Braves’ Schafer says he’s healthy, confident

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David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
2:24 pm

Bruce, there’s lot of ways they could go with the bench, including possibly having newcomer Joe Thurston as a second middle-infield backup. They’ve got six-year free agents like OFs Brent Clevlen or Mitch Jones that they could use for a bench job if they don’t sign Damon or someone else and make Melky or Diaz an extra OF.

And so much also obviously depends on whether Heyward is ready, if they’re not going to add another starting OF. What’s Plan B if Heyward is the opening-day guy and then struggles? Who’d be the backup OFs if he were to get sent down and Melky and Diaz were both in the lineup? Hinske and Infante? One of those six-year minor league free agents?

Schafer could be up sooner than expected, but I think they’d really prefer for him to get some healthy, steady playing time in the minors first. But we’ll see. Schafer has surprised us before at spring training.

Lot of ways it could go, still some time left to add if they want to.

Mr J

January 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Since we’re all just killing time here….

A Supply Side Joke

A traveler wandering on an island inhabited entirely by cannibals comes upon a butcher shop. This shop specializes in human brains differentiated according to source. The sign in the shop reads:

Artists’ Brains $9/lb Philosophers’ Brains $12/lb Scientists’ Brains $15/lb Economists’ Brains $19/lb

Upon reading the sign, the traveler notes, “My, those economists’ brains must be popular!” To which the butcher replies, “Are you kidding! Do you have any idea how many economists you have to kill to get a pound of brains?!”

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

KU -

One of the best home-court advantages is for Vanderbilt. No matter how good UK has been they ALWAYS struggle there.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
2:33 pm

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

KU -

One of the best home-court advantages is for Vanderbilt. No matter how good UK has been they ALWAYS struggle there.

KU? Wow…what was that? Obviously that was meant for DOB in response to his Iowa State comment.

Mr J

January 23rd, 2010
2:35 pm

Thanks folks, I’ll be here all week! Don’t forget to tip your waitress….

bruce

January 23rd, 2010
2:37 pm

David –
Thanks for your additional insights… makes it even more exciting.

JUST ASKIN'

January 23rd, 2010
2:37 pm

With Jordan Schafer, Nate McLouth, Melky Cabrera, Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward, why would the Braves even consider adding another outfielder at this point in time?

In addition to those they also have Eric Hinske and Mitch Jones just across town waiting for an opportunity to get a few AB’s.

JUST ASKIN’

Lew

January 23rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Artist’s Brains are seriously undervalued. Time to buy.

N Nine (eta72)

January 23rd, 2010
2:54 pm

JUST ASKIN’ __ There is a valid chance non of them hit over 20HRs. This weakness could spell for another 2-3 place finish. Since TEX, we’ve yet to find that slugger.

richbrave

January 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

ugaaccountant

January 23rd, 2010
9:42 am
“richbrave
Looks like DAMON only comes to the ALT if he meets the BRAVES’ terms regarding $$$$ and time. Don’t think it will happen. I’m not sure I’d want a player on this team who wants triple the money long-term, playing out a one or two-year lesser contract at 36. Didn’t we do something similar to that last year?”

Difference is Damon wants to be here. Said so himself before it was remotely reasonable for us to be looking at him as a potential acquisition.

Even more reason to be cautious about DAMON. He’s wants to be here, but the cheap-azz BRAVES won’t give him his retirement contract.

Bravissimo

January 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Game 6..’91 series on mlbtv now….maybe it’ll turn out different this time? :-)

AdirondackDave

January 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

Glavine95 — I think you’re right, Heyward-McLouth-Schafer can be an outstanding outfield if they are healthy. I’m good with Schafer and Heyward getting in a couple months at Gwinnett. A little more seasoning can’t be anything but good for them and I’d like to see the clock pushed back for Heyward too. The prospect of having control of his contract for 6.67 years is beneficial and might even encourage him to sign a long-term deal earlier. I’m sure the LaRoche and Damon situations aren’t being lost on players or agents. Well, except maybe Boras who, successfully so far, creates his own reality.

The Grinch

January 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

David, I bet typing the first line of your 12:18 was like passing a kidney stone. :-)

Lew, are you selling? Whoever bought it would have to spend a month scraping the resin before they could use it.

