Braves’ .309 OBP has become glaring

ANAHEIM – If you’ve been following the Braves for any significant length, and you feel like it’s been more frustrating watching this offense than any Braves offense you can remember, there is a reason.

They don’t get many guys on base.

Seriously. If you’ve been a fan of the team for the past decade, I can assure you that you’ve never watched a Braves team put fewer runners on base per game than this team has so far this season.

I say this after going through the Braves’ statistics for each season since 2000.

After watching the Braves get just two hits and no walks through seven innings of a 2-1 loss Thursday at Arizona, then have a four-hit, no-walk shutout pitched against them last night by Ervin Santana, I was wondering if this team’s on-base percentage was as bad as it seemed, relative to the rest of baseball.

It wasn’t as bad.

It was worse.

Among the on-base percentages the Braves expect to rise above current levels are those of Freddie Freeman (.324) and Jason Jeyward (.317).

Among the on-base percentages the Braves expect to rise above current levels are those of Freddie Freeman (.324) and Jason Jeyward (.317).

The Braves’ .309 on-base percentage ranked 23rd among 30 teams before Saturday.  (They were also 23rd in batting average, at .240).

Last season, the Braves finished with a .339 OBP that tied Boston for third in the majors. The Braves also had a .339 OBP in 2009, and a .345 OBP in ’08, and .339 in ’07, and .337 in ’06, and … you get the point.

Going back to 2000, the Braves had only one season with an OBP below .331, and that was  .324 to tie for 20th in the majors in ’01. Only twice since 2000 have they ranked in the bottom half of the majors in OBP.

The Braves were at .309 before Saturday, and half of baseball – 15 teams – was at .320 or higher. The top four are St. Louis (.358), Boston (.341), Cincinnati (.339) and Cleveland (.330).

Some of their decline can be traced to swapping Omar Infante’s .359 OBP last season for Dan Uggla’s .264, which is obviously going to start climbing at some point  soon. (I know many of you are tired of hearing that, but it will.) (Right?)

Part of the OBP decline can also be explained by noting that Jason Heyward had a .393 OBP as a rookie in 2010, and has a .317 OBP this season.

But in the bigger picture, the Braves  seem to have placed less emphasis on walks this season under new hitting coach Larry Parrish and manager Fredi Gonzalez, and more on being aggressive and looking for any hittable pitch. (Maybe I’m wrong; if I am, I’m quite certain Fredi will tell me as much.)

When the Braves fall behind early, rarely do they chip away at leads the way they did a year ago and stage late-innings comebacks. A lot of that has got to be due to the fact that they just don’t put many runners on base.

They almost have to hit home runs to mount rallies, since they struggle to manufacture runs (despite their frequent bunts). While the Braves are tied with Texas for fourth in homers, there were 29 players in the majors with more than seven homers before Saturday, and none of them played for the Braves.

In other words, right now at least, they don’t have a huge home-run threat in the lineup, not until Uggla gets going like he has in the past, or Heyward starts swinging as he did before his thumb injury last season.

Oh, yes, the Braves also rank rank dead last in the majors with seven steals, and last in stolen-base success rate at 37 percent (7-for-19).

Santana threw a four-hit, no-walk shutout against the Braves on Friday.

Santana threw a four-hit, no-walk shutout against the Braves on Friday.

The OBP situation came to a head, for me, Friday night while watching the Braves struggle against Santana. And then this morning, I saw a breakdown of Santana’s performance by ESPN’s Stats & Info department, via Buster Olney’s blog.

He noted that the Braves swung at nearly half of Santana’s first pitches, the highest rate of any of his starts in the last three years. The Braves put only nine of their 15 swings in play on the first pitch, getting one base hit.

Santana’s first-pitch eight outs tied for the most by any major leaguer starter this season.

And once again, the Braves allowed a pitcher with previously modest numbers – Santana came in at 1-4 with a 4.85 ERA – to pitch well and way deep in the game. Or, in this case, the entire game.

Remember Yovani Gallardo’s two-hit complete game for Milwaukee on April 5 – in just the fifth game of the season? He needed 111 pitches to record 27 outs. Santana did it in 103, averaging a mere 3.3 pitches per plate appearance.

