Braves quotes after 11-inning win over Marlins

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Prado

“Wow. Home run, big RBI there to get us the victory….

“What a  job Beachy did for those first 6-2/3 innings. Again, he sure deserved a little better. That seventh inning didn’t go quite the way we wanted it to, but the guys out of the bullpen were terrific.”

You thought Beachy was out of gas?

“I think so. You’re tempted [to leave him in]. But those first couple of hitters got on and you could tell the ball was up in the strike zone a little bit. We figured with a fresh arm coming out of the bullpen … but you get Buck a ball over the plate, and he’s dangerous. Three-run homer.”

On O’Flaherty’s escape with bases loaded via consecutive strikeouts

“Again, that inning started with a base-on-balls and we got ourselves in a little jam. It’s never a good feeling; well, I guess it’s a good feeling when it works. He punched out Morrison and also punched out Cameron to get out of the jam.”

On Prado’s game

“Good for us and good for him. Because the last two or three games he’s been so upset at himself, he’s such a perfectionist. I’m glad that he got some opportunities to drive in some runs.”

On Prado saying he’s trying to be more aggressive

“It’s a tough spot, because he’s hitting second with a guy [Bourn] who you’ve got to give a couple of pitches to try to steal a bag. I don’t think [Prado] has ever experienced that, so you’ve got to work through that a little bit. You’ve got to be patient-aggressive, I guess, if that makes sense.”

On Varvaro giving up the three-run homer

“He challenged a fastball hitter with his fastball, and the [hitter] won today. But that’s a spot where you need him or someone else to go.”

On using Varvaro there instead of O’Flaherty

“We were going into the game today trying not to use Kimbrel. We were going to close with Venters, and kind of push everything back a little. I think you could tell that when O’Flaherty doesn’t come in the seventh. Because Kimbrel went three out of four [games before today], now it’s four out of five. Now it’s Venters in the same boat tomorrow.”

***DAN UGGLA

On extending hitting streak with only an infield single second night in a row

“Yeah, man. We’re talking about a lot of games [30-game hitting streak], so there’s going to be times where you don’t feel as good as other times. You’ve just got to battle and take what you can get.”

Did you worry that your best friend Hensley might end the streak?

“At one point I thought about it, how that’d be messed up. But he gave me pitches to hit and challenged me. He’s a bulldog, man…. I remember last time [after Uggla hit a three-run homer off Hensley on July 29] he said, ‘Why can’t you just hit a freakin’ single or something, why’s it got to be a homer?’ So this time I hit a single and let Prado do all the damage tonight.”

On Bourn racing home to score winning run from second on Prado’s fourth hit

“That was awesome. Bourn came up huge with a double right there. Same situation as if you would have bunted him over. Prado just got locked in and just did what he needed to do, is get a base hit. Bourn could pretty much score on anything right there.”

***BRANDON BEACHY

On being dominant through six innings

[disappointed tone] “Yeah, but  six innings is the key. I just made some mistakes in the [seventh].”

Does it at least make it easier to accept because you won?

“Hey, we won the game. That’s what matters. I’m going to try to take some things a way from this game and learn from them, like I do every game.”

“I felt good. I was throwing all my pitches at times well, and keeping the fastball out of the middle of the plate. I had some success there for a while.”

On bullpen

“If we’re tied going into extra innings, our pen going against anybody else’s, we feel like we can outlast them and get a run before they can get one off our ‘pen.”

On feeling after walking two guys then seeing the three-run homer erase lead

“I’m furious with myself. I throw well for the most part the whole game, then I come up and walk two guys. With a lead. Same thing in my last start. I had a lead and walked a leadoff guy. Walking guys, that’s just inexcusable. There’s no more helpless feeling than sitting on the bench with your guys out there on base. It’s frustrating.”

***CHIPPER JONES

On team’s new speed making an impact

“Those guys, Bourn especially, him and Constanza in the last week have given us such a boost offensively. Runs that we haven’t been scoring [in the past], they’ve been scoring. Just getting on base a lot and being able to force the other team into mistakes. Not staying on first long – getting into scoring position. That’s when we’re all at our best in the middle of the lineup. Those little rug rats, they’ll kill you.”

On Bourn scoring from second on little single through right side of infield

“Yeah, but the ball is soaked. You could see the water trail behind it rolling out there. I mean, if he’d have made that throw, it would have been worthy of an ESPY.”

On Beachy’s performance

“I’m waiting for him to finish it. I think that from time to time he gets a little complacent, and as much as we harp on him to go out there and finish it, you can tell whenever he starts to get careful. When he gets careful, he walks a couple of guys and something like that happens. There’s no reason for him not to get the win tonight, but you don’t finish off your innings and something drastic like that can happen. All because of two walks.

