Heyward matches Splendid Splinter’s start

Heyward is congratulated by teammates after his tying homer in ninth. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Heyward is congratulated by teammates after his tying homer in ninth. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

When the start of your career parallels the great Ted Williams in any statistical category, well, you’re doing some serious work.

Such is the case of Atlanta’s new Golden Child, Jason Heyward, whose two-out, ninth-inning home run Tuesday night didn’t just force extra innings in a game the Braves won in dramatic fashion on Nate McLouth’s leadoff homer in the 10th.

We're guessing that Ted Williams would approve of Heyward's approach.

We're guessing that Ted Williams would approve of Heyward's approach.

Heyward’s homer, his fourth of the young season, also gave him 16 RBIs through 13 games, matching Teddy Ballgame for the most since 1920 by any player under 21 years old in the first 13 games of his career.

Needless to say, denizens, young J-Hey is in rarefied air. In the ninth inning of the past two games, he’s electrified Heyward Nation … er, Braves Nation … by hitting a walk-off, two-run, two-out single and a tying, two-out homer.

That’s all.

Since his 0-for-5, four-strikeout game at San Francisco on April 9, Heyward has gone 11-for-30 (.367) with two doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in the past nine games, with eight walks, nine strikeouts and a .500 on-base percentage.

The Braves are 6-3 in those nine games.

ESPN’s Buster Olney arrived yesterday to spend a few days around Heyward for a feature segment the network is producing for its E:60 program.

When Heyward hit his epic spring-training home run at Lakeland against the Tigers, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci was there working on a story on the the pride of Henry County High (and East Cobb Baseball).

Yeah, he’s a big story, and only getting bigger.

I asked him yesterday if things had at least settled down since the first week or so of media crush surrounding him, if his life had at least gotten back to some normalcy, if maybe not as many people were asking for some of his time.

Without hesitation, he said no. But he said it matter-of-factly, without emotion, not the least bit of frustration or stress.

“I don’t have any expectations that it will” slow down, he said of the buzz around him and the requests from every direction. “If it does, it does.”

And if it doesn’t, does he think he can handle it on an ongoing basis? Again, he answered without hesitation: “If I can’t, I’m not supposed to be here.”

Damn, is this kid really 20? I think of what I was doing at 20 and … well, I’ll stop there, just in case my bosses (or parents) happen to be reading.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how Heyward deals with inevitable struggles he’s going to go through this season. My guess is he’ll handle them much as he did the four-strikeout game, by shaking it off, learning from it and applying the lessons immediately. Because he’s not at all normal, this young man.

And that’s all good.

As for last night, when Bobby Cox moved Heyward up from seventh to sixth in the batting order for the series opener against the Phillies, the manager couldn’t have known Heyward would be up in that situation with the game on the line in the ninth inning. However, Cox did note before the game how those big situations kept finding Heyward.

Sure enough, after Troy Glaus turned home-crowd boos to cheers with a two-out homer off Ryan Madson to pull the Braves to within 3-2, Heyward reached down for a Manson change-up and pulling it to the right-center bleachers.

Glaus turned boos to cheers in ninth, before Heyward sent it to extra innings. (J. Getz phot/AJC)

Glaus turned boos to cheers in ninth, before Heyward sent it to extra innings. (Getz photo/AJC)

Unbelievable, that five or so minutes of action last night. On a night when the Braves appeared dead in the water, the aging, struggling veteran and the young, sizzling rookie turned the game upside down with two big swings.

Then McLouth, another struggling veteran, ended it with a leadoff homer an inning later.

What just happened?

What is happening with Heyward? Are we seeing a genuine for-the-ages superstar in the opening days of his career, something that relatively few baseball fans ever get to witness? Folks, I hate to jump to conclusions or get ahead of myself, but I really think we are.

That said, don’t be surprised if young Jason and the Bravos have a rough one tonight. Most hitters do against Roy Halladay, who might well be the best starting pitcher in baseball.

In three starts this season, Halladay is 3-0with a 1.13 ERA, with 21 strikeouts, three walks and one homer allowed in 24 innigs. Dude pitched a complete game in his second start of the season at Houston.

Left-handed batters are 6-for-35 (.171) with no extra-base hits, no walks and eight strikeouts against him.

In his last nine starts dating to last season, Halladay is 7-2 with a 1.36 ERA, and his teams scored one run while he was in each of those two losses.

