Braves’ clutch hitting has gone into a ditch

Just when it looked as if the Braves might become a team known for clutch hitting, their performance in those situations has gone into a ditch. The winning percentage has dipped at the same time, which I think most folks would agree is probably not a coincidence.

The Braves have hit just .202 (16-for-79) with runners in scoring position in their past 10 games, and gone 5-5 with 34 total runs scored in that period. They are 4-for-36 with RISP in their past four games, including three losses.

This after they scored 77 runs during a 10-game offensive binge through April 20, during which they jacked up their RISP average to .277, after a terrible start in that category (along with most others) during the 0-4 start to the season.

They were fourth in the league with that .277 RISP average before their 3-2 win at Arizona on Apri1 21. The Braves have lost five of nine games since. They now rank sixth in the NL at .249 with RISP, and their .320 OBP in those situations is 10th in the league.

Here’s another indication of how costly those wasted clutch at-bats have been: leadoff man Michael Bourn as hit .314 with 11 hits and a .368 on-base percentage in the past eight games, yet scored just one run in that span.

Once thing is clear 24 games into this season: The Braves have been the best hitting team in baseball with nobody out and nobody on base – leading off innings, in other words – but in all other situations their hitters have been significantly less impressive.

Brandon Beachy's strong start went unrewarded Tuesday when the Braves went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and gave up two runs in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss.

Brandon Beachy's strong start went unrewarded Tuesday when the Braves went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and gave up two runs in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

They lead the majors by a wide margin with a .316 average and .380 OBP leading off innings. The next-highest average in those situations belongs to Boston (.294) and the next-best OBP belongs to Texas (.350). No team has an average within 30 points of the Braves in those situations, and the Cardinals’ .340 OBP is the league’s next-highest when leading off innings.

Jason Heyward leads the Braves with a .500 average (7-for-14) with nobody on base and no one out, with one walk and one strikeout.

The problem for the Braves is, in 614 at-bats all other situations their team is hitting a combined .239, hence the overall .258 team batting average and .322 OBP that rank seventh in the NL in both categories.

• Hanson vs. Halladay: If history is any indicator, it should be quite a pitchers’ duel tonight at Turner Field, with the Braves’ Tommy Hanson facing veteran Phillies ace Roy Halladay. Each has been at his best most of the time when facing tonight’s opponent, although wins have been scarce because of a lack of run support for each in those games.

Hanson is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA and .174 opp average in his past four starts vs. Phillies, allowing one or no runs in each game. The Braves scored six runs behind him while he was in the game during the win, but Hanson received a total of one support run in his 18 innings pitched during his past three starts, getting no decisions in all three.

He’s 1-2 with 2.23 ERA in seven career starts against the Phillies, and the Braves have scored fewer than two runs per nine innings he’s pitched in those games.

Hanson comes in pitching well, with a 2-0 record and 2.08 ERA in his past two starts.

Halladay won his first three starts this season, then lost his past two despite a 3.21 ERA in those games, a pair of quality starts at San Diego and against the Cubs. The Phillies scored none and one run while he was in those games.

“Doc” is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA in three road starts this season.

Against the Braves, he’s 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in seven career games, including 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA in six starts — all quality starts of seven or more innings.

Last season, Hallday was 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Braves, and the Phillies scored two runs while he was in each.

Chipper Jones, who was out of the Braves lineup for a rest in Monday’s series-opening loss, is 7-for-13 with two homers against Halladay. Dan Uggla has also hit him far better than most, going 10-for-25 with three homers against the right-hander.

Bourn is 3-for-10 with a homer against him, but Heyward is 0-for-8 and Martin Prado is 2-for-16 with five strikeouts. Heyward has missed the past two games with a sore oblique and indicated Tuesday that he didn’t expect to return to the lineup until Thursday.

Dan Uggla is 10-for-25 with three homers against Phillies ace Roy Halladay, who starts tonight.

Dan Uggla is 10-for-25 with three homers against Phillies ace Roy Halladay, who starts tonight.

By the way, scouts and others – including some media members – who spoke of Halladay’s demise after his sluggish early spring … well, nevermind I guess. Lefties are hitting .159 (13-for-82) with no homers and .417 OPS against him, and right-handers are hitting .235 (12-for-51) with no homers and a .618 OPS.

