Braves get another crack at NL East-leading Nats

As Craig Kimbrel pointed out last night, what made giving up a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against Arizona even harder to take was the fact that the Braves missed an opportunity to pick up a game on the Nationals, who had lost in 11 innings at Colorado before the Braves game began.

Nats rookie Bryce Harper has hit .500 with three homers in his first five games against the Braves.

Nats rookie Bryce Harper has hit .500 with three homers in his first five games against the Braves.

That meant the Nationals would still be 3-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves entering tonight’s opener of a hotly-anticipated – and simply hot, as in blazing hot outside – series against the NL East upstarts from D.C. The temps are expected to soar past 100 this weekend at Turner Field, where the Braves want to cut at least a game or three off Washington’s lead.

It won’t be easy.

Tonight, Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52 ERA) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.09), who has an 0.98 ERA and .175 opponents’ average in his past seven outings, including one start after moving back into the rotation from the bullpen. He pitched five scoreless innings of four-hit ball Sunday against Baltimore.

The Braves got to Detwiler for three runs, five hits and four walks in just 4-1/3 innings on May 25 in Atlanta, but the Nationals won that series opener and went on to sweep the three-game series, part of a six-game winning streak against Atlanta that the Braves finally snapped with a June 3 win at Washington.

The Braves are 1-4 against them this season, and have hit .204 with 14 runs in their past seven games against the Nationals. The Braves are 18-27 against the Nats going back to the final week of the 2009 season. The Nats have had the upper hand, regardless of which team was better at the time.

And to make matters worse, the pesky Nats have added a new Braves Enemy No. 1, the ballyhooed rookie outfielder Bryce Harper, who has more than lived up to the hype when facing Atlanta. Harper is 8-for-16 with three homers, six walks, one strikeout and a .636 OBP in his first five games against the Braves.

He has half of the Nationals’ six homers against Atlanta this season, and he’s also made a few strong plays in the field (but also been thrown out a couple of times going for an extra base).

But you know what’s made the Nationals the class of the division so far this season? The factor that we thought coming out of spring would put them in position to compete for a playoff berth this season: Pitching.

Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons made an acrobatic catch in Thursday's loss.

Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons made an acrobatic catch in Thursday's loss.

The Nationals are first in the NL in overall ERA (3.11), first in starters ERA (3.16), and third in bullpen ERA (3.03). Meanwhile, the Braves are tied for ninth in the league in overall ERA (4.01), 12th in starters ERA (4.14) and eighth in relief ERA (3.77).

And in the NL, only Colorado relievers (32) and Houston relievers (29) have allowed more homers than Braves relievers (27).

• Trade talk: Braves GM Frank Wren is sometimes a bit more forthcoming about trade and free-agent matters when speaking with members of the national media, and here’s what he had said in an interview Thursday with MLB Network’s The Rundown program.

On what the Braves might do before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

“We have the flexibility to make a big deal. If one presents itself and we think it can improve our club, we’re gonna be there trying to finish it. I think we have the talent in our minor league system [and] we have the payroll flexibility to make a deal.”

On possibility of re-signing Michael Bourn, who’s eligible for free agency after the season:

“We really would like Michael to be here a long time. He’s proven that he’s the kind of player who fits in well here…He’s a real big part of our team.”

OK, so looking back at that last quote on Bourn, he really didn’t say anything new on that subject.

But the comment about having payroll flexibility echoes what I was told by Braves CEO Terry McGuirk, the direct liason to Liberty Media ownership. McGuirk said Thursday that there is no available player who is out of the Braves’ affordability range, if they decided it was a deal that made sense for the team. That includes the likes of pitcher Zack Greinke, as well as pitchers such as Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.

At the same time, he and other Braves officials continue to make it clear the Braves aren’t going to overpay for free agents or mortgage the future by trading multiple prospects for a rental player they would only have for the rest of the season.

To me, both of those caveats make it seem unlikely the Braves would deal for Greinke, a pending free agent who would presumably cost the Braves multiple prospects and also cost them around $20 million or more in a long-term contract if they wanted to re-sign him.

Just a hunch or educated guess, and maybe it’ll change with something new I hear in next few days, but to me if Dempster returns from DL and is sound (he had a lat strain, not any arm injury), then he or Garza makes more sense and is more likely. Dempster in particular, because the Cubs would pay part of what he’s owed for rest of the season and he wouldn’t cost nearly as much in the way of talent going to Chicago in a trade, and he has a history with Wren and Fredi Gonzalez from the Marlins.

