Braves ‘pen is best, now can it hold up?

SAN DIEGO – After losing Billy Wagner to retirement and Takashi Saito to free agency, Braves officials still believed their bullpen would be as good or better this season than in 2010. So far, they’ve been right.

The question becomes, can it hold up?

The bullpen has been a huge reason the Braves have the NL’s second-best record (43-33) despite a spotty offense. Atlanta relievers have a majors-leading 2.49 ERA, which is more than a quarter-run better than the next-lowest in the majors, San Diego’s 2.77.

The Braves knew they would rely heavily on Venters (left), but 34-year-old Linebrink (right) has been a bigger part of the bullpen than anyone envisioned.

The Braves knew they would rely heavily on Venters (left), but 34-year-old Linebrink (right) has been a bigger part of the bullpen than anyone envisioned.

But look inside the numbers and you’ll notice a difference between the bullpens of those two teams, who start a three-game series tonight here in San Diego (where I don’t want to rub it in but it was 65 degrees at mid-day and I wore a long-sleeve T-shirt when I walked to breakfast this morning).

The bullpen difference I’m talking about: San Diego has divvied up its heavy workload pretty evenly between five who’ve made between 29 and 33 appearances and one, Chad Qualls, with a team-high 36.

The Braves have four relievers who’ve made at least 34 appearances, while George Sherrill is the only other with more than 18. Sherrill has 28 appearances, but only 19-1/3 innings.

The Braves’ workhorse core includes Jonny Venters, who’s been both the best and most-used reliever in the majors this season, with a whopping 47-1/3 innings in 42 appearances. No other major league reliever has been in as many as 40 games or pitched as many as 44 innings.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has 39 appearances, tied with Milwaukee’s Kameron Loe for second-most in the majors. Kimbrel’s 38 relief innings are the ninth-most in the majors.

Eric O’Flaherty has pitched only once in nine days because of a bad back, but his 36 appearances still are tied for ninth-most in the NL and would lead the AL. He pitched in six of the first 10 games in June before the latest episode of his recurring back problems.

In the absence of O’Flaherty and Peter Moylan, who’s recovering from back surgery, the Braves have used 34-year-old Scott Linebrink more than anyone thought they would coming into the season.

Linebrink, who hasn’t pitched in more than 57 games in the past four seasons, already has 34 appearances and is on pace for 72. That’d be one shy of the career-high mark he run up in three consecutive seasons with the Padres in 2004-2006.

Venters is on pace for 90 appearances and 101 innings, after totaling 79 appearances and 83 innings as a rookie in 2010.

Kimbrel is on pace for 83 appearances and 81 innings – and a stunning 124 strikeouts. Wagner had a 1.47 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 69-1/3 innings (71 games) last season.

Kimbrel, who turned 23 last month, set his pro-career highs of 69 appearances and 76-1/3 innings last season between Triple-A and the majors.

Kimbrel has had a few hiccups, but the rookie closer's overall body of work has been exceptional.

Kimbrel has had a few hiccups, but the rookie closer's overall body of work has been exceptional.

The Braves have played 20 games in June, and Venters (12) and Kimbrel (11) have pitched in more than half.  Linebrink has pitched 10 innings in 10 games this month (and not given up any runs in nine).

Between Tim Hudson’s eight-inning start Monday, Mike Minor’s seven innings Tuesday and the off day in the schedule Thursday, the Braves have been able to give the ‘pen some needed rest this week, at the end of a stretch of 16 games in 16 days.

Now they’ll start a six-game West Coast trip and a stretch of 16 games in 17 days leading up to the All-Star break. The Braves just need to get to that four-day break July 11-14 without any bullpen setbacks.

Even with Venters expected to make the All-Star team, and possibly Kimbrel, too, their arms would still get plenty of rest compared to their regular routine. The Braves don’t even want to think about trying to go through a playoff stretch drive without any of their key relievers.

