12:27 pm September 16, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
September 16th, 20099:14 pm
Come on guys, I only need 10 hits in my next 11 at bats to bring my average to .250! Besides, Bobby likes me just the way I am. Can I now get my uniforms, bats, gloves, locker and cup back now?
Preston (Braves really wasted their 1st round pick on me - 1972) Hanna...
If the Braves get this one in tonight…Lowe needs to pick himself up and burn up some innings…hopefully more effective than usual. Out of 30 starts…The $15 million dollar man has only pitched 8 innings…twice! Yikes. Lotta money for 177 innings…averaging just under 6 innings per start. Mr. Lowe…needs to step it up these last few starts. 14 wins is nice…but he gets a helluva lot more run support than J.J. and Javy ever see! Lowe gets 5.12 runs per start…and with that much run support…Lowe could be going for win number 20 tonight…instead of win number 15…
Just some thoughts…and yes I was a officially ruled a bust…yet my career ERA is about the same as Lowe’s this year…4.61 mine to 4.47 for old Derek…and I never made 1/4 the money he made this year as I did in 8 seasons…
Ugh, Lowe messing with his fingers again.
September 16th, 20099:16 pm
Ms. Rogers some kind of creepy, green flying insect just landed on my screen. perhaps in an attempt to blog. See how popular you guys are?
Wow, didn’t know I was that good.
HoCo Loco –
I’ll give ‘em 5 more minutes to get the game on…..then I’m calling somebody!
Ugh…does Joe hafta put such emphasis on it–”Brian McCann in the cleanup spot”…
creepy, green flying insect
September 16th, 20099:17 pm
BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ….. I’m heading down to chill on Bobby’s belly– bye bloggers. BZZZZZzzzzzz
September 16th, 20099:18 pm
I word on that 98 WS team.I’d been farting around reviewing some of those 90s teams.Looking at season stats for starting pitching. I came to wonder if there had ever been a better group than that one.
I did some Google searching and found several experts who listed them as the #1 group in history.The same site had 3 of those 90s teams in the top 10…ALL TIME. I’m left wobdering how any team could have swept them.
Another thing,The often repeated idea that Mad Dog and Glavine under performed in post season during that period.In 98 they shared the record for most consecutive post season starts of pitching at least 7 innings, while giving up 2 or fewer…how did they not win more titles ?
September 16th, 20099:19 pm
Mixxo I’ve been tempted to call in and make a purchase
Claudell (still looking for that white line...found it most of the time!) Washington
September 16th, 20099:20 pm
I would let Matty (ice) Diaz play. Bobby your killing me…Oh, well…time to break out ‘whitey’…
creepy, green flying insect now hiding inside Norton's batting glove
September 16th, 20099:21 pm
They’ll never find me in here!
September 16th, 20099:25 pm
Quite the “cleanup hitter”, that Mac.
Hey! Earth to McCann! The guy throws nothing but balls! WHY ARE YOU FREAKING SWINGING AT EVERYTHING??
September 16th, 20099:26 pm
Oh, the record Mad Dog and Glavine shared was, 8 straight post season games of going at least 7 innings while giving up 2 or fewer earned runs.
September 16th, 20099:29 pm
Oh hey earth, just slugging it out you know. Maybe I can get Frenchy to teach me some hitting tricks in the off season. Heh. Heh. Heh.
HoCo Loco –
Tried calling Cox, absolutely NO help whatsoever with their automated deal. Guess I have to watch the Red Sox. Can’t find a radio feed either for some reason.
Must be a sign.
Oh well, gues it’s “just a sign.
September 16th, 20099:30 pm
September 16th, 20099:31 pm
you tried f.m. 1055? they should be on there Mixxo.
Jeff Francoeur on an iphone from 2B
Maybe I can give him some catching tips too!
September 16th, 20099:32 pm
18 Wheels – yes I am familiar with that animal and S African wine in general as the ex missus’ family were 1/2 South African, they make some good meritage type wines… but I am stuck here cause I have been drinking…, oh well tomorrow
I’m frankly sick and tired of all the morans on this blog wanting to fire Bobby Cox.
“Slugging” what out? You’ve got 70 freaking K’s!
5 more and it’s a new career-high…
September 16th, 20099:33 pm
nice touch on the song for Francoeur by Matthew the organist. Obladi, Oblada, life goes on….
A Cardinals fan with a mullet
Yeah…GET A BRAIN MORANS!
September 16th, 20099:34 pm
Catcher’s interference? When did this happen?
White Blood Cells………before the trade was made, I would agree with your 8:52pm posting. However, given the fact that Francoeur has played better with the Mets, I just dont see them low-balling Francoeur. However, unless the Mets non-tender Francoeur, he will get awarded at least $7-8 mil in arbitration. Just watch.
September 16th, 20099:35 pm
ELEVEN errors on McCann? But…he’s a…..catcher. HUH? I’m confused.
