Braves 46-35 and optimistic at midpoint

SEATTLE — Nothing would make their cross-country charter flight back to Atlanta tonight more enjoyable for the Braves than a win today to complete a sweep of the Mariners. But it won’t be easy.

The Mariners will have “King” Felix Hernandez on the mound, while the Braves have Derek Lowe trying to snap a nine-start winless streak in the first game of what is technically the second half of the season.

Or didn’t you notice? Tuesday was the 81st game of this 162-game marathon, and the Braves’ 5-4 come-from-behind win made them a season-high 11 games over .500 at 46-35, on pace for a 92-70 season.

A year ago, the Braves were 48-33 at the 81-game pole, and finished 91-71 to win the wild-card postseason berth.

Braves players eagerly await eventual return of Martin Prado, one reason they believe their offense will improve in second half

Braves players eagerly await eventual return of Martin Prado, one reason they believe their offense will improve in second half

They begin today (Wednesday) with the third-best record in the NL right now, a half-game NL West leader San Francisco and 4-1/2 games behind NL East leader Philadelphia, which is pretty much a consensus pick as the top team in the majors right now.

If you’re curious about the wild-card race, the Braves would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. They have a two-game lead over Arizona in the wild-card standings.

The glass-half-full view of that would be that there is seemingly no way the Braves’ offense won’t get better in the second half, what with the return of Martin Prado from the DL presumably around the All-Star break, and the expected – at least by most in the clubhouse – improvement of Dan Uggla.

Uggla’s had a half-season worse than anyone could have ever imagined, and still isn’t hitting with any consistency as the second half gets underway. However, he’s got three homers in his past six games, including two on this trip in spacious ballparks at San Diego and Seattle. The Braves will take any encouraging sign from Uggla.

He still has the league’s lowest qualifying batting average (.177) and on-base percentage (.247), and its third-lowest OPS (.588).

Which of these is closest to how Dan Uggla will hit over last 81 games?

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And if someone told you in March that the Braves would be 11 games over .500 and have the third-best record in the NL at the halfway point with Uggla hitting .177 with a .588 OPS, you would probably have thought they were clueless. I know I would have.

But I wondered what players thought about the record, which is two wins fewer than they had at the same point a year ago, when their big injuries were in the second half instead of the first (including Chipper’s season-ending knee surgery in Augurst, and Prado’s season-ending injury a week before the playoffs, etc.)

Here’s what some had to say this morning about where the Braves are at the midway point:

– Eric Hinske: “I think it’s a good record. I think honestly we’d have taken that with everybody doing well. So you can’t complain. We’ve got 81 more to go. I think we’re pleased with the way we’ve been playing. Our pitching’s been great. We’re not hitting for a great average, but we’re hitting well with runners in scoring position. Just thank if we didn’t hit with runners in scoring position, how bad we’d be…. (laughs)

“I think as an offense, we’re looking for a big second half. It didn’t obviously go the way we planned in the first half with the offense, and we’re hoping to get hot in the second half. You’ve got to play all 162, you can’t take the first half and say, this is it.

“Especially with a guy like Dan. His average isn’t there, but to me, he’s got 12 home runs. I think Dan’s doing great. I think he’s making strides and could be carrying us in the second half, and hopefully Heyward gets back there too.”

– Jason Heyward: “We’re starting to gel, as far as hanging in some tough games. That’s big. Carry that into the second part of the season and just finish strong. We’ve got a lot of baseball left to play.”

“[The record] could be a lot worse. We want to be a lot better, but it could be a lot worse. We’ve dealt with some injuries.”

– Chipper Jones: “It’s [46-35] really good. I don’t know where we are in the wild card, but not being at full strength, as bad as we’ve been offensively, to be 11 games over is pretty good. What did we finish last year?” [You finished 91-71, I said].

“We’re halfway to that, anyway. So…”

And the offense has to be better in the second half, right?

“Can’t be any worse… Getting Prado back. Yeah, I think we’re poised to play pretty well in the second half. We’re looking forward to it.

“Whatever comes. I mean, we’re shooting for the top, but if the wild card is a byproduct of finishing second in the division, we just want to get there [to the postseason].”

– Brian McCann: “The difference this year is there’s a lot of teams hovering around .500. There’s not many teams at the bottom, and a lot of teams got better. We’re excited where we’re at right now. We’re in great position. If you had told us before the season [46-35 at midway point], we’d definitely have taken that. Especially with all the injuries we’ve had.”

