Next for Braves: Washington Nationals

Series preview: vs Nats

When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (WPCH); 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (WPCH); 7:10 p.m. Thursday (FSSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Tuesday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (13-5, 2.71 ERA) vs. RH Livan Hernandez (7-12, 4.36)

Wednesday: Braves LH Derek Lowe (8-12, 4.63) vs. LH John Lannan (8-10, 3.59)

Thursday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (13-8, 3.10 ERA) vs. RH Chien-Ming Wang (2-2, 3.82)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Chipper Jones went 5-for-15 (.333) with a home run on the Braves’ five-game road trip and is hitting .386 with four homers and 11 RBIs in August. He is 8-for-24 (.333) vs. the Nats this season but hasn’t faced them the past two series because of knee surgery and quadriceps soreness. Brian McCann broke up an 0-for-15 stretch with two homers in the Braves last game in Chicago, an 8-3 win.

• Pitching: Jurrjens is pitching on three extra days’ rest after the Hurricane Irene layoff. He is coming off 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Cubs, his best start of the second half. His worst two starts came against the Nats – six runs in five innings July 17 and five runs in five innings on Aug. 1 – before he decided to rest his right knee with a 15-day DL stint. Craig Kimbrel needs one save to break Rangers closer Neftali Feliz’s major league rookie record. They’re tied at 40 saves.

• Miscellaneous: The Braves come in after a three-day layoff to face the team that plays them tough. The Braves are 6-6 against the Nats this season after going 8-10 against them last year.

About the Nats:

• Batting: The Nats have been limited to four or fewer runs in each of their past seven games, including Sunday’s loss to the Reds in 14 innings at hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. Rick Ankiel hit three home runs in back-to-back wins over the Braves Aug. 1 and 2 in Washington, including a grand slam off Lowe. He was 2-for-26 before going 3-for-7 Sunday vs. the Reds.

• Pitching: Hernandez makes his fourth start against the Braves this season, beginning with Opening Day. He is 1-2 despite a 3.31 ERA against them. He’s given up 18 hits in 16 1/3 innings but only six earned runs. The Braves got six runs (three earned) in an 11-1 rout the last time they faced Hernandez July 15 at Turner Field. Hernandez is 2-8 with a 5.18 ERA in 13 road starts, compared to 5-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 14 starts at Nationals Park.

• Miscellaneous: The Nationals come in on a six-game losing streak, dropping back-to-back series to Arizona and Cincinnati. They were off Monday but were in Cincinnati when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast and did not miss any action.

-Carroll Rogers

88 comments Add your comment

Simpson's Homer

August 29th, 2011
7:06 pm

Prediction – at some point, the Braves need to realize what other NL teams know — these are the Nationals, and they should be swatted down….. We tend to turn them into a powerhouse. Sweep the series, and perhaps the Braves can actually put some heat on the Phillies before the end of the season. I’d love to see that last series vs. a tired Filthies team actually mean a chance to pass them and win the division. The Brewers will be a very tough opening round opponent, especially with them having home field advantage…. Would love to play the Diamondbacks, instead! A fan can hope, right???!?

P-Man

August 29th, 2011
7:15 pm

While I wouldlove a sweep, i REALLY want to beat Hernandez, AGAIN! I will never forget the generous strike zone he got from Eric Gregg in the 97 playoffs. The Braves have proven time and again that that performance was the result of Eric Gregg’s generosity than anything Hernandez did…

JoshTown

August 29th, 2011
7:25 pm

As much talk as there’s been about the Braves having a few down days, it may end up benefitting us. And even though we left NY with the loss, I’m not sure the guys took it that hard. Looking forward to a great series, a return to normalcy, and hoping the Phillies brutal September with no off day helps us by the end :)

DawgDad

August 29th, 2011
7:26 pm

When are stats meaningless? Compare JJ and Lowe and tell me who’s pitching better lately. And, JJ’s 6 innings of shutout ball was one of the biggest abberrations I’ve seen in fifty years of watching MLB. Don’t get me wrong, we need a healthy, effective JJ and I’m a big fan, but he’s got to re-establish those credentials to earn a prime starting role in the playoffs. If the playoffs started today and I was managing I don’t think he’d be better than the fourth option.

