Braves Opening Day lineup

Braves 2011 Opening Day lineup vs. Nationals

  1. Prado LF
  2. McLouth CF
  3. Jones 3B
  4. McCann C
  5. Uggla 2B
  6. Heyward RF
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. Freeman 1B
  9. Lowe RHP

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eskippy

March 31st, 2011
9:33 am

Marlow29

March 31st, 2011
9:34 am

Marlow29

March 31st, 2011
9:36 am

I hope this lineup works out. McClouth should see some pitches having Chipper behind him, if he struggles, he can be moved. Heyward batting 6th gives his powerful bat a much greater chance of driving in some runs. I like it so far. Only time will tell.

nc braves fanatic

March 31st, 2011
9:39 am

Happy opening day, everyone! DOB, thank you and Carroll for an off-season of brilliant coverage, and thanks to all of you who comment so faithfully and passionately about the Braves.

Here is my newest art-piece, depicting Brian McCann, in celebration of the new season. I hope you all enjoy it!

http://bit.ly/gSjnSx

Paul Ryden

March 31st, 2011
9:39 am

I thought Chipper had to sit out a game after his ejection while on the DL last year.

kbrab

March 31st, 2011
9:44 am

AHHHHHHH….BASEBALL…..GO BRAVES!!!!!!

ebraves

March 31st, 2011
9:45 am

I think Heyward should be batting #2 behind Prado. Prado is a high OBP guy and so is Heyward and Jones. those three are more likely to string consecutive hits together.
Heyward hitting in front of Gonzalez is a mistake I think. Pitchers will probably throw Heyward junk and take their chances with Gonzalez. (while he’s no slouch, but he can be pitched to and handled)
I’m guessing Freddi is thinking that Prado will get on, and he can bunt him over any time with McLouth and Chipper will bring him in with his patent single.

Despite the line up not being where I would like, its still good and the team will do well. (there’s a reason I’m not a ML Manager)
Go Braves!

ebraves

March 31st, 2011
9:46 am

Paul,
I kind of forgot about that, and I’m guessing MLB did too.. That was a question at the end of the season that never got answered.
Good thinking.

Poorbrave

March 31st, 2011
9:56 am

Finally its here. Play Ball !
Direct-TV on 649..Braves live @12:30
MLB on 721-722
Sirius XM..184
SPSO

FJ10

March 31st, 2011
9:57 am

The Boys of Summer are back!! Go Braves!!

lanier

March 31st, 2011
10:00 am

looks like its gonna be a rainout anyway according to weather.com. what says DOB who is on the front line

Spencer

March 31st, 2011
10:02 am

Its 2011 not 2010.

Sheamus

March 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Too many goofball homers on here. Wait, its the same loser with different names…

Poorbrave

March 31st, 2011
10:05 am

Zito in car crash last night..hope he’s alright…..

scott

March 31st, 2011
10:07 am

Someone please tell Fredi to bat Heyward 2nd….PLEASE!!

mikey_mike

March 31st, 2011
10:09 am

man…we look solid.

WPB Brave

March 31st, 2011
10:19 am

I’ve been against batting J-Hey 6th from the beginning but I do understand what Fredi is thinking. In addition to the Righty/Lefty all the way down the lineup – batting McLouth 2nd will get him more pitches to hit and with his new “aggressive” attitude at the plate we’ve all heard so much about this Spring this will give him a better chance to start strong and build his confidence early on. On the flip side, pitchers will no doubt pitch around J-Hey when he’s batting 6th because Gonzo behind him is a DP waiting to happen. Fredi must have confidence in Jason’s eagle eye to layoff those junk pitches outside the zone…All that said I just can’t see Fredi batting J-Hey that low in the order all season – he’s just too good of a hitter/baserunner to be batting that low.

Danthecone

March 31st, 2011
10:21 am

Chipper hits for extra bases, Heyward has a good day, and Lowe allows no more than 2 runs. Count on it

Jimmy, age 9

March 31st, 2011
10:25 am

How come Jordan Schafer isn’t playing centerfield? He’s my favorite player.

MB

March 31st, 2011
10:26 am

Come on, 1 o’clock. Get here soon.

I’m so excited about this season. I was excited last year, but I am more so this year. This team really has a lot of potential. I sure hope this is the year the Braves make the Phillies fans cry into their cheesesteaks.

Jamie

March 31st, 2011
10:26 am

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
10:30 am

I am excited, hopefully the game can get in and be played 8-)

Paul F.

March 31st, 2011
10:31 am

Any out of market streams anyone knows off…or online radio? I’m a poor college kid, need something free. Hahahaha. GO BRAVES!

NCBravesFan

March 31st, 2011
10:32 am

I have been waiting since last October for this day! I can watch it on my new HD! nc braves fanatic: I like your artwork very much. You caught “the pose”.

kristy

March 31st, 2011
10:46 am

im so glad baseball season is here ive waiting since it ended last season i cant get enough of the braves yall mhave a strong team this season and i know yall will do wonderful.

Chuck M.

