Braves postgame quotes after Saturday’s loss to Cubs

DAN UGGLA

On easing teammates’ nerves by getting hit in first AB:

“I ain’t complaining about getting them out of the way in the first inning either. It takes a little bit of the edge off.”

On Ross saying he doesn’t seem nervous:

“I’m excited. This is fun. I’m excited to come to the field every day. And I’m excited to compete. Once the game starts you throw it in the back of your head as best you can and leave it there. The game is going to take care of itself. My focus isn’t on trying to continue the streak, my focus is on winning and doing everything I can to help this team win ballgames. When you have sort of attitude it takes the focus off something you shouldn’t be focused on anyways.”

On Braves’ hitting the ball well enough to win Saturday:

“We hit some balls hard. I felt like D Lowe battled his butt off. They hit some good pitches, had a couple nice timely hits when they needed it. That’s just the way it went.”

On if streak is locking him in for consecutive good ABs:

“Maybe, who knows. I’m just trying to go up and battle and give myself a chance to hit the ball hard somewhere. There have been sometimes throughout this whole thing where I haven’t felt good at all. There were a couple games in Florida when I wasn’t seeing the ball very well. You’ve just got to grind it out and battle and hustle and just try to give yourself the best chance you can to get on base.”

DEREK LOWE

On fifth inning double to Pena:

“I made a poor pitch choice. I went into the game really not trying to throw Pena a lot of sinkers away. It’s clearly a ball he likes to hit and we had avoided it all the way up to that point. He put it down there, and I should have made a different choice. It’s not David’s fault. Obviously there were two outs and there wasn’t the conviction that I should have thrown it with. It’s my fault and that’s why I was so upset….Granted it was right down the middle. It wasn’t like it was away. That’s the scary thing of this game. I really looking back at it really wouldn’t have changed many pitches. I can say that David did a great job and we for the most part we executed, and 10 hits later, another loss.”

On if feeling like he can have turn-around like last season:

“Yeah. That’s what stinks about right now, is I’ve pitched way worse and – granted there have been a lot of stinkers in there – but I felt way worse last year than I do now but you’re getting the same results. That’s the head-scratching thing. You feel like you don’t really know what you’re doing or how to…(If) you’re not executing, that’s one thing, but when you feel like you have a good game plan you feel like you can navigate your way though and then you don’t get the results it’s (tough. You keep going. You’ve got eight starts left. We’re in good position as a team, so.”

DAVID ROSS

On Uggla’s streak:

“I’m glad he’s been getting them over in his first at-bat. Feel like that’s down now we can play the game. It doesn’t seem to be fazing him at all. I’d be a nervous wreck if it was me. He’s got a cool demeanor. For me, he’s earned my respect 10-fold with the way he played when things were going bad is the same way he plays when things are going good. And that’s the sign of a good character person, a guy who wants to win. It’s all about the team and not about himself. That speaks volumes for Dan.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Lowe:

“Overall I thought he did OK. We made some nice plays behind him defensively. We just couldn’t get out of that one inning with you. But you felt you were still in the game.”

On Uggla’s streak:

“You look over the whole 33 days, he’s gotten the infield singles, he’s hit balls out to extend it, he’s done line drive two-run RBI singles, so he’s done it all. He’s swinging a good bat right now. Good for him. I’m really happy for him just because of the April and May and half of June.”

On if Braves hit the ball well enough to win:

“The consolation prize if we didn’t win this ballgame is you’re down that many runs, you get the closer up in the bullpen or if you can get him in a game, and we did that.”

On McCann:

“All the reports on McCann are really, really good, so I expect him here tomorrow. We’ll give you a move, but I expect him to be in the lineup.”

On what lineup will be:

“It’ll be a good lineup. I think he’ll go back to his normal slot which is three, leave Danny four and put Freddie fifth and keep doing down there from that.”

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Trey

August 13th, 2011
11:40 pm

Thank you for the quotes, Carroll. At least Lowe admits mistakes. Pitching is tough and at least Lowe takes blame.

bill maier-- what game were you watching lowe did ok?

August 13th, 2011
11:48 pm

fredi in regard to lowe Overall I thought he did OK – fredi what game were you watching?– surely not the same one i just saw????????????????????????????????

Braves803

August 13th, 2011
11:56 pm

I suspect Braves “fans” will come in here blasting Lowe. I’ve never seen a team’s “fans” be so hard on its players. It’s not Lowe’s fault that only 4 runs were scored….But I know, it’s easier to just harp on the I hate D. Lowe train. Fickle fanbase.

