Braves have won 15 of 20, but today’s Monday

The Braves have won 15 out of 20 to get to a season-high 13 games over .500, and they’re doing something didn’t do often enough in recent seasons – beating up on the teams they’re supposed to beat.

Now if they can get this Monday albatross from around their necks.

Hanson beat the Marlins on a wild game last week, and he'll face them again tonight with the Braves riding a 16-game Monday losing streak.

Hanson beat the Marlins on a wild game last week, and he'll face them again tonight with the Braves riding a 16-game Monday losing streak.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s been more than 11 months since the Braves won a Monday game. That’s right, more than 11 months. The team that is 14-2 on Fridays this season is 0-12 on Mondays. There is no rhyme or reason. It just is.

Braves have totaled 18 runs in 12 Monday games this season, part of 16-game Monday losing skid that includes all of September 2011. Their last Monday win was Aug. 22, 2011. Coincidentally, Jair Jurrjens was the winning pitcher that day and Ryan Dempster got the loss for Chicago.

And before we go any further, yes, I still think the Dempster trade to the Braves could happen before tomorrow’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, though few others seem to agree with me.

Tonight against the Marlins would be a good time for the Braves to end this rather remarkable Monday skid.

The Braves enter tonight’s series opener on a five-game winning streak. They’ve won eight of their last 10 home games including a weekend sweep of the Phillies, and tonight they face a Marlins team that’s 14 games out of first place and that went into “restructuring” mode with big trades last week that sent away Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. They’ll also again be without Giancarlo Stanton, recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Those deals went down while the Braves were in Miami taking two of three games and improving to 6-2 on the season against the Marlins. One of those wins last week came against lefty Mark Buerhle, who starts tonight against Tommy Hanson, who gave up seven walks and seven stolen bases in five innings last week at Miami and still got a win.

Speaking of that 6-2 record vs. the Marlins, the Braves are also 7-2 against the Phillies and 5-4 against the Mets, but they’re just 4-8 against the division-leading Nationals, albeit 4-4 in their last eight against them.

The Braves are 13-3 against NL East teams during their current 15-5 run.

“We didn’t play particularly well the first half at home,” Tim Hudson said after his win against Philadelphia on Sunday, when the Braves completed their second sweep of the Phillies this month. “We just need to continue to improve our home record. To sweep that team [Philadelphia] is something that you always look forward to. It’s something you don’t really count on. Taking two out of three from them is always the goal. Sweeping them is something that definitely makes you feel good.

“With the Marlins coming in, we’ve been able to keep playing them pretty tough for the most part this year. We just need to keep playing good and improve in areas that we’re not so great in and just continue to roll on.”

The Braves trailed 1-0 after the first inning of Friday’s series opener against the Phillies, but never trailed again during the entire series. They’ve got four more games against the Marlins beginning tonight followed by three against lowly Houston to finish the 10-game homestand before they head back out on the road for six games at Philly and New York.

“Big sweep for us,” Chipper Jones said after Sunday’s win against the Phillies. “We want to get this homestand kicked off on a good start. We are playing good baseball and really feel like we should dominate this homestand. Go out and win every one of them? That’s going to be a tall task, but you certainly look at the way we’ve been playing and the teams that we are playing, I’d certainly be disappointed with anything less than about 8-2. We beat Hamels and Halladay in this series and that was big for us. Let’s not have a letdown, let’s build on this winning streak we’ve got going and finish out this homestand and try and put some pressure on first place.”

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Chipper 3B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. McCann C
  7. Uggla 2B
  8. Janish SS
  9. Hanson P

• Home improvement (I didn’t just use that lame cliche, did I?): The Braves are 8-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 15 homers and 49 runs in their past 10 home games, after going 5-11 with a 3.94 ERA, nine homers and 57 runs in their previous 16 home games.

They are 15-5 in their past 20 overall games despite a .236 batting average in that span. Timely hits and long balls have helped big-time. They have a 3.48 ERA, 25 homers and 95 runs in that 20-game stretch, including a 5-1 record in one-run games.

