Braves quotes after Saturday’s loss to Mets

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Jurrjens’ performance

“A hundred pitches, you’d like for him to go a little [deeper] than he did. He settled down at one point in the game and pitched pretty decent. But 102 pitches in 4-1/3 innings, after we came back and scored to tie the game – it probably wasn’t his best outing. But it was the first one. So five days from now he’ll get the ball and hopefully improve on that.”

On his velocity, did it improve as game went on? Because it was 86-88 early.

“I think that’s pretty much where he stayed. I think maybe a couple of pitches he might have touched 90, but basically he pitched around 86-88 mph.”

Is that OK from him, what you expect from him?

“Well, we saw in spring training a couple of games, one of those last games I think he was up to 91. So maybe it’s just [because it's] the first time out.”

Anything to idea maybe it was a little colder than what he’s been pitching in, affected velocity?

“I’m not sure. Maybe the first time out and we’ve been pitching in pretty hot weather down there. I don’t know. I couldn’t answer that question.”

What about the offense? You got a two-run homer there, but…

“We just can’t string anything together, it seems like. We get a couple of hits here, we get a double play ball. Jason hits a triple [after double play] that would have scored a run. They’ll come. The at-bats are getting good. We had first and second there in the ninth inning against the closer. We just need to keep the line moving a little bit.”

On Bourn not scoring first inning, could have made difference if he did

“I don’t know what the percentage is, but the team that scores first usually wins the game. I thought he did a nice job in the first inning. Gets a leadoff double and we get him over to third base, and Thole and Dickey did a helluva job getting Bourny out at the plate. I think Bourny just hesitated a little bit, just a tad, from watching it live. I haven’t seen the video on it. But you can’t fault him for that, you’ve got to try to score a run there. And those two guys made a nice play and we don’t get anything out of that.”

On Francisco hitting a couple of balls hard, lined out to center with runners on, and to first

“Yeah, he had a couple of good at-bats and also made a couple of nice plays defensively.”

On Livan Hernandez’s Braves debut as reliever

“That’s what we’re going to ask him to do right there, get us those middle innings, maybe even earlier innings. And he did a nice job with runners at second and third, after they get the wild pitch, with Davis at the plate he threw him a couple of slow, back-door breaking balls. He’s a guy who’s a veteran guy. He’s not going to crumble in those situations. He knows exactly what he wants to do and he does it, and he’s got great command. So you feel good when he’s out there to keep the score right there. Which he did.”

*** JAIR JURRJENS

On baseballs being slick in chilly conditions

“I wasn’t feeling the ball like I wanted to. I was trying to blow [on his fingers] and rub the ball as much as I could. But the ball was a little too slick in the beginning. You just need to make an adjustment, deal with what’s going on and make the best of it.”

Seemed like you started to look more comfortable and make some better pitches

“My body started feeling used to the cold and I felt like the ball was coming out a little bit smoother. On the fastball I had no problem. On the breaking ball it was tough, I had a problem even commanding it to throw it for a strike. It makes it difficult if you can not throw your secondary pitches for a strike.”

On the two home-run pitches

“Maybe a couple of inches and up on the plate. These are big league hitters. If you miss on the plate, you’re going to get hit. And I missed twice and got hit.”

Was the main problem with the secondary pitches? Could you keep hitters off-balance at all?

“No, my change-up was good sometimes and then I’d lose the feeling. My slider was awful till the last couple of innings when I threw a couple for strikes.”

“I’m not really happy with my performance and [not] helping the bullpen out. I made pitches when I needed to make pitches to keep the team in the game. That was the only thing I could do there, try to keep the game as close as possible and give our team a chance to come back.”

On the close calls on two-strike pitch that Wright took for a ball

“I was just looking at it [on video]. I think the first pitch was a strike and he didn’t call it, and the second pitch was borderline and he didn’t call it. When you fall behind to a hitter like David Wright, it going to be difficult to get a hitter like that out in a fastball count.

“But I just didn’t make my pitches. I can not blame the umpire. Even if he missed a pitch I’ve still got to go out there and try to make a quality pitch to get him out.”

“I was trying to do too much today, trying to make every pitch too perfect and not pitch to contact.”

*** LIVAN HERNANDEZ

Do you remember your last relief appearance? (only other one in regular season before today)

“96. September something.”

On relieving instead of starting

“I feel good. I warmed up fast. You’ve got to warm up and stretch and be ready if something happens. I like it.”

Just something you have to get used to?

“Relieving, to me it’s more difficult. I stretched more in the bullpen. Today I do it and it worked, I warmed up in only about 20 pitches.”

