Hot-hitting Heyward gets rest against lefty Zito

SAN FRANCISCO – In his first couple of series against the Giants at picturesque AT&T Park, Jason Heyward fared far better than most hitters, collecting a .458 with three homers and seven RBIs in six games at the spacious, wind-swept ballpark by the bay.

But when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez posted his lineup for Thursday night’s series opener against the Giants, the big right fielder wasn’t in it.

Gonzalez told the team this week that he would play the matchups more and go with his hottest hitters during the stretch drive. Heyward has been one of his hottest hitters, but Gonzalez wanted to give him a rest and get another right-handed bat in the lineup against Giants left-hander Barry Zito. Reed Johnson got the start in right field.

Left-handers hit just .197 with two homers and a .555 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 122 at-bats against Zito before Thursday, while righties had a .275 average with 16 homers and an .826 OPS in 403 at-bats against the lefty.

Heyward had a .309 average with 33 extra-base hits (15 homres) and a .919 OPS in 71 games since June 1, and was 14-for-32 (.438) with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs in his past eight games before Thursday.

“He’s been unbelievable,” Gonzalez said. “Like I told Bourny [Mike Bourn], an off day right now is six innings. Heyward had an off day on homestand and ended up coming up in the sixth of seventh.

“[Heyward] has been great. He’s raised his game since we put him in that 3-hole. I don’t know if that’s just coincidence, but he’s been great.”

Heyward had had the resurgent season the Braves hoped for after his injury-slowed 2011. But there’s still a significant disparity between his stats against righties and lefties. He had a .317 average with 16 homers and .995 OPS in 262 at-bats against lefties before Thursday, and a .225 average with five homers and an .810 OPS in 182 at-bats against lefties.

Zito was 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his past five starts vs. Atlanta before Thursday, including seven scoreless inning (three hits) in a July 17 win. Heyward was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts against Zito.

“He’s not overpowering,” third baseman Chipper Jones said of Zito. “Take the guy up the middle and the other way. Basically take what he gives you and hope he makes a mistake to you. He’s had our number for the last couple of years. We’re going to have to make some adjustments. I see we’ve got a couple of more right-handers in the lineup tonight, so Fredi is sticking to his word to play the matchups.”

Giants pay tribute to Chipper

The Giants paid tribute to Jones in a ceremony before Thursday night’s series opener, with the P.A. announcer calling him a “future Hall of Famer” before Jones highlights were shown on the scoreboard video screen.

The retiring Braves third baseman surprised some observers when he was in the lineup despite a five-hour overnight flight from Washington following Wednesday night’s series-ending win against the Nationals.

“I feel OK,” Jones said. “Fredi texted me this morning to ask me how I was feeling. Quite frankly I didn’t know how I would feel, but I feel good enough to go out there tonight.”

The lefty knee that Jones had arthroscopic surgery on in the last week of spring training swelled up after flights early in the season, but that hasn’t been a problem recently.

“Yeah, now it’s more or less just activity [that aggravates it],” he said. “If we have a long game like we did there in Washington [on Monday], where we played 13 innings, the next day I didn’t feel real good at all. I had fluid in both knees. But it gradually subsides. So it shouldn’t be too big of an issue from a plane-flight standpoint.

“The issue is going to be, if I go out and get three or four hits and run the bases all night, and slide or whatnot. That’s when it hurts the next day.”

He smiled and said, “If I go out and go 0-for-4, have four strikeouts and don’t make any plays in the field, I feel great the next day.”

Thursday was a typically cool, breezy night by San Francisco Bay, after a 60-degree sunny afternoon.

“As a Southern boy liking the warm to hot weather, San Francisco wasn’t my kind of [weather],” said Jones, who nevertheless had a lot of good memories from games in the city. “Just some of the battles with the [Barry] Bondses and the [Jeff] Kents and watching those guys square off against [Tom] Glavine, [John] Smoltz and [Greg] Maddux was always a treat. To see some of the best pitchers of our era go up against some of the best hitters of our era.”

Jones entered the series with a .293 average, 23 homers, 86 RBIs and an .895 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 114 regular-season games against the Giants, including a .308 average and six homers in 22 games at old Candlestick Park and a .295 average and four homers in 28 games at AT&T Park, which opened in 2000.

Overbay on Triple-A roster

Triple-A Gwinnett added recently signed first baseman  Lyle Overbay to its roster and placed first baseman Ernesto Mejia on the temporary inactive list. A team official said Mejia was not injured and was taking care of a “family matter.”

