Braves quotes after sweep of Mariners

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“Derek Lowe was outstanding. I know he hasn’t gotten a win in a long time, but he did a terrific job. And I thought Rossy did a helluva job getting him through. Then we just got some big knocks when we needed to.”

“We were second in the league [hitting with runners in scoring position]; we talked about that before we started the series. Maybe the guys read the paper.”

Encouraged by what you saw the past couple of days?

“Yeah, and Bedard [Monday starter] ain’t chopped liver, either. We were able to score some runs. The thing I liked, all three games were different. We came from behind, and today we got ahead and kept tacking on some runs.”

On 10 singles off Hernandez

“I wish I could tell you that we sat here and that was an approach. I think it just happened. I think we got some pitches maybe up over the plate a little bit, and we found some holes.”

On Freeman hitting well against the likes of Halladay and Hernandez, former Cy Young Award winners

“It may be just a coincidence, but yeah, he bears down against those guys. It’s just a young player who’s going to have good weeks, then have a couple of days that are not so good. But his confidence is always good.”

Does Venters just seem a little fatigued?

“I think so. Roger and I have spoken about that already today. It maybe something that, without giving any secrets out, we may give him a couple of days. It’s something that we’ve got to manage it a little bit. And we’ve spoken about that. I hate to say anything about it because everybody reads the paper and you don’t want to give any secrets away to [the opponent in] the next series that’s coming up. But yeah, it’s something we’ve spoken about.”

“Not concerned about it, but we may have to give him a couple of days, just to recharge. He’s got, what, 46 appearances counting today? We may have to back off a little bit. He’s too valuable for us and we want him for the long haul.”

Had he already warmed up today, is that why you went ahead and used him in 5-1 game?

“What was it, 5-1? A 5-1 game and you had those left-handers coming up. We had Linebrink going just in case we popped another one [in the top of the eighth], and give Linebrink an inning. We didn’t and it was a 5-1 game, so go ahead and run Jonny out there.”

But you’re not saying he’s hurt?

“No, no. He’s fine. But we don’t want him to get to that point. So we’re going to have to manage that a little bit better, for our part.”

On Schafer taking catches in gaps in front of other OFs

“That’s when you run into trouble having three center fielders out there. You get guys that cover a lot of ground, and that’s something we need to talk to those guys a little more about, when you’ve got McLouth, and Schafer and Heyward. But it’s a nice problem to have, when you’ve got three guys out there that can cover a lot of ground.”

**DEREK LOWE

“Obviously you would’ve liked to have had a cleaner fifth inning after we scored. Brendan Ryan was probably the biggest at-bat of the game, falling behind him 3-0; you walk him they’ve got bases loaded…

“But all in all, Freddie had a tremendous game, we had a lot of big hits to keep momentum on our side, and ended a pretty good road trip.”

Did you feel this game was especially important, finish off a sweep and winning trip, etc?

“It’s not like during this [winless strea] at any time you go out there thinking negative thoughts. You think you’re going to win every single start. I think early on, looking at the way he [Hernandez] w as pitching, it looked like it was going to be one of those games where you wanted to not let it get out of hand. Early innings were important for me to keep it close, then we were able to score five runs off of him, enjoy and off day tomorrow, finish the first half strong.”

How frustrating was this stretch?

“Every game was a different type of frustrating. There were plenty of games throughout this time where I could easily have pitched better and won. I mean, let’s be honest. But, I mean, you can definitely enjoy the off day better, finally getting a win. Clearly it had been a long, long time, and everybody else had been pitching fantastic. So it’s good to at least get one on the board.”

***JONNY VENTERS

“My sinker’s been up in the zone. I don’t know if it’s because I’m tired or what, but I feel fine. I’ve been missing my spots and it’s been up in the zone. Falling behind [in counts] , and it’s just tough to .. it’s just been tough, you know?

What was homer on?

“Sinker. I had to throw a strike right there, didn’t want to walk the guy. I just wanted to throw a strikes and it went right over the plate, kind of right into his swing. He put a good swing on it.”

Do you feel like you don’t get as much bite or movement on some sinkers when you’re tired?

“I think it’s just the location. If it’s up, it doesn’t sink as much. My stuff hasn’t been real good on this trip. I think it’s just because my sinker’s been up. If it was down, I think it’d still have the sink, the same action. But I’ve been missing up, falling behind guys, and you can’t get anybody out like that.”

But it’s more tired, not sore?

“I feel fine. Just not making pitches, and they’re making me pay for it. That’s all.”

Do you think a couple of days off could help you return to form?

“I just think I need to make pitches. I don’t know if a couple of days off would help. It’s just one of those things, sometimes you go out there and can’t put a ball where you want to. You can’t do that up here [in the majors]. Even if you fall behind, you’ve got to make a quality pitch. I’m just not doing that.”

After giving up some cheap ground ball hits at San Diego, different here in Seattle?

“Here they were hitting balls hard. A lot of balls in the air, that tells me my sinker’s not real good, up or whatever.

“In San Diego I could have got out of that making good plays. Here, I haven’t been missing many barrels.”

***FREDDIE FREEMAN

“I was just trying to be short and quick, just trying to hit the ball to left field, because he had a really good two-seamer, good sink. If you try to pull that ball, you’re just going to roll over every time. So I was just trying to go up the middle, go the opposite way, and it worked out today.”

How does it feel after sweeping them, make long flight and off day more enjoyable?

“I mean, when you face Bedard, Pineda and him, you never thought you’d sweep a series against those guys. But we battled against those pitchers, came out on top, and our pitchers pitched great.”

On hitting well against former Cy Young Award winners like Halladay, Hamels and Hernandez?

“I don’t know if my concenrtration level goes up or what, but it’s fun. It’s a challenge for me. That’s what you look for.”

“I’m gonna be sleeping on that flight; I’ve got a little cold. Then we’ve got the Orioles coming in, so we’ve got to go out and battle them, too.”

On Lowe getting win

“He’s had some tough matchups, and we haven’t been scoring a lot of runs. For us to be able to give him five today, and for him to pitch six innings and give up one run, it’s great to see. We battled for him, and he battled for us, and we got a win for him.

“You never think you’re going to be able to score five runs off Hernandez. We put some things together and got some hits with runners in scoring position, the clutch hit by Brooksy, the wild pitch and two RBIs….”

***DAVID ROSS

On Lowe’s performance

“What really threw him off, I thought, was that we had a really long inning [in top of fifth]. He sat and it really kind of threw him off his rhythm. He’s a rhythm pitcher and he needs to stay in the flow of the game. Sitting on the bench that long, I thought it got him out of his rhythm.”

“And they were cheap hits. The one up the middle by Gutierrez was a good hit, but a couple of seeing-eye singles through the right side. Other than that, he pitched a good game. His stuff was really good today. I think he’s had good stuff and just a run of some bad luck. It was nice that we scored some runs for him. I know he’s happy.

