Braves quotes after Thursday’s win against Dbacks

***FREDDIE FREEMAN

On how things are clicking for the team

“Everybody’s hitting. That’s something you couldn’t say last year; everybody wasn’t clicking at the same time. Everybody’s doing that now. We’re putting together some good innings and we’re not stopping. We keep grinding out at-bats and not letting up till the end of the game.”

Hit a homer to left and one to right tonight

“Just feeling good at the plate and got a couple of mistakes and was able to hit them today.”

On Minor’s performance tonight and past couple of starts

“You always know he’s going to go out there and just pump strikes. It keeps you on your toes. How many strikeouts did he have, nine? Something like that? That’s fun. It makes us be relax, and we were able to take the pressure off of him and let him go out there just firing strikes. So it was a good game all around.”

Does it seem like Minor has really come into his own more the past two starts?

“We all knew the potential, and I think everybody’s seeing it now. Those lefties that come in and throw 92, 93 [mph fastballs] with a changeup and a curveball like he has, don’t come around very often. He’s putting it all together now, and we’re lucky to see it.”

*** MIKE MINOR

On going eight innings

“It was good for the whole team, just to go deep in the game and not have the relievers have to go so many innings like they did last year. It really just puts the team at ease.”

On not letting Uggla’s error bother him, even though it led to the tying run

“No, you can’t really blame a teammate. Because they hit a couple of balls that Prado caught, that were hit hard. So I can’t really blame someone for that.”

On getting out of jams in the fourth and fifth

“That’s just part of the game. Damage control. That’s something to work on. Like I said during spring training, when I had one game that was pretty bad, I said, well I need to work on stuff like that anyway, for the times during the season when it really counts.”

On his past two starts, 1 earned run in 15-1/3 innings. What’s that meant for your confidence?

“I think it’s just really great for the team. It’s not really about me, it’s about the offense right now, the defense. They’re making good plays behind me. Without that, games could be a lot different.

On the run support today

“That makes it easier to go out there. And maybe if it was a close game, they might have put somebody else in [earlier] and took me out.”

On how he felt after throwing 112 pitches and eight innings

“I felt good. I felt really good. I say I could have went [back] out there, but maybe tomorrow, I’ll probably feel pretty bad [physically]. But I felt great the whole game.”

On which pitches were working well

“We pretty much mixed it up, threw pretty much everything. Tonight we even threw a couple of curveballs to the other side of the plate, which we haven’t done. Away from righties, where usually we just throw it down the middle or inside. Mac called a couple and I threw them decently over there.”

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Minor

“He was outstanding. Between him and Freddie Freeman, I think we just watched two pretty good performances. Freddie had a career high in RBIs and Mike went eight innings. And we got a W. Scored some runs when we had to, then added on. Nice job.”

On scoring ton or runs late

“With Collmenter on the mound, historically he gives us fits, and I thought it was one of those nights. We were able to peg away and peg away, then had one big inning that got us over the hump a little bit. We got into their bullpen a little bit and were able to score some runs.”

On Chipper’s comment about wanting offense to be relentless

“Yeah, I see these guys not giving away at-bats. They’re competitive at-bats. They don’t give anything away, and that’s contagious. Like good pitching is contagious. We’ve had a couple of performances, other than yesterday’s game, a couple of seven-inning performances by starters. And today Mike matches with eight innings. All that stuff is contagious, and winning is contagious. Celebrate and go get ‘em again tomorrow.”

Minor one earned run in 15-1/3 innings last two starts

“He’s headed in the right direction. He’s growing up in front of our eyes, maturing, using that change-up behind in the count, 3-2 count. He threw some pretty good breaking pitches. He’s doing well.”

On Freeman having seven hits, three homers, 10 RBIs past three games

“And then made the nice play in the ninth inning that gets overshadowed because of his offensive stuff.”

On Heyward getting two more hits and stealing another base

“He’s doing everything, he really is. It’s nice to watch. And he’s healthy — that’s the biggest thing.”

