Braves showed in ‘09 they could win without Chipper

San Francisco — A couple of things to think about before anyone considers jumping in front of a train (or cable car) because Chipper Jones is hurt and the season is over and the Braves are doomed, doomed, doomed.

Chipper reacts after straining an oblique (side) muscle Thursday.

Chipper reacts after straining an oblique (side) muscle Thursday. He might miss Giants series.

When Chipper jammed his thumb in spring training and Bobby Cox said such injuries often lingered, he was back in the lineup the next game. (This time, after he strained an oblique muscle Thursday, Cox said Chipper would probably miss two or three days while Chipper indicated it was too early to estimate when he’d return.)

Secondly, the Braves last season reversed a trend of losing most of their games when Chipper was hurt. They learned to win without the third baseman in the lineup, going 9-1 in the 10 games he didn’t play after early June.

So take a deep breath, realize that Jones could be back as soon as, well, sooner than expected, and that even if he’s not the Braves have confidence they can win without him. Because they did it last season.

Some have asked if the Braves would move Troy Glaus to third base, since that was his position for so many years. I don’t know, because he’s worked exclusively at 1B since spring training began and I don’t know that the Braves would want to interrupt his development, as it were, at first base by moving him back over. Also, Eric Hinske is older and heavier than when he played over there on a regular basis, so I don’t know that that’s a great option (wasn’t there yesterday, but I don’t think Bobby discussed that after the game anyway). We’ll find out real soon, though. But I’d expect Omar Infante gets the call.

(Blogmeister addendum: As expected, Infante’s in lineup, however he’s at 2B. Prado moves to 3B, where he’s better defensively than Infante, who’s a better 2B than a 3B.)

Now to today’s series opener today here in sunny San Francisco, where the weather — it’s ideal, temps in 60s with no rain or fog — isn’t going to spoil the Giants’ home opener, so it’ll be up to the tired Braves to handle that.

I’m guessing the team got to its hotel sometime after 3 a.m., 10 hours or so before the first pitch for today’s 1:35 p.m. game. While the Braves were finishing (with a thud) their series against the Cubs on Thursday, the Giants were enjoying a day off after returning from an opening sweep at Houston.

The Giants beat them by three runs or more every game, outhit the Astros 37-20, and never trailed in the entire series. Houston needed 20 innings before it got an earned run against a Giants starting pitcher.

S.F. starters (Lincecum, Zito, Cain) were 3-0 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA  against the ‘Stros, and S.F. hitters have an NL-best .347 average after one series. The Braves this weekend will face only one of the starters who beat Houston.

That one is a beast, however. Actually, a Freak — two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.

The right-hander who looks more grunge-band guitarist than pitcher, Lincecum will be presented with his ‘09 Cy Young in a presentation before Saturday’s game, then he’ll face Kenshin Kawakami on Sunday.

On the subject of Kawakami, there was some confusion after it was listed in Braves game notes that he was pitching Saturday and Derek Lowe on Sunday. Just a typo, folks, there was no change in the order the Braves set a month ago.

As previously announced, it’ll be Lowe pitching on regular rest Saturday in his second start of the season, against Giants righty Todd Wellemeyer in his season debut. Then on Sunday, Kawakami makes his first start when he faces Lincecum.

The Braves will hope that Kawakami’s ‘09 tendency to be at his best against top pitchers continues in 2010, because there’s usually very little room for error pitching against Lincecum.

This series at the picturesque park by China Basin will feature teams with the league’s lowest two ERAs, the Giants (1.67) ahead of the Braves (2.33), with the Phillies (3.46) more than a run back in the third spot.

The Braves’ bullpen has been exemplary, allowing just four hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts in 10-2/3 scoreless innings. Atlanta relievers haven’t allowed a run, earned or otherwise, while every other major league bullpen has been charged with at least two earned runs.

With the exception of the first inning (Lowe) of the opener, the Braves got solid pitching from starters and relievers against the Cubs. After Lowe gave up three runs in that opening inning, the staff posted a 1.38 ERA in the rest of the way.

