3:48 pm August 4, 2012, by David O'Brien
August 4th, 20123:51 pm
Good luck Maholm. DOB do you think its time for a change at 2nd base?
August 4th, 20123:53 pm
August 4th, 20123:57 pm
I think I’ll stop posting. We’ve been posting the same thing at about the same time.
August 4th, 20123:59 pm
DBack Mac – I have a few things to do, so you’re probably safe for a couple of hours
August 4th, 20124:00 pm
74bj: Re-post from previous blog in case you missed it.
MEJIA has performed exceptionally well in GWINNETT. In fact, there has been no appreciable drop off in his production between last season in AA and this one. His BB-SO ratio has eroded from roughly 1 BB-2.8 SO [58 BB-156 SO] to 1 BB-3.5 SO [29 BB-104 SO] this year. SO’s might be the only major concern I could see in ATLANTA. If his patience improves a notch or two I’d say he’s prime-time.
Because of EVAN’s set-back with the wrist injury, I think a call-up in September might be in order. But assuming we’re in a tight pennant race I’d say this won’t happen this year. Like MEJIA, GATTIS’ age creates a short shelf-like in the minors. I’d say GATTIS is sent to AAA next season with a healed wrist, and if he responds, he could see some time in ATLANTA in mid to late 2013.
JOEY T. our other masher, will need another full year between AA and GWINNETT in my estimation, but should show well next season as he’s improving significantly at the plate in MISSISSIPPI. His glove will undoubtedly keep him chained to the bench if or when he arrives in ATLANTA sometime in mid-late 2014.
CF TODD CUNNINGHAM has cooled a bit the past week, but is having a break-out season in PEARL RIVER. Not tremendous power, but solid defense, and he will hit for average in ATLANTA in 2013-14.
Of course, with young men who knows what the eventuality will ultimately be. But you asked, so that’s my take.
Keep It Rolling Guys. Good Luck Maholm……
GO MAHOLM and BRAVES
August 4th, 20124:01 pm
Thanks for the new DOB blog David, great read. Good luck to Paul tonight.
August 4th, 20124:02 pm
Irrespective of how desperate the STROS-pack is for a win, we need these two to keep the heat on the NATS.
I posted this on the wrong focal blog this morning so ill repost
Interesting article from NYT..
“Why D.C. Is Doing So Well”
A SPORTS team obviously cannot create a civic renaissance. But when a city and a team happen to go on a good run at the same time, it can be particularlysweet, and it’shappened more often than you might think…… http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/sunday-review/why-washington-is-doing-so-well.html?hp
August 4th, 20124:03 pm
Thanks for new blog and for ending the confusion
August 4th, 20124:06 pm
August 4th, 20124:13 pm
Welcome back DOB…thanks for the new blog
August 4th, 20124:19 pm
welcome back DOB and thanks for the new blog. Even if you were “off” tonight I fully expected you on the blog tonight. Figured you couldn’t help yourself with Maholm’s first start. Quotes were used because even when you are off you are usually working on a story and checking in here.
August 4th, 20124:25 pm
Is it still raining at the park? We’ve had a pretty good amount up here off I-575, but it’s stopped for now. If this one gets rained out, I’ll be miserable this evening…
August 4th, 20124:32 pm
Was hoping Johnson would be in line-up with Uggla sorry ass on the bench. Sorry watching him K or pop up and slamming bat on the ground. Freeman had to save his sorry ass 15 errors.Trade him to the Cubs for Soriano be 30 some mil for 30 some mil.
August 4th, 20124:37 pm
I can’t imagine anyone would really take Soriano over Uggla on their roster…
I’m glad you brought up the point about Braves beating teams they should.
Hasn’t that actually been a problem since 2010?
Good to see them thisyear (at least 2nd half) beating up on these guys.
August 4th, 20124:39 pm
Say what you want about Wren, but I’m excited about this duo that he got from the Cubbies. Can’t wait to see the lefty pitch at the park tonight!!! Bring in the Reed from the bench. It’s a great time to be a Braves fan!!
