Braves quotes after Thursday win over Nationals

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson’s performance after rough last start

“Good outing, very good outing. We had a couple nice double plays early in the game, get him out of some jams. Very good outing. We swung the bats just enough to get him some support early on.”

On Venters in and out of bases-loaded trouble in 8th

“He gets out of sync a little bit, but then he goes on and strikes out the next two guys with that big sinker. It was a good outing there by Jonny to get out of the jam.”

On Jones looking 30 again

“He’s one of those guys – crunch time. He is showing us his credentials: 451 home runs, playing good defense, hitting the ball good. Keep him fresh and keep him going here down the stretch.”

On decision to lift Hudson

“It was one of those decisions that was 50-50. My gut feeling we had the good matchup with Diaz and Conrad coming up, take a shot and really I’m thinking maybe we’ll get a ball in the gap and get a big number in there so we don’t have to go to O’Flaherty and Venters and Kimbrel. Same situation tomorrow, you may let him hit. That’s the way this game of baseball is. But he pitched a helluva game.”

On Hudson not looking too pleased to be lifted after six

“God bless him, he wants to hit. He’s a competitor. He wants to be in there, which you want that from your players. You really do.”

***TIM HUDSON

On coming out after six

“I never want to come out of a game, whether I’m pitching well or giving it up. I like to go out there and compete. It is what it is. Our bullpen is deep and we’re going to have some September callups. My innings count has gotten up to a pretty high number. It might be smart to start backing off at this point in the year, and save some stuff for down the stretch.”

But that’s not something you think about in heat of game when you’re replaced?

“I enjoy pitching deep into games. I feel like there were some pretty stress-free innings, even though I had a couple of jams I pitched out of. To be honest with you, I was wanting to try to hit a three-run homer.” [Keeps a straight face, trying hard to avoid laughing.] “I was more disappointed that I didn’t get an at-bat, since Derek hit one yesterday. I felt like I was seeing the ball pretty good.”

On getting out of a couple of early jams

“I made a couple of pitches when I needed to. They had a chance to score early, but we got some nice groundballs. Chipper made a nice play on a tricky hop, was able to get a double play started. Uggs turned it pretty well, the guy was bearing in on him at second base. They were some keys plays to the game, for sure. And we were able to scrap and get a run or two throughout the game. We had a nice lead.

“Obviously I gave up the homer there to Werth, but when you have a nice lead there, you want to make ‘em earn it. He earned that.”

Werth homered on an 0-2 pitch, extreme rarity against Hudson

“It just means he guessed right and I put it on the tee for him. Usually 0-2, guys usually don’t get great, great swings on fastballs because you’re in kind of a chase count. It was a pretty good pitch for him to hit, and he was in swing mode, fastball, and he guessed right. He got a pitch up in the zone, and he didn’t miss it.”

***CHIPPER JONES

Best you’ve felt in a while?

“Yeah, I feel good. I feel better than a 1-for-4 indicates. Obviously it’s good I hit another homer, but I gave away three at-bats. That kind of gets the best of me whenever that happens. I had a guy that suited me real well and I got pitches to hit all night. And with the exception of the first at-bat, I just flat-out missed them.”

On giving Hudson an early lead

“You want more than two at that point, but Huddy’s pretty good at making those leads stand up. And once we were up 3-nothing, 4-1, you knew with our bullpen – even though it got hairy there in the eighth – that we had a great chance to win the ballgame.”

On Lowe and Hudson giving back-to-back quality starts  when rotation has some injuries

“I thought Derek pitched great last night. Tim wasn’t sharp, but that just goes to show you he doesn’t have to be sharp. He made some 0-2 mistakes tonight that are not typical Huddy pitches, and early on had trouble putting guys away. They were putting good at-bats against him, making him throw a lot of pitches. He didn’t bury the pitch when he needed to. But to not have your best stuff and go out and give up one run, I’ll take that any day.”

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Ball's-N-All

September 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

FREDI GONZALEZ

September 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

Those sre some helluva quotes David O’brien got.

Hoops Dawg

September 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

Man, Chipper sure is looking like his early-30s self again. Couldn’t come at a better time.

Rowsdower

September 1st, 2011
11:35 pm

I really love the way this team is coming together at the right time. Go get it boys and whatever happens, we’re in business for a LONG time.

