Braves quotes after Thursday win against Cubs

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Beachy and the win

“He was very good. He got in a little trouble in the one inning where they came back and scored, but he was really good. First and third there with two outs, facing Marlon Byrd after he’s got a home run earlier in the game, was a huge out. And we were able to add on some runs. That was good for us.”

On McCann, snapped 0-for-15 in big way

“He came in after the first homer and said, ‘I think I’ve got my stroke back.’ Hey, everybody goes through that stuff. Guys that win MVPs and batting titles, over the course of the year they’re going to have an 0-for-15 someplace, or a 1-for-22.

“I’m glad he’s back swinging, two home runs, one of them opposite field, which is nice to see. Bourney tied a career high [four hits]. You get those guys, him and Prado, getting on base at the top of the lineup, you should be able to create some runs.”

On resting two of the Big Three in bullpen, all but O’Flaherty

“We wanted to use O’Flaherty. He hadn’t pitched but once in five days. We wanted to throw him to make sure … you know, too much rest is not good, also. It was nice to get him some work there.”

On big offensive day after so little night before

“That’s baseball. That’s the way it is. Tomorrow [if] we get a guy throwing underhand, he may throw a perfect game. You don’t know. This guy, Garza, is not one of those guys you come in thinking you’re going to score five or six against. We were able to get to him and he only pitched five innings, and we were able to score five runs.”

On speed forcing issue again, causing some defensive mistakes by Cubs

“And even if it’s not speed, Danny Uggla going first to third on a ball that Reed bobbled in left field, we were able to get a run there. A lot of good things.”

On Freeman’s health

“His quad has been acting up on him, and then he took the hit-by-pitch off the knee. But you know what? He’s 21. You remember when you were 21 – he don’t feel any pain. We’ll get him in the tub and he’ll go tomorrow.”

On weather this weekend and possible reschedule

“We were supposed to know something by 5 o’clock our time, here [in Chicago]. Maybe play Friday and Saturday, and Sunday we’ll see…. That mutual off day [Sept. 8] when we’re coming from Philly to St. Louis [might be makeup date if postponed Sunday]. But I have not heard anything official.”

***BRANDON BEACHY

On getting lead — twice

“I gave the first one back, and was fortunate enough to get enough support and have another one. I made the most out of that.”

Settled in as game went on?

“Yeah, I was a little rusty. I don’t know if rusty’s the right word. Just a little erratic. I settled in, got a better feel for my pitches.”

On McCann

“What more can you ask for? Out of anybody? He puts us on his back and carries us some days. And then he’s tremendous behind the plate, all at the same time. It’s nice to have.”

On team’s big offensive output

“Our lineup is really coming together. One through eight, it’s pretty tough, and we’re going to have days like this where we put up runs in bunches. When the guys are on base all the time. Those are the easy days.”

On Bourn’s four-hit day

“Mike has changed this team tremendously. He’s on base all the time, always creating havoc on the bases. [Opposing teams] have to worry about him. It creates opportunities for guys at the plate.”

As pitcher, lot better having him on team than facing him

“It’s always on your mind [when facing him]. You want to keep him at first base.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On breaking out of 1-for-15 funk today

“I just haven’t really swung the bat that great since coming off the DL. When you don’t feel good and you face good pitching, that’s going to expose you. I’ve been working in the cage the last three or four days trying to find it, and today I made strides…. Hopefully I can continue hitting the baseball like I did today.”

On Bourn’s four-hit day

“Man, what a pickup for us. He brings so much to the table. Plays a Gold Glove center field and can fly.”

On telling Fredi after first homer that you felt you had your swing back

“I went down to the cage this morning. It was the first time [since the DL] that I was able to go up to the plate and know I’m going to put together a good at-bat. The first three games here I was just scuffling. Something clicked in the cage today, and I was able to bring it to the game.”

On winning four-game series, never easy for either team

“Their record doesn’t say it, but they’re a really good team. I mean, they’ve got some really good names on their team. Great bullpen. And for us to come in here and take three of four is huge.”

On Beachy after struggling early in game

“He got in a groove. Found his arm slot, and that was it. He’s so intelligent in what he’s trying to accomplish. He pitched against them a week ago and was able to go into the sixth today and pitch really well.”

