Braves vs. Mariners: Someone’s gotta score

SEATTLE – The only major league team with a lower on-base percentage in June than the Braves (.288) is the Mariners (.277), and the two playoff contenders will start a series here tonight that could feature some awfully quick games.

The roof will be open when Atlanta faces the Mariners tonight in a series opener, only the Braves' second visit to Seattle.

The roof could be closed tonight when Atlanta faces the Mariners tonight in a series opener, only the Braves' second visit to Seattle. But even closed, it's not like other domes because it's open on sides, no walls and no air conditioning or heat.

Wait, did some get caught up on that “playoff contenders” phrase? I know, it might not seem possible at times – OK, a lot of times – but if the playoffs started today the Braves (44-35) would be in as the NL wild card.

The Mariners (39-39) are only 1-1/2 games behind AL West leader Texas.

That’s what exceptional pitching can do for a team, particularly in a year when parity is the rule throughout baseball.

The Braves have hit a league-worst .221 in June, including .202 in their past 14 games (7-7). Yet they are still tied with the Brewers for third-best record in the NL, a half-game behind the defending World Series champion Giants.

What do the Braves, Giants and Mariners have in common? They each rank in the bottom three of their respective league in OBP, and the top three in ERA.

In the Mariners’ case the dichotomy is even more extreme – they have a 3.23 ERA that ranks second in the AL (including a league-best 3.15 starters’ ERA), while their offense ranks last in the majors in average (.228), OBP (.296) and slugging percentage (.338).

Sort of a Triple Crown of offensive ineptitude.

Before we forget, it should be noted that the Braves have actually scored just one fewer run than the Phillies in June, and the Braves’ 28 homers for the month ranks second in the league to Milwaukee’s 31. Can you believe the Braves have hit 11 more homers this month than the Phillies?

The problem for the Braves, of course, is that their offense is so wildly inconsistent and not very multi-dimensional, at least most nights. They don’t come from behind much, not like last year’s Braves, in big part because they don’t have many runners on base.

They easily hit more homers in the late innings of close games than any team in baseball, but if they’re not slugging late, they’re usually not coming back late.

The Braves have hit just .228 in those late-and-close situations, but their 23 homers is a whopping 10 more than the next-highest NL total. Toronto (17) is the only other big-league team with more than 13 late-and-close home runs.

(Again, would you believe the Phillies are tied for last in the majors with five homers in late-and-close situations. Dan Uggla has as many late-and-close homers in 53 at-bats as the Phillies do in 442. Yes, Uggla is the Braves’ leader in that category.)

But going back to the point about how Atlanta has to slug late to come from behind: Aside from their 23 homers, the Braves have .192 in their other 485 at-bats in late-and-close situations.

Speaking of Uggla – you didn’t think we could get through a discussion like this without it, right? – he has hit just .167 with runners in scoring position, among the worst averages in the majors. This is especially significant because he leads the Braves in number of RISP at-bats with 72. No one else has more than 61.

Uggla’s RISP average is the lowest among the 12 Braves who have at least 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Braves, as a team, have excelled with runners in scoring position, ranking second in the NL with a .273 average, behind St. Louis (.300).

And without’s Uggla’s 72 at-bats in those situations, the rest of the team is hitting .289 with runners in scoring position.

That’s one of the reasons I really do believe this Braves offense will perform better, perhaps significantly better, in the second half regardless of potential personnel moves. Because I really don’t believe Uggla is going to continue to hit under .180 all season, and if and when he does start to heat up a little, he’s still going to be in a whole lot of situations with runners in scoring position.

McCann widened his lead in the NL All-Star voting, and seems a lock for his first starting assignment in his sixth consecutive All-Star appearance.

McCann widened his lead in the NL All-Star voting, and seems a lock for his first starting assignment in his sixth consecutive All-Star appearance.

So will Jason Heyward, who has hit a solid .281 with RISP despite a sore shoulder that had him on the DL for more than three weeks. He’s only had 32 official at-bats with RISP, a number that will rise with him in the lineup every day.

And, of course, there is the expected return of Martin Prado sometime around the break. He hit .319 in 47 at-bats with runners in scoring position before being sidelined the past three weeks for staph infection and the surgical procedure required to clean it out of his right calf.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Heyward RF
  2. Lugo 3B
  3. McCann C
  4. Chipper DH
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. McLouth CF
  9. Ramirez LF

♣ Could be worse: If you think Braves pitchers have been working on an edge with no margine for error, imagine how Seattle pitchers feel lately. They have posted a stingy 2.20 ERA in their past 12 games, yet have just a 5-7 record in that period.

