Stat of the day: lack of hitting vs. Nats

While dropping two of three to the Washington Nationals, the Braves hit only .196 (19-for-97) and averaged only 2.0 runs per game, including a shutout in the opener against Miguel Batista and three relievers.

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robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:41 pm

Stat of the last 2 weeks…

Mr.Timothy.....timothy

July 29th, 2010
8:48 pm

I blame Nate Mcclouth!!!!

Bravesfansince66

July 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

What happened to my post. Same old same old. The top of the line up has been dead wood for the recent losses. We need a big power bat now, Lack of action spells our demise. Derrick Lowe is just pitiful after the All Star break he literally stinks. With all his physical attributes you would think he could pitch by now…

The Abs Man

July 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

I blame Cox.

Keep sitting Diaz and Infante vs. RHP.
Gee—two hot hitters, they get benched…surrender advantage–a Bobby Cox–speciality,

Whay is it so obvious to most everyone else, this pair should play more often?

Stumpknocker

July 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

Why doesn’t someone ask T Pendleton why the Braves aren’t hitting squat as of late?

Keith

July 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

At least Bobby played Infante, who is our team avg leader…but took too long on that one, too :(

I still think we will be in the division lead until the end (maybe back and forth). But in order for us to have a shot at making and/or winning the WS, we need a bat.

fredi is next

July 29th, 2010
9:22 pm

no glaus.. no runs…

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2010
9:43 pm

Sorry to say, but the Braves are pathetic. Not only have the Phillies quickly closed the gap on the Braves for the division lead, but what do the Braves do about that? They extend their backup catcher to a 2 year deal.

Not saying that the Braves shouldn’t have extended David Ross, but they have more pressing needs then that at the moment. The Phillies trade for Oswalt, the Braves do squat. The Braves will not win this division, and because their front office is to stupid to realize that you have to counter division foes moves in order to stay ahead of them. When they are on the outside looking in, I will laugh. Not because I am not a fan, but because they are stupid and they don’t deserve to win this division.

Frank Wren should definitely get the moronic GM of the year award hands down. If he can’t understand that he has no chance of winning this division without countering the Phillies, he is genuinely dumber then a box of rocks. If that happens, I sincerely hope that he gets fired.

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2010
9:47 pm

Oh, and way to lose a series against the cellar dwelling Nationals by the way. Unreal. Teams that are making a run are supposed to be playing their best ball right now. The Braves are the exact opposite.

COME ON WREN!

July 29th, 2010
9:58 pm

CaptainMudderland

July 29th, 2010
10:27 pm

Series contained a host of behaviors not indicative of a first place ballclub and/or a championship calibre baseball team. At this point in the year, we are a hot/cold club all the way…one day or series, not any better than the next club and, another day; the apple of the fans eye–so it goes…we could–but than again can we? Continue that is being a team with broadband consistency issues? That whole theory regarding a build up to go against Strasburg and then a let down when Bautista came a hurlin’ is plain “hogcrap.” You get your butts out there for the kind of money you’re making and play hard regardless of who you must face on the mound! Next thing, we’ll have Dr. Phil called in for a “Feel good” session–and, while I’m at it, those TV announcers need to stop making excuses for the ballplayers’ misdeeds and underwhelming results…this team needs to toughen up if they are even dreaming of a post season experience. In sum, regardless of the outcome, they are my team and I am proud to be a Braves fan–this season and beyond.

The Abs Man

July 29th, 2010
10:30 pm

Braves trade up-and-coming super talent at short for journeyman shortstop…..talent desparity HUGE.
Sure, Escobar was a moody sort…but maybe he could’ve been handled better?

Alex G is OK, but Escobar is so much better. Still think they gave up on him too soon….and/or could’ve gotten more that Alex G.

That’s extent of Braves’ trade….same old, same old,,,Bobby will play his lefty lineup vs. RHP, and RHP vs. southpaws….same old, same old…..
At least Blano back and deport Jesse “Cesar” Chavez to minors…
Oh wait, we need another arm in the pen since KK is now in Cox’s gulag….

