Braves could have six or more rookies on roster

It’s the Braves’ first playoff appearance in five years, and they could have five or six rookies on their 25-man postseason roster.

“There’s so many guys going through this for the first time, young guys, and I want them to take a good look,” general manager Frank Wren said during Sunday’s celebration. “Because we want to keep doing this year after year.”

Right fielder Jason Heyward, infielder Brooks Conrad and reliever Jonny Venters are among the rookies who’ll make the Braves’ division-series roster, and other possibilities include pitchers Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Beachy, Mike Dunn, Cristhian Martinez and Mike Minor, first baseman Freddie Freeman, and infielder Diory Hernandez.

If manager Bobby Cox decides to go with three catchers, J.C. Boscan could make the cut. The roster can be changed from one postseason series to the next.

The Braves don’t have to set their playoff roster until Thursday morning, but will likely announce it Tuesday or Wednesday. They’ll work out at Turner Field at 1 p.m. Tuesday, then fly to San Francisco.

They have a scheduled Wednesday workout at San Francisco’s AT&T Park at 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time.

After surviving a nine-game April losing streak and a late-season slump in which they lost their division and wild-card leads, the Braves won on the last day of the season to qualify for the playoffs.

Hinske back in the postseason

After playing for three different teams in the past three World Series, Eric Hinske is back in the postseason. The Braves would like to see the veteran backup and pinch-hitter extend his streak to an unprecedented four consecutive World Series with four different teams.

“Awesome,” Hinske said during the Braves’ champagne-soaked celebration Sunday after clinching the NL wild card with a win against Philadelphia, coupled with San Diego’s loss to San Francisco. “I mean, it took 162 [games], but we’re here. We would have liked to do it in Friday or Saturday’s games [against the Phillies], but we’ve been living on the edge all year.

“Great group of guys in here. We’re a family.”

Despite advancing to the past three World Series with Boston, Tampa Bay and the Yankees, Hinske, 33, isn’t jaded. Qualifying for the postseason still seemed to excite him as much as any of the many Braves going for the first time.

182 comments Add your comment

letsgobraves

October 4th, 2010
7:30 pm

shawn

October 4th, 2010
7:36 pm

Let beat Giants

JacketFan

October 4th, 2010
7:37 pm

Looking forward to seeing how the young guys handle the pressure – Go Braves! We’re proud of all of ya!

owner of a lonely heart

October 4th, 2010
7:38 pm

Lowe, hanson, hudson, what more could you ask for?

Coach (2011 or Bust)

October 4th, 2010
7:39 pm

Three catchers, REALLY? And pray tell why two catchers over the 162 game haul can get it done.

My point being, this is why Cox beats himself in the post season. The man doesn’t manage the same way he does in the regular season.

BravesFan in DC

October 4th, 2010
7:41 pm

Lowe, Hanson, and Huddy. I like our chances. We’ve already beaten all 3 of their starters… we just need to learn to win on the road. It’s now or never!!!!!!!

owner of a lonely heart

October 4th, 2010
7:41 pm

I don’t think three catchers are in the mix for this short series!

Ryan

October 4th, 2010
7:42 pm

Ummm…how about Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels….(or Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz)???

BravesFan in DC

October 4th, 2010
7:43 pm

Dave – Do you think Glaus makes the cut? I imagine Bobby won’t want/need 4 first basemen in Lee, Glaus, Hinske, and Freeman. Who’s the odd man out?

kaminari

October 4th, 2010
7:43 pm

It’s hard to believe these guys are all rookies. They’ve already been ’seasoned’, Heyward playing all year; Minor & Beachy going up against the champs in big games; Kimbrel already looks like a superstar – I can’t imagine him being left off the roster.

Btw, Hinske is the man. I hope he’s in every game, either starting or first off the bench. Love the guy.

Go BRAVES!!

owner of a lonely heart

October 4th, 2010
7:43 pm

Maddox, Glavine and Smoltz didn’t always work!

owner of a lonely heart

October 4th, 2010
7:45 pm

I don’t think Minor will be there either because the Giant’s don’t have a lot of left handed hitters.