“Maholm is 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts at Turner Field”
I’d assume that has more to do with the fact that he dominates the Braves (as crafty lefties often seem to do) than any specific effect of the park. That said, facing the Astros at the Ted is definitely the next best thing to facing the Braves there.
August 4th, 20124:49 pm
WREN said last off-season that things would be slow then but continuing into the 2012 season, and man has he made some great moves both within and outside the organization.
MAHOLM [holding my breath for a few starts]
SIMMONS in the REV out.
August 4th, 20124:51 pm
DOB – any way to get the organist to play a little “Superman” by REM when Chipper comes to bat once? I am Superman and I can do anything
August 4th, 20124:55 pm
Good luck Maholm – win or lose this one, we still are way, way better off with you in this pennant race.
Go get em . . .
August 4th, 20124:57 pm
im behind maholm win or tie
August 4th, 20124:58 pm
1st to say 1st too…booyah!!!!!!!!!!!
August 4th, 20125:01 pm
Richbrave — Yes, that’s a very good set of moves Frank Wren has made. The club is looking better and better. I know it’s a dream but I’d love to them make a serious move for King Felix. The guy is 26 and has nearly 100 wins for a lousy team and 2 years left on his contract. Make ‘em an offer they can’t refuse, Frank. They need everything.
August 4th, 20125:03 pm
Just read that Nate McClouth was called up by the Orioles to play center. From the posts by their fans nobody is happy.He has hit 10 hrs and driven in 37rbi’s since June for their AAA team. GLAD IT IS THEM AND NOT US.
Just popped in to give some news. I don’t know if any of you knew Whiskey River or not. Just to inform you that he passed away at 0934 central time this morning. Thank you for your time.
August 4th, 20125:04 pm
Sorry, but that strikes me as another hyper-inflated angle story from the NYT! I’m thinking that excellent Nationals starting rotation has a lot more to do with their success than the city they play in. Likewise, the Braves’ resurgence has a lot more to do with the lineup staying in the top 10 in runs scored with the pitchers’ combined ERA suddenly rising to the top 10! The only way you can lose with those two all-important stats in your favor is if you play poor defense, and the Braves and Nats both play good defense.
No human interest, warm fuzzy stories there folks. It’s the simple equation of winning in baseball.
August 4th, 20125:17 pm
DOB – any way to get the organist to play a little “Superman” by REM when Chipper comes to bat once? I am Superman and I can do anything — brian
You should suggest that to him on Twitter. He considers requests from fans. his Twitter name is @bravesorganist
Is it me, or have the blog comments slowed appreciably since yesterday?
August 4th, 20125:18 pm
RIP Whiskey River. Did not know him personally, but read his posts many times. Condolences to his family and friends…
August 4th, 20125:19 pm
For all the hype about British Soccer, when is the last time they wn anything on the International stage????
Like the World Cup or the Olympics?????
I know they won a WC in 66, but when I see tham on the big Itl stage they seem to be a choke team when it counts the most.
And what was that studderstep kick by Sturridge. That cost em in the penalty and he also misses making a key pass late to Ramsey to sset up an opportunity to go up 2-1 late.
Is English soccer overrated or do they just choke up on the big stage.
Soccer belongs to Brazil and Italy. They are the kingpins like the NYY or LA Lakers.
August 4th, 20125:21 pm
Ever Since The Dead Line passed its been dead…..
RIP Whiskey River….Condolences
It has been slower on the blog, I hope people are not bored with winning.
I am not. Love this stretch.
August 4th, 20125:23 pm
Maybe people are watching the Olympics.
Soccer is not boring.
August 4th, 20125:26 pm
So sorry Amber; We thought alot of Whiskey; We know it’s devastating, on you, mom & family. That was too soon, but none of us know how long we have. I want to share this if you don’t mind; A doctor came in & told my aunt marion that she was on borrowed time, she didn’t have long, there was nothing they could do. She was on dialosis, & her blood wasn’t gett’n any better. When he told her, she replied, but Doc, aren’t we all? It was a reply most profound. I know words are inadequate to what you feel right now. We’re be thinking of you & family. I know uncle whiskey still loves you very much. He’s cheering you on now, I know all this is a shock. I am so sorry I didn’t get to respond back sooner, I deeply regret Amber. Nobody or nothin’ can feel that void, he’s irreplaceable. God Love you Amber & family.
