Braves postgame comments after Thursday’s loss

CHIPPER JONES

On losing series to Nats:

“The bottom line is we came in here and in 27 innings scored six runs and that’s not going to cut it. We played bad defense in the first game and we won last night, but it wasn’t very impressive. Couldn’t get much going today either, the with the exception of the middle to late part of our lineup. Just frustrating.”

On not letting back-to-back series losses go to head:

“You’ve got to keep it from snowballing. I don’t think we saw ourselves going 2-4 in these first two series. We’ve got a tough series coming up against Cincinnati in their ballpark, so get us back to Atlanta, please, at some point soon because the road has been our nemesis all year. We haven’t swung the bats or we haven’t pitched. The trend continues.”

On the Oswalt trade:

“We don’t play the Phillies until late September. Good pick up for them. I’m happy for them.”

On if the Braves need to do something in response:

“That’s not my department.”

On if he’d be disappointed if the Braves don’t make a trade:

“No. We’re fine with the 25 we broke camp with.”

DEREK LOWE

On the 2-2 pitch to Wil Nieves:

“We were obviously not trying to throw it up there and he did a good job hitting it the other way. Turned out to be a big hit and clearly you get the delay then you’re out of the game. Now we’ve got to find a way to get back on track, going to Cincinnati who’s playing well. There’s no need to panic. We’re a good team and we’ll figure it out.”

On the Braves struggles against the Nats:

“I wish we could have Huddy pitch against them every single time. Maybe we could have him start all three games. I know they’ve given me trouble and it seems historical they play us really well here. As a team, I don’t know how they play against other teams but they always play us well, and pitch well and put good at-bats, so we’ll just have to figure it out by September next time we come here.”

On Braves’ reaction to the Oswalt trade;

“I think there was speculation they were going to get him for a long time, it was just a matter of who they were going to give up so. They were good before. They had one of the better pitchers in the game. If we play the way we should and take care of our own games, we’re still in first place right now. We’ve got a long way to go. It’s definitely going to help their team, there’s no doubt about it.”

On if he’s be disappointed if Braves don’t make a trade:

“No, we’ve gotten this far with the team that we have. They went out and got a shortstop, with JJ coming back form injury that’s just like getting a trade. We have one of the better records in the game with the guys we have right now.”

On his outing:

“Just mistakes here and there are always going to get you. It seems like it’s one pitch in my last four games ends up costing you a couple runs and ultimately the game.”

DAVID ROSS

On upcoming Reds series:

“They’ve got a great team and they’re leading the National League in runs scored I think. At this point, especially when you’re in the lead, every series is big because you don’t want to give up your lead. You want to win them all and this is a good team that doesn’t take days off and everybody grinds it out every day.”

On Braves’ reaction to Oswalt trade:

“I don’t know if we had much of a reaction. When the rumors go around you convince yourself the team that’s chasing you is going to get the best player. I guess they’re a little better, but (Shane) Victorino is out and he’s a big part of their team. Jaime Moyer threw a complete game shutout against us. I’m not saying we’re excited to face Roy Oswalt, but I also know that soft-throwing lefties give us trouble. Two of theirs are gone. J.A. Happ is not going to be around and Moyer is not. So who knows?”

On Oswalt again:

“To go to the playoffs you’ve got to beat good pitching. You’ve got to beat good teams. They have Roy Oswalt, so what. They’ve got Roy Halladay. You’re going to have to beat somebody. If you’re sitting in this locker room and you’re thinking you’ve got a chance to win a world championship, which we feel that we have a good enough team to win a world championship, then you’re going to have to beat good pitchers period, the best.”

BOBBY COX

On the loss:

“The one ball that really killed us was a .180 hitter in their lineup and drove in two runs. (Lowe) just hung a breaking ball to him. He made two great pitches and then one bad one; it’s two runs just like that. Otherwise he was fine, he was getting some groundballs. We had trouble hitting (Scott) Olsen too….We’re not outslugging anybody right now, that’s for sure.”

