Braves quotes after Wednesday win over Nationals

***CRAIG KIMBREL

Good to be able to get record 41st save in front of home crowd?

“Oh, definitely. When those two games in New York got cancelled, I started thinking it would be pretty cool to be able to get it at home.”

Record hit you yet?

“No, I’m just going out there each time trying to do my job, trying not to think about what I’ve done in the past or what’s ahead of me. I’m just thinking about outing by outing.”

On two strikeouts in perfect ninth for the save

“I would have been fine with three groundouts or three pop-outs. I guess it is pretty cool to do it on strikeouts.”

On relief of getting the record

“Now I don’t have to think about it, or how many more.”

“I have to thank my team for playing so well this season, because you can’t really have this many opportunities on a team that doesn’t win. Hopefully we keep on winning.”

***DEREK LOWE

On hitting and homer and taking a two-hit shutout to 7th inning

“I’ll take the pitching first, obviously. The last three [starts] have been better. It was a lot better. Sharper, I’d say, over the course of the game. You get lazy there in the seventh and throw it right down the middle for a home run, but you feel like you have more competitive stuff for a long time and give your team a better chance to win. That’s the most encouraging part. Not to say you’re not going to have bad games, but you feel like now you have the stuff to get out of bad innings, whereas before, they almost had to hit it at somebody to get you out of a jam.”

“We’ll take it. We’re winding down and every win is big. We know where we stand in the division, but you can’t get complacent just because you’ve built yourself a big lead [in the wild-card standings], you can’t just coast. You don’t want to hope other people lose. You want to go out there and play like we have all year. Your goal is still to try to catch the Phillies.”

On hitting first homer at 38 years old

“That was fun, I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve never hit a home run – ever, since I was a Little Leaguer. That’s the first ball I’ve hit over a fence in 38 years of existence. The home runs I’d hit as a kid, they’d just roll and they’d kick it around. But I’ve never hit a ball, ever, over a fence.”

Thought it was going to hit the wall

“I got around first and kicked it into gear, trying to get two…. It would have been fine if I could have enjoyed it a little bit longer. I don’t even honest-to-God remember running around the bases. Because it’s like you’ve got a million thoughts going through your mind. It was pretty cool, though.”

On late-season resurgence, after September push a year ago

“I don’t know what it is. It’s kind of disappointing, because there are more than five or six starts. And to have to dig yourself out of a whole every September is kind of frustrating. But I’d rather be pitching better late than early.”

***CHIPPER JONES

On 450

“It’s nice and round. Other than that, it’s not a big deal. Passing Baggy [Jeff Bagwell] is a big thrill for me because he was one of the guys who was at the top of the game when I first got called up. I looked up to him and liked his professionalism, how he played the game. For him to be the guy on the list that I passed, it’s pretty cool.”

On feeling better with mechanics

“I made a little adjustment right-handed last couple days and I’m seeing some results in BP. My timing is a little off in game situation but it wasn’t in that first inning. He did a lot better job changing speeds on me in the last couple at-bats. I got my legs under me now, and I feel that I can get the bat started and be able to use my legs to get the bat where it needs to be as opposed to just trying to use all upper body. Hopefully we’ll see a few more fly out before the season is over.”

On his recent resurgence and his 450th homer tonight

“I’ve got my legs under me now and I feel that I can get the bat started and be able to use my legs to get the bat where it needs to be, as opposed to just trying to use all upper body. Hopefully we’ll see a few more fly out before the season’s over.”

On being two homers from catching Carl Yastrzemski

“Yaz. My grandfather will be crushed when I pass him. He’s a huge, huge Red Sox fan. When I was growing up, any time the Red Sox were on TV, boy, he was all over Yaz. Loved him.”

On him and 38-year-old Lowe giving team early lead with homers

“Yeah [laughs]. D-Lowe’s got a few more to go before he catches me. But it’s hard to believe, you watch him take BP and he hits balls in the seats pretty frequently. I keep asking him, you’ve got to be kidding me? Fifteen, 16 years in the big leagues, most of it in the National League, and you don’t have a home run yet? You just had a feeling it was a matter of time. He’s got a pretty good swing, and he threw it right where he swung, too.”

