Braves vs. Dodgers: hottest teams in the NL meet

LOS ANGELES – As I sit here typing, I’m thinking that the view from my downtown hotel — the famous Hollywood sign is right there in the distance — is almost as nice as the view the Braves have from the top of the NL East standings.

I said almost.

Sizzling-hot Braves meet equally hot Dodgers in four-game series.

Sizzling-hot Braves meet equally hot Dodgers in four-game series.

The rejuvenated, streaking Braves have moved their show for the beginning of a tough and important 11-game road trip that starts tonight just a few traffic lights away at Dodger Stadium. It will not be an easy three-city trek.

Because as you probably know, Los Dodgers are just as hot as Atlanta, and Minnesota (third leg on the trip) has the same 31-22 record as the Braves and Dodgers.

The Bravos have a four-day series in the desert between those two series, against a Diamondbacks team that is, … well, OK, they’re real bad. But they’ve lost 10 in a row and are probably due for a decent little run. Maybe.

Anyway, back to the business at hand.

You want strange coincidences, we’ve found them. Not only do the Braves and Dodgers have the same record, they took remarkably similar routes to those records.

Raul Ibanez prevented Troy Glaus from homering in a fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, but couldn't prevent Braves from sweeping Phillies.

Raul Ibanez prevented Troy Glaus from homering in a fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, but couldn't prevent Braves from sweeping Phillies.

At the end of the day on April 29, the Braves had lost nine in a row to fall to 8-14, while the Dodgers had lost five in a row (and seven of eight) to fall to 8-14.

Since that day, the Braves and Dodgers have each gone 23-8. Both teams were 9-14 in April, 20-8 in May and 2-0 so far in June.

The Braves have held opponents to three runs or fewer in eight consecutive games during their current winning streak. The Dodgers have held opponents to one or no runs in five of their past 11 games.

The Braves have a 3.36 ERA during their 23-8 run, and the Dodgers have a 3.35 ERA during theirs. But the Braves have hit .276 with 176 runs and 30 homers in 31 games, while the Dodgers have hit .258 with 140 runs and 22 homers.

The Dodgers just swept a series against Arizona while scoring only seven runs in 33 innings, including consecutive 1-0 extra-inning wins Tuesday and Wednesday.

I was driving in my rental car on a traffic-clogged freeway near Dodger Stadium yesterday listening on the radio when Garret Anderson got his game-ending hit in 14th inning, thereby releasing tens of thousands of Dodger fans into rush hour traffic (it was a 12:05 p.m. start, a rush-hour finish).

Anyway, the point is, L.A. has many miles of various freeways that are as bad or worse than Atlanta’s Downtown Connector at rush hour, that every dog finds a bone once in a while (Garret went 1-for-6 yesterday and is batting .157 overall), and the Braves are about to face some very good pitching.

Dodgers starters in the first three games all have at least five wins and ERAs under 3.75: Hiroki Kuroda (5-3, 3.55) tonight, lefty Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.95) on Friday, Chad Billingsley (6-2, 3.74) on Saturday. On Sunday, Braves ace Tim Hudson (6-1, 2.30) faces Dodgers rookie standout John Ely (3-2, 2.54).

Joe Ely was friends with the late Joe Strummer, but is not related to John Ely, as far as I know.

Joe Ely was friends with the late Joe Strummer, but is not related to John Ely, as far as I know.

(Ely really should warm up with Joe Ely’s “Letter to Laredo” playing over the Dodger Stadium sound system. But that’s just my opinion. By the way, bet you didn’t know Ely (Joe, not John) sang backing vocals on The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”)

Moylan urges Wags to reconsider: A couple of weeks ago I was talking to Peter Moylan about Billy Wagner and how it didn’t seem like he’d lost his edge since announcing he planned to retire after this season.

“Oh, no,” said Moylan, one of Wagner’s biggest fans. “He still loves it. You can tell he still loves it. And I’m still convincing him every day, trying to get him to come back another year.”

If Wagner keeps pitching like this, the rest of the Braves and some team officials might also ask the veteran left-hander to reconsider.

Because Wagner is seriously dealin’, folks. Since a six-day stretch in May during which he twice gave up a run and two hits, Wagner has allowed just one hit in his past seven appearances, converting five of five saves in that span.

