Braves postgame quotes following 4-2 loss to Nats

BRIAN MCCANN

On the trip:

“We’re losing games. I feel like we’ve just got to keep playing. We’ve got six games. We’ve got to turn the intensity up. We’ve got to make every at-bat count.”

On Brandon Beachy:

“After the first couple innings he started locating a lot better. He’s got a great arm; he’s got an idea what he wants to do, he’s stepping up big for us. He’s come in and given us a chance to win both times he’s pitched. You can’t ask for anything more than what he’s done.”

On the seventh-inning walks:

“It was just one of those innings that snowballed on us. It just snowballed. One thing after another.”

On the 4-5 trip:

“We’re ready to get home. We’ve got six games to make this thing happen. We’ll see what we’re made of….We’ve got to just find a way, find a way to play better. Find a way to do the little things and find a way to win.”

JONNY VENTERS

On his outing:

“Came in walked Nyjer on four straight pitches, which was terrible. I wasn’t even close. Fell behind to Desmond, left a pitch up over the plate. Just wasn’t real good today. Didn’t throw a lot of strikes, didn’t do my job.”

On how he feels physically:

“I feel fine. Just haven’t been throwing a lot of strikes lately and when I do it’s up in the zone. Guys are making me pay for it. Got to get the ball down, try to get ahead of guys.”

BOBBY COX

On a lack of clutch hits:

“In the first inning, first and third McCann lines into a double play, then Melky had runners second and third and lined out to left field. We didn’t have much luck with balls dropping. Those were key plays right there. If either one falls in, I think we win the ball game. It’s hard. It’s a tough loss to swallow. Nobody on, two outs and we give up three walks and a chopper, and they end up getting two runs out of three walks and a chopped ball. But Ankiel had a great day. He hit the home run to get us close, had another double and probably saved the game at one time early with the throw to home. He made a great throw.”

On Beachy:

“Beachy got into a groove after the second inning. He had nine strikeouts. That was huge for five innings of work. He did a great job. I can’t wait to see him pitch again.”

On Farnsworth;

“I don’t know what happened. It was an easy inning for him. Just two groundballs and then he walked Harris, then he walked Espinosa, then we walked Morgan. Then the high chopper.”

On playoff chances:

“We’re right there. We have a chance. Today was big game for us. Just got to put together a little streak….We have games left. It’s not the last road trip hopefully. We should have some confidence at home. The difference is we get more clutch hitting at home late in the game.”

BRANDON BEACHY

On his nine strikeouts:

“I had my fastball working there toward the end. I was locating it. they were swinging and missing a few times.”

On his second major league start:

“I felt way better today than I did the first time out. I still struggled early on in the game but I definitely, even through that, felt better today.”

On improvement in the later innings:

“I just calmed down. I know what I’m doing when I’m rushing. I tell myself to slow down. I do everything I can mentally to slow down and then it just becomes easier. I tell myself those same things and it just clicks.”

On his control:

“I didn’t have control those first couple innings and it hurt me, those three walks there. Couple timely hits that saw their way through, really hurt me. That’s something I haven’t dealt with a lot. I’ve dealt with not having my stuff the first inning or so but not with walking guys. Normally I’m able to at least put the ball somewhere over the plate.”

On if there’s a difference in the strike zone in majors vs. minors:

“I wouldn’t say there’s much of a difference at all. The difference maybe is that I’m not going to give in to these hitters because they can hurt me a little more, so I’m going to try to be a little more fine even when I’m behind in the count.”

75 comments Add your comment

Jerry

September 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

They forgot to tip their caps,right? What a bunch of chokeup artists!

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 26th, 2010
7:13 pm

I guess Bobby hasnt pushed the panic button yet

JC from DR!

September 26th, 2010
7:15 pm

F’ you Bobby Cox, retire already.

