2:15 pm August 11, 2010, by David O'Brien
August 11th, 20108:29 pm
McFann, I had a couple of buddies that were from Brockton Mass and one used to say that.
August 11th, 20108:41 pm
August 11th, 20108:46 pm
Ross Gload just hit the shelf with a groin injury. Looked pretty bad too. That would be be a big loss for the Phillies.
August 11th, 20108:47 pm
Well Dodgers are failing.
August 11th, 20108:48 pm
dang dodgers … going to give oswalt his first win with the phillies
McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;
August 11th, 20108:49 pm
IDK…’cause that’s what they say up there. (It’s actually another Jim Gaffigan reference…that guy is pretty dang quotable.)
Haha! That’s funny.
August 11th, 20108:52 pm
Too much fuss over nothing with Larry Jones. Hope he isn’t hurt but it won’t effect the Braves in a negative way. More important is getting Prado back and EO in the bullpen.
August 11th, 20108:53 pm
McFann, haha, I guess.
August 11th, 20108:58 pm
Dodgers are losing 2-0.
Billingsley is pitching his ass off. And Dodgers have been awesome defensively. Ibanez is just too hot right now. They’ve played a good baseball game, but so have the Phillies, and Oswalt has been overpowering with his awesome curveball and fastball.
August 11th, 20109:01 pm
Carlos Ruiz, and Raul Ibanez have been carrying this club since Howard and Utley have been on the DL.
Brave4life-1995 all over again??
August 11th, 20109:06 pm
Any Phillies trolls today
August 11th, 20109:08 pm
Tommy Hanson is 1-0 with 0.99 ERA in his past 4 starts, with one earned run allowed in each game. Braves scored two or fewer while he was in all four of those games.
And how ’bout this: He 1-4 with a 2.47 ERA in past 9 starts. 1-4 with a 2.47 ER!
August 11th, 20109:09 pm
Acosta gives up a granny to the Rocks late
August 11th, 20109:10 pm
All quiet at Citi Field..
August 11th, 20109:12 pm
DOB…Is the glare from the outfield in Houston as noticable in person as on tv?
All of the Braves starters pitched better than their win/loss numbers.
Oswalt….getting PH for.
Phillies pen….coming up.
August 11th, 20109:14 pm
White Sox…trying to beat the Twinkies.
BamaDude @ CowCollege AL
August 11th, 20109:16 pm
d-backs just go back-to-back-to-back against da brew crew ….hey its all good for my NL fantasy team !! …hehe
Jro just singled!!!!!!
August 11th, 20109:18 pm
Wow – the Dbacks just went 4 Hrs in a row against Dave Bush – 4 solo shots.
BamaDude @ CowCollege AL -
Lovin’ that! Cause you know how much I lubs da crew.
August 11th, 20109:19 pm
$100 for a look-see of Fielder’s fat face right now!
August 11th, 20109:20 pm
If the Mets win that doesn’t bother me, because they are going no where. However, the Phillies pose a threat, so I do care if they win.
man Jay Gibbons is putting up a show with the glove. 3 good plays.
August 11th, 20109:21 pm
CrazyTrade – No one looks like an idiot for saying our defense sucks if we had 20 errors in the past 12 games. No one is an idiot for pointing out we have a lot of players struggling. No one is an idiot for saying we have slow team because we do.
To be clear I didn’t say any of these things, but I think the real idiot is you. How dare you act like you’re better than them? To be honest it seems quite idiotic and cowardly on your part. If you have a problem with them say it then? Don’t wait until the team stages a dramatic 10th inning rally to call them out.
And don’t act like you didn’t call them out. It is very easily for someone to find out who wrote those perfectly normal comments. You got a problem with them then man up and say it then.
August 11th, 20109:22 pm
Mauer…it’s been such a good day…WHAT’D YOU HAFTA HIT A DOUBLE FOR???
10 more and he’s got the record. I’m not gonna be able to handle that too well, folks.
