Stat of the day: No homers in 9 of 10 games

9– the number of times in their past 10 games that the Braves have gone without a home run.

They hit  three homers in span of four batters in the ninth and 10th innings of their memorable 4-3 win against the Phillies on April 20:  a two-run shot by Troy Glaus followed by a tying homer by Jason Heyward to force extra innings, then a game-ender by Nate McLouth to start the 10th.

And that’s it. Those are the only home runs the Braves have hit in their past 10 games. They have totaled 21 runs in that 10-game stretch, including 13 runs during their current seven-game losing streak.

For the season, the Braves have hit 12 home runs in 20 games.  Only the Astros have hit fewer in the National League.

89 comments Add your comment

Arcadio

April 27th, 2010
2:22 am

The offense has looked awful during this losing streak something needs to be done and fast. We are in a very tough division and even tough it’s April we need to start playing better ball now.

gayle

April 27th, 2010
2:33 am

DOB, in order to lit the long ball, your good hitters need to see some pitches to hit.

With no leadoff hitter, no team speed and no big bopper, opponents pitch around Prado, McCann and maybe Heyward and they are home free. Any pitcher who gives those three anything to hit is not following the game plan.

Anybody wondering how the Braves are making journeymen pitchers look like Cy Young candidates?

cadilac

April 27th, 2010
5:45 am

I would settle for a couple of singles with a double mixed in from time to time; we have to crawl before we can walk.

cadilac

April 27th, 2010
5:46 am

I would settle for a couple of singles with a double mixed in. We must learn to crawl before walking.

west

April 27th, 2010
6:01 am

offensively, this simply is not a major league club; if potential major league talent is within, a battlefield promotion is due; if not, they better find some hessians. I wrote them off when they fire sold vasquez

it seems to me that if you want to run your team on the cheap, the marlins approach (younger, cheaper) would be the most effective

Clint

April 27th, 2010
6:50 am

Shades of the 1970s and 80s, except without Aaron, Carty, Nuxie and Murph…..

Prime Time

April 27th, 2010
7:31 am

Hi DOB! here is another stat: 0-6 in the last 6 games.

JoeFan

April 27th, 2010
7:43 am

Question is , how long does this continue before there are extensive changes from top to bottom and that includes the coaching staff. I know its suppose to be Cox’s last season but when is enough enough? This will be embarassing to him and to the Braves if they don’t get things turned around quickly. Not the way I believe he wants to be remembered.

baseball bob

April 27th, 2010
8:19 am

The only way the Braves can win is by hitting home runs, that has been true for many years now. Cox has always relied on the homerun to win and his teams have never been able to manufacture runs; thus, the poor showings in the post seasons. Since this team lacks power, don’t expect a record much above .500.

dpelfrey

April 27th, 2010
8:22 am

JoeFan,

You’re talking like the Braves are 3-16 (that would the Orioles). They’re still just 8-11 even though they’ve played some of the worst baseball I’ve seen from this franchise in over 20 years. They should be much worse off and we should all feel fortunate that they’re only 3 games under .500. I don’t like watching them lose games either, but it could be a lot worse. The 8-11 record is not cause for a house cleaning.

meh

April 27th, 2010
8:22 am

finally got some hits out of Melky and Glaus, and Chipper and McCann don’t hit a thing. geeze. what’s a Brave gotta do to get a win around here?

Glenn

April 27th, 2010
8:26 am

Many questions- What happened to the Braves’ desire and determination to win for Bobby Cox this year? Do they have to dig a big hole for themselves before they feel any urgency or are they simply not capable of winnning? Also what has happened to Jason Heyward? Is he being pitched differently or has someone got in his head and messed him up? What about Yunel Escobar? How long will they stick with Troy Glaus? Too many questions needing answers. All indications are this may not be as good a team as we thought. Hope they figure things out soon.

georgiadawgg

April 27th, 2010
8:29 am

TIM HUDSON IS LUCKY NOT GOOD.

Beauvighn

April 27th, 2010
8:32 am

I would send anyone with minor league options to gwinnett, bench everyone else except BMac, Prado and see what happens…Play Conrad, Infante, Hinske, along with Mac and Prado…then fill in with the AAA guys…Couldn’t be any worse could it?

Larry

April 27th, 2010
8:38 am

stat of the day: Jason Heyward is batting .234, when are we going to start giving him the francoeur treatment. Bring number 7 back!

hmmm??

