Reds nemesis McCann out of lineup tonight

Brian McCann is not in the Braves lineup tonight, and the Cincinnati Reds must be thankful.

The All-Star catcher had two homers in Saturday’s 7-6, 12-inning win to continue his career-long success against Reds pitching.

McCann has a .351 career average with 12 homers and a 1.107 OPS in 35 games against the Reds, including .362 with an 1.147 OPS and 26 RBIs in his past 30.

McCann is congratulate by teammates after the first of his two Saturday homers against the Reds.

McCann is congratulate by teammates after the first of his two Saturday homers against the Reds.

And against tonight’s starter Johnny Cueto, McCann has the best numbers among the Braves: 2-for-6 with two homers.

But after catching 12 innings last night and a day game on tap Monday for Memorial Day, he’s out of the lineup today and David Ross gets the start on tonight’s EPSN game. Ross has caught most, but not all of, Jair Jurrjens’ starts (J.J. starts tonight).

Were it not for the 12 innings last night and day game tomorrow, you’ve gotta believe this is just the type of scenario today that Fredi Gonzalez referred to a few weeks ago when the manager made it clear he wasn’t going to use Ross strictly as Jurrjens’ designated catcher.  I mean, if not tonight, then when?

(UPDATE, this is from Fredi before tonight’s game: The plan was for [McCann] to rest tomorrow [Monday], give him tomorrow off. But after catching 12 innings yesterday [Saturday], he was pretty beat up last night. So we decided to flip-flop that. I don’t know if he was cramping yesterday, or spasming with the back, but why take a chance with him today. We talked about it after the game yesterday.”

Fredi said a while back that if certain matchups and situations were favorable for McCann to catch, then he would. Tonight would have been one of those.  But 12 innings of catching Friday could understandably change that.

Still, it’s gotta be tough, even as good as Ross has hit this season, not to have McCann in there against Cueto. And that’s without even getting into what McCann has done lately at Turner Field. OK, let’s get into that.

After McCann (left) tied it with his second homer of the night, Chipper Jones (right) hit a game-ending single in the 12th inning Saturday to beat the Reds.

After McCann (left) tied it with his second homer of the night, Chipper Jones (right) hit a game-ending single in the 12th inning Saturday to beat the Reds.

He’s had a pair of two-homer games in the Braves’ last three home games.

McCann, after hitting .213 with no homers in 13 home games from April 16 to May 16, has gone 8-for-10 with four homers in his past three home games, all multi-hit games including last night’s four-hit job.

For those wondering, Ross, a former Reds catcher, is 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout against Cueto.

And against tomorrow’s San Diego starter, Aaron Harang, the Braves can’t go wrong with McCann or Ross. McCann is 8-for-17 with two homers against him, and Ross is 4-for-9 with three homers.

After starting the season on the DL, Cueto is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts, but 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in his past two (against Pittsburgh and at Philly).

He’s 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts against the Braves, one in each of the past three seasons. After quality starts in his first two against them, he gave up 10 hits and four runs in 5-1/3 innings of a July 30 start in Cincinnati.

Jurrjens (6-1) is having his best season and comes in as the major league ERA leader (1.56). But in four starts against the Reds, he’s 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA, including three consecutive losses.

He faced them once last season and allowed eight hits and five runs in 6-2/3 innings of a July 31 loss at the hitter-friendly Cincinnati ballpark.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Schafer CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Chipper 3B
  4. Hinske RF
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. Ross C
  9. Jurrjens RH

♣ Bruuuce …wait, what? Remember when Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce demolished Braves pitching in his first few series against them, including his nine-hit, two-homer barrage in three games just after he was called up for the first time? Remember?

Well, things have evened out a bit since then.

Bruce went 16-for-28 (.571) with three doubles, five homers and nine RBIs in his first eight games against the Braves in 2008-2009, with a .647 OBP and 1.214 slugging percentage.