• Not clutch: When it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position, the Braves now rank 11th in the NL with a .235 average and 14th in slugging at .346. And here’s a stat that’s become alarming: in close-and-late situations, the Braves are 15th in the NL at .207.

They were beaten last night in the ninth inning by the only team that’s been worse in close-and-late situations, the Diamondbacks at .189

Here are the Braves who’ve hit .225 or lower in the late innings of close games: Jason Heyward .225, Dan Uggla .211, Michael Bourn .189, Jack Wilson .176, Eric Hinske .167, Freddie Freeman .161, David Ross .143, Brian McCann .061, and Juan Francisco .000 (0-for-13).

With runners in scoring position, the only Braves who’ve hit above .283 have done it in limited at-bats: Pastornicky (.290 in 31 at-bats), Simmons (.300 in 20 at-bats) and Francisco (.304 in 23 at-bats). Bourn is at .283 (17-for-60, highest among Braves regulars who’ve been with team all season) and Heyward is next at .280 (14-for-50). McCann has hit .182 (12-for-66) with runners in scoring position.

• Ugly stretch for Uggla: After another 0-for with three strikeouts Thursday, Uggla is up to 89 strikeouts, one fewer than NL leader Rickie Weeks and on pace for 192, which would obliterate his career high of 171 set in 2008.

Uggla is mired in a strikeout-littered slump that's put him just one strikeout behind the league leader.

Uggla is mired in a strikeout-littered slump that's put him just one strikeout behind the league leader.

Uggla is 7-for-65 (.108) with two extra-base hits (one homer) and 29 strikeouts in past 20 games, including 4-for-45 (.089) with no extra-base hits, one RBI and 20 strikeouts in his last 13 games. In his past seven home games, he’s 0-for-22 with five walks and 13 strikeouts

He’s also second in the NL in walks with 51, five ahead of No. 3 David Wright (46) but nine behind leader Joey Votto (60). Uggla is on pace for 110 walks, well above his career high of 92 in 2009.

Uggla hasn’t been out of the lineup all season, but Gonzalez has indicated a day off could be coming real soon. Maybe as soon as today. Backup infielder Jack Wilson hasn’t started a game since shortstop Andrelton Simmons arrived from Triple-A, and Wilson is 4-for-5 against Detwiler.

• Delgado tonight: As trade rumors swirl, the Braves are hoping for improvement and more consistency from Delgado. He’s 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA in his past seven starts, with 21 walks and 26 strikeouts in 35-1/3 innings. That includes losses in his past three starts – 0-3 with a 5.65 ERA and .264 opponents’ average in that stretch, with nine walks and 12 strikeouts in 14-1/3 innings.

His longest and briefest starts have come in his past two games — eight innings (three hits, two runs) against Baltimore on June 17, and 1-1/3 innings (six hits, four runs) at Boston on Sunday.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Simmons SS
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Jones 3B
  5. McCann C
  6. Diaz LF
  7. Freeman 1B
  8. Wilson 2B
  9. Delgado P

• Etc.

Chipper Jones has hit in six straight games, going 8-for-21 (.381) with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs, five walks and .500 OBP in that stretch…. Despite having his 12-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-5 Thursday, Heyward still has hit .370 in June with a .395 OBP, .716 slugging percentage, 15 extra-base hits (six homers), 14 RBIs and 17 runs in 22 games…. The Braves are 10-15 at home since the beginning of May, including 7-7 since ending their second four-game home losing streak during that stretch. (They also have a four-game home winning streak in that period.)…. Freeman is sixth in NL with RISP and two outs (.393, 11-for-28)…. McCann’s .141 average after the sixth inning is third-lowest in the NL, and his .061 average (2-for-33) in close-and-late situations is the second-lowest among NL qualifiers.

• Let’s close with a tune from the great Polly Jean Harvey, which you can hear by clicking here.

