While others streak and power surge, Prado plugs away

In his past 44 games, he’s hit .348 with 22 multi-hit games, 19 extra-base hits and an .895 OPS, but he still seems to get overlooked in a Braves offense that’s had a dynamic leadoff man, Michael Bourn, in front of him, and at least one streaking slugger at any given time somewhere in the batting order behind him — first Freddie Freeman, then Dan Uggla, and for the past four weeks, Jason Heyward.

Prado is having a career-best season, but isn't satisfied and insists he's had too many bad games and too many wasted at-bats.

Prado is having a career-best season, but isn't satisfied and insists he's had too many bad games and too many wasted at-bats.

And so, the hitter who leads the Braves in batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.377) and positions played (three), and ranks 24th in the NL in OPS (.838) between Bryce Harper (.841) and David Freese (.829), continues to get largely overshadowed.

But that’s OK with Martin Prado, who just wants to do his job and thinks he can do it even better. That’s despite the fact that the 2010 All-Star – at second base, by the way, not one of the three positions he’s played this season — is having a career-best season.

Here’s what he said when I asked him at Boston last weekend whether he’s had such a long stretch of games where he felt so consistent and locked in at the plate.

“Actually I don’t feel like that. To be honest with you, I feel like I’ll have two good games and then a sh***y game, or maybe one good game, then two bad ones,” he said. “Overall it’s a little consistent, but I feel like sometimes I just waste at least one or two at-bats a game. Which is something I don’t want to do.

“But sometimes I feel like I’m taking too many pitches right down the zone, because I want to learn to pick my spot. And sometimesI feel like if I want to be aggressive, I want to swing at a first-pitch fastball and if they throw me something else, I’m swinging automatically because in my mind I’m ready to swing. Just more like, trying to take a pitch and then go from there. I’m still trying to be consistent with that.”

When it comes to being perfectionsts and their own toughest critics, Prado and Brandon Beachy are along among Braves. In fact, I dare say you won’t find many ballplayers anywhere who are tougher on themselves than these two.

“He gets a couple of hits every night, makes a couple of nice plays defensively, either at third or first or left field,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s a baseball player.”

Gonzalez smiles when asked about the nearly impossible standards that Prado sets for himself.

“Bourney laughs at him,” Gonzalez said. “Martin will line out in his first two at-bats and come into the dugout and throw his helmet and everything, and Bourney will said, ‘You’re crazy.’”

Chipper Jones got back in the (home run) swing of things on Wednesday.

Chipper Jones got back in the (home run) swing of things on Wednesday.

Prado said: “Yes. I’m not satisfied. I feel blessed. I’m happy with that. But I’m always looking for something new. Always.”

He said that while batting in the 2-hole most of the season, he’s tried to get on base as often as possible, “to give me a chance and my teammates a chance to score runs. That’s what I’m looking for.”

His .377 OBP is his highest since he posted that exact total in 78 games (254 at-bats) in 2008, his first season in the majors with as many as 30 games or more than 62 plate appearances.

Prado’s .365 average against lefty pitchers is the fifth-highest in the National League, and his .338 home average is tied for ninth in the NL with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun.

Braves No. 2 hitters lead the NL in average (.322) and rank second in OBP (.379) and OPS (.859). Prado has accounted for 269 of the team’ 298 at-bats in the 2-hole, with Heyward and Chipper Jones also excelling in 11 at-bats apiece from that spot, totaling 10 hits, two homers and 10 RBIs between them in the 2-hole.

With the surging Heyward’s move to the 2-hole this week, Prado should be able to help boost the Braves’ production from the third spot in the order, where they rank last in the NL in average (.206) and OBP (.277). From the No. 3 spot, Freeman has hit .232 with a .298 OBP in 151 at-bats, and Brian McCann has hit just .191 (18-for-94) with a .255 OBP.

As far as anyone can tell, Prado doesn’t care where he hits or where he plays in the field.

“He can play anywhere,” Braves first-base (and former hitting) coach Terry Pendleton said. “You could probably put the catcher’s gear on him and he could probably do it. He might not want to, but he could probably do it. He can play anywhere out there.”

