3:42 pm May 19, 2012, by David O'Brien
May 20th, 20121:48 am
Meant to say Mark Bradleys’ article I read. DOB, and Mark make good cases.
May 20th, 20121:50 am
when its sleepy time down south…
I’m willing to wait the whole year, and let the kids develope. Patience, is tough, but it will come out a win in the long run. We need to support Minor, and Delgado. Yes, tough I might add, but worth it in the long run.
May 20th, 20121:54 am
We need to back Delgado, and Minor so, they can be the pitchers they can be. There is going to be ups, and downs, but that’s part of the growing process.
May 20th, 20122:02 am
I was blinded by the whining about “Aces”, and realize we could have to more, or one more with patience, and now I’m going to buckle down, and wait. Yes……. wait……..
May 20th, 20122:03 am
Well I for 1 want to see Chipper win 1 more. Therefro Oswalt puts us in a better chance than Minor/Delgado. Also whose to say they cant get their experience rotating the #5 spot. Just release Durbin and there you go.
May 20th, 20122:04 am
Besides they can be patient in the minors if they dont perform
May 20th, 20122:11 am
J-Man – Take a time out for a second. What would’ve happened if the Braves did that to Glavine, and Smoltz, and sent them down to Triple AAA? It All part of baseball, and It’s a game of patience buddy.
May 20th, 20122:21 am
All I think Delgado, and Minor are under a lot of presure, and they will settle in nicely once they get command, and feel for every thing. All, It’s been cool, and fun……Peace my friends…..Talk tomorrow after the game……..”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
May 20th, 20122:26 am
Well them particular Brave teams were not in play-off contention and because of that they sold players off like Doyle Alexander and Dale Murphy. But this is a contender so the players to compare these young pitchers would be. Kevin Millwood, Jason Marquis, Odalis Perez, Jason Schmidt, Jojo Reyes, Horacio Ramirez, Steve Avery, Kent Merker, Chuck James, Buddy Carlyle, and Damien Moss…….Now how did they handle all those young pitchers……..All were young pitchers on a playoff contender. What happened to all of them was either you perform or you get sent down or we trade you for a better starter. In EVERY CASE. When you have a chance to win you GO FOR IT. Now all Im calling for is just signing Oswalt…..other than the money its low risk, since you dont trade any prospects and you can have a better chance to win.
May 20th, 20122:32 am
But you should know that Minor and Delgado have inning limits also. So I would think having another Vetern to take over down the stretch would be prudent
May 20th, 20124:04 am
Kyle Davis, Odalis Perez, JoJo Reyes, Chuck James all reminded people of Smoltz and Glavine of the early days. Now Minor and Delgado reminds people of the early Struggling Smoltz and Glavine.
May 20th, 20127:44 am
DOWN ON THE FARM
Triples by ‘Georgie’ CONSTANZA and ERNIE MEJIA were not enough last night as ROCHESTER prevails 6-4.
Lead-off LF JOSE CONSTANZA [.316 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B , 2 RBI , 1 CS .
CF LUIS DURANGO [.270 BA] 0-4, 1 RBI , 1 SO.
RF FELIX PIE [.143 BA] 1-3, 1 RBI .
1B ERNESTO MEJIA [.301 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B .
2B GREG PAIML [.208 BA] 2-3, 1 R, 1 E [7, fielding].
C JOSE YEPEZ [.234 BA] 103, 1 R.
RHSP ERIC JUNGE [L 3-4, 3.64 ERA] 6.0 IP, 12 H, 1 HR,, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. A gopher-ball and an error basically do him in.
LHRP DUSTY HUGHES [2.89 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO.
RHRP ADAM RUSSELL [2.37 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO.
May 20th, 20128:30 am
awesome stuff the Foo with Jagger. — uga-brave
That was surprisingly good, wasn’t it? At this point with Jagger, I don’t expect that much from a collaboration like that. But that one was strong.
