Next hurdle: Josh Johnson

Josh   (Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien.)

   We’re at the point where every game is important, the end-all-be-all. Yes, agreed, we’re there. But let me venture out on a limb and say tonight is especially so, if, for no other reason than because Josh Johnson is pitching.

   The Marlins were going to run Rick VandenHurk out there until they figured out Johnson was well enough from the flu to start (he was scratched from Sunday’s start vs. the Mets). So now, the Braves face one of the best pitchers in the league, if you ask Bobby Cox, and if you look at the radar gun.

   Johnson has a mid-90s fastball that doesn’t let up. He’ll throw hard in the sixth inning just as sure as the first. He has a nasty slider and changeup, and together the kind of repertoire that had him no-hitting the Braves into the sixth inning the last time they faced him in Florida on Aug. 31.

   You remember that game? When Kenshin Kawakami was the one to finally help the Braves break through with his 10-pitch at-bat off Johnson? That ended in a groundout but loosened things up, and Matt Diaz followed with a single, and the Braves three runs in the next inning.

  So from here on out, the Braves will face Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday. And I’d have to think nobody the Nationals are going to throw at the Braves this weekend is coming with this kind of “stuff.” So you figure this is the toughest starting pitcher the Braves will face during these last six games.

   And they won’t have the Nationals’ bumbling defense to help them along tonight. And I’d doubt they’ll get another 11 walks like they did last night to grease the skids. They’re going to have to hit well to beat this guy and keep this thing rolling.

   And if they do beat him, with Tim Hudson on the mound, winning out because that much more of a realistic goal. And the sky high momentum the Braves have going lifts into orbit.

   Plus, the Marlins are on the brink of elimination. If the Rockies win tonight or the Marlins lose, they are done. And that leaves potential for letdown in the series finale tomorrow.

Dare we look ahead?

   If the Braves go 6-0 and the Rockies go 4-2, they are tied and there’s a one-game playoff Monday. Lose tonight and the Braves need the Rockies to lose three of their next six games to the Brewers and Dodgers to force a playoff. Precarious.

   Speaking of one-game playoff, things would fall in the Braves rotation so that Javier Vazquez would be the starter that day on regular rest. As much as you’d like to have him in a Game 1 of a division series, I don’t know that the Braves would have a better choice for the guy they’d watch to pitch if it came down to one game.

   By my math, Jair Jurrjens would be on normal rest for Game 2 on Thursday in the division series. That would leave a decision on Game 1. Derek Lowe would be on regular rest and brings a wealth of playoff experience. Or you have the young Tommy Hanson who’s been dominant, has been more consistent than Lowe of late and throws the kind of blistering stuff you’d like to have in the playoffs.

   Interesting decisions ahead, if the Braves can keep this interesting.

Chipper is two HRs away

   Chipper Jones needs two homers in the last six games to become the first player to open his major league career with 15 20-homer seasons. He’s tied with Eddie Mathews at 14. That’d be doing something, considering the off year Jones has had, and it’d give him something to feel good about in an otherwise off year.

   Cox for one thinks this pennant race is pumping new life into the “ol” 37-year-old.

   “He’s swinging really well right now and he’s catching everything at third, running the bases well,” Cox said last night. “He’s gotten energized here I think, with the run that we’re on. And it’s lifted him up a little bit to where he normally is at the plate.”

   Nolasco might be a good place to start for Jones. Jones has hit four home runs in 23 career at-bats against tomorrow night’s starter (.478 overall).

   He’s hit in four straight, including three multi-hit games in Washington. He’s 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles and a homer in that time.

   I think Jones really just wants to contribute whatever he can to the Braves offense at this point. You gotta love his typical honesty, giving himself a hard time about his situation.

   “I guess it’s a pretty good time to be rounding into form, 156 games in,” Jones said. “I would be a lot more upset if I weren’t contributing this time of year, especially with the team doing what it’s doing. I’m still not satisfied with where I’m at but I’m getting there. It’s nice to be coming off a couple multi-hit games and hit a homer in a big win for us. I’m just trying to be one-ninth of the equation.”