You use all the pitches relieving that you throw as a starter?

“Yeah, I use every pitches. I threw a cutter, fastballs to both sides, breaking balls….”

***JASON HEYWARD

Rough way to start the season

“You’d like to win as many games as you can. Got to give them credit for the way they swung the bats and the way they threw the ball. They were really efficient. At the same time, a big hit here or a bit hit there for us would have been awesome. We had some hard-hit balls today in those situations, so I mean, we put ourselves in a situation to win the game.”

On Braves doing what hitting coach Greg Walker has urged – be aggressive but also take walks when there

“Right now I feel like we’re doing fine as far as what we talk about with Walk: Be aggressive up there. Get pitches up to hit in the zone, don’t be passive, don’t be afraid to fail when you’re at the plate.

“No one is by no means panicking or worried about are we on track to do what-have-you. We’re going up to the plate trying to put a good at-bat, get a good pitch to hit, and the first two games it hasn’t happened.”

***FREDDIE FREEMAN

“We wanted to score more runs today than we did, but at least we got more hits than we did the other day and people put some good at-bats up there and drew some walks and saw more pitches. So hopefully we can take that into tomorrow against Niese.”

On team at least drawing some walks and hitting some balls hard

“Yeah, they’re just not falling in. We had a couple of opportunities – I hit into that double play to kill a rally. It’s how they fell today. You can’t really stress out. It’s two games. We’ve just got to go out there and try to salvage the series tomorrow.”

Good to get some runs on the board, snap that scoreless streak?

“It is. Go from there. Everybody felt like, here we go, let’s keep it rolling here. Unfortunately it didn’t happen today, but you’ve got to give R.A. Dickey credit. A knuckleball is not the easiest pitch to hit.”

115 comments Add your comment

richbrave

April 7th, 2012
5:46 pm

Is it too early for me to say that JURRJENS is not his old self. And that FRANK WREN’s attempts to trade him over the winter were pretty astute, and the other clubs rejection of the BRAVES blandishment of JJ were pretty astute as well. :(

Cholulu

April 7th, 2012
5:46 pm

Happy Easter ..Go Braves!

Clayton

April 7th, 2012
5:47 pm

come on bravos. tomorrow is another day

Old Blue

April 7th, 2012
5:52 pm

Now where did I put that cussed panic button? Maybe it will show up when the cows come home. . . not that Bourne didn’t try. . . or that he is a cow. . . or that cows have a home plate. . . or that Diaz was left at home plate.

Reggie

April 7th, 2012
5:52 pm

I Tip my cap to the same team from last year playing like…well…the team from last year. Atlanta Falcons…this is your future

The Grinch

April 7th, 2012
5:54 pm

I had a gut feeling Jair wasn’t going to hold up last year. I advocated trading him at the A.S. break when his ERA was under two and was called an idiot. We could have gotten two good players and several prospects at least. I understand why we didn’t do it, but it goes to illustrate I should always be listened to. :-)

Big Wolf

April 7th, 2012
5:57 pm

Yes, Jurrjens has not seemed like the same pitcher he had been. I don’t think he can lose 2-3 miles off his fastball and achieve success consistently. He has to be throwing his heater at 90-91 MPH, not 87-88. It is early, so we can hope for better things.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 7th, 2012
5:58 pm

this team will struggle to score runs. we just don’t have any punch.

“good at bats” is becoming an over used expression.

Stan

April 7th, 2012
5:59 pm

HAHA Fredi think using Livan in high leverage situations is smart…. wow what a dumb dumb manager

tj

April 7th, 2012
5:59 pm

Same ole no hitting braves. Nothing new, couldn’t hit in spring training and can’t hit now. Way to go braves.

iTiSi

April 7th, 2012
5:59 pm

OK AJC sportswriters, here’s your first assignment of the year: FG just very astutely said, “I don’t know what the percentage is, but the team that scores first usually wins the game.” Did he just pull that out of the air, or elsewhere, or is that true? I personally would like to know. He does have a tendency to just throw out things like that. I’m sure one of you can find that out. Maybe from Elias Sports Bureau. Here’s my statement: The team that scores the most runs, and not just plays good, usually wins the game!

McGee, Matthew

April 7th, 2012
6:00 pm

Gotta hand it to Wren for picking up Chad Durbin. We needed to fill the void left by Scott Linebrink.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 7th, 2012
6:01 pm

“good at bat” = “good blog entry”

asisson10

April 7th, 2012
6:03 pm

New at Brave Decisions… Fredi’s Use of Bullpen. Thanks for checking out!

http://bravedecisions.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/how-to-improperly-use-your-bullpen/

extremus

April 7th, 2012
6:03 pm

0-2 and so far picking up right where they left off last season. Good pitching overall, but the offense is still pretty much punchless. Shut out by a pitcher (albeit a possible HOF candidate) who hadn’t pitched in 19 months on Opening Day and controlled easily by R.A. Dickey today.

