Braves postgame quotes following Tuesday’s loss to Padres

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Minor:

“You hate to nitpick. If you had to nitpick, that leadoff walk in the seventh is the one that…especially with a left-handed hitter, but you know what, I told him he did a hell of a job, and both outings the one in Pittsburgh and the one here tonight, it was good. He kept us in the ballgame. That seventh inning didn’t quite go the way we wanted it to go. We were behind the eight-ball coming out of there but we were one-run down there in the ninth.”

On Gearrin:

“That’s the guy we wanted. Last night we threw him in the eighth inning and he got three guys out. We wanted that guy to get the ground ball and he kept with those right-handers coming up, those groundballs were going not right at the infielders….(His sinker) wasn’t sinking tonight, but he’s the guy we wanted there.”

On if Jones’ hits might give team a lift:

“Yeah, this here is the old-timer got two big RBIs. That’s what we need. We feel like we’ve got to put a crooked number up. We did it once today with Freeman’s two-run double. We just didn’t get another one, another big knock with people on base.”

On Chipper being hobbled:

“Yeah he’s got a, I think he’s got a groin. We’ll evaluate him tomorrow maybe give him a breather with the day off on Thursday he gets too. See how that develops overnight.”

On roster move:

“We moved Mike down and he’s in line, he’ll throw on the fifth day his normal rotation, like I told him you can’t promise anybody anything but he’ll be lined up to come back up and pitch on the 11th. He’s lined up and he’s earned that opportunity to come back if that’s the direction we go. But like I told him, you can’t go down there thinking you’re a 10-year veteran and this is going to be a little tune-up. You’ve still got to go and perform and pitch and make us bring him back.”

On corresponding move:

“We’re going to bring Matty Young up.”

MIKE MINOR

On his outing:

“I felt like I had too many walks tonight and two-out hits, but other than that I felt good out there.”

On what he accomplished in two starts:

“I’d say both the games I kept the team in it, but tonight I could have done a little bit better job with the walks and two-out hits. They had a lot of hits on the board.”

On the move to go back to Triple-A:

“I understand it all. It’s not a really big deal to me right now. Yeah, I’d obviously want to stay here but I know I don’t have a spot here, so I’m going to go back down to Gwinnett and do the same thing, just keep on getting better.”

On if gained confidence last two starts:

“Yeah, especially after the Milwaukee one and coming back. I just wanted to get the thing off my shoulder, whatever you want to call it, go out there and do a good job and at least give the team a chance to win.”

On 0-2 pitch to Chase Headley:

“It was supposed to be in and it was right down the middle. When you have an 0-2 pitch like that, it at least has to be a ball in. You don’t miss it over the plate like that.”

CHIPPER JONES

On tweaking his left groin:

“Coming around second (in first inning). I felt like I could play through it. just really bit when I was at top-end speed, other than that, couple swings it wasn’t very comfortable but I’ve got to stay within myself and temper it a little bit, I’ll be all right.”

On Fredi saying he might sit Jones Wednesday to get back-to-back off days:

“No, we’ve got too many guys out. I’m going to ride it ‘til she bucks me.”

On if his late hits can carry over for team:

“I don’t know. The numbers are good with runners in scoring position. I don’t even want to look at them with the bases empty. It’s pretty much all I’m basing the rest of my season on is being able to hit in the clutch. And it gives me some confidence. It’s no secret I’ve been struggling a little bit. We had some good things happen, some not so good things happen. Hopefully it starts to carry over because left-handed I’ve really been fighting it.”

On Latos:

“He was good, he was real good. a lot better than he was in San Diego, a lot better location with his fastball. He threw his breaking ball for strikes. Got away from the change-up which I think he probably will tell you he fell in love with a little bit. He was good. tip your cap. I thought we played an excellent game. One reliever had a rough night.”

On if scoring more than two runs at least mentally helps:

“No, still lost. Doesn’t really matter, if we get beat 10-0 or 5-4 still the same amount in the loss column. It still feels the same. If we come out tomorrow and score 10 and lose 11-10 it still stinks.”

