Braves again must replace injured No. 3 hitter

Martin Prado collapsed in pain from a hip pointer Monday, an injury that could sideline him for most or the rest of the regular season.

Martin Prado collapsed in pain from a hip pointer Monday, an injury that could sideline him for most or the rest of the regular season.

The Braves have defied odds plenty of times this season, so perhaps you will view tonight’s Martin Prado-less lineup as another of those this-can’t-be-happening sort of moments the squad has generally found a way to overcome.

That said, I almost regret to inform you that the Braves tonight have a No. 5 hitter, Melky Cabrera, who has batted .229 with one homer, 16 RBI, a .296 OBP and .333 slugging percentage in 49 games since July 29.

Hey, desperate times call for … well, you know the rest.

With Prado out indefinitely after last night’s hip injury, manager Bobby Cox is keeping Jason Heyward in the 2-hole and moving McCann and Derrek Lee up to the 3-4 spots, at least for tonight, and moving Alex Gonzalez from the seventh to the sixth spot.

This is the second time this season the Braves have scrambled to replace their No. 3 hitter, and this time the options aren’t as simple as having Prado coming off the DL to take over for Chipper Jones.

The Braves hope Tim Hudson snaps out of a September slump when he starts tonight on short rest against the Marlins.

The Braves hope Tim Hudson snaps out of a September slump when he starts tonight on short rest against the Marlins.

As expected, Brooks Conrad is in the lineup at third in place of Prado, and Conrad’s batting seventh, with Rick Ankiel hitting eighth. Ankiel had a couple of hits including a homer Sunday, plus two walks last night, and I’m going to guess that that, coupled with McLouth’s spotty left-field defense and recent return to lackluster hitting, are reasons Melky and Ankiel are in the lineup.

Plus, there’s this: Braves are facing Florida righty Anibal Sanchez tonight, and while Ankiel is 2-for-2 and Cabrera is 3-for-6 against him, McLouth is 0-for-9, Eric Hinsk is 0-for-10, and Matt Diaz is 2-for-8 with four strikeouts.

Yes, Diaz has killed Marlins pitching over the years, but much of that damage came against left-handers.

Long as we’re on subject of facing Sanchez, McCann is 9-for-25 (.360) with a homer against him, Lee is 1-for-3 with a homer, and the Braves wish they had Prado, who’s 9-for-16 with a homer against him.

There, now we’ve done a rare blog lede about tonight’s lineup, made possible by the fact that the Braves announced it more than an hour earlier than usual. And due to the importance of these games and the lineup shuffling required after the Prado injury, I figured you all would agree it warranted a high priority in our daily discussion here at Braves/MIB.

Infante – 4 Heyward – 9 McCann – 2 Lee – 2 Cabrera – 7 Gonzalez – 6 Conrad – 5 Ankiel – 8 Hudson

Braves lineup

  1. Infante 2B
  2. Heyward RF
  3. McCann C
  4. Lee 1B
  5. Cabrera LF
  6. Gonzalez SS
  7. Conrad 3B
  8. Ankiel CF
  9. Hudson RH

So anyway … It’s a half-game lead with five to go for the Bravos, who might have to do the final stretch without Prado. He was diagnosed with a hip pointer, and we should know a little more today after the clubhouse opens and we find out how he’s feeling some 17 hours and multiple pain-killers later.

Brian McCann's 21st homer -- and first since Sept. 2 -- supplied the Braves' only offense Monday until Omar Infante's game-ending RBI in the 11th inning.

Brian McCann's 21st homer -- and first since Sept. 2 -- supplied the Braves' only offense Monday until Omar Infante's game-ending RBI in the 11th inning.

So what do you think, denizens? Is the home nine going to pull this off, with or without Prado? He led the NL in hitting for much of the first half and is tied for seventh with Ryan Braun at .307 entering today’s games.

We should point out that Prado, since his dizzying 29 game tear June 5 to July 7, in which he batted .365 with six homers and an on-the-nose 1.000 OPS, has since then hit just .264 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 56 games.

That said, he’s a heart-and-soul member of this team, arguably the team MVP and one who sets the tone with his selfless attitude and hard-nosed play. I think the Braves can win the wild card without him if he’s out the next five days, but also believe their postseason chances would be significantly damaged if Prado’s not back for a potential first-round playoff series.

