Braves quotes after Tuesday win vs. Marlins

BOBBY COX

On Hudson

“Huddy had outstanding stuff tonight, one of the best sinking and moving fastballs I’ve seen with him all year. He got off-target a couple of times, but by the fourth inning they already had four choppers for infield hits, and one chop error. That’s 25 pitches right there. Then a soft [hit] to left field, another five pitches. That’s 30 pitches on balls that were not hit. Made it tough on him with the pitch count. He could have gone eight or nine tonight, if those balls are hit just a little bit harder.”

“Yeah, it started with him. He kept us right there. Our bullpen was real good again, and Hinske and Conrad. Conrad hadn’t been playing, he got the big [triple], and Hinske got the big homer. He was 0-for-10 against him, but he got a pitch and hit it.”

On Conrad’s late-innings hits

“He’s won a ton of games here for us, or tied ‘em. He’s a great guy to have off the bench, and now he’s a regular.”

On update of Prado’s injury

“Bad news. He’s got to rest for two months, then start rehabbing. He has a hip pointer and the oblique tear. He’s got both. He’s got two problems.”

On how Conrad filled in earlier in season for Chipper

“He did a great job. That’s when Chipper announced his retirement, when Brooksy was doing so well.” (Cox laughs.)

On replacing Prado

“It’s OK. We still have a bench in September. We’re a little short, but nowhere [else] to go. Not short, but a guy or two short….”

On going with Hinske despite him being 0-for-10 against Sanchez

“He was 0-for-10, but he only punched out three times. So he hit some balls hard in-between.”

On Heyward’s catch of Uggla liner

“Oh, that ball – it wasn’t hit that hard, but he made a great play on it. If we don’t catch that….”

TIM HUDSON

On pitching on short rest

“I don’t think it really bothers me too much, you’ve just got to adjust your workouts in-between and make sure you’re ready to go.”

On wild-card lead

“It’d be nice if we had about a three- or four-game lead. But it’s tight and there’s still a lot of baseball left. Four games is a lot of games left to be played when you’re only up by a half a game, or a game.

“Two games down, we’ve got four to go. We just need to win tomorrow.”

Think it’s going to come down to last game of season, with you pitching?

“I hope we have something locked up before then. But the way things are going, we anticipate it going down to the wire.”

On the Marlins’ run in third

“It was a crazy inning, how it got going and then the swinging bunts. But when I’m throwing my sinker and I’ve got a pretty good sinker going, there’s going to be some hits like that. You just hope they’re spread out throughout the game, not all in one inning like they were in the third.”

On Conrad and Hinske getting the big hits

“That’s what we have to do to win, we have to have guys step up, guys come in in different spots and be successful.”

On Conrad

“Brooksy’s been great all year. Obviously losing Martin is really tough, but we have a lot of confidence in Brooksy. He goes out there and he plays hard. He gives us all he has; that’s all you can ask.”

BROOKS CONRAD

On drama of last two nights

“It’s great. We’re having a lot of fun right now. We’ve been having a lot of fun all season, but it’s down to the nitty-gritty now. We’ve only got a few games left, and to win those last two like that it’s real exciting.”

On his hits in the late innings

“I don’t know. I wish I could get more hits early in the game, especially when I get a starter. I don’t know, I got to see him a couple of times. He was lights-out there, even the inning where we scored those runs off him, he made some real good pitches. If you don’t make the most of anything over the plate, good luck with that. That inning we did, and that’s why we had a chance to win.”

On getting a chance to play

“With Prad going down, that’s obviously not what we’re looking for. He’s a huge part of our team. But we’re just going to have to put a lot more on the bench guys to step it up, and everybody else as well. We’re going to have to do that going forward, to keep winning games.”

Last two nights feel like earlier in the summer?

“Yeah. I mean, we had a lot of magic games there, a streak where it seemed like we were winning a lot of games like that at home. We’re going to have to keep doing that. You can’t win them all 6-nothing. You have to win those nail-biters and come-from-behind [games].

