Glaus says he’ll snap out of 32-game slump

CINCINNATI – First baseman Troy Glaus wouldn’t use a sore knee as an excuse for his extended slump, but said being out of the lineup Sunday might help.

“I mean, obviously the swing hasn’t been fantastic over the past couple of weeks, for who knows what reason,” said Glaus, replaced Sunday by Eric Hinske. “It’s nice to just kind of step back and, at least for the first part of the game, kind of mentally relax a little bit.”

Glaus entered as a late-innings defensive replacement, but didn’t bat.

He has hit .159 (17-for-107) with no homers and six RBIs in his past 32 games, and went 4-for-30 on the nine-game trip that ended Sunday.

This comes after he batted .318 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 46 games from May 1 through June 19. Glaus, 33, says he has always been a streaky hitter and has gone through stretches this bad before.

“It’ll turn around,” he said. “Work in the cage and try to figure out what’s going on, and apply it to the game situations.”

He was asked Sunday whether injuries have hindered his hitting.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, I feel pretty good. … It’s the middle of the season and everybody goes through swoons of some sort. Obviously you want to try to keep them as short as possible.”

He said his sore knee was “not too bad. It’s certainly no worse than it has been at any point in the season.”

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Rhino

August 1st, 2010
8:28 pm

Glaus has always been streaky. And he’s always been a .250-.260 hitter. This slump is just a regression to his mean. He will be fine.

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North Georgia Braves Fan

August 1st, 2010
8:31 pm

Hope he turns it around soon!

Tale of Whoa

August 1st, 2010
8:37 pm

Maybe he’ll be fine and maybe he won’t. One thing about major leaguers, though, they ALWAYS think they’re about to turn it around. And even if they don’t think they will, they say they will. It adds absolutely nothing to the case to hear the player’s own prediction of it.

Frenchy was just about to turn it around.
Andruw was just about to turn it around.
McLouth was just about to turn it around.
Kelly Johnson was just about to turn it around.

This is when a manager has to step in and say, you’re not turning it around. Time to try something else for the team.

But Bobby will never do that. Better hope Glaus is right, because Freeman will rot in AAA while Contract Incentive Troy sinks the offense the entire rest of the year.

Bring up Freeman. It won’t break his little baseball soul. Ike Davis, Domonic Brown, Jason Heyward… ready is ready. Yeah, he’s young, but he’s seasoned in AAA as more than Heyward seasoned in AA.

Bryan G.

August 1st, 2010
8:37 pm

You just have to wonder how long the Braves can stick with a shrinking lead, a first baseman hitting .150 over the last month, and a kid in AAA tearing it up. Something has to give, right?

Pulling for Troy

August 1st, 2010
8:42 pm

I’m gonna sacrafice something to the baseball gods for him in the morning. Every little bit helps.

Pulling for Troy

August 1st, 2010
8:43 pm

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Tomahawk

August 1st, 2010
8:44 pm

his quotes sound like he’s hurting and doesn’t want to say anything about it. give the man some rest!

Mathman

August 1st, 2010
8:47 pm

McLouse thought he could turn it around too. Couldn’t hit in spring training. They sent him to a back diamond. Couldn’t hit in the regular season. Went on the DL for a while. Came back. Still couldn’t hit. Needed the juice that he had in Pitt.

Doubtful if Glaus can turn it around. And, doubtful if Wren and Bobby will admit it before it is too late. Chipper is not going to hit either. Both are done. Can we say the Braves go as Heyward and Prado and McCann go. And, Infante when he is allowed to play. And, Diaz when he is allowed to play.

Other than that, it is a no-hitting lineup.

Brobby Crox

August 1st, 2010
8:50 pm

Bring Freddie up and platoon him with Glaus. Glaus, who bats right-handed, for his career tears up left-handed pitching. Freddie, who bats left-handed, presumably hits righties better. Problem solved.

boog

August 1st, 2010
8:53 pm

I like Glaus but that seems like a pretty non-chalant attitude for a guy who has absolutely sucked for all but a month and half of the season. Put Hinske at first and get Diaz in left field even against righties. Cabrera (sp?) gives you virtually nothing. Or put Infante and second and Prado at first for a few games when Hinske is not at first. Glaus needs to be platooned at the very best.

Good Ol' Frank

August 1st, 2010
8:59 pm

I deserve a raise!

