1:37 pm September 26, 2009, by David O'Brien
September 27th, 20099:51 am
DOB or any bloggers who know, If the Braves tie the Rockies for the wild card, will the one game playoff be in Atlanta or Denver? I know they used to flip a coin to make that determination but I seem to remember they changed that procedure. Thanks!
September 27th, 20099:53 am
DOB (3:08 pm September 21, 2009): “He’s indicated he can’t afford to take a big hometown discount to stay with the Braves, but LaRoche has also made it clear he loves playing in Atlanta and the guys on the team. So I’m betting that, while he won’t take a lot less to stay here, he might take a little less, and would certainly take the Braves over most other teams if offers are more or less equal.”
CR (1:46 pm September 20, 2009): “At what price? LaRoche is making $7 million this season. You’d think the Braves would need to be in that neighborhood to sign him beyond this season. Chipper alluded to the fact that they’re not there yet.
“ ‘I know he loves playing here,’ Jones said. ‘I know he loves the guys. I know his family likes it here, but he’s not going to give us as big a hometown discount as what I think the Braves are thinking.’
“I asked LaRoche about it this morning and he said he doesn’t even have a figure in his head yet, as far as salary goes. His main objective, after going year-by-year for the first six years of his major league career, is to get a multi-year deal. And he wants three years.”
All right, in regard to “hometown discounts” — imo, there is absolutely NO WAY that the Braves can legitimately expect a “hometown discount” from ANY player if they’re not willing in turn to give the player some kind of no-trade clause.
And since the Braves are notorious for “never” giving no-trade clauses, I really don’t see how they have the nerve to expect any “hometown discounts” from anybody.
In general, I just can’t see how any player would give a “hometown discount” WITHOUT getting a no-trade clause in return. I mean, that’s the whole basis of giving a “hometown discount” — to remain in that particular area, right?
Am I missing something here?
PS: Fred — I heard “Atlanta” on the last radio or TV Braves ‘cast.
Wayne in Utah
September 27th, 20099:55 am
I won’t be totally gone. Got my aircard and heck, I am mobile about 60% of the time anyway. Just gonna be a long 2 weeks. Lotsa windshield time. My fault, for not telling folks I can be there this week…
Good to see you are doing well. The SUCK AZZ BUM (as he is so fond to referring to players who suck) is still ever the idiot.
I will try to hook up during the game later….
September 27th, 200910:02 am
richbrave – I’m a Giants’ fan, so I don’t feel too badly for Dan Snyder. They have just made a lot of bad decisions over the past few years.
Rob from SC
September 27th, 200910:13 am
Derek Lowe: Please don’t suck today.
Bobby Cox: If Lowe does suck don’t be afraid to pull him. We need to treat this game like game 7 of the WS. We MUST win this game
September 27th, 200910:24 am
My analysis is that SNYDER’s stewardship is lacking. I see many parallels between he and GEORGE PRESTON MARSHALL minus the bigotry. Great coaches don’t want to come to D.C. because the owner is always in the kitchen similar to the relationship between CURLY LAMBEAU and MARSHALL in the early fifties.
September 27th, 200910:26 am
Rob in S.C.:
Money, that’s money Rob. I roll with that. Take no prisioners, leave no stone unturned.
September 27th, 200910:33 am
It would be nice to see the Braves win out, especially against the Nationals- maybe the worst excuse for a major league team in recent memory. It’s too bad that many casual Braves fans checked out a month or two ago, when the HOF manager was pushing all the wrong buttons. The Braves are definitely back-page news, as football has taken over the South. Cox has to take much of the blame; when fans were interested and paying attention, he was giving games away.
My partial-plan season ticket package includes this Monday and Wednesday games against the Marlins. I remember thinking back in early June that it looked like I’d have a hard time finding any clients interested in going to those games since it seemed the Braves would be out of it……now I can hardly wait for both games!
September 27th, 200910:34 am
The game would be in Atlanta because while the Braves and Rockies split the season series, the Braves win the second tiebreaker by having a better division record.