Since Prado’s days in the minor leagues and then as a bench player, Pendleton was always one of the Braves coaches who was in his corner and believed he’d hit if and when he got a chance.

“There are some guys you just know can play,” Pendleton said. “No matter where you put them, they’ll perform. They do what they do. He just plays. All you want them to do.”

Prado’s philosophy is simple. “I always tell my teammates, if you’re healthy, if you’re working hard and do everything the right way, good things are going to happen,” he said. “Right now the most important thing for me, before the All-Star break I want my team to be up there. Then take the break and go back at it after the All-Star game. That’s all I want right now.”

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Heyward RF
  3. Prado LF
  4. McCann C
  5. Jones 3B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Freeman 1B
  8. Simmons SS
  9. Jurrjens P

• Kimbrel-ing hitters: He just turned 24 last month, and Craig Kimbrel has already established himself as the best and most dominant closer in the National League and arguably all of baseball.

After a remarkable rookie season in which he made the All-Star team, won the NL Rookie of the Year award by a huge margin and finished ninth in the Cy Young voting, while tying for the league lead in saves and posting a 2.10 ERA with 127 strikeouts and 32 walks in 77 innings, Kimbrel is having an even better season in 2012, while being used more prudently in hopes of avoiding a repeat of his late September fade.

Kimbrel leads the league with 22 saves (in 23 chances) and leads the NL relievers with a 1.29 ERA and opponents’ batting average (.125), having moved past Cincinnati flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in the latter stat as well as strikeouts per nine innings (15.85), where Kimbrel now leads the majors. Chapman is at 15.1 per nine, and his overall performance has plummeted since soon after his move from setup to closer.

Some have the mentality and physical tools to excel above others in the closer role, where there is no safety net and no one to pick you up when you struggle, unlike the seventh- or eighth-inning relief role. Many have one but not the other – the mentality or the stuff, but not both.

Some who don’t have it initially might someday become top closers. But I’m of the belief that most of the time, the very best ones display the intangibles for the role either from the outset or soon after they’ve moved into the role.

Kimbrel has both, obviously. The utterly overpowering fastball and slider combination, and the mentality – despite his boyish looks – to move past a blown save.

We haven’t seen him enough in the postseason to know that he can do the same thing on that pressure-filled stage, but I’ve seen enough of his pitching in big games, in packed stadiums home and road, to believe that he’ll be a big-game pitcher in the postseason when he gets the opportunity to do it, now that he’s established himself.

Anyway, for now consider a few of the stats that Kimbrel has put up this season, stats that make him a mortal lock for a second consecutive All-Star appearance and another top-10 finish in the Cy Young balloting, perhaps even top 5 if no more than a few starters have overwhelming seasons statistically:

Left-handed batters are an absurd 2-for-44 (.045) against him with six walks, 23 strikeouts and a .205 OPS including .045 slugging.

With runners in scoring position, hitters are 1-for-17 (.059) against him

After getting ahead 0-1 in counts, he’s held hitters to .123 (8-for-65) with two walks and 40 strikeouts.

Kimbrel gave up two runs, two hits and two walks in consecutive appearances May 2 and May 4. Since then, he’s allowed just three hits (.055 opponents’ average) and two walks with 28 strikeouts in 17 scoreless innings over his past 17 games.

And in his past 13 appearances, he’s allowed an .048 average with no walks and 24 strikeouts in 13 innings.

• Heyward’s hot streak: The hitting streak is at 12 games now for Heyward, who is a sizzling 20-for-44 (.455) with 11 extra-base hits (four homers), seven RBIs and a .909 slugging percentage in that dozen-game stretch.

Heyward as a 12-game hitting streak and the second-highest batting average in the NL in June.

Heyward as a 12-game hitting streak and the second-highest batting average in the NL in June.

The big right fielder has hit .395 in June with a .420 OBP and .763 slugging percentage (1.183 OPS), with 15 extra-base hits (six homers) and 14 RBIs in 21 games.

