2:15 pm August 11, 2010, by David O'Brien
August 11th, 20105:06 pm
Ain’t THAT the truth. I couldn’t believe we took him back. It’s like getting a Reyes or Chavez back.
Farnsworths numbers are so much better than Reyes and Chavez as to wonder about the sanity of the author of that post.
Glaus is an Albatross
I Hate Troy Glaus (formerly I Hate Liberty Media)
August 11th, 20105:07 pm
“Troy has had a hard day at the dish. Zero for 5! Yikes!”
At least he’s getting good wood on the ball more often. That being said, I see more days like this one in Troy’s future if they keep running him out there.
I can’t wait to get out of this ballpark, I don’t even like the echoie sounds it makes on TV, like a dome, blah.
Someone gimme some pbp. I’m stranded w/o audio
August 11th, 20105:08 pm
Those calling for Saito to be the closer havent been paying attention either
The Braves and he have all but said he cant pitch back to back days.
That eliminates him right there.
Melky says I play excellent defense.
finish it now Saito so I can get ready to go to Frontier Field and watch the G-Braves and Freddie Freeman destroy the pathetic Rochester Redwings… 2nd row seats next to the railing of the braves dugout..
Thank God no more Bourne…
He may only be hitting .253 but I am happy to not have to see that guy the rest of the year.
South Georgia Braves
Perfect play by the birthday boy to end it!
CB, I’ll let you handle that.
McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;
NICE CATCH!! BALLGAME!!
Happy Birthday, Melky!!
Closers: Wags and Venters — period.
We have at least 4 quality guys in the bullpen. If you pitch one in the 8th and one in the 9th on one day on the next day you can pitch the other 2.
BTW, I really like Billy but it’s not rocket science to wonder if a guy his age should be trying to flamethrow twice in less than 24 hours. An occasional break would do him good and give the other guys experience (or in Saito’s case, keep him from rusting).
Melk man can play da D
Brave4life-1995 all over again??
Melky dont be a douche give the kid in the stands that ball
Haaaa look at Saito!
Ok….now the dodgers need to beat philly today…..good job hanging in there braves!
according to your career numbers, your ERA is supposed to go down in the 2nd half not up ….
2.49 vs. 2.13
Typical scabbin’ Braves. This team is a real piece of work.
August 11th, 20105:09 pm
ho-hum … just a routine 8-2 Braves win …. did I miss anything on the blog?
better late then never
BMac and Timmy looking like BFFs during that inning.
GG defense from melky
The relief pitchers musta sucked. Everybody drilled them. But we will take it !
Welcome 12 of the next 18 at home and hopefully some distance from Philly
I got 8-2 bottom 10. Any out? Any on?
I’m sorry but i would still take Wagner over almost any other closer in the national league. He is throwing 97-100 and has an era under 2. The first lucky dribbler hit cost him. He only gave up one real hit. Those things just happen to any closer.
As Bobby Says… win your series…
Weird game. Take the win and get home. Wagner has become a pretty big concern, but they’re going to sink or swim with him for the rest of the year.
THE BRAVES WIN
Damn that HOF manager!!! What’s he doing sending B-Mac up to pinch hit? He needs to be fired right now!!!!
Jeff321 – Did I get that about right?
Did you get a hold of some high grade crack? I cheered Mac’s home run therefore it was a good move.
Wagner’s got 6 wins. That means he’s a great closer. Eat it, haters.
Well, looks like Wagner blowing that save was just meant to be….I am sure they built up a helluva lot more confidence winning the way they did. Great comeback Bravos
Man, wish I was in Georgia so I could attend one/more of those Braves vs. Dodgers games… that will be a great series. I think the Braves will play well and hopefully the Mets can beat up the Phillies.
August 11th, 20105:10 pm
These guys are terrible…you know, with the most wins in the NL and everything…
They had a legit chance to sweep us, good fight Bravos I thought we were losing the majic!!!!
Happy birthday Melk-Man, you are a good outfielder, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!!!
Braves win, yes!!! We win a road series, boo ya!
Mac cracks me up. Does he ever sit still?
HUGE for my fantasy team. I have Wandy, McCann, and Wagner. So, that turn of events worked out perfect. No loss for Wandy (-3pts), a win for Wagner (7pts) and a Slam for McCann (9pts), who got one AB today. So, Wagner nails it down, I get 9 pts max, instead I get +19. I like it.
