Braves quotes after Friday loss to Reds

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“We didn’t do the stuff that we work on all the time. That’s a little bothersome.”

“To tell you the truth, I thought we were in that game the whole night, even in the ninth inning. Keep it at two runs and you’ve got a chance. You know, you start to see some spark in the offense, you see some swings, and you think, OK, keep it at two runs and we may sneak one out tonight. But that wasn’t the case.

“I thought we hit a ball hard there in the eighth inning, Gonzo to the shortstop. But … regroup and come out tomorrow.”

By things you work on, you mean things like throws by the pitcher to second base?

“Yeah. The fundamentals. And you know what? It happens. It’s part of this game. I mean, nobody’s trying to throw the ball away anywhere. That’s why you go over and over them in spring training and during the season, and you still … they’re a little harder than they appear. You know, what are you gonna do?

“I thought Danny swung the bat well. Had a chance. How does his ball not go out and Ramon Hernandez’s ball goes out? That’s how the baseball gods are testing his will right now. Ramon hit it good, right down the line, it’s a home run. And Danny squared it up and gets a sac fly out of it. But that’s just the way it goes. You see some spurts, see some balls hit hard at people. Instead of a one-run game it could have been us two runs up.”

Why use Kimbrel in the ninth, trailing 3-1?

“Trying to keep the game right there. Trying to keep the game to two runs. Out of the people that we had left – we had Venters and we had Martinez – he [Kimbrel] is the only guy we feel comfortable throwing [just] one inning. The other guys we could throw two innings. Venters could throw two innings if we tie it. Martinez could throw four or five.

“The whole game you’ve got this gut feeling, and you go, Craig’s going to give you one inning right here and if we tie it, Venters can give you two, and Martinez can give you the rest.”

That’s two in a row for Hanson where he wasn’t sharp

“Well, when you go through 30-some starts during the course of the year, you’re going to have some of those. Hopefully he’s got these two out of the way and we’ll get him a stretch for a long period of time, six or seven starts in a row.”

Leadoff walk hurt Kimbrel again

“And I think that’s the first time he’s come in without the game tied or to save it. I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure that’s the first time, at least this year. So maybe that’s another learning experience.”

***TOMMY HANSON

“I think a lot of those pitches, I was just missing. And when I did get ahead, they laid off some pitches…

“I wasn’t trying to pick, but after watching the video a little bit it looked like I was trying to pick. I was trying to be aggressive and go after them, but I was just barely missing. I didn’t want to make a drastic adjustment and start throwing everything right down the middle.”

“I threw a lot of pitches. I threw that ball into center field; it sucked. That’s it. I feel like I was just barely missing.”

You looked particularly angry with yourself after your throwing error

“Yeah, I’m not going to be happy when I do that. I just went to grab it and it kind of slipped out of my hand. I should have not made the throw to second; I should have just got the out at first, and instead I threw it to center field. I don’t know how many more pitches I had to make after that.”

“It was just one of those days. I went out there and went as hard as I can for as long as I can, and just really didn’t get the job done.”

“It wasn’t a very pretty game for us, to say the least.”

***CHIPPER JONES

Ugly night all around?

“Yeah, it was not a very good brand of baseball. Just a lack of concentration. Continued to shoot ourselves in the foot, time and time again, both offensively, defensively, on the bases … it was just not a very good display of quality baseball.”

And they kept wasting scoring chances, keeping you guys in it

“Yeah, we were in trouble all night. Tommy and the bullpen did a good job of keeping it close there until the ninth. We had opportunities all night, guys on first and second [with] nobody out, bases loaded…. We had our chances, but just couldn’t cash them in. You figure with nine hits and all the walks that we had, we’d be able to push across more than one run. That’s the way the ball’s bouncing for us right now. We’ve got to fight to turn it around.”

Had chances late

“It was setting up pretty much like the whole last month has, for us to keep it close and somebody to come through with the bit hit. We thought we got it with Uggla. Didn’t go.

“That’s about as well as you can scatter nine hits. It seemed like both teams just had opportunity after opportunity and couldn’t get the big hit until Hernandez’s homer in the ninth.”

100 comments Add your comment

wtf

May 28th, 2011
12:06 am

John Leonard

May 28th, 2011
12:09 am

mathman

May 28th, 2011
12:13 am

Fielding by pitchers sucked. Hitting with runners in scoring position sucked. Managing sucked. Too many of these nights are happening. Schafer is the only spark right now.

rc35

May 28th, 2011
12:17 am

Only the Braves can make a team coming off a 2-8 streak look like the ‘27 Yankees. This is getting ridiculous. No clutch hitting, no defense, and Kimbrel looks lost on the mound again.

alex

May 28th, 2011
12:19 am

see my previous blog, agree with mathman, not much to entice the crowd. This team has no heart and appears to have no leadership or chemistry, nothing dramatic. Hey uggla cover 2nd on a grounder to short please, get your head out of your a** and earn that 9 million, you are a pathetic player. Prove to me and tonights crowd otherwise.

shawn

May 28th, 2011
12:20 am

Most boring sports team I have ever watched.

braves4ever...

