Constanza could stick around

The Braves’ trade for center fielder Michael Bourn on Sunday doesn’t mean the end of Jose Constanza’s major-league stay.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said following Sunday’s 3-l loss to the Marlins that Constanza would make the road trip and the two speedsters could be in the lineup Monday at Washington. The Braves open a three-game series against the Nationals.

Constanza had three hits Sunday and is batting .308 since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett when Nate McLouth went on the 15-day disabled list.

“I think there is a good chance you get both of those guys in the lineup together on this road trip,” Gonzalez said. “It will be fun to watch both of those guys run the bases. Constanza changes the game because you have to defend him. Now you have [Michael] Bourn. He is the same way. I’m looking forward to [Monday] lineup wise and maybe get them both in there.”

The Braves will make a roster move Monday to create a spot for Bourn, who will wear No. 24. They will likely move a relief pitcher off the roster and keep Constanza to back up Bourn while Nate McLouth is on the 15-day disabled list.

Moylan throws off mound

Peter Moylan’s return from back surgery took another step Sunday when the reliever threw 15 pitches off the mound.

Moylan underwent surgery for a herniated disc on May 17th.

“It was just what I expected,” said Moylan, who estimated he threw at about 60 percent. “I didn’t let anything go but it was nice to get out there on the mound again.”

Moylan is scheduled for another throwing session on Tuesday as he travels with the Braves. Gonzalez said it will be part of a program aimed at getting Moylan back at the end of August or early September.

Chipper feeling better

Chipper Jones’ right leg felt better Sunday for the first time since having fluid drained from around his injured right quadriceps.

The veteran third baseman has been limited to pinch-hitting duties for six games since straining the quad on July 25 in his first game back from the 15-day disabled list. He’d been on the DL recovering from athroscopic knee surgery on the same leg.

The Braves hope to have him back in the lineup at  some point during the three-game Washington series, the first of three legs on a nine-game trip that also includes a stop in New York to face the Mets before finishing in Florida against the Marlins.    – David O’Brien

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Dubya Cubed

July 31st, 2011
6:15 pm

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Joseph

July 31st, 2011
6:16 pm

Dang that would be nice to see, Bourn leading off and Constanza in the 2 hole. Wow that is some serious speed there. I’m excited to see it.

Dubya Cubed

July 31st, 2011
6:16 pm

Komminsk

July 31st, 2011
6:22 pm

I guess Constanza would play left?

panamajack

July 31st, 2011
6:26 pm

Who is going to be sent don tomorrow?

panamajack

July 31st, 2011
6:30 pm

Please Frank, keep Varvaro on the roster and DFA Proctor

panamajack

July 31st, 2011
6:35 pm

They should play Constanza in RF against lefties, Prado in LF and either Conrad or Lugo on 3rd if Chipper can’t play. Constanza hits lefties as good as righties. Heyward can’t hit lefties at all.

Art Vandelay

July 31st, 2011
6:36 pm

Who is going to drive in Bourn from 3rd w/less than 2 outs? Getting on base doesn’t seem to be our problem…..

NickB

July 31st, 2011
6:37 pm

Bourn
Constanza
Prado
Freeman
Uggla
Ross
Heyward
Gonzo

should be an interesting day…. I hope Constanza can handle all that junk Livan Hernandez will throw at him

reckingball

July 31st, 2011
6:49 pm

basher

July 31st, 2011
6:49 pm

A good question Art. You can manufacture runs a lot easier with speedy guys though, as opposed to having guys on base like Prado, Chipper and Heyward. They aren’t slow, but you have to believe the speed of Bourn or Constanza will enable them to score at least one hit earlier than it would take any of the aforementioned…whether it be by stealing a bag or scoring from 1st on a gapper.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
6:58 pm

NickB, Livan is an annoying pitcher to face that is for sure. That line-up I like it. Hopefully Chipper can get back before the end of the series or at the start of the series at NY. Just blindfold Chipper and tell him it is the old Shea stadium and he will destroy that team by himself.

billmaier

July 31st, 2011
6:59 pm

i love the idea prado third and everyone else moves down a spot until chipper is back

bobby cerasuolo

July 31st, 2011
6:59 pm

OK i was wondering the Braves want a bat off the bench what bout signing Bill Hall or Brandon Inge?

