Braves react to Phillies trade for Oswalt

Washington – As if a seven-game winning streak by the Phillies wasn’t enough to tighten the screws on the Braves, how about a trade for Roy Oswalt?

The Phillies acquired the standout Astros pitcher Thursday and cash for left-hander J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose, and Jonathan Villar, giving them an imposing rotation with Roy Halladay, Oswalt, and Cole Hamels at the top.

(Gose was subsequently traded to Toronto for minor league first baseman Brett Wallace.)

While Oswalt was packing his belongings to fly to Washington to pitch for the Phillies against the Nationals on Friday, the Braves were packing their things to fly out of Washington after a second consecutive series loss, dropping two of three to the Nationals.

The Braves’ NL East lead was down to three games on the Phillies, who played Thursday night. That’s the closest it’s been since the first week of July.

“To go to the playoffs you’ve got to beat good pitching,” Braves catcher David Ross said. “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 (do), then you’re going to have to beat good pitchers period, the best.”

Braves pitcher Derek Lowe said the Braves have known this was coming for a while, given the speculation they’ve heard for weeks.

“It was just a matter of who they were going to give up,” Lowe said. “…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.”

The Braves have been looking to improve their team but on a smaller scale, since they already traded for shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

The Braves, who just sent struggling center fielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A Gwinnett, are in the market for an outfielder but have watched several players they were interested in drop out of the picture because of injuries, including David DeJesus of the Royals and Cody Ross of the Marlins because of an injury to his teammate Chris Coghlan.

Braves general manager Frank Wren indicated Thursday the Braves are still actively looking. Their wants include the outfield and possibly a reliever.

“We’re still looking to improve the club,” Wren said in an e-mail.

Wren had returned to Atlanta Wednesday night after spending two days with the Braves in Washington. When chips around baseball started to fall late Wednesday afternoon, Wren had said it was a matter of seeing if trade partners would lower their asking price by 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We know what’s out there,” Wren said. “Whether the price will come down where it makes it reasonable and things fit for us, I don’t know.”

With Oswalt set to make $16 million next season, and the Braves unable to unload contracts of Kenshin Kawakami or McLouth, the Braves weren’t in the running for a big-name pickup like Oswalt, even with the cash the Astros were offering (they’re reportedly paying $11 million of the $23 million he’s owed through 2011.)

The Braves are also hesitant to part with the prospects necessary to land a big piece, like a Mike Minor, Julio Teheran or Freddie Freeman.

Still a little chippy from Thursday’s loss, Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sounded like he was in no mood to start worrying about the Phillies and Oswalt.

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

Actually, the Braves have actually fared well against Oswalt. He’s 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in seven regular season starts against the Braves for his career, his highest career ERA against any team.

171 comments Add your comment

muchacho

July 29th, 2010
6:10 pm

Ross says you have to be able to beat the best..What about the mediocre (National’s pitchers)?

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
6:13 pm

FirstHater

July 29th, 2010
6:14 pm

TRADE TIME!!!!!!!

July 29th, 2010
6:16 pm

A TRADE IS APPROACHING GUYS!!!!!!!! I CAN SMELL IT!!!!!!

muchacho

July 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

What makes you think so, TRADE?

Keith

July 29th, 2010
6:25 pm

Here’s the thing guys. It’s not a knee-jerk reaction saying that we absolutely HAVE to get a bat now that they got Oswalt. Remember when we were in 1st place by .5 game, 1 game, 2 games? It was back and forth for a while…then in a week it JUMPED to 6-7 games…in the same week, now, it’s back to 3 games. Still have around 60 games left.

However, I’ve always felt that we needed a bat if we are shooting to win the WS. I look at the AL lineups of the rangers, yanks, and rays, and think we sure could use another bat. However, you also need to think about the expanded rosters and guys we could bring up like Freeman or a Minor.

I’m still conflicted on what will happen, but I’d like to see us get a good bat (I’m not talking Cody Ross….but maybe Willingham, Dunn, or Berkman (if he can play every day). Get us over the hump to have a real shot to win the Fall Classic.