Kimbrel rocks

August 13th, 2011
11:56 pm

prado is my fav player but he’s out of sorts lately in left-field…missed a lot of balls lately. hope he’s not hurt or something.

Joseph

August 13th, 2011
11:58 pm

Bill did you watch the defense behind him completely play like crap? It happens. It was a bad game defensively for the entire team. But it is fun to just blame Lowe I guess.

I know Lowe is at best the 4th best starter on this team. He should compete with Beachy for the last starter in the playoffs. But to say Lowe is solely to blame for tonight is wrong. Chipper error to home. Prado Error. Bourn should have held onto the ball. All 3 led to at least 1 run. Lowe is an average pitcher but the defense tonight was crap.

Posting "first" is idiotic

August 14th, 2011
12:00 am

Being a fan doesn’t mean being brain dead and ignorant. The Braves are paying Lowe more than anyone else on the team. It is reasonable for the fanbase to expect better than 5 ER per 9 innings out of a guy like that. We all know he wants to compete and win, he’s a pro. It doesn’t mean fans should just smile and cheer. Lowe has to get better results at some point along the way or he should wind up in the pen for the playoffs.

Charlie Lau

August 14th, 2011
12:06 am

Chipper’s play was not an error and the ruling has been changed to reflect it.

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
12:07 am

look. lowe was relaly close to getting knocked out really early tonight. he was lucky he didn’t give up 7-8 runs. guys hit him hard. he is constantly getting out of jams. even in FL, where he got a win, he was VERY CLOSE to getting killed in first inning. lucky double play saved him.

i don’t think there is any competition with him and beachy for play-off spot. beachy is better. if beachy pitches well the rest of the season, i say he pitches in game 2 or 3. rem, beachy pitched in game 2 last year and did GREAT.

i would actually like to see mike minor pitch against the brewers. they are HORRIBLE against lefties but KILL righties. lowe is just not cutting it

DontStopTheChop

August 14th, 2011
12:08 am

I love how many people bash Fredi on here all the time for saying things like I thought Lowe was ok. Do you expect him to bash his players in the media?? Even if he thinks one of his players isn’t playing as good as they need to he’s not going to say that to reporters.

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
12:14 am

@dontstop- exactly. fredi knows lowe is not making the grade. but he’s not going to tell the AJC that. actions speak loudest….as good as lowe might be in play-offs….if he doesn’t turn it around soon, the braves will not use him in a series.
it will be hudson, beachy and either JJ or Hanson….possibly minor as well to pitch against brewers. they suck against leties

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

August 14th, 2011
12:15 am

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
12:15 am

Heyward grounds out to second

August 14th, 2011
12:16 am

Lowe was ok, he just throws too many pitches, gets behind in the count, and thusly gets beaten most of the time this year. There were times in the game where was good, but he can only go 5 innings before he’s out of gas. He can’t execute in the sixth onward.

Uggla is a beast. The man’s unstoppable. Chipper once again looked good tonight minus that poor defensive error, although he was trying hard.

I agree with Kimbrel rocks, something is definitely going on with Prado. He hit great in Florida, but his defense lately has been poor. Hope he’s not hurt and turns it around.

Glad Mac’s coming back. Man we get him back, and the line up is stacked.

1. Bourn
2. Prado
3. McCan
4. Uggla
5. Freeman
6. Chipper
7. Gonzo
8. Constanza

Sounds good to me.

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
12:16 am

I do not care what the change has been. Chipper has made that play a thousand times, and it was a horrible throw. It hit high up on the screen from what 40 ft from home? I love Chipper and I am the first to bash anybody that calls for him to retire, but that was a horrible throw.

BrianSC

August 14th, 2011
12:21 am

To whom much is given, much is expected. That is why I am disappointed with Lowe’s performance. He is not living up to expectations. It may not seem fair at times, but that is too bad. That is life. His performance lately has been far less than average and that is not accpetable. This problem needs to resolved ASAP.

Yes, the defense let him down tonight, but a good pitcher can rise above that. I understand that everybody and every team has an off night, but this has been the norm for Lowe lately and it has to change.

McCann is back!!! Great!!! It will be great to see him back. This team needs him. Hopefully he will be healthy the rest of the way with no setbacks.