Heyward and Arizona’s Aaron Hill (.368) have the second- and third-highest averages in the NL this month (behind Joey Votto’s .407), while Arizona’s Chris Young (.154) and the Braves’ Dan Uggla (.162) have the league’s two lowest averages for the month.

Heyward’s six homers this month are one off the league lead shared by three hitters including Arizona’s Jason Kubel, and Heyward’s four homers in past 10 days is tied for the NL lead. Kubel also leads the league with 24 RBIs this month.

• Not hot: Uggla went 11-for-27 (.407) with four homers, 12 RBIs and a .500 OBP in eight games May 26 to June 5. Since then he’s 7-for-62 (.113) with one double, one homer, five RBIs, 16 walks, 26 strikeouts and a .480 OPS in 19 games.

And it’s gotten worse lately. He’s 5-for-48 (.104) with one double, one RBI, 10 walks, 20 strikeouts and a .396 OPS in his past 14 games, including 0-for-19 and 10 strikeouts in his past six home games….

While Kimbrel has been as good or better than last season, Jonny Venters continues to struggle trying to regain his form of the past two seasons. The lefty allowed another homer Wednesday, making it five homers he’s allowed in 17-2/3 innings over his past 24 appearances. Venters had allowed only three homers in 182-1/3 innings over his previous 176 career appearances.

In 27 May-June appearances, he’s 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA, two blown saves in two chances, and a .341 opponents’ average.

brvjurrjens_0628_1408319g• Jurrjens tonight: Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens will try to show last week’s resounding return win at Boston was not a fluke when he makes his second start since being recalled from a two-month stint in Triple-A.

It’s been nearly a year since Jurrjens last won a game at Turner Field, on July 6 against Colorado (six innings, five hits, one run). Since then he’s

0-2 with a 7.36 ERA and .333 opponents’ average in six home starts, with seven homers, 44 hits and 27 earned runs allowed in 33 innings.

Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 5.24 ERA in four career starts vs. Arizona. Stephen Drew is 5-for-13 against him, Chris Young 2-for-10 with a homer.

He’ll face Diamondbacks prospect Trevor Bauer, who’s making his major league debut in place of injured Joe Saunders. Bauer was the third pick in the 2011 draft and has modeled his pitching style after the distinct delivery of Giants fallen ace Tim Lincecum.

• Etc.

The Braves have gone 14-6 with .301 average and 3.35 ERA in past 20 games vs. Diamondbacks, including 8-1 with a .305 average and 2.03 ERA in the past nine games. Atlanta has 15 homers and 53 runs in that 8-1 stretch that began Aug. 19, 2011…. Injured and done-for-the-season Braves pitcher Beachy continues to lead the majors with .259 slugging percentage allowed, while teammate Mike Minor (.503) is last in the NL in that category. Minor’s .340 OBP allowed is also fifth-worst in the NL (Beachy’s .248 is second-best behind Matt Cain’s .245).

• Let’s close with a terrific tune that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy wrote and Mavis Staples sings on the album that Tweedy produced for her and also played on. You can hear it by clicking here.

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“YOU ARE NOT ALONE” by Mavis Staples (J. Tweedy)

You’re not alone
I’m with you
I’m lonely too

What’s that song
Can’t be sung
By two?

A broken home
A broken heart
Isolated and afraid
Open up this is a raid
I wanna get it through to you
You’re not alone

You’re not alone
Every night
I stand in your place

Every tear
On every face
Tastes the same

A broken dream
A broken heart
Isolated and afraid
Open up this is a raid
I wanna get it through to you
You’re not alone

An open hand
An open heart
There’s no need to be afraid
Open up this is a raid
I wanna get it through to you
You’re not alone
I wanna get it through to you
You’re not alone
I’m gonna get it through to you
You’re not alone

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,545 comments Add your comment

Jon

June 28th, 2012
2:56 pm

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
2:58 pm

Not afraid to admit that Martin Prado makes this guy :oops: He can do it all. Everything.

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
2:59 pm

Jon, you suck! VOLS

Sopheee

June 28th, 2012
2:59 pm

Thanks DOB.

Gotta love a good ol’ ‘teen ‘teen blog.