The offense sputtered, however, with the exception of two six-run innings in Monday’s opener. The Bravos hit .258 for the series and scored just three runs in the last two games, two of those coming on Chipper’s eighth-inning homer in the second game.

Meanwhile, curious to see how the Phillies did in their opening series against the Nationals, I noticed their first five hitters had at least two hits apiece Thursday, and the first four in the lineup hit .400 or higher in the series.

♣ Braves lineup

  1. Cabrera CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. Escobar SS
  4. Glaus 1B
  5. Diaz LF
  6. Infante 2B
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Ross C
  9. Hudson RH

♣ Better reverse this trend: The Braves have lost 12 of their last 21 games against the Giants, including four in a row at AT&T Park (probably my favorite ballpark, by the way; if you haven’t been and ever get a chance, do yourselves a favor and take in a game, preferably seated in second level on first-base side where you can see the marina and sailboats beyond left field).

Pitcher-friendly AT&T Park is a beautiful place.

Pitcher-friendly AT&T Park is a beautiful place.

The Braves were swept their last time here, a May 25-27 series when they hit .165 with no homers and got outscored 18-5.

Nate McLouth is a .369 career hitter with eight extra-base hits in 19 games against the Giants, including .364 with a .417 OBP and three doubles in 10 games at San Francisco.

At pitcher-friendly AT&T Park, Chipper (.303 w/ four homers in 89 at-bats) and David Ross (.238 w/ five homers in 42 at-bats) are the only Braves with more than one homer.

Meanwhile, the Giants would just as soon not face Billy Wagner or Takashi Saito, I’m guessing. Saito, a former Dodgers nemesis, has a 1.30 ERA, 4-1 record and 13-of-14 saves converted in 27 appearances against the Giants, and Wagner has a 1.93 ERA, 19-of-22 saves and 48 strikeouts in 42 innings (39 apps) against them.

♣ The Glaus update: Speaking of trends, this wouldn’t be a likely place for Troy Glaus to regain his power stroke. He’s hit .159 (11-for-69) with one homer, six walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 games at AT&T Park.

And for those wondering about Glaus this season, here’s the breakdown: He’s 1-for-6 with runners on base, 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts with the bases loaded.

He’s 2-for-9 with five strikeouts vs. right-handers, and 1-for-2 vs. lefties.

Glaus and the man he replaced at 1B for the Braves, Adam LaRoche, are tied with three others for the major league lead with six strikeouts.

♣ Today’s matchup: Former A’s star Tim Hudson is back in the Bay Area to face Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez in the season debut for each pitcher.

Hudson’s 4.03 ERA in 11 starts against the Giants is the highest among six Braves pitchers (starters and relievers) who’ve pitched more than once against them, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in four starts at AT&T Park.

In his past six starts against the Giants, Hudson is 2-3 with a 5.49 ERA. He hasn’t faced them in the past couple of seasons, however, and had two quality starts in his last two games against them in 2007.

♣ Closing with the Hook: I’m not certain John Lee Hooker wrote this, but if someone knows otherwise let us know. Regardless, it’s a great tune. Hook doing “Frisco Blues” — and here’s a recording of the song. The late blues legend has a bar here in S.F., called the Boom Boom Room.

john-lee-hooker

“FRISCO BLUES” by John Lee Hooker

I left my heart in San Francisco

I left my heart, people, in San Francisco

High on the hill, at the Golden Gate, ‘cross the bay,

in San Francisco, on the hill, the mornin’ fog,

and the cool, cool night

That’s where, I wanna be, San Francisco

That’s where my heart

Up in New York City,

I’ve been to Chicago,

but found no place, like San Francisco,

with the cable car, high, high, on the hill

In the mornin’ fog,

the evening breeze,

the cool, cool night,

is where I wanna be

Oh yeah

Oh yeah

Work, work people, tell me about it,

work out, work out

I got the blues for San Francisco

Yes, yes, yes, yes

My heart is there, high, on the hill,

right down by, the Golden Gate, ‘cross the bay,

that’s where I wanna be

I left my heart right there, in San Francisco

with the mornin’ fog and the cool, cool night, the cable cars, on the hill

That’s where I wanna be people,

my heart is there, my heart is there, in San Francisco

2,301 comments Add your comment

JC BRAVE

April 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

chip lambert

April 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

chip lambert

April 9th, 2010
12:43 pm

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
12:47 pm

Hey at least we get Huddy pitching tonight. No matter what the outcome I’m excited to see him in “games that matter” again.

