3:42 pm July 31, 2012, by David O'Brien
August 1st, 201212:10 am
No way DOB would ever annoy Fredi.
August 1st, 201212:12 am
if they think Hanson is healthy I agree that Meds likely goes back to the pen. I’d rather Hanson start too if possible
August 1st, 201212:13 am
They DL’d Hanson today for a lower back issue. I’m guessing Medlen gets 2-3 more starts.
These things tend to work themselves out. Would be nice to give some guys a rest from time to time. Huddy’s bad foot, Hanson’s back and keep Sheets fresh.
August 1st, 201212:15 am
I was thinking sitting Uggla for a couple of days might clear his head. Nothing else has worked and how long can we wait for him to get going…it’s August 1st.
August 1st, 201212:16 am
Any ideas on here who we might pickup to replace Hinske if he doesn’t turn it around soon? The man is hurting the team right now.
It was nice to see Pastornicky get a few good AB’s this week. If he keeps this up, he might stick for the post season.
August 1st, 201212:17 am
I agree Wayne. The Braves have a great situation that allows them to rest every starter between now and the playoffs to keep them fresher than our opponents.
August 1st, 201212:18 am
You are right Ken. We all want to see Uggla come out of it but it’s time to try something else.
Agreed on Uggla. But right now, I think Bourn needs a blow first. But when it comes time to sit Uggla, I’d still not put Prado at second, unless we have nobody else that can play there (read Pastornicky).
August 1st, 201212:19 am
Not in favor of sitting anybody for rest right now. Its the playoff run and we are only 2.5 out. Best players that can help the team win needs to be in there.
When opportunity presents itself though get them out. Like tonight. 2 or 3 innings here or there add up.
Capt. "Fly" Mudd
August 1st, 201212:20 am
Double digit hits…..for all but pitcher’s slot and you know who. You got to believe Uggs is hurting tonight….he won’t show it around the clubhouse….but, when he’s driving home later I bet that dude will really be feeling it. I do feel for ole Dan and, he’ll just try it again….August has got to be better.
If Pastornicky keeps on hitting, he should stick. But once Simmons gets back, can’t say the same for Wilson or Janish, and that’s a shame for Janish because he’s been great.
The summer games are sort of boring for me. I tuned in to watch the Beach Volleyball team on the weekend, and it was COLD outside and they had those damned shirts on!
RIP: Gore Vidal
RIP: R.G. Armstrong, character actor in hundreds of TV shows and movies, usually as a Western bad guy.
August 1st, 201212:21 am
Is Uggla one of the best players with his current struggles?
August 1st, 201212:22 am
Bourn needs a day off. He ain’t hitting right now. Reed Johnson against a lefty tomorrow is the perfect time to sit him for 1 game.
Janish will likely stay and Tyler goes back down. not sure what happens with Wilson. so maybe Janish goes down too if he has options. they are gonna go with defense at backup SS just like B4
August 1st, 201212:23 am
I’m having a hard time remembering, but the last time Bourn got a breather was when he was kicking ass and taking names. Was he still as hot after the game off? Anybody remember?
Mark: Uggla’s O-fers aren’t putting our best team on the field now that we have options like Johnson and The Rev.
August 1st, 201212:25 am
Pastornicki won’t be starting any games for the Braves anytime soon as long as Janish keeps fielding the way he has been, regardless of his hitting. Less it’s the 2nd game of a double header.
Mark – I think a day off every two weeks isn’t a bad thing right now – especially with Johnson. You’re talking about starting him twice a week – letting a regular starter take a day and PH if needed. 2 or 3 innings at a time are helpful, but you’re only able to do that with one, maybe two players – I know they get paid for 162/year, but Bourn and Prado have definitely tapered off the past couple of weeks – day off can’t hurt.
The thing is nolie, they had to go “defense” with the backup before because Pastornicky was so bad at it. It’s probably a crap shoot.