***Michael Bourn

On being 10-for-17 against Garza

“I’ve had some success against him in the past, but he’s a good pitcher. I try my best just to slow the ball down as much as possible. I know he’s got four plus-pitches with the fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. So I just try to slow it down, see it as good as I can and try to get a hit.”

On getting his first four-hit game as a Brave

“It’s always good to help the team win. We got a couple of hits from B-Mac and Prado. We were able to provide some offense so Beachy could have a comfortable lead to pitch with. He was able to go six strong and our bullpen came in and did the job.”

On being comfortable right away since trade to new team

“I was able to be prepared a little bit more this time, because I knew the transition might come. I knew I might get traded. I just wanted to be prepared either way. I know it’s not easy going from one team to another, but all my teammates have welcomed me in and tried to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I’ve just tried to stay in my same routine all the time.”

On having McCann on your side, after having him beat the Astros when you were with Houston

“I’ve seen him beat us a couple of times. He’s a good hitter, probably the best catcher in the game. He’s earned his stripes, and he continues to work. Intense player, likes to play the game.”

Fun being back in a playoff race?

“Yeah, of course. It’s always fun to play games that mean something. You don’t like to play games in August and September that don’t mean anything. It’s a little tougher to play, to get up for those. Every game means something, you get up for it and try to play your best. Even when they don’t mean anything, you still try to play your best. But there’s more edge to them when the game means something.”

73 comments Add your comment

FJ10

August 25th, 2011
6:43 pm

Every game means something, you get up for it and try to play your best. Even when they don’t mean anything, you still try to play your best. good stuff

Just Pat

August 25th, 2011
6:45 pm

DOB

Thanks for all your hard work…..I truly enjoy the quotes. Now….don’t get blown away in NY during the storm. Can’t get along without ya!

poop

August 25th, 2011
6:45 pm

reckingball

August 25th, 2011
6:54 pm

Now, it is time for the Braves to Crush the Metros. Take no prisoners.

dawgsfan1990

August 25th, 2011
6:55 pm

root, root, root for the BRAVOS! if they don’t win it’s a shame…

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

Thanks for the quotes, Chief! BMac, you’re the mann.

TomahawkChoppin'

August 25th, 2011
7:08 pm

This was a great win all around. Rested the pen. Got clutch hits and at bats. Drove the ball outta the ballpark. Beachy recovered nicely to post an impressive line. Heck Chipper even got some rest.

Now on to the city. Chipper should show up big time. Hope the pitching continues.

side note: Just noticed that Philly is about to enter a stretch where they will play 32 games in 32 days. They have one off day, but also play a doubleheader in that stretch. Philly may wear out.

BoatDoc

August 25th, 2011
7:11 pm

Last year about this team we wondered “is this a team that can make the playoffs” and the answered turned out to be “yes – barely” – then they played the eventual World Champions tougher than the Phillies and the Rangers.

This year we’re wondering “is this a team that can take it ALL…”

Only time will tell, but this is obviously a much improved team over last year’s team.

TomahawkChoppin'

August 25th, 2011
7:11 pm

Actually 34 games in 34 days with 2 days off, but two doubleheaders.

BoatDoc

August 25th, 2011
7:13 pm

T-Choppin’ – and six of those games are against the Braves. Mark Bradley wrote that we’re dreaming about sweeping those six… but who said we couldn’t dream?

That’s why it’s more fun to be a fan than a journalist! I don’t have to even pretend to be neutral…. homer all the way.

TomahawkChoppin'

August 25th, 2011
7:15 pm

Philly has a hard road ahead. They have been winning every day it seems. I believe this stretch could prove to be their kryptonite. After the stretch the starters and the bullpen could be slap wore out. I like our chances in September.

poop

August 25th, 2011
7:16 pm

Obama…

that was dumb.

Justin

August 25th, 2011
7:22 pm

With Bourn, Georgie Constanza, and Heyward roaming our outfield, I don’t think the other team will get any balls to land in the outfield. Loving all the speed on this team!

TomahawkChoppin'

August 25th, 2011
7:23 pm

Hope you enjoy your ban from the blog Obama.

Ron

August 25th, 2011
7:25 pm

tom

August 25th, 2011
7:28 pm

finish the season 21-9

Heyward Still a ZERO!!!!!