Have to get back in the win column tomorrow. Get ready for a very important week. The Braves need to be firing on all cylinders this week. These are playoff games this week.

kreedham

August 14th, 2011
12:25 am

Whats the latest on Hanson? Moylan? Medlen (I know he probably won’t be back until late, late, late in the season if at all but what’s his status?

If Tommy gets over his tendonitis and Moylan comes back relatively soon then we’ll be fine!

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
12:26 am

Kreedham, Hanson last reported is expected to start in the series with the Giants. He says he feels fine after cortisone shot.

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
12:30 am

i want Mike Minor to stay in rotation. if they aren’t trading him he needs to be used with the club

Tired of Lowe

August 14th, 2011
12:34 am

$15 million a season for what?

And we’re stuck with Lowe and his overpaid mediocrity another season.

toby flenderson

August 14th, 2011
12:36 am

Braves803 posted
It’s not Lowe’s fault that only 4 runs were scored….

FOUR RUNS should be enough to win…thats great for any other pitcher in the rotation.. of course… lowe needs about 10 runs to be good

NorCal Brave

August 14th, 2011
12:37 am

Here’s how I break the game down: Lowe was decent, but pitched behind in the count a lot; Cubs took advantage and smacked the ball around the yard. Defense was below standard: the Prado muff, and Chipper not given an error on that throw was a gift from the official scorer. The Braves, Chipper in particluar, didn’t play smart baseball: his 2 base running gaffs were not what you expect from him, and his decision to pick up that slow roller up the line? What was he thinking out there? Hope tonight was just a mental letdown from all the celebrating on Friday.

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
12:39 am

Thank you NorCal. At least someone else blames someone other than only Lowe for this one. My thoughts exactly sir.

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
12:50 am

not all Lowe’s fault but he is always in jams and always getting smacked around. it’s not a coincidence that we lose every time he pitches. defense was awful but he can’t get past the 5th in ANY GAME. just how it is. would rather have a starter who isn’t a for sure loss every 5th game. can’t get any big winning streaks going with him,….

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
12:53 am

Kimbrel? 13-13 isn’t losing everytime he pitches. That is the team’s record when he starts.

toby flenderson

August 14th, 2011
12:54 am

bourn is 2 for his last 12….

toby flenderson

August 14th, 2011
12:55 am

bourn & prado’s dropped balls cost some runs

lowe’s inability to pitch deep into games is costing the bullpen… luckly martinez eats innings every time lowe cant

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
12:56 am

Joseph- obviously i wasn’t speaking in literal terms….but it is clear we are far more likely to lose when he pitches, or to say it another way——we don’t win

Kimbrel rocks

August 14th, 2011
1:00 am

and for the record we have lost 5 of the last 7 Lowe starts or 4 of his past 5….not peachy keen for a wildcard contender

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
1:16 am

Kimbrel, who is going to beat this team out for the wildcard? Tonight wasn’t only Lowe’s fault. It was a complete defensively pathetic game. Those happen, and it is disgusting when it does. Lowe was average tonight, but the defense was pathetic. Looked lazy, and you know that I rarely call this team lazy and they were tonight. And it was everybody. All 8.

Beachy is 9-8 (team record) so from 4-5 starters it isn’t too bad. IF the defense had be up to a normal level tonight, then we still would have lost. Wells was on tonight. Have to give the man credit. But our pathetic defense didn’t help anybody at all. I believe it is a one game mirage and they will come out with an attitude tomorrow and do some damage.

jj

August 14th, 2011
1:25 am

Looks like Chipper had a Yunel Escabar nite.Too bad Bobby wasn’t managing and he would be in Canada tomorrow.GO BRAVES

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Linebrink for Cy

August 14th, 2011
1:35 am

“I think he’ll go back to his normal slot which is three, leave Danny four and put Freddie fifth”

Good. At least baseball still has some of it’s superstitions .. don’t need to be jinxing Uggla by moving him out of his current spot in the order

Joel

August 14th, 2011
1:41 am

Joseph, 9-8>13-13

dawgforlife

August 14th, 2011
1:45 am

..Lowe is old and done. That is why he literally crashes about the 5th inning…move him to long relief…for 3 or 4 innings, he is golden…move Minor, Tehran into the starting rotation.. Lowe would be a sinker throwing…DP grounder getting, middle releiver. It is the best way he can help the team…as a starter, he is a milstone around the team’s neck.

nashvillewill

August 14th, 2011
1:53 am

Prado’s play in LF has been suspect lately. In games that matter that are contested down the stretch he should be replaced in the field after 6th inning. Bourn is apparently not comfortable yet in Turner Field. And Chipper is going to make occasional errors. I agree that Lowe goes to the bullpen for long relief and Minor/Teheran get the ball to start. We are going to need a left-handed starter in playoffs, especially if it is Milwaukee. Might as well use Minor now. Lowe does well one or two times through lineup, then gets lit up just about every time. What are the splits on opposing BA? I’ll wager it is extremely high third time through.

