Minor (22 strikeouts, 4 walks) faces Mets in fourth start

Next for Braves

Who: vs. Mets

When: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday

TV; radio: WPCH; 680 AM, 100.5 FM

Tuesday’s matchup: Braves LH Mike Minor (2-0, 4.00) vs. LH Jonathan Niese (8-6, 3.83).

* Minor quality starts in each of his first three major league games since arriving from Triple-A. He had an Atlanta rookie-record 12 strikeouts with one walk in six innings in his last start Aug. 22 at Chicago, giving him 22 strikeouts with four walks in 18 innings. Lefties are hitting .154 (2-for-13) with a .214 OBP against him, while righties are 15-for-59 (.254) with a .302 OBP. Minor has held hitters to a .186 average (8-for-43) after getting ahead 0-1, and with two strikes he’s allowed a .114 average with five hits and 22 strikeouts in 44 at-bats.

* Niese was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA over four starts before giving up seven runs in 5-1/3 innings of Thursday’s loss to Florida. He’s 6-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 18 night games. Against the Braves, Niese is  1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts, one this season. He got no decision April 24 after allowing  five hits, one run and five walks in 5-1/3 innings of a Mets win in New York. The only Braves with more than five at-bats against him are Martin Prado (1-for-7) and Omar Infante (1-for-10).

* DAVID O’BRIEN

56 comments Add your comment

flatFork

August 30th, 2010
6:44 pm

dexterdawg

August 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

Minor needs to make a major push for us toward the playoffs. we can not afford to keep treading water on the Phils. How is Kenshin coming along? Can we expect a waiver trade in the near future with him?

JD

August 30th, 2010
7:08 pm

If Mike just throws strikes and keeps everything down, we’ll be fine. Looked fine against the Cubbies but then, it is the Cubs. Doesn’t hurt to have Huddy in his ear, he could be a real shot in the arm in postseason play….

jack

August 30th, 2010
10:37 pm

come on Mike, make your mama proud, do it again! I got the privilige of working with His Mom here in TN

GovClintonTyree

August 30th, 2010
10:47 pm

Keith Law is an idiot. He made him sound like a soft-tossing lefty – tops out at 88, he said – and the Braves drafted him because of his “signability”. Rip snortin’, 94 mph running fastball with two hellacious secondary pitches and lefthanded to boot. Looks like a freakin’ ace. No way Keith Law could have actually watched him for five minutes and come up with that assessment.

Resign or Re-sign?

August 31st, 2010
12:46 am

FOOLS LOSE!! FOOLS LOSE!! (to LADs, 3-0)

Chief Pitchanono

August 31st, 2010
10:20 am

Holy Holliday took the loss last night and now the Braves have the phills right where they want them. Three games down and in the middle of a west road trip. While the Braves have the next six with the Mutts and Pirates. Last week was the Phillies window and they blew it. with us losing outwest and them playing houston in a 4 game set at home they didn’t get it done. Now if the Braves can avoid the same fate they can take this division in the next 5 or six days. If they can just increase their lead by another game or two. with only a month left to play it swings the chances of them winning the division highly in their favor. We haven’t had a long winning streak in a good while, nows the time. We have our foot on their throats, now its time to putem out. Go Braves!

jimmymack

August 31st, 2010
11:47 am

i hope minor step’s up ,with lowe hurting and hanson floundering we need another quality arm

Blackberry Cobbler

August 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

Right now, the Braves really have only ONE reliable starter and thats Hudson. Hanson is not reliable and Jurrgens, maybe.

The Braves are not likely to go far in the playoffs with this as a 3-man rotation.

chris

August 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

Chief, I agree. I sure felt like when the Phillies hosted the Astros we were going to lose our division lead for the first time since April. But when they got swept while we were getting our backsides handed to us in Colorado I felt the same thing. Watching the Phillies last night they are a good team without a doubt but we got to take care of business. Their schedule is much tougher than ours coming up over next few weeks. We got to get the lead to 5-6 games before we go into their park on the 20th for that 3 game set. That way in a worse case scenario we leave town with the lead with a week to play

Gary

August 31st, 2010
12:31 pm

stick your head back in the oven, looks like its not done yet if you think braves pitching is a weakness. Lowe has been the trouble spot lately, not Hanson. Its the best rotation in the league If they keep swinging the bats like they did yesterday, they can beat anybody in the playoffs. I am concerned that they havent played better on the road, but the difference has been hitting, not pitching.