April 27th, 2010
8:38 am

This just in.. Frank Wren sits on ass and does absolutely nothing to help offense. More info expected in 2011

ITP Brave

April 27th, 2010
8:38 am

DOB:

After watching Melky “play” defense last night, I wonder why Cox doesn’t just let Hinske (heck, even McCann) start in Left Field. They seem to have a better range than Melky, and at least we know there will be some more production than .138 at the plate.

Melky can’t hit, and he apparently doesn’t like to run, either. The 19-year-old that the Braves pulled in the Vasquez trade must be exceptional.

Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
8:40 am

No. Tim Hudson is good. And I can state my opinion without using all caps.

Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
8:43 am

It’s hard to win games when you are placing high expectations aon reclamation projects. Someone remind me again how a GM that gets fired after one year with the Orioles gets multiple years with Atlanta.

Chess

April 27th, 2010
8:43 am

Another year of the same type of players from Cox Grapefruit Resort. All will bat 215. No base stealing. No lifting weights. However the golf swings look good. ……outside 2-0.

Cecil34

April 27th, 2010
8:48 am

This doesn’t say much for the effectiveness of duct tape and bailing wire……

dap01

April 27th, 2010
8:48 am

Why does Cox keep running Melky out there. He is bad at defense, he can’t hit.

Bill

April 27th, 2010
8:49 am

BMac has looked like crap on defense. When was the last time he throwed someone out at 2nd. Chipper is just average at third on D. and looks bad in the box. Over all I’d same the Braves are a 3rd or 4th place team. I’d rate management a “D-”

dap01

April 27th, 2010
8:56 am

Chess: I think you are up to something. Cox runs a very lax spring training and it shows!

.

April 27th, 2010
9:12 am

Don’t usually take up for Milky but he was 2 for 4 last night with one run and did nothing wrong in lf. The double down the line would have been a double no matter who was out there because Braves had MC playing the hitter in LCF. He looked good last night! Believe the catcher had a bad night, threw ball in CF ????

PMC

April 27th, 2010
9:34 am

Well the effort was good last night anyway. I’m encouraged by thier patience this year at the plate they are just hitting it too people far too often. Eventually maybe working the counts deeper and making contact will pay off. The Umpire in the last few innings must have had trouble with his contacts or something.

bronkelliott

April 27th, 2010
9:37 am

I think the Braves are trying but are their worst enemies right now. bobby cox really looks old and so does Chipper. It’s time to bring in Donnie baseball. Chipper has become a pinch hitter at best. He is a liability to the team offensively and defensively as well. I am an honest Brave fan for over 30 years and knew this would come. The Bobby, Chipper tandem is long past (4 years ago) Chipper has had his moments but is too slow and looks his age. A new regime is needed and is not Terry Pendleton. I feel for McCann and Heyward. They have not seen the Braves of the glory days and are being affected by the atmosphere of bad baseball. Where is the integrity of this team. Chipper should remove himself and be a player coach if possible to finish the year. Bobby should realize he has lost the team and they no longer listen to him. Man up for the sake of the team. If it happens in the corporate world why not the sports world. Would Walmart allow this kind of decline in production? Sorry, I know this is sports but this is a professional team that is expected to put out a decent product. Losing wears down moral and it starts from the top. Go Braves and do what’s right for the fans…

26-Year Braves Fan

April 27th, 2010
9:50 am

Let’s play a little game of, Which one is not like the others? Kelly Johnson leads the National League in home runs. Andrew Jones is a big part of the Chicago White Sox early season success. Jeff Francoeur is reborn in Gotham. Terry Pendleton is still the hitting coach in Atlanta. Oh, yes, forgot here that Chipper Jones calls his dad when his stroke is missing. When will they finally get it?

spaceman109

April 27th, 2010
9:58 am

bobby cox is from the earl weaver school of managing…..pitching, defense and three-run homers. well, the pitching is there, but the defense is shaky and the homers practically non-existent. i am already looking forward to getting a new man in the manager’s office. to add to 26-year’s comment: francoeur hired the rangers hitting coach rudy jaramillo during one recent offseason, while brian mccann goes to his dad. nuf ced.

greg norton

April 27th, 2010
10:03 am

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Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
10:05 am

