Braves quotes after sweep against Marlins

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson

“Outstanding effort, getting us that deep in the ballgame, 7-1/3 … and then Georgie getting those two big outs there really made a big difference. And the kid [Vizcaino] gets in there in the ninth inning, shoot I was nervous for him. Get the jitters and that kind of stuff. But overall a nice road trip. Good victory here. We swung the bats well.

“Now a pretty tough stretch coming up with [17] straight games, facing some teams we need to beat.”

On the offense

“It’s been clicking pretty good. Obviously when you’ve got Danny doing what he’s doing, and Freeman, Bourn and Constanza, you feel pretty good about it. And you feel McCann’s right around the corner and that’s going to make us even better. But it’s going to come down to pitching. We got to this point because our pitching’s been really good. So we need to get that turned around and have four, five or six of these games where your starters get deep. That’d be nice.”

More on Hudson

“He was dominant, he really was. But he’s been that now about seven, eight games in a row. We need to continue that.”

On Constanza’s three infield hits

“He puts the ball in play. You hate to see guys like that, with that kind of speed, hit the ball in the air. Get him in there. He stole a base. Disrupt the defense and hope that offensively we can create some runs.

“Prado made a helluva defensive play, too, by the way. I was just thinking about that. With the bases loaded, to keep it to a two-run [eighth] inning.”

On Uggla

“Let’s find a game for him to play tomorrow so he can stay hot. Send him to Gwinnett or Mobile, one of those places, so he can keep swinging it.”

On Prado

“Couple of big hits. He’s swinging the bat, and getting comfortable hitting second with Bourn leading off and getting on base.”

***DAN UGGLA

On getting a hit in first inning tonight, ending suspense early

“Yeah, finally, man. They’ve been making me sweat it those last few games. It was good to get those runs in, most importantly, and get Huddy an early lead.”

On sharing Atlanta Braves record

“It’s crazy. Was that one of the things I thought about when I got over here? No, obviously not. But it’s a cool thing. This is an awesome organization, and to have some kind of record with an organization like this one is really special.”

On Constanza’s three hits, offense clicking until McCann gets back

“Yeah, we’ve all got to work together to try to make up for his absence. [McCann] brings so much to this team. Constanza’s been amazing since he got up here, just finding ways to get on base. He’s really got a good idea about what kind of game he’s playing. He’s done a great job, giving us good ABs. That dude can flat-out run and get on base. Him and Michael Bourn both. Even when there’s nobody on base and they’re coming up to hit, you’re creating pressure on the defense, just from their legs alone. And both of them can handle the bat. Both of them can hit. Both of them even got some pop, too.

“I know when I’m on defense and guys like Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino come up, it’s like, ah, crap, I’ve really got to be on point and make a clean play right here.”

***TIM HUDSON

On the big lead

“An early lead like that, I tell you what, I’ve said all along that’s a pitcher’s best friend. You’re able to go out there and be aggressive. You don’t have to worry about making perfect pitches. Especially if you fall behind in the count, you can challenge guys a lot more.

On going deep in the game again

“It worked out for the most part. Right there in that eighth inning it started catching up to me just a little bit. You go 2-0 on Morrison, you know, you can’t go 3-0. He got a pitch to hit and he didn’t miss it. Unfortunately for me it was a homer. I wish it would have been a single, but it wasn’t. They got some momentum going their way and hit a couple of pretty decent pitches. Buck hit a fastball away, and Bonifacio hit a pretty good comeback sinker inside.”

“It’s a good win for us, made it a great road trip for us. Didn’t start off too well, losing two of three at Washington wasn’t how we wanted to get things going. But we were able to rebound and win five of the next six.”

On the Morrison stolen base, when Hudson forgot to go to stretch and pitched with full windup

[Hudson keeps straight face throughout this hilarious answer, deadpan tone and doesn’t even crack a smile]

“He doesn’t have a lot of speed, so I figured I’d give him a little bit of a shot. Rossy throws really well back there. I was really more or less challenging David, more than anything, and he let me down.”

On the pitching since All-Star break

“Our pitching’s been our strength all year. I’ve been having some decent outings as of lately. I haven’t really felt as good as probably the numbers go, a lot of times. But you’ve got to go out there and battle and try to find ways to win and give your team a good chance to win when you’re not feeling at your best. I think our pitching’s going to get back on track when we get some guys back feeling healthy, the way they should. I think things are going to turn around and get back to where they were in the first half.”

On facing a pesky guy like Constanza

“For me, personally, I’d rather face a guy like Barry Bonds than someone like him. I want somebody up there that’s swinging, trying to hit homers, and you have a tendency to get those guys to swing and miss. Constanza, I mean he’s pesky, he’s going to put the ball in play. A ball on the ground, more than half the time it’s going to be a hit. It’s almost the same kind of approach that Ichiro had back when he first came over and had his legs under him. Anything that’s not right to the defender is going to be a hit. And it’s nice to have that weapon on your side for a change.”

