Postgame quotes following Sunday night’s loss to the Mets

TIM HUDSON

On how he felt:

“Nah, back felt fine. Physically I felt really good, probably the best I’ve felt in a long time. It’s just I made some mistakes and didn’t really get away with any of them.”

On if maybe threw too many strikes:

“Early on, I think so. I was throwing a lot of strikes and they were being somewhat aggressive and on occasion some of the strikes weren’t very good quality strikes, up and over the plate. They put themselves in position to score, I just didn’t really make good pitches whenever they were up there being aggressive like that.

On Reyes walk in second inning, on if would do different:

“No, I just didn’t make a very good pitch to Turner. I threw him a hanging breaking ball and he was really late and tardy on fastballs his first at-bat. I just threw him a slider in there that was about his bat speed and he hit it. It was up in the zone, wasn’t a very good pitch. Walking Reyes right there – everybody in the stadium would have done it. I probably should have done it his other at-bat (in the third inning) when he got a base hit. But I felt like I could have had a chance to get him out right there and I just didn’t elevate the four-seamer high enough.”

On Beltran’s double, one of only real hard hit balls:

“I felt really good. I felt like the outcome should have been much better for me. They got some good swings on some pitches that were mistakes and they didn’t miss any. I didn’t really get away with a whole lot.”

On this stretch:

“We’re not playing great baseball right now. We’re much better than what we’re showing out there right now, and I think it’s going to work itself out. We’ve just got to keep going out there, keep plugging along and try to do the little things to help us win and help us avoid some of the stooge moves out there, both on the mound and in the field.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson:

“Health was fine. just some pitches, he’d like to get them back. It’s just one of those days, just one of those series. We didn’t pitch very good and we didn’t swing the bats until the end in three of the games, so off day tomorrow, regroup, we’ve got a tough series with the Marlins. We’re both right there in the thick of things. It’s going to be a good series. Whoever wins that series has a chance to jump one to second place and see what happens with the Phillies.”

On Dickey:

“He’s tough. It’s tough to prepare for him. We this some balls hard at people at times, but he was good. What one run in eight innings.”

On Reyes:

“We knew he was hot coming into the series, and shoot, he stayed hot.”

On Hudson’s short night:

“(If) we scored three and he still maybe be out there in a 5-3 game in the fifth inning, but you feel like you’re up against it when you give up five runs and we’ve haven’t scored in 14 innings and you feel like you’ve got a man at second base, you’ve got to try to get back in there. We haven’t played particularly well the last two series. We need to turn that around. Maybe an off day will get us going and get our bats going and get our pitching, which has been our consistency, keep that going and go on a run. I think we had a nice little run going, 12 out of 16 in the middle of last month, but other than that…We’re better than that. Deep down inside, in my gut and my heart I know we’re going to be able to swing the bats and hopefully it’s soon.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On facing the knuckleball:

“Knuckleballs aren’t fun to face. His was dancing all over the place tonight. He made a couple mistakes. Ski almost hit one out on a knuckleball, and then we didn’t really string anything together tonight. I thought he pitched a good game.”

On Hudson:

“I thought maybe he threw too many strikes. He’d get ahead and then…You know he’s a sinkerball pitcher. That’s the thing with him is groundball outs. When balls find the hole, that’s (what can happen).”

On offensive stretch:

“It’ll come around. We’ve just got to stay the course. It’s such a long season. You go through times where you know you’re hot and you go through times when you’re cold, and you’ve got to squeak out wins when things aren’t going your way. And I think we’ve done that. We’re not playing our best baseball right now, but we’re getting a win here and there and we’re staying close. We’re still right there. We’re (3 ½ games) back in the division, and right there in the wild card, so I don’t think we need to panic about anything. Teams go through highs and teams go through lows. You’ve just got to kind of ride them both out.”

144 comments Add your comment

Doyle from Charleston,SC

June 6th, 2011
12:30 am

First!! Something the Braves arent

Dave P

June 6th, 2011
12:38 am

DOB and Carrol have amazing jobs and are extremely lucky, but it’s got to be tiring to hear the same canned excuses night after night. I know it feels exhausting reading it over and over.

Danthecone

June 6th, 2011
12:42 am

Fire Fredi Gonzalez

count_schemula

June 6th, 2011
12:43 am

Second! Something else the Braves are not.

NorCal Brave

June 6th, 2011
12:47 am

Earth to Larry Parrish: Bobby Valentine gave you some free advice on what’s wrong with Uggla’s swing.
Have you at least studied film comparing his current swing with what it looked like as a Marlin?

Thanks, CR, for the postgame comments; unfortunately they’re just a regurgitation of the same thing from almost every loss.

Main thing I noticed tonight was the Mets came out with a game plan on how to approach Hudson and executed it perfectly; the Braves offense utilized their usual approach: twiddle thumbs for six innings and hope their starter keeps them in the game. I don’t think Fredi knows how to motivate.

farmer

June 6th, 2011
12:48 am

I love your analysis Hudson, I felt fine just didn’t make the pitches.. isn’t that your job you idiot! and Fredi, please shut up! we are sick of you already! your sorry butt should be fired immediately!

