Braves’ quotes after Tuesday win over Mets

BOBBY COX

On luxury of having Ross as a backup

“It is, because he throws out runners, calls a great game, he’s got the power to hit homers – he always does something.”

“He’s a guy that can throw out runners, he’s got power … you know, it’s a joy to see his face every day in the clubhouse. He’s always full of energy, team-oriented all the time. And he hit the big one tonight, no doubt about it. That was huge.”

On Minor

“It looked like he just kind of hit a wall in the fifth inning. I don’t know what happened; he was up there in pitches. It wasn’t a bad outing by any means. I thought he was cruising pretty good. He only gave up two runs.

“He’s had four really nice starts, I think.”

On damage control by Minor

“He did. He had a big strikeout and got out of that inning. He has mound presence and composure. A lot of kids don’t when they come up.”

On Heyward

“Heyward’s just on fire right now. He had another huge hit tonight. But everybody’s swinging. Lee’s swinging, Infante, Prado, McCann. Everybody’s swinging.”

On Derrek Lee:

“Derrek had three tonight. He’s pretty banged up, but he’s out there. He’s been great. I don’t know how many he’s driven in already, eight or so. He’s been a great addition.”

DAVID ROSS

On his slam off Niese, on 2-2 cut fastball

“I’d seen a lot of pitches from him, so I was just trying to get ready and react with two strikes.”

On his big night

“I’d rather jog around the bases than have to run hard to third, especially when Francoeur is picking the ball up.

“It was just nice to contribute when B-Mac gets a day off, give him some rest. He’s been playing really well lately. I’ve got to do good or else I’m not going to get back in there, the way he’s been playing.”

“It’s nice to give him some rest down the stretch and just get him ready for this last month run.”

On first career grand slam (with bases loaded, he was 5-for-30 in career and 1-for-4 with four walks this season, before tonight)

“Yeah, it’s nice to get a hit [with bases loaded]. It was nice to finally come through. I had seen a lot of pitches from him tonight, so I started to feel comfortable and was just getting myself ready in time.

“When you back up and you play once in a while, you get that timing as you go, and you get that feel. Each at-bat, when do I need to get started? How’s my timing? Tonight it started to come around, especially that last at-bat, it really felt comfortable.”

On getting the two hardest parts of the cycle out of way, triple and homer

“You don’t see that too often. I don’t know how many triples I’ve got; I’ve got a couple this year. My other one was when two guys collided in the outfield and had to go to the hospital. So it was not normal for me to be running all the way to third.”

“It was just a good team win. Guys are having good at-bats. Jason Heyward is swinging the bat really well right now for us, and that’s a key. D-Lee had some nice hits tonight, Prado getting guys over, Melky in front of me, I know he got two, maybe three. Just turning the lineup over is key when you’ve got guys at the top of the order hitting over .300 with Omar and Prado, and Jason’s really hot right now. And then when B-Mac and D-Lee are in there, starting to get a little deeper lineup, and we’ve got a lot of weapons that Bobby can use on the bench.”

On Minor’s damage control

“That’s what you want from a young guy. That’s what Roger came out and told him, ‘just damage control. We’re having good at-bats off their pitcher, we’re getting guys on base into scoring position, let’s do a little damage control.’ And you could tell that was a good, mature thing that he did. He didn’t get too rattled and just focused on each hitter and trying to get a ground ball, then held it to two sac flies. That’s huge for us.”

“He wasn’t getting some calls that were borderline, and sometimes get frustrated and lose their composure, and he didn’t do that. You could see him get a little frustrated, but when it came to making a pitch he tried to make that pitch.”

MIKE MINOR

This start compared to his first three

“Tonight was probably the worst I’ve felt, of all the starts. Roger came out there and said, we need damage control right here. Luckily I got out of that with two runs and we were only down 2-1, then put up a seven-spot. My teammates picked me up right there.”

“Those other innings I made some pretty good pitches, and they’re good major league hitters who put the bat on the ball, kind of sticking the bat out or guessing the right pitch or whatever.”

“The last inning I was real frustrated with myself. The arm didn’t feel that great. Not hurt, but just tired. I don’t know if it was the 10 days off or however many it was [eight, actually], but I just felt tired and wasn’t hitting spots and throwing the way I wanted to. Everything was kind of sporadic, leaving [pitches] up, down, left, right.”