The Mariners hit .224 with only five homers and 28 runs in those 12 games.

Braves will face tough pitchers every night in series, beginning with lefty Erik Bedard tonight.

Braves will face tough pitchers every night in series, beginning with lefty Erik Bedard tonight.

The Braves face three tough pitchers in this series, beginning with Erk Bedard tonight. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA and .194 opponents’ average in his past 10 starts, after going 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in his first four.

Against lefties, Atlanta’s .215 average and .288 OBP are league lows, and its .337 slugging is tied with Pittsburgh for the bottom spot.

This is another area where Uggla’s woeful first half has been especially felt, since the Braves got him to be their big right-handed lineup presence and help neutralize left-handed pitching that’s been tough on them in recent seasons.

Ten of Uggla’s 11 homers have come against right-handers, while against lefties he’s hit .120 (10-for-83) with one homer, five RBIs and a .189 OBP and .205 slugging.

The Braves turn to Brandon Beachy, who was outstanding in his return from the DL last week, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings of a win against Toronto. He’ll get another interleague start tonight, this time with a DH in the other lineup since it’s an American League ballpark.

Beachy is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his past six starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer in six innings or more in five of those games.

♣ Schafer/McLouth: When Martin Prado returns from the DL, the Braves will have a decision to make in center field. Stick with Jordan Schafer, who plays excellent defense and has provided a spark, at times, from the leadoff position, or go back to McLouth, who has played left field since returning from the DL last week?

McLouth has played well in first week back after nearly a one-month DL stint.

McLouth has played well in first week back after nearly a one-month DL stint.

Schafer went 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, six walks, two strikeouts and a .433 OBP in his first six games after arriving from Triple-A.

But in 23 games since then, he has gone 19-for-93 (.204) with six walks, 20 K and .253 OBP, albeit with six extra-base hits and eight steals in 10 attempts.

By the way, Schafer is 4-for-34 (.118) agaist lefties, with two walks and seven strikeouts. And he’s hit .207 with a .246 OBP in 14 road games.

McLouth, whose numbers had slipped just before he strained an oblique last month, has gone 5-for-18 with three doubles, five walks, one strikeout and a .458 OBP in seven games since returning from DL.

He’s been batting in the eighth spot since returning, and again seems comfortable in that position. For the season, McLouth is batting .324 (24-for-74) with a .462 OBP and .514 slugging from the No. 8 spot, with eight doubles, two homers, five RBIs and 16 runs.

♣ Etc.

Alex Gonzalez is 6-for-47 (.128) in his past 23 games with three doubles, two RBI, four walks, 13 strikeouts, .196 OBP and .191 slugging. Before allowed four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, Jonny Venters’ only four-earned-run appearance was Aug. 25, 2010 at Colorado (1-2/3 innings). In 62 appearances between those games, Venters had a 1.11 ERA and .187 opponents’ average with 73 stirkeouts and 25 walks in 65 innings, and the Braves went 45-17 in those games… Brian McCann now has more than 3 million All-Star votes to second-place Yadier Molina’s 2.27 million among NL catchers. Chipper Jones is 2nd among NL third basemen with 2.04 million votes, well behind the Phillies’ Placido Polanco (3.26 million)…. In Tim Hudson’s last four starts, he’s 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA, 24 strikeouts and five walks in 24 inings. In his past two, he’s allowed no runs and eight hits with four walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings.

♣ OK, let’s get this posted and get to the ballpark. We’ll close today with a classic from what I think is still Lucinda Williams’ greatest album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. You can hear this track by clicking here.

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“METAL FIRECRACKER” by Lucinda Williams

Once we rode together
In a metal firecracker
You told me I was your queen
You told me I was your biker
You told me I was your everything
Once I was in your blood
And you were obsessed with me
You wanted to paint my picture
You wanted to undress me
You wanted to see me in your future
All I ask
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
I told you
All I ask
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
I told you

Once you held me so tight
I thought I’d lose my mind
You said I rocked your world
You said it was for all time
You said that I would always be your girl
We’d put on ZZ Top
And turn em up real loud
I used to think you were strong
I used to think you were proud
I used to think nothing could go wrong
All I ask
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
I told you
All I ask
Don’t tell anybody the secrets
I told you

1,705 comments Add your comment

reckingball

June 27th, 2011
5:11 pm

The Lemmer

June 27th, 2011
5:13 pm

Could be another snoozefest for Bravo fans, you know were allergic to LH pitchers!

