Sloppy loss extends Braves’ losing skid to six games

Mike Minor put the skidding Braves in another hole after giving up a three-run run homer and four runs in the first two innings Saturday against Washington, but that wasn’t even the worst part of their day.

The Braves rallied to tie on Dan Uggla’s two-run homer in the fifth, but that was before the faltering bullpen faltered again, and the defense turned shoddy, and the patchwork lineup failed to produce any more runs.

The net result was an 8-4 loss to the Nationals at Turner Field that extended the Braves’  losing streak to six games, longer than any losing streak they’ve had since April 2010.

“We’re not playing particularly well right now,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose injury- and illness-deplted Braves have gone from first to fourth place in under a week, and hit .191 with 16 runs in their six-game skid. “No excuses. We just need to get it going.”

They need a win Sunday to avoid being swept for the second consecutive series, after dropping all four games at Cincinnati to end a 2-5 road trip. The first-place Nationals won the first two games of the series to move to three games ahead of fourth-place Atlanta in the NL East.

The Braves have lost 9 of 13 games since ending a 22-9 surge.

“It’s just a rough stretch for us right now,” veteran Eric Hinske said. “All we can do is keep going out there and playing. That’s it… We’re very confident. It’s May. Just one inning at a time, man. That’s it.”

The Braves got four runs and six hits in six innings against Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg (5-1), who got his first win in three starts (1-2) against the Braves, the only team that’s beaten him twice in his 27 career starts.

Minor had been 0-3 with a 10.46 ERA in his past five starts before Saturday, and gave up four homers Monday at Cincinnati. So when he gave up a three-run homer to Danny Espinosa in the second inning Saturday to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead, it looked as if things might spiral quickly. It was the 12th homer the left-hander had allowed in a span of 28-2/3 innings.

It came on a first-pitch changeup, after the Reds hit three of their four homers against Minor on changeups. Also troubling: Minor had allowed a pair of two-out singles before the homer, including one by Strasburg after getting behind in the count 3-and-1 against the pitcher.

Minor said he didn’t want to “give in” to Strasburg, who’s a pretty fair hitter. He said the same thing after giving up a homer to Reds pitcher Mike Leake on Monday. But he did take something from giving up yet another homer on a changeup. He decided to throw more curveball and cut fastballs, and retired eight of the next nine batters.

“I feel like it threw them off a little bit,” said Minor, who lasted six innings and allowed six hits, four runs and two walks. “I used the changeup a little too much early, and they hit another changeup out of the ballpark. That kind of taught me a lesson – the last five home runs, four of them were on changeups.”

Uggla’s homer made him 6-for-8 with two homers, a double and six RBIs off Strasburg, and tied the score.

But the bullpen couldn’t keep it there. Kris Medlen (1-1) gave up two runs on three extra-base hits in the sixth inning, after giving up a grand slam in Thursday’s series finale at Cincinnati. One run charged to Medlen scored on Rick Ankiel’s triple that looked like it would be caught by center fielder Michael Bourn before hitting the wall beside his glove as bumped into it while backing up.

“I should have made that play,” Bourn said. “I hit the wall at the last minute. The ball hit off my glove. I should have made that play though. I didn’t lose the ball in the sun or anything like that.”

Jonny Venters gave up a leadoff line-drive homer to Nationals 19-year-old rookie Bryce Harper in the seventh inning, the third homer off Venters in six innings of his past eight appearances over 15 days. That matches the number of homers the lefty allowed in his previous 182-1/3 career innings.

Venters has a 7.27 ERA in 11 May games, with 17 hits and seven earned runs allowed in 8-2/3 innings.

“I have all the confidence in the world that him and Medlen will get it going,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just like hitters – they go through slumps. The best thing you can do as a manager and pitching coach is keep running them out there.”

104 comments Add your comment

West Point Brave

May 26th, 2012
10:29 pm

Dumbfounded!!

rc35

May 26th, 2012
10:36 pm

“We’re not playing particularly well right now,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez,…”

I’m glad he finally noticed. The Braves need to do something to get off dead center and show some life. I keep looking in vain for some ray of hope that they’re about to turn some things around.

Tom

May 26th, 2012
10:41 pm

braves once again proof the fact that the nats own the braves, how many in a row have they lost to them? 6? and this skid dates back to when the nats were terrible last season, when the braves were in mid collapse.

It's over now.

May 26th, 2012
10:54 pm

The Heyward “take it easy” catch and pitch in the 5th should have earned him a seat on the bench for the rest of the game. This lackadaisical approach to how the game is played is unbelievable – the Braves have lost 6 straight and no one really seems to care.

