1:58 pm June 30, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
July 1st, 20101:10 am
Yeah, Mclouth is the booger here, as far as making a trade happen. You know he’s basically untradable unless the Braves ate all or most of that contract, which we all know wouldn’t happen. And would they have a $5-6m player just ride the bench in Nate? Then you have Cabrera who isn’t cheap, but at least has some trade value with the way he’s been playing lately.
This is why the Corey Hart rumor started……..
1. The Brewers almost non-tendered him this offseason.
2. The Brewers are not going anywhere with 35-43 record in the NL central where the Reds and Cardinal are the only ones playing good baseball.
3. He is a right handed corner outfield with power, and he is hitting 351 against lefties(the Braves have not been good against lefties.
4. Even when healthy Mclouth has been a huge dissapointment.
5. The Brewers have a huge deficit of pitching in their organization, and the Braves have a lot in theirs.
6. Ken Rosenthal is a logical guy, and obviously thought it would be a good idea for this two teams to make a trade.
Chris Resop, Stephen Marek, and JJ Hoover for Corey Hart. That seems reasonable for both teams.
July 1st, 20101:13 am
JerseyGil: we would never go to Philly the day before a series, not unless it was a day game to start a series. I mean, it’s only a 2-hour flight, and if you miss one there’s others all morning.
I can only justify going early when it’s out West, cross-country flight.
And are you kidding me, the freakin’ Goo Goo Dolls get the headliner slot in a concert that includes The Roots? That’s a travesty. I’d be exiting before the headliner’s set. The Roots should get top billing in that concert, without question.
July 1st, 20101:14 am
Tomahawkin, I just don’t see why any team would want Nate. Not this summer anyways. Not only was he not hitting, he wasn’t playing real good defense and who knows how he’ll be when he gets back from the concussion. Only way I could see him traded is, like I said, the Braves offer to pay most or all of that contract he carries in a deal with a good pitching prospect or two.
July 1st, 20101:17 am
Why have I never heard of this?? The Republicans and Democrats of Congress play each other in a game of baseball every year
Guys, don’t listen to me. I mean, what the hell do I know? I’m just typing what I feel.
But if the Braves do trade for Hart, it’s because Mclouth concussion like symptoms refuse to go away, or he comes back and keeps sucking.
July 1st, 20101:22 am
How do you like my JJ prediction now? He definitely showed up pretty strong and some encouraging signs for everyone to see. Hope it gets better and we get our old JJ back every 5th day.
July 1st, 20101:24 am
Now that DOB is here, I’m hoping he comments on all the music discussion from this afternoon.
After all tt included such stalwarts as Britney, Jonas etc.
July 1st, 20101:27 am
If I may look way, way ahead….if we make the playoffs, do you think Bobby would start Lowe first again?
July 1st, 20101:32 am
gimmie 5 Roots songs I should dl immediately.
Agreed on that Last Post…Regarding Nate Dawg…
It seems like Concussions for hitters in Baseball are a lot harder on the body than they are in the NFL since Timing is so crucial in B-Ball than in F-Ball
I still remember the Johnny Estrada Concussion in 2004-05 after Darin Erstad put that Madden Hit Stick Bulldoze slide on him at the plate…Estrada wasn’t the same ever since…And Didn’t Jim Edmonds get one a few years ago…?
Time to cool out to some old Al B Sure and Paul Hardcastle….
July 1st, 20101:35 am
I saw The Roots At the Memphis in May Music Festival a few years ago and It was off the Chain…Even on a Sunday Night at midnight…!
The Roots were probably the most Slept On (Underrated) Rap Group of the last decade…
July 1st, 20101:36 am
Snotboogie, you the one who predicted JJ would go like 5 innings and give up 4 runs, or was that somebody else? I predicted 6 innings, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, or something like that.
He out did all of us. Apparantly, he surprised Cox too.