Murph

June 27th, 2011
5:18 pm

Gonzo… sniff sniff… you stink.

cricket

June 27th, 2011
5:19 pm

DOB forgot to notify new bloggage

cabravesfan

June 27th, 2011
5:20 pm

Tom-

1) nobody ever corrects my grammatical mistakes. Why should I correct yours?
2) Your summer long outdoor project seems to involve a lot of time indoors ;)
3) Craig Stadler is considered a physical speciman…just sayin’! :D

reckingball

June 27th, 2011
5:20 pm

got to stay on your toes

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:21 pm

I’m Not First but I’m “On Deck!”

Lew

June 27th, 2011
5:22 pm

cricket – He just did.

Soph

June 27th, 2011
5:22 pm

Come back Marteeeeeen.

ncscoots

June 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

cricket, he got to it, though. Think he might have just been taking a few pitches before swinging away.

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

From The Last Blog

Who is on the Trade for Matt Kemp Bandwagon…?

They were talking about it on The Chuck and Matt Show on 680AM The Fan earlier?

I like the idea of trading for Kemp but I have a inner fear that he will pull a Struggla and not hit here…I rather have Reyes or McCutchen or Bourne because speed doesn’t go into slumps…And you put Martini hitting behind of of those players and you can take it to the Bank that we will have 2 runs manufactured every game…!

I laughed my yellow ass off when Chuck Dowdle made one of my “Take it to the Bank” references on Chuck and Matt earlier

Bat Masterson

June 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

I rather have Reyes or McCutchen or Bourne because speed doesn’t go into slumps… _ Tomahawkin

Apparently Schafer did not get the memo.

thomas

June 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

keep berating the point of OBP. This team has certainly taken the persona of Larry Parrish who was a feast or famine batter. Make pitchers work, hitters see more pitches and get into the bullpen earlier. I dont think we are reinventing the wheel but our staff is driving a car with square tires!!!!

ncscoots

June 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

Murph, I’ll be your RIO anytime. :-)

cricket

June 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

“‘Reyes to Braves” guys will not like this -

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_heyman/06/27/reyes.fielder.pujols/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_wr_a3

excerpt -

The predictions:

Agent No. 1: $140 million, 7 years
Agent No. 2: $120 million, 6 years
Executive No. 1: $150 million, 7 years
Executive No. 2: $75 million, five years
My prediction: $142 million, 7 years.

ncscoots

June 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

This team has certainly taken the persona of Larry Parrish who was a feast or famine batter.

Think you guys ought to check Pendleton’s career OBP before lashing out at “personas”.

The Grinch

June 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

Nice Top Gun reference, Murph. Uggla could never have delivered the original line, he can’t get close enough to a slider to smell it.

Tom O'Hawke

June 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

cabravesfan (ha,ha, I posted this before I saw the “new bloggage” comment.)

1) nobody ever corrects my grammatical mistakes. Why should I correct yours?

OK, let’s make a pact. I’ll do yours if you do mine.

2) Your summer long outdoor project seems to involve a lot of time indoors ;)

That’s where I keep the cold beer.

3) Craig Stadler is considered a physical speciman…just sayin’! :D

See? I wasn’t lying.

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

Dope Pic of Safeco Field D.O.B.

I have to say that Safeco Field is the nicest of the Retractable roofed stadiums…The New Marlins stadium cant touch Safeco Field because of the view of the city and Qwest field (Or whatever name they are calling it now)

I bet the weather up there is incredible! My yellow Ass is tard of the heat and humidity down here in the “A”!

Oh well time to cool out to some ond Lenny Kravitz and Seal! That old Seal still goes Hard!

cricket

June 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

Bad news for Hardy fans from the same article -

The Orioles are trying to sign J.J. Hardy to a three-year contract extension. Buck Showalter is a big fan.

AtlYnkHtr

June 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

BAT, nice one.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

Bat Masterson

I rather have Reyes or McCutchen or Bourne because speed doesn’t go into slumps… _ Tomahawkin

“Apparently Schafer did not get the memo.”

