9:16 am March 23, 2011, by David O'Brien
March 23rd, 20113:09 pm
Dunn walks Gonzo on 4 straight pitches and Freeman swings at the first one he sees?
JC from DR!
March 23rd, 20113:10 pm
Gracias, señor Sherrill. Usted fue de mucha ayuda el día de hoy!
“Robert: Chipper was telling his critics…….Thats the way I feel to about critics. They think they know every thing…….. I would’ve done the same thing after hearing all the crap”
Alas – Guess I wont be nominating you for the nice guys team either
Oswalt struck in the head by line drive by Manny — heymerred
From USA Today:
“The Phillies say Oswalt had a neck bruise but did not lose consciousness. The team says he was not dizzy before leaving Wednesday’s game against Tampa Bay. Oswalt fell to the ground and remained there until a trainer reached the mound to examine him. The right-hander stood up and after a brief discussion walked to the visiting clubhouse on his own.”
I’m watching Rays/Phillies game. Lets go Rays!
March 23rd, 20113:11 pm
Gonzo walked, but Freeman, Conrad and Prado make outs…
I have not forgotten the Conrad heroics at the plate. It’s just that they did not offset the nightmarish defensive ineptness at the end of the season, that cut the season short. He could not handle routine plays on top-knotch playing surfaces with the best equipment money can buy. He botched plays I would have made. Honestly. He has never hit before and I doubt he can repeat what he did off the bench last year. But I am pretty sure he can repeat what happened in the field if they put him out there.
Isn’t Wise one of those left handed hitters Sherril is supposed to get out? (and not exactly Utley, Howard, or Ibanez either)
I know he’ll supposedly only be used against lefties, goodness let’s hope so.
I’ll bookmark this one, so I can be sure to load it back up in June or so. That will be when we get one of those posts about the manager burning up the bullpen, one batter at a time, LOL.
“Why couldn’t Fredi just let Sherrill face a couple more batters? Geez, he’s a ML pitcher, ain’t he?!?”
Jonny Venters in to pitch…
Cut Sherrill…EOF can handle the lefty’s just fine…keep KK and Martinez on the roster and ditch Proctor as well
Although, I missed Oswalt’s part.
March 23rd, 20113:12 pm
Ruben Gotay to pinch hit – Marlins up 4-3 in the top of the 8th…
Venters strikes out Gotay…
Mike S – that’s why he’s one of my faves! Wish I could’ve heard the interview. Damn computer wouldn’t cooperate after you posted the heads up earlier.
Spazz – Freeman needs to swing at the first fastball he sees. With the pitcher spot next, and being a rookie, he’ll see alot of breaking stuff. He homered earlier in the game on a first pitch.
That’s why I don’t like him hitting 8th.
March 23rd, 20113:13 pm
I will say that out of everyone in the bullpen Sherrill worries me most. With him being a LH specialist means he may pitch in some critical situations. I was hoping he would get it figured out as ST goes on.
March 23rd, 20113:14 pm
I’m still rooting for Sherrill though. We have to keep in mind that this is Spring Training. Work all your pitches in, and get ready for the season….
I would very much like to trade 1b for 2b. Team is “Carry on my Heyward son”…make me an offer.
I was joking man. Of course I’m glad we traded Dunn for Uggla.
I can take one of Proctor and Sherril but not both. Would rather give that roster spot to Martinez or another young pitcher. Braves need a long man in the pen and Martinez would fit that need.
Cousins strikes out…
Ground out to Hicks ends Venters’ very weak inning…
Mike in VA
March 23rd, 20113:15 pm
Don’t think Chipper’s remarks were for everyone, just the “haters”.
Actually just brought up Sherrills stats for ST. Hes still getting LH out at a real nice clip but RH are tearing him a new one. Its pretty ugly.
Ok. Time for some runs.
Freeman has been selective in the ABs I’ve seen so far. If the first pitch is a good one, swing at it, otherwise you are in a hole to start with. In the regular season Freeman might take a pitch after a 4-pitch walk, but in ST he needs practice hitting, not walking.
March 23rd, 20113:16 pm
Sure, why not? The guy might be trying just a get-over BP fastball, figuring you’ll take the first pitch.
March 23rd, 20113:17 pm
Looky looky looky, here comes Cookie,
Cook’s pest control…
March 23rd, 20113:18 pm
Leo Nunez gets Nate to fly out – one down, bottom of 8th…
Not a big fan of Chipper’s new walk-up music. Is he getting rid of Crazy Train this year?
RC, any of your 1B that you consider untouchable?
What other teams carry a lefty only pitcher?
Nationals have signed Oliver Perez.
March 23rd, 20113:19 pm
Freeman also needs to work on hitting against lefties — so its ST, swing at the first pitch to your liking.
“But I will respond that the Braves weren’t a historically bad defensive team last season.” Shaun
First of all, no need to apologize for entering the conversation late. I do it all the time, and you know that no matter how snippy or sarcastic I get with you, I enjoy our conversations/debates.