Opponents are 1-for-20 with two walks and nine strikeouts those seven games.

For the season, Wagner has 33 strikeouts in 21-1/3 innings, the second-highest strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate in the NL at 13.92.

Opponents are hitting .164 against him, tied fifth-lowest among NL relievers.

“And he’s throwing 100″ miles per hour, Moylan said. “It’s crazy. It’s awesome.”

Wagner is 38 and missed most of last season recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery. And yes, he’s hit 100 mph with his fastball several times this season, according to some stadium radar guns.

He’s routinely hitting 96-97 mph, basically throwing as hard as he did in his early 30s.

Moylan says he tells cowboy Billy Wagner every day to come back and pitch in 2011.

Moylan says he tells cowboy Billy Wagner every day to come back and pitch in 2011.

His influence has been felt not just in the bullpen, but throughout the clubhouse. Guys see him never turn down the ball, never ask for days off, never beg out of a tough spot, like after the rain delay last week when he’d already warmed up and gone to the mound before play was halted.

Other pitchers follow his no-nonsense approach and see him not make excuses when he blows a save, not avoid the media or take on any sort of you-only-talk-to-me-when-I-stink attitude with reporters.

He’s the real deal, folks. No B.S.

His home-field entrance, complete with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blasting and the flames blazing on the video board, sends as much of a charge and a confidence blast through the Braves as it does through fans at Turner Field.

Moylan also has his own intro music at home games, but it’s usually not played for very long because he often pitches in the seventh inning and there is a promotional message played on the P.A. system between innings before a snippet of his song, AC/DC’s “TNT” is played during his final warmup pitches.

A few weeks ago Moylan entered a couple of games in the middle of an inning and, as a result, got something close to the full-blown entrance that Wagner makes.

“It kind of gives me the feeling like Wags would get when he comes in, because they do it every time when he comes in [at home],” Moylan said. “It’s boom, here it comes.

“I’m running out there thinking, holy s—, this is unreal. I know it’s probably a little bit immature, but to run out, with your song going, video on the board, crowd yelling, it’s a tight game, runners on – it’s awesome.”

Did that sort of thing make Moylan want to be a closer in the future even more than he already wanted it?

“Yeah, of course,” he said. “Everyone wants to be a closer.”

However, he quickly added that he likes the setup role he’s in, and would never put pressure on anyone to change his role. He knows the Braves have Craig Kimbrel waiting in the wings anyway.

Besides, Moylan would prefer that the closer job not become available in 2011.

“I still want Wags to come back next year,” he said.

By the way, Takashi Saito also ranks among NL leaders in strikeouts per nine innings at 12.75. He’s got 34 K’s in 24 innings. Another Wagner contribution – he’s the one who strongly recommended the Braves sign Saito.

Medlen returns home: When he takes on the Dodgers’ Kuroda tonight, Kris Medlen will make his first start at the stadium where he used to attend so many games as a kid.

Medlen grew up in nearby Norwalk and used to come to Dodger games with friends. He also watched plenty on TV with his grandma, who was a huge Dodgers fan.

Southern Californian Medlen makes his first start at Dodger Stadium tonight.

Southern Californian Medlen makes his first start at Dodger Stadium tonight.

He’s pitched twice at Dodger Stadium, two relief appearances in back-to-back games last August when Medlen allowed only one hit and one walk in 3-1/3 scoreless innings, with six strikeouts. Braves won both and he got the win in the latter game Aug. 8.

Medlen is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA in eight starts over two seasons, but has pitched much better in the starting role lately. He’s 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three consecutive rotation turns in place of Jair Jurrjens, and came within one out of having three consecutive quality starts (he held Pittsburgh to two runs in 5-2/3 innings on May 23; six innings are required for a quality start).

In his past 10 appearances (four starts), Medlen is 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA.

Kuroda didn’t face the Braves last season, but plenty of them can still remember what he did against them in 2008. Kuroda made two starts against the Braves that season, taking a loss while allowing two runs in six innings on April 20, then dominating Braves hitters in a one-hit shutout on July 7.

In the latter game at Dodger Stadium, he had 10 strikeouts and one walk in nine innings. In two starts against the Braves, they’ve hit .148 against the righty.