May 28th, 2011
12:21 am

this game just sucked! Thats really all there is to say about it!!! Mac was the only one that looked good at the plate…everyone else was pathetic! This is really getting ridiculous

Darryl Blackberry

May 28th, 2011
12:26 am

Are these Braves pressing too much…or not enough? Hard to tell. Lackluster all around.

Also: does nothing please Joe Magrane? Yeesh.

Tomahawk Mafia

May 28th, 2011
12:29 am

This is such a boring team, but many of us continue to torture ourselves by watching them on a daily basis.

Thadsdad

May 28th, 2011
12:33 am

As been posted here before, this is a team of pretty good ballplayers that just doesn’t mesh as a lineup, a team that needs three hits to score a run because there’s no speed.
It’s a hard team to watch because there’s rarely a time when a run is manufactured or people are flying around the bases.
It’s been said the offense is inconsistent, but that implies there’s been consistency to begin with.
This is a team that will not produce runs as it’s presently constructed. Someone has to get Chipper out of the 3-hole for starters.
Everyone wants to fawn over the pitching staff, but giving up two, three runs a game is uselss unless the team they’re pitching for can score more than one or two.
That doesn’ t seem likely with the dysfunctional lineup.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

May 28th, 2011
12:33 am

Chipper on tonights ballgame – “Yeah, it was not a very good brand of baseball”

Ummmm…kinda like the whole season has been, right Chipper?

Wow...

May 28th, 2011
12:35 am

So the Braves got shut down by another crappy pitcher. Big surprise…..

nashvillewill

May 28th, 2011
12:49 am

It’s beginning to seem that unless the starting pitcher holds the opposition to less than 1 run we don’t have much of a chance. This has to be putting pressure on the pitchers. No early runs equals no stress-less innings. Can’t win this way. Won’t win this way.
Uggla has a SF and a grounder single and FG thinks he’s breaking through. Watch Saturday: he’ll have three K’s(or 2 K’s and 1 DP) and 2 popups. Uggla must go to the bench for the Braves to have any chance. Chipper is also not producing and they are pitching around him, since Uggla can be counted on for an automatic out.
Too many problems for this team to have a chance. When do we discuss cleaning house?

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

May 28th, 2011
1:01 am

@ nashvillewil – something has to be done…and should’ve been done a LONG time ago.

Tyler

May 28th, 2011
1:07 am

This blog is full of F’n MORONS!

Tyler

May 28th, 2011
1:18 am

Nashvillewill, when you do think about not posting such garbage? Less than 1 run, why not say unless the pitching staff shuts them out, or are you tryin to keep the opposng team to half a run a game? Pitching around Chipper in the 3 hole to get to Uggla in the 5 or 6 hole doesn’t make much sense to me either. They’re a few guys in between there b4 you get to Uggla. But anyways Mr. Baseball genius, who do we go after when we clean house? Puljos? Then what are you gonna b itch about?

Ryan

May 28th, 2011
1:35 am

Lol love all the GM’s in here. Smh

Greg

May 28th, 2011
2:03 am

This is a team with insufficient position players. The fundamentals are bad hence the errors scored and unscored. They are a top quality outfielder and infielder away.

Formerbravefan

May 28th, 2011
2:21 am

What can you say that hasn’t already been said all season.Maybe the worst group of hitters as a collective I’ve seen the last fourty years from the braves.Not a 300 hitter,no 30 hr guy,and if one of these stiffs are lucky maybe they could get 80 RBI .Finally Chipper you are embarrassing yourself and tarnishing your legacy man up.Either retire,tell Fredi you should be hitting 8th,or ask for a trade to dh in the AL.

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NorCal Brave

May 28th, 2011
2:33 am

First time I’ve heard Fredi use a word like “bothersome” to describe the way his team played; maybe he’s starting to get as frustrated as we are. You figure the Reds might come in worn out by their last 2 losses vs. Phils, one game going 19 innings. Instead, we take the field after a day off and roll over for them. Something’s definitely missing with this club’s mindset.

Josh

May 28th, 2011
3:10 am

some people have no clue on here about the game of baseball

jc_dawgs

May 28th, 2011
3:34 am

I could always hear BC talking to his batters when they were at the plate. It was always positive and geared toward that particular Brave hitter who was at the plate. BC used to get thrown out game after game as we all know.