Moylan is the man

   Congrats to Peter Moylan, who just keeps taking the ball and doing his job. Last night was his 85th appearance, which set the new Braves franchise record, passing Chris Reitsma (2004). He also becomes the first Brave to have two 80-game seasons. He did it in 2007 as well.

   If there wasn’t a Chris Carpenter out there, going 16-4 with a 2.30 ERA for the Cardinals coming off Tommy John surgery that cost him most of the last two seasons, then Moylan would be a great candidate for comeback player of the year. Ah, the life of a middle reliever.

Upcoming things at the ballpark:

   For the remainder of this homestand, the Braves are holding a drive to raise money for Atlanta flood relief. They started by donating $25,000 from the Braves foundation.

   Donations will be collected from 2 ½ hours before the game to the second inning at Monument Grove every game through Sunday. The Braves are asking for monetary donations, gift cards, hygiene items, school supplies, non-perishable foods and baby items.

   Tim Hudson will sign autographs Friday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at Monument Grove in exchange for book or monetary donations that will go to Clarkdale Elementary in Cobb County, a school affected by the flood.

   Fans can bring five new children’s books worth at least $4 apiece or $20 for one autograph or 10 new children’s books or $40 for two autographs.

   And tonight the Braves will honor Channel 2 sportscaster Chuck Dowdle, who is retiring after 24 years at the end of the year. He’ll be on the field for a presentation prior to the game at 6:55 p.m.

More from the Ted this afternoon. See you there?

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N8

September 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

I'M A MAN ON A MISSION

September 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

SER EL NUMERO UNO.

abwright

September 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

From the Braves News … Probable Pitchers
Hudson
Vazquez
Hanson
Lowe
Jurrjens

Presumably Hudson will get the last start when his turn comes up again.

I thought that last night’s game was the biggest game of the season. Best Fish can do is tie the Rockies. In reality, they’re done.

I doubt that the Fish have completely switched from “we’re eliminated” mode into “let’s play spoiler” mode. I expect them to be flat tonight and tomorrow. Bullpen got used heavily last night. Could be a factor tonight and tomorrow if the Braves can get to the starters early.

Johnson is coming off the flu. We’ll see how much stamina he has. Hope the Braves make him work early. Get him out of the game and go after the bullpen.

The biggest worries for Braves fans right now has to be the bullpen. Six games to go, all in a row. Braves starters need to go seven strong every night. Soriano, Moylan, Gonzalez, and O’Flaherty are going to have to pitch til their arms fall off. I wish that KK would get some work, as that might make the difference between success and failure over the remainder of this run.

The Braves absolutely have the arms to win the next six in a row. I just hope that Bobby makes use of them all.

Biggest pitching performance in recent weeks … Moylan wriggling off the hook in Washington after giving up the lead off triple to Willie Harris. If that run scores, Braves don’t get to extras.

balla1881

September 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

First?
GO Braves…
I hope they can do it!
Its getting fun to watch. Cant wait for the game tonight
WOOOOOHOOOO

N8

September 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

YES!!! I’ve never done that before. I’m leaving on a “high note”. Later, everybody!

brentATL

September 29th, 2009
12:33 pm

Alright, I have wasted half a day with Braves fever, better take lunch I am worn out.

sidslidkid

September 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

I hope Chipper goes on a tear this week… Oh why not the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Mitchell

September 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

Still nervous.

Jeff R

September 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

Anders, from the previous blog. If the Braves make the post season, I believe the brass will have the room to push for a bigger budget. The Braves will project as a playoff contender in 2010 with a few right moves. How much bigger a budget management would request, I don’t know. I don’t think they’d make a play for an enormous increase; perhaps enough to re-up Hudson and LaRoche.

Johnson’s going to be tough tonight, but he’s coming off a flu bug. We’ll see.

Mr. Mouf

September 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

Enter your comments hereI went to cancun for two weeks on my honeymoon. I had all but given up on my bravos. I got back last night and wow what has happened. I dont want to jinx them so im not even gonna watch lol
they seem to win when i dont watch

A-ville Ranger

September 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

The Dodgers being 2.5 games up on both The Phillies and Cards for home field is a big problem for the Braves.