Michael

August 29th, 2011
7:37 pm

Dawgdad, if you seriously think JJ shouldnt start Game 2 of the playoffs, or that Lose needs to pitch before him, you need to be checked into a mental hospital. What season have you been watching?

Simpson's Homer

August 29th, 2011
8:04 pm

The month of September will determine who should start which playoff games. JJ’s been struggling since the All-Star break. Lowe was mediocre last year until the last month or so, then was the NL pitcher of the month. He pitched great against the Giants in the playoffs. So, we need to wait and see. If JJ returns to his good form, he would be a good Game 2 starter. If he doesn’t improve, and Lowe repeats last year’s September performance, Fredi will have a tough decision….. Beachy is out-pitching both of them right now. The decisions might be very clear by the end of September…..

Largo

August 29th, 2011
8:15 pm

I don’t like seeing the Nationals coming off a six game loss. They’ll figure to get well at the Braves’ expense.

Charlie

August 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

Oh Great, Another chance to make John Lannon look like a cy young award winner

Simpson's Homer

August 29th, 2011
8:30 pm

Largo, you’re right. I cringed when I read about that 6-game streak. This is when the Braves seem to play down to their competition, especially with it being the Nats…… It usually happens with our starting pitcher imploding in one of the first 4 innings, while some retreaded 58 year old pitcher or a rookie with a 6.49 ERA and a 85 MPH “heater” shuts us down!!! But, hope springs eternal…..!!

Runnin With The Dawgs

August 29th, 2011
9:04 pm

OK guys that’s enough negative. How about we kick the Nats for a sweep to start another 6,7,or 8 game winning streak. “GO BRAVES!”

Felix

August 29th, 2011
9:08 pm

Playing the Nats? The Braves always lose to the Nats. Bummer.

Simpson's Homer

August 29th, 2011
9:13 pm

Let’s win about 8 in a row and put some pressure on the Filthies before the end of September. Winning the division and facing the Diamondbacks or Giants would be much sweeter than having to face the Brewers as the wild card team – the Brewers are much more dangerous right now….. So, GO BRAVES………!!

Dennis Reynolds

August 29th, 2011
9:15 pm

I like the Braves.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 29th, 2011
9:32 pm

Why do we always have to face Lannan, yet we can’t get to face Mike Pelfrey again to save our lives??? Not funny…not funny at all…

J.I.

August 29th, 2011
9:46 pm

Shouldn’t we have home field advantage over the Brewers if we have a better record than they do? I thought being a wild card only hurt in that respect in the second round.

Dan Kolb's mom

August 29th, 2011
10:44 pm

My brown eye is winking at you Ronald.

reckingball

August 29th, 2011
11:38 pm

Ronnie M. @10:34……..Aren’t there other blogs on the AJC, for you to give your opinions on these kinds of subjects.

reckingball

August 29th, 2011
11:41 pm

P-Man @7:15……That game had to be fixed.

Michael Kelly

August 29th, 2011
11:51 pm

Ronald you sound so silly and close minded.
Perhaps you should check the top of this blog where it states:

About Atlanta Braves

We talk baseball, other sports, music, movies, BBQ and whatever (except politics or religion)
About David O’Brien

So, please stop your non-sense.
MK

extremus

August 30th, 2011
12:06 am

Hmmm…would it be asking too much for the Braves to sweep the Nationals instead of losing one or two games on the Phillies every time we play them? What the Braves do head-to-head against Philadelphia doesn’t really matter if they don’t take care of business in series like this (no knock on the Nationals or any other club, but you have to be consistent and not allow teams way behind in the standings to play spoiler).

While the Wild Card is very likely the most the Braves can hope for going into October, I believe they should play for the division until it’s a mathematical impossibility.

clay

August 30th, 2011
3:07 am

Is this the braves blog?

