Braves: .199 avg. past 12 games, .305 OBP all season

SAN DIEGO — While getting whipped 11-2 in Friday’s series opener, the Braves helped the Padres produce their home-game season-highs for runs, hits (12) and widest winning margin.

They also had a hand in Padres starter Tim Stauffer setting a career high with nine strikeouts, Padres rookie Jesus Guzman hitting his first major league home run, and rookie Josh Spence retiring the Braves in order in the ninth in his major league debut.

About 30 minutes after it was over, Spence, an Aussie, came back on the field and celebrated with a group of teen-aged Aussie baseball players who happened to be at Petco Park for Friday’s game. They saluted him with their homeland’s famous sports chant, Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!

What I’m saying is, the Braves really did a nice job of helping the Padres forget for a night how much the team’s offensive struggles and particularly its home-field woes this season.

Now, the Braves need to act like rude guests and wreck the weekend for the Padres. If not for the sake of Atlanta’s increasingly embattled first-year hitting coach, Larry Parrish, then for the sanity of their pitching staff.

Because it can’t be easy going out there every night pitching on the edge, feeling that if you give up a couple of runs in the early innings, there’s almost no margin for error and every pitch needs to be perfect.

Not that Derek Lowe pitched close to perfect last night. Not at all. He had a mediocre performance that came unravaled in the 6th inning after a couple of shaky defensive plays behind him and a couple of bad pitches that turned into run-producing hits by the two guys at the bottom of the lineup, including the pitcher Stauffer.

However, for five innings Lowe pitched pretty well, working out of a couple of jams and retiring 10 consecutive batters at one point. And tell me, honestly, did you all watching at home ever feel like the Braves had much of a chance to win it, even though they were only down 2-0 while Lowe was retiring those 10 in a row?

I didn’t.

No one was worried about Uggla back at spring training, when he struggled like he has almost every spring. But as season's midpoint approach, Uggla's .175 average is the majors' worst.

No one was worried about Uggla back at spring training, when he struggled like he has almost every spring. But as season's midpoint approach, Uggla's .175 average is the majors' worst.

And that says plenty about this offense, particularly when a good pitcher like Stauffer gets into a groove early on and is spotted a lead. Suddenly, the impatient Braves start going down quickly, innings clicking off at an alarming rate, and all that seems left to decide is the final score of the loss.

That’s just the way this team has felt most nights when it falls behind this season. This team hasn’t developed the penchant for mounting dramatic comebacks like the 2010 Braves did on a regular basis, even though its bullpen is every bit as good or better.

The biggest reason, I believe, is because the Braves simply don’t put enough runners on base to mount rallies. They have to rely too much on homers to score runs, and those homers are usually solo or two-run shots that don’t erase significant leads.

After getting blown out in Friday's series opener, the Braves turn to major league ERA leader Jair Jurrjens in game 2 of series with Padres on Saturday.

After getting blown out in Friday's series opener, the Braves turn to major league ERA leader Jair Jurrjens in game 2 of series with Padres on Saturday.

We’ve written many times this season about how this team’s on-base percentage has stayed more than 30 points below last year’s league-leading .339 on-base percentage, so we won’t rehash it all again today.

We’ll just note quickly that in one season, the Braves have gone from having the NL-leading OBP to having a .305 OBP that is tied with San Diego for second-worst in the league.

The Braves have 585 strikeouts (fourth-most in the NL) and 247 walks (eighth in NL), after leading the league in walks last season and ranking 11th in strikeouts.

How much of it is the hitting coach and manager and the aggressiveness they want at the plate? How much of it has to do with Dan Uggla having a season beyond his and the Braves’ worst fears? Or Jason Heyward, OBP machine as a rookie, having numbers significantly diminished during an injury-slowed sophomore season?

How much does any one of those factors have to do with another?

These are answers that I can’t honestly answer, and I don’t think anyone else can, either. Not with much assurance, at least.

But the fact remains, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, and the season’s midpoint is next week.

The Braves have hit .199 in their past 12 games, though they’ve still managed to go 6-6 in that span. They scored three runs or fewer in five of the six losses.

