Prado’s back in lineup for majors’ comeback kids

In this often-improbable, heart-palpitating Braves season, here’s an indication of just how superior they are to most opponents after the sixth inning: They have a resounding edge in late-innings stolen bases.

Oh, before we go any further, Martin Prado’s back in the lineup, batting third and playing third.

Braves lineup: 1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Prado 3B, 4. Diaz LF, 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7. Cabrera CF, 8. Ross C, 9. Minor LHP

Now, where were we? Oh, yes, the too-often station-to-station Braves team that ranks 24th in the majors in steals, and ahead of only the Giants and Cubs in the NL, has stolen 32 bases to their opponents’ 19 after the sixth inning.

Conrad's errant throw in the eighth inning let in two runs, but the Braves rallied in the ninth for their majors-leading 20th win in their final at-bat.

Conrad's errant throw in the eighth inning let in two runs, but the Braves rallied in the ninth for their majors-leading 20th win in their final at-bat.

I use that stat only to underscore how inexplicable but undeniable the Braves’ edge has been in the late innings. If they’re within three runs entering the eighth inning, it’s as if they view it practically as a tie game, theirs for the taking.

Monday night, they did it again. Gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning to fall behind 3-1, then rallied against a reliever, Dodgers All-Star lefty Hong-Chih Kuo, who came in with the NL’s best ERA and opponents’ average.

“Two runs down, we’ve got a great offense and we have to believe,” said Alex Gonzalez, who began the ninth inning rally with a leadoff bloop single. “All the guys have to believe in themselves, no matter how many runs we get down. It happened tonight, man.”

Gonzalez has only been here a month, but he’s already been part of enough late-innings Braves drama to sense something special percolates in that dugout. These Braves rarely fold in situations where, in recent years, they usually did.

They got three runs in the ninth against Kuo and Octavio Dotel, doing with the grind-it-out at-bats that David Ross spoke about again afterward. Ross was the first batter Dotel faced after Kuo left the game, and Ross drew a full-count walk with bases loaded to cut the lead to 3-2.

Then Cabrera worked the count full before punching an opposite-field single through the left side of the infield to bring in two runs. Just like that, a messy two-run Dodgers eighth inning had been overcome by a Braves three-run ninth, and they had their majors-leading 20th win in their final at-bat.

Not to mention, the Braves were back to 20 wins over .500 for the first time in nearly five years, since they were 90-70 with two games to play in the 2005 season (they finished 90-72 that season, lost the division series against Houston, and haven’t been back to the postseason since).

No one could possibly have seen this coming from these Braves, not after they lost nine in a row in late April to fall to 8-14 and five games off the division.

Since then they are a majors-best 61-35. The Braves have the best home record in baseball at 42-16, while no other team has 40 home wins or fewer than 19 home losses.

After starting out 5-4 at home through April 22 – their only home-series loss was April 20-22 vs. Philly – the Braves are 37-12 with a 2.89 ERA in their past 49 home games.

Those numbers are nuts. How did Turner Field suddenly become such a snake pit for opposing teams? I know it’s hot as hell, especially for day games, but that can’t begin to explain the winning clip the Braves have had at home.

The only things that can are consistent pitching and success breeding more success. Confidence is through the roof with these guys, probably because they won a bunch of games back in May and June at home in dramatic fashion.

They kept doing it, and now it’s to the point where they fully expect to outplay opponents in the late innings, particularly at home.

The Braves lead the majors with 204 runs after the sixth inning, while their opponents have 149. The Braves, who rank 20th in the majors in home runs, have out-homered opponents 37-30 after the sixth inning (Brooks Conrad has seven homers, including one in the seventh inning and six in the eighth inning or later).

Braves pitchers have allowed a .249 average in the first through sixth innings, and a .229 average after the sixth.

Braves hitters have struck out 262 times after the sixth inning, compared to their opponents’ 355 strikeouts. They have a .345 OBP to opponents’ .314 after the sixth, and a .394 slugging percentage to opponents’ .347.

Across the board, the Braves are just better, significantly better, than opponents in the late innings.

And they know it. Which makes the advantage even more pronounced.

♣All aboard the Melky express? The Melky Cabrera bandwagon, as it were, never seemed to pick up many passengers in Braves County from the day he was traded here by the Yankees, in part because he was the only major leaguer who came South in the deal that sent fan-favorite Javy Lopez Vazquez to the Bronx.

