Braves post-game comments after Sunday’s win vs. Royals

BOBBY COX COMMENTS

“Cristhian Martinez I thought did a whale of a job. He gave up a cheap hit there….Kawakami just did not have his good stuff today. Just couldn’t locate it. he just didn’t have it, for the first time since he’s been with us, he just didn’t have it. Pitchers go through a game like that occasionally just like hitters. Nothing wrong with him or anything like that.”

“We did a good job getting on base today, that’s for darn sure. A ton of walks and some really clutch hitting. Hinske comes through big time for us and Chipper Jones …it was hard to hit at Davies. He was off the plate quite a bit.”

Cox on Kimbrel: “You load the bases like (Kimbrel did) and get out of it, in the middle of their order, the heart of it? Remarkably great. He’s capable of striking people out and that’s what he was doing.”

Cox on of Kawakami perhaps moving to the bullpen when Jair Jurrjens comes back. “We are not making any decisions right now. He’s got another start to go before we have to do something.”

Cox on Wagner going 4 days in a row, and save No. 399: “He’s not throwing a lot of pitches. He was insisting that he pitched today. (Jonny) Venters had the off day. I can’t wait until he gets to 400 and maybe get 20 or 30 after that.”

Cox on if Kenshin is battling confidence issues: “I don’t know. That’s the first time he’s pitched like that, for me. First time since we’ve had him for two years.”

BILLY WAGNER COMMENTS

On going four days in a row:

“We got a day off tomorrow. Believe me I’d much rather have had a six, seven run lead but that’s my job and you go out there. Everybody else is going out there battling. You just go out there and do what you can. It’s not so much the four days in a row that kill you, it’s just how many pitches you throw the previous days, and the situations. It was pretty warm out there, so it made it easy to get loose you just try to make pitches and stay under control.”

On Kimbrel’s outing: “I’m trying to tell him you cannot create your own save, especially in a tie game, he just ain’t getting it yet. I keep listening to Don (Sutton) and them on the radio telling it’s the vintage Wagner but I don’t remember doing all that. As long as you get out of that…The kid’s on the right track, and he’s head and shoulders above where I was at that age. He competes and that’s all you can ask for.”

On getting to 400 saves: “I don’t want to put my goals in front of the team’s goals and if they kind of coexist that’s great. We’re going to play the White Sox, which I don’t think I’ve ever pitched well against. They are very good against me. As a team we got to worry about going out there and beating the White Sox. We’ve got to continue to just win.”

ERIC HINSKE COMMENTS

On the comeback mentality: “We always feel like we’ve got a chance to win the game. We had a lot of chances. It was a tough game. It was hot. Everybody was pretty tired out there. You could tell everyone coming in each inning, sitting there with the ammonia towels on their heads. We just battled through it. The bullpen did a great job today. And we got a big hit at the end there to win the game, it was great.”

On Kimbrel’s inning: “For him to get out of that jam was huge for us. Everybody was jacked up in the dugout and wanted to go in and score some runs right away.”

On his game-winning at-bat: “It was a fastball. I didn’t see a lot of pitches to hit today. They were on the corners all game. They don’t throw soft either. They’re making pitches all game. I had first and third with one out the at-bat before and (Kyle) Farnsworth just went 97 on the corner, three pitches in a row. I had no chance really. Finally got a pitch over the plate to handle and just put a good swing on it.”

KENSHIN KAWAKAMI COMMENTS: (through his interpreter)

On perhaps losing confidence? “No it’s my mechanics. I’m just not getting into a good groove.”

On whether he’s worried he might lose his starting job: “I haven’t thought about that much. But being a starter, I’m not really doing my job right now, so I’m ready for anything that is coming….That’s out of my control and I haven’t pitched well. The team is playing well so whatever role I’m given I’ll try to do my best.”

On Sunday’s outing: “It’s just disappointing how the last couple games we had such a good flow, good pitching, good baseball and then getting the early support I wasn’t able to hold them. That’s really not good on my part.”

