Braves quotes after Sunday loss to Padres

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Venters

“He’s human. We’ve come to expect perfection a little bit. Today it just didn’t happen. Needless to say, it’s tough to protect a one-run lead, to try to get six outs with a one-run lead. They got some stuff going that inning — they didn’t hit the ball very hard – and they got some runs.

“We weren’t able to add on. That happens sometimes, when you let a team keep hanging around. You’ve got to tip your hat to their pitchers. Two hits and one run. It’s hard to protect that kind of lead, no matter who you’ve got down there, Jonny or Kimbrel or any of those guys.”

On Hudson

“We’re going to get on that plane and feel bad about ourselves, that we let this one go and lost two out of three to San Diego. And not really appreciate Hudson’s performance today. Six shutout innings. He was outstanding. He’s got it rolling pretty good. Just couldn’t get the win for him.”

If Jonny makes the throw to first a little faster, maybe it’s a whole different outcome?

“Yeah, and then the ball up the middle [that Venters tried to field]. I don’t know if that ball goes through or if Gonzo makes a play on it. It’s just one of those things. I thought we were going to get out of there when Venable bunted a fly ball back to him. Just didn’t happen.”

On the offense, almost nothing in first and last games around the outburst in middle game

“Give credit to Buddy Black’s pitching staff over there. You can’t hit every day. It seemed like after yesterday we were scoring some runs, then came in today and Luebke was outstanding. I don’t even know what his line was, but I bet he struck out six or seven. And they held us.”

***JONNY VENTERS

“I wasn’t throwing a lot of strikes … I waited too long to throw that ball that Maybin hit. … Ball off my glove… I just didn’t get it done.

“I felt fine. I felt good. I just didn’t make any pitches, and blew the game for my team. Try to forget about it and move on to tomorrow.”

Did you try to take your time on the throw, when Maybin beat it out?

“Once I got it in my hand, I didn’t have it good, so I kind of had to re-grip it. He runs really well, so it just took too long. He beat it out.

“And then I don’t know if I don’t touch that ball [Bartlett single he tried to field] if Gonzo gets to it or not. Just a reaction thing. I’ve got to make that play. After that it kind of unraveled on me. Left a pitch up to Hudson, he hit it up the middle. Just left some pitches over the plate, wasn’t throwing the ball where I wanted to today.”

Biggest regret of the inning?

“Leadoff walk. One-nothing lead, 1-nothing game, you don’t want to come in and walk the leadoff guy. But I had a chance to get out of it. I just couldn’t make the play. Just didn’t get the job done.”

TIM HUDSON

This game was a lot different than your last (eight scoreless innings, two hits vs. Toronto), but still no runs allowed

“Yeah, it was a little different that my last game, but I still felt pretty good out there. I think the last two outings are definitely something to build from, and get some momentum going. They had me in some jams and put some pretty good at-bats on me, but I was able to make some pitches when I needed to, and got some nice plays from some guys out t here to get out of some jams.”

Did you feel confident even when you got in some jams?

“Yeah, because with two outs I knew I was one pitch away from getting out of the inning. I felt like I had pretty good command of my stuff, working both sides of the plate. I felt like David [Ross] had a pretty good gameplan, both of us, it was just a matter of making pretty good pitches and trying to stay out of the center of the plate.”

Have you guys come to be as spoiled by Venters as everybody who watches him?

“Everybody’s human. Things are going to happen every now and then. Even though today the job didn’t get done, that one ball hit in his glove and would have been the third out of the inning, and we’re out of there with nobody hurt. It just didn’t happen. That bobble play right there…. You’ve got to give those guys credit. They put some good at-bats on him, put some pressure on the defense with the bunts, and made him try to make pitches. It just didn’t happen today.”

***JORDAN SCHAFER

On Luebke

“He was nasty. First inning, he hit every spot. All those pitches could have gone either way, but they’re perfect pitches. He came in and pretty much shut us down. Myself, I didn’t even feel like I had good swings off of him. He hit spots, kept people off balance. I mean, he did a fabulous job.”

“He’d work a breaking ball every once in a while, but mostly just fastball-slider.”

On Venters

“Look at his numbers. He’s pitched unbelievable all year. Ninety-nine out of 100 times, he’s going to succeed in that situation. You’d take him anytime there. Everybody’s going to have a hiccup here and there. He’s been outstanding all year, though.”

On getting two hits today and still being in position to win

“We didn’t play very well. Obviously we didn’t have a bunch of hits. It looked like we were going to steal one and get out of here, but that’s the game. Funny how it works sometime.”

PADRES’ ORLANDO HUDSON

On Venters

“I’m pretty sure he should make the All-Star team. He’s definitely an All-Star type eighth-inning guy. He’s got great stuff, man. He’s definitely one of the toughest guys that we face.”

