Braves vs. Red Sox: Bad Septembers, now streaky first halves

BOSTON – Someone asked the other day if I’d seen a team so up and down as these Braves, a team with so many winning streaks and skids in the same season, and my quick answer, probably without thinking long enough about it, was that I had not. I said without thinking long enough because I’m sure I’ve covered some Braves (or Marlins) teams that had a similar number of streaks and skids.

But again, without looking it up I still can’t recall one off the top of my head.

There are, however, extended surgest and alarming streaks within a season for most teams, except for the very best ones, which obviously don’t have too much of the severe losing jags. Which brings me to the Braves opponent for the next three days at venerable Fenway Park. Beantown’s hometown nine, the Red Sox, who in their first year under Bobby Valentine (and in 2011 in the last year under Terry Francona) have not exactly ridden a blissful wave of fan adulation and clubhouse fellowship like they did not long ago (more on that in a moment).

You think the Braves have been up and down? Well, yes, they have been. Very much so. But check out the Red Sox:

The Braves, winners of six of their past seven road games, will face the Red Sox tonight in Chipper Jones' last scheduled visit to Fenway Park.

The Braves, winners of six of their past seven road games, will face the Red Sox tonight in Chipper Jones' last scheduled visit to Fenway Park.

The only would-be playoff contender of recent vintage with an even worse September collapse than the 2011 Braves (albeit only one game worse), the Red Sox have come back in 2012 with a disappointing start that finds them in fourth place in the AL East, 5-1/2 games behind the rival Yankees, and just 17-19 at cozy Fenway Park, where every game is a sellout and the Red Sox have enjoyed one of baseball’s better home-field advantages for years.

Did we mention the Red Sox have the highest average per-seat price in the sport, and payroll of about $173 million that trails only the Yankees and Phillies and is roughly double the payroll of the Braves? Well, now we have.

Streaks? Entering tonight’s series opener the Red Sox have gone 7-1 with a .295 batting average and 3.42 ERA in their past eight games, after going 1-7 with a .221 average and 4.06 ERA in the previous eight. They have 51 runs and 11 homers in their past eight games, after totaling 25 runs and four homers in the previous eight.

But it doesn’t take a careful examination to understand why the recent winning streak rings a bit hollow: It’s come entirely against the suddenly inept Marlins and sad-sack Cubs. The Sox have won five straight against the Marlins in that span, completing a three-game series sweep at Fenway last night while the Braves were in town enjoying an off day following their series wins against the Yankees at New York.

And speaking of streaks – stand back, paid professional crafting a transition here – how about those Miami Guillens?

Folks, the Marlins have gone off a cliff since the Braves whipped them in early June.

They went 23-9 with a 3.59 ERA while scoring 145 runs in 32 games from May 1 to June 3. Then the Braves went to Miami and outscored them 21-3 during three games June 5-7, starting a downward spiral that’s gone unabated for the Fish, who’ve gone 2-13 with a horrendous .199 average and equally horrendous 6.55 ERA in their past 15 games. They’ve scored 36 runs in those 15 games (2.4 per game).

And the Marlins are still a game ahead of the Phillies in the standings. Unbelievable.

The Braves are four games behind NL East leader Washington and a half-game behind the second-place Mets. If the playoffs started today, the Braves would be a half-game out of a wild-card spot. The Mets and Giants (who are in second in the West) have identical 38-32 records and would have the two wild-card spots.

But the playoffs don’t start today. Or next week. Or next month. Or the month after that…

The Braves have played 69 games and have 93 to go. If the rollercoaster continues at the rollicking, careening pace we’ve seen so far, some Braves fans might not make it, I’m afraid. For some of those in our football-crazed area of the country, the football mentality that causes some to get too high or low after one terrible or great game or a series, has rarely been seemed more tortuous than this season.

And we’ve not even made it to the All-Star break.

Hang on. I have a feeling we’ve still got a whole lot of vertical drops and hairpin turns to go.

• Different look: Of course, if the Braves can keep Jason Heyward going like he’s been lately, and if Freddie Freeman’s eyes and contact lenses cooperate now that his finger is healed enough to stay in the lineup, then maybe the Braves have turned a corner. That’s what some in the clubhouse think.

And they can point to the two wins Tuesday and Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, against a powerful team that had a 10-game winning streak before those losses, as evidence of what this Braves team is capable of when Heyward and Freeman are healthy and clicking.

“You come in here and take two out of three, it’s a really big win for us, especially the way we’ve been going,” said David Ross, who hit one of the Braves’ five homers in Wednesday’s 10-5 win in the Bronx, including four homers off Phil Hughes. “I’ve been saying all year, when we’ve got everybody in there, with Freddie Freeman back — he’s a huge part of our lineup, let’s be honest. He’s a really good player, makes us really deep.”

