Braves hope July 5 is turning point again for Uggla

For those looking for some reason for hope concerning the Braves and their slumping All-Star second baseman, we offer this: It was a year ago today that Dan Uggla went from struggling mightily to on fire, with no transition period between.

Dan Uggla went on a tear beginning July 5, 2011, after slumping during the first half of the season. The Braves hope he'll turn things around again this year at the midway point.

Dan Uggla went on a tear beginning July 5, 2011, after slumping during the first half of the season. The Braves hope he'll turn things around again this year at the midway point.

We’re going to keep today’s blog short because I spent what would have been blog-writing time instead doing the breaking story on Jonny Venters going on the 15-day DL with an “elbow impingement,” an injury that neither he nor the Braves have mentioned or hinted at any time, despite being asked repeatedly in the past two months if he was injured.

Even when I asked after last night’s game how long the Braves could keep using Venters the way he’s been pitching, Gonzalez said nothing about any injury whatsoever, and in fact said they would keep pitching him and that he had shown signs of progress. He said the Braves had to get him back to being effective or they’d be “up against it.”

Anyway, I cover all that in the story that’s posted on the blog now about Venters to the DL and lefty Luis Avilan called up from the minors for the first time. Avilan will be here in Atlanta for tonight’s series finale against the Cubs, as the Braves try to salvage a split of the four-game series and 10-game homestand. They’ve lost five of their past seven games and fallen six games behind Washington in the NL East.

But back to Uggla.

A year ago he was batting .173 with a .568 OPS, 12 homers and 29 RBI in 86 games through July 4 (the season started almost a week earlier in 2012). Then he went on an absolute hitting binge, batting .377 with 15 homers, 32 RBIs and 1.200 OPS in 33 games from July 5 through Aug. 13.

This year through July 4 he’s hit .229 with 11 homers, 43 RBIs, 54 walks, 94 strikeouts and a .359 OBP and .759 OPS in 80 (of the team’s 81) games. His OPS is actually just five points below what he finished with last season, primarily due to the increased walks. But Uggla will be the first to tell you, the Braves aren’t paying him to walk.

Walks are nice, but a lot nicer when they come with big power numbers for a hitter like Uggla.

Uggla’s current stats don’t reflect how poorly he’s fared in recent weeks. He’s gone 21 games without a homer and is 6-for-61 (.098) in past 18 games with one double, two RBIs, 10 walks, 25 strikeouts and .362 OPS.

For the season, he’s hit just .217 (41-for-189) against righties with eight homers, 30 walks, 64 strikeouts and a .727 OPS.

In 40 home games, Uggla has hit .202 with four homers, 32 walks, 48 strikeouts, a .367 OBP and .341 slugging percentage. That’s right, he has a higher OBP than slugging percentage this season at Turner Field.

One other thing: The Braves had better pitching and had others picking up the middle-of-the-order slack in the first half last season when Uggla was struggling in the first half. They had a 50-36 record despite his .173 average and .568 OPS in those first 86 games.

There's been a wide disparity in Heyward's stats from one spot in the batting order to another. You might be surprised where he's been most effective. Check out the numbers in this blog.

There's been a wide disparity in Heyward's stats from one spot in the batting order to another. You might be surprised where he's been most effective. Check out the numbers in this blog.

This year, the Braves’ pitching has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency, and their best middle-of-the-order hitters have all struggled mightily for stretches due to injury or just plain slumps. They are 42-39 at the halfway point of the season.

• Heyward’s spot in order: OK, we always have to tread lightly when mentioning anything regarding Jason Heyward’s stats, because his many followers read into anything they view as negative reporting about him, and his detractors accuse us of fanning a hype machine when we write anything good about him. There don’t seem to be many riding the fence when it comes to their opinion of the talented right fielder.

So anyway, we present these numbers simply for information purposes, fully aware that many will consider them sample sizes too small to judge and others will blow them out of proportion and make career projections from them, etc. We’re just giving you the numbers. Make of them what you may:

Heyward in 6-hole this season: .356 (31-for-87) with seven homers, nine walks, 16 strikeouts, .417 OPB, .690 slugging

Heyward in 6-hole in his career: .302 (60-for-199) with 17 homers, 28 walks, 35 strikeouts, .389 OBP, .633 slugging

Heyward in 3-hole this season: .192 (6-for-33) with 1 homer, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts, .250 OBP, .364 slugging

Heyward in 3-hole in his career: .196 (21-for-107) with two homers, 15 walks, 33 strikeouts, .301 OBP, .336 slugging

He has hit more than twice as much in 2-hole as anywhere else, and that’s where manager Bobby Cox batted him most of the time in 2010 as a rookie. But this season he’s only had 16 at-bats (4-for-16, one homer, two walks) in the 2-hole.

