Stat of day: Glaus power outage at 31 games

CINCINNATI – The precipitous decline of Braves first baseman Troy Glaus has become a glaring issue, never more than the first two games of the weekend series with the Reds.

After going 0-for-5 with five groundouts on Friday, Glaus went 0-for-4 with two groundouts, a pop-up and a strikeout in Saturday’s loss.

Glaus has hit .158 (17-for-107) with no home runs and six RBIs in his past 31 games, including 4-for-30 on the nine-game trip that ends Sunday.

What’s puzzling to some Braves officials and teammates is that Glaus’ skid began immediately after a torrid stretch in which he was named National League Player of the Month in May. He hit .316 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 47 games May 1 to June 20.

He went from that tear to one of the dreadful stretches of his career — and one of the toughest to watch.

Glaus, 33, has been slowed by foot and knee injuries this season, and has hobbled more noticeably in recent weeks. He’s also appeared to have difficulty making scoop plays at first base that he made routinely earlier in the season, including one play Saturday that resulted in a throwing error charged to shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Gonzalez back in lineup

Ready or not, Alex Gonzalez was back in the lineup Saturday after missing two starts due to gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining. He went 0-for-4 and grounded an inning-ending double play with bases loaded in the first inning.

Second baseman Martin Prado was sidelined after fracturing a finger in Friday’s game, so utility man Omar Infante, the primary backup shortstop, started at second base Saturday. Infante went 3-for-5 and raised his average to .339.

Manager Bobby Cox said he appreciated the effort by Gonzalez, who had to be taken to a hospital on Friday after waking at 4 a.m. with stomach pain.

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

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The Murph

July 31st, 2010
9:12 pm

Metallica0785

July 31st, 2010
9:16 pm

it’s Freddie Freeman time.

Puma

July 31st, 2010
9:22 pm

It may be Freddie Freeman time, why not, he couldn’t possibly be worse. I guess there is some logic that Glaus needs to play to get out of his slump but he just isn’t adding anything out there and it looks painful for him even to walk from first base back to the dugout after grounding out.

kerryb

July 31st, 2010
9:25 pm

I agree. At the age that Glaus is that leg is not going to get any better playing everyday. Why is it that the Braves got Heyward out there when he showed that he was ready and not Freeman. I believe Freeman is showing that he is ready. You send Nate down and put Kawakami in the bullpen that you have a lot more money invested in than Glaus. I don’t understand it.

Chillahill43

July 31st, 2010
9:28 pm

Why not Henski at first,,, Diaz in left even with right handed pitching he dam sure cant be amy worse than glause right now .. He is killing every rally and hasnt gotten the ball outta the infield in The series. Geeze louise. Let him rest bobby. Let us/ the fans rest. You can keep this lead but you gotta make some adjustments…you gotta manage.

Jack G.

July 31st, 2010
9:29 pm

To drive the ball, you have to have good legs. Glaus is in obvious pain, and his knees are not going to get better playing. Put him on the DL and bring up Freddie until Glaus gets better.

Glaus is not hitting, and /freddie could do no worse.

The Abs Man

July 31st, 2010
9:29 pm

Why can’t Cox give Glaus some rest?
Play Hinske at 1B—-and please—deport Melky to the minors or at least the bench….he is an ambarrassment…he does two dopey things for every positive one.

J-Hey

July 31st, 2010
9:30 pm

“Ready or not, Alex Gonzalez was back in the lineup Saturday”

answer to that: not

The Abs Man

July 31st, 2010
9:30 pm

Agree with Chillahill43—play Diaz every day…….he can hit and he hustles…….

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
9:31 pm

Its freddie freeman time before the ship sink, if bobby continue 2 wait on glaus the season will be over for the brave by the end of AUG.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Melancholy

July 31st, 2010
9:31 pm

Glaus needs to sit. Chipper hitting 3rd and Glaus 5th is a killer. Hopefully Hinske will move to first, with the addition of Ankiel. Let Prado play first and Omar play second. Glaus is the most unattractive option on the team.

Chillahill43

July 31st, 2010
9:33 pm

And when are we gonna stop letting them hit both starting pitchers. Enough of that already….
Its time for a little Kawikamu to come in with Kamakazi instructions letz win the series and the fight have a backbone fellas …. Its time to get tough!!!! Wahooo!!!!!!!

