Hanson has setback; Constanza rests sore ankle

CHICAGO – It’s good the Braves have pitching depth, because they’re going to be without sore-shouldered Tommy Hanson longer than anticipated.

His scheduled bullpen session Tuesday at Wrigley Field was cancelled after Hanson felt soreness again in his troublesome pitching shoulder, this time following a mere nine-pitch throwing session Monday. That was the first time he threw from a mound since Aug. 6.

He’s been on the disabled list with what was diagnosed as tendinitis after an MRI on Aug. 9 showed no structural damage. Hanson got a cortisone injection that day and the Braves had hoped he’d be ready to start Aug. 16.

When his condition hadn’t improve quickly enough, that start was pushed back and the Braves kept rookie left-hander Mike Minor in the rotation.

Tuesday’s planned session was supposed to help determine whether Hanson was ready to make a minor-league rehab start Saturday. Now that start is out of the question, and the Braves said Hanson would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

The will wait till his condition improves before planning anything more. Hanson was not available for comment before Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs.

After the game, Hanson paused briefly to answer a question from reporters and said, “We’re taking it day to day right now.” He left it at that and hardly seemed distressed by Tuesday’s development.

Some eyebrows were raised Monday when he stopped after nine pitches. Hanson and manager Fredi Gonzalez insisted afterward that Hanson had only planned a brief session Monday to get loosened up and comfortable again on the mound. They said he’d throw a full session Tuesday.

But when the rest of the team went out for batting practice Tuesday and Brandon Beachy went to the bullpen for a between-starts throwing session, Hanson remained in the training room, stretched out on a table while getting treatment on his shoulder.

An hour later, the Braves announced the bullpen session was off because Hanson’s shoulder was sore from Monday’s brief workout. After Tuesday’s game, Gonzalez said again that he doesn’t think Hanson’s injury is serious.

In his last start, he gave up a career-high four homers and seven runs in 3-1/3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 6, slipping to 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA and .313 opponents’ average in five starts since the All-Star break. He was 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA and .190 OA before the break.

Costanza rests sore ankle

Jose Costanza was out of the lineup Tuesday with a mild right-ankle sprain, but Gonzalez said the outfielder might be ready to return as soon as Wednesday.

He turned his ankle in the sixth inning of Monday’s win against the Cubs when he stepped on the side of first base while beating out an infield hit.

The 27-year-old rookie has hit .372 in 23 games since arriving from Triple-A Gwinnett, playing mostly right field in place of struggling Jason Heyward. It’s Constanza’s first major-league callup, and the speedy Dominican has provided a surprising spark while collecting four extra-base hits (two homers), nine RBIs, 18 runs and seven stolen bases.

“Hopefully it’s nothing major … because he makes some stuff happen,” Gonzalez said after Constanza was hurt Monday.

By Tuesday afternoon, Gonzalez was relieved.

“He said it’s a lot better today,” the manager said. “I think maybe [he could play] as early as tomorrow.”

Heyward started in right field Tuesday and hit eighth, the first time he’d ever been that low in the  order. Heyward had a huge game with three hits including a grand slam in a 5-4 win.

112 comments Add your comment

urban redneck

August 23rd, 2011
8:54 pm

first is dumb. c’mon big red!!

PMC

August 23rd, 2011
9:04 pm

I don’t know which is better, that Heyward just hit his first Grand Slam or that it went to left center!!!!!!!!!

BOOYAKASHA!!!!!!!!!!

NorCal Brave

August 23rd, 2011
9:05 pm

Hey, Hey, Hey!!! Keep him in the 8-hole.

Bravado

August 23rd, 2011
9:06 pm

Tom, Chris from Sacramento, Phil, etc., etc…you aren’t allowed to celebrate Heyward’s slam right now. He sucks and should be immediately traded, right?

Bravado

August 23rd, 2011
9:07 pm

And PMC, nice Ali G reference, made me LOL

Stuart

August 23rd, 2011
9:07 pm

Alright Heyward! More of that!

Brave dawg

August 23rd, 2011
9:09 pm

Man that was good to see from J-hey. Happy for him and for the team. Hopefully he takes some pressure off himself, relaxes and has fun getting paid to play a game.

TomahawkChoppin'

August 23rd, 2011
9:14 pm

It’s that batting cage session he had with Chipper. Driving the ball up the middle is great to see. If his stroke comes back that would be great. THAT bat in the 8 hole, wow.

Justin

August 23rd, 2011
9:16 pm

Looks like Chipper is putting some time in to teach J-Hey about hitting. Hopefully he will be the future Braves hitting coach once he hangs up the cleats.