You know somebody’s gonna take the fall if come late April or May you’re hearing the Braves announcers start using phrases like “Since September 1 of last year, the Braves are…”. And if things don’t improve by the end of the year, expect a blow up/rebuilding mode scenario (and hopefully a sale of the team by Liberty Media, whom I figure by then would believe they’d squeezed every last drop from the ol’ stone). This bunch had better get it together fast.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

April 7th, 2012
6:05 pm

Bourny? Really?

rc35

April 7th, 2012
6:10 pm

Watching the Braves bat, I can’t help but think about the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where he wrestled “The Crusher.” After knocking the Crusher silly, he put a coat on him and said, “Let’s just pin those little old shoulders to the mat,” and the stunned Crusher played along. The Braves seem to just walk up there and let any old pitcher “pin those little old shoulders to the mat,” if you’ll let me mix sport metaphors.

Greggofboken

April 7th, 2012
6:20 pm

Yes. The team that scores first usually wins the game. Link’s below…bottom line, in 2010 a review of the most recent 10 years indicates the team scoring first wins between 64-67% of the time. He’s correct.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/429384-sabermetrics-the-one-stat-they-dont-know-that-matters-the-most

Todd

April 7th, 2012
6:26 pm

Yes sir it sure was brilliant keeping all the same players that choked last year on the team. Even McDonalds understands it is time to change cooks when the burgers are being burnt. Did Wren really expect anything different from these guys? The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. We are in for a last place finish from the hit-less wonders.

DHughes

April 7th, 2012
6:27 pm

Hmmmmm…. Now the streak is 22 of 32. Our manager seemed satisfied with end-of season results last year, so “continuing the streak” might be a useful motto for this year’s Braves.

West Point Brave

April 7th, 2012
6:28 pm

We should have traded JJ at the Break last year. His value was it it’s pinnacle the . Just like stocks, sell high, buy low.

Skeezix

April 7th, 2012
6:28 pm

The first inning (Bourn hesitating to run home on the passed ball/getting tagged out) set the tone. It seems like the Braves have a way of running themselves out of a lot of potentially big innings (the curse of Lonnie Smith?). It’s only two games, but I worry that these guys are mentally stuck in September 2012. To me – the body language of the whole team, including the manager, is not good.
Here’s hoping for a win tomorrow.

Larry

April 7th, 2012
6:31 pm

So that’s what 4 hitting coaches in 3 years? Maybe it’s not the hitting coaches, ya think?

And if the following quotes from Fruiti doesn’t connect with you goobers, nothing ever will:

“I’m not sure….. I don’t know. I couldn’t answer that question.”

He has to know!

smallmouth6

April 7th, 2012
6:35 pm

Somebody on Atlanta’s PR staff needs to teach coaches/players when to use cute nicknames and when not to. At 0-2 following 2011 is not the time to talk about Bourny.

Rafael

April 7th, 2012
6:36 pm

Still “gotta love those fans after one game”… now it’s TWO games!

Matt Diaz showed his usual CLUTCH self by striking out with two runners on base in the 9th. Second day in a row Diaz FAILED in a clutch situation. Get used to it. Uncle Fredi continues to use his nephew “Double Play” Matt Diaz in game-changing situations.

It was good to see Scott “Proctor” Linebrink was back with our Braves… wait… no… it was CHAD DURBIN!!! My mistake. Chad “Lowe” Durbin is a talent CLONE of Linebrink. Good to see the Mets took extra batting practice off him.

All that money Wren payed to Greg Walker to TUTOR Jason “BUST” Heyward sure has payed off. If I didn’t know it was 2012, I’d swear I was watching footage of Heyward batting in 2011. Heyward still cannot handle MLB pitching. I suppose Wren and Co. will let Heyward STRUGGLE all year again with NO thought of sending him to the minors to LEARN how to hit.

The Mets announcers said Atlanta is really “offensively challenged.” This should NOT surprise anyone with all the offseason UPGRADES Frank Wren made (and PROMISED in the LYING letter from Scheurholz)…. NOT!!!!!!

Looking forward to next Friday’s home opener vs. the Brewers. Even at 0-6, I’ll enjoy my 33% off concessions Liberty CHEAPIA thought would increase attendance MORE than adding STAR players. I have to be fair… Wren did “add” players… “AFFORDABLE” players.

