Braves’ quotes on Saturday’s loss and trade

BOBBY COX

On Jurrjens cruising until running into big trouble in 7th

“He threw good in the seventh. He struck out Votto, the first hitter, then got behnd Rolen, who’s got a great eye, 2-0 pitch. Then he got behind Gomes 3-1, Gomes hit it to right field. Then he strikes out the next guy and had a 2-2 count on Hanigan, and left a changeup up. He was one pitch away from pitching another inning.”

On how dominant Jurrjens looked until 7th

“He was good in that inning, too. Just got behind two guys and made one bad pitch.”

On Melky’s misadventure

“I saw it on the replay, on the [stadium jumbotron]. When he threw it, it slipped. Instead of going in the direction of home plate it went in the direction of the right-field stands.”

On Arroyo’s performance

“We were one more hit away in the first inning from getting two more runs on the board. We just didn’t do it. He got a groundball double-play.”

On the trade for Ankiel and Farnsworth

“I’m anxious to see what those guys can do. We know Ankiel and we’ve had Farnsworth.”

“Ankiel, I know he hasn’t played much [this season], but since he’s been back [from DL] he’s really played well…. He hit 25 [homers] one year in 400 at-bats. That’s pretty good.”

On Farnsworth being another power arm for ‘pen

“Yeah. We can’t lose Saito back-to-back a lot, once in a great moon we might. It’ll take some of the heat off Moylan and Venters, give them some breathers once in a while.”

On Ankiel’s outfield defense

“He’s great defensively, from what I recall. Really good.”

On how the deal happened

“That all came up real quick. Real quick.

On Alex Gonzalez

“He’s still not 100 percent. I admire him for going out there.”

Will Ankiel and Farnsworth be here Sunday?

“Supposed to be. I hope so.”

CHIPPER JONES

On the trade

“Should bolster our club. Rick’s a tremendous outfielder and great athlete, good kid. Hopefully he helps solidify things out there in center. Farnsy, we know him. He can be really dominant. I definitely think that move vaults our bullpen to top-notch. No doubt it’s probably going to be considered the best of the game.

“It allows us to shorten games. We go into the seventh inning with a lead, they’re not going to catch us.”

“I faced him this year. He’s still throwing 96 [mph] – 96 is always a good sign.”

On Jurrjens’ performance today, how quickly things changed

“I don’t put that on J.J. We had a chance. We lost this game in the first and the third inning. We had the bases loaded and one out and didn’t score, and had runners at first and third with one out and didn’t score.

“We had a chance to ice the game and didn’t take advantage of it. And in this ballpark, with this club, you cannot – you’ve got to bury them when you get the opportunity. And we didn’t. We let them wiggle out and sure enough, it comes back to bite us late.

“I thought J.J. pitched really well. I don’t know what the pitch to Hanigan was, looked like some kind of off-speed pitch. But he didn’t make many mistakes. Just an unfortunate play out there in center, whatever that was.”

JAIR JURRJENS

“I think two pitches cost us the game, the double to Rolen to start the whole inning up and the hanging changeup to Hanigan. Those two pitches, I missed my location and I got hurt.”

On how he felt, nothing allowed between Rolen’s homer and double

“I felt like everything was working. My changeup was perfect today until that pitch to Hanigan. That’s baseball, you get away with some mistakes sometimes, and you get hurt on good pitches sometimes. Just didn’t have the luck on your side on that day.”

On the Cabrera play, when ball slipped out of his hand

“I was pissed already from hanging the pitch. I really didn’t care what happened after that. The way they were pitching today, we weren’t getting the clutch hits. There wasn’t enough runs for us for them to not come back.”

On getting hit by pitch from Arroyo

“I know for sure he wasn’t trying to hit me, but when you get hit it’s not a good feeling. Especially when you have a pitcher up in the batter’s box, you’re not trying to throw in. But the pitcher’s another hitter; you can’t get hurt by a pitcher [hitting]. He was just trying to make his pitch and one got away from him.”

