Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win over Astros

*** FREDI GONZALEZ

“Nice to win the series. Got a little two-game winning streak, got a day off tomorrow, kind of re-group a little then we’ve got a tough stretch with [13] in a row. And it’s nice to get home, get home and unpack the suitcase and kind of settle in a little bit.”

“I though Delgado gave us everything we were looking for. He hadn’t pitched in seven or eight days and we weren’t going to push him to over 100 pitches. So he gave us a nice outing.

“Rossy today was outstanding. With Carlos Lee at the plate in the fifth, he back-picked that guy at second base. For me that was the turning point in the game. And he comes up with a couple of hits and did a nice job of getting through some of these innings that were difficult.

“These guys [Astros] — I know it’s a young season but you look up at the scoreboard and everybody’s hitting .360. Everybody has a a terrific approach at the plate, those young kids over there. And the last thing you want to see in the game is Carlos Lee at the plate with him being the tying run and some pretty decent numbers against Kimbrel. So I’m glad we got out of there without anything getting too crazy in the ninth.”

On Heyward

“He’s swinging the bat. He did a nice job. We played pretty good baseball. We did a terrific job running the bases; I thought Prado did a terrific job going from first to third on that one ball [in the seventh]. We ended up going to second and third with Chipper and Uggla [due up], and we didn’t get a run and I’m thinking, man, the way this game is going that’s going to be huge. Heyward hit a home run to get us back to two runs. It was good. They made a couple of miscues and we took advantage.”

On David Ross being best backup catcher in the league

“There’s no question. He’s in the game, he runs the pitching staff, he knows his role, he’s a great clubhouse guy – those guys are hard to find. He complements Mac terrifically. And he’s a right-handed hitter. Not really worried about playing all the time. And those two guys have great rapport, McCann and him. It’s a nice piece to have.”

**DAVID ROSS

On getting his first start of season

“I was nervous today. I was in the bathroom a lot today with all the nerves.”

“It felt good. It felt good to help the team win. It’s always nervewracking when you haven’t played in a while. This was kind of like my opening day – a lot of excitement, a lot of nerves, a lot of adrenaline. It was fun to get in there and get some hits. Randall did a great job. It was fun catching him. Our bullpen did great, as usual.

“That’s a scrappy team. They’re better than a lot of people give them credit for. They give tough at-bats.

“I’m happy that we won, happy for our team, and we’re all happy to be heading home to some familiar faces.”

On two games ago, not worried but…

“It’s 162 games, but let’s be honest, we all want to win. I mean, this is why we compete, is to win. We’re disappointed every time we lose. There’s not one person in here who’s like, ‘Oh, no big deal, we’ll get ‘em tomorrow.’ That takes an hour or two, or till you get to the ballpark the next day, depending what kind of game you had. But it stinks to lose.

“It nice to win a series, and hopefully this puts us on a little roll. We’ll go home and we’ve got opening day at home, everybody’s excited about that. It feels like we’ve been on the road for a long time, because of the exhibition game [against prospects] and not settling in after spring training and all that. So I think everybody’s excited about being home.”

On helping out with more than hits today

“The best thing about being a catcher is that you don’t have to get hits to help with the game. If you win, you feel like you had a big part of it. That’s the great thing about catching. My most important job is getting the pitcher through the game, trying to keep those guys off the bases, hold them to basically one run less than we get. That’s what I was able to do with the help of a great pitching staff and guys executing pitches, making pitches. And if I get a hit and drive in some runs, that makes me sleep well at night.”

On Delgado

“As soon as he figures out … he had some nerves when guys got on, and tried to be a little fast. I think he was just really amped up to try to get them out. I think as soon as he just settles in and calms down, he’s going to be great. He threw great tonight, his ball was moving all over the place. We’re expecting good things out of him. We’re expecting him to [eventually] be one of our top-of-the-rotation guys, and I think he’s going to do that.”

“I had to talk to him about how, if we score three or four runs we can’t walk that first guy [in the next inning], or go 3-2. Little things like that he’ll learn to make it easier on himself. You’ve got the other team on their heels, they were just out there for a long time. Throw strike 1, throw strike 2, be aggressive and don’t let them get back in the game. Be aggressive, make your pitches and then you can be back in the dugout letting us hit again.

