Another big homestand for Braves before long trip

Before anyone gets too giddy about the Braves’ 17 wins in 25 games since the nine-game skid (including 12-4 in the last 16), or the fact that they have the most runs and most walks in the NL in May, or that Friday Night Lights is just as terrific after Coach Taylor’s move to East Dillon, keep in mind the Braves still rank last in the league in average (.219) and OPS (.631) against lefties.

And they’ll face three lefty starters in the next three days.

Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton's had a lot more to smile about lately. (Vino Wong photo/AJC)

Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton's had a lot more to smile about lately. (Vino Wong photo/AJC)

OK, so maybe that is offset somewhat by the fact that those lefties pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates, losers of 12 of their past 18, and two of those starters have ERAs of 4.47 (Zach Duke, tonight’s starter) and 5.40 (Brian Burres, Saturday’s starter).

Speaking of tonight, it’s a good matchup: Duke has a 2.22 ERA and three quality starts in his past four, including seven innings with no earned runs in a no-decision in a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Braves last Sunday. He faces Derek Lowe, who last Saturday improved to 8-0 in eight starts against Pittsburgh.

The third Pirates lefty, Sunday starter Paul Maholm, will bring a 3.98 ERA into Sunday’s series finale against winless Kenshin Kawakami, who usually gets zero to two support runs when he’s in games, and rarely more.

So don’t start thinking sweep and looking ahead. Don’t be like some talking heads I’ve heard speculating about how the Braves could be in first place on Memorial Day when the Phillies arrive for a big three-game series in Atlanta.

But yes, I would allow that there’s good possibility the Braves might be only a half-game or their current 1-1/2 games behind the Phillies when that series begins. Especially given the current state of the Phillies, who are in steamy South Florida for a three-game series against the Marlins this weekend.

It’s important they make the most of the opportunity, because the Braves start an 11-games-in-11-days trip after the Phillies leave town. Longest roadie of the year for the Bravos, who’ve played well lately on the road as well as at home.

Principal Taylor would approve of Braves' recent work. Coach Taylor? Yeah, him too.

Principal Taylor would approve of Braves' recent work. Coach Taylor? Yeah, him too.

As you might have heard, the banged-up Phillies not only have lost five in a row, but have been shut out in four of those five, including being outscored 16-0 in the past three nights by the New York Mets. Yes, 16-0.

Those of you who still don’t see the Phillies as a little bit vulnerable or the Braves as legitimate contenders, I can only guess that you are entirely dismissive of the baseball played over the past few weeks.

That you, for whatever reason, are doing your evaluating based strictly on April, when the Braves were rather horrid offensively, and not on May, when they’ve been one of the league’s best teams in several key offensive categories, including first in runs )136) and walks (109), second in OBP (.359) and average (.271), and fourth in slugging (.423).

Rookie star Heyward and a resurgent McCann have been keys to Braves' offensive improvement.

Rookie star Heyward and a resurgent McCann have been keys to Braves' offensive improvement.

It’s been an utter reversal for a team that in April ranked last in the league in average (.227), 15th in slugging (.342) and homers (15), and 14th in runs (85). They still aren’t a big homer team, but their 23 homers in May is right in the middle of the pack, eighth in the NL.

♣ Which is the real Braves offense? That’s what I’ve been asked a lot lately. Are they as bad as they were in April, or as good as they’ve been in May.

Well, I’d say their talent certainly should put the Braves a lot closer to their May numbers than April.

For those cynics who’d dismiss the Braves’ May numbers as a product of facing poor pitching, well, then were the April numbers a result of facing most of the league’s best pitching, including San Francisco, San Diego, Colorado, St. Louis and the Phillies?

Among its May opponents, Atlanta has faced the Phillies, Reds and Marlins, three of the six teams with better ERAs than the Braves for the month.

Which brings us to another point – the Braves’ overall pitching hasn’t been as good as expected entering the season. The bullpen’s met or surpassed expectations, but the starting rotation has not. Tim Hudson has been exceptional, and so has Tommy Hanson more often than not.

