Braves postgame comments after Tuesday’s loss to Nats

 CHIPPER JONES

 On how the Braves reacted when Strasburg was scratched: 

“Everybody wanted to know what happened. He’s been the story of the year, and I’m sure for the hour in and around 7 o’clock, he was the talk of baseball again. You never like to hear of someone of his stature being hurt because it’s bad for the game. We spent the last two days kind of getting mentally ready for the big flame-thrower and then five minutes before, we get (Miguel) Batista so. Not to make any excuses. We played like crap and got beat.”

On Braves offensive struggles:

 “You could tell from the first couple innings we were taking a lot of pitches and Coop (Eric Cooper) had a more than generous strike zone back there so it took us a while to kind of feel him out, feel the strike zone out. We were down three runs because we played shoddy defense and that was about it. Their bullpen did a good job. Every time we got a leadoff guy on we shot ourselves in the foot with a double play or something. Everything that could have gone wrong tonight did, and it cost us a 3-0 loss.”

On what made Batista effective:

“He threw the ball just off the plate. He kept the ball out of the middle of the plate. That’s what any successful pitcher does, I don’t care what your repertoire is; I don’t care how hard you throw. If you don’t throw the ball down the middle you’ll get some soft outs and a bunch of outs. He did that.”

On missing a chance to face Strasburg:

“I always look forward to facing the guys who are considered to be the best. I wouldn’t quite put him in that realm yet, but I’m sure he’s on his way. The guys who get all the hype, the flame-throwers with the good stuff – you love facing those guys…It was a bit of a letdown tonight, just because we had 48 hours to get mentally ready for him. And then for him not to pitch was a little disappointing, but I applaud what the Nationals did because that’s their franchise for the next 15 years. If he wakes up with a hangnail, I’m holding him out. I want to protect my investment, protect that arm for the next 20 years because as he goes, they’re going to go.”

Jones on the Braves rugged stretch lately;

“We’re not swing the bats real consistently right now. And I made a big error tonight that kind of put us way behind the 8-ball and we could never get righted after that. It’s going to take us coming out and scoring two or three in the first one game to kind of get back in the groove hopefully. Martin (Prado) has been scuffling a little bit, Troy (Glaus) has been scuffling. Got to get those elements back swinging a bat better, setting the table and we’ll be OK.”

TOMMY HANSON

 On an adjustment he made before the start:

“Before the start I moved over to the other side of the rubber. Roger  (McDowell) felt like I should that….To go out there my first outing on the other side of the rubber I felt great. And for the most part I felt good with all my pitches today, felt I executed pretty well.”

 On trying to slow the running game:

“I’ve got to try to figure something out. I was working on it in spring training and I try to work in my slide step as much as possible, but any time they see my leg go up that’s when they take off, so I’ve just got to try to find something in between the two that I could give Mac (Brian McCann) a chance to throw them out.”

On his comfort level with the slide step:

“It’s comfortable for me but I feel a lot better if I could gather myself before I go home with all my pitches. It’s one of those things I just need to find something in between that’s comfortable.”

 On moving his position on the rubber:

“I moved from the third base side where I’ve been forever and I went over to the first base side. I think it allows me to stay on my pitches a lot longer. When I was on the opposite side, I was spinning, trying to get to the outside corner against a righty. And a lot of my fastballs were cutting. My slider flattened out. Everything was just kind of going sideways. This way I moved over a little bit and I was able to stay on it a little bit longer and give my pitches some more depth.”

 BOBBY COX

On the Strasburg scratch:

“I didn’t know what had happened. I know the fans were disappointed, but what are you going to do, he didn’t feel right warming up. So they did the smart thing that’s for darn sure. Batista held us. Mac lined out up the middle with a man on second in the first inning and that was about it. We didn’t have many chances after that.”

On Hanson:

“I thought he was fantastic tonight. He couldn’t control the ball any better. No walks. Eight punch outs. He made one bad pitch to (Ian) Desmond the shortstop, first pitch with men on. That’s the only one I remember bad. I thought he was just outstanding. It’s just a shame we didn’t score him anything.”

On the Nats running game:

“They run on Tommy. He started slide-stepping after that. We’ve told him a million times, certain runners you’ve got to slide step and use the inside move at second. He started doing it and pitched a great game, sliding. And they won’t run on him.”

