Braves quotes after Thursday loss to Dodgers

***FREDI GONZALEZ

on Ross’ go-ahead two-run hit with 2 out in 9th

“Big hit for Rossy. I thought that might have gotten us over the hump. But hey, it’s a tough game, a humbling game. You’ve got to get all the outs, and we didn’t do that.”

Able to take any positives from coming back?

“You know what? The positive is that we’ve been in every single ballgame, and we really haven’t hit our stride offensively. The pitching has been outstanding, defense has been outstanding, baserunning today got us in position to win the ballgame. We just couldn’t get the last out.”

“Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to win some of those 10-run games. But you’re in every ballgame, and the guys know they’re not swinging the bats like they’re capable of swinging. So you tip your hats to the Dodgers – they came up with some big hits with two outs and two strikes – and we go on and nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. We go on to San Francisco.”

On Kimbrel’s 0-2 pitch that Casey Blake hit to tie the game in 9th

“You can’t make mistakes on 0-2, and we did today. And we walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth, and hit Barajas [leading off the 11th]. Anytime you do that you’re asking for trouble.”

On Jurrjens

“He almost threw 40 pitches that first inning, and we got him all the way through six in 110, I think.”

On Venters not pitching today

“Jonny’s got some stuff going on with his arm. It’s nothing bad; it’s not in the elbow, it’s not in the shoulder. It’s in the muscle, biceps-triceps stuff, and we tried to stay away from him the past couple of days. He’s gotten better every day. Hopefully tomorrow [they will decide they can use him].”

On fighting back against Kershaw in 9th

“In all this you forget about Kershaw’s performance. He gave you a helluva game, and for the way he was pitching, to come back and scratch a couple of runs and be in line for the win, you feel good. And I told the guys that just before you guys [reporters] came in. So let’s get out of here and go to San Francisco. No easy task there, either.”

On Heyward and Uggla baserunning in 9th

“That’s what I’m saying, you’ve got to be pleased with the aggressive. Danny going to second and being in position to win the game with David Ross’s hit.”

***JAIR JURRJENS

Settling down after the 36-pitch first inning

“They got some cheap hits. They really worked the count; they weren’t chasing a lot of pitches. They’ve got a good lineup with balance. It’s a difficult lineup to try to pitch out of the zone and make them chase. They’re patient and really work the [at-bat].”

Can you guys take positives out of this game

“Definitely. We came up with clutch pitching, clutch hitting, clutch baserunning, when Uggla went [to second] on the hit to left field. We just need to keep playing well and I think things are going to change.”

On matchup up with Kershaw

“He’s a good pitcher, a strikeout pitcher, a dominant pitcher. He showed it today going to the top of the ninth.”

***CRAIG KIMBREL

On the 0-2 pitch that Casey Blake hit in 9th to tie

“I tried to go fastball away and it just went back over the plate. I didn’t thow the pitch where I wanted 0-2 and he made me pay. He turned on the ball and dug in.”

How tough is that, after your team has come back to take a lead?

“J.J. threw a great game, our hitters battled to come back towards the end of the game. I just didn’t get the job done today.”

Struck out the side next inning

“I just went out there and tried to make my pitches, and that’s what happened.”

***DAVID ROSS

Take any positives from this game?

“I guess there’s some positives, but I don’t think we can see them right now. Maybe tomorrow. I think this is a tough loss. It’s just one of those things where you fight…. Kershaw was tough today and we tried to put some good at-bats together, and we finally got to him in the ninth.

“Yeah, J.J. threw well … I’m trying to think of all the positives. Freddie. Yeah, we’re doing some things right. But I don’t think we’re clicking together yet. I don’t think everybody’s on the same page. When we do click together, you see those innings like two nights ago [Tuesday’s eight-run ninth].

“We’re getting there. We haven’t really even starting hitting well, and we’re in a lot of games. When we get that going…

“I think we feel like our bullpen’s a little down without Moylo in there, and we’re having to use some guys in situations we may not usually use them in, to pick up some slack.”

“We’re going to be alright. They’re a good team, and we know we’re a good team. We’ve just got to start playing like it.”

***JONNY VENTERS

On the status of his pitching arm

“It’s just a little sore.”

Biceps?

“Yeah, it’s around that area.”

Tough to watch today?

“Yeah. I felt fine. I felt like I was fine to pitch, but they’re trying to be cautious to make sure, since it’s early in the season. But it was tough [to watch].”

314 comments Add your comment

G

April 21st, 2011
7:59 pm

Mediocre team…. This s not a playoff team. Losing too many series and falling behind too often

ugaman

April 21st, 2011
8:00 pm

Please tell me someone asked Fredi why he didn’t put Kemp on intentionally. Brutal.

