Braves quotes after Tuesday win over Marlins

FREDI GONZALEZ

On first win for Delgado

“Good for him. He pitched himself out of a couple of jams. He was terrific. And Heyward, he changed the game out there defensively. He made some great catches, coming in on balls. That ball towards the line he made a great play.

“And then the bullpen, to get four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, two with Martinez and two with Anthony [Varvaro]… That was it. That was the game.”

Just what you needed, early lead, rookie pitcher poised, got to rest the main relievers…

“Yeah, other than the skipper needing a couple of more runs. [Laughs.] We had some opportunities. I think we left 10 or 11 on base. But that’ll come.”

“McCann had some good at-bats, Jason had some good at-bats – it was a good day.”

On Gonzalez

“We’re calling it a strained calf. Hopefully with the off day on Thursday, give him tomorrow off, maybe that settles down a bit and we can use him the rest of the way.”

You think he got out of the game in time before it got worse?

“I think so. He’s pretty good about telling us his leg or something is bothering. Hopefully it’s just a couple of days. We don’t think it’s major, but those calf injuries, at times, can become major. So get him out of there.”

When did he do it?

“Actually he did it at home on Sunday, fielding between innings. He felt a little bit something there and it got a little bit worse, and we didn’t want to take a chance.”

On Delgado getting Morrison with bases loaded, Stanton with two on

“Ignorance is good sometimes, not knowing what’s going on. Go out and pitch. He probably doesn’t know who Mike Stanton is, or Ryan Howard…. Good for him, he got his first win. And Mac did a helluva job catching a shutout. Now we come tomorrow, get D-Lowe to give us a good outing, and see where we’re at.”

When a Miami reporter asked him about getting a win on a night the Cardinals “were off” [They weren’t actually off, of course]

“No, the Cardinals are playing. They’re tied 5-5. Not that I’m scoreboard watching.” [laughs]

“You know what, we need to win. If we take care of business in front of us, we don’t have to worry about what’s behind us.”

***RANDALL DELGADO

On getting his first win, and in a big situation

“It feels so good. I’m happy. It was an important victory for the team, too. I was thinking of that before the game, focusing on how we needed to win.”

Did you feel any added pressure?

“A little bit. I had to put my mind so I could do a good job today and concentrate no matter what happened. There was a little pressure, but after a couple of innings I forgot that and tried to win, no matter what happened.”

On facing Stanton with two on and one out

“With a man on first and second, I wasn’t trying to pitch right in the zone. It doesn’t matter if I walk him; try to get the out with the next hitter.”

On the three-run lead

“That was good. I said, ‘alright, let’s go, let’s get the win.’”

***CHIPPER JONES

On Delgado

“He got in some trouble and made the pitch. He showed a lot of poise out there, a lot of focus. I was proud of him. He did good.”

“He’s given us a chance to win pretty much every time he’s taken the hill. That’s all you can ask out of him. I don’t think he’s given up more than two or three in a start yet. For a kid that was in Double-A at the beginning of the season, he’s showing that he belongs here.”

How big a win for the team?

“It’s huge. I’m proud of the guys for the way they bounced back tonight. I still would have liked to have seen us score seven or eight and make it a laugher, but we’ll take it any way we can get it. I thought we swung the bats pretty good. We got Anibal’s pitch count up early in the game, and the kid [Delgado] made pitches when he had to.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On Delgado’s composure, confidence

“Yeah, man, he expects to go do that stuff. Which is what you wish everybody had. It’s one thing to have the ability as a rookie, and to have the ability to come up and expect to be good – I think you’re born with that.”

“He’s shown us every start. He’s getting better, he’s learning more. He came out tonight in a big game and stepped up huge for us. And I can’t say enough about Cristhian Martinez and Varvaro, thowing multiple innings, throwing up zeroes and not even letting anybody on base. It was a team effort, a team win tonight. That was good for us.”

***ALEX GONZALEZ

On his calf injury, when he did it

“Saturday, standing at shortstop it grabbed me. Like a cramp.”

“I’ve got a strain. It could be worse. It’s on the side. Maybe a couple of days. See how it is Friday.”

