Braves quotes after Sunday’s win against Astros

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the 8-2 homestand

“We really played well. The pitchers did a terrific job, starting pitching and the bullpen. Off the top of the my head, there were a bunch of games where we only allowed one or two runs.

“Medlen did a terrific job today. We got him as far as we wanted to. He threw [57] pitches last time and what was it, 80 this time? [79]”

On the game

“It was good all-around. For me a couple of keys in this game were Jonny coming in [with runners at] second and third and getting those guys out, and then Luis [Avilan] coming in and getting Wallace with the strikeout with people on base. And offensively I thought Yonny [Paul Janish] did a terrific job, getting the two runs to add on there. Rossy with the solo home run, it seems like every time we play him he comes up with a big hit or a big blast.”

On Norris

“He was tough. And even last night, Harrell pitched really well. I’m thinking, where has our offense gone, but you look back and you see Norris pitching the way he did, and [Harrell] the night before. They’ve got a decent little pitching staff, for the future anyway.”

On Janish’s two-RBI, two-out hit

“That was the turning point of the game. We were up one-run, it’s a 2-1 game after the wild pitch, and for him to come up and add on was big.”

“And we were able to add on late in the game and not use O’Flaherty or Kimbrel.”

On the homestand, staying with Nationals when they keep winning

“Yeah, we’ve got to keep winning. We’ve got six more games against them, a series there and a series back here. We’ve got to keep winning, keep it there within two games, because it seems like they’re going to keep winning, and they’re pulling out games. I saw the end of last night’s game, the way they won. Sometimes you get in those streaks. But we’ve got to take care of our business and what’s in front of us. Hopefully stay within striking distance, a game or two, and hopefully when we play those guys try to do some damage then.”

On being able to pluy in a guy like Ross and not miss too much with McCann out of lineup

“There not too many teams that can do that in the major leagues. That you take out your fourth hitter or middle-of-the-lineup hitter and stick another guy in there and not lose a beat.”

On Chipper

“He may be the best player I’ve ever seen. And I saw him play, what is he now, 40? I saw him at 39 and 40, and at 34, 35 before that. I didn’t get to see him when he was 23, 24.

“Everything — hits, runs, fields, instincts.”

Laughs. “Maybe we can talk him out of retirement. But he’s got to take serious paycut.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On 8-2 homestand

“I think the difference between us this year and us in the past couple of years is, we’re beating teams we should beat. Obviously they’re big-league teams and they can battle you any given day. But the fact that we’re buckling down and really focusing and beating the teams we feel we should beat is the biggest difference so far. Obviously the Nats are still giving us some trouble, but we’ve just got to keep battling. There’s a lot of games left.”

On throwing a season-high 79 pitches

“I had to mentally kind off make sure I went throug my checklist of my delivery and all that. When you’re feeling energetic early in the game, you don’t really have to think about all that, because you have energy and all that. But toward the end, I got up in pitch count. I battled through it, got a well-placed groundball.”

So you weren’t angry about being replaced at that point?

“Not that I wasn’t angry; or course I want to stay in there and get another groundball, get another double-play ball. It’s the competitor in me – you want to stay in and get outs and go deep in games. Obviously if I had more pitches in whatever pitch count they had for me today, if I’d have had 100 I think I could have gotten through that inning. But it is what it is. The bullpen did a great job today coming in and finishing the sixth and then closing out all the way through the ninth.”

How much fun are you having starting again?

“It’s so much fun. I don’t have the nerves that I had before [when he was a starter in past years]. I feel really confident with Mac and Rossy behind the plate. We execute the gameplan and I think if we do that, we’re going to win games when I pitch. I have that kind of confidence, and the offense is playing real well too.”

Trying to give them something to think about when they have to make a decision on rotation?

