Braves quotes after opening loss to Mets

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Braves pitching and the outcome

“[Hanson] did a nice job. Medlen came in and did a terrific job getting through that inning with [runners on] first and second, nobody out, and giving us those two innings that we talked about in spring training that he could do. And then Venters did a great job there. We kept it at one run.”

“Offensively we did a good job being patient with Santana. We got him over 80 pitches there. We just didn’t swing the bat.”

On Venters walking Bay to load bases and face Duda:

“You’ve got to pick your poison. I mean, Duda is no slouch. But we felt we had a better opportunity not to give anything to hit with Bay there. We thought we had a better matchup with Duda. That’s why Roger went out there and spoke to those two guys [McCann and Venters], just to make sure we were on the same page.”

On Pastornicky: “Came out and made a couple of nice plays defensively, hit a triple for his first knock. You feel pretty good with one out and man on third. We just didn’t get him in. But overall, I thought offensively we had a nice approach against Santana, and our bullpen was terrific.”

On not getting the runner in from third with less than two out

“Yeah, they made some pitches”

**DAN UGGLA

On Johan Santana

“He’s not the guy who’s throwing 94 anymore but I tell you what, he still knows how to pitch. He’s still in the zone. He knows how to compete and he’s still got that great change-up. He went out and battled and got us today.”

Tough loss for Hanson

“Yeah, Tommy did great. He went out and battled, too. They were able to scrape one across. We had a couple of opportunities to get some runs but we didn’t come through. But at least we got this game out of the way. Opening day is always a lot of fun, but there’s a always a lot of jitters involved, a lot of butterflies. But that’s just part of it. It comes with it. We’ll be ready [Saturday].”

On Pastornicky not looking like he had butterflies

“Yeah, it didn’t look like he had any at all. He played great. Put together some good at-bats, smoked that one to right-center and played great defense. He’s an athletic kid and he’s got all the tools to be a great ballplayer. I’m excited to see – I think we’re all excited to see – what he’s capable of doing.”

On feeling in dugout as game wore on

“Like we were about to do something big. I think those last four or five innings I think everybody felt comfortable and settled in a little bit, and we put together some good at-bats. We just didn’t find the holes, maybe just missed a pitch here and there. But Freddie squared up a ball to right field, it just didn’t carry enough to get out of the ballpark. But all in all today we just came up a little short.”

***TOMMY HANSON

On his performance

“It was good. Until that last inning I felt like I threw the ball well. Just that last inning I got a couple of pitches. That’s the only thing that kind of jumped out at me. But I think the first five I threw the ball really well.”

“I felt really good. I didn’t get tired and my shoulder felt great. I think just towards the end that walk, then I left a couple of pitches up to Murphy and Wright. But I felt good, I felt strong. Kris came in and cleaned up my mess.”

On the pickoff move and looking comfortable with that and everything else

“Yeah, I felt real comfortable. I saw Kris use that move the other day, so I just thought I’d try it and see if it worked. And it did. Just trying to be like him I guess.”

On Pastornicky: “He had a great game. Hit that [triple] and played good defense. Everyone’s comfortable with him at short.”

On losing 1-0

“It was just one run. Sometimes that’s going to happen. Sometimes you’re going to go out and that’s going to happen. Sometimes you’re going to go out and have a bad game and you’re going to win. That’s just the way it is. But I felt like I went out and did my job. I gave us a chance to win and we were in there until the ninth inning. All it would have taken is one swing.”

On Santana

“I was very impressed with him and all his pitches. He was commanding the strike zone and keeping us off-balance, as the results tell.”

On not being surprised to see Medlen work out of jam

“No, anybody that’s seen him pitch is going to be confident he’s going to go in and get the job done. It’s definitely a comforting feeling having him come in behind you. What he did, he does that almost every time it feels like. Obviously I didn’t want to come out of the game, but when I saw he was coming in it was a good feeling.”

More on seeing Medlen pickoff move the other day

“I figured I’d try that and see if it works. I knew he was trying to run, so I was trying to keep him close.”

On the pitches to Murphy and Wright in sixth (consecutive hits, the second driving in the only run)

“It might have gotten too much of the plate, I haven’t looked at it. I wanted it kind of up and in, and it might have gotten too much of the plate. I didn’t want it to be down-and-in, I wanted it to be up.

