Braves notes: Bourn returns to Houston; Teheran’s early exit

NEW YORK – Michael Bourn was born and raised in Houston, attended the University of Houston and played for the Houston Astros the past four seasons.

So, yes, returning to his hometown to face the Astros for the first time since they traded him to Atlanta in July will be special for the center fielder. But….

“I haven’t really thought about it because we’re still here,” he said Sunday morning in New York, before the Braves’ series finale against the Mets. “Tomorrow I’ll start thinking about it, or after the game today. It’ll be my first time back there. It’s always a good experience to go back home and play.

“I’m going to enjoy the time I’m there, but it’ll be a short time.”

Winless with his new team isn’t how Bourn planned on returning to Houston, but that’s what the Braves are after being swept by the New York Mets.

All three Houston games in the Monday through Wednesday series are night games at Minute Maid Park, about 30 minutes from where Bourn lives on the north side of town. And there’s no off day in Houston like the one the Braves had on Friday in New York. Just play three and then fly out of town after the series finale Wednesday.

The three-time National League stolen-base leader said he’ll be glad to get the return-to-Houston trip done at the beginning of the season, so it’ll be one less distraction the rest of the way in what he hopes is a big season for the Braves. He’ll scramble to fill ticket requests for friends and family after the Braves get to Houston.

“Good to get it out of the way early, then you can go on about what you’ve got to do,” said Bourn, who is eligible for free agency after the season and won’t say whether there have been any contract-extension discussions with the Braves.

Bourn, 29, is represented by agent Scott Boras, known for taking the vast majority of his clients to free agency once they’ve entered the final year of contracts.

The Braves head to Houston with an 0-3 record.

“We’re just scrapping and trying to get our first win,” Bourn said before Sunday’s 7-5 loss. “But we’re fine. We’ve got a good team. We’ve got good pitching, good hitting, good bullpen. Good defense. We’ve got all facets of the game. Long as we’re confident in each other, we’ll be OK.”

Like the Mets, the Astros were a consensus pick to finish last in their division. Be warned, Bourn said.

“They have a lot of talent over there that people don’t know about,” Bourn said. “I got to play with some of them last year. They’ve got some young players that can play. Can’t underestimate teams like that. They’re just trying to prove themselves and they’re hungry. They have no stability yet, so they’re hungry to try to prove to everybody that they belong there. They’re going to come to play.”

Hudson’s next at Rome

After throwing three innings in his first rehab start Saturday for Class-A Rome at Charleston, S.C., Tim Hudson is scheduled to start Rome’s home opener on Thursday night and pitch about 65 pitches or four innings.

The plan is for Hudson, who is recovering from Nov. 28 back surgery, to make five or six rehab starts for Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett before he’s activated by the Braves in the last week of April or first weekend of May.

No. 5 starter Randall Delgado is expected to make three or four fill-in until Hudson returns, at which point everyone in the rotation will basically be bumped down a notch with Delgado likely to be sent to Triple-A.

Hudson was charged with two runs (one earned), four hits and one walk with no strikeouts at Charleston, including two infield hits by Dante Bichette Jr., 19-year-old son of the former Colorado Rockies slugger.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell will drive to Rome to to see Hudson pitch on Thursday, an off day between the Braves’ series at Houston and Atlanta’s home opener against Milwaukee on Friday.

“I got a report last night that he was good, felt great, threw the ball well,” Gonzalez said of Hudson’s Saturday start.

Teheran roughed up

While Hudson was beginning his rehab assignment, top Braves pitching prospect Julio Teheran was getting lit up Thursday in his season debut for Triple-A Gwinnett at Durham, N.C.

After struggling during spring training (9.37 ERA in five games) and losing the fifth-starter battle against Delgado, Teheran didn’t make it out of the second inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss. He was charged with three runs, three hits and two walks in 1-2/3 innings with one strikeout, and was replaced after throwing 58 pitches (37 strikes).

Teheran was not replaced for any injury or soreness, but because of his high pitch count.

“He just didn’t have it,” a Braves official said.

Etc.

Jason Heyward’s two-run double in the seventh inning was the Braves’ only hit with a runner in scoring position during the series. They are 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position after three games and were the only major league team without such a hit before Saturday. Their .195 average with runners in scoring position in September was second-worst in the majors for the final month of the 2011 season…. The Braves were the next-to-last team in the majors to get swept in a series in 2011, when they avoided being swept until Sept. 5-7 at Philadelphia.

NEW YORK – Michael Bourn was born and raised in Houston, attended the University of Houston and played for the Houston Astros the past four seasons.

So, yeah, returning to his hometown to face the Astros for the first time since they traded the center fielder to Atlanta in July is special. But….