LA plays a series against the lowly Padres before finishing the regular season against The Rockies.If they can clinch before that series or after the first game they’ll likely rest their top players and alter their rotation so they can set it for the post season.

Biff Pocaroba

September 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

feels like 91. for the first time since…91.
granted, there will never be another one like that but what a terrific experience to watch this team rise from the freakin dead (and, yes, I thought they were long gone at least a couple of times) to contend. I wonder just whether they can cut it to one, but if they do I think that’s the point at which the Rockies pucker and fold.

Marc in FL

September 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Mr. Johnson is NOT a problem, a certain somebody on these blogs will be taking out his kneecaps before the game… Then watch Vandenhurk shut us out!

Nova Scotia Steve - Fight Like A Brave

September 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

I’m so nervous…my nerves are absolutely shot….This game with Josh Johnson/Tim Hudson isn’t helping.

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE

Mixxo

September 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

Mitchell

September 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

Still nervous.

Shakin’ like two balloons in a hurricane here too. Good stuff!!

DAP

September 29th, 2009
12:44 pm

abwrightThe biggest worries for Braves fans right now has to be the bullpen. Six games to go, all in a row.

what the braves really need is a blow out or two where they can use medlen and logan for multiple innings.

youve got to think moylan is unavailable tonight, and if they can get around using soriano, they should. but mike had last night off, so weve got one of the big three with a bit of rest….

Bob Roberts

September 29th, 2009
12:45 pm

Why are the Braves only carrying 31 players on the active roster? Couldn’t some of the players on the 40 man roster, like Gregor Blanco or Brandon Jones contribute something right now? At least they could pinch run or play defense in the late innings. Or actually have a chance at getting a pinch hit instead of running No-hit Norton out there. What does it hurt having them on the them, even if they just sit on the bench?

bravesgrl4life

September 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

Are these new bloggers or are some of our regulars using alternate names?

Rock On......

September 29th, 2009
12:49 pm

Just score 4….and pray for more–The Rule of 64.

Nova Scotia Steve - Fight Like A Brave

September 29th, 2009
12:50 pm

I don’t even know what to do with myself….

Rock On......

September 29th, 2009
12:51 pm

Don’t be nervous folks….actually be glad the Braves have given you reason to be nervous. Better than the alternative. KK has Hudson’s back tonight. Pray Cox makes the right pitching moves at the right time.

FEAR

September 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

if we beat johnson tonight it’s on…..even if the rockies win.

Anders

September 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

How much bigger a budget management would request, I don’t know. I don’t think they’d make a play for an enormous increase; perhaps enough to re-up Hudson and LaRoche (JeffR)

Adding these two players on top of the Braves existing payroll would constitute quite an increase. 15% or so. No way. Teams will be slashing payroll not increasing imo. The owners will ride this negative economic climate for all it’s worth.

Rock On......

September 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

Everybody take a deep breath on 3…..1….2….3

BravesfaninWis

September 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

Nice article on the Braves 7 game winning streak Carrol Rogers

While its nice to see this team hammering out win after win like they have been doing lately, I really think that by this team losing to teams like the Reds, Pirates, and Padres the way they did put a bad taste in the fans mouths.. Fans like myself may be thinking that if they go to a game, they could jinx the Braves and thus the Braves will lose out on the WC.. In all reality, the Braves have themselves to blame for a low fan attendance if it keeps up the last 6 games of the season..

I am cheering them on from home here in Wisconsin via MLB Extra Innings, so I hope they keep it up and the Rockies fall on their faces for a change.. If the Braves can get into the playoffs, anything can happen.. Come on Bravos, get it done..

brandon from warner robins

September 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

instead of focusing on economics im on my phone reading the blog….. cant wait 4 thr game

Nova Scotia Steve - Fight Like A Brave

September 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

Some positive vibes…when we need it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGzwNdTVHJo

Don’t Stop Believin’!!!!

Steve from OH

September 29th, 2009
12:55 pm

Brandon–enjoy it now, dude. I’ll be lucky to catch the game tonight. Missed last night’s… :(

Go Braves!

pryguy

September 29th, 2009
12:57 pm

no matter the outcome, I love being able to feel nervous and excited for a Braves game this late in the year. Like Moylan said last night, it’s reallllly exciting. It’s why they play it, and why we enjoy watching it, to see the improbable come to light!!

