3:20 pm September 23, 2009, by David O'Brien
September 23rd, 200911:11 pm
Greg Norton gets a hit should be a square.
September 23rd, 200911:12 pm
Hmmm, you should’ve gotten at least four of them. At least from what I saw during the game.
September 23rd, 200911:13 pm
F Brad Lidge.
Another blown save and all we can hope for is him thowing the ball into right field.
I seem to recall the one walk-off homerun in Braves playoff history was off Brad Lidge by Furcal in ‘04. Of course, that was in the 12th or 13th so that doesn’t count.
I’m not sure I can really blame BC for the Braves not being a comeback team at home but then, who should I? TP perhaps? We’re definitely not getting it done in that category.
But you know, I always find it’s best to ignore or deny any such problem rather than acknowledge it and perhaps do something about it. That’s just me though.
Knocked off is correct….I could have said knocked up or knocked out. That would have been worse….way worse. Knocked off is better.
Like I said, I didn’t see the whole game. I only got KJ starting, someone mentioning Frenchy, and….I forget the other one.
September 23rd, 200911:14 pm
“The Braves knocked up the Mets last night.”
Boog mentioned the FB page. Oh, and Bobby picked his nose.
Anyone care to explain why you guys refer to Soriano as MFIKY?
September 23rd, 200911:15 pm
That was it…the FB page.
Bobby really picked his nose? Dang!
Yeah, let’s stick with knocked off.
September 23rd, 200911:17 pm
Yes, and I saw it so I win. I got 4.
I got 4 with the free space.
September 23rd, 200911:18 pm
Ok, then I got 5 with free space. I still win.
September 23rd, 200911:19 pm
As the season is coming down to a close,its been a encouraging season of sorts for loyal braves fans such as myself.At first I “questioned” the moves made by our bright GM Mr Wren and wondered aloud if the moves made such as the moves of cutting Glavine and letting Smoltz walk away were smart.Now after months of watching this season pan out,Ive come to the conclusion that the moves made in the off season such as signing D.Lowe and acquiring Vasquez via trade and during the season with the trades of Kotchman and Frenchy that brought back Laroche and Church were genius and also bringing T.Hanson at the time he was brought up was also shewd moves as well.These moves along with the streaking play of the Braves this season have brought back hope to Braves nation for a great season in 2010 in which a world title will be brought home by the greatest manager ever in Bobby Cox in his last season as the the Braves skipper.Congrats on a great season that would have continued with a playoff berth if not for that damm Reds series a few weekends ago at the TED and also congrats are in order for the GM and the COACH.Lookin 4ward to next season,Go BRAVES!
September 23rd, 200911:20 pm
If we had pictures on here, I think mine would be Loaf with a moustache.
September 23rd, 200911:21 pm
At first I “questioned” the moves made by our bright GM Mr Wren
Seriously…do we need to have a quotation marks seminar for this blog?
September 23rd, 200911:22 pm
At least he/she posted something positive.
Mr. Optimism. I am so not feelin’ you dogg.
September 23rd, 200911:23 pm
But I see it a lot. It’s an epidemic.
September 23rd, 200911:25 pm
Schoolhouse Rock would help resolve the epidemic. I know there has to be a song that teaches people about quotation marks.
I’m knocking off…..later. Go Braves! Just wondering does the cow have to stay in2010?
September 23rd, 200911:26 pm
great finish by the braves. after that 0-5 thing they could of easily layed down.
i hope the braves make a serious run at rochy. he is the offensive mvp of the team. the braves are not in this position without him.
on another note i hope the braves find a way to keep vazquez. hudson lowe, and kawakami are all sinker ball pitchers meaning they are not gonna miss a lot of bats.
gotta have one proven strikeout pitcher in the rotation (no i am not forgetting hanson.)
pretty sure there is not one person on here that thought the braves would win 87 plus games at the end of june.
September 23rd, 200911:28 pm
I need to knock off as well. Later Soph/everyone
Steve from OH
pretty sure there is not one person on here that thought the braves would win 87 plus games at the end of june
I didn’t. Said 83-84 pre-season and stuck with it at the ASB, so I’m pleasantly surprised right now.