So we’re ok for now, but we need something extra to win it all IMO. :)

TRADE TIME!!!!!!!

July 29th, 2010
6:25 pm

did u not read the article. Frank Wren siad hes got the deal in place its just a matter of “lowering the prices”. And I also heard on the braves radio station that Frank Wren plans to call up Freddie Freeman. If you dont believe me go on the radio station abd listen for yourself. 680 am/ 100.7 fm

The Dude

July 29th, 2010
6:27 pm

If the Braves don’t make a move the Phils will catch them. They have the best line up in the National league. I know they have dealt with injuries this season, but they are all getting healthy at the right time. Now they also have a dominant pitching rotation.

We need an impact bat without letting our young pitchers go. I’d let Freeman go for the right price, you can always find a servicable 1st baseman. Medlen wouldn’t be a bad piece either..he’s never going to be a number one or two starter but could draw some high intrest.

NC Braves Fan

July 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

Who cares about Oswalt. We can’t beat the Marlins or the Nats.. PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?

barnyard

July 29th, 2010
6:30 pm

like i said the phillies will be in first before the week is out.

amicusterrae

July 29th, 2010
6:32 pm

“you can always find a servicable 1st baseman”

yeah. no problem.

Donny Corleone

July 29th, 2010
6:33 pm

If Diaz played every day he’d have 40 homers this season. He can’t though, ’cause he’s got “Not an everyday player” tattooed on his ass according to Bobby.

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
6:34 pm

Man, David Ross hit it right on the head, and I agree with him. SO WHAT? You let that deal make you wet your britches you ain’t a major leaguer. You want to be the best, then beat the best. If we are going to win this division, we gotta beat the Phillies. Pretty simple.

Right now our biggest obstacle is our manager. Sorry if that offends anyone. This constant righty-lefty lineup crap is killing us. PLAY YOUR BEST PLAYERS! Matt Diaz is hitting .380 since he came off the DL – he is not instant out against righties – PLAY HIM!! God bless him, Glaus is a big tired thug. Rest him for the stretch run!! We have a gazillion options at 1st – Hinske, Prado, Diaz, hell teach BMac the position and let Ross catch. And let’s not forget a certain 1st baseman in waiting in Gwinnett.

The fact Bobby wanted an all righty lineup today (Heyward only played because Gonzales got the flu, so Infante moved to short) shows he follows Casey Stengel BS strategy from the 50’s. He was actually going to bench Heyward!! That’s insane.

We would have won 2 additional WS in the 90’s but for Bobby. Now he’s got a team who get him back to the WS and he is f—ing it up royally. E.g., loyalty to Chipper and McLouth (although the latter situation got resolved, thank goodness). Does everyone know 3rd is Prado’s natural position? Has everyone seen the stats showing Chipper is as a pinch hitter? He’s been GREAT! Our EVERYDAY lineup should be:

Prado 3B
Infante 2B
Heyward RF
McCann C (I know Ross will rest him, thank goodness we re-signed the best backup catcher in MLB)
Glaus/Hinske 1B (depends who is on mound, righty or lefty)
Diaz LF
Gonzales SS
Cabrera CF

With this pitching and the depth of this bench, if we do not go to the WS then this will be Booby”s WORST managing job. Ever. Thank goodness Roger has done a good jon with the pitchers (e.g., fixing Hanson just by telling him to move over to other side of rubber). See, that’s what position coaches do. Unlike TP, who is stealing $$ and justifies his existence by throwing soft toss under the bleachers. Chipper will make a great hitting coach next year under Freddy.

Can’t wait for your return, Gregor.

Charles

July 29th, 2010
6:34 pm

Hey Braves, the object in your rearview mirror is now MUCH larger than it seems with the big O on the phils. Who you gonna go out and get now? Even A-Rod could not help your team. Hey Jason heyward… When you are a FA, we might have a bench spot open if you want to play for a champion.

Ben Hill, Been Real

July 29th, 2010
6:35 pm

Simply tired of Lowe man he is a guaranteed 4 runs. Tired of his one pitch: hanging sinker, dirt sinker

Donny Corleone

July 29th, 2010
6:36 pm

Charles! How uncouth!

