Power arms have served Braves well in late innings

CHICAGO – Here’s a luxury most teams could only dream of having: On Monday night the Braves rested closer Craig Kimbrel, he of the majors-leading 39 saves and 32-2/3-inning scoreless streak, and plugged in backup closer Jonny Venters.

Venters converted his fifth save while lowering his ERA to a majors-leading 1.10 and extending his own scoreless-innings streak to 22-2/3, second-longest active streak in the majors behind Kimbrel’s.

Uggla hit his 30th homer Monday, his fifth consecutive season with at least 30.

Uggla hit his 30th homer Monday, his fifth consecutive season with at least 30.

Oh, sure, Every Day Jonny made things interesting in his majors-leading 70th appearance — four more than any other pitcher — by walking the first two Cubs, bringing the potential tying run to the plate with none out and the Braves ahead 3-0.

Then Venters did what he does, striking out Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd before Alfonso Soriano hit a grounder up the middle that Alex Gonzalez smothered before leaping to tag second base with his glove (that held the ball) to end the game.

The Braves had their third shutout during a five-game winning streak in which they’ve posted a 0.60 ERA, allowing three runs while hitting 10 homers and scored 17.

But back to the bullpen for a moment, and particularly Kimbrel and Venters.

After Venters put two runners on board before recording an out, one huge advantage of having such power arms in the bullpen once again came into play. Venters struck out the next two batters, preventing either runner from advancing.

No other team in the majors has been quite as good in late-and-close innings situations as the Braves this season – though the Giants have been close — and none has utilized the late-innings strikeout as effectively as Atlanta pitchers.

The Braves have a majors-best .214 opponents’ average and .308 opponents’ slugging percentage in late-and-close situations, and their 270 strikeouts (in 872 at-bats) in those situations is far and away the most in the majors.

San Francisco pitchers are next with 228 strikeouts in 902 at-bats in late-and-close situations, and the White Sox, with 203, are the only other team with as many as 200 strikeouts in those situations. Again, the Braves have 270.

Kimbrel alone has 85 strikeouts in close-and-late situations, while three major league TEAMS have 122 or fewer K’s in those situations.

Put another way, no other major league reliever has 85 strikeouts this season, period. (Kimbrel leads all relievers with 101 overall strikeouts.)

Since old Wrigley Field was not designed with night games and modern media deadlines in mind, us reporters with deadlines have to head down to the clubhouse before the last out is made, or get caught up in crowd-choked stadium ramps (there is no elevator from the pressbox; we go down the same way as everyone else at Wrigley, and we’re seated higher).

So you file a story that can stand – I filed mine with Braves winning and Venters getting his fifth save – or be tweaked by someone on the copy desk in the event of upheaval in the bottom of the ninth that changes everything.

When I mentioned to Venters that he’d made things interesting in the ninth, he smiled and said, “It was not intentional…. I felt good the whole time. They came up with an approach to see some pitches, and I couldn’t get one over to the first two guys.

Uggla believes Freeman could become "one of the best." As in, ever.

Uggla believes Freeman could become "one of the best." As in, ever.

“I felt good the whole time, though, just wasn’t making any pitches to start the inning off.”

In the end, he did what Jair Jurrjens had done all night: Wiggled out of a jam. The Cubs stranded at least two runners in six of nine innings, 15 baserunners stranded in all.

“We kind of pitched out of jams all night,” Venters said, “buckled down when we had to and came out with a big win.”

♣ Starters back on track: Jurrjens gave up eight hits and five walks in 6-1/3 innings Monday, but somehow no runs.

He was the third different Braves starter, to allow no runs in six or more innings in the past five games, along with Tim Hudson and Mike Minor. Derek Lowe also worked five scoreless innings in that stretch, while Brandon Beachy gave up one run in six innings, the only run allowed by a Braves starter during the five-game winning streak.

That’s one run allowed in 30-1/3 innings from a rotation that had struggled in recent weeks with the notable exception of Hudson, who’s been in fine form.

♣ Uggla’s spectacularly odd season: In the season when Dan Uggla had far and away the worst first half of his career, batting a majors-worst .173 through July 4, the second baseman has now ridden the longest power-hitting surge of his career to reach 30 homers faster than ever before.