Rowsdower

September 1st, 2011
11:37 pm

@Ball’s-N-All – Try actually reading the quotes and contributing something to the conversation instead of being just another “first” sheep. Pathetic…

gotigers72

September 1st, 2011
11:41 pm

A couple of weeks ago, Chipper said he was feeling “dangerous” again, especially from the left side. I would say dangerous indeed. He has just been flat raking lately. Keep it up Hoss, all the way through October!

braves fan forever

September 1st, 2011
11:44 pm

I think since Chipper shave that crap off his face he looks younger and most definitely younger at the plate.Hopefully Heyward bat will come around.Glad to see we got Matty back and Wilson will maybe push gonzalez to hit better.Wilson a great addition.This team could really be something special especially if we get eitherHanson or JJ back in form.Whether we catch the Phillies or not we need to just stay hot and win as many as we can.Huddy looked good tonite.

Largo

September 1st, 2011
11:50 pm

Great game, really enjoyed it. I was impressed with B-Mac digging those pitches out of the dirt in the ninth inning. The guys looked good tonight. AGon with his usual good job at SS and drove in a couple of big runs. Thirty year old Chipper having another good night. The big diesel came through. I really thought Huddy was good for another inning but everything worked out well. Also the kid is making a name for himself in the closer role.

Kimbrel rocks

September 1st, 2011
11:57 pm

we need lowe to pitch well. he is the key to a post season run. does anyone know if he is scheduled to get another shot in the elbow like he did last year?

I_R_Human

September 2nd, 2011
12:20 am

I don’t know when I’ve been more excited about the Playoffs coming…….Here we go, time to ride through October!

I_R_Human

September 2nd, 2011
12:34 am

Kimbrels PROJECTED numbers for this year

GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
81 0 0 0 79.2 48 15 14 1 30 131 4 2 50 0 6 0.98 1.62

Eric Gagne’s number the year he won the Cy Young as a closer

GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ER
77 0 0 0 82.1 37 12 11 2 20 137 2 3 55 0 0 0.69 1.20

I Know I KNOW that Craig isn’t going to win the Cy Young but his projected numbers are pretty comparable to the last time a reliever won….and yeah Gagne didn’t blow a save all year…..so there are differences…..but really at this point in the game I don’t see anyone being comfortable against Kimbrel…..62 strike outs over his last 34 2/3 innings SCORELESS…..straight domination……I’d love to see him get some votes if all these drones don’t just hand they cy young to one of the Phillies just like most of them have alread given them the W.S. title…

Rowsdower

September 2nd, 2011
12:51 am

Of course they’re already giving the Phillies the World Series title…they’re the best team in baseball. The best team always wins the World Series, didn’t you know that?

nashvillewill

September 2nd, 2011
12:58 am

The team looked good and played very well against a traditional nemesis. Braves actually have a worse record against Nats/Expos than Phils through the years. And this year has been no exception. Their hitting and pitching in the clutch indicate a team that is clicking on all cylinders. Dodgers will also offer some competition, especially their pitching, and help guage how good this team really is right now. If Braves take 2 of 3 (and matchups appear favorable), they will close in on WC.
News on JJ is troubling, but I expected as much. Most likely will have to rely on Minor/Delgado/Teheran for at least one game in each postseason series. Sounds like they’re going to pitch them and evaluate. I say, “About time.”
Lowe seems to be regaining late season form and Hudson and Beachy are reliable. IF Braves can continue to hit they will be trouble in playoffs.
It is my fervent hope that with Wilson on board Braves can pinch-hit for Gonzo in late game, game-on-the-line situations.

clay

September 2nd, 2011
3:03 am

where are all the people at saying that chipper should hang it up?

Larry Parrish

September 2nd, 2011
4:13 am

I dont know whats more annoying, the person who posts “first” or the 5 people afterwards that criticizes the guy. Just ignore it and its over.

Okay so now that that’s over with, who else is excited to watch Delgado pitch on Sunday? Last time he took the mound, he had a no hitter going into the 7th

Ken

September 2nd, 2011
5:05 am

The Nationals announcer said Kimbrel was the best pitcher he had seen all year.

Truck Drivin Man

September 2nd, 2011
6:47 am

Wooooeeeee!! What do you know? We squashed the Washington Bugs! Go Braves!!

vermont 39

September 2nd, 2011
7:29 am

Good game Braves!!!

Braves Fan in NY

September 2nd, 2011
7:34 am

LOL The Yankees just called up SCOTT PROCTOR!

Braves Fan in NY

September 2nd, 2011
7:36 am

JJ going for more tests…yeesh….Hanson still out…yeesh yeesh….This is getting scary in a hurry for the playoffs…Hudson, then Lowe? then Beachy/Minor?? ouch

Hugo

September 2nd, 2011
7:57 am

The Chipper should hang it up guys are are having a sausage party with the Lowe ain’t worth the money chumps,lol…

BoatDoc

September 2nd, 2011
8:42 am

I wonder if I could get an ap to screen this blog. I could screen out all “first”, followed by 5 people ridiculing everyone who tried to be first. Then I could screen out Phillies and Mets trolls who come by.