Realist

July 29th, 2010
10:36 pm

It’s over. The band aids are starting to peel off. Thanks, Liberty Media.

Gene

July 29th, 2010
10:52 pm

I don’t care if Escobar wins MVP of all Canada. I am glad he is gone. He is the T.O. of MLB.

JRW7

July 29th, 2010
11:05 pm

2 blown saves by BW, and grounding into a rally killing doubleplay by MCOUT has killed this BRAVES team. The BRAVES are in serious trouble now.

lol and behold

July 29th, 2010
11:27 pm

Nate had a great night in AAA. 2 for 5 & home run. Thats a start.

Rhino

July 29th, 2010
11:41 pm

Phillies get Oswalt, Braves drop 2/3 to Nats. Yikes.

As lol and behold said, looks like McLouth might be starting something. We’ll see though.

http://www.rhinorant.com

bravesman218

July 29th, 2010
11:56 pm

Wow I hate reading the comments on this blog to see all these Braves “fans” absolutely hating and ripping on management. Gee whiz you’re depressing me. You do realize Wren got us to first place in the first place (no pun intended) right? And the deal with Oswalt just became official, give him 10 MINUTES to do something! Good grief we are in first place I hope you realize

tom

July 30th, 2010
12:15 am

when the braves are going good the guys that are posting the braves need to trade/fire everyone got nothing to say at all. its amazing, isn’t it?

athdog

July 30th, 2010
12:16 am

four out of ten against the Brewers, Marlins and Nats is not what a playoff team does. Long season, hot, etc…yeah I know. Still it’s the Brewers, Marlins and Nats.

ijudgenot

July 30th, 2010
2:19 am

With Glaus fading into the night, the Braves need Diaz and Gonzalez to pick up the power numbers from the right side. Chipper has not hit a homer from that side all year so don’t expect anything different. A right handed power bat would be nice but I would rather Wren not trade any of the top prospects to get him. The Phillies have just won 8 games in a row and still are 2.5 games out. Who thinks that they will keep winning at that pace away from their match box stadium. If Braves can get 3 solid starts from Medlin, JJ and Hanson they will be back on track. Of those 3 Hanson is the highest question mark. Hope he can get some instructions from Smoltz and use the fast ball more and stop trying to use the slow stuff so much.

ARealBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:19 am

Guys, don’t go into panic mode. You only need to win the division by one game. If you didn’t think the Braves would slump and the Phillies wouldn’t come out of hibernation you are kidding yourselves. Oh, and please stop blaming Cox for everything. Diaz can’t hit righties enough to justify playing everyday and look up Infante in 2004 and 2005 and check out his UZR/150 this year. Yea, I don’t want that everyday either. The guy is a mediocre bat and a defensive liability and this is coming from a guy who defended his All-Star appearance. Cox really is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t with some of you people. If he leaves a starter in it was too long, if he takes them out it was too soon. If he uses a reliever he is killing their arm because God forbid they pitch two days in a row. If Atlanta wins it is because the team overcame Bobby and if they lose it is because of Bobby. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I’m getting irritated with having to read 100 negative comments before I find one positive one. Calm down, you aren’t even the ones playing. I guarantee the players are more upset about the loss.

jj

July 30th, 2010
5:09 am

Gene,as for the crap about Yunel being a cancer,you need to slow your roll.You don’t be the team’s MVP and after half a season you trade him,be real.This was about BC getting his revenge and the Braves saving money down the road.This was a bad trade and Wren will regret it.They are playing like they played the first half of the season and hopefully our HOF manager will pull us out of this tailspin before everybody start blaming TP again for the team’s ails.Playing the wrong players started this thing and the big mony guys not producing is killing this team.Prado,Heyward,Glaus and In fante carried them during the first half and now we need our Leader to justify his salary and rally this Team.Heck we know BC can’t manage,so the PLAYERS need to get going.Boy,this Team need a spark and it’s Managements time to step up and supply the Bat and Arms that these guys need to win this thing.The FANS and PLAYERS deserve that Wren and the unseen Owners need to step up and get in the GAME.My man Yunel is gone and I wish him the best,but right now we need this Team to catch on fire and play like they want this thing even if to some people MONY is the most important thing.The bottom line is it’s time for the guys on the field and those up stairs need to join forces and let the Phillies and MLPN and ESPN know that the Braves are for real and will not fold.GO BRAVES….

