The wunderkind is in town: Strasburg vs. Braves

While we wait to hear a report on the MRI that Jason Heyward had this morning on his left thumb, let’s consider how compelling tonight’s matchup between the Braves and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg should will be even without Heyward.

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(In voice of Tony Montana:) Say hello to my little fastball....

(And yes, he’s out of the lineup. He’s had only Saturday and Sunday off, and Heyward seems intent on taking care of this thing as best he can this time, rather than just resting a couple of days. I’m guessing the MRI will show he has a strained ligament, but nothing more severe than that. Just a guess, though. And if that’s the injury, it could linger all season until he gets a long rest in the winter.)

There will surely be a lot of epic matchups between Heyward and Strasburg later this season and for years to come, as arguably the two highest-profile rookies to come along play on teams that will face each other 18-19 times a season.

But for tonight, the Braves will face the Nationals wunderkind without Heyward. And they still seem a little more suited to having some success against him than the other four teams that have faced Strasburg to date.

The hard-throwing right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and .202 opponents’ average in four starts, and has 41 strikeouts – a big-league record for a pitcher’s first four starts – against just five walks and 19 hits allowed in 25-1/3 innings.

Before we go any further, it should be noted that the other half of tonight’s strong pitching matchup is Tim Hudson, who’s having an All-Star caliber season for the Braves, with a 7-3 record, 2.54 ERA and remarkably steady performances.

And the Nationals know quite well what Hudson can do: He’s 8-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 career starts against them, including 7-0 with a 1.62 ERA in past 10.

As for Strasburg, as Chipper Jones pointed out yesterday, all of America has scouted the guy because of the saturation-level coverage of every start he’s made since his last couple of starts in the minors.

Tonight’s game was picked up for a national broadcast on ESPN2.

It should be noted about Strasburgh, all five of his walks came in one game at Cleveland when the big kid was slipping when his front foot landed on a mound that was in bad shape and coming apart beneath him.

In his other three games, he has a staggering 33 strikeouts with no walks in 20 innings. Yes, folks, you’re going to witness something special tonight.

If ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and the proliferation of Internet and other coverage had been around when Dwight Gooden was a rookie, I think it would have been similar coverage for Doc. But I can’t think of another pitcher who’s come along since and been quite this spectacular.

Count me among those who figured he’d have trouble living up to the hype right out of the chute. Count me among those who were wrong. Strasburg’s performance has lived up to and even surpassed the hype.

In his two starts since that five-walk Cleveland game, he’s posted a 1.38 ERA with 19 strikeouts and no walks in 13 innings. He has an 0-1 record in those two games against the White Sox and Royals, because his team scored a total of one run while he was in for those 13 innings.

He’s made right-handed batters look particularly bad. These are cartoonish numbers: 8-for-47 (.170) with one walk and 26 strikeouts. That’s what right-handed hitters have done against him.

Lefties have fared a little better at 11-for-47 (.234) with two homers, four walks and 15 strikeouts, and a .677 OPS that’s a great deal better than the absurd .358 OPS that righty hitters have posted against Strasburg.

As you all are aware, the Braves have hit much better against right-handed hitters than lefties this season, despite the offseason addition of righty slugger Troy Glaus.

I suspect those numbers will start to even out now that Chipper is starting to hit and Brian McCann is hitting so much better; McCann hit his first homer off a lefty pitcher a few days ago.

I’ll bet you guys didn’t know that Braves hitters have a league-high 170 strikeouts against lefty pitchers. I didn’t until I stumbled upon that stat just now.

The Braves’ .243 average against lefties is tied for the fourth-lowest in the NL and their .347 slugging percentage against lefties is the second-lowest.

Resurgent Chipper Jones takes 10-game hitting streak into tonight's game

Resurgent Chipper Jones takes 10-game hitting streak into tonight's game

But against righties, whole ‘nother story. The Braves have the third-highest average (.268) and are slugging a solid .415.

