Braves quotes after Thursday loss to Pirates

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Lowe after the rain delay

“You’re asking me if the delay did anything? I don’t think so. He was fine, really. His pitch count got little high, but other than that… He gave us five innings, if it wasn’t for the delay he might be going six, seven innings. We just didn’t swing the bats. We had some opportunities. They made a great play on Chipper’s ball, to turn that into a double play. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Outhit them but didn’t string many hits together

“Yeah, nothing together, and they made some nice plays. I thought we hit some balls that had a chance to go out, like Heyward’s. And they didn’t. That’s the way it is sometimes.”

More on Lowe

“He competes. He gives you a chance to win every night. When you give up three runs, that’s a chance to win. And we just didn’t capitalize. They made some good plays on some of the balls, and we just didn’t capitalize on some of the other opportunities.”

Sort of the theme of the series, lot of guys left on base and missed opportunities?

“Yeah. Hopefully that changes a little bit. The Marlins are coming in and they’re playing a little bit. Hopefully we can light up the scoreboard a little bit in the run column. I mean, yesterday we got 14 hits and two runs. We’re getting our hits, we’re just not getting them with people on base.”

On the strange series

“It had it all. Rain delays, ejections, controversial plays, good plays, good games…. It was a good series.”

On Chipper, how’d he hold up after trying to beat out that double play?

“Good. When he’s running straight [ahead], he’s fine. So we’ll keep that same play, keep evaluating him, and then maybe this weekend we’ll get him to play.”

On DL’d McCann jawing with umpire from bench

“We were trying to calm him down, because you can’t get thrown out of a game when you’re on the DL. That’s a no-no, and that can lead to some heavy stuff when you come off the DL. The league and the umpires really frown upon DL guys bench-jockeying. They’ll let the guys who are active jockey a little bit, but the DL guys, they really frown upon that.”

***DEREK LOWE

“We’ve got a guy 0-2 [count] in the fifth inning and I try to throw a back-door curveball and … It was three mistakes pretty fast there in the fifth inning. They were able to score two runs. Obviously they could have scored more, but still there were a lot of hard-hit balls and a lot of mistakes.”

Did the delay affect you, sitting for an hour?

“No. We were able to come in here and threw in the cage a little bit before we went out there. You’d like to say it did [affect him] but it had nothing to do with it.”

Strange series?

“Yeah, lot of close games. We basically played these guys five times, more that five times, in four games. I think if you ask both teams, both teams probably feel like they should have won all four. I bet they’d say the same thinig. Every game was nip-and-tuck. Fell short today, and they got a lot of big hits.”

On his high pitch count early

“Two things. They were sitting off-speed early and I wasn’t able to make good enough pitches early in the count. Consequently got us throwing five or six pitches to each guy. You never know how many pitches you have, till the rain delay when they said I had 80. Obviously not the pace you want to have. Just was not effective.”

***DAVID ROSS

On the loss and series

“It felt like it was a 20-game series. Another rain delay today was icing on the cake for this long series.”

“They did some good things coming out of the rain delay. D-Lowe wasn’t as sharp as far as location, like he was earlier. They’re a good team. There’s a reason why they’re tied for first place or whatever they are, a game back. They’re a really good team. They’re playing well and they know it. If you’re able to pitch to them, they can pitch, too. And they don’t beat themselves like they used to.”

On lot of hits, but not at best times

“Yeah, we’d get a lot of first-and-thirds. Even early on tonight we didn’t get a guy in from third with less than two outs. Like I said yesterday, we’ve got to do that stuff now, without B-Mac and Chipper in there. We’ve got to put those at-bats together where we get those guys in. It’s tough. A little bad luck with Ski’s ball bouncing over; that would have been an extra run [referring to Hinske’s RBI ground-rule double, where Freeman had to stop at third.]. The rain delay. I thought D-Lowe had good stuff tonight, I really did. Threw the ball well. Gave up the hit to the pitcher, just a hanging breaking ball. That one little run, just little things didn’t go our way. But we had a play early in the series that went our way, so…

‘They’re a good team. We didn’t necessarily play bad, but just didn’t play good.”

***CHIPPER JONES

On the double-play ball

“I centered it. You can’t guide it. You’ve just got to whack it. Their guy made a great play. Happens.”

On quadriceps after that play

“It was all right. It’s sore but I’ve got to temper it as much as I can. I can’t go max right now. I still beat it. But imagine that, a crew got one wrong. But it was a little better today. We’ll stay with the treatments. I’ve been told that I’m day to day.”

On the MRI results

“I have a little blood dispersed throughout the muscle. We’d just got to take some time to get it out of there. You’re more at risk when there’s blood in the muscle.”