On whether his strikes weren’t quality strikes: “Watching a lot of video after, I’m not really sure what to say yet but I was trying to hit the spots and they were still getting hit, which means they’re reading me or not having enough zip to my ball right now.”

CRAIG KIMBREL COMMENTS

“Roger came out there and talked to me and he said you know what? You can get out of this. Just go right at them and you’ll get out of it and that’s what I did. I quit trying to nitpick and hit corners, I just went right at them. It worked out for me today.”

“I kept telling myself stay calm, don’t get out of your element, don’t try to do too much because I would have done that it would have been a different story.”

CHIPPER JONES COMMENTS

On Kimbrel’s jam: “It would have made it a lot easier if he’d caught the double play ball. That was a huge momentum shift right there. If they score a run or two it’s really a downer. We fought hard all day to get the game back to 5-5. We came in the bottom of the eight on an emotional high after getting out of bases loaded nobody out. Kid bowed his neck and made pitches when he had to and got out of the inning. That’s what being able to throw the ball 95 mph with a good slider will do for you sometimes.”

On his eight-inning walk: “He didn’t throw anything really close in four pitches. I was swinging 3-0 but sometimes you’ve got to let the pitcher cut his own throat and he ends up walking Troy and has to come down broadway to Eric and Eric made him pay.”

On Braves final at-bat wins: “We’ve got that confidence and that swagger and that feeling of all we got to do is get a guy in scoring position and somebody is going to get the big hit. It doesn’t matter who’s out there, up at the plate.”

On Kawakami: “I don’t know what to say about KK. I feel for him. I thought today was going to be the day. He had a brisk first inning. We come out and score four. Everybody on the team thought today was going to be the day. For whatever reason he’s not getting outs. But the bullpen did an outstanding job. Cristhian, O’Flaherty, Moylan, Kimbrel and Wags. You hate to have to string the bullpen out that far. We got a day off tomorrow so everybody gets to rest tomorrow.”

On the victory: “We needed this one. We needed it bad. The second and third place team in our division lost. That makes it even bigger.”

On Wagner approaching 400 saves: “I liken it to a guy hitting 400 homers. I mean it’s not easy. It’s a testament to longevity and outstanding performance. I know because I stood 60 feet away from him for a long time and he’s a guy that’s not a comfortable at-bat but he’s an intense competitor. I’m glad that after all these years I finally got to play with him. Happy for him. He’s going to do it. It’s not a matter of if but when. You can rest assured we’re going to celebrate when he does.”

93 comments Add your comment

HughDaMan

June 20th, 2010
8:27 pm

Alex Tetzner

June 20th, 2010
8:35 pm

1st place is where this team belongs!
Lets win this white sox series…will be a tough one, but this team can do it…plus our 1-2-3 guys are going!

MightyQuinn

June 20th, 2010
8:37 pm

This team’s amazing. And hey CR, we have the same birthday!

MightyQuinn

June 20th, 2010
8:37 pm

Oh, and , THIRD!

JohnSmith

June 20th, 2010
8:42 pm

Earl

June 20th, 2010
8:46 pm

What makes this team special is the TEAM aspect. You can tell by all the after game comments, that the egoes were checked at the door, and the everyone seems to be focused on the team outcome, regardless of who does what. Great Job today guys!! If the stays healthy, Kimbrel will be the closer next year. In a couple of years, this team will once again be the envy of the Major Leagues.

DCBrave

June 20th, 2010
9:10 pm

They really are a “no kidding point to them as an example of teamwork to your kids” kind of team. You just see it game after game…somebody stumbles, someone else picks him up to carry him up that hill. That is a baseball band of brothers taking the field everyday folks. Who knows how it will end, but one this is for certain, they will win it all together, or they will go down, together, as a team should.

Turtsnap

June 20th, 2010
9:20 pm

What in the world is Bobby talking about? Kawakami didn’t have his good stuff for the first time since he has been with us? OMG!!

