Braves postgame quotes after Sunday’s loss to Nats

BRANDON BEACHY

On his command problems:

“I took a few steps backwards from where I want to be tonight. I didn’t control my fastball and that caused a lot of problems.”

On if affected by being sick this week:

“No, not at all. I pitched poorly. The team put me in a position where we could win the game, and I didn’t execute.”

On losing streak:

“We’re scuffling right now. There’s no secret to that. Getting healthy will obviously help. I had the opportunity tonight to come through and help us get over that hump. Hopefully Tommy does that for us tomorrow.”

On the play at second:

“I should have never jumped and hit that ball. Who knows? It probably would have been a routine double play had I not deflected it.”

On upset with the walk before and after:

“That’s not conducive to winning ball games. Those guys more often than not are going to score. I just can’t do that. It’s inexcusable.”

DAN UGGLA

On the play at second:

“Rather than just concentrating on getting one, I was going to try and be quick and get two right there but I whiffed at it, one of those plays I made nine times out of 10. It was one of those freak things. You learn from it.”

On taking responsibility, didn’t think Pastornicky should go to first?

“It’s totally on me. Tyler made a great play. That stuff happens sometimes though.”

On this streak:

“We need to figure out how we can bring as much intensity as we brought throughout the last week and try to bring more, and be more competitive and come up with some timely hitting and come up with some big pitches when we need it and good defense when we need it. We just haven’t as a whole been playing like we’re capable of playing. I know we’ve got injuries, but everybody’s got injuries. You’ve got to battle through. You’ve got to fight through it. We’ve got to do a better job of battling through it.”

On Gio Gonzalez getting tougher as game went on:

“He really settled in the second or third inning and was hitting his spots, making his pitches, and pretty much dominated until he came out. When he’s on like that it’s tough. But still we’ve got to find a way to try and scrape something across.”

TYLER PASTORNICKY

On the play at second:

“It was one of those bang-bang reaction plays and I was trying to get the lead runner. I felt like I was close enough to the bag to where to where the flip wasn’t anything crazy. It wasn’t a circus play. I thought it was a high percentage play, but it’s one of those things where maybe in that situation next time I learn from that. The way the play went I think it went all right. It’s just one of those things where if we make the play it’s a webgem, if we don’t it’s the biggest play of the game. It’s one of those things where you learn from it and you move on. Maybe in a situation next time if it’s more of a circus play than that I need to learn that I just take the out at first.”

On way things are going it gets magnified:

“It’s tough. We’ve got some guys banged up and they’re our big boppers in the lineup. So when you take those out of from us, it’s tough. We’ve just got to keep grinding away. We can’t use those for excuses. We’ve just got to go out there and keep playing hard.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On a lack of pin-point control for Beachy:

“He scattered it around a little bit. He scattered it, the first time, I think, this year he’s done that. We tried to sneak another inning out of him. He had the bottom of the order coming up and give him hitter, hitter. Yeah, he scattered it around a pretty good. That inning that they scored two, he did a good job minimizing that damage. He walks two guys and then we don’t help him behind him. We make a play that … we’ve got to get an out. Outs at the major-league level, you can’t give them away. You have to get 27 outs. If you make those 30 outs, they are going to make you pay for it. That is a young shortstop trying to make something out of nothing. It’s not a real good play. Get the out at first. It happens. You are still in the game. I think we had one hit all the way until [Juan] Francisco in the eighth. Offensively, we put the pitching staff in a bad position.”

On Beachy being sick this week continuation of the problems:

“No excuses. Look at their DL. Look at the DL of the guys coming in tomorrow in the Cardinals. Believe me, I’ll take my guys because our guys are a matter of a day here or a day there. Some of their injuries are significant. Go out tomorrow and have Tommy [Hanson] give us a good outing and get back in the habit of shaking hands after a game, something we haven’t done in a while. We haven’t done that in a week.”

On bringing in and staying with Livan Hernandez:

“At that point, you don’t want to tax your bullpen. You feel like he can get through it. Bringing him in in that situation, you feel like he’s experienced enough to get you through that sixth inning and keep the game right there where it’s at and get you back to swinging the bats a little bit, get another run and then you get to the O’Flaherty’s and Kimbrels of the world. When we gave up four in the sixth then we need him to do the job he did. He gave us three innings and we ended up only using two guys. Christhian [Martinez] should be good again tomorrow and save your bullpen.”

On if Pastornicky’s momentum was carrying him toward first and Uggla wasn’t expecting throw:

“Danny didn’t know that ball was coming. It was behind-the-back type pass. It’s one of those plays where if it works, it’s great and it’s on the highlights for a week. But if it doesn’t you put your starting pitcher in a bad situation.”

On if better do deal with slump now:

“You come in every morning and you get the stat pack and you see the division is still up for grabs. It really is. It’s early but you want to win ball games. Any time you get an opportunity to win ball games, you’ve got to win them. We had some opportunities in Cincinnati and we got swept four games. But our pitching was pretty good. A couple of the games were one-run games and we just didn’t hit. This series, we didn’t pitch so well at times. I think [Tim Hudson] pitched a hell of a game. We still haven’t swung the bats. Tomorrow it’s going to be bunched up. These guys will be up four games and the rest of the division is right there – us, the Marlins, the Mets, the Phillies. It’s still up for grabs. We’ve got over 100 games to go. I’m sure there will be a lot of winning streaks before the season is over.”