• Venters vs. Phillies: Philly has won eight consecutive games against the Braves, and even the usually dominant reliever Jonny Venters has been quite vulnerable against the philistines.

After giving up four hits and two runs in the eighth inning and taking the loss Tuesday, Venters is 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 career appearances against the Phillies. He’s allowed 24 hits, eight walks and 14 runs (10 earned) in 22-1/3 innings against them, and his ERA in 12 appearances against them at Turner Field is actually a little higher than in 12 at Philly.

The lefty has faced the Phillies more than any other team.

Since Sept. 22, 2010, Venters is 1-3 with a 5.27 ERA in 15 appearances against Philly, and 7-2 with a 1.52 ERA in 87 appearances vs. everyone else.

He has a 9.82 ERA and .471 opponents’ average in his past four appearances against the Phillies – three in September along with last night, when he was scored upon for the first time this season. In those last four appearances against them, Venters has allowed eight hits, four runs and three walks in 3-2/3 innings.

• Etc.

Three-time defending NL stolen-base champion Michael Bourn doesn’t have a stolen base in the past 10 games. He’s been caught in his only two attempts in that period…. Bourn’s former Astros teammate Hunter Pence, who had two hits and two RBIs for Philly on Tuesday, has a .328 career average (40-for-122) and .399 OBP in 33 games vs. Atlanta, with 11 extra-basehits and 19 RBIs.

• Let’s close with a beauty from the great singer/songwriter James McMurtry. You can see it by clicking here.

james-mcmurtry

“YOU’D A THOUGHT” by James McMurtry

I’m runnin’ ’round in circles and I’m chasin’ my tail
Carvin’ my initials with a rusty nail
I train my intentions man it happens without fail
You’d a thought that I’d know better by now

It might be some dark secret I keep bottled up inside
Or just a minuscule transgression I should’na tried to hide
It’s not the size that matters, It’s deceit you can’t abide
You’d a’ thought that I’d know better by now

And of course she knows ’cause I can’t fool her
And I know she knows ’cause she don’t fool me
And she knows I know she knows and we might discuss it eventually
When the pressure builds ’til it blows the seals all out from in between
You’d a thought that we’d know better by now

You’d a’ thought that we’d know better
You’d a thought we’d understand
Through all the smoke and mirrors
I guess we do the best we can
Hidin’ out, without a doubt, it’s getting out a’ hand
You’d a thought that we’d know better by now

And I’ve seen the phantoms hidin’ in the shadows in her eyes
It’s not that I’m not threatened, it’s just that I’m not surprised
‘Good for the gander’ said the old folks but they lied
You’d a thought that we’d know better by now

Now they circle up the wagons expressing deep dismay
That we know all the words they just can’t bring themselves to say
There’s so much they never tell ya, there’s so much they hide away
You’d a thought that we’d know better by now

You’d a thought that we’d know better
You’d a thought we’d understand
Through all the smoke and mirrors
I guess we do the best we can
Hidin’ out, without a doubt, it’s getting out a’ hand
You’d a thought that we’d know better by now

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,174 comments Add your comment

Venice Jim

May 2nd, 2012
2:51 pm

Thanks, DOB!!!

Fish Bisch

May 2nd, 2012
2:51 pm

Holliday owns us :(

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Finally a 4 yr old that may take on Murph’s 4 yr old -

Affeldt sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday night when his son Walker, a 4-year-old who already stands 4-foot-6 and weighs 60 pounds, leaped off the sofa and ran into Affeldt’s arm when the pitcher got home.

Affeldt said he felt a pop in the knee. Though it did not hurt much then, he awoke at 4 a.m. and felt the knee throb as he turned. This time, frozen food was his salvation. Affeldt had no ice, so he applied a bag of vegetables to the knee before calling trainers.

phil

May 2nd, 2012
2:53 pm

Thanks Dave!

Since there’s no such thing as clutch hitting, so I’ve heard, I’m skipping this blog… ;-)

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
2:53 pm

Holliday owns us

so do vacation days and sick days :)

Duke

May 2nd, 2012
2:54 pm

Ward

You realize that Hamels is not Glavine or MAddux type don’t you?

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Thanks again Chief! Braves need let Bourn run, and let him steal some bases. Hopefully tonight will be a better night.

Puerile Paul

May 2nd, 2012
2:55 pm

The Braves are doing fine. It’s great entertainment watching them for a couple of hours a day/night while they play a game and get paid well to do it.

