Braves quotes after Friday’s 11-2 loss to Padres

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“It’s one of those, he’s just that guy. It seems like there’s always one guy in the rotation that doesn’t get any run support. And I’m sure he’s pitched that way, thinking about that stuff.

“They got a bunch of ground balls, I don’t think they hit the ball hard. That inning, there were a couple of plays that maybe we should have made, and it snowballed on him. But again, they held us to four hits.

“We haven’t had very many of these games in our young season so far. So forget about it, come back tomorrow afternoon and get a four- or five-game winning streak going.”

On Tim Stauffer’s performance

“He’s got command, throws a good changeup, throws the ball over the plate. To me, it looked like he threw all his pitches over the plate. He kept us off-balance all night.”

On offense, a little hot against Toronto but have struggled most of June

“That’s the way we’ve been hitting most of the year. If you look at our stats over the course of the year, we’re not where we want to be offensively as a team, as a club. But we’ve pitched better than this. That seventh inning got away from us a little bit.”

More on Lowe

“I wanted to keep him in there because he’s been pitching pretty good. Better than pretty good. And not getting anything to show for it. I’m sure he’s frustrated; we’re frustrated, and pulling for him. The team’s pulling for him. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. The way he is, he’s just going to go back out there and hopefully give us another solid outing.”

***DEREK LOWE

“The only pitch I’d take back was to Gonzalez. I’d try to throw it away… It was definitely a frustrating game. They weren’t hitting the cover off the ball, but they were getting some runs. That’s part of it. That inning went from two outs to out-of-the-game pretty fast. Wish I’d have gotten the ball away to Gonzalez instead of inner half [of the plate].

“That’s about it.”

On lack of run support

“That don’t matter. It seems like it’s always been kind of one mistake that I make, or two. The game seems pretty close for a while, then you make a few mistakes and it gets out of hand.

“Just keep going out there next time and try not to make mistakes.”

Frustrating season for you?

“To say the least. Three wins in 16 or 17 starts is probably not what I had in mind during the spring. But that’s where we are. Everyone else is pitching great; that definitely makes it a little easier.”

On things spiraling after the double over Heyward

“It’s not even that. The one pitch to Gonzalez. Maybin gets the infield hit [to Chipper Jones], then fell behind to Headley, or Hundley [it was Hundley, who then walked]. Then the key pitch of the game, [Gonzalez] gets a hit. The pitcher gets a hit, and you’re done.”

***FREDDIE FREEMAN

On Stauffer

“We hit the ball hard in the first inning, unfortunately Mac hit it right at [the shortstop on double play]. We started off strong, then second at-bat he’s throwing off-speed pitches for strikes. We’re taking them because we don’t want to swing at 0-0 off-speed on the corner. He just threw effective pitches with that cutter and two-seamer away, and curveballs and changeups. He kept us off-balance the whole game.

“It’s just one of those games that we try to put behind us and just go out tomorrow and try and hopefully do a little bit better than today.”

What was he getting all the groundballs with?

“It’s the cutter. It was just going down a little bit and we kept topping the ball. Then he started using the changeup in the second and third, which he didn’t use in the first. He kept changing sequences on us. He’s a good pitchers; there’s a reason why he has a 3.00 ERA – under that now.”

Did Lowe pitch better than his final line indicated?

“Unfortunately. It was just two runs [most of] the game. Unfortunately we just didn’t get him any runs while he was out there. He’s trying to make the perfect pitch, and he can’t do that every time he’s out there. We just didn’t get him any runs to feel a little bit comfortable. He was always on the edge tonight.”

Did you feel like you were back in it after two-run homer cut it to 5-2?

“Obviously when we get a couple of runs on the board it’s going to be feel a little bit better. But then they went back out there and just kind of pushed momentum back on their side, then came up the next inning and did it again. When we got the momentum, they just changed it right back.”

On inconsistent offense

“It seems like we do this every time. We’ll score a few runs, then run into a good pitching performance.”