Rockies scored one more…6-3 in the 8th
September 23rd, 200911:29 pm
September 23rd, 200911:31 pm
LaRoche said he didn’t know what Braves were doing, but hoped they just keep doing it and that it’s not too late.
He also said he joked with Cox today about being like Brett Favre, said he’s going to keep coming back after saying he’s retired. “That’s probably why he came out and said [he's retiring] today, so he has to do it,” LaRoche said. “But I’ve got a hard time believing he’s going to do it. I’ve got to see it first.”…
Cox was closely monitoring the Rockies-Padres game when we entered his office for the postgame session. I mentioned Rockies trailed 6-0, and he said, “Well, now it’s 6-2, and the Rockies have two on with Hawpe up.”… He smiled when I said, “Not that you’re paying close attention to it or anything.”
Alright, here’s game story rewrite with quotes, unedited. I’m out. Been a hell of a long day and night, and I’ve got an early flight to D.C. Hang in there, denizens of the Braves/Man In Black.
By David O’Brien
New York – If they had reeled off a sizzling two-week stretch like this earlier, the Braves could be closing in on a postseason berth.
But after blowing the control-their-own-destiny thing with a bad stretch of baseball a while back, all they can do is keep winning –- they beat the Mets 5-2 to finish a sweep Wednesday night — and hope it’s not too late.
Tim Hudson pitched six innings and Adam LaRoche had three hits and two RBIs before a sparse crowd at Citi Field, where the Braves got their 11th win in 13 games.
“We just keep rolling and see what happens,” manager Bobby Cox said after his Braves completed their second three-game series sweep of the Mets in nine days.
The Braves have won eight in a row against the Mets to finish 13-5 against them. It’s their longest winning streak against the Mets since an 11-gamer during 1982-1983.
If these Mets weren’t terrible, that’d be cause for celebration. But the Braves have only 10 games left and are still four behind wild-card leader Colorado after cutting the lead by a game Wednesday when the Rockies lost to San Diego.
“There’s absolutely nothing we can do but keep doing what we’re doing,” said LaRoche, whose double drove in the first run of a three-run second. “Something’s clicking right now, and we’re playing great baseball. Hopefully it’s not too late.”
Hudson (2-1) allowed nine hits (all singles) and two runs in his fifth start since returning from elbow surgery.
“I thought it was his best game [since returning],” Cox said of Hudson, who gave up mostly groundball hits. “He had his best sinker tonight.”
Hudson, who had two walks and three strikeouts, said he was was satisfied with his damage control on a night when the command was a bit off.
“I danced around and bobbed and weaved,” he said. “It wasn’t a dominant kind of night, but it was the kind of game pitchers like, where you work and fight and give your team a chance to win.”
Prado hurt in batting practice
Second baseman Martin Prado gave the Braves a scare when he was hit just below the left knee during batting practice by a line drive off the bat of Kelly Johnson. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day.
Chipper Jones also left with a stiff back in the seventh inning.
Prado was fielding grounders and Johnson was taking batting practice when he hit a ball that struck Prado. There were anxious moments for the Braves as teammates surrounded Prado on the infield dirt.
A few minutes later, he limped off the field. Prado was scratched and replaced by Johnson, who made an error on a bases-loaded grounder in the fourth.
September 23rd, 200911:40 pm
Acronym for: Mother Fu*ka I Kill You
I’m personally not a fan and never use it, but it seems to have caught on with most everyone else.
another reason to keep vazquez 222 k’s vs. 43 walks. no other starter is even close to that kind of ratio.
September 23rd, 200911:42 pm
Well, COLORADO is losing 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Didn’t happen last night, but here’s hopin’.
September 23rd, 200911:47 pm
Greinke: 229 SO to 47 BB (in 216 innings).
But that only solidifies your point by putting Vazquez in the same territory as a potential AL Cy Young Winner.
September 23rd, 200911:52 pm
i was actually comparing him to our other starters, but thanks for the greinke comparison.