***ARODYS VIZCAINO (with Eddie Perez translating)

“I was a little nervous, maybe a little more than usual. I felt a little nervous.”

On being called to go in game

[Eddie answered for him, said he was surprised because he could see it in Vizcaino’s face when he told him he was going in.]

Did you get any sleep, after being told late Tuesday you were coming to bigs?

“No. I didn’t sleep because I left this morning at 4 o’clock. I came straight here, because I was stuck in the airport for a little bit.”

Excited to be here

“Mucho. A lot.”

“I couldn’t believe that I was coming here. They told me and I didn’t believe it.”

“After [Tuesday’s Gwinnett] game, they called me into the manager’s office and told me.”

[Fredi Gonzalez gave Vizcaino the lineup cards and the lineup from the dugout, all of which were stacked in the rookie’s locker.]

171 comments Add your comment

mathman

August 10th, 2011
11:51 pm

mathman

August 10th, 2011
11:52 pm

Braves win. Debut of Vizcaino. Constanza 3 infield hits.

dfaproctor

August 10th, 2011
11:56 pm

this post proctor team just really works for me. yes, vizcaino didnt have a stellar outing, but man, 20 years old coming in during the 9th for a team in the playoff hunt. He could have Proctored it up, but he didnt. Great win overall and great series. Keep rolling Braves

Sean

August 10th, 2011
11:56 pm

Now if only the Phils would cool off a bit…jeez.

Him Tudson

August 11th, 2011
12:02 am

dfaproctor: Thank you. “Proctored it up” is now my new phrase of the week.

“Don’t even try to do the dishes. You’ll just Proctor it up like you always do.”
Or;
“You? Drive? No way, son. I can’t have you Proctoring up my car or something.”

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
12:03 am

Why are you still worried about the Phillies? They aren’t our concern until the playoffs. We have a 5 run lead in the Wild Card. That’s what’s important right now.

Sean

August 11th, 2011
12:06 am

Not too concerned really…just hate ‘em. Haha. I guess I’ll always be slightly concerned.

I don’t necessarily settle for the Wildcard. I’ll take it if I can get it, and I’m grateful to have it. Never hurts to shoot for your goal though. I’d love to catch them and beat them.

Justin

August 11th, 2011
12:13 am

The Braves are coming together at the perfect time and playing great. Reinforcements are on the way…this looks like a great stretch run ahead and into the postseason. Special year shaping up for the Bravos!! The Phils are playing great, but so are we and the Braves don’t back down from the Fightin’s…

wallypip

August 11th, 2011
12:14 am

We don’t really care if the Phils don’t cool off. Let ‘em keep pillaging through the league. That false sense of security will crumble like a saltine come playoff time….They’ll go home again, incredulous anyone had the temerity to beat them.

drbasic1

August 11th, 2011
12:15 am

Proctored up….ya I like that

Chris

August 11th, 2011
12:27 am

It would be great if the Filly’s proctored up the rest of their season.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
12:32 am

I am not saying it will happen or anything. I am just curious is all. In 2009 and 2008 the Mets had a big lead then choked it away. With 44+games left, how many games back were the Phillies at this stage of the season in those 2 repeated years? Again, I am not saying that the Phillies will choke or anything. THey are a solid team with very few holes. I was just wondering is all.

rc35

August 11th, 2011
12:33 am

I am truly thankful for everything good about this season, but I never have liked the wild card, and it hurts to have to look up at the Phillies all season long. I know wild-card teams have won the Series (some knocking us out in the process), but it would be great to see the view from the top of the standings again. Being on a lower floor of the outhouse is never a pleasant experience.

Meanwhile, although it strengthened the team when Proctor left, let’s not forget the guy was battling back from arm injuries. Let’s give him kudos for trying, and I hope he can get it together for someone else–in the American League West, maybe.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
12:35 am

I honestly don’t care what the Phillies do the rest of the season. If we keep winning we’re fine. If the Phillies fall apart, so be it. The key right now is getting into the playoffs.

Stick

August 11th, 2011
12:36 am

Heyward needs a little vacation to clear his head. Let Chipper play outfield while Heyward reboots

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
12:38 am

Great perspective rc35. Although I wouldn’t call having the 2nd best record in the NL “being on a lower floor of the outhouse”. Although that is an extremely vivid analogy. Maybe too vivid? lol. Like Hudson said a couple of days ago…”this is a different type of Braves team than what is used to being seen.” He is right. Now let’s get healthy for once this season and see just what might happen.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
12:40 am

Stick? Chipper in the outfield? Prado is the starting LF. Chipper plays 3B.