“I haven’t really thought about it because we’re still here,” he said Sunday morning in New York, before the Braves’ series finale against the Mets. “Tomorrow I’ll start thinking about it, or after the game today. It’ll be my first time back there. It’s always a good experience to go back home and play.

“I’m going to enjoy the time I’m there, but it’ll be a short time.”

All three games in the Monday through Wednesday series are night games at Minute Maid Park, about 30 minutes from where Bourn lives on the north side of town. And there’s no off day in Houston like the one the Braves had on Friday in New York. Just play three and then fly out of town after the series finale Wednesday.

The three-time National League stolen-base leader said he’ll be glad to get the return-to-Houston trip done at the beginning of the season, so it’ll be one less distraction the rest of the way in what he hopes is a big season for the Braves. He’ll scramble to fill ticket requests for friends and family after the Braves get to Houston.

“Good to get it out of the way early, then you can go on about what you’ve got to do,” said Bourn, who is eligible for free agency after the season and won’t say whether there have been any contract-extension discussions with the Braves.

Bourn, 29, is represented by agent Scott Boras, known for taking the vast majority of his clients to free agency once they’ve entered the final year of contracts.

The Braves head to Houston with an 0-3 record after being swept by the Mets, the first time Atlanta was swept in a season-opening series since Montreal took three from them in 2003 at Turner Field.

“We’re just scrapping and trying to get our first win,” Bourn said before the Mets series finale. “But we’re fine. We’ve got a good team. We’ve got good pitching, good hitting, good bullpen. Good defense. We’ve got all facets of the game. Long as we’re confident in each other, we’ll be OK.”

The Mets were a consensus preseason pick to finish last in the NL East, and the Astros were just about everyone’s pick to finish last in the NL Central. Be warned, Bourn said.

“They have a lot of talent over there that people don’t know about,” Bourn said. “I got to play with some of them last year. They’ve got some young players that can play. Can’t underestimate teams like that. They’re just trying to prove themselves and they’re hungry. They have no stability yet, so they’re hungry to try to prove to everybody that they belong there. They’re going to come to play.”

Hudson’s next at Rome

After throwing three innings in his first rehab start Saturday for Class-A Rome at Charleston, S.C., Tim Hudson is scheduled to start Rome’s home opener on Thursday night and pitch about 65 pitches or four innings.

The plan is for Hudson, who is recovering from Nov. 28 back surgery, to make five or six rehab starts for Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett before he’s activated by the Braves in the last week of April or first weekend of May.

No. 5 starter Randall Delgado is expected to make three or four fill-in until Hudson returns, at which point everyone in the rotation will basically be bumped down a notch with Delgado likely to be sent to Triple-A.

Hudson was charged with two runs (one earned), four hits and one walk with no strikeouts at Charleston, including two infield hits by Dante Bichette Jr., 19-year-old son of the former Colorado Rockies slugger.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell will drive to Rome to to see Hudson pitch on Thursday, an off day between the Braves’ series at Houston and Atlanta’s home opener against Milwaukee on Friday.

“I got a report last night that he was good, felt great, threw the ball well,” Gonzalez said of Hudson’s Saturday start.

Teheran roughed up

While Hudson was beginning his rehab assignment, top Braves pitching prospect Julio Teheran was getting lit up Thursday in his season debut for Triple-A Gwinnett at Durham, N.C.

After struggling during spring training and losing the fifth-starter battle against Delgado, Teheran didn’t make it out of the second inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss. He was charged with three runs, three hits and two walks in 1-2/3 innings with one strikeout, and was replaced after throwing 58 pitches (37 strikes).

Teheran was not replaced for any injury or soreness, but because of his soaring pitch count early.

“He just didn’t have it,” one Braves official said.

Etc.

Jason Heyward’s two-run double in the seventh inning was the Braves’ only hit with a runner in scoring position during the series. They are 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position after three games and were the only major league team without such a hit before Saturday. Their .195 average with runners in scoring position in September was second-worst in the majors for the month…. The Braves were the next-to-last team in the majors to get swept in a series in 2011, when they avoided being swept until Sept. 5-7 at Philadelphia.

100 comments Add your comment

Busch Leaguer

April 8th, 2012
5:02 pm

first, and last in the nl east

Kwajbraves

April 8th, 2012
5:03 pm

“He just didn’t have it,” one Braves official said.

Well, he better find it quickly because he’s going to stay in Gwinnet another year.

steve brown

April 8th, 2012
5:03 pm

Jones batting .000 through three games-rest of the team not much better.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 8th, 2012
5:13 pm

anyone think he’ll have a hit this series?? odds aren’t looking good.