BRAVES LINEUP (Mclouth leading off, and Heyward’s been scratched)

  1. McLouth CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. Jones DH
  4. McCann C
  5. Hinske LF
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Freeman 1B
  8. Gonzalez SS
  9. Mather RF

(Tommy Hanson is pitching)

♣ Hudson’s long, short night: While on deadline during last night’s game, I only went back in Tim Hudson’s day-by-day results far enough last night to find the last time he gave up as many as eight earned runs. That was 120 starts ago on July 29, 2006, when he was charged with 10 hits and nine runs in 5-2/3 innings of a loss to the Mets in Atlanta in his second season with the Braves.

The Elias Sports Bureau went back farther — all the way back — and found that Hudson never allowed eight or more earned runs in fewer than five innings in a major league game. Until last night, when he was hampered by lower-back stiffness and pummeled for eight runs, seven hits and three walks in 3-2/3 innings of a 9-0 loss, his ERA jumping from 3.03 to 3.95.

Hudson walks off the mound in the fourth inning Friday night after one of the worst starts of his career.

Hudson walks off the mound in the fourth inning Friday night after one of the worst starts of his career.

His back surely was a big factor in Hudson’s uncharacteristic control problems, even if he declined to use it as an excuse. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to make his next scheduled start at Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Knowing him, I’d guess he will.

But while we should probably toss out last night’s result and move on, it’s worth noting that Hudson, since throwing his one-hit shutout on May 4, has gone 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA in his past three starts.

He has been charged with 18 hits, 17 runs (13 earned) and four homers in 15-2/3 innings in those three games, and totaled more walks (10) than strikeouts (eight).

In his first seven starts through the one-hitter, he had a 2.86 ERA and .219 opponents’ average, with only one homer, eight walks and 26 strikeouts in 50-1/3 innings.

In 16 starts going back to Sept. 7, Hudson is 6-7 with a 4.54 ERA. He’s allowed 93 hits (13 homers) and 33 walks with 60 strikeouts in 103 innings over that stretch.

♣ Sutton to test arm: Before Sunday’s game, Braves broadcaster Don Sutton will throw the ceremonial first pitch to his daughter, Jackie. The Angels, as part of their 50th anniversary season, are having one of their former players toss the first pitch at every home game. Sutton won his 300th game while pitching for the Angels on June 18, 1986. The Hall-of-Famer was a 15-game winner that season for the AL West champions.

♣ We’ll close this with another Alabama boy — Sutton’s from Alabama — singing a tune called Los Angeles. Click right here to see a video of Phosphorescent doing the tune live at Red Rocks outside Denver. Watch it all the way through, because it really revs up the longer they play,  like when they rocked it even harder at The EARL in East Atlanta a few weeks ago.

phosphorescent

“LOS ANGELES” by Phosphorescent

The road is alive
And everybody’s all here
I’m closing my eyes
Till the colours appear
Oh me oh my
Ain’t it funny up here
To stand in the light
Said I ain’t came to Los Angeles just to die

Are you getting a lot of attention now
Are you bleeding in every direction now
Are they covering you up with affection now
Are they giving you a lot of attention now

They told me my eyes
Would never be clearer
To hold on to mine
Make good money out here
They told me those lies
Just a grinning from ear to ear
They showed me a lie
They said “here is our offer, ain’t it fine”

Are you getting a lot of attention now
Are you bleeding in every direction now
Are they covering you up with affection now
Are you getting a lot of attention now

The road is alive
With the trouble and fear
Frozen and blind
That’s how they couple out here
And oh me oh my
They call me coloured up here
I looked in their eyes
Said I ain’t came to Los Angeles, baby, just to die

Are you getting a lot of attention now
Are you bleeding in every direction ain’t you now
Are they covering you up with affection ain’t they now
Are you getting a lot of attention ain’t you now

–  David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

3,508 comments Add your comment

Stuart

May 21st, 2011
5:43 pm

I never ever ever ever ever thought I would say this. I want Bobby back.

noleee

May 21st, 2011
5:46 pm

Gary Carter with 4 brain tumors.

David O'Brien

May 21st, 2011
5:49 pm

BRAVES LINEUP
McLouth 8
Prado 5
Jones DH
McCann 2
Hinske 7
Uggla 4
Heyward 9
Freeman 3
Gonzalez 6
—–
Hanson pitching

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
5:49 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! That OBP stuff…wow…

cabravesfan If you wash my car and my dog I’ll get you pizza and root beer floats and cookies and icees and anything else you want (food wise, of course)

Hmm…that’s quite alluring. How does your dog feel about baths?

nc braves fanatic

May 21st, 2011
5:50 pm

I never ever thought I would say this. I want Terry Pendleton back as hitting coach.