Bob in SF

August 23rd, 2011
9:30 pm

DOB; has any thought been given to trying to change Tommy’s delivery to make it less stressful on his shoulder? Specifically smoothing out that exaggerated pause in the middle of his delivery?

Mike Jay

August 23rd, 2011
9:34 pm

So when do we worry about Hanson? We should be worrying right? Any other team and we should be panicking. I wish you could only start one pitcher per series in the playoffs. The Braves would never lose. 7 game series….JJ, Hudson, Hanson, Beachy, Lowe, Minor, take your pic of young studs.

Burgess

August 23rd, 2011
9:45 pm

Why are we pitching to Ramirez with 1st base open ?

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
9:46 pm

100% McCann’s fault on the two run double by Ramirez! He called for and set for up a pitch right in the middle of the plate and these young pitchers are too trusting to shake off his utterly ridiculous calls.

And why is the perpetual idiot of a manager, Fruity, pitching to him with first base open and two outs? Dumbest manager in the game!

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
9:47 pm

Burgess,

Because Fruity is, well fruity!

BravesfaninWis

August 23rd, 2011
9:51 pm

They better not blow this game after having a 5-0 lead. Pretty sad the cubs got back into this game.

poop

August 23rd, 2011
9:53 pm

You don’t have to know much at all about baseball to know not to pitch to Ramirez with 2 on and a base open in a 4 run game, but to pinch hit Lugo with two on and two outs? … Well you don’t have to know anything about baseball to know that’s dumb–you just need to have a pulse. Thank god they walked him….

BravesfaninWis

August 23rd, 2011
9:54 pm

Hanson has a very odd pitching delivery, one that will probably give him shoulder problems for the rest of his career unless he alters his delivery.

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
9:59 pm

As I’ve said repeatedly, with either shutout pitching or an offensive explosion, Fruity’s greatest weakness, in-game decisions, is not an issue…but when he has to think we are always at risk.

Pitching to Ramirez after going 3 for 4 yesterday and two consecutive hits prior his two run double with first base open ranks at the very top of his mindboggling idiocy.

Can’t wait, if asked of him for the post game comments, what possibly was going on in his tiniest of brains to warrant such buffoonery?

He, like his predecessor, is our” Achilles’ Heel” in the postseason.

DC Braves Fan

August 23rd, 2011
10:16 pm

Dave,
What is the scuttlebutt on the Braves firing Fredi and bringing in Larry from the AJC blog? At a mere 25 games over .500, we should could use some new leadership.

bravesfansince 80

August 23rd, 2011
10:17 pm

Nuff said Heyward is OK sitting on the Pine in the majors….. who in the system is better?

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
10:22 pm

Dave,

You will ask, won’t you?

You can ask very softly and gently ask of Fruity: “any thoughts of walking Ramirez in the 6th?”

You can be just a tad more bold and ask: With first base open and two outs, did you give any thought to walking the red hot Ramirez?”

Or, you can do as I would do and ask: “Excuse me you brain dead goober, but how on earth would you allow the lefty, Minor, pitch to the righty, Ramirez, who had 5 hits in his last 6 at bats (including his first two at bats tonight) with two out, runners on 2nd and 3rd and first base wide open? Is it possible for you to come out of your medicated, deer in the headlights, persistent vegetative state for just a moment and actually THINK at such a critical moment in a game? Are you awake? Do you have a pulse? Did you hear me? How many fingers do I have up?”

You’re welcome, Dave!

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
10:32 pm

How many times in Chipper’s career have we seen him jog to the base assuming an out? When is all out hustle EVER a mistake?

Bench him the rest of the game just as you would a rookie who did the same thing!

Burgess

August 23rd, 2011
10:33 pm

Way to hustle Chipper. If he’d been going hard to break up 2, he’d been safe.

Burgess

August 23rd, 2011
10:33 pm

And we’re supposed to rejoice that Chipper is going to play next year ?

DC Braves Fan

August 23rd, 2011
10:36 pm

Look, Larry,if you want, you can examine every decision that a manager (or player) makes over the course of six months and pick out a dozen or two or three that don’t work out. If that makes you feel like you are smarter than the guy that is so well-respected by a range of people who have achieved a great deal in this game, then great. Knock yourself out. You are a regular Russ Nixon.