Melky Cabrera comes through with game-ending two-run single in the ninth.

Melky Cabrera comes through with game-ending two-run single in the ninth.

The limited number of Melky mavens there were in these parts was further thinned by his dismal early performance, as Cabrera struggled with a .226 average in 54 games through June 6, with one homer, 11 RBIs and a .297 OBP and .283 slugging percentage in 159 at-bats. (A .283 slugging percentage? Yikes.)

Well, things change, folks. And finally, Cabrera seems to be getting some props from fans who’ve need a lot of convincing to believe.

He had the two biggest plays in last night’s win – a throw to cut down Ryan Theriot at the plate trying to tag and score with two out in the eighth inning, and the game-ending hit in the ninth.

“I already gave Cabrera four or five hugs after the game,” said Brooks Conrad, whose eighth-inning throwing error let in two runs and set him up as the game’s goat. Then Cabrera removed the horns.

You’d have thought it was the first good thing Cabrera had done, based on some comments here on the ol’ blog. Well, it wasn’t the first. Fact is, he’s been a pretty solid hitter since the first week of June.

After that dreadful first 54 games, Cabrera has hit .304 with 21 extra-base hits (three triples, three homers) and 22 RBIs in his past 61 games, with a .354 OBP and .459 slugging percentage (.813 OPS) in 194 at-bats over that stretch.

In other words, he’s been pretty good longer than he was pretty awful.

By the way, out of curiosity I looked up what a couple of his former Yankees teammates have done in that same period since June 7. Outfielders Brett Gardner and Johnny Damon, who’s now with Detroit).

Damon has hit .278 with 20 extra-base hits (four homers) and 21 RBIs in 52 games, with a .349 OBP and .433 slugging (.782 OPS).

Gardner has hit .253 with nine extra-base hits (two homers) and 20 RBIs in 56 games, with a .364 OBP and .337 slugging (.701 OPS).

Since June 7, at least, Cabrera has clearly outperformed both of them at the plate, and last night wasn’t the first time he’s displayed his strong, accurate arm.

♣Waiver-claim rumors: Since Chipper Jones was lost to a season-ending knee injury, the Braves have been checking into possible additions via the waiver wire, veteran infielders who could be lineup regulars or, more likely, bench additions.

When the Braves didn’t sign a couple of notable draft picks -– Stefan Sabol and Zach Alvord, a second baseman from South Forsyth near Atlanta — before last night’s deadline, a rumor spread that they had pulled back from both players because they decided to apply that money to pursue a waiver-claim player.

GM Frank Wren refuted that when I asked him about it this morning.

“There is no relationship at all” between the draft picks and the pursuit of waiver-claim player, Wren said in an e-mail. “[The Braves] offered Sabol a good package this weekend and he chose to go to school, and the other [Alvord] made it clear after the draft he wanted to go to school.

“We have the ability to add [a waiver-claim player] if we find the right fit.”

If Chipper had been hurt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, it obviously would have been a lot easier to get another player. Or even if he’d been hurt in the first week after the deadline, it would’ve been easier.

At this point of August, it gets a lot trickier, particularly since teams know the Braves are pursuing an infielder who can play third base, and teams such as the Phillies and Giants can block them by claiming such a player if they believe the Braves have targeted him.

The risk for any team making a claim just to block, is that they might end up having to take that player and pay the rest of his salary if the player’s current team decides to let him go and not try to work out a trade with the claiming team or pull him back from waivers (these are revocable waivers at this time of year).

But if it’s a good player with an affordable salary and/or no long-term commitment, the blocking claim is usually worth the risk for a team that wants to prevent another contender from getting stronger.

Teams can block any team in their league with a better record, and the Braves (69-49) have a better record than everyone in the NL except San Diego (69-47). A player must first clear waivers with all the teams in his current league, then the other league.

At least three veteran third-base types — Geoff Blum, Craig Counsell, Edwin Encarnacion — reportedly cleared waivers, meaning the Braves (and the rest of baseball) didn’t put in a claim for them. That doesn’t mean they can go back now and make a trade for one of them, but the Braves might not think any those three – give them much of an upgrade over what the Braves have got now.

