Braves comments from the clubhouse after Monday’s win

Manager Bobby Cox on first-place:

“We have 110 games to go, something like that, lot of baseball left,” Cox said. “But we made a great recovery and we’ll take what we’ve got right now, that’s for sure.”

Cox on Hanson’s control problems in early innings:

“He did that his last start,” Cox said. “He was bending a little bit, he never broke. He certainly didn’t break today. He was off target. His arm slot wasn’t exactly perfect and he recovered and threw great baseball. He was able to throw the curveball and change speeds with the electric fastball that he does have. You’ve got to recover. We like to see him get out of the first inning with no adjustment one of these days but he’s a great competitor and he threw a great ballgame.”

Cox on Glaus’ month of May:

“Troy is our RBI guy,” Cox said. “The top three guys are always on base so that sets the table for Troy and Mac and whoever is hitting sixth. The runners are on there. But that ball he hit to right center (for the homer), that was one of the hardest hit balls I’ve seen in a while. He’s been a great addition, he’s a great guy, never gets credit for being a gamer. He is a real baseball player, plays the game hard.”

Tommy Hanson on adjustments he made after the first/second:

“Roger (McDowell), Mac (Brian McCann), and Kris (Medlen) came up to me and said you need to get on top and go straight toward home plate,” Hanson said. “That helped a lot. From the second on, I felt pretty good… I was pulling off a little bit on all my pitches, so I just tried to keep my line and go straight toward home plate and get on top of all my pitches. Once I started doing that I started hitting my spots and throwing a lot more strikes. Hopefully I’ll remember that next time out there and keep doing what I’m doing.”

Hanson on coming out with two outs in the seventh:

“They came up to me before the inning and asked how I was feeling,” Hanson said. “It was hot out there. I’m not going to stand here and say I wasn’t tired. I was getting there, especially running the bases and it being a hot day. I wanted to stay out there and try to get that last out but it was time for me to come out of the game. That’s just the way it goes.”

Chipper Jones on the Phillies/first place

“They’ve had to weather through the first two months of the season a ton of injuries to some very key players and we’ve been the fortunate benefactor, Jones said. “This crew is too focused to worry about where we are in the standings. We’re going out, having fun, we’re just doing our thing. We’re cohesive unit right now, and we’re on a pretty good roll offensively, scoring some runs, giving this pitching staff some support.”

Jones on first place

“Teams who win divisions catch a lot of teams at bad times,” Jones said. “You’ve got to take advantage of those opportunities. We catch the Pirates when they’re not playing well, catch the Phillies when they’re not playing well. That’s how you make hay.”

Jones on his first-inning homer:

“Rounding first I was like, you did exactly what you needed to do in that first at-bat, in the first inning of a game where you’re vying for first place,” Jones said. “You put a good at-bat up there, guy made a mistake and you hit it out of the ballpark and helped give your team a 2-0 lead and get them jumpstarted and there’s not really a prouder moment you can have, going out and leading by example. It’s always been what I tried to do. it was a big monkey off my back because I haven’t seen a ball go out of the ballpark in quite some time.”

Jones on Glaus’ month:

“He’s had an unbelievable month,” Jones said. “You talk about 28 RBIs in a month. I’ve never had a month like that, I know that. I don’t even know if I’ve had 20 in a month. You get a hitter who’s confident and hot and on top of his swing and you give him opportunities with runners on base every day, day in and day out, sometimes multiple times – that’s how you do it. and luckily for us Troy has been coming through more times than not when RBI opportunities are out there.”

Jones on Hanson:

“(Early on) he was all over the place,” Jones said. “First couple innings last couple starts he just hasn’t had it. To be honest, I haven’t seen him ‘have it’ since he Milwaukee. But I think there in the third inning you saw him make an adjustment. He started getting ahead of the hitters, he started being at the bottom of the strike zone and you can’t hit Tommy when he’s at the bottom of the strike zone. The last 4 2/3 he was on and they didn’t touch him.”

Troy Glaus on May vs. April:

“It felt the same,” Glaus said. “It didn’t feel any different now than it did in the middle of April, just the results are different.”