dawgforlife

August 31st, 2010
12:42 pm

as far as pitching goes, which in baseball is pretty far, I would rather have Teheran, on a bad deer in the headlights rookie in the middle of a pennant race day, than to have lowe or kk on their best day. Simply put, healthy or not, sent to the minors to get straightened out or not, neither one of those guys can pitch. pitch one of them and unless the braves score 7-8 runs…they lose. hopefully next yr..Hudson, Minor, Jurjeans, Hanson, and Tehrean…much cheaper and much much much more effective rotation

Bushwacker

August 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

DOB is Glaus eleigible for the playoffs if not on the 25 man roster by sept 1?
Or does that not count against people on the DL?

rudy

August 31st, 2010
12:54 pm

this division race is all drama….should have a happy ending…..GO BRAVES

David O'Brien

August 31st, 2010
12:56 pm

Bushwacker: ANYONE in the organization before Sept. 1, whether they’re on the 25-man roster, 40-man roster, DL or whatever. Doesn’t matter. Anyone is eligible for playoff roster. All they have to do is swap a non-roster player for a DL’d player. In Glaus’ case, he’s on 40-man, just DL’d.

JMAYNE

August 31st, 2010
1:15 pm

Braves are in a good position. 31 games left. 28 before the phils @home for the last three. The braves are up three. All thats necessary is for the braves to gain one game in 28. Go braves, sweep the mess.

E-6

August 31st, 2010
1:37 pm

Another factor this time of year is weather. We don’t want any rain outs where we would have to play double headers – the majority of which are split. The Phils? Let them play as many as they’d like.

ScottBravesfan

August 31st, 2010
1:40 pm

So Atlanta can you at least get 20,000 in the stadium tonight? Last night was embarrassing on Monday night baseball to see an empty stadium for a first place team. God I wish they would move the Braves to a city that would support them. Wonder if Charlotte would want a baseball team?

ICEMANcometh10

August 31st, 2010
1:43 pm

The Phils stepped up against the Padres and now will flounder against the floundering Dodgers and get SWEPT like dust………………………..

Joseph

August 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

Attendance is sad! I live 350 miles from Atl and would love to be within an hour drive from Braves!

J-Hey the Hero

August 31st, 2010
2:00 pm

Now that the dodgers don’t have their “dread” weight, they can assist us in the hunt for October

BamaBrave

August 31st, 2010
2:06 pm

Yeah wheres the people at. SUPPORT YOUR TEAM GEEZ! I wish I lived close I would be there every Home game.

Swede

August 31st, 2010
2:08 pm

Mike Minor has been better and better in every start so far. And when he improves on his last start tonight it we’re really in business!

DOB, when can we expect Kris Medlen to be back from his TJ?

Texas Braves Fan

August 31st, 2010
2:08 pm

Atlanata fans dont know how good they have it! I live in Dallas with the Rangers who have won one playoff game in the history of their franchise!

GO SUPPORT THE TEAM!

Fols

August 31st, 2010
2:24 pm

I’ve been to more Braves games this year than the Atlanta faithful and I live in flippin Canada! lol

Fill up the stadium, baseball tickets are cheap. It’s not like your spending any money on the Atlanta Thrashers.

Go Braves, this Mets series combined with the Phils in LA could really do us some good!

Space Monkey

August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

Speaking as a Charlottean, I will gladly accept transfer of the Braves. Give us a few years to build a stadium. On a serious note: The Braves attendance problems have as much to do with location as anything. Downtown stadiums are great, if they have good rapid transit to get you there. Also let’s be honest, isn’t part of the problem in Atlanta the fear middle class white people have of going downtown after dark? Atlantans, tell me if I’m wrong.

Swede

August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

What time does the game start tonight? I live 7,436.12 km (4,620.9 miles) away, so I’m a bit late for tonight’s game, unfortunately…

;-)

dman

August 31st, 2010
2:26 pm

If Lowe is hurt, will the Braves try to get Ted Lilly?

J-Hey the Hero

August 31st, 2010
2:30 pm

Space Monkey,

Location has everything to do with why attendance is poor. No one wants to get their car broken into or mugged on the way back from the game. Even the shuttle to five points is shady, maybe if we win a world series (or five), we can get a stadium that isn’t in such a terrible location.