This group seems to enjoy each other a lot. Seems like a big fraternity out there. I especially like it when they don’t play well but don’t over-react. It makes me smile when they say that “gotta tip your cap” thing they say. Actually they say that “gotta tip your cap” thing a lot if you go back to last year. I wonder if they really do tip their caps in the locker room?

That Halladay guy that is pitching tonight is pretty good. Maybe the Braves will tip their caps to him tonight. With any luck the Braves will win, but if not, it’s not a big deal. Every time Halladay pitches he is a day closer to the end of his career when the Braves won’t have to face him any more. He can’t pitch as well as he does for much more than 3 or 4 more years.

As long as everyone on the Braves team is having a good time and no one gets hurt, I’m alright with that. I’m just happy that great ownership has put this team in a position to compete every year while still allowing them to have a good time.

Fish Bisch

May 2nd, 2012
2:56 pm

Heyward is hitting .500 leading off with no one out??! He should be leadoff man.

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
2:56 pm

Duke – Of course I realize that. It would be nice though to have Hamels

Bigwheel

May 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Off subject here, but sad news about Junior Seau. He was one of my favorites growing up. RIP J.S.

CrαZy

May 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

clutch hitting

YES…. exactly what we needed an afternoon of Shaun posts about Clutch hitting!!

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Even though I dislike the Phillies. I like Victorino, and Hamels.

George Stein

May 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Clutch hitting, eh? I can see this one devolving rapidly.

tiger297

May 2nd, 2012
2:58 pm

is it 6:00 yet?

Fish Bisch

May 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

It’s 3:00.

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Halladay on Braves will lose, but the “Doc” off, the Braves will win.

raleighbravefan

May 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

Ward – “let Bourn steal” ??? Fredi said Bourn always has a green light.

CrαZy

May 2nd, 2012
3:02 pm

Halladay on Braves will lose, but the “Doc” off, the Braves will win.

:shock: That is brilliant… no really it is!!!

VaBravesFan

May 2nd, 2012
3:03 pm

Bourn is 7 for 11 in stolen bases, tho he was called out twice when he was clearly safe.

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Lately the green lighs been on red, so Bourn needs to step up his game.

tiger297

May 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

3 hours til I leave for the game…come on clock

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:05 pm

it is 6:00 somewhere

Shaun

May 2nd, 2012
3:05 pm

Just when it looked as if the Braves might become a team known for clutch hitting, their performance in those situations has gone into a ditch. The winning percentage has dipped at the same time, which I think most folks would agree is probably not a coincidence.

Of course their clutch performance affects their winning percentage. The coincidence is that there is a vast difference in their performance in what could be defined as clutch situations versus other situations.

Snotboogie

May 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

I bet Hamels will be way out of the Braves’ price range real quick. He’ll get a massive deal.

Agreed. The Dodgers, Cubs and Nationals at minimum will be in on him.

You think the Nats go out and spend more money on SP? They look quite set, and return some good arms except for Edwin Jackson. I hope they dont and Phillies dont re-sign him either.

Fish Bisch

May 2nd, 2012
3:06 pm

The bats will bust out tonight. As long as Chippers in the line up then we will win by a wine margin.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:07 pm

and it begins..

VaBravesFan

May 2nd, 2012
3:08 pm

With only a 90 million payroll it will be tough to pay for any top dollar players. 15 million is around the absolute high you wanna spend.

TennesseePaul

May 2nd, 2012
3:08 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

One can only Dream, about getting Hamels…..Little humor…..

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

when do Feesh start their fire sale?

Moeman

May 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Cricket – just curious my father in laws nick name was cricket. Understand his brothers called him that because he was the smallest of the bunch. Is Cricket your nickname and if it is how did you get it?

CrαZy

May 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

I’ve never been very good in Math, but If the Phillies score more than us tonight it’ll be a tough game to win!!!

Shaun

May 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Heyward is hitting .500 leading off with no one out??! He should be leadoff man.

While we’re looking at small samples, why not? Many here probably actually do think that way, including DOB.

b

May 2nd, 2012
3:11 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jason Heyward is INJURY PRONE. Certain people are just this way. He will always have some kind of minor or major ailment. I have nothing against Jason, that’s just the way it is.

