Braves postgame quotes following Wednesday’s win vs. Mets

DAN UGGLA

On first homer:

“It’s a huge load off your shoulders, especially when you’re kind of known for being a power hitter. Once it doesn’t come early, then you start pressing, you start trying for it, you start chasing balls out of the zone. Then you’ve got to regroup and try to find your normal swing again. That’s when home runs happen. Just take your good swing….(But) that was tough for me to swallow. Having dreams about it and stuff. Terrible. You can put it as far back in your mind as possible, it’s still there.”

On breaking 0-for-24 vs. Dickey:

“He’s such a great competitor. He goes out and battles every game. He’s given us headaches even when I was with the Marlins. This was a good win for us to finally put up some runs against him. The conditions weren’t great for his knuckleball today but we were able to scrape some across. Believe me, I was thanking the lord for allowing me to get at least a one in the hit column against him.”

On when he normally gets his first homer:

“Usually I bang out one the first couple days of the season. This year it took a little longer. It’s a really good feeling to see what all these other guys are doing. We’ve put up a lot of runs so far this year. It’s fun to watch. Francisco, any role pinch hit, throw him at third base he’s been great. Chipper has gotten off to a great start. BMac is BMac. Rossy doing his thing. Matte Diaz. Everybody, Prado, Fredi. I’m trying not to get too high on today, but it was a lot of fun today, because I know tomorrow is going to come and it’s going to be a new day. It’s going to bring a new adventure.”

On the knuckler he hit:

“I finally just put the barrel on it. Took some good swings the first at-bat and was under it like usual. I was able to be on time with that one….i try and pick one out that’s up and try to put your best swing on it. you just hope for the best. Dickey’s knuckleball it’s harder than normal, and moves just as much, I think, as other people’s. and he knows how to pitch. He can control it somehow.”

On beating Santana and Dickey, two guys he struggles against:

“Believe me I knew that going into the offseason, like oh perfect, we get to start off against the two guys that just own me. And I get to face them again nine days into it. You have to try to make adjustments the best you can. I put together some better at-bats. I’m trying to build off of that.”

On more of what you had in mind against the Mets:

“There was so much focus on Miami and Washington with the acquisitions that they made this offseason that people were already trying to count the Mets out. Nobody in this room ever did. We know what kind of lineup they have. We know what kind of competitiveness they bring to the table. They’ve gotten off to a good start. They’ve got a good team. This is a tough, tough division. It’s not like we were slouching off the first four games. They put it on us. They whooped us. To salvage the series this time was huge.”

FREDDIE FREEMAN

On his opposite field approach:

“When you see me struggling, everything ball is pulled or popped up to the left side because I’m trying to pull everything. It just takes a little bit for me to get back going up through the middle.”

On last eight games being more indicative of this offense:

“I think we’re going to score some runs this year. Everybody wants to bounce back from last year. We’re all up there trying to battle at-bats. We don’t want to give any at-bats away and I guess as you saw today, no matter how many runs we score it’s never enough. We just want to go out there and keep piling it up. Jason in the eighth going triple, even though we were up by eight. He plays the game hard, and it benefits us when he’s on third base with less than two outs.”

On Walker and Fletcher’s efforts taking hold:

“They want us to battle. They want us to be smart hitters. Smart hitters sometimes swing at the first pitch, sometimes they have to battle. We were able to chase their No. 1 and 2 in the first four innings, two yesterday and today we got Dickey out in the fifth. We were able to get to their bullpen again after they were tired from yesterday. It’s huge. That’s what they preach. Be smart hitters and sometimes it’s early in the count and sometimes we’ve got to work the count like we did today.”

CHIPPER JONES

On 14 runs without McCann and him in lineup:

“It’s a big load off our minds that we can go out and be productive offensively without the 3 and 4 guy in there because bottom line is we’re going to have to take some days off and to have that confidence that Francisco can step in, we know D Ross can, and throw up 10, 12, 14 runs, that’s saying something. Not many teams can do that.”

