1:01 pm May 30, 2011, by David O'Brien
May 30th, 20119:44 pm
I liked the putting steak in the blender talk.
If you want I can go find Shaun to lecture us on bullpen management again.
May 30th, 20119:47 pm
Sorry for disappearing for a few minutes – needed to wash dishes before I cook dinner – trying to let cab rest after her trying day of baseball watching and blogging while I’ve been goofing off working…(at least I got to listen to Boog while allegedly tutoring)…
May 30th, 20119:49 pm
Just cause…Howlin Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin’”
May 30th, 20119:50 pm
Fish stinks I thought.
May 30th, 20119:51 pm
Tomahawkin … I thought you had said sometime that you had transferred to UofA, didn’t know it was from FAU. It’s cool that you got to play a year of college ball.
May 30th, 201110:06 pm
Into the top five of the album countdown with which I’ve been obsessed all weekend – Sgt. Pepper…
May 30th, 201110:09 pm
Worthless bum has now given up runs in 3 of his 21 appearances…
May 30th, 201110:24 pm
Apparently it’s finally holiday time on the blog…
May 30th, 201110:27 pm
He said Cheryl. Maybe he was complaining about a neighbor
May 30th, 201110:28 pm
My guess is everyone rushed out to try some steak and vodka
May 30th, 201110:33 pm
Fish, I can’t take you seriously when you forget to use a sad face in your posts.
VJ – you got a good point there…its obviously fredi’s fault for not knowing which pitcher to use today
May 30th, 201110:41 pm
Apparently my paste/copy auto-corrected…
May 30th, 201110:43 pm
#4 – Led Zep IV
Hugo Z Hackenbush
May 30th, 201110:45 pm
Jo-Jo Reyes throws a one-hitter. Teheran allows five runs in six innings. It’s the bizarro world…
May 30th, 201110:49 pm
Hugo – 8 hitter, one run…
May 30th, 201110:52 pm
#3 album coming up – the clue clearly indicates it will be Abby Road…
May 30th, 201110:55 pm
What a moron – “Abbey”
May 30th, 201111:01 pm
I am clearly too drunk to post.
May 30th, 201111:03 pm
#1 should be “Vincebus Eruptum” by Blue Cheer. If not, it’s a fraud.
I guess it’s not too late to make a bid for most posts on the blog – although I can surmise who probably leads the way…
May 30th, 201111:14 pm
Sorry, Hugo – the time warp struck – was Summertime Blues on that album?
Tip Of The Cap
May 30th, 201111:15 pm
Braves Offense – nonexistent
Fredi Gonzalez – boring
Liberty Media – cheap
Dan Uggla – fail
May 30th, 201111:16 pm
I am theorizing that the top 2 will be Hotel Buckhead and Dark Side of the Ted…
May 30th, 201111:17 pm
And that was worth interrupting my stream-of-consciousness?
May 30th, 201111:19 pm
Bad news at Black Rock……..ARODYS VIZCAINO [0-1, 6.43 ERA] has his clock cleaned in his first start in AA. 7.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3 HR. PEARL RIVER loses 14-0. Worse than my grandson’s walkover victory today in the regional playoffs here in central Virginia 17-6 and that was gruesome.
‘Reliefer’ RICHARD SULLIVAN [6.84 ERA] follows in the eighth and can’t get anyone out as he surrenders five more runs – all earned, on four hits and a walk.
ELIECER CARDENAS [54.00 ERA] comes to SULLIVAN’s rescue???? No outs, 6 hits and four earned runs and a base-on-balls later the devastation is complete.
LUIS AVILAN [5.40 ERA] finishes the game with no further damage except a single hit.
The offense is shutout on three hits. WILLIE CABRERA [.258 BA], DONEL LINARES [.293 BA], and ‘Sweet’ JESUS SUCRE [.235 BA] tally the only markers all singles. SUCRE draws the lone BB against the club’s six SO’s. ROCKET’s gonna’ have to spin this one for some serious damage control..
May 30th, 201111:21 pm
#2 – Hotel California…
May 30th, 201111:24 pm
Not exactly our forte…
May 30th, 201111:26 pm
Hey VJ. Your old alma mater wants my grandson bad…….this via the grape-vine of course. My grandson wants to study engineering.