September 27th, 200910:40 am
The Dodgers are 3 up for home field, we need that # to be down to 1 so that they have something to play for against the Rocks…the BrewCrew is playing well, I see them beating the Rocks twice while the Dodgers will win one of three…I think the Rocks beat the Cards today so for us to tie we can only lose one…..Go Jets, beat Titans!
September 27th, 200910:46 am
Ah, thank you Cardinals!! 2 1/2 games back…I think I’m getting goose-bumps! This could really happen…
JJ4NLCY Even if Flowers becomes the next [Brian McCann] I like the Javy trade he has been awesome
Much better! Who was that guy that beekay mentioned?
September 27th, 200910:50 am
Even with that 0-20 BMac took at the beginning of the month, he’s still hitting .299 with a .341 OBP, a .519 SLG, 4 homers, 5 um…doubles, 18 RBI and 5 walks. Only problem is the 15 K’s…
September 27th, 200910:59 am
Trying not to expect too much from Cards today. They clinched last night, maybe a little hungover today. So, we win and Rocks win, we are 2.5 out after today. Then, we take 2 of 3 from Marlins, while the Rockies lose 2 of 3 to Brewers (they seem like a team that would enjoy being spoilers, especially since they were the WC last year). If we can be 1 out heading intil final 3 games, I do think LA will win 2 against Rockies. We need to pull for Cards and Phils this week, and a few LA losses early in the week, so they are playing for NL home field advantage next weekend. Anyway, we sweep Nats 4 next weekend and LA wins 2 of 3 v. Colorado, and we win WC by 1 game.
I really think Colorado will lose the games we need them to lose. We just have to/need to win 7 of 8.
Steve from OH
September 27th, 200911:00 am
Bobby’s–well, seeing as we already traded Locke to the Bucs, that trade would be pretty hard to pull off, LOL!
But in all seriousness, they wouldn’t trade McCutchen now, and they wouldn’t have then. I kinda laugh when people say that we traded for the wrong CF…well no, we got the best CF we could that was available. McCutchen wasn’t available, and for good reason.
But yeah, our pitching depth is strong, which makes (for me) giving up Morton and Locke a nonfactor for the club right now, as well as JoJo Reyes this offseason (he’s out of options, right? Anyone?). For me, the jury is still out on Minor, but I think his bust rate will be low compared to a prospect like Randall Delgado. So yeah, our pitching is nice. Get that bat, Frank!
September 27th, 200911:01 am
mitchie-san–glad to see you back last night, man. Keep fightin’ the good fight.
September 27th, 200911:03 am
Steve from OH @ 11:01–
I echo that!
September 27th, 200911:04 am
Wow, has this place turned negative. The AJC outta boot out all the people who can’t post here without personal attacks
Where was I when this place was positive?
September 27th, 200911:06 am
he’s still hitting .299 with a .341 OBP, a .519 SLG, 4 homers, 5 um…doubles, 18 RBI and 5 walks. Only problem is the 15 K’s…
McFann, I really just have a problem with the 5 walks. Only 16 walks in the second half of the season: .273/.323/.515
But hey, three weeks ago all I wanted was Heap to get back to .290/.350/.500. Looks like he is basically there and might surpass that……we could only hope.
September 27th, 200911:08 am
And the bottom line with Mac is that he hasn’t been able to hit LHP: .223/.301/.325 in 178 plate appearances.
BMac is awesome but Mauer is just a tiny bit better McFann….Steve from OH, getting a big bat is as simple as letting Huddy and Loaf go. 15 mill gets you a nice abt and then some
September 27th, 200911:11 am
SUNDAY LINEUP, same as usual lately (they’re not changing in midstream during this wild ride)
Rico sounds like you agree with 10:40 post…root for the Dodgers to lose a few so that at least one game is important in the series vs the Rocks…the Brewers are playing well and have a chance to finish at .500 or better
Are the stars aligning and guiding these resilient bunch of Braves? So many things have to happen but you have to believe. No Johnson in the Marlin series, looks like we will miss Lannon in Atlanta next week. Cubs were huge yesterday(and Thursday and Friday). Wainright doesn’t throw 130 pitches if Cubs lose. This is such a tall order. Sweeping 7 against the Nationals is a possibility but shouldn’t be a given. Brew crew hopefully really gives the Rocks a battle.