Larry

April 8th, 2012
5:18 pm

It’s Easter, so I’ll be nice.

Just one comment: While the Mets bat Wright 3rd, the Braves Manager bats Brian McCann 3rd…against two lefties at that.

You figure it out.

Frank Wren

April 8th, 2012
5:23 pm

We are the best 0-3 team in baseball!

HAL

April 8th, 2012
5:24 pm

heyworghless is oft too a much improved start what is he like 8for 9 or something ohh wait thats outds not hoits hahahaha big differnce from last year now his ground bals arent hit hard enough too turn 2

Tyler

April 8th, 2012
5:34 pm

I’d like to see Fredi get some fire under him and go and argue calls. First, that “single” by Niese was foul. I thought it looked foul watching it live, looked at it again on the DVR, and it was foul. That needed to be argued. Secondly, in the last two games both Jurrjens and Minor have been victimized by a bad strikezone by the home-plate umpire. Neither of them got calls low in the zone on strikes. That should have been argued. I understand that we can’t expect Fredi to be Bobby Cox (and there are good things about him not being Bobby), but he doesn’t need to back down on stuff like that.

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
5:34 pm

I want to find some positive out of being swepted and chocking a 10 1/2 game lead in the wild-card. But I cant find 1. We only had 3 hits today. The line up is poorly put together and Fredi Gonzalez seems to be completely oblivious to whats going on.

Kevin Chop

April 8th, 2012
5:36 pm

Amen, J-MAN…You said it all! Is it football season yet?

Tennisbrave

April 8th, 2012
5:38 pm

The choking continues.

Cheesy Chavo

April 8th, 2012
5:38 pm

Fredi got 3 eggs or zero’s in the win column this Easter.

LowCountry XPlant

April 8th, 2012
5:40 pm

Well, we got that getting swept thing out of the way early this year.

LowCountry XPlant

April 8th, 2012
5:42 pm

But too early to throw in the towel. Go Braves!

Michael

April 8th, 2012
5:43 pm

The Braves always seem to play poorly in April and then have an excellent May

Cheesy Chavo

April 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

Can’t wait for the quotes (excuses) after the game.

Fredi “You gotta tip your hat to the Mets. Niese had a no hitter thru 7 innings against our powerful line-up.”

Rafael

April 8th, 2012
5:46 pm

Now 0-3… “Gotta love the fans” …

IF the Braves have a losing season and don’t make the playoffs, I wonder if LIBERTY CHEAPIA is going to lower concession prices by 66% in 2013 to get fans to come to Turner Field????

Liberty CHEAPIA absolutely will NOT spend money on STAR players… NO, they only allow Frank Wren to get “AFFORDABLE” players. We are the ONLY team in MLB whose ownership (Liberty CHEAPIA) WON’T sign star players to extensions.

That means Fredi’s nephew, Matt Diaz, will be our CF next year when Liberty CHEAPIA let’s Michael Bourn walk this offseason. You think I’m kidding… Wren will absolutely fill the CF void after Bourn leaves via free agency IN HOUSE with the “AFFORDABLE” Matt Diaz.

Liberty CHEAPIA… PLEASE sell our Braves to someone who WANTS to win and will financially run the team accordingly to be competitive.

Liberty CHEAPIA treats the Braves as a business tax write-off, and ONLY allows Wren (the “Good Soldier”) to spend what the team makes. The attendance will only DECREASE MORE this season with our current situation (Chad “Proctor” Durbin, Livian “30 team” Hernandez, Matt “WHY am I on a MLB roster” Diaz, Jason “Bust” Heyward, Michael “see you in ANOTHER city in 2013″, Jack “Julio Lugo LITE”, and Juan “never missed a meal” Francisco are not exactly MLB star quality players.

Mark Cuban, Arthur Blank, James Cameron, Bill Paxton, WE NEED A HERO to step up and make the evil empire LIBERTY CHEAPIA history. Bad history.

bill

April 8th, 2012
5:46 pm

I am just really disapointed. I had high hopes but now 3rd in the East looks good.

Biff Pocoroba

April 8th, 2012
5:46 pm

First ever season opening sweep for the Mets. You just have to tip your hat to them and regroup. This team is going to quit on Fredi early instead of waiting until September. If the Braves don’t fire him soon, this team will be as bad as the Braves of the late ’80s. Maybe Frank Wren will trade for Brad Komminsk to imporve the outfield.

IAW

April 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

At least the Hawks will make the playoffs.

