Braves postgame quotes following Wednesday’s win over Toronto

BRANDON BEACHY

On if felt good after way he started (three Ks in first):

“I had the first batter 0-2 and ended up giving up a hit, so I wasn’t too happy about that. But after I made it through that first inning, I felt confident. Day-to-day when you feel confident, sometimes it comes right back at you, and other times you have it.”

On trying to keep doing what Tim Hudson started in series:

“I made a comment to Mike (Minor) that night Huddy had that performance. I said we have to go out there and come up after this. We can’t give too much away. We definitely tried to replicate what he set the tone as.”

On if he can use team’s aggressiveness to his advantage, when they know he throws strikes:

“I see that a lot of times, when I throw a slider in the dirt early in the count and get a bad swing on it – probably because I throw a lot of fastballs in the strike zone.”

On if he was surprised to get so many strikeouts (expecting to pitch more to contact):

“It doesn’t surprise me. My goal is to get ahead early. Hopefully they get themselves out, out of those few pitches. But once I get ahead I want to put a guy away. If I get two strikes on him, I want to finish him off.”

On what he was finishing guys off with:

“A lot of fastballs, then sliders early. I was getting guys early with sliders and as the game progressed, used the offspeed to get ahead and then put them away with fastballs.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On way he’s swinging:

“I feel good. I’m swinging at balls in the zone. I’m working counts. When you do those things and you’re seeing the ball well, you’re going to be successful.”

On pitch-sequence with his homer:

“I was looking fastball and got it, it was just a little higher than I would like (on a swing and miss). Next pitch caught a lot of the plate. Slider.

On if knowing Reyes from catching him helped:

“Yeah, I knew what he had. He’s changed a little bit since he was with us. After my first at-bat, I saw what he had and took it into my next at-bat. He’s throwing a cut fastball, and I think he’s throwing a lot more strikes now than he was with us.”

On Braves’ pitching staff this series:

“Spotting up. Getting outs on fastballs. Working the counts and never giving in. They’re all making their pitches.”

On Beachy:

“He’s a bulldog. He’s a guy who, being so new to pitching, he has a great idea what he’s trying to accomplish, and he’s such a competitor. He’s only going to get better and better.”

On Beachy pitching backwards, working ahead with sliders:

“These guys are aggressive and we saw that day one and that was our game plan against these guys.”

CHIPPER JONES

On Braves pitching this series:

“Yeah we swung the bats. It’s a good combination. Give up two runs in a three-game series, you’ve got a great chance to sweep. Although with our offense of late, you never know. But we’re starting to hit the long ball a little bit, BMac’s swinging a good bat, and Uggla continues to have a couple good swings a game. All you need is a couple guys in the lineup to produce each day and could result in four or five runs which it has the last couple times out.”

On Beachy:

“He’s got swing-and-miss ability, especially against someone that hasn’t seen him before. I really, really like this kid to continue to be successful for years to come. He’s got great stuff. He locates, which makes me so happy to see a young kid locate three or four pitches.

On if he has late movement they’re missing:

“No his ball is pretty straight. I think that he pitches well above the belt. He’s got one of those releases that’s hard to pick up. That combined with a slow looping hook and a hard downward slider and a developing change-up, you’ve got all the makings of a guy that I think can go out and win you 15 plus.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the sweep:

“To come back and win three games after the way the homestand started, it’s good. These last three games against the Blue Jays, we played pretty well – all facets of the game. We hit, we pitched, we played nice defense. It was nice to get going again.”

On Beachy:

“Perfect. That’s right where we wanted him, right about 100 pitches, He gave us six innings the first time he’s started in about a month, kept us in the ballgame. McCann big home run, Conrad, even Danny Uggla. We’re swinging the bats. Hopefully the keeps going in San Diego.”

On Beachy’s strikeouts:

“He was commanding his fastball, No. 1 and then he threw a couple, half-dozen breaking pitches they swung and missed. He pitched ahead of the count. When you get that many strikeouts and that little pitch count, you’re ahead in the count.”

