Braves postgame quotes after Tuesday’s loss to Nats

PAUL MAHOLM

On not much room for error vs. Strasburg:

“Obviously he was on, he was making his pitches. When he’s on, he’s one of the better pitches in the game. I made two bad pitches and some night they’re fouled off and obviously tonight it cost us four runs. You go out there, you battle. You needed to go deep in the game because extra-inning game and we have so many games in a row so you battle through seven and hope you can kind of keep scratching it out. Obviously he was on and the bullpen took care of the rest.”

On what he did during the delay:

“I just tossed. Coming from Pittsburgh, you have dealings with rain delays a good bit so as soon as they covered the field I told Fredi and Roger, I’m going to go back out no matter what. I haven’t thrown a whole lot. I understood we had a couple starters in the bullpen and obviously that’s not something that you want to have those guys go out and do. So for me, I was going to go as long as I could.”

On if it affected him in any way:

“No, I felt good when I came back out. Sometimes if your team scores a bunch you have to sit there for 30, 40 minutes every once in a while. It’s not that big. Obviously if we had gone two hours or so, it might have been a little different but 45 minutes, whatever it was, wasn’t too bad.”

On if pitching to Flores was determined by Strasburg being decent hitter, Werth behind him:

“It wasn’t even supposed to be a strike or anywhere closer to a strike. I was just trying to throw a cutter in and go back down and away and I hung the pitch, and he obviously hit it well enough to get it out. I wasn’t worried about. my thinking was if he hits a ground ball they score one or if I walk him I’ve got Strasburg. Obviously he’s a good hitting pitcher but for me I’m a ground ball guy, I’m going to try to get the ground-ball double play, so just a bad pitch and obviously not executed like I wanted to. That’s the pitch that cost us.”

On if pitching around him without pitching around him:

“Obviously whenever you throw a cutter in, hopefully it’ll be way in or you can get a foul ball strike, or jam job but when you throw a cutter in and it doesn’t cut, it’s kind of a bp fastball. Just a bad pitch, sometimes they foul them off, sometimes they take them. Unfortunately tonight it went for a homer. It was more of a waste pitch than anything. I wasn’t trying to throw a strike. It was just bad execution. Trying to be aggressive, but not. It was just a bad pitch, no really other way to describe it.”

On how tough a climb to come back from seven down:

“You know what, obviously I haven’t been here the whole season but I’ve paid attention. These guys have gone on huge runs. They’ll lose a few and go on a 10-game winning streak or whatever. So it’s not the end of the world. We’ve got 40 games left or whatever it is. Obviously we’re paying attention, those guys haven’t gone on a losing streak either. We’ve got to take care of our business and come in tomorrow and expect to win and go out west and expect to win some series. As long as we play well and win series from here on out, I think the last couple weeks we’ll be fine.”

CHIPPER JONES

On worst-case scenario losing first two:

“That’s not the way we wanted things to go but it’s no easy task, it’s hard to go up there and center that guy up. He had that look in his eye early in the game. you knew he had his stuff and was getting his secondary pitches over the plate. Paul made a couple mistakes and I still think if you’re going to go out and beat Washington, you’ve got to keep them in the ballpark. That’s a big part of their offense. Roche and Desmond set the stage there for Flores. I think if we had to do it all over again, we might have walked him but hindsight is 20-20. That’s just the way it goes. We took a calculated risk and guy hit a three-run homer, so you’ve got to tip your cap.”

On McCann/Uggla pop-ups in ninth and offense not clicking:

“When you’ve got a couple guys who are struggling in the lineup, it seems like the big at-bats always find you. They’re scuffling a little bit, they’ve got to just keep grinding out at-bats in hopes that they find a rhythm here pretty soon. But like I said, the guy out there on the mound in the ninth (Clippard) has got one of the best change-ups in the game and again, he’s got close to 30 saves on the season, he’s pretty good at his craft so. That’s a solid ball club over there and they force you to play a perfect game to beat them, and we haven’t done it yet.”

On walking out at best six-game down, does that leave you looking at wild card now:

“Well I mean six games is a bad week. We certainly have played pretty consistently the last three or four months of the season. We’re on a little bit of a slide right this second at four games. You’re only as good as tomorrow’s starting pitcher and Medlen’s been very good for us. Hope that he can stop the bleeding and get out of here and salvage one win. Crazier things have happened. It’s just five games. And we’ve rattled off seven or eight in a row and people have certainly lost five, six, seven, eight in a row. So never want to concede. You want to hold out hope that you still have hope.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On tough to beat Strasburg when he’s on:

“He was on with everything – fastball, and he threw some change-ups that had the split-finger or forkball type action on it. He was good. He was difficult to try to square up.”

