Video: How do Braves w/ Uggla stack up vs. Phillies?

AJC Braves writer David O’Brien talks with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about the Braves’ offseason moves and how Atlanta could fare against the pitching-loaded Phillies.

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stachemoney22

December 23rd, 2010
5:46 pm

Vanakatherock

December 23rd, 2010
5:50 pm

Thank you David. You said the same thing I’ve been saying since the Phillies picked up Cliff Lee. They don’t have Werth anymore and that’s some of their power in the lineup. Ryan Howard was lack luster last year as well. It will be the rivalry to watch this year!!!

Elizabeth706

December 23rd, 2010
6:07 pm

I can’t see the video.

bruce mac

December 23rd, 2010
6:13 pm

Right on Dave, rock jock who?

bravesfaninNashville

December 23rd, 2010
6:19 pm

I agree that you can’t just hand the Phillies the WS just because they picked up Cliff Lee. The loss of Werth will be felt in that lineup as he was a clutch hitter and played very good defense for them too.
It seems as though you have to balance out the Lee signing and Werth departure at least somewhat. I’ll bet Lee wins them 4 to 6 games more than a Blanton type pitcher. But they might lose 4 to 6 games more without some of those big clutch hits that Werth provided for them. The Phillies are getting older. It seems it’s unlikely that Howard, Rollins, Utley and Ibanez are all unlikely to play 150 games as they have missed considerable time due to injury lately. If they are missing two or more of them at the same time (which is what happened last year) the Phillies could hit a lull even with good starting pitching. The combination of a less potent offense and a shaky bullpen could make for some frustrating one or two run losses. I believe this race will be tighter than last years even though the Phillies got stronger in the pitching department. With Lee and Werth being almost a wash as far as effect on wins and the Braves getting Uggla and hopefully a healthy JJ back we should close that 6 game gap from last year. Who knows it could come down to the last weekend.

O-me

December 23rd, 2010
6:49 pm

Nothing new, but thanks DOB..Merry Christmas to All you great Braves Fans. and go Braves.

Dawgdad (The Original)

December 23rd, 2010
6:51 pm

Merry Christmas, David Obrien, and thanks for all the inside skinny this year. You made my last year more entertaining with your insights.

Conyers Braves Fan

December 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

DOB: Good answers in your interview. The only part that I would question is the high praise about Freddie Freeman.
He may become the caliber of player you described but
I don`t think it will happen this year. The Braves need
a full season of high productivity from first base to
make a run at the playoffs. Glaus gave us two months last year but with the question mark on Chipper, I believe its
critical to get more than we did last year at first base.

RomeDawg

December 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

The Braves may surprise some folks. We have upgraded in 3 spots (first base, second base and left field) and I think Heyward is gonna have a MONSTER year. If Chipper can get atleast 350-400 at bats, Atlanta will be loaded offensively. I think people underestimate our pitching staff, too. I EXPECT the Braves to be playing in October, again!

Mitchell

December 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

I don’t know about some of you, but I’d really like to see a little higher expectation level from my fellow Braves bloggers.

Come on people. We have every capability of winning the division. There’s almost no excuse for not doing it.

Again, we’re a deeper team than the Phillies; perhaps we lack the level of talent at key position but we are far more well rounded. That’s definitely what needs to be done. The Braves need to take what they did last year and flesh it out.

You can’t go 35 and whatever on the road. That’s just ridiculous. They’ve got to step that up. I’ve also had just about enough of Tim Hudson going out there and throwing 7 innings and only getting two runs of support. We don’t have to lead the league in home runs to win games, we just need to let the pitchers do their job and not feel like one bad pitch and the game is over.

I think people are underestimating Freddie Freeman. I think there’s a good chance he could have a better rookie season than even Jason Heyward. He may not be hitting two out, game tying home runs in the 9th inning or steal home and get game winning hits left and right but I think he could very well out-slug him. I expect him to hit at least 20 home runs. Of course, Jason might hit 25 but then he’s not a rookie now is he?