MIGUEL BATISTA

On getting booed by Nats fans when he was announced:

“Imagine, if you go there to see Miss Universe and you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it’s OK. They had to understand that as an organization we have to make sure the kid is fine.”

118 comments Add your comment

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 27th, 2010
11:25 pm

Watching tonight’s game, I had flashbacks to April.

J

July 27th, 2010
11:25 pm

peter nincompoop

July 27th, 2010
11:25 pm

Anyone ready to jump off the Glaus train yet?

dylan

July 27th, 2010
11:26 pm

Gman

July 27th, 2010
11:26 pm

Wow! That was about as bad as it gets.

Stras would’ve had a no hitter.

Looking at 2nd place by this time next week…or sooner

J

July 27th, 2010
11:26 pm

Bobby needs to tell Heyward not to just drop the bat when he strikes out like he’s been doing, it’s not a good look.

Keith

July 27th, 2010
11:26 pm

Wow, could it be? :) First.

If not, oh well….

Gosh, this makes it loom larger that we need another piece…..

JJ

July 27th, 2010
11:26 pm

ugh i could of been 1st

J

July 27th, 2010
11:26 pm

The abuse of Jonny Venters’ arm.

peter nincompoop

July 27th, 2010
11:27 pm

Yeah, they do look the team that lost nine in a row in April.

dylan

July 27th, 2010
11:28 pm

Lets make a deal!

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 27th, 2010
11:28 pm

With many of the Braves’ batters cold recently, especially Glaus, they are risking losing their first place status to the red-hot Phillies. Something’s gotta change, as only scoring a couple of runs per game and having to constantly come from behind in runs scored won’t win you many ball games. We need substantial improvement from our 1B and 3B bats.

J

July 27th, 2010
11:31 pm

Hinske needs to play 1B more and have Diaz in LF

J

July 27th, 2010
11:31 pm

How did Alex Gonzalez hit 18 homers in Toronto?

J

July 27th, 2010
11:32 pm

I bet Chip Caray’s Mousse misses Nate

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 27th, 2010
11:32 pm

With Glaus so ice cold lately, perhaps it’s time to sit him a bit more often and have Hinske start at 1B a little more often. But, what do I know? I’m a nerd pretending to manage a baseball team from my keyboard.

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 27th, 2010
11:33 pm

@J — Uh, no. I’m glad one rally killer is off the team. Next project: Glaus…

J

July 27th, 2010
11:35 pm

When is O’ coming back?

Rhino

July 27th, 2010
11:36 pm

rainman34

July 27th, 2010
11:36 pm

The braves best first baseman is in AAA. We need to add freeman let him a Glaus platoon. Let Glaus give chipper a day off here and there. Now is the time to go we cant hold anything back.

PMC

July 27th, 2010
11:37 pm

Losing 3 nothing to a nationals team that lost their starter right before the game is a freaking DREADFUL loss. No ways around it. I hope this little streak can be cured… because if more of Those games happen they are in trouble.

Can’t afford games like this one. Awful.

Bob Horners Broken Wrist

July 27th, 2010
11:38 pm

This is all Mark Bradley’s fault!! Friggin jinx!!! The Braves are done.

PMC

July 27th, 2010
11:38 pm

Impressed by Miguel Batista’s comments and his game. He was tremendous.

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 27th, 2010
11:39 pm

The Braves tonight made the Nationals’ pitching staff look like Cy Young winners.

Largo

July 27th, 2010
11:40 pm

The Phillies have Howard and the Braves have Glaus. That pretty well tells the difference between the two teams.

BravesfaninMD

July 27th, 2010
11:43 pm

Yea I agree…. Play Hinske more at 1B and give Glaus some rest

Carroll Rogers

July 27th, 2010
11:44 pm

I’ll check on O’Flaherty tomorrow

BravesfaninMD

July 27th, 2010
11:45 pm

And definitely agree that Heyward needs to be careful about dropping that bat

J

July 27th, 2010
11:48 pm

I just fell in love with Carroll Rogers… <3

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 27th, 2010
11:48 pm

Glaus is always limping around clumsily whenever I see him walk; maybe he’s masking a minor injury (knees or something). That could explain his lack of offensive production. Or, maybe it’s just his time in baseball has passed.

peter nincompoop

July 27th, 2010
11:52 pm

I fail to see what Chipper does for this team. I hate paying someone millions of dollars when they concede that the best contribution they can make is taking walks and getting on base occasionally. His fielding ability and range arent even up to par this year. I would have thought that he would have put some extra effort into his conditioning after all the injuries and awful second half that he had to last year. I guess theres no point complaing, as there isnt anything to be done about it this year [except maybe he breaks his leg trying to hold a sneeze in] I just hope he has enough sense to pack it in next year.

