This time, no hurricane headed toward New York

NEW YORK – So my flight lands at LaGuardia at 10:50 a.m., just before the heavy rains are supposed to hit. Already there were flights being cancelled out of LaGuardia and all other New York airports, so there were unhappy folks lined up at the ticket counters trying to re-book for tomorrow, etc.

Jason Heyward and the Braves are hitting on all cylinders as they prepare to open a series against the Mets in rainy New York.

Jason Heyward and the Braves are hitting on all cylinders as they prepare to open a series against the Mets in rainy New York.

I get in my cab and head to my hotel in Manhattan, and halfway there, as the skies continue to darken, I realize I should probably just check in, drop off my bags and get back out to Citi Field (which is practically across the street from LaGuardia, by the way) to write my blog, instead of waiting for the heavy rains to start and either having to trudge through that to Grand Central or get a cab and fight snarled traffic.

In other words, I’m being prudent, trying to play it smart.

That’s the last time I’ll do that.

A quick synopsis of the 90 minutes that ensued, once I’d checked into my hotel.

By the time I get down to the lobby it’s begun raining. I pull out the umbrella and walk – at a brisk pace — the eight blocks from my hotel down Lexington Ave. to Grand Central to catch the 7 train. By the time I get inside and take the three flights of stairs down to the 7 train platform, I’m sweating pretty severely. Very humid here today, as you might imagine. Three times as humid in the station, as those who’ve been there in the summer can attest.

No worries. I figure I’ll get the 7 Express and be at Citi Field by 12:30 or so.

Only I’d forgotten there are no Express trains that early. So I get on the regular (local) 7 train, and prepare to make a lot of stops.

Only we never start.

After a few minutes, I’m sweating like someone who is on that train to do bad things, like someone who is running from something or preparing to do something that I will need to run from. I look alarming. And the train is packed, so I can’t sit and put my heavy backpack on my feet or in my lap.

Five minutes later, I’m wondering why we haven’t moved. The train conductor person makes an announcement, but this being the 7 Train in New York – if you’ve been on it, you know – the speakers are so bad and/or the person so unmotivated to make the announcement, you can’t hear even one word of what he or she said. Neither could any of the folks around me.

Ten minutes pass. I look like Aaron sweating buckets in the movie Broadcast News. Basically, like I’ve just got out of the shower or just run a few miles.

Finally, after another five minutes, an announcement is made from outside the train, by a person walking from door to door to let us know there is a stalled train in front of ours and they hope to be able to move it. Five minutes later, they start telling us alternate trains and routes we might want to take just in case….

By now, my shirt wringing wet, my patience long since exhausted, I escape from the crowded car, climb three flights of stairs back up to ground level, and go out on Lex to get a cab. Fortunately, I don’t wait long despite the weather and the hordes of folks doing same.

My cabbie, being a veteran of such battles, sees a traffic snarl before the Grand Central Expressway and takes surface streets or some such route to avoid it. Next thing I know, we’re passing LaGuardia and approaching Citi Field. We pull up to the usual media/players entrance, I pay the man for a job well done (I’ve now dried off with the second shirt I had with me), and I go to the doorway at the media gate.

And it’s locked.

After shouting for a few minutes, I get the attention of a security person who tells me she can’t let me in until someone comes down to open the press gate closer to 2 p.m. It’s 1:30. I’m standing outside the stadium, alone in the rain, wondering where this day will rank among the travel nightmares not associated with a cancelled flight.

After getting through to the PR office, mercifully a nice lady comes down and lets me in.

And after a stop at the restroom for some paper towels to dry off, your correspondent is at his seat in a still-empty pressbox (save for one Mets writer who just walked in), watching the groundscrew squeegee off the tarp and wondering if we might actually get this thing in.

And whether my shirt will be dry before the first pitch if we do.

Hey, could’be been a lot worse. Flight could’ve been cancelled.

Or I could have been on the 7 Train with John Rocker.

Déjà vu: Remember the last time the Braves were in New York for a weekend series against the Mets with a big storm approaching? Of course you do.

It was a bit of a similar feeling today when I landed as it was almost a year ago, Aug. 26, 2011, when we flew from Chicago to New York after a series against the Cubs, with a hurricane bearing down on New York City but the Mets and/or MLB not ready to cancel the series unless and until they had to.