On Maholm’s outing:

“He gave us a great opportunity to win the ballgame. There’s been five, six games now, we haven’t clicked offensively. I think our pitching has been fine. We gave up four runs here, three runs there, and haven’t gotten anything to show for it as far as win-loss column, but we’ve got to get the offense going a little bit.”

On Maholm dealing with rain delay:

“He was fine. As soon as he came in, he goes ‘Whatever it takes for me to go back out there. It’s not that big a deal.’ The first time he got on the mound was when the inning started. He played a little catch in here and he goes ‘I’m good.’ And he was good, really.”

On if gave consideration to walking Flores to face Strasburg:

“Of course, that’s what we get paid for. There was consideration there. Strasburg is not an easy out also and you’ve got a guy behind him who wears him out too with Werth. (Werth was 9-for-24 with 3 doubles and one HR vs. Maholm coming in. Flores was 3-for-6 with two homers.) So of course you think about all those things.”

On being down seven games now:

“We’ve got to keep going. Hopefully we’ll get it going ourselves tomorrow and they haven’t hit really hit an icy spot on the road yet, maybe get them a little spot in the road yet and we can catch them. We’ve still got another series, we’ve got four games with them and keep going. As long as we have games left ahead of us, we’ll keep shooting for that.”

190 comments Add your comment

Aaron

August 21st, 2012
11:39 pm

Mama said there’d be days like this. Good grief this has been a frustrating four days. Maybe Medlen can get things back on track and the series in San Francisco and San Diego will go our way. I know the guys don’t want to concede they’re going for a wild card and I would love to see “Atlanta Braves – NL East Champions” again but as long as they make it – and win that one-game playoff – I don’t care how they get in as long as they’re in, because once you’re in, anything can happen.

BravesDude

August 21st, 2012
11:41 pm

Paul Janish has a better batting average than Uggla…like seriously?! Uggla for the Braves is what Jason Bay is to the Mets.

Tea Cup

August 21st, 2012
11:44 pm

It’s over!

Tea Cup

August 21st, 2012
11:45 pm

Chipper says we should “tip our caps to them”. Well said team leader pretend.

JC Boscan III

August 21st, 2012
11:45 pm

Since it’s common to refer to someone like Janish as “light-hitting”, the AJC should start referring to Uggla as “light-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla”.

Camilo Atlanta

August 21st, 2012
11:45 pm

Braves just aren’t any good against good competition. A la ATL Hawks. A la ATL Falcons. I wish I could say the Braves are building a winner, but when you keep losing games you need to win, I think this team learned nothing from last year.

JC Boscan III

August 21st, 2012
11:46 pm

The Braves should outlaw cap-tipping. If performance-enhancing drugs are illegal, cap-tipping should also be illegal………….

Aaron

August 21st, 2012
11:47 pm

Braves Dude, I wouldn’t quite go that far. Might be ironic to say this after the final play Monday (Tuesday) but his defense at second has been a lot better than what Bay gives New York. Granted, if there was a wall around the infield he probably woulda run into it a couple times, but still.

Backyard

August 21st, 2012
11:48 pm

Atlanta’s sports misery continues with another team letdown. Getting really old after 45 someodd years.

nc fan

August 21st, 2012
11:48 pm

FREDI GONZALEZ

On tough to beat Strasburg when he’s on:

“He was on with everything – fastball, and he threw some change-ups that had the split-finger or forkball type action on it. He was good. He was difficult to try to square up.”

On Maholm’s outing:

“He gave us a great opportunity to win the ballgame. There’s been five, six games now, we haven’t clicked offensively. I think our pitching has been fine

last 2 games our staring pitcher has given up 4 runs

starting pitching was fine until you run into teams that are better than you
dodgers
nats
giants

tristan

August 21st, 2012
11:49 pm

Just remember….. It is never too late to fire Fredi. That is a fact. It has been done this late in the year before with a playoff team.

nc fan

August 21st, 2012
11:50 pm

braves are 4-10 against the nats

with werth,morse,desmond all in the lineup we are 0-10!!!!!

BravesDude

August 21st, 2012
11:50 pm

@ Aaron, you have a little bit of a point, but they didn’t hire him for his glove.