*** Diamondbacks manager KIRK GIBSON

On Minor

“He’s about as good as we’ve seen this year. He threw the ball very well. You’ve got to give him credit.”

90 comments Add your comment

matt

April 20th, 2012
1:44 am

BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Brave Decisions

April 20th, 2012
1:44 am

Bats are on fire right now! Lets keep this going the rest of the trip. Be sure to check out Brave decisions daily! http://wp.me/2lqJ1

JWOOD

April 20th, 2012
1:47 am

Oh, how nice it is to see another manager tip his cap. I never thought I would see the offense click like this. Even if it doesn’t keep up at this pace, Hudson comes back and our pitchers begin to settle in a little bit, and this team can really get torrid over the summer.

Sly Ty

April 20th, 2012
1:56 am

This team is performing much better than I thought they would. They are a solid ball club that Frank Wren has put together.

ATL Sports Pessimist

April 20th, 2012
1:57 am

I love the DBacks manager comment, need to keep that going (when they praise our guys)

reckingball

April 20th, 2012
2:08 am

The Braves Juggernaut keeps rollin’ on.
I like it, I like it a lot.
go braves

J-MAN

April 20th, 2012
2:30 am

How about we trade Jair Jurrjens and Pastornicky to the Yankees for Eduardo Nunez and Andrew Jones and Mason Williams minor league outfielder

AZBravoFan

April 20th, 2012
3:03 am

yeah we finally have the opposition tipping their caps…

Simpson's Homer

April 20th, 2012
3:30 am

Yes, it’s much more pleasant to be the cap tippee than the tipper…… much better this way…..

Brave New World

April 20th, 2012
5:43 am

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win!

Joe Adcock

April 20th, 2012
5:53 am

I love the aggressive and smart base running. Now that is contagious! I like Chipper’s entusiasm and cheer leading in the dug out. That can be contagious! The new short, quick swings are working to perfection. Thanks Mr. Walker. All is going well in the young season. The Pastor (Tyler) and Pop-Eye (Dan) don’t seem to have much rhythem on the double play yet — but hopefully that will come with playing together more. Very impressed with young Francisco’s bat, defense, and arm. Might be the stealth “steal” of the year! So nice to see everyone relaxed and having fun again!! Go Braves!!

Braves Fan in Maine

April 20th, 2012
6:47 am

Please braves please dont send down delgado when hudson comes up…. I like delgado and think he is going to be good….. trade jj

Ernest

April 20th, 2012
6:56 am

Bravos are looking good now! Hope they keep in up throughout the season.

Lobosolo

April 20th, 2012
7:12 am

C.Mon, J-MAN… how about we trade you for a decent, knowledgeable fan… go play in that fantasy game that you and the other armchairs habituate…I’m wondering when you genii are going to realize that so much of what goes on in baseball is going on now for the Braves… When players execute, teams usually win… Fredi’s not doing a thing differently, but you 20-20’s will never give him any credit… JJ is working through injuries but has become y’all’s latest object of scorn… good thing the real team and fans don’t want to throw everyone who is having struggles under the bus . .. You chumlees change your opinions with every game….

Way to go Bravos! Looking good!

Reggie

April 20th, 2012
7:35 am

Whew…i thought Kirk Gibson was about to say…You gotta tip your cap. Whatever happened to that guy Mets R Best? Mets took the first four of the season against the Braves and still find themselves in the usual position…looking up to them in standings.

Snake Doc

April 20th, 2012
8:02 am

I have been very critical of the Braves since spring training. Currently they are making me eat my words with strong pitching and good hitting. As so many said at the start of the season when the Braves were 0-4 that it is a long season.

So, for now, I shall Tip My Cap to the Braves.

Ralph

April 20th, 2012
8:31 am

Gibbson gave Minor credit but didn’t tip his cap!

tristan

April 20th, 2012
8:41 am

Kirk Gibson with the Braves trademarked cap tipping.

