1:58 pm June 30, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
June 30th, 20102:05 pm
im a little nervous with JJ going tonight…hope he proves me wrong
June 30th, 20102:09 pm
McFann 1 Ô Ô
June 30th, 20102:10 pm
Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers.
(By the way, Matthew the organist played Fat Bottom Girls by Queen last night for Pudge. Funny.)
Thanks. Now that’s gonna be stuck in my head forever…
June 30th, 20102:11 pm
Yeah, me too. Time to see if that shoulder is “TIRED.” That talk about a drop in velocity earlier in April really made me nervous. A lot more than the hamstring which is serious enough for a pitcher.
June 30th, 20102:13 pm
Snotboogie That Coke icee doesn’t look very inviting.
OK! OK! I’ll try to find a better one…
I’ll become optimistic regarding SCHAFER again when I [richbrave]post him up consistantly for having multi-hit nights.
Yes, that, and the return of some power. He hit a dinger this week, but he could have just run into that one. He’s always generated his power with good hands, and it will be worrisome until he shows his wrist is once again strong enough to do that.
I think JJ is solid tonight boys!!
Thanks for the post CR!
June 30th, 20102:15 pm
I guess we probably won’t be seeing JJ pinch-run much the rest of the season…
June 30th, 20102:16 pm
Fat bottomed girls for Pudge. I’m sure he wouldnt appreciate that.
Mike Dunn’s record looks sick. The good type of sick of course. He might be a very valuable trade piece this summer or a great bullpen piece for next year if he is still around. Great trade even if you take Melky out of the equation.
June 30th, 20102:17 pm
you looking in Glen W.? nudge, nudge
If you mean looking for a bat since Tulo got hurt. Yes.
I am anticipating some company in the next week and for the rest of the season.
Great trade even if you take Melky out of the equation.
Better trade, if you do.
June 30th, 20102:18 pm
dawkzbreggie We should extend BMac further at say $7M per year for a decade and all the McDonalds he can eat for a lifetime ! whaddya say McHunnyKid
I dunno…he might not like McDonalds…
Better make that Willy’s.
The organist always cracks me up. One of my favorites was when he played “Beauty School Drop-Out” for Francoeur.
So dissapointing that Canizares has been hitting so well in AAA yet he is useless to the major league club.
Its okay McFann.I’ve never had an icee myself but was curious with all this icee talk that’s all.
JJ is our best pitcher behind Hudson, it’ll be good to have him back.
June 30th, 20102:19 pm
“He’s always generated his power with good hands, and it will be worrisome until he shows his wrist is once again strong enough to do that.” scoots
Makes you wonder why he uses a bat at all? But explains the wrist injury a bit, huh?
Scoots, I think the Braves would be happy if Schafer never hits a HR in his career if he could just be a good hitter with an ability to reach base consistently and use that speed in CF to help out this pitching staff.
Does that make any sense or have Nate and Melky just really lowered my expectations?
JJ will go only 5 or 6 give up 2 to 3. But the Braves will give him a win.
6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 3 K for JJ in his first start back seems reasonable. The Braves win 5-3 and JJ picks up his fist W for 2010.
June 30th, 20102:20 pm
nathan, don’t be a troublemaker, LOL.
June 30th, 20102:21 pm
Maybe Nate and Melky’s presence on the team has served a purpose…
It’s way better then the song I’ve had stuck in my head since about 3:00 this morning…
June 30th, 20102:23 pm
I doubt JJ goes 6 today. Even with the Nationals and their hitting problems, JJ has a habit of letting men get on base and making his innings a little high stress. So first start back I’ll be happy if he goes 5 giving up 1 or 2 runs. What I see happening is this: he cruises through 4 and then lets a couple on in the 5th, tiring a little in a close game and Bobby will pull him after 4.2 IP. No W for JJ even if KK can hold it for him.
Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans
Mac looks like a Fudruckers guy to me. Them’s some big burgers.
June 30th, 20102:24 pm
Snotboogie, nice outlook. I’m trying to be positive here.
June 30th, 20102:25 pm
Scoots, I know you were just goofing on Melky, but it’s actually scary to think what our outfield production would be without him in the last 28 days. According to baseball-reference’s site here are what Melky has done and what the rest of our outfielders have done in that time:
26 hits, 1 HR, 12 RBI
McLouth, Heyward, Hinske, Blanco combined:
45 hits, 2 HR, 17 RBI.