August 25th, 2011
7:33 pm

Heyward is still a ZERO – too bad we can’t find somebody to trade him to so as to get some help for the post season – since he is obviously going to contribute NOTHING!!!!!!

iowa brave.

August 25th, 2011
7:34 pm

Please obama that is totally uncalled for.I was glad to see mccan snap out of it.go braves

Quicherbichin

August 25th, 2011
7:38 pm

Choppin’.. you could have put poop in the same category.. LOL

Kimbrel rocks

August 25th, 2011
7:45 pm

Bourn is the JAM. we better resign him

tom

August 25th, 2011
7:48 pm

LOL @heyward still a zero..

gtfo

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

Beachy is quietly becoming quite the stud pitcher.

Lobosolo

August 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

Poor, poor HSA0!!!!! 21 year-old phenom in a sophomore (and injury plagued) 2nd season and you want to give up on him? Good thing “we” don’t recognize crybabies like “you” as part of “our” team… Tiddlywinks and Mumbleypeg Fall season is about to open… Right where you belong…

O man

August 25th, 2011
7:54 pm

Great article, go bravos!

O man

August 25th, 2011
7:57 pm

We saw Beachy at DBA on sat before he pitched against the cubs sun, great joint, u agree DOB? Love BBQ!

JAFO

August 25th, 2011
8:05 pm

Did not see the game. How did Georgie’s ankle hold up? MB four hits and Mac attack. Time for payback on the blehts.

Dr. Pepper

August 25th, 2011
8:12 pm

Good win Braves! Glad I am not an Oakland fan..

smoltz29

August 25th, 2011
8:22 pm

Forget the division title, dreamers! All of a sudden the best staff in the majors is going to go on a prolonged losing streak. They have a 96% chance to win the division. Last time I checked 4% of anything is a slim to none chance. Be happy with the wild card, and you’ll sleep better at night. I am out!

bill maier

August 25th, 2011
8:22 pm

DOB– any news about sundays game- with the news it seems almost certain that the hurricane may defitenly hit new york– isn’ there some concern about the safety of the team even going to the ballpark on Sunday?

Largo

August 25th, 2011
8:25 pm

BeMac, Beachy and Bourn. Got kind of a rhythm to it doesn’t it. Nice game, guys.

Heyward grounds out to second

August 25th, 2011
8:33 pm

Yeah that was great we were able to dominate and win that series. Largo’s right, we got our own killer B’s.

JD2774

August 25th, 2011
8:34 pm

JAFO- Constanza scored from second on a roller by Bourn through the left side. Fast as hell, not even close on the throw.

JAFO

August 25th, 2011
9:05 pm

Thanks JD. Great to hear. Sounds like no worse for wear.

Shakey

August 25th, 2011
9:28 pm

Here’s something cool from ESPN’s site, about Chipper and the Braves being the first team in the city after the 9/11 attacks.
http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/6892324/mind-losing-post-9-11-game-new-york-mets
Make sure you read all the comments from readers.

David O'Brien

August 25th, 2011
9:47 pm

bill maier: barring some remarkable turn in the path of the hurricane, I don’t think the Braves will be anywhere near New York on Sunday. I’d guess they’ll try to get in game Friday and Saturday, perhaps move up the Saturday game to 1 p.m. or noon, then fly out of there on their charter and make up the Sunday game later, unless the teams decide not to make it up unless it’s necesary for playoff implications.

braves fan forever

August 25th, 2011
9:48 pm

Well if the braves don’t flatten the mets Irene will.I hope we can get at least two in and get out of there.I really don’t New York really knows how bad it is going to be if Irene comes close to them.I sure wouldn’t want to be on the subway.Maybe we get lucky and it veers out to sea.I will pray for those in New York that Irene won’t hit and that The old man Chipper will knock there lights out.