“As a person, he puts so much pressure on himself. He wants to win so bad. He’s one of those guys, he makes a lot of money, but he don’t care about the money. He wants to win. He wants to do well for himself and his teammates, and that’s why I’m especially happy for him.”

On sweeping Mariners with those three starters they ran out there

“Really nice. We were just talking about that. We were 4-2 on this road trip, and if you look back, we didn’t hit in San Diego and almost snuck away with winning that series. To come in here and sweep this series – they’ve got a really good team. We faced very good pitchers and did a great job, and our pitchers, as always, carried us. But we did a good job of situational hitting. I thought we did a great job.”

164 comments Add your comment

mathman

June 29th, 2011
7:50 pm

mathman

June 29th, 2011
7:51 pm

Need to go get Wilson Betemit now.

mathman

June 29th, 2011
7:51 pm

Mathman, #1, #2

David from Athens, AL

June 29th, 2011
7:54 pm

JoshTown

June 29th, 2011
7:55 pm

Thanks DOB. Safe flight! Great series and road trip. A well deserved off day. Finishing strong!

John Leonard

June 29th, 2011
7:57 pm

I was taught the center fielder catches everything he can get too.

mathman

June 29th, 2011
7:57 pm

Braves best road record in NL. Projection for JJ is 20 wins for the season and projection for Hanson is 18. And, both have missed time with injuries.

Spoonmon

June 29th, 2011
7:59 pm

Great Sweep Braves! Let’s continue strong against Baltimore. Give everyday Jonny a day or two off…please! Finish the first half strong and let’s reel on those Phillies! Go Braves!!

mathman

June 29th, 2011
7:59 pm

CF should take everything he can reach. McLouse doesn’t have nearly the range of Schafer, so he couldn’t do that. Braves now have complete defensive CF, one who has range, speed, can track fly balls, and can throw. To the bench Nate should go, when Prado returns or to the other league in a trade if anyone wil bite.

bravesgrl4life

June 29th, 2011
8:00 pm

Thanks for the quotes, DOB!

mathman

June 29th, 2011
8:02 pm

Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring up Gearin for a few days before the break. He is better than Sherrill and Proctor already. He can give Venters and Kjmbrel a break. So. let’s send Ramirez down until the break or DL Chipper for surgery.

Dennis Reynolds

June 29th, 2011
8:07 pm

Get about 3 seconds into reading dumba55 Fredi’s quotes and I skip to players. Can he not conduct an interview without saying ‘Helluva”? He’s a moron and the luckiest man in baseball.

Dennis Reynolds

June 29th, 2011
8:16 pm

The Braves want to maintain their classy and professional image, yet they keep hiring guys who beat up their women.

Dennis Reynolds

June 29th, 2011
8:19 pm

“No, no. He’s fine. But we don’t want him to get to that point. So we’re going to have to manage that a little bit better, for our part.”

That says it all. He doesn’t know how to manage.

My Thoughts

June 29th, 2011
8:20 pm

Jorge Cantu has been released. Plays 3rd, 1st, Lf and has played for Fredi and bats right handed tho I’d rather have betemit. McLouth can’t or won’t throw everyone kpws that. Leave him in Seattle bring back Chone Figgins, speed, leadoff, CF, 3b and stop in San Diego and pick up Ludwick. Problems solved. Why have all the minor league talent if you can’t put it to use. Only 5 can be starting pitchers.

Art Vandelay

June 29th, 2011
8:23 pm

You offended by “helluva”? That’s a REAL brutal word I know.

BRAVESFAN

June 29th, 2011
8:28 pm

Keep scoring five runs a game and everything will fall in place.

milo

June 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

Duh, he actually admitted that he is over using Venters….. just because all of us can see it, doesnt mean you have to admit that you suck.

Largo

June 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

So, Fredi. It’s finally getting through to you. Venters needs some rest. And one day isn’t going to do it. His effectiveness is going South. Hell, a blind man could see that with his cane!

jer

June 29th, 2011
8:35 pm

Finally! Fredi admits Venters is tired. Lets hope he gives him the rest he says that he will. However, both Bobby and Fredi have said things like this in the past and quickly abandoned this approach, saying a given game was too important. Let us hope that my prediction that continuing to use Venters this way would wear him out by the end of July and make him useless for the stretch drive was not wrong because he is worn out by the end of June.

Braves Ball Boy

June 29th, 2011
8:36 pm

Working in the clubhouse…..Man oh man, Jay Hey is HUNG like a horse…damn

Dennis Reynolds

June 29th, 2011
8:38 pm

Not offended. Just annoyed. He sounds so scripted in his interviews instead of just being real. What are you gonna do though? Unfortunately, he’s going to be the manager for a while and we have to put up with it. We know he wont be fired. Thats just not the Braves’ way. Cant admit their wrongs.

Look, Im just a helluva fan and want my team to win championships. We have a helluva team, and should be able to get it done. All the pieces are there. We had a helluva good hitting coach in TP last year but Fredi had a helluva good idea to bring in his own guys to mark his territory. And might I add, Parrish is doing a helluva job.

Helluva.

mathman

June 29th, 2011
8:41 pm

KK pitching in Mississippi tonight. 2 innings–5 hits–5 runs–1 HR. Behind 5-0 after 2. Big big mistake by Wren. Along with McLouse mistake. That will clear 13 mil for next year. Then, add 2.5 by not bringing Gonzalez back, 3 mil for not bringing Linebrink back, 1 mil by dropping George Sherrill. That is 19.5 mil for next year.
Wren’s problem this year is he has basically no money unless he can trade Lowe, Gonzalez, or McLouse now. So, he might be forced to settle for Cantu or Betemit.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

June 29th, 2011
8:42 pm

Cox abused Venters last season, Fredi is doing the same thing. They are playing with fire and we know what happens with fire…….

Dennis Reynolds

June 29th, 2011
8:44 pm

…it…burns stuff?

Kevin D

June 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

Did someone say we need to get Wilson Bettemit? Really?

Art Vandelay

June 29th, 2011
9:03 pm

LOL @ the people saying we need Wilson Betmit, Cantu and Figgins, those will be HUGE upgrades….oh wait…

joedub

June 29th, 2011
9:08 pm

Everyday Fredi Gonzalez. As in every single day he does something retarded. Up 5-1 and he goes to Venters. WTF? To use some of his phraseology, “if you’re not going to rest him then, when are you?”

Elizabeth

June 29th, 2011
9:12 pm

CF’s are supposed to get anything they can get to….And on that note, Jason ran in front of Jordan for a ball about a week ago. Young guys, finding their way out there. I’d a hell of a lot rather have someone going too hard for a ball than not hard enough.

Tired Pitcher

June 29th, 2011
9:14 pm

Why the heck won’t Fredi let pitchers pitch into the 7th inning.
I thought Beachy should have been out there in the 7th and today I thought
Lowe was good for a few more batters.

phil

June 29th, 2011
9:28 pm

phil

June 29th, 2011
9:31 pm

I seriously am not too hard on FG, but he must be out of his mind running Venters out there with a 4 run lead….the guy is tired…obviously.