On the Oswalt trade:

“We worry about our own team. We’ve got enough to worry about our own.”

On if the Braves are planning to make a move:

“Frank (Wren) is talking; he’s talking.”

116 comments Add your comment

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

Stop talking Frank and start dealing !

husker tony

July 29th, 2010
8:40 pm

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:40 pm

What happened to Prado ? He has McLouthitis or something…

Bravesfansince66

July 29th, 2010
8:43 pm

Amen brother…can’t afford to wait on Troy to wake up! We need a power bat and we need it now. While we are at it someone please tell me why Derrick Lowe stinks so bad after the all star break? Jeez, you would think by now he would know how to pitch.

RHR

July 29th, 2010
8:45 pm

Chipper seemed a little snippy.

dylan

July 29th, 2010
8:48 pm

Can they say.”We wil make a trade” or “Fans we feel we are alright” just let us know!!!

BravesfaninMD

July 29th, 2010
8:53 pm

Chipper is happy for the Phillies? Huh????

Change Turner Field to Aaron Stadium

July 29th, 2010
8:53 pm

@ robdawg08, what re: Prado? Wasn’t it Prado that had the 3 for 4 day just yesterday? He can’t do it alone. Glaus needs to start producing. Heyward needs to start hitting for more power or at least adjusting to what pitchers are trying to do to him on the inside corner of the plate. Chipper has to be more consistent. Infante needs more at-bats. The bottom line is, we don’t have bombers like the Yanks and Phillies, so we have win games as we’ve done all season – as a team. We are a small ball, high on base team, that has to get the big hit when the game is on the line.

Jeremy

July 29th, 2010
8:55 pm

Frank Wren has yet to make a statement and put a solid hand print on this organization since he was named GM. I expect Wren will make a move….a big move very soon! I have a feeling were in for a “DEFINING MOVE” from Frank Wren.

chris

July 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

folks, braves are going to make a trade. with oswalt going to the phillies. bobby’s, wagner’s and possibly chipper’s last year…the braves will make an impactful trade. they have too many good trade chips in the minors and this team is hanging onto first place. they will make the biggest trade that they can make within budget to bring someone to help the offense. it’s going to happen…

braves apologist

July 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

THE BRAVES ARE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE APRIL AGAIN.THEY NEED A TRADE WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE FARM!!!! LIKE A TY WIGINGTON SOMEBODY TO BRING LIFE,OR IT LOKS LIKE ANOTHER CHOOOOOOOKE YEAR!HAS ANYBODY EVER NOTICED THE CHOKE MONKEY ON THE BRAVES BACKS.?? I SAY SINCE GAME 4 96. THEY CHOKE!

rob

July 29th, 2010
9:04 pm

With the Phillies winning tonight (2.5 from 7 in 6 days) if Frank doesn’t make a move to improve us down the stretch then he might as well be a seller and give up everyone for prospects b/c as is this is NOT a playoff team

Go Braves

July 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

I feel like someone kicked me in the nuts right now, the Braves play of late has REALLY gotten me down. What really sucks is the 2 blown saves by Wags (I know he’s been awesome this year) and the double play by McClouth (ralley killer), those losses seem to have taken the wind out of the team.

TheWad

July 29th, 2010
9:15 pm

Can somebody teach McCann how to hit opposite field with NOBODY ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE INFIELD!!???? What is his problem??!! He has Chipper and Pendleton, two of the best at just guiding the ball where it is pitched, and he can`t take advantage of a 90 foot wide hole???? C`mon! You`re a professional!!?? Work at it and make it happen!!?? When are you going to get tired of being embarrassed by the other team`s indifference to your lack of ability to go with the pitch to the opposite field?!!!! You are costing this team wins by failing to do something a MLB player should be able to do at least occasionally.
Glaus…go home. Have enough pride to tell management they have to bring up Freeman and then just go off into the sunset.
Wren…get KK and Chavez off this team. Doesn`t matter how just do it. We have plenty in the minors that will better.

ozzie

July 29th, 2010
9:23 pm

Jeremy I hope you are right b/c Wren looks like a tinkerer who likes to stock pile prospects and come in under budget.