On not wanting to miss time while so hot and games so important

“I want to keep playing, but I’ve got to take care of myself. Maybe miss one or two days then I can play more games.”

107 comments Add your comment

Matt

September 20th, 2011
11:33 pm

I know we still had issues with RISP but today we looked like a good team having decent AB and pitching very well. So impressed with how these young pitchers are stepping up. Maybe last night lit a fire under this team. Keep in mind we still control our fate and every day that ticks off the calender is one step closer let go win us a series tomorrow.

Freefalling

September 20th, 2011
11:35 pm

who would’ve thought losing gonzalez would be a bad thing…….
the way he’s playing right now.. pretty big loss

now.. McFail finally got a hit in the 9th… that better get him going

im guessing Teheran is the longman tomorrow..???
funny how a rookie could come out and pitch the kind of game he did.. when lowe comes out and craps his pants….

Kimbrel rocks

September 20th, 2011
11:37 pm

our rookie pitchers are off the chain. next year’s rotation is going to be a BATTLE. delgado is not going back to AAA….ever

Kimbrel rocks

September 20th, 2011
11:37 pm

why can’t tehran start with lowe out of pen? does that make too much sense or something?

Freefalling

September 20th, 2011
11:39 pm

oh yeah.. that too.. 1st inning.. wow. i thought, “not this crap again”

more early runs tomorrow

and **** the mets… serving up a fat 6 runs with 2 outs in the 7th.. the cards are just playing excellent baseball right now…

Spartygw

September 20th, 2011
11:40 pm

I’m scared about tomorrow. I’m sacrificing a chicken before Lowe takes the mound.

Rowsdower

September 20th, 2011
11:42 pm

This game was huge considering Fruiti’s love affair with bLowe. We are guarenteed a loss tomorrow. At least we know regardless of the outcome of the Cards game we will still be the lead.

He better have Teheran warming up in the 1st inning to be ready to go when bLowe inevitably implodes.

NorCal Brave

September 20th, 2011
11:43 pm

Stellar job by the young pitchers. Heyward haters need to quiet down. Love to see Prado swinging like his old self. Still don’t get how poorly we execute with no outs and runners in scoring position.

Mister Frisky

September 20th, 2011
11:43 pm

Happy for Randy Delgado.The kid was great.

Supes

September 20th, 2011
11:44 pm

Congrats to Delgado on his 1st MLB win! Should have happened a while back but the Braves didn’t score much at all for him when he was in the games…

At least there was no “hat tipping tonight”…surely Fredi is saving that for tomorrow as Derek bLowe takes to the mound! He should be used to it by now…

Freefalling

September 20th, 2011
11:46 pm

so it might rain during friday’s game??

based on this season.. a doubleheader would be great… 3 sweeps so far in those this season

Spartygw

September 20th, 2011
11:47 pm

Make that two chickens

Spartygw

September 20th, 2011
11:47 pm

Rowsdower

September 20th, 2011
11:48 pm

It’s gonna take more than a hat tomorrow to explain how bLowe got demolitioned by the same lineup that Delgado and friends ate tonight. More like cow tipping.

It’s not too late, Fredi. You can still yank bLowe and start Teheran. At least he will give us a chance.

Rowsdower

September 20th, 2011
11:50 pm

Kershaw is proving why he is the Cy Young winner this year while helping us out a little. Hopefully we can at least put a little distance between us and the Giants after the Cards comeback.

Bravess

September 20th, 2011
11:58 pm

come on guys..as frustrated as we all are with this team we need to get behind them. Ive been on Lowe’s back for awhile now. It is time to give it a rest and support them. We would all love to see Hudson,Beachy, Minor as playoff rotation (or whatever rookies you want) but it is not going to happen. You think STL fans are not frustrated that they are 2.5 games back with the line up they have? Yet they have a near sell out tonight. We maybe had 20,000 at the last home stand..in a playoff race..on a weekend. I’ll be there for the Philly series just like I am every game. If you are in ATL. GO TO THE GAMES

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
12:16 am

Rowsdower Your comment is awaiting moderation. That’s precious…

bravesfaninNashville

September 21st, 2011
12:18 am

Good call Bravess……. We need to support this team at home next week. We’ll probably have a chance to clinch against Philly. It would be nice to celebrate in front of them…

rc35

September 21st, 2011
12:20 am

I’m glad they won, but how far DOES McCann have to hit one to get to second base? He didn’t run out the hit and played still life while the Marlins catcher went all the way to Hialeah looking for a dropped ball. I was honestly afraid Freeman would homer and be called out for passing McCann, who STILL wouldn’t leave first.

