Video: Keys to the Braves’ second half

PHOENIX – CineSport’s Noah Coslov asks the AJC’s David O’Brien which players the Braves most need to come up big in the second half, and how much confidence the team has.


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Chet Whitlock

July 11th, 2011
10:36 pm

They made you hold your own mic? Bush league.

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

July 11th, 2011
10:42 pm

JASON needs to be the second-half MVP!

Chris from the Rock

July 11th, 2011
10:43 pm

Heyward is the key to the second half.

no crying

July 11th, 2011
11:16 pm

If Danny Uggla can step up and be the second half MVP, and we all know that he can, then the Bravos are going all the way.

Husker Tony

July 11th, 2011
11:17 pm

DOB you the man.

Bravo_fan 52

July 11th, 2011
11:26 pm

Baring any catostrophic injuries I like this team to make some noise in the second half.And I mean TEAM I think Fredi is growing into a fine manager and will be o.k.even with less talent than some of Bobbies’ teams

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RESIGN OR RESIGN?

July 11th, 2011
11:34 pm

Agree with every comment so far; the question was: “Who NEEDS to be the second half MVP?”. For all of DU’s struggles, he still leads the team in HRs. JH needs to step up and perform the way he did the first couple of months of last season.

Supes

July 11th, 2011
11:34 pm

What DOB said is correct…but we need Dan Uggla to play and hit like he’s done the past 5 years not in the first half of 2011. That will be the biggest key (outside of Prado’s and Chipper’s health issues staying healthy).

Heyward is also very important…ideally they both get going (Heyward and Uggla) with Mac and Freeman still swinging the bats like they have been as of late…Braves will be tough to beat if that happens.

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

July 11th, 2011
11:38 pm

BTW; Hanson got hosed by BB and SF; JJ to a lesser extent. I hope we remember that in the 2nd half in the games with the Giants.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:43 pm

uggla getting hot = world series

VinceVanGo

July 12th, 2011
12:01 am

Just a thought, but if the Braves aren’t going to trade for a right handed outfielder why not give Wilkin Rameriz a shot to see what he can do everyday until Chipper gets back. And also, how about sending Jordan Schafer back down and bring up Jose Constanza and see if he can put up anything close to his AAA numbers at the major league level. He’s got a much better batting average and number of steals than Schafer has. Those two moves might just work and would definitely be a cheap fix, which would please Liberty Media. Go Frank!.

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

July 12th, 2011
12:24 am

Why does everyone think the Bravos need a “fix”??!! They have the 4th best record in baseball and would be easily leading every other division except the 2 “Easts”!…even with their offense underperforming against all past indications. We are getting Marteeeen back soon; and we are winning with the line-up we have; despite the individual lack of “production” as indicated by stats. The defense is much better with JS in center and MacLouth in left. Looking at the past series with the phils; the first 2 games went into extras and the third was a blow-out (another right-handed bat would have hardly changed a 14-1 outcome!). I doubt that Lowe and Proctor (or Lugo or Hicks) will see much post-season action if they continue to perform as they did Sunday. I think the team will be fine once Moylan and Prado and Chipper are back. No need to trade valuable pitching for anyone who might just turn out to be another DU (though I believe DU will be a valuable asset eventually).

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

July 12th, 2011
12:34 am

Though it essentially back-fired on them; I believe the Bravos were attempting to “showcase” Proctor over the weekend; and they realize (as anyone who is familiar with his contract must) that he is one bullpen member they would like to move before the trade deadline. Watching other games one finds that even moderately effective relief pitchers are rare (and thus of value) through much of both leagues.

VENEZUELA

July 12th, 2011
1:19 am

You’re the best DOB seriously man we couldnt have a better beat writer

Remarkable

July 12th, 2011
2:23 am

Dave, a star is born. And it’s not Noah Coslov. Noah Coslov is a bore!
The Braves have all the right pieces, we just need a better hitting coach and I think all of our problems are solved. The only area we might could improve upon is Center-field, but where are we going to find a hitting, fielding, base steeling Center-fielder? Maybe in the great state of Texas, but would he be worth the price we would have to pay?

Larry

July 12th, 2011
3:14 am

So, is that not one, but two, rings on the middle fingers of your right hand, Dave, or a handle to keep from dropping the microphone?