They could also get a big bullpen boost from Moylan and possibly Kris Medlen in August, when both are expected to come off the DL. Medlen could be used as a starter or reliever, and right now it looks like the Braves’ biggest need could be in the ‘pen at that point, barring more injuries to the starting rotation.

It’s been a helluva run by the ‘pen, and the Braves are probably going to need it to continue.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Schafer CF
  2. Heyward RF
  3. Chipper 3B
  4. McCann C
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. McLouth LF
  9. Lowe RH

♣ The Battle of Little Support: Something’s got to give when Derek Lowe faces Padres righty Tim Stauffer tonight.

Well, that’s not exactly true. It could be about a 2-1 game when they leave and pretty much continue the trend for both pitchers.

Stauffer has received the worst run support of any major league starter this season, just 2.1 runs per nine innings pitched. The man has a 3.13 ERA and 10 quality starts in 15 games, but just a 2-5 record to show for it. That’s ridiculous.

Get this: The Padres have scored two runs or fewer while he’s been in 13 of his 15 starts.

Stauffer has a 0.41 ERA and .192 opponents’ average in his past three starts, with one run and 15 hits allowed in 22 innings. He’s 1-1 in those games, as the Padres scored two runs while he was in the win and no runs while he was in his past two starts.

Lowe’s had bad run support more often than not, too. But nothing quite as extreme as the dearth of support for Stauffer.

The Braves have scored 2.8 runs per nine innings pitched by Lowe, fourth-lowest run support among NL starters. They have scored two runs or fewer in seven of eight starts during Lowe’s current winless streak (0-2, 4.96 ERA).

McCann, who is on his way to a sixth consecutive All-Star appearance, has homered in four of his past five games.

McCann, who is on his way to a sixth consecutive All-Star appearance, has homered in four of his past five games.

However, he’s also contributed plenty to that winless streak, mixing a few bad starts – he gave up five earned runs three times in that period — with a couple of mediocre starts and a few good ones.

The positive to take from it is that the Braves are 5-3 in those eight games, or 5-1 in the games in which Lowe got no decision.

The former Dodger has pitched well against the Padres, with a 5-3 record and strong 2.76 ERA in 16 starts. He’s 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his past four against them, including three at Petco Park, where Lowe got no decision in a Braves loss on April 25 after allowing five hits, two runs and three walks in six innings of a 5-3, 13-inning loss.

Lowe will again try to avoid damage from a thorn in his side: Ryan Ludwick homered against him April 25 and is 9-for-16 with four homers off him all-time.

The only active Braves with more than four at-bats against Stauffer are Brian McCann (2-for-6 with homer) and Chipper Jones (0-for-8 with three walks).

♣ Streaking Braves and surging Mac: The Braves have a 1.00 ERA during their current four-game winning streak, which included a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays in Atlanta.

They are 11-5 with a 2.88 ERA in their last 16 games, and the Braves’ have hit 21 homers in that stretch. Despite owning a league-worst .225 average in June, the Braves are tied with the Brewers for most homers (26) in the NL this month.

A lot of that long-ball barrage has come from McCann, who has wielded a consistent power stroke since making an adjustment to his swing at the suggestion of his brother, a hitting instructor and former Marlins minor leaguer.

In his past 14 games, McCann has hit .333 with six homers, 13 RBIs and a .792 slugging percentage.

In his past 14 home games, he’s produced these gaudy numbers: .468 (22-for-47) with five doubles, eight homers, 14 RBIs, .545 OBP and 1.085 slugging.

McCann has homered in four of his past five games, going 7-for-16 with four homers, six RBIs, four walks and only one strikeout in that span.

These are not numbers that the Padres probably want to hear, because McCann generally does much damage against them even if he hasn’t been hitting well prior to the series. Particularly at Petco Park.

It’s considered one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in baseball, but McCann has a .383 career average with four homers and 21 RBIs in 18 games at Petco.

In his past 30 games against the Padres, home and away, McCann has hit .357 (40-for-112) with 11 doubles, six homers, 31 RBIs and a 1.054 OPS.

Whew.

