Too early to make judgments, but Braves vs. lefties a concern

NEW YORK — So what should we make of the fact that 23 of 30 major league teams hit one or no home runs through Friday, including 11 teams with zero? Or that 11 teams have scored two or fewer runs including seven with one or none? Or that the Marlins have scored one run in two games after being by far the lowest scoring team in the majors in spring training?

What should we make of the fact that the Pujols-less Cardinals lead the majors with 15 runs and four homers in two games, wile the Braves, Royals and Pirates failed to score in their season openers?

Pastornicky's all-around performance in the season opener was a bright spot for the Braves in the rookie shortstops major league debut. (AP photo.)

Pastornicky's all-around performance in the season opener was a bright spot for the Braves in the rookie shortstops major league debut. (AP photo.)

The answer to all is nothing. We should draw no conclusions about any of this stuff after one or two games. Or after five, for that matter. (We’ll give it six — the first two series. OK, we’re kidding. Sort of…)

But seriously, it’s folly to jump to conclusions about how a 162-game season is going to go based on the first game or first series or first trip or homestand for any team. It’s not an 16-game NFL season. It’s a 162-game season.

That said, I certainly can understand the worries or frustrations of some Braves fans following Friday’s shutout loss againt the Mets in Johan Santana’s first start in 18 months since shoulder surgery. Especially since some fans couldn’t avoid stewing it in and thinking back to the September slide because of yesterday’s off day in the schedule.

(Notice we used the word “slide” there — we’re going to avoid using the c-word today, because some have complained that we keep dredging it up and reminding them of what happened when the Braves lost 20 of their final 30 games in 2011 and blew a 10-1/2 game Aug. 25 lead over St. Louis and an 8-1/2 game wild-card lead after Sept. 5. Semantics is our friend.)

As I mentioned yesterday, the two things I found concerning about Thursday’s hitting performance, as it were, by the Braves was the return of a recurring theme in 2011. Again, it’s one game and it was against a lefty who’s got the second-highest winning percentage among all pitchers since his debut in 2000, and was particularly focused and determined in his first start in 18 months since shoulder surgery.

But Atlanta also managed just two hits in four innings against the bullpen. And until they prove otherwise, these Braves, with virtually the same lineup they finished with in 2011, are still the team that finished last in the majors in average (.229) and OBP (.291) against lefties, and last in the NL in slugging percentage (.354) and OPS (.645) against lefties.

And they’ll face three more lefties before this trip is over – the Mets’ Jonathon Niese on Sunday (he was 2-0 in three starts against the Braves last season) and Houston’s Wandy Rodriguez and J.A. Happ.

After throwing 83 pitches and allowing one run in five-plus innings in Thursday's opener, Tommy Hanson (above) will come back to start Game 5 on Tuesday and fifth starter Randall Delgado will start Game 6. (AP photo.)

After throwing 83 pitches and allowing one run in five-plus innings in Thursday's opener, Tommy Hanson (above) will come back to start Game 5 on Tuesday and fifth starter Randall Delgado will start Game 6. (AP photo.)

The Braves will face a righty Saturday, albeit an unconventional one – R.A. Dickey, who mixes knuckleballs with mid-80 mph fastballs. We’ll see the Braves debut of Juan Francisco, the new primary backup to third baseman Chipper Jones after coming over in a trade from Cincinnati the day before the Braves broke camp at Dark Star.

Then it’ll be back to facing a lefty on Sunday in the series finale, and two lefties in three games against the lowly ‘Stros. Chipper hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday, the day he’s eligible to come off the DL, but he might opt to wait till next Friday’s home opener depending how he and his surgically repaired knee feel in the next couple of days.

How many people realize that three Atlanta lineup regulars hit .210 or below last season for the Braves?

Jason Heyward hit .192 with a .270 OBP against lefties, with 23 strikeouts in 104 at-bats.

Dan Uggla hit .202 with 49 strikeouts in 163 at-bats vs. lefties, with six homers and a .652 OPS. (Compared to 30 homers and an .806 OPS in 437 at-bats vs. righties.)