Feeach

July 31st, 2011
7:00 pm

Art vandalay… Comment of the day. Was at the last 2 games. 3rd base no outs twice today and we can’t get a run. Missed bunts. Pop ups. Awful…

extremus

July 31st, 2011
7:00 pm

Constanza has worked hard and done well since being promoted; his energy reminds me a lot of Brooks Conrad’s last season (Conrad also served a long time in the minors before getting to see MLB action). He needs to be a bit smarter on the basepaths, though honestly that call at third today could have gone either way; I personally thought he was safe.

But yes, having BOTH Bourn and Constanza on the roster hugely improves what the Braves can do offensively; their ability to disrupt opposing pitchers’ rhythm when on base should give the hitters beneath them much better selections to hit than has been the case so far (as everyone has relied so much on power to produce runs and leaving a ton of people on base as a result). With Uggla and Freeman tearing it up right now and McCann and Chipper eventually coming back, I look for the run production to increase significantly over the last two months of the season.

NickB

July 31st, 2011
7:00 pm

These days Hall isn’t much better than Lugo….

bobby cerasuolo

July 31st, 2011
7:07 pm

They sign either Hall or Inge I would prefer Inge bc he can play catcher if need be. I mean vs Lefties place Inge in RF and sit Heyward. Hall can be nice bc he’s got speed and be a decent pinch runner.

ted william's head

July 31st, 2011
7:09 pm

just got back in town. what happened to the BIG RH bat that was essential to going all the way? oh I got it money.

ted william's head

July 31st, 2011
7:09 pm

just got back in town. what happened to the BIG RH bat that was essential to going all the way? oh I got it money.

Jweave

July 31st, 2011
7:09 pm

Would someone please tell me why our SS is never called on to bunt-he has popped up or hit into a double play with runners on the bases than everyone else in the lineup. Does not matter if he is hitting in the 3, 7 or 8th spot–he never advance a runner, unless it is a base hit-terrible!

Brother John

July 31st, 2011
7:09 pm

Constanza was brilliant today! Where has he been all year? The bunt should have been a hit with a two base throwing error on the Fish. That would be 4 for 5 at home in the Big Show!! No way you take him out of the line-up. Just add Mr. Bourn to it and start watching the runs start crossing the plate. The hitters can finally relax. The pitchers can finally relax. The Phillies are probably already sweating bullets. This race is far from over. Great job, Frank Wren!!!!!

Farnsworthy

July 31st, 2011
7:11 pm

Omar! Omar! Omar! Omar! Omar!

panamajack

July 31st, 2011
7:12 pm

We are 6 games behind Phils and only 3 1/2 up now in WC race.

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 31st, 2011
7:14 pm

I think Wren let us down by not getting Ludwick. Pittsburgh gave up very little for him, but his acquistion means to me that they do not value Matty Diaz very much. Why did Wren not attempt to get him back, if he had no plans to get us a big right handed outfielder. Matt could platoon with Heyward and hit .300 against lefties. Seems like a no brainer to me, but then again, maybe it would have embarassed Wren to have to admit that he made a mistake in letting Diaz go.

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 31st, 2011
7:19 pm

Great to have Bourn abord, Wren did get the best of that deal, however, I think I heard that Bourn is a Scott Boras client, which means he is a year and half rental.

Matt Diaz is much preferable to Hall and Inge, and based on his limited use against the Braves, Pittsburgh may DFA him.

(Philly)Hater

July 31st, 2011
7:23 pm

OK, I HATE the Phillies. That said, you gotta hand it to that miserable city….they sell out EVERY F’ing game! I was at the game today, the TED was half empty. Hey it was hot, it’s as hot in Philly….so don’t use that as an excuse. As a native Atlantan, we have the worst fans in baseball. A city of 6 million and we can’t fill a 40K stadium??? Pathetic!!