TN Jeff

August 21st, 2012
11:51 pm

And of course NOBODY asks FG Why in the world he did not pinch hit Chipper for Francisco which resulted in him stranded on deck in this very BIG game. Amazing, nobody asks him this seemingly obvious question!

nc fan

August 21st, 2012
11:52 pm

braves are only 3 losses ahead of the wildcard
need to win tomorrow and pray for a split with sf

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 21st, 2012
11:52 pm

Chipper Jones, “Paul made a couple mistakes and I still think if you’re going to go out and beat Washington, you’ve got to keep them in the ballpark.”

Really? You call out the pitcher? Then you make excuses for Uggla and McCann?
“They’re scuffling a little bit, they’ve got to just keep grinding out at-bats in hopes that they find a rhythm here pretty soon. But like I said, the guy out there on the mound in the ninth (Clippard) has got one of the best change-ups in the game”

nc fan

August 21st, 2012
11:53 pm

i rather have medlen pitch the one game playoff

yes sir

August 21st, 2012
11:54 pm

Fredi is getting paid? Really?

Aaron

August 21st, 2012
11:54 pm

BravesDude I know. Point is at least he gives us some reason to delay rushing the field to strangle him after another strikeout at a ball that lands in the left-hand batter’s box. Or that’s what I keep telling myself. This year has been awful but maybe the third time around next year will be the charm. Still time to salvage this year with a great September and October, though, and the way his year turned on a dime in 2011, I wouldn’t be surprised.

nc fan

August 21st, 2012
11:54 pm

if there is one

nc fan

August 21st, 2012
11:57 pm

TN Jeff

August 21st, 2012
11:51 pm
And of course NOBODY asks FG Why in the world he did not pinch hit Chipper for Francisco which resulted in him stranded on deck in this very BIG game. Amazing, nobody asks him this seemingly obvious question

why does this suprise you with these writers?

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 21st, 2012
11:57 pm

Besides, grinding out at bats?
4th Inning
Brian McCann Strike (looking), Strike (looking), Strike (looking), B McCann struck out looking
7th Inning
Brian McCann B McCann flied out to center
9th Inning
Brian McCann B McCann popped out to first

So his last 3 at bats he saw 5 pitches, watched 3 strikes and popped up 2 balls out of the zone. McCann needs to sit more than a game.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
11:58 pm

Chipper, seriously man, are these truly your thoughts? McCann has men on the corners and no outs and swings at the very FIRST PITCH. Again, there’s no excuse for that. There’s no, “well, my shoulder is bothering me, and I’m in a bit of a slump right now.” NO, that’s just a poor approach at the plate, and something that a professional hitter wouldn’t do given the situation. Even before that last inning, McCann, along with Uggla and Francisco ALL swung at the first pitch they saw to give Storen a three-pitch inning. Wasn’t this the same team that has said, “oh yeah, we never waste at-bats.” Uh, yeah you do, and you do it when it’s the worst time too, when we’re playing the team ahead of us in the standings. This team is beginning to blow up… AGAIN.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
12:01 am

@Semper Fi Braves fan: McCann just needs to hit the road… they need to trade the bum before the 2013 deadline while his trade value is still sky-high; we could get some great talent for McCann.

BravesDude

August 22nd, 2012
12:01 am

@ Aaron, I’ve been waiting for Uggla to turn it on too, it looked like he was about to break through a few weeks ago but that quickly faded. If it’s gonna happen, theres no better time than right now.

nc fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:01 am

WHY IS REV NOT PLAYING?
WHY IS REED JOHNSON NOT PLAYING?
WHY DID FREDI SAY HE GAVE US A CHANCE TO WIN WHEN U DOWN 4-0 AND OUR PITCHERS LAST 2 DAYS HAVE CHOKED UNDER PRESSURE?

QUESTIONS THAT WILL NEVER GET ASKED OR ANSWERED

I TY FOR THE BLOG DOB AND CARROLL BUT IT MUST BE IN YOUR CONTRACTS NOT TO ASK FREDI ANY TOUGH QUESTIONS

BTW EVERY TEAM HAS A BLOG AND POST GAME QUOTES

Really?

August 22nd, 2012
12:02 am

There’s the nationals.. then 10 miles of crap.. then the braves

Aaron

August 22nd, 2012
12:03 am

Really?, what’s between us and Flushing, Philly, and Miami?