And the Braves struggles vs. lefties even seemed contagious after Michael Bourn arrived in a deadline-day trade from Houston. After hitting .284 with a .341 OBP against lefties before the trade, the speedy leadoff man hit just .210 (17-for-81) with a .226 OBP against lefties as a Brave, with 23 strikeouts and one walk. Yes, 23 strikeouts and one walk.

Which brings us to a big reasons – two, actually – that the Braves need to get Chipper back as soon as possible. Even rusty and approaching his 40th birthday, he remains one of the Braves’ best against lefties and in clutch situations.

He’s a .305 career hitter against lefties (.304 vs. righties). Last year, at age 39 in another injury-plagued season, his .270 average and .344 on-base percentage vs. lefties were the highest marks among Braves with at least 40 or more at-bats against lefties.

And with runners in scoring position – the Braves were 0-for-6 in those situations Thursday – Jones led the team with a .337 average in 2011.

• Francisco debut: Martin Prado moves from third base back to left field Saturday with Francisco at third making his Atlanta debut. Manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to use that arrangement against right-handers whenever Chipper is out.

David Wright drove in the only run in the Braves-Mets season opener. Runs were scarce in most major league games in the first couple of days of the season.

David Wright drove in the only run in the Braves-Mets season opener. Runs were scarce in most major league games in the first couple of days of the season.

Gonzalez also plans to play Francisco against lefties, or at least some of them early in the season, to see what he can do against them. (He played Matt Diaz in left field on Thursday because Diaz had a .500 career average in 32 previous at-bats against Santana, which he maintained by going 1-for-2 against him with a double Thursday.)

With the Reds’ Triple-A team last season, Francisco hit .343 (72-for-210) against right-handers with 30 extra-base hits (10 homers), a .370 on-base percentage and a .956 OPS, while against lefties he hit .269 (29-for-108) with six homers, three walks, a .298 OBP and .798 OPS.

In limited major league opportunities over three seasons, Francisco hit .284 overall with 11 doubles, one triple, five homers and 29 RBI in 169 at-bats, only 26 of which came against lefties. Gonzalez said he wants to give him a chance to show if he can hit lefties.

• J.J. vs. R.A.: 2012 All-Star Jair Jurrjens will try to get back to that first-half form from a year ago and continue the momentum from his last couple of successful spring starts against modest Houston split-squad lineups. Jurrjens is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets, including 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his last two against them in June. (He had a 2.54 ERA in 11 starts against them before those two starts on June 4 and June 14.)

He’ll face Dickey, who was 1-2 in five games (four starts) against Atlanta last season despite a 2.60 ERA and .190 opponents’ average in those games.

And can you find a hitter with a worse couple of matchups out of the gate than Uggla, who was 1-for-19 with 10 strikeouts against  Santana before going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts against him on Opening Day. So he’s 1-for-21 against the lefty — which is one hit better than Uggla is against Dickey.

Uggla is 0-for-21 with five strikeouts and one walk against him. Gonzalez said Uggla’s hitting streak was at 23 games last year when the Braves faced Dickey after an off day. Gonzalez said he called Uggla on the off day and asked if he wanted to rest and not face Dickey. Uggla told him no, to put him in there.

Then he went 0-for-3 against Dickey and got a hit off a reliever to extend the streak.

• Mets’ Torres on DL: Opening Day was a rough one for new Mets center fielder Andres Torres, who reinjured the left calf he hurt in spring training. Torres was placed on the DL and prospect Kirt Niewenhuis was added to the 40-man roster and brought up from the minors to start Saturday.

Torres got a taste of the Mets’ recent bad fortunes, getting hurt in his first regular-season game with the team that acquired him from San Francisco as a defensive upgrade in a trade that sent fellow speedster Angel Pagan to the Giants. Torres had already been picked off first base by Tommy Hanson to end third inning, after reaching on an error by Uggla on a routine grounder.