Heyward in 2-hole for his career: .267 (148-for-554) with 17 HR, 81 walks, 128 strikeouts, .367 OBP, .428 slugging

His worst stats are in the 5-hole, where he’s hit .197 (15-for-76) in his career with one homer, eight walks, 27 strikeouts, .291 OBP and .329 slugging.

BRAVES LINEUP

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

• Tonight’s matchup: It’s Mike Minor going for the Braves against Matt Garza (4-6, 4.01 ERA), one of the potentially available pitchers the Braves have scouting as the trade deadline approaches.

Bourn is 10-for-17 against Cubs starter Matt Garza.

Bourn is 10-for-17 against Cubs starter Matt Garza.

Garza is 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA in his past six starts, but he’s struggled on the road this season, going 2-5 with a 5.22 ERA and 11 homers allowed in nine road starts (compared to 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA and one homer in six starts at Wrigley Field).

The right-hander is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his past six road starts, with nine homers allowed in 33 innings.

Michael Bourn is 10-for-17 against Garza.

• Let’s close this with a great one from the Drive-By Truckers, “Tornadoes.” Hear the studio version by clicking here or see them do it live by clicking here.

dbt-concert

“TORNADOES” by Drive-By Truckers

The clouds started forming at five o’clock pm
The funnel clouds touched down
five miles north of Russellville
Sirens were blowing, clouds spat rain
and as the things came threw, it sounded like a train

“It came without no warning” said Bobbi Jo McLean
She and husband Nolen always loved to watch the rain
It sucked him out the window, he ain’t come home again
All she can remember is “It sounded like a train”

Pieces of that truck stop, litter up the highway, I been told
And I hear that missing trucker ended up in Kansas
(or maybe it was Oz).

The Nightmare Tour ended for my band and me
the night all the shit went down
A homecoming concert, the night the tornadoes hit my hometown.
The few who braved the weather were sucked out of the auditorium
I can still remember the sound of their applause in the rain
as it echoed through them storm clouds, I swear, It sounded like a train.

– by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,472 comments Add your comment

Dylan

July 5th, 2012
2:59 pm

Bobby's Cox

July 5th, 2012
3:00 pm

BravesQueen

July 5th, 2012
3:00 pm

Ease

July 5th, 2012
3:02 pm

Kat

July 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

Here’s hoping Uggla gets turned on by July.. yea….

Screwball

July 5th, 2012
3:04 pm

That Drive By Truckers song may sound good but the lyrics are godawful bad when read aloud.

Screwball

July 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

Let’s hope DOB’s “Uggla’s gonna turn this thing around” post will have some more lasting impact than his recent post on how BMac had found something in his swing and was about to break out.

We need some good news.

Tommy

July 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

Good pick on the DBT song. I listened to this song on the way to work the morning of April 27, 2011; it was an eerie premonition for that day to me.

Oh, and VOTE BOURN!

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

Uggla will turn it around. He’s already starting to make more contact…

#VoteBourn

TennesseePaul

July 5th, 2012
3:07 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Sopheee

July 5th, 2012
3:07 pm

http://www.mlb.com if you don’t have Twitter.

Vote for Bourn.

Fish Bisch

July 5th, 2012
3:08 pm

Graza owns us :(

Murph

July 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

If Bourn misses by one vote, send all hate-mail to murph@aol.com.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

Screwball: You’re right! lol. DOB just jinxed Uggla…

Bobby H

July 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

I feel like such a bad Braves fan for not voting. — Murph

And well you should, Murph, but, also, a dumb one for telling us. ;)

flange1

July 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB.

Love the DBT’s Tornados, it is my favorite Patterson song.

Go Braves!

Skokie Dog

July 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

Fredi: “Have to tip your cap to those pitchers that Uggla has faced all year. They’re pitching like All-Stars, every one of them.”