On Uggla:

“It’s going to be difficult for him from this point on to put on a .275 batting average, but you can’t worry about April and May right now. He’s going to have start, what’s going on from the middle of June forward. I think at the end of the year some of the numbers are going to be right where you want them to be.”

On Julio Lugo’s first start:

“He looked great catching groundballs today, didn’t he? (Joking) He got a flyball (on his only chance). He’s a veteran guy, 11 years in the big leagues. He knows what he can do. You feel confident that you give Gonzo a day off, because he’s going to need it, and for him to play, get a hit, and have Gonzo have today off and tomorrow off.”

BROOKS CONRAD

On the video replay:

“I got thrown out at third base on a home run. How about that one? That’s pretty crazy stuff. That’s never happened to me before. Once it hit that metal….There’s a little metal thing over the fence behind those jumbotrons and you hear it all the time in batting practice. I heard that. It’s over the fence. I’m into my trot and Snit is waving me at third base and I’m getting thrown out at third. I look back and I was dead out at third base. But it all worked out.”

DAN UGGLA

On not focusing on gaining ground with batting average:

“Everything is down. Average, homers, RBIs, runs scored. It’s just been a bad year for me individually so far. But we still have a long ways to go and we’re still in a great position, standings wise. We’re four back from Philly, right there in the wild card. Once you get to this point, everybody wants to get their numbers every year and have good years, but I’m past that point. I want to win championships, and we’ve got what it takes to make that happen in this clubhouse. I’m going to go out and continue to work and try to continue to get better. Whether I end up at .180 or .250, as long as my run production is more consistent throughout the rest of the season, that’s all I’m worried about.”

On seeing some improvement:

“Some balls have been dropping more times than not as of late. I’ve been putting the bat on the ball all year. I haven’t hit it with as much thump as I’d like to. As long as you put it in play, you’re giving yourself a chance. I just haven’t had much luck in that area. But I feel more comfortable. I’m just going to continue to work. I think I’ll be able to turn that curve.”

On homer, more success vs. Reyes:

“That was a pitch he left out over the plate with two strikes, I put a good swing on it and the next at-bat he dominated me with cutters. It’s just one of those things.”

95 comments Add your comment

jjschiller

June 22nd, 2011
7:18 pm

Beachy looks good.. We’ve got some pitching, huh?

Reid in EAV

June 22nd, 2011
7:18 pm

No cap tipping for Fredi. Is that a first?

Just Pateeeee

June 22nd, 2011
7:18 pm

Thanks for the comments……been waiting for them…..especially Uggla’s. Head seems to be screwed on right at least.

Lobosolo

June 22nd, 2011
7:20 pm

Sweep!!! Way to go Bravos!!!

uga

June 22nd, 2011
7:23 pm

Bobalouie

June 22nd, 2011
7:35 pm

schmuck, did jo’ momma or your friends give you the name – cause they got it right!

JoshTown

June 22nd, 2011
7:38 pm

Always love reading these, especially Chipper’s. Dude is always dialed in to everything. Great series. Bring on SD!

Russ Nixon

June 22nd, 2011
7:46 pm

Hey, does anybody know where the Braves stay in San Diego?

Ben

June 22nd, 2011
7:46 pm

Good series, now take 2 out of three from SD.

Jbailz

June 22nd, 2011
7:47 pm

Uggla’s batting .177 and still he’s third on the team in runs behind Prado and Gonzo and second in homers behind McCann. His production is down and he’s still one of the more productive guys on the team. Can’t wait to see him break out, everyone in a Braves uni is pulling for him and you can tell. He’s a great teammate and dugout guy. Glad to have him in Atlanta.

Steve 34

June 22nd, 2011
7:48 pm

What do you think our rotation will look like when medlen coming back soon…and minor, teherean, delgado waiting…. we cant keep them in the minors too long… we have to trade dlowe! what is he worth?
in my opinion come september it will be….
1. Jurrjens
2. Hanson
3. Huddy
4. Dlowe
5 Beachy

Bullpen
7. Medlen
8. Venters
9. Kimbrell

Triple A and Waiting… Minor Delgado Teherean

Out of all our pitchers, who gets traded at trade deadline and for what position?