In 16 road starts since the beginning of the 2009 season, the former Toronto ace is 9-4 with a 2.33 ERA, with 100 strikeouts and 20 walks in 116 innings. His teams scored a total of five runs while he was in those four losses.

Against the Braves, Halladay is 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in two starts a decade apart, in 1999 and last season. He held them to five hits in seven scoreless innings last season, with one walk and six strikeouts, but Kenshin Kawakami pitched eight scoreless against Halladay’s Blue Jays that night.

“Doc” Halladay is the latest in a series of elite pitchers who’ve migrated to the NL the past few years.

“[Cliff] Lee came over, [Johan] Santana came over, Halladay came over,” Cox said. “Those are three of your top pitchers. How much better can it get than those three guys coming over?”

When told Halladay’s stats this season, Cox wasn’t surprised. “I think he walked one in spring training, in 20-some innings,” he said. “More strikeouts than innings pitches. He’s a horse. He’s a true ace.”

McLouth heads to empty dugout (teammates pranked him) after his game-ending homer Tuesday  (Hyosub Shin photo/AJC)

McLouth heads to empty dugout (teammates pranked him) after his game-ending homer Tuesday (Hyosub Shin photo/AJC)

He said that before last night’s dramatic win. Afterward, Cox showed a little of his feisty competitiveness when asked about how important it was to win last night, given the Braves had to face Halladay today in the series’ second game.

“We’ve got Hudson throwing, who <em>they</em> have to face,” he said, smiling.

♣ Speaking of Hudson: Since returning from Tommy John surgery rehab in September, Hudson is 3-1 with a 3.44 ERA and .275 opponents average in nine starts, and has 32 strikeouts with 18 walks in 55 innings.

He’s 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA this season, with nine hits, five walks and only two strikeouts in 12-2/3 innings.

He turned in an impressive season debut at San Francisco that feature a whole lot of groundball outs and only three hits and two runs allowed in seven innings.

His second start wasn’t crisp, but Hudson got a win in his second start last week at San Diego, where he gave up nine hits and five walks in 5-2/3 innings, though only two runs.

He’ll try to reverse a recent slide against the Phillies that’s extended to nine starts. He’s 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA and 10 homers allowed in 59-1/3 innings over that stretch, after going 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA and two homers allowed in his first six starts against the Phillies.

And if you don’t want to read any alarming history between Huddy and Braves-killer Ryan Howard, then skip to the next paragraph. OK, you were warning. Howard is 12-for-34 (.353) with five homers, 10 RBI, seven walks and six strikeouts against Hudson.

Shane Victorino is 8-for-25 with two homers against him, and Carlos Ruiz also has a couple of homers in 13 at-bats against Hudson.

Etc.

One reason Cox moved Heyward up to sixth yesterday: Yunel Escobar is 6-for-30 with no extra-base hits in his past eight games…. It might be hard to believe, but the Braves rank third in the NL in RBI from first baseman, with 11. Troy Glaus has eight RBI in 43 at-bats and utility man Eric Hinske has three RBI in five at-bats as a first baseman…. Brian McCann has hit .317 with seven homers, 27 RBI and a .973 OPS in his past 28 games against the Phillies…. In his last 10 relief appearances against the Braves, Ryan Madson has a 10.08 ERA and .400 opponents’ average, with 12 hits (three homers) allowed in 6-2/3 innings.

Alright, gotta get to the ballpark. Let’s close it with one of my favorite tunes from the other Elvis, and here’s a good video of him doing the song last summer in Milwaukee.

elvis-costello

“BRILLIANT MISTAKE” by Elvis Costello

He thought he was the King of America

Where they pour Coca Cola just like vintage wine

Now I try hard not to become hysterical

But I’m not sure if I am laughing or crying

I wish that I could push a button

And talk in the past and not the present tense

And watch this hurtin’ feeling disappear

Like it was common sense

It was a fine idea at the time

Now it’s a brilliant mistake

She said that she was working for the ABC News

It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use

Her perfume was unspeakable

It lingered in the air

Like her artificial laughter

Her mementos of affairs

“Oh” I said “I see you know him”

“Isn’t that very fortunate for you”

And she showed me his calling card

He came third or fourth and there were more than one or two

He was a fine idea at the time

Now he’s a brilliant mistake

He thought he was the King of America

But it was just a boulevard of broken dreams

A trick they do with mirrors and with chemicals

The words of love in whispers

And the acts of love in screams

I wish that I could push a button

And talk in the past and not the present tense

And watch this lovin’ feeling disappear

Like it was common sense

I was a fine idea at the time

Now I’m a brilliant mistake

1,858 comments Add your comment

Andrew

April 21st, 2010
3:16 pm

Thank DOB. nice blog

Bruce Chen

April 21st, 2010
3:17 pm

Glaus MVP Heyward ROY?

toga party

April 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

“Halladay is 0-3 with a 1.13 ERA”

DOB, Hate to point it out after all the “gotcha” talk yesterday, as that’s not my intent, but you switched Halladay’ record.