For some reason I think Kawakami plays a important role before all is said and done. Nice option having him if for some reason we get hit hard early and he can keep us in a game.
September 27th, 200911:12 am
So that’s it? Drop Hudson and Garret, sign a bat and the offseason is complete. Buddy and Acosta will be able to hold down the bullpen just fine.
September 27th, 200911:13 am
Good to see LaRoche still floating around the bottom of the lineup. He’s been ice cold.
If we win our last 8 games and still don’t get in that would be a crime shame!!
September 27th, 200911:14 am
And for those who think this “place” is negative. Look back at a day or two of posts, and I think you’ll find that 95 percent of vitriol/personal/angry posts come from about three people (and the silly one or two who’ve assigned themselves the cheerleader role for one or more of those folks).
September 27th, 200911:15 am
jeffd…it was answering a question about how to geta big bat…We will be able to sign one of our 2 closers, Peter will pitch the 8th…OFLARE, Medlin will pitch 7th and Boone,Manny,Buddy etc. will pitch garbage time……next question?
September 27th, 200911:16 am
jtb and random, Thanks for the information. Hopefully it will all work out.
September 27th, 200911:17 am
Much better! Who was that guy that beekay mentioned?
Your favorite pretty boy from Minnesota.
I beg to differ…we do not need to pull for the Phillies. While they are currently 5 games ahead of us…as of this morning, they can still be overtaken…as long as we keep winning. They are only 5 – 5…over their last 10 games…so, we need to pull for the Brewers today! Then…we need to pull for the Astros (3 games…) and then yes, the Marlins (last 3 games…)
We are still alive for the NL East…while ever so slightly…however, I prefer to not pull for the Phillies to win…ever!
September 27th, 200911:19 am
I wonder if McFann’s seen http://www.mattwietersfacts.com/
He’s the next Joe Mauer.
NO MORE BOBBY
September 27th, 200911:20 am
DOB – SUNDAY LINEUP, same as usual lately (they’re not changing in midstream during this wild ride)
I wish Bobby would’ve stuck with the same lineup earlier. I mentioned this all season. But Roach deserves to be higher than eight spot. Oh well.
Forget the Rockies. Lets take the Phillies!!!!
I just wish LaRoche and Garret would flip flop
September 27th, 200911:22 am
I think the true baseball fan is absolutely embracing this win or lose. What more can you ask for going into the last week of the season? This is awesome. This week is so not the time to reflect on what flippin game was blown in July. Gimme a break. Just win today and see what happens. Regardless what happens, go back to DOB’s post on what their record has been the last 80 games. This encompasses being swept at home against Cincy and losing two to San Diego and sweeping in St.Louis and playing lights out in L.A. Let’s enjoy this.
I have a huge problem with the low walk total, too…really irritates me, especially since he’s set a career-high for K’s. They aren’t exactly balancing out. And it’s not like he’s ever walked a ton (career-high is 57, set last year), but still…needs to be walking more, I think.
And yeah, the lefty thing as been a problem. Don’t know what’s up with that–a for real head-scratcher, that’s for sure. Though yesterday’s homer was off a lefty…
But if someone told me earlier this year that he was gonna finish with over 20 homers and 90 RBI, I would have been the happiest person alive. And I still am very pleased with the way he overcame the eye issue. Just needs to cut out the K’s and raise that AVG and OBP.
Just a tiny bit…hey, dude has only 2 more RBI than BMac. And BMac has hit homers with men on base at a higher percentage than ANYBODY IN THE MAJORS with at least 15 homers (15 of his 21 homers have come with guys on).
Thanks for the lineup, Chief!
September 27th, 200911:24 am
Ha. I was about to bust out the i before e except after c on someone here last night.
I like this one…
Matt Wieters Is The Reason I Comes Before E, Except After C.
September 27th, 200911:25 am
“Pretty boy”? Elg…
I’m fairly familiar with Mr. Wieters…at least he’s in the AL–he’s Mauer’s problem. (Haha! And yet Mauer is somehow my problem…)
Steve from OH and Miss McFann,
Thanks! Its good to be back.
September 27th, 200911:27 am
Was it RHR, Soph?