However, Kuroda has struggled some lately and has a 5.34 ERA in his past five starts, after going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his first five. He gave up seven runs (five earned) and 10 hits in his last start Saturday at Colorado.

Speaking of last year’s series: Most current Braves also are at least a little bit familiar with Kershaw, who pitched seven scoreless innings of two hit ball with a whopping 10 strikeouts on Aug. 8 last season in L.A.

The Braves ended up winning that game and taking the last three games of that memorable series at Dodger Stadium, after losing the Aug. 7 opener 5-4 on Andre Ethier’s walkoff three-run homer against Rafael Soriano.

The Braves outscored the Dodgers 19-8 in the next three games, including back-to-back extra-innings wins Aug. 8-9 (12 innings and 10 innings).

The bad news for the Braves is, they’ll not avoid facing Ethier in this series. He’s back from the DL, and has hit .333 with a 1.032 OPS, four homers and 16 RBIs in 23 games against the Braves.

He really does look young: Forgot to mention this Wagner story, from an interview I did with him about the Braves bullpen a couple of weeks ago.

He was talking about how the Braves have such a variety of guys, young and old and from all over the place, and how they have some real characters who all get along well.

“We were in St. Louis and my brother came out there to see me,” Wagner said in his rural Virgina drawl. “We were sitting down in the hotel lobby and I was talking to my brother and his wife. Medlen comes by and my brother goes, ‘Hey, can I meet him?’ I say, yeah.

“So I call him over and my brother goes, ‘How old are you, 12?’ And he’s just laughing.”

No Brave lights up Dodger Stadium: It seems odd that the only current Brave with better than a .250 career average at Dodger Stadium is Nate McLouth, who has a .256 mark in 14 games, with two homers and six RBIs.

You might have heard, he’s not hitting much at any venue of late.

Injured ring ringer could sideline Jones for part of Dodgers series.

Injured ring ringer could sideline Jones for part of Dodgers series. (Curtis Compton photo/AJC)

Yunel Escobar has a .250 average with no homers in 11 games at Dodger Stadium, and next is Chipper Jones at .249 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 54 games, with a relatively puny (for him) .351 OBP and .463 slugging percentage.

The currently en fuego Troy Glaus, another Southern California native and former Angels star, has a .244 average with seven homers in 90 at-bats at Dodger Stadium.

David Ross also has seven homers in 159 at-bats at Dodger Stadium, though just a .208 average and .293 OBP.

As for Chipper’s right ring-finger injury, we’ll know soon whether he’ll be out of the lineup tonight, but it seems a safe assumption. He said it hurts more batting lefty than righty, so he might wait to play against the lefty Kershaw on Friday and possibly pinch-hit in other games until it feels better.

Don’t think the Braves won’t miss him, either, despite his struggles for a good part of this season. Not like they used to miss him, but they’ll miss him.

He’s hit .277 with a homer, 12 RBIs and a .393 OBP in his past 14 games, including a .364 average with seven RBIs in his past seven games. He has a .481 OBP and .545 slugging percentage in that latter stretch, and also made some fine defensive plays in the past week.

With runners in scoring position, Jones leads the Braves with a .371 average (13-for-35) and .589 OBP with runners in scoring position.

The Braves are tied for fourth with a .273 average with RISP, and lead the league with a .396 OBP in those situations.

They have seven players hitting over .300 with runners in scoring position – Jones, Jason Heyward .370, Omar Infante .355, Eric Hinske .346, David Ross .333, Martin Prado .314, Glaus .304.

Infante came through with the big hit Wednesday, now Braves might need him for a few more games in place of injured Chipper. (Curtis Compton photo/AJC)

Infante came through with the big hit Wednesday, now Braves might need him for a few more games in place of injured Chipper. (Curtis Compton photo/AJC)

Three players have dragged down the average with RISP: McLouth .182 (6-for-33), Brian McCann .190 (8-for-42) and Melky Cabrera .200 (9-for-45). Yes, it seems strange typing McCann’s name between those others in a stat about RISP hitting.

Glaus climbing charts: The resounding Glaus resurgence has moved the NL’s May Player of the Month up to third in the league with 40 RBIs, including a league-high 13 in the past 10 days.

Since May 1, Glaus has hit .333 with seven homers, 31 RBIs and a .982 OPS.