Nuts…

Steve 34

June 29th, 2011
9:36 pm

We need a third baseman very badly… Chipper is a lil bitch and we do not need brooks conrad backin him up…. i say we should trade for wilson betemit and just have him for the rest of the year… he is not that bad at all…. then hopefully chipper will retire at the end of the year… We then should put prado at third base or keep him at left field and get a stud left fielder or third basemen for next year! Any1 else agree?

Tyler

June 29th, 2011
9:43 pm

Nope Steve no one agrees

Beachy Balls

June 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

And Dan Uggla is still in the line up ? That’s like continuing to play a broken record…

DaveinNEPA

June 29th, 2011
9:52 pm

@ My thoughts………..

Chone Figgins? Do you actually follow baseball or does the “name” intrigue you?

His BA and OBP are almost as bad as Uggla’s without any of the pop. Besides that he’s on an expensive contract and LM won’t spring for the money.

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
9:53 pm

How dumb is is that a manger says he is over-using a player then overuses him again today ?

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

DOB, no quotes from Uggla ? Wait, I forgot. You actually got to do something to get quoted….

ken

June 29th, 2011
9:58 pm

After raeding these posts I want to be Thankful to the Lord and the Braves orgnization that FG is our manager and not these idiots!!!

Good job Bravos!!! see u this weekend!!!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
9:58 pm

Fredi using over-worked Venters is like riding a tired horse two more miles while saying “this horse is dead tired and needs rest”.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

Dan is close, he is now taking pitches he was swinging at and has stopped so many strikeouts….he is close to breaking out in a big way!!!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
10:03 pm

Yep. he might actually finish the year hitting .200 ! Great !

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:04 pm

to do that he will need to hit about .250 the 2nd half so Ill take it!!!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
10:05 pm

Did you know that Chone is pronounced Shawn ?

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:05 pm

by the way this is kind of the guy we are looking at:

The Braves could use another outfield bat with Martin Prado currently on the disabled list. Josh Willingham has a track record of hitting well in the National League East from his time with the Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals.

The Braves have reportedly already checked in with the A’s about his availability and are a logical fit for Willingham if he does not stay with the Athletics for the remainder of the season

Him along with Reed Johnson(Cubs) are who the Braves are interested in adding!!!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
10:06 pm

I’ll take benching his no-hittin’ ass !

Braves Fan

June 29th, 2011
10:06 pm

Is it the “Sophomore slump” or is Heyward the most overrated player in the majors? Somebody needs to park the cars out behind the fence to see if he can still hit them. Probably not. Strikes out too many times.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:07 pm

yeah bench Uggla for Conrad….makes sense only to you!!!! What an idiot!!!

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Heyward is fine….man what a bunch of crybabies!!!!!

WE ARE 47-35 FOLKS!!!!!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Can they trade Dan Uggla back to Marlins for Omar Infante & some bats to be named later ???

richie

June 29th, 2011
10:10 pm

chipper would do the team a service if he would retire, hes putting up numbers but we need a true left fielder (hunter pence, the astros are selling) and prado can go to third. try and shed cash to sign reyes in the offseason if possible

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:10 pm

oh yeah the great Infante with his awesome .257 batting average and 1 hr and 24 rbi’s….yeah hes the answer!!!!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
10:10 pm

My uncle who has a gimpy leg could hit .170 and play 2B better than Uggla.

SeATL transplant

June 29th, 2011
10:10 pm

It was a great joy to go to these three games here in Seattle and watch the Braves represent. Today I also got to take my two boys, fully dressed in Bravos gear. I would say around 40% of the crowd was supporting Atlanta during each game, which is also clear when you see that the M’s draw around 15K for most weeknight games and each of these games drew 25-30K. Thank you Superstation of old; what a marketing weapon that was, and it is so missed now.

The Mariners and the Braves have a lot in common, but the Braves have one huge advantage right now in terms of one of the hottest hitters going (McCann).

Some thoughts on the series:
1) McCann for MVP. I saw an SI list yesterday where he wasn’t in the top ten which is shocking. He got good swings all series long and just looked in control. Also a great throw to nail Kennedy at 2B yesterday.
2) Freeman swings with no fear, it’s great to see and bodes well for him long term.
3) Heyward looked overmatched mostly. Rolling so many weak ground balls to 2B. He finally hit one or two line drives, but wow what a difference a year makes. In fact, most of the rest of the lineup looked overmatched but the M’s pitchers have that effect on a lot of teams, including good ones like the Phils, Red Sox, etc.
4) Great work by Hanson yesterday rallying when I thought he was going to get knocked out early. He had nothing in the first 3-4 innings yesterday. And then the Braves finally drew some walks; what a difference as they kept that going today against Felix.
5) Lowe was the best starter in the series for either team. Efficient, good command. Where has that been the past month?
6) I am a Fredi supporter, but Venters should not have been in that game today after pitching yesterday and twice over the weekend. In the AL park, Fredi did not need to change pitchers every inning. Why take O’Flaherty out today?

I am lucky to be in Denver for work in mid-July when the Braves are there, hopefully I can get to a game there too.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:11 pm

we will not be in the reyes sweepstakes and chipper has earned the right to play and go out however he wants!!!

originalatlbravefan

June 29th, 2011
10:11 pm

I agree with Ken. We have the 2nd best record in NL after losing key guys to injury all year and # of guys hitting way below their average. And a bunch of morons on here think Fredi should be fired! McFly, we just sept the Mariners and their best arms! Sheesh. Get a life!

Dan Struggla

June 29th, 2011
10:12 pm

Yeah, and Infante is making about 1 million while Dan is making $15 million.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:12 pm

Lowe was the best starter in the series, but it was good to see him pitch well!!!

Brandon Beachy was lights out Monday!!!

fred

June 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

Steve 34, Chipper is a lil bitch….who the crap are u to call someone that has been Mr. Braves for years a bitch. What kind of Braves fan do you claim to be. Get a f~~~ life.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:14 pm

oh is that what you are upset about is the money….okay how many games have you attended this season…I will say 2 at the most…so lets just say your $400 went for Mccann and I paid for Uggla, so you will SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

richie

June 29th, 2011
10:15 pm

hes always hurt so doing the 2011 braves team more hurt than good. great career it may be that time.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

we want our future hall of famer whos hitting .256 to sit down so Brooks Conrad and his lifetime .233 can play….yeah that makes alot of sense!!!

aj

June 29th, 2011
10:20 pm

Can’t use your bullpen staff day after day.
Anyone notice Venter’s numbers the last
four games..Offense must start to contribute.
Only halfway through the season.

richie

June 29th, 2011
10:21 pm

brooks is playing due to chippers bum knee. hes trying to avoid the DL or surgery but we all know how that goes in any sport. im not taking away from chipper hes had a hall of fame career. just thinking abt the rest of this season and future seasons.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:21 pm

and just for the record dan makes 9 million and Infante 3 million

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
10:22 pm

Serious question….is there a damn braves blog that is not inhabited with a bunch of morons….”Fire FG Fire LP Fire this Fire that….Chipper is a bum….everyone sucks….we are the worst”

This is damn pathetic. If you don’t like the team don’t watch them and shut the hell up. Yes they have problems and so does every damn team. Shut the hell up with the “I know more than a REAL MANAGER FOR A MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM” knows crap.