With FG…sure the man cares but where is he? Where is the encouragement for his slumping offense? He needs to take a page out of BC’s book and care a little more by backing his players in more of a proactive and positive way…similar to the way BC always did.

Conyers Braves Fan

May 28th, 2011
4:36 am

AAny loss is tough but this one is more so because of the circumstances. Braves had an off day. Reds had a long game
on the road in Philadelphia. A perfect opportunity wasted.

Reality Bites

May 28th, 2011
4:57 am

Conyers Braves hit nail on head. Guys making this amount of money should show up to work EVERY day. But when ur mgr is on meds, and no one really cars……why should we? STOP going to games people, the brass will clean house I promise. It worked at Tech will Hewitt.

JC from DR! (You gotta tip your cap to ____)

May 28th, 2011
5:23 am

jc_dawgs

So, you’re saying that professional athletes need cheerleading? For God’s sake give me a F’ing break. These heartless, emotionless zombies are being paid millions of dollars to get the job done, that alone should be enough encouragement to play a little better and not in this fashion.

The game is not that hard to play, me being a baseball player myself, even I find it pathetic coming from Major Leaguers.

Yeah, you’re never going to win 162 games, heck, even 100 is out of the question with this bunch if they keep this up. But you got to play as what you are, a Major League Baseball Player, not like F’ing little leaguers.

This bunch makes even the crappiest pitchers look like veterans and Cy Youngs, and pathetic is too small a word to describe that.
No matter how bad the opposing team is, no matter how bad the opposing team has been struggling, the Braves make them look like an All-Star teams. Heck, they bearly beat the Pirates in the second game, that’s how pathetic they’ve been.

They were the turning point for the DBacks. They were the turning point for the Brewers in April. They were the bitches of the Angels. The Nationals beat the sh!t out of them the last time.

These team has no excuse for this crap. I give it to them that they DO have the worst luck I’ve ever seen in my entire life during games, not getting any breaks, every single ball is caught, every team plays great defense against them, but that’s no F’ing excuse for this kind of play.

This team had so much potential, and still went through the toilet. McCann has been one of the worst cleanup hitters in baseball, Chipper thought spring training was the season and now thinks he’s in spring training, Freeman hasn’t had a meaninful hit the entire year, Uggla has been the biggest disappointment in baseball, Heyward is the biggest bust I’ve seen since Francoeur (yeah, because of injuries, but still), Prado is a DP machine, McLouth started greatly, but went downhill when the teams patheticness got to him, Alex Gonzalez is just defense, as dumb as a donkey at the plate….

They better get their sh!t straight…

”We have the swagger now, so much chemistry, blah blah”, haha, bunch of losers. Talk, talk and talk, but no action.

But for me? Im waiting for next year, this year is over… But that’s me, a tired and hopeless fan… but maybe Im wrong.

STRETCH

May 28th, 2011
5:40 am

“I threw a lot of pitches. I threw that ball into center field; it sucked. That’s it. I feel like I was just barely missing.”

Tommy Hanson’s mechanics and delivery to the mound is awful. He’s pretty much hitable these days. HE hasnt done much since his first season.

And can somebody tell management, thi team needs some speed?!

bob

May 28th, 2011
6:34 am

Every team needs a Rock upon which it can build for success.

For years, the Rock was the starting pitching.

For a number of games, the Rock was clutch hitting by CJ or others.

Now, the team seems to lack the foundation.

It is compounded by the lack of creativity by FG. I still do not understand using Kimbrel in the ninth when the team is down by 2 runs. It just does not make sense.

This team needs to find its Rock by the break or it will never catch the Phillies. JH seems to be injured too often to become the person. BM seems to respect CJ too much to step forward. MP seems to be too quiet to assume the role. DU seems to be too lost at the plate to be the star.

And, FG seems to be too clueless.

Please someone step forward and save the season.

BRAVESFAN

May 28th, 2011
6:45 am

I knew the game was lost when the Reds were winning 1-0. It’s not about being a bad fan, it’s just knowing your team.
Finally I have one last thing to say:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_c7SbkGaLk&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Charlie

May 28th, 2011
7:01 am

Fredi is often brain dead; that’s why he fits so well with this team. Hanson chucks an easy double play ball into center. The next hitter bunts right back to him. Again he has an easy double play, and lazily tossed the ball to first, run scores.
Great job of Braves base running tonight. Two more “give away” outs, on a team that can’t afford to give away any.
Kimbrel in the ninth, down by 2 runs. Great move, Fredi! Kimbrell walks the first hitter (as he does so often), and then gives up the gopher ball. Somebody forgot to tell him that his job was to close down the Reds, and not take HIS team out of it.