Joe

June 20th, 2010
9:47 pm

was a great game to be at!! Very HOT though!!!!!!! What happened to Glaus for him to come out in the 9th

Dawgdad (The Original)

June 20th, 2010
10:46 pm

Great game for the Bravo’s. Kimbrel was very impressive as was Martinez. Hinske continues to amaze. Why he has been riding the bench for most of the teams in Baseball amazes me. Infante continued to show why he should be the everyday Centerfielder. Keep it rolling Braves.

BarneyStrickland

June 20th, 2010
11:15 pm

I dunno why everyone is so down on Kawakami….. He ain’t so bad. Not even Smoltz could win if he didn’t have any run support. If this guy had the runs that Medlen or Hudson has been working with, he would be at least at .500 win/loss %. Case close. He might not be worth all those Yen we paid to get him, but neither is Derrick Lowe. Today was the first time this season his pitching sucked. Everyone has a bad day here and there. Our batters have let him down again and again… not to mention all those unearned runs we gave up as a result of sloppy fielding when he was on the mound. Lay off our Japanese players and pull for ALL the Braves !! Go Atlanta !!

JuneBaby

June 20th, 2010
11:15 pm

Turtsnap@9:20pm…, you must be new, or otherwise you’d know that B. Cox never rips his players in public. Whether it’s bad pitching, lousy batting average, errors in the field, loafing in the field or on the basepaths, a cancer in the clubhouse, you’ll never see him admonish a player publicly. And it’s vice-verce for the players. Whether it was in his first stint, or second stint with the braves, i can’t recall any player, ever publicly criticising B. Cox. That’s respect that cut’s both ways, and a good way to be in what ever walk of life you’re in.

ArkyTech

June 20th, 2010
11:22 pm

Turtsnap, he’s talking about baseball. He’s one of the greatest managers of all time, and you’re…….Turtsnap. Maybe you should do more listening and less spouting off.

Chris

June 20th, 2010
11:28 pm

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle have been all put together. We now have a team, a damn good team. This just might be Bobby’s best year.

faux falsehood

June 20th, 2010
11:36 pm

Where was Cox coming from about his statement about KK? I seem to remember similar statements about him from BC last year. Yes, you’ve been a great mgr but at happens to all people there comes a time to quit. I really glad the braves are in 1st place. The hitting and pitching [except kk] have been good. KK either should be in the bullpen or in the minors somewhere with the unamed center fielder with concussion like symptoms. Notice how much better the team is with him on the DL?

Turtsnap

June 20th, 2010
11:39 pm

Junebaby, not new, sorry you think so….

ArkyTech classy.

So, both of you think Kawakami should continue to get chance after chance? If so, you may be the only 2 that do. Perhaps you haven’t seen Kawakami lately. It is just like watching a continuation of batting practice. They are teeing off on KK.

Time to admit you made a mistake in signing the guy and move on! I happened to be at both of his last two starts, and there were quite a few boos in both games before Bobby came out to yank him. I guess all the booers think he deserves a second, third, fourth chance.

GT3O

June 20th, 2010
11:46 pm

^ Sorry about that mods, that was my dumb roommate! Please remove!

JuneBaby

June 20th, 2010
11:48 pm

This team was playing good baseball long before N. Mclouth went on the d.l., even though he wasn’t hitting very much. So i would have to disagree with you there. And for the most part K.K. has been in most of his games. He hasn’t gotten a lot of run support in most of his games, but still, he hasn’t been terrible. There have been other years where a pitcher’s record was much worse than the stuff he brought to the table. Sometimes that’s how it goes! He could just as easily be 6-3, as he is 0-9, because in some of his games the braves just haven’t scored many runs. I believe the same thing happened often with J.J. last year.

JuneBaby

June 20th, 2010
11:56 pm

Turtsnap…, it wasn’t about whether he should still be in the rotation. It was about criticising a player in a public forum. Which if you aren’t new, you know it’s something Bobby Cox never does. How can you ask a player to lay it on the line, and as soon as things go south, a manager goes out and kills him in the press? If i was a player i wouldn’t be very happy about that. Same way with your friends, how would they fill if you were going behind their backs ripping on them when it would be much better for you to just come to them with your concerns.

