Heyward out of lineup for first time

St. Louis – After being in the lineup for 20 consecutive games to begin the season, Braves rookie Jason Heyward was on the bench for the first time Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

Heyward leads major league rookies (and all Braves) with four homers and 16 RBIs, but was 1-for-20 with eight strikeouts over his past seven games, a slump that mirrored the Braves’ seven-game losing streak through Tuesday.

He struck out looking at a called third strike with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 5-4 loss against the Cardinals, and afterward manager Bobby Cox said that Heyward was “taking way too many pitches” and falling behind in too many counts.

Cox reiterated that Wednesday -– “He needs to be a little more aggressive; he knows it” — and said he wanted to give Heyward a day to rest a sore shin. He’s played with shin splints since late in spring training but never asked for a day off.

“It can never hurt you, can’t hurt your body” to have a day off, said Heyward, adding, “I didn’t ask for it [Wednesday], that’s for sure. That’s just the way the lineup was written.”

Heyward’s average was down to .224 overall with a still-solid .358 on-base percentage, fourth-best among Braves regulars behind Martin Prado (.433), Chipper Jones (.420) and Brian McCann (.405).

Heyward had only one fewer homer and two fewer RBIs than those three hitters combined.

“He’s got a lot of talent, and he’s hitting pretty good the way he’s hitting,” Cox said of Heyward, 20, “but we would like to see him, you know, get the bat off the shoulder a little more often.”

Cox had left-handed hitters Heyward and McCann out of the lineup against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, a lefty with a 1.42 ERA. Melky Cabrera replaced Heyward in right field and backup catcher David Ross made his fourth start.

Heyward was 4-for-22 (.182) with 10 strikeouts against lefties, including the bases-loaded strikeout Tuesday against lefty sidewarmer Trever Miller.

The rookie slugger said he understood what Cox and hitting coach Terry Pendleton meant about being more aggressive and taking fewer pitches.

“It’s early, so as far as just facing guys for the first time, or maybe figuring out what their go-to pitch is, or what the strike zone may be like for certain umpires, that’s all going to happen,” Heyward said. “Sometimes they’re going to make [good] pitches.

“Like I said, it is early. There’s going to be an adjustment period. Once you go through it once, and just to get any kind of rhythm that you’re going to have later in the season, you’ll be able to better react.”

Pendleton says Heyward, rated the top prospect in baseball before the season, is always receptive to advice and would use it to make adjustments, regardless of any success he’s already had.

“It’s a fine line, but a baseball player understands, a real hitter understands where Skip [Cox] is coming from,” Pendleton said, referring to patience at the plate. “There’s times you need to be aggressive and there’s time where you need to take the opportunity to take a pitch or two. And he’s had some opportunities where he probably should have jumped on the first pitch. It’s a learning thing.

“He’s been able to get away with that in the minor leagues. This is another level, where they might make two [hittable] pitches, and after that you’re done.”

Miller struck out Heyward looking at a straight  fastball over the outer half of the plate with the count 2-and-2, after getting him looking at a curveball to start the six-pitch at-bat.

“Against Miller, I saw all two-seams [sinkers], sliders and curveballs, and then he threw a four-seam [fastball],” Heyward said. “I hadn’t seen a four-seamer from him…. My mindset should be to go up there and swing, versus take. Go up there and swing. So my only decision should be to not swing. Be ready to hit in any situation. But that takes time to get into.”

Jones was on second base when Heyward struck out. The veteran third baseman spoke up for  the heralded rookie and said Heyward was going to be just fine.

“Miller made some pretty tough pitches on him,” Jones said. “It’s his first time through the league. Crunch time, you throw a sidearm lefty out there with a good slider, and you know, he located a good fastball on the outside corner. It’s not like it was right down the middle. It was located. Mac or Nate or any other left-hander would have a tough time with that guy.

“There’s a [learning] curve there. We’ve just got to be patient, let the kid see everybody a time or two.”

He has swung at only eight of 81 first pitches, a lower rate (9.9 percent) than any National League player except Martin Prado (7.7 percent), David Eckstein (8.3) and Chase Utley (9.6).