Vasquez is retiring because he doesn’t want to pitch for the Yankees. He only pitches well where he’s happy (like here) and he’s even willing to leave money on the table to avoid it. That’s another reason I thought we should have kept him and just not signed Hudson.

The Viking’s Peterson is not as effective as he was because the holy trinity (BrettFavreBrettFavreBrettFavre) is now quarterback. Watch closely; every time Childress sends out a running play, his holiness audibles out of it into a heave-into-triple-coverage pass play. You think that won’t increase as the games get bigger? The Saints will have no problem containing Peterson; he’ll get eight carries.

BTW, y’all, with all the complaining I do about Bobby I think this team has a legit chance to win the East. The Phillies don’t scare me; we won the head to head with them last season with a less talented team than we have now. What we really need to focus on is beating the Marlins and Nats; we played down to our competition too much. And the Mets? Please. If we stay healthy I think we win 90-94 games and at least snag the wild card.

Mr J

January 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Thanks for reading Lew. By the way, do I remember correctly that you did a mural in Yudi’s restaurant in the wayback? Ole Yudi was is my store two weeks ago.

AtTheMike

January 23rd, 2010
3:21 pm

Damon will sign with the Yankees, mark it down. What Yanks want Yanks get, period. Oh well…. coulda had a legit leadoff hitter at a discounted price.

Why aren’t more teams after him? Well, most teams looking to compete, like the Braves obviously are, don’t have a glaring hole in their OF like the braves. Wren is stupid and smart at the same time, if that makes any sense. Welcome M.Cabrera to the braves with his .250 avg and 10 homeruns and all. What a fu”’ joke! I’m pissed!

PUREFAN

January 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

If Schafer looks good this spring, the Braves could provide a late March deal including Cabrera for needs that might arise.

Larry

January 23rd, 2010
3:26 pm

“…only-he-knows-how-many tattoos (both arms are now completely covered in ink from elbow to shoulder.)”

Yet another in a growing number of reasons not to spend our precious time and money on many of today’s professional baseball and basketball players who are poorly educated, unintelligent, and grossly immature.

Yes, if you inject ink into the body’s largest organ (the skin) simply to look cool, sexy and cool then indeed you are stupid, immature and thus qualify to be laughed at!

richbrave

January 23rd, 2010
3:27 pm

This morning’s comments caused a well of memories to spring forth. These are for you ADIRONDACK DAVE.

Rememberin’ Ol’ DIZ:

“Listen to the jingle, to the rumble and the roar.
As she glides along through the woodlands,
Through the hills and by the shore.

She’s a gal from TENNESSEE
She’s long and she is tall’
She came down from BIRMINGHAM
On the WABASH Cannonball.”

“And he slude into second.”

“He throwed the ball clear into the center-field.”

“He had a ripple.”

“There goes a Texas-leaguer into shallow right-center.”

Remembering SATURDAY GAME of the WEEK and DIZZY DEAN.

18 Wheels of Love

January 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

SATURDAY, 2:30pm: In a text to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger, Damon says that he “should have a team in a week” (via Twitter).

1:56pm: Heyman reports (via Twitter) that Damon has “days” to take a “low deal” from the Yankees. Assuming he says no, the club will sign another outfielder from the group of Reed Johnson, Xavier Nady, Randy Winn, Jim Edmonds, and Jermaine Dye.

18 Wheels of Love

January 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Probably what DOB meant when he said we would know something next week.

richbrave

January 23rd, 2010
3:43 pm

18 Wheels of Love

January 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm
SATURDAY, 2:30pm: In a text to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger, Damon says that he “should have a team in a week” (via Twitter).

1:56pm: Heyman reports (via Twitter) that Damon has “days” to take a “low deal” from the Yankees. Assuming he says no, the club will sign another outfielder from the group of Reed Johnson, Xavier Nady, Randy Winn, Jim Edmonds, and Jermaine Dye.

In which case I vote for NADY. That way he won’t be hitting our pitching. The dude has made a career off our staff.