So after we writers – Mark Bowman and myself – got to town on Friday morning, we immediately started hearing from various sources that the Sunday game would be cancelled, and a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday but starting at noon or 1 p.m., with the regularly scheduled Saturday night game instead starting 30 minutes after the early game.

In other words, they wanted to try to get the whole series in and get the Braves out of town before the hurricane arrived sometime after midnight Saturday and mostly likely not till Sunday morning.

But that situation was fluid, to say the least. Plans changed seemingly by the hour. Rumors flew. First I heard that instead of Friday night game and a Saturday doubleheader, they’d just play Friday night and one game Saturday, start the Saturday game early, then get out of town.

That all changed when the city announced it was shutting down the subway system Saturday afternoon in advance of the hurricane. Baseball’s best-laid plans were crushed, because they couldn’t play a game in New York without the subway running. There’d be chaos. Besides, virtually every other event scheduled for Saturday or Sunday had already been cancelled.

So on Friday afternoon, the announcement was made: The Braves and Mets would play one game Friday night, and that was it. Many of the Braves and coaches had already left their hotel headed to the ballpark before they heard the change in plans. A few were already at the ballpark working out.

7TrainWhat ensued was something I’ve never seen before or expect to see again. Braves players and coaches, after arriving at the ballpark, were told they needed to go back to the hotel and pack their things, check out, because the team charter would be leaving after the Friday night game since the rest of the series had been called due to the approaching storm and the city-wide shutdown that was taking place (these folks were convinced this hurricane was going to be the rare one that actually hit the city, and that there might be devastating results when it did).

Derek Lowe and Brandon Beachy, who had already started their workout when they found out about the change in plans, stayed in their workout clothes, including Braves shorts and shirts, and went back to the team hotel, the Grand Hyatt, and walked through the lobby and to their rooms to get their stuff. Imagine the looks of disbelief on some Braves fans in the lobby when Lowe, in Braves shorts and T-shirt with a sports jacket over the ensemble, strode through the lobby pulling his suitcase as they headed out to get a car back to the ballpark.

Maholm makes his second Braves start in Friday's series opener at New York.

Maholm makes his second Braves start in Friday's series opener at New York.

Instead of spending the afternoon going through their usual routine in preparation for a game, Braves players spent an extra 60-90 minutes getting back to the team hotel in Manhattan by any means necessary. Mostly, they cabbed back. From Queens into Manhattan, and then back to Queens. On a Friday afternoon. In NYC traffic.

No way to prep for a game, obviously.

That night, Mets lefty Chris Capuano tossed a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. The Mets beat the Braves 6-0 to cap one of the oddest Braves days in recent memory.

The rest of the series was cancelled, so the Braves had three days off (including an already scheduled Monday off day in the schedule). Three days off in the middle of a playoff race, at a time when the Braves were playing well.

Braves GM Frank Wren was and remains convinced the Braves lost their edge during that weird three-day layoff, and that for whatever reason they never could regain it.

One thing is absolutely certain: They were not the same team after that.

The Braves had gone 16-5 with a 3.20 ERA, .262 team batting average and 104 runs in the 21 games before that shutout loss to Capuano.

Beginning with that loss, they went 10-20 with a 4.31 ERA, .228 average and 92 runs in 30 games the rest of the way, blowing a 10-1/2 game wild-card lead along the way and missing the playoffs after an excruciating, 13-inning loss to Philly on the final night of the season.

Well, there’s no hurricane headed our way this time. And don’t worry, even if tonight’s game is delayed by rain — right now it’s actually sunny, at 3:20 p.m., but more rain could come tonight — it looks like things will be cleared up by tomorrow afternoon. We should be able to get all three of these games in.

The Mets, by the way, snapped a nine-game home losing skid on Thursday behind a strong performance from R.A. Dickey. They went exactly one month without winning at home, going 0-9 with a 6.56 ERA and only 22 runs scored in those nine games at Citi Field.

As for the Braves, they are 22-8 with a 3.00 ERA, 31 homers and 148 runs in 30 games since July 5, including 12-3 with a 1.88 ERA since July 24.

Problem is, the Nationals aren’t cooling off. They are 22-11 since July 5 and 13-4 since July 24, meaning the Braves have gained just 1-1/2 games on then since July 5 and essentially no games on them during Atlanta’s 12-3 stretch (the Nats are 13-4 in that period).