• Others are contributing: Another good sign for the Braves is they’re winning lately despite decreased production from the top two spots in their order. Leadoff man Michael Bourn and No. 2 hitter Martin Prado were arguably the Braves’ most valuable players in the first half of the season, but their production has slipped lately.

Prado has hit just .248 with no homers and a .589 OPS in 24 games (101 at-bats) in July, and Bourn’s hit .255 with a .327 OBP and 35 strikeouts in 102 at-bats this month.

Resurgent McCann leads the Braves with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 18 July games.

Resurgent McCann leads the Braves with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 18 July games.

Going back further, Prado has hit .276 with a .318 OBP and .351 slugging percentage (.669 OPS) in his past 43 games, after hitting .326 with a .394 OBP and .486 slugging (.890 OPS) in his first 56 games.

Bourn has hit .256 with a .314 OBP and .378 slugging percentage (.692 OPS) in his past 41 games, after hitting .320 with a .372 OBP and .469 slugging (.841 OPS) in his first 60 games.

• Old lion in … summer: Chipper continues to lead the Braves in batting average (.317), OBP (.387) and slugging (.644) for the season, and he’s been more productive since getting healthy again after May surgery for the nasty massive bruise that covered most of his lower left leg.

He’s hit a team-high .370 (27-for-73) in July and also leads the Braves with 12 extra-base hits in 20 games, and his 15 RBIs this month trails only Freddie Freeman (18 RBIs in 24 games) and Brian McCann (19 RBIs in 18 games) among Braves.

Chipper has played in 24 of past 29 Braves games and hit .384 (33-for-86) in that period with nine doubles, five homers, 17 RBIs, .449 OBP and .663 slugging percentage (1.112 OPS). Since May 1 he’s hit .331 with seven homers, 31 RBIs and a .940 OPS in 48 games.

Between them, catchers McCann and David Ross have 10 homers and 24 RBIs for the month. McCann has eight homers in 62 at-bats.

• What’s behind the July surge? Braves are tied with Pirates for third-best record (16-8) in NL in July despite ranking sixth in ERA (3.57) and 13th in BA (.238) for the month. They are fifth in OBP at .324 and eighth in slugging at .395.

Only the Reds (18-6) and Nationals (17-8) have better July records.

One key for the Braves, in addition to a favorable July schedule and the big games from hitters like McCann, Freeman, Heyward and Chipper have had, has been the pitching of this group: Ben Sheets (3-0 with 0.50 ERA in July), Mike Minor (2-1, 1.98 ERA), Craig Kimbrel (eight saves, 0.90 ERA), Kris Medlen (10 appearances, 16-1/3 innings, 0.55 ERA), Chad Durbin (10 appearances, 1.00 ERA), Eric O’Flaherty (10 appearances, 1.00 ERA) and Tim Hudson (4-1 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts).

• Tonight’s matchup: He must be living right, because Tommy Hanson has had some good luck lately. He’s 1-0 in his past three starts despite a 9.42 ERA and .339 opponents’ average and far worse OBP in those games. Hanson has allowed 20 hits (three homers) and 15 earned runs in 14-1/3 innings in that period, with 13 walks and 17 strikeouts.

When he gave up seven walks and seven steals (but only one run) with seven strikeouts in five innings Wednesday at Miami, Hanson became the first major league pitcher to have seven or more walks, seven or more strikeouts and allow seven or more steals in a game and earn a win since the great Bob Feller did it for Cleveland in 1936. Yes, first time since 1936. Feller, by the way, had 17 strikeouts with nine walks, seven steals and two runs allowed that day in a complete game. I’m guessing he threw about 175 pitches, if not more.

Hanson is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA in his past five starts against the Marlins, with one or more runs allowed in four. Three of those games were last season, one in 2010.