Of course he’s taken it to another level lately, going 9-for-25 (.360) with three homers and 13 RBIs during his current eight-game hitting streak. And if Philly LF Raul Ibanez hadn’t robbed him of a homer Wednesday, Glaus would have a home run in four consecutive games.

Remember when Glaus was getting booed at Turner Field in April? Back when he hit .125 with one homer and two RBIs in 10 April home games?

In 15 May-June home games, Glaus has hit .415 (22-for-53) with five homers and 19 RBIs.

Mannywood? Yeah, whatever: Had to share with you this paragraph from the Los Angeles Times game story following Tuesdyay’s 1-0 win against Arizona, describing a benches-clearing incident after Russell Martin slid hard through second base breaking up a potential double-play and hit the foot of Arizona’s Stephen Drew.

The Times reporter wrote: “Soon, the benches cleared. Then, the bullpens. Finally, Manny Ramirez trotted onto the field, in time to join his teammates on their way back to the bench.”

By the way, Ramirez is 5-for-36 with two homers, 10 strikeouts and one walk in his past 13 games.

For the season, he’s hitting .283 with four homers and an .836 OPS, down from last year’s .949 OPS and his 1.031 OPS in 2008, the year before his PED suspension.

His career OPS as of today is exactly 1.000.

Prado’s star rising: All-Star candidate Martin Prado has hit .367 (29-for-79) with a .398 OBP and .519 slugging percentage in the leadoff role, which has been as big a boost for the Braves as anything including Glaus.

In his past 23 games, Prado has hit .343 with three homers, 20 RBIs and a 22 runs. He has five multi-hit games and a .424 average during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Etc.: The Braves are 14-2 in their past 16 home games, with a .302 batting average 3.31 ERA. They’ve average six runs per game in that stretch…. On the road, the Braves have won seven of their past nine, including a sweep at Milwaukee and 2-1 series wins at Pittsburgh and Florida…. Atlanta is 15-12 in its past 27 games against Philly.

Braves' sweep of the skidding Phillies opened 2-1/2 game lead in NL East.

Braves' sweep of the skidding Phillies opened 2-1/2 game lead in NL East.

♣ Diversions: The Phillies have hit .197 with two homers and 14 runs scored during their 2-9 slide, so it’s understandable that manager Charlie Manuel might have gotten a little upset yesterday upon seeing a lot of his guys watching the movie “Gran Torino” before the afternoon series finale with the Braves.

Bu,  man, can Clint Eastwood make a movie, or what? I say this because I watched Invictus on the plane to L.A. yesterday. Don’t know how I failed to see it when it was in theatres, but it was tremendous. Gave me chills for much of the last 45 minutes or so, it was so emotional and uplifting.

Speaking of diversions, made a trip down to Amoeba Music in Hollywood last night. One of the great record/CD stores in America, just massive amounts of new and used product. If you can’t find it there, good luck finding it anywhere.

Picked up a used copy of The Duke and The King’s Nothing Gold Can Stay that came out in 2009 (the band is one of the Felice Brothers and friends), and played it the rest of the day driving in the car. Terrific country/rock. Also got new ones by L.A. bands Everest (reminds me of some earlier Wilco) and Helen Stellar, and a new one by indie rock/hip-hop artist Sage Francis.

Speaking of L.A. artists, here’s one by the late, great Warren Zevon. You can hear the song (and read a few things about the man) here.

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“POOR POOR PITIFUL ME” by Warren Zevon

I’d lay my head on the railroad tracks

And wait for the Double “E”

But the railroad don’t run no more

Poor, poor pitiful me

Poor, poor pitiful me

Poor, poor pitiful me

These young girls won’t let me be

Lord have mercy on me

Woe is me

Well, I met a girl in West Hollywood

I ain’t naming names

She really worked me over good

She was just like Jesse James

She really worked me over good

She was a credit to her gender

She put me through some changes, Lord

Sort of like a Waring blender

Poor, poor pitiful me

Poor, poor pitiful me

These young girls won’t let me be

Lord have mercy on me

Woe is me

Well, I met a girl at the Rainbow bar

She asked me if I’d beat her

She took me back to the Hyatt House

I don’t want to talk about it

Poor, poor pitiful me

Poor, poor pitiful me

These young girls won’t let me be

Lord have mercy on me

Woe is me

Well, I met a girl from the Vieux Carre`

Down in Yokahama

She picked me up and she throwed me down

I said, “Please don’t hurt me, Mama”

2,314 comments Add your comment

jeffrey d

June 3rd, 2010
4:45 pm

Eric

June 3rd, 2010
4:49 pm

Ethier is back on DL?