And here’s the important part, potentially, against Strasburg: The Braves’ 333 walks are more than 50 above than the next-highest total in the NL, and that includes a league-best 235 walks and .354 OBP against righties.

Granted, this is no normal righty. But the Braves have shown all season that they can work pitchers as well as any NL team, and they’ve made it a priority most nights to try to get the opposing starter’s pitch count up early, to get into the bullpen.

It’ll be a tall order to do that against Strasburg, but they’re going to try.

“To be honest with you, it’s another game, another pitcher,” Braves 2B Martin Prado said of facing Strasburg. “I know he’s got good stuff. He has shown that he’s one of the best pitchers right now in the National League. But we just have to come the same way, play hard and go 100 percent.”

“You’re going to see a lot of young guys with amazing stuff. But it’s the same game, and for me I just feel like we’re going to come and battle…. I mean, everybody’s talking about it. I’m just going to come to the field and do what I do.”

And why wouldn’t he say that? All Prado is doing is leading the NL with a .334 batting average (16 points ahead of Placido Polanco), leading the NL with a .342 average against right-handers, and leading the majors with a .396 average in home games (19 points ahead of Kansas City’s David DeJesus, second at .377).

Strasburg can’t stop slide: The Nationals are 2-10 with a .213 batting average and an average of fewer than 3 runs scored in their past 12 games.

Then again, the Braves are only 2-4 with a .218 batting average in their past six, albeit three against the sizzling White Sox, who finally lost a game Sunday.

Big Donkey in town: Nats first baseman Adam Dunn has hit .281 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in June, and for the season he’s hitting .291 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 39 road games, with a .980 OPS.

Dunn, however, hasn’t been getting it done with runners in scoring position. To say the least. He’s 14-for-71 (.197) with RISP, including 2-for-32 with 16 strikeouts in those situations with two outs.

Chipper’s resurgence: In 10 games since the story broke that he was meeting with Braves officials to discuss possibly retiring at season’s end, Chipper Jones has gone 14-for-36 (.389) with three doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs, and a 1.091 OPS. Oh, and a 10-game hitting streak.

Before that he hit .228 with three homers, 22 RBIs and a .716 OPS in 51 games.

Against the Nats, Jones has hit .342 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in his past 63 games, with a 1.046 OPS.

FYI: After Tommy Hanson’s second consecutive rough start on Sunday, Braves’ starting pitchers rank ninth in the NL with a 4.01 ERA…. Prado’s .358 average in June is the sixth-highest in the NL, while Heyward’s .181 is the NL’s third-lowest…. Yunel Escobar now has the lowest slugging percentage (.289) among NL lineup regulars. Escobar has hit .248 without a homer run in 310 at-bats and 89 games since Aug. 3, 2009. He’s 5-for-28 with no extra-base hits or RBIs in his past 10 games.

♣Alright, gotta get to the ballpark. Set the DVRs tomorrow night, Rescue Me season premiere followed by Louie series premiere (with the hilarious Louis C.K.) on FX. Oh, and if you haven’t heard The Roots‘ new CD, How I Got Over, you gotta try it. It’s tremendous.

We’ll close with a cut by the Arcade Fire. If you’ve missed these guys and don’t believe great music’s been made in the past decade, do yourselves a favor and check ‘em out. They’ve got a new album coming out soon, but this is off their last album Neon Bible. Here’s this song in album version, and here’s a great video of them doing it live. (I saw them several years ago with The National in Atlanta, and the all-hands-on-deck Arcade Fire show was one of the best live shows I’ve seen in a decade. You can probably get some idea why from the video.

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“KEEP THE CAR RUNNING” by Arcade Fire

Every night my dream’s the same

Same old city with a different name

Men are coming to take me away

I don’t know why, but I know I can’t stay

There’s a weight that’s pressing down

Late at night you can hear the sound

Even the noise you make when you sleep

Can’t swim across a river so deep

They know my name cause I told it to them

But they don’t know where and they don’t know

When it’s coming, when it’s coming

There’s a fear I keep so deep

Knew its name since before I could speak

Aaaaah Aaaaah Aaaaah Aaaaah

They know my name cause I told it to them

But they don’t know where and they don’t know

When its coming, oh when but its coming

Keep the car running

If some night I don’t come home

Please don’t think I’ve left you alone

The same place animals go when they die

You can’t climb across a mountain so high

The same city where I go when I sleep

You can’t swim across a river so deep

They know my name cause I told it to them

But they don’t know where

And they don’t know

When it’s coming, oh when is it coming?