March 31st, 2011
10:48 am

The forcast in DC is partly sunny and high of 46,will be cold,but,no rain.

kristy

March 31st, 2011
10:48 am

BMAC JUST WANTED TO LET U KNOW I WAS READING BOUT U THE OTHER DAY IN THE NEWSLETTER AND I REALLY LIKED WHAT U SAID BUT I FEEL LIKE U DID DSERVE MVP LAST SEASON U R A WONDERFUL PLAYER AND A GREAT GUY

Disbott 3000

March 31st, 2011
10:50 am

42 degrees and rainy predicted for game time. Hardly ideal conditions for baseball, but Braves baseball all the same and I’ll take it. Go Braves!

p.s. – I hope the team remembered to pack their warm mock-turtlenecks, etc. for the trip.

Disbott 3000

March 31st, 2011
10:53 am

Paul Ryden,

Let’s assume that’s all been resolved already, but in case it has not, Sshhhhhhhhh! :^)

63 year Braves fan

March 31st, 2011
11:02 am

I don’t like batting McCann 4th. Too many double play grounders to kill potential big innings.
Bat Heyward 4th & McCann 6th.

BILLY THE KID

March 31st, 2011
11:06 am

anyone have any tips where I can listen online? The radio stations don’t stream the Braves they mostly have replays of other shows etc. Any help please!

T-Bone

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

What needs to happen is McLouth needs to become the leadoff man we haven’t had since Grissom or Otis. Flip him and Prado and that’s a pretty good lineup.

nc braves fanatic

March 31st, 2011
11:10 am

@NCBravesFan: thanks, dude! that’s really kind of you to say!

Greta

March 31st, 2011
11:10 am

I agree with Heyward at cleanup and McCann 6th. I bet we see it at some point this season.

nc braves fanatic

March 31st, 2011
11:11 am

@Billy the Kid: here’s the site I use for online radio broadcasts – at least one of the sites usually comes through for me. That’s how I’ll be getting the game today, since for whatever reason, DC games are blacked out here in NC.

http://radiotime.com/affiliate/a_37913/station/Atlanta_Braves_Radio_Stations.aspx

Bonè

March 31st, 2011
11:16 am

Eksito na nos Bravos. Good luck to our Braves!

Day Man

March 31st, 2011
11:17 am

Jimmy is stupid

hdhd

March 31st, 2011
11:18 am

Looks really nice. If you had shown that to me at the end of last year, I might be somewhat disappointed, but with the performance this Spring makes me excited so the season start.

Felix Millan

March 31st, 2011
11:18 am

what’s the weather like there DOB/ Carroll?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 31st, 2011
11:19 am

I would flip AGon and Freeman to give Freeman some protection, but I like the look of this team. PLAY BALL already.

Fish Bisch

March 31st, 2011
11:22 am

Rainout= BALLGAME.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

O-me

March 31st, 2011
11:31 am

Jimmy age 9 ..why are you not in school ?

Schafer is now in AAA.

Brava

March 31st, 2011
11:33 am

Happy Opening Day, Everyone!!!

I’ve waited so long to type those words!!! Woohoo, it’s finally here!!!!!!

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

eskippy

March 31st, 2011
11:36 am

And the healing has begun!

Transplant brave

March 31st, 2011
11:51 am

Can I watch the game on tv if I don’t live in Atlanta? I have att

landofawe

March 31st, 2011
12:01 pm

Paul F and Bill TK, I can’t remember if you can get 680 out of Atlanta on game days but try it. Last year I found a stream out of a South Carolina station and an Alabama station that might help.

Transplant brave – I think it is on Fox Sports South, on my tv it is Turner Sports South.

bravesgrl4life

March 31st, 2011
12:11 pm

What time is game time? I thought it was 12:05, but Rock 100.5 isn’t broadcasting it yet and usually they do.

bravesgrl4life

March 31st, 2011
12:12 pm

nevermind, I see it’s 1:05. :roll: (at myself).

Help

March 31st, 2011
12:16 pm

Where can you watch the game online? I’m stuck at work

JoeBravesFan

March 31st, 2011
12:16 pm

HAPPY OPENING DAY BRAVES FANS!!!!!! This looks like a good lineup…we’ll see how it works very soon. With Lowe on the mound, he’s going to need some run support!

JoeBravesFan

March 31st, 2011
12:17 pm

MLB Opening Day should be a National Holiday!

K.C. Frenchy

March 31st, 2011
12:21 pm

DOB, any reason why Nate doesnt lead off when he is the only base stealing threat we have? Prado is not a leadoff hitter, & would be perfect in the 2 hole. Thanks & Go Bravos

Leo Mazzone

March 31st, 2011
12:28 pm

Ahhhh! Opening Day! It’s finally here!

Time for an adult beverage as I sit back and watch grown men play with hard balls!

C'Mon Man

March 31st, 2011
12:29 pm

Everyone quit trying to make their own lineup! Trust in Fredi, and support your 2011 Atlanta Braves! Let’s go get ‘em Braves!!!