August 11th, 20109:23 pm
QUOTAGE is posted, forgot to link it earlier for those who don’t glance to see what new is posted:
Watching the game replay on SportSouth, Tommy really deserved better
glad to see the blog breathing strong after another heart-stopper of a game …ain’t dis sh!t fun ….well when we win …hehe
I was in a work meeting and missed the game action after da 3rd I guess (Tommy was perfect, I think) …
must have been a couple late inning (& free baseball) meltdowns on here even for a day game, eh ?? …
hope everyone had fun ? ! ….
August 11th, 20109:24 pm
Tomas – Just saw that catch. Sweet! He’s puttin’ on a clinic.
Wayne in Utah
August 11th, 20109:25 pm
Tommy was really dealing it today! Is his middle name Kenshin?
August 11th, 20109:27 pm
.579 ….mixo ? …no prob …it was very sweet for my team …Adam and the SP hudson (hey, I like that name for a SP, eh?) …even Casey M da 2B for the brewers got in on the HR action …
August 11th, 20109:28 pm
Wins and loses don’t mean anything. I mean Roy Oswalt was 6-12 with 3.12 ERA with Houston. Is Oswalt a bad pitcher, obviously not, his team just didn’t play well behind him. Same for Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens, offense just hasn’t come through, defense has been pathetic, it’s not the pitchers fault that happens.
Wins are an extremely overrated stat.
ERA, whip, K/9, K/BB, and IP are the real stats that measure a pitchers value, not wins.
Podsednik….leadoff double in the 8th.
I can hit better than Ankiel
August 11th, 20109:30 pm
This umpire for Phillies vs Dodgers game has a Greg Maddux type strikezone. Huge.
August 11th, 20109:31 pm
Is Lidge due for another blown save? I hope so, he may be coming in next inning as the LA Dodgers are down 2-0 and they seem like they can come back.
August 11th, 20109:33 pm
Podsednik is a nice player. How about signing him and Coco Crisp this offseason……
Platoon Podsednik with Matt Diaz, and let Coco take over in center. It would definitely improve defense and speed….
August 11th, 20109:34 pm
I know he got killed when it happened, but can’t say I’m overly concerned about Wagner.
That’s four straight pretty good outings for him.
In fact, if memory serves, he’s allowed ONE hard-hit ball in those four innings (Lee’s single today). And if a) Pence doesn’t beat out a 40-foot dribbler or b) doesn’t get to third on a single to left field …. then he still gets the save.
Pence stole that run basically. And his blown save before that was the debacle against the Giants. Can’t blame him for that one.
The two outings in the middle were 1-2-3-4-5-6 with four K’s.
Nothing wrong with Wagner.
August 11th, 20109:35 pm
got killed on the blog, i meant to type
DOB, Has a relief pitcher ever been voted rookie of the year.
That would be cool to see Venters get some votes for rookie of the year. — timthebrave
Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was AL Rookie of the Year last season. Of course, Venters isn’t a closer (yet), but I agree, he should at least get some consideration from voters. He won’t win it, but he’s worthy of some votes.
Loney up with Scotty Pod still at second. 2 down.
C’mon Mr. James!
Dodgers are horrible tonight.
August 11th, 20109:36 pm
Loney flies out.
August 11th, 20109:37 pm
The Orioles have turned into a baseball team since Showalter took over.
August 11th, 20109:38 pm
Hanson is back – back to dominating hitters.
August 11th, 20109:39 pm
Venters is having a remarkable rookie campaign, but I don’t know if a set up guy wins many votes for ROY.
Matt Kemp. One good season definitely got the hype machine going for that guy. Certainly not repeating it this year.
August 11th, 20109:40 pm
DOB … the bosses dont give you any grief for actually publishing “bull$hit” from Hanson instead of … I dont know, expleteive deleted … or whatever?
Not that I mind. I’m a grown man. (In my Gundy voice) I’m 35! Just curious more than anything else. And i definitely agree with Hanson’s assesment of that hit.
Ibanez is supernova, not even one of the toughest lefties in baseball can get him out.
August 11th, 20109:43 pm
I guess it wouldn’t bother me so much if BMac, ya know, was maybe on his way to at least 30…but 19? That’s just kinda sad, right there…
Someday I’ll “warm” to Hanson. Until then, he’s our #5 guy….to me. I dunno. Just something about him makes me nervous as hell when he’s on the hill. The frailty? The delivery? That goofy beard?