Mark Buerhle, who starts tonight for Miami, is the only one of the Marlins’ big offseason pickups that’s really met expectations. He’s 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in his past six starts, including no decision in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Braves and Hudson, when Buerhle was uncharacteristically wild and gave up three runs (two earned), five hits and four walks in five innings.

Buerhle is 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts against the Braves. Prado is 3-for-10 with a homer against him and Chipper is 2-for-10.

• Let’s close this “Call It Stormy Monday,” which the great T-Bone Walker had a hit with and which has been covered by many, none better than legendary guitarists Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan from their “In Session” TV show, which you can see by clicking here. (I thought about using  The Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays,” but that song was inspired by a deadly school shooting and seems a bit inappropriate right now.)

Stevie Ray Vaughan (left) and Albert King

Stevie Ray Vaughan (left) and Albert King

“THEY CALL IT STORMY MONDAY” by T-Bone Walker

They call it stormy Monday,
but Tuesday’s just as bad
They call it stormy Monday,
but Tuesday’s just as bad
Wednesday’s worse,
and Thursday’s also sad

Yes the eagle flies on Friday,
and Saturday I go out to play
Eagle flies on Friday,
and Saturday I go out to play
Sunday I go to church,
then I kneel down and pray

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy,
my heart’s in misery
Crazy about my baby,
yes, send her back to me

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,678 comments Add your comment

Chris from the Rock

July 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

ncbravesfan90

July 30th, 2012
2:52 pm

“Murph – Pretty simple, actually…He will make a deal, if it makes sense, and improves the team. If not, he won’t. I trust him to make that decision. Winter moves may make more sense, anyway.”

Im a bit confused on why wait till winter. I understand that there will be more leverage financially but if i recall correctly the CEO for the Braves went on record saying that there wasn’t an available player that was out of the Braves price range, prospects or money. Why not go all in this year to win it while you have a hot hitting Chipper and Bourn having a career year? Why wait to spend this offseason when its possible that you have neither of these guys on your team. Only a few pieces to add to this team and they would be serious World Series contenders. Don’t be satisfied to just make the playoffs this year and then spend in the winter. Braves may not be in the same position next year in the standings to be able to push for the playoffs, right now they’re in an OK position to make a push for the playoffs.

TennesseePaul

July 30th, 2012
2:53 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Coincidentally, Jair Jurrjens was the winning pitcher that day and Ryan Dempster got the loss for Chicago.

Ha! Baseball irony.

Frank

July 30th, 2012
2:54 pm

Bama Brave

July 30th, 2012
2:54 pm

The Braves Wont Add No body…..

CrαZy

July 30th, 2012
2:55 pm

It’s Monday we need to sacrifice something…. or someone :twisted:

Anyone seen Don lately?

brian

July 30th, 2012
2:55 pm

Monday curse gets broken tonight

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 30th, 2012
2:55 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! When might they announce July’s PotM? Does anybody have an idea?…

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 30th, 2012
2:56 pm

TOBF

So I take you like Hogan’s Heroes, eh?…:)

DBackMac

We were talking about their brand of tuna ’cause I keep finding pieces of bone in my Starkist tuna…Int’resting link, though!…

Jim Hertel

July 30th, 2012
2:56 pm

I don’t know why, but I hope that I’m first.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 30th, 2012
2:57 pm

Thanks DOB

Right now for me he’d play LF and Prado would take over 2B!! Dan can be a PH!!

I think The Caller wants Hart because he can Play LF next year and Play LF when Chipper Sits

As good as Chipper is, he is due to suffer a nagging Injury, he can not Be trsted to play everyday down the stretch

I don’t think it’d be worth it for this year… make the trade in the offseason. Uggla need not sit and Chipper is playing right now, and IMO looks good down the stretch.

cricket

July 30th, 2012
2:57 pm

Chad – WS MVP

TennesseePaul

July 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

Chipper continues to lead the Braves in batting average (.317), OBP (.387) and slugging (.644) for the season

Check that, .513 slugging

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

Coincidentally, Jair Jurrjens was the winning pitcher that day and Ryan Dempster got the loss for Chicago.