♣ Too hot to sit: Manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to give catcher Brian McCann a breather in today’s day game after a night game, but he also wanted to keep his hot bat in the lineup. So McCann is the DH today, and David Ross is catching.

McCann's power-hitting surge could push him into thick of MVP race. Teammates say he should and will be considered for the award.

McCann's power-hitting surge could push him into thick of MVP race. Teammates say he should and will be considered for the award.

“The only thing is you can’t pinch-hit for Ross,” Gonzalez said. “Well, I guess you can in the ninth inning and roll the dice.”

The Braves’ emergency catcher is Brooks Conrad, who caught a couple of games at Triple-A Round Rock (Astros) in 2007.

As for McCann, hitters just don’t get much hotter than he’s been lately.

He’s hit .396 (36-for-91) with six doubles, 10 homers and 21 RBIs in his past 25 games, with 14 walks, a .481 OBP and .791 slugging percentage (1.272 OPS).

That includes 15-for-32 (.469) with five HRs, nine RBIs, six walks and a .553 OBP and .938 slugging in past nine games. McCann went 7-for-9 in the first two games of the Seattle series, getting more than half of the Braves’ 13 hits in the series before today’s finale.

And going back further, he’s hit .355 over his past 33 games with 12 homers, 26 RBIs and a 1.163 OPS.

McCann has climbed to sixth in the league in OPS at .924, behind Kemp, Fielder, Berkman and Votto, and just ahead of Jose Reyes (.922).

His four-hit night Tuesday raised McCann’s average from .307 to .317, fifth in the league and just ahead of Votto (.316).

It’s early, but it looks like McCann is going to be thrust into MVP consideration if he continues at anything resembling his current pace.

“Absolutely,” Hinske said. “ t’s amazing to watch on a day-to-day basis, especially from a catcher. He plays every day; he wants to play. The at-bats he puts out there, the way he handles left-handed pitching is amazing, to me. He hammers lefties, and it’s not that easy. He’s one of the best players in the game, no doubt in my mind.”

“He’s carrying us right now,” Chipper Jones said. “Absolutely carrying us.”

MVP candidate?

“Oh, there’s no doubt he’s going to get some votes,” said Jones, the 1999 NL MVP. “He’s going to get a lot of votes.”

♣ Jones rests: It’s a day off for Chipper, whose right knee is barking a bit again. That’s the knee with the meniscus tear that he’s been playing on for the past couple of months.

The hope is that resting today and tomorrow’s team day off will help calm it down before the homestand that starts Friday.

Chipper still hopes to avoid having arthroscopic surgery, which would likely keep him out about three weeks. He continues getting it treated each day.

“If you’ve got torn meniscus, you’ve got torn meniscus,” he said. “There’s not a lot you can do about it. Just have to stay on top of it.

“If I have to go on the DL for it, I’ll probably get the surgery. But if can avoid it, I’d rather not.”

Conrad gets the start today at third base.

♣ Gonzo struggling: Shortstop Alex Gonzalez has not reached base in five games, going 0-for-17 with no walks and a sac-bunt RBI in that span. He didn’t try to bunt with two on and none out in the seventh inning Tuesday, when the Braves trailed 3-2. He struck out in that at-bat.

In his past 15 games, Gonzalez is 6-for-54 (.111) with three doubles, two RBIs, four walks and 14 strikeouts. His average is down to .240 and his .274 OBP is fifth-lowest among NL qualifiers, giving the Braves two of the league’s bottom five.

♣ Etc.

The Mariners are 5-9 despite a 2.39 ERA in their past 14 games, They’ve scored 33 runs in that span….

The Braves are league-best 24-18 on the road with league-best 3.12 ERA

Tommy Hanson (.193) leads the NL in opponents’ average….

Tim Hudson (.316), Hanson (.324) and Jair Jurrjens (.334) are ranked third, sixth and eighth in the NL in lowest opponents’ slugging percentage.

Jonny Venters (.155) and Hanson (.156) are 1-2 in NL for average allowed with men on base, and Brandon Beachy (.176) is seventh.

♣ OK, let’s get this up before first pitch. We’ll close with a classic from the mighty, mighty Van the Man, and you can see him sing it live by clicking here. (Great performance.)

