Braves quotes after Tuesday win over Mariners

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On McCann and Hanson

“I thought he did a terrific job handling Tommy today, and Tommy just hung in there for six innings, and we were able to get the lead and hold it. For him not to pitch as sharp as we’ve seen him, and get the W, was outstanding.”

Looked like Hanson settled in after rough couple of innings early

“I agree 100 percent. The first two, three innings he kind of fought himself a little. Then he kind of settled in. He might have thrown 20 pitches in the last two innings, where his pitch count was pretty high the first three or four innings.”

On Heyward

“He made a helluva catch. He’s swinging the bat, running the bases good, and that play at the plate was bang-bang. I haven’t seen the replay, but the people who did see it said it was difficult even with the replay. I tell you what, I was impressed with Ichiro’s throw to the plate. That was a very strong, accurate throw.”

On Schafer’s big hit

“Yeah, against a tough left-hander, gets one in there that extends that rally. Then Mac gets another hit there. It was good that we hung around. Youv’e got to give a lot of credit to Tommy, and then the eighth and the ninth inning, with Venters and Kimbrel, were very good.”

On the three-run seventh

“Both teams to this point, we haven’t really scored too many runs. And we were able to at least put a crooked number up that got us the lead, and we were able to hold it.”

On getting some hits with runners in scoring position

“We were hitting [about] .220 coming in here, but we were second in the league with runners in scoring position, and we did that. And you know what gets overlooked – Danny hit another home run.”

***TOMMY HANSON

On McCann

“[He does] everything. He’s unbelievable. The game today pretty much showed it. I got off to a slow start and he told me, ‘Stay right there, we’re going to win this game.’ And that’s exactly what happened. He got those hits. He got me through that game somehow; I honestly don’t know how.

“He got me through that game and came up huge for us. He’s unbelievable.”

You looked like you were rusty early, then settled back into the groove you were in before the DL stint

“I kind of have checkpoints throughout my windup – get to this point, separate your hands, get to this point — everything kind of feels normal when I’m locked in. And at first I really didn’t feel that way. I felt like I was trying to rush to home plate and really get going. Once I kind of settled down there – I wouldn’t say settled down; I had a bunch of baserunners – but I felt a lot more comfortable once I realized that and tried to slow down a little bit and get down in the zone.

“I really got hurt when I left those pitches up. So once I kind of felt a little bit more comfortable and got to all my checkpoint was when I felt comfortable and starting pitching down in the zone a little bit more.”

When did you feel that happening?

“During warmups before the third inning, I realized that everything was staying up and my arm didn’t have time to catch up to my body. So I think it was in warmups in-between the third inning, and then I just tried to stick with that the rest of the game. I felt like it worked pretty well. That’s been a key for me all year, just trying to stay down in the zone. Then if I do miss up in the zone, they’re so used to seeing it down that it kind of throws them off.”

On his shoulder

“It felt good. I didn’t feel anything [from the tendinitis]. Hopefully I come in tomorrow and it’ll feel the same way. But yeah, once I was out there I didn’t feel anything. I mean, my body, my arm, everything felt really good.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On Hanson settling down after rough couple of innings

“Once he got the ball down, he was cruising. But they came out aggressive. They had a good gameplan early, and we countered after we figured out what they were trying to do. We made a lot of them work counts, instead of just going up there and hitting a first-pitch fastball. Sometimes you need to go away from your gameplan, make it different than what it was going in.”

On your hitters swinging at almost every first pitch in the sixth, then working three walks in the first four batters in three-run seventh:

“We were swinging early, figured out that wasn’t working, and so we took more later. We had a lot of good at-bats in that inning, and that was the game.”

Seems like everything is working for you individually

“Things are going good. I’m seeing the ball well, getting a good pitch to hit. I’m working counts and being patient. When I have those things going, I feel confident that I can get some hits.”

On Schafer’s RBI single to tie in seventh

“Huge hit. He battled. He swung at the first pitch, then hung in on the next one and flared one in there. That’s tough, staying in there on a tough lefty like that, with the game on the line.”

Were you surprised Adam Kennedy tried to steal second when Ichiro stole third in the seventh inning?

“I had a feeling that Ichiro was going to try to steal there, and we had the right play on throwing down to second. Looking at Kennedy, I knew he was going to go, just the way he was set up. So we had the right play on, and luckily I put the ball where it needed to be.”