The Braves could move Omar Infante back to strengthen their bench again, but I don’t think they’ll do that unless for many of the players who are or might become available on the waiver wire.

Guys like Detroit’s Brandon Inge or Colorado’s Clint Barmes, in whom the Braves are believed to have some interest, seem better suited to a backup role with Infante staying in the lineup at second base or third base.

Inge plays great third-base defense and has a .452 slugging percentage against lefties, but he’s an overall .252 hitter with a .329 OBP and .394 slugging percentage this season.

Craig Counsell would’ve been a good addition in a similar situation in the past, but he’s almost 40 now, his numbers are way down, and the Braves probably feel like Diory Hernandez, whose swing is back after shoulder surgery, could probably give them more off the bench than someone like Counsell.

The rumor that was floating around last night made absolutely not sense – that the Braves were in pursuit of Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez. This is a guy who is going to be owed just over $30 million if he’s traded – a $14.6 mill player option for 2011, a $1 mill bonus if he’s traded, and a $16 mill option for 2012 that becomes guaranteed if he’s traded.

Even if the Braves didn’t have Chipper owed $28 million over the next two seasons and vowing to attempt a comeback next spring, would they really want to commit $30 million to Ramirez, who is hitting .229 with a .286 OPB and .426 slugging percentage this season?

Ramirez hit nine of his 17 homers in a 12-game stretch in July, and has been otherwise dismal on a dismal team.

He hit .178 with 6 homers, 23 RBIs and a .539 OPS in 56 games through July 5, then had a two-week burst in which he hit .438 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 12 games from July 6 to July 20.

Since then he’s hit .240 with two homers and a .634 OPS in 21 games.

Come on. The Cubs might find a team to take him and a big chunk of that money he’s owed off their hands, but it’s not going to be the Braves.

One of the better fits for the Braves, should he become available, would be old friend Wilson Betemit. Can’t believe I’m saying it, but Betemit has played well for Kansas City since his early season demotion to the minors.

He’s hit .341 with a .414 OBP and .948 OPS and 16 extra-base hits (five homers) in 152 at-bats, and recently moved into the third-base job. The switch-hitter has also batted .448 (13-for-29) with runners in scoring position.

Let’s close with another from the great Billy Bragg, referencing some legendary soul men and songwriters. Here’s a cool live performance of this tune.

billy-bragg

“LEVI STUBBS’ TEARS” by Billy Bragg

With the money from her accident

She bought herself a mobile home

So at least she could get some enjoyment

Out of being alone

No one could say that she was left up on the shelf

It’s you and me against the World kid she mumbled to herself

When the world falls apart some things stay in place

Levi Stubbs’ tears run down his face

She ran away from home with her mother’s best coat

She was married before she was even entitled to vote

And her husband was one of those blokes

The sort that only laughs at his own jokes

The sort that war takes away

And when there wasn’t a war he left her anyway

Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

Are here to make everything right that’s wrong

Holland and Holland and Lamont Dozier too

Are here to make it all okay with you

One dark night he came home from the sea

And put a hole in her body where no hole should be

It hurt her more to see him walking out the door

And though they stitched her back together they left her heart in pieces on the

floor

When the world falls apart some things stay in place

She takes off the Four Tops tape and puts it back in its case

When the world falls apart some things stay in place

Levi Stubbs’ tears…

2,514 comments Add your comment

BamaBravesFan

August 17th, 2010
3:09 pm

Gone Viral

August 17th, 2010
3:13 pm

DOB, I haven’t said it this year, but I have meaning to do so for a while now. I realize that it’s theoretically your job to do all of these constant updates. In the social media era, however, the nature of beat writer jobs such as yours have evolved dramatically from just a few years ago. You personally are on the cutting edge of this with your interactions with Braves fans and I have a great deal of respect for the job you, Carroll and your back-ups do to keep us informed. You have my sincere thanks as well as my gratitude.

N8

August 17th, 2010
3:14 pm

I don’t normally do this, but I hate to have an epic post that has good points (yeah, sometimes my posts have no point at all), left to die on the old blog….

“Hanson’s certainly got high end stuff but he hasn’t marched through the league like many on here predicted for him. Time will tell I guess.”

That’s laughable at best, especially for a 23 year old who has yet to make his 50th big league start.

