12:51 pm April 30, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
April 30th, 201112:54 pm
“Well, not much for the doom-and-gloomers to whine about in this one.” Scoots
April 30th, 201112:55 pm
Getting radio feed on WQNT 1450…
April 30th, 201112:58 pm
Thanks for the new blog CR!
rob from sc
Hey Fredi Gonzalez. Way to Support Freeman. I hope you realize Freeman is more important to this team than you are. I want Cox back…
Is Kimbrel ok, his FB looked flat
April 30th, 201112:59 pm
I thought it was about time for new bloggage. Thanks CR!
Correcting post at the end of last blog, no Sutton or Powell today…
April 30th, 20111:00 pm
How the hell do you not back Freeman there. I want Gonzalez gone. You support you players either way.
April 30th, 20111:01 pm
April 30th, 20111:02 pm
Thank you for new blog Carroll, informitive as always.
Back to normal (Another feeble offensive performance)
April 30th, 20111:03 pm
Trading for Reyes, and fielding the kind of line-up that I proposed in my 12:12pm post would be TOO PERFECT! Frank Wren needs to make that trade happen ASAP!
I know, the following proposal would be really OUT THERE to consider…..however, if the Braves were to be willing to accept K-Rod’s contract in a Jose Reyes trade…..I’m sure that the Braves wouldnt have to give up NEARLY AS MUCH to the Mets in talent ..as they would if they only traded for Reyes.
Sure, K-Rod is making $11.5 mil this season (minus 1 month that the Mets have already paid him). He’s due a $3.5 mil buyout (he needs to finish 46 more games this year in order to get the $17.5 mil option guaranteed…which isnt going to happen).
Reyes is making $11 mil this year (minus 1 month that the Mets have already paid him). Hypothetically speaking, if the Braves were to trade for Reyes and K-Rod TODAY, the Mets would be getting a net salary relief of approximately $20 mil ($18.5 mil prorated for this year, plus K-Rod’s $3.5 mil 2012 buyout…..minus Alex Gonzalez’s $2 mil prorated for the rest of this year).
Sure, the Braves 2011 payroll would increase by approximately $16.5 mil (the $3.5 mil K-Rod 2012 buyout wouldnt be on the books until 2012) if the trade was made TODAY.
However, if the trade was made TODAY, as opposed to waiting until late July to make this proposed trade, when the $16.5 mil added payroll figure would be cut by 3/5th (5 months left in the season from today, minus 3 months passing until the end of July from today)….then the Mets would really end up saving approximately $9.9 mil by making the trade TODAY, instead of waiting until the end of July to make any deals involving K-Rod and Reyes.
Money is the big issue here because the Mets are in dire financial straights. Their attendance is WAY DOWN. They are bleeding money. If Frank Wren were to swing that trade today (which would result in the Mets saving $9.9 mil by doing a deal TODAY instead of waiting until late July….AND….save the them $16.5 mil over the rest of the season…AND save them $20 mil overall, when factoring in K-Rod’s 2012 buyout)….then one can stand to reason that when factoring in the amount of money the Mets would be saving by making that trade TODAY, the Braves wouldnt have to give up NEARLY the talent level of prospects that they would have to give up…if they waited until late July to make this deal.
Having Reyes bat lead-off would infuse some much needed speed in the top of our line-up. Also, having K-Rod close games for us would this year would give Venters and Kimbrel ANOTHER year of grooming (imagine having Kimbrell and Venters slotted for the 7th and 8th innings….our bullpen would be hella nasty, especially when Moylan returns, as well as EOF).
Sure, some of you may knock K-Rod, however dude gets the job done. He’s won a World Series in 2002, he’s the record holder most saves in a season. Plus, I’d like to see some attitude and cockiness on the field. When on, I feel that K-Rod can electrify our crowd.
Also, Frank Wren could decide to trade Derek Lowe if he didnt want to take on so much payroll (not saying that he should, just saying that it was an option). My point is that waiting for our hitters to start hitting isnt a great game plan. I feel that even if we start hitting, we’re going to struggle to be anything other than a .500 team.
Shaking up the Braves roster would definitely take the focus off of what’s happened (both on and off the field)…….and put the focus on putting some fear AND notice into the Phillies and Marlins.
Now would be the time for Frank Wren to try and sell to Liberty the benefit of increasing the payroll in the manner I just suggested. Dont you guys want to see an electrifying team on the field who isnt afraid of bringing some intensity to the other team? As it is right now, we have a bunch of zombies playing for us right now, lol!
5th-6th…Moylan/EOF (if starter is struggling and we need to keep the game close)
Sherill/Limebrink/etc….mop up duty
Now isnt that MUCH BETTER than what we currently have?