And, Ross added, “Jason Heyward had a humongous game.”

Heyward's June surge included two homers in Wednesday's 10-5 win at Yankee Stadium. (AP photo)

Heyward's June surge included two homers in Wednesday's 10-5 win at Yankee Stadium. (AP photo)

Heyward had two homers, his second two-homer game of the month (he also had one at Miami). Heyward is 18-for-50 (.360) with 10 extra-base hits (four homers), nine RBIs and a 1.136 OPS in his past 14 games, including 10-for-25 (.400) with six extra-base hits during a seven-game hitting streak.

And after batting .182 with one homer and 23 strikeouts in 66 at-bats during his last 19 games in May, Heyward has hit hit .351 with four homers and 11 strikeouts in 57 at-bats and a 1.067 OPS in 16 games in June. His two-run homer in the eighth inning helped the Braves pull away late after the Yankees had erased most of the Braves’ big early lead.

“Thank goodness Jason Heyward and Martin Prado came up big late in the game to get those insurance runs, so I could relax and be aggressive with [calling a game against] this [Yankees] lineup,” Ross said. “Like I said earlier, when we’re healthy and Freddie Freeman’s in there, Mac in there, Chipper wasn’t in there today but…. We’ve got a deep lineup when Freddie’s in there. If we do some things right here and there, we could have taken two out of three from them at home.

“Our pitchers are battling right now. Our bullpen guys are battling their butts off. I know they don’t feel comfortable but they’re really doing a good job of battling and staying in the game. You’ve got to give these guys credit for just [continuing to] push.”

As Ross also noted, “We’ve been good on the road all year.”

The Braves are 22-15 on the road, second-best road winning percentage in the National League and third-best in the majors behind the Rangers’ 23-15 and Washington’s 20-13. And how about this one: The Braves are 1-6 in their past seven home games, and 6-1 in their past seven road games.

Here’s what Braves GM Frank Wren had to say after the series finale, when asked about the Beachy season-ending elbow surgery and how it might affect the Braves’ pursuit of a trade for a veteran pitcher (like the Cubs’ Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster).

“I think we get through the next few weeks leading up to when the trading season really begins, and we evaluate what we have, how guys are throwing and who might be available,” said Wren, who will be watching intently tonight, like most of us, when Jair Jurrjens makes his first big-league start in two months after being recalled from Triple-A to fill in for Beachy.

“It was nice to see our guys bounce back the last couple of days [at New York]. because [Yankee Stadium] is a tough place to play and they’ve got some pretty tough pitching. And to bounce back and score runs, our pitchers did a fine job – this was a good series all in all.”

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado 3b
  3. McCann c
  4. Uggla 2b
  5. Freeman 1b
  6. Jones dh
  7. Heyward rf
  8. Diaz lf
  9. Simmons ss

(Jurrjens pitching)

• Toxic BoSox? The Braves can be thankful that their postseason collapse didn’t lead to all the finger-pointing that happened in Boston during the offseason and spring, and the atmosphere that’s surrounded the team durings its sluggish start this season in arguably the most hyper-intensive baseball town in America, in terms of media coverage and the passion of its fans.

Here’s what The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, who is part of a notes network that the AJC is in, wrote about David Ortiz and the veteran DH’s thoughts on the current state of the Red Sox.

David Ortiz is having an All-Star season, but he’s sick of “the drama” associated with the Red Sox.

It’s even to a point, the designated hitter said, where he is unsure about returning next season.

It’s all the result of an ESPN report earlier this week that claimed a “toxic’’ atmosphere surrounded the Red Sox. Ortiz’s PG-13 response Thursday was a pointed one.

“It seems every day there is something new about players,’’ he said before the game. “People need to leave us alone and let us play ball. It’s becoming the [expletive] hole it used to be.

“Look around, bro. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now every day it’s something new not related with baseball. People need to leave us alone, man. Play ball and do what we know how to do.’’

Ortiz said the ESPN report was “horrible’’ and he was tired of the “drama’’ surrounding the team.

“This is baseball, man,’’ he said. “It seems like everything that goes on around here is like one of those Congress decisions that will affect the whole nation. It ain’t like that, man. This is baseball. We’re supposed to have fun, performing out there at the highest level.

“But every day is something new. Some drama, some more [expletive]. Tired of that, man. I’m here to play baseball, man.’’

Does Ortiz want to return next season?

“I don’t know,’’ he said. “I’ll think about it.’’

Ortiz is making a career-best $14.575 million this season and the Red Sox are one of the few teams still willing to use a traditional DH instead of more versatile and economical players.

It’s no secret Ortiz wants a two-year contract to finish off his career.

“Hopefully this is my last, man, my last year trying to prove people wrong,’’ he said.