How many earnies will Lowe give up in 6 innings today?

bewildered

April 27th, 2010
10:08 am

Cox is too lazy to walk to the mound and pull Moylan and insert O’flaherty to face a left handed hitter in the most critical point of the game. Anyone else notice this.

suh muh muh beech

April 27th, 2010
10:08 am

need to pick up Jermaine Dye to play LF.

spaceman109

April 27th, 2010
10:11 am

i understand that chipper is going to consult mike hampton for tips on staying healthy! :D

NC Braves Fan

April 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Can’t blame Melky for that double from Pujols in the eighth — Chipper was so far off the line at third, he was conceding the double when, in that situation (tied 3-3), he should have been playing near the line and conceding a single instead.

ITP Brave

April 27th, 2010
10:48 am

NC Braves Fan:

I blame Melky for generally jogging around the field instead of running the entire game. He let at least two singles to left turn into doubles by not running to field the ball. He also could have beaten out a slow ground ball for a hit, but instead decided to pull up into first on his way back to the dugout.

He plays at half-speed the entire game. He’s Garrett Anderson 2.0, but about 15 years younger and not nearly as much talent at the plate. I sincerely hope that the pitcher the Braves received in the Vasquez deal is phenomenal, because right now it looks like we received a large, overweight sack of beans.

Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Why the jokes about Chipper and Hooters, and no quips about Lowe and Fox Sports reporters. His current wife was “covering” the Dodgers while Derek was still married.

Southern Star

April 27th, 2010
11:05 am

For all of you praising Frenchy, he is batting less that .200 in his last 10 games. I agree we are in trouble, but calm down on the former braves. This team will have 90 losses and it is because of the offense. The pitching is great. Chipper needs to get on the bench and get healthy. Maybe he could contribute for 20 games before getting hurt again.

The stat last night……… no hits after the fouth inning until a swinging bunt my Diaz. This is what is expected to be an Atlanta sports fan. Nothing but misery and a gliimer of hope during football season, but this is where I was born……. so go dawgs, braves and falcons.

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

April 27th, 2010
11:14 am

Wow – it’s a crappy start to the season, but we’re 8-11. All you need to do is win 4 or 5 in a row and you’re back at the top of the division. No cause for panic just yet.. but man, it would be nice if anyone on this team could hit the ball over the fence once in a while.

When your “power guy” is McCann, you might be in trouble. Will any of our guys hit more than my scientific projections?

McCann: 25
Heyward: 15
McClouth: 15
Melky: 15
Glaus: 20
Chipper: 15

asheville dawg

April 27th, 2010
11:16 am

Adrian Gonzales anyone?

ghost of kelly and frenchy

April 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Cabera has been getting hits. He had one in every game or at least in 2 out of 3 against the Smets. Booby showed last year he’ll make a change. But someone has to get oyt. Bench Escky let Infante play. Put Conrad in the outfield. Abything to change it up. Braves will dump Lowe and trade for Gonzolez before all-star break.

gobravos

April 27th, 2010
11:25 am

Yeah man, the fact that some people on AJC blogs act like all of these loses are meaningless blows my find. You play to win the game. This team has lost 6 in a row. If they want to be a good team they need to do something. Teams that can afford to lose this much are also the ones that can win 8-12 games in a row, which good teams will do. If not that they have a lot of high winning percentages when you examine the schedule in 10 game segments. This team does not look capable of going on such stretches.

gobravos

April 27th, 2010
11:48 am

Also, chew on this. Chipper makes what, 14 million a year. Before that is was 15 million. Over the past 6 years he has averaged missing 35 games a year. That’s more than a season’s worth of baseball people. We could use that money on a guy like Adrian Gonzalez and get some who plays more games and produces more. This team has some big issues, and they start at the top and trickle down to the players on the field. Bad contracts = not using your resources wisely ($$$$$). Don’t complain about Liberty Media and the Braves lack of funds. Complain about how Frank Wren and his predecessor use those funds. A lot of our best producers make a small fraction of what Chipper and D-Lowe make.

TruthSeeker

April 27th, 2010
11:52 am

Adrian Gonzalez sounds great, but at this pace do you have any confidence the Braves will even still be in the race by the trade deadline? I don’t.

