Tropical Storm Bonnie and the Braves arrive in South Florida

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

MIAMI – As if our descent into the Ft. Lauderdale airport today wasn’t clue enough – I’d characterize it more like a 40 minute holding pattern, then a five-minute descent – we’ve got a few weather issues down here in South Florida.

Tropical Storm Bonnie passed right through South Florida about an hour before my plane did, and left the place looking soggy, gray and with remnants strewn on the roads from 40 mph winds. Remnants like palm fronds, and that’s twice for me writing about palm fronds in less than a month.

Just what you want for the start of the Braves-Marlins series today, eh?

But from what I read, the worst of it has passed through (that must have been the orange blob CNN was showing covering the entire southern tip of Florida on TV on the plane). Weather service says “more sporadic downpours” could roll in this afternoon. But hey, he didn’t say tonight. And a guy on the radio on my drive in said by this time tomorrow this thing should be gone.

Let’s hope sooner!

Actually I just looked on weather.com and the chances for rain aren’t too threatening until maybe 9 p.m. (40 percent) but it will be windy. Best of luck to the outfielders.

Ross watch

So it’ll be interesting to see how Cody Ross does this series and whether the Braves try to pack him up and take him with them to Washington next week.

Just a few short days after sending top scouts to south Florida, the Braves can see for themselves if the right-handed center fielder is a good fit for them.

The Braves are not the only ones in on him; they reportedly have the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies and Dodgers in the mix on some level as well. The Marlins don’t have huge financial incentives to get a deal done quickly – as Ross is a candidate to be non-tendered at the end of the season and is only owed about $1.5 million for the remainder of this season. So as Juan Rodriguez reports of the Sun-Sentinel and our notes group “the Marlins are under no pressure, financial or otherwise, to move him so the asking price likely is high.”

Of course the Braves are saying they can wait until after the non-waiver deadline passes too. So maybe this is all part of the game.

One prospect I’m told the Marlins have coveted in the recent past is reliever Craig Kimbrel, but if you’re the Braves, it’s doubtful you’d part with the kid you see as a closer of the near future, with Billy Wagner approaching retirement, especially for a player who could be around only a couple of months.

Marlins, etc.

So some good news for the Braves to open this series? Josh Johnson just pitched yesterday and is not available. He and his majors-leading 1.61 ERA will have to wait for another day. Also, the Braves are catching Hanley Ramirez at a good time, about like they did the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez.

Ramirez has hit only 4-for-23 since the All-Star break and got the day off yesterday, only the fourth time he’s been out of the lineup this season.

His manager Edwin Rodriguez doesn’t want to blame any bad habits leftover from the Home Run derby – Juan tells us in our notes group – but that he admits Ramirez’s swing has gotten long. Rodriguez said he’s taking the right approach: “He’s trying to hit more to the right side of the field until he gets back into his swing.”

As a team, though, the Marlins are playing well. They’ve won five of their last six, including four by one run (including yesterday’s 3-2 walk-off win against the Rockies) and are back within nine games of the Braves from fourth place.

Their lone loss in that span came when Nate Robertson got pummeled in a 10-0 loss to the Rockies, but the Marlins have since designated Robertson for assignment. So instead of facing Robertson on Sunday, the Braves are supposed to see Ricky Nolasco.

OK, I’ve got to skedaddle and get over to the ballpark. More from there in a little bit.

Oh wait, a few tidbits

Chris Resop, out since mid-June with a left oblique strain made his second appearance in a rehabilitation assignment start last night with Double-A Mississippi going 2 1/3 innings against Tennessee, allowing two runs on five hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

Pitching matchups for Nationals series:

Tuesday: Tommy Hanson (8-6, 4.12) vs. Stephen Strasburg (5-2, 2.32). Wednesday: Tim Hudson (10-5, 2.47) vs. Livan Hernandez (7-6, 3.12). Thursday: RHP Derek Lowe (tonight) vs. RHP Craig Stammen (2-4 + tonight).

2,631 comments Add your comment

sw

July 23rd, 2010
3:16 pm

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

Ask you this, Brian, and be honest. You’d rather have Holiday and Pujols over Chipper and Glaus right now, wouldn’t you???????