Innocent Bystander

July 27th, 2010
11:54 pm

Tommy actually looked really good in this game, which is something good to take out of this one. He was the victim of a few terrible errors, but at one point he sat down something like 13 of 14.

J

July 27th, 2010
11:54 pm

Our season is done after this loss it seems.

CaptainMudderland

July 27th, 2010
11:56 pm

The man has inflamation out the wazoo–there was a game back in early June, I believe, where Glausy ran from a while–full speed from first, he scored standing….he has not been the same since—just a hunch….I don’t have a crystal ball….but something is not right with this guy!

BravesfaninMD

July 27th, 2010
11:57 pm

Peter you’re starting to sound like Brian Jordan …. And I totally agree with you. If the other Braves continue to struggle they will have to address the lack of productivity in the 3 hole

tristan

July 27th, 2010
11:57 pm

On Braves offensive woes:

We felt that if we could come in here and stink it up like we did in April, we could upset some more of our fans in DC.

bee killer

July 27th, 2010
11:58 pm

I was also wondering about why Gonzalez cant hit a homer in a Braves uniform. And those weak softball throws to first.

Rhino

July 27th, 2010
11:58 pm

Hanson looked awesome! Great takeaway, Innocent Bystander.

I’d LOVE to see the Braves make a move for Adam Dunn.

http://www.rhinorant.com

tristan

July 27th, 2010
11:59 pm

On Braves recent showings against sub .500 teams:

We feel if we play to the level of our competition, it helps ticket sales and helps parody in MLB. We know that pennant races sell tickets and commercials and we are hoping to help MLB make money this year. Mr. Selig warned us and now wants to start suspending us so we have agreed to stink it up and allow all of the NL East teams back in the race.

tristan

July 28th, 2010
12:00 am

On not trading for a bat or two:

We feel as though we can continue to hope everyone will come around and eventually they will, just like last year when we were in the race for the wild card and began losing consistently to the Nats at the end.

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:01 am

Im not going to jump off a building after this slow start to the second half but several thing are going to half to happen if we are going to keep the rest of the pack of our heels. Glaus is going to have to start hitting. Gonzales is going to have to tap into some of that power he has shown earlier in the year, and something is going to have to be done to improve the outfield. An extra reliever wouldnt hurt as bc is afraid to use chavez and kk and im afraid venters arm is going to fall off. And if Chipper got knocked out for the rest of the season I wouldnt mind that either.

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:03 am

[hes got inflammation up the wazoo] thats hilarious

J

July 28th, 2010
12:04 am

I’d rather Gonzalez’s “weak softball” throws to first than Yunel’s lazy flips..

tristan

July 28th, 2010
12:07 am

On bringing up Clevlen instead of Blanco:

Well we just figured that Blanco caused us to win too many games and we decided that right now we wanted to go in a funk and that we could do that with someone who hasn’t played ball in a couple of months. Blanco just had way too many good ABs in the last month and he would continue to make Chipper and Glaus look bad at the plate. We can’t be having that kind of turmoil of a primadonna looking worse than the minor leaguer so we decided to leave Blanco in Gwinnett. Besides Clevlen has played in 14 professional games in the past three years and that is the type of experience we are looking for.

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:10 am

The phillies are surging and they havent even gotten Utley back yet but I heard Victorino limped off earlier tonight so hopefully we can keep pace. I just know the phillies are going to make a move to make their team stronger and we are going to have to do the same to keep up.

tristan

July 28th, 2010
12:13 am

On using Venters repeatedly:

We know he is going to get suspended by MLB and we figure we should get some use out of him before he goes. What’s that? You think we have used him too much? We realize that we need to work him to death, get him on the DL, then we will get Wagner on the DL when we work his ankle so hard he snaps it in half. This is our plan so we can have an excuse to pitch our prize pitchers KK and Chavez. We have been saving them for the pennant race. We are hoping to begin using KK as a 7th inning guy, Saito as a 8th inning guy, and Chavez will be our new closer. This is the way we see winning the pennant. These guys are our true heroes on the team.