Steve

June 6th, 2011
12:48 am

LOL, Braves fans were on the Jordan Schafer bandwagon when he came back and got a couple of hits. Now how has he been doing? Not so good! Please, I’m tired of you “optimistic” Braves fans giving Dan Struggla the excuse “he’s just a slow starter”. Really??? We are in the month of June! He is batting .172! Braves fans are probably going to jump on the Hernandez bandwagon, since he got a homerun tonight.

count_schemula

June 6th, 2011
12:50 am

Let the record show that I was second, but completely sabotaged by the time warp.

I’m still on the Schafer tip. EVEN MORE after he came back so fast from the smash face.

JC Boscan III

June 6th, 2011
12:52 am

Usually, I can’t stand the national baseball announcers, but Valentine made a good point tonight. Dickey’s been pitching with a bad foot, and the Braves tried how many bunts for hits (to make him field his position) —– could that be ZERO….!?!! Why not try SOMETHING to get some baserunners!!!!?!

drbasic1

June 6th, 2011
12:59 am

Same tired comments….same tired results….after one third of a season and the evaluations start, this is an average team at best. Fredi is not putting a fire under anyone, and is Parrish getting paid??? I know you can not hit for the players, but if i remember Parrish as a player, he was an all or nothing guy, not much of a career average, i think he has everyone swinging for the fence and not correcting anyone for anything. If the players keep saying we are a better team than we are showing and keep saying it, they will finish last in the division but still feel they are better than they played…..getting paid millions to not do your job is bothersome to me, if i failed to perform my job on a daily basis, i would be unemployed, and i yet could tell my boss, well, “I am really better than I Performed…..go figure huh…

Brandon

June 6th, 2011
1:05 am

@farmer – how can you call hudson an idiot for what he said? even greg maddux had days where he didnt make his pitches. everybody has their off days. its not like he was trying to not make his pitches. of course he’s doing his job, but nobody’s a robot. he cant be perfect everyday.

@steve- about mr. struggla, i do feel that he will eventually come around, but i believe most of us realize that this is more than just a SLOW START. hopefully uggla turns things around soon. hopefully florida will spark something.

the bias

June 6th, 2011
1:07 am

Dave P

June 6th, 2011
12:38 am
DOB and Carrol have amazing jobs and are extremely lucky, but it’s got to be tiring to hear the same canned excuses night after night. I know it feels exhausting reading it over and over

Have a great job?lucky?Go report on a team that does not even show up every night?Have a manager with no guts,no fire/?Someone on this team,chipper needs to say what zambrano said tonite for the cubs,this team is pathetic,embarassing,a aaa team,so is mgmt.Im glad they are getting paid but as a braves fan since 1976,i will continue to support them till the final out of the final game,but i will not be going to any braves games until june 17,being from nc,josh hamilton,myself went to same high school in nc,and i like to see him hit hrs off of atlanta as long as the braves win.In my years,35 and counting i have never seen a talented team like atlanta has been this bad.I do know that major leagues are at there lowest since 1990 as far as runs/game but this is getting rediculous with this team.

Johnny Beach

June 6th, 2011
1:11 am

Catcher is right. The season is so long nothing matters til late august. If Uggla is hitting 240 in August, the Braves will be in first by then.

the bias

June 6th, 2011
1:12 am

could you please bat dan 4th?am i the only one in the whole world that sees this?maybe it will build his confidence.Dan was batting.359 in 45 ab batting 4th with 3 hrs,4 rbi,s.I wish carroll or dob would ask this question afterall you are reporters and you do get paid so why is noone asking this question.NOTE….HIS LAST HR WAS OFF OF HALIDAY BATTING 4TH.HE HIT 4TH WHILE IN FLA.PUT DAN IN 4TH,WHAT WORSE THAN HE CAN DO NOW?

the bias

June 6th, 2011
1:15 am

In 2 weeks we have texas for 3,toronto for 4 braves will go 1/6 if this offense does not turn around,both of these teams have no trouble scoring,ask clev.what texas did to them…..sweep4-0 at cleveland!!!

Him Tudson

June 6th, 2011
1:23 am

At least Fredi didn’t tip his cap tonight. Next thing you know, he’ll be saying stuff like, “Nah, the opposition wasn’t very good tonight. We just sucked harder than they did, that’s all.”

reckingball

June 6th, 2011
1:25 am

When the Mets scored 4 runs, I thought that would be the game.
When they got 6 runs, pretty well knew there was no way the Braves could come back.
But then in the 9th, who walked up on the mound for the Mets, none other than Manny Acosta.
I thought there is still a ray of hope for a comeback, but the Met’s doggone manager took him out of the game to quick, for the Braves to do any real damage.

the bias

June 6th, 2011
1:25 am

TY FG You leave hudson in until it was too late5-0,and u pull JJ after 3 hits.Talk about favorites,i can see why fla.,fired you.

reckingball

June 6th, 2011
1:32 am

the bias………..How many monikers do you post under?

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acbwcmm

June 6th, 2011
3:49 am

All of the Braves players and coaches keep saying that they are better than what they are showing. It’s June. Maybe they just aren’t better than what they are showing. Maybe they are just average.

Sometimes you gotta tip your cap to really crappy teams with mediocre pitchers that somehow turn into championship caliber teams when the Braves play them. Right, Fredi?