Nice blog, and I love that Elvis Costello song. Thanks for the link.

18 Wheels of Love

April 21st, 2010
3:22 pm

I think that might should be Cliff Lee? Regardless, great read.

Derek

April 21st, 2010
3:22 pm

I have a question for the blog about our non-pressure pinch hitter situation. Over the last week or so, Bobby has went with Conrad in the 6th/7th inning with no runners on base. Since Infante is down in the pecking order in the pressure-situation/late game pinch hitter role (Hinske/Glaus and McClouth/Cabrera/Diaz), I feel like he should be used in place of Conrad. Not really a big deal, but I feel like he is being forgotten on the bench, and since he is clearly a better hitter than Conrad, shouldnt he get the at-bat over a guy like Conrad?

Agree or disagree?

Go Braves!

Brave4life

April 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Bruce Chen
No, way Glaus gets MVP. Unless he steps up his gmae. HIs bat speed is still slow.

how about

MVP- Heyward
ROY-Heyward

Fischerking04

April 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Thanks DOB! As I said in the last blog, last night’s win was great to watch but tonight’s game is more of a measuring stick of this year’s Braves. Best pitcher, offense, defense going for Philly will test our mettle. A win tonight would be HUGE.

wheelz007

April 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB. Been excited all day.

Let’s keep the momentum going guys.

Go Braves!

jonnyboy

April 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

DOB You put Carlos Lee when it should be Cliff Lee, and also you put Halladay as 0-3 when it should be 3-0. Great blog though and I agree Heyward is above special.

Brave4life

April 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

I am preparing for us to lose this one, but I am trying my best to stay optimistic

chris

April 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

good blog about heyward. i agree, we’re seeing heyward develop into an arod, jeter, pujols, griffey jr, bonds type player. not an wright, longoria, or upton player. imagine when the nationals draft and sign bryce harper and he plays for the nats, cant wait for the day when heyward and harper actually meet in person, like two worlds colliding.

Ease in Buckhead

April 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

I was trying to hold off on a “gotcha’ post as well…Cliff Lee is a much better pitcher than Carlos Lee ;-)

Darren in Edmonton

April 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

Great blog, love the twittering. Thanks for the heads up on Alberta Cross. Being an Albertan, I should be up to date on this stuff.

Ease in Buckhead

April 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

I am preparing for us to lose this one, but I am trying my best to stay optimistic

And how exactly is that supposed to be optimistic?

dogsbrekky

April 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

god that is an old pic of Costello, no problemo though, great song

timthebrave

April 21st, 2010
3:28 pm

Looking forward to an excellent pitching duel tonight. Roy Halladay is a beast but he has to lose sometimes and I like our chances tonight. Hudson needs to keep it low scoring and Braves need to try and manufacture some runs. Go Braves!

Saff

April 21st, 2010
3:28 pm

We won the game when we faced Halladay last year, he diden’t recieve the loss but KK out pitched him and Hudson can be dominant at times so I feel pretty good about our chances.

Brian from SC

April 21st, 2010
3:28 pm

Maybe Carlos Lee should try pitching…he’s hitting .115 this year.

CraZyTRaDeMaN

April 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Good lord their are way to many people on here with typocomplexdisorder?

Fischerking04

April 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Ease- he never said he was optimistic. He said he was TRYING to be optimistic. And apparently not doing a very good job.

RHR

April 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Doc will likely take the wind out of some sails tonight but I don’t imagine we’ll lay down and die. And it will be another good learning experience for FrankenHeyward.

timthebrave

April 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

We can really take some of the wind out of the Phillies sail if we can beat their ace after the dramatics last night.

Old-Skool Jason Heyward Supporter

April 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Jason Heyward:

We love you, Man.

Seriously, though, you need to bend the brim of your cap.