Tenaciousdx

July 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

72-90 folks. I am sticking to my prediction

Tomahawk Mafia

July 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

How about a win tonight followed by a sweep of Philly. Does that sound plausible for this ballclub?

jeffrey d

July 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

I just put in a bunch of votes for Bourn. I had a few thoughts…

1) Could they have taken a goofier picture of Bourn?
2) How is this an effective way to pick an All Star?
“Hey Bud, how should we determine who’s on the All Star Roster?”
“Let’s see who can type in a number on our website the most times.”
3) I voted as a 6 month old.
4) My email was dedicated to George

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

If Us Fans and the Braves are gonna Depend on Uggla getting hot and carrying the team, then we are up Sh-its Creek…

King of Carrot Flowers

July 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

Sure glad the Braves got Medlen stretched out so he can go 3 innings in a 10-3 game, and watch from the bench as Delgado and Minor lose every start. Medlen is exhibit 1A in the case against Braves incompetent management this year.

flange1

July 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

Oh and if folks missed George’s first post of the day on the old blog, here it is REPOSTED for your viewing pleasure.

“ajkshdfghfg G ‘;HSNSN S /’;JASLG g MNHKjsfbB ”

Well, it made about that much sense……

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

92-70, Bank On It…

Its Looking more and more like thats gonna get declined!

ncbravesfan90

July 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

6/5/2012 lineup:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
8. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
9. Mike Minor (R) P

Freddie G

July 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

McCann will break out of his slump any year now. Until then, I’ll keep running him out there and tip my cap to the opposing pitcher.

jeffrey d

July 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

If Us Fans and the Braves are gonna Depend on Uggla getting hot and carrying the team, then we are up Sh-its Creek…

Bank On It!! I can’t ever think of a time when Uggla got red hot in July to put up ridiculous numbers for the rest of the season…

Mike S.

July 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

I dont think its Uggla’s fault. This to me is another example of the Braves being cheap and trying to turn Uggla in to a legit cleanup because they dont want to pay for one. Uggla should be batting third or fifth around a legit cleanup hitter. Ramirez in Florida was more dangerous than anyone on the Braves roster, so he did have that in front of him. Put this guy around a big bat in the middle of the order, and he will produce far more. Make him the target, and its a mismatch.

bostonbravo

July 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

DOB you mean Fredi…LIED to you??

and OnlyBravesFan…are you Uggla’s mommy? He has been unable to hit or field over any season since we “stole” him from FLA!

Skokie Dog

July 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

Fredi: “Uggla has been trying to play through a swing impingement. We’re hoping that running him out there everyday will get him over this condition.”

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

King of Carrot Flowers

“Sure glad the Braves got Medlen stretched out so he can go 3 innings in a 10-3 game, and watch from the bench as Delgado and Minor lose every start.Medlen is exhibit 1A in the case against Braves incompetent management this year.”

I dunno who you are??? but I will Co-Sign on that post abt Little Big man Med’s

Tina

July 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

Good night for Uggla is 0-3 with two strikeout and a walk. Trade the bum.

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

some sites are more stat oriented, some more video oriented flange.
not a big UZR fan myself except in 5 year doses , even it’s creator has said he’s not sure it has much value
anyway just one look at what some evaluators think. ain’t claiming it’s perfect

Ease

July 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Sh-its Creek

I couldn’t find that on Google Maps.

Mike S.

July 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

I’d make the same comment for McCann, Heyward, Freeman, or anyone else on the roster. This is roster has a gaping hole in the middle at the 4 spot. Dont even try to convince me that these guys should be able to fill it. The teams that have been finishing above the Braves and winning titles all have the big guy in the middle protecting the rest of the lineup.

billy bob baseball

July 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Uggla can’t even hit Cub’s pitching, does anyone expect his bat to wake up at crunch time against the pitching rich NL East? Anyone who has watched him over the last two years has got to know, pitch him on the outside corner let him try to pull it, then watch as he meekly grounds to third or short. Does he even know there is a right side of the diamond? McCann is just as obstinate, continually pulling the ball when the defense has half the infield on the right side, and hitting right into the shift. Home runs may draw fans, but base hits bring in runs and win ball games. I don’t care if uggla or mccann never hit another home run, but I would love to see the Braves playing in October. That puts fans in the seats also.

Screwball

July 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Carrots is right. WTF are they doing with Medlen. Makes no sense at all.

