3:41 pm June 29, 2011, by David O'Brien
June 29th, 20114:59 pm
Okay, folks, I am off to listen in the car on my way home. Talk with ya later.
Okay Lowe you’re finally some run support, 4 runs vs Felix Hernandez, you better win
Freeman ROY? Over Kimbrel? Or Beachy? I like Freddie, but get real.
Tom – never saw her do it with so many posts between the double…very well calibrated…
June 29th, 20115:00 pm
Get ‘em warming up Fredi! Don’t let Lowe blow it… but don’t put Proctor in either!
Lowe gives way to Lowe-tard!
Sorry man, I don’t know why that happened.
I Gave Her Undertaker eyes
Schafer got one of the key hits to tie the game last night against a lefty reliever. Schafer drove in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning of the last SD game. Schafer has scored 21 runs in 31 games now. Schafer has hit into some hard outs in that span that you quote. No matter what is happening on the field, there are people ready to jump on their favorite target any opportunity they get.
Lowe is fixin’ to get lit up here?
June 29th, 20115:01 pm
You all take care and have a good evening.
I don’t like them. I had actually won a small container of candy a few weeks ago. That Heath bar was the last thing left, and I was like “Whatever…I’m hungry”
Yes, there is an ignoble prize. See:
Chris from the Rock
Really, Josh Bard, their 3rd option at catcher is 2-2?
June 29th, 20115:02 pm
Those who look at our won loss record and not our OBP to determine how well we’re doing?
Sure, because everyone knows that if you sweep the World Series that you will be stripped of the title if your OBP is worse that the team that you won more game than.
Not gonna lie, crapped my pants when it got hit to Conrad, be right back…..
Shaun – extensive research proves that eggs are bad for you…or, they are good for you. It isn’t black and white, as much as you want it to be. Experience and knowledge of real life count for a lot more than you believe. Or maybe you are just a superior intellect to all the managers and GM’s in baseball. If they just were not so stubborn.
As Monk use to say, “you may be right, but I don’t think so”.
Could Conrad have gotten the lead runner instead of throwing to 2B? Never thought it was going to be a double play.
Threadkiller- It’s good to laugh your way through life. Helps to maintain sanity.
I hope he can retire Kennedy here
June 29th, 20115:03 pm
Heath – Just messing with ya. Tyring to keep it light during this terrible inning.
Schafer’s got a BABIP of .268. For most hitters, BABIP runs around 300. Plus, he’s hitting line drives 22.5% of the time. More of those will start finding holes, and his average will go up as his BABIP normalizes.
Also, his OBP is 75 points higher than his average, so he’s doing a good job of getting on base without a hit. When his average increases as I expect it to, he’ll be a quality leadoff hitter.
I’ve honestly been impressed with what I’ve seen from Schafer this year. Despite the unimpressive average, he hasn’t looked nearly as clueless at the plate as Uggla has this year, or McLouth did last year, or Seabass always does.
glove51, I would vote Freeman over Kimbrel and Beachy at this point. Beachy has missed too much time and Freeman I think has been more valueable than Kimbrel. Not saying Fredi will win over all the other, but just the three you listed.
June 29th, 20115:04 pm
FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMAN!!!!! Great play at first!
Wow- that was pretty by Freddie
Hugo Z Hackenbush
So what’s this about Charlie Sheen doing steroids while filming “Major League”? Man, you can’t even trust fake ballplayers!
All things considered… Good game from Lowe so far.
You better be ready to pull Lowe, this is usually when he starts giving them up. Don’t let him give this one away!!
Nice stab by Freeman. I would say Lowe could go one more inning.
June 29th, 20115:05 pm
bgvt- I did not know that. But what about an ignoble prize – not an ignobel prize? Maybe making Mr. Blackwell’s Worst Dressed list or winning an ESPY?
Derek worked his way out of it, but that type of inning is why they don’t allow managers to come to the ballpark armed.
Thank god it’s not Troy Glaus at 1B
Yeah, but he also had two passed balls (or maybe wild pitches) that lead to 3 runs for the Braves, so he’s still a net negative on the day.
And Freedie Freeman shows how to play offense AND defense….
Lew, thats why my psychiatrist has me read all of your posts. Every single one.
June 29th, 20115:06 pm
Hugo – Wonder if Charlie bet on baseball while making Eight Men Out?
IE8 has made the updates on this page faster…
…yes, I’m still using the “the man’s” internet browser.
