After injury to McCann, what next for Braves?

A little scattershooting while pondering what must have gone through umpire Jerry Meals’ mind in those first few seconds immediately after he called Julio Lugo safe to end the Bravos’ 4-3, 19-inning win over Pittsburgh at 1:50 a.m….

Terrible call, terrific result for the Braves on an otherwise troubling night when they lost their best player, All-Star catcher Brian McCann, for what they hope will only be 15-20 days, although oblique muscle pulls often take longer to heal.

Jordan Schafer is also going on the DL for the lingering soreness he’s had in his jammed and chip-fractured middle finger.

Since DL'd catcher McCann can only watch for at least the next 15 days, will the Braves move with more urgency to trade for a bat this week?

Since DL'd catcher McCann can only watch for at least the next 15 days, will the Braves move with more urgency to trade for a bat this week?

Whether the Braves say so publicly or not, this has to give a little more urgency to their pursuit of a right-handed bat before Sunday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, especially given that some of the available hitters are already off the market after big fish Carlos Beltran was traded to San Francisco today and other dominoes could soon fall.

As I said earlier, I talked to agent Scott Boras late last night – he returned my call at the exact moment when McCann was being checked on the field after nearly doubling over in pain following his 10th-inning errant throw to second base when the injury occurred – and came away from that conversation thinking the Braves were not a finalist for Beltran.

Maybe it was because the Braves weren’t willing to give up with any of their top four pitching prospects for a three-month rental, when the Giants were willing to give up their No. 1 pitching prospect.

But I got the impression it went beyond that, because Beltran had full trade-veto rights and the pending free agent was going to go to the team where he felt he had the best chance of winning a World Series and/or the best chance to pile up more big numbers between now and season’s end, so Boras would have every ounce of ammo available to work his magic this winter and get the biggest deal possible for Beltran.

Philly, Texas and San Francisco all fit one of both of those criteria. And while Boras didn’t mention it, I couldn’t help but think all of those teams and a couple others  had the money and seemed much more inclined to consider signing Beltran to an extension if he comes in and charms the team and its followers with gaudy numbers in a pennant race and in the postseason (most Braves fans can remember the postseason when he was a power-hittinig force of nature for Houston, his career-stamping weeks in the klieg lights).

So anyway, what’s left now that Beltran and Colby Rasmus are off the board? (Though I don’t think the Braves had much if any interest in Rasmus to this point.)

Answer: More than most think.

A range of players from Houston’s Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn (though Bourn is left-handed) to less-expensive options including Ryan Ludwick, Marlon Byrd and Reed Johnson. The Braves have also discussed B.J. Upton and Josh Willingham, if that gives you an idea of how wide a net they’ve cast in this pursuit. They are are hitters that could help the Braves, to varying degrees.

Braves top scout Jim Fregosi sat next to Frank Wren in Wren’s private suite last night, there until the end of that 6-hour, 39-minute test of wills or endurance or something.

Those two will meet with other Braves officials this week, perhaps right this moment, about the options that are out there and what the Braves are now willing to offer.

They already knew what their needs were before last night, but those needs were only magnified when McCann went down. Because even if it’s less than three weeks until he returns, that’s 15-20 games that could be the difference in a playoff berth.

Oh, and by the way, for Braves fans fretting over Beltran going to San Francisco, at least he didn’t go to the Phillies. If he had, then any remaining chance the Braves had of running down the Phillies would have been erase, in my opinion.

Anyway, your Crusading Everyman got home at 5:40 a.m., and I can’t tell you how strange it felt driving home from work as morning commuters were driving to work and the L.A. Fitness parking lot was filled. (I had no earthly idea that so many people actually worked out before sunrise, had assumed that must be a quiet time at the gym. Wrong.)

There were more than 600 pitches thrown last night, and four pitchers who threw 88 or more including Pirates reliever Daniel McCutchen (91) and Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez (88 pitches, 62 strikes). Martinez was the hero of the night for the Braves, working six scoreless innings of two-hit ball with six strikeouts and no walks. Exemplary.

