Braves need to make the most of August schedule

(Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

So it’s Aug. 14 and we’re right, smack dab in the middle of the dog days. But for the Braves, it seems like a time for opportunity too.

With 2 ½ weeks left in August, the Braves are playing a less demanding schedule than they’ll see in September, and this is where they can not only hang onto their lead, but maybe even build up a little cushion if they play their cards right.

The Braves’ five series to finish out this month, including this one against the Dodgers, are against teams in no better than third place in their divisions, and that’s the Rockies on Aug. 23-25 and Mets Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

In September they’ve got four games against the first-place Cardinals, and six games against the Phillies. They also will have had four more home games in August (19) than September (15).

So even though the injuries have been mounting and they’re just trying to feel their way through, without Martin Prado and Chipper Jones in the lineup, the Braves will have to, as Brooks Conrad said last night, “keep pushing” and try to take advantage of their dominant pitching here lately.

The Braves’ old friend Teddy Roosevelt Lilly is pitching tonight for the Dodgers. (Remember his plunking of Edgar Renteria three years ago and subsequent ejection?) He’s won both of his starts since he was traded from the Cubs to the Dodgers, allowing only four runs in 13 innings for a 2.77 ERA, striking out 11 and walking none. 

Braves face new Dodger Ted Lilly tonight

Braves face new Dodger Ted Lilly tonight

For his career he is 3-2 with a 5.02 ERA in eight starts against the Braves, but the Cubs won each of his last three starts against the Braves while he went 1-0 with a 3.66 ERA. Troy Glaus is only 2-for-20 against him for his career, but one hit is a homer. Alex Gonzalez is hitting .333 (6-for-18) off him with a homer and four RBIs.

Lilly faces Derek Lowe, who had to leave his last outing Sunday afternoon against the Giants in the sixth inning with cramps. As bad as the weather is supposed to be today and tomorrow as we try to dodge rain showers, I’m sure he’s just glad it won’t be quite so stifling hot.

The Braves have lost seven of Lowe’s last nine starts, dating back to June 18. But he’s allowed two or fewer runs in five of those, including his 5 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Giants. David Ross said that day Lowe’s stuff was good, and he was getting a lot of groundballs. He’ll need that kind of stuff again tonight, because the way the Braves have played lately, runs are at a premium.

In the month of August, the Braves are batting only .224 as a team, which is 15th in the National League. Their 46 runs scored in August rank 11th in the NL. By contrast, their team 2.08 ERA for August leads the majors.

Oh, and speaking of things to try to take advantage of, the Phillies have two more games at Citi Field in New York this weekend, where they can’t seem to score a run. After being one-hit by R.A. Dickey last night, the Phillies had been shut out four straight times by the Mets at home, including a three-game sweep in May in which they were outscored 16-0.

Mas Chipper

Chipper Jones was scheduled to have his surgery this morning. While I was running around the park near my house, he was getting scoped on. I’ll take the run, thanks.

You also might have seen what our esteemed colleague Chris Vivlamore wrote about Tom Glavine having shoulder surgery. It’s been a busy week or so for him, eh? Get jersey retired and enter Braves Hall of Fame – check, check. Get surgery – check.

I know Glavine had said even last year that every time he reached up for a carton of milk in the refrigerator he could feel it in his shoulder. I’ve had a little shoulder surgery myself, and if I had to guess, his first time through the process, it wasn’t quite as extensive. I’m sure they didn’t want to do much to cut down on range of motion for a guy who needs to extend his arm all over the place to throw a baseball. But now that he’s just tossing kids around on his knee, or at least the littlest Glav, go ahead and get it tightened up.

Chipper sitting on the bench Friday night

Chipper sitting on the bench Friday night

But, ok, back to Chipper for a second. There were a few things I had to cut out of my story yesterday afternoon that he said that might interest you.

This is Jones on having played his last game for Bobby Cox:

“I haven’t really thought of that until you just brought it up. But that’s when it really hits you that the next game I play, if I do play another one, will be for another manager. I don’t think it’s hit me or Bobby, either one of us. I still think Bobby has got other things at the forefront of his mindset. He’s still got a month and a half left to try and close this thing out. But now that you bring this up, it’ll be tough.”

