Braves going for sweep of Cardinals on Mother’s Day

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

St. Louis – Well, first off Happy Mother’s Day to everybody. Hope it’s a special day for all those moms who give so much of themselves to make life meaningful and fulfilling and a heck of a lot easier for the rest of us.

I know I was born to the sweetest Mom on the planet, and I hope she is having a great day back in Charlotte, N.C.

Freeman in pink spikes last Mother's Day in Philly

Freeman in pink spikes last Mother's Day in Philly

The Braves will be breaking out the pink bats, and yes a couple of pairs of pink spikes today for the occasion. Freddie Freeman is planning to wear them today, since he used them for a three-hit day last Mother’s Day in Philadelphia, including a home run off Cole Hamels, to help the Braves to a 5-2 win.

It’s always a meaningful day for Freeman, who lost his mother Rosemary to melanoma when he was 10 years old.

Fredi Gonzalez is planning to wear his pink spikes too. He said Chipper Jones came up to him last year when he wore them and goes “Ya think Bobby Cox would have worn those?”

But Gonzalez can take the kidding, so long as they “work.” And the Braves won that game last year at Citizens Bank Park, so I’m thinking he wears them again too.

Sweep?

The Braves could think of no better way to celebrate the occasion than with a sweep over the Cardinals. They’re going for their first sweep at Busch Stadium since Sept. 11-13, 2009.

It’s been a pretty impressive two nights the Braves have spent at Busch Stadium, scoring 16 runs in the first two games and doing just enough to hold off a dangerous Cardinals lineup.

The Braves have scored 10 runs (nine earned) in 10 innings in the first two games of this series against Cardinals starters Jaime Garcia and Adam Wainwright. The runs don’t figure to come quite so easily today against St. Louis’ new young stud, Lance Lynn, who was moved into the rotation while Chris Carpenter rebuilds his arm strength as he rehabs from a nerve problem in his shoulder.

Let’s just say Lynn has carried his share of the load. He’s won his first six starts of the year, while putting up a 1.40 ERA – third-best among qualified starters in the National League. He’s allowed one or no runs in five of his first six starts and two in the other. That’s a whopping six earned runs altogether, in 38 2/3 innings.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander from Ole Miss, who turned 25 on Saturday, has faced only Michael Bourn (1-for-3 with one strikeout) and Matt Diaz (0-for-1) among Braves hitters.

He’ll be pitching against Tommy Hanson, who gave up two solo home runs on back-to-back pitches and nothing else in six innings of his last start in Chicago, when he fell 5-1 to Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs. The good news is that Carlos Beltran is 0-for-10 against Hanson, and Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina are a combined 0-for-9 against him.

Buzz about Hamilton

The Braves are fans of the game too, which means they’ve been abuzz just like everybody else about the week Josh Hamilton has had for the Texas Rangers. Nine home runs in six games, including a four-homer game Tuesday, to give him 18 on the year will do that.

Hamilton hits home run No. 18 Saturday vs. the Angels

Hamilton hits home run No. 18 Saturday vs. the Angels

“He needs to be playing on that same planet Barry (Bonds) was playing on a few years back,” Chipper said. “He needs to be called up to a higher league. He’s playing on a different level than the rest of us. Enjoy it because every so often you get one of these freaks of nature who are able to ascend to places nobody else can. I saw where he was ahead of Barry’s pace of 73 (homers in 2001). While I don’t think he’ll hit 73, nothing that guy does surprises me because he is a freak. No other way to explain.”

Jones just laughed when I asked if he felt something like that in 1999 when his four-homer series against the Mets all but won the Braves the division and him the Most Valuable Player award.

“He’s got nine this week!” Jones said. “Don’t even put me in the same category. I hit 45 in a year. He’s going to be damn near there by the All-Star break….I can’t even fathom nine homers in a week and 18 homers in my first 108 or 109 plate appearances. That’s otherworldly.”

Braves backup catcher David Ross played with Hamilton for one season in Cincinnati in 2007, when Hamilton broke into the majors after nearly four years out of baseball battling drug and alcohol addiction and before he got traded to the Rangers.

“When he was on the field, he was a big, big force to be reckoned with,” Ross said. “And he hadn’t played baseball in however long it was, so you knew he was going to be good. You just didn’t know if he could sustain without injuries…(But) I’ll take 100 games from him and give him 60 games off the way he’s been playing. When he’s in there, he’s the best in the game.”

Ross said Hamilton showed his penchant for power in batting practice in Cincinnati when he used to take aim at the two-story Riverboat deck beyond center field at Great American Ballpark.

