Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win at Miami

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hanson’s erratic five innings

“He wiggled out of some jams. His fastball command wasn’t good. He knew that. It was hard. I think Mac did a nice job navigating him through those things.

“I think if we were in Vegas it would have been a nice line — seven walks, seven stolen bases, seven strikeouts – that’s a good line in the slot machines, but it’s not something we want to do every fifth day. He got his 11th win not being real sharp.”

On Medlen’s three hitless innings

“Medlen did a terrific job bridging the gap to the ninth inning, and Jonny came in with another solid inning, hopefully we get him turning the corner.”

Medlen show enough today, 46 pitches in three innings, to be an option to start?

“That’s an option. It was nice for us to be able to do that, just to give us that option. Roger and I were talking about maybe going to a fourth inning, but he had pitched on Monday, so we didn’t want to take him further than that. But that [starting] is an option going forward. We could do that. It all depends on how we come through the couple of games before that turn comes. Because he’s been terrific bridging that gap in the bullpen, getting us some wins and getting us to O’Flaherty and Kimbrel. But it’s an option, and we’re weighing it and thinking about it, and we’ll see what happens the next two or three days.”

On Hanson allowoing seven stolen bases, will other teams try or takes real speedy team to do it?

“It takes a special team. They’ve got some guys that can run. That’s the way he’s been forever. We try to speed him up every once in a while. It concerns me a little bit, but I go back to what my people from SABR [Society for American Baseball Research] say, that stolen base does not equal runs, and today it came true. But it’s not really a good feeling when guys are running all over the basepaths.”

On Juan Francisco’s big day

“That’s what we got him for, to give Chipper a day off every once in a while and match him up [against right-handers]. I think combined they’re in the high teens in home runs? That’s a nice number to have out of a corner power position.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On his strange pitching line and performance

“Yeah, definitely. It was really weird. Definitely not ideal, but we got the win. That’s what counts.”

Feel like always pitching on edge of potential disaster today?

“Yeah, seven walks and seven stolen bases … to go out and pitch five innings and only give up one run, I have no idea how I did that. I don’t even know if that’s ever happened. I was obviously just having a hard time locating my fastball and throwing strikes when I needed to. So I’ve got some work to do. Still working. I guess the good part is we still won, and hopefully I can do a better job next time.”

“I know what I’m doing wrong. I’ve just got to keep working and try to fix it.”

On being similar to struggles in Washington on Friday

“Everything feels really good. I feel like if I can command my fastball, I’m going to be right where I was before the All-Star break. That’s the goal now, to find that. I know what I’m doing [wrong]. It’s a mechanical thing. Once I get that figured out, I feel like I’ll be back to normal.”

On Medlen following him with three crisp innings

“Yeah, he just made it look so easy. I’m sitting here like, ‘I suck. I’m NOT good right now.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On his three-inning performance

“Yeah, we won the series and all that. He asked me after the second [inning] if I was all right and I said, yeah. You get a lead like that, you just want to keep it going. You get a couple of scoreless innings out of the bullpen, why not get another one? We had a lead so I could just execute my pitches and pound the zone.”

The curveball’s helping?

“Yeah, last year Don [Sutton] was trying to help me, explain it to me when I was coming back [from Tommy John surgery]. Now that I can trust my arm, I feel a lot better and a lot more confident with it.”

Think you can get stretched out this way and move into rotation?

[Smiles, a sort of not-this-line-of-questioning-again smile.]

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m told and all that. That’s beyond me. Like I said, I just want to keep doing what they ask me to do, like I’ve done my entire career. I want to keep doing that, and we’re winning, so it feels good.”

If could’ve gone more innings, how far do you think could go now?

“When I was down there [at Triple-A to get stretched out to start] I got up to 96 [pitches]. It is what it is. I haven’t done that in a while. It would probably take me a few starts if they felt like doing that. It hasn’t been brought up and I’m not really worried about it. I just want to keep bridging the bullpen, from the starters to the late-inning guys.”

**JASON HEYWARD

Nice getting couple of extra-base hits today, double and homer?

“Yeah, especially the first one, gave us a chance to get a run across and tie the game up.”

On winning two of three here, four of seven on  trip

“You want to come out of a road trip like this one above .500. Both teams are in your division. Both teams not playing too bad, especially at home. It’s a good way to go into our next homestand against the Phillies.”