I just remembered, with the lefthander Niese pitching, Uncle Fredi will START his nephew Matt Diaz in LF because “Matt rakes lefthanders you know.” I’m sure Matt Diaz “managed to keep his sense of humor” after another loss to the Mets today.

McCann will get a day of rest, so David Ross will be starting also. Great.

The good news is we have Fredi (Ricky Ricardo JR. on the “I Love Lucy” show) navigating our ship. I think Freid’s Great Uncle, Horatio Gonzalez, prepared the navigational charts for the Titanic.

Can’t seem to get ahold of “Steve.” He must be out rounding up all those “positive” Braves fans for next Fridays home opener.
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Braves Fan Since 1966

April 7th, 2012
6:39 pm

This seems to be an extension of September. I’m beginning to think that the team will simply not play for the manager.

cowdogit

April 7th, 2012
6:40 pm

Florida won two world series with halve the braves payroll. The problem is Wren wasted twenty four million on Chipper and Derrick Lowe. This season is already lost, it’s a good time to clean house and use the same method Florida used by restocking the minors. Bobby Cox and Hank Aaron need to go because they have made personal decisions that are not in the best interest of the club.

BRAVESFAN

April 7th, 2012
6:41 pm

This is a team that is getting better. Can’t wait till tomorrow.

Go Braves!

Tdawg

April 7th, 2012
6:41 pm

Lets see. Call strike one, call strike 2, swing at strike 3 with the ball way out of the strike zone, That seems to be the braves approach to hitting. Take the first 2 strikes before even offering to get the stinking bat off their shoulders. There is not a single brave’s hitter good enough to take 2 called strike’s and still hit the ball.Braves one homer away from being shut out for the second game in a row. I see this pathetic bunch getting blanked at least 20 times this season. Maybe even more.

gotigers72

April 7th, 2012
6:42 pm

I was hoping that Fredo would not be the manager after the AS break. Now I’m hoping for a much earlier exit for that dim witted “manager”.

He made a couple of glaring errors in the first game by leaving Diaz in to hit against a RH pitcher w/2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 6th inning, when he had Hinske and Francisco available to pinch hit. Then he let Constanza hit with a runner on 3rd in the 7th. I didn’t see today’s game so I don’t know if he made any blunders. My goodness, he IS NOT A ML MANAGER! Let him go and send Frankie Boy with him. No moves on a team that collapsed last September is just not smart. Counting on all of the guys that faltered last year to come back and be like “the back of their baseball card” this year was a huge roll of the dice. It looks like those dice came up snake eyes.

Joe

April 7th, 2012
6:45 pm

And I thought this Mets team was supposed to be rebuilding and were picked by most to finish last in the NL East. You think them and the Braves might be trading places? Just sayin’.

Looks like SI might have been wrong afterall. They actually projected them to finish 4th which seems might be a tad to high.

Mister Frisky

April 7th, 2012
6:46 pm

@Rafael,You forgot to say firefrankwren.com.

Tony C.

April 7th, 2012
6:47 pm

@Larry at 18:31-Sure Gonzalez *knows*….but he’s not going to say it to the press. There’s a reason why he was named Cox’s successor; he follows the same sort of “no negative comments about players” procedure Bobby did. Personally, I just wish he’d get out of the dugout and try and fire the team up a little more-that’s one thing Bobby did and his players (and we fans) loved him for it. Sure it may not be the most logical thing to get thrown out of a game in the 4th inning, but it shows the players that their skipper is involved…

gaknight

April 7th, 2012
6:48 pm

Get used to it! Have you ever looked for your missing keys over and over “in the same pant’s pocket” and coming up empty each time. Duh! With no change, don’t expect a different result. The Bravos scored 3 or fewer runs “75″ times last season.

BravesfaninAugusta

April 7th, 2012
6:48 pm

I was on a cruise so missed the Braves news the past week…why did they press the panic button and sign washed-up Livan?

OldTimer

April 7th, 2012
6:49 pm

Braves need to get tougher. Forget about the ownership. Play with some pride.

Hot Seat

April 7th, 2012
6:51 pm

I think it’s time for Fredi to come sit on me.

yikes

April 7th, 2012
6:52 pm

I coach high school ball and when I have a runner at third with less than 2 outs and my best hittr at the plate I tell my guys that if they go on a pass ball they BETTER make it! You do not take the bat out of McCanns hands unless you are positive you will make it! No excuse on that and I do think that played a major roll in the game. Long way to go and no need to panic but I just wish Fredi would quit tipping his hat to everybody and just admit that the team didnt play well. By the way, Santana only pitched 5 innings thursday, it was the top line met pen that shut the Braves down. That is what is concerning. Still a long way to go but these 2 games and the ones in houston should have been a chance to get off to a good start so cmon tomorrow and let’s get that first one out of the way. GO BRAVES!!!