Yikes to say the least.
June 30th, 20102:28 pm
Glen, making the usual assumptions, the kid would be able to get on base and play excellent defense when he gets up, and that would make him a “nice” player, and certainly give him some value. But his thump as a CF would be the asset that moves him beyond “nice”, I think. He actually has the sock that too many people here think Escobar should have, LOL.
Without the power, I don’t know if he qualifies as a player you would wait around on, just for his peripheral offensive skills and defense.
June 30th, 20102:29 pm
•Derek Lowe is on pace to issue 18 intentional walks, which would be the most since Roger McDowell’s 20 in 1991.
Just saw this little tidbit on ESPN. I’m not sure what to think about that, except that he must be in jams a lot, though I guess anyone with half an ear could figure that out…
June 30th, 20102:30 pm
I agree with Schafer and HR. Like scoots said. He’s going to run into them because of his wrists/hands and his bat speed. But I’d be none too worried if Schafer ended up being a guy like Brett Butler who slapped the ball all over the place, used his legs and played above average defense for a few years until a better option came along.
Expectations were so high on him, being the prospect he was and making the team semi-unexpectedly last year out of spring training.
Time to possibly put the “super-star” tag away when referring to him, and just simply hope he can be a decent ballplayer on a winning team if surrounded by guys that can help the team win.
Not every top prospect pans out to be a superstar, but many top prospects have had decent careers and helped teams win championships by playing good ball for a few years.
June 30th, 20102:31 pm
Ha! Made me think of Lloyd Christmas: “Gee, I guess they’re right. Senior citizens, while slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose… Don’t you go dyin’ on me!”
June 30th, 20102:33 pm
Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans
June 30th, 2010
Mac looks like a Fudruckers guy to me. Them’s some big burgers.
They closed down here in RICHMOND. Majority REDSKINS owner DAN SNYDER’s ‘JOHNNY ROCKET’s’ was too much competition I guess. Wait IS there a JOHNNY ROCKET’s in RICHMOND? Anyway, the one’s I’ve seen were as empty as FUDDRUCKERS used to be.
Rob from SC
I am concerned about our bullpen right now. We don’t have 1 RH reliever we can count on right now. Saito is still injured. Kawakami is well Kawakami; and Chavez is not allowed around any close game. Kimbrel should be on this team right now. Moylan could use the rest.
Ease™ in Buckhead
June 30th, 20102:35 pm
June 30th, 2010
Is richbrave Dot-Don-Key? Hope not…
I think the Braves still very much hope that Schafer is in the plans. We have a pretty roomy outfield to cover in our balpark and the dude has some serious speed. Would be fantastic if he could hit 2nd behind Prado and just provide some offensive value there. But it would be more than OK if he just hit 8th and covered some serious territory defensively.
June 30th, 20102:36 pm
Moylan could use the rest.
Amen to that. His arm isn’t what MIKE REMLINGER’s used to be that’s for sure. IRON MIKE was directly responsible for at least one division pennant in that 14 year string.
I like Melky. He may not be the best CF ever, and runs the bases like he’s on acid, but he’s a pretty good hitter with a strong, accurate, outfield arm. He’s also not afraid to actually THROW the damn ball. Twixt he an Nate, I’d go with Melky every time.
June 30th, 20102:37 pm
Hey BUCHHEAD eat my shorts.
June 30th, 20102:39 pm
Forget about Hart, Willingham and Bautista. NELSON CRUZ is the player Wren needs to be going hard after.
#Braves prospect Arodys Vizcaino placed on the disabled list, no word yet on what the injury is
June 30th, 20102:40 pm
I want the UPTON from Arizona if we’re going to get one….
Transylvania Co. Fan
I still think that the outfield will be OK with Melky, Hinske/Diaz, Heyward. Any thing else will just be a bonus. Don’t give away the farm for a right hand rental. Schafer is left handed and we need some right side offense.
I think the Braves still very much hope that Schafer is in the plans.
As do I. TennPaul is a guy to listen to and his is an opinion to respect, but, just this once, LOL, I’m gonna burn the other end of the candle. At least, until September or so.