Marc in FL

August 1st, 2010
9:03 pm

Oh, if Glaus says he’ll be OK that’s enough for me.

Heh, well, ya gotta be grateful. We wouldn’t be in first if not for him, so let’s give him some more chances and root for him!

Marc in FL

August 1st, 2010
9:05 pm

And any thoughts of calling up Freeman and platooning him is just silly. If he gets called it will be as our starting 1B, otherwise he will stay in the minors to continue maturing.

Mr. Melancholy

August 1st, 2010
9:07 pm

After 32 games, he no longer gets the benefit of the doubt. Sit him a while. He’ll still get opportunities. If he show signs of coming around, give him another shot. He and Melky must sit.

GW

August 1st, 2010
9:19 pm

He seldom makes the proverbial “good out” either. Strikeout, weak bouncer to pitcher or 3rd or double play makes up 90% of Glaus’ outs. Can’t win a division with a hitter like that in the 4,5 or 6 hole. Somebody please explain the benching of Diaz to me.

old brave

August 1st, 2010
9:33 pm

He still leads team in hrs and rbis

JD

August 1st, 2010
9:43 pm

Missed today’s game, at least Glaus didn’t start and it doesn’t sound like I missed a whole lot. Give him 3 weeks of Bobby and let Freddy come up and take some cuts. Ohhh, that’s right, its all about the Benjamins….I’m sure there’s some clause that will kick in and force the Braves front office to cough up a million more next year to get him on the field this year. But hey, a million here a million there – it’s all about winning the pennant ain’t it Frank?

Frank?

JD

August 1st, 2010
9:44 pm

that should say, “give him three weeks off” sorry….

ARealBravesFan

August 1st, 2010
9:45 pm

Diaz doesn’t play everyday because he can’t hit right-handed pitching. His splits are horrible. As I’ve said before, he looks good because he doesn’t play often, that’s how platoon players are. It’s unlikely he can sustain his success over an entire season. Not to mention he doesn’t walk, his power numbers aren’t that great and he strikes out like a big time slugger and doesn’t produce the HR and RBI. I like the guy, but he is a platoon player.

robdawg08

August 1st, 2010
9:45 pm

Glaus acts like ho-hum no big deal I’m 4 for 50, so what ? Man he sucks !

David

August 1st, 2010
9:55 pm

Wish we still had a real owner who was not afraid to spend money!! Then we would not be putting up with all of these spare parts– the Braves would be getting real players!!

Largo

August 1st, 2010
10:04 pm

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rabiddawg

August 1st, 2010
10:04 pm

Here is a scary fact… As mentioned above, as bad a TG has been for the past two months, he STILL is the HR and RBI leader or very close to it.. Thats how bad our offense has been. Putrid. ,

bruce

August 1st, 2010
10:12 pm

Both Chipper and Glaus need more days off, maybe regularly, and with Infante and Hinske, Bobby Cox has the tools he needs to do that. I hope he will take advantage.

Mark

August 1st, 2010
10:13 pm

Gonzalez is the leader in HR’s with 17, Glaus has 14.

robdawg08

August 1st, 2010
10:16 pm

He should have said “I apologize to the Braves team and the fans. I’m embarassed by my poor play over the last month. I need help but Terry Pendleton just sits in the dugout eating sunflower seeds and never helps any of us.”

JRW7

August 1st, 2010
10:22 pm

BOBBY COX!!!! Please bring up Freddie Freeman!!!!!!!

robdawg08

August 1st, 2010
10:33 pm

Glaus also said the he had beach front property in Kansas…

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

August 1st, 2010
10:35 pm

Well at least Wren did not head the advice of many on here and give Troy an extension back in May. He is streaky, but I also think that is a cop out. A proffessional hitter shouldn’t have 5 rbi’s in a month from the 4th and 5th spots in a division leader’s order. I’m just saying at some point he might get hot, but they can’t wait forever. They waited all of April and they got behind. Like Mark Bradley said, and stats indidcate, he is the linchpin. The Braves need someone to drive in all the guys on base (high on base % guys on this team, low run producers mostly). When Troy was on you saw how easy the lineup clicked. When’s he’s off, you get a lot of stranded guys out there. Mac can’t do it all, and Chipper is not Chipper anymore. The answer may be calling Freeman up and moving Heyward down in the order.

jed

August 1st, 2010
10:36 pm

obviously they need a hinske/glaus platoon at 1b.

