Streaking Braves have some eye-popping stats

HOUSTON – Some stats make you stop and go back to make sure you read correctly. Stats like those that (almost) “Every Day” Jonny Venters is accumulating (almost) every day in a 22-consecutive-inning scoreless streak.

He’s given up one run in his past 34 appearances, none in his past 18, and reduced his majors-leading ERA to a microscopic 0.44, in a majors-leading 37 appearances and majors-leading 40-2/3 relief innings. (Yes, he’s majors’ leading reliever so far in ‘11.)

Hanson had a career-high 14 strikeouts Sunday, has been one of the majors' best for his past 30-plus starts.

Hanson had a career-high 14 strikeouts Sunday, has been one of the majors' best for his past 30-plus starts.

But there are some other stats this Braves teams and individual Braves have produced that jump off the page right now, too, including:

• Tommy Hanson, who struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings yesterday, ranks second among major league starters with an .189 opponents’ average (behnd Boston’s Josh Beckett at .188), and Hanson leads the majors with a .101 OA with runners in scoring position.

• Jair Jurrjens (1.82) leads major league starters in ERA, and Roy Halladay (2.39) is the only other NL starter with an ERA lower than Hanson’s 2.48.

Hanson’s 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings is fourth in the NL, while Jurrjens’ 4.18 strikeouts/walk ratio (46/11) ranks fourth in the league in that category.

On Sunday, he became the first pitcher in franchise history to record 14 strikeouts  while pitching no more than seven innings. Yes, the first in franchise history.

The Braves’ 17 total Ks on Sunday were topped this season only once, by Philly’s 18 strikeouts against the Bravos themselves on May 6.

Speaking of Jurrjens, when someone asked the Astros’ Michael Bourn about his team striking out 14 times against Hanson on Sunday and being outscored 21-8 by the Braves in the first three in the four-game series that ends tonight at Minute Maid Park, Bourn said, “We’ve probably not even faced their best [pitcher] yet.”

He was referring to Jurrjens, who starts Tuesday against the Mets at Turner Field (tonight it’s Derek Lowe against Wandy Rodriguez, the only Astros pitcher who’s actually pitched quite well recently; more on that in a moment).

One more note on Hanson, whom I wondered aloud about in recent blogs, as to whether some Braves fans realized just how well he’s pitched in the past year or so. I still wonder, even in light of his 14-strikeout eye-popper start Sunday.

• Over his past 32 starts, basically a season’s worth going back to July 3, Hanson has a 2.43 ERA and .202 opponents’ average. He has a modest 11-10 record in that period, in large part because the Braves scored two runs or fewer while he was in 19 of those 32 starts.

In his past 21 starts, Hanson is 10-5 with a 2.25 ERA and .184 opponents’ average, with 118 strikeouts and 39 walks in 128 innings. The only valid criticism I see is that he’s averaged just six innings per start in those periods (the 32- and 21-start spans).

Other than that, you can probably count on one hand the number of NL starters as good or better than Hanson over those periods.

OK, I veered off my original thought, which was the eye-popping stats. Let’s get back to those. Here were some others I found this morning:

• Brian McCann is 7-for-21 with six homers and 14 RBIs in his past seven games against Astros, including 5-for-10 with four homers and eight RBIs in his past three. He’s homered in three consecutive games against them, May 17 and the past two days.

And the Braves catcher hit those homers on past two days while limping around with a huge welt on his right shin from a foul ball he hit off it well before his 10th-inning homer Saturday, and with an ugly bruise on his right shoulder.

• At Minute Maid Park, McCann has hit .366 (15-for-41) with four homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.318 OPS in 13 games.

Chipper Jones, who’ll be back in the lineup tonight after resting Sunday, has hit .395 (51-for-129) with 20 doubles, eight homers, 31 RBIs and 1.202 OPS in 37 games at Minute Maid, including five hits (homer, two doubles) in games Friday and Saturday.

Braves'  Every Day Jonny is doing serious work this season. Serious, serious work.

Braves' Every Day Jonny is doing serious work this season. Serious, serious work.