FREDDIE FREEMAN

On if offense showing signs of life:

“The last few games we’ve gotten a lot of hits. We’re just not getting them in right now. But the hits are coming, hopefully we’ll get some more clutch hits in the next few games.”

On if four runs is confidence boost:

“We haven’t been scoring a lot of runs lately and it’s putting a little extra pressure on the pitchers to make that fine pitch. There’s no room for error for them. It’s on us. We’re getting hits right now, hopefully the hits will turn into some runs here shortly.”

86 comments Add your comment

Dawg '88

May 31st, 2011
11:40 pm

“….tip your cap…”? When will this excuse no longer be tolerated?

ABTCurt

May 31st, 2011
11:47 pm

Amen. So tired of the same old with these guys. And why pitch Guerrin? Again? Fredi just isn’t striking me as a real clever manager.

NCbrave

May 31st, 2011
11:47 pm

Braves better win tomorrow…
…and be thankful we’re still only 4.5 back from Phils.

BrianSC

May 31st, 2011
11:58 pm

This game second base…

Uggla: .178 (pinch runner; did not play)
Conrad: .156; 0 for 4; 2 K’s; 3 LOB

This is the most glaring weakness in the offense right now. It HAS to get figured out. I have to believe they have tried some sports psychology with Uggla. The guy has skill and has the numbers and history to prove it. Dude, we need you. Get right and get going.

Heyward needs to be right when comes back too. If he’s not, don’t bring him back.

The rest of the offense has to get going too.

Two in a row to the Padres. Unacceptable. This is another example of what we saw when we played Washington. Two team that you can’t lose a series to. You have to go 2 out of 3 or sweep.

mathman

May 31st, 2011
11:58 pm

Bringing up Matt Young. That will be no help. No power, a lot like McLouse. We need to start over with a new GM and Manager. Couldn’t or wouldn’t get a bunt down tonight (Gonzalez) but Freeman saved him with a 2 run double.
Now, that we have a leadoff man, Prado is swinging for the fences. Prado needs to take a few balls to right like he used to do.
Diory gets a hit tonight, his 2nd lately off the bench. Conrad is doing nothing and Uggla is doing less than nothing. We are hitting less than .175 with those two.

Loserville

May 31st, 2011
11:58 pm

Bill the Cat lives again….

The Splendid Splinter

June 1st, 2011
12:02 am

2 nights in a row? Say it ain’t so….

NorCal Brave

June 1st, 2011
12:09 am

If wins weren’t so precious right now, I’d call this a pretty acceptable loss, the way we kept battling. I think it’s time to face facts: we’re a terrible offensive team with some great starting pitching and a very good bullpen. There are lots of teams in the majors with the same kind of makeup, and those that are better at putting runs on the board are going to beat us. It’s pointless to keep blaming individual players; I think they want to win, it’s just not happening with the consistency we’d all like.

mathman

June 1st, 2011
12:11 am

Why pitch Guerrin? Because O’Flaherty evidently isn’t available. Hasn’t been in 3-4 days. Venters pitches the 8th, Kimbrel the 9th. Don’t know why Proctor wasn’t used tonight. Since, they pitched Martinez, Proctor probably wasn’t available either. Fredi is killing the bullpen with overuse.

Tomahawk Mafia

June 1st, 2011
12:11 am

tipping the cap is so played.

Largo

June 1st, 2011
12:14 am

The old saying that “a lefthander can’t throw a straight ball” is not so. Minor’s fast balls don’t have a wrinkle in them.

ATLien

June 1st, 2011
12:18 am

I see why Florida fired Fredi…

Carroll Rogers

June 1st, 2011
12:19 am

mathman, Fredi didn’t want to use Proctor today….pitched in 4 of 6….and wanted a right-hander there to face all those righties….(ducking now for your response) but just telling you what he said…..he said earlier in the day O’Flaherty was available again, but maybe he doesn’t want his first outing back from his back thing to be against that many righties in a row.