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
4:51 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Yes, it seems strange typing McCann’s name between those others in a stat about RISP hitting.

It’s disgusting…SOMEday, it won’t have to be like this anymore…

MZ

June 3rd, 2010
4:51 pm

what happened to the Wren haters?

TnBrian

June 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

MAN, that was a long blog entry, DOB. But good work on it.

ncscoots

June 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

Agreed. I remember them moving Millwood when he was 1 year from free agency for Johnny Estrada.

And even he probably would not have been moved but for Maddux accepting arbitration that year. Soriano was not the first pitcher to monkey-wrench an offseason in that fashion, LOL.

braveslifer

June 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

This blog was hiding… Go Braves! Make it 9 tonight F-LA

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
4:53 pm

Funny stuff about Man Ram…..what a joke….until he gets to the plate anyway.

That said, 3-8 roadtrip…..but I’ll take it.

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Ethier has played the last 3 games.

David O'Brien

June 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Eric: No, Ethier’s not on DL. Unfortunately for Braves. I’d already written that graph a while back, forgot to change it before I stuck it in blog.

thinbreakness

June 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

dob-
one of my 3 favorite all-time. is this another song he wrote before he turned 20?

RC

June 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

was driving in my rental car on a traffic-clogged freeway near Dodger Stadium yesterday listening on the radio when Garret Anderson got his game-ending hit in 14th inning, thereby releasing tens of thousands of Dodger fans into rush hour traffic (it was a 12:05 p.m. start, a rush-hour finish). – DOB

I was watching the game on MLB Network…based on the stands, it might be more appropriate to say that they released “tens of Dodger fans into rush hour traffic.”

Also, did Ethier go back on the DL? He was playing yesterday, but it’s possible he got hurt again and I didn’t hear about it.

jeffrey d

June 3rd, 2010
4:56 pm

what happened to the Wren haters?

It’s inevitable that when things are going bad – and things were pretty darn bad for the Braves – fans will want to hold somebody accountable, whether he’s deserving or not. Wren had signed Glaus, and Glaus was stinking it up. Wren had traded “our best pitcher,” 3 out of our 5 remaining pitchers were struggling mightily. Clearly these moves are now seeming to pay off, but at the time to the casual fan it made Wren look like a doof.

RC

June 3rd, 2010
4:56 pm

Sorry, posted my question on Ethier before I saw DOB’s correction. Also, thanks for the new blog!

Jinx-eeeeee

June 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Yes. I get to go to a concert, and not miss any baseball.

TN Stone

June 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Drive by Truckers are playing a free show in Knoxville, TN on June 17th.

http://www.sundowninthecity.com/

Mr. Wizard

June 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

Phillies run production

before and including Colorado
5.4 runs per game
record 20-13

after Colorado
3.2 runs per game
record 8-11

3 of these games after Colorado came against Milwaukee whose pitchers would give up 6 runs to a little league team and the 4th was against Pittsburgh and Charlie Morton
take out the 35 runs scored in those 4 games
1.7 runs per game
record 4-11 against teams with a real pitching staff

Not quite as potent a line-up when they cannot use the spy binoculars in the bullpen.

RunHeeeeeeeeapRun

June 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

The dodgers are hot, but they’re not equally hot. Our win streak = 8, their win streak = 4, therefore, we’re twice as hot.

jeffrey d

June 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

Just read this in a story:

it appears the Pac-10, which has its meetings in San Francisco starting this weekend, is prepared to make a bold move and invite Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado to join its league, according to multiple sources close to the situation

First of all, WOW! Second, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that schools in Texas and Oklahoma are near the Pacific coast.

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:01 pm

jeffrey d

June 3rd, 2010
5:01 pm

Oh, and welcome back DOB!

TnBrian

June 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

I can’t stand Matt Kemp. I think I made that clear the other day when I was saying how he had the most arrogant smirk on his face during that little p**** bickering fight between LA/Arz. Lets get a big lead and drill that punk in the ribs.