Super cool, middle aged, ladies man, jewelry dude, huh? What’s next, a black leather jacket, motorcycle, tattoos and a pony tail hanging behind your helmet? :-)

jj

July 12th, 2011
3:37 am

I might be wrong but it seems the Braves favor some guys in their organization and they get all the playing time and are constantly called up.I also would like to know why W.Rameriz don’t get a start in LF and why D.Hernandez is not given a chance to play even when he was hitting the ball pretty good when he was up and even Joe Simpson said he liked the way Diory was hitting,but he goes down and Hicks,who has never hit up here gets called up.And as for Constanza,Idon’t think he will ever get a chance with the Big Club and he will soon be with The Royals or Nationals,where a lot of Braves end up.Oh yeah,why is Procter on the team?I know it is stupid to say this,but man we sure could use my man Y.Escabor.I just had to say it and I will never forgive Bobby for that trade.It also looks like Andruw is still hanging in NY.too bad we did not sign him as our extra OF to play instead of McLough!Darn,we sure are selective in our Team makeup.GO BRAVES

Conyers Braves Fan

July 12th, 2011
4:24 am

All the players need to”come up big in the second half”.
The hitters need to help the pitchers more in the second half. All hitters must contribute and the team batting average needs to come up to at least .250.

Jeff

July 12th, 2011
5:00 am

jj:

I agree with you regarding Wilkin Rameriz, Esco and Proctor too. I disagree regarding Hernandez and I’ve watched him play a lot in the minors. Keep in mind, Diory Hernandez only hit .212 with a .545 OPS for us, and he only got hits on bad pitches or bat pitchers. He is also a career .157 hitter with a .455 in 75 games in the Majors over three seasons. And to make matters worse, he’s only hitting .203 in AAA this season too. He’s also not been good defensively in the Majors nor AAA this season. He could have more errors than he’s been given thus far. Hick’s on the other hand had a .880 OPS in AAA and has only 21 AB’s this year in the Majors (and 26 AB’s for his career). So Hick’s sample size isn’t enough yet to judge, though he’s obviously off to a poor start offensively. But unlike Hernandez Hicks is a plus-defender so there’s some value with him even with little offense.

That said, Constanza doesn’t bring anything Matt Young cannot give us. In fact, Constanza isn’t good defensively in center, while Young is good there. So that’s probably why he’s not on the 40-man roster. We just don’t need another Matt Young with less defense, esp. not with Schafer on the roster too. Now we could use someone like Bourn but he might cost us someone like Mike Minor and I’m not sure I’d trade Minor.

Bobby's chauffuer

July 12th, 2011
8:19 am

This team should be dangerous to opposing clubs. If I was an opposing pitcher I would not want to face this line up.

Jordan getting better getting on base.
Prado solid on base guy
Chipper healthy.. should have better 2nd half
Mac good as gold
Dan Will be the Dan of years gone by – will help win more games 2nd half
Freddie Will be better – 2nd half- fun to watch
Jason Has all the potential..not sure if he will get it together
McLouth don’t expect much- 2nd half same as 1st half
Pitching solid
Bullpen better than most clubs – Ovenbrel outstanding
Manager A work in progress

Larry

July 12th, 2011
8:20 am

jj,

If you’re implying that all the guys you listed being shortchanged or traded is because they’re black I’d suggest the Braves continued efforts at trotting out the utterly ineffective, free swingers in Heyward and Gonzalez completely destroys your baseless insinuation. And the Braves best pitcher, Jurrjens, isn’t exactly Scotch Irish!

Perhaps the leadership at the grossly ineffective, incompetent, and corrupt Atlanta Public School System could use some diversity, don’t you think?

A person who votes FOR a candidate simply because he or she is black or white is just as racist as a person who votes AGAINST a candidate because he or she is black or white!