My favorite is Next Year US Currency Will Be Replaced With Matt Wieters Baseball Cards.
White Blood Cells
Would it not be crazy as hell if the Phillies fall apart. The pitchers Houston has throwing for that series look pitiful, then they finish with the Marlins.
September 27th, 200911:28 am
McFann – wouldn’t it be hilarious if the Phillies traded for Wieters??
September 27th, 200911:29 am
Nope, jeffrey it wasn’t RHR. It was someone that spelled believe wrong – I can’t remember who it was.
I like this one too -
Matt Wieters Attended A Yankees/Red Sox Series Wearing His O’s Jersey. Both Teams Lost.
September 27th, 200911:33 am
“Pretty boy”? Elg…
Come on McFann, you know he has perfect hair and a gorgeous smile.
Bobby (look at me now...) Cox
September 27th, 200911:34 am
The Braves will continue the wild ride…with another win today. Of course…we are playing the Nationals. That is just way the schedule play’s out. So what. Last 4 games also with the Nationals. Good. Now all they can do is play…yes, I am going to say it…one game at a time…and keep the pedal to the metal. Rockies and Phillies know that we are crawling up their backside looking to pounce on anyway we can to qualify for the post-season.
Rockies. Who knows?
But…with a win tomorrow night against the Marlins…Braves will be no worse than 2 back…with 6 to go. I have not given up on the NL East…as long as the Phillies continue to slide.
Good day Atlanta…
You guys got your hopes up, again? Don’t remember what we did to you the last 10 times you thought we’d amount to something?
Big Ol’ FOLD approaching…just a question of when…
September 27th, 200911:37 am
Yeah, but it is a lot of fun.
September 27th, 200911:39 am
September 27th, 200911:40 am
And here’s Joe Mauer’s McFann
September 27th, 200911:43 am
In my best Frosty the snowman voice…”Happy Birthday”. Not my birthday..just how I feel. Wow…my first post. I have been a lurker on all ATLANTA team blogs all year.
Well all DVRS,computers and TVs on overdrive today in my house.
Falcons and Patriots, Braves, STL(Smoltz)vsRox, and Tiger Woods, Kenny Perry, Phil M final round Tour Championship. Not to mention scoreboard watching with my fantasy Football team. All the background stories in football….Favre first home game, Vick maybe playing is philly, detroit 1st win maybe??
Man O’ Man…..GO BRAVES!
What a great day. (opens beer) A beer for before noon….is that considered breakfast?
September 27th, 200911:46 am
McFann…dude is batting .371 hard to argue….. Bmac is best in National League though
You’re welcome…was sad when you left.
Soph you know he has perfect hair and a gorgeous smile.
jeffrey d wouldn’t it be hilarious if the Phillies traded for Wieters??
No! But there’s no need to worry…why would Baltimore trade “the next Joe Mauer”?
There is no reason to root for the Phillies. By the time they play the Marlins in the last three games of the season, the Marlins will be in the chase only if the Braves lose 2 or more of the games played with them. That eventuality would probably give the Rockies the WC. But for just this weekend, I’m with Anders. “LET’S GO METS!”
September 27th, 200911:47 am
Right there with you big guy. Glued to three TVs and drinking the High Life.
why would Baltimore trade “the next Joe Mauer”?
Because they’re stupid.
And before Joe Mauer’s recent power binge, Wieters was being called “Joe Mauer with power.”
September 27th, 200911:48 am
Yeah…but he plays in an air-conditioned stadium half the time and cann DH.
Not undermining him, though…he is rather good. I know! I know! 28 homers after missing all of April.
September 27th, 200911:49 am
“Joe Mauer with power”! Nice rhyme…
Glad to hear White Blood cells!! Woohoo…I was worred my inaugural blog space reply from someone would have been “get a life” or “learn to spell” LOL.
Glad to meet you cells.
I have Wieters in one of my fantasy leagues. I would have McCann, but it’s in the DOB blog league and uh…let’s just say a lot of Braves got drafted VERY early (Chipper went third overall).
But I have McCann in my other league.