- Compiled by Carroll Rogers and Chris Vivlamore

207 comments Add your comment

VENEZUELA

May 28th, 2012
1:04 am

Najeh Davenpoop

May 28th, 2012
1:06 am

Most of the injuries have been on the hitting side. Injuries don’t explain why the pitching, particularly the bullpen, has been atrocious. A trade is sorely needed. If they don’t at least bring in Oswalt for a workout to see what he has left, they are not doing their jobs.

VENEZUELA

May 28th, 2012
1:07 am

no excuses! but this is getting bad really quickly! amazed with the Heyward boos…DOB, CR, CV! do you see a sense of desperation on the dugout? Is the mood still positive? 7-game losing streak is no cheapy

Zac in Tempe

May 28th, 2012
1:08 am

Get ‘em tomorrow. Play solid until the boys get back. Go Bravos

Myke hawk

May 28th, 2012
1:08 am

Lol, the pitchers did good in cincy?? Wtf??
Dodgers are still the best in the MLB despite injuries, the talent in this lineup is far superior to theirs

iTiSi

May 28th, 2012
1:09 am

Maybe FG (the robot) and Uggla should compare notes before the interviews. Sounds like they were talking about two different plays. It’s a good thing I’m not a sports reporter for the AJC. I think I would honestly bust out laughing in FG’s face at some of the idiot things he says! This guy is in way over his head.

JohnnyOnTheSpotWalker

May 28th, 2012
1:17 am

I was at the game tonight. I heard some braves fans yell at Harper, “you’re overrated”. LOL, I don’t think so kool-aid drinkers. The person I believe that is overrated, is the guy in right field that got booed by his own fans tonight.

Fredi is a Joke

May 28th, 2012
1:22 am

First he puts a guy who is struggling to get on base in the 2 hole! Then Gio can’t find the plate at the start so Fredi gives him free outs. Then he brings Livan in with the game tied and a runner on. When will the press stop giving this idiot a free pass? Awful managing. He isn’t even giving the team a chance.

thomas smith

May 28th, 2012
1:25 am

fredi g.does not know how to manage pitchers.he left hudson in too long.and not put l. hernandez in close games.he also left minor in too long.i also think we have some better pitchers in the minors.

Kevin

May 28th, 2012
1:32 am

If Heyward doesn’t make some adjustments soon he needs to be sent back down to the minors. He has been hitting poorly for too long. He still has a huge hole in his swing at anything over the inside half of the plate and even his command of the strike zone has significantly regressed. He didn’t used to chase many pitches out of the zone, but now I see him do it every game. At this point I think it’s all in his head. He needs to go back down and gain some confidence. About the last thing we needed was another Jeff Francoeur.

Plate Appearance

May 28th, 2012
1:35 am

FREDI NOT TAKING BLAME

Has Fredi ever taken the blame for any of the decision’s he’s made?

If so, I’ve never heard it.

Just once I’d like to hear Fredi say, “I made a mistake not keeping Beachy in the ballgame, and it cost us the game.”

Kevin

May 28th, 2012
1:38 am

Fredi is just lame. He has no fire or charisma. He is too busy trying to get all the players to like him.

go-BRAVOS

May 28th, 2012
1:43 am

Way to throw Rev under the bus Fredi when that play was all on Uggla. The ball was right to him, just because he tossed it behind his back is no excuse for Stone Hands to not catch it.
And does Fredi mention anything about the complete bone head defense by J-Hey? He should have been in last nights game when he gave half effort on defense. I’m not usually one to bang on a coach but Fredi is beginning to really irritate to me and I just do not believe he is the guy to lead this team to a Championship.

Kevin

May 28th, 2012
1:46 am

Oh yeah and they need to call up Andrelton Simmons. His defense would more than make up for any lack of hitting and when he got a hit it would just be a bonus. Besides it’s not like Pastornicky is tearing the cover off the ball. With Simmons at least you get spectacular defense. He is also hitting pretty solidly in AA.

rc35

May 28th, 2012
1:46 am

“At that point, you don’t want to tax your bullpen…”.

Excuse me, Mr. Manager, but the Braves are in a position to tax everything except tea to win a ball game. We can’t end this losing streak until we get one win. What are you saving the bullpen for? The playoffs?

go-BRAVOS

May 28th, 2012
1:50 am

Way to throw Rev under the bus there Fredi, especially when Uggla said the opposite. If he gave a regular shovel toss to Uggla and missed it the error would have been on Uggla, but because he tossed it behind his back they gave Rev the error. Stone Hands should have caught that and it’s inexcusable for Fredi to put that on Rev. How about calling out J-Hey for terrible defense and half effort the past 2 nights?
I’m not one to bash on coaches but Fredi is just in way over his head. He is not the guy that will lead this team to a Championship but then again we are talking about the Atlanta Braves, where just making the postseason is all that matters. It would be nice to have a sports team that went all out for a Championship every year but unfortunately in Georgia the sports teams are all happy with being mediocre i.e. UGA, Falcons, Hawks, and Braves.

HIVPositive

May 28th, 2012
1:50 am

I put more of the blame this team’s performance right now on Wren, than I do on Fredi. Wren had no problem making sure Jurrjens got sent down went he was struggling. Why isn’t he getting involved, and doing something when the team is struggling real bad! We had Beechy in tonight, and still lost, so don’t blame the loss on injuries. Seven losses in a row, quit making excuses. All teams deal with injuries. That’s what separates us from the good teams, because we can’t overcome the injuries. Hinske has been horrendous this month! He’s a guaranteed out. Heyward looks clueless at the plate, and playing in the field. Everyone knows how horrible our bullpen has been this season. Wren needs to step in, and get some players in fast.