Whom do you vote or pull for, jj, the best all around candidate or player or the one whom best suits you personal agenda?

alex

July 12th, 2011
8:39 am

Why does anyone think that uggla, a career .250 hitter(x for last year) will “become” a great hitter and bring this team to the WS. His last few games say:POOR fielder ,.250 hiteer ,30 HR per year, that’s it!!
as for jj typical Atl garbage, racial implications,got his/her schooling in APS, what do you expect…

Trojan

July 12th, 2011
9:06 am

2 things need to happen:

1. Trade for Michael Bourn
2. Bring Wagner out of retirement

Supes

July 12th, 2011
9:07 am

Why don’t we give Wilkin Ramirez the LF job till Chipper Jones comes back? Simple…Nate McLouth is a better player than Wilkin Ramirez…and the middle of the season isn’t the time or place to gamble on an unknown commodity.

Braves are better served with Nate out in LF for now who has been OK in the 8th hole in the lineup. At least you know what you’re getting out of that spot.

@ alex,

I’ll take Uggla hitting .250 for the rest of the 2nd half as long as his power/RBI numbers reflect that. You do realize he’s hitting well under .200 right now and has had the most AB with RISP on the team? Imagine just if he’d hit .250 in the first half…we’d probably be in 1st place ahead of Philly.

Trojan

July 12th, 2011
9:09 am

JJ: I don’t get your post. The examples that you use are of marginal (at best) players. The Braves are trying every combination on a tight budget.

Who could even argue with that?

alex

July 12th, 2011
9:19 am

@supes,agree if he were hitting .250 we would be in better shape:my point to previous bloggers is simplyhe is NOT a great hiter, he has been historically fair to good with HR’s (Giambi like, not even that good) and now with the “changing game” he cannot be considered even a “good” hitter(whatever that means in todays game). For me I would love to see the windmill strikeouts cut down…
Anyway,we need prado back and unless we want our usual early exit from the playoffs, need to make a move for a very good hitter…Were’s shaun to give us the stat breakdown???

phil

July 12th, 2011
9:22 am

Larry – You are clearly a racist….you can’t say things like that.

alex

July 12th, 2011
9:50 am

larry and phil,clearly you both need to go to hawaii, just like former APS superintendant hall, to relax and recover from the strains of life . A couple of planters punches and all will be well, send me the bill( for the drinks) KUM BY YA…

Larry

July 12th, 2011
10:41 am

phil,

LOL!

I know, and the fish wrapper police will probably pull anything that is in opposition to their agenda. I just can’t stand senseless and baseless prejudicial remarks that can devalue and perpetuate apathy when such actually occurs.

I believe in accountability, performance, and personal standards, values and behavior; I do not believe in entitlement and rewarding or compensating the lazy, worthless societal “takers.”

That the Braves rid themselves of the immature, lazy, malcontent and clubhouse cancer in Escobar was fine with me, just as it was with the “white” John Rocker!

Larry

July 12th, 2011
10:45 am

Can Ramirez, Hicks, Hinske, or Donald Duck perform any worse, offensively and defensively, that what we have seen in right field year to date?

Cosalev

July 12th, 2011
11:05 am

Why are so many Braves players getting hurt playing baseball ?

Cosalev

July 12th, 2011
11:07 am

Larry Parrish is key to 2nd half. Can he instruct the .230 hitters to hit better ? McOut,StrUggla,Heyward,and Gonzcan’thitzalez ? To be Frank,its almost automatic that Gonzalez will make an out when he hits now.

Cosalev

July 12th, 2011
11:09 am

Bring Wagner out of retirement ? To watch Kimbrel close games ? Stupido.

Cherry Pie

July 12th, 2011
11:11 am

Frank Wren needs to go to the teams that are sellers like Orioles,Twins,Nats,Mariners,etc. and get a power bat OF. Then let’s beat those Phillies !

Cherry Pie

July 12th, 2011
11:14 am

Go get a power hitting LF then when Prado & Chipper return you will have a solid offense. Nate can be 1st option off bench (Conrad if power situation).

Cherry Pie

July 12th, 2011
11:15 am

Mike Cuddyer would be a good fit.

Joey

July 12th, 2011
11:36 am

Cherry Pie, where would Prado play with a new LF and with Chipper back?