His six innings and 88 pitches were two more innings and 32 more pitches than his previous major league career highs.

But let’s not forget Scott Proctor. As much as we’ve criticized him for his recent bad performances, the guy came through big-time last night with the final three scoreless innings on one hit and three walks (two intentional), not to mention his, ahem, game-winning RBI on the grounder to third that drove in Lugo.

Proctor will not soon live down what happened after he hit it, when he slipped coming out of the batter’s box and fell on his hands and knees before getting up to resume his frantic dash to first base, fearful of being the back end of an inning-ending double play. (Which he would have been, if Lugo had been called out and catcher Michael McKenry had turned to throw to first base, as his teammates were shouting for him to do, before they realized as McKenry already had that Meals had actually called Lugo safe.)

The throw beat Lugo by several feet, but he was called safe anyway. Braves win in 19 innings.

The throw beat Lugo by several feet, but he was called safe anyway. Braves win in 19 innings.

“I slipped coming out of the box,” Proctor said. “When they showed the [replay] of the play at home, I was still in the frame. That’s how bad it was. It was pretty bad. Very easily [could have been a double play].”

Schafer was at second base and Lugo at third when Proctor hit his groundball.

“I didn’t know what was going on when I saw them coming out [of the dugout],” Schafer said. “And I looked and saw Proctor trying to get back up and run; I thought it was going to be a double play. I don’t know. It was comical. But it was good to get the win.

“I looked and saw Proctor and he was, like, two feet out of the box. I was thinking, wait, what happened?”

Before his three scoreless innings Tuesday (actually Wednesday a.m.) Proctor had posted a 12.71 ERA and .380 opponents’ average over his previous 13 appearances, allowing 19 hits, 16 earned runs and four homers in 11-1/3 innings.

Picked a good night to have his best performance.

BRAVES LINEUP (Heyward is out of lineup because he’s 14-for-84  –.167 — against lefties, so Fredi Gonzalez wanted to play newly returned Wilkin Ramirez against Pirates LH Paul Maholm)

  1. McLouth CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Ross C
  6. Ramirez RF
  7. Lugo 3B
  8. Gonzalez SS
  9. Jurrjens RH

OK, gotta get down to the clubhouse. Have plenty more I’ll post later in comments, etc. Let’s close with an all-timer from icon Lou Reed. Click this link for his original version, and here’s a link to what I always thought was a pretty cool cover by Jane’s Addiction, probably because I really dug Perry Farrell’s voice on the early Jane’s stuff.

lou_reed

“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” by Lou Reed

Jenny said, when she was just five years old
There was nothin’ happening at all
Every time she puts on the radio
There was nothin’ goin’ down at all, not at all
Then, one fine mornin’, she puts on a New York station
You know, she couldn’t believe what she heard at all
She started shakin’ to that fine, fine music
You know, her life was saved by rock’n'roll

Despite all the imputations
You know, you could just go out
And dance to a rock’n'roll station
And it was all right, hey baby,
You know, it was all right

Jenny said, when she was just about five years old
`You know, my parents are gonna be the death of us all
Two TV sets and two Cadillac cars
Well, you know, ain’t gonna help me at all`

Then, one fine morning, she turns on a New York station
She doesn’t believe what she hears at all
Ooh, she started dancin’ to that fine, fine music
You know, her life was saved by rock’n'roll
Yeah, rock’n'roll

Despite all the computations
You could just dance to that rock’n'roll station
And baby, it was all right, yeah
Hey, it was all right
Hey, here she comes now

Jenny said, when she was just about five years old
‘Hey, you know, there’s nothin’ happening at all, not at all
Every time I put on the radio
You know, there’s nothin’ goin’ down at all, not at all
But, one fine morning, she hears a New York station
She couldn’t believe what she heard at all, hey, not at all
She started dancing to that fine, fine music
You know, her life was saved by rock’n'roll
Yes, rock’n'roll

Despite all the computations
You know, you could just dance to the rock’n'roll station

All right
All right, all right, and it was all right
Oh, listen to me now, it was all right
Come on now, believe me, it was all right
it was all right
hey, it’s all right now….