And finally, the usual, the signature of this team…NOBODY CAN KNOCK IT BASERUNNERS. This team is such a collection of losers. They can’t hit, because they have a chokers mentality. They constantly spit out their chances.

“FIND S WAY TO LOSE”, the motto of this team, and their management. They are hard to watch. (Single A baseball, at major League prices.)

If nothing else, they’re consistent…there are many ways to lose a ballgame. The Braves use them all.

It doesn’t matter…the Reds come in, losing 8 of 9, (as did Washington, Arizona, LA, the Angels, etc., come in to play Atlanta on losing streaks…) The Braves turn them into winners. If you’re playing poorly, the Braves are the best bet in baseball, to turn that other team around.

WHAT A COLLECTION OF CLOWNS AND LOSERS!

G

May 28th, 2011
7:10 am

I am starting to get irritated with Fredi’s post game quotes: “baseball gods”? Listen Uggla is a bust the “gods” have nothing to do with it. This is a mediocre team. And we will start hearing the excuses, “well Heywards been hurt, McClouth has been out, we lost Hudson for a start.” Great teams win through adversity. This is not a great team.

georgiadawgg

May 28th, 2011
7:24 am

hanson and hudson are pathetic. this team needs a new team. and another thing i wouldn’t go to a braves game if the tickets were free.

woodie

May 28th, 2011
7:37 am

Uggla is Ugly !!!

rich

May 28th, 2011
7:43 am

And people wonder why there arent more people at the ballpark

rich

May 28th, 2011
7:49 am

I was in the car listening to Sutton and Powell on the radio in the 1st inning when Schafer got his infield hit. They talked about how FG said he was going to have some surprises in store and they were talking about how the Braves were last in stolen bases. Both of them were sure that Jordan would be stealing……..guess what, he never moved…a kid with his speed and the Braves still play station to station baseball

braveshoo

May 28th, 2011
7:50 am

I agree with J.C.Dawgs. Bobby would encourage his hitters from the dugout, argue with the umps if there was a bad call against us like Prado being called out at second, or Prado not being awarded home on that fan interference in Pittsburg. If you want your team to fight, you have got to show a little fight yourself. I thought the umpire was calling a lot of Hanson’s pitches on the corners balls when they were really strikes, and it looked like it was really frustrating Hanson. Bobby would get on the homeplate umpire too. Thats why he got thrown out of so many games, but at least the team knew he was fighting for them, and it would fire them up, and the home crowd too. Is Freddi afraid to get thrown out of a game? Hes not a rookie manager, but he sure acts like it. I have been more disappointed with him than anyone else.

Caseyatthebat

May 28th, 2011
8:08 am

I’ve been a Braves fan for a very long time but I’m finding myself losing interest in what is a very, very boring team to watch. Tix prices are up for seats and parking to see this team? I sooooo tired of listening to Joe Simpson tell us how hard these guys work and what a difficult life they have. I’m beginning to think this organization really cares more about business and not winning. Doing just enough to maintain a certain success and no more. Ah well,, GO BOSTON!

tim

May 28th, 2011
8:29 am

bad team, no hitting no speed limited power a wimp in RF an overpaid hack at 2B and aging superstar at 3B no legite CF to speak of an infield all-star playing LF and finally a not ready for prime time player at 1B. Oops forgot to mention an idiot for a GM. Put all this in a bowl stir it up and bake and you have created a mediocre baseball team.

Larry

May 28th, 2011
8:31 am

I told you!

Fredi Cox is as dumb as a box of rocks and has the leadership skills of a corpse!

But don’t blame him. He’s a nice man that is simply cognitively limited, educationally inadequate, and creatively void. Blame the Braves organization for their lack of foresight and talent judgment skills and simply taking the soft, easy and vanilla way by taking the advice of Bobby Cox by hiring his friend and neighbor. They are getting exactly what they deserve a Bobby Cox clone minus the leadership skills and stubbornness. Bobby was more stubborn than dumb; Fredi is just simply dumb!

So, where are all of you pork rind goobers who thought hiring Fredi Cox was the most natural and obvious thing in the world?

………………………………….crickets………………………………….

I told you!

braveshoo

May 28th, 2011
8:33 am

The Braves last year averaged 4.57 runs per game; this year 3.87 runs. There are a lot of reasons.First our hitting coaches teach everyone to pull the ball trying to hit homeruns. As a result, we hit too many ground balls to short and 2nd, instead of going the opposite way and hitting linedrives. Second, Uggla has been killing us. Again, move up on the plate and take away the curve to the outside corner. Hes quick enough to still hit the inside pitch. Freeman and Heyward are much better hitters when they hit linedrives to the opposite field too. Schaffer is an upgrade over McClouth. Use his speed. When Schaffer gets on, Let him steal or hit and run. Lets manufacture some runs. Our coaches and managers need to start earning their money.

richbrave

May 28th, 2011
8:38 am

Poor game all ’round. B-MAC did some hitting. They wouldn’t come near CHIPPER with a pitch. And HINSKI got some knocks, but they were just a bit short. He struck the ball pretty well for the most part though.

