2:57 pm September 17, 2009, by David O'Brien
Nova Scotia Steve - Is Worried
September 18th, 20093:07 pm
House of Cards – I agree with most of you comment…this teams can totally still improve.
But our pitching is too good to go on that kind of losing skid! I think we’ve had to potential all year to go on an extended winning streak. However our offense has held us back. Not to mention Derek Lowe on several occasions.
September 18th, 20093:09 pm
Rock On, every fan should be a part of the Vazquez club. This guy has given more than anybody thought and seems to have been a perfect teammate. Stayed calm and professional when he and JJ were getting robbed by their own offense. Yeah, he’s getting $11.5M to play a game, but we’ve all seen these arrogant pricks blame or point the finger at guys before. I’d say thank and bye-bye to Huddy. Don’t need him anymore.
White Blood Cells
September 18th, 20093:12 pm
Oh yeah, Just say bye-bye to guy nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, a guy who cares about the community he lives in, a guy willing to renegotiate his contract and least importantly, a guy who can and will be very effective!
September 18th, 20093:13 pm
A 7-game winning streak doesn’t make up for Bobby Cox’s bad managing the last 2 to 3 years. Similarly a Greg Norton grand slam, doesn’t make up for how bad he has been this year (oh, and we are still waiting on the Braves first Grand Slam, why not Greg Norton, lol).
But for the love, please don’t get rid of Tim Hudson or Javy Vazquez. Makes no sense to get rid of one of those two.
September 18th, 20093:15 pm
Anders, 1:54 pm … “Rock On – What type of bat do you think the Braves will get for a starting pitcher they over paid and now have relegated to the bullpen and a second baseman they won’t let play at all?”
I’m thinking a Spalding 32 oz maple bat. One with the “extra-breaky” feature.
September 18th, 20093:19 pm
Do y’all prefer bleachers or stadium seating?
September 18th, 20093:21 pm
So I got to witness the 13-0 Atlanta start to a season.
I know that Joe et al have talked about the Boston Red Cap’s 8-0 to finish the season (longest streak in “Braves” franchise history). Does anyone know what is the longest win streak by any team to finish a season? (I don’t know where to look to find such a piece of information.)
Here’s hoping the Braves can break that record as well. Then, Atlanta would hold both the longest win streak to start a season and the longest win streak to end the season. I’m sure that 24-0 to close out a season has got to be close to a record!
September 18th, 20093:23 pm
My late father and I attended #13, it was brillant.
September 18th, 20093:25 pm
When the Braves find themselves out of the wildcard by 1-2 games at season’s end, just rememeber that stretch of games before the current 7 game streak.
September 18th, 20093:26 pm
I’d say thank and bye-bye to Huddy. Don’t need him anymore.
Wow. Hubris in the worst. So the Braves don’t need a pitcher who, in his 8 full seasons, averaged 217 IP with a 1.25 WHIP, 6 K/9, and less than 3 BB/9? He’s just junk, right? Never going to be the same, right? The surgery means he has no chance to regain form, right?
Whatever the changes in the pitching staff for 2010, letting Hudson go because the Braves “don’t need him” won’t figure into it. Good grief.
“I just get bored”
September 18th, 20093:27 pm
Especially remember the game when T Hanson was pulled after the 8th.
September 18th, 20093:29 pm
Hmmm. I need to go home. I’m just not getting most of the comments today. Maybe I need a nap.
September 18th, 20093:30 pm
Mitchell,you were wondering how 53% of fans wanted Cox to come back. The answer to that is we are not ranters who get angry over every move made and hindsight 20/20 everything that is done. The majority of fans know being a manager is a crap-shoot with the decisions and you could take every manager in baseball and criticise some moves they make. Go on any other major league blog and read what they are saying about their manager,it is everywhere. Blogging is not for the logical,mostly for others.
September 18th, 20093:32 pm
White Blood Cells, 3:23 pm … “abwright, My late father and I attended #13, it was brillant.”
That has to be a memory of memories for you. I’ve attended many baseball games, but never anything quite as amazing as the games in that streak. Plus, you got to go with your dad, even better!
September 18th, 20093:33 pm
Why not keep all 6 pitchers? KK has shown that he can be effective out of the bullpen, and history has shown you can NEVER have enough starting pitching. I think it’s important for the Braves to protect themselves from giving up games if a starter goes down, and in my mind the best way to do that is have a good starting pitcher in reserve. Assuming the money can also be found to resign LaRoche and that Heyward is ready next season, I think your best shot at winning in 2010 is to add a bullpen arm or two, and push forward with what you’ve got.
House of Cards…I think this teams second half resurgence speaks much more to the fact that they are getting much more production out of 2b, RF, and 1b than they were in the first 3 months of the season. I am not sure how you measure fire or spirit or any of those things. How you identify that in a player? You win baseball games by scoring more runs than the other teams not be a certain look in the eye. Right now the Braves are getting great pitching to go along with some timely hitting thus we win 7 games in a row. It is fun to watch. Hopefully we can keep it up against a good team in the Phils.
As far as the Vazquez discussion goes, I am in the sell high club. Chances are he doesn’t pitch like this again next year, and he definitely will be a free agent at the end of next year.
no crying in baseball
September 18th, 20093:36 pm
The best deals are the ones that are not made, i.e. Bonds, Peavey, Burnett, Tex (oops that one was made). If the Brave trade or fail to sign Vasquez, and LaRoche, they are fools.
If our starters can average 7 innings, our bullpen problems will be solved. That would be worth 2 arms in the pen! To average 7 innings we just have to change BC’s penchant for yanking his starters to early, These guys are good let them pitch! quit micro managing. Would a 112 pitch count average kill these guys. According to Dr. Mike Marshall it is mechanics not innings that kill elbows and shoulders. What is wrong with 6 starters, the competition for the five positions will be fun to watch. I like having the insurance of the extra arm on hand. Can we really expect to have no injuries to the rotation again! Pencil in Kwakami for 12 to 15 starts next summer, keep everybody fresh with 25 to 27 starts.
As it stands or only real holes to fill next year are 2nd base and 3rd base. For the rest if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! The outfield will be OK, Diaz is hitting .320! McClouth makes everybody better with his plate discipline and energy. Heyward, G.Anderson, Goerky, or Church will do fine. The grass isn’t any greener in the other guys outfield.
September 27th, 20098:42 pm
Chippie really needs to go with Bobby. He is reduced to 3 infield hits in 3 days. He has more errors that homers. He needs to go back to school and learn how to talk. He’s pitiful.
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