But I think the entries I’d miss the least are the “Braves players and management are bad and stupid and if I WERE playing or managing or general managing… the Braves would just be better.”

henry from TN

September 2nd, 2011
9:08 am

good game beat our nemesis nats 2 out of 3–good decision to pull huddy by fredi–we should beat billingsley 10-10 4.08 era giving up 12 hr.– we should beat eovaldi 1-2 346 era 1 hr. another story against kershaw 17-5 2.45 era 13 hr. we’ll be lucky to beat him….

BoatDoc

September 2nd, 2011
9:23 am

I don’t know, Henry – our boys seem to bring their best game against aces. Lincecum… Halladay… all bit the dust.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 2nd, 2011
9:34 am

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/gwinnett-braves-struggle-to-1154341.html

But I thought all the ATL sports teams’ attendance problems would be solved if they packed up and moved to the northern suburbs. Hmm.

stew

September 2nd, 2011
9:52 am

We got the who batting all mixed up. The order should be Freeman, Uggla, McCann, and Chipper. Freeman is the best hitter for average. Uggla is our best pure slugger. McCann is cover for all. Chipper is best mixed bag. Also, Constanza bats eighth so that we have two great scorers in our lineup. Bourn and Constanza bat first and eighth.

chief pitchanono

September 2nd, 2011
9:54 am

Finally! September is here! This should be a great month, and even with a good lead this is a hugh month for the Braves to determing who plays in the post season. This is almost like a fall spring training. Seems like we have questions everywhere, but not in the traditional sense. (Where as this year we actually have options to run out there in case of injury or poor execution.) Now we have Castanza, Heyward and Diaz in the outfield mix. We now have Wilson to hopefully be legit at short and maybe push Gonzo’s offense a little or at least PH for him if he keeps struggling at the plate. Then the biggest questions of all, our starting rotation?? Lowe appears to be getting his groove back, but still somewhat of a question, then there is Jurggens and Hanson. If they can’t come back and be effective, we have to have Tehran, Delgado, or Minor ready to go. I think they have seen enough of Minor to know Delgado or Tehran may be the better option for a playoff start. They have to get these guys some MLB innings to see which one handles it the best. You can’t argue with what Delgado did his last time out, so you gotta give him another couple of looks and obviously Tehran has had an incredible season in AAA so he deserves a shot also. Lots to figure out this month, but like I said its very rare when your backup options could actually be more talented than your starters so its a good problem to have. Freddi and Frank just have to pick the right guys. Go Braves!!

reckingball

September 2nd, 2011
9:56 am

I don’t know who is more annoying, the person that posts 1st, the five people that critize the guy that posted 1st, or the person that comments on the five people, that critized the guy that posted 1st.
Maybe it is the person that comments on the guy that commented on the five people, that critized the person that posted 1st.

Mike Lum fan

September 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

It kinda looked like Huddy was a little irked about being pulled after he was in the batter’s box, gotta love his competitiveness. Hey Dave, what do you think about the SI artcle claiming the wild card spots have ruined pennant races, do you agree?

alex

September 2nd, 2011
11:27 am

@reckingball,I vote for you
syncophants out in strength, impressive chipper fielding last nite in the 8th….

Mister Frisky

September 2nd, 2011
12:08 pm

Rest Chipper Saturday.Put your best 8 guys against Kershaw.Want to see the full line ups approach against the type of pitcher they will see in the playoffs.Love Delgado going Sunday.He can shut down Kemp the rest of the Dodgers offense is awful.

Largo

September 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

Constanza might be coming back down to earth with something like a .160 average in the last 25 AB. Maybe there is a reason for his lifetime in the minors. Hope he gets it going again, it’s fun to watch him play.

jim

September 2nd, 2011
12:58 pm

Don’t count on Teheran and Delgado to be a significant part of the stretch and playoff picture. Teheran especially and Delgado have logged a lot of innings at a young age and need to be shut down, or at least slowed down now. Teheran had his worst start of the year last night and needs to be protected from overwork.

Does the fact that Gearrin and Ascensio were not named as players to be called up in September indicate that they may be good candidates for the PTBNL?

phil

September 2nd, 2011
1:15 pm

That was a more complete effort last night. All around well played game with a few homers, a few timely hits, even a sac fly to score a run from the black hole, Gonzo.

Nice game for Heyward. He swung the bat well. If he even hit .260 to .275 the rest of the way, what a huge help it would be.