May 20th, 20128:35 am
A bad pitch by Delgado does the Braves and him in. He’ll learn, and he’ll win.
May 20th, 20128:38 am
Braves Hudson is 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts vs. Rays, although only one of those starts came in the past seven seasons.
Oddly enough, Hudson is just 14-16 with a 4.08 ERA in 41 interleague starts.
May 20th, 20128:43 am
Huddy needs to be on his game facing Price. Yesterday was the first time the Braves have lost when I have gone to see them play in the regular season. Now 8-1. Delgado’s control was off, but one pitch from escaping. I was surprised the bats didn’t do more. Cobb was a two pitch pitcher with a 90-91 fastball and a changeup. But, he settled down after the first two innings and kept getting ahead.
May 20th, 20129:04 am
Despite KEENAN WILEY’s perfect game at the plate, the Bandits are keel-hauled by the TENNESSEE mob 3-2.
LHS/RP JOSE LUGO [L 2-2, 3.49 ERA] 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LUGO pitched well enough to win, but didn’t.
RHRP ‘Aussie ANDY’ RUSSELL [2.33 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB.
ANDREW continues to tidy his era as he has four pristine relief stints after a three outing wobble. In fact, in 15 appearances this season, he has one loss on an unearned run, and two outings where he gave up earned runs. Otherwise, his era has not been dented. Good show, old man!
LHRP CHRIS MASTERS [3.86 ERA] 1.1 IP, no-hits, 1 BB, 2 SO.
RHRP CORY RASMUS [1.47 ERA] 1.0 IP, no-hits, 1 BB, 0 SO. Looking good this season. He will prolly be in GWINNETT next year.
Now for the hitting. The top two in the line-up are on base 8 times in 10 AB’s but only one single plates a run, and that from former HILLCAT and newbie TIM SMITH. 12 hits total including two doubles, net only two paultry runs, and one of those wasn’t credited as an RBI because the batter hit into a DP.
Lead-off CF KEENAN WILEY [.373 BA] 4-4, 1 2B , 1 BB, 1 SB .
Can’t improve much on that game unless you hit 5 HR’s I suppose. Will the former Missouri Independent League player see GWINNETT after the All-Star break? Wouldn’t it be great if we stole a potential ML bat from under the noses of the CARDINALS? Heh!
SS AL SIMMONS [.296 BA] 3-5, 1 R, 1 SB .
C ‘Big Jim’ GATTIS [.274 BA] 0-5, 1 SO. DP’s and force outs on grounder after grounder. Someone has discovered a hole in his swing. The high flyer, is spiriling in for a fiery crash-landing if he doesn’t correct it.
Newbie LF TIM SMITH [.333 BA] 1-3, 1 RBI , 2 BB.
3B JOE LEONARD [.250 BA] 1-4, 1 SO.
RF TODD CUNNINGHAM [.333 BA] 1-4, 1 SO.
1B IAN GAC [.234 BA] 1-3, 1 2B .
2B ALDEN CARRITHERS [.222 BA] 1-4, 1 SO.
A pick-up from the BIRMINGHAM club. 2008 15th pick of the TIGERS. Has not hit a HR in five minor league seasons.
May 20th, 20129:06 am
Pirates batting .218 as a team .270/.344/
May 20th, 20129:07 am
.614. 3 games out of first place
May 20th, 20129:09 am
Throw somebody who can hit in return for Bedard please.
May 20th, 20129:11 am
Have any of those pristine oysters still on ice?
Was in Chesapeake area week before last, didn’t have opportunity to get any hometown seafood..
Did however eat a few of the local hotdogs aka ‘Tidewater Dogs’…
You familiar with those (served by the likes of ‘Tony’s’ in Norfolk/Va Beach, ‘Ron’s’ and ‘Uncle Al’s’ in Chesapeake ?
