3:08 pm September 21, 2009, by David O'Brien
September 21st, 20099:46 pm
Next years closer folks….KK sign Huddy,keep Vasquez,JJ Tommy and Lowe,
buy a bat with money saved from Soriano and Gonzo.
September 21st, 20099:48 pm
I like Maddon, Scioscia too (Mixxo)
I think Scioscia is a good manager, but I don’t like his offensive philosophy. I’m much more into patience then his aggressive approach. So I would pass on him. Maddon? nothing to prove he was all that important, nothing to prove he wasn’t. might be OK.
Hey, KK did a good job. Bet he’s not all that happy in that slot though.
After tonights game there are three 2B in the NL that have an OPS over 800.
Prado make the league minimum and is a lifetime .300 hitter in the majors. Anyone really think he will not be the starting 2B next?
O.K. BRAVES 9-2, let’s go. We could use a sweep.
September 21st, 20099:49 pm
Mitchell He did technically have one at-bat in ‘09.
He’s actually had 5–he got ABs in while BMac was on the DL.
September 21st, 20099:51 pm
Actually, since being called back up, Sammons has no ABs or PAs…he came in to catch on Sept. 3rd, but never came to the plate.
Hey everybody. There’s only about 134 days left before pitchers and catchers report.
Go Braves in 2010.
September 21st, 20099:52 pm
Apparently, more rain on the way in the metro.
Stay safe, everyone!
92 wins if we run the table. That should trump the ROCKIES , GIANTS, and MARLINS. Definitely the FISH, as we would sweep three from them without losing anywhere else.
BMac 2 K’s away from a new career-high (McFann)
you gotta relax and stop obsessing on the problems. They all have good times and bad times. Jusr concentrate on how good he is over the long term or you will drive yourself nuts.
September 21st, 20099:53 pm
September 21st, 20099:54 pm
cabravesfan – try to remember – dinner is a useful thing! (preferably one that involves dinner-type food) I’m sure it will be easier to remember once you get to November…
September 21st, 20099:56 pm
it would be nicer if dinner would magically materialize on my table…
Prado make the league minimum and is a lifetime .300 hitter in the majors. Anyone really think he will not be the starting 2B next (glord)
I’d wager that there are at least a dozen on here who think he shouldn’t be.
September 21st, 20099:58 pm
Sampled a bit of both Rural Alberta Advantage and Roman Candle … good stuff on both accounts … saw a piece in Spin on RAA … you see it?
cabravesfan – that could be arranged (in a manner of speaking)
September 21st, 20099:59 pm
I’m already nuts! Tought you knew that…
Seriously, though…I only said that ’cause he K’d…if he’da homered, I would have said, “BMac 4 HR away from a new career-high”…if he’da just driven in a run, I woulda said, “BMac 5 RBI away from a new career-high”…
But I know…sometimes I do get hung up on the K’s and such…just tired of ‘em, you know…
And he just needs 5 more doubles to get to 40–career-high is 42. I’d love it if he could hit 8 more doubles to not only get a new career-high, but also break the NL Record for Most Doubles in a Single Season By a Catcher (which as of now stands at 42–he’s tied with Terry Kennedy, who hit 42 doubles for the Padres in ‘82, the only year he hit more than 27).
if we run the table, which is highly unlikely, the rockies will need to go 7-5 against crap teams. Aint happenin boys, was a better season that most expected though
With a league minimum salary next year this is the list of second baseman in the NL I would take over Prado.
1. Chase Utley
2. Brandon Phillips
Could not find a third.
September 21st, 200910:00 pm
until then you will just have to deal with my eating habits
September 21st, 200910:03 pm
Ah well…I’m out. Night, all!
September 21st, 200910:04 pm
September 21st, 200910:05 pm
September 21st, 200910:11 pm
’scuse me as I blow on by
No problem at all
Prado and Diaz regulars 2010
For NL OF with 300 AB.
Ranks 11th in OPS
Ranks 13th in slugging
I’m glad she didn’t get threatened with a wallop tonight.
September 21st, 200910:12 pm
How do we know that’s why she didn’t leave?
