Slumping McLouth remains positive, but….

St. Louis – Say this for Nate McLouth, he’s a pleasant guy who’s always upbeat, always looking at the positive side of things. In times like these with the Braves, that’s important.

Did I mention that McLouth is hitting .160 with one homer, three RBI and 17 strikeouts in 50 at-bats for a Braves team that began Thursday on an eight-game losing streak, in last place in the NL East, and ranked last in the league with a .227 team batting average and tied for last with a .337 slugging percentage?

“Everybody’s kind of in a rut,” McLouth said when I talked to him in the clubhouse this morning. “And it’s tough, especially when … it’s just tough.

“But it’s part of baseball, unfortunately. It can kind of go one of two ways — you can’t let it ruin your season, or you can learn from the tough times and ultimately it can make you better.”

Before we go any further, I should say if the Braves are going to end their skid today and avoid going winless on this seven-game trip, they’ll have to beat ex-Braves prospect Adam Wainwright, who’s become a stud pitcher and has never lost (4-0, 1.50 ERA) in seven games against Atlanta, including four starts.

Oh, and they’ll have to do it without Chipper Jones, who’s not injured — have to clarify that these days — but is out of the lineup, as is first baseman Troy Glaus. Bobby Cox is playing Omar Infante and Eric Hinske for this 12:40 p.m. (Central Time Zone) series finale.

Infante was at third base and Martin Prado at second in the original lineup, though Bobby told me in the dugout before the game that he might flip-flop those positions if Infante and Prado want to (Prado’s best position is probably 3B, and Infante’s is 2B).

  1. Cabrera LF
  2. Escobar SS

One more thing: I asked Cox the Prado leadoff question, since a lot of folks here believe the Braves’ only consistent hitter this season – Prado’s still hitting .361 with a .426 OBP – should bat in the leadoff spot that’s been a black hole for the team all season.

Personally, I think Prado’s been so good in the 2-hole that Cox probably wouldn’t want to mess with the one position in the lineup that’s been consistently productive. But the manager sort of shrugged and said it didn’t matter where he hit, and added that if Prado did hit leadoff, “Then who’d hit second?”

(Prado’s hitting third today because Chipper and Glaus are out of the lineup.)

Which was a good point, considering that Yunel Escobar, who’s been a good No. 2 hitter in the past, is hitting .197 with a .282 OBP, no homers and a .532 OPS entering today’s game. Those numbers are waaaay down for the shortstop.

Speaking of no homers, the Braves haven’t hit a single one during their eight-game skid, which is pretty amazing. They’ve gone homerless in 10 of their past 11 games, while hitting .207 during that stretch. That’s crazy-bad, folks.

The last home run they hit was McLouth’s 10th-inning walk-off shot on April 20, which gave the Braves a win against the Phillies and a first-place tie with them in the NL East. Seems like an awfully long time ago, doesn’t it?

The Braves haven’t won since then, and the first-place New York Mets have a seven-game winning streak.

“You never want to lose eight in a row,” said McLouth, who knows plenty about losing, having come to the Braves from the Pirates. He said there’s a difference between how this skid feels and how so many of them felt in Pittsburgh.

“There’s hope here,” he said. “It’s been a tough stretch. It’s been a bad stretch. But again, you can learn from it and get better, and when these tough times go away it’ll make you appreciate the good times even more.

“The way I look at it is, it’s going to happen, so professionally it makes me better, because learning to deal with the tough times is kind of what defines you.”

Here’s a few things that a lot of Braves fans want to know, though: Are offseason acquisitions Glaus and Melky Cabrera going to be much more than they’ve been so far? If not, they’re busts. And should the Braves have made a one-year offer to Adam LaRoche, who ended up signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Arizona with a $7.5 option for 2011 and a $1.5 million buyout?

(Incidentally, part of why they didn’t pursue LaRoche, in addition to their tight budget and early reports that he was seeking a three-year deal worth about $9 million annually, was the Braves’ knowledge of his pattern of slow starts and strong finishes after the All-Star break. Wouldn’t you know, this looks like the year he might break that pattern? After going 0-for-12 with six strikeouts in the first three games for Arizona, he’s hit .333 with six doubles, two homers, 12 RBI and a 1.021 OPS in the past 15 games.)