Donny Corleone

July 29th, 2010
6:37 pm

Lowe has got to be good. He’s making 15 million a year.

Yoda

July 29th, 2010
6:37 pm

Braves should worry….Chumper & McCant can’t hit Oswalt either!!!!

Donny Corleone

July 29th, 2010
6:39 pm

Is Oswalt gonna pitch every game? Wow! He really is good.

Donny Corleone

July 29th, 2010
6:40 pm

He’s gonna sling lightning bolts and poot thunder!

Donny Corleone

July 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

And he’s only one million a year better than Lowe.

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

Donny, you’re right. Ross said it, too. They got Oswalt. BFD. We control our own destiny.

derrick

July 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

There is no way they are going to let Freeman go. That kid is a solid player. I am pretty sure they plan on bringing him up and having Glaus ready to take chippers place when he goes on his usual DL the second half of the year to focus on his softball. I personally would love to see them pick up Hart. Hart, Cabrerra & heyward would be a heck of an outfield. But Im not sure where the Brews are with him right now. I know they are trying to untie some money to keep Prince…so who knows. They might strike a deal with Hart…?

derrick

July 29th, 2010
6:44 pm

Oh and i agree…BFD about Oswalt. We have had his number for a while now.

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
6:47 pm

Last game I saw Oswalt pitch Cincy lit him up like a Christmas tree.

dawg4u

July 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

What in the world has happened to Troy Glaus. He has just totally slipped off the radar. I always thought we would need another bat if we made it to the WS but now we probably need another one just to beat the Phils. Thank goodness the Phils traded Cliff Lee last year or I would really be worried. Still a lot of games left and anything can happen. Break up the Nationals!

Chip4Prez

July 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

DLowe is our achilles heel. He doesn’t go late into games. He sucks at pitching. He can’t win any pitching matchup. He eats up $15M a year in salary… GASP! Oswalt is cheaper than that this year. Talk about overpaid… he is killing us…

BravesAreDone

July 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

Who cares what Lowe says… he’s worthless to this team.

CTBRAVESFAN

July 29th, 2010
6:51 pm

Move Heyward to center and trade for bautista and put him in right. I like medlen but minor is doing well at AAA. would hate to see him leave but it would be nice to have a guy leading the majors in hrs. You could also but him in LF and leave Heyward in RF. Also could try and pry marlon byrd away from the cubs he is a plus defender and he hits for average and has a little power

corkylovesbeer

July 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

we have team chemistry

Tim Hudson

July 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

Guys, chill.

Their rotation: Halliday, Hamels, Oswalt, ….?

Ours: Me, JJ, Tommy, Derrick/Medlen

I kind of like things from where I sit.

Y’all have a good day, and please contribute to Childrens Hospital System of Atlanta.

Thank you,
Tim Hudson

Worshipping at the Temple of Frank Wren's Kool Aid Thermos

July 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

Anyone who thinks that Oswalt is not going to help the Phillies win more games is delusional! Braves will probably see Oswalt 2 or 3 times this season, but it’s not the head to head matchup thats important. It’s that Oswalt will get 15-20 starts with the Phils and give them a great chance to win each of those starts.

The Abs Man

July 29th, 2010
6:53 pm

Totally agree+ sick of this Bobby Cox righty-lefty nonsense.
Diaz is one of the most streaky hitters in MLB…PLay him daily, no matter who pitches…play Eric at first, Glaus obviously needs time off…play Infante every single damn day…no matter who pitches….
Your best offensive outfield is Diaz, Infante and Heyward.

And the Braves need some offense.

JeanE

July 29th, 2010
6:53 pm

I’m not afraid of Oswalt, guy has back problems all the time. Totally AGREE with guys who say Matty Diaz should play regularly. Dude can flat out hit, doesn’t matter, lefty right, whatever. And Troy the Man-tree is tired. It’s written all over his face and knees. Great guy, helped the team a bunch, time to overide his “I’m fine” and sit his ass down for Hinske. No crazy desperation trades are necessary, we got all the parts right here without mortgaging the future! Just need to plug them in the right way, and off we go.I even like the Melk-Dud and he’s just a pup. Do NOT make any dumb boneheaded gotta do something because the Phils did, trades.

freddie freeman

July 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

what’s this about me being called up? is this true?