Ha! Baseball irony.

Hmm, let JJ start on a Monday…. err, never mind :)

So I take you like Hogan’s Heroes, eh?…:)

Like? LOVE!

CB

July 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

Crazy, didn’t you see him in the mirror this morning? :-)

Seacrest, out

July 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!!

monty

July 30th, 2012
2:59 pm

Jim Hertel

July 30th, 2012
2:56 pm
“I don’t know why, but I hope that I’m first.”

Because if you’re not first, you’re last!

phil

July 30th, 2012
3:00 pm

Beckett?

No. Please, no.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

TOBF

Cool! Looks like there’s hope for America’s youth yet!… :P

Hilarious show—well written, well cast. There’s no shows like the old shows…

cricket

July 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

we need to sacrifice something…. or someone :twisted:

Anyone seen Don lately?

i thought the one sacrificed has to be pure, e.g. virgins etc. sacrifice Don and baseball gods will banish braves to AAA…

ACE

July 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

Good call on the boomtown rats.

Murph

July 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

It’s Monday we need to sacrifice something…. or someone

Anyone seen Don lately?

Or Ward?

phil

July 30th, 2012
3:02 pm

Twenty-second!!

CrαZy

July 30th, 2012
3:02 pm

ncbravesfan90 the CEO for the Braves went on record saying that there wasn’t an available player that was out of the Braves price range, prospects or money.

That’s why Terry McGuirk is the CEO and not the GM!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 30th, 2012
3:03 pm

Talks between the Dodgers and Cubs for Dempster are gaining momentum, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports. The Cubs are trying to bend over backwards to get Dempster to the Dodgers, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Talk about lost leverage though…

Beckett?

No. Please, no.

A little stronger…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc

phil

July 30th, 2012
3:03 pm

monty

July 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

Like to see FG reverse the lineup or do something whacky today to get the mojo back. Bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa for the day. Let him do his little dance on the mound. Sprint out to LF and see if Bourn can catch him. If he’s the real deal, Bourn won’t catch him, that guy could fly.

cricket

July 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

who the heck believes anything that an american CEO says?

ACE

July 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

25 hours until the trade deadline. Tick, Tick, Tick.

ncbravesfan90

July 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

“That’s why Terry McGuirk is the CEO and not the GM!!”

Even better, he’s Wren’s boss. I’d say he has a say in a few things haha.

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

I’d say this team maybe could make the playoffs without making a move before tomorrow. Just depends how far you want to go in the playoffs. If satisfied with just making the playoffs then don’t make a move, want to go deep in playoffs make a few moves.”

Is their anyone here who really disputes this as well? Anybody think with the existing rotation we have they can overcome and make a strong run in the playoffs? Is this why Wren acquired Michael Bourn last season to just get there? I can’t see any possible scenario how this team can just turn it on come September and charge through the playoffs with Huddy, Sheets and Hanson and Minor or Medlen having to throw in a 7 game series. Just won’t happen IMO.

StingerSplash

July 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Ugly Mondays … Struggla … who wants the over/under on Struggla strikeouts tonight?
We can start the bidding at 2.

CrαZy

July 30th, 2012
3:06 pm

Crazy, didn’t you see him in the mirror this morning?

Watch it!! I’d never live life as miserable as he does… I’d jump off a bridge first.

ACE

July 30th, 2012
3:06 pm

25 hours left until the trade deadline.

Chris from the Rock

July 30th, 2012
3:06 pm

I still say Shawn Camp and Reed Johnson of the Cubs would help and wouldn’t cost much in terms of prospects. Casper Wells would be a nice addition too.

Seattle Braves

July 30th, 2012
3:06 pm

Happy on how well the Braves are playing….

ncbravesfan90

July 30th, 2012
3:07 pm

“Is their anyone here who really disputes this as well? Anybody think with the existing rotation we have they can overcome and make a strong run in the playoffs? Is this why Wren acquired Michael Bourn last season to just get there? I can’t see any possible scenario how this team can just turn it on come September and charge through the playoffs with Huddy, Sheets and Hanson and Minor or Medlen having to throw in a 7 game series. Just won’t happen IMO.”