At least the Braves aren’t waiting until September to fold like a lawn chair – the one good thing is that at this rate good seats should be easy to come by soon.

least of the east

May 26th, 2012
10:54 pm

you can’t fool Fredi. he knows the score. problem is he has no answers. neither does Frank Wren or Liberty media.
tomorrow is Gio Gonzalez so Beachy better be perfect. 7 losses in a row is fast approaching.
score 4 runs in 5 innings off Strasburg and still lose by 4 ? absurd

Biff Pocoroba

May 26th, 2012
11:04 pm

There isn’t much hope in Gwinnett now either. Terdo has four errors in the last two games and dropped a pop up tonight trying to use one hand being lazy like Heyward. The second baseman and shortstop can’t hit either. Most of the outfielders hit like softball slap hitters and just try to get infield singles. With two blind starters, a guy who stays hurts, two overweight guys, and another local boy with one good year who then disappears, this team is in major trouble. Wren has killed off the future and there is no hope for the present with Fredi in charge. I’m glad I didn’t buy tickets this year with their stupid new rate plans. No one should have to suffer through this mess. The lineup they put out tonight wouldn’t have even won the SEC tournament.

What a bunch of maroons

May 26th, 2012
11:21 pm

Told you so. No killer instinct, no sense of urgency. Same as always.

Leo Fullablaoney

May 26th, 2012
11:27 pm

Hey, this team is still my choice to win it all. My buddy Joe Simpson feels the same way. When do we get paid again?

Harpie

May 26th, 2012
11:27 pm

It’s over now: You’re correct – Heyward should have been yanked from the game for that lackadaisical play. That was totally ridiculous and no major league player should ever play that half -assedly, especially when his team is in the middle of a Bad News Bears -like losing streak. That was disgusting and disheartening.

Thadsdad

May 26th, 2012
11:43 pm

So all the Braves accomplished by holding on to their stable of “awesome young arms” was expose their weaknesses to potential suitors. At this point, even if any of this collections of fours and fives became available, could the Braves get anything approaching value? Realistically, would you trade good, young prospects for the mediocre likes of Minor, Delgado or even Teheran? Saw one of Teheran’s starts the other day on the MLB Network and he was pedestrian at best. Hard to fathom this guy was thought of as a great prospect. Great prospects have electric stuff and the ability to miss bats. Teheran has neither. He reminds me of Jurrjens, only without a decent breaking ball.
Doesn’t Wren realize prospects have their best value when they’re still prospects? That’s when they should have been dealt for the likes of Adam Jones or Lorenzo Cain or the others who were rumored to be available.
As for Heyward’s nonchalant play in the outfield, he should have been yanked immediately – and I’m a fan of his. By not making the move, Gonzalez demonstrated he’s willing to tolerate lazy baseball. Few managers at any level would have looked the other way.

ane

May 26th, 2012
11:44 pm

Batting pastornicky second is a dumb move. He does not really hit well when it counts. Double play the first time up. His hitting is fair his fielding is average. Oh for days of blauser, Furcal, Renteria, Escobar and even Gonzalez. Their defense was very good and the hitting wasn’t bad.

Ball's-N-All

May 26th, 2012
11:53 pm

Turn out the LIGHTS the PARTY is OVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR…..Braves are in BIG TROUBLE an there is no way for them to even try and fix it…

Ball's-N-All

May 26th, 2012
11:58 pm

FG could’nt pull Heyward if he had wanted too there was’nt anybody to replace him with…SAD

jj

May 27th, 2012
12:14 am

McDowell is another Parrish. Let the good ole boy go..he’s a joke.

What ?

May 27th, 2012
12:17 am

Just what DOES it take to make coaching and GM changes in this town ???????

freddi STINKS and wren is NO better than his HERO don waddell !!!!!

Get rid of them both !!!!!

What is the presidents problem ??? Again a NOTHING owner, will do NOTHING to correct the
infesting problem !!!

It’s over for another year, Hell they did not lose this many in a row last September, Get RID
of the wren/freddi show once and for ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Retired 6 years too late

May 27th, 2012
12:26 am

Bobby choice for Manager, isn’t the person that should be a manager @ the major league level nor AAA. I stopped watching after the homer Minor gave up and instead watch the NCAA Super Softball Regions playoff. I will never watch Bobby Lite and his band of pretenders make this city “Loserville All Over Again”. Way to go Bobby Lite. You suck as a Manager and should be put on the next Bus out of town along with Wren and McQuirk.