But as I said a while back, as long as the Braves take care of their own business, they’ll either win the division or get pulled into one of the wild-card spots by staying with or just behind the Nationals. The division is far more preferable, though, given the new rules that require the two wild-card teams in each league to square off in a one-game, do-or-die game before the winner actually gets to play a playoff series.

• Uggs out of epic slump? In case you haven’t heard, Dan Uggla leads the Braves with eight RBIs in August. Eight in seven games.

Uggla has hit .297 with six extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and an .840 OPS in his past 10 games, after hitting .110 – yes, .110 — with four extra-base hits, 9 RBIs and a .461 OPS in his previous 42 games.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Chipper 3B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Ross C
  8. Janish SS
  9. Maholm LH

Braves revamped lineup (after Chipper scratched)

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Freeman 1B
  5. Uggla 2B
  6. Francisco 3B
  7. Ross C
  8. Janish SS
  9. Maholm P

• Etc.

Brian McCann is out of Braves lineup with lingering soreness in his throwing shoulder. Had a cortisone shot after Tuesday’s game and expected to play today, but could still feel the medicine in there. He plans to play tomorrow. Check for new blog about that before gametime, as well as something about Chipper Jones‘ sore back that led to his late scratch….

Backup third baseman Juan Francisco 11-for-22 with two doubles, two homers, eight RBIs in past 12 games, including 10-for-16 with two homers and six RBIs in five games when he batted more than once….

Braves with Sub-1.00 ERAs since All-Star break: Jonny Venters, Cory Gearrin, Chad Durbin, Craig Kimbrel, Eric O’Flaherty. And Braves with sub 2.00 ERA since the break – Kris Medlen, Ben Sheets, Mike Minor….

Atlanta’s bullpen has whittled its ERA to 3.08, third in NL….

The Braves are 18-8 with league-best 3.18 ERA since the break….

Braves hitters lead the NL with 389 walks, ahead of the Cardinals (380).

• OK, let’s close with a not-overplayed gem from the Rolling Stones, which you can hear by clicking here.

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“I AM WAITING” by the Rolling Stones (Jagger, Richards)

I am waiting, I am waiting (all year, all year)
I am waiting, I am waiting (all year, all year)
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

You can’t hold out, you can’t hold out
all year, all year
You can’t hold out, you can’t hold out
all year, all year
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

See it come along and
don’t know where it’s from
Oh, yes you will find out

Well, it happens all the time
It’s censored from our minds
You’ll find out

Slow or fast, slow or fast
all year, all year
End at last, end at last
all year, all year
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere
Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

– by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

930 comments Add your comment

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:38 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Fun day for you…

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:38 pm

First

Not a good sign, McCann not in starting lineup after two days off…..

TheOnlyBravesFan
August 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

Maybe give Mac some DL time? They say he needs just 1 more day, but he’s been messing with that shoulder for months…

Please BMac, get healthy.

Ward

August 10th, 2012
3:39 pm

Mac, Don’t get hurt too much! The DL list is finding you a lot the last couple of years.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:41 pm

It’s 3:41—GIVE, Fredi!!…

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:41 pm

Sorry Chief, you had a bad day… And you probably “don’t” even need to go. I’d be very surprised if the game is played tonight.

Pace

August 10th, 2012
3:42 pm

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:41 pm

It’s 3:41—GIVE, Fredi!!…

********

Patience Grasshopper – takes a minute to talk to Fredi and then tweet the answer. :)

DiamondbackMac

August 10th, 2012
3:43 pm

McFann

8 minutes is only a tiny piece of a lifetime.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:43 pm

Fredi needs to be fired… it’s taking too long. Also, Bmac wasn’t hurt as often with Bobby as he is now… :roll:

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:43 pm

Pace

I know…I’m sorry…Patience has never been my thing…

DAM

August 10th, 2012
3:44 pm

TOBF, I’ll be mildly surprised if they don’t find a way to get this game in.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:44 pm

DBackMac

True that…So why does it take so freaking long??…

;)

Al

August 10th, 2012
3:45 pm

I wore out just reading that. Hang in there DOB!!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:46 pm

……I don’t like this. It’s taking too long for Fredi to explain…

Pace

August 10th, 2012
3:48 pm

BMac slept on one of those lousy mattresses Chipper complained about in his tweet – shoulder spasms??? :)

VP

August 10th, 2012
3:48 pm

Sunny right now in Staten Island. Latest weather report make it sound like lingering rain. Should be able to get the game in.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:48 pm

DOB will tweet it out soon, I’m sure. Not like he’s crippled or something. He’ll be fine :)

Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin
Brian McCann got a cortisone shot in his right shouler Tues…Fredi says he just needs one more day.