150 comments Add your comment

Linebrink for Cy

June 26th, 2011
9:31 pm

“We’re going to get on that plane and feel bad about ourselves, that we let this one go and lost two out of three to San Diego. And not really appreciate Hudson’s performance today”

that sounds like one of those deals where what he actually said doesn’t translate well when you write it down …..

Matt

June 26th, 2011
9:34 pm

Fredo tipping his cap again…

Los crackers

June 26th, 2011
9:35 pm

Let the pop-up drop and go for the double play. No infield fly on bunts!

Linebrink for Cy

June 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

.. though if that’s what he really meant it still doesn’t really make sense either considering his “We weren’t able to add on. That happens sometimes”.

You lost 2-3, that happens

Derrick Blowe

June 26th, 2011
9:41 pm

This offense is PATHETIC
Game in game out same ol story
Wherenthe hell is Wren and what is he doing about this offensive anemia since opening day?

Next stop Seattle
King Felix and Pineda pitching
Good Luck Braves, your gonna get swept

Derrick Blowe

June 26th, 2011
9:44 pm

Watching tnese guys hit has cured my insomnia for three solid months now

Heyward is overrated, Gonzalez has no plate discipline,MLouth is a waste, Uggla will never get out of his own way this year, Schaeffer is a backup player at best, Chipper is done…on and on and on

Derrick Blowe

June 26th, 2011
9:45 pm

Heres Wren’s answer to fix our team….call up Julio Lugo to help, LOL

Derrick Blowe

June 26th, 2011
9:46 pm

Enter your comments hereFredi tips four caps to four padre pitchers today, LMAO!

Deedle Nick

June 26th, 2011
9:51 pm

@ Derrick Blowe:
When I read your posts I hear bells, like a garbage truck backing up.

Roy Halladay

June 26th, 2011
9:51 pm

Hey, I was too busy throwing my MLB leading 5th complete game for my MLB leading 10th win today to catch your game. Did you guys win, or did our lead grow to five games, the largest divisional lead in all of baseball? Surely an offensive juggernaut like your squad couldn’t possibly lose 2 of 3 to the Padres, could you?

rich

June 26th, 2011
9:52 pm

Amazing that Venters is getting all the blame. Fredi is the guy who trotted him out last night when the score was already 6-1 and has already overused him. And the entire offense continues to suck. And 2 more charged errors today, so the defense wasnt much better.

Sid

June 26th, 2011
9:53 pm

Can’t blame Venters or the bullpen. The entire offense is pathetic.

NickGranite

June 26th, 2011
10:00 pm

I don’t think the fans have quite caught on that there is a different dynamic afoot in the majors this year. Pitching. Throw out the old rules. In reference to some AJC twitters I was reading earlier today for instance, I checked the box scores of every game in the majors last night and the 3rd baseman stats for each… A-Rod is the only person I can say outright is having a better season at 3b than Chipper with Beltre and Youklis having marginally better seasons. That’s it…and Chipper is in the .260s albeit with a decent RBI season. Another tell tale sign is the braves were 3rd in ERA in the majors last year with a 3.57. There are currently 9 teams under 3.57. if you were happy with .280/90 before, be happy with .260/70 today.

cornjolio

June 26th, 2011
10:03 pm

Instead of blaming Venters put the blame where it belongs:

the stinking, pathetic, lethargic, impotent OFFENSE !

Two (2) paltry hits !

Frank Wren, DO SOMETHING !

NorCal Brave

June 26th, 2011
10:03 pm

I’ve got some questions for ‘ol Fredi: how many times with the “it just didn’t happen today” excuse? For this offense it doesn’t happen most days, and it’s been that way since April. How many times do we get to hear you lament over a great Braves pitching performance that was wasted. Tim Hudson is a lot kinder than I’d be after pitching 2 gems for which he provided the only offense. How long are we going to ride this train to nowhere with horrible run production? I got news for you Fredi: the Seattle club may not hit for average, but they’ve got the same type of scrappy players as San Diego. Based on past performance, I’m willing to bet our lineup will be free-swinging and striking out per the usual.
Get your brain trust together, Fredi (and I don’t mean Parrish), and get this thing corrected!

Navigator

June 26th, 2011
10:05 pm

In a close game, relief pitcher can’t get anyone out, bases loaded, and the manager (used loosely) let’s 1, then 2, then 4 runs in, and then takes the pitcher out. What was he thinking (used loosely)?? This team reminds me of so many in the pre-1990’s that had poor managers, and the management too afraid or too indifferent to make a change. Gonzalez will never be a good manager, and the fact this team is 9 games over .500 is almost beyond belief. What separates a Yankee or Red Sox ownership from Atlanta’s, pull the freaking trigger. They can ours can’t.

gcs

June 26th, 2011
10:07 pm

If the Braves could just beat these cellar dwellers, they would be right up there with the Phillies.
I swear, I am going to look at the standings before I attend a game at Turner Field. If the opponent is in last place, forget it.