Let's Go

April 20th, 2012
8:43 am

Why are some screaming everyday to trade Jurrjens. He has no value right now. Jurrjens has 1 win since the all star break last year with an ERA of about 6. Not too many teams are going to give up anything of worth at this point for a pitcher who is struggling, in the last year of his contract, has Scott Boras as an agent. The Braves best option is to try and fix what is broken and hope he benefits your team or if he starts to shows signs of improvement you hold him until July when teams at that point may over pay for him.

Longtimefan

April 20th, 2012
8:53 am

Thanks Snake Doc. It’s nice to see one of the dozens of naysayers come on and say maybe they were premature in their criticism. True Braves want to be proved wrong. This is potentially a very good team who could go to the Series. The Phillies are on the way out. Too old, too injured too much salary locked up in players past their prime. The Braves are young and talented. We are in for another division run.

Longtimefan

April 20th, 2012
8:57 am

Let JJ pitch. If he regains his previous form we have an Ace on our staff on FW can get a nice trade return. Trading him right now makes o sense. I say give it until June or July to see what he’s got. The coaches are watching him. If he has really lost it they will know and take appropriate action.

dap01

April 20th, 2012
9:04 am

Lobosolo: Easy on people with different opinions. If everyone had the same opinions, there would be no use for a blog.

Bob the Blogger

April 20th, 2012
9:20 am

Cap tipping is better than cow tipping.

Tex Roughneck

April 20th, 2012
9:27 am

Its okay to cap tip but throw a birdy finger in there every now and then as you tip the cap…

Livan's Straightball

April 20th, 2012
9:36 am

Keep rolling Bravos! Nice to see the other team tipping their hat for a change :D

Steve

April 20th, 2012
9:49 am

Where are the crybaby’s? Where are the fire Fredi, trade McCann people? Where are the Braves Suck and the Braves will end up in last place people? Amazing how they hide when the Braves win but I assure you the second the Braves lose two in a row again, they will be back saying the same crap. What true “fans.”

joey

April 20th, 2012
9:57 am

lobosoloo is nothing more than a barnfly–loves to cut down fans that don’t agree with him. His other name is reckingballs.

"On my way to first!"

April 20th, 2012
9:59 am

hiway 61

April 20th, 2012
10:07 am

What a difference a hitting coach makes..Tip my hat to Greg Walker and Fletcher…Thanks Wren for the hire.

alex

April 20th, 2012
10:27 am

good hitting, good pitching and BASE RUNNING—-yea.

LOBO, you’re such a TWIT !!!

bruce

April 20th, 2012
10:53 am

Dave, Thanks for the gamer and quotes… and for staying up… gonna watch some of the game today I hope, sounds like it was fun to watch, I stopped before it was tied up.

southern hope

April 20th, 2012
10:53 am

DOB, thanks for you hard work…you probably finished these up around 3 a.m. ET

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
10:58 am

southern hope: you’re welcome. (actually it was only about 2:30 a.m. ET, not 3 …)

Kentavo

April 20th, 2012
10:59 am

Whereas I don’t wish him ill health; I hope they figure out what’s wrong with JJ and put him on the DL so they can keep from sending Delgado down.

Minor was very impressive – I’m calling him Glavine Jr.

Dirty Dawg

April 20th, 2012
11:00 am

How great would it have been if Kirk Gibson had said, ‘I’m shocked, shocked, to see that the Braves have good, young pitchers over there’.

EOF'ed Up

April 20th, 2012
11:00 am

WTG BRAVES! Keep on hitting and winning these games! Freeman is coming around and Heyward continues his assault on offense. Heyward is our superstar, no doubt about it! Hope he proves all the doubters wrong this year and many years to come.

bravesgrl4life

April 20th, 2012
11:05 am

DOB, thanks for the qutoes. Great game last night even if I had to watch on gameday on my phone while at the Van Halen concert.

Kentavo

April 20th, 2012
11:10 am

I cringe when Heyward slides head-first; that’s an injury waiting to happen.

Nevada Roy

April 20th, 2012
11:14 am

This is great! Now is the time to put some distance between the Braves and the struggling Phillies and Marlins. The Mets will likely fold eventually.. It could end up the Braves and Nationals battling for the East.