By the way, Braves catchers are a combined 10-for-24 with two homers and eight RBIs in six games against the Padres this season, including David Ross’s two-homer game April 26 against Aaron Harang at San Diego.

The rest of this series features Jair Jurrjens vs. Dustin Moseley on Saturday (odd 5:35 p.m. start out here; 8:35 p.m. in Atlanta) and Tim Hudson against lefty Cory Luebke on Sunday at 1:05 (4:05 in Atlanta).

♣ Etc.

Jordan Schafer has seven stolen bases in nine attempts in June, and the Braves have 12 steals for the month. Five NL teams have nine or fewer in June. The Braves had only 11 total stolen bases prior to June…. The Braves and Padres have split six games this season, with the visiting team winning two of three in each series…. San Diego is just 14-26 at home with a .208 batting average, including 6-11 with 42 runs scored in its past 17 home games. The Padres scored one or no runs in eight of those 17, and more than three runs in only four of the 17…. The Braves are 21-16 on the road, including 17-9 in their past 26. That stretch began with a three-game sweep at San Francisco April 22-24, followed by winning two of three at San Diego on the same trip.

OK, let’s close with an ode to Mickey Mantle by Tom Russell, one of the greatest living American songwriters. You can hear it by clicking here. If you’ve never heard it, you’ll wonder why. It’s terrific.

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“THE KID FROM SPAVINAW” by Tom Russell

I was born in Oklahoma, 1931
Outside the town of Spavinaw
Where the red dust clouds the sun
And I ran beneath your diamond skies
And I drank your waves of grain
My name is Mickey Mantle, boys
And baseball is my game

My father’s name was “Mutt”, boy
And he worked down in the mines
He pitched to me in the evening
At least a thousand times
A thousand times again, in my nightmare and my dreams
You’re going to live in the house that Ruth built, kid
You’re going to make that Yankee team

Sure enough, the Yankee scout comes drivin’, right down route 66
He’d have never come to Spavinaw class D ball in the sticks,
but I happened to be playing in an old wood ball park way out on the mother road
That Yankee scout he signed me and I went up to the the show

Strike 1, that was the drinkin’
Strike 2, there go the knees
Then my old man died in Denver
Some type of lung disease
When God starts throwing change ups
You can’t swing with fame or wealth
If I’d known I’s going to live this long
I’d have taken care of myself.

I don’t miss the lights of Times Square
I don’t miss Toots Shore’s bar
I miss my old man pitchin’ baseball
Near the shed in our backyard
I wish that he were still alive
To see these trophies on my shelf
If I’d known I was going to live this long
I’d have taken better care of myself

I was born in Oklahoma, 1931
Outside the town of Spavinaw
Where the red dust clouds the sun

By David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,275 comments Add your comment

vivabeta

June 24th, 2011
5:48 pm

Fire Parrish!

reckingball

June 24th, 2011
5:48 pm

Grincheee

June 24th, 2011
5:49 pm

I. too, have been very pleased with the ‘pen. Let’s just hope O’Ventbrel doesn’t wind up getting worn out when it counts.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 24th, 2011
5:50 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

In his past 30 games against the Padres, home and away, McCann has hit .357 (40-for-112) with 11 doubles, six homers, 31 RBIs and a 1.054 OPS.

Whew.

Bring. It. ON!!!! :cool:

Tomahawkin

June 24th, 2011
5:51 pm

Can I be the 6th hitter to post?

Tomahawkin

June 24th, 2011
5:52 pm

From the last blog…

Jeffrey D

Last Night’s response from D.O.B. as to what I said about New Kids on the Block was epic…! I was listening to them a lot yesterday because they kept playing it on The Chuck and Matt Show on 680AM The Fan

I seriously think I was the First person he Clowned on here for thier musical taste way back when the blog started in 2005… lol

JWOOD

June 24th, 2011
5:53 pm

The Braves are beginning to become the team that everyone thought they would be. Even if our pitching declines slightly, the addition of Heyward and Prado, eventually, will create a formidable team.

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
5:55 pm

Thanks DOB…great read.