Just think what Wren could do if we sold out all our games and had 50% more payroll like the Philthies? This city doesn’t deserve the Bravos. And Kudos to Wren for the highway robbery he committed on the ‘Stros……Maybe we could sell out if we go to the WS….wouldn’t count on this city of bandwagon jumpers……just plain sad

(Philly)Hater

July 31st, 2011
7:27 pm

Actually, the smart move would be to put the pitcher batting the 8th spot, means Gonzo might get more on base with walks, put “George” Castanza ninth, followed by Bourn at the top

panamajack

July 31st, 2011
7:27 pm

We can only carry 4 bench players, 1 has to be a catcher and you must have a spare outfielder and a spare infielder, the other can be either an infielder or outfielder. Thats where someone like Infante is so valuable because he can play either, thus giving you 2 outfielders and 2 infielders on the bench. Wren should have made a deal for Infante.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
7:28 pm

(Philly)Hater……what seat were you in today?

Bob the Blogger

July 31st, 2011
7:33 pm

We have more left handed hitting outfielders than Carter has little liver pills (actually I don’t think they make those any more). But Bourn is our new Otis Nixon, and we’ve needed that for a long time.

I like the direction of Wren to pursue speed and defense to compliment the strong pitching. Some of the pitchers we face just aren’t going to give up 3-run homers. Bourn (and Constanza as well) are good fits.

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
7:34 pm

The right handed bat will come from the waiver wire. Quentin may sneak through and there will be others that can do that job. Inge was hitting less than 200 or the Tigers would never have sent him down. We bought one impotent back catcher in Nieves just in case. The shortstop position mystifies me; no one on he hits suddenly there’s a Brave on the bases he chokes.
Why can’t our pitchers bunt anymore? Huddy does fine and Lowe while hit or miss is ok but Tommy and JJ seem not to know how. Has Boras told them not to bother they’ll be Yankees soon? Glavine Smoltz Maddux. Avery Hampton Neagle could all bunt. It was taught and they knew it was good for them to be able to get the runner over. Do any of the coaches know how or should we get the Maddux how to bunt successfully video?
Oh and if you watched Gonzo TRY to bunt this year you’d understand why he isn’t ask to. He is awful, looks like he never knew how.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
7:37 pm

Bob your comment about Carter is ridiculous. Show at least some respect. Disagree with him all you want but to make a joke about a disease that he might have is childish.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
7:40 pm

I agree Merlin, but I wouldn’t put Hampton in that category. Actually I wouldn’t put him in any category with Braves Pitchers except for most times on the DL. Today Hanson tried to bunt once and yes it was a pop out but that catcher made an amazing play. The pitchers need to get back to bunting and coming out of their pitches in a fielding position instead of falling to 1st or 3rd. Still Like our chances though.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
7:41 pm

I love the idea of playing both Castanza and Bourn in the same lineup- we could approach our offence the way the Vince Coleman/ Willie McGee teams did. With our pitching, defense and lack of power, it would make great sense to approach the game that way- and it would be a lot of fun to watch.

That team won a WS that way and we have better pitching that those teams did- plus the rest of our lineup is better, also.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
7:45 pm

Joseph-

Lighten up! “Carter’s Little Pills” was a back pain analgesic back in the 70’s that spent a lot of money on TV advertising. Bob the Blogger probably doesn’t even know Gary Carter has health problems.

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
7:46 pm

Uh John Galt.. Lack of power? Last I looked we’re 3rd in the league for homers. Most solo unfortunately. Now if you’d say hitting with RISP I’d agree we have a major left at SS.

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
7:47 pm

That should be major hole with RISP at SS

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
7:47 pm

Neither is Bob the Blogger making a reference to the once-worst President of the United States (who is now the 2nd worst ever).

(Philly)Hater

July 31st, 2011
7:48 pm

Joseph, section 412, cheapo seats…I can afford those. But I still go about 20 times a year. Cheap seats are better than no seats!!!

Hey, times are hard….but I bet they’re hard in Philly too. NO EXCUSES!!! We have a real shot this year. Don’t embarrass ourselves with the national media sayin how empty the TED is in a playoff race.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
7:49 pm

Good point Merlin. But I still think aggressive base-running would produce more runs AND give the remainder of the lineup more fastballs to hit.

And it would be a LOT of fun to watch-

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
7:53 pm

Hey I want them to run. Most exciting for fans and upsetting thing for infielders, pitchers and catchers. make them nervous and play the ball they hang that breaking ball or give McCann, Chipper, Uggla, etc a fastball to nail Run baby run!