3,337 comments Add your comment

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
3:51 pm

MattyRoss

July 27th, 2011
3:51 pm

Delgado, Minor and McLouth for Bourn and Pence. Why not, let’s go crazy.

Jay Dubu

July 27th, 2011
3:53 pm

Josh

July 27th, 2011
3:53 pm

Josh

July 27th, 2011
3:54 pm

Dob, do you think for sure the Braves will make a deal for a bat?

Mikey

July 27th, 2011
3:54 pm

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
3:55 pm

Thanks for new blog.

Now how long till this one grows longer :lol:

PMC

July 27th, 2011
3:56 pm

They can’t trade Schafer because he’s on the DL now right? I wonder if that would change who they could go after?

Justin

July 27th, 2011
3:57 pm

@BrewerNation
The Brewer Nation
#Brewers have traded C Wil Nieves to the Braves for cash considerations.

The Dude Abides

July 27th, 2011
3:58 pm

So can Bourn play SS? otherwise i’d trade for Pence and give the Marlins something small for Omar Infante to play SS.

mike

July 27th, 2011
3:58 pm

The Bream Team

July 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

DOB, would you agree that the Pirates had the opportunity with the botched squeeze or during the last 16 shutout innings to win the game at any time? I can’t imagine the backlash against an ump for one call, if my team went 16 innings with scoring beforehand. Just one run by either team in the previous 5 hours and none of this is being talked about.

BravesAC

July 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

Remember when the Giants screwed the Braves by taking Wheeler just before the Braves could?
Kinda like the Reds did this year.

But now we get Tough Rocks Part II with the Giants getting Beltran but the Mets, in our division, get Wheeler.

Stupid Giants.
Smart Wren for not giving up Teheran for a rental.

mike

July 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

astros want alot for pence (too much).

ScottBravesFan

July 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

Yeah with McCann down the Braves are going to need to get a bat very soon.

The Bream Team

July 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

16 innings without scoring. I’m sorry.

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
4:00 pm

Here’s what I’d like to do….

Trade for Pence and then try to re-acquire Omar and get a RH reliever in one of those two deals and call it a day.

CARRAMROD

July 27th, 2011
4:00 pm

What about Carlos Quintin from the White Sox? He would be a good fit!

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
Braves considering alternatives to Beltran: Pence, Ludwick, Willingham, others. ATL prospect liked by some scouts: Brett Oberholtzer.#trades

ScottBravesFan

July 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

Hunter Pence is a Super 2 guy as well he’s under control for two more years but he is going to be VERY expensive in arbitration. Not sure the Braves have the money to sign him long term or if he would sign long term instead of getting paid by going through arbitration. Anyways he will not be worth what he will probably get in arbitration his last year.

Pierson Brave

July 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

Hoping for a quick 2 to 2/12 hour game tonight. I’m still half loopy from watching that whole game last night.

Eric

July 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

I’m just sitting in my office waiting for a news that Braves have made a trade

Braves20

July 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

Sorry to hear about Jordan. He gutted it out last night and had a pair of hits but you could tell his bat speed was being hampered by that bad hand.

cabravesfan

July 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

ChrisCoxMLB Chris Cox
Not yet able to confirm the Wil Nieves acquisition. Reportedly was in #Brewers game notes. #Braves

No confirmation as of yet. Some of you need to relax- obviously need a catcher, either to back up Rossy or at AAA. That’s all this is.

Eric

July 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

Actually they did make a trade but this is not the type of trade that I was looking for

MaconBraves (RIP)

July 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

So people are actually whining about Wren sending some cash to the Brewers to get a back up/AAA catcher? :roll:

I bet there are more than a few Giants fans upset right now that they gave up their top pitching prospect for what could just be a 3 month rental.

BravesfansinNC

July 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
Braves considering alternatives to Beltran: Pence, Ludwick, Willingham, others. ATL prospect liked by some scouts: Brett Oberholtzer.#trades
3 minutes ago

Reality Check

July 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

McFann, where are you?? We need you, buddy!