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
1:55 am

Joel, while in fewer games you are right. You are assuming things that haven’t happened in 9 starts he hasn’t made. Again. They are #4 and #5. Can argue Lowe or Beachy and it is a fair argument who is 4 or 5, but thanks for the math update.

Stupid Suggestions

August 14th, 2011
2:05 am

Bottom line is that Lowe didn’t really give us a good enough chance to win tonight. I know I’m not the only one who has that sinking feeling in the gut every time Lowe’s turn in the rotation comes up. Once Hanson and JJ come back, he should be moved to the bullpen.

The Mask

August 14th, 2011
2:10 am

Calm down with all the Michael Bourn bashing. The guy ran a country mile just to get to the ball, and as fast as he runs of course it was going to be a rough collision with the wall. I’d like to see all of you saying he should have made that catch to run as fast as you can into a wall while trying to catch a baseball at the same time and even hang onto it for half the time he did. Atleast he got to it and almost caught it. You can’t even put that in the same category with Prado’s play.

Joseph

August 14th, 2011
2:16 am

Mask, with experience at the Ted and it’s dimensions, he would have had a better route to the ball and known where the wall was. He didn’t have to leave his feet. Lack of experience at the home park. Only the 2nd game he played there since the trade, it is understandable. The point was made to stop the Lowe is solely to blame.

baseballbuff

August 14th, 2011
3:05 am

When Lowe starts the Braves usually lose, whether or not he gets a decision. Around the 5th inning he starts getting shelled, and rarely makes it through the 6th. At some point soon, Fredi needs to pull him out of the starting rotation and give someone else a chance. At this rate, the team may very well end up having to eat Lowe’s salary.

Just Wanna Say

August 14th, 2011
3:49 am

As a Yunel fan I can say that what Chipper does and what Yunel did were totally different. Yunel screwed around and didn’t try half of the time. Chipper is not like that. That is why Yunel got moved.

Just Wanna Say

August 14th, 2011
3:51 am

wow, Toby. You are like the real thing…depressing. People are going to have 2-12 streaks. Bourn has been good since he has been here. Just calm down or shut up.

ijudgenot

August 14th, 2011
4:06 am

Lowe is only a 5 innings pitcher now so in game before he starts Fredi can not use Martonez because he knows he will need him the next day in the 4th or 5th inning after Lowe tires out,

TheAntiMe

August 14th, 2011
4:54 am

It’s becoming painfully obvious that Derek Lowe needs to go to the bullpen and that Arodys Vizcaino needs to take Lowe’s place in the starting rotation. You made the right move, Fredi, by plugging Jose Constanza into the starting lineup for the struggling Jason Heyward. Now please do the same to stop the bleeding with Derek Lowe.

TheAntiMe

August 14th, 2011
5:01 am

Actually, I forgot about JJ coming off of the DL so it would probably make the most sense to keep Mike Minor in the starting rotation when JJ is re-activated and to send Lowe to the bullpen and send Vizcaino down for more seasoning at Gwinnett.

After all, somebody will have to go to make room for Peter Moylan when he returns and you want a guy like Vizcaino to have a shot to pitch as many innings as possible at this point of his young career.

ccrider

August 14th, 2011
6:19 am

why not make lowe minor’s designated reliever? both have shown they’re only good for 5+ innings and lowe has experience out of the pen. both would stay on a 5 day starter’s schedule. however, this won’t work unless jj and tommy can come back healthy. bet heyward starts today.

Phillies fan

August 14th, 2011
6:35 am

Please sweep the Giants, I want that fluke trash team to miss the playoffs !!!