Jack Lill

August 25th, 2011
10:14 pm

When is Wren going to get off his duff and try to sign Bourn?

bostonbravo

August 25th, 2011
10:22 pm

I think what many of us do not like @ Fredi…he is emotionless & boring. He looks like Pres. “W” after the other guys get 3 hits and 2 walks…he stares blankly ahead. Maybe this is a good thing. I just got used to hearing Bobby’s voice: “C’mon Kid!”..”Get ‘em Chip!!” all those years…and getting tossed because you KNEW he was dying for a cocktail. In other words…Bobby was a real baseball guy. Fredi is an ‘executive’.

tommyhawkcubbiesfan

August 25th, 2011
10:29 pm

the braves have nothing to gloat about the score would have been 4 to 3 if not for the 4 unearned runs just wait till next year when we will have albert pujols we’ll get you then

onthego

August 25th, 2011
10:40 pm

DOB…how do you think Bourn has fit into the clubhouse chemistry? I know the trade from his hometown Houston is still a raw reality for him, and he is showing excellent professionalism on and off the field (from whatever I’ve seen and read). But, I still have the memories of when the Braves brought Kenny Lofton in and it just wasn’t a fit, even though there was professionalism displayed to the outside viewer.

Do you think Bourn’s catching the Braves’ clubhouse vibe?…or just doing his time well?

BravesFAN

August 25th, 2011
10:48 pm

Braves are absolutely ROLLLLLLIIINGGGGGG!!!!!!! LET’S GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

David O'Brien

August 25th, 2011
11:04 pm

onthego: Bourn’s fit in really well in the clubhouse, from everything I’ve seen and heard. He’s low-key, a cool guy. But I’ve seen him talking to players all the time, not aloof at all. Not like Farnsworth or somebody like that, staring at his phone with headphones on all the time.

ray k.

August 25th, 2011
11:15 pm

DOB,
You should take a page out of Anderson Cooper’s journalistic approach: grab a camera man, do 50 push-ups, put on a tight t-shirt and cover the hurricane on Sunday while it blows debris past your ripped arms.

Joel

August 25th, 2011
11:35 pm

DOB, I hate to poop on the parade here. It seems like McCann is healthy hitting,m any lingering effects on throwing out runners. Maybe he doesnt trust his body to make the throw yet/.

ERIC

August 26th, 2011
12:27 am

@onthego

Great job comparing two black centerfielders. I wonder if we acquired Pence you would bring up Lofton?

Rowsdower

August 26th, 2011
1:15 am

Farnsworth sux…I was always a Wornstrom guy myself.

Around The Horn

August 26th, 2011
5:57 am

FREDI’S REASONING

Fredi said above that he needed to give O’Flaherty some work with a 5 run lead last night.

Yet just the night before with the Braves down a run going into the 9th with a chance yet to win the game, he chose to use Linebrink — who then needed a clutch double play by Chipper on a hard hit line drive with the bases loaded to get out of the inning.

Sounds like misplaced bullpen use logic to me!

danny

August 26th, 2011
6:49 am

I was very skeptical of Fredi G at the start of the year and like everyone still question some of his moves but this man has EARNED my respect over the course of the season. It takes a ‘PAIR’ to move Chipper out of the 3 hole whether it was the right thing to do or not. Benching Heyward whether the riight thing to do or not. I don’t know thaty Bobby makes either one of those calls. The man has put us up 9 games in the wildcard race. He stuck with Kimbrel,Freeman and Uggla when they had early season struggles and has had to deal with injury after injury. Questionable decisions or not, he has made this team hands down better than they were a year ago when they were a playoff team and thats all you can ask for of the guy.Our wildcard lead was down to 2 if i’m not mistaken and we have 16 out of 21 so i hope he keeps making “questionable reasoning”.

alex

August 26th, 2011
7:42 am

@eric, you mean both those guys are blavk?,Typical atlanta spittle-your pacifer is waiting

Around The Horn

August 26th, 2011
7:59 am

AN UNWISE DECISION

I don’t see Fredi’s move of Chipper to 6th as a gutsy decision. Rather, I see it as an unwise decision — for a number of reasons, one of which importantly being that Chipper deserves to remain where he prefers to hit based on his current production (especially with runners in scoring position).

What I’ve been amazed by too, with Fredi is his lack of any clear explanation for moving Chipper down to the 6th hole (except that the now defunct Freeman (3) and Uggla (4) combination had been “doing well”). He’s certainly given no sabermetric reason for doing so.

It’s almost like Fredi’s rolling the dice, hoping to come up with the right combination.

I strongly believe that a more logical approach (based on well thought out statistics — and a needed respect for a player) is a preferable approach. And that lamentably, doesn’t seem to be Fredi’s strong suit.

It’s not that Fredi hasn’t done good things. He has. But overall I prefer more of a thinking man’s manager, like say a Joe Maddon.