The Abs Man

July 31st, 2010
9:35 pm

Look–like it or not—Prado will be going on DL–this type of digit injury takes some time……
simple answer is play Hinske at 1B—play some combo of Diaz, Ankiel, Jason and ANYONE BUT MELK-DUD, Infante.

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
9:37 pm

TIME 2 CHANGE THE LINE UP.

1. PRADO 2B
2. INFANTE RIGHT FIELD
3. HEYWARD CENTER FIELD
4. MCCANN CATCHER
5. CHIPPER 3B
6. FREDDIE 1B
7. DIAZ LEFT FIELD
8. ALEX SHORTSTOP
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

tom varacalli

July 31st, 2010
9:37 pm

wonder how many of the players can’t wait for cox to leave. glaus in the lineup every day, diaz on the bench almost every day, brooks lucky to get 6 at bats a week. melky swings alot differently as a brave than a yankee. starting to look like april and early may.

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
9:39 pm

Diaz and Infante should be playing every day.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Freddie Freeman

July 31st, 2010
9:41 pm

what? really, its my time? awesome!!! lets win this thing!!!

Freddie Freeman

July 31st, 2010
9:42 pm

DOB, am i really getting called up!?

PTown Brave

July 31st, 2010
9:48 pm

I agree, it’s Freddie Freeman time

This should be the lineup:

Infante 2b
Ankiel cf
Jones 3b
McCann c
Heyward rf
Diaz lf
Freeman 1b
Gonzalez ss

kerryb

July 31st, 2010
9:50 pm

Both first basemen at Gwinette are doing better than Glaus. Freeman .295 14HR 63 RBI. Canizares, who got experience last year, is batting .320 with over 50 RBI. If you don’t want to bring Freeman up yet why not him? There is no reason to keep carrying Troy Glaus on this team. We don’t have that much money tied up in him. Makes no sense. Is it one of those blind loyalty deals of Bobbys?

10 out of 10 Braves fans agree...

July 31st, 2010
9:52 pm

It’s time for Freddie Free!

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
9:53 pm

PT BRAVE you have 2 put the best players on the field and cox is not doing that.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Eric C.

July 31st, 2010
9:58 pm

What is up with Heyward’s power outage…only 1 HR in his last 158 AB.

kerryb

July 31st, 2010
10:00 pm

Heyward is hitting 2nd. Not that concerned with him hitting homeruns as long as he’s getting on base and driving in runs.

J-Man

July 31st, 2010
10:04 pm

But at least Heyward is batting over .400 since coming off the DL. Glaus strikes out with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out Its Freddie Time.

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
10:06 pm

Kerry b heyward should be batting 3rd because chipper is not better suited at the 3 no more so you must improve that spot with heyward, but cox is so loyal that it will hurt the braves by the end of AUG.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Road Dog

July 31st, 2010
10:07 pm

Nice thoughts, people, but no one could change Cox’s way of managing ( I almost said “thinking” there!) — if you water boarded the man 24/7 for the rest of his natural born life!! I’m tired of hearing about it, blogging about it, and yes, even thinking about it. GO BRAVES in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tmac

July 31st, 2010
10:08 pm

I’ve got a lot of respect for Troy Glaus. He battled through a rough start to show all of us what he is capable of doing, when healthy. Trouble is that he’s not healthy. It’s painful to watch him almost stumble down to first base. He was our horse for a month and a half. Without him carrying the load this team might be sitting right around 500. Knowing all of this, we need a healthy Troy Glaus. For that to happen he has to rest those knees. To do this requires a little time on the DL. Give the man 15 days and lets see if that doesn’t give those tired knees some new life. Because we all know what he can give us. He’s already shown us.

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
10:08 pm

Bring freddie up and starte him day 1 throw him in the fire it’s time.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!