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“CLEANING WINDOWS” by Van Morrison

Oh, the smell of the bakery from across the street
Got in my nose
As we carried our ladders down the street
With the wrought-iron rows
I went home and listened to Jimmy Rodgers in my lunch-break
Bought five Woodbines at the shop on the corner
And went straight back to work

Oh, Sam was up on top
And I was on the bottom with the v
We went for lemonade and Paris buns
At the shop and broke for tea
I collected from the lady
And I cleaned the fanlight inside-out
I was blowing saxophone on the weekend
In that down joint.

What's my line?
I'm happy cleaning windows
Take my time
I'll see you when my love grows
Baby don't let it slide
I'm a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows (number thirty-six).

I heard Leadbelly and Blind Lemon
On the street where I was born
Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee,
Muddy Waters sing "I'm a Rolling Stone"
I went home and read my Christmas Humphreys' book on Zen
Curiosity killed the cat
Kerouac's "Dharma Bums" and "On The Road".

What's my line?
I'm happy cleaning windows
Take my time
I'll see you when my love grows
Baby don't let it slide
I'm a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows ...

2,335 comments Add your comment

BLK09GT

June 29th, 2011
3:42 pm

TG from CA

June 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Dave,
You got the wrong record in the headline Should be 46-35

Fish Bisch

June 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

King Felix owns us :(

MiaBchBravesFan

June 29th, 2011
3:44 pm

George @ 1:09 – “Not so sure Chipper is done, look at hot streak late last year just before he went down.”

My point exactly. I dunno if it’s the water, but Chipper Jones is the Atlanta baseball equivalent of Chris “Chandelier” Chandler, a player so brittle that just playing all nine innings on a given day is a miracle in and of itself. Age is a mutha; time for Chip to hang ‘em up one year early, and not use a walker to collect 2012 dough, mercenary style.

Now, does he deserve his last year? Yes! But I am sure the Bravos can Chip can get creative on a club services contract that’ll see to his getting his last year’s moolah on some kind of a prorated basis. Chipper “playing” in 2012 is a waste of a roster space – no matter how you chip it up.

TennesseePaul

June 29th, 2011
3:45 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

CrαZy

June 29th, 2011
3:47 pm

Any one got a link for the game?

Murph

June 29th, 2011
3:47 pm

MattyRoss

June 29th, 2011
3:48 pm

I feel like we’d have a better chance of getting to Heredia…oh well.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

DOB- just busted out a classic by the Replacements- Here Comes A Regular: such a great song

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

No-no still alive for Lowe. Look out world!!

MiaBchBravesFan

June 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

Wow. Now he also has a meniscus tear – in the non-surgical knee???

Man! Dude’s like Namath at the end of his career – which knee do you lean on???

Tomahawk Mafia

June 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

The Mariners will have “King” Felix Heredia on the mound

I thought the Braves were facing Felix Hernandez, although it would be nice to see Felix Heredia pitch again in the Majors.

bravesgrl4life

June 29th, 2011
3:51 pm

Good work in the first inning, DLowe.

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
3:51 pm

Snotboogie

June 29th, 2011
3:51 pm

Man, Buck Belue or whoever that is, is brutal. I think I would rather Chip Caray with my ears bleeding than listen to this guy.

Jim H.

June 29th, 2011
3:52 pm

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
3:53 pm

King’s court, I personally love it.

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
3:53 pm

Freeman baby!!

BLK09GT

June 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

any play by play? Looks like Uggla is turning it around. He worked some counts last night and actually didn’t swing at low and away.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

Tom O'Hawke

June 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

DOB must have been in a BIG hurry to do the blog, today.

Fortunately, he has us to correct his errors. Just as I have VJ. ;)

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

Radio report: The Braves are 5-0 against CY Young winners this year. They have a combined era of 6.13. Beat Lee twice and Halliday once. There is hope.

GT Alum

June 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

I wondered if Fredi would have the cojones to DH Mac and have Ross catch w/o another full time C on the roster. Glad to see he did. This is a great way to give Mac a day off from squatting and getting punished while still having his bat in the lineup. And Ross is a solid bat, too.

AtlYnkHtr

June 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

MiaBch, congrats you are the first person alive that has compared Chandler to Chipper. Where is Shaun to call out that ridiculous comparison?