SoCal Mom

June 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

MEDLEN will have over 10 family memebers in the stands tonight. And severa in Ariz for his Tuesday start. GO BRAVES. Boomer–Do this for Mean Jean the Floatin Machine

RC

June 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

The dodgers are hot, but they’re not equally hot. Our win streak = 8, their win streak = 4, therefore, we’re twice as hot.

They also have scored 2 runs over their past two games, both of which went into extra innings. But their pitching held the Diamondbacks scoreless for those games, so I guess it evens out.

southern hope

June 3rd, 2010
5:04 pm

It’s May 34th and its sunny outside and I’m ready for winning Braves baseball!

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

Jeffrey d-

I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that (Pac-10 expansion) to happen ;) But those teams were chosen, I’m sure, because they are obviously significantly better then the options closer to the coast and the league does want to raise it’s competitivness, at least in football.

I had to giggle at the “nearby Norwalk” comment in the blog…guess it depends on your definition of “nearby” ;)

Einsteindawg

June 3rd, 2010
5:06 pm

Long, but very good article DOB…you must have time to kill. If so, stop over at Chassens and have the chili and iced tea, and put it on my tab.

Jinx-eeeeee

June 3rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Yeah, Meds looks like a 12 yr old. No doubt. He looks so much younger in public too because he’s got somewhat of a skater boy style. Here’s the photo of the wife with Meds when we met him.

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs574.snc3/31292_1396207699758_1069172855_31217706_6585941_n.jpg

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

DOB-

Have you eaten at Philippe’s yet? Great LA tradition :)

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

cabravesfan

Are you going to any of these games?

JasonInFL

June 3rd, 2010
5:09 pm

DOB, all things considered, where do you rank Griff Jr among his generation and all-time?

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Jinx

Holy cow! He does look young enough to be my younger brother! Haha! Thanks for posting…

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:09 pm

McFann-

VJ and I are going on Saturday :D

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Sweet walk-off ding dong for Carlos Lee vs. the Nats after Guzman chokes in RF on the third out of the inning for the W.

SoCal Mom

June 3rd, 2010
5:10 pm

cabravesfan–I may still see you Saturday night. Tonights is the game for me though

LJ

June 3rd, 2010
5:11 pm

Here in Virginia, we know Enter Sandman very well. Virginia Tech uses it for their entrance for football games. We are very proud of Billy, and hope that he will indeed stay another year.

Jinx-eeeeee

June 3rd, 2010
5:11 pm

Nice, the Nats just got swept by the Astros.

T for Texas

June 3rd, 2010
5:11 pm

’scoots:

You seriously crack me up, man. I have to agree that the “I could care less…” grammatically incorrect statement of indignation, only fosters more indignation, creating a global indignation surplus.

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:12 pm

SoCal Mom -

I would have loved to see Meds pitch but we didn’t get to pick the game ;) (Not that I mind seeing the other SoCal kid pitch on Saturday…)

Brian from SC

June 3rd, 2010
5:12 pm

You know what would be cool…if we swept LA and the D-Backs get swept this weekend, then our series next week would be between a team that has won 12 in a row vs. a team that has lost 13 in a row. I bet that’s never happened before.

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:13 pm

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100603&content_id=10754978&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

If you haven’t had a chance to watch that, it the best of the MLB. We get on these guys all of the time about not respecting the wonderful opportunities they have. But it certainly does not apply to all of them.

Good stuff. On the AL side, I’m rooting for the Tigers the rest of the way.

SoCal Mom

June 3rd, 2010
5:13 pm

I may go Sat since his parents will be in towwn, and I could actually spend some time with him before the game

David O'Brien

June 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Cabravesfan: No, but I did it a killer smoked-brisket pizza at Cheebo on Sunset Blvd. yesterday.

SoCal Mom

June 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

DOB–Make sure you head to the park plenty early–with the Lakers playoff game at 6 it is going to be a madhouse onthe freeway

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Why in the world was Christian Guzman playing RF in a 9 inning game? Riggleman over-managing a little bit there?

Extra tough given that Guzman had driven in the would-be winning run in the top of the 9th.

T for Texas

June 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Oooooo LA! In and Out Burger, yummmmmmmmm!