Keep the car running

Keep the car running

Keep the car running

1,940 comments Add your comment

North Dakota Brave

June 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

Didn’t know that about the mound in the game against Cleveland…that’s interesting. I figured it was just because Cleveland’s the only team he’s faced that isn’t seemingly allergic to taking walks. I think the Braves will work him tonight…get him into the stretch more often than he’s used to. He’ll get his strikeouts, but I’ll be surprised if he gets through six innings. Combine that with Hudson’s dominance of the Nats and Washington’s general stinkitude, and I smell a Braves victory, 4-1.

Bartholomeeeew (Bat) Masterson

June 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

I was thinking there might be a 150 inning ceiling for Medlen, but Hanson increased his innings pitched last year by 66. Who knows.

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Prado 2B, 2. Cabrera RF, 3. Chipper 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Escobar SS, 8. Blanco CF, 9. Hudson RH

North Dakota Brave

June 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

sweet, great bloggage DOB… let’s go get ‘em tonight braves!

Fire Frank Wren

June 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Braves versus Strasburg and Mets pitching their 5 and 0 knuckle baller versus the Fish. Could Braves wake up in second place? Get all those new 2010 foam fingers out for tonights game.

Dave

June 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

METS MADNESS

June 28th, 2010
3:11 pm

It seems to me that the American League plays a more attacking brand of offensive baseball. Everyone of thier at bats are a hard fought.

Gary

June 28th, 2010
3:11 pm

Escobar’s inability to hit with power is becoming troublesome.

METS MADNESS

June 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

R.A. Dickey is 6-0

Plenty of K's !

June 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Even though I to believe the Braves may have a good outing against the kid, I’ll bet ya the farm the Braves will have double digits strikeouts against him if he goes six. Why? Simply because the Braves ALWAYS seem to wiff A LOT when they face strikeout pitchers. Heck they sometimes wiff a lot against pitchers who AREN’T strikeout pitchers.

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

I’m of the inclination that the AL has dominated the NL lately because the AL has a larger share of the high payrolls, and the smart management. The Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels all use their money pretty wisely, and teams like Minnesota and Oakland tend to overplay their salaries. The NL’s highest payroll teams (Mets and Cubs) are seemingly run by kindergartners in recent years.

TnBrian

June 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

With Heyward’s long legs you figure he’d think of nothing else but sliding into a base feet first.

Snotboogieeee

June 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

Nice. Lets get to Strasburg tonight. Even ESPN says this will be Strasburg’s sternest test – we are the NL East Leading Braves after all. It’s going to be exciting and as long as Huddy stays his course we can win.

Bay Area Steve

June 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

Darn right, I want the report, scoots.

Tell me we got more for my favorite pitcher last year than Melky Frickin’ Cabrera.

And, I know I whine too much here on the ol’ MIB. But, I really think it would add a lot if folks automatically reported stuff from games they’ve attended. Now the big-team games we can see, but even those reports I appreciate. But the minors stuff, I think should be required (and is why I appreciate richbrave so much, though he is culling stats). I’ve never seen any of these guys, unless they make it to Atlanta, or play in the Futures game, or some random MILB-TV game (they’re showing California league games on cable here). With all the nonsense, and waste of blog space here, I think we could find the room. And, I think if you blog here, and you attend games, isn’t it only natural to tell us what you think?

JT Grace

June 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

It would be nice to see Escobar get his first HR against the great Strasburg tonight.