“In bp, he was peppering that boat in center field like it was nothing,” Ross said. “Seriously, he would hit six, seven, eight up there, a bp round. It’s 450 feet easy up there.”

Cutting up with Cubs fans

Heard a funny story from Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen yesterday when I was asking them about what it was like having Livan Hernandez down in the bullpen now. By all accounts it’s been great. He’s been not only a veteran presence down there, but a lot of fun. You know how the bullpen in Wrigley Field is right there along the right field line and the relievers are seated on a bench right in front of the fans?

Apparently when the Braves were there earlier this week, Hernandez convinced one particular young male (and possibly over-served) Cubs fan to stand up and cheer “Go Braves,” in the middle of the Cubs faithful and to raise his arms to try to get others to join in. The guy wanted a ball, and apparently was willing to do just about anything to get it. Hernandez did give him the ball, so he had that going for him.

Braves lineup:

Scheduled off day for Chipper and Brian McCann. Gonzalez said after the game Saturday night, Chipper would probably get the day off Sunday. Not only is it a day game after a night game, but the Braves are just beginning a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. No it’s nothing serious from last night or with his surgically-repaired left knee. Lance Berkman was activated from the DL for the Cardinals and is batting fifth today.

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado LF

3. Freddie Freeman 1B

4. Dan Uggla 2B

5. Jason Heyward Rf

6. Juan Francisco 3B

7. David Ross C

8. Tyler Pastornicky SS

9. Tommy Hanson P

1,493 comments Add your comment

Mike S

May 13th, 2012
2:53 am

Thanks Carroll. Let’s get that sweep. Go Braves!

Morris Code

May 13th, 2012
2:54 am

first he he he

Morris Code

May 13th, 2012
2:55 am

awww man, mike beat me. I’ve never been first.

20 out

May 13th, 2012
3:44 am

Hanson gave up back to back homers and fell, 5-1 to the Cubs. Remarkable!

Shady

May 13th, 2012
4:00 am

Gattis the next Hamilton? Kinda the same storyline dont ya think.

haggard

May 13th, 2012
4:04 am

Carroll Rogers

Thanks so much for the Mother’s Day sentiments and the great stories. It’s especially interesting to hear a player with the All Star talent set like Chipper Jones gush about the exploits of a fellow major leaguer.

When I first began paying attention to Josh Hamilton, I kept racking my brain in an effort to remember who, in a Braves uniform, (for one brief season) he reminded me of and I finally realized it was J. D Drew.

Though I didn’t like his seemingly pure mercenary approach to the game, Drew–at the age of twenty-eight–had the best season of his career in a Braves uniform. And like Hamilton, Drew seemed to have that innate sense of the game, which seems to come from simply playing it for a long time and–in particular–I used to love to watch Drew run the bases.

Now, the words to this song may be a bit “sappy”, but it’s one of the best “Mama” songs I’ve ever heard:

“I’d walk for miles, cry or smile
For my mama and daddy
I want them
I want them to know

Now I feel my love is real
For my mama and daddy
I want them to know
I love them so

In my heart joy tears start
‘Cause I’m happy
And I pray every day
For mom and pappy

And each night
I’d walk for miles, cry or smile
For my mama and daddy
I want them to know
I love them so.”—Lefty Frizzell

haggard

May 13th, 2012
4:06 am

The song is titled “Mom And Dad’s Waltz”

atlantarama

May 13th, 2012
4:22 am

The “first” thing is so kindergarten, anyway.

Larry

May 13th, 2012
4:29 am

First, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s. My mom for 11 years now been making the angels in heaven eat–at least–two helpings.

As for the game today, I just wish the Braves’ manager had a higher aptitude ceiling. It seems to take him weeks or months to finally figure things out. Like batting the slowest runner on the team, and a catcher, 3rd in the order for over a month and his tendency–predictability–of putting in a weaker lineup on get-away day.

Watching Jack Wilson and his .160 average out there today against a great team with a lot of pride and sitting the much better hitting P-Nicky will be tough if this happens as ususal today. Yes you have to play others to keep them sharp and shi ready; no, you don’t have to throw away games agsint the bettert teams you may need to beat out some September! Watching that meek lineup againt Chicago lose 1-0 was just a throw away game.