On Kimbrel, can he believe what the rookie’s done?

“No, I really can’t. It’s really amazing how big a strides he’s made since last year. Up and down last year, struggled with the control … to have really fine-tuned everything between then and now is really quite commendable. It helps that you throw 98 [mph], but he’s mastered two pitches. And when you throw 98 and you can throw a slider off of it at 90, it’s tough to hit.”

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“We had a lot of good things today. Derek gave us a great outing, he really did. What did he have, three hits? Then the bullpen did a terrific job. Kimbrel with the rookie saves record. Chipper with 450. That’s a good night all the way around for the Braves.”

On Diaz

“Comes in, got two hits like he’s supposed to do. That’s a nice piece to have.”

On Lowe showing signs of tcoming around in last few weeks

“I think so. The outing against the Cubs when he got the loss but went seven innings, was a great outing. And a couple before that. Last year he was the guy in September. We have seen signs of that, so hopefully we can get him on a roll, get him going.”

“He’s a guy that’s been there in the postseason and been there in these big games. So as we go down the stretch, get him rolling and get him out there.”

On Kimbrel

“And he’s not just a thrower, he’s a pitcher.”

On other stuff

“A lot of good things. Prado going to second base on that [passed] ball in the dirt, then Danny busting his butt on that ball to the shortstop, pulling out an RBI out of that. But if Prado doesn’t get to second base on that ball and go to third on the next [groundout], we don’t get that extra run.”

***MATT DIAZ

On getting two hits in first game back with Braves

“It’s fun to play. That’s why I busted my hump to get here today, because they told me if I got here I’d get to play. Hadn’t played much lately over there [with Pittsburgh]. Chance to play is always better than a chance to sit. Didn’t want to waste a chance today and made sure I got here for this game.”

DIAZ PREGAME QUOTES, about 15 minutes after he first arrived in clubhouse

What’s it like coming back here?

“Pretty excited. Couldn’t really sleep last night because something funky was going down. They didn’t pinch-hit me at the time I would normally pinch-hit, and they told the other pinch-hitter – who wasn’t happy about pinch-hitting – they said, ‘You’ll know more tonight; something’s going down.’ So he came to me and goes, ‘you’re outta here.’

“So I couldn’t sleep much last night, thinking about what it would be.  Then at 10:30 this morning Central Standard Time, got the best news I could have imagined. I got on a plane within an hour-and-a-half, I think.”

Who told you?

“[Pirates GM] Neal Hungtington. Then [manager] Clint Hurdle – Clint’s a class act – he bought me coffee and brought it up to my room. Wanted to say goodbye in person. Class acts over there, but I couldn’t be more excited.”

Had you allowed self to think Atlanta might be trade possibility?

“No, every righty [hitter] in the league watched Cruz go down on Sunday night baseball the other night, so we knew Texas was probably looking for a righty. And you heard about Arizona looking for a righty. But it didn’t really cross my mind that I’d be back here.”

“I didn’t think I’d really get to go anywhere, because I signed a two-year deal. This just works out absolutely perfect. Hopefully baseball-wise, getting back here where I’m comfortable, and where people know my funky swing, hopefully I can get something to click and put on a push here at the end of the season.”

Hitting lefties better lately?

“Yeah. I think I was, like, 1-for-24 to start the season [against lefties], and since then I’m over about .350 against them. My first 24 at-bats were just awful against lefties.”

“I geared myself, I worked my butt off this offseason hitting against righties, because I was told going in I had a chance to play every day. And I was killing righties at the beginning. Since then I’ve plummeted against righties], because I’ve been doing all my work in the cage and everything against lefties.”

103 comments Add your comment

Ball's-N-All

August 31st, 2011
10:57 pm

Dennis Reynolds

August 31st, 2011
11:02 pm

Love having Matty D back. Awesome move.

