Hurricane Irene could affect Braves’ weekend in NYC

CHICAGO — Hurricane Irene could force rescheduling of at least one of the Braves’ weekend games against the Mets in New York.

With Irene potentially headed toward the Northeast and heavy rains in the Sunday forecast, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said contingency plans have been discussed for weekend games in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

He didn’t elaborate on what those changes could be, or how long baseball officials would continue to monitor the hurrican’s path before deciding whether to make any schedule changes.

Braves players hoped that a Friday or Saturday doubleheader might be scheduled, enabling them to get out of town before Sunday.

“The weather reports are all different, so we’ll see what path it takes,” Selig said. “But we are trying to make as many contingency plans as we can. We’re trying to figure out what we could do in case we have the one really bad day of rain.”

If it looks like Sunday’s game would be rained out, Braves player-union representative David Ross said players would prefer to make it up Friday or Saturday rather than have to reschedule it on a mutual off day in September.

Since Saturday’s game is a 4 p.m. game on Fox, a doubleheader that day could be more difficult to schedule than one on Friday. The Braves will travel to New York from Chicago following Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Cubs.

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Marty "Taco" Perez

August 24th, 2011
8:53 pm

no way…………………

Marty "Taco" Perez

August 24th, 2011
8:55 pm

Although I’ve never tried it ( cause I thought it was foolish… ) this is my first……….FIRST !!!

robrob

August 24th, 2011
9:00 pm

I wonder if Lowe has ever seen the movie, Rookie of the Year? Lowe you’re done dude, Throw the Floater! Lol! Bring Teheran up please!

Larry

August 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

With last night and tonight, sometimes Chipper seams just bored to be on the field.

Maybe his mind is on opening day of bow season…

Largo

August 24th, 2011
9:16 pm

Watching the game tonight. One thing stands out. If those two (two so far) cubs who stole second had been stealing center field McCann would have thrown them both out. He is bad.

I read an article a couple of days ago stating that McCann is the best catcher in baseball. What a dumb statement.

denverboy

August 24th, 2011
9:19 pm

still trying to find out mlb per diem

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robrob

August 24th, 2011
9:52 pm

McCann is by far the best catcher in the game. Throwing into Center field isn’t all his fault considering who is pitching tonight. Lowe does nothing well on the mound including holding runners. McCann just comes out of the crouch and let’s it fly hoping the guy will slide past the bag or something. Damn Lowe!

Milt Famey

August 24th, 2011
9:56 pm

If a “stopper” is a pitcher who breaks a team’s losing streak, what do you call a pitcher who breaks a winning streak? ans.-(Derek Lowe)

Baseball 101

August 24th, 2011
10:05 pm

@Larry: With last night and tonight, sometimes Chipper seams just bored to be on the field. Maybe his mind is on opening day of bow season…

Could be one of the stupidest statements I’ve seen here in a while: Chipper seams bored..

Bravado

August 24th, 2011
10:07 pm

Man, Chipper looked so bored on that homer.

BravesfaninWis

August 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Who Me?

August 24th, 2011
10:46 pm

And the game ends on another called Strike 3 on J-Hey….yawn….man what a sucky game. If it wasn’t for Chipper’s defense in the bottom of the 8th Linebrink would’ve let it blow wide open….

Phillies lose, Braves lose – been the story of the season. D. Lowe – does he make your playoff roster given his past performance in post-season, or is he flat out done??

Brave New World

August 24th, 2011
10:51 pm

I’m bored reading Larry’s comments.

Biff Pocoroba

August 24th, 2011
11:04 pm

Heyward said that he can’t get any better by not playing. I agree. Let’s send him to Gwinnett and let him try and improve without having to embarrass himself nightly in front of thousands of people. His numbers against the Cubs are good but so were Blausers. It might be time to call Kansas City and see if they will take him off of our hands before someone is crazy enough to give him a long term contract.

Kyle

August 24th, 2011
11:05 pm

Just like these idiots to be able to gain a game and not show up to take care of business. That’s an Atlanta team for you though. Think Green Bay and the Falcons when it counted and that was the first time they didn’t show up all year. Typical.

blackdog

August 24th, 2011
11:10 pm

No offense-these guys are going NOWHERE!!!

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
11:10 pm

There is just no way you can take a called strike 3 to end the game. Especially on the heels of whiffing on a hanging slider down the middle. Georgie will be back in there tomorrow.

extremus

August 24th, 2011
11:12 pm

Frustrating. First Freddi Gonzalez appears to make it Linebrink’s game to concede by not yanking him at least one and probably two Cubs batters sooner. Only an awesome play by Chipper on a scorched liner that also happened to be in exactly the right spot fot a double play prevented two and possibly three more runs from scoring.