Steve 34

June 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

Out of all the handful of pitchers we have… who gets traded and for what position??
In my opinion I think Delgado or Minor will go and Teheran and Beachy are safe. What do you guys think? Will derek lowe get traded? I hope so bc he is holding our prospects down and he is just an o.k pitcher

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
7:56 pm

Steve – saw an interview with Peter Moylan recently, and he was thinking he would be back August. That makes the staff that much deeper.

Here’s a question with no right answer: If Billy Wagner had returned – would he be closing? (If he HAD come back, you could imagine a ‘pen with an ERA of about 2…)

We’ll take 1 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI from Mr. Uggla every day – but if he follows with another 3 for 40 or something similar, anyone else think Prado should take 2B instead of LF when he returns from the staph infection, and let DU take some minor league swings (hopefully with an eye to returning about post-All-Star break in time for a pennant drive)?

willy

June 22nd, 2011
7:58 pm

Go look at Dan Uggla’s stats on fangraphs….very encouraging. The only explanation i have is unlucky. Which his BABIP suggests. His strikeout rate is down from his career year last year. HE will be fine, just wait till next year, i guess.

Choppinmama

June 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

I love to watch a well-pitched game. The ability and control of the pitchers to hit their spots, cut the ball in or out, and hit the black on the plate is truly amazing to me.

Love the quote from Brooks about getting thrown out at 3rd on a homer. Nah, doesn’t happen too often. That second wall in the outfield that causes the homerun balls to bounce back onto the field has fooled quite a few umps. Hooray for replays and hooray for the good guys.

Delbert D.

June 22nd, 2011
8:10 pm

Those top 5 starters currently have an ERA of 2.75.

Paul in Statesboro

June 22nd, 2011
8:12 pm

Law of averages say Uggla is going to have a monster 2nd half. About the trade possibilities the only position players I’m comfortable trading are McClouth and Gonzo and I don’t think anybody that has anything that we want would want them. Question for yall, would you give some of our young pitching pieces and Gonzo for 4 months of Reyes to try to win this year, knowing he walks after that?

Larry

June 22nd, 2011
8:13 pm

Goof ball put Heyward in the #2 spot again! Thank goodness our pitching is overcoming our managing!

bostonbravo

June 22nd, 2011
8:14 pm

Quick! Frank Wren extend Uggla’s contract 7 years! he hit a HOMER!! yayayayayayayayaya

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
8:20 pm

Man if we were to start Brooksy every game but just hypnotize him before every game to make him think that he was pinch hitting in the 9th on every AB that dude would hit 50 homers a year.

Delbert D.

June 22nd, 2011
8:23 pm

That’s not right…

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

June 22nd, 2011
8:31 pm

Pitching , pitching and more pitching will continue to carry this team no matter what the offense does, or doesn’t do.

And Brandon Beachy has many scouts kicking themselves right now. How could such a talented pitcher not get drafted???? The kid is the real deal.

Delbert D.

June 22nd, 2011
8:35 pm

The top 5 starters (innings pitched) have an ERA of 3.14
The top 6 relievers (innings pitched) have an ERA of 2.28

Steve 34

June 22nd, 2011
8:40 pm

On a scale of 10 this is how I would rate our team position wise compared to all the rest of the teams because im bored… When all is healthy…
1. Schaffer….. 7
2. Prado……… 8
3. Chipper…… 7
4. McCann…… 9
5. Heyward….. 8
6. Freeman….. 7
7. Uggla……… 5
8. Gonzo…….. 7

1. Jurrjens 8 as our ace
2. Hanson 9 as our #2 pitcher
3. Huddy 9 as our #3 pitcher
4. Dlowe 7 as our #4 pitcher
5. Beachy 10 as our # 5 pitcher

Bullpen
6th inning… Medlen hard to tell bc we dont know how we will be when he comes back. Also, I would give Moylan an 8
7th inning Oflahtery 8
8th inning Venters 10
9th inning Kimbrell 8.5

If lowe was traded I would give Beachy as the #4 starter a 9 and Minor a 10 as our #5 pitcher and if Teheran was our # 5 pitcher would also be a 10

what do you guys think of my ratings?