And Heyward and Chipper looked just pathetic in all 5 at-bats last night. Chipper looked about 60, not 40, moping back and forth to the plate last night (he is really out of shape for a 40 year old man). And though Heyward has the occasional heroics like Friday night, for all of you blockheads constantly calling him “great” and suggsting he hit 2nd or 3rd, you saw last night why he’s a bonafide #7 hitter. Both he and Chipper striking out so easily and ugly with the bases loaded, no out’s and to a pitcher just having walked in two runs was possibly the ugliest peace of situational hitting I have seen in a long, long time…they didn’t even come close to making contact! They can thank their lucky stars for Brandon Beachy.

And speaking of Beachy…who told you coming in to this season who had the highest potential as a pitcher and should be our opening day starter? The man is becoming a star right before our eyes! More so, how refreshing it is to see guys like he, Kimbrel, O’Flaherty, etc, choose to resist the immaturity and stupidity of tattoos and/or goofy looking hairdos just for attention? Like the Yankees, I ma grateful the Braves have some minimal grooming standards; I’m more impressed with guys like Beachy that aren’t in need of such rules and chooses to look like a professional!

Ed

May 13th, 2012
4:48 am

Happy Mothers Day to everyone, especially to my Mother and my wife, the Mother of my children. I thought Beachy looked good tonight and I liked the way our lineup got Wainright rattled early. Hopefully we can get the sweep tomorrow.

nolie

May 13th, 2012
5:00 am

yes Happy Mother’s Day y’all…

Veer

May 13th, 2012
5:00 am

Beachy and Hudson are our top 2 guys.
We should trade and get a 3rd dominant starter from all the pitching surplus that we have because i feel this year can be our year. We have the offense and the bullpen. We just need another starter to complement Huddy and Beachy. I think Minor will get it togeather. I don’t think Hanson or Delgado are big game pitchers. Delgado can be great but Hanson as it his peak. His drop in velocity is the road block of him reaching his full potiental that we saw few years back.

Larry

May 13th, 2012
6:06 am

I want DOB’s job!

Flies to a nice city, watches a game, meets the players afterward for a few quotes, types it all up in about 20-30 mnutes, hits send, does the same the next day, takes a few days off every few days and hands it over to Carroll, and gets a 3-4 month break in the off-season.

But to hear Dave tell it you’d think he runs two marathons a day! LOL!

GT71

May 13th, 2012
6:44 am

The ‘planet’ Barry Bonds was on was Planet Steroid. Please do NOT compare his ‘feats’ to any ball player not using chemical enhancements to achieve results. Any reference to Bonds’ ‘records’ should never be done in any sort of a positive light.

Couch Tater

May 13th, 2012
7:14 am

Happy Mothers Day, Mom.

I know you’re still lurking.

After you were banned, I tried to get O’Brien to come to your defense, but he said, his hands were tied. Maybe, Dave woulda helped more if you hadn’t e-mailed him that Joe “frickin” Strummer couldn’t hold a candle to Bennie Goodman and woulda been cowering in some bomb shelter, during the Battle of Britain. I’m really not sure that Bennie played the Clarinet on top of St. Paul’s Cathedral during a bombing raid, either.

Not saying it didn’t happen, but really, do you think the BBWAA really cares about your Strummer/Goodman statistics? So, why write them over and over? You just make yourself look like a second-half Troy Glaus.

Sweet Rolls in the oven? I’ll call you in a bit.

tdawgmoney

May 13th, 2012
7:37 am

would somebody please tell our boy Jack Wilson that we have 2 pitchers with higher BA,SP and OBP than him? Even for a defensive backup, .154 don’t get it, Jack. Let’s go.

J-MAN

May 13th, 2012
7:40 am

IMO the “Stereroid Era” stats count just the same as any other era……Why not throw an asterisk on the players before 1947 because they only played against half of the best ballplayers. The fact is that the Commissioner and the players union used drug testing as a bargining chip and when Bonds and Mcgwire broke the records Stereroids were LEGAL in baseball while not legal in the public sector. Its also the REPORTERS fault for not investigating it and for them outcasting Steve Wilstein for looking into McGwire takeing illegal substances. So IMO any reporter in the “Stereroid era” does not deserve the Ford Frick award and doesn’t deserve in the Hall of Fame if players that played in the Stereroid era like Jeff Bagwell cannot get in because they had big muscles and nothing else. Also Bonds and McGwire should go in because it was Legal at the time.

