Braves’ quotes after Tuesday win

***FREDI GONZALEZ

on Hanson

“He gave us one hell of an outing, and then the bullpen in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning, O’Flaherty and Venters and Kimbrel. You’d like to score more runs. That kid pitched pretty good, Hand.

“But [the win] was good. One good hit and good pitching.”

On Prado’s knee (after hit by throw to second base in ninth inning)

“I thought they bumped knees, but the ball hit him. He’s fine. Obviously we’ll check him tomorrow, but the bone’s got to be sticking out for him not to play tomorrow…. My only concern was, could he run and score on a single in that situation, and he assured me he could.”

On Gonzo’s homer

“He’s streaky. Sometimes he hits the ball out of the ballpark, and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But he made it count, and he made some nice plays defensively.”

***TOMMY HANSON

On his outing

“From the beginning I felt really good with all my stuff. I just felt like I got in some situations where I barely missed.”

“It was a big win for us, especially after we lost a series in New York. To come down and get off on the right foot, this is a big win for us. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

On getting out of bases-loaded jam after three walks

“I put all three of those runners on; I didn’t want to [let them score]. The middle of the order right theere, they can hurt you. They’ve got a couple of guys that are swinging hot bats. I knew I had a couple of open bases and I was just trying to make pitches. And it worked out.”

An unusual game, wasn’t it?

“Definitely. To get two hits and win that game, is crazy. But I think we played really good defense, and the relievers picked me up going out there for those three innings.”

On Marlins going 0-for-7 with RISP

“I just tried to go out there and make pitches when it mattered. When you get in those situations, you’ve got to try to do your best and get out of it. That’s all I was trying to do.”

On getting fielder-choice groundout with bases loaded from Stanton, dangerous power hitter

“Yeah, he can whack ‘em pretty good. The whole middle of the order, you’ve just got to be careful with them, try to hit your spots and keep them off balance.”

On catcher David Ross

“This is the first time I’ve thrown to Rossy this year. I didn’t forget how good he is, but we’ve got two unbelievable catchers and it makes it real easy to go out there and attack hitters. You feel real confident with the pitches that you’re making, and the plan you come up with before the game. Rossy did a helluva job back there calling the game and keeping me locked in.”

***ALEX GONZALEZ

On his first homer and RBI in 23 games since May 8 at Philly

“I haven’t been hitting homers, but just tried to be consistent at the plate. I got a pitch right near the plate and put a good swing on it and hit a homer. The big this is, we won this game. We didn’t have too many hits, but we won.”

“We know we have a better offense than that. Just get ready for tomorrow and try to wake [up the bats]. We know we can hit.”

“To win tonight after those two losses in New York. This is a big win for us. Now get ready for tomorrow.”

On living in Miami since played with the Marlins

“I’ve got family, friends here. This was a big hit for me, and for us.”

“I can hit homers. I don’t want to try every time I go to the play to hit a homer, homer, homer. I tried to get a base hit, get on base for the big guys. Tonight he tried to come in and made a mistake.”

130 comments Add your comment

Deedle Nick

June 7th, 2011
11:08 pm

277th. Two hits and the Braves move into second place. Imagine what this team could do with an average-hitting lineup!

reckingball

June 7th, 2011
11:13 pm

reckingball

June 7th, 2011
11:14 pm

how did dey do dat?

Deedle Nick

June 7th, 2011
11:16 pm

@ reckingball
Dey dood dat according to their normal game plan.

reckingball

June 7th, 2011
11:17 pm

Look out National League, the Braves juggernaut is beginning to roll!!!

Formerbravefan

June 7th, 2011
11:17 pm

Two hits that’s one more than I expected.Tip your cap to the Braves pitchers these guys should have quit by now for having to carry his pathetic offense.

NCbrave

June 7th, 2011
11:17 pm

Lucky win tonight.
Thanks for the Gonzo quotes DOB, we never hear much from him after games. His play at SS has been awesome to watch on a daily basis, and a big homer for him…

PLEASE Uggla, I’m begging you to break out.

Deedle Nick

June 7th, 2011
11:19 pm

How many pitches did Uggla see tonight?