You are too good of a player (and person) for that “Michael Vick” look.

Peace.

James

April 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

Halladay is 3-0, not 0-3. It’s Cliff Lee, not Carlos Lee.

Jim

April 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

Hey Join the Facebook page THIS IS BRAVES COUNTRY
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/THIS-IS-BRAVES-COUNTRY/114786261880224?ref=ts

timthebrave

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

“RHR …wind out of some sails”…..jinx…you owe me a beer

Jptuba

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

I think you meant Halladay is 3-0, not 0-3. Hopefully the Braves will add one to his loss column tonight. Go Braves!

sportsmandh

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

Hey DOB, I hope you know some of us loyal readers could care less about typos.

Lawton

April 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

Derek

April 21st, 2010
3:22 pm
I have a question for the blog about our non-pressure pinch hitter situation. Over the last week or so, Bobby has went with Conrad in the 6th/7th inning with no runners on base. Since Infante is down in the pecking order in the pressure-situation/late game pinch hitter role (Hinske/Glaus and McClouth/Cabrera/Diaz), I feel like he should be used in place of Conrad. Not really a big deal, but I feel like he is being forgotten on the bench, and since he is clearly a better hitter than Conrad, shouldnt he get the at-bat over a guy like Conrad?

Agree or disagree?

Go Braves!

Derek, I think it is as simple as Bobby is playing the lefty-righty game there. I believe if LHP’s were in the game in those situations, Infante would have been the guy.

timthebrave

April 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

The home run Jason Heyward hit against the Phillies should have been a pop out to 2nd base to end the game but Jason threatened to hit it again so it went over the fence. He even admitted “talking” to it…I would say it was more of a threat

Jersey Gil

April 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

Are we seeing a genuine for-the-ages superstar in the opening days of his career, something that relatively few baseball fans ever get to witness? Folks, I hate to jump to conclusions or get ahead of myself, but I really think we are.
DOB..agree 100% with this statement…People are talking, i mean baseball people…That it why i start collecting his stuff, i have the AJC paper from opening day, I have the SI report,and also last Sunday Philadelphia Inquire article.

Tom O'Hawke

April 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

I am preparing for us to lose this one, but I am trying my best to stay optimistic

I am preparing for my death, however, I just renewed my subscription to “Chop Talk”. ;)

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:36 pm

Does Troy Glaus look ummmm not-happy to anyone else???

Even watching his approach the dugout last night – no smile…no passion…no ethusiasm….or maybe it was the game situation at the time or the boos or his slow start – I don’t know.

But is it maybe worth a question DOB…If he’s enjoying his time in Atlanta to this point?

Mavis Leonard

April 21st, 2010
3:36 pm

sportsmandh @ 3:32 PM -

Since you say you “could care less” about typographical errors, does that mean that you DO care about them and have room to start losing some of that concern?

Hmmmm??

atlantaspike

April 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

Not to pile on, but when do these stop becoming typos, and start becoming just plain sloppiness?

AustinBrave

April 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

Phillies pen is bad, Halladay will try and pitch a complete game we just need to get some timley hits. We can and will win.

eric the elder

April 21st, 2010
3:38 pm

Toga and 18 wheels, if last night was any indication, you can expect DOB to be a little testy about having errors pointed out.

Spelling “the” as “hte” is a typo. Writing incorrect information isn’t. Still, neither makes much difference in the blogosphere.

Keep your flak jackets handy.

RHR

April 21st, 2010
3:38 pm

:lol: Tom

Seriously, though, you need to bend the brim of your cap.

He can wear his hat sideways, inside out, backwards, flat bill, curved bill, flipped up bill, no cap at all…

Shaun

April 21st, 2010
3:38 pm

Where are all those writers and fans who said basically Heyward = Francoeur or Heyward = Schafer? Those folks obviously didn’t pay attention to Heyward’s ability to control the strikezone throughout his minor league, pretty much at every level, mostly as a teenager.

Fischerking04

April 21st, 2010
3:39 pm

Why has it been like english class in here the past few days? People jumping on DOB or other posters to point out obvious typos. And most of them don’t have a firm enough grape on their shoulders to look up and see the 10 other people already tried to correct the same tiny thing.

Mitchell

April 21st, 2010
3:39 pm

I have a good feeling about this one. I think the Braves will come out swinging against Halladay.