‘pen’s workload’s got me a little worried though

reckingball

June 24th, 2011
5:57 pm

It’’s spelled OVentBrel, I think.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
5:59 pm

great song DOB. Thank you for the link.

flange1

June 24th, 2011
6:01 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

T for Texas

June 24th, 2011
6:03 pm

Nice blog, David. Hope your blood-sugar level has evened out after that banana peanut butter french toast this morning. Ha.

Tomahawkin

June 24th, 2011
6:05 pm

I’m having a Texas Tornado Match with a few posters on the Philly.com/old Phillies Forum because I mentioned D.O.B.’s post last night regarding that the braves have the 2nd best record in the NL now…I was basically Pretty Boy Flexin on there to their Hardcore naysayers who were claiming in S. Training that the Marlins would finish ahead of us and that the Giants were the only team that they needed to worry about…

I’m Gonna Head to the pool while their fans throw a couple more Jabs at me like (Stupid Redneck, Imbred hillbilly, etc). Its a Good Laugh, and Its Funny how in a year and a 1/2 we are their most hated fans again after all the Mets fans vanished from their forum

That Texas Tornado match might turn into old school WWF in your House once all their posters come on their for the game…

Murph

June 24th, 2011
6:06 pm

How much looooonger? Are we there yet? Holy crap, could it get much worse than a day off followed by a trip to the left coast?

Even thinking about sopapillas is starting to bore me. Stupid California. Let’s go already!

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:08 pm

You sound like a kid on a car trip

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:09 pm

Holy crap, could it get much worse than a day off followed by a trip to the left coast?…Murph

and not only that the game B4 the off day was a day game over early. :(
I’m jonesin’ for my Braves fix too

Murph

June 24th, 2011
6:09 pm

jeffrey, just stay on your own side and we won’t have any issues.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:11 pm

you tell him Murph

Bat Masterson

June 24th, 2011
6:11 pm

Nice blog DOB.

I’m envious as all get out of those temperatures. My AC has quit working and its getting a little too damn warm in here. Good thing the HVAC guy is on the way or I might have to go burn some gas trying to cool off.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:11 pm

jeffrey is obviously not a TRUE Braves fan….

Tomahawk Mafia

June 24th, 2011
6:13 pm

Good stuff as usual. A win for Lowe tonight would be nice to see. Without looking at any numbers, it seems like the Braves have a tendency in recent series at Petco Park to drop the first game of the series and then rally to win the final two. I also would almost guarantee at least two extra-inning games on this trip with all the good pitching and weak offenses coming up.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:14 pm

and some folks were thinkin’ that Jonny wouldn’t get enough rest….

Tomahawk Mafia

June 24th, 2011
6:16 pm

Tomahawkin’

I went on BlueBird Banter a few days ago and complimented some of the Blue Jays players such as Baustista and Escobar and some of them appreciated it, but others still took the time to bash me say they hoped Philly held on to win the division.

toby flenderson

June 24th, 2011
6:16 pm

well
it hurts that O’ hasnt been used due to his back, yet insist on not DL’ing him
why not use other bullpen arms?
“not confident in them holding the lead”? well then they shouldnt be on the team

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2011
6:19 pm

Stupid California.

You enjoy your heat and humidity. I will enjoy my cool temps and breezy ocean air :D

Bat Masterson

June 24th, 2011
6:19 pm

nolie-

I saw your comment about The Searchers the other night. Yeah great movie, I had heard that the movie was based on the Cynthia Ann Parker story. Are you familiar with her and Rachel Plummer? Amazing stories.

CB

June 24th, 2011
6:22 pm

Right now Lowe is our 5th best starter and working his way down,needs to get his stuff turned around.

Roman Gal

June 24th, 2011
6:23 pm

Stupid California.

Haha…

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:27 pm

You enjoy your heat and humidity. I will enjoy my cool temps and breezy ocean air

And earthquakes

Tomahawkin

June 24th, 2011
6:27 pm

Well FML!!!

I just Got My Feelings Hurt!