Lobosolo

April 20th, 2012
11:18 am

alexis, you binkie inhaling little armchair… whassamatta? Being a fair weather, 20-20 whinester finally getting to you? I’ll bet your puddy little head is about to implode will all of the sooking you do…

dap01, if idiot armchair 20-20 fools can blather on and on about stuff they don’t know while disparaging the team they claim to belong to, I can certainly call them on it…
The ones who will jump on the bandwagon, like alexis, will be out referring to the Braves as “we” again…

You will notice that most of the armchairs aren’t on here today, because the Braves have been hitting on all cylinders and are looking good… one slump or a couple of bad games will bring them back out, spewing their 20-20, clueless perjorations…

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
11:20 am

I’ll talk to Bourn today. Hoped to get some reaction from him last night — I’m sure he’d have been funny — but he wasn’t at his locker during time we were in clubhouse after game. (No, I don’t know if he was in the bathroom.) Pickings were slim for postgame quotes last night. Lot of guys (including McCann) went to work out at weight room down near home clubhouse after game. (I think their bodies were telling them it was still ET.) I wasn’t gonna wait till 3 a.m. ET to get a few more quotes. Fortunately Minor and Freeman, the main characters in last night’s performance, were available.

WOW

April 20th, 2012
11:33 am

Braves are looking good. Looks like the new hitting coach is doing well.

WOW

April 20th, 2012
11:34 am

It’s funny to see how some Braves fans went from FIRE FREDI to WE LOVE FREDI.

Ready Freddie

April 20th, 2012
11:36 am

Move on over and let Freddie take over……….yeah that’s what I’m talking about!………Free Free set Freeman Free set him free!……………Free to smack the cowhide off the ball!……………HeyBoy has gun and will travel also……….carry on my Heyward son…..hit the ball so the other team is done so they can cry some more!

B_F 52

April 20th, 2012
11:41 am

Great start to the left-coast swing keep battling Bravos

DetroitBraves

April 20th, 2012
12:10 pm

Seriously, McCann played the catcher’s position in a ML baseball game and still went to the weight room afterwards? He’s a far better (and much younger, it should be said) man than I. Couldn’t even imagine standing after squatting for much of 3 hours.

DetroitBraves

April 20th, 2012
12:13 pm

By the way, I know it’s a small sample and all so far but seeing the Freeman/Heyward assault on the league is very encouraging. For a team that I’ve found a little dull the last few years even when they’ve been winning this is definitely something to tune in and see.

mike

April 20th, 2012
12:18 pm

Just hope this keeps up until PHI. Thinking of beating up on the Phillies makes me smile.

David the Shepherd

April 20th, 2012
12:27 pm

DOB, thanks for putting players’ comments before Fredi’s…MUCH more enjoyable read that way. Also, I will still say FIRE FREDI!! He is not a good captain o
f the Braves’ ship. He is Cox lite, probably a real nice guy, but NOT manager material.

Tumbledown

April 20th, 2012
12:30 pm

Just want to state for the record that throughout the offseason, spring training, and first four games, I was consistently expressing the viewpoint that the Braves were going down the drain and that a reorganization from top to bottom was needed. I also stated my sincere hope that I was wrong about the Braves’ direction for this and the coming years. If these last nine games are any indication of the future, I am more than happy to say I was wrong.

Whether one spews gladtidings or doom and gloom, at least all of us are actively interested. It is the passive and apathetic fan that represents the true problem.

DetroitBraves

April 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

@David the Shepherd, agreed. The Braves are talented and can win, and honestly I’m not sure how much impact a manager has on the standings anyway. But just because the Braves are talented and can win it does not mean Fredi is a good manager. He is not. He is making some of the same tactical errors this year he did last year. And even if the number of losses attributed to a manager is small, how many fewer losses would it have taken last year to make the playoffs? They only missed a head-to-head against St. Louis by one, and an outright WC by 2. Just because you can win 90+ games despite a bad manager doesn’t mean you should be happy to do so.

