Braves quotes following Friday’s win over Pirates

DAN UGGLA

On the diving play on the pop-up:

“I took a peek to see where Mikey was and it turns out I kind of stole it from Pastornicky. I don’t even think he was going to have to dive for it. I was just glad that one of us caught it.”

On taking a 2-1 lead vs. Burnett:

“Yeah he’s always tough. He really battled us good. We had an opportunity late in the ballgame and we took advantage of it. Tommy did a great job keeping the game where it was, then Medlen came in and did a great job and did the same.”

On getting hitting, defense, and pitching:

“The biggest thing right now is our starting pitching. Any time we can have a lead going into the sixth or seventh inning, we’ve got a chance. Throw in some timely hitting and grind out at-bats and pick each other up. That’s the goal every day.”

On continuing good work off road trip:

“Everybody knows how important these games are, in September. To take away as many games as we can from other teams and win the ones we’re supposed to. It’s going to pay its dividends in September.”

On Chipper playing like a kid:

“Right? I don’t know. He’s surrounded by a bunch of younger guys and they may have brought some life to them. I’ve been watching him do that for years, even when I was with the Marlins. He was always taking hits away and getting hits and driving in runs. It’s always fun to see him having fun.”

TOMMY HANSON

On his outing:

“I felt good with my pitches. not great, but good. It was a good team win. I was kind of pulling off some pitches, so I didn’t have my best command, but I battled and made a pitch when I had to.”

On keeping momentum from trip:

“Coming back tonight was huge. Hopefully we got the home stand off on the right foot and we can keep rolling.”

KRIS MEDLEN

On the save:

“Felt good. Glad we scored a couple runs so I could go back out there….I went out there and attacked the hitters and just tried to keep the ball down. Couple loud outs with McCutchen and Chipper making that great play and then Barajas just missing on a fastball down the middle. So I was happy about that.”

So he could get an at-bat? (ha)

“Yeah that’s what I wanted. I don’t care about the save, just the at-bat. He jumped ahead 0-2 and threw a curveball down the middle and allowed me to get my bat around.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On more good situational hitting:

“We did a nice job. Uggla and Chipper broke it open that inning, we were able not to use O’Flaherty or Venters or Kimbrel for that matter and Medlen giving us those three innings at the end. I’m not sure the last time we had a three-inning save. Good for him, good for us. We swung the bats good. I thought we grinded out AJ pretty good, some at-bats. Tommy, he got through it, he pitched. I think the first two hitters of the game, he ended up throwing 17 pitches at them. He probably didn’t have his best stuff he’s had before. He got through it and gave us a really, really good chance to win the ball game.”

On how severe McCann’s injury is:

“We’ll know more tomorrow. It’s up high. It’s in between the ribs so we’re not overly concerned. Sometimes if it’s really low with the oblique it’s a little different story. So it’s up high. But we’ll know a little bit more tomorrow.”

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Clayton

April 28th, 2012
12:01 am

Ball's-N-All

April 28th, 2012
12:04 am

Just win BABY!!!

JoshTown

April 28th, 2012
12:08 am

Great win. Keep em’ comin! My wife and I bought tickets just a little while ago for Huddy’s return on Sunday. Coupled with Opening Day and Smotlzie’s retirement, it’s great to be back at the Ted. Go Braves!

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 28th, 2012
1:18 am

Don’t sign McCann long term. Let him go!

Oh ya Chipper needs to hit third. Period he is still the best player on this team!

Darryl Blackberry

April 28th, 2012
1:27 am

With Rossy hitting .455 back there, I wouldn’t mind a DL stint for Mac. Just sayin’.

JC Boscan III

April 28th, 2012
2:34 am

The last Brave to get a 3-inning save before Medlen was………of all people, Kawakami…! (courtesy of the Braves TV crew). Letting Ross play a couple of games in a row might be good timing – he’s had very few at-bats, plus McCann’s hitting is a bit off…. Maybe a short break will re-kindle his bat!

Ken Stallings

April 28th, 2012
2:56 am

Team’s [playing great baseball! No question about it. Whether beating weaker teams such as the Pirates, or teams that are the upper echelon in the NL such as the Dodgers, the Braves are showing they can beat anyone in the league.