Exactly. We have about 2 #3 starters and 3 #4/5 starters. Not good for playoff games.

CrαZy

July 30th, 2012
3:07 pm

Murph… I thought about Ward, but he’s a nice guy!! I’d rather cast off someone miserable!

Bama Brave

July 30th, 2012
3:07 pm

Beckett Or Demster? Pick one And Why?

raleighbravefan

July 30th, 2012
3:07 pm

ncbf90 – I understand your point about going all in now…to a degree, at least. My answer is:

- I said, if the deal makes sense, do it.
- I believe the vast majority of deadline deals, the buyer “overpays”
- overpaying might be OK, if it assured success (which it does not)…and I understand you are playing the odds, but
-I don’t buy into the premis that we cannot go deep into the post season with the team we have, especially with minor “tweaks”…if we avoid injuries, and almost everyone does their job. (this would still be a requirement, even if we mortgage the future, to get an “ace”)
- the available options to make a “big” move are severely limited, if not non-existant.

That’s why I say I would not be upset if we wait until Winter, when cooler heads prevail.

Peter R.

July 30th, 2012
3:08 pm

I was wondering what in the hell happened to Prado and Bourn. They just breaking ball them to death. You would think they would rebound given how good they were earlier this year. The Braves could have a scary lineup, but it never seems to all click at one time.

Capt.Mudd

July 30th, 2012
3:08 pm

Freddy Freeman most likely, well, could lead off…..he’s gotten faster a foot you know and–Bourn needs a blow.

reckingball

July 30th, 2012
3:08 pm

What is the up-side for the Braves, in a Delgado for Dempster trade?
I don’t see any.

ACE

July 30th, 2012
3:08 pm

Get two for one tonight. A big game out of uggla and a win.

phil

July 30th, 2012
3:09 pm

cricket
July 30th, 2012
3:04 pm

who the heck believes anything that an american CEO says?

**********
only an idiot.

cricket

July 30th, 2012
3:09 pm

“They’re going to unload,” a person with knowledge of the Phillies’ deadline plan said Monday afternoon.

Here’s what we know:

• According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Phils have tried to sell Hunter Pence to a number of teams, particularly the San Francisco Giants. No team has yet met the Phils’ price on Pence.

• Shane Victorino will likely be dealt. A source mentioned the Dodgers as the most likely trade partner, though the Giants and Reds have interest.

• Interest in Joe Blanton, who has had three good starts in a row, has picked up, with Baltimore expressing interest. Top Baltimore scout Bruce Kison scouted Blanton on Saturday night. A source said Blanton is getting interest from American League clubs. Toronto could be one. St. Louis might also have interest.

• Cliff Lee has been in play for weeks and remains so. There have been reports that the Phils and Texas Rangers have stepped up trade discussions. Lee can block a trade to 21 teams, but Texas reportedly is not one of them. Lee is owed $87.5 million for 2013-15, so his contract could be a stumbling block. The Phillies would require significant talent in return to move Lee. Any package would start with third base prospect Mike Olt. The Phils might also look to get a reliever like Alexi Ogando back in the deal.

Four days ago, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he planned to keep his pitching rotation together, but he acknowledged that plans can change. For competitive reasons, Amaro is not afraid to say one thing and do another. Witness two winters ago when he denied interest in Lee almost until the time he signed him.

• Willingness to deal Lee and Pence shows the Phillies want to free up salary.

• Amaro is also looking to deal from his bench. Ty Wigginton could go and so could Juan Pierre. The Reds like Pierre.

Mikeyc588

July 30th, 2012
3:09 pm

Could have sworn there was a blog on the Monday topic earlier this year that used/referenced Boomtown Rats…

brian

July 30th, 2012
3:09 pm

McFann – why so anxious on the July player of the month? Who do you hope will win it??

phil

July 30th, 2012
3:10 pm

Dumpster?