Yummy Fresh Doo Doo

July 27th, 2011
4:03 pm

Delgado, Minor and McLouth for Bourn and Pence. Why not, let’s go crazy.

This is just idiotic. Why in God’s name would anyone want McLouth? He has NO value. If anything, he decreases the package value we’d be sending to the Astros. At least include Schafer (who is terrible, I don’t care what anyone says), but he’s dirt cheap and could occupy a spot in the Houston outfield.

N8

July 27th, 2011
4:03 pm

From other blog:

“What’s your point? We didn’t get anything in the deal for Murphy, but we got rid of his contract. facts show that Murphy was dead in the water by the time he was traded. He did nothing for the Phillies and wound up with only 398 homers and couldn’t even get 2 in Colorado to get him to 400. That trade did nothing for either club except to free up money on Atlanta’s side.”

That trade freed up RF for David Justice who was out of position at 1B and needed to be in the lineup. He won the 1990 NL ROY pretty much on what he did AFTER that trade.

So for that reason alone, trading Murphy was the right move at that time. My only bit of sadness over that deal in hindsight was that Murphy wasn’t allowed to be part of the 1991 magic, even as a bench player. He deserved to be part of that for all he had done for the team before that. But that’s how the ball bounces sometimes.

Kind of like Buck Showalter helping build two different franchises into WS winners, only to be fired before another manager took them there.

I fully expect Buck to be canned within two years in Baltimore and then they will win the whole thing within 2 years of him getting the ax. LOL

Sophee

July 27th, 2011
4:03 pm

Thanks, DOB.

Feel better soon, Mac!

CrαZy

July 27th, 2011
4:03 pm

Wil Nieves is horrible 7 hits in 50 AB’s this year. I think I’d rather see Boscan sitting in the dug out.

BravesfansinNC

July 27th, 2011
4:03 pm

Brett Oberholtzer where does he rank as far the prospect go?

That's so Taguchi

July 27th, 2011
4:03 pm

I don’t understand why the braves would be targeting Pence when they won’t include top prospects.

Jimmy

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

Thanks DOB. You certainly earned your pay last night/today.

Jay Dubu

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

Wheeler may be the Giants #

P-Town Brave ©

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

Oh boy, we got Wil Nieves…

As the late great Jack Buck would say….

Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy!

archie

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

Before you get all giddy about Proctor, please remember that Freddie Freeman saved his butt not once, but twice with great catches. Yes, Proctor was a little better than usual. But he was VERY lucky last night, even before his alleged RBI.

Other notes: why hasn’t any beat writer pounced on the idiot McLouth for placing his team in jeopardy with his juvenile rant, which got him ejected….with a severely crippled Braves bench in the background. Two more Braves (Uggla, also arguing, and Ross, almost injured) were thisclose to leaving the game in extra innings last night, which would have sent Hudson to left field I guess, and Prado to play 2nd base or catch….who knows? DOB isn’t reporting that.

Why hasn’t anyone called out Alex Gonzalez for his incredible lack of hustle? Does he ever run out a ground ball? And how can Fredi start Alex, with his pathetic .258 on base percentage ahead of Julio Lugo, who actually made things happen last night?

The A Bomb

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

BTW DOB — Nice pic of Mac with hair.

boondawg

July 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

I hope Frank knows about something out there that none of the rest of us do. Not alot that I’m hearing gets me really excited about a play off run.

Corey

July 27th, 2011
4:05 pm

If Prado can play SS (he can do everything else according to the commercial), I wouldn’t mind seeing a trade for both Pence and Bourn.

avery

July 27th, 2011
4:05 pm

DOB…. anyway Prado could play SS … if he can play good 2b and 3b… surely he could play decent ss… ive played some and know ss is for best fielder with best range… but he is pretty athletic… if he could… we could quit worrying about who plays where… cause Alex Gonzo needs to sit… and when shafer comes back he will continue to provide that spark… which he did even last night with a broken finger…

flange1

July 27th, 2011
4:05 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB.