Ouch! I have always wondered why baseball players have no timed running stats like they do in the NFL especially since the running game will be coming back

mathman

June 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

If not for Schafer, there would have been no throw from CF for Ross to drop yesterday. McLouse either lollipops it in or doesn’t make the throw at all. Schafer has also had some bad luck lately with several line drives caught on diving catches and one caught over the fence. It is not close defensively. I predict the Braves either start Schafter over McLouse in CF when Prado returns or tries to trade McLouse. Mets might go for Reyes for Schafer, Minor, and Postornicky. Don’t think the Braves should take it, but the Mets might.

ray k.

June 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

Beachy Hanson and jj better be lights out, or this blog is going to get crazier than the LA riots.

rob

June 27th, 2011
5:31 pm

Heyward hitting leadoff wtf

Lew

June 27th, 2011
5:31 pm

Grinch – I don’t much care if Uggla can smell the slider, I just wish he’d quit swinging at it.

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:31 pm

GRINCHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Whats Happening Chief?

cabravesfan

June 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

Tom-

1) I’d have to notice and/or recognize them in order to correct them ;)
2) It’s called an ice chest. (We had some GREAT local beer at the park yesterday at a bar on the outerside of the stadium looking towards the water…very nice)
3) I’m not sure that’s a good thing…although The Walrus did attend a very fine institution of higher learning :D

The Grinch

June 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

I can’t imagine there’s not gonna be a trade of some sort when Prado gets back. Nate is somewhat functional batting 8th (at least for the moment) but if you bump him into center and send Schafer back to AAA, who’s gonna hit leadoff? Nate is an abomination in that spot (not to mention a marginal at best CF’er), and Prado’s bat is wasted there. They’ve either got to put Nate on the bench and hope Jordan improves or go get someone; that’s all there is to it.

AtlYnkHtr

June 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

mathman…bad luck does not explain schafer’s inability to get on base more than 30% of the time. If a position player does not have that skill (.300 OBP) then he better be a helluva SS or backup Catcher and not a leadoff hitter playing CF.

Braveone

June 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,306 comments, jeffrey d led the way with 57 posts. There were 206 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 jeffrey d 57
2 nolee 56
3 The A Bomb 34
4 ncscoots 32
5 Lew 31
6 CaptainMudderland 30
7 Mixxo 30
8 Bat Masterson 28
9 bravesgrl4life 27
10 AtlYnkHtr 26
11 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 25
12 Ward 25
13 MFin04 24
14 Jake W. 21
15 Arkansas Transplant 20
16 Doc Holliday 20
17 Powder Blue 20
18 Ronald Millsaps 19
19 Shaun 19
20 Tomahawk Mafia 19
21 David O’Brien 18
22 Steve from OH 18
23 phil 18
24 MikeInFl 17
25 TennesseePaul 17

Danthecone

June 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

Trade has to be made before Prado comes back. Schafer needs at-bats but shouldn’t get them over McLouth, meaning he’ll be optioned back to AAA. Once that happens the Braves will have only one CF option, which is obviously unacceptable. Will have to trade for a new CF, count on it

J-Man

June 27th, 2011
5:35 pm

This will be like watching Beavis and Butt-Head, since neither can score……..but unlike Beavis and Butt-Head this will not be funny.

What is Dan Uggla Thinking Today?

June 27th, 2011
5:35 pm

Chipper trying to help Dan with his hitting: So Chipper, you say I need to keep my eyes on the ball?

MikeInFl

June 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

Hey! I made the list! I made the list!

wohoo!

TheAntiMe

June 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

It’s no fair that – like us mortals – Ichiro has to get older. I can only imagine how cool it would be to have an Ichiro with a tomahawk across his chest leading off for “Your Atlanta Braves” if he were still a ten or eleven years younger.

Bat Masterson

June 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

AYH_

Thanks

Tomahawkin_

Sorry about that. :smile:

The Grinch

June 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

What’s up, T? I don’t think Wren is gonna part with whatever the Dodgers would want for Kemp, if they were willing to trade him at all.

braves fan forever

June 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Reyes is a Cancer to a team.So we go after Kemp and like the Texeria trade give up half our minor league system.Dumb!.We need new coaches and yes we need a hitting coach cause we don’t have one now.

ray k.

June 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

You know, its testament to how truly awful Uggla has been, that I’d rather have Nate (whom I have never been a fan of) and Schafer in the outfield, Prado at 2nd, and Uggla just…removed. I hope he erupts and goes on an epic run, but there is nothing about his presence at the plate that inspires even a little.