Kat

August 31st, 2011
11:02 pm

“That was fun, I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve never hit a home run – ever, since I was a Little Leaguer. That’s the first ball I’ve hit over a fence in 38 years of existence”.

Very cool to know.

J-Mo

August 31st, 2011
11:04 pm

Welcome back Matty D!!!!!!!

Kimbrel rocks

August 31st, 2011
11:07 pm

of course the one game i miss is a good game!

DC Brave

August 31st, 2011
11:09 pm

Great, Great night…one of so many great nights this season. Welcome back Matty….way to go Chip and D-Lowe.

Maybe some tough decisions ahead for Freddi G…25 man playoff roster…pitching rotation

Choppinmama

August 31st, 2011
11:09 pm

Matty didn’t waste any time showing what he can do against lefties.

Choppinmama

August 31st, 2011
11:10 pm

Now I need to go and do some homework on Jack Wilson.

Bob

August 31st, 2011
11:15 pm

idiots who post 1st and leave nothing insightful.. get outta here with that bs

good job by diaz.. shutting the heywardites up about not starting heyward..
fantastic job by lowe.. guess august 31 was close enough for him for it to feel like september..
alex gonzalez…. he doesnt even get mad anymore when he strands runners… guess he just expects it now..

cook up some chow mein and win the series tomorrow

NorCal Brave

August 31st, 2011
11:17 pm

His 1st home run, but not the first time Derek has helped himself with the bat this year. And he needs to with the scant little run support he gets. Great roster moves by Wren today; and getting Moylan back should be a real plus. If Hanson and/or JJ come around, we could do some big damage in postseason.

BRAVO_FAN 52

August 31st, 2011
11:18 pm

awesome Diaz is home and jack wilson Bravos ready to roll

Bob

August 31st, 2011
11:26 pm

oh yeah.. and…. gotta start scoring more runs besides just with HR’s

Brave in Oregon

August 31st, 2011
11:29 pm

Diaz has always been one of my favorite players in the league glad he’s back! Loving our team hope we continue to win

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 31st, 2011
11:34 pm

Derek Lowe = Winner

Derek Lowe Haters = Losers

Let's get real!

August 31st, 2011
11:34 pm

Let’s get real! It’s great to have Diaz back…and if Lowe keeps it together, it will be great to have him back again for another Sept. and post season!

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 31st, 2011
11:37 pm

Congratulations Craig! Fitting that Kimbrel’s final pitch would be clocked at 100 MPH.

Rowsdower

August 31st, 2011
11:40 pm

Septemeber 1st with an 8.5 game lead and a championship roster. This is going to be fun.

Welcome home, Matty D.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 31st, 2011
11:43 pm

Well, would you look at this – the Brewers have lost 2 straight at home to the Cards! I guess than can be beaten at home.

Brother John

August 31st, 2011
11:45 pm

I say catch the Phillies! What 20 some odd to go. Six with them. Last 3 at home? They are highly catchable! GO BRAVES!!!

BrianSC

September 1st, 2011
12:15 am

It is a great day to be a Braves fan!!! Great game tonight after an absolute dud last night. Way to bounce back. Keep it rolling. Go Braves!

Great moves today in adding Diaz and Wilson. Welcome home Matty D. It is good to have you back. Wilson is a solid addition for the post-season. These are the kinds of additions a team makes that wants to do something special.

Chipper #450…The countdown is on now to see the future Hall of Famer get #500.

D. Lowe…Great start tonight. Very solid. The Braves need him to be great down the stretch and in the post-season. He could be a huge difference maker this post-season just like last year. At times, it has been a disappointing year from Lowe, but that could all change very quickly with a stellar performance in the post-season. Congrats on bomb #1!!!

Kimbrel…Wow!!! Way to go kid. 41 and counting. Could he get 50? Just keep up the great work. The numbers will take care of themselves.

Braveheart

September 1st, 2011
12:20 am

Welcome home Matty D. You just did not look good in that Pirate uni. You always looked great in a Braves uni.