April 30th, 20111:04 pm
“All Da Way Turn’t Up!”
April 30th, 20111:05 pm
Praying for you and your son as you wait for Tuesday.
I thought y’all wanted to hear the manager tell it like it is instead of sugarcoatin’ it all?
Ugh…scroll. Not into reading reading ‘books’ disguised as posts today. Sorry.
April 30th, 20111:06 pm
Thanks, LTBF! Much appreciated. I’ll be sure to fill you all in as soon as I know something.
April 30th, 20111:07 pm
Let’s Go Braves!!!!
Gametime so outta here. We need a win today,count on it. Later ya all lets have a good one.
Trading for Reyes, and fielding the kind of line-up that I proposed in my 12:12pm post would be TOO PERFECT! Frank Wren needs to make that trade happen ASAP! …. jerkoff
they are not gonna trade for Reyes idiot. what would they pay him with?
Have you not noticed how well Gonzo has played D?
at least try to come up with something that makes sense dude
April 30th, 20111:08 pm
…Kenny Albert and Mark Grace in the booth for the second game on FOX.
April 30th, 20111:09 pm
If I’m in Cleveland….why am I getting Rays and Angels? Is it because I’m in a AL market? Phillies and Mets or Braves and Cards represent teams closer to me.
April 30th, 20111:11 pm
nolie – I prefer both, except when I want neither…
April 30th, 20111:12 pm
Is there an online feed to today’s game?
Why the Hell is Gonzo hitting 7th?
He sucks when he hits with runners on base…Bat Nate-Dawg 7th while he is hot…
Come On BB
April 30th, 20111:13 pm
WQNT 1450 for radio…
For anyone not being able to watch, here’s a stream:
Let’s go Braves!
April 30th, 20111:15 pm
I love these quick outs…And furthermore I like seeing Phat Albert hit with no one on base
April 30th, 20111:16 pm
Nice inning BB
Excellent first inning!
Hugo Z Hackenbush
April 30th, 20111:17 pm
PL, Braves aren’t likely to want to take on Reyes’ contract, much less Reyes and K-Rod’s together. And what message would that send to Kimbrel?
April 30th, 20111:18 pm
Come On Martini
Lets Do this!
April 30th, 20111:19 pm
Nice start there, for the BB gun
April 30th, 20111:20 pm
There we Go Martini!
nolie…..Dude, it isnt that I’m UNHAPPY with Gonzo playing short, lol! It’s about being REALISTIC about where to play someone who can bat LEAD-OFF for us.
Listen, McLouth is untradeable. We are pretty much stuck with him playing center in 2011 (Frank Wren isnt about to bench McLouth, given his recent decent production and his salary).
So knowing that, where would we play a potential lead-off acquisition IF we didnt consider trading Gonzo, as well as being stuck with McLouth in center? 1st (Freeman), 2nd (Uggla), 3rd (Chipper) Catcher (McCann), LF (Prado) RF (Heyward)? Tell me? I’m all ears.
My point is that trading Gonzo for Reyes would be with the idea of upgrading the lead-off spot of the order (again, IMAGINE Reyes and Heyward’s speed in the #1 and #2 part of the batting order…batting in front of Chipper, McCann and Uggla)…as well as being able to slide Prado down the the 7th hole.
So please, tell me how do we improve the lead-off spot of the order? How do we increase the speed at the top of our order?
Way to play, Martín.
April 30th, 20111:21 pm
Just our effing luck!
Way not to play, Martín? No real reason to go there…
What a joke, my guide says Braves vs Cards, but the Phillies are on. BS
Let the record show, we just had a request to move Nate McLouth up in the lineup….that’s gotta be a first? and pretty astute by Tomahawkin. Course you might say he’s hitting well because he’s comfortable where he is – since he moved to the eight spot, McLouth is hitting .414 (12-for-29) with four doubles and a .500 on-base percentage
JC from DR!
Nice base running!
Atta boy Prado!
April 30th, 20111:22 pm
Marteen shouldve known where the shortstop was and stayed put! Bad baserunning there.
Marteeen, with a bit of luck!
April 30th, 20111:23 pm
laird is a good throwing catcher!
We just ran ourselves out of this inning, GRRRR!!!
They are on fire!!
That’s what you get with online streams…..delayed bad baserunning…
Well, this isn’t a very good start. I thought it was going to be a good first inning with the Martin double, but dang!
April 30th, 20111:24 pm
That CS was thanks to Tyler Greene and his magical left foot blocking the bag. :\
JC — Who exactly are you rooting for? Geez, man!