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
12:01 am

sorry that should have been “how would you feel” not fill

Turtsnap

June 21st, 2010
12:05 am

JuneBaby, I understand where you are coming from, but the frustration remains….. next Saturday, KK gets yet another start! He cannot be our best option at this point. Yes, JJ didn’t get much run support last year, but he also wasn’t sporting a 4+ ERA and an 0-9 record. Lately, KK has been shelled badly. Like I said, the Braves are dragging their heels here because of the money they shelled out to bring this guy in. KK would not be starting on any other top tier team in MLB. Period.

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
12:23 am

Turtsnap…, my greater worry is with some of the bullpen relievers. their job is to come in and hold the fort, and too many times they allow inherited runners to score. Like P.Moylan and Eric O’flaherty! they’re brought in to hold them where they’re at, not come in and allow those runners to score, and in too many cases they come in and give up the basehit to the first batters they face.

bobby's cox

June 21st, 2010
12:32 am

Chipper summed it up best-”I don’t know what to say about KK. I feel for him. I thought today was going to be the day. He had a brisk first inning. We come out and score four. Everybody on the team thought today was going to be the day. For whatever reason he’s not getting outs” Interpretation for Chipper-HE SUCKS!! Bottom line, the team has said enough is enough, time for him to go. Maybe we can sell him to a Japanese team in exchange for some Playstation 3’s and Nintendo Wii’s.

bobby's cox

June 21st, 2010
12:33 am

What’s up can’t post comments after 12:30AM-Must be the servers bedtime…

bobby's cox

June 21st, 2010
12:34 am

Maybe we can sell KK to a Japanese team for some Playstation3’s and Nintendo Wii’s.

AL HRABOSKY

June 21st, 2010
12:56 am

KK has gone up against some really good opposing pitchers, is one reason that he has not received a lot of run support.
Another reason is that in some of his games, some really hot hitters for the Braves, were not in the starting lineup and replaced with other players that were not hitting that well at that time.

crymeariver

June 21st, 2010
1:04 am

GT30@11:44pm………If you were on J. Shultz blog, his undercover blog narc would have already turned you in, and you would be in the JS blog jailhouse and banned.

BEWARE of the Informer. He is watching you.

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
1:31 am

AL HRABOSKY…, what do you think will happen with K.K. in the long term, as well as in center field after Nate coms off the d.l.? and also, what happened with the pitcher in Gwinnett that the braves have to make a descision on(the one they have to release if they don’t bring him up)?

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
1:33 am

again:”comes off the d.l.”, i’m sorry bad keyboard!

is30303

June 21st, 2010
1:52 am

KK needs to go to the pen. he had his best shot to win today.

doesn’t matter if the KC Royals have best team average in MLB, Second in hits, and among the top hitting teams in MLB. He had FOUR runs today. I could’ve beaten the Royals with that many runs.

As usual, the pen gave up inherited runners when Martinez gave up the runs but KK put them on base.

Who cares, Braves won

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
2:07 am

but what’s the purpose of long relief if they’re going to allow those runners to score? if that’s the case, you’d be better off allowing the starter to finish the inning.

BUBBA GUMP

June 21st, 2010
2:12 am

On Kawakami……………………I hope Bobby sits him down ……………..He suxs right now. It is what it is.

Leumas

June 21st, 2010
2:15 am

JuneBaby….K.K. will go to the bullpen for a while, make it worse, then hopefully get traded to anyone who wants the first pick in the draft. Like K.K. and all, love the fact he’s not blaming other people for bp pitches. When Nate comes off the dl, he’ll bat 8th as always and everyone watching the games will be so happy when he gets a hit because let’s face it they are few and far between. He reminds me of “hit a week” Tommy Gregg. The pitcher you are refering to as far as having to make a decision on is now on the major league roster, just on the dl. Chris Resop gave up like 5 runs over 2 innings, then they put him on the dl and called Jesse Chavez back up.

Andy

June 21st, 2010
2:17 am

what happened to escobar today? anyone know?