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
5:57 pm

Well DOB you know how we feel. Its time to respond to not just me but the very Vocal Majority that keeps being snuffed down by Braveslive, The AJC, and the Braves organization all around. We are upset that we choked tht 10 1/2 game wild-card lead. And were upset that we got swept by a Mets team that has no business beating us. We have superior talent and we underpeform and the players have totally turned out Fredi Gonzalez since Mid-August. There is no reason to hide these FACTS any longer.

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
5:59 pm

Well DOB you know how we feel. Its time to respond to not just me but the very Vocal Majority that keeps being snuffed down by Braveslive, The AJC, and the Braves organization all around. We are upset that we choked that 10 1/2 game wild-card lead. And were upset that we got swept by a Mets team that has no business beating us. We have superior talent and we underpeform and the players have totally turned out Fredi Gonzalez since Mid-August. There is no reason to hide these FACTS any longer.

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!

Mister Frisky

April 8th, 2012
5:59 pm

Fredi,You got some splainin to do.

Mister Frisky

April 8th, 2012
6:00 pm

J-MAN,Brave nation has your back.

asisson10

April 8th, 2012
6:01 pm

Why doesn’t David Ross pinch-hit? Check out these surprising numbers!

http://bravedecisions.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/the-david-ross-mystery/

Mets R Best

April 8th, 2012
6:02 pm

Sweep! Swept the Braves out of New York! What a performance by the Mighty New York Mets. Great all around pitching, hitting, and defense. Hint to Braves fans for the rest of the season: You guys might want to go find some players who know how to hit; otherwise, your pathetic offense will whiff Atlanta into a last place finish.

archie

April 8th, 2012
6:02 pm

1. It’s always good to see Hinske in the on-deck circle at the end of a close loss. No sense wasting an actual hitter in a game like that.

2. Thank goodness the Braves opened against the lowly Mets. That series was just a tune-up for when they play against good teams.

3. How many opposing-team base hits are “just out of the reach of Uggla” or “hit to where Diaz can’t quite get to…”

4. Is Cristhian Martinez ever going to return to his pre-DUI form? Derek Lowe never did.

5. This year’s Brave shortstops will combine for .200, 2 HR, 25 RBI.

6. The Prado every-other-day 3B/LF shuffle is insane.

7. At least six current Braves would not make the roster of most other big league teams.
(Wilson, Diaz, Durbin, Livan, Constanza, Francisco)

8. Could Michael Bourn & Jose Constanza bunt once or twice, just to prove they can still make contact?

9. Best right-handed bat off the bench, David Ross, will pinch-hit maybe 3 times this year.

10. Braves will get first 2 wins of the season this week against Astros. They will win 71 more times this year, to finish 73-89. Good seats will be available at home games. I feel sorry for the scalpers.

Don McMahon

April 8th, 2012
6:02 pm

It is not Liberty’s fault. Poor management by GM and field manager. We can’t blame Liberty for Loew and Chipper 40 mil; or for Uggla .224 hiiter; we have 7 lefty hiiters out of 13, too many. Should have kept Doge in LF. Should have kept Flande instead of the bum from Wash.

So, let’s see. We can’t hit lefties; can[t hit rookie pitchers; can’t hit veterans or knucklebllers; can’t really hit Philly or Giant elite pitchers. Pitchers don’t throw strikes; stolen bae leader won’t go. Problems.

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
6:05 pm

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!
Thats gonna be the cry from Braves Nation
WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
6:07 pm

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!
The new Rebel Yell
WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!

Felix

April 8th, 2012
6:07 pm

Now I know! Now I know what they were doing during Spring Training and why they lost so much. They we being trained on how to lose baseball games.

Cholula

April 8th, 2012
6:12 pm

Talks cheat Mr. McCann..let your bat and actions do the talking..right now Braves suck..no more excuses.

GOP Cannon

April 8th, 2012
6:14 pm

Wow, the 2012 Braves are determined to continue their chocking/ no clutch hitting ways over from last September…. being that FW sat on his hands and made NO moves to make our team better, I guess we should not be surprised at the way the team played in spring training and in this first series.

Getting swept by the crappy Mets to start the season is despicable. The hitting has been an absolute joke.

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
6:15 pm

Where are the people filling up the Bravelive twitter. Id figure the would be here to try to feed us some its only the 1st series garbage…….The Fact is that Braves fans are angry. Now they will still be a big turnout for opening day because a lot of people will bring their wife and kids but after the honeymoon is over you will see a sharp decline in attendance. I predicted it back in December and DOB said I was wrong well unless they get a big winning streak ASAP they will be fans that refuse t pay money for this heart-less garbage of a team.