On how he feels

“I feel sitting here that I can go out and play. The thing about it is, I was fine the first four or five innings the other night but as the muscle fatigues, things tend to break down. It’s just not strong enough yet. You take for granted the fact that the knee feels good, so let’s go play, but some of the muscles around the knee have suffered because of the surgery.

“We’ve just got to continue with what we’re doing, hopefully it gets better day by day and we’re back in there soon. I can still pinch hit, I don’t have any problems hitting, my first step out of the box is usually pretty rough but once I get going and have a nice controlled run to first, I’m all right.”

133 comments Add your comment

bob hope

July 29th, 2011
12:15 am

marlins own the braves
and they are the next series..marlins are currently 16-8 this month….
lets hope it doesnt get ugly

Nate is a bust

July 29th, 2011
12:21 am

another solid day for nate the great!

Brava

July 29th, 2011
12:22 am

Yeah, I’m worried about the Fish. They’ve been playing real well lately.

jjschiller

July 29th, 2011
12:26 am

No question about why Fredi left Sherrill in there to face RH’s in the 9th, his SECOND inning of work, when you’re only down 1 run? Don’t think it’s appropriate to ask if there were any other options in the pen, maybe if Linebrink was warming in case it got to McCutchen?

No question about leaving Varvaro, a righty, in there, in his first big league game with the club, season debut, why he was left in there, in his second inning of work, to face 3 consecutive lefties, and why he was allowed to walk all three of them, and nobody even started stirring in the bullpen? We were only down 1 and Fredi was prepared to let that kid let it get away from him, against three straight lefthanded batters, and Sherrill wasn’t even stretching? He had no plan whatsoever to get Sherrill in there to face a couple lefties? We were only down ONE run?

Can’t even ask him about that huh? I guess he’d probably look at you with that dumb look he looks at the umpires with when they blow a call against us… Might not invite you to ride bikes anymore…

Just Wanna Say

July 29th, 2011
12:32 am

Is anyone else worried that we might end up with Ludwick and his low avg? He apparently tops our list according to a couple reports today. Of course it also looks like we are pushing hard for Pence.

Jay Dubu

July 29th, 2011
12:38 am

A hit in every inning for the Braves.

Mister Frisky

July 29th, 2011
12:40 am

I’m not a smart as that kid who plays the banjo in Deliverence,But let me give it a shot.9 runs in 47 innings at home against a Pirate team that will be 500 at best at seasons end.A 2 to 2 split thanks to that bad call Meals served up.But the Braves don’t won’t to mortgage the future on guys like Beltran or Pence or another real hitter.A future that will probably not be any better than the present.Now this is the part in our program where Frank Wren I mean Joseph chimes in with the usual excuses.It’s early,Mc Louth can’t hit but has a high OBP,Heyward will still be great it’s just a sophomore slump,Gonzalez prevents way more runs than he could produce at the plate,Schafer will be a great lead off man,blah blah blah.Oh yeah let’s not forget most bloggers favorite sayings this summer .When Uggla starts to hit and Prado gets back this offense will start rollin.How’s that workin out.This team has 5 holes in the line up.End of story.Need to go to bed short bus comes at six.Good nite all.

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
12:42 am

I heard Fredi in the pregame saying he wasn’t going to use Venters or Kimbrel tonight…that the bull pen needed some rest….that was why they brought another pitcher up….Valvaro….and sent a position player down….

So when he sent Sherrill back out there it was over, especially when we saw Proctor warming up…

So Fredi gave up after 8…..not cool Fredi

Mitchell

July 29th, 2011
12:49 am

They did some good things coming out of the rain delay. D-Lowe wasn’t as sharp as far as location, like he was earlier.

Oh, yeah David Ross. It’s Derek Lowe’s fault we lost.

Yeah right

bob hope

July 29th, 2011
12:50 am

alex gonzalez sucks, id rather have pastornicky up already… anything would be an upgrade over that 226 average… gonzalez has no hustle on ground balls…

bob hope

July 29th, 2011
12:52 am

it was the inability to get the big hit

and lowe’s inability to keep a lowe pitch count.. this guy cannot go past the 6th without the wheels falling off

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
12:55 am

I am flattered Mister Frisky. But maybe try paying attention before you run at the keyboard about things. Was funny in a way, but more of a sad funny really. By the way. I have never said Schafer was a lead-off man. I have said he should be nothing but a PR and defensive replacement. Please try paying attention.

I disagree truth about giving up after 8……..I do understand the perception, but I viewed it as more of managing with a mind of the rest of the season. 2 rain delays, 19 inning game, 10 inning game. Bullpen had to have some rest tonight. Hope we can torch the Fish tomorrow night and Beachy can go at least 8. Stanton is a beast right now.

Runners Left on Base....