“But innings 1 through 6, he was unbelievable. He was awesome. He had them on their heels all night. He was dotting everything. He’s a guy that’s going to be a top-of-the-rotation guy before it’s all said and done.”

On Uggla’s infield hit to extend streak

“I think the loudest cheer [from the Braves] all night was when he beat out that hit. You can say what you want about the home run and scoring that [final] run; I think we were all too tired to cheer there in the 10th or 11th, whenever it was. But, man, when he got that hit, the whole dugout erupted.”

On Prado’s night

“He did everything good. He’s been struggling a little bit here lately, but he’s made some adjustments at the plate. You saw the big home run to put us up 2-0, but the guy can filet balls into right field with the best of them. The guy’s a good hitter; he’s a .300 hitter. He’s not hitting .300, but I would not be surprised to see him there before too long.”

***MARTIN PRADO

On adjustments he’s made recently

“People have been trying to help me figure out what I’ve been doing wrong. L.P. (Larry Parrish) has been talking to me, trying to figure out what’s wrong with me, and Chipper, all my teammates.

“First of all, I was trying to be more aggressive. I was taking too many pitches two weeks ago, because I didn’t have my timing. One day I’d feel good, and the next day it’s gone. So I have to be more consistent in my routine before the game….

“Today was one of those games, I went, just see a good pitch to hit and hit it somewhere. Chipper just — and L.P. – told me the pitch is going to dictate where I’m going to hit the ball. Two weeks ago I was opening my hips and trying to pull every single pitch. I’ve been trying to make that adjustment and find a spot where I feel comfortable every day.”

How big can a game like this be for you?

“It’s huge. When we feel like it’s late in the season, we’ve got to make a run and get [at least] the wild card. We’re trying to get the Phillies, but we’re not thinking about that. We’re just trying to play every single game and I’m hoping that I can get my timing back and be consistent.”

On importance of coming back and winning a game after blowing lead

“I always have confidence that, even when the other team ties the game, we always can come back. Because we’ve got a good bullpen and they give us a chance to stay in the game. I’m seeing my team start to the do the little things and not worry about who’s hot, who’s not. Just somebody step up and get the big hit. Thank God I was the guy that got the big hit tonight.”

On Bourn’s speed

“I’ve just got to get used to him. I was talking to him, trying to get to know each other. I’ve just got to let him run, don’t swing or whatever, because he steals – he’s one of those guys that he can take advantage of it. And I’m probably probably going to see more fastballs with him in front of me. That probably is going to be a good thing for the team.”

On Bourn scoring from second on Prado’s single through right side in 11th

“I know he was going to try. Sometimes you’ve to risk it. The grass was wet and there were a lot of factors. Fortunately, he scored and we got that run for our closer and got the win.”

119 comments Add your comment

DontStopTheChop

August 10th, 2011
1:36 am

Where are all those people who said prado should be benched for heyward earlier today. Good call

acbwcmm

August 10th, 2011
1:50 am

ben

August 10th, 2011
1:51 am

How is Bourn clicking with the team? I love what he brings to the lineup.

Joseph

August 10th, 2011
1:54 am

When McCann is fully healthy, dang it will be fun to watch this team score some runs for our pitchers. A few more early leads can only help. Shaking up to be a good end of the year and possible deep post season run.

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:00 am

Hmmm, here’s an idea, Move Chipper (and his patience at the plate) to 2nd this will give Bourn more SB chances. Then Freeman, Uggla then Prado….. prado’s never walked much so if aggression is his forte’ then let’s put him in an RBI position

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:01 am

if Heyward had played and hit 2 doubles and a HR you could say the exact opposite Dontstopthechop….. It’s easy to look in the rearview mirror at the car crash behind you

acbwcmm

August 10th, 2011
2:07 am

You can’t even compare Prado and Heyward. It has been a season long struggle for Heyward. Prado is still hitting around .280. I’ll take that slump and play it everyday!

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:15 am

batting avg mean not much feller. OPS+ for them is equal

Smitty

August 10th, 2011
2:21 am

You all missed the point. The point was that Prado was struggling just as much if not worse than Heyward so if you play the “Hot Hand” card like Fredi was saying then Prado should also be sitting some. It was illustrating the double standard that suddenly exists for Heyward’s struggles while other players get to play through their struggles. Using a poor, archaic stat like batting avg is a reason someone could justify a folly like benching Heyward, but it remains folly if you look past the BA illusion. wOBA is a far better indicator of performance than Batting Avg. Past time we all got smart enough to eliminate such a poor statistic like BA from regular use.

glacialspeed

August 10th, 2011
2:23 am

What’s up with Chipper poor-mouthing Bourn and Beachy like that? All he has to say is, “Some guys are laboring right now, but we were glad we could grind out a mid-week win here in Miami.” That’s it. He’s like a grumpy old man this season.