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
5:51 pm

Well, all those people that wanted Nate leading off get their wish. Hope it works :) (thanks DOB!)

monty

May 21st, 2011
5:52 pm

monty
From the old blog, in case you missed it.
May 21st, 2011
5:49 pm

Lot of fun I see on the ole blog today playing, Guess Who I Really Am! LOL! I think the grand prize goes to Noleee for figuring out Earl was Lou or wait, was it the other way around? Is Bat Masterson really Noleee’s alter ego or evil twin brother? And I thought Bat Masterson and Doc Holiday were good friends? Or was that Wyatt Earp? It’s all so confusing. And then there are the 3 Stooges. Was it Curly,Moe and Larry, or was Shem filling in for Curly? And for the record I liked Curly better.

noleee

May 21st, 2011
5:53 pm

I’ve been really unhappy with the new approach all season long, as have many others here too.
It is such a marked turn around that it almost has to be by play.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
5:53 pm

Thanks for the lineup, Chief!

I’ve never been so happy to see BMac bat cleanup! ;)

rob from sc

May 21st, 2011
5:53 pm

I want Pendleton back

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
5:53 pm

McFann-

She’s not a huge fan, but she’ll be good. She likes warm water though.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

nolee re Gary Carter—

YIKES!! Poor man!!

Stuart

May 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

Now ppl. Lets not get carried away wanting Pendleton back. GAWD

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
5:55 pm

cabravesfan

OK, then!! :D

:P

noleee

May 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

well I’m sure that one game will prove whether or not it would work cab…..

and that should be “by plan” in my previous post

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

Actually, that lineup is quite similar to the one I posted earlier, IIRC…perhaps Fredi reads the Blog, took my advice, but just didn’t want to be too obvious!

;)

extremus

May 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

Well, the stats certainly back up the fact that this offense has been awful so far this season. While it’s still not too late to turn things around, a sense of urgency about doing so would be a very good thing for the Braves’ playoff hopes.

Millbrook

May 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

Uggla is terrible, I don’t care what anybody says, if McLouth was hitting .190 we’d be demanding him out of the lineup. Fredi makes some dumb decisions with the bullpen and I’m tired of hearing about the potential of our offense. We’re almost 2 months into the season, I’m ready to SEE what I hear. Very frustrating.

monty

May 21st, 2011
5:58 pm

Yeh, as I said a couple of weeks ago this team wins when it sees alot of pitches and hitters get deeper into counts, but what team doesn’t right? I don’t have the stats to prove it and maybe we’re only avg, but I believe this team strikes out a ton. Past 15 games we’re avg. 3.2 RPG! Yikes!

Kat

May 21st, 2011
5:59 pm

Shaking it up again… lets see if this will help.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
5:59 pm

What’s RPG? Runners Per Game?

bravesgrl4life

May 21st, 2011
5:59 pm

Evening, Braves fans. What do you think our boys’ chances are to win one for Bobby’s birthday tonight???

noleee

May 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

I’d take Terry back in a heartbeat. Never did believe he was anything but a decent hitting coach.

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

noleeee-

Not concerned if it works long term- I just hope it works tonight :D I’ll worry about tomorrow tomorrow

VaBravesFan

May 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

McLouth leading off, maybe the change will do some good. Heyward batting 7th could help take some pressure off as well.

rob from sc

May 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

If we lose tonight, pick a lineup out of a hat tomorrow

LAG

May 21st, 2011
6:01 pm

Hmm… so last year we had Pendleton, who apparently preached contact and patience, but not power or much aggressiveness.
Now… this year we have Larry Parrish, who apparently preaches power and aggressiveness, but not contact or patience.

We’re gonna have to balance something out here.

Oh, and :D @ Prado back in the 2-hole, where he belongs.

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:01 pm

I like Nate at the top, obviously. Gives us more options. Love Prado in the 2-hole. That’s where he should be. I hope Nate at least gets on base a couple of times so this can be more than a 1 game experiment and so the Braves have a chance to score. I would have swithced Hinske and Uggs as well as Freeman and Gonzo because of the lefty/righty thing, but I appreciatte the fact that Fredi is trying to do something!

