Braves postgame quotes after Friday’s win vs. Phillies

BEN SHEETS

On settling back down after first two hitters:

“As a pitcher that’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to find a way, find a way to make pitches.”

On Fredi saying he studies hitters and reacts one pitch to next, if he’s always done that:

“I’m just scared out there really (laughing). It’s definitely not the stuff that I’m accustomed to pitching with. Just making good pitches with all of them. I’ve got a different arsenal but it’s definitely redundant to say but it’s all about putting the ball where you want to put it, whatever you throw. Even if it’s a terrible pitch, if it’s located well it’s OK.”

On if more comfortable 18 innings in:

“Really and truly, it all feels the same and I think that’s good. I think that’s consistency. My mechanics feel the same, my location feels good. Everything feels the same.”

On physically:

“Physically I feel fine. I feel great. Today I threw more change-ups. I guess it’s good when you’ve got different pitches. You can find one that’s working that day.”

On what he’s said, wouldn’t be out there if didn’t have confidence could get people out:

“That’s scary 60 feet six inches if you don’t think you can get somebody out. That’s a scary place to be. When I ask for an L screen, that’s when you know I don’t have confidence in getting somebody out. Sometimes you feel like you need them but pitch by pitch, McCann has done a great job calling the games, done a wonderful job. Some great defensive plays out there that get overlooked. Bourn running some stuff down in the gap. Freddie Freeman picked up two or three great ones. He made it look easy to feed to me when he was going to second base. That’s not a very easy play.”

On these first three starts:

“I’m just riding it, dude, riding the wave. I’m on a very good team and guys do the heavy pulling. I’m just trying to put in a little two cents myself try to help us out.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On this stretch at the plate:

“I like hitting right now. It’s been a good couple weeks, good month I guess. I’m just glad I’m glad to where I’ve been for my whole career. That first half was brutal and I put it behind me. To be honest with you, I think that’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me because it’s made me get back to the basics and doing what I’ve always done. I feel like I’ve known myself as good as anybody and I kind of got away from that the last couple years. It was a wake-up call. It really was.”

On Sheets learning how to pitch 90-91:

“When you face him his 92-93 is on you, just like his 88-92 is on, you have to pick one or the other. It’s not one of those guys where you can go up there and sit heater and hit his curveball. Both his pitches are too good to do that. He can pitch at 87-89 and drop that curveball whenever he wants.”

On his start with the Braves:

“He’s given up one run in three starts. He’s everything that we could have asked for. He’s great in the clubhouse. He’s a veteran presence. All the way around, it’s pretty special we got him.”

On five of six vs. Phillies:

“Last couple years obviously they’ve had our number. So it’s good to kind of turn the tides a little bit.”

CHIPPER JONES

On the game:

“We got Cole on an off night. Don’t know that I’ve ever seen him walk five or six guys in a game. That’s very uncharacteristic, but we took advantage of it. Error helped there in the second, kind of get us on top. Got the homestand and the series kicked off on the right foot against a really good pitcher.”

On Sheets’ start:

“He’s been rock solid. That curveball he possesses is the great equalizer. He throws that thing whenever he wants. He can get a quick strike with it to get ahead early and set up some other things, and he can drop it on you 3-2. He throws it a couple different speeds. Obviously the one that puts people away is what he’s noted for but yeah we couldn’t have asked for anything better. In 18 innings he’s given up one run. That’s pretty impressive.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On what’s working for Sheets:

“He’s got two breaking balls going. He’s got a small tight one that is really sharp and then he’s got the big one. He’s using them both. He’s commanding it. He knows what he wants to do out there. He studies the films and he goes over Roger’s game plan over and over again. I think the best thing I’ve ever seen anybody do in a longtime, Huddy does it, is he reads the bat. He knows what these guys are looking for and he’ll make adjustments to that. He’ll change, which is something that’s learned. It’s an experience thing. And then he’s commanding his fastball.”

On McCann:

“Big blast there. three-run homer. He’s pretty hot right now swinging that shillelagh. He’s got six home runs in 10 or 11 games, something crazy….He’s swinging the bat really really good right now. At the end of the year, it’s going to be McCann-type numbers.”

On getting Hamels pitch count up:

“We did a nice job. We didn’t chase off the strike zone.”

On doing it like they did against Buehrle, two pitchers who don’t normally walk many:

“It’s a product of them believing in themselves and taking the battle to the pitcher and not expanding the strike zone. We’ve done that for the most part all year. I can really count on one hand how many times we’ve given away at-bats. We don’t do that very often. We go deep into counts with opposing starting pitching and it’s good to see.”

On acquisition of Sheets looking big now:

“It was all upside. And good for Frank to think outside the box a little bit and go get him. Right now he’s about as good as you want. Good for us. Maybe there are a couple guys running around out there in East Cobb with a tournament who want to come out. I only live a couple miles away. Scout some of those old coaches. (Seriously though) that was a hell of a pickup with a lot of upside and we’re reaping the byproducts of that.”

On if that means they still don’t have to pursue help:

“No I think we still try to upgrade. Always try to get better.”

