Braves quotes after Sunday’s win over Mets


On his outing:

“Pretty good, pretty good victory for us completing that three game sweep out of the break. Pretty good feeling.”

On coming back out to dugout to watch:

“I’ve been doing that for my last four or five years. It’s funny because it used to be I sat and watched one inning or two innings because I was in the seventh or eighth. Now it’s getting to where I’m watching a little more baseball. I do like to do that and I’ve had good feedback on it so I always fell in a habit of doing that. You work so hard to get a victory and even a loss. If I get my butt kicked, I’m still going to be out there. I ain’t going to leave them out there to battle them for me.”

On if he felt good right from the beginning:

“I felt pretty good. I’ve been feeling like I can throw the ball where I want. First and foremost, that’s the most important thing.”

On coming out after sixth:

“That was about perfect pitch right there, 88.”

On what it felt like to walk back out there for the first time:

“It was pretty incredible. Honestly in my mind, two years ago I was done, which was fine. I gave myself coach of the year award in youth ball. Somebody asked me ‘Who gives that?’ I said ‘I give it to myself.’ Yeah it was very exciting.”

On if have to quit his other job now:

“We were done. So it all worked out perfect timing.”

On if had to control emotions, adrenaline:

“I was pretty relaxed. I don’t know if the adrenaline comes as much as it used to because I definitely had some, had some nerves and had some adrenaline. But it feels like back in the day it used to shoot through your whole body and you couldn’t even control it.”

On six shutout innings, exceed what you would have thought possible:

“I really didn’t think about any results. Even my wife last night was just telling me ‘You can’t worry about what everybody does, the batter, or whatever.’ It sounds funny coming from her because she never says anything wise in baseball to me. But it was a pretty good quote. Can’t control anything except making a pitch to the location that we call. Hopefully it’s the right pitch at the right time.”

On getting quick at-bats:

“We’ll see. It’s just one start at the end of the day. Maybe some tendencies start showing I don’t know. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions here. I’ve been feeling like I’m throwing the ball well and today I felt I threw it well again and had a good plan.”

On getting Wright out with runners second, third:

“That was a big moment, a big pitch. That pitch could really turn things around.”

On what got this comeback started:

“(Dr. Keith) Meister is the guy who kind of got me in this mode again. I’m sure being the doctor that did it he wants to see some results from it. But he’s the one that mid-March or early March called me like ‘Hey man, why don’t you get going again,’ kind of lit the fire. I wasn’t coming off zero because I was throwing (with his kids). I’m never too far from baseball. He was the one that lit it and got my mind thinking.”

On if his elbow felt like normal, or if tomorrow will be a test:

“I feel like myself. That’s one thing I can say I never felt like in Oakland. That’s probably kind of the biggest statement I made to people. I feel like myself.”


On Sheets:

“He did a terrific job. He mixed his pitches well. His command was outstanding, a little better than I thought it would be the first time out there. He gave us a hell of an opportunity to win today’s ball game. We capitalized with four runs with two outs in the sixth inning. It was a well-played game, a well-played series.”

On knowing Sheets was done after sixth inning:

“That was it. I don’t think there was any point running him back out there. He might be the first starting pitcher that I’ve ever seen to come back out after he leaves the game. He came back out and sat on the bench the rest of the game and cheered on the guys. That was nice to see. After the game I talked to him in the hallway and asked if he had another [inning] and he said ‘No, that was it.’ We treated him just like we would have in a first start coming out of spring training. He gave us all he had today.”

On putting Sheets on a 100-pitch count max or 85-pitch count:

“Right in between there. Somewhere in between there and he gave it to us. Facing the New York Mets, in the heat, first time [pitching] in two years, we got every bit of what we wanted out of him.”

On offensive contributions from entire lineup:

“We’ve been swinging well. We’ve been able to score some runs, a lot of runs, with two outs. I think four of the runs in the sixth inning came with two outs. The night before was the same thing. Guys don’t give at-bats away.”


On catching Ben Sheets:

“He was great. For his first outing in a while, to come out and throw strikes with all four pitches he kept them off balance. I’ve faced him for a couple years, and it’s much better catching him than hitting him for sure. He picked us up huge today. We got a sweep. Got him back in the mix. You can see why he’s had the career he’s had. He’s been an All-Star for multiple years because he knows what he’s doing, he’s got great stuff and he is a great guy.”