It won’t be easy. To win the division it’s going to take somebody being a serious MVP candidate. I think Brian is poised to have his best season and will hit 30 home runs and 100 rbi.

If Martin can not get too banged up and we see even the tiniest improvement from Jason (not that he needs to), plus Dan Uggla doing what he does and maybe Chipper doing at least a little something I really don’t see any reason why we won’t win the division. And I guess Alex Gonzalez isn’t totally worthless.

Hamels and Oswalt are overrated. Chase Utley is old. Raul Ibanez is really freakin’ old. Ryan Howard sucks. Brad Lidge sucks. Ryan Madson sucks.

On second thought, this should be no contest.

That’s all I got.

Oh, right. Tommy Hanson is going to win the Cy Young.

Forgot about that.

bravesfaninNashville

December 23rd, 2010
8:19 pm

If the Braves can play .500 on the road and spilt the season with Philly they’ll be in great shape to be in the Post Season again. I’m predicting 92 wins and the Wild Card for Atlanta… 2 to 4 games behind Philly

Danlee

December 23rd, 2010
11:34 pm

I don’t think many people realize just how good the Braves are going to be next year. Dan Uggla is a huge addition, considering no Brave had even 80 RBIs last year and Uggla had over 100. Not to mention just by being in the lineup he’s going to help Brian and Chipper immensely. Lets not forget Heyward, who I think is going to put up some incredible numbers next year. People seem to forget he played with a hand injury for about 2 months, yet he still hit almost .280 with an OBP close to .400 in his rookie season! Next season I fully expect him to have a .300+ average with a .900 OPS and 20-25 homers, that is if he doesn’t succumb to injuries.

That doesn’t even include our pitching staff, which is going to be dirty. I think Lowe is going to have an incredible year. Bobby Cox said he thinks he’ll win 20 games, and Bobby doesn’t just throw around statements like that. Plus Hanson (who is just getting better) and Hudson, our ace last year. Throw in a healthy Jurrjens and a rested Mike Minor and you’ve got a pitching staff with a lot of teeth.

The bullpen is the only thing that took a step back. Wagner and Saito were both huge loses, but Kimbrel helps to soften the blow of their departure. I think the bullpen is going to come down to the performance of three players: Linebrink, Moylan, and Oflaherty. We already know Venters and Kimbrel will be lights out most nights, but to win those close games late like we did last year, we need the bullpen to be more than two men deep. If those three can step up and pitch consistently, the Braves should have a really good season.

Braves in 2011: 93-69, NL wildcards

Rick

December 24th, 2010
12:30 am

Only DOB could get “Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk” into a conversation about the Braves and Phillies.

Bravefaninok

December 24th, 2010
1:00 am

Mitchell
I think people are underestimating Freddie Freeman. I think there’s a good chance he could have a better rookie season than even Jason Heyward.

I Agree….

Navigator

December 24th, 2010
8:56 am

Why ask a stupid question, the Braves may not even stack up with the Mets and Philly is poised to make a long run. A smaller budget means smaller expectation, and the fans need to adapt to that now.

Frosty

December 24th, 2010
9:09 am

IMO, the key to how good the Bravos will be is Jordan Schaeffer. Nobody is talking about him. If he takes the job and turns in a 0.280+ BA, and if Martin Prado can acclimate to LF with no loss in offensive production and if Chipper can play 140 games with a 0.280 BA, then the Braves could very well win the East. A new hiotting coach is going to help as well. If only one of those three occurs, then the Braves are looking at wildcard. This assumes Freeman is solid at first (nothing more or less).

Skeezix

December 24th, 2010
10:02 am

Dave: Great picture of J-Hey and Brian. My prediction*–The three best teams in the NL next year will be the Giants, the Braves and the Phillies. The Braves are a very good team now and the players know it and they have renewed confidence. The Phillies will be tough also, but I really think ATL will win the NL East in 2011. In making this prediction, I am counting on resolution of last year’s centerfield problems. Either McLouth steps up, or Jordan S. steps up; and if not, FW acquires someone. Merry Christmas to all!

* Note: My NL East predictions have been correct the last three years.