J-MAN

May 13th, 2012
7:41 am

May 13th, 2012
7:40 am

IMO the “Stereroid Era” stats count just the same as any other era……Why not throw an asterisk on the players before 1947 because they only played against half of the best ballplayers. The fact is that the Commissioner and the players union used drug testing as a bargining chip and when Bonds and Mcgwire broke the records Stereroids were LEGAL in baseball while not legal in the public sector. Its also the REPORTERS fault for not investigating it and for them out for it. While also outcasting Steve Wilstein for looking into McGwire takeing illegal substances. So IMO any reporter in the “Stereroid era” does not deserve the Ford Frick award and doesn’t deserve in the Hall of Fame if players that played in the Stereroid era like Jeff Bagwell cannot get in because they had big muscles and nothing else. Also Bonds and McGwire should go in because it was Legal at the time.

richbrave

May 13th, 2012
8:01 am

DOWN ON THE FARM

G-Men have MUD HENS for dinner 3-2.

RHSP JULIO TEHERAN [W 3-1, 2.48 ERA] 7.0 IP, 5 R, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO. One mistake pitch, otherwise a dominating evening.

RHRP JASON RISE [H 2, 3.21 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

JAYE CHAPMAN [SV 3, 1.56 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros ,2 SO.

1B ERNESTO MEJIA [.269 BA] 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR [5], 3 RBI [24], 1 BB.

Lead-off CF LUIS DURANGO [.276 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB [19], 1 CS [3]..

2B DREW SUTTON [.246 BA] 1-3, 1 SO.

DH JOSE YEPEZ [.231 BA] 1-3, 1 2B [5], 1 SO.

3B JOE TERDOSLAVICH [.194 BA] 0-3, 1 SO, 2 E [13, fielding, throwing].

Supes

May 13th, 2012
8:29 am

richbrave,

thanks for the minor league updates as always. I haven’t made it out to Gwinett yet this season, has anyone here seen Teheran pitching so far? Does he look like he’s making strides towards the major leagues from last year? Just wanted an opinion from someone if they have seen him pitch…

So no Chipper and a tough rookie pitcher the Braves haven’t faced yet…yip won’t be getting my hopes up for the ‘W’ today :P

Adrian's Devine

May 13th, 2012
8:38 am

Stereroids were LEGAL in baseball while not legal in the public sector.

Huh? What gives ? That’s like saying Cocaine was LEGAL in baseball but not legal in public.

Your argument holds no water. Players who used them should be banned. Period. End of Conversation.

ncgary

May 13th, 2012
8:44 am

7 and 2 would make a great road trip. lets hope for the sweep.

and happy mothers day to all the moms!!!

lets win one for the chipper

Jeff R

May 13th, 2012
8:48 am

“He needs to be playing on that same planet Barry (Bonds) was playing on a few years back,” Chipper said.

Could that be Planet Steroid, Chipper?

The sad thing is Bonds was a gifted player without juicing himself. Whatever Josh Hamilton does this season – and it should be quite a lot, barring injury – he will have done it without “performance enhancing drugs.” That puts him on a planet superior to Bonds’.

Lew

May 13th, 2012
8:53 am

There should be no debate about evolution cause it’s come and gone. Larry and veer – perfect examples of De-evolution.

Tampa Gator

May 13th, 2012
8:54 am

When the Phillies get all their players back, the NL East is going to be something (maybe even better than the AL East now that Boston is in the tank). Not a bad or weak team in the division. Go Braves! And will the Nationals ever lose again?

Big John

May 13th, 2012
8:54 am

@JMan Are you serious in your comments about steriods? Bonds & McGuire juiced enough said. They do not deserve crap. Clemens either for that matter. They cheated, legal or illegal. The true homerun king is still Aaron.

Tampa Gator

May 13th, 2012
8:57 am

I believe Bonds steriods enhanced records should be stripped from the records of MLB….and Henry returned to his rightful position as MLB home run champ.

Lobosolo

May 13th, 2012
8:57 am

Poor Larry hates others because they can do so much better what he thinks he used to be able to do… a true legend in his own mind… voted the armchair fan most likely to get pummelled by “his” teammates should he ever make in the front door of “their” clubhouse…

Big John

May 13th, 2012
8:58 am

I believe the Nationals are not going away. When Phillies get healthy it will be interesting. Hopefully the Braves can hang with them and not choke like last year.

Tampa Gator

May 13th, 2012
9:01 am

…..but the current commish has no balls concerning Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, and Clemons. And I can’t believe the Cards let McGuire come back as a hittitng coach…..his approach to hitting instruction:

“Hey, young fellow, go in the bathroom and inject this.”

double

May 13th, 2012
9:03 am

Errors & Excuses none needed now.Sweep would be nice.

abeeewright

May 13th, 2012
9:07 am

Lot of anger on the ole blog when the Braves are on a 6-2 road trip and have a chance to sweep a team that stomped them when they were sliding last season.

Happy Mothers day to all you wonderful ladies, mine as well.