But if you do that, also give the guy credit for managing the team to the second best record in the NL; for sticking with Uggla; for somehow dividing five into four (Chipper, Prado, Costanza, Bourne, Heyward into four starting spot and keep them all productive (ish)and engaged; for somehow keeping that rotation going over the last month as three out of five guys started to fade; for actually managing the team to where they are, which is pretty darn good. If you would prefer to be 8 games behind in the wildcard, then I sense that the Bruce Bochy bandwagon has some room these days.

Good luck with the boys, Larry. I’m sure the guys will buy into everything you say and do for 162 games, especially since all of your decisions will come up roses.

PMC

August 23rd, 2011
10:37 pm

Nish Nish on the Negativity.

NorCal Brave

August 23rd, 2011
10:42 pm

Scott Linebrink: you are now free to move to the back of the bullpen. VIZ!!!

Zenman

August 23rd, 2011
10:56 pm

Enter your comments here

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
10:57 pm

DC Braves Fan,

There are about five or six bloggers on here that I respect enough of their intellect and knowledge to interest me in a dialogue, disagreement or a civil debate on any baseball topic.

You’re not one of them!

So, while you’re there in the District of Columbia, how about dropping by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 and telling the current occupant he and the merry band of idiots he selected in his cabinet are quickly leading this country down the toilet drain!

By the way, a monkey on roller skate can manage a playoff caliber team over 162 games with this pitching staff; but the utter, unabashed buffoonery we witnessed tonight by this dolt of a manger is what necessitates watching one’s opponent celebrate on the pitcher’s mound in a five or seven game series in the postseason.

Now, go love on a fellow male or female liberal there in DC and leave the heavy stuff to the real men, okie dokie?

PMC

August 23rd, 2011
11:00 pm

40 for Kimbrel!

Zenman

August 23rd, 2011
11:00 pm

Is anyone worried about the Braves number two hitter?

NorCal Brave

August 23rd, 2011
11:09 pm

Zenman: There’s definitely something going on with him, whether it’s physical or whatever it might be. I love Martin to death, but he hasn’t been handling the bat well for a while. If there’s one concern that lingers about the Braves, it’s failure to move runners up and get them in. The offense still lives and dies with the long ball. Hoping the sleeping giant in right field might finally be waking up.

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
11:13 pm

Congratulations to a really good guy and good teammate, Jason Heyward, who needed a night like this for waning confidence, and what a classy interview where he gave credit to the bullpen. Secondly congratulations to that Braves bullpen for saving a win for Miner and a win for this team by, yet once again, overcoming their manager’s habitual propensity at turning a game with a comfortable lead into a nail biter with his odd and baffling decisions or indecisions.

Where would Fruity be without O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel to clean up his messes…about 15-20 less wins, that’s what!

Archangel

August 23rd, 2011
11:13 pm

Larry needs to stay off the late night binges. They’re making him think he’s smart.

Braves20

August 23rd, 2011
11:17 pm

Is anyone worried about the Braves number two hitter?

More worried about the hitter wearing number two. It’s hard to believe that he has hit into only 17 double plays. Seems like he does it every night.

Wow!

August 23rd, 2011
11:18 pm

Larry…

What does it feel like to be blinded with single mindlessness, biased to the max (and probably racist to the deepest part of your heart), self righteous without cause, rude beyond belief and, frankly,homophobic and ignorant as hell. But these days, you represent America. Which is: watch a talking head on FOX TV to learn how think according to how someone tells you how to think. And if you think otherwise, you are a commie liberal and NOT A REAL MAN.

hal

August 23rd, 2011
11:18 pm

dc braves fan you wasted your rant besides being the worlds foremost authority on baseball frank has a lil probelem he cant read lol

Soundwave

August 23rd, 2011
11:19 pm

Megatron! Lazerbeak has returned. He has found a source of energy!!

Tampa Gator

August 23rd, 2011
11:23 pm

@ Braves 20

NO. But I am worried about the health of Tommy and Jar heading into the playoffs. With the bullpen the Braves have, they just need starting pitchers that can get them through the 5th inning……and then……lights out! What a bullpen…..one of the best I can remember in baseball. With the new kid, who has a better one? The Phillies have the starters. The Braves have the pen. It will be interesting if these two teams end up playing for the right to go to the series. But the Phillies do look unbeatable at this time.

Tampa Gator

August 23rd, 2011
11:27 pm

I do think Prado hitting is being impacted by his switch back and forth from 3rd to LF…..both at the plate and in the field. He may be trade bait in the off season with the arrival of Jose to play LF and Uggla at 2nd….and Chipper returning. Prade is NOT a LF. He should be playing 2B….or 3rd…and he will not be able to do that next year or this year….on a regular basis. Jose will be in LF, Bourn will be in CF, and Heyward will be in RF….next year. Prado…if not traded…..might become a utility player again….at least until Chipper retires.