This is Jones on how much he’ll be around/coaching:

“I don’t know. Right here at first I’m sure I’ll be here at stadium, especially during home games. I would like to travel. I still think I have something to offer guys on the club, with my experience. It helps when guys can lean on another guy who’s been out there with them, (who knows) a pitcher’s repertoire and what he’s going to do when he’s in trouble. While TP does the majority of the instructing hitting wise, there are certain times when you need that guy who’s been 60 feet 6 inches away from Roy Halladay. And if you can give those guys a little nugget of information that’s going to help them be successful at the plate then I want to be there to do that.”

This is Jones about missing out on the playoff run:

“That’s what makes this (injury) so disappointing is we’re in first place and I think we’re going to the playoffs and the reason I say that is this team is very unique. We’ve got ballplayers in that clubhouse, ballplayers with some heart, with some guts, and a bunch of guys that I would go to war with. That’s what’s so disappointing that I’m not going to be there in that fox hole with them. I may be in the dugout, but I want to be out there on the field helping. I’ll help out in any way.”

Freeman on an offensive tear

   I haven’t been to Gwinnett lately to see for myself, but I can only imagine there’s a little smoke coming off Freddie Freeman’s bat. The kid first baseman went 4-for-5 last night and is hitting a scorching .419 (18-for-43) in the month of August. His average for the season is up to .309, with 30 doubles, 15 home runs and 73 RBIs in 107 games. Feels like it’s only a matter of time now before he comes up. Will it be before September? I’m not so sure.

But as some bloggers pointed out, he could still be placed on the postseason roster after Aug. 31 if there is an injury to a position player, whose place he could take on the roster. I also know the Braves lineup is so incredibly left-handed these days, and so is Freeman, so it’s not like they’re going to bench Glaus for him right now.

OK, more from the ballpark in a couple of hours.

2,062 comments Add your comment

Andyisajedi

August 14th, 2010
1:35 pm

Andyisajedi

August 14th, 2010
1:36 pm

First and second

Chris from the Rock

August 14th, 2010
1:36 pm

Free Chone Figgins!

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
1:39 pm

Just looked at Aaron’s stats again. This one is amazing. He had 573 PA in 1971… at 37(!) years old and hit .327/.410/.669 with 47 HR and a 194 OPS+.

He finished third in the MVP voting that year. The winner and runner up:

Winner- Joe Torre .363 /.421/.555 24 HR

Runner-up- Willie Stargell .295/.398/.628 48 HR

This is a great example of the evolution of statistical analysis. Torre’s .363 BA was probably overvalued at the time. Guessing he’d finish third if the vote were today.

Hank didn’t get a single first-place vote.

JEB

August 14th, 2010
1:43 pm

We NEED Glaus to be the hitter he was in May & June,
now in August – Sept. – Oct.!!

We REALLY need that!

Carroll Rogers

August 14th, 2010
1:47 pm

Chipper Jones’ surgery this morning was a success, his agent BB Abbott said. Took two hours. They used a graft from the heel of cadaver.

KnightInATL

August 14th, 2010
1:47 pm

“Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain.” Especially when Lowe is scheduled to pitch.

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 14th, 2010
1:48 pm

Mrs. Rogers: great article, as always.

Turtsnap

August 14th, 2010
1:50 pm

Good news for Hoss….. God speed on the recovery!

Chris from the Rock

August 14th, 2010
1:51 pm

Diaz is taking Lilly deep tonight.

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
1:51 pm

When Prado comes back we’ll have him, Infante, and AGon as every day RH hitters. Against lefties you throw Diaz into that mix as well. If the concern were being too lefty vs. LHP, Glaus could platoon.

Point is, batting lefty shouldn’t be the reason he isn’t called up. Concerns about maturityvelopment, etc. could be. Never know what the scouts are seeing.

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
1:52 pm

should say maturity/development

sigh…

Savior

August 14th, 2010
1:55 pm

What were the chances he could play on a torn acl? doesn’t glen big baby davis play without any for the boston celtics?

Lew

August 14th, 2010
1:58 pm

From the last blog – Jimmie Joe was promised a Star with Heyward and if he doesn’t get a star, he’ll be pissed.

Poor Jimmie Joe. We never realized life was contingent on how he felt.

Maybe someone should let Heyward know he’s being watched and has expectations.