By the way I love the fumanchoo on Wedge all series….loved it lol. I admit we need to improve CF and move Schafer to a “defensive replacement” role but that is my humble opinion. I love this team way it is especially when Prado comes back.

Again I repeat my initial question………IS THERE A BLOG THAT IS NOT FULL OF ABSOLUTE MORONS CRYING AFTER SWEEPING 3 AMAZING PITCHERS IN THEIR OWN DAMN PARK?

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:22 pm

when Prado comes back, Chipper will go DL and be ready for the stretch run!!!

COME ON BRAVES FANS HAVE SOME FAITH!!!!

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:24 pm

AGREE Joseph….Schaffer though will stay for a little while longer, the orgnization wants to see if he can be leadoff of the future before trade deadline.

Keep up the Support, hope you come out this weekend!!!

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
10:25 pm

If not DL maybe extra rest. They did say earlier that either rest or surgery…..but Prado is key here.

ken

June 29th, 2011
10:27 pm

our fans need to stop looking at Phillies and understand we just want in the dance and then we will see if they can beat us 4 out of 7!!!

richie

June 29th, 2011
10:28 pm

we are still a really good team

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
10:31 pm

@Ken…I have seen every single pitch of every single game either in person or on TV since I was 5. I was there the game Ted (rolling eyes) “managed” ………sorry had to laugh at even typing that one again. I am just sick and tired of hearing……..FG shold be fired ……he should do this he should do that……….

Ok my opinion on Venters tonight…………DID ANY OF YOU READ HIS OWN QUOTES?????/

And I am begging and I mean really begging…………PLEASE DO NOT LET A SINGLE ONE OF OUR PITCHERS…….JJ…HANSON…VENTERS…KIMBREL EVEN WARM UP AT THE ALL-STAR GAME. please. Let them have the honor of being named to the team I am all for it, they all deserve it. But please do not allow them to pitch. Rest them but let them go and have fun and enjoy the atmosphere. Just keep them off the mound in an exhibition game….please.

henry from TN

June 29th, 2011
10:42 pm

good game—good win—gonna be running into better offense the next 3 games but not as good pitching—the birds just beat the reds 2 out of 3

jbone

June 29th, 2011
11:01 pm

lets hope this team doesn’t wake up……it feels like they have not found there way or have an identity….still they have the second best record in baseball. I can’t wait to see the rest of the season!

the truth...

June 29th, 2011
11:02 pm

THE TRUTH IS…

DENNIS REYNOLDS IS A MORON!!!!!!!

arrowhead1959

June 29th, 2011
11:06 pm

Go get 300 hitting (dawg,Atlantan) Jeff Keppinger for next to nothing and let him sub for Chipper, Alex “swing batter”, or Uggla every night.

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
11:08 pm

jbone….”they have not found there(their) way or have an idnetity???? Do you not remember the 90s? Dominant pitching and slightly above average hitting does win. Yes yes yes 1 world championship, but I think that had a lot more to do with BRAVES winning it in 2nd week of September and others having to fight and claw. We do have an identity. It is the BEST PITCHING ROSTER IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES.

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
11:12 pm

@arrowhead………..WHY WOULD A DIVISION LEADING TEAM GIVE UP THEIR 2nd BASEMAN FOR NEXT TO NOTHING????? Are your drunk? I am just curious…..what would you give up in our organization to the Rangers for Keppinger? Please do tell. And please to tell why you are so damn smart to know that A DIVISION LEADING…..WAS IN THE WORLD SERIES LAST YEAR TEAM WANTS TO GIVE AWAY THEIR EVERYDAY 2nd BASEMAN FOR NEXT TO NOTHING??????????

I mean freaking come on ……………EVER HEAR OF COMMON SENSE GUYS?

arrowhead1959

June 29th, 2011
11:22 pm

Uh, Joseph, ARE YOU DRUNK??? Keppinger plays for Houston and they PUBLICLY announced he was available and SI.com has him as a good fit as a utility player for the Bravos; try to keep up please….

StevoDeg

June 29th, 2011
11:23 pm

Joseph, your comment at 10:29 made me happy. I’ve manged to say that for a while. Gracias

Braves 4 Life

June 29th, 2011
11:27 pm

No excuse for using Venters today. Just dumb. Its pretty clear being tired is an issue when he says over and over again he cant get the ball down. On the flip side, I was super thrilled to see Lowe step up and have the team give him some support. This team being 12 games over .500 is truly remarkable with all that has happened (or not happened) and as Fredi would say I have to tip my cap to ‘em. McCann is clearly an MVP level player. Freeman is cruising toward ROY. JJ is a strong candidate for the NL CY Young award. There’s some great things going on in this ball club. Even Uggla is showing signs of what he is capable of.

What I am really concerned about is Gonzo. While Uggla is finding his way Gonzo is losing his. Don’t know whats wrong with him but he just seems overmatched everyday and has no pitch recognition or discipline. He cant even bunt. Think the dude has lost all confidence at the plate. Not good.

But overall the final months of the season should be exciting and the Braves have put themselves in a nice position to do some serious damage and make a deep run. But first things first sweep those pesky O’s.

arrowhead1959

June 29th, 2011
11:31 pm

Braves for Life;I agree; should be an exciting second half as the other wild card teams have real issues; need to get Gonzo going and get some more bench help (Julio Lugo-really??)

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
11:31 pm

I was thinking of Kinsler sorry. What are you going to give up arrowhead for him then since you are obviously smart enough to be the next manager/gm/owner of this team? I bow to your knowledge. So from what I read here everybody is so intelligent……….we get Keppinger and Bourne from Houston for………….? NO TEAM GIVES A GUY AWAY FOR NOTHING……….at minimum it is prospects………..so what damn “prospects are you going to give up??????????????/ i WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THIS.

Please fill in the blank.

Maybe here is an idea………….THIS ISN’T FANTASY BASEBALL. There are people smarter than you and me that run all 30 organizations in the majors for a damn reason.

arrowhead1959

June 29th, 2011
11:35 pm

Knowing Houston the last several years, they’d take Lugo and Kawakami…

the truth...

June 29th, 2011
11:35 pm

Steve34 and Dan Struggla….

You are both Dennis Reynolds cousins I understand….the family tree is ignorance gone to seed….

I would pay to see Steve34 call Chipper a “lil bitch” to his face…………….

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
11:38 pm

Braves4life……..I agree and disagree with the Venters thing……..He was already warming up…….off day tomorrow….I would go with him also. Venters in his own words said he didn’t make pitches….that happens…..sometimes pitchers just don’t have it. But I go with the horse that brought me when I know I have an off day tomorrow and it is also an early game today. I would rather not seen him last night than today….just my opinion.