I dunno. I’ll warm eventually.
Coach (2011 or Bust)
August 11th, 20109:45 pm
Billy Wagner has blown five save opportunities in the last two weeks.
Chipper is likely headed for the DL.
Prado is about to come off the DL.
Glaus has one HR and nine RBI since June 19th.
Gonzo seemingly can’t catch the ball but has three HR’s and eight RBI.
Ankiel has done next to nothing since joining the Braves, ditto for Farnsworth and his 16.88 ERA.
This team has been in first place for two and a half months. I don’t understand them or why they keep winning other than to say that the starting pitching has been outstanding. That said, it’s been strange, weird and a lot of fun so far. So, GO BRAVES!!!!
August 11th, 20109:46 pm
Hanson is a real competitor. Seems to be adjusting really effectively after a tough period. I think Hanson, like Jurrjens, is a top flight talent.
August 11th, 20109:48 pm
Coach (2011 or Bust)… You’re onto something!
August 11th, 20109:49 pm
Ankiel is worse than I thought he would be. Terrible plate discipline. Swings at anything between the nose and the toes. Pitchers and catchers know this and are foolish to throw him a strike. Good foot speed but not a good instinctive base runner. Already been picked once and should have been picked again today. Good arm, but could anybody take worse routes?
Overall just a lousy player. Definitely not the answer to the Braves’ CF problems. Not even a short term answer. Should have kept Gregor [even though he's not doing great at KC, he's still better than Ankiel], and the short but overpowering LH reliever. Collins?
August 11th, 20109:50 pm
Francoeur 0 for 3 tonight. Hitting under .240 again. PERFECT time to trade for him — am I right? Who’s with me? Buy low, folks. Buy low.
Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson
I doubt Heap gets another pitch to hit this year.
Steve from OH
August 11th, 20109:52 pm
Coach–maybe our manager is the one holding it all together?
I should have said that Wagner has blown five save opportunities since July 21st. That’s five out of Wagner’s last eleven games which is still awful.
August 11th, 20109:53 pm
Not completely ready to give up on Ankiel, but yeah. He’s been awful since coming over.
I thought just having a warm body out there would be an improvement over McLouth. Not so much — though he did have THE big hit in the win over Santana … which was more than Nate had done in two months.
And Ankiel did work a walk in the 10th inning … ended up being a pretty big at-bat. But yeah, for the most part, he’s been tough to watch at the plate.
Jeff Francoeur is headed to fourth outfielder status, if he’s lucky. The guy never accepted that his plate disipline stinks.
Circle the wagons.
August 11th, 20109:54 pm
15 runs one night and then they fold like a beach chair the next
Bobby Abreu hit a walk off against Jesse Chavez
Did Loaf get DFA’d?
August 11th, 20109:55 pm
Braves won, too. That’s another game down without the Phils gaining ground. Take it a game and a series at a time.
Venters merits consideration. Right now Posey has the edge because he is a catcher and is having a great season at the plate and behind the plate. If he gets cold and his average drops to below 300, then Venters or Heyward should win the award.
Well, can’t expect the Phillies to lose TWO games in a row could we? I mean that’s too much to ask.
August 11th, 20109:56 pm
screw the Phillies
Yes, .579, LAD DFA’d Loaf like three or four days ago.
August 11th, 20109:57 pm
If Frenchy can just accept the fact that he’s pretty much Matt Diaz (but not quite as good), he’ll be able to carve himself a nice niche in the bigs. But until he lets go of the idea that he’s still a top prospect and a star in the making, that will never happen.
2 1/2 game lead, Take Halladay out of the Phils rotation and we would be running away
August 11th, 20109:58 pm
Gaby Sanchez should get some ROY consideration too.
Eh, Frenchy is always gonna hold onto the fact that he was a first rounder. He’d be a nice starter in Gwinnett.
August 11th, 20109:59 pm
And Jeff, I don’t know if accepting the fact that his plate discipline stinks will help him. Perhaps some of the folks on the blog can help me with this, but plate discipline isn’t a skill that’s easy to pick up. A lot of times, you’ve either got it or you don’t. In any case, Frenchy’s getting kind of up there in baseball years, so I think the developmental stage of his career has come and gone.