Everybody else in the line-up got fat pitches to hit for six anyway……until BRAY threw some pretty good stuff at them in the seventh. This game should have been in the bag by the second. LEAKE threw BP. A couple looked like they were on a tee especially that first AB by UGGLA. Man, this team is pressing bad. PRADO looked desperate at the plate all night, and down at second when he had that throw beat. I’m hoping for a hot streak at the plate by someone because if things don’t change and soon, the PHILLIES and maybe the FISH will run off and hide this season leaving us holding the bag.

James

May 28th, 2011
8:42 am

Bench Ugggla til sometime in 2045 — retire Chipper, trade Jason ( my arm Hurts) Heyward , move Sherrill, Linebrink, and Procter to jobs as popcorn venders (which they might be qualified for ) and maybe we can build on a future

richbrave

May 28th, 2011
8:45 am

LARRY:

“…….So, where are all of you pork rind goobers who thought hiring Fredi Cox was the most natural and obvious thing in the world?…….”

Still writing columns for the AJC?

I’m intrigued as to why FG didn’t trot out to second base the first go ’round to back PRADO, and especially the second time with CHIPPER for an ejection. I guess its a learning process. Part of our 2011 shake-down cruise of a season.

peterose

May 28th, 2011
9:02 am

Yo, nitwits. The Reds are good, maybe the best NL team. You were lucky to win even one against them last year.

richbrave

May 28th, 2011
9:15 am

peterose

May 28th, 2011
9:02 am
Yo, nitwits. The Reds are good, maybe the best NL team. You were lucky to win even one against them last year.

And you would be the poster child for ‘gamblers anonymous.’

richbrave

May 28th, 2011
9:16 am

Jo-Bu:

Dude, we’ve learned to refrain from swilling your rum. We need your blessing on this team.

Jo-Bu

May 28th, 2011
9:18 am

This season, if you have a team rolling into town that’s had a bit of bad luck lately, the Braves are the perfect tonic to get that team rolling again. Same with opposing pitchers: If a we face a pitcher with an high ERA, means the Braves are toast and will lose the game.

I thought the 2010 Braves were a much better team. The 2011 Braves seem to have lost some amount of character in the locker room, or something.

richbrave

May 28th, 2011
9:21 am

Jo-Bu:

Dude, we’ve learned to refrain from swilling your rum. We need your blessing on this team.

What’s with the frickin’ time warp?

Stuart

May 28th, 2011
9:41 am

This is just a crummy team. Period.

Formerbravefan

May 28th, 2011
9:45 am

Great points Charlie.I would like to add one more thing.The last thing this team needs is another twenty years of a Bobby Cox deciple.Cox got out managed every game of his life.Even in 95 when they won it.(did they actually win a world series once or was that a mirage)Ozzie Guillen should have been the hire.A guy who is vocal and has the raisins to call out his underachievers in public.

Ralph

May 28th, 2011
9:55 am

Fredi did not use his closer in the 9th being down 3-1, he doesn’t have a closer, Kimbrell is not a closer, he is a loser. Until Fredi gets that through his thick scull this crap will continue. Wren needs to wake up soon or the season is going to be over with.

Patrick

May 28th, 2011
10:05 am

I cant even watch the braves anymore. they are ticking me off

LAG

May 28th, 2011
10:06 am

richbrave – I’m intrigued as to why FG didn’t trot out to second base the first go ’round to back PRADO, and especially the second time with CHIPPER for an ejection. I guess its a learning process. Part of our 2011 shake-down cruise of a season.

He did go out there for Prado.
Chipper was clearly out, so why waste a trip?

alanfalcon

May 28th, 2011
10:07 am

It’s said that our Braves have great clubhouse chemistry, so what happens on the field, I have really been blown away by the poor performance of the club as a hole and think its time for Fredi, Chipper or Brian to say it out loud (we stink) as a team and its time to put up or shut up and quit talking.

henry from TN

May 28th, 2011
10:15 am

can’t hit a sorry minor league pitcher pathetic….