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
2:00 pm

No, that’s DeJuan Blair that has no ACL.

http://www.slate.com/id/2234460

Lew

August 14th, 2010
2:00 pm

Free Chone Figgins? Why? Did he punch out a relative, too?

wjones

August 14th, 2010
2:01 pm

Well, people are different, and I don’t even suppose to know the emotional makeup of Freddie Freeman. But he did room with Heyward all through the minors, and until mid-summer last year, they spent every day in the minors on the same team–were always called up simultaneously. And you can’t call what he has done this year any kind of regression–and his roomate has been in the show all year. Just saying.

AlabamaBrave

August 14th, 2010
2:01 pm

Is Chone Figgins worth taking a chance on? Where would he play?

Can Hinske still play 3rd?

Any thoughts?

Braves One

August 14th, 2010
2:02 pm

Regarding Freeman … seems like getting him up and exposed to the pennant race, ala Minor, would serve him and the team well. Not much more to accomplish at Gwinnett. His immediate future is in the bigs performing in front of major league fans and facing major league pitching.

To alleviate the heavy left handed Braves lineup, I would think a platoon with Glaus and Freeman would be appropriate. The advantages would be …

1) It would not put all the pressure on Freeman to handle first base himself.
2) It would give Glaus and his ailing knees some relief from everyday play.
3) It would give us a much needed power bat in the sixth or seventh spot in the lineup.
4) It would provide Freeman with on-the-job-training, in a pennant race, and a jump on next year when Freddie takes over at first.

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
2:04 pm

Hinske never could play third very well, but I can’t imagine he’s deteriorating much yet. Should be serviceable. Chone, for me, would happen only if Seattle took back KK or McLouth, or threw in sgnificant cash.

BravesQueen (aka Dee)

August 14th, 2010
2:07 pm

Glad to hear Chipper’s surgery was a success! Get well soon, Hoss!

Lew

August 14th, 2010
2:08 pm

Figgins has hit a huge .251 this year, with a .342 OBP and .330 Slg%. He has 1 HR and 29 RBI/.

He’s in the first year of a four year (fifth year $9 mil option) for $36. I’m seriously doubting that the Braves would be interested (and reports say they’ve asked) unless the Mariners eat a sizeable chunk of that contract.

Despite trde rumors of Kawakami for Figgins, I’m not seeing it and wouldn’t pull the trigger if I were GM.

Dude brings nothing to the lineup we don’t already have except some speed. No offensive pop, lousy batting average and a basically average OBP -all that for another $28-36 mil. No.

Lew

August 14th, 2010
2:08 pm

Excuse me -.300 SLG, not .330. He’s not even got THAT much power.

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 14th, 2010
2:10 pm

Here’s what I just found out on http://www.espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/4883/a-look-at-chippers-career

A team of nine players with career numbers of Chipper Jones would win nearly 72 percent of the time, by way of Bill James Offensive Winning Percentage metric. By comparison, a team comprised of nine Alex Rodriguez’s would win 70 percent of the time.

Lollygagger

August 14th, 2010
2:10 pm

I don’t think Seattle would trade Figgins not even one year after signing him to multi-year contract. Besides, the Braves need power more than they need speed. I just don’t see him as that great of a fit for ATL. Only benefit I see is if Chipper does come back, Figgins can play elsewhere b/c he’s pretty versatile. Figgins deal has less than 10 percent liklihood, IMO.

MiaBchBravesFan

August 14th, 2010
2:12 pm

Sadly, I had a strong feeling that Medlen was going to require elbow surgery; all for the best in the long term for his career. Happily, I figured Chipper would give it go in spring 2011; the strengthening of his legs will do him much good and may make him reasonably effective next year. Given the prospect of a settlement on the last two years of his contract, one more year of a healthy Chipper is a good thing for the Braves, to say nothing of giving Lipka and Salcedo one more full year to develop and be ready for 2012.

An infield of McCann, Freeman, Prado, Lipka, & Salcedo excites me for 2012. If JJ can fetch a AAA five-tool corner OF this winter and we can find a CF, or Schafer can finally get it together by 2012, Wren’s (hopefully) master plan of getting younger and cheaper can finally come to fruition.

George

August 14th, 2010
2:13 pm

Do not be concerned about who you play. Just concentrate and play to win. Braves have been known to have most trouble with worse teams.

justin1

August 14th, 2010
2:14 pm

Glaus could use a knee or two from a cadaver.