“Just little things like that, where he’s learning about stuff.”

**JASON HEYWARD

“Win a series, go into your home opener winning two games in a row — it’s a good feeling for us.”

The four games you lost at the start…

“I wouldn’t say four games don’t matter. They matter. Because at the end of the season it comes down to the last few. But it’s definitely good to get some momentum going. You’re going to lose four games at some time during the season. You just want to get that first win and let the good times roll.”

Are you running more this year?

“Yeah, man. You’ve just got to be able to make something happen on the bases. You can help out your hitter behind him, make the pitcher pay a little bit more attention to you. Take the extra base and get into scoring position.”

On getting big homer to move lead back to two runs in eighth

“It feels good. I know the pitchers thank us every time we can get an extra run for them going into the next inning, and it was kind of a momentum-killer for [the Astros].”

On going home

“We haven’t played at home in a long time, haven’t been at home and sat down for a long time. So that’ll be pretty nice.”

**RANDALL DELGADO

On his changeup

“I was working on it in the bullpen, trying to keep it down in the zone.”

On not pitching in more than a week

“I had a good rest. That helped me today.”

On importance of winning this last game on the trip

“That’s why I tried to concentrate today, tried to keep the game as close as possible. The team was playing good. We had a good day.”

On David Ross

“Awesome. I was following him the whole time. He knows about this game.”

Ball hit him in the left shin

“Maybe tomorrow it’ll hurt.”

107 comments Add your comment

ATL Sports Pessimist

April 12th, 2012
12:55 am

First. Great win guys, gotta start winning games in this easy part of the schedule in April

Rob

April 12th, 2012
12:59 am

Thanks, DOB. Really appreciate it.

BravesGal4Ever

April 12th, 2012
1:03 am

Thanks for transcribing the after game quotes for us today DOB!

Alex

April 12th, 2012
1:08 am

Yes! Quotes are back!

grant

April 12th, 2012
1:08 am

Where is Charles Thomas? The last I remember he was traded to Oakland

Brave Decisions

April 12th, 2012
1:09 am

Appreciate it DOB, was trying to get those Ross quotes for a new post.

http://wp.me/2lqJ1 Brave Decisions

Check it out and bookmark!

Fats Okelly

April 12th, 2012
1:14 am

When Uggla,Heyward,Jones get hot…………..look out Good victory and it kept the crybabies quiet in ATL for a change. Only 156 games left for crying out loud crybabies…………Whaaaa

Mike S

April 12th, 2012
1:14 am

Thanks so much for the quotage, DOB. I really enjoy reading the full set of quotes after the game, regardless if it’s off a win or loss, and really appreciate that you go out of your way to make that happen for us. I know no one else in the sport (or probably in any sport) does that for their readers, and that’s just one of the dozens of above-and-beyond the call of duty things you do for us. It’s too bad a bunch of whiners made it so hard on you, when you’re going out of your way to help a bunch of people you owe nothing too. Hopefully a couple of wins will quiet them down and you can continue with the quotes, but if not, I understand and still appreciate you giving us the best coverage a sports fan could possibly have.

Thanks again, and go Braves!!

J-MAN

April 12th, 2012
1:20 am

I want to say that the Braves are showing some intensity and playing like they want to win and not “Tip their Cap”. But its still the Astros we need to make the pitchers pitch 5 and 6 pitches plus per AB and get walks and make them pitch from the stretch and get agressive on the bases and not try to always play for the 3 run bomb but try to run them to death. Thats been my main problem with Fredi he tends to just sit there and not get in his players grill and just Tips his cap. But we all see who the REAL MANAGER of this team is its Chipper Jones and when he is in there the players play better. How about we fire Fredi and have Chipper be the player/Manager. Also as bad as I have attacked Fredi Gonzalez and Libirty media for being cheap. I have not been one of those people that has attacked Jason Heyward and I’ve told everyone to hold off calling him a bust until he is 26 but that being said he has been the best offensive player so far this year in that he collects walks and gets on base and is a base running threat. Remember he is 22 YEARS old and will get better. Just be patient with him…….Just dont be patient with Fredi Gonzalez.

