2:15 pm August 11, 2010, by David O'Brien
August 11th, 20102:17 pm
Radio link – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/1570-wcle-am-cleveland,-tennessee/v3
And great song, DOB!
August 11th, 20102:19 pm
Good start for Tommy…
greeeaaaat song…..can’t believe you picked this one….one of my fave….Bonus: The Braves are already winning.
August 11th, 20102:20 pm
Tommy needs to come out and dominate today and get the Braves back home looking toward the Dodgers…
Need to come out and make a statement, albeit, with a B lineup
Very lonely here right now…
August 11th, 20102:21 pm
If the baseball Gods are frowning on the Bravos, do you think there is a slight chance the Braves move Glaus back over to 3rd, and bring up freeman? — Nick ‘n Nash
No, I can’t see them doing that. Not the way Glaus is moving at 1B lately. Can’t imagine how he’d be able to make plays required of a 3B, charging in for bunts and soft rollers, going hard to his left and right and planting to make strong throw across field, etc.
No Kershaw in ATL is a major plus for the Braves…
Would like to get 3 of 4 if we can and then put some distance between us and the Phils on the homestand.
August 11th, 20102:23 pm
Philly has certainly dealt with some major injuries this season, there’s no doubt, but it’s not like the Braves have been able to pencil in the same 8 every day. I guess between the play of guys like Hinske, Infante, and Conrad, having the bench players start becomes a non-story since there’s not so much of a drop off. Fine by me, I guess. Let the northerners keep bitchin’.
Why don’t you call your best friend Alex Gonzalez?
August 11th, 20102:24 pm
Um yeah, if Glaus can’t stay in front of a 12-hopper in the 8th inning last night, who really believes he can play 3b again?
Yeah, thats not gonna happen…there’d be a better chance of Freddie coming up and returning to his natural position of 3b.
Any serious knee injury, even a sprain, that may allow Chipper to return by Sept. 1, may be just as serious or worse than a season ending injury that would require surgery. The legs are very important in the swing, and playing with a compromised knee would take away a lot of the leverage in the swing. The poster child for playing with weak knees is troy glaus — power down, weak groujnders up, and range miniscule. Carlos Beltran playing with a brace is another example of how ineffective a player can be without a strong foundation in his legs. A Chipper playing on one leg or with a brace, might take away playing time from Conrad or Omar who might be more effective. If Chipper returns this year, the guy that comes back could be a shadow of the guy we saw the past month.
Best 1st inning I can remember this season for Tommy.
Oh, and that Freeman playing 3b….yeah there’s a .00001% chance of that happening…
August 11th, 20102:25 pm
Is it just me or is Hanson throwing a lot of two-seamers early?
I love Brooks and I love this team, but our chances are better with Chipper’s presence in the lineup. Seems like he really has gone back in time….hopefully not back to 94 though.
I think he’s been busy driving in the run, and I don’t want to distract him in the field – he has enough troubles without that…
August 11th, 20102:27 pm
venice jim…..THANKS for the link!! you just made my workday a helluva lot better!
I agree…legs mean everything for a guy with any power…using just your arms won’t get you anywhere and Troy is a prime example of this…
If Chipper misses any time whatsoever or goes to the DL, we probably go with Prado at 3b (once he returns) and Infante at 2b….
I still feel like Chipper going down provides logic that we can even less afford Troy’s prolonged power outages…
August 11th, 20102:28 pm
Glaus is swinging better…
Just throwing this out there…I wonder if the Braves have ever thought about moving B Mac to 1st? It would be a lot of less wear on his knees and Ross could play more. Plus solves the 1st base problem our team has had since God knows when. Thoughts?
August 11th, 20102:29 pm
I wouldn’t compare the Phillies losing Howard, Utley, and Rollins (2 MVPs and constant top-10 MVP candidate) for an extended period to the Braves losing Jurrjens, Diaz, and a struggling Heyward.
Anyone who just watched that by Glaus…
IF he doesn’t hit a HR, he’s worthless to the club…he can’t run or field at all…
Nova Scotia Steve
Pitcher doesn’t get a piece of that – it’s a hit for Troy.