GT71

May 13th, 2012
9:10 am

We get a kick (not from cocaine) out of folks bending logic around an old dogwood tree trying to defend or justify ‘enhancements’. Seems I’m not alone.

Ivan...

May 13th, 2012
9:10 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all that are..And to my mom, hope you have a peaceful, painless day. Wish I were there.
And once again, a thank you to my friends here with the prayers and heartfelt messages..

Congrads to the TEAM on another great win, let’s get the sweep…. GO BRAVES!

Lew

May 13th, 2012
9:20 am

I’m not so certain that the Phillies will get healthy anytime soon.

From Amaro, Jr re: Ryan Howard – “To get his full strength will take probably a lot longer than a full season. In fact, it may take a long, long time. THat’s just the nature of the surgery.”

There is no timetable for either the return of Howard or Utley. Utley is able to hit, but can’t field ground balls and after attempting to field a few in Arizona, has been shut down defensively for the foreseeable future. There is no time table for his resumption of fielding drills.

It’s not looking like either of them is returning in the near future and the Phillies will go nowhere without them – they can’t even win the games started by Halladay and Lee, who just returned from his oblique strain.

Trey

May 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Time for a Braves sweep!

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Good Morning bloggers. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s on here, and to my mom most of all, for taking care of me and doing a great job of it.

Go BRAVES!!!

richbrave

May 13th, 2012
9:27 am

DOWN ON THE FARM

MISSISSIPPI

Postponed

LYNCHBURG

22 hit slug-fest results in a HILLCATS win 7-5 over WINSTON-SALEM

2B TOMMY LaSTELLA [.287 BA] 1-4, 1 R. TOMMY’s been missing ‘Knuckle-dragger’ backing him up in the line-up. His average has dropped 60+ points in the past two weeks.

DH TIM SMITH [.311 BA] 1-2, 3 R, 1 2B [4], 1 BB.

1B CHRIS GARCIA [.343 BA] continues hitting well, and for high average. Last night, 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [20], 1 SO.

3B ED SALCEDO [.256 BA] 2-4, 2 RBI [16]. SALCEDO has an excellent night at the plate, but a lost evening on the basepaths and in the field. 1 E [12. throwing], 1 CS [4], 1 Put Out [1st base].

C BRAEDEN SCHLEHUBER [.282 BA] 1-3, 1 2B [4], 2 RBI [15].

RF ROBBY HEFFLINGER [.226 BA] 1-3, 2 SO.

Recently demoted LF MYC JONES [.400 BA] takes ‘Big Jim’s’ slot in the outfield. Yesterday, 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.

RHSP J.R. GRAHAM [2.84 ERA] 6.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

LHRP CHASEN SHREVE [W 2-0, 1.53 ERA] 1.2 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO.

LHRP MATT CHAFFEE [H 1, 7.84 ERA] 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Struggling.

RHRP JUAN JAIME [SV 5, 5.11 ERA] 0.2 IP, zeros, 2 SO.

ROME

Lose to ASHVILLE 2-6.

Weak hitting and pitching. Mother’s Day. I’m cooking. Later.

Braveone

May 13th, 2012
9:30 am

From the previous blog which had 2,171 comments, nolie led the way with 142 posts. There were 157 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 nolie 142
2 phil 124
3 count_schemula 117
4 tiger297 86
5 The A Bomb 75
6 cabravesfan 75
7 TheOnlyBravesFan 64
8 Mitchell 57
9 ChattTownBrian (CTB) 53
10 VaBravesFan 49
11 MIBravesFan 48
12 Venice Jim 47
13 CaptMudd 45
14 Jerry 44
15 ray k 43
16 Veer 42
17 J-Man 41
18 uga-brave 40
19 Rilo 35
20 Brava 31
21 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 31
22 B_F 52 30
23 bravesgrl4life 29
24 Ward 28
25 Mister Frisky 27

The Broomeister

May 13th, 2012
9:31 am

I bet nobody even remembers the super, duper, over the back with your right foot tied behind your back CHOKE the braves pulled to get St Louis in the playoffs (and an eventual World Championship). The braves will always be a first rate embarrassment for Reedville. SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP

The braves are to baseball as the falcons are to football. Welcome to the Possum Dome SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP They smell so bad we have to build them a new den.