Of course anyone would rather have Holiday and Pujols over Chipper and Glaus right now. But offense clearly isn’t about just two hitters on any given team, or else the Cardinals would have a better record or at least have scored more runs than the Braves. They haven’t.

dave obrien II

July 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

BravesFanChris25

July 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

Josh

July 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

thanks for the new blog Carroll! don’t get blown away by that storm!

BravesFanChris25

July 23rd, 2010
3:20 pm

Or not >_>

I get a feeling Cody Ross might switch locker rooms/dugouts before the series is over with. If not early next week. He just seems destined to become a Brave I think.

Braveslifer

July 23rd, 2010
3:20 pm

Go Braves lets fry some fish.

:Ô: :Ô:

July 23rd, 2010
3:22 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

MiaBchBravesFan And with all due respect to McFann…

Heck, no sweat…BMac’s always been a way better 5-hole guy. That’s more or less where he was born to bat…and his K troubles started when he was moved to the cleanup spot. [Duck for cover!]

Puma

July 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

not that it’s any of my business, but is DOB on a leave of absence or something?

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Brian, et. al., my point is that during a season, a team can mystically conjure up runs and give the seeming appearance of offensive prowess. However, in the playoffs, Cinderella more often than not loses both her shoes and never makes it to the dance. You need your go-to studs doing the job when it matters most. Even A-Rod and Barry choked on it when they were young; when they grew up, they carried teams. Holiday and Pujols can carry their team.

Do you honestly want to hitch your wagon to the two horses that are a long playoff run dependent on not only Chipper’s health being perfect, but Glaus at .234 and .214 and dropping???

:Ô: :Ô:

July 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

REALLY hope they don’t have too many rain-delays…

.589

July 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Conundrum….do we root for Ross to do good? :)

rich

July 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

anyone know what the lineups are?

BravesFanChris25

July 23rd, 2010
3:26 pm

If no rain happens, then I think they’d try to get the game underway and at least get 5 innings in.

:Ô: :Ô:

July 23rd, 2010
3:28 pm

.589 do we root for Ross to do good?

Ick…not really…

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Brian, my point is that during a season, a team can mystically conjure up runs and give the seeming appearance of offensive prowess. However, in the playoffs, Cinderella more often than not loses both her shoes and never makes it to the dance. You need your go-to studs doing the job when it matters most. Even A-Rod and Barry choked on it when they were young; when they grew up, they carried teams. Holiday and Pujols can carry their team.

Do you honestly want to hitch your wagon to the two horses that are a long playoff run dependent on not only Chipper’s health being perfect, but Glaus at .234 and .214 and dropping???

MiaBchBravesFan, actually the opposite is true. It’s harder to “conjure up” runs over the course of 162 games than it is in a relative few playoff games.

The Braves have lots of guys that are tough outs. The Cardinals have three. Depth can make up for a lack of studs. In fact, one can argue that depth may be more important in baseball because you can’t just use Pujols in optimal situations. He has to wait his turn in the batting order. It isn’t football where you can draw up a play to Jerry Rice or John Taylor.

tempe zac

July 23rd, 2010
3:29 pm

What are the chances we see Diaz take Hinske’s place tonight? I never thought I would say this, but Diaz is a much better fielder. Hinske needs the rest, he is a big ol’ boy

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 23rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Does Dave O’Brien still work on this blog? His picture is there but I never see his name on the articles…..

GTSteve

July 23rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Just to chime in on the current discussion or argument ……Holiday and Pujols are getting shutout through 4 at Chicago

Brian from SC

July 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm

Do you honestly want to hitch your wagon to the two horses that are a long playoff run dependent on not only Chipper’s health being perfect, but Glaus at .234 and .214 and dropping???

OK, you win. I guess I want to trade for Pujols and Holliday then…I think you’ll have a hard time convincing the Cardinals GM, though.

Nick

July 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm

This is gonna be a tough series. Runs will come few and far between.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm

Shaun: LOL – now you’re just being obtuse. :-)

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Clearly the Braves depth has made up for the fact that they don’t have a Pujols or a Holliday. The Braves have outscored the Cardinals, have only a slightly lower on-base, are equal in OPS+ and have won more games. So please explain why the Braves would want to give up players for D Lee in an attempt to make them more like a team that has scored fewer runs, isn’t all that different in terms of OPS and has a worse record?

Omar! Omar!

July 23rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Did you see the article in SI by Thomas Lake about Bobby Cox – “gran-Bobby” as the grandkids call him: “Thumbing His Way Back Home”?