• Santana gives Mets hope? After 33-year-old Santana, making his first start in 18 months since shoulder surgery, limited the Braves to two hits in five scoreless innings in the season opener,  Jones was asked about the veteran pitcher by a New York writer.

The guy wanted to get his thoughts on the Mets pinning much of their hopes on the former two-time American League Cy Young award winner, and Jones compared the situation to the recent Marlins doing the same with Josh Johnson.

“And I think you’ll see it again this year – if the guy [Johnson] can go out and make 35, 36 starts, the Marlins are going to be pretty good,” Jones said. “Same thing with Johan – if he can go out and make his scheduled starts and pitch like he did today, you’ve always got hope. Long as you’ve got that horse at the front end, the other guys kind of feed off him. If they feed off what he did today, the Mets can win ballgames. That lineup is solid.”

As a reminder of how long Chipper has been around, consider he’ll be 40 on April 24 – nearly seven full years older than Santana.

Since debuting with Twins in 2000, Santana is fourth in the majors in strikeouts (1877) and his 133-79 record gives him a higher winning percentage (.658) in that period than any starter except Roy Halladay (.671).

• Saw a terrific Bruce Springsteen concert last night at Madison Square Garden. The Boss started it with this masterpiece, “Badlands,” while the house lights were still on. Click here to see Bruce and the E Street Band doing it live three decades ago. (They still tore it up like nobody’s business last night, playing for just over three hours.)

An off day in New York is a rarity. Guess I should thank the schedule makers for building in the off day so teams won’t have to give up a large gate in the event of an Opening Day rainout. Friday was sunny and about 60 degrees. Waldy’s Pizza, a long walk to Greenwich Village, stop at Academy Records … and Bruce at Madison Square Garden. That’ll work.

bruce-springsteen

“BADLANDS” by Bruce Springsteen

Lights out tonight, trouble in the heartland
Got a head-on collision smashin’ in my guts man
I’m caught in a crossfire that I don’t understand
But there’s one thing I know for sure
Girl, I don’t give a damn for the same old played out scenes
Baby, I don’t give a damn for just the in-betweens
Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul, I want control right now
You better listen to me baby, talk about a dream, try to make it real
You wake up in the night with a fear so real
You spend your life waiting for a moment that just don’t come
Well don’t waste your time waiting

Badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand as the price you’ve gotta pay
We’ll keep pushin’ till it’s understood
And these badlands start treating us good

Workin’ in the field till you get your back burned
Workin’ ‘neath the wheels till you get your facts learned
Baby, I got my facts learned real good right now
You better get it straight, darling
Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king
And a king ain’t satisfied till he rules everything
I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got
Well I believe in the love that you gave me
I believe in the faith that could save me
I believe in the hope and I pray that some day it may raise me above these

Badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand as the price you’ve gotta pay
Keep pushin’ till it’s understood
And these badlands start treating us good
Awhoa whoa whoa whoa

Mmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmm
Mmmmmmmmm
For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside
That it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive
I wanna find one face that ain’t looking through me
I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these

Badlands, you gotta live it every day
Let the broken hearts stand as the price you’ve gotta pay
Keep movin’ till it’s understood
And these badlands start treating us good
Awhoa whoa whoa whoa
Badlands, awhoa whoa whoa whoa
Badlands, awhoa whoa whoa whoa
Badlands, ahwoa whoa whoa whoa
Badlands, ahwoa whoa whoa whoa
Badlands, ahwoa whoa whoa whoa
Badlands…

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

3,139 comments Add your comment

keyLargo

April 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

George

April 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

Good with righty going for them we get to see FRANCISCO.

noleee

April 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

thanx for the new-season updates rich. I was not sold on sending Joey T to AAA, I hope he settles down soon B4 it starts playing with his confidence

George

April 7th, 2012
12:53 pm

We are on a pace to project a 0-162 record. That would set a record.

George

April 7th, 2012
12:54 pm

Patrick

April 7th, 2012
12:55 pm

Don’t kid yourselves, after that excellent hitting display Thursday, does anyone really expect the Braves offense to muster up anything against a knuckleballer who has pitched really well against him in the past couple of seasons….