The Braves survived that mess to face Marmol in the ninth, whose control is so erratic that even the Cubs faithful were clearly ill at ease. Uggla got hit by a pitch, and the Freeman swung and missed at ball four for the K. After Chipper grounded into the force play for the second out, Jason Heyward had the opportunity to use Constanza’s speed to distract Marmol and force a bad pitch. Well, he got to Ball Three, anyway. Knowing that Marmol has to put his next pitch in the strike zone to keep Constanza out of scoring position, NATURALL Jason Heyward stands there and watches the ball go right by him down Peachtree. Game over, drive safely.

The score may have been 3-2, but this was one awful game from a fan’s standpoint as well as yet another missed opportunity to close ground on the Phillies. I don’t know what in the world Freddi Gonzalez was thinking to leave Linebrink in for that long without even having someone else warming up in the bullpen, and by now I am sick and tired of Jason Heyward’s erraticness killing rally opportunities. It’s clear he’s lost at the plate and swings in case he might hit something hard now and then. A .230 average and a month at a time between home runs (or even days or weeks between extra base hits) does not a “superstar” make; at this point where I’m concerned it doesn’t even make a Major League-caliber ballplayer. Do whatever it takes to fix it or go home and stop wasting yours and everyone else’s time, Jason. Atlanta has had more than its fill of “future young superstars” who for whatever reason turned out to be complete busts.

Sorry for the rant; maybe I’ll feel better tomorrow.

extremus

August 24th, 2011
11:14 pm

NATURALLY (Sorry for the typo).

Art Vandelay

August 24th, 2011
11:29 pm

I’ll take 7IP 2ER from Lowe all day long…

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
11:30 pm

You’ll take it all day like Heyward on strike 3?

Eddie

August 24th, 2011
11:41 pm

Yeah, really guys, Lowe (and I am not a fan of Lowe, but a realistic baseball fan)pitched well enough to win. The way the Braves kicked the ball around in that inning is not his fault. And only two runs scored off the Cubs’ humpty dumpty pitching, that’s not his fault. Some of you need to exhale now!

DaveinNEPA

August 24th, 2011
11:43 pm

Just like clockwork…………lose a game and the gloom and doomers are out in force.

Except for one inning, Lowe was pretty decent tonight but Wells was just a bit better.

Rowsdower

August 24th, 2011
11:45 pm

Good Things:
Lowe pitched well
Chipper is still stroking the ball
Alex giving us a puncher’s chance

Frustrations:
Lowe’s balk leading to the decisive run
The forced error on Uggla with that 12 year old running
Freeman’s ball somehow not getting out
Heyward taking a camera up in the 9th instead of a bat

Bryan

August 24th, 2011
11:58 pm

Lowe just needs to go!

ERIC

August 25th, 2011
12:06 am

@EXTREMUS

SHUT THE HELL UP. YOUR OPINION MEANS NOTHING. IF I RECALL FREEMAN STRUCK OUT WITH RUNNERS ON 1ST AND 2ND AND MCCANN WASN’T PETE ROSE EITHER. SO STOP WITH YOUR OVER THE TOP HATE OF JASON HEYWARD. YOU TRY TO HIT MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHING.

Jesus

August 25th, 2011
1:13 am

Could not agree more @Eric. Who ever Extremus is, clearly hasn’t watched the last four weeks of Braves baseball. Stay away from this message board. WE lost 1 game out of 7. Get a grip bro, YOU ARE A PATHETIC.

extremus

August 25th, 2011
2:53 am

Anybody who’s read my posts here on the boards over the past few years knows that I tend to be long but also to minimize negativity and criticism. Keeping a positive vibe and contributing something of value is very important to me or I wouldn’t bother posting. I honestly have to say my last post was the harshest I’ve ever made here, by far. Even though my comments were made hastily, I wouldn’t have made them if I didn’t care about this team.

I apologize for my rant and ruffling anyone’s feathers; I was just frustrated and upset by tonight’s loss and the way certain things went down. I have and continue to pull for Heyward as much as any Brave, but my humble opinion is that he needs to get help; something is just way off and has been for some time (either that or the player we thought was so great when he came to the big leagues simply ISN’T). Hopefully the 2011 campaign will be remembered as just a sophomore slump and not the beginning of the end of Heyward’s promising career with the Braves.

Stinger2

August 25th, 2011
4:37 am

My concern is the apparent no care attitude of Chipper Jones. His post game quote to the effect that a sloppy played loss like this does not bother us is pitiful. He is the supposed veteran clubhouse leader? FG needs to
put a stop to this garbage.

Dr. Warren

August 25th, 2011
8:01 am

If Bobby Cox were still manager, he would pitch Lowe in the playoffs as per usual. Let’s hope Gonzalez can break out of that rigid-to-a-fault mindset.

up north

August 25th, 2011
8:28 am

I just do not see how a professional pitcher can balk.

Bob the Blogger

August 25th, 2011
9:02 am

Lowe pitched 7 innings with 2 earned runs, and his last game he pitch 5 with no earned runs? Let’s check the facts before we pronounce him to be a bum. He might be our fifth best starter at this point, but he’s not the reason we lost last night – it was getting only three hits, and making errors.