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:03 am

During the 1st half of the season it seemed like a starting pitcher for the opposing team never made it through the 5th Inning. Batters were taking pitches, working the counts, and elevating pitch counts. Because of this the braves lead the National League in runs scored. Now, it seems like its every man for himself, personal stats aka the Home Run to get that next big contract is all that matters.

Fredi needs to grow a pair, or be fired. Worst Manager period.

GTPhenom

August 22nd, 2012
12:04 am

I said after last night that I was getting a tiny bit nervous about a repeat of what happened in 2011. We lose tomorrow night, and I’ll be more than nervous. The team isn’t hitting, the pitching isn’t good, and the teams we are battling with all have starting pitching that can single handedly beat us in any given night. If we can’t win tomorrow night, and then at LEAST win the series against SF, we might as well gun solely for the WC. Lose tomorrow night, and then lose the series to SF . . . . . .

nc fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:04 am

WHAT IS GREG WALKER DOING?
JHEY WAS THE ONLY ONE TO SHOW UP TONIGHT

IF MEDLEN THROWS A SHUTOUT WE WIN
IF NOT MAYBE A SWEEP

IM A BIG TIME BRAVES FAN BUT I WOULD NOT BET AGAINST IT

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:06 am

@ButterMilk Tuesdays I absolutely agree. I know Bethencourt or what ever his name is a few years away. But at this point I would rather see him backing up Ross and learning from a true pro (not an over hyped star).

McCann reminds me of Melky a few years ago (in a braves uni) who knows maybe HGH will save his career with another team.

Tina

August 22nd, 2012
12:06 am

Freddi show us you have BALLS and sit UGGLAS SORRY ASS down. I see know wildcard Cards are coming. Bet the Nats wish they could face us in first round. FIRE FREDDI PLEASE WREN or no playoffs.

The Mediocre ATL

August 22nd, 2012
12:07 am

Whoever it was just a bit above my words who said it’s just like all ATL teams is right on. Falcons will be lucky to go 10-6 and lose the first playoff game. The Hawks will go 38-44 and lose their first game (Josh Smith will take 14 3 pointers and miss them all). The Braves will lose this silly 1 game Wildcard playoff and then we’re done. Hurry up College Football!

nc fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:07 am

I wonder how many of these guys make outs in batting pratice

michael bourn you are not hank arron quit swinginging for the fences and striking out
prado do u know anything beside a dplay?

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:08 am

Meds is the man… that is all.

nc fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:09 am

AUG.30 IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL

nc fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:11 am

PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT IS

NOONE SHOWED UP TONIGH EXCEPT JHEY

THIS IS YOUR POST GAME QUOTES

BravesDude

August 22nd, 2012
12:11 am

I thinks it’s time to deeply consider sitting Uggla, put Prado at 2nd, and start Johnson in left.

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:13 am

@ Bravesdude we are about a month past time to consider it, and about 3 series away from being past time to implement it.

The Mediocre ATL

August 22nd, 2012
12:13 am

If I hear tip your cap one more time from Chipper, I’m taking the bobble head out back and blowing his head off with my 12 gauge.

Carroll Rogers

August 22nd, 2012
12:14 am

The Mediocre ATL

August 22nd, 2012
12:14 am

Let’s send Uggla to Rome, GA. He may be able to hit .230 down there.

The Mediocre ATL

August 22nd, 2012
12:14 am

Carroll – stick a fork in us. We’re done!

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
12:15 am

@nc fan: Walker’s not a miracle worker, he cannot help a player’s hitting if the player doesn’t want any assistance. McCann and Uggla are clearly too stubborn to make adjustments at the plate, so I doubt they’re applying anything Walker has suggested to their approach at the plate. Plus, it’s not Walker who’s writing out the lineup cards, it’s Gonzalez. If he would bench Uggla and McCann, I’m sure the offense would fire on all cylinders. You put Pastornicky at 2B (he has the tools for 2B), and you hit him behind Bourn and move Prado into the three-hole, and Heyward into the clean-up spot, those guys would do some damage. Pastornicky is just itching to have the chance to prove himself worthy again, and I truly believe he would tear the cover off the ball if given the chance.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
12:15 am

@nc fan: Walker’s not a miracle worker, he cannot help a player’s hiting if the player doesn’t want any assistance. McCann and Uggla are clearly too stubborn to make adjustments at the plate, so I doubt they’re applying anything Walker has suggested to their approach at the plate. Plus, it’s not Walker who’s writing out the lineup cards, it’s Gonzalez. If he would bench Uggla and McCann, I’m sure the offense would fire on all cylinders. You put Pastornicky at 2B (he has the tools for 2B), and you hit him behind Bourn and move Prado into the three-hole, and Heyward into the clean-up spot, those guys would do some damage. Pastornicky is just itching to have the chance to prove himself worthy again, and I truly believe he would tear the cover off the ball if given the chance.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
12:15 am

Aw, man, that’s the second time I’ve done a double post by accident.