Kruk's Cankles

August 1st, 2010
10:37 pm

Yes, Glaus will get it turned around at some point, but….

….the Braves are in a pennant race, and can’t afford to wait too much longer. As an insurance policy, bring up Freddie!

Dan

August 1st, 2010
10:50 pm

I certainly agree that Freddie Freeman is ready for the big leagues. In my estimation, the sign of a true run producer is a player who has more RBI than strikeouts, or equal, with a combined 55+ doubles/homeruns (though there are aberrations with some sluggers striking out more). Freddie has done this throughout his minor league career, as short as it’s been, but the key is he’s reproducing these numbers at the AAA level. His batting average is .295 presently, but great players have a tendency to add a 2-3 points in the hundredths column when they get settled in the majors. He’s ready right now and I think it’s important to have him and Heyward playing together as quickly as possible as they along with Prado are going to be the leaders of that clubhouse for years to come.

Little Brave

August 1st, 2010
10:52 pm

This team is upsetting me big time! In the time span it took to streak into 1st place they played the game like it should be played . . . singles, running, stealing forcing the opposition to make mistakes and taking advantage of it. Going with the pitch instead of trying to pull everything for a “six-run homer” . . . Cox did you not see the results compared to trying to “jack” everything?? This same line-up with the exception of a couple guys no longer with us looked like world-beaters until the All star break and now can’t beat anybody!! Pitiful when you are facing a guy with a 15.00 ERA and you make him look like Cy Young.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2010
10:53 pm

It would have been nice to see the Braves trade for a 1st basemen as well, but oh well. They at least made a move to somewhat show their fans that they are attempting to win this division. If Ankiel can provide some power with guys on base, then I really like our chances.

Adding Farnsworth and shipping out Chavez was a blessing in disguise. One would assume that Ankiel will help us much more then McOut and Cabrera, but that is not saying much at all.

If Glaus doesn’t get out of this slump soon, maybe the Braves can sign Delgado for the rest of the season and see what he can do for us. Who knows, maybe it could help a great deal.

Tale of Whoa

August 1st, 2010
10:55 pm

Folks, Glaus isn’t “streaking.” I just went through all his splits from 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. He has never had an OPS below .700 in any month, and very few below .750.

In July, he OPS’d .546, yeah, FIVE FOUR SIX. That’s an OPS. For a month. By Troy Glaus. For a month. Glaus’s July. The July we just had. .546, less than .600, way less than .700, .254 less than .800… Troy Glaus… first baseman… Atlanta Braves… Freddie Freeman in the minors… Glaus in the majors…. Troy Glaus… OPS of .546…

He’s hurt, or he’s finished. Either way, he’s not in a streak. He’s in a suck.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2010
10:55 pm

The Braves are awful on the road and great at home. Lets just hope that being back in Atlanta starting tomorrow night will turn this team around. If it doesn’t, we could be in 2nd place by the time this series is over.

DawgDad

August 1st, 2010
11:05 pm

The Braves are starting to look a lot like the 69 Mets. I mean:

The pitching matches up well.
Glaus/Hinske may now be platooning at first. Clendenon/Kranepool.
Prado can hit; so could Ken Boswell, though not as well.
Gonzalez – Buddy Harrelson OBP with a bit more pop.
Chipper – Wayne Garrett, Ed Charles. More like Garrett most days.
Heyward is our Cleon Jones.
Diaz/Cabrera or Diaz/Hinske, Shamsky-Swoboda.
Ankiel — ok, he’s no Tommie Agee (McLouth last year was more similar). Advantage Mets. McCann/Ross gets a clear nod over Jerry Grote and J. C. Martin offensively; advantage Braves. Otherwise, a very similar collection of fading vets and spare parts clearly overshadowed by the great pitching.

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August 1st, 2010
11:18 pm

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cattle dawg

August 1st, 2010
11:19 pm

Lmao at chip carrets eyebrows!

cattle dawg

August 1st, 2010
11:21 pm

Sorry, I was laughin to hard to spell caray. Those brows are fierce.