On Juan Francisco

“He’s a tough at-bat for pitchers, especially being toward the end of our lineup. Getting some big RBIs, some big knocks, making those pitchers work that much harder throughout our lineup.”

On Bourn continuing to excel

“Whether it’s grinding out an at-bat late in the game or extending the lead with a home run like that that you don’t expect.”

On going into off day

“I myself don’t really want to go into an off day right now. But we need some rest. I’ll probably do some swinging or whatever. Not a bad way to go into an off day at home.”

On giving Hanson a lead

“We just wanted to hang in there for him, get him some runs and get him a W.”

**JUAN FRANCISCO

On his homer

“I’m happy that I had a good game. The home run came at an opportune time, and I’m thankful that the pitching held up and we played good defense.”

On filling in for Chipper

“I want to do all that I can to help the club when I’m in there.”

You get all of that ball? (the long home run)

“I could see that it was going to go far.”

Marlins manager OZZIE GUILLEN

On getting seven steals, seven walks, only one run vs. Hanson

“The game was pretty confusing. In five innings we steal seven bases walk like seven times, three doubles and we only score once. You think about it and you check your head how that can happen.”

“For the first five innings we felt like we could score any time, any moment, and we didn’t… I’ve never seen that before. That’s amazing.”

On his team’s stolen bases

“That’s the way we’re going to do it. We don’t have that much power. We’re going to use the speed we have. We have to do something positive before the year is over.”

89 comments Add your comment

Alex

July 25th, 2012
5:07 pm

bizzare game.

Pace

July 25th, 2012
5:08 pm

Thanks again for your hard work DOB !

Tumbledown

July 25th, 2012
5:17 pm

Thanks DOB. Time to get King Felix!

dickelsby

July 25th, 2012
5:32 pm

I treally like seeing some good stuff from Jonny…please keep that going!!!!

robdawg08

July 25th, 2012
5:37 pm

I wonder how Guillen feels about the Marlins going into a rebuilding stage when he thought he took over a playoff contender ?

arizona brave

July 25th, 2012
5:40 pm

DOB,can you tell me why a pitcher who only bats every five days can get a hit and Uggla who plays everyday can’t?

Yogi Berra

July 25th, 2012
5:45 pm

Did anyone see Dempster lose today. Then throw cooler in dugout and smash cooler led on floor. thats just what we need in braves dugout..lol

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 25th, 2012
5:49 pm

It was like two different games. I am so tired of struggling with Tommy, even when he throws strikes it takes forever, for him to complete an inning, with all the sweating, walking around, getting the sign, cock and fire. Recently as he has struggled with throwing strikes, I have just been worn out by the third inning.

Medlen is like Maddux, give him the ball and he throws it. Really speeds up the game and makes for a better played game and more enjoyment for the fans.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
5:51 pm

What is the word on Mr Dempster? Is he or not?

George T

July 25th, 2012
5:53 pm

Question? How can you have a “good” at bat and not get on base?

Puma

July 25th, 2012
5:56 pm

In Ugglas case, its hard to get a hit from the bench, and don’t forget he got hit last night, which counts for something.

cowdogit

July 25th, 2012
5:57 pm

Constanza’s back” The spark plug is back bringing life to a dead team. If Fredi leaves him in left field, the braves will return to first place.

Yogi Berra

July 25th, 2012
5:57 pm

Braves are moving on per Wrens reports. I hope its over and he stays a Cub are Dodger.

robdawg08

July 25th, 2012
6:01 pm

I’d rather see Constanza & Prado than Uggla & Prado in the line-up.

Yogi Berra

July 25th, 2012
6:01 pm

George T, when a batter goes up and fouls off a dozen pitches and takes 3 or 4 balls thats a good abat. The other night Francisco in 2 at bats caused pitcher to throw 29 pitches. That was two great at bats because it made the pitcher work.

Mister Frisky

July 25th, 2012
6:07 pm

Georgie and Prado goin 0 for 8 is still sweeter than watching that hack caveman go 0 for 4 and kill every rally every time.No more Uggla!