Largo

September 1st, 2011
12:25 am

Nice game tonight. Lowe pitched great (and didn’t do bad at the plate either) LOL. Good to see Diaz back, what a great guy. Congratulations to the kid (41 saves).

Steve 2

September 1st, 2011
1:20 am

The Braves should have NEVER let Matt Diaz go during the off season. I’m extremely glad he’s back! Go Braves!

Phils fan

September 1st, 2011
1:46 am

Dear Brother John, Put…The…Pipe…Down! Lowe looked good tonite. he’s been pitching a lot better over his last 4 starts. People who were bashing Lowe on here last night had no idea what they were talking about. I said on here before that lowe was struggling due to a dead arm or some form of the annual ‘dog days of summer’ complex. dude is a flat out beast in sept/oct.

bravesgrl4lifee

September 1st, 2011
5:38 am

Love the excitement you can read in DLowe’s quote about it being his first ever over-the-fence homer! Sounds like a little kid there and I love that! Good to see some players still realize that they are playing a game and enjoying it. Yeah, they make lots of $$$, but it is still a game.

So good to see MattE get those two hits in his return. He is one of the best guys in baseball, and I wish we had never let him go. But, maybe it took his leaving and coming back to make some folks appreciate him.

Overall, just a great game last night. Great pitching by DLowe – what’s one homer? Good defense by Alex and Freddie. A couple homers by our vets, and some small ball with Marteen walking, stealing, and eventually scoring on the groundout. And, oh, yeah, good hustle by Uggs. Just a fun game to watch.

tjhook

September 1st, 2011
6:15 am

Yeah!! Go Braves!! Great game- and glad to see Matty D in uniform again. Great move Mr. Frank Wren.

braveshoo

September 1st, 2011
7:30 am

I think the Braves have a good strategy for the postseason that is now pretty clear. They are going to keep 6 bench players, 8 starters, 4 starting pitchers, and 7 relievers. We will try to get 5 innings out of our starters, 1 inning out of Viscaino/ Moylan/ Martinez/ Minor, and O’Flaharty, Venters, and Kimbrel for the 7,8,& 9. Starters will be Hudson, Lowe, JJ, and Beachy. We will pinchhit often with 6 players on the bench: Diaz, Conrad, Costanza, Henske, Ross, and Jack Wilson. Get the lead by the 5th and its over. If we are a little behind, we have the bullpen to hold them and the pinchhitters to catch up. Go Bravos.

Who Me?

September 1st, 2011
7:49 am

Ahhh, you gotta love Sept. callups. Great moves by FW to shore up the order for the push to October. Hinske and Diaz off the bench…yep, things are looking up in Bravesland.

vermont 39

September 1st, 2011
8:30 am

Nice game BRAVES!!!
It was pretty to watch!!!
GO BRAVES!!!

Chris P. Bacon

September 1st, 2011
8:42 am

Diaz is back and Lowe hits a home run. These truly are fortuitous portents indeed!

Mike#1

September 1st, 2011
8:43 am

I’ve said all along that Lowe will be fine as September comes around. Always has rough summers.

I am worried about Jurrjens though. He’s not even mediocre. He’s just bad. Has been since break. Just out there throwing BP meat.

GwinnettDad

September 1st, 2011
8:45 am

Why Matt Diaz? I liked Constanza a lot better. Team speed, good BA, good OBP. Braves seem to often be stuck to slow white men in the outfield. Why?

Lowe Fan

September 1st, 2011
9:03 am

Looks like we’ve added an extra right handed power hitter. Go Derek!

PMC

September 1st, 2011
9:04 am

Gwinnett Dad, Matt Diaz can hit left handed pitching, this has nothing to do with Constanza. Everything to do with the playoff roster depth. Diaz is mostly going to be used to pinch hit.

bvillebaron

September 1st, 2011
9:13 am

All this excitement over Lowe’s first HR should pale in comparison to the excitement over how he pitched. Hopefully, he will get hot in September and October just like last year!

