Braves quotes after sweep-completing win over Florida

BOBBY COX

On Lowe

“His last four starts or so have just been dominating. He’s striking out guys. That’s his 16th win today. [Short rest] didn’t affect him at all. He was fired up, and he could hit with that breaking ball anytime he wanted to.

“Our bullpen did another magnificent job, and Conrad again, back-to-back nights, the big blow.”

“And Rossy had a great day. Three doubles, caught a great game. It was a good ballgame for us, good start to the homestand. We need to keep winning.”

On this weekend’s series against Phillies, emotions of his last regular-season series, etc.

“Well, these games are so important, I’m going to put that on the back burner.”

On how the team responded after disappointing road trip

“It was a tough road trip for us, knowing we had to win a few. We played Philly tough, we just got beat. But they responded very well [against Florida].”

Overcoming yet another injury, to Prado

“Well, we started with a good bench, and that’s why we can do that. And we had a deep bullpen. A couple of guys were in Triple-A, Jonny and Kimbrel, that when guys went down they were here to replace them. It’s huge.”

On Kimbrel

“He was lights-out again today. He’s been really good.”

On drastic improvement in Lowe, was it just having that week off to rest elbow?

“I think Roger [made a big difference].”

BROOKS CONRAD

On hitting a homer before 7th inning

“Diaz has been on me about that for a long time. I’ve been getting interviewed about it and things like that. I tell everybody, it’s not like I’m not trying to do anything [in the early innings]. And so I brought it right to Diaz’s attention after I hit that homer. I said, ‘That was before the seventh.’

“Hopefully there’s more to come like that.”

On sweeping the series

“It was huge. We had to do it. From here on out we’ve got to keep winning. We’ll have a nice off day tomorrow to rest up and spend some time with the families, and get ready for Philly coming in.”

It seems fitting it’s coming down to the last weekend against Phillies

“Before we went into Philly, when we still had a shot in the division, we said it’s going to come down to the last weekend. It still has, it’s just in a different way – we’ve got to win these games to get in the playoffs. It’s a crazy game. You play 162 games and it all comes down to these last ones. That’s why you play every one hard.”

DEREK LOWE

“It’s fun to be pitching at your best at the right time. It’s what I’ve always enjoyed, this time of the year going out there and pitching in meaningful games this late in the season.

“We were able to get some early runs, which always helps.

“We’ve given ourselves a chance. We’ll sit back and enjoy tomorrow, see what happens out in San Diego, and then come in with the mindset that the Phillies are going to pitch everyone and the Phillies are going to play everyone [not rest regulars in the weekend series].

“I hope that people aren’t sitting around thinking the Phillies are going to kind of take it easy on us because they’re already in.”

“It was a great homestand. The starters went out there and in three games gave up three runs. That normally is going to give you a chance.”

What was the key to your turnaround, other than getting some time to rest elbow?

“The breaking ball over the last month has been kind of how I remember it being. It’s been pretty bad for a long time, and this is how it’s normally been [before that]. So it’s good to see that come into form at the right time.”

How does this start rank?

“All that stuff is stuff you look back at in the offseason and go, that was a good run. This was my last regular season start, but clearly you want to pitch like this in the postseason. People will remember that more than what you do in September.”

On it coming down to the last weekend

“You figured it would. We did what we had to do, play three strong games against Florida. Now enjoy tomorrow and come here Friday ready to go.”

On short rest, how’s the elbow?

“Everything’s great. Up until two months ago I’ve always had a resilient arm, and found that those extra days here and there never really affected me. And today was the same.”

On team overcoming adversity, the Prado injury being latest

“The [Prado] injury, if that happens in the middle of the year, there’s maybe a little more panic. But when you have four games to go, you don’t have time to sit back and worry about who’s not playing.

“Guys just … we have to play who’s healthy. Clearly no one wanted to see him go down. But during the regular season you say, this guy’s going to be down for 15 games, we have to have someone fill in.

“But not with three games to go.”

Where did that recent slider come from?

“I flew to L.A. and picked it up. This is how my breaking ball has been almost till I came here. We’ve talked many times, back-door breaking balls to left-handers is a pitch I’ve always been able to throw. But I haven’t had much success with it for a long time.