On the game plan catching Sheets:

“For me, I was going to see where he was at. I’ve never caught him before. I caught him in the bullpen. Talked to him before the game for a while, came up with a game plan and he executed it as well as you can execute a game plan. It was great to see him back out there being the pitcher he is.”

On whether satisfied where team is now:

“We are satisfied. We’ve felt like since we left spring training we’ve been satisfied with the team we’ve got. We are playing good baseball right now. People are healthy. It’s been good.”

On Sheets throwing first-pitch strikes:

“You go out there with a game plan and throwing strike one allows him to use his other pitches. He can bury his curveball when he wants to and he was getting ahead with his curveball. When you are throwing multiple pitches for strikes you can go anywhere you want to go.”


On success against Santana:

“I feel a lot of pressure against him. This is not a year when I’ve started against every lefty but Fredi plays the matchups and Johan is one of those guys I have good career numbers against, so you feel like you better go out and do the job. Especially if you are sitting someone with the power of [Dan] Uggla so I can get the at-bats. There was a lot of pressure there, but it’s a lot of fun too.”

On defensive play, especially in ninth inning:

“I feel like I’ve done a relatively good job in my career of working in between starts. Martin [Prado] is unbelievable in the outfield during batting practice. He talks every ball in the first round. Once he leaves, I feel like I get my work in. As a bench player you have to be ready for both sides of the ball. You never know when you are going to get called upon. I don’t know when the last time I played nine innings was. But it was in the ninth inning, they hit the balls in my direction and I had to try to figure out a way to go get them.”

On scoring runs with two outs:

“This team is not only talented but it’s got a tremendous amount of character. We’ve said all along that we’ve got a group of 25, probably 30 guys now, who play the game the right way. Frank Wren and before him John Schuerholz did a great job of putting together guys who play the game the right way. We might have caught some breaks on some pitch calls but so did they at some point. We took advantage when we did. Mike Bourn got that great hit and, again, that just speaks to his character and he’s not going to be ‘Oh man, I’ve got to change something because maybe he’ll get me this time.’ He’s going to play the game and it was great to see he got that big hit to start the scoring and Freddie [Freeman] busted it open.”

On playing behind Sheets:

“Sheets gave us Ben Sheets. You never know what you are going to get on a guy who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues in two years, but that was Ben Sheets. I remember it well. I faced him in the USA trials back in 1998 and I could kill anyone with an aluminum bat except him. That curveball is devastating. He was getting it up in the 90s today. If he can maintain that velocity with that curveball, he’s going to be fine.”

On facing Santana:

“I have a certain approach but he kind of messed with me my first at-bat. He threw me some breaking balls. I had to get that in the back of my mind. He threw it the first pitch the second time. It’s one of those things where there is a comfort level but there is also, a lot of times, when I’m on base against him like ‘How did I just get on base. He’s nasty. I don’t know what I just hit.’”


On heating back up at the plate:

“I’m getting there. Feeling healthier, so I kind of have some confidence going up there.”

On working through the left thumb/hand injury:

“It’s to the point where I’m almost not even thinking about it. It’s still there when I get caught with the ball but when I’m swinging I’m all right.”

On Sheets:

“He was unbelievable. We all know Ben Sheets and what he can do, and he looked like his old self.”

On feeding off each other in the eighth Saturday and again today in fifth:

“Yeah. When your teammate goes up there and puts up a good at-bat you don’t want to go up behind him and just give one away. So you grind out at-bats and you put a little string together.”

On Janish’s play at short:

“It’s nice when you get four-seamers (laughing). He looked great. And had a key walk in the fifth. He did it on both sides today.”


On what he told Sheets as he flipped him the ball to start:

“Just like riding a bike.”

On Sheets’ effort:

“I think he exceeded all of our expectations today. I think we could have been happy with a quality start, I didn’t know it was going to be quite that quality. The main thing with Ben is just his health. The stuff has always been there, it’s just a matter of whether he can go out for the remaining 10, 12, 15 starts, however many he’s got and remain healthy. I saw him hit 93 a couple times which is good. The harder he throws the better it makes his breaking ball. He’s got the ability to throw it for strikes and throw the one in the dirt, gets a lot of swings and misses on the ball in the dirt. And he’s starting to develop a little slider and change-up. We are ecstatic. For him to come in and build on our seven-game winning streak. Seven-game winning streaks don’t come along very often. We’ll keep it rolling.”