In eight games against them since then, he’s 2-for-31 (.065) with no extra-base hits, two RBIs, 11 strikeouts, a .194 OBP and .065 slugging percentage. That includes 1-for-10 in the first two games of this weekend series.

♣ OK, not much time today. Gotta get to the ballpark. I’ll close with the first song off the new CD by Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring For My Halo, which I think is one of the best so far this year. You can hear it by clicking here.

kurtvile-hunchback

“BABY’S ARMS” by Kurt Vile

There has been but one true love
In my baby’s arms, in my baby’s arms
And I got the hands to hold onto them

I get sick of just about everyone
And I hide in my baby’s arms
I hide in my baby’s arms
Cause except for her, you know, as I’ve implied

I will never ever ever be alone
Cause it’s all in my baby’s hands
Shiny, shiny secret stones
In my baby’s hands
In my baby’s hands

I get sick of just about everyone
And I hide in my baby’s arms
Shrink myself just like a tom thumb
And I hide in my baby’s hands
I hide in my baby’s hands

Cause except for her
There just ain’t nothin’ to latch onto

There has been but one true love
In my baby’s arms
In my baby’s arms
In my baby’s arms
In my baby’s arms

1,165 comments Add your comment

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Yeah, it is a bummer BMac’s not in there tonight…But this doesn’t bug me half as much as when Fredi made him sit against Pelfrey. ;)

He’s got really good numbers against Aaron Harang, tomorrow’s pitcher, so that’s another reason why I’m not really t’d off. :P

BFChris26

May 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

T for Texas

May 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

Thanks for the blog, David.

BFChris26

May 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

Lets go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also DOB, by the way, I don’t know if this is for everyone, but on my cable box/dvr, the guide said tonight’s game will be on ESPN and not ESPN2.

noleee

May 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

Thank you kindly sir.

noleee

May 29th, 2011
3:58 pm

Kurt doesn’t seem all that vile…

brian

May 29th, 2011
3:58 pm

Uggla should drop more in the order until he gets out of the funk. He may rest a day or even a series but not longer than that. The Braves have shown no inclination to have Martin play 2B. Keep him on the left side for now at LF and 3B. 2 positions are hard enough to prepare for.

Jordan should and my guess will keep playing if he keeps a hot hand. Nate will be a 4th OF when Heyward is back if Jordan is still getting on base. Though with Heyward just getting a second MRI that tells me his shoulder is not responding to rest as the trainers and doctors would like. Even when they clear him he will start at spring training complex prior to minor league rehab. I don’t see Heyward back before the All-Star break

BosnianBaller

May 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

I much rather give McCann a day off tommorow than tonight.

Tomas

May 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Bruce wow didn’t he broke with those kind of numbers against ATL

Tomas

May 29th, 2011
4:03 pm

With all the injuries Heyward has had this last couple of years, I hope he stops sliding head first.

Thumbs and shoulders suffer with those kind of slides.

Hugo Z Hackenbush

May 29th, 2011
4:05 pm

For those who care about these things, Vizcaino has been promoted to Mississippi

brian

May 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

exactly Tomas – his shoulder inflammation was caused or worsened by his head first slides

noleee

May 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

I do, and thank you Hugo

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
4:11 pm

Against tomorrow’s San Diego starter, Harang, the Braves couldn’t go wrong with McCann (8-for-17 with 2 HR against him) or Ross (4-for-9 with 3 HR).

Lew

May 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

brian – The All Star break is in two months. I would imagine he’ll be back a good bit before then.

Lew

May 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Bravefninok – Ours has it on ESPN2.

Bravefaninok

May 29th, 2011
4:15 pm

My TV listings show the Game on ESPN…..ESPN2 has softball.

VaBravesFan

May 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

today would have been a good time to let Uggla bat cleanup.

Bravefaninok

May 29th, 2011
4:17 pm

Good thing about Mac getting the day-off,The bench becomes very strong.