“If we’re going to be where we want to be, which is the playoffs, we’re going to have to keep doing it these next few games.”

ERIC HINSKE

On Hudson

“He pitched his butt off. He gave us a chance to win, only giving up one run. All the hits he gave up seemed like they were broken bats or dribblers, too.”

“Brooksy had a big hit in that inning. [I] was just trying to get a pitch out over the plate. He made a mistake and left a fastball out over the plate, and I put a good swing on it.”

Can past two nights energize team?

“Absolutely. No doubt. It’s do-or-die right now. We can’t lose games. It’s four games to play now, and you don’t want to let them get any ground on you at all. We’re leading right now and we know it, so we’re going to go out there and try to win every inning. Hopefully this is contagious. It’s momentum. Momentum’s big in this game.”

On Cox going to him despite being 0-for-10 vs. Sanchez

“He’s struck me out quite a few times. I haven’t had much success off him, and I didn’t really know if Bobby would go to me. Bobby said, ‘you’re up fifth.’ All I’m trying to do when I pinch-hit is get something out over the plate, straight, that I can drive. I was a little mad at myself for not swinging at the first pitch; he threw a first-pitch changeup that was kind of elevated, but I was looking fastball and would have been out in front of it.

“I tried to just stay back and get a pitch to hit, and I got it.”

On Conrad’s hit

“It was huge. When it’s stagnant on offense and not a lot of guys are getting hits, somebody needs to get a big hit to get it going. And that was Brooksy right there.”

73 comments Add your comment

Trey

September 28th, 2010
11:32 pm

Good win, Bobby says the predictable!!!!

Trey

September 28th, 2010
11:32 pm

I will miss him though!

Jake

September 28th, 2010
11:35 pm

Great win! Keep that momentum going into the final weekend. Great late inning ABs now if we can spread those out throughout the game, we could be ok. EXCELLENT PITCHING!!! Great game by Tim and the pen. GO BRAVES!

Gwinnett Fred

September 28th, 2010
11:44 pm

The kind of win that brings back memories of earlier in the year – a different hero every night!

Puma

September 28th, 2010
11:48 pm

Could we please score some runs in innings 1-5 so I don’t get all anxious every night, dang!! GO BRAVOS

Brave Heels

September 29th, 2010
12:07 am

The Braves 3rd base coach, Snitker, must be the worst in baseball. Sending McCann home on Lee’s double was stupid. He’s made several blunders just like that in the month of september. Hopefully when Cox goes, he goes with him!!

hAL

September 29th, 2010
12:14 am

the third base coack may be the worst in baseball the hitting coach its not a maybe he definatly is the worst in the modern era

hAL

September 29th, 2010
12:15 am

and by the way the hiiting coach was hired by everyone on this blogs hero js lol

Puma

September 29th, 2010
12:47 am

Sending McCann home was the right thing to do, up to that point we had not hit sh**, Snitker knew that McCann would most likely be out, but a bad throw and its a tie game. When we aren’t getting hits, you have to take risks like that. Its a better out than him sitting on 3rd and the next guy pops up or strikes out.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 29th, 2010
1:06 am

I can’t remember, but didn’t 91 against the Dodgers come RIGHT down to the wire? This could be as magical as 91….

Just sayin’

LOL

Brian O'Blivion

September 29th, 2010
1:24 am

I would’ve sent McCann too. We’re talking about a young Marlins team with a kid in right field. The Braves had to try to make something happen. I’m sure even Mac would tell you, he should’ve plowed into the catcher instead of trying to elude a tag.

Even so, it worked out in the end, so cut Snitker some slack.

Brian O'Blivion

September 29th, 2010
1:26 am

I will agree that TP isn’t getting it done, though. It’s pretty bad when Chipper’s advice is more relatable than the hitting coach’s. Honestly, I’d rather have Chip as the hitting coach next year than see him in uniform, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Dr. K

September 29th, 2010
1:26 am

Puma..you are insane. Sending McCann was an absolute blunder. First of all, he is absolutely the slowest human being in the history of mankind. Secondly, you know he’s going to be going even slower than slow in the last leg trying to score from first. Finally, Uggla took the throw, saw that McCann had barely rounded third in a slow crawl, double pumped and threw him out by 35 feet. Uggla could have run that ball in and gotten McCann. I agree, when you’re scuffling you have to be aggressive, but within reason. Sending McCann there would be like ordering a soldier to charge a machine gun nest with a pocket knife…it was a suicide mission.Does anyone know where Snitker comes from?? I’ve always wondered about him and why he is out there.

