Braves quotes after Tuesday’s win over Cincinnati

BRIAN MCCANN

On being a pretty good pitcher they dropped six on:

“We’re a pretty good offense. Everybody battles every at-bat, and tonight was no different. We got one of the hottest pitchers in the league tonight. We got him in trouble early. That’s always a good sign when you’re going against a No. 1 to get to him in the first three or four innings.”

On game plan vs. Cueto:

“He came out tonight throwing a lot of offspeed early in the game. He’s usually a fastball pitcher. Tonight he tried to establish his offspeed early and we had a good game plan for him. And when he gave us pitches to hit, we put them in play hard.”

On scoring runs for Hudson after Chicago:

“He’s our ace, and when he takes the mound we expect to win. He only needs a couple runs but it’s nice to give him a little breather where he can go to work and not have to be too fine with all his pitches.”

TIM HUDSON

On this start vs. Chicago:

“I felt like I had a little better sinker in Chicago. Tonight was a lot different because we got a nice lead early and it makes my job a lot easier. I can go out there and be a lot more aggressive in the zone and challenge the guys a little more. I had a few more baserunners than I would have liked throughout the game, but when you’ve got a nice lead you want to make guys earn their way on base. We had some guys make some nice plays behind me. They could have made a game of it there but were able to shut it down on them.”

On Brandon Phillips at-bat:

“It was a big one. It was way more eventful than I wanted it to be. It’s one of those things where you get into a jam, the one thing you don’t want to do is let those guys feel like they have a shot to come back and put a big inning on you. i wanted to get Votto out but he about split my forehead open with a line drive. That was the ballgame, if I could gut that out. It was going to take the air out of their sails and it did.”

On the Braves offense of late:

“Our guys are putting together some pretty good at-bats and we’re making it tough on the other pitcher. I think it doesn’t really matter who’s out there on the mound, our guys are going up there and they’re feeling confident they’re going to put some good at-bats on some guys. Cueto has been throwing the ball really well. I think it was a combination of he came across a lineup that’ll battle you, and he may not have had his best stuff tonight. But it’s one of those things, we were able to take advantage of that. In years past we may not have been able to take advantage of it. He might have been able to get into a groove. We have guys going out there, keeping the pressure on him, at-bat after at-bat, fouling off pitches, getting his pitch count up, and getting some timely hits to get us some crooked numbers up there.”

On if feeling more comfortable with every start:

“Yeah I do. I’m feeling better each time out. Every week that passes by I’m feeling like I get a little more healthy and I’m not really concerned with it. I feel like I’m as good now as I have been in a really long time from a health standpoint. Obviously you can always improve from a pitching standpoint. It’s something I intend to do.”

MICHAEL BOURN

On the success vs. Cueto:

“We just grinded at-bats down. We were making him work. BMac got to him early and that started it. Throughout our lineup, J-Hey had a big at-bat, grinding him down. That hurts a pitcher when you grind him down like that. We’ve been able to do that thus far. It’s some good pitching we’re facing, but we just try to work and continue to grind them.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On success vs. Cueto:

“We had a pretty good approach against Johnny today. He wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen him before, but I thought we did a nice job handling him. The first two guys got on base six times with hits set the tone. I thought we had some pretty good at-bats up and down the lineup. Mac obviously with the home run, Danny with the sac fly and another hit. I think Huddy set the tone really to keep us in the ballgame, six scoreless innings, just gave up two there in the seventh. It was a nice team win.”

On if there was concern w/Hudson coming back from surgery:

“You always have concerns. You never know how those surgeries, especially back surgeries always turn out. But he always said right from the very beginning that he felt good. His back felt great and now every time he goes out there, you check with him the next day, he’ll tell you it’s just normal soreness throwing a major league game, nothing with the back. That’s a good sign.”

On Wilson starting rally in the eighth hole:

“We kept the line moving through the course of the game with Bourny and Prado and so on. And Jack, he’s a defensive specialist but if you look at the back of his baseball card, he’s one of the guys who had 200 hits one year (201 with Pittsburgh in 2004). So he’s not an automatic out there. you’ve still got to respect him. I think the last few years being injured a little bit in Seattle, not getting playing time, he’s behind a little big offensively, but I feel confident that he could do what he ask him to do in the eighth hole: hit and run, bunt, get some big knocks. It’s a nice piece to have.”