Jack

July 31st, 2010
10:16 pm

The Braves need to put Glaus on the disabled list and bring up Freeman. He’s obvioulsy hurt. His knee and ankle and he can’t generate the bat speed and power to do anything with the ball; that’s the reason he’s not producing. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. Heywood was obviously hurt, but Bobby just kept running him out there and it made him worse. I read a quote where Bobby said it will probably be next year before he will get better. Obviously that wasn’t the case. I think it finally took someone higherup, probably Wren, to make the decision to DL him. Wren needs to make the decision on Glaus because Bobby stupidly thinks he will just be able to play his way out of his slump. There are certain types of injuries that you can’t play yourself through.

hop

July 31st, 2010
10:17 pm

Why does it take the braves so long to make necessary changes? glaus is not well and he needs to rest and take the pressure off of his legs.
canizares has been hitting over three hundred for the last two years and he is still at gwinnett.

why not give him a chance? this team is slipping and if changes are not made and made soon, the braves will not make it to the playoffs.

Matt the Brave

July 31st, 2010
10:21 pm

Man, I wish that the Braves would go ahead and put Glaus on the DL for one stint and bring up Canizares for the time being. Honestly, it wouldn’t be a loss of glove on that side, and Barbaro would be a nice bat in the lineup for at least 15 days.

Road Dog

July 31st, 2010
10:21 pm

Brave Nation is one on this. For the love of God, Bobby, you can’t play through an injury like you can a slump! Troy is clearly injured to the point of being about 1/3 of what he was, or could be, with some rest. Play Hinske. Free Freddy! Oh never mind. Roll Braves in 2011!!!!!!!

Nats Fan?

July 31st, 2010
10:21 pm

We can all thank Zimmerman for hitting the walk-off to keep the Phils at bay. Yes, I said it!

Lefty

July 31st, 2010
10:22 pm

For now, I’m leaving Freddie Freeman out of this…

This is how I would like to see tomorrow’s lineup (and I don’t care if the opposing starter is RH or LH)

1) Infante 2b (until Prado gets back)
2) Heyward RF
3) Jones 3b
4) McCann C
5) Diaz LF
6) Hinske 1b
7) Gonzalaz SS
8) Ankiel CF
9) Pitcher

Glaus should go on the DL. Maybe he can get his legs back and help this club down the stretch. Ankiel has never had a high average, so he shouldn’t bat any higher than 6th.

Concerning Freeman — I would like to see him. So does everyone else. But I just don’t see it happening. If Glaus DOES go on the DL, look for Canizares to be recalled.

kerryb

July 31st, 2010
10:23 pm

As long as the Phillies have Brad Lidge as their closer they are going nowhere.

extremus

July 31st, 2010
10:26 pm

From what I understand, Canizares can knock the cover off the ball but is a defensive liability (meaning his fielding STINKS), a problem I believe was shared by the recently traded Mitch Jones. Freddie Freeman is the only true reasonable option to take over the everyday first base job, and it should be obvious even to Braves management that any further waiting to decide whether to start his free agency clock will impede the team’s playoff hopes severely. Freeman needs to be our starting first baseman by the time the Braves take the field back in Atlanta, period.

Stating the obvious

July 31st, 2010
10:27 pm

darrell starks

July 31st, 2010
10:30 pm

Some time i believe cox read the bloggs and go against what everybody say 2 show that he no better than us fans with and i will show you attitude, but his stubbornness has him only one championship in his coaching career, it’s very obviously that glaus is hurting and can’t even sprint 2 first how smart is that for a coach.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!

TheFan

July 31st, 2010
10:33 pm

Glaus is hitting worse than McLouth. Now THAT’s bad.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 31st, 2010
10:35 pm

Sad part is Bobby is going to still run him out there in the 5 hole

Road Dog

July 31st, 2010
10:39 pm

Great observations one and all. And sorry I mis-spelled Freddie. We just have a growing black hole at 1st base and in the meat of the order that has to be filled by someone who is not injured. No one cares which arm a pitcher uses to deliver the baseball — except — you know who. These guys are professional athletes in the MLB and have been hitting both lefties and righties since they were twelve years old…

kerryb

July 31st, 2010
10:40 pm

I don’t believe a MLB GM and a HOF manager can’t see what us amateurs do.

kerryb

July 31st, 2010
10:42 pm

I wish everyone that goes to Turner Field would boo everytime Glaus gets up. Maybe when they hear 30,000 people boo someone in unison they will hear our displeasure with the situation.