Mr. Enigma

September 29th, 2010
2:00 am

I also agree that sending McCann was the right move. The Braves have blown all September with RISP and Snitker knew Melky Cabrera was on deck.

When your team is struggling to score runs, you coach aggressively. If there’s a ball that bounces twice off the wall in right field with two outs and a rookie’s out there, you send the runner no matter who it is. You force the action and make the rookie make the play. Unfortunately, Stanton did what he was supposed to do. He threw a perfect strike to Uggla all the way from the right field corner, Uggla also makes a perfect throw, and they got him. If Stanton or Uggla makes a bad throw, McCann scores. It was a risk worth taking.

Younger Than That Now

September 29th, 2010
2:36 am

It’s always easy to second guess and hind sight is 20/20… in that situation I’d send him too. You’ve got to have two perfect throws, two perfect catches, a perfect transfer and then a catcher that has to block the plate and make a tag… they just did everything right on that play and you have to give them credit for that. A little slip up by any of the three defenders on that play and the runner scores… and you got a team struggling to score runs and Cabrera on deck… yep, I’d send him too. It was just unfortunate that our guy was McCann and not… well, anybody else. You don’t want McCann trying to send the catcher to where he has to be picked out of the backstop net… that’s a good way to put another player on the DL, and that’s something the Braves don’t need right now. Especially if it’s one of your best clutch hitters and your number one catcher. The Braves need everybody as healthy as possible for the playoffs… and we’re gonna be there… maybe all the bandwagon riders will join us.

Younger Than That Now

September 29th, 2010
2:42 am

And btw… DOB, did you ever try that barbeque place I suggested to you… Jim N Nick’s. One in Conyers, one in Hiram and one about a mile north of 285 on South Cobb Drive right at the intersection with the connector. Great southern ‘que and don’t forget to try the cheese biscuits… don’t think Red Lobster cheese biscuits… these are more like sweet muffins with sweet butter. There’s several J’N N’s around Birmingham where they started about 75 years ago. Give her a go and let me know!

Ph.D.

September 29th, 2010
3:21 am

It’s time to play Hinske more!

Reggie

September 29th, 2010
5:48 am

Hinske should be playing left-field until the season is over…that being said i fully expect Booby to keep playing Ann Keil so she can continue swinging at balls over her head.

retired

September 29th, 2010
6:20 am

Dr. K
September 29th, 2010
1:26 am

Puma..you are insane. Sending McCann was an absolute blunder. First of all, he is absolutely the slowest human being in the history of mankind. >>>> You obviously forgot about Bruce Benedict ‘ the man who if in a race with a pregnant woman would come in third” >>>> !

….. Snit’s done a good job all year pushing the envelope yep he’s taken some chances but good job overall.

GaCracker

September 29th, 2010
6:27 am

If Braves get in on wild they will probably be eleminated in the first playoff. Cox CAN NOT manufacture runs in close games in the playoffs. The pitching is usually good enough to win, but not the bats. Adios Bobby, you overated bum! Great GM’s and Leo Mazoni won you pennants. You had enough talent in the past to carry you though 162 games, but in the playoffs and WS you have been AWFUL! The players may love you, but the fans love a winner, not a choker!

braveshoo

September 29th, 2010
7:14 am

I agree with those who have said that Henske must start in LF for the remainder of the season. We have to get some guys who can hit the ball in the lineup, and he plays LF as good as Melky or McClouth. I would also start Melky in CF. He plays CF better than LF, and he was 2-4 last night. Use Ankiel and McClouth only as defensive replacements if we have a lead. Use Diaz as your primary Pinch hitter. We cant keep trying to win every game 2-1.