• The Braves are 11-1 with 2.51 ERA in their past 12 games against Houston (going back to 9/9/09). They’ve hit .276 with 15 homers and 73 runs in those games, including including 14 homers in seven games at Minute Maid. They’ve hit eight homers in three games in this series and are going for a seven-game season sweep of the Astros tonight.

• Jordan Schafer has stolen more bases (four) in the past three days in Houston than any other Brave has stolen all season. That’s right, no other Brave has more than three steals.

Schafer has only hit .222 (14-for-63) with a .319 OBP in 16 games since arriving to replace DL’d center fielder Nate McLouth, but has seven stolen bases in nine attempts. The rest of the Braves have a combined 12 stolen bases this season in 28 attempts.

In his past five games, Schafer is 6-for-21 (.286) with a triple, six runs, one walk, five steals and a .318 OBP. If he drew more walks, he’d really have something going.

Jason Heyward is starting a rehab assignment tonight for Triple-A Gwinnett, earlier than anyone expected given that he just began hitting off a tee a few days ago. So he could be back by late this week.

McLouth is expected to do a minor-league rehab assignment this week and could rejoin the Braves perhaps as soon as next weekend. So then what do they do with Schafer?

With LF Martin Prado probably out all of June recovering from his staph infection, I could see the Braves playing McLouth in left field and Schafer in center.

The more interesting decision will be, what to do with Schafer when both Prado and Heyward are back. Bench McLouth? Send Schafer back to Triple-A? I know they want Schafer to keep playing every day to get at-bats after missing so much time the past two seasons, so I don’t know if a fourth-outfielder role here is an option right now.

And with McLouth still owed more than $3 million and not exactly lighting it up before he got hurt, I don’t know that any team would have much trade interest.

But we’ll have to wait and see.

Oh, a few more stats that demand attention, before I have to pack up and head to the ballpark:

• The Braves are 8-2 with a 2.70 ERA in June. They’ve only hit.240 average, but do have 14 homers (facing the Astros staff can help boost those totals in a hurry). The Braves’ only June losses were back-to-back June 4-5 at New York)

• The Braves are 9-2 with a 2.32 ERA and .232 avg in past their past 11 road games. They only scored 23 runs in the first eight of those games, but have 21 in the past three against the ‘Stros, losers of eight of their past nine.

Dan Uggla no longer has the worst batting average and OBP in the majors, not after back-to-back two-hit games with three walks mixed in. In fact, he doesn’t even have the worst OBP in the National League anymore.

White Sox mistake Adam Dunn’s .180 average is the majors’ qualifying worst (Uggla is at .183, up 13 points in two days), and Yuniesky Betancourt (.252) has the NL’s lowest OBP (Uggla is at .253).

Uggla’s .097 average vs. lefties is second-lowest in the NL to Carlos Pena’s .063.

♣ Who’d have thunk it a week ago: Atlanta (38-28) and Milwaukee tied for 3rd-best record in baseball, behin dPhilly (40-26) and Boston (39-26).

The Braves and Red Sox took somewhat similar routes to those marks, after alarming starts in April.

The Red Sox started out 2-10 with a 6.79 ERA, and have gone 37-16 with a 3.51 ERA since.

The Braves, after starting out 8-12 with a 3.27 ERA, have gone 30-16 with a 2.84 ERA.

Talk about playing different brands of baseball: Since April 22, the Sox are 32-15 with a 3.68 and 274 runs. The Braves are 30-16 with 189 runs in that span.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Schafer CF
  2. Uggla 2B
  3. McCann C
  4. Chipper 3B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Mather RF
  7. Hicks SS
  8. Young LF
  9. Lowe RH

♣Tonight’s matchup: After pounding away on two rookies, fading Brett Myers and the Houston bullpen for the past three days, the Braves face a proven, good pitcher tonight, Wandy Rodriguez, who is coming off the DL and was doing quite well amid the Astros’ slide to oblivion.

Rodriguez was 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his past five starts before the DL stint. He has a 1.33 ERA in his past four starts against the Braves, with 26 strikeouts, six walks and no homers allowed in 27 innings. But he’s 0-1 in those games, because the Astros have provided an average of exactly one run per nine innings he’s pitched in those four starts.

Derek Lowe is 0-1 with a 4.37 ERA in his past six starts, and the Braves scored one or no runs while he was in four of those. He’s had quality starts in three of his past four games, including 6-2/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball last week at Florida.