Just stepped outside to head to the Pool with my Big Boy Screwdriver “On Deck!” and Now its about to start Pouring here in Norcross/Tucker!

I’m gonna be in a Btchy mood when the Game Starts, Watch! Time to Rock some Pantera and Crowbar!

“I’m Broken!!!”

Pantera Rules!

Murph

June 24th, 2011
6:28 pm

You enjoy your heat and humidity. I will enjoy my cool temps and breezy ocean air

It’s nice here today, only 98. Going up to 105 next week, but really once it goes over 100 it all feels the same.

Nothing a sopapilla ice cream sandwich can’t help alleviate.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:30 pm

She was Quanah Parker’s mother wasn’t she. Kept trying to get back to the Comanches IIRC.
I have also read that The Searchers was based on her story a bit. No idea if that is true.
I think Ethan Edwards was Wayne’s most complicated character which is one of the reasons that it is my fave

Murph

June 24th, 2011
6:31 pm

Did I hear right that True Grit is on DVD now? Anyone seen it? Worth a purchase or just a rental?

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2011
6:31 pm

Murph-

Yeah, it’s warm here today too. Got all the way up to 81 downtown (had to go down there for a bit). It’s currently a steamy 75 at home…

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:31 pm

I’m gonna be in a Btchy mood when the Game Starts,….Tomahawkin

how is that any different than usual?

fastasballs

June 24th, 2011
6:32 pm

I hate the off days too! I’m ready for some Braves baseball. Also ready for Breaking Bad to start the new season here in a few weeks.

Scoop

June 24th, 2011
6:32 pm

The best beat blog in sports…….TY DOB.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:33 pm

great movie Murph. We have talked about it a lot here. Some like it better than the original. It is definitely closer to the book.
If you are a TRUE Western fan it is likely worth a purchase.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:35 pm

If you follow DOB’s selections, I’m pretty sure I remember him saying he liked it as much or better

Scoop

June 24th, 2011
6:36 pm

@ DOB

BTW when’s Wilson Rameriz going to get some at-bats? Our outfield is loaded with lefty’s and I thought he’d get his chance against Jo-Jo the other day but Fredi didn’t start him.

And Why is Lugo playing short over Diory Hernandez? I’ve been very impressed with Diory’s approach given his role and think the kid deserves some more at-bats.

Also, I don’t think Freddy Freeman gets enough credit for the job he’s done at first base this year. I don’t know the numbers off the top of my head but it seems like his rookie year has been better than Heyward’s and his glove has really fortified our infield defense.

Murph

June 24th, 2011
6:37 pm

Yeah, it’s warm here today too. Got all the way up to 81 downtown (had to go down there for a bit). It’s currently a steamy 75 at home…

That’s why I have two AC units… it’s hot outside, but you can always find someplace to cool off.

nolee, I am indeed a true western fan. Might have to stop off at Target on my way home and pick up a copy.

chilidog75

June 24th, 2011
6:38 pm

Is the Gartrell guy just not any type of prospect at all? I mean he’s hitting .280 with 15 HR and 52 RBIs in Triple-A. He’s right-handed. And he plays the outfield. Although not very well, I’m sure.

Seems like if the Braves could allow Joe Mather to go on a 2 for 43 streak they could call this kid up and see if he could provide some sort of pop – either as a platoon stop-gap until Prado gets back or at least as a pinch-hitter.

For a team that struggles so terribly against left-handed pitching, seems like it would make sense to call up a power-hitting right-handed bat.

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:39 pm

I’m a fake western fan. I like westerns starring Kenny Chesney and the Olsen twins

Robin Hood

June 24th, 2011
6:39 pm

Great Video
Thanks!
Before me late wife met me she got a signed photo of Mickey and gave it away. For 40 years I reminded her about that. She said Mickey was a a clothes store in Atlanta and no one was there!!