The Broomeister

May 13th, 2012
9:31 am

I bet nobody even remembers the super, duper, over the back with your right foot tied behind your back CHOKE the braves pulled to get St Louis in the playoffs (and an eventual World Championship). The braves will always be a first rate embarrassment for Reedville. SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP

The braves are to baseball as the falcons are to football. Welcome to the Possum Dome SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP They smell so bad we have to build them a new den.

richbrave

May 13th, 2012
9:31 am

Supes
May 13th, 2012
8:29 am

richbrave,

“……thanks for the minor league updates as always. I haven’t made it out to Gwinett yet this season, has anyone here seen Teheran pitching so far?……”

CraZy [trades man] gets out there on occasion. I think he saw TEHERAN once this year.

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
9:32 am

Sweep would be nice, would give us a 7-2 roadtrip. I don’t mind if they lose today, we won the series, and would have a 6-3 roadtrip. Seems pretty good to me.

Lew

May 13th, 2012
9:32 am

Not even on the list again after a one day stay in the top 5. Scary, though, when Mitchell and veer are top posters.

Lew

May 13th, 2012
9:34 am

Of course, when the Idiots double post…..

Veer

May 13th, 2012
9:34 am

Very unlikely that we win today.

We are going aganist statistically MLB’s best pitcher in Lynn. Add to that we won’t have either Jones or Mac in the lineup. We have Hanson going who is our number 4 guy at the moment and hasn’t pitched a gem lately. Also don’t forget we are going up aganist one of the best offenses in MLB.

So lets not get our hopes too high for today. 2/3 not bad

Jeff R

May 13th, 2012
9:36 am

I haven’t made the Top 25 in a long time. I need to step up my irrelevant comments.

tristan

May 13th, 2012
9:39 am

Here is the key to winning today’s game: Nats win. If the Nats win, the Braves will. If the Nats lose, the Braves will lose. Been that way for a while. C’mon Nats.

Mark's for the Braves

May 13th, 2012
9:40 am

Lovin every minute of the Braves games right now!!!

Let’s sweep those Cards away at Busch! How about a 6-2 road trip!

Mark's for the Braves

May 13th, 2012
9:41 am

Correction:

7-2 road trip.

Lew

May 13th, 2012
9:43 am

veer- Do you even bother to do any research before you open your mouth? Actually, do you even remove your head from your behind before you comment?

If you did, you might realize that Hanson has started seven games so far this season and given up more than 2 ER two times. IN three of his past four starts, he’s gone 6-7 IP and given up two or less runs.

But why let facts mar your idiocy?

BraveDan

May 13th, 2012
9:47 am

Random thoughts and wonderings…

I think Beachy is our current ace/best starting pitcher; love his story.
Another great story to this point is Gattis, hope it keeps growing. He could become a another feel good story, or not. Fingers are crossed on the positive.
Are the Braves interested in Peter Borgious of the Angels? The Nationals are rumored to be and if we have no intention of keeping Bourn, he might be a possibility as a future center fielder.
I, for one am enjoying watching Bourn this year; i love a true leadoff man, been so long for us that I about forgot what it was like. I sure hope we find a way to keep him past this year.
Looking forward to see what, if any moves we make this year and in the off season as well.

Eric from MO

May 13th, 2012
9:49 am

Adrian’s Devine-Huh? What gives ? That’s like saying Cocaine was LEGAL in baseball but not legal in public.

Your argument holds no water. Players who used them should be banned. Period. End of Conversation.

Well if thats your arguement then I guess anyone who gets a speeding ticket should be banned too because it is illegal. Im all for banning players who are caught now, since it is against the rules, but if you want to go back then you need to ban anyone who broke the law for anything.

HAL

May 13th, 2012
9:51 am

many years ago it was spahn and sain and pray for rain now we have beachy and huddy and hope it gets muddy

Joey

May 13th, 2012
9:54 am

Wonder if there was more than one reason he was comparing Hamilton to Bonds . . .?

Mixxo

May 13th, 2012
9:55 am

That bum is on the hill again today. :(

At least we won the series. :nice:

Eric from MO

May 13th, 2012
9:57 am

So how much longer till they bring Jair back? Yeah he had 4 bad starts, but it was 4 games. At least he has a track record of being good while Minor doesnt and he has been great at AAA since demoted. He was the best pitcher in baseball the first half of the season before he got hurt and we give up after 4 bad starts. I would understand if all of our starting pitching was doing great but Minor has been bad himself.

Eric from MO

May 13th, 2012
9:59 am

Hadnt read the blog in awhile, whats with all the hate toward Hanson?

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:00 am

Hanson has been really solid this season. I just think alot of people were hoping he’d take a big step this season. He is still averaging less than 6 innings per start. He leads our rotation in walks as well.