Prado is  proficient in two-strike counts,  hitting .304 (14-for-36) with 12 strikeouts and an .833 OPS. Heyward was  5-for-45  (.111) with 25 strikeouts and a .349 OPS in two-strike counts.

Heyward has taken 65.1 percent of all pitches he’s seen, eighth-highest in the NL on a list that notably includes only established veterans ahead of him.

“He needs to get it going a little quicker in the count,” Cox said. “He does have a great eye at the plate, but those balls that are an inch or two off could be called strikes at any time, too, and you can’t complain about it.”

Pendleton said, “With him going through this league, he’ll learn different pitchers, what he can do and what he can’t do and how to approach certain at-bats, certain situations, times in the game with the score being a certain way. It’s all learning.”

135 comments Add your comment

Frenchy

April 28th, 2010
7:35 pm

AJ

April 28th, 2010
7:36 pm

Do we hit the panic button on this season yet?

Frenchy

April 28th, 2010
7:36 pm

They’ll be trading him before he knows it.

Ropedawg

April 28th, 2010
7:36 pm

Aw man...

April 28th, 2010
7:37 pm

I’m off work tonight and thought I was gonna get to see Heyward. That stinks…Give MELKY a day off!!

northbeach Scott

April 28th, 2010
7:40 pm

Seems like the Braves, as a team, have taken the last 7 games off. Why not, whats an 8th consecutive loss?

Kelly Johnson

April 28th, 2010
7:41 pm

Glad to be away from TP………..

Churchy

April 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

That’s a rough lineup without McCann and Heyward.
At least they’ll be available to pinch hit.

bubba

April 28th, 2010
7:45 pm

Heyward is getting extra hitting lessons from TP ; just wait till you see his improved swings next game. TP needs to be GOING,GOING,GONE. Come on how long would TP last in the real business world. Only Bobby Cox and his loyalty is keeping him here not. What a joke..

usnavyvolfaninva

April 28th, 2010
7:46 pm

Yeah, guess who broke an 11-11 w/the Rockies with the game-winning HR? Give you a hint, it’s his 8th of the year.

DHD

April 28th, 2010
7:46 pm

A guy is not in the lineup and it is an article? Must be a slow news day in the AtL.

bubba

April 28th, 2010
7:48 pm

How did our SS miss the tag last night on the play at third? His inmaturity is effecting his play, Bobby should have benched him last night after the bad play…

bigpoppa

April 28th, 2010
7:49 pm

Maybe you need to take chipper out but oh, don’t worry, he will take his self out to protect his average and then he will show up when it doesn’t count. He’s a bum and if he was of a darker perspective, he would have been traded.

Worm

April 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

Heyward will be in Gwinnett in about a month..One trip through the league and he’ll look like Brad Komminsk~

Bubba Joe

April 28th, 2010
8:07 pm

Get a Hitting Coach!!!!!!!!!

Kyle

April 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

Like the old days. You knew baseball season in Atlanta was over even before the NFL draft.

usnavyvolfaninva

April 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

Bring back Biff Pocoroba!!!

Mets win

April 28th, 2010
8:14 pm

I told you Heyward is a bust! HAHAHAHA

SR

April 28th, 2010
8:18 pm

Wow, just look at that outfield, the epitome of journeymen, times 3. Is there any other team in MLB that starts a less imposing group? I thought not.

sons of rick matula

April 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

Kelly Johnson hit his 8th today, now has 15 RBI’s, Adam Laroche knocked in 2 and has 12 RBI’s.
Braves are sitting Heyward tonight – he leads the club with 16. Troy Glaus (WTF) is next with 9.
I’m just saying.

Colin

April 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

thanks for not starting him..I guess I dont need them atbats for my fantasy team..thanks.

DOB's Members Only jacket

April 28th, 2010
8:22 pm

Oh yeah……

Colin

April 28th, 2010
8:24 pm

I have this weird feeling Pujols goes deep tonight..he is due.

the truth...

April 28th, 2010
8:32 pm

Please remind Bobby that the kids that couldn’t seem to hit in Atlanta, are tearing it up for other teams….

Remember Kelly Johnson, Jeff Francouer…..LaRoche??????