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

TnBrian, I really think it should start at a young age. Kids as young as T-ball should be taught never to slide head first. I know some have this philosophy, but it needs to be adopted universally. You can’t fault Heyward for doing something that is a natural instinct because he hasn’t been forced to do differently.

Ever since Pete Rose, sliding head first has been the epitome of “hustle” and “playing the right way”, but in reality it’s usually dangerous and probably even counterproductive.

bravos2249

June 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

Do you really think Strasburg is going to be a Nat for the next few years. Yeah, kid’s got future Yankee/Red Sox all over him. :)

TnBrian

June 28th, 2010
3:17 pm

“R.A. Dickey is 6-0″

Yep, that’ll last because all 37 year olds having their first ever success in MLB go on to become All Stars for years and years.

Dimitri Young

June 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

“He’s made right-handed batters look particularly bad. These are cartoonish numbers: 8-for-47 (.170) with one walk and 26 strikeouts. That’s what right-handed hitters have done against him.” -DOB

Them’s high school numbers!

dougsbreggy

June 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

listening to some live classic Cars tracks (Ben Orr singing), worth a listen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivtI10XpBwc&feature=watch_response

I pray my mlb.tv works well tonight so I can see what the second coming of the good Doctor looks like.. hmm, time for our lefties (HOSS, Hinske, McHunny) to have HUGE nights

richbrave

June 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Plenty of K's !

June 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Dicky is like the Braves pitcher two years ago who had a decent year….. ah heck…..the Mexican guy….SEE! These out from behind the bushes guys really last dont they? I can’t even remember his name! Bad arm last year….finally released him.

Crime Dog

June 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Jorge Campillo.

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

I’ve thought about the All-Star thing for Strasburg. Let me preface by saying I don’t think he will be selected as an All-Star. But should he be on the team? It depends on your philosophy on the game.

If you’re in the camp that says the All-Star Game is a reward for players having great seasons, to showcase them in an exhibition, then I think it is clear that Strasburg hasn’t done enough to justify being on the team.

If you think the All-Star game is all about the fans and giving them something entertaining, then it’s debatable. Certainly the fans in Washington would want it, but I’m not so sure about everyone else. I bet most people would, like those here, opine about a rookie with five starts making it, but would be absolutely glued to their TVs if it happened.

But if you’re in the camp that says the All-Star game counts, and you want home field advantage in the World Series, I think you should actually consider having Strasburg on the team. Could you imagine him coming into the 8th or 9th inning with an NL lead? I’d take him over just about anyone else there.

In summary, I still think I’m in that first camp, but I’m darn tempted to be in that third one, especially since the Braves are in contention.

bigchieeeeeeeeeeeeefrg

June 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

Great lead off song there DOB. Oh, and fell in love with The Black Keys this weekend. Liked them before but may be my favorite right now. The newest album Brothers is ridiculous.

Just wondering though, where do you get your upcoming music release news from?

Fire Frank Wren

June 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

Mets Madness, is Beltran back tonight? Brian for SC, Phillies have higher payroll than Mets.

Joe Don't Go Squad

June 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Initial report on Heyward MRI is a strained ligament where it attaches to the bone. No surgery required, can play when tolerable for him, but problem could linger until he gets extended rest in offseason.

This from a person familiar with the situation who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly until after Braves make an announcement later.

dougsbreggy

June 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

Brian SC – given that the mlb AS game is today’s mtv/vh1 equivalent of the “Casey Kassum top 10″ prettiest boy competition etc, then the Nats kid should get in easily…. I THINK Tex lead the AL 1B voting at one stage when his average was below Melky’s and very near the Mendoza

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Thanks for the lineup and new Blog, Chief!

In his other three games, he has a staggering 33 strikeouts with no walks in 20 innings. Yes, folks, you’re going to witness something special tonight.

ICK!

I suspect those numbers will start to even out now that Chipper is starting to hit and Brian McCann is hitting so much better

Yeah! The storm is coming!! :twisted:

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

I’ve watched several of Straw’s starts and I’m looking forward to this one. I’m not sure if his walks will go significantly up. From what I’ve seen it hasn’t really been a case of hitters expanding the zone on him. It has largely been the case of pin-point accuracy with 100mph pitch followed by a 70mph pitch. I still like the Braves chances. Hudson is on the mound. The Nats have no offense any way…

Go Braves!