They are not going to win today
and a leftie is going tomorrow in Niese and anyone that has watched this team over the past couple of seasons knows that this bunch couldn’t hit a left-handed pitcher if they were throwing a softball up there.

They will start 0 and 3, and that’s the negativity, it’s just the truth.
It’s sad and pathetic

cabravesfan

April 7th, 2012
12:55 pm

It’s also just about as statistically improbable as going 162-0

itcouldbeworse

April 7th, 2012
12:56 pm

Trey

April 7th, 2012
12:56 pm

Well, we won’t be 162-0, so let’s make it 161-1! ;)

cabravesfan

April 7th, 2012
12:57 pm

Well I guess we don’t have to watch any more games this weekend. Patrick has seen the future and saved us the time …

BraveDan

April 7th, 2012
12:58 pm

Anxious to get a win and see our 3B acquisition in action.

George

April 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

Good morning cab
I just could not resist. I think we will win today.

George

April 7th, 2012
1:00 pm

then it will project to 81 wins.

MikeY

April 7th, 2012
1:00 pm

But, why did Fredi leave Diaz in to hit against the righthander after they made the pitching change?

dap01

April 7th, 2012
1:00 pm

We can say, “It’s only one game” but in reality, it is a continuation of last year’s horrible hitting. Same people, same lineup, same results.

Frank Wren needed to do 2 things this offseason: 1. Get a right handed outfielder (one of the easiest positions to fill in baseball) and 2. Get a back up SS (one of the easiest positions to fill.

You see the results.

cabravesfan

April 7th, 2012
1:00 pm

George-

I know you were joking :D . Good morning!

MFin04

April 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

So knowing that the Braves were terrible against lefties, what did the team do in the off-season to get better against left-handed pitchers? :crickets:

Michael

April 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

These hitters are so not clutch. They have no problem getting guys on but clinch up trying to get them in. Bourn looked awful. Diaz shouldn’t play at all. And this Francisco isn’t an answer to anything but more of the same with strikeouts and unproductive at bats.

George

April 7th, 2012
1:04 pm

Well it is after 1:00 here and I don’t post during regular season games, so outta here, Lets have a good one y’all. GO BRAVES.

noleee

April 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

Wren has no money to spend, ergo no starting LFer or good SS

Jeff R

April 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

Negativity is now billed as the “truth.”

But, what the heck, I’ll join in. Braves to go 0-162 this record-seting season!

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

Bing!

(Soldier!)

“(Waving Arm!) Get Out The WAYYYYY!!!! (Boom!) Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!”

GameTime in 5 Minutes!

We better take two out of three…because its Imperative we finish this roadtrip 4-2 at the worst

count_schemula

April 7th, 2012
1:08 pm

Let’s get this collapse started!

noleee

April 7th, 2012
1:08 pm

yeah, IMPERATIVE!!!

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:10 pm

GameTime!

Lets Get This Party Started Right!

Go Braves! No More Garbage 1-0 Losses!

phil

April 7th, 2012
1:10 pm

Patrick
April 7th, 2012
12:55 pm

Don’t kid yourselves, after that excellent hitting display Thursday, does anyone really expect the Braves offense to muster up anything against a knuckleballer who has pitched really well against him in the past couple of seasons….

They are not going to win today
and a leftie is going tomorrow in Niese and anyone that has watched this team over the past couple of seasons knows that this bunch couldn’t hit a left-handed pitcher if they were throwing a softball up there.

They will start 0 and 3, and that’s the negativity, it’s just the truth.
It’s sad and pathetic

*****
thanks for the optimistic repost…..your feelings are clear.

count_schemula

April 7th, 2012
1:11 pm

Knuckleball should have them dazed and confused, for so long it’s not true. Wanted a win, never bargained for you…

Venice Jim

April 7th, 2012
1:11 pm

We really are awful…

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:11 pm

Nice double, Bourn!