TONE-TONE

August 10th, 2011
2:35 am

JOSEPH……..The word is “SHAPING”. It’s not “SHAKING”. I am
watching you, since you think you are the smart one.

Cole

August 10th, 2011
2:35 am

NIck B, I couldnt agree with you more. I’ve been saying Chipper should bat 2nd. Check it out when McCann comes back:

Bourn
Jones
Freeman
McCann
Uggla
Prado
Heyward/Constanza
Gonzalez
Pitcher

Chipper can get the walk or the hit and his power isnt what it used to be. Prado can drive in runs here. I don’t think Chipper would go for this but I think the Braves would score more with this lineup.

clay

August 10th, 2011
2:37 am

it never fails on this freaking blog site everytime. we get a win and people still find something to bitch about. what is up with everyone lately wanting to sit everyone now? no one on here sure as hell could not manage a team in baseball by sitting everyone.

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:37 am

@cole

I might swap out Freeman and McCann there but I like the rest… I want my best hitter hitting 3rd and right now it’s Mac

acbwcmm

August 10th, 2011
2:37 am

@Cole, I dig your lineup!

clay

August 10th, 2011
2:39 am

@cole- I like when constanza was hitting 9th and bourn was 1st

j

August 10th, 2011
2:41 am

Why not anyone asking more as to why Beachy wasnt at least given chance to get ONE out to make it out of mess.He walked two guys.Boo hoo.Pitches up?He still got a couple outs didnt he?Let the kid work.Fredi didnt wanna use the MAIN arms in pen but when you bring in subpar crap arms who throw meat.All sudden leads gone anyways.Now.You GOT to use these arms you wanted to rest.Let Beach give up a run.2 if need be.Let him finish 7.Then EOF and Venters to close it out.Better yet.Bring up some of these coveted arms DOMINATING AAA.Pen work is good too.

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:45 am

In a perfect world…. the optimum way to make a lineup (forget the pitcher ) is thusly:

highest OBP player with the highest stolen base % bats 1st
most patient hitter 2nd, most bat control…etc power here is not a bad thing either 2nd
best overall hitter 3rd
next best OPS here 4th
next best OPS here 5th
next best OPS here 6th
” 7th
“8th (though best OBP of the 7 or 8)

This means that yer best hitters get the most PA’s which maximizes their chances hence increasing runs. I don’t want aggression 2nd IF the leadoff man steals bases. it cuts down his chances.
Now in the old Braves lineup, Prado was a great no 2 hitter. But with Bourn (and his 80+% SB ratio) we need a guy who can take walks, wait for good pitches and hit and run. That’s Chipper. It’s not liek he won’t get more fastballs to hit with Mac behind him anyway!

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:46 am

7 or 8 not smiley face my bad, too many brandys maybe (hold on making another) :-)

NickB

August 10th, 2011
2:47 am

@ j

we are discussing it, just on another blog

Cole

August 10th, 2011
2:48 am

Yea, that’d be fine too Nick. The main point is Chipper 2nd. High OBP., not a lot of power anymore and mainly his patience so Bourn can do his stuff.

j

August 10th, 2011
2:48 am

Which blog…this ones silly and full of stupid sit Prado comments…haha

Cole

August 10th, 2011
2:50 am

You know your stuff Nick. I’m liking what you’re typing here. Any way we can get this line up to Fredi, Dave?

TONE-TONE

August 10th, 2011
3:00 am

NICKB……You are beginning to sound like your moron partner, JOSEPH!
Who cares about ops-ups-lss….All we care about is winning and losing!
Nobody wants to know how much you know! I hate you types of “geek
monsters”.

David the Shepherd

August 10th, 2011
3:36 am

Joseph, you brought all this upon your own house, sir.

NickB

August 10th, 2011
3:54 am

TONE

I’m sorry sir, you are iz bad at internetzz.. epic failzz

Stinger2

August 10th, 2011
4:11 am

I have said this before and I am saying it again: We should all be thankful that Fredi G. makes up the daily lineup card. If any of thes bloggers did it, the Braves would be in last place. Why can`t these people just comment on the games and leave the managing to Fredi?

NickB

August 10th, 2011
4:18 am

Just because you are afraid of baseball concepts doesnt mean the rest of us are stinger…. some of us read books and played the game and watched the game for many years

bobbybrave

August 10th, 2011
4:26 am

stinger2……..you are so right…fredi g is doing a great job…most of these bloggers have never played or coached at any level other than maybe little league….chipper should bat wherever fredi thinks is best for the team…he must be doing something good. by the way i have played high scholl and collge ball and also coache high school for 24 years..but all of this is fun making out lineup cards..but chipper batting 2nd…..what purpose would that serve??..prado is a good # 2 hitter…he will hit behind the runner with no outs and that is a fact.