Fats

July 25th, 2012
6:10 pm

Heyward does not need to change a thing. The man hits line drives all the time. They will fall. Just keep doing what u r doing. As for Uggla, just sit man, just sit :)

dap01

July 25th, 2012
6:11 pm

Keep George in LF

Fats

July 25th, 2012
6:11 pm

No disrespect of the Uggla man, I just think the guy needs a long vacation. He is a fighter that has been in the ring too long . Time to rest :)

Mister Frisky

July 25th, 2012
6:12 pm

Uggla is an everyday version of D Lowe.He must be relegated to a PH role.The prosecution rests.

dap01

July 25th, 2012
6:13 pm

Just watching Hanson pitch is tiring.

Mister Frisky

July 25th, 2012
6:13 pm

Get a starter and a left fielder,that’s our only hope for the post season.

dawg4u

July 25th, 2012
6:16 pm

Thanks DOB for the fine informative coverage. Get that extra starter – to heck with Dempster!

Really?

July 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

So… Put Uggla on the bench. Really? If you’re playing golf and not doing well you should stay home to get better? Really? A bunch of non-athletes blogging from their mother’s basements.

robdawg08

July 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

The difference with benchng Uggla is another player that might hit better takes his place. Nobody can take YOUR place golfing.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 25th, 2012
6:37 pm

Boy, watching Hanson and JJ pitch…Id rather stick pins in eyeballs…what a mess

Bright side….Venters looked Great!

Wren may be talking about Josh Johnson, RA Dickey or Edison Volquez availability I hear …or Greinke for Teheran but Greinke must sign with long term.

milo

July 25th, 2012
6:50 pm

It is not good for a pitcher to give up 7 SB in five innings whether they score or not. High teens in HR from 2 players at the corner power position? And he is good with that? (Fredi). Why didnt they try to go get Infante back? Why not go get Hanley? The Dodgers gave them nothing but take up money. Derek Lowe was the LAST impact trade for the Braves until Bourn last year. They should go after it while they are in contention, everyone rebuilds. People keep talking bout the Texeira trade, how many rings has Texas won because of it? ZERO. How many times has either team went to the playoffs since the trade? It dont matter, WIN NOW!

Rick

July 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

milo, even if they wanted Hanley, they have no place to play him once Simmons is back. He’s owed a lot of money and hasn’t produced nearly as well in several seasons, and he obviously has discipline issues.

kral

July 25th, 2012
6:58 pm

thanks rick..blogs of reason do not come often, but milos are on here constantly…check frickassee

Rick

July 25th, 2012
7:02 pm

“Constanza’s back” The spark plug is back bringing life to a dead team. If Fredi leaves him in left field, the braves will return to first place.”

Yeah he’s really bringing life to the team with his zero hits and zero runs since his return.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
7:05 pm

Sounds like some very intelligent people here that miss ignoramus can learn from if they don’t mind me asking questions.

Ralph

July 25th, 2012
7:05 pm

Will the NATS ever lose again?

birdo

July 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

Forget Dempster. Why would you want a player that considers you the second choice and can’t make a decision because he is working up a deal with the Dodgers. Hanley is a head case, Ozzie doesn’t want him. That should tell you something.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
7:21 pm

@Mr Rick Don’t you like Mr Constanza?

henry tn

July 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

uggla is never going to get a hit while he is hitting in front of yonish because pitchers are not give him any thing to hit

Rick

July 25th, 2012
7:27 pm

Amber Girl, I think Constanza is an ok option for a fourth outfielder. Cowdogit is one of those idiots who seem to think that he needs to be starting every day. A couple months ago he was saying Constanza should be playing instead of Chipper. Just an idiot who knows nothing about baseball.

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
7:34 pm

‘Amber Girl” is on about her 12th different screen name. Pick one and stick to it…Samantha, Angel Wings, etc…..

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
7:37 pm

What are you talking about Mr Buddy Landell?

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
7:39 pm

Don’t bother…we’ve been down this road before.

ernesto

July 25th, 2012
7:45 pm

Loved Francisco’s dinger but still hate the long lingering appreciation look – not the bravos way

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
7:48 pm

agreed ernesto. Wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d gotten plunked afterward

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
7:49 pm

@Mr Rick So you think it is OK for Mr Constanza to be a Brave. Just not a starter. Thats OK with me because I LOVE MY BRAVES. Go Braves

Rick

July 25th, 2012
7:54 pm

Amber Girl, I don’t have a problem with Constanza at all. I just think it’s funny that some people think he’s some huge difference maker and is the answer to getting this team to the postseason.

cowdogit

July 25th, 2012
7:56 pm

When Constanza plays the only stat that counts is the wins, I know most of the braves fans would rather watch their favorite player even if it causes the team to lose.