Poorbrave

August 1st, 2010
11:22 pm

17 for 107…sounds like Nate to me. How many games do we lose waiting for Glaus to turn it around.
Prado is not the “LORD” he can’t do it all but he sure does try. More should step and play that way.

cattle dawg

August 1st, 2010
11:23 pm

Free Matt Diaz! Free Matt Diaz!

lol

August 1st, 2010
11:26 pm

did they lock him up? lol

DawgDad

August 1st, 2010
11:27 pm

I’ll be surprised if Freeman doesn’t join the team when they come home. The Braves need a Hinske/Diaz platoon in left, and a Freeman/Glaus platoon would be a good way to break in the kid. If he struggles, send him back up the highway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and with Glaus effectively 0-for-April/June/July the risk is almost non-existent.

Also, will miss Prado as a power threat for at least another week, probably more. That means the Braves are effectively getting very little or no power from first base, second base, shortstop, third base, center field, and right field. Cox obviously doesn’t expect much from Ankiel or he wouldn’t have been batting seventh. You wonder why we get beat 2-1 and lose three series in a row? It’s a wonder these guys are still in first place.

DawgDad

August 1st, 2010
11:36 pm

“Gonzalez is the leader in HR’s with 17, Glaus has 14.”

Gonzalez is NOT the team leader in HR’s. He has ONE, matching the team’s season total from the shortstop position going into today (Omar hit one). Can’t count what somebody did somewhere else except in his personal stats. Alex’s homer today went 371 feet. In Turner field, that’s called “track power”.

CaptainMudderland

August 1st, 2010
11:44 pm

Glaus is no fool, he sees the way Bobby spins everything and just knows he can likewise find an empathetic ear among the Braves faithful–sugar indeed is sweet.

ben

August 2nd, 2010
12:06 am

Huge mistake to trade Escobar. It definitely will go down as one of the worst trades in Atlanta’s history. Team was winning and then they trade Escobar…and now everything is falling apart. There is no life to this team. It had to have been Chipper and Bobby Cox that made the trade happen. Prado (I believe, through past interviews) was Escobar’s closest teammate…I bet some things will be said after the season is over. I just don’t believe the idea that “everyone” hated Escobar in the clubhouse…probably just Chipper.

Chipper Jones should be the poster child for why teams generally don’t give big contracts to older players. $14 million/yr could have given us Soriano AND LaRoche.

JK

August 2nd, 2010
12:56 am

Ben, while i agree with you we all have to say let it go. Escobar was going to be our 2 hitter and for some reason it didn’t work out. This is a veteran team that requires players that appreciate the game traditionally. If it works it works. If not, we all have great memories as Braves fans and we will welcome the new as well as the old. We are loaded with wisdom on our team. The Braves will make it deep into the postseason on that alone. Heart!

JK

August 2nd, 2010
12:57 am

requires TO appreciate

Thomas

August 2nd, 2010
1:28 am

Isn’t it comical that so many of you are getting on Glaus who has 19 RBI’s more than Chipper and who earns 10% of what Chipper earns. I agree that he leaves many runners on but so does Chipper.

Thomas

August 2nd, 2010
1:34 am

I wonder what the dimensions are in the Rodgers Center formerly Sky Dome. Gonzo has not shown the power here that he showed in Toronto, in fact he is not an improvement so far on what Escobar gave, defensively and offensively.

jj

August 2nd, 2010
1:45 am

I hate to say it but I can’t wait until next year.Bobby is cleaning house and some promising players will be gone and the new manager will not have the chance to make it work.But we will have our back-up catcher signed.A reward from the Boss.Come on Bobby,earn your HOF plot in Cooperstown.Manage like my man Ozzie.He can do it.GO BRAVES….

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SF

August 2nd, 2010
6:32 am

I really hate to see Bobby retire but at least we might get a new hitting coach. I hope Troy Glaus calls Brians or Chippers dad maybe they can help regain his hitting touch

extremus

August 2nd, 2010
6:49 am

So let’s say Glaus had an August like he performed in May. All would be forgiven, right? Well, maybe, untill he suddenly went cold in September and became an automatic out for elite pitching staffs to exploit in October, should the Braves still be playing.

I’ve never liked streakiness in a hitter because on any given day you never know what you’re going to get, and that can be a real problem say, come the playoffs. But going one, two, or three months without any significant production at all, while singlehandedly killing your team’s chances of winning games by strikeouts and hitting into double plays, isn’t “streaky” to me…it’s indicative of a player with either fundamental problems or simply one who is way past their ability to play effectively but who won’t openly admit it.