Frankie Wren

May 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

That’s good news about Vizcaino.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

Come on Braves! Get Em!!!!

GO BRAVES!!!!!

ted william's head

May 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

God I wish Bobby was still here because Mac would be catching tonite for sure

Bravefaninok

May 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

Lew

May 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Bravefninok – Ours has it on ESPN2.

I am always bassackwards…….

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
4:21 pm

DOB–any news on Heyward and a second MRI? Is there any word of a tear in the rotator cuff?

usnavyvolfaninva

May 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

Good game last night! Glad to see the game’s on ESPN, since it’s going to be a long time ’til I can see them again.

Lew

May 29th, 2011
4:24 pm

Bravefaninok – Been there.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2011
4:25 pm

DOB Against tomorrow’s San Diego starter, Harang, the Braves couldn’t go wrong with McCann (8-for-17 with 2 HR against him)

Yeah, that, too…

Frankie Wren

May 29th, 2011
4:26 pm

Woody- 2nd MRI on Heyward found no structural damage.

VaBravesFan

May 29th, 2011
4:26 pm

DOB

Do you think if Schafer plays well the whole time McLouth is hurt, they’ll just stick with him?

Deedle Nick

May 29th, 2011
4:26 pm

@ brian & Tomas:
Heyward’s been quoted as saying “I really need to stop sliding head-first”. So where’s the self-discipline and regard for his value to the team? Head-first slides are my pet peeve.

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
4:29 pm

thanks frankie. good news.

Believer

May 29th, 2011
4:29 pm

Uggla should be batting 8th until he breaks out of his slump. Also when Heyward comes back, he should ride the pines while Hinske continues to play almost every day.

Lew

May 29th, 2011
4:30 pm

McFann – Sleep well last night? Or did you stay awake replaying those HR?

Frankie Wren

May 29th, 2011
4:30 pm

Schafer is a big piece of the puzzle all of a sudden. Interesting to see how many ab’s he gets while both Nate and Heyward get off the DL and back from maybe playing a couple of games in Gwinnett. Only 4 games he’s played so lets not get carried away although no denying there is a spark to what he’s done and what he can be. Nate hasn’t played poorly in CF but I agree, I don’t think anybody else makes that catch last night. Makes you stand up and notice what he brings defensively.

noleee

May 29th, 2011
4:31 pm

STOMP STOMP!!! ;)

Bravofan

May 29th, 2011
4:31 pm

Has anyone read the book the time of Bobby

Lew

May 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

Believer – Well, I hate to stomp all over anyone’s belief system, but neither of those will happen.

Kat

May 29th, 2011
4:35 pm

Thanks for the new blog David. Always appreciate the work especially on holiday weekends like this while we’re all BBQing w/ family and friends and you’re working.

Doc "Mather" Holiday

May 29th, 2011
4:35 pm

brian,
2nd MRI was performed because it was different from 1st. They didnt found anything in the 1st one so they performed a different type of MRI, more sensible and then they found some “wear and tear” as they report it. Nothing important (as I understand), resting should do, but I would think it would be more than 15 days, but I pretty sure Jason will try to come back as quickly as he can, which is not good for him.

Doc "Mather" Holiday

May 29th, 2011
4:36 pm

Believer

May 29th, 2011
4:29 pm

Uggla should be batting 8th until he breaks out of his slump. Also when Heyward comes back, he should ride the pines while Hinske continues to play almost every day.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Cosign……………and keep Schafer and Mather playing also, benching Nate also.

Blog comments are retarded

May 29th, 2011
4:37 pm

@ Deedle Nick: Its not that easy. It might be your pet peeve but it obviously wasn’t a pet peeve of any coach he ever had coming up or this would have already been taken care of. I’m sure he’s going to work on it but when there’s a close play his instinct will tell him to dive, and every once in a while, his instinct will win. Its just human nature.