August 11th, 201010:00 pm
yup …I do think the Bravos are still in 1st …right ?? …bandwagon loads to da right …hehe …
August 11th, 201010:03 pm
Innocent Bystander – Thanks, I thought I heard something like that. Maybe we should pick him up. He had a calming influence in the dugout.
August 11th, 201010:04 pm
I don’t know that Francoeur will ever recognize he’s nothing more than a 4th OF. Apparently he doesnt yet because he wants to be traded again.
I mean it’s crazy. He has to know his numbers and that he’s literally one of the worst hitters in MLB … and has been for much of his career. Yet he’s ticked off that he’s not playing every day?
August 11th, 201010:06 pm
chilidog–he must be one of those old-fashioned RBI lovers!
August 11th, 201010:07 pm
DVR’d the repeat of the game! Just finished…That tenth inning deserves a re-watch.
August 11th, 201010:09 pm
braves getting some lovin by one of the commentators on this yankees/rangers game
August 11th, 201010:10 pm
The panel thing they did for Glavine’s Hall of Fame luncheon was hilarious.
how bout your mann today, mcfann?!
August 11th, 201010:12 pm
Wayne in Utah, Yeah he does. but his gotten called, and his defense at first hasn’t been too good. Heyward actually has a higher OPS, and we all know Heyward struggled for a long period of time, plus all the big hits Heyward has give him an edge. Tyler Colvin has 17 homers, but hitting about 250 with a 313 OBP, and in a losing club.
Worst Player/Agent Decisions of All-Time
1986 Ray Knight turns down New York Mets offer of 800K-
1994 Jody Reed turns down 3 years/3.8 mil from Dodgers
2010 Adam Laroche turns down 2 year/17.5 mil with Giants
2004 Nomar Garciaparra turns down 4 year/60 mil extension from Red Sox-
2000 Juan Gonzalez turns down 8 years/140 mil from the Detroit Tigers
I wonder if Francouer will crack the list.
August 11th, 201010:13 pm
McCann has been having a nice little under-the-radar season at the plate.
August 11th, 201010:14 pm
What did the Braves offer to Francouer exactly?
Wasn’t it similar to what they gave to McCann?
And they’re making roughly the same salary this year — so I wonder how much money … in the long run … Francouer ended up costing himself in comparison?
August 11th, 201010:15 pm
cold not called
August 11th, 201010:16 pm
If McCann played at Philly or Cincy or even Houston … he’d be one of the league leaders in HRs, I believe.
Dude flies out to the warning track in left at least twice a week it seems. If he played in one of those smaller parks, those outs would be six rows deep.
i can’t deny that i’m rather enjoying frenchy going all manny on the mets. heh.
August 11th, 201010:17 pm
When BMac breaks wind……….Bill Brassky whimpers and cowers.
Looks like Oswalt found his groove tonight. The Phils are going to be there the rest of the way. I’d take Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels over our top three any day of the week. But, as I said earlier, all the Braves have to do is find a way to play even with the Phils the rest of the way. If that happens, it’s another division pennant (absolute there) going up at the Ted.
August 11th, 201010:18 pm
Hey, if the Phils overtake us and we win the wild-card, what color will the pennant be? Will it be a half-torn pennant? Someone needs to find this out.
August 11th, 201010:19 pm
I’m glad that Francoeur did not sign with Braves. We would have another Nate can’t play, can’t trade just useless.
August 11th, 201010:23 pm
Jeffy bein’ Jeffy.
According to McCann’s agent, B.B. Abbott, there are escalators that could take the value of the contract to $29.8 million. If the club option for the 2013 season is exercised, the 23-year-old All-Star catcher has a chance to make $41.8 million over the course of the next seven years.
But Francoeur’s long-term deal will have to wait. Like McCann, he was approached about a contract extension at the beginning of March. But it’s believed the counterproposal by Hammond was nearly double what the Braves originally offered.
Credit where credit is due.
“My agent has talked to [the Braves],” Francoeur said. “But right now, I’m just thrilled to death for Brian. He deserves it. He’s worked hard.”
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