Stupid Suggestions

May 28th, 2012
1:51 am

“FREDI NOT TAKING BLAME

Has Fredi ever taken the blame for any of the decision’s he’s made?

If so, I’ve never heard it.”

His name is Barack Fredi Hussein Gonzalez

Hmmmm

May 28th, 2012
1:51 am

dang, Huddy gives up 7 runs in 6.2 innings and it’s:
“I think [Tim Hudson] pitched a hell of a game” with Fredi

but then you have Beachy with a quality start 5 innings, 2 earned runs and Beachy himself says:
“I took a few steps backwards from where I want to be tonight”
“I pitched poorly”

guy was waaaaaay to harsh on himself tonight

Stupid Suggestions

May 28th, 2012
1:52 am

I was at the game tonight. One of the worst performances by the Braves I have ever witnessed live.

RC in the ATL

May 28th, 2012
2:05 am

So I guess Fredi says to heck with the 40,000 people who paid their hard earned money to see the game tonight. Just concede the game with Livan coming in and go get ‘em tomorrow. Well, we don’t get into the ball park for free, Fredi. We don’t get to park for free. We are the paying customers. And your team has lost 6 in a row. I think it’s time to show a little urgency.

RC in the ATL

May 28th, 2012
2:07 am

How do the players know what to expect from FG. He leaves Huddy in on Friday night when he had nothing left to finish getting his brains knocked out, and yet tonight, he yanks BB when he hit a batter, with the bottom of the lineup coming up. And BB had dominated those hitters all night long. What is this guy doing???

RC in the ATL

May 28th, 2012
2:11 am

HIV Positive,

I agree with your assessment that Wren deserves some of the blame, for sure. But I think FG should have been fired after the collapse last year. Francona won 2 WS titles in Beantown and he didn’t survive the collapse. Neither should Fredi have. Now this is likely to drag on and potentially ruin this season. He badly mismanaged the pen last year, and couple that with Bobby Cox’s poor management over his last few years, and now O’F and Venters arms are probably shot. And before that, it was overuse of Moylan. And his arm/back is shot now too.

Why does Chip have such a profound effect on the team when he plays? He has the respect of the rest of the team. Does FG have that? I don’t know, but he should. I know Cox had it, despite his bullpen atrocities.

RC in the ATL

May 28th, 2012
2:12 am

rc35, well said!

RC in the ATL

May 28th, 2012
2:15 am

Can somebody please tell me what Heyward is doing out there in RF? Is it a lack of concentration? Of effort? Of giving a care? Another bobble tonight, and then what was that slide/dive all about.

It was very telling at the lack of reaction in the stands late in that game…and the 25 K people in the concourses headed for the parking lot in the 8th inning. And don’t tell me it’s a school night.

The Braves Front Office better wake up and realize we have a problem here!

Rafael

May 28th, 2012
2:25 am

“Gotta love the fans”…

It doesn’t matter that Fredi is incompetent and over his head as a MLB manager, we’re STUCK with Mr. Gonzalez (Ricky Ricardo JR.) because Liberty CHEAPIA is TOO cheap to fire him and bring in a REAL MLB manager that has not LOST the clubhouse.

How can you win with washed-up bums starting in place of your injured veteran stars???!!!! Liberty CHEAPIA and Frank Wren (whose FAVORITE term is “AFFORDABLE”) have given us a bargain basement bench.

Eric “Whale Wars” Hinske and his 4 K’s. Matt “Double Play” Diaz (Fredi’s nephew) and all these announcers tout how “he rakes lefthanders.” Diaz sure make a huge impact on tonight’s outcome. God love J C Boscan, I’m glad he can at least play defense.

Livian “18 team” Hernandez who liked like Kenshin Kawakami AGAIN. Nice to see Cristhian Martinez get guys out when there is NO pressure or the game on the line. Another great brainstorm by Fredi to bring Livian into a crucial situation in a tight game.

Nice to see Ryan Zimmerman give Michael Bourn a pat on his back. Zimmerman knows already what no one else in the ATL wants to talk about… Bourn WILL be Washington’s starting CF in 2013.

Jason “BUST” Heyward… after seeing Bryce Harper and what a TRUE “phenom” looks like, time (OVERDUE) to send Heyward to the minors where he belongs. I’m sure Gwinnett fans will love seeing his “patented” groundouts, strikeouts, and stellar glove play in the OF.

Liberty CHEAPIA and Wren are NOT going to make necessary changes because of the usual “self-imposed” corporate giant fiscal restraints. They don’t care about putting a mediocre (at best) team out on the field, they expect you to come to the ballpark for the 33% off Turner Dogs.

It makes some jealous and furious to see an organization like Washington whose ownership WANTS to win and puts a TALENTED team out on the field. Liberty Media puts an “AFFORDABLE” team on the field.

You think I’m kidding, a washed-up STIFF like Mike Cameron will be our starting CF next year because once again Wren will revert to the “AFFORDABLE” cards,

Braves fans UNITE… the only way to have Liberty CHEAPIA get our message of disdain is to BOYCOTT going to Turner Field. Stay away, maybe then they’ll sell the team to owners who WANT to win.

Around The Horn

May 28th, 2012
2:25 am

FREDI LOGIC

You’re playing the team leading your division.

You’ve just lost six games.

The game is tied 2-2 — with the opposing pitcher having only given up one hit.

The 2 runs your pitcher had previously given up were unearned.

You just allowed your starting pitcher to hit, so that he could work the top of the 6th.

Your starting pitcher happens to lead the league in ERA.

Your starting pitcher hasn’t had an outing as short as five innings all year.

What happens then in the 6th? Your starting pitcher hits the first batter.