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Bama Fan#2

August 10th, 2011
4:47 am

Braves love to play free baseball this year!!

Larry

August 10th, 2011
5:15 am

No, for the first time all season, Fruity has productive and effective positioning in the lineup.

Anyone than thinks Jason Heyward is a #2 hitter–even when he’s hot–never played the game; anyone that would put Chipper at #2 doesn’t fully comprehend the all around needs for a #2 hitter–at least above average speed to stay out of the DP, bunting and directional ball placement skills, and serves as the lead-off batter when your #1 gets an out to open the game. While B-Mac is still out, I could see Constanza at #2 and dropping Prado to #3, and Uggla #4 (while hot) against a starting LHP; I’d leave Mr. Freeman at #3 against a starting RHP.

My lineups upon B-Mac’s return:

Against starting RHP

Bourne
Prado
Freeman
McCann
Jones
Uggla
Gonzalez
Constanza, Heyward or, occasionally, Hinske (if Hinske, switch with Gonzalez)

Against starting LHP:

Bourne
Prado
Freeman (or Jones or even Uggla if Freeman cools off)
McCann
Uggla
Jones
Gonzalez
Constanza

I am never a fan of a catcher batting in the #3 spot as the wear and tear in the summer heat of the most physically demanding position on the field and having to remove and replace the catcher’s equipment will take its toll. Plus, McCann is a double play waiting to happen (not what you want at #3) and he is a great hitter with two outs and any one of the first three hitters on base.

On another note…

Curious decision by Fruity last night…leaves Beachy in after walking the first and third batter to face a lefty with one out, Beachy gets the lefty to pop up giving him two outs, and then Fruity removes the RHP Beachy who would be facing the RH batter he’d struck out previously. Not saying it was right or wrong, just odd reasoning and somewhat illogical.

Fruity had better get it together at these moments if he’s not to duplicate the pitching decision buffoonery of his predecessor come the postseason. The booger picker’s odd propensity to bring in a slow and deliberate LH pitcher (Charlie Leibrandt) against two pretty good RH batters in the 1991 World Series (Puckett) and the 1992 World Series (Dave Winfield) at game deciding moments may have cost us both series. You gotta be sharp deep in the postseason where managerial decisions are much more critical in a short series and where one dumb decision results in watching the other team celebrate on the pitcher’s mound and you get to go home for the winter to think about what could or should have been!

Larry

August 10th, 2011
5:24 am

Stringer2,

With Fruity batting Heyward so long at #2–even at lead off at one time–and also batting Gonzalez and Uggla at #2 pretty often for a while, he more than deserves to be questioned about his lineup decisions. These decisions weren’t just odd; they’re flat out stupid!

Fortunately, Frank Wren got Bourne and now Prado is back to help force Fruity into a logical lineup!

I will give Fruity some credit for having the courage to put the rookie Freeman at #3 and dropping Jones down in the order upon his return–the booger picker would have never done this even if Jones was batting .200!

Voice of Reason

August 10th, 2011
5:24 am

Let’s give some credit to Freddie G for the season so far – he has put Heyward on the bench – i think because his struggles went so long and he seemed not to listen to advice to get out of the slump – working hard and doing the same thing doesn’t amount to a change in success. With Prado and Uggla, we saw some changes in the process to get out of the slump – Heyward’s changes came just recently and they coincided with Constanza’s rise. Had he done those things in late May or early June, the need to bring Constanza up may not have happened. And Fredi’s handling of pitchers, though worrisone with the the regular 7-8-9 guys, is understandable with the hitting woes of the team. He did the right thing today and it cost Beachy a win, but in the end, it was a Braves’ win – and that is what counts. I am not 14 hours out of my normal viewing area so am sleeping while Braves play – have to get all my info from box scores, write-ups, and this blog. Am glad for the few positive writers here that keep me from thinking maybe the Braves lost. thanks guys and DOB.

TONE-TONE

August 10th, 2011
5:31 am

BOBBYBRAVE and STINGER2……I totally agree with both of you…..It’s
people like JOSEPH AND HIS TWO-PIECE MORON BUDDY, NICKB
who think they know everything…….BOBBYBRAVE……I don’t even think
they ever played little league baseball.