Steve 34

June 22nd, 2011
8:46 pm

Hopefully Mcclouth will be our 4th outfielder and we will not platoon him and schaffer at center

willy

June 22nd, 2011
9:09 pm

Am I the only one that loves Dan Uggla and is rootin for him?

Tmabry

June 22nd, 2011
9:11 pm

Center field is Schaefer’s position to lose, and he has looked very comfortable in the leadoff spot. I’m beginning to like the idea of giving either McLouth, Chipper, or Uggla the game off by using Prado in their positions each game. This gives Chipper much needed rest and sits McLouth or Uggla when they are cold. Prado is the ultimate utility man and I can’t wait for him to return to our lineup just in time to make a serious push.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 22nd, 2011
9:12 pm

Paul in Statesboro June 22nd, 2011 8:12 pm
Law of averages say Uggla is going to have a monster 2nd half. About the trade possibilities the only position players I’m comfortable trading are McClouth and Gonzo and I don’t think anybody that has anything that we want would want them. Question for yall, would you give some of our young pitching pieces and Gonzo for 4 months of Reyes to try to win this year, knowing he walks after that?

Paul: I agree that Uggla will have a big 2nd half. As far as your question, I would not trade our young pitching and Gonzo for a 4 month rent of Reyes. We have the 2nd best record in the NL and the 4th best record in all of baseball without Reyes. Plus, the Mets already have some good young arms, so why help them get stronger?

gcs

June 22nd, 2011
9:26 pm

Psst. Don’t tell anyone but the Braves have the second best record in the NL (behind Philadelphia) and fourth best in MLB (Yankees, Red Sox).

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TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
9:26 pm

1. Jurrjens 8 as our ace
2. Hanson 9 as our #2 pitcher
3. Huddy 9 as our #3 pitcher
4. Dlowe 7 as our #4 pitcher
5. Beachy 10 as our # 5 pitcher

Well, Steve34, since you did ask, I think that your assessment is pretty accurate, as the players are currently performing. I would probably have Kris Medlen as the #6 starter if all goes well with his comeback.

This would be a good thing, IMHO, as I believe that although Mike Minor did an excellent job in his last start, still, I think that he would definitely benefit from a year of seasoning at AAA based on his previous performances.

Largo

June 22nd, 2011
9:27 pm

Fredi is sending Venters on his way to ‘Tommy John surgery again. How big a lead do we need before he sends in someone else?

Nice game today, everyone did well. I do wonder about B-Mac bunting with TWO out and a man on first. He’s hitting home runs, batting .300 and he BUNTS, the slowest man in the league. Dumb!

DoninAcworth

June 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

Yes, fans, the Braves have a very good record: They are leading 4 other division races and here we think we’re in a bad way. If and when we get our guys back we should be a great contender. Oh, and thry will be back in time for the stetch run too!

Steve 34

June 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

The AntiME- Yea you’re right about medlen being our 6th man… but prolly will pitch in the bullpen… What the hell will our rotation look like next year… Who will be gone?

J-Man

June 22nd, 2011
9:38 pm

Injuries happen……..plain and simple. Medlin was a 5th starter and sometimes was bumbed over to allow other pitchers to start, obviously he was not over used but he had TJ surgery. Stephen Strausburg was caudled and help too pitch counts and heavily observevated but he got TJ surgery. Meanwhile Nolan Ryan has thrown for more innings and pitches than any other pitcher and has never had Tommy John surgery………Wonder why that is?

AdirondackDave

June 22nd, 2011
9:39 pm

Paul in Statesville — It would depend on the pitching prospect(s) involved. I wouldn’t do it if it included Teheran, Beachy, Minor, Medlin, Delgado, or Viscaino. Yes, if it included Hoover, Oberholtzer, or Spruill. Fredi might be able to get a 3-day signing window for a Reyes extension.

J-Man

June 22nd, 2011
9:40 pm

My point is unless Venters is sick or were winnning by 6 or trailing by 2. I say pitch Venters because he is the BEST RELIVER in baseball.