DawgDad

July 12th, 2011
12:28 pm

Lots of things have to break well for the Braves to make the playoffs, because other teams in the hunt will make moves to improve. I’d list the following “keys”:

1. Jurrjens, Hanson, and Hudson have to stay healthy
2. Bullpen must remain effective
3. Prado needs to round back into form very quickly and provide RH bat to cover loss of Chipper
4. McCann has to stay healthy
5. The kids need to improve (Schafer and Heyward in particular; Freeman to a much lesser extent)
6. Uggla must hit consistently, around his career average or better from here on in
7. The GM needs to effectively shore up holes in the roster, (a) RH outfield bat, (b) right handed arm for the bullpen, (c) middle infielder who can effectively spell Gonzalez and Uggla

Zach J

July 12th, 2011
12:45 pm

The Braves will trade for Colby Rasmus, Mark my words.

rob

July 12th, 2011
12:54 pm

we need bullpen guys. we have a great record without our entire team playing. we have to get more help with those games where our starters go out early. 5th 6th 7th inning guys. we can’t work the same 3 guys over and over. let’s not panic and trade a young promising arm for another middle of the road outfielder. don’t we have enough of those?

DawgDad

July 12th, 2011
1:38 pm

” let’s not panic and trade a young promising arm for another middle of the road outfielder. don’t we have enough of those?” I certainly agree with your trade stance, but to answer your question: “No, we don’t”.

Puzzled

July 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

Braves don’t need a fix, they need some tweaks.

Braves need to tweak because 4th best does’t = World Series Winners!

Jay Dubu

July 12th, 2011
2:42 pm

Will the Braves make a trade before they play their next game on Friday?

Will Gonzo realize he is in hin contract year, and turn it on like Reyes?

Two thirds of the Braves’ backend of the bullpen is on the NL All_star team.

Proctor will probably stick around for a while…his role will just change.

Trojan

July 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

Is anyone else tired of hearing about Derek Jeter?

Herschworld

July 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

Is this the smurfs trailer

alex

July 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

@ trojan:NO.

support woundedwarrior

July 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

@2;51..wish we had a Jeter
u right Alex..no

reckingball

July 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

Trojan….Yeah.

rob

July 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

when would proctor be released? does anybody know? he’s a TOTAL morale killer on the team.

Trojan

July 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

Support and others: I understand but I am tired of hearing, “How is Derek going to accept not hitting leadoff?” I say, Dude you are hitting .269, you should be lower in the lineup. With your range perhaps we should let our best shortstop play SS.

Frank Wren

July 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

Why should I go to all the trouble of finding a RH batter who bats .300 when I can play golf or sit on my butt and do nothing? What’s the matter —are you guys crazy?

fred

July 12th, 2011
5:05 pm

what do u know reckingball?
Trojan~~No!

fred

July 12th, 2011
5:08 pm

Trojan~~leading-off JS hitting 230 should be hitting lower..right

Steve

July 12th, 2011
5:24 pm

The Braves should trade the self-absorbed underperforming Jason Heyward. They might get a good return for a player that is seriously overhyped.

Nelson

July 12th, 2011
5:36 pm

Braves confident about second half
Let’s put the feet on the ground, if they do not get a big right handed bat, they will exit the play-off in the first round if they finally make it as the NL wild card

Nelson

July 12th, 2011
5:39 pm

Fred: But JS is doing an acceptable job as lead-off, at least this year nobody has done it better than him

Frank Wren's pettycoat

July 12th, 2011
5:41 pm

I am not acquiring Matt Kemp or any other player that will command 9 million plus! After I abused my priveledges by spending someone else’s money on inept talent like Nate McLouth, Derek Lowe, Kenshin Kawakazi, and Dan Uggla, I really am fortunate not to have been fired.
I am so happy Donald trump doesn’t own this team, or else I would already have been FIRED!
I like my Lexus, and my Barbie Doll wife, please don’t request players of such ilk.
Best Regards
The Dumbest G.M. in Baseball

alex

July 13th, 2011
12:44 am

Lexus and barbie doll wife ,where else but HOT’lanta or L.A. With all the dodger troubles , mabye they could use his input!??!

FL dawg

July 13th, 2011
6:32 am

The Braves already have a mid to late relief pitcher, his name is Derk Lowe. Beachey needs to pitch every 4th day. Lose Proctor.

BigAl

July 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

The Braves most glaring deficiency is SPEED. When they do have someone on base, the other teams regard them as absolutely NO THREAT to steal a base. These bunch of lead foots couldn’t out run the Azalea Acres Retirement Home track team.

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