DetroitBraves

April 20th, 2012
12:42 pm

@Tumbledown, true that. Many of us tend to argue on these boards, which is often good-natured but sometimes much less so. But in the end we all want the same thing and care enough to come out here and talk about it, even if we disagree on how the Braves should get there. We should probably take a step back every now and then and keep in mind we’re really all on the same side.

Gene

April 20th, 2012
12:43 pm

Fredi said that Minor and Freeman were “pretty good.” That is a huge understatement. The Braves have not played like this since the 1990’s. There is certainly a different mentality with the hitters, and I hope that quality is due to the two new coaches.

TB

April 20th, 2012
1:09 pm

I dont want to be that guy but I still cant judge this team until the play the Philly, Miami, and Nats dont het me wrong i love What they are doing but they really have not face any great pitching yet and pur pitching staff really has not face a great lineup. By the way I said Heyward will bat .300 with 30 HR and will be in MVP vote this, not bad right now.

Bobbys Chauffeur

April 20th, 2012
1:18 pm

Been away for a while ..was concerned about the team early on…however I did agree with Frank Wren.. that “on paper” we had a terrific team. IF everyone played to their full potential. If I was an opposing pitcher I wouldn’t want to face a lineup of Bourn,Prado,Chipper, Mac, Uggla,Heyward,Freeman. Glad to see it all come together

Clarence

April 20th, 2012
1:20 pm

The Braves have won 8 out of their last 9. Is that good?

Spiro T

April 20th, 2012
1:24 pm

I ain’t buying this. They have just been lucky, facing weak pitchers and playing weak teams. If you guys fall for it, you’re just suckers. They’ll start choking again and tear your hearts out.

Jason Williams

April 20th, 2012
1:25 pm

I know a lot of people out there want to trade JJ now, while he still has value. My questions is whether he really has any value? What could we realistically get for him?

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
1:27 pm

I know a lot of people out there want to trade JJ now, while he still has value. My questions is whether he really has any value?

I would suggest that right now, he does not.

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
1:31 pm

The Braves have won 8 out of their last 9. Is that good? — Clarence

No, just ask that select, loud segment of our blog base that insisted all should’ve been fired or released after the season-opening series.

Oh, wait, I forgot: Most of those folks are just reading the comments now, not voicing opinion. They’ll wait for Braves to lose two out of three before chiming in again.

David the Shepherd

April 20th, 2012
1:33 pm

Detroit, amen brother.

jim

April 20th, 2012
1:34 pm

I hope Chipper’s (assumed) return tonight does not push Heyward back down to the # 7 spot in the batting order. Hitting the guy with the highest OBP and with the 2nd best base running skills in front of a 180 hitter and the pitcher makes no sense. The first 4 spots in the lineup need to be 1. Bourn, 2. Prado, 3. Heyward, 4. Freeman — These 4 guys will be in the lineup almost every day and should have a regular role in the batting order. The next three slots can be some combination of McCann/Ross, Chipper/Francisco, and Uggla — a good argument can be made for each of the ways they could be ordered and depending on whether Chipper or Mac are playing.

Jason Williams

April 20th, 2012
1:37 pm

That’s what I think as well . . . seems like the best thing to do is hold on to him and hope that he turns it around. Unless it is his knee again, I figure he will sooner rather than later.

Steve

April 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

DOB, great comments! Sure is funny how the negative people hide when the Braves are doing well! Thanks for your hard work!

Tumbledown

April 20th, 2012
2:08 pm

Do I get credit for not hiding? Anyway, I appreciate your comment DetroitBraves.

reckingball

April 20th, 2012
2:12 pm

@1:31pm……..I have to agree, 719 comments on the blog after going 0-4, then 190 comments after they turned it around and went 5-0.
That just about tells the tale.
Even a bunch of them eating crow right now, are doing it with left handed compliments to the Braves.
Go Braves!

Tumbledown

April 20th, 2012
2:16 pm

My desire for drastic change was based on my view of the Braves slowly losing ground over the years. Remember in the early 90s, they reached four WS and won it all in 1995. From 1996-2001, the Braves reached one WS and had mixed results in the playoffs. From 2002-2005, the Braves were one and done in the playoffs. From 2006-2009, the Braves did not even reach the playoffs.