Dude has made 46 starts. He’s had 5 starts in 46 that I would deem bad/horrible starts (allowing 5 ER or more). In those 5 starts he’s given up 33 of the 97 career ER he’s allowed (more than a 1/3 of his career runs have come in a handful of his starts).

In those 5 starts, he’s allowed 33 ER in 22 innings (13.50 ERA).

In the other 41 starts his ERA is 2.15.

I’d say he’s mowed them down pretty damn fine, wouldn’t you? If part of having Tommy Hanson in the rotation means that he is flat out dominant in 9 out of every 10 starts and then is going to get hammered around a bit in the 10th one? Count me in.

To put that into perspective, that means that he would give you about 31 or 32 EXCELLENT starts out of 35 every year, with 3-4 stinkers mixed in.

So far this year, Roy Halladay in 24 starts, has allowed 5+ ER in 4 starts. Too bad he’s not mowing through the league, huh?

Some people just don’t know how good we’ve got it with our rotation. Two names for you that should wake you guys up out of your coma….

Kyle Davies
Horacio Ramirez

Enough said.

Steve from OH

August 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Great blog, DOB! I appreciated the updates on Sabol and Alvord, being a draft nut.

Quick note: we traded Javy Vazquez, not Javy Lopez…

eric the elder

August 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Javy Vasquez, not Lopez.

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Ok…so who has Barmes’ numbers for me…?

I don’t have any idea where he’s at right now, although, who even says he’ll be put on waivers and/or get to us if thats the case…

Adarisville Dawg

August 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

can we plz for the love of GOD get Hayward out of the two hole he was producing better in the 6 hole earlier this year and it gives us a little more pop on the backside of the line up

Supes

August 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Nick calling Anders a TROLL, pot meet kettle!!!

Actually not defending Anders here but at least he’s been on the blog for a while now and is far less annoying than he used to be.

On the other side, Nick continues to spew none sense with post after post…sure is amusing.

Steve from OH, right on Mitchell…things will get interesting when little Mitchie shows up at some point to declare ballgame after Minor gives up a hit :)

DOB, good to give Melky some props, while he’s not outstanding by any means he’s been more than serviceable of late (and we got used to having a CF McOUT who would never throw from CF so I’d say he’s spoiling us with those outfield assists )

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Thanks, Dave. Anders really needs to read this blog.

flange1

August 17th, 2010
3:16 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

Wayne in Utah

August 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

McFann

Hey, it’s not a bad thing to get Mac some rest in these hot, dog days of August. He’ll be the better for it down the stretch. Also, when you have such a capable backup as Ross, you want to keep him sharp.

It’s not like Bobby doesn’t give Mac a significant AB or two in games he doesn’t start.

All the personal stats are great to track but the W’s and the WS are the things to keep in focus.

M

August 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

Shouldn’t that be Javy Vazquez, not Javy Lopez?

itcoudbeworse

August 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

no way bamabravesfan read this before posting

danlee

August 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

Whoa, he was traded for Javier Vazquez, not Javy Lopez hahaha Was that intentional?

BoroBall3

August 17th, 2010
3:17 pm

javier vasquez (vice lopez)… but its cool… the story still made perfect sense

JT Grace

August 17th, 2010
3:18 pm

I believe Melky was traded for Javy Vazquez, not Javy Lopez.

GT Fan

August 17th, 2010
3:20 pm

Woohoo! Welcome back Martin!

Wayne in Utah

August 17th, 2010
3:20 pm

The Melk Man sure has been delivering the past couple of months. We could do a lot worse than having him in our lineup 2/3 of the time.

Welcome back Marteeen. Let’s pick it back up with the April/May/June numbers, could we?

And I like Heyward in the 2 slot. Unless we pick up somebody better to lead off or hit third. (not likely)

timthebrave

August 17th, 2010
3:21 pm

I have to admit that I made a mistake on Melky. I knew he didn’t have much power but I have been impressed with his defense and his offense has been a lot better than I expected. This is one case where I am glad I was wrong. Go Braves

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 17th, 2010
3:21 pm

OKOK, with the Javy correction. We got it.

FJ10

August 17th, 2010
3:21 pm

I was thinking Betemit too.

cabravesfan

August 17th, 2010
3:22 pm

I’ll take Anders over Nick any day ;)

TheBlueIndian

August 17th, 2010
3:22 pm

DOB–

Type your articles slower, bro. There’s more errors in this write-up than the 2010 Braves season.