Nite all

mathman

June 1st, 2011
12:20 am

Well, we face a lefty tomorrow. And, we don’t hit lefties well. We don’t hit righties well. We don’t hit relievers well. We don’t hit guys we have never seen before well. Heck, we don’t hit well. Probably Mather in right tomorrow against the lefty. If Chipper sits, probably Hernandez or Conrad at 3B. Heck, let’s try Diory. He has two hits recently.

mathman

June 1st, 2011
12:20 am

Ok, thanks Carroll. In defense of Gearin, one of those should/could have been caught by Gonzalez. Wasn’t an error but he has made better plays.
Guess, Linebrink wasn’t available either which is why he used Martinez later. He is simply using all of the pen too much. Heck, he had 13 pitchers on the roster for tonight’s game. Most teams have 11.

Jim

June 1st, 2011
12:23 am

Uggla sucks Gonzo sucks Conrad sucks Freddi sucks

farmer

June 1st, 2011
12:26 am

as I have said repeatedly, Fredi Gonzalez royally sucks as a manager, period. another pathetic loss to a pathetic team. totally unacceptable. and this”tip your cap crap” is pretty stupid. call it like it is, this team sucks in the hittng dept. they can’t hit the broadside of a barn.

Sam

June 1st, 2011
12:27 am

Linebrink pitched

Freddy

June 1st, 2011
12:35 am

Now, that we have a leadoff man…Thanks GM mathman for your opinion…Has Fredi told you that.

Deedle Nick

June 1st, 2011
12:40 am

@ farmer :” they can’t hit the broadside of a barn.”

From inside the barn.

Mat

June 1st, 2011
12:48 am

What is our hitting coach doing? Guys were all over t.p. last year. Can chipper play here and there and be the NEW hitting coach.

reckingball

June 1st, 2011
12:58 am

Looking on the bright side, at least Uggla didn’t look bad up at the plate, in the game tonight.

Formerbravefan

June 1st, 2011
1:05 am

Nice game Chipper I’ve been tough on you lately see you in Cooperstown.Like all the talk about Pence but let’s face it.The Braves are desperate for at least three everyday players and everyone knows it they will not get a square deal for any bats.They will probably end up with another BJ Surhoff type a slappy with no pop.This club needs some serious mashers and quick.They trade deadline will be way too late.

NickB

June 1st, 2011
1:20 am

The team doesn’t need more home run hitters, they need to start taking more pitches and wearing starters out like they did last year…. I don’t understand how basically the same team can go from the top in BB’s per 9 inning to near the bottom….. It’s putting wayyy too much pressure on guys to hit HR’s…

jerry

June 1st, 2011
1:30 am

why call up Minor again vs Astros series????? why not bring a chance to Christian Martinez to start the game in Astros series????

at least 5 innings :)

“FORMERBRAVEFAN” i think about trade for Pence.. is likely the solution

jerry

June 1st, 2011
1:32 am

i think about trade one prospect pitcher in exchange for Gardner and other guy from NYY

Cap tipper

June 1st, 2011
1:42 am

Dawg ‘88: I’m tipping, already yet. How can you not tip your cap to team offenses that know when and how to bring it, like that offensive juggernaut, the San Diego Padres?
“Tip tippin’ away, tip tippin’ away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you tip tippin’ away.”

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

June 1st, 2011
1:42 am

4 runs a boost?? :lol:

JERRY

June 1st, 2011
1:43 am

or what about trade for Michael Bourn :) super speed super defensive player

right now : .271 .342 .351 line

hits-57 doubles-12 triples-3 HR-1 RBI-16 RUNS-37 SB-19 CS-2 BB-23
errors only 1

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

June 1st, 2011
1:44 am

You really want to ruin Pence’s career by putting him in a Braves uniform? Because that’s exactly what’s going to happen. He will struggle as never before.

JERRY

June 1st, 2011
1:46 am

BOURN = DEION SANDERS, OTIS NIXON

jerry

June 1st, 2011
1:48 am

lol poor negative and stupid guy why ruin pence’s carrer???? only because Uggla’s have problems right now the rest of players too???????

jerry

June 1st, 2011
1:49 am

i think the problem begin in front office …. the braves dont have a ballpark for HR hitters…

Turner Field is a friendly pitcher stadium with deep gaps,,,

sooooo…… 1)build a solid rotation and great bullpen, 2) sign good contact players with speed and high OBP , 3) build a team with good defense,,,,4) if the GM have a saved money sign one cleanup hitter….

and play with SMALLBALL-SMARTBALL …. steal bases ,,,double steal ,,hit and run ,,,,sac bunt
bunt for hit….