J-Man

June 22nd, 2011
9:42 pm

Injuries happen……..plain and simple. Medlin was a 5th starter and sometimes was bumbed over to allow other pitchers to start, obviously he was not over used but he had TJ surgery. Stephen Strausburg was caudled and held to pitch counts and heavily observevated but he got TJ surgery. Meanwhile Nolan Ryan has thrown for more innings and pitches than any other pitcher and has never had Tommy John surgery. Thats what I ment to say

jpc

June 22nd, 2011
9:44 pm

Helluva good team we’ve got! Proud to be a Brave fan.

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
9:45 pm

Meanwhile Nolan Ryan has thrown for more innings and pitches than any other pitcher and has never had Tommy John surgery………Wonder why that is?

lol – Cuz Nolan took Advil, J-Man, didn’t you see his commercials? :D

J-Man

June 22nd, 2011
9:56 pm

lol and apparantly advil also allow you to be able to whoop up on 23 year old robin ventura when your 46 lol

phil

June 22nd, 2011
10:03 pm

It is an excellent team. I would like to see Uggly hit the ball in the postseason, not just the second half….the postseason…the time after game 162…the time when he’ll be desperately needed.

Montana

June 22nd, 2011
10:24 pm

Why do you people call Dan Uggla, “Ugly”? He is the complete opposite of that… He is sexy as hell!!!

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
10:31 pm

lol and apparantly advil also allow you to be able to whoop up on 23 year old robin ventura when your 46 lol

Don’t know what it is but something tells me that Nolan Ryan and Dominique Wilkins would make a great tag team for the WWE Senior circuit.

Mudge

June 22nd, 2011
10:38 pm

Cliff Lee just threw a complete game shutout (4-0) over the Cardinals with 126 pitches. No coddling there.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 22nd, 2011
10:44 pm

Phils are going to be tough to beat for division, but Braves are not that far behind.

Tommy Hawk

June 22nd, 2011
10:47 pm

Would love to know the status on yet another top minor league pitching prospect Brett Butts? I know he had TJ surgery last July, but I have not heard anything regarding his recovery. I saw him pitch last year in Mississippi and he had a outstanding arm and great stuff. Hopefully he is doing well and we will see him pitching soon in Gwinnett. Go Bravos!!

Mudge

June 22nd, 2011
10:51 pm

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Rabid Dawg'84

June 22nd, 2011
10:51 pm

OK Braves fans, we are 5 games from midseason, if I could guarantee Uggla would hit .220 and have 14 homers 36 rbi for the 2nd half, would you take it? I vote YES.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
11:01 pm

Phils ARE going to be tough to beat, then so will the Yankees or Red Sox, but that will make the eventual WS Championship that much sweeter, won’t it?

Willy – there aren’t ANY real Braves fans who aren’t rooting for Uggla, but there also aren’t any who don’t wish he wasn’t hitting 80 points less than his lifetime average, with an on-base % that is a HUNDRED points worse. I’m crossing my fingers, crossing my toes, sailing Hair Mary’s (even though I’m not a Catholic), cutting the heads off live chickens (just kidding…)

In all seriousness – Uggla’s NEVER been a .300 guy. But he has been a VERY consistent .250 guy, with 30 HR and 100-ish RBI, and THAT’s the guy the Braves gave a long-term contract.

He would have to SMOKE the rest of the year to get up to near his lifetime avg for the year, and I suspect that Braves’ fans and management would be happy if he’d just hit .250 for the REST of the year, which added to his .178 or whatever it is for pretty much the first half, would only get him up to about .215 or so. If we wind up flying another WS Champ pennant, Uggla’s first half will become a distant (albeit painful) memory.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
11:03 pm

No disrespect or blasphemy intended when I meant “Hail Mary”, and fat-fingered “Hair Mary.”

bravesfanforever

June 22nd, 2011
11:06 pm

First of all Reyes while very talented is cancer to a team.He does make great plays,but the showboats and remember the last time we rented a guy for 156 games by the name of Texeria.We gave up way to much.Lets get everybody healthy and see what happens.I think Uggla is very close to breaking out.The Schafer move has turned out to be great.If Uggla doesn’t go to hitting soon and Prado is back move Prado to second and let McClouthin left field if the braves haven’t traded him by then.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
11:14 pm

I’ve got a front row seat on the “Put-Prado-at-2nd-if-Uggla-doesn’t-start-mashing” bandwagon.