J-MAN

April 12th, 2012
1:27 am

Even though we disagree on Fredi G. DOB is the best beat writer.

JNick

April 12th, 2012
1:39 am

Two good wins in a row. My only “negative” is with these young kids, they seem to throw a lot of pitches – not sure if they’re trying to nibble too much, or going for the K every time…but 5-6 inning starts are going to wear out our bullpen just like they did last year. I really don’t see why they didn’t throw Delgado out there for 6 innings…he was in the 80s for a pitch count. Other than that, good to see the bats going, hope they keep it up on the homestand!!!

mark z

April 12th, 2012
1:43 am

Mike s makes a great point….we got a 162 of these….stop hatin,,,go braves

AZBravoFan

April 12th, 2012
2:32 am

Thanks for the quotes DOB! You’re the best!

Simpson's Homer

April 12th, 2012
2:38 am

Good win tonight. As weak as our bench appears to be when it comes to right-handed bats, it irritates me that David Ross gets so few at-bats, except when giving McCann a day off. The conventional wisdom is that you just “can’t” use your backup catcher to pinch hit, because you’re left with nobody if the starting catcher gets hurt. Yet, how many times do you see a starting catcher removed from a game due to injury in the late innings?! …..Answer: not very often…. Plus, Diaz can serve as the emergency catcher, in theory. So, I say Fredi needs to do the sacrilegious thing — to ignore some conventional wisdom for a change!! Let Ross hit!! GO BRAVES……..!

Bob

April 12th, 2012
3:45 am

Thanks DOB, reall appreciate the hard work you put in transcribing quotes

Dwayne

April 12th, 2012
5:58 am

ummmm, Fredi will burn out the bull pen just like he did last year. Someone will get hot and he will bench them. And he will continue to use all the stupid quotes over and over. On the bright side of things, Our Braves have won 2 straight and looked pretty good doing it. Did yall see the BA of the Astros? Lets hope Bourne and a few others can be respectable hitters and see how far Our Braves pitchers can carry us, in spite of Fredi.

MikeY

April 12th, 2012
6:53 am

Ross deserves more starts, especially against lefties. Braves were 28-14 last year in games he started. Plus keeps McCann fresher.

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bruce

April 12th, 2012
7:06 am

thanks Dave!

MikeY

April 12th, 2012
7:37 am

Dwayne – yeah, I wondered why Fredi did not leave Martinez in for an extra inning. Would have saved an appearance for O’Flaherty or Venters, kept them fresher. And the Astros had switch-hitters or righties coming up in the 7th…Martinez might have been a better match-up.

Bob

April 12th, 2012
7:39 am

bravesgrl4life

April 12th, 2012
7:56 am

Thanks, DOB!

alanfalcon

April 12th, 2012
8:06 am

Good to see the Braves are hitting, hope that it continues, this is what I call baseball, not the game they played for the first 4 games.

Kat

April 12th, 2012
8:07 am

Thanks for the quotes David. Very much appreciated. As someone who can’t watch post game interviews since I’m not in Atlanta and MLB.TV cuts out right after the game it’s always great to see what they have to say.

Buddy Landel

April 12th, 2012
8:12 am

There is an off day today and O’Ventbrel has not pitched much at all in the first 6 games. Relax.

Feeanch

April 12th, 2012
8:31 am

Quotes are back! You rock, Dave!

Bayou Brave

April 12th, 2012
8:34 am

Thanks for the quotes!

ncgary

April 12th, 2012
8:37 am

Career

After playing his college baseball at Western Carolina University (WCU).Thomas was selected by the Braves in the 19th round of the June 2000 amateur draft. He steadily improved while splitting time between two teams in 2003, hitting .324 in 47 games after being called up to Double-A Greenville. That season, he got a chance to play at Triple-A Richmond when Atlanta called up or released the outfielders ahead of him. Thomas took advantage of the opportunity. He went 31-for-79 (.379) in June, led the International League in hitting and on base percentage, and was selected to the All-Star team.
Thomas started 2004 as the fourth outfielder for Richmond and made the big club in the mid-season. He posted a .288 batting average with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 83 games. He showed a great batting eye, speedy running and outstanding defense.
Before the 2005 season, Thomas was sent to Oakland in the same trade that brought Tim Hudson to the Braves.
In the 2005 season, he had a rough start, and despite starting nearly every game went weeks without getting a hit. Eventually Thomas was demoted to AAA where he has spent most of his remaining time in Oakland. On May 4, 2007, he was dealt to the Brewers in exchange for JD Closser. He played the rest of the 2007 season with Milwaukee’s Triple-A club, the Nashville Sounds.