Lowe is just 2-3 in eight road starts this season despite a 2.78 ERA, including 1-3 in seven since his Opening Day win at D.C. The Braves have scored three runs or fewer while he’s been in every road game.

♣ Let’s close with a couple of Texan guitar gods, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, doing “Stormy Monday” from the 1983 TV show “In Session.” I mention last night, you can get a remastered, recently released CD of that show, and it’s incredible. You can watch the video of them doing the song by clicking here.

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“STORMY MONDAY” by E. Hines, B. Eckstine, B. Crowder

They call it stormy Monday, yes but Tuesday’s just as bad.
They call it stormy Monday, yes but Tuesday’s just as bad.
Wednesday’s even worse; Thursday’s awful sad.

The eagle flies on Friday, Saturday I go out to play.
The eagle flies on Friday, but Saturday I go out to play.
Sunday I go to church where I kneel down and pray.

And I say, “Lord have mercy, lord have mercy on me.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Just trying to find my baby, won’t you please send her on back to me.”

The eagle flies on Friday, on Saturday I go out to play.
The eagle flies on Friday, on Saturday I go out to play.
Sunday I go to church, where I kneel down, lord and I pray.

Then I say, “Lord have mercy, won’t you please have mercy on me.
Lord, oh Lord have mercy, yeah, won’t you please, please have mercy on me.
I’m just a-lookin’ for my sweet babe, so won’t you please send him home,
Send him on home to me.”

– by DAVID O’BRIEN, Braves/MIB blog

1,016 comments Add your comment

flange1

June 13th, 2011
4:03 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

nolee

June 13th, 2011
4:05 pm

just for kicks, the following is from my old scouting manual, the rankings of what tools we were looking for at each OF position.

Left Field….. Center Field….. Right Field

1. Hitting …..1. Fielding ……1. Hitting

2. Power…. 2. Hitting…….. 2. Power

3. Fielding ..3. Speed ..3. Arm strength

4. Arm strength 4 Power 4. Fielding 4

5. Speed 5. Arm strength 5. Speed

flange1

June 13th, 2011
4:07 pm

Interesting nolie,

I would have thought arm strength would be higher for a CF than last.

Hillbilly

June 13th, 2011
4:09 pm

Let There Be More Light

Murph

June 13th, 2011
4:10 pm

Wonder which DLowe is going to show up tonight?

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 13th, 2011
4:12 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Good stuff…

cabravesfan Just trying to head off McFann’s Wrath for [monty]

Smart move… ;)

ncscoots

June 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

Bat, re your Freeman note, so posters thought Freeman just suddenly went pull-happy after working two months to get his up-the-middle swing right? That makes sense, sure.

My running-the-streets scenario has more cred than that. :-)

nolee

June 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

well it’s flexible flange and obviously more is better in ant category.
that was developed quite a few years ago and arm strength might very well be rated higher than power now days. Looking at the current crop, it seems to be that way.

StingerSplash

June 13th, 2011
4:13 pm

It’s a fine song choice, MIB. But with the Big Man allegedly having suffered a stroke, I was kinda hoping maybe a little Tenth Avenue Freezeout in his honor today.
Wonder if Gwinnett’s player of the week gets any “Can’t stand ya” yelled at him on the road. And if he has any idea what it means.
Stay mild, Struggla. (What? He ain’t hot. He’s not even really tepid. But … he’s warmer than Francisco Franco right now, so it’s something. If he really gets going, he’ll get a “Stay hot, kid.”).

ncscoots

June 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

But … he’s warmer than Francisco Franco right now, so it’s something.

Several posters right now are going, “Franco? Who’s he play for? American League, right?”

Mitchie-san

June 13th, 2011
4:22 pm

Thata great, DOB. Albert and Stevie are two of my favorites.

Jimmy

June 13th, 2011
4:22 pm

Thanks for the info-packed bloggage DOB.
Richard Nixon won’t appreciate it…but real fans do!

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:24 pm

When I come in after the weekend and hafta play “catch up” on my reading, I usually skip the in game posts but I never skip DOB’s blogs……and usually always learn something there, too. Thanks!