FairhopeBrave

June 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Tonight’s lineup vs. Seattle: Heyward – 9 Lugo – 5 Mac – 2 Jones – DH Freeman – 3 Uggla – 4 Gonzalez – 6 McLouth – 8 Ramirez – 7 Beachy – 1

We will try anything!!

The Grinch

June 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Nice 5:35, J-Man.

And yeah, I’m not a big fan of firing people without a very large sample size, but I don’t think ANYONE besides maybe his wife and kids can say Larry Parrish is doing anything positive for this team.

Tom O'Hawke

June 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

It’s called an ice chest — cabravesfan

Uh, well, I believe it was about the time of the Black-Sox scandal. The more modern term is cooler, if I’m not mistaken.

I blame that on VJ. ;)

MikeInFl

June 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Assuming Prado gets back after the ASG (and that’s a guess, not a prognosis), I don’t think the “Schafer needs to play every day” rule applies any more. It’ll be heading into August, and the minor league season ends early September.

If the Braves feel they need McLouth and Schafer on the roster when Prado gets back, they should go for it. The big team’s stretch run trumps young Schafer’s development at that point.

ray k.

June 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

Grinch,
Mclouth is a marginal center fielder at best?
If the margin is division II high school, I agree.

AtlYnkHtr

June 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

Damnit scoots, I thought you hid Fredi’s dart board. In all seriousness, re: the lineup…why the hell not!?!?!?

David O'Brien

June 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Heyward RF, 2. Lugo 3B, 3. McCann C, 4. Jones DH, 5. Freeman 1B, 6. Uggla 2B, 7. Gnzalez SS, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Ramirez LF

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

@Grinch

(Pounding Couch!)

I don’t Care! Its Time to “Ol Yeller” Parrish

cricket

June 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

Guess I found something I don’t agree with the great Poz – I always liked Abreu’s high quality ABs. May be it is the cricketer in me that wants to keep on batting…
Braves this season would kill for those kind of ABs.

http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2011/06/least-exciting-player-ever.html

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 27th, 2011
5:44 pm

HOLY CARP!! Is that really the FRIGGIN’ lineup??

I ehat it.

Chris from the Rock

June 27th, 2011
5:46 pm

I’m digging that lineup, especially Heyward at leadoff. It’s good to see Ramirez in there too.

Lew

June 27th, 2011
5:46 pm

Well, unless they have a one hitter or no hitter thrown against them tonight, they can’t be much less effective than yesterday.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 27th, 2011
5:47 pm

Seriously…yuck! Gross! That must be some kind of a joke, right? It hurts to look at…

T for Texas

June 27th, 2011
5:47 pm

Like a good episode of The Wire, a Fredi Gonzalez line-up posting has twists, turns, and unexpected plot zingers that never fail to surprise. Whoa Nelly!

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:48 pm

braves fan forever

“Reyes is a Cancer to a team.”

The same thing was said about Gary Sheffield before he got here, give the Man a Chance? And we have all seen what Havoc Reyes can cause to opposing Pitchers! Plus It would be so good to see him Stick it to the Phillies! I would pay to see him dance in the Dougout at the Phillies expense!

Oregon Braves Fan

June 27th, 2011
5:48 pm

Wished the Braves came to Seattle more often. Maybe I should just move to GA. Hope tonight’s game is good, I’ll be there.

Tom O'Hawke

June 27th, 2011
5:49 pm

Interesting lineup, to say the least.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 27th, 2011
5:50 pm

BMac batting 3rd this year: .213 AVG (10-47), 2 HR, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 CS

Chipper batting 4th this year: .200 (4-20), 0 HR, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 CS

Yeah, that’s a REAL good idea, Fredi… :roll: (ITS) :evil:

nolee

June 27th, 2011
5:50 pm

I’m not so sure that what they did as hitters totally defines what someone might advocate as a hitting coach.