August 1st, 201212:28 am
I think Janish will be the eventual backup SS once Simmons returns. Pastornicky only stays if he proves he can play the outfield and second base. (and hit)
What to do with Hinske???
August 1st, 201212:30 am
thinking they are still gonna go defense, Ty ain’t likely no better.
The way everyone else is hitting, it definitely takes a load off of Uggla. And once Simmons comes back, that’ll help too. And if something unspeakable happens and Uggla comes out of this thing he’s in and starts killing it, this whole team could be another “murderers row”. I know, it’s not likely to happen like that but we can hope. Last year we slumped at the wrong time, so this year I’m hoping we come together at the same time and take it to the end like the Cards did last year and the Giants the year before.
Wow – R. G. Armstrong with 181 different shows/movies in his career – including Bat Masterson…
May be right but I just can’t stand the thought of losing a game with the best players sitting out.
Again, I think Freddi could help these guys out at times.
August 1st, 201212:31 am
You know Pastornicky definitely ain’t no better nolie,
August 1st, 201212:32 am
At last time for a snooze…..I wish Uggs a peaceful ride home! Goodnight all!
August 1st, 201212:33 am
Hinske will be on that playoff roster unless Wren goes out and gets someone else from the left side of the plate.
August 1st, 201212:34 am
Casey Kotchman? Would he be available? Jason Giambi? (though he is sort of a cult hero in Denver) Mark Kotsay?
Any other ideas?
Hanson won’t blame his back for his poor results since All-Star break…..updated the story on his move to the DL after talking to him after the game.
August 1st, 201212:37 am
Work day tomorrow – Night all
August 1st, 201212:38 am
I’m outta here too. Later peoples.
The days of players playing 162 games a year are past history. Most players can get rejuvenated by a day off once in a while. I’d sit Bourn tomorrow and again a couple more times between now and the end of the year. Same with Prado.
Uggla also needs to sit for a day or two, to see if it will help him break out of this funk.
But I agree that it’s hard to sit guys when you are winning. But those top 2 guys are struggling. Johnson can’t do much worse than they will for a game or two. That’s the beauty of having such a strong bench bat that can field his position.
August 1st, 201212:39 am
Armstrong teamed wirh Peckinpah a lot starting with the short lived Brian Keith show The Westerner. That only lasted about a dozen episodes but I really liked it . also like Hec Ramsey with Richard Boone. Neither on DVD ,
August 1st, 201212:40 am
Gotta run folks. Got some work to catch up on. It’s been fun. It’s a heckuva lot more fun around here when we are winning. Keeps the whining to a minimum.
August 1st, 201212:43 am
Step right up, get ya postgame utterances and quotations ….
August 1st, 201212:48 am
Saw this on my favorite news website.
Which will Mayor Bloomberg try to regulate next?
-Super-sized soy lattes
-Red meat portion sizes
-Street pretzel salt content
-Ice Cream toppings
August 1st, 201212:51 am
nolie, I remember those 2 westerns. Also, did you watch Nichols with James Garner? I remember that as a quirky little western that I enjoyed at the time, but wonder what it would look like today?
August 1st, 201212:53 am
The cisco kid is proving to be a valuable addition.
August 1st, 201212:54 am
ds1 – buy me a bigger plane so nolie will be comfortable ok…
August 1st, 201212:56 am
did they show what the bullpen did while medlen warmed up? never seen it b4 they lined the back wall of the pen and kinda cheered him on. It was awesome-I got a photo will try and put it on twitter
and he was a friend of mine……
August 1st, 20121:12 am
where the hell is BAS I gotta little tiger story for him
August 1st, 20121:13 am
WTH I stay l8 for the game through the rain delay so nobody wants to blog…
August 1st, 20121:15 am
Braves pull within 2-1/2 of Nationals with 7th straight win (UPDATED GAME STORY with QUOTES)
August 1st, 20121:17 am
As much as it hurts to have traded Vizcaino – and believe me, it’s gonna hurt down the road – a new day shines a positive light on this trade. Of course, the trade will only make sense if the Braves make the playoffs and go deeper than the first round.