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“BIG EXIT” by PJ Harvey

Look out ahead
I see danger come
I wanna’ pistol
I wanna’ gun
I’m scared baby
I wanna’ run
This world’s crazy
Give me the gun

Baby, baby
Ain’t it true
I’m immortal
When I’m with you
But I wanna’ pistol
In my hand
I wanna’ go to
A different land

I met a man
He told me straight
‘You gotta’ leave
It’s getting late’
Too many cops
Too many guns
All trying to do something
No-one else has done

Baby, baby…

I walk on concrete
I walk on sand
But I can’t find
A safe place to stand
I’m scared baby
I wanna’ run
This world’s crazy
Gimme’ the gun

Baby, baby

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

3,180 comments Add your comment

Venice Jim

June 29th, 2012
3:20 pm

Thanks, DOB!!!

TennesseePaul

June 29th, 2012
3:20 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:22 pm

Yo… who be dat punk kid at da top of da page….Bro!!

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

DOB, What would you say if Brice told you that was a clown question.. Bro!!

Brian from SC

June 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

At one point in probably early May, I specifically remember looking at the splits, and the Braves were leading the NL in batting average with RISP. Shows you how far they have fallen there.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

Give Uggla today and Sunday off….

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

“Here are the Braves who’ve hit .225 or lower in the late innings of close games: Jack Wilson .176″

To be honest, that is pretty clutch for Jack Wilson! :)

Bama Brave

June 29th, 2012
3:25 pm

Bobby H

June 29th, 2012
3:25 pm

Yo… who be dat punk kid at da top of da page….Bro!!

That’s not a very nice thing to say about DOB, CraZy.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

I think it would be perfect if Kaminski the Braves organist played Bozo the clown music for Brice Harper…

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:28 pm

Don’t look now but we face:

Lefty, Strasburg, Lefty with Delgado, Minor, Hudson. Could very well be a sweep. :(

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:29 pm

Well, looky here, Uggla ain’t the worst in late inning batting avg.

Brian McCann .061, and Juan Francisco .000 (0-for-13).

BMac isn’t clutch, and that batting average for Juan is fairly close to his overall batting average! ;)

phil

June 29th, 2012
3:30 pm

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:18 pm

Maybe I need to move somewhere with better weather!!

I guess I’d have to leave the US since the whole damn country is either 100+ or on fire!!
************
Funny and true!

Brian from SC

June 29th, 2012
3:31 pm

MFin04, you know the Braves as a team have hit righties and lefties almost the exact same, right?

phil

June 29th, 2012
3:31 pm

PJ Harvey….

I’ll pass.

Harper just has the look of someone who will own us for years to come. Can’t wait to enjoy it all!

ChattTownBrian

June 29th, 2012
3:31 pm

Mark Teixeira looks like Prince William and that guy from Tears for Fears.

Yes, I’m weird and random. Go Braves

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:32 pm

Brian from SC – You know that for years they have struggled against lefties, right?

phil

June 29th, 2012
3:33 pm

Play Uggla since he’s probably the only one who won’t be whining about the heat…

Lord knows what it will do to McCann.

Fish Bisch

June 29th, 2012
3:34 pm

Debtwiller owns us :(

Venice Jim

June 29th, 2012
3:34 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s lineup vs. WSH (7:35, PTV/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Simmons 6 Heyward 9 Jones 5 McCann 2 Diaz 7 Freeman 3 Wilson 4 Delgado 1

Brian from SC

June 29th, 2012
3:35 pm

I guess if you think the struggles of Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer, Yunel Escobar, Omar Infante, and Melky Cabrera against lefties is going to cost the Braves this weekend, more power to ya, I guess.

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

You can’t make that lineup up? Umm Jack Wilson over Martin Prado? Brilliant.

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

Nats probably take this series two out of three. They are the better team.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

Matthew Kaminski ‏@bravesorganist
‪#Braves‬ vs. ‪#Nationals‬ – “Be a Clown” or Harper Valley PTA for Harper

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

Wilson?? He’s still on the team!

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

Brian from SC – We’ll see, you are right the splits are dead even, but I got a feeling that it may be different with the Nationals two lefties. ;)

manolo

June 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

Wow that 2 for 33 from Mc shows how vulnerable he has become with a lefty specialty on the mound. How anti clutch.

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

Those “Not Clutch” stats are ghastly, and one of the reasons why I think we are going to fall short — again. And again and again.

My chrystal ball sez that Uggla will SO over 200 times this yr. Not good.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:38 pm

Simmons gets to hit 2nd waay earlier than Rev did…. Heyward, 3rd, Chipper 4, Mac 5…. Unfortunately, McFann gonna like this lineup and that makes me mad! ;)

Harry Schwartz

June 29th, 2012
3:40 pm

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:40 pm

Does Fred know were playing the Nats tonight? You know the team in 1st place in our division?