On coming back after trailing 3-0 against a good pitcher

“That’s something we haven’t done a lot this year, is come back from a three-run deficit against a pitcher like that. We battled and came up with some big hits.”

200 comments Add your comment

AK Braves Fan

June 29th, 2011
2:31 am

great game. great, great game.

eskippy

June 29th, 2011
2:31 am

Martin Elginbrod

June 29th, 2011
2:34 am

One of the more nerve-wracking games of late, but a great win. Go Braves.

toby flenderson

June 29th, 2011
2:40 am

gonzalez cant hit for crap!!
and even worse, he always comes up with runners on.

Linebrink for Cy

June 29th, 2011
2:41 am

“but the people who did see it said it was difficult even with the replay”

Even if Bobby had his back turned and was getting some water you know he would have sprinted out there after the out call telling the Ump Jason was safe by a mile!!

TheAntiMe

June 29th, 2011
2:49 am

Just win, baby!

Mike

June 29th, 2011
2:53 am

That play at the plate with Heyward running and Ichiro throwing might be one of the most exciting plays I have seen in recent memory. It is exciting to see one of the fastest runners on the team challenge maybe the best arm in the game.

Lobosolo

June 29th, 2011
3:00 am

Things going bad in Seattle for the naysayers… “Braves will be swept” to “Braves will lose Tuesday and Wednesday” to, I am sure, Braves will lose on Wednesday”… Too bad, crybabies, Braves keep dumping on your gloom and doom…

Great win, Bravos, against a really good pitcher… the season gets more fun as it goes on…

reckingball

June 29th, 2011
3:00 am

Very good game. Hoping that Lowe can bounce back strong, and go deep into the game tommorow.

bowilly

June 29th, 2011
3:05 am

Let’s see take some pitches and get three walks and score runs. Doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure out this a good formula. LP pass this on.

Hawaiibravefan

June 29th, 2011
3:49 am

Great game! This game kind of reminded me of last years team that always battled back and picked up one another. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, maybe the team is finally clicking. Can’t wait for Prado to come back, i have a good feeling of things to come. Can’t forget about the balkoff win against the mets, when Brooks tied it in the bottom of the 9th with a 2run jack. Lets go Braves!

jj

June 29th, 2011
3:52 am

Our manager has a problem and it is Gonzo,our SS.He is a rally killer and he has his head down and shows at the plate he is not willing to do the right thing to help his team.He will not bunt or try to move runners on by hitting to thr right side.I wish our manager would let Lugo play some before the break so we can find out if a SS should be on Wren’s shopping list.I wish they had given D.Hernandez a chance but for some reason he don’t seem to fit into their plans.C’mon DLowe,we need you to show up tomorrow because The Nats and Mets are hot on our heels.GO BRAVES…

Hawaiibravefan

June 29th, 2011
3:53 am

I agree with bowilly on that one, maybe LP and the players will realize that being patient will lead you to baserunners, and baserunners=to runs. Not swinging for the fences can also score some runs too on timely hitting.

Hawaiibravefan

June 29th, 2011
3:58 am

Dan Uggla has been getting alot of bashing on here because he’s in a miserable slump, but to back him up in his past 10 games he’s hitting .216 with 3 homers and 9 rbi’s, only 10 k’s. Still alotta K’s but not as much as before hopefully he got his timing back and this is another sign of things to come.

jj

June 29th, 2011
3:59 am

Oh yeah,I give big props to THanson and Big Mac for hanging in there after a slow start.Way to go Tommy!Man,this rotation is so sick and if D.Lowe return to form,look out.GO BRAVES….

Younger Than That Now

June 29th, 2011
4:04 am

One of the better, complete games of the season… and exactly at the halfway point. Maybe it’s a premonition of things to come in the second half. There are some holes to fill but if we can get everybody healthy… mainly Prado, and getting a healthy Moylen and Medlen back would be very big… things could be interesting in the second half of the season.

bobbybrave

June 29th, 2011
4:24 am

make chipper a player/coach..hitting coach..trade lowe for a right handed hitter off the bench

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Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 29th, 2011
4:51 am

A great win! Way to go Braves!