Total Grace

June 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

Enter your comments here

richbrave

June 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

A couple of weeks ago I put up some expatriate BRAVES on AL clubs, and how they were fairing to that time. I promised to scan the NL later. It’s later.

NL EAST

Fish

JAVIER VASQUEZ – 7.09 ERA/1.652 WHIP
MIKE DUNN – 4.08 ERA/1.221 WHIP

WES HELMS – .219 BA/.275 OBP
OMAR INFANTE – .258 BA/.302 OBP

Melts

MANNY ACOSTA – 54.00 ERA/1.396 WHIP

WILLIE HARRIS – .223 BA/.310 OBP

Philthies

DANYS BAEZ – 4.11 ERA/1.402 WHIP

PETE ORR – DL

Gnats

JASON MARQUIS – 3.67 ERA/1.333 WHIP

RICK ANKIEL – .204 BA/.271 OBP
ADAM LaROCHE – DL

NL Central

Cubbies

RODRIGO LOPEZ – 6.10 ERA/1.452 WHIP

Reds

EDGAR RENTERIA – .231 BA/.311 OBP

‘Strohs Pack

NONE

Brew Crew

MARK KOTSAY – .263 BA/.344 OBP

Pirates

CHARLIE MORTON – 3.08 ERA/1.405 WHIP
CHRIS RESOP – 4.30 ERA/1.261 WHIP
JEFF LOCKE – DL

MATTY D – .248 BA/.281 OBP
GORKYS HERNANDEZ – DL

CARDS

NONE

NL West

D-Backs

HENRY BLANCO – .233 BA/.313 OBP
KELLY JOHNSON – .221 BA/.294 OBP

Rox

NONE

Dodgers

RAFAEL FURCAL – DL

Padres

NONE

Jimmy

June 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

Good. Uggla stays in the two hole.

Bat Masterson

June 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

That makes sense, sure. _ scoots

You know how it goes, in intraday trading Freeman’s stock is in the tank and Uggla’s is rocketing upwards. :smile:

Bat Masterson

June 13th, 2011
4:27 pm

Thanks for insights, DOB. Good stuff

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Jimmy

June 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

Phillies off tonight, so a 1/2 game swing at stake. The Marlins play at Philly starting Tuesday night.

DenizenofDay 06182007

June 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

Heyward starts tonight for Gwinett here in Indianapolis. Already had my jersey on for the game.

TennesseePaul

June 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

Thank you for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!

the truth...

June 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

What do we do with McLouth?

Let’s see now….with McLouth playing we are pretty dull….lower scoring I believe and boring

With Schafer our production is up and he ignites the offense….puts himself in scoring postion easily….

So if it comes down to paying McLouth his $3 mil….we’re going to pay him whether he plays of not….

I’d rather pay him to sit and win more….

Than pay him to play and lose more….

seems pretty simple to me…

ncscoots

June 13th, 2011
4:31 pm

You know how it goes, in intraday trading Freeman’s stock is in the tank and Uggla’s is rocketing upwards

Yes, and there are so many successful day traders, LOL.

Conyers Braves Fan

June 13th, 2011
4:32 pm

DOB: A lot of great stats for Braves against the AStros. Hope this does not jinx them for tonight. A sweep would be great for 2 straight road series.

ncscoots

June 13th, 2011
4:33 pm

Good. Uggla stays in the two hole.

If your other options are Mather, Hicks, and Young, I’m pretty much OK with it, too.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:33 pm

Den06182007

Don’t see you on here a lot but please try to come back tomorrow and give us an up close and personal evaluation (without bias) of how JHey did.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:35 pm

Thought Uggla’s comment about not trying to hit a home run but just to get Shafer to third was pretty telling. Oh, yeah…….and DirecTV went down for the first two innings of the game yesterday so I MISSED Uggla’s HR. Thank heavens they replayed it……SEVERAL times.

Jimmy

June 13th, 2011
4:36 pm

Wandy Rod making first start off the DL(elbow). Wandy dogged us back in May at the Ted – 8 innings, 5 hits, 8 K’s no runs.

Generally, not easy to steal off him. But this year, 5 out of 6 made it.

timthebrave

June 13th, 2011
4:36 pm

flange1 “I would have thought arm strength would be higher for a CF than last.”