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:18 pm

DOB-

It’s a great old place that recently celebrated it’s 100th year…home of the French Dip (although they have other things that are equally as good) and 9 cent coffee :)

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:18 pm

Why in the world was Christian Guzman playing RF in a 9 inning game? Riggleman over-managing a little bit there? Glen W.

Excellent question. Who knows?

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:19 pm

SoCal Mom -

He won’t have to take the freeway if he’s downtown already ;)

MZ

June 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

DOB —–
When’s the last time you ate somewhere on the road that sucked?

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

Good grief Guzman had played 31 innings in RF this year coming into today.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

cabravesfan

At least you’ll get to see Hanson pitch! Hope it’ll be a good one! :D

Where will you be sitting?

T for Texas

June 3rd, 2010
5:23 pm

Nats struggling to make Bernadina their RF, but he hasn’t taken to the opportunity so far. .241/.295/.402

CajunStorm

June 3rd, 2010
5:25 pm

YAWN……Just back fromthe office an think I’ll go take a nap. Lakers-Celtics at 9 AND Braves-Dodgers at 10. Ummm…sounds like a 1am bed-time. Gotta nap….I’m getting old!

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:25 pm

but he hasn’t taken to the opportunity so far. .241/.295/.402

That’s not good for an outfielder? Huh?

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
5:27 pm

I love that video of Jim Joyce getting the lineup card! I do feel bad for him…so glad the fans clapped for him today. And I really liked it when he and Galarrga patted each other on the back!

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:27 pm

McFann-

We are about 10-12 rows back almost directly behind home plate

Leeeeeeeeeew

June 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

Not sure why they would want to move and be in contention annually with SC and some of those other schools for a Conference Championship. Isn’t there enough of a fight where they already are?

CajunStorm

June 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

Oh yeah, to comment on Ol Frank Wren and the job he’s doing. I Loved a lot of his moves (Glaus, Hinske, Wagner, Saito and even getting Melky AND yprospect Vizcaino). I characterize Wren as a GREAT Yard Sale Shopper and a like my wife with the Credit Card on pay day when it comes to the Big Money items…..just does not have the eye for High Dollar Values!

Danga

June 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

That’s not good for an outfielder? Huh?

LOL. All a matter of perspective… :)

Pete*

June 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

DOB did you pass Deadman’s Curve? Its right past Doheny on Sunset LOL

Homer

June 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

Danga

June 3rd, 2010
5:32 pm

We are about 10-12 rows back almost directly behind home plate

Whoa…Nice seats!

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
5:32 pm

cabravesfan

Sweet!!

I’ve never sat right behind homeplate, but my favorite place to sit is where we sat for BMac’s rehab game–GREAT seats! Though if it were at Turner Field, I’d wanna be on the other side so I could spy on the Braves’ dugout…

CB

June 3rd, 2010
5:32 pm

cab,wear a I love Marteen shirt so we recognize you! Tell VJ to wear a W&M shirt. :-)

noleeeee

June 3rd, 2010
5:33 pm

what happens on the board if the Dodgers sweep us?

Leeeeeeeeeew

June 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Danga-When Prado bats, hold up a sign with a bunch of EEEEEE’s and distract the Dodger’s pitcher.

Leeeeeeeeeew

June 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

noleeee-Mass suicide and a bout of major depression leading to a boom in sales of tranquilizers?

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

what happens on the board if the Dodgers sweep us?

something about famine, locust and the mayan calendar…

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

I saw that and I got a bit misty-eyed too….still have a lump in my throat. :oops:

Can’t help it. Even through all the hate I get here, I’m a sensitive guy.

Danga

June 3rd, 2010
5:36 pm

what happens on the board if the Dodgers sweep us?

Wailing and gnashing of teeth.

T for Texas

June 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

Glen W:

For comparison: Melky .235/.305/.295, Heyward .287/.412/.563

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

noleeeee -

Not sweatin’ it doode, we’ll win one out of these four. No problem.

Danga

June 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

That weren’t me Lew. Though my brother and I do have killer seats for Bobby’s last home game (in the regular season). I think CAB we’ll need to be the one with the sign with a bunch of e’s.

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

CB-

I would if I had one :)

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

I might pass out before the game starts, I’m too drugged out HHHHH- That burned ouch.