Andy

June 21st, 2010
2:22 am

oh and the rangers and dodgers are looking for pitching…so how about you take him and pay him and the braves will get the 2 cases of baseballs and a couple dozen bats…kerry lightenburg in reverse.

turkeycaller

June 21st, 2010
7:01 am

Gritty effort by a team playing some pretty good baseball. I will even say this was the best game I’ve seen Larry Jones play all year. Really hope to see him get going and play with a little conviction which I admit I noticed for the first time in a really long time. Hope it holds up but if I had to bet I’d say it won’t. Play whoever is hot and hustling and the team has a better chance. Fun little team to watch for the past several weeks. Guys like Wagner,Hinske have been big factors in confidence and attitude.

Rich

June 21st, 2010
7:12 am

Kawakami’s issues are probably mental at this point.

He started off slow last season, but after about five starts, he really settled in and pitched well for the majority of the season.

Again this season, he came out of the gate a bit off, and by the time he started pitching well, he was the one starter we couldn’t support with runs.

I have to think that is in his head. He goes out with the mentality of thinking he has to shut the other side out just to have a chance, so when a run scores, he loses focus and panic sets in.

Sure, he needs to be out of the rotation for the long term good of the club, but you have to feel for the guy.

Booby Cox

June 21st, 2010
8:22 am

KK has great stuff, number 1 stuff really, we got to get him going. Nate is vital to our sucsess, he is going to help us down the stretch. Can’t wait to get him back.

DawgB

June 21st, 2010
8:37 am

Andy@2:17 a.m….He had the day off and came in late in the game as a defensive replacement, when Glaus came out. Prado moved to first and Infante moved to LF. Hicks had come inas a pinch runner for Hinske and stayed in at 2nd base.

Ron H

June 21st, 2010
8:38 am

I sure don’t see a lot of Frank Wren bashing lately…just sayin’.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 21st, 2010
8:47 am

sounds like the writing is on the wall for KK- getting ready for bullpen action once JJ returns. yeah, it will be pretty sad to have a highly paid bullpen but lately, they’ve been worth every cent.

ATL Fan

June 21st, 2010
8:48 am

I’m not sure who the guy is, he played 3rd base and his number is 10, but whoever he is, he can play. Sign him up long term!

Scott

June 21st, 2010
9:00 am

I am very impress with the great young and new talent on the Braves roster this year . I see a bright future for the Braves in the coming years .Even after Bobby move up to a desk Job and Chipper retire .

Scizo Scotty

June 21st, 2010
9:01 am

I see my friend turkeycaller has shown up. From “Leave Bobby and take Chipper with you” to “Fun little team to watch for the past several weeks.”

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
9:23 am

Booby Cox@8:22am…, those other guys have played pretty well in Nate’s absense, so how will that shake out? is he still the starter, or a fill-in? this may have given him an opportunity to get straight in the head(slump-wise), and turn his season around, but does that mean melky goes back to the bench? Infante has been playing pretty well, espcially lately, so what happens?

Melky way

June 21st, 2010
9:50 am

Nate needs to be traded when he gets healthy.He is not needed,we have Jordan waiting in the wings,Blanco can fill in until he is ready. thats what I think.

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
10:05 am

It seems to me, that time is passing Jordan by. The longer it takes him to make it back, the less chance he has of claiming c.f. And the last time i checked, he wasn’t exactly knocking the cover off the ball. He’s been the next Andrew for at least 5 years now, but he just hasn’t gotten it done, up til’ now. There’s been a couple of hic-cups along the way, but great players overcome things like that. He’s no longer the next great thing, that would be Freddy.

GB

June 21st, 2010
10:14 am

DOB- Why is there no talk from the anyone about the next manager? I haven’t even heard any speculation from the announcers.

turkeycaller

June 21st, 2010
10:36 am

Scizo, I haven’t changed a bit. Still wish they weren’t in place to hinder this team. Have watched the Braves for 49 years and guess I will watch them whenever the hell I take a notion to. I’m a grown man, are YOU?