One other thing that a lot of fans want to know concerns McLouth. Specifically, is he ever going to be anywhere close to the player for the Braves that he was with the Pirates in 2008, when he hit .276 with a league-leading 46 doubles, 26 homers, 94 RBI and 23 stolen bases, all while winning a Gold Glove?

This is a good time to point out that McLouth, whether because of injuries or last season’s vision problems or whatever the reason or reasons, has simply not been much of an impact player for almost a full calendar year now.

Are you ready for this? In 116 games since May 19, 2009, McLouth has hit .235 (102-for-434) with 23 doubles, 14 home runs, 44 RBI, 61 walks, 99 strikeouts and 14 steals (in 20 attempts).

He has a .337 OBP and .394 slugging percentage in that span, for a .731 OPS. Again, that’s for 116 games and nearly a full calendar year. And it began two weeks before the Braves traded for him.

After the June 3 trade, McLouth hit .282 with five doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a .346 OBP and .479 slugging percentage (.825 OPS) in his first 17 games for the Braves.

In 86 games since, he’s hit .236 with 17 doubles, nine homers, 29 RBI, nine steals (in 14 attempts), and a .346 OBP and .381 slugging percentage (.727 OPS).

In his past 16 games before today, he’s hit .143 (6-for-42) with three RBI, four runs, six walks, 13 strikeouts, no stolen-base attempts, and a .245 OBP and .262 slugging percentage.

At least he remains optimistic. That’s important in times like these, right?

“I’ve definitely made some adjustments, and I’ve been making better contact and seeing a lot more pitches and seeing the pitches better,” he said this morning. “It’s a process. It’s coming.”

The Braves and their many concerned fans hope the same can be said for the team.

OK, we’re about to start here, so let’s wrap it up with a tune from the Pixies. Here’s a video for it.

pixies

“DIG FOR FIRE” by Charles Thompson (Pixies)

there is this old woman

she lives down the road

you can often find her

kneeling inside of her hole

and i often ask her

“are you looking for the mother lode?”

huh?

no.

no my child, this is not my desire

and then she said

i’m digging for fire

i’m digging for fire

i’m digging for fire

i’m digging for fire

there is this old man

who spent so much of his life sleeping

that he is able to keep awake for the rest of his years

he resides

on a beach

in a town

where i am going to live

and i often ask him

“are you looking for the mother lode?”

huh?

no.

no my child, this is not my desire

and then he said

i’m digging for fire

i’m digging for fire

i’m digging for fire

i’m digging for fire

1,468 comments Add your comment

Firearm

April 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

初ポースト! (Trans: FIRST!)

csg

April 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

HR’s must be nice

Nick in PA

April 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

JJ might wanna get that shoulder reexamined

Mitchie-san (Chipper needs yoga)

April 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

FEAR

April 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

Man we are jobbing like Barry Horowitz anymore.

Nick in PA

April 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

and McCann may wanna get those eyes reexamined ha

steve h

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Boy, talk about bad luck. Three-run homer from Cards rookie Freese on a wind-swept foul pole homer.

Nick in PA

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Medlen up in the bullpen….thats not a good sign

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

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Craig

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Something is terribly wrong with this team. Not just that they are bad, but something is going on behind the scenes.

You guys really think they’ll score 4 runs today, especially off Wainwright? Uh, not a chance in hell.

9 in a row and counting…….

chin music

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

already down 3-0. uh-oh.

Firearm

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Man we are jobbing like Barry Horowitz anymore.

I was always partial to Iron Mike Sharpe.

Nick in PA

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

12 pitches in 2 innings for wainwright…yikes

Jimmy Joe

April 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

Yeah, same ole story. Jurrjens is hurt, I don’t care what anyone says.

MamaDawg

April 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

From the tail-end of the previous blog……If the Braves didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all. What a way to start off this game! Go ahead and give a 3-spot.