So what would happen? Many of the glass-half-empty crowd act as if the Braves should not bother to make the postseason because it’d only set everyone up for another inevitable first-round disappointment.

But after again examining the evidence this morning, I’ve got to disagree. Because of the entrants or remaining contenders for the NL playoff field, the only currently formidable components represented are San Francisco’s pitching and Philadelphia’s … well, OK, Philadelphia’s entire team.

And the Braves, as you know, wouldn’t have to play Philly in the first round by virtue of being a wild-card winner from the same division.

So consider the Braves’ potential first-round opponents: San Diego or San Francisco, as winner of the NL West, or Cincinnati from the NL Central.(The Braves, if they win the wild card, would play whichever of those division winners finished with the better record, which is still too close to call at this point, as Cincy is 87-69, S.F. is 88-68, and S.D. is 87-69.)

Now, the Braves are clearly not playing their best ball as the season winds down. They’ve hit just .215 while going 5-5 in their past 10 games, including just a .200 average with 16 runs in their current 2-5 stretch.

But they have a 2.90 ERA over the past 10 games, despite pitching rookie starters in three of those. Their bullpen, right now, is the best in the NL.

The Braves have basically mirrored the Padres in recent weeks, only San Diego’s pitching hasn’t been quite as good and its offense has been slightly better.

The Padres are 5-7 in their past dozen games, with a .232 batting average and 4.81 ERA. They’ve hit just .206 with 21 runs in their past eight games, but have a 3.09 ERA during that 4-4 stretch.

San Francisco’s pitching has been absurdly good in September, with the Giants posting a 1.84 ERA that’s carried them to a 15-8 record this month despite a .230 team batting average. They’ve scored two runs or fewer in 13 of 23 September games.

Can that pitching continue at that pace the rest of the way and through a first-round playoff series? It’s possible, sure. But are the Giants, scoring two runs or fewer in more than half of their games this month, not beatable in the first round?

Then there is Cincinnati. The Reds, like the Braves, were blistering hot for much of the summer. They built a comfortable lead on the Cardinals, and have been able to hold onto it despite a lackluster September.

The Reds are 8-13 with a .257 team average and 4.36 ERA in September, scoring just over four runs per game (as you know, they play their home games in Great American Small Park, so four runs per game for the month isn’t much).

Are the Reds not realistically beatable in the first round? Of course they are.

The Giants’ starting pitching can be dominant, but really, the only scary first-round opponent in the NL is Philadelphia. The Phillies are rockin’, no doubt. To me, they’re clearly playing the best ball in the majors right now.

They are 20-5 in September, with a .289 average, 30 homers, and more than six runs per game. They have a 3.25 ERA for the month, and the trio of Cole Hamels and Roys Halladay and Oswalt is a combined 13-1 in 15 starts, with Halladay, with ERAs of 1.27 (Oswalt), 1.93 (Hamels) and 3.44 (Halladay).

But again, the Braves wouldn’t have to play them in the first round.

At this point, the Phillies aren’t flawed. The other teams are, however.

♣ FYI: The Braves are a majors-leading 53-23 at home, tied with the 2005 team (53-28) for most home wins since the 1998 and 1999 teams set and matched the franchise record of 56 home wins (each was 56-25 at home)… The Braves picked up their majors-leading 25th win in their final at-bat last night when Omar Infante hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning. They are also tied Cincinnati for second in the majors with 44 come-from-behind wins, threw fewer than the Yankees.

♣ OK, let’s close with a great tune from Buddy Miller. And check out Emmylou Harris rockin’ with Buddy on this bootleg video that a fan made aboard the Cayamo singer/songwriter Caribbean cruise. Anyone ever taken one of those cruises? I hear it’s a great time. Unfortunately for me, it’s during spring training.