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robrob

August 23rd, 2011
11:37 pm

Heyward needs to step closer to the plate until he finds his stroke again. He is trying to pull everything and has missed pitches right down the middle. It’s obvious his confidence is shot but I’m hoping he has has the work ethic to keep working regardless of the results. No doubt that he is a stellar talent but its the Major Leagues and adjustments have to be made.

templeton braves

August 23rd, 2011
11:47 pm

larry– did your baseball genius of a mind ever consider that after watching this game fredi was trying to rest his bullpen. aka sherrill in the 7th with 2 runners on. maybe he was thinking that by walking ramirez he was opening himself up to a possibility of having to take minor out in the 5th and using an extra reliever to get through that inning. im sure you already thought of that though.

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
11:49 pm

Wow!

Well, sissy, the way I see it, is if we can all just go ahead and fully support and encourage abortions, fully embrace and encourage men like you boring out other men’s rectums, permit nationwide marriages between the same sex, then it won’t be too long before all Democrats and liberals are extinct!

YES, l support you, honey…hugs and kisses!

robrob

August 23rd, 2011
11:53 pm

Also on Gonzo, he has always been a great glove. He is not a smart player. He swings at anything in between the two dugouts and is a nightmare when it comes to moving runners over. Personally, I believe with our upgraded defense that we could stand a less acrobatic and more offensively/defensively balanced shortstop. No sense in 17 double plays. Thats just swinging not to strike out. Can Prado play shortstop?

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
11:54 pm

templeton braves,

We’re simply talking about walking one man–the Cubs best and hottest hitter– in the 6th inning with two outs to pitch to the next batter! Hello in there!

You just may be more dumb than Fredi…now get that pork rind, beer gut azz back in that trailer, crawl in that water bed sitting on that green shag carpet, and shut that fly trap, bubba!

Brave New World

August 23rd, 2011
11:57 pm

Constanza: Welcome to the 4th outfielder role. You will be a very good one.

Larry

August 23rd, 2011
11:58 pm

robrob,

AG is what he is, and that’s perhaps the best all around glove in the game who is a pure guess hitter that sometimes connects with ball. If the rest of the offense is good enough then having such a glove and double play machine at SS will be fine in the postseason. We did it once with Belliard; we can do it again with Gonzalez!

Brave New World

August 23rd, 2011
11:59 pm

Congratulations on number 40 Craig – you’ve saved more than half the Braves wins thus far. Next save will put you alone in the record books.

Larry

August 24th, 2011
12:00 am

Brave New World

Let’s not get carried away here. One game, man, one game! Constanza has been doing it almost every game, and until Heyward can perform consistently, Constanza is still the better option.

Brave New World

August 24th, 2011
12:02 am

The Mets are truly pathetic this year. They are rolling over for the Phils. It would not surprise me if the Mets players served the Phils players an after game meal, then dined on the scraps after the Phils were done.

Lobosolo

August 24th, 2011
12:02 am

Larry, there’s a reason why Fredi is a BIG LEAGUE MANAGER, and you are not… Wow,an armchair crybaby AND a home-made asswipe rolled into one… formidable package there…

BravesFAN

August 24th, 2011
12:03 am

I think Heyward turned the corner tonight and I haven’t said that once this entire year. I believed almost all season that he would break out of this slump until about a week ago when I finally gave up hope. It’s funny basically right when I gave up hope is when he had his best game of the year at the plate and hit the ball to the opposite field. Seeing him hit a homer to center and a liner to left field tonight along with that double to left a few days ago proves that he’s getting out of his bad habits and is starting to use the entire field again much like he did last year. Heyward is back and will be really great at the plate the last month plus of the season!!! LET’S GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 24th, 2011
12:09 am

Reports of J-Hey’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

tdmorgan

August 24th, 2011
12:12 am

may I dare say that Lugo is the new Norton

gotigers72

August 24th, 2011
12:15 am

Constanza is indeed a great 4th OF. He can play all three spots and if a pinch runner is needed in the late innings…YOWZA! Not many, if any, better than him.

Good to see Jason have an outstanding game at the plate. The Braves need this future superstar’s help for the remainder of the year.

Last but not least…talking about future superstars, congratulations to Craig Kimbrel on tying the rookie record for saves. This dude with all of the disappearing pitches is only 22 years old!