Secondly, I should rephrase. For a team that made the playoffs, it seems to me that they made an awful amount of errors. Their pitching (and clutch hitting ), seemed to overcome the poor defense (error wise).
Add to that, there just always seemed to be a lack of rythym with their defense. Which is so understandable for a team that had parts interchanging an awful lot due to all the injuries.
Again, just going by what I saw. Perhaps “historically bad” was an overstatement. But to the naked eye, they were one of the worst defensive teams the Braves have fielded since the mid to late 80’s.
I’m talking about everything. Throws in the outfield. Range in the outfield. Range on the infield. Catching. Pitchers knocking down balls in the middle, etc….
FJR, I won’t argue with you on the Yankees defense. I’m the first to dis the GG awards, and to be honest, I didn’t watch that many Yanks games last year.
But I know that there was a number last year where the Braves made more errors after the all-star break (or almost as many – don’t remember), than the Yankees did all year.
If you are using the Yankees range as a factor, are we to believe that the Braves defensive range was SO good, that they made errors on so many more balls that the Yankees infielders wouldn’t even have gotten to?
March 23rd, 20113:20 pm
Chipper strikes out…
scoots, you’ll never hear that from me. I’d rather they cut the guy and go with someone younger and far less limited, lefty or righty. Because if not it’ll over-burden the rest of the ‘pen, as you speak.
RC: I thought you might have ! It’s all cool…..Being careful not to say to much. Offended some poeple on Insurance.Ended up explaining myself for a whole freaking page!
March 23rd, 20113:21 pm
Why can’t KK be our long man in the pen? (if we get stuck with him)
Guess we need a dinger to tie this thing up.
McFann Ô Ô
Aw, fer cryin’ out LOUD!
McCann flies out to end the 8th…
March 23rd, 20113:22 pm
Damn RC… you’ve got a strong team. Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, and Ryan Howard??? I’d take just about any of your 1B off your hands, but I don’t know if any of my 2B/SS guys would be enough for you.
Craig Kimbrel on to pitch…
“McCann gives that one a ride. Its gonna sail….he put a charge into that one…….uh……its up there, alright….warning track power as….the Marlins get out of that one.”
Good God these announcers are terrible. I dont even want to listen anymore.
“If you are using the Yankees range as a factor, are we to believe that the Braves defensive range was SO good, that they made errors on so many more balls that the Yankees infielders wouldn’t even have gotten to?”
Ha, no. I think the Braves had an awful defensive infield last year, perhaps worse than the Yankees (though i do think that Gonzo is better than Jeter at this point). I think the Braves had an excellent defensive outfield last year (Heyward was perhaps the best defensive right fielder in the game) that covered up for a lot of that.
By the time I was arguing the Yankees point I was no longer doing it in relation to the Braves, though I perhaps could have been clearer about that. Just debating your point when you kept going on about the Yankees “amazing defense”
March 23rd, 20113:23 pm
Pujols is off the board, and Gonzalez is probably a no-go. Howard could be had for a strong 2b (don’t know who you have, and can’t check here), and Carlos Lee and Pena are also available.
March 23rd, 20113:24 pm
If Sherrill and Proctor make this team it is going to be trouble. I would much rather have KK and Marek.
P-Town Brave ©
Yeah, I didn’t get my board set up either, thus all the waiver claims I made today and the trade I made this morning to get Justin Morneau…hope it doesn’t come back to bite me and Latos has a great year…
I have Ike Davis available…
March 23rd, 20113:25 pm
Send Sherrill packing we have better relievers than him. Why not give MAREK or one of the others a chance didnt think Sherrill was very good last year.
BTW, I want to thank you guys for letting me pick up Chipper…
Hoping it becomes the comeback of the year
March 23rd, 20113:26 pm
mike s, know where i can hear that prado audio?
Ground out, K for Kimbrel – 2 out…
March 23rd, 20113:27 pm
Freeman has historically been aggressive in the strike zone, in all events. That has caused him to have fewer walks than he might have had otherwise (thus, earning Shaun’s ire, LOL), but it also works to reduce the number of pitchers’ counts he faces.
Sherrill is not bad if serving ONLY as a LH specialist. He is still throwing quite well against LH. Now if he faces a RH, close your eyes cause theres a 50/50 shot it gets ugly.
Wise ground out – to the bottom of the 9th…
March 23rd, 20113:28 pm
All you guy’s have a great one! All be cool………Talk later tonight, and peace…….
I think with Marek, the main thing is that he’s not going to be one of the top 4-5 guys and they want Marek to get more work than a back of the bullpen guy. Fredi basically admitted (if you read between the lines) that if the sole purpose was to have the best relievers possible, Marke would likely be on the team. However, part of a team’s purpose also MUST be to develop your players and its not clear how much Marek would be able to develop pitching one inning every week in blowouts. I’m fine with that.
I’ve got Cano, Pedroia, Brian Roberts and Ryan Theriot… I’d rather not part with Cano, though. I don’t have much offense outside of him and Braun.