Uggla hit his 30th homer Monday, a moon shot onto Waveland Avenue beyond left field at Wrigley. He did it in his 129th game, after not getting his 30th homer until September in his other previous 30-homer seasons from 2007-2010 with the Marlins.

Yeah, it’s the fastest I’ve ever gotten to 30,” said Uggla, who leads the majors in homers since the All-Star break (15) and homers in August (10).

“But I’ve been saying all year long, that’s why you play the full season. That’s why you keep working, stay positive, because you never know what can happen. I’ve been hot before, and good things happen when you’re feeling good and hitting the ball hard.”

Uggla has had five consecutive seasons with at least 30 homers, while no other second baseman in history has as many as four 30-homer seasons, period. Nevermind consecutively.

The four others who’ve had three 30-homer seasons while playing second base as their primary position: Rogers Hornsby, Jeff Kent, Alfonso Soriano and Chase Utley.

Going back to July 5, the day he began his Atlanta Braves-record 33-game hitting streak, Uggla has a .348 average in 42 games with 18 homers, 37 RBIs and a .412 OBP and .727 slugging percentage (1.139 OPS).

He has 15 homers and 31 RBIs in his past 32 games.

His in-season turnaround is as pronounced and dramatic as any I can remember, or that any that any of the others I’ve asked, including some who’ve been around the game a lot longer than me, could remember.

There are 17 other players with 25 or more homers in the majors this season, and Uggla has the lowest average (.232), OBP (.300) and OPS (.761) of any of them.

Eleven of the 17 have an OPS of .895 or higher. Fourteen have an OBP of at least .340.

But since the Fourth of July, no one has done more damage than Uggla.

A couple more curious notes about Uggla’s fifth 30-homer season:

Nineteen of his 30 homers have been with bases empty, the most solo shots in the majors this season but not far out of line with Uggla’s splits in the past.

Last season, 20 of his 33 homers came with bases empty. In 2009, it was 22 of 31. In 2008, 20 of 32. In 2007, 19 of his 31 homers were solo shots, and in 2006 it was 14 of 27, the closest he’s come to hitting as many homers with runners on base as without.

Just an FYI, Albert Pujols has hit 18 of his 31 homers this season with no one on base.

What I find more surprising than anything is that Uggla’s hit 13 of his 30 homers to start an inning. That’s three more than his previous high of 10 homers to lead off innings in each of the past two seasons.

BRAVES LINEUP

Heyward is hitting eighth tonight, the first time he's hit that low in the lineup.

Heyward is hitting eighth tonight, the first time he's hit that low in the lineup.

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. McCann C
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Jones 3B
  6. Hinske 1B
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. Heyward RF
  9. Minor LH

♣ Uggla on Freeman: First baseman Freddie Freeman is just 21 years old, five years younger than Dan Uggla was in Uggla’s first season in the majors. And that’s just part of the reason Uggla has so much admiration for what the Braves rookie is accomplishing.

Freeman hit his 18th homer Monday, and since May 19 he’s hit .323 with a .374 OBP, .524 slugging percentage (.898 OPS) and 36 extra-base hits in 82 games. He has 11 homers and 36 RBIs in his past 53 games.

He’s tied with Uggla for fourth in the NL with 12 game-winning RBIs, behind Ryan Howard, Justin Upton and Prince Fielder.

I asked Uggla after last night’s game about Freeman, just generally speaking. This was his reply:

“Freddie’s a stud, man. The ceiling on this kid, if you look at him playing as long as 15 or 20 year … I mean, the numbers that this guy is going to put up – power, hits, RBIs, runs scored, average — any way you want to look at it, he’s going to do some special things.

“You watch this kid every day, and not even mentioning his defense, he’s going to be one of the best, if he stays healthy, I think to ever play the game.”

Mighty big statement about a guy who won’t turn 22 until next month. But it’s also tough to dispute. Freeman is so solid in his approach at the plate, so smooth and talented defensively, and has such physical skills, at 6-foot-4 and 240-some pounds, with the ability to do the splits while stretching for a throw.

Freeman is tied with Danny Espinosa for NL rookie lead with 18 homers, and leads NL rookies with 63 RBIs. His .293 average is also tied with Cubs rookie Darwin Barney for the lead among the league’s rookies.

♣ Tonight’s matchup: Braves lefty Mike Minor returns to Wrigley Field for the first time since he struck out 12 in six innings of his third major league start on Aug. 22, 2010. He went 3-0 in his first four starts, then went 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in his next 10 through June 16.