.

JC Boscan III

June 26th, 2011
10:10 pm

Our pitching staff used to be counted on for good fielding, being able to bunt, and occasionally get some hits. The current staff — well, not so much. How many balls have been tipped by our pitchers this year, preventing the SS or 2B from making a play!?!?! (Many of our pitchers don’t land in the proper fielding position). Remember Greg Maddux?! His delivery left him waiting on any ball hit to him, and he set major league fielding records for a pitcher, and won numerous Gold Gloves.

Just one of our problems with the fundamentals of baseball…………………sigh………

Largo

June 26th, 2011
10:10 pm

We might as well forfeit the games against left hand pitchers.

NickGranite

June 26th, 2011
10:11 pm

Hey Roy Halladay, keep throwing those complete games because you don’t trust your bullpen. We’ll see you and your worn out arm in September.

Blind Deaf and Dumb

June 26th, 2011
10:13 pm

Rich, so Freddie using Venters to much caused him to take his time on the bunt? Or was all that overwork make his right arm too heavy to lift to snare that grounder up the middle, because he pitched well enough to get 4 outs in the inning, so I sure did not see anything wrong with his pitches.

Formul8or

June 26th, 2011
10:15 pm

Freddi G. is pathetic. He only credits good pitching stopping our offense. HELLO! This offense has some fire in it and it doesn’t just disappear. FIRE THE HORRIBLE HITTING COACH! LOOK AT YOUR OWN DAN UGGLA FOR PROOF!

cornjolio

June 26th, 2011
10:30 pm

Trade Derek Lowe to the Yankees and use his salary to get a REAL hitter for this pathetic lineup !

ijudgenot

June 26th, 2011
10:34 pm

Largo

“We might as well forfeit the games against left hand pitchers”

Yea, when your manager lets 4 of his first 5 hitters be lefthanded. What a joke. This team has struggled all year long with lefties and he puts 4 in the top of the lineup. Someone mentioned Freddi’s not having played the game. That might be the reason he is not going to challenge Parrish on why these guys are not hitting or moving runners along. Parrish played the game and was a decent hitter. Freddi tells Parrish he thinks team needs a different approach. Parrish says “What do you know about it?”

Blind Deaf and Dumb

June 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

You would think that we were 20 games under .500 from the comments on this blog. The season is 1/2 over, and only the 3 highest payroll teams have better records. This team has not hit on all cylinders yet, but all things considered, I like where we are. Derek Lowe has proven again and again that he can make adjustments and come up big in big games.

rob

June 26th, 2011
10:45 pm

PLEASE STOP TIPPIN YOUR FREAKIN HAT FREDDI!!!!!!!!!!!!! over it

Derrecht

June 26th, 2011
10:47 pm

Actually, this game was on Venters. He was pretty goofy and uncoordinated out there today for some reason.

blackdog

June 26th, 2011
10:52 pm

pathetic offense, not much hope when you can’t beat the cellar dwellers. Wasting lot of good pitching.

TheAntiMe

June 26th, 2011
10:55 pm

Quote from after Braves 10-1 win on Saturday:

Braves hitters to manager Fredi Gonzalez – “Wow, Fredi, did you see that we scored 10 bloody runs tonight? Woo hoo, now we don’t have to score any more runs for the rest of the week!”

Who Me?

June 26th, 2011
11:21 pm

Trade Lowe. Fire Parrish.

J-Man

June 26th, 2011
11:28 pm

I dont think we can trade Lowe this season, but if you can pull that deal off this season then obviously you do that but with about 23 million owed to him over the next year and a half, its not gonna happen this summer. BUT if the Braves eat about 8 million they should be able to trade him. Also Kawakami will be off hte books and McClouth has a $500K buyout so theres another $10 million off the books. And if you trade Hudson this offseason you also trim 9 million. So were talking about trimming around $33 million off the books and if Chipper retires that would be bumped up to around 45 million for free agents and we have plenty of prospects to trade. So we could make that deal for Matt Kemp and resign him long term and resign Prado, and Hanson

J-Man

June 26th, 2011
11:35 pm

The offense is god awful…….even whe n Prado returns the offense will still be vanillia at best. This team needs to take a chance and make the deal for Matt Kemp. At this point I wonder if Larry Parrish has some photos on Wren and F Gon. I don’t understand how Wilkin Rameriz did’t get a start today when our line up was so left heavy. Plus Venters just had some bad luck today if he doesnt knock that ball down he gets out of that inning, but lately he has been walking players more ofter he needs to be more agressive and challange batters. NBut he still is the best reliever in baseball.

