It’s early, but Braves’ hitting progress significant

LOS ANGELES — After firing hitting coach Larry Parrish immediately after the 2011 season, Braves GM Frank Wren said changes needed to be made in the team’s approach at the plate. He wanted hitters to be grinders, to always aim for quality at-bats and to make opposing pitchers work all night.

Chipper Jones homered on his 40th birthday Tuesday, and the Braves improved to 11-2 in games he's played on his birthday. (AP photo)

Chipper Jones homered on his 40th birthday Tuesday, and the Braves improved to 11-2 in games he's played on his birthday. (AP photo)

Actually, why don’t I just give you exactly what he said when he met with a few of us after the Parrish firing.

“I like to see hitters battle at the plate,” Wren said. “Take your shot if you feel like you’ve got a pitch that you can drive out of the park, but after that I want to see you battling. I want to see guys be tough outs. We didn’t have enough tough outs [in 2011]. The bottom line is, we didn’t battle at the plate. And that’s got to change. And philosophically, that was probably the most frustrating part. And I’m not saying that Larry doesn’t believe in that.”

And: “It’s situational hitting, it’s not just settling for a good swing and a strikeout. That’s a bad at-bat in my mind. Philadelphia just left here [last series of season]. They battled every day, up and down that lineup. They’re going to make a pitcher work to get them out. Too many times if you made three or four good pitches against us it was pretty easy to get through our lineup. That needs to change….

“Good teams figure out a way to get those runs in, because one here and one there add up over the course of a game. The good teams, they do that very well. And we had a very good team, but that was probably our Achilles heel. We had a team that very easily could have won 95 games, with just playing any decent pace in September. That’s a lot of wins in the major leagues. And our biggest deficiency was our situational hitting.”

OK, now flash to the present. Here in L.A., where I’m still digesting the Pink’s jalapeno 12-inch hot dog I ate at 1 a.m., smothered in chili, grilled onions and guac.

We’re only three weeks into the season, just 18 games into a 162-game season, with nearly 89 percent of the schedule remaining to be played. But the numbers say Wren is getting precisely the improvement he hoped to see when he hired a new hitting coach – actually, coaches – to replace Parrish.

Greg Walker and assistant Scott Fletcher have the Bravos grinding out quality at-bats and “getting those runs in” at a far better rate than a year ago, when it seemed a Brave would more than likely not score if he got to third with less than two outs or even with none out. They were abysmal in fundamental areas such as advancing runners with a groundout, or a bunt, or a sacrifice fly.

This year, they are not. They’re not consistently sound in all of those areas, but they are worlds better than last year, and plenty of nights, maybe even most nights, they’ve been downright strong in them. Productive outs, quality at-bats, grinding.

Getting it done, man.

Like Martin Prado’s seven-pitch at-bat on his two-out triple in the ninth inning Tuesday against nasty Dodgers closer Javy Guerra, which ended with Prado hitting a triple off the right-center wall to drive in Tyler Pastornicky with the go-ahead run in a 4-3 win. Or Prado’s bases-loaded groundout earlier in the game (the Braves were just as likely to have a strikeout in that situation in ’11).

The Braves are getting the results that GM Frank Wren sought under first-year hitting coach Greg Walker (right) and assistant Scott Fletcher (not pictured).

The Braves are getting the results that GM Frank Wren sought under first-year hitting coach Greg Walker (right) and assistant Scott Fletcher (not pictured).

Check the numbers.

The Braves, after ranking 22nd in the majors in scoring last season at 3.95 runs per game, are averaging 5.4 this season. They lead the National League with 97 runs, three fewer than major league leader Texas. And that’s despite totaling only 10 runs during the first four games of the season, when the Braves started out 0-4.

Will they keep scoring at their recent dizzying clip? Not likely. Do they need to be more consistent hitting with runners in scoring position? No doubt.

Do I need to stop using the easy device of asking myself a question and answering it? Absolutely.

But the confidence and the positive results the Braves are getting from doing the things they’re doing, that’s not going to go away. Walker and Fletcher have adroitly handled the transition after the second change in hitting coaches in as many years.