Skeezix

December 24th, 2010
10:14 am

Will miss Matt Diaz next year. He has great “heart” and every good team needs that. My favorite Diaz moment last year was when he tripped that crazy fan (dressed as Redman) running around in the outfield at Philadelphia. I loved it when the Philly fans cheered Matty for tripping the fool.

MikeyBaseball

December 24th, 2010
10:34 am

Shafer will be the surprise comeback player this year! Freeman, Uggla and Shafer replacing Melky/Diaz, McOut/Ankiel and Glaus/DLee in the lineup will be huge! The Braves offense is more solid than the Phillies, our pen is better, our starting rotation is deeper. Our starters will win more games overall than the Philly starters, partly because of our better offense and bull pen!

The Phillies may have Cliff Lee, but Ryan Howard strikes out alot and goes into to slumps. Utley and Rollins are injury prone, more so than Chipper even! AND… they don’t have Werth to carry them any more!

Plus the Phillies have an arrogent, BIG HEAD! Their offense will hit a brick wall, their bull pen will choke and they are going to implode! Their “Dream” pitching staff will only be a dream when they don’t even make it to the playoffs!

The Braves will win the East and the Wildcard will come out of the Central!

Merry Christmas Braves Fans!

Bravesfan54

December 24th, 2010
10:46 am

Merry Christmas, Dave, (and the rest of the AJC sports team, hell, include the whole paper!) and thanks for all your work.

Bravesfan54

December 24th, 2010
10:53 am

Braves need (among several things)a judicious use of Chipper. I think 120 games played is too many. They need to be careful early in the season. Rehab hopefully includes some game-conditioning. Just curious, but does anybody know if “bat speed” is susceptible to measurement, and is there any metric on the subject. One hears of “slowed bat speed”, but is that strictly perceptual.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all!

Ted M

December 24th, 2010
11:09 am

The Braves will have a better manager too.

Navigator

December 24th, 2010
11:12 am

Oh my goodness, I think we need to sing Cum ba ya or the sun will come out tomorrow with all of the wishful thinking on finishing first. Why don’t someone rank each Brave player against the Philly and tell me how the Braves are better??!! I don’t like the Philly, but their management is willing to get what it takes to get the World Series and the Braves management is only willing to invest enough to stay above .500 and keep 2 million fans coming.

jim

December 24th, 2010
11:42 am

Dear Santa,
Braves will need:
A bigger contribution from CF, be it from a revitalized McLouth, a healthy and competent Schafer, or Matt Young.

Heyward to take the next step and become one of the top 10 players in the league.

Freeman to have a good rookie season — 270, 18, 75

A healthy Chipper OR Chipper not being able to go and calling it quits — the uncertainty is worse than the second alternative, and I think Prado could be hurt having to shuttle between two essentially new positions if Chipper is in and out of the lineup on a continuing basis.

Prado, McCann, and Uggla to have their usual season.

Kimbrel and Venters to step into the late inning closer roles.

Lowe to pitch like he did in Sept. and Oct.

JJ to return to 2009 form.

Team to avoid significant injuries.

Wild card — Teheran or Delgado dominates AAA and makes late season contibution to Braves.

Happy Holidays!!!

Steve

December 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

“Rock chalk” this………K-S-U WILDCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reckingball

December 24th, 2010
5:40 pm

Shafer and McLouth will have tremendous comeback years and each will hit over 20HRs.
McCann will get his other eyed fixed, and hit over 30 HRs.
Freeman and the guy that plays RF will each hit over 20HRs.
The SS will win a gold glove and hit between 25 and 30 HRS.
The Braves will have a new and improved Manager(one that is not a bugger miner).
Chipper will make a full recovery and hit over 30HRS.
The pitching will be excellent, and even better than last year.
Things look good to me.
Plus there will be no more MELKY(or as we call him, ‘weak grounder to 2nd, rally killer Cabrera’).
If there is anything that they might need, it would be more speed on the bases than they have had in recent years.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheshire

December 24th, 2010
6:06 pm

I’m gonna get knocked for saying this, but unless the Phillies just have an injury plagued season, the Braves don’t have a prayer this year. I love the Braves and it pains me to say it, but it just seems obvious. We may get the wild card which would be nice, but that will likely just result in getting bounced out of the playoffs by the Phillies.