“The confidence definitely helps. I give Roger a lot of credit for the different gameplans we’ve been able to come up with against different teams. This is another team that’s given me fits all year long. I kind of pitched differently against them than I have been.

“If you look at how I pitched, I still throw sinkers but it’s not one after another. It’s pretty much, you throw it enough to let them know you’re still going to throw it, but you use the other pitchers in your arsenal to get more outs.”

DAVID ROSS

“It’s nice to contribute to a win. You sit on the bench for a couple of weeks and you’re champing at the bit, there’s nothing you can do when you’re not playing. To get in there and to actually have a little bit of success and help t he team win, was really fulfilling for me.”

On Lowe

“Oh, man. That’s what big players do. That’s why they pay him the big bucks, really, because he’s a big-time pitcher and he’s been in these situations before.

“Since that Washington game, he’s been lights-out. His stuff right now is really good, really sharp. He’s been our horse down the stretch here.”

Hudson and him responded on short rest

“Whew. Really responded. It was nice to get this win before tomorrow’s off day. Just sit back and see what happens.

“I think everybody was excited about this win. With B-Mac out of there and our lineup a little different, we found a way to win. Can’t say enough about Brooks Conrad, what he’s brought to our team all year.”

Do you feel like you’re almost there?

“We’re not a team that can put it in cruise control or sit back and be like, we’re right there. If we let up at all, we’re not very good. So as long as we keep pushing and keep working hard and grinding out at-bats and doing all the little things, we’re going to be fine. Because our pitching staff’s really stepped up for us.”

66 comments Add your comment

@Glausosaurus

September 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

If that’s the Lowe we’re going to get for the playoffs, I like our chances.

Boatdoc

September 29th, 2010
8:41 pm

D-Lowe has been the epitome of “clutch” this month. If he’s pitching Game 7 of the World Series…. I like our chances.

Keith

September 29th, 2010
8:45 pm

My brother made the comment that maybe this is Lowe gearing up for the playoff run. Remember, Lowe has pitched well in a few big playoff games. :)

Huddy/Hanson/Lowe would be formidable…and JJ comes back then watch out!!

If this team makes the postseason, Bobby has a legit shot to win MGR OF THE YEAR! He has done more with this team, and I have a lot more respect for his ability to lead (although his tactics are frustrating to me – but hey, he’s the mgr and I’m the armchair).

Tonight’s lineup averages were something like….

326
279
255
255
269
245
268

That’s not completely accurate, but we only have ONE .300 avg hitter now, and he didn’t play the entire year.

GO BRAVES!

scottc

September 29th, 2010
8:47 pm

how much fun is this team to watch? Just full of gutsy gamers like Raw Dog Conrad.

gtyj2

September 29th, 2010
8:49 pm

its weird saying i feel comfortable with Lowe on the mound but i do

gtyj2

September 29th, 2010
8:49 pm

Enter your comments here

Steve Steverson

September 29th, 2010
8:55 pm

If anyone else ends a comment with “I like our chances,” I like our chances.

Mcmann

September 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

man man man man man man… you guys are a bunch of front runners. After last weekends debacle in washington, all of you were writing off the braves saying they had no chance to reach teh post season. well ha to all you who doubted them. see you in the post season betches

mike on lake hartwell

September 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

can’t wait to get my playoff ticket outside of the stadium for
10 bucks. we braves fans really are pathetic. but not as bad
as tampa. go braves.

mike on lake hartwell

September 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

can’t wait to get my playoff ticket outside of the stadium for
10 bucks. we braves fans really are pathetic. but not as bad
as tampa. go braves.

bruce mac

September 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

D LOWE IS THE MAN. DON’T EVER DOUBT IT AGAIN.

old man

September 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

Several weeks ago, the crazy guy at the BP selling me beer was watching Lowe get shelled on a TV. I commented on it, and the guy looked at me, sort of like he had been drinking some of the profits, or was possessed, or both, and said calmly, “You’re right, but Lowe is super tough in the post season. Bank on it.” It seemed creepy at the time.

