5 years later, Georgians Heyward, Posey on bigger stage

SAN FRANCISCO – Five years after their teams squared off for the Georgia Class AAAA state championship, Henry County High’s Jason Heyward and Lee County High’s Buster Posey find themselves on a considerably larger stage beginning tonight.

Heyward’s Braves and Posey’s San Francisco Giants are meeting in a best-of-five National League Division Series, and suddenly a lot of writers from around the country are asking the two Georgia guys about that best-of-three series in 2005.

And we thought Kris Medlen looked young.... This is Buster Posey.

And we thought Kris Medlen looked young.... This is Buster Posey.

If you happened to have been at that high school championship series, could you even have imagined you were watching two players who’d finish first and second in the NL Rookie of the Year vote five years later? (It’s not official, but just about every writer I’ve talked to believes they’ll finish 1-2, in some order).

Could you have imagined that you were watching a level of talent that major league franchises can only hope to get once every decade, or maybe only once every generation? Because that’s how special most observers believe Heyward and Posey are.

Heyward hit .277 with 18 homers, 72 RBIs and an .849 OPS this season in 142 games, playing through a thumb injury that diminished his power for about six weeks and eventually required a DL stint that kept him out of the All-Star Game after he was elected as a starter.

Posey hit .305 with 18 homers, 67 RBIs and an .862 OPS in 108 games, including a ridiculous .417 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and a 1.067 OPS in July in just his second full month in the majors.

Heyward hit a tape-measure homer in his first at-bat on opening day, had 10 homers and 38 RBIs in his first two months before the thumb injury, and led major league rookies with 91 walks and a .393 on-base percentage that was the sixth-highest ever for a player who began a season younger than 21.

Posey, who played at Florida State and wasn’t called up to the majors until May 29, has only three years of catching experience yet is lauded for his skills and leadership of a pitching staff that led the majors with a 3.36 ERA.

The sweet swing of the kid that Bobby Cox calls "Pose"

The sweet swing of the kid that Bobby Cox calls "Pose"

Among Braves with at least 50 at-bats with runners in scoring position, Heyward’s .306 average in those situations was the team’s second-best, and his .927 OPS was the team leader.

Posey led the Giants with a .312 average and .923 OPS with runners in scoring position.

“He was a senior,” Heyward said of their 2005 state championship series meeting, the first time he said he’d played against Posey. “It was my sophomore year. He played in East Cobb [Baseball], but I didn’t play with him there. He was on an older team.”

What does Heyward remember about Posey from back then?

“He was a very versatile player,” he said. “He pitched and he hit well. He always hit well. He was a player you had to watch out for, that you had to be careful if you were playing against him.”

And that’s about it. Heyward is a no-nonsense sort of guy, a rookie who’s old school in believing that rookies should mostly be seen and not heard. It’s one of the many traits his teammates love about him, along with his huge ability.

So Heyward doesn’t go on at length with stories and anecdotes about Posey and their championship series, which, incidentally, Henry County won two games to one.

Posey’s memory of Heyward: “I remember him being really big already as a sophomore,” Posey told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Giants planned to bring along Posey slowly this year, and if veteran Bengie Molina hadn’t struggled early there’s a chance Posey would have spent the season in Triple-A.

But Molina did struggle, and Posey was so good after his callup that the Giants traded Molina and turned over the catching duties to the kid from Leesburg, Ga.

Posey has hit over .300 against both righties (.309) and lefties (.304), and has been a beast away from the Giants’ pitcher-friendly ballpark, batting a robust .351 with 12 homers and a .993 OPS in 55 road games.

Both rookies struggled in the final weeks of the season, Heyward batting .173 with one extra-base hit and one RBI in the Braves’ final 14 games, and Posey hitting .143 in his final 11 games.

However, half of Posey’s six hits in that stretch were home runs, and he hit eight homers in 28 games during September and October.

Posey went 1-for-11 in a four-game series against the Braves at Turner Field in August, and said he hoped he got the “first time back home” thing out of the way with that forgettable series against the Braves.

The Braves know better than to expect similar results this time from the phenom.

“I’ve seen Pose a lot on video and watching games, and he’s dynamite,” said Bobby Cox, who’s obviously so impressed with Posey that he’s already given him a Coxian nickname. “The kid is going to be a great hitter; he already is. And he’s got power, an arm that’s like a laser going to second base, and he stepped right in down the stretch, catching a really good pitching staff with no problems.

“That says a lot about a kid that’s out of South Georgia.”