Naturally JJ is hurt again. We all knew he was. I hate the lies. doing no one any favors to carry on like that. He clearly tweaked the knee in Chicago on that squibber in front of the mound and then pretended all was well…heck, the knee was already causing problems before the Chicago play.

Might as well park JJ and Hanson and keep running Hudson, Lowe, Beachy and Minor out there and pick the best 3 when we reach round one. Thank goodness for the pitching depth we have.

Rowsdower

September 2nd, 2011
1:44 pm

@Mister Frisky – I agree. Treat that Kershaw game like a playoff game against Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels. God knows he’s pitching like those 2 and it would be a good test to see if what our lineup can do against an elite pitcher.

@Largo – Or it could be that he’s coming back from an injury and timing is everything.

@phil – I am getting sick of the hero nonsense myself. Hanson and JJ both pulled that garbage the 2nd half and it cost us. I was always taught that there is a difference between pitching with pain and pitching with an injury. They’re young and I hope they figure that out, but when there is pain don’t say there isn’t get checked out and confirm there isn’t injury. Both are injured and don’t need to be in the rotation until they demonstrate health.

Mets R Best

September 2nd, 2011
1:51 pm

Just to keep you guys up to date, the Miracle Metropolitans won again last night.

why the crap

September 2nd, 2011
2:00 pm

Largo, Constanza is a 300plus lifetime hitter in minors. Your theory don’t hold water.

Rowsdower is right..timing is everything. Have faith.

Largo

September 2nd, 2011
2:19 pm

Crap. . .I’m all for the kid doing well. My point is, there is a difference playing in the minors and the major leagues.

Mister Frisky

September 2nd, 2011
2:21 pm

@Rowsdower,Great minds think alike.

Rowsdower

September 2nd, 2011
2:29 pm

@Mets R Best – Staved off mathematical elimination again, eh? You guys actually have a puncher’s chance of getting to .500. Kudos!

Braves in 11

September 2nd, 2011
2:44 pm

I think the Braves should look at altering the lineup a bit.

Vs Righties…..

Bourn
Freeman
McCann
Uggla
Chipper
Prado
Heyward
Gonzalez

Vs. Lefties

Bourn
Prado
Chipper
Uggla
McCann
Freeman
Heyward
Gonzalez

Braves in 11

September 2nd, 2011
2:46 pm

Whoops vs. Lefties swap Gonzalez and Heyward or keep it there assuming Diaz gets most of the starts vs Lefties.

Chipper is just raking it right now and it might take some pressure off of McCann who is struggling to move him down to 5th until he gets settled in again.

Mister Frisky

September 2nd, 2011
2:59 pm

Chipper has found the fountain of youth he has won back the 3 hole.

DawgDad

September 2nd, 2011
3:31 pm

I’ll go out on a limb here and say it’s practically impossible for an 80-90 inning pitcher to amass enough value to justify a Cy Young award. Now, I haven’t run the numbers on a 75-save season or anything, but if a closer is getting 50+saves SOMEBODY else on the team is contributing even more value in terms of wins, and in all probability MULTIPLE players would be.

That said, pretty incredible performance from Kimbrel. I STILL can’t believe Cox pulled him out of that playoff game last year . . . I suspect that decision has roots with the kid Devine who gave up the grand-slam against Houston in 2005.

Great additions by Wren (Diaz, Wilson). He clearly has learned from his mistakes of omission last year. Theoretically, there’s not a position player on the roster now whose loss would be a fatal blow to the postseason. Cox should have been so lucky . . . OK, so he has no room to complain.

Truck Drivin Man

September 2nd, 2011
4:10 pm

The Truck Drivin Man loves racing, women, smokes, baseball and baked squirrel smothered in onions.

Dirty Dawg

September 2nd, 2011
5:21 pm

Don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but it appears that young Mr. Heyward has ‘found something’ – at least I hope he’s ‘found it’ and that the last few nights weren’t just a fluke. Doubt if we’ll be able to ‘catch’ Philadelphia, those damn guys just pitch and hit too good to ’swoon’…that doesn’t mean we couldn’t beat ‘em in a seven-game series though.

By the way, the announcers were pointing out the ‘routine’ that the Morse guy from the Gnats, or Nats if you prefer, does before getting into the batter’s box…then it hit me, he’s doing a Heisman pose (only with a baseball bat), ala Desmond Howard.

JoeBravesFan

September 2nd, 2011
5:28 pm

With injuries to Hanson and JJ, it’s a very good thing we have the pitching depth that we do. I still think we should have traded JJ by the July trade deadline while his value was high, but that’s just me. Should be a very interesting last month!

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