Believer

June 26th, 2011
11:47 pm

This was one of the most pathetic offensive performances of the year for the Braves. I’m sorry but somebody needs to take the fall. And that somebody should be Larry Parrish. Refer to Phillies’ 2010 firing of their hitting coach.

FormerBraveFan

June 26th, 2011
11:48 pm

The Truth are you out there my brother I don’t think the Phillies are looking over their shoulders.Prado won’t make that much of a difference too many holes to plug.J-Man and the rest us are right two more hitters minimum to take the impotence out of the these limp tomahawks.

what me worry

June 26th, 2011
11:59 pm

Poop happens. Were are you nattering nabobs of negativety when they win? Morons

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
12:08 am

I’d like to see a poll called Should Larry Parrish be fired and see what percentage of Braves Nation thinks he should get the boot.

daniel buck

June 27th, 2011
12:14 am

DOB??? …. What is it gonna take for that move for Pence or Crisp,…. Hell maybe some blockbuster to get Kemp.. How long are we going to keep pretending it’s not needed??

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JRW7

June 27th, 2011
12:45 am

2 hits today, need a NEW hitting coach!

Conyers Braves Fan

June 27th, 2011
4:08 am

Venters needs to rest. Hitters need to wake up. Manager needs to manage.

Reality Bites

June 27th, 2011
4:10 am

I thought softball was only played in church leagues…our medicated mgr likes it in the majors too.

Just Wanna Say

June 27th, 2011
4:53 am

Although I agree with the offense being bad, we still have one of the best records in baseball.

cap tipper

June 27th, 2011
5:37 am

I just couldn’t wait to post. I’m tipping my cap to everything and everybody. Fredi, my boy, you are a tipper extraordinaire! Please start with the Commissioner and work your way down to the bat boy. Cover all your bases. Your hitters surely can’t do that, so you’re one up on them in that regard. While you’re at it, tip away to the NL East, all the way down to the lowly Marlins. Might as well do it now, because you surely will play them soon and, as lowly down and out as the Marlins are, they will clean our team’s clock, as sure as the Phillies are a lock to win the division again. Did I say that? D*mn right I did.

TheAntiMe

June 27th, 2011
6:02 am

You tell ‘em, cow tipper.

cap tipper

June 27th, 2011
6:06 am

I just did, cowboy. Got anything of substance to add? Didn’t think so.

TheAntiMe

June 27th, 2011
6:14 am

No, cow tipper, I can’t nearly whine substantially as well as you. In fact, you should be happy to know that you have officially just won the Richard Simmons Crybaby Award for the day. I’m sure that you are even in the running for the annual RS crybaby award. Six year-old girls everywhere are totally in awe of you.

GO BRAVES!!!

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
6:21 am

Does the Richard Simmons Crybaby award come with a pair of nuthugger red and white striped shorts lol

TheAntiMe

June 27th, 2011
6:26 am

I just did, cowboy. Got anything of substance to add? Didn’t think so.

Well, you did ask.

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
6:49 am

I know were leading the wildcard but even when prado returns I don’t see how our offense will get us playofff win. Right not in a 5 game series I would take the Giants, Rockies, Cardinals, Reds, and Brewers to beat us espically when we see left-handed pitching. This team NEEDS Matt Kemp because he is a perfect fit hes a triple crown threat he is a right handed bat and he plays consistant defense and is a leader. I know we wont make the move to trade for him but we can keep posting for him because believe me Frank Wren reads these blogs. And if we raise enough noise in here they have to notice. Also its past time to change hitting coaches, when you make Terry Pendleton look like a genius then you should change coaches. Hopefully we can get Fred McGriff or Julio Franco to take over.

Frank Wren

June 27th, 2011
7:06 am

Matt Kemp a triple crown threat? Not on this Braves’ team !

The Channeled Spirit of Chuck Tanner

June 27th, 2011
7:18 am

God I love the old days…looks the 2011 Braves look like my team in 1985!

Will someone please fire Larry Parrish? Heyward can’t do crap! How do you sweep the Blue Jays and lose 2 out of 3 to the Mets and Padres?

Unbelieveable!

The Scout

June 27th, 2011
7:30 am

Jordan Schafer’s .221 batting average and .296 on base percentage tells me a legitimate leadoff hitter is badly needed on this team.

Jerry Blooger

June 27th, 2011
7:36 am

Did anyone ever ask Fredi why he used Venters up 6-1 yesterday? If so where, any help?

Larry

June 27th, 2011
7:37 am

Hands down, we have the dumbest manager in MLB.

I told you!

henry from TN

June 27th, 2011
7:38 am

good pitching stops good hitting and really stops mediocre hitting…fredi was right matt you have got to tip your hat to the padres good pitching…Boston has better hitting than the braves and padres pitching beat them 2 out of 3…some goof said fredi should have put in more right hand hitters how could he have when he had no more….