July 1st, 20101:39 am
I watched Louie last night, never had heard of it until you mentioned it the other day on the blog. Anyway I thought it was pretty funny, I enjoyed it quite a bit and plan on watching it from now on.
July 1st, 20101:42 am
Any chance you have seen Memphis Beat yet? I think that is a really good show, it comes on TNT on Wed at 10. If you haven’t seen it yet I suggest you give it a shot.
July 1st, 20101:49 am
Until this year, wasn’t Corey Hart the Brew Crew’s version of The Natural himself, Mr. Jeff Francoeur? Have you all forgotten the failed Frenchy experiment so quickly? Maybe Hart has turned the corner since? Probably not; and I wouldn’t give up much to find out. JJ is back. Hold on to the starting pitching depth (KK and Medlen) as an insurance policy if JJ’s shoulder ultimately proves to be a problem or if God forbid one of the other guys goes down. Don’t gut the farm’s starting pitching depth either, particularly now that one of the Pelicans aces (Vizcaino) has elbow problems.
Deal from the bullpen depth to pick up a complimentary piece. No blockbusters. Sure, it’d be nice to have a slugging RH outfielder. Who wouldn’t like to add someone like that in the middle of the lineup? And yes, it’s somewhat risky to hope Heyward heals sufficiently and puts up similar numbers he posted in the first two months of the season. But even if he doesn’t, I still like the Braves chances. Mac, Hoss, and Esco have all shown signs of life in the past month. Chances are they will continue to rebound offensively to what they’ve all proven they’re capable of in recent years. One of McLouth, Schafer, Blanco, or Melky is bound to round into form. Melky is making a case already. Diaz and Hinske can handle LF, with whomever doesn’t start serving as a dangerous bat to compliment Omar and Ross of the bench. This team is already loaded folks. They’re very very good. They’ve won 15 of their past 16 series, which include the likes of the Twins, Rays, and Phillies.
Let the Mets have Cliff Lee. We’ve got Huddy, the return of the old D. Lowe, Hanson, JJ, and Medlen. I’ll take those five over Lee and the Muts any day.
July 1st, 20101:50 am
Drawyeh, it’s really hard to narrow to five, but let’s go with these: “Here I Come,” “False Media,” “The Seed 2.0,” “I Can’t Help It,” “I Will Not Apologize” and “You Got Me” off their earlier albums. I’m still trying to decide which I like best off the new CD, How I Got Over, which is terrific from start to finish. But check out the title cut from the new album:
July 1st, 20101:55 am
Saff, I thought Louie series premiere was hilarious. Just watched it on DVR about an hour ago. Going to watch second episode now.
July 1st, 20101:56 am
“…you boys get ready, cause Here I come, Here I come, Here I Come…”
Hard to top that one for me…
July 1st, 20101:57 am
I thought the second episode was even funnier than the first so you should enjoy it.
July 1st, 20101:59 am
Drawyeh, better yet, check this out, if you’ve never heard “The Seed 2.0″ from years ago. The Roots really are a great band.
July 1st, 20102:00 am
Glad to hear that Louie was solid. Forgot to set the DVR for it, but have it set now when it replays (I think it’s Sunday night).
It looked promising, after seeing the commercials a million times during Damages and Justified and seeing his standup specials, but wasn’t positive how the show would go over (since he had that one show a while back that didnt do so hot). Looking forward to seeing the first two episodes in a few days.
Get Jose Guillen!!!!
July 1st, 20102:06 am
Gracias. My iPod touch has renewed my interest in music. I had heard good stuff about The Roots, I just wasn’t sure where to start. I’m trying to expand my musical horizions so to speak.
Bay Area Steve
July 1st, 20106:18 am
Clearly you were right. Carroll couldn’t have stated it any clearer. I’ll cling to the idea that he thinks he should’ve made the plays (though they were hits in my book). I wanna read your post that morning again, but I’m too lazy to go lookin’. Maybe Brian can find it (it’s not a stat, but…).