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

If Garza is so good that we need to trade for him, today’s game is obviously a loss already….

Murph

July 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

Sweet, Fredi is keeping the black hole of Uggla and McCann together again… and hitting them 5/6!

Gonna be up to Freeman to drive in any baserunners before those two come up.

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

Mike S.

“I dont think its Uggla’s fault.”

Co-Sign Its not his Fault totally, had our Pitchers lived up to expections as a whole we wouldn’t be in this hole— In S. Training, I drank too much Kool Aid and Overrated this lousy pitching staff (Kimmie Excluded)

I told everyone on here in S. Training that the O-Vent-Brel Triple Team would not have a duplicate season in that all 3 of their seasons were that Good…Actually As Much as I loathe John Kincaid, he made that prediction as well

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:18 pm

Our Productiojn from our 3-6 hitters has been Awful the last 5 weeks…Its a Shame when we have to rely on the bottom of the order to drive in runs

Skokie Dog

July 5th, 2012
3:18 pm

Fredi: “I’m worried that I may get elbow impingement after so much cap tipping.”

Juan

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Wtching Marlin/Brewers Game, Temp 101 with the roof open….why??? i don’t know, it the roof broken…why if you have a roof and 100 temp is not close….

David O'Brien

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

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

Juan

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

sorry typing error….

flange1

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

nolie,

I am not arguing with you at all! I know you like the Bill James fielding guide, and I tend to like it better than anything else I have seen.

I was surprised at the results is all.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! I think Chipper put a curse on the #3 spot…

Bobby H. For someone that loves birds so much, I can’t believe you never “tweeted”.

Haha! I know, right?… :P I go back and forth…I’d Tweet before I’d Facebook…

Billy Beaneater

July 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

1.
to make an impression; have an effect or impact (usually followed by on or upon ): to impinge upon the imagination; social pressures that impinge upon one’s daily life.
2.
to encroach; infringe (usually followed by on or upon ): to impinge on another’s rights.
3.
to strike; dash; collide (usually followed by on, upon, or against ): rays of light impinging on the eye.

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

you would think Fredi would put someone who is hitting a bit between Man and Uggs right now

TennesseePaul

July 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .303 .381 .606 0.987 .420 __153
Prado__ .353 .390 .441 0.831 .359 __117
Heyward .216 .268 .405 0.674 .288 ___73
Freeman .323 .421 .516 0.937 .369 __143
McCann_ .143 .167 .171 0.338 .154 __-11
Uggla__ .100 .250 .133 0.383 .206 ____4
Simmons .273 .314 .424 0.739 .348 ___91
Francis .235 .235 .382 0.618 .263 ___58
Minor__ .067 .067 .067 0.133 .107 __-65

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

Speaking of S. Training Remember who was tearing up Grapefruit League Pitching? Hitting Homers to All Fields!

His Name is Dannn Uggla!!!!

Face it People He is the 2012 Version of A. Jones at the Dish, Streaky as Hell

Juan

July 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Big night for Francisco…two homer… final score 7-2 braves

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

there are gas impingement AR semi-automatic rifles. work real well, but gets a bit dirty…..

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Flabcisco Is Due for a Coming Out Party Tonight!

He’s my Pick to Click

Expect 3-4 hits from him and he Might hit a homer for us if we are on good behavior

Fish Bisch

July 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Fredi is brilliant.

The Red

July 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

I wouldn’t question Venter’s elbow injury too much. I don’t feel the need to see him demoted, just out of the lineup! Of course, I think the reason he’s struggling is that the league realized that he was living on that slider that short-hopped the plate. When they quit swinging at it, he has to throw a strike, and that’s never been a strong suit of his.

Bob in SF

July 5th, 2012
3:24 pm

Uggla needs to be in the AL; he’s terrible in the field and his offense hasn’t made up for that at all this year.

CrαZy

July 5th, 2012
3:24 pm

lineup: #VoteBourn CF, Prado LF, Heyward RF, Freeman 1B, McCann C, Uggla 2B, Simmons SS, Francisco 3B, Minor P

ACE

July 5th, 2012
3:24 pm

For all the passes and softball questions DOB has given Fredi you would think he could have gave DOB a heads up on Venters. Or could it be that like most things Fredi had no idea about this either?

ncbravesfan90

July 5th, 2012
3:24 pm

I reckon the most concerning thing is that with the slumps of McCann and Uggla, McCann is just not getting on base period. As TennesseePaul provided the stats above, even with the slump of Uggla, the past nine games he’s getting on base at a .250 clip, whereas McCann is just .024 percentage points higher than his average. That’s the concerning part about McCann, he’s not even drawing walks.