Alan 10

October 4th, 2010
7:47 pm

A new season, now go out and play the way we know you can, play within your strengths and don’t try those things that you can’t, there has been to much of that for the last couple of months.

Eddie Haskell

October 4th, 2010
7:48 pm

Congratulations to the Braves organization. It certainly didn’t come easy! If they were hitting on all cylinders I would be more confident, but the pitching is hot and cold and the hitting is so-so.
As opposed to years past when they had some of the best records in baseball and high expectations, this year they really have nothing to lose.
I hope they go out there and let it rip! What the heck!

Rookies

October 4th, 2010
7:49 pm

It is nice to have youth but lets use them wisely.

justin1

October 4th, 2010
7:49 pm

Glaus better be on the roster

justin1

October 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

owner of a lonely heart- good point on the lefty hitters.

J Clay

October 4th, 2010
7:53 pm

Please no Farnsworth on the roster

Eric C.

October 4th, 2010
8:03 pm

Yeah, Maddux turned into a pedestrian pitcher in the postseason. I still remember that awful game 1 against the Marlins in the 97 NLCS when he gave up 4 runs in the first inning.

Eric C.

October 4th, 2010
8:04 pm

Now Smoltz and Glavine, different story

Chillahill43

October 4th, 2010
8:09 pm

As long as the vets – lee, gonzo, maclazzy lowe, huddy, wags, Bobby, pendleton, and such do what they are here for then 6 rookies fine.
Tthen we can see the Reds in cinnci. Postseasons for dreamers. That’s why it’s the greatest time of the year. 5 times the WC has ended as World Champions let’s make it 6. Remember any thing can happen in a 5 game series. Let’s make it happen. It’s a whole new season. Go Bravos!

roja

October 4th, 2010
8:13 pm

Farnsworth pitched scoreless innings in the final three game Phillies series which is more than you can say for most of the other relief pitchers Bobby could run out there. 17 runs were allowed by the Bullpen in the three games – ZERO by Farnsworth by the way. In the two losses, starters allowed 4 runs, Braves scored 5 runs, bullpen gave up 14 runs – Farnsworth ZERO; Moylan 2, Venters 4, Dunn 3, Martinez 4.

roja

October 4th, 2010
8:14 pm

Isn’t Conrad technically a Rookie,too????

David O'Brien

October 4th, 2010
8:24 pm

roja, you’re right

GT2010

October 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

We still wouldn’t be in the post season if it wasn’t for Glaus and his May hitting streak.

Opie

October 4th, 2010
8:34 pm

Glaus deserves to be on the roster. Without his RBI’s the team would not be there.

Nick P.

October 4th, 2010
8:35 pm

my motto has always been, make it to the playoffs and anything can happen and even more so in Baseball than any other sport! just need to get hot and just a bit lucky, but the Braves have been lucky all year with all of their come from behind wins, kind of the reverse of two years ago where they lost the most one run games! GO BRAVES!

Brian H.

October 4th, 2010
8:40 pm

My playoff roster. My 25…

C Brian McCann

1B Derrek Lee

2B Brooks Conrad

SS Alex Gonzalez

3B Omar Infante

LF Matt Diaz

CF Nate McLouth

RF Jason Heyward

P Derek Lowe
Tim Hudson
Tommy Hanson
Peter Moylan
Brandon Beachy
Mike Dunn
Takashi Saito
Eric O’Flaherty
Craig Kimbrel
Jonny Venters
Billy Wagner

Bench David Ross
Eric Hinske
Melky Cabrera
Freddie Freeman
Diory Hernandez
Rick Ankiel

I had Troy Glaus on there, but had to take him off in favor of Diory Hernandez. Glaus could be an asset off the bench because of his bat, but he can’t get on the field and play “D”. Diory can play the field in a pinch. Ideally it would never come to that.