However, one thing needs to be pointed out. Vizcaino went two seasons with the SAME elbow problem that ultimately required TJ surgery. This full disclosure is necessary because to hear others say it, Vizcaino was a laundry list of injuries. NOT TRUE. Two years, same elbow problem, one surgery.
If the Cubs don’t screw him up, Vizcaino will be under their control for five years with a team that will ultimately afford him… and the kid will be an All Star. This one’s really gonna hurt. The only way this will hurt less is if bats become more consistent, the starters continue to improve, and the middle bullpen rounds out just in time for a possible September run. Medlen looked AMAZING tonight, averaging just a smidge under 11 pitches per in his five innings, Maddux-style.
Now the 25 know that they have been invested. Let’s see what they can do now – and next month when it matters most.
August 1st, 20121:27 am
What I would LOVE to see is Johnson start in CF for the Braves in the final two games against the Fish and spell Bourn in time for his Houston homecoming. Then, play the first two games against Houston in LF and rest Prado for a Sunday start.
Down the road, Johnson can play more LF and Prado can play more 2B. Uggla is absolutely stinkin’ upo the place and suffering from a severe case of McLouth-oma. Maybe he needs some Gwinnett time to work on his swing, but he is putrid.
Time to take “Fat Francisco” for a test drive and give Chipper more rest. The guy has been absolutely rakin’ unconscious as of late, and his bat needs to get more AB’s.
August 1st, 20121:28 am
You still around? Just finished off my monthly reports (that have to be in by midnight on the last day of the month) and now I am ready to “chat”.
That’s cool what the pen guys did for Kris. It is really easy to pull for these guys when you can personalize the relationship with them. I’m damned jealous of your situation there with the seats by the pen.
If I win that Power Ball, I’m getting season tickets near yours.
August 1st, 20121:29 am
watching the kid take mac’s HR in the face and nobody mentioned it…just a glancing blow his friends gave him a rough time
August 1st, 20121:31 am
The way Chipper is hitting, no way does he miss any more time than he needs to. Juan Gone Francisco is nothing near the third baseman that Chipper is. But I like him as the caddy for now.
As to Uggla getting sent to Gwinnett, no way does that happen. Unless he goes on the DL and then goes down for a rehab stint. But no way does a team send their 13 million dollar second baseman to the minors.
And as far as I can tell, Uggla ain’t hurting us too much in this current hot streak. Give him a day or two off in the next week or so, to get his head straight. But he’ll never get going on the bench.
August 1st, 20121:32 am
ball woulda bounced right over little tiger’s head (in the video if you zoom you can see me covering him up if you know what to look for
That’ll leave a mark!
August 1st, 20121:34 am
I saw it real briefly on MLB TV, but they pulled away quickly and I am on the road. I wonder if it’s on youtube?
I figgered it was close to you folks.
Hello everyone! Medelen stays as starter. Sure impressed me. We wait for the Moylan…..
August 1st, 20121:35 am
Medlen sure pitched well tonight.
August 1st, 20121:36 am
did you watch the video? whats funny is the lady in front of me (whos husband was talking to the bullpen at the time) said I tried to catch it but couldn’t reach it…in the video you can clearly see a case of the alligator arms…
its on the atlanta braves website
August 1st, 20121:38 am
hard to see (and I know exactly what I’m looking for)
August 1st, 20121:39 am
ttittle tiger had a blast tonight…tons of bullpen attention
August 1st, 20121:43 am
DS1: gotta save Chipper for September. Some days off against Miami and Houston cupcakes would do a body good for Chipper. With Francisco raking like a fiend, it would be a good time to rest Chipper and get Francisco’s bat primed for September too.
Chipper can’t play every day. Two out of three in August is even too much for Chip.
August 1st, 20121:48 am
What are you wearing? Your not the guy in the brown shirt are you? Which row (I can’t remember if it was the 2nd or 3rd)?