Rowsdower, exactly right. Although I just wondering was it 08 or 09 that the Mets had a “big” lead over the Phillies with like 17 games left and blew it and lost by 2 games?

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
12:46 am

I think it was 2008. The Mets have sucked out loud ever since…

milo

August 11th, 2011
12:47 am

Would have liked to seen better AB’s from the guys after the 2nd inning, no reason for them not to score 10 runs tonight. I am going out on a limb here and saying Zambrano will get a hit on Friday night, maybe even a home run. Braves take 2 of 3 this weekend.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
12:51 am

They blew a lead in 09 as well, but I think you are right the big choke job was in 08. I doubt the Phillies do what they did, but just the way the baseball gods work, maybe just maybe history is repeating itself? Either way it doesn’t matter. The 2nd best record in the NL and I honestly do not see that as “settling” for the WC. But don’t give up on the division though. The hot team always seems to win the first round of the playoffs. Love the way this team is going since Bourn and Constanza came on board. Will be good to add in McCann in a few days as well. Talk about potent offense up and down the line-up. There is not an automatic out in there anywhere. Pitcher’s spot excluded of course.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
12:53 am

milo? do you mean he gets a base hit or hits the water cooler? Either way, both are highly probable.

panamajack

August 11th, 2011
12:54 am

Stick is Sick (in the head)

milo

August 11th, 2011
12:57 am

maybe the water cooler after Heyward goes 4 for 4 off him and relives the magic from last year

panamajack

August 11th, 2011
12:59 am

Seems as though Constanza laid to rest the Constanza vs Heyward debate tonight, there should be no more discussion on this subject.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
1:03 am

Heyward still looks lost, but otherwise the offense was clicking. I don’t want to pile onto the kid, but take a camera up there if you don’t plan on swinging. He was overmatched by pitchers that were otherwise rocked. At this point there must be something wrong with him or his head is twisted inside out. I just can’t see how we can keep running him out there, but he needs ABs to clear his head. Maybe he does need to go down…

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
1:04 am

panamajack, don’t say that too loudly. The people that use Saber might hear you. Saber can predict the future and Constanza is only being lucky. SHHHH.

Seriously though, the game is going to a speed game again. Hit the ball on the ground and run like the wind. Steal a base and create a scoring chance with 2 pitches. Speed kills. Heyward will be fine, I love his attitude through all of this, but he just needs to continue to work and improve and regroup. He has such a bright future, and if he keeps this attitude he will be fine.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
1:08 am

Rowsdower, I assuming you are refering to his 2 Ks. The K pitch on both were low and away ( maybe he could have fouled them off), but at least he didn’t reach and do what he had been doing and roll over and ground out to 2B. It is a progression. There is a day off “today” so he was given a chance to play so others could have 2 days off. He will be fine, he just needs to keep doing what he said in his interview with JJ. Take advantage of this chance to work and get better and face adversity head on while still holding his head high.

panamajack

August 11th, 2011
1:12 am

Joseph, I think your right but I don’t expect him to be much help to the braves the rest of this year. Our outfield looks set (finally) this year, if Chip does retire and Prado moves to third base full time there should be a spot for J-Hey, i’m not writing him off though because there is still a lot of baseball to be played this year and anything can happen. I was just speaking as things stand right now.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
1:15 am

That’s all fine and good, but it’s embarrassing to ever strike out looking and he did it 3 times tonight. He crushed his last AB, but you simply cannot stand there and take strike 3 three times.

I didn’t get to watch the game until the last inning, but if they weren’t strikes, you have to get tossed there. You can’t let the ump jack you like that 3 times.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
1:18 am

Chipper will retire when it is right for him to retire. In a dream it would be to win the title this year and the HOFer to go out with a ring, but I personally will not ask or hope for a retirement date. He is productive with RISP and runners on base, 2nd only to McCann on this team. Things can change next week with Constanza. How will he adjust when the league makes adjustments to him? Have to wait and see how he does, but today you are right Constanza deserves to play. Next week Heyward might get on a streak like Uggla is on right now. Baseball is a very humbling game that way.

acbwcmm

August 11th, 2011
1:19 am

Hahahahahaha @ dfaproctor and Him Tudson!! Thank you for that!

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
1:23 am

Rowsdower, I disagree with you there. I personally do not like when players start screaming and hollering at the ump. Yes umps are wrong a lot of times, but I go back to this is just a kids game and this is how we want out little leaguers to act? I understand a polite conversation or a polite “You missed that one blue”. Or even “You blew that call. That was outside” as he is walking away. The 1st 2 Ks were low and away pitches that were good pitches. Pitchers are more aggressive to Heyward right now, because they know he is struggling. It is the cat and mouse game in a cat and mouse game. To me, that is what makes baseball such a beautiful sport.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
1:30 am

There is one HUGE difference between the MLB and Little League. These guys livelyhoods are effected by these umps. Little League? Not so much. Umps are going to miss calls. That’s part of the game, but when you get rung up 3 times on questionable calls, you have to say something. You can’t just take that in stride.