If you remember, as soon as he left Atlanta last summer Frenchy had a turn around….immediately…

Time for PENDLETON TO GO before he screws up Heyward and the rest of the bunch!!!!!!

brian

April 28th, 2010
8:33 pm

with 20 errors in 21 games, poor hitting, and numerous mental errors two things come into question – the players focus/desire and coaching.

FUWren

April 28th, 2010
8:35 pm

No doubt that Heyward is struggling. It just sucks that he’s the only one Cox has publicly called out. Chipper is single-handedly cost us about 4 games with his poor defense. Melky plays every freaking day and he can’t even catch fly balls and has speed you can clock with a sundial. Oh well…carry on. Hall of Fame manager knows best. So glad when he’s gone.

Roody

April 28th, 2010
8:39 pm

Yeah, that’s the ticket! Bench your potential best hitter. That will snap the whole team out of this slump. Nice call!

Loyal Homer

April 28th, 2010
8:40 pm

CajunStorm

April 28th, 2010
8:49 pm

It’s apparent at this time that the Braves aren’t as competitive as we all thought they were going to be. But at the same time we are only 4 games back and have been in very close games all year (eerily similar to last years unbelievable 1 run loss record). Our starting pitching is almost as solid as we predicted and the bullpen is as solid as it gets. Hitting and filelding is killing us and CAN’T get any worse.

Sooooo, what is the solution? PATIENCE!! Not just patience with the players we have but patience from a team structure standpoint. Chipper and D. Lowe are straight stealing our self-imposed salary cap ($28Mill/yr) and NOBODY wants D. Lowe via trade and the Braves don’t have the sack to trade Chipper.

Sooooo, what is the solution? PATIENCE!! Bring up Freddie and let him get experience. Stop wasting Omar Infante’s talents and put him in LF (since Chipper won’t do it), get Jordan Schafer healthy and hopefully see him here after the All-Star break, and we compete to a .500 record but let the youngsters GROW!! 2011 is our year if we’re patient! But for the Love of GOD please do not give up Freddie, and 2 other prospects for 1.5 years of A. Gonzalez. Good player but…..we aren’t that close.

Now if you can get A. Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and sign them both to extensions and only give up a total of Freeman, Vizcaino, Medlen, Diaz, and another prospect or two, then SCREW PATIENCE!!! Let’s do the dang thing!! But Fantasies rarely come true!

Ron in Vegas

April 28th, 2010
8:50 pm

So we have two-thirds of our starting line-up hitting below .200 today. That is patehtic. How realistic is it to see Pendleton shown the door if this continues into May? Into June? or maybe July? What will it take?

Trey

April 28th, 2010
8:54 pm

I wouldn’t panic, the Yankees went a season where they lost 17 straight games, but ended up winning the World Series.

mike

April 28th, 2010
8:55 pm

Thank God! TP is giving Heyward advice! Next thing you know, Heyward will be a Met!

Ron in Vegas

April 28th, 2010
8:55 pm

A loss tonight drops us to the bottom of the National League in a tie with the Dodgers for the worst record…..below the Pirates for God’s sake.

Jerald Holcombe

April 28th, 2010
8:56 pm

Trey: We are not the Yankees. No where close.

CajunStorm

April 28th, 2010
8:57 pm

Hey FUWren

Sooo True!!

And “Melky’s got speed you can clock with a sundial!” Classic!

Trey

April 28th, 2010
8:57 pm

Sorry, I actually heard that but I read it was 8.

Trey

April 28th, 2010
8:58 pm

Jerald who cares? We can still come back.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:02 pm

This is getting to be unreal. 2-0 losing again. These sorry sonzabiotches should be fined for playing so sorry.

Braves n cubs watch at home still

April 28th, 2010
9:04 pm

we still losin and Nats won they 12-10 we 8-13 after tonight. hey but we are leadin the basement standins now be 4 and half ahead of washington for last place title.Ha Ha You know why he sittin he be Trade bait for Cubs get for LF and 4 pitchers soon.Why not Pinella job on the line now so his manager job is about done there.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:06 pm

I hate this team… About to be 5-0.

CajunStorm

April 28th, 2010
9:06 pm

And How the Hell can a major league team have 3 errors already and we’re only in the 3rd inning! Yunel is playing like a 3rd grade lil girl these days! Pouting and playing like he just don’t give a …..