113 comments Add your comment

David from Athens, AL

June 25th, 2011
1:48 am

OHIOBRAVE

June 25th, 2011
1:53 am

Parrish has got to go. It is past time.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
1:56 am

I think after this game Ascensio will be sent back to Gwinett. Also Lowe probably should go on the DL and get his stuff together. Because Minor, Delgado, or Teheran give us a better chance to win than D. Lowe right now. Heck lets see what Vizcaino can do.

MWC

June 25th, 2011
1:56 am

Parrish is dead weight….

Tyler

June 25th, 2011
1:57 am

At some point, Larry Parrish’s performance as hitting coach needs to be analyzed and evaluated, whether be it by the AJC or, more importantly, the Braves. While historically this team has not made in-season changes to its coaching staff, these are no longer the Bobby Cox years and we don’t necessarily have to be beholden to their principles anymore. Something needs to be done not only to light a fire under the team, but also to remind everyone that each coach and player is accountable for their performance. Such a move could free the front office of having to make a drastic deal at the trade deadline and could allow lesser prospects be moved for role players, middle relievers, etc. While the team is still playing well and time is not necessarily of the essence, it only makes sense that such a topic should be bantered about during the All-Star break. I guess only time will tell if this truly is a new era of Braves baseball. Here’s hoping it is.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
2:00 am

Wheres Don Baylor when we need him

toby flenderson

June 25th, 2011
2:06 am

they all showed up to the optional BP, and THIS happened?

Frank's Wren

June 25th, 2011
2:06 am

Maybe it’s just me, but Braves seem to frequently lose after an off-day.

SSDD

June 25th, 2011
2:34 am

No need to wonder what’s wrong with the Braves, it’s because their a Atlanta sports team. All of our teams blow, ssdd, make it to the playoffs, get embarrassed. Every year. Sure it’s better than some cities have it, but the goal is to win it all, or at least put up a fight > See >Falcons/Packers game. More proof all Atlanta teams FAIL, ummmmmmmmm, Hockey anyone??? How about Soccer, yeah, this City is horrible for sports.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
2:44 am

I think its time to call Julio Franco to be the hitting coach

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
2:45 am

Where Satan at so Larry Parrish can make a deal with so we can hit

rob

June 25th, 2011
2:46 am

wow jason heyward is truly a horrible outfielder. he looks so lost in every game. sorry to hurt some the fans’ feelings…but…we need to trade heyward while other teams actually think he is a great long term player. he is not.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
2:48 am

Ohh wait thats right Satan lives in Boston. Thats why they been winning all those championships

chpatt

June 25th, 2011
3:13 am

Agree with the comment about off-days. We seem to always come out so slow on off days and it’s inexcusable. I don’t get it and never will. The extra day should recharge their batteries, but it looks like they just forget to come out with any urgency. That is even more inexcusable. This is the NL East. Everyone is looking at the Braves and the Phillies. We’re the cream of the crop. We have the best pitching in this entire league from top to bottom. Yet the Phillies come to play EVERY inning of EVERY game. Can’t say that about the Braves. If we don’t make it to the postseason, these players will be forced to look at themselves and say “what the heck is wrong with us. We sucked vs. the Mets. We couldn’t sweep the Astros. The Nats beat us down more often than not”. It’s just so ridiculous the way they came out tonight. Seems like a lack of focus.

Mr. Enigma

June 25th, 2011
3:21 am

Time for Larry Parrish to get out of here. This experiment of hiring a dude who has never been a hitting coach at any level has failed miserably.

Tim Stauffer

June 25th, 2011
3:40 am

I wish I could pitch against this line-up everyday. I throw pitches over the plate and they cant even touch them. I thought I was Greg Maddux while I was out there. What an awesome feeling.

Larry Parrish

June 25th, 2011
3:53 am

I’m the hitting coach? Oh crap!