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Farnsworthy

April 8th, 2012
6:20 pm

It is hopeless- trying to win in the Major leagues when you have A and AA quality hitters. I mean that performance wasn’t against the vaunted Phillies’ starting pitchers; it was against the very average pitching staff of the Mets.
Swept by the Mets?? This team has become an embarrassment.

Dr. Phil

April 8th, 2012
6:22 pm

We need a new hitting coach. Oh, we got one. Maybe we just need some new hitters.

extremus

April 8th, 2012
6:23 pm

If you look past all of the company line spiel that the Braves organization, from Frank Wren down, has been saying dating back well into last season and maybe even before, there is an increasing sense that every one of them knows what rival GMs and other baseball people around MLB have been saying for a long time: the Atlanta Braves just aren’t that good a team anymore. In fact some have gone as far as to suggest that their record before September last year was the aberration, not the other way around.

So how can you tell what Braves players and personnel are saying isn’t genuine? Consider for a moment what you HAVEN’T heard them say for quite awhile now. When is the last time you heard a Braves player praise Freddi Gonzalez for his handling of the team? His decision-making? I frankly can’t recall a single time a player has said anything pasionate about their current skipper, positive or negative. Haven’t heard much positive about a hitting instructor since Don Baylor left, but then could it be that right now we just don’t have many good HITTERS to begin with? All the stockpiled young pitching you care to gather doesn’t do squat for you unless you can generate more offense than your opponents, and for too long now the Braves haven’t and apparently CAN’T on a consistent basis.

Behind the “We like the pieces we have in place now” talk and the Pollyanish fan answers (they allow) on SportSouth (like “73% of you fans predict the Braves will win the World Series this year”, or “Our keys to winning are avoiding injuries and making good contact! I agree!”), the sense among most fans is that things aren’t all that rosy and may just get a LOT worse before they can get better. The Braves need new ownership, management, and personnel changes across the board. Yes, it’s “only 0-3″, but I have a strong feeling the remaining 159 games will bear this out even for the most die hard of positive thinkers.

I’d be delighted if the Braves prove me wrong and win the World Series this year. Truth is though, I laughed out loud when I saw that 73% graphic. As much as I want to, I just don’t see it happening with this bunch.

Largo

April 8th, 2012
6:24 pm

Did anyone copy that letter from “SheerHoltz” about what all was going to be done to make the braves World Series ready? If so, please post it. Keeping a lousy offense and a not-so-hot pitching staff wasn’t really what I thought he had in mind. Does anyone else notice how much Bull S*** comes from the management?

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
6:24 pm

There is nothing that can be siad from the “Happy Go Lucky” Fans. The Braves Suck plain and Simple and something needs to be done.

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mister Frisky

April 8th, 2012
6:24 pm

This team is a sloppy hot mess.Might have to start Kimbrel to get him some action.And Chipper coming back for one game if that won’t make a bit of difference.WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!

some sense

April 8th, 2012
6:24 pm

When is Mr. Wren going to admit he’s wrong…about SS, 1B, LF, RF??? AAA guys tryin’ to compete at the ML level.

1eyedJack

April 8th, 2012
6:27 pm

About the sixth inning, I decided that taking a nap would be more fun than watching the game.

Mister Frisky

April 8th, 2012
6:30 pm

Need the Facebook kids to step up and by this team.Zuckerberg,Moskovitz,and crew will need to park all the billions they are going to make from next months IPO.WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!

Felix

April 8th, 2012
6:31 pm

And the Great Choke continues…….

Don McMahon

April 8th, 2012
6:33 pm

Well, there are some positves. 40 mil on the DL or in Clev is not positive. But, SS is well rested after a day off. Cloer hasn’;t pitched at all. Well rested. Uggla is ready for the first firhgt or weightlifting event. But, good tunes await in Houston. Wait, they have won 2 against the Rockies and have 2 lefty starters ptiching.

Fire the ffffing F boys: Frank and Fredi.

Something's Up

April 8th, 2012
6:37 pm

I think we can safely conclude that it was not former hitting coach Larry P. that was at fault for the lack of hitting on this Braves team. It is clear that the Braves have issues on offense and they do not know what the problem is.

GOP Cannon

April 8th, 2012
6:38 pm

As a fan, I have witnessed one long string of disappointments going back to last season:

1) September 2011 – Needless to say watching our team’s historic collapse was the most disappointing thing that I have ever witnessed in sports

2) Off Season – After all the talk of “fixing” the team, Wren and team management did NOTHING. I suppose you could say that letting Lowe go was an improvement, but we still had to eat 10 million of his salary. Again disappointed.

3) Spring Training – The team picks up right where it left off in September. No hitting, lots of injuries, mediocre starting pitching. During Spring training, there is usually SOME bright spot that you can get excited about, and that just did not happen this time around. Again disappointing.