But Lowe has been mediocre, Kawakami is winless, and Jair Jurrjens, who had the third-best ERA in the league last season, has been hurt for most of the first two months of the season, after being hurt for much of spring training.

Whatever the Braves have gotten from their starting rotation as a whole so far, I’d guess they’ll get as good or a little better during the rest of the season, with the eventual return of Jurrjens.

As for the bullpen, it’s really good. And barring a big injury or two, it’ll stay good, particularly if they get anything from Scott Proctor. Proven guys at the back, and some outstanding youngsters mixed in. Maybe Chris Resop will fit in, either as a long man or in the rotation, if the Braves want to move Kris Medlen back to the ‘pen until Jurrjens returns.

Still not firing on all cylinders: Here’s the main reason I don’t think the Braves’ May numbers are an aberration, and their April numbers were.

While they had an unusual case of nearly everyone except Martin Prado and Jason Heyward hitting either slightly or grossly below expectatations in April, the Braves have had only a couple of guys hitting at a level that you might consider to be “above their heads” in May.

Meanwhile, they still have several guys, including some key cogs, who’ve either still not done much of anything all season, or have just gotten going in recent days or weeks.

Most notable among the hopeful signs were Yunel Escobar back-to-back two-hit games Wednesday and Thursday in his adopted hometown of Miami.

Escobar was an alarming 10-for-73 (.137) with no RBI and as many errors (three) as extra-base hits in a 22-game skid before going 4-for-6 with a double, two RBI, three walks and no strikeouts in the past two games, his first consecutive multi-hit games of the season.

If he gets it going, we’ve seen him go a long way in carrying the offense for stretches of games in the past. This is a guy I voted as the team MVP a year ago, and someone the Braves were expecting a lot from this season. Still are.

Then there’s Melky Cabrera, who isn’t going to fuel the offense or anthing, but can certainly be a decent role player if he hits like he has lately.

He’s 9-for-18 in his past seven games, with a double, homer and two RBI in the past five. This from a guy who hit .193 with four doubles, no homers and a .509 OPS in 38 games before that.

One could argue that no Braves hitter is more important than Brian McCann, whose April struggles played a big role in the team’s anemic offense. He’s looked like himself in the past couple of weeks, and for that the Braves are thankful.

McCann is 16-for-50 (.320; I probably didn’t need to figure that one, huh?) with three homers, nine RBIs and a .906 OPS in his past 12 games (team record, 9-3), after hitting .175 with no homers, three RBIs and a .540 OPS in his previous 18 games (team record, 7-11).

He really is crucial to the equation, and he carries himself a little differently when he’s doing his usual thing, as opposed to when he was slumping and struggling with the vision situation. The team feeds off him when he’s going good.

Braves are getting multitude of walks from Chipper Jones, but still waiting for the power stroke.

Braves are getting multitude of walks from Chipper Jones, but still waiting for the power stroke.

A couple of others are still struggling however, unless you’re of the school that says Chipper Jones‘ OBP and walks overshadow all else. (If you are, why?)

Chipper is 25-for-109 (.229) with 10 doubles, no homers, nine runs, 11 RBIs and 29 walks in his past 34 games, which works out to a still-strong .388 OBP but a .321 slugging percentage. That’s not a sturdy .709 OPS.

Looking for positives, he’s got four RBI in his past six games, with a couple of two-hit games in that stretch.

Then there’s Nate McLouth. Oh, my. So much for recent signs of progress. He went 1-for-17 on the six-game trip, with five strikeouts and two walks. Scored one run, and didn’t start Thursday in the trip finale (Cabrera did).

I’d expect Cox to start going more with Cabrera in center field unless and until McLouth shows some signs of life.

Etc. The hitting machine keeps going. Martin Prado leads the NL in hits (62) and leads the majors in leadoff OBP (.407). After going 2-for-25 (.080) with two runs and one RBI in six games from May 2-May 8, Prado is 25-for-78 (.321) with three homers, 15 runs and 16 RBI in his past 17 games…. All-Star hopeful Jason Heyward is up to third in the NL in OPS at .978, trailing only Jayson Werth (.996) and Alfonso Soriano (.990)…. Another good sign for the Braves was their series win in Florida despite a 1-for-10 series from Eric Hinske. He supplied much of the offense recently when few others were hitting…. The Braves are 7-2 with a 2.57 ERA and 60 runs scored in their past nine road games, after going 5-14 with a 5.02 ERA and 61 runs scored in their first 19 road games. They are 8-2 in their past 10 home games…. With runners in scoring position, the Braves have a league-high .399 OBP and are tied for fourth with a .273 batting average. In the late innings of close games, Atlanta is fourth with a .262 average and first with a .379 OBP.