Where I really appreciate your Esco stuff is when you talk about either being a bad-ass that doesn’t care what others think, or you’re the guy that desires that affirmation, and tries to do what is asked of you. You can’t be both…
Dude is a headcase. But, he’s our headcase. And, he is (was?) top-5 in the game. If he needs to gesture at umpires, and whine about scoring decisions, and drop the bat every time a ball is an inch off the plate in, I don’t care. As long as guy plays the best SS I can remember watching the Braves, hits .300, and drives the ball, I’ll still love him, antics and all.
Oh, and in honor of that great Chris Rock post, I’m gonna toss “Never Scared” in the ol’ DVD player. I think that’s where that bit is. But, sir, that was a great way to make a great point. I remember seeing that from him, and thinking how right it was. I know you said you were paraphrasing, but when you said “some people always want credit for some ‘ish they supposed to do,” I felt like I was watching him again. And, it really can be applied to what I said about Esco. Well done.
July 1st, 20106:21 am
Four hours? What is wrong with you people?
And, can someone explain that stuff with RG, and her identity, and Emily from Rome, and thinking of her differently? I’m lost (again).
July 1st, 20106:28 am
I don’t like Trey. I feel pretty ridiculous about it, ’cause he seems like a nice enough guy. And, he’s serving our country; you gotta respect that. But, I just don’t like him. And, I try to scroll (believe me, some of y’all have taught we well how to scroll), but he’s always there…
I’m not goin’ anywhere with this, I just had to get it out there. Something is really wrong with me. But, hey, there’s always whiskey.
July 1st, 20107:12 am
Mets playing the Nats and we have to face the Fish with their ace on the hill tomorrow night. Let’s go Bravos…keeping bringing your A game! I would LOVE Matt Kemp.
July 1st, 20107:44 am
I have scanned the blog and noticed that Don and Anders are mysteriously absent. So pathetic you two are that you can only post when the Braves lose or are losingnduring a game. I am so glad for both on if you there were no blogs or internet during our 14 year run. I’m sure Don you must have been going crazy to see the Braves celebrate all those division championships and the WS in 95. You two are so predictable its comical. Why don’t you both just go away and spread your misery somewhere else while the rest of us enjoy the season which WILL end in the Braves regaining their rightful spot atop the NL east and a WS title. I have been a Braves fan since 66 and I’ve seen the best and worst of times and appreciate the highs and lows of being a true fan. You guys have no clue. So, so sad for you both. Now scram and go play in the traffic.
Ease™ in Buckhead
July 1st, 20107:51 am
BAS here ya go…I am quite up to a lazy task this am…
June 29th, 2010
What the hell was up with Yunel last night? What was that all about? I hope he was pouting because he believed he was so damn good defensively that he should have made those plays in what figured to be a tight game that lots of folks were watching. I really hope he wasn’t pouting for hours while everyone else was having fun because he got charged with an error. If so, that is friggin’ crybaby pathetic.
‘Cause, first of all, he understands that either way someone on the team is getting screwed, right? Either him or the pitcher? Either he gets charged with an error as a fielder, or the pitcher gets charged with a hit, and then possibly an earned run? So what the hell are you so selfishly crying about? You’d rather save your precious error stat, and possibly screw your pitcher who may contend for the ERA title this year? I mean, seriously, what kind of selfish crybaby b.s. was that? Who the hell cares? Fielders these days aren’t measured by their error totals anyway. They’re measured by their range.
And, yes, it was a mildly tough play to have an error called on you, but not really. It was a play he could have and should have made. It was a play great defensive shortstops, which he prides himself as, make. So, why are you crying about being held to the standards of your ability? He got his damn glove on it. It’s not like the ball took a wicked bounce or that he had to contort his body in some extreme way.