Let's Go

August 30th, 2011
7:38 am

Once again Livan Hernandez and John Lannan. Why is it we never miss one of these two guys whenever we play the Nationals.

Sometimes the Braves look sluggish after an off day but hopefully with 3 days off they come out like they did after the all star break and take 2 of 3 from the Nats. The Nationals have lost 6 in a row and are having trouble scoring runs so there is no better time from them to be coming to town.

Frank Wren

August 30th, 2011
7:48 am

a fan

August 30th, 2011
7:56 am

no place on this blog for Milsap or Larry’s in appropriate.comments. Try another blog.

Lobosolo

August 30th, 2011
8:18 am

I think Larry and Ronald ought to get together and make themselves a baby… God help their real children, if they have any…

DT

August 30th, 2011
8:18 am

Wednesday: Braves LH Derek Lowe (8-12, 4.63) vs. LH John Lannan (8-10, 3.59)

So Lowe is reinventing himself as a lefthander now?

Silverado

August 30th, 2011
8:37 am

Hey guys this is a sports blog, take your political views to another blog. I agree Eric Gregg had a bad day in that playoff game but let’s be respectful. He had a difficult time following the umpire strike and I believe is now deceased.

Regarding the braves chance to overtake the phillies, I believe it’s possible but a lot has to go their way. Regardless if they win the division or remain as the wild card I think they have an excellent chance to make it to the WS. It would be nice if Lowe could pitch like he did last year and Hanson could make it back from the DL. This is the best time of the year, go Braves.

Donovan

August 30th, 2011
8:56 am

Let’s see…Jurrjens has given up 11 runs to this cellar dwelling team this year and is considered an ace on our team. Hernandez is in the twilight of his career and he beat us last time out. Lowe is done as a pitcher and he is considered another ace on our team. Wang is a no- name for Washington, but you all know how Atlanta does against no-name pitchers? And we all know how we play bottom feeders? Well, we play them like we send out empty uniforms during those games. No heart and no passion.

phil

August 30th, 2011
8:59 am

Ronald Millsaps = Pea-sized brain….

phil

August 30th, 2011
9:00 am

After losing 6-0 to the Mess the other night, are we eliminated from the wild card?

wins-by-a-link

August 30th, 2011
9:05 am

Its true, The Braves don’t play well against the lesser teams , For that reason the Braves will be the wild card team and play the Brewers on the road and this does not bode well for the Bravos, The Brewers are tough at home and the Braves’ starters have been shaky as of late, I would start Beachy in the first game which is the most important game, Win it and our chances to win series will be increased two fold, Lets hope JJ, Lowe and Hudson can improve during Sept.

ATLfan15

August 30th, 2011
9:11 am

Ronald Millsaps & Larry = the blind leading the blind? ;-)

take the political crappola elsewhere.

Michael Kelly

August 30th, 2011
9:12 am

WOW, Larry could be an even bigger tool than Ronald. Take the trash to another site guys.
We don’t want it here.

GO BRAVES!!!
We have a real chance to make something happen here.
MK

phil

August 30th, 2011
10:00 am

We do have a real chance….

Unfortunately, our inability to hit with consistency is likely to bite us on the butt come October as it has so many times before. Miller Field will be louder than 50 jet engines and more frenzied than anything else we’ve encountered in the last 20 years. These “hungry” teams have owned us the last 7 opening rounds.

While I’m prepared to wait and see, I am not overly confident at all that we get out of the first round. Why should we expect to move on with our track record?

We have to pitch like we typically do and we have to HIT the ball where they ain’t enough to win three games in five. It won’t be easy and it won’t be likely.

henry from TN

August 30th, 2011
10:17 am

braves need to sweep, because they face Kershaw sat. night and it will be a miracle if they beat him, because he is gonna be cy-young pitcher in the national league this year….

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
10:18 am

The Braves out-scored the Brewers 30 runs to 11 runs in their last four game series.
It is highly likely, that the Braves will beat the Brewers in a five game series.