Ralph

September 21st, 2011
12:39 am

Fredi Gutless has been saying in post game quotes the whole year about RISP “that will come”, When Fredi is it going to come?

Cards have a very easy schedule and they are on fire, can’t see them losing to Mets, Cubs and Astros. Braves have the pesky Nats after the Marlins the the Phillies, looks bad to me.

Mom

September 21st, 2011
1:03 am

The Phillies, like the Braves are 4 and 6 for their last ten games. Lost both ends of a DH the Nats tonight.
The Giants game is just over, they lost to the Dodgers 2-1

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
1:05 am

The difference between the Phillies and the Braves; they have nothing to play for.

Mitchell

September 21st, 2011
1:10 am

I was there on Saturday. It was not 20,000.

The atmosphere was great and everybody was behind them.

It’s just hard to stay behind them when they shut the Mets down and then end up losing the series the next day in miserable fashion.

bobbybrave

September 21st, 2011
1:13 am

big, big win…..got a little nervous in the 1st…..i coached high school baseball in jax. fla. for a long time…coached against chipper a few times when he played at the bolles school, and have been a been fan of his and i still am,…..but his first ab tue night was the worst i have ever seen by him…the 3-1 change-up he missed by 3 ft..out the zone and then got caught looking off-spped and took a 3-2 fastball down the pipe with runners 2nd and 3rd…….but huge win and i will take chipper at the plate anytime…..

bravesfaninNashville

September 21st, 2011
1:14 am

The Phillies are resting now and not caring about the outcome of games. Come next week when they play the Braves they will probably turn it back on for two reasons. 1. As a good tune-up for the playoffs so they aren’t flat when it counts again. 2. They’d love to knock the Braves out of the Playoffs because they are rivals and it would give them pleasure to do so. The Braves need to have this wrapped up before then so the Braves can have the luxury of playing games they don’t have to win.

milo

September 21st, 2011
1:14 am

Are any of you worried about Delgado not getting any swings and misses? He reminds of Jurrjens but he throws 92, 93. I just dont like guys who get 2k’s per 5 innings.

Mom

September 21st, 2011
1:17 am

Will they still have “nothing to play for” those last three games?

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
1:19 am

I just don’t care how you get them out as long as you get them out. How does comparing to JJ concern you? JJ is an elite MLB pitcher when he’s healthy. I would kill to have another JJ.

bravesfaninNashville

September 21st, 2011
1:20 am

Bravess…… The attendance for the last home series against the Mets. Friday 43,901, Saturday 46,763 and Sunday, 39,862.. That is a well attended series..over 130,000 in three games. Let’s give credit where it’s due and thank everyone who went out to support the Braves and had so suffer watching them play disappointing baseball. I’ll be there next week against Philly and in the Playoffs if they make it.

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
1:20 am

@Mom – No, as was stated before, they will be gunning for us next week. If we don’t have this thing wrapped up, we might be in trouble. The Phils aren’t going to go balls deep to crush us, but they will tune up for the playoffs and hope they knock us out at the same time.

Mom

September 21st, 2011
1:26 am

Well that’s one way to look at it. Another is, if you were the Phills, would you rather face the Braves or the Cards in the playoffs?

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
1:37 am

I think we know the answer to that question, but I just can’t seem that comes into play on Monday. The Phils HATE us. They would love nothing more than to come down to the ATL and put us out of the playoffs.

bravesfaninNashville

September 21st, 2011
1:47 am

Rowsdower…. Agreed the Phillies will be playing their best baseball against us. We’ll have to earn any win we get against them… They aren’t going to let us walk right in to the playoffs.