On him getting out of jam to Wright:

“He’s a gamer, and he knows that in a 0-0 game against Santana that could possibly one of the bigger outs in the game. I think what impressed me was that was the only really stressful inning he had. He really didn’t get into trouble after that.”

On such a long layoff:

“You’re talking about a guy who had ultra-dominant stuff back in the day. from what I hear he’s been throwing quite a bit and he wanted to wait until he got his arm strength and velocity up before he even started talking to teams. You can tell that he’s been honing some stuff on the side and when Frank told me how his rehab starts went and how his side sessions went, you kind of take that with a grain of salt because it’s not standing 60 feet six inches from major league hitters. It’s a little different, but he passed with flying colors today. We get contributions like that from him, I see us winning a lot of games here in the second half.”

On if his breaking stuff is there with best you’ve seen:

“Yeah, he’s got a couple different curveballs. He’ll flip one in there to get a strike because quite frankly you have to respect 93. And he spins his curveball so hard that it’s a big breaker. Than all of a sudden he makes you respect 93 and he throws that really hard one that doesn’t quite get there, and he gets a lot of swings and misses that way. That’s the way he was when I faced him, and his first batter of the game he did it. It was great to see. It’s a welcome sight for us to get a pitcher of his caliber in our rotation here in the second half.”

On playing behind him:

“Any time I go through nine innings and I don’t get a groundball, that’s a good day. I like those kind of days. Me and him are going to get along just fine.”

- Compiled by Carroll Rogers and Chris Vilvamore

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Thrasher's Fan!

July 15th, 2012
6:48 pm

goose godsey

July 15th, 2012
6:51 pm

Go Braves. First. Beat UGA


July 15th, 2012
6:53 pm

WOW. I didn’t see the game but I am happy with the outcome. I hope Sheets can keep it up. GO BRAVES


July 15th, 2012
7:05 pm

Looks like Wren may have pulled an ACE out of the Dumpster this time!


July 15th, 2012
7:07 pm

Lemke's Knuckler

July 15th, 2012
7:17 pm

We all saw professional pitching today. Delgado has better overall stuff, but he would have given up 4 runs in that 3rd inning. That’s the difference. Sheets pitched his way out of it, then got in a groove and they didn’t have a chance. True ace stuff today. Very exciting to see.

Lemke's Knuckler

July 15th, 2012
7:19 pm

I can’t wait until the end of August when the Nats get to deal with the PR nightmare of dealing with the self-imposed innings cap for Strasburg. I like Chippers quote from the other day, “I’ll believe when I see it.”

Top Chopper

July 15th, 2012
7:24 pm

Sheets was the natural coming back. Get Dempster from the Cubs, and if Venters and Uggla can return to form, we will be solid. Solid.

Bob the Blogger

July 15th, 2012
7:30 pm

This is a perfect example of why people shouldn’t be critical of Wren. I’m sure a lot of teams wanted to sign Ben Sheets – little risk and tons of upside – and look who landed him. When Moylan and Simmons get back, we’ll have a very good roster top to bottom.


July 15th, 2012
7:35 pm

Hotter than Georgia asphalt! 2 tough series up next with Giants and Nats. GReat pickup with Sheets, always loved his stuff with the Brewers! KEEP ROLLING ALONG


July 15th, 2012
7:36 pm

based on today’s record…I know subject to change..the braves would be in 1st in every other National League Div..


July 15th, 2012
7:37 pm


July 15th, 2012
7:42 pm

Man this feels so good; Makes my evening complete. I’m all fired up, Keep rid’n this wave Bravos, sheets,jarnish,awesome, keep this machine rollin’, still gotta lot of work, but this streak makes everyone else shakin’there heads. Sheets been there before, knows what’s it’s all about. Man, I’m about to go stir crazy, Bravos, keep this rollin’, we owe alot of people for the melt down last year, & people still scoff at’cha. Let’s keep punch’n!