Heyward hopes his Braves do to Posey's Giants what Henry County High did to Posey's Lee County High team five years ago. Beat them.

Heyward hopes his Braves do to Posey's Giants what Henry County High did to Posey's Lee County High team five years ago. Beat them.

Cox smiled and added, “I don’t know how we missed him.”

The Braves are known for scouting and drafting a bevy of talented players from Georgia, but they can’t draft them all. Besides, they’ve already got their own Georgia native behind the dish, Brian McCann.

And how ’bout that rarity, too: In an age where there aren’t a lot of cleanup-hitting catchers, this series could pit two young ones from the state of Georgia, when McCann bats cleanup during the series, as he is tonight.

Braves lineup

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

By the way, Heyward is one of seven rookies on the 25-man NLDS roster the Braves announced this morning. That’s the most rookies Atlanta’s ever had on a postseason roster, and it doesn’t even include infielder Diory Hernandez, who is on the roster but technically is not a rookie.

You can read the  story and see the complete, sans-Saito roster here.

♣ Zito is one expensive NLDS observer: The Braves couldn’t have been disappointed to see the Giants lefty Barry Zito off their NLDS roster.

Zito is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and .184 opponents’ average in five starts vs. Atlanta, including a 10-strikeout, seven-inning, four-hit performance in his only start against them this season. He’s also 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts at Turner Field.

The Giants have Jonathan Sanchez penciled in to start Game 3. He’s 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA in seven games (five starts) against the Braves, including 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA in two this season.

But the Giants’ decision wasn’t between Zito and Sanchez, who went 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA, including 3-1 with a 1.17 ERA in five September starts. Sanchez was on regardless.

Their decision came down to whether to keep Zito on the roster to start a potential Game 4 in Atlanta. They will instead go with either tonight’s Game 1 starter Tim Lincecum on short rest, or rookie Madison Bumbarner, 21, who was a 1.18 ERA in his past six starts.

Manager Bruce Bochy’s decision is similar to the one the Braves face for a potential Game 4. Atlanta will either bring back Game 1 starter Derek Lowe on short rest of go with rookie Brandon Beachy, depending upon the situation.

If the Braves are down 2-1, it’s a reasonably safe bet they’d go with Lowe in that must-win Game 4 situation. Just as the Giants would surely go with Lincecum if they’re down 2-1 and facing elimination Monday in Atlanta.

But let’s circle back to Zito, one of the most expensive healthy, non-active postseason players we will ever see. He went 9-14 with a 4.15 ERA in his fourth consecutive losing season since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Giants.

Just think about that: He’s 40-57 with a 4.45 ERA in four seasons since signing for $126 mill.

He pitched his way out of the Giants’ postseason rotation – at least for this round – by going 1-6 with a 6.06 ERA in his last seven regular-season starts, and particularly by walking in two runs in the first inning of Saturday’s loss to the Padres. The lefty was winless in 13 road starts since early May.

Meanwhile in September, Sanchez was 3-1 with a 1.17 ERA in five starts, and Bumgarner was 2-2 with a 1.13 ERA in five.

Bumgarner, 21, a lefty from Hickory, N.C., was 7-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts. Hasn’t faced the Braves. How ’bout this: in Game 4, in Atlanta, the team from San Francisco could throw against the Braves a battery with a catcher (Posey) from South Georgia and pitcher from the North Carolina mountains.

♣ OK, out of time. Gotta get ready and get over to the ballpark. It’s a gorgeous, sunny day here in San Francisco, temps in the upper 60s, but it’ll be a lot cooler at game time tonight.

imagesBy the way, if you’re ever in San Francisco for a game, I’d recommend you try to mahi-mahi tacos at the famous Fog City Diner, right down the Embarcadero, a mile or so from AT&T Park. Had them last night, some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten.

Let’s close with one from the great Nick Lowe, which you can listen to here. Oh, and check out this video from the gorgeous and immensely talented singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook, off her album Welder, one of the finest real-country albums of the year.

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“LATELY I’VE LET THINGS SLIDE” by Nick Lowe

With a growing sense of dread

And a hammer in my head

Fully clothed upon the bed

I wake up to the world

That lately I’ve been living in

There’s a cut upon my brow

Must have banged myself somehow

But I can’t remember now

And the front door’s open wide

Lately I’ve let things slide

I go to the bin

I throw the laundry in

And pick out the cleanest shirt

Then I tell myself again

I don’t really hurt

Smoking I once quit

Now I got one lit

I just fell back into it

Along with my pride

Lately I’ve let things slide

I go to the bin

I throw the laundry in

Dig out the cleanest shirt

When all at once I’m seized again

By exquisite hurt

That untouched take-away

I brought home the other day

Has quite a lot to say, the evidence is clear

Only resign piled high and wide

About how lately I’ve let things slide

I’m just about holding on

But lately I’ve let things slide

3,609 comments Add your comment

bigboi

October 7th, 2010
4:44 pm

bigboi

October 7th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow that was the fifth time in nine days that i’ve been first!!!!!