Who Me?

May 27th, 2012
12:42 am

So – here we are knocking at June and mired in a 6 game losing streak. Fascinating or Freakish?? So FG and FW, where do we go from here now that we got nobody to back up the backups? The old guys are hurt, the young guys can’t hit, and your Fearless Leader is on the DL….what to do, what to do?

JB

May 27th, 2012
12:43 am

U need a owner who cares braves and then u will b on top

Who Me?

May 27th, 2012
12:46 am

Where is the vaunted pitching staff? Can Beachy save the day tomorrow night – on national TV? Will FF play tomorrow night with non-dry eyes?? Enough of the crap guys, we all want to know – is this the team we thought we’d have this spring or is this just a blip on the radar?? Are we tired from almost 20 straight with no days off? It looked alot like that today with way too many mental errors. What’s the coaching staff going to do to reign this all in by tomorrow night??

JAFO

May 27th, 2012
12:49 am

Right fg, tip your cap to the best team in mlb with a 6 game losing streak. Probably not a large sample size. And ‘bourney’ makes that grab 100×100. Apparently not. Probably best just to keep saying ‘you know…you know…you know…” until the questions stop.

D.A. Nuggla

May 27th, 2012
1:04 am

The Braves player”s efforts now are the mirror images of the Braves manager’s managing abilities. In an interview with another AJC reporter he pretended he didn’t even notice Heyward’s screwup. Said he was too busy getting Medlen ready to go in. That is above and beyond pathetic! He is about as useless and inept as a certain President.

CC

May 27th, 2012
1:16 am

Sports’ pay structure is all wrong. Once a player gets his contract there is, technically, and probably actually, no real incentive to play 100% all the time. And that IS the issue — incentive. Once the contract is in the pocket players always make 100% of their pay whether they accomplish anything or not. This goes for Baseball, Basketball, and Football.

The only 2 sports that have the pay structure correct is golf and tennis. You no play well you getta no much pay. Yes, for some in tennis there’s a fee just for showing, and maybe there’s that in golf too, but it’s not widespread and only for the elite.

If pay was tied to production in certain statistical categories in the three major sports, there’d be a WHOLE LOTTA sweat pourin’ down, because — you choke or play like a joke, you’re bank account suffers.

It shoulda been implemented long ago. A century ago.

HIVPositive

May 27th, 2012
1:34 am

Can someone else come in for Hinkse. He isn’t hitting anything, and his fielding is awful!

reckingball

May 27th, 2012
1:55 am

All of you guys should hold on to your panties.
Things are probably going to get worse, before they get better.
But, things will get better.
go braves

jay

May 27th, 2012
2:12 am

Don’t we get it they are playing to the level that they are, not to good maybe even lower than sea level, WAY TO GO BRAVES

ltdbrave

May 27th, 2012
6:14 am

Like I said yesterday, the Braves have some serious problems. Our pitching act like it’s batting practice the way the opposing teams are launching the ball. Plus, the Braves must lead the league in Grand Slams allowed. I sincerely doubt if the Braves will sign Bourn either at year end. Liberty just doesn’t spend money and never will being corporate.
This whole slide started when Schueholz devastated the team and farn system in acquiring worthles Texeira. Now Wren is nothing but a corporate yes man.

You said what?

May 27th, 2012
6:33 am

Whomever did the game on ESPN radio alongside Boog Sciambi SLAMMED Roger McDowell yesterday. Was talking about Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty, saying that he was a nice man and was generous with his time. Said he is nothing like braves pitching coach Roger McDowell. Sciambi tried to gloss it over for him. Did anyone else hear this or know who the guy is?

ncbravesfan

May 27th, 2012
7:02 am

I wonder how many times the folks at ESPN have had to redo the promo for tonight’s game. “On Sunday Night Baseball, watch as Bryce Harper and the Nats take on Chip … er, Fred…er, Brian … Eric Hinske and the Atlanta Braves!

What a mess. The “good” news is that there is ONLY four months left to endure.

ken

May 27th, 2012
7:13 am

I had high hopes for this team. Taken down by a bruise, dry eyes, and the flu. The old-timers would have played through a bruise, dry eyes, and a flu.

tim

May 27th, 2012
7:40 am

By all means push the panic button,the sky is falling,SOS titanic,blow it all up,the end of the world is near…….GIMME A BREAK !!!!! People its May !! Relax injuries nicks scraps bumps bruises even flu its all part of it. April to September long season the Braves are going to be fine.

ncbravesfan

May 27th, 2012
8:03 am

The Braves will be lucky to win 8 games between now and the end of June. When they are sitting on July 1st at around 10 games under .500 and in dead last, will they still be “fine”?. This team is far from fine. They need players who aren’t so fragile, a better manager, and new ownership. Other than that, they are perfectly OK as is.