August 1st, 20121:49 am
That’ll be between Chipper and Fredi. Not my call.
August 1st, 20121:50 am
Or is that you in the gray shirt beside the big guy on your right?
August 1st, 20121:51 am
Too bad we can’t play against Nolasco every day!
2nd row red braves jersey…the off white/faded blue hat is the easiest thing to see
August 1st, 20121:56 am
when its sleepy time down south…
August 1st, 20121:59 am
Can’t find you in there tiger. But I know your in the vicinity.
The kid that got hit, probably caught a lot of crap for not charging the ball, huh.
August 1st, 20122:01 am
It’s only 11pm on the left coast. Where are my left coast buddies?
August 1st, 20122:13 am
Marlins, Astros, Phillies, Mets and Padres. We might not lose another game until the Dodgers series!
I would let Francisco play a couple of more games too. He’s been playing better, as of late, and Chipper could use some rest too. Keep him fresh for down the stretch.
August 1st, 20122:14 am
Three in a row and your talking to yourself.
August 1st, 20122:15 am
You saved me Ward!
I’d let Chipper make that call. But I’d also encourage him to rest up against some righties so JF can get a few more AB’s.
Kid has been raking lately.
Maybe we should hire Melky to spend 2 weeks with the kid this winter, to teach him about conditioning.
August 1st, 20122:16 am
Melky owes us.
August 1st, 20122:17 am
Please…Dempster didn’t CHOOSE to go to Texas. He really had no choice. And staying in Chicago was not an option.
August 1st, 20122:19 am
Bloomburg, Is an idiot, and I would like to know how got there in the first place. Some one should sand bag him…….
August 1st, 20122:22 am
I mean seriuosly this guy was deprived from things when he was a kid. Bloomburg should shut the hell up.
Dempster had the choice as a 5/10 guy. He coulda stayed in Chicago if that’s what he wanted. I am glad he said no to Atlanta, but I don’t understand that decision.
I’m hoping he stinks it up in Texas.
August 1st, 20122:24 am
Bourn and Prado have both stunk it up since the All Star break. Only players who have hit worse are Uggla and Janish.
So, we have been winning off the backs of Chipper, Mac, Heyward, Freeman and Francisco.
Imagine what we could do if ALL players got hot down the stretch. That’s not likely to happen, but so long as we keep 4-5 guys playing well at any given time, we should be able to stay on the upswing.
August 1st, 20122:25 am
DS1 – I don’t wish any thing bad on players except for the Phillies…..little humor.
August 1st, 20122:28 am
I don’t wish any injuries on any other players, just that they play poorly when they are playing the Braves. And that they play GREAT when they are playing the Nationals.
Heading off to bed Ward, take care.
August 1st, 20122:33 am
DS1- Have a good one!
August 1st, 20123:08 am
I’m surprised Johnson is only a part-time player with his career numbers. Supposedly also excellent on defense.
August 1st, 20123:15 am
If Francisoco is Chipper’s heir apparent, I hope Chipper reconsiders.
August 1st, 20124:07 am
If this team can stay healthy when Simmons returns…. look out.
August 1st, 20124:10 am
Always thought Maholm would be a big time starter when he was a rookie. He had some control at times and a decent repertoire. He’s been pitching well lately, & he’ll make us more consistent. Nice move by Wren.
August 1st, 20124:18 am
We could have a Hampton-like contract right now–Uggla. I hope not, but we could
Only difference is.. insurance paid a chunk of Hampton’s contract, as did the Rockies…and Hampton actually played well when he did play.
August 1st, 20124:56 am
Time to take “Fat Francisco” for a test drive and give Chipper more rest. ..MBBF
why would they do that when Chipper is leading the team in most categories like BA,OPS etc?