“And then with Wright it was a two-seamer that wasn’t quite as low as it needed to be.”

On throwing a lot of two-seamers (sinkers), his new pitch

“It felt good. I got some groundballs when I needed them with it. I’ve never really gotten groundballs in my career, so it gives me another weapon. And I kind of like throwing it.

“Kris showed me how he throws it, and it worked. So he’s the MVP for me right now.”

***TYLER PASTORNICKY

On looking comfortable out there

“I felt great. Surprisingly, during [batting practice] I thought I’d feel nervous and stuff. I felt great. I think I got all my nerves out in spring training, with that terrible start. I felt great [today]. Tough game, but it was good to get out there and get the first one out of the way. Tommy threw the ball great. Couldn’t have thrown any better.”

“Get that first at-bat out of the way and then go, ‘OK, here we go.’ It’s a good feeling to get all the firsts out of the way today.”

On Santana: “He had good stuff today. He didn’t make many mistakes, and when he did make mistakes he left them in spots where we couldn’t capitalize on them.”

On being patient, drawing walk against Santana: “One thing I had to learn in spring training when you’re hitting eighth with a pitcher behind you in a situation like that, you’re probably not going to get too many good pitches to hit, so I had to use some patience there.”

On Blue Jays flying Pastornicky’s mom and dad in for game

“Awesome. I can’t believe they would do something like that. It was classy. It’s awesome.”

“I had some friends from high school here, to make it that much more special. They all flew in today. It’s cool to get to go out there and experience that, then get to see them later on and talk about it. I’m looking forward to it.”

(about 15 friends from high school in Bradenton came up)

***KRIS MEDLEN

On coming in with two on and none out and getting out of jam

“I came in and threw strikes, man. Anytime you have a guy in scoring position… I mean, it’s been a while since I’ve been a reliever, or done anything. But with Tommy’s guy on second base, you don’t want him to score. That’s what the relievers do, they take pride in not letting those guys score.

“Just trying to help the team win, anything I can do. Ate up a couple of innings today. It didn’t work out for us score-wise, but everything felt good. Just throwing strikes.”

Go in with attitude you’re going to go as long as they leave you in, or knowing how many innings you’re likely to pitch?

“You don’t want to be like, going in and after one inning be like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to be done.’ And they go, ‘You’re back out.’ So just assume you’re in the game and … you’re in the game.”

On Hanson’s pickoff move

“Good. That California water I guess, quick feet. We both spent 23 years in California.”

179 comments Add your comment

rotomeister

April 5th, 2012
5:33 pm

Same September Song; New April Verse: “We just didn’t swing the bat.”

Braveslog

April 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

Medlen’s my MVP for the Braves in this one. He does everything Fredi asks of him, and he does it well. Good stuff, DOB. My recap is here: http://braveslog.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/braves-fall-to-mets-1-0-in-season-opener/

@DanWeiner

April 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

Fire Fredi. Fire Wren.

Boo

April 5th, 2012
5:38 pm

SHADES OF THE END OF LAST SEASON.

McClutch

April 5th, 2012
5:39 pm

I guess SportsCrack.com with our 4th place finish. Same ole song and dance. Can’t hit.

rc35

April 5th, 2012
5:41 pm

I know the Pollyanna Chorus will be here in full force: “It’s only one game. Everybody gets shut out sometime.” When you end a season the way the Braves did last year and spend 3/4 of Spring Training showing nothing at the plate, though, this is hardly the way you want to open a new season.

I’m not throwing in the towel, but I would like to hear some signs of a pulse. And, please, no more comments like: “Offensively we did a good job….We just didn’t swing the bat.” In baseball, swinging the bat IS the offense.

Still, Go Braves!

GoBraves!

April 5th, 2012
5:43 pm

ok its one game, chill. We still have 161 games left. No worries. We have such a negative fanbase. Keep in mind, we have an arsenal of trade bait in pitching and we have until July 31st to make a move. Frank Wren has done a great job with the funds we have. If liberty media, (owners of Barnes & Noble and the Discovery Channel, to name a couple) would pony up some more money, we can be unreal.