Rob from SC (Chipper is a ground ball machine)

September 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

Between my shoulder surgery scheduled for Thursday and the Braves doing everything possible to make the playoffs I am a nervous wreck. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am so proud of this team. It would have been easy to throw in the towel after the 5 game losing streak.

I also want to commend Bobby Cox for sticking with Jurrjens to face Hermida and Coghlan in the 7th with runners on 1st and 3rd with only one out.

I refuse to talk about playoff hopes because I don’t want a letdown. However when all eyes are on the Rockies, I am also going to keep an eye on the Phillies. You never know.

Frankie Wren

September 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

Oh man, anybody see the pictures of Barmes catch that might of hit the ground first?????? Conspiracy. Going to be even sweeter when we overtake these yahoos.

The A Bomb

September 29th, 2009
12:59 pm

HEY ATLANTA….

TIVO THE BIGGEST LOSER AND SHOW UP!

Otherwise, y’all (as you say out there) are the BIGGEST LOSERS.

Ray Pugh

September 29th, 2009
1:02 pm

All you no-good, fairweather sorry-@$$ excuse for fans better GET TO THE TED THIS WEEK ! ! !

MiamiBrave

September 29th, 2009
1:03 pm

Hopin tonight ends up like the last time Huddy faced Johnson…just need to keep winning to give us the best chance and not have to worry what the Rox do…

AHHH

BELIEVIN!

ncscoots

September 29th, 2009
1:05 pm

There’s dumb and there’s dummer.

Well…yeah, LOL. Point made and exemplified. :-)

DAP

September 29th, 2009
1:06 pm

andersAdding these two players [hudson and laroche] on top of the Braves existing payroll would constitute quite an increase. 15% or so.

bullcrap. first of all, the premise of jeff r’s post doesnt make sense, because the braves already have hudson under contract, with a salary decrease. he is making $3.5mil less next year. add that back to what laroche is effectively getting paid by the braves and it equals $6.3 mil. if predictions are right and laroche needs 3 years $25mil, thats $8.3 mil per year, and increase of $2mil, which, with a $96.7 mil payroll is about a 2% raise. and, thats not counting all the other contracts coming off the books.

Rock On......

September 29th, 2009
1:06 pm

Frankie Wren…..makes no difference, those things are intangibles and you have to believe those kind of things even out. Umps calls, bang bang plays, bad hops, good hops, etc. Happening late in the season they get scrutinized more but they are no more important than a bad call or whatever in April. Unless they are going to review it like a HR then we just have to let it go. A great catch by Barmes is what it was. The Braves will certainly not miss the playoffs due to that play by any means.

GTSteve

September 29th, 2009
1:07 pm

ok lets all laugh at Steve, who was still sitting on the old blog refreshing the screen wondering where everyone went…..lol

Michael B

September 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

Frankie Wren- I wonder if Bill Hahn was an umpire in that game

Frankie Wren

September 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

Josh Johnson receives a Sicilian message tonite from the Braves. He and the Marlins will sleep with the fishes.

TJ

September 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

NS Steve- Thanks for that YouTube link. I love that song (for a totally different reason, but that’s ok too…) And yes, I agree.. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Would love to be there, but work and distance are not kind enough to allow that, so whoever amongst you is going tonight (or any of the other games) please scream loud enough for me too. I’ll be watching….

Anders

September 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

DAP- All I did was answer Jeff R’s premise. He stated that he thought Braves mgt might re-up Hudson and LaRoche above their salary budget of this year. I assumed he meant they would use LaRoche’s and Hudson’s existing $’s for someone else.
I had LaRoache at about $8 mil and Hudson at $12 mil which I believe is low but whatever. That’s an additional $20 mil. I was being conservative with the 15% or so.

You and I agree I believe. I was just trying to show in numbers to Jeff that he’s pipe dreaming about the Braves adding those kind of $’s to this year payroll budget threshhold. Kabish?

