Jones: Braves must relax to snap nine-game skid

Do what you can – and no more.

That, according to Chipper Jones, will be how the Braves snap their nine-game losing streak and not fall too far back in the NL East standings.

“The guys have to relax,” the Braves third baseman said before Friday’s game against the Astros. “The pitchers are trying to make perfect pitches, guys are trying to hit five-run homers with nobody on base, guys not playing good defense. All those things contribute to streaks like this. Everyone just has to relax. You have a few chances to impact the outcome of a game, whether it’s your four or five at-bats or a couple plays in the field. Concentrate on those situations and make the most of them and at the end of the day hopefully it’s enough.

“It’s human nature. We are all professionals. We feel we can do more than we actually can at certain times. … We can’t worry about personal stuff – whether you go 3-for-4, 2-for-4 or 0-for-4. Don’t worry about the individual stuff. Go out and be part of the equation that goes out and wins the ball game.”

It’s early in the season, but a nine-game skid hurts no matter what time of year. The Braves are last in the division.

“We have to keep losing streaks to three and four games, not nine,” Jones said. “It will come back to haunt you more times than not. The silver lining is maybe it’s good that it happened this early to get it out of our system. We can bounce back and start playing better baseball. Until we start playing more consistently in all phases of the game, we are going to struggle.”

Jones pointed to the team’s early schedule and noted that the Braves have already faced aces like the Giants’ Tim Lincecum, the Phillies’ Roy Halladay and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter.

“Lots of teams are going to struggle to put together consistent offense against those type of pitchers,” Jones said. “They could be 1-2-3-4 in Cy Young [voting] by the end of the season. If other teams had faced that kind of pitching this early in the season, I’m sure they’d be struggling as well. Give it a little time. Let’s us get into the part of the schedule everybody else is going through the first part of the season, if we are still struggling at that point then it’s time to ask questions. Now, I’m not so sure.”

15 comments Add your comment

mec33

April 30th, 2010
9:35 pm

GO BRAVES!!!!

OzzyBraves

April 30th, 2010
9:43 pm

FIRST!!!! to actually say “FIRST!”

mec33

April 30th, 2010
9:50 pm

RHR

April 30th, 2010
9:52 pm

Chipper knows baseball.

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

April 30th, 2010
10:00 pm

OK, but we’ve lost 14 games and those 4 pitchers have only faced us a combined 4 times. Who beat us the other 10 times?

Also, 4-game losing streaks hurt if they’re sandwiched by 1 win or two.

corkylovesbeer

April 30th, 2010
10:10 pm

I am tipping my cap to the Atlanta Braves…world champions 2010!

chin music

April 30th, 2010
10:21 pm

chipper may not stretch enough, but he does yoda every now and then.

gcs

April 30th, 2010
10:32 pm

Ya’ll will not believe who the hitting coach for the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA team for Florida) – Greg MFing Norton.

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bruce

April 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

sounds like very good advice and perspective

gobravos

April 30th, 2010
11:33 pm

Don’t forget Ubaldo, Chipper. I’d thrown him and Pelfrey in as Cy Young candidates.

CaptainMudderland

April 30th, 2010
11:47 pm

The gray lining in it all is we’ve got Chipper.

tim scott

May 1st, 2010
12:25 pm

I thought the Braves looked pretty relaxed after all they have been sleep walking through the entire season just look at the batting avg’s. Shut up Chipper before you strain your toungue and have to sit out a week. Here’s the bottom line bad ownership + bad players + cheap payroll + even worse GM = this team sucks hurry up Gators kick off

Mitchell

May 1st, 2010
12:37 pm

Jones pointed to the team’s early schedule and noted that the Braves have already faced aces like the Giants’ Tim Lincecum, the Phillies’ Roy Halladay and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter.

Yeah, well we have Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens and two former 20 game winners and where has that gotten us?

You play to win the game. Doesn’t matter who’s pitching. We beat all of those guys last year except maybe for Wainright and it was a close game.

carlchamblee

May 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

Hitting can slump against good pitching. Defense and fundamentals should never slump. Get back to me Chipper when you and the boys stop playing swiss cheese D and lolligagging after foul balls and pop flies.

K.B.Ryan

May 1st, 2010
1:04 pm

Hey Chin music, does Chippers’ wife know he’s doing “Yoda” ?

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