1991Braves

May 28th, 2011
10:19 am

Larry Jones quote: “Not a good brand of baseball” I hope he is including himself in that statement. This crybaby should have left with his dad Cox, and taken Lowe and Hudson with him, so the braves could start to rebuild this team with young talented players with some speed and energy. This team is so boring, and it lacks leadership,from players, from managers, and from G.M. Wish the Braves had the management that the Phls and the Marlins do. The phils go out and buy their championships, and the Marlins trade all of their overpriced players for young talent and build a championship team. The braves do neither. They buy worn out pitchers that throw sinkerballs that don’t sink(Hudson&Lowe), and they want trade these overpaid clowns while they can still get something for them. Wren will get desperate again and trade some of the young talented arms for another overpaid worn out veteran, and go nowhere after the break. This team is a .500 team, and it’s memorial day. The braves are what they are. a mediocre team with no speed, no heart, and no leadership. If Wren had any balls he would dump Hudson, and Lowe and get some young talent and start to build for the future. Can only hope that Liberty sells this team and gets new ownership that will come in and clean house, statting with Wren&Bobby Jr.

My Name Is Earl

May 28th, 2011
10:20 am

Man, I sure do love the Braves. All you Whiners could be Astro or Twins fans, then you would have something to whine about.Go Braves!!!

ray

May 28th, 2011
10:20 am

the team wins last 2 on the road, then comes home and plays like this ?
I believe they have only 1 position player (Mc cann) on the team from the 2000-2006 drafts (7 drafts)
the 2 from 2007 are still young and adjusting.
this amounts to little offense.
most years it’s drafting one pitcher after another in the early rounds. the position guys drafted in 2010 won’t be ready for a few yrs (if ever)

bill

May 28th, 2011
10:21 am

This team is stacked but watching them is a combination of boredom and frustration. They are lucky to be 4.5 behind. They do not play like a team and seem lethargic. I am hoping Schaffer can produce because he is the only threat we have to manufacture runs when he gets on. Was hiring Gonzalez a mistake. True he doesn’t go to the plate but this team has NO spark.

NickGranite

May 28th, 2011
10:29 am

For the Chipper bashers, he has mentioned publicly on more than one occasion that he would be willing to move down the line-up. Unfortunately, he was making those sort of mentions for Heyward who has been an injured bust so far this year. Freeman’s not ready. McCann is a natural for the 5 hole IMO. Uggla has been Triple A the A standing for awful. So…if you install the only guy who may qualify for the 3 hole, Prado…How does the rest of the line-up look?

henry from TN

May 28th, 2011
10:34 am

about Posey a runner should only be able to slide into home plate and not be able to ram him like a defenseive lineman while the catcher is defenceless….

David O'Brien

May 28th, 2011
10:48 am

But don’t blame him. He’s a nice man that is simply cognitively limited, educationally inadequate, and creatively void. — Larry

That is, without question, the first time I’ve heard a major league manager criticized for being “educationally limited.”

Condescension blended with absurdity — it’s what’s for breakfast.

jonathan Simeone

May 28th, 2011
11:04 am

The problem with this team is that they don’t have a conventional leadoff hitter, three-hole hitter or cleanup hitter. In a good lineup Chipper is either a second or sixth hitter and McCann is either a fifth or sixth hitter. Everyone knows this team doesn’t have a leadoff hitter. At the end of the season Chipper needs to go and Lowe needs to be traded. That will free up 30 million dollars to spend on much-needed lineup upgrades. Throw in the 6.5 million that Kawakami’s being paid and there should be enough to bring in two high-quality bats.

To continue beating a dead horse–Kimbrel is not the reason the team lost that game, but he had another bad outing. If the Braves were three outs from winning the World Series and both Venters and Kimbrel were in the bullpen which one would you use? Hopefully, almost everyone would go to Venters–that’s why he should be the closer.

jonathan Simeone

May 28th, 2011
11:16 am

If all you did was read this blog you’d think this was one of the worst teams in baseball. Despite all of its flaws it’s still four games over 500. Not to make excuses, but they were really hurt by two bad calls at second base. Bad calls are a part of the game. Do I think this team can win a championship? Of course not. Can it make the playoffs? It just might be able to do that. The real key for judging the future is what happens in the offseason. If this is largely the same team next year we should all forget about next season.

BravesFAN

May 28th, 2011
11:20 am

I hate how Fredi didn’t come to the defense of his players or get their backs tonight. Prado was left out there arguing by himself on that awful call when he was called out at 2nd. The replay showed he was safe by a foot. Even if he had been out by a foot Bobby Cox woulda been out there flipping sh*t solely bc Prado was out there clearly ticked off. This guy doesn’t have his players backs Luke Bobby and maybe that’s why this team looks like they have NO HEART half the time or disinterested every time they get down. It’s pathetic I flew her from Raleigh NC to watch this series and this is what I get??? The most pathetic excuse of a baseball team tonight???? I personally want the players to pay me back. They SHOULD PAY ME TO WATCH THEIR SORRY BUMS..Poor excuse for a MLB TEAM TONIGHT. They flat out didn’t care and it showed with all the errors and everything else. PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!