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

McFann

lol, Settle down and Have a Margarita…

I saw the linup and said “Oh My!” My Big Boy Gut tells me that this lineup is gonna Clown tonight! We usually do good when we have unorthodox lineups…They will Score 5! I have an eye for these kinds of things, Trust Me :)

jeffrey d

June 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

Holy crap I raked on the last blog…I need to get out more 8)

Thanks for the new blog, DOB

Efrim

June 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

Wow. Heyward at lead off. At least he’ll get the most plate appearances. Good job, Freddi.

mathman

June 27th, 2011
5:52 pm

Well, looks like the Mariners will be running on McLouse in CF at will tonight. Even Ranirez would have been better in CF with stronger arm. I look for a lot of double pumping and lollipop throws from ole Nate tonight. But, at least Fredi realizes Nate sucks in the leadoff position. lol

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:52 pm

Why is Schafer not in there?

Did I miss something over the weekend?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 27th, 2011
5:52 pm

Tomahawkin

Well, I hope you’re right…

T for Texas

June 27th, 2011
5:53 pm

In contrast, I always understood episodes of The Wire, however.

JoshTown

June 27th, 2011
5:54 pm

I don’t know, I just feel like we’re on the edge of breaking it open… I think we’re gonna turn it up a notch.

nolee

June 27th, 2011
5:54 pm

Ouch! I have always wondered why baseball players have no timed running stats like they do in the NFL especially since the running game will be coming back Tomahawkin

you are kidding right? A scout’s main tools are a radar gun and a stop watch (and a computer now days) . Everybody gets timed

Horner's Corner

June 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

As usual, everyone’s coming down on McLouth while overlooking the fact that his OBP is 3rd highest amongst Atlanta starters.

Meanwhile Schafer’s hitting .222 with a .295 OBP. Take away his 5 for 6 game and he’s hitting .189 with a .268 OBP. Schafer has now started almost 20% of the Braves schedualed games, so don’t start talking about small sample size either.

Rupert

June 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

Shaffer has a clutch rbi tripple, and is promptly sent to the bench. Right….

Lew

June 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

Look – Reyes would be a definite improvement for the team (offensively, anyway). However, even if he were to come to the Braves as a rental, he would be way more expensive than the Braves would be willing to pay.

He still is owed a considerable amount of money and yes, you could likely get the Mets to eat some – or even most – of that salary, but the price would then be in Blue Chip prospects.

Are y’all prepared to pay a Teixeira – like package of players for a two month? Cause that’s what it will cost and there is likely no way on the face of the earth )or the moon, sun and stars) that they’ll cough up anywhere close to any of the aforementioned predicted prices to sign him long term.

nolee

June 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

cricket I think only the unrealistic dreamers will be surprised by those estimates on Reyes next contract.

The Lemmer

June 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

Heyward leadoff, Lugo 2nd? Now thats Uggly, what a nice looking AAA lineup, should score at least 1 maybe 2??

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

@Mathman

Co-Sign

The Mariners are gonna Run at will on our pitchers this series, Bank on It! Thats one area we get exposed at and that is holding runners on and keeping them honest…When opposing teams run at will on our pitchers, it gives B-Macc and Rossy no chance! And that makes them look bad when fans look at the stats at throwing out basestealers…

Murph

June 27th, 2011
5:58 pm

Love the lineup. It’s like they put all the names on a piece of paper, put them in a hat, and drew them at random.

Funny thing is… they’ll probably put up 10 runs. Then Fredi will go with it for 2 weeks as they struggle to score a single run before making his next radical change.

I’m excited to watch the game. It’ll be interesting to say the least.

Gimpah

June 27th, 2011
5:58 pm

As if David Ross is going to bad mouth McCann? What he really meant was, “McCann’s defense is crap no matter what position he plays. Perhaps a move to DH sooner than later will help this team.”

FW

June 27th, 2011
5:58 pm

We dont want no stinkin Jose here, he’s not a Bravo type player, hair too long, smiles too much, talks too much, NOT gonna happen, we stick with Gonzo, no smile & no hair & no hit!!! lmao

cabravesfan

June 27th, 2011
5:59 pm

Tom-

I have never, in my life, used the term “cooler” (At least not to describe an ice chest ;) )

jeffrey d

June 27th, 2011
5:59 pm

Shaffer has a clutch rbi tripple, and is promptly sent to the bench. Right….

He’s also hitting .142 since his 5 hit game nearly 2 weeks ago. I know he’s had his moments, but he’s had a pretty low average, OBP, and slugging %

cabravesfan

June 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

“McCann’s defense is crap no matter what position he plays. Perhaps a move to DH sooner than later will help this team.”

How would moving Mac to DH help the Braves?