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
8:35 am

I’m a die-hard passionate Braves fan wanting his hometown team to win, to get off the deck, keep scrappin’, bring the heart, heck! somebody’s gotta get mad, just this rollin’-over, & lettin’ the other team have their way with you really sucks! It gets old after a while. The fan base is frustrated, can’t blame em’, Oh what to do? Here’s hopin’ for things to pick-up. Reason knowing we have 3 main bats missing in a depleted line-up is hard, but you think the other guys would rally up to play adequate & stay in the clutch.

Brave Guy

May 27th, 2012
8:38 am

The Braves are still in front of the Phillies!

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
8:57 am

Why call up anorther corky, journeyman catcher hittin’.192 in the minors is beyond me, we need a spark, some clutch in the line-up, I’m thinkin’ of a thumper in mississippi if we can’t or won’t make any moves(Evan Gattis) dang! He’s got a .314 BA career minor league wise, A catcher(another big salty,whom I’ve wished we would’ve kept in the Tex trade, He sure is a big Gang Buster for Boston now, switch hitter to boot) but big Gattis is like another Big Salty, & he’s learnin’ to play LF. Since chipper’s on the DL again, let Big Gattis learn 3B – double time. Alot to ask, I’m afraid he’s a diamond in the ruff, good plate discipline, High avg. Thumps solid-w/big threat for clutch, & if he does good keep him in there when if the other 3 get back. We just needed one more solid threat in the line-up. I just hope he don’t grow stale in AA’, better option than Boscan & Flailin’ Francisco who has no balance in his follow through, couple of mendoza line players if you ask me. & Heyward, looks like he could be approaching the mendoza line as well if he don’t pick up consistency. Big Gattis knows how to hit, check his stats, give him a shot. Chipper & fredi were endorsing him not too long ago. Bring him up! He’s hungry for success.

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
9:04 am

I heard somewhere Prado doesn’t want to go back & fourth LF to 3B, guess you can’t blame him, & Fredi done put Flailer Francisco in the dog house no loss there. Get Big Gattis up & ready, he’s chompin’ at the bit. I feel he’ll re-energize our hapless lineup.

VinceVanGo

May 27th, 2012
9:12 am

Fredi G. showed last year that he is not the best at knowing when & how to make managerial moves. I don’t think that his time in Atlanta are going to approach Bobby Cox. Though I do think that Minor should be sent down, and Delgado after 1 or 2 more bad performances, overall the Braves starters have done pretty good. It reminds me of stretches over the last couple of years where the Braves starters knew that they had to pitch a shutout and pray for 1 run in order to have a chance to win. What does that tell you? Consistent lack of hitting over an extended period. Whose fault is that? Frank Wren! The manager doesn’t draft or trade for players. That’s the GM’s responsibility. Wren hasn’t given the Braves the tools that they need but then again Liberty Media has his hands tied. Corporate ownership in sports is not a good thing, all they care about is the bottom line, and anytime your more interested in your bottom then anything else then that’s a real problem.

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
9:16 am

You know what(a fredi line) I’m callin’ for GATTIS! Hey Frank,CALL UP GATTIS. A STUD waisting away in AA.

Let's Go

May 27th, 2012
9:44 am

When the season started no one was expecting the Braves hitters to carry this team, score 3 or 4 runs and the pitching would do the rest. Sounds good but a funny thing happened on the way to the stadium, with the exception of Beachy & Kimbrel the pitching staff has been average at times and down right dungy most of the time.
Venters, EOF, Durbin, Minor – Bad
Hanson, Livan, Medlen, Hudson – So So, very inconsistant.
Delgado has looked exactly like you would expect a young 5th starter to look like – good at times but rarely get’s out of the 6th inning and can unravel after a couple of hits or a bad call. Reminds me of Tommy Hanson in 2010.

When the hitters failed the Braves replaced the hitting coach but last year the pitches failed at the end of the season too but for some reason Roger McDowell got a free pass. Other than Hudson, Durbin, Livan & O’Flaherty these guys are still young pitchers and need the leadership of a good pitching coach. Maybe it’s time for the Braves to invest in a good pitching coach.

bobby

May 27th, 2012
10:05 am

Fredi said the Braves are not playing particularly well. I wonder what it would take for him to think they are playing badly.