RC

April 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

Glad to see the team took the message about “not watching too many pitches”. That’s certainly paying off early in this game….

Daslied

April 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

Strained left hamstring for JJ.

MamaDawg

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

Uh-oh! JJ out of the game…Medlen pitching!!

David O'Brien

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

JURRJENS out with STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

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

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

Just heard it on the radio: Strained left hamstring.

RC

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

Wainwright’s thrown 12 pitches. Through 2 innings.

FEAR

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

Firearm – maybe they could all wear casts and claim to all have broken arms………….for 5 years

Brian from SC

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

Nick in PA

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

hamstring injury for jurrjens…least its not the shoulder

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

When Wainwright gets board facing this lineup, he just might start pitching left-handed to challenge himself. Perhaps some under the leg “fast-pitch softball” type pitches.

This season hinged on 3 things imo:

JJJ being helthy…. call me crazy, but I’m not buying that he is.

Chipper being helthy and ripping the ball….. yeah right.

Hanson not having a sophomore slump….

Hey. 1 out of 3 isn’t bad, right?

And now JJJ is out. I guess that answers #1, huh?

Start making phone calls to sell Mr. Wren. If JJJ is out, this team is DONE.

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

April 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FEAR

April 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

Great JJ is gonna be down………. dont forget to purchase some orange drink for the long ride home

Gonna get swept (again)

April 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

…so how’s that grand “Speech” working out, eh?

Ow! My Oblique!

April 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

Down 3-0 to Wainright. This game is over.

steve h

April 29th, 2010
2:02 pm

Well, Medlen is going to get his first start this season minus one inning.

O.J.

April 29th, 2010
2:02 pm

Man, as if this stretch of the season couldnt get any worse, one of our young guns goes down. Lets hope not for too long.

David O'Brien

April 29th, 2010
2:02 pm

Perhaps appropriately, there is Shea-quantity trash blowing on the field. Been that kind of trip for Braves.

Matt

April 29th, 2010
2:03 pm

3 runs down already, it’s over!!!!!

David O'Brien

April 29th, 2010
2:04 pm

Gonna get swept: Did you actually think the Braves were going to use my Teddy Roosevelt speech suggestion? You didn’t, right? It was made in jest, and no Brave has mentioned anything about a speech of any kind this week. Just FYI.

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:04 pm

It doesn’t matter what Medlen does (though I’m glad for him he’s actually getting to pitch & maybe he’s lights out today and that forces Lowe or KK to the pen….), but this team is NOT going to score 3 runs off of Wainwright.

Only 8 times in his last 38 starts has he given up more than 3 ER. And not once since June 21st of last year.

Call me pessimistic…. but this is NOT the offense that is going to buck that streak.

braves70

April 29th, 2010
2:04 pm

This will be 9 in a row boys and girls. Well on the way to that big 17 straight form 1977. Maybe they should have a 1977night at the TED.

Boonie

April 29th, 2010
2:04 pm

Does anyone have an online link to the game for us folks stuck in the office?

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:05 pm

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

Thanks for mussin’ up my blog, visually. Douche. :-)

TennesseePaul

April 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

Dig for Fire…. Possibly my favorite Pixies song.

Matt

April 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

For the fans, if there are any left, who attend the game tomorrow night, boo this team as they go on the field and let them know how pathetic they are!!!!

Frankie Knuckles

April 29th, 2010
2:07 pm

Is football season getting close?

RC

April 29th, 2010
2:07 pm

I agree with N8. Can we get that post deleted so that things go back to normal?

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:07 pm

I wonder if Brian Jordan will rip on JJJ for not stretching enough?

DAP

April 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

DOB no Brave has mentioned anything about a speech of any kind this week

on sunday, the ESPN guys were talking about a closed door meeting that bobby called. did that happen?

RC

April 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

Hahaha, how’s that for “taking the bat off your shoulder”?