... Ugh

June 25th, 2011
4:10 am

i feel like whenever Asencio enteres a game, Freddy is waving the white flag… and Asencio never disappoints me in that regard

ivy

June 25th, 2011
5:11 am

I love the way Jordan Schaefer is hitting the ball atleast he is making good out but everytime I see Dan Uggla at bat it seems like a struggle to put the ball in play and atleast make the opponents get u out! Lowe may be struggling a bit but pay attention to Zach Greinke his era was at 5.00 but he plays for the brewers and the have some good hitting to give him a good record! It is our offense because San Diego seems to only score against the braves and that is sad!

ivy

June 25th, 2011
5:21 am

And people may criticize Chipper Jones all we want but if the braves don’t make any trading moves when Chipper is gone somebody besides Mac, Prado, and Freddie Freeman have to produce if we want to be a 500 team! And Alex Gonzalez is a wizard in the field but his plate discipline is is a 1! No way would I have traded Yunel Escobar for Gonzo! I am a huge Braves fan but we have to spend some money on players like Matt Holiday and stop relying so much on only pitching because that is the only reason we have only one championships in the our long dominance of the n.l. east we need a tad more offense and plate discipline!

UGAFAN13

June 25th, 2011
6:42 am

What is with the teams that are dwelling close to last in stats…we simply sux when we play them.

BRAVESFAN

June 25th, 2011
7:07 am

Must be something with the humidity stuck in the bats. Throw them all out and buy a new batch.

TheAntiMe

June 25th, 2011
7:09 am

We need you Mr. Prado. Please, double up on those antibiotics.

Casey Stingel

June 25th, 2011
7:22 am

Until the Braves’ hitters – almost to a man except Freddie Freeman – quit trying to pull every pitch, they are going to remain a listless team offensively. Don’t know who the hitting coach is, but send him packing. It’s pitiful when Chipper Jones’ Dad can pick up a swing flaw, McCann’s brother can pick up a swing flaw, but the hitting coach can’t. Enough said.

Perlo

June 25th, 2011
7:24 am

I’ve been trying to find out what the lowest season batting average for a full-time player is (re Uggla),

Anyone know? Surely the musclebound loser is getting close to it.

UGAFAN13

June 25th, 2011
7:36 am

Wonder if we hire a hypnotist and get them to hypnotize Dan into believing he is a Marlin and playing the Braves @ the Ted. He always killed the Bravos when he was a fish. I am just sayin…

mark

June 25th, 2011
7:55 am

time to sit uggla and play conrad until prado gets back and then prado to second and henski in left,stay with this until we make the heyward and delgato trade to houston for hunter penske
shafer
prado
mcann
penske
chipper
freeman
henski
gonzo

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
7:56 am

TP FOR HITTING COACH!!!

Dennis Reynolds

June 25th, 2011
7:57 am

Wow, Mark. Hard to take you seriously if you think thats how you spell PENCE. Do you even know who Pence is or are u just hearing all the rumors and going along with the crowd?

19DAWGFAN59

June 25th, 2011
8:07 am

Enter your comments here

big dawg scrub

June 25th, 2011
8:26 am

rob you are a lame and thats a fact, you have no clue about what your saying, heyward is as legit as any player in the game, get out of here scrub. guy had two hits tonight, if you want to bi** about something bi** about uggla’s swing tonight. dead pull everything hitter

Skeezix

June 25th, 2011
8:28 am

Glad I didn’t stay up to watch that debacle.

Perlo

June 25th, 2011
8:29 am

OK, did my homework. After last night’s debacle, Uggla is batting .175.
Assuming Gonzalez will continue to drag him out there for the rest of the season, here are stats for lowest full season batting averages:
At least 400 at bats: Dal Maxvill, Cardinals, 1969, .175.
At least 500 at bats, Rob Deer, Tigers, 1991, .179.
Our boy should easily be able to set a new major league record!

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
8:32 am

I think we are looking more at Bourne than Pence at this point. A true leadoff hitter would be awesome. San Diego was a perfect example of how to produce a couple runs last night, meaning before their huge outbreak late in the game. That is what we need to be able to do again. We cannot keep relying on the homerun anymore. That is where our flaw lies. And seriously Rob, or whatever, trade Heyward? You sir are an idiot.

1991Braves

June 25th, 2011
8:32 am

Wren is the worst G.M. in baseball. His major acquisitions and trades are all busts. How is Lowe and Gonzo working out. Lowe is done, 9 starts in a row without a win, and an era close to 5.00, with a $60 million pricetag. And Gonzo has the worst plate discipline of any veteran in N.L. Maybe the braves can trade Wren and Fredi, and get a real G.M, and manager. Forgot to mention Uggla, his $56 million pricetag will probably go down as the worst acquisition in baseball history. Wren is a joke!!