You would think after Sunday they would have been poised to knock Kendrick out of the game early. Didn’t happen but they pulled out an amazing, improbable win anyway.

I see them winning again tonight with a chance to be in first place all alone.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

April 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

From previous blog:
“Simple question for you. Game on the line, and you’ve got one guy you could choose to bat with the winning run in scoring position. Who do you want at bat. RIGHT NOW.”

Love Chipper, McCann, and Prado, in a spot like that, but RIGHT NOW, gotta go with the kid. I know he’s young and inexperienced, but somehow, someway, he transcends that.

Grammar Police

April 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

Good lord their are way to many people on here with typocomplexdisorder?

I’m assuming your misuse of “their” and “to” in that sentence are intentional. I’ll let you go with a warning. This time.

Resign or Resign?

April 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

If Ted Williams hadn’t taken the time off from baseball to be a FIGHTER PILOT in TWO WARS; he would be widely and unquestionably acknowledged to be the greatest baseball player who ever lived. I believe he, Aaron and Mays to be the best position players ever.

DAVBRAVES

April 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

Over or under 25,000 at the game tonite

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:42 pm

Halladay’s a work horse. An Ubaldo Jimenez type work horse.

Guy can go out a throw 115 pitches and still put gas on the fire. I expect no different tonight and you know Charlie’s thoughts on his own bullpen.

I’m not saying we can’t win – i actually have a good feeling about tonight

timthebrave

April 21st, 2010
3:42 pm

Wish I could make the game tonight. Have to work late but I think I am getting me a cheap seat for thursdays game

AustinBrave

April 21st, 2010
3:42 pm

Grammar Police

April 21st, 2010
3:40 pm
Good lord their are way to many people on here with typocomplexdisorder?

I’m assuming your misuse of “their” and “to” in that sentence are intentional. I’ll let you go with a warning. This time.

Those who use long words have shallow minds.- Winston Churchill

Venice Jim

April 21st, 2010
3:43 pm

Always good to have music from cousin Declan :)

Tommy T

April 21st, 2010
3:43 pm

Who wants to bet if Halladay has a shut out through eight tonight, Manuel will not pull him for Madson.

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:43 pm

Mitchell – How the hell are ya???

How’s the weather lookin??? HAHAHAHA…Not sure if you remember that from last season…

abwright

April 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

There was a lot of good stuff at the end of the last blog.

Mitchell’s out of his room. Tom O’Hawke’s tellin’. RHR, you need to let Mitchell know that the real reason that you’re right and he’s wrong is that “you’re the mommy, that’s why!”

Fischerking04

April 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

Mitchell- I hope you’re right. That would be such a boost for us and let-down for Philly. Not to mention solo grasp of the NLE lead.

I really just hope that the end of the game last night was a sign that McLouth and Glaus are getting on track. If either/both of them could start clicking our offense would vastly improve.

Mike Jay

April 21st, 2010
3:46 pm

It’s a blog not an article in the paper. So chill with the grammer nazism. It is uspposed to be least formal.

see what I did there :)

abwright

April 21st, 2010
3:46 pm

Would it be possible for AJC to put a “corrections” link or something so that itty bitty oversights on the excellent blog do not get blown up into a holy war by the Grammar Police?

monty

April 21st, 2010
3:47 pm

Lot of grammar police- I second that emotion. I think we all knew what DOB was saying.

Brian from SC

April 21st, 2010
3:47 pm

Nova Scotia Steve, he’d probably enjoy it a lot more if fans weren’t booing him 13 games into the season.

MaineBrave

April 21st, 2010
3:47 pm

Chipper was the Mets killer. Heyward the phils killer? lol

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:47 pm

Jersey Gil

April 21st, 2010
3:48 pm

I miss Anders…Where are you Anders…Oh well he be here in the Week end.

Mitchell

April 21st, 2010
3:48 pm

Careful Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans.

RHR is going to bring the “facts” and let you know your own personal opinion is dead wrong.

abwright

April 21st, 2010
3:48 pm

Halladay versus Hudson should be a great pitching match-up.

Love the BC comment about how their guys should be worried about facing Hudson. Too bad that point got spoiled by how well the Phillies have hit against Huddy.

Nick

April 21st, 2010
3:48 pm

I found at least 4 typos.

monty

April 21st, 2010
3:49 pm

Be nice to make Halladay throw more pitches than he’d like and get him out early, even if he’s ahead.