Right now, it just seems right.

Mary Beth

September 29th, 2010
9:54 pm

The game was AWESOME tonight!! I’m SO SO glad I was there!

Philadelphian

September 29th, 2010
10:16 pm

WE ARE GOING TO PLAY OUR STARTERS. Don’t even waste your time getting excited. We remember when you were good and would do this to us. 1,2,3. You’re playing an All-Star team with the Cy Young winner throwing against you. Then we go to our World Series MVP. Then our #3 which would be your #1.

John Leonard

September 29th, 2010
10:28 pm

Hey cheesesteak,You have an awsome team,but Philly still SUCKS!!!

Bobby's Cox

September 29th, 2010
10:40 pm

Lol at that 9:12 post

Oh Yea

September 29th, 2010
10:52 pm

Hey Philadelphian, your manager has already said that he is not starting Halladay or Oswalt and that Hamels will get 2 to 3 innings MAX. Also while I’m sure he will start most of the starting position players I’m sure that some of them will not be out there for the all three games in their entirety. Is Polanco’s elbow hurting him still? If so I bet Manuel rests him. I know they’re going to try to get Rollins as many innings as they can just to get him going again. I bet Howard and Utley will get some at bats but won’t play all three games in full. Why not just go back to your own board and tell some of your cronies about your inability to do any research before throwing up on a fan…I mean on another teams message board.

Don't tase me bro!

September 30th, 2010
12:03 am

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ….Philly fans that is the sound of a taser. Matt Diaz saved us the joy of seeing another idiotic Philly fan get the opportunity to ride the lightning! Thanks Matty…oh wait THANKS BROOKSY and D LOWE!

Michael Procton

September 30th, 2010
12:14 am

Kyle Kendrick, Cy Young? Damn, those folks in Philly are dumber than I even thought.

myra

September 30th, 2010
12:31 am

ooooh mike hampton on tv.

myra

September 30th, 2010
12:31 am

hes gonna twist an eyelash while hes pitchin

kravitz

September 30th, 2010
12:33 am

What happens with SD and SF both winning tonite?(so far)

Supes

September 30th, 2010
1:41 am

Philly TROLL, shouldn’t u be worrying about Joey Votto and the Reds??? Silly Philly TROLLS…you just think it’ll be THAT easy for you.

Darryl Blackberry

September 30th, 2010
2:06 am

Go Cubs! (And, by extension, go Braves!)

Bravos10

September 30th, 2010
2:07 am

I said this team has the right mix of players and certainly the coaching to win and make it to the playoffs back when half of the Atlanta “fans” were saying the Braves are done,toast,finished,choaking,pretenders,losers, etc etc. But I dont care.JUST SHOW UP AND SELL OUT THE TED AND MAKE SOME NOISE THE REST OF THE WAY. WIN LOSE OR DRAW SHOW SOME SUPPORT. This years team has something special and may not have the Utley,Howard werth lineup but this team does have the intangibles to win. Plus our big 3 can hang with the over paid guys in Philly and YES our bullpen is better.

P.S to the crazy/stupid Philly fan. Take a page out of the Braves history book and realize just because you have three great starters your not bulletproof. The bravos had Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz all of which will get in the HOF on the first ballot and they lost some series the Braves should have won. Plus Cincinati is BELIEVE IT OR NOT MORE HUNGRY THAN PHILLY. The Braves ran into this with Houston and the one man wrecking ball Carlos Beltran. Cincinnati hasnt made it to “Fall ball” since 95 and they and their fans are starving. So good luck with that EASY win.

phillies 2008

September 30th, 2010
2:13 am

You Braves fans are such frontrunners. it has been really entertaining to read you crucify your team then jump back on the bandwagon once you win three from the smelly fish that died weeks ago. Oh and by the way geniuses, the Phils manager was quoted in the Philly media as saying he would be using the regulars this weekend. Kendrick is part of the starting rotation and he will be using Utley and Howard. If I were him, my goal would be to win every game against the Braves and kill your chances totally.Then you can really hate us. Many of you sound like the proverbial bigoted southerns that we hear about spouting hate every time you open your mouth. Just telling it like it reads. Sorry to the rest of you who must have been educated at one of the great higher education universities up here like Penn, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Drexel, Thomas Jefferson, Lehigh, Lasalle, Temple, Saint Joseph, Princeton, etc.