May 30th, 201111:29 pm
Tine warped you, rich…
May 30th, 201111:32 pm
Relax, said the night man, we are programmed to receive…
Let’s face it. None of this matters if the Braves win the World Series.
If they don’t win it, it all matters.
All or nothing, folks.
All or nothing.
May 30th, 201111:37 pm
cab and I having a discussion on drummers singing lead for groups after hearing Mr. Henley – thinking Phil Collins, Levon Helm (at times)…well, a few times Ringo…
May 30th, 201111:40 pm
Stupid me – sometimes I am happy when the Braves win a game – I suppose I have to wait until the end of the year to see if I was really happy or just drinking the friggin’ kool-aid…
May 30th, 201111:41 pm
May 30th, 201111:45 pm
The only joy I’ve gotten out of the Braves over recent years has been derived through schadenfreude.
In my opinion, the only redeeming qualities this team has are Prado and McCann. Everybody else can stick it.
May 30th, 201111:50 pm
None of it matters much at all. If they win the WS you smile for a few hours, if they don’t you frown for a few hours.
Ain’t gonna make any difference to the world nor to anybody’s life to any extent at all.’
Enjoy the games as they are played, don’t invest your ego into a team so that you need it to win so you can feel better about yourself. That’s sad.
May 30th, 201111:54 pm
My self-worth is dependent on championships.
May 30th, 201111:56 pm
Whatever the heck Chop Chop said
I am pleased that you find some pathetic sense of self-worth in your ability to enjoy being miserable…
May 31st, 201112:20 am
Just finished my roast chicken, rice, peas, gravy, and bourbon shake. Took a while to get it all down, both times.
Can’t wait to hear who the #1 album is.
I’m holding out for the Bangles’ “Inner Light.”
May 31st, 201112:26 am
Tought I would drope in for a few. Had a good Memorial Day Weekend. The game is what I thought it would be today close, and Tight……Padres won barely,so I can’t copmlain.Life moves on, and so does the the world. We will get them tomorrow.Gettysburg is on again tonight for the Civil War fans out there like me, and tomorrow on The History Channel Lee,and Grant. I would like to take a few seconds to thank our Troops for the work you have done. Well done, and talk tomorrow, and peace………
Dark Side of the Moon was #1 – not exactly what I would have picked … (that would have been #16 – Brought Into this World to Jog Extremely Fast)…
May 31st, 201112:27 am
Ringo sang lead for the Beatles on a couple of songs.
Night Ranger was another group whose drummer was its lead singer. I think they also had two drummers. I’m not proud to know these facts.
May 31st, 201112:31 am
“Dark Side” beats out “invisible Touch.” I’m crushed.
May 31st, 201112:41 am
abwright – Abacab was in the countdown…no reason to be sorry about Ringo – This Boy, Yellow Submarine, Octopus’s Garden…
May 31st, 201112:42 am
Ward – thanks for reminding me to record Gettysburg – I have had many memorable visits there…
May 31st, 201112:48 am
So I end a four day weekend in which I averaged more working hours per day than my usual work week…but that work week number is growing, and, starting tomorrow, I add grading an Algebra test online, which means I should theoretically be working every waking minute of the day…not that I am complaining at all – much better than spending hours on the blog and not making money…
May 31st, 201112:51 am
VJ … ABACAB is a very good album. Invisible Touch … not so much.
Did any Whitesnake make the cut?
May 31st, 201112:57 am
I am looking to invest my ego….suggestions?
May 31st, 20111:03 am
Sorry – no Whitesnake – here’s the list:
May 31st, 20111:13 am
Ken – Born to Run – 16 (much to my chagrin, being so low)…Exile – #36 – the whole list at the link I just posted…
May 31st, 20111:14 am
V J: Where was Exile on Main Street and Born To Run? TY.
May 31st, 20111:17 am
Sorry, just saw the link. I don’t agree with many on that list, but they are always interesting.
May 31st, 20111:47 am
l knew that already CC
May 31st, 20111:54 am
Yankees should do it for you Capt….
give you the best odds over the years to boost your self concept….
