Braves winning and watching scoreboard

 Washington – Plenty of the Braves stayed in the clubhouse at Nationals Park until the end Friday night. That is, until the end of the St. Louis-Colorado game in Denver, which the Bravos were watching on TV in Washington.

Vazquez could be Braves MVP

Vazquez could be Braves MVP

 The Rockies won in the bottom of the ninth, drawing groans across not just Baseball City (St. Louis) but wherever Braves fans were seated in front of TVs around the nation, and in one visitor’s clubhouse in our nation’s capital.

 Braves players watched the Rockies celebrate for a moment, then gathered their belongings and headed to their D.C. hotel to get some sleep before getting back to the business at hand. The business of pursuit.

 Still 3-1/2 games behind, with nine games left for the Braves before a Saturday afternoon tilt with the Washington Generals … er, Nationals. The Rockies have only eight games left, as do do the Giants and Marlins, but the Giants and Marlins are five games off the lead, so they’re basically irrelevant to the Braves.

 Do the math, or I’ll do it for you (and we know my math is bulletproof). Here’s basically what it’ll take for Atlanta to force a one-game playoff with the Rockies: Braves go 8-1 rest of the way, Rockies go 4-4.

 Or, Braves go 9-0 rest of way, Rockies go 5-3. Or, Braves go 7-2 rest of the way and Rockies go 3-5.

 Now, to win the wild-card berth without a one-game playoff, the Braves would have to do something like go 8-1 the rest fo the way, while the Rockies go 3-5.

 Or the Braves go 9-0, while the Rockies go 4-4. Or, Braves go 7-2 rest of the way and Rockies 2-6.

 The tie scenarios obviously seem more feasible, especially given that the Rockies have two more games to go in their series with the Cardinals and finish with three games at Dodger Stadium (they play Milwaukee between those series).

 And the Braves, who’ve won 12 of 14 games, by far their best stretch of the season, have six games remaining against the Nationals with a three-gamer at home against the Marlins sandwiched between those series.

 “I don’t even want to talk about it,” said Peter Moylan, when I mentioned to the tattooed Aussie yesterday that the Rockies had lost twice since the Braves’ last game in New York (Colorado’s game ended after the Braves’ game that night, and the Rockies lost again on the Braves’ day off Thursday).

Moylan’s a superstitious sort, despite his protestations to the contrary.

So I couldn’t tell him, but I’ll tell you now, just to remind everyone: The Nationals are really sputtering at the end of a dreadful season. They’ve lost 26 of their past 35 games, and have a 5.59 ERA and .233 team batting average in that period.

Luckily for the Braves, the Nationals don't have Neko Case leading the charge, as it were.

Luckily for the Braves, the Nationals don't have Neko Case leading the way.

As for the Braves, they have the second-best record (49-3) in the NL going back to June 28 (we use that date because it’s when the Braves’ season really turned, when they began playing good baseball after a 34-40 start.)

Among NL teams, only the Phillies (51-30) have a better record since June 28, entering Saturday’s games. The Cardinals are 48-30 in that period.

The Braves also have a better ERA (3.30), scoring average (4.95) and batting average (.273) than the Phillies and Cardinals during that stretch.

In other words, it’s no fluke. But is it enough? Can they overcome that disappointing first three months, and that five-game skid a few weeks back, after they had gotten as close as they are now to the wild-card lead?

They’ve cut it from 8-1/2 to 3-1/2 games in two weeks, but can the Braves make up that last piece? We’ll find out soon enough. One thing is certain: They’ve got to keep the pedal mashed. They can’t afford to slip up. One or two losses could all but eliminate their chances, depending on how the Rockies play.

When I was talking to Moylan, Jair Jurrjens was dressing one locker over. I asked him about this Braves run and what they’ve been doing that’s made them so much more effective than when they got this close before.

“Just do our thing,” he said. “We got here [this close] the last time and put more pressure on ourselves, and fell back to seven [games behind]. So just keep having fun and having a good time, not think about it. Just relax and have fun. You try to do do too much … well, you saw what happened last time.”

And if Moylan would prefer not to talk about it or tempt the baseball gods or whatever, fellow reliever Mike Gonzalez is of an entirely different mindset.

“What is is it, 3-1/2 games?” he said, when I told him how far back those Rockies’ losses had left the Braves before the series opener here in D.C. “That’s right back in the mix, dude. We’ve just got to do it.”