Ignatius J. Reilly

April 9th, 2010
12:48 pm

we’re doomed!

FEAR

April 9th, 2010
12:49 pm

hanging at the beach in frisco while they install the hot tub

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

You know I don’t play baseball, but I can function on 5 hours of sleep.

IMO it’s more or less the will power and strength you have to function throughout the day than how long you slept. Also for tomorrow’s game they should be fine ( since it’s a DGANG) , that’s if this game doesn’t go past 7pm…lol.

Virginia Brave

April 9th, 2010
12:51 pm

Correction DOB – Cain did not get the win against Houston. But he should have. Go Braves!

Deep

April 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

I wanted to support Glaus, but he looks terrible so far. Hopefully it’s not a tread that continues. Heyward showed in the 9th inning that he’s still a rookie, gonna be a really good one, but he will struggle at times. But overall, still really happy with the 2010 team. Go Braves!

Mixxo

April 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Ignatius J. Reilly – lol

Don’t know about “doomed,” but we have some serious issues to address. You can’t win it in April, but you can darn sure lose it. :(

sidslidkid

April 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Who bats third without Chipper? Does Heyward get the nod?

sportsmandh

April 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

My lineup today vs. the lefty and no Chipper would be:

1) Infante 3b
2) Prado 2b
3) Diaz lf
4) Escobar ss
5) Glaus 1b
6) Heyward rf
7) Ross c
8) Melky cf
9) Huddy

I’m assuming McCann is probably getting the day off today.

Nick in PA

April 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

DOB,

Could Heyward be replacing Chipper at the 3 spot while he’s out?

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

Here’s my call on the lineup:

3B Infante
2B Prado
LF Diaz
1B Glaus
SS Escobar
RF Heyward
CF McLouth
C Ross
P Hudson

chip lambert

April 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

drove over from Wilmington for the opener my first since 91 and it got rained out so without anything to compare it to I’d say it will be hard to duplicate the electricity and enthusiasm of that unless we make a playoff run. Its like when you play golf and have a miserable round but somehow birdie 18 you are pumped and excited to get back out there asap to try it again. On Monday, having been a Braves fan since 66, I’ve never been so excited and hopeful about the team. It seems there is a swagger and a determination thats been missing for a long time. I guess its Heyward and Bobby’s swan song and the pitching and the new guys and the chemistry but it feels different. All you naysayers and negative folks, keep it to yourself. You don’t have to be an expert to see the talent level of this team. Devestating injuries aside, we’ll be there all the way and I look forward to being back at the Ted in October. I’m sure all you doom and gloom folks will disappear by then and wait to pounce on Bobby if they don’t win the WS.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

DOB…..How do you feel about Glaus? He had two hits last night “almost hit one out opposite field.”

sidslidkid

April 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

If i were the skipper for today…

1) McLouth cf
2) Prado 2b
3) Heyward rf
4) Glaus 1b
5) Escobar ss
6) Diaz lf
7) Infante 3b
8) Ross c
9) Huddy

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Nick in PA, I think they’ll try to avoid putting that on Heyward. I know they did it in spring training, but you don’t want to push him too much. I’m guessing McCann moves up to third, and everyone behind him moves up, too.

ITP Brave

April 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Unfortunately, Glaus is looking a lot like Raul Mondesi did in the month that he played with the Braves before being released. I hope he can turn it around.

I was at the game Wednesday when Glaus had the Golden Sombrero. I never thought that I would have wanted him to repeat that performance, until I saw him hit into TWO inning ending double-plays. Needless to say, not a good stretch for him.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

We need a different lead off hitter. Melky isn’t getting the job done. The way Prado is hitting, someone needs to be on base!

RC

April 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Lineup game!