“I think these guys are buying into it,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said last week of the hitting philosophy. “Like anything else, when you’re dealing with teaching or coaching, your students or you players have got to buy into what you’re selling. If they don’t buy into it, then they’re not going to change. He [Walker] had them right from the very beginning of spring training. Because he let them work and watch, he wasn’t overbearing on top of it. And for me, they’re in.”

After ranking 26th in the majors with a .308 on-base percentage in 2011, the Braves are 10th in the majors (fifth in the NL) at .324 and rising, especially now that leadoff hitter Michael Bourn is back to being Michael Bourn after his sluggish first week.

Not to bog you down in numbers, but here are a couple of more interesting ones: The Braves, a team that went over a month without a sac fly last season and finished 29th in the majors with only 30 sac flies for the entire season, are currently tied for third in the majors with seven sac flies in 18 games, trailing only Boston (nine) and Texas (eight).

Atlanta is also third in the majors in sac bunts with 10, which includes a couple of squeezes. More aggressiveness from the top down.

Aggressiveness doesn’t mean avoidance of walks. Far from it. Walker and Fletcher want the Braves to get on base, to take walks if they’re there. They just don’t want them going to the plate looking for a walk

“Be aggressive up there,” Jason Heyward said of Walker’s philosophy. “Get pitches to hit in the zone, don’t be passive, don’t be afraid to fail when you’re at the plate. We’re going up to the plate trying to put a good AB, get a good pitch to hit.”

The thing about that quote is that a resurgent Heyward said that during the Braves’ 0-4 start. Which was a good sign, since the Braves weren’t questioning anything about their approach or wondering why it wasn’t working. They knew they’d break out of their opening slump, and did in quick fashion.

After hitting .165 in those first four games, they’ve hit .286 while going 11-3 since then. They’ve totaled 87 runs and 19 homers in that 14-game stretch, including at least one homer in all but two of the games.

• Tonight’s matchup: It’ll be major league ERA leader Brandon Beachy against Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly, provided we get a game in – forecast calls for 70 percent chance of rain around 9 p.m. in L.A. (That’s better than earlier, when it was 70 percent by 7 p.m.)

Beachy brings a majors-leading 0.47 ERA into his series finale start against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Beachy brings a majors-leading 0.47 ERA into his series finale start against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Beachy has won his past two starts while allowing only one (unearned) run and seven hits in 14-1/3 inning, for a .146 opponents’ average in those games against the Brewers and Diamondbacks. He leads the majors with a 0.47 ERA, ranks second in opponents’ slugging percentage (.191) behind Detroit’s Justin Verlander (.176), and also ranks among NL leaders in opponents’ batting average (.162) and OBP (.230).

Beachy went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers as a rookie in 2011, including six scoreless innings of two-hit ball at Dodger Stadium on April 19.

Lilly has faced the Braves twice in the past two seasons and blanked them both times, allowing no runs, seven hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. They hit .156 against the lefty in those two games.

For his career, he’s 5-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 starts starts the Braves, with 57 strikeouts in 56 innings.

Dan Uggla is 4-for-11 with two homers off Lilly, Prado is 4-for-9, and Bourn is 2-for-14 with one homer. Matt Diaz is just 1-for-11 against Lilly, and Chipper Jones is 3-for-13 with four walks and four strikeouts.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. McCann C
  5. Uggla 2B
  6. Jones 3B
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Pastornicky SS
  9. Beachy RH

• We’ll close with a rousing tune by the great and underappreciated (in the U.S.) British band James. You can see them do it live — and you should, because it’s something else — by clicking here.

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“SOMETIMES” by James

There’s a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on the concrete
On a flat roof, there’s a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling “come on thunder, come on thunder”

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

It’s a monsoon, and the rain lifts lids off cars
Spinning buses like toys, stripping them to chrome
Across the bay, the waves are turning into something else
Picking up fishing boats and spewing them on the shore

The boy is hit, lit up against the sky, like a sign, like a neon sign
And he crumples, drops into the gutter, legs twitching
The flood swells his clothes and delivers him on, delivers him on

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

There’s four new colors in the rainbow
An old man’s taking Polaroids
But all he captures is endless rain, endless rain
He says listen, takes my head and puts my ear to his
And I swear I can hear the sea

Somtimes, when I look in your eyes I can see your soul
(I can reach your soul)
(I can touch your soul)
Sometimes

– by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,739 comments Add your comment

Feeanch

April 25th, 2012
5:12 pm

ncgary

April 25th, 2012
5:17 pm

whose on first?

go braves

DS1

April 25th, 2012
5:17 pm

Nice read DOB. Our man Beachy woulda got a lot more ROY votes last year if the bullpen and offense coulda helped him a bit more.