Michael Procton

June 7th, 2011
11:24 pm

DN: Imagine what they would do with an average pitching staff? Appreciate the fact that they’ve played as well as they have despite the hitting struggles. Hell, according to run differential, they should have two more wins than they do already, leaving us all of one game behind the Phillies and their insane payroll. We can’t hit any worse, and the pitching seems reasonably sustainable, particularly with Beachy and Medlen on the way back before the end of the year.

Deedle Nick

June 7th, 2011
11:25 pm

Uggla seems to be swinging in desperation. TV closeups make him seem to have glazed eyes, like a deer in the headlights, as if he’s trying to focus on something, but can’t.

Deedle Nick

June 7th, 2011
11:28 pm

One of the things Gonzo does that really impresses me is regaining his footing after a diving stop. It’s like he landed on broken glass.

tony austin

June 7th, 2011
11:28 pm

I feel bad for the starters knowing they have to go out there every night and be nearly perfect. One mistake could cost them the ballgame.

farmer

June 7th, 2011
11:29 pm

should anyone be glad at this “win”? I sure as heck aren’t.. another pathetic showing of our pathetic offense.. great game by Hanson and the bullpen as they had to not make any mistakes once again or the game would have been lost because because the hittng sucks so bad. 2 stupid hits and our illustrious manager is so proud of his guys. yeah you should be you idiot. nice game Uggla. another 0-3. surprise, surprise.

Boatdoc

June 7th, 2011
11:32 pm

A guess and a prediction:

Guessing Fredi thought Uggla might break out returning to Florida. Predicting Uggla might grab some pine or a minor league assignment if he doesn’t.

PMC

June 7th, 2011
11:37 pm

This just in, Tommy Hanson is pretty freaking good and this bullpen is ridiculous.

Still can’t hit to save our lives.

Nugget

June 7th, 2011
11:40 pm

Any quotes from Uggla after another 0-3 1 K performance?

Linebrink for Cy

June 7th, 2011
11:55 pm

“(AGon) just tried to be consistent at the plate”

I gotta no comment that

“… I got a pitch right near the plate”

and that too

william maier have actually won the game

June 7th, 2011
11:56 pm

hopefully mccann was watching ross not try to catch the balls in the dirt but block them first- hats off to ross tonight too- two blocks on pitches in the dirt

reckingball

June 7th, 2011
11:58 pm

Yes I am “glad at this win”, I am glad that it wasn’t a loss.

D.Uggla

June 8th, 2011
12:02 am

“Any quotes from Uggla after another 0-3 1 K performance?”

I had my pretty usual performance out there. Felt pretty good all night, just one strikeout tells you that. For the most part I just tired to put the ball in play while also trying to keep from popping up to either the pitcher or corner infielders like I normally would.

Overall I’d say it was a good night at the plate and hopefully I can come out tomorrow and play like I did tonight.

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
12:05 am

I have a stupid question.
If Chipper is hitting .214(or worse) batting left handed, and .333 batting right handed, why doesn’t he try batting right handed, against right handed pitchers, to see how he does?
Or try batting RHanded in some batting practice sessions, against some right handers?

LAG

June 8th, 2011
12:06 am

reckingball – Yes I am “glad at this win”, I am glad that it wasn’t a loss.

This. :idea:

Rather get 1 run on 2 hits and win… than 10 runs on 14 hits and lose.

Freddie Freeman

June 8th, 2011
12:08 am

I am a troll. And wherever Dan Uggla is, I am

Tomahawk Mafia

June 8th, 2011
12:09 am

Did Gonzo really say he tries to get on base? From the appearance of his approach at the plate it is almost like he intentionally tries to make outs rather than “get on base for the big boys”

Willy

June 8th, 2011
12:11 am

We need Matt Kemp or Hunter Pence. badly. I’d give up Minor and Oberholtzer for them maybe even Vizzy.

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
12:16 am

LAG…………Very good observation. You’re 100% right.

rex

June 8th, 2011
12:16 am

I think the team broke out of the slump tonight. Two hits. What planet are these players from? Are these the best players in the organization? If they are, baseball is in trouble.

Formerbravefan

June 8th, 2011
12:22 am

We need Kemp, Pence,and a few more ballers.

