10:40 am June 8, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
June 9th, 201212:37 am
At the end of the evening the Braves will have the 4th best record in MLB, 1 game behind #2 and 1/2 game behind #3 (which will either be Texas or SF)…
June 9th, 201212:38 am
Jayson Stark @jaysonst
Somebody wake up Billy Wagner. The #Astros 6-pitchers-in-a-no-hitter record is in definite jeopardy in Seattle. M’s at 5 – & counting!
I didn’t report him. It takes way too much time, that it’s really not worth it. If they had a regular flag button, like many other sites, such as HuffPo, then I would.
jj, I think they are talking about chipper’s bat.
Going to call it a night
until tomorrow, blog!
The A Bomb
Weirdest no-hitter ever? Andy Hawkins.
And I was there in Aisle 5 behind the plate the last time Dodgers were no-hit…..Kent Mercker.
June 9th, 201212:39 am
jj – some guy giving McFann grief, who the went after cab when she stood up for McFann…
June 9th, 201212:40 am
A Bomb – cab was there the 2 nights after that…
I didn’t bother reporting him either, but it’s really nice to know there are some good people here, who don’t tolerate that kind of stuff
June 9th, 201212:41 am
8 innings down…
Took my son who was 5 at the time…..heckling all the Dodger fans. Ironically, he’s now a huge Dodger fan…..
And the no-hitter continues through 8.
June 9th, 201212:43 am
Last time Dodgers were no-hit……
June 9th, 201212:45 am
Man — that was 18 years ago?
June 9th, 201212:55 am
Very close play at first…
June 9th, 201212:56 am
June 9th, 201212:57 am
And we have another no-hitter – officially recognized or not – good job, Kevin Millwood!
June 9th, 201212:58 am
And Mercker fades into oblivion…..
Nice! Always good when LAD lose a game!
June 9th, 201212:59 am
AT least there’s a Braves connection.
June 9th, 20121:01 am
I just returned home from tonight’s great game. I was very impressed with Fredi’s managing tonight, especially using Diaz to PH and Ross to get a righty into the game, after which Freeman PH. Gonzalez clearly outmanaged Toronto’s manager because we had the match-ups in our favor (even if the players didn’t always execute). Also, I was surprised that Toronto didn’t intentionally walk Uggla and Heyward to bring up the pitcher’s spot with 2 out in the 9th and a runner on third. I’d certainly rather pitch to Jack Wilson than Uggla or Heyward in that situation.
Yeah, I’ll never forget when the Braves were forced to trade Millwood…
June 9th, 20121:02 am
Looking forward to watching tomorrow, since all I saw tonight was the first pitch. Night, all!
Waffle House or Bust
June 9th, 20121:34 am
You guys are funny. Don’t praise Heyward tonight when in the past you wanted him traded. So funny how some of you base your opinions on if we win or lose. Have a game plan and stick with it. Braves fans…. Ha!
June 9th, 20122:19 am
Does anyone know who the idiot above my post, formerly known as, NO MORE BOBBY, is talking to?
I always find it amusing when some jerk calls out the entire blog in general, even though there are hundreds of people opining every day.
June 9th, 20123:03 am
Nice win tonight! Saw the highlights, and happy for Heyward………..Heyward is going to be a great player.
June 9th, 20123:06 am
Heyward, will be a star…….
June 9th, 20123:29 am
I think Diaz deserves more chance to play LF. Constanza can’t even get the ball past the pitcher and Fransisco can’t make contact.
June 9th, 20123:38 am
The Marlins team just looks pathetic. Apart from Stanton and Hanley they don’t have much. Tampa dominated them tonight and they looked lifeless aganist us. How were they even tied for first place 4 games ago. I don;t think Marlins will hang around come September.
Milwaukee and the Giants are the team that scare me for the final wildcard spot
June 9th, 20123:40 am
Don’t change anything , this line up is winning !!!.
June 9th, 20123:51 am
Veer – I agree with you that Diaz should play instead of Constanza. Hope Constanza will get it going, but he really hasn’t shown much? When Chipper comes back, you will see Constanza back down in AAA ball. Francisco just needs to play a full season.