Mark

August 14th, 2010
2:15 pm

Radar not looking good for tonight…Hopefully it will move out in time… http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/golf/map/interactive/28559:20?animation=true

MiaBchBravesFan

August 14th, 2010
2:16 pm

For 2010, I would like to see Brooks Conrad take 3B – come hell or high water. I have a strange feeling – last night notwithstanding – that he will be more than serviceable and may be the kind of spark plug that may catapault the Braves into the playoffs.

Same for Infante as 2B. He and Gonzalez turn double plays like they’ve been together for years. Given Prado’s relapse in pain, Infante will need to man 2B for more than the 15 days Prado will need. After the 15 days, Prado will most likely spend rehab time at Gwinnett, where he can take off days and try to find a tolerable median between hand pain and hitting effectiveness. Hopefully, he will be ready by September 1st.

The Braves are shopping for, and hopefully will obtain, a veteran SS/2B type that can back up Infante and Gonzalez; Infante can back up Conrad at 3B until Prado comes back.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 14th, 2010
2:19 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

“I haven’t really thought of that until you just brought it up. But that’s when it really hits you that the next game I play, if I do play another one, will be for another manager. I don’t think it’s hit me or Bobby, either one of us. I still think Bobby has got other things at the forefront of his mindset. He’s still got a month and a half left to try and close this thing out. But now that you bring this up, it’ll be tough.”

:cry:

Stone

August 14th, 2010
2:19 pm

did DOB get fired?

westgadave

August 14th, 2010
2:22 pm

Lew–Agree wholeheartedly with your 2:08……The amount of money involved is staggering for a guy with his producation and i dont think he’s a positive in the clubhouse either. I would far rather have Prado at third and Omar at second with Conrad also playing some third…….Figgins isnt the answer.

jim

August 14th, 2010
2:25 pm

I expect/hope to see Freeman as soon as Prado comes off the DL. By the sound of things that won’t be for another week unless he is rushed back before he is ready. Just keep winning and there is no need to rush things. To activate Prado and Freeman would mean that we have to reduce the roster by 2 players. Hicks would be sent back for sure. The options for the second move would be D. Hernandez (with Prado, Omar, Gonzalez, and Conrad filling 3 infield spots and Hinske available to play 3rd in a pinch); reducing the size of the pen by 1 and sending down Martinez, or trading away one of the outfielders for a prospect (not Heyward). We would only have to play short on IF reserves or pitchers in the pen for a week or so before the rosters expand.

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
2:26 pm

Lew, the one item everyone leaves out is defense. Figgins is an outstanding defender at 3B. Fact is, we are better off going the pitching and defense route at this point. If I were running the show, I’d let Infante be the everyday LF and have Hinske and Diaz available to pinch hit. Since Infante can move to any infield spot, Diaz and Hinske are both effectively backing up every infield spot. Then call up Freeman, who by all accounts is better defensively than Glaus or Hinske. Figgins, AGon, Prado, and Freeman would be a strong infield for our ground ball pitchers.

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
2:27 pm

That’s assuming we got Figgins, of course. I’m not totally sold on the idea myself, but he does play a nice 3B.

jim

August 14th, 2010
2:30 pm

Does Bill James say which one of these 9 Chippers and 9 ARods pitches?

Pete*

August 14th, 2010
2:30 pm

Note how close Chipper’s stats are this year vs. last.

2009: .264/.388/.430/.818 OPS+ 118 143 Games

2010: .265/.381/.426/.806 OPS+ 118 95 Games

Duder

August 14th, 2010
2:32 pm

Braves beat Yanks (Ex Braves that is).

Kyle Davies beat the Yankees last night, with the help of Gregor Blanco’s 2 hits and 3 stolen bases. Nicely done Ex-Bravos!

Darkhorse

August 14th, 2010
2:33 pm

Ryne Sandberg for manager on 2011. It could happen.

KnightInATL

August 14th, 2010
2:33 pm

“did DOB get fired?” – Stone

Not sure. He hasn’t been around in a while though. I figured he was on vacation, but KU basketball season is still months away, so I have no idea.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

August 14th, 2010
2:37 pm

What’ll we get tonight, Dr. Jekyllowe or Mr. Lowehyde?