Rob, still sore, from (SC)

January 23rd, 2010
3:46 pm

I hope Schafer is the real deal, because I am not a big fan of Nate McLouth

Rob, still sore, from (SC)

January 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Just looking over a book I keep, and the Colorado Rockies have a really good team. Jeff Francis should be healthy’ and the back of their pen with Corpas-Morales-Betancourt-Street should be lights out. They might be ready to win the World Series.

JUST ASKIN'

January 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

How many agree that Schafer will have to play himself off the Atlanta roster? I.E. he will have to stink it up in AAA before they will ever trade him. His upside is just too great to walk away from him at this point.

Jeff R

January 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Damon would be a nice addition offensively, but I’m not in the “Braves gotta have him camp.” Heyward may well be with the team sometime in late spring or early summer. Schafer might just come out of the gate strong at Gwinnett, though I tend to think he’ll mark a little time at there.

Key in my mind is does Glaus stay healthy and hit for power? Makes the batting order so much stronger, of course. I can live with Melky, McLouth and Diaz in OF for a while if Glaus is producing (and Chipper and McCann).

Wren’s been gambling a little bit this winter. I think he’d rather keep the budget money and not go for Damon and bet that Heyward and/or Schafer are up before mid season.

Braves607

January 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

DOB

Any updates on Damon and the Braves? Are they negotiating? Thanks

chipperchop

January 23rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Here is an update on Damon. The Yankees have made an offer and he has “days” to accept it. Damon also is saying now that he will have a team within a week. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Here is the link http://riveraveblues.com/2010/01/heyman-yanks-have-low-offer-out-to-damon-22781/.

Also heard on XM radio an interview with Bruce Manno saying that the Braves had not discussed Damon and are more inclined to stick with what they have now.

Damon will be a Yankee.

Bravissimo

January 23rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Watching this game (91 series,game 6) got me wondering how good could the Bravos have been if Avery had stayed healthy.
4 top pitchers and Pete Smith when he was doing good. Damn.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Braves607: No updates on Damon vis-a-vis the Braves. He (and Boras) are hoping for an offer from Braves, I’m quite sure. But hasn’t been one, and the sides had had no contract talks as of yesterday.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
4:29 pm

If someone wonders why many of us love college hoops, the opening minutes of this Texas at UConn game are a perfect example. Such intensity in this tilt.

tom

January 23rd, 2010
4:44 pm

stanley robinson can jump through the roof!!!

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
4:45 pm

UGA and UT tip off in about 15 minutes on FoxSS. We’ve come close to pulling off an upset 3 games in a row but fell short each time. A lot of heart and a good coach (finally) but not nearly enough depth.

AdirondackDave

January 23rd, 2010
4:45 pm

Richbrave — Thanks a million for that stuff on Diz. He was the best color guy ever for my money. Not a bad pitcher either…

Elon Brave

January 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Was must reading the forum over at Prosportsdaily.com and they bring up who Chipper’s 3B heir will be. Someone guesses that Escobar would just slide over about 20 feet. What do you think DOB? Escobar spells Jones at 3B in the future?

The Grinch

January 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

While it would be nice to have Damon, I understand why we’re not going at him hard. Too many potential health issues and we might need to spend money later on replacements. Bring back Ted!

Elon Brave

January 23rd, 2010
4:48 pm

sorry, meant to say “I was just reading…”

Redstick19

January 23rd, 2010
4:48 pm

Why aren’t more teams after him? Well, most teams looking to compete, like the Braves obviously are, don’t have a glaring hole in their OF like the braves. Wren is stupid and smart at the same time, if that makes any sense. Welcome M.Cabrera to the braves with his .250 avg and 10 homeruns and all. What a fu”’ joke! I’m pissed!- AtTheMike

Why aren’t more teams after Damon? Because who wats to pay $8-10 million (his asking price) for a 36 year-old who will probably only hit 12-15 homers and who has an arm about as strong as a cooked spaghetti noodle. I wouldn’t Damon for his leadoff capabilities, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking he’d contribute in the power or stolen base dept. He wouldn’t.

Redstick19

January 23rd, 2010
4:50 pm

wouldn’t *mind* Damon for leadoff capabilities….

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
4:57 pm

Was a little worried that UK would come out sluggish with a week off against Arkansas (who, by the way, gave Texas a very good game)….

