6:49 pm October 24, 2011, by David O'Brien
October 28th, 20118:53 pm
Efrim – even when they dont hit every PA is a battle
October 28th, 20118:55 pm
So Tim McCarver is shocked that an Aussie is interested in baseball . . . .
October 28th, 20118:56 pm
” even when they dont hit every PA is a battle”
Just like the Braves
October 28th, 20118:58 pm
Tonight’s trivia question should be coming up in an inning or two.
Last night’s question was: How many game 6 WS games ended with a walk-off HR?
Then, the game ended with a walk-off HR!
I just hope tonight’s trivia question isn’t: How many 6′4″ Braves’ fans, living in Albany, NY, and currently on the DOB MIB Blog, will develop a severe allergy to beer?
Man, oh man, I hope that’s not tonight’s question.
I have so much more faith in the Cards middle of the order than the Rangers….which I guess is understandable.
October 28th, 20118:59 pm
Wow!!! How’s that for timing?
Not to mention that I’m freakin’ relieved as all hell.
October 28th, 20119:01 pm
Harrison looks good, just didn’t go after Pujols with a 2-0 lead in the first friggin inning.
McFann O O o Get Well Soon, Nolie!!
October 28th, 20119:03 pm
Efrim just didn’t go after Pujols with a 2-0 lead in the first friggin inning.
Must have called BMac about pitch selection…
I’ve just never seen anything like this. Allen Craig and David Freese. It’s amazing.
October 28th, 20119:05 pm
I can’t believe Michael Young played shortstop at the major league level.
October 28th, 20119:18 pm
Spectacular view from my hotel room, and the sunset ain’t bad either.
October 28th, 20119:39 pm
efrim, young rh hitters. brian hunter and keith mitchell had some decent games in the early 90’s.
October 28th, 20119:45 pm
uga–Keith Mitchell is someone I had completely forgotten about. Have not thought of him, since the early 90s.
October 28th, 20119:47 pm
is gamecast wrong or is this guys strike zone awful?
October 28th, 20119:48 pm
Gamecast is NEVER wrong…
did not want to face berkman here
October 28th, 20119:50 pm
moe – so my buddy is from mumbai and his wife is from the punjab region
the treats are nice (i have no idea whats in them)
October 28th, 20119:51 pm
The Umps from the last three games have been terrible. Game 5 strikezone was too big. Game 6 and 7, strike zone is the size of a mouse hole.
October 28th, 20119:53 pm
moe, we brought up a slew of good young rh hitters in the early to mid 90’s.
hunter, mitchell, dye, andruw. actually one of the minor league jewell’s was melvin nieves.
nieves was the centerpiece in the crimedawg trade.
October 28th, 20119:55 pm
This is crazy, these hitters are thinking it’s a walk on pitches down the middle. Insane.
October 28th, 20119:56 pm
wow…struck him out
cardinals, offensively remind me of the late 90’s yankees. bunch of grinders that work the count.
The Rangers bullpen that looked practically bullet-proof in the ALCS looks more like Swiss cheese in the WS. Geez!
October 28th, 20119:57 pm
efrim – it worked…got him ball 4 on the strike on the corner
Umpire stinks on ice
I’ve never seen such a small strike zone than I have the last two nights. It’s like the MLB knows what it has with the series and wants to see another double digit slugfest.
October 28th, 20119:58 pm
Strike three. Texas should be up at 2-3.
came close my rear
October 28th, 201110:00 pm
I wonder if he hit Furcal intentionally?
Unbelievable. Ball hasn’t left the infield, folks. 8th batter of the inning.
rangers have thrown 111 pitches through 4 2/3.
October 28th, 201110:01 pm
Sheeeesh. These Cards have been the beneficiary of so many melt downs.
October 28th, 201110:03 pm
tiger–I have been to big festivals in Kolkata and Delhi but never been in India for Diwali. Sure it is huge. Enjoy the treats.
uga–I have thought of some of those others but not Mitchell. I agree. The farm has not had the same number of offensively reliable position players. Hope that will be different going forward. Or we can always go after more safe, left-handed college pitchers.
October 28th, 201110:04 pm
i dont know tennpaul, they see a lot of pitches.
October 28th, 201110:05 pm
rangers have thrown 111 pitches through 4 2/3.
While the Cards offense is elite, and was the best in the National League, I have been thoroughly unimpressed with the Rangers pitchers ability to pitch inside. It’s either a foot up and out over the plate or hitting the batter in the ribs. Can’t get that inside corner….
what is it about #29’s in the postseason.
October 28th, 201110:07 pm
Man, I can’t stand Carpenter.
mmmm In-N-Out. Nice to have one 5 minutes away
efrim, carp or huddy?