That may make the folks in CO happy but if he freezes, does nothing and the Braves miss the post season things are going to get very ugly in ATL, CO and with the Braves Nation.

He was a little too cocky and confident going into the AS break and the idea he needed to wait on Nate and Diaz before deciding what do is laughable.

Nate was done back in March and Diaz is a uber streaky hitter who always does what he is doing now – hit LH pitching big time over the summer. Then come September he goes into a slump and is done.

A messed up CF and a bench player are not two guys you wait on to see if you need to get a starting LF with pop.

Now Wren is likely picking over scraps and will have to over pay for a one year wonder (Bautista) or over rated guy like Hart unless he pulls a Justin Upton or Prince Fielder trade out of his hat.

Those are defining moves – Hart, Bautista, Hawpe, CRoss, et al are not defining moves.

DI

July 29th, 2010
9:30 pm

Prado needs to stop dipping during games cause he cant hit when he’s buzzed out of his mind!

Herschel Talker

July 29th, 2010
9:32 pm

bubba beans

July 29th, 2010
9:35 pm

infante needs to be on the field !!!!! somewhere pleaseeeeeee

Coach (2011 or Bust)

July 29th, 2010
9:42 pm

Prado will be fine. However, Chipper is a glorified singles hitter who draws lots of walks. Heyward has hit .400 since his return from the DL but still hasn’t homered since June 17th.

As for Troy Glaus, the dude has simply vanished. He hasn’t homered in 29 games and has hit .160 in the same time period with six RBI. Glaus did have a hit and walk in today’s game. However, why did Cox bat him in the clean up hole????

Simply put, McCann, Prado, Heyward and Diaz can’t carry the offense by themselves.

Glaus needs to start hitting or eat some pine while Hinske takes over at 1st base. Chipper has no business in the three hole buts that’s Bobby’s stubbornness for ya.

Matt Diaz is raking in the month of July with 4 HR’s and 12 RBI while batting .362, and yet Cox continues to leave him in the five and six hole’s. To which I must ask, WTF????

The dodgers trade for Scott Podsednik went down in under 24 hours from start to finish. Which tells me that Frank Wren didn’t have any interest in a center fielder who was batting .310 and who plays excellent defense. To which I must again ask, WTF?????

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
9:57 pm

To quote David Ross:

“To go to the playoffs you’ve got to beat good pitching. You’ve got to beat good teams. They have Roy Oswalt, so what. They’ve got Roy Halladay. You’re going to have to beat somebody. If you’re sitting in this locker room and you’re thinking you’ve got a chance to win a world championship, which we feel that we have a good enough team to win a world championship, then you’re going to have to beat good pitchers period, the best.”

PERFECT. AWESOME. Exactly the attitude this club needs.

Just score 5 runs a game boys.

Platoon Hinske w/Glaus at 1st, Glaus is tired, not his fault he’s 49 yrs old.

Play Diaz every day in left.

Don’t EVER sit Heyward, Booby, I cannot believe you would have done that today you hall of fame senile f—ing idiot because they started a leftie had Sea Bass not gotten the flu. HOF moron.

Play Melky every day in CF.

Use Infante at 2B every day because Prado’s natural position is 3B. This leaves someone out. But notice how great he has been as a $14 million pinch hitter?

With this pitching and depth, if properly managed, we should be in tne World Series.

Ted M

July 29th, 2010
10:05 pm

Wren didn’t go after Scott Podsednik because he’s a lefty.

Pretty stupid!

Joe Simpson

July 29th, 2010
10:06 pm

It’s all Chip’s fault. He passed gas in the booth again.

Frank Wren

July 29th, 2010
10:08 pm

Because Podsednik wanted his own parking spot.

Ship Caray

July 29th, 2010
10:09 pm

BRAVES LOSE! BRAVES LOSE! BRAVES LOSE!

Gregor Blanco

July 29th, 2010
10:11 pm

Hola, amigos! Miss me yet? How thing’s going since y’all sent me down?