With Freeman, Heyward, McCann, Bourn, Uggla and the bushel basket full of young pitchers, the Braves future is so bright that they have to wear shades.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 24th, 2011
12:19 am

gotigers72 August 24th, 2011 12:15 am

I agree! GO BRAVES!

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
12:23 am

5-2 Padres after 7. We’re 2 innings from a 9.5 game lead in the Wild Card race. GO BRAVES!

jim

August 24th, 2011
12:24 am

Larry,

Don’t stop taking the meds. With all that hate and negativity bundled up inside you could become dangerous. Do you like Charlie Manuel? You might try watching the Phillies games for a while and not find so much to find fault with. Turn off the Fox news and rent a movie. Go for a walk in the woods.

(That said, I was upset that we didn’t walk Ramirez too.)

bravesfaninNashville

August 24th, 2011
12:33 am

I posted on a blog last week that I was very concerned with Prado.. It seems like he’s hitting a lot of ground balls to short with a runner on second and less than 2 outs. Not advancing runners and not coming up with hits with RISP and 2 outs. He could be in a temporary funk or he could really be a Super Sub like Chone Figgins or Mark DeRosa. It seems when those guys play everyday all season they are less effective then in a 3/4 or less time role.

bravesfaninNashville

August 24th, 2011
12:37 am

I think Chipper hitting second might be really effective because he can take a couple of pitches and let Bourn get a chance to steal and still hit it somewhere that moves him over to 3rd. I think that might be Prado’s biggest challenge right now because last year when he was so hot he was leading of and Heyward was hitting second. Prado didn’t have a baserunner in front of him to worry about. All he had to do was try to hit a single or double and he did that a an amazing clip. It seems he’s having some trouble taking some pitches he might have jumped on for a hit last year to give Bourn a chance to read the pitcher and possibly steal. Different dynamic for him and probably a lot harder than just pick out a pitch you like and hit it hard somewhere.

Larry

August 24th, 2011
12:44 am

Lobosolo,

And there’s also a reason not a single person on here thinks of you other than an silly, odd name. That’s how childish, immature and dumb you are…you, and only you, actually think you have a clever name. Read carefully and you’ll discover–well, YOU may not discover–that nearly all the smartest cookies on here actually use a real name.

Worse, every word you type is so fully self incriminating that you are quickly unanimously convicted you as a real nothing. Seriously, goober, you’re a nothing and quite honestly right now I’m utterly bored and somewhat irritated with myself that I bother which such degenerate vomit.

This isn’t the 70’s and the “breaker-breaker 1-9, what’s your handle” anymore, goober!

Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go)

August 24th, 2011
12:59 am

I think Tommy is done for the season. In fact, he might even end up on the surgeons table. Big reds horrific lack of proper pitching mechanics has caught up with him already. All I can say is no matter what happens from here on out……kid, you had better learn how to properly throw a baseball off the mound. Otherwise we have already seen your best. Good luck selling insurance, cars, digging ditches or whatever else life offers :(

Runnin

August 24th, 2011
2:04 am

I think Tommy’s done for the year too. Hate to see it though.

Braves Forever

August 24th, 2011
2:26 am

Larry……shut up!! Your opinions stink….Freddie is a lot smarter than you!!!! Why can’t you just enjoy the Awesome Braves? Obviously, you are not a REAL Braves fan!!!

Mike

August 24th, 2011
2:40 am

Yeah got a feeling that something IS wrong in Tommy’s shoulder, and they just havent seen it in the MRI’s yet. His delivery is a concern, but what is more of a concern is that he would basically be done until 2013. Which would mean we would lose one cheap year with him. The other worry is that shoulder surgery is not the same as elbow surgery. It is much harder to come back from.

Hopefully he just needs to be shut down completely for a couple weeks, rehab some, and then he is back and good to go, but my gut says he is done for the year.

Bobby Bobby

August 24th, 2011
6:00 am

You ever get tired of Wren’s “truth”?? after a 9 pitch session which you noted was cut short Braves said all was fine– just a short session. Turns out all was not fine and the session was cut short as you stated– then they got you to correct the truth. It’s baseball– Wren– tell the truth!

Boston Braves

August 24th, 2011
6:42 am

@bravesfaninnashville- I think you hit the nail on the head regarding Prado in the 2-hole. like the idea of Hoss in the 2-hole for your reason stated.