How many times does Wren put together an incomplete roster and then is scrambling at midseason to try to fill holes to make a last ditch run at the playoffs? Every freakin’ year. Games in April count just as much in games in August and September. It’d be nice if Wren would put together a solid team BEFORE we’re eight games out of a playoff spot for once.

Stewie G

April 27th, 2010
12:00 pm

Don’t worry…Chipper will hang-em up after the season. Either that or he pulls a Favre and tip-toes around so no one is sure. It is sad watching him at the plate and field right now. Looks very fragile and old. Not the Chipper we want to remember.

NO MORE BOBBY

April 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

For someone who lived by the longball in the 90’s, you would think that Cox would have made sure to have at least one bomber his last season. For once I don’t blame Bobby for this one. I blame Wren.

JTH

April 27th, 2010
12:12 pm

This team stinks. Without a major trade nothing will change that. Unfortunately Wren will wait until it’s too late, and even then might not do one.

Adrian Gonzalez needs to be our first basesman since before spring training. Thanks cheap ass Liberty Mutual. The Brave will never be winners until they sell the team.

Old Braves Fan

April 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

NOW the baseball fans of the Braves will have to pay for the downright ignorant trades of yester-year; those ill-gained deals that brought up JD Drew and Mark Teixeria for one season and half a season were paid by giving up the future of Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andurs, Matt Harrison, just to name a few of the talented players WASTED on one-year wonders! Instead of losing with Freddie Freeman at 1B, we are losing with a second tour of Adam LaRoche-bug and now an old and broken down Troy Gross Glaus! Money wasted on Garrett Anderson could have been spent on a better free-agent the Braves could sign long-term; and what of Nate McLowsey? What did the Braves give up to get this kid? I want my players back! Oh, and the money wasted on signing Troy Gross could have been used to sign Johnny Damon. And as much as Chippper Jones has given the Braves, does he do anything in the off-season to prepare for the upcoming season of baseball other than climb trees with devices and hunt animals? Chippper said he’d retire if he sucks another season…bull manure…Chipper needs a paid trainer to get his sore, tired and broken body in better physical condition. We have just got into May and Chipper is INJURED AGAIN. It’s time for the Braves to follow the example of the Tampa Bay Rays and that’s draft great talent, let them play and learn in the minors and bring them up to play in the Show! Here is a quote from BA writer Jim Callis, “Tampa Bay will lose many of its pending free agents over the next few years, a group that includes Jason Bartlett, Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Rafael Soriano and Upton. But the Rays still will have baseball’s best player (Longoria), leadoff man (Desmond Jennings) and rotation (David Price, James Shields, Matt Garza, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann). They can shore up their catching by trading Wade Davis to the Twins for Wilson Ramos, and build a formidable bullpen around Matt Moore and Alex Colome.” This can be the Atlanta Braves if management will sober up and start building this team for the future and stop building this team for NOW.

Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
12:14 pm

Frankie promised us a “big bat” this offseason, and the best he could do is Troy Glaus. That’s like your kids waking up Christmas morning expecting to find a PS3 under the tree only to open the package and getting a Sega Genesis.

Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

Old Braves Fan- The Rays were terrible for many years and had very high draft picks.

Old Braves Fan

April 27th, 2010
12:18 pm

The Rays were bad for many years because they ran their club like a package store! What have the Rays been the past five years? Hint: a Worlds Series stop, for one.

Bob

April 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

The Braves outfield is the worse in the National League. In total, no home-run power, no .300 hitters (right now only one hitting .200), little or no stolen bases, average defensively. But there is one thing they lead league in lowest total outfield salary. You get what you pay for. Heyward is the exception, he is predicted to be a future star, but you can’t expect a 20 year old to carry the outfield production.

Also, a team needs production from 1B, currently they have a negative both offensively and defensively at 1B, however, player came cheap.

Where was most of the budget spent, $14M a year (3 years) for a Hall of Famer, that is way past his prime and $14M a year (3 years) for a pitcher who had an slightly above average major league career that is way past his prime. Who is making these decisions?

carlchamblee

April 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

I still say move Heyward up to 3. He has power and we need his speed and baserunning at the top of order. He needs the protection of Chipper when healthy and McCann behind him, not the 7, 8 and 9 spots. Will he struggle at times like he is now? Sure, but who on the team isn’t? At least with him we know he will almost surely get it together and become a force. Even now his OBP is good. Pitchers now can try to make perfect pitches to him to get him out or walk him they don’t care. this lineup needs speed and guys who can make things happen. Turn J-Hey loose!