Glaus on the Braves’ turnaround after nine-game losing streak:

“It couldn’t get much worse than it was going for that nine-game stretch, but the players in here are too good to allow that to happen,” Glaus said. “We all kind of looked inside ourselves and changed. It wasn’t for a lack of effort or anything like that. We weren’t able to get key hits when we needed them; that’s the bottom line. The players in here are too good to go through that again.”

45 comments Add your comment

JC Brave

May 31st, 2010
7:19 pm

Douglass

May 31st, 2010
7:24 pm

Someone should tell Chipper that not only has he had a 20 RBI month in his career, but he’s had 25 of them! Including three 29 RBI months. (June 1997, April 1998, and August 2004.)

I know he was just paying Glaus a compliment, but I’m just sayin…

Skeezix

May 31st, 2010
7:38 pm

Wow!! Great pitching has been there all season and now great hitting has the Braves in first for the first time in 5 years.

Steve

May 31st, 2010
7:48 pm

JC Braves, nobody cares, I assure you. Get a life.

PMC

May 31st, 2010
7:54 pm

Wow…. so I know it’s only May… but I know I didn’t think they had this in them a month ago.

This is fun. I’m trying not to ride the roller coaster too much… but it sure seems like the chemistry of this team is working now. Troy Glaus right now is just making Frank Wren look smarter and smarter.

JohnSmith

May 31st, 2010
8:25 pm

Troy Glaus, ATL, 2010: 274 avg., 8 HR, 37 RBI, 42 strikeouts
Adam LaRoche, ARI, 2010: 272 avg., 7 HR, 33 RBI, 46 strikeouts

Just sayin’

An Adult

May 31st, 2010
8:35 pm

JC Brave.. get a life… first.. wow..aren’t you special. What a thrill. Retire now (or graduate from middle school).

balla1881

May 31st, 2010
8:39 pm

JohnSmith- I don’t get what your sayin?
I think we got a heck of a bargain in Glaus. The gamble has paid off so far. We’re getting better production out of a guy for about 3 mil cheaper. Thats gotta be a nice feeling for Wren

Ben

May 31st, 2010
8:53 pm

Noone cares? At least Steve and ” adult” care as much…Back to the Braves, we ‘re about to pick up one of the best pitcher…..JJ. Things are looking good.

Ben

May 31st, 2010
8:53 pm

Bravo JC brave

Jon

May 31st, 2010
8:59 pm

@JohnSmith: Saying that Glaus made all those numbers in May will reflect much better than saying that Adam LaRoche has been at par for the entire season.

Chief pitchanono

May 31st, 2010
9:04 pm

One thing too about Laroche’s numbers. Gotta remember these are not normal first half numbers for him. He’s been around awhile and he has never done much before the allstar break untill this year. Good for him maybe he’s finally becomeing a real hitter, but gotta give Wren a little credit he did good on the glaus deal – if he stays healthy through the rest of the season Wren might be up for GM of the year.

old brave, retired

May 31st, 2010
9:42 pm

Frank Wren! Frank Wren! Wow, it is just difficult to contain my glee. Just think if Viscaino (spelling?) pays off in the future. I heard he is pitching well in the minors. Any Edward Salcedo sightings? Both Troy Glaus and Ed Hinske were great signings. They can hit. Maybe Blanco will be our centerfielder. He looks better this year. I hope Bobby puts him out there tomorrow.

Max Sizemore

May 31st, 2010
9:43 pm

Methinks Chipper needs to look again at his stats. Not only has he had 24 months of 20 RBIs or more, he had 29 RBIs in June of 1997 and 29 in August 2004. He had 28 in April 1998 and 26 in August 2003.

NRBQ

May 31st, 2010
10:10 pm

Gotta read before you post, Max.

rlinaug

May 31st, 2010
10:15 pm

the bravo’s lineup is shaping up to be really incredible. Glaus, McCann, Chipper and Yunel are beginning to resemble the hitters they’ve always been. If Mcclouth could begin to hit anywhere near his lifetime average this would be one of best they’ve had. Plus, Jurrjens is coming back and Lowe has been a lot better. This team has real potential to be great.

Carpet Bagger

May 31st, 2010
10:20 pm

Max that was awesome how you stole Douglass’s idea like that. Brilliant. You’re like the New York Yankees of message boards. Champion!

