Braves comments after 7-2 loss on Tuesday

MARTIN PRADO

On Stammen

“He I faced him a couple years ago and he didn’t throw that cutter. Now he started throwing that cutter. It’s working for him and unfortunately we get the loss.”

On a letdown after Strasburg

“It’s not that. You feel like every pitcher has a different approach. It’s not about who’s throwing 100 and who’s the best pitcher. Every single pitcher comes to play against us. We’re in first place. They’re trying to play hard against us.”

On JJ’s return

“That’s a plus for us. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for us.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Stammen

“He pounded the bottom of the zone, changed speeds, and kept us off-balance really from the start,” McCann said.

On coming off Monday’s high

“It’s not hard. It’s what we get paid to do, come out here and play. Everybody was up. You just tip your hat. He pitched a great game. He worked in, he worked out. He very rarely missed up. When he was ahead in the count, he buried all his pitches. You tip your hat to him. He really pitched a great game, and you move on.”

On Lowe’s two-out pitch to Zimmerman

“It was a good pitch. It was down-and-away, probably off the plate a little bit too. I don’t even think he knew that he hit it because he stood in the box for a minute (thinking) he fouled it down the right field line. He hit the sweet spot and hit a double. Two-seamer down and away right where he wanted to pitch it, had movement. Zimmerman is a good hitter. He can take a pitch two three inches off the plate and hit it a long ways.”

DEREK LOWE

On his outing

“I was not as sharp as I would have liked, a lot of deep counts. You’ve got to give them credit. They came out pitched well. Zimmerman was the biggest hit of the game. We executed the way we hoped, sinker away, he did a good job of not trying to pull it, going the other way and then Gonzalez had an excellent night. All in all not a very good game, but come back tomorrow. I think a lot of guys are anxious to see JJ back on the mound. It’s been a while and I know he’ll be excited to get back out there.”

On any change in momentum

“I think it was a game that we’ll quickly forget and come back tomorrow and try to get back on our winning ways.”

As for his own ways…

“There’s no trying to analyze it and figure it out. It wasn’t the sharpest game and they took advantage of it. You’re not leaving here trying to figure things out; you’re well past that. It’s just a game that you weren’t as sharp as you’d like to be. Forget about it. I’ve got two more starts against division rivals, so talk about it now, forget about it and look forward to your next two.”

BOBBY COX

On Lowe’s outing

“Three of the base hits were soft line drives, the rest of them were groundballs. He pitched a pretty darn good game. He walked Guzman to lead off that inning, that’s the only flaw in his game tonight, to be honest with you. Zimmerman hit a pretty decent pitch. Otherwise he threw the ball good, just got victimized by the groundballs and we couldn’t hold them for one of the few times this year.”

31 comments Add your comment

Mathman

June 29th, 2010
11:32 pm

The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks

June 29th, 2010
11:48 pm

Just this one time, I actually agree with Cox’s “sugarcoat.” I thought Lowe did better than his line. I don’t worry about him that much any more. I expect he’ll be a decent, overpaid #4 quality starter till the end of his contract. Worse things have happened.

Mitchell

June 29th, 2010
11:58 pm

BOBBY COX

On Lowe’s outing

“Three of the base hits were soft line drives, the rest of them were groundballs. He pitched a pretty darn good game.

Dear God, no.

Make it stop.

JohnSmith

June 30th, 2010
12:18 am

Oh, you leave that kind old man alone.

Glaus that laid a golden egg

June 30th, 2010
12:19 am

Are there any Sabermetricians out there who can provide the Braves record on days when David O’Brien covers the teams compared with their record on DOB days off? Nonetheless love the post game comments, win or lose, O’brien or otherwise. Thanks AJC. Go Bravos!

shmoe

June 30th, 2010
1:04 am

01HAWK

June 30th, 2010
6:59 am

DLOWE……………………………………………. 4.53 ERA. What a joke for 15 million per year, Can not wait til he is gone. He is bullpen material. How bad is he ? Can not trade him unless you do what the CUBS will have to do with Carlos Zambrano, which is pay all of his salary just to get rid of him.

Starting rotation should be:

JJ
HANSON
MEDLEN
HUDSON
VENTERS

BULLPEN:

DLOWE
KAWACRUMMY
MOYLAN
SAITO
WAGNER
OFLAHERTY
MARTINEZ

I hope CHAVEZ is sent down when JJ comes up today.

Let's Go

June 30th, 2010
7:04 am

Peter Moylan Stinks. If the Braves are going to stay at or near the top in the NL east they have to fix the bullpen because unless the starter can go 7 or 8 they have no chance.

Peachtree John

June 30th, 2010
7:49 am

And what is wrong with pitchers going 9 innings today? I know, times are different, but why? Why can’t pitchers train to go 9 innings?
These Braves make one lean towards thinking that they are special. Here’s to them shaking off a loss once in 10 games and bouncing back for another 10 game run.
Thanks for the encouraging year……so far.

Roseman

June 30th, 2010
8:09 am

If I hear that “Tip your cap” remark one more time…how about “our approaches at the plate were not very good”. Would that not be more accurate?

tom

June 30th, 2010
8:27 am

aside from WL KK has better numbers than Lowe for the most part. KK now in pen when does the campaign top have lowe put in pen begin?

Kentavo

June 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Yeah, how about, our no. 2-hole hitter swung at the first pitch with the bases loaded, grounding out to kill the rally, after the previous batter walked on 4 straight balls.