July 29th, 2011
12:55 am

In a ideal trade world, we would get 2 outfielders — one to hit leadoff and play CF (who can hit L and R pitchers, with a high on-base pct), and someone who can play right field and produce against lefties, since Heyward is batting .167 vs. lefties.

On the other hand, if the rumors are true, we may only get a bogus outfielder whose average against lefties isn’t that good (Ludwick .264 OK), (Upton .224), (Willingham .216),(Byrd .230). If the person we get can play a legit CF, at least these numbers surpass McLouth .181 and Schafer .190 vs. lefties. We need to do better, unless Ludwick is acquired to be the platoon with Heyward. Still, that leaves us with underperforming CFs and no legit leadoff man.

Worst case, a guy like Crisp in CF and Ludwick as a RF platoon would help to cover some of the gaping holes in our lineup. Not great, but something that might help…….. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
1:02 am

Bob, Pastornicky just got promoted to AAA, he will stay there the rest of the year….maybe a September call up, maybe. Gonzalez’s AVG isn’t .226 it is .230 after tonight. Horrible year this year for him. Oh by the way……. he is batting 0.276 the past 7 days. Just something to keep things in perspective.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

July 29th, 2011
1:04 am

I love my Braves but they are approaching the game of baseball half cooked. The offense continues to bedevil everyone. Mainly because they are simply incapable of playing aggressive baseball on the base paths.

Hopefully the Marlins run like a bunch of madmen around the bases, so that Scheurholz, Wren, Fredi and the rest of this organization will be embarrassed and humiliated. Which is something that needs to happen so that the reality of what’s really wrong becomes blatantly apparent.

para brave

July 29th, 2011
1:05 am

Message to Fredi: for god sake man don’t you ever let Mccann or any other of your players argue with an ump and you don’t back them up. That was really pathetic of you. At least Brian is watching what the hell is going on the field. Where the hell were you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mister Frisky

July 29th, 2011
1:05 am

Joseph,Schafer was a metaphor.I respect your passion,knowledge,and most of all your loyalty to all things Brave.But you gotta admit this bunch might have too many Ifs and buts to make the wild card.At this point in the season it is what it is.

Bob Leblaw's Law Blog

July 29th, 2011
1:11 am

AGon’s OBP is 262 for the year. If you want to find a positive in his offensive production, you’ll be on an island w/ you and Fredi.

Linebrink for Cy

July 29th, 2011
1:11 am

“He gave us five innings, if it wasn’t for the delay he might be going six, seven innings”

that’s cute, Fredi believes Lowe can go 7. Look at the numbers Fredi, it rarely happens … he had already thrown a ton of pitches before the rain even started, no way he was going 7.

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
1:13 am

Frisky, I would put money on the WC. With pure honesty. Yes there are holes. No disputing that. Biggest one is in CF. But I do contend that only having the full team play together ONLY 11 games all year…….that has a lot to do with it as well. Injuries happen. Going to be fun this weekend though with the deadline.

Um Coach?…..Yeah let’s get embarrassed by a SUPERSTAR SS that actually thinks he is a HOF candidate (I AM NOT MAKING THAT UP….HANLEY ACTUALLY SAID THAT…….nobody would ever wwear his number again and he is a HOFer today).

ChopSammy22

July 29th, 2011
1:17 am

This is entertaining. You’d think the Braves were out of the playoff picture after reading these posts. The facts are the club hasnt had many timely hits since the break and while the pitching has certainly been serviceable, its far from the dominant performance it enjoyed in the first half. Big dogs in the pen have been great but the Braves have been victimized by a lack of clutch hitting and starting pitching faltering a bit since the ASG. And of course, injuries. Take two of any team’s top run producers out of the lineup and expect struggles. Unfortunately, we’ve seen flashes of great offense from Heyward, Uggla, and Chipper but consistency at the plate has been provided by McCann and Freeman. The offensee hasnt clicked on all cylinders by no means but why jump the gun and demand trades all of a sudden. Our front office knows what its doing, let them do their job and we should back our guys no matter what. And remember, the Braves are in great position with a very young 1B and RF, three starting pitchers in their mid-20s and three of our best hitters spending significant time on the DL…McCann, Prado, Jones. Not to mention a very capable middle infield who has yet to do the damage they have done throughout their careers. Relax everyone. Lets get healthy, keep grinding, and watch the magic unfold as the dog days of summer are rapidly approaching. CHOP!

Mister Frisky

July 29th, 2011
1:18 am

Hope your right Joseph,Frustrating though.Any glimmer of offense they could have swept the Pirates been 3 back and possibly a bat on the way.But we forge on my friend.

ChopSammy22

July 29th, 2011
1:24 am

And any glimmer of offense by Pittsburgh, we get swept, we’re seven back and you all are still calling for changes. Such is the game of baseball. Keep plugging and we will hit our stride. Keep watching.