Tony

May 31st, 2010
10:24 pm

The big difference between Glaus and LaRoche is the side of the plate they bat from. We were very heavy on the left-handed side last year. Well, that and LaRoche wanted a lot more money. :-)

Castrologist

May 31st, 2010
10:48 pm

Feels good taking the first one to the Phils. I have a feeling both teams are going to make the playoffs. They are still the defending NL Champs and aren’t gonna be going away, but these times are fun after such a lousy start. Every one on the team is filling their role and when some guys struggle, others step up. I like the makeup of this team, but can they do it for a full season? Let’s hope so.

Watch the Phanatic meet his maker.

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The Most Interesting Person In The World

May 31st, 2010
11:15 pm

I may not watch a lot of baseball, but when I do, ” I watch the Atlanta Braves”, Stay thirsty my friends

P. Bull Terrier

May 31st, 2010
11:22 pm

Sounds like Glaus owes alot of the credit for his big RBI month to Chipper. If Chipper didn’t have all those walks, Troy wouldn’t have so many RBI chances. I’m just glad Glaus came through and didn’t waste all of Chipper’s hard work. Way to go, Chipper!

Castrologist

May 31st, 2010
11:35 pm

That’s a damn good point P Bull Terrier.

http://castrologist.tumblr.com

willieg hates bill shanks

June 1st, 2010
12:50 am

this team will be in last place after the tampabay series., put money on it and after cole hamels tomorrow night no more first place sorry charlie.

CajunStorm

June 1st, 2010
1:12 am

Now…what FW and the Braves organization need to do is start putting Fredie Freeman in LF some and start preparing to extend glaus for 2 years @ 3-5 Mill per season. I’ve stated it before and will keep Jedi Mind Tricking this thought into FW’s head. We could use Freddie’s bat ALONG with Glaus’ for the next 2 years. Don’t give me any crap about Fredie is a st baseman either because our LF’s are below average in defense and we get by and freddie is an above average bat. Hell…mr. Albert Pujols AND Miguel Cabrera were/are 1st baseman but theytoo started in LF to get their bats in earlier. Just sayin…

And get Schafer up here. I’d rather have him roam CF and hit .200 than McOut. Atleast I’d believe there is upside. And he is cheaper.

NO MORE BOBBY

June 1st, 2010
1:14 am

But we made a great recovery – Bobby Cox

Understatement of the year so far. Let me “tip my cap” to you old man for turning this season around.

wjones

June 1st, 2010
5:23 am

NO MORE BOBBY–I commend you for “giving the devil his due”.

willieghatesbillshanks–when your predicition doesn’t come true, will you “man up” and vacate the board forever, or considering how you live to make the rest of us miserable, at least be man enough to admit you were wrong?

Alan 10

June 1st, 2010
7:09 am

Let me apologize and say great turn around in the same breath, keep it up, I think you are now playing for the most part the way you are capable.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chris

June 1st, 2010
7:51 am

CAJUN STORM – We should extend Glaus, but no need to change Freeman’s position. Glaus can go back to 3rd Base when Chipper steps down at the end of the season

Jesse Stone

June 1st, 2010
8:16 am

wjones- willieg “man up”? That’s not possible. He said the Braves would get swept this series. He hasn’t “manned up” to that false prophecy yet.

Mark Lemke

June 1st, 2010
9:00 am

Just like the Braves were struggling now the Phillies are. They will get back on track and this is going to be a slugfest to the end. 6 games against each other in the final week will be fun. The good thing about McLouth is that he can only go up from here. Hoping while everyone else is picking him up he will get it together….

rekingball

June 1st, 2010
9:07 am

chris…….Don’t count on Chipper retiring at the end of this year.

ATL Fan

June 1st, 2010
9:12 am

It could be that Chipper is getting it figured out at the plate. J-Hey has been carrying quite a load but went 0 – 5. Chipper got us started with the homer. Players stepping up when needed. Keep it up guys.

clay

June 1st, 2010
9:25 am

Im not going to be saying anything today of what the braves should do and what I would like to see them do. Obviously what bobby is doing now and who he is putting out there is working. Im just going to take the day and reflect on “worst to first” in just two weeks. Go Bravos

CajunStorm

June 1st, 2010
9:45 am

Chris, I feel you on that one. I guess I’m just hopeful Chipper can get back to .300 average or at least above .275, with 20HRs and 75RBI. Suck up his pride and move to that 2 spot or 6t spot. I just don’t think Larry is gonna leave the $ on the table. I hope he at least performs to 50% of his contract value.