Moylan heard him and mentioned something about not saying anything, not talking about it. Moylan was smiling, and just being a typically superstitious sort. Gonzo would have nothing of it.

“We’ve just got to go out there and beat them in the ground,” he said, punching the chair cushion for emphasis.

 ♣ Vazquez most valuable? Under normal circumstances, I shy away from giving MVP votes — team or league — to a pitcher. I just think that position players, by nature of their every-day role, are usually more worthy of most-valuable status.

 But I would not argue with anyone who’d suggest that Javier Vazquez has been the Braves’ MVP this season.

 He notched his 15th win last night, and it’s not at all a stretch to say that Vazquez would have 20 wins if he’d had good run support in even half of his games.

 He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in 20 of 31 starts, has the eighth-best ERA (2.83) in the league, the second-most strikeouts (229) in the fourth-most innings (213-1/3), and all three of the Braves’ complete games (only Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain have more among NL pitchers, with four each).

Beyond that, Vazquez is on a tear that coincides with the Braves’ turnaround since the end of June. He’s 10-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his past 14 starts, with a .208 opponents’ average and an average of more than seven innings pitched in that span.

He’s won five consecutive decisions, and he’s 4-0 with 0.84 ERA and microscopic .150 opponents’ average in his past four starts, including two complete games and three games in which he allowed just three hits in seven or more innings.

Among NL starters, Vazquez has the second-lowest opponents’ OBP (.264), seventh-lowest opponents’ slugging percentage (.344), and fifth-lowest opponents’ batting average (.221).

He has the NL’s third-lowest opponents’ average by right-handed batters at .207 (Saturday starter Tommy Hanson had a majors-best .190 mark).

Vazquez hasn’t lost on the road in more than three months, and his 2.80 road ERA is the sixth-best in the NL (Jair Jurrjens is fourth at 2.75).

No, I wouldn’t argue otherwise if someone says Vazquez is the team MVP.

Prado has wielded hot bat, but also played solid defense

Prado has wielded hot bat, but also played solid defense

 ♣ Prado’s resurgence: OK, real quickly because game is starting. Martin Prado is back to being a sparkplug, to say the least. A sparkplug with power.

His .515 average was the second-highest in the NL over the past 10 days, behind only ex-Brave Rafael Furcal (.536).

 But it’s not the average that’s most impressive. It’s the type of hits.

 Prado’s hiked his average to .342 with runners on base, ninth-best in the NL.

 Since moving into the regular lineup with his four-hit game June 30, he’s batted .317 with 30 extra-base hits (eight homers), 40 RBI and an .833 OPS in 69 games, including a slump when he was dealing with “exertion headaches” for a couple of weeks and then trying to get back his swing when he returned.

 In his past eight games before Saturday, he was 17-for-33 (.515) with 10 (yes, 10) extra-base hits, 11 runs and seven RBI, including six multi-hit games.

OK, we’re late getting this up. Enjoy the weekend’s games.

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         “DADDY NEEDS A DRINK” by the Drive-By Truckers

Daddy needs a drink to deal with all the beauty

To deal with all the madness to keep from blowing up

Daddy needs a drink to calm down the badness

To execute his gladness on the fullness of his cup

 

Daddy needs a drink to keep the wheels from rubbing

To compensate for nothing or nothing going on

 

Daddy needs a drink so Mama fix one quick

Pour it nice and strong with your cleaning outfit on

 

Daddy needs a drink to hem in his demons

To hear through baby screaming or the TV set turned on

There ain’t nothing on the radio like the wave my transmitter’s on

Put that drinking jacket on and enjoy a little fog

 

 

2,820 comments Add your comment

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
1:40 pm

LAD losing last night was huge for us………..because as I said before………..that keeps StL interested in home field advantage (winning it), and since they are 3 GB they really need to beat the rockies. Plus we need LAD to keep losing in order for them not to clinch the home field advantage until the last day of the season, since they still play the rockies on their last series.

NO MORE BOBBY

September 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

DOB – Partayyy!! (OK, that might be a bit extreme. Please read. Respond if you’d like. Thank you.)

Why can I hear Adam Sandler saying this?