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

July 31st, 2011
7:54 pm

@ Joseph 7:37 pm

Huh?

urban redneck

July 31st, 2011
7:59 pm

holy cow, is philly starting to walk off and leave us. please, michael bourn, stop the bleeding.

i am super excited that constanza will stay a while. i watched him in gwinnett a few times, and i’m a big fan. plus you gotta pull for the long term minor leaguers anyway.

fredi doesn’t have the stones to send down/cut proctor. it’d be nice if we never saw him again, even though watching him fall down in the bottom of the 19th was a good time. go bravos. let’s get back in this thing.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
8:01 pm

John, Insinuating on a serious disease like he did whether trying to be funny or not is childish. Didn’t we all learn something from that brave girl Lilly?

Good for you hater. Hope it was a good view. I personally after my last experience with my 4 year old daughter having at least 4 beers dumped on her by drunk idiots sitting behind us before the 5th inning and after complaining to a security official and being asked “what do you want me to do?” We left and haven’t been back. I do not blame the organization. Heck for all I know that 1 person was merely having a bad day. But I will prefer to watch the games with my wife and now 5 year old little princess in the comfort of our den. Maybe when my angel is older, we consider going again, but not at her age now. Again I do not blame anybody except the drunk idiots. The security guy probably just was in a bad mood, but that is not a situation I will put my little girl in again.

There are too many empty seats that is for sure. economy has a lot to do with it. You point to Phillies run of sell-outs. yes that is impressive. What was their attendance when they were not winning? Phillie fans were no where to be found until recently. My situation is why next year me and wife have discussed buying season tickets to Gwinnett. Hoping for less drunk fools, but they happen everywhere I guess. Heck I used to be one of them.

Furman Bitcher

July 31st, 2011
8:02 pm

If the Braves staduim was in Marietta or Alpharetta it would sell out every game. the place is in crackville on the southside of the city with no MARTA train going there.

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
8:04 pm

Urban Redneck -Phillies are playing .636 ball, we are playing .578 ball. If the Phillies continue at this pace we have to play .773 ball to win the division. Meanwhile the wildcard is down to 3.5 game lead over AZ and no one has told them they can;t win so they keep doing it. So yea the Phillies are running off with the division and we have to keep winning to make sure of the wild card which would be a repeat of last year with the Giants as it stands today.

Kimbrel rocks

July 31st, 2011
8:04 pm

LOVE the way constanza plays…..need him in there far better in line-up than heyward or mcclouth. at least he is FAST if nothing else. upgrade in any regard

griddle

July 31st, 2011
8:11 pm

I’m with Furman Bitcher. Stadium is super hard to get to, then you gotta pay for parking, there are no bars/restaurants/nightlife anywhere within walking distance, marta doesn’t go there, and on and on and on. I don’t blame this one on the atlanta fans. although they can be super weak (see hawks attendance). I wouldn’t go as far as putting a stadium up in the ‘burbs, but at least put it in a nice part of downtown. I would model it after the new target field up in minni

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
8:11 pm

Make that 3 games in the wild card, Brewers sneaking up too

archie

July 31st, 2011
8:11 pm

I would like to see both Bourn and Constanza in the lineup, as much as possible. Overnight, the Braves would go from one of the slowest teams in baseball to one of the fastest. And is there anything McLouth can do that Constanza can’t? Not a single thing. McLouth should be dropped ASAP.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
8:14 pm

Is there any word on who is getting sent down tonight to make room for Bourn? Does anybody know?

just sayin'

July 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

well, carter had his pills loooong before the ’70s…try the ’40s/50s….guess i’m telling my age here..anyway, looking forward to bourn getting on and pardo moving him over…prodo will get more fastballs and his avg will go up…keep freeman and uggla in the 3/4/5 holes….hitters hit…

Merlin

July 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

I dunno Joseph but if Proctor were DFA I would not be surprised.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
8:23 pm

“We have more left handed hitting outfielders than Carter has little liver pills (actually I don’t think they make those any more). But Bourn is our new Otis Nixon, and we’ve needed that for a long time.”

@Joseph-

Let me type more slowly so you can understand- those of us over 50 are very familiar with the saying ” {fill in the blank} has more {fill in the blank} than Carter has little pills. I was wrong about their use- Carter’s Little Pills was actually a laxative that came in a tube with dozens of little tablets. It was Doan’s Pills that promoted themselves as a backache reliever.

Actually, it is aprapo, because it seems you might need some Carter’s Little Pills today.