June 30th, 20102:42 pm
RICH – just sayin’ you two are the only ones to question the “sholder” injury…In an interview with Sammons, he was saying that JJ was up there at 94 when he needed it…
June 30th, 20102:44 pm
Hi everyone!! Lets hope for a series win tonight!! Good Luck to JJ tonight! I hope they rest Moylan tonight…he has not been himself lately~ remember that “strike-out” on Saturday to Damon should have been another walk. Hopefully we will not get an evening storm over the Ted tonight!
June 30th, 20102:45 pm
Elbow strain for Vizcaino, back in Atlanta for an exam. That’s all I got.
Snotboogie I’ve never had an icee myself…
How cann you still be living???
cabravesfan It’s way better then the song I’ve had stuck in my head since about 3:00 this morning…
OK, I don’t even wanna know what that is…
Nice stats, N8. Do you guys think Schafer is going to end up in Atlanta soon?
I can’t wait to see JJ. Hopefully he’s sharper than in his rehab starts.
Phillies losing 4-3, bottom of 8th. halladay still in game.
June 30th, 20102:47 pm
Boonie Forget about Hart, Willingham and Bautista. NELSON CRUZ is the player Wren needs to be going hard after
Ease , I know you will agree with me here why does everyone keep bringing up unrealistic trade possibilities and not the obvious ones? The Reds are going to win the Central. So why don’t we just go get Albert Pujols put him in LF and hope he doesn’t have to many balls hit his way. You know since all MLB GM’s are trying to figure out how to make the Braves better. It’s really the perfect option!
for all the “eeeeens” in the house, here’s a story by Jerry Crasnick which lists Martin (Marteeeen?) Prado as one of the top nine surprises in baseball this season.
June 30th, 20102:51 pm
halladay still in game.
I can’t believe the dude is still on pace for 275 IP this year. And this is a team that expect to play for a few more weeks after the regular season ends. That is one flawed roster.
June 30th, 20102:53 pm
McHunny – thanks
June 30th, 20102:54 pm
Are you the blogger formerly known as dogsbrekky?
June 30th, 20102:55 pm
Crazy – BALLGAME!…although I thought jeffrey’s Jo-Jo for Halladay was pretty realistic.
June 30th, 20102:56 pm
Ms Carroll – they list Vlad Guerro as being a surprise, I chortled when I read that
superstar in a pinball machine park adds up to a LOT OF LIGHTS
This could be like the tommy john thing where a pitcher regains his strength in the 2nd year. Still way to early to call. When his power and confidence returns(if it does) the batting average and slugging will come fast and furious, whether it’s late this year or sometime next season,and we’ll know he’s back. If he were a pitcher we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.
June 30th, 20102:57 pm
RG – I asked him that a bit back too (and he never got back to me). dogsbrekky was a cool aussie in NY…this guy is all over the place…
Romangal – I could tell you we would have to kill you
June 30th, 20102:58 pm
I was thinking maybe dawksbreggie was his evil alter ego or something…
OR you could tell me and not kill me.
June 30th, 20102:59 pm
Nice to hear that Esco may be maturing. I think it should also be mentioned that he did not let it affect him at the plate, and he went out there and got a key RBI hit late in the game that ultimately knocked Strasburg out of there. If he can have a huge second half, this team is gonna roll.
yes I am sadly, very sadly no longer in USA, it is a long truly heart-wrenching story which is not for kiddies ears or that of the Feds
June 30th, 20103:00 pm
It’s a Britney Spears song about a girl named Amy…if you don’t know which one I mean…errr…best if you leave it alone
June 30th, 20103:01 pm
And I probably just over shared there…
RG – today it’s dawkzbreggie…changes every day…hard to get a grip on the fella, but yer right…evil alter ego perhaps.
Count me as a Negative Nellie on JJ tonight. Hope I’m wrong but don’t see how he could truly feel confident with his work in rehab games.The Adrenaline Factor may help him, but he was a nit picker before his injury, can’t really see him challenging hitters tonight. Will probably try to just feel his way around. Could see one inning with 2-3 walks and then a blast. It could get ugly if the Nats are patient.
