Moylan’s missed; Braves’ bats remain problematic

SAN DIEGO – It can be debated whether manager Fredi Gonzalez should have let Cristhian Martinez stay in, having pitched two innings, to bunt in the 13th and go back out to pitch in the bottom of the inning, wherein he gave up a walkoff homer for the second time in five days. (But who would you have had replace him, George Sherrill? Closer Craig Kimbrel, and then have Sherrill close if the Braves got to that point?)

Ryan Ludwick hit two homers in Monday's 5-3 Padres win, including a game-ending two-run shot off skidding reliever Cristhian Martinez.

Ryan Ludwick hit two homers in Monday's 5-3 Padres win, including a game-ending two-run shot off skidding reliever Cristhian Martinez.

It can be debated whether Gonzalez should have let Eric O’Flaherty pitch to Nick Hundley with two out in the seventh instead of bringing in Scott Linebrink, especially since the right-handed-hitting Hundley has actually hit better this season against righties (.305/.388/.542) than lefties (.267/.250/.333), and O’Flaherty has better numbers against righties (.250/.382/.286) than does Linebrink (.320/.346/.680), especially after Linebrink gave up a game-tying double by Hundley that smashed off the center-field wall.

But then, we don’t know if O’Flaherty and his bosses had decided beforehand to limit him after he worked two crucial innings (30 pitches) the day before in getting the win against San Francisco. Also, if the veteran Linebrink, once a standout Padres reliever, can’t be entrusted to get that out there, well, then what’s he on the team for?

What can’t be debated was that Martinez had a poor bunt that didn’t advance the runner, and then looked confused and hesitated before lunging back to first base too late on the diving catch by the Padres right fielder and throw to first base to double off Martinez.

What also can’t be debated is that Braves hitters had several opportunities to win the game as the short-handed bullpen pitched scoreless innings in the eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th, and that those hitters didn’t win it and still aren’t producing on anything close to a consistent basis.

Gonzalez's defense was one of the few highlights for the Braves in Monday's 13-inning loss to the Padres.

Gonzalez's defense was one of the few highlights for the Braves in Monday's 13-inning loss to the Padres.

And then there’s this absolute not-open-for-debate point: ESPN’s anchors and draftiniks have a stunningly, painfully huge capacity for NFL draft discussion, which is full apparent when you’re in a hotel room for 10 days without DVR. But that’s getting away from our discussion.

Where were we?

Oh, yes, what also can’t be debated – Braves-wise – is that Peter Moylan’s absence is profoundly felt by this bullpen, which doesn’t have another reliable seventh-inning pitcher to bridge the game on nights like Monday, when the starter goes six or fewer innings and there’s still some outs to get before turning a lead over to the shutdown combo of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.

It bit the Braves’ in the butt Sunday at San Francisco, when rookie Jairo Asencio was tried in the role and melted down (the Braves came back from that to win). And it hurt them again Monday, when they blew a 3-2 lead in the seventh.

(Before we forget, hopefully most of you saw Cory Gearrin make his major league debut last night, because it was pretty special. The sidearmer, just up from Triple-A, threw two perfect innings in the ninth and 10th, with two strikeouts.)

For those wondering about Moylan, who’s on the DL recovering from a bulging disc flareup, Fredi G. said Monday that Moylan would pitch a few times, maybe make a minor league appearance or two, before returning.

Moylan’s eligible to return from the 15-day DL this weekend, but Gonzalez said it might be four or five days later than that because they want to make sure he’s ready and doesn’t rush his return.

“We’re hoping he can start playing a little catch and throw before the 15 [days] is up. He’s not there yet,” Gonzalez said “Even if it’s the 19th or the 20th day, the safe way is to throw a couple of sides, BP, throw a couple of innings here or there before he’s ready to go.”

Chipper Jones was asked after the series-opening, 13-inning loss — the third extra-innings game (and second extra-innings loss) on this trip – whether Moylan’s absence was particularly glaring on nights like Monday.