Have a feeling he’ll pitch great, but with D-Lo, ya never know.

jim

August 14th, 2010
2:39 pm

Miami Beach

Come in out of the sun. Lipka is in the gulf coast League and may eventually be best suited for CF. Salcedo is hitting below 200 at Rome and has made more than 20 errors in the time he has been there. Since this is his first season in a new culture and at a fairly high starting level, he may develop into the player we hope to see, but the jury on that is definitely out. Neither one is likely to be in Atlanta in 2012, if ever. Goselin and Leonard may be the closest to the majors from this year’s draft crop.

boots

August 14th, 2010
2:43 pm

Jose Conseco just signed a minor league contract. Maybe we could stick him in left field. On a serious note, we could trade for a big right-handed bat in LF. Other than that, I think we are set until the roster expands. Let’s hope this coming week is better than this last one when it comes to injuries. If we do end up winning it all, it will just make the story that much more interesting.

eric the elder

August 14th, 2010
2:43 pm

I wish I could share in the hopes of so many that Chipper will be back next year. While I agree with all of the glowing testimonials, they are reflections of the past, and they at least partially derived from the natural emotional connection we have had with him these many years.

However, Chipper would be coming back from another surgery, he will be another year older, and his vulnerabilities to injuries of a wide variety cannot be expected to diminish.

Perhaps more importantly, he would command another year of a significant salary – - money needed for able, younger players rather than for an aging player whose long-term contribution would not be reliable.

As entertaining and occasionally miraculous as this season has been, I do not see the Braves going deep into the playoffs. Many of the pieces are there, but there are obvious holes that are in desperate need of filling. Chipper’s coming back would be an obstacle to that goal.

boots

August 14th, 2010
2:44 pm

We need DOB back. Sorry, I love women, but not as my sports writers…

Carroll Rogers

August 14th, 2010
2:45 pm

go fly a kite, boots

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 14th, 2010
2:47 pm

You tell him Carroll.

jcfromut

August 14th, 2010
2:47 pm

Ryne Sandberg will be managing the Cubs next season.

jim

August 14th, 2010
2:47 pm

Boots,

Should they just wash your clothes and cook your meals?

braveslifer

August 14th, 2010
2:48 pm

From ESPN Buster Olney:

“There is a whole lot of speculation about the Braves perhaps working out a deal for Chone Figgins, and it’s hard to figure what the rationale for Atlanta would be. Figgins is owed almost $30 million on his deal after this season and the Braves would have to get extraordinary salary relief in order to make something happen, but beyond that, Atlanta, in the big picture, has Chipper Jones locked into a $14 million salary for 2011 and 2012 as its third baseman, and second baseman Martin Prado is one of the best hitters in the NL. So unless the Mariners were willing to eat, say, $18 million to $20 million still owed to Figgins and Atlanta turned him into a super utility player, how would this make sense for the Braves, in the big picture? They wouldn’t have a place to play Figgins in the infield next season. It makes more sense for them to trade for a cheaper veteran, like Geoff Blum, to help the team’s depth.

And beyond all that, a trade of Figgins less than a season into a four-year deal would require an awful lot of humility for the Mariners, who would be acknowledging that they completely missed in their evaluation of a player who they saw regularly, as a division rival. Jack Zduriencik would effectively be telling ownership, Sorry, but I need you to eat tens of millions of dollars because I was wrong. There aren’t many GMs who would give up on a player so quickly under these circumstances. The safer play for the Mariners would be to wait and see if the change in manager will impact Figgins’ performance. Figgins got hits in the first nine games of this month.”

Snotboogie

August 14th, 2010
2:49 pm

Well said Carroll. And please leave this comment on for the future idiots to also get the message.

boots

August 14th, 2010
2:50 pm

I’m kidding. Carroll, I actually think you are a good writer. And, Jim, I am a single dad, so I do those things myself.

Darkhorse

August 14th, 2010
2:50 pm

The Cubs have said they will interview other candidates also. If the Cubs mess-up the Sandberg situation…just sayin.

Sophee

August 14th, 2010
2:51 pm

go fly a kite, boots

I second that. Butthead.

DogsHatesTunisians

August 14th, 2010
2:51 pm

Oh god please let me return to USA
please, i will be a good boy

Braves up by 3, when I left it was a paltry 1… woo hoo … go DLOWE

Snotboogie

August 14th, 2010
2:52 pm

Dogs

You must love seeing Chelski with a dominant season opening victory.

Braves One

August 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

Frank Wren has already spoken to the issue regarding first base in his comments concerning the loss of Chipper Jones. He has stated that the focus is replacing Chipper and the question of fist base is not even on the table. The discussion Wren was having with the media was a question of whether the team replaces Jones internally or externally.