Ward

August 10th, 2012
3:48 pm

Let get our hit men going, and then take out some Nats……..The tides will turn.

P-Town Brave ©

August 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

OK….so I just have one question…..

Why the hell are you staying in Manhattan if you’re coming from LaGuardia and going to be at Citi Field all weekend?!

That doesn’t seem too brilliant.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin
Brian McCann got a cortisone shot in his right shouler Tues…Fredi says he just needs one more day.

I knew one of those had to be coming…GET WELL SOON, BMac!!

Josh

August 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

Wow you’ve have a bad day DOB

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:51 pm

Must have gotten it after the game Tuesday, ’cause he played that day…

Didn’t think those shots took that long to work, though…

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:51 pm

Kevin McAlpin is Fast….

Got it from him first above…

Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin
McCanns right shoulder doesn’t hurt to throw…the pain is more during swinging. He’s available to pinch hit & should be in lineup Saturday

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
McCann received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on Tuesday. Just needs one more day for the medicine to settle.

David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves
#Braves aren’t concerned about McCann, something he’s dealt w/ for weeks. It’s throwing shoulder but only hurts when he reaches w/ bat.

He’s dealt with it for weeks… :?

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:52 pm

David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves
#Braves aren’t concerned about McCann, something he’s dealt w/ for weeks. It’s throwing shoulder but only hurts when he reaches w/ bat.

They’re never concerned until it’s too late… :roll: (ITS)

And I was right! It was the reaching that was killing it…

MFin04

August 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

“Please BMac, get healthy.”

He hasn’t really produced when healthy this year anyways…maybe we want him to get unhealthy? ;)

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

Wonder if Ace and the DOB bashers will back off from attacking him tonight…

Ward

August 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

Well, at least Mac, wont have to worry about hitting into the Shift tonight. All, have a good one! We need this sereis….. Peace my friends, and talk later tonight, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!” Let’s beat the Muts…….

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

TOBF He’s dealt with it for weeks…

He certainly has been…but they wouldn’t tell us, even though it was—ahem—painfully obvious…

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:55 pm

Not freaking concerned??? He’s better than me

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
McCann has been battling some shoulder discomfort for a couple months. He is not concerned about it.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:57 pm

Sunny right now in Staten Island. Latest weather report make it sound like lingering rain. Should be able to get the game in.

Maybe, but according to my weather models (aspiring meteorologist here) it might rain around 6pm and again between 8-10. Keeping in mind that these are just models…. it still doesn’t look good. But who knows, we always could get it in.

TennesseePaul

August 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .231 .318 .333 0.652 .298 ___75
Prado__ .216 .326 .297 0.623 .313 ___68
Heyward .250 .308 .389 0.697 .307 ___87
Chipper .333 .459 .567 1.026 .406 __175
Freeman .313 .421 .406 0.827 .377 __122
Uggla__ .294 .368 .441 0.810 .358 __117
Ross___ .258 .378 .548 0.927 .421 __148
Janish_ .219 .265 .281 0.546 .248 ___47
Maholm_ .105 .150 .263 0.413 .162 ___10

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
McCann’s shoulder does not bother him when he is throwing. Occasionally bites when he swings

Don’t bite the man that feeds you, shoulder!!! Wonder if this is the reason for his low AB, he’s changed his swing to compensate?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
3:59 pm

Nice to see a good L9S9 from Uggla… he’s 3rd on the lineup!!!!

DAP

August 10th, 2012
4:00 pm

DOB, sounds like a nightmare. thanks for cranking out the blog.

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:03 pm

Double-A Mississippi Catcher Christian Bethancourt was hit in the hand by a pitch last night and is now in a cast. It was his non-throwing hand(left) – not sure of the extent of the injury, but with the season ending in about three weeks, it’s safe to say he’s out for the season and part of instructs, I’d guess.

phil

August 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

Excuses, excuses, excuses….

We’ve got one at the ready. Just name the player.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

That sucks for Bethancourt… he needs every game possible to be able to replace BMac in 2014 ;)

Mixxo

August 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

I like Rossy in there tonight anyway.