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
7:47 am

If we wait for MLB to take over opperations for the Dodgers then Kemp wont be moved because it the Dodgers would look more attractive for an owner if he has Kemp to build around. Thats why we need to make this deal TODAY and not wait. Heres my deal I would make Minor, Delgado, Lipka, Jordan Schafer, and Christian Bethancourt. Because We NEED KEMP. I know I’m coming off as desperate but this season is at DEFCON 5 and we need something drastic to make a run at the Pennant.

bill

June 27th, 2011
7:50 am

the last time I saw a pitcher field that badly it was Greg Maddux against the Diamonbacks in the league championship series several light years ago. Same panicky look too. Very unMaddux like that day. Venters should make the East Marietta Little League allstar team without any trouble. Just don’t let those little guys hit him the ball. I do not care if he pitched everyday. The crap he did has nothing to do with repetition or overwork of his arm. His head was never in the game. Walk the leadoff guy. Hold the ball too long. Swipe at a ball that Gonzo had a bead on. yourA** doesn’t get dumb from overwork. That said Go Braves tonight is a new game. The last sentence is the sports equivalent of Bless her little heart.

Trojan

June 27th, 2011
7:55 am

Hey Freddie, I have an idea. Why don’t you pitch Venters 4 more days in a row and see if he has better luck? Perhaps you are pitching him enough.

Freddie is going to ruin Johnny.

alex

June 27th, 2011
8:10 am

cap tipper, no sense in responding to TheAntiMe he just writes what he does to keep the conversation moving along..No substance a pure fluff guy.
Anyway, it appears that LP has to go,3 months into season and hitters are ineffective and little change in approach to the plate. I am currently reading “the house that rith built” Interesting that the game is returning to pre-ruthian approach with small ball,etc. Can FG handle it or FW understand it, the juries out..

Delusional Braves' fan

June 27th, 2011
8:11 am

We can’t trade Derek Lowe !

His record may be 3-6 with an ERA of 4.33, but he wins the BIG games !

That’s when he earns the $15 million a year the Braves are paying him.

Money well spent.

henry from TN

June 27th, 2011
8:20 am

these people keep talking trade for kemp the dodgers wouldn’t trade kemp for hanson and hudson….

Accountant

June 27th, 2011
8:22 am

Between Derek Lowe (3-6, 4.33 ERA), Nate McLouth (.238) and Kinchen Kawakami (minors), thats $30 million of this season’s payroll, nearly 1/3 of the team payroll blown on three non-productive players.

Not getting much bang for the buch with these Frank Wren acquisitions.

Somebody should be held accountable for this mismanagement of the team payroll.

Of course, you won’t get any criticism from the AJC regarding this matter.

Hinske Da Man

June 27th, 2011
8:23 am

They just lost the series to the lowly Padres, and on top of that they were 2 hit against this same Padres team. Talk about a Jeckyl and Hyde baseball team. Don’t look now, as soon as the Braves choke away another series to the Mariners (we all know they will) the Nationals will be in 2nd place in the division. Way to go Atlanta.

alanfalcon

June 27th, 2011
8:23 am

QUOTE-Frank Wren, we are not going to give up any of our up and coming young pitchers ( so what are we going to give up to improve our offense) ?

We bring in McLouth, Kawakami, Lowe and now Uggla, it seems odd how they die when they come to Atlanta and become part of the team ????????????????????????????????????????????????/

alex

June 27th, 2011
8:27 am

Accountant, your right,after repeated requests from several bloggers,DOB will not give his opinion regarding FG or FW-Who Cares anyway…

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
8:37 am

We need to do something TODAY!!!!!!!!! A move is needed either fire Larry Parrish or trade for Kemp

phil

June 27th, 2011
8:47 am

Release Venters…
Release Chipper…
Demote Lowe…
Fire FG…
Fire FW…

That’s probably a decent enough start for a Monday morning for a team nine games over .500.

The offense obviously DOES stink, in spite of the now and then 10 run uprising. Something needs to be done, not sure what, but all out panic and calling for this head and that isn’t going to accomplish much…

Fire Larry Parrish…

BulldogBen

June 27th, 2011
8:52 am

Can we start having some sort of “Uggla-Watch” here much like 790 is currently doing?

Another O-fer day. It’d be funny if it weren’t, you know, so soul crushingly pathetic.

The Marlins must be loving every minute of this as Omar Infante is hitting about 82 points higher than Uggla.

BLECH.

Bill

June 27th, 2011
9:14 am

“Tip your hat” to Braves management they’re constantly looking for re-runs, waivers, and cuts.
“Tip your hat” to Alex for calling out AJC Sports reporters.
Why fire Parrish? He can’t make a 200 hitter hit 300. TP couldn’t do it. If he could he would be in great demand.(not coming out of retirement) You all know the chicken salad line.