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

T for texas, it was just a joke as Bernadina is out hitting 2 of our 3 regulars out there (until Hinske started playing).

I had a hunch that Heyward might be doing a wee bit better. :)

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

Danga -

I would also do that if they allowed signs into Dodger Stadium…

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:40 pm

McFannie, Hey honey, wanna have a date?

CB

June 3rd, 2010
5:40 pm

cab,uh,white shirt and magic marker means I love Marteen.lol

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:41 pm

Buck thgis bLog Ive had enough. Give me death.

T for Texas

June 3rd, 2010
5:41 pm

Sorry Glen, didn’t mean to condescend…sometimes hard to ferret out the sarcasm from the cluelessness.

cabravesfan

June 3rd, 2010
5:42 pm

CB-

You have heard what they do to opposing fans, right?

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Sorry Glen, didn’t mean to condescend… sometimes hard to ferret out the sarcasm from the cluelessness.

No worries at all. And if I stick around long enough I eventually say something stupid enough that will warrant someone correcting my clueless remark.

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

*comment under serious scrutiny*

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Mixxo Can’t help it. Even through all the hate I get here, I’m a sensitive guy.

Oh yeah, I got teary-eyed, too.…and I haven’t hated on you much this year, have I? ;)

PS–How are those babies doing?

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

BUCk- I need peope to tALK to Mee. I need attention or i get real depressed. TALK TO ME. Love me PLZZZZZ

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:45 pm

cabravesfan, wear a panama hat and take a radar gun and hold it up. It will confuse everyone watching on TV when you see two of them.

Former Doubter

June 3rd, 2010
5:45 pm

The Manny tidbit about meeting his team mates coming back to the dugout ain’t surprising. Made me giggle.

usnaveeeeeeeeeeevolfaninva

June 3rd, 2010
5:46 pm

gotta say that the first version of that song I heard was the Teri Clark version… man she had a huge neck! When my kids were toddlers, they loved that song just because of the chorus!

Man, this is gonna be a heck of a series! Wish I could watch. I do appreciate whoever provided the link from the Cleveland, TN station… at least got to listen.

Glen W

June 3rd, 2010
5:47 pm

I guess it would be one of them, but people would still be confused. Brito hasn’t been there seen they put in the luxury seats, I think.

usnaveeeeeeeeeeevolfaninva

June 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

Glen W
…LOL. You know, I often wondered if anyone had ever noticed that… haven’t seen the guy lately, though. Looked for him last time they showed a dodgers home game, and didn’t see him.

DawginLex

June 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

gotta get at least a split in dodger town.

I have a feeling Medlen is going to lose tonight.

hope i’m wrong.

Leeeeeeeeeew

June 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

Danga-Misread the heading and thought you psosted it. Anyway, EEEEEE’s need to make an LA appearance tonight and many votes cast for Marteeeeen..

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm

like, like why am I so confuzed like I did like nothing wrong. LIKE talkk to me . I lov Manne Raqmariz, his big mussuls aere sexy. like can anyone like toalk to me, i’m so bucked up rightp nowe tgypINg is sop hard. Sorry Im not too smart

T for Texas

June 3rd, 2010
5:51 pm

McFann:

Regarding our conversation yesterday: I have made a personal decision to view Mac’s poor start with RISP as his way of banking run producing hits for the end of the season–when we are in a race for the postseason. When he has massive RBI totals in August and September we will know where all those hits with RISP, that he isn’t getting now, have been.

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:51 pm

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô; – Oh no Hon, not at all….we’re good you & I. ♥

Not good news on the babies. I looked in on them the other day and they looked dead….real dead. :( Also, one of the eggs hasn’t hatched of no sign of the parents. Only thing I can think of is, there seemed to be some mold on the inside wall of the nest before they hatched. We’ve had a ton of rain lately and I was x-tra careful not to water the eggs when I watered the plant. I just don’t know. Poor things.

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:52 pm

Enter your comments hereahha im but to fall face down to the grund. Im so like done now. Soemone like give heads up like when game is like close. OMG you peope dont talk much except all the EE. Like im like done now. Good bi good peope

Mixxo

June 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

…”and” no sign…. not “of.” sheesh!

I love horse tranquilizers

June 3rd, 2010
5:54 pm

McFANN will you date me? Like im cool and all. Plz i need you.

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