Him Tudson

June 8th, 2011
12:26 am

Lord save us from stubborn ball players. When they’re good, they’re really good; when they’re bad, they stink. It happened with Reggie Sanders, it happened with Frenchy, and now it’s happening with Uggs. I just hope he realizes how much the team needs him to watch video, change his approach, stop flying open, and start making contact again.

joe kill

June 8th, 2011
12:28 am

solid win ugglas time will come a gon steppin up hanson domiantes bullpen is money in the bank its a solid win lets win the series and swing sticks fellas

Kevin

June 8th, 2011
12:29 am

I think Uggla’s in the lineup at least until McLouth and Heyward get back. Granted Uggla is terrible right now but he’s been at least solid defensively. I sure hope they make a trade for a CF because we sure could use one right about now. Schafer is great defensively but can’t hit for nothing.

acbwcmm

June 8th, 2011
12:31 am

D. Uggla – “Any quotes from Uggla after another 0-3 1 K performance?”

I had my pretty usual performance out there. Felt pretty good all night, just one strikeout tells you that. For the most part I just tired to put the ball in play while also trying to keep from popping up to either the pitcher or corner infielders like I normally would.

Overall I’d say it was a good night at the plate and hopefully I can come out tomorrow and play like I did tonight.

LOL. Thank you for that.

milo

June 8th, 2011
12:32 am

There is no way Uggla goes down to the minors, NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!

GameCock Brave

June 8th, 2011
12:38 am

Three years in a row the Braves have sent a starter to the minors to work out their hitting issues… Francouer 2008, Kelly Johnson 2009, and McClouth 2010.

Cap tipper

June 8th, 2011
12:39 am

Uggla’s tipping his cap to every pitcher in the league. 2 hits? Pafriggin’thetic.

GameCock Brave

June 8th, 2011
12:44 am

I can only imagine that Uggla is next.

TexasRose

June 8th, 2011
12:54 am

A poetic admonition for Dan Uggla:

Dan Uggla, Dan Uggla
Please starting hitting
Or I’m gonna sluggya

D.Uggla

June 8th, 2011
1:00 am

“Uggla’s tipping his cap to every pitcher in the league. 2 hits?”

No that’s not correct, I have 38 hits on the year I think. The goal I’ve set with Larry (Parrish) is to try and have 40 hits before the All Star Break, which I think is about 4-5 weeks away so we’ll be cutting it pretty close to try and meet that but I think we should be able to do it.

“There is no way Uggla goes down to the minors”

That is correct. Fredi, Frank, and Larry have all talked to me about it and said it might be good to go down and get maybe a weeks worth of batting practice in but there’s just something about minor league dugouts I’m not comfortable with so going down to the minors is really not an option for me.

Boatdoc

June 8th, 2011
1:02 am

No sane person can fault the Braves for acquiring Mr. Uggla – he’s pretty much averaged .250-.270, with 30 HR and 90 RBI every single one of his first five years. I absolutely believe that eventually, he WILL snap out of it, but he’s so awful now that he appears often in national articles about players who are awful and need to step up.

Supposedly it was Einstein who said that Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. That definition would also work for “futility”. Right now, letting Uggla flap and flail, moving him up and down the lineup, is not working. I’d vote for a little time at Gwinnette or Dark Star to exorcise his swing demons.

Cap tipper

June 8th, 2011
1:12 am

D. Uggla: That two hit comment had to do with the pathetic performance today by the entire Braves’ team. THEY are the ones that I was referring to with “2 hits”. Uggla has gone through at least 10 caps this year with all the tipping he has had to do.

Boatdoc

June 8th, 2011
1:20 am

Anyone else think the Braves pitching staff could probably have an era of about zip-point-squat if they had to face the Braves’ lineup?

Cap tipper

June 8th, 2011
2:02 am

Yes. Same if they faced the Phillies’ line up.

Conyers Braves Fan

June 8th, 2011
3:18 am

Amazing. We moved up to 2nd place in the NL East on just 2 hits.
A win is a win. No one should complain this a:m. All Braves fans should tip their hats to Hanson and the bullpen.

Tim

June 8th, 2011
3:49 am

Uggla needs to move to 10th in the batting order. A huge bust by Wren.

Bama Fan#2

June 8th, 2011
5:20 am

Thank GOD for good pitching and hitting worthless as our government spending!!!!!!!