CB

September 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

GTSteve, don’t feel bad, I once read one blog that PL posted on 4 hours after new one. :-)

DAP

September 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

anders…it sounds like jeff r’s idea makes no sense to me, (because hudson is under contract, and there are many contracts coming off) so i wont try.

by the way, i could see the braves being able to up payroll just a little bit, especially if they make postseason play. they are right on the edge of being the dominant team in the NL.

Steve from OH

September 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

Speaking of Journey, has anyone seen this fake video? Pretty funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyzQl1msfnU&feature=related

CB

September 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

GTSteve, I forgot to add, he was calling someone a Moron.

Pete

September 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

DAP Hudson is not under contract for next year yet (although he eventually may be); its an option year and not guaranteed the Braves will exercise it.

ncscoots

September 29th, 2009
1:20 pm

Kabish?

How does a New Yorker NOT know how to spell “capisce” correctly, LOL? Unless “Kabish” is some kind of Hungarian sausage of which I’m unaware, turned into a cliche by Eastern Europeans? Could be that, I guess.

beekay

September 29th, 2009
1:20 pm

Aville: Remember the Pads won two of three at Colorado or we wouldn’t be sitting here “believing” they are one of the hotter teams in baseball right now. I can see them winning two of 3 against LA forcing them to play the Rocks with their starters for at least the first 2 games

Nova Scotia Steve - Fight Like A Brave

September 29th, 2009
1:21 pm

I can’t even focus on my work…

Nova Scotia Steve - Fight Like A Brave

September 29th, 2009
1:21 pm

….And I love every minute of it…

McFann =Ô=

September 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!! Bleck…Josh Johnson…ew…of all the pitchers to be…

Rally and I are getting nervous… 8O But we like it!!

It’s happening, people.

GTSteve

September 29th, 2009
1:23 pm

ns steve, I can, i added a 2nd moniter this week so i can work on 1 and blog on the other…..lol

CB

September 29th, 2009
1:27 pm

McFann, how could Rally be nervous- that is the meanest looking turtle I have ever seen. ;-)

Bat Masterson

September 29th, 2009
1:27 pm

Nova Scotia Steve – Fight Like A Brave
September 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

I went to the Super Bowl OF Rock, Orlando, 1983…. Sammy Hagar ….. Brian Adams? Areosmith….Journey…. Great show.

So the next month they did it again and I saw….. Sammy Hagar …….Triumph…..Foghat… and ZZ Top …… Again Great Show…….

GO BRAVES………………..

cabravesfan

September 29th, 2009
1:27 pm

Good Morning People of the Blog :)

I’m bummed I missed out on all the fun last night- computer caught a nasty virus and refused to work for me…it was recently pointed out that if the boys pull this out they would open the playoffs on my side of the world :) Whoo Hoo! (as if I needed any more incentive…)

Steve from OH

September 29th, 2009
1:28 pm

i added a 2nd moniter this week so i can work on 1 and blog on the other…..lol

That’s pretty sweet. Good thinking…

Well, that’s it for me. Off to library. Hopefully back for gametime!

Go Braves! Get out to the stadium, folks!!

DAP

September 29th, 2009
1:28 pm

Pete: Hudson is not under contract for next year yet

its semantics. he is effectively under the braves control. especially for the purposes of the most recent discussion.

RC

September 29th, 2009
1:29 pm

Interesting discussion on MLBTraderumors.com about the free agent class of closers. Considering how HR prone he has been at times this year, it’s very suprising to me that Soriano ranks 2nd in fewest HR allowed per inning.

Here’s the link: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/09/free-agent-market-closers.html

McFann =Ô=

September 29th, 2009
1:29 pm

CB

Even the toughest of the tough get nervous once in a while! ;)

Anders

September 29th, 2009
1:30 pm

How does a New Yorker NOT know how to spell “capisce” correctly, LOL? (ncscoots)

It’s not like it’s posted on every corner. Guilty as charged. Thanks for being you.

DAP

September 29th, 2009
1:30 pm

RC

i read that MLBTraderumors entry on closers. what surprised me is how good of a year trevor hoffman is having. knew he was having a good year, but he is fantastic this season.