Jersey Gil

April 21st, 2010
3:50 pm

Hey Chipper Birthday it this coming Saturday…and he will be in New York…It time for Chipper to wake up….

Mitchell

April 21st, 2010
3:51 pm

abwright, you too?

You’re breakin’ my heart.

Mitchell

April 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

Nova Scotia Steve, could you be more specific?

monty

April 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

Brian from SC

Exactly about Glaus. He probably wanted to stick out his tongue at the fans or raise a salute to them.

DAVBRAVES

April 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

timthebrave

April 21st, 2010
3:53 pm

The booing of Glaus made Braves fans look like……well..
Phillies fans.
I’m glad he got a big hit

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

April 21st, 2010
3:53 pm

Long as Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans is not misspelled on my tombstone, I’ll be fine.

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:54 pm

Mitchell – I just remember you were always checkin the weather/radar for games last year.

I thought it was pretty funny and remember suggesting a career in meteorology…maybe it doesn’t seem as funny now – but it was at the time!

Caleb

April 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

Seriously people, the typo comments are freaking annoying. Use your brain. If you know what DOB really meant, then substitute that in your own head and leave the blog be.

abwright

April 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

For whatever reason, the album “King of America” is one of my favorite Elvis Costello albums.

My favorite line (from “Our Little Angel”) …
Well you try to love her but she’s so contrary Like a chainsaw running through a dictionary.

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

I think there was rain in the forecast for a Phillies game last year and you were all over it – lol

DAVBRAVES

April 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Tom O'Hawke

April 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

RHR

Your 3:38 post ( :lol: Tom
Seriously, though, you need to bend the brim of your cap.
He can wear his hat sideways, inside out, backwards, flat bill, curved bill, flipped up bill, no cap at all…)

Were you answering someone on facebook? I’m the only “Tom” here, and I didn’t say that.
I’m sure your reply is funny, but you’ve got me swinging in the breeze.

DocHoliday

April 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

“In his last nine starts dating to last season, Halladay is 7-2 with a 1.36 ERA, and the Phillies scored one run while he was in each of those two losses.”

Was Halladay pitching for the phillies last season? nah…I dont think so.

Lunatic Fringe

April 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

Nick

April 21st, 2010
3:48 pm
I found at least 4 typos.

Did you also catch where the PR was accidently written as an N?

David O'Brien

April 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

Ha. That’s funny, the question about when do typos become sloppiness. A 1,400-word blog (not counting lyrics) written hastily in an hour without any editing, and by the time I post and come back later for a second look to catch typos, I’ve got people seriously concerned about two typos in a 1,400-word blog. To you folks, seriously, a sedative might be in order. This is a blog. Not a published story in the paper or online, and not anything that I even have time to read over in its entirety before posting, much less have edited by someone else. Some of you’ll never understand the difference. Most do, fortunately Either way, it doesn’t matter. If it did, I’d keep the blogs short, read them over carefully with the extra time, virtually eliminating the chance of typos getting through, then comment more on Twitter than here, since people there don’t seem nearly as jaded as a few here.

But I’m not sensitive when it comes to this particular subject. So no worries about me doing that.

JasonInFL

April 21st, 2010
3:56 pm

Despite my in game complaining, hey, I will probably do it again…I still can’t believe what happened. It was one of the best games I have watched in a long time. If Hudson is on (and can get by Howard), we obviously have a shot. I agree with RHR and others, and we have been saying it since ST, but man; this pen has a chance to be really special.

faninva

April 21st, 2010
3:57 pm

love Joe Simpson, but had to think of Skip last night after the 9th unfolded. wow, i miss him.

David O'Brien

April 21st, 2010
3:57 pm

abwright: King of America, for me, is the one latter-day Costello album that ranks with his stuff from his first decade of recording. It’s tremendous, start to finish.

It's all over for the Braves. Let's just give up now.

April 21st, 2010
3:58 pm

“When the start of your career parallels the great Ted Williams in any statistical category, well, you’re doing some serious work.”

Jason will go through a slump that will then prompt O’Brian to compare him Todd Van Poppel.

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
3:58 pm

faninva – Agreed

monty

April 21st, 2010
3:58 pm

Caleb

We are a “gotcha” blog. “Vultures waiting to pounce”. LOL!

It's all over for the Braves. Let's just give up now.

April 21st, 2010
3:59 pm

“Yeah, he’s a big story, and only getting bigger.”