DC GO-GO

August 22nd, 2012
12:18 am

Man I like winning baseball, playoffs here we come

Carroll Rogers

August 22nd, 2012
12:18 am

nc fan, I make it a point not to answer to NC fans….how bout that?

The Rev is not playing, because the Braves lost confidence in his defense. That’s not something they said but something I’ve observed. Reed Johnson has played against some lefties and could be back in there tomorrow vs. Detwiler. But in the big games, the Braves are playing their regular lineup, which is definitely left-handed heavy.

Just because we ask a question isn’t going to force Fredi to change what he’s doing. Trust me. But keep the all caps coming. We love them.

The Mediocre ATL

August 22nd, 2012
12:18 am

Hey Buttermilk – get your beer off your keyboard! (You don’t want to spill it and waste any…)

Willie Nelson

August 22nd, 2012
12:22 am

Turn out the lights
The party’s over
They say that
All good things must end
Call it tonight
The party’s over
And tomorrow starts
The same old thing again

BravesDude

August 22nd, 2012
12:23 am

I don’t get why Fredi hasn’t sat Uggla yet, last year he sat Heyward for Constanza when he wasn’t hitting…i just don’t get why Uggla gets a free pass.

RoadKillBraves

August 22nd, 2012
12:24 am

Simply about the contract BravesDude. Plus, fans apparently like to see the train wreck Struggla has become.

Carroll Rogers

August 22nd, 2012
12:26 am

Not as done as your Chipper bobblehead, Mediocre….(smile)

NorCal Brave

August 22nd, 2012
12:33 am

Such nonchalant quotes, like it’s no biggie, their guy was on and ours made a couple mistakes. Well tomorrow will be a hard day to square up again…..Detweiler has owned us for quite some time. We have a couple guys in our lineup, and we all know who they are, that are flat out killing us. And Fredi just trots the same lineup out there every day and wonders when the offense is gonna get going. Sheeesh!

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:39 am

He hasn’t asked Heyward which line up card works in a while…. maybe he should! It worked out last time for a while. What a joke of a Major League Manager. #FireFrediot

Matt

August 22nd, 2012
12:44 am

My only question is, why in the world did uggla even get to bat their in the 9th????????????????? Chipper should have def pinch hit for him, no questions asked!!!!!! We had a pitcher on the ropes, runners on the corners and if you bring Chipper in as the tying run their you know his heart would start to race a lot more than what he had to face in struggla or mccanthit!!!!! Fredi seriously needs to be let go of his job, he no longer can manage this team!!!!!!! I promise you if Chipper were to pinch hit in that at bat he either put one between 1st and 2nd and drives in heyward and puts freeman at 3rd, bring in Rev to pinchrun for Chipper there at 1st, still no outs, and then you really have a pitcher sweating it, and maybe mccann has a different approach at the plate!!!! I believe it’s time to start batting janish 6th in the lineup at least he puts the ball in play!!!!!!!!!!! This team is headed for another choketember!!!!!!!

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
12:48 am

I have never heard of so much hate for a home team manager who retained his job. Is there any way to elevate this to a national stage to put pressure on FW to fire the bum? Seems to work in NY and Boston.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
1:07 am

“The Rev is not playing, because the Braves lost confidence in his defense.”

Heh, and what’s their thoughts on Dan Uggla’s defense? Wait, forget I asked, I already know that one… “Uh, hello, we’re paying him $62 MM, you think we care if he has hands made of stone, or that his glove is not properly oiled!?” Yeah, that’s a real competitive spirit. C’mon, Pastornicky was hardly even given a chance. The kid is young, and he has the tools to man 2B.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
1:12 am

@Semper Fi Braves fan: I would like to know this as well, because it seems like the Braves are somehow unable to fly completely under the radar on all of the baseball networks like ESPN and MLB Tonight. As many times as Gonzalez has screwed the pooch, one would think this team would be in the same boat Boston is right now. But nope, nothing, just a bunch of cap tippin’ and “keep battlin’” garbage.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
1:12 am

Oops, typo, *able to fly…

Bench or bust

August 22nd, 2012
1:24 am

Should we not consider getting Uggla back on roids?