McFann Ô

April 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

Nick in PA and McCann may wanna get those eyes reexamined ha

Tss! :roll: (ITS)

:(

Dick Doss

April 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

way to go j-hey

Brian D

April 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Heyward – base hit! (something positive)

Now, can we just avoid the double play?

Frankie Knuckles

April 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Brian Jordan didn’t rip Chipper. He just didn’t phrase his suggestion well.

Jimmy Joe

April 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Jurrjens could use the rest on the DL. I’m serious. If it’s “tired shoulder” that is bothering him, than fine, but 4-6 weeks on the shelf might be a good idea, seeing that he just doesn’t look the same out there.

Daslied

April 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Boonie – this one is working for me:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/1570-wcle-am-Cleveland,-tennessee

N8 – you’re pessimistic. Incredibly so. :)

Tim

April 29th, 2010
2:10 pm

Call me crazy, but this team has surprised me before and rocked a few Ace’s. Im thinking we will at least tie this game today, and maybe win it. The law of averages has to kick in sometime and give us some timely hits.

MikeInFL

April 29th, 2010
2:10 pm

C's

April 29th, 2010
2:10 pm

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

I’m not buying the “back of the bubblegum card” BS from Chip. I don’t care what their averages were before. How do they LOOK right now?

Chipper batted almost 100 points less from 2008 to 2009 with no real injury issues. Everybody kept waiting for him to “snap” out of it.

There is nothing in one’s past that GUARANTEES they will repeat it.

Gotta love Heyward getting on base with Nate and Medlen on deck.

Nice job Bobby.

braves70

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

DAP: That was just a chew-em out speech. Not a motivational one.

Brava

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

I’m really sick of watching McLouth just stand there as strikes whiz by.

C's

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

Mine is video though. Not sure if you can watch it at work.

Dick Doss

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

nate just keep watching them strikes go bye

McFann Ô

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

PS–I hate this camera angle.

njbraves

April 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

Of course no Brave has made any type of speech, I’d be shocked if anyone did. This team has limited talent, no guts, and no heart. Watch good teams play ball and tell me anything you see that reminds you of the Braves. They say all the right things, but that’s where it ends. It’s sad to see what this franchise has become……heartless and mediocre at best.

Matt

April 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

Are you serious Tim? Have you been watching any games the past couple weeks?

Deep into my Cap

April 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

The lineup the Braves are putting out there today is a joke. Hinske, Infante and Diaz are merely fill-in players. The Yankees would have driven Cabrera to Atlanta they were so happy to dump him. Nate is not what he was. McCann is a good solid player but he’s no 4 hitter. Escobar and Prado are solid. Heyward is a reach to expect him to carry all this dead weight. This is a 75 win team.

Jimmy Joe

April 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

Wren needs to be blamed for some of this. He traded for McLouth, signed Glaus, Lowe and Kawakami. Some of this is his fault.

Frankie Knuckles

April 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

“I’m really sick of watching McLouth just stand there as strikes whiz by.” – Brava

Seconded.
Do you think he would have 8 hr by now if he was a Diamondback?

PMC

April 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

hey, McClouth played well enough for long enough to get out of Pittsburgh so he’s got to be happy about that.

Oh well, nice to have baseball on during work.

Ralph Garr Fan

April 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

Reposted from previous blog — Comments anyone

DOB – I read the blog daily but this is my first time to post. Please excuse the wordiness I will do better in the future. I believe there are three good reasons for the Braves being where they are in the standings and that they will not be a consistent playoff contender until these items are corrected.