The good news is that the Braves tend to play better against teams with winning records and the Marlins have that.

STRETCH

June 6th, 2011
4:27 am

The Braves have lost consecutive series to the Padres and Mets but still only trail the Phillies by 3 ½ games in the NL East.

Would be better if they hadnt gone 2 and 4 against the Padres and Mets. This offense is a joke and this organization is still owned by money hungry tight wads!

Man im so sick of Atlanta sports teams being owned by these people. Atleast the Falcons have Blank and he will spend and the management isnt afraid to make moves.

This Braves team as currently constructed is doomed.

1. If Chipper, McCann, Prado and Freeman arent hitting then they got no chance.

2. Gonzales and Uggla are doing well defensively, but are swinging toothpicks at the plate. Those two guys really need to pick it up!

3. The outfield is a complete mess with a 21 year old who’s season is one swing away from being over. They have 2 injured CF’s and the rest are journeymen. Prado should be at 3rd base anyway.

4. Lowe, Hanson and Hudson are all overrated. Ive seen this the last couple of seasons! After JJ, i dont know who’s going to show up on the mound.

Love my Atlanta sports teams, but the city and organizations really need to get serious about winning. Cause the products they put out on the field just dont cut it.

Conyers Braves Fan

June 6th, 2011
4:38 am

The Braves record is not as good as it should be and not as bad as it could be. The starting pitching has begun to get worse with Lowe and Hudson having bad outings recently. Not a good sign for this team.

Hawaiibravefan

June 6th, 2011
4:59 am

Last year after every loss it was ‘tip your hat’, and they do use that phrase this year too but they also have another phrase, “just another one of those days.” How many just one of those days are you gonna have, and one of those series?

Adrian's Devine

June 6th, 2011
5:38 am

Well, I guess Im the only one who muted the sound last night after hearing the love fest between the ESPN announcers and Jose Reyes. Good Lord, i thought they were going to climb down out of the press box and go to the dugout and kiss his behind. He is a good player and all, but he isnt the second coming of Lou Gehrig.

The Braves look bewildered and confused as a baseball team. There is no fire , no spark. I think everyone was giving Fredi a honeymoon period. Well, the period is over. How many games has he been thrown out ? He might come out on a bad call every now and then, but i dont see him fighting for his players like Bobby did. He just sits there, buddha like. I guess he’s scared he might lose his seat for the ball game. And some body tell me , what in the he!! is Larry Parrish doing ? I would like to know his salary because he isnt earning it.

RMikel58

June 6th, 2011
6:13 am

Atlanta cant decide if they like being in 3rd or 4th place better. These are not the Braves we used to love in the late and early 90’s, kinda more like a scrambled egg team with alittle of this and little of that to make the egg.
The ingredients are no more found on the top shelf so the head chef is having to go to the lower shelfs to imitate the ingredient and then hope for the best. But the fans of the 90’s thats been around knows what a great omelet taste like and we’re not being fooled.
If theyre not hitting, sit them down for a few games until they get a better attitude. Its like their just going thru the motions to just show up.
This is as good as it gets with the Braves, yeah maybe they will overtake 2nd but that is only temporary because somehow they’ll find a way to drop to 4th or 5th toward the end of the season.
Their only in 3rd place because Phillie or Florida hasnt started playing good yet but will pick up the pace and you’ll see the Braves drift further and further back, kinda like an old race horse that has ridden into too many races.
Maybe the Braves are playing the best baseball they are capable of playing and what we see out there on the diamond is over achievers. Maybe winning 2 games in a row and winning a series 1 out of 5 isnt so bad.
Maybe Atlanta is just a stepping stool for alot of those Rookies and young players to launch their careers onto big n better things cause if they turn out great then we cant afford to keep them. So i guess we can call this our AAAA Braves team kinda like Semi Pro Team.
I went through this for 25 years watching the Braves get killed by mediocre teams, 10 game losing streaks, 100 fans in the stadium.
The Braves didnt have a thing called Season Tickets, their tickets was the butt of most jokes. The Insult would be to give a friend or family member a pair of tickets as a gift to watch the Braves game.
Funny how long it took to gain respect in Baseball then in a few short years how we have fallen so fast.

NickGranite

June 6th, 2011
6:23 am

Bias, anyone who would suggest putting Uggla in the 4 hole should just stop watching baseball. I remember the announcer last night saying he was 5 of his last 59 before he promptly made another out. Frankly, he should be sent down to the minors to straighten out his swing. I’m still ticked they put Gonzo in the 2 hole. Last night’s line-up should have started Shafer, Prado, McCann, Freeman. At least those 4 have a shot at stringing some hits together. Gonzo is best down in the line-up where he can hit a homer once in awhile and NOT be in a position to hit and run or any of those other things 2 hole hitters are expected to do…namely contact.

cornjolio

June 6th, 2011
7:00 am

Time for Frank Wren to start taking offers for Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson for much needed offense !

After 2012 neither will be in Braves’ uniforms anyway, and Chipper will be gone.

This is a .500 team at best.