Charles

July 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

The braves control their own destiny? Haha…language like that comes a week or two before the season ends. Now that phils got O, the braves season is over!!!

Jonny

July 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

LOL at David Ross talking arrogantly.

Keep sticking your head in the sand, Braves. Make a move, or we’ll be looking back fondly at the first 2/3 of the season while others are still playing.

The Abs Man

July 29th, 2010
6:55 pm

After giving away two games in Florida earlier this week, do you folks now understand how poorly Cox manages games….?

Losing 2of-3 to the stinky Nats….granted both loses legit, but games given away to Marlins come back to bite you in ass.

Michael D

July 29th, 2010
6:57 pm

It’s been a fun run. The Braves will soon fade into 3rd place. Bobby will retire with pleasant memories. Chipper will head off quietly into the sunset.
Going forward it will be hard to build a championship team when so much money is invested in Lowe, Kawakami and Mc Clouth. The Braves will continue to be a few pieces short of a winning team.

ijudgenot

July 29th, 2010
6:57 pm

I hope Liberty’s cheapness and Wren’s gunshyness from the Texiera trade keeps the Braves from overeacting. Since KK has been kept out of games for the past 2 weeks lets hope some west coast team like Angels or Seattle that are .500 teams in divison owned by Texas will give us Tori Hunter(Angels) or Milton Bradley(Seattle) for KK and Dunn/Collins. Los Angeles has large asian population and maybe KK would be revitalized there.

corkylovesbeer

July 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

still early in the season…

Sarah Palin

July 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

I look great naked. And I like that Matt Diaz. Should play every day. You betcha.

Who’s Roy Oswalt? Who gives a damn? What has he won?

JD

July 29th, 2010
6:59 pm

Where is Dave O’Brien??

Eli

July 29th, 2010
7:03 pm

Maybe it will light a fire under their butts. We’ll see.
The Braves cannot lose a series to the Nats at this point. But they did. Get over it, move on and look to the next opponent. The Braves are still in first place today, no matter what.

Eli

July 29th, 2010
7:05 pm

ijudgenot – do you really think a man trained and raised by JS is gunshy of any trade? He’s got a leash, it’s called money from the suits.

Baller

July 29th, 2010
7:07 pm

Carroll, what exactly are the Braves’ plans for Kawakami? He’s not doing the Braves any good by sitting in the bullpen and not pitching. I’ve been surprised recently that he’s pitched so little, and Chavez so much. Is there reasoning behind this?

Carroll Rogers

July 29th, 2010
7:08 pm

and another thing Markie mark, my editor posted a “burst” about McLouth in the afternoon while i was in the clubhouse as well. Which i fed him information to and he added. ….

TampaGator

July 29th, 2010
7:10 pm

The key for the Braves….does Troy Glaus remain an occasional singles hitter or does he break out with some much needed power during the stretch run? Is he hurt? Is he just tired?

George

July 29th, 2010
7:16 pm

Sorry but not enough consistent fire power as the team now stands. If the Braves are going to the playoffs they need help. With that said I am a fan win or lose and will continue to support the team.

Ryan

July 29th, 2010
7:17 pm

Braves blow against their own division. Too bad we have tons more games to go against the NL East. The Nats and Fish will probably end up with winning records against ATL.

BraveMan

July 29th, 2010
7:18 pm

matt kemp trade was in the works… its now off.

my sources tell me the dodgers wanted schafer, mclouth and jo jo reyes. my sources told me that trading jo jo to the blue birds was an absolute deal breaker.

wren really screwed the pooch on this one…

Wooderson

July 29th, 2010
7:27 pm

SHUT THE **** UP DEREK LOWE!!!! YOU KNOW WHAT IM GONNA START CALLING YOU?? “GUARANTEED 4″ BECAUSE THAT’S HOW MANY RUNS YOU GIVE UP EVERY START!! AT THE LEAST!! I HOPE YOU SHOW UP IN A SKI MASK WHEN YOU PICK UP THAT CHECK!!

ryan

July 29th, 2010
7:33 pm

If the Braves don’t do anything i possibly see the Braves playing for a wild card because the Philly’s will get everyone back and you can’t count out the Mets oh and the Marlins are dangerous with Josh Johnson piching .