It’s all good.

thetalkingmonkey

August 10th, 2012
4:06 pm

I do not trust this team in a wildcard game.

Arkansas Transplant

August 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

It would be nice to get them one in tonight, don’t want to do this in a doubleheader. It’d also be nice to us start another 7 game wining streak tonight.

Fish Bisch

August 10th, 2012
4:08 pm

Mccann needs TJ surgery. Ouch.

cricket

August 10th, 2012
4:09 pm

Why the hell are you staying in Manhattan if you’re coming from LaGuardia and going to be at Citi Field all weekend?!

had same question..

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

I like Rossy in there tonight anyway.

I like Rossy getting starts too…. but not for the same reason you do.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

Mccann needs TJ surgery. Ouch.

Good thing I already knew the real story…

another aNiMaL

August 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

Ok, its official. B-Mac has me in a state of Fantasy Baseball confusion. Tired of checking every single day to see if he’s playing or not, if its a day game after a night game or if he has a fart backed up to his gullet or what…

Lots of days I’m busy and forget to change my catcher and get stuck with 0 stats for the day. My only option is Jesus Montero. He isn’t exactly B-Mac but I’m thinking at this point it might be better than having a blank catcher.

Luckily my OF is Heyward, McCutchen, and Stanton with Trumbo and Ethier at utility..

Ward

August 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

Back for one post, Lakers got Dwight Howard, in a four team deal, and now the Lakers have their fab four…….Peace Out, and talk later tonight! “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

brian

August 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

I guess I won’t joke about McCann not being in the lineup due to pending trade…………McFann may shoot me

SnakeFish

August 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

I was at that Friday pre-hurricane game last year. What a strange couple of days to be in NYC for the first time.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Yeah, with BMac not playing tonight, I have no catcher to start… Thanks Ruiz for getting hurt :roll:

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

August 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Time to put an azz whupping on the Metro’s.

TennesseePaul

August 10th, 2012
4:18 pm

Mayans don’t have leap year. Calculate it back to the beginning of their tun correctly and the end of the world landed right on the same weekend DOB’s story just retraced. Coincidence? I think not.

Veer

August 10th, 2012
4:18 pm

Why the hell are you staying in Manhattan if you’re coming from LaGuardia and going to be at Citi Field all weekend?!

I heard better hookers in that area I bet that is the reason for his action.

Pace

August 10th, 2012
4:18 pm

So – BMac and Chipper both sitting out tonite? I bet they hate travelling to NYC

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:19 pm

Evan Gattis, Christian Bethancourt and Matt Lipka all hit with significant injuries this year.

TennesseePaul

August 10th, 2012
4:19 pm

180 IP… for the longest time I’d heard 160… now 180… Thinking maybe the pennant race is getting to them.

TennesseePaul

August 10th, 2012
4:20 pm

Evan Gattis, Christian Bethancourt and Matt Lipka all hit with significant injuries this year.

It would have to be significant to take down Gattis. To mortals it is classified as dismemberment; to Gattis it is merely a flesh wound.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:20 pm

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
Chipper has been removed from tonight’s lineup because of a tight back. Francisco will play third.

Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin
Chipper Jones has some back tightness. Juan Francisco to start for the #Braves

David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves
Not the first time the beds in this NYC hotel have left #Braves Chipper Jones with sore back or spasms. Seems almost annual thing.

Wow, that tweet last night was serious…. was worried last night, gotta admit.

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

ncbravesfan90

August 10th, 2012
4:22 pm

Well we have the best bench in baseball tonight, no doubt about that….

DAP

August 10th, 2012
4:23 pm

10paul 180 IP… for the longest time I’d heard 160… now 180… Thinking maybe the pennant race is getting to them.

maybe its 160 regular season, 20 in the post season.

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
Chipper has been removed from tonight’s lineup because of a tight back. Francisco will play third.

well, crap.

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:23 pm

To mortals it is classified as dismemberment; to Gattis it is merely a flesh wound.

Hah! Gattis in LF for 2013!

P-Town Brave ©

August 10th, 2012
4:24 pm

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS (SO TO SPEAK)

Not a great way to start off a trip to NYC :-(

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:25 pm

Damn. No Chipper. No McCann.