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:14 am

tristan – they brought up clevlen because blanco hasnt been down there long enought to be eligble to be brougt back you have to wait ten days after he was sent down. Makes me wonder why the didnt just leave Mclouth here until the could bring blanco back. Clevlen doesnt do much besides pinch run. Maybe they were trying to send Mclouth a message.

tristan

July 28th, 2010
12:16 am

peter thank you for that, didn’t realize the rule

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:17 am

Venters seems to have become Bobbys favorite this year. It was the same with Moylan when he first came to the braves. I just dont understand why he has to wear them out so badly. We are worried about keeping Medlens innings in check this year but hell it seems like him and Johnny V ought to be neck and neck.

Chris Reitsma

July 28th, 2010
12:20 am

Amazing how the braves take a kid that can throw 97 and is almost unhittable and TEACH him how to throw 92, he struggles to get people out because you TOOK HIS OUT PITCH AWAY.

laffingOWTlaud

July 28th, 2010
12:26 am

We need more quotes like Batista’s. Can we get someone to call Batista after every game so we can get a quick quote for the AJC? Even if they no play the Braves. Miss Iowa

tristan

July 28th, 2010
12:28 am

On Braves not being able to beat the Nats bullpen with their collective 3.72 ERA :

We know that if we got 0 runs in nine innings against a team that almost allows 4 per nine innings, then we will get them in the next game. We got them right where we want them having used their bullpen up tonight. We aren’t worried that Livan averages almost 7 innings a start with a 2.57 ERA at home. We will eventually get to their bullpen and hope that we come through. Numbers don’t lie and we will score against them eventually.

Rhino

July 28th, 2010
12:28 am

JRW7

July 28th, 2010
12:39 am

You know, for a 1st place MLB team, we play like crap. The BRAVES are imploding, The way we have been playing, the PHILLIES will be in 1st place by the end of the week. I enjoyed while it lasted.

bang'm

July 28th, 2010
12:41 am

The answer is sitting on the bench.

OMAR INFANTE, geezus christmas!

Guy leads the team in ba%, ba% with men on, ba% with men in risp, ba% men in risp w/2outs….

Can we please put the best hitter on our dam team in the game for a change Bobby. WTF?

JohnSmith

July 28th, 2010
12:48 am

It’s weird to think that the Braves’ playoff chances may well hinge on the whims of Roy Oswalt. Apparently he’s not a Philly or New York fan, which bodes well for Atlanta. Hope he sticks to his guns and goes to another division (or another league) entirely.

Otherwise, I think the Braves will weather the storm and remain in first. The Phils and Mutts just don’t have the bullpen we have, and their starting rotation consists of one ace…while the Braves have three #2 starters. Also: how sick would our ‘pen be in the postseason, with Lowe’s sinkerball and Medlen’s change-up?

Rob

July 28th, 2010
12:54 am

‘The Phils and Mutts just don’t have the bullpen we have, and their starting rotation consists of one ace’

You do realize that Hamels has better numbers than any Braves starter not named Tim Hudson?

Rob

July 28th, 2010
12:55 am

“while the Braves have three #2 starters.”

Dude stop living in the past. Hanson has not been pitching like a #2.

JohnSmith

July 28th, 2010
1:06 am

Okay, “dude,” do you honestly think Hanson is going to suck all year long? I suppose you’re one of the folks who’d trade the guy after giving up just one earned run tonight?

Hamels is a joke. Blanton can’t cut it either. I’d much rather have the Braves face the two of them than Halladay. (And even Kendrick or Moyer, for that matter.)

JohnSmith

July 28th, 2010
1:08 am

Rob McElhenney, ladies and gentlemen.

Broncs

July 28th, 2010
1:08 am

Anyone else hoping Venters gets suspended really soon so Cox can not ruin his arm for next season and beyond?