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
1:27 am

I’ll take a 4-2 season series against a good team that is competing for a division title Frisky. Should be better, but can’t really complain about that. The pirates also at this second have a 2-1 record against the Phils heading into the weekend series there. Would be nice to see the full 8 healthy at the same time just once. Just once.

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
1:28 am

Um chop……We are not 7 back. 5 back sir.

Thadsdad

July 29th, 2011
1:46 am

It appears, as I felt all along, the Phumblins are about to land Pence. According to the usual suspects, Philadelphia is the leader, although the Braves’ offer is reportedly “significant” and involves pitching prospects (although not Teheran).
Good ol’ Ed Wade looks like he’s going to deliver another gift to his former team and his pal, Mr. Amaro.
Big shock.

drbasic1

July 29th, 2011
2:11 am

@joseph

yo; Joe! Been reading your babbling now for several days. You seem to cut a lot of people down if they don’t see things your way. Maybe you should call Liberty and see if they may hire you as the new “professor”….I too love the braves been a season ticket holder since Hank hit #715. I live here in Texas now but still buy the tickets, usually give to family and friends (yes i hate the Rangers). I have both earned the right to speak my mind and paid the dues to do so on this team and its lack of coaching, and hitting. Even though as you say the whole starting team has only played together 11 games, fact remains, THEY CAN”T HIT! For whatever reason that may be. What does the “starting line up” have to do with stats. Are you going to say “well dang if player x was not hurt he would have got a hit in that situation because he always seems to do better when he bats behind player y” Or vice-versa? That is insane. If a player bats 250 he bats 250 regardless and if you say he does better in a certain situation, then I ask why is he not putting forth the same effort 100% of the time regardless? Don’t knock people for their feelings of disgust, they as you as me all have opinions. I want to see another title, sure, but this crew in my opinion, needs a lot of help, the pitchers are tired!

Dennis Reynolds

July 29th, 2011
2:24 am

Nate looks ready to regain his customary leadoff role. I was of the opinion that we needed to go out and get a Michael Bourn, which would definitely still be an upgrade, but Nates holding it down alright. The biggest issue is that were obviously definitely going to get a RH stick to play the outfield. With Heyward swinging as well as he is now, and with Nate coming around, there really isn’t an open spot. Sure, you could always bench Nate despite his good play and throw Pence in CF where I think he’ll do a fine job. The real hindrance is the health of Chipper. He either needs to get 100% and make sure he does everything in his power to stay healthy, or just hang em up for the good of the team. He’s a great player when he’s on the field, but at this point he’s just hurting us.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 29th, 2011
2:31 am

They need to make a trade for a bat, but it’s hard to shake the feeling watching this team that if they just played smarter and more patiently on offense they would score more runs with the current group.

Mikega1965

July 29th, 2011
2:58 am

Lets get Andruw back in center field he hit a homer in every 15 at bats thats at least a run every 4 or 5 games. But I think he would explod for the braves then get Furcal to play short hes been on a tear since coming back.

20 out

July 29th, 2011
3:25 am

Fredi, the offense sucks… “that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Why are you going to trade for leftovers…”that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

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Braves fall again

July 29th, 2011
4:54 am

The Braves will not get Pence. Get over it. And, relegate yourself to the understanding that, if you get anything, it will be the wild card. But, even THAT isn’t guaranteed.

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
5:37 am

Das Bones Jones needs to go away for goods and get healthy. Why das Freddi wants to keep bringing back das wounded soldier backs to das front line, time and time agains?

NickGranite

July 29th, 2011
5:59 am

Freeman needs help….particularly from the 3 hole. Preceding Freeman in the batting order after the first inning is Gonzalez, the pitcher, McClouth and Prado. Though he now batting .292 and over .400 the last 11 games, he can’t get many RBI opportunities with that crew in front of him and even Prado is down in the OBP category.

Larry

July 29th, 2011
6:54 am

Pin this loss squarely on the shoulders of Fruity Gonzalez!

Everyone could tell that Lowe didn’t have a thing in the 5th inning yet Fruity leaves him in there. And, had it not been for the lucky catch behind his back, we’re down 4 runs with a team struggling to get 2 or 3.

The man is simply not a winning baseball manager as I have been telling you all season. Now that or starting pitching has fallen from great to not so great since the break, we’re losing the close games because this buffoon can’t manage during a game.