CrαZy

June 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

So Conrads the emergency back up catcher……I bet the dude doesn’t even wear pads!!

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
3:58 pm

Oh, and thanks for the blog DOB.

BFChris26

June 29th, 2011
3:58 pm

Score some runs early, Felix is a beast as game goes on.

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Ross looks good with his beard…….for those not watching or listening, group of fans down 3rd baseline called the Kings Court, every time Felix gets 2 strikes on a guy they start chanting K K K K K K K, they all have yellow shirts on and hold yellow signs up with a K on it. Kind of cool.

Tomahawk Mafia

June 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Four consecutive strikeouts for Ross

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

AYH – Shaun is over on the old blog…arguing with himself.

cabravesfan

June 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Tom-

You know the game is on, right? What are you doing here with all the Crazy? :D

David O'Brien

June 29th, 2011
4:00 pm

Just added an UGGLA second-half poll to blog, asking how you guys (and ladies) think he’ll do.

Venice Jim

June 29th, 2011
4:00 pm

Well done, Tom…

Venice Jim

June 29th, 2011
4:00 pm

cab – good for now… :)

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 29th, 2011
4:01 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! More good stuff… :cool:

Hit A Single

June 29th, 2011
4:01 pm

Joe is right, Hernandez does look just like Jair Jurrgens.

MiaBchBravesFan

June 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

AtlYnkHtr: actually, I have made that comparison several times before in years past. I guess Shaun makes a choice to totally igonore the 6,000 pound gorilla in the room known as Chipper’s injury woes of the past 6-7 years.

You know who else? Poor Ken Griffey Jr. at the latter third of his career – and that was with a non-PED’s body!

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

D-Lowe getting ground balls early, good sign.

flange1

June 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

ncscoots

June 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

Four consecutive strikeouts for Ross

That drops the number of “ML Teams David Ross could Start For” down to 20, maybe 21.

cabravesfan

June 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

VJ-

good. I’m hungry :D

jeffrey d

June 29th, 2011
4:04 pm

I’m kinda hungry too, VJ

phil

June 29th, 2011
4:04 pm

I mentioned last night seeing Chipper grimace at first after the error when he reached. Now we know why. The knee is acting up again. He needs to get it fixed, now, while the allstar break is in the mix…it’s clearly affecting his hitting again, as in no hitting.

I’m sure someone will come along now demanding to know why FG is playing both McCann and Ross at the same time….no pleasing some of these loons.

Gonzo….sigh. I know carpet that has more sense.

Let’s go get em today, boys!

StingerSplash

June 29th, 2011
4:04 pm

Uh, late night there, DOB?
Look, not trying to bust your rollers or anything and I know you meant King Felix Hernandez. But why in God’s name would mediocre reliever Felix Heredia ever cross your mind?
Buck Belue is to sports talk radio what he was to minor league pitching – a swing and a miss.
(I could have gone all what Struggla is to major league pitching but give the dude the a break. It appears he cares that he is underwhelming, in the words of Bill Walton on Dan Gadzuric and Jerome Moiso.)

Venice Jim

June 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

jeffrey – then you can also get food and not text me updates…

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

Eric Wedge gonna get tossed…..

phil

June 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

May I presume we were 3 up, 3 down in the first?

Veer

June 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Wedge is a manager I would like to see the Braves had. Gonzalez can’t stand up for his players

Whoop

June 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Take notes Fredi Gonzalez

jeffrey d

June 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

I got food I just don’t want to make it

Tom O'Hawke

June 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

Tom-

You know the game is on, right? What are you doing here with all the Crazy? — cabravesfan

I’ll probably make like Stanlee, and slither away if the Braves go behind.

AtlYnkHtr

June 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

MiaBch, I would keep the fact that you have made a ridiculous comparison between a HOF 3rd baseman with an average NFL QB several times to yourself.

Shaun

June 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

MiaBchBravesFan, when Chipper is not able to hang with other starting thirdbasemen, I’ll be ready to compare him to Chris Chandler. Also, when Chris Chandler is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

Yes Phil, but a hit in the 2nd!!

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
4:09 pm

jeff im in the same boat……

bravesgrl4life

June 29th, 2011
4:09 pm

Well, both teams have hits now and no runs. So far, pretty even match. Glad Jordan tracked that ball down.