May 20th, 20129:30 am
‘CATS skinned and quartered by WINSTON-SALEM nine 8-2. A real hit-fest  but almost exclusively on the side of the DASH .
C BRAEDEN SCHLEHUBER [.286 BA] 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B .
2B TOMMY LaSTELLA [.302 BA] 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO. 1 CS , 1 E [4, fielding].
RF ADAM MILLIGAN [.167 BA] 1-4, 2 RBI , 2 SO. Got to cut down his SO’s.
Lead-off CF MATT LIPKA [.245 BA] 1-4. Really struggling at the plate.
1B CHRIS GARCIA [.341 BA] 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO.
The entire line-up just hasn’t been as robust since the ‘Knuckle-dragger’ went up.
RHSP CODY MARTIN [L 5-4, 3.26 ERA] follows up an excellent outing with a subpar effort. Typical young pitcher. Inconsistant [think DELGADO]. 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.
RHRP CALEB BREWER [4.26 ERA] 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.
Dude, if you want to remain a BRAVE, tighten up.
RHS/RP RONAN ‘Ferdie the fight doctor’ PACHECO [7.17 ERA] 1.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 SO.
After being shelled fairly consistantly as a starter, he’s being run out to the mound as a reliefer now.
May 20th, 20129:38 am
Unfortunately no. DOC says stay away from such, but i don’t always. Used to eat a DOMENIC’s brat’s when I went to the BRAVES games here, but both the AAA team and the dogs got stale…..until their final season that is. Unfortunately, the brats stayed stale. I’m sure they’re quite good however.
Did you happen to catch my post about your mom’s treatment? It really is marvelous what they do with the ‘BIG C’ nowadays. Lost my uncles and a sister to that stuff. So I understand completely. My mom beat it, and lived another 25 years, however. So buck up young man.
May 20th, 20129:39 am
Braves are 20-9 with 4.08 ERA at night, 5-7 with a 4.06 ERA in day.
The biggest difference: hitting .231 w/ .698 OPS in day games, .284 w/ .770 OPS in night games.
May 20th, 20129:48 am
But you should know that Minor and Delgado have inning limits also _ J-Man
You keep saying that as if it is of some revelance, it’s not.
What is that limit? Around 215 for Minor and 205 for Delgado.
If either of those guys is pitching well enough to play a major role in the post season then either you have a problem with Hudson, Beachy and Hanson, or you have a lead big enough to manage their innings at the end of the season.
May 20th, 201210:04 am
RIVERDOGS chew on the R-BRAVES and prevail 7-6….Drat!
Put this one on the pitching because the hitting was great. Certainly good enough to win.
RHSP RAFA BRICENO [6.48 ERA] 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.
And sandwiched between the starter and closer, RHRP JOHN CORNELY [3.86 ERA] put in 2.1 innings, of truly pristine baseball.
He STRIKES OUT EVERY BATTER he faces!!! WOW!!!!! Just WOW!!!!!!!
RHRP IAN MARSHALL [BS 1, L 0-1, 4.76 ERA] 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 HR,, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
IAN: As a low-round pick, you’re not going to get too many of these chances. You’ve got to believe that when they come your way, you can handle them adequately. The BRAVES believed in you enough to draft you. Buck up, young squire. Think excellent, and be excellent.
Lead-off SS FERDIE De Los SANTOS [.248 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. We have a BA arisin’!
2B SERGIO MIRANDA [.182 BA] 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B , 2 RBI , 1 BB, 2 SO.
C RYAN QUERY [.400 BA] 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B , 2 RBI .
Since being sent from LYNCHBURG [3 G], RYAN’s been tearing the cover off the ball.
1B ‘Billy BECK’ BECKWITH [.298 BA] 1-4, ,1 R, 1 HR , 2 RBI , 2 SO, 2 E [3, pick-off, missed catch].
Somebody give that man a wake-up call.
LF JAKOB DALFONSO [.225 BA] 1-5, 2 SO. Cut down on those SO’s young man.