At the half: 57-27. Playing some serious defense today.

glord1

January 23rd, 2010
5:02 pm

Heath – Cats look scary good today. If they can continue to play with this defensive intensity they will be tough to beat. Cal seems to have gotten their attention.

nolie

January 23rd, 2010
5:04 pm

brian I think Javi is disappointed about leaving Atlanta and a good park for him and going to a hitters park in a DH league farther from home. He certainly made no statements along that line when he talked several times about wanting to re-sign in Atlanta.

lexbrave

January 23rd, 2010
5:06 pm

sounds like the braves better get on the horn if they have any interest at all in damon. that is if the reports are true the yanks have offered him a small contract with a deadline. im sure boras really is hoping for an offer, but i doubt its cause he wants to play in atlanta but rather to make the yanks pay more than they wanted

PUREFAN

January 23rd, 2010
5:06 pm

c-McCann, 1b-Glaus, 2b-Prado, 3B-Chipper, SS-Escobar, OF-Diaz, Nate, Melky (w/Schafer & Heyward in the wings), Bench-Infante, Ross, Hinske, Thurston, Jones, SP-Hudson, Hanson, J.J., Lowe, K.K., RP-Wagner, Saito, Moylan, Medlen, O’Flaherty, Chavez, Proctor, Dunn.

“Hope Sprins Eternal”

There are “if’s”, but everyone has them and a late trade could make a hugh difference. This roster is strionger then the one that started the season last year. Are the other teams that much improved in the NL East? Consistency and ovoiding the injury bug will tell the difference. It is Philly’s year to get bit.

nolie

January 23rd, 2010
5:07 pm

pon reading the sign, the traveler notes, “My, those economists’ brains must be popular!” To which the butcher replies, “Are you kidding! Do you have any idea how many economists you have to kill to get a pound of brains?!” Mr J

works even better for me if you replace economists with Mets fans.

Bravissimo

January 23rd, 2010
5:07 pm

DOB..Where do you get your bbq fix at spring training?

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:08 pm

jeffrey d -

I’m pullin’ for your dawgs today. ;)

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:10 pm

I love how the announcers in the UGA/UT game said there’s “standing room only” when there’s obviously plenty of empty seats. Guess they all got up to get some early nachos.

lexbrave

January 23rd, 2010
5:11 pm

i think there is no doubt who the number one team in the country is right now. kentucky is leading the team that just about beat texas by 30 at the half.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:13 pm

I’m pullin’ for your dawgs today.

haha, I know your motives, but I’ll take it. We’re up by 6 early. We’ve lead UK, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State at the half….maybe they’ll just call it at halftime. We need another tornado

nolie

January 23rd, 2010
5:15 pm

brian I think Javi is disappointed about leaving Atlanta and a good park for him and going to a hitters park in a DH league farther from home. He certainly made no statements along that line when he talked several times about wanting to re-sign in Atlanta.

what about that post could possibly need moderatin’?

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Wow…. watching the Cats and just lovin’ it. Freshmen or not…they are g to the double-o d baby.

glord1

January 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

I think it is obvious that UK is the most talented team. The most talented team does not always win. The best team wins and that’s determined in march.

Rob, still sore, from (SC)

January 23rd, 2010
5:17 pm

For everybody who says the Braves have too many IF’s to contend, look at other teams. Yes the Phillies can hit. However Halladay is their only reliable pitcher. Hamels needs to prove his head is on straight. Joe Blanton is a #4, while Happ needs to show what he can do against teams after they have seen him a few times. He is a soft tosser. Their bullpen is a mess. Lidge and Romero should begin the year on the DL. Baez is nothing and Contreras is Contreras.

The Cardinals have issues with their rotation after Carpenter and Wainwright. Lohse is average, Penny is always hurt and their pen has no true closer.