scottbravesfan

September 30th, 2010
3:36 am

Lowe only shows up to pitch in September and October. The other months of the season are still spring training.

scottbravesfan

September 30th, 2010
3:39 am

phillies 2008,

Seriously you are trying to talk Universities? You do realize that Georgia Tech and Emory are located in the city of Atlanta and they are two of the best Universities in the country? I believe Georgia Tech is ranked 3rd in engineering.

And Philly can’t talk about front runners. You guys couldn’t even draw 2 million fans a year in the old vet. You would sell out opening day and then none of you would come back to the games. There would be 12,000 fans at the game on a weekend. And this was back in like 2002 not 30 years ago.

The Red

September 30th, 2010
6:45 am

Why would the Phillies want to shut the Braves down? Are they so certain about SF or SD? They know how to beat the Braves!

GovClintonTyree

September 30th, 2010
6:48 am

I like our chances.

MaSSaHH

September 30th, 2010
8:56 am

2007 and 2008 phillies went to the playoffs BECAUSE of the mutts meltdown, NOT because you were so great, wake up please. Only 2009 was the year of the phillosers who lost to the yankees by the way, so shut your pilehole about frontrunners

DoninTococca

September 30th, 2010
9:00 am

I’m with Tyree, I like our chances now!!!q

Tim B.

September 30th, 2010
9:12 am

I would like our chance more it B-Mac, J-Hey, and D-Lee would start hitting like they can. They aren’t contributing at all, unless you include their walks. While I love the OB% stat, we need more from these three “sluggers”. They need to hit and hit with power. We can’t count on Conrad every night.

phillies 2008

September 30th, 2010
9:32 am

scottbravesfan
Notice you mentioned 3 fine universities while i stopped after 11. Philadelphians are not front runners. Your figures from Phillies attendance are way off line. A sellout at the Vet was 65,000. The Braves could not even sellout playoff games. I remember when they played the Mets and Cubs in the playoffs, the numbers of other fans was unbelievable. Atlanta is a football town and all other sports lag well behind. Oh last night the Flyers drew 18,000 to the Flames 7,000 for preseason hockey. Since moving to CBP the Phils are averaging 3.2 million with over 120 straight sellout averaging 45,000. Your team is selling tickets at deep discounts and still cannot sellout important games this week. It is well known nationally that atlanta is a frontrunner. The real numbers tell the truth. And you won the division 14 times and won 1 WS. That ratio is pathetic. And to Massahh we won the division this year because you were this year’s mutts. So shut your piehole, not pilehole, learn how to spell the word correctly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Horse With No Name

September 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Can we call Lowe “Trigger” since he’s now a horse ?

Horse With No Name

September 30th, 2010
9:35 am

I can’t recall but 3 games period that Derrek Lee contributed to the wins. But I recall 50 games he contributed to the losses. Heyward is slumping bad at the wrong time. Big Mac is hitting pretty good. I guees its useless to mention Nate & Ankiel. You could combine the two of them and still have one pathetic OF.

Horse With No Name

September 30th, 2010
9:36 am

OF should be Diaz,Melky,Heyward. At least those 3 can hit every now & then.

knarf

September 30th, 2010
9:53 am

just have to say it… Roger McDowell is the man! Definitely had my doubts about him early on, but the magic he’s worked with DLowe, wow…

sucks to lose Marteeeeeeen, but loving the teams outlook… just gotta win with what ya got… and what we’ve got has really been stepping it up. With the pitching we have, I still like our chances in the playoffs. Maybe I’m just being a homer, but I’ve yet to doubt this team this year (well, since May I guess… April looked grim), and I’m not going to start now.