JT from MLB

July 28th, 2010
1:13 am

Oh no, true Braves fans are rising to the surface. We need to quit all the belly aching and believe. This is our year! Phuck the Phillies!

tristan

July 28th, 2010
1:16 am

Hold on, we do have three number 2s. Hanson isn’t one of them, it is Lowe Huddie and Jair. Hanson is a 3.5. Lowe does not get enough credit. You rate him on his contract, but try rating him on his wins. He is a winner.

JohnSmith

July 28th, 2010
1:19 am

The true measure of how good a pitcher is: how well he throws when he’s on a roll. All of these pitchers managed to turn up the level of their game when facing NY and PHI before the All-Star Break. If the Braves make it to the postseason, I want Hanson pitching game 3, ’cause I remember what he can do to the opposition (besides plunking them, I mean).

tristan

July 28th, 2010
1:23 am

ESPN team pages have an article with the name “Nate McLousy”. If that don’t beat all. Even they recognize putridity when they see it.

JohnSmith

July 28th, 2010
1:27 am

For all my loathing of McLouth’s play, I realize that it’s really Bobby who is at fault, since he insisted on playing him so damn much. And even so…even so, I want McLouth to rediscover his stroke at Gwinnett so he can come back and help the team. We paid for him; we should get something more outta this guy before he inevitably winds up playing in Baltimore to end his career.

tristan

July 28th, 2010
1:37 am

Even Peter Angelos is not that stupid. He may hire McLouth as a manager though.

Chop Chop

July 28th, 2010
1:48 am

One of the better quotes of the season from Miguel Batista.

Nate McLousy

July 28th, 2010
1:53 am

Has someone here been talking about me?

Rob

July 28th, 2010
2:01 am

The Phillies are doing to the Braves what the Braves did other N.L East teams in their heyday. They let the team get a lead at the ASB only to surpass that team in Aug and Sep.

The Braves remind me of the 01 and 04 Phillies. Teams that had a 6-7 game lead in the N.L East only to watch the Braves come storming back in the 2nd half and win the division

This will happen this year to you guys. The Phils are going to surpass you unless you start getting some more producution out of 1B,3B,LF and center.

I can’t recall a team winning a W.S with below average offensive production at the corner spots in the infield…..no speed…..no power….and below average defense in the OF.

….Maybe the 88 Dodgers….is Chipper going to be your Kirk Gibson?

JohnSmith

July 28th, 2010
2:04 am

Rob: The Phillies aren’t doing anything to the Braves yet. I do believe they will have to go through ATL to get to the WS. Six games out of 12 to end the season, if I’m not mistaken.

I can’t wait. ^_^

tony austin

July 28th, 2010
2:25 am

I didn’t watch the game tonight, so I can’t critique Hanson’s outing. From what I have seen of him, he’s slow to the plate with that pause in his delivery, that delivery I fear is going to blow out his elbow one day, and I wouldn’t doubt if he was tipping his pitches. That all being said, he’s still young and trying to learn his way. I don’t know if he will be a #1, but I think he will be a solid #2 when it’s all said and done.

Then again, what do I know, just my opinion.

Later.

Rob

July 28th, 2010
2:32 am

How far do you guys think you’re going to go with your 1B batting .249 and your 3B batting .253? Not to mention your closer looking shaky, lack of speed on the basepaths and lack of power in the middle of the order?

Leading the league in OBP is pointless if you don’t have the power hitters to drive them in.

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 28th, 2010
3:04 am

I don’t agree with Conrad starting full time. He’s absolutely great off the bench since he’s a virtual unknown to pitchers, but he doesn’t have the stuff for an everyday job, as he tends to K a lot when he starts in Chipper’s place.

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 28th, 2010
3:07 am

@JohnSmith — I disagree that the Phillies haven’t done anything to the Braves yet. They’ve cut the Braves’ lead in half in less than a week’s time. If the Braves keep up their current style of play, they could find themselves looking back up at the Phillies by this time next week.

willie g reallyreally hates bill shanks

July 28th, 2010
3:53 am

I TOLD YOU ALL SO THIS TEAM SUXED OUT OF SPRING TRAINING , THAT LINEUP CANNOT SCARE A LITTLE LEAGUE PITCHER THE PHILLIES WILL CATCH ATLANTA BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE BETTER TEAM PERIOD TALENT WISE GET RID OF THE OWNERS OF THE BRAVES THEN MAYBE THEY WIN A DIVISION AGAIN ONE DAY JUST MORE MONEY FOR ME TO WIN THANKS ATLANTA YOU MAKE IT SO EASY SOMETIMES .

willie g reallyreally hates bill shanks

July 28th, 2010
3:55 am

AND I HATE THE PHILLIES BY THE WAY BUT THE BRAVES COME ON FANS , THIS TEAM SUX , BOBBY COX WILL BE GETTING AN EARLY RETIREMENT THATS FOR SURE.

willie g reallyreally hates bill shanks

July 28th, 2010
3:57 am

and yes i am a yankee fan get over it because they will win the ws again this year. glory to the kings of baseball.