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
1:43 pm

diehard brave,

no, im not from mty but I lived there for almost 5 years (4 years + 11 months). Just got back home last feb. Nice city, but way too dangerous for my taste, LOL

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
1:44 pm

Utley has more speed, more power, hits .300, and is the best defensive 2B in the game. Utley’s in a class of his own. The better comp for Prado is Freddy Sanchez.

No doubt about that, but I meant Prado’s swing reminds me of Chase Utley, but with more speed and less power

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

Why can I hear Adam Sandler saying this?

Because you have know idea what Adam Sandler is like…

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

D.O.B.

Vazquez has been the team Cy Young winner

Prado had he not had the head issue would’ve been the team MVP

But team MVP is B-Macc

The offense he contributed is insurmountable, if he had a year like Chipper did at the plate, then our AWFense would’ve been among the bottomdwellers in the league…

Plus B-Macc Defense has Improved…People don’t notice that because a lot of runner steal bases off of him as a result of our pitching staff’s inability to hold runners on well and keep them honest

B-Macc’s Footwork behind the plate has been the part of his game that has had the most improvement over the years people think he sucks at throwing out runners but usually its the fault of the pitcher as to why they steal on him…

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

John (yes...I am an ass. But I am happy Bobby gets one more year...) Smoltz...

September 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

No worries Atlanta…

Spoke to my teammates. We have decided to help the Braves out…and we will win the next 2 here in Colorado. Braves will be 1 back in the loss column after tomorrow afternoon.

BELIEVE…

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

But team MVP is B-Macc

HAHAHAHAHA!

Wait. Thats a joke right?

David Athens, Al

September 26th, 2009
1:48 pm

sorta feel sorry for Nats ………. NOT!!!!!!!

Virtually Anyone But Vazquez

September 26th, 2009
1:48 pm

JJJ and Hanson have to be untouchable. Vazquez should be right behind them as untouchable. Virtually all other pitchers in play for trade IMO.

The_Superhoo

September 26th, 2009
1:48 pm

geez. 3 errors in 3 innings for the Gnats….poor guys.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

D.O.B.

If the braves get lucky and get into October then I’m Putting Money in on a Party at your house!

I don’t think it will happen but you remain loyal despite myself and other who have wrote off the team after losses to the Reds Padres, among others…

I know that you are told to remain unbiased as a beat writer but its nice to see that you have the players backs and think that they can get lucky enough to get into October…

Bay Area Steve

September 26th, 2009
1:51 pm

Anybody have a link to a free stream?

and, which station is it on freebaseballradio?

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Just realized the photos got screwed up in the blog. Please look again for full effect. Besides, it’s not like the game itself is too riveting. (Man, did we mention the Nationals are horrid?)

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Seriously, if the Nationals improve their defense they could actually be good.

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Bay Area Steve,
MLBTV

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

By the way, if anyone missed the rookie hazing pictures, http://www.talkingchop.com/2009/9/24/1050655/rookie-hazing-2009

Dutchie

September 26th, 2009
1:54 pm

Now I know the Nats are bad, but scoring a scorcher by LaRoche, that jumps of off Dunn’s backhanded play is just not fair. Should be a hit imho.

Thx for the blog DOB. As allways a welcome and high quality peak into the beat of American Baseball.
Btw, do you remember the woman you met, doing a story on JJJ? Do you by change remember either her name or the magazine she was/is writing for? Thanks a lot if you do!

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

I was checking on something………….JV pitched last night. That means he will be pitching on wednesday against the fish and he would be ready to pitch on monday if that playoff game is needed. Could someone double check on that?

Dutchie

September 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2009
1:56 pm

I see the Rocks going 4-4 to close out the year. They’ll lose at least one in this St. Louis Series, hopefully one against Milwaukee, and 2 of 3 against LA which they’ve struggled all year against.

Best case scenario is they lose the next 2 and 1 against the Brewers and go 3-5.

I’m glad the Braves don’t have any more days off. They’re rolling and off days have seem to slow them down in the past few years and earlier this year. Basically, I love whoever gave us this schedule to finish the year. I really like our chances, and that stems from our great starting pitching core who will give us a chance to win nearly every remaining game, including KK and Medlin in the bullpen in case one of our starters has an off day (Cox has shown he’ll pull a starter and replace them if they struggle early)

Daybed Wagmoe

September 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

As for the Braves, they have the second-best record (49-3) in the NL going back to June 28

49-3?!??!!?!? And we’re only 3.5 games back — in the WILD CARD? We should’ve clinched with a record like that long ago! ;)

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

Scoring change, ol’ Rochy credited with double in third

The_Superhoo

September 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

Lame there goes the shutout. :-(

AndyC

September 26th, 2009
1:57 pm

I have a feeling that Tommy is going to go 5 innings or maybe 6 tops and get pulled.