Johnny Beach

June 29th, 2011
5:28 am

Wonder if “Bones Jones” mind is not on the game anymore

tim

June 29th, 2011
6:30 am

Hey clueless braves blogger; great statement “great win” it’s a good win great no these are games we should win against bad teams. Try tearing yourself away from sportscenter and understanding the game maybe even try playing it unless you were the one always picked last which I am willing to bet you were. And Uggla still SUCKS

GT71

June 29th, 2011
6:32 am

This is what baseball is supposed to be. First, the CWS looks mighty like baseball with normalized bats and a big stadium. Then we get the west coast Braves doing stuff they haven’t done since the early 90s.
Good game, good baseball.
Welcome back, Tommy.
Now if Lee and Halladay would just break their legs (slightly), we’d have a chance in this tough division.
We’d be ahead or tied in every other division – including the AL (ok, them damYankees would be slightly out front).

bill

June 29th, 2011
7:24 am

another win kept up with the Phillies and one more step to the wildcard

truth

June 29th, 2011
7:48 am

FIRE FRANK WREN

Braves have the 5th best record in baseball :-) (2nd in NL) with all the injuries this season. Awesome job

Trojan

June 29th, 2011
8:09 am

I wonder if Freddie should DH McCann and catch Ross. Surely the advantages of saving McCann (our MVP) would out weigh the advantages of DH’ing a parttime outfielder.

Virginia Brave

June 29th, 2011
8:09 am

Pulling hard for the sweep.

mathman

June 29th, 2011
8:10 am

Braves have best road record in NL at the halfway point. Project to 92 wins. That should win the wildcard. Hanson projects to 18 wins and JJ to 20 wins and both have spent time on the DL. Looks like the bats might be warming up.

Quicherbichin

June 29th, 2011
8:20 am

probable quotes from Larry ” It was obvious that Hansen didn’t have i when he gave up a homer to Ichiro on the first pitch. i’d have pulled him then” and ” we could all have blamed Proctor or Linebrink for the loss” as well as my favorite… ” what? We didn’t lose? i turned the game off after Ichiro hit the HR. i knew we were going to lose.”

joedub

June 29th, 2011
8:24 am

love your work DOB. by chance did you ask ol Fredi G about his decision to hit and run in the first inning? Freddie Freeman with a piano on his back and Uggla in a two strike count against one of the best strike out pitchers in the game? That kind of thing can’t go unnoticed! Fredi is a freaking idiot. But since they won, we can pretend it didnt happen, and Fredi’s a fine manager, yeah? afterall we’re gonna win 90 games!

dean

June 29th, 2011
8:26 am

On changing the game plan. Game plans are like battle plans. Once the game/battle begins, usually nothing goes as planned. “Adapt and overcome.” That’s the name of the game.

phil

June 29th, 2011
8:37 am

I managed to stay awake just long enough to see McCann ground the winning hit through the right side of the infield. It was great to see us rally from 3 down and win a game like that. Hanson deserves a lot of credit for getting out of those jams early where one more hit would have probably sealed our fate. Apparently Kimbrel looked good in the ninth dispatching the last hopes of the M’s….nice win.

ijudgenot

June 29th, 2011
8:42 am

Hawaiibravefan

June 29th, 2011
3:58 am
“Dan Uggla has been getting alot of bashing on here because he’s in a miserable slump, but to back him up in his past 10 games he’s hitting .216 with 3 homers and 9 rbi’s, only 10 k’s. Still alotta K’s but not as much as before hopefully he got his timing back and this is another sign of things to come.”

Hope springs eternal!
The season is officially half way over(81 games) and the guy you are paying $15mil to hit lefthanded pitching is hitting .170. The guy refuses to adjust. He gives up half the plate(middle to outside). He is only hitting pitchers mistakes folks. Good pitchers like Phillies have would just stay on that outside half of the plate and he would go 0-for with popups and groundouts. Glavine wished he faced nine guys like him every night. he would have won 600 games.
Jason Heyward needs a real hitting coach to help him make the adjustments needed to get his stroke back. The pitchers have found that hole in his swing(inside above belt) that he cannot hit. He either will have to compact his swing or open his stance a liitle bit and close as he is swinnging. If he does not make any adjustment then his 2nd half will be like Uggla’s first half.

Fred

June 29th, 2011
8:58 am

Co-sign, joedub. Fredi continues to baffle me.

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phil

June 29th, 2011
9:06 am

We won. It’s ok.

