk the 2009 Braves.

Meanwhile, keep winning . . .

ranger

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

I need to say something since my machine won’t refresh

Wayne in Utah

September 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

fastasballs

He ain’t gonna know what to do with this kind of a lead!

Funny how some players do better when the pressure is off! Could that be the Kelly Johnson affliction? One of our stats guys can look it up.

Rodney Derrick

September 13th, 2009
3:03 pm

Javy does not seem to have freaked out from all the run support as he looked good again, and Kelly has started his annual September run. Plus Braves have just voted for former Brave Adam Wainwright or Tim Lincecum for Cy Young, as this will definitely destroy the lead Carpenter had in ERA, and he trails the other two guys in the other important categories.

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