And thanks for all the work last night!

MikeInFl

July 27th, 2011
4:06 pm

I hope Frank knows about something out there that none of the rest of us do.

I think it’s a safe bet that he does, boondawg.

Jay Dubu

July 27th, 2011
4:06 pm

Wheeler may be the Giants #1 pitching prospect, but he’s in Advanced A ball. Teheran and Minor are at AAA, and and one or both could be in the majors next ear.

I don’t think the Giants gave up that much. While Wheeler may have a very high upside, he’s still a prospect.

MikeInFl

July 27th, 2011
4:06 pm

I think it’s more likely we’d move Prado to CF than to SS.

But I don’t think either is likely.

Jerry

July 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

noleeee
July 27th, 2011
3:35 pm

I’ve said something about Prado needing to step it up several times Jerry. That’s hard for me since I’ve pushed him since he was in AAA, but he is definitely having a down year. On the flip side, damn near all the hitters are having a down year so how much of it is actually just Marteen?
It would be a real help if he could pick it up some though. I wonder just how well he is feeling? He’s the kinda guy who will play and say nothing if he is ailing. very intense

As did I. I thought all along he was better than the super utility guy they were trying to make him into. And as I said earlier about the league-wide reduction in offense, McCann hasn’t been bothered by it and Freeman doesn’t seem effected too much by it, so why should Prado be? Maybe he’s just trying to work himself back into a groove and soon he’ll be back to his old self. God knows we need him.

Powder Blue

July 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

“But I got the impression it went beyond that, because Beltran had full trade-veto rights and the pending free agent was going to go to the team where he felt he had the best chance of winning a World Series…”

Sad but true.

Oh Well

July 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

Mike how do you know what the astros what for Pence?

The Finn

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

Jane’s Addition?

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

With the injuries, I feel confident that Wren will trade for a bat and a reliever and not punt this year. He can get a bat and a reliever without decimating the farm system and improve the chances not only for this year, but in future as well.

boondawg

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

DOB I’m afraid we’re not running down the Phillies regardless of where Beltran landed. But, I appreciate you trying to lift our spirits.

jason

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

Pence, Bourn, and Queinton. DO IT WREN!

BravesinTN

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

I disagree with most people about “the call.” I don’t see DEFINITIVE proof that he did touch Lugo with the glove. Even if instant replay existed, there’s no way they could have PROVEN the tag was made to change it. Mountain from molehill

southern hope

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

DOB – you’re the best.

Justin

July 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

Powder Blue

July 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

Mike Minor better turn out to be one helluva pitcher.

Chop Chop

July 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

I could see a deal with the A’s for Josh Willingham and Grant Balfour.

Oh Well

July 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

Beltran to Giants but Beltran has 24 hours to decide if he will ok it.

BravesQueen

July 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

I don’t know if this is more sad or more insane: MLB security is investigating threats made against Jerry Meals’ family: http://es.pn/pxeggl

Seriously, folks need to get a grip! :roll:

noleeee

July 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

McFann, where are you?? We need you, buddy! Reality

McFann would be a biddy, not a buddy ;)

Reality Check

July 27th, 2011
4:10 pm

This is a total non-sequitur – but has anybody heard how Pete Van Wieren is feeling? I haven’t seen anything on him in a while….

Zing

July 27th, 2011
4:10 pm

DOB:

Call me crazy–and I was ripping “Happy” earlier–but after watching that video, I’ll be damned if McKenry did not miss that tag! He definitely *should* have tagged him. The ball absolutely was there way before Lugo was. But, as Meals said, it looked like he “ole’d” him, missing him by a matter of fractions of centimeters. Either way–odd, odd looking play after a looooooooong game.