Johnny3Steps

June 21st, 2010
10:38 am

I knew Larry “Bones” Jones wasn’t ready for no “stickin’ rockin’ chair”…………………He is on fire again and plays like a mad man now

Schizo Scotty

June 21st, 2010
11:00 am

What does the rest of your post have to do with “being a man”? That was one of the dumbest posts I’ve seen in a while.

Schizo Scotty

June 21st, 2010
11:01 am

It’s sunny ouside. I’m a grown man, are YOU?

Schizo Scotty

June 21st, 2010
11:02 am

I don’t care for soccer. I’m a grown man, are YOU?

ATL Fan

June 21st, 2010
11:12 am

“I’m 40, I’m a man!!!”

Dwayne

June 21st, 2010
11:29 am

Next manager is terry pendleton, so says hank aaron. Braves are winning inspite of Booby and tp. wren is still average at best. Glaus came here because he did not have a better option. he has a performance based salary, which is good, so thats why wren gets an average grade. atl stayed in a pretty good slump hitting wise early, tp could not fix any of the bad hitters, they stopped listening to tp and started to hit. by the way, nate mcout is still listening to tp. you know how i know all this???

wjones

June 21st, 2010
11:29 am

Hearing this “I’m a man” stuff reminds me of a funny story inside a terrible experience of a friend of mine. His mother died, and he has a nephew who caused a lot of trouble years before when my friend’s father died. Well, the same scenario started happening at his mother’s death as they were planning the arrangements, to the point that my friend started having chest pains and had to be carried by ambulance to the hospital. Anyway, to the funny part. As the argument got heated, my friend said to his nephew something to the effect of “Start acting like a man, instead of a child”. To which the nephew replied, “Yeah? Well, I’m taller than YOU are!.” What a genius!

bigboi

June 21st, 2010
11:30 am

come after me!!!

Dwayne

June 21st, 2010
11:30 am

because i am 47, i am a man dammit!!!

Joshua

June 21st, 2010
11:50 am

Hey Turtsnap, before you go spouting off nonsense like KK wouldn’t be starting for any other top MLB team, maybe you should do a little research. If you did that, you would know that KK’s ERA is better than the #5 starters on EVERY division leading team in MLB, as well as every other contender that has a regular #5 starter. The teams whose #5 starter has a worse ERA than KK include:

Yankees
Rays
Red Sox
Cardinals
Padres
Phillies
Twins

So really your inane and uninformed comments are quite ludicrous. A 4.78 era is not at all bad, especially coming from your #5 starter. Just typical uninformed BS spouting off at the mouth.

Turtsnap

June 21st, 2010
11:56 am

Joshua, yep and I guess the paying customers are uninformed too…. Wonder how long excuses can be passed off. Sure were a lot of boos the last two starts before Bobby finally came out with the hook.

But you just go right along with your dream world there buddy.

Chip Shot

June 21st, 2010
11:58 am

is schafer going to be called up now that infante is back?

clay

June 21st, 2010
11:59 am

nice stat there joshua, im impressed. but I think you know just like everyone else he has to go to the bullpen when JJ comes back because Medlen is pitching out of his mind right now.

DawgDad

June 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

KK will likely get one more start. What do Braves do if he pitches well?

Braves have a lot of high priced people around to make the tough roster decisions. Hard to burn a starter because as soon as you do someone blows an arm out and you wear out your bullpen covering innings that should be pitched by a starter. But the Braves bullpen won yesterday’s game. If KK comes in in long relief instead of Martinez in a game like that then the Braves likely chalk one up in the loss column.

I think the plan was to have the Minor kid ready by mid-season, but that doesn’t seem to be panning out and it makes it harder to dump KK on the street. I don’t see how the Braves could move Medlen back to the pen under any circumstances; he’s getting deep into games and he’s far more valuable eating innings as a starter than pitching twice a week out of the pen. The mold for bullpen guys is to come in throwing smoke for as long as possible. I don’t see how KK fits the mold, and this is a team fighting for a championship or wild card where one loss could mean the difference between in or out. KK’s on the way out.