On Kimbrel in non-save situation:

“I think it’s twice in seven days if we don’t use him today. We need to use those guys. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. You’d like him to go first three hitters and get out of the inning with 11, 12 pitches. That didn’t happen because of the two base on balls but you’ve got to get him work. He’ll be fine tomorrow. It’ll be good for him to stay sharp.”

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Brandon

May 15th, 2012
11:43 pm

Good game Bravos! Love seeing Prado back where he belongs, above the .300 mark

And McCann took some good hacks today. Overall good game

Scott

May 15th, 2012
11:49 pm

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Puma

May 15th, 2012
11:53 pm

Someone mentioned in another blog about Fredi never talking much about Heyward or changing the subject when asked about him…so now I am always seeing if he says anything about him. Didn’t again after that great a bat to get a double and knock in 2 runs. Is it unintentional oversight, or does he really not like him?

Puma

May 15th, 2012
11:54 pm

Oh and great game Bravos! Keep it rolling!

Don Nottebart

May 15th, 2012
11:55 pm

Gattis 2 more hits tonight. MS is 8-6 since Gattis came. Gattis 13 Rbi’s in 13 games played. Simmons slumping. Cunningham raking. Big guy Hale 0 ER in 6 plus innings today, but he is still inconsistent.

Who Me?

May 16th, 2012
12:17 am

Good to hear Gattis is still pummeling AA pitching, seriously needs to be moved to AAA in the next 2 weeks or so. give him the summer at Gwinnett so we can take a game in and watch him pulp pitchers (I hope). Like to see that kid in Sept if he can keep up the hit parade.

Nice to see us string together singles tonight instead of solely relying on the long ball. Team was 4 for 10 with RISP tonight, always a good sign.

Brandon

May 16th, 2012
12:21 am

@Puma – if i recall, Fredi G said back in spring training that he would not analyze every at bat from heyward. I think that it is just a thing where he doesn’t want heyward thinking too much. He just wants him to play the game without all the pressure and speculation on his swing. I don’t think it has anything to do with him not “liking” heyward or any oversight. It’s just a thing of trying to not put too much attention on heyward so he can just play the game and enjoy

J-Man

May 16th, 2012
1:59 am

I think next year that Gattis will be here as the new LF and Prado will be the 3B with Francisco being the Back-up 1B and 3B.

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
3:20 am

Braves Juggernaut is rolling, pulling the bandwagon!
go braves!

JNick

May 16th, 2012
3:45 am

If Gattis is in LF, better hope and pray the Braves re-sign Bourn to cover the extra ground….

shady

May 16th, 2012
3:49 am

Go Braves! Im saving up now for world series tickets because i havnt seen a braves team this good since 98. The offense is great and the pitching hasnt even reached its potential.

JNick

May 16th, 2012
3:57 am

I’m not worried about Minor – he had to pitch in Colorado for the first time, then faced the #2 offense in the NL, in their hitter friendly park….he struck out 7 and didn’t walk anyone in his last start. Walks are usually his downfall….I think he’ll be straight now. Just needs to keep the ball down a bit, been giving up a lot of fly balls (and HR) the last 3 starts.

Undocorkscrew

May 16th, 2012
4:59 am

@JNick

Walks were never his downfall, his control is really his biggest strength. He’s just leaving the ball up, he’s done it ever since reaching the bigs. He’s too aggressive when he’s ahead in counts, that’s what frustrates me the most about him. Can’t throw hangers on 0-2 to big-league hitters. Like you said, as long as he keeps the ball down he should be fine. He’s getting his strike outs and limiting his walks, it’s the consistent solid contact that’s hurting him.

longtimefan

May 16th, 2012
6:41 am

Braves tied for 2nd best record in MLB @.622. Chipper on pace for 20 HR and 100 RBI and is picking it @ third. Where are all the guys that said he was washed up and should retire? Since some the Braves are playing great baseball, I don’t see many of the names I did the first week. This proves many of these “fans” just like something to complain about in their life; they don’t really want the Braves to win. The Braves are going deep in the playoffs and are positioned to do so for the next several years, thanks to smart player personnel management by FW.

Don Nottebart

May 16th, 2012
7:56 am

Nick, have you actually seen Gattis in LF? Can’t be worse than Loaf was. Braves are below average defensively at C, 2B. Average at best at SS, 3B, and LF. So, won’t be much difference.