MT

April 21st, 2011
8:00 pm

Great Quotes but I kind of pissed that I have to do another shot…”gotta tip your hats”

David from Athens, AL

April 21st, 2011
8:00 pm

Tough , Tough loss … one strike away from comeback win … tough!!!

Largo

April 21st, 2011
8:07 pm

One strike away from a win, then right down the middle with an 0-2 pitch. This loss was especially hard to take.

#3

April 21st, 2011
8:09 pm

DOB, what is the official game that we should hit the panic button? 20, 21, 22…50, 51…

#3

April 21st, 2011
8:11 pm

Boy, Larry Parrish makes TP look like a superstar…

ray

April 21st, 2011
8:13 pm

Gonzalez sounds a lot like Cox. always sees the rosy side of things. never admits that the team isn’t playing so well.
let’s move on to SF-and lose another series. we’ll see Lincecum so that’s 1 sure loss.
good teams win the close ones; mediocre ones lose most of them.

Raleigh Dog

April 21st, 2011
8:18 pm

Braves are toast. Done. The trends are established. They’ll probably come close to .500 but that’s about it. Just wait till Chipper gets hurt. Or one of the pitchers. This team is nothing but excuses.

BRAVESFAN

April 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Fire the coaches and replace them with someone that isn’t a loser!

LAG

April 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Please tell me someone asked Fredi why he didn’t put Kemp on intentionally. Brutal.

My own guess? We had shut Kemp down completely this series (only 2 hits prior to that one), and Uribe was 7-for-16 against us, already with a homer today.

LuisG

April 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

On Venters not pitching today: “Jonny’s got some stuff going on with his arm. It’s nothing bad [...]”

So, if it’s nothing bad it must be something good, right? Everyday-Johnnie has some good stuff going on with his arm.

smallmouth6

April 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

The question: Why did the Braves pull David Ross in the 9th inning?

Clay

April 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

OK, maybe the Braves weren’t quite ready for the season after spring training.

Supes

April 21st, 2011
8:32 pm

Enough with the “TIPPING OF THE HATS” Come on ALREADY!

I guess we can just “copy and paste” Fredi’s “hat tipping” when the GIANTS staff MOWS our weak lineup down in SF over the weekend!

Dirty Dawg

April 21st, 2011
8:32 pm

ugaman is right…he and I and Bobby Cox would have walked Kemp. Sure he hadn’t done much, but we were on our fourth or fifth pitcher and we needed a double-play ball. Uribe had already shot his wad. Trouble is the Braves couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat.

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 21st, 2011
8:33 pm

Career moment for Kibrel that forges him into steel at his tender age to become a closer for the ages today.

Dustings start as soon as 4/22.

Rick in FL

April 21st, 2011
8:34 pm

When S. Linebrink enters game its not a positive for Braves . Example tonights home run to Blake in 7th to give Dodgers lead . Also 5.63 ERA and .294 OPBA . This has been going on since spring training . Can you say WASHED UP ?

RAMBLINWRECK

April 21st, 2011
8:34 pm

I agree that this team is a .500 type ball club. The hitting is so bad that i can hardly take it! Heyward is stinking up the joint bad! Nobody can drive runs in when we get them in scoring position for the most part. The braves are the 2nd worst hitting team in the national league. We have good pitching but when you average about 2 runs a game, you are setting yourself for failure as the season goes forward. There is no way this team makes the post season even as a wildcard. Look for us to get swept or win 1 game at SF max.

jek

April 21st, 2011
8:37 pm

These quotes are total crap. There is no rosy side to what is going on . If a pitcher gives up the losing run, whehter it be 3 in the first or one in the tenth that guy should be yanked and put on the pine. If a relief pitcher walks a batter he should go to the minors to learn to throw strikes There is no excuse for a linup with 200 hitters…Rosy quotes won’t sell tickets– some honesty and urgency about the situation might earn some respect.

Peter

April 21st, 2011
8:38 pm

This tip your hats thing is getting absurd. You can count on at least one of those after every loss. Fredi Gonzalez is an idiot.

kwajbraves

April 21st, 2011
8:40 pm

tip, tip, tip. That is our new mantra. It should replace the tomahawk chop chant.

NorCal Brave

April 21st, 2011
8:44 pm

Fredi says we “really haven’t hit our stride offensively.” Are you kidding me? We aren’t even on the scale where major league hitting begins. These guys were clearly overhyped by national media, some of whom even picked them to win the division. Pitching and defense can win you lots of games, but not if you don’t put something other than 0’s on the scoreboard. And for all you posters who complain about us complainers, can you really say it doesn’t hit you in the gut to see Braves baseball so far in 2011?