By comparison, look at Prado. Two weeks ago against the Rays. Close game. Huddy pitching. Ball hit deep between the first and second baseman. Prado shows great range, dives, catches the ball, rolls over quickly, fires to first, but not in time, the runner was safe. Do you know what Prado did? He cursed and slapped his glove so damn hard. Then he got up, and pounded his chest and pointed to Huddy to tell him, my bad, sorry about that. Then he kind of prowled around for a few seconds at his position like he was half-homicidal/half-suicidal about the way that play turned out. Prado looked like he was seriously hurt that he had let his pitcher down by not making that play (a play, mind you, that was much more difficult than any play Yunel made (or didn’t make) last night). It was kinda ridiculous that Prado felt that way, and you could tell Huddy was surprised on the field by the level of Prado’s reaction because there was nothing more Prado could have done to turn that into an out. But you could tell Huddy knew that in that moment there was no way to convince Prado otherwise. I think that was the moment that caused Hudson to remark after the game about how much things have changed here in terms of passion, pride and personality.
So, please spare me the poor Latino with passion is getting picked on again garbage. He’s getting picked on because he’s a selfish crybaby who worries about absolutely pathetic petty bullsh!t like errors, and will let silly sh!t like that ruin his entire night.
Sitting there by yourself on the bench on national television looking like Gloomy Gus, having to have Hudson and Chipper come over like they’re daycare workers checking on the moody little boy who didn’t take his meds in the morning. Ridiculous
July 1st, 20107:55 am
I find it comical that we don’t see or hear from Mitchell until after JJ is pulled from the game last night. Considering he was on here questioning whether JJ was ready to come back. And, on a good night for the Braves phenom, all Mitchell can find to complain about is the attendance at the game. Oh, I can’t forget how he’s convinced that Bobby Cox is to blame for the Braves playoff shortcomings based on a book written by an announcer which never states that Bobby was the reason the Braves lost those playoff series.
This just in…it’s hard to win in the Playoffs. Braves lacked the necessary offense in several of those series. When you get to the Playoffs, everybody has good pitching staffs, so you have to be swinging the bats well. More often than not, the Braves just weren’t getting the big hits. But that’s entirely Bobby’s fault…RIGHT. Go pound sand, Mitchell…until you can find something else to complain about.
July 1st, 20108:05 am
RLPmetro – [he whispers], shhhhhhhhhhh…It’s not common knowledge that Bobby is not to blame
July 1st, 20108:10 am
We need an OF, hopefully with power, because we need to baby mclouth till the end of the year, keep him safe. we don’t want him to end up like Ryan Church. If Mclouth gets healthy, we send blanco and hicks down to make room. it will only be a month after he gets back till rosters expand.
Brian from SC
July 1st, 20108:30 am
Today will the 32nd consecutive day the Braves have been alone in first place in the NL East. It’s been tight…the lead has only gotten to 3 games for one day, and it has been a half-game lead on nine different days.
The Braves need to sweep the Marlins to give them the 12-6 record over 18 games I hoped for when the Rays came to town. I said 11-5 would be good, but 12-6 would give us a nice 4-5 game lead going into the big road trip next week. Admittedly, the Mets are still playing a little better than I thought they would be (by one or two games), but they’re showing signs of the dip most of us have seen coming. The Phillies almost look done, which is great news for us, obviously.
July 1st, 20108:31 am
*11-7 should be the record stated in that last post, not 11-5.
July 1st, 20108:38 am
Glad I am a Braves fan, could it get any worse for Nats fans. The team they have is simply horrid and the announcing team among the very worst EVER. Dribble is just moribund. Ray Knight in the studio always sets a great funeral-tone for the post game. I found myself actually wishing for those African horns from the World Cup. Wait I actually thought I heard one in the stadium last night. Tell that fan to a bring a few thousand friends to the next Nats game.
Bradley wants BJ Upton. Nah, can’t see that one. He’s a CF version of Escobar. We have a nice clubhouse now that can deal with one headcase so let’s not press our luck.