Mike from the coast

August 14th, 2011
7:13 am

@theantime. I wouldn’t send Vizcaino down. We need a strong right hander in the bullpen. I thought he looked pretty good in his second outing. Do you prefer LInebrink over him? I say send Varvaro down. While he has looked good at times, he has had a couple of rough outings in the last week.

al

August 14th, 2011
7:27 am

Yunel is OK with being moved out of here. Toronto is happy with his
300 average, 380 obp, and stellar defense.

dave

August 14th, 2011
7:41 am

its time to put lowe out to pasture. he is killing the braves.

NickGranite

August 14th, 2011
8:00 am

How could the official scorer not give an error on a barehanded scoop while charging in from 3rd with an underhanded sidewinder throw that MAY have nipped the runner at the plate? It’s an outrage!

Sarcasm aside, how about because it’s rare that official scorers give an error on barehanded scoops anyway. If he had missed the scoop altogether, would it be an error? Degree of difficulty counts.

NickGranite

August 14th, 2011
8:01 am

I’m Ok with Yunel and his petulant attitude being moved out to Toronto too.

bravemom

August 14th, 2011
8:05 am

” being a fan doesn’t mean being brain dead and ignorant”

Actually it does for some!

henry from TN

August 14th, 2011
8:07 am

wells had a .6.20 era coming in we got him for 8 hits but only 2 runs risp 2 for 14 lob 11 it’s not all lowe’s fault he was getting ground balls but they were finding holes—hats off to the cubbies they just out played us….

TS

August 14th, 2011
8:14 am

I like how Fredi G said McCann is going back to “his normal slot which is three,” as if some other guy hasn’t been in the 3-hole for the last decade and a half.

bring back blauser

August 14th, 2011
8:18 am

now that wes helms has been released by the marlins the braves could pick him up as a right handed bat off the bench and to spell chipper and freeman. but what i do not understand is why the marlins sent logan morrison back to the minors. with the exception of hansley and stanton he is the only real threat the marlins have.

Charlie

August 14th, 2011
8:22 am

The Braves gave one away Saturday. Chipper on the bases, and in the field was Little League caliber. Prado (again) was a liability in the outfield. Bourn’s drop was actually more forgivable. Lowe continues to disappoint. If the Braves want to make the wild card, Lowe needs to be out of the rotation.

bring back blauser

August 14th, 2011
8:24 am

now i am beginning to understand why the marlins fired fredi. with them first sending coughlin to the minors seemed idiotic but sending logan morrison down was downright stupid. with the exception of stanton and the shortstop there are no true threats in their lineup. oh yes they also released wes helms now there could be that right handed bat off the bench the braves are looking for and he can play outfield third and first

TheAntiMe

August 14th, 2011
8:25 am

@theantime. I wouldn’t send Vizcaino down. We need a strong right hander in the bullpen. I thought he looked pretty good in his second outing. Do you prefer LInebrink over him? I say send Varvaro down. While he has looked good at times, he has had a couple of rough outings in the last week.

Actually, @Mike from the coast, I prefer Linebrink over only George Sherrill. My point was that Vizcaino is going to be a hoss, but I do believe that he would benefit from getting a chance to throw as many innings as possible by starting at Gwinnett. At least until the roster expands to 40 in September.

I believe that Vizcaino is going to be a key guy for the Braves on down the line but, if I’m not mistaken, I believe that he started the season with AA Mississippi and, IMHO, he could benefit more from starting with the AAA Gwinnett Braves than he would from getting an inning here or there in Fredi Gonzalez’s bullpen. When the roster expands to 40 in about 3 weeks then, sure, bring him on back.

But to answer your question, I would much prefer to have Arodys in there instead of Linebrink but I’m also thinking for the long-term, as well. Especially considering that the Bravos will be getting Peter Moylan back this year and Kris Medlin back by next year, at the latest.

vermont 39

August 14th, 2011
8:40 am

Chipper cost us 2 runs alone and who knows how may more.
That base running mishap took us right out of a big inning, and of course the error:-(
Today is another day.
GO BRAVES

henry from TN

August 14th, 2011
8:56 am

Prado simply just took his eye off the ball—most out-fielders would have never got to that ball much less try to catch it a lot of out-fielders have what happened to bourn happen to them catch the ball and then bang the wall and the ball pop out a very good effort on bourn’s part….

UGA Alum

August 14th, 2011
9:02 am

Bourn’s speed got him to that ball…no other Atlanta CF since Andruw could have even made it close. It was a great effort on his part. When the Braves are off, they are OFF. That’s what seperates the Brave from the Phillies. When a Philly pitcher has a night off like Lowe has each start, they can over come that and still win or be in a place to win the game. When Lowe starts or JJ & Hanson have off nights, it is game over for the Braves.