We are lucky to be 3.5 games out for what its worth. Its only a matter of time before the Phillies or Marlins leave us in the dust.

klmbbfan

June 6th, 2011
7:02 am

FIRE WREN & GONZALES. Gonzales is a joke as a coach, bad line-ups, poor double switches/ pinch hitting Young (.156 avg.) against a knuckle baller. IF this guy is a major league coach then I have lost all respect for the game of baseball. To the Braves Organization- you are putting a terrible product out there and who would want to pay money to watch this crap???

BRAVESFAN

June 6th, 2011
7:20 am

Tell me when the Braves start showing up for a game. I’m going to watch something else more entertaining, like watch the grass grow or the action at the bug zapper.

The Scout

June 6th, 2011
7:45 am

The overall lineup is atrocious. After McCann and Freeman, I have no optimism or confidence in the other six, and that includes Chipper Jones who needs to start thinking retirement if wants to keep that lifetime average above .300

alex

June 6th, 2011
7:47 am

Too many holes to fill,not much”talent”,agree that dumping lowe and packaging with ross may bring in something we can build on.Kudos for schaefer for being in there. Lots of naysayers for heyward,with the overall “talent” of this team-give him plenty of time to rehab the shoulder and prepare for the future..Really depressing to bring in conrad to hit for uggla.Valentine hammered the braves in a variety of ways;angling for the job?

It’s way to hot to sit through atl traffic to get to the TED and then another 3 hours of “baseball” and watch AAAA play at dippindot pricesBACK TO THE 80′S FOR THE BRAVES(BRING ON THE BIG HAIR

Trojan

June 6th, 2011
7:48 am

Why can’t we ever have a real outfield?

Joey

June 6th, 2011
7:51 am

Ill bet Uggla is proud to see Schafer in Atlanta. Looks like his average will be lower than Uggla’s by the end of the Marlins’ series . . .

Cecil34

June 6th, 2011
7:54 am

Y’all keep reading the “quotes”…..stick tape in and push play…..Is this the best AJC can do?

georgiadawgg

June 6th, 2011
8:02 am

UGLY UGGA IS THE SORRIEST EXCUSE FOR A BASEBALL PLAYER. I WISH SOMEBODY WOULD BUY THIS TEAM AND MOVE THEM OUT OF STATE.

bravesfn9

June 6th, 2011
8:05 am

How can anyone think that we are lucky to have a record over .500? The braves have the BEST late inning trio in the league and on most nights, all this team has to do is muster more than 3 runs. Even the most inept offense can manage 4 runs more times than not. I have seen plenty of games just like tonight go the braves way with our staff only giving up 2-3 runs. And for those thinking the marlins are going to take off, what do you think They have been doing the past 2+ months???? They came out of the gates playing great baseball. This team will start hitting and guys will start to get hot. Hopefully something clicks with uggla against Florida because if he gets going, it will be fun to watch…
by the way, heyward, mclouth, moylan, and medlen are still injured and could be great contributors in the next couple of months.

Come on Guys

June 6th, 2011
8:06 am

I thought I would not miss Joe Morgan, but after listening to Valentine, I did like the poster above said and hit the mute button. Uh, I still do not miss JM.

extremus

June 6th, 2011
8:11 am

In the grand scheme of things it isn’t going to matter too much if the Braves somehow find a way to beat the Phillies 2 out of 3 in their head-to-head matchups this season…when they’re consistently losing 2 out of 3 to the likes of the Mets, Nationals, and so on. No consistency whatsoever, no hitting, and pitching that can only keep them in ballgames for so long; if things don’t change drastically at or before the All-Star break, there isn’t much of a realistic chance for this team to contend for a playoff spot, much less win the division or a championship.

Lobosolo

June 6th, 2011
8:18 am

Poor, poor, pussified whiners… “Your” team is in the thick of the race and so far from out of it, and all you little sniffers can do is CRY… Don’t y’all realize what pussies you sound like… Pick up stamp collecting or something… your knowledge of baseball is so scant and y’all apparently don’t want to do anything about it, and your ability to be a fan is non-existent… Born to cry, you are… where are you, alexis? Time for you to organize a mall walk or something for you and your kin to get over yourselves… Hey,why don’t all you crybabies form yourselves a weekend baseball league for expert crybabies… I would pay top dollar to watch you snifflers try to throw, hit, or catch a baseball… alexis, you’re so baseball savvy that you could be the manager!!! Do it, Whiners!!!!

phil

June 6th, 2011
8:26 am

I’m still laughing at the one that suggested we start batting Uggly fourth! Funny stuff right there! Comedy Central material….

Slow start? No.

Someone said we look like an average team. We are an average team. Some nights, like last night, we look like a last place team. We know we can’t hit with any consistency – that became apparent the final 2 weeks of spring training when we stopped hitting. Something else seems to be wrong with this team, though, the farther we get into the season. Like others, I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s a disconnect somewhere. We have these glaring issues, yet nothing can be done about them. We do the same things – like allowing Uggly to even take the field – night after night expecting different results….naturally, they aren’t forthcoming. We have almost no outfield, nothing offensively at second, a declining star at third who can’t play enough to really power the team, and a bonehead at short whose inconsistencies hitting and fielding are maddening.

This leaves us with a good catcher and a good first baseman to go along with a pretty good pitching staff, even though it too is beginning to show signs of cracking up.