CrαZy

May 2nd, 2012
3:11 pm

↑↑↑ Wardism↑↑↑

don sutton's poodle perm

May 2nd, 2012
3:12 pm

You keep arguing over clutch. I’m gonna pass the dutch

It's Not Rocket Science

May 2nd, 2012
3:12 pm

“Since Sept. 22, 2010, Venters is 1-3 with a 5.27 ERA in 15 appearances against Philly, and 7-2 with a 1.52 ERA in 87 appearances vs. everyone else.”

So where is the logic that drives this? If you are a manager and you are down by 1 with runners on second and third in the 8th, who do you send up to pinch hit? The guy who is 1 for 20 against the opposing pitcher or the guy who is 8 for 15 against him? Don’t hurt yourself thinking too hard. Is it the guy who is hitting .050 against the pitcher or is it the guy who is hitting over .500 against the opposing pitcher that you want at the plate to drive in the tying and winning run?

It’s pretty stupid when a manager doesn’t manage his bullpen to win in the same fashion. Venters is gas on the fire to the Phillies bats when he gets in the game. Just don’t use Venters against the Phils when the game is on the line!

Damn…. how hard is that? I don’t want to hear any of that “roles” crap either. Against the Phillies, Jonny’s role has been to blow the game. What is more important? To win the game or to stay with someone’s “role?”

LaRussa over managed much of the time but I do give him credit. If someone wasn’t getting the job done against a certain team, then he wasn’t very concerned about what their normal “role” was. He was more concerned about doing whatever it took to win the game, not win a popularity contest.

Murph

May 2nd, 2012
3:13 pm

You have to gently ease off the clutch… nice and smooth… clutch, gas, clutch, gas… it’s a rhythm.

B

May 2nd, 2012
3:13 pm

b….
My B is bigger!!!

Snotboogie

May 2nd, 2012
3:15 pm

“It’s not rocket science” is P.L.

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

LD refused to deviate in his substitution pattern last night….down went the Hawks.

Managers and coaches that go down with the ship make me want to retch…..

How in the hell do they get the jobs to begin with?

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Moeman

cricket – my favorite sport

George Stein

May 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Just thinking out loud here, but if the Braves have been so good to lead off innings and they had such a focus on “situational hitting,” perhaps they should treat ABs all the same, rather than trying to move guys over and give away outs?

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

If we signed Hamels, he’d go down with a Tommy John elbow within one week…..

forget it and enjoy what we have.

Jeff R

May 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Venters is gas on the fire to the Phillies bats when he gets in the game. Just don’t use Venters against the Phils when the game is on the line!

You might a good point. Let’s see what Fredi does when he goes to the pen tonight and tomorrow.

Ease

May 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Moeman

May 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

Then ya must be a Brit are ya Mate?

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:20 pm

Many here probably actually do think that way, including DOB.

Shaun’s real Randomsque feelings towards DOB are bubbling out…considering many here are idiots is just ho hum regular douchebaggery…

raleighbravefan

May 2nd, 2012
3:20 pm

If I’m at all responsible for waking up Shaun this afternoon, I would like to now formally and profusely appologize to the rest of you. It certainly was unintentional.

Ward

May 2nd, 2012
3:21 pm

One of the many things I dislike is line – up changes. Bobby, used to stay with the same one, and he rarely changed them. Fredi, needs to stay with one for a while. All, have a good one! Dream……The Dream…..Peace my friends, and talk after the game tonight. “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:21 pm

Nope – Indian, the people for whom the Brits (actually English) invented the game

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:22 pm

Fire FG and raleighbravefan!! ;-)

FL Jacket

May 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

HOLY OVER-REACTING OVER TWO STRAINGT LOSSES BATMAN!

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

I never watched the show – but the biggest loser guy lost 199 out of 389 pounds..that is truly astounding

Snotboogie

May 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Shaun’s real Randomsque feelings towards DOB are bubbling out

That happened a long time ago. Go take a look at his twitter feed sometime.

Moeman

May 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Cricket – you should adopt it as your nickname – it fits.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

Go take a look at his twitter feed sometime.

sorry, no can do..i’m not a masochist ;)

kelevra

May 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

does anyone have the number of solo homeruns we have hit the past 2-3 seasons….it seems like we probably lead the league in that as well

Shaun

May 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

The Braves stats are impressive with none out, none on mostly because their leadoff hitter has been their best hitter so far and he of course comes to the plate more often than anyone with none out, none on.