Trey

October 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

Nice article, DOB.

Trey

October 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

bigboi, so what, you want a cookie?

DAP

October 7th, 2010
4:47 pm

thanks DOB, and goooo braves! im pumped!

David O'Brien

October 7th, 2010
4:49 pm

Braves lineup 1. Infante 3B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Lee 1B, 4. McCann C, 5. Gonzalez SS, 6. Diaz LF, 7. Conrad 2B, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Lowe RHP

Anders

October 7th, 2010
4:49 pm

Lew

October 7th, 2010
10:15 am
Anders-That’s all right, I’m sure we would be happy to trade you McLouth,, Kawakami and one of our AA studs for David Wright -aren’t they about to firesale the rest of the Mets pretty soon?

The scouts I know and talk to seem to think it’s possible.
(DAP)

What’s possible?

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

October 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

bravesgrl4life

October 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

Thanks for the new blog, DOB!

Boonie

October 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

Diaz in LF against a tuff righty? Bobby must have a hunch…

Phillies Phan

October 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

Good luck Braves, I will be pulling for you guys to win.

Fish Bisch

October 7th, 2010
4:55 pm

Go Buster! You are much better than haywood and you will get ROY honors.

AJJ

October 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

I’d put Conrad in the 2 hole and move everyone else down, takes away the huge black hole towards the end of the lineup?

T for Texas

October 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

Diaz–1 for 3 lifetime v Lincecum.

Scrub

October 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

there is no protection behind McCann, Lincecum dosent have to pitch to Mc. BC just refuses to put a bat behind him, and why isnt McLouth playing???????????

IABravesFan

October 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

Dang! So Close, just didn’t think bobby would start Diaz

JasonInFL

October 7th, 2010
4:57 pm

Question: Will Ankiel make contact, including a foul ball, at all tonight off of Lincecum. Man, that’s playing with 21 outs or thereabouts when you start Ankles.

Another Question: Why is Melky on the postseason roster?

IABravesFan

October 7th, 2010
4:57 pm

O because McLouth stinks and can’t hit anything up in the zone or away from him

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
4:57 pm

Diaz in the lineup! I like it. Let’s hope this move pays off for the Bravos.

Great story DOB. Thanks.

HomeofdaBrave

October 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

When was the last time Gonzalez had a hit?

Scrub

October 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

DOB, what do u think about the line-up?

AJJ

October 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

Ankiel is starting because he can cover a ton of ground being that out field is huge

Ken Stallings

October 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

The switch of McCain to four hole and Lee to three hole surprises me because McCain is a better situational hitter than Lee. After Lee, Bobby doesn’t really have much flexibility left. Ankiel needs to step up frankly. Conrad is a good hitter but a defensive liability so moving him to second base is best. He can field pretty good but his instincts at third for throwing are horrible. Everyone got on Infante for failure to cover second on that terrible error agaist the Phillies, but there were two outs in that inning and the right play for Conrad was the simple throw to first, where Lee was waiting for it.

The bench will be Cabrera, Hinske, and Glaus. Not a bad bench depending upon what Glaus can do.

I like our rotation and bullpen and I think other than the Phillies rotation, it matches up well or better than anyone else’s in the playoffs — AL and NL. Our bullpen has been a strength all year and I think for once we may be going into the playoffs with the best bullpen of all the teams.

I’ve seen stranger things happen in baseball than to see the Braves go to the World Series and win the thing. The Phillies are the clear favorites and if they go to the Series, I see no team in the AL that can beat them.

RC

October 7th, 2010
5:00 pm

With the exception of Gonzalez over Diaz, I like this lineup.

bravesgrl4life

October 7th, 2010
5:01 pm

off to home. Gonna try to watch at least a couple of innings tonight. See you before game time!

Scrub

October 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

would prefer Henski after Mc and playing LF

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

Did you guys see that BS that the Rays pulled on getting Aybar on the playoff roster and Baldelli off it? That was total BS.