Lucky Luciano

July 28th, 2010
4:33 am

do something Wren… Philly is coming fast this team can’t hit they just got shut out by one of the worst pitching teams in the league…faced the bullpen from the get go and got shut out do something Wren if you want to go to the playoffs

Brother John

July 28th, 2010
4:44 am

Her’s my comment. How can Bobby COCKS, as bad as everybody on this team is playing presently, not play his ALL-STAR???? That would be one Omar Infante??????? This boggles the mind of any thinking fan. You can’t make it make sense. A casual observer would think that this team is doing everything in its power to lose games. There’s no other rationale for it. Has the MLB turned into wrestling for crying out loud??? Keep things close. Sell more tickets. I’ve offered up here in the past, that if the Braves actually played their best players, we’d be up 12 games on the Phillies. But wait. How would that affect ticket sales in Philly?? Let’s keep it close so idiot fans show up. TV revenue pours in. Got to turn these million dollar ball boys into billionaires somehow. I think I’ll go and watch a Little League ball game tomorrow night……

Brick tamland

July 28th, 2010
5:03 am

im ready to jump on the Freddie freeman train

barnyard

July 28th, 2010
7:17 am

it is time for glaus to go when he comes up to bat i turn the channel and yes the phillies will be in first place this time next week bet on it

Braves Choke

July 28th, 2010
8:23 am

The Phils will be in first place this time next week. The Braves are folding like a cheap tent and we haven’t even reached the last month of the season. Who cares, football season is right around the corner.

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
8:38 am

J at 11:54 “Our season is done after this loss it seems”. By far, dumbest post of the year. We are in FIRST PLACE by 3.5 games and you’re ready to pack it in? Why don’t you go enlist in the French Army or something?

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
8:50 am

I spoke briefly last night with Ruben Amaro, who scouts for the Astros. His son is GM of the Phillies. Ruben, Sr. is scouting Phillies minor leaguers searching for talent to get in return for Oswalt. He said they should know something within 48 hours.

DC Brave

July 28th, 2010
8:57 am

I just read that James Gammon, who played Lou Brown, has passed away. Lou Brown is the greatest fictional manager of all time. An old school, no-nonsense, player’s manager who loved his guys and inspired them to greatness. I think our Braves could use a James Gammon/Lou Brown speech right now.

ijudgenot

July 28th, 2010
9:01 am

Timing in life is everything, and Wren and Cox’s timing in sending Blanco down and bringing McLouth up and starting him was bad. This is not a super star studded team. What made them enjoyable to watch was that every player seemed to work extra hard to pick the next player up. A guy strikes out with runner at 3rd and one out the next guy would get a base hit to pick him up. The chemistry was good. The trade of Escobar for Gonzalez was a good move for the team chemistry according to the post trade comments so everyone understood the reasoning and accepted it. Bringiing McClouth and his .173 average back and starting him, while sending down a guy who had worked hard to contribute to the team winning, made little since at the time.(Timing). Wren and Cox’s decision to send McLouth back down a week later after playing the Marlins, tells you that they were hoping to trade him to the Marlins for Cody Ross and the Marlins wanted to see him face major league pitching first to see if he was healthy mentally and physically. Well, we know how that turned out(Timing) If the trade had been made I think the team would have accepted that also because although Nate was liked the team could not deny he needs a change of scenery. Now, sending him down after just a week may make some members think that he was not given a long enough stint to prove himself(Timing).