JAIR JURRJENS

On if it was tough day to get a feel for pitches (conditions):

“Nah, one inning I had it, one inning I didn’t have it. I’m not consistent. I keep losing it. it’s getting a little frustrating, I’m not going to lie. I feel the ball coming out good, but again not the results I wanted.”

On if it’s rust:

“I don’t know. If I had an answer for you I’d give it. Right now I just think I’m fighting myself and I’m trying to do too much and not really having fun. Just go out there and pitch my game and let my team help me. I’m trying to do everything too much. I don’t know what to say.”

On if losing command or feel, one inning to the next:

“Both. First inning I felt awesome 1-3, next one pitch, then bam. I start overthinking stuff and trying to do more and put myself in more trouble and make more pitches. I’m not helping myself.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Braves hitting:

“Today’s game we just kept adding on. Today was one of those games I felt like if you didn’t, you’d be up against it. Guys did a terrific job adding runs. You’ve got to respect the Mets. They got two more hits than we did. They never roll over on you. Luckily we kept going and scoring some runs. I’m not sure when the last time is we covered 4 2/3 innings in the bullpen and didn’t use Venters, O’Flaherty or Kimbrel.”

On if run Uggla out there vs. Dickey, knowing he’ll eventually come through (despite 0-for-24):

“Like I told you earlier, you tell him ‘you’re not playing.’ He wants to play. We talked about it before the series started. I said we’re getting ready to play 13 in a row. He’s like ‘hey, put me in there.’ and it happened last year when he was in the middle of his hitting streak. He had 20-something and we go there, and you look at the numbers and he said don’t worry about that, play me. I’m due. He wants to play, and that’s what you love about him.”

On not making too much of Uggla’s numbers vs. Santana and Dickey:

“Danny ain’t figuring nothing out. He doesn’t worry about that stuff. He knows the numbers because he said something in the dugout after he hit a home run off Dickey. It’s not in his equation. He wants to play, and he wants to contribute. He don’t care if he’s 0-for-100 with him.”

On if Jurrjens struggled with conditions:

“I don’t know. Both pitchers did. I’m going to chalk it up to that. It was a tough couple innings to pitch in, and Ed and our groundscrew did a hell of a job keeping that field playable through the first part of that game.”

46 comments Add your comment

Prouffe Reeding

April 18th, 2012
6:41 pm

So many typos…

@danweiner

April 18th, 2012
6:47 pm

“On if Jurrjens struggled with conditions:

“I don’t know. Both pitchers did. I’m going to chalk it up to that.”

That is eye-roll worthy, but to be expected from a manager. The Braves need Huddy back in the worst way. With Huddy and Hanson I’m confident the young arms can help maintain in the back end of the rotation, but they need another front line starter to help keep the pressure of those guys and Jurrjens just doesn’t have it.

Weaseal

April 18th, 2012
6:49 pm

On the road today in Memphis missed this good game …stuck inside of Mobile w) the Memphis blues again

David the Shepherd

April 18th, 2012
6:49 pm

Carroll, thanks for the quotes and a special thanks for putting the players’ quotes before Fredi’s. It is much more enjoyable that way–pay attention DOB.

Mikey B

April 18th, 2012
6:51 pm

I don’t think you can just chalk up Jurrjens struggles to the conditions. His struggles have been going on way too long. Now it’s got in his head. An 8 ERA is wow not good.

Nanny

April 18th, 2012
6:54 pm

Prouffe Reeding, stop being a douche and be thankful they even type these things out for idiots like you. This isn’t an article, but rather a favor they do for people to read the post game quotes in their entirety, rather than simply the few lines you get in the game story.

If you want to bash someone, go to the Falcons blog and read Ledbetter’s sorry excuse for writing.

BravesFanInPhilly

April 18th, 2012
6:55 pm

Carol – thanks for the quotes!

Pruffe Reeding – go get a job @ a newspaper in a major city if you’d like too show off your obvoiusly superior skills.