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

constanza playing today + Braves win = purely coincidence

Rick

July 25th, 2012
7:59 pm

cowdogit, you’re right on your first point. Just like Hanson said about his outing today, it’s the W that counts. But if you’re gonna try and claim that Constanza is the reason for the team’s success, than he should be putting up some individual stats that support your theory. Just the fact that he’s with the team and they are winning doesn’t mean he is actually contributing.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
8:01 pm

I really don”t see why we should be arguing over him,but I am really ignorant to what you are talking about. I know you have to vent which I don’t understand. I guess what I am trying to say is we all love our Braves and maybe y’all should take it easy with your venting. I LOVE MY BRAVES. Go Braves!!

riverscott

July 25th, 2012
8:02 pm

@ernesto – I agree entirely. How many times have we heard Chipper complain about an opposing player standing around admiring a homer? If the Braves have any sense, they won’t keep Francisco after this year, and his hot-dog style is one of the main reasons.

Rick

July 25th, 2012
8:02 pm

Uhh I’m not venting or angry at all. I just think cowdogit is an idiot. It’s more comical than anything else.

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

Rick- wasting your time. Don’t feed the trolls

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
8:11 pm

@Mr Rick Ok I agree. As long as no one is angry. Vent away.

Quack Quack

July 25th, 2012
8:14 pm

@Really? FG keeps sending him out there, how is that compared to sitting at home? And Really? 15 for 130? I mean Really? He seems to want to break out to that 30+ game hitting streak like last year, but only wants to do it by hitting into the parking lot, when it would be nice to see him drop a few sac flies when he has the bases loaded. Just saying I hope he comes alive like last season, but we are getting late now. Oh well……as always

GO BRAVES!!!

Whiskey River

July 25th, 2012
8:58 pm

@ buddy Landel I hope you are still on. I wasn’t going to ever come back, but now you are messing with my family. As I told you before, You want proof about Samantha, I got it and will gladly give it too you. You don’t believe in anything except to make a 13 yr old girl cry. Samantha is now 20 yrs old not 13. So if you want your roof, I will meet you at Sheraton Hotel in Dallas anytime you want. Until you know what you are talking about,back off. I put Amber on here to make Brave fans and socialize.DON’T OPEN YOUR BIG MOUTH UNTIL YOU HAVE PROOF. Ypu don’t have any so lay off my family or anyone else that you think you know. I KNOW WHERE SAMANTHA IS. Bye JERK.

Ekim

July 25th, 2012
9:02 pm

@George:
Ways you can have a good at-bat and not get on base (incomplete list).
Sacrifice bunt.
Sacrifice fly.
Hitting the ball to the right side to move a runner along (not counted as a sacrifice in the box score, but has the same effect).
Having a long at-bat that builds a pitcher’s pitch count.
Having a long at-bat that gives one’s teammates a chance to see what a pitcher has.
Having a long at-bat that gives one’s self a chance to see what a pitcher has.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
9:34 pm

Good nite Y’all. Hope to see you tomorrow.

milo

July 25th, 2012
9:59 pm

Rick, you would want Simmons over Hanley? Really? You think he is going to hit over .250 this season?

Keith

July 25th, 2012
10:19 pm

Quick trade question, DOB.

If we traded for Felix Hernandez, does he have anything left on his contract after 2012?

Thanks,

GO BRAVES! :)

Keith

July 25th, 2012
10:20 pm

Re: Milo

Yes, I think at this point I would agree I would want Simmons over Hanley.

Simmons is superior on defense, and hustles. Hanley doesn’t give it his best and has an attitude doing it.

Bronke

July 25th, 2012
10:25 pm

It’s getting wierd on the blog. Time to open the window and let some fresh air in. It would be a bonus if we could write English that everyone can understand. Good night and wish the Braves all the best!