farmerjoe

July 30th, 2010
8:14 am

first runner on in the 8th and down by a run. what happened to bunting the runner over to get the tying run into scoring position? BC once again was asleep and just waiting for the three run homer. Out coached again and if the Bravos make the playoffs will be outcoached there as well.

BravesfaninWis

July 30th, 2010
8:16 am

I understand that a team only needs to win the division by 1 game, but the Braves have lost like 5 games in the standing since last week. What is another month of baseball going to do, have them 10 games back in the division?

Sure the Phillies just traded for Oswalt, but the part about giving Wren 10 minutes to make a deal is ridiculous. He has had plenty of time to make a deal, he could have made one within the past week and maybe our division lead would be more then 2.5 games. Point being, he didn’t do his job right at all. He extended our BACKUP CATCHER before he improved our team. That is the sign of a stupid GM. Sorry, but just my opinion.

Bye Bye Bobby

July 30th, 2010
8:24 am

Nothing different this year than in past with Donk. Remember how he continually sat Prado on the bench early last year while he will hitting over .300. And of course how he kept pinch hitting Greg Norton. Someone must have made him send McClouth down or he would still be stinking it up our there.

Inisde Guy

July 30th, 2010
8:30 am

STAT OF THE DAY: What is the payroll of this team? Either guessed and pieced with a understood ‘no comment’ from Braves brass if they wish to dodge the questions or a drawn out, listed and line item estimated budget for salaries this season. Cot’s Baseball Salaries online has this team down from 96K in 2009 to 83K in 2010. I know, I know, “Frank doesn’t want to talk about it…” Maybe this is better suited for QUESTION OF THE YEAR…Ahem…maybe better answered next year.

meh

July 30th, 2010
8:42 am

I got a feeling we’ll see a new face in Atlanta in the next couple of days. I don’t think Wren’s just going to sit around and do nothing.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 30th, 2010
8:42 am

another horrible series, where has the offense gone?? i agree with some earlier posters that why bench diaz & infante when no one else is producing?

Chip's Mama

July 30th, 2010
9:06 am

The Braves are just suckering the Phills in.
They are lulling the Phills into over confidence, and then when they meet, BAM the Braves will bust them a new one.

Jesse Stone

July 30th, 2010
9:10 am

ARealBravesFan- Great post. My thoughts exactly. And why are will still discussing the Cuban Brat? He’s gone.

Childs Play

July 30th, 2010
9:26 am

The belly itcher has been banished to the bullpen. Now if only we could rid ourselves of all the booty scratchers in the line-up…

tristan

July 30th, 2010
9:30 am

The “new face” will end up being somebody like Jermaine Dye or Barry Bonds. That is Wren’s style. washed up old men for mega contracts

Joe

July 30th, 2010
9:32 am

MLB Rumor has Wren talking to Brewers for Fielder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can’t believe that…

judd

July 30th, 2010
9:42 am

anybody know why dob’s blogs are so short now? i live for these things and they’re just 1 or 2 sentences now.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 30th, 2010
10:03 am

With all thats going on right now, its good to get an in depth look at Eddie Perez. I was wondering what his story was. So we got that going for us.

Jimmy Dugan

July 30th, 2010
10:05 am

It could be worse. We could be 63-38 and still behind 2 games (tampay bay rays) Ouch!! What a tough race that’s gonna be.

Guys- settle down. Stop jumping off the wagon. Let’s see how the next week or so goes. We could go to second, then come back or stay in first. Just look at it as an exciting race to the end. How cool would it be to be 21/2-3 up (or down) at the end of the season, playing 3 games against philly and it come down to one game with Hudson and Oswalt on the mound. That would be awesome!!