It’s last because how often does a cf actually test an arm where it would make a difference. Maybe once a week. I would have it last as well

Wes

June 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

Why is Alex Gonzalez not playing?

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

And…..I will admit (sorry me!) that when it “stuttered” back on for just a bit (we were having a MONSOON here!) and I could see the score was 2-0 already, told hubby well, either BMac or Chipper must’ve hit a home run. (I apologized profusely to Uggla when I saw what had REALLY happened.)

ray k.

June 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

When was the last time the Braves swept a four game series? Anyone know?

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:40 pm

ray k.

THIS old brain certainly can’t remember. :-)

Fargo

June 13th, 2011
4:41 pm

@ray; we swept Milwaukee at home first week in may

monty

June 13th, 2011
4:42 pm

Have we seen a lot less of the opposition going from 1st to 3rd on singles to CF or is that just my imagination?

Roman Gal

June 13th, 2011
4:43 pm

richbrave-

The information in your post just insinuates a belief I’ve long held: The Braves are the best team. Obviously these players can’t deal with the letdown of playing for lesser teams.

MatthewH

June 13th, 2011
4:44 pm

I love living in the past as much as the next guy (or gal) but we need to realize that the Braves have starters that could rival the days of Glavine,Smoltz and Maddux.

Hillbilly

June 13th, 2011
4:44 pm

ray k.

The Braves swept the Brewers in a 4 game set starting on May 2nd of this season. Before that, they swept the Phillies in 4 starting on May 30th of 2010. Both series were at home.

where are the true fans

June 13th, 2011
4:45 pm

I think we need to send Schafer back down to the minors, ONLY so that he can work on his swing a little more, when our outfield is back from the DL. I reason I say that is because I think that McLouth offence is going to get better, I mean almost all the Braves started out kinda weak. If Chipper does decide to retire next year or at the end of this one, sad day that will be, Prado will move to third, move McLouth to LF, and keep Schafer in Center, and Heyward can stay in RF you have two base stealers(sp) and a guy who can steal bases on a good enough clip to keep pitchers honest.

What I Think Out Future Line Up Should Look Like
1. Schafer
2. Prado
3. Hayward
4. McCann
5. Freeman
6. Uggla
7. Gonzo
8. McLouth
9. Pitcher

ray k.

June 13th, 2011
4:45 pm

Maybe every team has its own aray of statistical oddities that are bandied about at the local sports bars, but does it not seem like the braves own some truly bizarre distinctions year after year? One run losses, solo HR’s, extra inning games…
Always interesting.

ray k.

June 13th, 2011
4:47 pm

Did we sweep the Brew Crew? Why do I not recall that? I’m losin it.

My Name Is Earl

June 13th, 2011
4:48 pm

DOB, I may have missed it but, do you know what is wrong with Freemans hand?

Fargo

June 13th, 2011
4:48 pm

@Where are the true fans; It is well documented that Mclouth will not be back next year, and Chipper will be.
Not even sure if Gonzo will be, being he is a FA at end of season.
other than that, I would play the other Heyward.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

ray k.

Yeah, me, too! BUT…that was six weeks ago and I sometimes have trouble recalling what I had for dinner the night before. :-)

MikeInFl

June 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

the Braves have starters that could rival the days of Glavine,Smoltz and Maddux.

Whoa, there little fella… these Braves have pitched like that for a few months… those guys did it for pretty much a decade.

But of course, it’s great to see.

where are the true fans

June 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

Heyward I can’t believe I spelt his name wrong its all over the page

Fargo

June 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

@ray; perhaps you don’t recall, because there was a double header in that series? otherwise I cant help….

Bat Masterson

June 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

If Chipper does decide to retire next year or at the end of this one, sad day that will be, Prado will move to third, move McLouth to LF,

It’s hard to imagine a scenario that has McLouth back for next year.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:50 pm

Earl

the announcers yesterday were saying that it was a callus on Freeman’s wrist that was being rubbed by the bat. (Or at least that was their best guess.)

NorCal Brave

June 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

ray K.: we swept the Brewers 4 straight at home a few weeks back.
Re Schafer vs. McClouth: if Heyward does get back up here soon and Schafer plays like he’s done, we’re nuts if McClouth doesn’t become an extra outfielder.