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
4:38 pm

I sure like Shafer’s arm better than McLouth’s noodle, but I’m not sold. I’m glad we get to find out what Shafer’s made of, though.

Kat

May 29th, 2011
4:39 pm

Saw this tweeted by MLB Radio Network for those who have Sirius/XM..

“David O’Brien (@ajcbraves), Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will join “Home Plate” at 6:35pm EST #SXMSports” https://twitter.com/MLBNetworkRadio

Frankie Wren

May 29th, 2011
4:40 pm

Woody agreed- Schafer isn’t killing the ball by any means outside of the double he hit in Pittsburgh. Won 3 of 4 while here and if anything it’s been fun watching him execute bunt hits and playing solid D. We will see what happens.

chc4

May 29th, 2011
4:41 pm

We are more likely to need McCann tonight against a high scoring Reds team than tomorrow vs the Padres. Fredi is a dope.

VaBravesFan

May 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

I think its important to let Jordan play as much as he can as long as he’s playing solid. He’s our in house option for CF next year. We need to see what he can do.

MikeInFl

May 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

A player – especially one of Heyward’s intellect – can certainly learn to slide correctly even at the ripe old age of 21. It does require some discipline, but I agree that it’s much more than a minor issue. Given his history of injuries, it’s a big deal that he stop putting his body at risk unnecessarily.

Also, it seems like he has a tendency to keep quiet about and try to play through injuries. Like the head-first slides, the attitude is admirable, but he’s got to be smarter about these things. Can’t help the team if you’re not in the lineup.

Doc "Mather" Holiday

May 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

Phillies top 3 horses are 1-3-5 in IP, Oswalt obviously is not around on that list.

Bravofan

May 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

Mets were on it today against the Phills!!!

brian

May 29th, 2011
4:43 pm

Doc – that is correct but it was performed since Heyward was not responding to rest and conservative treatment as they had expected

jeffrey d

May 29th, 2011
4:45 pm

I sure like Shafer’s arm better than McLouth’s noodle

That’s wha…..

ah, nevermind.

VaBravesFan

May 29th, 2011
4:46 pm

If Jordan Schafer plays well and earns the job for 2012 that would be huge. Having a good defensive CF with great speed that could be a solid lead off man and making less than 1 million.

Jack in Macon

May 29th, 2011
4:46 pm

Liking Schafer in the lineup. His speed has made a difference. That ability to bunt for a hit is big — His confidence is building — He understands his role as a baseball player more — He’s going to start hitting the ball more. He could be a big difference maker for the Braves… Especially if Uggle can get started.

Uggla is still the critical cog to get this offense going. I think smart move putting Freeman in the 5 hole and Uggla 6.

Is Heyward more hype than anything? Braves have had young players before that didn’t live up to all the hype. Right now questioning for the right answer. God… I hope the answer is soon –No!!!!

MariettaDerek

May 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

Here’s hoping the BRAVOS get a little DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it today!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

Lew

I slept pretty good—but yeah, I was fairly wound up when I went upstairs! I didn’t see the first homer live, but I saw the replays and I saw the second one when it happened. Those bad boys were HAMMERED!! :D

His power really has gone up to normal this month. He had that really rough stretch that hurt his AVG, but he sure has gotten it back up this weekend!

Doc "Mather" Holiday

May 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

Halladay and Lee are 1 & 2 in number of batters faced……

Rich W

May 29th, 2011
4:52 pm

[I posted this querey on an earlier DOB blog, which I doubt too many are now reading, so I'm trying again, fishing for info]

Can DOB or someone help me to know what is the story on the signings the Braves annouced reported on May 26-28 that I have seen the “Transactions” page of the Braves home page on MLB.com? Several players signed. Who are they? Where are they from? What’s the forecast on them? I need info!

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

Shafer whiffs a lot; speed is a waste unless you get on base. And in the OF, he’s better than Nate, but if he hits 220 or so, I’d take Nate. Watching this with interest.