J-Hey

September 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

“We’ll see what we’re made of”
seen it .. don’t like it

“The difference is we get more clutch hitting at home late in the game”
problem is that’s failing too, late inning rallies and come from behind wins aren’t happening now when you’d like them to.

Supes

September 26th, 2010
7:25 pm

What JC from DR said!

bobby

September 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

What was the braves record for the last 15 games in 2009?

SG10

September 26th, 2010
7:31 pm

I don’t understand these comments about turning intensity up..which means they haven’t already? What does it take turn intensity up? If at all, I think they need to be confident and put together good at bats while focusing on every pitch.. I think the team did very well when it just focused on performing well without worrying about the results.. This past month they have been focused on the results rather than doing what is in their control, i.e. to perform better.

Chop It Up All-Star

September 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

We’ve got to turn up the intensity!! Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. Same tired script that no one believes. How about this one:

We’re not very good right now. We’re terribly inconsistent on offense. Our pitching and defense has been shakey as of late, and we are playing ourselves right out of the playoffs. We’ve still got a shot at turning this thing around, but only if we start doing the little things that this team has to do in order to win.

MAC MARINE

September 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

I am ready or some Braves baseball without Bobby (Nose Picker) Cox!! I am ready for next season..

bobbycoxcountdown: 6

September 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

lost 5 of last 6.
lost 2 of 3 to the freakin Nats.
All in the 2nd to last week of the season…

Poor leadership and poor play. All should be ashamed.

I want you to Heymake me.

September 26th, 2010
7:37 pm

….In other news College Basketball is about a month away.

Harpie

September 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

These guys are a professional team with the mental toughness of Little Leaguers – it’s pitiful…

bobbycoxcountdown: 6

September 26th, 2010
7:42 pm

Bobby- they were around 500 for their last 15, but the did lose their final 6 games of the season.

Supes

September 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

Waiting for someone to say “gotta put our game faces on”…reminiscent of the famous Bobby Knight comment about that !

McCann is full of kaka…”turn up the intensity”…why the FRAK u wait till you are in a desperate six game home stretch to do that? Why couldn’t you do that earlier this week in PHILLY? McCann has learned from his Daddy Bobby Cox on how to cliche to death…and AJC is buying this quote crap.

ben

September 26th, 2010
7:47 pm

Bobby Cox – not much luck with balls dropping. Yea, I guess the Phils are just having all the luck.
I guess Giants are having all the luck. I guess the Nats are having all the luck. Sometimes you help to make the luck and the Braves are choking.

woodie

September 26th, 2010
7:48 pm

Farnsworth-less !

zorba

September 26th, 2010
7:51 pm

Dave, Jim Powell and Don Sutton have had a great season. How about an article about them.

jason heyward

September 26th, 2010
7:54 pm

NickGranite

September 26th, 2010
7:58 pm

Nats spanked us last September and they beat us in the season series 10-8 this year too. May be the difference in how this all comes out.

Dade County Dude

September 26th, 2010
8:00 pm

The Fish will sweep!!!!

AZBravoFan

September 26th, 2010
8:02 pm

all you need to know can be learned by comparing Storen vs. the Phillies in the 9th last Sunday, and Storen vs. the Braves today. Phils: 4 batters, 4 runs. Braves: 3 up 3 down

I want you to Heymake me.

September 26th, 2010
8:09 pm

Bobby’s loyalty to Venters(what an odd thing to say when you think about it) in this game was costly. The Braves have a deep pen. It’s not like Venters was the only lefty left out there. You just cannot have Venters pitch to Desmond when his control is as bad as was to Morgan(and afterwards to Desmond as well).

Poor managing of the pen there.

Michael

September 26th, 2010
8:20 pm

The Braves will be lucky to make he playoffs, and they have nly themselves to blame! However, let’s say all the politically correct things, right boys.

eric the elder

September 26th, 2010
8:23 pm

Mac Marine: I am ready for next season..

Maybe, but what do we look forward to?