Bourn has 51 PA so far in that situation. Next is Dan Uggla with 28. No one else has more than 19.

I strongly suspect the difference in performance in these situations versus others has nothing to do with some lack of clutch skills, or anything of the sort.

And if it’s the case that they all of the sudden lack some sort of clutch skills, what happened to those skills within a matter of days?

When are folks going to wise up to the fact that there is absolutely no evidence of clutch hitting skills separate from hitting skills? In fact, the evidence suggest hitting skills pretty much equal clutch hitting skills, no difference in the two.

Fols

May 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

cricket – I never watched the show – but the biggest loser guy lost 199 out of 389 pounds..that is truly astounding

Astounding yes, although the after fact of that much loss in a short period of time is not going to be clear sailing.

Moeman

May 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

Freddie Freeman gonna have a big night tonight. Maybe Uggla too.

raleighbravefan

May 2nd, 2012
3:29 pm

FL – This is nothing….go back and check out the ole blog around April 10.

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:29 pm

FL Jacket

May 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

HOLY OVER-REACTING OVER TWO STRAINGT LOSSES BATMAN!
************
Another loon… :roll:

keylargo

May 2nd, 2012
3:29 pm

Regarding Seau’s death as a potential suicide, he drove his car off a cliff intentionally a couple of years ago, so you’ve got to consider it.

And Ward – Hamels reportedly wants a five year $112.5 M contract. Do you think the Braves will be interested?

Shaun

May 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

cricket, honestly, I have plenty of respect for DOB and the job he does as a beat writer and reporter. Just have my disagreements with him. Nothing personal, honestly. And I appreciate that he doesn’t ban and block everyone who disagrees with him, like some Atlanta sports media personalities.

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

Fols

May 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

cricket – I never watched the show – but the biggest loser guy lost 199 out of 389 pounds..that is truly astounding

Astounding yes, although the after fact of that much loss in a short period of time is not going to be clear sailing.
************
The Braves should insist that McCann agree to appear on this show before they agree to pay him 65 million per season to resign with us….

Venice Jim

May 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏ @Braves
Tonight’s lineup vs. PHI (7:10, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Prado 7 Freeman 3 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Jones 5 Hinske 9 Pastornicky 6 Hanson 1

Moeman

May 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Shaun, although I want to agree. “clutch” to me is intangible and can’t be measured. They didn’t call Reggie Jackson Mr. October for nothing. Some guys just thrive under pressure some don’t.

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Another game, another day of supposed injury for Wayward….

At least he’s thin and in shape.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Astounding yes, although the after fact of that much loss in a short period of time is not going to be clear sailing.

that is true, but this is still a great starting point for the guy. even if he gains 50/60 pounds back over a year or so, he’s still better off.

coach joe

May 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Chipper in line up tonight then we win the game… he’s the man this year.

Go Braves… How exactly did jhay get hurt???

raleighbravefan

May 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Shaun – “When are folks going to wise up….” ??? I guess the rest of us just aren’t real wise guys like you are, Shaun.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

At least he’s thin and in shape.

+1

Murph

May 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

Shaun has a twitter account? What’s the name? How many followers does he have? I have to read this.

Hugo Z Hackenbush

May 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

No Heyward again. Seem to recall Smoltz grumbling something last night about how he needs to figure out how to play through injuries like this if he wants to be effective…

Bat Masterson

May 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

While we’re looking at small samples, why not? Many here probably actually do think that way, including DOB. _ Shaun

Is that right oh exalted one. Why don’t you go back to writing about FIP and its value because there is an “unlimited” number of ways to score a run. What that did not originate with you, you just picked it up and ran with it when another commenters said it to you?

Big freaking deal, you accepted the premise blindly. You only moved away from it when it was pointed out to you that that’s kind of dumb. No you will likely spend the day regurgitating other people’s opinions on clutch hitting.

Largo

May 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

Overall the braves are not that good. They had a hot streak for several days but lots of bad teams have those once in awhile. Think about it. The offense was good for a couple of weeks but now has dropped back to where it’s been for years. Management talks about our GREAT pitching but we don’t have great pitching. Washington and the Phillies have great pitching. We have a couple of DECENT pitchers. Our backup catcher is much better than the starter. We have a .500 team at best.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:38 pm

Murph

did you see my 2:52pm comment? sparring partner for your 4 yr old.