J-MAN

April 18th, 2012
6:58 pm

You do know that Jurrjens is expendable. We have 5 good pitchers when Hudson comes back. Delgado has the most wins on the team, Beechy, and Minor are pitching great and Hanson is consistant. So when Hudson comes back Jurrjens isnt needed. Also we have Medlin, Livan Hernandez and Julio Teheran that could pitch better than Jurrjens at the moment. I think Jurrjens needs to go on the DL and then be traded. Also JJ used to throw 94 but he now rarely will throw over 88.
Let me ask you Carol is Jair Jurrjens still hurt, because he has lost a considerable amount of velocity since last year.

Josh G

April 18th, 2012
7:11 pm

great offensive game, keep it up!!

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Lobosolo

April 18th, 2012
7:15 pm

Mikey B and J-MAN, alphabet armchairs… Jurrjens is obviously not all the way back yet from his injuries… the dude can pitch, knuckleheads, no matter what your insignificant opinion is… weren’t you two carping about sending Haywood down to the minors earlier… it’s hard to tell with you cryboys… there is so many of you and you all know so little that it’s easy to get you confused with the multitudes of whiney “fans” the Braves have…

J-MAN

April 18th, 2012
7:22 pm

@ lobosolo I have never called for Heyward to be called down to the minors. In fact Ive been 1 of his biggest supporters and have told other posters to remember that he is 22 and most prospects dont even come up to the Majors until their 24 or 25……SO GET YOUR FACTS CORRECT!!!!!
Now about Jurrjens he hasnt pitched well at all since late June……Look at the numbers lobosolo. Also we have a abuntant supply of starting pitching and the fact that we have numerous pitchers that can pitch better than Jurrjens just makes him the odd man out IMO.

J-MAN

April 18th, 2012
7:26 pm

Lets see
1. Hudson
2. Hanson
3. Beechy
4. Minor
5. Delgado

We also have Medlin, Livan Hernandez and Julio Teheran. That could pitch better than Jurrjens. I say we trade JJ for a Outfield Prospect while his value is still there

phil

April 18th, 2012
7:30 pm

Prouffe Reeding
April 18th, 2012
6:41 pm

So many typos…

*******
Ass.

pellonsita

April 18th, 2012
7:31 pm

Nanny – great first line. I couldn’t of put it better.

I enjoyed this game – the score for a while went back and forth in the beginning innings and you got the sense that the Mets weren’t going to go away quietly – especially since David Wright seems to be hitting everything thrown his way. Pretty cool to see all the guys get at least a hit and everybody seemed to pad their averages a little bit. JJ will get his stuff together – just been giving up too many home run balls. He is a competitor, so I’m sure he will figure it out.

phil

April 18th, 2012
7:32 pm

Lobosolo rises from the crap pile again to spew his own brand of hate….

All the guy is good for.

Life must be pure joy at the ole solo household…

J-MAN

April 18th, 2012
7:41 pm

@ Phil, lobosolo is an idiot just making up stuff. Do just like most women do to him………. Pay him no attention.

Mikey B

April 18th, 2012
7:43 pm

@Lobosolo nope i’ve never come here and complained about Heyward ever. Even when he was really struggling. You seem pretty clueless.

sehwhut ?

April 18th, 2012
7:48 pm

Hernandez better pitcher than Jurrgens ? Not in 2012.

Joe for 3

April 18th, 2012
7:52 pm

Carroll

What on earth was Chipper doing in the dugout during Wrights first inning at bat?

J-MAN

April 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

Oh snap lobosolo was wrong about Mikey B as well.
Dude you are an uninformed bastard

Cap: Where's My Tip

April 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

“I don’t know. Both pitchers did. I’m going to chalk it up to that. It was a tough couple innings to pitch in”

Come on Fredi, don’t be that guy who has to make excuses. Just come out and say it, there’s not wrong with it: conditions or no conditions, JJ (and RA) just didn’t have it today. Period. That’s all, no need to make excuses.

Tony C.

April 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

How’s Mississippi doing?

go-BRAVOS

April 18th, 2012
8:26 pm

JJ the new DLowe. Just keep running him out there Fredi G I’m sure it will work out like it did for us last year. JJ and Hanson are not the same pitchers and their drop in velocity is just the tip of the iceberg, go titanic.
Medlin is needed in the bullpen, since he is the only effective reliever besides the Big 3.