Their .238 batting average is ahead of only Washington and San Diego in the NL, and Uggla’s .175 average is the majors’ worst, 35 points below the next-lowest NL qualifying average – ex-Brave Kelly Johnson’s .210. Uggla’s .238 OBP is tied with Chone Figgins for worst in the majors.

Against lefties, Uggla (.123) and Nate McLouth (.167) have two of the four lowest NL qualifying averages.

And I didn’t realize how much worst Uggla has been significantly worst in night games than day games. Not that his day-game stats are good — .194 average with six homers, .265 OBP and .441 slugging in 93 at-bats. But at night? Whew.

Uggla has hit .166 (32-for-193) with four homers and 13 RBIs in 53 night games, with a .225 OBP and .269 slugging.

If someone would’ve told you in the spring that Uggla would have a .494 OPS in night games just before the All-Star break, you’d have laughed at them.

And while he’s shown flashes in recent weeks, a couple of games here and there, of coming around, Uggla has then reverted in subsequent games. Over his past 35 games, he’s hit .136 with three homers, eight RBIs, nine walks and 31 srikeouts.

But enough about Uggla. He’s hardly the only reason this offense has been so lame. Just the most glaring one.

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. Jurrjens RH

♣ Lowe’s low: With his loss Friday, Lowe remained winless in nine starts and fell to 2-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts since his Opening Day win at D.C.

This after going 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA in six starts from early September through that win against the Nationals to start the 2011 season.

Lowe fell to 1-4 with 3.45 ERA in 10 starts at Petco Park.

♣ Tonight’s matchup: It’s a good one, with major league ERA leader Jair Jurrjens (9-3, 2.11) facing Dustin Moseley (2-6, 3.02) another Padres pitcher who’s been victimized by lack of run support all season.

Jurrjens is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts vs. Padres since getting blown out in their home opener at San Diego in 2010. He’s 4-2 with a 2.02 ERA in seven road starts this season.

Moseley is 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA in his past six starts, and allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of them. The Padres have scored one or no runs while he’s been in four of his seven home starts.

Julio Lugo is 3-for-4 against him, and Jason Heyward is 1-for-3 with the only homer off Moseley by a current Brave.

♣ OK, gotta post it so I can get down to the clubhouse. Let’s close with a little something from the late, great, eternally cool Joe Strummer and his Mescaleros. You can hear it by clicking here.

strummer

“TRASH CITY” by Joe Strummer

In Trash City on Party Avenue
I got a girl from Kalamazoo
In Trash City on a transit line
I put you on hold but you’re looking fine

In Trash City on Party Avenue
I got a girl from kalamazoo
In Trash City on a transit line
I put you on hold but you’re looking fine

When I see your car at the donut house
Wanna see a movie ’bout a creeper on the house
Wanna go bowling wanna chuck some rocks
Wanna come to my house and change all the locks

In Trash City on Party Avenue
I got a girl from Kalamazoo
In Trash City on a transit line
I put you on hold but you’re sure looking fine

Sing you a song like rubber on a turn
Fifty-seven records that you know you ought to burn
Garbagemen don’t care for the blues or rock n’ roll
It’s five o’clock in the morning in a coffee shop in Seoul

First I got a hot dog in a nightmare zone
Then I vandalize a cheap payphone
Crying to the girls won’t you leave me alone
Makin’ love in the graveyard with cockroach bones

In Trash City on Party Avenue
I got a girl from Kalamazoo
In Trash City on a transit line
I put you on hold but you sure look fine

First I got a hot dog in a nightmare zone
Then I vandalize a cheap payphone
Cryin’ to the girls won’t you leave me alone
Ain’t makin’ love with cockroach bones

Down on Transit Avenue
I got a girl from Kalamazoo
Down on Transit Avenue Panama Time
To hold to be real fine

By David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,230 comments Add your comment

Feeach

June 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

Enter your comments hereFirst!

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

Well done, DOB!

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groundfog

June 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

Is the sky falling yet or should I wait a little longer to blog?

Powderfinger

June 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

DOB- Is it my imagination, or was Uggla doing a lot better when hitting second?