Merrill Guice

July 25th, 2012
10:52 pm

wait a minute here Freddi: bsse stealing does not produce runs? Then why did we concentrate on adding speed this year and sending Boune and Hayward all the time?

Learn How To Spell The Players' Names

July 25th, 2012
11:00 pm

Wow, Merrill. You managed to not spell anybody’s name correctly in your post. Freddi, Bourne, Hayward? Who are those people? Funny thing is all of those names are spelled correctly in the blog.

milo

July 25th, 2012
11:03 pm

your right, Fredi and Hanley dont get along anyway. The Braves would possibly have to lose Fredi over that deal, nobody wants that. I dont think Simmons hits over .250 the rest of the season.

Rick

July 25th, 2012
11:11 pm

milo, you know Ramirez isn’t hitting 250 himself right now? Simmons plays superb defense, is young and cheap, and has no attitude problems. I don’t expect him to hit 300 like he was but I think he’ll be a solid hitter.

The Cap Tipper

July 25th, 2012
11:40 pm

Fredi is still a buffoon, and I am counting the days until his dismissal with eager eyes. However, using Medlen for 3 and giving Venters an inning to try some things out in a pressure-less game is actually pretty solid bullpen management. He didnt stretch Hanson too far (and he WOULD have most likely faltered in the 6th the way he was pitching), he got Venters some pitches to work his stuff some more, and he used Medlen for 3 innings, thus giving Kimbrel, O’Flaherty, and Durbin 2 days of rest before the Phillies series. Venters will have a day off tommorrow too, so we can really use O’Ventbrel the whole series. Nice job for once.

Also, as I have pointed out all year….what is the deal with the hate on Fransisco? I mean seriously, when this guy starts and gets steady at-bats…. he produces straight up. I know his average is a little low, but his 3 hits tonight will help that. And besides the man now has 8 homeruns in very limited action (he only has 28 starts). 8 homers and 22 RBI in only 28 starts in All-Star type numbers. I mean calculated over a full 162 game season, and let’s say he started 140 games, which is 5 times the number of starts he has had, so lets multiply those numbers by 5 and his full season totals would be .241 average with 40 homeruns and 110 RBI…I mean Chipper Jones won the NL MVP in 99 with 45 homers and 110 RBI, so why the hate? I know we will have to wait and see if he can keep this pace for a full season, and I know seasons have ups and downs, but the fact remains that right now at 25 or 26 (cant remember his age), he is showing he can be a 30-40 HR 100-110 RBI guy in this league with an average batting average and average defense. I will take that from Chipper’s replacement any day of the week. So why the hate on Fransisco? You guys may only know him as Fatsisco though…

The Cap Tipper

July 25th, 2012
11:51 pm

I kinda like the way the Braves lineup is shaping up for next year (assuming we resign bourn, which would be the stupidest move in Atlanta Brave history not to accomplish)…

we have a plethora of .230-.260 guys that can hit 25-35 homers and drive in 100 runs… Uggla (I still think he will hit 25 homers this year), Freeman, Fransisco, Heyward, McCann… I mean that is alot of production power wise, with average to below average Batting averages. But we also have guys that can hit .300 in Bourn, Prado, and possibly Simmons next year. We have some speed with Bourn, Heyward, and Simmons. And we have some gold glove caliber defense in Freeman at 1st, Simmons at SS, and Bourn in CF. If we can get Grienke I think we can be even better next year, and stay a World Series threat every year. Here would be my ideal lineup next year…

1. Bourn
2. Prado
3. Heyward
4. Freeman
5. McCann
6. Simmons
7. Fransisco
8. Uggla

I mean as bad as Uggla can be, he can get as hot as anyone, and has hit 30 homers for 5 straight years. So if he is a team’s #8, that is a pretty deep lineup.. I would still add a better bench. I would keep Ross off this year’s bench, and thats it. Retool everywhere else with new, better bench players.

David O'Brien

July 25th, 2012
11:54 pm

Quick trade question, DOB.

If we traded for Felix Hernandez, does he have anything left on his contract after 2012?

Thanks,

GO BRAVES! :) — Keith

Oh, yes. Under contract through 2014 — $19.5 mill in ‘13 and $20 mill in ‘14.