Tmac

April 28th, 2010
9:08 pm

That is two really poor plays by D. Ross behind the plate. Pitches weren’t great, but the technique and reaction by Ross was very, very poor that let in 2 runs.

That is 4 plays that were either errors or poor plays. This lineup at beating anybody doing that in 2.1 innings. No telling what is to come.

Braves20

April 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Five out of eight position players under the Mendoza line. It’s time to stop saying “but it’s early.” Rather resort to another baseball axiom – pennants are not won in April, but they can be lost in April. This team needs a shake-up yesterday.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Pendleton is the definition of the word useless. His picture should be in the dictionary beside the word.

Rooferdawg

April 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

I said he should have started in the minors this season and now it proves I am right.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:13 pm

Simpson says “Nice play by Pujols” on a squibber to 1B with pitcher covering. A damn 1st grader can make that easy play…

Jerald Holcombe

April 28th, 2010
9:15 pm

With the manager we have sitting in the dugout picking his nose game after game, and the hitting coach we have, we get what we deserve. At no time during my lifespan have I have seen one team so adamant about holding onto these two losers. Even the Braves of the 70s and 80s would have fired either or both of them long before now. Maybe the owners and front office are apprehensive about firing someone who has won so many games, especially with him retiring at season’s end. But most of us have already given up. We can hope that things get better, but we know in our heart of hearts that this team isn’t going to get much better than it is already without a major overhaul, offensively and defensively. We have the worst outfield in baseball, offensively and defensively, and the same can be said about the corners of the infield. Liberty should come in and clean house now. Fire everyone in the front office, including McGuirk, Schuerholz, and Wren. Then fire Cox and his entire staff. The way this franchise is going right now, we are doing nothing more than treading water until Jurrjens and Hanson can become free agents, and they won’t stay here and keep losing. Hell, they’ll probably get traded as soon as they become eligible for arbitration. This has been your doomsday message.

sugarfoot

April 28th, 2010
9:15 pm

OMG. Don’t let him near TP. He’ll be ruined before he even gets started.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:17 pm

Hey rooferdawg, you are posting under about 12 different names. You are dumb enough to say you’ve said something before using a new name you haven’t used before or one that hasn’t been used ever on the board. You forgot you said it under your other fake name.

Jerald Holcombe

April 28th, 2010
9:18 pm

Trey, we can’t come back. This team has already lost tonight. We lost in the first inning and we will most definitely lose our 9th in a row tomorrow when Wainwright pitches. Can you honestly say that you can see a light at the end of this tunnel?

Tmac

April 28th, 2010
9:22 pm

I know it’s early in the season, but the same problems that existed last year are prominent this year.

Offense: NO POWER, NO CONSISTENT HITTING.
Defense: Good Pitching, inconsistent leather.

Can someone explain to me how Frank Wren gets praise for putting this lineup together please?

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:24 pm

3 runs to make up for the Braves offense is like 12 runs for all other teams. Bobby and his staff should be fired tomorrow. You can’t fire 15 players but you can fire the manager. But wait, Bobby is as holy as the Pope so he can’t be fired…

Tmac

April 28th, 2010
9:26 pm

I gotta vent about this too:

I like to see the freaking pitch speed. They put it up for like 3 seconds and it disappears. WTF? Everyone knows what inning it is… the freaking sponsor logo can be put up the whole time… how bout putting a box the whole time with all of the important pitching stats. mph, balls, strikes, total pitches.

This 3 seconds disappearing mph is ridiculous. If you blink, you miss it. Come on TV people, get it together!

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
9:27 pm

“Kelly Johnson hits eighth home run”

The reason why the Braves aren’t hitting is standing right there in the dugout, leaning on the rail.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:34 pm

Shutout by a rookie so far. I wouldn’t take Glaus,Diaz,McLouth,and Melky straight up for Adrian Gonzalez if I were the Padres.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:37 pm

Yeah Simpson, give Molina the gold glove for catching a bounced pitch… Give Ross 2 errors…

Roto Rooter

April 28th, 2010
9:43 pm

Last night some fool tried to denigrate Hank Aaron by saying he hit homeruns with no one on base, of course he didn’t have any facts to back it up but here is the real story. I compared Hammerin’ Hank to Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds and here is what I found. (Source – Baseball Reference.com)

Aaron 53%; Rodriguez 52%; Pujols 53%, Bonds 59% homeruns with no one on base (Comparable with today’s stars)

Aaron 68%; Rodriguez 61%; Pujols 64%, Bonds 64% homeruns when team tied or behind in score (The best when his team need him the most)

Aaron 45%; Rodriguez 42%; Pujols 47%, Bonds 46% homeruns to either tie or put their team ahead (He was clutch also).