I bet he got more no decisions on games he shoulda won than any other pitcher in baseball.

Jimmy

April 25th, 2012
5:17 pm

Would have been first, but read the article.
Thanks DOB!

Shaun

April 25th, 2012
5:18 pm

The Braves are 7th in the majors in wOBA and are bunched with teams in the 5th-8th range (Braves are at .332, and the other teams in that range are between .333 and .331).

wOBA is Weighted On-Base Average and takes into account the run value of walks, it-by-pitch, steal, caught stealing, outs and each type of hit; so it’s more accurate than slugging, which treats a homer as four times as valuable as a single.

They are also 5th in the majors in total bases.

The team doesn’t seem quite as impressive in terms of on-base and slugging as they do in runs scored but that is somewhat misleading.

Also, last time I checked, the Braves were actually swinging more than last season. However, it seems they are picking out the right pitches to hit more often than last year, at least so far in the very early going.

DS1

April 25th, 2012
5:18 pm

woulda, coulda, shoulda………. bet I don’t do that again in a lifetime. (in my last post)

DS1

April 25th, 2012
5:20 pm

Jimmy

You need to enroll in one of those speed reading programs.

Jimmy

April 25th, 2012
5:20 pm

Looking at the pitchers going tonight, looks like a low scoring game.

So…..look for plenty of crooked numbers.

bravofan

April 25th, 2012
5:21 pm

I hope we get this one in

Jimmy

April 25th, 2012
5:22 pm

DS1 – Yeah, shoulda read faster. :-)

P B Orr

April 25th, 2012
5:23 pm

Man that is one bad song.

JWOOD

April 25th, 2012
5:24 pm

If they play, it should be a good matchup. I’ve wanted to see the Braves face some tougher pitching to see how they respond. Should be a good game.

bravofan

April 25th, 2012
5:24 pm

Im watching this madden cover sports nation on espn2 I hate Cam Newton!

Heisenberg

April 25th, 2012
5:25 pm

So a 2 hour rain delay gets game started at midnight EST. Looks like I will be reading about in the morning.

Liz B. Anna

April 25th, 2012
5:27 pm

Where is my friend Samantha, she and me are very close.

Jimmy

April 25th, 2012
5:28 pm

Got to run.
Go Barves!!
Hope VJ and Cab have a great time and they get the game in.
Later good folks.

bravofan

April 25th, 2012
5:28 pm

I think it would be fun to stay up and watch the game until 3 or 4 am ha

cabravesfan

April 25th, 2012
5:29 pm

So a 2 hour rain delay gets game started at midnight EST

Forecast is now 10% chance at 7 (so game should start on time) and 15% chance at 8…jumps to 70% at 9…so they should hopefully be able to get 5 innings in…

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
5:29 pm

Going against Lilly a rain out might not be a bad thing.

Jimmy

April 25th, 2012
5:29 pm

Liz – drop the last “A”. :-)

Heisenberg

April 25th, 2012
5:31 pm

Oh well, there should be a new South Park on at 10 tonight to watch if it does rain.

Liz B. Anna

April 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

My last name is Anna, you know like Santa Anna so I can’t drop an A. I drop lots of things but can’t drop an A.

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

Forecast now says 10-15 percent rain chance till about 9 p.m., when jumps to 70 percent. So it’s improved rapidly.

Mister Frisky

April 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

It’s warm and strangely humid in Los Angeles today.No rain yet.

Heisenberg

April 25th, 2012
5:36 pm

Must. Get. Early. Lead. Then bring in closer in 6th.

Admiral

April 25th, 2012
5:37 pm

What a great win last night. Still juiced from that one. Let’s go get the series!

cabravesfan

April 25th, 2012
5:38 pm

you know like Santa Anna

Actually, it’s Santa Ana, with only one “N”

Liz B. Anna

April 25th, 2012
5:40 pm

So I should drop the last N, not the last A?