TennesseePaul

June 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

Hitting during the winning streak…


Player__G_BB_SO_HR_XBH__AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS
McCann. 4 02 01 02 003 .375 .444 .813 1.257
Chipper 5 02 02 01 004 .333 .391 .619 1.010
Uggla.. 6 03 08 01 002 .300 .391 .500 0.891
Seabass 6 01 09 02 004 .269 .296 .577 0.873
Ross... 2 03 01 00 000 .200 .500 .200 0.700
Young.. 5 02 03 00 000 .316 .381 .316 0.697
Conrad. 3 01 03 00 000 .250 .400 .250 0.650
Schafer 6 02 03 00 001 .250 .308 .333 0.641
Hinske. 6 01 09 02 002 .150 .190 .450 0.640
Freeman 6 00 11 01 002 .231 .231 .385 0.615
Mather. 5 00 02 00 000 .000 .000 .000 0.000
Diory.. 5 00 01 00 000 .000 .000 .000 0.000

McCann, Chipper and Uggla are all on right now. Middle of the order heats up, the team starts winning. It would be real nice if this had happened with a healthy Heyward and Prado… hopefully these guys continue on through when the rest get off the DL.

timthebrave

June 13th, 2011
4:52 pm

MatthewH “we need to realize that the Braves have starters that could rival the days of Glavine,Smoltz and Maddux.

Even better but this is over not even a half of a season. If they put up numbers like this for the next 10 years then you can start comparing

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

Next year is Nate’s option year, isn’t it? As long as Shafer comes even close to the production of Nate, I truly doubt it’ll be picked up due to payroll.

monty

June 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

MAtthew H

To your point, at least for this year, the Braves pitchers are on pace to only allow 518 runs this year. Phenominal so far.

David O'Brien

June 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

Braves lineup 1. Schafer CF, 2. Uggla 2B, 3. McCann C, 4. Jones, 3B, 5. Freeman 1B, 6. Mather RF, 7. Hicks SS, 8. Young LF, 9. Lowe P

Boatdoc

June 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

I haven’t seen the national media pick up on how amazing Venters has been: but I would guess it’s not going to take much longer. If he still hasn’t given up a run by the All-Star break (and unless he falls completely apart, Mr. Bochy will definitely have him in the NL ‘pen) he’ll be upwards of 30-ish innings of consecutive shut-out pitching. Half-ish way to Hershiser’s record of 59 (in one season) and 60 (stretched out to the next season.) It’s pretty close to the pitching equivalent of Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak.

David O'Brien

June 13th, 2011
4:54 pm

Heyward’s already beginning a rehab assignment tonight for Triple-A Gwinnett at Indy. Wow.

Just started hitting off tee a few days ago.

Shaun

June 13th, 2011
4:55 pm

Where’s the “this is a below-average team” crowd?

TennesseePaul

June 13th, 2011
4:55 pm

It’s hard to imagine a scenario that has McLouth back for next year.

Very true. He’d have to come back and hit like Jose Bautista. I just don’t see that happening.

If Chipper retires…. I don’t think he will. If his recent resurgence from the left side holds, he’ll have a good year which will keep him around. But, if he does, the team would then need to find a left fielder in addition to a center fielder and short stop. The shopping gets a little more complicated.

Kat

June 13th, 2011
4:56 pm

David…I love how you’re able to now blog about our great stats. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago where you were analyzing our really crappy stats. ..well maybe a month or so..time flies. Team is on fire and I just can’t wait for Uggla to turn it on.

Hillbilly

June 13th, 2011
4:56 pm

Braves last 4 game sweep on the road was May 15th-18th in 2003 vs the Padres.

TennesseePaul

June 13th, 2011
4:56 pm

Heyward’s already beginning a rehab assignment tonight for Triple-A Gwinnett at Indy. Wow.

I guess he got Chipper’s memo.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
4:56 pm

Surprises me to see Hinske at only .150. BUT, he has played good defense in left.

TennesseePaul

June 13th, 2011
4:57 pm

Payne, they were piling on Hanson not long ago. They’re around. They’ll show up during the game if you want to witness it.