RF WIL SKINNER [.230 BA] 1-3. I’m a believer WIL. How about you?
May 20th, 201210:11 am
If you are going to be concerned about a starters innings I would think it would be Beachy. His average the last two years is about 140 innings.
DOB waht are the realistic chances Oswalt is a Brave? Would he be any better than simply moving Medlin to the rotation? It may be more cost effective and performance effective to move Medlin and try to find a versitile reliever. Who that may be I have no idea.
May 20th, 201210:13 am
O.K. sports fans. Time to read and relax a bit before more yard-work. Later. Thoughts with Ivan’s mom.
May 20th, 201210:15 am
I’m just not seeing Oswalt becoming a BRave. Fact is, Wren had to dump Lowe and poay two thrids of his salary to the Indians just to save $5 mil to put the team we have now together. Oswalt has got to be costing anywhere from $5mil (We should hope it would be that low) to $10 mil.
Where does everyone think that money would come from?
May 20th, 201210:16 am
RichBrave – Where’s Mr. Salcedo these days?
May 20th, 201210:20 am
Lew– Agreed. Say no to Oswalt. Too expensive of a question mark. Personally, I still like Delgado. If he continues to falter, could he and medlin switch roles?
May 20th, 201210:31 am
I did read your post on cancer, also showed it to my wife. Thanks for sending it.
Didn’t know if you were familiar with the hotdogs, the dogs are Hormel tough skin. Best damn dogs ANYWHERE.
Over here in Anderson , SC they have a chain called ‘Skin’s’ Hot Dogs which I think are highly overrated.My wife thinks they are great. No comparison to ‘Tony’s’ in Norfolk/Va Beach or other Tidewater locations that server that type hotdog.
May 20th, 201210:33 am
Webster – I wouldn’t mind having Oswealt pitch for Atlanta – I just don’t see them having the money available and Wren has been pretty steadfast in not trading any of our young pitching. Now he wouldn’t have to trade any for Oswalt, but there is a reason they are alll still Braves – and that reason is that they are going to have their chance to develop.
May 20th, 201210:36 am
haggard could probably put his two cents in here, but the best hot dogs ever were made by Ruby at Chichester’s soda fountain in Macon at their Tatnall Square location (long since gone, but not forgotten). Put them together with a fountain Cherry Coke and a feast ensued.
Well, they cured many a case of the munchie’s anyway.
Good Morning Blog. Oswalt will be a Phillie.
May 20th, 201210:38 am
Best wishes for your mother.
May 20th, 201210:43 am
Atlanta Braves @Braves
Today’s lineup at TB (1:40, FSS/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Prado 7 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Heyward 9 Diaz DH Francisco 5 Ross 2 Wilson 6 Hudson 1
May 20th, 201210:52 am
Why not DH McCann at all this series?
May 20th, 201210:54 am
Thanks, Bat ..
Lew, how ya doin?
If you ever go to the Norfolk/ Va Beach, try this type..
You would agree — A ‘DAMN GOOD DOG”…..
May 20th, 201210:59 am
I guess since Chipper don’t DH B Mc don’t like it either?
Why start Wilson this….season?
May 20th, 201211:01 am
Plus we need a catcher on the bench I suppose
May 20th, 201211:02 am
Think Simmons gets a call up to Gwinnett midsummer?
May 20th, 201211:04 am
It looks like Wilson is Hudson’s personal shortstop.
If Ross got hurt, McCann could shift to catcher, right? Then the pitcher’d just have to hit
May 20th, 201211:06 am
This lineup against Price doesn’t look too promising…but, as they say, that’s why they play the game. I think Huddy will be on as well, so…let’s get into the bullpen.
May 20th, 201211:07 am
Aganist a tough pitcher Mac sits? He could have been a DH today.
Why the hell is Wilson playing?
Why is Diaz playing?