About half of this year’s team should be sent packing. But with whom do we replace them? Except for some pitching, I see nothing on the horizon. Freeman is hitting .100, and there are no outfield or shortstop prospects to make anyone’s heart go pitty-pat.

With Chipper, Lowe, and Kawakami eating up a big chunk of the budget, can we afford more than to go out and get anyone other than aging retreads?

I’m not sure next year will be much different than this year.

Chad

September 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

Key point in the game:

Men on 1st and 2nd with none out and the game tied at 2. Freeman up against L.Hernandez. I would have pinch hit there and sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Instead, Freeman pops up and the next guy hits into a double play. That was the game.

Freeman looked overmatched all day against t Hernandez, and a bunt would have left us in a good situation without the possiblity of a double play. No brainer….to me.

rlsmithj

September 26th, 2010
8:26 pm

Does anybody really WANT to see rthe Braves go to the playoffs? They would be out in 4 games or less.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 26th, 2010
8:29 pm

This season is over. When do pitchers and catchers report? Can’t wait!

ijudgenot

September 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

As usual Bobby Cox can’t play small ball. After calling for a hit and run that Heyward and prado execute perfectly in an earlier inning. he has runners on first and second nobody out after Braves have tied the game and the pitcher’s spot due up. Instead of sending a pitcher (Hudson,Lowe) to bunt runners over he sends up Diaz to hit ball to right side to get them over. Crazy. Diaz of course strikes out trying to hit ball to right side.. If you bunt runners over you can get a run without a hit, but cox goes fort the 3 run homer . And who does he bring in in 7th after Braves tie score ,Farnsworth who gave up inside the park homer to Harris in first . You could not make this stuff up if you were trying to write a not to do manual for managers. Of course lineup positioning stays the same rediculous.

Steve

September 26th, 2010
8:32 pm

Eric the Elder you are kidding right? Next year will be great. Omar and Prado will be back and will start. Freeman has only had a HANDFUL of Major League at bats. My gosh give it time. Heyward will be even better next year. McCann the all-star will be back along with the great pitching. Just need a new outfielder.

matty ice

September 26th, 2010
8:41 pm

we will need a cleanup hitter and 2 outfielders.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

September 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

I know about giving up. Once Hulk Hogan had me in a Nigerian Nutlock and I tapped out. These players are mailing it in. I remeber the Braves playing ABC baseball. Get ‘em on,get ‘em over,get ‘em in. Now they play groundout,strikeout,fly out. Hoooooooooooooo !

warrens braves

September 26th, 2010
8:59 pm

the braves next year will have a new coach. hopefully someone to light a fire under these guys asses! this team went right down to the bottom after chipper got hurt. yes, chipper not being in there hurt this team the most. he was getting really hot before the injury. then we pick up ankiel, lee, farnsworth. guys that did absolutly nothing down the stretch. we got one good month out of troy glaus. then he went to hell. the future looks good. next year you got a healthy chip coming back some way or another. freeman at first. prado and omar, maybe alex gonzalez. then heyward in right. after that you need a huge overhaul in the outfield. diaz is good as a platoon guy. you should bring back nate to see if he really is back to playing well. get a bat either through trade or free agency. werth will be a free agent. maybe him? or anybody better then melky and ankiel. the bullpen will still be strong, were good on starters. the fifth spot could go to a number of guys( beachy, minor, anyone that can throw strikes!) you have a healthy jurjens, hanson, hudson, lowe. lets look to next year. hopefully the owners will allow some extra spending for free agents. please hire a manager that will let the ranes off once in a while. go braves…

Jack G.

September 26th, 2010
8:59 pm

On making the playoffs……..The way the Braves have played the last month…..why would they want to.