RunHeeeeeeeeeepRun

June 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Lets hope the DOB jinx makes an appearance in spectacular HD tonight. :D

Bay Area Steve

June 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

The Strasburg/All Star debate is a good one. And Brian from SC sums it up well. And, in reading his post, I’m probably in the camp three, that says the game counts. Now I’ve only seen the first start, so I can’t say he is one of the top pitchers, but if he is, he should be there.

But, ultimately, I don’t care. I haven’t watched the game in forever, though it’ll be hard to not watch if J-Zilla and MartyP are playin’. I guess what I’m sayin’ is I really wish Braveheart would post his annual “Who the heck cares about the All Star Game” diatribe. Because, who the heck cares?

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

Big difference, dougsbreggy…position players like Tex are voted on by the fans, while pitchers are selected by managers, players, and coaches. If it was a fan vote for pitchers, yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if Strasburg won.

jt

June 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

DOB- if they send him to the minors (and not play him) for a couple of weeks would that stop the arbitration clock?

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

abwright [Timmy] was arguing with the imps and clearly very angry.

I don’t know if that’s a typo or not, but either way, I love it! :lol:

Plenty of K's !

June 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

thanks for the report, DOB. I don’t make the decisions, but I would think they should sit Heyward a couple more days and at least try to figure out something to do to perhaps alieviate some of the pain when swinging….. now that they know the problem is going to be there for the rest of the season.

Mitchell

June 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

I’m not going to say I think we’ll lose tonight. But I’m just not so sure we’re going to win.

We are 2-4 in our last six games so my hopes are not particularly high. I fear we might be saying bye-bye to first place before the night is over.

Gosh, if I can’t say anything positive, why must I say anything at all? Haven’t figured that out yet.

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Thanks for the info on Heyward, DOB!

dougsbreggy

June 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Brian SC – ty, I did not know that about the pitchers because as BAS stated, who cares about the AS game, but seriously if the kid is a top 10 pitcher he should go, it is for the home field advantage for crissakes, thanks for the info…. I suspect Huddy should be there then

Jo-Bu

June 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Advantage: Braves. If the Nats keep Strasburg on a 60 pitch count leash, we can get into thier bullpen in the 7th or 8th inning and start tagging the Nats.

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

Interesting info DOB. From what I’ve read a “strain” is an injury to a muscle or tendon, while a “sprain” is to a ligament. And due to the type of injury and resulting analysis, I would put this at a Grade II Sprain.

I had a grade III sprain in my thumb last year. It required immobilization of the hand.

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

jt, there’s a minimum number of days you have to have him down in the minors to make that happen. I don’t remember the number off the top of my head, but I know it’s probably prohibitive…maybe 30 days or something like that.

Bay Area Steve

June 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

They’ve only been letting him throw 60, Jo-Bu? That can’t be right, can it?

CB

June 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

Mitchell,if it will make you feel better there are a lot of us who agree you shouldn’t say anything at all.

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Found it…it’s 20 days, jt. I don’t think the Braves would want to go that route.

RunHeeeeeeeeeepRun

June 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Let me preface by saying I don’t think he will be selected as an All-Star.

I’d bet most anything that he will.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

BAS, I don’t mind telling you what I think, you know that, LOL. Here’s the thing: I’m not even sure my own self about what I think of a kid until I’ve seen him from one year to the next. You never know if you’ve just seen the best game the kid is ever going to play, and that doesn’t exactly give you a good basis for an opinion.

