2:58 pm May 27, 2011, by David O'Brien
May 27th, 20114:11 pm
Annibal Sanchez was plum filthy the last outing, glad we miss him this go round, I believe.
May 27th, 20114:13 pm
May 27th, 2011
“Why do the Braves have to get somebody? I know it was just two games, but I kinda liked the spark Shafer provided at the top of the lineup. I agree with Wren here, give the kid a couple of weeks to show us what he’s got. The only reason we go get someone is if Heyward doesn’t recover from his shoulder injury.”
That was no spark…a tiny, wee little flicker, yes…
8-2 Braves wins are the perfect game IMO especially if Chipper gets some ribbies
Phil, Compared to the juggernaut this offense was before he arrived, I’d say it was a spark. Everything’s relative…
May 27th, 20114:14 pm
Terry Pendleton as improved the Braves infield defense. Just as some of the the blogsphere gave him all the blame for the horrid hitting last season, we have to give him credit for the improved defense this season.
But, honestly guys……which games keep you on the edge of your seat? It’s those 1-1, 2-1, 3-2 games. Unless you’re talking about huge blowouts by each team…..then it’s basically the same thing.
McFann :Ô: :Ô:
May 27th, 2011
“I was real late to the end of the last blog and did and lot of reading but no posting. However, hafta agree with scoots and nolee re: the Stanton vs. Heyward thing. Doesn’t anyone else remember that Brooks Conrad was just a POS before his heroics last time? It’s always……what have you done for me lately on here.”
Well, true, but that’s kind of how sports are….each new game brings a fresh set of expectations, whether realistic or not…except for Uggly…we now know with near precision what he won’t do in each game….Conman is worth having as long as he isn’t forced to field a position…
I see the damn blog is still throwing post in anywhere
Nick n Richmond
May 27th, 20114:15 pm
DOB, FYI JJ’s injury riddled season was 2010 not 2009;
May 27th, 20114:17 pm
CraZy @ 3:42 pm
How can a blogger be a fake?
“How many conversations happen on this blog between 1 person?”,/i>
Shouldn’t that be “among” 1 person? Seriously, who would be sad enough to come on here presenting made-up conversations?
Slow down your posting too fast, you’ve got to make the blog last…. feeling groovy…feeling groovy.
See the bugs aren’t quite worked out yet.
May 27th, 20114:18 pm
nolie, yes, I’m a fan of good starting pitching my own self, but I’m a bigger fan of it when I see a couple of crooked numbers go up.
On another note, I like all three of those kids at Florida, but there just isn’t enough history yet on Morrison and Stanton to know how they’ll prove out over 162. It’s not that they lack talent, just the experience that lets that talent fight through all the tribulations of a season.
‘Course, they could all tail off and Hanley get hot enough to carry the whole bleepin’ team, so it might not matter.
May 27th, 20114:20 pm
I usually start out deep in my chair with my feet up, too, BUT……get into a close game like that and it all changes. Then I hafta be careful not to knock my beer over!
Stanton with big time power.
But, honestly guys……which games keep you on the edge of your seat?
I prefer to be deep in my chair, with my feet up. 7-2 is about right for me.
May 27th, 20114:21 pm
May 27th, 2011
“Phil, Compared to the juggernaut this offense was before he arrived, I’d say it was a spark. Everything’s relative…”
True, true…but I just can’t make myself say he was a “spark” when we won 2-0 and 4-2 in 11 thanks primarily to Conman actually connecting….6 runs in 20 innings is a flicker….but flicker is better than the darkness that was arizona and the west coast…
May 27th, 20114:23 pm
Little over 3 hours till game time
May 27th, 20114:25 pm
I’ve fallen into a deep pit of moderation… my last two comments are sitting there, taunting me. Didn’t mention flatulence or poop, believe it or not. They were actual commentaries on the current game and lack of offense.
Then I hafta be careful not to knock my beer over!
That usually isn’t a problem for me, since my priorities are so finely in balance: beer before ballgame.
DOB – to save some keystrokes, use “O’Ventbrel.” We know who you’re talking about.
What do you hear about/from Moylan? Is he laying low in ATL?
May 27th, 20114:26 pm
I like the lineup tonight too, except for Uggly….we have to play the guy and he’s bound to luck into one before long, but man am I getting short on patience with his gyrating, stiff look at the plate….
I tried to be objective in my picks, that’s based on talent and supposing players weren’t underperforming.