Arkansas Transplant

June 13th, 2011
4:57 pm

Shaun, your our spokesperson… continue on.

monty

June 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

Schafer, Mather, Hicks,and Young not an accounting firm but all Braves starters in the same game. Who would have thunk it when the season started. THere would have been gnashing of teeth.

raleighbravefan

June 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

DOB – Great blog, and very interesting. Of course, Shaun would say that most of your stats are old fasioned and meaningless.

MikeInFl

June 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

I have it on very good authority that Chipper has no intention of retiring before his contract is up, as long as he’s still effective.

(well, I heard his dad say it in a local radio interview… not quite Take It to the Bank authority, I guess … but I hate that expression anyway)

My Name Is Earl

June 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

Thanks Just Pateeee, I wonder if that is what caused his 0 for 4 yesterday? Hope DOB can get an update for us.

where are the true fans

June 13th, 2011
4:59 pm

@Fargo @Where are the true fans; It is well documented that Mclouth will not be back next year, and Chipper will be.
Not even sure if Gonzo will be, being he is a FA at end of season.
other than that, I would play the other Heyward.

Thanks for the info I didn’t hear that about McLouth, and I figured Chipper would be back( Guy would need to lose arms and legs before he actually retires), and I’m hoping Gonzo resigns with us next year.

Tomahawk Mafia

June 13th, 2011
4:59 pm

ray k.

You raise an interesting point. The Braves seems to one or two statistical oddities each year and I would venture to thrown in their tendency for them to have one or two key players having career worst seasons over the past few seasons. Just since 2007 I can name Andruw Jones, Francoeur in 2008-2009, McLouth in 2010 and Uggla in 2011.

raleighbravefan

June 13th, 2011
5:01 pm

Mike – Why Would he retire if he is still effective?

MatthewH

June 13th, 2011
5:01 pm

Hey, I said they “could” rival those pitching greats. I just typed that since it’s easier to look back than to realize what is going on in front of you. But yeah, I know we need to wait awhile before we get Hanson’s or JJ’s plaque ready at Cooperstown

richbrave

June 13th, 2011
5:03 pm

Roman Gal

June 13th, 2011
4:43 pm
richbrave-

The information in your post just insinuates a belief I’ve long held: The Braves are the best team. Obviously these players can’t deal with the letdown of playing for lesser teams.

Interesting take RG. Maybe. I do know that despite the much bally-hoo’d exceptions often cited here [WAINWRIGHT, FURCAL and a few others, most ex-BRAVES do not fare well with other clubs – just as you point out.

count_schemula

June 13th, 2011
5:03 pm

Has anyone officially apologized to D Lowe for the bogus DUI arrest? After watching the dash cam, it looks a lot more like a jealous redneck trooper on a power trip than a legit DUI arrest. I’ve been there. Those GSP dudes can be a world of stupidity and hurt.

MatthewH

June 13th, 2011
5:04 pm

monty

June 13th, 2011
4:53 pm
MAtthew H

To your point, at least for this year, the Braves pitchers are on pace to only allow 518 runs this year. Phenominal so far.

Monty (or anyone else) Can you tell me how many runs they allowed last year? I know I could look it up, but I’ll bet it gets answered here before I find it.

teachur

June 13th, 2011
5:04 pm

where are the true fans…..

You spelled ’spelt’ wrong, too:-)

southern hope

June 13th, 2011
5:05 pm

Hillbilly at 4:56….awesome stat!

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
5:05 pm

count

Shoot! Thre are a lot of people that still aren’t sure it WAS bogus.

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

Heyward rehabbing in Gwinnett tonight!?

Boatdoc

June 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

DOB: You asked Fredi yesterday if you thought certain Braves were legitimate All-Stars. Curious – who among the team do you see as All-Star selectees?

McCann, Jurrjens, Hanson and Venters seem locks if they continue at current pace, but you could make legitimate arguments for Chipper, Seabass, Eric O’ – and Kimbrell’s 18 saves looks pretty gaudy as well.

Freeman also seems to be among a handful of ROY candidates. His numbers could easily surpass both Jason and Posey last year. Difficult to make All-Star at the position played by Pujols, Fielder, Howard and Votto for the moment.

I don’t know which generates more optimism: 6 straight wins or signs of Uggla’s resuscitation.