N Nine

June 25th, 2011
5:35 pm

.199 sounds painful

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
5:36 pm

Honestly, why is McLouth still hitting 8th? I know he was doing good there before, but it wasn’t because he was hitting 8th. He’s a good hitter. Not great. Good. Too good to be hitting 8th still when we have hitters like Uggla and Gonzo on this team. Fredi is clueless.

How do the players truly respect him as a leader knowing he’s never even been in their shoes? Hanley probably didn’t handle it well by calling him out publicly, but he was just saying what all the players were probably thinking.

bruce

June 25th, 2011
5:37 pm

it is amazing to have be tied for second best record and have these sad OBP numbers…

Larry

June 25th, 2011
5:37 pm

Someone please tell Fredi Cox that Heyward is not a #2 hitter!

Put Schafer there, Goober!

Whew!

Powderfinger

June 25th, 2011
5:38 pm

@N Nine – .199 sounds painful

Trust me – from where I sit every night, it is very painful. But, as someone who has followed this team since 1969, I still believe. It’s what I do…

Danthecone

June 25th, 2011
5:39 pm

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njbraves

June 25th, 2011
5:39 pm

Pay no attention to the fact that Lowe is winless in his last nine starts. The blog says he’s dependable and hes a winner.

Danthecone

June 25th, 2011
5:40 pm

That was a bit longer than I intended… oops

reason

June 25th, 2011
5:40 pm

It’s time to bench Dan Uggla, he has hurt the Brave long enough.
He is depressing to watch and looks like a looser. The batboy can do a better job as of now. Halfway in the season and he still batting in the 100’s. Uggla, need to be bench. The organization doesn’t have luck in long term contracts.

Larry

June 25th, 2011
5:42 pm

LOL at Mark Bradley and some of you giving Fredi Cox an A- grade managing this season.

It is the same dominant pitching staff that covered Bobby Cox in the regular season so many seasons. Who gets a “A?” Roger McDowell, and the entire Braves scouting and development system for pitchers…they are the best in baseball!

Fredi is a dimwit and it shows in every aspect of his management decisions…any one can win more games than they lose with great starting pitching and the best bullpen in MLB! What’s there to do but screw it up!

chipper zzang

June 25th, 2011
5:43 pm

DOB, its kinda off-topic but what do you think about converting venters to a starter next year??

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
5:44 pm

Danthecone,
What are your feelings towards Larry Parrish?

Najeh Davenpoop

June 25th, 2011
5:44 pm

Uggla is hitting .231 in 10 games in the 2 spot,.359 in 11 games in the 4 spot,.142 in 39 games in the 5 spot,.109 in 14 games in the 6 spot, and .000 in 2 games in the 7 spot.

nique

June 25th, 2011
5:44 pm

DOB, that was totally appropriate. Braves need to make a change. Parrish has to go.

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
5:45 pm

The immaturity on this blog recently is overwhelming.

BigBrave

June 25th, 2011
5:46 pm

It’s not like Uggla forgot how to hit! I used to hate it when the braves had to face him when he played for the Marlins. He will break out of this funk eventually. If this team could start hitting then we would be in 1st place right now. Maybe put Pendleton back at hitting coach?

LOB Braves

June 25th, 2011
5:47 pm

One big problem the offense has is blowing scoring opportunities in the first inning. For example, last night. Two on and one out and McAnn hits into a double play. Then, we go quietly in the following innings. This seems to happen almost nightly. It is frustrating.

steve

June 25th, 2011
5:48 pm

We have way too many hitters that like to hit the long ball and that is the reason why our hitters strike out so much, they need to shorten their swings with 2 strikes on them and start putting the ball in play, Jordan does a great job in that regard and will eventually end up with a better average because of it, for whatever reason most of our hitters do not make adjustments and if you are not willing to change things you end up getting the same results; T.P. had no luck in the hitting coaches position and neither will Parrish.

Delbert D.

June 25th, 2011
5:48 pm

Remember when the Braves got Lowe? He was supposed to give them “innings.” That, he does.

Gulf Coast

June 25th, 2011
5:49 pm

Not that I want this to happen, but: How long until Lowe is traded to the Red Sox for JD Drew?