PMC

April 27th, 2010
12:22 pm

Adrian Gonzalez has been out there for years now when the Braves had a titanic hole at 1st. What makes us think they will trade him to us? The goodness of thier heart? Gonzo isn’t coming here without giving up what they gave up to get Texiera.

They are NOT going to add payroll without subtracting something contrary to what McGuirk keeps saying in the media. It’s not happening. Chipper has been one of the greatest players in the history of this team but he’s not getting younger or healthier and that salary isn’t going away.

This is what we’ve got. Maybe they could get Dye but I seriously doubt anyone of merit that is really world changing is coming thorough that door. If they are going to win 90 they are going to have to get a lot luckier with the placement of those base hits and a lot more professional on the basepaths.

Norm from Cheers

April 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

Get Bobby out of the dugout…drag him out kicking and screaming if necessary, but get him out!

PMC

April 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

They do need to move Heyward up to 3 to take advantage of how good Prado has been. Why can’t Chipper clean up when he’s in the lineup?

Ted M

April 27th, 2010
12:24 pm

Yep and Bobby Cox is still managing his offense around the long ball.

PMC

April 27th, 2010
12:25 pm

It’s not that they can expect Heyward to carry the outfield production… they just don’t have a choice. He’s the only viable bat in the outfield right now and he might bet the best hitter on the team outside of Chipper by years end

JTH

April 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

It’s well known the Padres are looking to dump salary(as usual)and that why Gonzales is available and just for prospects.

Old Braves Fan

April 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

Adrian Gonzalez? Jermaine Dye? Man, please! Remember, we gave up Dye to get PAUL BYRD! What a freaking deal! Wouldn’t you like to have had Jermaine Dye the past ten or so years? Oh, that’s right. We had our “rejects” to play the OF. No need to keep TALENT. IF the Braves had Adrian Gonzlaez in their farm system, they’d only trade him to get a player for six months or a season! Screw this, I’m changing my handle to Tampa Bay and Old Braves Fan. That’s right! Hell, I’m watching a team that does things the RIGHT way, the way teams should be built. Hell, if I want to jump on any bandwagon, why not the damned Yankees. “If you can’t beat’em, BUY’EM!” That’s what the Yanks do. At the rate this Braves team is going, we will finish behind the Nationals and Mets. It’s coming. You’ll see. Atlanta Braves 4th place finish…and maybe 5th…is coming.

Marko

April 27th, 2010
12:35 pm

Not really a surprise on the lack of HR’s. You would think they would have hit a few in the last week. Going into this season, I thought everyone knew they didn’t have a HR hitter and that they’d get anywhere from 5-15 HR’s from about each player with someone who is having a good year breaking 20.

Tampa Bay Rays and Old Milwaukee Braves Fan

April 27th, 2010
12:37 pm

Thank God for the Tampa Bay Rays! Woooo Hoooo! Check out a real pitching rotation built in the minors: James Shields, Matt Garza (from Twins for Delmon Young), Jeff Niemann, David Price and Wade Davis! What pitcher do the Braves have that you would trade for any of the Rays rotation? NO ONE! Look at Tampa’s 1B…Carlos Pena! Hell yeah! Ben Zobrist at 2B….Chippper or Evan Longoria at 3B? LOL! I’ll stop. It’s too painful, I know. It kills me, too.

Philliesuk

April 27th, 2010
12:39 pm

People on this site are so hilarious. I love coming on here every time there is a trade or we are in a slump. I’ll never forget when we traded Renteria. People on here were fuming. Now how does everyone feel about that steal? And about the Vazquez trade…he looks awful this year, and we won’t know the final outcome of the trade for 2-3 years. And by the way, Vazquez would not fix our offensive problems. Kelly Johnson will come back down to earth; so will Francoeur. And you can’t blame Andruw Jones’s slumps on Pendleton. Jones doesn’t listen to anyone but himself. I do agree that Pendleton looks pretty bad, and I would NOT hire him as manager. But don’t forget, after that first Phillies game (a little over a week ago), this looked like a great offensive team. I’m as frustrated as any of you. I have watched EVERY single inning this season, and will continue to do so even if we lose 120 games. But don’t write us off yet. We have a heck of a lot more potential that what we have seen in the last week.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

I was going to say that I might as well go back to being an Orioles fan, but I just found out that they’re the only team that sucks harder than the lame–azz Braves.