Mike#1

September 1st, 2011
9:17 am

Because Constanza is LH and has no track record in MLB. Other than what some call the ‘hot hand’ for three weeks.

phil

September 1st, 2011
9:19 am

GwinnettDad

September 1st, 2011
8:45 am
Why Matt Diaz? I liked Constanza a lot better. Team speed, good BA, good OBP. Braves seem to often be stuck to slow white men in the outfield. Why?
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Because of management’s obvious deep-rooted racism….what else could it be? Gee whiz…

phil

September 1st, 2011
9:20 am

And of course Heyward, Bourn and Prado are among the slowest white guys to ever play the OF, right?

dwayne

September 1st, 2011
9:37 am

Hey knucleheads, stop with the “we can catch the Phillies” crap, not gonna happen, how many times do I need to explain this. Braves got to get Hudson, JJ and Lowe, yes Lowe, ready for post season, McCann and Prado need to get their swing back and Constanza’s ankle has to heal, did yall notice the slight limp after he grounded out last night? He sure aint hitting 400 any more is he? Did yall think he would? Geeeeeez.

Bill

September 1st, 2011
9:39 am

Phil and GwinnettDad…LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

dwayne

September 1st, 2011
9:41 am

If we play Phillies in the NLCS, manufactured runs will win it, not going to long ball Phillies staff, Hamels has 11 life time wins against the Braves. Speed, speed and more speed. No heyward in the line up, Diaz pinch hitting and maybe Wilson playing some short and Agone a late defensive replacement. I should be the manager!!!

O-me

September 1st, 2011
9:43 am

@9:39
Nobody expected Constanza to hit 400 but he was doing better than anyone else up till he got hurt,sir.

DMAN

September 1st, 2011
9:47 am

Diaz can flat out rake it against lefties,we’ve been struggling all year hitting lefties,this is a great pickup!

O-me

September 1st, 2011
9:49 am

great pick -up but where’s the power?

nippon ham fighter

September 1st, 2011
9:56 am

I never understood Lowe haters. At this point in the season, I would go Hudson-Lowe as 1-2 guys. For the playoffs, it will be a difficult pick between JJ and Beachy. Minor being a lefty may become a factor.

As nice as having Diaz back as a right-handed OF/pinch-hitter, we need a middle infield back-up who can hit ok. I wish we could have gotten Omar back…

hawk TN

September 1st, 2011
10:06 am

jack wilson is no more than a mediocre ball player, but he has a better hitting avg. than gonzo, but only a .977 fielding avg…

Sean

September 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Glad you’re not the manager dwayne–simply because of your attitude. The guys in the locker room want to catch the Phils, Lowe said so himself. We need to reflect that attitude as fans. I don’t care about the math, anything can happen in baseball, especially with 6 games left against the Phils.

Jack Wilson is mediocre, but just as you said hawk TN, he hits better than Gonzalez. I’ll take that off the bench.

The Voice of Reason

September 1st, 2011
10:19 am

The Braves are in good shape right now. Their roster looks better than it has in years. There is reason for cautious optimism, but don’t get your hopes up too much.

phil

September 1st, 2011
10:27 am

Gonzo can hit with the best of em….just because he hasn’t hit hardly a lick this year doesn’t mean he can’t hit! He can too hit! Being 2-8,000 with RISP means zero in baseball….it’s early…just give him a chance….he’ll come around…he’ll hit when it matters….when the fat’s in the fire, he’ll knock in runners with total abandon….

There.

I have just summed up the optimist brigade on here in a few short irrational soundbites….of course it usually applies to Wayward…lol

phil

September 1st, 2011
10:29 am

O-me

September 1st, 2011
9:49 am
great pick -up but where’s the power?
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Where’s the power? All over the lineup. We don’t need a bomb from every single one of em….