Ken Stallings

April 5th, 2012
5:43 pm

A 1-0 4-hit shutout on game one isn’t exactly going to stop the chatter about an inadequate lineup!

jonathan Simeone

April 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

It’s only the first game so there should be no panic but this was the same team that finished last year. Good starting pitching, but no length, quality relief pitching and terrible offense. Once again, the failure to play fundimental baseball–never mind string together hits–just killed this team. I thought Parrish was fired because the hitters weren’t moving runners?

Kyle

April 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

“offensively we had a nice approach against Santana”

oh really Fredi??? and what was that approach??? pop up to shallow OF??? bounce weak grounders right at him??? Fredi is such an idiot

rotomeister

April 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

I feel sorry for my team. Hard to expect much from Matt Diaz or Jose Constanza. Matt stranded runners at 2nd and 3rd with 2 out on a ground ball to second base. And Constanza strikes out with a man at 3rd base. They are to hitting what Livan Hernandez and Chad Durbin are to ERA. Not impressed with our bench this season.

chopp'nunhappy

April 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

Why can’t the Braves have an owner who really gives a s*(& about the team and the community?? … and spend money to put a quality, championship caliber team on the field. Ted spent the money, but Liberty Media couldn’t care less about the team, except as a tax write off. The old pitching and defense will will a lot of games line when Glavine, Smoltz, Maddux, Avery, Weis, Pendleton, Bream, etc. were on the team, BUT …. we have very good pitching, but none on the current staff are Cy Young winners YET. It’s the old story … you can’t win if you don’t score. Several blown opportunities today to score were totally wasted.
Hey Liberty Media — Arthur Blank would give you a great return on your investment!!!!!

The Black Hole of Offense

April 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

I swear if Albert Pujols came to the Braves he would hit .200 with 10 HR. This is really really really getting old.

Steve

April 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

“GoBraves” these “fans” don’t understand baseball. Santana is a great pitcher but unless the Braves won today 11-1, they will not be happy. They expect the Braves to go 110 – 52, hit .350 as a team and hit .500 with runners in scoring position. If they win Saturday 11-1, they will still complain about something. Pretty sad. They also don’t know I guess that on opening day, almost all games are low scoring. Miami and Philly both scored only one run in their openers also.

Tampa Gator

April 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

Win tomorrow and we’re back in the game!

We were just one key away from winning the thing.

Time to crank it up!

We threw the heck out of the ball today.

Can’t win ‘em all.

Take it one game at a time.

We’ll show up tommorrow.

Will get ‘em tomorrow.

The breaks just didn’t go out way.Just

We were just one pitch away from a shutout.

We could have just as easily have won that one today.

Need someone to step up tommorrow.

He lived on the edge today.

He painted the corners.

He put holes in our bats.

He sure looked polished out there.

That was some crafty pitching.

Tough loss.

161 more to play.

It was only one game.

We’re still in it.

Oh, baseball is back…..so are the Braves bats.

Don McMahon

April 5th, 2012
5:50 pm

Of course, Braves had used up their RH hitting OF and didn’t have one when they needed one. Should havve kept the rightie Durango and had him batting for Costanza. Same ole story. Braves swing for fences and Mets hit line drives.. .

Go Go Pilots

April 5th, 2012
5:51 pm

Great game i see freddie is cap tippin as we lose to a worst mets team….must be nice freddi sits Uggla go’s hittless and heyward do same….amazin braves 0-2 after friday game…and be 0-4 after sunday’s game great start….I can see clearly now freddie is like maloxx you take little nothin comes take alot …..well u get picture!

ATLRedMan

April 5th, 2012
5:51 pm

I’ll still take lousy baseball over no baseball! Looking forward to being at the Ted again.

Tampa Gator

April 5th, 2012
5:52 pm

@Steve…..

Big differences…..

1. Phillies and Reds won….score one run.

2. Braves lost….score zero runs.

Joe

April 5th, 2012
5:53 pm

Fredi and Frank….two guys who have never proven they could get it done. I don’t see it happening this year either. I do like Greg Walker and his assistant Scott Fletcher as hitting coach but this is a poor hitting team with questionable starting pitching and poor leadership at the top. A .500 team at best.

braves blog

April 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

MEET THE NEW BRAVES!
THE SAME AS THE OLD BRAVES

Steve

April 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

The point, Tampa Gator, is that it is the FIRST game. If the Braves start 1-5 or 2-4, I will be right on board with the cry babies.

braves blog

April 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

Good…
Thats one game closer to firing Fatso Gonzalez

Who Me?