Powderfinger

June 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

Najeh Davenpoop – Thanks for the Uggla stats. I stand corrected.

Danthecone

June 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

Dennis, the man deserves a raise

And I hope your name is a reference to It’s Always Sunny

LOB Braves

June 25th, 2011
5:52 pm

Alex Gonzalez a.k.a. Mr. No Clutch certainly doesnt make adjustments. All you have to do is throw him a curve outside and in the dirt and he strikes out EVERY time. Shouldn’t the hitting coach have the ability to help him stop that? Or is Gonzalez too big of a hard head to listen?

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
5:52 pm

Based on many of the first 26 comments, one might think the Braves were already losing today…usually we get random attacks from people we’ve never heard of later in the game…

TBFKB (Billy)

June 25th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hope that got a ban.

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
5:53 pm

I see we have another immature posting at 5:39, so I’m going to re-post from the last blog:

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
4:44 pm
With our game last night falling apart, I didn’t even bother checking in ’cause I knew the blog would be full of hateful, negative and outlandish comments from all the juvenile posters that can’t put professional baseball into any kind of realistic perspective.

After just catching up, I’m glad I didn’t waste my time. It used to be fun and imperative to check in before, during and after each game to have some fun banter, educated back-and-forth opinion sharing, and reading info straight from the inner sanctum by Carroll and DOB. That’s all still here, but buried in the constant regurgitated slime of all those who want management to sign perfect players, watch perfect players make perfect plays, rotate perfect pitchers to the mound day in and day out, and have perfect coaches and managers always make the perfect decisions. Oh yeah, and take every player injury as a personal affront.

To all those I say: WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD. It ain’t happening. Try to embrace the attitude of the team: put the losses and the bad games behind you and move on to the next one with some semblance of maturity.

And, to all the west coast fans – enjoy watching these series of games at a decent hour and in spectacular weather. As I sit here in this FL heat and humidity, I’m jealous.

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
5:56 pm

Choppinmama – thanks, on behalf of West Coast fans. We’ll be waving from the front row of the left field bleachers tomorrow…

Tom O'Hawke

June 25th, 2011
5:58 pm

Danthecone

There was an old Woodstock song on XM radio at the same time I scrolled through your, FIRE LARRY PARRISH, post.

I’m pretty sure I saw my dead grandfather. Thanks! ;)

bravesgrl4life

June 25th, 2011
5:59 pm

Next year, my husband is planning on a shark diving trip off the west coast of Mexico. It’s a week long thing. I have no interest in going with him, so he’s agreed to put me up in one of the resort hotels there in SD while he’s gone. I’m going to try to make it a week when the Braves are going to be in SD. Maybe get to go to a game or two. Least he can do for me if we’re taking separate vacations, right?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 25th, 2011
6:00 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

LOB Braves For example, last night. Two on and one out and McAnn hits into a double play.

Don’t pin too much on him, though…he’s batting .275 with 6 homers and 11 RBI in the Braves last 12 games…

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
6:01 pm

Tom – which song?

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:02 pm

Danthecone – there now, do you feel better? And just who do you think will be impressed with that post? Larry P, Frank W or perhaps some Liberty Media mogul that you hope will take your sentiment to heart and make the call today? Why do you bother with cra# like that? It’s annoying and makes your subsequent posts not worth the time or energy to read. Grow up and communicate like you have something valuable to say.

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

I remember a game in 1997 when Andruw hit into a double play with one out – I still haven’t forgiven him…

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:06 pm

VJ – hooray! Hope we play a great game for your enjoyment. Let us know exactly what you’ll be wearing so we can look out for you. How ’bout a sign for the Bravos or DOB, that will get you some camera time on the Braves broadcast. Maybe you’ll be able to catch one of our long balls to top off your day.

Powderfinger

June 25th, 2011
6:07 pm

Venice Jim – I feel the same way about that WS Game 7 in ‘91 when Smoltz just mailed it in…

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
6:07 pm

Danthecone

You cracked the case.

Tom O'Hawke

June 25th, 2011
6:08 pm

VJ

“I’m Going Home” (by helicopter), by Ten Years After.