Felix 17

April 18th, 2012
8:54 pm

Please don’t tell the reader what the quote says. Let the quote say it. Thank you.

Bravos

April 18th, 2012
9:00 pm

Where are all the haters out there that say this lineup won’t hit and produce runs?!?!? Don’t hear you now! In the last 8 games the braves “anemic” lineup have won 7 games banged out 78 hits and plated 55 runs…For those of you keeping track thats near 7 runs a game and close to 10 hits a game without Ugg and Freddie really producing until the last two games. Go Bravos!!

Don

April 18th, 2012
9:10 pm

JJ does not seem to have the velocity this year as he had in years past. He is off by 4 to 5 MPH on his fast ball and like situations in the past, he can be hit when he is not in the high 80’s to low 90’s. I suspect he will be fine once he gets more innings. Also on another note I see that Johnny V. too is more in the low 90’s rather than mid 90’s on his fastball. Are you sure his arm or shoulder is alright?

Mets R Best

April 18th, 2012
9:22 pm

Okay. We got our butts kicked in that series. No point making excuses. Today we got whipped bad. How would I know that Santana and Dickey would both lose? Your guys beat out two best pitchers. Congrats Braves fans–see you in June.
Remember though, the Mighty New York Mets and Atlanta have met 6 times so far in 2012 and we have 4 wins to your 2.

phil

April 18th, 2012
9:41 pm

Back to the latrines, mets r best….w

Larry

April 18th, 2012
9:50 pm

We’re 7-6 guys, including the Mets, Astros and weakened Brewers. So keep in in perspective until we play some better teams as our manager has a propensity contributing to a loss here or there.

I do see a different Jayson Heyward so far so hopefully a larger sample will validate the early results.

And Beachy, Minor and Delgado is more our future than Hanson and certainly Jurrjens.

Chuck

April 18th, 2012
10:06 pm

Prouffe Reeding
April 18th, 2012
6:41 pm

So many typos… <– That is a sentence fragment.

nuh uh

April 18th, 2012
10:10 pm

Jurrjens

April 18th, 2012
10:46 pm

So let me get this straight: “I say we trade JJ for a Outfield Prospect while his value is still there”

Right now JJ has an era approaching 8 and hitters are batting .340 against him. The Braves were rumored to have been shopping him last year (after he spotted sub 3 era and .249BAA; albeit in only 150+ innings). They shopped him last year and couldn’t work a deal. This for a career (4+seasons) 3.45era/.252 BAA. Oh, and he’s 26. Yet, right NOW is when his value is still there? That makes almost ZERO sense.

Give the kid a break, he’s put up some really good numbers for this franchise and he is still very young. I think he has proven himself–have some faith.

The fact you would put Livan/Tehran(who’s proven nothing in MLB)/Delgado (he’s got, what, 6 starts?) over Jurrjens is ridiculous. Even Hudson may be a stretch, he’s getting up there in age and now has a back surgery to deal with.

Ken Stallings

April 18th, 2012
11:25 pm

Outstanding home stand for the Braves, going 5-1 against the Brewers and Mets. For the Braves to start 0-4 and now be two games above .500 is remarkable. The way the team is playing now is very good. Get Tim Hudson back in the rotation and continue his excellence and you have to wonder now how good it can be.

The question mark was the offense and already the offense is looking better than we might have expected.

Ken Stallings

April 18th, 2012
11:35 pm

David,

When was the last time the Atlanta Braves had every player with an official AB get at least one hit? Even the pinch hitters all recorded a hit in that third Mets game!

Even the starting pitcher got a hit! The only three players in the box score who did not get a hit where the three relief pitchers who never recorded an at bat!

J-MAN

April 19th, 2012
12:22 am

OMG you seriously think that Jurrjens is BETTER than Tim Hudson????????????
Jurrjens has an ERA over 8 this year
After the All-Star break he had a 5.88 ERA.
In fact he hasnt pitched with any consistancy since Mid-June.

I just hit you with some FACTS.

Younger Than That Now

April 19th, 2012
4:01 am

J-MAN… you’re suggesting to put JJ on the DL and then try to trade him… YEP, there will be a line from Turner Field to the Capitol Building wanting to make that deal!