All that being said, it’s not the Braves fault. They’ve done everything they can to remain competitive and I tip my hat to them. They’ve done an amazing job with the hand they’ve been dealt. But as long as baseball continues to operate under such a warped system, teams like them and about 20 other clubs can hope for nothing more than a “one and done” year like the Giants just had. The uncapped system puts teams like Philly, New York and Boston on a completely different playing field than everyone else.

Baseball falls further behind football in popularity every year for this reason, but as long as the powers that be think it’s more important to keep fans in the northeast happy instead of putting an interesting product on the field that’s relevant to as many fans as possible, nothing will change…. Which sucks for fans of a great franchise like the Braves who want to win but simply can’t compete when put at a disadvantage they have no control over.

BayAreaBravesFan

December 24th, 2010
6:34 pm

I agree with Conyers – doesn’t anyone remember the Scott Thorman experiment? We need a B plan for Freeman this season.

Ken Stallings

December 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Oh man!

Go Pack!

Ken

Ken Stallings

December 24th, 2010
7:54 pm

The Phillies starting rotation will likely be the hand’s down best in baseball. However, the Atlanta Braves rotation will likely be excellent also.

Offensively, the new Braves with Freeman and Uggla will be significantly better and so I think the Braves will hold their own and get the wild card against next year.

If Chipper Jones can stay healthy and have one more good season, and if Freeman reaches the level most experts expect, then perhaps the Braves can in 95 games and eak out the NL East with the Phillies getting the wild card.

Jerry

December 24th, 2010
8:46 pm

First off, I listened to a sports reporter after the Lee signing and he was gushing about the Phillie’s rotation. He stated that this is probably the best rotation ever with their collection of Cy Young Awards. It hasn’t been that long along that we had a rotation that won 6 Cy Youngs while wearing Braves uniforms. The Phillies are not likely to match that and even with all that, we all know the Braves only won one championship. The Phillies still have to play the game and it’s not a gimme for them. I’ve seen comments about what makes us better, but we have one intangible that I think definitely makes we better than last year…Freddi Gonzalez. I will be shocked if he operates the same way as Bobby Cox. I would like to see Heyward be more consistant. He was either hot as hell or cold as ice all season. If Freeman hits .250-.260 I’ll be pleased because he is a great defensive first baseman. Chipper needs to be healthy. Lastly, I’m hoping for Schafer to come to ST healthy and ready to take back his spot in centerfield. McLouth is a piece of shyt and he’ll be nothing else.

reckingball

December 24th, 2010
11:53 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeah……the Braves were not suppose to have a chance last year behind the Phils and the Mets either, were they?

GT71

December 25th, 2010
5:25 am

The Phils have patterned their team on the winninng one the Braves used for those great 14 years. Great/deep starting pitching, good pen, above average defence and enough hitters to win a few 10-8 when needed.
Great pitching will beat great hitting every time.
Phils will be there…but so will we.
Definitely the class of the NL East.

Trickster

December 25th, 2010
10:07 am

If McLouth hits 20 homeruns then either he’s back on steroids or he’s paying the pitchers off…

gwinnett fred

December 25th, 2010
10:11 am

Hey – I got no problem with winning the wild card again.

It’s just not realistic to think the Braves, over a 162 game schedule, can finish above the Phillies, barring Atlanta getting several career years out of guys and Philly simply not playing as well as they can.

And the thing is, as we showed over that great 14 year stretch, it isn’t how you get there, it’s what you do once you arrived. We won 14 divisions and 1 World Series. During that same stretch, 3 wild card teams took home the World Series trophy!

I say we need to quit comparing ourselves to the Phillies and just set up to be the best we can be and see what happens. Not so surprisingly, that is what the Braves (Wren) seems to be keying on as well. Finishing ahead of the Phillies after 162 doesn’t win it. Finishing ahead of an American League team after getting 19 more wins in October does!