Let's Go

September 29th, 2010
7:17 am

On paper and on the field last week the Phillies were the best team but once the playoffs start anything in possible. The Reds are 11 and 14 this month so you would much rather play them in the opening round but right now the Braves would have to play San Francisco who are a lot like Atlanta, good pitching but trouble scoring runs at times.

vermont 39

September 29th, 2010
7:29 am

When you’re in the playoffs…nothing else matters…just that game.
GO BRAVES

Let's Go

September 29th, 2010
7:38 am

Dave
Any talk about who the Braves go with for their post season roster? I can’t see them carrying 6 OF’s and you have to figure either McLouth or Ankiel would be left off and with Prado out for the year I would imagine they would carry Dory Hernandez now as a backup IF.

JR

September 29th, 2010
7:58 am

“Does anyone know where Snitker comes from?? I’ve always wondered about him and why he is out there.”

With a statement like that, you know nothing about the Braves organization.
Snit took a gamble and the Marlins got lucky. Would you rather a player not listen to his base coach? Armchair coach’s are the worst. Here’s another poster applauding the risk Snit took.

dean

September 29th, 2010
8:06 am

Another war sports analogy. Marines in Korea are surrounded. All hope is lost. Until General “Chesty” Puller sums it up where everyone understands. “We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem. We can attack in any direction.”

That’s pretty much where the Braves are at.

Larvelle Blanks n Roland Office

September 29th, 2010
8:17 am

Taking chances and playing aggressivly is one thing and I agree that when you aren’t scoring you have to take chances…but that wasn’t either. McCann had NO chance… well there was a chance the cather would knod off before McCann got there and he could tip toe in… but that would be it. If it was Heywood or Mclouth??? maybe? But for heavans sakes, the grounds crew had time to clean up the infield while he was running. I’m not positive but I think I saw most of the crowd go into their 7th inning stretch during the play. The Fox Sports channel I was watching went to a commercial break when he hit third and came back after 3 commercials so we could watch his last few strides! Nah, i think he should have held him. I don’t think Uggla has stopped laughing yet.

Jesse Stone

September 29th, 2010
8:19 am

Melky’s batting average is not great, but there was a greater chance that Melky gets a hit in that situation than McCann making it home safely.

Let's Go

September 29th, 2010
8:21 am

Had McCann scored last night then all the idiots here that know more about baseball than Bobby Cox would be calling Brian Snitker the greatest 3B coach in baseball. Had McCann not had that little stumble coming around 3B the play would have been a lot closer than it was. Yes, he may have been out but that little stumble allowed Ugla to double clutch and make a more accurate throw. I would rather he have been thrown out trying to score than stranded on third base like so many Braves have been lately.

Larvelle Blanks n Roland Office

September 29th, 2010
8:38 am

He double clutched because he was in disbelief. I’m not claiming to know more than Bobby or Brian. I’m saying that was a bad decission to send him. Uggla had the ball when he was hitting 3rd. Safe or out at home, that was a BAD decission. I love aggressive base running, but that wasn’t even reasonable. So he made one in 1,000 tries, it all worked out.
How about the Melky melt down? i still like him better out there than Garret Anderson…or as one guy said on here, “Loaf”. Melky really puts out the effort, he just has NO clue on how to get to a ball. He could have a great Low Light real if he wanted to. The “spinning top” move might be the best…or worst…depending on how you look at it.

GovClintonTyree

September 29th, 2010
8:41 am

Snitker was right to try and make something happen. Make ‘em make a play. They did. It’s not like we were ripping the cover off the ball.

Fortunately for us, Rodriguez went with Sanchez a little too long. I’ve been watching, coaching and playing baseball a long time, and I can’t remember an unheralded guy being as clutch as Brooks Conrad has been this season. Hinske’s got a little of that in him, too, obviously, but Conrad…man…

braves29

September 29th, 2010
8:48 am

HInske can’t play the OF, he has all the range of a houseplant. Our defense is bad enough, we don’t need another liability in the field!

clay

September 29th, 2010
9:00 am

And of course you always have to have one fan on here like GaCracker. Dude just give bobby his due and appreciate what he has done for this city. Your one of the ones that will probably be calling for him to come back next year. Every single one of these Cox bashers are in for a rude awakening when he is not in that dugout next year.