The rookie has made big strides lately, going 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA in his past four starts including six scoreless innings of four-hit ball Thursday against the Giants.

Tonight he’ll face Cubs righty Casey Coleman, who is 2-5 with a 7.43 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) this season. Michael Bourn is 2-for-2 against him, and Dan Uggla (0-for-2) is the only other active Brave who’s faced Coleman.

♣ OK, outta time. Let’s close with some classic R.E.M. You can hear it by clicking here. Sorry if I messed up any of the rather obtuse lyrics.

remmonster

“7 CHINESE BROS.” by Michael Stipe

This mellow, sweet, short-haired boy, woman offers pull up a seat
Take in one symphony now, we’ve just begun to battle
Wrap your heel in bones of steel, turn the leg, a twist of color
Autumn waited hold it to you in the colored come another

Seven Chinese brothers swallowing the ocean
Seven thousand years to sleep away the pain
She will return, she will return

This mellow, sweet, short-haired boy, woman offers pull up a seat
Take in one symphony now, we’ve just begun to battle
Wrap your heel in bones of steel, turn the leg, a twist of color
Autumn waded seven seas when the colored come another

Seven Chinese brothers swallowing the ocean
Seven thousand years to sleep away the pain
She will return, she will return

This mellow, sweet, short-haired boy, woman offers pull up a chair
Take in one symphony now, I guess we lost that battle
Wrap your heel in bones of steel, turn the leg, a twist of color
Autumn waded seven seas swimming colored come another

Seven Chinese brothers swallowing the ocean
Seven thousand years the commune did reign
She will return, she will return

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog


1,863 comments Add your comment

Fish Bisch

August 23rd, 2011
4:48 pm

Hillbilly

August 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Probably ought to steal a couple of bags, too, just to be on the safe side –scoots

If he starts licking his bat, we’ll know we’re on to something.

JoshTown

August 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Great new blog, DOB! Let’s keep the momentum going. Go Braves!

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
4:54 pm

Greg Maddux from 1992-1998 – 191ERA+, 1.8 BB/9, 6.9 K/9, 0.4 HR/9.

Those were his best years, and interestingly enough, the period of time that he had his best strikeout rates.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 23rd, 2011
4:54 pm

“The Untouchables”

JimmyC

August 23rd, 2011
4:55 pm

Classic R.E.M. – have no idea what Stipe is trying to get across there…but is sure sounds good.

TennesseePaul

August 23rd, 2011
4:55 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 starts of the starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS
Bourn__ .333 .400 .444 0.844
Prado__ .250 .286 .350 0.636
McCann_ .212 .316 .424 0.740
Uggla__ .226 .306 .581 0.886
Chipper .412 .447 .765 1.212
Hinske_ .241 .405 .483 0.888
Seabass .212 .235 .333 0.569
Heyward .172 .294 .310 0.604
Minor__ .176 .263 .294 0.557

ncscoots

August 23rd, 2011
4:56 pm

If he starts licking his bat, we’ll know we’re on to something.

But would Fredo “feel” it? :-)

Just Saying

August 23rd, 2011
4:56 pm

I think Willie Nelson should let his fans smoke him when he passes. Just saying.

PDOG

August 23rd, 2011
4:56 pm

Great blog DOB, but what no love for the Viz he looking like he can make the bullpen a four headed monster. Braves could be able to shorten the game to 5 innings.

richbrave

August 23rd, 2011
4:58 pm

Two aftershocks here in Central Virginia, both too weak to be felt, 2.2 and 1.8. LOUISA had exrensive damage to both the High School and Junior High; damaged enough for extended closure. One free-standing brick gable fell out of the end of a commercial building, and crushed three parked cars under it. There was no cinder-block backing only wood framing, and it appears the brick-work was not tied in to anything substantial. This was in TYSON’s Corner west of D.C. I know of no other damage at this time. The masonry seal between my chimneys and the house appears unbroken, but of course things tend to show up over time. So far so good. So GO BRAVES!

PDOG

August 23rd, 2011
5:01 pm

Lets hope Heyward uses this chance to bust out.

Richmond Braves Fan

August 23rd, 2011
5:02 pm

Enjoyed the article especially the behind the scenes stuff. Have you ever been to a day game at Wrigley in the bleachers DOB?