@arrowhead….Julio Lugo is a defensive guy. And I quote an unnamed GM from ESPN.com on Buster’s blogs………….”Julio doesn’t have the range he used to, but if he touches the ball………YOUR OUT.

Joseph

June 29th, 2011
11:43 pm

Lugo and KK? Do your know how much KK makes? I am sorry I don’t mean to disrespect you but………you have got to be kidding. Lugo in a package I could see maybe………….but KK? THERE IS NO TEAM IN THE WORLD THAT WOULD TAKE KK. Have you seen his salary?

Houston is rebuilding, we can agree on that. They want prospects not contracts that will not help them. We would have to give up Tehran or Delgado at the very least to get anything from houston. If we lucky Minor only. But no way KK and Lugo for Keppinger or anybody of value.

Deedle Nick

June 30th, 2011
12:11 am

It’s official – the Braves have the second-best record in MLB, 2 games behind the Yankees.

Deedle Nick

June 30th, 2011
12:14 am

Oops – third. Missed counting the Phils.

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

J-Man

June 30th, 2011
1:04 am

The move I think we should make is trading Alex Gonzalez for Alexi Ramirez. What do you think were obviously gonna have to give The White Sox a prospect but I figure it won’t cost too much and their salaries are similar and Ramirez is a better hitter

Skeeterleg

June 30th, 2011
1:19 am

oh is that what you are upset about is the money….okay how many games have you attended this season…I will say 2 at the most…so lets just say your $400 went for Mccann and I paid for Uggla, so you will SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

You are paying 200 bucks to get into a Braves game? On another note, Wanna buy my 93 Celica? It won’t run all the time but it has a cd player.

reckingball

June 30th, 2011
1:25 am

A lot of these GM wannabees, have some ideas that are not very smart.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!

Braves10

June 30th, 2011
1:40 am

@ J-Man

Not a bad idea but Gonzo is too good at short. His stellar defense at the games toughest position makes up for his sub-par offensive stats. I’m good for using that prospect you are talking about, along with Schafer and sending them to Houston for Michael Bourn.

Graham

June 30th, 2011
2:28 am

Hamels has not won a Cy Young Award, the question you asked Freddie Freeman about facing Cy young winners.

Larry Parrish

June 30th, 2011
3:23 am

i was just about to post the same thing Graham

clay

June 30th, 2011
4:18 am

I mean we just SWEPT the Mariners. You would have thought we had been swept, our bullpen blew another game, and we have one or the worst records in baseball. It’s crazy to sit here and read some of the stuff people put on here. This is exactly why we are made fun of around the country as far as being a sports town. We have the SECOND BEST record in the NL by THREE GAMES. Oh yeah and we have the THIRD BEST RECORD in baseball. Damn people be happy we can win games and are a legit contender. Oh yeah and we have a winning record against the Phillies this year. I can’t wait for the trip to Philly right before the allstar break. A perfect way to gain some ground and momentum going into the allstar break. GO BRAVES.

NagoyaBrave

June 30th, 2011
4:42 am

Yeah, Nate’s gotta get outta Jordo’s way. Either he can’t hear Jordo screaming, or he’s being a bit obstinate, ornery in his old age. I don’t know, I really like seeing Schafer patrol the outfield. I just wish he could hit lefties, maybe throw more bunts down like he did today. It’s great though having two speed guys on base at the same time, and then Heyward hitting a bullet and I imagine it’s like a video game watching the guys spin around the paths.

I like how the Braves are winning these days. It’s not just in one way, as we saw in the Seattle series, it’s in a number of ways. I like how Freddi is doing things a bit differently, the Braves I saw in the Seattle series do not look predictable or tired. They look sharp in many ways, and faster than previous teams. This is a good thing.

vermont 39

June 30th, 2011
7:31 am

Chipper put himself in a little pickle by calling out Heyward…he had to stay in the lineup injured…I hope his point was made and he can sit for a while. We are a different team when he is healthy…the season is long…either rest or retire Chip…we need a RH bat…and RH you are really bad right now!!!

Skeezix

June 30th, 2011
7:38 am

Fellow Braves Fans Who don’t Hate Chipper: Forget it. It is pointless to carry on a discourse with the Chipper Bashers. As I’ve said before, no amount of reason, fact, or sense of fairness will sway them. I suspect people of their ilk were bashing even the great Dale Murphy in his final playing days.

truth

June 30th, 2011
7:45 am

braveshoo

June 30th, 2011
8:03 am

The Braves will use the savings for next year from McClouth and KK for salary raises that are already on the books like McCann, and arbitration raises for JJ and Hanson. We cant afford another big contract until Chipper retires. McClouth will stay this year as the 4th OF. Prado will play LF and 3rd base to give Chipper a rest. Our hitting will improve with Schaffer, Heyward and our other young hitters getting more experience. Pitching and defense will continue to be the key.

FelixMillan

June 30th, 2011
8:23 am

Hey Dave: Could the Braves sweep the big awards this season: McCann MVP, Jurrjens Cy Young, Freeman Rookie of the Year?

Nut Job

June 30th, 2011
8:30 am

Maybe Chipper should read this?? I’ve seen him roll over so many pitches out away from him and pull a little weak ground ball. Its very frustrating as a fan to watch a rookie go out there with a better approach at the plate than a future HOF player day in and day out…

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

“I was just trying to be short and quick, just trying to hit the ball to left field, because he had a really good two-seamer, good sink. If you try to pull that ball, you’re just going to roll over every time. So I was just trying to go up the middle, go the opposite way, and it worked out today.”

Come on Guys

June 30th, 2011
8:38 am

I guess it is a helluva note that Freddi has not tipped his cap in a while, maybe because they are playing better. Chipper bashers, have you noticed he has been playing at less than 100% and is hitting over .400 with RISP. I believe Lowe’s contract is coming off the books next year also and if Chipper retires, how much would they have to spend then? Did you see Murph in his last years, pretty awful in that he could not lay off the low and away pitch, but we still loved him. Oh well, love them or hate them, I will still take the 3rd best record in the game and hope some of the guys pick it up in the 2nd half. I was at a game in April and saw some of the photos of the late 80’s team and their record of around 68 to 72 wins for several years and think how far they have come. So come on guys lay off the negativity and enjoy the ride, are you perfect?