Checking the umps is part of the game too. Remember during Lowe’s start when he wasn’t getting the inside corner called and Fredi blasted Wendelstedt? Suddenly, that was a strike. You have to stand up to those idiots occassionally.

panamajack

August 11th, 2011
1:30 am

I’m not saying Chip should retire, just saying if he does retire and they can move Lowe and part of his salary along with KK and McOuts salary we go and get Rayes at SS we would have a team equal to or better than the Phils with 1/2 the payroll.

l. Braun
2. Rayes
3. McCann
4. Uggla
5. Freeman
6. Prado
7. Heyward
8. Constanza
9. Pitcher

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
1:44 am

There is very little chance we will give a $100M+ contract to an injury prone Reyes, especially with Pastornicky so close to the show. Worst case scenario, Tyler is our starting SS in 2013. It might be next year the way he’s going…

Matt

August 11th, 2011
1:46 am

I know this is a Braves Article. But I want to give a Shout out to the Little League Baseball team from Warner Robins Georgia. They made it to the southeastern regional finals to be played friday night in Warner Robins if you guys arent going to the Braves game go down there and support those Kids they are one heck of a Baseball team.

David O'Brien

August 11th, 2011
1:49 am

panamajack: if Chipper retired and the Braves traded Lowe and his entire salary, they still wouldn’t get in the bidding war for Jose Reyes. That’s just not happening.

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
1:50 am

Rowsdower, I know it is their lively hood. Yet what does every single player routinely say in every interview? “We are just playing a KID’S game”. My point about not doing what Molina did last week and what many others do repeatedly is embarrassing yourself. Freeman’s ejection was a joke. I also cannot stand Gonzo slamming his bat on a pop-up. I have no problem with passion and all that, but screaming by a player is wrong. That is what the manager is for. To do the screaming and hollering for the player. That is just my opinion.

flbravesfan

August 11th, 2011
1:53 am

Can’t understand why everyone thinks it would be so horrible to send Jason Heyward down. Read an article tonight about Mickey Mantle being sent down in 1951. Seems he was given the number 6 to follow in the footsteps of those that preceded him. He was quoted as saying he hated that number . Anyway to make sense of my jibberish, things worked out pretty damn well for him as a BB Player. Maybe just maybe young Mr. Heyward would benefit in same manner. Has to be tough to live up to the predicted expectations. As well he could benefit from working with previous hitting coaches. He is not being helped at ML level . Why destroy the kids confidence all together?

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
1:53 am

The money from Chipper and Lowe will go towards locking up all of our young talent. Namely, Bourn, Mac, JJ and Tommy. Might want to go ahead and buyout Freddie’s arbitration years like we did with Mac.

Then we go look for that impact bat in LF.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
1:58 am

I agree that the manager should take up the fight, but unless you say something, they’re not coming out. Clearly, Fredi didn’t think they were bad pitches since I didn’t see anything about him getting tossed.

You don’t have to go ballistic like Molina did to get your point across. You can’t just let a ump run you over if you feel like you’re getting robbed. This is your job and it is dependent on them performing their job. I’m saying something if you’re ringing me up on non-strikes.

panamajack

August 11th, 2011
2:01 am

DOB, You are probably right but I can dream can’t I!

Joseph

August 11th, 2011
2:03 am

Rowsdower, In my opinion (they didn’t put up that foxtrax thing up) they were just quality pitches that were borderline. If he takes it is a strikeout, if he swings he rolls over and grounds out to 2nd. Just a good pitch. Pitchers are attacking Heyward the same way pitchers attack every batter when they have a 3 run lead or more.

milo

August 11th, 2011
2:04 am

wow panama, u got Ryan Braun batting leadoff, I like it,lol

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
2:10 am

So, we are back to Heyward needing to protect. I’m all for pitcher’s pitches…being a pitcher and all. If I find a guy that’s just standing there because the ball is down and away, i’m gonna pepper that spot. If he adjusts, I adjust. Pitchers don’t have to adjust with Heyward right now because he isn’t adjusting…at all.

Again, I didn’t see the K’s, but it is a sign of disinterest when you take three called strike 3s and don’t argue or adjust. I have all the faith in the world that Heyward’s talent will ultimately win out, but he is of no value to the Braves right now in his current state. He is either hurting, his head is turned inside out, or he is disinterested. I hope its one of the formers and not the latter.

panamajack

August 11th, 2011
2:11 am

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@Rowsdower

Good point about Pastronicky, he is knocking the cover off the ball, only problem is he has made 7 erors in only 22 games at AAA, that would equate to about 54 in a season, don’t know if he will grow out of that or not

Stupid Suggestions

August 11th, 2011
2:14 am

This Braves team with Bourn and Constanza is 100% more fun to watch! Sit down McOut!