April 30th, 20111:26 pm
Ok, so maybe Fredi knows what he is doing by not running more.
I’m still standing by my stance in that Nate Dawg needs to hit 7th while he is hot. Lets Face it Gonzo is what he is, A stellar defensive player but he’s a streaky .230 hitter who doesn’t hit with runners on base, his production this year isn’t going to come anywhere near what his inflated stats were last year spending 1/2 the season in Toronto
April 30th, 20111:27 pm
Thanks Dutchieeeeee for the link on our lovely Fox Saturday.
whats a complete joke, 1st 3 batters reach base and we fail to score.
McFann :Ô: :Ô:
April 30th, 20111:28 pm
That picture of BMac is pitiful.
VaBravesFan 1st 3 batters reach base and we fail to score.
Yeah, that [dang] McCann.
you’re welcome Kat. Enjoy myp2p.
And let’s keep the BB gun on target in the second
I take it as a joke to try not to cry when im watching them. Or maybe I shouldn’t watch at all.
April 30th, 20111:29 pm
We are not good when we get leadoff doubles.
April 30th, 20111:30 pm
Be he looks adorable anyways. He needs a hug
Ho Sit Down Rasmus!
Serious Question: How do folks rate Fredi so far on a scale of 1 to 10?
April 30th, 20111:31 pm
BB is better than I thought.
Jason in FL
5 and slowly declining by the day
April 30th, 20111:32 pm
BB is already Dealin, nice
Carroll: I tweet a similar idea to DOB last night… about putting nate leadoff then prado 2nd (with heyward at 6th) or prado at 6th
Nate is going yard today.
All of them need a hug after this awful April. Let’s give them straitjackets as gifts.
JasonInFL – Depends who you ask. I prefer not to seriously rate managers until after May. Especially new managers.
Let’s get FF rolling. Starting this AB.
April 30th, 20111:33 pm
Hey… I’d move McLouth up right now too…
This April > last April
….if he played to his Pirate’s days potential, he could bat lead-off.
April 30th, 20111:34 pm
if nate is hitting or walking fo that matter he really is the braves best option at the leadoff spot. period. if he’s not i am fine hitting him eight. also, think there might be something to the being comfortable in the 8th spot, too.
Haven’t seen the replay except for last night and it’s still BS call on Freeman. Chipper up and it’s a ball without question. I know that yahoo was pretty much consistent with the low pitches but just wrong. Who knows what happens if he walks still. Umpires never being noticed generally call the good games. This idiot’s ego is not what the crowd paid to see umpiring behind the plate.
This April team > Last April team (on paper)
So, it hurts more.
April 30th, 20111:35 pm
Good job by Uggla of avoiding the dreaded leadoff double…
April 30th, 20111:36 pm
Come On Fab 5 Freddie!
Well today is the last day of April for Uggla….
LAG, that’s cool. Just throwing it out there for some discussion. I think he has some of the same qualities as Bobby as far as communication, being a players’ manager, and trusting his players. I also thought a strength of his was how he used his bullpen, but there have been some questionable moves there as well…mostly in the SF series.
I thought he might be a little more agressive with the smallball type of play, when the situation was right for it (like last night with Nate on base and ‘Teen up), but you are correct….it is still waaaay early. If the guys were hitting up to their potential, some moves probably wouldn’t even be being discussed.
If it’s not broken why change it. Let Mclouth down there.
April 30th, 20111:37 pm
Jason in FL— Got to agree with Thawkin, 5 and sinking but has a nice MC— 8.5 there
Good point, Venice.
April 30th, 20111:38 pm
Rob, relax on Kimbrel man, kid’s going to have struggles. It’s going to happen again. Wags had 7 blown saves early last year. Last thing I am concerned about is Kimbrel.
If you were smart...
April 30th, 20111:39 pm
If you KNOW someone just flat out stinks in April (Uggla), why not bat him 8th until May 1st?
Who wants to watch the D-Backs and Dodgers in primetime!!!!!
April 30th, 20111:40 pm
Base on balls.. hit one in the gap now Nate!
four pitch walk for alex.. that takes skill from westbrook.
Alex Gonzalez walked. This game should be called and given to the Braves.
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April 30th, 20111:41 pm
Who wants to watch the Dodgers vs. D-Backs at any time?
Come on, Nate-Dawg!
CR, I would wager that Uggla will be celebrating that fact tonight!
April 30th, 20111:42 pm
JC from DR!
Alex Gonzalez walked. This game should be called and given to the Braves.
it would be nice to at least clear the pitcher here
Jason – just trying to look for the bright side…
Hey! Those two guys that just waved—was that jeffrey d and whoever he went with??
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