Darryl Blackberry

June 22nd, 2011
11:24 pm

Leave Uggla alone. Let him come around on his own. We’re stretched thin as it is, and need him to smell the proverbial coffee. Today was a good sign…

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Rabid Dawg'84

June 22nd, 2011
11:51 pm

1. Schaffer….. 7
2. Prado……… 8
3. Chipper…… 7
4. McCann…… 9
5. Heyward….. 8
6. Freeman….. 7
7. Uggla……… 5
8. Gonzo…….. 7 from Steve 34
I would rate Chipper a 6, Heyward a 4, Freeman a 6 and Uggla a 1.5, the others I agree with. 5 is average, WHAT about Uggla is avg.?

Steve 34

June 23rd, 2011
12:51 am

Yea…. I guess uggla is not avg lol but his glove has not been all that bad so i would put him at a 3 instead of my previous 5… and for heyward… i gues i just got caught up in the hype at the moment haha

Boatdoc

June 23rd, 2011
1:39 am

Steve, I guess my question would be about Jurrjens – what about his best record and best ERA in baseball season rates only an 8? Granted he’s not quite a mid 60s Koufax, 70s Carlton or 90s Maddux – but if Cy Young were voted on today, he’d get a LOT of votes and maybe win. So – not a 10, but I’d give him a 9.

reckingball

June 23rd, 2011
1:52 am

“But once I get ahead I want to put a guy away. If I get two strikes on him, I want to finish him off.” Brandon Beachy, June 22, 2011.

That is what I like to hear, too many times I have seen the Braves pitchers get 0-2 or 1-2 counts against the hitter, and then someone decides to start throwing those “nibbling” junk pitches, and bad things start happening to the Braves.
Once the Braves pitchers have the batter down in the count, I like to see them go for the throat, and send them walking back to the dugout.

Senator Blutarski

June 23rd, 2011
2:22 am

My hat’s off to the great comments by the fans here…let’s DO IT, Braves!!!!!!!

reckingball

June 23rd, 2011
2:32 am

Bad afternoon for the Negatives.

acbwcmm

June 23rd, 2011
3:38 am

….and all of a sudden, the Braves are on a 4 game winning streak!!

This team is so bizarre! W’s are W’s and they have more than 26 other teams.

GO Braves!

clay

June 23rd, 2011
3:44 am

I know our pitchers are great, but we have to much talent in AAA and are going to have to give up something that ppl don’t want us to give up to get another great player. I would think minor, one of our AAA guys gonzo and mcclouth for reyes. Sounds good to me.

acbwcmm

June 23rd, 2011
3:59 am

Also, Shafer should have been 3 for 4, tonight. Poor guy got robbed!

bobbybrave

June 23rd, 2011
4:02 am

we need a right handed power hitting outfielder…….and chipper to stay hitting on the right side..until he is fully healthy

Jourdun Schaeiouffer

June 23rd, 2011
4:05 am

Man, there’s some non-spellin’ sons of *****es up this piece.

Conyers Braves Fan

June 23rd, 2011
4:10 am

To all the Braves bloggers who make suggestions on how to run the team:
Let Wren and Freddi do it. Their record speaks for itself.

TONE-TONE

June 23rd, 2011
7:17 am

If the braves stay cool and calm, they will have the best pitching this decade! This could even be better than the 90’s team. However, finances plays a healthy part in todays sports. So, don’t get upset
when the time comes to get rid of JJ due to that reason and that reason along. The BRAVES will
not re-sign him. THIS DECISION WILL BE BASED ON TWO THINGS: (1)-FINANCES AND (2)
MINOR LEAGUE DEPTH.