I SIMPLY BELIEVE THEY WERE LOCKED IN A CLOSET FOR 20
YEARS! These guys makes me puke. Don’t comment to them. They
will go away. They are lonely and needs attention! These two ‘MIDGETS”
MAKES THE WORD “NERDS” LOOK LIKE GENIUS!

braves buff

August 10th, 2011
7:31 am

Im sorry but you do NOT bring in Varvarro in that spot where Buck homered. Its O’ Flaherty time.
I know Buck is righty and Eric is lefty but SO WHAT…O Flaherty’s stuff will get out rightys as well as leftys, hes nasty…and he would never give up a homerun to .220 hitting catcher. I feel bad for Beachy!

braves buff

August 10th, 2011
7:32 am

I would rather stick pins in my eyes than watch Jason Heyward play another game this year or watch
Fredi Gonzalez Micro Manage his team the way he does.

Ben Be Brave

August 10th, 2011
7:33 am

Great win, Braves! Very good to know – with that bullpen – that we’re more likely than not to win the close ones…man, the speed of Bourn (and Constanza) adds such a unique dimension…this is a really good team, and lookout when we’re healthy….can’t wait for McC to return…

DC Braves Fan

August 10th, 2011
8:03 am

Man, just imagine this comment board if the Braves had lost. Or–and bear with me here because I am going to use a pretty simple stat, one that the Sabremetrics folks may think irrelevant–imagine if we weren’t 19 games over .500 and carrying the second best record in the NL and fourth best record in baseball.

And all that with a team that has apparently not been eating its vegetables or stretching enough, given the steady flow of front line players on and off the DL.

Should be a fun last 7 weeks. Glad to have Huddy going tonight.
Go Bravos.

davidatl14

August 10th, 2011
8:07 am

Scott proctor Released and Arodys Vizcaino promoted to the Bigs

Welcome to the Show Arodys

DC Brave

August 10th, 2011
8:11 am

Chipper wasn’t poor mouthing anybody…he was simply pointing out that Bourn should score in that spot given the outfield conditions, and that he was smart to try for home. As for Beachy…Chipper has always come out in support of Beachy…he’s just encouraging the guy to be that top of the rotation guy Chipper thinks he can be…

Still amazing how an undrafted dude can be doing this in so short a time….

DC Brave

August 10th, 2011
8:12 am

david…is that true? what is your source?

Rafael

August 10th, 2011
8:16 am

Anthony Varvaro… more like Anthony “Lowe” or Anthony “Kawakami.” Thanks kid for catching “PROCTORITIS” and blowing Beachy’s GREAT pitching performance. Thanks Fredi for bringing this INEXPERIENCED kid in a crucial situation (you truly thought about bringing in your buddy Scott Proctor didn’t you).

Julio Lugo… more like Julio “Heyward.” Lugo is like Jason Heyward Lite, the only two things he does well is groundout or strikeout. The Braves have to have someone in the minors BETTER than Lugo. Pinch hitting Lugo is like trying to put a “bandaid” on the Titanic – NO CHANCE!!!

Jason Heyward… NEEDS to enroll in the course “BASE RUNNING 101″ at Georgia Tech Fall Quarter 2011. Maybe his LACK of intelligence is ALSO the reason he’s FAILING at the plate. If anyone ever needed to be sent down to the minors, it’s Jason Heyward. Heyward is the poster child for young African American MLB ballplayers (just ask Bud Selig)… meaning he gets MORE mulligans, 2nd chances, get out of jail free, and free passes than anyone else.

I’m worried the way Fredi plays “Stratego” with the Braves bullpen. Proctor for some INEXPLICABLE reason has still NOT been “designated for assignment.” I KNOW you cannot pitch O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrel every game and the fact they need rest; however, O’Flaherty was the best choice when he instead brought in Varvaro. Varvaro served up a straight fastball down the middle of the plate to mediocre John Buck and BAM… Beachy gets jobbed with NO DECISION.

ccrider

August 10th, 2011
8:24 am

nobody’s mentioned the pick-off. brought in as a pinch runner in a tie game with the top of the order coming up and nobody out, and after seeing the quick move… it may have been a bad call, very close, but still inexcusable. he needs to get sent down NOW and work on his swing and, even more so, his focus. sometimes, whether at bat, in the field or just sitting on the bench it seems that he just doesn’t care.

ijudgenot

August 10th, 2011
8:38 am

Those calling for Chipper to hit second because he is a patient hitter have not been watching his at bats lately. Chipper and McCann are great hitters who are also aggressive hitters. No one else on the team swings at the first pitch after a hitter in front of them gets a hit or walks more than Chipper and McCann. They know pitcher will (1) not want to walk them to put runner in scoring position , and (2) with Bourne and Constaza they don.t want to throw slow pitch and runner on first steals base, to get in scoring position, so a fast ballstrike is ususally the first pitch they will see.

Bobby Cox

August 10th, 2011
8:38 am

Scott Proctor?, Man, that kid can flat out pitch ! He reminds me of Chris Reitsma. Reitsma was always lights out.