The Great Santini

June 1st, 2011
1:54 am

I’m tired of these hogs gettin’ their rears handed to them by the bottomfeeders in the league. Won’t be playin’ in October if we don’t recitify that soon sportsfans.

jerry

June 1st, 2011
2:03 am

boston have a friendly hitter stadium

sooo…. boston sign adrian gonzalez and carl crawford …gonzalez hit very well to opposite field and fenway have a short distance in LF and short distance in RF foul line tooo ,,crawford use the deep gap RF-CF for knock triples and doubles…..

oh yes and boston have in line up : ortiz youkilis pedroia ellsbury lowrie saltalamachia(former brave) drew,cameron,varitek………

pedroia,ellsbury : good contact hitters with speed and good defense
ortiz,youkilis,gonzalez: power hitters,contact hitters,lot of BB and lot of OBP …gonzalez and youkilis terrific defensive players
crawford: five tools player

oh yes and have a good rotation : beckett (lead AL in ERA) lester (7 wins) bucholz,matsuzaka,wakefield and in DL Lackey ,, papelbon,jenks,bard in late innings

the only bad thing in boston is FRANCONA never play with sac bunt….

Tom

June 1st, 2011
2:13 am

the most explosive braves team in last 10 years

2002-2003

C LOPEZ
1B FRANCO
2B GILES
SS FURCAL
3B CASTILLA
LF C JONES
CF A JONES
RF SHEFFIELD

furcal and giles in top : good contact hitters and speedy
3-4-5-6: chipper sheffield andruw javy : contact , power
7-8 : castilla and franco decent hitter ,,castilla with power sometimes

furcal,giles,franco,castilla: good defense
andruw jones : terrific defense

clay

June 1st, 2011
4:18 am

to all you fools out there that wanted bobby cox gone and tp out as hitting coach. how do you like it now? it just goes to show you how no one knows how to coach. anyone can play coach or gm on the computer, but you are starting to see what it is like now that you finally got cox out of town.

clay

June 1st, 2011
4:19 am

be carefully what you wish

Johnny Beach

June 1st, 2011
5:39 am

Keep Uggla as a Pinch Runner only for about a week. Bones Jones still has the punch to lead

Mike

June 1st, 2011
6:48 am

Someone poster “…we don’t hit lefty’s well.” Do the Braves hit anyone well?

And please everyone stop posting things like “we” and “us” when talking about The Braves…I’m guessing no one here actaully plays or has anything to do with the outcome.

wjones

June 1st, 2011
7:08 am

Don’t think anyone has mentioned this, but Houston is a very friendly hitter’s park, and Pence’s numbers going to Turner would be depressed, as Turner Field is a more pitcher friendly park. Also, Pence does not take a whole lot of walks, 40 to 50 per year tops. You can look it up, also his home vs road stats. But, grass is always greener–the player you don’t have always looks better than the one you DO have. Saw where someone wanted Adam Dunn yesterday. The only difference between Dunn and Uggla right now is that Uggla is a decent second baseman and a decent base runner. Their offensive numbers are frighteningly similar.

hawaiibravefan

June 1st, 2011
7:08 am

I agree with Clay i remember last year they wanted Bobby and TP out when in reality, its the players fault that they don’t hit. Cox has good baseball instincts while Fredi is still not in his prime in managing, it’s gonna take time. I personally liked the approach that TP had with the patience, but wasn’t Larry Parrish a big power guy back in his day? Maybe that’s why this team swings for the fence more then ever.

Herschel Talker

June 1st, 2011
7:20 am

clay:

Just because we wanted Bobby out doesn’t mean that was wrong. It just means that Wren replaced Bobby with an even bigger idiot. Two stupid fools.

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a fan

June 1st, 2011
7:33 am

Face it we are a 500 team

georgiadawgg

June 1st, 2011
7:59 am

HOW ABOUT THE ATLANTA PUKES. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD SEND THEM WITH THE THRASHERS TO CANADA.

reckingball

June 1st, 2011
8:02 am

stuck record

STRETCH

June 1st, 2011
8:03 am

Yep a 500 team. As a matter of fact they are on the edge right now.