Actually, the Braves might want to look at 2011. A CF with all 5 tools will be a 1st rd pick. Jackie Bradley Jr. From South Carolina. Great kid and family from Richmond. Some team will grab him 1st rd. and with Braves moving away from Shaefer it appears then Bradley (we’ll start calling him Junior) would be a perfect fit. For the next couple of years the Braves could rent a player until he is ready. I have seen Jackie play since he was 8 so maybe I am a shade biased but the Braves could do far worse than him.
Rock on……..Buckhead Buggah.
July 1st, 20108:47 am
DOB:… Yeah the freakin’ Goo Goo Dolls , i can’t believe that line up, I guess the Economic is to blame, we have better concert year past here in Phillis, But is ok The Roots are there, i’m more kind of guy CCR.
July 1st, 20108:52 am
HOW BOUT dem Gamecocks!
July 1st, 20109:11 am
Good morning, Braves fans (boo to the haters). Lets cook some Fish this weekend, starting with one named Johnson tonight
How bout a CF for them braves? Get a bat for now ane next year. Schafer won’t be ready till late next year, and i’m unsure whether the braves will bring back melky.
July 1st, 20109:13 am
I like my Fish battered.
July 1st, 20109:25 am
My curiosity was piqued by MATT YOUNG, a player who has been with the BRAVES since 2005 and came in as an undrafted free agent from UNIV. of NEW MEXICO. 5′8″ 175, MATT has hit well through H.S. and College, and with the BRAVES. Another player in the WES TIMMONS/BROOKS CONRAD mould, MATT appears to be one of those rare minor league players with the heart to stick it out until given a chance by a ML team. Now 27, MATT set a SOUTHERN LEAGUE by hitting in 11 straight AB’s and reached base in 16 consecutive plate appearances. Here’s a bit of his career with the BRAVES. He’s from PLANO, TEXAS, and plays CF.
2005 – ROME
114 G, 423 AB, 132 H, 173 TB, 66 BB, 65 SO, .412 OBP, .409 SLG, .312 AVG, .821 OPS, 2 E.
2006/07 (injury) – MYRTLE
118 G, 424 AB, 119 H, 159 TB, 71 BB, 59 SO, .389 OBP, .375 SLG, .281 AVG, .764 OPS, 3 E.
065 G, 243 AB, 068 H, 084 TB, 37 BB, 36 SO, .381 OBP, .346 SLG, .280 AVG, .727 OPS, 2 E
2007/08/09 – MISSISSIPPI
033 G, 095 AB, 023 H, 029 TB, 10 BB, 18 SO, .308 OBP, .305 SLG, .242 AVG, .614 OPS, 2 E
135 G, 491 AB, 142 H, 189 TB, 68 BB, 62 SO, .384 OBP, .385 SLG, .289 AVG, .769 OPS, 5 E
130 G, 460 AB, 133 H, 187 TB, 94 BB, 59 SO, .421 OBP, .407 SLG, .289 AVG, .827 OPS, 1 E
2009/10 – GWINNETT
007 G, 026 AB, 005 H, 009 TB, 03 BB, 05 SO, .276 OBP, .346 SLG, .192 AVG, .622 OPS, 0 E
074 G, 269 AB, 082 H, 111 TB, 24 BB, 27 SO, .366 OBP, .413 SLG, .305 AVG, .778 OPS, 2 E
The young man’s having his best season since his rookie year in ROME. Hat’s off to his dedication to his craft, and all his hard work. He may be diminutive in stature, but his heart’s as big as TEXAS. You go MATT YOUNG, and maybe we’ll see you in ATLANTA next season.
July 1st, 20109:33 am
Schafer won’t be ready till late next year — BravesFan
Ready for what a call back down to Mississippi?
July 1st, 20109:36 am
Dadgum Rockin On-Dibble is moribund? Bet if you walked up and said that to his face he’d just stand there and say “Huh?”.