Arkie

August 24th, 2011
6:56 am

Come on MEN, Lets stop the name calling. Although we are critical of some plays or decisions our GM, Manager and players make we are TRUE Braves fans. I am an old fundermental ball player. Pitching, Speed and Defense. (Up the middle – short, second and center field) We are closer than we have been in years. I have been critical of the handling of Hanson. (and our pitching) In the old days we pitched using our legs more. Hanson needs help changing his style. He puts a lot of pressure on his shoulder. I am very critical of our pitiching and hitting coaches. In Hanson’s last start all could see something was wrong. Bring Maddox back. We can have the best pitching in either league, if we do not ruin their arms. Why is it our pitchers are better bunters than most of our players, that we are poor at moving runners over, etc. With a little more money for our GM and real coaches, NL watch out, Here comes the Braves. Go Braves, Go Chipper.

Bartman n Orl

August 24th, 2011
7:04 am

B B – YOU CANT’T HANDLE the truth! Sorry I couldn’t resist… I know…too easy and too predictable.

Richard

August 24th, 2011
8:04 am

Larry and all you other Braves haters: There are 29 other major league teams you could cheer for if you don’t like this one. I’m sure the Phillies would love to have some “fans” of your caliber. So unless you are going to heed my advice, STFU and stop trolling.

Smiling Jack

August 24th, 2011
8:14 am

Insults! Insults! Insults! Most predictable things on this blog are insults. One finds very little real baseball insights and barely few positive comments here. Go Braves!!! You’re the best Atlanta has and some of us appreciate your efforts. Have a great day!

The Book

August 24th, 2011
8:19 am

Looking at my pages, it says that with a big lead you don’t walk batters. Throw strikes. You walk him and the next guy hits a grand slam, you give up 4. He hits a homerun, you give up 3. Then if the next guy hits a homerun that is 4. The difference is it takes two hits.

Tom

August 24th, 2011
8:39 am

Bravado- I’ve never said JasonH was not a great kid, happy for him and the Braves. It saved the game, his slam. But be realistic, it was one game. Just a couple hard hit balls and perhaps 1 hit each game may turn him around? I’m hopeful? But admit it Constanza brings excitement to the game, you never know what he will do at the plate and on the bases. Hopefully,JasonH will do something on the line of what Uggla was able to do for about a month(not the HRS, just hits)? There’s room on this team for both Constanza and JasonH(if he can come around).

ExBraves Fan

August 24th, 2011
8:44 am

I smell shoulder surgery for Hanson in the near future. That is 12-18 lost months. Loss of 6-8 MPH on the ole fast ball. He will become and even more inconsistent pitcher as a 85 mph thrower. Sad.

RBrave

August 24th, 2011
9:13 am

Congrats to Weyward on a good night, and I hope he has many more !But that’s only 1 game how about the other 100 crappy ones. Lets see how he does over a prolonged period. Georgie just brings too much to the table.

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B

August 24th, 2011
9:34 am

…too many idiots on this blog. everyone bitching about pitching to Ramirez don’t know anything. if you pitch to ramirez, and make a mistake, or he just crushes a good pitch, the worst case is it is a 1 run game, but you still have the lead. if you walk Ramirez, you bring the tying run to the plate, and now a mistake costs you the lead….

ane43

August 24th, 2011
10:14 am

I’m curious about the status of mclout, I haven’t heard or read anything lately. I guess he’s still on the DL. Has he joined KK somewhere? What will his status be if and/or when he comes off the DL.

Bruce Benedicts tight baby blue pants

August 24th, 2011
10:23 am

That’s one..do it again that’s two, three is a streak…time to get going Jason.

With the way the bats are going now..my token opinion.
Bourne, Chip, Freeman, Uggla, Mac, Prado, Gonzo, (hey/const) P

Chip possibly loses an AB per game batting 6th. He’ll still get his RBI oppurtunities with Bourne and if the 8 spot comes through.

Piedmont Blues

August 24th, 2011
10:54 am

A couple more good weeks, and Heyward’s batting average will be higher than Gonzo’s OBP.

Patriot

August 24th, 2011
10:59 am

Hey Larry, shoudn’t you be at a Tea Party rally somewhere screaming about taking “your” country back or something? Nobody wants to hear your ignorant opinions, you effing buffoon!

Turkeylegs

August 24th, 2011
11:24 am

Larry, I would love to punch you in the face.

coach13

August 24th, 2011
11:28 am

I like Chipper in the 2 hole. He will usually put the ball in play and an excellent candidate to hit n run with Bourn on. Plus it will probably get him a few more ABs over the course of the season. As far as him hustling down the line to avoid the DP; not sure what the score was but at his age I would rather him be healthy and in the lineup for the next 2 weeks than out with a pulled hammy or quad.