Fred

October 4th, 2010
8:51 pm

Brian H., nice work. What do you think of Glaus in lieu of Ankiel? Given how punchless the lineup can be at times, it’d be nice to have Glaus as a late innings pinch hitter.

GT2010

October 4th, 2010
8:54 pm

Glaus=wild card.

Brian H.

October 4th, 2010
8:58 pm

Fred, I’d take that. I just read where somebody thought Saito was done. If that is the case, and JJ’s knee is okay, then I’ll take JJ instead of Saito. Heck, if JJ’s knee is okay, then I’ll definitely take JJ instea of Saito.

Glaus for Ankiel and JJ for Saito are the only two changes I can see with the my list.

buzz29

October 4th, 2010
9:00 pm

What about Blanco…what…really?…well who’d we get, it had to be someone good…oh crap

Abnerish

October 4th, 2010
9:00 pm

Not a bad guess at the 25, but I doubt O’Flaherty will be in there. He hasn’t pitched in a long time. I wonder, too, if Saito will be in there. Is Bobby really going to give the ball to Saito in the 8th inning of a 1-run game? My guess would be Venters or Kimbrel in that spot. In fact, I think our key will be to treat these as 5 inning games. If we can get to the 6th with a lead, we’ve got Moylan, Venters, Kimbrel, and Wagner. With a little rest this week, I think Jonny will be ready to get back in his midseason form. Moylan has been outstanding recently (when his defense does its job) and I think Kimbrel is our ace in the hole. That dude could easily become the “talk” of the postseason.

Thursday is a LOOONNNNG way away. Can’t get here soon enough!

Rolly

October 4th, 2010
9:02 pm

If Troy Glaus is left off the post season in favor of a rookie, it will be one of the most classless things the Braves organization has ever done. Not only did he carry this team for 6 weeks, he is a seasoned veteran with proven power who has been a post season MVP. As a baseball fan, I would be infuriated if this happens.

Ben

October 4th, 2010
9:06 pm

I don’t think three catchers will happen or do I think it should, but it’s not crazy. David Ross is one of the team’s best hitters, so the idea behind three catchers is to let Ross hit off the bench and still have a backup catcher.

Linda

October 4th, 2010
9:09 pm

Brian H why in the world would you take Melky over Glaus. Melky is the worst OF on the whole team and that is saying something with McLouth on this team. I like Freeman but no way he should be on the postseason roster. Plus is he even eligible to be on the roster. Glaus is the reason the Braves made the playoffs.

C Townphillie69

October 4th, 2010
9:16 pm

Yall dang brave aint goin nowherez! skank azz Braves! Sorry ol ranned down dawgs jes like that fool joebraves!

Resign or Re-sign?

October 4th, 2010
9:19 pm

The reason for the 3 catchers is that you cannot change the roster during the series; even if a player is injured. If Ross or McCann gets hurt in the first game, the other has to go the rest ofmthe series. What if he gets hurt? No catcher! During the regular season you can always call somebody up or trade for someone; can’t do that in a playoff series. So THAT is why BC might want to carry 3 catchers; WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MANAGING DIFFERENTLY IN THE PLAYOFFS THAN IN THE REGULAR SEASON!

Brava

October 4th, 2010
9:23 pm

C Townphillie69 ,

My God, do they have schools in Philly?

bp

October 4th, 2010
9:27 pm

Bobby takes a AAA roster to the playoffs and we are still bitching.

Reid Adair

October 4th, 2010
9:27 pm

Frank Wren making roster decisions. Ugh.

Can we leave some of his moves OFF the post-season roster? Nate McLouth? Kenshin Kawakami? Troy Glaus? Derrek Lee? Rick Ankiel? Melky Cabrera.

It really is a wonder Bobby Cox and this group of players got 91 wins in the regular season and the wild-card spot.