Chillahill43

April 21st, 2011
8:45 pm

Well i tip my hat to all those west coast hat tipees it was a helluva chance to tip our top to their tops. Now thats a tip top tip of the hat!!!

Braves are mediokra in a league with 20 teams under 500. Oh well at least we didnt have to stay up all night to hear FG tip his hat. We got to it before supper. Rib tips hat tips. Reliever yips and we cant hit ! Geeeeeezzzzz. Us !

kwajbraves

April 21st, 2011
8:47 pm

I guess we can get a headstart and start tipping our hats now. Let’s face it ,this team can’t mediocre pitching and they will be facing one the best pitching staff in baseball. I just got back from the future and trus met is not pretty or rosy for the Braves.

Chillahill43

April 21st, 2011
8:51 pm

Ok we are back to tossing softball questions to the manager! Hell nothings changed. The hat tipper is younger and the “Atlanta media” DOB etal are just happy to ride the team bus to the next game! Save the tuff questions for somebody elae to ask. Its a lot easier to answer questions that are never asked!!! 10 out by june 1 is looking more realistic than even wildcard at this point. Somethings gotta give — and quick!!!

Reality Bites

April 21st, 2011
8:54 pm

Three words describe this team and their mgr…… Pa thet ic.

Largo

April 21st, 2011
8:55 pm

Did I read right, is Linebrink making 5.5M this year? By the way, I wish McCann would learn to turn his glove the right way on those low pitches off the plate.

The Braves are in trouble. There is no way they can become winners with all the things they do wrong. I doubt they will ever catch Florida.

bravesfancoxcritic

April 21st, 2011
9:01 pm

Gonzalez is a Cox Clone. Starting pitching is mediocre and we can’t hit. I am tired of excuses. The day to day lineup keeps changing like the dancers at the Cheetah.

Snake Doc

April 21st, 2011
9:06 pm

There they go again. Who said Pathetic? I agree. An I thought the Myrtle Beach Braves, oops I mean Atlanta Braves were gonna give me a reason to forget football this year.

Oh well, until something changes, i.e. ownership, everything remains the same!

I guess we can all tip our hats to that!

Monger

April 21st, 2011
9:07 pm

We are beyond pathetic in terms of anemic offense. although that comeback was nice, it feels like our pitchers have to be perfect to near perfect every night, we are going to have to win games 1-0 and 2-1 at a high rate, and it is hard to do that, even as you can see Kimbrel is as close to perfect as a closer gets and even he will give up a run occasionally, and he makes that 3rd strike to Blake 9 times out of ten, and we win. What I am concerned about is just how bad this offense really is, just listen to these pathetic hitting stats for a “major league” “offense”….

.234 Batting Average- Ranks 13th out of 15 NL teams
.300 OBP- Dead Last 15th out of 15 NL teams- (Next closest is .309)
Runs per game – 12th out of 15

Add in that we have like 5 stolen bases all year, cant bunt at all, cant hit off the bench, cant hit in the clutch, cant get runners on base, cant hit for average….

We will have to ride a solo homer a game to the World Series as are “offense”…..SAD state of affairs atlanta braves fans

KingToeNail

April 21st, 2011
9:09 pm

If Bobby Cox was Orange Juice, Freddie Gonzalez is Tang! No substance, no vitamins, a powdered drink that no one likes!

darrell starks

April 21st, 2011
9:16 pm

OKAY HERE IT IS

1.NATE CF
2.PRADO LF
3.CHIPPER 3B
4.HEYWARD will feel more comfortable here plus 30HR or more
5.MCCANN CATCHER
6.UGGLA 2B
7.FREEMAN 1B
8.ALEX SHORTSTOP
5 RUNS A GAME
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

billmaier

April 21st, 2011
9:19 pm

can anyone please tell me about the pitch selection to blake in the ninth on an 0-2 why would you not throw the slider or curve off the plate or elevate a fastball you have two pitches to waste why would you want to throw anything close– who called that pitch selection the catcher right or kimbrel himself i saw not shake off– what in the world??????????????????????????????????????

NickGranite

April 21st, 2011
9:26 pm

Darrell, my biggest quibble with your line-up is Freeman in the 7 hole. Maybe outside McCann, I feel better about his at bats then anyone else. Personally I like Mccann, Freeman and Uggla in the 4, 5 and 6 holes….and that’s only out of respect for McCann. Freeman has more power than anyone on the team, the only reason I don’t say put him in clean up now is because he’s a rookie.