Dale Murphy

July 29th, 2010
10:12 pm

This is all because Bobby Cox traded me that rat bastard.

Bob Horner

July 29th, 2010
10:14 pm

Hey, I hear you guys need a right handed bat? Please e-mail me at at bob@fatwashedupbastard.com

TTOUGH44

July 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

SH#T! DISGUSTING FOR US FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nate McLouth

July 29th, 2010
10:16 pm

I love that none of y’all are blaming this sh-t on me anymore. Finally.
Excuse me while I go get a Vietnamese massage.

TTOUGH44

July 29th, 2010
10:17 pm

CHOKE DOGS! CANT BEAT THE TEAMS YOU SHOULD EVEN WITH THEIR SLACKEST PLAYERS…A 180 HITTER..LOL…GEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Largo

July 29th, 2010
10:19 pm

Do the braves need to make a trade – Chipper: “No, we’re fine with the 25 we broke camp with.” Is he nuts? There are people on here venting that know more about what the braves need than Chipper. But, probably the main thing on his mind is the 12M he has coming in.

Chip Caray

July 29th, 2010
10:20 pm

Joe, you sumbitch, you keep blaming that on me when truth be told you are eating chili dogs WITH sauerkraut, which I find to be more disgusting than the Braves’ avg. with men in scoring position. And Oklahoma sucks! Go DAWGS!!!!!!

Braves95WS

July 29th, 2010
10:21 pm

I think the Braves must go after either Berkman or Bautista! What does anyone else think?

Pete*

July 29th, 2010
10:21 pm

CHIPPER JONES:

On if he’d be disappointed if the Braves don’t make a trade:

“No. We’re fine with the 25 we broke camp with.”

HUH?

Ted M

July 29th, 2010
10:30 pm

Phillies just won only 2.5 back. Oswalt pitches tomorrow for them against Washington. The Brave face Johnny Cueto the Reds best pitcher.

The Braves are in serious trouble.

Ted M

July 29th, 2010
10:31 pm

Pete – I guess Chipper wants Escobar back.

Ted M

July 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

Cox is gonna bat Chipper third no matter what. Are only hope is if Jones get hurt?

'69 Cubs

July 29th, 2010
10:36 pm

Hey, we had the Mets by 12.5 games on September 1at and they went on to take the flag. If I were you Braves’ fans, I wouldn’t be printing my playoff tickets yet – unless they came with plane fare to Philadelphia.

Cox will never win, get used to it.

Pete*

July 29th, 2010
10:38 pm

Ted M, he must want McClouth back also

JRW7

July 29th, 2010
10:41 pm

GO BRAVES I agree with you. the 2 blown saves by our closer BW, and the grounding into the rally killing double play by MCOUT, has killed this team. I don’t think we can bring the magjc back to this BRAVES team again this season. This seasons over, turn out the lights!!! Can’t wait till Sept, GO DOGGS!!!!!!!

Largo

July 29th, 2010
10:41 pm

The braves will be lucky if they can stay out of the cellar. Their fall is no surprise to me. I’ve been predicting it for weeks. I wish to hell I was wrong.

JRW7

July 29th, 2010
10:56 pm

Me too. I wish I was wrong, but the BRAVES are in serious trouble now. FRANK WREN, are you still standing status quo, Cantu was had for 2 minor league players, What are you doing FRANK WREN????? By the time you make a trade, we will only get others rejects. Turn out the lights, the parties over!!

OldFan

July 29th, 2010
11:20 pm

It’s been fun. But it’s over. They’re baaaaaaaaack.

Say so long to 1st place

July 29th, 2010
11:29 pm

Next three series. Atl: Cincy, NYM, San Fran.
Philly: Nats, Fish and Mutts.

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Jeremy

July 29th, 2010
11:34 pm

I have heard strong rumors of a trade for Lance Berkman from the Astros….anyone heard?

Jeremy

July 29th, 2010
11:35 pm

I have heard Lance Berkman rumors as a possible trade. Anyone heard?