43 comments Add your comment

Matthew

July 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

MaTthew 19:30

UcantCLA

July 27th, 2012
11:33 pm

Hey DoB is Chipper really on Twitter? Saw @RealCJ10 is verified but Im still finding it odd.

BravoBrave

July 27th, 2012
11:34 pm

Great game, but who are we going to trade for?

nolakid21

July 27th, 2012
11:43 pm

No reason to pursue a big starting pitcher. Market is too expensive for that. Just slide Medlen in the rotation and get a little bull pen help. I think we can make it work. You got Jeff Schultz, who shouldn’t even be writing about baseball, talking about giving up prospects. I say no way, not in this market.

milo

July 28th, 2012
12:04 am

yea twitter account of Chipper is weird, talking about drinking and partying, tweets coming in at 2 AM. I guess he is living the single life now. Have Fun! I heard Mark Mulder has a tryout tomorrow with the Braves.

Darryl Blackberry

July 28th, 2012
12:06 am

nolakid: I think that’s exactly what Wren will do. Get a bullpen guy (or two), and maybe upgrade the bench a little. Greinke would’ve been nice, but not if we would have had to give up Teheran and Delgado.

nolakid21

July 28th, 2012
12:12 am

Yup, that is what we will do Darryl. Scott Hariston is a decent outfielder who is crushing left handed pitching. We have been talking to the Mets about him.

Quack Quack

July 28th, 2012
12:12 am

Great game Big Ben!! Must be like riding a bicycle.

Lets keep rolling, and the Nats finally lost one.Yikes……

GO BRAVES!!!

NorCal Brave

July 28th, 2012
12:13 am

No use crying over Greinke. For us to get to the playoffs and succeed in the playoffs, the hitters must contribute more than they have the last two seasons. If Uggla slumps the rest of the year, we’re in big trouble, even adding another arm.

Fats

July 28th, 2012
12:25 am

FG must owe Uggla something fierce to keep sending him out there. Dude is in a serious slump. Get him away from the game for a week . It happens to the best of players. Dock his salary for a week and send him to the beach or mountains…………. :)

Quack Quack

July 28th, 2012
12:38 am

@Fats….I’m with you. Dan really needs to man-up and tell FG he needs to, well, go to the beach.

Or at least sit and watch for a while. You’re right, it happens to the best, and we saw last season Uggla come alive, and I for one hope he does the same, but he is of no help right now,

aj

July 28th, 2012
1:02 am

Who’s idea was it to sign Ben Sheet?
Thought tonight’s game would be a goof
test. Did a great job, very impressive!!!!!
Let’s hope his remarkable pitching
continues.

Roy Wood

July 28th, 2012
1:06 am

I guess the braves are right about giving up talent unless Jurregins or minor.Medlin sure needs to be in the rotation.I sure miss the days when Ted Turner was the owner If you needed a ball player he got him and the braves were on TBS most ever day. I dont even watch TBS any more.Texas Dawg Pardon for any misspelled words

David O'Brien

July 28th, 2012
1:09 am

Hey DoB is Chipper really on Twitter? Saw @RealCJ10 is verified but Im still finding it odd. — UcantCLA

Yes, he is. He did it because a couple of imposter accounts were doing some lame stuff like asking for donations to a bogus fund for Aurora victims.

Rowsdower

July 28th, 2012
1:20 am

There is no doubt Medlen is moving into the rotation on Tuesday. With his stuff, i’m excited. Minor would be the weak link (assuming BMFT figures it out again) and he’s actually been solid the last 3 starts. Get someone in the bullpen that can fill Kris’s shoes and we’re in business…starting to come together, Pepper. Starting to come together!

peachstealth

July 28th, 2012
2:25 am

What do ya think about wearing the Friday red uni’s on Monday to break the jinx?

BravesFaninBama

July 28th, 2012
2:34 am

The whole thing with Uggla really is very troubling. It really is a shame too. He seems like a really good guy, and you hate to bench him, but at this point…It’s 3-5 guaranteed outs. How does this happen when you have guys like Chipper and McCann who know how to hit? I mean…Walk a few stalls down and ask what you can do different. Mac went through a tough slump…He went out and re-found his swing…and not he is hot. Uggla is so intent on pulling the ball that he seems to forget that there is 2/3 of a field wide open that he doesn’t use. Does he really not know how to punch the ball to the right? Why does it always have to be a homerun swing? Sometimes a team doesn’t need a HR every single time. If Uggla can find his swing, this team will be VERY dangerous. If he does not…It may turn out to be very detrimental to this team.

I also want to say that I am beyond impressed with Sheets. I agree with others and think that Medlen will go to the rotation and the team maybe picks up a decent long reliever to take his spot. People completely underestimate Medlen…Don’t they remember how lights out he was before he got hurt? He deserves to have a starting spot.

HATinGA

July 28th, 2012
7:21 am

Medlen should already be in the rotation. Long relieve is just wasting him most of those games are out of hand before he gos in. He had already provin he could get it done.