Hillbilly

June 28th, 2012
2:59 pm

Don’t let the man getcha and do what he done to me…

flange1

June 28th, 2012
2:59 pm

Mavis Staples rules!

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

Ease

June 28th, 2012
2:59 pm

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:00 pm

Sure glad I missed the “non-political discussions” earlier on the last blog!

:wink:

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

Can’t believe Martin said, “sh***y“.

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

I asked the doctor today about vitamines to take and she suggested 1 A Day mens. I honestly then asked how many times a day do I take it.

CB

June 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

Soph, they will probably trade him in off season. Just don’t appreciate what they got.

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:02 pm

You were intentionally left out.

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:02 pm

Tax vs Commerce Clause………. now that’s going to be interesting. (not making any particular political point…….)

:wink:

Ease

Good observation a few pages back on the old blog………

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

Tonight’s lineup vs. ARI – Bourn 8 Heyward 9 Prado 7 McCann 2 Jones 5 Uggla 4 Freeman 3 Simmons 6 Jurrjens 1

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

Ease

If most folks are in agreement, it’s hard to have an argument I guess.

But enough of that……….

Sopheee

June 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

I’d turn into a doom and gloomer, CB.

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

I’m feeling a sweep coming on………….

Bo Graves!

phil

June 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

If Bourn, Heyward, Prado, Jones, Freeman and Simmons keep hitting the ball, we’re good.

We know Mac and Uggla are hopeless these days. Any kind of hit from one of them is a bonus.

I blame FG for their struggles.

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

Was no arguing going on…

Mixxo

June 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

Bauer owns us.

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

CB

June 28th, 2012
3:09 pm

So, I am waiting for the NBA draft to see how Michael Jordan screws this up for Bobcats.

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:09 pm

I used to work for Eddie.

BravePack(FreeFan)

June 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

AT’s comment from last blog:

Willingham isn’t an option unless we are willing to trade for him. And I still don’t see all that depth at pitching equating into qaulity rotation, look at all the problems we have now. And next year isn’t any different with the possibility that JJ won’t be offered arb, Beachy possibly not making it back at all next year, Hudson another year older and I doubt all of the physical issues gone, Hanson is what he is nothing more than a 2 or 3 starter and then you lump all of these together Delgado, Minor, Teheran and Medlen to which none of them have shown they are ready to lead a club. I just don’t see all of this quality everyone has faith in for next season, I see the quantity by not quality.

Well said AT and I agree with this statement 100%. I just hope Wren sees the rotation as we do because this team really needs an ace this year and in the future. Greinke would be a really good addition for this team.

JoshTown

June 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

“Prado is a baseball player.” Very well said. Go Braves! And lovin the Mavis Staples!

Murph

June 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

Surprised the Braves weren’t really in on Puig, especially after working so hard on Soler and missing out.

I’m not even going to attempt any more guesses at next year’s OF anymore… Heyward and two stiffs would be my guess.

That sounds like a band name. Heyward And The Stiffs. A blues band, no doubt.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

I can repeat to myself as many times as I like that “2 or 3, just doesn’t make that much difference”, and this top of the order still irks me. I can’t seem to help it, LOL.

cricket

June 28th, 2012
3:14 pm

Can’t believe Martin said, “sh***y“.

how did he manage to pronounce those 3 stars?

some maroons here want DOB to follow the lead of so-called tough big city journalists and criticize players and coaches but personally i feel very lucky with the sensible journalism we get compared to a**holes like this in BOS -

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/28/the-boston-globe-piles-on-clay-buchholz/

Sopheee

June 28th, 2012
3:14 pm

Reportedly listening to offers for that no. 2 pick, CB.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 28th, 2012
3:15 pm

So he moves Uggla and Freeman down when they struggle for a bit, eh? Gotcha.

Ease

June 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

Josh Smith for all of Charlotte’s picks.

cricket

June 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

Prado is a baseball player

sounds like NFL mandated utterance of “National Football League” during all their game telecasts ..

go-BRAVOS

June 28th, 2012
3:17 pm

Uh oh facing a pitcher making his debut. That means the Braves bats will be silent tonight.