Dirty Dawg

June 29th, 2011
9:25 am

Although it’s been decades since Bobby could ’sprint’ anywhere, your point is made. Fredi needs to get mad…back up his players…with Heyward protesting as much about the call as he was it wasn’t enough just to come out and stand there, he – Fredi – needed to unload on the guy. Of course he won’t be changing his call but he’ll damn sure know that he’d better get it right or ‘that’ manager will be in his face and the ‘league’ will be sure to evaluate the consistency of his calls.

You’re right about our ‘other’ Gonzo – the SS one – he’s got about about as much discipline at the plate as a three-year-old. Don’t know what’s to be done – maybe Lugo – but something…and no conversation about ‘rally-killers’ is complete these days without mentioning ‘The Chipper’ – thought his Daddy had fixed what was ailing him?

Finally, once again MLB network’s ‘recap’ of last night’s game was just like they did with the one last week with Toronto…not that McCann was carrying the team with the third best record in the National League…not that Hanson came back from the DL and won again and kept his ERA at or near the top…no, like the Batista ‘lead’ the other night, the first thing they talked about was that the ‘Itchy-guy’ got a HR, and they didn’t even mention that the Braves had won until they closed with – ‘The Braves held on’…what a bunch of t**ds.

reckingball

June 29th, 2011
9:32 am

I think that every Braves win, is a great win.
If Uggla had not hit the HR, the Braves would not have carried a lead into the bottom of the 9th.

Uglas Uncle

June 29th, 2011
9:33 am

Tim = Moron.. Braves winning Mac for MVP…

henry from TN

June 29th, 2011
9:38 am

chipper needs to see his dad again 0 for 5 with 6 left on base i thought our so called left hand specialist was gonna loose the lead if he had had a couple more left handers to face he probably would have….

BrianSC

June 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Halfway. 11 games over .500. Hanging tough in the NL East against the Phils. I think the Braves might be able to take this thing from Philly. Going for a sweep in Seattle. Things are FINALLY starting to round into form with some of the struggling Braves.

McCann for MVP!!! McCann for MVP!!! McCann for MVP!!!

Come one D. Lowe. Today is your day. Lead the Braves to a sweep.

GO BRAVES!!!

Rudy

June 29th, 2011
9:50 am

I would love to get my hopes up, but if the trends continue we are looking at a losing streak pretty soon. We play well against good teams but we choke againts teams that we should be beating. McCann cant save us every game!!!!!!

Johnny Beach

June 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Uggla might make us ALL EAT CROW after all is said and done.

fred

June 29th, 2011
9:59 am

quicherbichin…now you know what Larry going to probable quote? Lol!
You got along way to go to be as smart as Larry…

henry from TN

June 29th, 2011
9:59 am

alex gonzales is a hopeless case he is only hitting around 180 in the month of june and he never has been able to hit in the clutch i sure hope he is gone by next year if not before….

NorCal Brave

June 29th, 2011
10:01 am

Happy to admit I was wrong about our ability to come back against a quality pitcher; good patience in the 7th and some balls found the holes. If not for the year McCann’s having I think we’re already conceding the division to Philly.

Lobosolo

June 29th, 2011
10:03 am

Gee, Tim, your retort to ACBB is a little mean-spirited even for the usual boorishness the armchair louts garble out on here… That WAS a great WIN, Bully-girl,against a really good pitcher and a “bad” team that is contending in its division (and, I might add, took two of three from the Phillies recently)… (BTW, the Braves are at the forefront of a lot of contending teams that aren’t the Phillies, Yankees, or Red Sox; Seattle is 8 1/2 games back of the best record in the AL, certainly within reach and far from a bad team… In fact the top three have lost many games to a lot of teams you and the rest of the know-it-alls consider bad… Perhaps it’s YOUR understanding of what the game is about that is lacking)

What is blatantly obvious here is not your perceived notion of ACCB’s lack of baseball knowledge… Rather, it’s your capacity for useless diatribe against someone for merely congratulating their team… I’m willing to play your game and bet you were the first one kicked off your team for being a whiney, petulant, insufferable little jerk… Really, man

ATLBrave

June 29th, 2011
10:05 am

Braves hitting is seemingly coming around. Braves should look to Omaha and the CWS to fully understand that great pitching and great defense with small ball moving runners can lead to winning streaks and championships. South Carolina played solid defense and moved runners with bunts and steals not relying on home runs to win back to back championships. They weren’t swinging for the fences as it seems many Braves are but just putting the ball in play. This leads to many opportunities for a win.

gcs

June 29th, 2011
10:12 am

Hitting coach Larry Parrish is horrific. If it wasn’t for McCann (who doesn’t need a hitting coach), the Braves would have a nice little losing streak going. Bring back Terry Pendleton.