miller

“WORRY TOO MUCH” by Buddy Miller and Mark Heard

it’s the demolition derby

it’s the sport of the hunt

proud tribe in full war-dance

it’s the slow smile that the bully gives the runt

it’s the force of inertia

it’s the lack of constraint

it’s the children out playing in the rock garden

all dolled-up in black hats and war paint

sometimes it feels like bars of steel

i cannot bend with my hands

oh – i worry too much

somebody told me that i worry too much

it’s these sandpaper eyes

it’s the way they rub the luster from what is seen

it’s the way we tell ourselves that all these things are normal

till we can’t remember what we mean

it’s the flicker of our flames

it’s the friction born of living

it’s the way we beat a hot retreat

and heave our smoking guns into the river

sometimes it feels like bars of steel

i cannot bend with my hands

oh – i worry too much

somebody told me that i worry too much

it’s the quick-step march of history

the vanity of nations

it’s the way there’ll be no muffled drums

to mark the passage of my generation

it’s the children of my children

it’s the lambs born in innocence

it’s wondering if the good i know

will last to be seen by the eyes of the little ones

3,011 comments Add your comment

TennesseePaul

September 28th, 2010
3:07 pm

Thanks for the work DOB

FEAR

September 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

melk man 4 ever!

bravofan

September 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

FEAR

September 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Jim

September 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Do we know the lineup yet? Has Bobby put Heyward in the three hole yet?

Greenville Braves Fan

September 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Bruce Conrad??

LizDawg

September 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Personally I prefer Melky in the 2-hole rather than the 3-hole, that .229 avg since 7/29 just doesn’t cut it for a power spot.

Do this for Bobby, Braves! We MUST win the Wild Card! Braves Rise Up!

Murph

September 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Mediocre
Erratic
Loser
Kills
Your hope

Enjoy hitting out of that 5th slot tonight Melky. You can tell all the guys at the car wash next year that you hit 5th for the Braves in the heat of a playoff race.

bravofan

September 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

I love it Bruce Conrad is in the lineup

itcouldbeworse

September 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

Why not put ankel in the 2 hole with his speed and put Heyward 3 move everyone else down one?

Jim

September 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

Never mind. I see the lineup now. I can’t belief who we have batting 5th.

archie

September 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

If you’ve got Melky batting 5th…you won’t make the playoffs!

C's

September 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Bruce Conrad! haha! That is an awesome switcharoo..

JF Steele

September 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

Bruce Conrad?

bascogcjs

September 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

DOB, do you not even care that Diaz, a career .300 hitter can’t get
a start. And if he ever does start, Bobby replaces him for defense
with of all people, Nate Mc. the carnival act.
Not to mention, at least Diaz runs out ground balls better than anyone
on the team.
And oh yea, did you see Nate not hustle on his cheap hit last night.He should have been standing on second base.
Can you imagine if Yunel had done that.
Nate gets away with his lethargic play all the time with no consequences.

Voice of Reason

September 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

DOB,

Any word (or guesses for that matter) on what the Phillies’ rotation will be this weekend? Will we see any of the Big 3?

DevilInLaw

September 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

Try this lineup out, i.e. it doesn’t suck like Bobby’s. (Yes, I know Ankiel is high, but he’s got speed AND he’ll see fastballs with Heyward & McCann behind him).

Infante (2b)
Ankiel (CF)
Heyward (RF)
McCann(C)
Lee (1b)
Hinske (LF)
Conrad (3b)
Gonzalez (SS)
Hudson (P)

bravofan

September 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

and its eric hinsk

Darryl Blackberry

September 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

By day, he’s mild-mannered Bruce Conrad. By night, he is…The Batman!

LizDawg

September 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

Here’ s the complete lineup:

1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. McCann C, 4. Lee 1B, 5. Cabrera LF, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7. Conrad 3B, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Hudson

Tideguy

September 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

Cayamo rocks. My wife and I have been on each of the first three, and we have had swell times. The music is so great and so plentiful that you forget that you’re on a cruise ship.

David O'Brien

September 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

LizDawg: The lineup’s posted in the blog.

south georgia braves

September 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

I was going to jump on the Bruce bandwagon too…
but that would be immature of me.

LittleRockBravesFan

September 28th, 2010
3:20 pm

I’m trying to be optimistic but it’s difficult after losing Prado, who has been the heart and soul of this team. Playoffs?!? Maybe miracles can happen….