1. An adged 3rd basement who is one sudden move away from ending his career.

2. Young RF who hasnt and probably wont be able to do anything much this season due to injury.

3. A superstar 2B who hasnt done anything and probably wont do anything this season.

4. A SS that had 21 hrs halfway through the season in the AL last year but since has been very medicore.

5. And once again the outfield is shaky.

ExBraves Fan

June 1st, 2011
8:17 am

These Braves, like all Braves teams, are who we thought they were . . . LOUSY!!! When will you people quit thinking this losing bunch will ever be winners again. 1 sorry World Series win out of 14 straight division titles; blew a 2-0 lead in the Series with the Yankees, after SWEEPING those two wins in NY; a sorid history, since 1966 of failure. Yes, the Cubs are bad, but these Braves stink. That is why I quit going to games and spending a day or two’s pay on these bums. It is much easier to turn off the TV after 3 innings and them trailing teams they should be killing. They paid millions to Uggla. Enjoy the next 5 years of .225, 18, 65 and 175 strikeouts for nothing. They have been CAUGHT by the sorry Seattle Mariners in record. And the Mariners have the worst team in baseball, yet have found a way to win. The Braves ALWAYS find that way to lose. Some how, some way, they invent new ways, to lose. Thank God that football season is only 3 months away.

Ben

June 1st, 2011
8:38 am

Kind of starting to agree with the haters on here. This team is just too WILDLY inconsistent and well, the batting is well documented.

My fear is that this team is just good enough to keep it interesting all year and then fall short 3 or 4 games out of the wild card.

When does reality take over for Uggla? 110? 120 games? What level of failure does he have to hit before his season is a wash and is sat permanently? I realize the economics and what we paid but really, what is the threshold?

Formerbravefan

June 1st, 2011
8:46 am

Hey Jerry I’ll take all those guys and a few more if they can get em.

Donovan

June 1st, 2011
9:07 am

San Diego comes in with the worse offensive record in the league. The Braves have lost to them twice in a row. What does that tell you. Oh, wait…you all know that already. THE BRAVES SUCK!

Lobosolo

June 1st, 2011
9:08 am

Another round from the armchair experts too pussified to handle a game they don’t understand and have neither the nerves nor courage to follow… such downright haters, too, to be calling themselves “fans”… Begs (AGAIN) to ask the question, “Why do you watch?”… Crybabies, go find new paths to project your failures onto… Still all of this “we” business, too… ExBraves fan, you and the lovely alexis are prime examples of the kind of whine-o that begs an answer to the question above… You can’t handle the bad with the good… God, you cryboys should look at yourselves… Pussified whimpolas like y’all should do you and your families (not to mention the Braves) a favor and stick to something you can handle – like tiddlywinks or coin collecting…

Remember, armchairs – there is no “we” in crappy fan….

Ben

June 1st, 2011
9:31 am

Lobosolo, sadly, you’re just as bad as the chicken littles that come in here and claim “BRAVES SUCK”. Why is your opinion more valid, more informed that people coming in here venting their frustrations with a team that is currently underachieving and struggling at the plate? The air of superiority in your post makes you look just as foolish as the lunatic fringe.

This is a team that many picked to win the Wild Card, a better than decent shot to win the Division, and many people’s dark horse to win it all. The Braves went out and spent some money and so far they aren’t playing up to expectations. Criticism is deserved. Also, since when is criticising your team the same as not being a real fan? Some might call that passion.