Check it out at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1172328/1/index.htm

tempe zac

July 23rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Mr. Pappagiorio, DOB didn’t want to fly through the storm. So he let Carroll do it.

Brian from SC

July 23rd, 2010
3:33 pm

Shaun, the Braves don’t have a lower OBP than the Cards. They lead the NL in OBP.

Horner's Corner

July 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

On April 30th Nate McLouth had his first multi-hit game of the yr (including a HR). He also had a walk and his first SB that night, and the Braves broke their 9 game losing streak. Over the next 3 weeks McLouth put up numbers very similar to his career totals (.258 / .372 / .439 / .811) and the Braves went on a 13-6 run that catapulted them back into the NL East race. On May 21st the Braves began a series in Pittsburgh where McLouth may have tried a little too hard to impress the old fans. He went 1 for 11 that weekend and started a stretch, leading up to the concussion, where he went 5 for 50!

I have absolutely no point here, other than the fact that McLouth did show a glimmer of his former self in May. Fortunately the Braves have continued to win and I think they can survive without a making a trade if McLouth provides something similar to what he displayed during that 19 game stretch. He needs to show something soon though and I think this weekend series, facing 3 RH pitchers will be a big test.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Brian: not my point. My point ALL OF TODAY is that if the Braves don’t do something about the 4 hole and Glaus, any playoff run will be short.

I think Glaus is really hurt.

I think there is no rebound for Glaus.

I don’t care who plays CF as long as I have a platoon of Melky and Nate. I never intended them, the CF position, or Cody Ross, to drive in runs for me back in March; certainly not in September or October.

Glaus pulled off the bag early on a stretch Mon. night (a Padres’ runner should’ve been called safe at a critical juncture in the game), dropped a pop-up he had to run after Tues., and I saw him have difficulty stopping after awkwardly running out a grounder in the Mets series – all symptoms of a painful knee he is gamely playing on.

Sorry, Dude’s killing us. It doesn’t show now to many, but it will rear its ugly head down the road.

Remarkable

July 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

The Braves can use a good hitting outfielder but Hinski or Cabera will have to go. Just a thought, what about adding a power hitter who plays third? Chipper stays hurt and probablyn wont be here in the spring. Who fits that bill that is available?

Nova Scotia Steve

July 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

GTSteve: Just to chime in on the current discussion or argument ……Holiday and Pujols are getting shutout through 4 at Chicago.

By Randy Wells no less…Ohh and Jeff Suppan just blew away Derek Lee with an 86 MPH fastball.

bruce

July 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

blanco is better than cody ross… so we do not need that trade…

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Brian from SC, you’re right. I meant OPS.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
3:43 pm

If you look at Young’s number over the past 4 years, the splits aren’t as bad as this year. I

Y———-H———-A
07——-786——-740-poor
08——-793——-726-terrible
09——-682——-746-poor
10——-940——-653-incredibly terrible
Car—–788——-721-terrible

the only reason you can say that is because he is having a career year at home this season. no matter what the splits, he is a stinking 721-much worse this year so not improving at all- hitter away from ‘zona. that is not what this team needs to give up prospects for.

KeyLargo

July 23rd, 2010
3:43 pm

After watching the Marlins operate for 10 years from down here in the Keys, I have an opinion on the Braves acquiring Cody Ross. He makes $4.45 M a year or about $750,000 a month, $175,000 a week or $87,500 for a three game series.

The Marlins are so cheap, that I believe if they were going to trade Ross to the Braves, facing him in a Braves uni would be no impediment to them if they could save the $87,500.

So, I guess I’m saying if Ross were coming to the Braves, it would have already happened.

Brian from SC

July 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

You know that Glaus has only been our cleanup hitter in about 1/3rd of our games this year. He hits there against lefties, against whom he has an .857 OPS, compared to Derrek Lee’s .710.

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

MiaBchBravesFan, our point is that what matters is batters 1-8 and not just batters 3-4. In fact, batters 1-2 are more important than 3-4. But the quality of a team’s hitters matters a lot more than where they hit in the order. I’m sure there are several teams that have scored fewer runs than the Braves with better 3-4 hitters, especially if we are only looking at batting average and slugging percentage.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

not that it’s any of my business, but is DOB on a leave of absence or something? Puma

he’s taking his weekly vacation :)
seriously, he seldom covers the Braves in Miami
I don’t know why, perhaps there might still be a warrant floating around down there for him. (again kidding, Puma).

flange1

July 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

MiaBch,

I missed the last blog, what do you think we should do about Glaus?