AppalachiaBrave

April 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

The Braves organization as a whole is too loyal. Loyal to a fault. Cox won 1 WS with all that talent over the years. That is sad. This club needs a whole new identity. Its time to wake up before its too late…..But it probably already is too late. All the terrible trades over the years….Gave away lots of young talent just to rent a player for half a season.That is just bad business.

Jesse Stone

April 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

Zobrist, Pena, and Bartlett came from other organizations, and we gave up Dye for Lockhart and Tucker, not byrd. Still a bad trade, though. What pitcher do the Braves have that you would trade for any of the Rays rotation?? I would say Lowe and Kawakami.

FUWren

April 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

It’s hard to score when you need three singles in an inning. We gotta get power from Chipper, McCann, Glaus and Heyward. The problem is that there’s no reason to expect Chipper to hit above his career averages this late in his career. McCann plays a grueling position, hits well for a catcher, but isn’t nearly good enough to carry the team. Glaus is certainly not going to hit this bad all year, but how much better will it really get? Nobody knows. Hewyard just needs to see all the pitchers and take his lumps. Batting him 7th with Melky and Nate behind him is retarded. He needs to bat 2nd or 3rd so they’ll be afraid of walking him and he’ll see more fastballs. That’s really my online lineup complaint.

Castrologist

April 27th, 2010
1:16 pm

I said it once and I’ll say it again. Relax. It’s April. These guys suck right now but I think its preposterous to suggest major changes 19 games in. It would be nice though if a few of these guys would hit the ball over the fence. It’s nice to know also that you are only 3 games out of first after playing like idiots for the last 6 days. Snap the streak tonight!

sugarfoot

April 27th, 2010
1:19 pm

Who cares about what we traded or gave up. I care about what we are left with! I hate to say it after all these years; but, maybe Bobby Cox needs to go ahead and hang it up early. And, take terry Pendleton and that s-head 3rd base coach, too!T

Gastroenterologist

April 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

Do not panic, folks… Wren will make a move – don’t you worry. He is the very best at researching guys with the very best statistics – - – during the 90s nd waving a few mill under their noses! I’m sure he’s on the phone now with players like Barry Bonds, Julio Franco, Moises Alou… YOU GO WREN!

Shawn

April 27th, 2010
1:26 pm

Bobby is holding the organization hostage. There is no way we can win with Glaus, Melky, or Diaz in the starting line up. I’m really starting to wonder about McClouth. Chipper was a liability last yr and it looks like more of the same. For the last 4 yrs, I didn’t throw in the towel until the all star break. This yr, I’m tossing it in now. It’s funny how every time we have a home stand, we hear media & team complaints about how turner field is not packed with people, but honestly, who wants to watch this once proud organization underachieve? We already have more folks here that moved from other places than were born here. How can you win them over with this effort? It’s an embarassment. That pathetic 3 game sweep at the hands of the lowly Mets was the backbreaker for me. WAKE UP BRAVES, YOU ARE LOSING YOUR MOST LOYAL FANS!!!!!

Mike

April 27th, 2010
1:35 pm

The point was made earlier, but why did Moylan pitch to Andersen? Why even have O’Flaherty warming up if you weren’t going to bring him in to face the lefty? Either bring him in or don’t get him up. Just amazing.

Chip

April 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

Considering the Braves pitching, I thought we’d be able to muster up enough offense to do well this season… I don’t think that anymore.

The Braves have sunk to the level of the Pirates & Royals as for being able to compete. The biggest difference between those 3 teams is that the Pirates & Royals at least play with enthusiasm.

tremaine

April 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

Terry Pendleton please step down so these whiners can see that this thrift store team sucked before the season started. LaRoche should be at first and Damon should be in left.

Chip

April 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

tremaine, LaRoche & Damon would’ve absolutely been huge for this team.

Chuck

April 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

Interesting stat from radio last night: Heyward hasn’t attemtped a steal this season, after all those steals in the spring. Since no HRs we need aggressive base running.
Melky looks really fat and lazy. The way he goes after balls says he’d rather give up a double than dive for an out. Doesn’t deserve his playing time. Looked awful in CF last night compared to McLouth.
If just a couple of players would try harder we could win some games.