Sean

September 1st, 2011
10:32 am

Well phil, I’m just glad we’re talking about Gonzo playing as badly as he is, and yet the team is doing as well as it is. At least we’re not talking about most of the team, but rather, just a few select players that aren’t playing well. Better to be optimistic than a sarcasm king I’d say–but that’s just me. You have that whole sarcasm thing down pat, I’ll let you handle it.

smittyderf

September 1st, 2011
10:34 am

There is only one race left in the National League: Philly is a wrap to play Arizona.The Braves and Milwaukee are in. The braves need to out win the Brewers so they don’t get Home advantage where they have something like a 50-18 record.

stew

September 1st, 2011
10:36 am

nippon ham fighter

beachy is way better than lowe. beachy is the best pitcher we have.

stew

September 1st, 2011
10:40 am

minor is the third pitcher. we don’t have room for lowe.

David O'Brien

September 1st, 2011
10:45 am

There is only one race left in the National League: Philly is a wrap to play Arizona.The Braves and Milwaukee are in. The braves need to out win the Brewers so they don’t get Home advantage where they have something like a 50-18 record. — smittyderf

Doesn’t matter if Braves have better record, a wild-card team can’t have home-field advantage for first two rounds of playoffs. Can only have it if team advances to World Series and is from league that has home-field advantage that season (as the NL does again this year).

henry from TN

September 1st, 2011
10:47 am

the wild card never gets home field advantage smittyderf finally beat lannan way to go bravos

henry from TN

September 1st, 2011
10:52 am

dob is right the braves would get home field advantage if they go to the ws, because the nl won the all star game….

Mike#1

September 1st, 2011
10:59 am

Sea Bass’ job isn’t to be an offensive factor. It’s to be a Gold Glove caliber SS…which he is. His job has always been to come in, hit seventh or eighth, and play solid defense. He did have 17 HRs when Wren traded for him, but that was in Toronto where everyone hits like 3493409.

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Mike#1

September 1st, 2011
11:00 am

And…his bat has won the team quite a few games. Several come to mind….

Steve

September 1st, 2011
11:05 am

Way to go Lowe,now hopefully JJ will start to turn it around.Hope Diaz and Wilson will give the offense a shot in the arm.GO BRAVES!

phil

September 1st, 2011
11:11 am

Sean – I appreciate the kind remarks. Yes, I know, I’m sarcastic as heck, but that’s my personality. I’m sure that yours is warm, funny, humorous, etc in ways that people like me can only wish to be.

That said, you and your buddies can ignore the obvious warning signs eminating from our team like the glow from hot lava at night.

Bill

September 1st, 2011
11:31 am

I like Jack Wilson and he will do just fine for what the Braves got him for..Damn lot better than Lugo.
Don’t let the FA fool you he is still pretty good.

Wilson’s approach song to the plate…was the Guitar riff from “Jumping Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones. DOB should like that.

Von Trapp

September 1st, 2011
12:06 pm

Hats off to Der Jones,Kimbrell and Lowe……………..Believes Jones will go on a consistent tear from now on. Serve das crow……..Mr.Jones…………..Serve das crow

Freddie t

September 1st, 2011
12:09 pm

The Phillies seem to be getting better since they got Pense. If a lucky fly ball didn’t drop in to score a run the Reds would have been shut out in the last 3 games. The Braves need some dominating starting pitching to get to the bullpen or they’ll never take the Philllies in a 5 game playoff.

phil

September 1st, 2011
12:12 pm

The Phillies? How are we going to get by the Brewers with our typically ice cold bats?

nashvillewill

September 1st, 2011
12:26 pm

Jurrgens is obviously not right, with 3-4 mph off his fastball and terrible location. I assume he will be left off postseason roster if objective analysis rather than hope-a-holicism is the criterion.
Lowe has looked better in last 3 games and looked great last night–good pitches, good location (except for the homerun); I withdraw my previous insistence that he go to long relief.
I still believe young pitchers should be given opportunities to show what they’ve got–Kimbrel and Beachy have been stalwarts. Let’s see what Delgado and Teheran can do, as well as Vizcaino.
Jack Wilson is an upgrade over Lugo and may be able to spot start and give the Braves some offense. Diaz also helps. Who gets left off postseason roster? Conrad and Lugo are obvious answers.
McCann and Prado are both struggling at the plate. Thankfully Chipper looks as good as he has in recent years at this point in season. And Uggla is still hitting hard shots. I wonder if Braves are going to try Gartell in RF, since Heyward is a bust and Constanza seems to be fading. Interesting September.