From reading Wren’s words, it appears that Glaus is the everyday first baseman with Freeman not factoring in until at least the September call ups. I am not convinced that Glaus can hold down first base defensively and provide the offense we need from a middle-of-the-lineup hitter.

I am glad to hear Chipper is wanting to come back in 2011 if possible. I feel this will relieve any panic in the organization and not find us surrendering the future to fill the void for the next year and a half. I hope we learned from the Teixeira for a ton of future talent and the JD Drew for Adam Wainwright trade.

One of our strengths for 2010 has been our bench, headlined by Infante and Conrad. With these two looking at being in the starting nine for the foreseeable future, our bench is weakened. We will still have one or two of the Cabrera, Diaz, Hinske group available but they will be saved for late inning opportunities making our 6th or 7th inning pinch hitting options fairly slim. I wold think that having Freeman or Glaus on the bench would give us more bench depth than Hernandez or Hicks.

jcfromut

August 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

Why wouldn’t FW consider trading for Ty Wigington (if he has made it trough waivers) The guy can play 1st 2nd and 3rd. Has some power and plays with hustle. What would it cost?

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

August 14th, 2010
2:54 pm

No mystery why boots is single.

Lollygagger

August 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

boots-

perhaps you are a single dad b/c of comments like that… (unless your former wife is deceased, then I take it back).

Carroll Rogers

August 14th, 2010
2:56 pm

braveslifer, thanks for posting that Buster Olney stuff. Makes a lot of sense to me.

Boots, I sure hope so.

Lynne

August 14th, 2010
2:57 pm

Is there any way to get Blanco back? —now it wouldn’t hurt to get an infielder Wren and the Braves need to pick up another bat- if the Phillies catch fire they will be a better team. We need a strong bat! ( and I am afraid of Farnsworth)

Carroll Rogers

August 14th, 2010
3:00 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Gonzalez SS, 4. Glaus 1B, 5. McCann c, 6. Diaz LF, 7. Conrad 3B, 8. Cabrera CF, 9. Lowe P.

Ankiel sits vs. lefty

Braves One

August 14th, 2010
3:01 pm

jcfromut

August 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

Why wouldn’t FW consider trading for Ty Wigington (if he has made it trough waivers) The guy can play 1st 2nd and 3rd. Has some power and plays with hustle. What would it cost?

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I happen to like the Wiggington option…its not long term but he has the versatility, power potential and tools to help us in the stretch, especially at third base. He would also serve as some insurance should Chipper not make it back as he is hoping.

Pete*

August 14th, 2010
3:02 pm

Eric Elder, your 2:43 post could not have been said any better. Kudos.

DogsHatesTunisians

August 14th, 2010
3:02 pm

snot – just got back to my apartment and saw the 6-0 and DROGBA ‘trick

its a bewdiful thing

braveslifer

August 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

Anytime Carroll. Thanks for the lineup. Go Braves!

jcfromut

August 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

Braves One:
Who would you give up for Wigington?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 14th, 2010
3:04 pm

Thanks for the lineup, Ms. Rogers!

You rock.

Merlin

August 14th, 2010
3:04 pm

Several issues here. Having someone bat from the right side is not the same as having a right handed power bat. We don’t have one of those and thus are considered a heavily left handed lineup. Glaus has sometime power; against good pitching he has none. Prado will hit 20 or so homers a year but is not considered a power threat. Diaz has power but can be pitched to and is not a guy the other teams says “this guy isn’t going to beat us.”
I love the way Conrad plays the game. Unless he learns to hit off speed pitched and those with a wrinkle in them however he will not be an everyday player. He may do that this off season but he’s no kid. He was in the Astros system as a 3rd baseman and they badly needed one yet they let him go as did Oakland. At 30+ he’s probably what he’s going to be, a great clubhouse and team guy who’s best as bench guy/pinch hitter.
We need that power bat. I have no idea what we will do. My feeling is that Frank (I don;t know a good deal when I see it) Wren will do nothing. Figgins is not the power bat answer nor will the Braves spend that kind of money. Encarnacion has cleared waivers and is owed about 1.8 million this year but isn’t exactly a power threat, strikes out a lot and is only an average fielder. Ramirez is a power bat who was hitting well in the last month but he has a rib cage injury, about 5 million due the rest of the season, a player option (his choice) of 14.6 million for 2011 plus a $1 million bonus if he is traded in 11. All of those say no chance.
That leaves us with Wes Helms, Jeff Keppinger, Ty Wiggington kind of players as options. We shall see but if I was betting I’d bet Frank is done screwing up the roster for this year. I hope Fransworth, and McLouth move in with him so he can see every day why he shouldn’t be allowed to be GM of the San Angelo Colts.