August 4th, 20125:28 pm
FW basher’s are really stupid
August 4th, 20125:31 pm
Good read, DOB…We need the bats to get busy and support the pitching performances we’re getting lately (looking at Uggla)…Should be a relatively easy schedule for a bit, time to gain some ground…we face the Nats on the 20th.
Sad to hear about Whiskey River…
I luvs me some Son Volt…
DOWN ON THE FARM
GCL – ORLANDO
Mousekaters throttle the STANKIES with a four-hit shutout, and win 3-0 this morning.
LF JOEY MENSES [.292 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI , 1 BB.
C CARLOS SANCHEZ [.283 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB .
2B K.C. CLABOUGH [.375 BA] 0-3, 1 SF, 1 RBI , 1 SO.
LHSP LUIS MEREJO [4.62 ERA] 4.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 6 SO.
RHS/RP JORGE MONTENEGRO [W 2-2, 5.48 ERA] 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 4 SO.
RHRP MATT KIMBREL [H 1, 6.35 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO.
RHRP MAGS AVENDANO [SV 3, 6.17 ERA[ 1.0 IP, strikes out the side.
August 4th, 20125:33 pm
They are shure rude FW is shrewed
August 4th, 20125:38 pm
Oh @richbrave; sir, thank you for all the info, the trouble, you went out of the way to gather up, this means alot, you & many others educate me alot & it always helps. I’m always learn’in, & what ever you share is beneficial. O’l brude like me gets his hat handed to ‘em alot of times. See Amber, No one sinks lower than me in intellegence, & these friends here help me out constantly. You’re Uncle Whiskey use to help me out w/ some facts & info quite a bit, God rest his soul. He wants you to stay strong & so do we.
August 4th, 20125:41 pm
Amber Girl, I am very sorry for your loss and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Whiskey River.
August 4th, 20125:43 pm
My condolences as well to Whiskey’s family and friends…sad news.
August 4th, 20125:45 pm
August 4th, 20125:46 pm
DOB: I’m for one say I’m very fortunate to read the good articles that you’ve typed & they can’t be matched. Another good read on Maholm, look’n foward to many more about ‘em, he’s a keeper hopefully for a long time. I want to tell you thank you also.
August 4th, 20125:47 pm
Thank you to everyone for their condolences. He loved all of you and called you his friends. If any of you are in the Dallas area, the funeral is Wed. morning at Oakliff First Methodist Church. I have to go to my mother now, but thank you all and God bless you.
August 4th, 20125:48 pm
Kevin McAlpin @KevinMcAlpin
Paul Maholm last faced the Astros June 29th at Wrigley, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout ball. (8.1 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K) #Braves
Good news I guess.
August 4th, 20125:49 pm
Another quality piece from DOB, under the radar great pick up by Wren that will pay dividends down the stretch. Not getting much attention from the national boys but that’s all right, just a matter of time before they take notice….great tune, gotta love some Son Volt, great live show….
August 4th, 20125:50 pm
Maybe next year when the cubs sell we can trade for Viz
August 4th, 20125:58 pm
RIP Whiskey River. You will be missed by all.
August 4th, 20126:03 pm
If you could choose between these two players, both with the same price (contract) and with the same amount of time (say, 5 years) under contract, which one would you guys take, and why?
1. Evan Longoria
2. David Wright
August 4th, 20126:10 pm
you can give me either, they both have a 137OPS+, caint get any closer than that as hitters
Longoria is three years younger and perhaps a touch better fielder.
Longoria by a nose
August 4th, 20126:12 pm
David Wright No Doubt dude reminds me of chipper
August 4th, 20126:15 pm
I tend to lend towards Wright, but Longoria being younger does make him somewhat more appealing.