And yet we’re 3.5 games out of first…leads me to conclude that the entire eastern division isn’t very good, obviously enough….if we ever figure out how to actually hit a baseball where they ain’t, then we can make the playoffs again and get eliminated quickly in round one….

What a frustrating team after such high media expectations….

phil

June 6th, 2011
8:36 am

Cecil34

June 6th, 2011
7:54 am
Y’all keep reading the “quotes”…..stick tape in and push play…..Is this the best AJC can do?

Not me. I stopped reading them 2 or 3 weeks ago when it became apparent that FG is no brighter than a burned out light bulb….

Lobosolo – I’m sure I annoy most of these poor bloggers to tears myself, but your absurd rants about “whining” have gotten beyond old….can’t you come up with something, anything else to say? I’m sure there’s someone out there who could help you….just ask.

Ted M

June 6th, 2011
8:39 am

The Braves think they can keep blowing great pitching performances (even tho this wasn’t one of them) and it won’t matter because early games don’t count so much or that their bats are all gonna bust out.

If Uggla hits his career ave from now until the break is ave will still be below .200. That’s base on a 100 AB’s which seems about right.

Brandon

June 6th, 2011
8:49 am

All the people talking saying that the braves just lost to the pads and the mets. Didnt the phillies just lose series to the nationals and pirates? It’s not just the braves that lose to teams with lower records. Everybody does. It’s been that way since the beginning of baseball. Even the worse teams pull of 60-70 wins. They’re still major league teams!!!

fan man

June 6th, 2011
8:50 am

What wrong with huddy he started the season lights out but ever since the back injury they’ve hammered him.is there something still wrong that maybe he’s trying to play with the injury? Gonzales is still waiting on the three run homer.He can’t spell “SMALL BALL”. One thing Bobby would have done is have Jordan butt the first time out and find out if he’s gun shy.

Turtsnap

June 6th, 2011
8:50 am

Tim Hudson, Fredi Gonzalez and Brian McCann all should’ve said WE SUCK!

Brave New World

June 6th, 2011
8:51 am

When a team is not scoring runs consistently sooner or later it will adversely affect the pitching, especially the starters. The pitchers begin to press, trying not to make a mistake because they know if they give up 2 or 3 runs, they have put their team in a big hole. The reverse is when a team can be counted on to score runs. The pitchers pitch differently when given a cushion of a few runs. This team, while only 3.5 games out of first, is almost depressing to watch due to its moribund offense. When we got Uggla, I was very happy, but he is completely lost at the plate these days. Will he eventually start to hit? Yes, but when? It’s still way too early to write the Braves off for 2011 – let’s see what things look like in mid-September before we “Chicken Little” it. So far, McCann and Prado have been consistent and Freddie, despite a slow rookie start has started to hit. Hinske is a pro and needs as much playing time as he can get, but he will be a liability in the field. Gonzales is above average defensively and about average with some power as a shortstop. Chipper is 39. Heyward can’t help us on the DL. Schafer has potential and is terrific defensively. We are deep with starting pitching, so it’s possible some moves will be made. We could use some speed in the line up. I will always be a Braves fan, but this team is frustrating to watch.

Brandon

June 6th, 2011
8:51 am

actually i never thought hudson was truly lights out this season. at the beginning of the season he had a couple bad luck starts, not to mention that the defense has imploded in a couple of his games. personally i think his sinker is getting hit too hard this season. hopefully he can fix that because he is definitely not the hudson of last season.

fsuBraves

June 6th, 2011
8:55 am

who cares what the players have to say? I personally do not care about quotes after a game…I want to see a trade for a bat! this team is BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cory

June 6th, 2011
8:59 am

Same ol’ Same ol’. Why are the important questions never asked/answered?

Double Zero Eight

June 6th, 2011
9:07 am

We have enough pitching to trade for a big bat!
A good starting pitcher can easily pitch around the
few “big bats” that we have,

RonnieFranchise

June 6th, 2011
9:13 am

Moving Lowe or Huddy to get bats has to be done. Call up Tehran and Minor, and go from there.
But, there has to be some outfield help soon. The Braves can’t continue to roll out the Mather/Schafer/Mclouth/Young and expect to win anything.

Otisnixonsmokescrack!

June 6th, 2011
9:16 am

well, it looks like the mutts are gonna win it all this season. No since of the phillies/yanks/braves or redsox even playing the remainder of their games. You’ve been warned!

Formerbravefan

June 6th, 2011
9:17 am

It’s such a long season gotta stay the course kinda sounds like tip your cap.Nice blast Mc Cann but look at the calender.Your offense has sucked for the better part of sixty plus games.I don’t care if there were 200 games left you guys are pathetic and an embarrassment and unwatchable.

The Lemmer

June 6th, 2011
9:20 am

Acquiring a legit CF is a MUST, McOut/Schafer is NOT going to get it done, we have plenty of pitching but same old story, we cant score. Uggly needs to be benched or hitting 8th, put Diory in for a week & lets see what he can do, noway he can hit worse than Dan. Hinske, Prado, & Mather/Heyward platoon is fine, but the black hole in CF has to be addressed!