September 23rd, 200911:53 pm
O.K. top of the ninth, still 6-3 FRIERS.
September 23rd, 200911:54 pm
I thought this was a sports blog where I could express my opinion about the braves not be spell checked or corrected about my grammar.Go BRAVES!!!
September 23rd, 200911:55 pm
Once more, with feeling…
We love the Atlanta Braves. There, we said it. We have loved them since Dale Murphy was patrolling the outfield for the never-say-die, perpetually-out-of-the-pennant-race-by-May teams of the mid-80s. And, thanks to the SuperStation, there are a lot of us Braves fans out there. We fell in love with Murphy and Bob Horner and Ken Oberkfell and stayed in love when those heroes gave way to David Justice, Ron Gant, Steve Avery, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. And starting in 1978 and again in 1991 when he came back from the front office as a general manager to become the manager of our Atlanta Braves, we fell in love with Bobby Cox.
Please read my Bobby Cox tribute.
September 23rd, 200911:56 pm
I know we aren’t there yet, but the Cardinals will be pitching Wainright, Carpenter, and Lohse against the Rockies this weekend. Huge weekend coming up.
You thought wrong, dude.
You are entering a world of pain.
September 23rd, 200911:58 pm
Here we go. Bottom of the ninth. PADRES still up 6-3.
September 23rd, 200911:59 pm
Braves still have a chance. It’s a slim one, but a loss tonight by the Rockies makes it four game with 10 to play. The Rockies play tomorrow & the Braves don’t so if they happen to drop tomorrow’s game it will be only 3 in the loss column.
I think the Braves almost have to run the table to get it done, but I said that with 23 to go & they have taken 11 of 13 since then. They play the Nats 7 more times, why can’t they? I know they have three games left with the pesky Marlins. I was hoping they would have dropped out by now, but thanks to Lidge they have hope just like the Braves.
So Kelly tried to take Prado out huh? Figures. Too bad Kelly still sucks.
September 24th, 200912:00 am
Come on Padres finish this one off!!
Bay Area Steve
I hope we keep ‘em all, uga.
If last year didn’t teach us anything…
It is impossible for a team, in this era, to have too much pitching. Maybe Lowe, or KK, could go, but I ain’t givin’ ‘em away. I’d want real value.
September 24th, 200912:01 am
A world of pain…
well espn just announced that bobby cox was voted as the 20th year all star team manager. that should give you guys something to chew on.
So apparently ESPN viewers voted Bobby Cox the best manager of the past 20 years (the amount of time ESPN has had baseball). What do they know?
(Also, Chipper was voted as best 3rd baseman.)
OMG, are the blog police out tonight? Plueeeze!!!! Concentrate. PADRES need to beat the ROCKIES.
September 24th, 200912:04 am
Oh, well yeah – no other Braves starter is close to Vazquez’s SO-BB ratio.
I was supporting the idea of trading Vazquez for a big bat this off-season, but at this juncture, I’ve flip-flopped camps. It would be great if there was some other way to find the money/other trade chips to add a legit clean up hitter while keeping all of the current starters (can never have enough pitching depth).
Assuming the White Sox decline Dye’s option, would he be available for say $5-6 million on a one year deal? I know that he has put up dreadful numbers during the second half of this season, but he did hit 20 HR before the break, so I don’t think he’s washed up just yet.
Dye is probably not the legit bat the Braves crave, but if they can re-sign LaRoche, add Dye (or another cheap power hitter), and then if Heyward can have a mid-season impact… Nothing like the formidable line up of the Phils, but maybe enough to get the WC with solid starting pitching.
September 24th, 200912:06 am
Vazquez turns 34 next season and is having a career year.
I smell a downward trend. His stock is a hell of a lot higher than Hudson’s right now. Sell high.