4) Awesome start to the 2012 season – Needless to say this series did not set aside any of our worries about 2012.

least of the east

April 8th, 2012
6:43 pm

but they came back and made it close !
they didn’t give up when behind by 7 runs
so what the Braves got 3 hits
so what Minor gave up 6 runs
so what they are 0-3
who cares if they have no real owner, GM or manager
bring on the Astros

J.S. Calls FW

April 8th, 2012
6:45 pm

JS to FW: What the heck is going on?
FW: What do you mean Uncle John?
JS: I mean we just got swept by the stinking Mets! Our fans hate the Mets! I hate the Mets!!
FW: But Uncle John, we scored 5 runs today. And the shopping in New York City was fantastic!
JS: Geezzzz

Joe

April 8th, 2012
6:45 pm

Fredi ain’t nothing but a 3rd base coach and Frank got ran out of Baltimore. I hate to say it but I believe this team will lose 90-95 games!

Ryan

April 8th, 2012
6:50 pm

To whom it may concern,

Even though it’s been said that he didn’t mean it (which seems odd seeing as though they were things fans would want to hear) could you ask John Schuerholz himself about the following statement that he made, released to fans in an open letter shortly after the Sept. collapse, and if he feels that his orgainization has “repaired its weaknesses?” Thanks.

From John Schuerholz, Oct. 6:

“However, our performance in the month of September was unacceptable to all in the organization, and we will evaluate and analyze our missteps to do all we can to prevent this from happening again. Our General Manager, Frank Wren, and his staff have already begun to evaluate our team and will be focusing throughout the off-season on building upon the strengths of this team and repairing our weaknesses to achieve our goal.”

Don McMahon

April 8th, 2012
6:51 pm

Closer us still fresh; Venters is not overworked. SS is fresh; Rossy is frsh. Fredi will gie McCann a day off in Houston. Uggla has more power and his BA will come. Give it time.

Mister Frisky

April 8th, 2012
6:59 pm

Give Wren time according to Pinocchio Scheurholz he has been working hard since October.

bravesgrl4life

April 8th, 2012
7:08 pm

Disappointing Opening, yes. But bring on Houston – it may cure what ails the Braves.

sburk

April 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

Maybe the Braves should give away free food and beer to sell tickets. This is a really bad team looks like the Braves of the 80s to me.

4th place finish...bank on it

April 8th, 2012
7:39 pm

Not that it’s ever going to happen….but the Braves need a shake-up not just in personnel…but in philosophy as well…which would start with pressuring John Schuerholtz to retire. While John S.’s methods may have worked for us during our division title streak….it’s clear that teams no longer fear us. Our players simply lack the ability or will to play fundamental, passionate baseball.

John S. needs to go, period. He hired Frank Wren….who seems to have the ability to acquire players who end up turning into shells of their former selves (Michael Bourn looks like Nate McLouth now).
He gave Chipper Jones a huge contract at age 37…as well as Derek Lowe that insane contract at age 36.
Frank Wren went along with the hiring of Fredi Gonzalez….whose a clone of Bobby Cox, who was the master of managing under achieving teams relying on superior starting pitching to bail them out.

Brian McCann is guaranteed for allowing a passed ball every other game with his lazy, back hand swip at a pitch low and away. Dude needs to learn how to shift his flabby body over and properly block balls in the dirt.

Who wants to pay good money to see a lifeless, overpaid, lathargic, injury prone, past their prime, overrated team thats managed by a figurehead…play? Braves management better load up on a boatload of those “4 ticket, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 4 parking passes, 4 programs…and a $20 gas card” Chevron packages for $39…..if they want to see Turner Field anywhere close to capacity.

4th place finish...bank on it

April 8th, 2012
7:45 pm

The ONLY thing Braves management was right about during the off season…:was trying not to overwork kimbrel, venters and EOF.

I just didn’t count on them trying to tank the season by fielding a team line this…that will give our awesome trio few chances to protect leads.

J-MAN

April 8th, 2012
8:03 pm

57 comments so far and not really anybody with anyting positive to say.