April 5th, 2012
5:55 pm

PLEASE buy this team back Ted!! We suck and everybody makes excuses, then goes home. Lame attitude, lame club. Welcome back FG.

Who Me?

April 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

Does anyone ever remember the coach that’s hired right AFTER the HOF Coach retires???

Need I say more?

NickB

April 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

Santana pitched very well, it’s not like he was throwing slop and the Braves were hitting into DP’s or anything. He looked like the old Santana.

That being said, I think Fredi made a serious managerial error by allowing Diaz to face the righty and then going and double switching him in the next inning!! Diaz mashes lefties, but he’s pedestrian against righties.By allowing him to hit, he hurt the team, then by double switching for Constanza he tipped off the mgr that Constanza would be hitting in the next inning making it a no brainer to bring in the lefty reliever.

If he pinch hits for Diaz with Hinske(or whomever) then he could pull Tommy and not have to worry about tipping off the other mgr later. It would’ve have allowed him to have a better matchup possiblity later in the game.

BTW, the fact that Durbin was seen warming up in a high leverage situation is frigging ridiculous. Normally i am one of the more optimistic people on here. (as I understand how good this team is) but Fredi doesn’t need to be giving Durbin any important innings while Martinez,and Kimbrel and O’flaherty are sitting out there.

Go Go Pilots

April 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

Like said we lose tomorrow and u goin hear more un-happy fans again..Like promo said for Braves..Cox and freddi bring Nothin in 2012…

Gordo

April 5th, 2012
5:59 pm

Same oh, same oh…not a single batter for the Braves can be considered “clutch”…the Bravos just keep leaving men in scoring position, wasting good pitching . Will be a long year!

James

April 5th, 2012
5:59 pm

You guys call yourselves Braves fans? Half of you are pathetic. I’m glad you aren’t running TE tram or you’d have cleaned house after one game. Goodness, some of you are idiots.

The Superhoo

April 5th, 2012
6:00 pm

“they made some pitches.” heard that before…

Todd

April 5th, 2012
6:02 pm

Yep – Last year it was “Oh we are just scuffling – we will start hitting soon” Over the winter it was ” We like our team – it was just an off year” Spring training it was “It’s only spring training” And then of course today it is “It’s only the first game” The Braves are a lot like the liberals (democrats) – no one ever takes responsibility or is held accountable. What a bunch of losers.

J-MAN

April 5th, 2012
6:02 pm

Well we did nothing to get better in the off-season. So wat did you think was going to happen. And the Braves dont have the “its just one game” excuse. Especially after CHOKING that 10 1/2 game Wild Card lead.

Steve

April 5th, 2012
6:03 pm

James, that is why I posted what I posted. Moron bloggers on here. Funny cause these “fans” think the Braves play tomorrow and they don’t

Go Go Pilots

April 5th, 2012
6:03 pm

Lets remember are fearless Leader at 3rd base for last year is out so the Braves Must show why we can’t win….U like i change 2-2 at start then at Ny chase field n come home n Lose Open home Game before Less then 46,000 at The Ted..Why so low well ask GM n Owners and that cow tipper in dugout why….

erik

April 5th, 2012
6:04 pm

same story, different year…..I wanted to disagree with all the “expert” picks for where the Braves will finish this year, but it’s the same old story. Santana throws 88 mph now and we can’t muster a run? Even DOB picks the Braves to finish 3rd in the division. I so wanted to disagree, but I see a worthless line-up with a bunch of non-hitters…my guess we have no one (again) to hit .300 for the season.

Yes, yes I know it’s the 1st game of the year, but can all the “experts”/writers be wrong? This team is seemingly crap.

With luck, next year Fredi and Frank the 2 F’UPS will be gone and a new manager and GM will be in place to spend the $$$ we have when we should have 70 million or so to spend if the payroll stays @ 90 mil.

doninacworth

April 5th, 2012
6:04 pm

What is it about getting a runner on third in a close game that says …
under no circumstances will we bunt to get a run and we will always now try for a big inning with everyone swinging away!!!!!?????