J-Man

April 28th, 2012
4:30 am

Sorry didnt catch much of the Game except for that carzy Uggla Catch…….Luckest play Ive seen in a minute but Ill take it…….Well Ill be back in a few days the NFL Draft compells me to pay attention to that

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
4:34 am

GO Braves!!.

Tim

April 28th, 2012
6:47 am

It’s great to see the team playing so well and having fun doing it. Watching Chipper at the end of his career looking like a 23 yr old again is something that all Brave fans will remember for a long time. Go Braves go…

Paddy

April 28th, 2012
7:08 am

ChrisinSacramento………..So we should just let McCann go? A catcher that has made the All-Star team each year in the Big .Leagues.WOW, what a Maroon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Medlen is Amazing

April 28th, 2012
7:23 am

Medlen is so solid. He looks like Greg Maddox out there! Dude is a winner and makes it all look pretty easy – just like Mad Dog.

Peachtree John

April 28th, 2012
7:46 am

Habits are hard to break, but why is it that McCann only hits to right field? With the shift that he faces every at bat, one would think that a major league hitter could learn to hit to the opposite field. He could even dribble one down the 3rd base line and get a hit, for gosh sakes. EXPAND your hitting Mac.

Stumped

April 28th, 2012
8:01 am

Where have allthe haters gone?

BravesfaninWis

April 28th, 2012
8:09 am

Good win boys, keep it going..

MikeY

April 28th, 2012
8:25 am

On McCann: I think the Braves will pick up the $12M option they have on him for 2013. But I think his agent will want Mauer-like money ($23M a year), and I doubt the Braves will compete w/ the AL teams (where B-Mac can DH occasionally). The Braves also have a great catching prospect (Bethancourt) who should be ready in 2014. I think Brian McCann is a great offensive catcher, but I expect that 2013 will be his last year as a Brave. I just do not see the Braves executives paying something like $23M a year for 7 years.

I also expectthe Braves will pick up Tim Hudson’s option for 2013 ($9M).

henry tn

April 28th, 2012
8:27 am

chipper should remain hitting where he is now. and he is not the best player on the team freedie freemon is and if he stays healthy he will have a better record than chipper at the end of his career….

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
8:38 am

You can bet everything that you own, on the Braves picking up McCann’s option for 2013.

MikeY

April 28th, 2012
8:48 am

Reckingball, I certainly agree w/ you, especially since there is a $500K buy-out if the Braves decline the $12M option. So in reality, the 2013 contract only costs the Braves an additional $11.5M above what they will already owe (the $500K buy-out).

It is similar w/ Hudson, the buy-out is $1M, so the net cost to the Braves is only $8M. The Braves will have a ton of pitching, but if Huddy comes back and pitches great for the rest of 2012, I expect to see him in a Braves uniform at the start of 2013.

DaveinNEPA

April 28th, 2012
8:50 am

I agree with the comment that Chipper should continue to hit 6th. Not because he isn’t a good enough hitter for the 3rd spot, but because you need somebody with better legs under them to hit there. Let’s face it, Chipper is pretty much station to station now.

DaveinNEPA

April 28th, 2012
8:57 am

I have to admit, I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with the way this team has played over the last couple of weeks. A lot of very good ABs and some very good pitching.

The team looks pretty solid right now. Let’s hope it continues.

MikeY

April 28th, 2012
8:58 am

It is also interesting to look at 2013, from a money perspective, Chipper and Lowe come off the books, and free agents Bourn, Ross, Hinske, Diaz, Wilson, Hernandez, and Durbin are possibly gone, if the Braves do not re-sign them. That frees up about $38M. BUT we will have a number of arbitration raises: Prado, Jurrjens, and O’Flaherty are all arb-3. Venters, Hanson, Medlin, Beachy, and Heyward are all arb-1. My guess is that raises for all these arb-eligible guys will eat about $15M. So that leaves about $23M in 2013 to either re-sign our FA’s or sign new FA’s. It will be interesting to see how the Jurrjens situation plays out, he is making $5.5M in 2012, if he does not turn it around he could be released in 2013.

crackbaby

April 28th, 2012
9:05 am

@henry tn – “freedie freemon is [best player on the team] and if he stays healthy he will have a better record than chipper at the end of his career….

That’s a bold statement. Odds are not in your favor but I hope that you are right. Free Freddie plays great D and is on a hot streak.