On having eight days between starts

“The only thing that was close to that was college, having six days off. It’s a little bit different, you’ve got to throw two sides and try to keep your arm fresh, kind of long-toss one or two days. Tonight I felt a little weak. At the beginning of the game I felt good, rested, but by the second or third inning I was already feeling it. And I don’t know if that was because of the 20-pitch innings – I was averaging like 20 pitches the first two innings – or if it was because of the days off. I’m not sure.”

33 comments Add your comment

waterstim

August 31st, 2010
11:19 pm

Frenchy Traded

JD

August 31st, 2010
11:31 pm

Mike did well tonight, his stamina will come back the more he stays in the rotation and isn’t skipped. He’s young, I don’t think even Bobby can burn him out in a month….

Baller

August 31st, 2010
11:36 pm

bruce

August 31st, 2010
11:40 pm

thanks alot David, really appreciate the extra effort to give these to us. great read.

rusty

August 31st, 2010
11:42 pm

I’m going to miss seeing that stupid look on Frenchie’s face as he slumps back to the dugout after fanning for the second or third time for the night.

Jamaaliver

August 31st, 2010
11:47 pm

And with tonight’s win, we are now tied with Cincinnati for the best record in the NL. We’ve got to lock down that #1 seed so we don’t get stuck playing SD in a short series in the first round.

rc35

August 31st, 2010
11:47 pm

I wish Jeff all the best. I remember when he was the hot commodity and his roomie McCann was the sidekick. How times have changed! I’d like to see Frenchy tear up the AL and have a great final month…unless he winds up against us in the Series. Then, he can “o-fer” until next year.

Boatdoc

August 31st, 2010
11:51 pm

I was surprised when I just looked to see Frenchie only has half as many K’s as David Wright and 30 less than Heyward. Still – with his .237 BA and .293 OBP he significantly behind his not-exactly-setting-the-world-on-fire career stats.

Hobo

September 1st, 2010
12:04 am

rc35, Jeff and Brian both had their first full season in the majors in 2006. Jeff batted .260/.293/.449 and Brian batted .333/.388/.588. As a major league baseball player, Brian was never Jeff’s sidekick.

hootdaddy-17

September 1st, 2010
12:25 am

Well, I for one am quite pleased with tonight’s outcome. We hold the tiebreaker over both Cincy and San Diego, but if you want to avoid a short series with San Diego, you better be prepared to go a short series against Oswalt, Halladay, and Hamels.

Left Bench

September 1st, 2010
12:25 am

Looking forward to an all Braves World Series. Texas v Atlanta

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 1st, 2010
12:47 am

Left Bench – It wouldn’t surprise me to see a Braves/Rangers WS.

Jo-Bu

September 1st, 2010
12:52 am


Jamaaliver

August 31st, 2010
11:47 pm
And with tonight’s win, we are now tied with Cincinnati for the best record in the NL. We’ve got to lock down that #1 seed so we don’t get stuck playing SD in a short series in the first round.

Actually, I believe SD have a half game up on both ATL and CIN (.583 PCT) with SD with a .585 PCT.

There are only two teams that do not want to see in the post: The Reds and the Rockies. I would gladly play the Padres because we’ve had a pretty good time with them this season both home and away.

And boy, didn’t the Redbirds fail all expectations this season?

Jo-Bu

September 1st, 2010
12:54 am

Oops, my bad. MLB just updated the standings. SD at .580 PCT. I stand corrected.

Jo-Bu

September 1st, 2010
12:59 am

Mike did really well considering (as Leo predicted) he had to kick eight days of rust off. You could tell he was tired by the 80th pitch of the game. Gotta work out everyday but I understand what the Braves were doing trying to save his arm a few innings for the run.

One untrainable/uncoachable trait of a good pitcher is being able to locate when your arm is tired. It’ll come with this kid, he’s got the stuff to do it.

Jerek Deter

September 1st, 2010
1:13 am

The Reds are the most dangerous team in the NL. But playing the Padres would be painful ’cause the media would fawn all over them.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 1st, 2010
1:56 am

KK looks like he may get start for DLowe this week. I have always been a big KDub fan. The way these guys are hitting right now, I feel confident that he will pitch well. Looks like Friday in Florida

Bobbeeee's Cox

September 1st, 2010
2:05 am

I’m not a fan of holding young guys back a start to save their innings. Their arms get tired or weaker then you throw them out there & they don’t feel right. Their pitches are off, they get hurt. Idk, just let them pitch.

