Next for Braves: Hanson vs. Sanabia on Monday

Series preview: vs Marlins

When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Monday (SPSO); 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO); 4:35 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO).

Radio: 680 AM, 100.5 FM

Probable starting pitchers:

Monday: RH Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.51) vs. RH Alex Sanabia (5-3, 3.99)

Tuesday: TBA vs. RH Anibal Sanchez (12-11, 3.60)

Wednesday: TBA vs. LH Andrew Miller (1-4, 8.19)

Monday’s matchup:

• Hanson pitched six scoreless shutout innings in a gutsy no-decision against the Phillies his last start. He’s won only three of his past 16 starts despite a 2.61 ERA since July 3. He’s 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts in September.

• The Braves face rookie Sanabia for the third time this year. They’ve scored six runs in 9 1/3 innings against him but haven’t beaten him. The Braves scored five runs in five innings against him Sept. 5 at Florida but still lost 7-6 in extra innings.

40 comments Add your comment

chin music

September 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

will have to go 6-0 from here on out to make the playoffs. not gonna happen with two gaping holes in the lineup and in the outfield. looking for a swift refund on my playoff tix.


September 26th, 2010
4:40 pm

WOW How can we expect to be in the playoffs? We don’t deserve it losing to Pirates, Nats, & Fish!

warrens braves

September 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

ive been a braves fan for 20 years. this team will not win another game this year. they dont have the offense to compete with the marlins and phillies. its a shame. they looked like they were going to play in the post season. but yet again the braves find a way to blow it like most of the time in the last 20 years. minus 1995. i love the braves but im tired of watching them flounder, make bad moves, and choke when they need to play harder. its been a tough 20 years.

just sayin'

September 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Call in the dogs and p*** on the fire, this hunt is over.


September 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

Warre, you should have tried the 20 before that!


September 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

man this hurts…..its like bad gas

In Shock

September 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Bobby has been a great manager. But I think he might have retired one year too late. He is probably the only manager who refuses to shake things up a little bit in the lineup when it struggles like this. His use of the bullpen is baffling as well, its like he thinks Venters is suddenly going to regain his form from the summer. Not gonna happen, he is tired, hes grinding it out, but its not working. Kimbrel probably should have been called in during that horrific 7th to put the fire out, but instead we call on Venters after Farnsworth….I dont get it. Another season lost, 5 years with no Braves playoffs. Sad

Herschel Talker

September 26th, 2010
5:07 pm


No one cares. This race is over. Another choke for Bobby – a fitting conclusion to a choking career.



September 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

This Braves team has no team leadership, no heart, no passion, no drive, no creativity, no spunk. Its hard to support a team like the Braves who are so inconsistent. Do we really want this team in the post season the way they are playing? They can’t even play basic abc baseball. Runner on 2nd, no outs, three straight outs. Its really sad.


September 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

The way these guys are playing, I don’t WANT them to go to the playoffs.


September 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

As fustrated as i am right now, i still believe the Padres/ San Fran will both play around .500 ball the rest of the way, giving the Braves a chance.


September 26th, 2010
5:41 pm

Was anyone else yelling at the TV today when Farnsworth came into the game!?? He should only come in the game if the Braves are winning by 5 runs or more. Hes just bad luck after what happened in the 2005 playoffs…. WHY DID WE PICK HIM UP AGAIN!!!??? WTF


September 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

Hire Freddie Gonzalez… NOW! And Bobby managed a good game today, except his bullpen moves in the Farnsworth inning.


September 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

I have been a Braves fan since 1959. Bobby is doing what Bobby always does, same 9 out there until we lose. If we do make to the playoffs we will be out quick. This is not that good of a team, Booby is a regular season manager and he does well, don’t look past that. Next year is going to be awesome.

steve brown

September 26th, 2010
5:49 pm

Someone tell the Braves if they don’t win another game they can’t make the playoffs. But really, as long as Bobby is happy with his parting gifts and he remains a players manager we should be okay. Perhaps Bobby and Richt can switch positions since they are both player friendly. The lack of any apparent fire in the belly makes this stuff virtually unwatchable it’s so painful. Want to see some fire, watch Matt Ryan pick up a key first down running the ball and fighting through defenders in today’s game.