Manager Bobby Valentine agreed with Ortiz that Boston can sometimes be a difficult place to play. But good players, he said, find a way to deal with it.

“It’s tough,’’ Valentine said. “David handles it as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. Might have caught him on a bad day today.’’

• Tonight’s matchup: It’s Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37 ERA) vs. Red Sox lefty Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA).

Jurrjens returns after two months in Triple-A, where he was sent after struggling mightily in four April starts. Since going 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 12 starts before the 2011 All-Star break, Jurrjens is 1-5 with a 6.87 ERA in his past 11 major league starts. His only two starts vs. Boston were in 2009, and he went 0-1 with a 3.14 ERA and quality starts in both. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs in 6-1/3 innings at Fenway Park, with six strikeouts and one walk.

Lester is 1-1 with a 5.64 ERA in his past five starts, despite having 33 strikeouts with seven walks in 30-1/3 innings. Four of those five were at Fenway Park, where he is 1-2 with a 5.98 ERA in seven starts, compared to 3-2 with a 3.28 ERA in seven road starts.

Lester won his only start against the Braves, allowing five hits and one run in six innings. The only Braves with more than three at-bats against him are Dan Uggla (2-for-5 with a homer) and Matt Diaz (2-for-6). Diaz is 8-for-19 with a double and a homer in six games at Fenway, and Eric Hinske has a .276 average with nine homers, 46 RBIs and an .830 OPS in 108 games (333 at-bats) at Fenway. Of course, he was so much younger then, he’s older than that now….

• Let’s close with a classic from Boston’s own Pixies, which you can hear by clicking here.

pixies

“MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN” by the Pixies

There was a guy
An under water guy who controlled the sea
Got killed by ten million pounds of sludge
From New York and New Jersey

This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven

The creature in the sky
Got sucked in a hole
Now there’s a hole in the sky

And the ground’s not cold
And if the ground’s not cold
Everything is gonna burn
We’ll all take turns, I’ll get mine too

This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven

Rock me Joseph, Alberto, Santiago

If Man is five, if Man is five, if Man is five
Then the Devil is six, then the Devil is six
The Devil is six, the Devil is six and if the Devil is six
Then God is seven , then God is seven

This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven
This monkey’s gone to Heaven

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,372 comments Add your comment

My backside

June 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

Not the backside!!!!

Fish Bisch

June 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

Lester own us™ :(

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Go Braves, and Go JJ (though I’m not expecting much from him)

nolie

June 22nd, 2012
2:51 pm

thanks David

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 22nd, 2012
2:51 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief.

Hey, BMac’s 9-22 with 5 Doubles and 4 RBI in 6 games at Fenway—maybe he cann re-get-back-on-track starting tonight…

jim

June 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

DOB,
What is the weather forecast for Boston tonight. Line of severe thunderstorms heading into the Berkshires right now and NY area under threat of severe weather until 9 PM.

Hillbilly

June 22nd, 2012
2:53 pm

I know Brian. it just feels like Angels have jumped ahead of Rangers since Trout joined the team, if you listen to ESPN.

ESPN trumped it’s Mike Trout love last night with their College World Series coverage. I think their Michael Roth coverage took man-crushing to an all new level. I’ll bet [and I'm not exaggerating] they probably showed a close-up of him at least 40-50 times if not more, and he wasn’t even pitching in the game! It seemed like his name was mentioned and his face was on the screen between every other pitch. The lusting was so thick and heavy, I’m pretty sure Orel Hershiser might be pregnant now.

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
2:54 pm

That’s a clown question, bro.

JoeFan

June 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Hope Fredi keeps JJ on a short leash. Every game is important and none are worth using as a lab experiment.

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
2:56 pm

New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/47922642/ns/sports-other_sports/

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

You mean I’m not it any more?

nolie

June 22nd, 2012
2:58 pm

keep him out there all night and let them score 22 runs off him. that’ll teach him to get hurt and not workout and whine all the time. show him who’s boss with some authoritative urgency

Braves Fan in Maine

June 22nd, 2012
2:58 pm

Big game from JJ tonight….. go braves!!!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

DOB,
What is the weather forecast for Boston tonight. Line of severe thunderstorms heading into the Berkshires right now and NY area under threat of severe weather until 9 PM.

According to the National Weather Service….

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 10pm and 4am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain.