Sit back and enjoy. I get as pissed as the next guy but this is gonna be fun to watch!

Grandpa Right, formerly of Cochran

July 30th, 2010
10:08 am

Most of you folks are sounding like pathetic whiners. Sure its been a rough week but we are in first place by 2.5 games, for crying out loud.

Cox is an HOF manager, so get off his back. And Wren has earned the benefit of a doubt. Shut up and pay attention to what happens next.

Castrologist

July 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Grandpa Right, well said!!! This blog tends to bring out quite a bit of negativity. Rough weeks happen. I don’t think this team is going to lay down. Phillies Enthusiasm is high, but Braves Enthusiasm is higher. Let’s take it to the Reds!

http://castrologist.tumblr.com

Bill in VA

July 30th, 2010
10:19 am

Upcoming series vs Reds looks tough. Their aces 1st 2 games. But, that’s where we seem to shine! We still have a 3 game lead in loss column, which get increasingly important this time of year.
Get the runners over, when they do get on. When the offense is dead, try the bunt for a hit!! Make the pitcher jump off the mound. Get Blanco back into the lineup. Change the flow of the game.

Braves20

July 30th, 2010
10:38 am

I’m a little puzzled by the Venters issue. The Oliver Stone in me says that MLB is withholding judgment so we lose Venters against the Reds instead of the perceived weaker Nats. Also not sure why Joe and Chip keep pounding the rock about his actions being accidental. Come on guys, this ain’t your first rodeo. But on the other hand, if we really wanted to extract some revenge why not have KK throw the offending pitches. That would be a loss.

Mitchell

July 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Two out of six versus Florida and D.C. No Josh Johnson. No Ricky Nolasco. No Steven Strasberg.

No excuse. Bad. Terrible.

Fire TP.

papadawg

July 30th, 2010
10:42 am

This lame offense has been here all season and can’t all be blamed on one player, McClouth. He wasn’t at the Nats game yesterday but all the other problems were

Grady Jackson *Barber Shop*

July 30th, 2010
10:49 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Shaunn

July 30th, 2010
10:51 am

“July 30th, 2010
9:32 am
MLB Rumor has Wren talking to Brewers for Fielder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can’t believe that…”

Where the hell did you read that……

Mitchell

July 30th, 2010
10:56 am

Grandpa Right, formerly of Cochran

July 30th, 2010
10:08 am

Most of you folks are sounding like pathetic whiners. Sure its been a rough week but we are in first place by 2.5 games, for crying out loud.

Cox is an HOF manager, so get off his back. And Wren has earned the benefit of a doubt. Shut up and pay attention to what happens next.

Mmm. Sage advice from Grandpa. Shut up and pay attention.

You people are like a broken record. First place now, first place forever I guess. Is that how it works?

What happens when we’re in second place at the end of the day on Sunday? Do we continue to bask in the glory of almost being in first place?

This is a team that only knows disappointment. I’m amazed at all the “It’s just one game” comments I see after each loss this year. What part of the final week of the 2009 season do you people not remember? If we had not let so many just slip right through our fingers last year like the blown saves in August and September by Soriano or the bullpen debacle that occured in Philadelphia in early April we wouldn’t have had to go on such a torrid streak in the final weeks only to see it come crashing down in the final days.

If ever there was a season in which Braves fans appreciated the importance of almost every game it would be this one. But it seems most out there consider being in first place at any point in the season the pinacle of achievement.

Yeah, just keep convincing yourselves that anything Bobby Cox has done in the last ten years makes him worthy of being in the Hall of Fame.

mscoast brave

July 30th, 2010
10:57 am

what hitting?

Jimmy Dugan

July 30th, 2010
11:09 am

What happens when we’re in second place at the end of the day on Sunday? Do we continue to bask in the glory of almost being in first place?

What happens if we’re in first?