David O'Brien

June 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn CF, Heyward RF, Prado LF, McCann C, Jones 3B, Uggla 2B, Freeman 1B, Simmons SS, Jurrjens P

CB

June 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Soph, I know, his track record on decision making is not too good. Adam Morrison and Kwame Brown for examples.

Hillbilly

June 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

ncscoots

I can repeat to myself as many times as I like that “2 or 3, just doesn’t make that much difference”, and this top of the order still irks me. I can’t seem to help it, LOL.

:) Just win, baby. Boat is still floating.

ncbravesfan90

June 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

Even more a reason the Braves will be interested…

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Cubs are willing to eat part of Ryan Dempster’s contract in a trade.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

Uh oh facing a pitcher making his debut. That means the Braves bats will be silent tonight

Bauer’s got a chance to be a good one, no doubt, but he gets the hurt-locker tonight. He’ll get fastball-happy, as do most rooks with a good one, and that’s a bad idea against the Braves.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

Bauer has struggled with control in the minors this year. Great pitching prospect, but I still think the Braves will hit him a bit tonight.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

Boat is still floating

I’m happy to lie back and take the sun, up until the time I feel water around my feet. :-)

Churt21

June 28th, 2012
3:22 pm

Great Stuff, DOB. As great as Bourn and Jason and Kimbrel have been, Martin is probably the most valuable guy. I can’t imagine the difference without him.

Fish Bisch

June 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

Bauer owns us :(

Braveone

June 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,416 comments, TheOnlyBravesFan led the way with 111 posts. There were 168 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 TheOnlyBravesFan 111
2 Ease 95
3 Efrim 70
4 nolie 56
5 jeffrey d 44
6 ncscoots 44
7 Lew 41
8 Murph 39
9 CraZy 36
10 cabravesfan 36
11 NickB 34
12 ChattTownBrian 33
13 Jimmy 31
14 Tomahawk Mafia 29
15 richbrave 29
16 ncbravesfan90 28
17 Bat Masterson 27
18 TennesseePaul 27
19 phil 25
20 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 24
21 JNick 22
22 CaptainMudd 20
23 Ward 20
24 cricket 20
25 Arkansas Transplant 19

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .275 .268 .400 0.668 .283 ___74
Heyward .485 .500 1000 1.500 .603 __283
Prado__ .333 .359 .500 0.859 .367 __125
McCann_ .162 .205 .189 0.394 .166 ____7
Chipper .235 .333 .412 0.745 .330 ___97
Uggla__ .118 .211 .118 0.328 .133 ___-8
Freeman .257 .297 .371 0.669 .296 ___77
Simmons .344 .333 .438 0.771 .359 __103
Jurrjen .167 .286 .167 0.452 .180 ___27

Hillbilly

June 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

I’m happy to lie back and take the sun, up until the time I feel water around my feet.

Well, you just Dylan Bundyed Trevor Bauer at 3:20, so you’ve got one more day of sun.

Tomahawkin

June 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

I normally Don’t get Greedy, but this is a Must Sweep…Gotta Finish taking the D-Bags to the Woodshed before the Epic Clash this weekend against the Curly W…

My Pick to Click will be Double J with a Line on 6 1/3’s IP with 2 ER in a 4-2 W…

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
3:26 pm

They’ll eat part of Dempster’s contract in a trade means they want a top prospect and probably a little more. Same with Garza.

I’m with Lew – we ain’t getting a top rotation guy. Middle guy that’ll eat some innings up.

ChopChamps95

June 28th, 2012
3:27 pm

@Murph

I’m sure the Braves will make Bourn an offer, probably something around 4/40, maybe even 5/50 (pipe dream to me but you never know) but he’ll probably turn it down and go elsewhere. They’ve had interest in BJ Upton in that past. With Desmond Jennings already there, Rays don’t have a need for Upton I would think so I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Wren go after him even if he has to overpay (which would surprise me even less). The CF depth, in term of suitbale everyday players, in this organization is atrocious IMO.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

I can’t help it, I feel a sweep coming tonight!