If the Braves are to plug the last gaping hole in their lineup, they cannot afford to wait any longer. They need to put Freeman or Canizares into his slot ASAP. It’s a 162-game season, meaning it’s been something like 50-60 games since that torrid streak in May that Glaus had. If that’s how he defines streakiness then I want no part of it. I want to see our team WIN, and winning teams expect and get consistency from their key players.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 2nd, 2010
7:07 am

maybe we can win this series, after losing 3 in a row. somebody please fine our missing offense.

Arkie

August 2nd, 2010
7:31 am

Glaus – no bat speed – no hit. Bobby why do you hit Chipper third and Glaus fifth – automatic inning killers. Wren, to win, you needed a power hitter. You have none. Looks like another sinking season – fast. Now is the time to bring up Freeman. Lets see what he can do. Can he be worse than Glaus? Time to find out. Pitching keeps you in a game, hitting (scoring runs) wins them. Hanson looked good Sunday. Two mistakes cost him a Win. (not even his) Why not give Diaz an every day chance to play. He gives 100% effort every play. I think that he is our best bet to get on base -(Melky or Hinske) but still need some one to drive him in. Escobar where are you, one of the worst trades, ever.

bobby g

August 2nd, 2010
7:38 am

how in the world does an entire team go south this fast? it should be evident that TP is not getting the job done. if one looks at KJ, Adam L, Yunel. they are hitting since leaving the Braves. one could say look at May, great month. isnt a hitting coach supposed to correct hitting woes, that are now affecting teams performace?

dap01

August 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

Glaus is the single biggest problem with our offense. We have absolutely no power from the cleanup spot in the batting order.

He should be platooned. (Freeman will be an upgrade)

ArtyDodger

August 2nd, 2010
7:48 am

I’m glad to hear Troy “Delouse” Glaus is sure he’s coming around….because I not sure many fans are!!!!!!!!!!

jo

August 2nd, 2010
8:13 am

Braves do not have tim time to wait and see. 3-6 on the road trip with three one run losses? pathetic

Barry Bonnell

August 2nd, 2010
8:17 am

LaRoche hit two 3 run homers and a double. I think we could have made the trade for Chris Young and Adam LaRoche. That would had solved both problems. ” Sigh”

ATLfan15

August 2nd, 2010
8:22 am

The single biggest problem with our offense is the overall team BA with RISP: .189.
That says it all right there; Glaus is only a small part of that TEAM problem.

The Doktor

August 2nd, 2010
8:23 am

The Braves can polish that turd all they want, at the end of the day he’s still a turd… ‘Nuff said… ;-)

Bill in VA

August 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

Remember the days of the Baby Braves? That day is here again. Just need to make the moves ;)

vermont 39

August 2nd, 2010
8:31 am

Yup same folks who torched him in April are back!!!
Glaus goes up there every time to pop up and ground out…just like he did in late May and June!!!

This is a team and as a team we are not delivering…hitting is contagious..right now we can’t get the bug!!!

LTDBRAVE

August 2nd, 2010
8:33 am

Why hasn’t Pendelton figured out what is wrong with Glaus’s swing. Isn’t that his job? Of course, why should he do that now, has not done it in the past.

bigboi

August 2nd, 2010
8:36 am

LTD

If this is TP’s fault now, why didn’t you give him any credit when Glause was hitting the ball in May and June?

fieldofdreams

August 2nd, 2010
8:43 am

The team was 7 games in front with Escobar at SS and Blanco in CF.

ijudgenot

August 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

I see that the only 2 outfielders that are on the 40 man squad at Gwinnett are McClouth and the newly acquired Ramirez. Does this mean the Tigers will wait a month to evaluate McLouth and if he hits any then he will become the player to be named later in the trade? Before trade the only viable right handed outfielder call up was Cabrera who is having a good year but impress me as a right handed Blanco who will not hit for much power. What does being on the 40 man squad do for Ramirez chances of being called up in September vs not being on it?

extremus

August 2nd, 2010
8:54 am

One of my biggest frustrations with MLB right now revolves around the absolutely broken free agency and player salary system, and it’s at the heart of why Glaus is still batting cleanup in the Braves batting order. The Braves don’t want to start the clock ticking on Freddie Freeman until he’s eligible for free agency. Should free agent salaries have EVER gotten to the point where small and medium-market teams have to wrestle with these kinds of decisions if they’re in the thick of a playoff chase? No way.