Castrologist

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

Mitchell, Bobby can’t hit, catch, or throw. All he can do is put the players in a position to be successful…they have to perform. They have performed pretty well this year after such a horrid start, but a week of underperforming in a 6 months season IS NOT the end of the world. You are right though, every game matters and it’s tough to swallow losses to the Nationals. The disappointment ends this year!

http://castrologist.tumblr.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAN9GGmQW4M

clay

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

Getting Fielder???? Are you serious? Why we already have Glaus. Theres no way there trading straight up, they would have to send Glaus, Medlen, and a probably a prospect or two. Wren is not doing that. No way

Mitchell

July 30th, 2010
11:28 am

I hope you’re right Castrologist.

I am just of little faith at the moment. It’s times like these I have a hard time giving Bobby Cox or TP the benefit of the doubt.

Jimmy Dugan

July 30th, 2010
11:09 am

What happens when we’re in second place at the end of the day on Sunday? Do we continue to bask in the glory of almost being in first place?

What happens if we’re in first?

If we’re still in first on Sunday, then I’ll feel a little better. But I just don’t see them righting the ship in the very near future. Great American Ballpark has been every bit the house of horrors as Dolphins Stadium or Nationals Park or whatever the hell they’re called.

Ghost of Nick Esasky...I'm feeling dizzy

July 30th, 2010
11:31 am

It’s waaaay toooo quiet on the Braves front. I can’t find any comments, rumors, or speculations this close to the deadline. Hopefully something is being done behind the scenes.

I believe the famous quote from Mart Ashton Livermore fits here: “Whoever said, it’s not whether you win or lose that counts… probably lost”

Pull the trigger Frank!

jesse james

July 30th, 2010
11:36 am

I am afraid it would take Medlen and Minor to get a top quality stick. If Glaus doesn’t start hitting and we can’t make a trade, I would bring Freeman up and give him a shot. He is impressive at Gwinnett. I like Glaus and I really thought he was the answer.

ArtyDodger

July 30th, 2010
11:37 am

They got rid of McOut…now if Chumper, McCant & G.Louse can figure out what to a bat is for, maybe, just maybe. Oh, and have we notice have hot Melkdud is. Yikes!!!!!!!!

Bigwheel

July 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Fw should put in a call to Kenny Williams and see what it would take to get andruw jones. much like gonzo he would instantly leade the team in HR. Okay so maybe not him.

Dwayne

July 30th, 2010
11:46 am

Braves are in first in spite of Booby and TP. HOF manager? yes, why? I’ll give you 3 reasons, Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine. TP sux as a hitting coach, how many players have worked out of a slump for the Braves and said “TP and I have been working in the cages and found the problem”…How many????? NONE I SAY!!!!!

GT Fan

July 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Interesting to see the worldwide leader being more optimistic about the Braves’ chances than the fans are.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=5421538

meh

July 30th, 2010
11:49 am

I think they should let Hinske start a 1B and Diaz in LF. I think Glaus could use the rest.

boratman310

July 30th, 2010
11:50 am

D.O how can philly spend 145 million and the braves 90+million and claim we are losing money. Are the phillies losing money or are we paying large sums of money to the wrong people? Come on Frank do something to get a bat or two or maybe three by trading some of the dead wood we have including getting rid of TP. look what happen to P hilly after changing their hitting coach.

GT Fan

July 30th, 2010
11:54 am

Mitchell, we don’t have to convince ourselves Bobby is a HOF manager. The people who actually work in the game and cover the game for a living say it constantly. And I’ll take their opinion over the opinion of a whiny negative Nancy like you. It seems like the only reason you follow sports is so you can complain about how the teams you support underachieve.

Ralph

July 30th, 2010
11:56 am

I predict by this time next week we will be checking the wild card standings every day, Also Wren will make a deadline trade and we will all be very, very dissappointed.

GT Fan

July 30th, 2010
11:58 am

boratman310, back-to-back World Series appearances can earn you a lot of revenue. And Philly is a larger market than Atlanta. Not saying that I don’t wish we could spend a little more to fix some of our holes, but I would be very surprised if the Phillies haven’t brought in more money the past few years than the Braves.

jesse james

July 30th, 2010
12:03 pm

Heck Dwayne – You need to replace Bobby. You seem to know it all. How often do you talk to the players? I am sure TP is doing his job. Oh yea you can’t replace Bobby because you would probably bat your son first and play him at shortstop. You sound like one of those daddy ball coaches.