Brava

August 14th, 2010
3:07 pm

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans: No mystery why boots is single.

My sentiments, exactly.

ryan

August 14th, 2010
3:07 pm

Great dont have to see that swinging fool Ankiel.

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:08 pm

jcfromut
August 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

Braves One:
Who would you give up for Wigington?

Ortegano/Schafer should do the trick!

JC Bravo

August 14th, 2010
3:08 pm

Merlin, Alex Gonzalez has 20 HR, more than anyone on this roster has hit this season. He bats right handed.

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

We need a strong bat! ( and I am afraid of Farnsworth) _ Lynne

From what I understand a lot of people are afraid of Farnsworth. Seems prudent.

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

Or, Just send Lowe to Seattle heads up for Figgins, Seattle would get the earlier salary relief.

braveslifer

August 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

“We shall see but if I was betting I’d bet Frank is done screwing up the roster for this year. I hope Fransworth, and McLouth move in with him so he can see every day why he shouldn’t be allowed to be GM of the San Angelo Colts.”

I aggreed with this statement then I looked at the standings and noticed that we were in first place. Come on man you must be kidding…

Braves One

August 14th, 2010
3:10 pm

jcfromut … Its difficult to say in that Buck Showalter is running the team from the dugout. Is he wanting to retain his veterans and add more? Is he willing to rebuild with some lower level minor league talent?

I would not, would not, trade a top rated prospect at any level of our organization to get Wiggington or anyone else. We have tried that before an it never turns out good for us. I would rather take our chances with what we have, which isn’t bad.

If we could combine a Cabrera, McLouth and mid level prospect scenario, I would make that move. But with Nate’s contract even that would be tough sell.

braveslifer

August 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

“Or, Just send Lowe to Seattle heads up for Figgins, Seattle would get the earlier salary relief.”

Can’t deal one of your dependable starters in the heat of a playoff run.

A rotation of Hudson, Hanson, JJ, Minor, KK would be bad. Think about that in a 7 game series you are going to throw the rookie Minor or KK for at least one game. Lowe might not be great but he is solid and you pretty much know what you can expect from him.

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 14th, 2010
3:15 pm

From ESPN Buster Olney:

“There is a whole lot of speculation about the Braves ………., Atlanta, in the big picture, …….. how would this make sense for the Braves, in the big picture?

Buster is a big picture kinda guy.

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:16 pm

Good thing Diaz-Francant isn’t hitting clean-up! Bobby must’ve let Chino make out the line up card

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 14th, 2010
3:19 pm

Braves need to make the most of August schedule

I agree with that, and here’s why: I’ve always thought that remaining schedule team’s record is a bit overated, because some teams play well against some particular teams (like the Nats playing slightly well against us the last couple of years). So, as of right now, here’s what I found out:

BRAVES REMAINING OPONENTS’ RECORD: 500-536, .483
BRAVES RECORD AGAINST REMAINING OPPONENTS: 33-29 (.522)
BRAVES RECORD AGAINST DIVISION RIVALS: 21-20 (.512), with 31 games left

The Braves’ remaining August schedule features 10 home games out of 16. The Braves have a 40-15 (.727) record at home and a 27-33 (.450) road record. Braves’ remaining August opponents’ record is 332-360 (.480), and the Braves are 21-19 (.525) against them. Among these August opponents, the Braves are 4-5 against the Nats and 5-6 against the Mets (with wiining record against LAD, CHC, COL, FLA).

PHILLIES REMAINING OPONENTS’ RECORD: 588-565 (.510)
PHILLIES RECORD AGAINST REMAINING OPPONENTS: 37-26 (.587)
PHILLIES RECORD AGAINST DIVISION RIVALS: 21-21 (.500), with 30 games left

The Phillies’ remaining August schedule features 10 home games out of 17. The Phillies have a 38-20 (.655) record at home and a 26-31 (.456) road record. Phillies’ remaining August opponents’ record is 350-342 (.506), and the Phillies are 17-14 (.548) against them.