October 28th, 201110:08 pm
Good for Napoli pointing that out
October 28th, 201110:10 pm
pointing what out?
Is In-N-Out a hamburger joint, cab?
October 28th, 201110:11 pm
October 28th, 2011
what is it about #29’s in the postseason.”
Whatever the result of this game, the Cardinals’ one does not hold a candle to the Braves #29 (and I admit I’m biased about that – I don’t care!)
tiger – what was called a strike to him was called a ball to Molina
October 28th, 201110:12 pm
Red Sox, White Sox, Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees, Giants, Cardinals.
October 28th, 201110:13 pm
Thinking about comments this a.m. regarding BRAVES scouting and positional personnel acquisitions, then watching batters yesterday and tonight working counts, and the position of hands and footwork when striking the ball, I’m beginning to think instruction rather than the players has more to do with the BRAVES extended hitting malaise.
And I’m not limiting that instruction to one person necessarily, although I’d have to have first-hand knowledge of BRAVES methods to be certain. But the approach at the plate for these two teams seems more fundamentally sound than the BRAVES hitter’s methods.
As an example, THERIOT made FELDMAN work hard leading off the 5th. He assumed the role of a lead-off hitter. No easy out by swinging at the first pitch, and by being tough at the plate making FELDMAN jack up his pitch count.
The problem might be as simple as holding hitters accountable for what they do at the plate, rather than making excuses for their bad play, I don’t know. But it’s obvious to me that something’s different with both team’s in the hitting department vs. the BRAVES.
yeah I would love to see the umpires scorecard for the last 2 nights…likely no worse than normal but it seems awful (and both ways they struck out the phat phuck last night on a called strike 6 inches off the pl8)
October 28th, 201110:14 pm
Carp, as much as it pains me to say. But he is not on the level of Halladay, imo.
October 28th, 201110:16 pm
Best burger place there is. Born in Southern California, still none east of Texas (only in 5 states)
rich – and I think that is why we saw the change the Braves made…and I think it was a comment pointed out in the John Scherholz letter to season ticket holders.
What was funny is the last game of the season I made the same comment to a buddy of mine at the game. Philles were looking at 3-4 pitches every PA braves maybe 2-3.
October 28th, 201110:18 pm
October 28th, 2011
Anyone we know DAVE. Heh!
mibravesfan, love the smoltz. madduxx and smoltz. ultra competitors.
October 28th, 201110:19 pm
Glad you concur. I just hope it’s on one person, and is not systemic.
October 28th, 201110:20 pm
cab, it sounds good. I’ve heard a lot about Jack in the Box, never eaten there, but just found some around here in Charlotte.
October 28th, 201110:21 pm
Gotta feel for the Rangers here….
McCarver? Why in gods name would you bunt here? They are down three runs. Even if it is Endy Chavez.
October 28th, 201110:22 pm
In-N-Out is nothing like Jack-in-the-Box, McDonalds, or Burger King. Fresh, tasty burgers and outstanding fries. (I had no idea Jack was not a national chain…)
October 28th, 201110:23 pm
Cardinals gonna win it all for Nolie!!!
October 28th, 201110:26 pm
cab, well none of them are alike, though. They all share one thing though, artery clogging goodness.
October 28th, 201110:27 pm
October 28th, 2011
mibravesfan, love the smoltz. madduxx and smoltz. ultra competitors.”
Definitely! Different ways of going about it, but both great pitchers and total competitors at everything they do (be it cards or golf!)
Already an excruciatingly bad day. Of course, the team I wanted to win will be down going into the last innings.
October 28th, 201110:28 pm
In-N-Out is so much better than any other burger place (5 Guys is becoming a close 2nd, but they are new out here so I will have to have more time to evaluate them )- it’s almost a shame they are not national. Almost.
moe – why a bad day? did you not complete cleaning your place prior to the cleaning service arriving?
October 28th, 201110:31 pm
cab, Five Guys is really good and extremely filling. I haven’t had Five Guys since I was stationed in Norfolk, but damn, I want to try In-N-Out now.
October 28th, 201110:32 pm
That guy who played for the Dodgers in 1988 killed it too…what was his name? The guy was normally awful.
What’s the word on Nolie?
tiger—No I finished that. Just the worst day at work since I started here. There have been quite a few rough days but today was a different tier.
All because the Braves had to go and collapse.
And somebbody yesterday I think says we shouldn’t call what the Braves did as a “collapse”. My butt! What was it then?
October 28th, 201110:34 pm
Moe, everything will get better. We all have our share of horrible days.