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:02 am

Mike Minor might be getting hammered, but he has the 2nd most innings pitched, the most strikeouts, and the least walks. Give him time. He is averaging 6 innings a start.

Webster

May 13th, 2012
10:05 am

A writer for MLBTRADERUMORS is an advocate of giving Beachy an extension. Does anyone have any thought on this? Is it too early for this kind of talk or is he the real deal?

Trey

May 13th, 2012
10:08 am

I’m not too worried with Hanson on the mound. At least it’s not Delgado.

Lew

May 13th, 2012
10:10 am

Webster – Way too early. He isn’t even eligible for arbitration until 2014

Eric from MO

May 13th, 2012
10:12 am

Yeah if you let pitchers stink up the joint as much as they like then I guess Minor can get alot of innings.

Fastball

May 13th, 2012
10:12 am

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:12 am

Webster

Beachy is under team control til 2017. With the way Beachy has performed up to this point it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try and get something done to save some possible money. But they should wait til after next season. Beachy is gonna be paid like 600k in 2013, 2014 is the year where he starts to make big money, his salary would range around 2 to 4 million, 2015 another raise to around 5-7 mil. All this depends on his performance. But we should be cautious about handing out early contracts to young pitchers cause of injuries. Think about it, Hanson will finally be getting paid big money next season. I think most of us agree we rather see what happens over this season and next before offering any deal.

Fastball

May 13th, 2012
10:12 am

well, almost first

Fastball

May 13th, 2012
10:13 am

let Chipper manage the Braves.

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:20 am

Nationals have been doing great considering all the injuries, here’s list of guys who have missed time. Or are on DL

Wilson Ramos, Adam LaRoche, Jason Werth, Mike Morse, Ryan Zimmerman, Drew Storen, Brad Lidge.

Webster

May 13th, 2012
10:21 am

Agreed. I thinks it’;s too early as well. Whn I res suprised. maybe after next season if he turns in another solid performance.

Webster

May 13th, 2012
10:24 am

Personally I would sign Beachy long term before Hanson.

brian

May 13th, 2012
10:29 am

what better way to celebrate mother’s day than to put husbands and sons, and those braves loving moms in good moods by sweeping the Cardinals.

brian

May 13th, 2012
10:29 am

agree Webster. Beachy can be a very special pitcher. He still needs better control and command but he can be dominant

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:31 am

Yall realize Hanson was damn good his 1st two season’s right? He was in the same situation as Beachy is right now.

brian

May 13th, 2012
10:32 am

Beachy should be locked up to a long term deal. Great stuff and great mental make up.

Hanson will be a tough call. I still would love to see Hanson break through, take the next step in becoming an ace (a healthy ace as well), and spend his career with the Braves. He still has a lot of trade value and his ceiling is still tough to call. He could bring a big return, especially from a team like Boston or Baltimore, but you risk trading away an ace.

Venice Jim

May 13th, 2012
10:38 am

Buster Olney ‏ @Buster_ESPN
Nats announce terrible news: Wilson Ramos a torn ACL.

Lew

May 13th, 2012
10:39 am

Good thing that neither pitcher is going to be making a fortune for a couple more years, isn’t it?

Hanson still has three years of contractual control. Beachy has four. MInor has four. Delgado has at least four and Teheran’s clock hasn’t realy started. Guess Wren had a clue what he was doing.

Expect Hudson extended for a couple more years and Jurrjens to be gone.

Venice Jim

May 13th, 2012
10:39 am

Ron Sirak ‏ @ronsirak
Donald “Duck” Dunn, the pipe-smoking bassist from The Blues Brothers Band, as well as Booker T, dead at the age of 70:

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:39 am

brian

No reason to extend Beachy yet. We have him for another very very cheap season in 2013. He’ll be making around 600k. See how he does next season 1st. Regardless we’ll have him under control for 3 more season’s after 2013. So for a deal to make since it would need to be like 4 or 5 years to buyout a couple free agency years, but it’s hard to commit deals like that.

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
10:41 am

If Hanson can stay healthy and give us 200+ innings with a 3.5 ERA or less I’ll be happy.

Venice Jim

May 13th, 2012
10:42 am

Atlanta Braves ‏ @Braves
Today’s lineup at STL (2:15, FSS/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Prado 7 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Heyward 9 Francisco 5 Ross 2 Pastornicky 6 Hanson 1

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 13th, 2012
10:42 am

TheOnlyBravesFan:
You sound like Bobby Sux!
GO BRAVES! SWEEPERS…MAN YOUR BROOMS!