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2012
5:41 pm

Lilly has faced the Braves twice in the past two seasons and blanked them both times…

We dont hit him quite well, but he manages to hit our batters often. Let’s hope he doesnt do his bush-league stuff tonight.

Thanks for the blog, DOB. Good read.

panamajack

April 25th, 2012
5:43 pm

Lilly hasn’t faced the “New and inproved” braves yet.

The A Bomb

April 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

Yeah, you never an predict those cutoff lows around here. Humid as hell though. Braves should take advantage!

Heisenberg

April 25th, 2012
5:47 pm

Be careful of what letters are being dropped. Keep it clean.

Liz B. Anna

April 25th, 2012
5:51 pm

I’m not dropping any leters, my name is what it is.

Chop Chop

April 25th, 2012
5:51 pm

The hitting progress is significant, but the qualification of “it’s early” is enough to neuter any excitement. Woohoo. Go Braves.

hiway 61

April 25th, 2012
5:51 pm

Great job DOB..With all the great food you eat its a wonder you don’t weigh 300lbs. It would kill me..but enjoy.
Go Braves…

Venice Jim

April 25th, 2012
5:59 pm

JJ did acknowledge he might need to build up his leg strength a little more. He also wonders if he lost too much weight over the offseason, when he dropped from 210 to 194.

That shoots phil’s “Fat Theory”…

Venice Jim

April 25th, 2012
6:00 pm

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2012
6:04 pm

Great attitude from JJ (from Carroll’s blog). Hope he figures things out soon.

Crawford

April 25th, 2012
6:06 pm

Watch out Lilly. You have not faced these Braves. Just a warning to you.

Murph

April 25th, 2012
6:09 pm

Nice article on JJ there… good to see he’s going about things the right way.

Venice Jim

April 25th, 2012
6:11 pm

From Adam Kilgore at the Washington Post:

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman felt “peace of mind” after receiving the results from the MRI exam of his shoulder, even if he still may fly back to Washington tomorrow and land on the disabled list. Zimmerman and the Nationals feel certain he will not miss extensive time with structural damage, only a handful of games, at worse, with inflammation in his AC joint.

monty

April 25th, 2012
6:13 pm

DOB-”They lead the National League with 97 runs, three fewer than major league leader Texas.”

I said a couple of days ago we were the NL version of the RAngers.

monty

April 25th, 2012
6:17 pm

I think a good (doesn’t have to be great) offensive performance against Lilly tonight will reassure Braves hitters they are on the right track, since he has owned us. I’ll take a 3-1 win in 5 tonight.

Murph

April 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

The Braves need to channel a little Kobra Kai attitude tonight if they want to leave LA with a series win.

Strike first, strike hard, no mercy sir!

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

I like 6-3 braves.

Crawford

April 25th, 2012
6:22 pm

Me too monty. We have to do a better job with men on base.

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
6:24 pm

Uggly is going to be pretty tonight, 3 for 4.

cabravesfan

April 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

Chance of rain down to 10% at 9:00…looking better and better! :)

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:36 pm

Venice Jim
April 25th, 2012
5:59 pm

JJ did acknowledge he might need to build up his leg strength a little more. He also wonders if he lost too much weight over the offseason, when he dropped from 210 to 194.

That shoots phil’s “Fat Theory”…

*******
yes. Doesn’t help it one dang bit…

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

Ralph
April 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

I like 6-3 braves.

*******
more likely to be a frequent official scorer’s entry than the score….

John H

April 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

So much for everyone who predicted gloom and doom when Greg Walker took over as hitting coach. So far, it would seem that he’s done quite well with the hitters.

Venice Jim

April 25th, 2012
6:41 pm

Mark Bowman ‏ @mlbbowman
#Braves lineup: Bourn 8 Prado 7 Freeman 3 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Chipper 5 Heyward 9 Pastornicky 6 Beachy 1

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, Freeman 1B, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Jones 3b, Heyward rf, Pastornicky ss, Beachy rhp

Venice Jim

April 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

About time for departure – hope everyone here enjoys the game!

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

Braves catching prospect Evan Gattis at high-A Lynchburg: 16 G, .424 avg, .507 OBP, .898 slugging, 1.405 OPS, 8 HR and 26 RBI in 59 at-bats, eight BB, eight K (Man among boys, literally and figuratively — he’s 25. Now seems like Bethancourt should’ve gone to high-A and Gattis to Double-A, but that’s a hard call to make before the season begins.)