Nut Job

June 30th, 2011
8:44 am

LOL at all of you clowns saying that we need to go out and get Wilson Betemit, Figgins, and Cantu. Do you people just spin a wheel of names and pick one?? You people would just whine and moan when they came in and hit .250 with no production…More of you clowns saying that Fredi G. is clueless?? Like always, you are showing the readers of this blog that you have absolutely no baseball knowledge at all. You are quite comical.

dean

June 30th, 2011
8:57 am

A team, a gimped up team, goes 17-9 in June and people bich.

anotherbrave

June 30th, 2011
9:13 am

47-35 Wow! The only teams in all of MLB with even a slightly better record are the Yankees and Phillies. And their payroll is twice the Braves. Yet, here we go with fire Fredi, fire Frank, release Chipper, trade Dan. Sure am glad that the so-called fans that vent on here aren’t in charge. lol

E-6

June 30th, 2011
9:19 am

another brave – took the words out of my mouth. 12 over; we’re ahead of the leaders of both central and both western divisions. Imagine if we could hit.

bring back blauser

June 30th, 2011
9:22 am

braves in great shape. pitching on team and minors are the best in baseball. we have a great leadoff man in the making. a mvp caliber catcher which, if you ask any real baseball person will tell you is key in handling a pitching staff. 2 potential 30-50 home run hitters (heyward and freeman) a fantastic player no matter where he plays. an all star second baseman albeit coming off an awful first half but has delivered the power everyone wanted in the off season. a shortstop that is like a vacuum at his position. a hall of fame third baseman that is the team leader in more ways than many want to give him credit for. 2 of the best pinch hitters in baseball. the only thing i see wrong is the fact that the other teams also have good pitching and have scouted our teams very well. but face it the braves are going to the playoffs. let them play the game fredi is doing a fine job running this team. let wren tweak what needs to be tweaked to make them a little more competitive this year. then in the off season let him make moves that will make the braves a team to really give a run against philly and washington next year. maybe just maybe he will get some help from a new owner of the team that will infuse some interest in the operation of this team. i think wren has done a great job with what he has had to work with

reckingball

June 30th, 2011
9:24 am

I just wish that the Phillies were in the Central Div.
Once again they are ahead in the inner-divisional games.
If the Braves can get on top of the Muts, Nats, and the Fish.
I still believe that it is possible for the Braves to take the East away from the Phils.

Go Braves!!

TheAntiMe

June 30th, 2011
9:28 am

COME ON BRAVES FANS HAVE SOME FAITH!!!!

Actually, ken, we do but you can’t get discouraged by the comments in the blogosphere and think that they are representative of the actual Braves fans as they are two entirely different sample bases and two entirely different sets of demographics.

I would be willing to wager that if DOB were to put out a multiple choice poll question asking what people think of the Braves performance so far this season along with the game quotes, the vast majority of people would say that the Braves are doing well to very well this season. However, when reading the comments it seems a given that you will find that around 50% of comments are unfavorable regarding the Braves performance. I suppose that’s just a natural by-product of forums as there will be differences of opinion and that is what forums and blogs are all about.

I noticed this effect last year when Mark Bradley had a poll asking how people viewed Bobby Cox as a manager and probably over 70% of the people who answered said that Bobby was a good manager. However, in that same blog, the comments toward Bobby were probably at least 70% unfavorable.

Someone made a comment yesterday that the Atlanta Braves fans are the worst in the country based on the blog comments. That is not an accurate – nor fair – representation of the folks who watch the Bravos day in and day out.

GO BRAVES!!!

Bill in VA

June 30th, 2011
9:28 am

THIS JUST IN…Fredi is going to give Venters the night off!!

Dirty Dawg

June 30th, 2011
9:34 am

Guess my paranoia is showing again, but once again the New York sports/baseball media has ignored the Braves and focused on the, losing, performance of a foe. A couple of weeks ago it was that guy Batista – we beat their butts and who gets the media attention? The one with a meaningless HR and a nice catch on a meaningless fly ball…after that it was something, or someone, else that was ‘featured’ – again in a losing cause…and now, all they could talk about was ‘King’ Felix, all they could show was a sympathetic view of that 60’s-era, mustachioed manager protesting an obvious strike call, and absolutely no mention of Derek Lowe and barely anything about the Braves’ current hot streak. If it ain’t New Yawk, Philly or Boston, it don’t count..I guess.

TheAntiMe

June 30th, 2011
9:54 am

And you may have noticed, Dirty Dawg, during the Red Sox – Phillies game last night that the ESPN broadcasters were already billing that game as a preview to the 2011 World Series.

On an espn.com message board a couple of weeks ago a Red Sox fan said that it was a lock for the Red Sox and Phillies to play in the World Series. I asked him what makes the Phillies such a lock as they surely weren’t a lock for the WS last postseason and this season they have more holes in their team on offense?

But you know, I really don’t mind. It’s always kind of fun when no one gives your team a chance and they wind up beating up on one of the big boys. When this year is over the national media folks will most likely be calling in a locksmith because they will be forced to change their locks.

bill

June 30th, 2011
9:54 am

I think we have come to the info overload time for sports. Guys with no life sitting at home with stat sheets and an imagination big enough to put them in in the majors in their mind. I read the stuff from DOB but thats about it. The rest of the time I just watch or listen to the game and enjoy the baseball. When armagaedon happens it won’t start at Turner Field.

bill

June 30th, 2011
9:57 am

Oh yeah Chipper on one wheel gets my support for all his years of loyalty. Remember when he restructured so we could get some more players. Never saw a Smolts or Glavine or even maddog offer one cent for relief.

The Lemmer

June 30th, 2011
10:00 am

Chipper is doing whats best for the team by hanging in there until Prado gets back, & YES he WILL be back for his last year again next year, power & average are down but he should make the all star team this year based on what he’s done & not just cause he’s Chipper, second on the team in rbi while playing hurt & part time? Cmon man!!!!!!!!!!

reckingball

June 30th, 2011
10:06 am

I very rarely watch ExPN or the MLB network, and if I do(it will be for just a few minutes at a time), I don’t care what they have to say.
I understand that they are driven by TV ratings, and that they are catering to the Northeastern population.
It’s nothing personel, it’s just buisness.

Go Braves!! — — –Kick some tail-feathers off of them birds tommorrow!!!

henry from TN

June 30th, 2011
10:06 am

dan uggla does not make 15 million a year nor 9 mil a year he makes a little more than 12 mil a year he got 60.2 mil for 5 years that equates to a little over 12 mil a year get your facts right people….

bill

June 30th, 2011
10:11 am

Dave our current record at halfway compares awfully well to some of our glory years at the halfway point. 82,91,95, 96, 2000 01,05. I would trade all those 100 win seasons for one more world series win.

bring back blauser

June 30th, 2011
10:13 am

those that want cantu figgins and betemit should take into fact that they offer no more to the braves than what we have now. i will take conrad for his bat off the bench any day same said for hinske. lugo never had a bat but he is adequate defensive backup for the infield which leaves conrad to do what he does best ….pinch hit. give shafer time. he has done what noone other than prado has done for this team…give the team a spark. he will be jewel if he is left alone and learns more about being a leadoff man. in the offseason i hope that the braves pursue jose reyes. this man is a one man wrecking crew. with him at the front of this lineup with shafer, don’t ever think that heyward, freeman, uggla, and mccann will be getting many change of speed pitches, therefore making them one of the most feared teams in baseball. i still remember the cardinals under whitey herzog wreaking havoc on nl teams with his speed on bases, and making the 3,4, and 5 hitters better than what they really were. i know some will say reyes is having a career year, this is true, but he has one thing that can not be taught…….SPEED. and what do pitchers fear most…..SPEED on bases. any wonder why shafer scores in most cases when he is on base?

bill

June 30th, 2011
10:14 am

I used to cheer for the RED SOX but now I hate them as much as the Yankees. Last year we had San Francisco and Texas in the World Seroes and I do not think many people thought that would happen

Bill

June 30th, 2011
10:29 am

Getting Prado back will be like making a trade….Prado has been out since June 8 and still leads the team in runs scored.
Chipper is still Mr. Brave..the man wants to win!