DaveinNEPA

June 30th, 2010
9:27 am

And once again Bobby Cox tries to make a manure pile sound like a pot of gold.

hAL

June 30th, 2010
9:47 am

you guyas all know so much after the fact too fin stupid to know that real desions are made before things happen typical atlanta rave against greatness like cox and promote jokes who arent close to ready for prime time

hAL

June 30th, 2010
9:50 am

by the way you stat freals maybe compare dlowes recent starts to your young gun hanson i dont think dlowe gave up 17 and 14 hits in his last too if you want to see pathetic thats 31 hits in about 13 inngs now thats pathetic

ijudgenot

June 30th, 2010
9:52 am

Pitchers not being able to go 9 innings today is a problem the Braves share with most clubs. Maddox, Smoltz and Glavine were all capable of going 9 innings in their prime, therefore the Braves did not need a great bullpen just an adequte one. Now other than Hudson the Braves don’t have a pitcher that can get them to the 8th inning. Hudson is up around 100 pitches after 5 innings, so his pitch count keeps him from getting there. Medlen has not stretched out enough to go past 7. JJ will be lifted after 6 to save him because of DL stint and Lowe is 5 innings max for good pitching. This means Cox has to juggle who he brings in each game to try to keep pen half way fresh.

hAL

June 30th, 2010
9:53 am

by the wayu were in first place and the experts on this blog most predicted last or thgird at best thats how smart you guys are except in retrospect if you want flawed teams check out your beloved sillys they are safe only when leading by 10 going to the 9th and lidge n company might blow that too lol

Biff Pocaroba

June 30th, 2010
9:55 am

hAl, language what speaking in while writing sentences above punctuation no?

IHEARTCARROLL

June 30th, 2010
10:23 am

Glaus that laid a golden egg

Don’t start on Carroll. Not even a little bit.

Jesse Stone

June 30th, 2010
10:32 am

Did someone say Peter Moylan sux? His ERA is barely above 3 and he sux?

yoursporthouse.com

June 30th, 2010
10:47 am

Derek Lowe strikes again. 3 good starts, one bad start..3 good starts, one bad start. The bad thing about it, is the bad start doesn’t matter who the team is. It can be the worst team in the league and he gives it up. Too inconsistent.

JUST SAYIN'

June 30th, 2010
10:59 am

hAL

June 30th, 2010
9:47 am
you guyas all know so much after the fact too fin stupid to know that real desions are made before things happen typical atlanta rave against greatness like cox and promote jokes who arent close to ready for prime time

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I couldn’t agree more.

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yoursporthouse.com

June 30th, 2010
10:47 am
Derek Lowe strikes again. 3 good starts, one bad start..3 good starts, one bad start. The bad thing about it, is the bad start doesn’t matter who the team is. It can be the worst team in the league and he gives it up. Too inconsistent.

What do you expect, Lowe with a 12-0 record? Three out of four is just fine. Only someone like that freak in Colorado beats .750 for a pitching record.

stew

June 30th, 2010
11:06 am

Can we pay half of Lowe or KK’s salary and dump them on a team with no pitching? KK might be affordable to someone and we can cut our losses. Pitching him long makes no sense at all. We already have Chavez and Martinez both of whom I’m not thrilled with. How did our bullpen get so messed up?

stew

June 30th, 2010
11:07 am

Lowe 9-6 is 3 out of 5.

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

June 30th, 2010
11:09 am

Let’s not start the whole “gotta tip your cap” stuff from a few years ago.

Let's Go Bravos!

June 30th, 2010
11:12 am

You guys sure do complain a lot after one loss. We’re still in 1st place, we have a very good pitcher back in the rotation tonight, and Greg Norton is not on the team! We may win 100 games this year!

southern hope

June 30th, 2010
12:37 pm

Here’s the great thing about baseball (as compared to, say, football), no loss lingers. 22 or 23 hours later, you’re right back out there.

We’ll be fine tonight.

That said, we are very lucky that the Mets don’t play good baseball in San Juan.

cdog

June 30th, 2010
1:04 pm

the braves should be dominating teams like washington.there’s no excuses.plus, the braves announcers are the worst in baseball.they get all excited when the opposing teams do something but when the braves do something, they are so dead.its if they get mad when the braves get a hit or do something positive.its like listening to the game of the week where the announcers are neutral.don sutton is terrible.

1L

June 30th, 2010
1:17 pm

a 4.50 ERA….thats 3 Earned Runs over SIX Innings….I’ll take that every night from lowe at this point in his career. Hes, he is being paid the big bucks to be an ace, but we all knew coming in he was no ace. What would I rather see from him? Perfect Game every outing, but thats not going to happen.

Whoever has venters starting is making me laugh really hard. He used to be a starting pitcher, who stunk and was going to be out of the minors sooner rather than later. He moved to the ‘pen, where he could go shorter and not worry about saving energy for more innings, and he caught fire.

You guys need to get over this perception that every loss is a cause for concern. the best teams have between a .555 and .600 winning percentage at the end of the season. We are keeping our division lead through interleague play and a brutal june schedule, while the “streaking mets” played teams that are not as good as the ones we played…(yes, they played the yanks, but overall, their schedule was more managable. And, even if their yankees series is “away” its a home game in essence.)

Captain Lou Albano

June 30th, 2010
1:59 pm

The problem with Lowe’s outing was that he threw too many pitches out of the zone. WAY too many 3-2 counts.

CaptainMudderland

June 30th, 2010
6:25 pm

I am generally disappointed in Derek Lowe…and, probably would like to see a pitcher with more consistent command in his rotation slot.

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