Bill

April 21st, 2011
9:28 pm

Please get rid of Conrad; Young and LINEBRINK.

william maiero bunt his way on??

April 21st, 2011
9:28 pm

since matt young cannot hit major league pitching is there any reason that he is not tryint to bunt his way on?? when he did in in spring training???

Ralph

April 21st, 2011
9:29 pm

DOB, I don’t understand why you avoided asking Greddi G why he didn’t put Kemp on, are you afraid to ask embarasing questions? I dobt you answer this.

mathman

April 21st, 2011
9:29 pm

Lefties are killing us. We have to get a RH OF who can play CF and a righthanded PH. Conrad cannot be our RH pitchhitter. We need to try Ramirez or the new guy we just got from the White Sox. Young cannot play in the bigs as a backup to McLouse. They are simply to much alike.

farmer

April 21st, 2011
9:30 pm

Hey Fredi, you stupid jerk, enough with the Tip your Cap crap, how about yeah Im ticked off my closer threw an 0-2 pitch right down the middle and gave the Dodgers back the game and le them win it later on after my tesm had come back? how about something like that? I am so sick of you Fredi. you are not a major league manager. not even a minor league manager. go back to little league you moron.. Kimbrel, you stupid kid, you’re not going to blow your fastballs by every major league hitters all the time.. thanks for givng the game back to the Dodgers you idiot.. had the game won and blew it once again. another lost game and another lost year.. wil not waste my time watching them anymore this year.. good riddance you bunch of losers!

farmer

April 21st, 2011
9:30 pm

Hey Fredi, you stupid jerk, enough with the Tip your Cap crap, how about yeah Im ticked off my closer threw an 0-2 pitch right down the middle and gave the Dodgers back the game and le them win it later on after my tesm had come back? how about something like that? I am so sick of you Fredi. you are not a major league manager. not even a minor league manager. go back to little league you moron.. Kimbrel, you stupid kid, you’re not going to blow your fastballs by every major league hitters all the time.. thanks for givng the game back to the Dodgers you idiot.. had the game won and blew it once again. another lost game and another lost year.. wil not waste my time watching them anymore this year.. good riddance you bunch of losers!

PMC

April 21st, 2011
9:31 pm

What can you really do but go play the next game…..??

At some point, some year, we’re going to have some expectations that the Braves will FINALLY have a lineup that can produce runs and it will happen. But it’s clearly not this year….

TruthSeeker

April 21st, 2011
9:34 pm

Maybe we just don’t have the magic that we had last year. Let’s face it, there’s no way you’re going to have that many come-from-behind victories two years in a row. I was a little worried coming into the season about whether or not we’d be able to recapture that mojo.

It’s early and I’m not saying the Braves can’t turn it around, but just a thought.

DawgDad

April 21st, 2011
9:36 pm

I have serious doubts about the offense, defense, and depth on the bench and in the bullpen. Even when these guys start hitting (1) they are a double-play waiting to happen, (2) the three and four-hole hitters sit at least one game a week each, and (3) the bench outside of Hinske and Ross is a non-entity. This is one of the most boring MLB teams I’ve ever seen; they haven’t even grasped the “station” in “station-to-station”. They better get an offensive catalyst heated up or in here quick or Fredi will think he’s back in Miami playing to ghosts.

JRW7

April 21st, 2011
9:39 pm

Freddi, Please get this team going!!!!!!!!!!!

Dennis Reynolds

April 21st, 2011
9:44 pm

Fredi is so stupid. Wont last 3 years as manager. TP will get the job- and should get it.

Here you go Fredi. Moron.
1. Nate
2. Prado
3. Chipper
4. Heyward
5. Uggla
6. Mac
7. Freeman
8. Gonzo

Peter

April 21st, 2011
9:49 pm

Perhaps Bobby Cox was a genius……because this team will be fighting to get to .500 and in the race.

So far TP looks like the best batting coach we have ever seen, and watching the old Braves was rough.

Well it is early, but this team reminds me of our old second bagger now in Arizona Kelly Johnson…….he always started the season slowly, and by the time he hit, we were completely out of it !

Well one thing, you can’t teach speed….and we ain’t got any.

PMC

April 21st, 2011
9:50 pm

well, I’m back to the ownership again. When you have owners, that won’t write off the bad deals… like the Linebrink’s and Kawakami’s and McClouth’s and go find better players…. you’re just stuck with a bunch of money in bad talent.

Peter

April 21st, 2011
9:51 pm

TruthSeeker……..you hit the nail on the head……. How many come from behind victories did we have last year ?

Wow had we lost 1/2 of them, and we never come close to making the playoffs !