Stinger2

September 21st, 2011
3:56 am

FG comment: “You know what, we need to win.” Duh.
This man makes some sense!

bobbybrave

September 21st, 2011
4:14 am

lots of unwritten so called rules in baseball and one of them you play your starters against a team that is fighting for the playoffs…..the phillies did last w/e against the cards and they will do it against us if the playoff race is still going…that is class….i hate the phillies, but the braves when playing well match ok vs them….the nats scare me…they would love to spoil the playoffs for us….they will be loose and they have lots of talent….if we sneak a win tonight with lowe going i like our chances…maybe a rainout and lowe will go on south beach and stay there

BRAVESFAN

September 21st, 2011
5:47 am

One game at a time. Win one for the ol Chipper.

Go Braves!

NickGranite

September 21st, 2011
6:35 am

When is RISP going to come you ask? How the hell can anyone answer that question. No one can predict the actions of another at the plate. All you can do is look at the trends of individuals in RISP situations taking in account lefty/righty situations and of course the pitcher himself. In other words, you sacrifice 2 chickens and a goat like Spartygw noted and hope for the best.

Charlie

September 21st, 2011
7:17 am

Fredi G. “…McCann had some good at bats…” What the hell game was he watching? McCann peed down his leg every at bat, except his last one. As he has done for the past month, McCann spits out chances to drive in runs. (On Delgado) “…Ignorance is good sometimes…” Are we supposed to believe that hitters like Mike Stanton aren’t discussed with the pitchers before the game? Fredi’s comments take IDIOT to a whole new level. what a clown.

Good grief Charlie Brown

September 21st, 2011
7:31 am

CONGRATS to Delgado on his first major league win…the kid really stepped up last night. and he worked his way through that trouble in the 4th (or was that the 5th?). i got kinda nervous when i saw Stanton walking to the plate. hahaha

@rowsdower, bravesfaninnash: ditto on those comments about the phils coming to ATL with victory on their minds. i believe they would like nothing better than to be responsible for keeping the Braves out of the playoffs.

heb11:1

September 21st, 2011
7:45 am

Keep fighting, Braves! Quitters never win and winners never quit! Fight the fear with faith and you’ll win every time!

dap

September 21st, 2011
8:14 am

Come on Freddie, ditch Lowe and start Delgado and Tehran. At least we will have an average chance.

Hudson, Beachy, Delgado, Minor should start the playoff games.

dap

September 21st, 2011
8:17 am

Delgado looks ready for the majors next year. Tehran looks ready for the ML next year, so does Minor.

How do we trade Lowe and JJ or Hanson when they are either bad or hurt?

We should (could) get rid of 2 of these three before next year but it seems impossible.

Genie

September 21st, 2011
8:19 am

If you find my bottle and rub it I can come out and grant your wish to give back to this Braves team the 14-15 games your manager blew this season!

Then the Phillies three games will be for the division title, and not merely playoff survival.

Hurry, though, you must find me before your manager blows this 2.5 game lead as once you are caught I become powerless!

Larry

September 21st, 2011
8:26 am

dap,

Agreed. I’d rather fight with these snotty nosed kids that to sit through another Lowe meltdown!

Win or lose, they are the future, so let’s get them some playoff pressure experience right now. This will pay off down the road.

With Fruity managing, we haven’t a prayer in the postseason anyway so let’s use this opportunity–if Fruity doesn’t blow it these last 7 games–to prepare for the future when we can compliment these young guns with a capable and proven manager.

Larry

September 21st, 2011
8:34 am

The Braves 2012 opening day starting pitching shoul be:

1. Tim Hudson
2. Brandon Beachy
3. Mike Minor
4. Kris Medlin
5. Randall Delgado

2013 opening day:

1. Beachy
2. Delgado
3. Minor
4. Medlin
5. TBD – Teheran won’t make it!

perry4085

September 21st, 2011
8:35 am

Derek Lowe is little more than a 15 million dollar accident waiting to happen now. The Braves would be better off to shut him down now and leave him off the playoff roster.