Baldelli has had that condition all year. (and longer) How’d the league let them get away with that horseshyt move?

iChop2249 (formerly wonder2249)

October 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

Man I am PUMPED for thise game.

In the words of Hudson they have nothing to lose, so play hard boys.

contrarian

October 7th, 2010
5:03 pm

I don’t like even the thought of using Beachy in Game 4.

Even if we are up 2-1, we are gonna use Beachy instead of Lowe to finish off the series at home? Is it better to “save” Lowe, and use him in Game 5, which will be in SF? I truly hope whatever the outcome in a potential Game 4, they don’t think about using Beachy.

As for the game tonight, I think we’re really underestimated by the national media. Lincecum is great player (though not as good as the last 2 years), but I don’t view the SF line-up as threatening at all. As long as we don’t make fielding errors like in the last Philly series, we should have a good chance tonight with Lowe on the mound.

RC

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

Ken Stallings,

I think the reason for putting Lee between Heyward and B-Mac is because the Giants only have 2 lefties in their bullpen. So if they want to go lefty-lefty in a late game situation on Heyward, they have to either choose to risk the lefty throwing to Lee as the next batter, or bring in a righty to face Lee, meaning that B-Mac will get to face the righty (or Bochy will have to use both pitchers in one inning).

Pretty good idea in my opinion.

iChop2249 (formerly wonder2249)

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

Wayne in Utah

Did you see that awful call that gave Young another chacne and he hit a 3 run homer…awful.

But it’s not BS about Baldelli, they were serious about having him play…but if they advance he can’t play in the next round…but it don’t look like that will be an issue cause the Rangers are kicking A and taking names…lol

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

When did we pick up McCain? Ain’t he a little long in the tooth for baseball?

BTW, did any of you folks see the new NBA Jam with the Dems and Repubs playing b-ball. Watching Obama and Palin do the 360 slams is a hoot!

AJJ

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

Maybe we can trade for Carl Crawford this afternoon

sri

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

This Giants blog is a fun read..

http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2010/10/6/1735952/giants-braves-series-preview-preview

An interesting trivia from that page..

The 93 Braves used only 13 pitchers for the entire season!!.

RC

October 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

contrarian,

I agree that unless he’s hurt, Lowe has got to be the best option for Game 4, no matter what the series record is at that point.

Chop-It-Up All-star

October 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

Can’t wait for game time…Go Braves!!

T for Texas

October 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

In the words of Hudson they “have nothing to lose”

I’ve always wondered who was the first to say that.

Wyoming

October 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

Let’s do this. Win now, baby!

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

chop2249

The man only got 24 AB’s this year. He’s had that condition all year. You’re saying they thought he’d be OK to play consecutive games in the playoffs, when he never could in the regular season??

Besides, Aybar is a better player to start with.

Just looks like a manipulation on their part to get him into 1 game against the tough lefty.

Brava

October 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Well, I almost guessed right. The only difference with today’s lineup and the last game we played is that he switched Gonzo and Matty around. And, Lowe , of course.

P-Town Brave ©

October 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

Diaz in the lineup…

Was Bobby listening to me again ;-)

Oh, and Gonzo batting 5th…

Why is it starting to feel like the 5-hole is the hardest spot in the lineup to fill out w/o Chipper and Martin around?!

TennesseePaul

October 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

Thank you David!

GO BRAVES!!!

BDK

October 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

Diaz at times can be a spark at the plate. Maybe he will help ignite some kind of offense.I like his determination.

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

chop2249

Thanks for the link last night. I put it in my favorites.

bird dawg

October 7th, 2010
5:09 pm

I went to buster’s high school. Nothing personal, hope he’s 0-for-the series, and heyward wins ROY. GO BRAVES

The A Bomb

October 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

P-Town Brave ©

October 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

Tell ya what…

You can have RoY Buster, we’ll take the Series W

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:13 pm

Aren’t the votes already in for the seasonal awards, before the playoffs begin? So the ROY is already determined, I am guessing.

Supes

October 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

It’s great to see Braves playoff baseball again…I will be cheering on the Braves here from WA State! :)

Dumbfound

October 7th, 2010
5:15 pm

the braves should wear this on their helmets, 1 sameul 17.

Reid in EAV

October 7th, 2010
5:16 pm

Will be interesting to see if the LHP platoon man Diaz can do anything against Lincecum. He’s 1-for-3 with a single and a K, all happening earlier this year. No ABs in prior years. Couldn’t be worse than Melky, I suppose…

The A Bomb

October 7th, 2010
5:17 pm

Last things I EVER want to see…..