DOB will be devastated
May 31st, 20111:58 am
@Noleee….Excellent choice, and I’ll go back on pastrami on rye sandwiches to boost my physical appearance while nurturing my sport psychosis.
May 31st, 20112:00 am
Also: all this classic musak being discussed….does this discussion have a specific theme currently?
May 31st, 20112:05 am
excellent plan Capt. I see good things for you in the future. enjoy
May 31st, 20112:18 am
Like Aimee Mann…”I’m Calling It Quits.” Goodnight to all!
May 31st, 20112:19 am
JoJo Reyes won today.
May 31st, 20112:21 am
Watching some D-Backs this weekend. Those guys haven’t looked back since they swept the Braves. Kirk Gibson really has them playing some exciting ball. Stealing bases, taking extra bases, hitting balls in gaps, hitting home runs. And their bullpen has been almost as good as ours. Making me feel a little wistful. Braves ball is like watching paint dry. And while the close games are sometimes exciting (Sunday), they are usually downright excruciating (Monday). These guys need a spark so bad. They need Schafer trying to make something happen. But other guys need to help out too. Martin should never be hitting into double plays because Schafer should be on second before he gets a chance. And if either Shafer or Prado is on in front of Chipper, that should be a hit-and-run almost every time. You don’t want to be desperate, but after 2 months the approach has got to change some.
May 31st, 20116:32 am
AZBravoFan, you really think that’ll last? D-Backs playing like this? LOL
May 31st, 20117:43 am
DOWN ON THE FARM
I put up the results from yesterday for MISSISSIPPI and LYNCHBURG already last nightr. Here’s GWINNETT.
BRAVES lose to PHILLIES farm-hands 2-12. Puke!
‘45′ GOMEZ blasts a solo shot  for one run . STEF GARTRELL plates another  with a single. There’s the offense in a nut-shell folks. JULIO TEHERAN [.250 BA] goes 1-2 and scores one of the two runs.
TEHERAN [4-1. 2.36 ERA] gets his eighth start in AAA where he’s been pretty dominant, and is pummeled last night for five runs – all earned, on nine hits in 6.0 IP. He surrenders a gopher ball and two walks while striking out just three. His normal ratio is more like four to one, strikes over BB’s.
At any rate, JUAN ABREU [2.19 ERA] relieves, and is greeted by a blizzard of hits. He lasts only two outs while giving up four hits, one a yard-shot, and five runs [1 earned] along with a strike-out.
Mercifully ROWDY HARDY [0.00 ERA] finishes out the game with 2.1 innings of three hit, two run ball [Zero earned] with a BB, and three SO’s. HARDY was in his third game after being called up from PEARL. 1B ’45’s [third error of the season] and ROWDY’s fielding figured prominantly in the landslide of runs if not the final outcome.
May 31st, 20118:10 am
‘LOS PEREZ [3-6, 5.68 ERA] is not standing tall, looking good. He up and down, all over the place. Lots of potential, but consistancy has not been found at this point in his career. Yesterday, he goes 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.
TY STOVALL [5.31 ERA] relieves with 2.0 innings of two-hit, two-run [both earned] ball, two BB’s, and 2 SO’s.
Normally reliable DAVID ALVAREZ [3.18 ERA] is called upon to finish out the game and is savaged. He goes 2.0 IP with five hits, three runs [all earned], one BB, and a SO.
Final……another blow-out loss [10-3] which seems to have been system-wide yesterday. I can hear the 5th Dimension crooning in my mind, “When the moon is in the seventh house, and Ju-pi-ter aligns with Mars……….” One MEMORIAL DAY to forget if you’re a BRAVES farm-hand fan.
Offensive offense. DH ‘Big’ JIM GATTIS [.439 BA] provides a round tripper  and single in four AB’s. CF ANTOAN RICHARDSON [.239 BA] goes 1-3 and lifts a long-fly  as well with one on, but that’s the extent of the scoring. Sound familiar? Not exactly station-to-station baseball is it? Oh, players had hits, in fact the good guys totaled six…..wow!. LF ROBBY HEFFLINGER [.250 BA] even had a double , but the dingers aside, the others all came to naught.