AtlYnkHtr: you’d be in an extreme minority for sure on Freddie over Kimnbrel. Kimbrel will be ROY if he pitches like he has to date the rest of the year. Beachy has pitched the 2nd most innings of any rookie pitcher in the NL.
Another good game today.
I’m impressed with the ability of this team to plate runs against excellent pitchers each of the last 3 days.
June 29th, 20115:07 pm
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Lew, he might have, if he’s a proponent of “method acting.”
4-1 going to the 6th.
Lowe has pitched well. I’d like him to reach the 7th.
Heath – I’m listening on the radio so I don’t know how far off the bag Conrad was, but my first thought was step on the bag and throw to first. At least get the man at third.
The telling part of that post I just ignored is that you need psychiatrist.
June 29th, 20115:08 pm
Schafer’s got a BABIP of .268. For most hitters, BABIP runs around 300. – GT Alum
That’s not exactly true. While BABIP for most pitchers is right around .300, individual batters have a decent bit of control over their BABIP, based on line drive %, ground ball %, and speed. Schafer doesn’t really have a large enough major league sample size to say what his expected BABIP would be, but assuming he’ll regress to .300 isn’t a solid assumption. (There is a way to calculate xBABIP, but I don’t know it.)
Thanks, VJ. If I knew how I did it, I could rank up there with nolee and the LAdy, on a daily basis.
June 29th, 20115:09 pm
No matter what is happening on the field, there are people ready…
… there are people ready to look blindly past his overall production as a “healthy” player and still call him great.
The kid sucks. He can run fast and he can throw the ball hard. But he can’t hit. If’ we’re going to cherry pick plays to judge a player, all players are great. But it doesn’t work that way.
He’s been to the plate 104 times this month and scored 16 times. It’s that low because he rarely gets on base…. only 25% of the time when not counting reaching on errors, and 28% when you count those. That’s terrible. Absolutely awful. He scores because McCann, Uggla, Freeman, Chipper, and everyone else, but mainly McCann, are knocking him in. Put a guy up there that reaches base more than Schafer, he’d score more runs than Schafer.
Hugo – Never looked at it quite like that. You could be right.
I am surprised that we are not seeing Lugo at SS today.
Somebody remind me again why Alex was not bunting yesterday with runners at 1st and 2nd and nobody out
Fredi G told Lowe “there’s a case of Bud on ice if you can get us into the 7th”.
June 29th, 20115:10 pm
Conrad was 2 steps behind the bag, could have stepped on the bag but would have had no chance a double play, not that he really did anyway with going to 2nd first.
June 29th, 20115:11 pm
At least Nate does seem to have a much better clue at the dish this year. He’s just seeing it and hitting it instead of over-thinking. Just didn’t fall this time.
Thanks Husker Tony.
It’s a little-known fact that Sheen was a saint until he started “Two And A Half Men.” But “the method” required that he drink a lot and have sex with many women to prepare for the role.
have the Braves ever fielded a team with 6 of the 8 position players are hitting at or below .240 midway through the season? Have they ever had 6 out of 9 while using the DH hitting at or below .240 midway through the season?
June 29th, 20115:12 pm
Husker Tony -
I thought it looked like he was close enough to go to 3B instead…
Brian we didn’t want to risk a double play from a horrible bunt attempt. So instead have him striekout and let other guys have a chance!
I like this AtlYnkHtr/Lew rivalry. It’s a regular Clemens/Piazza
Just heard on the radio they are going to have a Chipper Jones Bobble Knee night.
June 29th, 20115:13 pm
Have to find a way for Lowe to make it through this inning
June 29th, 20115:14 pm
Hugo – And here I thought it was art imitating life.
Heath – Thats what Husker said. He could have gone to the bag, but no chance to double up a first either. He said he was about two steps behind the bag.
June 29th, 20115:15 pm
jeffrey d – What rivalry? I’m ignoring him.
he hasn’t looked nearly as clueless at the plate as … Seabass always does.
Well, that’s really hard to accomplish and you gotta give Seabass credit for pulling it off year in, year out.
Unfortunately for the rest of that analysis, it flies in the face of his entire baseball career. As his time continues in the majors, his AVG/OBP differential shrinks. His K/BB ratio has inverted and exploded in the wrong direction. That’s not forward movement. It’s downward. Bench McLouth. I just want a legit outfielder out there.
June 29th, 20115:17 pm
Lew, just kidding big guy! Oh and I didnt realize just because you don’t type my name it still counts as ignoring? Even if you respond to the comment? How’s that work exactly, oh nevermind I know how you hate questions. Of course I see a psychiatrist, remember I have at least two personalities, duh.