BILLY WAGNER

On the trade for Ankiel and  Farnsworth

“It makes us better. It’s a win-win for us. You hate to lose a good friend like Chavy, but it’s the business of the game. Farnsworth’s been there, done that. He can fill a lot of needs. I think it’s a great move.

“And adding Ankiel to the situation, solidifies us in center field and everybody can get comfortable where they need to be.”

“I think everybody wants [to add] a Pujols. But realistically, you want guys that are going to make the team better and not be a distraction, and play the game right. That’s two players who’ve had successful careers and can come in and help us get to where we need to go.”

FRANK WREN

On the trade for Ankiel and Farnsworth

“Kyle Farnsworth is one of the best relievers that was out there available, both stuff-wise and statistically. He’s having a real good year. He fits exactly with what we were trying to do, which was add more depth in that seventh-eighth inning.

“Ankiel’s been hurt with that quad, but [scout] Tim Conroy SIC? saw him when he was doing his injury rehab, and then since he’s come back to the big leagues he’s really played well. And we all know what kind of ability he has. He’s only a year removed from hitting 25 home runs for St. Louis as an every-day outfielder.”

On 2011, is Ankiel’s $6 million mutual (club/player) option a reasonable one?

“I think we’ll wait until after the season for those types of decisions.”

On the trade overall, what it does

“It allows us to fill our two most important needs, and it also didn’t force us to give up any of our top young pitching prospects. We really like Collins, so it’s not to say he’s not a good looking young prospect. But I think everybody knows who our top starting pitchers are in the minor leagues, and we were able to hold onto those guys.”

On how quickly this trade came together (Wren said they’d had some talks for a few days)

“Yesterday afternoon we felt like we were making progress on this deal, and we were also moving on some other things that looked like they had a chance to have some life.

“I think by early afternoon we thought this had a chance to turn into something. But we were talking about them separately. The combined deal came together toward the end.”

Prado injury affect anything, until you learned he wouldn’t be out long?

“That really wasn’t a factor, primarily because we have Omar Infante. He gives us the ability to be a lot more flexible and probably more patient than most clubs. Just like today, we’re missing one of the league’s leading hitters, and Omar takes over for him and gets three hits.

On Wilkin Ramirez (minor league OF the Braves got from Detroit in other trade)

“He’s a real toolsy outfielder. Gives us some depth, with losing Blanco and designating Clevlen. He gives us some power and athleticism. He can do a lot of things.”

78 comments Add your comment

Tmac

July 31st, 2010
10:34 pm

Frank Wren made a good move today. He might not be done.

Puma

July 31st, 2010
10:35 pm

I think Phillies may reexamine their decision not to get some bullpen help. Go Nats!

RYan H

July 31st, 2010
10:37 pm

Steve in Utah

July 31st, 2010
10:37 pm

First? Tough break for JJ in the seventh. Luckily Brad Lidge is our best friend right now. Now we need to go out tomorrow and win the series and get back home and start a new streak.

JTH

July 31st, 2010
10:42 pm

Ankiel can’t be any worse than any of our other centerfielders.

Mark in mid-town

July 31st, 2010
10:50 pm

I cringed a couple of weeks ago when we traded Escobar for Alex Gonzalez. Never in a million years would I have made that trade. The upside potential for Escobar was unlimited for the 2nd half of the year, whereas I feared Gonzalez was the kind of hitter whose production would prominantly come during meaningless moments. I feared he would be a rally killer during important parts of games as well as not coming through at other critical moments. So far, he’s done nothing to alleviate my fears. The key moment of today’s game was the first inning when we were up 2 – 0 with based loaded and Gonzalez coming to the plate. The Braves could have blown the game wide open here, but instead Gonzalez hit into a double play. Then there was the game a week or so ago which Wagner blew. We had gone ahead by 1 run in top of inning and Gonzalez came to bat with bases loaded and 1 out. Another chance to put the game away. Instead, he takes a called 3rd strike which set the stage for Wagner being in position to blow the game in bottom half of that inning. Then we also have to contend with Bobby Cox reverting to form and consistently making the lower perecentage choice of what is available to him. Keeping Chipper Jones batting 3rd is insane, but typical for Cox. There are aspects of managing that go beyond tactical decision making and Cox excells at these other aspects. However, when it comes to tactical and strategic decision making, Cox is consistently about as poor as there has ever been. It’s killed the Braves during the post season over many years, and it will kill the Braves during the rest of this season. You can’t consistently make the lower percentage choice and expect to win over other managers who seek to mathematically maximize the opportunities available to them.