July 15th, 2012
7:49 pm

Outstanding!! Swept the Mutts! Made my whole weekend.


July 15th, 2012
7:51 pm

What happened to the lady that did the twitter reports on the Braves pre, and postgame shows. Did they fire her like they did the Keener lady?


July 15th, 2012
8:12 pm

Love the sweep!


July 15th, 2012
8:33 pm

It’s funny but you felt like Sheets was always in control. Other than Hudson I never get that feeling with the Braves other starters. If Sheets can give them six innings like today the rest of the way, then he should be in regular rotation instead of 5th starter.

Quack Quack

July 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

@Ralph Now if Wren can pull a Dempster out of the Dumpster, we will rock.

Outstanding game Bravos…up & down the lineup. Maybe Uggla needs to rest for a few more days.

Oh ya, where in the world is “Mets R Best” I’m sure he is proud of them this weekend. Come on, speak up. ;-)

Great to have Monday off, maybe we can keep our winning streak going.



July 15th, 2012
8:35 pm

Where are all the Frank Wren naysayers?
I know it is only one game, but the Sheets pick up sure does look great. I also think the Janish trade was a solid move.
I still think we need to go out and get us another starter but based on the Sheets signing, I must “tip my cap” to Wren!
Go Braves!!!!

Alaska Braves Fan

July 15th, 2012
8:40 pm

I will savor this game for a long while. Here’s to a very good baseball team that seems now to be coming into its own. Also, hurrah for Sheets and Janish. Wren hit a couple of long balls there.


Mister Frisky

July 15th, 2012
8:48 pm

Matty D a big improvement over that Neanderthal Uggla.Thats how bad our 13 million dollar a year muscle head stinks.

Prado Wan Kenobi

July 15th, 2012
8:58 pm

Let’s wait and see, I hope it all works out.
Martin MVP.
Bring Constanza back up.


July 15th, 2012
9:03 pm

Very happy with this win streak. Let’s keep it going against the giants.

Quack Quack

July 15th, 2012
9:06 pm

Is it just me, or does it seem like more and more people confuse the words “then” and “than”? Why is that?



July 15th, 2012
9:49 pm

What is Freddie telling us about getting four-seamers from Janish?
You coming up to DC this weekend?

Strange feeling watching Freddie in 4th inning, the fouth pitch of the at-bat was high inside pitch, on big screen, I had that momentary tight feeling in my chest just before the pitch gets to the batter, the same as when I pitched in high school and I threw a pitch high inside that I thought was going to hit the batter I would instinctly yell “watch out”. Just watched again on my laptop, did not look as close. Strange, maybe only on big screen.


July 15th, 2012
10:05 pm

sheets was great but lets hope that he just gives us quality starts he will struggle some days great some but give us 6 to 7 every nite

Yogi Berra

July 15th, 2012
10:20 pm

Not much about Janish…the kid did well. Big Ben will be ok if he stays health. We still need another pitcher and bench help. Go Braves.

Maybe all the damn pitchers will come back out and cheer on bench. Fredi should make them come out.


July 15th, 2012
10:22 pm

Hey Ben classy move to finish watching game from the dugout but the team is fighting to win the game for the TEAM not you! Good job and welcome to Atlanta!


July 15th, 2012
10:28 pm

Why would anyone want Upton on the Braves team?
Why do they think that the Snakes want to get rid of him?
From everyting that I have read or heard about him, he is bad news, with a bad attitude, that is why they want to cull him.
Uggla for Upton, that is crazy.


July 15th, 2012
11:10 pm

Thanks Wren. Keep looking under them rocks. I agree that Sheets looked like he was in control all day while our other pitchers look like they are hoping they don’t lose control. I even put Hudson in this pack as he’s not the Huddy of old. It may be his ankle or his back or just because father time is creeping up on him but he just doesn’t look or throw the way he did. Prado looked great at second today. Wonder if we could trade Uggla for a Jones or Pence. Guess it would depend on the Phillies being serious about Pence being available and if their second baseman is going to be ok for a few more years. The downside is Pence is a free agent at the end of the year. Would not make sense to trade Uggs for a rental Pence. A lot of upside to Adam Jones coming here for Uggs and a pitcher.