David Puddy

June 1st, 2011
9:32 am

“Hate to nitpick but…” Pulling a starting pitcher who had given up two runs because he walks the leadoff batter, but sticks with a relief pitcher until he gives up three hits, an inherrited runner, and two runs of his own. “Hate to nitpick, but…”

richie_rich1986

June 1st, 2011
9:53 am

oh man its the end of the world as we know it!!! Bravos will be just fine!!! Just have to get these runners in to score when we get them on. Minor pitched a hellauvela game I thought. Yes that walk really hurt us. I knew when he walked him to start the inning he was going to score and bite us in the butt. The Offense really needs to get some early runs up on the board. I mean we have a speedy leadoff guy and a contact machine hitting 2nd and a HOF hitting 3rd.. How can those guys not consistantly put up a run or two in the first inning?

alex

June 1st, 2011
10:07 am

LOBO;”WHIMPOLA?”, gOOD to get the excrement out of the way with lobo having checked in..Cot to be worried that phil and reckingball are not much engaged, Braves are loosing fans..need to shake it up

chris

June 1st, 2011
10:15 am

dan is hitting .359 batting 4th he hit 4th99%in fla. fire freddi now

Brava

June 1st, 2011
10:15 am

Lobosolo doesn’t ever have an opinion, he just comes on here to bash others.

As for the team, they are becoming a major disappointment and very boring to watch. I’m sure this is only my perception, but Fredi seems very apathetic and it often seems like he’s conceding the game. Last night was a prime example with Gearrin. There was no earthly reason to leave him out there so long when it was clear he wasn’t having a good outing. Letting him give up three runs when this team is struggling to score even one just didn’t make any sense.

bravesgrl4life

June 1st, 2011
10:18 am

It’s no wonder most of the regular bloggers for the DOB/CR blog come over here and comment on the quotes. Most of the people over here are big old negative nellies and it’s just depressing. Gosh, people, it’s baseball. Kindly contain the hate for crying out loud. I’m sure your life will just be over if the Braves don’t make the playoffs. :roll:

braves fan forever

June 1st, 2011
10:21 am

Pence is overated.If I had a choice between him and Francouer I would take Francouer.I think Schafer will be a good leadoff hitter at least better on defense than McClouth.Heyward is still a mistery to me.Is the talent there with him yes,But i think he is a guy with too many excuses and can’t and won’t play hurt.Bottom line is he doesn’t know how to suck it up and play.McCaan and Chipper both would have better numbers if the rest of the lineup would hit.Chipper numbers would be much better.Uggla was at one time one of the most feared hitters in baseball.He need to talk to John Smoltz Head Shrinker.There is nothing physically wrong with him it is all mental.Bullpen is really getting overused.Fredi Gonzalez looks lost as well as the batting Coach too.It is time to clean house with the Coaches.We need someone with fire.I am tired of the laid back Coaching and tired of excuses.It is time to throw some furniture around in the locker room and wake people up.We are very lucky to be only 4.5 out.

chris

June 1st, 2011
10:22 am

dans last hit a hr off of haliday batting 4th.why is the media and dave obrien not asking these questions to freddi?DAN UGGLA IS BATTING .359 IN 4TH POSITION!!!!STATS DON’T LIE !!!

chris

June 1st, 2011
10:28 am

i don’t think its mostly hate,for me its passion,and since i go to games,and pay i have a right to voice my opinion.and you wonder why fans are not showing up?we need chipper to take the lead of this team and have a closed door meeting,players only.i saw werth spoke his mind,and got results,they also had a closed door meeting.and bat uggla 4th in front of bmac he see better pitches.keep on playing like this,and fans will show up like the 70s fewer than 1500 per game.

chris

June 1st, 2011
10:32 am

ALSO FOR ALL U HATERS,IF DAN GETS 3 HITS TODAY,WHO IN THE HELL IS GOING TO DRIVE HIM IN?PRADO ANOTHER DP,TEAM IS NOT HITTING PERIOD,GONZO IS A MAGICIAN HITTING.271.I RATHER HAVE A SS WITH 90%GOOD AND CAN HIT THAN SOMEONE LIKE GONZO WHO SWINGS AT ANYTHING HE CAN LUNGE FOR.

chris

June 1st, 2011
10:35 am

AND HEYWARD YOU CAN STAY OUT ,AND U WON’T SEE ANOTHER RAISE NEXT YEAR EITHER.PLEASE,SAVE YOUR MONEY FAKER,YOU WILL NEVER MAKE IT IN THE REAL WORLD.

chris

June 1st, 2011
10:38 am

START BATTING DAN 4TH IN FRONT OF BMAC,AND YOU WILL SEE RESULTS,PERIOD!!!!!!!