“There’s no doubt,” he said. “I was saying tonight, the most important inning in every single ballgame that we play this year is the seventh. The seventh inning. If we get through the seventh, we’re fine. If we don’t get through the seventh, we’re going to get beat. It changes the whole outlook of the game.

“O’Flaherty pitched great [Sunday] for a couple of innings, comes in [tonight] and walks the leadoff hitter. Liney [Linebrink] is kind of struggling with his location right now. They get the game tied up and don’t allow us to shut the door in the eighth and ninth with Venters and Kimbrel.”

The Braves’ relief ERA is up to 2.98, seventh in the NL, and only five league teams have allowed more homers off relievers than the five given up by the Braves.

Three of those have been off Martinez in the past five days. St. Louis’ Ryan Franklin is the only NL reliever who has allowed more homers all season (four) than Martinez has allowed in his past three appearances.

The slender Braves righty has given up a homer in each of his past three games on this trip, including Matt Kemp’s 12th-inning walkoff in the wrenching series finale against the Dodgers.

Linebrink has a 6.35 ERA and .308 opponents’ average in his past nine appearances, and hitters are 5-for-10 against him in his past four. And George Sherrill has been used so little, there’s not much point in even reciting his stats. (Says plenty about that situation.)

♣ Now, about those hitters: The Braves have hit .195 in their past six games, including two losses against the Dodgers, three wins against the Giants, and a loss to the Padres.

Now, the Padres’ 2.98 ERA is the NL leader, and their starters’ 3.18 ERA is also the league leader. And Moseley, last night’s starter, has been outstanding and just received no run support previously this season.

The Braves’ three earned runs against him were only one fewer than he’d given up in four previous starts combined.

The Padres’ bullpen also ranks third in the NL with a 2.41 ERA, so again, it’s not as if the Brave were facing weak pitching. Four of the six relievers that faced last night have ERAs of 1.59 or lower, and Moseley’s ERA was 1.40 entering the game.

That said, there is no excuse for drawing nary a walk in a 13-inning game.

Jair Jurrjens starts tonight at Petco Park, where he was charged with eight runs and eight hits and knocked out in the fourth inning of his only previous start, in 2010.

Jair Jurrjens starts tonight at Petco Park, where he was charged with eight runs and eight hits and knocked out in the fourth inning of his only previous start, in 2010. He was outstanding in his other three starts against the Padres, all in Atlanta.

Especially after the Braves had drawn 13 walks in two games Saturday and Sunday against the Giants, and then talked afterward about how important that patience and making San Francisco pitchers work had been key to sweeping the Giants.

Zero walks and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings against seven Padres pitchers.

The Braves, who led the NL in OBP and walks last season, have a .296 OBP this season that is better than only the Padres’ .292. Eleven NL teams have OBPs of .316 or higher and five are .330 or higher: Cardinals (.358), Brewers (.344), Reds (.338) , Cubs (.336) and Marlins (.330)

The Marlins are still a relatively young team, yet have an OBP 34 points higher than the Braves.

On the road, the Braves are hitting .222 with a .294 OBP, which probably explains how they could have a 3.18 road ERA (third-best in NL) and only a 7-8 road record. Every other team in the top six in road ERA is .500 or better on the road, including the Phillies (8-3) and Rockies (9-3).

The only Braves with OBPs as high as .320 on the road are Brian McCann (.351 with a .327 slugging percentage, no extra-base hits), Nate McLouth (.350 OBP with .340 slugging) and Jason Heyward with a .367 with robust .510 slugging percentage.

Take a look at some other Braves lineup regulars’ road numbers: Alex Gonzalez (.179 avg/.233 OBP/.286 slugging), Dan Uggla (.207/.270/.431), leadoff man Martin Prado (.226/.306/.371) and Freddie Freeman .204/.295/.370. Even Chipper has just a .316 OBP and four walks in 14 road games.