June 30th, 20103:02 pm
Speaking of McCann, I meant to post this a while ago, when the whole “cutting out the caffeine” came to light, but anyway…
Here’s the Braves clubhouse when it first happened (sorry you’re being portrayed as a girl here, BMac!)
Ewww, cab – seriously?
Thanks for the ESPN link, Carroll!
#1 eeeen here and present!
June 30th, 20103:03 pm
Have you heard Mmm Papi?
I agree with you. Unfortunately, he and Reynolds are probably the only 2 D’backs that are NOT available.
Haha! Don’t worry–I don’t know it, and I’m not aimin’ to find out!
Chip Caray's Eyebrows
June 30th, 20103:04 pm
I like the Nelson Cruz idea. I like BJ Upton, obvious Justin more. There are several options out there, with several weeks to make a move. Wren can get whoever he wants, he has the pieces, it’s a matter of who the organization projects the highest etc. etc. BUT, they definitely need some kind of outfield bat, even when Heyward comes back, and even if he were 100%, which he won’t be the rest of the year. The team is getting by with essentially 4 4th outfielders at the moment, which just won’t cut it over the long run.
Yeah…I know…sad, huh?
Can’t say that I have
June 30th, 20103:05 pm
until this month I always preferred the Rays UPTON
June 30th, 20103:06 pm
In my defense, VJ likes the song and it was on one of the CD’s we made for Vegas…
June 30th, 20103:08 pm
How about a trade of Minor, Dunn, KK, Cabrera, Merak and Hoover to the Mariners for Cliff Lee and Dustin Ackley?
Tell him, I guess I’ll forgive him.
June 30th, 20103:09 pm
You should give it a listen. It’s slightly disturbing…
June 30th, 20103:11 pm
Arkansas Transplant or we could go after Berkman!
June 30th, 20103:13 pm
Berkman in left…Yes, what a novel idea…I’m on board
June 30th, 20103:14 pm
what’s wrong with that one? Although…..
June 30th, 20103:15 pm
No platoon needed he’s a SH.
made it through about half before I had to ask myself what the hell I was doing! That is wrong on a number of different levels…and I will never have that 1:30 back
June 30th, 20103:16 pm
Forgiveness is not necessary
I am embarrassed that I clicked the link…
June 30th, 20103:17 pm
I’m sure the Braves are still high on the kid. I’ll be pleased if/when he does turn it around. But I have no qualms about making moves which could potentially “block” him. I hope the team doesn’t either. There isn’t much of a guarantee when it comes to his return. His hype from previous seasons was so high because he was projected to be real good, and he was real young. He was to come up at 21-22. And he was to be a solid fielding strong hitting guy. Not AJ with 50 HR potential. But strong nevertheless. Now though, he’ll be 25 if/when he gets back. He could still have a good career, but … his ceiling is lower. And it’s lower assuming he can regain all his prior form which isn’t a given.
I’m mainly hoping that the Braves hope for him doesn’t inhibit trades. In the mean time I’ll continue to be less than impressed with a .200 hitting minor leaguer who looks futile at the plate.
June 30th, 20103:18 pm
Arkansas Transplant……please, please tell me you are kidding.
It’s getting worse.
If the mariners are going to rebuild, their top prospect that is one of the best hitting prospect in all of the minors is not going to be part of any deal.
As for Nelson Cruz, for what reason would the Rangers ever entertain moving that guy right now?
As for Justin Upton, unless heyward is part of the offer forget get.
Good grief people.
Nah, cab I’m just playing. It’s like we were discussing a few weeks ago, you can’t criticize people’s taste in music. It’s a personal preference. I mean look at RGeeeee & Celine.
June 30th, 20103:19 pm
I hope you made it to the, uh…good part.
June 30th, 20103:20 pm
Haha. Well, I did say that it was disturbing…
June 30th, 20103:21 pm
Mac need 185,901 Votes to beat Molina in Allstar…Go and Vote for Mac.
June 30th, 20103:22 pm
My two cents this dogsbrekky dude:
Its the same guy – shows all the same tendancies (soccer, aussie, shares) but changes his username way too often, almost like his names get banned or something. And never enters into a conversation with anyone anymore (well.. except McFann). What’s up with that?
I am not concerned with the average of Schafer, but his high strikeout rate does. He needs to make much better contact.
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