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
10:16 am

Let’s Go; RIGHT ON!

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
10:25 am

Hey Atl; We gotta hang tough through this some way some how. Tryin’ to find answeres though it’s a long season, just hope we don’t sink anymore. mabey someone out there got some answeres.

NORRIS CHUCK

May 27th, 2012
10:25 am

Braves Sign Collin DeLome

By Mike Axisa [May 26 at 11:00pm CST]

Here are the day’s minor moves…
•The Braves have signed outfielder Collin DeLome according to his Twitter feed. The 26-year-old hit .253/.318/.460 in his six year minor league career after being the Astros’ fifth round pick in 2007. They released him last month.

Who is this???

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 27th, 2012
10:35 am

Brye Harper has just not been in the league long enough to get the message. They all loaf, if the ball is played cleanly it is determined by the fielder and the runner, that is a single, that is a double, triples are less predictable. They do not play like Little League, where it is get all you can, til they stop you.

Harper just surprised Heyward not playing by the code. I’m amazed that others do not do it. The first and third situation always gets me. The other night they had Bourn on third with less than two outs and someone fast on first. In youth ball, you always send the runner on first and force the action. Not the Braves, other teams do it to the Braves, but the Braves never take advantage of the opportunity. All the yes men say, well it is the ML’s they can make those cutoff plays. Yeah about 15% of the time. Saw the Braves try it the other night and McCann threw the ball into center field.

This kinda “code” killed the NBA where players wouldn’t play the zone, because they thought it was unmanly. They don’t challenge the steal and break away, because the player making the steal should be rewarded with a dunk, according to the code. Just my opinion.

bill

May 27th, 2012
10:38 am

Norris like most of the BRAVES heis noone

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
10:44 am

@74bravesjersey Anya Hashimika Yobosayo

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 27th, 2012
10:46 am

Carnac senses hostility. Ya’ll don’t think Havana Fats & Roger McEgotist know what they’re doing! Hell, everybody but Joe Simpson knows this. Here’s an idea. Let’s bring back Milo Hamilton. He knows how to call games when the Braves play like this! LMAO!

Don

May 27th, 2012
10:48 am

Too many injury-prone players. Haven’t had a bon-a-fide LF in a decade. The RF gets a pass when Francoeur, who was more consistent and put up better numbers, was shooed away. McCann, not worth the $$$ to re-sign, given his age and propensity to have one or two injury periods per year. Pitching staff, inconsistent, no wonder, check out the payroll on this bunch, wreaks of an inexperienced staff that is bound to be inconsistent.

BravesfaninWis

May 27th, 2012
10:50 am

All I can say about the Braves pitching staff with the exception of Beachy, Hudson, and Kimbrel is that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Mine Minor is the same old Mike Minor that he always was, he sucks. I am just waiting for Beachy to implode and go back to that same pitcher he was a year ago. This pitching staff from top to bottom, starters and relievers, gives up way to many homeruns. This in nowhere near the pitching rich teams that the Braves have always been known for. I guess when you get spoiled with the Greg Maddux’s, Tom Glavine’s, and John Smoltz’s of the pitching world, you expect more. Not a single “top prospect” in the Braves system could hold a candle to the wind to any of those guys. While Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine are all sure fire Hall Of Famers, these clowns we currently have will all be sure fire future nobody’s scattered throughout the league.

This team needs a makeover from top to bottom. Get rid of the scabs and start over. I am to the point in believing that the Braves will be bad for a few years and not contending for the division crown anytime soon. Yes they have a winning record, but for how long? This team will always find a way to choke it all away. They are quickly heading to the cellar of the division, and I won’t be surprised if that is where they finish the season.

Hey Minor, any chance you can demand a trade now? Not that any team would give up a bag of crap for your worthless ass, but it would be nice if we could associate Mike Minor and Former Atlanta Brave in the same sentence. That kid is a bum, no more excuses can be made for him, he sucks.

bostonbravo

May 27th, 2012
10:52 am

not playing “particularly well”????
Fredi Shakespeare??

stew

May 27th, 2012
11:06 am

Why did he replace Minor? With Medlen? Why show Ventors in a spot he’s uncomfortable with? In the seventh not the eighth?

Ben

May 27th, 2012
11:08 am

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=atl#y=2012&m=6&calendar=DEFAULTy
Looking at June on the schedule, can’t help but feel the Braves will be out of it by start if July.