Ray

April 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

One of the reasons the Braves have no hitting is that they spend at least 3/4 of their high draft picks every year on pitching. When they took Heyward and Freeman in the 1st and 2nd round in 2007, they got results (also supp#1 from 2007 Gilmore hitting .370 for White Sox in minors). Most years it’s one pitcher after another after another- and most don’t pan out anyway.

carlchamblee

April 27th, 2010
4:19 pm

Usually Heyward can’t attempt a steal because he bats so low in the order they don’t want him getting out and the pitcher lead off next inning. More than that Bobby doesn’t encourage speed on the bases, he’d rather wait for the big HR which hardly comes when you have this lineup.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 27th, 2010
6:30 pm

Yep, it’s only 19 games into the season. And it’s actually TOO LATE to be making changes. The changes were clearly needed at the end of LAST season and should have been made over the summer. The most important change that was needed and was ignored was the need for some sort of offense. Wren did nothing.

carlchamblee

April 27th, 2010
6:45 pm

You call replacing LaRoche w Glaus and adding the “Melkman” doing nothing? I call it suicide by GM!

Pete

April 28th, 2010
9:23 am

Hate to break it to you guys, but no one pitches around Heyward anymore. I want to know at what point do you make changes? 7 game losing streak? 12 game losing streak? 2 months with hitters hitting under .200? Also amazes me that DOB does not have the nuts to ask the tough questions to Bobby or Frank. How can you add Melky, a guy that does not hit for average or power and is fat and can’t run?

Silk

April 28th, 2010
9:44 am

Speed doesn’t go into a slump. This team has got to get some speed at the top of the order to apply some pressure to the defense and pitcher. It was the Otis Nixon’s and Deion Sanders of the world that set the table for the big bats in the 90’s. This team has Diaz or Escobar setting the table from the leadoff spot…wtf?

Don

April 28th, 2010
9:47 am

The only thing significant about the lack of HR – is that Bobby Cox thinks that managing is basically making out a lineup and then sitting in the dugout being a cheerleader and waiting for a 3 run homer. His failure to teach/emphasize/demand being patient, being selective, working the count, making the pitcher throw some pitches and concentrating on making solid contact means that the Braves are not going to have good run production with the kind of team they have. Over the years this has resulted in consistant failure to develop young hitters and to get good production even from veteran hitters – and had resulted in inconsistant and poor run production. Being patient and working the count has all kinds of advantages – enables the hitter to see what the pitcher has, adjust to the pitcher, make him make mistakes, get better pitches to hit, wears the pitcher down etc. (Not only does Cox not teach/emphasize/demand this approach, now when he has a rookie (Heyward) who has the understanding and maturity to do this on his own (even though he obviously needs more experience/maturity), Cox is telling him not to do this – that he is taking too many pitchees. Not only will this have a terrible effect on Heyward this year but it can have a devastating effect on his future development. Quick! get Heyward back to AAA now and away from the influence of Bobby Cox for the rest of this season.)

Don

April 28th, 2010
9:49 am

If you think that things are bad now — what if we did not (for the most part) have a good pitching staff – had only an average pitching staff – and still had Bobby Cox as manager? Would we ever win a game?

bronkelliott

April 28th, 2010
9:54 am

toast with your eggs anyone? This team is awful. I knew they would lose last nite. Horrible at bat for Mc clouth. It tells the story of the year. Do you guys also remember the one run losses on the road belongs to the Braves under Bobby Cox? Time for change and not soon enough!

phily phanatic

April 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

as a outsider looking in it looks like the same old braves no speed no power. its funny how all of the sudden jeff and kelly can hit now that they are out of atlanta. i can not wait til nate gets the hell out of atlanta so he can get back on track

Tom

April 28th, 2010
12:58 pm

you guys keep bringing up adrian gonzalez, he will be a free agent after 2011 season, and it will cost Freddie Freeman to get him, and will you be happy when gonzo signs else where and we lose freeman after 2011?

adam

April 28th, 2010
10:02 pm

BRING IN THE WALLS AT TURNER FIELD !!!!!!!!!

Fred

April 28th, 2010
10:17 pm

Home runs aren’t the only problem…it’s the lack of focus, the horrible fundamental defense, and zero enthusiasm or passion! The lack of desire and passion is sickening me.

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