On the relief side, will we see Kimbrel today? Didn’t he go yesterday and the day before?

Doc "Mather" Holiday

May 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

Jack in Macon

May 29th, 2011
4:46 pm
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I agree on Schafer and Uggla, but when you ask about JH, man, it makes me believe you have not been watching. The guy is a natural………..he plays with the maturity of Albert Pujols, Runs the bases like Pete Rose, he knows how to wait for his pitch and when he gets it, he hits it as hard as anybody you have ever seen hit a baseball. INJURIES COME AND GO, this guy is our next CHIPPER JONES (with the injuries and all, LOL, but I was originally talking about the offense and leadership), so please, try not to put his performance in doubt.

Low Country Brave

May 29th, 2011
4:57 pm

Nice call on Kurt Vile; saw him in Athens with J Mascis not far back. It was a tremendous show. Go Bravos! Let’s get this series.

bulldog bubba

May 29th, 2011
5:01 pm

I see they sent Wilkin Ramirez back to Gwinnett for a pitcher.Is that the reward he gets for getting on base and scoring a run last night?

Bubba Joe

May 29th, 2011
5:01 pm

Nice to see all the managers and Dr’s on this blog.

Snotboogie

May 29th, 2011
5:02 pm

Several players signed. Who are they? Where are they from? What’s the forecast on them? I need info!

They seem to be assigned to the Dominican Summer league and not to our minors. I wouldnt think they are of much significance if any right now.

Lew

May 29th, 2011
5:05 pm

Woody – What will it take to convince you? He actually throws the ba=ll in th=to the infield – McLouth never did. Won’t take much to beat Nate’s “resurgent” .238, either.

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
5:07 pm

Lew–Let’s see if he can hit 220. If the case is so clear cut, why did they cut him in the spring?

Lew

May 29th, 2011
5:08 pm

bubba – He got on base one whole time and they needed extra relief pitching. So, Yeah, it is.

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
5:08 pm

And Lew, don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for him. I’m just skeptical.

Lew

May 29th, 2011
5:11 pm

Woody – He needed extra time at AAA and they wanted to see if Nate had improved. He did, but not all that much and Schafer (yes, the dreaded small sample size rules again) has stepped up and made himself useful – so far. I like the way Schafer has stopped swinging for the fences and is concentrating on getting on and using his speed. Hopefully it continues.

We’ll see, but if Schafer continues in this vein, Nate will be a fourth outfielder.

VaBravesFan

May 29th, 2011
5:12 pm

Woody

Jordan needed to play everyday in AAA, the Braves were giving McLouth another shot regardless. McLouth hasnt been terrible this year but he hasnt been good either. Jordan is faster and a better defender. But i’m willing to bet Jordan will hit better than 220.

BFChris26

May 29th, 2011
5:13 pm

Lets get this win tonight and take 2 out of 3 or sweep the Padres before going on the long 11 game road trip Braves!

VaBravesFan

May 29th, 2011
5:15 pm

Jordan needs to just put the ball in play and use his speed. Doesnt need to think about the long ball. I like the way he’s played so far, he really seems to want to stay up. I like his hustle.

chc4

May 29th, 2011
5:16 pm

The Schafer/McLouth battle is interesting but not sure it has a huge impact. McLouth is what he is… average as grits at best. Maybe Schafer can slightly exceed what Nate is… if so great. But either way the ceiling is limited.

Our problem revolves around Heyward, Uggla and our shocking lack of team speed. Besides being made of glass, Jason’s production has been okay, certainly not anything special. Maybe it’s b/c he’s been hurt so much but it doesn’t matter. I just worry he’s one of those guys that looks great getting off the bus and in BP but it never quite translates. As for Uggla, I turn the channel when he comes up. Painful to watch him flail at low and away sliders/curves/change-ups after taking fastballs right down Peachtree.