♣ Diversions: (Warning, from here to end is non-baseball talk, so stop now if you don’t care to read about music and TV. Thanks). If you’re into true country, alt-country or country-rock/folk/whatever, I strongly recommend you procure a copy of Phosphorescent’s Here’s To Taking It Easy, one of the very best CDs I’ve bought this year. From what I understand, the band is essentially Matthew Houck, who raised in Alabama and more recently lived in Athens, Ga. (and now Brooklyn). He’s been recording under the Phosphorescent name with revolving band members for a while now, but this is the first of his albums I’ve bought.

Man at the middle of Phosphorescent (Boston Globe photo)

Man at the middle of Phosphorescent (Boston Globe photo)

Gonna have to get the earlier ones now, because it’s brilliant. I hear a lot of young Neil Young in him, even some Bob Dylan, plus more recent bands like Iron & Wine. Find it at your local indie record sore. You’ll be glad you did. To me, it’s even better than Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver. And that’s high praise.

Here’s one of the best tunes from the new album,  and here’s a snippet of a more upbeat cuts from the album:

Speaking of high praise, is this another great time for TV, or what? With Treme, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights and Justified, and Rescue Me about to start a new season, there’s an awful lot of terrific dramas on the tube. Treme on HBO is another David Simon masterpiece, as richly developed as The Wire, though entirely different. There’s also several outstanding comedies, topped by The Office and Modern Family, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, whenever it returns….

Let’s close this with some classic Iggy Pop, and this great video montage someone did to accompany the song.

Iggy (left) with James Hetfield

Iggy (left) with James Hetfield

“THE PASSENGER” by Iggy Pop

I am the passenger and I ride and I ride

I ride through the city’s backsides

I see the stars come out of the sky

Yeah, the bright and hollow sky

You know it looks so good tonight

I am the passenger

I stay under glass

I look through my window so bright

I see the stars come out tonight

I see the bright and hollow sky

Over the city’s ripped backsides

And everything looks good tonight

Singing la la la la la.. lala la la, la la la la.. lala la la etc

Get into the car

We’ll be the passenger

We’ll ride through the city tonight

We’ll see the city’s ripped backsides

We’ll see the bright and hollow sky

We’ll see the stars that shine so bright

Stars made for us tonight

Oh, the passenger

How, how he rides

Oh, the passenger

He rides and he rides

He looks through his window

What does he see?

He sees the sign and hollow sky

He sees the stars come out tonight

He sees the city’s ripped backsides

He sees the winding ocean drive

And everything was made for you and me

All of it was made for you and me

‘Cause it just belongs to you and me

So let’s take a ride and see what’s mine

Singing la la la la.. lala la la [x3]

Oh the passenger

He rides and he rides

He sees things from under glass

He looks through his window side

He sees the things that he knows are his

He sees the bright and hollow sky

He sees the city sleep at night

He sees the stars are out tonight

And all of it is yours and mine

And all of it is yours and mine

So let’s ride and ride and ride and ride

Oh, oh, Singing la la la la lalalala

1,609 comments Add your comment

Hillibilly

May 28th, 2010
2:44 pm

Turn them speakers up full blast
Play it all night long…

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

I wanted to be 1. :(

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans – “He needs to listen to tapes of himself and correct some things.”

For sure – it’s called an air-check. Usually this is done by a program director of a radio station with their staff every three months or sometimes once a month. Not sure how it works on the TV side of things.

But I agree. I’m in radio – and i’m not comparing myself to Chip Carey by any means…but sometimes you have to sit down and listen to some of your on-air work with your boss and just let the person rip you a new one – if you know what I mean.