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

I guess I’d be happy if JJ gives us 5 innings and we’re still in the game when we start going to the ‘pen. Might as well use all of those guys as needed this weekend, since we have another blasted off-day Monday…

nolie

June 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

suing a little league catcher? is this nut related to the woman who sued McDs cause she spilled hot coffee on herself? FCOL

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

The lusting was so thick and heavy, I’m pretty sure Orel Hershiser might be pregnant now. _ Hillbilly

:lol:

Perhaps he can talk with Tomahawkin about midwifing

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:01 pm

keep him out there all night and let them score 22 runs off him. that’ll teach him to get hurt and not workout and whine all the time. show him who’s boss with some authoritative urgency

Only if the Braves are down alot and being no-hit or something, otherwise it doesn’t seem worth it to “cost” the team a game to teach this whining clown a lesson….

nolie

June 22nd, 2012
3:01 pm

that slut Tomahawkin get pregnant too?

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

Hey Good Folks.
Real interesting game setting up here.
Hope JJ is back and can give us 6 good innings.
I love how Jason is making solid contact over the last 4-5 games.
Harper – No, you are still “it”. And will be until Gattis arrives.

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

Good blog, DOB.

Thanks

Darryl Blackberry

June 22nd, 2012
3:03 pm

Needless to say, huge game for JJ. If he blows it big-time, would have to assume Medlen or Teheran will get consideration for future starts…

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:03 pm

New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/47922642/ns/sports-other_sports/

Oh my GOD!!! WOW! Really? Some people…… I would like to throw…. never mind, it’d be wrong :)

Brian from SC

June 22nd, 2012
3:03 pm

We got a lineup. Diaz in there in left, Martin at 3B.

Brian from SC

June 22nd, 2012
3:03 pm

Chippa DHin’.

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Tomahawkin is pregnant? Don’t know about that, but he is a slut.
You can take that to the bank.

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

JJ goes 6, gives up 4 hits 1 run and the Braves lose 1-0

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

we have another blasted off-day Monday

i won’t complain about monday off-days considering team’s record on mondays…

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

Hey, sluts need lovin’ too. Albeit a different kind…

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

cricket – I think the Braves have taken off every Monday this season. :-)

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Good point, cricket. But I’d still like to take a shot at breaking that streak.

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Tomahawkin lusts after more players than any 10 baseball Annies combined

ncbravesfan90

June 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

6/22/12 Braves Lineup:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Chipper Jones (S) DH
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Matt Diaz (R) LF
9. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS

bravesgrl4life

June 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

Haven’t read all the way through, but according to Braves.com, we are only 4 games behind the Nats, DOB.

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

DOB funning on twitter thingy

No. Not that kinda crowd. RT @BevyGood: @ajcbraves In Boston w/ 4 girls going to game ! If we wear our Braves shirts, we won’t get beat up?

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Needless to say, huge game for JJ. If he blows it big-time, would have to assume Medlen or Teheran will get consideration for future starts…

Which is why part of me wants him to blow up, wrong as it is.

JJ goes 6, gives up 4 hits 1 run and the Braves lose 1-0

Not happening, I predicted it on old blog

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
3:11 pm

McCann bat 3rd great at least 2 ground into dp.

Braveone

June 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

From the previous blog which had 2,707 comments, nolie led the way with 217 posts. There were 186 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 nolie 217
2 Efrim 151
3 Ease 136
4 NickB 102
5 jeffrey d 93
6 TheOnlyBravesFan 89
7 Bat Masterson 80
8 CraZy 67
9 ncscoots 61
10 The A Bomb 55
11 BravesQueen 54
12 ChattTownBrian 48
13 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 48
14 Lew 43
15 bravesgrl4life 42
16 Brava 40
17 David O’Brien 40
18 Shaun 40
19 cabravesfan 40
20 CaptMudd 39
21 George Stein 38
22 Tomahawkin 38
23 richbrave 37
24 Jimmy 34
25 Woody Woodward 34

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
3:12 pm

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

JJ pitching well would be the best thing for the Braves regardless of any personal feelings toward him.

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan steadily marching towards becoming to JJJ what Robert is to Bobby and what Jerry seems to have become to Uggla

bravesgrl4life

June 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

Anybody know where Bryce Harper is from? I ask because Harper is my maiden name.

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:14 pm

jim

June 22nd, 2012
3:14 pm

Was the kid’s name Owen Meany?

Brian from SC

June 22nd, 2012
3:14 pm

If JJ pitches well, that either means he is helpful for the Braves winning games going forward, or he gets a better return in a trade. Bat is right…it can only be a good thing.

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Say a prayer for him

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
3:16 pm

“JJ pitching well would be the best thing for the Braves regardless of any personal feelings toward him.”

You’re right, Bat. And if he pitches well, it increases his value as a piece in some sort of a trade. I still say we need another bat off the bench…

DAP

June 22nd, 2012
3:17 pm

i like that lineup very much.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:20 pm

Bat is right…it can only be a good thing.

Maybe, but he’s done nothing to show that he can be that pitcher we need. He’s been very inconsistent. If he pitches well tonight, then he’ll likely get another 3-4 starts no matter how bad he’s been. That scares me. Though I want him to pitch well, him pitching poorly might makes our situation much easier.