Time for another drink …

ccrider

August 10th, 2011
8:38 am

rafael, apparently we were having the same thoughts at the same time. your’s were expressed more eloquently though. look forward to reading more of your input. i think the braves should seriously consider trading him in the off-season and hopefully get something better than a concussed second-stringer (ryan church). constanza isn’t the answer though. after last night, he won’t be seeing too many fastballs.

Daniel

August 10th, 2011
8:42 am

Hey Tone-Tone, turn the Caps Lock off!! Also, just go away! Adults are talking here.

Inside Guy

August 10th, 2011
8:54 am

According to @tonyschiavone24 as of 1:24 AM Scott Proctor has been released. Arodys Vizcaino has been promoted to Atlanta.

@Fredo

August 10th, 2011
8:55 am

Thanks, DOB, for everything. Thanks. Thanks.

ATLfan15

August 10th, 2011
9:02 am

@Inside Guy: Tony Schiavone? the guy who used to commentate wrestling? :-)
well, regardless of the source, i hope it’s true.

CARRAMROD

August 10th, 2011
9:05 am

When B-MAC returns this should be the line-up:

Bourn
Chipper
B-MAC
Uggla
Freeman
Prado
Gonzo
Gorgie
Pitcher

If Heyward is playing instead of Gorgie then you would switch Gonzo to 8th and hit Heyward 7th.

bill

August 10th, 2011
9:13 am

Lead off walk scores again. Why do we walk the bottom of the order guys to open an inning?. At least Lowe admitted walking with the bases loaded was better than allowing a 4 run homer. It isn’t logical to walk a 220 hitter as the first batter. Lugo must be Fredi’s brother from another mother or needs time to get a pension. There has got to be some underlieing reason he is still there. I give Fredi and management credit for benching Heyward but how is he going to straighten out his bat from the bench. Being picked off last night was a gad sign of him shutting down on the bench. As far as Costanza goes .. ride him til he breaks down or breaks out to be an everyday long term solution. I am glad to be a BRaves fan and not be waiting for next year. Fredi may be more patient than Bobby who in critical situations was way too patient and trusting of bone head players.

DenizenofDay 06182007

August 10th, 2011
9:15 am

I think last night is a perfect illustration of how much the Braves miss P. Moylan. That is his situation: 2 on – need a DP. I question Vavarro using a fastball in that situation. You need pitches down in the zone. Worst case, you might get a single or double that scores two.

Bailer

August 10th, 2011
9:18 am

All u guys that want to do all the correcting on ones use of grammer and such need to get your ars over to the girlie page. You come over from the limp hand bunch and try totell a bunch of guys what and how to do things. STICK IT

bill

August 10th, 2011
9:19 am

The wrestling guy also does sports on WSB and has done Braves pregame postgame in the past before the jacklegs that control the Braves network got some of these light weights they have now. Did you know Milo Hamilton is still working Astros Game? Talk about bone head announcers how about Milo and our old budy John Sterling the worst Braves announcer since Daryl Cheney. Makes even Jim Simpson look good.

Rick

August 10th, 2011
9:22 am

“Anthony Varvaro… more like Anthony “Lowe” or Anthony “Kawakami.” ”

Oh don’t be so dramatic. Kid is young and has good stuff.

Inside Guy

August 10th, 2011
9:29 am

@ATLfan15…Yeah, same guy. He also does radio for AAA Braves on am 550 WDUN. Probably where he heard from Arodys first. Also, he added that tonights game will be the biggest in the history of ever. And that you could cut the tension with a knife.

Larry

August 10th, 2011
9:30 am

CARRAMROD,

Then you’d have the two slowest #2 and #3 hitters in baseball…a death sentence in the postseason!

Getting some of you to understand strategic and situational lineups is like herding cats!

Larry

August 10th, 2011
9:32 am

O'flarity's water bottle

August 10th, 2011
9:33 am

DOB,

Does bourne not talk to media? Have not seen his after the game quotes.

Larry

August 10th, 2011
9:36 am

O’flarity’s water bottle,

DOB can’t catch him!

Red Barber

August 10th, 2011
9:36 am

Bill,

Milo Hamilton has called major league games since 1953 & is in the broadcaster’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

He’s one of the finest baseball broadcasters – EVER.

The Braves fired him in 1975 after he dared to criticize management for the team’s poor play. They lost over 100 games and would continue to stink for several years.

I’d take Milo over the clowns currently doing Braves’ games.

ATLfan15

August 10th, 2011
9:38 am

@Inside Guy: didn’t know that Tony was on the radio for Gwinnett, thx for the info. and i see he still has a flair for the dramatic. LOL

@Larry: thx for the link.

chris

August 10th, 2011
9:38 am

bad move on bringing in vavarro. the skipper is trying anything to give the 3 big boys a break . we miss moylen and medlin . a good win anyhow and i have a feeling the braves are building some confidence and chemistry with the speedy rug rats and are going to make a hard push to the end.

