Stat of the day: Miguel Batista

On a moment’s notice , after Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Tuesday night’s start against the Braves, Miguel Batista came on to pitch five shutout innings in a 3-0 win over Atlanta. He allowed only three singles, walked one and struck out six on his way to his first win of the season and first win since May 11, 2008 vs. the Chicago White Sox.

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J-Man

July 27th, 2010
11:46 pm

We lost to Miguel Batista??????????????????? 1st

J-Man

July 27th, 2010
11:47 pm

BTW ill Spell McOuts name right when he starts hitting

Turtsnap

July 27th, 2010
11:49 pm

Better pull the trigger soon on a trade!

J-Man

July 27th, 2010
11:53 pm

This is critical they should trade for a bat before tomorrows game. we also need a reliever. Did D.O.B. die or get hurt or get suspended?

Gman

July 27th, 2010
11:53 pm

Well the good news is that it is impossible for Wren to think this lineup can win anything in the post-season-or even get to the post-season.

More good news; we won’t see Batista in the playoffs

Jim Mora Sr.

July 27th, 2010
11:54 pm

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Jim Mora Sr.

July 27th, 2010
11:54 pm

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Jim Mora Sr.

July 27th, 2010
11:55 pm

PLAYOFFS??? So ridiculous I was speechless for a second

Jim Mora Jr.

July 27th, 2010
11:59 pm

Hey dad can i sleep on the couch tonight?

Frank Wren's last remaining shred of sanity

July 28th, 2010
12:00 am

I believe we can win with this line-up

Roger Dorn (AKA Chipper)

July 28th, 2010
12:01 am

Hey I gotta believe that if we just collect walks and strike outs and never lift the bat we will win the Series

Beavis

July 28th, 2010
12:03 am

This sucks Heh Heh huh The Braves are playing like wussies Heh Heh Heh hum Heh Heh

J-Man

July 28th, 2010
12:04 am

Make a TRADE TONIGHT FOR GODS SAKE Frank Wren!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

peter nincompoop

July 28th, 2010
12:22 am

Chipper the leagues only multi million dollar designated walker.

extremus

July 28th, 2010
6:51 am

Since the All-Star break the Braves have been looking disturbingly shades of April in key situations, particularly with runners in scoring position and in situations where the pitching had normally been leaving opponents on base. They are now officially BELOW .500 since the All-Star break, and that fat lead they had over the Phillies is now down to 3 1/2 games.

Getting McLouth out of the lineup was much-needed, but it’s far from the only problem needing to be addressed; this team is playing flat right now. Glaus just can’t be depended on if you define “streaky” as “I’m going to give you a month or so of good hitting followed by three where I’m going to stink it up”. The nightly game of musical chairs in the outfield has been exposed as a weakness; the Braves’ only truly everyday-caliber player out there is Heyward. Chipper Jones is like the Third Stooge after Curly left the trio (meaning he’s a shadow of what he used to be). Even Martin Prado has hit a wall, it seems; his frustration is evident.

On the pitching side, you have Hanson’s sudden inconsistency, two straight blown appearances by Billy Wagner, Chavez and Kawakami are taking up two bullpen spots that could go to someone who WOULDN’T torpedo the Braves’ chances every time they step on the mound, and even Kris Medlen has looked very human after all that time off.

Not only do I believe a trade for a SOLID, everyday bat is in order; I think it would be an excellent time for a team meeting right now to regain some focus and fire before hopes of a 2010 Braves playoff run go up in smoke.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 28th, 2010
7:14 am

what a pathetic game last night. now the lead is 3 1/2. way to go braves, the lead is slipping away and you lost to some 39yr old who hasn’t won a game in 2yrs. PATHETIC!!!!

ArtyDodger

July 28th, 2010
7:56 am

Sitting on his hands again….Go Bobby Go…..oh, by the way Chumper is really earning his 16 Million ain’t he!!!!!!!!!!

Angus

July 28th, 2010
8:02 am

That sure felt like our worst game of the season. Beyond the Batista thing:

-Tommy, once again, looked like he just strolled out of bed and took a few innings to get loose.
-our captains were throwing the ball around like little leaguers.
-the entire line-up looked like they were having an ugly-K competition – Troy won, I think.

Salt in the wound: Esco’s still hitting, Agon still isn’t.

Ben in Albany

July 28th, 2010
8:21 am

Williamshakespeare

July 28th, 2010
9:23 am

We lost to Miguel Batista??????????????????? 1st

Umm…guy’s a ML pitcher. Any pitcher can subdue a lineup on a given night. There are 162 games in a baseball season.