JohnSmith

July 29th, 2010
7:33 pm

Kemp or Bautista for a package of Medlen, Dunn, and Lowe (w/Braves paying about half his salary).

Derek Lowe

July 29th, 2010
7:34 pm

Don’t you tell ME to shut up, Wooderson! I won a WS ring with Boston, dammit!

BravesAreDone

July 29th, 2010
7:37 pm

Why not try Diaz at first base and give Glaus a little break.

redd34

July 29th, 2010
7:38 pm

Less face it the Braves are done if they don’t get another BAT… And even then i still say the Braves will get LUKY to finish in the playoff race. And DLowe you need to give back some money to the CLUB, y
our are not worth the money u are geting.

redd34

July 29th, 2010
7:43 pm

Dlowe needs to take some advice from Chipper…Atleast Chipper can come out and say that he should play better with the money he is geting. WHY can’t you. It just shows me that your are about the CASH…

Steve

July 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Can the Braves trade Wren? How many times have they been to the playoffs under his oversight?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

July 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Yoda Chumper & McCant can’t hit Oswalt either!!!!

Well, I don’t know about those two, but as for Chipper and McCann again Oswalt…

Regular Season Play

Chipper: 4-15 (.267) with a double, 3 RBI, 2 BB, and 3 K’s

McCann: 2-2 with a Double and an RBI

BravesWillGo0-58!!!!!

July 29th, 2010
7:45 pm

IT’S THE END! THE END, I TELLS YA! OH GOD! WE’RE DOOMED! WE’RE–

Oh, wait. Oswalt’s numbers against Atlanta are horrid.

Oh, wait. We play the Phils HOW many times over the next two months…many of those games at home, where our record is outstanding?

Oh, wait. Utley doesn’t come back for HOW many weeks? And Moyer and Happ are now out of the picture too?

Oh, wait. Frank Wren might still make a deal? Hmm.

Gosh. Gee. Hrmph. Maybe…maybe…

Derek Lowe

July 29th, 2010
7:49 pm

No one’s trading me ANYwhere, dammit! I like it here in Atlanta, with your Bigboi and your peach cobbler.

redd34

July 29th, 2010
7:50 pm

WE ARE DONE just look at the recent numbers they have put up….I think the OLDER players are getting worn down.

NNY Braves Fan

July 29th, 2010
7:50 pm

Seriously people, relax. Wren has a knack for pulling out deals when nobody expects it. He knows what this season means to the fans and especially Bobby Cox. I guarantee, he does not stand pat and does go out and get some help. He’s a smart man and will get something done, soon.

bulldog bubba

July 29th, 2010
7:51 pm

WE NEED DAVID O’BRIEN BACK WITH THE TEAM AND BREAK THIS LOSING ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stew

July 29th, 2010
7:59 pm

Let’s not panic. Phils are hot and we lost a couple. Wags blew a couple of saves. The problem is when McCann sits our cleanup hitter sits. I like Blanco’s game more than Melky’s. Maybe the player to get is Hart. We need to make some changes now that Glaus hasn’t done dick for 6 weeks. Freeman for Glaus and Hart for Melky would turn things around. I hope if we do make the playoffs Lowe doesn’t get to sniff a baseball.

redd34

July 29th, 2010
8:00 pm

WE NEED A BAT now, and im not talking about a MELKY bat either… Although Melky has done well…

VinceVanGo

July 29th, 2010
8:04 pm

I’ve been saying all year, play Infante every day. I am also laughing at Matt Diaz being a streaky hitter comments. I agree completely and also believe like many of you that he should be playing everyday. But Bobby Cox is stubborn and it won’t happen. I would also like to offer that Bobby Cox is a streaky manager. What a streak of division winners and what a streak(save one) of never winning the world series. Bobby Cox has been a very good manager for a very long time, but the only reason he won all the division titles and one world series is because he had 3 future hall of famers in one starting rotation(Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz). No manager in baseball history had such a loaded staff. I spent the entire 90’s telling my family & friends that I could have managed the Braves as good as Bobby Cox with the pitchers he had. I still believe that. And many of you could have to.