Kimbrel had some issues early on but seems to have settled down. I think he gets overshadowed by Johnny somewhat, though.
Freddie’s been streaky, but seems to have figured some things out and is looking like a very solid player. He’s arguably been our best hitter that doesn’t crouch when playing defense. And speaking of defense, he’s been as good as anyone we have in the field.
Beachy’s missed some games, but I think he’s exceeded all reasonable expectations. He’s got a good ERA, a good record (even though he’s only gotten decisions in less than half his games) and his K/BB ratio is obscene.
Beachy would be my ROY, but I will say all 3 guys have been key parts of this team and will continue to be.
June 29th, 20115:18 pm
Threadkiller- It’s good to laugh your way through life. Helps to maintain sanity. — Lew
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes. It’s by Kurt Vonnegut.
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
Did someone just say something?
From the previous blog which had 1,804 comments, kwajbraves led the way with 64 posts. There were 189 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:
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2 Tomahawk Mafia 54
3 Husker Tony 50
4 Tomahawkin 50
5 cabravesfan 50
6 Eric 49
7 Tom O’Hawke 47
8 J-Man 40
9 McFann ;Ô; ;Ô; 39
10 Powder Blue 36
11 Linebrink for Cy 35
12 Jimmy 34
13 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 34
14 Mitchell 34
15 phil 34
16 Mixxo 33
17 Lew 32
18 TnBrian 29
19 Bat Masterson 28
20 brian 28
21 Murph 27
22 Chris from the Rock 24
23 jeffrey d 23
24 Nova Scotia Steve 22
25 Brave Fan 20
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
basically you have 1/3 of the everyday lineup not producing: Gonzo, Heyward & Uggla. Everyone seems to hold their own or at least have streaks.
June 29th, 20115:19 pm
Well, you start with a laptop that has a touchpad, put it on your lap and lean forward to type (while laying on the sofa…)
Has any other Brave scored 16 runs this month or any other month this year? McCann, Uggla, Freeman, Chipper, and everyone else …
McCann certainly is worthy of mention, but Freeman usually hits 4 spots later in the order, and Uggla and Chipper have not exactly been tearing it up this month .. nor has everyone else.
June 29th, 20115:20 pm
I hope the Braves can avoid both Venters and Kimbrel today, give them 2 straight days off in an effort to limit they’re appearances, and save they’re arms.
June 29th, 20115:21 pm
Tom – Speaking of laughter – have you heard about the new Bed Time story book for children who won’t sleep narrated by Samuel L. Jackson?
And your point Doc?? Gonzo has a better average than McClouth so where would you put him then??
Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)
Break out the brooms! We are gonna win today!
June 29th, 20115:22 pm
I’m keeping up with the game over the internet…is DLowe pitching well enough to get another inning in?
hope the Braves can avoid both Venters and Kimbrel today,
In a three-run sweep game? I think you can put that one away, my friend.
did Gonzalez just get a hit?
Time for a parade because Gonzo just worked a good atbat and knocked a basehit to leftfield.
98 pitches from Lowe, he could go one more inning.
June 29th, 20115:23 pm
Gonzalez’ leadoff single snaps an 0-for-19
Coach, I thought you said this morning that it was all but in the books, as a loss. No?
Jay I’m guessing he is done. Could go one more looked okay last inning but at 98 pitches and Linebrink was warming up. I say hes done.
Arizona, losing by the way. If scores remain the same move to 3 up in the WC.
This whole team can’t bunt.
June 29th, 20115:24 pm
Gonzo and Heyward with a hit??? In the same inning?? What just happened??
June 29th, 20115:25 pm
Stay hot Mac!!
Thanks for the info Husker Tony.
husker- i’m giving mcclouth a variable due to the fact he was on the DL….was doing ok before going on his DL stint
McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;
Whoooooo!! Knew he wasn’t gonna take an 0-fer!
June 29th, 20115:26 pm
*yaaawwwwwn Mac with another hit. How boring…
Gee only one hit today.
It is about time Mac got a hit and RBI today.
Way to go B Mac.
Well, you start with a laptop that has a touchpad, put it on your lap and lean forward to type (while laying on the sofa…)
cabravesfan, I’m not so sure that I can trigger the same things as you by leaning forward.
hahaha- as soon as i typed about the 1/3 of lineup…both gonzo & heyward with a hit. what’s next..an uggla 2B or HR??
Good job, Mac!
June 29th, 20115:27 pm
This is what we’ve been expecting all season. THe Braves have a lot of talent in the lineup.
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