Lobosolo

August 26th, 2011
8:14 am

Alexis makes an appearance! Hey Shugg, why don’t you lend him one of yours…

ATH, Fredi IS a thinking manager… it’s just that you guys are so surface-oriented that you fail to follow his reasoning… ALL managers roll the dice at times… it’s not that difficult a game to understand, but y’all don’t realize that success for any strategy depends upon HOW THE PLAYERS EXECUTE… the best hitters execute around 3 out of ten times, for example… This guy has the team 6 games away from being the BEST TEAM IN THE MAJORS, and y’all still nit pick about Fredi when you should just accept the fact that MOST OF THE TIME IN BASEBALL, WHAT YOU WANT TO HAPPEN DOSEN’T… This guy has made a very strong case to be Manager of the Year, but you fellers are so wrapped up in your self-perceived “knowledge” of the game, not to mention your self-beliefs about how to hit, pitch, catch, and manage… You all would enjoy it a lot more if you could realize the basic nature of the game… Y’all would be complaining about the ‘27 Yankees if you were there….

vermont 39

August 26th, 2011
8:16 am

Can we have a board for those fans who LIKE their team…I guess BMac was a loser yesterday b/c he didn’t get the 2nd 3 run HR on his 2nd AB…you Negative Nellies are annoying!!!

Chris Snow

August 26th, 2011
8:34 am

I for one, think this team is in MUCH better shape than this time last year. Can they go all the way, they certainly have all the ingredients of a championship team. But as mentioned above, time will tell.

Chris Snow

August 26th, 2011
8:37 am

bostonbravo

August 25th, 2011
10:22 pm

I think what many of us do not like @ Fredi…he is emotionless & boring. He looks like Pres. “W” after the other guys get 3 hits and 2 walks…he stares blankly ahead. Maybe this is a good thing. I just got used to hearing Bobby’s voice: “C’mon Kid!”..”Get ‘em Chip!!” all those years…and getting tossed because you KNEW he was dying for a cocktail. In other words…Bobby was a real baseball guy. Fredi is an ‘executive’.

I’ve seen Fredi many of times clapping when a player gets a hit or a great play. To say he’s emotion less is a bit much IMO.

Chris Snow

August 26th, 2011
8:39 am

vermont 39

August 26th, 2011
8:16 am

Can we have a board for those fans who LIKE their team…I guess BMac was a loser yesterday b/c he didn’t get the 2nd 3 run HR on his 2nd AB…you Negative Nellies are annoying!!!

I am hoping that Mac’s performance yesterday will silence the negative Nellies for at least a little while. They were talking during the post game about he stayed late the night before to look at videos. I think he’s well on his way to being back on track.

dean

August 26th, 2011
8:56 am

To a whiner: “Hey. Look over there. It’s a pot of gold. And it’s alllll yours.”

Whiner: “What?! You expect me to carry that heavy pot home?! Nah. I don’t want it.”

henry from TN

August 26th, 2011
9:09 am

b-mac is hitting in 160ies since he come off the dl i think it was time to start bitching and complaining i hope he is on his way back too….

Brave New World

August 26th, 2011
9:40 am

DOB: If Sunday’s game is cancelled, I doubt we will have to make it up. The Braves are on pace to win 95 or so games and that will be more than enough for the wild card.

The Blue Indian

August 26th, 2011
9:48 am

@Around The Horn: You’re nuts, bro.

reckingball

August 26th, 2011
10:06 am

Irene is going to bounce off of NC, into the North Atlantic.

phil

August 26th, 2011
10:32 am

Lobosolo

August 26th, 2011
8:14 am
Alexis makes an appearance! Hey Shugg, why don’t you lend him one of yours…

ATH, Fredi IS a thinking manager… it’s just that you guys are so surface-oriented that you fail to follow his reasoning… ALL managers roll the dice at times… it’s not that difficult a game to understand, but y’all don’t realize that success for any strategy depends upon HOW THE PLAYERS EXECUTE… the best hitters execute around 3 out of ten times, for example… This guy has the team 6 games away from being the BEST TEAM IN THE MAJORS, and y’all still nit pick about Fredi when you should just accept the fact that MOST OF THE TIME IN BASEBALL, WHAT YOU WANT TO HAPPEN DOSEN’T… This guy has made a very strong case to be Manager of the Year, but you fellers are so wrapped up in your self-perceived “knowledge” of the game, not to mention your self-beliefs about how to hit, pitch, catch, and manage… You all would enjoy it a lot more if you could realize the basic nature of the game… Y’all would be complaining about the ‘27 Yankees if you were there….
****************************
You have it in you after all to post something meaningful….amen and well said.

phil

August 26th, 2011
10:35 am

Chris – I agree that the team is in much better shape this year. Physically, at least for now (Hanson excepted), seemingly mentally, no more retiring manager talk, one of the most dominant backend bullpens in history, some sticks that can really hit (hopefully when it matters this time)…..