JaxBrave

October 4th, 2010
9:31 pm

Matt Diaz can serve as the #3 catcher; not worth another roster spot…

bill_in_atl

October 4th, 2010
9:36 pm

Did someone just say they wanted to leave Derrick Lee off the playoff roster?

Chillahill43

October 4th, 2010
9:42 pm

Jax brave right on plus . Glaus is definately in remember The manager has loyalty and I think he feels glaus helped this team get where it is and will reward him for that. . Trully don’t see Freeman getting the go either. Remember even when glaus was hurt Freeman stAyed north of the city. Plus only 22 ab’s. And oflarity still dizzy so don’t see him getting there this year. Go braves!!!

Chillahill43

October 4th, 2010
9:46 pm

And farnsworth has been before he was lights out the last 4-5 games don’t think they will leave him off the roster I’d be real surprised if he ain’t on the 25. Go Bravos!

Chillahill43

October 4th, 2010
9:50 pm

And rolly. Well stated bout glaus that’s why I see him on 25 as well. Go Braves!

Longarm1947

October 4th, 2010
9:54 pm

I would have Heyward in right, Rick A .in Center, Nate M. in Left. No No to Cabrera> Yes, Diaz, and Hinski. Infield. Lee, Conrad, Gonzo, Infanite. Back up, Freeman, Ross, Diory. No O’Flahery, Yes, Dunn, Beachy, Venters, Peter M. Craig K., and the starters. No Glaus, Saito. I put Rick and Nate because of there fielding and they are starting to hit with speed and arms.

Smoltz is my hero

October 4th, 2010
9:55 pm

Remove Mike Dunn, Takashi Saito, andEric O’Flaherty —– Add Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Minor, and JJ. Make reservations in Philly.

Kevin in Snellville

October 4th, 2010
10:00 pm

Headline on espn.com yesterday evening : “Braves given NL wild card spot”. No ESPN a–holes – They EARNED it with a 91-71 regular season record. Will their Brave bashing bias never end?

Rumblekat

October 4th, 2010
10:00 pm

Those of you who think Freddie Freeman will make the playoff roster before Troy Glaus are mistaken. Freeman hasn’t been on the team long enough nor contributed enough to deserve making the playoff roster. Bobby loves his veterans. Unfortunately, Bobby will never get to coach Freeman in his prime when he’ll probably be making All-Star teams and contributing on playoff teams. This is just not Freeman’s year. Be patient though. It will come. But, unless he just can’t go, Glaus will make the NLDS roster.

stinger79

October 4th, 2010
10:05 pm

Saito isn’t fit to be on the roster, he looked horrible this weekend. I think mentally his injury is messing with him. JJ should be ok for long relief it sounds like.

tbravefan

October 4th, 2010
10:19 pm

Freddie is going to AZ for the fall league… he won’t be on the post season roster

ace

October 4th, 2010
10:23 pm

The way this season has gone, I wouldn’t be surprised to see JC Boscan be the second coming of a guy who was similarly unknown: Francisco Cabrera

mike

October 4th, 2010
10:24 pm

Coach (2011 or bust)…Usually, people say that one of Bobby’s faults is that he manages the postseason the same as the regular season. He stays even-keeled throughout.
Also, adding a 3rd catcher for the postseason is one of the smartest things Bobby does. Essentially, that is your 25th man on the roster. Probably won’t matter regardless, but it could potentially be HUGE if McCann/Ross get injured.
Try another anti-Bobby argument, because that one was stupid!

tcalicocat

October 4th, 2010
10:29 pm

I think Freeman should be on the roster. He has more range of motion than Glaus. And hopefully they are working with Brooks on his ground balls and throwing.

ace

October 4th, 2010
10:30 pm

I can see it now… bottom of ninth and the last guy on the bench is the lifetime minor league catcher no one has ever heard of… he gets the hit and the aging, gimpy first baseman troy glaus comes rumbling home… braves win braves win braves win…

tcalicocat

October 4th, 2010
10:31 pm

Not knocking Brooks the Braves would not be were they are without him, but 3 errors in 3 games could be trouble in the playoffs.

prbravesfan

October 4th, 2010
10:32 pm

Freeman will make the postseason roster, he has a great glove at 1B and if you’ve watched Braves games Cox has given important AB to Freddie and almost none to Glaus who has looked terrible since being called up.