Steve

April 5th, 2012
6:04 pm

Most Braves “fans” on here = “The Braves suck! They are going to go 0-162! Worst manager ever! Can’t score runs even though it is one game! We will end up in dead last! The Braves have the worst line-up ever! We will never score a run this year!”

Steve

April 5th, 2012
6:06 pm

Go Go Pilots the home opener is sold out, just like every year. 50,000 plus. What a “fan!”

Matt

April 5th, 2012
6:07 pm

Still afraid to ask the big questions? I’d like to know why Constanza was in the game in a crucial situation, and better yet, why he’s even on the team at all after hitting .173 all spring. Parraz hit over .300 and was sent down. How about an explanation for THAT?

Mets R Best

April 5th, 2012
6:07 pm

See you boys and girls Saturday.

Go Go Pilots

April 5th, 2012
6:08 pm

Oh Boy here come the braves folks watch them prove why we can’t beat bad teams again….just like last year. Oh and no worrys in chicago cubs n whitesox fans no better then us so its goin be a fun season again….and i hope heck we win next two….I give

Rafael

April 5th, 2012
6:08 pm

It was money well spent when Frank Wren hired Greg Walker to TUTOR Jason “BUST” Heyward and revitalize his career. NOT!!!!!

Jason “BUST” Heyward looked as BAD as last year… looking LOST at the plate, looking SCARED, and waving at pitches on the outside corner. Heyward still stands miles from home plate.

Matt Diaz… McCann on third, Uggla on second, and Mr. Clutch SuperSTAR Matt Diaz PROMPTLY grounds out to 2B to KILL the rally. Like Claudell Washington, Diaz gets hits when NO ONE is on base or a NON-GAME CHANGING situation. Diaz CANNOT buy a hit when it counts!!!!!! I know Diaz got a MEANINGLESS double.

I’m SURE Matt Diaz “managed to keep his sense of humor” despite hitting a WEAK grounder to 2B to KILL the rally.

Fredi made ANOTHER managing decision like he was navigating the TITANIC. I FAULT Fredi Gonzalez (childhood actor who played Ricky Ricardo JR. on the “I Love Lucy Show”) for letting Diaz hit (AGAINST THE RIGHTHANDER) in that scoring situation. Hinske was on the bench and Fredi decides to let his nephew Matt Diaz hit against the Righthander. Great job again Fredi.

Diaz is a washed-up BUM and Heyward is the “BUST” we all know. Bodes well for the Braves chances for success this year.

All those moves Frank Wren in the offseason to upgrade the team…. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

How do you like me NOW “Steve”???!!!! or should I say MRS. DIAZ!!!!!!

Go Go Pilots

April 5th, 2012
6:10 pm

Thanks steve i see that thanks…naw i just want make comedy in the paper here is all….I hope thou understand i silly……hee hee

Larry

April 5th, 2012
6:12 pm

NickB,

You get it….goobers never can! And as long as the goobers buy tickets there is less incentive to change. Baseball is a for profit business; impact profits and you’ll force the excellence necessary to win back the fan’s (customers) interest again in your business.

I know, this just blew over the heads of the bubbas and goobers that frequent here!

Spud

April 5th, 2012
6:14 pm

Hanson has a 1.80 ERA, but the Braves haven’t won a game this season! They also are tied for the longest losing streak in all of MLB so far. With only 161 games left, it looks so hopeless!

Steve

April 5th, 2012
6:17 pm

Rafael it is not our fault Diaz broke up with you. He decided he can obviously do better. Get over it.

Steve

April 5th, 2012
6:18 pm

That’s right Spud! The whole season is over! Sucks!

reality

April 5th, 2012
6:19 pm

Gotta feel bad for Hanson. Gives up a run and gets the L. Long term, how excited are pitchers going to be to sign/resign with the Braves? Money aside, if your success depends on you performing at your peak EVERY day because the team will not invest in any hitters, are you looking to be a Brave? Or would you take your chances where you can give up 4 runs and still get a win?

The Braves Bats

April 5th, 2012
6:19 pm

Just like last year, these guys really sukk?