My Dream scenario is actually that Schafer gets it together and is our starting CF by years endand we find 12Mill somewhere and put Carl Crawford in LF nxt year!! One can only hope right?

CajunStorm

June 1st, 2010
9:53 am

And that Dang Bobby Cox reminds mw soooo much of my Dad and his Dad (Gramps). Some of the things those Old Men did and how they do it may drive us LOONEY TUNE but after its all said and done you can only smile in amazement as they prove they know what the Hell they’re doing and could give a Ratz Azz what anyone thinks about it. End results my friends are ALL that matter!

amazed

June 1st, 2010
9:54 am

Willieg, This sounds like the same entry you made yesterday predicting doom for the braves, and then they pounded out a solid victory. I guess you can say you’re consistant, although negative, and I hope wrong. It must be sad to view the world like “Chicken Little”

amazed

June 1st, 2010
10:07 am

It’s amazing how both Frank Wren and Bobby Cox both looked inept a month ago, and now look pretty savy. Kudos to Bobby for moving Prado to leadoff and Heywood up as well, and having the patience for Chipper, Glaus, and Escobar to come around. Now McLouth, not so sure about that one. Might have to platoon McLough, Blanco, and Cabrera in center, with Hinske in left.

MidGA Dawg

June 1st, 2010
10:15 am

If you’re handing out credit for Glaus’ big month, sling some in the direction of Prado and Heyward since they’ve been hitting in front of him too. Prado had 38 hits and 6 walks in May, most of those in front of Glaus. Heyward added another 22 hits and 11 walks since he came back from his injury on May 14. With those two guys and Chipper setting the table the way they have been Glaus has a lot of thank yous and free dinners to hand out.

oldmike

June 1st, 2010
10:19 am

Next two weeks will tell us a lot about where this team will be in September. BUT, all this without JJ. Got to like our pitching when he is back in the rotation. Then KK or Medlin goes back to pen for long relief.

Jo-Bu

June 1st, 2010
11:29 am

I vote to send KK back to the pen.

Jo-Bu

June 1st, 2010
11:30 am

But with that said, both KK and KM are not ground ball pitchers. They seem to get more AO than GO. So it really doesn’t matter to me which one stays in the rotation.

CajunStorm

June 1st, 2010
11:49 am

When KK goes his balls get gone. At least Medlin has some resilience and he is younger, has more potential, cheaper, gotta competitive edge, AND……hell, he’s just the better pitcher.

KK has been good his 1st 2-3 innings. Sounds like great long relief potential. If the Braves are shopping him for a salary dump and a bag of balls so we have more flexibility later…ok, I understand!! But don’t give up W’s for advertising……unless you can get a buyer (a crazy one) for D. LOWE.

Chopper

June 1st, 2010
11:52 am

DOB,

I’ve got two questions for you to ask Bobby Cox:

1) Do they plan to send Medlen back to the bullpen when Jurrjens comes off the DL, or are they going to try to win and put Kawakami in the long relief role?

2) Wouldn’t it make more sense to put Chipper Jones hitting in front of Jason Heyward since he slugs, I don’t know like 200 points higher and hits the ball way harder than Jones? I know Chipper is still a good hitter and can get on base as good as anyone, but yesterdays HR notwithstanding, he doesn’t hit the ball with much authority anymore and shouldn’t the guy who can hit it farther/harder be the guy who should hit behind the high on base guys?

Justs seems to me that these two changes would help sustain the current run and even increase the potential for run scoring and for run prevention.

Typical Braves bandwagon fan

June 1st, 2010
11:58 am

But…but…it’s all over! Bobby Cox should be fired!!!!

Three weeks ago Braves fans were howling. Funny how a few wins changes the fair weather fans.

bvillebaron

June 1st, 2010
1:31 pm

Cajun Storm:

Too bad you are not the manager and the GM of this team because if you were I assume the Brave’s record would be 51-0 at this point.

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