As for McLouth, have to plug him back into center field. If he comes back to form and Diaz comes back to effectively platoon with Hinkse then the Braves might have enough pop to sustain a run over the summer. McLouth has potential upside Cabrera lacks (what you see is what you get with Cabrera) in speed, power, and defense. If McLouth comes back and struggles around or under .200 his days are numbered. Let’s hope Nate just needs a little summer sun and heat to get going.

AppalachiaBrave

June 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

Hey Dave – What’s the deal with ESPN’s lack of respect for the Braves in first place? They talk more about the Mets and Phillies than they do about the 1st place Braves! Go Braves! Stick it to ‘um!

ynot

June 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

don’t worry. I’m sure when JJ comes back KK will no longer be in the rotation. Medlan seems to have gotten it together and claims the 5th spot.

hAL

June 21st, 2010
12:23 pm

june baby the gwinnet pitcher you speak of has already been brought up picthed in one game and is on the dl his names cris resop if ya want to check him out

hAL

June 21st, 2010
12:25 pm

where did that phils fan go that said he quarantted we would not be in first place about two weeks ago maybe hes on the muts blog telling them how they better watch there rear vieew mirror huh in mho the phils are the most overrated team in the last 20 years there bullpen in and of itself makes them pretenders not contenders

BUBBA GUMP

June 21st, 2010
12:30 pm

If Kawakami gets another start and blows it again……………I don’t see how you can keep a guy making that kind of money and screwing up momentum

JuneBaby

June 21st, 2010
12:37 pm

Thanks for the info on Chris Resop. the question now becomes; can he be reoptioned to Gwinnett when Saito and J.J. comes off the d.l.? Or do they leave him on the d.l. indefinitely? He was throwing pretty well there at one point. But too many pitchers is a good problem to have, because everyone always needs pitchers, esp. as the season wears on.

AL HRABOSKY

June 21st, 2010
1:13 pm

They will trade Resop.

Dwayne

June 21st, 2010
1:17 pm

I’m a Braves fan first, Phillies 2nd, but saying Philly is over rated isn’t true, they won the WS in 2008. When was the last Braves WS? 1995. They are still condenters. Hopefully, they get the wild card. I want the Braves to win the divsion, pennant and WS this year.

turkeycaller

June 21st, 2010
1:21 pm

Schizo, Hey punk you initiated my response. You seem to like to throw at somebody then go into spasms when it comes back at ya. And putting it back at ya is what you will get if you run that trap of yours at me. Just letting you know. Punk.

Ben in Albany

June 21st, 2010
1:43 pm

AppalachiaBrave “Hey Dave – What’s the deal with ESPN’s lack of respect for the Braves in first place?”

Do believe its time for ESPN to finally put that N on the front of their title. They truly are nothing more than a New England sports network. A full slate of Sunday games yesterday and they only show highlights of 3 games, all having to do with New England clubs except Marlins and AL East Rays. Hell they even list on their MLB headlines on their website, the last place Indians sending a pitcher down to the minors and nothing on the 1st place Braves winning their 5th straight. NESPN is a joke!!! unless you root for a New England sports team or if your team has won a championship in the last 12 months.

Rhino

June 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

Martinez looked awesome. Kawakami did not. I don’t think anyone’s wondering who is going back to the bullpen for Jair. Hopefully Kawa can figure out the bullpen because he wasn’t anything special in that role last year.

http://www.rhinorant.com

Bruce

June 21st, 2010
2:06 pm

Has anyone calculated the pitching matchups next week with the Nats? Some guy named Strasburg is supposed to pitch.

A fun summer

June 21st, 2010
2:53 pm

Glaus limped off the field in the 9th. Any idea on the injury?

Scizo Scotty

June 21st, 2010
2:59 pm

turkeycaller- You’ve been a Braves fan for 49 years? You act like you’re 12. I don’t know many old-man internet toughguys like yourself.