McFann =Ô=

September 29th, 2009
1:32 pm

cabravesfan it was recently pointed out that if the boys pull this out they would open the playoffs on my side of the world

Against the Dodgers? Dangit…oh well. Those games start at 8 ET regardless, right? :roll:

Hey, but the Braves didn’t do too badly against the Dodgers this year. Er…as a team, they didn’t, anyway…

Hmm. :|

Joe D. loves Marilyn

September 29th, 2009
1:32 pm

All you have to do is…

BELIEVE…

Luv 2 Hate Me

September 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

I can say Yes I’m a believer. I have the feeling the Braves will pull it off and make the post season because they are the hot team. Teams who play well at the end usually make the post season. Rockies are going downhill starting tonight because they are starting to feel the pressure.

Vinings Jim

September 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

cabravesfan – unlike the last time we played the Dodgers, I suspect we’d have to tag team from opposite sides of the country if that series materializes – if we could bring the same luck we did last time that would be good… ;)

White Blood Cells

September 29th, 2009
1:35 pm

Enter your comments here

Anders

September 29th, 2009
1:35 pm

06:$4M, 07:$6M, 08:$13M, 09:$13M, 10:$12M club option ($1M buyout)
if club exercises 2010 option, Hudson may void & forfeit buyout

That is Hudsons contract. Keep in mind he has an out too. As I’ve said on here before, I wouldn’t mind if he pitches well enough to opt out and signs for longer term with my Mets.

Assuming he pitches well and healthy through the balance of this season I say Hudson ask’s for an extension. If he doesn’t get an offer – he flies. Why risk another season ? It’s just business. Capisce? {:

brian

September 29th, 2009
1:35 pm

huge game for the Braves against the Marlins Ace. They have to be fired up for this one. This is a true test and probably the toughest pitcher they will face until the playoffs.

ijonathan

September 29th, 2009
1:36 pm

Yahoo Sports has a picture up of that game ending “double play” by Colorado vs. Cards, where Pujols was “doubled off.” I use quotation marks because the picture clearly shows the flare wasn’t caught cleanly. This may be old news to y’all, but first I had seen of it. Water under the bridge I know, but still…

K_Chub

September 29th, 2009
1:38 pm

If there is a play-in game and Vazquez starts I don’t think there is any question over who Bobby will start in the playoffs – it’ll be Derek Lowe. Bobby will always go to the veteran with playoff experience no matter what. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I know Lowe has struggled, but he has a history of rising to the occasion in the post-season.

CB

September 29th, 2009
1:38 pm

VJ,how come you always appear when cab appears- kind of like Superman and Clark Kent. :roll:

RemoW

September 29th, 2009
1:42 pm

Vinings Jim

September 29th, 2009
1:42 pm

CB – I had a couple of comments right before the new blog posted, before she had appeared. I will admit, we do apparently know what the other one is doing most of the time

Rob from SC (Chipper is a ground ball machine)

September 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

good game going on with the Tigers and Twins

Rock On......

September 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

Anders…. I don’t see a scenario where the Braves sign him (Hudson)without an extension at lower than 12 mil a year. Say 9-10 mil for 3 years. Perhaps a desperate GM will give him more but if the Braves want him and he wants them then I am sure a contract extension will be in order. Of course, at this point I am not sure the Braves will exercise the option which renders the extension moot.

cabravesfan

September 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

VJ-

Maybe I’ll have to go hang out with Ryan’s mom again :)

bravesgrl4life

September 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

Welcome, McFann. I was wondering where you were today! I’m the same way, nervous but so excited.

NSS – me too, pal, me too

McFann =Ô=

September 29th, 2009
1:49 pm

V. Jim if we could bring the same luck we did last time that would be good…

With one–ah-heh–minor change, though. :mrgreen:

CB

September 29th, 2009
1:49 pm

VJ- just kidding.

Bobby's Cox

September 29th, 2009
1:50 pm

Love the picture of Josh Johnson and all that orange behind him…

rico43

September 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

To those worried about the Dodgers clinching home field and having nothing to play for this weekend — once they clinch (today? hello?), they will rest some starters for a day or two, but they will have the lineup intact and be in playoff tuneup mode by the weekend. I predict regular lineups against the Rockies.