Sorry for the carry over, but I just had to set the record straight so ignorance wouldn’t continue to post here.

BamaDawg

April 28th, 2010
9:44 pm

Whether you think its his fault or not, how much longer can Pendleton be the hitting coach? Sometimes change for changes sake can be good.

tristan

April 28th, 2010
9:49 pm

Got most of the lineup card right tonight Bobby except for two. Hinske at 1st and Infante at 3rd. That would of won the game.

robdawg08

April 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

Smoltz : “Sometimes fans think wholesale changes are necessary but maybe the hitting will come around.” I disagree. Wholesale changes are necessary right now before this season is lost.

hmmm??

April 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

Great job Wren.. kelly just hit his 8th hr and Damon is hitting 325. The Braves once again have more errors than runs..Wren must go!

Jerald Holcombe

April 28th, 2010
9:53 pm

If there is a good thing about being a sh!tty team, it’s not having to stay up late to see the whole game. I’m gonna get some sleep for work tomorrow.

TruthSeeker

April 28th, 2010
9:55 pm

The Braves simply can’t compete with this lineup. It’s at the point where I’m shocked when we score a run.

This team is looking like it could easily lose 90 or 95 games. We’re really bad.

tristan

April 28th, 2010
9:55 pm

Let’s get Craig McMurtry here to manage the team. I would rather have Dan Snyder as the owner here. The hitting coach can be Otis Nixon. Snitker just annoys me so we can get Chris Chambliss to replace him. 6-0!!! This is getting fun to just try to see how bad we can get.

Long time Brave

April 28th, 2010
9:56 pm

Might as well bring up the kids. This season was over after the winter free agency period. Atlanta – MLB baseballs retirement home.

hmmm??

April 28th, 2010
9:59 pm

Bobby is going to leave like he came in.. to an empty stadium! Great pick ups Wren!

Really?

April 28th, 2010
10:00 pm

Kelly Johnson .286/8/15
Andruw Jones .275/6/9
Jeff Francoeur .278/3/12
Adam LaRoche .288/2/12

The Abs Man

April 28th, 2010
10:01 pm

What is Tomestone Bobby Cox’s morbid fascination with Melky?

Tomestone will bury this team in record time with this fetid lineup.
Melky is your fifth outfielder, at best…….Diaz, Heyward, Nate and Infante all offer tons more talent.

The Abs Man

April 28th, 2010
10:03 pm

Tombstone–I spell like he manages.

tristan

April 28th, 2010
10:03 pm

How about Jeff Porter to be the head coach. He will still keep his job as the medic, just let him be the head coach and he can bring George Clooney from ER in to be the hitting coach.

Wren sucks!

April 28th, 2010
10:04 pm

Don’t forget Wren’s other misdeals..

Damon 325/0/9
Furcal 300/0/6

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 28th, 2010
10:05 pm

Don’t be crying about how well Frenchy, Rochey, Andruw, and KJ are doing this year. Were they with the Braves, they would still be stinking it up and most folks here would be bitching about it and wishing they were gone. They’re not bad players. They were just on the wrong team for a while, a team with no motivation, no fire, and no balls. You have to put your balls in a lockbox somewhere when you join the Braves.

Really?

April 28th, 2010
10:09 pm

This team is underachieving. Everyone thought Glaus would be a good sign IF he could stay healthy, he has, but we’d probably rather he didn’t at this point. Melky hit .274 last season. McCann is a career .292 hitter. Escobar is .296 for his career.

When a team isn’t performing up to potential… what happens? Coaching change. It’s Bobby’s last year so that’s out of the question, but TP needs to go.

Bring in Blauser!