Lets assume that the Braves do make the playoffs. What will they do with Hanson? If they are already concerned about his innings, will they allow him to start in the playoffs? This will obviously be a great problem to have …but it’s something to think about.

David Athens, Al

September 26th, 2009
1:58 pm

Willie Harris is a little pesty …. good hard nose player with limited ability …

Who knew

September 26th, 2009
1:58 pm

The WGNS 1450 station is broadcasting the game on the internet..

goto http://www.freebaseballradio.com/Atlanta.html

RHR

September 26th, 2009
1:58 pm

Partayyy!! (OK, that might be a bit extreme. Please read. Respond if you’d like. Thank you.)

Who are you and what have you done with DOB? :lol:

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
1:59 pm

JJJ + Lowe + Vazquez going against the fish, right?

I would have rather have DL against the nats and not the fish.

Leo (If I am a 'rockin...don't bother knockin...) Mazzone

September 26th, 2009
2:00 pm

That’s it. Hanson, you owe me 100 push-up’s. No more runs allowed…do you hear me? 2.85 ERA you say. Need to get it under 2.80 before the day is over!

BELIEVE…

TnBrian(Vazquez ace 2010)

September 26th, 2009
2:01 pm

Yeah, we need to cheer the Braves and celebrate when Colorado loses, but all this stuff about LA and the Cards needing to do this and that is just way too much to think about. It is for me. My head spins when I read all that stuff from y’all. It’s still gonna be tough, tough to get in the playoffs.

Boy, McLouth has looked pretty bad the last few games. Upper cutting a lot of pitches. I think we’re gonna see him go through stretches like this in the future… pull happy.

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
2:02 pm

The answer is Lee Stevens and Andres Galaraga.

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:02 pm

As for the Braves, they have the second-best record (49-3) in the NL going back to June 28 (we use that date because it’s when the Braves’ season really turned

I think you should use July 10th. Because, you know..

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
2:02 pm

DL has been horrible last 3 outings, he chould not go against the fish.

Bay Area Steve

September 26th, 2009
2:02 pm

Thank you, all.

Except Doc; I can’t be droppin’ $14.95 to watch one game.

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
2:04 pm

Tomahawkin: Personally, I think I’d still probably go with Escobar or McCann as team MVP. Prado for second-half MVP, yes. But for season, Escobar or McCann — or Vazquez. Prado didn’t get in lineup until June 30, and has had a huge impact since then.

Escobar has led or been second in RISP average in the NL all season, and hit right at .300 with team-high 83 runs, 14 homers, 73 RBI …

McCann has become a team leader on the field and in the clubhouse, and he’s led the Braves in homers and RBI while playing most demanding position and overcome that vision scare early. He’s also led the majors in RISP hitting since break.

N Nine

September 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

MARTEEEEEEEEEEN is back to his old self! So, suck on that Prado haters (Keyfago). I love his full-time services. GO BRAVOS!!!!

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

Lowe won’t be facing the fish. He’s pitted against Livan Hernandez tomorrow.

bravesgrl4life

September 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

For all the Braves’ local Atlanta fans, if we make it to the playoffs, we really all ought to get together somewhere. Anybody up for that? And remember, we have to pick a family-friendly place so McFann can join us.

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

Lets assume that the Braves do make the playoffs.

Lets not.

RemoW

September 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

What are the chances of Don Baylor getting a look for Braves manager?

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
2:07 pm

AndyC: I think you’re right. With a fully rested ‘pen (they’ve all had two or more days off) and them monitoring Hanson’s innings, I’d expect he’ll be pulled after 5 or 6 if he’s got this big lead. Or even if he doesn’t (since he’ll have thrown a lot of pitches, probably, if the Nats get back in it).

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
2:07 pm

Good lord. Scott Blair is cursed against North Carolina or something. Just shanked a 27-yard FG.

bravesgrl4life

September 26th, 2009
2:08 pm

Not another rain delay when Tommy’s on his game, please (still want a “smiley” for begging).