And while it’s not a huge deal, their utter lack of base-stealing ability continues: The Braves are tied with the Cubs for fewest stolen bases in the NL with five, and the Brave have been caught stealing eight times in 13 attempts. A 5-for-13 success rate. (Granted, some of those were failed hit-and-runs, but they go down as caught stealings, and eight CS in 13 attempts is just bad. Those speedy draft picks of the past few years can’t get here soon enough….)

Uggla’s big homer Sunday at San Francisco temporarily diverted attention from this statistic: Braves No. 5 hitters (him almost exclusively) are hitting .156 with a .232 OBP and .311 slugging percentage. Think about that.

That includes Uggla’s .149/.182/.297 in 74 of the team’s 90 at-bats in the 5-hole.

He’ll surely go on a tear soon and begin to put those numbers in the rear-view, but man, those are just some mind-numbing statistics.

But let’s leave on a bright note, a reason for optimism: Against tonight’s San Diego starter, Aaron Harang, Uggla is 9-for-19 with two homers, and McCann is 8-for-17 with two homers. Because we want to end a mostly downbeat blog on a bright note, we won’t mention that McLouth is 3-for-24 with 10 strikeouts against Harang.

♣ Three new albums out today that I need to get: Steve Earle’s I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Bootsy CollinsThe Funk Capitol of the World, and Emmylou HarrisHard Bargain. Todd Rundgren’s blues-flavored new album out today also sounds intriguing. If anyone’s got any of them,  give a quick review.

I’ll close with one of my favorites from The Possum, George Jones, which you can hear by clicking here.

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“CHOICES” by B. Yates, M. Curtis

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today
Living and dying
With the choices I made

I was tempted
By an early age I found
I liked drinkin’
Oh, and I never turned it down
There were loved ones
But I turned them all away
Now I’m living and dying
With the choices I made

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today
Living and dying
With the choices I made

I guess I’m payin’
For the things that I have done
If I could go back
Oh, Lord knows I’d run
But I’m still losin’
This game of life I play
Living and dying
With the choices I made

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today
Living and dying
With the choices I made

Living and dying
With the choices I made

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Cap Tipping to the World Series

April 26th, 2011
5:45 pm

Get better Moylan.

nolie

April 26th, 2011
5:49 pm

yeah that dang McFann. when the devil is she gonna finish growin’ up???

Gone Viral

April 26th, 2011
5:51 pm

DOB, you need a Slingbox.

Roman Gal

April 26th, 2011
5:52 pm

Ok, here’s the electronic version of Chris Medlin

Fish Bisch

April 26th, 2011
5:52 pm

Cheryl is still on the team? I thought he was DFA’d.

joedub

April 26th, 2011
5:54 pm

dave, right on point dude. the in-game strategy is debatable, but NO walks in 13 innings is not. that’s a good explanation for losing. if moylo is the ‘pen, fredi is saved from debate over who to use in the 7th. linebrink and sherrill are as advertised. bad. gearrin had a superb debut. really awesome to see that.
bench needs an upgrade. i say bring back andruw jones. RH power off the bench and a legitimate backup centerfielder for nate.

Snotboogie

April 26th, 2011
5:54 pm

Kudos to BAS for bringing up the image of a dog in clear heels. Nice way to get everyone off the dead horse.

And DOB, if you need a laugh sometime today – dont miss page 22 & 23 of the last blog.

Hmm

April 26th, 2011
5:55 pm

Rick Hundley? Typo?

Frank's Wren

April 26th, 2011
5:55 pm

I still like Cristhian in the bullpen, especially over Linebrink and Sherrill. He’s just been overused and mishandled recently.

Versiroth

April 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

Gearrin, like Moylan, seems like he’d be tough on righties. Maybe Fredi will give him a hot in the 7th to help out O’Flaherty while Moylan is out.

Also, DoB, They could have let Hudson bunt McLouth over and then tried Acencio for an inning or two. Before the 4 run meltdown, he was pitching pretty good.