Hope is all I have left

September 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

It has nothing to do with Bobby being loyal to Venters it has to do with him not pulling Fransworth after for the first walk. He has to be completely intolerant of inconsistent or bad play. He should be yelling at these guys to get their arres in gear and he should have been doing that for the last 3 weeks. Clearly there is no leadership AT ALL in this clubhouse! You can’t blame the rookie pitchers for not getting the job done. Beachy has given you two decent outings and you blew both with crappy offense. Jason and Infante look lost at the plate. Prado looks real tired and hurt. McCann is trying to do to much with every swing. These are the guys who carried this team for a long time and I don’t care what they say they’re all pressing way too hard. They need to relax and just get base hits. Someone should step up and call all these so called professional players out. One of the veterans needs to man up Kirby Puckett style and carry this team on their back in the next game. They also need to be fist pumping and showing all kinds of energy while they’re doing it and show these guys what this is all about.

I want you to Heymake me.

September 26th, 2010
9:59 pm

I don’t blame him for not pulling Farnsworth sooner. I thought it was going to be an easy inning for him up to that point, so ..one walk …not a big deal …two walks … yeah pull him.

Venters on the other hand looked so bad to that first batter that I really cannot come up with any way to defend letting him pitch to Desmond. It was simply because Bobby says(as he does for his other mainstays) …this is my guy and he’ll get the job done and if not .. he tried hard.

You can do that in June. You can’t in a tight race in the final few games of the season. With a deep pen you can’t take chances like that.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

September 26th, 2010
10:08 pm

How do you disappear with 7 games left in playoff hunt like the Braves have done ? And they say I’m crazy ?

rc35

September 26th, 2010
10:16 pm

1-Intensity? If you blow an 8-game division lead, then foul up the wild card with a week left and aren’t already intense, you have no business playing Major League Baseball.

2-I have been hoping I was wrong, but Freddie Freeman keeps reminding me of Jack Pierce, a Braves first-baseman from the 70’s. He tore up AAA pitching, but went 1-for-20 in Atlanta with a lone double to show for it. I know Freddie has at least two hits, but he surely doesn’t seem to be ready for the bigs yet.

3-Intensity, Part Two–Do the Braves even CARE anymore? I don’t see how you can have the playoffs in your grasp and act like it’s nothing. I know you don’t want to tense up too much, but if this bunch of guys were any more “laid back,” they’d be horizontal!

bja

September 26th, 2010
10:30 pm

I will ask this again.Bobby cox is credited with 2500 wins over the years.yet a lot of you people say that he has never had any sense about managing a ball club.what i would like to know if he did not have sense to win anything.please tell me who won all of those games.Bobby Cox is one of the three or four best managers who ever lived.

Hope is all I have left

September 26th, 2010
10:42 pm

You’re right but he hasn’t pulled the trigger fast enough in the last two years in the playoff push.

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2010
11:03 pm

Anyone watching the Red Sox/Yanks game right now?

This 9th inning is how you play ball. Hopefully some of the guys on our team are watching.

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2010
11:05 pm

I mean, the Red Sox are down to wire before being eliminated. They finish the sweep and keep pace until next weekend in Boston and sweep the Yanks again, they can make the playoffs.

They stole 4 bases right now. They’re not swinging at anything down, away, or inside. Making Mariano throw a strike. This is a team playing like they must win.

Why haven’t we been playing like this?

Btw, 3-2 now Boston after a SAC FLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mitchell

September 26th, 2010
11:07 pm

I want you to Heymake me.

September 26th, 2010
7:37 pm

….In other news College Basketball is about a month away.

Oh, God. Kill me now.

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2010
11:08 pm

One out single, stole 2nd, stole 3rd brings in infield. Base hit through drawn-in infield.

steal of 2nd, steal of 3rd. Sac fly.

Yet, we can’t move runners, and when we’re lucky enough to have a man on 3rd less than 2 out, we can’t drive him home. We can’t move a runner from 2nd with 0 out and score.

What the hell are the Braves doing?

Mitchell

September 26th, 2010
11:09 pm

Hey Bobby’s Cox.

Do you remember how many bases the Braves stole in the 1992 World Series?

22.