September 24th, 200912:07 am
Ballgame! 4 out
September 24th, 200912:08 am
Rokies loss … 4 out
P. W. Hjort
September 24th, 200912:09 am
they have to face wainwright and carpenter.friday and saturday. ya never know…
Hell yeah!! I am negative guy when it comes to the braves but i still dont think this thing is over if the braves can do their part. Rockies got cards top 3 pitchers this wknd
Yeah, PADRES win 6-3!!!!
Does anyone know if the Pads won??
I’ll never create a blog; I’m just too lazy.
But, if I did, I’d like to think that I wouldn’t promote it on another site, without permission. I realize that having a successful blog is all but impossible, that finding readers is difficult, that everybody and their grandma seems to write a blog nowadays. Nevertheless, pimping your blog elsewhere is a dick-move.
We have many great contributors here, some of whom write their own blogs. And, yet, they never mention it. Meanwhile, some cats who’ve never posted a worthwhile thing, feel it’s ok to repeatedly link to their stuff.
Hey, to each their own. But, I think it makes you a bigger douche-bag than Paul Lentz. And, that’s sayin’ something.
September 24th, 200912:10 am
Sweet. Let’s hope their collapse continues…..
Rockies lose tomorrow, Cardinals lay into them this weekend and the Braves take care of the Nats and we’ll have ourselves a really interesting final week of regular season baseball.
September 24th, 200912:11 am
You are rignt richbrave the main thing is seeing the Padres beat the Rockies so we can pull a game up on the Rockies,by the way did the Marlins lose tonight,I was watchin them play the Phils earlier and they were losin 2-0 when I stepped out.
Btw, Lidge blew ANOTHER save tonight. If the Phillies are going to do anything in the playoffs, they need a lot of 5-6 runs leads….
If the Cubs lose to the Brewers tomorrow, the Cards will clinch their division. They may not care too much against the Rockies. I guess people should root for the Cubs.
September 24th, 200912:13 am
GIANTS beating the D-BACKS in the seventh.
Arizona within one……..:)
September 24th, 200912:14 am
DBacks just scored to make it 2-3.
Still the 6th, not the 7th (although it is the bottom with 2 outs).
Rockies’ remaining schedule:
1 vs. SDG
3 vs. STL
3 vs. MIL
3 @ LAD
September 24th, 200912:15 am
NOW it’s the 7th….3 innings to play.
Let’s go Giants
September 24th, 200912:16 am
I don’t know about that Chop Chop. The Cards are still battling for the best record with the Phillies & Dodgers so they are not going to lay down just yet. Homefield still means something & I doubt any of those three teams are going to stop playing hard just because they clinch their division.
Colorado’s lead down to four games….
I know we have to take care of the Nats first, but 3 vs FLA is looming HUGE
September 24th, 200912:17 am
chop chop i agree. however carpenter and wainright are battling for the cy young.
that being said if they clinch vs. the cubs i would be suprised if either pitch more then six innings vs. the rocks.
September 24th, 200912:18 am
Oh my gosh…..we are depending on Blaine Boyer to hold San Francisco this inning…..
My bad, bottom of the sixth, and the ‘ZONAS have put up a 2 spot, trail 3-2.
September 24th, 200912:19 am
I’m shocked that the Rockies lost. Even at 6-0 I fully expected them to come back and win it.
Also, Wainwright is at 18 wins, and I’m pretty sure he wants to get to 20.
September 24th, 200912:20 am
I can’t see La Russa running his starting pitchers into the ground to help out wild-card contenders. I also imagine that Pujols, Holliday and Ludwick might get a day or two off in that series.
TnBrian(Vazquez ace 2010)
September 24th, 200912:22 am
It’d really be something if the Braves catch Colorado. You could say a miracle. Only thing to worry about is if it gets real close then how will the team respond with pressure. Anyways, I’m feelin a good buzz and here’s to Bobby having a damn good 2010 season!
NO MORE BOBBY
Lets say the Braves sneak into the playoffs and even get into the World Series.
Think Bobby will walk away and pull a Michael Jordan (Bulls era – go out on top) or pull a Michael Jordan (Wizards era – why did you come back)?