Chris P. Bacon

June 30th, 2011
10:30 am

If we had a competent manager who knew how to leverage his bullpen…and a batting coach not named “Larry Parrish”, the Braves would likely be leading the NL East over the Phillies by a comfortable margin.

Jack Lill

June 30th, 2011
10:34 am

It gets me, no matter what hapens, the pitching was good. Hanson has been real good this year, but his last start he struggled alol the time he was in there. It looks like Cox is still there, pitch a guy until his arm falls off. If they make the play offs then the relief pitchers are too tired to do anything

Don

June 30th, 2011
10:37 am

The great pitching for the Braves may be wasted. It is going to be difficult to be competitive with your 3rd place hitter barely hittng .250, your shortstop at .240, your second baseman below .200 – and getting terrible production from two of your three outfield positions (McLouth at .232 and Heyward and Schaffer both in the .220s.
This is a shame to waste this great pitching. It is difficult to understand had the Braves continuously fail to develop/improve their hitters at the major league level. There may not be many really great hitting coaches out there, but the Braves have been in desperate need of one for years and years.

bring back blauser

June 30th, 2011
10:39 am

i find this to be hilarious in the fact that if fredi did not use venters in that situation these same naysayers would be saying why didn’t fredi use venters in that situation and try to get the sweep. hey folks you can’t have your cake and eat it too

Bill

June 30th, 2011
10:46 am

Well said Don.

bring blauser back…why not? you can’t eat it if you don’t have it but save some for later.

henry from TN

June 30th, 2011
10:55 am

uggla got 60.2 mil for 5 yrs that equates to a little over 12 mil a year not 15 or 9 that has been stated in this blog….

Dan

June 30th, 2011
11:05 am

Just read an article by Verducci listing 10 midseason MVP candidates, and no McCann? At first I though, well ok, maybe not number 1 but certainly top 10, but the more I think about it…Best hitting catcher in baseball (with Mauer out its not even a discussion) handling arguably the second best (statistically) staff in baseball, the entire outfield has been on the DL, Your high priced offseason acquisition hitting 170, your aging superstar missing games, a rookie first basemen, I think it is fair to say nobody is carrying more of the load for a contending team than Mac

TheAntiMe

June 30th, 2011
11:14 am

No, actually Dan Uggla is making $9,146,942 this season. That is the amount of money that is counting against the Braves payroll for Uggla this season. That total will increase yearly over the life of his contract.

ken

June 30th, 2011
11:20 am

okay Uggla gets 9 million this year

Joseph I seriously doubt you were in philladelphia when Ted managed his one game

dan yeah they are wasting their great pitching with the 3rd best record in the MLB

Braves fans just be patient and enjoy what is a very very good team!!!!

ken

June 30th, 2011
11:25 am

here is what you will hear at the trade deadline:

The Atlanta Braves have aquired (Reed Johnson or Josh Willingham) for a couple of lower prospects!!!

ken

June 30th, 2011
11:27 am

Reed JohnsonRF, #5Chicago CubsJun 30 · Giants at Cubs · 2:20 PM ET
OPP AB R H HR RBI BB K SB
Jun 28 SF, L7-13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jun 28 SF, L3-6 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Jun 29 SF, W2-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Season: GP 49 · Avg .327 · HR 4 · RBI 22 · Runs 13 · SB 1

Josh WillinghamLF, #16Oakland AthleticsJun 30 · Marlins at Athletics · 3:35 PM ET
OPP AB R H HR RBI BB K SB
Jun 15 KC, W2-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jun 16 KC, W8-4 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Jun 17 SF, W5-2 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 1

Season: GP 64 · Avg .231 · HR 10 · RBI 42 · Runs 27 · SB 4

Player Stats · FOX Sports on MSN(STATS, Inc. © 2011)

Mister Frisky

June 30th, 2011
11:29 am

Don makes a solid and valid point.If Larry goes on the DL and Prado goes to third..that will leave you with an outfield hitting between 220 and 235 with no power.Thow in Uggla at 175 Gonzalez at 240 this will be too much for even the best staff in MLB to overcome which the Braves are.We know they are a season best 12 games over 500 but Braves fans have their eyes on the big prize and it’s gonna be difficult to overcome 5 holes in the line up .

Don

June 30th, 2011
11:30 am

Way to go, Braves. Great wins in Seattle!

That said I have some real concerns regarding something that has been going on for a few games now, and it is the very dangerous game Scharffer & McLouth are playing with each other. Now Schaffer is the CF and as such is suppossed to call for & get any ball he can. So far he has done well, sometimes verturing into McLouth’s terrritory to track down slicing balls. The problem is it appears that McLouth thinks HE is (or should be) the CF and is coming very close to crashing into Schaffer, even though it is evident that Schaffer is screaming his head off getting to the ball. I don’t know if this is intentional or not, but because it has happened quite a few times I will guess it is intentional. The result will be that at least one of them (or maybe both) will have to go on the DL to recover when (not if) the crash occurs. So fellows, think of the team and put your egos behind you!

ken

June 30th, 2011
11:37 am

Catcher
Brian Mccann .315 Carlos Ruiz .247
1st Baseman
Freddie Freeman ..272 Ryan Howard .250
2nd Baseman
Dan Uggla .178 Chase Utley .272
Shortstop
Alex Gonzalez .240 Jimmy Rollins .253
3rd Baseman
Chipper Jones .256 Placido Polanco .288
LeftField
Martin Prado .277 Raul Ibanez .238
CenterField
Nate Mcclouth .232 Shane Victorino .291
RightField
Jason Heyward .228 Dominic Brown .214

am I missing something here!!!!

Braves fans have FAITH!!!!!

ken

June 30th, 2011
11:40 am

The Braves starting lineup is hitting .251 on the season while the Phillies starting Lineup is hitting .256 and yet though Braves fans Bitch!!!

I bet Phillies fans are not trying to trade everone and fire the Manager and General Manager:)

Dan

June 30th, 2011
11:49 am

Right on Ken ! Except of course there is absolutely zero doubt Philly fans are bitching, I went to school there, 1 they are clueless, 2 they will bitch if there team is undefeated. But regarding the comparisons the braves are doing fine and thats haveing gone most of June without their starting outfield

Steve 34

June 30th, 2011
12:00 pm

Mark my word… Chipper will be the next brett favre! He does not know when to retire and will just hurt our team more in the coming years… Chipper Jones is a lil whiney bitch

rob

June 30th, 2011
12:07 pm

i just hope the braves don’t do something stupid like trade Shafer…..the kidhas loads of potential and just needs some at-bats….i could so see them trading him and then us all watch him tear it up for another team. don’t give up on shafer braves. not yet anyway.