I would “tip my hat” if Fredi would stop saying “Tip my hat”

for everything the other team does…”

Accountant

June 27th, 2011
9:19 am

BulldogBen,

Uggly is getting paid $14 million a season for 5 years while Omar Infante is getting paid how much?

Once Chipper, Hudson, Lowe, McLouth, Kawakami are off the books after the 2011 &2012 seasons I’m terrified who Frank Wren might acquire and pay the big bucks to. His record so far isn’t too good

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
9:23 am

This team lacks toughness. “Tip your hat”?????????? Give me a break how about taking some accountability. Maybe the reason we lost that game was because you put 4 lefthanded hitters that are terrible against a lefthanded pitcher in against a lefty. Way to make this nobody look like Randy Johnson……oh wait “Tip my hat”………Thats pathetic we have nobody that has the BaseBALLS to get in peoples face and to not settle for scoring 1 freaking run. Freddie Gonzalez you need to grow some BaseBALLS and not put up with lackluster effort and kick your hitting coach to the curb………And we need KEMP!!!!!!!!!

Double Zero Eight

June 27th, 2011
9:23 am

The Braves will win the wild card spot. They do not
have the hitting to go deep into the playoffs. These one
run losses will come back and haunt the Braves to
preclude them for winning the division.

Venters was due for a bad game. I am not overly concerned
about the pitching. I am deeply concerned about the hitting!

Double Zero Eight

June 27th, 2011
9:26 am

My prior post should state in the last sentence of
paragraph one “preclude them from winning the division”.

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
9:30 am

We NEED a change!!!!!

E-6

June 27th, 2011
9:32 am

Like others astonished at a headline that read Venters costs Braves a victory. Amassing two hits over nine had nothing to do with it? BTW the two hits came from guys whom the team will have to make a decision on when Prado returns. That decision, at least short term, should be returning Prado to 2B.

Frank Wren

June 27th, 2011
9:34 am

I know you fans are upset with the way things are going at the plate. I want you to know that I plan to take immediate steps to improve the offense; that is if it doesn’t get in the way of my golfing and fishing. I spent a load of dough on Uggla and I know he stinks this year, but how was I suppose to know he would forget how to hit once he put on a Braves uniform? You bloggers give me some feedback on which option you prefer me to take:
1. Play Huddie at 2B when he’s not pitching.
2. Re-sign Joe Mather.
3. Bring back Julio Franco.
4. Bring Hank Aaron out of retirement.
5. Fire Parrish and bring Greg Norton in as hitting coach.

Bill

June 27th, 2011
9:36 am

E6, That will not happen.

mini me

June 27th, 2011
9:38 am

Frank Wren: Here’s my favorite option:
Fire Frank Wren!

Chuck

June 27th, 2011
9:44 am

When Asencio was trotted out a few days ago, the announcer said “he hasn’t pitched in two weeks – wonder if he’ll be rusty?” He was. Turned a 5-2 game where we had just scored and had some momentum into an 11-2 game. Can’t expect a bottom bullpen guy (right now, anyway) to be sharp pitching every two weeks. Goes along with the overuse of Venters. Fredi zigs when he should zag a lot.

The Scout

June 27th, 2011
9:51 am

hire Julio Franco or Wade Boggs as new hitting coach ! They knew what to look for and where to place the ball.

Swinging for the fences, obviously sanctioned by Braves’ management throughout the organization for several years, is not working.

phil

June 27th, 2011
9:52 am

Of course a team that can’t manage more than 2 hits won’t go far in the playoffs….been saying it for years since that’s been exactly the case.

11-2 wins look great one day, but when you need to win 3 and 4 games to advance, that one offensive uprising doesn’t mean much.

For the 248th time, this team doesn’t hit with anything approaching consistency. Until that problem is put to bed, keep the overall expectations low, my friends….

cornjolio

June 27th, 2011
9:53 am

the reason the Braves can’t acquire any real offensive help is because Frank Wren has tied up the payroll with the likes of Lowe, Uggla, Kawakami and McLouth, players who aren’t producing.

FIRE FRANK WREN !

Let's Go

June 27th, 2011
9:55 am

This was maybe the worst game of the year. I’ve seen games where they hit the ball hard but right at someone or guys made great plays but yesterday was ugly and I don’t mean just Dan Uggla. Lazy fly balls weak groundouts and the ever present 11 strikeouts. Dan Uggla so far has been the whipping boy on this team but it’s not just him. The first 2 guys in your line-up are hitting under .225 and Alex Gonzalez average has dropped like 20 points in the last 2 weeks. It’s bad and this team soesn’t hit enough home runs to make up for it.