North Georgia Braves Fan

May 28th, 2011
11:39 am

“I wasn’t trying to pick, but after watching the video a little bit it looked like I was trying to pick. I was trying to be aggressive and go after them, but I was just barely missing.” sounds like picking to me!

Alex

May 28th, 2011
11:49 am

DOB, condescension mixed with absurdity-my my so literate, ANYthing to do with last night’s performance of this team was absurd;instead of criticising larry why don’t you give us some braves insight-sheesh’I think he wrote inadequate not limited-talk about cognitive!?!
Any way, I WAS at the game<hard to support the poor brand of fielding, throwing and hitting on displaying . If you think they are bad on the tv, they are worse in person;with the added bonus, your soda does not cost 5$ at home

Lifelone Brave in St. Louis

May 28th, 2011
12:01 pm

Is anyone but me simply tired and bored with this? It is not exciting to watch a game where you know there will be virtually no offense from your side and where any mistake from your pitcher is likely to spell doom. Even if they don’t win, can we please do something to provide some offense so that the games are at least watchable.

Hawes

May 28th, 2011
12:16 pm

In the new post-’roids era, you can’t expect to get far on good pitching (because most teams have good pitching right now), OK fielding and hitting that’s geared towards 3 run homers.

You have to return to the old Whitey-ball style of baseball, and we just don’t have that. We have a Beer League softball offense. Maybe if they put a keg at first, Uggly would find his way there.

Teams that work counts, draw walks, put the ball into play and run the bases well are going to succeed in the new age of pitching.

The Braves don’t do any of that well.

Roy Halladay

May 28th, 2011
12:30 pm

We won again. Where should I put my next Cy Young award?

Lifelone Brave in St. Louis

May 28th, 2011
12:53 pm

Hawes, I agree with everything you said. What I don’t understand is why the Braves players don’t at least try and work the count especially with pitchers who are, historically, not lights out. What I see is Chipper , Alex and others swinging at virtually every first pitch. If the fans see it, and the announces in the booth see it, why don’t the players and the hitting coach.

E-6

May 28th, 2011
1:11 pm

Hopefully, we played our worst game of the year last night. It was simply painful to watch. But there are glimmers of hope – it’s early but it looks like we’ve found a lead off hitter. Despite Hanson, the pitching remains solid and some day we will reverse our 8th and 9th inning guys. However you have to worry about Uggla and the too often injured Heyward.

bowilly

May 28th, 2011
1:14 pm

Have given up watching the Braves on TV. How anyone could spend good hard earned money and go to ballpark and watch this mess is beyond me. To get my support, you going to have to earn it and show you deserve it. For now, no way Jose.

Jim Bakker

May 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

don’t worry, we’ll get em next year.

Ron Hyatt

May 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

You have to return to the old Whitey-ball style of baseball, and we just don’t have that. We have a Beer League softball offense

THIS. 1000X THIS

David O'Brien

May 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

We have suffered 4 years with N.M. and now we will have to suffer 5 years with D. U. We have a lot of 8th place hitters. How long can you keep an automatic out in the lineup? I spent money (mlb extra innings) to watch these clowns, the F.M. are a lot more exciting to watch. N.M. was the weak link last year and D.G. will be our undoing this year. It’s painfull to watch this team.– rex boaz

If someone has time, could you please de-code this?

rex boaz

May 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

We have suffered 4 years with N.M. and now we will have to suffer 5 years with D. U. We have a lot of 8th place hitters. How long can you keep an automatic out in the lineup? I spent money (mlb extra innings) to watch these clowns, the F.M. are a lot more exciting to watch. N.M. was the weak link last year and D.G. will be our undoing this year. It’s painfull to watch this team.

Felix Millan

May 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

Hey Rex—huh?

gotigers72

May 28th, 2011
1:46 pm

The only way for a Braves pitcher to win a game = Hit a homer and pitch a shutout.

bball fan

May 28th, 2011
1:53 pm

Chipper should retire at the break and put McLouth in left field, hit Schaffer 1st and McClouth 2nd and at least you’ll have some speed at the top of the order. Plus, McLouth only has a left fielders arm. Prado hits 3rd and maybe will have someone in scoring position. Hit Heyward 8th until he learns to use the whole field. He’s about to turn into another Andrew Jones with the 50 homerun season.