NickB

June 1st, 2011
10:58 am

I think the evidence for those of us on here who don’t think the world is ending over those of you who are over reactionary, wanna fire everybody, bench Uggla and Heyward and (somehow) go trade the farm for replacements is thus: The team is above .500 despite all our offensive problems. In fact, we have a better record than we did this time last year WHEN WE MADE THE PLAYOFFS!!! Relax, June just started, if the team is in contention come July, deals will be made i’m sure. Instead of being kneejerk and freaking out over every win and being such fair weather fans, perhaps you should educate yourselves about the fact that the season is 162 games long, and rarely do teams with so much potential flounder for an entire season….. BTW, Uggla isn’t gonna be benched he makes too much $$ and is signed long term, you don’t ruin a guys confidence (and not to mention value) by benching him…. It’s better for the long term to have him stay in there , figuring it out. Even at the expense of one season.

reckingball

June 1st, 2011
11:06 am

Everyone is disappointed right now with the way things are going for the Braves.
I am.
But I still do not feel compelled to call the players insulting names, call for firings, or make ridiculous trade suggestions, on every single thread on DOB’s blogs.
I suppose some people need to vent in that way. More power to them, but it does get redundant, after a very little while.

alex

June 1st, 2011
11:28 am

Reckingball:when did you ever vent?!?!. Glad to have you back,kind of…..

Steve

June 1st, 2011
11:39 am

Play Diory at 2nd base,keep Uggla and Conrad on the bench.

63 year Braves fan

June 1st, 2011
11:42 am

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SONNY CLUSTERS?

ChillyMutt

June 1st, 2011
11:47 am

CHIPPER: we need you in there but we need you in there healthy. Get your knee taken care of, let that groin heal and come back in two weeks and KNOCK THE COVER OFF THE BALL!

Bill Malone

June 1st, 2011
12:09 pm

Good comments, Reckingball! It’s a long season…

reckingball

June 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

I have to agree that it is kind of painfull to watch Chipper play, while he is hurt. It would be nice, if the Braves could let him get healed up.
I don’t think that he is going to be able to go tonight, judging by the way he was moving at the end of last night’s game.

The Lemmer

June 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

Good news Bravo fans, its June so we now KNOW UGGLY will start warming up right? Hope so cause its has reached the ridiculous point, but FW, start talking to the Mutts about David Wright, were gonna need a 3rd baseman after this year, he’s locked up thru 2013 @ mill, same amount were paying Lowe, so trade Lowe, McOut, & throw in someone & do the deal, after this year no KK salary, no McOut, probably no Chipper salary, & Lowe salary is a wash, we CAN afford him, git er done!!!!!!!!

Stating the obvious

June 1st, 2011
12:18 pm

This has probably been said… but the glaring issue right now (besides Uggla) seems to be the lineup. Getting 10+ hits but not getting guys in may not be a lack of clutch hitting, but rather an abundance of rally killers where they shouldn’t be…

Jimmy

June 1st, 2011
12:24 pm

I think Chipper is hurting this club by playing. He should have scored on that double, but he isn’t physically capable. He should take two weeks and get his knee and legs right. Don’t be a Brett Favre and play hurt…hurting your team.

willy

June 1st, 2011
12:59 pm

This team is very good. The fact that we are one of the only 5 teams in the leaugue with 30 wins is impressive. The fact that we are doing it with a immensely underacheiving offense is even more impressive. That tells you how good our pithching is. Once we get heyward back and Uggla starts to hit (which will happen because good hitters eventually will start to hit)this team will be DEADLY. I say we will be about 1 game behing the Philthies by August.

Just thought I would give my opinion. Eff all you haters!

willy

June 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

and plus chipper will soon get hurt, which opens the door for us to acquire a stud LFer (i say Carlos Quentin) or get Matt Kemp and move Jay Shafe to left field.

alex

June 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

willy:”there’s no place like home,there’s no place like home….:

Formerbravefan

June 1st, 2011
3:34 pm

Good comments Nick B,Uggla needs to go to the 8th spot and just swing it.Whatever he can deliver will be a bonus no one would take him anyway now.