It doesn’t matter what they do, they’ll always find a way to lose.

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2010
11:17 pm

We are seriously playing the worse baseball I have ever seen, consistently on a night-to-night basis.

It’s not like we’re getting killed by other teams. We’re beating ourselves with errors, walks, and a failure manufacture a run when the other team gives us a chance to score, or we’re fortunate enough to get runners on.

I blame everyone. Bobby is managing the worse I have ever seen him manage. Screw the lineup. If he’s not going to change the order, fine, I can understand that at this stage of the year. But to sit on your hands and not bunt runners over, waste 2 pinch hitters in a bunt situation, consistently throw Venters who has nothing left, Farnsworth?, c’mon Bobby! WTH man? It took you 3 weeks in September to call a hit-and-run after continual streaks of no-offense and double plays, which worked btw, then fail to call for a bunt twice?

Then I blame the players. Why wouldn’t you bunt even if your manager doesn’t call for it? I’ve seen Diaz do that before, in that situation, by himself. We have ZERO baseball IQ. Try to bunt for a hit at least.

I don’t know man. This is pathetic. Hopefully the team is getting pissed and takes care of business. I don’t know what else it would take. If you can’t smell October and get up for games now, then maybe this team doesn’t have it. Tired? Worn out? Hurt? This time of year? Those are excuses. If you want it that bad, then you don’t worry about those things. You take care of business, and don’t tip your hat to a nobody pitcher or a nobody team, because the fact is, you’re gonna be playing better teams and better pitchers, and on the ROAD, in the playoffs. Grow some balls and take care of business. ()#$)(#*%){#

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2010
11:29 pm

Idk, I’m just a fan. But I’m an educated fan. Baseball has been a huge part of my life for 25 years. I’ve watched or listened to every Braves game for over 20 years. I’ve played the game for 20+ years. And, I know one thing: this is not how you play baseball. This is not how you manage. This is not how you call a game or effectively use players. These are not players that want it bad enough. That’s what it comes down to. It’s that simple. There’s no urgency. We’ve let other teams back into the race, all by ourselves, by losing.

Fact is, this is embarrassing as a fan. Having to watch this crap, having to talk baseball with friends or family & them asking me what is wrong with the team. The response is easy: They’re choking & playing like they don’t want it bad enough.

And while I sit here & vent, and watch 2 teams on ESPN playing for their playoff lives, it’s even more evident that the Braves brand has become so horrendous. This is freaking playoff baseball on the tube right now, and it’s 10 times better than a good football game on NBC, yet our fans rather subscribe to the skin because our team is playing like Sh!t.

Robert

September 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

Cox’s comment on clutch hits was basically “Heee-Haww, yah we dint get any”

And Brian McCann better watch himself. If he keeps talking about stepping it up he might find himself benched or railroaded out of town by Cox

Cox done said you cant step it up and we all know what happens when you crpss the big donk

Dennis Eckersley for manager

September 27th, 2010
12:24 am

This team should get swept again by Philly and may screw up and win one or two against FLA. Guess that’s what happens when you surround yourself with losers like Farnsworth and DLEE. Get some new faces just don’t sign anyone or trade for anyone unless they never played a major league game yet. Frank Wren you did a horrible job. YUK! Booby at his best, he’s no good unless Maddux is there to save his butt. Maddux should be the GM. At least he has earned that. Maybe LaRussa will get canned and we can hire him.

Tim Hudson

September 27th, 2010
12:26 am

Oh yeah forget about the playoffs. Braves are packing their $#!+! and going home.

Tim Hudson

September 27th, 2010
12:28 am

If Braves do screw up and make the playoffs, they need to just forfeit the games and save everyone the trouble. This team is crap.

jj

September 27th, 2010
2:01 am

What we are seeing from the Braves is what most on this blog who sees straight have been saying all year,”Bobby just can’t manage”.He is a good man that has been blessed with a lot of GOOD players and also a few Great ones.I wish he could have changed his game as he required Andruw,Escabor,and many more to do.He shipped them when he should have did the same for himself.He believed in the “BIG INNING”and he just did not know how to manage any other way.I still believe the Braves can make the playoffs if BC ask for help for himself as he did by getting help for TP.C’mon Bobby,ask your coaches for help.You might be surprised with what might happen.Oh yeah,you’re “KILLING VENTERS”.