Kevin Mulqueen

September 29th, 2010
9:04 am

It was genius to send McCann. Remember, baseball is entertainment. Watching McCann lay flat on his back after being tagged out near third base was worth a couple outs anyway. Cmon, where’s your sense of humor.

LM

September 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Dr K says …. Does anyone know where Snitker comes from?? I’ve always wondered about him and why he is out there.

Dr K you know nothing about the Braves and ziltch about taking risks.

Keith

September 29th, 2010
9:24 am

Bobby continues to motivate and inspire players.

Have you Bobby haters seen our lineup? I mean, seriously. :)

Now who knows if we have enough to limp over the finish line AND through the division series..but here’s the deal….

Poor September play doesn’t always translate into poor postseason showing!! Many examples but the 2006 World Champion Cardinals are a recent example.

GO BRAVES! ;)

PS – The article from Jayson Stark (ESPN.COM) about Cox might be one of the best reads I’ve seen.

hAL

September 29th, 2010
9:27 am

had that been us on defence with mccan trying to score haystack/accordion would have taken the suspence out of things by over throwing uggla the second realay man the bat boy and the braves dugout

ph

September 29th, 2010
9:28 am

I’d like to see Troy get a start here or there. Maybe have Troy play 3rd for the 1st six innings, then bring in Raw Dog for the 7th-9th.

JEB

September 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Give Wrenn credit – he built a deep bench with a lot of mix and match pieces that can play a lot of different places.
Multi position players:
Player Positions
Omar : anywhere
Martin: 1b, 2b, 3b, of
Brooks: 2b, 3b, ss
Melky: Lf, cf, rf
Heyward: cf , rf
Diaz: Lf, Rf
Glaus: 3b, 1b
Hinske: 3b, 1b, OF

This is only reason (w/ starting pitching & bullpen)
(and a LOT of gutsy play)
that we are looking at a possibility of being in
the playoffs!

E-6

September 29th, 2010
9:52 am

Jeb – Well said. For about 3/4 of last season, Norton was the first option off the bench. Now depending on the night, you have Hinske, Conrad (before the injury of course) Diaz and speed with McClouth (who should be starting ahead of Ankeil) and Hernandez. The bench indeed has been the difference along with an improved pen from day one..

Nut Job

September 29th, 2010
10:05 am

As a coach, sending McCann is the right move. With absolutely no offense being produced and down 1-0, still relatively early in the game, take a shot.

If we are blasting balls all around the ballpark, maybe not. When its a struggle to score 1 or 2 runs a night, you have to take some gambles from time to time, even if it is McCann running. When McCann was rounding 3rd the ball was still in the OF. It took a perfect throw to Ugla, and then a pretty good shot home to get him. Putting pressure on the defense in a situation like that is the way to go.

Again, it all depends on how things are going at the time. The Phillies probably don’t take that chance since they score runs at will.

bruce mac

September 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Did Keith just compare this bunch to the 2006 St Louis Cardinals? WOW, talk about delusional.

bruce mac

September 29th, 2010
10:19 am

JEB, Frank is also the reason we are still sweating it and are not that good for the fifth year in a row. Can you say KK, McLouth, Melky, Glaus, and Chippper for $35 Million are worth it? I didn’t think so.

Tater the FORMER Bobby Hater

September 29th, 2010
10:35 am

I have been one of the most militant of Bobby’s critics over the years and I have always been quick to point out when his stubborn loyalty to his players cost the team wins. (I still shudder when I remember how he let Charlie Liebrant to pitch to Kirby Puckett.)