Also, HUDSON will follow JJ. LOWE will be eliminated due to age and medicrosity. LINEBRINK,
PROCTOR, and SHERRIL, will be eliminated due to dead weight. MOYLAND should be
elimated. I am not sold on him. People like this guy. But, I hate him. Here is a look at the BRAVEs new pitching staff for 2012.

STARTING PITCHING:
1–HANSON
2–BEACHY
3–MINOR
4–TELHERAN
5–DELGADO

RELIEF PITCHING:
1–VENTERS
2–KIMBREL
3–O’FLATERY
4–MEDLEN
5–MARTINEZ
6–GEARRIN
7–ASENCIO
8–ABREU

bravesgrl4life

June 23rd, 2011
7:51 am

Montana

June 22nd, 2011
10:24 pm
Why do you people call Dan Uggla, “Ugly”? He is the complete opposite of that… He is sexy as hell!!!

Montana, I do think Uggla is kinda sexy for a shorter guy. I have always called him Uggly, not ugly – mostly because he used to be so “uggly” against the Braves.

What am I to do tonight without a Braves game to watch??? Maybe I can go to bed early to recover from a very rainy night at Chastain last night for the Chris Issak concert. Dude was awesome and played right thru the rain. Most of the audience stayed, too, but a lot moved under what shelter there is at that park. Not me, put up the umbrella and danced away :)

Chris from the Rock

June 23rd, 2011
8:01 am

I know the Braves won’t get Reyes, but I think 2 1/2 months of him for some prospects would be well worth it. Remember, as a Type A free agent, all they have to do is offer him arbitration, and they will receive two compensation picks in next year’s draft. That’s what they should have done with Tex.

I wonder if they could work out a 3-way deal with the New York teams, sending Lowe to the Yankees. Braves and Yanks both send prospects to the Mets. Far-fetched I know.

bulldogbyrd

June 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

An entire outfield having been on the DL…Starting pitchers missing starts…an underforming middle of the line-up slugger, a key bullpen guy out….AND still the Braves have one of the best records in MLB….Braves haters: stop throwing rocks and hop on the train…its going to be a great ride!!

Mike from the coast

June 23rd, 2011
8:42 am

Didn’t see any comments on Schafer’s game yesterday. Great at bats terrible luck. Three great at bats, a sliding catch in center, a home run ball caught on a great play and a liner to first base. I have no doubts any more about him being our leadoff hitter. Great game with no results.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 23rd, 2011
8:57 am

It’s amazing how 10 games over .500 and one of the best records in baseball will weed out the whiners and Braves bashers. GO BRAVES!

henry from TN

June 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

7hits and 5 runs that’s good production….keep it up….

bill

June 23rd, 2011
9:04 am

these guys are real streaky but the hitting has been timely and the pitching has been excellent . We have a great record and thank God we are not like Tampa Bay and trailing the Al 1 and 2. When does baseball intend to expand the playoffs to take 2 wildcards and are there serious thoughts about another realignment or expansion?.

Frank Wren

June 23rd, 2011
9:45 am

Braves fans everywhere: Have no fear. I want you to know that I am working real hard to do another deal that will be just as good as the ones I did for K.K., McLouth, and Uggla.

E-6

June 23rd, 2011
9:46 am

Tempting though it would be to get a Reyes rental and perhaps a deep run in the playoffs, memories of Kenny Lofton keep coming back – great elsewhere not so hot in the buttoned down atmosphere of the Braves. Sooner or later, we will have to upgrade the shortstop position and it doesn’t look like the answer is internal.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

We’re doing ok without Reyes. Good luck to the team that signs him long term for $15 million – $20 million per year.

reckingball

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

Some of these trade porposals are just___________. fill in the blank.

TheAntiMe

June 23rd, 2011
11:00 am

Some of these trade porposals are just___________. fill in the blank.