1) Since moving to Atlanta in 1966 the Braves have relied on basically the same formula to win games — pitching, defense, and timely home runs. This has resulted in good teams that reached the post season a high percentage of the time, but only one WS Champion. We all know that pitching and defense are two items you must have to win. However, in the post steroid era the timely home run part of the formula needs to be altered to read two speed demons (CF and either 2B or LF with Prado playing the other) and timely home runs. Currently, the Braves require three singles before three outs most of the time to score. Of course, there is the occasional extra base hit included, but not often enough to be consistent winners. I went to a AA game in Tennessee last weekend and watched a 5’ 7” center fielder that could fly basically win a double header by himself by bunting, slap hitting, stealing bases, and staying in the head of the opposing pitcher and catcher. Bear Bryant used to say that when you throw the football two of the three things that can happen are bad. Well conversely, when you attempt to steal a base two of the three things that can happen are good (safe, out, or defensive error).
2) I have never watched a professional baseball team that is any worse at taking throws and tagging runners at second, third, and home. Prado, Escobar, Hoss, and McCann insist on taking the throw in front of the base and then trying a desperation sweep tag (I suppose to avoid injury). Since little league I have known that the ball travels faster that the hand. Therefore, you should take the throw even with the bag and go straight down for the tag. Again, reaching out for the ball and coming back to the base is very slow and fundamentally unsound. Case in point, last night Pujols was several feet from third when the throw arrived and he was able to avoid the tag because of the Braves technique. Also, McCann seems absolutely terrified to block home plate even with his left foot. He could save us several runs a year by using the tools of ignorance to inflict some pain on the opposition.
3) Lastly, when a pitcher is working low and away and misses his spot it usually results in a ball, single, or maybe a double. When working inside and a pitcher misses his spot is usually results in a home run. I know that a pitcher must come inside some to keep the hitter honest, but I believe that we rely on it way to much. Especially with Lowe and Hudson throwing sinkers that get hammered when they are up or in too much.
Summary, until we add speed to our lineup and manufacture at least some of the necessary runs required to win a game we will continue to struggle. An obvious exception to this would be if Hoss, McCann, and Glaus return to their power hitting ways which seems extremely unlikely. J-Hey is going to be a GREAT player if everyone allows him the necessary time for on the job training. The one thing I would change with him is that I would turn him loose on the bases since he does have some speed. Also, I would go ahead and bring up Freeman (could he be any worse?) and let him get his rookie season out of the way now.

My Lineup:
Schafer or new guy with speed 8
Prado 4 or 7
Heyward 9
Hoss 5
McCann 2
Escobar 6
Freeman 3
New guy with speed 4 or 7
Pitcher 1

RC

April 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

The Yankees would have driven Cabrera to Atlanta they were so happy to dump him.

I don’t like Melky, but it’s worth mentioning that Yankees fans were chanting “We want Melky back!” during Vazquez’s starts this year.

Mitchell

April 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

Bobby Cox has made a mockery of this team and this city. We were a joke before, we’re a joke now.

This can’t end soon enough. You can’t expect any goodwill when you win one playoff series out of seven in ten years.

Not even in the top ten of all-time managers.

Sorry.

Gotta go.

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

April 29th, 2010
2:15 pm

N8

I know you are yelling the same thing, rusty k*nt. :)

OUCH!!!!!!

April 29th, 2010
2:15 pm

Dear Lord, Please hurry these hurry these next 4-5 months up and bring on Football season, hopefully the Falcons can bring some glory back to the city!!!

Frankie Knuckles

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

Lowe has been a debacle. I make it a point to miss his starts. Don’t get me started on that smirk he gets on his face when he implodes and gives up 5 ER in the 3rd inning.

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

I agree McFann. I wish my angle had TWO good teams on the screen. :-)

Seriously though… I agree. Where’s the camera located at Milwuakee?

Brava

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

God, what a horrible call!

ernesto

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

how about a game without an crooked number of errors – that’ s not asking too much, is it?

ContactBuzz

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

They don’t need the Roosevelt speech. They need the psychologist from ‘The Natural’ and his losing is contagious speech

Brian D

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

More clutch hitting by the Braves. Strikeout to end the inning with 2 RISP.

Jonathon

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

Are Jordan Schafer and Freddie Freeman ready yet? : )

Dear Frank Wren, if this losing stretch continues, please blow up the roster and play the kids.

I hope JJ’s injury is nothing serious.

MamaDawg

April 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

What the heck was Escobar squatting away from?? It was nowhere near him.

Brian from SC

April 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

Mitchell…don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Larry Jones

April 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

What’s the record for fewest runs scored by a team in a 162 game season?