Frankie Wren

May 29th, 2011
5:20 pm

Doesn’t matter with the Phils, tired of looking up and seeing the Fish in front of the Braves. Nolasco on the ropes vs Dodgers right now. Good time to win a game and gain ground on the Marlins. Tired of 3rd place.

Bryan from Kansas ( Go KU)

May 29th, 2011
5:21 pm

Bravofan…I am reading it currently…

Bravefaninok

May 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

chc4

Jordan brings speed to the lineup.

1eyedJack

May 29th, 2011
5:24 pm

Just going by the numbers I’d start McCann tonight and Rossy tomorrow.

Hopefully Jordan keeps it up and Nate has made a good enough impression that he’ll be tradeable by July. Don’t know what his problem has been but he was a better player in Pittsburg than he has been here. Big fish small pond vs. little fish big pond syndrome?

mvprado

May 29th, 2011
5:25 pm

Hate that McCann’s sitting tonight. But seem to recall that Ross caught most of Jair’s first few games and Jair had great success. Go Braves!

chc4

May 29th, 2011
5:26 pm

Bravefaninok — sure but he’s not that much faster than Nate. Neither is a base stealer so to me it’s a wash. It takes 3 hits for us to score most innings if we don’t go deep. Granted not many teams steal bases anymore but it’s not just that… it’s going 1st to 3rd and then getting a sac fly. We just don’t do it.

monty

May 29th, 2011
5:26 pm

Announcers for Fox said that, “the ball just doesn’t jump off the bat the way it used to for Schafer.” Obviously that kind of statement seems like something a club official or major league scout may have told them. I am curious though as to why. Is that a by-product of his wrist not being the same or what. Obviously he’ still young and hasn’t lost his strength, unless his wrist being hurt hampered his strenth training too.. Would like to hear some commentary from anyone why he’s now a “Punch and Judy” hitter.

1eyedJack

May 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

Uggla needs to get a step closer to the plate so he could at least get a piece of those sliders off the plate. Then maybe they’d challenge him on the inside of the plate a little where he likes it.

jim

May 29th, 2011
5:32 pm

Sitting the hottest hitter against the ace of a good hitting team does not seem like the best strategy when 2 or 3 runs are more likely to hold up tomorrow than today. The chemistry between JJ and Ross better be extra special, because however this turns out, this decision isvery questionable.

I was persuaded by some in yesterday’s blog that the decision to withhold EOF was a stategic decision based on the needs for tonight’s pen. It turns out that his sitting down after starting to warm up on Friday and the use of Kimbrel in th 9th inning of that game were red flags indicating a health problem. It turns out that EOF would probably have been in last night’s game too despite the workload on O’Ventrel and the needs going forward.

monty

May 29th, 2011
5:33 pm

McCann should do something special for his brother for giving him that swing tip!!

cricket

May 29th, 2011
5:33 pm

chance to gain ground on both phillies and marlins

monty

May 29th, 2011
5:35 pm

You know BMAC will make an appearance at some point tonigt unless the Braves have a big lead.

jim

May 29th, 2011
5:36 pm

If EOF gets a rest becaause of a minor back problem, it is a blessing in disguise and maybe Venters could catch the same ailment from EOF when he is ready to return. It seems the only way to avoid overuse. If the back issue is more serious, we have a big problem.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 29th, 2011
5:37 pm

Please keep Schafer in the lineup even after Nate gets back from his injury. Find a way to keep him in the lineup in the leadoff spot. About time the Braves had a speedy leadoff hitter whose main objective was to get on base.

jim

May 29th, 2011
5:37 pm

monty — or the Reds

TnBrian

May 29th, 2011
5:39 pm

Enter your comments here

jim

May 29th, 2011
5:41 pm

Can we take advantage of Schafer’s speed. I was outFOXed on last night’s telecast and did not see the SB attempt, but we could be more aggressive playing hit and run or straight steal rather than the all-too-familiar bunt attempts.