Mikey D

July 31st, 2010
10:52 pm

If nothing else I have to say Frank Wren has give us a better chance to win. It’s good to be in contention and the games mean something.

Freddie Freeman

July 31st, 2010
11:10 pm

mark in mid town – dude a-gon is sick, and he has to play with prado hurting. get a clue

JD

July 31st, 2010
11:11 pm

@JTH – Ditto. Watching Melky meltdown in centerfield after Hanigan yanked it to the wall was surreal. How can that happen?? I mean, I get it, the ball slips but that’s putting a knife right into your pitcher’s back. Tough tough day in the outfield. Here’s hoping Melky gets to think about that one a day or two. Good to say JHay gunning people out at the plate wasn’t it?

count_schemula

July 31st, 2010
11:13 pm

Hopefully Ankiel will allow Bobby to move Hinske into a platoon with Glaus. Glaus has bad wheels and it affects his offense. Spell Glaus, and run Diaz, Ankiel and Melk Dud out there. Heyward is 20, if he’s healthy, he plays almost every inning from here on out, lol.

sid's bream

July 31st, 2010
11:33 pm

i sure am thankful for the nats right now.
I bet the phils wish they had a farnsworth about now. They need some bullpen help.
If this team can get hot again, and if Ankiel is even mediocre then we’ll keep this lead.
Phils were hot, but they aren’t built to take the division… not enough depth, and with injuries like they have now, that becomes huge.

Bravo-n-Knoxville

July 31st, 2010
11:39 pm

Melky must have sniffed a milky way in the pen and figured his left hand needed to be empty as quick as possible so the ball squirts left and all he had to do was find his snack…do some pushbacks before you join wilkin ramirez and nate mcOut in gwinnett to form the terriffic triage…it took all of spring training and 100 games to figure you had better do something in CF???

All aboard the Hey-Train

July 31st, 2010
11:40 pm

Mark in mid-town, Gonzalez is sick. He was in the hospital yesterday. The day before he had a 100+ fever. He was doing us a favor by playing today so we didn’t have to scrap together a starting 9. If I asked you to do your job rather effectively the day you get of a hospital and coming off a ridiculous fever, there is no way on God’s green earth you’d be able to play at a high level. Give the man a break. He’s still hitting above .300 which is much higher than Escobar was hitting and the guys obviously like him more. You never saw a clip of Yunel sitting with anybody and Gonzo and Prado already have great chemistry up the middle.

Dawg'88

July 31st, 2010
11:49 pm

Zimmerman homered to center off “Living on the Edge Lidge” w. 2 runners on. Game over!

b in boise

July 31st, 2010
11:52 pm

Phillies don’t have the pitching to seriously contend. That is if our offense and Derek Lowe can step it up. Ankiel is a defensive upgrade at cf over melky for sure. Hopefully he can get his bat back in 2008 form. Farnsworth is an upgrade over Chavez as well and is another arm Bobby can misuse ;)

TheProfessor69

July 31st, 2010
11:52 pm

… Right , let’s move on to the next game. This one is over and I for one am very glad.

JV

August 1st, 2010
12:00 am

Mark in Midtown – You have selective memory. While Yunell was great in the clutch last year, he hit into his share of DPs in run scoring situations this year. If nothing else, A. Gon has proven to be a worthy asquisition based purely on his reliable defense.

ozzie

August 1st, 2010
12:16 am

The Phillies have more than enough offense to take the division and once Oswalt settles in their rotation will be solid.

They may also make some moves in August to bolster their pen and will be getting Utley back as well.

They will be a real threat to take back the division lead right to the last day.

Wren made some low risk/inexpensive moves today which seems to be the new theme under Liberty.