Supes

June 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

Safeco Field is a pretty cool place to watch a baseball game…been to a few Mariners games the last few years, last time got to see Boston Red Sox (Dice-K when he was still pretty good)…our old pal J.D. Drew cracked a HR that game…Seattle couldn’t hit then and they can’t hit now.

it seems all they’ve got is Ichiro and Smoak (who is still learning on the job)…so their offense is even worst than the Braves (hard to ponder that one).

jeffrey d

June 27th, 2011
6:00 pm

Besides, nobody can spell his name right.

AtlYnkHtr

June 27th, 2011
6:01 pm

I wonder if those that dont want to make a big trade remember how well Vince Moore, Melvin Nieves and Donnie Elliot’s careers ended up.

Tomahawkin, Schafer getting benched I am sure because he would be overmatched by the lefty Bedard. But then that does not explain Uggla’s presence or Mclouth for that matter.

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
6:01 pm

@Lew

Co-Sign!

But, The NL is so weak this year though This is the Braves best chance to win it all!, I want the F.O. To Go All out and get a Rental instead of being cheap at the trade deadline…Who knows how Vizcaino, Delgado will pan out? They could either turn out to be the next Pedro Martinez or the next Jose Capellan…? Time will tell…

But I want the FO to go all out at the trade deadline! The Phillies can be beat in October but this team as constructed rite now will fold against them late in the season

Larry

June 27th, 2011
6:01 pm

It is official…Fredi Gonzalez is the most ignorant and utterly hopeless manager in baseball.

No other manager with more than a double digit IQ bats Jason Heyward, against a Left hander, at Lead-off.

My lineup tonight:

CF Schafer (LH)
3B Jones (RH)
DH McCann (LH) hits lefties
2B Uggla (RH)
1B Freeman (LH) and hits lefties
SS Gonzalez (RH)
LF Heyward LF
C Ross (LH)
RF McLouth (LH)

Left/Right Balance

Why is this so hard for Fredi Cox?

Larry

June 27th, 2011
6:02 pm

Correction: McLouth LF; Heyward RF

nolee

June 27th, 2011
6:02 pm

by bringing back some great trade prospects I guess cab

bruce

June 27th, 2011
6:02 pm

I guess some stuff in baseball just can’t be explained… similar to duckpins where almost nothing can be explained.

KC Frenchy

June 27th, 2011
6:02 pm

With a Lugi @ 3rd & a McOut in CF, you know were doomed, Braves will “loose” again hahaha!!!

jeffrey d

June 27th, 2011
6:04 pm

It is official…Fredi Gonzalez is the most ignorant and utterly hopeless manager in baseball.

No other manager with more than a double digit IQ bats Jason Heyward, against a Left hander, at Lead-off.

My lineup tonight:

CF Schafer (LH)

Schafer’s hitting .118 against lefties….

nolee

June 27th, 2011
6:05 pm

including the fact that they don’t look like ducks…

njbraves

June 27th, 2011
6:05 pm

I actually don’t mind the line up…they don’t hit no matter what the order is, so it really doesn’t matter, but why not try something different? If Heyward can start showing the patience he had last year, I think he would make a pretty good lead off guy.

JasonInFL

June 27th, 2011
6:07 pm

I like Fredi changing the lineup around sometimes. But, did he draw the names out of a hat? Hope it works!

Bat Masterson

June 27th, 2011
6:08 pm

Larry_

So you don’t want Heyward leading off against a lefty but you’re okay with Schafer leading off. The impression I got from reading the blog is the last Lefty Schafer got a hit off of was some guy named Gomez.

jeffrey d

June 27th, 2011
6:09 pm

The impression I got from reading the blog is the last Lefty Schafer got a hit off of was some guy named Gomez.

From the Addams Family?

cabravesfan

June 27th, 2011
6:09 pm

by bringing back some great trade prospects I guess cab

Prospects won’t help the Braves right now either ;)

Blind Deaf and Dumb

June 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

Either they won’t hit and Freddie will be an idiot, or they will score 10 runs, just because.

Tomahawkin

June 27th, 2011
6:10 pm

why is my last comment awaiting moderation?

@Jeffrey D…

Man dude! You are killing Schafer, Ouch! You are ripping him like Chuck Oliver Rips Chipper Jones?

I thought you were high on him…? I wasn’t a fan of Schafer either but he will grow on you, Watch!

nolee

June 27th, 2011
6:11 pm

might if they are ready for the bigs

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