Robert

June 1st, 2011
4:23 pm

62million for what? A.179 batting average. Can we trade for infante?

BravesFAN

June 1st, 2011
5:19 pm

You know it’s bad when DOB is asking guys on the team IF SCORING FOUR FREAKING RUNS IN ONE GAME HELPS BUILD CONFIDENCE….this team is beyond pathetic and is hopeless unless they pick up som real major league hitters. We only have a few real MLB hitters. We suck let’s face it this teams going no where unless they trade for some big bats. Braves position players = BEYOND PATHETIC… They don’t deserve the money they make they should refund fans their money back for putting them through this….

hank1957

June 1st, 2011
5:30 pm

Why do I get the feeling that if Fredi Gonzalez’s house burned down when he was on the road he would say, “I tip my hat to the fireman, at least my detached garage was saved”.

space ghost

June 1st, 2011
6:39 pm

hey “chris”: you are right!! UGGLA HAVE A VERY GOOD BATTING AVG. IN 4th SPOT IN LINEUP BUT MAYBE FREDI GONZALEZ DONT HAVE A “STATS BOOK” FOR COMPARE STATS…

is good idea try with dan uggla in 4th spot for one week ,,,,,after check the stats …..if uggla have high avg ok put again there….

McCann hit the ball very well in 3rd,4th,5th spot,,,i think McCann dont have a problem with batting order..

wjones

June 1st, 2011
11:20 pm

“ExBraves Fan

June 1st, 2011
8:17 am
These Braves, like all Braves teams, are who we thought they were . . . LOUSY!!! When will you people quit thinking this losing bunch will ever be winners again. 1 sorry World Series win out of 14 straight division titles; blew a 2-0 lead in the Series with the Yankees, after SWEEPING those two wins in NY; a sorid history, since 1966 of failure. Yes, the Cubs are bad, but these Braves stink. That is why I quit going to games and spending a day or two’s pay on these bums. It is much easier to turn off the TV after 3 innings and them trailing teams they should be killing. They paid millions to Uggla. Enjoy the next 5 years of .225, 18, 65 and 175 strikeouts for nothing. They have been CAUGHT by the sorry Seattle Mariners in record. And the Mariners have the worst team in baseball, yet have found a way to win. The Braves ALWAYS find that way to lose. Some how, some way, they invent new ways, to lose. Thank God that football season is only 3 months away.”
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I know people have asked you this before, “ex braves fan”, but I’m sure you have never had the courtesy to respond to them. If you hate the team so much, why do you 1) know so much about them, and 2) go on the blog and spend so much time talking them down? You must be a miserable person. Are you on anti-depressents? If not, you might want to seek therapy. I just don’t understand. For instance, I myself hate the Marlins, but have never gone onto their blog. Not once. Don’t get all stirred up when they play a bad game or lose, don’t go and berate their fans. In fact, when they lose it makes me chuckle warmly inside, and doesn’t fill me with rage.

As for the commenters who have been called out as negative, and are protesting because “they have a right to vent”, you absolutely do. And the rest of us have a right to tell you when we’ve heard enough. You are all a very depressing bunch to read. And just a quick history lesson for the Uggla bashers (yes, I know he is struggling mightily)–20 years ago at this time, one of our pitchers was struggling about the same amount as Uggla. Could not buy a win. How could we hope to contend with that kind of performance. And sure enough, at the all-star break we were in second place, with a double digit deficit behind the mighty Dodgers. We were falling apart. Bream lost a month to a back injury. Justice lost TWO months to a back injury. Our closer, Berenguer, who was having a good season, went down with a season ending injury in August. Our starting catcher, Mike Heath, went down with a season ending injury in July. Our lead-off batter, who stole a team record 72 bases, Otis Nixon, was suspended in August for drug use and was lost to us for the duration. Want to know what we did? Won the division the last weekend, that same pitcher who couldn’t get a win in April and May shut out the mighty Pirates in Game 7 of the LCS, and he dang near did the same thing against the Twins in Game 7 of the World Series. Again, you can look it up. That team had a worse record at the all-star break than this team does now. So please don’t jump off a cliff just yet.

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