September 16th, 20099:36 pm
It was a few batters ago. I think his glove was out too far and when the batter swung, the bat hit his glove. Blah.
September 16th, 20099:37 pm
Laborin’ Lowe back at it. Surpised that name hasn’t caught on with this guy.
I hate this game…
Lowe is a very frustrating, expensive #1 starter
The blister that appears on Lowe's finger whenever he pitches to the Mets
September 16th, 20099:38 pm
Hey guys! Remember me!? I’m making an appearance early tonight in case it starts to rain again.
Hmm. Thanks. Least it didn’t hit his finger.
derek freakin lowe!!!!
RIP 2009 Atlanta Braves
What the heck is his problem??
September 16th, 20099:39 pm
September 16th, 2009
Got it there ….thanks a lot!
This is frustrating.
McFann – yeah, the bat hit his glove knocking it off. I don’t think it caught any part of him though.
.. and some people want to trade JJ and Vazquez? I say eat some money and ship em!
September 16th, 20099:40 pm
I just dont understand what McCann was doing on that play. He hesistated too long to throw to throw. And then he just holds the ball on the single by Wright.
One physical error (catcher’s interference)…..and 2 mental errors on 2 different throws home.
Brian McCann is not helping Derek Lowe any. Yet many of you want to see McCann remain a catcher.
How many times in his damn career is this guy gonna get charged with catchers interference? Enough is enough, careless idiot.
See ya next inning!
Rob from SC - AKA Derek Lowe Sucks
Stop trying to blame you hands/fingers. Your giving up runs because you suck
Leave it to the ace to blow the winning streak. Who is Thole? A name to remember perhaps.
I thought Derek Lowe was one of those guys that was supposed to be durable all year? He’s been a pile of crap since June.
September 16th, 20099:41 pm
Thought this would be as good a time as any to post this article . . .
So ah’ wuz listenin’ t’de rain delay show on de transista’ while dey wuz takin’ calls. Dese people are some uh de dumbest fans ah’ gots’ eva’ heard; yet I’ve neva’ heard o’ met one in real life.
September 16th, 20099:42 pm
Yes. So happy we have crappy, horribly overpaid, time to retire Lowe on the mound with the better pitcher Kawakami in the bullpen.
Lowe is pitching like a very expensive 5th starter, or middle reliever, at best.
I’d like to see them skip Lowe’s next start and let Kawakami pitch.
September 16th, 20099:43 pm
I’m hoping Kawakami is going to get warmed up shortly. This looks like the same game we watched a month ago.
Brian McCann is not helping Derek Lowe any. Yet many of you want to see McCann remain a catcher.
Lowe’s not helping himself any either. He got smoked that inning – and walking Castillo after he had two strikes on him? Not helping yourself.
Brian McCann's glasses
Hey “fans” lay off how about it? He’s only human. Plus, I like this gig better than being Drew Caray’s glasses. Barkers Beauties ain’t got nothing on baseball groupies.
September 16th, 20099:44 pm
OK, I gotcha…thanks.
My pride hurts…
Medlen is up in the bullpen
Anyone tired uh Joe Simpson’s constant barrage uh spin, apologizin’ and ’suse-makin’ fo’ Martin Prado? It’s becomin’ likes wid Francoeur all ova’ again. “Oh Prado be tired, had ‘headaches and neva’ played some full season and dat be why he be battin’ .203 dis past month”….oh boo hoo!
Paul Lentz — ” …Yet many of you want to see McCann remain a catcher.”
I KNOW you’re not talking about me. He can go…and take Lowe with him for all I care.
He’s a nice guy.
Horrible catcher though.
September 16th, 20099:45 pm
Sorry..been away for a few days…Paul ??…Are you suggesting the Braves should play McCann somewhere other than catcher ??….Just curious….
Tommy (another 1st round bust...but blame Texas, not Atlanta) Boggs...
Think Mr. Lowe must be on something…
Looks totally lost…and it is start number 31…not start number 1…
Injury?…who cares…just win baby!
And Ryan Church…they teach hitting the cut-off man in Little League!
Soph……….Castillo should have never been up at the plate in the 2nd. McCann’s catcher’s interference gave the Mets an extra out. All those runs are unearned.
September 16th, 20099:46 pm
Don’t Give Up On Mac
Inning over. Norton’s up.
There’s one run back
McCann is making $15 million like Lowe and has carried us at parts of the season. I forgive him. Derek Lowe was a HUGE mistake
And to keep Lowe we have to get rid of a huge success story in 2010, Vazquez. So Lowe hurts us twice.
My blister is bothering me. This game is meaningless to me. I know that the Braves are going to pay me regardless. Remember I am the #1 pitcher for this team. Well, I get paid like the #1 pitcher. Oh yeah, Norton is batting for me. I am out!!!! Good luck Braves.
Norton is going deep
September 16th, 20099:47 pm
Never thought I’d say it, but “good to see Norton” at bat here!