If it was a pivotal game I would suspect he would have been hustling.

Thinking that Fox is biased and CNN is not is just ignorance. They are both biased towards their respective parties.

The Blue Indian

August 24th, 2011
11:59 am

For those who are curious, here’s the breakdown of the schedule comparison between us and the Phillies the rest of the way:

For Philly:
Mets – tonight
Marlins- 3 games (**Philly is 9-3 in 12 games against them this year)
Reds- 4 games (**Philly is 3-1 in 4 games against them this year)
Marlins- 3 games
Braves- 3 games (**Philly is 7-5 in 12 games against us this year)
Brewers- 4 games (**Philly is 1-2 in 3 games against them this year)
Astros- 3 games (**Philly is 3-0 in 3 games against them this year)
Cards- 4 games (**Philly is 2-3 in 5 games against them this year)
Nationals- 4 games (**Philly is 8-6 in 14 games against them this year)
Mets- 3 games (**Philly is 10-4 in 14 games against them this year)
Braves- 3 games

For Us:
Chicago- tonight & tomorrow night (**We’re 3-2 in 5 games against them this year w/ 2 left)
Mets- 3 games (**We’re 6-6 in 12 games against them this year w/ 3 left)
Nationals- 3 games (**We’re 6-6 in 12 games against them this year w/ 3 left)
Dodgers- 3 games (**We’re 1-3 in 4 games against them this year w/ 3 left)
Phillies- 3 games (**We’re 5-7 in 12 games against them this year w/ 6 left)
Cards- 3 games (**We’re 1-2 in 3 games against them this year w/ 3 left)
Marlins- 3 games (**We’re 9-3 in 12 games against them this year w/ 6 left)
Mets- 3 games
Marlins- 3 games
Nationals- 3 games
Phillies- 3 games

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Now, obviously with Philly having the best record in baseball, we all knew they’d have more wins against the teams they’ll be playing from here out. But, here’s where we possibly have the edge: Philly has to play two 4 game series against the only 2 teams they have a losing record against this season. That’s pretty big, especially when you consider that the Brewers are very likely a playoff team with the Cards have a very competent team this year. Also, it should be noted that we have 4 off days left this season with the Phillies having only 2 more off days, plus a double-header, and two 4 game series!!

Y’all can thank me later on this well-informed/researched email.

Again…. I like our chances.

Let’s set our sights on this division title. Worst thing that can happen is we slam dunk the wild card.

dwayne

August 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

Larry, you hit the nail on the head in 80% of your blogs. Now, calling Fredi fruity is a bit much. But yeah, he makes some questionable decisions.

dwayne

August 24th, 2011
12:08 pm

Wild card is sewed up, we will not catch the Phillies, their starters are too good. Our bullpen is better, but that will not be enough to catch them. 6.5 is too much at this point.

BoatDoc

August 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

Blue Indian:

I agree with you, and like you’re thinking, but I count the Braves and Phillies as 6-6 heads up so far this year.

They’ve played 4 three game series.

They took 2 of 3 in ATL
We took 2 of 3 in Philly.

Next two series were reversed – we won 2 of 3 in ATL and they won 2 of 3 at home.

Phillies are a great team – and having a 9.5 game lead for the Wild Card affords breathing room as far as entering that eight-team end of year tournament.

But until the NL East is won I know the Braves will be doing everything they can to topple the anointed-since-pre-season Phillies.

Winning the division has many advantages:
1. Play the West champion in the first round instead of Milwaukee
2. Winning the East would mean home-field advantage through the World Series
3. The collapse of the Phils – and triumph of the Braves – would be historic. Poets and minstrels would still be singing about it decades from now.

Earl

August 24th, 2011
12:34 pm

Larry is obviously a sexually deprived little fellow who is merely venting his frustrations.

The Blue Indian

August 24th, 2011
12:36 pm

BOATDOC: Thank you for pointing that out. We are, indeed, 6-6 against the Phils this year. I have no idea how I missed that. I love your breakdown on why winning the division would be huge. Thanks for sharing!