NJ Braves Fan

August 14th, 2011
9:46 am

Dump Lowe or move him to bulloen now!!

Dingle Barry

August 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Fredi needs to get his head out of his ass.

We have a really talented team here that is very exciting to watch and has the potential to go deep into the postseason, yet they continue to surrender every 5th game by trotting Lowe out to the mound.

I don’t hate Lowe. He has had a very impressive career and seems like a solid teammate and a good guy, but the bottom line is that he just can’t get it done anymore. He is making his team suffer and costing us games. When Jurrjens comes back healthy, Lowe needs to hang it up. Put him in the pen or just let him chill for a while.

Jurrjens
Hudson
Hanson
Minor
Beachy

That’s a damn intimidating rotation. I like our chances against anybody with those arms. But throw Lowe in there and we are just left wondering what could have been.

Rafael

August 14th, 2011
10:19 am

Instead of optioning Varvaro to AAA, WHY is Derek Lowe NOT being optioned to AAA???!!!!

Memories. All of you with “tomahawk-colored” glasses remember Derek Lowe’s run in September and the playoffs LAST year (2010). Those memories are long gone like the MEMORY of the last time Julio Lugo got a hit.

Derek “twin brother of Scott Proctor” Lowe is owed 15 million dollars in 2012 (thanks Frank). Unlike like Kawakami, the Braves WILL NOT eat the remainder of his contract. Lowe will pitch folks, loss after loss.

In fact, with the way Freidi plays “Stratego” with the Braves lineup, Lowe will probably start the OPENING playoff game (you know, “RESPECT” for the VETERAN… “he’s earned it”).

Lowe is NOT going to come out of this “funk” he’s in. Lowe has fallen off the cliff in his career where a ballplayer’s have declined. Now Lowe is simply a BUM who has LOST velocity on his pitches meaning opponents are PATIENT and wait for him to get his pitches up and POWDER RIVER. Start after start Lowe looks like the Braves called up Kawakami. How long can you pitch this piece of %&45((*)&^!!!!!!?????

Derek Lowe says he “made a poor pitch” selection. Poor pitch selection, the TRUTH is Derek Lowe is NOW a POOR pitcher!!!!! Lowe can make all the “excuses” he wants, the TRUE criminals here are Frank Wren (firefrankwren.com) and Fredi for continuing to pitch the washed-up stiff. Thanks Frank and Fredi.

Derek Lowe, WHERE is Dr. Kevorkian when you NEED him???!!!

reckingball

August 14th, 2011
10:22 am

derek lowe is not poor.

Mike from the coast

August 14th, 2011
10:31 am

@antime. I believe the braves had already shut down Vizcaino. He was pitching out of the bullpen at Gwinnett. Having him gives us two potential long relievers in Christianson and Arodys. Not sure they want to put him in to many pressure situations. Anyway. Looking forward to getting Moylan back. Hope he’s ready to go. Lots of months off. I find it hard to believe all the naysayers on here. We won 5 in a row before last night. We’re going to lose a few along the way. I like others hate we missed some good opportunities last night. Base running gaffes, errors, etc. Fortunately we haven’t had many of those lately. That’s baseball. Go Braves get ‘em today. Oh, and go Uggla.

The Sertoma Kid

August 14th, 2011
10:32 am

Lowe must go.

1991 braves

August 14th, 2011
10:39 am

It is obvious that the mastermind Wren and his retarded manager have conceded the East title to the Phils, if not why else would they continue to forfeit a game every 5th day? By starting Lowe the braves are saying we know we can’t catch the Phils, so let’s try and hang on to the wild card. Lowe and this moron of a manager are both pathetic, and they have both proven time and time again that they don’t belong on a major league roster. I’m not even sure they belong on a AAA roster. Lowe continues to cry about a bad pitch selection, how about just telling the truth. He gives up 10 hits in 6 innings on a average now, so it’s not bad pitch selection, it’s just bad pithcing period. The hits aren’t loop singles, they are mostly hard line drives that are hit right on the nose. That means the pitcher isn’t fooling anyone, and that his stuff is on par with a middle of the road AAA pitcher. All of this being said, the braves continue to concede a victory to the opposing team every time this clown starts. I don’t care if he is being paid $15 MILLION, send his sorry ass down to AAA and see how he likes being the 3rd starter for Gwinnett. Then he can take his big ass ego and salary and eat a little humble pie the rest of his career. Wren, the Mexican, and Lowe, the 3 stooges never looked so damn stupid.