Dr. Phil

June 6th, 2011
9:21 am

The Braves are truly an average team, and Fredi is beginning to remind me of Mark Richt with his excuses. After the Braves walked in the run, I turned the game off. The previous ESPN announcers, Morgan and the SF announcer, were horrible. I leave the sound on for Valentine and the present crew. I don’t understand what is going on with Uggla but think it has something to do with a Wren curse. Andrus and Feliz won another game for the Rangers yesterday, demonstrating that the curse only applies in one direction.

Herschel Talker

June 6th, 2011
9:28 am

Is there ANYONE out there who isn’t yet sick of the same BS from these underachieving clowns? Enough is enough. What a bunch of losers.

FIRE FREDI GONZALEZ

Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)

June 6th, 2011
9:30 am

Best third place team in baseball. For real!

Otisnixonsmokescrack!

June 6th, 2011
9:31 am

…Besides Sarah palin’s remarks on Paul Revere.

WRENS' A J/O

June 6th, 2011
9:32 am

let’s hope Doofus Dan and Fredi the Freeloader stay in Florida never to be seen in Atlanta again,,Hope they fly over the Devil’s Triangle and disappear…..

Redwave

June 6th, 2011
9:36 am

I’d like to “tip my hat” to all of the posters today–you deserve it!!!

Redwave

June 6th, 2011
9:39 am

Wren’s–That is called the Bermuda Triangle–no such thing as the Devil’s Triangle. If the Braves charter flies over the Bermuda Triangle on their way to Miami then they are truly lost.

Fred

June 6th, 2011
9:43 am

TV on mute and listen to Don Sutton…win are lose he’s fair and balanced for Braves. Don’t give a crap what reckingball thinks.

Otisnixonsmokescrack!

June 6th, 2011
9:50 am

Anyone else notice that rupaul filled in for Jose Reyes at ss last night? Those sneaky mutts..

Dirty Dawg

June 6th, 2011
9:51 am

Valentine still wants to manage the Mets so you have to put any criticism he has of Atlanta and praise of NY in that context…having said that, there were plenty of opportunities for improvement for the Braves last night and the entire season – as if you didn’t know.

I’m sorry but the ‘wow’ has pretty much worn off me and my attitude of Gonzalez – the shortstop one. Sure he’s got great hands, but that ‘flip’ of the ball from his glove to his hand the other night – instead of simply taking it from the glove – got us in the trouble that resulted in NY scoring all their runs…and the next time I see him batting above seventh or eighth, I’m gonna scream. The man has more holes in his swing and is a sucker for so many bad pitches – fast/up, breaking-ball/away – it’s almost impossible ‘not’ to strike him out. Play the Hernandez kid…somewhere…and it’s not as if we don’t have any number of places where he could contribute – infield and outfield. Guess we need to leave Uggla in there for the Marlins – maybe that’ll remind him of why he’s being paid all those big bucks.

Meanwhile, let’s hope that the Phyllises and the Marleens keep playing .500 ball so we don’t fall too far behind – of course there’s always the Nats and Mets to worry about.

Fred

June 6th, 2011
9:54 am

otis…what Big O said, its just a bump in the road.

Fred

June 6th, 2011
9:55 am

In my gut, heart we will hit….If you believe that let me sell you a oil well in down town Macon, Georgia.

Larry

June 6th, 2011
9:58 am

phil,

Do you think that Fredi Cox has the instincts, intelligence and intangibles to lead a major league team to a world series championship?

Personally, I think the man is as dumb as a box of rocks, as inspirational as a snail, and has the leadership skills of a person in a persistent vegetative state. This is not circumstancial…I thought this the day he was hired to replace his mentor, the nose picking champion!

It angers me as a lifelong Braves fan to truly feel we have no hope with this goober selecting the roster, filling out the lineup card, and making in-game decisions.

I though he was a bit of a jerk at times, but to listen to the articulate and intelligent comments by Bobby Valentine and then to hear Fredi Cox speak just reinforces my impression that we are led by an absolute ball scratching, snot spitting dolt!!

Larry

Brett

June 6th, 2011
10:01 am

Why did we get rid of kelly johnson? uggla you and jhey are a joke. i will not spend a dime on going to see this team with this kind of crap going on. sure wish i could sit around and suck at my job and get paid.

Fred

June 6th, 2011
10:05 am

Right on Larry!!!!!!!!!!

Bill M.

June 6th, 2011
10:06 am

I’m disgusted with the Braves, from owners, management & players. It’s time to get someone that can hit. Time to move Lowe & Hudson. If it takes moving Hanson or JJ, so be it. I would hate to trade Ross but he could be an every day catcher. Chipper we appreciate what you have done during your career but please retire after this season. Wren get off your can and do something. Something needs to be done to shake this team up and get them out of this funk.

phil

June 6th, 2011
10:07 am

Cory

June 6th, 2011
8:59 am
Same ol’ Same ol’. Why are the important questions never asked/answered?

Well, Cory…if they asked hard questions after every repeat terrible performance, the players and coaches would basically stop answering them…gotta have a few softball lobs up there for them to tip their caps to in order to keep em talking….there has to be some politics involved when you’re around these guys almost every single day….think about it. We already know most of the answers since we can see what’s happening with our own two eyes.