He’s already lost us at least 6-7 games because of his stupid lineups and dumb decisions. If he misses a wild card shot with his continued idiocy the Braves will be looking at more empty seats at Turner field in 2012. A monkey on roller skates could manage better than this.

bill

July 29th, 2011
6:57 am

Derek Lowe has got to be the dumbest pitcher in the majors. Walk the leadoff man who scores 50% of the time by the way and then with an 0-2 count you throw a nonsliding slider in a bad hitter’s hitting zone. Everybody knows his slider ain’t sliding but Hell he gets a check win or lose. Where was Freddy? Do you suppose somebody said something to him afterward ? Hell no!

George

July 29th, 2011
7:10 am

don’t know how to WIN.

South Georgia Boy

July 29th, 2011
7:33 am

Freddi Gonzalez’ quotes remind me of Yogi Berra’s quotes, except when you put some thought into it, Yogi’s do make sense.

Kevin

July 29th, 2011
7:40 am

Well we best should sweep Marlins out and into a Pan with Olive oil n onions and baked….and have for dinner after sunday too….if can’t be a margin team Pirates granted they playin better but we should swept it….We have better players too well not chipper n ross in game we don’t!If freddie can’t get revenge team that can him…still think Mets will Trade Reyes to Us with Jason bay for a top line pitcher and someone we like u be piss when do……Mets can say Reyes is there but i just know he be gone!

henry from TN

July 29th, 2011
7:42 am

you’re not gonna win many games only scoring 2 runs and one of them unearned—here comes the fish and they are hot they just won 5 in a row and swept the nats. and if we don’t get more run production than we got against the pirates they will sweep us….

Derrick Blowe

July 29th, 2011
7:48 am

Please WREN, Dump Lowes salary !! He and KK ruined our only chances of getting a free agent this year…LOWE GOTTA GO!!!

Kevin

July 29th, 2011
7:48 am

That dumbest Derek Lowe pitch is heart out every year Moron Bill ask 2004 redsox World champs with out him they not won all….guess who be fired after season in baeball lets start with Ozzie Guelien he after season so can be Hired replace the worst cub mananger ever now u have wait till 2013 for that The Fubs will give him another year go 66-96 again…..n fire in 2013 after a 7-22 start hey chicago u need a new fight song cause U ain’ ever goin to win it all..U have talent to make believe u the worst in the Natl. League so come on to over flowin sewers at wrigley field..ooh fo u flubs fans fenway park is the best lookin ball park in america oldest n well kept beside Dodger stadium n turner fields tops in looks ..Wrigley field is worst…..that why cubs i mean flubs will never win a world series title unless they play in Comiskey park are Cellur.field….lol if ever cubs decide to remodel whole place…

alex

July 29th, 2011
7:55 am

@drbasic1 ,joseph is a delusional,self-important blowhard,let it rest
@george,you,ve summed it up and larry,FG is the ONLY manager whom I can recall gives up, this will be the end of him here..

henry from TN

July 29th, 2011
8:00 am

fredi said it was a good series lol when we scored 8 runs in 4 games and 4 of them in the 2nd game that the umpire gave us the win….the series was a joke when it comes to offense….

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
8:01 am

FG never should have allowed Lowe to continue after he put the guys on in the 5th…he was done and everyone knew it. FG blows another one. I was all for the guy at when he was chosen to replace Bobby, but now I know why he was fired from the Fish..I bet they are loving every minute of this. He needs to go…at least get a manager with some fire and who really wants to win every night…”That’s the way it really goes!”

dagadawgs

July 29th, 2011
8:08 am

Agree with most on here about FG leaving in Lowe after the rain delay. I have watched several DLOWE starts this year and the sweat box throws 100 pitches by the 4th inning and he is done. Add a long rain delay and bring him back out was ridiculous. Apparently FG was to busy tipping his cap to make a pitching change after the first 2 got on. Why any batter would swing at anything Lowe pitches is beyond me. I’m surprised he ever gets out of the first inning. DLOWE seems like a cool guy to have a beer with, but I don’t want to see him on the mound.

@Fredo

July 29th, 2011
8:09 am

Thanks, DOB, for allowing me to say thanks. Seriously. Thanks.

ChillyMutt

July 29th, 2011
8:11 am

What pitcher are we tipping our cap (deflecting blame from anemic Braves offense) to this morning?

BRAVESFAN

July 29th, 2011
8:14 am

The Braves should let all of the homeless in Atlanta take a shower in the vistors locker room today. Payback for what happened to Prado while in Florida!