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
2:23 am

@panamajack – That’s my concern too. Alex is spoiling us with insane D. Turning the keys at SS over to someone that isn’t even proficient is brutal. He will not see the field in Atlanta until his D improves drastically.

Alex would love to stay and I would love to have him. I’m not one of those simps that think everyone in the starting lineup is supposed to hit .300. As a pitcher I fully understand the importance of having strong up the middle D.

NickB

August 11th, 2011
2:40 am

IMO, IF the Braves have $20mill to spend next offseason, they will use it to acquire more pen, more bench and probably a power hitting LF bat. In fact I would say it would be a conservative guess to estimate a 75% chance they signed Carlos Quentin. (assuming Chipper retired and Lowe was traded and the team ate most of his $$$)

NickB

August 11th, 2011
2:41 am

Oh, btw, I can almost guarantee Gonzo is back in 2012. The prognosis on pastornicky is 2013 from what i’ve read. I would kinda like to see him in a september callup this year though to see what he can do. I’ve never seen the kid play

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clay

August 11th, 2011
3:29 am

we def need gonzo back for atleast one more year. its just like running andruw out there in cf with a .240 avg. look at all the runs he as saved us.

gotigers72

August 11th, 2011
5:23 am

I am tired of the sabermetric guys running Constanza down. His job is to get on base and score runs and he has been doing his job well. 9 runs scored in 12 games, 7 multi hit games, 3 of 4 in stolen bases. Fredi’s job is to win games, so he plays Constanza to score runs since the object of the game is to score more runs than the other team.

Sure, in the long run, Heyward will be the better player. Most probably a superstar. However, he is scuffling right now and has scuffled all year. And it seems like he is not able to get out of it. So it’s smart for Fredi to play Constanza for the time being. Take that sabermetricians, and put it where the sun don’t shine.

Stick

August 11th, 2011
5:56 am

Heywood will be fine. Because of his youth, I would give him a rest and let him reboot. Baseball is a tough game but he may be over anylyzing

wjones

August 11th, 2011
6:25 am

“Stick

August 11th, 2011
12:36 am
Heyward needs a little vacation to clear his head. Let Chipper play outfield while Heyward reboots”

Dude, put down the crack pipe. Where did THAT comment come from?

And Josepth, the years you are thinking of when the Mets blew the division were 2007 and 2008. They won the division in 2006, breaking our string, and thought they were set for years. The next two years were almost carbon copies of each other, with the Mets virtually in a lock for the division, then playing so badly down the stretch that they not only lost the division to the Phils both years, but also lost even the Wild Card. IIRC they lost the wild card berth on the last weekend of the season in both years. Since then, losing and injuries. baseballreference.com is a great site for old standings, player stats, and all kinds of good stuff (award votes, league leaders, all-time leaders,etc). If you haven’t checked it out, I encourage it. You can also get current info on that site as well.

Mr. Miyagi

August 11th, 2011
6:56 am

Can we catch the Phillies?

First learn stand, then learn fly.

Can we beat Halladay?

Ahh, Braves-san, you much humor.

What happens when we meet the juggernaut Phillies in the post season?

Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later [makes squish gesture].

Utley- We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, at CBP, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

henry from TN

August 11th, 2011
7:34 am

good sweep here comes the cubies and they are hot they won 7 games in a row last week they sure won’t be a push over they have offense but poor pitching especially bull-pin i hope we can take at least take two out of three….

mathman

August 11th, 2011
7:53 am

The extra $20 mil we have for next year won’t go for a superstar. Broun will get about 6 mil of it; Prado another 2-3 mil raise; likely JJ another 2-3 raise; obviously 1-2 mil raises for Venters and Kimbrel; Freeman probably a mil; and Hanson a mil or so raise. Very little wiggle room until Chipper and Lowe are gone. And, no one, is going to even pay half of Lowe’s salary and take him. 2013 looks to be the year, we clear $30 mil with Chipper and Lowe.

stop2think

August 11th, 2011
8:22 am

Phillies will combust and melt down as soon as Justin Bieber loses his hair. Ain’t gonna happen

DC

August 11th, 2011
8:30 am

seriously….who cares about the phils?…they are going to win the East..and they wont face the braves in the first round…

We are focused on getting in the playoffs and facing the central winner or west winner….

My hope is the central winner.