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
10:39 am

Silverado@8:37am……..”Eric Gregg had a bad day in that playoff game, but let’s be respectful.”
There was a lot more to it than Eric Gregg having “a bad day”.
That game has been ranked as the 3rd worst called game in the 25 year era, from 1975 to 2000, by Baseball America.
In my opinion, if that game was not fixed, then no game in any sport has ever been fixed.
He is dead, but that does not mean that he deserves any respect, for that performance.

Wayne

August 30th, 2011
10:51 am

I wonder if there is anyone out there that may be able to tell me why that whenever we play Washington Nats that the games are blacked out in the Raleigh NC area. This is the only team that it happens with. I tried calling TWC and they had no answer. I am a long time Braves fan and try to watch as many games as I can. Thx

Chop101

August 30th, 2011
11:08 am

Wayne:

It may be because you are trying to watch the braves play on a braves network channel and given your close proximity to D.C….lol…it may be that somehow you are included in the Nationals home viewing area. Therefore, it may be that you can catch those games on MASN if you get the channel.

Truck Drivin Man

August 30th, 2011
11:13 am

Truck Drivin Man hasn’t had 3 days off in years. Glad to see these wimpy Braves will be finally playing baseball again and earning their keep.

Mets R Best

August 30th, 2011
11:17 am

After shutting out the Braves Friday six to 0, the Amazing Mets followed that up by winning both of their games yesterday.

ijudgenot

August 30th, 2011
11:28 am

Tonight will test whether Fredi is more astute than Cox. Hernandez always pitches against the Braves because they historically have always been ,under Cox, an aggressive, free-swinging, wait for the 3 run homer team. Hernandez throws junk and lets you screw yourself into the ground trying to pull his offspeed junk. What will drive Hernandez mad is a team whose hitters stay back and hit the ball the other way once it has made its break. If Constanza starts with Bourne, then Fredi has been paying attention. If Heyward starts with Bourne then there are only 2 patient hitters in the lineup(Bourne and Freeman) and Hernandez again will have about 10 strikeouts at the end of his 110 pitch complete game.

Chop101

August 30th, 2011
11:29 am

Wayne:

Upon further research using the wonderful web, I discovered that Time Warner does not carry MASN in NC and therefore, all Nationals games are blacked out on that network. I found this information using the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_Sports_Network

I hope it helps to understand why you cant watch any of those games.

Chris

August 30th, 2011
11:30 am

Wayne… It is because you are a part of the DC TV market. Have you tried searching for the game under the Nats networks instead of the Braves? This happens here in Atlanta when the Braves are on multiple channels. For example when we played the cubs last week, WGN (Cubs Network) was blacked out. I’m guessing this was done to force us to watch it on the local network. I notice the same thing when the Braves are simulcasting locally and on ESPN. ESPN will be blacked out (usually ESPN News will run instead) and you have to watch it on the local network.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2011
11:51 am

It’s it a baseball day again????

Ivan Clapper

August 30th, 2011
11:54 am

Serve das crow Mr.Jones……………….Serve das crow Mr.Jones…………..Ve are tired of excuses….It is time for you to lead lke field marshal going over das Rhine River………VE RIDE

Trojan

August 30th, 2011
11:54 am

Eric Gregg had to be paid to be that bad in the playoffs. He was calling pitches 1 and 1/2 foot outside strikes.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 30th, 2011
11:59 am

Mets R Best

August 30th, 2011
11:17 am
After shutting out the Braves Friday six to 0, the Amazing Mets followed that up by winning both of their games yesterday.

And here’s the really great news: If The Braves play about .500 ball the rest of the season, all the Mets would have to do to tie them would be to go undefeated the rest of the way.

O'flarity's water bottle

August 30th, 2011
12:23 pm

Yes we need to kill the (G)NATS!

wright_714

August 30th, 2011
12:28 pm

Anyone think Hanson will be ready for the division series?