What then should a manager REASONABLY do?

Believe in his ERA leading best pitcher and let him stay in the game? That would be a good choice.

Or if this manager somehow felt his star pitcher had instantly lost his ability to get another batter out (though just minutes ago he let him hit for himself), he certainly would then bring in one of his best relievers, wouldn’t he? That would also be a more reasonable choice.

But what did Fredi do?

Fredi chose neither of these best two options.

And we well know the end result:

More Fredi logic, Livan giving up four runs — and another Braves loss!

David the Shepherd

May 28th, 2012
2:28 am

Fredi is in way over his head, but I’ve been preaching that since mid-season last year. The players’ attitudes are a direct reflection of their “manager”, who is a bumbling idiot. Fredi gotsta go.

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Brandon

May 28th, 2012
2:50 am

i dont disagree with Fredi taking out beachy. Beachy had labored all day and was clearly not sharp, and he was over 100 pitches. However, i don’t really know who to depend on in the bullpen right now. Hernandez got lit up tonight, martinez, venters, oflaherty, and even medlen have been inconsistent, kimbrel is the closer(so he’s def not pitching in the 6th), and the only actual consistent pitcher of late is durbin(sad to say)

Honestly I would hate to be in Fredi’s position because the team is very lacking right now. The bullpen has been inconsistent, the rotation has been inconsistent. How can one manage an incompetent team?

Chipper on the DL, McCann with the flu, Freeman with eye problems, Diaz with strep throat, Ross with a strained groin. We have no bench

We’re using a catcher with a career .223 batting average in 15 minor league years ( J.C Boscan) , the defense has been shaky(uggla and rev still haven’t clicked) and heyward is having mental mishaps or something in the outfield. Prado and Bourn are basically the only consistent players. Maybe uggla as well, but he’s hit or miss.

Its been hard to watch, but ill still be watching because i still feel this team can do big things. Time to get hot! and I’m sure Frank Wren will be making a move soon!

brave boy

May 28th, 2012
3:17 am

Tough times right now…still very early.

its May

May 28th, 2012
3:23 am

relax fanatics……….

ren

May 28th, 2012
3:25 am

we like to keep the consistency of one mgr to the next..john taught us that.

JWOOD

May 28th, 2012
3:30 am

The wins and losses will determine the moves Wren makes. That is, if they keep losing, there might be dramatic changes. If they start to win again, Wren won’t make a move. It’s really simple. But if June looks like last September/ August, then who knows what this team will looks like (or who will be in charge).

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

May 28th, 2012
4:00 am

Ha! What a dumbass! I can’t believe you clowns are making excuses for this manager!

TexasRose

May 28th, 2012
4:20 am

Did I miss something? This is the first I’ve heard of Beachy’s being ill this week…

Doom and Gloom

May 28th, 2012
4:21 am

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clay

May 28th, 2012
4:39 am

I don’t know why you people waste your time in watching them, because you know they are going to lose. If you quit watching then you quit getting mad and upset. That’s what I started to do. This team shows no signs of life and the front office is willing just to stick with what they have instead of shaking it up and making some trades. We have all the young talent in the world to make some blockbuster trades, but instead we are just going to keep running minor up there every 5 days and let jurjjens stay down in the minors depending on how the rest of the year goes, they should think about trading heyward too. Come on guys start showing some life.

Go Go away

May 28th, 2012
6:01 am

Fredi just started his losin now so can be out of any chance by all star game…..Hey look on bright side Baltimore is in first why cause they have all are players we sent there to play now…So frankie wren did help his former team he was fired from….Look out Braves last is closer then You think and well soon u own it….And Harper fellow is next Mickey Mantle while heywood is the next usher at the local theaters!

Ralph

May 28th, 2012
6:20 am

Soon we will be talking about the Wild Card!

Bill M.

May 28th, 2012
6:28 am

It’s all up to the owner & management, if they want the Braves to be better. Fredi G. is a good guy but he is not a good manager.I don’t know about the pitching coach, if we can put the blame on him. I think they should replace Fredi G. with Pendleton and see what he can do rest of season. The injuries have taken a toll. If this continues, there should be no one safe on this team. I’m for trading Heyward, Bourn & McCann if this continues. There needs to be a big shake-up.

Jimmy Baron

May 28th, 2012
6:36 am

When did 38k become a sellout at Turner Field? Thought it was closer to 50k.

mark

May 28th, 2012
6:45 am

Heyward and Gonzo need to go, I think my sons little league coach has been watching Gonzo manage we are 1 and 15

shorty

May 28th, 2012
6:51 am

All teams are a refelection of their manager…the braves are sunk…Fredi has no passion and no clue…and he is no Bobby Coa more like Joe Biden..a talking empty head…Fire Fredi!

Dango

May 28th, 2012
6:59 am

I came to see some “cap tippin’”. Disappointed. :(

NO O

May 28th, 2012
7:02 am

Face it Braves Fans this team is NOT good enough to compete with the Phils, Nats, Marlins and maybe not even the dang mets. It’s going to be a long hot losing summer but we can enjoy Larry Chippers retirement year on the DL again

Charlie

May 28th, 2012
7:08 am

Fredi Gonzo is a first class idiot. The comments he makes are those of a brain dead person. Most every decision he makes is a wrong one. That’s Fredi. It’s what he does, and how he manages. The man is absolute baseball worthless. (”…I thought (Tim Hudson) pitched a hell of a game…” My God Fredi, in his last start, he gave up 7 EARNED RUNS…THAT”S “a hell of a game???). Fredi doesn’t have a brain in his head. None. Zero.
More intensity, Uggla? This team does nothing but choke. Just from Sunday: 4k’s from Hinske…1 for his last 20…As a team, they had over 4 innings worth of outs, without even putting the ball in play…Heyward out to lunch defensively in right, and at the plate…a 13 year minor league catcher…Dan the Man hitting under.200 with RISP…The play defensively is totally shoddy…the bull pen is a train wreck…and you’re saving O’Flarety, Venters, and Kimbrel FOR WHAT?
The Braves suck, and it starts at the top, with Fredi and Franki. Two losers, with a track record to prove it, long before 2012.
Before June 1st, thre Braves are done. This year the choke job will last over 4 months. Franki does nothing to put a team together, and Fredi couldn’t win with the ‘27 Yankees.