No one we acquired to day is a game changer. They just had to be a little better that what we had and relatively inexpensive.

Hardly something to get excited about.

Chavez was barely being used so I don’t see any upgrade here just allowing a gimpy Saito to sit more and not to burn out Venters.

Venter is a better pitcher than Farnsworth so you get extra mileage here but don’t expect Farnsworth to out pitch Venters especially in big spots.

In the end the Braves had a friendly face in KC Dayton Moore and made a move that as a tweak.

This was not a double down go for a ring move.

ArkyTech

August 1st, 2010
12:17 am

Free Freddie!

BravesFan

August 1st, 2010
12:26 am

Bobby Cox is a future HOF no doubt about it but he has GOT to make some changes especially right now..I know Glaus was awful at the start of the yr and got it turned around but A. he wasnt hurt then like he is now and B. he wasnt nearly as tired as he is now over 100 games into the season…COX you have to sit glaus for afew games let Hinske cover 1st and after some rest if he is still as god awful as he is now you CANNOT keep batting him in the cleanup spot if you want this team to win…he is AWFUL at the plate right now and does NOTHING for us batting 5th NOTHING..and the last thing you HAVE TO STOP DOING is leaving your starters in toooo long..you have been known to do it your entire career…So many times this past month we have had pitchers pitch great games and start to loose it in the 7th or 8th innings…JJ is great until after the 6th inning…Bobby the kid only gave up 3 hits in 6 innings today so to start the 7th he gives up 3 hits while only getting 1 out and u leave him in…HELLO are u CRAZY??? only gave up 3 HITS IN 6 innings and then he gives up 3 hits and as many runs in 1/3 of the 7th inning and u leave him in???? of course bc you always do that…this game coulda been 2-2 going into the 8th but instead bobby left JJ in and we paid the price..Melky threw the ball like a retard yes but that double was bringin in 2 runs already..we can thank Bobbys faith in Glaus and leaving his starting pitchers in too long when they start to CLEARLY AND VISIBLY struggle as the reason we not only lost today but also why we have been playing .500 ball since the ALL Star break…If you dont tweak some of your ways this team wont do ANYTHING in the postseason bobby..

Kruk's Cankles

August 1st, 2010
12:29 am

Gonzalez is a winner in my book. It’s hard to come to a new team and perform under expectations…especially when you’re having a bout of gastritis.

As for Ankiel and Farnsworth, only time will tell. I think Farnsworth deserves a second chance, and Ankiel might just be what we’ve been looking for. (The only question being: will Bobby play him, or will he stick with M-Dud?)

BravesFan

August 1st, 2010
12:29 am

and anybody who wants to argue that JJ was pitching fine in the 7th like Cox said postgame look at the stats…they dont lie…3 hits 1 run through 6 innings…3 hits 1 run through 1/3 of the 7th…and then 5 hits 3 runs through 2/3 of the 7th…. Cox has got to STOP leaving our boys in there too long…we have an AMAZING bullpen..we use them alot yes but I would much rather use them alot and win than pray our SP can finish innings late in games when they CLEARLY start to struggle…

RD3

August 1st, 2010
1:07 am

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby etc… please pull JJ out when his confidence and a pennant race is on the line. That one hurt.

TheAntiMe

August 1st, 2010
1:28 am

You know, these Cincinnati Reds are in first place for a reason. We’ll get ‘em next time.

Chief Knockahoma

August 1st, 2010
1:36 am

DOB! How is Scott Proctor doing? I hadn’t heard anything about him since he was sent waaaaay down to get straightened out. I had pretty high hopes of him being a valuable bullpen asset, and still have hopes for next year. Is he done or what?

Also, what gives with Kawakami? He should be a really useful long reliever. I can see giving his arm a rest so he will be recharged for long relief and spot starting but this is getting rediculous, and at the expense of our pen’s health. I haven’t seen any reporter even ask what cox, wren, or anyone in charge has in mind or is thinking about KK in the past month+

BFC

August 1st, 2010
3:05 am

will J hay or Glaus ever go yard again?will Freddie get a chance?will Booby ever move the Chip out of the Third spot?will D lowe lay down the second half of this season?
This is our Braves world.Good Luck!