Bobby's Cox

September 29th, 2009
1:52 pm

RHR,

Not sure if you saw it, but I made my own BELIEVE promotion for Kelly Johnson last night:

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2474/believe.png

Scoots might like it too…

McFann =Ô=

September 29th, 2009
1:52 pm

And welcome to you, too, bravesgrl4life! This is so totally intense…I get these random bursts of excited nervousness.

Holy cow, though…really…this is intense…wow…OK…breath in, breath out… 8O :lol: It’s happening, people!! When does the game start and WHY does Josh have to be pitchiiiing????

Anders

September 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

Rock on- I don’t think the Braves would consider extending Hudson at all. It’s going to be all in his court imo. Will he roll the dice expecting a better over all deal from someone? Would they be willing to give the draft compensation he would cost as well? That’s why I said his final couple of starts are crucial to him.

I don’t think there’s much pitching competition on the market this off season which would benefit Hudson.

Pete

September 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

DAP since Hudson can reject the option for 2010, I would hardly call it a matter of semantics.

Bobby's Cox

September 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

Anders,

I admire your ability to dream.

csg

September 29th, 2009
1:54 pm

Mixxo

September 29th, 2009
1:54 pm

Rob from SC (Chipper is a ground ball machine)

September 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

good game going on with the Tigers and Twins

Yep!

Johnny Schuerholz

September 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

Speaking of “I’m a Believer”…which was composed by none other than…Neil Diamond. In 1966…The Monkee’s released it…and it has since been recorded by many others since. In 2001…it came back to popularity…with the movie “Shrek”…performed by Smash Mouth. Eddie Murphy also recored it as well.

While it is not necessarily about Baseball nor the Braves, who cares.

Catchy tune…nontheless.

BELIEVE

Jeff R

September 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

DAP, Anders… correct me if I’m wrong, management has to exercise Hudson’s option to retain him. Right? Exercising Hudson’s option, with Kawakami on the payroll, makes for more dollars for pitching, correct? A portion of Hundson’s salary this year was covered by insurance, if I recall. A full year’s income for Hudson (paid by the team) and Kawakami’s contract increases cost? That’s not to mention retaining or replacing Gonzo and Soriano, right?

LaRoche would definitely boost payroll, if signed for the rumored 3-year $25 million contract.

To clarify my point, post season for the Braves means higher revenues now and next year, provided they take the steps necessary to keep the club in contention. I think that McGuirk and company make a play for a bigger budget, based on a post season. I’m not suggesting that management will write a blank check.

Plus, the Braves making the post season, and being considered contenders next year, ups their value. That would have to be attractive to Liberty Media.

Vinings Jim

September 29th, 2009
1:57 pm

CB – I know you were – definitely not a problem, since clearly the correlation you noted does exist. Of course, I left her alone yesterday afternoon and Bobby’s Cox started hitting on her… ;)

Vinings Jim

September 29th, 2009
1:58 pm

Bobby’s Cox – I loved your Kelly Believe!

cabravesfan

September 29th, 2009
1:59 pm

McFann-

I believe most of the playoff games will start at 5:00 out here…just in time for me to get home from work :)

beekay

September 29th, 2009
2:01 pm

Anders
The broke Mets have no money to pony up for Hudson, besides that he’s not hispanic so Minaya will have no interest…..

Daslied

September 29th, 2009
2:02 pm

Anders, Atlanta has considered extending Hudson. Follow the Bowman link for direct Wren quotes:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/09/braves-have-interest-in-tim-hudson-extension.html

Vinings Jim

September 29th, 2009
2:02 pm

cabravesfan – keep in mind that TBS televises all the games, and if the Dodgers and Angels have home games on the same day one will be late (and if the Angels play the Red Sox, guess who gets prime time)

faninva

September 29th, 2009
2:02 pm

well McFann –

gotta tell ya – listening to the braves on XM on the drive home last night when what do i hear between innings? yep, the most interesting man in the world. ah, boy…i laughed so hard i nearly ran off the road!

Bobby's Cox

September 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

VJ,

Someone’s got to pinch hit. I think I’m doing a better job than Norton…

Bernie Madoff

September 29th, 2009
2:03 pm

The Mets don’t have the money to give to Hudson because they gave it to me!

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