Kenshin Kawakrapi

May 16th, 2012
8:03 am

Doesn’t the fact that Derek Lowe is 6-1 with the Indians prove that he got no help from Roger McDowell while struggling last year as a Braves pitcher ? It says something.

Kenshin Kawakrapi

May 16th, 2012
8:16 am

Gimartin should be with the Braves right now.

CRMAC300

May 16th, 2012
8:31 am

Look for Braves to pick up McCann’s 11 Mil option for next year and then he will be gone. That’s the business of baseball. Got great options at catcher in the minors. McCann will hit 40+ home runs in pinstripes. Yanks will make big run at him. Hate to see BMac go, but that is today’s game. Should consider long term deal for Freeman, although I still see a lot of holes in his swing. Sure wish Braves had tried harder to get Furcal before he went to St Louis. Don’t see Jason Heyward as the long term answer in right anymore. Potential does not pay the bills. He is trying to pull everything again and I think he is uncoachable. Hope I am wrong.

ATLFAN86

May 16th, 2012
9:25 am

CRMAC….wow…you are quite ignorant……go look at Heyward’s OB%…..and go read what several hitting coaches have said about Freeman I will add a few quotes “Most mechanically sounded hitter I have EVER seen” “Very few holes in his swing” “Still raw, could be once in a lifetime hitter” “Potential .300/30/100 guy easily” I mean seriously…do your research…and Heyward not being the answer in right…is a joke….you obviously know nothing about baseball

Quack Quack

May 16th, 2012
9:35 am

Great game Bravos!! Way to make Johnny cry.

FW…Sign Bourn, and Give Prado a raise..

GO BRAVES!! This is just too much fun!!

James Toolin

May 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Way to go Braves! Winning a ton of games. Nothing cheap about beating ace pitchers like Halladay and other big name pitchers. Bat’s light up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree and pitchers are eating innings!

Lobosolo

May 16th, 2012
10:08 am

Lowe was working hurt last year, kawakrapi…. the man was and is a gamer… no amount of talk will cure an injury…

Bravos looking good!!! Put the wood on the Marlins!!!

Nevada Roy

May 16th, 2012
10:32 am

2013 – Bourn’s going to get some unreal offers and the Braves are unlikely (probably wisely) to match. It will be interesting to see Hayward play center-field giving Bourn some rest this year. Maybe he could be the 2013 center-fielder and we pick up another power bat for right-field. Prado has done well leading off in the past, Heyward could bat second, Freeman third. Maybe even Hayard first, Prado second.

ATLFAN86

May 16th, 2012
10:35 am

Nevada…..No way Heyward leads off….strikes out a lot…..and not utilizing his power…as he will not bat with many runners on base….In my opinion Pastornicky would be a good guy to lead off…keep prado 2nd…..and bat Heyward 6th. Get a corner OF bat, much easier than a CF….but Heyward did nothing but impress me in CF during spring training.

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
10:42 am

Winning seems to keep the hyenas at bay, or should it be, keeps them away.
Go Braves! Scale them Fishes.

lacl

May 16th, 2012
10:44 am

check out lowe, 6 and 1 with a 2.5 era. pitchrd a complete game tues. and atlanta is paying him ten million a year

ATLFAN86

May 16th, 2012
10:45 am

I really dont understand some people’s analysis…when they come on here and spout out things that make no sense. “Heyward is pulling everything” hmm ok…so the double to center yesterday was pulled? on a four seam fastball on the outside of the plate? if they was pulled he would have grounded out to first….or 2nd….what about the 2 run HR in St Louis this weekend to LEFT Center field….was that pulled? Now if you are referring to the double to right field corner in St Louis…I apologize that he cannot take a slider on the inner half of the plate and inside out it to left field….that just doesnt happen….with someone with an arm spand like his…..he has had some of the best at bats on the team this year…lay off of him. I am sure you are some unatheletic dude that looks at box scores or a game here and there, and passes judgement from a recliner.

ATLFAN86

May 16th, 2012
10:48 am

lacl….his WHIP is like 1.50, he has benefited from a ton of luck…..that outfield is much more generous in Cleveland than Atlanta…and I am sure the pressure there is far less….as they had low expectations going into this year….

that and the fact you have to travel to some bad neighborhoods to get alcohol there :)

phil

May 16th, 2012
11:21 am

Nice win last night!

Don’t lay down tonight against the hated Marlins.