Knute Rockne

August 31st, 2010
2:38 pm

DLowe’s elbow is barking, and Tora Torakami just got called up. You think Bobby might plug KK into the rotation a couple of starts to give Lowe a little rest?

AdirondackDave

August 31st, 2010
2:41 pm

Swede — DOB has reported Tommy John is 12-18 months recovery. Medlin could be back as early as September next year or Spring Training 2012. Doubt they will rush him with the availability of more strong prospects knocking at the door next year… Teheran, Delgado, Viscaino, Beachy, Diamond, Hoover, Redmond, etc. Of course, several of these guys not named Teheran are likely to be traded for a proven power outfielder (or two).

SlimG

August 31st, 2010
2:45 pm

Looking good Fellas, keep up the smart baseball and let’s get ready for October……….This October…………

I'm with Braves

August 31st, 2010
2:48 pm

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markie mark

August 31st, 2010
2:48 pm

Guys, those of you who live far away, dont worry, the attendance figures have been good this year. I have been to 4 or 5 games myself, and took my grandchildren to their first baseball game 3 weeks ago – 20 rows up behind the Braves dugout, it was sweet. That being said….it is hot as HELL in the stadium….I have sweated thru all the games I want to until the weather cools a little bit. My living room chair is cool, the screen is big, and the beer is cold…..

dman

August 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

DOB, will the braves go after Lilly who is on waivers?

I'm with Braves (Whatever & Wherever)

August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

Joe Lemire of SI didn’t include Freddie Freeman in his recent “10 September call-ups to watch”.

When do they(ESPN, SI etc) realize?

markie mark

August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

Space Monkey….the crowds are large enough (even when attendance is poor) and enough police that if you go with the flow of the crowd you feel safe. However, MARTA (the atlanta transit system) has voted to eliminate the shuttle system next year. Thats CRAZY!! Its always busy taking people from the downtown 5 Points rail terminus to the game. One of the problems is they dont put the shuttles conveniant to the 5 Points station, they park them on the other side of underground Atlanta to force you to walk 1/2 mile thru the shops to get to them. For a 50 + year old, with bad feet…..this is a killer…..

Kyle

August 31st, 2010
3:19 pm

DOB- so none of the call ups can be on the postseason roster since they are being called up tomorrow?

Kyle

August 31st, 2010
3:20 pm

nevermind just saw it

Billy Bob Barker

August 31st, 2010
3:33 pm

Wish Turner field had a marta station like phillips and the dome.

David O'Brien

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

Kyle, seriously, we’ve answered that question at least 25 times in the past few weeks. It’s answered again in today’s new blog.

WinSomething

August 31st, 2010
4:31 pm

I live over here in CA and I go to a lot of baseball games throughout the year. My options are Oakland and San Francisco, with an occasional trip to LA for a Dodger game. Both stadiums are right about 90-100 miles from my house. My gf being a giants fan and her dad having 4 season tickets, we get to use them a lot when he has plans and cant go, so we make a lot of drives to SF for night games during the week. She gets off work early and we leave at 3pm for a 7:15 start and get home a little after midnight usually. We normally drive the whole way in, crossing the Bay Bridge, (the one that had the top deck collapsed in the ‘89 World Series earthquake) and that takes us right to the outside of downtown where the stadium is. We have the option of driving the first 45 minutes to the Bay Area Rapid Transit or “BART” station and taking that into the city, then you have to get off and jump on the “Muni” train that will drop you off right at the stadium. It costs about $9 per person. We deem that not worth the inconvenience of parking, waiting for the BART train, getting off BART, waiting for the MUNI train and then doing it all over at 10:30 or 11pm when the game ends. We have found a free parking location that is always available that we use to get around paying $25-$30 for the stadium lot or a parking garage in the area, but we do have to walk about 1/2 a mile. Not a bad area though. Some parts around the park are a little rough, but the area has really been improved in the 10 years since they started playing ball there. But driving all the way to the park is our way of choice to SF, its not that bad if we dont pay to park, and buying gas works out to be a little cheaper than paying to ride BART and Muni. Takes about an hour and a half to two hours to get there. Now Oakland… Completely different story. Its in a really run down part of town, but the good thing is that BART goes right up to the coliseum! We will ride BART every time we go to Oakland for the convenience.

Just thought Id share my pains on getting to games with some people on the other side of the US… As a Braves fan, I would much rather spend all of this effort going to The Ted, but as a baseball fan, its still worth it.