And who is in charge of stolen bases? The Braves are anemic at stealing AND keeping opponents from stealing. Is Roger McDowell not teaching our pitchers how to hold a runner on??

.

reckingball

June 29th, 2011
10:16 am

KC Frenchy

June 29th, 2011
10:19 am

The damn Yankees are calling about JJ availability, he’s a Boras client & someone is gonna have to pay him big, what if they would swap us Granderson straight up, speed & power in CF & having a huge year??? What ya think Bravo nation?

phil

June 29th, 2011
10:24 am

I’m not ready to say that our hitting is coming around, but last night was the kind of game you like to see from the offense in terms of some timely hitting and rallying from 3 down. If we do ever develop some consistency, we’re going to be really, really hard to beat.

Chipper is just messed up mechanically, much as he was this time last year. Odds are he’ll get it ironed out and start smacking it again before long if his health holds up.

As for Uggla, he is hitting a few homeruns, plays decent defense and always hustles Can’t deny any of that. If we can get him to hit a consistent .270 or so the rest of the way, we’ll be a much better offensive team for sure. I want to see him putting the ball in play for several weeks before I get too fired up about the guy….see Glaus from last year.

phil

June 29th, 2011
10:31 am

If losing JJ is a foregone conclusion (and what a shame if it is), then I say we definitely trade the guy for the best somewhat longterm guy we can get. We’d be stupid not to. Our biggest needs appear to be center and 3b, with ss not far behind. I would think with McLouth likely gone by year’s end that we should throw him in and try to get something minimal for him too. Otherwise, when Prado gets back, and if we did trade for a CF, where are we going to stick both Schafer and McLouth? Might as well move McLouth now and let Schafer spell the outfielders a few games a week, pinch hit, pinch run and so forth. Heyward and Prado are both far from bullet proof, so having Jordan on the bench behind them, and Hinske, would be nice.

At any rate, if JJ is gone then yes, move him….absolutely.

TheAntiMe

June 29th, 2011
10:35 am

Well, if nothing else, there’s little doubt that D. Lowe is due for a quality outing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed because it’s likely going to take a very tight effort by ALL of the Bravos with the King of the Hill Felix Hernandez going for the Mariners.

Serbok

June 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Couldnt believe my eyes last night!!! DID
I Really SEE This so called manager put
a hit and run on, with Uggla? who’s trying to
come out of a slump (more pressure!) and Freeman
at first???? I mean C’mon Man!!!!!!
Combine that with Monday nights line up!
His lack of passion!
Fire The mgr!!!!! Lets get someone else!!
Anyone!!!!!!

The Lemmer

June 29th, 2011
10:42 am

phil, we both know JJ is one of our studs, but were loaded with young pitchers & after this year he will be due a HUGE raise & with Boras as his agent, if we can get a stud outfielder in here to a long term deal, we NEED to make the move, McOut is for sure gone after this year, he & KK salarys are off & thats almost 14 mill, JJ & McOut= Granderson, I say do it, Hanson, Beachy, Huddy, Minor, Tehran we still have pitching but we cant score enough to win consistently, Hello Curtis in CF!!!!!!

Beauvighn

June 29th, 2011
10:44 am

I have not seen anyone comment on the ineffectiveness of George Sherrill..He has killed us the last two games..Does he not remind anyone of a former Brave..Terry Forster..described by Davis Letterman as ” a fat tub of goo”..Most of you are too young to remember ole Terry I bet…Sherrill needs to be sent packing

phil

June 29th, 2011
10:44 am

Serbok

June 29th, 2011
10:38 am
“Couldnt believe my eyes last night!!! DID
I Really SEE This so called manager put
a hit and run on, with Uggla? who’s trying to
come out of a slump (more pressure!) and Freeman
at first???? I mean C’mon Man!!!!!!
Combine that with Monday nights line up!
His lack of passion!
Fire The mgr!!!!! Lets get someone else!!
Anyone!!!!!!”

None of us could believe it, except that we’ve seen it before multiple times this season, so I guess we actually could believe it.

It’s not like me to normally say this, but we DID in fact win the game since it involved more plays and more innings than the first. No need for crazed hysterics…

phil

June 29th, 2011
10:46 am

I remember Ole Terry quite well….if not for him, we don’t win the division in 1982.