John Adcox

April 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

Man, nice to hear the passion from the blooger! Well said.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

Great work…thanks for the new blog DOB

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

RG – you spelled tattoos wrong. But I don’t see anything else spelled wrong on there.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
5:58 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

on the road…Brian McCann….351 with a .327 slugging percentage, no extra-base hits

Errrrrrg……

tiger297

April 26th, 2011
5:58 pm

well I just came to the new blog to say I got more chipping to do…hopefully I can finish the pile in the backyard today got many more trees to cut down

Roman Gal

April 26th, 2011
5:58 pm

I’m totally impressed. But can you draw Schafer’s ears? Lew

Of course I could. Though they probably wouldn’t look quite like you and others picture them.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
5:59 pm

nolie that dang McFann. when the devil is she gonna finish growin’ up???

Maybe if I ever get married and have kids of my own……

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:00 pm

Though they probably wouldn’t look quite like you and others picture them.

Yeah, you’d have to scale them down a bit to get them to fit on one page.

Roman Gal

April 26th, 2011
6:00 pm

I’m totally impressed. But can you draw Schafer’s ears?

Good. People keep trying to tell me I had this other spelling error at the top-right corner, but I don’t believe them. Not for a second.

Roman Gal

April 26th, 2011
6:01 pm

Yeah, so my 6:00 is actually responding to jeffrey. Yeah. Ok. Good.

Gil In Mechanicsville

April 26th, 2011
6:01 pm

Early days folks… Early days…

Lew

April 26th, 2011
6:02 pm

RG – I didn’t picture them, remember?

glove51

April 26th, 2011
6:03 pm

Really good blog today, DOB. The “choice” of song to include was a nice touch too.

Due to the way the bullpen had just been worked,, and also due to the fact that SD is hard to score on, especailly at Petco, I though Fredi should’ve brought in Venters to start the 7th, let him go into the 8th, and then, as the situation warranted, bring in EOF, Gearrin or Kimbrel in the 8th or Kimbrel to start the 9th.

Batting Martinex in the 13th made no sense whatsoever.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:04 pm

How come in all of your pictures (Medlin and Soph in her Marteen pancho) everybody has crazy eyes?

Roman Gal

April 26th, 2011
6:05 pm

I do remember, Lew.

Alright…Peace out, homies.

Roman Gal

April 26th, 2011
6:06 pm

I don’t know what you’re talking about, jeffrey d.

I just drew them as accurately as I could…

Another feeble offensive performance

April 26th, 2011
6:07 pm

Sure, Moylan being hurt is problematic. However, if our season is going to ride on whether we have our 7th inning guy available or not….then we are in trouble.

Other teams have their own injuries. Look at the Phillies bullpen. Their 7th inning guy (Madsen would be pitching the 7th if Lidge and Contraras werent hurt) is now their closer. Yet do you think the Phillies are going to throw in the towel?

They are struggling offensively and have big question marks concerning their bullpen. Yet they are still winning games. Why? Because their starting pitchers are going much deeper into games than our guys are…..and not giving up very many runs.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

Yes lets not mention Nate, DOB.

rob

April 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

Is it me or is Jose Reyes the answer to all the Braves offensive problems. Free Agent after this season and the Mets are already shopping him. Its tough to make in division trade but he puts us over top…

Lew

April 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

Another Feeble – The season isn’t contingent upon the seventh inning pitcher, but until the Braves start hitting, it will be an exposed area.

As to throwing in the towel – only a few idiotic, so called fans are stupid enough to do that..

Lew

April 26th, 2011
6:10 pm

Yeah, over the top of our salary level.

Mike S

April 26th, 2011
6:11 pm

rob, it’s you.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:11 pm

Yet they are still winning games. Why? Because their starting pitchers are going much deeper into games than our guys are…..and not giving up very many runs.

Other news……… water is wet, the sky is blue and PL is a bigot.

rob

April 26th, 2011
6:15 pm

Mike S, he adds speed we dont have, he’s a real lead off hitter we dont have. He scores runs, hits around .300, and most importantly plays with fire and intensity. He is also good defensively and a switch hitter. Im a huge fan living in NY, so i see plenty of the Muts – he would change everything about our team. Only thing he doesn’t do is walk a lot.