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:02 pm

richbrave-

I gotta say, if that’s the extend of the major damage, sounds like they were lucky. “Retrofitting” is probably not something that folks back east think about, but maybe this quake will lead to safer buildings. Glad no one seems to have been hurt and the damage was limited- glad to hear you and your home are fine as well :)

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:02 pm

And let’s hope our legs of Georgie can continue to serve us well!
Please oh please be 100% well soon Georgie….

jerry

August 23rd, 2011
5:04 pm

High praise from Uggla. Freeman may turn out to be what just about everybody thought Heyward would be….and might still be.

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:04 pm

The aftershocks could last a while, and there may be a few stronger jolts in the next few days so just be prepared. Hopefully they won’t be anything worse than the 2 little ones you’ve had already

richbrave

August 23rd, 2011
5:04 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM

Power arms? Be on the lookout for ELIECER CARDENAS, and MARK LAMM – A+, and CARLOS ‘WILD-thang’ PEREZ – A. Three reliefers which could produce a new set of dynamic arms in ATLANTA in a year or two. And let’s hope both BRETT BUTTS and STEVE MAREK recoup their magic after TJ surgery. That would be five more arms for the pen in 2013, and later.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm

I thought that quake was just the Atlanta schools imploding!

monty

August 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm

WHat is the latest on Constanza?

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm

Prado .250 .286 .350 0.636
Seabass .212 .235 .333 0.569
Heyward .172 .294 .310 0.604

Three dudes that have to get it going….

FEAR

August 23rd, 2011
5:07 pm

The earth was a shaking in Augusta

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:07 pm

Braves on tv every day this weekend for me courtesy of SNY. Very exciting.

what a tremor

August 23rd, 2011
5:07 pm

Any other states wanna take some of these Atlanta “students”,hehehe, and their families off our government rolls….please do.

Dennis Reynolds

August 23rd, 2011
5:08 pm

A .215 hitting Heyward is still better than a .230 hitting Alex Gonzalez. Why the F is he hitting 8th??

monty

August 23rd, 2011
5:08 pm

AGON has made some jaw dropping plays this year. And he’ll win you a game every now and then with his bat. If he would only swing at strikes he could improve alot.

TennesseePaul

August 23rd, 2011
5:08 pm

A sample of one is not statistically significant. If you could find 50 players in the history of MLB who had the “Dan Uggla Body Type” you might be able to start making some vague comparisons

abwright, I agree. I would like to see the list of players considered of similar body type to Uggla. I’ve only seen a list of one, Marcus Giles. I’d like to see that list be thorough and not pruned of players who might skew the results away from the hypothesis.

monty

August 23rd, 2011
5:10 pm

Does Georgie have a mild sprain? anyone? No time to be shy.

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:10 pm

Freeman may turn out to be what just about everybody thought Heyward would be….and might still be.

Don’t forget the type of year Heyward had in 2010. I still think he projects as a better all around player.

TennesseePaul

August 23rd, 2011
5:10 pm

Three dudes that have to get it going….

Well, what you’re getting from one of those dudes is just a bonus. You should be pleased he hits ever so slightly better than the pitcher.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:11 pm

After seeing Georgie hit that bag, I don’t see how that is going to be a 2 day injury, as per Fredi.
He’s gotta be 100% for Sept and beyond i hope.

TennesseePaul

August 23rd, 2011
5:12 pm

Why the F is he hitting 8th??

This should cut down on the double plays. With Seabass making outs in front of him there will be fewer runners on for when Heyward pulls a weak grounder to second.

Felix Millan

August 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

don’t tell Shaun that we’re all over here. Maybe he won’t find us.

richbrave

August 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

CAB:

I can see you are very circumspect regarding ‘quakes. As it should be, you living in the land of the trembling earth. The epicenter was indeed about 45 miles from my home. As I said, the earth did not roll. It actually bounced straight up and down. The quake source was very close to the surface, not several miles deep as they normally are here. Estimates have run from .1 to .6 of a mile below ground. The area struck was very rural however, so buildings were scattered and evidently only minimal effects occurred there.

Yesterday there was a tornado in the area, and IRENE is supposed to hit us Saturday. Dang, what’s a body to do but hide under the mattress? I mean……..this is not docile Ol’ Virginia. Yikes.

AtlYnkHtr

August 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

Dennis Reynolds, its a lefty righty thing.