JJ coming with the high heat last night. Guess that’s a little bit of the Javy Vazquez influence showing through. Dude looked good and strong last night. Where exactly were those shoulder problems, Don?
July 1st, 20109:39 am
BravesFan, I may just have to have some fried fish for lunch today in anticipation of this series.
Gil In Mechanicsville
Richbrave… I saw Matt Young during spring training but to tell the truth, he did not make nearly the impression that Brent Clevland did. Brooks Conrad and Joe Thuston both played a lot too. I would have bet money at the time that Joe would make the big club over Brooksie.
July 1st, 20109:40 am
What about a smaller type trade for someone like Garrett Jones? I guess it would be more of a depth issue if McClouth has issues returning, but we’ve dealt with Pittsburg before and I don’t think he’s a cornerstone for them or anything. He’s a decent player with some power who can platoon in left, and would be a good bat off the bench too.
Not sure if Pirates would deal him, but he might be a good secondary type choice for the Braves.
July 1st, 20109:43 am
Where exactly were those shoulder problems, Don? Lew
Shocking that we haven’t seen .Don
July 1st, 20109:49 am
Picking up Jair is a hell of a mid season acquisition. Hope he gets it going like he did in 2009.
He had 25 Quality Starts last year and pitched 23 games where he had 6+ innings pitched and gave up 2 or less earned runs.
Javy Vazquez had 22 QS and pitched 18 games with 6+ IP and 2 or less earned runs.
IMO We just got back our best pitcher from 2009.
July 1st, 20109:50 am
How about unless we are presented with an offer we can’t refuse, blown away deal, we just do nothing and go with the players that got us where we are – in first place – where we’ve been for over a month? Strange concept for y’all Fantasy Baseballers, I realize, but maybe we don’t need to get rid of talent to bring in a player not all that much better than those we already have.
In case no one has noticed, we already have around seven outfielders under contract that aren’t just going to be dumped or trade partners found for them for various reasons. No one wants the players most want to dump because they are unhappy with their performances. No one will trade their best player for our scrubs.
None of the players mentioned are real difference makers and the players some of y’all are willing to give up to get them is absurd. Coprey Hart? What exactly will he hit when he’s hitting at Turner or Citi Field instead of Minute Maid, Wrigley and Cincinnati? Not nearly as much.
Reality check time. The Braves will see if Matt can platoon first and then see if unfortuNATE can come back and produce before they run out and squander the future for a two month rental having a career year.
July 1st, 201010:00 am
heck yeahs on the Gamecocks!
July 1st, 201010:02 am
@Lew, I agree, I have wondered how the Braves could trade for an outfielder when they have so many un-tradeable outfielders already…
July 1st, 201010:03 am
Totally impressed with JJ last night. Are there a more solid 12 pitchers in the NL?
July 1st, 201010:04 am
Do you think dot Don’s screensaver is a picture of Bobby with a big red X through it?
July 1st, 201010:05 am
It’d be awesome if a platoon of Hinske/Diaz in LF could rake in the second half, Heyward gets healthy and Esco rediscovers the RF gap.
July 1st, 201010:06 am
Are there a more solid 12 pitchers in the NL?
The top end of our pitching spectrum is spectacular. The middle is above average. But the bottom end….SHEWEEE!
July 1st, 201010:07 am
…that was supposed to be the sound you make when something stinks. Pronounced “shoe-E”
I think I’ll go wash my car now
July 1st, 201010:08 am
Jeffrey d – With KK to the ‘pen, even though he’s had some decent stuff, and with the return of Jair, I think our pitching is pretty awesome. Hanson will bounce back, I am sure, and Lowe, God bless him, usually gets a lot more run support than he did on Tuesday, to make him a decent starter. And, Tim Hudson, well, he’s an ace, no doubt about it. Thank your lucky stars that we don’t have a Carlos Zambrano or someone like that on our staff.