Braveone

July 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

From the previous blog which had 5,389 comments, Jerry led the way with 137 posts. There were 502 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 Jerry 137
2 Blankster 130
3 BFChris26 128
4 kwajbraves 127
5 Tomahawk Mafia 106
6 Mixxo 105
7 richbrave 101
8 CraZy 98
9 Mitchell 80
10 Powder Blue 80
11 BravesFAN 78
12 Tomas 73
13 Chop Chop 70
14 NO MORE PARRISH 68
15 Linebrink for Cy 67
16 ChrisfromSacramento, ca 61
17 noleeee 60
18 Brava 59
19 rob from sc (Heyward’s biggest fan… but he sucks right now59
20 Venice Jim 58
21 katherine 58
22 Nola 55
23 Stizz 52
24 cabravesfan 51
25 brian 49

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

Chop Chop

I would like a deal for Willingham & Balfour. Then get a complimentary piece like Omar or someone of his ilk and call it a day.

N Nine

July 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

Goes to show how much we know. 5,200 comments and no one saw Wil Nieves coming over. Is Pujols next? =D

Oh Well

July 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

willingham will be a free agent..rental player. Balfour I like.

cabravesfan

July 27th, 2011
4:12 pm

Hi BravesQueen!

(As for McFann, I believe she is in mourning and will reappear in (hopefully) 15-20 days)

avery

July 27th, 2011
4:12 pm

PRADO to SS…. he could play SS alot better than CF
Bourn to CF … give up delgado and a lesser prospect
Pence or Quentin or Ludwick or Reed Johnson to LF – Minor could be the centerpiece of this deal
Let Heyward figure it out…

ATLcracker

July 27th, 2011
4:12 pm

Umpire got it right. No replay clearly shows a tag. The replay from near the visitors dugout shows he missed the tag (1:45 on the MLB replay). No matter what you think look at the umpire’s great position – he had his face right down in there at the perfect angle to see that play. The single photo from above that is circulating widely is at the worst angle to tell whether he tagged him.

Reality Check

July 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

noleee – McFann’s gonna get you for that! ;-)

JS

July 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

Why not Quentin? He seems to be an equal rental (I think he’s only signed for this year) with less injury risk than Beltran. Not to mention, he’s likely at least a slight bit cheaper. Why no talk about Quentin?

boondawg

July 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

I agree with Powder Blue. These prospects are just that. Prospects! The object is to win and they do not accomplish that until they become legit players which is what I think we should be trading them for. If not, let’s trade our players and get us a bunch of those Prospects. Maybe Baseball America will rank us #1 then.

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

Mariners stop 17 game losing streak.

noleeee

July 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

if he can play good 2b and 3b… surely he could play decent ss… avery

Short is MUCH more demanding than either. He does not have the range, or the arm from deep in the hole, to play short regularly. It will never happen.

Chris from the Rock

July 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

Why do some still insist that Prado can play SS? He can’t.

BravesQueen

July 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

I think, per previous moves made in other seasons, Wren will end up making a deal for players who have not been discussed or mentioned. I believe all the current trade talk is a smokescreen and the player(s) we end up getting will be a total surprise. I just hope whoever they are ends up helping, not further harming, the team.

Prado to SS

July 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

Prado is a more natural infielder

you saw him last night let up on a ball he could have dove for… he is more hesitant cause he doesnt want to mess up…. He is more natural and willing to take chances in the IF….
If you can field you can field….
Move him to SS and fix all problems

P-Town Brave ©

July 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

Chop Chop-

Willingham (yawn)

BFC26-

As Bischoff would say….Josh Willingham, yeah….that’ll put asses in seats! :roll:

DS1

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

avery

Do you actually follow the Braves or watch games? Prado, while being a fan favorite, is NOT a SS. He has very limited range at second base. His best position might be third base, but even there he is not the equal to Chipper.

We love Marteen, but let’s not do that to our pitching staff, OK.

Mister Frisky

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

It’s just a formality now.Wild card will be gone in a week or so.This is an offense that has so many weak links that a stud like Pence won’t make a difference.Mc Cann out.Chipper over the hill.Prado looking like most of his teammates at the plate.Freeman only Brave worth watching.

BravesQueen

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

Hi. cabravesfan!! :D

Herschel Talker

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

WE NEED A FREAKING BAT!!!