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Well, what you’re getting from one of those dudes is just a bonus. You should be pleased he hits ever so slightly better than the pitcher.

Hah! Yeah, it’s the one and only position this offseason that could be improved. Unless you count bullpen arms 5-7 and 5th starter.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Dan uggla has a heck of a softball career ahead of him after he retires from MLB.
This guy needs to get in the all-star homerun hitting contest!

richbrave

August 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Efrim:

Enjoy

monty

August 23rd, 2011
5:16 pm

“I still think he projects as a better all around player.”

If I was a bettin’ man, I’d have to let place the majority of my wager on FF at this point. Let’s hope they both have terrific careers.

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:16 pm

don’t tell Shaun that we’re all over here. Maybe he won’t find us.

Haha. Now that was good.

RSM

August 23rd, 2011
5:16 pm

cabravesfan –

Memphis may not be back east, but I recently moved from there and my in-laws still live there, and they are retro-fitting all of the bridges, overpasses, etc. I was surprised that they were doing that much retro-fitting when I was there. However, there has been a major quake predicted for that region for several years.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Hey richbrave……if this house is a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’!

FEAR

August 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Man sad that Biff twisted his ankle. I was enjoying his play

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:18 pm

Heyward: .242/.347/.410 since 8/23/2010(527 plate appearances)

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:18 pm

richbrave-

I’ve felt them all- the rollers, the bouncers, and ones that do both (which are REALLY freaky). The rollers tend to last longer, but actually tend to be the “safer” of the 2 because they are…softer? Not that any quake is either particularly safe or soft.

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:18 pm

richbrave-

I’ve felt them all- the rollers, the bouncers, and ones that do both (which are REALLY freaky). The rollers tend to last longer, but actually tend to be the “safer” of the 2 because they are…softer? Not that any quake is either particularly safe or soft.

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:18 pm

Thanks, richbrave.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:18 pm

Hey Felix, how ya doing?

BravesFAN

August 23rd, 2011
5:19 pm

Chipper has really been swinging the bat lately as well. Didn’t realize his avg his last 9 games was .412 wowwww the old man has still got it…Hope we take this game tonight and at least force a split for this series. LET’S GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bay Area Steve

August 23rd, 2011
5:19 pm

You know what I like about earthquakes?

No warning. As Mother Nature goes, earthquakes are right up there, but there ain’t jack I can do. I don’t know how y’all deal with those week-in-advance hurricane advisories. Or that all-season-long tornados could form stuff. I don’t have to make CB’s Yosemite decision. I don’t have to be one of those hundreds of thousands of people stuck in traffic evacuating for a storm that may or may not come.

I might get trapped in the remnants of this building as soon as I hit ’submit.’ I may drive my car off the Bay Bridge this weekend. But, at least I won’t know it’s coming…

FEAR

August 23rd, 2011
5:20 pm

I used to live in Adak, AK. We used to have little quakes all the time. Weird feeling

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:21 pm

good play is contagious….except for wayward

monty

August 23rd, 2011
5:21 pm

Dennis Reynolds

Think FG just plugged Jason into “Georgie’s spot” in the lineup. Think he’s pretty much settled on a regular lineup for now.(till if and when Jason get’s hot) One lineup when Chipper plays and one when he doesn’t, and then the occassional exception for Hinski.

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:21 pm

Stupid computer…

RSM-

You can’t build anything out here, be it a house, a bridge, or a building, without strict “earthquake proofing” codes and anything built before…not sure when…has either already been or is currently being retrofitted

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:23 pm

BAS-

That is exactly what I HATE about quakes…I prefer to have a warning

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:23 pm

Angel Pagan placed ont he DL with colitis. Yikes. Painful.

Felix Millan

August 23rd, 2011
5:23 pm

Summer Of George—good, and you?

RC

August 23rd, 2011
5:24 pm

I think Heyward’s poor play this season is a result of licking the stamps he’s been using to respond to fan mail. I think that Biff picked them out for him….

Bay Area Steve

August 23rd, 2011
5:25 pm

I wonder if cab’s doghouse is structurally sound. Maybe I could actually get my guy outta there if I call code enforcement…

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:25 pm

BAS-

Why are you in my doghouse? (and of course it is structurally sound! This IS California!)