PMC

July 5th, 2012
3:25 pm

Good Job on the stats DOB, with Heyward though, I think he needs to get comfortable with that 3rd slot while Uggla and McCann Struggle. The line up with Chipper 4th is working at least some. They just didn’t get the runs in last night.

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:25 pm

Man, I’m eating some Nasty Crow for wanting the Signing of The Wizard (Roy Oswalt) a month ago…

The dude has been flat out putrid!

CrαZy

July 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

I thought that throw by Uggla was perfect the other night Simmons just needs to jump higher… Much Higher!!

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:27 pm

UT-OH

ACE is in the House! He’s about to Set It Off! :)

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 5th, 2012
3:27 pm

Gawd, here comes Francisco the K machine…. 1-4, a single, 2Ks, and a groundout. We should hit Minor in front of him :)

PMC

July 5th, 2012
3:27 pm

I like Freddie 3rd a lot when he’s healthy too.

Murph

July 5th, 2012
3:28 pm

I’d go with:

1. Bourn
2. Simmons
3. Prado
4. Freeman

Beyond that it doesn’t really matter since nobody else is hitting anyways. Drawing straws or throwing a dart to pick 5-8 would likely yield similar results.

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Jimmy

July 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

I just voted for Bryce.
It was not a clown move.

The Bravery

July 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

Im am growing weary of this team not being able to line anything positive up at the same time. When we hit our pitching is atrocious, when we give up only 1 or 2 runs we get shut out, when starters throw well the pen blows vice versa and ect. I used to have the mentality when I read articles like this is that we just need to get so and so going and it will all come together. Im done with that bc time after time the lousiness is just replaced by other players. When uggs gets it goin, which im sure he will, then someone else in the lineup will seem to slip into the worst slump of their life (or pull a mccann) and we are no better off than before.
I do know that if one thing remains constant day in and day out, it is that Fredi will continue to make egregious errors that leaves fans scratching their heads. I cant help but feel that every manager in the bigs has a running joke about how awful Fredi is. No, he cant fix all of the players problems, but he certainly is not the answer here. Fredi is a fart in the face of Braves fans.

ChattTownBrian

July 5th, 2012
3:31 pm

July 5 was the game we went to last year. I’d like to think we had something to do with Uggla’s turnaround

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:31 pm

I didn’t think Simmons looked all that comfortable hitting second the other day. Kinda jumpy and less patient

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:32 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

“Gawd, here comes Francisco the K machine…. 1-4, a single, 2Ks, and a groundout.”

Yah, that is a more realistic prediction…And I bet the single comes after its past time to just turn it off…or I just wont see it at all TNA Rasslin is on Tonight

Murph

July 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

Enter your comments here – Tomahawkin

First thing you’ve posted in weeks that I actually understood.

Overhead At The Cooler

July 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

These quotes pertaining to the Braves could legitimately have been heard from the opposing dugout at different dates, days and times during this season.

“Wow that dude is pitching like Cy Young! We’ll be lucky to score tonight!”

“I haven’t had this much fun with a bat since I took BP this past winter with my old high school team!”

“While we are at it, lets give them a wedgie and take their lunch money! They are a bunch of wuss’es over in the other dugout.”

“We gotta score a run! If they get to Kimbrel, We’re dead! Oh no! Too Late!

“See I told you, Heyward is over-rated.”

“How the hell are we going to get that Heyward kid out?”

“Chipper looks like he could play for 5 more years! He’s on fire!”

“Man Chipper should just retire now before he gets hurt out there.”

“If the ump made that call AGAINST US, our manager would be up in his face now getting ready to get tossed!”

“Alright guys, nows’ your chance! Remember what Venters did to you last couple of years? He’s meat tonight! Make him pay!”

“Lets get to this guy quick! If we get up by a couple, they will quit!”

“So they took the lead, big deal. Their pitcher can’t hold it. Let’s get some runs!”