September 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

Please Bobby play all the subs for the rest of the year. At least losing won’t be so embaressing and you might even win one or two. This has got to be one of the worst teams for hitting with runners on base I have ever watched. I hope the giants and padres don’t mess up and put this braves team in the playoffs. I’ve had enough!


September 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

Please, Bobby Cox, don’t do a Bret Favre.

GOP Cannon

September 26th, 2010
6:18 pm

During the most critical stretch of the season, we have completely folded. The Braves have just lost 5 out of 6 games to the Phillies/ Nationals and have shown that they neither have the passion or the drive to contend for the wild card spot.

The fact that we lost yet again to the last place Nationals has sealed the deal for Atlanta. I predict that we will go 2-4 or at best 3-3 over the next 6 games. We will not make the playoffs , sorry to say.

Sons of Rick Matula

September 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

Bobby doesn’t hit. It’s been the lack of any consistent hitting with RISP. McCann has been a huge flop this month. Gonzalez gets a big hit yesterday and then is choke city twice today. Prado and Infante who were important table setters are way toasted – they are part-timers forced to be big-timers and it’s caught up to them. Wren has assembled the worst OF in baseball (except Heyward who has been meh for a while himself.) They will have to get on one those crazy rolls all of a sudden but I can’t see anything left in this tank. Losing 2 out of 3 to the Nats is intolerable.

Chad Miller

September 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

why would freddie freeman be playing! why? why? why?

DOB, Do you know why that would happen? We had an off day on Thursday and one this Thursday as well.

I don’t get it!!

Sons of Rick Matula

September 26th, 2010
6:36 pm

I think Wren has done just an awful job but I can almost feel sorry for him. Ankiel has been useless. So, the same day that Ankiel gets a big hit, “Farnsy” implodes. Overall, that was a desperation trade for two guys who have contributed bupkis. Wren cannot judge the “low budget” talent that this team will need to acquire in the new “economic realities” of the post-Cox era.

Sonny Jackson

September 26th, 2010
6:42 pm

No heart, no fire… don’t know why we keep playing the same lineup. Whats the definition of insanity? I still can’t figure out what Farnsworth is doing in uniform.
Don’t hold your breath for playoff ticket refunds… I’ve gone through that before. It will be January before you see your money, and thats after the ticket office spends a month trying to convince you to take a credit against season tickets for next year.

TTTT-Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

September 26th, 2010
6:44 pm

Wonder if any of the AJC writers even asked BC why he brought Venters and Farnsworth in before Kimbrel? Probably not! He has been “lights out” for the last few weeks. It’s almost as if Cox has something against Kimbrel. If Kimbrel had come in when it was 2-2 he would have shut them down and the Braves still had a shot. BC has lost his ability to even think straight.


September 26th, 2010
6:47 pm

Guys, think about it…this team loses to Nats, Pirates and Marlins ..not because they are not trying or don’t care..the fact is that at this point in season, these teams are better than the Braves. This is a different team. If Braves had this same line-up with Prado hurting, Medlen, JJ, Glaus and Chipper out all year, they would have had 100 loss season. When you accept that fact, perhaps it may be easier to accept these losses. They have been riding the early success they had with the different lineup.


September 26th, 2010
6:48 pm

I miss conrad pinch hitting

K. Sam

September 26th, 2010
6:49 pm

Where in the world was Eric O’flaherty this series??

Norman Cochran

September 26th, 2010
6:50 pm

Well the Braves have gone full cycle. They have gone from Cost Conscious team to Team willing to do what ever needed to win back to a Cost Conscious team again. Until they decide to do what is necessary to win, we will be low to middlin’ team for awhile. Goodbye good days of winning!!!


September 26th, 2010
6:52 pm

This team simply stinks to high heaven – and so does the AJC’s lightweight, “let’s not ask the hard questions” coverage of them.

Norman Cochran

September 26th, 2010
6:53 pm

For the most part of Bobby Cox’s run in Atlanta was fueled by the funds provided by Ted Turner. Soon after Ted sold the team it started heading South. I would like to have Ted back in Charge again and put a winner back on the field.


September 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

You could see this one coming yesterday when every decent arm in the pen had to throw and then a young guy who’s been good but realistically will only give you 5 or 6 the next day. I think even his detractors would acknowledge the problem down the stretch been been no Chipper. People will not pitch to him in the clutch and with him at third, you have Infante to plug up one of the awful gaps at short or the outfield.