Lately, however I have come to the conclusion that maybe Bobby has been right all along. After all aren’t loyalty, kindness and patience toward a fellow human being more important than a few numbers in the win column? So I would like to apologize to you Mr. Cox for all of my judgemental remarks. Thank you for caring for your players. Good bye and good luck in your retirement.

wallypip

September 29th, 2010
10:36 am

Having read the post-game quotes for the entire season, I’ve become aware of how often these guys repeat themselves with the same platitudes. It’s as though there are about a dozen different phrases on a sheet of paper and they’re all reading those phrases in rrotation esponse to questions. The pitcher, for instance, (almost) always “gives us a chance to win” except when they’re “battling it.” Bench guys “always play hard.” Starters “know how to play the game.” And Bobby Cox is amazing. His glass isn’t just half-full, it’s always overflowing, even when the Braves just laid a huge egg. Oh, well, if they keep playing, they can be as hackneyed as they want. Their predictable utterances are kind of endearing.

Dirty Dawg

September 29th, 2010
10:37 am

OK, since you brought it up…obviously sending McCann proved to be a mistake, but the thing that nobody seems to have mentioned – at least I haven’t seen it here and the Braves announcers never did while trying to justify the sending of him when he was about ready to fall down – was why in hell was he on the base at all. I know it was the sixth or something, and there were two outs and all, but if you’re desperate enough to send a guy who’s slower than my dead Grandmother, then why in blazes weren’t we desperate enough to pinch-run for him? The reason you do is for the very thing that happened…Lee ‘happened’ to get an extra-base hit and the only person in the stadium that couldn’t have scored on that, didn’t. Trust me on this, Ross is a far better defensive catcher than McCann – and with the Marlins running their butts off we need him making those throws – and he can hit just fine thank you…I mean it’s not as if he’s Rick Ankiel at the plate or something…and by the way, why doesn’t Ankiel try to drag bunt two or three times a game – couldn’t hurt.

And as for McClouth as a defensive replacement, I’d rather have Ankiel, Diaz or Hinske than him – the only thing he’s got is speed – no arm at all, and is so unfamiliar with left field he’s either afraid of the wall or can’t judge how the ball comes off the bat out there…and if you think Cabrera is a decent defensive outfielder, then you ain’t been paying attention.

Probably too late to try, and assuming they don’t dare put Hayward in center at this point, where, by the way, I think he should be long-term anyway, then put Glaus at third, Conrad at second and Infante in center – then you’re free to put Diaz and/or Hinske in left. Just spit-ballin’ of course.

Regardless, Bobby’s got the job and just maybe the stars will align for him and the Braves. Then again if we happen to make the play-offs somehow we’ve got to get more ‘pop’ in this lineup or it’ll be three and out.

Dalmore

September 29th, 2010
10:48 am

I think you have to send McCann on that play, as well. The odds on the defense making a misplay are better than the odds of Cabrera getting a hit. I would guess that virtually everyone on this blog groans every time they see Melky come up with runners in scoring position.

Dan in West Georgia

September 29th, 2010
11:03 am

I’d like to see Heyward get a little better at going back on balls hit over his head before I’d put him in center field. He’s a monster on catching those slicing line drives.

jim

September 29th, 2010
11:04 am

Since McCann ws out by 20 feet, it doesn’t matter, but did he touch 3rd base when he rounded it? It looked like he may have missed it on TV. Had he scored, the Marlins may have got an out on an appeal.

bronkelliott

September 29th, 2010
11:12 am

How many of us would even believe the Braves would win 89 games this year? I hope it continues and we surprise a few teams in the playoffs. Injuries are hurting but having Prado sit was the best move for the club despite his injury. Is there anyone slower than McCann in baseball? Love him but he needs a trainer this off season…I knew it would come down to the bench.. Go Braves, and make us proud!

bronkelliott

September 29th, 2010
11:12 am

How many of us would even believe the Braves would win 89 games this year? I hope it continues and we surprise a few teams in the playoffs. Injuries are hurting but having Prado sit was the best move for the club despite his injury. Is there anyone slower than McCann in baseball? Love him but he needs a trainer this off season…I knew it would come down to the bench.. Go Braves, and make us proud!