TheAntiMe

June 30th, 2011
12:12 pm

Chipper Jones is a lil whiney bitch

Seems to me, Steve34, you are the only one here whining, bitch. Is mommy not giving you enough attention at home?

D man

June 30th, 2011
12:22 pm

Bravesnhave the second best record in the National league. Freddie must be doing something right… ;)

D man

June 30th, 2011
12:26 pm

The Braves have the third best record in the Major league behind the Yankers and the Pissys. I think they are doing just fine…

David O'Brien

June 30th, 2011
12:43 pm

AntiMe: Good points at 9:28 a.m.

My Thoughts

June 30th, 2011
12:56 pm

RH hitter back up at first base ? Backup at 3rd to allow Prado to stay in left ? Decent 4th (speedy outfiielder). I’d take Cantu, Figgins, Betemit over Brandon Hicks, Young/Ramires, McCant thro the ball at all , Diory Hernandez (not Conrad at all he stays) Get the point guys ?

bring back blauser

June 30th, 2011
1:05 pm

hey my thoughts their junk would be out treasure? funny you say that cantu is a fredi reject, figgins wanted to play in seattle rather than atlanta, betemit is a braves castoff. am i missing something here? what do they have in common non performance if anything go after mike cameron who was just cut by boston that reject makes more sense

Ball's-N-All

June 30th, 2011
1:07 pm

PLEASE! OH PLEASE! Frank W. go and get Michael Young from Texas,and we will win the World Ser….He hits for power,he hits for avg.,He playes all infield pos.,He playes the outfeild…AND HE HAS SPEED..Nuff said….GO Braves im with you guys win or lose..

T. Johnson

bring back blauser

June 30th, 2011
1:11 pm

michael young would be a great addition but texas will not deal him he is to valuable to them and besides it would take another texiera type deal to get him and he is not worth that

DMAN

June 30th, 2011
1:12 pm

Bunch of Yankee inbreds with all the negative comments,why don’t yall get the hell out of here and pull for the Phillies!

Let's Go

June 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

12 games over 500, 3rd best record in the NL, 17 and 8 for the month of June and winners of 8 of their last 10. We may also be looking at not only the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Cy Young winners but if this keeps up Fredi will be a shoo in for manager of the year.

gcs

June 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

The Braves have a better road record (25-18) than they do home record (22-17). Is it something we said?

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nashvillewill

June 30th, 2011
1:43 pm

Fredi’s helpful moves: spelling McCann for Ross; playing Schafer; moving Freeman up in order; moving Alex down; handling of starting pitchers. All rate an A or A-.
Fredi’s less helpful moves: handling of bullpen, especially Venters and Kimbrel who are both overworked–give them rests when Braves are up 4.(C-); staying with Uggla and Chipper, both of whom should be moved down in order if they must play ($ concerns dictates they play, but not where they bat) (D); not coming out and standing up for players the way his mentor over-did (has he been tossed this season?) (D). Overall job performance, I’d say about a B so far.

jerrbear59

June 30th, 2011
2:02 pm

To the idiots who want to get rid of Alex Gonzalez: Are you crazy? He’s one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and defensively, how many runs do you think he saves for the Braves? I feel certain that the pitchers on this staff would gladly take his .245 average just to have him at short.I shudder to think where we’d be without that glove of his. It would be great if he hit more but what he does defensively is priceless.

phil

June 30th, 2011
2:35 pm

Steve 34
June 30th, 2011
12:00 pm

Mark my word… Chipper will be the next brett favre! He does not know when to retire and will just hurt our team more in the coming years… Chipper Jones is a lil whiney bitch

And steve 34 has a brain the size of a pebble…

phil

June 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

Fire someone…

Have to keep Gonzo for now…glove too valuable even if bat is termite-ridden…

Looking at gorgeous Atlantic in cloudy Florida….race weekend, braves folks.

J-Man

June 30th, 2011
2:55 pm

I do agree that A GON is a great defensive SS but Alexi Ramirez is a good defensive SS and has a way better bat. Also A GON needs to learn how to bunt and how to not “swing for the fences” and go opposite way because he was a better hitter back in 2002-2007 when he was just a doubles hitter that went the other way

braveshoo

June 30th, 2011
3:35 pm

The Braves will get 2 players to help with the stretch run in Sept. and it wont cost them anything: Moylan and Medlin. They will help keep our bullpen the key stength that it is. This is our main competive advantage over almost every team, including the Phillies.

Chuck

June 30th, 2011
4:03 pm

I went to see the AA Braves last night, hoping to catch a glimpse of KK to see what a $6M man looks like, but had to fix a dryer before going. As it turns out, he was pitching. I got there in the third inning and I had already missed him! In the paper it said he had a rough first inning, then a 1-2-3 second, then gave up a double to the first batter in the third and they pulled him. Sounds odd. My gut says they are trying to make him as miserable as possible. His quotes after the game were “trying to get back to the majors, but I thought I would be working in AAA”, “lots of people telling me different things to work on, not sure who to listen to”, etc. Between the lines, it looked like a mexican stand-off. He knows he doesn’t have the arm anymore but is taking the money, and the Braves are going to make sure he rides buses in AA, far from his Atlanta mansion, and take every chance to humiliate him on the field when they can. I can see Wren telling AA manager “Rocket Wheeler”, “Break him”. Terrible situation when no one has any faith in you and hates you – but surely the money makes it a lot easier. I wonder if the rest of the players are scared to talk to him (through an interpreter, of course). Prediction: there will never be another Japanese player on the Braves team.

reckingball

June 30th, 2011
4:55 pm

Most everyone knows why he is in AA ball.

Who me?

June 30th, 2011
5:07 pm

I’m still laughing about ANYone wanting to bring Wilson Betemit back…

No game tonight, its going to suck but – the Phillies did get smacked down by the Big Red machine today, so all is not lost…..

Wilson Betemit……..LOL

ijudgenot

June 30th, 2011
7:40 pm

Each year about this time for the last 10 years Atlanta fans start asking for a big trade to help their anemic offense. So far Frank Wren has resisted this cry and kept the young prospects on the farm. He tried to address the “big bat” over the winter by locking up Uggla for 5 years. This hasn’t worked out, but other than a straight up trade for JJ or Lowe for a big bat. I hope he resists the call to trade the Braves prospects again this year.

bobbymahlon

June 30th, 2011
10:31 pm

For those of you worring about Schafer cutting in front of Mclouth and Heyward need not worry because someday he will cut in front of Heyward and he will end up on the DL for 60 days.
To have the second best record in the NL you have to give Fredi and A+ thus far.
Can’t wait to get Prado back but I hope he does not come back before he is at 100%.

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