WinSomething

August 31st, 2010
4:33 pm

Both stadiums, meaning Oak and SF. LA is a weekend trip, since its around 400 miles south. Only made that one twice this year!

desibrave

August 31st, 2010
4:41 pm

I feel bad that I have not been able to attend more than 2 games this season. Problem is the commute after the game. I live 40miles away from the ballpark in the northeast suburbs.

DOB, Lets say Padres, Reds and Braves win the divisions and make it to postseason. What kind of impact will that make on revenue (whether it is advertisements or ballpark attendance) etc., ?

Resign or Re-sign?

August 31st, 2010
5:27 pm

Win Something:

One thing you didn’t emphasize: YOUR TICKETS ARE FREE!!

Resign or Re-sign?

August 31st, 2010
5:28 pm

….but I likedthe rest of your autobiography; couldn’t put it down!

KSU

August 31st, 2010
5:35 pm

Stop making excuses, just go to the game. i admit I don’t go to as many games as i should (5-6 games this year), but i don’t make excuses for not going

Mutts

August 31st, 2010
5:53 pm

Attendance against Triple A teams like the 2010 Mets is going to be low because Mets fans living in Atlanta are fair weather fans that have deserted the Mets in their year of need. And even casual Braves fans, never accused of being students of the game of baseball, know that it’s not worth a trip to Turner Field to see the Mets in their current state of disrepair.

WinSomething

August 31st, 2010
6:19 pm

Re-sign, Thanks. Only half of the time or less are the tickets free. Weekend games we have to buy our own. Id say we have gone to 6 or 7 giants games this season with her dads season tickets. Great seats, usually $76.00 face value. When we buy our own we spend about $35-42 per ticket. A’s games, tickets are pretty cheap, so thats always nice. Id say we have been to 25-30 games this year. Thanks for reading.

Resign or Re-sign?

August 31st, 2010
6:29 pm

Win Something:

I was stationed in Monterey in the early ’70s and went to several Braves games at Candlestick. I remember one double-header where we sun-bathed at noon in our shorts; then had to leave at 7pm because we were freezing, DESPITE the fact we had brought our flight jackets and several extra blankets!!

ueeediot

August 31st, 2010
6:33 pm

Minor has 22 SO and 4 BB….. Strausburg who?

WinSomething

August 31st, 2010
6:37 pm

Those were the days, huh? That place could be brutal. I have pictures of me as a kid in the mid 80’s. All you can see is my Braves hat and my face, the rest of me is wrapped as tight as can be in a giants blanket with my moms giants scarf on. I was maybe 7, and needless to say I would just suffer in a Braves t-shirt now days, but thankfully the new park doesnt have the same harsh chill to it.

Resign or Re-sign?

August 31st, 2010
7:21 pm

I remember the first time I was in Frisco in ‘70. My dad had been through there several times during WWII so I called him. The first thing he asked was if I had a jacket! I told him it was 90 degrees and hot. He told me if I planned to stay past 4pm I needed to go get a coat. It was Sunday afternoon and no stores were open, but there was a guy on Market Street who had an old navy pea coat he wanted $7 for; so I bought it. We still had to leave about 8pm because a couple of the other guys didn’t have coats.

Bravesfan

August 31st, 2010
7:45 pm

Normally I’d be glad laying a bunt down to advance the runner to third but w as hot as Diaz has been Might shouldve let him swing at it

TTTT-Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

August 31st, 2010
7:56 pm

Nashville TN would LOVE to have the Braves and based on the Titans attendance would support it. This AAA Milwaukee team is talking of pulling out because of the old stadium and the city doesn’t seem to be interested in building them a new one. Bet if it was the Braves they would jump on it in a heartbeat. Lots of Braves fans here, and some high population areas close by to draw from, like Huntsville, Memphis, etc. Nashville is centrally-located for the southeast. Don’t need a stadium downtown though, not enough parking. Need it south of town between Brentwood and Franklin, in fact not far from Mike Minor’s hometown of Chapel Hill. It would work. Let’s do it. My checkbook’s ready!

The Office

August 31st, 2010
9:34 pm

“My checkbook’s ready!”

Well great timing TTTT. The Braves are announcing tomorrow that they are moving to Nashville. please send me a check for $500.00 as a down payment on your season tickets. 4 season seats for just $500. This sale ends tonight so hurry.

Make check payable to Customer Allocation Services Headquarters or CASH for short.

PO MSCT
Scranton NY 01234

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