Ralph

May 27th, 2012
11:11 am

I’ll bet the owners don’t even know their team is soon to be in last place nor do they care. Most of them probably have never been to a Braves game.

64 year Braves fan

May 27th, 2012
11:35 am

From first to worse in 1 week. Will be out of any playoff hopes by July 4th. Wren should have traded
Minor, Teheran, and all those “great” pitching prospects last winter for Adam Jones & others he could have had. The manager and the entire organization stinks. Mets and others winning with “contact”
hitters. Our guys are just undisciplined wild swingers who get “lucky” once in a while.

Ozzie

May 27th, 2012
11:41 am

Have avoided commenting for a long while b/c I felt we wouldn’t know what kind of team we had until at least mid May.

I am not sure if this is it or we are just suffering from odd ball injuries. A freakish flu, dry eyes and a severe contusion would not have been on the Nostradamus board back on April 15th.

Still what has been the case from the beginning is a suspect pitching. Yes the offense is wetting the bed w/o Chipper along with the injuries but its the pitching that looks unreliable.

Plus there really isn’t any arm in the minors right now that is totally dominating. Teheran looks a bit better, Redmond looks solid to very good and Gilmartin is progressing.

But that is all in the minors. No telling how it will translate to MLB as teams are getting hot and in the case very soon (Phillies) healthy with key players coming back.

Overall the team looks as advertised – an offense that can have flashes if everyone is healthy. The pitching is ok but not great b/c they lack a true shut them down Ace and any guy who is going to pitch multiple CG or well over 200 innings.

That cocktail is going to be up n down weeks or months if the healthy bug stays in play which it will.

Sadly I fear Wren will not get a bat come the deadline and will instead get a 4-5 starter type to replace Minor.

What the team needs a is a bat and a TOR starter to go all the way in Chipper’s last year.

Wren will lack the money and the resolve to do that.

Greinke + a named bat would be ideal but not likely for a variety of reasons.

It would be ironic if they end up getting Peavy for the rotation. I could see that trade being easier to pull off unless he blocks it once again.

But the larger concern is can this club win w/o Chipper in 2013? Add Bourne to that what if b/c I don’t see him staying for less that 14mm a year and he will expect better pitching which means trades not rookies.

Dawg'88

May 27th, 2012
11:59 am

A New Slogan for the 2012 Braves:

SEASON ON THE BRINK

Unless it turns around quickly with at least a bit of a winning streak,
say goodnight! Funny, the Nationals have had tons of injuries and
yet they keep rolling. But as for the Braves…..NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Brave Wife

May 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

Hopefully, the rest of the team will pick themselves up. I really dont know about husband.

BravesfaninWis

May 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

Braves are in 4th place in the division. Sure, only a half game separates 2nd to 4th place in this division, but the Braves have lost 6 in a row and one hell of a pathetic stretch. Does this surprise any true Braves fan? They are good for this kind of playing. They can never perform at a high level consistently, they can never win “must win” games, they fall flat on their faces against division foes no matter who it is. If the Phillies are in first place, the Braves will choke against the Phillies. If the Nats are in first place, they will choke against the Nats. If the Marlins are in first place, well you get it.

Its like the Braves are allergic to being in first place these days. How about this boys, why don’t you earn your f’n paychecks. When I have the flu, I have to work. Man up McCann and get your ass out there and earn your f’n paycheck. These players are complete wimps these days. They get paid so well so that they never have to work when their playing days are over, and many of these guys barely play a half of a season. Not saying that is the case with McCann, but he misses what 4 games already with the flu? Give me a f’n break. He won’t get any sympathy from this guy I can tell you that. Actually, I am surprised that half this team hasn’t missed significant time for bruised egos. That would be more appropriate than the damn flu.

Brave Wife

May 27th, 2012
12:21 pm

@BravesfaninWis Easy, Who you talk about.

Brave Wife

May 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

Just trying to give some inside info. Sorry you dont want it bye

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
12:31 pm

Shusi and Saki time. Bye for now.

g

May 27th, 2012
12:35 pm

has anyone wondered why the marlins record improved quite a bit after fredi boy was let go in mid season? ramirez loafed some whe the old man took over, and was benched for awhile.as stated earlier, our pitchers can’t pitch. but many who have left us suddenly can pitch again.etc,etc,etc.