Luke

April 5th, 2012
6:20 pm

Geez Steve, you would think the Braves didn’t work their counts or did anything of note at all for the game. Pastornicky looked good, both in the field and at the plate, the Braves were actually pretty patient at the plate against a Cy Young winner who was considered the best in baseball a few short years ago, and other than Wright’s ONE double, we kept the Mets in check all game. Sometimes its the way it goes. When we get a quarter of the way through the season let me know. Because this isn’t the same looking team that squandered a 10.5 game lead. Let them play 11 games first, than I’ll pass judgement.

The Braves Bats

April 5th, 2012
6:21 pm

How come we had to get stuck with these Braves hitters? I mean they really, really sukk!

fansince66

April 5th, 2012
6:22 pm

Shortly after last season Wren was quoted as saying he was tired of watching runners get to second and third with 0 or 1 out and not getting them in. I also remember the quote about getting runners to third and 0 or 1 out and not getting them home. Made the statement that professional hitters have to come thru in these situations. I guess they haven’t became professional hitters yet.

JT

April 5th, 2012
6:22 pm

Show me where we made any improvement to a roster that choked away the last month of the season last year. After you do that, tell me how excited you are about a 4 hit shutout from this terrific lineup. Get ready to finish in the cellar.

Preston Hannitized

April 5th, 2012
6:23 pm

It is only game 1 of 162 but the Braves can’t get out of their own way. I guess we can forgive Larry Parrish now. His 2 replacements managed to get off to a four hit shut out loss for starters. Fredi will be the eventual fall guy … I am thinking by Memorial Day.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 5th, 2012
6:24 pm

Looks like the braves started where they left off- uggla & heyward in their usual clutch moments and oh…WHEN IS THIS TEAM GOING TO LEARN ABOUT RISP!!!!!???? unreal. i don’t care if its one game..its the same bs year in and year out. every year this team gives us hope & optimism, only to be let down.

Tom

April 5th, 2012
6:25 pm

since liberty media is based in denver, I would not be surprised to find out the top people are rockies fans.

PA Brave

April 5th, 2012
6:26 pm

Stop wearing the !@#&!#$ softball jerseys on the road! Classic gray is where it’s at.

NickB

April 5th, 2012
6:26 pm

It’s one game…. jesus…… My only beef is that Constanza is on the team, I think we would have been much better with Durango ,as he’s a righty and a better defender. That and I was concerned to see Durbin warming up during a high leverage situation. There’s no reason for him to be warming up if Martinez, O’flaherty and Kimbrel are available , not unless it’s wayy early or a blow out either way.

I don’t have much faith in Fredi, none at all. But Frank Wren has done about as good a job as can be expected considering the team is right in the middle in attendance and payroll. He hasn’t. hamstrung us with 8 year $150 mill+ contracts , nor made terrible knee jerk decisions this offseason. (like overpaying for Reyes)

Liberty expects the team to make a profit. That’s their perogative. but don’t blame the GM for not having the resources you wish he had.

Larry Parrish

April 5th, 2012
6:29 pm

4 hits ?

Hoa bout a new hitting coach, or two ? LMAO !

NickB

April 5th, 2012
6:30 pm

I do find it amusing that no one hit very well, but people are railing on Heyward! LOL, what kind of fan roots against their own players? You lousy fans that’s who. No wonder you are the laughing stock of the Braves blogosphere. It’s sad, but the AJC fans are used as a euphemism for uneducated all the time. You reject modern stats, you expect every player to be Pujols every day. You don’t even go to games yet you still bitch like you do. It’s really kinda funny. Well, it would be if it wasn’t my team you people were besmirching.

Ryan

April 5th, 2012
6:31 pm

For all who say, “this is just one game,” here’s the problem … research has shown that pessimists actually see the world more accurately than optimists. The Braves have won about 30% of their 40 games going back to last year, including Spring training. You’re going to see it in the attendance this year. There will be one exception, however,, and that’s when the Braves declare it Chipper Jones Retirement night. I will be taking my 5-year-old son to that one.

fordcobra

April 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

Bye the way this is the MET”S supposedly the last place team in the division. What happens when we see great pitching?????

wisconsinbraveswin

April 5th, 2012
6:34 pm

how can we let the mutts beat us, I had us in first place on paper, oh wait… it’s upside down get rid of Fredi now

Braves are Cheap

April 5th, 2012
6:34 pm

With Chipper & Huddy ($23 million) off the books after this season, I’m terrified what collection
of washed-ups Frank Wren might bring in .