TheOnlyBravesFan steadily marching towards becoming to JJJ what Robert is to Bobby and what Jerry seems to have become to Uggla

I don’t hate JJ, but at least Bobby and Uggla didn’t whine. Uggla even said he’d boo himself, he was disappointed in himself. All JJ has done is whine and be inconsistent in AAA.

MiaBchBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:20 pm

McFann, as much as I would like to see Brian get untracked at Fenway this weekend (he’s actually been a bit better as of late), it is ENORMOUSLY critical that JJ have a nice outing.

And by nice I mean six innings with less than 4 runs allowed. If that happens, I will be a very happy camper! :-)

Jekyll and Hyde

June 22nd, 2012
3:21 pm

Ah the Pixies! When the subject of really deep lyrical thought comes up in conversation, their name will not be uttered. Never have to worry about them winning a Wurlitzer for lyrics.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:21 pm

Anybody know where Bryce Harper is from? I ask because Harper is my maiden name.

Well, he was born in Las Vegas…

i like that lineup very much.

Me too, and I’m sure MFin does too. Our DH isn’t hitting 9th!!!

Mixxo

June 22nd, 2012
3:23 pm

I’m cool with grass. You oughta see my lawn too.

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:24 pm

bravesgirl4life – Las Vegas

Mixxo

June 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

They already call the game?

:cool:

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

Lineup -I’d like to swap McCann and Heyward.

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

we gotta adopt this phrase here – “Bob’s your uncle there.”

Hendriks is the Twins’ reigning minor league pitcher of the year, which makes his struggles all the more discouraging, but the right-hander from Australia at least says really Australian things to reporters after his ugly outings:

Coming out to the game, I feel prepared. I’ve thrown well in warmups. And I get out to the game, and something changes. I give up a couple, I start getting into a groove and I start getting that little aggressiveness back. I need to start that from the get-go. It’s just one of those things, I throw well in a couple, and I just hang a pitch, and Bob’s your uncle there.

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

I’m for Iowa, almost heaven.

David O'Brien

June 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado 3b, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Jones dh, Heyward rf, Diaz lf, Simmons ss (Jurrjens P)

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

And if he pitches well, it increases his value as a piece in some sort of a trade

But who’s really gonna take on JJ in any trade (even as a throw-in) based on 1-3 decent MLB starts, some mediocre AAA starts, and especially with his injury record? I don’t get it. Especially since he would be owed the prorated portion of 5mil…

bravesgrl4life

June 22nd, 2012
3:27 pm

Okay, not likely he’s related. Thank God, I can continue to dislike him.

Heisenberg

June 22nd, 2012
3:27 pm

At least this time the DH is not batting 9th.

Consistent with Braves inconsistency, having taken 2/3 from a first place team it would then seem logical they would lose 2/3 against last place team. But there is nothing logical about Braves season so far thus they could sweep Bosox unless they get swept instead.

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:28 pm

cricket – When I lived in England (USAF), I heard “And Bob’s your Uncle” alot.
Very common phrase over there.