Venters

June 27th, 2011
9:55 am

Huddy pitches lights out and the offense gets two hits last night! Two lousy hits!
So…. I wanted to explain what happened last night. I’ve been almost perfect this year, but I got sick of the lack of production from some of these so called “hitters” –you know the ones I’m talking about–one of them plays second base, his name is spelled Uggla and he makes a boatload more money than me. What happened is I decided that I would perform on the mound as well as they do at the plate.

Bill

June 27th, 2011
9:56 am

I “Tip my Hat” to phil..248th time…agree!

Chuck

June 27th, 2011
9:57 am

Anyone else notice that in recent years the Braves do better when the injury bug shows up? Hinske, Prado, and Infante were the reasons for that. Our bench is nowhere near that caliber now, and our run production is proof. Heyward needs to play like a starter, as do Gonzalez and Uggla. They play like journeyman replacements now. I cover my son’s eyes when Gonzalez comes to the plate. He swings at anything with at least one foot in the air.

E-6

June 27th, 2011
9:57 am

Bill – It might not happen but it should. At the very least create a McClouth/Uggla platoon with Prado playing either 2B or LF depending on the opponent’s pitcher.

bravelouisa

June 27th, 2011
10:04 am

is there any team out there that would continue to play a guy hitting around .170? BENCH THE PUNK. not sure who would take Uggla’s place until Martin returns…..but this guy doesn’t deserve ‘playing’ everyday/ HE STINKS. Even McLouth and Schaefer are doing better–not that they are doing great but they are better than Uggla. Yes, we paid alot of money for the hitless thing and gave up Omar but does that mean he gets to play? He is a plague upon the whole team.

Steven Lemon

June 27th, 2011
10:07 am

Maybe it is just me, but watching the Braves day after day, even when they win, I end up asking myself “What the hell are these guys doing in the same LEAGUE as the Phillies?”.

I try to match up each player with his position on the other team, and the only place I see the Braves favorably is the bullpen and left field (with Prado out there), even though I can’t even remember who the Phils’ right fielder is!

Chipper, when healthy, rates better than Polanco, but take our “when healthy” and it is Polanco hands down. The fact that the hottest hitter (Freeman) on the team is in a slump and is still near the top in team batting average shows just how offensively weak this team is.

The Dan Uggla deal just might rival the Jody Davis or Nick Esasky deals, and if Alex Gonzalez is still with the team after the trading deadline next month, everybody in the front office should be fired after being paraded around the basepaths riding on a rail, covered from head to toe with tar and feathers.

TheAntiMe

June 27th, 2011
10:07 am

cap tipper, no sense in responding to TheAntiMe he just writes what he does to keep the conversation moving along..No substance a pure fluff guy.

alex, don’t you think that it’s more than just a little creepy that you are fixated on what I have to say in every single post? I certainly find it and you very creepy.

Bill

June 27th, 2011
10:09 am

E6, Prado will play 3b,are somewhere in outfield. Lugo will back up ss and 2b per FG. Uggla will play till ???? who knows.

great pitching wins…if you score.

phil

June 27th, 2011
10:27 am

Venters is clearly the root of all our issues…he needs to be demoted to long relief and be replaced by Linebrink….it’s obvious that Linebrink and Proctor are the better choices in the 8th…

I think FG deserves manager of the year at the halfway point…his efforts to strengthen the throwing arms of Venters and Kimbrel are praiseworthy….most managers wouldn’t have the guts.

Dan Uggla has brought stability to our hitting. He is keeping it at a consistent level with his leadership by example. Possible MVP candidate…

Jason Heyward….what do you need to say about him. His Hall of Fame credentials mean we just stick him in there each day he isn’t injured and sit back and watch the magic unfold. That play he made yesterday pulling up on the pop fly to right and letting it drop at his feet when he could have easily caught it? Just trying to dupe the runner at first so he could gun him down at second. He clearly scared the runner. I applaud those kinds of efforts.

Gonzo and FF? You think they just swing wildly at everything a pitcher throws up there? They don’t. I applaud their efforts to jump on the pitcher early and make him pay. Even when they each strike out 3 times per game, I applaud that intensity…that fire….that desire…how each strikeout helps move one or two runners over into scoring position. You can’t put a price on this kind of selflessness….

In conclusion, wow!

The Scout

June 27th, 2011
10:29 am

why platoon McLouth when his batting average & OBP are both better than Schafer’s? Neither are great but you’d better stick with the guy who can get on base more often.

McLouth should get better as he’s playing for a contract next season, hopefully somewhere other than the Braves !

Bobby Cox

June 27th, 2011
10:33 am

Gee, Skip. I’m so proud of Fredi. He’s got the team positioned to ovetake the Phillies.