Thin he was not, neither in 82, nor when he pitched for us thereafter…

reckingball

June 29th, 2011
10:49 am

Terry was a big man, he helped the Braves win many games.
He was pretty good on Davis Letterman’s show.

Rick

June 29th, 2011
10:50 am

“no conversation about ‘rally-killers’ is complete these days without mentioning ‘The Chipper’ – thought his Daddy had fixed what was ailing him?”

I believe his average is second in the league with RISP.

“Might as well move McLouth now and let Schafer spell the outfielders a few games a week, pinch hit, pinch run and so forth. Heyward and Prado are both far from bullet proof, so having Jordan on the bench behind them, and Hinske, would be nice.”

Whether it’s in the majors or minors, I think Schafer needs to get more experience starting games. I wouldn’t like to see him in the majors club if he’s just playing a backup role.

“Fire The mgr!!!!! Lets get someone else!!
Anyone!!!!!!”

You say you want “anyone” else but there are over 25 other professional managers with records not as good as FG’s this season.

alex

June 29th, 2011
10:50 am

good win ,getting a comeback win with this anemic offense was nice..
If jj IS a goner,granderson straight up would be great<throw in shaeffer, mabye the big boys can teach him how to to play day in and out.
Gee, lobo, agree with your 10;03 thoughts but that midnight shift at the krispy kreme has really gotten to you or you forgot your midol THIS YEAR,Really MAN(?)

tunebone

June 29th, 2011
10:55 am

So Uggla is batting .177, big deal. He’ll turn it around. How can you really be mad at him? He has 12 home runs already. Did you guys really expect Uggla to be a guy that was gonna hit a bunch of singles and have a good average when we made this trade? Its nice to know that we have a guy who has some good pop in the order, even if he only gets on base 17% of the time. Its nice to have a power threat late in games, when we are down by 1 run w/ 2 outs in the ninth and we need a homer.

BOISESTATEBRONCO

June 29th, 2011
10:58 am

We were at the game and there were a TON of Braves fans there!!

Rick

June 29th, 2011
11:04 am

“Did you guys really expect Uggla to be a guy that was gonna hit a bunch of singles and have a good average when we made this trade?”

No but his career avg is close to .260 and I was expecting him to hit at least around .240-.250.

bball fan

June 29th, 2011
11:04 am

The more I see of Fredi the more I miss Bobby. Alex Gonzalez is 0-15 and you need a bunt so why not pinch hit Julio Lugo for him. Everybody knows Alex can’t bunt and can’t hit a slider. We were lucky to win that game despite the manager.

bronkelliott

June 29th, 2011
11:07 am

good game all around but I am in agreement about chipper. He has been awfully flat the last few games and Gonzo also looks lost and uncaring. The need to Platoon Chipper might be nearer than we think. I agree that Diory should have be given more time to play and Gonzo sit more often. Knowing Freddie is that he is just grateful (as are we for the winning record). Let’s hope we can have a smooth 2nd half and that the young guys come together and show the veterans that they are looking to full time players. (Truthfully, I don’t have much have much faith In D-Lowe since the drunk driving incident. It might be time to let him become a bullpen guy and earn his way back to being a consistent starter.

The Lemmer

June 29th, 2011
11:16 am

Whats with the continued Chipper bashing? The guy’s power is down yes, but he has played alot better than anybody thought he would coming off major knee surgery & should make the all star team @ 39, we all would have taken that before the season, still a clutch hitter, gets on base, plays good D, yes average & power are down but still a good player, if you want to bash on here, look to SS, LF, & CF, when Prado gets back, we STILL need a SS & CF agreed?

fred

June 29th, 2011
11:20 am

Play Lugo and bench Gonzo…Chipper is a winner, get off his back.

Dirty Dawg

June 29th, 2011
11:20 am

Agree, if Fredi didn’t think Gonzo could get the bunt down he should have pinch-hit Lugo…not only would it have likely advanced the runners it would have sent a message to Gonzalez that the team knows he has limitations so he’d better get used to it and fix it…and it’s ‘David’ Letterman, not Davis.