Braveone

June 22nd, 2012
3:29 pm

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5 Lew 3,092 1.9 16.7
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32 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 1,324 0.8 49.2
33 noleee 1,318 0.8 50.0
34 abeeewright 1,305 0.8 50.8
35 Shaun 1,267 0.8 51.6
36 Jerry 1,252 0.8 52.3
37 The A Bomb 1,239 0.8 53.1
38 kenhotlanta 1,129 0.7 53.8
39 Trey 1,079 0.7 54.4
40 DAP 1,062 0.7 55.1
41 Tom O’Hawke 1,062 0.7 55.7
42 Sopheee 1,044 0.6 56.4
43 CaptMudd 1,020 0.6 57.0
44 Brian from SC 999 0.6 57.6
45 Jimmy 985 0.6 58.2
46 JC Brave 951 0.6 58.8
47 Mixxo 947 0.6 59.4
48 cricket 944 0.6 60.0
49 keylargo 923 0.6 60.5
50 Jeff R 903 0.6 61.1
51 Soph 859 0.5 61.6
52 uga-brave 835 0.5 62.1
53 Ray 802 0.5 62.6
54 Lawton 798 0.5 63.1
55 MIBravesFan 784 0.5 63.6
56 Woody Woodward 771 0.5 64.1
57 J-Man 723 0.4 64.5
58 Tomahawk Mafia 719 0.4 65.0
59 Coach (2012 Fredi’s beisbol fandang 692 0.4 65.4
60 Bay Area Steve 690 0.4 65.8
61 LAG 685 0.4 66.2
62 njbraves 684 0.4 66.6
63 Tomahawkin (The Godfather) 672 0.4 67.1
64 ncgary 662 0.4 67.5
65 CB 657 0.4 67.9
66 Frankie Wren 648 0.4 68.3
67 ncbravesfan90 644 0.4 68.7
68 Hugo Z Hackenbush 643 0.4 69.1
69 TNScott 621 0.4 69.4
70 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 620 0.4 69.8
71 RC 589 0.4 70.2
72 Arkansas Transplant 576 0.4 70.5
73 ray k 560 0.3 70.9
74 Ralph 555 0.3 71.2
75 Fols 547 0.3 71.6
76 Mitchell 524 0.3 71.9
77 JNick 522 0.3 72.2
78 Hillbilly 512 0.3 72.5
79 Kat 498 0.3 72.8
80 Bravefaninok 490 0.3 73.1
81 BFChris27 481 0.3 73.4
82 Veer 477 0.3 73.7
83 Snotboogie 462 0.3 74.0
84 B-F_52 458 0.3 74.3
85 Nick 454 0.3 74.5
86 flange1 446 0.3 74.8
87 McFann O O o 445 0.3 75.1
88 stizz 438 0.3 75.4
89 monty 432 0.3 75.6
90 Jake W. 424 0.3 75.9
91 Juan 424 0.3 76.1
92 Couch Tater 419 0.3 76.4
93 Rick 398 0.2 76.7
94 ChrisfromSacramento,Ca 396 0.2 76.9
95 Moe Berg 366 0.2 77.1
96 jeffrey doo doo 361 0.2 77.3
97 Mister Frisky 354 0.2 77.6
98 MiaBchBravesFan 349 0.2 77.8
99 Fish Bisch 348 0.2 78.0
100 ChattTownBrian 339 0.2 78.2

Top poster by blog post date:

Date Poster Frequency Percent

02JAN2012 Efrim 429 9.1
10JAN2012 Efrim 307 7.3
17JAN2012 cabravesfan 245 6.5
23JAN2012 nolie 308 6.9
03FEB2012 cabravesfan 253 6.8
11FEB2012 nolie 223 9.5
16FEB2012 cabravesfan 159 8.7
21FEB2012 nolie 101 9.3
23FEB2012 Lew 78 5.7
25FEB2012 nolie 174 16.1
27FEB2012 cabravesfan 183 10.8
29FEB2012 cabravesfan 188 10.9
03MAR2012 Venice Jim 81 4.9
05MAR2012 Venice Jim 302 21.4
07MAR2012 Venice Jim 191 16.8
08MAR2012 Venice Jim 176 20.1
09MAR2012 Venice Jim 210 31.6
10MAR2012 Rick 79 6.5
12MAR2012 abeeewright 107 7.6
14MAR2012 Venice Jim 159 10.6
16MAR2012 Tomahawkin 114 7.8
18MAR2012 Venice Jim 176 9.5
21MAR2012 Venice Jim 161 23.5
22MAR2012 Venice Jim 159 15.4
23MAR2012 Venice Jim 306 13.4
27MAR2012 Venice Jim 310 15.9
29MAR2012 Venice Jim 448 14.5
02APR2012 Venice Jim 109 11.9
03APR2012 noleee 87 6.5
05APR2012 phil 103 4.1
07APR2012 Tomahawkin 208 6.6
09APR2012 Tomahawkin 96 4.1
10APR2012 ChrisfromSacramento,Ca 85 4.2
11APR2012 phil 163 7.0
13APR2012 JasonInFL 93 5.0
14APR2012 nolie 172 6.6
16APR2012 nolie 80 6.4
17APR2012 phil 54 5.0
18APR2012 cabravesfan 74 4.5
19APR2012 cabravesfan 104 6.8
20APR2012 cabravesfan 104 8.3
21APR2012 nolie 240 9.2
23APR2012 count_schemula 131 6.5
24APR2012 cabravesfan 104 5.8
27APR2012 nolie 162 7.9
29APR2012 JasonInFL 64 6.6
30APR2012 phil 80 7.5
01MAY2012 nolie 64 3.9
02MAY2012 VaBravesFan 90 4.1
03MAY2012 nolie 38 5.0
04MAY2012 JasonInFL 115 8.1
05MAY2012 nolie 227 9.2
07MAY2012 nolie 129 7.8
08MAY2012 nolie 121 10.3
09MAY2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 112 5.4
11MAY2012 nolie 142 6.5
13MAY2012 nolie 143 9.6
14MAY2012 phil 68 5.5
15MAY2012 nolie 81 7.2
16MAY2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 105 6.8
17MAY2012 nolie 116 7.2
18MAY2012 nolie 147 11.2
19MAY2012 nolie 123 7.0
21MAY2012 nolie 74 4.9
22MAY2012 J-Man 83 6.9
23MAY2012 phil 74 6.2
24MAY2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 116 8.0
25MAY2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 100 5.9
26MAY2012 nolie 119 8.9
27MAY2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 96 6.0
28MAY2012 nolie 62 4.2
29MAY2012 phil 95 6.2
30MAY2012 nolie 201 8.3
01JUN2012 nolie 159 9.0
03JUN2012 Efrim 156 5.8
05JUN2012 Efrim 75 5.9
06JUN2012 nolie 127 9.1
07JUN2012 nolie 120 6.4
08JUN2012 JNick 119 6.4
09JUN2012 nolie 94 8.7
10JUN2012 Brava 45 3.5
11JUN2012 nolie 165 8.5
12JUN2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 91 3.5
13JUN2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 174 6.9
15JUN2012 TheOnlyBravesFan 94 6.0
16JUN2012 nolie 167 6.0
18JUN2012 Efrim 84 4.5
19JUN2012 Efrim 91 4.3
20JUN2012 nolie 217 8.0