Alrighty, “Some of these trade porposals are just supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

TheAntiMe

June 23rd, 2011
11:11 am

Wow, I wish that I could get “Triple Word Score” on that last blank fill-in. :P

Johnny Beach

June 23rd, 2011
11:52 am

If they can go 4-2 on this road trip, they could gain some momentum

reckingball

June 23rd, 2011
12:08 pm

I was looking for, –not very smart.

reckingball

June 23rd, 2011
12:09 pm

or –not realistic

BOOBALEE

June 23rd, 2011
12:30 pm

Dirty Dawg

June 23rd, 2011
12:54 pm

Hey I got a question…what if Conrad had come up from the ‘out call’ at third and cussed the ump nekkid or something and been thrown out of the game? Would he have been given the homerun and would the run have counted?

And another thing, MLB or ESPN had an interesting take on the game last night…not that the Braves had swept the Jays…not that Atlanta had three great pitching performances…not that McCann was on fire and had a two-run homer, as well as Uggla…not that Conrad had a HR that Batista ‘failed’ to make a play on a HR that pretty much ‘iced’ the game…no…all they could talk about was that Batista got a HR – meaningless as it was – and actually caught a ball at the wall that would have represented yet another ‘meaningless’ run. Atlanta can’t catch a break from those NY media types. Guess we’ll have to beat the Phillies and the Yankees, or Boston or somebody to get them to pay attention.

just sayin'

June 23rd, 2011
1:30 pm

MLB site also had headline…Bautista ‘breaks’ out…nothing about the Braves sweeping the Jays or Beachy striking out 11…no respect

nashvillewill

June 23rd, 2011
1:47 pm

When starters yield 2 runs in 3 games and Venters pitches in all 3, Braves sweep. No surprises there. Pitching remains strength.
I have given up on Uggla and the Braves insisting that he work on his swing, his stance, his approach. Expect 25 HR’s and about .190, but he will play except for an occasional day off. The heart of the team is McCann, Chipper, Prado, and, yes, Schafer. I do not count on Heyward, Freeman, Gonzo or the bench for any more than occasional contributions. This said, I am more optimistic as it has become apprarent that other teams are struggling to hit as well. And McCann apprears willing and able to put the team on his shoulders.
Unless the Braves can acquire a right-handed power bat or a SS who hits I do not think they will battle the Phils for the division. With the pitching and McCann I think they can compete for the wild card. I also look forward to Prado’s return.

reckingball

June 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

Who cares?

Braves won!!! – - – - – - —- Gas up the Juggernaut!

New York Reporter

June 23rd, 2011
2:12 pm

Hey Red Necks: We don’t really care about what your Braves are doing.

Raw Onion

June 23rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Not sure why so many people seem to be knocking Freeman. Over the last 37 games his numbers are 302/.349/.439 including three homers and 17 RBI. Overall, he is hitting near .270 and plays terrific defense. That is not bad for a rook and I think he will improve offensively into next year.

Clarence

June 23rd, 2011
2:31 pm

I just hope the bloggers saying they think Uggla is sexy are girls.

DawgDad

June 23rd, 2011
2:34 pm

Braves have the luxury for the moment of having some real value pitching depth. That can change VERY quickly in the starting rotation, and even quicker in the bullpen. Contract-wise, isn’t next season the decision point on a couple of starters, with JJ/Hanson the following two years? Some of that depth will be used up by Mr. Boras and old age. For now, I like what we have and with Minor et. al. in reserve we should compete for and into the playoffs.

Offensively, the Braves are positioned for a surge. Schafer has stabilized center field and the leadoff spot, Prado will come back, Heyward appears healthy and is hitting the ball, Uggla has only one direction to go, and McLouth can be a legitimate fourth outfielder and insurance for Chipper (though it would help if he were right handed).

rr

June 23rd, 2011
3:15 pm

Enter your comments here
Just wondering…The Ted has the largest TV in MLB and doesn’t show replays?

Chuck

June 23rd, 2011
3:19 pm

The Braves’ farm system is huge this year. Your whole outfield and half your pitching staff go down, not to mention third base being vacant sometimes, and you remain 10 games above .500. Other teams can’t remain competitive with injuries like we can. Just need some guys to hit over .260.

Chuck

June 23rd, 2011
3:20 pm

Nolan Ryan had great flexibility. That’s a key to keeping the injury bug away.

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