September 21st, 200910:14 pm
I think we need to keep Javy the guy loves Atlanta and said he’d love to stay here . Why not work out a contract for him he said he’d take less to stay . We need to get rid of Lowe and resign Huddy to 4 year deal and have it to where the money is less but have incentives in there that can be reached if he stays healthy . . If trade Lowe and even pay part of his contract say 5 million a year still leaves us 10 million to spend on Andy and towards bullpen and maybe even Chipper will lower his contract or add a year like he has in the past to get more help .
I’m watching Andy Griffith right now…I bet McFann watches that show
September 21st, 200910:15 pm
If Colorado would just stay idle, I think the Braves would have a chance.
September 21st, 200910:16 pm
We need to get rid of Lowe
You say that so casually.
“Oh yeah, we should pick up Hudson’s option, add more seats in right field, get rid of $45 million, and start serving cherry flavored Dippin Dots.”
September 21st, 2009
O.K. BRAVES 9-2, let’s go. We could use a sweep
Thanks, like no one else knew that. Dumba**.
September 21st, 200910:17 pm
McFann’s life is based on that show.
September 21st, 200910:18 pm
I hate it that so many of the summer shows I like ‘Burn Notice” , “The Closer” etc, show a little over half a season and then go on hiatus for months and months. Booo!!
Martin Prado is too streaky to be a starter.
September 21st, 200910:19 pm
still leaves us 10 million to spend on Andy
Wait wait…who’s Andy? Andy LaRoche? Andruw Jones? Garret Anderson? Josh Anderson?
P. W. Hjort
September 21st, 200910:21 pm
Way to be a troll and add nothing to the conversation, douchebag.
September 21st, 200910:22 pm
September 21st, 200910:25 pm
Is Andy Griffin going to manage the Braves next year. Awesome
ahh, of course of course….$10 million for Andy Griffith seems like a bold move though
Prado since the AS Break:
September 21st, 200910:27 pm
How much did we pay Gomer Francouer though? I mean, he didn’t even manage and he got close to that.
September 21st, 200910:29 pm
Oh we were looking for Andy to manage?
September 21st, 200910:30 pm
Although I love LaRoche, if he demands more than a 2 year deal I would let him walk. I cannot think of any names right now but ideally if the Braves signed a power hitter to a 3 year deal the power hitter would have some versitility – able to play 1B and LF. Do the Braves dare let LaRoche walk and go after Adam Dunn? I guess I did come up with a name but Dunn is not who I would ideally picture in that spot
September 21st, 200910:31 pm
Mike in LA…thanks….and I agree with your comments, too.
Great job, Bobby and Braves. Let’s go for another win tomorrow.
September 21st, 200910:34 pm
They had the big redhead and his pal Kris Medlen dress up in Speedos and wearing water wings, etc.
Oh, man…I wish I could’ve seen that!!
September 21st, 200910:37 pm
276/314/395/709 (Mr Neutral)
I bet you ain’t neutral at all Mr N. Everybody has slumps as any Kelly Johnson must surely be aware. He’ll be a .750-775 OPS hitter over a season which ain’t bad for second, and he is playing better D since he is playing regularly. No doubt that he does not have the upside of KJ, but truth br told I’m getting kinda tired of waiting for that upside to kick in and hang around longer than 1/3 of a season. I think KJ is likely gone B4 next season, no more than he did this year and considering his likely salary. Not sure they will even be able to trade him, but I hope they can rather than just lose him to non-tender….which always sounds like a tough steak to me anyways.
September 21st, 200910:38 pm
I hate it that so many of the summer shows I like ‘Burn Notice”… nolie
I love Burn Notice. I got a little behind with it this season, though. I need to catch up online…Actually, I need to catch up on a lot of things, so I guess it’ll have to wait a while.
September 21st, 200910:39 pm
Do the Braves dare let LaRoche walk and go after Adam Dunn? (Brian)
again, they are not gonna trade for Dunn. He is too expensive for what they think of him including what they would have to give up. It ain’t gonna happen any more that Chipper moving to first is gonna happen.
September 21st, 200910:43 pm
Sciences are a good choice, LOL!