May 31st, 20118:16 am
Medlen and Moylan will be on The Regular Guys this morning…
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-regular-guys-radio or http://widget.newsinc.com/_cfvp/radio_player.html?freewheel=90059&sitesection=cumulusrock1005_rad&vid=82917
May 31st, 20118:17 am
Dang, even down in the DOMINICAN Summer League, the BRAVES lose 0-4. Thank goodness the APPY and GULF COAST ops aren’t rolling yet.
May 31st, 20118:52 am
Earlier in the season, the Braves weren’t hitting much but were unconscious with RISP. Now, they’re getting a dozen base-runners a game and can’t get any of them across the plate.
The point is that, sooner or later, all this stuff evens out. Sooner or later, they’ll hit for average AND with RISP. They’ll look as good then as they look bad now, and neither appearance will be an accurate reflection of the team. Just the normal ups and downs of a season.
Besides, even with all this bad stuff, a win today gives them an 18-win month, and 18-win months are gold. A few of those means the playoffs.
May 31st, 20119:17 am
Ive said it before about Uggla and I’ll say it again…….the fact that we have him for 5 years is scary. If you can’t stop being a child and trying to hit a home run every at bat to justify your salary, then you clearly have a mental problem, and if you can’t overcome it for several months and just keep hacking away, then you are useless. He signs a big contract, then can’t even hit .180………..in Atlanta? What a joke he is.
May 31st, 20119:25 am
cant always expect the bullpen to be perfect, but boy did sherrill hang that curveball. whats his face hot it like he knew it was coming…
May 31st, 20119:29 am
i suffer from chronic typos.
Wow – very rare to refresh the blog in the morning and see only 17 comments since my last post…
May 31st, 20119:31 am
VJ, considering the quality of the comments before your last (the few I read, anyway), I’d call the low count a good thing.
May 31st, 20119:32 am
Nobody knew how to follow you,VJ.
May 31st, 20119:35 am
I don’t remember last when we had a team that has struggled as badly as this team to compete game in and game out, much less win the game.
May 31st, 20119:37 am
Another frustrating loss to a weak team. It won’t get any easier today with Lactos.
May 31st, 20119:40 am
I guess someone’s top 5 albums depends on their taste in music. For me, I would never have a Beatles album in my top 10 let alone top 5. I’m old school classic rock to the core but appreciate other genres and opinions. Also, I tried to write down my top 100 songs of all time. Tough task. Top 5 albums…..I guess is easier. Led Zep 1, Elton John Goodby Yellow Brick Road, Eagles Hotel California, Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Who Who’s Next.
I feel fortunate to have missed the steak and blender bantering. I’m on the BBQ circuit now. Stops in exotic locales like Parker’s, Lexington#1, Q, Pierce’s, Buz and Neds not to mention any other mom and pop joint that looks tasty and undiscovered. One thing I do know is that you can get by with passable BBQ so long as you have great hushpuppies and sweet tea. Live baseball, golf, road trips. The season is in full swing now. Heading to the ATL soon.
Rock on…….you gotta feel for McLouth. Maybe the Braves can work a trade to find him a good chance to play by the break.
Coach ( 2011 Fredi G. a Go!)
May 31st, 20119:42 am
Slumps are to be expected but Uggla just looked absolutely lost at the plate yesterday. Over matched would be an understatement. Dude needs to watch some video and ask for some help or just sit. He’s killing the offense.
It won’t get any easier today with Lactos.
It can’t possibly get much worse, can it?
May 31st, 20119:46 am
I would never have a Beatles album in my top 10 let alone top 5.
I probably would, but I think I’d go with the White Album as my favorite Beatles record.
May 31st, 20119:52 am
You guys, LOL. You only have to go back to last year, and you can read the same comments about a completely different team. Pick any year in the last three or four, and you’ll find some period of time with the same comments. Which is why I don’t get wired up about it, anymore. The nature of baseball is streaks and slumps, and the nature of this blog has become to be blind to that very thing.
You can’t blame a dog for being a dog.
May 31st, 20119:54 am
Good morning all
The bolg has been so slow, seems a lot of you good bloggers have given up on the braves you have so little to say, I can’t blame you the way they hane been playing. I read last nights posts and overnights. The discustion on what VJ cab were haveing for dinner was kind of interesting.