Mine would be –

3B Infante
2B Prado
SS Escobar
1B Glaus
LF Diaz
RF Heyward
C Ross
CF McLouth
P Hudson

sidslidkid

April 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Brian from SC, I think McCann is siting today. Heyward has a shot at hitting 3rd today. Esco might be the safer pick though.

sportsmandh

April 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Brian from SC,

what you doin’ batting Glaus clean up? Don’t you know he stinks …
:)

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

sidslidkid, yeah I meant that I thought McCann would hit 3rd tomorrow, and regularly as long as Chipper was out. I had just posted my lineup for today, so I didn’t want to rehash that. I like Diaz 3rd today…he’s our best hitter against lefties.

bigstack19

April 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

Hopefully this won’t be an issue because if Infante starts he can hit and Prado could slide down to the three hole or Escobar can move up to the three hole because they are the two best hitters on the team anyway. I hope Glaus finds his swing in S.F. Maybe Bobby could drop him into the 7 hole for awhile. If he continues to struggle then the fans will be quick to call for Freddie Freeman who I predict will be the starting 1st baseman by August 1st anyway. Unless Glaus explodes and turns into an All-Star somehow.

Bat Masterson

April 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

Ha Ha…… Freddie Couples….. Yowser…

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

bigstack, Glaus does not have to be an All-Star to keep Freeman away. He just has to be better than Freeman. The Braves would really, really prefer to have Freeman make his MLB debut next year, or at least as a September call-up.

MitchC

April 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Dave, the first game of this series concerns me, especially with the late night last night, and the quick turnaround.

Speaking of concern, how long do you think Bobby will go with Troy Glaus, before trying someone else at first base? I know it’s only been three games, but,. Glaus has looked just pitiful, striking out a bunch of times, and leaving men on base.

I hope Glaus can get it turned around, because, if not, Bobby really should try someone else.

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:11 pm

ahh the joys of college…everything within a 3 mile radius but it takes ya 40 minutes to get anywhere.

Mikeyc588

April 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

DOB –

I’m pretty sure that “Frisco Blues” was just Hook’s re-interpretation of “I Left My Heart in S.F.” by Tony Bennett. Not a direct cover, but just an original based on the old standard. Great tune. Thanks.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

MitchC…you might as well get used to it, because Glaus will be our first baseman for at least a few weeks, no matter how much he struggles. You don’t bench a vet for going on a 3-game .273 average slump.

UNCBrave

April 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

Let’s hope the braves brought their bats on the plane. No randy winn in sf anymore

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

my lineup would be…( assuming mac plays)

McLouth
Prado
Mac
Escobar
Diaz
Heyward
Hinske 1B
Infante 3B

timthebrave

April 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

DOB, why would MLB schedule this game in the day. Makes no sense.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

Am I the only one here who feels Glaus is coming around. It’s not like he’s the only one who didn’t come through with with runners on. He did have two hits.

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:17 pm

UNCBrave

True but Aaron Rowand is Huddy’s kryptonite

DAP

April 9th, 2010
1:17 pm

MLB doesnt schedule specific game times.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

timthebrave, the Giants scheduled it as a day game. The Braves scheduled theirs as a night game last night. The Braves, in hindsight, should have left yesterday’s game as a day game. Gotta deal with it now.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

To add to that. You can tell he was mad when he hit into the dp. It’s not like Anderson last year, who showed no emotion.

timthebrave

April 9th, 2010
1:21 pm

Brian from SC, Usually get an off day on a west coast trip. Then we have to play colorado the day after playing san diego which makes no sense because we play them mon, wed and thur. Just hope the team doesn’t have jet lag

Franco DiRazzo

April 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

Yep, the Padres wanted the weird mid-series offday on Tuesday because Monday’s their home opener. So we don’t get the offday next Thursday either. Yeah, it stinks. But you just gotta play.

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

People who make schedules in any sport are idiots. Don’t get me started on the schedule ( Bama’s) for the SEC football season.

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:25 pm

timthebrave

Yeah it would’ve made more sense to play @ Colorado not at home.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:25 pm

Problem with schedule-making is you’re trying to please a large number of people at one time. It’s never going to be perfect. You would think they would catch some obvious things sometimes, but it’s impossible to please everyone. Same with the NCAA bracketmakers.