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

I’ll be wearing a green Margaritaville hat – I’m sure of that…

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

bravesgrl4life – Why don’t you negotiate for a week at spring training next year? That seems fair to me.

bravesgrl4life

June 25th, 2011
6:13 pm

Choppinmama, I might do that anyway. Unless the bank that is buying me screws me out of the 4th week of vacation time I get for being there 10 years, I’ll have more vacay time than I’ve ever had. My hubby only gets 2 weeks or so, so I need to find something to do with it. I do relish the idea of spending a few days at a nice hotel by myself, tho. Even better if I get to go to a Braves v Padres game while I am there.

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:14 pm

VJ – is that a ballcap or one of those with side- and neck-flaps for sun protection? Green will be easy to spot. How ’bout cabravesfan’s haberdashery?

DC Brave

June 25th, 2011
6:16 pm

The hitting is so painful…here is my 3 step plan.

1. Fire Larry Parrish. Doesn’t matter who you replace him with…it’ll send a message. A team with a real owner who cared would have done so long ago.

2. When Prado comes back, let him be seen as playing some 2B. We may not be able to send Uggla down to the minors, but you can send him to the pine. Simply having Prado warm up to 2B will send a message that continued failure won’t be tolerated. Maybe Dan-O will stop freaking pulling off the outside sliders and change-ups.

3. Trade for somebody who can hit and play CF. Why horde sought after young pitchers forever when you have a glaring hole in CF?

Chris from the Rock

June 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

I wish MLB would do something about these cavernous west coast parks. Make them move the fences in at Petco, Chavez Ravine, Safeco, AT&T, Oakland Alameda, even Anaheim somewhat. At least the Mets’ brass has wised up and decided to move in the fences at Citi Field for next season. Even Colorado has normalized b/c of that stupid humidor.

Why isn’t anyone pointing a finger at the drop in offense at these rediculously pitcher-biased parks?

It’s not just the Braves, but offense is down everywhere. I like a pitcher’s duel every now and then, but I think that most fans go to games to see offense.

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

bravesgrl4life – anytime you get to see our guys in person is great, right? Keep me posted on ST for next year, I always go and it would be fun to get together as I travel solo to Dark Star. It is so much fun no matter what DOB says. ;-) Maybe we can get McFann to join us.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

A change is desperately needed here are some ideas

1. Fire Larry Parrish
2. Trade for Matt Kemp
3. Bench Uggla for Prado
4. Put D Lowe on the DL so he can get those bone chips in his elbow removed and we can have a better pitcher when he is healthy (Or go to with Minor, Medlin, Delgado, Teheran, or Vizicaino)

DC Brave

June 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

Sorry Chris…but for every Petco there’s a joke bam-box like Philly or Cincy.

MFin04

June 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

DOB – One of your best written blogs yet.

Not sure what the explanation is for this offense, but it is tough to watch a team get down 2-0 and know there is little chance that they will win the game, at least not off the team’s starting pitcher. And when a team has a great bullpen like the Padres, 2-0 is pretty much the ballgame.

Venice Jim

June 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

Ballcap – my shirt will be light with blue sailboats and tropical stuff – cab can probably supply an answer in the next hour for herself…

Dawg '88

June 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

Not trying to be a wiseguys here but this has been going on all year. If not for a good number of 1-0,2-1,3-2 wins…they would be below .500. Take last week for example, Tim Hudson throws a 1 hitter and is hanging on by his fingernails to keep it 0-0. Then, two batters fail to execute and with 2 outs, Hudson has to win the game himself…not with pitching mind you…but with offense in the form of a 2 run homer.

Everyone went crazy when he did it. I thought it was shameful that your pitcher has to hit and pitch great to get a 2-0 win. It was sad that it had come to that. Instead of commenting how the offense should be ashamed of themselves and getting a kick in the pants….there were jokes about Hudson’s trot and his hitting prowess. It should have instead sent a terrible message to everyone in the regular lineup.

And don’t begin to say that its because Prado is out. This same thing was happening with him still in there. Something’s got to change. There is apparently no plan against any pitcher. Everyone seems to have their own agenda at the plate. That leads to inconsistencies and lack of execution.