As for moving JJ for some real offense, maybe that’ll be the best thing…just be sure whoever we get is signed for more than a year, or that we can count on having an owner by then that’ll spend the money to compete for quality free agents going forward. Whatever you do, don’t trade Beachy for anything or any body. This kid’s gonna be a big-un’…he’s got it all. And maybe if Lowe has a good outing against the guy (the prince or the king, or whatever they call him), well he’s not really pitching against him, but his team, that everybody in New York is so hot on, the Yankees just might go for Derek – not for Granderson mind you, but somebody for Derek and Derek’s money.

Let's Go

June 29th, 2011
11:21 am

I was watching the game on the MLB package and they had the Mariners feed last night and it was really funny after Jason got called out at the plate. First they were all “great throw by Ichiro”, “what a play” and then after showing the replay a few times one of them said “well it looks like Hayward has a good case for his argument” and then the other one says “but that happens a lot in baseball but you have to move on”. Also, they were trying to talk over the loud “let’s go Hayward” chant that could be heard when he came up in the 9th.

The Lemmer

June 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Simple @ SS= Bravos are SURE Diory is not the answer, Lugo is a temporary back up band aid, & Gonzo is not gonna get it done in the long term, so YES we do need a SS, Gonzo is signed only for this year, so we do have a hole in the lineup that needs addressing by Mr. FW!

Chibob

June 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Let’s move Prado back to the infield in the 5 hole.

KC Frenchy

June 29th, 2011
11:41 am

11 bombs, 13 steals, 47 rbi, .270 avg. & cannon arm, not bad for AAA player, maybe the Bravos wish I was in RF for them still!

The Lemmer

June 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Chibob, Prado is the perfect #2 hitter, that is the ONLY spot he should hit in, but of course Fredi will move him around for some dumb reason, he has no spot to go to right now as long as Chipper is healthy, & were stuck with Uggly @ 2nd for 62 million reasons!

alex

June 29th, 2011
11:45 am

KC Frenchy,come on down and don’t forget the BBQ…..
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ijudgenot

June 29th, 2011
11:46 am

Being a “power threat” means the batter has more than a 50% chance of hitting a homerun. Again the only way Uggla is going to hit a homerun late is that the pitcher has a brain cramp and throws the ball on inner half of plate. If Braves are lucky enough to get to playoffs, the caliber of pitchers that they will face won’t have many brain cramps.

Rick

June 29th, 2011
11:51 am

“Being a “power threat” means the batter has more than a 50% chance of hitting a homerun.”

lol what. What player hits homeruns in 50% of their ABs?

KC Cabrera

June 29th, 2011
11:51 am

280 ba, 9 hrs, 43 TB, 10 sb, 317 obp, 45 rbi, and Frenchy is hitting 264 not 270. Its alot better in Al than NL..hahahaha.

KC Cabrera

June 29th, 2011
11:53 am

Yes, I love Billy’s BBQ too

Rick

June 29th, 2011
11:55 am

Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gonzo back next year unless they have a minor league player ready to start. His offense is streaky and he lacks plate discipline, but his defense his superb. If the rest of the lineup were hitting better, his offensive production probably wouldn’t be coming under question as much.

CHITWOOD

June 29th, 2011
11:56 am

I was at both Monday and Tuesday night’s game and plan on being there this afternoon for the finale…WHAT A GREAT SERIES! So many Braves fans at Safeco…makes it almost feel like I was at the Ted! Wish they came to Seattle every year, maybe I wouldn’t miss home as much!

Serbok

June 29th, 2011
11:57 am

Rick?
There are 25 other teams that Do NOT have the “talent” the Braves have!
Especially pitching~
I used to say “Bobby Watches a Great Game!”
As he rarely made the correct managerial moves during a game~!
Just a poor field general! Great players manager~ but poor field general!
Freddie G~ lacks passion! Does he know more about BB than I? I hope so!
However~ Tony LaRussa ~ Joe Torre~ Charlie Manual even Ozzie Guillen~
He IS NOT~ I could go on~ Watch what /Davey Johnson does with the Mets!
Bobby Valentine? Anyone?
;-)

jim

June 29th, 2011
11:57 am

“If you want to bash on here, look to SS, LF, & CF”

I suppose 2B gets bashed enough that it is not worth including in that list. No argument with SS, but LF has been OK for the 8th or 9th hitter and will be manned by Prado in a couple of weeks. McLouth worked a big BB last night after SS failed to advance the runners (at least a K was better than a DP which was the next most likely event). CF got the clutch hit that tied the game (and in his previous game, got the big hit that gave us the lead in SD) Chipper had a good April and a good series in Houston, but his average and power have been in free fall for 2 months and he is just reaching for the ball — trying just to make contact in most of his ABs. He was a rally killer in 3 ABs last night (one where the 1B bailed him out with an error).
He does not belong in the middle of the lineup at this stage of his career.