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
7:25 am

@Bill M.;100% AGREE! Fredi may truely be way over his head in this thing. I’m tired of sering Livan “Belly” Hernandez coming in tossing,”Tossing” batting practice pitches w/ the game on the line. That’s to the point Hernandez nor Durbin have no business being ran out there in clutch situation, & game on the line. It’s like Fredi sayin’ to the nats & Davie johnson(ex-brave ‘73-74′?) “you know what”, here ya go, we got nothin’ left, chauk ur-self up another one nats, this ones on me.

tired of the Atl

May 28th, 2012
7:28 am

Think this team stinks? Wait till next year….No Michael Bourn, No 3B, Heyward and Uggla will still be fanning the breeze, McCann a year older (or gone). A non-hitting SS. Rotation may have two quality starters in Beach and Hudson if Hudson can get through a year healthy. I hope Prado and Freeman can drive in and score about 6 runs a night next season. I have no faith that Wren will do anything, or that a big time free agent will want to play here. The days of getting guys like Greg Maddux are over. We may look back on the 90s and long for the days the Braves were even in contention.

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
7:30 am

“It’s Dave, not w/ an ‘i. My Bad. also”of sering Livan….” accidently put an ‘r’ for the word ’seeing’ , having to correct mispelling so early in the morning, not that anyone cares.

Carl

May 28th, 2012
7:36 am

Noticed the Nata were without their starting LF and RF (Morse and Werth), their starting catcher and back-up catcher, and their top two closers- but no excused from that team.

Amazed that Gonzalez took out Beachy after the hit the guy (but let him bat the inning before). What the heck- knew he was approaching a pitch limit, but remove him the inning before with a PH! Once Beachy was out, the runs came in droves.Also agree w/other posters- Hernandez for mop-up innings, but not in critical situation.

Went to game- I appreciated Harper signing for young fans, and yet the catcalls were coming down (”over-rated”)- but that is to be expected in any ballpark.

Joe

May 28th, 2012
7:39 am

Is there any doubt now that Heyward is a bust? Yeah he started the year looking much better but now its back to what we saw last year. Pitchers continue to bust him inside and he just can’t handle that pitch. Walker, Fletcher, Chipper, and his own personal instructor have worked with him and the results just aren’t there. I think its safe to say, even though he’s a good outfielder who runs and throws well, that he will never hit like most thought he could.

Kyle

May 28th, 2012
7:42 am

Injuries are no excuse when the only injured players are hitters and your pitching gives up 7 runs a game. What happened after Tampa? The Braves beat Price and Shields at Tampa then make Leake and Arroyo look like Cy Young winners? At least there was no “tipping the cap” in the quotes. So sick of that.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 28th, 2012
7:43 am

Double Zero Eight

May 28th, 2012
7:45 am

When the season started, I posted the Braves
would finish third in the division. I also advised
they needed another “bat” in order to win the
division. Lastly, I indicated McDowell was a
mediocre pitching coach.

Unfortunately, all of the above appear to be
true.

GMR

May 28th, 2012
7:46 am

Truth is this team wins nothing all the time it has such a big chunk of change tied up in Chipper. Although he remains an asset on offense his down time from injuries means that his overall contribution does not justify his cost. The dollars being spent on Chipper could otherwise have been used this year to bring in a decent bat in left field.

Kyle

May 28th, 2012
7:55 am

GMR look at the braves record with and without Chipper. He has to be the most important person to any team in the league.

GoBravos124

May 28th, 2012
8:04 am

I think the rest of the season all MLB teams play the Gwinnett Braves and the Minor League teams play the Atlanta Braves . . . maybe then the competition would be better. Don’t know if FG could even handle that job either. I think he’s a “helluva manager” . . . . how about you?????

HAL

May 28th, 2012
8:10 am

funt no one mentioned the umpires floating stike zone tonight i thought the game high light was him getting it between the legs now that was worth watching

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
8:11 am

I know some say it’s still early, but why in the heck is the atmosphere like the Dulldrums. No life, no fire! I do here the fire & frustration coming from the blog. I’m like everyone else tired of rolling over for other teams coming in or even lately on the road spanking the Braves like some “red-headed” step child, man this is frustrating. Just little over a week ago we were drumming up, & pounding out on everybody else like they were our red-headed step son(or child) like nobody’s business. I know it’s the injury Bug, yeah were depleted, yeah everybody’s been through it, the phillies, the nats, the dodgers, etc. But those teams adjust w/ what they got, & don’t miss a beat. The guys the others have filling in the gaps, & man J-Hey, Hinske, Ya’ll quit this junk of giving up you’re AT-Bats & being easy outs. I don’t care who you facing Gio, strausberg, any of them, work the count, keep the bat alive, protect the plate dad-gummit! If fredi don’t say it, some of us will! Sick of it man! STEP UP Guys, QUIT making the other team lookin’ like world beaters against ya’ll. Bryce Harper, 19 yr.(couple mos. younger than my daughter shows more plate discipline! Where’s the Discipline.