Shaun

May 2nd, 2012
3:39 pm

Moeman, yes. Reggie Jackson was just a mediocre-to-awful hitter except in the clutch situations. Again, clutch hitting skills equal hitting skills. That’s all I’m trying to say. And I think the evidence overwhelmingly suggests this.

raleighbravefan, it’s simply about being aware. If you want the best hitters, period, without any sort of conditions, up to the plate in clutch situations, you too agree the clutch hitting skills are no different from hitting skills.

With the game on the line, down to the last out and I need a pinch-hitter, I’m looking to put in my best available hitter. I’m not paying attention to clutch stats. But maybe those who live in their parents’ basements and watch spreadsheets instead of ballgames will prefer looking at the clutch hitting stats. ;)

Frankie Wren

May 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Overall the braves are not that good. They had a hot streak for several days but lots of bad teams have those once in awhile. Think about it. The offense was good for a couple of weeks but now has dropped back to where it’s been for years. Management talks about our GREAT pitching but we don’t have great pitching. Washington and the Phillies have great pitching. We have a couple of DECENT pitchers. Our backup catcher is much better than the starter. We have a .500 team at best

Agreed. This team might be worse than the 1962 Mets. Freddie Freeman might just be another Marv Throneberry.

tiger297

May 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

I guess the blog hits have been down lately and DOB felt the need to feed the trolls

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Our starting pitching is far from great.

It is, however, plenty adequate in general IF AND WHEN we manage to hit the baseball where they ain’t some of the time.

This is the same sad tale as many other years.

Inconsistency at the plate. Up for a few games, down for too many.

nolie

May 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

You have the people who think Chipper is still an everyday player who is going to put up MVP numbers…MF04

bullcrap. you show me one post where anybody says anything like that. :roll:

tiger297

May 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

might wear out my scroll wheel today

VaBravesFan

May 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

Chipper’s able to play but not Heyward. Interesting.

David O'Brien

May 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Bourn CF, 2. Prado LF, 3. Freeman 1B, 4. McCann C, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Jones 3B, 7. Hinske RF, 8. Pastornicky SS, 9. Hanson P

raleighbravefan

May 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

Largo – “Our backup catcher is much better than the starter”….And with that ALL, 100%, THE TOTALITY of your credibilty is gone in an instant. What a maroon.

kelevra

May 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

i would grumble that heyward needs to learn to play through injuries but iv seen play with injuries and he sucks terribly so i will just wait for him to get “healthy”

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

Don’t at least some of you bums live on the main floor of your parents’ home?

Fols

May 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

I can’t wait till the in-game starts…I hope eric is back tonight. I haven’t been called a SIMPLETON in nearly a full 24 hours!

CrαZy

May 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

But maybe those who live in their parents’ basements and watch spreadsheets instead of ballgames will prefer looking at the clutch hitting stats.…Shaun

did you know in Australia…. Shaun is slang for an extremely large pecker!! I think that’s a relevant term that should be applied to this blog!!

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

Largo – Come on, fella….

McCann and Ross don’t compare. It’s not even close. Mac has him by a long shot.

Now, on biggest loser, Ross would have a gut up on him, but that’s another discussion.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

I guess the blog hits have been down lately

a 4 game losing streak can take care of that..

kelevra

May 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

how about signing oswalt? send delgado down and use oswalt as the fifth starter….be nice to have another veteran on the starting staff b/c the ups and downs of playing all these kids r bad for my nerves

David O'Brien

May 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

I guess the blog hits have been down lately and DOB felt the need to feed the trolls — tiger297

No, hadn’t even thought about that. Am I doing same now? I don’t know. I just respond when I get a chance, either to intelligent questions or particularly absurd and/or silly vitriol spewers. It’s all good.

timthebrave

May 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

I need a boost…Go Braves!!!

phil

May 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

I don’t buy that Wayward is hurt…in the slightest.

For all I know, he fakes this stuff to cover up for his slumps.

I know. I sound like a maroon. But who really knows.

He’s developing quite a pattern here over several seasons now.

cricket

May 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Chipper is still an everyday player who is going to put up MVP numbers

raleighbravefan

May 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

nolie @3:42 – You Go, Guy! Bullcrap, indeed.

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