Yeah, he’s a big story, and only getting bigger because sports writers have nothing better to do than build up a guy BEFORE we tear him down.

FYT

Mitchell

April 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

I have a pretty good memory NS Steve but I’m not sure I remember that. Maybe I do. I’m sure I said at one point how I couldn’t handle the cold up there. I thought that’s what you meant.

I’m just glad you weren’t making fun of me like RHR, Tom O’Hawke and abwright.

They’ve been mean to me. I’m very sensitive.

BravePack

April 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

I know what DOB is trying to do with all those stats against us as far as our chances tonight. He’s putting the ole’ jinx to work against the Phillthies tonight. Based on all those stats listed we don’t have a chance but I like many of you have a good feeling about tonight. Heyward has yet to face Halladay and that is enough for the Braves to get the win. Besides every pitcher has an off night, just ask Jair. Let’s keep this rollin’ tonight.

atlantaspike

April 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

That’s funny, the question about when do typos become sloppiness. A 1,400-word blog (not counting lyrics) written hastily in an hour without any editing, and by the time I post and come back later for a second look to catch typos,

Dude, you are in theory a journalist. You get held to a higher standard. If you are posting without editing, that’s worse than sloppiness, it’s laziness. I don’t need a sedative, thanks, as you are correct in noting that it is not a big deal. If you can tolerate how this reflects on you, then who am I to disagree?

Blackberry Cobbler

April 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

Braves fans have a right to boo Glaus. Except for that home-run (even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while), he’s done absolutely nothing to earn a paycheck with this team. Put McLouth and Cabera in the same boat. Pathetic.

Nova Scotia Steve

April 21st, 2010
4:01 pm

Mitchell – its okay – but i meant games in Atlanta…and checking the radar for showers/rain etc – no big deal man!

Marc in FL

April 21st, 2010
4:01 pm

I think the great performance of our pen so far is being overshadowed by The Legend. Give our boys down there some credit, they’re keeping us in ballgames!

McCann Fan

April 21st, 2010
4:01 pm

Another great blog DOB!

I don’t think us Braves fans know how lucky we are to be seeing this right now. May it continue for many, many years………………

Thrillhouse44

April 21st, 2010
4:01 pm

Love the BC comment about how their guys should be worried about facing Hudson. Too bad that point got spoiled by how well the Phillies have hit against Huddy.

A few have hit him well. Others have not. Utley is hitting .222 with no HRs against Hudson. Even one guy DOB mentioned, Ruiz, has only hit .200 against him, albeit with those 2 HRs. So, enjoy Bobby’s quote…it was a good one.

It's all over for the Braves. Let's just give up now.

April 21st, 2010
4:02 pm

“What is happening with Heyward? Are we seeing a genuine for-the-ages superstar in the opening days of his career, something that relatively few baseball fans ever get to witness?”

1: Nothing is happening with Heyward. He’s playing baseball.
2: No, what you’re seeing is sports writers build up another ball player.

Bottom line: When Jason goes through a slump, which he will, you and every other band wagon sports writer will then dump on him.

See: Matt Leinhart, Christian Leitner, Andre Ware………….

Benjamin

April 21st, 2010
4:03 pm

I’m very, very proud of Jason Heyward.

However, I’m a little worried about the kid getting too much attention too early. When you’ve been in the majors for 13 games and are already drawing national comparisons to Hall of Famers, that’s setting a rather intensely high bar, even for someone of immense talents like he’s got. That’s not on DOB or any other one journalist, either; everyone from the local papers to ESPN have done so incessantly since spring training.

Even the best of kids can lose their heads when these expectations are put on their shoulders. I’m going to just sit back and enjoy the ride with this one.

DocHoliday

April 21st, 2010
4:03 pm

Good things we are coming on a high note tonight. Not saying that we are gonna beat this guy but it gives us a bigger chance. Hope the Braves are not thinking that Halladay is unbeatable, since no pitcher is. Since we have become a very patient team at the plate, we might be able to get him out of the game before the 8th….

It's all over for the Braves. Let's just give up now.

April 21st, 2010
4:04 pm

“Braves fans have a right to boo Glaus.”

That’s because most people who profess to be Braves fans are really nothing more than band wagon jumpers who complain about anything and everything.

Lawton

April 21st, 2010
4:05 pm

outstanding up-to-the-minute baseball content > squeaky clean, stale, boring, redundant content

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