Overbay will be added to the major league team when rosters are expanded in September. Because he’s in the organization before the end of August, he will be eligible for the playoff roster if the Braves advance to the postseason. Overbay will give Atlanta another left-handed bat off the bench.

101 comments Add your comment

PaulG

August 23rd, 2012
10:33 pm

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Fredi, what are you doing…..read the stats….

Citi F. Jones

August 23rd, 2012
10:35 pm

That’s what you love to hear – Zito gives up most of his runs in the 1st inning. But, of course, the Braves can’t even get one run in. SMH.

Clint

August 23rd, 2012
10:41 pm

I wonder if it makes a legitimate ballplayer like Chipper sick to his stomach to talk about Bonds. It does me, but if he could tell the truth without getting in trouble with the MLBPA and MLB, I’m sure he’d speak up.

Chipper has earned every homerun, every walk, every run scored. He’s payed the price with numerous injuries, and if he had juiced it up like Bonds did, he could have recovered much quicker and probably would have 550-600 homers by now.

But he didn’t and he’ll be a first ballot Hall of Famer, something Bonds will never be able to claim.

UGA football fans

August 23rd, 2012
10:49 pm

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TWO GOOD DOGS

August 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

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Who Me?

August 23rd, 2012
10:56 pm

Amazing. 4 runners on in the first 2 innings, none of them score. Between Bourne’s pop up and Uggla’s baserunning gaffe, things aren’t starting well for the homeboys. not sure what the signals might have been with Hanson at the plate and Uggla at third, but I don’t think hit and run were anywhere close to being the right call. Stupid is as stupid does. The key to this team is and will remain RISP. don’t hit with runners in scoring position, you go home at the end of the season.

Time to pick it up several notches Freddi.

Citi F. Jones

August 23rd, 2012
10:56 pm

Welp, here we go again… Hanson and his 8-year-old-girl-throwing-with-the-wrong-hand motion just gave up a double.

TWO GOOD DOGS

August 23rd, 2012
10:56 pm

HANSON’S DELIVERY WILL END HIS CAREER EARLY. HIS RAISED ELBOW, AND SNAP WRIST WILL BE HIS DEMISE. HE HAS NO BODY INTO HIS PITCH. HE’S A SHORT ARMED SLINGER. DESPITE HIS EFFORT TONITE , HE’S GOT TERRIBLE MECHANICS. TRADE HIM ASAP. HE’S OUR WORST EFFORT IN THE ROTATION. HE MAY SURVIVE IN RELIEF OVER THE YEARS, BUT I’D NOT PAY HIM BIG BUCKS TO HANG HERE.

billy bob baseball

August 23rd, 2012
11:05 pm

Hot hitting Heyward sits because a lefty is pitching, Good hitting RH David Ross sits, barely hitting, almost crippled LH hitting McCann plays. Go figure. Does fredi gonzales actually watch any Braves games? Does he look at the player’s stats, does he know that the team that scores the most runs is the one that wins, or does he think he’s coaching Tee Ball where you tell the kids that “there are no losers. everybody gets a trophy”

Uggla just discovered a whole new way to kill a rally that he hasn’t explored so far, stupid base running. Way to go Dan, keep it up, I just got my “Wait ’til Next Year” tee shirt back from the cleaners, and I’ve been dying to wear it. And thank you Fredi for allowing me to wear it by putting Mr Automatic Out in the lineup to kill any hope we have of salvaging this year. Go Braves.

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Gonzalez told the team this week that he would play the matchups more and go with his hottest hitters during the stretch drive.

And that means Uggla and McCann? Does Uggla have something on Fredi from the Marlins? Why is he in the game? And mental baserunning error in the 1st inning? There must be some dirt that he has on FG…anyone else agree?

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Gonzalez told the team this week that he would play the matchups more and go with his hottest hitters during the stretch drive.

And that means Uggla and McCann? Does Uggla have something on Fredi from the Marlins? Why is he in the game? And mental baserunning error in the 1st inning? There must be some dirt that he has on FG…anyone else agree?

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Gonzalez told the team this week that he would play the matchups more and go with his hottest hitters during the stretch drive.

And that means Uggla and McCann? Does Uggla have something on Fredi from the Marlins? Why is he in the game? And mental baserunning error in the 1st inning? There must be some dirt that he has on FG…anyone else agree?

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Gonzalez told the team this week that he would play the matchups more and go with his hottest hitters during the stretch drive.

And that means Uggla and McCann? Does Uggla have something on Fredi from the Marlins? Why is he in the game? And mental baserunning error in the 1st inning? There must be some dirt that he has on FG…anyone else agree?