We all know (and I’m sure even the Braves do) that by all rights Freeman should be on the Braves roster right now. But then you look at a team like the Tampa Bay Rays with all that awesome young talent and see how their window is closing after this season as their young stars go elsewhere, after all the time and effort they invested in developing them only for bigger market teams to swoop in and take away. Guys who the Rays should have been able to have play out their entire careers for them and be the faces of the franchise have been reduced to rent-a-mercenaries. All because of money and lack of economic parity. And the Braves are one of many other teams who already see that writing on the wall with regard to holding onto their own young talent.

MLB (and pro sports in general) is headed for a fall, and sooner than we would like to think. Make no mistake, the issue of economic parity WILL be a pivotal and very probably paralyzing issue when the next round of labor negotiations come up in a year or two. If you thought losing the season in 1994 was bad, this could make that look tame in comparison. If teams like the Braves are going to be able to avoid essentially being farm teams for the bigger markets with young stars like Heyward, Hanson, and Freeman, they’re going to have to fight tooth and nail to A) prevent player salaries from going any higher and/or even reducing them or having MLB institute a player salary cap and/or B) create a system of team salary caps and better rrevenue sharing so one team can’t outspend another at will. It WILL happen, because if it doesn’t, entire leagues are going to implode as franchises begin to disband from operating loss and lack of attendance (see Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, and Atlanta Hawks, for starters). It will get UGLY, and soon.

I thought it was ludicrous when I’m watching a baseball show right before the trading deadline and the anchors were going back and forth discussing what direction the Yankees might go to fulfill their “needs”. Seriously, it’s like discussing how Wal-Mart’s going to meet the challenge of a new Mom-and-Pop store across the street. They’re ALWAYS the premier candidate for almost any major free agent or big name, and the landing of Cliff Lee by the Rangers was more the exception than the rule; as an analyst said on SI.com, I believe, the Yankees got Lance Berkman “because they can”. The Yankees aren’t to blame for all this because they’re playing within the sorry excuse for rules that MLB has laid out. But trust me, very soon this will become a very explosively volatile issue as smaller market teams are going to have no recourse but to say, “Enough is enough”.

siskel_god

August 2nd, 2010
8:59 am

The reason I hated KJ so much was because he was streaky. If I was a manger the one thing I would want above anything else would be consistency. If you only hit .260 or .270 then fine, as long as your pretty consistent month to month. This streaky crap that Glaus has is for the birds. I can even handle the guys that start slow like Tex, LaRoche, or apparently McCann as long as you get hot around June and stay that way. But hot in May than cold for June and July then hot again in September is too hard to gauge your team. How can you depend on a guy during the stretch run if you have no idea what your gonna get? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Freeman up soon with FW pushing the buttons, he is very much a bottom line guy and right now for the last month and a half Troy has not been producing. The scary thing is, I wonder how good we really are now, since he stopped his tear we really haven’t been that great as a team.

Brock

August 2nd, 2010
9:13 am

Troy is not in a slump. He just ain’t hittin.

joe

August 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

When? Sept 20 when the braves are 6 games out? How about putting Chipper at first, and let Omar or Brooksy play 3rd, once Prado comes back at 2nd?

F-105 Thunderchief

August 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

Somewhere in the middle of the extremes would be great for the remainder of the season.

jack

August 2nd, 2010
9:46 am

tp finally got to tg. look ye rj and al did after they got away from tp

Braves73

August 2nd, 2010
9:59 am

Glaus will be fine…at least he doesn’t make excuses and plays through pain and adversity (unlike some other players). A big key the rest of this season, will be Bobby decision to either keep Chipper in the 3 spot, or move him down to 6 or 7 (which should be done immediately). He currently doesn’t have enough left nor does he play enough to continue to keep him at the 3 hole. If it were up to me, I’d move Gonzalez to the 3 spot now and give him a chance before it’s too late.

jhpm

August 2nd, 2010
10:08 am

Listen folks: Without Troy Glaus we woudn’t BE in first place right now. He carried this team for over a month. So I can’t complain about a slump. There are 7 other players that could “step it up” when Troy isn’t hitting. Im grateful we have him.