Al

April 5th, 2012
6:36 pm

Talk is cheap, put up or shut up, walk your talk, etc.

Da Braves

April 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

Didn’t we miss out on the playoffs by one game last year? Every game matters!

hwaller@robbinsautomall.com

April 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

I know it’s only one game, but as I’ve stated before, this will be a microcosm of the season at large. This team is going to have trouble scoring runs, period. They went the last month of last season and the whole spring struggling at the plate. There’s just no way a reasonable person would believe things will get better. I believe the old saying is the definition of insanity is when you do the same thing over and over and always expect different results. Offensively, the Braves are doing the same thing, and, unfortunately the results will be the same.

ph

April 5th, 2012
6:39 pm

Fredi, where is the comment that you just gotta tip your cap to the competition?

JS

April 5th, 2012
6:39 pm

Phillies Phanatic

April 5th, 2012
6:40 pm

Matt Diaz? Chad Durbin? Jose Constanza? Livan Hernandez?

What GM would acquire such talent, and try to pass it off to the fans as major league?

Must suck to be a small market team like Atlanta, Kansas City or Pittsburgh.

These ain’t your Daddy’s Braves !

NickB

April 5th, 2012
6:41 pm

@ Braves are Cheap

I fully expect the Braves to target Nick Swisher and BJ Upton next year for LF and CF.

I do find it interesting that possiblity can’t be that Santana pitched a very good game. No, it must be more of the September collapse….. I’m not buying it.

LAG

April 5th, 2012
6:44 pm

I wonder if Cardinals fans cried this much after the opener last year.
Or the Yankees’ fans in ‘09.
Or the Phillies’ fans in ‘08.
Or Red Sox Nation in ‘04 and ‘07.

Chipper Jones

April 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

Remember those 14 consecutive division championships !

Rally around our team !

I’ll be back soon !

Tomorrow’s pay day !

Charlie Lau

April 5th, 2012
6:50 pm

We didn’t swing the bat!

We pitched great!

Tip our cap!

Heyward, Uggla, Hinske are all back for career years!

Pitcher felt great until last inning…just gave up a couple of bad pitches. Guess what? When you can’t score a couple of bad pitches is more than enough to sink the ship.

Looks like a long season.

Mister Frisky

April 5th, 2012
6:50 pm

Does this tool Fredo have one original thought in his head?Another year of this guys lame quotes win or lose is too much to take.Best thing for real Brave fans is a slow start and termination of Fredo,Wren,and that liar Schuerholz.

Frank Wren

April 5th, 2012
6:51 pm

“I fully expect the Braves to target Nick Swisher and BJ Upton next year for LF and CF. ”

I’m looking for some veterans, preferably slow, over 35, and budget friendly.

reckingball

April 5th, 2012
6:51 pm

On the bright side, the belly-aching fans have a little something to complain about for a couple of days.

GO Braves! Get some hits with RISP!

Mister Frisky

April 5th, 2012
6:57 pm

The Phanatic is right.90 million dollar payroll is for little boys.You gotta be all in for at least 110 if your fans have any hope of a post season.Soon Selig will divide the leagues into haves and have nots.Atlanta, Seattle,Oakland,Pittsburgh,KC,Houston and Cleveland will make for exciting AAAA baseball.

GoBravos124

April 5th, 2012
7:03 pm

A SPEEDY guy triples and not even an attempt is made to squeeze him home?????????????? Somebody needs to learn the game . . . if you can’t hit it out of the infield, then at least attempt to score even if it’s a straight steal of home!

smallmouth6

April 5th, 2012
7:07 pm

Same old fans.

parabrave

April 5th, 2012
7:10 pm

Hey Fredi do you know the bunt sign. Nice to see that furcal hasn’t forgot. Dam man when you got guys in scoring position you got to do anything to get them in.

Clark Howard

April 5th, 2012
7:11 pm

In very recent years teams with comparable or even lower payrolls have reached the World Series.

Tampa, Arizona, Colorado, San Fran & St Louis are primary examples.

Last season Frank Wren had 30 million tied up in Kawakami, McLouth & Lowe, and we know how little those 3 contributed to the Braves’ overall success.