“Wherever I am. When Tommy comes back if I go back to the ‘pen, I’m going to help just as much. It hasn’t change my mindset at all. I know the situation. I know what I can do personally, and if there had to be one person on the pitching staff who had to go back and forth, I would pick me. I just think I’m mentally strong enough, and I’ve been through it before. I don’t know. I’m excited and I’m glad we’re winning.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On playing his last game against the Astros

“It’s hard because they were a rival of ours for so long. But to be honest with you, I’m just focused in on what the mission is today. And I didn’t pay it much mind after about the first inning. But now that you guys bring it to my attention, it is a little sad to know that I won’t play the Astros anymore.”

On how he’s playing, and how much lately

“I feel good and I’m swinging the bat well and producing. I think it’s important that I try to be in there as much as possible. I think as we come down the stretch, it’s important to give me some rest before we get to September. Because once we get to September it’s all hands on deck, just like it was last year. We’ll be playing playoff baseball for the last couple or three weeks of the season and it’ll be important that I’m rested up and healthy.”

On winning eight of 10 on the homestand, as he said they needed to beforehand

“It was big. We gained one or two games during this 10-game span. Now it’s important for us to take care of business on the road. Don’t worry about going out and sweeping everybody, just win series. I think if we go 4-2 most of us will be pretty happy with that, especially within the division. If you want to win this division you’ve got to win within this division. We’re doing a lot better job of that lately.”

**DAVID ROSS

On winning eight of 10 and keeping it going

“As soon as you take your foot off the gas, you’re looking at something like last year. So we try to stay focused on each game. This is a good team, a major league team. I know we’re supposed to beat them, but they pitched really good the last two days and we’re lucky to get out of here with a win. We had some guys get key hits and that’s what good teams do.”

On impact of Medlen’s two starts

“It’s humongous. He’s one of my favorite pitchers to catch on the staff, just because of how he commands his pitches and I can call any pitch at any time. He’s a lot of fun to catch. He doesn’t back off at any time. He’s never scared, he’s never afraid to throw any pitch. You call a pitch, he’s going to throw it to the best of his ability. And that’s fun, for a catcher to know that a guy has that much confidence in you to throw what you put down.”

On playing well when McCann’s out of the lineup

“I want to win and I don’t want to let the team down when Mac’s bat’s not in there. He’s been hitting a lot of home runs lately, so it was nice to add one of those for myself. He’s been doing a great job lately. I feel like we win just about every time he catches. It’s my job just to give him a breather on these hot days; I don’t want him losing five pounds on a day like today. So it was nice and he can go get ‘em in Philly.”

On the 8-2 homestand

“That’s huge. We did what we’re supposed to do, but like I said earlier, if you start looking ahead and say we should sweep these guys…you’ve got to play each game alone, by itself, concentrate on each at-bat. If you can bring things down to at-bats, small victories, next thing you know you’re in September with a good record. So that’s what we need to stay focused on, winning at-bats, winning the battle as pitchers and catchers. If you can break it down small, at the end of the year we’ll be really good.”

**PAUL JANISH

On the 8-2 homestand

“Anytime you can go 8-2 it’s good, but at home especially, kind of setting the precedent. We had the Phillies early, then the Marlins, then kind of took care of business with the Astros. So it was good too have a good homestand, now we’ve got a tough road trip, hopefully get that started on the right foot tomorrow.”

You’re in there for your glove, but how nice is it to come through big like you did today with the hit?

“I mean, it’s huge. Obviously my priority is defense and I take a lot of pride in it. But at the same time, especially in circumstances like that, when a [pitcher] is having a good day and we finally get something going, to be able to cash in on it, it’s big for a lot of reasons, emotionally for the team as well.”

On coming aboard with Braves are playing their best ball

“It’s been great. Ever since I’ve been here for the past three weeks, the team’s been playing well. There’s no doubt about it, this time of the year every game is important. It’s been good that the team’s playing well, and hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

29 comments Add your comment

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
6:16 pm

DUMB Amber is #1

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

No, It’s smart sensible Amber, & the Braves won for her, Oh Yeah!