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longtimefan

June 8th, 2011
6:38 am

The Braves win on the road with a stellar pitching performance and most of the “fan” comments are negative. Amazing. Don’t you think the hitters are trying as hard as they can to break out of their slump? I’ll bet many of you armchair GM’s are the same ones that were screaming for Wren to sign Jason Bay to 20M/yr contract 2 yrs ago. Nobody has a crystal ball to know how trades or free agent signings are going to work out. You can only judge by past performance and hope for the best.

longtimefan

June 8th, 2011
6:55 am

J. Bay-.212/2 homers10 RBIs. Come on. You know who you are. If you were GM Jason Bay would be parked in left field @ 66M/4 years. Not so easy making the tough calls is it? How’s Wren’s trade for JJ working out? He get credit for that?

south georgia boy

June 8th, 2011
7:03 am

There have been alot of comments about Uggla being under pressure because he signed a $62 million contract. Let me tell you who “really” is under pressure. The young player trying to perform well enough to stay in the majors instead of being demoted to Buffalo or Toledo is under pressure. The older major league player who is the 25th man on the roster knowing that if he plays poorly, he will soon be selling used cars in Macon is under pressure. Uggla has it made financially for life, so he is under no pressure. He simply has forgotton how to hit the baseball.

braveshoo

June 8th, 2011
7:16 am

I’m going to keep lobbying for Hunter Pence. We need his bat. he’s young and under control for 2 more years, hits righthanded, and already has over 40 RBIs. If Heyward comes back, let Pence start in left, and let Prado start everynight in different positions, making full use of his versatility. He could play 3rd and give Chipper a rest, 2nd and give Uggla a rest, or LF and give Heyward a rest. Imagine what a few extra runs per game woild do for this team. DAVE: do you see any possibility of this happening, or is it just wishful thinking on my part?

bill

June 8th, 2011
7:32 am

Hell boys we won on two hits and we have lost with 10 hits. Baseball is a new game everyday. Take the win, second place and get em again tonight. We can sweep and put some distance between us and those damn fish.

braveshoo

June 8th, 2011
7:34 am

Dave: a question? Pence cost 6.9 mil this year, and has arbitration next year again. Kemp is signed for 4 mil this year and 6.5 mil next year. Kemp is a better ballplayer-plays CF and hits for higher average and more HRS, but I think after next year the Braves wont be able to resign him, and I think they could resign Pence. Do you think we have a chance to trade for either player? If so, given all the variables, which would be the best choice ?

Let's Go

June 8th, 2011
7:41 am

I know last year Terry Pendleton was the sacrificial lamb everyone wanted fired because the Braves couldn’t hit or score runs but frankly I don’t believe it was this bad. I’m not saying Let’s fire Larry Parrish but something has to be done to get this line-up going. I know it may not be popular but I would like to see Uggla go into the cleanup spot with Chipper hitting 5th and McCain hitting 3rd. I would also like to see Freeman hitting in the 2 spot.

As bad as the hitting is right now my main worry is the 2 veteran starters, Hudson & Lowe. They have not pitched well since the first month and if the Braves are to have a chance they better get that fixed quick.

ExBraves Fan

June 8th, 2011
7:47 am

The real picture here is that the Atlanta Braves are a sorry hitting team. I don’t think I have ever seen an Atlanta team that is this lousy at the plate. TWO hits. Hanson is lucky to win. This team is not going to finish .500 if they don’t learn to hit. The pitchers cannot continue to keep them in 2 hit games. No way, no how.

Ernest

June 8th, 2011
7:57 am

Where are all the Schafer lovers? There were some that thought he could send McLouth to the bench based on his initial start. I just don’t understand this love for someone that had only one good season in the minors.

Let's Go

June 8th, 2011
8:00 am

braveshoo:
Hunter Pence is a great ballplayer but why would Houston trade him if like you say he’s young and controllable for the next 2 years. I’m sure there’s probably not a player on their ballclub who they wouldn’t trade but Pence may the last guy they would trade and only then if a team offered a bounty of young “major league ready” talent.