Tom

September 21st, 2011
9:05 am

Nats are next which best case means braves and cards will be tied for the wildcard the final weekend, or if the braves get swept(by nats which is a distinct possibility) trailing by 1……..

bvillebaron

September 21st, 2011
9:17 am

Larry:

You are clueless if you think Hanson and Teheran don’t belong in the rotations each of the next two years.

FWIW I also agree with many of the posters that, unless he has been shut down for the rest of the season, the Braves should start Teheran tonight. Lowe has been awful lately (and looks like he may have lost his confidence as well) and usually a pitcher that the other team hasn’t seen before (particularly one like Teheran who was the IL rookie and pitcher of the year) has an advantage.

southern hope

September 21st, 2011
9:17 am

bravesfaninNashville at 1:14 a.m. — I 100% agree with your logic.

ChillyMutt

September 21st, 2011
9:29 am

Alex I had similar calf issues … in both legs. One ending up tearing – twice and the other ruptured an achilles. I would say minimum1 week for the strain. Then again you have near unlimited resources of trainers and doctors.

the truth...

September 21st, 2011
9:33 am

I hate to say it, but the thought crossed my mind that here Gonzo is in his home town and out of the blue his calf is “hurt”….

Fredi said he did it Sunday and Gonzo said Saturday…..while he was “standing”…………

Wow wait till you’re 65 Gonzo….you will be in a wheelchair for sure then…..

For as hot as he’s been lately, and as great as he is all season with the glove….I still cannot get rid of the picture in my mind of his waltzing to first time after time all season…..

Contrasted with Uggla flying down the line night after night….always hustling….

Make it what you will…I question his dedication….

hawk TN

September 21st, 2011
9:38 am

it don’t look good for the braves, because the cards will most likely win out the rest of the season and the braves will have to win 6 out of 7 to get in the playoffs and i don’t believe they can do that.

Baseball Math

September 21st, 2011
9:42 am

If the Braves go 4-3 the rest of the way, the Cards need to go 7-1 to tie. If the Braves go 3-4 (which is likely), then the Cards need to go 6-2. If the Braves go 2-5, well let’s just say if they go 2-5, then the Cards are going to the playoff’s. Hopefully, we will get hot and go 5-2 or something crazy like that…

Freddi

September 21st, 2011
9:46 am

I think I’ll run Lowe out there a couple of more times, just to make the wild card race interesting.

john

September 21st, 2011
10:06 am

Play Wilson more-Chipper is tired
Play Ross more-Brian is tired
Use O’Flarhety and Moylan more now

Some Players are going to have to step up if Braves want to play in October -Jason is improving,
Gonzo,too-

Where is Jose C. ?

AB*Nation

September 21st, 2011
10:16 am

Irony is running thick.

We all would have loved bLowe to seriously tank in his last 2 starts and miss the post season roster like Zito did for the Giants last year (we can all dream),,, but we can’t afford that now, so he is the key now to getting to the post season …i.e. not because he is good, but because he is a liability. Best case scenario, he gives up 8 runs and the Bravos win 9-8!

The Phillies would love to knock the Braves out, but will do themselves more harm if they do in allowing the Cards in the door… and with the way the Phils aren’t playing + the fact it is the team that played the better than anyone,,and it would be the NLDS,, that has to be a scary prospect.

May the Force that ain’t Lowe be with us!

Von Trapp

September 21st, 2011
10:33 am

Das crybabies can wipe das tears today. Das Braves know what they must do and vill do it :)

Preston Thompson

September 21st, 2011
10:41 am

Do any of you not have a little pride? With the way the Braves are playing just how far do you figure they’ll go in the playoffs? Like the Falcons last year. Ist game and out. Do you really want this team to emabarrass you again. And in the playoffs no less. Freddi has no sense of pride, but don’t y’all. They’re not banged up. Just hitless in the pinch. I really like the Braves but this team has me dissapointed big time. Why worry about the playoffs when you know they lack the fire to win.

AB*Nation

September 21st, 2011
10:43 am

Ya..let’s hope zat ze girlie man Lowe doesn’t get a rip in his lederhosen zafter leaving ze bar on his way to Turner Field. Great Julie Andrews impression btw.

jt

September 21st, 2011
10:44 am

Pretty bad when you dread a game in witch a 15 Million $ pitcher is starting! God only knows how Lowe will blow this one. And another thing: Will Fredi leave this loser in until the game is out of reach, like he has done all year?