FEAR

September 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

too bad it’s not bruce campbell. we could use that boom stick

Liz

September 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

Medlen put up a new blog entry…and apparently changed the blog name too. Go leave the kid some comments. Sounds like its been a bit rough for him… http://krismeds.blogspot.com/

Matty D: Red Man Hunter

September 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Why not give Matty D or Hinske a start in left? They at least each have slugging % over .400, unlike our center fielding trio of suckiness, Ankiel, McLouth and Cabrera. And before you say defense, McLouth has looked out of place in left and has a weak arm and Melky runs like his hips don’t rotate properly.

Murph

September 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

Where’s Lew today? Did the Braves call him and ask him to be ready in case Melky gets hurt and can’t go tomorrow?

Give Troy A Chace

September 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

DOB, Is there a reason that Bobby won’t play Troy Glaus at 3B? It seems to me a lineup with Heyward, Glaus, McCann, Lee, Gonzalez as the heart is a lot more imposing than one with Conrad?

Scott S

September 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

Dont we have a proven, established, veteran who went to the minors for 2 weeks to get reacquainted with his natural position of 3rd basenamed Troy Glaus on our roster? And instead we are starting Brooks Conrad? Conrad is a good pinch hitter but not an every day guy at all…Glaus, if he gets hot, can easily have a couple extra base hits for us before the end of the season and he can play servicable D over there…at least as good as Conrad who is not anything special on defense…why has nobody mentioned glaus?

usnavyvolfaninva

September 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Bravofan, thanks for the link.

I know that this is going to annoy some people on the blog, so let me be clear….Bobby Cox is one of the greatest managers of all time, and I for one am going to be sad to see him go.. Over 2,500 career wins, and a World Series championship, 14 Division titles, 5 league titles…. Thanks, Bobby, for all you’ve done!

Appstate

September 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

What about Troy Glaus at 3B? That would be a pretty good looking lineup.

dogsused2havebrekky

September 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

back in the USA
woo hoo

Laughable lineup – do Nate and Hinske have the pox ?

Reid in EAV

September 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

Fantastic song, but it’s solely the work of the late, criminally underappreciated Mark Heard. Buddy made it his own in the performance though!

chago

September 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

The problem with the braves the last 3 years has been the GM Frank Wren. He doesn’t make the right changes. Instead of bring Lee to Atlanta he should bring a third baseman even Brandon Inge.

None of the changes this year were good for us. Farnswood has been awful, Ankiel just not the guy we need, and the only change that was OK was the Gonzalez – Escobal for the reasons that we already know.

Chief Nock A Homa

September 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

Gotta agree with GIVE TROY a CHANCE…

Conrad has been lackluster in his starts, and takes a great bench bat away from us… And, I’ll take a potentially dangerous Glaus bat over Melky in the 5 spot any day…

Stuart

September 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

Conrad is good to fill in for Prado I’m sure, but if you’re looking for a power bat, don’t we still have Glaus?

sportsmandh

September 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

“Melky Cabrera, who has batted .229 with one homer, 16 RBI, a .296 OBP and .333 slugging percentage in 49 games since July 29.”

Yes Melky has been terrible of late, and yet,he still has better stats on the year than McClouth. Not defending Melky either, b/c I think he’s pretty sorry, and I wouldn’t be batting him 5th for dang sure, but I don’t blame Cox for playing him.

P.S. I would post what my lineup would be, but I don’t think anyone would care. :)

Go Braves!

south georgia braves

September 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

DOB – You are right, if we make the playoffs, we might not even see the Phils. A Reds / Giants / Padres series is very winnable.

Anything can happen in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter what your regular season record was, it matters only what you do now. The mighty Phils will be facing the other teams best pitchers – not fourth and fifth starters.

Of course, so will we. And the way we are batting right now, that is scary.

BUt, let’s get there first. A win tonight would go a long way into making it.

Abnerish

September 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

I doubt Glaus is too happy to be riding the pine tonight. I’m sure he figured to be given a look at 3rd, don’t ya think? Does this mean Cox really had no intention of playing him at 3B and his whole rehab assignment was a ruse?

sportsmandh

September 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

DOB, can the Braves activate an infielder from the 40 man roster any time during the last 5 games for Prado? Or can they only do that once they are deciding on the post season roster?
thanks

Ron Roberts

September 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

There’s hope; my eyes saw a Braes player steal a base last night; didn’t help us score a run, but imagine if we’d tried to move runners over with steals and bunts with less than two outs in earlier games of this current offensive malaise.