Jay Dubu

April 26th, 2011
6:16 pm

DOB,

Do the Braves (pitchers in particular) work on their bunting during BP?

Jay Dubu

April 26th, 2011
6:19 pm

On a couple of different occasions, the Braves tried to get Linebrink from the Padres. I think they just got him a little too late.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:20 pm

STAY SAFE, Arkansas folks!!! 8O :(

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:20 pm

Braves starters have given up the same number of runs (54) in two more games than Phillies starters.

Rupert

April 26th, 2011
6:20 pm

Larry Parrish is not clicking with a lot of these guys.

TennesseePaul

April 26th, 2011
6:21 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

Larry

April 26th, 2011
6:21 pm

DOB,

What are your personal thoughts about McLouth batting lead off and why do you think Fredi Gonzalez hasn’t given him a chance at this?

McLouth may not be perfect for this, and he may not succeed, but clearly he is the most well suited in this role of anyone in the starting lineup. I think Prado is and gets better hitting at number 2 behind him.

ShenValley VA Fan

April 26th, 2011
6:21 pm

DOB, Another great statistics blog!! Thanks for the good work!!!!

BravesfaninAugusta

April 26th, 2011
6:21 pm

Why is Sherrill on this team if they don’t want to use him? Can we go ONE game without having to question a move by Gonzalez? I’m guessing not since he seems to be making a lot of bad moves

Stereowire

April 26th, 2011
6:23 pm

weird that Mac would be out given his success against Harang

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:23 pm

Can we go ONE game without having to question a move by Gonzalez? I’m guessing not since he seems to be making a lot of bad moves

Well most of us can.

flange1

April 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

cabravesfan

April 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

What makes you think Mac would be out?

Ghost of Gil Garrido

April 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

DOB is now on a “Destroy ALL Playhouses” musical roll (whether consciously or not). Today he shows the “No Show Jones” album of duets, “Burn Your Playhouse Down.” Yesterday he chose Graham Parker, singer of the great Earl Randle song “(I’m Gonna) Tear Your Playhouse Down.” Bold prediction for tomorrow, those Scottish Everly Brothers, The Proclaimers, and their version of Lester Blackwell’s “Burn Your Playhouse Down.”

OK, Braves, now it’s your turn to tear down Petco over the next two days with some dang hits…

Stereowire

April 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

ESPN fantasy has him as not in the lineup

cabravesfan

April 26th, 2011
6:25 pm

Umm, I don’t think lineups have been made public yet

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
6:26 pm

Braves are going to get them tonight.
GO BRAVES!!!

Stereowire

April 26th, 2011
6:27 pm

Maybe not; can’t find it anywhere online yet, but would be very strange if they just made it up. The blurb reads,

McCann is not in the Braves’ lineup for Tuesday’s game, the team’s official site reports.
Spin: With McCann resting Tuesday, he should be available to catch Wednesday’s matinee as the Braves seldom use him for both games when a day game follows a night one.
Tue, Apr 26

cabravesfan

April 26th, 2011
6:27 pm

At least, I haven’t seen them and DOB hasn’t posted them…i

cabravesfan

April 26th, 2011
6:28 pm

I don’t see anything on the Braves site…

Listen To....

April 26th, 2011
6:28 pm

Aaron Lewis’ song Vicious Circles. Good tune.

rob

April 26th, 2011
6:28 pm

braves official twitter posted lineup – no Mac

rob

April 26th, 2011
6:29 pm

Tonight’s lineup (10:05 SportSouth): Prado 7 Heyward 9 Chipper 5 Uggla 4 Freeman 3 Gonzalez 6 Mclouth 8 Ross 2 Jurrjens 1

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
6:29 pm

If Fredi doesn’t get Sherrill into some games, he is going to get rusty and he will not be able to get any batters out.