Bill2

August 10th, 2011
9:57 am

I agree with Red Barber a 100%..Milo was super while in Atlanta with Johnson..He always called it like it was..no sugar coating but a big Braves fan. Yes I would take him back in a heart beat.

Thanks Larry for link…glad Proctor is gone.

[...] Braves quotes after 11-inning win over Marlins | Atlanta BravesFredi Gonzalez, on using Varvaro there instead of O’Flaherty: “We were going into the game today trying not to use Kimbrel. We were going to close with Venters, and kind of push everything back a little. I think you could tell that when O’Flaherty doesn’t come in the seventh. Because Kimbrel went three out of four [games before today], now it’s four out of five. Now it’s Venters in the same boat tomorrow.” [...]

PMC

August 10th, 2011
9:59 am

Beachy needs to stop beating himself up. He gave the team a chance to win and pitched very well.

The bullpen only has 3 reliable arms right now so they have to gamble a bit to try and find guys other than the big 3 that can come in and hold games.

At this point we are just trying to get to September callups with this pen. It’s O’flaherty; Venters; Kimbrel and a whole lot of praying at this point.

Charlotte Fan

August 10th, 2011
10:00 am

How nice not to have to listen to the blimp! Guess I could have pushed the mute button Monday night but the broadcasters really entertain and educate senior citizens!

Poorbrave

August 10th, 2011
10:07 am

How old are you bill? Milo & John makes our clowns look sick. You need to wash your ears and listen to the trash we hear now.
Sutton is the exception.

Larry

August 10th, 2011
10:11 am

Milo had the best home run call ever!

“There’s a drive…way back…going..going..going…that ball is GONE!

wallypip

August 10th, 2011
10:11 am

I’ve also thought that it might be a masterstroke to hit Chipper second. Dude is not hitting many bombs anymore but will almost always put the ball in play. He’s truly a wizard with the bat. And I think he’d actually relish the challenge. With Constanza and Bourn in front of him, he really wouldn’t have to bunt that often.

ChillyMutt

August 10th, 2011
10:12 am

Bourn’s impact was huge last night – scoring from second on that single in the 11th.
Constanza continues to lick bats. ha

ccrider

August 10th, 2011
10:13 am

i think nickb and joseph are the same idiot…SIR!!!

ChillyMutt

August 10th, 2011
10:14 am

When did it become a good idea for baserunners to take their lead from first directly facing 2nd base?
Heyward needs to get his head in the game.

Jack Lill

August 10th, 2011
10:15 am

Wren better get busy trying to lock Bourne up. They finally get a lead off man, now try to keep him

Bill2

August 10th, 2011
10:16 am

ccrider, I thought the same thing,sir.

ccrider

August 10th, 2011
10:21 am

Bill2 – they both seem to enjoy brandy at 3am

panamajack

August 10th, 2011
10:21 am

@braves buff

You hit the nail right on the head, EFO would have made quick work there and bringing in the rookie in that pressure situation was downright sutpitity. Problem with Fruti is he has full confidence in everyone on his roster includeing Proctor without using good logic.

realistic braves fan

August 10th, 2011
10:22 am

The magic number for the Phillies to win the division is only 38 with 46 games left. The magic number for atlanta to win the wildcard is close to 70 with 46 games something is not fair about that…

Joey

August 10th, 2011
10:22 am

“And I’m probably probably going to see more fastballs with him in front of me. That probably is going to be a good thing for the team.”
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Gotta love Prado. Team over individual stats.

Go Bravos!

Bill2

August 10th, 2011
10:27 am

Both s*c*.—-they love themself.

Larry

August 10th, 2011
10:29 am

Some of you old farts need to accept the fact that Chipper is coasting into retirement and deer hunting. Batting second? Please!

Like the early Atlanta Braves of Carty, Aaron, Torre, Boyer, Garr, Neikro or Baker, then the next generation of Murphy, Horner, Chambliss, Butler and Hubbard, followed by Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Bream, Pendleton, McGriff, Justice, Belliard and…Chipper Jones.

It’s all OK, because I think we have our next Chipper Jones in one Mr………Freddie Freeman!

Supes

August 10th, 2011
10:31 am

Need Peter Moyland to come back strong soon…that will shore up the 7th & 8th innings even more and take some of the load off Venters and O’Flaherty.

STRETCH

August 10th, 2011
10:34 am

From MLBRumors.com

The Braves will release Scott Proctor, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (on Twitter). The move will create roster space for Arodys Vizcaino, Atlanta’s number seven prospect before the season, according to Baseball America.