Glaus helped us but now he’s injured and can’t do anything to help this team, you take the best player and that is FF. The Braves can simply send another position player to the AFL to take FF’s spot, so that’s a non issue.

ace

October 4th, 2010
10:34 pm

And yes glaus will be there, not freeman, because bobby loves experience in the postseason and glaus can bring some thunder. I could see them let freddie hang around to soak it in.

And I bet boscan is in a 7 game series, but not sure about 5. Frees up ross to pinch hit

Naf Sevarb

October 4th, 2010
10:36 pm

If he starts Melky-McOut-Ankiel in any combo as 2/3rd’s of outfield and it will be an early exit. I somehow remeber Hinske being in left field when we went on the run. It has to be McClouth/Melkey in center and Hinske/Diaz in left. Ankiel can pinch hit he walks a lot.

tcalicocat

October 4th, 2010
10:36 pm

If Ross or McCann happens to get injured Diaz and Conrad both can catch. We need to take back up infielders. And I agree Melky should not be there he misses fly balls and he gets in no hurry to chase it down.

tcalicocat

October 4th, 2010
10:40 pm

Ankiel has great speed and a good arm, but he strikesout alot, too. I believe he will be on the roster for his defensive skills.

Resign or Re-sign?

October 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

You’re in a play-off series with SF or filly with Diaz or Conrad catching? Can you say “steal”?

Rumblekat

October 4th, 2010
10:56 pm

@ prbravesfan

October 4th, 2010
10:32 pm

I don’t know when the AFL starts, but if the Braves want to send Freeman there to get some extra practice, they are *not* going to send someone in his place. What you suggesting is like saying if Diaz gets hurt, the Braves will send Ankiel to do his rehab for him.

Stanley Crowe

October 4th, 2010
11:04 pm

Really fun to see the back and forth on the roster. When you have a team like ours that doesn’t have transcendent talent, you’re trying to guess who’s most likely to get hot, who will do the least damage defensively (for heaven knows it won’t be perfect). Bottom line — let’s think of mitigating the effect of possible negatives and let our rather modest positives take care of themselves. What does that mean in practice — Omar at third, and Brooks in second. Ankiel in center against righties; Matt Diaz in left all the time. Derrek Lee at first, with Troy as backup; Alex Gonzalez at short and let’s hope he (a) stays healthy and (b) hits. Jason in right, of course, and at catcher spell Brian a bit more regularly with David Ross, who right now is almost as reliable a hitter as a worn-down Brian. Hinske, Melky and Nate on the bench. That’s 13. Pitchers: Huddy, Hanson, Lowe, Beachy, and Jurrjens. TOTAL 18. In the pen: Wagner, Moylan, Venters, Dunn, Kimbrell, and Martinez. That’s 24 — so who for 25? I would go with Farnsworth. That leaves out Freddie Freeman, Kenshin, O’Flaherty, Boscan . . . Yes all of these four could contribute, but we have to draw the line somewhere. (NOTE: One of my great memories of recent Braves baseball was a win by Kenshin over Halladay [then with Toronto] in 2009 in a tight game.)

Braves Fan Lost in Ohio

October 4th, 2010
11:19 pm

Well, for those who don’t think 3 catchers is a good idea, think about the quality ABs Ross gives you off the bench. Those would be limited if there was not another C in the mix. It wouldn’t be out of the rhelm of possibility for Bobby to go that route.