BravesfaninWis

May 13th, 2012
11:00 am

Glad the Braves took the first 2 games in this series to get the series win. I don’t see the Braves sweeping the Cards though as they have a tough offense, and we have Hanson going today. Its hard to sweep a very good team like the Cards as it is, but when you put Tommy Hanson in the mix, I believe today is a loss. Hope I am wrong, but if the Braves do win, it will more than likely be because of the Braves offense and not Hanson’s arm.

kenhotlanta

May 13th, 2012
11:02 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms on here and out there. And I’m not referring to the mothers like Mitchell, Veer, Phil, Mixxo, George, et al. :)

Lew

May 13th, 2012
11:04 am

ken – At least Mixxo gets into some good tunes. And George is all right, if somewhat misquided at times.

Nick

May 13th, 2012
11:09 am

Ugly lineup today against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Good thing we won the first 2.

kenhotlanta

May 13th, 2012
11:10 am

Lew, I agree on Mixxo, he’s OK, usually gets it, and makes me laugh…I was just kidding, anyway.
Sorry to hear about Duck Dunn, he was the backbone of some great music for many, many years.

JasonInFL

May 13th, 2012
11:11 am

I think Fredi needs to plan ahead and figure out how to not have Mac and Chipper out at the same time.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

May 13th, 2012
11:16 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mom’s out there!

Lew

May 13th, 2012
11:17 am

ken – Saw a great documentary on the Funk Brothers – the back up band(s) on all of the Motown hits. Check it out if you get the chance – lots of great live music.

Matt

May 13th, 2012
11:19 am

Good morning Blog…. Happy Mothers Day to all Moms out there. Go Braves

kenhotlanta

May 13th, 2012
11:21 am

Lew, thanks, I had that Funk Brothers doc recorded, but lost it when I moved. I’m still looking for it to come back on.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

May 13th, 2012
11:24 am

Great news from Gwinnett….

Luis Durango is batting .306 with an OBP of .390 in his last ten games. But wait, it gets even better. The speedster has been successful in 19 out of 22 stolen base attempts, and scored 18 runs with 6 extra base hits. The Panamaniac is doing everything right and if he keeps it up, will become a fixture on the Braves roster in the future.

jim

May 13th, 2012
11:28 am

What is the Card’s lineup? Are they sitting Molina? Does the surgically repaired Carlos Beltran get a day off? Will Berkman be activated for today’s game?

Venice Jim

May 13th, 2012
11:29 am

CR ‏ @ajcbraves
Berkman has been activated from DL for Cardinals, in the lineup today

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
11:31 am

Coach

I been saying for a while that Durango could be a dark horse option for our next CFer.

Gil in Mechanicsville

May 13th, 2012
11:32 am

Good morning Braves fans… you too trolls….

I hope all the mothers out there have a grand day and you folks with mothers who are living, be sure and talk with them today to say thank you… For some of you, I realize you will have to go upstairs out of the basement but I digress…

VaBravesFan, you have to look at it in the way that baseball GMs do. Brandon Beachy’s money is being paid to Derrick Lowe. $10 million is about what Brandon’s skill set would bring on the free agent market. If he continues to pitch the way he has, some day he will be earning what another rookie is deserved.

As for Mike Minor, I thought he pitched pretty well. Just could not sneak a mistake past the Cardinal hitters. He is still a work in progress. As for Big Red… well, I doubt he will be in a Braves uni past next season. I am pretty sure some team will be willing to over pay him when he hits the free agent market.

We best hope a couple of the kids in triple A come to fruition next spring. Otherwise, Medlen might get his opportunity to become a starter.

And on a different note. Danica Patrick really surprised me last night. I had her to wreck within the first hundred laps… She actually finished 5 laps down but she did finish… What a thrill that must be for all her fans…. (little humor there)

And yes, very classy thing for the fans in St. Louis to give the old man a standing ovation. Any bets on the odds of that happening in Phillie or New York?

BC

May 13th, 2012
11:32 am

Stop with the first crap already. And Larry, you might have some good remarks if you didn’t throw in completely idiotic thoughts that completely discredit anything you say.

Brava

May 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Wonder if there was more than one reason he was comparing Hamilton to Bonds . . .?

I wondered the same thing when I read Chipper’s quote. Reminded me of that recent interview he did where he said a small percentage of players are still juicing and the players know who they are.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

May 13th, 2012
11:35 am

VaBravesFan

May 13th, 2012
11:31 am

Coach

I been saying for a while that Durango could be a dark horse option for our next CFer.

>>>>>>>>>

Anything is possible but I’ll be happy to see him on the roster, whether starting or on the bench.

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