PMC

April 21st, 2011
9:52 pm

The problems with this team aren’t so much management related as they are never ever having a lineup that can hit worth a crap.

Every year there’s an issue, every year those issues go unresolved.

ATLgirl

April 21st, 2011
9:53 pm

Dang there are a lot of pessimists here. Remember last April???? The season is less than a month old. Chill. There are 162 games for heavens sake. Support your team.

PMC

April 21st, 2011
9:53 pm

This being said, the reason the comments are rosy, is because everyone in the clubhouse is already beating themselves up over it. It’s a workplace, and losing is miserable. You have to put on a positive face and try and find some reason to keep going to work and keep trying.

up north

April 21st, 2011
9:54 pm

At least they are not making as many errors as last year.

Jack Kelleher

April 21st, 2011
9:54 pm

Maybe the Braves lost because they had an A (Atlanta) on their 1940’s cap instead of a B (Boston)… wheras the Dodgers correctly had a B (Brooklyn) on theirs & not LA (Los Angelos). Just sayin’.

Legend of Len Barker

April 21st, 2011
10:00 pm

Alright. Show of hands for those who believed the Braves would win after they blew it in the 9th.

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Nobody? Bueller?

What I thought.

Just Sayin'

April 21st, 2011
10:00 pm

These guys couldn’t hit the ground if they fell off the bench.

Just Sayin'

April 21st, 2011
10:01 pm

These guys have fewer hits than Yoko Ono.

Terry Pendleton

April 21st, 2011
10:01 pm

Still want to blame me?

Just Sayin'

April 21st, 2011
10:01 pm

Aunt Jemima makes a better batter than these guys.

Just Sayin'

April 21st, 2011
10:02 pm

If the airlines lost their bat bags, these guys wouldn’t miss them.

Just Sayin'

April 21st, 2011
10:02 pm

Braves box score: no hits, no runs, no playoffs.

Just Sayin'

April 21st, 2011
10:05 pm

Does my disappointment show?

Are You Serious

April 21st, 2011
10:06 pm

Please, for God’s sake quit telling us how good you are going to be or how you are going to get going. I’m sick and tired of the excuses. “Tip your hat to…” “We are just getting our feet wet.” “The team is tired from flying out west.” “We had some good hits, just right at somebody” (duh, guess what that’s called an out. If it’s hit away from somebody, it’s called a hit.) “They had some cheap hits.” “We’ll be alright. Just have to turn this around.” (Gee, ya think?) Enough already!!! How about the truth. “We suck. We can’t hit, we can’t pitch, and Fredi can’t manage. Our hitting coach is a total disaster and our “ACES” can’t even out-duel a AA Rookie pitcher. Earth to Braves, Earth to Braves…you can’t correct a problem until you admit you have one, and, believe me, you have huge problems. Wake up. Quit excusing and start correcting.

Tim

April 21st, 2011
10:10 pm

tired of the hat tipping….

AshevilleBRAVE

April 21st, 2011
10:13 pm

Wow!!! Thank you ATLgirl, that was the 1st post that wasnt negative. Do the Braves look good right now? No…but the Cleveland Indians have the best record in baseball and the $200 mil Red Sox are tied for the worst. Its a loong season and we will be just fine. Go Braves!

The Abs Man

April 21st, 2011
10:16 pm

Kind of questioned Fredi’s judgement choosing to sign Linebrink and Sherrill way back in off-season.

Sherrill is a total stiff–fetid last season in Los Angeles, and White Sox must still be giddy unloading final $5.5 million for washed-up, lucky-to-ever-get a 4-year, $19-million deal Linebrink in first place.

Add them to what looks to be an overmatched Matt Young….that’s three weak links out of 25.

And Fredi, c’mon already with the rah-rah, sis-boom-bah stuff….That stale Cox act long-past-due to be kicked to the curb.

Largo

April 21st, 2011
10:18 pm

Don’t sugar coat it farmer, tell us how you really feel.

JD

April 21st, 2011
10:28 pm

I get the fact that this is one of those “teaching moment” kind of games for Kimbrel tonight, but he really looked tight coming in since he’d been off a couple of days. overthrowing and everything was elevating til about the 5th batter he’d faced and then he got loose and started firing BB’s. Not real sure why O’Flaherty wasn’t left in since he retired the side pretty easy if i’m not mistaken.

Everyone has already said it. FG has GOT to stop making excuses and start blistering some b*tts – who knows, maybe he is – but the kudos to the other team is really getting lame. Time to grow up a bit Freddi, call it as you see it. How bout – i’m not happy and i’m going to kick some *ss around here til people start stepping up.