Keith

September 29th, 2010
11:19 am

Re: Bruce mac

By the way, I wasn’t exactly comparing the Braves exactly to the Cardinals of 2006, but comparing situations. I was saying that the way their Sept and our Sept has worked out is eerily similar. You missed the point. ;) Next time be able to read between the lines and not make generalizations simply because both teams were mentioned.

Not saying they are the same team….saying that poor September play doesn’t mean squat in the playoffs. Nothing delusional about that! :) Keep up, man!

jim

September 29th, 2010
11:19 am

By the way, Liebrandt was not brought in just to pitch to Puckett. He was brought in to go as deep as needed in an extra inning game. Liebrandt was not Dan Kolb or Jesse Chavez. He was a 15 game winner with previous playoff experience. The Braves had a 1 game lead in the series and had already used Pena and Stanton. When you are in an extra inning game on the road, and have failed to score in the top of the inning, you stand a better than 50% chance of losing, so saving the pen for a possible decisive game is important. Cox didn’t have a lot of better alternatives than Liebrandt. The Liebrandt move, which seems to be the one the Cox bashers point out the most, would have been irrelevant, if Justice and Gant don’t let a fly ball fall between them earlier in the game, or if Lonnie Smith didn’t get deeked at 2B in the next game. The biggest reason the Braves did not win more WS titles was failure in the bullpen. LaRussa, Pinnella, Leyland, Torre, Alston, Stengel, Huggins, McGraw would not likely have done any better with the same cast of players.

Peter Pan

September 29th, 2010
11:21 am

Let’s go Braves! Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

Keith

September 29th, 2010
11:22 am

Re: Bruce Mac

But now that you mention it….hmmm.

Solid starting pitching, great play @ home (not so good on the road), and timely hitting. Poor Sept play. They’re not that far away from each other, even though the Cards were healthy and we’re not. :)

GO BRAVES!

Keith

September 29th, 2010
11:22 am

Re: Bruce Mac

But now that you mention it….hmmm.

Solid starting pitching, great play @ home (not so good on the road), and timely hitting. Poor Sept play. They’re not that far away from each other, even though the Cards were healthy and we’re not. :)

GO BRAVES!

Keith

September 29th, 2010
11:23 am

Sorry for the double post. Please delete one, DOB. :)

Keith

September 29th, 2010
11:30 am

Re: Tater

I like the human qualities you mentioned, but I think that he has motivated them to play above their normal capabilities (i.e. have you seen our current lineup? hehe), causing more wins than if he wasn’t there.

But nice way to put it all in perspective. ;)

Allen

September 29th, 2010
11:48 am

Statistic that interests no one except me:
There are 6 teams with winning percentages between .554 and .567:
San Francisco 89-68
Atlanta 89-69
Cincinatti 88-69
San Diego 87-70
and
Texas 87-70
Boston 87-70
and 4 teams–Yanks, Phils, Rays, Twins with higher percentages.
The Yanks and Phils spend to win (so do the Red Sox), the Rays and Twins spend more like the rest of us.
The Braves’s record reflects playing in a competitive division (although it’s been the losses to the Nats and Bucs that kill us); the same could be said for the Red Sox, Giants, and Padres.
The Reds and Rangers? Three and out in the DS would not be a surprise.

jim

September 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

When it comes to managerial decisions affecting the outcome of a playoff game, luck plays an important role in covering up a bad decision or negating a good one.
In 1962 game 7, the Giants have tieing and winning runs in scoring position with 2 outs and McCovey batting with 1B open. Ralph Houk has 4 choices: 1) Got to his pen to relieve a tiring Ralph Terry, 2) walk McCovey, 3) Choose 1 and 2, 4) Let the RHTerry pitch to LH hitting McCovey. Choice 4 was probably the worst decision, but McCovey hits a bullet right at Bobby Richardson and Houk is spared an eternity of 2nd guessing.

In 1986, with the Red Sox 1 inning away from winning the WS, the Sox mgr does not put in a defensive replacement for Bill Buckner with the infamous consequences. How many other mgrs would have replaced Buckner in those circumstances? (Given his usual moves, Cox likely would have.) If the ball is not hit to Buckner, the non-move would have gone unnoticed.