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:39 pm

Murph, if you do, I hope you enjoy it. I liked the original better but I liked this one a good bit too.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:40 pm

I knew that Jeffrey

Bat Masterson

June 24th, 2011
6:40 pm

nolie-

Yeah she was Quanah Parker’s mother and she did try to get back to the Comanches but never did. I checked the Wiki page for The Searchers and it said more likely another family. I like Wiki, but man, some of the information there. Hell I don’t know what to say about it.

Cynthia Ann parker was captured at age 9 in 1836, Rachel Plummer was her cousin, age17 captured too, with her son age 2.

This is on the CA Parker page about the others captured with her: The other four were released after the typical ransom was paid, but Cynthia remained with the Indians for nearly twenty-five years.

The typical ransom paid!? FCS Rachel Plummer was in captivity for 21 months, gang raped, held as a slave,and finally sold to some Comencheros. She wrote a book about it when she got free, like I said an amazing story.

David O'Brien

June 24th, 2011
6:41 pm

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:43 pm

I am not familiar with Rachel. I’ll have to look up her story

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:44 pm

What a day in Atlanta: http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0PDoS0WEwVOMw8Al0mjzbkF/SIG=12tif4ti7/EXP=1308984214/**http%3a//therevolutioncollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/sun_cme.jpg

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:44 pm

Ah shoot. Well, it was a picture of the sun

David O'Brien

June 24th, 2011
6:46 pm

Braves just wrapped up early BP, and looked like entire team, or close, was here.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:46 pm

Murph

June 24th, 2011
6:48 pm

I’m a fake western fan. I like westerns starring Kenny Chesney and the Olsen twins

Full Hacienda… great show! I didn’t care much for the John Stamos character, but whatev.

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:48 pm

What?? nolie’s link was about twice as long as mine and it goes through perfectly?

She’s too skinny and slippery

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2011
6:48 pm

Nice, noleee :roll:

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:49 pm

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:49 pm

too skinny? really??????

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:50 pm

And those dimensions are highly improbable

Lew

June 24th, 2011
6:50 pm

Murph – We haven’t hit 60 today. It’s been raining for two days and is actually cold enough to use heat in the studio today. One tree started changing leaves already. Global weirdness has definitely hit. Probably be around 95 later in the week.

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:50 pm

Yeah. There’s hot and there’s beautiful. I don’t like hot…hot is fake.

Deedle Nick

June 24th, 2011
6:51 pm

What do current Braves pitchers’ records have to do against teams that don’t exist anymore?

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:51 pm

you can tell from a picture what is fake? I guess you must never have dated a genuinely hot babe.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:52 pm

and slippery

it was 97 down here today, what do you expect???? ;)

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:53 pm

There’s no way she can be simultaneously that robust and skinny

Kat

June 24th, 2011
6:53 pm

David O’Brien

June 24th, 2011
6:41 pm

What a day in San Diego: http://twitpic.com/5gbk

Maybe you meant it to be Batman but I’m guessing a few characters got lost in copy/paste of the url. :)

toby flenderson

June 24th, 2011
6:54 pm

@ scoop

diory is in AAA

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
6:54 pm

I just figured that meant DOB spent the day fighting crime in SD

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:54 pm

some players excel against the same teams for years even after the personnel changes

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2011
6:55 pm

you can tell from a picture what is fake?

Dude. I can tell from pictures, TV, or the clothes they are wearing what is fake… maybe it’s a girl thing ;)

Tomahawkin

June 24th, 2011
6:56 pm

Nasty Lightning Storm!

I have been outside watching it!

Storms Rule!

nolee

June 24th, 2011
6:57 pm

I’m startin’ to feel sorry for your obviously limited experience with different feminine body builds ol’ buddy.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
7:00 pm

I’m sorry cab. I know that to be an exaggeration from experience. people come in all kinda shapes .
I dated a girl much like that in college and I can attest from tactile exploration that it was all real.
No way to know about this one, but it is not a given that it is false

Scrub21

June 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

actually, i think she is kind of hot.

just not my type

jeffrey d

June 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

Why, because I’m not attracted to Busty McSweat?

nolee

June 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

hang on Stanley, I’m comin’….