looks like he gave it up in 2007

Rafael

April 12th, 2012
8:38 am

“Mike S”… “STEVE” was soooo happy and giddy after the Brave’s WINS that he treated all us “whiners” to CHUCK E. CHEESES after last nights game. You should have joined us!!!

“Mike S”… since you too (like “Steve”) are an employee of Liberty CHEAPIA you could have gotten $10 (the dollars) in EXTRA bonus game tokens last night by showing your Liberty CHEAPIA employee badge.

TennesseePaul

April 12th, 2012
8:48 am

Nicely done DOB.

Andy

April 12th, 2012
8:58 am

Quotes are back! Thanks DOB.

KLB

April 12th, 2012
8:59 am

Thanks for the quotes DOB. Don’t listen to the fools who said you should get rid of them.

evadayjonny

April 12th, 2012
9:02 am

Has anyone seen our leadoff hitter ? Anyone, anyone at all ? Crickets…………………..

urban redneck

April 12th, 2012
9:03 am

glad jay is back. i am proud to say i am one of three people (besides his mom) that never lost faith.

my favorite quote is rossy talking about his inability to stay out of the bathroom yesterday. glad to see we have something in common. helluva throw last night by rossy, and i didn’t even see it. i just heard it on the radio.

urban redneck

April 12th, 2012
9:07 am

anyone miss jordan shafer besides me?

Peter Y

April 12th, 2012
9:07 am

I think it was all part of DOB’s master plan to make sure we all fully appreciate his work and effort! We do, DOB!!! We definitely do. :)

MikeY

April 12th, 2012
9:09 am

Urban, I saw it, it was a great throw, and Wilson did a great job of blocking the base…and we got a favorable call. It was really close.

Judge Smails

April 12th, 2012
9:12 am

Going to the home opener tomorrow for the 22nd straight year. Should be a lot of fun!

Anyoneone else with a long streak?

Bill

April 12th, 2012
9:13 am

How you like me now..how you like me now….
Bourne was pressing because he was back at home..he will start hitting shortly.
J-Hey was getting on base and now is hitting…Ross is so much better behind plate than MaC..Mac would not have pick man off 2B.
Braves need to carry 3 catchers so Fredi can use Ross as RH bat off bench.
Chipper is Chipper..enough said on him=HOF.
everyone did ok…
See what happens when you don’t play DIAZ!==u Win.
Give Walker his dues…the man works hard.

It was also good to see Schafer is finally getting his life together and playing well..

Stubby Clapp

April 12th, 2012
9:20 am

urban redneck

“anyone miss jordan shafer besides me?”

No.

Bill

April 12th, 2012
9:25 am

Like I said..Glad he is doing well but No I don’t miss him..He has had 2 drug problems in 3 years..no thanks..hope he gets his head on right. I wish him well.

Bill

April 12th, 2012
9:28 am

Rockies 17 runs and 22 hits against the Giants..Holy Man in Black!

Buddy Landel

April 12th, 2012
9:28 am

Stubby Clapp

April 12th, 2012
9:20 am
urban redneck

“anyone miss jordan shafer besides me?”

No
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ditto.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
9:28 am

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
9:29 am

The Braves juggernaut is rolling!

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
9:33 am

Bourne is having some bad luck, he has hit some picthes pretty good, but the opposition has made some good plays or else they were hit right at a defender.
He will start getting his hits and scoring runs.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
9:36 am

It would have been really nice if the Braves could have kept Shaffer on the team, I think that he is a very good ballplayer.
I think that Bourne can help them get into the playoffs this year, and maybe win it all.
go braves

PiersonBrave

April 12th, 2012
9:38 am

Save EOF or VENTERS? Come on Only the second game for either and we have off day today. Not to mention that at that point the starting pitcher had some really good vibes. Why risk having him end up getting yanked after a shakey (which I conced is not guaranteed to happen) 7 th and the trouble that may come from that in a tight ball game? Propper move IMO to get the bullpen big 3 some work.

onebravosfan

April 12th, 2012
9:38 am

Thanks DOB for bringing back the quotes…

David O'Brien

April 12th, 2012
9:49 am

You’re welcome, to all those glad to have the quotes back. And thanks for caring enough to want them back.