Soph

September 26th, 2009
2:08 pm

Rob from SC

September 26th, 2009
2:08 pm

make quick outs for two innings guys.

bravesgrl4life

September 26th, 2009
2:08 pm

So much for Garret struggling against a pitcher he’s never seen before :grin:

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

How many hits is that for Garret?

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

GA nearly got that one out. That’s a shot to get it over wall out there.

Raining now. Of course it’s raining — Hanson’s pitching. Dude can’t catch a break from the rain. Uncanny. Baseball gods peeing on rookie’s parade.

Bobby (I asked Chipper to take over for me and he said $#@! you...) Cox

September 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

Rotation…next 8 games…

Sunday….Lowe
Monday…Jurrjens
Tuesday…Hudson
Wednesday…Vazquez
Thursday…Hanson
Friday…Lowe
Saturday…Jurrjens
Sunday…Hudson

Monday…Vazquez…(playoff…if needed)

BELIEVE…

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
2:09 pm

D.O.B. good point about Esco, Only knack I have on him is that he got injured off and on over the last 6 weeks…

83 runs, WOW…I would also love to see Esco steal more bases in the future, but then Again Bobby hates the running game, so I can kill that thought for next season

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
2:10 pm

Anderson is six hits from 2,500

Daybed Wagmoe

September 26th, 2009
2:10 pm

TnBrian(Vazquez ace 2010)

September 26th, 2009
2:11 pm

Get your ass behind that plate, catcher! Damn, I think when it rains the team that’s trailing wants to stall the game. Strategy I know, but you’re the Nats!

Skip (If I knew that I was going to live that long...I would have taken better care of myself) Caray...

September 26th, 2009
2:12 pm

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Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
2:12 pm

I honestly don’t think that Big Red will get R.O.Y.

Happ has had a much bigger role in the Phillies getting into the postseason than the braves just missing it…

Big Red pitched with a lot of luck early because he got a lot of run support but over the last month or so the tables have turned as far as luck goes…He should’ve won that game asinst the astros and now just about every start he has gets delayed, WTF!

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
2:13 pm

Bay Area Steve,

Thanks for the compliment.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
2:13 pm

Anderson is six hits from 2,500

Thank you DOB,

Do you think he can do it as a Brave?

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
2:13 pm

I can’t wait to see this movie: http://tinyurl.com/lnbkww

Note: Link rated R.

Steve from OH

September 26th, 2009
2:14 pm

Willingham kinda remids me of Diaz…

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:14 pm

My MVP is Frank Wren. Loaded us up on pitching, made 2 tough (but correct) moves with Glavine and Frenchy, and snatched up LaRoche at the deadline, who nobody can deny has made a big impact. I also suspect he may have suggested that Prado should be given a shot at 2B when KJ was struggling. Oh and he gets bonus points for extending my man Chipper. :D

MVP pitching is harder to call but for me it comes down to the rookie who has pitched like a 10 year veteran and Vazquez. If you twisted my arm and made me choose I’d give it to Javy. He’s a machine.

Position MVP…not even close. It’s Yunel. 8)

The_Superhoo

September 26th, 2009
2:14 pm

Garret has 8+ games left in the regular season to get 6 more hits. Do it GA!

Doc Holiday

September 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

Bobby (I asked Chipper to take over for me and he said $#@! you…) Cox,

Thanks for the rotation update. We are ready to kick axx…………we might not lose again if the gods look a little bit after us.

Soph

September 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

Wow. Nice play, Esco.

Skip (If I knew that I was going to live that long...I would have taken better care of myself) Caray...

September 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

Oops…nor more budweiser’s, Dad.

Spoke to the folks who control the weather. Braves will get this in and of course, win. Same for Sunday…

BELIEVE…

Steve from OH

September 26th, 2009
2:16 pm

RHR–yeah, Wren gets my vote as well. He’s done a fantastic job.

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:18 pm

if we make it to the playoffs, we really all ought to get together somewhere.

Like…oh I don’t know…The Ted?

Dutchie

September 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

Yunell……..gulp…….wish I could do that on a regular basis!!!

Andy K.

September 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

Sorry I’ve been gone so many weeks guys. Work has been a killer drag on my free time, but don’t worry, i’m still up to pace on our Bravos. Hopefully we get in the play offs this year, but juts wanted to share my thoughts on next year. We need a new veteran bench player (Norton has got to go, even though he’s a great guy). And I agree with the guys on MLBN, Franky Wren should go out and get Bobby a big bat. Then, re-sign LaRoche.