August 4th, 20126:16 pm
Hello eveyone! Great day to be a Braves Fan! I would hold off on Longoria, and David Wright. Bring up Ed Salcedo, or trade for Headley in the off season. Wright can be injury pron, and high price, and Longoria does have head issues, so I would go cheaper, and better way. Save money……..or move Prado to 3rd, and trade for LF in the Off season.
Wright hits no better and is not quite as good on D, I think y’all are being NL concentric
August 4th, 20126:17 pm
Haha… lean, not lend.
And is it just me, or does Longoria seems to be a bigger impact player than Wright?
Their respective impacts on TB and NY are so different.
August 4th, 20126:18 pm
If not LF trade for Headley, and keep Reed Johnson. Let Diaz go, and try Parrraz.
oh yeah, how could I forget that Salcedo, is gonna be the next superstar third baseman….
August 4th, 20126:19 pm
JC Brave – Too much money,and not healthy……Longoria, and Wright are Red Flags.
like I said, give me either and I’ll be thrilled.
August 4th, 20126:22 pm
We’re in pretty good shape organisation-wide to develop and use what talent we have. At the ML level, we just need to plug the right players into the right spots. There’s no pressing need to push for a trade, unless it’s a monster. We’ll be better of financially too.
August 4th, 2012
Both have been on the DL. alot it seems.
August 4th, 20126:23 pm
By the way, I was looking for some info on Terdoslavich last night, and I came accross this:
But if you really just want to get excited about Joey Terdoslavich than check out these comparisons:
Terdoslavich (205 PA)- .296/.351/.402
Player B (48 PA)- .305/.354/.375
Terdoslavich (85 PA)- .316/.365/.430
Player B (508 PA)- .323/.388/.483
High A Ball
Terdoslavich (536 PA)- .286/.341/.526
Player B (239 PA)- .239/.305/.396
Player B is Jason Heyward.
Is not something to get excited about, nor feel like he’ll be the next big thing after Heyward. But it really looked encouraging… up until the Braves rushed him this year.
we can even paint some blue and some white on all them red flags to show our patriotism….
August 4th, 20126:24 pm
…oh, I found the missing “f”. Here it is, attached to the word it was supposed to be in: off
Longoria has also battled injuries the past few seasons.
August 4th, 20126:28 pm
I’m weary on signing players like Wright, and Longoria. Don’t need injuries, and high contracts. Can do a lot better.
The only diffrence between Venters this year and last year IMO is agressiveness in attacking the strike zone, especially on throwing 1st pitch strikes. I think if Johnny would go back the just being more agressive he would be more successful. The thing that has killed Johnny has been the walks and giving up hits with batters counts such as 2-1, 3-1, and 3-0 counts. If he gets back to being ahead of the hitters then his stuff will be enough to get outs.
August 4th, 20126:29 pm
Bring up Edward Salcedo? lol Hitting .250 with about 25 errors at High A. He won’t be coming up for several years if at all.
Lynchburg does have 3 starting pitchers to take note of though. One has been promoted to AA MS already last week. They also have a SS playing well. Lynchburg won the 1st half and is in 2nd place the 2nd half. Rome, after finishing last in the 1st half, has been bolstered by collegians from the 2012 draft, and currently leads the 2nd half by 4.5 games.
Looks good at the lower levels. Danville is in 2nd place in their division.
August 4th, 20126:30 pm
Wright missed 60 gams last season and is playing full time this year, no red flags that I can see
Longoria missed 30 games last season and has played only 23 so far this year due to severe hammie problems. I guess his flag is at least kinda pink
At least a Joey Terd would be healthy, and younger, and I would rather go with a rookie than a hight priced over the hill player.
I think we should give Juan Francisco have a chance to be the 3rd Baseman next year.
August 4th, 20126:31 pm
J Man – How the hell are you?