April 28th, 2010
10:10 pm

Seriously Hank in his prime would be batting a buck twenty five for this group of has beens.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 28th, 2010
10:11 pm

Cox-managed teams have no balls. Kind of ironic, eh?

That’s why they (until recently) had such success during the regular season…they never got too high or too low. It’s also why they never did anything in the playoffs…other teams got psyched up, the Braves didn’t–no balls.

Really?

April 28th, 2010
10:12 pm

Watching ESPN’s gamecast is hilarious… I look back at the game every now and then to see 3 lines of text for Atlanta’s 3 quick/easy outs and then 6 or 7 lines for St. Louis’ inning. I feel stupid for believing this team had a chance this year. I also feel stupid for feeling so defeated so early in the season, but these guys just look terrible right now.

Brave Bob

April 28th, 2010
10:12 pm

Heyward out of the lineup? already??? I thought he was the next braves superstar after a couple of home runs??/ the next say-hey kid!!! This can’t be—the media said he was “can’t miss!!!” Get him back out there now!

Otis my man!

April 28th, 2010
10:13 pm

Can they please clear the bench again and go into the club house and stay there for the next lets say 5 months.

SID

April 28th, 2010
10:14 pm

I have followed the Braves since the early 70’s and I can honestly say this is the deadest bunch I have ever seen. At least the 70’s and 80’s teams made an effort. They had bad players but they tried.

Justafan

April 28th, 2010
10:16 pm

abs man, milky has hit in his last 6 games. who else has?

26-Year Braves Fan

April 28th, 2010
10:17 pm

I was a bat boy in the New York Yankees locker room back in 1966 when I saw my boyhood hero Mickey Mantle barely able to walk around. Mantle had two uniforms; one of them was named tape. Everyday they taped Mantle back together and sent him out to hit. This was toward the end of his storybook career and Mantle clearly was no longer the player I had worshiped. But he battled like a warrior. I’ve often thought about that while watching the Atlanta Braves go down night after night. They have no fire, no guts. I hope we do not watch Chipper Jones completely disintegrate. Chipper deserves an honored place in baseball history as one of its all-time best switch hitters ever. But this is getting hard to watch, night after night of weak ground balls and pop-ups.

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 28th, 2010
10:17 pm

Just keep thinking about that comeback win against the Phillies from last week…that will make up 90% of the Braves highlight video for 2010.

Roto Rooter

April 28th, 2010
10:18 pm

Big News!!!! Peachtree TV has a commercial! If I was The World of Coca Cola I’d ask for a refund because the number of people watching is bound to drop drastically.

tristan

April 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

Ok, could we get John Rocker to manage? How about if we got Albert Hall to manage? C’mon guys. Let us all joke about it now. It has gotten so bad we should just start telling jokes to take away the pain and make this a little better.

bubba

April 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

I have yet to see ANYBODY COACH our Braves! TP could not teach a 6 year old team how to hit; Bobby Sox has yet to out the best players on the field. Our Base running SUX. Our fielding would be better if everyone just lined up on the warning track and waited for the ball to come to them. The only thing our VETRANS are showing the younger players is “How to Lose” and “how to let small injuries (toenail) keep you out of the line up”. What a bunch of losers, lets let Ted coach again. or mabey Commie Jane.

NCBraveFan

April 28th, 2010
10:19 pm

I really thought this team would be a 90 win team easily with all he hype during Spring Training. Now I think I was about 20 wins too high. I hope they get to 70 wins this year. I really like Brian McCann and I think Heyward will be a great player, but I could never understand why all these great outfielders were passed on during the last two years. Even a player without great speed like Adam Dunn who still can get 40 home runs a year was passed on. Budget, Budget, Budget…..how can you compete with teams willing to spend to get great players and you have to sign from the Bargain Basement. I got really upset during the first 18 games, but I am just going to watch the rest of the year and hope the team does decent and hope someone buys the Braves and gives them the payroll needed o get a couple of guys that can hit and drive guys in. How can you have one or two guys hit and get on base and then have no hope of getting them in? You can see it happening even before it takes place. There are not even any incentives to go to games. No giveaways of any kind…..no bobbleheads, no bats, hats, cards. Oh my.

Don't-win-it-4Bobby-but-4the-FANS

April 28th, 2010
10:20 pm

Hopefully, come tomorrow, we’ll start saying “remember when the Braves couldn’t even hit a beach ball”.