Nooooooooooooo!!

monty

July 30th, 2012
3:10 pm

RBF-”Winter, when cooler heads prevail.”

Nice!

Josh Beckett

July 30th, 2012
3:11 pm

Eating some KFC, washing it down with some PBR, in the clubhouse playing some cards, waiting for the game to end.
Priceless.

tony austin

July 30th, 2012
3:11 pm

There’s one thing you can count on just about every game: Bourn and Uggla will K at least once….But, who cares right now, the Braves are winning and that’s what matters!

Go Braves!

phil

July 30th, 2012
3:11 pm

Brian – you have to ask? Sigh…

Puma

July 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

Its a little depressing that for as well as the Braves have been playing, they have actually dropped a game to the Nats. I still feel like that team is due to falter a little bit, although its tough with that rotation.

cricket

July 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

Braves could have a scary lineup, but it never seems to all click at one time.

as Livan would say – that’s baseball

ncbravesfan90

July 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

raleighbravesfan-

I respect your opinion on the matter. I just don’t see anyway for a deep playoff run with so many question marks in the rotation. I hope we win the dang World Series just as much as anybody on here, but i also have to be a realist that Hudson, Hanson, Sheets just doesn’t match up to Gio, Strasburg, Zimmerman or Cain, Bumgarner, Zito, Lincecum or Kershaw, Billingsly, Harang. And that’s just the rotation, not to mention the absence of the bench we have or holes in the bullpen.

Capt.Mudd

July 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

…..Hinske second, Pastor 3rd, Uggla 4…..how is it so far guys and gals–you like?

monty

July 30th, 2012
3:14 pm

The way to fix Dan Uggla is to get him to swing during BP with his right arm only. HIs swing is too left arm dominant.

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:14 pm

“What is the up-side for the Braves, in a Delgado for Dempster trade?
I don’t see any.”

A guy that’s leading the league in ERA and can get you the ball to Kimbrel in the playoffs? As opposed to a rookie who has promise but probably wouldn’t make it out of the 5th inning in a game in October?

Hey I rather not give up Delgado for Dempster but if that’s the case, so be it. Minute it happens we are a much better team for this season.

raleighbravefan

July 30th, 2012
3:15 pm

Frankie and ncbf90 – I gotta disagree… I believe the current pitching staff CAN go deep into the post season. Just my opinion, of course, and I respect your opinion….but even if you are right, there is a limit to what you give up, and there is certainly a limit to what is available.

Tomahawkin

July 30th, 2012
3:15 pm

2 Trap Series Back to Back!!!

Would love it if the Braves Go 5-2 which is easily attainable!

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:16 pm

“Its a little depressing that for as well as the Braves have been playing, they have actually dropped a game to the Nats. I still feel like that team is due to falter a little bit, although its tough with that rotation”

The Braves are playing good baseball, certainly not great baseball. All the more reason you need something added to catch a Nat’s team that bends but doesn’t break. Starting pitcher and a bat.

reckingball

July 30th, 2012
3:17 pm

The Marlin’s owner has already scaled, gutted, and cleaned the Fish.
Time for the Braves to throw them in the pan, turn the heat up on them, and fry those little fishies up.
go braves

Tomahawkin

July 30th, 2012
3:17 pm

StingerSplash

“Ugly Mondays … Struggla … who wants the over/under on Struggla strikeouts tonight?
We can start the bidding at 2.”

lol, I’m taking 2 to the Bank as well…

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 30th, 2012
3:17 pm

I’ve got to get offline for a bit, have to get my running in…. my procrastination has cost me, as I now have to run in 90 degree heat. I’ll be back later on.

Peace

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 30th, 2012
3:17 pm

brian why so anxious on the July player of the month? Who do you hope will win it??

BMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAC!!!! :D

raleighbravefan

July 30th, 2012
3:19 pm

Another RH in the BP would be nice, but in reality, how many teams have a better BP than the Braves right now?

monty

July 30th, 2012
3:19 pm

reckingball showing his literary skills!