Drew's Post

August 1st, 2010
5:52 am

Mark in mid-town – Any idiot can make a decision by looking at stats. The genius of Bobby lies in his ability to manage people and get the most out of them. It is easy to say that Chipper shouldn’t be batting third, but much harder to say who should. And how can you be so sure that when that person is thrust into a pressure spot in the lineup that their production will remain consistent. Listen, Bobby may not always make the textbook/stats decision, but he gets the most out of his players.

avocado

August 1st, 2010
7:17 am

The Atlanta Braves are a contender? With that hee-haw jokester out there in center? Even FOX was kinda surprised at the clowning. Yeah, Frank, that looks sooo professional. Traded the wrong position player again!

Grandpa Right, formerly of Cochran

August 1st, 2010
7:37 am

I hope Melky pays a price for his laughter after his ineptness- that was Escobar-like.

If Ankiel and Farnsworth play to their capabilities, we will be a 1st place team that improved themselves; if not, we will just be a first place team.

I could definitely argue that Wren outsmarted the Phillies GM. We tweaked ourselves subtly, and they went for the big splash. The way Lidge has pitch, I could make a case that they needed Farnsworth more than they needed Oswald.

Chief Nock A Homa

August 1st, 2010
7:39 am

Ludwick got moved without breaking anybody’s bank of talent…

Were we in on that conversation??? If not, how come – he would have been a great pick up of who we needed in the outfield for sure…

Clint

August 1st, 2010
8:16 am

Gave away a top pitching prospect and got two old retreads. Gawdawful.

jt

August 1st, 2010
8:19 am

OK all you Negative Nancies…last week you called the Phillies the 2010 NL East Champions and said the Braves were done because Championship teams don’t lose a series to the lowly Nationals. Guess what the Phillies did this weekend?

jt

August 1st, 2010
8:20 am

Clint- What scout or executive…for that matter fan that knows baseball thinks the Braves got the worse end of this trade? NONE

jt

August 1st, 2010
8:21 am

Better in the bullpen? yes…..better in the outfield? yes…give up any of top 5 pitching prospects? NO

jj

August 1st, 2010
8:31 am

Bravesfan,you are righton about Bobby Cox,especially concerning JJ.If people look back on JJ’s last three loses they would see how BC let him pitch into the late innings with leads and see him getting in trouble and sit there and let him lose the lead before getting his butt out of the dugout and replacing him.BC is the worse late game manager I have ever seen.Glaus should sit until healed because he is hurting the team when runners are in sciring position.But he isn’t the only one.Larry hits when nobody is on and Gonzo is struggling as YE was hitting low in the order.YE should have been hitting second behind Prado and in front of Heyward,but we will noit get to see that because last years MVP is gone and he was hitting low in the order because the big mony boys were not producing last year and are doing the same this year.Good luck Blanco because you was not destined to play here this year and now our cf hope are McLoud and Shaffer,and I wonder why they weren’t traded instead of you.Life goes on in The ATL.GO BRAVES

Lefty Sargent

August 1st, 2010
8:49 am

Come now, Bobby and his pitching lieutenant both were asleep after JJ was hit by pitch and then showing signs of losing it in the big bad inning. Lefty Votto up, no left ready in the bullpen. Shame.

Bravesfansince66

August 1st, 2010
8:50 am

Troy needs to sit and sit now. Play Hinske @ first. He is a much better fielder than Troy and his bat is certainly better. Troy is not doing anything but hitting weak grounders. His bat speed is way off. As for the trade we will have to wait and see. Being traded from a non-contender to a first place team can and has elevated players performances. I must admit though I still have negative feelings on Farnsworth from his implosion during the Braves playoff loss to the Astros

o

August 1st, 2010
9:01 am

that was funny

Williamshakespeare

August 1st, 2010
9:14 am

I hope Melky pays a price for his laughter after his ineptness- that was Escobar-like.
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Yeah, maybe he’ll be flogged and then executed at dawn. He shanked the throw. It happens. Joe Mauer tossed a rainbow into centerfield during the ALDS last year, trying to get a guy at second. Gee – how surprising that he wasn’t banished from the state of Minnesota on the spot.