If by D you mean dominoes.
Chop Chop…. NO, it means Wags does just bad enough to give up the tying run but then benefits when the Braves come back.
August 11th, 20105:11 pm
Now, if Billingsley can man up tonight, we can take a 3.5 game lead home and possibly 4 by the end of the off day with Kershaw taking the ball tomorrow night…
Boy that would be nice
It kinda o good that Wags keep blowin saves(in a SADISTIC sort of way).
This way the Braves Are FORCED to score runs. Ha.
AND we WON a Road series too!
August 11th, 20105:12 pm
Hey VJ, is cab actually working today?
The most important stat for a closer is the number of games he wins
This is just the sort of scrappy, never say die team that can win it all.
2 OUT OF 3,From the hottest team in baseball!!!
August 11th, 20105:13 pm
If Maddux can have a personal catcher, why can’t Hanson have a personal closer?
Lucky you, Jinx! I sat Mac today since he wasn’t starting… Guess I missed out.
Gotta love the patience by Ankiel to draw the walk in the 10th inning… THAT was the play
These Braves don’t quit. Alot of character and fire. Now as far as Francoeur, how can he demand to play everyday hitting .241 and also demand a trade? He is a prima dona. I use to pull for him, but I have no respect for him anymore. Someone needs to tell him that this isn’t travel ball where you only have 9 or 10 players and you are guaranteed to play. That is his mentality.
carl (at 4:50 pm)- you are an imbecile.
Gee Chop I thought it was saves…. hmmm
August 11th, 20105:14 pm
Another last AB win for the Bravos.
Why are we worried about the Phils again?
We’re leading. We have six games left with them. All we have to do is split those games and hold serve (match them, that is) the rest of the way.
Freddie : G
I hear Glavine and Smoltz mention that the acquisition of Farnsworth should improve the Bullpen, but I am like several on this blog who seems not to have any trust in Farnsworth. He has been around and you hope he would have learned something from the great Riveira while they were teammates with the Yankees.
melkman has made 1 absolute crap play in the grass this year. He is mostly a vaccum out in the field. He plays da D.
That’s how I always assess the goodness or badness of a move.
This team is absolutely relentless. That’s 6 out of 8 and almost all of them were a fight.
August 11th, 20105:15 pm
Chop Chop’s driving the superstitious ones crazy.
Billy is our closer.
He needs an occasional rest (even if today it was dribblers, not getting tagged).
Saito isn’t an everyday guy–too old, and Venters is not either, but he needs the experience.
As for “hating”, please grow up. I want to see Billy and the whole team do well, I just think Bobby sticks with guys a little too much, whether it’s pinch-hitter extraordinaire Greg Norton last year, or letting Greg Maddux pitch into the 9th in the World Series.
Soph – yes, she has been very busy. Fortunately for her I was listening on the radio, which was 5 seconds ahead of the TV feed, so I could warn her to turn around and see what was about to happen. I was worried with extra innings, since I have to head out in 20 minutes…
August 11th, 20105:16 pm
And kudos to Bobby for making that pinch move, Matty D is my favorite but don’t think he would’ve hit that salami, so yeah for Bobby!!
I was laughing so hard when B-Mac came on to pinch hit. The right-handed reliever came in looking to face Matt Diaz, who hits less well against rightys but instead he gets to face left-handed slugger Brian McCann.
Houston manager Brad Mills got played by Bobby Cox.
I have no faith in farnsworth….not from what i’ve seen so far and from what he did with the braves in the past.
August 11th, 20105:17 pm
He plays da D.
If by D you mean Dungeons n Dragons.
Wagner- 7 blown saves, plus the cookie that he served up to Francoeur last week. Can’t be that up and down in September, or its big trouble!
Rafael Soriano – 32 saves 2 blown
Neftali Feliz – 29 saves 2 blown
Billy “Bad A**” Wagner – 28 saves 7 blown
August 11th, 20105:19 pm
Wow! Now all of a sudden Wagner was a bad move?
Sophee Mac cracks me up. Does he ever sit still?
Not too often, no. He’s fun to spy on in the dugout…that’s why sometimes I don’t mind going to games that Ross starts.