Mike

August 11th, 2011
8:41 am

A few points. I praised Georgy here the last two days….ride that hot hand, it is a long summer. But folks, do NOT give up on Heyward. He is the type of talent who could just explode at just the right time down the stretch or in the playoffs. How many times do you see a great player have a terrible postseason, or an unknown have the game (or 2 or 3) of his life at just the right moment. It happens. The Yankees won so many times because they had talent depth. We have a little of that. Champions don’t always run on all cylinders all year long. Uggla was weak, now he is raking it. Hanson and JJ were awesome, now they must regroup. It is a LONG season. Too many on here treat MLB like it is college football. They are just different sports. Does anyone remember when we all wondered should it be Venters or Kimbrell as the closer? But they accepted their roles and they are the reason why I think Atlanta has a SERIOUS chance to win it all THIS year. We have speed, we have chemistry, we have character and characters, we (well, I feel like it’s a we)…have a tremendous blend of vets and rookies. Chipper acts like he’s having fun like a way long time ago. McCann….I just can’t remember a team leader I’ve been more impressed with….staying so into everything while on the DL…contributing any way he can.

Say what you want about Lowe. But to face the press and be candid about not performing, I admire that. I have a feeling his teammates do, too. And what he said about his admiration of Uggla’s effort and demeanor during his struggles….I just think that kind of thing comes back to you.

Love Hudson and Ross (and I am a U of Alabama grad), I think they are guys to have on the team AND they perform.
In short, I like this team. I like the players. They are fun to root for. They smile a lot. They seem to be having fun. There are deficiencies but there is plenty to like about this team.

Larry

August 11th, 2011
8:42 am

Hopefully once and for all yesterday will silence those calling for Heyward to start. He’s utterly lost, has not demonstrated any signs or indications of finding himself soon, and is frankly a liability (an automatic out) in the lineup.

I like and respect Heyward, as it is refreshing to see a clean cut African American without the nasty tattoos, dress, jewelry and a two parent man that can actually speak proper English. He’s a class act! However, with just over 40 games left in THIS regular season, and 3-4 teams on or heels for the wildcard, we have passed the threshold of pity and patience for even a potential superstar and Fruity is doing the right thing by putting the best possible players in the everyday line-up for the team goal of making the postseason–principles before personalities when so much is at stake for the other 24 players!

Jason may turn it around before then; if not, he can work on his swing in the off season and next February and March to ready himself for 2012.

Mike

August 11th, 2011
8:43 am

Hudson and Ross are good guys ( meant)

Steve

August 11th, 2011
8:49 am

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see JJ or Hanson (possibly both) traded during the off season. My thinking is that JJ will get a hefty arbitration increase and is not far from free agency (Scott Boros) and Hanson seems to have health issues. Plus, we have the young arms ready to come up and contribute. If Lowe stays both might be traded, if Lowe goes only 1. I would think that we could get a good young 3B or LF for one of these premium arms. I like them both, but with the young, cheaper arms coming up it might happen.

vermont 39

August 11th, 2011
8:54 am

GG and SWEEP Braves…looks like we are coming together at the right time!!!
Jose Reyes is a train wreck..we don’t need that!!!
Constanza keeps putting the ball on the ground he will get on base…no amount of figuring him out will stop that…unless they hit him in the legs and limit his natural ability. His swing is perfect for what he does and he doesn’t try to be a HR hitter. J-Hey may or may not recover…right now we are winning with this brand of baseball and w/o BMac. OH YEAH…lookin’ good!! Go BRAVES!!!!

Mike

August 11th, 2011
8:56 am

mathman

freeman and kimbrel are rookies. they won’t be arbitration eligible for another two years. venters won’t be eligible for another year. they might give them a raise, but it won’t be a million dollars. the big money arb guys are going to be hanson and jurjjens. they’ll likely take it all the way, considering they’re scott boras clients. i think they’d take up about 10-12 million combined in 2012, which is fair. martin got a raise of like 2.7 million after 2010 and didn’t live up to those same numbers so he’ll likely stay around the same…3 million per year.

a lot of payroll is going to be needed for mccann. he has a 12 million dollar option coming up in 2013. they’d likely lock him down before that. that’ll take up at least half of the d-lowe/chipper money.

jojo

August 11th, 2011
9:03 am

Wayward is swinging for the fence instead of just making contact.. moving up and down in box like he is trying to see over something…hell, be still and just make contact ..everything else will fall in place…..@ hitting 101 UGA

FlyOnTheWall

August 11th, 2011
9:03 am

Not much to say that hasn’t already been said except it was a really fun game to watch….one of the most fun all year…thanks Braves…keep it rockin!