All these number indicate that both the Braves and the Phillies have fared well against remaining August opponents, with the Phillies playing a little better against them, while having to face tougher teams. So the Braves need to take care of business against those weak teams and play good baseball, specially agasint the Mets and Nats.

James

August 14th, 2010
3:19 pm

I can’t see the Braves doing much to add a player this season. While getting Wiggington could potentially improve the RH’d pop, he would have to clear waivers. With many teams ahead of us needing help at 3rd base(e.g St Louis), I don’t see that happening. The only addition Figgins would add is a leadoff/top of the lineup presence necessary for postseason ball. There would have to be a cheaper and as productive alternative to Figgins. Which I don’t think would be out there long enough for the Braves to get him

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:21 pm

Wigginton was placed on waivers 08/11, how long does it take to clear?

jim

August 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

Carroll,

Do you have McCann’s stats against Lilly? I thought the Braves might start Ross tonight and let McCann play against the two righties.

Bravefaninok

August 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:21 pm

Wigginton was placed on waivers 08/11, how long does it take to clear?

I think 72hrs….but only week days count.

James

August 14th, 2010
3:28 pm

I thought it was 48 hours?

Braves One

August 14th, 2010
3:28 pm

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:21 pm

Wigginton was placed on waivers 08/11, how long does it take to clear?

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Not positive on this but I believe waivers come with a 48 hour window.

jim

August 14th, 2010
3:28 pm

Good question about the waiver process from Joe Brave. Also if a team puts in a claim, how long do the O’s and that team have to work out a trade before the O’s either lose him or pull him back? If a player clears (Wigginton) will then the O’s be able to negotiate with say the Cards and Braves to see who makes the better offer?

westgadave

August 14th, 2010
3:29 pm

Boots your 2:44………besides the fact that that was a dumbass thing to say–it was also incredibly rude…….Keep writing and blogging CR, you do a great job in my view.

Bravefaninok

August 14th, 2010
3:29 pm

If a team claims a player off waivers and has the viable claim as described above, his current team (the “waiving team”) may choose one of the following options:

* arrange a trade with the claiming team for that player within two business days of the claim; or
* rescind the request and keep the player on its major league roster, effectively canceling the waiver; or
* do nothing and allow the claiming team to (1) assume the player’s existing contract, (2) pay the waiving team a waiver fee, and (3) place the player on its active major league roster.

from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_transactions

Francois

August 14th, 2010
3:30 pm

I have a feeling tonight will be one of those nights where the offense and bullpen fail.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 14th, 2010
3:30 pm

jim

BMac is 2-7 with 2 RBI, a walk, and a K against Lilly. I know I’m not Ms. Rogers, but I thought I’d help out anyway. ;)

Later, y’all!!

Merlin

August 14th, 2010
3:31 pm

JC Bravo .. Having 20 homers doesn’t make you a power bat. he has sometime power and is not a guy pitchers fear.

Braveslifer: Sure do mean it. Last year dear old Frank signed gimp along Garrett Anderson, over paid horribly for Lowe and KK and traded for McLouth. This year he signed another aging cripple in Glaus, gave up Javier Vasquez for Melky and Mike Dunn and traded for choke Farnsworth and Ankiel at the deadline. We now have 4 4th outfielders, no right handed power bat, a weaker bullpen and $13 million in payroll sitting in the minor leagues that’s using payroll we could have spent on good, reliable players. Yes indeed Wren has be steadily rotting our roster since he took over. Signing Ross and Hinske makes up only marginally for his horrible mistakes in judgment.

JoeBrave

August 14th, 2010
3:31 pm

One rule I do know is ,the claiming team has 48 hours to complete a deal with the waiving team.
But clearing waiver’s I can’t find.

James

August 14th, 2010
3:31 pm

MLB Trade Rumors explains the August trade rules here:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/06/trading-in-august.html

Bravefaninok

August 14th, 2010
3:32 pm

yea its 2days to make a deal,if claimed.

but i believe its 72 hrs to clear waivers i am reding up now.

westgadave

August 14th, 2010
3:32 pm

Regarding the waiver claims–I think any team with a worse record ( than Braves) could claim Wiggington or any other player before Braves would have an opportunity…….isnt so much about who offers more–but who claims him—-At least I think that is how it works.

Bravefaninok

August 14th, 2010
3:32 pm

reading …..damn

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