MikeInFl

May 29th, 2011
5:48 pm

it’s going 1st to 3rd and then getting a sac fly. We just don’t do it. – chc4

That’s one of those myths, where fans of one team (the Braves) think every other team does things so much better than “we” do. (bunting is another example of this)

Braves have had a runner on 1st and gotten a single 93 times, and have advanced the runner to 3rd 31 times. That’s 33%, and is 4th best in the NL. Best is Washington with 36.9%. Two teams are under 20%, and 8 are under 30%.

We’re also 2nd in the NL in percentage of runners on scoring from 2nd base on a single, at 72.8% (Rockies best at 78.7%)

Braves can’t steal bases (and shouldn’t even try!) but they are aggressive on the basepaths and run them pretty well.

Frankie Wren

May 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

Nolasco 5 innings pitched, 15 hits and 8 runs all earned. Thanks for keeping me in skip.

noleee

May 29th, 2011
5:50 pm

several possibilities monty. he might actually have been using and not been caught on that part, I have never believed they punished him just for hanging with the wrong crowd. I’ve always thought they suspected him but had no definite proof.
His wrist might still be weak or hurting some, or he might have picked up bad mechanics while it still was hurting, or he might be trying to play more to the leadoff role and sacrifice big swings and pop for fewer Ks and more consistent on base ability.
Or all of the above in one form or another

keylargo

May 29th, 2011
5:51 pm

How is McCann not in the line up tonight?? Makes absolutely no sense,

Remember back in April when David Ross hit two HR’s in a game? Do you know where he was at the start of the next game?

On the bench.

David Ross catches JJ and catches on day games after night games. Especially 12 inning games the night before

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

We fans sometimes suffer from the grass is always greener syndrome. To me, the Shafer argument is the perfect illustration of it. Wish as we may, speed will not get Shafer to first if he strikes out. Monty makes a good point that there’s a reason why Shafter isn’t our man right now–the people who see Shafer on an everyday basis know something. If Shafer had torn it up in the spring, why wouldn’t the Braves have sent Nate to Gwinnett or even Mississippi? That’s what they did with KK. They sure weren’t averse to the idea last year, though Nate’s injury had a little something to do with that decision.

I also agree with chc4–that the choice between the two won’t determine the season. We need Uggla to start hitting and Heyward healthy and in the line-up. If we can’t get production from those two guys, we’re in deep kim chee, as we say here in Hawaii.

Let’s face it, we’re not likely to see a blockbuster trade that the grass is greener contingent prays for, one that would bring Granderson to Atlanta as one dreamer suggested the other day. What’s interesting is seeing how the team will perform with what we’ve got–really good pitching, better fielding than last year, and some potential (unrealized up till now) to score runs. It’ll be fun to watch.

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
5:57 pm

Minor is available in #Braves bullpen if needed tonight; Venters, Linbrink and O’Flaherty (back) are all off-limits, getting rest.

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
5:59 pm

After Minor’s start Tuesday, Braves won’t need 5th starter again until June 11, so look for pos. player to replace him on roster Wed.

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
5:59 pm

Fredi G. had planned to play McCann tonight and Ross on Monday, but said McCann was worn out and possibly cramping by the end of 12-inn game Saturday.

rocky

May 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

I’m glad to see the braves slowly but surely pushing Uggla down the batting order. He is not reliable yet. The braves should still look to add a quality bat or two. You can’t trust chipper to hold up much longer. Getting another power bat would great….Maybe Los Angeles makes Matt Kemp available. I still think the braves should trade lowe to boston for Jacoby Ellsbury a true leadoff hitter.

Woody Woodward

May 29th, 2011
6:12 pm

Here we go again. Why in the world would LA trade Kemp? Or Boston Ellsbury?

DiamondbackMac

May 29th, 2011
6:13 pm

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