He’s adopted my offensive strategy. Just tell the guys to swing at the first pitch and swing for the fences. It won us 14 consecutive division championships.

If he’d only argue with the umpire more often, and get tossed. He’ll learn.

phil

June 27th, 2011
10:34 am

We keep waiting for the mcLouth’s and ugglys and waywards and gonzos and so on and so forth to “get better”….the season is now halfway over….when will this happen? Frankly, McLouth has played better this year than at least half the lineup. I’ll take him and Schafer right now over a lot of the rest….

Brock

June 27th, 2011
11:11 am

it could be worse. we could be 14.5 games back like florida or 16 games back like houston. I’ll take 5 games back at this point of the season every day….. and twice on sunday.

404

June 27th, 2011
11:12 am

Well, I guess I’ll have to post this over here because UGA-homer Chip Tower
doesnt like ANYONE writing “unflattering” things about anything UGA-related.

So, we have the former City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Director Tony Adams and at least 2 others that have been ARRESTED, for using MUNICIPAL funds to pay for the personal travel expenses of a UGA-bound recruit, Jarvis Jones.

It’s noteworthy that Mr. Adams did not use PERSONAL funds.
He used MUNICIPAL funds.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Very Very Bad.

On November 18, 2010, the same Columbus newspaper wrote that Mr. Adams
and Herman Porter were dimissed after it was discovered that Mr. Adams
had “mis-appropriated” $200,000.

Folks, this isnt about $800 airfare and $200 cell-phone bill.

It’s about a $200,000+ “slush fund” operated by former employees of the
City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Department.

So, where did $200,000 go ??

The better better question is: To WHOM did $200,000 get paid to ??

So, whats the REALLY INTERESTING link in all this ??

Here it is: Money was used to pay airfare for UGA-bound recruit, Jarvis Jones.

Anyone want to guess WHERE Jarvis Jones played high school football ??

Thats right: Jarvis Jones played for Dell McGee at Carver-Columbus High School.

Yes, that UGA-designated hot-bed of un-eductated football talent, Carver-Columbus.

Folks, this story has been building for the past 12 months.

The R-E-A-L-L-Y dangerous question that will be asked is this:

Have there been ANY OTHER UGA-bound recruits from Carver-Columbus
that have ALSO received illegal benefits from this “slush fund” ??

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Folks, this Columbus-Slush Fund story has M-A-S-S-I-V-E implications
for UGA as it unfolds.

Stay tuned.

TheAntiMe

June 27th, 2011
11:21 am

Well, I guess I’ll have to post this over here because UGA-homer Chip Tower
doesnt like ANYONE writing “unflattering” things about anything UGA-related.

So, we have the former City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Director Tony Adams and at least 2 others that have been ARRESTED, for using MUNICIPAL funds to pay for the personal travel expenses of a UGA-bound recruit, Jarvis Jones.

It’s noteworthy that Mr. Adams did not use PERSONAL funds.
He used MUNICIPAL funds.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Very Very Bad.

On November 18, 2010, the same Columbus newspaper wrote that Mr. Adams
and Herman Porter were dimissed after it was discovered that Mr. Adams
had “mis-appropriated” $200,000.

Folks, this isnt about $800 airfare and $200 cell-phone bill.

It’s about a $200,000+ “slush fund” operated by former employees of the
City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Department.

So, where did $200,000 go ??

The better better question is: To WHOM did $200,000 get paid to ??

So, whats the REALLY INTERESTING link in all this ??

Here it is: Money was used to pay airfare for UGA-bound recruit, Jarvis Jones.

Anyone want to guess WHERE Jarvis Jones played high school football ??

Thats right: Jarvis Jones played for Dell McGee at Carver-Columbus High School.

Yes, that UGA-designated hot-bed of un-eductated football talent, Carver-Columbus.

Folks, this story has been building for the past 12 months.

The R-E-A-L-L-Y dangerous question that will be asked is this:

Have there been ANY OTHER UGA-bound recruits from Carver-Columbus
that have ALSO received illegal benefits from this “slush fund” ??

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Folks, this Columbus-Slush Fund story has M-A-S-S-I-V-E implications
for UGA as it unfolds.

Stay tuned.

Cool story, bro.

dawggone

June 27th, 2011
11:33 am

404, very interesting stuff..you are right about Chip Tower, best not say anything negative about his dog’s are your blog won’t be posted. Free speech lol. Stay on it 404…good luck.

The Lemmer

June 27th, 2011
11:53 am

When you have the same amount of hits as errors(2), do you really think you should win the game??? They lost, & deserved to lose with that pitiful offense, a RH bat MUST be added or it will end the same ole same ole, lose because we cant score enough to win, Hello Matt Kemp? We need him, Dodgers need cheaper payroll & prospects, make the call FW!!!

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