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:29 pm

Okay, not likely he’s related. Thank God, I can continue to dislike him.

are you claiming to like all your relatives? ;)

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Wow. 45th for the year. don’t really know if that is good or not.

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:31 pm

All JJ has done is whine and be inconsistent in AAA.

Yeah, that’s what I took from everything Fredi, Wren and Dave Brundage have said about how JJ went about his business in AAA.

It’s so easy to distinguish whining when reading what someone has to say. Like say, your whining about JJ.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 22nd, 2012
3:32 pm

MiaBchBravesFan (he’s actually been a bit better as of late)

Yeah…he had a real good series against the Yankees @ Turner Field, and his first game against Baltimore was really good…but now he’s 1 for his last 16 again…

it is ENORMOUSLY critical that JJ have a nice outing.

Yes…but can’t he do that if BMac has a good series?…I mean, you sorta made it sound like we have to pick one or the other and can’t have both… :mrgreen:

Shaun

June 22nd, 2012
3:32 pm

Seems to me some of the Red Sox folks bought in to some of the drama and narrative from the media, whereas Theo and members of his front office weren’t afraid to go right at it with the media and some of their BS, and that seemed to cut off a lot of the nonsense before it entered the clubhouse.

Brian from SC

June 22nd, 2012
3:32 pm

Dude…that’s crazy. Do you have an automatic way of tabulating that?

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:33 pm

bravesgirl4life- You (and everyone on here) would like him if he were a Brave. That applies to all players…except Nick Swisher. :-)

And Barry Bonds.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 22nd, 2012
3:34 pm

That’s the trouble with the Turtles—their mood-swings totally screw with my chances at the top spot for the year…

chc4

June 22nd, 2012
3:34 pm

What David Ross really said is that our bench is pitiful…and he’s right. Placing the caveat of “when Chipper’s in the lineup” should not be said with a straight face.

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
3:34 pm

TOBF—A couple of decent starts, and I guarantee there’s another team or two willing to take a chance on him. Pitching is always a hot commodity at the trade deadline…

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:34 pm

Okay, not likely he’s related. Thank God, I can continue to dislike him.

are you claiming to like all your relatives?

HAHAHA

16 TheOnlyBravesFan 2,266 1.4 33.7

16th for being a new guy, not really posting until March? Nice!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 22nd, 2012
3:35 pm

I’m for Iowa, almost heaven.

I thought that was West Virginia…

Braveone

June 22nd, 2012
3:37 pm

Program used to tabulate all blog posts by poster name.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:37 pm

Yes…but can’t he do that if BMac has a good series?…I mean, you sorta made it sound like we have to pick one or the other and can’t have both…

Nope…. we’ve got to push all our energy on one task… I pick JJ

bravesgirl4life- You (and everyone on here) would like him if he were a Brave. That applies to all players…except Nick Swisher.

And Barry Bonds.

And A-Roid, Russel Martin, Escobar, and Fielder (he’s fat!)

Mark S

June 22nd, 2012
3:38 pm

So bored of the Braves bein streaky…I made this hilarious off topic video to calm me down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARczJkBwYGE

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:39 pm

By the way, I read where Bryce Harper has apply for a trademark on his phrase “That’s a clown question, bro.”

I’ve read remarks on here that top that and should be trademarked.

No Hanna Rule comes to mind.

DAP

June 22nd, 2012
3:40 pm

cricket Bob’s your uncle there.

what does it mean? can you explain it?

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:40 pm

and Fielder (he’s fat!)

so are 2/3rd of american adults..

is victorino out of doghouse? especially since he’s a free agent OF after the season?

chc4

June 22nd, 2012
3:40 pm

Anyone that thinks the Braves could get anything of value for JJ after two good starts is nuts. Do ya not think other teams would be wondering why a pitching hungry team like the Braves would be trading him in the first place? Especially with Beachy down. So we’re in the market for a starting P yet we’re also looking to deal JJ? Yeah, no red flag there.