Chip Shot

July 31st, 2010
10:42 pm

If Wren and Bobby had common sense they would call up Freeman when we get back to Atlanta Monday versus the Melts. Hes definitely better than Ike Davis and he has 15 homers in the bigs.

JRW7

July 31st, 2010
10:52 pm

Glaus is killing BRAVES offense!!!!! We have 2 options, play EH at 1st or bring up FF. Come on BOBBY, at least play TG/EH righty/lefty!!!!!

Road Dog

July 31st, 2010
10:52 pm

Agreed kerryb. Everyone over manages these days. They go “by the book”. Has anyone ever asked who wrote the book? I think in Friday’s game between the Braves and Reds — the two teams used 13 pitchers. Game lasted over four hours. This is baseball? This game doesn’t even remotely resemble the game I grew up watching in the Sixties. If there is not a full blown “rhubarb” in Cincy tomorrow — this team will just meekly fade away…….

Troy Glaus

July 31st, 2010
10:57 pm

Platoon me with Hinske. I’m tired.

Road Dog

July 31st, 2010
10:58 pm

Oh yeah, along with the WIN!! GO BRAVES!!!

Tmac

July 31st, 2010
11:12 pm

Management and manager see the same things we do. They would have to be blind not to. The difference between them and us is that they have ALL the information. All we know is what we can see, hear and read for ourselves. We all know this is Bobby’s last year and he’s not changing his managing style and philosophy. Come to grips with it people. He’s earned the right to manage his final team his way. How can you argue with 14 straight division titles. We need to be patient and the reality is we have no choice. There’s still 2 months left in the season and we’re 3.5 games up. This is Bobby’s team and he knows his players. Just let the season unfold and I think we’ll all find out he’s a lot smarter then you think.

JK

August 1st, 2010
12:48 am

he needs some rest. it will take 2 weeks at 33 years old with his size and leg problems. he is screwing up his shoulder again by using his upper body too much. give the man some rest! take it from a tall 35 year old…your body breaks down at some point but the ability doesn’t go away…give the man a break, he will crank it over the fence with proper rest. we need TG in September.

dub366

August 1st, 2010
8:25 am

all talk about Glaus what about Chipper J. Hey is putting a lot of pressure on him and he’s not coming thur neither.

Braves20

August 1st, 2010
9:11 am

And it would have taken what to sign Adam LaRoche to the one year deal he’s playing under in Arizona?

Rickster

August 1st, 2010
9:51 am

You can blame the non-hitting on Terry Pendleton. Just wait…in their quest to make Hank Aaron happy, Pendleton will replace Cox as the next manager. Just wait.

northbeach Scott

August 1st, 2010
10:37 am

The Braves management is well aware of Aaron’s racial bias and the fact that he is a bit of a boob. His position with the Braves is more of a figurehead with no real power. I would imagine that the Braves have little interest in what Aaron has to say strategically.

Aaron was one of my childhood heros as I grew up in Atlanta in the ’60’s and I still believe he is the all-time homerun king. Nevertheless, Aaron is unduley influenced by his shameful wife Billye as he is really just a dumb country boy. That is the reason he was never made a manager, nor considered for the GM role.

Wren is his own man and will bring in someone loyal to him and his vision of the organization. I doubt that that someone is TP.

northbeach Scott

August 1st, 2010
10:40 am

Speaking of racist swine, isn’t it refreshing to no longer have Terrance Moore’s hack writting in the AJC, these days?

[...] hitting just .158 in that time. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Constitution acknowledges that Glaus has been hobbling in recent [...]

Donny Corleone

August 1st, 2010
12:39 pm

Re Aaron: When he was in charge of the farm system he ruined the Braves for years. It was laughable to see how he mismanaged the minors. Only when he was replaced did the Braves start to become the franchise that they were in the 90’s and beyond. He is a figurehead for the team now and a racially biased one at that who sees a white racist behind every bush. He will be here for as long as he wishes but I hope no one in power listens to him.

carlchamblee

August 1st, 2010
12:55 pm

Infante is the only guy besides Prado on the team hitting over 270.

Yet he is a spot starter while hacks like Glaus, Melk, Gonzales, etc play every day.

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