Has anyone on this blog ever actually played baseball? Stuff happens.

Mike

August 1st, 2010
9:15 am

Mark in mid-town,
Go suck a lemon. Your prejudice is really showing today!!!

Joey

August 1st, 2010
9:20 am

I have liked Yunel Escobar ever since he took over for Renteria. I watch every game, and I’m telling you he quit on the Braves, just as bad as Manny quit on the Red Sox 3 years ago. I don’t know if he and Bobby had friction or he and Chipper, but his always lacadasical attitude had turned to outright pouting this year.

I hate it that he’s gone, and he may have come around next year without Bobby (and Chipper?), but the Braves needed him gone. Apparently, Escobar needed a change of scenery too.

Joey

August 1st, 2010
9:23 am

Exactly right, William. I mean, how many throws has Mac “shanked” this season trying to throw out a runner?

And Melky is not Escobar-like. He hustles his ass off every game.

Williamshakespeare

August 1st, 2010
9:26 am

oey
August 1st, 2010
9:20 am

I have liked Yunel Escobar ever since he took over for Renteria. I watch every game, and I’m telling you he quit on the Braves, just as bad as Manny quit on the Red Sox 3 years ago…

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Manny “quit” on the Red Sox? What a load of crap dished out by Red Sox management to make their best player less sympathetic in the eyes of their dumb fanbase and therefore, easier to villify and dismiss.

Some fans get played like a fiddle by management. Manny, on his “quit” tour, hit over .300 for the Red Sox, who launched a veritable campaign to demonize him. Suddenly, the “Manny being Manny” stuff they not only tolerated, but promoted in endearing fashion, was anathema.

Stupid Red Sox. No Manny – no more championships. In 2008, not having that bat was the difference for those losers against the Rays. Instead, they went seven games and didn’t have the game breaking bat anymore.

Williamshakespeare

August 1st, 2010
9:32 am

Joey,

Agree that Melky busts his butt. His work ethic can’t be questioned. Really, listening to people question the “work ethic” of hispanic players is transparent racism, and it gets r-e-a-l-l-y old. It’s also levied by caucasians who are sitting on their butts drinking beer and potato chips. Kids who never played.

Chief Pitchanono

August 1st, 2010
9:41 am

Yep, tough loss yesterday, but I like the trade. Certainly helps in the bullpen and in the outfield. You can’t get much worse than McClouth has been and Ankiel could end up being very good for us. I don’t think one bat would have made a huge difference for us. Our main problem over the last week and 1/2 has been pitching. It has not been great lately. Bullpen or starters. For us to win cosistently we have to have good starting pitching and good bullpen work. Our offense can’t score 5 plus runs a night most nights. I expect they will all get it turned around soon, and we will be back to our winning ways.

Bob Horner

August 1st, 2010
9:55 am

Intersting lineup today….I think I like it…Glaus and Chipper are sitting….good move

DC Braves Fan

August 1st, 2010
10:06 am

Horner: Maybe a silly question, but where did you find the line-up?

joedub

August 1st, 2010
10:14 am

i like the move…bullpen is amazing now. hinkse needs to be available to spell glaus, not just to play in the OF. and god forbid chipper strains an oblique with prado out.

prob won’t happen but what are the chance of heyward in center and ankiel in right? haven’t seen him play much. i’ve read that he has an awesome arm, but average routes in the OF.

mike

August 1st, 2010
10:22 am

How is sitting Chipper a good move if Conrad is your starter at 3rd? Dude is a strikeout machine at the plate and is in a 2 for 21 groove.

Bob Horner @ DC Braves Fan

August 1st, 2010
10:31 am

http://www.ajc.com/sports/

the Twitter box…not sure if it’s accurate but I assume it is..??