TMoney: Quite honestly, a case of actually beginning to fall asleep while finishing rewrite at stadium around midnight (1 a.m. EDT) last night. And you’re right, it was a huge play and a terrific throw.

Funny how a couple of things worked out last night that might not have if Mac or Pastornicky had been in the game. The squeeze bunt, I’m referring to in regards to Pastornicky. Maybe he gets it down, but Wilson put down a perfect bunt.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
9:53 am

Thanks DOB, for this and all of your good writeups, that help keep us fans informed about the team.
I would also like to thank the Braves for shutting down almost all of the negative “fans(?)”. Nothing like a Braves win to make them go silent.
Go Braves!

G-Money X

April 12th, 2012
9:55 am

Great to see them win two in a row. I thought that Fredi should have had a reliever ready in the 7th when O’Flaherty struggled. But luck went the Braves way and they escaped again. Luck may not go the Braves way next game…

If Bourn,McCann,and Uggla can get their bats going then the Braves offense should be fine. It appears that Heyward,Chipper,Prado,and Pastornicky are hitting well. Jury is still out on F.Freeman.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
9:55 am

Can anyone tell me if Tom Glanvine will be doing any of the broadcasts this season?

G-Money X

April 12th, 2012
9:57 am

I think all the fans just want the Braves to win. If the Braves lose you’re gonna get negative bloggage. If they win you get positive bloggage. That’s just normal in life.

Tumbledown

April 12th, 2012
10:00 am

I may be overly pessismistic about the Braves’ future, but I certainly appreciate all the work DOB does with his articles and blogs. I very much appreciate this forum as a chance to share my angst and also to read informed and caring opinions from all sides. Hopefully, the Braves will prove me wrong.

Sideline Dude

April 12th, 2012
10:01 am

Wow, Chipper has made it two games without getting hurt. Amazing!

Tumbledown

April 12th, 2012
10:03 am

I should have written “pessimistic.” My spelling skills are terrible.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 12th, 2012
10:03 am

Thanks for the quotes, Chief! Much appreciated…

Funny how a couple of things worked out last night that might not have if Mac or Pastornicky had been in the game.

Hot dang! What’s that supposed to mean? ;)

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:05 am

G-Money……After the last Braves loss, DOBs post about that game the night before, had recieved around 250 hits(the following morning) by this time of the day.
After this Braves win, DOB’s post about this game the night before, has recieved 54 comments.
Is that normal in life, if it is, it shouldn’t be. IMO.
GO BRAVES!

henry tn

April 12th, 2012
10:06 am

all positive comments today i hope it can stay that way the end of the brewers series and the rest of sept….

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:08 am

Probably, that the runner at 2nd, might not have gotten gunned down.

Tumbledown

April 12th, 2012
10:14 am

I’m not sure that two out of three wins against the lowly Astros is cause to proclaim the Braves ready to make a playoff run. Whether one is positive or negative about the Braves at this point of the season, I think it is important to wait at least until the end of May to make a proper assessment. That goes for me too as I need to take a step away from my earlier feelings of the Braves sinking like the Titanic.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
10:14 am

Nothing to complain about today, everyone played great, hope they keep it up. Would like to see Ross play every time against lefties. Delgado is going to be a great pitcher in a couple of years, looks like Fruti may have been right using him instead of Medlen as the 5th starter, GO BRAVES.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
10:15 am

YOU SEE FOLKS, I’M NOT NEGATIVE ALL THE TIME!