In any event, Vizcaino, impressions off a single look. Big arm. Big, big, big arm. Arm strength is his best asset, I’m guessing. Fastball did not appear to have much movement, from where I sat, but seemed to have some explosion at the end. My bet is that he had his good fastball that night, because he was getting it right on by. A hard breaking ball that looked like a curveball, whether he calls it that or not. An eezy-peezy mid-70s curve he threw, also. Flashed one superb changeup, the rest were meh, threw maybe a half-dozen or so of those. Decent command for a 19-year-old (that is, he hit the glove a little more often than not, LOL). Worked all four quadrants, but hard to tell off one game if that was by design or not. Can’t tell you about his composure, he didn’t have any trouble to get out of, LOL.

Cons, to me, were that he didn’t user his lower half all that much, and he looks as if he’s got some of those tree-trunk legs going to waste. I thought he finished a little stiff, which might explain why he didn’t get much plane on his heater. He looks fairly developed physically, so I don’t know how much projectibility his frame has (he already has pretty good size, though).

I liked him. I’d say he was throwing 94-95 the whole game, and I bet that he could get some more gas with those hips and legs. Lack of movement is the only worrisome thing.

One other thing: he wasn’t skeered, LOL. He came out ready at pitch one and kept the pedal down.

Brian from SC

June 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

No, Strasburg has been in the 90s in his pitch count so far.

UKUGA

June 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

60, 90, what difference does it make?

RunHeeeeeeeeeepRun

June 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

:lol: I love when the blog doctors come out.

nemov

June 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think we’ve seen the last of “great Heyward” this season. If that thumb was going to get better, it would have improved over the course of the last month.

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

I was gonna say, “60 pitch leash? Then how’s he gettin’ all those, [gulp]…K’s?” But I see from Brian from SC that he’s thrown more than that…

chris

June 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

well with the news on heyward. that pretty much tells the tale on the braves season unless something happens with some trades. heyward is not gonna be very productive with that thumb hurting. it’s not gonna go away, unless he’s on the disabled list or maybe umm, lets see…..a CORTISONE SHOT. but that would be too easy since he can play through the pain and groundout to the 2nd baseman every at bat.

Jo-Bu

June 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

No, Strasburg has been in the 90s in his pitch count so far.

K. I still think our plate dicipline will get his counts up to around 90 pitches by 6th or 7th. But the thing about this kid is that he can put a lot of late bend on the ball above 95 MPH. he’ll get his Ks but I think we’ll be getting a few base on balls. And too, I don’t think he’ll pitch a complete game for them so we should have at least 6 outs to do something with.

CraZyTRaDeMaN

June 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

nemov….I think your limb is going to break. I hope its not to high!!!!

Gary

June 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

Put Heyward on the DL now! Give him some time to rest that thumb.

gobraves

June 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

i would rest heyward until after the all star break and keep my fingers crossed i would much rather have him healthy for the last half of the season

Turk 182

June 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

No hitter tonight folks. Set your DVR’s.

Merle Haggard's guitar

June 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Heyward needs to skip All Star break but what player in their right mind would actually do that. Get a seriod shot and sit out another day or two. then hope for a very little activity during the break. Also DOB, found a great Q place in Muscle Shoals (close to the swamp rat’s hole) called Gibson Family BBQ. they have a white sauce for the chicken the will make your tongue slap the roof of your mouth. gotta go!

gobraves

June 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

i think prado will knock out your no hitter in the first..

Crime Dog

June 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

From DOB:
No surgery required, can play when tolerable for him, but problem could linger until he gets extended rest in offseason.

From Gary:
Put Heyward on the DL now! Give him some time to rest that thumb.

Hooray for reading comprehension!

CraZyTRaDeMaN

June 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

I could see once Diaz and McLouth come back the Braves putting Heyward on 15 day just to give his thumb some extended rest. It would also give them a chance to see what Diaz and Mclouth could do. There play could make deadline decisions much easier for FW.

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

Turk182 No hitter tonight folks. Set your DVR’s.