What is Dan Uggla Thinking Now?

June 25th, 2011
8:33 am

When that man throws the little white ball at me, am I suppose to swat at it or chop at it?

ivy

June 25th, 2011
8:34 am

It is time for people to stop babying uggla every week “Dan is gonna break out of it” or “Dan’s month is May” I just think he was a ped user the way he is swinging the bat! There isno excuse for him hitting 165 I don’t have any proof of steroid use for dan but they say it makes u see the ball better because Uggla is not hitting or seeing the ball we don’t need him to hit 300 just not 165 geez! I have never seen anyone struggle this bad

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
8:36 am

1991Braves How is Wren supposed to know what Uggla is going to do? Lowe was a good pitcher beforehand. I wouldn’t have gotten rid of Yunel either, but Wren is not the worst in baseball. He put together a hell of a team this year. We have the FOURTH, or did, best record in baseball. It is not his fault that some are not producing. We would be in first in many divisions. Please look stuff up.

Tired of being sensored

June 25th, 2011
8:36 am

and this is after Mark Brady gave that loosing managar a A- for a grade! LOLOLOLOL!!!!

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
8:38 am

By losing manager you mean the manager of roughly the 5th best team in baseball. You sir are a very smart ma…HA! Sorry, no you’re not.

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
8:39 am

With the amount on injuries and lack of production, to have our record is a sign that Fredi has done a pretty good job.

Coach Hindsight

June 25th, 2011
8:48 am

We’ll win the series. Can’t sweep everybody.

braves fan forever

June 25th, 2011
9:14 am

Maybe Mark was thinking of the Penske Racing team.Heck they can probably hit better than the braves.Larry Parrish looks lost so let’s oblige him and lose him.

Fredi

June 25th, 2011
9:14 am

I forgot to “tip my cap” to the Padres hitters and their 3-5 Pitcher.

Derrick Blowe

June 25th, 2011
9:18 am

Derrick B-Lowes

Derrick Blowe

June 25th, 2011
9:20 am

Ive been sayin it all year JASON HEYWARD OVER RATED,!,!
Nice play out there in right Jay Hey!

Fredi

June 25th, 2011
9:20 am

Am I first? I don’t get to read what the fans are saying so I don’t know. I did see where MB gave me an A-. That’s great cause I haven’t had any A’s since second grade. I would tip my cap to him but I’ve tipped it so much lately it fell off and I can’t find it. Got to go–great seafood here in San diego.

Fredi

June 25th, 2011
9:28 am

I’m trying to get Uggie to quit dancing so much at the plate–he’s worn out by the time the ball gets to him. I’m also going to walk him out to right field cause I’m not sure he knows it’s out there. do any of you have any more suggestions for me? I’ll try and read the blogs more if you do–Parrish the thought. That’s a LOL to you young dudes but we used to call it a HA-HA.

The REAL reason the Major Teams in Georgia Fail...

June 25th, 2011
9:33 am

The REAL reason the major teams in the state of Georgia (Falcons,Hawks,Braves, UGA and Tech) all have produced only 1 championship amost them over the last 30 years is because of the local media and fan base. We don’t hold the local ownership accountable, never have and never will. Granted, there have been a few time that the media (Mark Bradley have had his moments)and fan base have responded with anger after a an embarrasing lose, but they are few and in between.
With that being said-Bulldawg nation will lash out and get its AD attention because of its ability to impact the schools’ profit, but it, too, has held on to a coach who has reached his peak in Athens. And i truly beleive that Arthur Blank wants to win and have the passion, but he doesn’t have the right brass in place to bring in the player personnel. TD is in over his head. His record is no better than Wrens’ and it will be proven once again this year. While the Julius Jones draft was a good pick, it wasn’t worth what we lost in return. Why? Matt Ryan does not have the arm strength to stretch the field. So why not use those draft picks and money on defense players via FA. Think about it-we’ve been singing the same tune about the Falcons defense since the release of Brooking/Malloy, yet we’re still in the same shape as 2008.