Crawford

April 25th, 2012
6:43 pm

Not much scoring lately, but it might be the team we are playing.

TheOnlyBravesFan

April 25th, 2012
6:44 pm

Yes, he has, just like I thought. Greg has been good.

Looking for a 9-3 Braves win tonight, homers from Uggla and Freeman. The REV will go 3-4 with a double, RBI, and a 2 runs scored.

Crawford

April 25th, 2012
6:44 pm

Stay dry VJ.

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

Safe travel, VJ…

Jerry

April 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

I hoping the Braves get this game in tonight, even with the risk of losing to Lilly again. Regardless, it’s a winning road trip against two very good teams, and I’d really hate to have a one-game series against the Dodgers on our next west coast swing. And the lefty thing against Lilly may not work in his favor tonight because the Braves have been doing better lately against some of these lefthanders. At any rate, I’m off tomorrow, so if the game is played, I’ll be able to see it tonight.

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

So Gattis is playing LF according to DOB. It has started.

Venice Jim

April 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

We’ll effort to do so…

PDOG

April 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

DOB, have you noticed what Gattis is doing down in Lynchburg? Any chance this guy is for real and can learn to play some LF, 1B. If he can what a nice piece for the a Braves to have in a year or two. Would like to hear Wrens thoughts.

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:46 pm

Rev will go down swinging 5 times!

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

How has Gatis adapted to playing LF?

cricket

April 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

rooting for JJJ to bounce back and have few more no. 2 like seasons in spite of obvious lack of talent proven unequivocally by stats

Crawford

April 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

Hope your wrong,phil.

DS1

April 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

DOB

When do you expect the man-child to be promoted to AA? Seems he doesn’t much of an issue with High A pitching.

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
6:50 pm

Just aslong as he can take to playing outfield better than Klesko did……..boy he was like a bull in a china shop

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
6:50 pm

Seems we have a surplus of catching prospects, perhaps one or two of them could switch to the outfield, with B/Mac, Rloss and Bethancourt the catching position is pretty well blocked.

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
6:51 pm

I said I wasnt gonna bad mouth Pastornicky for 2 weeks and I gonna say he is gonna 2 for 3 with a SB tonight

cricket

April 25th, 2012
6:52 pm

Now seems like Bethancourt should’ve gone to high-A

thought some here had already traded Phat Mac and handed ML job to future HOF Bethancourt

TheOnlyBravesFan

April 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

So Gattis is playing LF according to DOB. It has started.

YAY!!! Maybe we can get our slugging left fielder in a year or so.

George

April 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

CHIPPER playing two in a row, that is great news. The knee must be holding up.

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

Parraz is batting .382 at Gwinette

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:56 pm

Mac is phat…

Like JJ!

;-)

Patrick

April 25th, 2012
7:02 pm

Not sure if someone posted this or not but…..I’ll post again cause I think it’s hilarious, only cause it’s the yankees

Michael Pineda is out for the season with a torn labrum, ha!

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2012
7:03 pm

The Marlins walked 4 straight batters with 4 different pitchers last night. Holy moly

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

Teheran going tonight for Gwinette.

Sopheee

April 25th, 2012
7:09 pm

“It’s a little heartbreaking when you make your dad cry for the wrong reasons,” Jurrjens said.

Heart wrenching but hopefully JJ gets it together for his dad doesn’t worry about him. I’m so glad JJ didn’t go all Frenchy on the Braves about the demotion. Handling it well.

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

Yeah, Soph, me too.

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2012
7:13 pm

Well, Patrick, it’s not the Yankees that have a torn labrum.

Sopheee

April 25th, 2012
7:15 pm

I learned my lesson about laughing at other teams injuries. I remember cheering when the D’Backs lost Luis Gonzalez for the playoffs in the early 2000’s thinking oh they won’t beat us in the NLCS now. Yeah, we didn’t even make it past the first round.

scott brosius

April 25th, 2012
7:21 pm

the braves only need one more batter for go to the world series and win all

a SS , a OF or 3B or whatever…. and maybe another ace pitcher after Hudson…

with the best bullpen the braves is always on the right way to win tight games…

one question : after the braves.,,who is the team with the best bullpen ????