Proctor posted a 6.44 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 5.8 BB/9 in 29 1/3 innings for the Braves this year. The 34-year-old, who signed a minor league deal with Atlanta in April, has struggled since appearing in 83 games in consecutive seasons (2006-07).

The Braves recently promoted Vizcaino to Triple-A and moved him to the bullpen, where he struck out eight hitters without allowing a walk in seven innings. In 97 innings of work as a starter and reliever across three levels this year, the 20-year-old has a 3.06 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.

Joey

August 10th, 2011
10:36 am

A-men to that Larry. I think Freddie is the best hitter on the team. But that’s just me.

Stick

August 10th, 2011
10:36 am

Bourn has made a postiive Change…………………..Just keep playing the game like you can and we will scare some teams

Poorbrave

August 10th, 2011
10:38 am

Larry you and Milo have something in common–you both tell it like it is.
Agree Chipper is on his last leg- love his career in Braves uniform, maybe he will return as coach are something in management..

Poorbrave

August 10th, 2011
10:42 am

STRETCH, you late look back@9:23 Larry

Joey

August 10th, 2011
10:42 am

Vizcaino? Who’s he?

I’ll answer that. He’s the former #1 pitching prospect for the Yankees and was the 3rd piece of the Braves/Yankees trade that some Frank Wren bashers still refer to as the “Vazquez for Melky trade.”

The 2nd piece? Only Mike Dunn, who was sent to the Marlins in the Uggla trade.

Dumbass Frank Wrenn!

STRETCH

August 10th, 2011
10:43 am

LOL! You are right. But man it feels good dont it?!

Jeff

August 10th, 2011
10:46 am

Dan Uggla must be taking steroids. He didn’t taking them the first half but he’s taking them now. Just look at his arms. Let’s be real now, how in the world can your arms get that big? STEROIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I will tell you this, the real Uggla or the Steroids Uggla won’t hit Brian Wilson or Tim Lincecum! Fear the Beard!

panamajack

August 10th, 2011
10:49 am

Next to acquiring Bourn, releasing Proctor is the best news i’ve heard all season.

Rick

August 10th, 2011
10:51 am

lol Jeff come brag when your team isn’t down 0-3 in the season series. I’m not so sure the Giants will even make the playoffs.

Dirty Dawg

August 10th, 2011
10:57 am

Chipper’s not ‘poor mouthin’ anybody…he’s just an extremely knowledgeable baseball man that’s calling it like he sees it and his teammates respect the hell out of him for it.

The Vavaro (sp?) kid needs to have somebody, like David Ross, step up for him. David called the fast-ball on the inner half that the Marlin’s catcher deposited in the second deck. Yeah I know that same guy had hit one out to right the night before, but the pitch was where the target was and was blasted. Assuming Beachy could still hit a target in that inning – the two pop-ups were gift-swings at bad pitches by over-aggressive Marlin’s hitters – he very well would have done that same thing and we’d be cussin’ Feddi for leaving him in too long.

Haven’t heard anything about Hanson’s shoulder, and I don’t know that much about sports injuries, but anybody that’s watched any baseball for a while knows a delivery that puts an extra amount of stress on the arm and shoulder – I know they all do, but Hanson’s clearly is different – it’s more like a catcher’s than a pitchers. Just hope that whatever is ailing him isn’t serious, but it sure looks to me that he could use a change in that delivery if he’s planning on a long(er) career.

phil

August 10th, 2011
10:58 am

DontStopTheChop

August 10th, 2011
1:36 am
Where are all those people who said prado should be benched for heyward earlier today. Good call

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First post I see on here and will likely end up being the best. Bench Prado. I bet 200 posts called for his beheading yesterday. Play Wayward ahead of Prado?

And then what does Wayward do when he comes in to pinch run? Gets picked off first. You guys keep on with your lovefest for him, but count me out. The guy can’t even pinch run right these days. Ridiculous.

phil

August 10th, 2011
11:02 am

Glad to hear that the Proctologist has been released.

We’ve been needing anew scapegoat….

Who will be next?

panamajack

August 10th, 2011
11:12 am

With Proctor gone the only real weaknesses on this team are Conrad and Lugo, one good utility infielder could replace both of them, I think Wrem may have missed a golden opertunity to get Infanty before the deadline. Lugo is the only one we have that can play all three positions so I guess we are stuck with him now, don’t think anything good will come off the waiver wire.

Rick

August 10th, 2011
11:19 am

“I think Wrem may have missed a golden opertunity to get Infanty before the deadline.”

FYI he’s on the DL right now. And I think in the end the Marlins wanted to keep him.

PMC

August 10th, 2011
11:21 am

I think Brian Wilson’s beard is on steroids jeff.

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