But we got 2 guys in Lawrenceville not named Kimbrel with sub 2.00 ERAs.
July 1st, 201010:09 am
Dot-Don-Key – just ask if need to something to say…I am sure between Crazy and I, we gotcha covered!
July 1st, 201010:11 am
There was no need to re-post that garbage. Having to see it once was bad enough.
July 1st, 201010:12 am
jeffreeeeeeeey – Answer is no. That’s not even counting Dunn and Minor, who are ready, or almost, and Kimbrel.
Don – WHERE ARE YOU TODAY???? You were obviously right about JJ”s shoulder. He looked terrible last night! Anymore mindless drivel out of you today??? I would guess not, unless it is your usual mindless comments which have no basis in reality. Bobby’s managing is also really sucking this year. If he were even halfway decent as a manager, we would be in first place right now!
McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:
Haha, yes…two whole games without a K for McCann. I would just like you al to bear in mind that I called it.
Kinda glad there’s a day off today. Give our catchers a chance to get better.
July 1st, 201010:14 am
Remember this one:
Instead of retirement, I wish that Bobby Cox could manage the Yankees for just one year – And we could see how the New York writers react to his management procedures —- dot-Don-key
Having to see it once was bad enough.
You only saw it once? Strange.
jeffrey d …that was supposed to be the sound you make when something stinks. Pronounced “shoe-E”……I think I’ll go wash my car now
Big 2 out hit last night, but why has he become such a boulder behind the plate?
July 1st, 201010:15 am
Lew: but maybe we don’t need to get rid of talent to bring in a player not all that much better than those we already have.
I don’t know Lew. Some of these proposed trades I’ve seen I couldn’t really classify as the team getting rid of “talent.”
I don’t see any real opportunities from my vantage point, but then I rarely see the trades coming with the Braves. But if Wren can find another big bat to add to the team, while not crippling the future growth (and he seems more inclined to keep the youngsters than some GMs) then I’m all for it.
July 1st, 201010:17 am
I think we are also still waiting for .Don to give us the name of one pitcher that the Braves should have replaced KK with – so far all I have seen is “anyone” which is not somebody I see on the Gwinnett roster.
July 1st, 201010:19 am
Ease – I’m sure you can find something appropriate, in Don’s abcense. Maybe you could repeate all those names of pitchers he gave us who should have started instead of KK. Oh, wait a minute……..
bravegrl – Yeah, don’t you wish we had Zambrano – he would have killed Escobar by now. Or how about Oliver Perez (and you thought KK and Lowe were overpriced!)
July 1st, 201010:22 am
TenPaul-Good point on some of the “talent” they want to part with. But, then again, I’m sure we could trade Nate, Blanco and JoJo for Pujols, couldn’t we? How about Ryan Braun if we add Lowe and Kawakami’s salaries?
Halladay is 9-7
July 1st, 201010:24 am
Since when is he a “boulder”?
Yeah, he should have shifted over to block those two wild pitches. But I still stand by my previous statements that his defense is improving a lot.
To me, there is no more important statistic than the “W”.
July 1st, 201010:25 am
Hey, JJ4NLCY! How’s it going? Long time no nee.
Maybe you could repeate all those names of pitchers he gave us who should have started instead of KK
July 1st, 201010:26 am
You know I love the guy, but his defense has gotten worse. I can’t remember the last time I saw him throw to the bag.
July 1st, 201010:27 am
So apparently 16″ softball is foreign to everyone outside of Chicago.
I learned something new today…
July 1st, 201010:28 am
Halliday has been very mediocre since his no hitter. Cliff Lee, on the other hand, has been terrific!
July 1st, 201010:29 am
Now we are talking to an imaginary .Don? Geez
July 1st, 201010:30 am
Ease,long time no nee.
July 1st, 201010:32 am
It has got to be driving Mets fans crazy to be playing over their heads, and still can’t catch us. Of course, Phillies fans are beside themselves with how they are playing. They also have the injury bug this year. It is, of course, their turn. Braves 2008, Mets 2009.