Largo

April 12th, 2012
10:17 am

Hope the braves don’t try to keep “Boring Bourn.” He’s not worth the money he’s getting now. I would rather have Schafer anytime.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:23 am

The “lowly” Astros are not the best team in the league, but those kids don’t look like they are going to roll over and play dead, for anybody.
Like Ross said, they looked pretty scrappy to me.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
10:28 am

Largo, hind sight is always better than fore sight, Bourn will come around soon. Rembmber back when we got Bourn, everyone thought it was the most brilliant move Wren ever made.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:29 am

I believe that they have just as good of a chance as any other team to win it all, this season.
It will take some luck and good fortune for it to happen, but it can happen.
They do have a team that can do it.
GO BRAVES!

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
10:34 am

reckingball, you are one of the few TRUE BELEIVERS, amazing what a couple of wins can do for the rest of us.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:34 am

I don’t think that the Braves will be able to afford to keep Bourne.
He will come around, like I said before he is having some bad luck right now.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
10:40 am

I think Wren will use some of Chippers money to keep Bourn, what would we do for a center fielder if we don’t keep him, Lipka is about the only prospect we have to replace him.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
10:43 am

I think it all depends on where we are in the standings at the trade deadline, if we are in it we keep Bourn, if we are out of it we will go with the youth movement.

BravesfaninWis

April 12th, 2012
10:52 am

Anyone who said that Francisco was the heir apparent to Chipper at 3rd base should be eating crow right about now. Chipper is leading this team in his 2 games back and can still pick it at 3rd base, and what has Francisco done since he has been here? Just make error after error and look like a tee baller at the plate.

Chipper may be on his last leg as far as his career goes, but even at his age and injury history, he is better than Francisco. If anyone is the heir apparent to Chipper Jones that is currently in our system, it the Terd..

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:53 am

I would like to see the Braves keep Bourne.
They will have the Lowe money, also.

reckingball

April 12th, 2012
10:55 am

He’s a HOFer.

Tip O' the Cap

April 12th, 2012
10:57 am

DOB, for the 947th time on this particular blog, thanks for bringing back the quotes. You know, that in your job you literally get to talk to and hear players day in and day out. For just a Joe Shmoe like me, 2000 miles away, it’s the closest I’ll ever be to getting to know those guys just a little. Thanks!

And man, you have had some tough blog characters lately. Please ignore them and keep up the good work!

Atanta87

April 12th, 2012
11:20 am

We are off today so Fredi could use the bullpen however he wanted last night.

Braves Fan in AL

April 12th, 2012
11:21 am

Most important quote of them all came from Delgado:

On David Ross

“Awesome. I was following him the whole time. He knows about this game.”

Hopefully he continues to learn.

JoeFan

April 12th, 2012
11:31 am

Appears that Terdoslavich is doing well at AAA and may well be the heir to 3B. If not he or Francisco could end up in LF with Prado taking over for Chipper.

Game Changer

April 12th, 2012
11:38 am

Braves need to try and get as much possible in a trade for Heyward right now. Heyward needs to get away from his home town to have an opportunity to be the best he can become in pro baseball. It would benefit both intities to do so. The best thing that ever happened to Jeff Francouer was being sent away from his home town. This would be the best thing for Heyward also. Frank Wren, time to get a clue.

alex

April 12th, 2012
11:44 am

Reading all the fawning adulation in this blog suggests that the lithium level in the water is finally therapeudic, reckingball is struting like a male peacock…..sheesh. Then again, if FG tries a suicide squeeze, I’M excited too!!

Dwayne

April 12th, 2012
12:09 pm

*******There is an off day today and O’Ventbrel has not pitched much at all in the first six games*****This is true Buddy, but we know Fredi’s track record of burning out those 3, see Sept. last year.

Buddy Landel

April 12th, 2012
12:29 pm

Dwayne, check out the number of pitches thrown through the first six games for those 3. They got some work in. To criticize Fredi in this instance is unfounded.

jwilly

April 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

Gotta love Rossy

DawgDad

April 12th, 2012
12:32 pm

Nice to see the Braves win a couple in a row. I hope they’ve turned a corner, but I’m not holding my breath – these guys have to PROVE to me they have turned the corner. Last time I did the math 2-4 was the same winning percentage as 9-18, and that isn’t getting it done.

There are still some big issues: (1) McCann, Uggla, and Bourn aren’t hitting, (2) no starter has recorded an out in the sixth inning, (3) the roster is fragile and ill-constructed, and (4) the manager is making some curious decisions.