Instead of pointing fingers at Liberty Media, look how Wren spends the money he is allocated.

myside

April 5th, 2012
7:21 pm

The regular season starts and the SP ties turn into one run losses. The Braves are back on track.

Rick

April 5th, 2012
7:32 pm

“oh really Fredi??? and what was that approach??? pop up to shallow OF??? bounce weak grounders right at him??? Fredi is such an idiot”

In general they worked counts and got his pitch count up. They didn’t get the results they wanted in terms of making contact and getting pitches to hit, but they had a good approach. I don’t think you understand what he meant by that comment.

Robert

April 5th, 2012
7:39 pm

Enough with all the quotes already. Answer the real question. Did they tip their caps to the Mets?

alanfalcon

April 5th, 2012
7:40 pm

Great job Frank, we still can’t play small ball and win-What’cha gonna do now leave NY 0-3.

1995 was 17 years ago

April 5th, 2012
7:47 pm

Unfortunately, there’s no reason to expect that what we saw today won’t be a harbinger of things to come. It’s the same group of low-OBP hackers from last year, with the additions another low-OBP hacker (Francisco) and a hitting coach from a team that struggled about as much offensively as the Braves did last year. Great job, Frankie!

Very little reason to feel optimistic about these Braves. 0-1 is no big deal, but having a team with this many holes in the lineup is.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 5th, 2012
7:54 pm

Heyward sucks!!

ATLRedMan

April 5th, 2012
8:00 pm

Hey we could be like the Miami Mullets (Marlins), spend millions and be 0-2. Do you think they blamed the Brazalian beauties who escorted the team from the dugout?

Mike

April 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

1-0 loss with two really good pitchers on the mound is not a big deal to me. It was a good pitching match up and somebody was going to come up short. But if this team can’t score against the likes of Dickey, Niese, Happ and Weiland coming up in the next few games then I will agree this team is in big trouble.

rotomeister

April 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

Hey Phillies Phantic, I agree with you those four players have no business being on a roster of team that wishes to contend. I have been a loyal fan since 1966 when I was 3 years old, but I will never, ever cheer for Livan Hernandez after what happened in 1997.

Largo

April 5th, 2012
8:14 pm

Fredi says “Offensively we did a good job. . . We got no runs and four of our best hitters went o for 15. Am I missing something?

Charlie

April 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

Can’t wait for the Franki / Fredi show to leave Atlanta. Franki has driven other teams into a black hole, yet he’s still in Atlanta. He did nothing positive to address the massive holes in this team of losers during the winter.
Fredi’s leadership managed the Braves into the biggest National League collapse ever. Hopefully both these guys will be gone by 2013.

Darryl Blackberry

April 5th, 2012
8:20 pm

Even if the Braves lose the next few series to open the season, I’ll still feel better about this team than I did about last year’s. They learned a valuable lesson, and as far as I’m concerned, are innocent until proven guilty.

It’s interesting to note that the negativity surrounding these Braves really didn’t rear its ugly head until 1995 — the year they went all the way. Even then the prevailing attitude amongst fans was, “Here we go ahead. Buffalo Bills of baseball.”

For a club with a low-to-mid-market kind of payroll, this is a pretty darn good team. Now just give them more than one game in which to prove it, ‘kay?

BOISESTATEBRONCO

April 5th, 2012
8:25 pm

Everything is going to be fine….I hope

Ty Cobb's Soul

April 5th, 2012
8:33 pm

Q: “Tough day for the Braves hitters today. Why?”
Fredi: “We played great, just couldn’t push one across.”
Q: “Isn’t it sad to start 2012 like you ended 2011.”
Fredi: “Screw this – I need a drink. C-Mart, you’re driving.”

"...and on this Winning Night..." Thx Ernie Johnson!

April 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

My theory is that tomahawk across the front of the uniform deceives our hitters where the strike zone limits are.

Done

April 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

I’ve seen this redeo before!!!

Jay Dubu

April 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

On feeling in dugout as game wore on

“Like we were about to do something big….”

That’s completely different from what the people on the blog felt. We all felt like here we go again…picking up where they left off last year.

OldTimer

April 5th, 2012
8:58 pm

The Braves are just not going to score a lot of runs this year. Pitching is OK, but if you don’t score, it’s impossible to win.

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