Well, I think I answered my own question: One loser will support the other loser!!!

jt

September 21st, 2011
10:47 am

Oh Yeah, what does Chipper mean when he says “WE were hitting the ball pretty good tonight” I think I have seen him strike out about 10 times in the last 3 games, including 2 last night????

jt

September 21st, 2011
10:47 am

Oh Yeah, what does Chipper mean when he says “WE were hitting the ball pretty good tonight” I think I have seen him strike out about 10 times in the last 3 games, including 2 last night????

jt

September 21st, 2011
10:47 am

Oh Yeah, what does Chipper mean when he says “WE were hitting the ball pretty good tonight” I think I have seen him strike out about 10 times in the last 3 games, including 2 last night????

jt

September 21st, 2011
10:48 am

Sorry about all of the posts, I have a stuttering problem>

jim

September 21st, 2011
10:48 am

I don’t think the animosity toward the other team that the fans have necessarily translates to the players. If I am the Phillies, I would hate to start the playoffs against the Cards in a short series — It partially negates the biggest advantage they have (starting pitching depth) and minimizes the Cards lliability (starting pitching depth) The Cardinals have a better lineup than the Phillies and if they make the playoffs they will probably make the WS.
The Phillies are professional and will play the games to win, but they will get no joy knocking the Braves out of the playoffs.

b

September 21st, 2011
10:58 am

Does anyone else think McCann is the slowest player in the big leagues.
I really think some people could outrun him on one leg.

jt

September 21st, 2011
11:06 am

b: Yes: Without a doubt!!!

jim

September 21st, 2011
11:07 am

jt

I was struck by the same comment by Chipper. The WE certanly did not apply to HIM in big situations. The first inning AB was one of the worst ABs in Chipper’s career. He is a guess hitter at this point of his career and is very susceptible to the changeup in a fastball count.

Miss Betzold

September 21st, 2011
11:08 am

I do believe it ill be foolish to let Mr. Lowe pitch again.

Joni Mitchell

September 21st, 2011
11:12 am

“Don’t it always seem to go………..” Now we can appreciate what a gem we had in Glavine, who pitched a truckload of years without going on the injured list.

Joe Stevenson

September 21st, 2011
11:17 am

Suppose you had a batter who struck out, say, 90 percent of the time he went up to the plate. But every once in a while he hit a dinger. And then suppose you had a manager who kept playing this batter, because my gosh he MIGHT hit one out. Now suppose you had a pitcher……..

Heyward grounds out to second

September 21st, 2011
11:28 am

Even though we left a lot of runners on, their middle infielders took away a numerous amount of hits. Freddie crushed that ball, but got robbed, Conrad stuck it nice to, but got robbed. They were good ABs. It wasn’t like they went up there and tapped out. That was encouraging.

Huge win last night. Let’s hope D Lowe can go out there and not throw 70 pitches through two innings tonight. Regardless, he should be shut down, IMO. I’d rather Eddie Perez go out there and pitch than D Lowe.

Delgado was awesome tonight. Very poised, very pro. I think he could have gone six tonight had Fredi not pinched him. But given the situation, Fredi needed to.

Varvarro and Martinez were nuts. They pitched brilliantly. Offense came up big when it needed to. I might need to change my name to Heyward gets on base a lot. It seems like every time he comes up to bat he either walks or gets a hit. He’s quietly turning it around.

Let’s take this game, and then put down those pesky Nats.

I wish Tehran was starting tonight….

Go Braves!

The Abs Man

September 21st, 2011
11:29 am

More than insane to start Derek “Touchdown” Lowe tonight in honor of football kicking off.

Heyward grounds out to second

September 21st, 2011
11:33 am

Larry you’re nuts, you really don’t want Hanson in there? When that man is on, he’s on.

I’d go for 2012:

Hudson
Hanson
Beachy
Delgado
Medlen/Minor/Tehran one of the three.