BOYCOTT THE GAMES UNTIL WE GET QUALITY OWNERSHIP,AND MANAGEMENT, THEN WE WILL HAVE QUALITY TEAM.

nashvillewill

May 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

Heyward’s play and FG’s leaving him in there (put a pitcher in the OF if you have to, but MAKE A STATEMENT) tell you what you need to know about this team and its attitude. The Nats appear superior to the Braves in every way – deeper bench (they have more injuries than the Braves are still raking), superior starting pitching, and bullpen (I guess we all noticed how our bullpens matched up head to head on Sat.). Since the Braves appear stuck with some of these guys (Uggla, Chipper & McCann for this year) and few changes are forthcoming in the starting lineup, I say release the terrible bench players – all of them except Ross – and bring up minor leaguers (Durango has 22 SB’s, Gartrell 11 HR’s, Mejia 36 RBI’s, Parraz .305 avg, Constanza .298 avg). Surely they could not be any worse than Hinske, Wilson, Diaz, et.al. It might give some enthusiasm to the team, which it appears to lack. Also some Gwinnett pitchers are excelling – Redmond, Carlyle, and Gearrin – so that Venters, Minor, and maybe Delgado and Medlen could go down and work on some things. Standing pat with this group as Wren and Co. insisted on doing after collapse last year, won’t cut it much longer. The fans are restless and upset. Trying something, even if it doesn’t work at least shows imagination and energy.

Michael G.

May 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

Mr. O’Brien….for old times sake, can you tell us again how Miike Minor is the next Tom Glavine? Please tell us again. It just keeps getting better and better!

D.A. Nuggla

May 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

If I was the manager of this bunch Heyward’s butt would be sitting in Gwinnett and Contanza would be on his way here for tonight’s game. Constanza is hitting .298(was over 300) and playing good ball. We all saw what he did last year. He has lots more hustle than JHeyward, and this team needs a boost right now. Of course Dr. Gonzalez(he diagnosed BMac’s flu) will sit on his hands and show his lac of leadership as usual. The Braves leadership reminds me of the leadership of this nation-NONE!

darrell starks

May 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

You guys never listen 2 me.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gong

May 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

Maybe the Braves are a good team but Washington is on fire. As I recall, Washington recently won a series with Philly with Philly only winning the last game, and Philly came into the series with a winning streak. Time will tell if Washington cools off. The NL East is a very competitive division. Each team, in fact everybody, has the opportunity to improve.

darrell starks

May 27th, 2012
12:59 pm

Bring Constanza back and move Prado 2 3B, but you guys never listen 2 me.

Liberty Media need to call me ASAP.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D.A. Nuggla

May 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

Me thinks “Brave Wife” is pulling our legs. Anybody on here think she is legit?

darrell starks

May 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

1. Bourn CF
2. Constanza LF best Bunter on the team also with speed.
3. Prado 3B
4. Uggla 2B
5. Freeman 1B
6. Mcann Catcher
7. Heyward RF
8. Andrelton Simmons SS the fastest player on your team, he is batting .300 with 9 SB in minor

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

May 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

Some body please tell why is Jake Wilson still playing Baseball, he is batting .170

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

YoYoYo! Big Tommy; How’s it hangin’; man I only get to come by here only on the weekends, sorry it took a while to respond back. How’s da saki’s?

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

YoYoYo! Big Tommy; How’s it hangin’; man I only get to come by here only on the weekends, sorry it took a while to respond back. How’s da saki’s?

ncbravesfan

May 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

Only about 7 hours until the Bravos go for 7 straight and a shot at the basement. Fun times.

74bravesjersey

May 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

Dang! I hate to repeat Da’t. My Bad. My finger studdered while hittin’ da enter button(twice).

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
1:28 pm

@74bravesjersey. Anya hashimika Yobosayo, Saki good. Braves just OK. Got Sushi and Saki. Maybe Geisha girl later Come on over.

darrell starks

May 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

Jason Heyward have been horrible so far in his career, getting worst every year when Batting..

One of his major issue at the plate, he stand to far away from the base, he has to change his batting approach at the plate and get closer with choking up more on the Bat.

Jason must protect the base much better and get closer 2 the plate, his wide swing is hurting him.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dubyajay2003

May 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

Bobby Cox didn’t hesitate to pull Andruw Jones in the middle of an inning and he got the message. Constanza put some fire in the lineup last year when they needed it. Hayward thinks he is untouchable now after spring training. Shake it up.

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
1:54 pm

Where did everyone go?