HuH

August 2nd, 2010
10:10 am

Did you expect him to say, “I’m all washed up.”?

milesarcher33

August 2nd, 2010
10:13 am

Why pick on Troy. He’s doing fine. He leads the team in Home Runs. (hit as a Brave this season) He says he’s about ready to turn it around and I believe him. Just have a little patience.

dub366

August 2nd, 2010
10:16 am

why all the crying you could see this a mile away when the braves left training camp two olds men in the middle of the lineup & one you can’t count on all seasons long, part time player yes i’m talking about the Chipper. where his productions i guess u blame this on TP too , when all the blame should go to Bobby Cox. i’ll be so glad when he goooooooooone.

TennesseePaul

August 2nd, 2010
10:56 am

Fire and Ice.

Glaus had a 41 game stretch (May 1 through Jun 13) where he hit .336/.416./.605/1.021 with 19 extra base hits including 11 HR.

In the other 60 games he has played this season he has hit .173/.308/.259/.567 with 11 extra base hits including 3 HR.

shmoe

August 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

he said he will. now i feel better.

Joe in SoCal

August 2nd, 2010
11:35 am

I fail to see any reason why putting Freddie Freeman in the lineup and playing first base could possibly hurt this team right now. Aside from starting Freeman’s arbitration clock early there is no drawback. Remember, this guy is a Real first baseman not a convert. His defensive skills would be an upgrade. If he can hit his weight then that would be an instant upgrade as well. As many people on here have anlready stated, Glaus is not even making productive outs right now. That is unexcusable for a MLB veteran. What scares me the most is he (Glaus) states he doesn’t know why he’s not hitting. It almost seems like he’s saying he hasn’t even tried to figure it out yet but will just now start to look at it. Man, it’s been over a month. He’s got 6 RBI in 30 games hitting out of the 4 hole. That’s one RBI every FIVE games for your clean up hitter on a first place team and we wonder why we’re now losing ground to the teams behind us. In fact it could be said that so far this year none of our hitters have even had their average type year of stats, excluding Prado. How does that work? Is this not indicative of a failed hitting coach or not? I don’t know, just saying.

dap01

August 2nd, 2010
11:45 am

When Prado comes back, could we put Infante at 1st?

JeanE

August 2nd, 2010
11:46 am

Bullsh—t Diaz is a platoon player. His splits against righties might not be great but they’re a hell of a lot better than what some of the other guys on this team are hitting right now. I could slap Bobby Cox. He get in his head that certain players are part-time only and that’s it, no changing this mind. Nobody thought Martin was a full-time player either and look at him now! And Troy is of course going to say he’s a hit away from turning it around, what else is he going to say, I’m old and I’m done? But people have eyes and can see even walking looks painful to him so I’m not buying it. Don’t know if Freddie is the answer and Hinske didn’t hit bupkus the other night subbing for Troy. We really miss Martin, he is the engine that makes this car go.

Puma

August 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

so even if Glaus does heat up again, does that mean he is going to suck again in the postseason?

tristan

August 2nd, 2010
11:57 am

Just sitting here reading the Glavine blog. I understand that we are remembering one of the greatest left handers in MLB history. We are honoring an Atlanta Brave and a HOF’er. We owe a lot to Mr Glavine and his contributions to the Braves’ organization. However, when going over a Braves career such as his, we need to remember one of his top ten moments of Braves history which ends up being not as happy as others. Tom Glavine threw at Dale Murphy, in the ninth inning of a game Atlanta won 9-2. Glavine threw four pitches inside to Murphy, the fourth causing Murph to jump out of the way. Murph, you know the ever religous Mormon who participates in numerous church missions, probably never drank or swore in his life? Glavine had 14 strikeouts already and decided he had to get payback for hitting Otis Nixon (a man of maybe five memories in his Braves career). Of anyone to hit, why would it be Murph? Was it not bad enough that Murph was traded away to the disgusting Phillies and their low class ways?

As was announced that day, throwing at Murphy was similar to throwing at God. I have never seen an apology for that, and if he doesn’t apologize in his speech, I choose not to applaud during his retirement.

Chuck

August 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

What changed in Glaus’ swing is not glaring to me, other than he looks stiff like his knees are bothering him, and that is maybe changing the very point of impact part of his swing to not driving the ball – not getting his weight into it, just hitting with his arms. Diaz should be playing more – I hope he can keep from getting bitter about Melky getting all the reps looking as bad as he has lately. Chipper has not been good enough lately either. Hopefully we’ll turn it around soon – we sure did waste some good pitching in a short ballpark!