Caleb

May 28th, 2011
1:53 pm

We have suffered four years with nate mclouth and now we have yo suffer with Dan Uggla. NM stands for nate mclouth DU stands for dan uggla fm stands for florida marlins

Felix Millan

May 28th, 2011
1:53 pm

It looked to me as though Uggla put better swings on the ball last night. Maybe he’s about to come around. Lord knows we need some kind of spark. Hopefully, he’ll go on a 3 week jag where they can’t get him out.

Cheesehead

May 28th, 2011
1:54 pm

What’s with all the negativity? It’s a long season with a lot of Baseball left guys!
GO BRAVES!

bowilly

May 28th, 2011
1:54 pm

NM ? Rex? Dave could be for New Mexico and Rex was a Codebreaker during WW II. Think?

Steve

May 28th, 2011
1:58 pm

I missed the game last night but judging by the comments I did’nt miss much.

bball fan

May 28th, 2011
1:58 pm

Sorry, I meant without the 50 homerun season.

batman

May 28th, 2011
2:05 pm

After the sixth inning last night, disgusted, I flipped chanels and watched girls college softball.

jim

May 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

DOB or Carroll,

One suggestion for the next off day — If some of the old blogs still linger around in cyberspace, go back to last year at this time for Heyward, and during Spring Training and find some old posts (from some of the same people possibly) that showed the hugely favorable sentiment for Fredi, Uggla, Kimbrell, and the offense in general (and the sentiment then for trading JJ) and contrast it with the “wisdom” being spouted now. It would be more entertaining than any quote from Fredi or Chipper.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

May 28th, 2011
2:59 pm

Uggla hits mistake pitches, sometimes….He does not hit good pitching…bottomline…

reckingball

May 28th, 2011
3:05 pm

I can understand the frustration that many have, with how the Braves play some of their games.
I question, their batting strategy sometimes, such as Hinske’s first AB. After the previous two batters had both just drawn walks, on a total of 9 pitches, why does he swing at the 1st pitch to him(which looked like a borderline high, and on the outside corner fastball), and resulted in a long out to LF.
But, most of the folks on this thread today, are the ones that never comment unless it is a Braves loss, and almost all of their comments are just plain ignorant, stupid, or both.
Check it out, 90% of the people here today, NEVER comment after a win.

reckingball

May 28th, 2011
3:08 pm

A couple of bright spots last night (for anyone who watches the Braves and knows what they are talking about), Uglla did look better at the plate than I have seen him look, in the last 2 or 3 weeks, at the very least.
Shafer looked good in the lead-off slot.

johnpaulcpa

May 28th, 2011
3:15 pm

the highs & lows from the posters are amazing. After one Braves loss, the season’s over and after one Braves win, it’s playoff time. Relax, it’s a long season.

bobbymahlon

May 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

Reading the comments I do not think we have many Braves fans just a lot of experts and whiners. Do you people expect the Braves to win 162 games ? Lets get behind the team and PULL for them instead of being so criticle. As long as they give it their all I’m 100% behind them.

Deedle Nick

May 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

I enjoy baseball because you never know what’s going to happen next. It ain’t over until the last out. In the case of the Braves’ play this year, there are no surprises at all. It’s a foregone conclusion immediately following the first pitch. Not much to look forward to.
I think I’ll take up collecting broken seashells.

Deedle Nick

May 28th, 2011
5:00 pm

@bobbymahlon:
Not 162. 90 oughta do it. I wish I could believe it’s 100%. Swinging at a 50 foot pitch all the time isn’t 100% Pretty soon pitch calls will be done like on tennis clay courts – by the ball mark on the ground. At least when the Braves are batting.

Go_BRAVOS

May 28th, 2011
5:08 pm

When we can start using are best reliever, Venters, as the closer? I mean if Kimbrel’s confidence will be hurt so bad by helping the team out and being the setup man then boohoo, it should be about put your best players in position to help the team win. Not about hurting someones feelings.
Fredi needs to man up and let Venters close; however until this pathetic excuse for an offense starts hitting it really doesn’t matter who the closer is.

alex

May 28th, 2011
5:24 pm

reckingball, agree uggla looked improved, but did you see the first 2 at bats and his lakadaisacal play(sp)’ shaefer is a spark. Got to hand it to you, very positive, could sell sand to a saudi arabian… I was there, not a lot of fun, can’t get much worse..

rex

May 28th, 2011
7:27 pm

I don’t expect the Braves to win ever game: Just want to see some effort.

Hawaiibravefan

May 28th, 2011
8:39 pm

Wow another one of those days for Hanson huh?

jt

May 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

Gonz you are a phu cking idiot!! Better start looking at the scoreboard, if you know where it is, and maybe check the box on your pitiful players you are starting, like Uggla. Good grief what a jerk you are.

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