It’s nice to dream but the last thing the Braves need right now is another trade that rapes the Fram system like the Texiara deal. I know the Braves a lot of young pitchers but most of those are already slotted for spots on the big league club. Lowe & Hudson will need to be replaced in a couple of years and Jurrjens is a Free Agent soon. I don’t see a trade like this happening unless Hanson or Freeman were involved along with others.

TONE-TONE

June 8th, 2011
8:11 am

Chipper Jones talks too much. If he would produce the way he runs his mouth, the braves would be in first place by 10 games.

alex

June 8th, 2011
8:15 am

A win is a win
Chipper calls out heyward, he should save his breath
For lobo’s sake,I admired the wonderful symmetry of uggla’s final strikeout,the 360 degree arc was a thing of unmitigated beauty ,I believe I saw a rainbow….
Kimbrell closed out nicely

Double Zero Eight

June 8th, 2011
8:18 am

Send Uggla to Gwinnett for a week before it is too late!
He is almost a head case already.

braves fan forever

June 8th, 2011
8:40 am

Two hits and we are in 2nd place 3 out with a no hitting team.Just imagine where we would be if we average just 1 more run a game.Probably 1rst place,but also imagine where we would be with an average pitching staff.I have nightmares just thinking about that.I got to believe we are going to hit and when we do and the pitching holds we could go on a run like maybe 29wins and say 6 losses over the next 35 games and if we don’t hit and our pitching turns sour those wins and lossses could be reversed.

henry from TN

June 8th, 2011
8:41 am

these idiots keep saying trade for kemp and pence the dodgers and astros are not going to trade these guys…. ross was throwing to 2nd like mccann tonight…. if i were a young pitcher coming up to the bigs i would be delighted if i were gonna be pitching against the braves….

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
8:49 am

It’s a good thing that F. Wren ‘lucked’ in, to having such a good pitching staff.

Larry

June 8th, 2011
8:51 am

Everyone seems so excited to be in second place. My, my how things have changed.

Raw Onion

June 8th, 2011
8:55 am

Florida goes through a streak with very bad offense and their manager is talking about a shake up in the lineup. The Braves do the same, and Fredi just stays the course as if nothing is wrong.

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
8:59 am

The Braves Juggernaut is starting to roll !!!!!!!
The Braves are going bust out of the hitting drought, tonight!!!!

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

extremus

June 8th, 2011
8:59 am

While a win is a win, facts are facts; on pretty much any other given night two hits by your offense means you got shut out and therefore lost the game. And given how this offense is (frankly consistently) performing, the pitching staff can only hold the line for so long before the wheels fall off and the Braves plunge southward in the standings and out of playoff contention. Call last night a pyhrric victory and a sign that all is not well in Mudville.

Paul H

June 8th, 2011
9:00 am

Is MUM the word on Heyward? How come no one is saying anything about what is wrong with him? Are we supposed to pretend he’s not in the lineup?

Redwave

June 8th, 2011
9:07 am

I tip my cap–to myself.

Dennis Reynolds

June 8th, 2011
9:07 am

I think Fredi thinks it makes him sound tough to constantly say “hell of an outing”.

He is such a softy wimp.

Hedley Lamarr

June 8th, 2011
9:15 am

Most boring game of the year so far. I’m surprised the players were able to stay awake during the whole thing. After the first few innings, I just ran the DVR on fast forward to get through it.

Tucker

June 8th, 2011
9:19 am

The Braves were held to one hit by a Double-A pitcher. We’ll be no-hit if they run a Triple-A pitcher out there against us.

Ralph

June 8th, 2011
9:40 am

I had to quit watching the braves because they are too depressing, if I w atch I get all upset and can’t go to sleep so now I ignore them and wake up in the morning and read all about the game that way I have all day to calm down when they suck. I will not watch them again until Uggly breaks out or is disposed of, if he started hitting it would lift the whole team up.

Bill in VA

June 8th, 2011
9:43 am

I just noticed, the NL East scored 7 RUNS ON 23 HITS yesterday!!

huddie ledbetter

June 8th, 2011
9:53 am

As good as Hanson’s numbers were last night I thought he deserved even better. The strike zone was miniscule top to bottom and not consistent side to side. I thought Hanson’s curve was really sharp but he just wasn’t getting the calls. Not saying that favored the Marlins but I think they were using it to their advantage by looking at more pitches while Braves hitters were going up there hacking. For the most part I consider myself to be a traditionalist when it comes to baseball but I don’t understand why MLB doesn’t use available technology to call balls and strikes. I just don’t think it is possible to get it consistently right from where umps have to stand and it would be so simple and quick to get it right.