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:25 pm

Whoops, I meant that’s what he is currently dealing with. Not on the DL for it though he was when with Cubs.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:28 pm

Bay Area,….yeah, we can hear about a freakin’ rain storm 1000 miles in the Atlantic for weeks that turns into nothing…..gets a little annoying…like the boy who keeps crying wolf….and I lived through Andrew….but nowadays the freakin news acts as if EVERY sneeze is an Andrew…..news channels here LEAD their news with stupid freakin weather EVERY day….It’s 95 degrees again today…Must lead the news…..we freakin know it’s hot out…..tell us when it’s gonna change

southern hope

August 23rd, 2011
5:29 pm

here’s an idle question but maybe one of you know.

So Constanza twists his ankle & it needs treatment…nothing big…just treatment…does he stay in Chicago or does he return to Atlanta? If he returns to Atlanta, how? (does a medical person fly with him?) Just always been curious about out-of-town injuries for a team.

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:29 pm

southern hope-

DOB just tweeted:

#Braves OF Constanza’s ankle is lot better today, could be back in lineup soon as tomorrow

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:31 pm

Felix, I’m better now thank you…..weather is a bit annoying.

Bay Area Steve

August 23rd, 2011
5:31 pm

cab, nolie is my guy. I ain’t going near that doghouse; I’ve heard about the snakes.

SOG, man, I can only begin to imagine how ridiculous the media must get. If it even starts to sprinkle here, we get ‘Storm Watch, 2011′ with the sound effects, and the graphics. The whole nine. And, we don’t even have any real weather…

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:31 pm

and if I may offer my belief, if the injury is not serious, the player generally stays with the team- the trainers are there and he can get any treatment he needs on the road. Only way he goes home would be if he needed x-rays or some more extensive work.

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:32 pm

#Braves OF Constanza’s ankle is lot better today, could be back in lineup soon as tomorrow

Heyward’s just going to have to go 4 for 4 to stay in there. Good luck, Jason.

richbrave

August 23rd, 2011
5:32 pm

Summer of George:

Your 5:17 p.m. You got it.

curtis jones

August 23rd, 2011
5:32 pm

I sure hope the Braves’ pitching holds up tonight. The 7-8-9 spots in the lineup might as well all be pitchers.

cabravesfan

August 23rd, 2011
5:32 pm

BAS-

Sorry- didn’t even see the “my guy” line. He’s happy there. Every time I think about letting him go, he does something to stay. I’d hate to deny him at his advanced age… ;)

dogsbrekky

August 23rd, 2011
5:33 pm

Great write up Dobi.. thank you

Got my tickets for Saints vs Falcons for Dec 26th in the Superdome… so STOKED

Najeh Davenpoop

August 23rd, 2011
5:34 pm

Now starting in the middle infield for the Toronto Blue Jays: Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar.

Efrim

August 23rd, 2011
5:34 pm

J.J. Hoover with another good performance as a reliever for Gwinnett. Possible 2012 bullpen addition…..

anything to keep Viz starting…..

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:34 pm

ankles don’t get 100% better in a day…his speed might be hurt for a while….I’m not a doctor but I’ve played one with a nurse!

iowabrave

August 23rd, 2011
5:35 pm

Completely off the subject and way too early to be talking about it, but as long as the records hold up and Arizona and/or San Francisco don’t go on an insane run, we should be opening the playoffs in Milwaukee. Meaning yours truly will be only about 4 hours away from Game 1 & 2 on October 1 & 2. Gotta love StubHub!!!!!!!!

Bob

August 23rd, 2011
5:36 pm

DOB…you paid tribute to Ernie K. Doe last night, how ’bout Don Covay next week? These were great artists. Go Braves, too!

2012 25-man roster - Pen edition

August 23rd, 2011
5:39 pm

J.J. Hoover with another good performance as a reliever for Gwinnett. Possible 2012 bullpen addition…..

You bet.

CL Kimbrel
RP Venters
RP O’Flaherty
RP Medlen
RP Moylan
RP Hoover
RP Martinez

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:40 pm

And that’s the way it was

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:42 pm

Has DOB said what lineup looks like for tonight?

dogsbrekky

August 23rd, 2011
5:42 pm

Medlen is a starter when he returns

Medlen = JJ >>>> Minor >>>>> Lowe

Thats so Taguchi

August 23rd, 2011
5:43 pm

Dan Uggla is the modern day Hack Wilson. Now all he has to do is knock in 190.