WHAT THE HE**!!!!!!!!!!!!
Automatic loss with this lineup
May 20th, 201211:08 am
So hudson can pick up Jack’s slack at the plate,maybe J ack picks it up a notch we can only hope
May 20th, 201211:10 am
Veer — Thanks for the tip! I was going to listen while driving to NC today, but now I know I can just play some tunes…
Why the hell is Wilson playing?
WHAT THE HE**!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why say hell once but censor it the second time? Unless there’s some new “HE_ _” curse word I don’t know about.
May 20th, 201211:12 am
Henx? Hego? Hevi? Heez?
May 20th, 201211:13 am
No, McFann’s said heap and she doesn’t curse
Wilson has been played most, if not all, of Hudson’s starts. Diaz probably in because of the LHP. Hasn’t faced Price before though. McCann 1 for 2 with a BB against him.
May 20th, 201211:17 am
5 pitchers on our team have a higher OPS than Jack Wilson, Wilson also is the only position player on the team without a extra base hit. But he’s easily the best defensive infielder we have.
May 20th, 201211:18 am
McCann 1 for 2 with a BB against him.
Why, that’s .500 with a .667 OBP! FIER FREDY!!!!!!!!!
May 20th, 201211:23 am
Well Wilson should be bunting with runners on base today as if the pitcher was hitting in those situations.
May 20th, 201211:24 am
The only way we win today is if Hudson pitches a Shutout.
Aganist a tough pitcher we have Junks like Diaz, Fransisco, and Wilson playing
May 20th, 201211:25 am
It was last Wednesday aganist the Marlins when Fredie put a donation lineup. He has done the same today.
Veer, Veer,Veer… we must see the brighter side of things. It helps the blood pressure and all that.
May 20th, 201211:29 am
The only way we win today is if Hudson pitches a Shutout.
Need to raise the bar a bit… a perfect game.
And I was going to watch the game, but instead I think I’ll read to the elderly and save cats from trees.
Veer: Making America a better place one rant at a time
I think Matt Diaz has played well and is doing his job on this roster. He has over a 900 OPS vs LHP. Hudson gets more grounders than anyone else on the staff so Jack Wilson’s defense at short makes plenty of sense.
May 20th, 201211:33 am
Pasternicky can make routine plays. No reason for Wilson to be in the lineup today aganist one of the best pitchers in the American League. With Wilson, Fransisco, Diaz, and Ross in the bottom 4. Price might rack 15ks today. Jack Wilson should be a defensive coach not a ballplayer playing for a contender. Hell I will take Josh Wilson over Jack Wilson any day of the week
May 20th, 201211:35 am
Adam Jones and BJ Upton were my picks for breakout season’s. So far I’ve been half right.
Adam Jones 26 years old 310/356/619/975 14 HR 29 RBI 6 SB
BJ Upton 27 years old 275/346/396/741 2 HR 14 RBI 9 SB
May 20th, 201211:37 am
Yankees To Rest Pitching Mound After 8 Innings of CC Sabathia
May 20th, 201211:40 am
Hopefully DLowe can keep it up against the Marlins today…
May 20th, 201211:42 am
Diaz does well against great LHP still. It’s not like he playing instead of Heyward or Prado… I do think McCann should be in there tho, Chipper is already out… I’m sick of seeing Fredi run lineup’s out there without both of them so many times.
Wilson is easily better than Pastor in the field, plus Pastor would be going against an elite pitcher he’s never seen before so any offensive advantage he has over Jack won’t matter much.
I’m sure he’ll get roughed up cause doing well would actually help the Braves so unlikely it happens. lol
May 20th, 201211:44 am
I realize that every player needs a day off now and then. How about Uggla?
May 20th, 201211:46 am
I smell a rubber match victory for the Bravos.
May 20th, 201211:49 am
Good morning y’all
The rest of the month is TOUGH. Sweeps would be nice, but I would be happy to just win each series.