Assuming the CF doesn’t throw him out at 1b
August 11th, 20102:30 pm
Thanks for the updates DOB.
Moving McCann to 1st? You silly goose, you
For BMac’s sake, he should take some FP at 1b to prolong his career, but given the fact that Freddie Freeman will be ready any day, Mac isn’t moving anywhere.
August 11th, 20102:31 pm
Keppinger could smoke a cigarette, make a sandwich, and still throw Glaus out by 3 steps at 1b.
August 11th, 20102:32 pm
I didn’t realize they were playing right now. I see we got the backup brigade in again.
Thanks for the new blog, chief!
P-Town – I see your point about FF. I thought FF was originally a 3b? Can’t recall…
August 11th, 20102:33 pm
I think he’s been busy driving in the run VJ
Gametracker: A. Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, M. Cabrera scored
Looks like he hit a scorcher
Jeffrey d….Jurrjens is the ace when he’s on, Heyward has been struggling BECAUSE of an injury, Chipper’s missed significant time already and is about to again, Glaus is playing hurt and has been because options are limited, some guy named Prado broke his pinky, McCann’s vision crap popped up again…these ain’t exactly scrubs.
Joe in SoCal
August 11th, 20102:34 pm
DOB, I fear we’ve missed our window of opportunity to bring up Freeman early. Now that Glaus has hit with RISP and then a homer, I’m sure Bobby will take this as a sign he’s coming out of it. Couple that with Chippers injury and I can imagine Bobby won’t want to upset the apple cart by bringing in another youngster rather than staying with the vet. I understand the thinking just hope it comes to fruition. Hate for it to fall apart now. This is a resilient bunch of pluggers. Lunch pale guys if ever there was.
Like there’s any way to even make a sandwich in the outfield
Nice to see the Braves hitter’s are building on last nights momentum…It would be nice to see a solid 4 runs in one of the first few innings one of these days..
Thanks for the new bloggage, Chief!
I was just saying…I think the Phillies are hurting more by the loss of Howard than we were without Diaz.
August 11th, 20102:35 pm
what makes you think that
how close did that come to getting out?
August 11th, 20102:36 pm
The fact that we had Medlen, Infante, Ross, and Hinske is why the Braves stayed afloat, and probably why people didn’t notice as much. Was my point. I didn’t mention McLouth or Diaz, because those aren’t starters on a lot of teams.
Is McFann also Trey and Innocent Bystander?
TOMMY BOY, lookin just fine
McFann :Ô: :Ô:
August 11th, 20102:37 pm
I was just about to say that, Trey…
But Gametracker cannot diagram the nuance with which he perfectly placed the ball in a position where not even Yunel Escobar could have thrown Melky out at home…
August 11th, 20102:38 pm
That goes for you, too, Innocent Bystander.
dickfer – a few feet in front of the wall…
I agree on Howard, though. I think it all means that if the Braves win the East, it’ll be a testament to the fact that a strong bench is a real key for a teams success. If Philly had our bench, ATL would be in 3rd right now. At best.
Ankiel is hitting .147 through his first 10 games with the Braves. McLouth anyone? (J/K)
August 11th, 20102:39 pm
Is it just because I’m a nerd, or does this headline on the front page bother anyone else?
GOP guv nomination
August 11th, 20102:40 pm
Joe in SoCal, good points at 2:34 p.m.
“Lilburn native Jeff Francoeur, who’s been losing playing time to rookie Fernando Martinez, has informed the Mets he’d like to be traded.”
Got to believe that Chipper sitting in the dugout has to be a positive sign for the severity of his injury. If they are not in a rush to get the MRI I hope they know it is not as bad as it seems. But the Braves will band together and win.
Does anyone have a video feed for the game?
August 11th, 20102:41 pm
Well – thoughts on this game so far?
Is anybody in the Braves organization concerned about the fact that Heyward keeps getting injured? The kid’s only 20 and he’s looking more like a Brian Jordan or late career Chipper than a future Willie Mays or Cal Ripken.