Another Clueless Blogger

May 16th, 2012
11:32 am

Just because some of my fellow bloggers do not have the talent of Jason Heyward and will never make the money that J-Hey is making at 22, is no reason to try to take uneducated shots at J-Hey. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa, and yes, Mr. Heyward does hit the ball to the opposite field. The key number is 22, not his jersey, but his age. He’s got all the tools to be a super star, so please be patient.

Brandon

May 16th, 2012
11:44 am

derek lowe is looking like a fluke to me. His opponent batting average is .289 and he is only averaging 2.2 k/9 innings. How about a WHIP of 1.443? His stats are nearly identical to those of last season with the exception of his strikeout rate dropping by 2/3rds this season.

I would be beyond amazed if he can maintain that low ERA

Marteen is a Ballplayer

May 16th, 2012
12:14 pm

Two comments:

1. Bourn is the single most-important off-season signing we could make. I do not want to lose McCann, but Bourn is the catalyst for this offense.
2. Lowe ’s numbers are impressive. But you have to take into account that Lowe probably spent a lot of time getting ready for this season. Last season, he was not ready…whether by lack of effort or injury. Also, I am happy for Lowe but I do not see him holding up through the season. Lowe has been unhittable for us for periods of time each season, but he always blows up for a longer period of time. He is just in his A game right now. It was a sound move by FW and if Lowe’s proves us all wrong then kudos to him.

Brave New World

May 16th, 2012
12:26 pm

I’m not all that surprised that Lowe is 6-1. I was more surprised that he did not carry us into the playoffs in 2011. Lowe has been a proven MLB pitcher for many years, and he has obviously made some adjustments this year that are paying off for him.

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
1:32 pm

I wish that I had the power to take people off of the board.

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
1:36 pm

I don’t believe that the Braves are going to lay down against any team.
Agree with nice win.
I’m with you on the Miamianites, Braves fry those Fish.

Good grief Charlie Brown

May 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

great game last night. and i really like the timely hitting after Huddy couldn’t get the bunt down. is it necessary for Kimbrel to have someone on base in the 9th so he can feel the ‘intensity’ of a save situation and bear down a little? i know he’s young, but come on man…you already had two outs.

regarding tonight’s game: will be interesting to see how many times they run on Mac…his defense has improved a little, but i don’t think he can throw out bonofacio and reyes.

@jip: it’s called decaf…try it. an enima would probably help too.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

May 16th, 2012
2:02 pm

Even after a 6-2 victory, knuckle heads on the blog will find a way to bash Fredi, usually for stuff that is out of his control. The guy has gone 8-3 in his last 11 and has the Bravos in first. Evidently, you have to win every game in order to get some respect from the blog. Amazing!

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

May 16th, 2012
2:05 pm

Derek Lowe= Best pitcher on Bravos payroll

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

Joe Simpson speculated last night, that Kimbrel might be bearing down too hard after he gets 2 outs with no one on base, by trying to throw 110mph fastballs, thereby “overthrowing” the ball.

Brandon

May 16th, 2012
2:07 pm

@Good grief Charlie Brown – considering that nobody has thrown out bonifacio(19 steals) this season, mccann would not be alone if he can’t throw him out haha

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
2:09 pm

partially on the Bravos payroll, 66.66% of his pay check?

wjones

May 16th, 2012
2:10 pm

“reckingball

May 16th, 2012
1:32 pm

I wish that I had the power to take people off of the board.”

Me too, man. Even just for a day. Would make some days’ reading a bit easier.

JNick

May 16th, 2012
2:49 pm

@Undocorkscrew, in his bad starts this year, Minor has 3-4 walks per game. While he is a control pitcher, when he’s on, he doesn’t walk anyone – when he’s not, he puts extra guys on base w/ free passes, then leaves a pitch up. I’d love to see a stat that shows how many of the guys he walks, score.

alex

May 16th, 2012
3:00 pm

@marteen..12:14, agree completely..
@reckingscrotum would you please quit complaining about those rational fans who refuse to be syncophants….

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
3:38 pm

@alex………Damitboy! Don’t call us, we’ll call you.
go braves!

reckingball

May 16th, 2012
3:51 pm

alex,….. btw, are you sure that you want to agree “completely” with Marteen@12:14pm?
Do you realize that he said something ‘positive’, concerning the Braves GM “It was a sound move by FW”?
It wasn’t a snide, smartazz, ignorant comment, so that is completely out of character for you, so you might want to reconsider your full endorsement of Marteen’s statement. haha.
oh yeah,
go braves!

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