September 27th, 200911:50 am
We have our best going against the marlins, no need to feel the pressure…………taking 2 of 3 shouldnt be that hard…………lets go bravos
September 27th, 200911:51 am
This place is definitely not “negative”. The problem is that there are still people that feel compelled to respond to certain “regulars” and their stream of hackneyed criticisms and cries for attention. Once you filter those people out, it’s a pleasant read. It’s surprising to me that more people haven’t put those people on ignore–arguing with them is like playing tennis against a wall; completely fruitless.
Anyway, huge game today-Lowe needs to earn that salary for once and pitch a lockdown game when it counts. Hopefully the Cards right handed bats will mash the Rockies left handed pitching today and move the Braves one game closer. Go braves.
September 27th, 200911:53 am
Frankie Wren (11:22)–Spot on, dude. I’m lovin the ride right now. We’ve got a bright outlook for the remainder of this season (KOW) and for 2010.
September 27th, 200911:54 am
If I was into fantasy baseball, and I didn’t get to draft BMac, I’d quit.
Well that’s good!
September 27th, 200911:59 am
I know everyone keeps saying…if Braves go 7-1 and Rockies go this….The way I like to look at it is if the Braves win today and the Rockies lose is we are 1.5 back. One day at a time and it seems more realistic and feasible that the Braves can pull this out. Come Tuesday, it would be absolutely amazing to see 1 under GB for the Braves in the wild card. Another big day for the Atlanta Braves, this is exactly what I had hoped for starting the season….exciting baseball games late in the year.
I can picture McFann taking BMac 1st overall.
A few years ago I invited one of my female friends to join my league. The regular first round picks are taken off the board. Pujols, Bonds, A-Rod. Then my friend picks.
…selects Johnny Estrada
I’m sure that’s the first time ever Johnny Estrada has been picked in the first round. It was pretty embarrassing.
September 27th, 200912:01 pm
jeffrey d I can picture McFann taking BMac 1st overall.
Naturally! That wouldn’t be so embarrassing…
I’m sure that’s the first time ever Johnny Estrada has been picked in the first round.
September 27th, 200912:03 pm
Winning 18 out of 20 games should never be a given. these are precious games and an incredible effort by our bravitos. barring a complete and disastrous collapse by COL, braves have to win 7 or 8 out of 8. this is a very tall order, against any team. baseball is a crazy, crazy game, but i believe…
Make playoffs, not make playoffs. To me it doesn’t matter. What matters is loving Baseball and being fortunate enough to have a favorite team (Braves), with tremendous history and heart.
I’m looking at a CBS mock draft from 2005. Dan Kolb was the first Brave selected in the 4th Round. Right between K-Rod and Peevy.
September 27th, 200912:04 pm
Just saw the replay of Molina’s injury…Dude! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a bunt get foulded off the catcher’s knee like that…that thing really ricocheted! Ouch…
Make playoffs, not make playoffs. To me it doesn’t matter. What matters is loving Baseball
Well aren’t you just the perfect fan
September 27th, 200912:05 pm
Oh dude…forgot about Dan Kolb!
I don’t think a Tony LaRussa team will lay down to “get ready” for the playoffs when they are still playing games that can significantly alter the playoff race. I just don’t see that happening
September 27th, 200912:11 pm
Like so many on this blog, we are all of us a$$holes.
September 27th, 200912:12 pm
Jeffrey D: What’s the reason you feel so strongly that LaRoche should/must move moved up in the order? The team’s hit .300 during a 13-2 run, and LaRoche is thriving, having the best and most important sustained hitting surge of his career, while hitting precisely where he has been for the past two months.
So now, when the team’s won 13 of 15 games and he’s driving in runs and making the bottom half of the order as dangerous as the top half, you’d like to move him and change things around? To what end? You think he could possibly be hotter or more productive hitting elsewhere? You think the Braves can win more than 13 out of 15 and hit better than .300 as a team? I’m just curious, what would be the purpose or intent of moving LaRoche in the order right now, when both he and the Braves as a team are playing better than they have in years?
September 27th, 200912:13 pm
By the way, I heard Josh Johnson has “flu symptoms” and Marlins might not start him today. Hmm … could it be one-day flu and he’d start against Braves tomorrow? Or start middle game against Braves instead of VandenHurk? (then it’d be Sanchez, Johnson, Nolasco).