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
6:58 pm

Hello Mr 74braves jersey. DUMB Amber wants to know where you been? I am DUMB Amber for 2 reasons. I don’t know enough about my Braves. Second: I broke up with boyfriend because he wanted what I wasn’t ready for. Also trying to move on from everything but it is HARD. That is why I am DUMB Amber.

kmarshall 4

August 5th, 2012
7:16 pm

sounds like smart amber and dumb boyfriend anyways go braves lets go keep the pressure on dc love janish but ready for my boy simmons to get back hurry back andy

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
7:18 pm

Ok, back on this post, see I go to different ones Amber, but you did right by the boyfriend deal, keep you’re standards, for marriage, which hopefully no time soon. You got you’re whole life ahead of ya. Hang in there, pray for you’re future husband, God knows that special person for ya.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
7:19 pm

@Mr kmarshall Thank you for compliment.

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
7:22 pm

You said it kmarshall 4; can’t wait for Big “A” to get back, & I believe it should be set in stone for Janish to be our backup/utility.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
7:22 pm

@Mr 74bravesjersey I am only 13. I wasn’t ready. It bothers me that I hurt his feelings. Then with the loss yesterday. IT is Hard to move on. I am trying but it is HARD

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
7:28 pm

You’re whole life ahead of ya, Time heals; I gotta run. sorry, keep you’re chin up. I’ll holler later.

kmarshall 4

August 5th, 2012
7:41 pm

no doubt 74 love janish let wilson go , and yor welcome amber i echo what 74 said.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
7:45 pm

@Mr kmarshall Thank you but still hard to cope. Got to go help mom. Luv Y’all Later Go Braves!!!

LobWedge

August 5th, 2012
8:18 pm

DOB: Gee Dan when you were standing up there at the plate with your HUGE Popeye arms, the big chaw of tobacco sticking out of your un-shaven face and wiffing at all those pitches did it feel, to you, like your swing was finally coming around?

Uggla: Absolutely!!! I had some pretty good HACKS today. I think if I can get into the weight room and work on my Pecs, Bis and Tris I will be right where I want to be. Maybe then FG will move me back up in the line up where I can really help this team LOSE a lot of games. OH wait!!! Did I say lose?

Ok so much for me attempt at humor. A good win today I thought Medlen looked good and happy to have him in the rotation and I really like the way our rotations looks right now. I am not sure what will happen when JJ and Hanson come of the DL but if anyone in mangament wants some suggestions all they have to is give me a call. Also I am ready to jump on the “Bring Chipper back for one more year” bandwagon. I would love to see him go out on a high note but what do you have lined up to replace him?

Now back to Uggla. I have to admit that when Atl signed him I thought it was the best move we had made in years. An average defender but a legit home run threat. Seems I was sadly mistaken. I am not sure who is making the call to run him out there everyday, FG or FW but if we are going to have a chance to overtake the Nats he is going to have to sit for awhile. At the very least he needs to sit against RHPs

Lobosolo

August 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

LobWedge, careful, or you’ll slip into the armchair abyss… the front office isn’t listenimg to you… don’t think of the team as “we” if you can’t live and die with them… there is no crying in baseball…. you can’t win them all…. name me one game Uggla has lost… baseball takes patience, don’t be a p-rick… there is no crying in baseball…. there is no crying in baseball…. there is no crying in baseball…

LobWedge

August 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

@ Lobosolo umm what?

milo

August 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

Freddi G just had to make it about money didnt he? “He will have to take a serious paycut”. Am i wrong saying that Chipper is still the best overall player on the team? Why should he have to take a paycut? Because of the number of games he plays? I can buy that but he should make the most money on this team for a one year deal. He is going to retire though so it dont matter.

jose wales

August 5th, 2012
9:43 pm

Rossy with the solo home run, it seems like every time we play him he comes up with a big hit or a big blast.”

Then why don’t you give him more playing time, especially against lefties?

Ralph

August 5th, 2012
9:46 pm

I hate to see Hanson come back to be honest with Chris doing what we all knew he could do all season long, they will send jj down unless a couple of guys get hurt.