PMC

April 26th, 2011
6:30 pm

Good question, Why is Scott Linebrink on the team?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:30 pm

Wait, WHAT?? No BMac tonight?? First he site him against Pelfrey and now against Harang??

FREDI, WHAT IN HEAVEN’S NAME IS FRIGGIN’ WRONG WITH YOU???????????

:evil: :cry:

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

April 26th, 2011
6:30 pm

Don’t think they miss Moylan at all; he would have pitched instead of Gearrin yesterday; Gearrin pitched 2 perfect innings. Moylan couldn’t have done any better than that!

MB

April 26th, 2011
6:31 pm

Andruw is not the answer.

kirkinga

April 26th, 2011
6:31 pm

Is it me or is Jose Reyes the answer to all the Braves offensive problems.

If people couldn’t handle Yunel, they sure as heck aren’t going to be able to stomach a Jose Reyes.

Btw…Yunel seems to have returned to form, especially with runners on, hitting at the top of the order for Toronto. Wish we had that bat in the lineup and that glove and arm in the field. It’s a shame that this new staff didn’t get a shot at reaching him.

David O'Brien

April 26th, 2011
6:31 pm

BRAVES LINEUP
1. Martin Prado LF
2. Jason Heyward RF
3. Chipper Jones 3B
4. Dan Uggla 2B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Alex Gonzalez SS
7. Nate McLouth CF
8. David Ross C
9. Jair Jurrjens P

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:31 pm

Can we go ONE game without having to question a move by Gonzalez? I’m guessing not since he seems to be making a lot of bad moves

McFann sure can’t.

joedub

April 26th, 2011
6:32 pm

umm, maybe no mac because he caught 12 innings yesterday dum dums.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:32 pm

Andruw is not the answer.

What if the question was “Who was the fattest player to hit under .200?”

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:33 pm

jeffrey d

You bet your rear I can’t…not tonight…

Guess it was that STUPID extra inning game, in which Fredi REFUSED to put David Ross in…takes Ross out of two extra inning games, but can’t take BMac out of one even though he plays WAAAY more games, OH no…

MB

April 26th, 2011
6:34 pm

Then he would be the answer ;)

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:34 pm

Thanks for the friggin’ lineup, Chief.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:36 pm

McFann sure can’t.

Well done, jeffrey.

I woulda beat you to it if I had been browsing George Jones.

MFin04

April 26th, 2011
6:36 pm

Linebrink is an overpaid 6th inning pitcher. Sherrill on the other hand is an overpaid 5th inning pitcher. C-Mart actually pitched well, just got tired after his first two good innings. The Gearrin kid looked great too, considering he came in to the game in a crucial spot and pitched 2 fantastic innings.

Bottom line is Linebrink blew the win, but the Braves offense also had 4 extra innings to win the game and didn’t. The C-Mart bunt was a little too hard, and then he got a little unlucky getting doubled off first, on a very confusing in-between play. Hicks got throw out at third on a pretty sweet play by the opposing team’s pitcher. Sometimes that’s how it goes.

Gotta win the next two.

Bay Area Steve

April 26th, 2011
6:36 pm

Somebody should’ve thought of that possibility. Pretty common move after a lots-of-extra-innings game by a catcher. I was kinda lookin’ forward to McCann gettin’ ‘er turned around myself. Especially with tomorrow an early game, and Thursday off. I don’t think Fredo’s lookin’ at the numbers against Harang, or it would’ve been easy to give him Wed off, and rationalize it as two straight days.

Shaun should be proud. Certainly the numbers against Harang are from too small a sample to be anything other than chance…

reckingball

April 26th, 2011
6:36 pm

Martinez’s base running last night, kind of brought back some old memories of Yunel.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:36 pm

Brian

April 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

DOB writes, “Also, if the veteran Linebrink, once a standout Padres reliever, can’t be entrusted to get that out there, well, then what’s he on the team for?”