My pitching is pretty strong, so if you want one of my 2B (other than Cano) and a P for Howard, feel free to make an offer when you can.
What and idiot makes no sense at all. And and an are two completely different words. May as well say What but idiot, since but and and have as little in common.
March 23rd, 20113:29 pm
Let’s go Braves.
We have Uggla and Heyward coming to the plate this inning.
March 23rd, 20113:30 pm
Soph/DAP, yea, sorry, doesn’t look like you can get the Marteeeen interview just yet. They might put it up on the 680 audio archive page at some point though, so I’d check there in a day or two, as it looks like they have old clubhouse reports archived there.
OK, this is good. Heyward at 6 is up in the 9th, with the game on the line. Fredo planned it this way, I’m guessing, just to provide blog grist on the FMJ lineup wheel.
March 23rd, 20113:31 pm
PT – For some reason I thought the league was drafting next weekend and didn’t bother to set my order up either. I got some decent players, mainly pitchers, but I can’t see my offense doing much. My 1B is Buster Posey, who I’d really like to move back to C and push AJ to the bench.
Did you take all those 1b just for trading purposes?
March 23rd, 20113:33 pm
What is game status? I haven’t had time to really check in
I thought it was drafting on Tuesday so I could setup my draftboard and then I get an email Monday saying my team had been drafted…
Lets see, I have already made 16 transactions and a trade
sometimes people go a bit overboard with trying to get a player to take walks. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is OBP, and Freeman’s OBP in the minors has always been fine. He may not get there with a lot of walks, but he also doesn’t strike out much and hits for power. He projects for a .360-.380 OBP with a good slug%. How he gets there, I don’t care, but if he hits those numbers he’ll be more than fine.
Sorry. Had to do it.
We’re down 4-3, going into bottom 9th.
March 23rd, 20113:34 pm
Hicks ties it with a two out homer.
I also see that you picked up Scott Baker from me on the waiver wire
How about that!!!
March 23rd, 20113:35 pm
“what and idiot” was an inside joke that people have completely forgotten the origins of at this point. It was meant to be ironic.
March 23rd, 20113:36 pm
“What and idiot makes no sense at all.”
It’s an old inside joke from several years back. You had to be there
FJR, it’s not really meant to be ironic. It’s meant to mock bad grammar and spelling. Or just poor use of the English language.
Similar to saying that Chad Ochocinco is a Pre-Madonna. Which must mean that he played in the late 70’s.
I didn’t intend to take that many 1b, just worked out that way through the autodraft. I was in Port St. Lucie watching Braves/Mets when you made the trade for Morneau….wish I had computer access earlier to make you an offer for Latos. I’ve got a lot of closers, but very little starting pitching.
March 23rd, 20113:37 pm
Looks like they’re going to play a tenth. Abreu on to pitch for Bravos.
And the correct phrasing was: “Your and Idiot”.
If we are getting blog technical here it should be “your and idiot”
“But I will respond that the Braves weren’t a historically bad defensive team last season.” Shaun”
The only thing historically bad about the 2010 Braves was the managing
McLouth looking good. Sherrill looking ineffective – again. Nice work by Hudson, Venters, and Kimbrel.
March 23rd, 20113:38 pm
Abreu in to pitch the 9th…
I think somebody used it as a reply once, meaning to say, of course, “you’re an idiot” and from that point it just gained a momentum all it’s own.
March 23rd, 20113:40 pm
Am I mistaken in thinking that it may actually have been
“your and idiot”?
March 23rd, 20113:41 pm
I remember when someone said it was mute point. I loved that one too.
I could probably use another closer, but I could also really use a catcher…
I think I have plenty of starters…
March 23rd, 20113:42 pm
Strike out, ground out…
I actually saw “What and idiot” from Venice Jim. I apologize then. I was wondering what it was, so thanks for the clarification.
March 23rd, 20113:43 pm
I’ve always taken as being somewhat ironic in that you’re using bad grammar to make fun of someone for being stupid.
I think “your and idiot” was a later adaptation.
“Freeman has historically been aggressive in the strike zone, in all events. That has caused him to have fewer walks than he might have had otherwise”
It’s a fine line between aggressive and undisciplined. Being able to walk that line is the difference between swinging a bat and being a hitter
I think somebody used it as a reply once, meaning to say, of course, “you’re an idiot” and from that point it just gained a momentum all it’s own.
Our old friend Journalist Jimmy Smith smell bone-headed posts from a mile away and turn it into blog-lore at the drop of a hat. I want to say he’s the one who first noticed “Y-A-I” and ran with it.
I’ve only got 2 catchers, and I’m pretty happy with both of them (Santana and Soto)
Does anyone know how many x Mather has struck out this spring– seems like a whole lot bet he leads the team
March 23rd, 20113:44 pm
“I remember when someone said it was mute point.”
Well, that one actually makes some sense – if there’s nothing more to be said.
PT – Yeah, I had to drop a Met from my pitching staff and Baker was the best available option.
2 out double…
March 23rd, 20113:45 pm
Fly out – to the bottom of the 10th…
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