Flying in tomorrow, see ya’ll in the Ted this weekend!

knarf

September 30th, 2010
9:56 am

and just a reminder: Please Don’t Feed the Trolls

(Hint: they usually have Phillie in their name, or some such nonsense)

bruce mac

September 30th, 2010
9:58 am

To All Phillie fans, yes we are pathetic fans and have a blue collar team lacking all of the accolades you point out daily. We will just show up I guess with all our misfit players and take our whopping like a man. Thanks for allowing us to be in the presence of such greatness. Signed: Your humble lackeys, The Atlanta Braves and their fans.

Matty D: Red Man Hunter

September 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Scottbravesfan: “And Philly can’t talk about front runners. You guys couldn’t even draw 2 million fans a year in the old vet.”
Phillies 2008: “Philadelphians are not front runners. Your figures from Phillies attendance are way off line.”

Really Phillies 2008? Did you bother to look up any stats? Since you’re too lazy, I’ll do it for you. Phillies attendance in 2001: 1.78 million, 24th lowest. 2002: 1.62 million, 24th lowest. Now after a new stadium boost and back to back world series appearances fans finally start showing up. That is the definition of front runners.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

September 30th, 2010
11:09 am

I DONT UNDERSTAND THE ATTENDACE THING? DO YOU GET A CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR IT????

nashvillewill

September 30th, 2010
11:21 am

Braves will compete at home vers Phils, IF the defense is strong. We can’t afford Melky in the OF and McCann is a concern. Last night’s play at home was crucial. Not sure Brian makes that one. Also some concern witj Conrad’s play (throws), but I think he’s the best option. If Bobby had taken my advice and played him when Chipper went down (Prado to second, Infante to LF), he’d be more accustomed to the range, Meaningful games the last series of the season is fun! Go Braves.

Bobby

September 30th, 2010
11:26 am

Don’t forget that Phillie fans also booed Mike Schmidt. But enought about them. You’d be miserable too, if you lived in that armpit of a city. Magic number is 3 to win outright and 2 to force a one game playoff at the Ted on Monday.

E-6

September 30th, 2010
11:33 am

Very encouraged about our play off hopes – more so about next year. Heyward, a year older. Freeman at first. All we really need is a left fielder – not some retread but a solid left fielder. Then just put somebody in center who can chase down balls and hit eighth and we’re set.

Keith

September 30th, 2010
11:33 am

Re: Phillies 2008

I’m not sure what your purpose is coming on a Braves blog and trying to make generalized statements with no specific examples…

That would be like me calling you a Northern stuck-up snob…except that I can give your post as a glaring example.

GO BRAVES!

Keith

September 30th, 2010
11:35 am

Re: Mcmann

Actually, I’ve been posting about the hopes of the postseason even when we lost vs the Phils and Nats. You have to realize there are many Philly fans that like to come on these blogs and talk trash….some of the posing as Braves fans. :)

GO BRAVES!

Skeezix

September 30th, 2010
11:44 am

Phillies Fan: Maybe you and obnoxious Mets fan ought to get married. Your city and your universities don’t impress us. Mostly you just bore us.

hAL

September 30th, 2010
11:52 am

the phonies better damn well woory bout the reds joeyvotto and friends will kick the oft injured not very good sillys ass

Keith

September 30th, 2010
12:15 pm

Re: hAl

I’m definitely worried about any team the Braves would face. And I’m not saying that the Braves WILL beat the REds, but I like the fact that I think the Braves would fare better against guys like Cueto and the Reds’ rotation over the Giants or Padres rotation. Plus, I believe the Reds have a losing record against good teams (think the Braves are a close 3-2 vs them).

Keith

September 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

Playoffs are all about pitching, and I like the Reds’ inconsistent pitching over the other teams available.

GO BRAVES!

Keith

September 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

DOB,

Since when did the AJC start accepting The Cheetah Gentleman’s Club as their sponsor for the Braves page. I’m on here most days and am surprised that the AJC would stoop to that level…..from a place that objectifies women.

Oh well, I submitted feedback at the bottom of the page.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 30th, 2010
12:46 pm

Keith,

The Cheetah may objectify women, but you’d be suprised at how many corporate deals get done over a cocktail and lapdance. Nature of buisness my friend.