FRANKIE – DON’T BRING US ANY BUMS – WE NEED SOME WINNERS, NO MORE LOSERS!!!

Heath

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

Why exactly couldn’t the Braves sing Pence to a longterm deal? From a money point of view, they really don’t have a whole lot of money tied up long term in players… McCann is basically the only one right? Chipper, Lowe, and McLouth could just as easily be off the roster next year. (Maybe not all of them, but still…)

Again, I’m not advocating Pence, but I don’t think long term contract would be the issue for the Braves if he though he was worth it.

poop

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

Prado is not moving to SS you idiots. Stop talking about it.

P-Town Brave ©

July 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

There’s as good a chance at Chipper coming back and playing SS as there is at Prado doing it…

There is also as good a chance at Freddie being moved across the diamond back to 3b as Prado playing SS

Juan

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

Headline say: “Carlos Beltran heading to Phila”

Sure the Giant are in Philadelphia…..LOL…Philies fan was so exciting

Chop Chop

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

Hell, why don’t we trade Todd Redmond for something? Is he just going to rot in Triple-A forever? It’s time to clear the decks a bit.

Reality Check

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

Rumor has it that a plane just landed at Hartsfield-Jackson with Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth aboard….

Sophee

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

McFann – I know how you feel. June/beginning of July was less fun because of how my guy went down. Hope Mac recovers quickly.

archie

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

The bottom line on the Jerry Meals call last night: Lugo thought he was out. So did the Braves. Had he been (correctly) called out, there would have been zero complaints. Not one. Lugo was as surprised as anyone. If he thought he was safe, his reaction would have been totally different. He was ready to walk back to the dugout, hanging his head.

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Warhead

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

Do some people even bother to read DOB? It doesn’t matter if Minor turns out to be Mike Kekich or Tom Glavine — Beltran wasn’t coming to the ATL for Minor. Boras was steering the ship on any trade and wanted him in S.F., Tex or Philly. That’s where he thinks he has the best chance to have success to set him up for big payday this offseason.

Jerry

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

So for that reason alone, trading Murphy was the right move at that time. My only bit of sadness over that deal in hindsight was that Murphy wasn’t allowed to be part of the 1991 magic N8

If Murphy had still been here, there probably wouldn’t have been a worst-to-first. Justice was a big part of that and I doubt that Ted Turner or Booby Cox would have allowed Justice to play right field with Murphy still here. As you said, trading Murphy got Justice off first base. And Justice won the ROY too.

BFChris26

July 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

P-Town Brave ©

I was more so talking about Balfour to be honest (I’ve always liked him since he was a Brewer), but Willingham wouldn’t be a bad/horrible piece.

N Nine

July 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

What’s wrong with the rumors sites? There is nothing posted on Braves recent trade pickup. I want the fame and glory. Noleeee, you right those guys suck.

Chris from the Rock

July 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Mariners stop 17 game losing streak.

-BFChris26.

I hope this doesn’t mean Uggla’s 17-game hitting streak doesn’t end tonight.

Reid in EAV

July 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

I still say this: bad call or not, if the Pirates couldn’t scratch out a single run against Proctor in three innings, they deserved to lose.

And now, given that the rumor is he prevented us from getting Beltran, Minor had better be a 20-game winner. But he still could be gone. Standing pat is not an option at this point. If it ever was.

And yes, DOB, gyms prior to dawn are busy, busy places. I’ve been working out at the East Lake Y at 5:30 am for years now, and there are always a good knot of us simply standing around, waiting for the doors to open.

“Jane’s Addition” would be a great name for a Jane’s Addiction cover band. (Sorry, couldn’t resist. ;) )

Heisenberg

July 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

McCann to DL should not really make much difference. A RH bat was needed before he went down and a RH bat is still needed. Ross is best backup C there is and he can handle things few a couple weeks or so. This is not a time to make a desparate short-sighted move. Looking for a RH bat in OF and not gonna part with certain pitching prospects to get it.

Oh Well

July 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Wil Nieves hitting 140 ba 7 hits in 50 ab..he will be right at home.

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