I’m not bashing you bro, so don’t take offense here… but that’s the quickest way to get NOTHING for JJ in trade. And consider this as well, to make a trade with anybody, you’ve got to have somebody willing to deal with you on that particular player. It’s really not as easy as they tried to make it appear in the movie “Moneyball”.

I agree that it may be time to move JJ… but he’s got to get straightened out first… whatever that may take. I hope it all works out that he would get straightened out and pitch for the Braves like he did thru the All Star break a year ago… he was arguably the best pitcher in baseball up until that point.

GO BRAVES!!

bill

April 19th, 2012
7:34 am

I was listening to the Cleveland game on WTAM last night and DLOWE walked 8 and pitched like we remeber. Cleaveland wants their 5 million back. The Braves won and they are 2 games over .500 and it is early. Just keep Fredi out of the picture and we have a chance in every game.

TB

April 19th, 2012
9:08 am

Jj pitched awful last and braves should trade him while still some value but hanson has not better and he is only 88 to 90, something is wrong. I say package them for a future third or a true LF.

Lobosolo

April 19th, 2012
9:29 am

So sorry, MikeyB and J-MAN… I told you in my post that I might have mistaken y’all for one of the other arm-chair, 20-20 whiners that perpetuate these blogs and think they are fans… It’s getting to where you can’t tell Larry from phil from alexis from Mitchell from Ralph from J-MAN from Mikey B… I Iose more information when I take my morning dump than you whinesters will ever have…

phil, my brand of hate is for all of you haters of the Braves when you spew out your 20-20 comments… And, for the self-acclaimed experts like Larry, who think they could all do a better job than Fredi, I’ll say it again, since you blubberers tend to ignore your own shortcomings ad nauseum… There is a reason Fredi is the manager and you crybots are not… He has more knowledge and ability in one of his nose hairs than any one of you could ever hope for…

These guys aren’t “your” team… not a one of you would survive three minutes in the locker room… you know nothing but to cry, whine, blubber, p*ss and moan, whimper, stomp, and fuss after a loss… you wait for the first chance you have say something negative, and you DAILY make yourselves look pretty dumb…

dogsbrekky

April 19th, 2012
9:29 am

TB – Hanson is back from a bad shoulder and is throwing manly 2 seam fastballs rather than his old 4 seamer which by nature is about 2-3 mph faster, give the kid time.. they threw 1 too many loopers to Ike the other day which after 4 in a row is a bit crazy (blame McCann for that call).. but apart from that Hanson is looking very good

JJ is clearly not fit on that/those knees.

TB

April 19th, 2012
9:33 am

dogsberkky-Brain mccann does deserve that blame i like hanson but braves are putting him as an ace and he is 3 guy in rotation. The lack of an ace will hurt braves in long run.

Lobosolo

April 19th, 2012
9:36 am

C’mon, Larry… there you go with that “our” business again… you’d think you’d know better than that by now, but maybe you’re just not as much of a legend as you think…

Longtimefan

April 19th, 2012
12:13 pm

I’m with you Lobosolo.

Fats

April 19th, 2012
12:21 pm

Uggla and Freeman can carry this team in the long haul,just by hitting .250………RBIs and HRs will follow. Let Bones Jones take time off as much as he needs and we will make playoffs imo

Brave New World

April 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

And while the Braves were feasting on Met pitching, the punchless Phils lose 1-0 in extra innings to the Giants. It’s way too early in the season, but I believe the Phils are merely a good team instead of a dominant team in 2012. I also believe the first through fourth place teams in the NL East will win between 85-90 games in 2012, it will be that close.

Brave New World

April 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

Mets R Best April 18th, 2012 9:22 pm Okay. We got our butts kicked in that series. No point making excuses. Today we got whipped bad. How would I know that Santana and Dickey would both lose?

MRB: To answer your question, none of us knew, but you were willing to predict the future and further cement your standing as one of the more colorful contributors to these Braves blogs! Don’t feel bad – the Mets will be better this season than many of us (including me) thought they would be.

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