276/314/395/709 (Mr. Neutral)
Nolie – Seriously, what could be more neutral than stats with no comment?
September 21st, 200910:44 pm
Vinings Jim: Why in hell is GA hitting ahead of LaRoche, anyway?
…After Garret’s mighty blast tonight, did you figure it out?
September 21st, 200910:47 pm
Nolie – Seriously, what could be more neutral than stats with no comment (MR N)
I still bet I’m right
I don’t see anything wrong with signing LaRoche to a three year contract as long as there is no “no trade” clause in it. The Braves don’t give those anyway. If Freeman is ready in 2012, the soonest IMO he’ll be ready, LaRoche could be moved if it were needed.
September 21st, 200910:49 pm
Did KK have to dress up?? He is a rookie.
September 21st, 200910:51 pm
Nolie – That comment was “neutral” but the one about Prado being “too streaky to start” might have had a slight tinge of revenge in it.
September 21st, 200910:56 pm
Career BA is 38 pts higher that KJ. Salary 2 mil less. Bye Kelly
September 21st, 200910:57 pm
It’s about time the columnists start hammering on Booby gittin on out of here. Mark Bradley is now obsessed with it. Booby is a moron.
TnBrian(Vazquez ace 2010)
September 21st, 200910:59 pm
DOB, you got some serious props from Jim Powell & Chip Carey on the radio earlier. Spoke of your blog today on the possible resigning of LaRoche, etc. “O’Brien and his very well written and much read blogs” was how I believe Powell put it. Anyways, people definitely respect you and your work, it seems.
September 21st, 200911:02 pm
Here’s gamer with quotes, unedited. I’ll give you another good quote from Lowe about being the team’s first 15-game winner this season (he was self-deprecating again, saying he was less deserving, etc. Let me find that quote.)
By David O’Brien
New York – Oh, sure, now the Braves blast away for 11 runs in the first few innings.
After mustering six runs combined in a pair of costly home losses to Philadelphia over the weekend, the Braves jumped all over the sputtering New York Mets in an 11-3 win Monday night at Citi Field.
Garret Anderson, Chipper Jones and Matt Diaz belted home runs in the first two innings, and Martin Prado had a two-run double in the third to give Derek Lowe an 11-1 lead en route to his 15th win.
“As long as we keep winning and putting pressure on the other teams, that’s all you can do,” Lowe said after the Braves picked up their ninth win in 11 games.
Lowe (15-9) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, and Kenshin Kawakami pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball for his first major league save.
The Braves tied Florida for third in the National League wild-card standings and gained a half-game on Colorado. But time is running out on the Braves’ playoff aspirations.
Colorado was idle Monday, and the Braves and Marlins trail the Rockies by five games with only 12 to play. They were also a half-game behind San Francisco before the Giants’ late game Monday.
To make the playoffs, the Braves need to just about run the table and hope Colorado loses more than it wins. Their chances are looking like slim and none, with slim lingering over by the door.
But on Monday, the Braves played like they still believe it’s worth a fight. They ambushed the Mets with a four-run first inning capped by Anderson’s two-run, two-out homer, then threw up a four-run second inning and a three-run third.
“To put something like that on a pitcher in the first inning can be rough,” Anderson said.
The Braves pounded out eight runs on seven hits and three homers against Mets starter Pat Misch, who was replaced after recording four outs.
Anderson’s two-run homer sailed to the right-field second deck. Diaz led off the second with a homer, and Jones hit a towering three-run shot that sent Misch to the showers.
“It’s good to contribute the last couple games,” said Jones, who had a double Sunday and two hits and four RBIs Monday, giving him as many extra-base hits (two) in two games as in his previous 31. He smiled and said, “Almost makes the game fun again.”
Lowe (15-9) had no walks and five strikeouts, and was pulled as a precaution with what looked like a paper cut on his right thumb. He did it when a fingernail raked it throwing a third-inning curveball.
The veteran left a Tuesday start against New York after two innings with a blister on his right ring finger, which caused no problems Monday.
“As long as we’re breathing in this [playoff race], we want him to make his next start,” Cox said of the decision to get him out.