July 1st, 201010:33 am
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take all the Silver Slugger Awards he is still going to win, but I think a Gold Glove is entirely out of the question. This is what seperates him from Mauer.
July 1st, 201010:34 am
Gotten worse? No offense, but you’re wrong on that.
I can’t remember the last time I saw him throw to the bag.
You mean catch a guy stealing? He caught a guy Monday, he caught a guy Sunday, he caught a guy last Thursday, he caught a guy the Saturday before that, he caught a guy the Thursday before that…
Two guys stole on Tuesday, but McCann made pretty good throws–they were just late. We have a couple pitchers on the team that are slow to the plate (Hanson, Moylen, JJ…). Well, OK, I take part of that back…there was no throw on the first guy. There was an appeal as to whether or not the batter swung for a K or stopped his swing for a walk. The guy on first had taken off for second, they called it a K, and so he had a stolen base.
Sunday’s what I’m thinking of here–there were three SBs off him and our pitchers. Hanson was pitching that day, and he’s slow to the plate. Two of his three throws on the SBs were on the money, just late. He caught one guy that day with a BEAUTIFUL throw.
With how well Venters has been for us this year. It seems like there is not a need for another lefty reliever. So with that being said if there is any deal. Im betting that Mike Dunn is apart of it. Teams are consistently looking for a good lefty arm out of the bullpen and Dunn could be very valuable to some contender willing to give up some talent.
Freedie Freeman is gonna be a good one…280/346/472….at the age of 20 in AAA…8 hr, 20 2b’s
July 1st, 201010:35 am
Pudge put on a clinic last night blocking sliders in the dirt. Notice how keeps the ball in front of him…take a lesson Brian…you can’t catch everything but the job is to keep the ball on the playing field. Turn the glove over and stop trying to back hand everything. Maybe Eddie Perez needs to do a little catcher coaching.
Even though Lidge got the win against the Reds, he had to blow the save first.
July 1st, 201010:37 am
[Ease turns his back to CB]
July 1st, 201010:38 am
Sorry McFann but his downfall is not playing the ball off his chest. A catcher is a backstop with a glove…when a catcher gets crossed up thats different but ya gotta stop the balls in the dirt.
July 1st, 201010:39 am
There isn’t a catcher in the NL that I’d rather have on the team.
To me, there is no more important statistic than the “W” TB
I guess DLowe is our Ace then?
July 1st, 201010:40 am
Life is good, thanks. You?
thinbreakness I think a Gold Glove is entirely out of the question.
I wouldn’t say “entirely” out of the question, but then again I never said he was a Gold Glover, either. He’s caught 28% of the base runners, just so ya know. That’s down ’cause of those two dweebs who swiped bags off the pitchers on Tuesday.
Yeah, Pudge was gettin’ it done back there last night!
BMac’s improved with his pitch blocking, but he still goes to that backhand thing every now and then. One of those nasty habits…sometimes it works, but other times, ah, no.
July 1st, 201010:41 am
This is what seperates him from Mauer.
That, and the American League.
Why doesn’t anyone give Brian McCann the credit of calling a great ballgame??
I can’t count the times when a bullpen pitcher like Saito or EOF have struck a guy out in a tight situation and point to McCann for calling a great pitch.
He KNOWS his pitchers.
Your defense of his defense is admirable.
July 1st, 201010:42 am
thinbreakness There isn’t a catcher in the NL that I’d rather have on the team.
Hittin’ me with the snow job after I hit you with the stats, eh? JK…though since it’s so FREAKING hot over here, I could use some snow…
There isn’t a catcher in the ML that I’d rather have. But, ya know, that’s just me.
July 1st, 201010:43 am
And on stealing bases….
Hanson isn’t very good at holding runners. How many SBs were while Hanson was pitching?
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