Prado vs Morrison, like I said it’s a tough one. And Stanton, maybe Heyward is better defensively, and will have a better OBP, but Stanton is an awesome hitter with unbelievable power
May 27th, 20114:27 pm
flicker is better than fizzle
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I have a hard time proclaiming 222/300/333 as a spark just yet
May 27th, 20114:29 pm
This blog is a technical nightmare between the time warps and moderated words. Can we get a list of words that we aren’t allowed to use?
And, to preemptively answer your retort DOB… no, I like it here despite the technical limitations and don’t want to go post somewhere else. But a list of the words you’re moderating would be nice.
May 27th, 20114:30 pm
Phil re: your 4:14…….”but that’s kind of how sports are….each new game brings a fresh set of expectations, whether realistic or not”
Guess we differ in the fact that I ALWAYS expect the Braves to win when starting a game. So…..call me an unrealistic fool, I guess.
May 27th, 20114:31 pm
I think Chipper’s team leading 347 OBP says worlds about this offense
murph my last two comments are sitting there, taunting me. Didn’t mention flatulence or poop, believe it or not. They were actual commentaries on the current game and lack of offense.
maybe actual commentary raised some red flags, coming from you! like when you go out of state and use your credit card…
ncgary @ 4:04 – that was absolutely quoteworthy. I’m writing it down to use at an appropriate conversational moment. Thanks.
Pat,………It would be nice to see the Braves pile up some runs on an opposing team.
The edge of my seat is about wore out from watching those 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 type games.
And when I say seat, I am not just talking about the my chair.
May 27th, 20114:32 pm
hard to handle Murph since it is now refusing to post words that I have used over the last month. I’m not sure it really knows what it is doing at all
No kidding! I honestly took my blood pressure during one of those close games the other night…. just knew it HAD to be elevated.
Murph, the blog is just in a slump, that’s all. Sub-normal BABIP. Posts will soon start falling in, and all will be well.
May 27th, 20114:35 pm
i liked what i saw from schafer. 2 hits, including a double, plus a walk in 2 games. used his speed to score a big run from 1st on a double.
what i didnt like was some big-looking swings that turned out to be soft liners to SS. he just doesnt look strong.
the double was over an outfielder’s head, but he pulled that one.id like to see those linedrives up the middle have a little more oomph on ‘em
May 27th, 20114:36 pm
Phil – I agree. Another thing to think about is how much more Wren would have to give up now vs waiting until closer to the trade deadline. Not only would the price be cheaper, but there should be more teams willing to trade because they are out of contention. And, remember, this is about the time of the year that we got McLouth. Careful what you ask for!!
May 27th, 20114:37 pm
Murph-”a 4 run explosion”
That’s what I like about you Murph, you dream big!
Just keep running Schaeffer out there every day- he’ll hit .280, score 90 runs and play good defense.
He may be the new player we needed.
May 27th, 20114:38 pm
you’re welcome mama
May 27th, 20114:39 pm
@435………Maybe Shafer should take something to improve his strength.
Not to worry, I’m talking about Geritol.
He could borrow some of Chipper’s supply, that he has in the clubhouse.
May 27th, 20114:40 pm
Alex Gonzalez has a higher OPS than Hanley Ramirez, that ain’t right
I’m kind of offended and kind of pleased by this comment… I try to keep things lively around here.
May 27th, 20114:41 pm
The west is hurting. Posey out and Jorge De La Rosa are the main ones.
Someone needs to start feeding the blog some uppers to get it back on track.
May 27th, 20114:42 pm
but….but…..but…..I thought “geeks” WAS a term of endearment to those guys????
May 27th, 20114:43 pm
Maybe if you guys would stop referring to the IT guys as “geeks”, they might be a little more amenable to fixing this darn thing, LOL. Gotta show a little tech-love, here.
May 27th, 20114:45 pm
Maybe if you guys would stop referring to the IT guys as “geeks”, they might be a little more amenable to fixing this darn thing
I can think of a few other names to refer to them as, but am doing my best to show a little restraint.
OK…now…wait a minute…..there must be two different clocks working here. I read scoots 4:43 post and THEN responded to it and it’s showing my post as being at 4:42 and that’s just impossible. I do NOT see into the future.
May 27th, 20114:47 pm
what in the world would make anybody believe that Schafer could hit 280 in the bigs?