Lawton

April 9th, 2010
1:26 pm

here’s my GUESS on the lineup:

3B Infante
2B Prado
LF Diaz
C McCann
1B Glaus
SS Escobar
RF Heyward
CF McLouth
P Hudson

Braint

April 9th, 2010
1:26 pm

I’ll be at all 3 games at AT & T just above the Braves dugout (my girlfriend is a Giants fan and I’ve been a Braves fan since I was 8 thanks to WTBS) but I’m bummed I won’t get to see Chipper this series (most likely). Hope the Braves don’t let me down because my gf has been talking non-stop crap about SF sweeping Houston.

I thought Hinske’s shot was a walkoff last night and stood up off the couch with my arms raised in the air……now I know how Javy Lopez felt in game 6 of the ‘95 WS right after Justice went yard. Ouch.

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

timthebrave

to add on Colorado plays at home before they play us at the Ted…again it would’ve made more sense to play them in Colorado…lol

Jersey Gil

April 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

DOB…I was reading the Old Blog and your are right..DOOMED…DOOMED…DOOMED…there was people Jumping out the Golden Gate bridge,People was quitting, people given up the Season, calling for the head of Bobby…for cry out loud just for three (3) games…jesus people don’t be Doomed…..
Other topic Gwinnett Braves won last night Venters with the W and Kimbrel with the S.Freddy Freeman 4-1 with 1 rbi.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:28 pm

Yeah, Hinske just about got that one. I thought it had a chance. Boy, that would have changed the mood today, huh? That’s baseball for ya.

itcouldbeworse

April 9th, 2010
1:28 pm

4-1 now thats hard to do :-)

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:29 pm

Brian from SC

And in all fairness the Braves knew the time of this game for awhile now. I just think they didn’t want yesterdays game to be during the day so they’d sell more tickets. People skip work, and school for opening day, not so much the 3rd game of the season.lol

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

Oh yeah, I agree the Braves made a conscious decision to sell more tickets. But after hearing what the players had to say about it, I wonder if they’d do different. Probably not, but certainly it would have been in the best interest of the players to have a day game yesterday.

Yoda

April 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

Please Anybody take CHIPPER JONES….help us please!!!!!!

David O'Brien

April 9th, 2010
1:34 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Cabrera cf, 2. Prado 3b, 3. Escobar ss, 4. Glaus 1b, 5. Diaz, 6. Infante 2b, 7. Heyward rf, 8. Ross c, 9. Hudson rhp

I swear when I speculated earlier, was going to say “unless Bobby decides to move Prado to third and having Infante play second,” but I didn’t because I figured he’d want to have Prado stay at second base for stability and all.

But he’s doing it because Prado is better at 3B than Infante, and Infante is better at 2B than he is at 3B. They’re better defensively with Infante at 2B and Prado at 3B than reversed. Truth be told, they’re better now defensively with this lineup than with Chipper.

RC

April 9th, 2010
1:34 pm

Please Anybody take CHIPPER JONES….help us please!!!!!!

How exactly would that help? I mean, I guess you are upset that he’s injured and often not in the lineup. So you would correct that by….putting him on another team, making him NEVER in your lineup?

Everyone get over it, Chipper’s going to get hurt from time to time. Better to sit those games than try to push through, especially with the adequate backups we have on our bench.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:36 pm

I’m quite a bit surprised McLouth gets the day off instead of Cabrera. Maybe trying to be careful with the hamstring, or maybe Nate didn’t take to the whole 5-hr sleep thing as well.

Dutchie

April 9th, 2010
1:37 pm

DOB, Carroll,

Thank you for your efforts. Reading your blogs and beat-reports is priceless for someone in Europe. (should I thank the us army for develloping the net?!). It’s an addictive, daily treat. Keep it up.

And, allthough it’s gonna be rough on the Braves today: gotta love daygames. Gives me options for the night: go out or sleep :) .