Fact is JJ is not and will not be a tradeable commodity. If he pitches well (which is doubtful) then we’ll keep him.

JeanE

June 22nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Love the lineup, I know Martin loves playing 3rd, give Chipper’s legs a rest, Matty gets to play. I can’t stand Bobby Valentine, would LOVE to beat him and those Sox. Let’s go JJ and Braves, go get’em!

Murph

June 22nd, 2012
3:42 pm

Lucky number 13 for the year thus far… go me!

The only thing more retarded than a woman suing an 11 year old is the fact that Fredi continues to bat BMac 3rd.

Anyone have an 11 year old that they can get to sue Fredi?

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 22nd, 2012
3:42 pm

cricket is victorino out of doghouse?

No. As far as I’m concerned, he and Russell Martin own the place…

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 22nd, 2012
3:43 pm

is victorino out of doghouse? especially since he’s a free agent OF after the season?

Not for me…. also since he’s 32/33, I don’t want to sign him for 3-4 years. Would rather use Cunningham.

So we’re in the market for a starting P yet we’re also looking to deal JJ? Yeah, no red flag there.

Fact is JJ is not and will not be a tradeable commodity. If he pitches well (which is doubtful) then we’ll keep him.

Kinda agree. If we need pitching, and he does well, he’s it. No need for a trade. No GM has to be that stupid. JJ isn’t a pre-arb player that you just roll the dice on….

cricket

June 22nd, 2012
3:44 pm

DAP – it basically means “And there you have it”. That pitcher explained that he got hit, got back in groove and regained confidence but then hung a pitch “And there you have it” (and Bob’s your uncle there)

Bat Masterson

June 22nd, 2012
3:44 pm

cricket Bob’s your uncle there.

what does it mean? can you explain it?

First search for it and I get:

“And there you have it”

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
3:46 pm

Bob’s your Uncle, Aussie for your a great guy. I think.

DAP

June 22nd, 2012
3:46 pm

cricket it basically means “And there you have it”.

hm….welp, Bob’s your Uncle, there.

(did i do it right?)

Heisenberg

June 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Almost heaven, northern iowa
Golden wheatfields, Maquoketa River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the cornfields, blowing like a breeze

Chorus:
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
Des Moines Iowa, Great Plains Mama
Take me home, country roads

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

chc4—I’ve been called worse than nuts. While we can always use another pitcher, I don’t know that we’re “pitching hungry”. We’ve still got Teheran and Medlen as starting options, and bullpen help is always available at the deadline. And I still hope to see Moylan back at some point. Point is, we may or may not trade him. But I wouldn’t assume there wouldn’t be any suitors…

chc4

June 22nd, 2012
3:48 pm

Frediot takes the “alternating lefties and righties” in the lineup thing way too seriously. McCann should be batting further down. I wonder if he’ll brinf Gearrin to face a lefty power hitter like Ortiz in a clutch moment. Can’t wait!

Frankie Wren

June 22nd, 2012
3:48 pm

!From all blogs this year which totals 162,878 comments, nolie led the way with 7,720 posts. There were 3,359 different poster names. Here are the Top 100:

Wow that’s a cry out for GET A HOBBY!
I’m going jogging now.

Go Braves

Jimmy

June 22nd, 2012
3:50 pm

I remember Bob;s Your Uncle to mean you have it made or nothing to worry about.
Supposedly, some years ago someone’s Uncle Robert was a MP and the nephew keep getting out of trouble because of his Uncle.

That’s what was explained to me many years ago.
Kinda like, to solve thelack of scoring issue – Move Heyward to the 3 spot, McCann to the sixth hole, and Bob’s your Uncle.

The Harper

June 22nd, 2012
3:50 pm

Boy was I wrong, we even had a place here called “Bob’s Your Uncle”. It said what it means in the menu. Guess I never read that.

chc4

June 22nd, 2012
3:52 pm

Powderfinger — We are absolutely pitching hungry. If Wren & company had any faith in Teheran right now he’d be pitching tonight. It’s not like JJ earned this call-up based on his performance at Gwinnett. Medlen is our best bet but even with him I don’t think our rotation is good enough to win over the long haul. If the bullpen were lights out it *might* be different but we’re even leaky down there now with Venters being such a mess.

nolie

June 22nd, 2012
3:54 pm

best kinda grass you can grow is the kind you can smoke….

Powderfinger

June 22nd, 2012
3:55 pm

Our main problem has been lack of consistent hitting, due mainly to injuries. Score more runs, and the pitching we have will be sufficient.

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