Bravefaninok

April 7th, 2012
1:11 pm

Nice start Bourneeeeeeeeee!!!

LAG

April 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

Love the clairvoyance displayed by many of the posters here. I mean, since they’ve already so accurately predicted that we’ll get swept, why even play? Why don”t the Braves just spend the next two days taking a stroll through Central Park? :lol:

Caleb

April 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

There we go!!

count_schemula

April 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

whoa, double!

let’s not strand him!

bravesgrl4life

April 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

Yeah, Bourn!!!

oldguy

April 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

best Fredie could say after the game was they made Santana throw 80 pitches.IS THAT THE BEST U GOT FREDDIE?

phil

April 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Bourne not running hard….why? Drive me nuts.

Nice AB for Prado….

Venice Jim

April 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

aaaaargh…..

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Dang, that stunk.

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Are You kidding Me And It Continues (Curse Words)

bravesgrl4life

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

DANG IT BOURN SHOULDN’T HAVE TRIED IT.

The A Bomb

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Let the frustration continue.

Bravefaninok

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Three outs, McCann popped.

ray k

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Caleb

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

WTF Bourne why did you stop

bravesgrl4life

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Well, that blew.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

April 7th, 2012
1:14 pm

Typical. We should be almost laughing at this by now.

Braveone

April 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

From the previous blog which had 2,529 comments, phil led the way with 103 posts. There were 337 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 phil 103
2 cabravesfan 91
3 ChattTownBrian (CTB) 71
4 noleee 68
5 Efrim 60
6 bravesgrl4life 60
7 Venice Jim 59
8 Tomahawkin 57
9 MFin04 55
10 Jerry 54
11 Lew 53
12 Murph 50
13 VaBravesFan 47
14 TennesseePaul 43
15 abeeewright 40
16 David O’Brien 38
17 Mixxo 37
18 Ward 34
19 ray k 34
20 richbrave 32
21 Tennessee Braves Fan 31
22 Jeff R 29
23 Brava 28
24 Ray 28
25 uga-brave 27

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

Well, nice attempt by Bourn.

njbraves

April 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

This team really is pathetic.

count_schemula

April 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

Ok, two down, nobody on, need the 3 run bomb here… nope.

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

I just hope that (Exepletive) won’t be the difference in the result of the game….

MFin04

April 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

WE ARE UNBELIEVABLE!

phil

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

Another promising inning up in flames….sigh.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

JJ knows he has to be sharp. Pressure already.

LAG

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

Definitely can’t blame situational hitting for the lack of runs that inning.

ray k

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

I can’t believe McCann popped out to the warning track. Incredible. Is Haley’s comet making a pass today, too?

Kat

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

Thanks for a new blog. NYC in the spring is a great time.

njbraves

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

Lead off double…runner on 3rd one out…no runs. Sounds about right. This team is so enjoyable to watch.

Mitchell

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

I was going to make the bold prediction that we would not score in the first inning against Dickey.

Then I thought, “Hell, if they’re going to give us a run, I’ll take it.”

But somehow I knew I would be right one way or another.

Don’t worry JJ. I’m sure you’ll get something to work with… this season.

LAG

April 7th, 2012
1:16 pm

Ah, good replay. Bourn blew that one.

TNScott

April 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

Pathetic ownership leads to pathetic teams.

phil

April 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

Well, what do you know….bourn screwed it up after all….not surprised.

The_Superhoo

April 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

Only the friggin Braves.

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

“”Typical. We should be almost laughing at this by now.”

I am…Watch Dickey settle down and throw 6 strong innings

At least Double J has done well against the NY Mess

Patrick

April 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

So knowing that the Braves were terrible against lefties, what did the team do in the off-season to get better against left-handed pitchers? :crickets:

MFin04

That’s a great question

MFin04

April 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

McCann looks retarded in the hockey helmet.

Fresh Meat

April 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

Loaf rounding 1B…take a poor lead of 3B…and then cost us a run…and THAT is our leadoff hitter !!

JasonInFL

April 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

What happened??