The Living Legend

March 31st, 2011
12:32 pm

I vote to send “c’mon man” to AA with KK.

RBrave

March 31st, 2011
12:32 pm

Enough of Heyward as the best player ever !! What did he hit last year .270 ? He had an average year, and on many occasions looked totaly lost in the field. Come on, I hope he hits .320, with 30 Hrs’s but he hasn’t yet ,so stop it already(I hope he does it this year, starting today) Go Braves

AtlantaStu

March 31st, 2011
12:42 pm

Chipper batting 3rd? Oh man, when will they give the guy (and us) a break. God bless him, but Chipper is not the guy he was 5 years ago. Plus, he’ll be sitting out at least once a week, which will screw up the order. Stick him back at 6th, and move J-Hey up to 3rd – a batting spot that needs power, contact, and speed.

Otherwise, GO BRAVES!

Randle Patrick McMurphy

March 31st, 2011
12:42 pm

TGBIB! [Thank God Baseball Is Back!]

Go Braves!

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
12:43 pm

whoooohoooo watching the braves @ work on opening day!!!!!
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!

The Living Legend

March 31st, 2011
12:44 pm

RBrave,

He actually had better than an “average” year for a rookie, and a 20 year old at that. However, I do see your point. Let’s hold of on making “great’ comparisions just yet people. He still has a ways to go, and much to learn. It is another 5-6 years before he even begins his “prime years” in this game. He is a great talent though, and has great potential, but so did Todd Van Poppel and Chipper’s buddy Tyler Houston.

chief noc-a-homa

March 31st, 2011
12:46 pm

I love Chipper, but I think the “3″ spot should be J-Hey’s. Once Chipper is gone, that is where J-Hey will settle in…he is a natural fit there. If Chipper struggles, he should politely move down the line-up and let J-Hey slide into his appropriate slot.

Wow, is there a team with a better #8 hitter situation? I like Freeman there…he will get walked a LOT.

AtlantaNative

March 31st, 2011
12:47 pm

There is no sports event like Opening Day of baseball, the sense of beating back the forces of darkness and the National Football League.
—George Vecsey

DAM

March 31st, 2011
12:48 pm

Why does Heyward have to be either a #2 hitter as a table-setter or a #6 hitter as a run-producer? He should be both and should be hitting either 3rd or 4th.

Braves in 2011

March 31st, 2011
12:49 pm

Has anybody noticed, the end of the regular season ends on a wednesday,not sunday?

Ghostrider

March 31st, 2011
12:53 pm

I thought this Day would never get here……Lets Play some Ball

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

Is anyone other than me glad tood van popple wouldn’t sign
with the braves so the braves went to plan B Larry Wayne
Jones they call him “CHIPPER”

Fan since 1977

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

2011 – yes, and usually the first game is on Sunday night and “opening day” is a Monday. Selig is trying to confuse us.

PROVIDED McLouth has a .400 OBP, Gonzo hits 15 – 20 HR’s, and Chipper plays in 140 games and hits .300 again…I love this lineup. Especially the lack of pressure of Freeman. He could have 80 RBI’s in the 8 spot.

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

the game is on 649 Directv

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:01 pm

let the games begin folks it’s OPENING DAY FINALLY

chief noc-a-homa

March 31st, 2011
1:01 pm

Right on DAM. J-Hey should be guaranteed to bat in the first inning in the 3 slot. He hits for power and gets on base…why put him batting 6th? To me, it means 1 of 2 things: 1) Team still wants him to “pay” his dues. Or 2) They are babying him along, trying to not have a replay of Frenchy.

brave dave

March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

Look at the batting order. Even the best pitchers will have a hard time getting #3 thru # 6 out.

Fan since 1977

March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

DAM –

When Fredi rests Chipper I bet he puts Heyward in the 3 hole against a righty, the 2 hole against a lefty. When McCann needs to sit, Heyward might hit cleanup against a righty, fifth against a lefty. DO NOT DESPAIR. It is great to have a kid that can hit just about anywhere in the lineup.

AtlantaNative

March 31st, 2011
1:04 pm

“Baseball is made up of very few big and dramatic moments, but rather it’s a beautifully put together pattern of countless little subtleties that finally add up to the big moment, and you have to be well-versed in the game to truly appreciate them.”–Paul Richards

Ok, I ate at my desk. Time to go down to the parking deck, get in my car, and listen to the Braves for my lunch hour!

Fan since 1977

March 31st, 2011
1:06 pm

Native, you are a true fan. You can’t stream 680 AM on your computer without getting in trouble?

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:10 pm

fat boy levan on the mound and ankiel in center gotta
love the nats?

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

opening day is under way.

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:16 pm

chipper 2 out double

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:17 pm

mccann singles in chipper

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:33 pm

j-hey home run

jwilli120

March 31st, 2011
1:56 pm

d-lowe is dealing

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Brad in KY

April 1st, 2011
7:56 pm

There’s absolutely no way to justify giving McLouth more at-bats than Heyward. It makes one wonder if the new manager has any idea what he’s doing…

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