Kawakami notched the first four-inning save by a Brave since Mark Grant in 1990 at San Francisco. Kawakami, a 34-year-old major league rookie starter, last recorded a save in 1999 for his longtime Japanese team, Chunichi.
Chipper needs three more
Jones’ homer was his first since Aug. 29 and 17th of the season, and he still needs three more in the last 12 games to break a record he shares with former Braves great Eddie Mathews.
They are the only major leaguers to begin careers with 14 consecutive seasons of at least 20 homers.
LaRoche back in lineup
Adam LaRoche returned to the lineup after missing a start Sunday with a stiff back. “He came in [Monday] and said, ‘Put me in,’” said Cox, who did just that.
LaRoche was 14-for-28 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his eight games before going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk Monday.
No skipping Hanson
Cox said rookie Tommy Hanson would make his next Saturday at Washington. Cox said last week that the Braves would monitor their prized pitcher’s innings and possibly skip one of his turns.
Hanson pitched only five innings Sunday because of a long rain delay, and will get an extra day of rest before his next start because of the off day in the schedule Thursday.
September 21st, 200911:03 pm
Booby’s gonna be here for a long time to come…..you can bank on it.
September 21st, 200911:04 pm
Mixxo – that is because he is a putz. Everyone knows it’s time for him to go. He has stayed too damn long.
September 21st, 200911:07 pm
pryguy: Glad you reminded me about K.K. He and his interpreter both had to dress up as ninjas for the flight from Atlanta to NY and the walk across tarmac and from bus to hotel, etc.
September 21st, 200911:08 pm
Mixxo, don’t say that, please. It’s been a good night and very few want to hear your prediction on Cox being here for a “long time”. Mixxo’the party pooper’…
September 21st, 200911:09 pm
Here’s LOWE on getting his 15th win:
“Look at our team. We’ve got guys who deserve way more than 15 wins. I’ll take it and leave it at that…. Wins and losses can be so deceiving.”
He mentioned possibly getting a couple more wins before the season is through. “17 wins, as bad as I’ve pitched….”
September 21st, 200911:11 pm
Cox on Lowe’s record, etc:
“He’s got 15 wins; I’ll take that any time. I don’t care what some of the [other] stats are.”
September 21st, 200911:13 pm
By the way, speaking of Chipper: for a guy who gets booed so lustily at Shea (and now here at Citi Field), you should have seen the five male fans waiting above the dugout for him to finish his postgame interview with Jerome. When Chipper threw his batting gloves up to them, they fought each other trying to grab one of the gloves. Jerome said they had to call security over, no lie.
“Cox on Lowe’s record, etc:
‘He’s got 15 wins; I’ll take that any time. I don’t care what some of the [other] stats are.’”
More buffoonery from Eeyore. He’s now trying to tell us that Lowe has been a model ace? How many of those 15 wins were because the Braves outslugged the opposition? Lowe has been a joke the whole second half.
September 21st, 200911:14 pm
Oh, Lowe… at least he acknowledges his suckness. Can’t hate on a guy too much if they’re this honest.
Alright, got to write an essay, rough draft, whatever the hell that lady wants due in the morning. Ink cartridges are EXPENSIVE! My God, I guess they think money grows on trees.
September 21st, 200911:15 pm
Ninjas, Chipper? Really? I’m sure it was amusing but I don’t know….I was thinking something more…well, like Big and Little’s speedo getup. You know, more embarrassing. I mean, what does a ninja even wear?
September 21st, 200911:17 pm
RHR: Good question. I was thinking the same thing, to tell you the truth. What the hell does a ninja wear that’s embarrassing?
September 21st, 200911:18 pm
He’s got 15 wins; I’ll take that any time. I don’t care what some of the [other] stats are.”
September 21st, 200911:20 pm
Plus, its kinda stereotypical….did you see the yankees rookies pics (i’m sure you didn’t) they had batman, robin, catwoman, now those were funny.