Chip Shot

August 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

DOB, can you please ask Wren when he expects Freeman to be called up?

. Don

August 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

Relating to needed changes that are OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE, it takes Bobby Cox WEEKS, SOMETIMES MONTHS, SOMETIMES NEVER – to make them.

BravesFan79

August 2nd, 2010
12:24 pm

I bet Julio Franco could still bat .300 and get clutch hits. ; ) Julios tha man.

BravesFan79

August 2nd, 2010
12:31 pm

Glaus dosent worry me much, hes a former World Series MVP and since we dont have a overall awsome lineup like the Yankees and Braves teams of the past, we need our streaky players to get hot at the right time.
Im just glad i never have to hear the names Corky Miller and Chris Woodward again. John Scherhultz really fell off his game when he signed those guys.

Mark (another one)

August 2nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Keep Freeman in AAA or bring him up for a taste while Prado is hurt. Whichever they do, the answer for this season at first is Glaus, who just needs to continue to do what he does. He is a vet who knows how to approach a slump and keep working. He may benfit from a little rest but if we want a championship, he needs to be the answer at first.

Brava

August 2nd, 2010
2:22 pm

As some have pointed out, we would not be in first place without Troy. Those who are ready to kick him to the curb would do well to remember that. I’ve no doubt he’ll get back to hitting soon, hopefully, tonight. And please don’t compare him to McLouth, who has been unable to hit since Spring Training, or say he’s too old. There no comparison and he’s only 34 years old. I realize that may seem old to those of you in your twenties or younger, but give it a few years and you’ll get it.

If all the players on this team were playing to their potential, Troy’s slump wouldn’t seem so glaring and appear so devastating. I’m disgusted by the bandwagon fans who are so quick to vilify a player who has done so much for the team.

As for Yunel. He obviously didn’t want to perform for the Braves. Why dwell on the trade and say we should have kept him? If he wasn’t willing to give 100% and was a cancer in the clubhouse, as reported, he needed to go. Gonzalez may not be as flashy, but he’s much more professional and it’s obvious he’s giving it all he has, even when he’s not feeling well.

AOW

August 2nd, 2010
2:58 pm

If I were NOT Bobby Cox I would do this:

Platoon 3B because Chipper would probably hit better if he had more time off and I think he would accept the role. He simply cannot catchup to fastballs like he used to and he hurts the team in a lot of run scoring opportunities.
Platoon 1B because Glaus can hit and he WAS a one-man wrecking crew but apparently needs to be put in a favorable matchup-type platoon situation. I don’t know if that is w/ Freeman at this point in the season when other guys have at least been serviceable when given a chance.
That is where I would start, Oh, put Melky Cabrera somewhere BUT on the field. He doesn’t give you enough to make up for how much he costs you! If the “ball slip” throw in CF wasn’t enough, to see him laughing about it afterwards was all I needed to know about him.

Micky Mantel

August 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm

Of course he’ll snap out of the slump. If you ever played the game, we all went thru hard times. I was 0-14 to start the year in college and ended hitting .289. Coach moved me to bat second instead of leading off and I could drag bunt with the best.

Steve

August 2nd, 2010
3:14 pm

He and “Bones Jones” will both pull us through………….Just watch

ijudgenot

August 2nd, 2010
3:47 pm

Glaus said earlier in the year the reason he did not hit in April was that his timing mechanism,i.e., the lifting and putting down his front foot was off due to layoff. He got the timing down and May and June were great months for him at the plate. The guy was not missing a mistake by the pitcher, now he is a fraction of a second slow on every pitch. He is either fauling them back or popping them up now.
Now, I am not a doctor but it would seem to me that if my knees are hurting, the ability to lift up and down my foot at a certain speed would be affected by this. The guy has been trying to tell Cox he needs to rest the knees, by his mannerism that we all see everyday; the slow painful looking jog or walk back to the dug out after he strikes out or pops up. He doesn’t know yet that unless they have to help you off the field like McLouth, the only guy that Bobby can sense needs a rest due to an injury is Chipper. Unlike Chipper, Glaus wont go to Bobby and say I need a rest, so it will be up to Wren to take him out of the lineup by putting him on the DL for 2 weeks, otherwise Cox will pencil him in as long as he can walk not jog to 1st base.

Largo

August 2nd, 2010
3:49 pm

Did Glaus say when this change would take place??

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