It’s the ebb and flow of the sport and it’s marathon season. Losing a game to any pitcher on a given day should not bring that many question marks to the table, not for people who understand the sport.

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Williamshakespeare- Your last paragraph says it all. Very weel stated.

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
9:26 am

well, not “weel”.

Williamshakespeare

July 28th, 2010
9:30 am

Jesse,

It’s tough being a diplomat and saying what you mean, but I tried :)

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
9:32 am

The thoughts you stated are mine as well. On any given day you can be shut down in the game of baseball. It makes no sense to get too high or too low after a game, because most of the time, you play the next day.

Jesse Stone

July 28th, 2010
9:37 am

I basketball, if the Lakers played the Nets 10 times, the Lakers win all 10. If the Colts played the Lions 10 times, the Colts win all 10. If the Yankees played Pittsburgh 10 times, the Pirates win at least 2 or 3. Baseball is different than the other sports in this way.

J-Manj

July 28th, 2010
10:03 am

ok Shakespeareyes I ‘m aware that anybody can beat anybody and Batista is a Major League pitcher but my point is for a guy who hasn’t started FOR 2 YEARS and hasn’t been any good since 2002 in Arizona, to shut down the Braves like this is just terrible.A trade must be made and some fires need to be lit under some of htese guys ASSSSES

clay

July 28th, 2010
10:06 am

I dont know how many people were watching close to the game last night, but in the second inning there was a runner on second and third with no outs after the chipper throwing error. The eighth place hitter came up. Why dont you intentionally walk him, make it bases loaded and make the pitcher hit the ball in play for the double play? What the hell? Instead we pitch to the guy and he hits a two run double.

Rhino

July 28th, 2010
10:42 am

The Braves play the Phillies a ton at the end of the season. No matter what happens I think it will all come down to that. 3 days remaining til trade deadline. (non-waiver deadline anyway)

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Huh?

July 28th, 2010
11:52 am

Esco is hitting and made the play of the night last night!!! Soriano got his 27th save last night!!! But lets see if Joe Simpson and Chip Carey would even mention it. The Braves put on the smear job to Esco and got him out of town and now they refuse to give him credit when he is doing a great job. Esco carried the team last year and we treat him like trash this year but Chipper is even worse but he only needs to get one hit and we have to hear how he is starting to heat up the next 10 games.

Roger Clemens

July 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

The Braves just need a manager who’ll let PEDs in the locker room. Just ask Torre, Larussa and Francona. Pitchers can cut their era’s in half, average hitters become sluggers, decent sluggers become hall of famers, etc. Just get somebody you can trust to stick you . . .

Huh?

July 28th, 2010
12:10 pm

How we know the Braves do not allow PEDs in the locker room. We just assume the Braves only has guys who would be great for Milk commercials. They may just do a great job at keeping it quiet. Look at Marcus Giles, David Justice was named in the Mitchell report. We always try and make it seem like no one on the Braves teams has issues.

braveshoo

July 28th, 2010
12:18 pm

We have got to shake up our lineup with Infante playing every day; at 3b to give Chipper a rest; in LF, moving Hinske to 1b to give Glaus a rest; at ss to give Gonzo a rest; and even at 2b to give Prado a rest. This will help the whole team. My lineup tonight: Prado, Infante in LF, Heyward, McCann, Hinske, Chipper, Melky, Gonzo or Prado, Infante at 3b, Heyward, McCann, Hinske, Diaz in LF, Melky, Gonzo.

Bill Dent

July 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

To me it was the worst game of the season. No fire at all. No way you can sugercoat not scoring against a journeyman pitcher.Right now this team is not a consistent winner. They sure need someone who can hit consistently, and I mean NOW!

Greg Norton luvs Nat McLouse

July 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

‘Da Braves suc:
& we HELPed!

Dale Murphy

July 28th, 2010
12:29 pm

After that game yesterday…..I don’t know what to say?!?

lol and behold

July 28th, 2010
1:00 pm

Here we go again!

Freddie : G

July 28th, 2010
1:05 pm

Is the pressure of leading with the Phillies charging affecting our young players? I have to wonder if this is the case because last night I saw Prado and Heyward taking pitches right down the middle and then later question the Home plate Umpire. They need to swing the bat and stop arguing balls and strike. Secondly these defensive mistakes by McCann, may also be a sign of nerves. What is most surprising is that the leadership we would expect from Chipper and Glaus is just not forthcoming. I still believe that we will win the NL east but Chipper and Troy the seasoned veterans need to do more to steady the ship.

Largo

July 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

No playoffs for the braves. The team has plenty of “want to” but they are just not good enough. Not enough interest from the owners.

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