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

Apparently everyone wants me off. So I will go. Dont know what I did, but OK. Bye

Dennis

May 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

I think all area psychiatrists should be notified about this blog. If they become aware of the depths of despair, the sheer anger at it all, the unbridled anger toward their team…..all the shrinks would make sure those with suicidal tendencies stay away from this blog. To read this blog, the world is ending and the Braves are doomed…doomed I say! My God they are 26-22 in a competitive division with some injury problems and slumps….but there are around 114 games left, so let’s not slit our wrists just yet.

JC Boscan III

May 27th, 2012
3:00 pm

Solution to Freddie’s Dry Eyes —- have him watch the last 6 Braves performances back to back — he’ll be misty-eyed with sorrow after that. Problem solved………Free of charge!

Now, that only leaves about 5 other problems to fix…. (Venters, Minor, McCann’s hitting, Bourn’s new-found slump, and Heyward’s declining production as the season has progressed). Hmmmm, maybe I left one or 2 out… Good thing there’s 4 months left in the season!! We just blew our opportunity to put major distance between us and the Philthies, Marlins and Mutts. In spite of it all, ……. GO BRAVES!

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

@Dennis….Reread all posts. Is that Brave wife on here legit?

PaulBP

May 27th, 2012
3:11 pm

It was nice to see MBourne quoted in Washington media as practically begging to go to DC. If he doesn’t care, why should Heyward bother to field singles to RF? Oh, I mean doubles.

Dennis

May 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

@Tommy…..about as legit as the baseball knowledge of the majority of the people who comment

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

@Dennis, I thought that too, but just being sure. I agree some of these so called Brave fans are not very knowledgeable.

Dennis

May 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

I live in the Nationals area and believe me the Nationals would overpay Bourne, but think their outfield next year will be Morse in left, Harper in center and Werth in right. Can’t see them spending money for Bourne. They are tied to Werth with his huge contract, Morse is a right handed power bat and Harper will be in center for a few years. The only way they sign Bourne is if LaRoche is shown the exit and Morse moves to first.

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

@Dennis Got Saki. Want some.

Piedmont Blues

May 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

Considering how much the Braves need a versatile guy who could fill in at several positions AND hit some, could anyone explain why the Braves just flat gave up on Drew Sutton? He’s raking in TB right now. I don’t get it.

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
3:51 pm

They wanted money. Enough said.

Piedmont Blues

May 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

Tommy, I understand that. I think. It’s just that they’ll probably go out and get a marginal veteran who’ll cost a lot more than Stubbs. That makes no sense.

jj

May 27th, 2012
3:57 pm

Brave wife=Samantha

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
3:57 pm

I* thought he should have made the team out of spring training. I dont think Freddie liked him.

jj

May 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

Georgia Tech Baseball teams wins ACC Championship…Congrat to GT.

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
4:00 pm

@jj Had not thought of that,but you are probably right. Thanks.

jj

May 27th, 2012
4:02 pm

Adam Jones signs 6 year 85.5 million contract with “O”…

Larry

May 27th, 2012
4:13 pm

Anyone heard from Lewd and LoboSoDumb? I guess the two domestic partners are busy with other things.

This team is led by arguably the most dimwitted, cerebally chalenged, and poorest excuse of a leader in professional sports. That the Braves stuck with this embicillic pinhead after his horrid management last September is unfortunate.

Chipper plays when he feels like it, Hinske and Francisco are clinically obese, Heyward can’t hit and now doesn’t care to play defense, etc, etc, etc.. Worse, it takes FG weeks to makes lineup or other changes that astute and genuinely qualified ML managers make in days. This team is in shambles and worse, they never exemplify a desire to play hard for this manager…that’s a disastrous attitude for a professional team.

And what does their fearleass “leader” say about all this? “We’re the best team in baseball to lose six games in a row.”

Inspiring, huh?

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

@ Larry You are not even woRth answering. Go somewhere else with your negative comments SHI HU

Larry

May 27th, 2012
4:23 pm

Fredi Gonzalez’s record from September 1, 2011 through May 27, 2012:

37-42

Including Grapefruit League:

47-60

You goobers can sugar coat this any way you want, but that’s about 4-5 months and 107 games of evidence to chew on.

Tommy

May 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

@Larry So What. Can you do any better? I doubt it. Let it go and move on.

Larry

May 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Tommy,

After your pity poor me, “I’m taking my toys and going home” comment at 2:23 pm, I would guess you’re either about 10 or 11 years old or an adult with a double digit IQ and with a serious deficit of maturity so I’ll just ignore you and leave you alone.

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