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

Well, you just Dylan Bundyed Trevor Bauer at 3:20, so you’ve got one more day of sun.

I have to be careful with that stuff, a man only got so much mojo he can fling. Get too prediction-happy and it’ll bite you in the tukas.

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:29 pm

scoots

It’s the traditionalist in most of us that want the best hitter batting third. But in our case, who is truly the best hitter? Heyward or Prado? That’s a tough one four shore.

come on freddy

June 28th, 2012
3:29 pm

Leave Bourn at leadoff and the rookie 8th. Use guys that are hot in the middle of the order and slumping guys lower. Take a pic Freddy.

cf Michael Bourn .309 .353 .445
lf Martin Prado .317 .378 .459
rf Jason Heyward .282 .354 .520
3b Chipper Jones .290 .366 .455
1b Freddie Freeman .258 .304 .438
2b Dan Uggla .238 .366 .418
c Brian McCann .234 .305 .396
SS Andrelton Simmons .325 .361 .494

Michael Procton

June 28th, 2012
3:30 pm

We’ve heard this story before with Prado in June. Let’s see him not collapse down the stretch in August and September.

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:32 pm

CTB

In my humble opinion, both Dempster and Garza are not top of the rotation guys. Both are solid 2’s when they are on.

Not exactly who is our #1 right now. Hanson or Huddy? (and some would say that neither of them is a top of the rotation guy either.)

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:32 pm

D-Backs got two more coming with Tyler Skaggs and Archie Bradley.

That’s serious pitching depth.

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:33 pm

Not sure where this love affair that Fredi has with Mac came from? He needs to drop a few slots in the order.

Venice Jim

June 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

Not to be outdone by the Phillies giving up 5 in the top of the 1st earlier, the Nationals have now surrendered 5 runs to the Rockies…

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:35 pm

Hudson, Hanson, whoever Minor is traded for, Delgado and Teheran in 2013…….

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

But in our case, who is truly the best hitter? Heyward or Prado? That’s a tough one four shore.

Depends on how you see the 3, I guess. Heyward is more of a damage guy, Bourn and Prado have been a superb tandem, and like that. That’s just me, though. As long as they’re both hitting, not a whole lot of difference where they slot, certainly not enough to impact a single game. Maybe you get some significance over 90 games, but both are going to get a little slumpy at some point. Then Fredo can surprise us all again, and the whole 2-or-3 thing is moot. :-)

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2012
3:37 pm

Tyler Skaggs, is that Ricky’s kin?

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

DS1, I don’t know if Hudson is an ace anymore, or if one would have ever considered him a true ace. I don’t know what an “ace” is to be 100% honest, but I assume it’s a pitcher more consistantly dominant than Hudson. I know his record is unreal when given a 3 or 4 run lead in his career and some might say that automatically qualifies him an true #1.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

Colorado up 5-0 on the Nationals and still batting in the 1st inning.

A must win tonight for our Braves then……. ;)

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:39 pm

Tyler Skaggs, is that Ricky’s kin?

What a last name that is…

Dawgdad (The Original)

June 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

Mar-teen,is Mr Brave, but they shopped him around last off season. Glad they didn’t succeed!

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

Minor is gone soon. I bet one of nolie’s hoveround chrome rims on that.

DZ

June 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

I am not going to jump on the Jurrjens bandwagon just yet but tonight will be telling.

His Boston outing was impressive but why do I feel that he was extra-charged with “I’ll-show-them-that-I-belong-in-the-majors” juice? If he goes back to his pre-demotion complacency, it could be disastrous.

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

…whoever Minor is traded for…

Ha! Polished is as good as gone to you….

… “He is dead to me. I have no son.”

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

Yes sir! Go Rocks!

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

Colorado up 5-0 on the Nationals and still batting in the 1st inning.

‘Bout flippin’ time they got off their butts.

phil

June 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

A must win…lol

They ALL are!!

Tomahawkin

June 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

baseballprospectus.com

Braves Have a 70 Percent chance of getting the Wildcard “Lock It In!”

TennesseePaul

June 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

‘Bout flippin’ time they got off their butts.