Tomahawk Mafia

April 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

Some things just never really change. The Braves continue to waste good scoring opportunities with inept fundamentals.

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

“JJ knows he has to be sharp. Pressure already.”

Co-Sign, he’s gonna be pitching on pins and needles because he knows if he gives up 1 run he could get a loss like Big Red, I hate to see it like that

Fresh Meat

April 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

Sad thing is…Bourn is…supposedly…our best baserunner

Patrick

April 7th, 2012
1:20 pm

cabravesfan

You still doubting me?
Great 1st half inning by our anemic offense after a leadoff double.

phil

April 7th, 2012
1:20 pm

I can’t blame ownership for Bourn not being in the game mentally twice in one AB…

MFin04

April 7th, 2012
1:20 pm

Hey, it is better than Bourn screwed it up than McCann and Uggla which was bound to happen. At least we were inches from scoring instead of 90ft.

ray k

April 7th, 2012
1:20 pm

Mets announcers remarking on JJ’s lack of velocity.

Mitchell

April 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

Hey, njbraves.

It’s too early to make judgements. Right, DOB?

Don’t you go making any judgements after one game.

So they were 9-18 in September and 10-16 in March. Doesn’t mean anything.

After all, the Pirates got shutout on Opening Day. It can happen to the best of ‘em.

It’s one game.

When has it ever come down to one game?

Too early!

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

Is The wind Blowing In…? Assuming that Cold Front moved in? If so then the braves better stop swining at the fences!

cabravesfan

April 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

Patrick-

Yes I am. Last I checked the game was more than one inning.

David O'Brien

April 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

Could get intetresting in OF today w/ wind/sun combo. Guys gotta bust it out of box on flyballs (unlike what Bourn did on misplayed double).

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

April 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

I really like Jim Powell. To me he’s our best announcer. Wish he was doing tv

noleee

April 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

so knowing that the Braves were terrible against lefties, what did the team do in the off-season to get better against left-handed pitchers ?

traded for a lefty hitting third baseman and signed Jack Wilson

count_schemula

April 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

Almost wish this team would drink in the clubhouse and start a brawl everyone in a while.

njbraves

April 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

I see we have another fireballer on the mound today. JJ blazing those 86mph fastballs.

bravesgrl4life

April 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

I have to say, Bourn’s loafing to 2nd and then the bad lead off 3rd erases the “Yeah!” for the double.

The_Superhoo

April 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

Why is McCann wearing the hockey helmet? New thing this year?

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

“So knowing that the Braves were terrible against lefties, what did the team do in the off-season to get better against left-handed pitchers? :crickets:”

We aren’t facing a lefty today.

cabravesfan

April 7th, 2012
1:23 pm

Mac is wearing the hockey mask because he says it provides more air and he can see better

MFin04

April 7th, 2012
1:24 pm

Trey – Do you even read the articles that DOB writes? Obviously not.

Francisco actually moves pretty well defensively for being such a big guy. That or I’m just used to Chipper’s speed over at 3rd.

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:24 pm

Gawd the Umpire sucks already!

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

April 7th, 2012
1:24 pm

Didnt see Bourn lagging, listening to the radio, but he might have a chip on his shoulder. No he ain’t THAT good. Strike out less, get on base some more, and maybe you get away with the flair.

bravesgrl4life

April 7th, 2012
1:24 pm

WTH was wrong with that pitch?

noleee

April 7th, 2012
1:24 pm

looks like a dork

iopbrave

April 7th, 2012
1:24 pm

SportsSouth is blank – where else is the game on? Comcast!

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:25 pm

Tomahawkin

April 7th, 2012
1:25 pm

Gawd Dammit!!!!

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

April 7th, 2012
1:25 pm

BALLGAME! HA!

Trey

April 7th, 2012
1:25 pm

MFin, So piss off.

bravesgrl4life

April 7th, 2012
1:25 pm

DAMN DAMN DAMN

noleee

April 7th, 2012
1:25 pm

book on Francisco is lack of range

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