If you walk up to FG and say something like, “that sure was stupid to pull JJ after only 90 pitches, wasn’t it?”, can you imagine what the response would be when you repeated questions like that 3-4 times, day after day? You’d get nowhere.

We all know that pulling JJ the other night in that spot was stupid. FG might not know it, but why ask the question when it’s obvious just to piss the man off?

Frankly, it’s why interviews and all such are basically a waste of time, unless you’ve got an Ozzie Guillen to interview who can take it and who will answer the question and then some….

Otisnixonsmokescrack!

June 6th, 2011
10:10 am

I’ll say it again . I think the marlinsWill fall off the pace. And the phillies/braves will fight for the div right to the end. -from a phillies fan

Johnny Beach

June 6th, 2011
10:16 am

BONES Jones needs to get up off that ROCKIN CHAIR. When he does, LOOK OUT

phil

June 6th, 2011
10:16 am

Larry – No, I no longer have much confidence in FG. I gave him the benefit of the doubt for a few months, but time’s up. Something is wrong with this team as it’s the most listless and lifeless I can recall seeing it be since 1988. I don’t have the answers, but I have seen enough now to figure out that FG apparently is fairly thick. He continues to trot Uggly out there, game after game, even though it’s now clear as a bell that the man can’t hit anymore, for whatever reason(s). Uggly gets paid regardless, but we’re better off paying him to sit while someone else goes out there and maybe hits .200….it would be better than .170.

Two-thirds of our outfield can’t play either, and this obviously isn’t helping. Our right fielder is a bust and McOut can’t hit, can’t throw and can’t check his swing without going on the disabled list for a month. It’s getting beyond ridiculous.

Otisnixonsmokescrack!

June 6th, 2011
10:23 am

Your cmmts are probably no different than what giants fans were saying this time a year ago. The rotation is there. The bp is there. And the farm depth should the braves plenty of ammo to get some bats come July. Thefarm depth is one thing the phillies no longer have.

Brave New World

June 6th, 2011
10:25 am

There seems to be an almost NFL-like parity in the NL this year. Except for maybe the Cubs and Astros, there is not a vast gap between the best and worst teams. Dominant pitching will keep a team in the hunt for most of 2011. Defense has to be there to support the pitching. What will separate the possible contenders from the pretenders is a consistent offense. Right now, the Braves are ok in the pitching and defense departments, but lacking in the offense. This offense is really boring and frustrating to watch. We are on pace for fewest team steals in history and have a really bad success rate when we do try to steal. Aside from McCann, there is no real offensive standout. And Uggla has been a train wreck thus far.

NorCal Brave

June 6th, 2011
10:26 am

I honestly think the Braves brain trust is stumped. Spent a pile of money on Uggla, only to see it blow up in their face, and now they’re not sure what to do. Whatever the case, our pitchers have to be tired of never getting run support. The “we know we’re going to hit” excuse sounds pretty weak right now.

Larry

June 6th, 2011
10:27 am

phil,

Worse, I get the sense that Fredi really hasn’t a clue on what to even try to shake this thing up. I understand the value of patience, but patience is appropriate when one is confident that he has the right players in the right positions in the field and lineup. Looking into Fredi’s eyes, listening to his live interviews, and reading his comments, I think he is shocked and confused and this isn’t a good sign.

Anyone can manage when a their pitcher is pitching a shutout and/or your offense is hot; not just anyone can manage when things aren’t going as planned or predicted. It is past the time of hoping things will change and is the time to make some bold and courageous changes to ignite this team.

What separates a Head Coach, Manager or any leader from assistant coaches or subordinates is the leadership quality of decisiveness and confidence…I see neither of these qualities in Fredi Cox, and the player’s lack of intensity, focus, mannerisms, and lack of energy is clearly evident of their lack of faith, trust and confidence in their leader.

Maybe, just maybe, Fredi’s simply a 3rd base coach!

Fred

June 6th, 2011
10:27 am

Phil..plus it seems we get a new AAA player ever other day..

Monday night baseball..=..Dodgers & Phillies…should be a good battle.

Atticus

June 6th, 2011
10:29 am

PLEASE send Struggla to Gwinnett to get his swing worked out on his own time and play Diory! And explain to me why Bobby Phillips can see a problem with a swing and Uggla or Parrish or Gonzalez haven’t….or they haven’t corrected it. The WORST average in the major leagues. Come on!

Atticus

June 6th, 2011
10:30 am

And they MUST trade for a CF. Nate and Schafer are NOT the answer if the Braves want to challenge the Phillies, Cards etc….

Atticus

June 6th, 2011
10:32 am

I meant Valentine.

Fred

June 6th, 2011
10:33 am

One reason Wren and Braves signed Uggla as FA was because Fredi wanted and spoke so highly for him. That was reported back after signing.
I do believe Uggla was and is still trying to hard…needs to just relax and not try to hit homers just make contact and stay off the weights….

PMC

June 6th, 2011
10:34 am

There isn’t any reason to panic, that’s true, but how often are the Braves ever hot at the plate as a team?

All we’re really asking is 3 or 4 runs a game average. I don’t need 10, just find me 4. How about putting 6-10 hits up a night.