See, that has a much better sound to it when you’ve lost 10 games of late.

Has anybody seen Terry Pendleton? Apparently Larry Parrish has left the building. How can 9 teammates look each other in the eye when 7 of the 9 have no business being in the lineup? Nate, can you possibly hit into more inning killing plays??

Nuff sed. Time to play the WS champs and take measure. The whole state is watching guys, show us some grit, win a series.

JD

April 21st, 2011
10:28 pm

I get the fact that this is one of those “teaching moment” kind of games for Kimbrel tonight, but he really looked tight coming in since he’d been off a couple of days. overthrowing and everything was elevating til about the 5th batter he’d faced and then he got loose and started firing BB’s. Not real sure why O’Flaherty wasn’t left in since he retired the side pretty easy if i’m not mistaken.

Everyone has already said it. FG has GOT to stop making excuses and start blistering some b*tts – who knows, maybe he is – but the kudos to the other team is really getting lame. Time to grow up a bit Freddi, call it as you see it. How bout – i’m not happy and i’m going to kick some *ss around here til people start stepping up.

See, that has a much better sound to it when you’ve lost 10 games of late.

Has anybody seen Terry Pendleton? Apparently Larry Parrish has left the building. How can 9 teammates look each other in the eye when 7 of the 9 have no business being in the lineup? Nate, can you possibly hit into more inning killing plays??

Nuff sed. Time to play the WS champs and take measure. The whole state is watching guys, show us some grit, win a series.

Remember Last Year

April 21st, 2011
10:30 pm

Everyone who is FREAKING OUT on April 21st! WE have 100+ games to go. Does anyone really think Cleveland is going to be in the playoffs? If so, then I guess the games between now and September don’t count. YES… I SAID: September. SEP. TEM. BER.
So… If any of you can tell me where the Braves will be in the standings by September, can you also let me know what the price of a gallon of gas will be then too? Cause… frankly… nothing is certain, until its been seen,

rc35

April 21st, 2011
10:31 pm

Things are actually worse than they seem. We’re 4.5 games back on the standings, BUT…we’re already SIX games back in the loss column. I don’t know why, but we’ve played more games than the Phillies…and lost enough to be six back. A team that hangs around only to lose will inevitably become a habitually losing team, and the Braves may be there already. They have the killer instinct of Barney Fife. Even if we do fire our one bullet, it usually hits us in the foot.

mojo

April 21st, 2011
10:32 pm

Last year after 20 games the Braves were 8 and 12 (same as today) and last in NL East. The Mets were 11-9 and tied for first in division. We can play better and we will. Hang in there with these guys until things get better. They always do.

Freddie Freebird

April 21st, 2011
10:34 pm

why would you even try to throw a fastball on a 0-2 pitch? There was absolutely no need to go fastball in that situation … maybe a 3-2 count, but 0-2??

Kyle

April 21st, 2011
10:36 pm

Agree with ugaman’s “Please tell me someone asked Fredi why he didn’t put Kemp on intentionally. Brutal.”

And LAG your “My own guess? We had shut Kemp down completely this series (only 2 hits prior to that one), and Uribe was 7-for-16 against us, already with a homer today.”– Shows you don’t look at stats. So you’ve gotten Kemp out a few bats, his average proves he will get his hits and you pushed your limit with the last bat.
Kemp should have been walked no questions and it is slap in the face by DOB to Braves’ fans not to ask Fredi why he was not walked. This Braves team won’t win more than 87 games and with decisions like this by Fredi 87 might be a long shot. Whoever thinks McLouth should be in the Majors should stop sucking their thumb and man up to the fact McLouth came from last place team and could not perform on the bigger stage. DOB thanks for giving some good insight, but take your skirt off and ask the questions even less season reporters would ask.

Randal Patrick McMurphy

April 21st, 2011
10:38 pm

So when do the games start to count?

AMAZING ALL-STAR PITCHERS

April 21st, 2011
10:40 pm

Lee, Kershaw, Pelfrey, Hamels, Lannan, Marcum, Estrada, Johnson, Lilly, Gee, Garland, Narveson, Kuroda…Yep….too bad the Braves have faced the greatest pitchers in Baseball history. Is this really what we need to hear as Braves fans? I mean, it’s a victory if we even get the ball past the infield. There is no doubt we lead the league in groundouts. This is the worst hitting Braves team I have ever seen. I KNOW it will get better but it may be too late when it does. Heyward just looks awful.