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:19 pm

“Frankie and ncbf90 – I gotta disagree… I believe the current pitching staff CAN go deep into the post season. Just my opinion, of course, and I respect your opinion….but even if you are right, there is a limit to what you give up, and there is certainly a limit to what is available.”

Raleigh-

Absolutely your opinion and certainly are entitled. Just agree to disagree. Teams amp up their pitching in the Fall and to me, my opinion, this rotation isn’t coming across as the 2010 Giants. Who like this team, wasn’t a great offensive ball club but had the arms. Also, they had a rookie lefthanded who is much more polished(sorry bad word) than our young guns. We will see.

Tomahawkin

July 30th, 2012
3:20 pm

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:16 pm

“Its a little depressing that for as well as the Braves have been playing, they have actually dropped a game to the Nats. I still feel like that team is due to falter a little bit, although its tough with that rotation”

I’m telling you The Curley W’s This year are like the 1994 Expos, they are Just Better than us Talentwise, and total pests to add at that

I frigging Hate That Homerun Horn they use at their Park! Maybe because I hear it all the time when the Braves are there?

Capt.Mudd

July 30th, 2012
3:21 pm

Seriously….no reason to be behind the eight ball tonight…..several days of home cooking and just off a sweep of Phillies, Braves got to be ready to get focused and not lick any stamps……I think this/at present is our best winning pct. all season….a little help?

reckingball

July 30th, 2012
3:21 pm

Delgado for a couple of months of Dempster? Too much, way, way too much.
I would rather see them trade Hanson, than Delgado.

Chiricahua Brave

July 30th, 2012
3:22 pm

4 game series with fish and no josh johnson. alright.

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:22 pm

Nats are good. Get them this year while their youth may be exposed in a 7 game series. Hate to see what kind of year they will have in 2013.

Puma

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

I wonder what the odds are, probably 0, that if Braves do trade for starter that Hansen gets demoted or put in the bullpen. That game last Friday was painful – why in the h*** does he hold the ball so long when in his windup?

He has not performed very well all season and certainly is not what he used to be. He probably does not have much trade value in the off season and still makes modest money so I imagine he’ll stick around, but how many more times can they keep running him out there.

space monkey

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

Hanson on mound. McCann behind plate. Marlins in town. Lots of steals tonight. Maybe as many as 10.

Dirty Dawg

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

If they could get Beckett, with the Sox picking up a ton of his salary, plus not having to mortgage the rest of the farm, and if Wren and Gonzales – who I assume worked with him while he was with the Marlins – would vouch for his attitude before he had his head rearranged in Boston, then I say Beckett. He’s got time left on his current deal and so far as we know isn’t dedicated to ending up on the West Coast. Dempster is as good as gone after this season – and who we’ll have to give up for him will have been wasted. I know Beckett’s been a bit of an a-hole of late but it could be that he’s ready to, once again, show MLB that he’s still a top-flight pitcher. Assuming his health is good and his head is screwed on properly and he’s dedicated to winning…why not?

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

“Seriously….no reason to be behind the eight ball tonight…..several days of home cooking and just off a sweep of Phillies, Braves got to be ready to get focused and not lick any stamps……I think this/at present is our best winning pct. all season….a little help?”

Another beer Clark? Now your talking Eddie(Capt)

Tomahawkin

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

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Braveone

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,577 comments, TheOnlyBravesFan led the way with 73 posts. There were 156 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

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4 Efrim 47
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8 Mark 43
9 JC Brave 42
10 Woody Woodward 40
11 Jerry 37
12 Braves fan always 36
13 Tampa Gator 36
14 Pace 34
15 David O’Brien 30
16 Disgusted 30
17 Tomahawkin 30
18 Frankie 29
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20 Ray 27
21 BFChris27 26
22 Venice Jim 26
23 Ward 26
24 Lew 25
25 Jeff R 23

Jimmy

July 30th, 2012
3:27 pm

Not looking of Chipper to play tonight.
About time for a day off for him.

unbelievable

July 30th, 2012
3:27 pm

<I wonder what the odds are, probably 0, that if Braves do trade for starter that Hansen gets demoted or put in the bullpen.