:Ô: :Ô:

July 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Sa-weet! No Josh Johnson in this series?? :D That’s a run in our favor…

BravesFanChris25

July 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

KeyLargo

Some good and interesting points there. However, I don’t think they would have already traded him based solely on those facts. I think Marlins are trying to get exactly what they want by dragging it out and not already traded him. It’s a chess game. Braves will get Ross for their price or won’t get him at all. Just because it hadn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t/can’t. Doesn’t mean it will either, but you get the point.

Gary O

July 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Glaus has been streaky. The problem is, we dont know what kind of streak is he going to be on in the playoffs…

And thats one more reason why I like the move to bring in Gonzales, and I hope we trade for a CF. The more guys who are offensive threats, the better.

Who wants to rely on Melky or Nate to come up with a big hit in October?

Bravos

July 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

we need Chris Young or Adam Jones & we will be good to go to the WS

Lollygagger

July 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Here’s to hoping that Cody Ross goes 0-for-16 at the plate against the Braves this weekend… thus both killing Braves’ interest in him and dragging the Marlins lineup down against us. I hope Bonnie blows out quickly, and Ross just plain blows all weekend!

.589

July 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

:Ô: :Ô: – Ick…not really…

:D

That’s what I thought as well.

I agree with Bruce too……Blanco > Ross.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Brian, Shaun: don’t live in the past.

Embrace the recent prowess and power that is the second half Derek Lee (see recent splits, I am tired of posting them!). I think he’ll come way cheaper than Dunn or Fielder.

Hey, if the Cubs ask for pie in the sky, I’d say NO! too. But if you accept the present condition that is Troy Glaus. . .

YOU’LL BE SORREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

we need Chris Young

yeah we need a 700 hitting OFer alright. guy stinks

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
3:55 pm

flange1: yer a trip, man :-)

CSpin

July 23rd, 2010
3:57 pm

Haven’t looked up much about the Marlins new stadium…..will it have a roof?

Nick

July 23rd, 2010
3:57 pm

Adam Jones or BJ Upton.

CSpin

July 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

I would hate to be playing outfield tonight.

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

MiaBchBravesFan, Glaus is still getting on base. If the Braves are to make an upgrade it should be in the outfield by getting a Seth Smith (if he’s available) or a Josh Willingham. Lee is not likely to be a significant upgrade over Glaus.

Gary O, Glaus has only been streaky in the power department. He’s still getting on base.

Adding an outfielder preferably with some punch and on-base ability would be a lot more helpful than replacing Glaus with someone like D Lee.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

we aren’t getting much from Bonnie over here in SW Florida. If she is already moving out from Miami maybe they will get to play tonight afterall. One can hope so anyway

PDOG

July 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Bravos, I agree with you if the Braves are going to make a trade bring in a young stud Jones or Young, otherwise it is not worth it.

KeyLargo

July 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Haven’t looked up much about the Marlins new stadium…..will it have a roof?

Yep, it’s a convertible.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

I would not mind Willingham at all if he did not cost a fortune, but they would likely want a lot especially within the division.

Wayne in Utah

July 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

Been on the road for 2.5 hours, check back in and the Glaus discussion is still going on???

If Glaus falters (beyond being streaky), I would expect Freeman will get a callup.

Problem solved. End of story.

BravesFanChris25

July 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

noleeee

Perhaps it shifted and is moving in another direction.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

Young is anything but a stud. guy sucks :)

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

“MiaBchBravesFan, our point is that what matters is batters 1-8 and not just batters 3-4.”

Let’s see. Typical bottom of the order if we stand pat.

6. Diaz / Hinske
7. Gonzalez
8. Melky / Nate

I like Diaz – I said he’ll be hot for the next 3-4 months. I don’t expect Gonzo to be anything but steady; anything he gives hit-wise (like yesterday) is gravy. Melky / Nate: ’nuff said.

Nope, sorry. Need a healthy #4 that does not play CF, is not named Cody Ross, and won’t bankrupt my farm system.

Hello, Jim? This is Frank. . .