Low Key

October 4th, 2010
11:29 pm

Kawakami shouldn’t be on the roster, he’s cursed. His luck is so bad this year that he’d find a way to lose a no-hitter and we need all the breaks we can get going into the playoffs. Also, O’Flaherty is still having health issues at a horrible time, I doubt he’ll make the roster. And as far as the whole Glaus vs. Freeman debate goes, I think you have to bring Glaus based on his experience (both regular and postseason). Plus, Glaus’s ability to play 3B for an inning or two after a late pinch hitting double switch is something that might come in handy, especially with both teams having great bullpens and less than stellar offenses.

Rumblekat

October 4th, 2010
11:29 pm

Remember on the third catcher thing, Bobby may not want to opt for a 3rd catcher in a short series. He has the option to change the roster again for the NLCS. If the Bravos make it to that – a longer series – I’d say he’d be much more apt to want that third catcher then.

Tim L.

October 4th, 2010
11:43 pm

Remember one had to be on the roster by September 1st to qualify for post season. Injuried players – like Prado – can be replaced.

Stanley Crowe

October 4th, 2010
11:47 pm

Low Key — I agree completely on KK’s bad luck this year; I thought he pitched admirably last year and was very sorry to see that he seemed unable to handle circumstances that Hanson has handled so well — i. e. doing a good job with no run support. KK seemed to get down on himself over time, and it was remarkable that someone as young as Hanson could continue at a high level despite that. Wherever KK ends up next year, I wish him well. And I agree about O’Flaherty’s health. Early in the season, before he got sick, he was terrific. Likewise Saito, by the way — I just don’t think he’s strong enough right now, and at his best he was wonderful. As for the third catcher — I saw a suggestion that Diaz could catch in a pinch. If that’s so, I would leave Boscan out. If Brian gets hurt, play Ross every day — defensively that would be an improvement, and offensively it wouldn’t be bad. A fresh Brian is offensively much better than David — a tired worn-down Brian isn’t all that much better.

Feeanch

October 5th, 2010
12:01 am

EOF won’t be there. Saito will. JJ won’t. Ankiel will and will start. He’s a 1 out of 9 hitter, but his glove and legs come in big during the postseason. We’re already the worst defensive team in baseball, Ankiel actually improves us there and you have to expect with our paltry offense, if he saves us a run, it could be the difference maker.

Diory yes (only middle infielder). Boscan no (3 catchers, child please…holla “The League” fans). Freddie (although I wish he would, no). Not with D-Lee being on fire. Glaus…yes. Though never @ 3rd, and only in PH or late innings @ 1st if D-Lee gets yanked. Appreciate the RBIs and your May contributions, but you look like you’re walking on stilts and still can’t catch up to a fastball or slider with that long swing.

Beachy, Dunn, Kimbrel and our usual BP yes. Minor, KK no.

All that said, and with a quarter of our roster being rookies, I still like our chances. This may be the Hank Gathers, Loyola Maramount intangible team…

Innocent Bystander

October 5th, 2010
12:08 am

Do the guys who don’t make the 25-man roster still get to partake, i.e. travel with the team, sit on the bench, etc? Guys like Freeman, Kimbrel, Martinez, assuming they don’t make the cut.

hAL

October 5th, 2010
12:09 am

you ppl amaze me first wren was the biggest idiot ever for sighning glaus an old no talent weak kneed reject now if hes not on the post season roster its a crime boy you guys are smart in retrospect no actually your not even smart then lol

Feeanch

October 5th, 2010
12:11 am

I left out Martinez. Absolutely need him. Best long relief guy in case our Starter gets rocked

Tim L.

October 5th, 2010
12:15 am

Added to roster 9/1 or later: Boscan, Dunn, Freeman, Kawakami, Martinez, Kimbrel, Beachy, Proctor. If any of these are on post season roster will have to be replacing injuried player.

Rolly

October 5th, 2010
12:21 am

hAL, you amaze me. What part of the Braves would not be in the post season without Troy Glaus do you not understand? Do you really think Freddie Freeman, who has three hits should go before the man who still has the third most RBIs on the team? I hope the Braves organization is more loyal to the players that got them here than you are.