Tonight’s lineup lacks speed (other than Heyward), but if we get on, can we at least make their pitchers look over to first base, distracting them enough to toss another mistake pitch or two per batter?

Murph

September 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

What does Chipper’s dad do for a living, if he even still works? I wonder if he’d be interested in the vacant hitting coach position after TP gets canned when bobby leaves.

ncscoots

September 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

Even if Bobby were the singularly worst skipper ever to hand in a lineup card, you gotta feel at least a little empathy for him, don’t you, LOL? There isn’t a single lineup that he could put together that wouldn’t have blog contributors slicin’ and dicin’ it. He’s trying to cater a White House Dinner with the Golden Corral buffet, and I admire his gumption for making the valiant effort.

Weaker men would probably curl up in a fetal ball and whimper, when they had to write down Melky bleepin’ Cabrera hitting 5. :-)

Mikeyc588

September 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

bravofan – Thanks for posting that great article by Jayson Stark (one of my favorite writers). Here’s an excerpt for those who don’t want to read the whole thing:

Oh, we know there’s one more question that some of the cynics on the outside are asking right now. They’re asking: Would another manager have won more than the one World Series that Cox won in all those trips to the dance floor?

OK, fair question. But if you’re asking that one, you also have to wonder how many times the Braves would have visited that dance floor with somebody else in charge.

Remember, this wasn’t the Yankees, where Joe Torre waved for the same closer (Mariano Something-or-other) in 10 consecutive postseasons. During the Braves’ decade and a half of dominance, Cox just about joined the Closer of the Month Club. He had to turn to 42 different pitchers — right, 42 — to collect at least one save during that span. And nine different relievers led his teams in saves.

But that roulette wheel wasn’t confined just to Cox’s bullpen. His teams averaged 10 new players a year in that period. Eight different starters led his pitching staff in wins. Ten led in homers. Nine led those teams in RBIs.

And it’s not as if Cox’s teams all arrived in October and got swept in the first round every year. His teams did win 12 postseason series. And they did make it to five World Series — the most reached by any National League manager since Walter Alston.

And Cox has won 66 postseason games, you know. That’s six more than Tony La Russa and second all time behind Torre.

So how did all that happen, anyway? Does anybody seriously think those teams were able to navigate the marathon, win all those divisions and win all those October ballgames in spite of the guy who managed them and not because of him? Get real. If you actually think that, you’ve been listening to way too many talk shows.

CraZyTraDeMaN

September 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Some of you guys posting better lineups should put your application in to be the next manager. I’m sure the Idea of putting a guy who strikes out like crazy and has a extremely low OBP hitting 2nd hasn’t even crossed Bobby’s mind.

I don’t really like it either but were a little low on players. It would be nice to be able to see
1.Prado 2.Heyward 3.Jones 4.Lee 5.McCann 6.Gonzo 7.Infante 8.Mclouth but that’s not possible.

The guys hitting at the top of the order get more AB’s so Bobby has our best hitters hitting 1, 2, 3 and 4. Does the rest really make a difference????

Abnerish

September 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

Frankly, at this point it doesn’t matter who’s in the starting lineup or what spot in the lineup (to a point of course). The ones who are out there just need to suck it up and get the job done. I’d love to know why Bobby refuses to stick Heyward in the 3 hole. Is he afraid Heyward will change his approach at the plate? I mean, if any needs a little jolt to pick up his game to the next level, it is Heyward. It is time for him to become the superstar.

Tomas

September 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Look I hate doing this, but I got to rip Bobby…………………First of all he has two left handers back to back in the middle of the order, and he has Melky batting behind Lee……………..Why in the world would you put Melky on the 5th spot over Alex Gonzalez who is having a career year and has over 20 homers and 88 RBI’s………………………

Stupid man, this manager is moronic come on, his arrangement of the lineup is as stupid as they come, he doesn’t run on the bases, he overuses the bullpen, he doesn’t give guys rest they need(Prado) and they end up getting seriously injured, he doesn’t give enough starts to guys that deserve it(Troy Glaus, Eric Hinske)……..Everything else it’s hall of fame type, stuff like keeping great team chemistry, making guys play hard, having faith in guys, handling the media, and being a good guy that everybody loves and think of him as his grandpa….