Brian McCann

July 29th, 2010
11:37 pm

On grounding out in the top of the ninth-

“It’s not like the guy had to run 40 yards to the ball to get me. It was only 39 yards to the grounder, then threw me out by two steps. I am not that slow”

Grandpa Jones

July 29th, 2010
11:39 pm

Look, you guys come here asking me all of the questions. I just want out of here. The sooner the season ends, the better for me. I got me some huntin to do. By the way, go out and buy my DVD “Buck Commander 3 : The Bigs”. Thanks for your support!

TRADE TIME!!!!!!!

July 29th, 2010
11:40 pm

CAN YOU GUYS FEEL IT????????? CUZ I CAN IT TRADING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!! FRANK WREN DONT BE AHH BIATCH!!!!!!!!!!!! TRADE NOW!!!!! HAHAHAHA I CAN SMELL ADAM DUNN!!!

Frank Wren

July 29th, 2010
11:40 pm

You heard what Larry said: “We are good with the 25 we left spring with”. That guy is gonna be a great GM one day!! Can you say great minds think alike?!!

John Scheurholtz

July 29th, 2010
11:41 pm

Hey guys, I haven’t been watching. What has my protege done this year ?

Tommy Hanson

July 29th, 2010
11:43 pm

Does anyone know how to get a 1-2-3 inning in the first two innings?

Tim Hudson

July 29th, 2010
11:44 pm

Hey guys keep it on the down low, but I want to see a trade here at the deadline too. Trade me to a contender please! I am a legitimate starter here on a team that can’t hit. I will restructure my contract if you can just get me somewhere with a winner.

jeff

July 29th, 2010
11:47 pm

just pathetic. im sorry . they sit there and shrugg it all off like its nothing to worry about. and chipper can u be any more stupid. we are fine with the 25 we broke camp with. wow … this team needs a serious bat and a reall centerfielder. Mclouth sucks.and our wonderful boneheaded GM just sits there and watches Philly get a whole lot better and stronger oh i might add they have cut the the lead to 2.5 games since the Braves have sat on there rearends and lost 2 series to 2 pathetic ball clubs. bravo braves from Owners to FW and Old man Cox to the players. Get your rears in gear and play and manage with some urgency. my goodness. tired of watchin this team just lose to teams they have no business losing too.. 9-15 against the bottom feeders at nationals park. yea thats something to be proud of or never be concerned about. thats pathetic and embarrassing..Get with it Braves or your reign is over very quickly and you u will go down as losers if you collapse and not make the playoffs. there im done.

Bobby Cox

July 29th, 2010
11:47 pm

On the decision to lose the game on purpose-

“Look, I figure that if I can lose a few near the trading deadline, that lazy bum Wren will get off his arse and get me a dang bat. Personally I am kind of hoping to trade Larry away to anyone who will take him. I will personally pay four million of his salary if it will help him get shipped out of here. The photos he has of me with that young Latin man can’t be used if he isn’t on the team. It is the only real reason that I play him every day.”

Ozzie Guillen

July 29th, 2010
11:49 pm

Hey hombres. You need a coach like me who will call those idiots out when they play weakly against the lowly Nats.

Nate McLouth

July 29th, 2010
11:49 pm

Hey guys hows it been with out me. Well im glad the major league pressure is off me now. I had a great game at triple-AAA Gwinnett. Check my stats: 2-5, 3RBIs, Leadoff Homer.
Well im off to the gay STRIP CLUB. YAYY!!!!! CHIP AND DALES!!!!!!!!

jeff

July 29th, 2010
11:51 pm

Ok now Lance Berkman .. never are u serious. hes been hurt and on the serious decline. Get Carlos Lee if u wanna big bat. Berkman is the face of the astros and costlyyy..

Freddie Freeman

July 29th, 2010
11:57 pm

Well braves fans i just had me another good game at triple-AAA Gwinnett. Check my stats: 2-3, 3RBIs, 2 walks.
Just patiently waiting for that stupid hoe Frank Wren to call me up, so I can take Troy “Lip Gloss” job and improve our ballclub.