reckingball

August 14th, 2011
10:40 am

I believe that Lowe can turn it around.
All he needs is a few shots of Geritol everyday.
On the days he pitches, he should have a couple of shots prior to the game, and a shot every other inning while he is still in the game.

gadawgs

August 14th, 2011
10:48 am

TS…I bet the reporter forgot to put al of Freddie’s comment in. It was probably more along the lines of Chipper will go back to the three hole where he has always been and Mac will be in the five hole. Moving Freddie to the six.

Blind Deaf and Dumb

August 14th, 2011
10:56 am

OH NOOO WE SHOULD WIN EVERY GAME…..WE NEED TO MAKE TRADES…FIRE WREN….FIRE FREDDIE….LIBERTY SUX….WE NEED AN OWNER THAT CARES….TRADE LOWE..

Blind Deaf and Dumb

August 14th, 2011
10:58 am

WE DO SUCK…JUST CAUSE OUR PAYROLL IS HALF THE PHILS, WE SHOULD BE CRUSHING THEM….HAVING 2nd BEST RECORD IN THE NL IS AN OBAMANATION….FIRE EVERYONE AND START OVER.

jmor

August 14th, 2011
11:01 am

I agree with those who believe Lowe should go to the bullpen…He had 40 saves as a closer and knows how to pitch in relief. At 38, he is no longer a winning starting pitcher, but he could be great in the bullpen.

jmor

August 14th, 2011
11:04 am

Prado is showing the strain of not having a regular position. He is a pretty good hitter but I think his best position is second base. I can’t see hin as a regular left fielder or 3rd baseman because he makes too many errors. He would probably be competing for the all star team year in year out as a second baseman, but with Uggla here, where to play prado is an issue.

Bob

August 14th, 2011
11:15 am

Is there anything in Lowe’s contract that would prevent the Braves from using him in relief rather than starting? If not, an earlier poster had a good idea to use Lowe every five days in long relief for Minor. He’s just not effective anymore after four innings. If he (Lowe) objects, put him on the DQ list with Zambrano.

Rafael

August 14th, 2011
11:22 am

The REAL “elephant in the room” is not the FACT that Derek Lowe CANNOT pitch at the MLB level anymore, it’s the 15 million dollars Lowe is owed in 2012.

Fredi has Jason Heyward in the starting lineup today vs. the Cubs. You might as well have Julio Lugo in his place, NEITHER can hit. Mark my words, it’s a fact that Heyward will be hitless AGAIN today with strikeouts and groundouts. Yes, the ONE thing Jason Heyward does well is the consistent strikeout or groundout.

Does NO ONE else see the FACT that Derek Lowe is washed up??!!!! At some point (NOW) you have to “cut your losses” even if it means eating the remainder of the Bum’s contract.

If Frank Wren wasn’t spending so much time at Slope’s BBQ or the Dixie Spa, he could be working out a BUYOUT of Lowe’s contract. At least by dumping Lowe and calling up one of phenoms, you have a chance (the phenoms may take some lumps, but they have a much greater UPSIDE and chance to win. With Lowe, you have NO CHANCE to win. Consistently giving up 6+ runs a games means “stick a fork” in Lowe.

The Braves NEED to maintain their Wildcard lead against the Giants and Diamondbacks (the 2 teams we play in crucial games this week). Pitching Lowe against one of these teams is a CERTAIN loss. Lowe has become SO BAD I’m certain other teams are paying him to be a human batting tee.

Wren, you got rid of Proctor, NOW make it a Trifecta… jetison Julio Lugo and Derek Lowe. If you want any chance of winning the Wildcard, Lugo and Lowe have to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mitchell

August 14th, 2011
11:25 am

Derek Lowe sucks balls.

DontStopTheChop

August 14th, 2011
11:37 am

To the guy who said Chipper is just like Yunel, that is absurd. If you made that statement to someone on the Braves that played with bothe Chipper and Yunel they would probably punch you in the face and call you a moron..