Broadcasters are more often than not their own worst critics but sometimes you need someone else to sit down with you and tell you what you’re doing wrong.

Chip drives me nuts the way he calls fly balls/home runs etc. He’s a great broadcaster…but maybe doesn’t have the eye for picking up the ball off the bat or something.

And to be honest Braves fans have been pretty spoiled over the past 20 years or more.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

Hillibilly

May 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

Colin, #1 ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…I mean look at me. I can’t even spell my own moniker correctly. Chin up. :)

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

haha thanks Hillbilly!, Braves have to win now since I am not number 1 ;)

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

oh and remember Chipper 2-3 and Prado 3-4.

Boonie

May 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

DOB nice to see you back from once again another “vacation”…lol sorry I coudn’t resist

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

How much vacation can one man be allocated – Good Lord.

Sounds like a pretty comfy deal you have goin on with AJC DOB.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

if your not first your last.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Totally joking as well DOB!!! :D

Brian from SC

May 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Gary Coleman dead.

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

wow thats awful news Brian…RIP.

GTSteve

May 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, I was beginning to wonder if we were getting one today!!

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Gary Coleman dead – I will resist any back handed comment on this one – i’m fighting it tho

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

As RHR would say

Jason Heyward is who Willis has actually been talking about after all these years

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

I guess god needed Lima Time and a little sidekick this week.

Roman Gal

May 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

I blame all of YOU for making me notice how annoying he is. Danga

You’re welcome. Glad to be of service! Now, if could could just convince Fox Sports…

GTSteve

May 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

What you talking about, Brian……what too soon?

Hillibilly

May 28th, 2010
2:58 pm

Colin,

I mean, look what could have happened if you were number 1. First you misspell your name like me. Before you know it “Colon” has a fall from grace. Some sort of rehab within a year. Next, you’ve got mistressess going public. Compromising photos surface. You have to sell off your #1 trophy to pay for your debts and lawyer fees. And when it’s all said and done, your a reality TV regular, standing in a boxing ring with Jose Canseco.

Man you dodged a bullet there, my friend… ;)

SCBravesFan

May 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

The Braves have 3 pitchers in the minor leagues who lead their respective levels in strikeouts – Resop (AAA), Minor (AA), and Delgado (High A). Minor is tied for the overall lead in the minors with 80 Ks. This list doesn’t include the 2 guys who are probably the top 2 pitching prospects in the Braves system, Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino who are both power pitchers having good seasons. Looks like some power arms are on the way to Atlanta soon.

Colin

May 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

hahaha thats great :D !! I wouldnt mind the mistresses tho, I am not married :-P ..its all good and I dont own a set of golf clubs.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Wonder where the Braves would rank in mean average? Any of the stat sites list that? I’d tally it myself, but am pretty much debilitated by laziness.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

[Brian McCann] really is crucial to the equation, and he carries himself a little differently when he’s doing his usual thing, as opposed to when he was slumping and struggling with the vision situation. The team feeds off him when he’s going good.

Ain’t it the truth. Even us folks just sitting at home watching the games could tell something was up with him in April/early May. He wasn’t all smiles and laughing in the dugout…instead of being affable, he seemed like the type you’d wanna stay away from. 8O

But that should be all over with now. :)

rammerjammer

May 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Last three starts:

Lowe: 18 IP, 3.50 ERA
KK: 16+ IP, 3.31 ERA

Colin

May 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

I should run a AA program for laziness since I have the biggest problem with…I havent left the couch all week :-P

David O'Brien

May 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

Boonie, Nova Scotia: Ask me that during the 11th game and 11th day of the upcoming trip.

By the way, another hard day at work for you two today, huh? Taking a water break from another roofing job? Or just a half-day of work today before a couple of double shifts this weekend? (smile)

Colin

May 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

jammer: look at W’s tho…W’s are what matters.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

abwright

Haha! Yeah, I think I’ve heard that…what was that from?

turkeycaller

May 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

I will be glad when I can watch the Braves without Cox either picking his nose or Pendleton stuffing his fat face with sunflower seeds. Most of their coaches are so bloated looking all they appear capable of is sprawling their obese torsos on the bench. All I see they ever do is eat and drink. Chipper can talk leader all he wants but his smug stuck in concrete ways are killing the team along with Cox and his thinking about who should play. Except for a few players most of the team is a JOKE. Play those whose hustle and ability are worthy and let big Chipper and some of the others take a hike, along with Cox.