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
9:14 am

The Marlins would never take McLouth. He makes too much money and the Marlins are one of, if not THE, most cost-concious team in baseball. They won’t even repair their out-of-town scoreboard, instead choosing to drapea MLB Network sign over it. For most stadium “giveaways”, you must win one with a scratch-off card that they call Billy Bingo

BornATlien

July 28th, 2010
9:53 am

To the Heyward Hater Club: You do realize that he was riding a 9 game hitting streak into last night’s game? No? Of course not. Also, you do realize that several of those were multi hit games? No? Understandable. He has been one of the few Braves NOT “scuffling” of late. He also got on base last night (HBP)…did we take advantage of that? No, no we didn’t. When Cox sticks him in the clean-up spot I’ll start ragging on him for not hitting enough homeruns. In July he’s batting over .400, and getting on base half the time he comes to the plate. That’s right; his July OBP is .500.

tony austin

July 28th, 2010
9:54 am

Wow, when the Braves are winning they are the best thing since sliced bread. When they are not they are the most retched team ever assembled.

They will be okay. I feel pretty certain FW is going to bring in a CF with some pop. The pitching will hold up. All teams go through funks.

bn

July 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Pitching great – offense not aggressive as they have been over the past two months…must look at firstbase… age beginning to show.. love the Braves this year..

Marc in FL

July 28th, 2010
10:44 am

Hanson has had, what, 3 bad outings this year to rocket his ERA? Do you guys actually watch the games or just look at stats and post on the blogs? Hanson is easily a #2 on most teams. We have the second or third best rotation in baseball, don’t let a bad April for JJ and a few blow-out starts from Hanson confuse you into thinking our pitching is weak. Huddy and Medlen have both been great as starters and Lowe, well, he’s our #5 still but at least he’s not as bad as last year.

BravesLover

July 28th, 2010
10:57 am

Heywards bush league attitude is going to bite him. The young man has a lot of physical tools but dropping his bat and/or helmet at the plate is demeaning to him and the umpire. Go ahead and lynch me but he has to play “white” in Atlanta to ge the fans and kids behind him. The bite me attitude he has toward umpires will never give him a close call at the plate. The umps have been around a lot longer than he has and can ruin what could/should be a promising career.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 28th, 2010
10:59 am

I didn’t blog last night as I had other things I wanted to do, but when it got bad, I said to myself that the problem was that the guys had been psyched for Strasberg and were prepared for him. That last minute switch messed them up. Sure, as professionals, they should have gotten beyond that, but we all know how that goes sometimes.

Dorothy Davis

July 28th, 2010
11:02 am

Inspite of the loss’s we encountered because Bobby insisted on playing Nate, we still have problems with our sloppy throwing errors and non hitting from others besides Nate. Not sure this team has what it takes to ward off the fighting Phillies. They may be “choking” like the Mets of the past couple years. Tit for tat. Still a Braves fan tho, because I am commited, but looking forward to next year with a new coach and new 3rd baseman.

TOMY FOURNIER

July 28th, 2010
11:05 am

what can I say…this the beginning of the “DISASTER”….PHILLYS ARE WINNING(WITH THAT POOR TRASH PITCHING STAFF)…AND ATLANTA WITH THE “Moron” coach AND HIS POOR TEAM playing like AA OR MAY BE AAA TEAM.If they don,t make a REALLY good move…sorry…but for september…will be third or may-be fourth “PLACE”…COUNT IT!!!!!…THEY NEED A CENTER FIELD AND A GOOD ONE WITH POWER AND A FIRST BASE…BETTER!!!

Marc in FL

July 28th, 2010
11:06 am

I just see a competitor that didn’t like a close call strike 3. Guys do it all the time, mostly in frustration with themselves more than the umps.

Love the Braves in NC

July 28th, 2010
11:11 am

Marc in FL, I definitely agree with your statement. We still have a great rotation. The Braves will do just fine. We also have a great team – when one team member falls another picks him up. Great to see. The Phillies do not have the Braves’ chemistry.

Jay Dubu

July 28th, 2010
11:23 am

The Chipper that you see is the one you’re going to have the rest of this season. It’s really on Cox, to move him to a different spot in the batting order, which he will not do.

Chipper’s going to retire at season’s end, let just hope that he and Cox go out as WS Champs.

Joe Stinkingshovel

July 28th, 2010
11:25 am

We can now forget the playoffs with Chipper at third making his errors and Glaus at first watching the pitches go across the plate and patting his chest. Will we be in third or fourth place at the end of the season?

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