Darrin 'The Vent King"

June 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

I can’t believe how fun it is to watch this team. Hey, they may or may not win it all but their brand of baseball is a blast to watch and respect if you truly love the game. The small ball, the pitching, defense, hero-by-committee flair for the dramatic wins are what this game is supposed to have been about all this time. Really, the Braves are not the only ones in the MLB doing it, it’s becoming a trend, a good one I might add, that this Bravos squad truly gets. The do only what they can do and we as fans have to hope for the lucky breaks aka “opportunities” to keep presenting themselves. Right inow t feels like the old 14 Division Titles” days that we used to take for granted with one big difference- the Braves are manufacturing runs. Something Cox didn’t seem to be able to do or like this article says didn’t have the personnel to do it with. This is what the 14 Div Title” teams seemed to lack and hence lose early in the playoffs, but maybe not this team. They CAN manufacture runs. It’s fun to see and when the Braves are playing like this, it makes it a whole easier to wait on football season. And believe me that is NOT easy for me to say! GO BRAVES!!

Rhino

June 21st, 2010
4:00 pm

@Bruce- I have to say I don’t like the idea of facing Strasburg but it’s been fun to watch him pitch so far. Hopefully he exits early and the Braves can get to the Nationals bullpen!

@Darrin- I couldn’t agree with you more. This has been such a fun season so far! Can’t wait for some exciting games and runs down the stretch. Hopefully this team is playing well into football season!

http://www.rhinorant.com

Puto

June 21st, 2010
4:41 pm

@Turtsnap: Bobby is known for not criticizing players in public, so his comments should not surprise you at all.

dap01

June 21st, 2010
5:06 pm

I have started watching the sports highlight on Sport South. They actually cover baseball and not just Boston, NY and Philly.

Chuck

June 21st, 2010
5:30 pm

Great comment by Al Hrabosky. KK did go up against a parade of good pitchers, and with hot hitters out of the lineup. Conspiracy theorists need to get on that…

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 21st, 2010
6:25 pm

This team could go all the way. So could several other teams. They WILL make the playoffs. They are a fun- winning team. Easy to love. Fun baseball is back in the ATL.

AL HRABOSKY

June 21st, 2010
6:47 pm

A fun summer@253pm……..Jerome Javinawitch(or something like that) said on the post game show, that Glaus had cramps and it was nothing to worry about.

is30303

June 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

Got to love how KK is accountable for his record though. . .

is30303

June 21st, 2010
6:59 pm

Vent King: i agree, I always loved this brand of baseball. squeeze, steal, bunt.

you just can’t rely on homeruns post steroid testing.

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 21st, 2010
7:23 pm

is30303 explain screen name please…?

A fun summer

June 21st, 2010
9:14 pm

Thanks Al. That’s a big relief…

CaptainMudderland

June 22nd, 2010
8:35 am

This Braves team is quite special–why, these blokes will make the playoffs this year…provided they continue their outstanding series winning…it took me a while to adjust to the style, having seen so many consistent lapses over the past feww seasons…this team is for real–just something this old seadog feels!!! And, by all means, carry on my Heyward sons!

. Don

June 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Is it true that on all the teams in the Braves entire minor league system – that there are ONLY THREE players hitting over .300?

Joey M

June 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

I for one really hope the Braves don’t give up on Kawakami just yet. He seems to pitch better against better competition. Makes no sense to me. He 2-hit Toronto last year pitching against Halladay. He pitched 6 innings of no run baseball against Cincinnati and Arizona. Two teams that can go yard against anybody. Even 2 earned in 5 innings against Tampa Bay. He is not as bad as everybody is making him out to be. He is not pitching aggressive right now. He is not brushing people off the plate. He is trying to be too fine with his pitches. If McDowell sat down with KK and they watched some film on Greg Maddux, I believe KK would be a pitcher of two halves. He could have a season like Smoltz did in 1991. He started the season with a 2-11 mark. But he finished with a 12-2 set to finish with a 14-13 record. KK could very well be our horse in the making. He just needs to be aggressive.

Joey M

June 22nd, 2010
3:31 pm

30303 is a zip code.

Chris

June 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

Kawakami has only lost 3 more than Halladay :)

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