We’ve got a shot to do something special….Milwaukee is a big worry and naturally that Phillies pitching staff makes you sweat just thinking about them…..

reckingball

August 26th, 2011
10:51 am

By my calculations, the Braves completed a four game sweep of the Brewers in the ATL, in May. The Braves scored 30 runs, to the Brewers 11, in that series.
The first meeting of the teams in April, the Brewers took 3 of 4 game. The Brewers scored 11 runs to the Braves 8.
The Brewers will be tough, but I am confident that the Braves can beat them in a 5 game series.

Hugo

August 26th, 2011
11:29 am

I think Fredi has done a good job. As a coach myself, i think you judge a coach by two things (1) the respect his players have for him and their opinion of him (which we are only privy to on a limited basis), and (2) his results. The Braves performance this year tells me that either Fredi’s doing a good job, or he’s just getting lucky (which can always be said of a coach’s success, but i think is probably rarely the case).
Also, sometimes when things are going well and the players are performing, maybe the best thing for a coach to do is step back and not get in the way. If the team’s at a spot where they can win without the coach making any moves, let em roll.
To think you can judge what kind of person Fredi is by the little clips you see of him in the dugout is ignorant. And on that note, none of us know what may be going on behind the scenes that affects these decisions. Things we don’t know about. That’s why i prefer to judge by results. I like how the Braves are performing overall since Fredi took over, so, as a fan, he has done right by me.

Hugo

August 26th, 2011
11:32 am

i wish the braves had really stuck it to the cubs. my girlfriend’s brother rags me when the cubs beat the braves. And after i didn’t say a word about the Braves hammering Zambrano all the way out the sport (he was at the game rooting for the cubs).

Hugo

August 26th, 2011
11:35 am

Recking Ball

i agree. plus, we haven’t seen the Braves play any of their probably post season competition since they added Bourn and Constanza, which in my opinion has really catapulted the team into another category. I’m really excited to see the Braves play some of these top tier teams now.

Steve

August 26th, 2011
12:01 pm

Are they planning on bringing up Wes Helms,he might be better off the bench than Lugo.

Hugo

August 26th, 2011
12:41 pm

Steve

I’d say that was the plan from the time they signed him. Haven’t heard any definites though, so I guess i’m in the same boat as you. your welcome for my noninformation.

bill

August 26th, 2011
1:19 pm

Fredi will be ok it’s not rocket science. Most of the time even when you do the right strategic thing it still doesn’t work much of the time . You are a better manager when you have better players. Go Braves I hate the Twins

ijudgenot

August 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

Watched game on DVR last night. For whatever reason I froze the Brave promo of Heyward’s first at bat ever homerun. I noticed that from the tip of his right elbow to his armpits formed a 45 degree angle. Now, when he stands at the plate, from the tip of his right elbow to his armpits forms a straight line. The elbow is higher now than it was then. Just looking at it, it would seem harder to get the bat to an inside fastball with the elbow at a higher location, than it would with the elbow lower. Any thoughts?

nashvillewill

August 26th, 2011
2:05 pm

McCann, Bourn, and Freeman won the game. Heyward and Gonzales (0 for 10) and, yes, Uggla struggled with RISP. To compete against the better teams, Braves cannot afford 3 .230 hitters in lineup at same time. Odd man out is Heyward.
Btw, Braves cannot replace Lugo with Helms since Lugo can play SS. Braves have competent backups at every position except SS.Makes me wonder who will be on postseason roster.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

Fan from Afar

August 26th, 2011
5:12 pm

I am so glad when Gonzo comes up leading off, or with 2 out or with no one on base – the worst he can do is one out. We call him Double Play Gonzo at our house.

Add your comment