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2010
7:41 pm

Funny, we could go back a week (or less) and find multiple comments from people outraged that Freddie Freeman wasn’t playing and Derrek Lee was. You know, the “give the kid a chance” crowd?

Tyler Langmeyer

September 26th, 2010
7:46 pm

The Braves will win the wild card, and march to the World Series where they’ll win it. ‘06 Cardinals all over again. And seriously, quit calling yourselves Braves fans if you’re going to start saying how bad everything/everyone involved with the organization is when things aren’t going so good.


September 26th, 2010
8:20 pm

Tyler Langmeyer AGREED!!!!


September 26th, 2010
10:27 pm

Well, let’s see. Braves can’t hit old slow pitchers. Gotta tip your hat. Braves can’t hit aces of Phillies. Gotta tip your hat. Braves can’t hit young pitchers they have never seen before. Tip your hat again. Braves don’t hit lefties well. Tip hat again. Who can Braves hit? Mediocre pitchers who are not rookies but not veterans who are not lefties and are not pitching aces. Not many out there.

Runner on 2nd, no outs. Diaz should have bunted. He didn’t. Struck out. Then, came Gonzo. He could have squeezed runner home if Diaz had bunted him up. Probably not. Gonzo can’t hit in clutch or bunt. Gonzo struck out.

Where is Blanco when we need him? A guy who can bunt, gets walks, a tablesetter. A good fielder who can throw. Spray hitter.

Baseball fan

September 26th, 2010
10:49 pm

We Atlanta Braves fans seem to want to win more than the players on the field. Where is the relentless drive to win? This is the second year in a row where the Braves are completely choking at the end of the season. Remember last year when the Braves were 2 games back with six to play at home against the lowly Nationals and the Marlins? The Braves lost all six of these games to conclude their disappointing season. The hurt and disappointment of this year’s late season collapse is worse than last year.


September 26th, 2010
10:56 pm

Anyone tired of tipping your hat? Cox may very well be the most overrated manager in history. His teams can’t bunt, won’t or can’t hit and run, won’t or can’t suicide squeeze except once with Conrad; have a CF who can’t or won’t throw –McLouse; have a catcher with more errors than any catcher in baseball, who can’t call a game, can’t throw, and can’t block the plate.

Packer Ed

September 27th, 2010
7:55 am

I believe the owner of the Braves is Liberty Mutual and please give more money to Frank Wren next year.


September 27th, 2010
8:14 am

after watching the Braves for 30 years, I’ve never been as disgusted with a Brave’s team as this year’s edition. They play with no heart, no drive; and management has been poor. Time for a shake up.


September 27th, 2010
9:11 am

You guys that don’t remember past the last 6 games of baseball crack me up.

Those of you that say that this team has no heart have no idea what you’re talking about. Here is some of what we have lost this year:

Chipper Jones (HOF 3b that still has an OBP around .400), Kris Medlen (our “luckiest” pitcher), Jair Jurjens is likely (Cy young discussions last year), Saito as of now (gave up like 1 ER in like a month), and we are relying on these rookies to carry our team:

Heyward, Venters, Kimbrel.

THese guys have not played well: Mclouth, Glaus, Melky, etc. etc.

To say that this team has no heart I guess you all forgot about the 23 wins at our last at-bat and our come-from-behdind wins. Bobby has these guys playing well over their head, and they have performed beautifully.

Now having said that, I agree that losing 2/3 vs the Nats is frustrating and if they don’t win at least 4/6 they will probably miss the playoffs.

But remember, the September play does NOT usually carry into the playoffs. That is a baseball myth. There is a certain mystery with the playoffs and a fresh slate to the season. Remember the floundering St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 that stumbled into the playoffs as they almost gave up a huge lead in the last 2 weeks….and they WON IT ALL! :)


Norman Cochran

September 27th, 2010
7:56 pm

The Braves have 2 good catchers, a second baseman, 2 good utility infielders, and a good Right Fielder to go with a decent bullpen and 2 or 3 good starters. That is it. Those do not equate to a championship team. ORRRRRR!!! You could say that the coaching on this team has a lot to be desired. That goes for the Scouting Team also for not being able to pick the top players like some of the other teams do…. Shoot, man makes some trades bring in some players with huge upside and lets build a winner again like they did in the last of the Eighties! The team that kept winning it every year. Don’t get me wrong, Atlanta has had a good year, but it is not a championship team as before!!!

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