Mister Frisky

July 15th, 2012
11:57 pm

Any trade of Uggla makes sense.His game is awful and his contract is worse.

NorCal Brave

July 16th, 2012
12:07 am

What’s the deal with Moylan? Is he actually due back this year?


July 16th, 2012
12:57 am

Quack, you’re exactly right. I know we Southerners can murder the language at times but, then / than is a mistake I’ve only heard from Northeners, transplanted or not.

Dirty Dawg

July 16th, 2012
3:42 am

I’ve tried to post this a couple of times to no avail…here goes a third try. I thought that Ben Sheets’ return to the majors was, potentially, the story of the week, even more so than that All-Star thing…and Atanta’s got him. Assuming he can continue to perform at this level it could end up being the story of the season. I mean it’s the kind of story that just might even get those NY media-types at ESPN, MLB and FeauxSports to talk about something other than the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Nationals and Philles…in other words something other than the East Coast. Of course the story of the sweep of the Mets will likely be that ‘we wuz robbed’ from them.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 16th, 2012
6:30 am

For MetsRBest:

*singing* beat the mets, beat the mets…come on out and SWEEP the mets! :-)

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
7:20 am

braveslover- If the Phillies are looking to dump salaries, it makes no sense to trade Pence for Uggla

Mets fan

July 16th, 2012
7:28 am

Booo! Didn’t like this series at all.


July 16th, 2012
8:06 am

Best weekend of Braves baseball I have seen in a long time. Saturday was probably the best game of the year. Clutch hitting when it really mattered and coming from behind to win. Outstanding. And you cant say enough about Sheets. I expected him to get rocked, and the guy was straight piggy. Locating, setting up, and dropping the hammer. Fantastic.

And we did this with some minor league shortstop we pulled out of a dumpster. If Simmons comes back strong and we can get a decent utility bat to replace Wilson/Francisco, we got a shot at this thing.

Braves Fan for 55 yrs

July 16th, 2012
8:14 am

Would like to know what Sheets contract is. Do the Braves have an option for next yr? It was such a pleasure watching and listening to the Saturday game with 2 professional broadcasters.. Dip Caray ruins the games sounding like a 12 yr old girl as far as I am concerned. I watch but mute all the games he does. I like Joe Simpson but Caray ruins it for me. Still love the BRAVES Good luck in the 2nd half.

AFSOC 1st Sgt

July 16th, 2012
8:45 am

I beat up Wren pretty often here, but gotta give him props for picking up Ben. Low-risk gamble that paid off big, at least it did yesterday. No doubt Big Ben has great stuff, but the big question is how his elbow holds out. Always love Chipper’s quotes. And speaking of broadcasters, I love it when Tom Glavine is in the booth. He has such great comments on the game, especially pitching, that you don’t get most of the time.

harry taylor

July 16th, 2012
9:09 am

Braves are looking good for the present time. But can they keep it up or resort to the same ending as last year. I still remember last year and not about to get too excited until the fat lady sings.


July 16th, 2012
9:14 am

Where are all the Wren haters? Picked up Sheets for nothing. Plugged the defensive hole at SS for the next month without giving up much. And by the way Rafael- Diaz does rake lefties(.335 career) and did you see his D in left last night? Looks like you need to eat a little crow. I don’t see the usual naysayers posting when the Braves are cookin on a 7 game streak. Do you guys actually secretly hope the Braves lose so you can post your ravings about” Fire! this person!” and “Chipper should retire” and “Heyward was a rookie flash in the pan”. Where are you going to find a third baseman with power batting .317 getting on base at almost .400? Oh, we got one- his name is Jones.


July 16th, 2012
9:15 am

So Buddy- didn’t think Prado could play short heh? Next time you have a thought just let it go. As you like to say you’re living in fantasy land

Ken Stallings

July 16th, 2012
10:15 am

Great sweep for the Braves. If Sheets can regain even a fraction of the form he had in Milwaukee then it is huge for Atlanta. If the Braves can stay in the wild card race and only a few games out of the division lead until Simmons can return, then they might have the pieces needed to make the post-season. Washington is firm in shutting down Strausburg, so that’s going to be an opportunity.