Troy Glaus

July 30th, 2010
12:08 am

Freddie, look I have an idea. I am gonna fake a hammy injury so I can get a couple of weeks rest. Tell Wren that you don’t want to come up so he goes ahead and forces you to come up. With that idiot you have to use reverse psychology. Like when we were winning, he made a trade. Now that we are losing, he thinks that we don’t need a trade. Tomorrow running to first (if I can manage to put the ball in play) I will pull up lame. Pack your bags Freddie!!

Martin Prado

July 30th, 2010
12:09 am

I sure am glad that nobody is paying attention to my small weight gain this past month and the fact that to coincide with the weight gain, my average has dropped over 20 points.

Eric Hinske

July 30th, 2010
12:11 am

Wren, look I have been to the WS the past three years. Bro, get me to a team that is going to the WS because I don’t want to stop my streak.

Jim Edmonds

July 30th, 2010
12:16 am

Hey I here you guys like old washed up players that are slightly appealing. HEYYYYYY !!!!!!

Wren

July 30th, 2010
12:17 am

Geez Matt Capps crushes us twice, then goes to the Twins after the game. Thanks Nats for waiting til the end of the game.

Bud Selig

July 30th, 2010
12:19 am

I have determined that we I mean the Brewers have determined that they are too close to contention (9 games out behind two other teams) to sell so they have taken Fielder and Hart off the market.

Rocky/Stallone

July 30th, 2010
12:21 am

“THERES NO EASY WAY OUT”! ! ! ! ! ! !

Bud Selig

July 30th, 2010
12:22 am

By the way, I am suspending Venters for the entire Reds series. That will show the Braves not to mess with my godson Prince Fielder. Shame on you Venters. You have some nerve coming here and asking for forgiveness. I should extend your suspension but you get tortured enough with Bobby working the living crap out of you.

Bud Selig

July 30th, 2010
12:23 am

The best part of it all is that the Eagles will never win a superbowl. Absolutely never. So we have to give them the NL East at the minimum.

Scott Olsen

July 30th, 2010
12:27 am

Well I’ll be damned that was one of the easiest games Ive ever pitched in my life. Thanks Braves organization for letting me handle yall today. This will sure boost my confidence.

Obama

July 30th, 2010
12:37 am

The Braves will never get to the playoffs as long as Nancy and I are in office.

tim

July 30th, 2010
12:38 am

I agree with the earlier “fan since 77″.:

Dan T

July 30th, 2010
12:46 am

If the Braves do not make a move to secure center field and first base, they will finish third in the division, and that pains me to say it. It has been a really exciting first half, but Frank Wren cannot sit on this team, even though Chipper thinks they will be OK. They will not. This team is filled with streaky players, and Wren needs to bring in a stable player like Lance Berkman, who can provide a much-needed spark. Not getting Podsednick was just plain stupid. Cheap. Steals bases. Bats patiently and for average. He’s lefty. WTF!

tristan

July 30th, 2010
12:59 am

Dan you are crazy. Go to MLB.com and compare Berkman’s stats with Glaus. Identical.

Dan T

July 30th, 2010
1:19 am

Tristan, Berkman is not playing for a contender. I guarantee you he will be better than Glaus if he is in Atlanta. But, fine. No Berkman. Then go get Willingham!

tristan

July 30th, 2010
1:24 am

Dan, the lefties aren’t what we need. We need a power righty. Remember all the trouble we have with left handed pitching?

tristan

July 30th, 2010
1:25 am

But Berkman is playing in a hitter’s park. Atlanta is definitely not that. Berkman reminds me of Chipper but that he hit his wall a lot earlier than Chipper did. I don’t think Berkman has the health that we need.