Google “Carters Little Pills”, take the chip off of your shoulder, and apologize to Bob.

Matt

July 31st, 2011
8:24 pm

City of Atlanta turned down the original proposal to put “Olympic Stadium”/Turner Field where Centennial Park. It would be an awesome scene if the Ted was in that spot, ugh.

Ryan, PT

July 31st, 2011
8:24 pm

Hey DOB,
Speaking of Moylan, if you get a chance to talk to him, be sure and mention that he needs to “sit up straight” when he’s just sitting there watching the game. As a guy with a history of disc problems, I would think someone by now (MD, PT, ATC) would have told him that one of the worst things he can do for his back is slouch. Easy preventative advice.

Ryan, PT

July 31st, 2011
8:27 pm

PS – keep up the timely and informative writing. I love how you add in your “2 cents”. Thanks!

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
8:29 pm

Matt, that is a beautiful scene for sure. I drive to the airport almost daily and see the stadium and have to laugh at the logistics of it.

John, I have forgotten it. I contend making a joke of someone’s possible illness is childish. Whether that is a national publicity thing or not, does not make it right. Have a nice night John. I hope you are praying for little Lilly who has a real disease.

Dennis Reynolds

July 31st, 2011
8:35 pm

Wren is looking like a GENIUS! Such a great move.

Lol, reading Philly fans’ comments over at The Good Phight. They are PISSED. About 80% of the comments are about how they wish they had Bourn and how Pence is a “leatherface”. Gotta love Philly fans…

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
8:42 pm

That is hilarious Dennis. Typical of Philly fans for sure.

Bill in VA

July 31st, 2011
8:56 pm

What they’re saying in Philly:

Rob Neyer: Phillies Better With Pence … In This Moment

[T]he Phillies, for all their considerable resources, can go to this well only so many times. Two years ago, the Phillies traded Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson to the Indians for Cliff Lee. A few months later, the Phillies traded Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d’Arnaud to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay. A year ago, the Phillies traded Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar to the Astros for Roy Oswalt. Now they’ve traded two more of their best prospects for Hunter Pence. And what happens when the well is dry? Ruben Amaro is going to have to figure out a new way to win. Or be willing to lose for a year or two. Because while he’s obviously quite accomplished at spending gobs of money and trading oodles of prospects, it’s not clear what will happen when he can do just one of those things, or neither of them.

Crashburn Alley: Phillies Acquire Hunter Pence

[I]t does appear that the Phillies overpaid in acquiring Pence. For a similar price, the Phillies likely could have pried B.J. Upton from the Tampa Bay Rays, who is more than a year younger and has a higher ceiling. In the event the Phillies re-sign their outfield acquisition, Upton is better in the long-term.

Matt Gelb: Pence and the payroll

Pence’s addition provides Amaro and his people with “cost certainty” — the buzz phrase used two winters ago when they inked Blanton, Victorino and Ruiz to long-term deals covering arbitration years. It takes away their need to scour the free-agent market for a corner outfielder. They know Pence is probably due around $10 million in 2012 and approximately $13 million in 2013. But it doesn’t make balancing the budget any easier.

JMF

July 31st, 2011
9:02 pm

Griddle and Furman Bishop, I did not know marta ran in Cobb or Gwinnett Counties.

LakeDawg

July 31st, 2011
9:12 pm

You have nothing to “forget”, Joey. You stupidly criticized someone, by mistake, and John called you out on it. The only offense to forget is your mistake, presumably unintentional.

You seem to have more excuses than Carter has little pills to avoid apologizing.

panamajack

July 31st, 2011
9:12 pm

@joseph

We are carrying 13 pitchers, it will have to be either Vavario or DFA for Proctor, i’m praying for the latter.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
9:15 pm

SURELY we will now DFA Proctor.

Kimbrel rocks

July 31st, 2011
9:18 pm

hanson’s head was totally somewhere else today. didn’t hustle on the infante bunt= led to a run….walked lead off guy= led to run and couldn’t bunt the guy over = did not lead to a run. pretty crappy game from him

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
9:26 pm

Panama, I could see that, but with so many late inning games and the tax already on the big 3….I find it hard to believe. I would love a DFA of Proctor though. The kid did look really good his last outing against Pirates. Still hope he is DFAd. I think they send down a batter though. And I honestly cannot think of who it should be. Yes Lugo is the easy answer, but who else on the major team can play SS? Hate it but is truth. So who goes down?