Tim

August 17th, 2010
3:22 pm

@DOB. You have mentioned several times over the last few days that no other team in baseball has fewer than 20 loses at home, but the Phillies are 36-19 at home.

BravesDA

August 17th, 2010
3:22 pm

Manny! Manny! Manny! – FW make it so…

DJ

August 17th, 2010
3:23 pm

Congratulations to the five of you with redundant posts about the Javy thing!

Those complaining about Heyward in the 2-hole justifying his move back down the the 6-spot by saying he hit so well there early in the season have apparently forgotten how well he was doing in the second spot before he hurt his thumb. In related news, he almost hit two out of the park yesterday and one was deep enough to drive in a run. He’ll be fine.

Wayne in Utah

August 17th, 2010
3:23 pm

Anders is a good egg!

What’s the chances of getting Betemeeeeeeet?

Southernboy

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

DOB,

Lopez for Melky?

Rhino

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

lol BlueIndian. I think Alex Gonzalez and Brooks Conrad would like that.

Having Diaz at cleanup pretty much sums up the lack of power on this team. But they’re playing really well and I love to see Prado in the three spot.

Bravo

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

The more I see Infante produce as a starter, the less I really care about sending him back to the bench. It probably wouldn’t hurt to go out and get a go-to guy to replace Infante’s bench spot though.

chixluvthebraves2

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

When did Javy Lopez start pitching for the Yanks?? lol….. I would certainly become a Yankees fan then. Admiring that piece of artwork every 5 days…….YUM. but i digress.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

Wayne

Oh yeah, I know…I didn’t say it was a problem…exactly… ;)

All the personal stats are great to track but the W’s and the WS are the things to keep in focus.

Oh yeah, totally. Not like he’s gettin’ that Doubles Record this year, anyway…

cbweathermaneeeee

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

Ah, Tim, but you forget that the Phils had another “home” series against the Blue Jays during the G-20 summitt that was a home series for the Blue Jays in Philly…

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:24 pm

Brad Hawpe anyone?

Placed on waivers today…

JoshTown

August 17th, 2010
3:25 pm

Tim, The Phils are 38-20 at home. Not 36-19.

CB

August 17th, 2010
3:26 pm

cab,what is this you said I was a bad influence on Soph. I thought we were friends! ( devil face)

timthebrave

August 17th, 2010
3:26 pm

I’ll take a Mets fan over a fake a%%, bandwagon jumping, piece of garbage, negative, bobby cox hating, chipper hating, fans that aren’t worth a dammmmm like some posters on here

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:26 pm

Bravo-

I agree, but know that we will not find another Omar for the bench…although I think Barmes may do just fine…

Don’t have his numbers off hand though…

Wayne in Utah

August 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

If we could just get our road record up to .500, we’d take the NL East easy. Gotta run, but here’s hoping Minor has a fabulous second outing. And if not, there is always Scrap Iron Conrad to pick him up!

Go Braves!

cabravesfan

August 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

CB-

She wanted me to sic my dog (and my Brick Wall) on a few people…I think you and I are turning her to the Dark Side ;)

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

Tim-

Do all of those have to go together collectively?

I am negative and hate Bobby sometimes ;-)

David O'Brien

August 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

So used to typing in “RH”or “RHP” at end of Braves lineup, did it for the lefty Minor by mistake.

GT Fan

August 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

Ok…so who has Barmes’ numbers for me…?

BA HR RBI OBP SLG
.243 8 49 .308 .364

Not exactly exciting stuff as far as I’m concerned. However, his stats against LHP are

AVG OBP SLG OPS
.298 .354 .430 .784

and his 2007-2009 split against LHP is

AVG OBP SLG OPS
.279 .326 .553 .879

I could see using him as a right-handed specialist bat, but there’s no way I’d start him full time over Prado or Infante.

Snotboogie

August 17th, 2010
3:28 pm

That doesn’t mean they can go back now and make a trade for one of them

DOB

Hope I am not nitpicking but shouldnt that be ” doesnt mean they cant go back and make a trade” .It conveys the opposite meaning of what you intended.

Bailey

August 17th, 2010
3:28 pm

P-Town Brave,

Re: Brad Hawpe
We dont need another Left-Handed Hitting outfielder batting in the .250s.