Charlie

July 29th, 2011
8:20 am

Fredi G….The one thing consistent about Fredi is that, he’ll make a bad decisions; then he’ll “Bobby Cox” some stupid quote about it an the end of the game.
The Braves position players are pretty much all CHOKERS…Not a step-up / game on the line hitter on the squad. NOT ONE. Even Prado has sucked, since he came off the DL. Gonzo had a couple hits last night, so he’s done for the 3 weeks. Nate McOut is, as always, a complete liability. Jason “OVER-HYPED” Heyward is the biggest disappointment on the squad. Uggla, well, he’s over .200 finally / for a while…but he is no money hitter either. Except for Brian and Freeman, the Braves basically have a hitting line up like having 7 or 8 pitchers to the plate every night. Lowe is toast. He just seems to lose focus, and if an oppsing batting order is selective with him, he is totally ineffective. George S. spit out the 9th (another great Fredi G. move, but then Fredi has to go stupid at least once every 9 innings, and it was gwetting late). I can’t wait to see what Frank Wren trades for at the deadline. One thing for sure, it was be a washed up guy, off the scrape heap.

What’s the possobility of giving Larry Parrish a contract extension? He sits on the bench looking like he’s in need of a lap robe, and wheel chair. He’s a perfect fit for the Braves group of bench jockeys.

Clean out the whole group of clowns, except Roger M.
This 2011 team simply sucks.

Donovan

July 29th, 2011
8:25 am

For God’s sake, go get Quentin from the Sox and be done with it. He can only improve our miserable offense. Fire FG and go out and get Bobby Valentine who knows how to manage and win.

dp

July 29th, 2011
8:26 am

Hey Wren……………still believe that you’ve got enough bats?

georgiadawgg

July 29th, 2011
8:26 am

WHY IN THE HELL IS ATLANTA STILL HOLDING ON TO THAT SORRY ASS LOWE.

Mater Manny

July 29th, 2011
8:37 am

That’s the worst umpiring crew I’ve ever seen. Missed calls on strikes,plays on bases,and at home plate. MLB needs to fire all four of them today.

Mater Manny

July 29th, 2011
8:40 am

The strikeout looking to Nate,pick-off attempt at 2B by Gonzo, & Chipper out at first were all missed calls. MLB needs instant replay badly. I think MLB doesn’t want it because they know that their umpires are blind as hell and miss about 50 % of all calls.

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2011
8:41 am

Like it or not, the Braves are going nowhere this season. They will be second in this division behind the Phillies, and will lose out on the Wild Card because of their inept play. They could have very easily lost 3 of 4 to the Pirates had it not been for a badly blown call in the Braves favor when Lugo was out at home in that marathon game.

This team is playing poor baseball right now even though they have a golden opportunity. That is why this team is going nowhere. They can never win the important games when they have their backs up against a wall. Instead, they come out flat and always find a way to lose. I will watch them till the end, but I won’t expect anything good from them that’s for sure.

Ralph

July 29th, 2011
8:42 am

@Dennis Reynolds

I hope the fog clears from your brain after you get a goodm nights sleep, braves have been keeping you up too late this week.

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2011
8:44 am

To everyone talking about the bad calls, the Pirates actually lost a game because of this umpiring crew. Bad calls have gone both ways in this series, that is not the blame at all. Maybe if the Braves could get a big hit with men in scoring position, or maybe if our pitchers could keep their guys from crossing home plate we might be able to win a game.

Bob

July 29th, 2011
8:46 am

“For God’s sake, go get Quentin from the Sox and be done with it. He can only improve our miserable offense. Fire FG and go out and get Bobby Valentine who knows how to manage and win.”

Excuse me but what exactly has Bobby Valentine ever won?

billmaier

July 29th, 2011
8:53 am

chopsammy 22 could not agree more— you are so right look at allthe young pitching— hanson, jj, beachy with hudson and lowe both coming back next year– we already have five starters set and then you have medlen coming back much better as a starter, and teheran projected all along as ready by 2012, and minor too since he is too valuable to trade for a hitter,—so 8 starters next year the future is bright cause you never know 3 could all go down same time– and we are covered, or we could go witha 8 man rotation— then 2013 you have either delegado his projected time to be in majors and viziciano to cover lowe, so we still lhave 8 to 9 staters, and then next year if huddy gone still have eight- plus dont forget we are high on gilmartin, hoover, oberholtzer, spruell and some others and dont forget in baseball you get to draft every year– so if some of those develop over the next three years- heck we could have 12 starting pitchers- no need for a bullpen– yes we willbe just fine if we hold on to everyone and do not make any trades– why trade from your strength– for what you need some bats— stand pat sounds like a very wise choice for me- wren is doing a great job and he is so wise when it comes to holding on to pitching– the saying you can never have too much, about the same as saying you can never have too may quaterbacks

PMC

July 29th, 2011
8:53 am

If all these young pitchers are so awesome and can’t be traded why are we wasting this money on 5 innings every 5 days of Derrick Lowe?

WHat is so great about Derrick Lowe that he’s worth 15 million freaking dollars?

PMC

July 29th, 2011
8:54 am

Baseball salaries being guarenteed ruins the freaking sport. Period.