I guess that the fact that he has won 2501 games with an extremely good percentage point that keeping great team chemistry, making guys play hard, having faith in guys, etc, is much more important than actually managing the game

Fred

September 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Murph, I think Chipper’s dad lives and looks after Chipper’s ranch property in Texas.

CraZyTraDeMaN

September 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

I saw Glaus play 3rd at Gwinnett. He should be the 4th option behind Prado, Conrad and Hinski. He is terrible. DONT GIVE GLAUS A SHOT BECAUSE HE CANT PLAY 3RD. PERIOD He is a PH/1B thats it.

TRADE

September 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

If it wasn’t sad it would be funny. The thought of Melky Cabrera batting 5th in the heat of playoff race, well, I really can’t put it into words.

I don’t blame Bobby – - I blame LIFE.

Chop Chop

September 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

The Braves are going to make the playoffs. The Padres stink.

The Braves will be knocked out before the World Series.

The fact that the Braves will make the playoffs in 2010 does not mean that this season is a stepping stone for future success.

The end.

Tomas

September 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

CraZyTraDeMaN, seriously? why?
a. was he slow getting to balls,
b. his throwing was terrible,
c. did he miss grounders or didn’t field them cleanly,
d. or all of the above?

Steve

September 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

Dave, are they expecting a big crowd tonight with the playoff race and the special price on the tickets? Looked pretty empty last night but I am sure that was due to the rain. Nice work on the blog. Would be nice to have 35,000 or so in there tonight! Sad that Tampa only had 12,000 last night.

south georgia braves

September 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

ncscoots – “He’s trying to cater a White House Dinner with the Golden Corral buffet”! Quote of the day! I tip my cap to….no,no, no.
I won’t do that. But very accurate and colorful.

Venice Jim

September 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

Does anyone here actually read anything DOB writes?

J-Hey the Hero

September 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

Those of you who suggest Glaus at third:

Have you seen how nimble he is? Have you seen his lightning speed on the base path?

The guy just does not get the job done.

General Sherman

September 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

Milky Corn bread is not the answer!

.561

September 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

This time last year, we were making goofy “Believe” posters. Remember that? – Sopheeee

I’m making one now! :oops:

Ken Shelton

September 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

As much as a life,long Braves fan try to keep the faith the Bravos will pull out holding onto the Wild Card…The thought of the man they call “Melky-Man” in a run productive 5th slot makes a fan almost want to puke..I think Melky is perhaps one of the worst hitters since shall we say, ‘Greg Norton”..It’s more and more obvious the ‘powers-that-be’ have no confidence at all in Troy Glaus despite initially saying he would be seeing some action at 3rd base after rehabbing at that position in AAA…I guess as one baseball expert said recently on ESPN Bobby Cox has done great considering the dismal lineup he’s been marching out on a nightly basis..I think barring our starting trio of Hudson, Lowe and Hudson each pitching gems and giving up at the most one run or less we Braves fans are in for a boatload of trouble hoping to play ball after this coming Sunday!

Will

September 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Omar, Brooks, Heyward, Mccann, Lee, Gonzo, Melky, Ankiel should be the order tonight. I want a glass of whatever bobby was drinking when he put melky in the 5 hole.

Dick Doss.

September 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

I hope Milk Dud goes 3-4

Melky's Cheese Fry Belly

September 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Ankiel should start the remaining games in CF for his defense alone, with Diaz and Hinske rotating in LF. Now that McOut’s 2 week hit streak is over, he and Melky should spend the duration of the season in the dugout playing tiddlywinks and eating cheese fries. But no, Cox apparently has some serious man-love for Melk-dud.

mcbravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

September 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

I agree with Dick Doss – I hope Melky breaks out tonight and proves everyone wrong!

J-Hey the Hero

September 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

Comparing Melky to Greg Norton?!? Don’t you put the evil on him Ricky Bobby

Chop Chop

September 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

Melky is going to secure his $4 million arb number (and his place as a Brave for 2011) tonight.

Suck it, h8rz.