I think it all means that if the Braves win the East, it’ll be a testament to the fact that a strong bench is a real key for a teams success
Oh no doubt about that. I was just saying that backups not considered I think the Phillies’ injuries hurt them a lot more.
August 11th, 20102:42 pm
Venice Jim – I would love to see him back. I suppose I’m the only one on there who would think that.
August 11th, 20102:43 pm
Wrong, Stan. Heyward’s 21. Your body starts to go with age
Why can’t Conrad be the regular fill-in 3B while Chipper’s out? Prado and Infante are great, but why isn’t Conrad even a possibility? He does a great job on defense and he can definitely hit, especially in clutch, game-ending situations.
Silly Goose – It won’t happen, but I’d like to see him back too. Less so than I would’ve at the beginning of the season, but I’d still like to see him back.
August 11th, 20102:44 pm
Now that Mark Cuban has failed at buying the Rangers and Cubs, do you think he will show any interest in the braves if/when they are up for sale?
let’s just be ridiculously optimistic and say that medlen won’t miss next year, this would be our projected starting five:
wow! new dynasty in the making, methinks…
August 11th, 20102:45 pm
could this be a special day for hanson?
jeffrey d – place him in CF…I feel he’d be inspired by a comeback home.
deb – I think Conrad’s few big hits have overshadowed the fact that he’s a .235 hitter this year. He doesn’t get a lot of hits, but when he does he sure makes them count.
Brian from SC
August 11th, 20102:46 pm
bozz, you seem to be missing Derek Lowe. He will be in the rotation next year.
bozz – but KK and Lowe are still under contract next year and will be taking up a combined $22 million
August 11th, 20102:47 pm
shmoe – way to jinx him.
haha, my optimism would kick lowe out of atlanta.
9 up, 9 down – excellent start for Tommy!
just gettin it outta the way early
deb, Conrad is a career .219 hitter with a .283 on-base. He’s a “match-ups guy.”
bozz- you forgot about that Lowe fellow and the Kawakaminator… are we going to trade one or both of them, release them, or something else?
Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson
What would the Braves do with a sixth outfielder with an over inflated sense of self worth?
Hanson perfect through 3.
August 11th, 20102:48 pm
Chipper saying he may play Friday
44 is King
Hanson is looking very good so far…
Hanson has retired nine consecutive batters to start game, striking out last batter of each inning
shmoe – LOL! good one.
August 11th, 20102:49 pm
Tommy looking very good–hello to all in remembrance of last night’s unfortunate injury to C.J.–and, of course, the unreal contest which ensued….too much cardio for me….but ready to go now!
August 11th, 20102:50 pm
BAT – good point. But still…you don’t think he’d be a better option that Ankiel, Melky, or Matt right now?
well, to be fair to me, i did say my rotation would require a ridiculous amount of optimism and that would entail lowe and kkamikazi taking their “talents” to another club. hey, we can all dream can’t we…
lol. Francoeur is an arrogant tool. He blames everyone else for his problems and never looks inside himself. He is a loser and will remain one until such time if he ever gets retrospective.
Rob from SC
August 11th, 20102:51 pm
Adam Wainwright is a beast….I hope he wins the CY Young
August 11th, 20102:52 pm
Houston’s broadcast just thought Hernandez was Heyward…
Personally, I would like to see Huddy win it…
August 11th, 20102:53 pm
That was awful.
Diory Hernandez for SS
wow – Wandy just made Gonzo look stupid.
Alex Gonzalez sucks.
hanson may have to shut them out to win today
THis game might be a really quick one
Silly Goose _
Not Matt or even Melky, maybe Ankiel, but who needs the headache.
August 11th, 20102:54 pm
Diory Hernandez = another no power, slightly above average utility infielder. no thanks.
August 11th, 2010
Personally, I would like to see Huddy win it…
Me too, but that won’t happen…Not with Ubaldo and Adam almost a lock for 20 plus wins….Hard to overlook that number
What did AG do? Apparently it sucked
Rob – are u a Braves fan? Why wouldn’t you root for Hudson?
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