Ted Abernathy

July 29th, 2011
8:57 am

Let me see, Schafer can play with a broken hand, but Chipper’s leg hurts. and the team is trying to get back into the pennant race. Larry Jones, Sr., the gum chewing smacker, babied his son, so he has no tolerance for pain, none. What a child.

PMC

July 29th, 2011
8:58 am

How many times will Nate strike out or hit into a double play before they bench him for anyone freaking else?

Ralph

July 29th, 2011
9:00 am

Mark Bowman is reporting that Ludwick is the leading candidate to be used as a platoon with Heyward. We really need another .230 hitter, I know if they get him he will be used a lot more than just to platoon with Chipper being hurt all the time. Honestly beleive Gartrell or Constanza could do a better job than a Ludwick but thats about what I expected from the dumpster digging GM. DOB, its not just “all about winning” .

Branch Rickey

July 29th, 2011
9:01 am

Lowe’s ERA is pushing 5.00

That $15 million for yet another season could be used for a slugger !

darrell starks

July 29th, 2011
9:01 am

Braves need a Bat in the worst way, 2 player are availaible B J UPTON OR CARLOS QUENTIN
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

July 29th, 2011
9:03 am

Branch if your scoring 3 runs or less every game chances are you will not win.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!

darrell starks

July 29th, 2011
9:06 am

MINOR FOR CARLOS QUENTIN

1. SCHAFER CF
2. PRADO SS
3. MCCANN CATCHER
4. CARLOS RF
5. CHIPPER 3B
6. FREEMAN 1B
7. UGGLA 2B
8. HEYWARD LF
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!

sAD sACK

July 29th, 2011
9:08 am

‘Sort of the theme of the series, lot of guys left on base and missed opportunities?’

Try – ‘Sort of the theme of the season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

O-my

July 29th, 2011
9:08 am

BJ hit # 16 last night and Fransworth got # 20 save….

billmaier

July 29th, 2011
9:09 am

frank– How may starters do you need to start a season? answer- o at least ten– that way there will be a competition for all five spots just like this year with minor and beachy, only just imagine that on a larger scale will make the team much better– we have five left over for next year but they will have to compete with minor, teheran, medlin, delegado, and viziciano– then you are assured of having the best starters.
but frank wont that be hard– waht do you do with the five that dont make it? answer- oh we could just realize them or have them all in the minors.
But Frank wouldnt it be wiser now when everyone want pitching and you need bats- to do it now while there is a good market to maybe trade one now while the return will be higher?
answer- huh i never looke at it that way– but again you can never have too much pitching you know

darrell starks

July 29th, 2011
9:09 am

MINOR FOR B J

1. SCHAFER CF
2. B J RF
3. PRADO SS
4. MCCANN CATCHER
5. CHIPPER 3B
6. FREEMAN 1B
7. UGGLA 2B
8. HEYWARD LF
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ralph

July 29th, 2011
9:09 am

LUDWICK, HERE COMES THIS YEARS ANKIEL

jb

July 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Ted 8:57~~~stupid statement man~~

Pierson Brave

July 29th, 2011
9:21 am

Ted Abernathy

July 29th, 2011
8:57 am

Let me see, Schafer can play with a broken hand, but Chipper’s leg hurts. and the team is trying to get back into the pennant race. Larry Jones, Sr., the gum chewing smacker, babied his son, so he has no tolerance for pain, none. What a child.

You truly are out of line with this comment. Not only out of line but completely wrong on so many levels. Donk.

Mister Frisky

July 29th, 2011
9:38 am

Hope the Phillies haven’t beaten us to Ludwick or Willingham.The addition of two moe sub 240 hitters should put the Braves over the top.Honesty aside,Mc Cann has been Mc Cann and Freeman has been impressive beyond his years.However Prado,Chipper,Uggla,Gonzalez,Mc Clouth,Schafer,Heyward and Lowe have ranged from the average to bleepin horrible.Throw in Cox light at the wheel there is your five game margin in a nutshell.The collapse is in full effect.

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Ve must sweep das Marlins………..No question about das

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Thank goodness that the Indians have joined the talks for Ludwick. Hopefully that decreases our odds. Quentin is a nice addition because he hits for power and has a .275/.388/.525 split against lefties. Unfortunately he can’t play a lick of defense, but I could live with that as long as we don’t give up too much for him. I just want someone who can hit the ball.

Mister Frisky

July 29th, 2011
9:48 am

Von Trapp,Das fish might march through Atlanta like the Wermacht through Paris.