Which reminds me- right after Boston won the NHL title there were several national sports analysts trying to explain why certain cities like Boston, NY, Philly, Chicago, Pittsburgh,and the like, are always consistent contenders in sports and why other cities are not. Its beleived that the winning formular is not soley based on the depth of the owners pockets or the market size, but moreso the media/fans in those areas always holding its ownership accountable for their mistakes, and not just behind close doors. The gave examples of how the Philly fan base and media would clober its owners/GMs when they aren’t producing. Another example was SEC football where losing is not an option. They pay their coaches top dollars, but they’d produce or he’s gone.

Unfortunately, my fellow citizens that does not happen here in Atlanta, never have and never will until the mentality in Atlanta change.
IMHO, If the media and fan base would channel the same anger,passion and outrage lashed out at Vick during his demise (rightfully so), then you would see change, but until then you’re wasting your time and energies.

Bream's Good Knee

June 25th, 2011
9:57 am

First of all I hate seeing Heyward in the #2 spot. Move him back down to #6 where he feels more comfortable.

I, like the rest of you, am disappointed in the Larry Parrish hire. However, I get the feeling that Joe Simpson is giving subtle hints that Uggla refuses to listen to what Larry Parrish is telling him. The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing while expecting different results. I’d love to see Uggla go up there with a closed stance and just see what happens.

I still think we’re a playoff team (esp. when we get Prado back) and in a short series our pitching staff can take us a long way. But I think we’ll see a move or two before the deadline…hopefully. For all that has gone wrong we are still in a good spot.

henry from TN

June 25th, 2011
10:02 am

bad game every team has a bad game once in a while… after all the Padres beat Boston two out of three….

toby

June 25th, 2011
10:04 am

until the Braves can figure out how to beat the bottom tier teams,,,,mets,nats,padres,they will never progress any farther,,,,,and we definately need another right handed bat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill

June 25th, 2011
10:09 am

Rick Charles, one of the greatest sports reporters died today..RIP and prayers to family.

Jack Lill

June 25th, 2011
10:09 am

My wife and I watch the Baves every day, but it is getting to be a chore. When the Braves play someone bad the Braves are bad. They can forget about making the playoffs. Minor should be a starter and Lowe should be a spot starter, but Brave so called brass can not see this. Mather instead of Diaz. That really worked out.

rpidge

June 25th, 2011
10:13 am

Sell the Braves and move them as far from Atlanta as popssible. I’ve been a Braves fan for sixty years but I’m tired of getting worn out players and telling the fans how good they’re gonna be. Braves management and scouts have lost the finesse it takes to put a major league team on the field. I hate to this late in life but I can pull for another team if it shows the desire to improve and contend.

Paul In Richmond

June 25th, 2011
10:16 am

I never saw such half-hearted play in my life. NOT the offense (though that wasn’t impressive either) but the sloppy defense. They were sleep-walking (except for Alex and a couple others). Did they go out and get drunk the night before?

theriddler

June 25th, 2011
10:18 am

Looks like Heyward was more polished when he broke in with the Braves then he does now. Kinda strange. He had more plate disipline then and looked better in the field also.

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JacketFan

June 25th, 2011
10:46 am

I find it funny how many folks on this board were calling for Pendleton to be fired last year – funny because under Pendleton we had the 6th best offense in the majors. Well, y’all got your wish. How’s that working out for you?

ChrisfromSacramento, CA

June 25th, 2011
10:54 am

Stop trying to pull everything Dan! The Braves need him to hit if they want a chance at the playoffs.

TheAntiMe

June 25th, 2011
11:20 am

Rick Charles, one of the greatest sports reporters died today..RIP and prayers to family.

Actually, the gentleman’s name is Nick Charles and he was an excellent sports personality for a number of years. He is already missed by fans everywhere. Thank you, Nick, for all of your contributions and our prayers are with the Charles family during this very sad time.