Sutton's Fro

August 11th, 2011
9:08 am

The reason they haven’t sent Heyward down is because they need him on the bench for pinch hitting and situational/injury substitutions on the days he doesn’t start. When guys like Francoeur, McClouth, and Kawakami were sent down in the past, it was because they had gotten to the point where (1) they were *never* going to start, (2) there was a decent replacement available, and (3) their presence on the bench was affecting morale (both the player’s and the morale of the team). So far, none of these apply to Heyward’s situation.

jojo

August 11th, 2011
9:11 am

Braves need to get Josh Willingham…much needed RH bat off bench.

El Bravo

August 11th, 2011
9:13 am

This team’s future is off the charts! The extra 20 Mill will be used to get a lot of our young guns signed long term. We are set at catcher (McCann), first (Freeman), second (Uggla), third (Prado), right (Heyward), center (Bourn), fourth outfielder (Costanza), starting pitching (Hudson, JJ, Hanson, Teheran, Beachy, Medlen, Minor), pen (Kimbrell, Venters, O’Flaherty, Moylan, Vizcaino, Delgado, Gearrin). Pastornicky should be ready to take over short next year. All we need is a power bat for left field and we are going to have a special team for years to come…

FlyOnTheWall

August 11th, 2011
9:23 am

I wouldn’t count on JJ and Big Red.

bvillebaron

August 11th, 2011
9:26 am

Panamajack:

Got Contanza in the Hall of Fame already based upon a whopping 46 ABs, huh? I guess your next post will suggest that we ought to release Heyward.

Stick

August 11th, 2011
9:31 am

wjones

August 11th, 2011
6:25 am

Meth head, Chipper Jones has played in the outfield before,so it isn’t unreasonable to think he could not replace Heyward IF HE HAD TO.

para brave

August 11th, 2011
9:34 am

Old Lou and Willie Mays Hayes would be proud of Contanza.

DMAN

August 11th, 2011
9:35 am

My how the moods change since last slump,long season people,quit
whining about everything!Totally different team now,sure is fun
to watch!Giants,Cards,Snakes comeing up next couple weeks,time to
rock n roll!

milo

August 11th, 2011
9:36 am

So now I am seeing lineups for next year and Constanza is in it? LOL. No thanks. I would love to have him on the bench to come in and give a guy a day off or someone to plug in there in case of an injury. There is a reason why he was in the minors so long and its not because McClouth was amazing or Schaffer was amazing. The Mlb pitchers will make adjustments and start busting this guy in on the hands and he might bat .270 for a year with 3hr and 44 rbi’s or something. I know speed dont go into slumps BUT it does when you dont get on base. Still need a power hitting LF.

Clay

August 11th, 2011
9:38 am

I hope the Phillies win 115 games and we beat them in the NLCS.

BrianSC

August 11th, 2011
9:44 am

Great end of the road trip for our Braves. It started out pretty rough struggling AGAIN against the Nats. The Braves have to find a way to start handling and beating the Nats. I know they are tough and scrappy, but the Braves are clearly better and need to start beating the Nats on a regular basis.

I still cannot get over Braves fans who take it upon themselves to think they have the right to determine when Chipper should retire. How long have you been a Braves fan? If you’ve been a Braves fan for any period of time, you know what Chipper means to this organization and the leadership he has provided over the years. I know several times he has re-structured his contract so that the organization could get or keep players, Yes, he makes a lot of money, but most superstars do. Yes, his skills seem to be diminishing. He is clearly not what he used to be, but he is still productive. He is still a leader on this team and in this organization. I would love to see him be the hitting coach someday, but I doubt that will happen. After so many years growing through the grind, I’m sure he will want to enjoy his retirement. He deserves to retire in a Braves uniform whenever he decides it is time. Hopefully he will get to go out on top.

As for Heyward, I believe he can be a superstar for the Braves organization and can be a major asset to the future of the Braves. He is struggling and having a very bad season. I’m not sure he will get it right this season. He may need the off-season to get away and re-focus. I would not give up on him, though.

Bourn and Constanza have changed the identity (no pun intended) of this team. Speed changes things, puts pressure on the defense, and never goes into a slump.

I hope there are no setbacks with McCann. I can’t wait to see him added to this new lineup.

Vizcaino clearly battled nerves and possibly was tired from the travel. It was good to see him out there. I think it was smart to run him out there with a pretty good lead in an away game in Miami where the crowd and intensity was not a factor. I’m sure he will have an opportunity or two this weekend at home, in front of a large crowd, where the intensity will be greater.