May 31st, 20119:55 am
2.97 team ERA……..Fantastic, otherworldly, incredible and best in the N.L.
3.85 runs per game…..Awful, horrid, brutal and I’m not sure how much worse it can get.
28 errors, 131 double plays, .987 fielding percentage in 55 games…what a massive improvement from 2010.
10 stolen bases with 15 caught stealing…embarrassing, insulting and unprofessional.
God how I love watching half a baseball team trying to play competitive baseball.
May 31st, 20119:56 am
If we can get Heyward to return to form and injury free and Uggla to respond to shock treatments this team will be rolling heading into the break. Heyward is needed badly in that 6 spot. Now that we have Shaefer at leadoff/cf and Prado at 2 that glaring hole has been filled. Everyone else just needs to perform closer to standards. Run production will increase then. Other than JJ we can’t get a starting pitcher a win. Hell we can barely get them through enough innings to qualify for a win.
May 31st, 201110:00 am
Average runs scored makes no difference at all. What we need to consider is how many times we scored 4 runs or more. Also of importance is the number of runs scored while the starters were in the game. To date, not having looked it up yet as the sample is small, I would guess that the Braves record is better than normal when scoring under 4. We are in a pitchers era so that is why I say that.
May 31st, 201110:01 am
He shuffled into the scattered chalk box outline wearing a bicycle helmet, holding a piano leg, shirt partially unkempt. He stared into the luxury box ahead of him, three stories up in the stands, as if he was trying to decipher exactly who was on the other side of the tinted glass. Slowly he began to acknowledge the man in blue sporting a face mask and a double-pouched fanny pack stuffed with baseballs standing right in front of him. Uggla nodded at him and sat down, absolutely lost at the plate…
May 31st, 201110:03 am
ncscoots, I would tend to agree with you if we were already about 1/3 of the way through the year. This team struggles in every game, they can’t continue to go the way they are going if they expect to be in the playoffs.
May 31st, 201110:04 am
I am so tired of haveing the Braves score two or three runs a game on a regular basies and a lot of the time have to play extra inns to do even that. Guess I was spoiled by all the good years, even the off years 2006 to 2009 did not seem this bad. I expected so much more this year.
coach, thats weird. you cite the basics of baseball, hitting, pitching, defense….and add stealing bases? doesnt it seem wrong to you that you are sort of SB with team ERA?
by the way, the braves have won 4 of 6, and with 30 wins, only 3 teams in the majors have more. this is not a pitiful team. this is a good team with an unfortunate but fixable problem with scoring runs.
May 31st, 201110:05 am
Uggla shouldn’t be hitting anywhere near the top 2/3rds of the lineup. He’s an automatic out if there ever was one.
May 31st, 201110:06 am
Let’s see if this one catches on…
Uggla still has options right?
I don’t think any real Braves fans have given up at all on the 2011 Braves.
I think there is not a ton to discuss right now. Guys have to hit the ball. Talking about why they aren’t and who’s fault it is a real waste of time.
Get Prado and BMAC hot and folks will be talking about All Star appearances.
Eric from MO
Scoots my thoughts exactly. I used to post all the time, now rarely. It seems the new goal is to make the craziest, the world is ending post. It has ruined this blog. Hell, the quote you used is the Braves struggle to compete in every game. Really, most of their games are decided by one run.
May 31st, 201110:09 am
LTBF you really think 06-09 was better? You would rather be below .500 then have the third most wins in baseball. Not to even mention scoring runs in baseball is down across both leagues.
This team struggles in every game, they can’t continue to go the way they are going if they expect to be in the playoffs
Except that they didn’t “struggle” the first half of the month, and went 12-4. So, I guess the question is whether you expect the current lack of scoring ability to be a true barometer of the team, or not? If so, then you’re right to worry. If not, then, not.
May 31st, 201110:11 am
AT they can plan on going into the playoffs with the best rotation, best pen, and third most wins in the NL and right behind the other two. I guess you could concentrate on the negatives.
arkansas t This team struggles in every game, they can’t continue to go the way they are going if they expect to be in the playoffs.
actually, maybe they could. they are 30-25 and in pretty good shape in the standings. only 2 NL teams have more wins.
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