The approach at the plate has to be tied to Fredi and LP somewhat, but man; I just can’t imagine Chipper changing his approach after 18 years (or however long it has been). But, this is the worst they have looked at the plate in years. Homerun or bust. We have to change that!

D

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:02 pm

I am sure this has been mentioned somewhere, but Josh Johnson is on the DL. Not good for the Fish.

noleee

May 21st, 2011
6:02 pm

I don’t think you “teach” power

VaBravesFan

May 21st, 2011
6:03 pm

I still say Fredi should give Uggla more days batting cleanup. In 11 games this season Uggla has a 1.146 OPS batting cleanup. Worth a shot more often.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
6:03 pm

VaBravesFan I still say Fredi should give Uggla more days batting cleanup. In 11 games this season Uggla has a 1.146 OPS batting cleanup. Worth a shot more often.

Where do I sign…?

Lew

May 21st, 2011
6:03 pm

Like I said last night – I like this lineup and it can’t be much worse than what we saw last night.

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:04 pm

Bautista with 2 more HRs and his 5th stolen base this year. He is turning into a freak of nature!

bravesgrl4life

May 21st, 2011
6:04 pm

Guess the rapture isn’t happening at 6 p.m. EDT – if it were, I’d be gone already. McFann, you with me on that? Queen?

noleee

May 21st, 2011
6:04 pm

I think his career cleanup numbers are pretty good too Va what could it hurt they way things have been going?

Couch Tater

May 21st, 2011
6:04 pm

DOB – Thanks for the informative blog. (I think)

If you haven’t seen this remix, it’s worth watching…

Blondie/Doors – “Rapture Rider”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnhKPw2NXIw&feature=player_embedded

BFChris26

May 21st, 2011
6:04 pm

I like this lineup much better.

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:05 pm

How’s it going, Lew? Thawing out up there?

noleee

May 21st, 2011
6:06 pm

yeah Bautista is a real head scratcher

BravesFan

May 21st, 2011
6:06 pm

Things to think about-
*Santanta last night, “they were swinging at everything”
* Uggla–62 million, and we were worried about his fielding? He’s batting .190
*Parrish–lets take a chance on a guy who has never coached “hitting” at this level. Backfire?

Lew

May 21st, 2011
6:07 pm

Jason – There’s been no snow on the ground for weeks – just torrential rains and Champlain flooding. NIce and green, though.

No earthquakes, though and it’s after six. Guess we’ll have to rely on the Mayans now.

monty

May 21st, 2011
6:11 pm

OK checked the Braves, Phils and Marlins to see who strikes out the most. Braves avg. 7.3 K’s per game, Marlins 7.4, and the Phils 6.6 per game.

N Nine

May 21st, 2011
6:13 pm

I see the Uggla experience @ 2 spot was short lived. Go UGGLA, you beast.

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:13 pm

My town is having it’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration and military jets keep screaming over my roof…loudly. GRRRR

Brave New World

May 21st, 2011
6:13 pm

We really need some speed at the top of the order. McClouth is probably the closest thing we have to a base-stealing threat, we just need to hope he gets on base. Does anyone know if we have any potential players with reasonable OBP and speed close to being ready?

noleee

May 21st, 2011
6:15 pm

don’t care too much about the Ks

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:16 pm

Glad to hear, Lew. I know back home it still has been pretty cold for this time of year. I miss VT…during June – November!

VaBravesFan

May 21st, 2011
6:16 pm

McLouth
Prado
McCann
Uggla
Chipper
Heyward
Freeman
Gonzo

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

May 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

I wish we had gotten Bautista instead of Gonzalez from the Blue Jays

Clayton

May 21st, 2011
6:21 pm

Hopefully this lineup gets us going. Go Braves! Quit making me angry before I go to sleep.

Mitchie-san

May 21st, 2011
6:22 pm

Still here! Whew!

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

VJ-

We tried…

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:24 pm

I think the Braves discussed Bautista briefly as they explored expanding the trade, but it didn’t get far. That’s if my memory serves me corretly, which more often than not; it doesn’t serve anyone correctly!