July 16th, 2012
11:19 am

Why should usual naysayers blog when things are good? Does your wife bitch when you are good..I don’t think so. Mr longtimefan.
All everyone wants is Braves to win. Just remember one week-end don’t make a season but it sure helps.


July 16th, 2012
11:22 am

“If the Braves can stay in the wild card race and only a few games out of the division lead until Simmons can return”

Pinning hopes on a player with one month of Major League experience?

Simmons had about as good a month as a rookie shortstop possibly could. His major impact on the Braves was his defense, magnified in context because Pastornicky essentially was not a Major League shortstop. I eagerly await the return of Simmons, but the Braves can win the Division with Janish if they plug a couple of other weaknesses and key players stay healthy and produce. They still have a lot of question marks in key places (starting pitching across the board, Chipper’s health, Uggla, Venters, etc.). It’s not fair to say either they have enough pieces or they don’t have enough pieces. Every team could use another ace, but the players have to produce as expected.

Yogi Berra

July 16th, 2012
11:31 am

Agree DAWGDAD. Like Chipper said they still need another starter.


July 16th, 2012
11:43 am

“Where are all the Wren haters? Picked up Sheets for nothing. Plugged the defensive hole at SS for the next month without giving up much.”

I’m not at all a hater but I’ve certainly been critical. Wren made really good moves picking up Sheets and Janish, especially for the price he paid. But he let the shortstop position go critical (no one in the minors ready to step in), he hamstrung himself with the Lowe and KK contracts, and he has assembled a badly imbalanced lineup (Uggla doesn’t hit left-handers well, and he’s supposed to be the right-handed balance in the middle of the order). I was at the game Saturday when Prado played shortstop. Braves had the perfect pitcher on the mound – Hanson, not at all a groundball pitcher.

As I posted above, in fairness the players expected to produce need to produce (starting pitchers, McCann, Uggla, Venters, etc.), and you can’t lay all those issues on Wren. Overall Wren is a good GM, but he has his quirks.

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
11:54 am

Brock- That was an EMERGENCY situation. Nobody was beating down the Reds’ door to scoop up Paul Janish, but because we had to start Prado at SS we had to get him. he “filled in” 2 games.


July 16th, 2012
12:02 pm

you asked “then why hasn’t he”. So what if it’s an emergency for 2 nights. it was an emergency situation for 4 weeks when I spoke about it. You’re back peddling. Just admit you were wrong

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
12:06 pm

You were saying that Prado could play SS while Simmons was out. That’s 4-6 weeks. Obviously, people inside the organization and fans with common sense know this could not happen. When JW got hurt, they HAD to get a SS.

kmarshall 4

July 16th, 2012
12:07 pm

maybe its just me but i actually like chip carey i thought the guys on saturday where all about the loving on the mets and that was the weakest call ever when heyward got the hit to give us the lead i like an annoucer to get jacked up like i do, jim powell is the best though wish he was on tv.


July 16th, 2012
12:19 pm

July 9th, 2012
8:38 am
wouldn’t mind seeing Prado at short and Constanza/Diaz platoon in left to get us through

Buddy Landel
July 9th, 2012
8:46 am

July 9th, 2012
10:13 am
Prado… can… play… anywhere

Buddy Landel
July 9th, 2012
10:20 am
The why hasn’t he, Brock? When is he going to pitch? Play catcher? Prado can play the corners. He does not have the range to play SS, but you can keep living in fantasyland.

After watching the 2 games he played short he obviously could have played 4-6wks. I SUGGESTED it dummy. The organization wanted to keep Prado in the lineup of course. So they bring in Janish who is better than the Rev(if you saw his pathetic display of a bunt) which brings a better bat and yes he is a SS. None of this has anything to do with if Prado can or can’t play SS. He proved it. You are just one of those people that can’t stand being wrong. Guess you thought Prado should have been called out at second also like Eric Karros and that other dumbass announcer thought.


July 16th, 2012
12:24 pm

guess Prado can’t play second either since he can only play the corners and doesn’t have the range. oh wait, didn’t I see someone who looked an awful lot like Prado at second yesterday? Eh, foolish of me. Uggla must have had to borrow is uniform.