June 9th, 20123:53 am
I think Braves still should trade for Dempster, or Zack G. They should do it, and go the Distance.
June 9th, 20124:13 am
Ward, how come your posting early in the morning? Most your posts i notice are early in the morning.
Do you wake up at like 2am?
June 9th, 20124:38 am
Veer – Montana time……….. 2hours differance. Plus I’m a night owl, when I get home from work. I work 3pm to 11pm., but it’s O.K. that you asked.
June 9th, 20124:43 am
so Ward I take it that when the Braves play you are probably sleeping since you are a night owl?
You probably watch boxscores and highlights?
June 9th, 20124:44 am
Also I don’t like coming on in the games unless the Braves have a good lead. Most of the time I post a few, before work, and then a few after work, and on the weekends some times you see me on during the evenings. i’ve been pretty consistant with my post.
June 9th, 20124:48 am
Veer – I miss the games during the evenings, and read the blog some times when get home, but mostly watch the highlights……. I’m going to get to watch the Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat game today, and follow the Braves on Saturday, and Sunday.
June 9th, 20124:51 am
Veer – Have a good one! It’s almost 3:00AM here. Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!” Let’s keep the good times rolling…….
June 9th, 20126:16 am
@Urban redneck: I agree completely in regards to your “first” comment. However, Maddux is more a Brave than a Cub:
ATL-11 yrs—194—88–.688—–2.63—363–363—61—2526.2 1828
CHC-10 yrs-133—112–.543—–3.61–302–298—47—2016.0 1305
June 9th, 20127:26 am
Hard to classify 3 hits and giving up 1 run as a disappointing start but think it was. Beachy has to learn to push through and stay longer in games. 5 innings doesn’t cut it. Like him, think he has having a strong season but wouldn’t classify a perennial #2 starter yet. Need more to advance in playoffs.
WE NEED DEMPSTER!
Gimpah & McError
June 9th, 20127:36 am
SB: Johnson, K (7, 2nd base off Beachy/McCann), Davis, R 2 (14, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann, 3rd base off Kimbrel/McCann).
June 9th, 20128:15 am
Anyone feel like the magic is coming back to Heyward? I do! What magic you ask? The magic he brought those first 2 1/2 months he came up. He was instrumental in alot of exciting wins. Here’s hoping he stays healthy. Hard not to like the guy, when you listen to him talk. Not sayin I didn’t like him, but for all the haters out there. I liked it when he didn’t dis Prado for the dirt down his back, he called it “Victory Dirt.” That made me smile!
June 9th, 20128:18 am
Anyone feel like the magic is coming back to Heyward?
Not quite yet, but I’m getting there. I’ve been one of the Heyward questioners, hope this is the start of very good things for Heyward.
June 9th, 20128:20 am
Really? Ryan Dempster? Has he ever pitched on a competitive team? Their stats are virtually identical. I’m not sure where you see that he’d be any kind of upgrade over Beachy. Over Delgado and Minor, ok…But Beachy? I don’t see it.
June 9th, 20128:23 am
Heyward has been a class act since his arrival in the Majors. Looks to me like he is learning a few things about himself and the game. I’m cautiously optimistic.
The next round of bids for Soler are due this weekend, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). The Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers have been the most aggressive teams so far, Olney reports.
June 9th, 20128:44 am
Interestingly enough, Heyward only has 7 BB’s in his last 25 games. He’s been swinging away, for sure. The walks will come though, especially if he continues to hit for extra bases.
June 9th, 20128:48 am
Heyward now hitting .280/.375/.520 in 145 PA’s vs. RHP.
June 9th, 20128:59 am
Y’all just don’t seem to understand that no one cares if Heyward walks – they want Extra Base Hits from him and those useless RBI.
June 9th, 20129:02 am
Constanza now hitting .207/.207/.241. Can we end this Chipper rehab assignment already? We all know dude rakes when coming off the DL.
Y’all just don’t seem to understand that no one cares if Heyward walks
I care if he walks.
June 9th, 20129:04 am
Braves don’t win if Uggla doesn’t walk so many times yesterday.
June 9th, 20129:09 am
But if Uggla had hit a single or double when he walked with the bases loaded, they win in nine innings.