Bat Masterson

June 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

nolie _

Yeah she is worth the effort, strong woman indeed. I really was really impressed with her saying this at the time: Plummer never directly addressed the subject of rape in her book except to say dryly that anyone who said that a good woman died before being violated had not been forced to run naked tied by a rope to a horse for a day or two in the sun, and further:

Her story, Cynthia Ann’s and Quanah Parker’s are something.

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2011
7:04 pm

noleee-

Sorry- wasn’t implying one way or the other on that photo…I didn’t study it in depth (she’s not my type ;) )

nolee

June 24th, 2011
7:04 pm

well if I were being strictly serious I would say “no, it’s because you assume that it caint be real.”
what you are attracted to is your thang and all that counts is that a particular person attracts you.

nolee

June 24th, 2011
7:07 pm

I mean if you like Whoopie it’s ok with me Jeffrey….

dogsbrekky

June 24th, 2011
7:08 pm

I like my women with pulse, anything else is a bonus !

bravofan

June 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

I too wondered about the Batman twitpic haha

nolee

June 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

When it comes to cooling, humans have it covered. We have the unique ability to cool ourselves on the go, whereas all other animals are required to stop dead in their tracks to dissipate their heat.

If you can get over the sometimes pungent smell of it (as in… “you’re sweating like a pig!”), sweating is something you should welcome to your day, every day. Sweat consists of water, minerals, lactate and urea. The last 2 of which you’d prefer out of your body than in.

So here’s your challenge for the day (and I know this is harder for you thank for me)…

Sweat until it’s dripping off from you

dogsbrekky

June 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

I met Mickey Mantle in 1994

[...] but there are some causes for concern. Venters has pitched 47.1 innings and appeared in 42 games. No other reliever has more than 44 innings or 40 [...]

MariettaDerek

June 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

I have a feelin’ the Bravos are gonna get a little DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it in San Diego tonight! Who’s with me?!

nolee

June 24th, 2011
7:10 pm

well thats better than a couple of morticians that I know Doggy.

choozer

June 24th, 2011
7:10 pm

Why don’t they hire McCann’s brother?

TexasBrave

June 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

I grew up in Oklahoma and Dad always spoke about how Micky was from Spavinaw near Tulsa. However, I have never heard of that song. I will have to play it for Dad. Thanks DOB

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

cabravesfan Yeah, it’s warm here today too. Got all the way up to 81 downtown (had to go down there for a bit). It’s currently a steamy 75 at home…

75?? BRRRR!!!!

Scrub21

June 24th, 2011
7:17 pm

McFann; where do you live. I’m jealous. it was 94 degrees in Fla. today.

dogsbrekky

June 24th, 2011
7:20 pm

Pretty with a pulse and a …. is perfect

dogsbrekky

June 24th, 2011
7:21 pm

64 and thunderstorms here, floods, beach destruction, like a bad Perth winter’s day here in NY

JT Grace

June 24th, 2011
7:22 pm

Since Scott Proctor has been proven to be completely unreliable it would make a ton of sense to release him and call up one of the many young pitchers in AAA. Proctor should be called a “coster” instead of a “reliever” because he costs more runs than he prevents.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 24th, 2011
7:24 pm

I don’t hunt’em like you, DOB, but thats a great song.

Mixxo

June 24th, 2011
7:25 pm

I wore #5 throughout my baseball career in honor of Brooks Robinson, Johnny Bench & Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio.

Mixxo

June 24th, 2011
7:29 pm

I like stuff that stinks.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 24th, 2011
7:30 pm

Scrub

I live in Georgia…that 75 was cabravesfan’s weather. Our’s was easily 20 degrees higher…

I. Hate. Heat. And I hate mugginess, which abounds…

DC Brave

June 24th, 2011
7:33 pm

How can you even write this article without mentioning the 2nd coming of Wags. He’s coming back next month…I know it!!!

Mixxo

June 24th, 2011
7:36 pm

I hate the south….always have.

Love the Braves though. I dunno why.

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