Braveslifer

August 17th, 2010
3:29 pm

“Type your articles slower, bro. There’s more errors in this write-up than the 2010 Braves season.”

DOB you like the braves are clearly in first place among your peers. Just keep the info flowing. Dont worry about comments like the one above. I can read past a grammatical error or two. Go Braves!

danlee

August 17th, 2010
3:29 pm

I’m glad someone else is pointing out Aramis Ramirez would be a terrible addition. When I saw that rumor last night I almost cried.

This probably sounds crazy, but I think Melky should go to the #2 spot and Heyward would be better in the #8 spot. Heyward’s approach is to always wait for a pitch he can hit, and he typically doesn’t swing a whole lot (and strikes out more than a #2 should). The #8 guy typically doesn’t get much to hit and has to be really selective, sounds like a perfect role for Heyward. Not to mention Melky has had a really solid 2 months, he’s a switch hitter (with great numbers from both sides of the plate), and while he doesn’t hit a lot of home runs, he usually puts the ball in play and he does have significant power (lots of doubles, even a few triples). Hopefully Bobby Cox puts him at #2 to experiment with the line-up and then keeps him there.

Katie

August 17th, 2010
3:30 pm

I, for one, pray for the day I’ll look at the lineup and not only not see Glaus batting fifth, but not playing period.

Other than that, go Bravos!!!

Tim

August 17th, 2010
3:31 pm

That is just confusing. Depending on the site you go to, they have the games attributed to Home games or Away games. That said, their record in home games is 36-19. There record in Philadelphia is 38-20. They aren’t the same thing.

StingerSplash

August 17th, 2010
3:31 pm

To echo Gone Viral’s comments, DOB has some help on the beat but then there are papers like the Boston Globe who have Amalie Benjamin, Nick Cafardo and Pete Abraham all on the Sox beat, with CHB and Mazz writing columns and godknowswhoelse interning to run down quotes.
BTW, Pete Abraham’s blog is pretty good too. Not the interaction with the denizens that DOB has, but good, though Globe does have a weekly mailbag (ahem!), usually handled by Ms. Benjamin.
And, um, yeah, I’m sure you meant Javy of the Vazquez variety and not of the Lopez variety. Mr. Vazquez also is having a wonderful season for the Bronx Bombers — if you’re a Yankees hater.
As to Cabrera, don’t worry, he’ll do something to make up for his two good plays. He has a penchant for alternating wonderful with what in the world is he doing.
DOB, wasn’t Gardner hurt for a while, too? He’s never been much of a hitter but is a demon on the bases.
What’s the roster move to get Prado back on the 25? Hicks being sent back down?

timthebrave

August 17th, 2010
3:32 pm

Glaus goes deep tonight….Haters keep on hating….Braves keep on winning

Snotboogie

August 17th, 2010
3:32 pm

I echo the other comments – Anders >>>>>>>> Nick (whatever silly version His Douchiness decides to call himself).

Anders can actually make sensible points (even with a Mets homer aspect to it).

Nick wouldnt know a sensible point if it painted itself purple and danced naked atop a harpsichord singing “Sensible points are here again”.

(paraphrasing Blackadder of course).

GT Fan

August 17th, 2010
3:33 pm

Well, Katie, that does happen occasionally. However, if you want that to be a regular occurrence, I think you’re going to have to wait until 2011.

CraZyTRaDeMaN ©

August 17th, 2010
3:33 pm

Nick 2.slow called anders a troll on the last blog. He must have a different interpitation of troll?

Bailey

August 17th, 2010
3:34 pm

Tim,
Philly played a 3-game series vs the Blue Jays that was originally scheduled to be in Toronto, but was moved because of some convention up there. They moved it to Philly, that’s why their record “in Philly” and at home are different.

DAP

August 17th, 2010
3:34 pm

greg dobbs is DFA’d again. he will probably accept his assignment, since he already has once this season. but dobbs wouldnt be a bad pickup for the braves.

danlee

August 17th, 2010
3:34 pm

Thanks for the update DOB, really enjoy the blog!

74 Dawg

August 17th, 2010
3:35 pm

and last..oops.

Wayne in Utah

August 17th, 2010
3:36 pm

DAP

Who did they activate? Utley?