Melky running after a ball in the outfield….

McLouth trying to throw a ball in from the outfield….

Hope we catch lightning in a bottle with Diaz and Ankiel covers triples alley.

Mitchell

October 7th, 2010
5:17 pm

Been to Fog City Diner.

I think that place and Buckhead Diner are owned by the same people or something like that. Or maybe they were just seperated at birth. Hilarious.

The fried calamari is pretty good. But then again, isn’t it good just about anywhere?

At least as long as it’s fried. Am I right, folks? You know what I mean.

I have what doctors call a little bit of a weight problem. The donuts get lodged right here.

F the Giants.

God, I can’t wait for this s***.

I do hope we win.

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Trey

October 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

Wayne, also what I am trying to figure out is when we picked up a player named Haywood! Last I checked, we have a player named Heyward. :)

Mixxo

October 7th, 2010
5:22 pm

To win just one by the bay would be fantastic. Lets go to work!

T for Texas

October 7th, 2010
5:23 pm

Melky and Nate both 1 for 6 lifetime v Lincecum.

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

ROY, MVP, Cy Young

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

None of these awards are nearly as important as the success of the team….

MiaBchBravesFan

October 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

Because of the SF RF gap that extends to Oakland, starting anyone else besides Ankiel in CF for the two @ San Fran games is a HUGE mistake.

Putting either Melky or Nate in CF the first two games is tantamount to a defensive surrender on the Braves’ part.

Keith

October 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

DOB,

I like your pick of the Braves’ winning in 5 games. I know I’m probably biased, but I like the Braves in Game 1 tonight. :)

Lowe is 2-0 this year with an ERA of 2.38 vs the Giants…he has pitched historically well in their park. So I think Lowe does well to keep us in the game, maybe even outduels the Freak. His career postseason ERA is something like 3.33.

Braves take Game 1, and then have their 2 best pitchers still yet to go!

GO BRAVES! ;)

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô; o

October 7th, 2010
5:26 pm

Thanks for the lineup and the new Blog, Chief!! Just over FOUR FREAKING HOURS, still?? Good golly, Miss Molly…

bravesgrl4life I had to get out a tissue.

I had napkins…

Where were you sitting on Saturday?

We were in section 140L, out in left field—my Sister and I had a sign that said, “FANS WILL MISS BOBBY COX!” (Had to have the FOX thing working). Where were you sitting?

Keith

October 7th, 2010
5:26 pm

Re: MiaBchBravesFan

That’s why Bobby puts Ankiel in CF tonight. This game is so crazy in the playoffs that I wouldn’t be surprised if Ankiel didn’t have a huge game or something.

Remember guys like Blauser and Lemke who were average during the season, but looked like world-beaters when the postseason arrived? It could happen.

GO BRAVES!

Mixxo

October 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

I’m wired!!

T for Texas

October 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

Wayne, a little Faulkner, huh? Bringing out the big guns for the playoffs…I like it.

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

Mitchell

I have passed by the Fog City Diner multiple times, but never went there as a destination. My loss.

And you are not the only 1 here with a little weight issue……

:lol:

Bo Graves!

MiaBchBravesFan

October 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

Because of the slumping SF bats, I have a VERY good feeling as to how well Lowe and hanson will pitch.

With three days of rest, the Braves’ lineup becomes a wild card in all of this – anything can happen!

T for Texas

October 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

Wayne..or Shakespeare of course!

Hot Damn we are in the playoffs!!!!

October 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

How about this oh it is so sweet!!!! Awwwww man this is great. Oh me just pissed my pants……. Gotta run

MiaBchBravesFan

October 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

DAGNABBIT!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trey

October 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

McFann is back!!!!! How goes it?

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:29 pm

T for Texas

Google it. Not Faulkner……

Choppinmama

October 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

No Melky in the lineup for tonight. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

Texas

No worries!

:lol:

I love WS!

Hot Damn we are in the playoffs!!!!

October 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

Choppinmama

October 7th, 2010
5:32 pm

Looks like Bobby won’t be the first to be ejected in this round of the playoffs. Darn, another first he could have added to his list. :-)

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

I wonder what the mood in the clubhouse is this afternoon? Anxious? Nervous? Confident? Loose?

Dang, I’d give Mitchell’s left arm to be a major league baseball player!!!

People for the Ethical Treatment of Matt Diaz

October 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

geesh. since when does this blog feature soft porn?