Reality

May 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

Gotta love DOBBQ whining about getting to hang out with and write about professional baseball players for 11 straight days and stay in dingy hotels I’m sure, traveling by train or smelly bus, and eating terrible food paid for out of his own earnings. Rough life.

Colin

May 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

turkeycaller..someone pee in your cheerios this morning?

tiger297

May 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

Colin

W’s are a byproduct of a number of things of which only some the pitcher has control over they are really not a fair way to assess a pitcher. I’ll let Brian take over here he is much better at this debate.

Lew

May 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

SCBravesFan-Exactly why they will never offer Jurrjens a long term contract.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Gary Coleman proved himself a total jerk. Y’all can expound if you’re so inclined.

Lew

May 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Mr.T-GJ-Which time are you talking about?

DAP

May 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

nova scotia steve, where do you work? im in broadcasting myself.

Colin

May 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

I look at W’s and L’s..if you have 15 ERA but win..by all means do what you gotta do.

DAP

May 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

DOB, you must be energized from your vacation…you even averaged out 16-50 for us. you get paid extra for stuff like that?

David O'Brien

May 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Gotta love DOBBQ whining about getting to hang out with and write about professional baseball players for 11 straight days and stay in dingy hotels I’m sure, traveling by train or smelly bus, and eating terrible food paid for out of his own earnings. Rough life –Reality

Gotta love bitter individuals making stuff up. Nobody’s whining about anything, Reality. Some of us like our jobs. Now get back to work. Are you just surfing the internet on the company dime, or work 4-1/2-day week?

abwright

May 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

McFann, the “Shirley” line is from Airplane.

Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious?
Dr. Rumack: I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.

PDub

May 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

A couple of others are still struggling however, unless you’re of the school that says Chipper Jones‘ OBP and walks overshadow all else. (If you are, why?)

Well, OBP is the most important simple metric, and doing that well is a great place to start. Walks are also extremely repeatable and walk rate stabilizes at a fairly small sample size.

Chipper is 25-for-109 (.229) with 10 doubles, no homers, nine runs, 11 RBIs and 29 walks in his past 34 games, which works out to a still-strong .388 OBP but a .321 slugging percentage. That’s not a sturdy .709 OPS.

I think the real story is his batting average (and in turn his on base average and slugging average) is extremely likely to come up with normal luck. He’s not striking out any more frequently than normal and he’s still hitting plenty of line drives, which indicates the huge drop in batting average most likely has nothing to do with him.

Batting average is one of the last statistics to stabilize and using 200 PA’s as a basis for true talent level will make even the smartest people look foolish. Weird things happen in 200 PA sample sizes, no further explanation is needed.

…………

I think his power is probably diminished, but I see no evidence his ability to hit for average or get on base is tainted. With normal ball in play luck, Chipper would be hitting .281/.429/.415 (using this xBABIP calculator). I’ll take that from my 3B any day of the week.

SCBravesFan

May 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

Lew,

I thought about that. It’s possible that the Braves have enough in their system to trade Jurrjens with one year to go before FA or let him walk in his walk year. You know Boras is gonna ask for the moon for Jurrjens. He’ll probably ask for way more than Verlander and Felix are making.

Mr. Enigma

May 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

Yeah, the Phillies suck now because they can’t cheat anymore. They are 6-7 now since the Rockies busted them using binoculars.

Colin

May 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

i like my job..it hasnt started yet :-P

rammerjammer

May 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

Anyone get a look at Minor last night in Mobile? Eight Ks, but seven runs.

Brian from SC

May 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

It’s really a very simple concept: yes, the only thing that really matters for a team in the competitive arena is wins and losses. But they are a fairly useless way of evaluating individual performances. So many things happen that are beyond the pitcher’s control. Obviously the offense is. Additionally, on anything other than a walk, strikeout, or home run (simplistically), there are teammates involved.