JasonInFL

July 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

According to MLBTraderumos, the Royals will listen on all of their players, including Greinke. I know we don’t necessarily need pitching, but…

Gary O

July 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Shaun,

I agree. I think we should keep Glaus, but trade for a center fielder.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm

just checked Hurricane site. she is headed this way but over land and rapidly getting disorganized. Only a TP to begin with.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:05 pm

TS -Tropical Storm–not TP (whatever that is) ;)

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
4:06 pm

ShaunShaunShaunShaunShaunShaunShaunShaun…

The Braves need a left handed bat (Seth Smith) like you need me annoying you about Derek Lee.

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

But if you accept the present condition that is Troy Glaus. . .

MiaBchBravesFan, yeah, it’s not like the Braves are 10-6 in July or anything. It’s not like they are 14-8 since the June 24th loss to the White Sox. All this with Glaus in his “present condition.”

What matters in terms of offense is the present condition of 1-8 in the lineup; are 1-8 better at getting on-base and then slugging than most of the teams they are playing in the post-season. But even if they are slightly worse, the run prevention matters a lot too.

:Ô: :Ô:

July 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

.589

Yeah, never been a huge C. Ross fan–mainly because he plays for the Marlins, heh heh. And either way, wouldn’t want him doing good against the Braves no matter what…

Crime Dog

July 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

TS -Tropical Storm–not TP (whatever that is) ;)

I was wondering how the storm was only a “good-for-nothing hitting coach” to begin with…

//kidding

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

I kinda agree some with MBBF, if we get a bopper we do not need a CFer, not sure Lee is that guy though.
In reality I’m pretty sure they are not gonna pay for a substantial bat of any kind or position

KeyLargo

July 23rd, 2010
4:10 pm

I agree with Bruce too……Blanco > Ross.

Very, very poor evaluation if you are serious.

.589

July 23rd, 2010
4:10 pm

Tomahawkin’ said there’s no baseball tonight on FB. :(

Any truth to this?

CSpin

July 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Can’t believe Turner Field will soon be the oldest stadium in the NL East…..interesting.

Tale of Woe

July 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Line-Up

Prado
Heyward
Jones
McCann
Glaus
Hinske
Gonzo
McLouth
Lowe

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

July 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

I think if you have two platoon situations going in the outfield that is probably one too many. You need two everyday guys out there. Melky has played well at times (especially throwing the ball), but folks he has not been the kind of run producer the team needs. Nate has been a disaster. Combining the two is well….stupid. I get that you have to see what McClouth has left, but in terms of where this team needs to be heading into October, I sure hope there is an everday centerfielder. Hinske and Diaz are fine in left, and Melky can slide into the backup role or be included in a deal.

Crime Dog

July 23rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Man…Schafer sent back to AA. What a drop in stock in one year…

monty

July 23rd, 2010
4:12 pm

If Troy Glaus has taught me one thing about him this year it is to not count him out…do I wish he wouldn’t be so streaky? Yeh!! But many players do much of their damage in streaks…look no further than Matt Holiday of late. Here’s to waiting and watching for Glaus to get hot again. With every swing of every AB I’ll be thinking, “was that it?” was that the swing that starts the ensuing wrecking of havok on major league pitchers for the next 3-4 weeks? Kind of like waiting for the return of the swallows to Capastrano. Don’t know the exact day, but you know their coming.

Horner's Corner

July 23rd, 2010
4:12 pm

JasonInFL-

We do need pitching; playoff caliber pitching and I think Greinke’s a great idea. This team reminds me way too much of those early 2000 teams that were great throughout the regular season, but got eliminated immediately in the playoffs. Let’s get another top of the rotation guy and forget about some mediocre OF!

JasonInFL

July 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

I was never that high on Jordan anyway, but I do listen to some of the folks on here that are much more in tune with our prospects than I.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Shaun, we’re going in circles. If you are willing to accept a fragile Chipper in the 3-hole and a bum-kneed Glaus in the four-spot, and take that train to the promised land, you, Sir, are a MUCH better person than I am.

(In this weather, I wonder how Glaus’s knee feels? Or Chipper’s bunions and surgical knee?)

I cease talking about Glaus v. Lee for the rest of the day (don’t all cheer all at once :-)

Shaun

July 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

MiaBchBravesFan, have you watched the Braves all season? Have you looked at any team stat pages? The Braves’ offense is as good or better than any other playoff team’s offense. That’s with Glaus, with Hinske, with Diaz, with Cabrera, with McLouth, with Escobar. Now, I would love to see them improve, but there is no reason to believe the Braves are in deep trouble in the playoffs if they stand pat or don’t make any big moves.