DaveinNEPA

September 27th, 2010
6:07 am

This team plays “dumb” baseball. Absolutely no execution of the fundamentals.

If that’s not a reflection and condemnation of the Manager and coaching staff, I don’t know what is.

Charlie

September 27th, 2010
7:24 am

The quotes…”…see what we’re made of…” Are you kidding? We know what this team is made of. Tjey’ve showed it all September….no clutch hitters, choke defense, and FarnsworthLESS, who has spit out almost every close or meaningful game he’s pitched in, in a Braves uniform. Farnsworthless doesn’t like to talk to the media, but then what can he say? The obvious? I choke in important games. He been tried by contender type teams over the years. There is a reason why he played at KC. From past experience, Cox and Wren should know that.
It will be good when when the Braves make their final collapse at home. Those comments should be interesting. Of course Bobby will cheerlead his way out, and McCann will tip his cap to every other team in the league..
This team is made up of a bunch of pretenders, who choke when it counts the most. Not a clutch hitter in the group. (Bobby’s “…we get more clutch hits at home…” Did we get one once? I don’t remember. To put the word “clutch” with the Braves is totally unbelievable.. This is the biggest collection of anti-cluthch ball ploayers assembled on one team. Alex G. put together the lousiest 4 at bats I’ve ever seen yesterday. What a head case.
The embarrassment will continue for 6 more games. Get it over with. Talk your garbage. Take your money. Go home.

Algenis

September 27th, 2010
7:55 am

Bobby is riding this team to death. No one is going to come out and say buy this team is tired. This is Prado, Omar and Venters first full season and they need a break here and there. I understand every game is important but you are better off playing with guys that are fully rested with energy.

We all know Venters has been struggling, its obvious. I like Bobby but man, sometimes I feel we are watching a different ball game. Why is Melky playing and not Heinske vs Livan? We need leadership right now. Why Freddy over Glaus? I get the matchup thing but play with what got us there Bobby. Freddy is struggling you might as well play Troy and see if he can lite a spark in this offense. This is just sad. It reminds me of the 90’s. Difference is we can’t get into the playoffs as suppose to winning the whole thing. Thanks Bobby.

Roll Tider

September 27th, 2010
7:59 am

If Kyle Farnsworth even picks up a baseball the rest of the season, someone should slap Bobby Cox. I can hear the Kansas City Royals laughing from here. Rick Ankiel? (yeah, he did get a homer yesterday, only his 2nd), Kyle Farnsworth? (Head case). Thanks Frank.
The best thing about next year is we won’t have the best batting coach in the game (Terry Pendleton) and the best pitching coach (Roger McDowell) (sarcasm intended)

Bartman

September 27th, 2010
8:09 am

Chad – Key point
I agree %100. It was the perfect time for a sacrifice. That was bugging me the whole rest of the game….and now obviously.

Holy man

September 27th, 2010
8:34 am

please don’t say, “Well, just have to tip your cap……”

Dalmore

September 27th, 2010
8:46 am

This team simply played over its head for about six-eight weeks this season. Before then it was awful, and and since then has been just mediocre. Now, it’s not even that. McCann’s still waiting to turn up the intensity??!! No need to panic yet, right? I wonder if they’re waiting for the 9th inning on Oct. 3rd? This team is just incapable.

Dalmore

September 27th, 2010
8:49 am

2-2 game, must-win, week left in the regular season, fighting for the wild card — and he puts in Farnsworth???!! That guy broke our backs in Houston back in ‘04 and he screwed us again yesterday. Why would you even consider putting him in a crucial spot?? Stubborn arrogance . . .