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
12:29 pm

They bring Janish in who is a better SS than the rev AND Prado. If they thought he could play SS for 4-6 weeks, WHY DID THEY TRADE FOR JANISH and not a leftfielder? Janisha better bat than Rev? Based on what? Have you ever seen Janish play or are you just making up $hit? He’s a .220 career hitter. You don’t prove you can play SS for 4-6 weeks just by doing it for 1.5 games. You said, “the organization wanted to keep Prado in the lineup.” Prado would be in the lineup, anyway. You make no sense.

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
12:31 pm

Big difference in 2B and SS. Could these @B play SS: Utley, Uggla, Aaron Hill, …..Another non-sensical statement from a baseball novice.

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
12:36 pm

my comment from before is awaiting moderation, so I’ll clean it up: Janish is a better defensive SS than Rev AND Prado. If they thought the Prado could play SS for 4-6 weeks, why did they trade for a SS and not a leftfielder?Janish DOES NOT have a better bat than Pastornicky, he’s a .220 lifetime hitter. You obviously have never seen Janish play before this weekend


July 16th, 2012
12:49 pm

Great Game Ben ! I also noticed, that during the rest of the game he was in dugout, he was talking pitching with the young arms. That has to be valuable asset, like having another veteran pitching coach helping out.


July 16th, 2012
1:01 pm

“it’s the kind of story that just might even get those NY media-types at ESPN, MLB and FeauxSports to talk about something other than the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Nationals and Philles…in other words something other than the East Coast.”

According to Cowherd on ESPN, the #1 sports story this morning was the Knicks attempts to re-sign Lin. Stop paying attention to the promotional rubbish pumped out by the National media; they aren’t truly “National”. I’ve found the ESPN web site is a good source for information once you scroll or click past the headline story, and as soon as Cowherd starts talking I turn the channel.


July 16th, 2012
1:04 pm

Live here from Fantasy land it’s Buddy!!!

They need Prado in left as much as they needed a shortstop but to think he couldn’t have done it is completely insane. Plus they got Janish for beans. I’m not saying they were not going to get a shorttop. All I said was….again…..I WOULD LIKE TO SEE PRADO AT SS.

What I’m saying is Prado is a ball player and can play many positions which he showed in 3 days. Sorry you are not smart enough to see that. All I know is what you said. PRADO CAN’T PLAY SS. He can. He did. He proved you wrong. End of story


July 16th, 2012
1:04 pm

Just read on that Greinke will likely be traded no later than 7/31.


July 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

Interesting that Greinke will likely be traded no later than the trade deadline. That is very clever of the Brewers not to run afoul of said deadline!


July 16th, 2012
1:12 pm

“All I know is what you said. PRADO CAN’T PLAY SS. He can. He did. He proved you wrong. End of story”

Prado CAN play short, in an emergency. I was at the game Saturday, and like many I’ve seen almost every game of Prado’s career in person or on TV. Prado is quick and he has good hands, but he lacks the kind of range you want out of a shortstop and his arm is average at best at short. Prado was not tested Saturday; Hanson is a flyball/strikeout pitcher and essentially Prado got to watch a good baseball game. Prado, in my opinion, is a plus-defensive second baseman, and only his invaluable versatility prevents him from being a perennial all-star there.

Global Forecast System

July 16th, 2012
1:17 pm

where is TOFB?

I knew Ben Sheets would do good, he sounded like a easygoing cool dude.


July 16th, 2012
1:24 pm

7/31 is but one deadline……trades can still occur post 7/31

Mark's for the Braves

July 16th, 2012
1:44 pm

Sheets was terrific! If we can get just several quality starts out of him till the end of the season, we will be in great shape with starting pitching. And if we could get one more decent starter…………wow!

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
2:14 pm

Prado fielded 3 grounders and caught a liner at SS in his 1 1/2 games there. Hardly evidence that he can play there effectively for 4-6 weeks. Professional scouts and coaches agree. Put your pom-poms down and see reality, Brock.

Whiskey River

July 16th, 2012
4:45 pm

It was a great trade weekend for the Braves. Not Enough Get Dempster now.!

Whiskey River

July 16th, 2012
5:07 pm

Take it for what is Buddy Landel. I agree with you.


July 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

Nats lost tonight. Braves now 2 1/2 back.

September 23rd, 2013
6:04 pm

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