Mister Frisky

April 8th, 2012
8:13 pm

J-MAN,Even the myopic kool aid drinkers have finally seen the light.They limp home 2 and 4 having to face the Brewers 500 will be a pipe dream.

steve

April 8th, 2012
8:24 pm

We have trouble positioning our corner infielders as had Prado been guarding the line against Niese the Mets would not have scored that inning, I always thought with a left handed hitter up against a left handed pitcher you need to guard the 3rd base line as more the likely the batter will swing late and hit the ball down the 3rd base line.
I was in St.Louis last year for the first game of the series against the Cardinals when Kimbrell was on the mound with Puhols at the plate and he gets around late and hits the ball down the 1st base line and we had Freeman way off the line and it ends up costing us that game which by the way had he been positioned right would have fielded that ball and the Braves would have won that game which in turn would have been the difference in us being in the playoffs and the Cardinals not making it.
The other thing that is killing us is we have too many lefthanded hitters once again this season and that is why we struggle against left handed pitching.

GOP Cannon

April 8th, 2012
8:49 pm

J-MAN, I wish there WAS something positive so say about the state of our team…. the Braves have me bumbed out on baseball.

BrandonLee49

April 8th, 2012
9:02 pm

As Tyler and Others have said Well before me, the problem of ineptness begins with the Mgr, When The Mgr Steps-up and makes a little Extra Effort towards utilzing Every Situation as if it’s his Best, not defensively thinking:”Oh My, There’s nothing i can Do, i just Hope Prado hits another Homerun, and Chipper will be back in another 20 days… “Lions and Tigers and bears-Oh My”… Man-up Braves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drbasic

April 8th, 2012
9:18 pm

Fredi does not deserve to manage….this whole “TEAM” stinks. They stunk last year, and no changes made. The organization is a joke. Scrap everyone and start over. Tired of hearing the excuses from Fredi….almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades! Other teams are not making excuses. Fredi needs to say, “this is my fault” I will fix it, and quit giving credit to the other team for Gods sake!! We need management that will not coddle these players….They make millions to do a job and produce. Nowhere in any business could an employee not do his job and keep it……….i am ranting…..i am sorry………just hacked off………..

Octavius

April 8th, 2012
9:24 pm

BRAVES FANS: YOU ARE IN THE BASEMENT. GOOD LUCK GETTING OUT WITH THOSE LOSERS. YOU ARE STUCK WITH A BUNCH OF GAGGERS, AND COACH FRODO WON’T LAST THROUGH MAY. NOW YOU KNOW WHY THE MARLINS DUMPED HIM. WREN NEEDS TO BE CANNED TOO. THE BRAVES ARE A MESS!

Largo

April 8th, 2012
9:28 pm

I just reread what Schuerholtz said they were going to do. It was just so much crap.

Eric C.

April 8th, 2012
9:42 pm

This is a patch-work team reminescent of the those from the 80s when Jeff Treadway and Ken Oberkfell were occasional offensive heros…no championship make-up whatsoever, and at least the 80s Braves had Dale Murphy.

Billreef

April 8th, 2012
9:50 pm

Fredi says “It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect”

Bets are Mest

April 8th, 2012
10:10 pm

Bring back Mr. 6-4-3 Double Cheeseburger Jones!

GoBravos124

April 8th, 2012
10:21 pm

FRANKIE, notice one thing . . . It DOES NOT MATTER how good your pitching is, YOU MUST SCORE in this game to win. STOCKPILE all the pitchers and you still lose without hitting the little round ball and running around four bases . . . ALL FOUR . . . . more times than the opponent. GOT THAT???? One other thing is needed . . . a TOTAL MAKEOVER including you! I honestly believe there are only two, maybe three players on the team that could drive in a run unless they were allowed to hit off a TEE and then they would probably pop up or ground out to second base!!!!!!!!! Some would even strike out hitting off the TEE. GOT THE IDEA YET??? There are better teams in the minors! Does your manager know enough English to ARGUE a bad call? OH, I get it, he doesn’t know when there is a bad call . . . . ok, you think he needs to be managing?

Lowcountry Brave

April 8th, 2012
10:32 pm

Coach Frodo; that’s funny!

widmarc clark

April 8th, 2012
10:36 pm

The Braves front office is a mystery, they make no trades to improve the team, they give contacts to
players other team don’t want, the manager can’t motivate the team, the players seem short on talent,
they play like a pick up team brought in for 9 innings.

I don’t get it, I’ve been a Braves fan since the 50’s, I’ve seen some good players put on the Braves uniform, they won their share of games, the entire team was not loaded with lots of talent, however
the talent they did have they gave 100%.

I don’t know what management will do to get out of this serious lack of interest on the field, for my
moneys worth, sell the team to group of folks who love baseball, and will set out to improve the
organization from top to bottom, otherwise we will continue to watch so called major league players
use little league bats, and continued minor league wisdom.

rekcor49

April 8th, 2012
11:33 pm

Nothing more for me to say. Ditto to all the negative (but accurate) comments. I have hotels reserved for the Cardinals series in late May at the Ted. Unless things turn around I’m canceling.

double

April 9th, 2012
12:41 am

Pre season,exhibition games very indicative of future games.Incompetent management,players.Tipping hats will become the norm.