Take facing Jo Jo Reyes…aside from the 2 homeruns…the Braves swung early in the count and often. This after watching him in person for several starts on their own team. He would walk batter after batter and fight with his control. Thats why they traded him. So what would your strategy be vs him?

Take pitches and make him throw strikes and work the count…right? Nope…swing at first pitches and at most see 2-3 pitches per at bat. Was this the Braves pregame strategy or was it guys with no plan just doing what they always do? That is Parrish’s fault and Gonzalez for letting it continue. However, I won’t bash them more than that mention. Its the player’s fault mostly because they are professionals…its their job to improve and do what it takes to win games. Even though the OBP was better last year…there were still offensive woes all year. That’s why Uggla was brought here. I often blamed Pendleton because he was the hitting instructor but when the same things crop up two years in a row…its the players tuning out coaches and doing it their way….and their way doesn’t work. Otherwise, who have the coaches?

I apologize for getting on TP. This year proves it was not his fault. But I will say this both he and Parrish are both quoted as saying…all you can do as their coach is let them know that your here if they need them…WHAT?

Its time for the coaches to go straight to the players and tell them what to do! No offense to Chipper here but when you have to rely on your Dad (even though he should know your swing best)….then what good are the coaches. Parrish should have figured it out by now and told him before he got to play in Houston.

Folks quit bashing Chipper and saying he should retire, calling out Fredi and saying players don’t trust a man who hasn’t played in the majors, bashing Uggla constantly, calling for firings, etc. Its counterproductive and ain’t gonna happen. I feel sorry fo the pitchers and McDowell. They have done a great job. The pitchers listen to Roger at least. This is a TEAM problem. There is not a plan of how to get out of this only comments like…”tip your cap to the pitcher”…Hell that means every pitcher we face is Drysdale/Gibson/Kofax rolled into one. The opposing pitchers get their scouting report on the Braves and they follow the plan obviously. The Braves need to get rid of their advanced scouts because noone’s paying attention anyway….Or at least it seems that way.

Simple Steps Required...

June 25th, 2011
6:20 pm

Anyone not hitting 230 needs to sit, and someone from the bench or minors given innings to play. I don’t care what you pay them.

Uggla IS a big reason this season isn’t where it could be. As soon as Prado, our REAL second baseman, gets healthy he sits or goes to the minors until he gets his act together.

Ditto for McClouth.

And Lowe may be close to done now. Admit it, go on, and promote one of the young studs. ERA over 4? not cutting it on this staff. Don’t care about the run support – that’s too high for a spot on this staff.

What are what we are doing (swing or throwing mechanics, stretching, etc) that’s causing the oblique issue? Figure it out and stop doing it.

Kat

June 25th, 2011
6:20 pm

We don’t have to deal with the Saturday FOX blackouts tonight correct?

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:21 pm

Don’t you love the Prado commercial on FSS where he is multi-tasking? I think it’s so funny and he’s such a good sport to do it. Makes me smile every time I see it and it also reminds me how much we miss him in the lineup these days. I like Scheuffeur as the lead-off guy, but we need Prado’s bat and speed ASAP.

cricket

June 25th, 2011
6:22 pm

DOB, its kinda off-topic but what do you think about converting venters to a starter next year??

Is 3 a crowd?

Quicherbichin

June 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

someone needs to tell Larry Cox that no one here or in the dugout listens to his opinion. I shall now perform the ritual that follows all Larry Cox opinions……….. ( FLUSH)

cricket

June 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

No saturday foxout today

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

VJ – not going hard-core Braves fan regalia? Do you need us to send you something? I have a million Delta Braves hats sitting around I’d be glad to send your way. Gotta represent as good as you blog.

I’ll check back later. Getting ready to put some caught-yesterday snapper with some nice Vidalia onion and butter on the grill right now.

Mixxo

June 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

“Not sure what the explanation is for this offense, but it is tough to watch a team get down 2-0 and know there is little chance that they will win the game, at least not off the team’s starting pitcher. And when a team has a great bullpen like the Padres, 2-0 is pretty much the ballgame.” – MFin04

Yessir, that’s what I said last night when we went down 2 zip…….it was o-v-e-r. Slow walking & sad singing….it was written all over the Braves. They knew it was over. :(

bravesgrl4life

June 25th, 2011
6:28 pm

Choppinmama – that would be fun as I would be going solo, too.