ijudgenot

June 29th, 2011
11:59 am

“Truthfully, I don’t have much have much faith In D-Lowe since the drunk driving incident. It might be time to let him become a bullpen guy and earn his way back to being a consistent starter”

That is the perfect solution for the Braves 7th inning relief problem when O’Flarity’s back is aching. Lowe sarted his career as a closer for the Red Sox so the transition would not take much. He is 37 and it would add life to his now 85 mph fastball since he would only have to go a couple of innings at the most. Smoltz did it for the team why not Lowe? Medlen or Minor could take his spot in rotation and get rid of “lefty specialist” Sherril who can’t get lefty’s out.

smalltownbravesfan

June 29th, 2011
11:59 am

Heyward=Francouer, most overrated player on the team.

TheAntiMe

June 29th, 2011
12:02 pm

and it’s ‘David’ Letterman, not Davis.

That’s funny coming from someone who spells dog – “d-a-w-g”. :P

Serbok

June 29th, 2011
12:03 pm

Oops~
I meant the Nats~
my bad

bill

June 29th, 2011
12:06 pm

Serbok

June 29th, 2011
12:07 pm

ijudgenot ?

Sounds to me As though You Do Judge!!!!!
Wasnt Lowe’s dui thrown out?
What does that have to do with Anything?????????????
“Judge NOT~ Lest Ye Shal Be Judged!”

Yade

June 29th, 2011
12:07 pm

Whoever thinks the Braves should trade Jair Jurgens should be banned from commenting due to being extremely stupid.

You don’t trade your best pitcher in the middle of a pennant race…..get a clue folks.

jim

June 29th, 2011
12:09 pm

Davey Johnson is managing the Nats now, not the Mets and he is 0 – 2 so far. Johnson’s Mets were loaded with talent in the mid 80’s, but he has not been a successful manager with lesser teams. He must be 70 years old by now.

bill

June 29th, 2011
12:12 pm

jim~davey is 68 but u were close

bill

June 29th, 2011
12:14 pm

How about the Fish~Trader Jack is 85 I believe

J-Man

June 29th, 2011
12:14 pm

Why would you trade Jurrgens this season?????? I think you hold on to him until hes about to hit free agency then extort the Yankees for more than Granderson. Also I think we need to trade Alex Gonzalez for Alexi Rameriez.

J-Man

June 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

Well we can cut Davey Johnson and count the rings to determine his age ;)

jim

June 29th, 2011
12:17 pm

Do the Yankees really need a starting pitcher? Lowe is no better than what they are running out there now. Hughes is on the mend and will return shortly and Garcia and Colon have been giving them more than anyone anticipated. JJ would be an upgrade, but not one they would need for the price of Granderson. Talk of trading JJ two years before he can become a free agent is ridiculous, and he is going nowhere this year during a pennant race. Trading Lowe and his contract would be nice, but I don’t think the Yankees are eager to do it.

ken

June 29th, 2011
12:20 pm

I hate to always be the voice of reasoning but we are FINE!!! We will not trade for anyone, just need Prado back and Uggla to be Uggla!!!

Serbok

June 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

Johnson is 70 years old~
I corrected my mistake a moment later~
He’s the new Nat’s manager~
And Phil? I’m sorry~ But~ Uggla has Never!!!
Been asked to “Hit and Run” with Freeman at First!
If? you meant Freddi G ~has made poor decisions
this year? I agree!!!! Makes absolutly no sense for example
to have Venters come in with a 4 run lead!!! I could care less if
he was warming up when game was a one run issue!
Makes no sense at /all!!!!
Freddi G is a poorer Field manager than Cox!!!
And that’s saying Alot!!!!!!
@ least The umpires had Cox in the “Back of their minds”
at all times!!!
Freddi G is Nonexistent!

ken

June 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

If we do make a trade boys it will be for a RH Bat in the OF that can come off the bench!!

bill

June 29th, 2011
12:23 pm

Sorry about the 85..Jack Mckeon is 80. just looked it up.

ken

June 29th, 2011
12:23 pm

46-35 boys is not bad for a manager who has a team hitting the way they are and with the injuries the team has had!!!

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