SemperFi

August 30th, 2011
12:34 pm

let’s just start our bullpen in the playoffs and see what happens:]

kozysnacker

August 30th, 2011
12:36 pm

DawgDad [August 29th, 2011 7:26 pm]

“When are stats meaningless? Compare JJ and Lowe and tell me who’s pitching better lately.”

I did in fact compare JJ and Lowe’s last seven starts:

Jurrjens: 41 innings, 24 K / 19 BB, 6 HR, 22 runs, 4.79 ERA
Lowe: 38 innings, 31 K / 16 BB, 3 HR, 25 runs, 5.45 ERA

Stats aren’t some conjured up figments of abstract mathematics. They’re records of real events, witnessed by real people. It seems that you’re simply looking at overall season numbers to make a point about recent performance, and using that to argue against the usefulness of “stats”.

“And, JJ’s 6 innings of shutout ball was one of the biggest abberrations I’ve seen in fifty years of watching MLB.”

One would argue that the biggest aberration ever is probably Johnny Vander Meer’s back to back no-hitters. Or Shawn Green’s four homer game. Or Darin Erstad’s 2000 season when he had approximately 983 hits. Jair’s six innings of shutout? I don’t know.

kozysnacker

August 30th, 2011
12:39 pm

To finish the obvious point on Jair’s and Lowe’s recent performances: they’ve both been pretty bad. Hopefully things will pick up starting tonight.

Fols

August 30th, 2011
12:45 pm

Brewers peaked during the summer…..by the post-season they will collapse and it’ll be because of our pitching. Do not fear the Brew Crew.

Brave New World

August 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

The fact that the Brewers have a great home record during the regular season is about as meaningful as the fact that the Brewers have a lousy road record. What a team does in each round of the play offs is all that counts in October. If the Braves have to play the Brewers first, so what? If we are going to be world champs, like any play off team, we must be able to beat any opponent. Let’s get to the play offs first.

The Truth.....

August 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

I hate blackouts! They serve no point…Like I’m gonna drive to the park cause its not on TV. Right…..TV builds fan base…..ask TED. Back in the day when the Braves were on TBS all the time Braves fans were everywhere! Remember…Americas Team? Oh the good ol days…

Chief pitchanono

August 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

With our track record against these guys this is certainly an important series. We do need to establish some dominance over these cellar dwellars if we are going to have any shot at philly. More importantly however is jurrgens performance tonight, we need him to get back to what he was doing in the first half, his last start was much better so hopefully he keeps going in the right direction tonight. We still have allot of questions to be answered over the next month as far as our starters go, lately its been Hudson and the young guns getting the job done. Hopefully some our veterans can take the extra rest and get back on track in September. For the playoffs you know Freddi wants the guys with expierience, but if injuries and lack of performance continue through the next month it could get interesting come playoff time.

phil

August 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

I’m amused by those that want to dismiss the Brewers. 0-7 in our last 7 division series. 0-7.

That’s 0-7 for the realists keeping score at home.

If we don’t hit the ball in OCTOBER, we’ll be out on our ears yet again. It would be wise to be concerned and skeptical, yet hopeful, so as to avoid the bitter disappointment probably to come.

I don’t say this stuff just to be negative Nancy. It’s based on our pathetic track record since 1999 and on our wildly inconsistent hitting this year. What did the Mess just do the other night to us? Minus the Wayward grand slam in Chicago, what did we do offensively up there? Very little. We tend to have a lot of back to back to back to back games where the offense disappears. If that happens in a month, we’re toast.

There’s every reason to be afraid that it will while desperately hoping it won’t.

Stinger2

August 30th, 2011
1:24 pm

Repeating what so many others have said: It is time the Braves wake up and play to win against the mediocre teams. The Nats/Mets/Cubs have our number but it should not be this way.

NickB

August 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

What started this myth that good hitters hit the ball the other way? It’s totally false.

The greatest hitters in the history of baseball pulled the ball. Ruth, Ted Williams, Bonds, Aaron, Musial…etc All pull hitters. You only go the other way to avoid a shift or because you get fooled, or because you aren’t getting any pitches to pull. Being selective in what you swing at in other words.