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
9:53 am

Sounds like the Phils are really close to grabbing Pence…

Seattle Braves

July 29th, 2011
9:54 am

It will be another day of dissapointments from the Braves front office. Phillies will swoop in and get Pence and ChiSox will take Quenin off the table because they still have a chance to win. And to top it all off, we will trade for Ludwick without bell or adams attached and Wren will be saying VICTORY!!!!

fun times

dp

July 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Somebody stick a fork in Wren…..’cause if he don’t get some offensive help fast…well, he’ll be done!!!!!

nashvillewill

July 29th, 2011
9:56 am

I agree with Mister Frisky’s analyis: 9 runs in 47 innings is less than 2 runs per 9 innings. Ain’t goin’ nowhere with that. Pitching is wearing down due to too many stressful innings. Braves lose games to mediocre Pittsburg team with very mediocre pitching. Watch Pirates go down now. I expect Braves to lose their lead in WC during next two weeks and all down hill from there. I also agree with comments about Gonzalez (both of them): we would be better without them both.

nashvillewill

July 29th, 2011
9:56 am

I agree with Mister Frisky’s analyis: 9 runs in 47 innings is less than 2 runs per 9 innings. Ain’t goin’ nowhere with that. Pitching is wearing down due to too many stressful innings. Braves lose games to mediocre Pittsburg team with very mediocre pitching. Watch Pirates go down now. I expect Braves to lose their lead in WC during next two weeks and all down hill from there. I also agree with comments about Gonzalez (both of them): we would be better without them both.

jb

July 29th, 2011
10:00 am

he’ll be done!!! are we’ll be done!!!

Seattle Braves

July 29th, 2011
10:02 am

Ve Must Das Boot the Fish back to Oblivion… VALKERYE

skyrider

July 29th, 2011
10:13 am

The Braves are currently trying to get Hunter Pence. However, they are in a bidding war with the Phillies. Here’s the latest according to Jayson Stark of ESPN:

The Astros are “mulling” the Braves’ offer for Pence, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark (on Twitter). The Braves’ offer is “significant” and is built around highly-regarded pitching prospects, but does not include Julio Teheran, according to Stark.

bobby cerasuolo

July 29th, 2011
10:16 am

Trade Viz Lipka Mclouth and MInor for UPton Zorbist and Peralta, then trade Young Gonzo Proctor and Todd Redmond Cincy for Jeremy Hernida Fred Lewis and cash.

PMC

July 29th, 2011
10:17 am

If they don’t get anyone it’s not that big a deal, they just are throwing in the towel for this particular season. Once they lose some of these big unproductive contracts maybe they will be in better shape with those young arms going forward. For this year though, other than winning the wild card which really doesn’t amount to anything they aren’t doing anything this year as consituted.

Ralph

July 29th, 2011
10:17 am

Skyrider, you can forget Pence, Braves want to cut payroll next season so Pence will not fit, my gut tells me it will be Ludwick by the end of today.

skyrider

July 29th, 2011
10:21 am

Ralph – I believe you are 100% right that at the days end, it will be Ludwick signing with the Braves. However, Detroit is showing strong interest in Ludwick as well.

Mister Frisky

July 29th, 2011
10:23 am

Goin back to bed,still early on the left coast.Wake me when Pence is eating a cheesesteak.

Ralph

July 29th, 2011
10:23 am

Only reason braves are talking to Astros about Pence is they want the fans to beleive they are trying, a snow job, they never intended to make any significant moves. If they really wanted to win they would have made several moves already. Wren is just waiting around to see if some team throws some worthless player in the dumpster.

PMC

July 29th, 2011
10:23 am

If they cut payroll again next season, I hope no one attends a game there.

The offense is already unwatchable.

Sputtering????? How about stalled!!!

July 29th, 2011
10:26 am

The Brave aren’t just sputtering – they are dead in the water….Not swinging the bats…..This lackluster team isn’t going anywhere and they sure aren’t going to fill any seats at the TED playing the way they are……they entire Braves managment needs to be shipped off shore and then the boat they are on Torpedoed.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
10:34 am

@Ken_Rosenthal Sources: #Indians making strong push for Ludwick.

skyrider

July 29th, 2011
10:37 am

I like how so many people claim the Braves aren’t going anywhere. They had a worse offense last year, but made the playoffs and almost knocked off the Giants. The Braves are struggling again this season to drive in runs, but the last time I checked, they are leading the wild card again. The Braves are going to get a bat. It might not be Pence, Quentin, or Upton. It will more than likely be Ludwick or Willingham. The Braves still have the third best record in the National League.

bring back blauser

July 29th, 2011
10:39 am

the problem with braves making a trade is that they are butting heads with philly, and the team with the player they are looking at are holding both at bay. they are trying to milk both teams and i do not blame them. you are playing high stakes poker and the one that blinks loses. you can bet both the braves and phillies are both going to make deals and they are making sure the other pays a lot to get those deals done

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