I viewed the last two years as a last gasp before slipping into mediocrity or worse for a long time (especially when you factor in the TV contracts and corporate ownership). Last season’s collapse, passive offseason, poor spring training, and early sweep by the Mets emboldened my theory. Although the arcs are not extremely similar, I envisioned the Braves having a swoon like the Colts in the NFL. Hopefully, the Braves will continue to lay waste to my theory.

reckingball

April 20th, 2012
2:19 pm

Good to see a lot of positive comments, I guess winning brings them out.
It would be nice to see some of these positive people, come back when the Braves stumble a little bit.

reckingball

April 20th, 2012
2:25 pm

People need to look at the farm system of the Braves, they have so much potential MLB talent, that it is hard for me to see them sliding down to the bottom of the NL.
Wren stood pat with his hand that he was holding, and did not jump off of the deep end, like so many of the people on these blogs wanted him to do.
The odds were against all of these hitters having 2 “off” seasons in a row, Wren knew it.
go braves

Mikey

April 20th, 2012
2:37 pm

Everytime Jason Heyward slides head-first I cringe…….

jim

April 20th, 2012
2:55 pm

If Heyward were the only player to slide head-first we might have more reason to cringe. It’s hard to think of a modern player who does not slide head-first. Since Heyward has probably been sliding head-first since Little League, he would probably more more likely to break a leg (as happens to players sliding feet-first occasionally) because it would not be natural for him. The thumb injury in 2010 was attributable to a head-first slide, but it is only a suspiscion on the blog that sliding was the cause of his shoulder injury.

reckingball

April 20th, 2012
3:03 pm

I would rather see a player slide feet first, but there is still a danger of injury doing that. Sliding into a base is fairly dangerous, if it is feet or head 1st.

Mikey

April 20th, 2012
3:11 pm

Add David Wright to my cringe theory…..and by the way sliding feet first is the proper way to slide for many reasons especially being able to pop up and take the next base if the ball gets away.

Tumbledown

April 20th, 2012
3:12 pm

It will be interesting to compare all year the Braves’ approach with the Red Sox’ approach following their respective collapses. So far, advantage Wren and the hold steady course of action.

DetroitBraves

April 20th, 2012
3:13 pm

DOB, Fredi should still be fired. Several people on here have said as much today. The Braves are a good team and a manager’s impact is both hard to quantify, and most certainly dwarfed by the impact of the players. But it is not necessarily negligible. I offer 2011 as an example. The process can have a negative impact on the results without the results being particularly awful. That shouldn’t stop the Braves from improving the process. It is possible to expect the Braves to contend, hope, in fact, that they do so, but also long for them to address problem areas. Fredi is a problem area.

jim

April 20th, 2012
3:15 pm

Tumbledown
I agree with your analysis. The question is how far has the transition to a team built around Heyward, Freeman, Minor, Beachy, Venters, and Kimbrel already gone in 2012. What other pieces are needed? Will Teheran, Delgado, and Simmons fill out that core in 2013? Chipper will be gone next year, and plays a complimentary role this year. The question you raise is what role McCann, Prado, and Uggla will play in the future. The biggest and hardest question that has to be faced is: given the resources available to the franchise, is signing McCann, a catcher entering his 30’s, a sound decision — is he part of the core two years hence?

J-MAN

April 20th, 2012
3:15 pm

@lobosolo……..Why dont you just keep talking your uninformed opinions. I mean the last time you were here you were making up stuff on me and Mikey B. So until you develop an intelligent thought I’m not gonna take you seriously.

DetroitBraves

April 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

@TB, I think you have the right idea. The Braves were obviously not a .000 team, as they appeared in their first 4 games. The are obviously not an .888 team either. I think they are a good team. It’ll take more time to figure out how good. Actually, if you take the slow start and current hot streak together they are on a 99 win pace or so. If that’s real then the Phillies run is probably over.