TennesseePaul

June 29th, 2012
3:40 pm

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .256 .262 .385 0.647 .272 ___66
Simmons .303 .294 .424 0.718 .332 ___84
Heyward .429 .447 .914 1.362 .548 __240
Chipper .250 .368 .438 0.806 .382 __110
McCann_ .189 .231 .243 0.474 .197 ___25
Diaz___ .176 .200 .235 0.435 .194 ___13
Freeman .286 .342 .429 0.771 .321 __100
Wilson_ .194 .216 .222 0.438 .179 ___15
Delgado .294 .294 .294 0.588 .265 ___55

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

Wilson gonna go 3-4 tonight, with a double…. Take it to the bank!

Murph

June 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

Holy crap… Fredi is sitting Prado?

WOW.

I don’t mind Simmons hitting 2nd, Heyward hitting 3rd, Chipper hitting cleanup, and all that… but I cannot believe, in a game against the 1st place team in the division, that Fredi is sitting his best hitter.

Boggles ma’ mind.

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

Hope Prado has a broken leg, swine flu, and got deported. Otherwise…he should be in the lineup. You know the guy who was an ALL-STAR 2nd baseman.

Bat Masterson

June 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Umm Jack Wilson over Martin Prado?

I don’t want to step on Murph’s turf here, but ……….

I’m gonna hate myself for this

That’s a frown question, bro

Murph

June 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Wilson gonna go 3-4 tonight, with a double…. Take it to the bank!

Wilson won’t make contact tonight… take THAT to the bank!

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Wilson hitting better than Mac in their last 9…. who woulda think it?!

David O'Brien

June 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn CF, Simmons SS, Heyward RF, Jones 3B, McCann C, Diaz LF, Freeman 1B, Wilson 2B, Delgado P

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

“Wilson gonna go 3-4 tonight, with a double”

If we are lucky 0-3 with a sac bunt, or 0-4 moving a runner over.

Juan

June 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

The Braves are playing for a 533% 40 win on 75 Games…..they has to be hot in the next three month or there’re not making the play off…533 is about 86.5 game win of 162.

TennesseePaul

June 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

or 0-4… without any grounding into double plays.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

Holy crap… Fredi is sitting Prado?

Prado and Uggla get today off. I don’t mind. He might be trying to give 2 guys rest a day this series…

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

3 players hitting under .200 in the line up… Damn move Delgado to the 5 hole!!

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

That whole clown question thing is stupid. I don’t even know what it means. Did he get it from the Tweeter? Because it certainly isn’t English.

Either way, why would you pick Jack Wilson over Martin Prado?

Harry Schwartz

June 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

OBF: “McFann” lolololol!!!

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

“or 0-4… without any grounding into double plays.”

SOOO Negative! ;)

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:46 pm

Hey, I’m trying to be positive over here… we’re missing our great #2 hitter and our cleanup hitter. Wilson’s gonna fill their shoes tonight!

DAM

June 29th, 2012
3:46 pm

Seems a bit odd to rest both Prado and Uggla on the same day, which means we’ll probably go out and score 10.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:47 pm

I don’t normally complain about lineups, but Fred has me scratching my head quite often?

Efrim

June 29th, 2012
3:47 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn CF, Simmons SS, Heyward RF, Jones 3B, McCann C, Diaz LF, Freeman 1B, Wilson 2B, Delgado P

Sure hope Prado is okay……

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

I bet tomorrow, Hey and Simmons get to rest, and on Sunday, Mac and Chipper rest.

Bayou Brave

June 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

Brian from SC,

What are the Braves pitchers’ BABIP splits before and after Simmons?

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

“Seems a bit odd to rest both Prado and Uggla”

Is that because they both are All-Star 2nd baseman in their careers? Can’t make this crap up.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:49 pm

Did he get it from the Tweeter?

Come on Bro get with the times!!

monty

June 29th, 2012
3:49 pm

DOB pointing out the obvious. Team isn’t clutch. Way too many scoring opportunities gone by the wayside. Hope they read the article and man-up. Nats have clowned us pretty good lately. Looking for signs of a new mental toughness this weekend. Grind those AB’s guys!

Hillbilly

June 29th, 2012
3:49 pm

Prado and Uggla on the bench on the same day? Can you imagine having to tell ONE of them he’s sitting this one out? Much less both of those guys. They’re going to bug the crap out of him in that dugout.