Rumblekat

October 5th, 2010
12:21 am

Not that they’d want him now, but since Kawakami spent the majority of the season with the big team, wouldn’t he still be eligible for the post season regardless of not being called back up until after September 1st?

Rolly

October 5th, 2010
12:28 am

prbavesfan: Glaus helped us but now he’s injured and can’t do anything to help this team, you take the best player and that is FF. The Braves can simply send another position player to the AFL to take FF’s spot, so that’s a non issue.
_______
Thank God, you’re not the manager. You’d seriously choose a rookie who has three hits in the Major Leagues against a veteran player who’s been to the post season, has been MVP and can smack the hell out of a baseball at any given moment? Cue “send in the clowns”

jc_dawgs

October 5th, 2010
12:33 am

I know that the “just happy to be there” Philosophy is not the best thing. But…thats how I feel about this.

But hey no pressure….So Braves….stay loose…give it your all and have fun!

prbravesfan

October 5th, 2010
12:46 am

Rolly, Troy Glaus can’t smack any pitcher around with his bum knees, he can’t hit. Did you even watch games in September?

FF got robbed of 3 or 4 hits, plus he made some gold glove caliber plays at 1B. If we pinch run for Lee and we need someone to play defense at 1B I want FF in there.

You’re living in the past with the MVP and all the Glaus stuff. As of October 2010 Freddie Freeman >>>> Troy Glaus.

The Braves owe nothing to Glaus, he was paid a contract for the job he did. He can’t no longer be productive and there is a younger, better option that should take his place. Would a company keep an old, ineffective employee over a young, dynamic one just because of loyalty? NO!!!!

Bill Donohoo

October 5th, 2010
12:52 am

McLouth is the worst OF due to his bat and his defense. Melky is a switch hitter and is batting 50 points higher than McLouth. I agree Melky is poor defensively. Ankiel at least can cover the outfield and he can throw.

I don’t know about Glaus, he looks awful fragile and his bat is slow. Glaus just does not seem to be physically able to perform as he did in April and May.

Brava

October 5th, 2010
1:12 am

prbravesfan, like I said, thank God you’re not the manager. No ML manager would choose Freddie Freeman, a rookie who has done next to nothing, over Troy Glaus who carried his team to the post season unless he had a personal vendetta against him. You are obviously a very young person who thinks that very young people are the answer to all of life’s problems. Unfortunately, in baseball, as in life, that just isn’t true.

Rolly

October 5th, 2010
1:16 am

Sorry, prbravesfan, I posted under my GF name. We are sharing a computer tonight.

prbravesfan

October 5th, 2010
1:38 am

I just think FF can help us more than an unhealthy Glaus but we’ll see tomorrow when rosters are announced.

Bravesfan4life

October 5th, 2010
1:51 am

My Playoff Roster:

Starting Lineup:
3B Omar Infante
RF Jason Heyward
C Brian McCann
1B Derrek Lee
2B Brooks Conrad
SS Alex Gonzalez
LF Melky Cabrera
CF Rick Ankiel

Starting P:
Derek Lowe
Tim Hudson
Tommy Hanson
Jair Jurrjens (if ready) or Brandon Beachy

Bench:
David Ross
Eric Hinske
Diory Hernandez
Tory Glaus
Matt Diaz
Nate McLouth

Relief P:
Eric O’Flaherty (If ready) or Mike Dunn
Peter Moylan
Craig Kimbrel
Kyle Farnsworth
Jonny Venters
Takashi Saito
Billy Wagner

The Phillies MVB (most valuable binoculars)

October 5th, 2010
2:10 am

It’s our time to win. I’m feeling that vibe.

Braves Fan Since "80

October 5th, 2010
2:20 am

summer of 91

October 5th, 2010
2:43 am

if I were Bobby;

starting lineup:
1 omar 2b
2 Nate cf
3 J Hey rf
4 D Lee 1b
5 Mac 2b
6 Matty Baseball-lf
7 AGon ss
8 raw dog 3b

we’ve always been heavy favorites, this time no one is even giving us a chance……I got a good feeling about a rematch of the 91 series……braves in 7 @ home I’ll be there. Go Bravos, Swan Song!

kaminari

October 5th, 2010
3:01 am

I saw on espn.com they picked us over the Giants in 5. They were using some OPS & some obscure stats to compare teams & the Braves measured up well. But I think you throw everything out the window.