Justafan

April 28th, 2010
10:22 pm

The double awhile ago off chippers glove should have been a error. chip made a piss poor effort to get it. If he’s hurt put him on the pine.

Hawks up 80-73 with 4 mins…looking good

Stumpknocker

April 28th, 2010
10:22 pm

The common denominator of talent failures….T Pendleton. It won’t be long before you can add Haywords name to the list with K Johnson, J Francoeur, A Jones. But to hear TP tell it they were all just Knuckleheads who wouldn’t listen to advice…….Yeah right

Turkey Not Done

April 28th, 2010
10:23 pm

So much for the great Braves messiah.

"S" Crowbar

April 28th, 2010
10:23 pm

I weally do need a bacation, Bobby, bery bery badly. I take whole team wid me, ho kay?

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 28th, 2010
10:24 pm

Is there any hope for a good long player’s strike this season?

FUWren

April 28th, 2010
10:25 pm

When DOB posted tonight’s starting lineup the first thing that came to mind was the we were going to get shut out. So far so good. At least we’ve got 4 hits. And I bet Heyward is learning a lot. He’d learn a lot more in the other dugout though.

bubba

April 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

too much Braves, too little DESIRE; I am going to dream tonight a space ship Kidnaps TP, wow what a great dream…yea Larry had an ERROR and got away with it..

Long time Brave

April 28th, 2010
10:28 pm

The whole organization has become a cheap joke.

Senor Smoke!

April 28th, 2010
10:28 pm

Seriously how long till any changes are made.. can the Braves really be this bad and out of it in April? Why does Frank Wren never get any criticism from any of the local media? The trades we almost got.. to how he handled the Glavine and Smoltz deals. This is who we should be venting about. Cox granted is at this point a mediocre at best manager. But if he had any talent at all we could at least be 500 with our pitching staf. Wren has sucked and plundered since day one. And then theres TP. I remember when he was a player he got so mad at Marvin Freeman because he didn’t plunk a batter he walked off the field mid-inning. Where is that man? He should be beating the hell out of some water coolers or something.

This is the low point.. I hope.

MJ

April 28th, 2010
10:29 pm

No surprise Heyward is struggling. It’s not his fault they brought him up to soon. He needed more time in AAA ball. I think the Braves were paying too much attention to outside political influences, and just did not make sure he could be successful in Gwinnett first. Too bad for the kid that he only has Pendleton to get help from. That means he’s totally screwed in the technique and confidence department now. Pendleton couldn’t lead a silent prayer, much less be the go to guy for hitting instruction. As long as he stays, the Braves struggle. It’s been that way for the last 4 years and no one has done anything to change it. Does anyone really think he’s capable of helping Glaus, Heyward, McCann, Diaz, Infante, Prado (yes – he’s cooling off and will need alot of help in the next 60 days) , etc. TP is a joke. Watch his facial expressions when his guys strike out and go to the bench. Nothing but a deer in the headlight look. If he was a manager for a struggling corporation, and his direct reports were failing consistently and he was doing nothing to change their performance, he would be fired. The Braves don’t care – it’s like they are afraid to do anything about it. I bet if the braves pitchers were failing like the Braves hitters, Roger McDowell would be fired instantly. Kind of makes you wonder why Pendleton is allowed to stay. Is there more going on here than just baseball? The players Pendleton and the Braves have given up on all continue to prosper elsewhere. Kelly Johnson was benched last year for lack of offense – he’s killing the ball in Arizona. There are a million other examples where good players have crashed and burned while on Pendleton’s watch, and have been reborn instantly in new locations.

Justafan

April 28th, 2010
10:32 pm

Hawks are up by 1 with 2;19 to go

Justafan

April 28th, 2010
10:33 pm

Hawks just started playing like Braves and Will lose I bet.

It's that bad!

April 28th, 2010
10:35 pm

Chipper Jones should retire RIGHT NOW! Bobby Cox should retire RIGHT NOW! Terry Pendleton should retire RIGHT NOW! We have been dragging along these losers for way too long! If we can let Dale Murphy go, we can let Chipper Jones go too! Trade him for a Louisville Slugger please!

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