Kyle

April 21st, 2011
10:43 pm

Tell it all farmer. You’re the man. If you would have told me that with this roster this group would be playing like they should be in mid-town with some pretty rainbow uniforms on March 31rst there is no way I would have believed it. I’m one one of the few that is actually from Atlanta and one thing I do know as far as sports in this town goes is whether it is early in a season like with this or later like it was last year with the Falcons they will find a way to screw it up. It is always just a matter of how when. This reminds me of the Braves of old though…..the season is over before May gets here.

Kimbrel

April 21st, 2011
10:43 pm

p.s. It was obvious that Kimbrel could only throw fastballs today. With 7 staright balls it was obvious to everybody except the Dodger hitters.

Billy The Kid

April 21st, 2011
10:48 pm

Matt Young has 3 hits in 14 ab..give the kid a break he has only played in 8 games in ML. Still made some damn good catches this year. Some of you fans just bitch all the time…give it a break. The Braves will improve.

UGASlobberknocker

April 21st, 2011
11:04 pm

We have got to get another big stick..now.

A-Ville Ranger

April 21st, 2011
11:05 pm

Gonzalez seems like Bobby lite. He has most of Cox’s weak points with few of his strong points.

The Thin White Duke

April 21st, 2011
11:09 pm

It’s amazing how many people forget how poor the Braves were last April and that 9 game losing streak and how terrible they were hitting then, with only a couple of guys looking like they had a pulse. Then that team had a stellar May, led the NL East for months, and faded with injuries but made the playoffs nonetheless.

Tough loss today, but everyone saying the Braves are done/mediocre/terrible/not a playoff team are idiots. If they’re still playing this poorly in June, then people can start throwing dirt on them.

UGASlobberknocker

April 21st, 2011
11:10 pm

@kyle…its a little early to throw in the towel dont you think? the season is over before May gets here? Really? Thats pretty harsh.

The pitching is good..we just need a big hitter OF and for Uggla and Heyward to get crackin. Freeman is coming around.

CajunStorm

April 21st, 2011
11:12 pm

Ummmm….are we in First Place yet?

We’ve got too much firepower to not be. None of it has shown up but when we all click together I expect an onslaught. Patience ppl. They’ll put on a show…..just hope we are still in the hunt

Slim Shady

April 21st, 2011
11:16 pm

Why didnt the Braves put Kemp on? He’s only leading the world in hitting and he homered on an 0-2 pitch no less. Pathetic!

NorCal Brave

April 21st, 2011
11:20 pm

Kimbrel may have been thinking about the 2-out, 2-strike slider Aubrey Huff hit for a game-tying single in last year’s game three of the NLDS vs. Giants; he was criticized then for not going with the fastball, which Huff was not getting around on. We still did the Dodgers a huge favor by not walking Kemp. The damage Uribe inflicted on the Braves this series raised his BA to a robust .197

Ian

April 21st, 2011
11:21 pm

When this team wins the World Series…. all will be forgotten. I can say that we might have the WORST fan base in sports right now, all this crying and crap is b.s., its baseball. You don’t win every game, remember that !

rickman

April 21st, 2011
11:22 pm

Man, it this tough to watch or what…

nashvillewill

April 21st, 2011
11:25 pm

Maybe they will improve. However, the state of things at this point is not promising. Including Fredi’s handling of pitching. And who chose this bench? No help for this team as constituted: do you see Gonzales or McClouth contributing in clutch situations? McClouth has had one key hit in two seasons and Gonzo two. So where do we look for optimism? McCann and Chippter are doing about as well as they are able, in my opinion. Prado is hitting too many flyballs and not enough line drives, but maybe he improves. Heyward looks lost as he did much of last season in second half. Freeman is contributing,but there are too many holes to make up and too few substitutes to help. Prado and Infante saved the Braves last year. But too much deadwood, too many deficiencies, too slow, and too unreliable. Pitching is real strength, but losing 2-1, 3-2, 2-0 takes a mental toll. I expect the Braves to finish last in division. Sad to say.

CHUCK UGA

April 21st, 2011
11:29 pm

The Braves once again have no leadership in the locker room. There is no sense of urgency to win. The fish stinks from the head down. Expect some really dumb trades soon (probably Chipper or Heyward knowing the morons in the front office). This team is headed for a 70-win season at best. Not sure about the choice of the new manager either. Typical organization that is living in the past and trying like hell to link itself to the past…unsuccessfully. A month from now and you’ll be able to pick your seats at Turner Field. I wish I was wrong, but you know I am right. There is no commitment to win, and we’ll’ all discover that, despite his inadequacies, Bobby Cox may have gotten all that was possible from the 2010 team. It’s all downhill from here with the poor batting, poor hitting instruction and mediocre pitching.