“Keep using the shift on them, they refuse to try and beat it. They would rather hit a hard .200 as a soft .300”

“Notice how they are using the shift on our guy but the pitcher is pitching away from the shift? That’s great! lol

“isn’t that guy managing them the guy they ran off in Florida for tangling with Hanley Ramirez?”

“remember, McCann is a really nice guy, but if you get a chance coming around third, rumble in hard at the plate. He won’t field or hang onto the ball if he hears you coming!”

“ you can tell those guys in the other dugout are just hoping. “

The Bravery

July 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

Also if I have to watch Mac watch strike one down the middle only to chase the next pitch slider outside of the zone 3 at bats in a row Im going to lose it. WTF happened to him.

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

Murph

“I’d go with:

1. Bourn
2. Simmons
3. Prado
4. Freeman”

I likes it because the 1st three hitters can make a starting pitcher throw 15-20 pitches

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

Francisco starting and that Braves’ necessity Garza pitching?? BALLGAME!!!

The Bravery

July 5th, 2012
3:36 pm

Nolie
Simmons attributes his hitting in the bigs to being aggresive and less patient. Jumpy for him is a good thing

ChattTownBrian

July 5th, 2012
3:36 pm

Fact is Tomahawkin is a English Professor at UGA. He has to vent his inner demons somehow. This is his place.

ChattTownBrian

July 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

Damnit nolie! I was just about to post BALLGAME! Fu**

Jimmy

July 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

Murph – Why not invert the lineup. Have your pitcher lead off, then the 8th spot and so on. That way, when the heart of the lineup comes up (4 though 1), the pitch count will be higher.

Everytime Prado would come to bat, he would see a higher pitch count than he normally would. Meaning better pitches to hit.

Do it Fredi!

Tomahawkin

July 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

Money Mike Minor made all of us Eat Crow against the Curley W’s over the weekend, Maybe its the start of a streak for him???

Overhead At The Cooler

July 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

Braves just put Roger McDowell on the DL for flatulent sphincter syndrome.

jeffrey d

July 5th, 2012
3:39 pm

Fact is Tomahawkin is a English Professor at UGA. He has to vent his inner demons somehow. This is his place.

And George composes symphonies

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:39 pm

Simmons hitting just .200 in the two slot, worst of anywhere…..

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

ncbravesfan90 That’s the concerning part about McCann, he’s not even drawing walks.

I know what you mean…He took a walk the other day and it was almost as exciting as the hit he got in the AB before that…

Can’t wait for the second “half”—it’s just gotta be better…

jeffrey d

July 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

Money Mike Minor made all of us Eat Crow against the Curley W’s

What about this one, Murph?

nolie

July 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

where did he attribute his success to being less patient, I musta missed that?
He has been pretty patient for the most part

ncbravesfan90

July 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

McFann-

It has to get better, surely. I agree with what they said on the broadcast the other day, that no disrespect to McCann or anything, but not going to the all star game may be the best thing for him. To stay around home and just to clear his head for a few days. Keeping our fingers crossed that the old McCann will be back after the break.

Overhead At The Cooler

July 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

It’s harder to accept losing when you have some talent on the team. I didn’t say the MOST talented team. Back when the Braves were kind of lovable losers, you rooted hard for the team but you really didn’t expect anything out of them. Due to that, wins were gravy and losses weren’t really that disappointing.

This is a disappointing team.

The Bravery

July 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

And he has been in the 2 hole for what a week? Hardly a decent sample size

Herschel Talker

July 5th, 2012
3:44 pm

Same story, different year. Perenial underachieving, nothing but excuses, inept managing, insane loads of injuries. Nothing to see here, move along. This team is junk.

Jimmy

July 5th, 2012
3:44 pm

nolie – Yeah, I saw the interview too. Pre-game on Fox SportsSouth. He said he was taking an aggressive approach at the plate.

jeffrey d

July 5th, 2012
3:44 pm

k, see ya HT

The Bravery

July 5th, 2012
3:45 pm

Nolie
Are you kidding me he has stated multiple times that he has been aggresive at the plate and that is what turned his average around after the first couple of weeks.

The Bravery

July 5th, 2012
3:45 pm

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jeffrey d

July 5th, 2012
3:46 pm

Murph

July 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

Money Mike Minor made all of us Eat Crow against the Curley W’s

What about this one, Murph?

Obviously a sociopolitical statement about Obamacare being a tax on the poor.

Sopheee

July 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

He was born there, jeffrey.

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