THe Cubs- Lilly may miss 2 months. They have no 4 or 5 starter. Their bullpen is ok IF Marmol can handle closing

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

This is such an exciting start (14-4 UGA)…but I know we’ll get worn down in the second half. Hopefully we can keep it up and the fans will keep us in it. Coach Fox said that the team’s gonna have to earn home court advantage back and this game could be a huge step.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:21 pm

UK just not lettin’ up…69-27 and the 2nd half is not even 3 minutes old. Yikes. I say again… G to the double-o d baby.

raleighbravefan

January 23rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Redstick – I agree with you. At first I was on board with the “we need Damon” talk. But the more I hear and the more I think about it:

- Very little power outside Yankee Stadium bandbox
- very poor defence
- getting older/reducing his worth
- OVERPRICED

The advantage would be good leadoff. If he gets cheap enough to justify for us, Yanks will sign him. I like the idea of seeing what we have in ST, and making move then if needed. If we are going to gamble on another player, I say Nady.

BTW, I think power is overrated. There are many ways to score runs. I just wish we would find a way, but doesn’t have to be 3 run homers.

rico43

January 23rd, 2010
5:23 pm

A few thoughts and questions:

1) Dave, who is Nady’s agent? Boras also?

2) Has Schafer’s wrist injury been fully disclosed?

3) If the Braves lowball Heyward along the way (like delaying his arb eligibility) and risk alienating and/or losing him, it would very much be penny wise and pound foolish. If he proves to be anywhere near his potential this spring, call him up, play him and sign him to a McCann-like deal to burn through his arb-eligible years.

rico43

January 23rd, 2010
5:24 pm

Vols start slow every time. Even Auburn got up by double digits. Do not hang your hopes on this.

nolie

January 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

play him and sign him to a McCann-like deal to burn through his arb-eligible years. rico

most players are not willing to do that and give up millions and millions of dollars.can’t blame them at all.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

jeffrey d -

I said last week that I thought Georgia would get their first conference win against UT today…Georgia is just physically tough and I thought they would be the ones to wear down UT. Lookin’ good so far.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

Lookin’ good so far

Yep. Our lack of depth has killed our last 3 upset attempts, but we’re looking great so far.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

lexbrave / glord1 -

If Darius Miller starts hitting the outside shot consistently (like he is today) this team will be darn near impossible to beat.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Heath – just curious, are you still watching the UK game? A blowout like that’s gotta be boring

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:32 pm

jeffrey d -

It would be boring for you….

lexbrave

January 23rd, 2010
5:33 pm

heath, its becoming pretty apparent that this team is near impossible to beat even without miller hitting the outsided shot consistently

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Rico43 wrote:

1) Dave, who is Nady’s agent? Boras also?

2) Has Schafer’s wrist injury been fully disclosed?

3) If the Braves lowball Heyward along the way (like delaying his arb eligibility) and risk alienating and/or losing him, it would very much be penny wise and pound foolish. If he proves to be anywhere near his potential this spring, call him up, play him and sign him to a McCann-like deal to burn through his arb-eligible years.

1. Yes

2. Yes, hairline fracture and bone spur were repaired in surgery

3. What if he has no interest in such a deal? It would take huge dollars, I’d imagine, since you’re talking about a truly elite prospect. His agents at Career Sports & Entertainment (same group that reps Smoltz, Francoeur, DeRo, Freddie Freeman, etc) is not going to sign a deal early unless it’s absolutely huge, I would guess. Because this kid, if he has big years in his first few seasons, could have huge arbitration raises and/or command a monster multi-year deal if the Braves seek to lock him up to a long-term contract.

Dude, he hasn’t played a game yet. Probably should wait a little longer to worry about signing him to a long-term contract, don’t you think?

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:35 pm

….though, I am switching to the Texas-UConn too.

glord1

January 23rd, 2010
5:35 pm

Arkansas on a 6-0 run….cut it to 40.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
5:39 pm

heath, its becoming pretty apparent that this team is near impossible to beat even without miller hitting the outsided shot consistently — lexbrave

Certainly against the opponents they’re facing, it’ll take a bad game by the Wildcats and a great one by the opposition.

I was just looking at the NCAA power rankings — http://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-basketball/ranking/overall-power-ranking-by-team — and noticed that Kentucky hasn’t played a single team currently ranked in the top 25 of those rankings, and only two teams in the top 50 and five in the top 100.

All the other top-ranked teams have played tougher competition. A lot tougher. For instance, before today Syracuse had faced 11 teams in the top 100 and five in the top 50, and Kansas had faced 10 in the top 100 and five in the top 50.