BIG C

August 11th, 2011
9:47 am

great game braves . Constanza stats in minors over 3,000 at bats over 900 hits and career average 304 how was this guy overlooked?? glad he is a brave and i think he will be here for a while . the braves are also BOURN again! great job skipper, go braves ! uggla is awsome. i just got tickets august 18 uggla bobble head night ! [ dont fear the beard]

FlyOnTheWall

August 11th, 2011
9:51 am

milo

August 11th, 2011
9:36 am

So now I am seeing lineups for next year and Constanza is in it? LOL. No thanks. I would love to have him on the bench to come in and give a guy a day off or someone to plug in there in case of an injury. There is a reason why he was in the minors so long and its not because McClouth was amazing or Schaffer was amazing. The Mlb pitchers will make adjustments and start busting this guy in on the hands and he might bat .270 for a year with 3hr and 44 rbi’s or something. I know speed dont go into slumps BUT it does when you dont get on base. Still need a power hitting LF.

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Georgie had a .319 and .312 avg his 2 years in AAA, why would you expect a .270 now?

bvillebaron

August 11th, 2011
9:54 am

FlyonTheWall:

To answer for Milo, because this ain’t AAA.

reckingball

August 11th, 2011
10:00 am

rc35@12:33am………….You folks must be rich, to have a two story outhouse.
I would like to see Proctor pitching for a NL East team, myself.

FlyOnTheWall

August 11th, 2011
10:08 am

bvillebaron

August 11th, 2011
9:54 am

FlyonTheWall:

To answer for Milo, because this ain’t AAA
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and he ain’t hitting .270 either…is he?

bowilly

August 11th, 2011
10:16 am

Hitting consistently in Majors is a game of adjustments, until Jason can except making changes in stance, etc. he will continue to struggle. As far as maturity and class, he is Top Rate. I am rooting for him to become the player we all want him to be.

I had to laugh at what Chipper called Bourn and Constanza (Rug Rats). He meant that effectionally of course, but is funny. They sure add a new diminsion to team. Like they say, speed never has a slump.

jojo

August 11th, 2011
10:35 am

Flyonthewall,,,, Milo & bville are Schafer fans..and what they’re saying JC will do is exactly what JS did. I though thay were talking about JS until the name Constanza was used. Constanza was not in good old boy club like JS .
If Constanza keeps playing like he has…he will be in line up..bet your life on it.

Joey

August 11th, 2011
10:43 am

Good job Bravos. Now got a 5-game lead in wild card.

Trojan

August 11th, 2011
10:46 am

With the addition of a IF bat like Infante, our team is already set for next year. We can even trade a pitcher for prospects.

Jhipper Cones

August 11th, 2011
10:47 am

It would not be a bad idea for Heyward to go down to AAA to get his swing back. He does look lost.

Bill2

August 11th, 2011
10:53 am

Maury Wills didn’t make the majors till he was 27 years old just like Constanza. Look what Wills did the next 14 years..284 LTBA and Stolen base record for years……..

Dennis Reynolds

August 11th, 2011
10:57 am

2012:

1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Freeman
4.Uggla
5.Mac
6.Heyward
7.Pastornicky
8.Constanza

Steve

August 11th, 2011
11:04 am

Send McClouth to the Marlins for Infante straight across.We don’t want them to send down Costanza and put McClouth back in the outfield.

FlyOnTheWall

August 11th, 2011
11:09 am

A all star for a all star…sounds good to me….but I don’t think the fish will bite.

Von Trapp

August 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Forget das Phillies. It vill be sweet when they win 110 games and ve take them out in das playoffs Ve have the 2nd best records in NL…………………Mr.Uggla still serves das best crow and vill continue Fridays.

braves fan forever

August 11th, 2011
11:16 am

Hey Reyes is a cancer on a team and also stays hurt and is not a team player the same goes for beltran,ook what has happen to SF since they got him.It will never happen we will not even persue reyes.Heyward need to go to Gwinnett and get his bat to working.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
11:18 am

@mathman – Venters, Kimbrel, Freddie, O’Flaherty, Beachy and Heyward are nowhere near arbitration eligible. They will get small raises as 2nd and 3rd year players. Your “few million” a piece is WAY off.

Bill2

August 11th, 2011
11:22 am

Nate is history..he will not play for Braves again..Braves will not resign him as he is FA but will pay his opinion off..Why would Fla want a DL Nate who is out for rest of season?
Come on Steve you can do better than that..Constanza not going anywhere.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
11:28 am

@Steve – Can’t trade what you don’t control. McLouth is a free agent after this season. The Braves are not going to pick up his option in the hopes of trading him. The will pay his buy-out (about $1.5M) and wash their hands…

Joe 12-Pack

August 11th, 2011
11:30 am

I wish they had not needed to use Venters last night. He, Kimbrel and O’Flaherty could use some days off.

Rowsdower

August 11th, 2011
11:36 am

I said on the glog that as soon as Vizcaino got up for the 9th Fredi was going to have someone warming just in case. It was going to have to be one of the Big 3 since it was only a 4 run lead going in. Got the off day today and hopefully we will romp the Cubs at least once to give them time off this weekend.

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