May 27th, 20114:48 pm
Maybe it’s just a matter of them synchronizing all their clocks/watches or something.
May 27th, 20114:53 pm
Time going too slow, especially when it’s daylight savings time, which is supposed to go by quicker lol.
Hugo Z Hackenbush
I know what’s missing…that Chesty Morgan, or whatever his name was.
May 27th, 20114:54 pm
murph I’m kind of offended and kind of pleased by this comment… I try to keep things lively around here.
oops, i forgot the in there. it was supposed to be funny, which… im pretty hit or miss on. but you can say pretty much anything you want if you put a after it, ive discovered.
I don’t recall Dan Wheeler being on Braves.
When was he a Brave?
if dan uggla it begins to batting very well the phillies and marlins are lost!!!!!!!!
phillies they are hoping Halladay,Lee and Hamels complete all games because the phillies bullpens sucks… maybe have good offense (yes phillies offense slump sometimes and old players go to DL every month= rollins,ibañez,ruiz,victorino are a barbie’s dolls)
marlins the have a good beginning in 2011 season but all time lose a gas late in august-early september and say goodbye ….marlins bullpen are not good and dont have another slugger except by hanley ,,,stanton have more homers but he’s go to slump soon…
braves have amazing starter rotation, great bullpen, only need to offense wake-up and its all
oh yes and very magic bench
May 27th, 20114:55 pm
Kind of like in the South when you add……bless her/his/its little heart. You can get away with most anything.
May 27th, 20114:56 pm
Seeing MATTY DIAZ on WGN this afternoon got me to thinking. How are some former BRAVES doing in MLB and where are they now?
DERRICK LEE – 15 DL Orioles
JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA – Red Sox – 32G, .240 BA, .296 OBP
J.D. DREW – Red Sox – 40G, .232 BA, .353 OBP
DAN WHEELER – Red Sox – 13G, 9.24 ERA, 1.658 WHIP
BOONE LOGAN – Yankees – 18G, 3.75 ERA, 1.417 WHIP
ANDRUW JONES – Yankees – 20G, .240 BA, .283 OBP
MARK TEIXEIRA – Yankees – 47G, .253 BA, .363 OBP
BUDDY CARLYLE – Inactive Yankees
RAFAEL SORIANO – 15 DL Yankees
KYLE FARNSWORTH – Rays – 20G, 1.69 ERA, 0.875 WHIP
CASEY KOTCHMAN – Rays – 39G, .349 BA, .410 OBP
JO-JO REYES – Blue Jays – 10G, 4.70 ERA, 1.548 WHIP
OCTAVIO DOTEL – Blue Jays – 15G, 5.84 ERA, 1.784 WHIP
YUNEL ESCOBAR – Blue Jays – 48G, .283 BA, .357 OBP
WIL OHMAN – White Sox 17G, 5.40 ERA, 1.425 WHIP
KYLE COFIELD – Inactive White Sox
BRENT LILLIBRIDGE – White Sox 29G, .283 BA, .370 OBP
TYLER FLOWERS – Inactive White Sox
TIM COLLINS – Royals – 26G, 3.16 ERA, 1.442 WHIP
BRAYAN PENA – Royals – 26G, .208 BA, .277 OBP
WILSON BETIMET – Royals – 38G, .314 BA, .382 OBP
MELKY CABRERA – Royals – 46G, .279 BA, .310 OBP
JEFF FRANCOUER – Royals – 48G, .283 BA, .338 OBP
JESSE CHAVEZ – Inactive Royals
BRUCE CHEN – 15 DL Royals
KYLE DAVIES – 15 DL Royals
JOEY DEVINE – Athletics – 3G, 0.00 ERA, 0.667 WHIP
MATT HARRISON – Rangers – 9G, 3.62 ERA, 1.280 WHIP
NEFTALI FELIZ – Rangers – 16G, 1.13 ERA, 1.500 WHIP
ELVIS ANDRUS – Rangers – 47G, .263 BA, .312 OBP
Whew! this took awhile. Out of time. Later in the season I’ll list the NL’ers.
May 27th, 20114:58 pm
by the way,,,,,braves have 5 wins against phillies in this season
2 against Lee ( Lowe and Hudson wins in these games)
1 against Halladay (Hudson start this game )
1 against Hamels (Jurrjens won this game)
and Jurrjens won the other game against Blanton
Looking at richbrave’s numbers, I’m starting to think Murph may be right about the pitchers era beginning. Other than Wilson Betemit, none of those other BA blow me away.