Richard Stewart

September 27th, 2010
9:35 am

Omar and Prado take first two pitches standing still and smiling. First pitch, fast ball down the middle, second, slow curve inside (Prado always jumps back.) Now they are ready to start their at bat. Relievers come in and throw two balls to start (both “no brainers,” meaning so far out of the strike zone the batter does not have to think.) Now they are ready to start pitching. This kind of self- imposed pressure for the whole game is the reason they can’t hit, and no reliever except the closer can be counted on. Prado did finally swing at the first pitch on Sunday and surprise! surprise! hit a single. This waiting on the perfect pitch may mean the highest on-base percentage in the league, but it also give us the lead in strike-outs,

JL

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

If I were Chipper I would not come back and be embarrassed by this bunch of LOSERS!!

WG Dawg

September 27th, 2010
9:40 am

Playoffs? Seriously? Looking forward to putting all of my energy into the Falcons. Just 6 more games and I can forget about the Braves until next year. Come on next year!!!!!! Is it here yet?

Hope is all I have left

September 27th, 2010
10:31 am

The best thing about all these comments is that we as fans have more fire under out butts than these players do. It’s unreal!!! They all keep saying “this is what you play for”, “this is what you dream about when you’re a little kid” and yet they’re just letting the dream slip through their fingers.

Dorothy Davis

September 27th, 2010
10:33 am

Please quit calling Brian McCann an “All Star”. That was yesterday and today is today. And next year we start over,as known losers, hopefully without Chipper and Kawakami’s big payroll fiasco! And no raise’s please to the remaining few who did not do their job the last month of the season! (with the exception of Dereck Lowe) Any one of our AAA players could have done better if given a chance. Another wasted year.

Steve

September 27th, 2010
11:21 am

The problem with the Braves is not Bobby Cox. He can only manage what he has been given. The Atlanta averages of the players Frank Wren acquired this year: Ankiel-.213, Lee .280, Glaus .238, Cabrera .255, Gonzalez .256. Farnsworth era 5.79. If the Braves make the playoffs, it will be because Bobby Cox won with a sub-standard lineup courtesy of Frank Wren. The Braves have not been to the playoffs under Fumbling Frank.

MaSSaHH

September 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Mr Cox just doesnt know anymore how to play small ball. Maybe Fredi can be hired to manage these last 6 do-or-die games. Go Braves!

Dalmore

September 27th, 2010
11:48 am

Bobby’s Cox, your 11:17pm comments of last night nailed it. Well said.

Lynne, the pessimist and realist

September 27th, 2010
11:54 am

Why do the Nats win and the Braves lose? They have speed and they play small ball — move up runners; steal, bunt – things the braves don’t do, —they also have a big bopper in the line up— the Braves don’t — and Braves have a senile manager that won’t bunt with 2 on and no out — and puts in a reliever in a close game ( tie) with a high ERA who most of the time gives up a run when he comes in— and a GM who thinks he can bring in mediocre players and has-beens ( no offense to them) to win the division and WS while others bring in Roy Oswalt; Lance Berkman, Cody Ross….

TOMY FOURNIER

September 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

“BYE”,”BYE”…MR.-ML…BY BY ATLANTA AND BY BY FAN…SEE ALL YOU NEXT YEAR…AND I HOPE NOT WITH MR. “MORON” COX AND ALL HIS “PANDILLA”…SH%%$$#@@@!!!!…….”NOT PARTY”!!!!

Wrong, Steve

September 27th, 2010
12:04 pm

The problem with the Braves is Bobby Cox. If he’d managed Troy Glaus better, he’d still be hitting clutch home runs. Why was it obvious to us fans for a month and half that Troy was having legs problems, but Bobby couldn’t see it? You know why, because he didn’t care. He was willing to run Troy into the ground waiting for him to hit a home run even after it was obvious he couldn’t. How differently might this season have played out, if he’d platooned Hinske more at 1B and allowed Troy’s knees to get a break once in a while? He was the best hitter on the team and should have been handled as an invaluable asset, not a throwaway.