Martin Jacobson

July 28th, 2012
8:31 am

Medlin is doing a great job, but it is also a crucial job, and you can’t just yank him out of it without someone replacing him. Venters has struggled, probably from pitching so much last year, so he’s kind of iffy. I would have hated to see Delgado go for Dempster, though. So, I could see getting some bullpen help, then maybe giving Medlin a shot at starting, if he is ready for it.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 28th, 2012
8:58 am

Keeping eyes on top of the order…prado,vourn not as consistent as before the break…lots of strikeouts and LOBS

Teddy B

July 28th, 2012
8:59 am

I hope Medlen gets a shot at starting again, he’s got some good stuff. Maybe they got this Batista bum to take his place or shuffle the pen around to get Medlen back in the rotation?

Good job Ben Sheets, way to recover yourself. Hope he keeps it up, this is a really nice pick up so far and makes Wren look a little bit better each win.

reagan

July 28th, 2012
10:09 am

Rowsdower!!! Great to see you posting again……………..and agree with you (and others here) about Meds. Easier to find a good reliever right now than it is a good starter. Get a kick out of so many saying….”sign this guy or that guy” when we just don’t have the money OR some of the big names just really aren’t that good. One guy’s opinion……think Wren is doing the right things for the most part.

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
10:13 am

Good morning Y’all. Miss ignoramus is here ready to learn. What’ happening?

Remow

July 28th, 2012
10:18 am

I wish Minor and Delgado would talk to Sheets. That guy can flat out pitch and even when he started rough he kept calm and figured out how to stay in the game. That is just awesome.

Although, Hanson’s performance the other night , while ugly, really was impressive damage control. It is hard to have that pitching line and only give up 1 run.

OTP

July 28th, 2012
11:22 am

Bench Uggla, play Prado at 2nd, Constanza in LF. Move Delgado to middle relief. Make Medlen a starter. Get a bat.

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
11:33 am

@Mr OTP Why are you so against Mr Uggla?

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 28th, 2012
12:08 pm

Amber, can’t speak for Mr. OTP, but I don’t care for him B’cuz he’s Havana Fats home slice who just went in the hitting toilet with a huge contract!

Used to be Spawn, Seine and pray for rain! Now it’s Hudson, Sheets and hit the streets!

Go Braves!

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
12:42 pm

Mr Snerdberg I know that he is not hitting right now, but he is still a Brave. I love my Braves. As long as he is a brave, I will root hard for him to do good. Go Braves!!!

Blaze

July 28th, 2012
1:07 pm

Warren Sphan and Johnny Sain……..two awesome spellers. I believe this is how they are spelled. Not positive but pretty sure.

John Lenin

July 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Give it a rest Samantha.

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

@Mr Lenin I have no idea why you keep calling mr that girls name. My Uncle knows her but I am not her. I am just Amber.

htownbravesfan

July 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

I know I sound like a broken record, but why do some of you insist on putting Constanza in left field? This guy is not an everyday major league ballplayer. I thought I knew alot about baseball from the time I’ve spent around it, but obviously I don’t because some of you are seeing something that I can’t.

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

@Mrhtownbravesfan I talked to a Mr Rick yesterday and he felt like he was a good 4th outfielder. I think I have to agree but I really don’t know much about it.

John Lenin

July 28th, 2012
2:03 pm

Ok then Sybil.

Keith

July 28th, 2012
2:14 pm

Sounds like Dempster is still available…will be interesting to see what happens with that.

Right now, is Dempster that much better than Medlen? Probably but remains to be seen cause we haven’t seen Kris pitch since injury.

Delgado for Dempster is probably the best deal out there, especially since Greinke is gone. If he’ll do it. Would be a nice boost.

Keith

July 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

*haven’t seen Kris start*

What i meant to say…he’s pitching great of late. :)

Keith

July 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

Johnson would be nice, but probably have to give up both prospects (tehe & delg) to get him.

Keith

July 28th, 2012
2:16 pm

You know, Cliff Lee’s left arm and postseason record would be very interesting right now. Expensive and he’s not been himself this year…but wow, interesting.

doubt the Phils would trade with the Braves though.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 28th, 2012
2:19 pm

Blaze: Sorry meant no disrespect, spellin’ never was a forte o’ mine! Amber, he ain’t settin’ the wood afire wid da leather neither!

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
2:48 pm

OK Mr Lenin Whatever you say? Believe what you want to believe. I don’t know any Sybil. I just don’t understand why you think I am someone else. Have I been disrespectful or did something to you ? If I have,Could someone tell me what I did? I’m Sorry to offend you.

technut

July 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

@NolaKid21: well put; Grienke is gone now too; why give up Minor or Delgado or even Teheran for a 2 month rental…makes no sense. Minor has turned around, Huddy, Hanson and Sheets…that looks pretty good.

Amber Girl

July 28th, 2012
4:16 pm

IMO We don’t really need SP. We need RH bat.

Joey the Bull

July 28th, 2012
5:09 pm

I am glad Medlen is now getting his due. He will be a huge upgrade on the 2012 version of JJ. Since the Dodgers have not landed Dempster-that must mean the Cubs are not interested in their offer-or that the Cubs are instead looking at our offer and want to keep it…

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