Art

June 25th, 2011
11:27 am

I do not blame for Lowe for all his losses. I blame all the fantastic hitters the Braves have on the team that seem to take a vacation when Lowe pitches or is it when Jurrgens pitches or is it when Hudson pitches or is it when Minor pitches or is it when Beachy pitches. Oh yes it is when every Braves pitcher pitches. There has to be an issue and the issue is the Braves can’t hit.

Johnny Beach

June 25th, 2011
11:40 am

Sometimes getting your butt blown away like this will wake a team up. Hope Lowe doesn’t get down as he really hasn’t pitched bad ………………They just don’t score for him or anybody really.

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
11:47 am

People keep saying we are not a playoff team. If the season ended today, then we would be in. People, know your facts before you speak! We would be in first in many divisions. This team is not as bad as y’all make it out to be. It is frustrating that we are not playing to potential, but we are still in a good spot. Should it be better? Probably, but look at out injury issues and lack of production from Uggla. With those two things, we have done a pretty good job. There is still a lot of baseball left. We all know that Wren will make some type of move(s), which will probably involve some type of center fielder (Bourne, Crisp, etc). Trust me, I curse the Braves every day because I am frustrated with the lack of playing to potential, but in the grand scheme of things we are in a good spot.

Bill

June 25th, 2011
11:49 am

My bad AntiMe..I knew that… just no excuse for R instead of N. Thanks

para brave

June 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

Well that was an all around effort. Jey Hey missing that ball in right with 2 outs in the sixth. How many of you out there said Oh S$%^ thats gonna come back to haunt us. Should’ve taken Lowe out right there. Nice non move Freddi. Hey Uggla great throw to 1st. My 10 year old nephew has a better arm than you;and a better BA also. Hey Freddi Why did you keep Ascenio out there.After his first pitch anyone could tell he sucked.

hank57

June 25th, 2011
12:04 pm

Is Freddie Gonzalez watching the same games that I am? He claims that Lowe’s problem is a lack of run support. Sure we have a lousy offense, but in his last 3 outings (all losses) Lowe has pitched 16 innings, and given up 13 runs. Maybe that is part of the problem also. This manager spends every press conference making excuses for the players. Get a grip!

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
12:07 pm

Although I am not a huge fan of giving up on a game, I think that Fredi might have realized it was over. He left Ascensio(Sp.?) in to save the bullpen. At least that is how I justify it.

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

I kind of agree hank57. Lowe’s ERA is over 4. Although its not the worst, he still deserves some blame. Not just the batters’ fault.

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
12:13 pm

$15 Million or not D Lowe should not be starting right now. Minor, Delgado, and Teheran are better options at the moment.

FormerBraveFan

June 25th, 2011
12:13 pm

Dave O’B has it right when he says this team doesn’t string many hits together.He has said it all year and this will continue the rest of the season.Plenty of pitching to move for a couple of good contact hitters.If this happens they can lock down the wild card and take their chances in the playoffs.

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
12:19 pm

Exactly what I have been saying. Relying to much on homeruns and such. Time for playing small ball and looking at homeruns as the cherry on top or just something nice to have instead of the lifeline.

BrianSC

June 25th, 2011
12:25 pm

How many times do the Braves face a pitcher and we see an incredible performance by him? It seems like it happens way too often.

The hitting coach should not just work with players on off days and at BP, but should be paying close attention to the game and the way the opposing pitcher is pitching, the way the opposing defense is playing, and the way the game is unfolding. Then, he can suggest adjustments and changes in strategy. Baseball is a game of adjustments, not just day-to-day or game-to-game. Adjustments have to made pitch-to-pitch and batter-to-batter. I don’t think LP is capable of doing that. I just don’t think the players have confidence in LP to listen to him and trust his suggestions and theories.

This team is capable of GREAT things. There have been so many highlights so far. Chipper’s recovery. McCann’s performance and his MVP bid. Alex’s slick and stellar play at SS. Freeman’s rookie of the year bid at first base. Prado’s performance. Venters and Kimbrell out the of the bullpen. The starting pitching. A solid job by Fredi Gonzalez. Schafer’s comeback and his growth in embracing the leadoff role.