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:49 pm

“Sure hope Prado is okay…”

Sure hope Fredi is ok, Prado and Uggla probably have him cornered by now. 8)

Efrim

June 29th, 2012
3:50 pm

On what the Braves might do before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

“We have the flexibility to make a big deal. If one presents itself and we think it can improve our club, we’re gonna be there trying to finish it. I think we have the talent in our minor league system [and] we have the payroll flexibility to make a deal.”

I think we can get Dempster without having to give up too much. If he’s healthy, he might be our best option. Garza and Greinke would cost too much and Jason Vargas’s of the world are back of the rotation types, imo.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Seems a bit odd to rest both Prado and Uggla

Can’t be because of the heat it’s only a dry heat!

ColoradoBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

I really just wish uggla could help the team in situations like last night instead of striking out.

Eight inning, tie game….Chipper walks and is balked to second. Uggla just has to move chipper to 3rd in that situation. Give some many opportunities to score from 3rd.

Go Braves

ChattTownBrian

June 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Fredi does know Hudson or Hanson aren’t pitching tonight, right? Prado has to be sick or something. No way you sit him to begin this kind of series.

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Murph

June 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Bryce! Over here! Bryce! Mark Bradley, AJC… Bryce, we’ve heard that Justin Bieber has invited you to attend the Grammys with him next year. True? What do you plan on wearing?

That’s a gown question, bro.

monty

June 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Obviously not a statement game for Fredi,unless Prado is sick???

Bryce Harper

June 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

I have been reading your comments–man these are clown posts.

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

Man, I hate it that Prado is not playing — hope he ges back in there soon.

Jack Wilson at 2B. He is okay with the glove but a likely 0 for 4.

DS1

June 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

What is it with Fredi and thinking that he should rest 2 of his regulars in the same day. Now if he’d wanted to get Diaz bat in against the lefty, he coulda put Prado at second for a game.

???

Hillbilly

June 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

Kind of thinking along the same lines as Ef, here. I wonder if Prado might be banged up a little.

ChattTownBrian

June 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

I think I’m sitting McCann before I sit Martin. No, I KNOW I am.

ncbravesfan90

June 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

Dang, I told you the Braves had more $$$ to spend than many here believed.

The biggest statement from the blog, tells all you need to know:

(From Frank Wren): “We have the flexibility to make a big deal. If one presents itself and we think it can improve our club, we’re gonna be there trying to finish it. I think we have the talent in our minor league system [and] we have the payroll flexibility to make a deal.”

(From Terry McGuirk): “McGuirk said Thursday that there is no available player who is out of the Braves’ affordability range, if they decided it was a deal that made sense for the team.”

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
3:54 pm

DS1- Are you sure Prado is stretched out enough to play 2nd? He has only had reps at LF/3B. :)

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
3:54 pm

“I think we can get Dempster without having to give up too much. If he’s healthy, he might be our best option. Garza and Greinke would cost too much and Jason Vargas’s of the world are back of the rotation types, imo”

Maybe we can get away with giving them Salcedo. That would not be so bad, Even if Dempster is only a rental.

Salcedo is a long shot for MLB as it stands now.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:54 pm

Sure hope Fredi is ok, Prado and Uggla probably have him cornered by now.

I’d hate to be on the recieving end of a head lock from Uggla!!

monty

June 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

Prado did look a little wierd on that scoring play last nite when he thought the RF had caught the ball over his head. Looked like he barely could make it home.

DS1

June 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

fan90

A lot of big IF’s in those statements buddy. Huge IF’s.

Tomahawk Mafia

June 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

That lineup looks troublesome, maybe I will be proved wrong.

ChattTownBrian

June 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

Harper mentions Ripkin,Jr and Jeter as guys he looks up to because they’ve played for the same team their whole careers. Leaves out Chipper, the man on a team breathing down your necks.

Whatever, stupid teenager is still popping white heads on his face anyways.

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

I know I’ve already said it once, but I really hope they play carnival clown music for Brice tonight!!

Felix

June 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

Thanks Fredi for sitting Uggla. It was driving me nuts watching his pathetic attempts at the plate. You can sit him out for the entire Nats series as far as I’m concerned. Hell, for the rest of the season for that matter. Even better—trade his butt. Another Wren trade that went wrong.