Duke had faced 12 teams in the current top 100 in the power rankings.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:42 pm

lexbrave -

Liggins is really impressing me off the bench…great defensive pressure and is hitting the open 3 with regularity. His play makes it easy to sit John an extra 5-10 minutes so that he doesn’t get leg cramps.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:44 pm

rico – You were sure right about Tennessee getting off to slow starts

njbraves

January 23rd, 2010
5:45 pm

Braves could really use Damon. Who cares if he doesn’t hit a ton of HR’s, he will get on base and be a steadying presence in this line up. The OF, as currently constructed, is weak and will need a ton of things to break their way in order to produce.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:45 pm

DOB -

UNC, UConn, UF, IU, and Louisville are normally really, really good teams…. No doubt they are all down this year. You still have to win the games that are on your schedule…and so far UK is. That is the most important thing.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:48 pm

….UConn is giving Texas a good game. Several of their losses (including to UK) have been close and could have been wins had the ball bounced a different way just a couple of times.

glord1

January 23rd, 2010
5:49 pm

DOB – you are right about UKs schedule. They scheduled UCONN, UNC and Louisville out of conference but they have all underachieved.

I watched UK stink it up in person at Auburn last week when they play like that anyone can beat them.

When they play like they did today with intensity I believe they ate the more talented team. My concern is that they will never learn to play hard consistent enough to win six games in the tournament against good teams.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:51 pm

jeffrey d -

You feelin’ pretty good about the dawgs today now? ;) A little surprised at the score…but not at all surprised to see UGA leading UT.

Soph

January 23rd, 2010
5:56 pm

Well go ahead UGA! I love upsets.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
5:57 pm

Heath – like I said…I don’t want to get my hopes up too much because of the last 3 games. But we’re in good position right now. And at home.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
5:59 pm

jeffrey d -

Difference with today’s game….UT doesn’t have a huge advantage off the bench.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
5:59 pm

Heath, I’m not arguing that. I agree. Just like I said early in the season when a UNC fan here was all over me about KU’s out-of-conference schedule — as if Kansas knew, when they scheduled them, that UCLA, Michigan and Cal were going to be down this season.

(As as aside, among KU’s out-of-conference opponents Tennessee was at No. 11 in the power rankings before today, Cornell was at 30, and Cal was 42 — all ahead of No. 54 North Carolina, which has played seven teams in the top 25 in the power rankings — and lost to six of them.)

But getting back to Kentucky, I was just pointing out that they haven’t faced many tough teams, and they are clearly far more talented than any team they have faced, other than Connecticut, which is a bit down, and UNC, which has plenty of prep All-Americans but just isn’t a very good team. Still, UK should be commended for playing UNC and UConn, because in a normal year …. And anyway, we’re seeing today how tough this UConn can be, because they’re running away from Texas late.

By the way, Kansas has to go to K-State next Saturday, after facing its other rival Mizzou on Monday. Gonna be a tough week. Jayhawks have got to play better for an entire game, not just the good stretches they’ve thrown in during recent games. They’re getting better, but still not clicking fully, and today was one of Cole Aldrich’s few good offensive games all year.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
6:02 pm

DOB -

To add to my comments last week… With every Texas game I watch, the more I think they can be beaten by a team with good guard play. They have 3 or 4 decent guards, but none that can just take over a game. (Bradley is a good shooter thogh.) I would be confident in KU’s chances against Texas with the great play from Collins so far this year.

UConn puttin’ it on Texas now.

AtTheMike

January 23rd, 2010
6:02 pm

We ain’t competing with the phillies and if the mets stay relatively healthy, we ain’t competing with those guys either. Bank on it!

Lineup is too darn weak. Shame to cause the pitching should at least come close to repeating what it did last year.

Oh well, at least baseball is around the corner anyways, win or lose. Sure as hell beats boring ass basketball.

When does Damon sign with the yankees– monday or tuesday? My guess is monday with nady and dye signing by friday, at least. Hey, at least we got melky!

lexbrave

January 23rd, 2010
6:03 pm

kentucky’s scrubs however, not so impossible to beat.

rico43

January 23rd, 2010
6:03 pm

Dave, I agree with your point about Heyward. That’s why I mentioned “if he proves to be anywhere near his potential” — I should not have added “this spring,” because you’re right; you need a bigger sample. He’s a smart kid from a brilliant family, so I am sure he can weigh having a sure-thing contract early inhis career. And yes, it will take a big contract IF he’s the real deal. Isn’t that what teams have done with their young franchise players in recent years?