I’ll be the first to say something like “Well, Derek Lowe has pitched well enough for us to win”. That’s true, and that’s to his credit in a way. It’s also reason enough for me not to be upset with his performance or his contract right now. But that’s not the same thing as saying “Derek Lowe is pitching well, and should continue to do so”. You cannot get that conclusion from looking at a win-loss record.

Ryan

May 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

DoB,
void of sarcasm, i am just wondering if you do like your job? it is an honest question, please dont smite me

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

Why isn’t a skinny broadcaster called a narrowcaster?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

abwright

OK! Thanks! Never seen the movie, but I’ve heard people quote it before.

ContactBuzz

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

Reality – you forgot to mention that he’s whining about the 11 day road trip after his 4th vacation in only the 2nd month of the season. :)

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

DAP: I’ve been in the industry for 7 years. Spent time in Nova Scotia (5 years), Alberta (1 year) and now Yukon (1 and 1/2 years).

Yourself??

Colin

May 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

I dont care how individuals do, I like how the team does…someone winning 20 games doesnt do the Braves good if KK goes 0-20…thats all I saying..yes of course if your into judging on player by player basis then yup ERA etc are good.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

Also thought a broad was a woman? Were all the first broadcasters gals?

Tomahawkin

May 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

For all the Braves Fans On Facebook. I just added the Old Braves on TBS theme music on there as well as the Organ Tomahawk Chop to the group “Braves Fans of D.O.B.’s Blog,

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

I’ll reserve the remainder of my lameness for gametime.

Y’all take care.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

DOB: hahahah

Well not going to lie…I might as well be working for the postal service…because today my friend…was mailed in since approximately 9 AM.

But your right I have to come into work on the weekend – Don’t worry Braves game and the ol blog will be open tabs at the bottom of the screen

flange1

May 28th, 2010
3:22 pm

PDub,

Really enjoyed your analysis on the 4 great young pitching prospects on the Capital Ave blog.

How do you compare Minor to those other 4 guys?

http://capitolavenueclub.com/?p=2707

DAP

May 28th, 2010
3:22 pm

turnip green Why isn’t a skinny broadcaster called a narrowcaster?

oh, thats bad.

nova scotia, not counting college, 3 years in the biz, Augusta GA. My job is production, and I love it. I do an air shift to, but production and VO work is my focus. by the way, i consider surfing the internet very important to my job. its called show prep :- ). and it helps the creative process.

Murph

May 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Kudos to the Braves for at least making themselves look respectable out there. I still think TP needs a pink slip and that Chipper & Mclouth should not see the starting lineup until they work out the kinks in their batting, but overall the team has been fun to watch over the last month.

Angus

May 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

DOB – I dig the Phosphorescent samples – I think I’ll have to check that out more. But, I don’t get the Bon Iver comparison yet. I dropped a good recommendation here the other day, The Local Natives, that’s a lot closer to Bon Iver. You really should check that out.

I’ve got Braves tix for Saturday & Sunday – fingers crossed the rain doesn’t foil my plans. Although, I have to admit that I’m really tired of watching KK pitch – luck of the draw with my STH partners have yielded me every KK start.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Smoltz would guffaw and roll on the floor over that one, DAP. I have that at least.. lol

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

DAP: Good stuff man. I do morning news and sports – on-air side of things.

Great job…love every minute of it.

Except those hungover morning the day after playing slow-pitch and heading to the bar for beer and wings. 8O

PS

What a great basketball game last night…was pulling for Phoenix all the way!

The Bravery

May 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

Reality Its funny how you are speaking for the voice of reality yet explaining what DOB does through projecting your fantasy. Yes many of us would love to rub elbows with these players and do what DOB does, but who is to say that after doing it for extended periods of time that you wouldnt be sick of waking up not knowing what city you are in and missing your own bed. Then that “reality” of yours may feel a little different. Keep up the good work Dave

Captain Lou Albano

May 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

DOB, how is Jair recovering from his injury?

Mitchell

May 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Let’s hope the Braves can win one for the Gipper.

I mean Gary Coleman.