My thoughts exactly, DOB. I’ve been questioning the placement of at least 2 pitchers on the 25 man roster at the end of spring since the end of spring. Hopefully, Medlen comes back strong and soon and that works out the “long-relief/spot starter” role.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

Do you think Fredi is sabotaging Heap, to keep him out of the All Star game, so he get some rest?

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

I woulda beat you to it if I had not been browsing George Jones.

We’ve all been there

farmer

April 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

Mccann isn’t starting? what the heck? Fredi you are an idiot.. I never wanted this moron to be the manager in the first place and now look. this team is going nowhere wiht thim at the helm.. you get what you pay for. get rid of Linebrink, please! NOW! bring up Marek, or Abreu. get rid of Sherill, he is waste of roster space and Brooks Conrad, he is an out waiting to happen and bring up Wilikn Ramirez or Jose Contanza.. this team really needs to look at its roster and do a major overhaul now before it gets too late. by the way, I can’t stand Fredi. he is a pathetic excuse for a major league manager.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

Bay Area Steve I was kinda lookin’ forward to McCann gettin’ ‘er turned around myself.

Me, too…I mean, it’s only a little slump, but it still needs to be turned around.

I don’t think Fredo’s lookin’ at the numbers against Harang

Apparently not. :evil:

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:41 pm

Bat M.

Could be. Either that or Fredi hates for BMac to hit Doubles…

If Ross has a crummy game, Fredi, don’t come to me looking for sympathy…

David O'Brien

April 26th, 2011
6:42 pm

McCann caught all 13 innings last night. Not gonna see many managers use a catcher the day after a game like that.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:44 pm

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 26th, 2011
6:44 pm

DOB

Yeah, yeah…

Stupid extra innings. :roll: :evil:

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:45 pm

I can’t stand Fredi

I’m glad you spelled that out, otherwise I would have no clue to it.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:45 pm

Not gonna see many managers use a catcher the day after a game like that.

If only Shaun were our manager.

Soph

April 26th, 2011
6:47 pm

How come in all of your pictures (Medlin and Soph in her Marteen pancho) everybody has crazy eyes?

CAPE, jeffrey, cape. No ponchos for me.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:48 pm

I think you missed your calling, jeffrey.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:48 pm

Okay, either your head is turned around a la Beetlejuice, or you’re wearing a poncho.

LTBF

April 26th, 2011
6:48 pm

What no Brian tonight? One of the few regulars that is hitting well. Fredi is loseing it completely.

jeffrey d

April 26th, 2011
6:49 pm

What’s that? Create-a-Caption writer? Yeah, if only there were money for someone who makes dry one-liners.

njbraves

April 26th, 2011
6:50 pm

Linebrink and Sherrill were bad moves from the start.Most people knew that at the time, but not the Braves. Wasted money and games lost because those two losers can’t get anyone out. Can’t put it all on the bullpen though, maybe the offense could blow somebody out once in a while and give the ‘pen a breather. The Padres are an awful team that cannot score runs and they score 5 last night…;unreal

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2011
6:50 pm

What’s money when you could have been a star.

cabravesfan

April 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

LTBF-

See DOB’s comment about Mac… (which, I freely admit, I didn’t even think about but it makes sense)

LTBF

April 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

Without our fine pitchers we would really be lost, not going to win many games with team hitting .198.

rich

April 26th, 2011
6:53 pm

So, DOB, if Sherrill isnt an option, then why the hell is he still on the team?

Juan

April 26th, 2011
6:54 pm

Enough with the Resting Player…for cry out loud is the begging of the Season,
get this lineup together for a few weeks.

Jeff R

April 26th, 2011
6:54 pm

DOB says it all: no hitting when it counts and spotty relief bridging Braves’ starting pitchers and O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrel makes for trouble – and losses.

cabravesfan

April 26th, 2011
6:55 pm

Juan-

The point of resting a player (especially a catcher that just caught 13 innings) is so they will be able to stay healthy and fresh the entire season…

LTBF

April 26th, 2011
6:55 pm

Ok cab I was not thinking about 13 inns either I see DOB’s point.

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