Fats Okelly

April 9th, 2012
12:59 am

Bats did come alive…………….Anyway Yankees are also 0-3………….so forget about it

Positive comments

April 9th, 2012
1:36 am

I think the ball boys showed tons of hustle out there today getting new balls to the umpire! Way to go guys u r really on your game! If u ain’t figured it out yet this team sucks and gonzo is a joke of a manager no wonder why Florida canned him!

Retired 6 years too late

April 9th, 2012
4:27 am

What happens if this TEAM is SWEPT in HOUSTON and come home 0-6? Fly Fredi(Bobby Lite) to S. Florida and let Chipper Manage and retire.

Nattering Nabob

April 9th, 2012
6:07 am

The Chopocalypse has completed its third day! On to Houston!

Gritz

April 9th, 2012
7:31 am

Glad to see that the “hat tipping” has begun already. No fire with any of the Atlanta teams. Lukewarm teams, lukewarm owners, lukewarm coaches/managers, lukewarm fans.

GoBravos124

April 9th, 2012
7:37 am

Braves NO HIT at Houston tonight . . . be sure to get your tickets Houston fans!

phil

April 9th, 2012
7:43 am

Don’t attend a sigle game until FG is fired!!

Save your money, same as Loser Media…

Twayne

April 9th, 2012
8:47 am

Frank Wren has been a knife in the back of BRAVES fans since day one

sirluciouscp

April 9th, 2012
9:08 am

FRODO——–FRODO———FRODO———-FRODO………..Lol, That is some funny ish.

HAL

April 9th, 2012
9:27 am

the guy who said bring brad komminsk back too play right was right at his worst still miles better then heyworthless lol

Brave Hokie

April 9th, 2012
10:59 am

Can we possibly leave Bourn in Houston???

Braves Fan

April 9th, 2012
11:15 am

Hey, Wren; should have gotten Hunter Pence instead.

Moron !

Fats Okelly

April 9th, 2012
11:27 am

There’s still 159 stinkin’ games left so hang on :)

wrestler

April 9th, 2012
11:52 am

Not a good way to open the season. And they wonder why there are so many empty seats at Turner Field……………

jch

April 9th, 2012
11:54 am

Fats, is that supposed to be encouraging or discouraging?

wrestler

April 9th, 2012
12:01 pm

and its lookes like 0-162 at this point Fats.

Jack Lill

April 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

The braves are now where they will be at the end of the year

rally the caps...not tip the caps!!!!

April 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

I have changed my name cause I am tired of the cliche meaningless garbage the Fredi Gonzalez uses after a loss. A joke of a manager….and should have argued about five calls this weekend that I could see. I understand class but come on man….you haven’t won dating back to like middle of September and you have lost 8 in a row. That is not becoming of a team with any fire and motivation. I can’t make up my mind to buy tickets to Opening Day or not. I think everyone should buy a ticket and then do a no show like the team has on all the fans because of the lack of effort they display every time they get up. I am not trying to be negative but the talent the Braves had the last five years has been wasted and it is time for a change!!!!

pat

April 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

Good to get it out of the way early, then you can go on about what you’ve got to do,” <- Was he referring to collapsing this season?

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alanfalcon

April 9th, 2012
5:09 pm

Anyone know the odds of going 0-4 thru to night, 0-5 thru Tues. and 0-6 thru Wed., should make for a good opening night crowd.

alanfalcon

April 9th, 2012
5:11 pm

Just cut me off so let me say this, 0-6 for opening night, how is that for drawing a crowd.

Art

April 9th, 2012
5:12 pm

Showcasing Diaz in hopes that somebody somewhere on some planet will want him.

When is Freddi ever going out to argue a call. His players do but he just sits and stares.

Robert

April 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

Arguing with the umps, by players or the manager, is NOT the answer. Getting angry at what other people are doing is not the answer. until this team is bothered by losing, things wont change. we will know when we hear someone say “the hell with tipping our effing caps,things need to change” meanwhile the fans need to remember john s’s hore manure letter to the fans. It shows what he thinks,namely that the fans are fools who will believe his manure

double

April 9th, 2012
10:49 pm

Errors and Excuses.Whew pull the ventilator,stop the force feeding,let this team go peacefully.Houston will sweep,along with all others.Same as end of last season.No changes made.What did we expect?

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Ted Abernathy

April 10th, 2012
9:41 am

Won’t win with Heyward on the bench. Welcome to Atlanta Greg Walker, uphill battle to get this team hitting again.

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