If you look at both Chipper & Freddie’s first full year, there are remarkable similarities (both were 2nd in ROY voting and BA, OBP and Slugging are nearly identical). That said, Chipper was playing short and FF is a 1B so Chipper’s stats at the plate are a tiny bit more impressive.

Go Braves!

Jack in Macon

April 28th, 2012
9:05 am

A few thoughts about Brian McCann from a fan that doesn’t profess to be a technical expert on hitting:
1. For whatever reason his power seems to be more warning track. Sure, he’ll hit a few home runs but he just doesn’t look like he did two years ago. Maybe the time behind the plate has caught up to him.
2. It doesn’t look like he has the same inside-out capability as Freddie Freeman to go the other way in order to discourage the opposing team to not deploy that radical shift. The shift really hurts his production.
3. Maybe its time to put some pressure on Heyward to produce and move him up in the batting order and McCann down to the 6 or 7 hole depending on if Chipper is in the lineup.
4. He will be in the American League for the 2014 season. I have a fan’s love for McCann but that’s just the reality of “what have you done for me lately”. Its a business.

crackbaby

April 28th, 2012
9:14 am

My fave moment about last night’s game – Chipper tries a straight steal of second but P-Nicky fouled the pitch off. Then Chipper has to run first to third on a long ball down the RF line – just foul. Jones just walked, slowly back to first cutting across the infield grass. I thought he was going to call for oxygen! LOL.

Braves fans can laugh because it means his left knee must be feeling better.

crackbaby

April 28th, 2012
9:17 am

Just a guess here on McCann.

He’s had problems with his vision the last few years – adjusting to contacts, etc. I think this (vision) is the root of his issues. Would be interesting to see tape of him from a couple years ago and today. He always squints and blinks hard in the batters box this year.

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
9:37 am

When you get old, you realize that you have to conserve your energy as much as possible, such as, cutting across the infield instead running back to first on the basepaths. haha

doninacworth

April 28th, 2012
9:38 am

The difference between this year and last….I’m finally beginning to watch all the game now and its great! Last year, well after 2-3 errors and blunders in base running and managing and NOT moving runners up, well Im just tuned out and read about the screwups the next day.
Nice change… GO BRAVES!

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
9:49 am

“Maybe it’s time to put some pressure on Heyward to produce”

I think that Haywood is producing pretty good thus far.
1st/or tied for– in games played, triples, stolen bases
2nd/or tied for– in HRs, Walks
3rd/or tied for– total hits, BA(among players with 20 or more ABs)
That doesn’t sound bad to me.
Go Dodgers(this weekend)!!

GO BRAVES!!!!
Roll Juggernaut!

seedub

April 28th, 2012
9:52 am

Fredi took the brunt of the blame when things were going bad. How ’bout some props now that the team has turned it around?

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
9:55 am

Welcome aboard the wagon! Please take a seat.
The Braves have got a really good chance of going deep into the playoffs, hopefully WS, hopefully four wins.
Sit back and enjoy the ride. They have been very entertaining to watch so far this season.
go bravos!

Brave New World

April 28th, 2012
10:15 am

Must be really hard to be a Braves-basher these days: 4th best record in baseball, and on a roll. GO BRAVES!

Crawford

April 28th, 2012
10:22 am

I am on your wagon,reckingball. Go Braves!!!

David the Shepherd

April 28th, 2012
12:06 pm

Very concerned about BMac and his strains. I would like to know his warmup routines and off-field conditioning habits to help prevent such further injuries. It seems like it should be the trainer’s or somebody else’s job to ensure that he is properly exercised and stretched. That being said, I love to see Ross play and call the game, so hurry up and get well Brian, but take your time.

Joshua

April 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

The wife and kids and I are making the 4 hour drive up tonight, spending the night, and watching Huddy tomorrow. I’m excited =D. These Braves seem to have a championship swagger to them.

Larry

April 28th, 2012
12:44 pm

Carroll,

The announcers last night were half serious/half poking fun at Freeman’s propensity to swing at the first pitch…not an idel habit for a #3 hitter.

However, what more concerns me is Prado, with nearly a 100% probability, aways taking strike one. He’s been doing this for so long now that the pitchers always groove a first picth strike always putting him 0-1 in the count…not an ideal scenario for a #2 hitter and certainly reflective in this and last year’s batting average.