It is touted as a “Gentlemen’s Club” but smart buisness women take their male clients there all the time. It is, what it is!

Phillies, Class of the NL

September 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

Wow lookie lookie here, all you Braves fans are feelin high and mighty now huh? LOL funny thing is you are probably gonna luck out and get the Phils JV squad since this last series means absolutely nothing since they already clinched the top spot and home field, and you’re not even gonna have to worry about facing Halladay, Hamels, or Oswalt. That there my friends is a gift, kinda like when the Colts sat all their starters against the Jets last year in the NFL. If the Braves choke on this opportunity, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Hell, they don’t deserve to be in as is choking up a 7 game lead like they did to the Phils, but the rest of the NL is so weak I guess someone needs to get the Wild Card…

Keith

September 30th, 2010
1:48 pm

Re: Brooklyn Braves Brawler

I am not naive and realize that deals get done. I realize that….doesn’t make it right, but oh well.

Re: Phillies, Class of the NL

Are you back again? :) Just kidding. No, I don’t think anyone is feeling “high and mighty now” as you put it. We are just pumped that we….have a chance. Does that mean that I think they will win out and go the Fall Classic? Nope. I just now that all we need is a chance, and that poor or great play in September rarely translates into the exact same thing in the playoffs. I know that much. So a chance is something to get excited about.

But I would have you keep in mind that you swept us in a series where you pitched your best pitchers vs our worst rookie pitchers and we were still in every game. So I wouldn’t get too “high and mighty” yourself. ;)

GO BRAVES!

Keith

September 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

*I just know*

Your best being Halladay and Hamels and our worst being Beachy and Minor. Hanson and Oswalt was a great game when both teams had their best going….

It’s going to be a battle!

GO BRAVES :)

David O'Brien

September 30th, 2010
1:59 pm

Keith, what about Hooters ads? What about GoDaddy.com ads? How ’bout the many suggestive commercials that beer companies run on TV? Where do you draw the line at what companies should be permitted to advertise if you ran the paper? I’m not trying to be argumentative, just wondering where you’d draw the line.

Keith

September 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

DOB,

All good points. I’ve wrestled with some of that, and I’m not fan of any of it…mostly cause of my personal experiences as well as my line of work. :) I won’t get into all that.

I only responded about Cheetah because it was the first time I noticed it on this page. I understand it sells – SEX sells, making women objects sells…but does it mean it’s right? Does it mean it should be on the sports page of the AJC?

I kind of think that this viewing audience does not just include mature-minded adults (i.e. adolescents)….I could be wrong.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

September 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

DOB, Your the ajc, not just a web site. You need to clean up the act. Plus hooters suck. If im going to have bad food and exspensive beer the women are not going to have clothes. I degress, it is tastless for a liberal paper to have an ad for strippers. Philies ass of the NL: You suck! :-p

David O'Brien

September 30th, 2010
2:55 pm

Mark Bradley’s 70’s: We need to clean it up? You’re setting a fine example.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

September 30th, 2010
3:01 pm

Just because “everyone else” does it doesnt make it right. Phillie fan of NL still sucks!

Keith

September 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

Re: Mark Bradley’s 70s….

I agree with DOB, your post doesn’t exactly illustrate your initial point.

DOB, what do you think of my earlier response?

Enjoy your work! GO BRAVES :)

bravos fan

September 30th, 2010
7:16 pm

keith, what’s up with all the smiley faces? i like the go braves… but come on man

Keith

September 30th, 2010
9:58 pm

lol @ bravos fan

I do that for two reasons:

#1 – To track my posts later

#2 – to be positive

Sorry if you don’t like it!

GO BRAVES :)

Jughead Obama

September 30th, 2010
10:15 pm

Good Riddance, Booby.

nashvillewill

October 1st, 2010
1:57 pm

So, last series of the year. Braves take 2 of 3, Padres lose 1, Braves take wildcard. Defense remains the key, in my opinion. Hitting will be what it will be; pitching is stout. Defense in LF, 3B, C must be strong (I assume Ankiel in CF). Braves should be pumped and motivated. I think Braves have a good chance in first round of playoffs. Then, we’ll see.

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