Mister Frisky

April 7th, 2012
6:52 pm

Anyone with a connection to the past needs to get s canned.1995 is ancient history.Only in Americas worst sports town can you milk one success for two decades.That means Scheurholz,Wren,Aaron,Cox and his Cuban cabana boy Fredo.Sorry Chipper,you deserved a much better swan song.If your smart you will stay on the DL.

1eyedJack

April 7th, 2012
6:52 pm

Boy, those Livan Hernandez and Chad Durbin pickups sure are working out well.

Larry

April 7th, 2012
6:55 pm

No, folks, he’s not a major league manager…he’s a nice guy and former 3rd baseman on Bobby’s picked by Bobbie. And for me, to be picked by Bobby unchallenged, he of the great 1-14 post season finish record, is all I need to not return.

The above were aomost my exact words to the Braves Ticket Supervisor when they made Fruiti their manager in September 2010, ending my 21 straight year of tickets right behind the plate.

I’d seen enough stupidity with Bobby in must win games…I’d be darned if I was going to pay another penny to watch his stupid offspring do the same.

NavyBrave

April 7th, 2012
7:00 pm

Are we seriously supposed to believe that JJ can’t pitch in cold weather? Is that the new excuse for the day? One more thing, is anyone else sick to death of the phrase “good at bat”? To me a “good at bat” is actually doing something productive. I.E. a base hit, sacrifice, move a runner over, or god forbid a home run. So far, I have seen very few “good at bats” from this team.

Tweet

April 7th, 2012
7:13 pm

You can copy every quote from Gonzalez today and paste it with the same stoopid quotes from last september. Same thing over and over….how hard we hit the balls, how every ball was hit right at ‘ em….how aggressive the at bats were…blah ,blah,blahWhat a lame manager this cream puff is.

Tweet

April 7th, 2012
7:14 pm

And anyone who thinks Heyward is a good outfielder is a buffoon

Tweet

April 7th, 2012
7:15 pm

Navy Brave is spot on…

Tweet

April 7th, 2012
7:15 pm

They will come home 0-6

Engrish Treacher

April 7th, 2012
7:23 pm

“gotta tip your cap, we just got outplayed”.

Bets are Mest

April 7th, 2012
7:28 pm

Hello 0-6! from the two worst teams in the league.

harleyrednek

April 7th, 2012
7:28 pm

wow another tip of the hat to the mets! well we will be 0-3 after tomorrow. we could pull a left handed highschooler from the crowd and be shut down. freddi is a idiot and should of been let go and so should frank wren. it shows boston cares about fans and there team after their collapse they got rid of everyone and hell we keep everyone and pick up two washed up pitcher who were cut by other teams. really if they cant make the nationals or astros teams why would we want them. i will no longer go to any games and support abunch of heartless money hungry fools.

Bravester

April 7th, 2012
7:40 pm

The great curse of Braves pitchers: they don’t get to pitch to Braves hitters.

Winchester

April 7th, 2012
7:43 pm

Thank you bloggers for your honest perceptions. The Braves suck!

Ralph

April 7th, 2012
7:51 pm

The at-bats are getting good. How about that quote from Fruti, what a lunitic!

chris

April 7th, 2012
7:53 pm

0-2 no reason to panic but more seriously an issue is this offense..i just hope losing dont become acceptable..i get tired of hearing “we’re just missing it” or”good abats” or all the other BS that losing teams start saying to justify losing…this is 2012, not 2011. The MEts are not in last place in 2012 they are atop the division so far..and no matter how you slice the bread the Braves are in the bottom. Bravester- excellent post, funny. There is no fear of this team anymore and its sad because we could have went out and got some BATS instead of this BS mentality of “hoping” everyone comes around from last years meltdown..guess we’ll keep hoping the Easter Bunny is real too since it’s Easter Weekend

alanfalcon

April 7th, 2012
8:05 pm

0-2, 0-2, 0-2 against the Mets who are suppose to be the weak link in the NL East. It sure looks as though Frank and whom ever were wrong.

0-2, 2 runs in 18 innings, sounds like last year, is this team that incapable or is it Freddie?

Uh oh

April 7th, 2012
8:09 pm

They can down play it as first two games. But this was mets not phillies. They down played preseason as meaningless. Not time to hit panic button but definite concerns exist 0-2 opening against friggin mets…. The one team picked beneath them in division. c’mon. This could get ugly and that looks more likely than resurrection.