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:25 pm

Thought I had finally caught up on the old blog (which was tricky to interpret around the deleted posts), only to discover the new one…the last page of the old one was a bit interesting as it appeared that three or four people had banned everyone else…

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:26 pm

A win tonigh would be pretty sweet. It would stink to follow-up a 4 gaming winning streak with a losing one of the same length. Let’s win the next 2 and sweep the Pirates.

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rc35

May 21st, 2011
6:29 pm

I know it’s dangerous to have two catchers on the field at once, but I really wish the Braves had considered using Ross or McCann as DH and putting the other one behind the plate. In case of injury to one, we’d just lose the DH, and having the pitcher bat wouldn’t honestly hurt our production much right now.

Meanwhile, would there really be much lost if we put Diory Hernandez in the lineup and sat Uggla down for a game? I’ve heard the “slow starter” proponents all year, but Uggla is taking the tortoise and the hare to ridiculous lengths.

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

rc35-

according to what Fredi said before the series, Mac will DH tomorrow

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

Tomorrow, rc35…

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
6:32 pm

Nice work, DOB

I have been thinking lately how much different it was last year. I mean even when the Braves were struggling early in the last season they put a lot of guys on base, put a lot of pressure on the other teams starters and got them out of the game early.

This year the Braves half inning on offense is over in a flash.

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:32 pm

VJ-

Nope. I got there first ;)

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

May 21st, 2011
6:33 pm

The Braves hitters were VERY patient last year, they were, i believe in the top 5 for BB in the majors.

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:33 pm

Hey, I answered before you – stupid time warp… :(

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
6:34 pm

I’ve been really unhappy with the new approach all season long, as have many others here too.
It is such a marked turn around that it almost has to be by play.
_nolie

If my memory serves I remember you saying you did not like Parrish’s approach after listening to an interview during spring training.

JasonInFL

May 21st, 2011
6:36 pm

Marlins beating up on the Rays again. Javy having a flashback to his Bravo days.

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
6:40 pm

monty
May 21st, 2011
5:52 pm

Why would I be the evil one, monty? More like the witty, urbane one. I don’t see eye to eye with the Doc that comments here all that often but I have no problem with him. Wyatt is okay too, but I go my own way. :smile:

MariettaDerek

May 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

I am confident that with Fredi’s line-up that screams “I’m desperate for offense!” this team will get totally DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY tonight and hit and score and play hard!

Beauvighn

May 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

I think Heyward should be batting third……………..for Gwinnett. No way fredi would play Ross everyday during interleague play.. He gets too many hits. I can hear the post game interview now…You just got to tip your hat to ( fill in the blank ).. Just can’t figure out how this team can look so good against the top tier teams and then look like a bunch of little leaguers against the bottom feeders. I kind of wish that rapture thing would have happened. It would have saved me another night of watching them pop up and ground out with runners on 2nd and 3rd

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
6:44 pm

I’m cool with Nate leading off, said so in the spring.

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

May 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

If all the players on the team were having there “usual” years we would be in a pretty good spot right now. I am not bangin on Prado or McCann, they have been pretty consistent this year.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 21st, 2011
6:46 pm

bravesgrl4life

Yep, I’m with you! :P

(And I’m glad, ’cause that pizza was good!)

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:46 pm

Ross wouldn’t play everyday in interleague if he was batting .150. He’s the back-up catcher. If Mac were to get hurt, we’d lose the DH- which isn’t the biggest problem in the world, but it would put us at a disadvantage both offensively in having the pitcher hit and in terms of strategy in making pitching changes- I made the comment to VJ last night that it was actually a luxury to be able to replace Huddy in the middle of an inning without having to worry about burning a pitcher. But the other issue, rare as it would be, is that if they both were to get hurt, we’d be seriously screwed. I don’t know who the emergency catcher is, but I don’t want to find out because our back-up was hurt DHing…

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

We were just doing a college algebra problem which asked for the length of a throw from 10 feet “directly behind” third base to first base – we were not sure how to interpret “directly behind” – tried both options and one of them matched the answer at the back of the book, fortunately…

bravesgrl4life

May 21st, 2011
6:48 pm

McFann, and my tacos are really good, too :)

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
6:49 pm

I am sure this has been mentioned somewhere, but Josh Johnson is on the DL. Not good for the Fish. _ JasonInFL

Lou Vales mentioned it on the last blog under a few different names, I believe.