August 4th, 20126:32 pm
Yes, it is time to make a change at 2B, but it won’t happen. Wren not willing to just drop his 13.3 mil per year mistake, and Fredi loves him. Special hugs from Fredi and Uggla. Uggla will remain at 2B come hell or 180 ’s, 15 errors, and .210 which is what he is headed for. Throwing arm terrible.
August 4th, 20126:33 pm
whatever, say something new
August 4th, 20126:35 pm
Uggla isn’t here to draw walks……He’s here to hit the long ball. Don’t have a problem with Uggla at all.
August 4th, 20126:37 pm
Wren not willing to just drop his 13.3 mil per year mistake
It was not a Wren mistake. It’s just that Uggla is underperforming. It’s the same story for 1 outta every 3 good players signed by the Braves at some point in their careers.
August 4th, 20126:39 pm
All, have a good one! Talk after game tonight. Don’t like coming on during in it, and only like coming on with a wide lead. Peace my friends, and talk later….”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
August 4th, 20126:40 pm
Merejo looks like someone we need to keep an eye on. Remind me Rich about him MPH on fastball, curve?, changeup?
August 4th, 20126:42 pm
put ages by the stats for the Terd and Heyward then it will be a more fair comparison
August 4th, 20126:43 pm
I do not see the Braves or the CUbs for that matter trading Soriano for Uggla if that is what is implied above
I’m good Ward how you been man.
And your right Uggla isnt paid 13 million bucks to draw walks.
.210 avg is unacceptable
Batting a little over .100 since June with 1 HR is unacceptable.
But if you take away Uglas 30 game hitting streak from last year then Uggla is a sub .200 hitter as a Brave.
Thats a bunch of money going to those numbers.
I not bashing Uggla he plays hard and draws walks and runs the bases well and despite of the Error yesterday he is playing the best defense of his career but your right he is paid to hit.
August 4th, 20126:44 pm
RIP Whiskey River. Baseball has lost a great fan.
bring back blauser
i would like to see what Rev can do at third base. he has a decent bat would like to see if there is a future for him at the hot corner as a replacement for Chipper next year
August 4th, 20126:49 pm
Rev has a weak arm, third is not gonna be a strong position for him most likely
First of all, not a Jordan Schafer fan, in fact, far from it, but how can one write such a scathing review of the guy without including one on Dan Uggla? Why is he not down at Gwinnett getting himself straightened out? Think how much better the Braves would be doing if there was someone in that slot getting hits, not strike outs, walks, and popups.
August 4th, 20126:51 pm
9 mins til game
August 4th, 20126:52 pm
So sorry to hear about Whiskey River’s passing. Prayers and condolences to his friends and family.
August 4th, 20126:56 pm
Uggla is not even gonna sit for any length of time let alone being sent down even if he did have an option left. Talking about it like it is a possibility just shows your ignorance
August 4th, 20126:57 pm
Ok Braves fans let me ask you a question.
When Andrelton Simmons comes back in 2 weeks and if Uggla is still struggling would you let Janish play 2nd Base and move Simmons to play shortstop?
the thing about uggly is that when he comes out of a slump he comes out in a big way
August 4th, 20126:58 pm
sounds like a good idea, but it ain’t gonna happen
@bravesgrl4life; AMEN; bg, he can’t replaced, but I’m sure his niece(ambergirl)will do her best to make him proud. Heard she’s not too shabby of a Braves fan herself.
August 4th, 20126:59 pm
All the talk about Uggla and his slump – has anyone seen what he’s doing in BP? Is he pulling everything then, or working to go to RF/RC more often?
I know DOB is there for every BP – see his photos in twitter, seems like they’d really be working on contact first, then power with Uggla.
August 4th, 20127:01 pm
Salcedo is a long way away, doubt we will see him for another 4 or 5 yrs if ever.
sorry to hear o whiskey river passing. condolences to his famiy and friends
August 4th, 20127:03 pm
There is no comparison between Uggla and Schafer.
Uggla is major league having a miserable two plus months, Schafer has done nothing and has had more opportunities to prove he is a nodody than most players could ever hope to have.
Once he flops with Houston I doubt he gets another MLB chance.
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