And yes, I love that Marteeen commercial :)

Tom O'Hawke

June 25th, 2011
6:33 pm

my shirt will be light with blue sailboats and tropical stuff (Venice Jim)

So what are you saying? Is that a “no” to my earlier idea of a flourescent pink outfit?

Choppinmama

June 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

Dawg ‘88 – it drives me crazy about these hitters too. Can’t understand the situation (if true) that the coaches sit around and wait until the players come to them for advice. Everyone should be looking at film every day, advising the players and doing whatever it takes to change the outcome at the plate.

I don’t fault Chipper and Brian for taking advice from their family members, they know their sons’ swing on an intimate basis and are the best ones for spotting something different. Both have been coaches in their own right. But……….that is the batting coach’s JOB to coach everyone. Don’t worry about stepping on toes when the current results are so dismal.

Just like when the coaches say they don’t know if a player is hurt, injured or whatever. Don’t they have eyes and trainers that know and see the players every day? Maybe all that ignorance of fact is just a line for public consumption. But it is really annoying to read/hear them say that.

Jeff

June 25th, 2011
6:42 pm

DOB: I’d like to see the Braves trade for Jeff Keppinger, what do you think of him? He’s very good against lefties and can play 2B, SS, 3B and LF too. He’s someone that is patient at the plate and rarely strikes out, that would help this line-up (especially without Prado).

Kat

June 25th, 2011
6:43 pm

Thanks cricket.

CB

June 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

Isn’t there a simple solution to the hitting coach situation? Put the guy who should never have been relieved back in charge – Terry Pendleton. Numbers say he was a darn good coach,team always had a good OBP and was patient at the plate. I can’t stand watching some of these feeble swings at pitches in the dirt and over their head.

JoeBrave

June 25th, 2011
6:45 pm

Fire Larry Parrish? I don’t think Parrish is hitting for McOut, Uggsy, or the rest of this pathetic bunch.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
6:47 pm

can we start hitting with cricket bats?????????

JoeBrave

June 25th, 2011
6:47 pm

How bout rescinding the Trade that brought dan the ultimate failure to Atlanta!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

June 25th, 2011
6:48 pm

DC Brave…great post….except for your 3rd step..I like Jordon in CF…but then again, I’m hard headed…

David O'Brien

June 25th, 2011
6:48 pm

Prado was cleared to hit off tee for first time yesterday. Incision has healed a lot in last couple days, nearly closed now. There’s a chance he’ll return before the All-Star break.

JoeBrave

June 25th, 2011
6:48 pm

There ya go …Posted before a pathetic loss!

SWGADAWG

June 25th, 2011
6:53 pm

Need to make a move….NOW!!! Trade someone to a noncontender. Show em where hitless wonders go.

DC Brave

June 25th, 2011
6:53 pm

Thanks Bob Horner. I actually like Schafer too. He may be the answer next year. I like how he can disrupt a game. But unless benching Uggla is seriously considered then what else can they do in an effort to win this year. If we benched Uggla we would have room in the outfield to go get someone. Short of that…maybe Schafer can come in to pitch run late in games. We need somebody out there that can play serviceable defense with a decent OBP. Kind of like pre-SI cover Heyward.

ajcfan1

June 25th, 2011
6:53 pm

It`s time to bench Dan Uggla?
¡TOO LATE!

George

June 25th, 2011
6:54 pm

Yikes .199 past 12 games, think where we would be if we only had aveage pitching. If MLB had rules like EPL we would be demoted to AAA BALL. Bring back the Crackers.

JoeBrave

June 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

Not trying to push your buttons DOB, I just happened to be venting about another pathetic performance by the 15 million dollar man, and an underwhelming offensive output from Wren’s masterful decisions.
that’s all, i hate Philly with a passion, and want this tea to kick some tail and take some names for a change!

cabravesfan

June 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

bravesgrl4life-

Hey, if you do manage to be here next year for the Braves series, let us know! I know it’s a long ways off, but I’d love to get together!