Von Trapp

September 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

I hope Lowe makes all das crybabies eats das crow tonight :)

Simply Put

September 21st, 2011
12:20 pm

Oh no, not Lowe!

jim

September 21st, 2011
12:20 pm

Freeman and Conrad had quality ABs last night in big situations with nothing to show for it, but the 3, 4, 5 hitters did not. Except for a solo HR, all of the scoring was in one inning. Numerous opportunities to get more were wasted. With Lowe going tonight, that can’t happen again. Delgado has pitched great every time out, and the team has won all but one of his starts since the 2nd callup — the unfortunate loss in St. Louis being the exception. The only time he has given up multiple runs was on the Kemp 3-run HR and that was all that LA got in that game — I don’t recall the specifics now, but remember that the 2 men on in front of Kemp got cheap bloops or infield hits and te HR pitch was a bad call from Mac — He threw it in the spot called for.

Tom

September 21st, 2011
12:24 pm

which will be more surprising in the nats series, braves sweep nats or vice versa?

jim

September 21st, 2011
12:24 pm

One good omen for the Braves tonight is that the guy they are facing has been pitching great lately. We have done OK against the other team’s aces, but when we hear that the guy ptching against us has had a 6+ ERA in the last month, that’s when he throws a shutout against us.

jim

September 21st, 2011
12:27 pm

Will Strasburg be pitching tomorrow against the Phillies or Friday vs Braves?

nashvillewill

September 21st, 2011
12:29 pm

So many are blogging about next year, but we’re still alive here, though shaky. Fredi is a gambling man(ager) and has gone all in on DLowe (vers Teheran), Heyward (vers Constanza), and on a .230 hitter batting cleanup. While I disagree with these calls, as well as the early season mishandling of bullpen and starters (failing to pull JJ, staying with Lowe, not bringing young pitchers along, etc.), I support my team and hope he is right and I (and others on this post) are wrong. We’ll soon see. If Fredi fails to make WC I will support an effort to remove him as manager. If he succeeds with his decisions I will shut up.

rickman

September 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

PUT LOWE ON A VERY SHORT ROPE!!!!!

rickman

September 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

PUT LOWE ON A VERY SHORT ROPE!!!!!

rickman

September 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

PUT LOWE ON A VERY SHORT ROPE!!!!!

Phatty

September 21st, 2011
12:42 pm

I too am not fully sold on Delgado yet. He got hit pretty good, and the fly balls were caught near the fence. He had a lot of luck. The low K count is bothersome and could be an indicator of bad things to come.

jim

September 21st, 2011
12:57 pm

Two points on Teheran:
1. He has pitched a lot of innings for a 20 year old and the Braves would like to shut him down for the rest of the season. His ERA in AAA shot up by about 1/2 run per game over the last couple of weeks of their season.
2. He has been a starter for all of his minor league career. I don’t think he looked very comfortable coming out of the bullpen last time.

Lowe needs to keep Morrison and Stanton in the ballpark and avoid the walks and high pitch counts and get at least 6 good innings in tonight.

Von Trapp

September 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Admire FG for sticking with Lowe tonight……………It is now up to Lowe to make his critics EAT DAS CROW

Lobosolo

September 21st, 2011
1:02 pm

jt… where does your considerable baseball knowledge come from? are you really as blind to yourself as you seem? what a maroon….

WARNING CRYBOYS… END OF SEASON APPROACHING…. NOT FOR SISSIES… BEST RUN FOR THE HILLS OR LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE GAME… NOT A GOOD TIME TO REMIND THE WORLD HOW LITTLE YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GAME AND THE TEAM YOU SO DESPISE BUT STILL WATCH… TIME TO GET NEW PILLOWS FOR YOUR LARDY BEHINDS AND CHECK THE SPRINGS IN THE LAZY BOY… CHECK YOUR SUPPLIES… KLEENEX, BINKIES, DIAPERS…

I must say there has been an inexhaustable supply of ignorant, boorish, childish, clueless,
antagonistic, uninformed, unrealistic, and just plain flat out STUPID remarks made throughout the season by this year’s crop of crybaby armchair know-nothings… Too bad you dips don’t know the game and its many facets… you might-a could-a enjoyed such a great ride this has been if you weren’t such a group of ignorant whiners… too bad…

And this little armchair went WAH, WAH, WAH all the way home…. LOSERS!!!!!!