Rick

June 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

DS1, I’d agree with you if both Uggla and Prado were hitting well. Although I wish Prado weren’t sitting against the Nats, I can’t remember the last time he’s had a day off and they are playing in some extreme heat this weekend. Also Wilson hasn’t gotten a start since Simmons was brought up. Need to keep the bench players fresh.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 29th, 2012
3:57 pm

Sure hope Fredi is ok, Prado and Uggla probably have him cornered by now.

LOL

I think I’m sitting McCann before I sit Martin. No, I KNOW I am.

Sit Mac sunday…

BTW, I don’t think Prado is hurt, at least I hope so…. think it’s just a rest day… when was the last time he didn’t start?

DS1

June 29th, 2012
3:57 pm

MFin04

Maybe Prado is not in there because he got injured getting “stretched” out to play some second base??

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
3:57 pm

Hey, this is a mega rich corporation that has more $$$$$$$$ than one can imagine. Does not mean they want to spend it on the salaries of a major league ball player.

They could spend the $$$$$$$ on two Pujols type of deals and it is a drop in the bucket, wanting to do it and seeing value in it is another thing.

(And even I don;t think even one of those kind of deals is smatr for this team).

The way it stands now, for what I know a $20 million a yr player is not wise for this team. That kind of cash does not make sense to me anyway, so much $$$$$$$$$.

monty

June 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

Maybe the organist can play Send in the Clowns for Bryce on his AB’s.

ncbravesfan90

June 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

Dempster would not be a rental. We would have him for the 2013 season as well.

Ralph

June 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

I would give Uggla to anybody that would take his payroll, don’t have to give up anybody just take his payroll then I would use that money and get a left fielder that can hit and put Prado back on 2B where he belongs. I like Delgado but he will not have a winning record on this team as presently constructed, they simply do not give him the run support to give him confidence to go out and pitch aggressively.

Bay Area Steve

June 29th, 2012
3:59 pm

Really shoulda stopped after “noun” question. That was classic. Now, y’all are just tryin’ too hard.

What’s left? brown, town, crown, down…

Shoot, modern-day rap don’t even need to rhyme, as long as it sounds right, and in time. That opens some doors…

cricket

June 29th, 2012
3:59 pm

strong is the bench today

Harry Schwartz

June 29th, 2012
3:59 pm

AMEN Felix. “Struggla” needs to go.

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
3:59 pm

“I know I’ve already said it once, but I really hope they play carnival clown music for Brice tonight!!”

Now, that is funny. Real funny. The music from the Six Flags commercial when the old man was dancing would be funny.

DS1

June 29th, 2012
4:00 pm

Darned glad Ralph is not the GM……….

CrαZy

June 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

Monty

“Be a clown” by Judy Garland is what he posted for Harper on Twitter!!

monty

June 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

Resting your #3 hitter for an important game who has the highest BA on the team. WOW! I’m hoping for Fredo’s sake he’s sick.

Disgusted

June 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

Dempster would not be a rental. We would have him for the 2013 season as well.

My bad ncbravesfan90. Now I would like to go after Dempster.

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

“McGuirk said Thursday that there is no available player who is out of the Braves’ affordability range, if they decided it was a deal that made sense for the team”

Biggest BS line I have heard in a long time. Grienke is not in their range. Neither is Garza or anyone like that. Bargain bin and/or bust.

DS1

June 29th, 2012
4:03 pm

Best thing to do with a player like Harper is to just ignore him. Pitch him well and don’t give him anything to use to motivate him more to kick your azz. Those kind of guys don’t need much goading to get more motivated to kill the competition.

Do not wake up the sleeping giant (even if he is not sleeping).

MFin04

June 29th, 2012
4:03 pm

It amazes me how no one from AJC has the time to actually clue us all in on why Prado is out of the lineup. You’d think with the blog or the Tweeter or whatever they could get us the info pretty quickly. ;)

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

June 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief.

Int’resting lineup—it has it’s good point, cough cough…Hope it’s just a day off for Prado and there’s nothing wrong with him—maybe Fredi wanted to get MattE in there but didn’t wanna sit Heyward after just one lousy 0-fer…?

Efrim

June 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

Kind of thinking along the same lines as Ef, here. I wonder if Prado might be banged up a little.

Doesn’t make sense to rest him and Uggs on the same day, Hillbilly. Hope Martin is healthy.

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