LobWedge

July 26th, 2012
1:31 am

I am not a coach but I do know a little about baseball. Sitting here behind my computer screen in my reclining desk chair I would say this:

I like Constanza I like the way he plays like he knows his window of opportunity is getting smaller everyday and he wants to open it some and I think that rubs off on the other players in someway.
For the next couple of weeks I would like to see him playing against RHP and Uggla against LHP maybe facing LHPs Uggla can grove his swing some and get to square up a few balls. When Constanza plays I would bat him second. He bunts well he slaps the ball around and it would be hard to turn 2 on him. I am not sure who I would bat 3rd but about anyone on the team could except for Jansih.
As far as pitching goes I think we should be looking for a middle reliever and move Medlin to the rotation. Then again if we go to the wild card game what pitcher are you going to send out there I just hate to see money and talent spent on a High dollar picture. Seems we just have not had very good luck with that.
I would really like to see that we have money left to try and sign Bourn.

First time posting here and just some random thoughts from the couch

terry bellamy

July 26th, 2012
8:00 am

constanza is not the answer. he never got it to the outfield in 4 at bats last night.our bench coach could probably do as well

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
8:10 am

Good morning Y’all Is it OK if I come on or does every one want to make me cry like last nite. I just want to learn about my Braves. I am who I am. I am not anybody else. Just Amber. If you don’t want me on ,just say so. I love my Braves Go Braves.

FAKE DAVE OBRIEN

July 26th, 2012
8:12 am

NEXT FOR THE BRAVES: Phillies

Friday. 7:35 pm. Hamels vs Sheets
Saturday 7:10 pm. Blanton vs Minor
Sunday 1:35 pm. Halladay vs Hudson

After 4-3 record in 7 games trip for D.C and Miami the Braves are back to Atlanta this weekend hosting the Phillies.

The Philies swept the Brewers in 3-games series this week winning the 3 games in the last at bat , 2 vs Francisco Rodriguez a former Met who blown the save last Monday and Wednesday…a lot of luck for the Phillies because faced one of the most overrated relievers in the game and one of the worst bullpens in NL ..

why good luck? because Halladay pitch uggly and left the game with 6 ER Monday night, Lee pitched uggly too but they took advantage of played vs the Brewers and the bullpen disaster

Hamels sign 6 year-144 mdd extension couple of days ago..

the last time the Phillies were in ATL the braves only won one game with a 2-run walk off HR by Chipper, but they swept the Phillies in the last series of the 1st half with a nice games by Hudson,Hanson and Jurrjens all with quality starts and McCaan knocking a HR in each game

Etc…

The Braves take off Jurrjens for his next start (saturday) and moving the rotation in natural 4-days rest so Minor and Hudson are pitching the last 2 games of the series

Francisco´s HR was estimated in 430ft , a real monster shot

Frank Wren could be trying to acquire Greinke this weekend before Greinke´s sunday game vs WSH in MIlwaukee,, the center piece in this deal could be Teheran along with Pastornicky and other pitcher or player from the minor league system……

FAKE DAVE OBRIEN

Bart

July 26th, 2012
9:21 am

Jason Heyward only speaks to the media in sentence fragments.

robdawg08

July 26th, 2012
9:51 am

Uggla was hitting 4th for 3 months with Heyward & Chipper in front of him and McCann behind him and still couldn’t hit. That’s why he was moved to 7th.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
10:01 am

WHY ARE YOU PICKING ON MR UGGLA? He is still a Brave.

jt

July 26th, 2012
10:17 am

I still say what Wren is talking about for bench help is someone like Ankiel, not a big hitter. Didn’t we try him and he was as ugly as Uggla sometime (if that is possible)
Pitchers, he will get somebody (cheap) and of no help to our rotation.
Should know in day or so, but if I were a betting man, and I am, this is what will happen.

Tim

July 26th, 2012
10:31 am

Line-up against Hamels on Friday will be:
Bourn
Prado (LF)
Heyward
Jones
Freeman
McCann
Uggla
Janish
Sheets

Only other option is to put Prado at 2B, play Constanza in LF and then hope Constanza makes contact slapping at the ball. Either way, Uggla and Constanza will not get on base.