Innocent Bystander

August 17th, 2010
3:36 pm

I figured Mac would get the night off. He started the DGANG on Sunday, then started yesterday. With a lefty going tonight for the Nats, I’m not surprised at all.

He needs more rest anyway, especially with a more than capable backup in Ross.

BravesDA

August 17th, 2010
3:37 pm

uh-oh:

From ESPN – Chase Utley activated by Phillies

Snotboogie

August 17th, 2010
3:37 pm

Great stat-pull from N8. Shows how good he has really been when he is on.

It never ceases to amaze me how well some people can find the rights stats to convey a great point or counter a bad point. Thankfully this blog (led by DOB of course) has a few with this outstanding ability and they make this blog a lot more enjoyable.

Now we just have to store that stat for the benefit of the idiots who complain about Hanson or call him a No.5 starter.

GeorgiaLady28

August 17th, 2010
3:38 pm

Nice blog DOB!

timthebrave

August 17th, 2010
3:39 pm

What is Freeman hitting versus left handers? Just curious….

chris

August 17th, 2010
3:39 pm

uh oh the comback begins. utley is back 13 days before he was suppose to be. lets see what happens….

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 17th, 2010
3:39 pm

Innocent Bystander I figured Mac would get the night off. He started the DGANG on Sunday, then started yesterday.

I was thinking he’d get Thursday off, but I guess this makes sense, too.

a more than capable backup in Ross.

Errrrrrrrrrrrg! ;)

Marietta Derek

August 17th, 2010
3:40 pm

Double pits to chesty!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 17th, 2010
3:40 pm

You can’t mean that…

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:41 pm

GT Fan-

Thx….

I think Barmes would make for a good addition…he can play 2b, ss, and 3b and he does have a semi quality bat so I think he could be a good fit along with the fact that he does play hard…I think he’d be a good Atlanta guy…he could also fill a lineup spot if need be, or at least much better than either Hicks or Hernandez.

Snotboogie

August 17th, 2010
3:41 pm

utley is back 13 days before he was suppose to be.

Yes, that’s not always a good thing when it comes to injuries. It might be more of a psychological boost than an actual one.

DAP

August 17th, 2010
3:42 pm

rhino Having Diaz at cleanup pretty much sums up the lack of power on this team.

diaz has a career .541 slg% vs. lefties, .568 slg% for this season. thats the opposite of “lack of power”

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:42 pm

Bailey-

I should’ve specified that I didn’t actually mean “I” wanted Hawpe…was just asking a general question…

UH-OH…Who left the door unlocked and let Marietta Derek back in?!

timthebrave

August 17th, 2010
3:43 pm

N8, Good post at the top.

Richham

August 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

For the record:

Escobar has 1 rbi and 0 hr in last 10 games for toronto. He has hit the ball better since leaving atlanta, but he has cooled off considerably from his hot start in toronto.

Tim

August 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

More fun to read. ESPN put their Dog Days of Summer write up on the Braves out today:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?page=dogdays_100817braves

JeanE

August 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

Someone probably already said this but I think DOB mean Javy Vasquez not Javy Lopez, eh???!!!

Bravo

August 17th, 2010
3:44 pm

Diaz vs Olsen

.386 AVG, .406OBP, .903 SLG, 1.309 OPS

He’s unloaded on Olsen in 31 ABs. He’s also struck out 8 times though.

David O'Brien

August 17th, 2010
3:46 pm

Hey, just noticed my Cabrera-for-Lopez trade. Sweet revisionist history, eh?

fredi is next

August 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

yeah DAP, if we can’t pickup Greg Dobbs why not bring back Greg Norton?

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

So 12 hits and 8 K’s in 31 AB’s…

Thats fine…but I still think his right hand is hurt…

David O'Brien

August 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

JeanE: You don’t really think someone on this blog would point out such a mistake, do you? This group? Come on. They’d send me a subtle e-mail to let me know.

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:48 pm

Now are we picking up Dobbs to play or rotate our tires?

I would prefer the latter…I bet he does a better job at that…

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 17th, 2010
3:50 pm

“Having Diaz at cleanup pretty much sums up the lack of power on this team. ”

Rhino, PLEASE READ THE FRIGGING BLOG!