They’re playing in CO. The game could be tied at 15 by the top of the second.

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

Did we really shop Marteen last winter, or did other clubs just inquire about him? Not sure we know the answer.

phil

June 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

It’s hot out….

that’s our excuse to lose the next 4.

ChattTownBrian

June 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

David O’Twitter is kind enough to stop his tweeting to write us a new blog. Good man.

Jimmy

June 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

There will be a Statement Sweep tonight.

Tomahawkin

June 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

Pence Just hit a homer, not good!

come on freddy

June 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

Uggla and Mac needs to be moved down until they heat up. Ross needs to play a little more too.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

If he goes back to his pre-demotion complacency, it could be disastrous.

But can you think of a single reason he might do so? The man rode the bus for two months; his attention’s been got.

One needs a better reason to expect the worst than merely the remote possibility of it.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

Ha! Polished is as good as gone to you….

… “He is dead to me. I have no son.”

I really do like him and see a #3 starter in there. I mean, he’s Polished……

phil

June 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

Right now, Uggla should bat 9th behind any and all pitchers, with Mac hitting 8th behind any and all pitchers, all of whom are hotter right now than either of em….

And that includes the relievers with zero at bats for years now…

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

So if we lose tonight, does that mean the season’s over?

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

OF Conner Lien with a couple of singles, couple of walks and a couple of stolen bases for GCL Braves today.

Jimmy

June 28th, 2012
3:49 pm

DKnobler: Good to hear that @CJNitkowski has officially jumped to the media side. Doing postgame show tonight for Braves radio.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

If the Phillies lose this game, there quest for a division title is O-V-E-R.

How can they possibly erase a 11 game lead in the loss column?!?!?

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:51 pm

When did Jason Grilli become a dominant reliever?

Jimmy

June 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Hate to say it, Phils cut the lead to 5-4, still batting with two on.

keylargo

June 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Start the lineup with these four and finish it any way you want to.

1. Bourn
2. Chipper
3. Heyward
4. Prado

DS1

June 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Efrim

Statement game for Phillies?

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Good read, DOB. Thanks

Jimmy

June 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

5-4 Pirates headed to the 9th.

come on freddy

June 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

Medlen needs to be in the rotation. Streched him out in AAA and wasted 2 weeks. Why, just to put him back in pen to pitch 1 inning in games already 4 runs down. What’s up with that. Pinchey Idiots.

Either Minor or Deldago one needs to go down for a little while. Hard to win with 2 kids in rotation back to back. Either one would be fine with me but not both this year. What we really need to do is package at least 1 of Mike Minor / RHP Randall Delgado RHP / Julio Teheran for good vet starter.

Jimmy

June 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

Which one of the bat boys cuts FF’s hair?

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

Uggla and Mac needs to be moved down until they heat up.

Unfortunately, by the time you’d realize that they had “heated up”, they would already have used up a lot of the “heat”, in spots where it would do the least good. You’d then move them back up in the order, right about the time they would cool off. Buying high and selling low, constantly.

keylargo

June 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

How can they possibly erase a 11 game lead in the loss column?!?!?

You can honestly ask that @ game 78?

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

Statement game for Phillies?

I’m just not sure they should play the remaining 84 games if they can’t win this 1 game………

That’s as clear as day to me.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

I’m being Looney Tunes, key. Just messin around on this Thursday afternoon.

ncscoots

June 28th, 2012
3:58 pm

Statement game for Phillies?

You can turn ‘em over and brown the other side: they’re done.

Efrim

June 28th, 2012
3:59 pm

What we really need to do is package at least 1 of Mike Minor / RHP Randall Delgado RHP / Julio Teheran for good vet starter.

So,again, we have trade requests involving Julio Teheran because Polished couldn’t get the job done and has an ERA over 5 for his career. We overdraft the kid #7 overall in 2009, he pitches poorly, and then he costs us Julio Teheran because he pitches poorly.

Makes a ton of sense to me.

keylargo

June 28th, 2012
4:00 pm

Efrim – I haven’t looked it up but the Braves seemed to have lost about 11 games in the loss column in about 2 weeks. It can be done.

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