Chaos

August 14th, 2011
11:43 am

Some of the comments here are really off the mark which means some folks are ether not Braves fans or just know nothing about baseball. D. Lowe is going bad now and the suggestion to send him to the pen seems like a very good idea, we have so many good pitchers we wont miss a beat. On the play of Chipper..well who has not had a bad day at the office. We are still the second best team in the NL and in a short playoff series I like our chances if everyone is healty and ready to go. Freddie is a great manager and you can bet he will make the right adjustments, the Braves organization always seem to make good adjustments. If you are really braves fans then you know we will be a contender for a long time to come.

Bruce Benedicts tight baby blue pants

August 14th, 2011
12:08 pm

@Rafael: DO you talk LIKE this in REAL life OR just USE a bunch OF hand jestures?

And yes it’s not looking good for Lowe right now.

bvillebaron

August 14th, 2011
12:15 pm

Henry:

Stop with the most outfielders wouldn’t have gotten to the ball Prado dropped. It wasn’t like he had to dive for it or anything; it was chest high. Most, if not all, left fielders would have gotten to that ball. He just plain blew it, plain and simple. It happens since no one is perfect and, in my view, Prado is the guts and soul of this team.

Lowe sure wasn’t great, but he wasn’t helped by some shoddy defense and some questionable decisions (e.g. Chipper picking up that roller short of the bag). Simply a clunker game all the way around. Today’s a new day.

Don

August 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

An abundance of embarrasments – at least they wer packed into one game. Chipper was out of gas on his double – it looks like age and inactivity from his injuries are catching up with his running. Still has a great eye and bat and generally good defense, but two mental baserunning errors in one game (the second one didn’t matter, but he should have taken third anyway, just for effect), and the throwing “Fielders Choice” (I scoff). Too bad we don’t have the DH – that would be a perfect role for Chipper right now. Well, not really too bad, because I hate the DH, but you know what I mean. Can Chipper play Left Field?

Prado’s out of sorts, both in the field and at the plate, but you’ve probably got to let him play through it. Maybe a day off and let’s see t The Diesel can do in there. Bad play on the error – was he perhaps hurt more than he let on when he crashed the wall Friday night?

Fredi’s got to wallk the walk – like he did with Heyward, he has to put the best players he has at he time on the field, and that means moving Lowe to the bullpen. The decision to start him can’t be based on pride or his salary – he’s not starting pitcher material right now. I’d like to see Cristhian Martinez replace Lowe as a starter – he showed in AAA and in the Pirates game that he can pull starter innings, and if he were pitching instead of Lowe, at least you’d feel that you had a chance of winning – his WHIP this season is under 1, which is best among the starters and long relievers on he entire staff.

Finally, as icing on the “Loweto the bullpen” cake, Lowe as much as blamed David Ross for the double to Peña – he tried to take it back, but the damage was done. “…..we had avoided it all the way up to that point. He put it down there, and I should have made a different choice.” Yeah, a different choice like not blaming David for your crummy pitch.

Don

August 14th, 2011
12:23 pm

Sorry – my keyboard’s acting up. Missing some keystrokes. Like Lowe, I’ll blame someone else – in this case, my keyboard.

BravesRock

August 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

lowe’s veteran presence impacts the clubhouse in a more positive way than anyone realizes. he is a leader and needs to stay with the team until the end of his contract. also, i would like to see frank bring back 2 former braves for next season in omar infante and mike gonzalez. omar infante would be a more useful utility player than lugo and gonzalez can replace george sherrill in the pen.

Braves fan in NY

August 14th, 2011
1:25 pm

HANSON WENT ON DL….LINEBRINK N MCCANN ACTIVATED…VARVARO SENT DOW

MARLINS DEMOTED LOGAN MORRISON TOO

Vesaversa

August 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

I don’t give a d@m about Uggla extended his hitting streak to 33 games . What matter is that the Braves lost another game .The Braves missed their chances at trading Derek Lowe who inconsistency to win ball games will come back to hunt them .I really hope Lowe is not in the Braves playoff rotation if they some how manage to make it .

Chief Noc-A-Homa

August 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

How odd is it that the worst player on the team is also the highest paid? I don’t care how much the Braves are paying Lowe, they have got to remove him from the starting rotation.

David O'Brien

August 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

How odd is it that the worst player on the team is also the highest paid? I don’t care how much the Braves are paying Lowe, they have got to remove him from the starting rotation.

Zito is Giants’ highest-paid player.

Hampton was Braves’ highest-paid for a while, even though they were only paying about half of his salary.

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