Looking forward to a good game tonight.

atlantaspike

April 9th, 2010
1:37 pm

The real(ly piss poor) lineup –

Cabrera
Prado
Escobar
Glaus
Diaz
Infante
Heyward
Ross

Ugh.

nick not Nick

April 9th, 2010
1:37 pm

3b Infante
2b Prado
ss Escobar
lf Diaz
1b Glaus
cf Cabrera
c Ross
rf Heyward
P Hudson

bravesgrl4life

April 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

Face it, people, if Thursday’s game had been scheduled as a day game, it would have wound up a night game anyway – it rained all afternoon and stopped about an hour before game time.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:39 pm

Very good point, bravesgrl4life…didn’t even think about that.

Steve Brown

April 9th, 2010
1:39 pm

I was always curious as to CJ’s off season workout schedule. He stated this year that he goes hard for less than 1 hour a day. Rich and lazy, he would rather be huntin.’ Given his talent and size he has been and is an underachiever.

itcouldbeworse

April 9th, 2010
1:39 pm

if what you are saying is true DOB why not make the switch last night?

sidslidkid

April 9th, 2010
1:39 pm

“Truth be told, they’re better now defensively with this lineup than with Chipper.” – DOB

ahhhh-woooo-woooooo… I’m telling Hoss.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:40 pm

Melky really needs to be on the bench. Let Diaz take over in left!

itcouldbeworse

April 9th, 2010
1:40 pm

WHAT UNDERACHHIEVER? are you crazy?

sportsmandh

April 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

I like the lineup except Infante at 6. Don’t get that.
(Of course I’m sure everyone was worried about my opinion)

bravos2249

April 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

Like the lineup, but I’d rather Diaz hit 4th.

Escobar better be patient tonight, he might not get much to hit.

Branch Rickey's an idiot

April 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

Seriously people…3 games. The Braves will get shut out again this year. Its baseball. I promise you whoever wins the world series this year will suffer far worse defeats than than yesterday’s, so try to keep things in perspective.

BravesFanInKy

April 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

Figuring McCann sits, how about this one….

Prado
Diaz
Escobar
Glaus
Heyward
McClouth
infante
Ross

itcouldbeworse

April 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

Let me guess Steve Brown, Ken Griffy Jr. is a underachiever too.

Yoda

April 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

RC…the Braves would have the best pitching staff in Baseball, but NOOOOOO they trade Wainwright for Drew to please CHIPPER and then give away 3 starters for Texeira all because Chipper was crying that he needed somebody to cover him in the lineup…remember that when he cries that he doesn’t have any help in the lineup.

Triggerrrr

April 9th, 2010
1:43 pm

oh lord….we know now who Bobby Cox’s “crush” is for the 2010 season now and it’s Melky Cabrera. I

Skip & Pete Fan

April 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

Here’s hoping this series goes as well as the last!

Lawton

April 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

Chipper — underachiever. One of the dumbest things I’ve ever read on this blog, and that is quite an “honor”.

Yoda

April 9th, 2010
1:45 pm

Triggerrrr …….at least it isn’t NORTON!!!!

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Yoda….if it wasn’t for Drew, Braves would not have made the post season that year. The Tex. trade looked like a good move. I don’t think anyone knew Tex. wouldn’t produce like we thought he would. With all that said, I think our staff in pretty good!

Hillbilly

April 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Got my Jamey Johnson/Hank Williams Jr. tickets in hand. It’s going to be a looooong night in Shreveport for this ol’ Hillbilly.

Danga

April 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

Underachiever my arse. That is total BS. He may not play as often as you like, but you can’t argue with the man’s career production. 1st ballot of Hall of Famer.

Rough Estimate

April 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

Besides their freak offensive explosion on opening, the Braves offense is showing many of the same trends it did last year. It looks like Wren will have to try and pull another midseason overhaul on the offense just like last year. If he would have just spent the money in the offseaon on some decent bats instead of reclaimation projects like Glaus.

atlantaspike

April 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

Drew and Teixeira were both great during their time in Atlanta. The mistake was not in obtaining them, but doing so with no intention of resigning them, after giving up significant talent.

Ignatius J. Reilly

April 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

that’s one garbage lineup

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

First Post, Tex produced just as well for us as he has anywhere. The problem is the rest of the team didn’t perform as expected, so the Braves whiffed on the playoffs.