Bench or bust

August 22nd, 2012
1:26 am

I mean if he starts hitting for power we win, and if he gets suspended 50 games we move Janish to 2b and we win.

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
1:27 am

It worked for the Melk Man!! Maybe we can get both Uggla and McCant to roid it for the rest of the season.

Fresno Bravo

August 22nd, 2012
1:29 am

While it is agreed that Fredi G is not exactly the second coming of Tony LaRussa strategically, the guy gets too much of a bad rap here. The issue right now is simple and really, how do you fix it. To play on Chippers quote, big at bats do tend to find you, especially when you are hitting 5 and 6 in the lineup. This is of course how the team is built, and these guys must perform for the Braves to be successful. This is not Wren’s or Fredi’s fault here. Uggla, I like how he plays, but man, the guy is clearly just going to kill the Braves for years since he can’t really hit with anything resembling consistency (very poor consistency, I think everyone would be thrilled with a .250). As for McCann, how quickly we all turn. This guy is a stud, but he is hurt (again) and not much can be done there. But at the end of the day, the key players are going to play or you are going to be a very bad team.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
1:34 am

“Just because we ask a question isn’t going to force Fredi to change what he’s doing.”

Wow, are you serious? So what, you’re saying asking him questions that should be asked, regardless of his plans, are not worth asking? This is the kind of mentality the Braves beat writers have? I have to say, that’s really disappointing to hear. I think most fans would agree that we as fans look to you (the beat writers) as our representative, the voice of the people, if you will. If one can’t seem to ask the hard questions, I’m not really sure why one would even cover this team. I mean, are you not a fan of the Braves? Do you not have any sense of team pride here?

Bench or bust

August 22nd, 2012
1:35 am

Hey semper fi, I think the roids would help Mac’s vision. Good call – what do we have to lose?

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
1:38 am

@Fresno Bravo: “This is not Wren’s or Fredi’s fault here.”

Uh, how is it not Fredi’s fault? He’s the manager, he’s the man who’s filling out those lineup cards. He’s the man who’s unwilling to hit and run, to steal, and to pinch hit.

darrell starks

August 22nd, 2012
1:53 am

Uggla is done Freddie must stop playing him if there is a chance at the title.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

August 22nd, 2012
1:55 am

Uggla in last 11games

6 for 40 AVG .140

WOW!!!!!!!!!!

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

August 22nd, 2012
2:01 am

Braves need Simmons ASAP, the only way Chipper even get a shot at the title if Freddie play the best players.

1. BOURN CF

2. SIMMONS SS

3. PRADO 2B

4. HEYWARD RF

5. CHIPPER 3B

6. FREEMAN 1B

7. REED JOHNSON LF

8. MCCANN CATCHER

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kris Medlen

August 22nd, 2012
2:03 am

Bench Uggla so I can win tomorrow

Kris Medlen

August 22nd, 2012
2:03 am

…..and I want Rossy to be my catcher

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 22nd, 2012
2:10 am

I’m sure EVERYONE wants Ross to catch for them, because McCann always calls a horrible game. I swear, every single time Ross catches, whoever is pitching, they typically look really sharp and are throwing to every quadrant, and are moving east to west, and north to south. When McCann catches, well…. that doesn’t happen.

Darryl Blackberry

August 22nd, 2012
2:47 am

None of this is Fredi’s fault. That said, if Fredi fiddles while Rome burns again this year, I could easily see Frank Wren inquiring as to Terry Francona’s availability this offseason.

AJC butt kisser

August 22nd, 2012
3:21 am

well now 70-52..sounds same Frank said we goin win East n go all the way to worldseries well that was dash as you lost 4 straight oh by way SF won again beat team we let win here..You may heard of La dodgers bet…Now we head to SF which is like goin to have all teeth Pulled we lose 2 of 3 there and be 72-54 after sunday..we will win today cause Nats tired n stuff rest starters so braves will get win cause Ross is catchin….But in SF Mc Cann be back and there Motto will be….With McCann if he can’t swing then uggla can’t and we be 9GB behind Nats and tied with St.Louis for wildcard 2nd spot…Hey sounds like last year again…oooh Frank wren when U are watchin again will Freddi be in bed with you again….!