LakeDawg, if you have something to say to me sir…..my name is Joseph not “Joey”. My birth name is Joseph. Please respect that sir.

Just to please you and John…………I AM SORRY TO EVERYBODY HERE. Now move on and please, with all due respect LakeDawg, call me be my birth name.

M. Childs

July 31st, 2011
9:27 pm

Bourn
Prado
Freeman/Uggla
Uggla/Freeman
Ross
Heyward
Gonzo
Constanza

I like that line-up. AND!!! We keep our future. All of it. Good job Frank. Good job.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
9:28 pm

Kimbrel. 3 runs on a crappy outing from him? I like that. On his crappy games he gives up only 3 runs. I like our chances my friend.

The Grinch

July 31st, 2011
9:44 pm

Joseph…really? No need for me to repeat what John Galt said but I’ll second it. I was hearing that saying when I was a kid and nobody was offended then or now. It’s both as common and as innocuous as saying “…a little dab’ll do ya (Brylcreem)” or any other advertizing slogan from the 60’s or 70’s. I’m sure you mean well in general, but please do some research before you make an ass of yourself in public.

If Chipper’s out for an extended period I’m looking forward to Constanza in left and Bourn in center. This could be a completely different team with speed.

I admit to being surprised we didn’t pick up a middle reliever; that could bite us in the post season.

The Grinch

July 31st, 2011
9:46 pm

I apologize; I just saw your 9:26. Forget it.

Kimbrel rocks

July 31st, 2011
9:47 pm

@only 3 runs yes, but he looked unfocused and did not make the fundamental plays…so…to me, crappy…even he said it was a bad game for him

braveshoo

July 31st, 2011
9:50 pm

5 bench players should be Costanza, Conrad, Henske, Lugo, and Ross. McClouth should be let go. I have been saying for days that we should really try to get Infante for our bench, even if we have to do a 3 team deal to get it done. Infante would be a good RH pinch hitter. He has a very high average last year with RISP. He can play both infield and outfield, which gives you a lot of flexibility, and he can play SS which means we can send Lugo back to the minors, and our bench will be very strong. We should also bring up Viscaino to take the place of Proctor, and then our bullpen will be very strong top to bottom. It looks like the Braves are finally thinking that way by bringing up Viscaino to AAA, and putting him in the pen.

The Grinch

July 31st, 2011
9:52 pm

Hanson’s very good now and I still think he’ll be great, but he sure does have a high number of “head in the clouds” games. He could use some adderall.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
9:54 pm

The Grinch, why apologize for an opinion? Why should anybody? It is your opinion own it. Just because it is an ad slogan does not make it right. I not say more on it, but that is my point.

Kimbrel, Yes it was a bad game for him. That is my point. If this is bad for Hanson……….dang how many games are we going to win with him starting pitching this bad?

Kimbrel rocks

July 31st, 2011
9:55 pm

@the grinch- precisely. lol loses focus sometimes.

Kimbrel rocks

July 31st, 2011
9:56 pm

well we surely won’t win a lot of games without executing the fundamentals. hanson had nearly every player behind in the count all day long and just couldn’t put them away

The Grinch

July 31st, 2011
9:58 pm

Because it’s an ad slogan for a laxative, dude. You insinuated the guy hated children with liver disease. Do you not see the problem there? Not an opinion; you were wrong.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
9:58 pm

Braveshoo…I like what you say. In emotion I agree with you, but the problem is that Lugo has a contract that he cannot be sent to the minors. I wish he had a better bat, but I personally like his infield defense off the bench. We can do better for sure, but I like to point out the positive.

DOB is there any hint to what the team will do? Heck there hasn’t even been post game quotes. What is up?

chalkdawg4

July 31st, 2011
10:02 pm

I agree the Turner Field location is bad. Anyone know what Philly is like? Easy transportation and lots of fun places around it I guess. I live in Cobb and wish we had the Gwinnett Braves. The only place worse to get to than Turner for me is the Mall of Georgia area. I can get to Rome faster than Gwinnett.

David O'Brien

July 31st, 2011
10:04 pm

DOB is there any hint to what the team will do? Heck there hasn’t even been post game quotes. What is up? — Joseph

What is up?