BoatDoc

September 1st, 2011
12:31 pm

The previous version of the Braves (sans Bourn, Constanza and Matty D) was 3-3 vs Phillies… in Philly, and the same at the Ted.

The Brewers went 0h for Atlanta and the Bravos 1 for Milwaukee.

I’m going to enjoy the rest of the regular season… but I’m optimistic about our post-season chances, whether we catch the Phils or not.

Don

September 1st, 2011
12:31 pm

How can the Braves devlop any kind of pitching staff when the injures continue to go on and on under McDowell – 2 more injured pitchers – Hanson and JJ

WHAT?

September 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

Why no Constanza? I love the speed of him and Bourn at the top. Management IDIOTS!

urban redneck

September 1st, 2011
1:06 pm

i watched the entire game last night with this shirt-eating grin on my face. whoo hoo, go bravos!!!!

Clarence

September 1st, 2011
1:21 pm

Huh? Matty? I thought he was with a team up north . What the H___? He’s with us now?

Clarence

September 1st, 2011
1:24 pm

Dont git me wrong now–I like a Matty.

jb

September 1st, 2011
1:30 pm

nashvillewin..Constanza seems to be fading…he’s been hurt ..where u been.

Mets R Best

September 1st, 2011
1:31 pm

Just knew that you sports fans would want to know.
Wed.night the Miracle Mets won for the fourth time in their last five games. That includes a blow out/shut out win against the Braves.

reckingball

September 1st, 2011
1:37 pm

Where are the Metros now, in 3rd or 4th place, in the Div.? How many games are they back in the Div.? How many back in the WC?
I wish that the Metros could beat the Phillies once in a while.

reckingball

September 1st, 2011
1:39 pm

Who’s afraid of the big bad Brewers?
I don’t think that the Braves are.

O-me

September 1st, 2011
1:40 pm

Phil, Where is the power was refering to Diaz.. not the whole team. For two years (Wren etc) everyone has been calling for a RH power hitter, right? That was my point sir. Sorry us ole boggers not as smart as you.

Is Wilson off DL?

O-me

September 1st, 2011
1:42 pm

I did say ole .. yes..boggers=bloggers

b

September 1st, 2011
1:46 pm

Constanza is not fading.
He’s just not getting to playy.
Wow, he had two games where he didn’t get hits, but he hit the ball well.
Some people will jump on anybody.
His speed helps us immensely when he’s in the lineup.

reckingball

September 1st, 2011
1:52 pm

Constanza has not looked all that good at the plate lately, he has hit a lot of weak, fly ball outs.

reckingball

September 1st, 2011
1:59 pm

Diaz can knock a baseball out of the park, as he has done many times as a Brave.

jb

September 1st, 2011
2:00 pm

like I said he’s been hurt, still limps some but weak fly balls..lol! no more than the other hitters.
The kid has really put some life in Braves till ankle injury. better than JS ever did.

phil

September 1st, 2011
2:00 pm

O-me

September 1st, 2011
1:40 pm
Phil, Where is the power was refering to Diaz.. not the whole team. For two years (Wren etc) everyone has been calling for a RH power hitter, right? That was my point sir. Sorry us ole boggers not as smart as you.
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Hey! No need to be sarcastic! lol.

I knew what you meant. I was simply saying that his lack of power is ok given the others who can theoretically smack a few over the wall now and then.

jb

September 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

hey reckingball he has zero homers this year. I like Diaz but where did power go.

phil

September 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

Constanza deliberately injured himself. He reads these blogs and was feeling bad about Wayward not playing. This caused us to go get Diaz back so that HE can play instead of Wayward since Wayward has no intention of ever amounting to much more than a role player himself…

jb

September 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

phil..lol@202

Mets R Best

September 1st, 2011
2:13 pm

For the season the Mets and Braves have played 13 games. The Miracle Mets have won 7.
Thus the Mets R Best.
Sept. 8 is coming soon. Tremble Braves fans, tremble.