September 21st, 200911:21 pm
The blog has been an entertaining read this evening. We’ve had men in speedos wearing wigs, two Japanese Ninjas, & an eight foot dude wearing Mutts gear. Throw in some flooding, a group of guys fighting over the hated rival’s batting gloves & a few outrageous trade ideas to top it off.
It sounds like DOB went on some sort of National Lampoon’s vacation this week.
September 21st, 200911:22 pm
The ninja thing may not be as embarrassing as the speedos, but it is pretty funny having the Japanese guys prance around as ninjas.
September 21st, 200911:23 pm
Is Herschel Talker Robert?
You would think so.
September 21st, 200911:24 pm
Oh please. Herschel Talker is and idiot but at least he has more than one line and he never mentions donkeys. (I dont think so anyway?)
September 21st, 200911:25 pm
As least to me.
Guess I should bow out gracefully before I go all BAS on y’all.
Night y’all. Stay safe, Georgians.
September 21st, 200911:27 pm
At Least D-lowe admits that he hasn’t pitched up to the salary he’s getting…It shows fans something when players admit that they have not earned their pay as D-Lo did…
And I think D-Lowe is Pissed that he didn’t win 20 games this year. He was Clowning for the first 2 months then the warm weather caught up to him…
Donkey is a bingo slot so I’ll take it.
Is Herschel Talker Robert? PWHjort
The most accurate description of Herschel Talker I’ve heard was Paul Lentz without the occasional intelligent comments.
September 21st, 200911:28 pm
LOL, Bro, Leave the “Bank On It!” catch lines up to me, because I’m the “Donald Stump” of the Blog, (Joking)
September 21st, 200911:29 pm
I need to print that Bingo card
September 21st, 200911:35 pm
I would’ve had Bingo the other day if I had printed the card. Esco got hit, Brooks played, and I’m pretty sure someone called Bobby a donkey on here.
September 21st, 200911:36 pm
That’s only 3
There were more. I can’t remember the rest of them. I’ll have to look at the card again. And, there’s the free space.
September 21st, 200911:39 pm
DOB, I’ll assume being in NY, you didn’t tag your DVR along with you. Just got done watching the season premiere of House. As expected, it was fantastic. Pretty much ran through every emotion a person can run through watching tonight’s 2 hour intro to the season.
Good stuff indeed.
September 21st, 200911:42 pm
N8, House was fantastic tonight, wasn’t it? I wasn’t sure how the the first episode of this season would play out, but it didn’t disappoint.
I’m so mad at myself. I forgot to set my DVR for the season premiere of House. I’ll have to catch it online or wait for the repeat. I heard from a few people that it was great.
September 21st, 200911:44 pm
Why does everyone Bash Paul Lentz…?
Is it his essay posts or does he come off as crude to some. I’m in the minority but I’ve never had a probablem with the dude…He has an occasional BF every now and then but it seems that everyone on here disagrees with him but me…?
What gives…? I guess it’s house divided, I bet he’s a Stanford Fan, Poor Hombre…
I never really got into House. I’ve got some friends that’ll swear by it, though
September 21st, 200911:48 pm
I’m Gonna Try to cancel out, and Watch Some old New York Undercover on Youtube…
The Morning Commute is gonna be Hell tomorrow, “Bank On It!” I have to commute from Henry County to Suwanee…I’m not looking foward to that…but I will be Bumping my Traffic Jam Mix CD…It keeps me jammin in traffic and free from the Ill’s of dumb ass commuters…
fastasballs, it was fantastic. It’s my favorite show on TV. I don’t watch that many shows (Heroes, LOST, House, CSI and Law & Order SVU), so I won’t claim it’s the best show on TV. But out of the stuff I watch, nothing is better. Can’t actually remember any episodes that I’ve walked away thinking it could have been better.
September 21st, 200911:49 pm
Yeah, I wasn’t into it before either but I started watching a few seasons ago and got hooked. I like medical themed shows though.
I Got onto House a few weeks ago, it’s easy to get hooked on, like Niptuck and the O.C.
September 21st, 200911:50 pm
How in the hell does a team control the ball for over 45 minutes and lose an NFL game? As crappy as it is to be a Chiefs fan right now, I can’t imagine being a Dolphin fan is much better.
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