How many of Billy’s blown saves have we lost?
August 11th, 20105:20 pm
I think wagner just needs to be used sparingly…not every day. He’s still a very good closer.
Can’t have a shaky closer down the stretch…that has already cost the Braves a couple of Championships.
August 11th, 20105:22 pm
Melky takes the more awful routes to get a ball I’ve ever seen but he always ends up making the play. The face Saito had when Melky caught the ball was priceless by the way.
August 11th, 20105:23 pm
It may be that we have shaky closers down the stretch because we overuse the closer before we get to the stretch . . .
Oh, I guess that makes me a hater
The Braves are 3-4 when Wagner blows a save.
This should be a Game of the Year on iTunes.
August 11th, 20105:24 pm
I think we should bring back Yunel to be our closer. I mean, according to some posters, the guy is a five-tool player who can singlehandedly carry a team. Maybe he can bring a heater in the 9th also.
C R Mac
Lighten up on Wagner, guys! Only one solid hit while he was in there. Bad luck on the dribbler to third. Stuff like seems to happen to him because his stuff is overpowering. I’ll be a Dodger fan tonite!
Wagner has recorded only one loss as a result of a blown save.
August 11th, 20105:26 pm
“Rafael Soriano – 32 saves 2 blown
Neftali Feliz – 29 saves 2 blown
Billy “Bad A**” Wagner – 28 saves 7 blown”
Rafael Soriano: 1.81 ERA
Neftali Feliz: 3.35 ERA
Billy “Bad A**” Wagner: 1.78 ERA
August 11th, 20105:27 pm
“And now, the ongoing saga of a scrappy, gritty, rag-tag group of ragamuffin kids, with a never-say-die, can-do attitude, overcoming the trials and tribulations foisted upon them by an uncaring baseball season and striding proudly forward, unbowed by the 500-PAs-by-every-scrub-in-creation weight that would crush lesser men…playing heart-racing games by day, palling around together happily at night, a group of young men who cannot be deterred from the mission of being greater than the sum of their parts while keeping happy feet in the clubhouse: The Atlanta Braves!”
Yeah, give Wags a break…
If JHey were out in RF, Melky is in LF and Pence never runs on Melky or if he did he’d be out on the same play…
Besides, we won!!! Isn’t that what really matters?
No matter how pretty or ugly it is, the team is getting the job done.
August 11th, 20105:31 pm
Yes. A closer should not have to have a 1 run lead EVERY dang time. Theyre worn down.
Based on Omars consistency, I dont know how Cox can keep him out of lineup. Especially when Prad comes back.
or vice versa.
Heyward needs to drop down to 5
August 11th, 20105:32 pm
Some people have been saying this for a while, but the Braves have been thriving on great luck this year. Let’s face it. The lineup isn’t that great (though it does a good job of getting on base), the defense is mediocre at best and terrible at its worst, and the team doesn’t have much speed. The pitching as a whole has been very good all season. The team has won many games in the last at-bat, but is only 16-17 in one-run games. That’s because the Braves generally win by multiple runs when they make their comebacks.
All I know is that the Braves have a very good record. That doesn’t mean anything in the postseason, but you have to have a record like that to get there. Will the luck continue? Who knows? It does sometimes.
Observing that the guy could use an occasional break if we’re depending on him in October, and that it would be good to give some of the other guys save experience is NOT the opposite of lightening up on Billy.
August 11th, 20105:33 pm
Caught Billy some slack will you………. A little bleeder to start the inning, and an extremely casual play by Diaz in left field allowed Pence to move to third. If Matty where aggressive in that play Pence wouldn’t have been at third base and the Braves would have gotten out of it without allowing a run.
Billy has 7 blown saves, for me he has 5 of them. The game against the Giants in which both Chipper and Alex made errors is not his fault. And today it was really bad luck, and Diaz not being aggressive.
scoots: You left out “raw-dog”.
August 11th, 20105:34 pm
Then again, up to me and Freddie would be at 1b…
Also, I left out Chipper bc we all kinda figure he’ll be out awhile…
Can the Hoss play first – at least split time with Glaus? That keeps his heating-up bat in the mix and removes the Black Hole Known as Troy Glaus from the everyday lineup. And it involves a lot less torque on the knee. Prado can cover third and Omar stay at second.
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