Same old Ham sandwich

August 22nd, 2012
3:36 am

Ughed i behind a game here we 70-53 now lookin good Freddie lookin good..Nice lame comments chipper shut up knees hurt mine to and i not stink also…Uggla wonder what Wren thinks of a low life 2nd baseman who want do what Battin coach n McCann too..and say we be fine are say oooh i can’t see are shoulder hurts and me Balls itch quotes McCann!.Freddi on other hand is like freddi krueger always in u nightmare cuttin You in pieces ….with his cap tippin and we did everythin but blow are nose’s today…Frank dream of a East divison n playoffs are slowly being cut into daily..keep watchin for New show….How we choke away are playoffs again part two

NickGranite

August 22nd, 2012
5:55 am

I like Ross too but look at the back of his card. He reverts to his mean when he plays regularly like when McCann went down for awhile. It’s painful to watch Uggla and McCann back to back but he’s hurt and you play with what you got. This is a good team but there are way too many strikeouts up and down the line-up. Our lead off hitter who is excellent in just about every other phase of the game is on a pace for over 150 ks. Uggla and Heyward are even worse. When Wren goes shopping for next year, we could really use another .300 hitter who has contact regularly. Yeah I know, they don’t grow on trees. Strasburg aside, the big left handed bats whiff alot. You might as well include Uggla in the lefty category, inexplicably, he can’t hit left handed pitching either.

Rittmann

August 22nd, 2012
6:14 am

If The Beat Writers won’t ask any tough questions, I will…..
Is Dan Uggla the biggest BUST in Baseball History? 62 Mil and batting 208?? Dan Uggla, where Rally’s go to die…….Hahaha Absolutely Pathetic

perk

August 22nd, 2012
6:26 am

starting to get frustrated again watching. Uggla swings for the fence every pitch. Like the kid in LL who hits a HR and thats all he’s thinking. B Mac is struggling. Fredi needs to switch it up today big time. if they blow this lead……………….

Preston Hannatized

August 22nd, 2012
6:58 am

I liked Fredi’s testy reply there, “Sure, that’s what we get paid for.” Hahahaha. He’s a comic genius.

But I wonder why we go for quotes to Chipper all the time. Sure, he’s the eminence gris but he didn’t even play in the game. Are McCann and Uggla off limits? If they blew you off, tell us. We would actually understand if they did say “Not now” given the slide they are both in.

Bravo Uno

August 22nd, 2012
7:00 am

Uggla’s .208 average is unacceptable on all levels.

With his contract and a possible extension for McCann, that should doom the Braves for another 5 years at least.

shorty

August 22nd, 2012
7:14 am

Fire Fredi the Fail how the heck can you Not get your team motivated for one of the biggest series of the year.And secondly is the gutless wonder afraid to give gnats players drug tests…it appears that Werth,Harper, Morse and maybe a couple others are on the juice.They are carbon copies of the milkdud

Armchair Observer

August 22nd, 2012
7:24 am

Heyward 73 Runs 64 RBI 125 K 352 OBP
Uggla 68 Runs 62 RBI 139 K 340 OBP
Not a whole lot of difference other than batting average.

jasons shrinking waist

August 22nd, 2012
7:30 am

Fredis comments after the game mirror the same comments after all the games in September last year.

Another Braves Collapse is a’comin

yellowfever

August 22nd, 2012
7:41 am

No Division title, No Wild card, No Playoffs for the Braves this year. Sorry folks.

Gym Nash

August 22nd, 2012
7:46 am

Anybody want to join me in starting a petition to get rid of dead wood Chipper Jones now instead of waiting til after the Braves are eliminated?

TPic

August 22nd, 2012
7:47 am

“Just because we ask a question isn’t going to force Fredi to change what he’s doing.”

The point of asking isn’t to change what the manager does. We all know you don’t have that influence, The point is for the fans to be offered explanations and reasonng for what takes place on the field. Two nights ago, both teams used every single relief pitcher – except Atlanta who “managed” to not have Kimbrel go to the mound in an extra innng one-run loss. Please tell me that you at least considered asking Fredi Cox what his stratey was there?

Bravo Uno

August 22nd, 2012
7:47 am

Armchair,

Heyward isn’t making a King’s ransom either.

Uggla joins Lowe, Kawakami & McLouth in Wren’s collection of overpaid, underperformers

ifr4

August 22nd, 2012
7:47 am

The division race is over. The Braves just can’t beat the Nationals – looks like the only Brave that came to play this series is Prado. BTW, last year’s collapse really began on August 26th in New York. Looks like this year’s collapse is starting a little early.