But the concept that good hitters go to the opposite field and bad hitters pull the ball is flat out wrong…… Heyward isn’t struggling because he’s trying to pull everything, he’s struggling because he needs to be more selective with what he swings at.

NickB

August 30th, 2011
1:31 pm

We are 4-3 against the Cubs this year, they hardly have our number

phil

August 30th, 2011
1:46 pm

NickB

August 30th, 2011
1:31 pm
We are 4-3 against the Cubs this year, they hardly have our number
***********************
You basically just made my point.

If our series with them this year was the NLCS, would we or would we not have been one grand slam away from being out on our ear in 7 games, 4-3?

Exactly. Take away Wayward’s miracle shot and we lose the series 4-3.

See my point? Probably not but we teeter on the dadgum edge all the time, and THAT’S what worries me.

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
1:49 pm

Mets R B@11:17………It would be nice, if the Amazing Metropolitans could beat the Phillies, every game that they play them.

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
1:58 pm

phil……”IF”?? If the Nazis had of won WW2, we would all be eating sauerkraut, goose stepping every where we walked, and speaking the German.
“If” the Braves would have gotten a few timely hits when they needed them this year, they might be approaching 100 wins right now.
“If” can work both ways.

Stinger2

August 30th, 2011
1:59 pm

Nick B: We are 4-3 against the Cubs but we also lost the last series 2-1. Not good.

iceBRAVEcold11

August 30th, 2011
2:00 pm

Folks: Here is an announcement

“It is not how you drive it is how you arrive”.
Make the playoffs and then start with the who, what and why.

Summer of George

August 30th, 2011
2:03 pm

Man, it’s about time we get some baseball again…..It was beginning to feel like we had to wait for spring training again.

phil

August 30th, 2011
2:06 pm

reckingball – Your brand of stupid exhausts me. Please save it for other posters. thanks.

Summer of George

August 30th, 2011
2:07 pm

Hope these guys are primed for the stretch….no more breaks now….might think about DH’ing Chipper so he doesn’t break a nail and is healthy for playoffs.

Summer of George

August 30th, 2011
2:08 pm

I meant PH’ing Chipper

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
2:15 pm

phil……YOU should not call other people stupid.

phil

August 30th, 2011
2:23 pm

Summer of George

August 30th, 2011
2:07 pm
Hope these guys are primed for the stretch….no more breaks now….might think about DH’ing Chipper so he doesn’t break a nail and is healthy for playoffs.
*******************
And following this enlightened logic of trashing our hall of famer third baseman for being injury-prone, let’s use Hanson, Prado, McLouth, JJ, McCann, Constanza, Wayward, Moylan, Medlen and Hudson as pinch hitters too….we don’t need those bums for anything else given that they’ve been injured a time or 2 this year.

phil

August 30th, 2011
2:26 pm

I never said I wasn’t stupid. I simply asked that you direct your stupid comments at people other than me. I grew tired of you some months ago and that hasn’t changed because you see fit, practically daily, to disagree with me no matter how harmless the remark. And you know, as well as I do, that you do it just to irritate me. You have succeeded.

It’s a simple request, really. Bug someone else. Please.

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
2:27 pm

phil @1:46………The Braves went 3-1 against the Cubs in their last series, and outscored the Cubs 18 to 10, so they aren’t exactly as feeble at the plate, as you keep worrying about.

Oh yeah, the Braves aren’t 0-7 in their last seven divisional series.

Almost forgot, I highly doubt that the Braves aren’t cringing in a corner, in fear of the Brewers.
The Braves beat them 4-0 in their last series, outscored them 30 to 11.
You downer.

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
2:34 pm

Meant….highly doubt that the Braves are cringing in a corner,

reckingball

August 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

phill,@2:26……..Say uncle.

DT

August 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

As a Braves fan here in Raleigh, I called DirecTV to find out why the Braves broadcast was blacked out when they played the Nats. They told me Raleigh is considered the Mid-Atlantic region and the Nats and O’s are my “home teams”. It sucks, but at least Rob Dibble isn’t the Nats color commentator any more.