The braves collapsed…it was awful…almost as bad as this jack leg singing in the bottom of the seventh…
October 28th, 201110:37 pm
phil, his nephew has reported, for the 3rd straight night, that he has been improving.
sorry…new jobs are often like that I guess. I’ve been trying to figure out how to quit my current job since before I started it – 5 years ago. But it is nice to have one.
I had to leave my previous job b/c it had morphed into an out of town travel 4 nights a week 48 weeks a year gig and well I love my kids. Still trying to find something that beats the pay so I can afford to leave. Another 5 years and I will likely be able to afford to downgrade into a job that brings me more pleasure (which wouldn’t be very difficult).
The Braves are masters at propelling OTHER teams to world championships….
This yr, last yr, other yrs i can’t quite recall clearly…marlins, dbacks, etc
October 28th, 201110:38 pm
That is great news and makes my day.
trey – I love the irony of a person who arranges funerals for a living saying with certainty it will get better.
Less painful maybe but not always better
Trey–Thank you for the encouragement. I have had many a bad day at work. This was at a baroquely different level. Hope it turns around.
Do the Cardinals have a fan doing voodoo somewhere?! They just seem to be some sort of team of destiny this season. Rather remarkable. Of course it isn’t over until it’s over in this series.
October 28th, 201110:39 pm
Think I just heard BMac’s coming up to bat music on another football game…
I start a job at Amazon in about 2 weeks, which is awesome cause of the pay, but 6:30 AM to 6 PM of lifting, standing and walking 5 days a week and those hours … I have a feeling I’ll be having some rough days myself here real soon.
October 28th, 201110:40 pm
Tiger – you could just occupy a park somewhere and then all would be well….
But seriously, hope things start looking up.
tnbrian – just think you won’t have to waste time going to the gym and you can make it home for most braves games
October 28th, 201110:41 pm
5 guys just opened a bunch of places out here and they are doing extremely well. In-N-Out is still the standard barer here. Not as many options as 5 guys, but what they do, they do better than anyone…
October 28th, 201110:42 pm
And you too, Moe….hang tough….i understand wanting to run for the hills some days too, workwise…
You will just have to come out here (or Texas, Arizona, Utah or Nevada) and try one…
tiger–true about new jobs. I took over running a nonprofit agency, when I got here. I knew that it was once a venerable institution at the area and that it had fallen on to hard times. But every action I take to try to make it more viable is met with a disproportionate blow-up.
October 28th, 201110:43 pm
lightning in a bottle with lance. who wouuld of thought he would have this type season.
he probably could of played left for us, right? i remember when everyone scoffed when TLR said he was going to be their everyday rf.
phil – yeah I’m not meaning to complain. I have a solid job that has little chance of going away anytime soon. I’m well respected and make a good living. For all those things I am extremely grateful.
At some point in my life I would like to move back to a position where I feel like a make a difference in the world aside from simply improving my corporation’s EPS.
October 28th, 201110:45 pm
tiger, don’t think for a second when going through shift options that my Braves didn’t come to mind. I know that’s bad because a good job is one big priority, but it crossed my mind. Gotta have my Braves, always.
tiger, yeah, that is pretty ironic, ain’t it? You know, that’s only a collateral duty, not my primary job, but it sure feels like one.
Thanks, phil. I appreciate it.
Speaking of ‘Blow up’. Just thought of Antonioni’s film. I should watch a good film to feel better. Do have a Bengali film-maker coming in to visit tomorrow. His film is screening in town in a few days. Since he is and old friend, he is staying here. Should watch fun film with him.
October 28th, 201110:46 pm
This was at a baroquely different level
Who baroke it, Moe???
TnBrian don’t think for a second when going through shift options that my Braves didn’t come to mind. I know that’s bad because a good job is one big priority, but it crossed my mind. Gotta have my Braves, always.
Sorta been there, sorta done that!…
change is never easy – do you report to a board? As long as they support your direction you should be fine. But it always amazed me the amount of politics surrounding decisions in just about any non-profit.
Moe, was it one of those things where the boss acts like someone pissed in his Cheerios? After we finished a meeting with our Commanding Officer, our Senior Chief was extremely pissed and started yelling at us, if that makes you feel better.
October 28th, 201110:47 pm
Ok with me to complain….that’s being human.
Trade mcLouth for Freese…lol
October 28th, 201110:48 pm
Could Berkman look everything opposite of a baseball player or what? Looks like a high school science teacher.
October 28th, 201110:49 pm
Yeah, one day they’ll be on every corner, cab. Kinda like Wal Mart or 7/11.
Moe – I’m sorry you’re having a bad patch at work, after you made such a big move to take the job.
You, too, tiger.
I’m afraid politics is pervasive in everything. Sad but true.
October 28th, 201110:50 pm
my high school science teacher didn’t look like that…smoking hot
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