Go Braves -

joedub

June 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

I like how Schafer has played, but for me, his .318 OBP isn’t good enough supplant McLouth because Nate can take pitchers deep. If Schafer can get his OBP up to around .350 then I think it’s a different story. I hope he can, because his speed is a great addition to the team.

FYI McLouth’s OBP is around .330. His power numbers are really a lot better than Jordan’s though. Check out their ISO stats for proof.

bfred

June 13th, 2011
5:08 pm

ray k., I’m not going to pretend to try and figure the correlation between the stats you cite and quality pitching but it seems to me a low-scoring team with a great staff would find itself in a lot of close-and-late situations and hitting home runs with nobody on board. Basically the pitchers take care of business but the bats can’t capitalize.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

SoWeGA

Heyward in Indy; not Gwinnett, but yeah….rehabbing.

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

Nate won’t run and Nate won’t throw.

MikeInFl

June 13th, 2011
5:10 pm

joedub, there’s a certain faction around here who would rather have a bunt single and a stolen base than a home run.

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 13th, 2011
5:10 pm

for Gwinnett. :-)

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 13th, 2011
5:11 pm

Oh my…why is BMac batting 3rd against Wandy…? :roll:

Whatever…Thanks for the lineup, Chief.

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 13th, 2011
5:11 pm

:-) I didn’t know I could do that! :-)

Ralph

June 13th, 2011
5:11 pm

DOB, are you saying we should pay McOut $3million to lose games for us and see if we can find someplace to put the guy who has sparked this team recently. I would rather pay McOut $3million to sit on the bench and let Scheafer continue doing what he has been doing so long as he does, same goes for the Hinskie vs Heyward situation. I really thought the object to this game was to win ball games.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
5:12 pm

SoWeGa

Yeah…..FOR Gwinnett. Sorry if I misunderstood there.

Shaun

June 13th, 2011
5:13 pm

David…I love how you’re able to now blog about our great stats. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago where you were analyzing our really crappy stats. ..well maybe a month or so..time flies. Team is on fire and I just can’t wait for Uggla to turn it on.

I understand why it’s done. It is the reality. But it’s pretty meaningless to pick arbitrary end points, like “the last 6 games” or whatever. I’m thankful that the Braves are doing what they’re doing and I’m glad the media can point to great stats during a stretch of games. Believe me, I’m not opposed to sitting back and enjoying the streak. But we should read to much into any stretch of 6 games, 10 games, 20 games, etc.; that works with both hot streaks and cold streaks. No team is as bad as its worst stretch and no team is as great as its best stretch, particularly if that stretch is 6-10 games or even a month’s worth of games.

By the way, in his defense, I don’t think DOB ever draws conclusions, though he points out stats in small stretches of games. I think he’s more doing it to show realities, not to say “this stretch of games, means the Braves are destined for 100 wins”…or “100 losses”…or whatever.

rammerjammer

June 13th, 2011
5:15 pm

JHey’s gettin’ the Eye of the Tiger.

Just Pateeeee

June 13th, 2011
5:15 pm

McFann

Now, now, now…..we went over this LAST time he was batting 3rd and, if I remember correctly, he did OK. :-) Just hope to see that same little grin I saw yesterday when he hit that home run.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

Just Pat

Yeah…complaining about batting order gets tiresome, anyway. I don’t know why he’s batting third, but if it works out, hey cool…

Besides, he 0-8 in regular-season play against Wandy—just means he’s due.

Just hope to see that same little grin I saw yesterday when he hit that home run.

:D He does have, like, the greatest little grin in the whole wide world. :P

southern hope

June 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

I’m considering a new Facebook Group — “Let’s Move the World Series to Minute Maid Park”. Hanson can pitch all 4 games.

jeffrey d

June 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

Deedle Nick

June 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

@Jimmy

June 13th, 2011
4:29 pm

“Phillies off tonight, so a 1/2 game swing at stake. The Marlins play at Philly starting Tuesday night.”

Actually it’s a 1 game swing. From either 1½ to 2½ GB

joedub

June 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

MikeInFl – don’t they know chicks dig the long ball?! Or was it the ground ball???…Moylan’s throwing me for a sidearm loop. sheesh!

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