I have a feeling I’m gonna get to read some funny posts in a few minutes.
McFann Ô……….I’m not giving up on McCann “the hitter”. I’m giving up McCann “the catcher”.
Anyone tired uh Joe Simpson’s constant barrage uh spin, apologizin’ and ’suse-makin’ fo’ Martin Prado? (Amb)
nope but I’m getting damn tired of your stupid posts in whatever vernacular that is supposed to be.
Hey where do I sign up for direct deposit? I’m not sure I can fill in the deposit slip for my paycheck with this hand.
September 16th, 20099:48 pm
Phew! At least Lowe is outta here!
Of course I meant that McCann ISN’T making 15 million like Lowe.
“Atlanta Braves right-hander Derek Lowe had one of the worst innings and outings of his career last night, prompting team beat reporter David O’Brien to write the following:
Get this: After Lowe gave up a career-high eight runs in the excruciating fourth inning of the Mets’ 9-4 win last night (he was finally pulled with two outs after the ninth hit of the inning), it made it the fourth time since the 2007 All-Star break that Lowe has given up at least 10 hits and eight runs while failing to make it out of the fourth inning of a starter.
O’Brien was spot-on here regarding Lowe:
Is he a bonafide ace? No. He’s a durable guy who you can count on to make every start and give you a lot of innings, and when his sinkerball is on he can shut a team down. But last night’s game served as a bit of a reminder that there’s three years and $45 mill remaining on Lowe’s contract after this season.
And a reminder that when you’re not a strikeout pitcher, it’s tough to stop the bleeding sometimes. Particularly if you’re left in to get that elusive groundball out even as things — meaning the game — are caving around you.
True, Lowe is not a great pitcher. This should come as a shock to no one–not even Atlanta general manager Frank Wren. Wren didn’t sign Lowe to a four-year, $60 million deal to be a great pitcher, though. He signed him to be a guy who would give the Braves 200-plus average-to-decent innings over four seasons.
FanGraphs provides a great resource for assessing player value, listing what a player would receive on the open market based on his performance. Lowe, it is worth pointing out, has outperformed his actual salary the last three years. This season he’s been worth $12.5 million, which is somewhat close to his current average annual salary of $15 million.
Clearly, Lowe’s value lies in the fact that he’s not likely to be below average in a season and he’s going to give the Braves 200-plus innings. That’s not as valuable to a team as what a CC Sabathia or Johan Santana will give, but a) those type of pitchers are obviously much more expensive and b) Tommy Hanson could be one of the 15 best pitchers in the National League within the next four years at millions less than the going rate for one of the 15 best.
All things considered, the Braves are in fine shape on a starting rotation front. Anyone who expected Lowe to be, or thinks he should be, a Cy Young contender simply because of his contract needs to do their research.”
At least he connected.
September 16th, 20099:49 pm
Glad to see the fly ball instead of double play by Norton.
Gov Clinton Tyree
Nice job Norton.
well the good thing is that Norton was used early on so we dont have to see him again
Another 150 feet & this game would have been tied up.
Paul ??..So..I assume…you think McCann should be converted to 1B…for the Braves??
The Seven Words You Can Never Say On Braves Broadcast
It is time to fire Bobby Cox.
September 16th, 20099:50 pm
Some photos and info about Hal McCoy night with the Reds. Pretty cool!
September 16th, 20099:51 pm
McFann and Carroll – if it is a GREEN BUG eat it, they are tasty… just stay away from those lil black bastards
“well the good thing is that Norton was used early on so we dont have to see him again”
What? No double-switch?
Need t’get da damn jolliesoff.
September 16th, 20099:52 pm
Soph……….Castillo should have never been up at the plate in the 2nd.
I know and I agree but the whole inning can’t be put on that in my opinion. They hit the ball hard and like I said before, walking Castillo hurt too. Stuff happens, gotta keep your cool and work your way through it. Just my opinion though.
Hey has anyone mentioned how bad Norton is? If not, it’s worth mentioning
September 16th, 20099:53 pm
How often do you see a pinch hitter hitting 43 points LOWER than the pitcher he’s hitting for (and I use the term “hitting” very loosely)??
September 16th, 20099:54 pm
Has anyone mentioned the pictures that Norton has of Bobby with the chickens?
Lowe had to leave with a blister on his right ring finger
2 of the 3 runs were earned…check the box scores.
I have been banned from eating carbs
of eff it, I am fighting back and
DRiNKING LOTS OF CARBS
September 16th, 20099:55 pm
Why not bring in Kawakami? Medlen isn’t going to go but 3 innings max.
Let’s go Med! Get back on track.
And I paid mlb.com $19.95 to see this???
I cannot defend Lowe anymore. Blister me this, blister me that… he hasn’t been what a $15m a year pitcher should be since his first few starts way back in April.
September 16th, 20099:56 pm
Bet you Lowe can sac bunt better with a blister than Norton can “hit”!
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