Baseball (no explanation needed...) god's

September 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

We have gotten together…took a vote…and the Braves will never lose, again!

BELIEVE

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
2:20 pm

Sit Down Diaz!

Bat Masterson

September 26th, 2009
2:20 pm

RHR
September 26th, 2009
2:18 pm

if we make it to the playoffs, we really all ought to get together somewhere.

Like…oh I don’t know…The Ted?

Lady, you are a first class smart ass.

Steve from OH

September 26th, 2009
2:20 pm

Ok, 3 quick outs Tommy…

Braves Paisan

September 26th, 2009
2:20 pm

Yunie is our MVP. Great defense at SS and top-shelf hitting with RISP.

Head problems are overrated.

The_Superhoo

September 26th, 2009
2:20 pm

Big Red’s anxious to get out there and get back at the Gnats!

OptimisticInTexas

September 26th, 2009
2:21 pm

Does anyone think Bobby will go crazy/logical and throw in Kawakami in a must-win game? Or playoff? I love the option…

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
2:21 pm

VAZQUEZ GETTING IT DONE

The Braves got another strong performance from Javier Vazquez in their win over the Nationals. Vazquez has 15 wins and an earned-run average of 2.83 this season. Over the last 10 years only one Braves pitcher finished a season with that many wins and an ERA that low: Greg Maddux in 2002 (16 wins, 2.62 ERA).

Braves Paisan

September 26th, 2009
2:22 pm

Has there ever been a great major league hitter who was DUMB?

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2009
2:22 pm

Prado for second-half MVP, yes. But for season, Escobar or McCann

DOB,

That’s a matter of opinion. In my eyes, Martin is the Braves MVP of the decade, even though he hasn’t become a full time player until June 30,2009. Still. ;)

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:23 pm

Good thing the real baseball gods don’t have an apostrophe in their name.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
2:23 pm

And NOW Tommy stops throwing strikes!

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
2:24 pm

Hanson, keep the ball down, please.

keylargo

September 26th, 2009
2:24 pm

CaBravesfan

I feel your pain with Fox. I’m blocked from watching the Braves even with the MLB Directv package and am getting “paid programming” instead of the Braves, who are in the Wildcard race or the Marlins who are still alive.

But I am going to get to see Boston (7 game lead in the wildcard) vs. New York (6.5 game lead in division) at 4 pm.

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2009
2:25 pm

Hjort,

Looks like a great movie….

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

Just throw it over the plate!

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

Lady, you are a first class smart ass.

Thanks! So I’ll see you there then? :D

BravesAreDone

September 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

Reality is the Cardinels would rather (I’m sure) face the Rockies than the Braves in the playoffs…so what reason do they really have to win against them in this series and help the Braves?

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

RHR,

Funny post at 2:18. Someone’s has to tell people to show up since Justice left…

Rob from SC

September 26th, 2009
2:28 pm

BravesAreDone

Wainwright is fighting for a CY YOUNG award. He has reason to beat the Rockies

Mitchell

September 26th, 2009
2:29 pm

Come on Tommy.

Get him.

Bat Masterson

September 26th, 2009
2:29 pm

Yeah, I’ll be the guy in the braves T shirt wearing a derby hat

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
2:29 pm

Just doing preview for tomorrow:

Lowe is 8-2 in his past 14 starts, despite a 4.54 ERA and .326 opponents’ average in that span. He’s 3-2 with a 6.62 ERA and .377 opponents’ average in his past seven starts, and the Braves scored nine runs (twice) and 11 runs while he was in the game in his three wins in that stretch.

But Livan’s numbers are even worse. (Lowe is facing Livan Hernandez)

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
2:29 pm

And the Cards want home field advantage…

Mitchell

September 26th, 2009
2:30 pm

RHR

September 26th, 2009
2:30 pm

About those baseball gods…

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
2:30 pm

Wow, that ball was crushed. Dude’s first homer is a straightaway shot to CF.

Goldenglove002

September 26th, 2009
2:30 pm

Mixxo

September 26th, 2009
2:31 pm

Go get him Bobby!

That ball was CRUSHED!!!!

The_Superhoo

September 26th, 2009
2:31 pm

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