Walks are all fine and well – better of course than an out, but you want your heavy hitters hitting and driving in the top of the oirder who have great OBPs.
If walks were what everyone expected from Heyward, why has he been universally disappointing until he started to hit for power?
June 9th, 20129:16 am
Because he didn’t walk enough. You are absolutely right here. Of course I like it when Heyward is patient, chooses his pitches carefully, and takes his walks when they are there. I like it a lot more when he bashes a couple of home runs in a game. But the walks are an essential part of his game and his value. We saw in the 10th how dangerous he can be when simply on base.
Uggla had the bases loaded walk and the walk in front of Heyward’s double to score another. They both extended the inning. One time Heyward came through and one time he didn’t. If the pitcher doesn’t give you your pitch, the ability to take a walk is very valuable. Or even if you miss two pitches you thought you should crush, the ability to take a walk gives the batter behind you a chance to impact the game with runners on base.
June 9th, 20129:20 am
Danga – I know – I’m freaking bored and just wanted to throw some gas on the fire now that Durbin’s not doing it anymore. Wish they played a triple header today.
June 9th, 20129:22 am
Lew, he’s been universally disappointing because he has a career OBP in the .350’s – that’s under what we expected for him on base wise, and power wise, he’s slugged like .430, also under what we expected.
If Heyward is going to become what we want, he needs to walk and hit for extra bases – both.
June 9th, 20129:23 am
Wish they played a triple header today.
I’ll be there today to pick up my when sid slid bobble head. I’m psyched. Will be my first game of the season.
June 9th, 20129:25 am
If anyone has an extra bobblehead – I’ll trade for artwork.
McFann :Ô: :Ô:
Sopheee McFann did you catch Mac dancing on the side after the win?
Yes! I was about to go up, and Mom says, “[McFann], you have got to see this!…”
June 9th, 20129:29 am
Beachy has walked 13 batters in his last 3 starts.
June 9th, 20129:30 am
“Your production goes down when you make a change. It might help you in the long run, but it’s really tough to trust in yourself. You feel like your role gets affected, and maybe negatively. I knew I needed to make changes to become successful in the future. But if I did them and didn’t pick it up in one or two months, I might’ve been out of a job anyway. It’s hard for guys to do that, and I know because I went through it.” – Jose Bautista
Among MLB RF qualifiers, Jose ranks 18th in OBP (229/337/486) and Jason Heyward ranks 20th (250/335/449)
Good article from Jeff Passan, last year…
Jurrjens did good last night…
Jurrjens had a quality start in a no-decision. He worked six innings, giving up six singles and two earned runs. He walked no one and struck out four.
June 9th, 20129:34 am
Picture #6— ♥ ♥ Also, LOVE Smoltz’s tie!! Nice…
June 9th, 20129:38 am
Much better for Jurrjens. Hope he keeps the trend going.
June 9th, 20129:54 am
13 walks in 3 games, hope that improves.
Uggla is having a solid season all around. Such a good baserunner, enjoy watching him on base. Very good instincts.
J Hey improving but reading superstar status not sold on yet. Didn’t have a great at bat late with bases loaded but a good game all around.
Lew’s right about the bench, we need help. Hinske and Diaz a shell of what they were in 2010. Love to see either Kotsay or Reed Johnson.
June 9th, 20129:57 am
Saturdays….love ‘em, especially in the summer–my boss has a list of things for me to work on outside and I am in my favorite chair inside watching her start what I have let rest. Oh what for things to do in this life; however, I believe “a Heyward” approach to this request will result in a free afternoon. Time then for a little baseball and the Braves, GA, GA, GA…Atlanta baseball; baseball and the…………….
June 9th, 20129:59 am
How much longer does McCann plug up the three hole?
June 9th, 201210:05 am
Dunno mang, but it’s getting old.
June 9th, 201210:16 am
“Took my son who was 5 at the time…..heckling all the Dodger fans. Ironically, he’s now a huge Dodger fan…..”
You should slap him now for turning on the Braves for the Dodgers.