TnBravesFan

August 1st, 2010
10:33 am

DC it was listed on the twitter part of the ajc sports page. Does anyone know if Ankiel has batted lead off any?

Bob Horner @ mike

August 1st, 2010
10:34 am

I guess it’s hunch..I think Conrad gets a couple of hits today and I like Chipper as a pinch hitter late..??? I don’t have a good argument sorry…

mike

August 1st, 2010
10:46 am

Hope you’re right, Bob. Conrad is hitting about .233, but his average in the late innings is really high. That would make his 1st – 6th inning numbers horrendous.

Bruce Mac

August 1st, 2010
10:54 am

Question: Will the Ankiel $6 Million option be something doable? Answer: we will worry about that when the time comes. Interpretation: Hell no it aint’ doable, we are waisting $40 Million a year on my dumb decisions. We can’t do anything now.

o

August 1st, 2010
10:56 am

What did Cabrera have to say about his throwing error, DOB?
Was he still laughing about it, in the clubhouse?

DC Braves Fan

August 1st, 2010
11:02 am

Great. Thanks!

Bob Horners Broken Wrist

August 1st, 2010
11:26 am

The trade doesn’t do much for me but then again we don’t have many options available to us without giving up the future of the club for some schlub. At least we don’t have Chavez to worry about anymore. Ankiel can also allow HInske to play 1st base and move Melky to left against left handers.
This isn’t a long term option and I think you will be surprised who the Braves can afford in the off season, as in I don’t think there will be too many big contracts doled out. You are really starting to see that the guys playing for contracts are doing better and that the fat cats with the big guaranteed contracts aren’t worth thier pay. Finally a little sanity returning to baseball….one upside to the depression.

Bob Horners Broken Wrist

August 1st, 2010
11:27 am

uhh..thats move Melky to left agains RIGHT handers.

jfreak13713

August 1st, 2010
11:35 am

The Phillies have good offense but pitching will usually win out?? Its gonna be fun to watch. The Braves has really no offense but generally good pitching and the Phillies are just the opposite. We’ll see how it goes but I like our chances. Lets get glaus some rest and make sure everyone that can be is healthy the last month of the season!

Luke M

August 1st, 2010
11:37 am

I have to say I’m coming around on Frank Wren. Another solid batch of moves for him this deadline. Alex Gonzalez, Ankiel and Farnsworth are hard-nosed, veterans with great tools and postseason experience.

Very nice blend of youth/veterans on this ball club.

Bob Horners Broken Wrist

August 1st, 2010
11:44 am

Bobby REALLY, REALLY, REALLY needs to sit Glaus for a week at least. Me, I would disable him and bring up Canizares from Gwinett, dude is stroking and is a solid .300 hitter. I’m not really sure why we haven’t explored this option yet and I’m afraid Glaus is one play away from being lost for the year.
BTW, Diory Hernandez is tearing it up against RH’s as well (even though he’s a righty) and might be worth disabling Prado for, since there is not sense in rushing him back.
WillyTaveras will be a good September call-up and will provide some much neede speed. Hopefully he will find his stroke and we can put him in CF next year if Nate is indeed done.
A lot of hope in there.

Forsyth Braves Fan

August 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

Today’s Line-Up:
Conrad 5
Heyward 9
Infante 4
McCann 2
Hinske 3
Gonzalez 6
Ankiel 8
Cabrera 7
Hanson 1

Ryan

August 1st, 2010
12:57 pm

Anyone who says that the Phillies don’t have pitching is uninformed.

Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt are better than Hudson, Jurrgens and Hanson at this point in their careers.

Your #4 and #5 SPs mean nothing once the playoffs start.

And, BTW, for all of the fear of the Phillies lineup, people need to remember that their stats are inflated in that ballpark. Not that Howard, Utley and Rollins aren’t good. But the lineup is overhyped much like Colorado’s was pre-humidor.

J-Man

August 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

I know Volquez is a righty but I would play Diaz instead of Cabrera for simple fact to punish Melky for laughing about that horrible play. Plus Diaz is a better hitter.