Joseph, I spent a lot of times today transcribing reaction quotes from players, manager and the long GM interview, while doing other stuff including writing a story about a significant trade, and you’re complaining about me not also transcribing postgame quotes for you after a single 3-1 loss that was completely overshadowed by other events today? Seriously?

Theo Williams

July 31st, 2011
10:04 pm

When we face the next righty starter we should at least try:

Bourn
Constanza
Freeman
Uggla
Prado
Heyward
Ross
Gonzo

That way we’ve got 2 speedsters at the top trying to get on with the bats behind them to drive them in. I think right now the 3-5 holes are the most likely to be able to knock in runs, especially if we need an extra base hit.

01HAWK

July 31st, 2011
10:08 pm

Have to put Constanzza 2nd behind Bourne. The havoc would begin at the top of the lineup.

Scott Proctor will be the odd man out. I am sure WREN and staff are trying to see how they can rid themnselves of MCOUT, GONZO, LUGO, and PROCTOR.

This is scary with those 2 at the top of the top. I feel that MCOUT maybe on his way out of town soon.

Theo Williams

July 31st, 2011
10:11 pm

Totally agree 01hawk. And if we get those two on base we’ll force pitchers to a. put some of their attention on the runner on and b. throw pitches to guys like Freddie and Uggla that they don’t want to throw to them.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
10:12 pm

DOB nobody was complaining. Merely an observation. Would like to know the thought on who is getting sent down though sir. I apologize if you were offended.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
10:12 pm

DOB-

If you haven’t noticed, Joey has a con cob up his azz today. You didn’t have to respond to him, but you are spot on. He seems to have a distorted view of his importance today.

From Infante to Viscaino, you are dead on- I’m with you 100%. I’ll put my money on that roster in the postseason.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
10:15 pm

That would be CORN cob, Jo Jo- pardon my foible.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
10:17 pm

Sorry, that 2nd paragraph was meant for braveshoo

M. Childs

July 31st, 2011
10:19 pm

You’d be better off putting a more proven hitter at the 2 spot behind Bourn to get him going. I mean he can turn walks into doubles and having Prado with a single would drive him in. If you put Constanza in the 8 spot he can get on, pitcher gets him over, top of the line up gets him in. Then you have the meat of the line up right there in place to pick up the one and 2 guys. It makes much more sense to put speed at the top and bottom than to pile it on at the start. Plus they’ll still be a one-two punch, just not literally one and two. I’d MUCH rather have Constanza in front of the pitcher to get on and wreak havoc with the top right behind him.

M. Childs

July 31st, 2011
10:19 pm

*than Gonzo or Heyward

Doug Markham

July 31st, 2011
10:20 pm

DOB: I expect some folks on here don’t understand what “transcribing” notes even means. You do an excellent job. Go get some rest.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
10:21 pm

John, I have asked nicely sir that I be referred to by my birth name and that is Joseph. With all due respect I was not born as Jo Jo nor was I born as Joey. I have no problem with criticism but please as a man do it with respect for a mans name.

Theo Williams

July 31st, 2011
10:21 pm

Well another problem is guys like Freeman and Uggla are getting on and no one is driving them in. I think putting Prado behind guys like that could solve that problem imo.

John Galt

July 31st, 2011
10:22 pm

If I had respect I would.

RJ Voorhees

July 31st, 2011
10:22 pm

Did Ugglas hit streak get snapped today? I wasnt able to catch the game?

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
10:24 pm

Love that thinking M. Childs. Very interesting. I was thinking Bourn at 1 and Constanza @ 2, but I think you changed my mind.

BravesfaninWis

July 31st, 2011
10:25 pm

Here is a good question. How in the hell does a team get 13 hits and only 1 run in a game? Man alive. They damn near doubled up the Marlins in hits, had 0 errors compared to the Marlins 1 error, and lost 3-1. How? I hope now with Bourn in the mix that the Braves can figure out how to get some extra runs out of each game.

Theo Williams

July 31st, 2011
10:25 pm

No it’s at 22 now.

Theo Williams

July 31st, 2011
10:26 pm

We can’t score with RISP. That’s about the sum of it. We think those runs are gonna score themselves somehow so we go into autopilot as opposed to stepping up our game.

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