The same goes for the rest of the players. Why is Prado sent out day after day, when anyone can see he’s hurting and needs a rest? Why was Jason left to bat for so long with a hurt thumb, that he ended up spending extended time on the DL? Why was Kris Medlen used out of the pen after he became a starter? Is it any wonder he had to have surgery?

Why was Gonzalez playing SS yesterday against Livan Hernandez when he’s something like 6 for 67 against him? I could go on and on, but the point is, he has a very good bench and he uses it for little else but pinch hitting. The starters are tired and they are playing like it, but Bobby just keeps trotting them out there expecting different results.

There is no excuse for us being swept by the Phillies or losing 2 of 3 from the Nats. Look, the Mets took two out of three from the Phillies after we’d swept them. They didn’t lay down like the Braves.

nashvillewill

September 27th, 2010
1:05 pm

I believe the most likely scenario to be: the Padres and Giants cancel themselves out of the wildcard and the Braves win 3 of 6 at home to win or tie for the WC. If they win the WC and the accolades for Cox continue it will be a travesty. Anyone who knows baseball and has watched the futility and lack of leadership on this team must agree. The comments above re: Farnsworth, bunt situations, and play of the team are spot on. I’ve been a Braves fan for over 50 years and have my share of disappointments. The Cox years are mostly about underachievement–’91 and ‘96 excepted.
See where we are Braves fans? Blowing the division in September and even talking about the wildcard is unacceptable. Yogi said: “90% of this game is 50% mental.” I think it’s more than that. And the mental aspect totally eludes Bobby. (See Venters comment about expecting to throw high strikes and anything McCann says). Where is a good sports psychologist when you need one?

RBrave

September 27th, 2010
1:26 pm

Really disappointed ! Your charactor shows under pressure and they just folded plus to the last place team. Just shameful. Running out Mcclouth (who they sent down to the minors for being useless) during the pennant race is unexcusable. The bunch they brought in to sure up the pennant race was laughable. He still wants to run that hot hitting Glaus out there also in pinch hitting roles. I don’t mind losing, but the way they lost and the teams they lost too is awful. I had to turn it off !!

Felix Millan

September 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

a month ago some of you folks wanted FF to be our savior. Now, when Lee needs a rest, you scream bloody murder. Incredible.

Chief Pitchanono

September 27th, 2010
2:45 pm

This is a good team, just not a great one. The Braves need a power bat in the middle of this lineup, I truly believe if Glaus could have kept it together for the year, we would be celebrating another NL east title instead of holding onto hope of a wildcard. We have allot of guys who can hit, and get on base, and thats great, but we don’t have a guy with power in the middle of the lineup, and we certainly don’t have speed. Great teams have to have one or the other, and sometimes both. With our current lineup, outside of the ocasional homer, we pretty much have to put together, several hits, back to back just to score one or two runs. That takes allot of clutch hitting, night after night too have any consitency with your offense. This is very hard to sustain over a full season. We were very good at it earlier in the year, plus we were getting more walks then too, but you had to know that they could not keep it up all year. The hope was that be D.Lee could provide a little power down the stretch, but after a slow start, he hasn’t been terrible, but he hasn’t been what the braves offense needed. He’s either killed us with the double plays, or jumped right on the singles boat with the rest of the team. The other thing is Prado and infante cooling off at the worst possible time has pretty much given us no chance to do anything, but what we’ve done offensively – stink!.

Hope is all I have left

September 27th, 2010
3:04 pm

I still sustain that Cox should have batted Prado leadoff, Infante second and Heyward third when Heyward was hot. Prado is a very aggressive hitter who gets on and so is Infante. Heyward was just on fire until the Philly series. I think we would have won a few more games with that lineup.

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