Ralph

April 7th, 2012
8:10 pm

West Point Brave

April 7th, 2012
6:28 pm

Wren is really good at b uying low, not too good at selling high.

Uh oh

April 7th, 2012
8:10 pm

This start sucks They can down play it as first two games. But this was mets not phillies. They down played preseason as meaningless. Not time to hit panic button but definite concerns exist 0-2 opening against friggin mets…. The one team picked beneath them in division. c’mon. This could get ugly and that looks more likely than resurrection.

phil mickelson

April 7th, 2012
8:11 pm

i’ll just re-post this from the other blog, because its (not surprisingly) applicable here too…

its TWO GAMES, people…TWO GAMES…I don’t know why i even bother to scroll past the blog to the comments, because every time i do I am amazed by the total assinine nature of what is said, after only TWO FREAKIN GAMES! I can only hope that you people are as discouraged as you claim to be, so that maybe you’ll quit watching and quit commenting and quit having an opinion on a baseball team you obviously know nothing about. Now I need to go win the masters.

Ralph

April 7th, 2012
8:17 pm

Phil, just stick to golf, baseball you know nothing about.

Ralph

April 7th, 2012
8:20 pm

If we had a decent manager last year we may not have won the WS but for sure the Cardinals wouldn’t have.

Fredi "Tip Your Cap" Gonzalez

April 7th, 2012
8:23 pm

Im going to Tipping my cap so much this year that I will have carpal tunnel syndrome by June!

Mookie

April 7th, 2012
8:26 pm

There is a trend here! We did not hit this spring and guess what… we are not hitting now!! The Player’s have got to look in the mirror and have the balls to go out and get the job done! The fans are tired of all the excuses and paying the amount of money to see results that is embarrising. You almost lost against the Braves All Star Minor League Team, show some guts!!!

jeff

April 7th, 2012
8:34 pm

I cant seem to see the change in Heyward’s swing. Still has the same holes in it. I have seen better swings on a rusty gate.

Ron

April 7th, 2012
8:47 pm

Looks like we began this season where we left off last season. We need to get over this hangover. Now.

DaveinNEPA

April 7th, 2012
8:54 pm

Yeah, I know, it’s only 2 games!!!!!

BUT……..same old, same old. Pathetic situational hitting and once again abject failure w/RISP. After last season, ST, and now the first 2 games, I’m convinced that this core of hitters is not a group that is going to lead us deep into the postseason.

Does anyone still think it’s the “hitting coach”? I think it might be a failure of the whole organization’s way of thinking and teaching.

flagger

April 7th, 2012
8:54 pm

coulda…shoulda…wooda… but it is what it is…..

tmc

April 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

I’m sick and tired of seeing this team play the way they are playing.

I know, i know it’s game two… but as far as i’m concerned, this team has played the same way for the last 200 games. No intensity, no urgency, no fire!
and what do you get when a team continues to play that way? the exact same results the Braves have over the last 2-3 years.

I’m waiting for someone to step up and begin to not accept the way things have been. Not accept the way players not perform. As long as the “aw shucks” attitude continue’s with this team, the results are going to be the same.

Time for Fredi or a few of the “leaders” on this team to start demanding excellence and not settling for anything else.

Matt "The Missing Link" Diaz

April 7th, 2012
8:57 pm

“Well I struck out to end the game, but I tried and that’s all that really matters because when a professional baseball with a $83million tries, that enough. Wins and Loses are really just numbers. We’ll be happy with a “participation trophy” from MLB after we finish last in the NL East.”

Pete

April 7th, 2012
9:07 pm

The Braves are nothing but a pretender in MLB. No threat to any thing or any one. A waste of time.

Kevin chop

April 7th, 2012
9:14 pm

lol im just sitting back and enjoying the show waiting to say I told you so about this team.

tradebait

April 7th, 2012
9:14 pm

a good game…..nice job fellows…..can ajc please cut the meebo crap….jeesh….

Fredi "Tip Your Cap" Gonzalez

April 7th, 2012
9:15 pm

Well you just have to Tip Your Cap to the Mets. The are one of the best teams in baseball for the last decade. Scoring two runs in 18 innings against this dynasty is a honor. We are one Brooks Conrad signing away from being the favorites in the National League

Kevin chop

April 7th, 2012
9:20 pm

The braves are playing you all for fools…they are just buying time by saying its only the first two games. They told you last seasons collapse was a fluke. Spring training was just spring training. Now
its just two games into the season. I am waiting for the excuses to run out.

bostonbravo

April 7th, 2012
9:20 pm

gotta go barf…be back tomorrow for more…

It's over now

April 7th, 2012
9:27 pm

It’s really not that hard to understand why this team is not performing – it’s the same bunch that blew it last year, just older and slower. Liberty Media doesn’t care and will not care until the fans start to abandon the team – it’s just a business to them. Liberty Media was not acting in the best interest of anyone other than themselves by functionally doing nothing this off-season. The problem is that only one side of the relationship really cares and it’s the one that pay admissions and buys souvenirs.