Lawton

April 9th, 2010
1:49 pm

2 games is not a trend, sheesh……

NO MORE BOBBY

April 9th, 2010
1:49 pm

Chipper is just another part of the 90s past we need to let go of. I was excited to see him come back strong this year and then he can’t even go three games without an injury.

LET THE 90′S DIE BRAVES and give the new guys a chance to take us to the next level.

Danga

April 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

Seeing Melky batting leadoff again is tempting to me to start whining. But I’ll suck it up and see how it plays out for a few more games. I’ll try to convince myself that nolie and Brian from SC are right when they say lineup order doesn’t matter.

timthebrave

April 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

Triggerrrr, As a coach once said “Melky is who we thought he was”

dpelfrey

April 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

That’s an odd lineup. Oh well, the only thing that’s hurt the Braves pitching so far has been the long ball. Shouldn’t have to worry about that in SF in April. We’ll see how it goes. I do like Diaz hitting 5th.

I think last night we saw where Heyward might be vulnerable. Sliders at the toe, the hardest pitch to lay off. I’ll be curious to see if he gets a steady diet of breaking balls in the dirt today.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:51 pm

atlantaspike…..We offered Tex. a nice contract that he turned down. It was all about the money. With Drew, didn’t he get injured the next year?

RC

April 9th, 2010
1:51 pm

Yoda,

Complaining about a trade that happened over 6 years ago is beyond stupid. Not to mention the Braves arguable DO have the best rotation in baseball. If the Braves don’t trade Wainwright, they likely don’t win the division in 2004, and since that would change the way hundreds of other things occured, I’m also going to say they probably don’t end up trading for Jurrjens, and likely don’t have the 14th pick to draft Heyward a few years ago. But please, tell me all about how it’s Chipper’s fault that Wainwright is playing for the Cardinals.

You are a complete and utter idiot.

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:51 pm

Danga, lineup order matters, just not as much as people think. And not in the same ways as a lot of people think. It’s more puzzling to me that Cabrera is playing at all today than where he is in the lineup. But there’s some reason for it…hope he does well today.

Rough Estimate

April 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

I agree with atlantaspike, the Braves had their longterm firstbaseman in Texeira, but they had no intention of resigning him. Instead they traded him away for basically nothing. They could have the best 1B in the league not named Pujols. It is decisions like this that are based on money and not winning that the Braves will never be serious contenders anytime soon. They are going to have to add another $10-15million/yr to the payroll in order to compete.

First Post Ever

April 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

Danga….I’m with you. Though, I don’t think Melky should be in the lineup at all.

GTSteve

April 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

Good luck tonight….Braves will be lucky to win 1 of 3 in SF, then hopefully get back on track the first of the week

Danga

April 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

NMB…And what is your post-90’s Braves solution to 3b?

Brian from SC

April 9th, 2010
1:53 pm

Agree with Lawton…3 games doesn’t show trends hardly any more than 3 at-bats do. By the end of April, we’ll be starting to get a feel for what kind of team this is.

TnBrian

April 9th, 2010
1:53 pm

This schedule is rediculous. I read where the Braves wanted the night game last night for attendance purposes. How greedy and selfish is that? Meanwhile, SF is fully rested.

Yoda, I thought you were supposed to be a smart jedi? I think you’re finally getting a little senile. Trading Chipper is about the stupidest thing Atlanta could do seeing as how you probably wouldn’t near the value in return that he already brings to us.

John

April 9th, 2010
1:54 pm

Melky Cabrera should be sitting this game esp in pitcher-friendly park. this may be a really bad series for him at the plate. His average is like the Ludacris song, “HOW LOW CAN YOU GO.” batting under .100 is never acceptable. If he gets any lower he may have the same batting average Billy Crystal had when he did spring training for the Yankees. Please Prove Me Wrong Melkey.

BravesFan

April 9th, 2010
1:54 pm

I would have like to have Infante and Prado going 1, 2 in the lineup and there is no way if I were the Giants that Escobar gets anything close to a strike. Not with Glaus hitting behind him.

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