Sopheeee

September 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

Mixxo, you should make one with Melky on it. Be creative.

If it’s good, it’s going to be the logo/seal for my Melky anti-fan club.

AZBravoFan

September 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

DOB: last night’s game wasn’t a comeback win, right?

And for all those calling for Glaus, have all the rally-killing GIDP’s been wiped from your memory?? Don’t you think Brooks Conrad has more of a chance of manufacturing a run than Glaus? You want to consider starting him against the lefty Miller tomorrow….maybe. But I’d still go with Conrad.

The Choperator

September 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

Why is Heyward second? On Base Percentage. He’s got the highest OBP of anyone on the team, .393 (bet you wouldn’t have guessed that David Ross is second). Even without Prado, you’ve got guys with 77 and 74 RBI hitting behind J-Hey. Other candidates to hit second (Gonzalez, Conrad, Melky) have OBPs higher than only McLouth and Diaz among regular players (yes, even free-swinging Rick has a higher OBP than Gonzo).

J-Hey still gets RBI opportunities with his gap power and a high OBP guy in Infante hitting in front of him. This is the only way Bobby can construct his order without putting a really low OBP guy (under .320) in the top third of his lineup. This way, the top three are all at .360 or higher.

Anyone still disagree?

BL

September 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

I can’t believe some think that Troy Glaus, the guy who can barely manuever around 1st base, can play the hot corner. Did anyone see the young, scrappy lineup of the Marlins last night? They would wear his knees flat out over there. I remember at least 2-3 charging balls for Prado last night. It should tell you how bad Glaus really is hurt, that his dad Bobby won’t even put him in the lineup.

.561

September 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

Sopheeee – Haaa…..I’m on it!

Mr. Enigma

September 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

WHY THE HELL IS MELKY CABRERA BATTING 5TH?

Had to get that out.

Bat Masterson

September 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

This time last year, we were making goofy “Believe” posters. Remember that? – Sopheeee

It seems like hundreds of players and several years ago to me.

CraZyTraDeMaN

September 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

Tomas
A and B I went to 3 games he played in. Any fast runner would be stupid not to bunt against him. He’s clearly not the same player he was when he was a solid third bagger. Now is certainly not the time to sacrifice D. It’s bad enough as it is.

ncscoots

September 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

Melky is going to secure his $4 million arb number (and his place as a Brave for 2011) tonight.

A thought that does not bear contemplation, Chop. You are evil for even forming it. :-)

Abnerish

September 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

For the record, I did not say Glaus SHOULD play 3B, I was just saying that I bet he’s not happy about being overlooked, that’s all. I’m sure had Glaus had more success with his PH opportunities, Bobby would have put him out there.

Chop Chop

September 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

scoots,

It is strange when one discovers that he can find many reasons to root for or against his own team and its players. If more fans felt the way I do, there’d be a lot less anxiety at times like this.

I feel like Peter Frampton (minus the talk box).

Sopheeee

September 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Bat, poor ol’ Greg Norty was the target of a lot of those “Believe” signs too. D-Lowe, too.

Jim

September 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

D.O.B.,

I got to see Emilou Harris and Buddy Miller at the Florida Folk Festival years ago. They really sounded great together and it was a great atmosphere seeing them in an outdoor setting. The highlight was hearing them sing together on, “If I can only win youre love”. Great concert.

CraZyTraDeMaN

September 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

WHY THE HELL IS MELKY CABRERA BATTING 5TH

Because we clearly have much better options on the bench!! Right??!?!?!?!
Hinski / Diaz / Ankiel / Mclouth all those would be…so….much….better?!?!

Melky's Cheese Fry Belly

September 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

I’m grateful for Glaus’s contributions this year but the dude needs to retire after this year and have both knees replaced. He gimps around like an 80 year old man.

Bat Masterson

September 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Simpler times Soph, less people to hate.

sportsmandh

September 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Yes Diaz would be a better option. But who are we to second guess?

jay dubu

September 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Is it me, or is 6 doing everything that he can to avoid putting Heyward in the 3 hole? Granted Heyward hasn’t hit much recently, but neither has anyone else on the roster.

Sopheeee

September 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Yup, Bat. We should open it up this year too. I’m sure we’d have a lot of variety this time around. Seems like everyone “sucks” this year.