MiaBchBravesFan

October 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

bOONIE: “Diaz in LF against a tuff righty? Bobby must have a hunch…”

If I were Bobby playing a hunch, I then put Diaz in the two hole and drop the rest of the lineup down a hole. That would be the best lineup by virtue of Heyward 3, Lee 4, and McCann 5 being in their appropriate spots.

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

Choppinmamma

After that lineup Maddon put out there yesterday, the umps shoulda thrown him out in the 1st game for being stupid!

knarf

October 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

Ken Stallings

October 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

Everyone got on Infante for failure to cover second on that terrible error agaist the Phillies, but there were two outs in that inning and the right play for Conrad was the simple throw to first, where Lee was waiting for it.

Um, actually, this is incorrect… there were no outs in that inning when the error occurred, and it was most defiitely Omar’s fault for not covering (though somehow the official scorer disagreed, and charged it to Brooks).

The A Bomb

October 7th, 2010
5:35 pm

Hey if I see our old pal PL tomorrow night with a sign that says REINSTATE ME I’ll let you guys know.

I’m sure he’ll be in the midst of orange as well arguing about creation with Giants fans in the middle of the 6th inning.

T for Texas

October 7th, 2010
5:35 pm

Wayne,

As soon as I posted that I said, “Doh! That’s Faulkner quoting Wild Bill!”

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:35 pm

Miami Beach

Matty K’s too much for the 2 slot. But then again, Heyward K’s a lot too.

But you know BC, he ain’t gonna take Heyward out of the 2.

Venice Jim

October 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

I have to head out and work for a few hours – will return about the third inning – I will be counting on you good people getting the game off to a good start…

southern hope

October 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

Well, if Wayne is going to pull out the Faulkner…(and btw, I love the moments *before* a game actually starts…..anything is possible still :) then I’ll go with Tommy Lasorda: “No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are. you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”

bigboi

October 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

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Dumbfound

October 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

The Braves>David and Goliath.

Tomas

October 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

1-4 the lineup is perfect, Bobby has the best defensive alignment out there, and Matt Diaz gets the start in LF…..

Now Alex Gonzalez batting 5th after he struggled so heavily at the end of the season is a mistake in my opinion. Brooks Conrad or Matt Diaz would have been better choices in my opinion. Against Tim Lincecum Alex has a homerun in 3 at bats that he had earlier this season when the Giants were in town, that might be the reason.

Wayne in Utah

October 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

A-Bomb

Just walk up to him, kick him in the shin, and then walk off. (and wear your steel toed boots, please)

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô; o

October 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

4 more hours!

PDOG

October 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

I like that Diaz is being given a start but for the life of me I can’t understand Ankiel starting. You just know that he is going to come up with a chance to drive in a run with less then two outs and whiff. He should be used as defensive replacement only and please don’t tell me about needing his defense in there, if the braves can start Conrad with a groundball pitcher then you can’t be to worried about your defense. If Lowe doesn’t have it and the Giants are hitting fly balls then we better be able to out score them.

Dan Kolb's Mom

October 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

Playoffs. Awesome. Whatever happens, I am proud of these guys.

Now Lets Go Get Em

Nova Scotia Steve

October 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

“Even if we are up 2-1, we are gonna use Beachy instead of Lowe to finish off the series at home? Is it better to “save” Lowe, and use him in Game 5, which will be in SF?”

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I absolutely HATE this idea as well. Hate is a strong word. But I HATE the thought of this idea and NOT finishing off the series when you have a chance at home to go to a do-or-die in Game 5 on the road. It makes no sense and almost certainly will come back to bite you in the ass 99.9 percent of the time. I would be extremely disappointed should Beachy get the start over Lowe on three days rest.

It’s the play-offs. You ride the horses until they die or you win. Period.

PS

Love the line-up. Bout time Gonzo got bumped up (even though he’s 1 for his last 22) and nice to see Diaz in there as well

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô; o

October 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

Goin’ pretty good, Trey, how ’bout you?

Where did I go? ;)

Brandon

October 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

Guys, I can’t wait another 4 hours.

Choppinmama

October 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

sri: that blog reads like a bunch of 12 yr olds are playing. Love the intro though, love to be hated!!

Dumbfound

October 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

The Braves have 3 stones yall and haven’t thrown any of them yet !

Nova Scotia Steve

October 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

Dan Kolb’s Mom – Playoffs. Awesome. Whatever happens, I am proud of these guys.

Loosens pants????

Michael Scott

October 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

Brandon–

That’s what she said.

FEAR

October 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

yeah the pants need to be off for this one!

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