Von Trapp

August 30th, 2011
3:35 pm

Ivan Clapper

August 30th, 2011
11:54 am
I have been ve one who demands that der Bones Jones serve das crow for weeks now. Glad vu are vith me in demanding that Bones Jones Serva das Crow and stops getting hurts vedy time he is called to das front line. I do like das quote…………………….VE RIDE……………VE RIDE

Truck Drivin Man

August 30th, 2011
3:50 pm

Woo Wee! Baseball tonight! The Truck Drivin Man is hauling equipment to Charlotte later. Will follow the Braves on radio. Get them thar Nats!

Mitchell

August 30th, 2011
4:03 pm

The Nats have been limited to four or fewer runs in each of their past seven games, including Sunday’s loss to the Reds in 14 innings at hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark.

Uh-oh. Get ready for the bats to come alive in Atlanta.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

reckingball August 30th, 2011 1:58 pm
phil……”IF”?? If the Nazis had of won WW2, we would all be eating sauerkraut, goose stepping every where we walked, and speaking the German.
“If” the Braves would have gotten a few timely hits when they needed them this year, they might be approaching 100 wins right now.
“If” can work both ways.

“If” Phil didn’t have access to the Internet, none of us would get to hear his words of wisdom.

Mister Frisky

August 30th, 2011
4:45 pm

Von Trapp vas es das Clapper?

Dromio94

August 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

Um, yes, but Lowe was a RH pitcher last time I looked (see Series Preview above). Sorry, maybe I’ve missed something. Has he found a new secret weapon?Let’s be optimistic, guys, but not euphoric: the Wild Card is a lock. Catching the Foolies is not. Playing the Brewers would be very tough. But hey, there’s a month to go. Anything can happen, and maybe not just the usual bad things to the Braves!

Kimbrel rocks

August 30th, 2011
6:04 pm

can we PLEASE not bring tommy back thinking he will be the tommy hanson before the all-star break. there simply will not be enough starts left for him to prove he is good enough for a play-off start. tommy, go get better and stop rushing it. we have enough starters to get by

Von Trapp

August 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

Mister Frisky

August 30th, 2011
4:45 pm
Ve:
Col.
Ivan Clapper vill be hunting all das crows in Atl stadium for Bones Jones to serve tonights
It vill be a glorious nights for Der Bones Jones when he serves das crow to all who disbelieves :>!)

tmc

August 30th, 2011
8:45 pm

Down 5-1 in the bottom of the 5th, (coming off 3 days rest for every pitcher so pen is rested) and you let JJ hit?

Gotta question that one!

Charlie

August 30th, 2011
9:01 pm

JJ again throws his worthless crap again…87 fastball…hanging breaking stuff…and NO location. JJ sucks. He’ll have his usual “rusty” excuse. JJ’s is garbage. Mr. Gopher ball McCann keeps calling for the breaking ball. The Nationals hit it out. STUPID ON BOTH FRONTS. Fredi will say JJ was fine, but then Fredi has no brain. JJ first half was a fluke. The real JJ has shown up again. He’s a loser. Period. He brings a weak fastball, hangin’ breaking stuff, and no location. JJ is positively worthless. Hell, even the pitchers kill JJ. HE HAS NOTHING. He brings nothing to this team but second half losses. Hs’s had notion for 2 months. Trot out a few more excuses, while JJ does nothing but kill the team. WHAT A LOSER.
After the farse from Friday, the batting order is mailing in another one. Joe and Tom give the excuses. What a joke.
Fredi…great idea to let JJ hit, and trot him out for another inning (and another HR) Fredi takes IDIOT to another level. How the Hell he ever got another managing job is unreal.

Kimbrel rocks

August 30th, 2011
9:21 pm

guess i was right…we should have traded JJ at break when people thought he was a good pitcher….he better not be anywhere near the mound in play-offs. his lolly pop pitches will get killed by brewers

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