May 27th, 2011
Phil re: your 4:14…….”but that’s kind of how sports are….each new game brings a fresh set of expectations, whether realistic or not”
“Guess we differ in the fact that I ALWAYS expect the Braves to win when starting a game. So…..call me an unrealistic fool, I guess.”
You just misunderstood me a tad…I ALWAYS expect us to win too…i don’t often expect to necessarily get much of a contribution towards that result from every player….
You’re no fool…
thanks for compiling all that info for us, richbrave.
May 27th, 20114:59 pm
LOL Time warp on my post.
I don’t recall Dan Wheeler being a member of the Braves.
Enquiring Minds Want to Know
As good as Venters has become, I wonder if any thought has been given to converting him back to starting. You wouldn’t mess with him now, but maybe stretch him out next spring. A dominating lefty starter is something the Braves could use.
Nice job w/the former Braves.
Before anyone gets nostalgic about Frenchy, consider his monthly splits:
March .250/.250/1.000 (one game, 1 HR)
April .316/.361/.551 (OMG)
May .247/.316/.435 (more like it)
It’ll be interesting to see if his performance keeps flagging as the season goes on. As in every other place he’s been, he starts off well and then flops. Why? That’s anyone’s guess.
May 27th, 20115:01 pm
One final note before I’m outa here for the holiday weekend: if you have never seen the flick Taking Chance, it’s on HBO on Memorial Day. Pretty good choice for that day, and I highly recommend it. You folks be careful this weekend, you hear?
May 27th, 2011
“what in the world would make anybody believe that Schafer could hit 280 in the bigs?”
The same hope that makes some think Uggla will “come around” eventually….in the face of all evidence to the contrary!
May 27th, 20115:02 pm
can’t buy that phil. there is 5 MLB years of history behind Uggla coming around, there is nothing at all behind Schafer.
much better chance that Dan will rebound some though it is now likely he will not have a good year even if he does.
May 27th, 20115:03 pm
Here’s hoping the Bravos get a little DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it today!
May 27th, 20115:04 pm
Oh yes and very magic bench indeed.
Enjoy your weekend and you be careful, too. I expect to spend a lot of time holding my 2 mo.old baby granddaughter.
Thanks for the effort on the former Braves! Most aren’t lighting it up….the hitters have Ugglaitis and the pitchers KKplague, except maybe Farnsworth…
May 27th, 20115:05 pm
ahhh Aaron Neville.. was 1983 Mardi Gras (actually the week before fat tuesday) sitting on the stoop of one of those shotgun Big Easy houses when a young kid came by and said ‘ Nevilles at the high school’ no ads inpromptu, got everyone else from the house (i was a guest) someone sweetened the air as we walked the 5 blocks to the high school and for the next 3-4 hours we rocked and danced and sang with the nevilles and about 500 people who just came in off the street. Part of a great week of food music music food food drink music well you get the picture. Ah to be young again………..
May 27th, 20115:07 pm
Thanks for the list rich. Interesting stuff… I thought your Kotchman line was a typo, but he is indeed hitting the ball this season. Not very hard, but he’s getting his singles left and right.
I wish Betemit would have worked out better… I was really looking forward to him being in a Braves uni and he just never panned out, although his ‘05 season wasn’t too shabby from what i remember.
What ever happened to Andy Marte?
I mentioned getting Betemit back a couple times late last season and again this winter. So far he is doing pretty well this year
May 27th, 20115:09 pm
Betemit was a bit like Schafer in that both had one excellent 3 month stretch in AA or so and folks just got way too excited about it.
May 27th, 20115:16 pm
Whoops…..overlooked Kotchman on that list.
May 27th, 20115:17 pm
Wheeler isn’t a Brave
wasn’t a brave
May 27th, 20115:19 pm
he was in 2002 Tomas
May 27th, 20115:20 pm
noleee – yes, technically you’re right about Uggly…it’s just that he’s usually been on it by now for most of May…it’s about to be June…I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he might not come around much this year…might not….i wish he’d go crazy…we’d win 30 in a row.
May 27th, 20115:21 pm
Didn’t Wheeler pitch for Richmond at one point?