Timmy’s gonna throw a no-hitter?? Heck yeah, I’ll set my DVR…

METS MADNESS

June 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

Brian from SC —– I don’t know about the Cubs but the Mets have a winning record in interleague games…….. Fire Frank Wren —– No, Beltran is still doing his rehab games. I don’t think he’ll be back for a few weeks.

monty

June 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

I could certainly see 6-IP,2H,12K’s,2BB,0-Runs. Let’s hope Huddy does his job and we’ll play from the 7th inning on. Hope Braves can make him throw some pitches. But I would hate to have an 0-2 count and thinking fastball and getting that whiffle ball curve. Yikes!

Mitchell

June 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

Talk about negative. Great news about Heyward. That sure gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

By the way, we all know Linda Cohn is a Mets homer but did anybody see her reporting of the game yesterday on the pre-Baseball Tonight SportsCenter? That was absolutely beyond the pale. Her unprofessionalism has entered into uncharted territories and descended into depths rarely visited. I mean, for real. It’s not even funny anymore.

They were showing the clip of Leyland getting thrown out over the call at first and as LC understood it, he was still upset about “that terrible call to end the game yesterday.”

I mean, I know those people are all a bunch of Yankees-Red Sox, LeBron, Kobe, Lakers, Jeter homers but that is totally crossing the line. I’m not one to really get worked over that kind of stuff but that just should not be allowed to happen. She can be a Mets fan and a Braves hater. Whatever. But that was offensive. Who the F do they think they’re kidding? It’s truly BSPN.

Gary

June 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

Crime Dog:

I’m aware of what he posted. I’m of the opinion that any kind of rest we can give him is a good thing.

Glen W

June 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

McFann (3:51) I was looking for the like button on that one.

Snotboogieeee

June 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

I’m not one to really get worked over that kind of stuff

That would be a first! :shock:

RC

June 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

Mitchell,

For what it’s worth, it really was a terrible call to end the game. Braves announcers admitted as much on the air.

The buried lead in your post though: Linda Cohn is still on SportsCenter?!?!?! Thought she went off the air years ago.

RunHeeeeeeeeeepRun

June 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

I like how a 38 year old Chipper is a wimp when he sits out with a sore finger that is hindering his play but a 20 year old Heyward needs to shut it down and rest his thumb until after the ASB so he can be 100% again.

Mitchell

June 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

<i.CB

June 28th, 2010
3:38 pm
Mitchell,if it will make you feel better there are a lot of us who agree you shouldn’t say anything at all.

One of these days CB. But hey, I took the entire winter off. Don’t you remember?

Was it everything you hoped it would be?

Jimmy Joe

June 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Heyward will just continue to struggle for the forseeable future. How about a DL trip? Two weeks might do him good.

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

Glen M.

Haha! Thanks! :P

McFann 1 Ô Ô

June 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

RunHeeeeeeapRun

Me, too. Great stuff.

:roll:

RunHeeeeeeeeeepRun

June 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Mitchell – you need to not let what other people say bother you so much. Linda Cohn? Really?

gobraves

June 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

mitchell i gave up on espn when they had tony cornhole doing monday night football….espn is a joke now. i used to watch espn everyday i no longer watch it at all. they have way to many people that really know little about the sports they are talking about. i would hope when more people like you are over it they will change the format back to real sports reporting. its more about athletes personal lives than sports. i cant stand it

Redstick19

June 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Braves have a starting outfield three of Melky, Blanco and Hinske. I don’t know if I can find words to describe how nervous that makes me. All three of those guys should – and would – be the 4th OF on most MLB clubs. Ouch. Just ouch. I hope Wren is using his rollover minutes…

monty

June 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Really ashame for Heyward, was definitely the lead horse for the ROY. But he also was “clutch.” Some won’t like that term, but he was. That definitely hurts our chances to some degree. Need some one else to step up.

Bay Area Steve

June 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Thank you, scoots.

And, I can’t wait to read Jeff321’s summary of a Mississippi game, you know, to compare. I suspect yours’ll hold up well.

And, sir, three words: Digital Video Recorder. How can you be missing games? I watched yesterdays at 1:00 this morning. (Though, the fast-forward button was gettin’ a workout those last five innings.)