The Braves, like every other team, if they do need anything, need to try to increase their run differential. Seth Smith would do this a lot more than Derek Lee would. If Smith platooned with Diaz that would make much more of an impact than replacing Glaus with Lee. Smith is one of the most productive hitters in baseball against righty pitching.

JasonInFL

July 23rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Greinke and his contract…I would snag him right now. I think he would dominate in the NL and would thrive in the ATL. I would trade ANY of our prospects for him except Julio Teheran.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:15 pm

You need two everyday guys out there. CCE

why would that be, when platooning would give you better numbers overall. There is no reason to put up with poor production from one side of the plate just to have only one player. With the current manpower we have, only Heyward should not be platooned. None of the rest hit well enough against both sides to really warrant full time play.

tempe zac

July 23rd, 2010
4:15 pm

The weather report is looking better. Curious about the line-up today…

Lpad

July 23rd, 2010
4:16 pm

noleee – I’m of the impression that there aren’t any bats available that can transform our offense and take it to the next level. The only thing I see available are some hitters, like C. Ross in a platoon with Nate, that can deepen the lineup if used correctly.

Shane

July 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

I agree Shaun. The Braves offense lacks big names but taken cumulatively its really good.

Glaus sees alot of pitches and thats what this braves offense excels out. Running up pitch counts and then striking when

1. The starter is getting tired
2. The bullpen of the other team is used

You look at the Yankees and Red Sox. They excel at having high OBP guys who more times than not have the other teams pitcher approaching 100 pitches by the 5th or 6th inning.

You can win alot of games that way as the Braves are proving.

Wayne in Utah

July 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

A 3-4 by McLouth in the next game would darn sure help answer a few questions.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

probably right Lpad, and if there were I’m pretty sure the Braves would not spring for them. Is Ross really an upgrade? A little I guess but not enough to give up much for IMO. If he comes reasonable, fine.

KeyLargo

July 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

Nolie – What do you think the changes in the way service time is accumulated for players not yet eligible for free agency will be in the next contract between the owners and players?

CraZyTraDEMaN

July 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

I can’t believe an argument about replacing Glaus with Derrick efffen Lee has been going on for 2 blogs now. It’s not happening and FW hasn’t even thought about it. Glaus is a streaky hitter always has been always will be. Look up his yearly stats month to month he rarely has back to back months where he shows consistent production. He will break out of it soon.

David O'Brien

July 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

not that it’s any of my business, but is DOB on a leave of absence or something? — Puma

I like it. That’s far more original than the usual “vacation” chatter.

Oh, and I’ve always been a Puma aficionado — the old-school suede Puma “Clyde.”

The_Superhoo

July 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

Go Braves!

“Eh.” to Ross joining. I think we’d have to pay too much, and would then suffer at the hands of the guys we give up in future years (in division).

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

Hech Wayne, I’d settle for a 1-4 extra base hit and no Ks.

timthebrave

July 23rd, 2010
4:20 pm

Omar! Omar! Great article. thanks a lot. sent it to my friends too

David O'Brien

July 23rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Nolee, you might be right (the line about a warrant in So. Fla.).

By the way, I just filed something for the Sunday paper about the Braves’ pitching prospects and how teams have been ringing the phone off the hook asking Wren which ones are available, etc. It should be posted online today or tomorrow, I think.

noleeee

July 23rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Puma makes good knives too

Ralph

July 23rd, 2010
4:23 pm

Coody Ross isn’t exactly wearing out the base paths with either his average (275) or home runs (8), keep the prospects if you can’t do better than that.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 23rd, 2010
4:23 pm

Hell, a combined .250-.260 from Melky-Nate (sounds like an antacid!) in CF, from today to the rest of the way, would make me :-)

timthebrave

July 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

MiaBchBravesFan, If the Braves don’t do something quick they might have the best record in the national league……..oh wait

onebravosfan

July 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Does anyone know what happened to KK? I am not a huge fan but it seems odd that he has been completely banished from ever appearing in a game again.

Kentavo

July 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Is it time to call up Freddie Freeman with Hinske and Glaus hurting?

Bravos

July 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Noleee, Young is alot better than Mclouth!!!

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