Venice Jim

August 10th, 2012
4:25 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
New lineup, Bourn 8 Prado 7 Heyward 9 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Francisco 5 Ross 2 Janish 6 Maholm 1

Sowega Fanatic

August 10th, 2012
4:26 pm

Fish Bisch

August 10th, 2012
4:08 pm

Mccann needs TJ surgery. Ouch.
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On his shoulder?

phil

August 10th, 2012
4:26 pm

A tight back…sigh.

And did I see a post that Mac needed TJ surgery? The level of stupidity here just grows unabated…

ncbravesfan90

August 10th, 2012
4:27 pm

Dang now our lineup is starting to make the Mets lineup look pretty good..

TennesseePaul

August 10th, 2012
4:27 pm

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .231 .318 .333 0.652 .298 ___75
Prado__ .216 .326 .297 0.623 .313 ___68
Heyward .250 .308 .389 0.697 .307 ___87
Freeman .313 .421 .406 0.827 .377 __122
Uggla__ .294 .368 .441 0.810 .358 __117
Francis .433 .500 .833 1.333 .509 __256
Ross___ .258 .378 .548 0.927 .421 __148
Janish_ .219 .265 .281 0.546 .248 ___47
Maholm_ .105 .150 .263 0.413 .162 ___10

phil

August 10th, 2012
4:27 pm

Do we ever consider staying in a different damn hotel? What is it with this bunch?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

Uggla gets to hit 5th… YEAH! He’s earned it lately. He’s getting better, and getting higher in the order helps.

Especially hitting in front of Juan since the other pitcher knows that they can throw 3 “balls” and get Juan out with a K :)

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:33 pm

https://twitter.com/mlbbowman/status/234023518071816193/photo/1

Look at the top right… All letter Lowe :)

Gotta say, while we always have a chance, having a Chipperless and Bmacless lineup isn’t very inspiring…

Fish Bisch

August 10th, 2012
4:33 pm

Chipper jones should sue the Westin. Now he needs surgery on his back spasm :(

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

August 10th, 2012
4:33 pm

When it rains,it pours. DOB has an adventure from hell, then both Chipper and Mac are out of the line up. Not the way any of us wanted our Braves to start their weekend in New York.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

August 10th, 2012
4:35 pm

It’s a conspiracy…..

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 10th, 2012
4:36 pm

In now way is this related to what happened last year. No way!

No need to get freaked out about another collapse…

Runner-

August 10th, 2012
4:37 pm

There’s still people on this forum?? It’s football season!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
4:38 pm

Wow. Just remembered we have four games with the Padres at home Monday-Thursday next week. Hope we crush them.

P-Town Brave ©

August 10th, 2012
4:40 pm

Once again bringing me back to why the hell DOB would stay in Manhattan when it’d be much easier to stay 10 min from the ballpark and close to LGA…..

That is his own fault…..(no offense)

P-Town Brave ©

August 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

Efrim -

Once again, if this team is serious about overtaking the Nats, they need to go 6-1 against the Pads and Dodgers in the homestand.

DiamondbackMac

August 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

DOB

Maybe someone put a pea under Chipper’s mattress.

richbrave

August 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM

GCL – ORLANDO

PIRATES stomp BRAVES 7-1 on a four-hitter.

RF JOEY MENSES [.292 BA] 2-4, 1 SO.

C CARLOS SANCHEZ [.267 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB.

3B SETH MORADA [.244 BA] 1-3, 1 RBI [5], 1 SO, 1 E [10, fielding].

RHSP ROBERTO ‘Bob’ ESTRELLA ‘Star’ [L 1-4, 7.24 ERA] 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

RHRP JORGE MONTENEGRO [4.78 ERA] 3.1 IP, 3 H, zeros, 1 BB, 5 SO.

Nice middle relief effort.

RHRP MAGDIEL AVENDANO [5.54 ERA] 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.

LHRP ELVIN GARCIA [4.79 ERA] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

nolie

August 10th, 2012
4:49 pm

Poor ol’ Hanson. lost a little velocity and Efrim is trying to trade him every day :?

Danga

August 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

Once again, if this team is serious about overtaking the Nats, they need to go 6-1 against the Pads and Dodgers in the homestand.

I dunno…Still plenty of ball to be played including a game or two against the Nats themselves. Just can’t tell what will happen. I personally believe the Nats still have 1 good slump in them.