Mark in mid-town

July 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

I don’t think the Braves need to panic over the Phillies picking up Oswalt. That will help the Phillies on the margins. What’s really hurt the Braves, imo, is that they traded away Escobar who I think would have been the best and most clutch player the Braves would have had for the 2nd half of the year, regardless of his horrible first half. That was not a good move. It lacked vision. Regardless of the horrible first half, he’s one of the more talented players in the game. Escobar could have potentially carried the Braves the 2nd half of the year.

Roy Oswalt

July 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Sorry about the trade, guys. Truth be told, I wanted to play for the Cardinals.

Jeremy

July 29th, 2010
8:11 pm

Let’s make a deal. Give the nationals what they want for Dunn…even if it means Medlen and a couple of farm hands (as long as it doesnt compromise the future) I like this line up. 1. Prado 2B 2. Blanco CF 3. Heyward RF 4. Dunn 1B 5. McCann C 6. Glaus 3B 7. C Jones LF 8. Gonzalez SS 9. (Hudson, JJ, Lowe, Hanson, or MINOR -Replacing Medlen) Chipper played LF for a couple of seasons. That sounds like a very potent lineup. Any takers?

redd34

July 29th, 2010
8:12 pm

Escobar needed to go… He is talented player, but he is in his own world. And hard to deal with Bluejays will find out.

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:16 pm

The Padres got Miguel Tejada. Everybody making their teams better except the cheap ass Braves.

I agree about Diaz. He should play every day. Bobby’s runing his career by platooning him just like he ruined Ryan Klesko’s…

A lot of good players available (OF’s and relievers). Just don’t trade prospects for a rest of the season. Trade for a player under contract for 2 years minimum.

jay sikes

July 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

Lowe is 1 for hil last 6. Today Nats had runners at 2nd and third with one out. Firsty bas op[en and No8 hitter coming to bat. Instead of walking him and pitching to the pitcher, Cox pitches to the No 8 hitter who singles in the two runners. I strongly disagree with Cox handling of pitchers. Just this week he pulled a pitcher who just struck out the side and hopes the next guy will do the same. I have watched him do this for years. Thank GOD this is his last year.

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:20 pm

If the Braves had an offense they would be 15 games up. Nobody but Diaz in the line-up is hot right now. They are all slumping. Bad timing with the Phillies charging.

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:24 pm

Lowe showed us his true colors saying some games he loses focus (with big leads). Any good pitcher never loses focus no matter what the score is. A pitcher’s job is all scoreless innings against the opposing offense. The scoring by your offense is irrelevant.

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:26 pm

When disappearing Dave comes back from his 3 month vacation, can we talk about politics and religion ?

braves70

July 29th, 2010
8:28 pm

Marlins just traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers. Maybe Florida has given up and might be willing to deal some players.

SRF

July 29th, 2010
8:30 pm

I had high hopes this year but once again the Braves will be hoping for a wildcard

The Dude

July 29th, 2010
8:31 pm

You guys just don’t understand what Oswalt does for the Phils. It’s not about head to head competition…it’s about having an ace pitch instead of JA Happ every 5th day. That means less tax on their bad bullpen and more wins in general. Their line up is so good and now they have a great starting cast, it’s going to be tough to hold them off unless we better our line up. Put it this way, what dug out would you rather be in if it Lowe vs. Oswalt.

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

Trade a bunch of pitching and Gonzalez for Hanley Ramirez.

Carroll Rogers

July 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:34 pm

Oswalt was 6-12 because he pitched for sorry Astros. His 3.42 era is decent.