HAL

May 28th, 2012
8:13 am

as for haywothless he dosent even deserve comment i said last year if youall think frenchy was a bum and a bust just wait a year or twoo lol what a clumsy washed up excuse for a err ball playa

tennisbrave

May 28th, 2012
8:14 am

You just gotta tip your hat to the Nats these last three games for sweeping us in from of our fans. Tip your hat to the Reds for also sweeping us in the last series.

Supes

May 28th, 2012
8:19 am

Wren should fire Fredi, McDowell today…promote Eddie Perez from bullpen coach to Manager THEN he should fire himself for not putting together a competitive roster and standing pat.

Ask yourselves, why did the Nats get Gio Gonzalez and NOT the Braves if he was available? Wren the “prospect huger” rater hold on the likes of Minor and Delgado etc…when a PROVEN commodity like Gio Gonzalez was out there for the taking?

That’s the kind of sloppy management that can set back an organization for a while…our bench sucks, we have little OF production, we depend on “hopes and dreams” that Heyward will magically turn into a great player, or that Chipper will stay healthy…on a light hitting average at best defensively rookie SS? Wren gambled and LOST folks…some of you are too blind to see it.

He fell in love with our own prospects and they aren’t producing results RIGHT now in 2012…who knows in the future but right now…they just aren’t cutting it on the big league level in a competitive NL East.

As a lifelong Braves fan, it’s maddening to watch this team…knowing what could be and what it is.

Supes

May 28th, 2012
8:21 am

When you see the Nats play if you are a Washington fan…you see excitement and hope for the future (even with their key guys on the DL)…when you see our beloved Braves…you see a team that should be playing in AAA!

64 year Braves fan

May 28th, 2012
8:22 am

The cap tipper has got to go!

TPic

May 28th, 2012
8:29 am

“At that point, you don’t want to tax your bullpen. You feel like he can get through it. Bringing him in in that situation, you feel like he’s experienced enough to get you through that sixth inning and keep the game right there….When we gave up four in the sixth then we need him to do the job he did”. This is your manager describing the logic behind bringing in his worst pitcher after pulling the NL ERA LEADER. Someone should inform Fredi Cox of Hernandez’s job description which is – if the team is up by 6 or more runs or down by 6 or more runs, pitch Hernandez. Otherwise he does not see the field. Period. Although based on his ‘performance’ last night he pitched a hell of a game – nearly as good as the one he mentions from Hudson. On a side note, how much jack does a RF need to sway an official scorer? Heyward made not one but two errors last night and neither showed up in the boxscore. Bobbling yet another grounder which allows the runner to score is an error. And falling down allowing a runner to advance is also an error. It’s a wonder more players don’t field 1.000 with such generosity.

Marvin Mangrum

May 28th, 2012
8:33 am

This, er, umm, er, group aint no team, got 2 folks out with flu, in the rest of the majors, how many other folks are out with the flu?17, 18, 33? How many, how many, heck, ya da pro, how many? Two folks wearing contacts evidently fitted by the third grade glass at the blind academy! Backup players that aint fit to play minor league ball, throwers, yup, they aint pitchers, throwing pitches kids could slug, its pretty sad, till the guy in charge says” we going to come out of this fine”, yup, I bet! Already in last. Heyward is no longer a pro ball player, actually neither is Ugly, neither is Freeman, neither is McCann, neither is third base, neither is none of the backup. If it wasnt so pitiful it would be funny! I am sick and freaking tired of it. No Im not going, I dont care if the tickets are free, no Im not watching. They are far enuf out now, the season is over. Give Chipper his money and bench him, good freaking grief! If you aint got no legs what difference is your attitude? ” Yup, when I get in there in two to three weeks, Im gonna get two hits and make a great play at 3rd, then after two days rest, Ill do it again” Gee sus! THis has got to be a cartoon!

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
8:33 am

I’m gonna say it, ya’ll know how when the Braves are goin’ good, & some bloggers get on here sayin’ where are all the nay sayers & all the band waggoners, or negative-sayers, sky is fallin’, easy to talk when things are goin’ good, & mabey some have stayed w/ them thick & thin, I still am my self, because I’m a Die-Hard Braves fan, I remember the lean yrs.-mid to late 70’s,brief 3 good joe torre yrs. then the horrendous ‘85-90′ chuck tanner/russ nixon yrs. I remember so well cause I’ve lived & died w/ this team since. If I say somethin critical, somebody else is gonna call me out on it as though they’ve been a true-blue Braves fan & I’m looked at as a sour-puss because I’m ventring off frustration. I want like most people here is consistency w/ all atl-franchises, tired of mediocrity, don’t have to accept it. Things goin’ good as they were earlier, & no I am not a doomsdayer-or doomsayer, just wanting my team to win which represents the city, & the respect factor to be earned. “Everything Rises & Falls On Leadership”- Dr.Lee Roberson

Matt from MN

May 28th, 2012
8:40 am

Tippin’…tippin’ the cap all over the league for Frediot and his close personal friends Livan and Chad.

Marvin Mangrum

May 28th, 2012
8:40 am

Oswalt wouldnot, couldnot win 3 games for Atlanta, it aint them so much as it is us. Imagine this team with Gilluen as manager!

stoky

May 28th, 2012
8:43 am

Ya just gotta tip your hat to em sometimes……..everythimes..