Mixxo

August 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

richbrave

August 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

phil
August 10th, 2012
4:27 pm

“…….Do we ever consider staying in a different damn hotel? What is it with this bunch?…….”

Have to be a bit circumspect in N.Y. about accomodations. My grandsons are staying in the TEANECK, N.J. area, negotiating the GW [$24.00 tolls round-trip], and spending several hours in the traffic going into the BRONX, and on the way home after the Thursday evening game. You just can’t be certain of what you’ll find parked in the morning if you stay in the BRONX. Same with parts of QUEENS County [CITI Field].

thetalkingmonkey

August 10th, 2012
5:13 pm

So is Medlen going back to bullpen?

Carl Farvman

August 10th, 2012
5:15 pm

I don’t even know what to say about this nonsensical banter……..wow.

Efrim

August 10th, 2012
5:16 pm

Poor ol’ Hanson. lost a little velocity and Efrim is trying to trade him every day

Just livin the dream, noles. Not sure what that means but just take it as is. ;)

Seriously, I’m okay with him in the rotation next year. I just hope it’s with James Shields at the front of it.

southern hope

August 10th, 2012
5:16 pm

“After a few minutes, I’m sweating like someone who is on that train to do bad things, like someone who is running from something or preparing to do something that I will need to run from.” LOL. Your bad day made my day. (though you have my sympathy!)

nolie

August 10th, 2012
5:16 pm

scoots, you still around?

David O'Brien

August 10th, 2012
5:19 pm

Braves revamped lineup (after Chipper scratched due to sore back (which has happened several times when he’s slept on the beds at the Grand Hyatt in NYC)

Bourn cf, Prado lf, Heyward rf, Freeman 1b, Uggla 2b, Francisco 3b, Ross c, Janish ss, Maholm p

David O'Brien

August 10th, 2012
5:21 pm

McCann said the sore shoulder, which has bothered him for about two months, made him hesitant on some swings. Got cortisone shot after Tuesday’s game, planned to play today but could still feel the medicine in there. He’ll plan on playing tomorrow, and Chipper also hopes to play next two days against lefties.

David O'Brien

August 10th, 2012
5:23 pm

Once again bringing me back to why the hell DOB would stay in Manhattan when it’d be much easier to stay 10 min from the ballpark and close to LGA….. — P-Town Brave

If you don’t know why anyone would prefer to stay in Manhattan over the airport/industrial section of Queens, well….

P-Town Brave ©

August 10th, 2012
5:24 pm

Look at it this way Danga….they have played at over .600 ball for the season so far…..IF they slumped enough to play .500 the last 50 games and went 25-25, the Braves would still have to go 31-20 to jump them in standings….

And given their schedule remaining, the Nats are more than likely not going to even be that average.

I think the Braves need to go 34-17 to even have a shot at the division, and I’m just not sure I see that happening….

Barring a massive team hot streak offensively and favorable SP matchups when EVERY team plays Washington, the Braves work is cut out for them.

Anders

August 10th, 2012
5:24 pm

Braves GM Frank Wren was and remains convinced the Braves lost their edge during that weird three-day layoff, and that for whatever reason they never could regain it.
One thing is absolutely certain: They were not the same team after that.(DOB’s Blog)

Are you guys really blaming the epic collapse on the weather? I need to get my August 2008 and 2009 weather charts out. I hadn’t even thought to look at that before today {:

Welcome back to NY DOB. Your train story is classic. Having been through it I could feel that sweat you were describing while waiting down there. Shirt soaked and beads of it all over your head with no where to go. And you were kind enough to leave out the sweat we don’t discuss on a public blog.

P-Town Brave ©

August 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

DOB-

But from someone who is from all accounts hardly going to be in the room, what the hell does it really matter?!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 10th, 2012
5:26 pm

Thanks, DOB!

Two months…yeah, that woulda been June—first time I noticed him messing with that shoulder was during a game against the Marlins at the beginning of June…pretty sure it was June 6th…

Anders

August 10th, 2012
5:26 pm

If you don’t know why anyone would prefer to stay in Manhattan over the airport/industrial section of Queens, well…. (DOB)

Amen. Same reason the Mets writers don’t stay out by Hartsfield when the Mets are in ATL.

ncbravesfan90

August 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

“Amen. Same reason the Mets writers don’t stay out by Hartsfield when the Mets are in ATL.”

Well Turner Field is not in the back door of Hartsfield like Citi field is to LGA….

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