O-me

September 1st, 2011
2:23 pm

Phil, u cool–peace

reckingball

September 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

“Thus the Mets R Best.”???
Are you saying that they are the best sub-.500 team in the NL?

phil

September 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

Mets R Best

September 1st, 2011
2:13 pm
For the season the Mets and Braves have played 13 games. The Miracle Mets have won 7.
Thus the Mets R Best.
Sept. 8 is coming soon. Tremble Braves fans, tremble.
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Get back to work in the prison laundry…..but be careful.

reckingball

September 1st, 2011
2:38 pm

14.5 games behind the Braves.

dwayne

September 1st, 2011
2:47 pm

Sean, I’d make a great manager, I know how to get things done, I was telling you knuckleheads that we aint catching the Phillies, not my players. Yes, anything can happen, like the Phillies whole pitching staff throwing there arms out, or getting the birb flu. Get the point?

dwayne

September 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

By the way….Go Braves

dwayne

September 1st, 2011
2:51 pm

Hey knucleheads, stop with the “we can catch the Phillies” crap, not gonna happen, how many times do I need to explain this. Braves got to get Hudson, JJ and Lowe, yes Lowe, ready for post season, McCann and Prado need to get their swing back and Constanza’s ankle has to heal, did yall notice the slight limp after he grounded out last night? He sure aint hitting 400 any more is he? Did yall think he would? Geeeeeez.

ChopChamps95

September 1st, 2011
3:12 pm

braveshoo @ 7:30,

The Braves will have no fewer than 12 pitchers on the postseason roster, which 12 is up for debate. The 5 bench guys will be Hinske, Ross, Diaz, Constanza/Heyward, and Wilson. Conrad will be the odd man out come October……Hinske is the LH pop off the bench, Diaz and Wilson are better RH bats, Prado will play 3rd if Chipper is out for (insert reason here), and Wilson provides a better and more legit backup to Uggla at 2nd base than Conrad.

Nate McLouth

September 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

Hey. Don’t forget about me. I’m here and ready to help with the offense.
……………….(I wonder why they signed Diaz when they already got me?)

Fredi G.

September 1st, 2011
3:31 pm

Philly Phanatic

September 1st, 2011
4:02 pm

The knowledge of the average Braves fan was amplified by the comment “I hope we end up with a better record than Milwaukee so we have home field advantage” You will be going to Milwaukee and I certainly hope you win as with the disheveled starting rotation beating you will be a cinch. Braves have the worst batting average in the baseball vs. left handers. Don’t know if you knew but the Phillies have probably the best two lefties in baseball. Lee is absolutely unconscience giving up two earned runs in 5 August starts and that was palled by 1 run during a 5-0 June rampage. What in the world are you going to do with Hammels and Lee? You have your opportunity in the upcoming series with just Lee as wipe your brow you miss Hammels and Halladay. The last series of the year they’ll all shake and say see ya next year. You just don’t have the firepower to beat Milwaukee or the pitching.

jim

September 1st, 2011
4:18 pm

I think the Braves will go with 4 starters and 7 relievers in the playoffs and keep all 6 bench players. A lot will depend upon whether Hanson and JJ are healthy, but assume for now JJ and not Hanson —
The 4 starters would be Hudson, Lowe, Beachy, JJ
The pen would be — Kimbrel, Venters, EOF, Viz, Moylan, pick 2 (Minor, Sherrill, Martinez) could be two lefties for Philly and 1 lefty + Martinez for Milwaukee. If JJ continues to struggle, Minor could be the 4th starter. I doubt if Teheran is added to the playoff roster if for no other reason he has pitched a lot of innings already and the Braves would want to shut him down after his start against the Mets as much as possible. He does not have experience coming out of the bullpen.

jim

September 1st, 2011
4:24 pm

A bit surprised that Mac is catching Hudson tonight. When will Wilson come off the DL and what roster move on the 40-man was made to make him elligible?

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