It doesnt matter what giants or marlins do, braves just need to keep winning and rockies have to lose. Its gonna take 9 or 10 in a row from braves, giants or marlins to have a shot to catch the rockies. More then likely none of the 3 are gonna do that, but i think the braves have the best shot of the 3 teams
September 24th, 200912:23 am
They’re not going to stop playing hard, no. But they’re going to do things like rest their veterans every three days, not stretch out the starter’s pitch limit, don’t use relievers on back-to-back days, etc.
September 24th, 200912:24 am
The Wild Card race could be a legit 4 team horse race the last week of the season. If the Rockies lose 2/3 to the Cards it will suck the Braves, Marlins & Giants right up to them if they take care of business of their own. The Braves play the Nats, Marlins play the Mets & the Giants take on the Cubs.
I would love to see it. There is only one division that isn’t decided yet so what a way to finish the season for those four teams. It would be great for the fans & ticket sales to boot.
Would Braves fans pack the Ted for the Marlin series if that scenario took place?
The biggest thing going against Colorado right now is that they only got 2 and 2/3 innings from their starter last night…..their bullpen is worn down. If their starters can’t go 7 every night (and I don’t think they can), they are going to lose some games in the coming days. The question is if they lose enough, and if the Braves keep on winning.
i dont really think the giants come into the equation. gotta think 9-1 gets us at least a playoff.
September 24th, 200912:26 am
It looks like Blaine Boyer has pretty much completely re-done his mechanics.
Hey Blaine Boyer is imploding. Glad to see he hasn’t changed.
September 24th, 200912:27 am
prattvillenolzfan – Wow! You have been a fan for a long time. You have been through both Bobby Cox duties with the Braves. I guess you are tired of him.
TnBrian: If Braves go 9-1 rest of the way and Rockies go 5-5, it’s a one-game playoff. If they go 10-0, Rockies could go 6-4 and Braves would play them in a one-game playoff.
If Braves go 8-2, it would only take a 5-5 finish by the Rockies for them to hold off the Braves. So yes, it’s imperative the Braves run the table or lose one game, max. And hope the Rockies keep muddling along.
It’s still an extreme long shot, but who’d have thought the Braves would win 11 of 13, including a road sweep of the Cards?
September 24th, 200912:28 am
If the Braves go 9-1 they’ll be 91-71. The Rockies go 5-5 they’re 91-71. But with the difficulty of Colorado’s schedule, the relative ease of the Braves’ schedule, and a little luck, they’ve still got a shot, no?
September 24th, 200912:29 am
It’s still fun watching the Braves play some meaningful games this late in the season. I know they just swept a AAA team, but they did what they had to. Way too many times have they lost those same games.
Even if they don’t make it this team is coming together, learning to win & overcoming not having Chipper at his best. That will loom large for next season.
September 24th, 200912:30 am
So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance!?
September 24th, 200912:34 am
If the Braves stick to their rotation the entire way and end up playing a 1-game playoff, Vazquez would be the starter.
DOB, I know for sure that I didn’t expect the offense to be this consistant through the winning streak. Really, nobody had any reason to in the first place. They were the definition of inconsistant most of the year. And no, that Cards series shocked a lot of poeple I’m sure, but pitching just dominated. I guess miracles can happen, but I’m not falling for it just yet.
September 24th, 200912:36 am
What happened to our playoff odds blogger? I can’t recall who it was, but they always had the percentages up after games. I wonder where the Braves would stand right now for the WC. 10% or so? I would figure slightly more based on schedules, but what the hell do I know.
September 24th, 200912:38 am
TnBrian, I’m starting to feel it, but it probably won’t happen or I may just be feeling the fresh jar of strawberry bootleg I opened earlier, lol.
September 24th, 200912:40 am
U best slow down kid……
Joe D. loves Marilyn
September 24th, 200912:42 am
Know you are busy…but over the weekend, could you post the up to date stats for our pitch-hitters in 2009…
I am sure it is not a very pretty sight…
BELIEVE…(and go Padres…on Thursday. Be nice to pick up a full game on the Rockies…in the loss column…with out ever playing ourselves…)
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