Nevada Roy

July 30th, 2010
1:37 am

There has been no discussion about it but is there a chance a big-payroll team that missed out on Lee and Oswalt might be interested in Lowe in exchange for a bat? Give Resop a chance or even Kawakami who’s ERA of 4.75 is close to Lowe’s 4.58. It would save a lot money in 2011 for a worthwhile free-agent.

tristan

July 30th, 2010
2:26 am

Saint. Dawg>

July 30th, 2010
2:36 am

NEWS FLASH>>>>Braves will announce a TRADE just before their game against the REDS>…..at 5:30 07/30/2010…!! And everyone will be shocked on who it is!! Maybe more than one my [scource says] Say Tuned Braves Fans It Will Happen….For better or worse…

J-Hey

July 30th, 2010
3:32 am

seems like the Nats laid out the perfect plan for beating the Braves, throw someone out there they have no time to prepare for and you’ll beat them pretty easily.

Worked for them in game 1 and (I think Stammen was scheduled to pitch game 3 but it was Olsen off the DL instead) then again in game 2 and they pretty easily took the series.

Jim

July 30th, 2010
4:42 am

Lowes gotta go. Good pitchers don’t leave breaking balls up to .180 hitters. Especially in that situation. It always one or two pitches for Lowe. He needs to admit he can’t get it done in the clutch anymore.

Mitchell

July 30th, 2010
6:38 am

I really hope we don’t give away somebody like Kris Medlen just to try to give ourselves a chance to stay in it.

At this point I don’t think you can say with any confidence that this team will automatically make the playoffs. They had a very good first half. Since then, nothing.

Let’s face it, Bobby Cox is the worst post-season manager in baseball history. Don’t give away the future when ultimately the team’s best chance to win it all is a year from now. Hopefully by then we’ll have hired somebody to manage this team that won’t just end up embarrassing himself come October.

It was fun while it lasted. I finally learned last year, after years of playoff disappointments, that Bobby Cox’s Braves have no heart. They simply do not have what it takes (the focus, self-confidence and mental toughness) to overcome the challenges they’ll surely face in the final weeks of the season.

If you really believe this team will not find some way to disappoint us and quit on itself at a critical moment, you’re insane.

hAL

July 30th, 2010
6:46 am

any pitcher who can throw a fastball on the inside corner thighs or higher wuill get haystack out hes a non factor his only hits for the last month have been driblers through the hole or ground balls up the middle off of off speed pitches as well as a center fielder we mught need a right fielder cause the last two weve had have been over hyped failures rookie of the year you make me laught lol that posey kid in sf is a shoo in hes hitting rockets all over the yard not ground balls with eyes

Steven Lemon

July 30th, 2010
7:40 am

Much as I hate to admit it, I was right about Heyward. First pitch-breaking ball over the middle of the plate… Second pitch- Another breaking ball up and in, swinging strike or called strike…Third- waste pitches low and away, swinging strike or another walk. In some cases the pitcher makes a mistake and leaves it knee hing, middle of the plate (Base hit) to outside corner ( weak ground ball).

I also must admit TP must share the blame for this. If he can’t see this going on or if he sees it and can’t get Heyward to adjust, then both of them need to ride the pines.

I still recall David Justice saying that all the hitting instructors in the world cound’t make him change his ways if he didn’t want to, and he didn’t for a long time.

Now, all you general managers: Lance Berkman is Troy Glaus switch hitting. Scott Posednik is what you get when you combine Nate McCluth and Ryan Church…not much, and right now Jeff Francoeur looks a whole lot better than the two of them combined.

I hear talk that the Braves are a “small ball ” team. BULLSHIRT! They have the slowest team in the bigs! Hoodahell steals bases? Who can execute a hit and run? When’s the last time a runner moved second to third with less than two out? How many doble plays have we hit into with runners in scoring postion?

Only Heyward makes it close at first on a groundout, and he’s the ONLY player who can score from second on anything other than a gapper. The Braves have been scoring by stringing hits together or the Whitey Herzog system (get two men on and then hit a three run homer).

Freddie Freeman should be at first base TONIGHT, Troy Glaus released or sitting, Derek Lowe, Kawakami, and Chavez should be on the block or the street. I would give Chiipper enough respect to keep him until November, but he would be playing third base on those days when Martin Prado (3B) or Omar Infante (2B) are taking a day off.