Find some runs. They depend so much on pitching and defense being perfect. It’s bothersome that only one or two guys can be counted on out of 8 hitters (and a pitcher) in any given year for the Braves.

It’s embarassing that they can’t find a lineup that can score runs consistently. How can they be this good finding pitchers and never be able to find hitters?

PMC

June 6th, 2011
10:36 am

In any given year it’s like there are 5 or 6 black holes in the Braves lineup.

Atticus

June 6th, 2011
10:36 am

I agree with patience too. And I also agree the SF Giants looked like this last year. But I also know this strategy has NOT worked 5 out of the last 6 years in even securing a playoff berth and has only produced 1 WS title in 20 years and no WS appearance in 13 years. Can we please get out of the Bobby Cox 90s! It was a great club but you have to adapt. The Braves should’ve gone after Matt Holliday when he was available but instead we keep plugging in part time players and AAA call ups when the problem is we need one more big time batter in the OF.

Fred

June 6th, 2011
10:38 am

I don’t blame everything on Fredi, Parrish and TP etc..You got to look at what they have to work with…look to Management upstairs.

good – day

Runner-

June 6th, 2011
10:38 am

Yep… I’m on. Fire Fredi

Mark (another one)

June 6th, 2011
10:40 am

Two thirds of the starting outfield is on the DL, and Uggla is having a terrible year (he would agree). Yet the Braves are four games over .500 and only 3.5 games out of the lead in the east. There is no reason to do something drastic.

We need Uggla’s bat to warm up and Heyward to get healthy. With over 100 games left in the season, a lot can happen. Our pitching is still strong and it will stay a pillar for this team. My real concern is that Chipper’s knee doesn’t get worse.

carlchamblee

June 6th, 2011
10:43 am

We had an allstar second baseman. So we spend 60 mil on an inferior second basemen – money that could have been better spent elsewhere. A very few of us pointed that out when Uggla was acquired and got shouted down hysterically. I think the AJC writer who should remain nameless said something along the line of “you gotta be crazy or know zero about baseball” to have any problem at all with getting Uggla. Of course same was said about Mclouth and trading Escobar (all star season at SS for Toronto).

We could have Prado at 2b and Escobar at SS and Schafer in CF (like we dow now) with about 20 mil per year freed up to acquire guys who avtually get on base and hit regularly and can play the outfield.

Steve

June 6th, 2011
10:43 am

We need a new manager,someone who can fire up the team.We also need a real hitting coach.

phil

June 6th, 2011
10:45 am

Hurtward and Uggly’s busts this year have killed the offense. No way around it. I can’t fault FG for that, I suppose, but the way he handles these failures, I can. He gets some more time on Hurtward, but it’s clear that Uggly is a train wreck, and continuing to bat him in the middle of the lineup is stupid….he needs to be dropped to 7 or 8….sad but true….or be benched.

If Hurtward ever decides to come back and play and continues to hit .200, and FG does nothing but pencil him in every single day, then that’s a problem….

All of that said, we don’t have many very appealing backup options absent a trade for a couple of pretty good, everyday players who can maybe actually hit a baseball somewhere other than straight up the shoot…

When I saw Matt Young come to bat last night, I wanted to wretch….I missed his call up while away last week…we could have sent Hanson up there to bat and gotten a better result….a lineup that has to rely on Heavy Hinske (who I love off the bench and spot starting once or twice a week) and Lathered to get anything done is dead in the water….man this team is tough to watch…

Fred

June 6th, 2011
10:46 am

You can’t make people hit…don’t care who the damn coach is..

Otisnixonsmokescrack!

June 6th, 2011
10:50 am

Dannyboy doen’t need to relax. He needs to start going to right field. Dude is just throwing away xtra base hits. Insane! Of course you guys have probably been
saying that all season.

Steve

June 6th, 2011
10:52 am

Uggla should be benched or sent down,he’s a walking strikeout!

Moniker

June 6th, 2011
11:03 am

OtisNixon smokescrake, just wonder why u use that name? Otis is long gone why beat a dead horse to death? Even the Pres has smoke crack so why pick on Otis?

K.C. Frenchy

June 6th, 2011
11:08 am

I truly thought when Fredi was hired he was the perfect fit & it was a no brainer, but after 2 months Im not blaming the players performances on him but some of his decisions, lineups, & absolutely no fire or emotion from him is part of the problem. He never questions any calls, makes out poor batting orders, & some poor moves with the pitching. The CF black hole is Wrens problem that he better get busy on, we now have 2 CF’s each hitting .200 apiece!

Skillet

June 6th, 2011
11:10 am

On paper and barring injuries, the Braves position players look pretty decent. Throw in (pun) one of the top 2 or 3 pitching staffs in MLB, and you should have something fairly special.

Problem is, except for B-Mac & Prado having decent seasons up to this point, there’s no other dependable position player. That’s it, only 2 players…The Braves are not that far out in the standings, and you can look for that to quickly change for the worse because the offense shows absolutely no signs of being able to score runs, while the other teams they play against do.

Skillet

June 6th, 2011
11:13 am

Uggla needs to go on the mental DL…He’s an obvious head-case, and is showing signs of getting worse, not better.

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