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
8:53 am

Lots of frustration on this blog & can’t blame it. Keep venting & mabey somethin’ positive will come out of it. I still say Go Braves! & Let’s do somethin’ about it. Hang tough or get tough. Come out fightin’ this evenin’ like nobody’s business, by the way it’s the cards, I still say you owe em’ somethin after last yr. Don’t stop now. Start now! Step up Boys, see if you got it in ya to do what it takes to win. Depleted, Banged up! Sick, Dried-Eyed, How ’bout some OL’-Fashion open up a can on somebody,Dig-Down-Deep Heart & get after it DAD-GUMMIT! Bring some extra incentative passion to be a BULL out there! Don’t give-in man, c’mon guys, I’m still w/ya, most of us are!

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
8:59 am

@Matt from MN; stokey; Awesome man! Awesome! LOL; Gotta love it man. Total frustration brings monotiny(if spelt right). You gotta have good since-of-humor to ward off any monotiny disease.

G Dawg

May 28th, 2012
9:04 am

To sum up; never have so many been paid so much for so little effort. The pay for athletes should be tied to their results, like most of us schmucks out here in the real world. Based on recent effort, the Braves would all be food stams by now

Winchester

May 28th, 2012
9:04 am

Nice read, RC35. I agree totally.

As a matter of fact, I agree with all of the comments this morning.

This team is the result of Wren doing nothing during the off season and standing pat with a perennial loser in the face of a horrendous swan dive last season. His acquirement of retread Hernandez was an absolute joke. Yeah, that sure helped the bullpen and the team’s overall strength. By the way…who’s advice is he getting on pitching talent? The assessment from top to bottom of the pitching squad is way over rated.

Fredi is so over his head and inept in his duties that any other team would have had him fired last year. Last night’s game was the last straw. Totally embarassing.

Matt Diaz? He gets kicked around the league after us because he can’t play major league ball. What does Wren do? He rehires him thinking that Diaz will messmarize lefties and hit home runs til the cows come home. Fire Wren. Fire Diaz.

This team and this organization is in deep s#%@ until major steps have been taken to correct ownership, management, and player personnel. Washington stepped up. Marlins stepped up. Mets stepped up. Cleveland stepped up. Cleveland stepped up. Look at us now and look at the 3 opponents in our division.

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
9:05 am

Fredi’s fav catch phrase, during interviews like he’s askin’ the reporter ” And you know what” like it’s a surprise catch-off-gaurd phrase, suppose to surprise you I think. Last year, early this year, was beginning every other sentence- “And you know what”? Is it a question he’s askin’ or a beginning of a sentence phrase?

G Dawg

May 28th, 2012
9:05 am

I meant to say food STAMPS/

CCA

May 28th, 2012
9:07 am

Give the players a DRUG TEST before the game. If they are not on drugs, give the Manager an IQ test
to determine if he knows anything about BASEBALL. Is liquor being served in the clubhouse?

NORRIS CHUCK

May 28th, 2012
9:08 am

The Braves hadn’t been swept in a series by the Nationals since the last four games of the 2009 season, when they finished the year with a six-game losing streak. The Braves’ current losing streak is seven games, their longest since dropping nine in a row in April of 2010.

And they choked late last year as well. Folks, theres something seriously wrong with the organization and its players. There are other teams just as banged up as the Braves, but they compete.

These guys just plain quit. But then you can do much about washed up pitchers. Thats on the organization whom continues to shop in thrift stores all over the place to find players. They cant pitch(as ive stated over and over again that the staff was overrated), dont hit cause they arent smart hitters, but management continues to sign or draft pitchers instead of finding a replacement for the “ageless wonderboy” and 3rd base!

These Braves and Hawks and Falcons all have one thing in common, they quit. The give up, they fold when adversity hits them in the mouth. Folks thats all because of penny-pinching management. I will atleast say the Falcons make bolder moves but they still havent won a playoff game with the current group they have.

And Wren and company will continue to say “its a long season” or “you gotta tip your cap” while everyone else is getting better. There is NO way in the world i would have brought back the same team that coughed up a 9 game lead that late in the season, but they did and i hope they hit last place by the end of the week!!!

Rick

May 28th, 2012
9:10 am

As I pointed out several times last night, Livan had a sub 3 ERA coming in to the game. There’s good reason to believe he could have gotten through that inning.

On Rev’s play, Fredi was asked about it. Doesn’t seem like he was calling him out. And he wasn’t asked about Heyward’s mistakes.

Marvin Mangrum

May 28th, 2012
9:19 am

Sorry folks, just got a bit extra time, but look here, if we do not have replacements for these bums in triple A then katy bar the door, tell me once more, who is the star? Would the head writer tell me once again how deserving of a $20 mil a year contract McCann is. Can anyone help Ugly get a hit, is it in his DNA to bat 201? This is the sorriest TEAM I ever saw. Somebody needs to fire two coackes and a GM, somebody needs to get better ball players. I wouldnt even watch this crap on tv. If you folks would stay away, just stay away, it would help. 2-3 thousand at each game for a month would help.

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
9:20 am

Quote from a movie scene “O’Brother Where Art Thou” just after fallin’ off the train, pete & everett tryin to vote who the leader of this outfit of 3 is, after voting for themselves, they look at delmar, & in return delmar replies ” I’m with you fellas”! Classic! All the Bloggin’ above me I reply in like manner-” I’m with you fellas”. Each of ya, I’m with ya, good reads.