CraZyTraDeMaN

September 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

I’m sure had Glaus had more success with his PH opportunities, Bobby would have put him out there.

Not at third! Glaus should not play 3B unless Conrad Hinski and Diory are all hurt.

Branson

September 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

I would definitely go with a Hinske/Diaz platoon for the rest of the way. Melky is just awful.

ncscoots

September 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

It is strange when one discovers that he can find many reasons to root for or against his own team and its players. If more fans felt the way I do, there’d be a lot less anxiety at times like this.

Well put, and very true.

Scarily, I’ll actually be rooting for the Melkster at game time. Why? Because he’ll be on the field and wearing the uni, and like that. I’ll be doing it in private and away from public display, true, but still…

Melky's Cheese Fry Belly

September 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

Ankiel should start the remaining games in CF for his defense alone, with Diaz and Hinske rotating in LF. Now that McOut’s 2 week hit streak is over, he and Melky should spend the duration of the season in the dugout playing tiddlywinks and eating cheese fries. But no, Cox apparently has some serious man-love for Melk-dud.

I also agree that Gonzo would be a better choice for 5th spot. He at least has some power. Melky will hit into at least one double play tonight. Mark my words.

Texas Frenchy

September 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Brooks should be hitting 2nd, he has some speed & hustles his azz off, Heyward should be 3rd, Lee 4th, McCann 5th, Gonzalez 6th, Melky 7th if he has to be in the lineup, & Ankiel 8th if he also has to play in Boobys opinion, McCann hitting 3rd??? McClouth should be put in CF, lets see hes hitting .190 but Ankiel is hitting .200 as a Brave, tough choices! Our outfield is AAA quality, how in the freak are we even in the playoff chase with this group, shoulda kept me Im guessing, Im already in as a division winner! LOL Go Texas

south georgia braves

September 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

Those still complaining about the lineup, I repost a quote from ncscoots using an example that most of you should be able to understand…food:
“He’s trying to cater a White House Dinner with the Golden Corral buffet”!

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

September 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

When Melk-dud didn’t get into last night’s extra inning affair, I was hoping he was finally in the Booooby’s doghouse…guess not.

Duder

September 28th, 2010
4:05 pm

Does anyone here actually read anything DOB writes?
——-
Best question of the day.

Reading DOB’s blog takes time and involves cogitation. Who wants to do that? Much easier just to spew whatever comes to mind without actually reading and comprehending something.

ncscoots

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

I don’t know why you guys are moaning; you’ve been wanting Bobby to shake it up, right? Consider the lineup shook, boys. :-)

Murph

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

I look at the JHey batting order position as a question of whether you want to get guys on base or drive the guys on base in for runs.

Having a high OBP doesn’t mean squat when the guys behind you are hitting horribly with RISP. If it were my decision I’d put JHey 3rd because, occasionally, someone on the Braves other than him actually gets on base. Makes more sense to put one of your top RBI guys in a position where he could be driving in multiple runners instead of just one runner.

Oh that Bobby. It’s like he’s the wacky kid in a bad sitcom. He brings out the lineup card, the ump looks at him surprised, and then Bobby turns to the camera with a goofy grin and the raises his hands up while the laugh track plays.

Sopheeee

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Ha, Bobby has an iPhone. Oh, but that’s not the point of this column -

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=5625259

Bobby is ready to go home!!!!

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Bobby have you forgot about Glaus??? Conrad shows up after the 6th no reason to give him the start!!!! Come on Bobby put the best players on the field.

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

So, am I reading the schedule correctly? If the Braves make the playoffs, the first home game of NLDS would be Aug. 10 at The Ted?

BChadwick

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

“Many of the glass-half-empty crowd act as if the Braves should not bother to make the postseason because it’d only set everyone up for another inevitable first-round disappointment.”-
Any fan who thinks that shouldn’t be a fan. The postseason is huge and once you get in, anything can happen. Those “fans” have forgot the reason why they enjoy the Braves and baseball in general.

The Choperator

September 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

Texas, why would Bobby put McCann 5th behind Brooksy and D-Lee against a righty in a lineup that has already lost two 3-hole hitters?

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