Yep, zero

Tomahawkin

July 30th, 2012
3:28 pm

Chiricahua Brave

“4 game series with fish and no josh johnson. alright.”

I hope we dont overlook the AAA Miami Marlins, we should take 3 of 4 but this is a Trap Series

Heisenberg

July 30th, 2012
3:29 pm

Now that they came to their senses and announced Medlen as a starter, I would rather they not get a rental – even Dempster. But if that does happen, the purchase price needs to be discounted to a lot less than Delgado as the drama of last week pretty much rules out being able to sign beyond this year. Better off getting bullpen help and a platoon type RH bat.

monty

July 30th, 2012
3:32 pm

“Its a little depressing that for as well as the Braves have been playing, they have actually dropped a game to the Nats.

How do you think the Nats feel? If it wasn’t for our good record of late they would have already had the D locked up. They know we aren’t going away and they are in unchartered waters. :)

TennesseePaul

July 30th, 2012
3:34 pm

I think all 52 of my comments are from this morning….

Jimmy

July 30th, 2012
3:34 pm

Heisenberg – You bring up a good unintentional point. We need to conserve the bullpen tonight, because it will be taxed tomorrow night. Medlen will only go 5 innings max.

Puma

July 30th, 2012
3:34 pm

Agreed dirty dawg, although Beckett may be an a**, he could be a difference maker. His numbers are not great this year, but he was pretty darned good last year. Granted, I haven’t seen him pitch lately and don’t know what his velocity or other pitches look like, but he is reasonably young.

But like you said, they would have to pick up significant proportion of his contract to make it worth it.

Jimmy

July 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

Both Dempster and Beckett scheduled to start tomorrow night.

reckingball

July 30th, 2012
3:36 pm

If Dempster was willing to sign with the Braves, this team can’t afford to take a risk of multi-year $$$20something-million contract, with a 34 or 35years old guy.
They are still paying for the Derek Lowe, azz burning.

ChattTownBrian

July 30th, 2012
3:36 pm

I can MAKE it, I KNOW I can – you broke the boy in me – but you won’t break the man!

CB

July 30th, 2012
3:38 pm

Normal lineup for tonight.

Capt.Mudd

July 30th, 2012
3:38 pm

@Frankie……..Diggin the scene with da gangsta lean…..diamond in the back, sun-roof top………sliding my hand around a giant MOOSE MUG…….I wanna get Quaid tonight!

raleighbravefan

July 30th, 2012
3:39 pm

Nats gotta feel a little like Butch Cassidy and Sundance…playing their azz off, and can’t really shake us…”who are those guys?”

Heisenberg

July 30th, 2012
3:40 pm

Yes indeed Jimmy. Hopefully Kris can have a few 6 pitch innings. But if Marlins think they are gonna drive up pitch count by taking pitches, they will spend the night looking at 0-2 counts.

ChattTownBrian

July 30th, 2012
3:40 pm

“Both Dempster and Beckett scheduled to start tomorrow night”

Are we wishing for hard come backer at the ankles are we? No, we don’t want that. Just a scare would be fine with me. Not a fan of either.

coastalbrave

July 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
8. Paul Janish (R) SS
9. Tommy Hanson (R) P

Frank

July 30th, 2012
3:42 pm

Chris Denorfia would be a pretty good fit for right-handed bat off the bench. I’d imagine he’d be available at a pretty minimal cost.

Boonie27

July 30th, 2012
3:43 pm

Has the trade for Wade Davis went through yet? I can’t imagine what is holding it up at this point!

Heisenberg

July 30th, 2012
3:44 pm

Is the 1 game playoff between 2 wildcards played on a Monday? All the more reason to go out and win division.

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