Can you ask about this?

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

Welcome Crawford, the Braves Juggernaut is pulling us bandwagon folks along pretty good right now.
go braves

#3

April 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

Yummy. This crow is exquisite.

Hope the Braves and Chipper keep it up.

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

The ride has been pretty fine lately, hit a little bumpy patch for a couple of days, on the way out of the desert, and coming into LA.
But the road smoothed out, a day after we got to LA, and has been very good so far, all the way back into the ATL.
Beat them Bucs!

Crawford

April 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

reckingball, I am going to stay on that wagon all the way to a world championship. Is that OK with you?

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
1:14 pm

OK by me, bring your friends and family along.

Crawford

April 28th, 2012
1:17 pm

IM Game, I will buy the champagne the last game. Go Braves!!!

Who Me?

April 28th, 2012
1:44 pm

still no love from ESPN, despite their record, pitching, hitting, etc…those guys don’t have a clue.

Crawford

April 28th, 2012
1:54 pm

Who Me? If it is not New York, Boston. Chicago or Anaheim; they could care less. I dont watch ESPN anymore. They think they control sports. How wrong they are.

jim

April 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

I don’t mind seeing a hitter swinging at strike 1 if it is a good pitch. If you always take a first pitch fastball from a pitcher throwing strikes, then you usually end up dealing with the 2-strike slider biting into the dirt. Larry, good point on Prado always taking the first strike — actually I think he is doing it a bit less than a year ago when he was always putting himself into an 0-1 or 0-2 hole.

jim

April 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

Freeman does have pretty good strike zone recognition, and those first pitches he swings at are usually hitable pitches.

jim

April 28th, 2012
2:00 pm

The thing that puzzles me about the Bourn-Prado combination at the top of the order is the reluctance of Bourn to steal while Prado is hitting (especially early in the count), and the reluctance of Fredi to play hit-and-run with Prado a good opposite field hitter.

falconfan

April 28th, 2012
2:10 pm

Good to see that Uggla didn’t swallow his dip on that diving catch! haha

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

When I was a kid, I saw a pitcher swallow a chaw of tobacco, on one hit back at him.
Dizzy Dean and PeeWee Reese were the announcers, Ole Diz had a lot to say about that.
It made him sick, and the pitcher had to come out of the game.

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
2:28 pm

Busch Leaguer

April 28th, 2012
2:34 pm

McCann’s decline in production comes from the position he plays,especially the games he catches in the heat and humidity in Atlanta.Long term he would be better served playing in the AL where the DH is an option.If he continues to catch 125 games a season his performance will continue to decline.It happens to all catchers ,even Bench and Berra played other positions when they were in their early 30’s to extend their offensive production. So unless the NL adopts the DH it would be a smart move to let McCann walk after his option year.

ccrider

April 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

seedub, the braves are winning IN SPITE OF the frediot, not because of him. the way they’re playing right now, alfred e neuman could manage them.

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

“So unless the NL adopts the DH”
Oh Lord, I hope that never happens.
The DH is an abomination.

reckingball

April 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

Poor ole Fredi, he just can’t get no respect at all, from some of these folks.

count_schemula

April 28th, 2012
7:04 pm

Where are we complaining about thing tonight? In this blog? Or some other blog?

the team of the 90's

April 28th, 2012
8:40 pm

why Diaz not started tonight vs LHP bedard????? and why francisco who is left start on 3b?

stupid manager!!

Carroll Rogers

April 28th, 2012
8:42 pm

because the “stupid manager” is trying to protect his emergency catcher, team of the 90’s

the tam of the 90's

April 28th, 2012
8:42 pm

time to change the pitcher….. delgado is tired

the team of the 90's

April 28th, 2012
8:44 pm

@carroll rogers: well why not call up boscan and send down durbin for a while at least for McCann days out of the lineup?????

bad GM AND MANAGER= bad results

the team of the 90's

April 28th, 2012
8:47 pm

silly fredi too late for change the pitcher, the pirates score again and they are up by 3 again!

why not change delgado after neil walker double???? is obviously delgado dont have a good game tonight ,,,

mike mordecai

April 28th, 2012
8:53 pm

fredi gonzalez need to bring the chance to Livan or Medlen to start the next game vs Phillies instead Delgado

jeff blauser

April 28th, 2012
8:57 pm

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