August 1st, 20125:16 am
Chipper is only playing 2 or three days and then a day off, plus normal off days. he is getting plenty of rest as his hitting shows. Last year, he needs to play as much as possible as long as he is doing well. Francisco will never be the third baseman that Chipper is even at 40
August 1st, 20125:32 am
Did the Nats troll leave last night when his beloved team was getting pounded by the Phillies that the Braves just SWEPT? Told you the Phils would be on the warpath after the sweep and the phire sale yesterday.
I have to confess, when we got home from dinner, I was very tired, and with the rain delay, I went to bed. Had the radio on the Braves Radio Network, but I was asleep by the time the game cambe back on.
August 1st, 20126:53 am
Since the All-Star break:
Chipper: 55 AB’s, 309/361/618/979
D.Wright*: 69 AB’s, 232/325/507/832
*Denotes sparkly grin.
August 1st, 20127:06 am
bring back blauser
July 31st, 2012
“…..nellie fox was no beauty either but he could sure play a mean second base….”
Now there’s a name. St. THOMAS, PA. just west of CHAMBERSBURG on Lincoln Way West U.S. 30. Remember that bat he used? I wonder if it’s even legal anymore. Looked like a round version of a strikers bat in cricket.
August 1st, 20127:10 am
August 1st, 2012
“……why would they do that when Chipper is leading the team in most categories like BA,OPS etc?…..”
Heh! Prolly a disgruntled PHILLY PHAN trying to influence a line-up mistake to affect the standings. That, or ‘and idiot’ who just wants to be seen on the most famous blog in cyberspace run by our sleep-deprived blog-meister DOB.
August 1st, 20127:38 am
Medlen and the bullpen come through in fine fashion last night. Hat tip to the Phillies for plastering the Nats.
A seven-game winning streak for the Bravos. Please, no opposite and equal losing streak in the offing. Time to break that cycle, guys.
Brian from SC
August 1st, 20128:08 am
Brian from SC
July 31st, 2012
What did I call last week…I think it was five. I don’t know if they will all come off Nolasco, but I’ll call the Braves scoring at least 7 runs tonight. The Marlins are reeling, and the Braves have dominated them this year, outscoring them 52-19.
Hmmm…maybe I should do this for a living.
August 1st, 20128:09 am
Rev with a PH home run last night…. all the more reason to keep him up and have him be backup SS on a playoff roster… the hits matter more than the defense from your bench.
August 1st, 20128:21 am
Everyone still asleep? Late night if you stayed up to watch the whole thing…
August 1st, 20128:22 am
July 31st, 2012
Trust me, DOB, was not looking at it from the Braves’ perspective, only from a personal viewpoint, AND he gets paid big bucks to do what would be fun for most people. No sympathy here for the DOB!
not a real bright bulb, are ya?
August 1st, 20128:28 am
The Braves are having quite a Fish fry this season. They have won 8 of 10 games against the Marlins, outscoring them almost three to one, by a 59 to 20 margin.
The +39 run differential is the highest in baseball by any one team against another, and by a pretty wide margin. The Angels and White Sox have +31 run differentials against the Orioles and Indians, respectively.
August 1st, 20128:29 am
Say what you will about the struggles of the Phils and Marlins, it is still impressive to see the Braves go out and pound the teams they should be pounding, night after night.
(It’s also nice to see the Phils light up Strasburg last night).
I don’t see a September swoon this year, unless we see a significant injury.
Last year, Chipper’s legs were shot by September and McCann never really seemed to recover from the July oblique strain.
Prado was never right after the staph infection.
Heyward, who struggled most of the year, actually started to come around a bit in the final weeks of the season, but was not nearly at the level he’s been over the last 50 games.
If we get Simmons back, I actually feel better about our shortstop production in September over what Agon gave us last year, but that may just be wishful thinking.
If Uggla could come around (am not counting on it), we could have no offensive problems at all in September.
I can’t explain what was wrong with Bourn last September. Hopefully, he won’t repeat it. (I doubt he does with his impending FA).
Starting pitching, while a challenge at times, should atually be better.
Hanson and JJ were done by September and we were rolling Lowe out for a loss every 5 days.
No comment about the bullpen – yet.
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