Largo

July 29th, 2010
8:35 pm

We just don’t do well against the Nats. Remember the last series the braves played in 2009, we were swept by the Nats.

ray

July 29th, 2010
8:41 pm

I don’t see how the Astros could only get Happ and 2 class A prospects (with no power and excessive strikeouts) for a #1 starter who is not a rental. If we were trading with the Astros, Wren would have given them Minor, Freeman and Teheran.
A panic move is coming Friday or Saturday. Be prepared for it. The other problem is we can’t afford to keep anyone we trade for (Drew, Teixeira, Sheffield)

phil fan

July 29th, 2010
8:41 pm

sorry all braves fan its over now theirs no deal out their that can beat ours yall picthing staff is suspect an yall deff cant hit. their no one in yall lineup that scard no one yall will be lucky to make the WILD CARD……………GO PILLYS

Ease® in Woodstock

July 29th, 2010
8:44 pm

Hi guys…I am new here…What happens to the August and September games on the schedule? Do they just get canceled? I dunno, seems like still alot of baseball to be played yet.

Umm, Go Falcons?

SRF

July 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

Ease – no they will be played – and the Braves will lose many of them like they have on this pathetic road trip

dylan

July 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

Brewers are not selling anymore reports Olney! OH NO

James

July 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

Why did Chipper say he’s happy that the Phillies got Roy Oswalt? I don’t get why he said that. Does he want to play for them to maybe the Braves should trade Chipper to the Phillies.

James

July 29th, 2010
9:01 pm

Ned Colletti could trade Matt Kemp to the Braves, who are deep in young pitching, in need of a right-handed hitting outfielder and in position to exchange a center fielder, Melky Cabrera, who played for Dodgers manager Joe Torre in New York.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-dodgers-should-trade-matt-kemp-062510

nate

July 29th, 2010
9:27 pm

they need too grt ride of lowe

nate

July 29th, 2010
9:29 pm

hey phill fan your a idea it and you will get beat buy us in the playoff dumb ass

JRW7

July 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

You are talking about PLAYOFFS, PLAYOFFS, with the way our team, THE BRAVES, have played the last 10 games, 3 wins out of 10, we have went back to our play in April. I hope we can turn this thing around, but i don’t think so. Maybe Wren can get us some more hitting.. I didn’t feel good about the Yunel trade for AG at the time, and now I wish we would have kept Yunel, maybe that trade messed up team chemistry. Don’t know, but we sure are not playing like we were before the trade.

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
9:43 pm

@ Vince van Gogh

Agree with you completely. Wish everyone recognized the future Hall of Fame emperor is not wearing any clothes. His misuse of this roster is abyssmal.

Sarah Palin

July 29th, 2010
9:45 pm

I’m not wearing any clothes, either!!!! Can I be president?

Herschel Talker

July 29th, 2010
9:49 pm

VinceVanGo at 8:04:

Nothing more needs to be said. You have completely nailed it.

HT

no name

July 29th, 2010
9:56 pm

The Braves have a few very good players but Cox uses them sparingly. Diaz, Hinski, and Infante should be playing every day. Glaus has just about worn his legs out, but he keeps playing the best he can. He needs some rest. Under the way Cox is managing I see us finishing in third place in the East and we can forget about the playoffs.

UGA Bail Bonds

July 29th, 2010
9:58 pm

Looks like everybody is in panic mode, like they were back in April. Relax people, time is running out but there is still time to turn this team slump around.

Freddie Freeman not the answer at 1st!

July 29th, 2010
10:05 pm

I wouldn’t worry about Freddie Freeman. When was the last time the Braves brought up a decent 1B? It was Ryan Klesko, and Bobby Cox never gave him a legit chance……though he did space cadet Adam La-lazy-roche! Trade Freeman for some decent bat we can use for a World Series run. If we can trade Freeman for an OF, lets do it. Or will Frank Wren just mystify us again by standing pat? Possibly another Vazquez-Melky+ hurt teen? What about the next to meaningless Yunel-Alex Gonzalez thing? I thought Gonzalez had some power???

We could’ve traded for Podsednik, given up very little and had a starter in the OF batting .300 w/30 steals and 40 RBI. I’m really losing my patience with this team, it’s folding badly and Wren’s done nothing productive!!!

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