And thanks for the clarification on Schafer’s injury. I have long wondered if there might be ligament or tendon damage we were not privvy to. I know the Braves have a long history of clouding the nature of injuries.

AtTheMike

January 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

Want to hear something ironic? You same people saying we should have enough to be a very good team said the exact same thing this time a year ago only to spend the remainder of the year bit”’ and moaning about what we didn’t have. Kinda moronic, don’t ya think?

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

I would be confident in KU’s chances against Texas with the great play from Collins so far this year. — Heath

I would, too — if they were playing them in Lawrence or on a neutral court. But they are not. They’re playing them in Austin, and only Austin (they only play once during season). Can be quite a different team in Austin than on the road, like all teams with great home crowds.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
6:14 pm

jeffrey d -

You think the Dawg fans will storm the court if they win today?

Cold Stove

January 23rd, 2010
6:16 pm

Kinda moronic, don’t ya think? AtTheMike

yeah you are

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
6:17 pm

Rough week for Texas….they get the #1 ranking and promptly lose to K-State (who looks like they might go down to the Pokes) and now to UConn.

Tennbravefan

January 23rd, 2010
6:18 pm

vols looking rough

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
6:19 pm

Heath – the only time I’ve EVER seen UGA fans storm the court was when we beat a top….5 maybe….Florida team (I was there!)

I don’t think we’ll do it, though. But first we’ve gotta win it…still a double digit lead but UT’s gaining a lot of momentum

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
6:20 pm

Oh, that year was 2003, by the way. So in seven years, we’ve only done it once (pretty sure)

Redstick19

January 23rd, 2010
6:24 pm

raleighbravefan

I second your thoughts on power. While I think Braves could use another masher in lineup for “fear factor,” I don’t believe all the hype that home runs are the only way to score runs. Doubles and singles will do just fine, as long as there are runners on base when you hit them. I think Braves are just fine in that dept. As I said, I just like a true “home run hitter” like a Dunn or Howard in lineup for protection and making pitchers think a little more. Just my preference though, I don’t think not having one is a team killer.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
6:24 pm

Yes…Florida was #3. And it was the end of the year.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=230630061

I know they’re #8, but for some reason beating Tennessee doesn’t seem like a huge deal (don’t get me wrong, I’d be quite excited if we upset them). Maybe it’s because they’re on a tier below the Kansases and Kentuckys. Or maybe it’s because they’re playing shorthanded for the rest of the year.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
6:25 pm

Kinda moronic, don’t ya think? — AtTheMike

No, not really.

But speaking of on the mike …

Get on the mic, get-get on the mic

Just get on the mic, get on the mic, Mike!

Let’s be real and don’t cloud the issue

The rhymes are dope, an emcee you must listen to

People say that they been missin’ me and missin’ you

Get on the mic and let’s show them like we used to….

(Now that was kinda moronic. But I couldn’t resist.)

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
6:26 pm

jeffrey d -

I think that the latter of your two reasons is the most meaningful. When I looked at this game last week, I pencilled in a win for UGA. It is still a big win….but doesn’t seem like a win that warrants storming the court.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Dawgs have really been impressive in recent weeks. Pleasant surprise to see them playing much better and more consistent basketball as the season has progressed.

AtTheMike

January 23rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Cold Stove- oh, you just hurt my feelings you dork.

“Hi, my name on a blog is cold stove…. Get it? Instead of HotStove I came up with Cold Stove! I’m cool… Can’t you tell?”

Hey, at least AtTheMike is somewhat creative and I actually use my name.

jeffrey d

January 23rd, 2010
6:28 pm

Yeesh…Tennessee has won 10 in a row. Yeah, we need to win this. I’d say with a 19 point lead with about 10 minutes left it’s pretty safe. But I’ve also gone to walk the dog and come back to see the Braves blow big leads.

Heath

January 23rd, 2010
6:35 pm

DOB -

With two consecutive losses by Texas this week….How’s yout top 5 lookin’ now?

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