Bob Horner @ J-Man

August 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

Biff Pocaroba

August 1st, 2010
1:17 pm

Hopefully the Braves will come to their senses and give me another chance. I still got something left to offer.

The Abs Man

August 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

The black hole on Braves?

Bobby Cox when he keeps a total rat like Melk-Dud in lineup.
Melky is a real joke. A Grade I sadsack.
Overweight.
Needs compass on routes to half the balls hit to him, particularly in centerfield.
Swings, half of ‘em, like he has fly swatter instead of bat.
Contributes two bonehead plays for every single production.
Melky is a loser = Capital ‘L.”
And so are Cox and Braves with this giant stale Melk-Dud abyss in lineup.

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Jeff

August 1st, 2010
1:19 pm

Ryan, what are you smoking? Halladay is the only guy I would take over any of our starters.

Joe

August 1st, 2010
1:20 pm

J-Man U have no idea what Milkey was laughing at! Get a life- the damn ball just slip out of his hand. It happens. See it alot with pitchers.

What was Omar just laughing at? It happens. Everyone needs a laugh!

.

August 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

So is Abs Boy………

Joe

August 1st, 2010
1:23 pm

Jeff what about 1st base?

jim

August 1st, 2010
1:29 pm

This is still a 4-team race. I don’t think the Mets have enough to [revail, but they could still land a starter like Myers by Aug 31. The dark horse that is starting to move up on the rail is the Marlins. they have the best starter in the league, and Nolasco is in a good groove too. They have a lot of young talent and as solid a lineup as the Phils. The only thing going against them is their pen.

jim

August 1st, 2010
1:29 pm

This is still a 4-team race. I don’t think the Mets have enough to [revail, but they could still land a starter like Myers by Aug 31. The dark horse that is starting to move up on the rail is the Marlins. they have the best starter in the league, and Nolasco is in a good groove too. They have a lot of young talent and as solid a lineup as the Phils. The only thing going against them is their pen.

BravesFan

August 1st, 2010
5:40 pm

ANYBODY who saw the 2-1 joke of a loss to the reds today has to realize this team is hitting exactly how they did in April and its a joke…The fact that Frank Wren has seen games like this for the last 6 days and all he did was get Ankiel to add some pop to this lineup shows us just how much he wanted Bobby to go out on a serious run…This is a joke we NEEDED A POWER BAT THAT COULD HIT LEFTIES…we needed a bigger move Im not saying we needed a top notch OF but we need something more than ankiel…everybody who is so happy we didnt get rid of anything from our farm ALL of you will be cursing at the TV around playoff time if we even get there bc this FO didnt do ENOUGH not NEARLY… this is a joke im tired of watching games where we draw walk after walk and get runners in scoring position only to score a single run or only afew runs…last 2 series braves avg 2.5 runs a game…Thanks alot Wren your the greatest GM in the history of baseball….I pray we turn it around..and I pray heyward and glaus both go yard more than they did in July that shouldnt be too hard considering between the two they would only need ONE HOME RUN TO DO SO…U didnt do enough for this team before the deadline Wren and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL YOU LOOSE YOUR JOB FOR IT AFTER THE SEASON….

Braves Fan Since "80

August 1st, 2010
5:46 pm

TICK TICK TICK…. the braves have gambled and lost on washed up players…. Glaus is a part time player, chipper is a part time player, Melky has peaked and the yankees are getting replacements for his upgrade while we manage a budget……. I have lost confidence in the team and the management this year….. ESCOBAR was a terrible trade, Blanco offered more spark than we will get from Ankiel (two tears late)…. Blanco was showing the speed and instincts… OK the Braves are going for now with Ankiel and Gonzales but trading past performance for athleticism almost always fail.

jj

August 2nd, 2010
1:36 am

Braves Fan Since 80,you rock.

Dorothy Davis

August 2nd, 2010
11:42 am

For Bobby to say that Ankiel hit 2 grounders to the infield,so was “a good day” for him, tells you what kind of mgr. Bobby is. If they stand upright in the batters box and make contact, it is a good day for them. And I personally can’t wait for next year with a REAL mgr. Go Braves!!!!!

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