HAL

July 26th, 2012
10:37 am

hey racist ajc blog strikes again now its get rid of fats fransico and any other hispanic player ohh weell the jays and every other major league team are happy with racidsst atlantas umm”rejects im wondering if we ever get a get rid of hayworthless blog lol

And Uggla Strikes Out

July 26th, 2012
10:47 am

Medlin should be in the rotation. Hanson should be in the pen.

O'flarity's water bottle

July 26th, 2012
10:59 am

I would put uggla lower in the batting order…

O'flarity's water bottle

July 26th, 2012
11:15 am

HAL

July 26th, 2012
10:37 am

Juan is under achieving. The Reds knew about that. Talent is not his problem, it it the drive. Melky had the same thing happened to him. A-rod of the Yanks had made a comment about melkeys sucess. On him giving 100% to baseball.

htownbravesfan

July 26th, 2012
11:39 am

What are the Braves waiting for? It’s time to put Medlen in the rotation. Are we that concerned about long relief?

htownbravesfan

July 26th, 2012
11:42 am

Oh, and by the way, the next person who says Constanza should be playing everyday or even be on this team should be banned for life from this site. He’s a hustler, but he’s simply not a major league ball player. Unless there can be an extra roster spot added for a permanent pinch runner.

Barbara

July 26th, 2012
12:07 pm

Hanson is one lucky sole to be declared the winner last night. He stunk phew is the word. Don’t go after Grenike if you only going to rent him for a couple months and give up some of our great minor leaguers. We made that mistake with Tex from the Rangers remember. It was nice not having to suffer with Uggla in the line up last night. Go Braves beat Philly

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

I guess this is what everyone calls venting. At least your not ready to trade everyone yet

jt

July 26th, 2012
12:53 pm

Just what we do not need Dempster who gives up 1 run shot home runs. We have that don’t we???
I agree move Uggla down in line up, say, 12th.

Bo

July 26th, 2012
1:10 pm

Mejia can play both 1st and LF and has power so, Why Constanza? Mejia could spell Freddie every once and a while against Lefties.

Plate Appearance

July 26th, 2012
3:21 pm

GREINKE ISN’T WORTH IT

Greinke simply isn’t worth 20 million plus dollars a year in a long term contract.

With a 90 million dollar payroll, this would be a whopping 22% of the Braves entire budget — unless Liberty Media uncharacteristically allows for an increase.

Again, it’s just not worth it!

Moreover, long term, high dollar contracts rarely work out — and haven’t of late for the Braves.

The solution: Convert Medlen to a starter and shop for a good value in a reliever — without giving up a top pitching prospect.

Show some fiscal responsibility Frank, for the long term good of the team, and give up on Greinke!

Ron M

July 26th, 2012
5:08 pm

Wow in reading several blogs over the last week or so, everyone wants a great starting pitcher and a right handed left fielder who can crush 50 homeruns a season and they do not want to give any prospects for it. Does anyone know baseball at all? All teams wants this and with the market this year you will have to give up alot for alot even if it means for a 2 month rental. The Braves would be served to get Grienke or someone like him and try and sign him to a long term deal. If they do this, it will cost alot of money. Bourne will then not be signed next year. Luis Durango will then be given the chance at center field next spring. The line-up next year as i see it.Batting order: Durango CF Prado 3rd Freeman 1st (To be named) LF Uggla 2nd Heyward RF McCann C Simmons SS Bench: Ross, Francisco, Meija, Jannish, Gattis. Rotation in order: Grienke(or other), Hanson, Hudson, Medlen, Minor. Bullpen: Kimbrel, Venters, Martinez, O’ Flaherty,( Rest depending on trades and spring training/payroll) Delgado or Tehran traded and Jurijens released over the winter. Excuse my spelling errors. This way payroll is in line and the Braves are competitve.

Ralph

July 27th, 2012
12:06 am

Gilmartin was scheduled to pitch Thursday nite for Mississippi, he didn’t humm, Delgado pulled after 5.2 inni ngs for no apparent reason, he wans’t in trouble, runner on 2ne but two outs, humm, could something be in the works?

Ralph

July 27th, 2012
11:54 am

I see this morning that Gilmartin was promoted to AAA and Delgado was pulled for pitch count (110 pitches) pitched very good for 5.2 innings gave up 1 solo HR. He also dd not walk 7 batters like Hanson did. Wren is trying to get rid of the wrong guys.

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