Old Gold

December 25th, 2010
10:21 am

Don’t have a chance with Chipper on the roster!

CJ

December 25th, 2010
11:29 am

Navigator, enjoy Philly! Leave us to dreaming. Remember this though, at the end of the season we will know who did what. Paper is great for drawing on, not playing real games.

In Fredi I Trust

December 25th, 2010
11:51 am

The Braves added a Power bat in Dan Uggla and the Phillies lose a power bat in Jason Werth. The edge has to go to the Braves there.

The Braves have a new manager, and a new hitting coach which could help us tremendously, or set us back a little. Lets face it though, we can’t get set back that much with having Gonzalez and Parrish in their respective positions versus Cox and Pendelton. I give that a push.

If Jurrgens and Hanson bounce back from a lackluster 2010, then the Braves can hang with the Phillies I believe. That is a big if, but Jurrgens and Hanson were off last season, and that certainly hurt this team a great deal. I really believe that if everything goes right and the Braves stay healthy this year, they can win the NL East, but that is a lot to expect over a 162 game season.

Mungo

December 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

Let’s not put any pressure of FF to come out of the box strong. We have a strong enough team to let him ease into his games and be productive at the end when we really need him. We don’t need him to have the mindset of his first failure (And there will be some) being career threatening. This also applies to why are we picking the Phillies to win the divison and the Braves to claiming the W/Card on December 2010. Come on…lets wait till the first pitch at least. We’ll have plenty of time after that to judge.

mikemc

December 25th, 2010
3:38 pm

DOB, I live outside the U.S. and can’t view the interview. any chance of a printed transcript?
Merry Christmas to you and all Braves fans everywhere.

bob

December 25th, 2010
7:31 pm

Just like last year, by the trade deadline there will be 4 everyday players not on the 40 man roster on Christmas.

dawg4u

December 25th, 2010
8:35 pm

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dawg4u

December 25th, 2010
8:41 pm

@ Mitchell
Again, we’re a deeper team than the phillies; C’mon Mitchell you can’t be serious. The Braves haven’t been deeper than the Phillies since 2005. The fact that the Phillies lost Werth still doesn’t mean our lineup is as good – close with the Uggla signing but still not as good. I am not even sure that Hudson would be the fourth starter for the Phils. Our bullpen is still better but not by much so I would say that even though the Phillies are considerably deeper in talent, we should still be able to compete because you never know what can happen injury wise and which player or players could make surprising contributions to either team.

The Roys have it

December 26th, 2010
2:53 am

Delusional…..absolutely delusional. The Braves field a good team with good pitching, but come on. Let’s be real here. It’s a pipe dream to think that the Braves compare equally talent-wise in pitching, hitting, and now FIELDING, to the Phillies! Most of you say the Phillies will miss the “clutch” hitting of Jayson Werth. What you don’t know is that Werth was HORRIBLE with RISP and was a strike out machine with runners on base. He was anything but “clutch” last year. Most of his extra base hits came with no one on base. Your other argument is that the Phillies are getting old. Everyone gets older as the years pass, (just ask the Braves’ players that won all those penants in a row back in the 90’s) but this Phillies team is in its PRIME, right now, at every position except right field and third base, and the players at those positions are not chopped liver. In fact, you could compare Werth’s and Ibanez’ individual stats and will find that they were pretty close. So, while it’s really neat that you guys are good fans (along the lines of that Saturday Night Live skit with the rabid Bears fans–you might remember–”Ditka against a hurricane–Ditka wins”), it’s really ridiculous to compare your starting pitchers on the same plane as the Phillies’ starting four. And, to compare your line up as comparable to the Phillies’ line up is absolutely absurd, even WITHOUT the “great” Werth. Trust me, Amaro will address the right handed power bat situation in good time. And, even if he doesn’t do it right away, the Phillies won the NL East with a platoon in right field back in 2007. Please, let’s maintain some sanity here instead of just proclaiming, without justification, that the Braves are finally better than the Phillies because they added Dan (the stone glove) Uggla to their line up, while concurrently proclaiming that the addition of Lee to the Phillies’ rotation is “no big deal” and the loss of Werth will somehow cripple the Phillies. Right now, Dawg4u is one of the only fans on this board that sounds credible in his assessment. Most of the others sound like they are trying to convince themselves of the Brave’s supposed superiority. Sorry, but that’s just ridiculous and funny at the same time.