Ted M

June 8th, 2011
9:54 am

Do ya think the Braves are talking “what ifs” concerning Uggla…like what if he’s hitting .185 at the break.

alex

June 8th, 2011
9:56 am

Bill in Va ,interesting stat;the game appears to have evolved with juice out of it. Need speed and contact hitters. Will the mound be lowered? Great pitching will be more of the norm. The beautiful symmetry of goose eggs…

Daniel

June 8th, 2011
9:57 am

Hey Dave quick reccomendation. You may already be rocking it, but White Denim’s D is a leap forward for the band with a little Dead like sound (meant as a compliment, not the dorky noodling stuff). Highly reccomended.

The Lemmer

June 8th, 2011
10:01 am

Unbelieveable we are even above .500 with this pitiful offense, what a joke, the league is so mediocre is the only reason were above .500, not because were any good, 2 hits is sad, better get a CF in here cause the .200 boys McOut/Schafer will not get er done.

STRETCH

June 8th, 2011
10:03 am

It just goes to show that this team needs guys that can make contact. There is a difference between being able to hit and being able to make contact. Guys that make pitchers pitch, something these guys cant do. They’re just closing their eyes and swinging for the fences.

phil

June 8th, 2011
10:07 am

Lol at being excited about being in second place! Not me! It’s improvement to move up, I suppose, but if we don’t hit the next two nights, we’ll be right back in third and 4 or 5 games out again…

It’s incredible to me that we’re 3 games out with this anemic offense. I can’t recall ANY team we’ve had in the last 35 years that was this pitiful with the bats. Could well have been one, but it certainly seems like this is the worst….

I see we’re facing Nohitsco tonight….lord help us….with Lowe “pitching”, we’ll need help after he throws 110 pitches in 2 innings…

And I just can’t wait to watch Uggly’s average dip below .170 tonight as he goes 0-3 or 4….no one else is doing anything either though…..sigh…

TOMY FOURNIER

June 8th, 2011
10:10 am

YES…A WIN IS A WIN…BETTER THAN A LOST…BUT THIS TEAM…ALL AROUND…”STING”!!!!

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
10:19 am

As a very wise man once said, it is truly better to win by 1 run on 2 hits, than to lose by 1 run on 14 hits.
And it wasn’t Confusius, that said it.

GO BRAVES !!!!!!

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
10:22 am

huddie L………….That ump behind the plate, did have an erratic strike zone.

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
10:24 am

It’s a good thing that F. Wren ‘lucked in’, to putting together such a good defensive team.

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
10:33 am

Now is thetime, that it would be a good thing if F. Wren’s ‘luck’ would change, regarding the putting together of the offense side of the team.
I mean it would be a good thing if they started hittting, tonight.

David O'Brien

June 8th, 2011
10:37 am

Is MUM the word on Heyward? How come no one is saying anything about what is wrong with him? Are we supposed to pretend he’s not in the lineup? — Paul H

Are you serious? The story that’s posted on website has the Braves’ update of Heyward from Tuesday. Is expected to begin hitting off a tee in next few days.

We’ve written thousands of words about his condition. He had inflammation of the labrum, no structural damage according to two different MRIs. Had cortisone shots, still felt discomfort after returning, etc. Said he won’t play till shoulder is 100 percent. What else do you want, one of us to jam a camera into his shoulder via arthroscope while he’s not looking, get a picture of what’s happening in there?

Andrew of Braves Blog

June 8th, 2011
10:42 am

Dave, I know you can’t answer everyone but who is your favorite band and how far do you see Kansas going this year? Thanks.

phil

June 8th, 2011
10:47 am

LOL at DOB! Great response…sounds like something I would say!