BoatDoc

August 25th, 2011
9:04 am

Lowe wasn’t as bad as the bats and leather last night. Quality Start = Six innings pitched with no more than three earned runs. Lowe gave one extra inning pitched and one less earned run.

The wood-wielders: 3 for 30.
Michael Jackson Wanna-be’s (wearing one glove for no apparent reason): 2 errors (and apart from that, didn’t the defense look dull in general?)

So – not an apologist for how much D-Lo has been hammered at other times this season, but he gave the team a chance last night.

BoatDoc

August 25th, 2011
9:11 am

Bob – agree. At this point I don’t think Lowe himself plans on being a starter in the post-season, but as long as he’s giving us quality starts he’s earning his paycheck.

BoatDoc

August 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Here’s a question for DOB or anyone who’s thought about it:

In recent years teams have counted on a 3-man rotation going into the post-season, which was possible because of the number of off days, but this year MLB has specifically eliminated many of the off days (presumably for the sake of interest momentum and tv ratings). For example – the Giants had 13 off days from first game of division series to end of World Series last year. This included FOUR off days between DS-NLCS, then four more between NLCS and WS. If all series “went the distance” this year there would be only 9 days off.

So the question is this: What will be the order of Braves’ rotation in this postseason?

Part of the answer obviously will have to do with how the rotation is set at the end of the season, but right now the only thing that seems obvious is that ideally Tim Hudson would be your #1 starter. I’d have Beachy #2 right now – but in my Braves fantasy JJ or Tommy could come back after rest/treatment to first half form. (In my fantasy D-Lowe returns to his end of last season form as well.)

So – what’s YOUR post-season rotation?

Tom B.

August 25th, 2011
9:50 am

first, Fredi G. is not the brightest bulb in the box; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Lowe needs to a) go to the bullpen; b) placed on waivers……Heyward needs to go to Gwinnett, but it’s too late now; instead, Prado to short and say good-bye to Alex G…….Freddie F. does not need rest at ALL!……….finally, Sherrill and Linebrink should never pitch again in critical situations, or in the post-season…….well I guess that’s why Fredi gets paid the big bucks and I only coached Little League.

Bruce Benedicts tight baby blue pants

August 25th, 2011
10:36 am

Maybe it’s time for one of my own to be bumped out of the three hole…He ain’t exactly producing since his trip off the DL.

Date Opp Result AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
8/14 ChC L 5-6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .303 .371 .507
8/15 SF W 5-4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 . 302 .372 .513
8/16 SF W 2-1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 302 .373 .512
8/17 SF L 5-7 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .301 .371 .507
8/18 SF W 1-0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .301 .372 .509
8/19 Ari W 4-2 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 .301 .371 .514
8/21 Ari W 1-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .299 .371 .511
8/22 @ChC W 3-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .296 .369 .507
8/23 @ChC W 5-4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .293 .366 .501
8/24 @ChC L 2-3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .362 .496
Aug. Totals 36 2 5 1 0 2 3 5 8 0 0 .139 .244 .333

TaurusBull

August 25th, 2011
10:39 am

In a game against a right handed pitcher, our left handed hitters really performed poorly at the plate.

Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO
M Bourn CF 4 0 0 0 0 2
B McCann C 4 0 0 0 0 0
F Freeman 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2
J Heyward RF 4 0 0 0 0 1

Of course Randy Wells seems to be able to perform equally well to both type of hitters.

But it was painfully obvious that our hitters were lost against their pitching last night.

TaurusBull

August 25th, 2011
10:45 am

Perhaps its time to try a different lineup that better reflects are current hitting stats.

J Constanza
M Bourn
C Jones
F Freeman
D Uggla
B McCann
M Prado
A Gonzalez
Pitcher

rico43

August 25th, 2011
11:15 am

Tom B:

How many games over .500 did your Little League team finish?

Remarkable

August 25th, 2011
11:35 am

For everyone who wants Chipper to go away, he only made 4 errors at third while Prado made 5 in 36 games. Chipper’s average is 276 vs. Prado’s 277. I vote for Chipper to play in 2012.

JoshTown

August 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

Isn’t Chipper up over .280? I think he’s having a great season. And that double play in the 8th, regardless of his momentum carrying him or not, was spectacular. He’s an amazing asset to the team, and I don’t think too many hitters mind having him around for advice. He won’t play 162, or maybe even 130, but he’s worth every bit of every game he’s in. Go Braves.

cb795

August 25th, 2011
1:30 pm

TaurusBull, I wish Fredi would use this line up because Prado has a hard time advancing the runners when he is called upon to bunt. Constanza or Bourn use the bunt more often and have a higher success rate than the others when bunting. We can only hope.

Summer of George

August 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

Well, as long as the weather doesn’t wipe out NY on 9/11/11 with all the 10 year memorials scheduled.

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