And where are the blue uni’s? They haven’t been worn since July 22 in DC.

Mythra

August 22nd, 2012
7:50 am

This may not go over so well, but as a Nats fan I thought I’d offer y’all some perspective from the other side of the fence. You guys are being way too harsh on the Braves. There has been no single team that the Nats have played all season that scares Nats fans more than the Braves. The series came at a very bad time for the Braves, since Werth is getting back into his swing, Morse is starting to heat up, and Desmond came back just before the series start as well. The Nats finally have the lineup on the field they wanted in April.

As a fan of baseball in general, who is finally getting to cheer for a winner in my hometown Nats, we’re just learning what it felt like for Braves fans over the past 2 decades to cheer on a winner. Don’t take that joy for granted. I, for one, tip my hat to the Braves and you fans for the battle we’ve been waging since April. I look forward to it continuing into September and October.

The Future

August 22nd, 2012
7:50 am

We now what the Braves’ record when Chipper doesn’t start.

What happens next season when Chipper is retired?

Who will Frank Wren replace his bat with?

I see Josh Willingham in a Braves uniform …hitting .240 and striking out a lot

Joey

August 22nd, 2012
7:56 am

“They’re (McCann/Uggla) scuffling a little bit…)
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Understatement of the year.

?

August 22nd, 2012
8:04 am

I TOLD YOU PEOPLE THAT THE DOG TURDS WOULD LOSE LAST NIGHT. AND TONIGHT IS GOING TO BE THE SAME OLD CRAP. THE HAVANA BANANA WHAT A JOKE.

4#!*!!*!!@!!

August 22nd, 2012
8:14 am

If I were any of the players that had been demoted to minor leagues by Frank and Fredi, I would sue. Why have they allowed one DAN UGGLA to stay in the everyday lineup and killed countless opportunities to win games by his useless POWER SWINGS???? I cannot believe one man has that much of a strangle-hold over management that he gets a PASS!! Who cares what he is paid? He’s not doing the team any favors whether he sits or plays . . . it would improve their lineup if he sat out the rest of his contract. Heck, just let him stay home and mail him his salary. I guarantee it would improve moral and the lineup both. McCann needs to just be replaced . . . his value has been on the down slide too for some time. He definitely has problems and its not only the shoulder. Take the rest of the year off and get help with vision and shoulder or whatever else is causing him to NOT hit.

Rick C

August 22nd, 2012
8:21 am

TPic, obviously the strategy there is to wait until you get the lead to use your closer, otherwise they’d still have to have someone close the game if they took a lead.

Double Zero Eight

August 22nd, 2012
8:25 am

The Braves do not have the bats to win the NL East.
I advised in the early part of the season that the bats
would go silent against elite teams down the stretch,
and in the playoffs if the Braves made it that far..
That’s the ugly truth. It doesn’t matter how good the
pitching is if you can’t score runs. Expect more of the
same when we play the Nationals again in September..

The Braves will win one of the wild card spots.
After that , all bets are off.

NC Roseman

August 22nd, 2012
8:26 am

Those last three at bats in the 9th…kind of reminded me of the old Gatlin brother’s song…”Tryin to be a hero…winding up a zero”…no thoughts of making contact, find a way to get on, keep the line moving…nope, it’s always swing out of your shoes, pop it up on the first pitch, and let’s go to the hotel and have a few. No common sense approach to hitting anymore. We got one guy swinging the bat right now, or we would be shut out for the series, or all zeros.

jt

August 22nd, 2012
8:31 am

Hey McCann, “that’s why you did not get to start 2 games, should have been 20. What a fat piece of crap.
Any conditioning program on this team, or do they just give McCann cheeseburgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
You can put Uggla in there as well, Fat little PopEye 2nd baseman impersonator.

DCHomerInATL

August 22nd, 2012
8:33 am

Baseball is finally fun after decades of nothingness and futility in DC. I see it isn’t much fun for Braves’ fans who are used to their team being a perrennial division winner. Tell you guys and girls what, we’ll enjoy the games for you the next five to ten years and you can enjoy watching the X Games. In stead of postulating about Uggla and McCann, you can see who the new Shawn White will be. But please, be sure to practice the Tomahawk Chop as you watch the X Games and the X Factor so your arms will stay warm and won’t be strained when you once again have reason to chop away.

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