NikkiFree

September 1st, 2010
6:20 am

Jerek,
Actually, the media has been waiting for the Pads to “go away” all season. I think they are probably the most disrespected team in the NL. Even now, they are still catching a lot of negative press esp. after the sweep by the Phils. Most of the press is the they only have 1 hitter, Adrian Gonzalez. The other thing is “you can get to their pitching”.

greenvegas

September 1st, 2010
6:34 am

don’t like pitching minor on 8 days rest. I hope he doesn’t get hurt. I think doing the same thing to medlen a few times, along with pitching him from the bullpen in between starts, could have contributed to him blowing out his arm.

GMCK

September 1st, 2010
6:51 am

i saw glaus on the bench lastnight….. if D lee is hurting like bobby says, then give him a night at first.

Toots

September 1st, 2010
7:28 am

Expanding the roster is only going to help the Braves run for the post season. We have a lot of weapons everything just got deeper.. I feel good about the way this team has played. they seem to like each other and are having fun! Go Braves

ATLfan15

September 1st, 2010
8:10 am

@NikkiFree: SD is second behind the Braves in lack of respect from the national media. They’ve been waiting for ATL to go away all season too. Hopefully we’ll waste their time and give them all a nice big shyte-burger to eat. (nod to manager Lou Brown from ‘Major League’) :-)

Vermont 39

September 1st, 2010
8:13 am

We can beat the Reds or Phillies in a 3, 5, or 7 game series..
SD may have just simply run out of gas…we can beat them also…we already did!!!

braveshoo

September 1st, 2010
8:14 am

I hope we dont start KK for D.Lowe on Friday. I would much rather see Christian Martinez start.

dpelfrey

September 1st, 2010
8:21 am

I watched Heyward’s 5th inning double about 4 or 5 times on replay. I still can’t believe the trajectory of that ball, and the speed. It was past the centerfielder before they could change cameras. Unbelievable, we are witnessing a truly unique talent right now. People just don’t hit the ball like that.

It’s going to be scary as he gets stronger and those hits start going 480 instead of 380 feet. They’ll have to put up a net behind the outfield fence to protect the fans. If someone tried to catch a ball like that, it would take their arm off.

stew

September 1st, 2010
8:59 am

Why would you break up Minor’s 5 days between starts when he was going so good. Was he skipped in the rotation and for what reason? He seemed to be out of gas. His fastball was 92-94 early and 88-89 later in the game. Why did Bobby have to use Venters and Saito in a blowout like this? I was expecting to see Martinez for about 2 innings. This was definitely a long situation and he pitched short relievers.

Bravefaninok

September 1st, 2010
9:09 am

stew ,

Martinez was optioned to gwinnet will not be back until gwinnets season ends the 6th i think.

rico43

September 1st, 2010
9:13 am

Seems like people question the bullpen every night it’s not a one-run game. Farnsworth and Wagner worked Monday; EOF, Venters, Saito and Moylan had a day Tuesday. Martinez is in Gwinnett; they optioned him after the 4-inning sting. Today and tomorrow, they’re adding Dunn, Proctor, Kimbrel, KK and Martinez. But don’t expect them all to pitch when the Braves are ahead.

Keith

September 1st, 2010
9:33 am

Re:rico43

I was a little surprised to see Venters out there again last night. It would seem that last night would been a great opportunity to give him a night of rest. Oh well….

tony

September 1st, 2010
11:26 am

hotdaddy and others talking about playoff opponents,
We can not play the phillies in the first round of the playoffs since they are in our division. A team cannot play a division opponent in the first round of the playoffs. Who we play in the first round is going to have more to do with who wins the wild card then who has the best overall record.

Brendan

September 1st, 2010
2:47 pm

I can’t take it anymore. I love the Braves and have since their days in Milwaukee. But, will you writers please get on them and teach them the difference between an adjective and an adverb or, at least, mis-quote them.

Freddie G

September 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

Mike Minor is a great talent, I only hope he will stay healthy for many years to come. He had great control in his first three starts and had me boasting on his immaculate control. However yesterday’s start was not as good, and could be due to the long layoff as he suggested.

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