June 9th, 201210:20 am
That was a fun game to be at Except for the fact that my niece, going to her first Braves game since 1998/99, drank a little too much at the Thanks Bobby tailgate and proceeded to puke just before the game started. There was this preppie couple sitting two rows down who objected and complained to the usher. The staff came and cleaned it up, but then a “guest relations” person came and asked us if she could “move us higher”. I said I really didn’t want to because I had paid for these seats and was not moving to another higher deck. She said oh, no, it will be on this level just to another section. So, we get moved to that row that is behind the main Terrace level seats, up in the concourse, one section over, which meant that we couldn’t see most of the Big Screen. And then the little witch who complained and her social party – left in the 6th. What do you think, she never had a little too much and puked it up? I bet she has.
June 9th, 201210:22 am
Who would you bat #3? Prado? Who is really hitting for the combo of average and power you expect from that spot?
June 9th, 201210:26 am
Then who do you put hitting second? Leave Prado alone. He’s excelling right where he is.
June 9th, 201210:29 am
Amazing, a year after TJ surgery and Strasburg is one of the best pitchers in the National League.
June 9th, 201210:31 am
Prado has more walks than Heyward….never thought that would happen.
Prado is setting himself up to get paid a really nice contract extension. And he deserves it.
June 9th, 201210:33 am
Efrim- I’d like to see them offer Martin a 4 year $30 mil deal. He’ll make that much in arb this year and I bet he’d take the security of that deal.
June 9th, 201210:37 am
Yeah, let’s not move Prado. Let’s just put Freeman back at #3 when he gets back this time…
Or put Heyward there—whatever floats your boat…
June 9th, 201210:39 am
Good win last night – a little frustrating at times given the chances the Braves squandered with men in scoring position (but a win is a win).
Its not a good lineup when you’re best hitter in the 6, 8, and 9 spots is the pitcher batting eighth. Hinske and Biff are black holes right now, and Francisco’s AB last night in the seventh inning was painful to watch.
Gil in Mechanicsville
Reading some of the comments of the past 18 hours or so, I am reminded of why I frequent DOB’s blog much less than I once did. I guess some do not realize that when they have to resort to name calling and insults, their argument is lost.
When McFann first made her appearance on this blog, I did not believe her to be who she said she was, a teenage girl and gave her a hard time. She is who she is and I appreciate the innocence she brings to the blog. It is good that we can have heroes and role models in our lives rather than be cynical of everyone who comes along.
For the dude who discribed himself as being someone strong off the bench in respect to the blog, Lew is one of the reasons DOB’s blog is a success. He and a few others, most of whom have moved on, kept it relevant and fun. I am afraid the folks who have come along post JJS don’t have a clue as to how much fun it was.
Now baseball…. Heck of a game last night even if it was way too long. Sometimes you have to wonder if they turn off the shot clock at first pitch in the AL.
Beachy was really all over the place last night, you have to wonder what was going on with that.
Jason Heyward looks to be getting some of his swagger back, really, just a confidence we have not seen from him for a while.
June 9th, 201210:42 am
The Braves will send Constanza to Gwinnett and call up Gotay…. With Wilson sore leg, we don’t have a true Utility Man to play second,third & SS.
June 9th, 201210:45 am
I don’t care where Prado bats as long as we can come off with a victory.
For the dude who discribed himself as being someone strong off the bench in respect to the blog, Lew is one of the reasons DOB’s blog is a success.
I later said it was a poor characterization, regarding Lew being a ‘replacement level blogger.’
Me as pinch hitter? That’s right on. Damn grad school sucks up too much time for anything else.
June 9th, 201210:47 am
THanks Gil. I, too get upset in reference to the grief McFann gets – m uch more than I do when the grief floats my way or in the direction of some of the other of we LOF’s who can dish it out after taking it.
It’s just not right some of what Cab had to listen to last night and what McFann hears sometime is outrageous – makes you want to kick some sense into the little minded fools who post that crap.
June 9th, 201210:48 am
Juan Makes you wonder why Wren was willing to sell Sutton to the Pirates with that being the case. I thought Sutton to be a much better option than Gotay.
All kinds of moves likely on Monday when Chipper returns. You have to ask how long the Braves are willing to ride things out with Francisco? He appears to be a one trick pony at best.