AC

April 21st, 2011
11:30 pm

It is obvious that the negative posters here don’t know much about baseball. Do you honestly believe our season is over after 20 games? Really? The Braves aren’t playing well right now but use a little common sense and less emotion before you post! They have 142 games left! You can’t look at the Braves losing a tough game like the Falcons losing. The “fans” talking crap here now won’t say a word when (not if) the Braves get on a roll. This is fairweather fan central!

shmoe

April 21st, 2011
11:35 pm

bad opening act of the season, but that’s nothing new. we’ll be fine folks. but yes, we stink rotten eggs right now.

jeffro

April 21st, 2011
11:45 pm

I’d rather lose 100 games with this crew than win 100 with overpaid douche-bags like Carl Crawford. GO BRAVES..

M10

April 21st, 2011
11:56 pm

Well I guess we should go ahead and tip our caps to the Giants as well I guess.This team Sucks!

jack bauer

April 22nd, 2011
12:12 am

Not 1 person in this post brought up the bone headed move by Jose Cox in the 12th!!!! How in the world do you let Kemp hit with first base open and a runner on 2nd? U set up the double play and put his arse on!!! All I ask is that we get a mgr (before I die) that knows the game. Thats all. Good grief! What’s happened to this game where thats acceptable?

NickB

April 22nd, 2011
12:13 am

I have to say I am embarassed with most of the “fans” on here. You seem to think that this is football where losing a game can ruin a season….. Well theres 140 more to go and the way you people sound the team is going to finish 8-154….. It ridiculous, makes you look uneducated about the game and makes me understand why the team has such cruddy turnout in home games. I honestly am beginning to think that ATL. doesn’t deserve a team like the Braves.

As already pointed out, last yr the team was 8-14 in April. They finished the season 83-57 to win the wildcard. True they aren’t hitting worth a damn. But Freeman has turned the corner as has Mclouth (the two biggest questionmarks in the lineup) Chipper is hitting, McCann is hitting. Prado isn’t hitting up to his usual standards at all nor is Heyward. But these guys have experience and they will get it together. AGon is hitting like he always does. A few scattered singles and decent power with a mediocre OBP…. So , though the scoring hasn’t turned out as it should (IMO mostly due to the team not walking NEARLY enough) they are truly just a Prado and a Heyward away from being really good and scoring a lot of runs.

Oh and btw, whomever said the team can’t pitch is an idiot. The Braves starters lead in damn near every category and aside from Linebrink the pen has been lights out. I guess if the closer doesn’t strike everyone out every at bat he sucks and should get sent to AAA……. Good lord some of you need to switch to Yankee fans. That’s what you sound like.

DT

April 22nd, 2011
12:15 am

I am thankful for comments like the ones from AC and shmoe. Thanks guys. We need more fans like you who acknowledge reality (yes the braves aren’t playing well…) but also remind us that there are 160 games in a season and there is a long way to go. The Braves are a gritty group of talented guys and they should right the ship. It is a sad state how heated so many fans can be about the coaches and players so early in a season. We are a culture of instant gratification and act like spoiled brats when things don’t go our way. Let’s be patient… and enjoy the ride. There is a lot of baseball left to play. And let’s also remember there are real atrocities in this life that deserve our anger instead of screaming about Fredi Gonzalez’s batting order.

steve

April 22nd, 2011
12:19 am

This team needs to try and relax up at the plate and then they will begin to hit, figure out a way to win 4 of our next 6 and come home and put a good winning streak together, our starting team is too good to hit this poorly, the only changes I would make is replace Young with Ramirez and get someone to replace Brooks, Linebrink and Sherrill also need to go.

milo

April 22nd, 2011
12:30 am

I think at the END of this month, if things dont change at all, Matt Young has to go back down for Jose Constanza. The braves are in a tough spot with Linebrink, 5.5 million is alot of money to send down to Triple A. If they WERE to do it, I think Marek deserves the spot right now. And cuz there are lot of batting orders going around. Here is mine….

McLouth
Freeman
Prado
Chipper
McCann
Uggla
Heyward
Gonzalez

Thank you for your time.

Jack Kelleher

April 22nd, 2011
12:41 am

Too much baseball logic applied here to the loss (ha). It’s obvious that most of the nuts & bolts “experts” here do not appreciate the” tradition” that makes baseball unique…which encompasses the fact that the Braves originally came from Boston & wearing an “A” on their cap (vs. the Dodgers appropriately wearing “B” for Brooklyn)…was a total disregard for what makes baseball unique to our true American sports pasttime. Yes I’m showing my age but I wonder what managements excuse is for this oversight ?

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