reckingball

December 26th, 2010
3:30 am

Braves win the East in 2011!
GO BRAVES!!!

blazerdawg

December 26th, 2010
10:24 am

Love eveyone’s optimism. The Braves have improved; bullpen and starters are excellent; wish we had a little more speed – need Otis Nixon in CF. Braves and Phils should both have 95+ wins, and the NL East will be the class of MLB.

The Roys have it

December 26th, 2010
11:29 am

@ reckingball: Who would win, Ditka or God? Delusional Bears’ fan: “Ditka”. That’s you, reckingball. Proclamation with no justification. Do you realize how childish you sound? You do realize that the 90’s have come and gone, don’t you? Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy as well? Did Santa visit you on Christmas Eve? Looking foward to the Easter Bunny? Keep on believing…….I’ll keep on laughing–at your lack of baseball acumen. It’s one thing to be positive and optimistic. It’s quite another to be positive to the point of being delusional. You, MikeyBaseball, Skeezix, Mitchell, and other fans like you need to sprinkle some of that over the top hyperbole with a dose of reality, like some of your other fans, such as dawg4u, Navigator, and cheshire have done. At least they are realistic, provide facts, and sound intelligent. You guys sound like a bunch of enthusiastic schoolyard children, bragging about whose Dad can beat who.

reckingball

December 26th, 2010
12:28 pm

The Roys had it……..How old are you? You sound like you’re in the 13-15 years old category, I mean with you getting all that worked up about baseball and everything.
If you are a Phillies fan, remember, the Phillies are formidable, but they are not invincible. They can be beat. And the Braves can beat them.

Braves will win the NL East. No doubt about it.
Oh yeah, I am laughing at you, and your response @ 11:29. ha ha
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

rick p

December 26th, 2010
1:36 pm

The Phils folks are ignoring that not only did the Phils lose Werth’s power (NL doubles leader) and protection of Howard in the order; They are also really LHed now. Braves might not have a lefty starter but they’ve got three of them in the pen

In Fredi I Trust

December 26th, 2010
1:42 pm

@rick p,

If Mike Minor becomes our 5th starter, he is left handed.

The Roys have it

December 26th, 2010
3:25 pm

reckingball: I doubt that you understood every word I used in my comment, as it is YOU that sounds like he is in the 13-15 year age group. Let’s just say I’m probably old enough to be your father. You still haven’t given any facts to back up your bold claim that the Braves will win the NL East. And, for rick p, obviously you didn’t read the fact that although Werth was the leader in doubles, those doubles usually came with no one on base, and he was usually stranded right there. The Phillies will not miss him and will find another bat to protect Howard.

Daniel

December 26th, 2010
4:34 pm

DOB: Sorry to respond so late to your year end list. I enjoyed it greatly and of course it is totally wrong. (ha)
Here is the real list (mine)
1) Deerhunter- Halycon Digest
2) Wavves- King of the Beach
3) Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
4) Jamey Johnson- The Guitar Song
5) Beach House- Teen Dream
6) Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz
7) Spoon- Transference
8)The National- High Violet
9) Sleigh Bells- Treats
10)Surfer Blood- Astro Coast
11) Vampire Weekend- Contra
12)Erykah Badu- New Amerykah part II
13 ) Shout Out Louds- Work
14) Sade- Soldier of Love
15) Tame Impala- Innerspeaker
16)The Roots- How I Got Over
17) Superchunk- Majesty Shredding
18) No Age- Everything in Between
19) Admiral Radley- I heart California
20) Belle and Sebastian- Write About Love
21) Teenage Fanclub- Shadows
22) Big Boi- Sir Lucuis Leftfoot
23) Villagers- Becoming a Jackal
24) Black Keys- Brothers
25) Cornershop- Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

I can go on. Hope you enjoy and scoff equally. Have a great new year

Daniel

December 26th, 2010
4:40 pm

The Roys have it- You are actually arguing with Braves fans about predicting a great season for the Braves on a Braves blog? What facts can someone provide about the future other than it is unknown? Is it a trifle to write the “Braves win it all in 2011″? Sure, it is, but it is not nearly as pathetic as a Phillies fan trolling on another teams blog and being critical. That, my friend is embarrassing.