Chief Nock A Homa

July 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

Don’t you have to think that since it’s sooo quiet on the Braves doing anything that Wren has something fairly big brewing??

Hasn’t that been his mantra??

Wish we had taken a stab at Podsednik… Not the big bat, but gets on base and has some speed that could have been used…

It would be nice now to get Dunn to bring the stick we need in the middle of the order….

Jo-Bu

July 30th, 2010
12:12 pm

Nate had a great night in AAA. 2 for 5 & home run. Thats a start.

…and don’t forget about his excellent defensive play in CF last night. I watched it on TV. He really looks like he’s trying hard but I still wish he would come up throwing the ball a little more. He seems to have a great attitude about the demotion and I’m happy to see him succeeding in that 13-6 route of the Red Wings last night. If Nate could get his head right, he could do some great things for the big club but until then, mark him as unproven this season at the MLB level.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 30th, 2010
12:13 pm

Folks, the 7 game lead (from a 2 1/2 game lead) was realized in about a week. It was an aberration, this division will come down to the last 10 games or so. Let’s not go screaming the sky is falling just yet. It IS after all, a 162 game season. Let the games play out.

papadawg

July 30th, 2010
12:28 pm

Fielder will fit right in with all the other slow footers we already have

Brave Hokie

July 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

Clutch hitting wins championships in baseball, not 32 pitchers in waiting… you don’t get a run for a 10 pitch inning,
Until the Braves appreciate this fact, and acquire a MAN with a BAT who hits 35 dingers and strikes out 100+ times, they’ll never sniff another championship.
They were lucky to be the race, this long….

Kashi

July 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

Yeaaaaaah, lets go get Barry Bond. It will solve all our problems.

andy

July 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Breaking news** the braves bring back dan kolb, chris reitsma, roberto hernandez, albie lopez , jeff francouer, ray king, albie lopez, and call up nate.

Braves20

July 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

While waiting for a legitimate power hitter, it also would not my feelings to see Melky run out a ground ball. He needs to watch the kid in right field who makes even routine two hoppers close at first.

Braves20

July 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

left out hurt – as in hurt my feelings about no hustle Melky.

ARealBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

Wren is working on a trade but it isn’t just going to happen in a snap guys. And despite popular belief around here, sending McLouth, KK, and two mediocre prospects will not get you Prince Fielder. It takes quality to get quality so just accept the fact now that it is going to hurt if Atlanta does land an impact bat. A team isn’t going to take Atlanta’s crap and hand over a stud for the stretch run. Just a side note: the Gonzalez trade was not bad by any means. Team chemistry is almost as important as the actual talent. I did an interview for a class with a reporter who covers the Braves (it’s not DOB and I’m not into name dropping) and we did some talking off the record and he said every single player in the clubhouse hated Escobar’s guts. He was in everyone’s doghouse, not just Cox’s. We complain about T.O., Ocho Cinco, Pacman Jones, what’s the difference between them and Escobar?

Casey Stinkle

July 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

Yeah. We are going to “lure” the Phillies just like Sasquatch. They will get within a 1/2 game or so, and then the Braves will say “here buddy…want a ride?” and as they reach for th door handle drive off ans leave them in the dust. They can’t play the mighty DBacks every game the rest of the way. Phillies=Sasquatch

al

July 30th, 2010
2:15 pm

@AREALBRAVESFAN, If the players hated Escobar so much , why were they playing better with him on the team? Maybe he wasn’t the problem.

ARealBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
2:42 pm

@ AL, I think if he wasn’t the problem he wouldn’t be in Toronto right now. You don’t just trade tremendous talent for a mediocre vet because you can. Hopefully he can succeed in Toronto because sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what you need. He already has a friend in Jose Bautista and that is more than he had in Atlanta.

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