May 27th, 20115:22 pm
thats true phil, it is getting late, and he may actually do a McNate/Reggie Sanders on us, but at least there is some evidence that he can do better
May 27th, 20115:23 pm
but he didn’t pitch in MLB
May 27th, 20115:25 pm
he was still a Brave and thus if rich wants to include him, he is not wrong is doing so
May 27th, 20115:26 pm
I know it’s been said on here before but I’m very impressed with Uggla’s hustle on every play. He gets out of the box quickly and burns to first regardless of the situation, score, or the fact that he’s so frustrated with his 0′fers…When a guy is 0 for 3, and leaves 6 or 7 men on base with a couple of K’s, and he bounces weakly to 2nd base — it would be easy to jog it out in frustration. He WILL hit and when he does the Braves will go on a tear and the fans will appreciate him more when they look back at his hustle when things were going horribly for him.
May 27th, 20115:28 pm
OK….I just got stubborn and am taking the Mustang out tonight…..rain or no rain. If we get wet, we get wet and so be it. (Hubby never put the isinglas back window back in so it’s top down or nothing.) Y’all have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend.
May 27th, 20115:29 pm
someone sweetened the air as we walked the 5 blocks to the high school
Sweetened the air,eh. It’s been awhile since I’ve heard that
May 27th, 20115:31 pm
“The Braves and a few reasons they’ve managed to stay just 3-1/2 games off the division lead and one game behind the wild-card leader despite some severely challenged hitting days and nights.”
Biggest reason is that the guy managing the team hasnt lost us an additional 4 games as wouldve been the case in years past
May 27th, 20115:33 pm
Heyward had a second MRI on his shoulder, this time a contrast MRI where dye is injected. More sophisticated test, shows more detail. Again, no structural damage, some normal “wear and tear” according to Fredi Gonzalez. They’ll wait a few more days or so to get calmed down, then probably send him to Orlando for some extended spring games and perhaps a brief Triple-A rehab assignment after that. He should be back either right after the 15 days are up, or soon after that. Today’s his sixth DL day.
AP Retro News
ATLANTA (AP) — After being swept during their recent weekend series with the Phillies, John Smoltz couldn’t help but toss in his opinion on the 27 run explosion against his team. “That park is a joke,” said a slightly amused Smoltz. “Who’s going to want to pitch there?” When it was quickly brought to his attention that the series was played at Turner Field and not Citizens Bank Park, Smoltz appeared agitated and confused. Before it could be further explained that the Phillies have possessed one of the best offensive teams in baseball over the last several years, he had already run up to a group of reporters while shouting unknown obscenities. Braves skipper Bobby Cox quickly rushed to his player’s aid and joined in the tirade. Cox, also appearing agitated and confused, was frantically making a kicking motion at the carpet, as if he wanted to brush something on reporters. Both men were escorted past a smiling Andruw Jones and ejected from the clubhouse. When reached for comment, Braves GM John Schuerholz only added to the confusion by saying, “The economics in baseball stink.”
May 27th, 20115:34 pm
Hudson is doing fine, will start Monday as planned.
Beachy progressing well, played catch from about 100 ft today. He’s still probably 3-4 wks from returning, though, because he’ll have to rebuild arm strength and make some rehab starts before he’s ready.
May 27th, 20115:37 pm
May 27th, 20115:40 pm
MLB Trade Rumors saying Padres maybe willing to move Heath Bell, Ryan Ludwick and Chad Qualls in a few weeks.
I wonder if Bell and/or Qualls would be a target. I’d love to see a late inning threat of EOF/Bell or Qualls/Venters/Kimbrel.
May 27th, 20115:41 pm
He’s still probably 3-4 wks from returning, though, because he’ll have to rebuild arm strength and make some rehab starts before he’s ready.
So extended stay for Minor in the bigs. It’s frustrating how an injury to a pitcher puts him out of commission for so long, esp a SP.
May 27th, 20115:42 pm
Co-sign that 5:37
May 27th, 20115:43 pm
Moylan in great spirits in clubhouse today, little over week after back surgery. Said he had instant relief from surgery, which got the bulging disc off the nerve. Aims to return to the major league club by end of August.
May 27th, 20115:46 pm
May 27th, 2011
Have no fear, all things wrong with the Reds’ pitching will be rectified tonight. The Braves seem to have a special gift of helping other pitching stafss get on track.
ain’t it the truth ?!?!
BFChris – I don’t see the Braves going after Bell – I bet he’ll go to a team that would want him to close. Don’t see the Braves using him as a closer.
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