Veer

June 29th, 2011
4:09 pm

Alex Gonzalez coming up, I think it is obvious what the outcome will be. The question is how many pitches will it take him to make an out. A truely pathetic hitter. I don’t need to see his at bat to know the result. Guy is pathetic and I called this. He is pathetic.

Heath

June 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

2IP, 1BB, 0H, 0R… So far so good Lowe! :)

Furman Bitcher

June 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

you can have wedge

jeffrey d

June 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

You didn’t need to slide.

MikeR

June 29th, 2011
4:11 pm

Shaun, just wondering…

These Mangers must have been stupid.

Walter Alston hit HOF Duke Snider 3rd in 1955.
Miller Huggins hit HOF Babe Ruth 3rd in 1927.
Casey Stengel hit HOF Mickey Mantle 3rd in 1956.
Sparky Anderson hit HOF Joe Morgan 3rd in 1975.

Each team won the WS. Imagine how good they would have been if the mangers only knew the proper way to construct a lineup.

semiballcoach

June 29th, 2011
4:11 pm

pitchers pitch to contact, can we get a-gon to swing to contact?

David O'Brien

June 29th, 2011
4:11 pm

Braves only wish it were Felix Heredia facing them today instead of Felix Hernandez.

Veer

June 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

3 F**king pitches it took Gonzalez to strike out.
Pathetic.

RELEASE THIS GUY

TNScott

June 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

Jose Reyes, we need you desperately!!!

StingerSplash

June 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

Alex Gonzalex … 3 for his last 34 and 15 for 87 this month. It only compounds the anemic performance of Mr. Struggla, who is actually 8 for his last 37, a torrid pace compared to the tepid batting average he has posted to date. Mr. Struggla will have hit 24 homers (a fair number) and driven in 56 runs (a rather woeful and pathetic number, especially for 24 dingers. That’s a lot of trips around the bases by yourself).

jeffrey d

June 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

Each team won the WS. Imagine how good they would have been if the mangers only knew the proper way to construct a lineup.

If only some day, some how, a team will take a chance with Shaun at the helm. We’re not talking multiple World Series championships, but multiple Galaxy Series championships.

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

Overmatched in that inning, Schaefer and Gonzo noooooooooooo chance

Fish Bisch

June 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

Shouldn’t McAnn be too hot to sit instead of to hot to sit since we are all pointing out errors?

semiballcoach

June 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

snotboogie–that’s ben ingram with the proverbial radio voice and he IS awful

Tomahawk Mafia

June 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Schafer has resembled his 2009 performance over the past few weeks and that is nothing to brag about.

Veer

June 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

I continue to wonder why Alex Gonzalez got a standing ovation. Even if Babe Ruth was traded to Atlanta I am sure even he wouldn’t have gotten a Standing Ovation Like Gonzalez did.

It makes me sick to wonder why such a pathetic ballplayer like Gonzalez was treated like a noble prize winner

rilo

June 29th, 2011
4:15 pm

I believe King Felix would set the strikeout record today if our team MO was not to hack every pitch. Just trying to find a silver lining.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2011
4:15 pm

RELEASE THIS GUY

Yes please release him so we can see Diory or Hicks or even better Julio Lugo at SS for the rest of the year.

MiaBchBravesFan

June 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

AtlYnkHtr & Shaun: Wow. The comparison is that both had more than a proclivity for getting hurt – strictly on that basis alone. Truth is, what’s Chipper’s excuse compared to the fact that at least Chandler played football, a contact sport.

Guys, enjoy the Kool-Aid if you like. :-)

Veer

June 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

MCLOUTH HAS NO SPEED. SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT THAT. F***k

Kelly's Johnson

June 29th, 2011
4:17 pm

Is Matt Young still alive…??? I grow weary of Schafer

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
4:17 pm

There’s a double..BALLGAME!

jeffrey d

June 29th, 2011
4:17 pm

Veer – do you do anything other than complain?

GT Alum

June 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

I’m honestly not sure how Gonzalez gets any pitches to hit. If I were an opposing pitcher, I wouldn’t throw anything any closer than the corners unless he took at least 1 walk against me. He reaches for so many pitches it’s ridiculous. He’s like Andruw at the end of his Braves tenure, but with less power.