All of these great things will be for naught if they soon don’t get the offense straightened out and start to produce on a more consistent basis. It is going to take a change in philosophy and execution at the plate. Situational hitting. Go deeper in counts. Being more selective at the plate.

It was a bad night. Jurrgens is on the mound today and capable of domination. Hudson has the ball tomorrow coming off of a dominating performance. Let’s win the next two and win the series from San Diego. The Braves are 9 games over .500. Win the next two and it will be 11. GO BRAVES!!!

J-Man

June 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

We need Prado back that will be the #1 cure for the hitting woes. And really if you want another bat I dont see how we will get another one. Chipper is gonna play, Uggla is still gonna play, McCann is the best hitting catcher is baseball, Freeman is carrying his weight, Heyward is not going anywhere. So realistically the only 2 spots that we might could find an improvement is CF and SS. I don’t think were gonna move Schafer or A Gon. But the ideal player to get would be Matt Kemp but I dont see that happening. I don’t think we would go after Jose Reyes because we would give up too much and to a division rival. I would rather sign him in free agency because all we would give them is a a 1st rounder and a super 2. But were stuck with this line-up all were gonna trade for is a right handed powwer bat that can play the outfield……..Matt Diaz perhaps

63 year Braves fan

June 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

Hunter Pence from Houston & Ramirez (shortstop) from Florida will fix everything

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

Yeah, because Ramirez and Fredi got along so well.

Hinske Da Man

June 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

Again, the Braves fall flat on their faces against a bad team, and a no good opposing pitcher. That is why they will not accomplish anything this year. If you can’t find a way to beat the teams you should, you don’t deserve anything. It’s a whole different story when you get flat out embarrassed by a bad team. The Braves are the poster child of inconsistency.

E-6

June 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

just wanna – agreed with what you say. we are in the playoffs if they start tomorrow but to go beyond a three or four and out, we need at least one stick. OK at C, 1B, stuck at 2B with an unmovable guy; SS might be the best bet – Gonzalez is serviceable in the field but God he can’t hit the clutch – really bad trade last year. LF (when Prado returns) and RF OK. CF might be okay if Shafer can pick it up a bit otherwise this would be the other option to look at upgrading – either position with a guy who makes contact.

E-6

June 25th, 2011
12:37 pm

J-Man – Honest I hadn’t read your post before I posted.

BrianSC

June 25th, 2011
12:43 pm

I don’t want Ramirez from FL anywhere near this team. He is a cancer. He is a spoiled, showboating, hotshot. He is a selfish jerk. I was glad to see him MeKeon sit him on his first day back as manager.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

see the braves are back to normal playing sub 500 teams…can’t hit and our offense makes their pitcher’s look like cy young candidates.

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Agree. I was not happy when Escobar was dealt. However, I am willing to keep Alex because he saves us runs with his D. Prado is key along with a good Heyward and Uggla. Heyward is showing signs of getting back to his old self, but he isn’t there. No telling how prado will be when he gets back, and then we have Uggla. Yeah, enough said about him. I like Schafer because he plays hard, but I think we will have a new center fielder within the next couple of weeks.

TheAntiMe

June 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

Hey, Bill, it’s a very sad day for the sports world and your sentiments are definitely from the heart. You spoke very well, sir. I totally share your sentiments, as I’m sure that most sports fans that got to see Nick work do.

rob

June 25th, 2011
12:50 pm

i am sorry to those who can’t stand a heyward comment…but the guy hasn’t played well since last june or july. another jeff francoeur. i would LOVE for him to make me eat my own words but don’t see that happening. his hitting is certainly not worth his poor defense. trade him while he’s still worth something.