YANKEES, GIANTS , ?’??????

Crawford

April 25th, 2012
7:23 pm

Yes Sopheee, That is what Charlie Manual is saying about Phillies.Were hurt. Poor babies. Do i feel sorry for them. Not!

Kat

April 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

Great evening read. Nice see Chipper in the line up tonight.

Bravefaninok

April 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:46 pm

Rev will go down swinging 5 times!

Did you watch last night??

The rev will go 2 for 4 with a walk.

ijudgenot

April 25th, 2012
7:32 pm

I was glad to see the Wren comments about hitters grinding out each at bat. Last year with Gonzo, Mac, and Uggla that message if it were ever given was totally ignored. Gonzo is gone but Mac and Uggla are still “swing as hard as you can and pull everything” hitters Now when these two guys become situational hitters(going the other way sometimes to beat the ridiculous shift teams put on for Mac, or cutting down on your swing to hit to right field instead of swinging for the fence on each and every swing like Uggla does) then Walker will have completed the transition of the Braves from hackers to hitters.

Braint

April 25th, 2012
7:33 pm

Do I need to stop using the easy device of asking myself a question and answering it? Absolutely.

I laughed out loud….very funny.

scott brosius

April 25th, 2012
7:36 pm

@crawford: lol yes … sadly for the phillies fans the philladelphia team is old ….

halladay,contreras,blanton,lee,papelbon,qualls,howard,utley,ruiz,victorino,polanco,rollins,thome,orr,
pierre,wigginton,nix all are over 30’s

the injuries are more frequently after 30’s : natural thing sorry phillies

the “phillies dinasty” is over…..

the tomahawk chop chapter II begins ;)

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

April 25th, 2012
7:39 pm

Another good read courtesy of David O’Brien.

But what wasn’t talked about or addressed, is whether or not Dan Uggla will ever be to get another throw to first base without one hopping the damn thing. As once again I must ask… WHEN THE HELL WILL THIS ORGANIZATION REALIZE THEY NEED A 2ND BASEMAN WHO CAN ACTUALLY PLAY GREAT DEFENSE?

Ralph

April 25th, 2012
7:39 pm

There getting to Teheran tonight, 3 runs allowed still in the 2nd inning.

PCR17

April 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

Great write-up DOB – your writing has such a great voice to it. So much easier to read than most other blogs. Thanks for all the hard work!

brosius

April 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

@coach: maybe uggla is not the best defensive player in the game but at least in uggla the braves have a real homerun hitter ,,

sometimes the errors dont have any cost and the last saturday HR by uggla was the winning run my friend…

imagine one thing,,,wilson is a good defensive player,,,so put wilson on 2nd base instead uggla

the braves maybe will have a better defensive player but a dead bat …..

just saying….

Dutchieeeeee

April 25th, 2012
7:48 pm

Teriffic read, mr O’Brien. Thoroughly enjoyable, yet again.

Here’s to hoping JJ gets himself back together. He’s capable, let’s hope he gets it done. Would love to see him re-invent himself and be efficient again.

Btw, Cespedes really seems to be a legitimate MLB player, even at about 15 games into his MLB career. He was hugely impressive on the internationall level with Cuba, but seems to take MLB pitching/playing in his stride.

Now, lets see if I can stay awake untill 4.10 am over here….. wiziwig is streaming and I’d like to see this upcomming win of the Dodgers-series.

Let’s go Braves!

Chipper's SS Check

April 25th, 2012
7:49 pm

Still think at season’s end it’s going to be about offense. The pitching will be good enough. The litmus test will be, “did the Braves score enough to win games?”

brian

April 25th, 2012
7:50 pm

Another great Braves blog. Thanks DOB! Not my favorite song by any means but I do always look forward to see the “chosen” song at the end of the blog

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

April 25th, 2012
7:51 pm

I lost count of all the one hop throws to first base last night from Dan Uggla.

just saying………

George

April 25th, 2012
7:51 pm

Outta here, lets have a good one tonight y’all

brian

April 25th, 2012
7:52 pm

Wren has to be giddy looking at the braves good young pitching. Minor was solid last night. Beachy’s turn tonight

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