I’m not as concerned with Bourn as with McCann and Uggla – these guys have something to prove. Why the Braves are reluctant to stretch out starters remains a mystery; the status quo is not a recipe for success. The roster and lineup has shown nothing without the presence of Chipper. Freddi – well, let’s just say I don’t see him ADDING value.

Jason Heyward needs to be in the top three in the batting order. Doesn’t really matter where. McCann does not belong in the top three. That said, batting orders aren’t going to fix all the problems.

Braves Grrrl

April 12th, 2012
12:45 pm

Thanks for doing the quotes Dave. I appreciate the extra time you take to put them on the blog (as I know the majority of us do.)

RC

April 12th, 2012
12:56 pm

Thanks for the quotes DOB. Really appreciate you taking the time to do them, especially considering some of the late nights the team has had lately.

Tumbledown

April 12th, 2012
1:19 pm

Yes, 2-4 is the same percentage as 54-108! YIKES!! Even I do not expect that bad of a record.

jb

April 12th, 2012
1:32 pm

one thing for sure when Braves win Reckingball can’t shut up. Oh you right about one thing R-ball and thats “winning solves alot of problems”. Go Braves!

RC

April 12th, 2012
1:42 pm

@10;55 he’s working on it but not till he makes it. I hope he goes in on 1st vote. I believe he will.

RC

April 12th, 2012
1:43 pm

1;42 not RC@12;56

Felix

April 12th, 2012
1:44 pm

-Glad for the series win!
-Jason looks great. He hasn’t come close to his potential.
-Chipper looks good.
-Kimbrel was awesome (the ump screwed him by calling two strikes balls).
-But, alas it was the lowly Astros.
-So now let us see what the 2012 Braves can do against the Brew Crew.
……………have they fired Durbin and ‘cisco yet?

darrell starks

April 12th, 2012
1:48 pm

1. BOURN CF
2. PRADO LF
3. HEYWARD RF
4. UGGLA 2B
5. FREEMAN 1B
6. CHIPPER 3B
7. MCCANN CATCHER
8. TYLER SS

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tumbledown

April 12th, 2012
2:02 pm

Felix -Not everyone believes it was the “lowly”Astros. I said the same thing and was informed that they were a pretty scrappy bunch. Maybe the Astros are better than we think. Maybe the Braves will be a playoff team. Time will tell.

dap01

April 12th, 2012
2:04 pm

I like darrell’s lineup.

dap01

April 12th, 2012
2:08 pm

Dawgdad is right. The formula of the starter going 5, then Medlin, EOF, JV and CK is not the only way to win a game. If this is tried (like last year) the bullpen will be useless by the end of the year (like last year). Freddie needs to MANAGE, not simply do the same thing over and over.

Mr. Realistik

April 12th, 2012
2:25 pm

i wonder what the lineup will look like tomorrow????!!!! i little affraid of what fred has up his sleeve

eddie53

April 12th, 2012
2:29 pm

Nice game except for seeing that worthless Francisco taking up a spot on the roster instead of a good right-handed hitter.

jim

April 12th, 2012
2:32 pm

I proposed the same lineup as darrell at the end of ST. Heyward will have to establish himself a bit more before he is ready to move into the 3 hole, but if he shows he is close to the player he was for the first 2 months of 2010, then that is the strongest lineup. It bunches the fastest guys in 1, 3, 4, and 8 with wrap around, and it alternates left and right hand hitters. It also causes the least disruption in the lineup when Mac and Chipper are not playing. Ross just slots into the 7 hole and the Chipper replacement (Francisco, Diaz, TBA) bats 6th.

jim

April 12th, 2012
2:38 pm

The starters are not being stretched out more, because by the end of the 5th inning they are at or near 100 pitches and clearly starting to lose it. If the team had a big lead after 5 innings, you might try to get an extra inning from the starter or trust a late inning to the likes of Durbin or Livan, but in a 1-2 run game with 4 innings to cover, what is the manager to do? If he didn’t use some combination of Medlen, EOF, Venters, Kimbrel he would be roasted by the same people criticizing him for using them too much. The problem is that the Braves have a lot of 5-inning starters and only 4 reliable arms in the pen, and an offense that does not give the team a lot of blowouts.

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