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:44 pm

BTW, always knew Pat Summit was nuts.

Felix Millan

August 23rd, 2011
5:49 pm

Kinda rough there SoG, funny, but rough.

Hugo Z Hackenbush

August 23rd, 2011
5:51 pm

Wow Summer of George, you get the tasteless post of the day award, no contest.

Bat Masterson

August 23rd, 2011
5:51 pm

Heyward’s just going to have to go 4 for 4 to stay in there” Efrim

Well it’ll have to be 4 damned homeruns, otherwise forget it

phil

August 23rd, 2011
5:52 pm

monty

August 23rd, 2011
5:10 pm
Does Georgie have a mild sprain? anyone? No time to be shy.
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I’m just a dumb blogger, but the replays didn’t show him turn the ankle all the way. It appeared he turned it a bit…perhaps the kind that really will just mean a few days and he’s basically fine. I’ve had a few like that, as have most of us…..hopefully that’s the deal.

billmaier

August 23rd, 2011
5:53 pm

2012-25 man roster- are you forgetting about viziciano–with the starting pitching for 2012– lowe, huddy, hanson, beachy,jj, minor, delgado, teheran– the best place is the bullpen for viziciano not enough room on the starting staff for him and he has been excellent out of the pen so minus martinez add viziciano or they wait one more year on hoover

Bat Masterson

August 23rd, 2011
5:54 pm

Pretty wild seeing the instant reaction to the earthquake from everyone on the blog. Glad everyone is okay

phil

August 23rd, 2011
5:54 pm

TennesseePaul

August 23rd, 2011
5:12 pm
Why the F is he hitting 8th??

This should cut down on the double plays. With Seabass making outs in front of him there will be fewer runners on for when Heyward pulls a weak grounder to second.
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how can you say something like this?

Oh…wait…because you’re likely right….sorry.

poop

August 23rd, 2011
5:57 pm

I think Heyward’s poor play this season is a result of licking the stamps he’s been using to respond to fan mail. I think that Biff picked them out for him….

ha. like it.

Lew

August 23rd, 2011
6:00 pm

You mean he still writes notes instead of using social media? Bet he believes the world is flat, too.

David O'Brien

August 23rd, 2011
6:01 pm

Just a day off for Freeman, and a chance to get Hinske some needed at-bats. Hasn’t done more than pinch-hit in a couple of weeks….

Constanza’s ankle is a lot better today, could be back in lineup as soon as tomorrow.

phil

August 23rd, 2011
6:01 pm

Summer of George

August 23rd, 2011
5:44 pm
BTW, always knew Pat Summit was nuts.
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I’m no Tennessee fan, I can assure you, but when I heard she had early onset Alzheimer’s, it was terribly sad. She’s a one of a kind basketball coach, and this is what you think the response should be to it? It’s going to kill her if something else doesn’t first. Understand?

I lost a grandfather to this insidious stuff too…try to be a little more sensitive. Please.

BB

August 23rd, 2011
6:04 pm

Hey DOB, hope you read this:

I noticed the other day that Jose Constanza was running out a grounder to first base and he was running with an awkward motion. He would plant his feet facing outward (opposite of pidgeon-toed) and push off like this with each step.

I’m a college sprinter and we learn that running by planting and pushing off your feet straight up-and-down (in a straight line with your body, pointing to where you’re going) is the correct way to run.

Do you know if he always runs with an open strides? It’s a very unorthodox way if it is, and he would probably be able to run faster if he adjusts his feet positioning.

jason

August 23rd, 2011
6:05 pm

Is Jose Constanza gonna go on the DL?

grandpapeckinpah

August 23rd, 2011
6:05 pm

kimbrel has more strikeouts than jair and it’s not even close

R

August 23rd, 2011
6:05 pm

Fredi doesn’t lick his bat, he huggs it!

raleighbravefan

August 23rd, 2011
6:06 pm

After reading the blog today, 2 things are obvious…1)Heyward is crap, 2)JJ is crap. We didn’t even talk about how crappy Gonzo is.

Gee…we must be losing a LOT of games right now…must be hanging out in the cellar these days.

People…what if you were Mets fans, or Houston, or…

phil

August 23rd, 2011
6:06 pm

Probably a little too late to teach Constanza how to walk or run properly….he’s plenty fast…why mess with it?

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