While I think it could start with Chipper retiring to free up cash to restock the franchise, I’m sure that Liberty Media would not do anything with the extra money except pocket it and when the owner doesn’t care, the product will not be good.

Matt "The Missing Link" Diaz

April 7th, 2012
9:27 pm

“Could have said it any better myself, Fredi “Tip Your Cap” Gonzalez. You gotta tip your cap to R.A. Dickey, who will probably win the Cy Young, and Duda who will probably hit 60HRS this year. We’ll just go out there tomorrow and play and if we lose again thats ok, because we’ll know we tried.”

Frank "I

April 7th, 2012
9:36 pm

“As far as the roster is concerned, I like our team. Matt Diaz especially, is exactly what we needed. Yes he struck out to end the game today, but he tried and I’m ok with a loss as long as the boys tried. I don’t see a need to acquire any top players via trades because we have prospects that I simply can’t give up. And I love prospects! True, prospects don’t win games, but I sure do love them and I would never trade them, ever!”

Frank "I Love Prospects" Wren

April 7th, 2012
9:37 pm

“As far as the roster is concerned, I like our team. Matt Diaz especially, is exactly what we needed. Yes he struck out to end the game today, but he tried and I’m ok with a loss as long as the boys tried. I don’t see a need to acquire any top players via trades because we have prospects that I simply can’t give up. And I love prospects! True, prospects don’t win games, but I sure do love them and I would never trade them, ever!”

oldmarriedwoman

April 7th, 2012
9:37 pm

One thing Braves fans know for sure is that Frank Wren will pick up any so called veteran player that has been released by other teams. He has no money to get us a decent hitter, but has 2 million to pick up Livan and Durbin. Livan was cut by the Astros. Why does the Braves front office insist that the old washed up veterans are better than the young players on the farm. Another thing, why do the Braves rush their players back from ijnury? Two perfect examples last year was Heyward and McCann.

iwalterp

April 7th, 2012
9:40 pm

Wow ,a team that is waiting for a 40 year old to come back from the DL to give them some spark. How pathetic is that?

Mister Frisky

April 7th, 2012
9:56 pm

Listening to these post game quotes are insightful.The Braves players have taken on the personality of their manager.Same cliches and platitudes used by losers and morons.

Fredi "Tip Your Cap" Gonzalez

April 7th, 2012
10:11 pm

Well can i take the time to Tip my cap to Frank Wren? He has shown the restraint to avoid trading one of our 87 young pitchers for a bat because he has the foresight to realize that soon, we will revert to college rules and use the aluminum bat.

I predict (and my prediction are a stellar 12% thus far) in the year 2018 my friends, pitching will be at a premium. At that time the GM of the decade Frank Wren will trade Buddy Carlyle for Ken Griffey Jr.-Jr.and the corpse of Derek Jeter. Liberty Media will then use 10 food stamps to purchase the contract of Brooks Conrad from the Wyoming Lesbian Slow Pitch League (he will be 3rd string). Can you say another 10 pennant dynasty? Who will be laughing then?

-Fredi “TYC” out

Myers

April 7th, 2012
10:12 pm

There’s nothing more I can say or add!!!

Old Jax Bravo Fan

April 7th, 2012
10:13 pm

Good Lord! At this rate, with what has been said by the Braves players, management and staff, they’re going to go through the entire “1,500 Excuses for Losing Baseball Games” tome that they bought just last year! There’s a new edition out that has two special chapters: one for the Braves and one for the Red Sux. It’s got some interesting chapters such as: “If they play it like Whiffle Ball, it looks like Whiffle Ball, it just must be Wiffle Ball.” And this one: “If your team plays like a Double AA Minor League team during Spring Training, should you worry?” And of course: (After the first month of the new season), “I know our fans worry about us now that during the first 28 games we are 6 and 18 but wait’ll we work out the kinks of Spring Practice!” Gosh, there’s more so keep tuned in…you’ll hear it all this year.