Choppinmama-

If you are still around, I will be wearing a plum colored v-neck top and, if I wear a hat it will be a tan one with USC on it in red :D

bravesgrl4life

June 25th, 2011
7:00 pm

cabravesfan, I was thinking the same thing. It’d be cool to hang at a game with you and VJ.

Buzz Capra

June 25th, 2011
7:01 pm

Trade Uggla and McClouth for a bat boy. That will help eliminate 0 for 8 about every game.

cabravesfan

June 25th, 2011
7:02 pm

bravesgrl4life-

you know, even if it’s not at the same time, let us know anyways- VJ’s daughter lives down that way and we are always looking for reasons to make the trip! We could meet up for food or drinks or whatever :D

George

June 25th, 2011
7:05 pm

Why Pray tell is NATE starting ahead of ERIC in LF?

Piedmont Blues

June 25th, 2011
7:05 pm

Maybe the real problem lies with Fredi G, but Parrish deserves plenty of blame. His “swing at the first pitch you like” philosophy may retard (if not damage) the development of Freeman, Schafer, and perhaps Prado when he returns. I’m pretty sure Chipper and McCann trust their own instincts and talent enough to ignore bad advice. Heyward may, too. Uggla, for his part, seems so determined to please his new club that he has abandoned the patient approach that made him a feared hitter. I don’t know if TP is the answer, but there are successful hitting coaches outside the org. with Atlanta ties: Gerald Perry, Milt Thompson, and Chris Chambliss come to mind. So long as the Braves continue to win, albeit without scoring much at all, this may not matter. For now.

Shooter McGavin

June 25th, 2011
7:06 pm

A trade is our only hope of getting out of this. Like you said, This team is what it is at this point. No more hoping it’s “going to get better” I’m not sure just getting Michael Bourn is going to pull us out but it’s time to face reality and make some changes. We need someone who has an art for getting on base.

Braint

June 25th, 2011
7:07 pm

Larry Parrish is a joke. Plain and simple. If you drop from first to worst in OBP and middle of the pack in walks after leading the league last year — you fire your hitting coach. Is that going to turn everything around? Who knows, BUT — they’ve been awful for 77 games and they can’t get any worse. Uggla has to be one of the biggest FA busts in MLB history.

jeffrey d

June 25th, 2011
7:09 pm

Parrish isn’t the problem…he’s just a scapegoat.

Mixxo

June 25th, 2011
7:10 pm

Cole Hamels…….on his way to becoming the first 10 game winner in the NL.

Braint

June 25th, 2011
7:12 pm

– LOB Braves For example, last night. Two on and one out and McAnn hits into a double play.–

Wrong guy to be picking on LOB…….

bravesgrl4life

June 25th, 2011
7:12 pm

Mixxo, JJ will be there tonight. Bank on it!

Mixxo

June 25th, 2011
7:14 pm

bravesgrl4life – Hope you’re right.

George

June 25th, 2011
7:15 pm

A note to FW, talk to Pittsburgh GM. TRADE JASON FOR MCCUTCHEN one for one.

DHD

June 25th, 2011
7:15 pm

It’s funny….everybody here has the answer.

rob from sc

June 25th, 2011
7:16 pm

Can anyone in this organization teach Heyward how to go back on a deep fly ball. Just saw the play tonight and that is a ball that needs to be caught.

He is horrible in RF

Braint

June 25th, 2011
7:16 pm

@jefferey d — Larry Parrish and/or Fredi has changed the hitting philosophy/approach from last year. That much is clear or you wouldn’t have the difference in OBP and walks. Someone has to take the blame. If you say, “It’s the players who have to hit, etc.” then fine, bench Uggla long term and bench Heyward.

nolee

June 25th, 2011
7:17 pm

well maybe they used up all their runs last night….

nolee

June 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

but the metrics just love him, this year and last

Mixxo

June 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

rob from sc – He’s “horrible” everywhere. I don’t get the hype on this guy.

Blog Monitor

June 25th, 2011
7:20 pm

Hey, come on now… He’s a five tool player..

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