I’m wondering about Glaus. It didn’t look like he had much when he pinch hit. He didn’t look good, like he was one bad step from the DL. How exactly do you play him? It would be a crying shame if he isn’t on the roster, but should the young stud be considered for the postseason with only four major league hits? I think not. But Glaus’s health is pivotal in any decision.

We have some serious hitting woes, guys, that aren’t going to disappear in the postseason. Let’s just hope the division series is dominated by pitching & we can have at least one different hero every night. But, yeah, it’s a crapshoot now.

summer of 91

October 5th, 2010
3:51 am

give glaus a try at 3b……get that bat speed up in the cage, he has played third his whole damn career

santa3247

October 5th, 2010
5:24 am

It’s miraculous ^*^ Babylon helps Braves for fear of losing GM?^*^

santa3247

October 5th, 2010
5:27 am

Derek Lee other people’s pitcher know well, but Freeman could be secret weapon I think.

Fake santa did prophecy about Braves?^*^

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 5th, 2010
5:41 am

Braves should win ONE game against Giants and be done for the season. They have to many injuries to starters and with 3 backups starting now they don’t have any depth on the bench.. With all these reserves having to start they have committed an average of two errors a game the last 15 games and have a losing record during that time. They have 3 decent starting pitchers and that is it. They need to go out and find a 3rd baseman next year in free agency or make a trade. Infante belongs at 2nd and Prado some where besides 3rd.

Packer Ed

October 5th, 2010
7:06 am

Isn’t the post season fun? Youth is the future and the future is now!

Michael C

October 5th, 2010
7:30 am

I remember it was the #3 catcher who drove in the winning run of the first World Series game every won by the Atlanta Braves. Nobody knew his name, and I can’t remember it right now either. Who was that guy?

I would rather not have Matt Diaz as the #3 catcher. I’m sure he hasn’t spent a lot of time practicing the position.

Let's Go

October 5th, 2010
7:34 am

Bravesfan4life – Your roster looks about right. I don’t expect Freeman to make the cut and if healthy Saito will be there.

Ryan

October 5th, 2010
7:46 am

@ Michael C. Was it Guillard? I remember Justice and Lonnie Smith hitting home runs that game.

Chillahill43

October 5th, 2010
7:55 am

Hey flor- ri- duh!
fiillies have 3 good pitchers that helped them with the best record in baseball the last 2 months. Amazing what 3 good pitchers can do for you in a 5 game a 7 game and another 7 game series. A little hitting goes a long way when you just have 3 good pitchers. And again everybody is 4 days (off) stronger. I really live our chances with just 3 good pitchers. Go Bravos!

Tami

October 5th, 2010
7:57 am

All I want for the Braves is to play solid & smart and HAVE FUN! They — the so-called baseball “experts” — are making the Braves underdogs for however long they last in the playoffs. There! That should take the pressure off of the Braves. If the “experts” don’t feel the Braves belong there and are looking ahead to a Giants/Phillies NLCS, so be it. Anything can happen in this game. All the guys really need to do is win ONE in SF (at least) and the other two at home. Simple. GO BRAVES!!

Chillahill43

October 5th, 2010
8:01 am

As mclazzy behind the plate goes, so goes this team… We need our offensive catcher to get his bat back into MLB mode.. Hopefully Sunday Helped with that. … 4 days of no squats hopefully
helped as well … Mccann …. Mccann …. We need you Mccann….. Don’t leave us now. We need ya!!!!!!! Lee – sea bass- and errorless baseball please show up as well….and wags with 3 saves would have a nice ring to it too…. GO BRAVOS!!!!!

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