Lobosolo

August 24th, 2011
12:43 pm

Wow, Larry!!! WOW!!! Armchair crybaby, home-made asswipe, AND GED squeker all rolled into one! Beyond formidable, downright HERCULEAN!!!! I’ll bet you can peg the dog with your empty beer cans from your perch with unerring accuracy, too… Stay away from this madman, Peoples… This sobbing whiner will get some icky goo all over you from the reactionary 20-20 hindsight pablum that drips off of his chin and runs out the bottom of his pants leg… Whew man, you might wanna see someone…

Lobosolo

August 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

BTW, Larry, could you maybe control your anger long enough to explain your GED-level attempt at discourse? You don’t make much sense… perhaps if you made the big bucks like Fredi and other MAJOR LEAGUE MANAGERS, you could get yourself a tutor… Moe and Curly called… said y’all got work to do… what a whining psychopath…

BoatDoc

August 24th, 2011
1:04 pm

Blue Indian – thanks for your comprehensive eval of the rest of the season for the two NL East Heavyweights.

The rest of this season should be fun – the thought of Jason Heyward having an Uggla-ish resurgence makes my hair stand on end.

Lobosolo

August 24th, 2011
1:09 pm

Just re-read your post, Larry… I might have exaggerated when I called you a GED squeaker… It’s all ok, though… Jethro Bodine did ok with a sixth-grade education… since no one will hire you as a baseball manager, maybe you could become a double-nought spy…

BoatDoc

August 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

Blue Indian – just thought of another reason for the Braves to continue to try to catch the Phillies. I mentioned home field advantage, but against the Brewers that is no small thing.

Brewers at home – 31 games over .500
Brewers on the road – 6 games UNDER .500

Braves are a more balanced 10 games over on the road, and a superb 16 games over at The Ted.

southern hope

August 24th, 2011
1:55 pm

Regulars, is there a list somewhere of items that might get you permanently banned from the blog? If so, I nominate Larry….I’m great with many many opinions….and I’m great with some of them being wrong (and others thinking that I”m wrong) but Larry crosses the line into making others on the site feel uncomfortable. And that alone should justify the ban.

The Blue Indian

August 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

Gentlemen, allow me to be the pail of water on these hot coals….

Before I begin, let me say that I will be pulling for our Bravos to snag that pennant just as hard as all of us. But if my calculations are correct (I hope they aren’t), then the division looks pretty much locked up:

As of today, Philly has a magic number of 28 to take the division.

If you need info on magic numbers, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_number_(sports)

With Philly having 35 games left to play and the Braves having 32, here’s how things look:
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If the Phillies continue to play as they have all season (.630 ball) then their record over these last games will be 22-13 .

For the Braves to win the division, they would have to go 27-5 in their last games (.844…crazy)
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If the Phillies slouch a tad and go 19-16 (.543) , then the Braves need a 24-8 record (.750…still unreal), which means that they would need to win 3 of 4 from here on out. That is only if the Phillies slouched that bad.
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On the bright side, the Braves have a magic number of 24 to clinch the Wild Card, meaning even if the Braves play .500 ball (16-16) in this last stretch, the Giants would have to go 26-7 (.788) in their last stretch to overcome us.

Bottom line: Our Braves are playoff bound for the 2nd year in a row. However, the division title looks all but won by the Phillies.

The Blue Indian

August 24th, 2011
2:12 pm

BOATDOC- I haven’t changed too much since we last talked, but after examining it further, it just looks like it’s gonna be very difficult to catch the Phillies. But yes, it can still be done. In fact, I’ll also say that the chances of us catching Philly and winning the division seems to be greater than the chances of us blowing the wild card.

Keith(Captain, USAF)

August 24th, 2011
2:21 pm

I agree that he should have walked Ramirez, if not more than once. I don’t get as many Braves games here in TX as we did in TN, but I watch every one I can; so far, I wouldn’t say that our manager is terrible, but he has made some decisions that made me scratch my head. That being said, Cox had me scratching my head more times than I can count over the years. I personally believe that ALL the fans on here should tone down the insults to both our manager, and stop all the infantile homophobic-type(references) insults. I am quite sure there is a forum online somewhere if you want to voice your opinions on the repeal of DADT, same-sex marriage, etc. Let’s try and stick to baseball?

dwayne

August 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

USAF, good point, Fredi does make some questionable calls, as did Bobby, gee, I wonder why? I do my best just to read the baseball related stuff. Try to do that and you can get past the mean spirited stuff. Blue Indians blog as to what it would take to catch the Phillies should stop the dillusional fans from thinking the Braves will catch them. Would I like for the Braves to catch them?? sure, are they? nope. By the way, I’m a Phillie fan too!! Braves vrs. Phillies in the NLCS, Braves young guns out duel the annointed (the whole staff) CY YOUNG award winners. Yall know if ESPN could give out the award Lee, Halladay, Hamels and the Worley dude would each get a trophy now.

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