StingerSplash

June 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

As a Red Sox fan as well (parents are from there, I grew up in the South, so there), I suffered through the Julio Lugo era in Boston.
Let’s just say that Red Sox Nation is glad that reign of error, watching him butcher at-bats and ground balls like Robespierre at the guillotine, is finis.

phil

June 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

StingerSplash

June 29th, 2011
4:12 pm
“Alex Gonzalex … 3 for his last 34 and 15 for 87 this month. It only compounds the anemic performance of Mr. Struggla, who is actually 8 for his last 37, a torrid pace compared to the tepid batting average he has posted to date. Mr. Struggla will have hit 24 homers (a fair number) and driven in 56 runs (a rather woeful and pathetic number, especially for 24 dingers. That’s a lot of trips around the bases by yourself).”

Hater…

cabravesfan

June 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

Some people here need to serioulsy relax a little…

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
4:19 pm

That walk sets up the double play.

phil

June 29th, 2011
4:21 pm

Veer – eat a valium or drink a coke or go for a walk or watch something else….

cabravesfan

June 29th, 2011
4:21 pm

That walk sets up the double play.

Would we get get to start the next inning with one out already? ;)

ncscoots

June 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

Let’s just say that Red Sox Nation is glad that reign of error, watching him butcher at-bats and ground balls like Robespierre at the guillotine, is finis.

Stinger goes all Ernest Hemingway. :-) Props!

Husker Tony

June 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

cab, I think you mean A LOT………..great pitch on the inside corner, beautimus!

CrαZy

June 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

Some people here need to serioulsy relax a little…

Or find a cliff………….nevermind

StingerSplash

June 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

Should we have a pool on the Lowe meltdown? Will it be the fifth or the sixth inning?
I’m just amazed that King Felix only has 5 Ks through three. Granted, this Braves lineup save for McCann, and maybe Freeman and to a lesser extent Ross, is nothing to write home about.
But Felix Hernandez is one bad dude. I mean bad like Samuel Jackson bad, not like bad like Carrot Top bad.

cabravesfan

June 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

Husker Tony

I was trying to be polite :)

Veer

June 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

Maddux like pitch to end the inning by Lowe.

GT dont insult A.Jones by comparing him to Alex Gonzalez. Jones was a Braves legend. Great player for us.

At this rate Hernendez can pitch 11 innings aganist us. We need to take some pitches and make him work atleast that way we can get into their bullpen quicker. Aganist a good team and tough pitching This is a must. We won’t want to be facing Lee and Halladay in NLCS by swinging at first pitches, These guys are capable of going 11 innings if need be.

Jimmy

June 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

cabravesfan – Why should facts have to do with what is posted. No one else is sensible.

You are only the one who caught it. Everyone else seems to just want to argue about something.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

Alright!

Home now…ball games on…beers in hand…carry on.

CaptainMudderland

June 29th, 2011
4:24 pm

Was Manage Eric Wedgie ousted? Hi everyone….Go Bravos!!!

Shaun

June 29th, 2011
4:24 pm

MikeR, several problems with the logic regarding those managers being “stupid.” First of all, those managers didn’t have as much data at their disposal as current managers. Second, if every manager isn’t using an optimal lineup, how are you going to notice if one isn’t? Third, it takes a lot more than constructing a lineup less than optimally to mess up a good offense or a good team.

I would prefer entire organizations employ several progressive changes, from owner to GM to manager down. Not only should a manager hit one of his best hitters second in his order but the team should employ the four-man rotation, a manager should limit his use of the sac bunt, a manager should ignore bullpen roles based on inning or save opportunities. If an organization has both good players and employs a number of tactics and strategies that data and research shows are optimal, that’s when baseball will take notice.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2011
4:24 pm

Veer, have a beer and stop drinking so much Mt. Dew.

cabravesfan

June 29th, 2011
4:25 pm

Jimmy-

Wasn’t sure if you were joking or serious :) (If it helps, that was my first thought too)

StingerSplash

June 29th, 2011
4:25 pm

Phil …
Well, yes, if you put it that way.

ncscoots,
thanks. Bigger hemingway guy than a faulkner guy. Bigger fan of John Kennedy Toole, though. Too bad John Candy died before he got to make his big screen version of “A Confederacy of Dunces.”

rilo

June 29th, 2011
4:25 pm

nevermind…the K record might be broken

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