RC

April 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

This can’t end soon enough. You can’t expect any goodwill when you win one playoff series out of seven in ten years.

Can you expect any goodwill when you get to seven playoffs in ten years? Or is that the players, and not the manager? Because you really can’t have it both ways.

Dick Doss

April 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

how many called third strikes must we look at this is a sad year to be a braves fan

Tim

April 29th, 2010
2:18 pm

Im serious. Baseball has taught me one thing. High peaks, and low lows. A major league team just cant continue to hit .200 and score less then 2 runs a game. Somewhere this streak will snap, and it really wont matter who is on the mound. If they had a batting coach teaching them to hit where the ball is pitched, it would help tremendously

Brian D

April 29th, 2010
2:18 pm

Correction: 2 LOB.

Jimmy Joe

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

When was the last time this team scored more than 4 runs in a game? Was it really game one against the Rockies on Friday, April 16th?

The Ubaldo no-hitter really shook this team up. It could be worse, if not for two late game heroics. This losing streak could be at 10 games right now. 11, after today.

N8

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

“God, what a horrible call!”

Are you serious? That ball caught plate. The only thing horrible about that call, is that Wainwright got it wearing a Cardinals uniforma and not a Braves one.

Don’t worry. JD Drew will get the rally started next inning for us….. what’s that…..?

Oh. Never mind.

J-MAN

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Frank Wren must go. TP must go and this season needs to end so Cox can go.This team needs new blood and the status quo is no longer working and the arrogance on the front office and Cox’s part asstounds me……….. YOU DO KNOW YOUR IN AN 8 GAME LOSING STREAK!!!!!!!!! MAKE THAT 9 GAME LOSING STREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

If the Bravos lose today…which seems likely. They will at best be tied for the second worst record in baseball only behind the lowly Orioles who have only won 4 games through yesterday. Disaster.

ChrisfromSacramento,CA

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Last week I posted three times JJ’s velocity was down 4 mph. Come on his hamstring is not hurt. The man’s shoulder is messed up. He looked flat again and i bet is heading to the DL.

This team sucks. Sorry Bobby, to bad for your last year. PLEASE FIRE PENDELTON AND CUT GLAUS.

RHR

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Holy crap just started listening and heard “Medlen has retired all….” and it’s the 3rd inning. Yikes. gotta catch up what happened.

Bat – from the last blog. No, not really. But my parents house is bad.

Falcon Josh

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Do you think the lady on I-75 who shot herself was listening to Braves game?

Kelly Leake

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Yeah, Bobby Cox made a mockery of this city. How long have you been a Braves fan? Were you here when the most exciting thing was a garden growing in the bullpen? How many network games were the Braves on before Bobby came?

Brian from SC

April 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

I like what Medlen’s doing. Nothing to lose…just go out there and pump strikes in there.

Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!

April 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

I quit, just like all the Braves players and coaches not named Heyward. I switched to Judge Alex on mute, I’m leaving to pump Red Hot Chili Peppers and smile. F this team. F Wren. And I’m not talking about his first initial. I’ll be back if they ever reach .500. Who the hell would pay to see this? GD!

RC

April 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

Wainwright took 21 pitches in the 3rd, compared to 12 across the first 2. At least we are starting to get some looks at him.

Lost Bravo

April 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

Mitchell….Cox will go after the season is over and his final season ledger will be about 60 W and 102 L which is a fitting record for the bum that he is

Penis McFlanagan

April 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

Oh my Gawd we are awful. If we dont take at least 2 from Houston I am done with this team. This is beyond pathetic.

MattyRoss

April 29th, 2010
2:21 pm

Tim, there’s no way you’re wrong about the streak snapping at some point. The issue becomes the longer the low lows continue, the more sustained the high would have to be in order to get our heads back above water. While the odds are against this level of play continuing, they might be even more against a long streak of great baseball.

That’s not to say I won’t be there rooting for it…

Brian from SC

April 29th, 2010
2:21 pm

Kelly Leake…

Bye.

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