Sanchez has actually pitched a little better lately than Johnson, just not with the big strikeout totals that Josh throws up there.
September 27th, 200912:15 pm
No Larussa team wouldn’t lay down, but they are probably hung over after last night. Hopefully though the Cards can still pull it off! Go Braves!
DOB could it be one-day flu and he’d start against Braves tomorrow?
Egad! I’m pretty sure I hope not!
September 27th, 200912:16 pm
I say, bring Josh Johnson on and give us your best shot.
September 27th, 200912:18 pm
I would take Marteen first. My franchise player.
September 27th, 200912:24 pm
B Mac as the team MVP? I really can’t believe anyone is making that risible argument.
How many times this year has his defense killed us behind the plate? How many times has he employed his zorro-like swipe move to tag a runner at home–from a crouching position half way to the pitcher’s mound so as not to get run over? How many times has he dropped a would be third strike or let a crucial ball get past him? If his bat was responsible for 35 homers and 115 RBI’s, I’d say maybe. He is a very good hitter–not clean-up good–but certainly a plus for the Braves. However, to argue that he fits into the traditional embodiment of “team leader” is plain wrong.
Javy Vazquez is the MVP, folks.
September 27th, 200912:26 pm
Ew…yeah…Josh Johnson? Yuck…
Soph I would take Marteen first. My franchise player.
To each his (her) own.
And if I had to pick a position player for MVP, it would go to Rochy, hands down. Without him, we’re not even in the hunt right now.
September 27th, 200912:28 pm
so is it loshe or smoltz today?
September 27th, 200912:29 pm
Good afternoon, Braves Beat Blog Denizens:
While we are waiting for the big day of sports to begin, check out the finals of High Q on WSB at 12:30 pm. I believe it is Chattahoochie vs Brookwood.
Actually, Nolasco’s the one the Marlins would probably prefer to swap out against Braves. Nolasco is only 2-4 with a 5.02 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) against Braves. VandenHurk is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in seven games (six starts) against them.
Johnson is 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA and a ton of strikeouts against Braves (62 K in 64 inn of 11 g, 10 of them starts)
Volstad pitching for Johnson for the Marlins today. Prob pitch against us tomorrow. O well we can own him.
September 27th, 200912:30 pm
By the way, it’s a beautiful day here in DC, sun breaking through, about 70 degrees.
September 27th, 200912:31 pm
ray k ow many times this year has his defense killed us behind the plate?
I don’t know…twice?
How many times has he dropped a would be third strike
Haha! I don’t know…you tell me! That must have been a game I missed…
or let a crucial ball get past him?
A few times…maybe…
How many times has he employed his zorro-like swipe move to tag a runner at home–from a crouching position half way to the pitcher’s mound so as not to get run over?
OK, so you want him to get run over? Nice…And sometimes he has to come up the line to get the throw.
However, to argue that he fits into the traditional embodiment of “team leader” is plain wrong.
No it’s not, but whatever.
Its Lohse today. Hasn’t pitched that great lately. Hopefully he can step it up today. Rox gotta be feeling some pressure now, hopefully they will start choking!!!
Vazquez has been the leader of this pitching staff, for sure. Hanson has done equally as well though. And from what I’ve seen, Martin Prado has been the leader in the clubhouse. Sure, McCann is The Leader, but Braves record before/after Prado cannot be ignored.
September 27th, 200912:34 pm
that sucks that we probably gotta face johnson now. that guy always makes us look bad……
It’s darn near impossible to do what the Braves are trying to do anyway. Why not make it all the more challenging? It will just be that much more rewarding.
Tiger Woods, we have to figure out a way to beat good and bad pitchers during these last few games and into the postseason should we make it. I don’t know if it makes a difference. I think it is a consensus that everyone expects us to lose 1 game to Fish, but hopefully not! Braves still have to go 7-1 or 8-0 and hope Rockies play .500 or worse
ray k – what do you mean by this statement? Can you explain, please?
September 27th, 200912:35 pm
I just hope the team isnt looking forward as much as we are
Fish get JJ. I’ll take my chances with our guy.
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