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:53 pm

Snotboogie-

Am I the only one on here that is thinking Cain up and in Wed. night

Mitchell

August 17th, 2010
3:53 pm

David O'Brien

August 17th, 2010
3:53 pm

I counted only 13 mentions of the Lopez/Vazquez mistake in the first 39 minute the blog was posted. You folks can do better than that.

Type your articles slower, bro. There’s more errors in this write-up than the 2010 Braves season. — TheBlueIndian

What a quaint notion. What year did you type that, BlueIndian, 1995? Bro, we’ve long since moved past typing these articles slowly. It’s churn it out nowadays and move on to the next one, day and night. Rarely do I even get to read over my stuff for typos. Seriously. This beast must be fed, and there’s no time to feed it with carefully edited blogs. That’s the trade-off in the the new era of internet journalist and blogging.

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

So the three biggest 2b names in the game get activated all in the same day…

Prado, Pedroia, and Utley…

beekay

August 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

saw Cody Johnson when he came to Potomac…signed a ball for my Son. He is gigantic, might be the biggest guy in the entire organization 6′4 and easily 250. Too bad he k’s so much because he has the power the team really needs.

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

They’d send me a subtle e-mail to let me know. _ DOB

Aren’t tweets uh, damn, tweets quicker and more irritating?

CB

August 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

DOB,we are some hungry dogs.

P-Town Brave

August 17th, 2010
3:57 pm

beekay-

Yes, he is definitely Adam Dunn-esque without the K outside the zone discipline…

Basically put, Adam K’s a lot, but most are in the zone, while Cody K’s up, down, in, and out….just all over the place…

Nova Scotia Steve

August 17th, 2010
3:59 pm

There’s more errors in this write-up than the 2010 Braves season – TheBlueIndian

DOB – You have to admit – that was somewhat of a humorous comment. Okay you don’t HAVE to do anything – but it was a little funny.

Snotboogie

August 17th, 2010
3:59 pm

Am I the only one on here that is thinking Cain up and in Wed. night

I think he is going to be tested a lot up there. Considering that his fast swing on inside pitches is his bread and butter, if he fails to come around on those, he will have a Schafer-esque time with pitchers.

brian

August 17th, 2010
4:00 pm

that’s right – we demand new blogs all the time and now but want it typed slower so it is mistake free???????????????

Nova Scotia Steve

August 17th, 2010
4:01 pm

CB – DOB,we are some hungry dogs.

ESPN gave us 4 bones for their Dog Days of Summer Report – Something to chew on!!!

TennesseePaul

August 17th, 2010
4:02 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

ArlingtonVABrave

August 17th, 2010
4:03 pm

DOB — What about Adrian Beltre? Is the thought that he just won’t get put on waivers? He is making $9M this year….so what’s that…about $2M owed for remainder of the year. Next year, he has a player option to go FA or take $5M, with potential for $10M if he reaches 650PAs. Is it that option for 2011 that concerns people? Seems like he’d be a potentially great pickup….

Bravefaninok

August 17th, 2010
4:06 pm

ArlingtonVABrave

August 17th, 2010
4:03 pm

DOB — What about Adrian Beltre? Is the thought that he just won’t get put on waivers? He is making $9M this year….so what’s that…about $2M owed for remainder of the year. Next year, he has a player option to go FA or take $5M, with potential for $10M if he reaches 650PAs. Is it that option for 2011 that concerns people? Seems like he’d be a potentially great pickup….

Boston is not gonna give him up…..they still think there in it!

crackbaby

August 17th, 2010
4:07 pm

DOB,

Adrian Beltre. Once the Red Sox wake up, smell the coffee and realize they are bricks, toast, done for this year, they could waive Beltre who is in a one year $9 or $10 million year. There is some kind of option for next year with a $1 million buyout.

I guess the problem is that Chipper may / may not play next year and the Braves cannot commit $24+ million to third base. If Wren could work some deal with Beltre and the Bosox to get Beltre for the remainder of this season, a retirement present for Bobby Cox, that would be sweet.

Gold Glove third baseman having a career year at the plate. Oh if only!

Chop Chop

August 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

It’s not all about us being hungry. It’s about the AJC being hungry for page hits. DOB posts six or seven new blogs a day because of the page hits. Nobody really comments on the ancillary blog posts, but nearly everybody here (and the ones who read but don’t post) clicks the links and reads them.

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