Tdawg

April 7th, 2012
10:14 pm

Phil Mickelson you say that it’s only 2 game’s. What about spring training? What about the last 1/3rd of the regular season last season? Same old players = same old results. Not hard to figure, except if you are in management, but then again, it’s like someone posted earlier. The ownership don’t give a crap about putting a winning product on the field. There may be 8 player’s on the whole team worth keeping and 5 of them are pitcher’s. Trade the rest for cheaper players. Heck we are already putting cheap talent on the field, might as well pay cheaper wages for cheaper player’s.

Mister Frisky

April 7th, 2012
10:31 pm

Fredi TYC,Great stuff.

GwinnettDad

April 7th, 2012
10:40 pm

Scored runs in 1 out of 18 innings. Mets looking to sweep the Braves, and will tomorrow if they score 3 runs, I bet.

GwinnettDad

April 7th, 2012
10:40 pm

Scored runs in 1 out of 18 innings. Mets looking to sweep the Braves, and will tomorrow if they score 3 runs, I bet.

Mike Mangan

April 7th, 2012
10:56 pm

Last year Houston would have traded Hunter Pence for Jurrens and Shafer we would have had him under control for a couple more years instead we get the Bourne identity.Take a look at how many wiffs he has and their is no cluch whatsoever,Nevertheless we continue to watch him play knowing chance of resigning him are slim at best.The Cubs are trying to play lets make a deal for Marlon Byrd even though he is 34 he hits right handed can play center and has power.Wy are we waiting…Hello Frank Wren are You listening??? The Joke of the day is Chad Durbin just another stiff we picked up off the scrap pile..Does anyone know how Huddy did pitching in the SAL for Rome in Charleston..When Huddy returns do we dump Durbin?Hope So…

Rick

April 7th, 2012
10:59 pm

“Well you just have to Tip Your Cap to the Mets. The are one of the best teams in baseball for the last decade. Scoring two runs in 18 innings against this dynasty is a honor. We are one Brooks Conrad signing away from being the favorites in the National League”

The Phillies have scored the same amount of runs in 18 innings against the Pirates.

ATLRedMan

April 7th, 2012
11:00 pm

Anyone want to lament the Francouer tarde since after two games he is hitting .429? Was in Greenville yesterday to see class A Drive. Maybe you’ll should see a class A game and then you’d appreciate what we have here.

Rick

April 7th, 2012
11:01 pm

“Last year Houston would have traded Hunter Pence for Jurrens and Shafer”

Says who? Were you involved in the trade? All reports indicated they wanted two of the Braves’ young four pitchers (Minor, Delgado, Teheran, Vizcaino). And Pence commanded quite a bit more cash in arbitration this year than Bourn.

Rick

April 7th, 2012
11:02 pm

And not to mention, the Braves have a RF. They needed a CF.

joe

April 7th, 2012
11:02 pm

they are a joke, JJ is a joke, Fredi is an idiot, team will be lucky to win 75 games.

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

April 7th, 2012
11:15 pm

I can smell the stink of these dying losers all the way from NY down here to the south. Can’t even beat the sorry Mutts. 90-95 losses for these stinking never wazzes.

alex

April 7th, 2012
11:40 pm

watching today’s game:goodness juan francisco, obese aaa player, we REALLY have a talent problem, seriously folks 2nd, 3rd, ss,lf and rf are aaa candidates. JJ 88 mph HEATER: T her up ! Gotta wonder what wrenn was thinking, must be that liberty is so cheap he has NO options… K for juan,keep the twinkees from that guy and get out a lapband! No lobo NOT a lapdancer

Wren and Freddi.....roflmao

April 8th, 2012
12:05 am

Freddi and Wren r gone after this season…..Ill take odds inna week on my new website.

ab initio

April 8th, 2012
12:19 am

“The Phillies have scored the same amount of runs in 18 innings against the Pirates.”

Yes, but the Phillies will improve as the season wears on, and they have a much deeper bench to absorb injuries. Any baseball observer with a pulse knows they are going to win the division. They have a great organization that has shown repeatedly in the past few seasons that they will trade during the season to address weaknesses on their club.

The Braves have no offense, and their bench is pathetic. There was no improvement during the offseason. The salary structure of this team has been out of sorts for a long time, and farm prospects have either been traded for “wiley” veterans with gross diminishing returns, or sent away to other clubs for a song. This is no way to run a ball club in the majors to retain interest in a club, and certainly no way to treat a fan base. The current Braves’ front office mission statement and modus operandi not only should be put out to pasture, but should be fertilizing it from below.

Fats Okelly

April 8th, 2012
1:04 am

Too early to care……………….check back after end of April

Bets are Mest

April 8th, 2012
1:08 am

“Same cliches and platitudes used by losers and morons.” I’ve been telling you this since the end of 2005. Retire NOW, Larry.

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