rob

June 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

and stop drinking the heyward cool-aid…he seems like a good guy but is simply not the “star” that atlanta envisioned

nashvillewill

June 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

Braves are going to struggle to hit just about every game against just about every pitcher. Get used to it. They must maximize their opportunities and play flawlessly in the field to have a shot. Many times they do this; last night they did not. Heyward really has problems with balls over his head and Uggla has been bailed out many times on his throws by Freeman. Last night was the occasion when Heyward’s mis-play really hurt and Freeman did not bail out Uggla. Uggla makes at least one poor throw each game-watch for it.
To maximize hitting opportunities I suggest stacking the lineup. Until Prado returns who offers the best hitter in the 2-hole? Not any of the guys Fredi has tried-Gonzo, McLouth, Heyward, Uggla-none of these guys has necessary plate discipline. Try Chipper there. Move McCann to 3-slot. Freeman or Hinske (play him rather than McOut). Heyward 6th. That leaves the automatic outs at the bottom-Uggla, Gonzo, pitcher. This might produce another run or 2 which most nights will make a difference.
Braves still competitive, just requires a little imagination to improve this lineup, until Prado returns.

TheAntiMe

June 25th, 2011
12:55 pm

Jayson Heyward is only 22 years-old people. Most guys are just getting to AAA at that age. Cut him a break because he is still one of the few Braves who gets on base these days.

rob

June 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

@nashville- i agree about chipper in the 2 spot. i am so tired of seeing uggla, heyward, or gonzo not get the runner over the third base. drives me nuts

rob

June 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

to third bsae*

FormerBraveFan

June 25th, 2011
12:57 pm

Prado getting back is crucial no doubt,But without being the master of the obvious,.This will still leave them with four starters hitting between 170 and 250.This is the whole problem in a nutshell.

TheAntiMe

June 25th, 2011
12:57 pm

Actually, I was speaking of Jason Heyward. lol – His Mom prolly won’t like me changing his name. :)

rob

June 25th, 2011
12:58 pm

@antime- you’re right in that sense. i sometimes forget how young he is. i guess his expectations are just so high given his first two months of play last year. something just isn’t clicking for him. looks lost in rightfield

Joel

June 25th, 2011
12:58 pm

The Phillies got beat 12-2 Thursday night.

rob

June 25th, 2011
1:00 pm

formerbrave- i was just thinking that. i rem prado was tearing it up for awhile and nobody could get him in from the bases. i don’t think prado will solve it all either. they need to string together base hits with prado.

NickGranite

June 25th, 2011
1:01 pm

Things have a way of evening out. Lowe was 15-10 his first year with the braves…with a whopping 4.67 ERA and 16-12 last year with a 4.00. If you recall he had an awesome September to get it to 4.00. Now were back to where he’s pretty much been since becoming a brave, an ERA at 4.33 except now he has a losing record. Frankly, he should count his blessings he’s above .500 since becoming a brave.

Just Wanna Say

June 25th, 2011
1:10 pm

I really think Bourne would be a great get. Guy is hitting .280 with 34 stolen bases before last night. That would allow Prado to the 2 hole, which means Heyward moves back down to the 5-6hole.

Canton

June 25th, 2011
1:10 pm

Lol, Lowe is not the issue folks. He will be fine. Uggla, however, is beyond saving at this point. Everybody was bashing McLouth last year when he was in the .190 range. Uggla is a .175 and it is almost July 1st! I hope he gets booed to hell next homestand. Oh and this should provide more perspective on just how piss poor he has been this year, but he still says he feels good about where he’s at:

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2011/06/22/dan-uggla-hits-em-where-they-are/

Braveswyn

June 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

That was one ugly game! I hope it’s a wake-up call for the Braves. Someone made a point earlier about how lethargic the Braves looked last night and that they may have been partying too much on their day off. I agree. If they want to contend in the post-season, they are going to have to put the nose to the grindstone and save the fun for the off-season. It would be interesting to see the W-L record after off days because it sure seems they lose a lot when in this situation.

don

June 25th, 2011
1:40 pm

The Braves need speed. They are undoubtedly the most lethargic team in baseball. They can’t manufacture a run. Oh for the days of Otis and Neon.

Who me?

June 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

Lowe must go. Larry Parrish must go. Half the damn season is almost over and yet nobody in management is doing a thing. The plan must be to maintain the 4 to 5 game cushion with the Phillies and wait til right before the trading deadline to do ANYthing.

We as fans don’t count. We as fans don’t matter. We are supposed to pay our money to watch a middling ball club because they are OUR team and keep our mouths shut.

I’m fed up with the plan Frank.

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