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

I knew I wasn’t mistaken. I’m no medical doctor but this leaked injury to Heyward is fishy… strains are for muscles and tendons… Perhaps the whole event is a typo. Couple more posts on the matter and I’ll feel satisfied.

GTSteve

June 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

nemov

June 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

Did you mean to say “go out on a limb” when talking about a limb…if you did that was clever

Redstick19

June 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

… and that’s not anything personally against any of those guys. I absolutely love Hinske and Melky’s personalities. In my opinion, however, they just are not everyday starter material.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

And, sir, three words: Digital Video Recorder. How can you be missing games?

Hey, If I don’t have time to watch ‘em live, what makes you think I’ll have time to do so later, LOL? I wish.

CB

June 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Mitchell,you should know that you also don’t bother me nearly as much as the haters on the team. You are obviously a passionate Braves fan, but maybe just a little excitable and quick to get upset. Just a little? You will be calmer as you grow wiser.

Mitchell

June 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

I couldn’t agree more that it was a terrible call. Well, maybe a regrettable call on the umps part but who am I to hold it against him?

But I’m starting to think it’s the SC producers who should be called out. You have to be more professional than that. They should not let the anchors get away with that stuff.

It was just totally overboard. It makes you wonder who’s guiding the ship.

Seamen.

Efrim

June 28th, 2010
4:05 pm

scoots, you saw Arodys? Nice. Great recap. Much appreciated.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Braves have a starting outfield three of Melky, Blanco and Hinske. I don’t know if I can find words to describe how nervous that makes me.

I don’t know that “nervous” quite captures my attitude about that litle factoid. :-)

Bay Area Steve

June 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Live = 180 minutes

DVR = 100 minutes (without missing a pitch).

Think of it as just good time management. And, bonus: you hear far less of Chip Caray.

nemov

June 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Good catch GTSteve

ncscoots

June 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

Efrim, you seeing anybody up there who is catching your eye?

ncscoots

June 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

Yessir, Mr. BAS, will do, sir, I’ll get right on that, LOL.

Mitchell

June 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

I’m perfectly calm CB. I just like to rock the boat sometimes, you know. No pun intended of course.

I sure hope Chipper can captain the Braves to a win tonight.

Catch ya later.

Redstick19

June 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

ncscoots

yeah, maybe I used the wrong word there. But I am pretty sure our starting OF brings a smile to the face of Mr. Strasburg. Yikes, let’s at least TRY to make him earn it.

JEB

June 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Please don’t misinterpret this comment…
I have watched Strasburg pitch 2 games and he HAS some nasty movement to go along with high 90’s to 100mph fast ball, but… he has pitched against Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Royals, White Sox, only ONE of those teams are serious contenders, and he lost to that team because of no run support (we know which one – we lost a series to them).
I am interested in seeing what he does against the real contenders, Braves, Mets, Phillies, etc.
I think that is the true test for him. No doubt he is GOOD, but the best get pressed against these teams!

Duke

June 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Im thinking we get at least four runs off the kid. We are probably as prepared as we can be after facing Verlander. That tends to help when you face guys that throw 100MPH on back to back nights. The eye is a little more ready for what is coming and timing should be on.

Mark it down

knarf

June 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

thanks for the update on the kid… good to hear it’s what most expected and only a ligament strain. Unfortunately, as you pointed out, it’s one of those things that’s not really going to heal until the extended rest of an offseason, but hopefully he’ll be able to play through it. Perhaps more than a couple days off right now will at least help a bit. As Heyward himself pointed out, it’s really effecting his swing, and we’re gonna need that pretty swing down the stretch.

As for the music selection, thumbs up for Arcade Fire… I saw them for the first time in 2005 with the Decemberists in Central Park… superbly talented musicians, truly amazing show (and David Bowie came out for the encore to boot!). Though personally, I would’ve gone with something from Funeral… such an amazing album from start to finish, easily one of my top 5 of the last decade, no doubt.

Dumbfound

June 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

@ Mitchell, not to mention she’s very unattractive.

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