Daniel

September 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

With Melky going 2 for 4 with a run scored, I guess Bobby did know a thing or two about batting him 5th.

nashvillewill

September 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

Big win, thanks to pitching–starting and relief–and in spite of poor defense. Melky’s inability to turn the right way and catch a fly ball, Conrad’s inability to make the play on slow rollers, and McCann’s inability to throw out runners did not bite the Braves, so they were lucky Hinske can hit. When Ankiel came up, I yelled at the screen, NOOOO–pinch hit Hinske. Luckily Bobby was able to make the right move. I am a Cox critic, so I congratulate him on this move and on the bullpen management. I like him usuing Kimbrel who looks unhittable, and only wonder where he was in late August.
Pitching and defense, I think, will determine the last four games. I remain concerned about the defense. Where is the defensive catcher we need in these games? Who can play LF? Can Conrad make the plays? It should be an interesting weekend.

Daniel

September 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

DOB- quick movie reccomendation.
The Red Riding Trilogy: three movies made for the BBC that follow a serial killer in North England over three different decades. The thick accents sometimes make you wish for subtitles but really good stuff.

Question: Excited or skeptical of the American version of the Let the Right One In? I’m not sure because I like the casting… but those things usually don’t turn out well.

bruce mac

September 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

Keith, fair enough. St Louis didn’t have to beat the 2010 Phillies. Just sayin.

jim

September 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Where was Kimbrel in late August?

The Kimbrel we are seeing now is walking virtually nobody. The Kimbrel we saw before the latest callup had the same unhittable stuff, but was always pitching in and out of trouble because of walks. Remember the outing against Kansas City? The answer to the question seems to be he was down in AAA working on his command issues. Given injuries to Prado and possibly JJ and Saito, I assume both Kimbrel and Dunn will be elligible for the post season roster.

jim

September 29th, 2010
1:48 pm

What Philly team will show up this weekend? If the Braves win the WC, the Phillies will be playing the Reds or Giants. If the Braves don’t make it, they would most likely get the Padres. Will they play all out to get that matchup?

Brave Heels

September 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Snitker should not have sent McCann. The Florida Marlins are a major league team, not minor league team. The two throws the Marlins had to make were were pretty easy throws. Once the right fielder fielded the ball cleanly, Snit should have stopped McCann, period.
Like I said earlier, Snitker has made several blunders in the past month. He needs to go with Bobby.

Brave Heels

September 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

Any word on Jurrgens (sp?)? If he can’t pitch this weekend and we go to a one game playoff, will Hansen be able to pitch Friday and Monday?

jim

September 29th, 2010
2:23 pm

If we win today, we won’t have to decide on the pitching rotation until Friday. A win today puts all the pressure on SD and SF. I think Lowe is OK going on short rest, but I would hate to see Hanson going on short rest. At this point Beachy might be a better alternative than a hurting JJ or an over worked Hanson on Friday.

jim

September 29th, 2010
2:32 pm

The only other “blunders” I remember Snitker (not) making were Heyward trying to score from 2B on a ball that didn’t get far enough away from Dunn — Heyward ran through Snitker’s stop sign.

Prado being held at 3B on a ground single to left — he may have been able to score without a play, but Snitker was being cautious because of Prado’s groin injury.

wjones

September 29th, 2010
3:24 pm

DOB, did Bobby say who would start in place of JJJ on Friday? Will they keep Hanson on regular rest and start him Saturday? Thanks.

61 year Braves Fan

September 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Going into next year, the Braves will be in desperate need of a slugging speedy centerfielder
(preferably a right hand batter) Trade McCann while his value is high to get one. Ross is much
better defensively (Mac has many shortcomings ) will hit almost as many home runs if he plays
full time and is twice as fast (but so is my dead grandmother) . Would Wren have the guts to do this?

Dent

September 29th, 2010
3:44 pm

Hansen starting Friday or Beachy?

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