June 9th, 201210:49 am
Oh, I forgot to tell you. I met Tomahawkin’ last night, too. He came out to the Thanks Bobby tailgate. He’s so much fun to hang out with! And he has the most beautiful green eyes!
June 9th, 201210:50 am
Gil – Yeah, Russell was just funnin – I didn’t take offense.
June 9th, 201210:53 am
How bout the defense from Prado!! Yowsa!
June 9th, 201210:54 am
What would it take to get Craig Gentry and Mike Olt from the Rangers? Gentry is coming into his own as an excellent center fielder and olt is tearing it up in AAA and could be are answer at 3B next year.THX.
June 9th, 201210:55 am
Gil…i was thinking last night what happen is Uggla get hurt….who play Second?….i know will be Wilson…but i just learn that he’s in the shelf with a leg injury…Regarding Francisco…he need to play everyday..he need to get some at ab…must in AAA.
June 9th, 201210:58 am
Juan -= Yeah, I’m not sold on Francisco being the bust some seem to believe he is. With mpore playing time, I’m thinking he could be a decent hitter with 20-25 HR power and while his glove isn’t that great, he has a strong arm and could be a lot better than some seem to think.
Carroll: Do you need a proof reader, or is it me?
June 9th, 201210:59 am
monty, that was a beautiful play by Prado last night.
Beachy’s fastball was clocked in the high 80’s around the 6th inning. Not sure what was up with that.
June 9th, 201211:01 am
Lew, the guy has to be one miserable soul. A desperate cry for attention because he does not know how to interact with other human beings other than to try cause strife. It is symptomatic of a bulling complex and likely would not dare to try it on someone face to face.
I am all for free speech and all that but much of the language used has no place in a civil society. We used to call it, a lack of breeding, a shame he did not have parents to teach him about manners.
I suspect CAB can take care of herself if it came down to a bout of verbal fisticuffs, McFann on the other hand should not have to encounter it.
June 9th, 201211:02 am
You know Beachy’s a solid pitcher because even though he didn’t have his A Game last night, he didn’t let the walks kill him.
What’s happening with Chipper? Last I heard, he was heading to Rome for a rehab?
My problem with Juan is he swings at everything and misses most of them. At this point I couldn’t see him getting a hit off of a quality pitcher in a pressure situation, whatsoever.
Lew…agree 100%…this kid need to get out of the bench…he’s get in FATTER sit in the bench….is touch to get one ab every week and fan expect to hit a homer everytime he’s come up.
June 9th, 201211:03 am
Gil – I agree. Kind of partial to McFann, myself – I’m her artistic mentor and I’m even parentally approved. She’s a really good kid and I hate she gets this grief thrown at her.
June 9th, 201211:05 am
Braves have a 1.57 ERA during 5-game winning streak, have outscored opponents 28-8
June 9th, 201211:06 am
monty – You’re not going to get patient swings from someone who gets to hit once or twice a week – especially when he’s a free swinger like Francisco.
He’s had some productive ABs, though and I’d be willing to bet that he’d do pretty well full time or as the L:H hitting partner in a platoon. Anyway, I’m not going to judge him too harshly until he actually gets some serious playing time.
I thinmk Wren made a good move getting him.
June 9th, 201211:09 am
I wonder if the Braves are going to be streaky throughout the season?
June 9th, 201211:11 am
Now, back to baseball…. Prado could move back to second if necessary, the guy is pretty amazing.
I find it strange so many folks being down on Matt Diaz. No, he is not an automatic base hit but his defense is much improved and he wields a decent stick. I am not sure what is going on with Henski. I have to suspect he has some sort of nagging injury the team is not telling (nor should they) us about.
I think a lot of things will level out once Chipper is able to return to the field and Fab Five Freddie is healthy again.
For sure, the biggest difference in this team has to be the arrival of Simmons, just a complete turn around in the team’s demeanor…
June 9th, 201211:13 am
Long shot here but if anyone in Atlanta by happenstance knows someone got gets a Sid bobblehead today and is will to part w/ it for cash let me know. The woes of a fan 1000 mile away.
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