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:49 pm

On any given day Mac could fall into the dugout going after a foul ball and crush Ross beneath him, creating the same problem…

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:51 pm

VJ-

Did they mean like, in front of the dugout directly behind, or facing 1st base directly behind? Because those would obviously be completely different places…

Bravefaninok

May 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

I told my wife after the loss in Arizona …..this team needs a blowout to get them going,I didn’t want to be on the wrong end of an asswhoopin!

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

Bravefaninok-

Did you specify a blow out win? Because if you don’t demand specific details, you shouldn’t be surprised if the outcome is not what you want… ;)

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:53 pm

VJ-

You’re not implying that Mac is fat are you? Because i give McFann full reign to go after you if you are…

Innocent Bystander

May 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

Digging the new lineup. Glad Prado is hitting 2nd, and McLouth is the closest thing to a leadoff hitter we’ve got at this point. Hopefully he can rack up some more steals (and less sac bunts) from there. We need to find a way to work Hinske into the lineup as much as possible until he cools off, because so far he’s been our best hitter.

LTBF

May 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

Still no Rapture and I was counting on it.

LTBF

May 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

Thank you DOB for new blog with stats that prove how really bad this team is.

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

The correct answer was derived by going 10 feet down the third base line, giving a right triangle with legs 90 and 100, making the hypotenuse 10 times the square root of 181…

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
6:55 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
6:56 pm

He had his chance last night..I mean, the force of the fall and gravitational pull would negate any weight differential…

Bravefaninok

May 21st, 2011
6:56 pm

We are sacrificing a chicken(BBQ style)…..
I fully expect a W tonight.

Bravefaninok

May 21st, 2011
6:56 pm

Cab,while I implied a blowout win,I did not actually specify….So my bad (won’t make that mistake again)

T for Texas

May 21st, 2011
6:57 pm

Thanks for the new blog, David.

bill maier

May 21st, 2011
6:59 pm

oPPOSING TEAM SCOUTING REPORT aTLANTA BRAVES– GENERAL– most guys are swinging for the fences all the time so you can get lots of popups and this team probably leads all of baseball in long fly balls that stay in the park– almost all hitters trying to upper cut ball instead of good level swings– also very suspectable to fastballs on the corners — again almost all brave hitters trying to pull the outside pitch thus you can get a lot ground outs to second and third or short—
prado– dangerous hitter but easy to get ahead in the count can get by with fastballs right down the middle– because 95% of the time he is taking the first pitch every time up.
heyward– one of the worst trying to pull the outside fastball easy grounder to second
jones– seems to be guessing a lot more this year taking a lot of called third strikes- down the middle
mccann- probably the most dangerous on the team walk him to get to uggla
uggla– trying to hit almost every pitch out of the park– off speed and curves lokks real bad
freeman- very inconsisten usuall y dips shoulder and lunges
gonzolez– never ever throw a strike– will swing at balls no where near the zone over his head bouncing in the dirt–
mclouth– earlier in the season going with the pitch now trying to pull everything- easy ground ball to secon on outside pitches–

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

May 21st, 2011
7:00 pm

bill maier

sounds about right

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
7:00 pm

Bravefaninok-

Just be sure to be more specific when sacrificing that chicken! It’s all in the detail :D

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
7:01 pm

I’m still here at 6 PM central time. Is that good or bad?

cabravesfan

May 21st, 2011
7:01 pm

bat-

Not sure. I’m watching a Harry Potter marathon and feeding my Smarties addiction :)

Lew

May 21st, 2011
7:02 pm

Brave4life- And you think they were about to trade us Bautista for Yunel, right? Maybe if we had included about half of our minor league pitchers, too.

Venice Jim

May 21st, 2011
7:02 pm

Good time to shut down the computer…

Bat Masterson

May 21st, 2011
7:02 pm

cab_

I’ve never seen Harry Potter, nor read any of the books, so………….

I’m going with happy to still be here, I mean I have not noticed anyone else disappearing.

Mixxo

May 21st, 2011
7:03 pm

I like this parallel universe. It’s a lot like the other one.

8)

LTBF

May 21st, 2011
7:03 pm

During our little good streak against PHI and HOU we won 4 of 5 games, but only aveaged 3.6 runs per game. Great pitching but we are not going to win many games aveerging 3.6 runs per game.

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