May 20th, 201211:51 am
Fredi should start giving McCann days off when Chipper is actually playing. I don’t see how having both out makes much sense when your serious about winning ballgames. Were talking about arguably our 2 biggest impact players here.
Uggla is gonna play 160 games this season.
May 20th, 2012
Yankees To Rest Pitching Mound After 8 Innings of CC Sabathia
The mound itself is tired?
May 20th, 201211:53 am
It’s a joke, George. Since Sabathia is pretty hefty
I liked the lineup I put together much better than Fredi’s against the tough lefty. BMac should be in there DHing and Prado should be at 3rd.
May 20th, 201211:54 am
Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, Freeman 1b, Uggla 2b, Heyward rf, Diaz dh, Francisco 3b, Ross c, Wilson ss (Hudson p)
May 20th, 201211:56 am
If only Fredi had half the smarts I do.
May 20th, 201211:58 am
BTW I watched the CIN aty YANKEE game CINN not bad at all. Would like to see a MINOR and FREDI to CIN for FRAZIER and DUSTY to BRAVES.
DOB, why is Brian not in the lineup and why Francisco at 3rd? I realize that’s a lot for poor Fredi to think about and juggle, but come on.
May 20th, 201211:59 am
Wow, look at this Sunday afternoon lineup. It’s a split-squad spring training lineup. Apparently today’s game doesn’t count in the standings. Hello shutout.
May 20th, 201212:00 pm
Chipper’s doing better, not nearly as pronounced a limp as he had yesterday. Still wouldn’t bet on him playing Monday, though. Might be Tuesday, but just no way of knowing till see how he feels tomorrow.
I think Dusty Baker is one of the most overrated managers in the game. Seriously. Just ask Mark Prior and Kerry Wood…
May 20th, 201212:02 pm
I don’t understand how somebody gets as huge as Sabathia. I realize he’s like 6′ 7″, but I think some people just eat to eat.
May 20th, 201212:04 pm
Sabathia oughta donate some of his fat to that poor kid on the Dodgers, Dee Gordon. Poor boy looks emaciated.
Today is one of FREDI’s ” lets tip our caps and give them a win” lineups.
May 20th, 201212:05 pm
There is a great chance we see Francisco go 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts today.
Day off for Rays Keppinger, which surprised me (and pleasantly surprised some Braves): Keppinger is 9-for-17 vs. Hudson. Pena (6-for-27) is the only other Ray with more than one hit against Hudson.
And don’t give me that “genetics” shi* either about somebodys weight. Both my parents side are skinny rails and I made myself a healthy 200 lbs.
May 20th, 201212:06 pm
The optimism on the blog today is overwhelming. That Veer guy must really be on to something…
May 20th, 201212:07 pm
Or on something…
May 20th, 201212:09 pm
Some commenters griping about a day off for this or that Braves’ player. From the 11th through the 30th, the Braves will not have had a break in the schedule – in case this pint wasn’t made already. Of course Fredi is going to give some down time to key players.
Nevermind that comment about Keppinger — just asked and was told that he got hit in the foot by a foul ball yesterday, while standing near dugout railing. Came in wearing a walking boot today.
May 20th, 201212:11 pm
I will watch todays game even if FREDI is giveing it to TB, I would not watch last Wed when he gave a win ti MIA at home in our own division.
May 20th, 201212:13 pm
Yeah, that Sabathia’s a fat one all right. When he sits around the house, he sits AROUND the house! Haw haw! Get it? How does that boy win any games with all that weight? I don’t understand…
May 20th, 201212:14 pm
Always nice to wake up and discover the Lakers blew another lead and are one game from elimination.
May 20th, 201212:16 pm
Yeah he’s a fat, sloppy slab of meat. But I sure wish he was a fat slob with a tomahawk across his chest. There’s your lefty ace.
May 20th, 201212:19 pm
George – do you think Fredi is a good manager?
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