Face it, people, the only reason the Braves have ben in first place is because teh Mets, Fish and Phillies have been so BAD. Things are set to change in a hurry!

As for management, No matter what happens this year, letting Kelly Johnson and Adam LaRoach go was about as dumb as a GM could be (except maybe John Schuerholtz trading David Justice and Marquis Grissom for Kenny Lofton and Alan Embree) and Bobby Cox will be the worst manager (besides Tommy LaSorda, who doesn’t deserve to be there) to ever go into the Hall of Fame. I can’t wait for his five year wait to begin.

Jesse Stone

July 30th, 2010
9:24 am

What do you expect Chipper to say? Lowe said the same thing. A trade means that one of the guys in your locker room is going to lose his job. They may feel that they need help via trade, but they’re not going to announce it to the media.

Jesse Stone

July 30th, 2010
9:26 am

We’re STILL in first place by 2.5 games and Mitchell comes with “it was good while it lasted.” Mitchell, I’d hate to go to war with you. Just change your name to “white flag”, or better yet enlist in the French Army.

Braves Choke

July 30th, 2010
9:44 am

Please somehow get rid of Lowe and bring up anyone from the minors, eat his salary if needed. Lets face it – Infante needs to be playing in place of Chipper (he’s done). This team is headed downhill fast and will be looking up at the Phils this time next week unless Wrenn and Cox get their heads out of the sand.

no name

July 30th, 2010
10:07 am

Why is it so hard for Cox to realize that he needs to sit some of his old favorites and put Infante, Diaz, Henski, Ross, and Conrad on the starting lineup every day? It seems that playing the old guys is more important than winning.

Tony Cloniger

July 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Well, everyone sounds like ESPN, who said the Phillies will catch the Braves with no problem. All because of Oswalt. Ummm…………….

Oswalts career stats against the Braves………….0-3 7.58 ERA. The only reason the Phillies are on this streak is that they are hitting now. Give it another month , we’ll see where the Phillies are at and where the Braves are at. Plus, the Braves are at home for the majority of the next too months.

Just everyone hold the phone. its not over by a long shot.

Tony Cloniger

July 30th, 2010
10:11 am

Oswalt is the same pitcher who gave up 7 runs to the Pirates .Yes the Pirates. So everyone calm down.

Fredi

July 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Wait till next year, unless Wren trades all his real players for players that other teams don’t want. Oh well, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s left. I’m not under contract yet so I have a choice to make.

Mr. Webster

July 30th, 2010
10:20 am

WTF is Henski?

prince fielder

July 30th, 2010
10:30 am

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder

July 30th, 2010
10:32 am

That’s all I’m going to say.

Black Moses

July 30th, 2010
10:48 am

Who is out there to get? Ross & Hart both are streaky and would probably crumble under the pressure of a playoff chase. Willingham bats 5th for a last place team & is only slightly better than Diaz. Thank God we didn’t get Scotty Pod b/c although he played well in KC, put him in the spot light & he’ll bat a buck 50 (as will b seen in LA). Batista is the only good move out there. If Wren doesn’t bring him in, then the Braves are finished & so should his career as GM for tha Braves!

Wes

July 30th, 2010
10:48 am

he’s been ‘talkin’ for 5 months

Long Time Braves Fan

July 30th, 2010
10:49 am

Everyone here wants to dumb on the Braves. we are in 1st place, it is not over till its over. We will win division.

Long Time Braves Fan

July 30th, 2010
10:50 am

Wes

July 30th, 2010
10:50 am

“…bats 5th for a last place team…”

yeah, a last place team the the Braves haven’t beat in 5 years.

Derek Lowe

July 30th, 2010
11:00 am

I personally want to take this time to thank you (the fans) for all of your positive feed back.
I know the town of Atlanta truly loves & supports my efforts and although my time with the Braves has not been the easiest for me, I know I can always come to the Internet to find an encouraging word. I just want to take the time to thank you for that & say– suckit bitches I’m getn 60 mil to play like sheet!

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