What’chu talkin’ ’bout DOB? Oh right, the up-coming homestand and the resurgent Braves offense among other relevant topics.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

I dunno. I’m just happy the sun is shining…it’s Friday…Braves are on a roll…and we’re playing the Pirates!

Sounds pretty good to me…now just gunna head home and watch the game. It’s a PTV broadcast tonight so we’ll get to hear either Smoltzie or Glav.

Hard to find things to complain about right now – until the 1st inning of course.

MFin04

May 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

I noticed in the game last night that some coaches in the dugout have stop watches? What’s the reason for that? Anyone know?

bigchiefrg

May 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Another great one in the books DOB, keep ‘em coming. By the way, thanks for that recommendation for the (new) She & Him. Very solid stuff. Keep the music and TV (diversions) coming. That’s a big part of what makes this blog AWESOME, not to forget the Denizens.

Roy Hobbs

May 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Justified is one of the great new series on TV, and Friday Night lights has been better than ever. Getting away from high school drama and back to being at least partially about football again.

Go Braves!

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

It’s something they do to time the pitcher MFin.

I don’t know if they time how long each pitcher is taking in between pitches or if they are monitoring how long their wind-up is.

Or if they’re timing about long it takes the ball to reach the plate.

I’m sure it’s one of those or i could be completely wrong.

Hillibilly

May 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Agreed on Justified. It’s picking up steam every week. Boyd Crowder is one of the best characters on television.

Clint

May 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Hillibilly – Are you a Zevon fan, too?

jim

May 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

PDub,

Are we watching the same games? Chipper not striking out more than normal and hitting lots of line drives? Before last night he barely ever got the ball out of the infield, and”normal” would have to refer only to his last year and 1 1/2. I never recall seeing Chipper strike out as frequently in his productive years. Let/s hope that last night’s game indicates a true turning around of his fortunes and not just a glich in the recent trend.

Glen W

May 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

I don’t know if they time how long each pitcher is taking in between pitches or if they are monitoring how long their wind-up is.

Most common use is to see how quickly the pitcher is getting the ball to plate. If he’s slow, more tempting to put on the steal sign.

Although I have also see it used to measure how long the pitcher is taking in between pitches… some pitchers really perform significantly better at a very specific rhythm…. good feedbak for those sorts of pitchers.

Hillibilly

May 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Clint, I don’t know enough of his music to call myself a fan, but I know he’s got some good stuff.

I just got through listening to the Drive-By Truckers cover of Play It All Night Long. That’s why I posted it.

c jonze

May 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Who’s Tommy Hudson?

Nick Shay

May 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

DOB – Co-sign most of what you said about that Phosphorescent album (don’t know how I would rate it in comparison to the Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver). Also really loving the Mumford & Sons disc and the National’s latest. Don’t know if you’re into acoustic-era Bob Dylan, but if you are, you should check out The Tallest Man on Earth’s _The Wild Hunt_.

Glen W

May 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

If he’s slow, more tempting to put on the steal sign

Of course, this would make you wonder why the Braves are bothering…

The Bravery

May 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

It is also used to time the catchers throw downs to the bags

Clint

May 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

Hillibilly – Ah. I haven’t listened to any of Drive-By Truckers, but hear they’re good. I’m a huge Zevon fan – Play It All Night Long isn’t one of my favorites by any means, but is a solid song.

You should should check out some Zevon. I recommend “The Wind” and “Life’ll Kill Ya”. My two favorite albums.

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

The Bravery – “It is also used to time the catchers throw downs to the bags”

Or in Brian McCann’s case – Into Center Field

HA! :D

Hillbilly

May 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

{Got to start paying attention. Autofill is putting my misspelled moniker in there every time.}

PDub,
Noticed you showed some love for one of my Razorbacks in your blog, by highlighting Brett Eibner as a potential draft pick. The man has showed vast improvements since last year’s College World Series. Would your prefer to see him drafted as an outfielder or a pitcher?

Mitchell

May 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

Didn’t Derek Lowe used to be our ace way back in the day? In another life perhaps?

He needs to have his %$#@ together this evening. No screwing around with the Pirates. We need a sweep.