The Roys have it

December 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Daniel: Just trying to bring some sanity and reality to some of the posts on this blog. Some of the comments have been beyond unrealistic, such as the actual worth of Werth and how the Phillies will miss him and some of the comments concerning the age (they are in their Prime right now) of the Phillies, and, of course, the comments that the addition of Cliff Lee means basically nothing. If you read enough of those one-sided, ridiculous comments, a normal person feels compelled to put in their 2 cents. If you ever visited a Phillies’ blog, you would be amazed at the amount of Braves’ fans that troll over there and comment far worse than anything I have stated herein. Sometimes, it’s fun to see what the other side is commenting on. And sometimes, the banter is so one-sided that one feels compelled to comment and attempt to set the record straight, as have I.

reckingball

December 26th, 2010
11:18 pm

The Roids have it @3:25……..If you were indeed old enough to be my father, you would probably be deceased.
But assuming that you are old, you still come off as terribly immature being, and as someone with the mentality of a 13 to 15 year old.
I do not have to present any facts or proof to you or anyone else when I say that the Braves will win the NL East.
Baseball is a passtime and certainly nothing to bust a blood vessel over.
Daniel @4:40 was correct in his observation, that a Phillies fan trolling a Braves blog to make critical comments is pretty pathetic. But your comments are good for a hardy laugh. Ha Ha.

The Braves will win the NL East in 2011.
And although I do not owe you a reason, I will tell you why.
The Braves have the best team.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!

The Roys have it

December 27th, 2010
6:13 am

reckingball: You have proven that you are indeed and inbred, snivelling, and drooling mongoloid idiot. You haven’t (and can’t) explain why the Braves have “the better team” and continue to spout immature drivel. You won’t “present any facts” because you don’t HAVE any facts. I am done wasting my time on double digit IQ idiots, such as yourself. You need to take a lesson from those Braves’ fans that actually have a clue. You are a delusional homer. Nothing more, nothing less. I am looking forward to watching you whine when you are again left in the dust next year. Until then, up yours. I have no patience for idiots and I will not respond to another of your ridiculous posts. I laugh at your ignorance.

ugly

December 27th, 2010
9:41 am

With Ugla the Braves will lose only 8 out of every 10 instead of all 10!

ugly

December 27th, 2010
9:43 am

That’s just against the Phillies!

reckingball

December 27th, 2010
9:57 am

The Roids have it@6:13……….Although your immature and angry comments were quite laughable, I can only say good riddance to you.
I would also like to encourage all of the other pathetic Phillies fans, to follow The Roids have it’s lead, and also leave the Braves blogs. We already have an over abdundance of negativity, from people that claim that they are Braves fans on these blogs.

GO BRAVES IN 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stew

December 27th, 2010
10:22 am

My goal is for the Braves to win 100 games in the regular season.

WTF

December 27th, 2010
1:16 pm

dap

December 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

What sources does the Boston Globe have that the AJC does not have?

John

December 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

The Braves could very well be an offensive explosive bunch this year. These young guys are going to get better as the season progresses. We have talent in the minors. Our pitching could even be better than last year. I’m not ready to hand the division title over to the Phils just yet.

Braves fan for life

December 30th, 2010
12:15 am

Actually, reckingball, I have to agree with the Roid guy. You are a little over the top with your predictions. Do you have anything to back up the claim that we are better than the Phillies, either with our rotation or our line up?

Ben

January 2nd, 2011
7:36 pm

The Braves won’t be close to the Phillies at the end of the season. Chipper will be lucky to last until June and the Braves pitching isn’t nearly as good as Phila.

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