Chop101

September 21st, 2011
1:28 pm

Outstanding pitching performance by Delgado last night. The rookie really came up big in the clutch. Would really be great to see Lowe turn it around tonight and help this team build some momentum going to Washington. I’m sure that Lowe wants to win as badly as anyone tonight and I’ll expect to see him pitch a great game.

Now, where is Mets R Best? Need some accountability from him after his team allowed the Cards to go on a scoring rampage late in the game.

Any idea on what the pitching matchup will be during the Philly series. I believe the Braves are going to throw up Delgado, Lowe and Hudson ( in that order). Maybe Whorley, Oswalt and Hammels for the Phils.

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

Christ, Lobosolo, tell us how you really feel. There is nothing wrong with venting when things aren’t going well just as there is nothing wrong with enjoying the ride when things are going good.

Anyone that has faith in bLowe tonight hasn’t been paying attention. He has shown no signs of turning the corner. His ERA in September is 10+. He shouldn’t be pitching with all the options we have available. The Cards aren’t going away. They have an easy schedule the rest of the way and showed some serious heart coming back last night. We have to WIN this, not hope for losses from other teams.

Nut up tonight, Derek. It’s time to earn your paycheck.

Rowsdower

September 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

BTW…Strasburg goes against Huddy on Friday.

phil

September 21st, 2011
1:55 pm

The ignorance here is palpable….

ChipsATurd

September 21st, 2011
2:01 pm

Fredi – Lowe is on life support. Do the humane thing. Pull the plug. Insert Teheran before it’s too late.

chuck simon's barber shop

September 21st, 2011
2:03 pm

Can anyone explain why if Lowe’s pitches don’t react – dart, sink, locate – as needed on the side before the game, why would he/Gonz/McDowell expect sudden change for in-game pitches? This is the question concerning pre-game observations I’ve had since Rick Camp was quoted as saying “I knew I didn’t have my best stuff” before pitching the first of 3 consecutive losses to the Cards in ‘82 playoffs. Wasted a lot of money on those tickets!
Seems time to be critically honest if this mgmt is serious about winning

phil

September 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Fire someone…

Srewin The Pooch

September 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

I’ve seen dogs complete childbirth in the time it takes McCann to go first to third.

I'm with Braves (Always)

September 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

By Spring 2012 there will be 9 potential starters for Braves.

Hudson
Hanson
Lowe
Jair
Minor
Beachy
Julio
Delgad
Medlen

WOW!

Jack

September 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

Remember when Bochey sat Zito down last year…? How’d that work out? Just saying….

atlantamelo

September 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

It is so dissapointing to read all the negative comments from so-called Braves fans. If you look at the overall record, we have had a very good season. Yes, all teams have injuries, but we have lost Hanson and Jurrens for over a month at the most crucial time of the year. If we win half of our remaining games we will be well into the 90 wins area. That’s a good year by any standard. I, for one, plan to enjoy every game remaining. Plan to cheer for Lowe to come on strong for the rest of the year. Hope to see Hanson and Medlen come back to be heros. What do I have to lose. This is BASEBALL! It’s supposed to be fun. We are 31/2 ahead, not behind! The pressure is on the Birds and Giants. All we should have to do is win the remaining series. Even if we choke away the season (which I don’t expect) the future of the Bravos looks very bright. I hope we can extent Bourn sooner than later. He has been a great addition.

Rufio

September 21st, 2011
3:13 pm

looking at Braves website and was disturbingly surprised that be a few statistics……

1. Freddy Freeman leads the team regulars with .287
2. No regular is close to 100 rbi’s Chipper (68), Mcann (69, Uggla is the leader at 78
3. Team Batting Avg.-

2011-B.A..246 ranked 12th in the National League and 22nd in Major League Under Parrish

2003 thru 2010 – B.A .269 average, 4th in National League (avg) 10 in Major League (avg) under Pendleton

The worst of the categories for Pendleton in 7 years…….258 Batting Avg., 6th in NL and 15th in ML.

Larry Parrish has got to go………….

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