Got the new issue of Chop Talk yesterday. Gotta love Chop Talk, even if you’re a hater like me.

I like how they decided to throw D-Lowe’s wife a bone and let her write a monthly column about their stupid, boring life. Not the best writer on the planet but I guess her true calling in life will be the Dodger reporter slash bimbo husband stealer.

I will say this, there’s a photo of her and a friend running up the steps of the art museum in Philly ala Rocky. She’s got a nice rack. No doubt.

So, she’s got that going for her. I might leave my wife and kids for her too. Hard to blame him.

I really hope she’s not a clandestine blogger. Sorry, D-Lowe’s wife.

bravesgrl4life

May 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

from the previous blog:

McFann, what is the “x” like character in the bold italics instruction?

Mixxo

May 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Wow! Did DOB just “ballgame” us facing the Bucs’ lefties? :(

Hillbilly

May 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Clint,

The DBTs are my favorite band on the planet. There’s really no one to compare their style to. Very unique sound and content. I definitely need to introduce more Zevon into my catalogue. I like the few that I’ve heard.

Tomahawkin

May 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Nick Shay

“DOB – Co-sign most of what you said about that Phosphorescent album ”

Finally, someone other than me uses the Phrase “Co-Sign” when they agree with something that another blogger posted…

Glen W

May 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

It is also used to time the catchers throw downs to the bags

Very true for scouting purposes, or during a try-out or something like that. For me, though, that’s not as practical for in-game management. And by that, I mean I don’t think the dugout times the opposing catchers throws during the game, unless we’re talking about the 1980-something cardinals or some team like that.

But its something most team do track on every catcher in their league, via scouting, etc.

That’s my view.

monty

May 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

Pdub on Chipper

“which indicates the huge drop in batting average most likely has nothing to do with him.”

Dude are you serious? Do you even watch the games? Nothing to do with Chipper? If he hits .300 does that have anything to do with him, or is that just some statistical anomaly too? Basically your blaming 1/3 of a season on bad karma. What about since the 2nd half of last year?

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

PS

Love James Hetfield!!!! Nice selection on the pic DOB!!!

Also notice Lars Ulrich in the background looking pissed at something.

Boonie

May 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

Nah DOB I was actually taking a break from cleaning toilets. Do have to flip some burgers this weekend at Micky Dee’s though…..lol

Nick Shay

May 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

Tomahawkin’ – Somehow “co-sign” seems a lot more descriptive than “agree,” doesn’t it?

SC Smith

May 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

I hope Bobby don’t pull Hinske tonite because of the left hander, unless he installs Omar. Really don’t have another right hander on the bench.

faninva

May 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

Nova Scotia Steve

May 28th, 2010
3:51 pm
PS

Love James Hetfield!!!! Nice selection on the pic DOB!!!

Also notice Lars Ulrich in the background looking pissed at something.

Lars is alwayw pissed about something.

Danga

May 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Do you even watch the games?

One of the uses of stats is to show you things that your eyes aren’t. I don’t know enough about all of the stats to be able to make that kind of judgement, but I’m familiar enough with Pdub’s posts to know that he does. He is just using statistical trends to show you why Chipper may not be as done as he has appeared so far and that over the course of a season these things tend to even out. Can stats be misleading in specific examples? Sure. Could they be wrong in this case? Sure. But they tend to be right a lot more than they aren’t.

jim

May 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Lowe needs to give us at least 7 innings tonight. Our “ace” needs to step up and give the pen a rest!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

Nova Scotia Steve Or in Brian McCann’s case – Into Center Field

That’s not funny…

bravesgrl4life what is the “x” like character in the bold italics instruction?

That must be the “great-than, less-than” signs touching at the “less-than” point.

Tomahawkin

May 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

Nick Shay

“Tomahawkin’ – Somehow “co-sign” seems a lot more descriptive than “agree,” doesn’t it?”

Yes-sir Buddy

If your in person with someone you agree with then you shake their hand after that something they say is on point…

If you ever watch old Martin, Martin and his boys do it all the time…

Gotta head back to the pool and bump some old Outkast “Atliens” That CD is a Classic and the crap they come out with now can’t touch that real down South Shyt…!

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