That said, I’m tired of Hurtward and all of this sitting around, but an inflamed labrum is obviously something that demands attention and requires a lot of rest….if the way he swings is going to keep flaring this back up, something about said swing will have to be changed…perhaps that’s forthcoming too…

And yes, Reckingball, winning 1-0 is far superior to losing….i suppose the point that one always has to labor to make with you is that if we get, for example, 2 hits in 10 straight games, we’re going to lose 9 of them…that’s true of any team. It’s a concern, after a day off, when we can’t manage but one hit off of a guy from AA called up to make a spot start….since this kind of thing – not hitting non-Halladay pitching – is commonplace for us, and not an anomaly, it makes it a bit hard to enjoy the win. This hitting thing is so frustrating.

wet paper bag

June 8th, 2011
10:49 am

Kudos, DOB. Hahaha. Great response.

Bill

June 8th, 2011
10:50 am

Be cool DOB..some people just don’t read.

Cole Cat

June 8th, 2011
10:57 am

Did anyone get a laugh about the way Alex Gonzalez caught that ball for the final out?
Look – no doubt the team is struggling offensively…but I think this team has the talent to break out over the next couple of months and make a run for the Division.
Just a game out of the Wild Card slot.
Let the Braves get Heyward back and healthy and Uggla going and all will be well in Braves Country.

Braves Bats

June 8th, 2011
10:57 am

See what we mean? These guys can’t hit. We are stuck with a bunch of sissies. Every night we never feel solid contact– just whiff, whiff, pop up, pop up.
Someone please call the cops, it is like torture, like we are being held hostage here. We would rather be in a dugout in Mississippi, Tijuana, or even Puerto Rico than stuck in Atlanta with Braves.

Bill in VA

June 8th, 2011
10:59 am

Alex, Good point from you; as the game evolves w/o juice!

Dennis Reynolds

June 8th, 2011
11:01 am

DOB-
What are the chances, from your perspective, that Schafer is being showcased for a more proven outfielder?
Also, what do you think about a trade for Denard Span?

Dennis Reynolds

June 8th, 2011
11:03 am

And what about Jose Constanza??!!

What does this guy have to do to get called up???

Instead they bring up a .250 hitter with slightly above average speed?

I don’t expect too many ppl on this blog to even know who Jose Constanza even is, but look him up and you will be asking yourselves the same question.

Skeezix

June 8th, 2011
11:07 am

DOB–you are right, Heyward’s injury and its status has been well covered by the ajc–literally daily updates.

Mark (another one)

June 8th, 2011
11:19 am

Every year there are games decided 1-0. I prefer to have the 1. Seems pretty simple. Also, when you’re in third, moving up to second is usually seen as a positive step. Only moving to first would be better. I can’t understand people sometimes.

Another wonderful stat I heard once on ESPN is that most days half the teams playing lose. Wonderful analysis. Yogi couldn’t have said it better. Baseball has strategy but most of us seem to forget the most basic element; win the game. Do that and everything else doesn’t matter.

The topic every day seems to be Uggla. I for one would have made the trade, and I would have signed him to a long term deal. In fact I stated that the trade was wrong if the Braves didn’t sign him. Some people look at the first 60 games of the year and call it a mistake. I don’t. I also won’t judge the trade until after a couple of seasons.

As for the McLouth for Hernandez, Locke and Morton trade, I also thought it was a good trade. The Braves gave up three minor league players for a major league CF, which they needed. McLouth filled the role, and Hernandez and Locke are still in the minors. Both are about 24 so they still have time. Morton has not had a break out year but may do so this year. In retrospect the trade doesn’t look as good, and it may look worse as the players develop.

Now that Shafer is able to play, I like his defense in CF, and he is still a rookie adjusting to the league. He has only played about 60 major league games over the last three years due to his injuries so the hope is he will adjust and provide us with a lead-off hitter/CF.

reckingball

June 8th, 2011
11:22 am

phill @10:47am……………Stop fretting, it’s not good for you, the Braves are going to break out of this scoring slump anyday now.
They will start stringing some hits together, and putting some runs on the boards.
I geeairroantee!!

GO BRAVES!!!!!! Yay Team!!!!!!

aj

June 8th, 2011
11:32 am

Are Otis Nixon, Ralph Garr, and Rico Carty available!!!!!!
Worst hitting team I can remember since I’ve been
following the Braves from the early 60’s.

alex

June 8th, 2011
11:37 am

reckingball,I’ve said this before,I want some of that coolaide,NOW(please)
.and pass the prozac

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