Carl Farvman

May 28th, 2012
9:23 am

DOB, please explain why the ATL media entertainmant reporters are not harping on the field dimensions any longer as a reason for the Braves slide. Fortunately, I was able to listen to professionals on the ESPN broadcast; a team that provided experienced and relevant insight and fair-minded analysis…no constant barrage of mindless banter like those good ol boys on Peachtree TV. The ESPN guys pointed out several instances of stategy/decision-making flaws on the field in real time. You would never get that from the ATL radio and TV crew. All you would get is recognition that the JayHe ‘patted his chest as if to say My Bad!’

darrell starks

May 28th, 2012
9:26 am

Braves are a boring team with speed in this organization to become and exciting and exsplosive team, last year before Constanza was call up to starte in the line up, the Braves was barely making any noise at all, they where just 2 dam boring to watch, Constanza change that bringing so much energy to this team, then for some reason he stop playing Constanza every day and guest what happen yeah that right Braves became the same old Braves depending on HR every time at bat and lost the Division race then collapse.

BUILD THIS TEAM ON SPEAD.

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

Tweet

May 28th, 2012
9:27 am

Two leftys coming up and what does Fatso do! Brings in a right handed pitcher and an old fat one to boot! Good call Teflon Fredi!

Tweet

May 28th, 2012
9:30 am

Im sick of hearing Gonzalez clap trap after every game and I am sick of looking at Wren and his CoolRay sunglasses sitting in his seat and getting drunk…..and I am MOST OF ALL SICK OF JASON HEYWARD….. He is NOT a superstar! Hes another over hyped Atlanta Brave just like Delgado, Teheran, Pastornicky ,etc etc

lim

May 28th, 2012
9:30 am

Enter your comments here

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
9:31 am

Rick; I agree, but I felt Oh man down 3-2 too critical, w/ runners on base, too critical considerin’ they know he don’t have much but to toss soft stuff up there & they know him considerin’ he was w/ them the last couple of years, so they knew to stay back on the soft cheese.

darrell starks

May 28th, 2012
9:36 am

Move Prado to 3b.

Bring Constanza back at LF.

Bring Simmons starte at SS will be your fastest player on the team batting .300 with 9 SB in the minors.

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

ncbravesfan

May 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Gotta love Moylan calling out the fans for booing. What are we supposed to do? Cheer this crap?

Here’s a novel idea … start playing better and the fans won’t boo.

DetroitBraves

May 28th, 2012
9:45 am

@Fredi is a joke, to me the biggest issue is the missing personnel but you’ve made some really good points. He does those same kind of things when the Braves are winning, but at full strength the talent can often cover for him.

@Rick, Livan’s ERA is a little below his fielding independent numbers (4.09) but he’s still playable. I jut don’t know that he’s a high-leverage reliever. However, I haven’t seen the Braves play enough lately to know the recent bullpen usage so without knowing the viable alternatives to Livan last night it isn’t fair for me to levy much criticism against Fredi for that one.

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
9:47 am

@ Marvin Mangrum; WholeHeartedly with ya on that one sir!

darrell starks

May 28th, 2012
9:47 am

1. Bourn CF
2. Constanza LF best bunter on the team.
3. Prado 3B
4. Ugggla 2B
5. Freeman 1B
6. Mcann Catcher
7. Heyward RF must make adjustment at the plate, stand to far of base with a wide swing is hurting him.
8. Simmons SS fastest player on your team.

Braves need some excitment on this team is 2 durn boring 2 watch, must starte stealing and manufacturing run and stop trying hit everything over the fence.

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

Let's Go

May 28th, 2012
9:48 am

Tweet @ 9:30am

Sorry you are so sick, maybe you have that same virus the Braves had going through the clubhouse last week.

Tom

May 28th, 2012
9:52 am

to the fredi bashers, hind sight is always 20-20.

DetroitBraves

May 28th, 2012
9:54 am

@darrell starks, good lord, do you really want to see more bunting? Don’t give Fredi any ideas. Seriously though, I was surprised to hear just how well Diaz is back to hitting lefties. He hit a couple of smashes last night (one to right and one to short) that were jut bad luck to not get through. But I do agree with you that the team can be boring, even when they are winning. There just isn’t really any star power for some reason – no one to make a casual baseball fan stop and watch. Heyward may eventually be that guy, for all the grief he takes here he’s still just 22, but right now that player just isn’t in the lineup. Of course, that doesn’t mean they can’t win.

74bravesjersey

May 28th, 2012
9:54 am

Dang,Good points! Detroitbraves, I stand corrected, the Bullpen’s been taxed, not a whole lots been any good a stop gape.

Cough

May 28th, 2012
9:55 am

Another Atlanta team chokes in the spotlight…. I am an Atlanta sports fan and these chokes get harder to bear every time.

Bill

May 28th, 2012
9:58 am

I am a braves fan, however, need to accept fact that the talent on Braves is at .500 level. To be able to compete with .500 level talent two things need to happen: one, team needs a manager that demands 100% efforts at all times winning or losing, Freddi is not the manager for the job, he is more of everyone’s friend “I’ll make an excuse for your bad play”. Example look at Mets, less talent than Braves, their Manager demands 100%. Second with a .500 level talent team you need defense, regardless what Joe Simpson says the Braves are below MLB average at C, 3B, SS, 2B, LF, and at MLB average in CF, RF, !B. You might not like his personality, but look at Harper of Nats. He gives 100% effort at all times on bases, in field , at bat. Who on the Braves give that much effort notta one.

Also,Braves have more than their share of overweight or non-athelitic players (McCann, Hinskie Juan, Uggla, Medlin, Liva, Juan, ).

Gene

May 28th, 2012
9:58 am

This is September all over again and indicative of a total lack of leadership from Wren and Gonzo. Here comes another sweep.

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