J-MAN

April 20th, 2012
3:22 pm

@ reckingball I agree with you, about the Braves farm system being talented. I slao agreed that they should touch the “Big 4″ pitcher prospects Vizcaino,Teheran, Minor, and Delgado………Now I think its time that we let them play especially when Jurrjens is struggling. Teheran had a roug 1st start but still has lowered his ERA to 2.14. Delgado has pitched a heck of a lot better than Jurrjens. I know when Hudson comes back he will have a rotation spot but that means somebody has to go down……..And noway Jurrjens should be staring over Delgado or Teheran. Infact Jurrjens hasnt pitched with any consistancy since late June of last year. After the All-Star break he had a 5.88 ERA and starting this year off he has a 8.10 ERA.

These are facts.

J-MAN

April 20th, 2012
3:30 pm

I still DO NOT have confidence in Fredi Gonzalez. Yea we won 8 out of 9 and thats awesome but I want to see what happens in late August and September………………Fredi STILL HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE. And we havent forgotten that collapse. We want accountability. But I want us to win and I hope I’m wrong about Fredi Gonzalez, but just because we are winning some games in April doesnt mean we wont lose games in September. Fredi has to close the deal. And I’m not letting him off the hook until we make the play-offs…..Once we do I will let him off.
Remember you cant win the division in April but you sure can lose a division in April. But Fredi has corrected the folley of starting 0-4 thats good now we have to keep it going and I also like the fact he is saving Kimbrel, Venters and EOF. So msybe he can learn from his mistakes.

Mikey

April 20th, 2012
3:43 pm

Jim/Tumble, Every team in the majors has the same decisions to make and most do not have the Yankees or Angels $$. McCann will be signed as the best hitting catcher in the majors along with Heyward, Freeman, Uggla, Prado,(Simmons Pastornicky) Terdoslavich and by far the deepest crop of young arms in the minors. Lets get thru this season while we still have Chipper/Hudson/Bourn/Hansen/JJ and enjoy the moment.

jim

April 20th, 2012
3:57 pm

Fredi has corrected his folly of starting 0 – 4.

What exactly was Fredi’s folly? Was he doing the hitting or pitching during that start? He had no chance to over use the bullpen — Kimbrel never appeared in any of those games. I can’t think of a questionable move he can be blamed for. The team was out hit, out pitched, and out fielded, not out-managed.

Mister Frisky

April 20th, 2012
3:58 pm

Braves looking more like the Rangers than the Braves.Tip of the cap to the O.Agree with Tumbledown.Braves have turned the page,Red Sox still reelin.

John in Wichita

April 20th, 2012
4:01 pm

DOB: I get a kick out of the little handshake followed by the Mickey Mouse ears or whatever Freeman and Chipper do after something good. Do you get any different sense of “fun” with this team than previous teams? (Long season… I’d like to see these guys having some fun and win at the same time.)

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
4:22 pm

DOB, Fredi should still be fired. Several people on here have said as much today. — DetroitBraves

Oh, well in that case….

thegreatsowhat

April 20th, 2012
5:33 pm

I voted for all the Braves position players except Pastornicky and Prado… could only vote for 3 outfielders and couldn’t in good conscience not vote for Kemp. He’s in the craziest beast mode I’ve ever seen… probably something to do with losing an MVP award to a roid-head.

thegreatsowhat

April 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

eh, wrong forum… sorry

VENEZUELA

April 20th, 2012
6:07 pm

Fruti bringing in Venters in the last inn of yesterday’s game shows me he is a really really bad manager!

Choppinmama

April 20th, 2012
6:28 pm

John in Wichita

April 20th, 2012
4:01 pm
DOB: I get a kick out of the little handshake followed by the Mickey Mouse ears or whatever Freeman and Chipper do after something good.

Announcers showed/explained during the game the other day it’s an antler/hunting/deer kinda thingy. Cute that Chipper doesn’t act 40.

David O'Brien

April 20th, 2012
7:46 pm

No Upton in Dbacks lineup again tonight.

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