Buddy Landel

August 5th, 2012
10:02 pm

The first 10 posts in this thread are hilarious. 74 and kmarshall = gullible.

Laughing out Loud

August 5th, 2012
10:16 pm

Baseball is a TEAM game. Over the long season no one player wins them all nor does one player lose them all. I’m glad FW knows how to put together a TEAM that can win and that FG knows how to manage the TEAM built to win. Braves are quite a team, fun to watch and greater fun to see them win, but no team wins all the games. Great win today to keep the pressure on the Nationals. I’m expecting Braves to win the post season, but will not kill them if they disappoint. Go Braves!

Laughing out Loud

August 5th, 2012
10:19 pm

BTW for all the haters and naysayers out there who know more than the Braves management and leadership, why don’t you have their jobs or similiar jobs with another team? Yea, I thought so, you just think you know it all, you don’t have the balls to have the real thing.

xixifenigen

August 5th, 2012
10:36 pm

So, realistically, what is going to happen when both Simmons and Wilson return from the DL? Obviously Simmons is the starter, and Janish is, in my opinion, our second best option at SS…and I wouldn’t scoff at having him full time either, regardless of his bat. But we can’t have four SS on the bench with Pastornicky, Simmons, Wilson and Janish. Who are the two odd men out?

TONETONE

August 6th, 2012
12:41 am

XIXIFENIGRN…………Good comment. I never thought about that. Very good for bringing
that up! One would think, that PASTORNICKY AND WILSON

Nevada Roy

August 6th, 2012
1:10 am

Keep Janish! Release Wilson.

YoungerThan ThatNow

August 6th, 2012
1:23 am

Well IMO, when Wilson returns… probably before Simmons is ready… Janish will remain the starter, Wilson the back-up and Pastor will head back to Gwinnett. Then when Simmons returns, which will probably be very close to September 1st when rosters can expand, he returns to starter with Janish the back-up, and Wilson still around for the remainder of the season as an infield back-up. They could release Wilson, but the Braves don’t usually do that with contract left, and since the roster situation won’t be a factor by that time. Next season, Simmons is the starter and Janish the very good defensive back-up. Pastor should work hard at being a utility guy and playing several positions, but I honestly believe that he’ll be traded this off-season. IMO, he’s not a MLB shortstop… maybe a utility guy playing several positions… because Simmons has very capably shown the vast difference in Pastornicky and what a major league shortstop should be able to do, and Simmons does them all with relative ease.

Just my opinion… GO BRAVES!

Buddy Landel

August 6th, 2012
6:17 am

‘amber girl”, “molly mo”, etc- Do you have a link to the passing of ‘whiskey river”? I looked at the Dallas obits and even looked at a link for Oak Cliff UMC in Dallas and saw no mention of a funeral there on Wednesday. Also, there was no mention of a former law enforcement officer in Dallas the past few days in the obits. Please provide a link. I’m sure some people on DOB’s blog may be interested.

O'flarity's water bottle

August 6th, 2012
10:20 am

If Uggla gets hot next month and the playoffs, carriers the team to a championship, he we be a saint. We ALL know he is streaky. The weird part of this is he is walking and not striking out alot.So its a walk or a strikeout, ill take the walk. ;-)

Andrew

August 6th, 2012
10:40 am

I agree O. The problem is that the Nats are so lucky they don’t lose.

The Brave Californian

August 6th, 2012
12:37 pm

Regarding Uggla: On Base Percentage (OBP) is a frail and misleading stat. Here’s why: Suppose a hitter comes to the plate with runners in scoring position. He walks. Unless the bases are loaded, he has not gotten a run over, he has just “passed the baton” to the player behind him. Now suppose the player behind him then strikes out, or pops up, or otherwise fails to cash those runners in. How has the first player helped the team? A walk is manifestly NOT as good as a hit with RISP!

Andrew

August 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

Uggla will get hot. Be patient.

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