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Gonzalez told the team this week that he would play the matchups more and go with his hottest hitters during the stretch drive.

And that means Uggla and McCann? Does Uggla have something on Fredi from the Marlins? Why is he in the game? And mental baserunning error in the 1st inning? There must be some dirt that he has on FG…anyone else agree?

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm

sorry, didn’t mean to post more than once…and I can’t delete them!

jharber

August 23rd, 2012
11:16 pm

Hell I am going to bed can take this crap

billy bob baseball

August 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

Mr Frank Wren
c/o Atlanta Braves
Atlanta, GA 30345

Mr Wren,

It has come to my attention that every 3-5 years you are consumed by a desire to throw $12-15 Million dollars down the toilet. May I respectfully ask that next year, or the one after, or whenever this burning desire sweeps over you again, that you consider me for this charity. I cannot hit, catch or throw worth a damn, but neither can dan uggla or that kawokami guy, and as a long time fan, I feel more deserving than they were. In lieu of that, would you consider giving it to someone who can hit, catch. and throw.

Your consideration in this matter would be greatly appreciated. I remain your loyal fan.

Sincerely,

Bully Bob Baseball.

Citi F. Jones

August 23rd, 2012
11:31 pm

BARRY ZITO PITCHING A SHUTOUT??!!!!!!!!!!!??????? ARE YOU F–KING KIDDING ME??!!!!! HE’S GOT A 7+ ERA IN HIS LAST 4 STARTS AT HOME AND THE BRAVES CAN’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT GIFT??????????????????????

lee maye

August 23rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Uggla got an infield hit and a walk. Bad news is that his baserunning blunders cost us 2 outs. Failed to run and got tagged out at 3rd and got picked off first. He is terrible. Terrible.

Grandpa gave away his Season Tickets

August 23rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Uggla is a head case…., send him to the bench and a shrink… Poor Uggla, he’s short, he stupid, can’t hit, can field…., but he is a millionaire……, way to go Frank!

JC Boscan III

August 23rd, 2012
11:44 pm

What are the odds of Uggla completing a trifecta of baserunning blunders — perhaps, getting doubled off of a base on an infield liner…? Of course, that would require him getting on base a 3rd time……

Yet again, Hanson’s inability to hold runners on base leads directly to a run for the other team. Yet again, the Braves have loads of early baserunners and can’t get a clutch hit. This series isn’t off to a good start. Yet, hope springs eternal……….. at least until midnight. GO Braves!

Clint

August 23rd, 2012
11:44 pm

I believe that this lineup gives the Braves their best chance to win RIGHT NOW:

Bourn CF
Prado 2B
Heyward RF
Chipper 3B
Freeman 1B
Johnson LF
Ross C
Janish SS
Pitcher

Now, I understand that Uggla is a streaky hitter and needs at bats to turn around his (very extended) slump, so I kind of get Fredi running him out there most games.

What I don’t understand is having McCann play when his is obviously not 100%. I think he needs to take a 15 day trip to the DL and rest. The team needs him healthy if they want to make a legitimate run in the postseason. Ross can handle things for a couple weeks.

My, my

August 23rd, 2012
11:46 pm

I’m a Fredi fan, thought he did a good job w a poor Marlins team….BUT… why proclaim that you are going with matchups, and then play Mac instead of Ross w a lefty pitching? And even though it’s not a righty/left matchup, why not let Pastor get another chance at 2b? Played well last night, and Uggs can’t seem to win for losing. He finally gets on base, then blunders twice on the base paths ! Poor guy
doesn’t have much experience running the bases the last two seasons, I guess.
Either way, I cannot fathom professional hitters not getting anything off of Zito.

Clint

August 23rd, 2012
11:48 pm

Also, Hanson is the worst pitcher in there rotation now. I wouldn’t trust him in a must win game. He shows flashes of dominance, but isn’t consistent enough for me. Plus, it seems like anybody can steal off of him with that delayed delivery of his.

Hudson
Medlen
Sheets
Maholm
Minor

the truth...

August 23rd, 2012
11:48 pm

I want to be wrong but it isn’t looking that way……………

I said last night that if we want to make it to the playoffs it will be with Uggla sitting………….but too bad, we know Fredi and Frank all too well…………….

Sit the hottest hitter in MLB…..Jason Heyward…… and “run Danny out there again”……………

So let’s see… he get’s to third and get’s himself caught “in between” …..then get’s himself picked off of first……

………….you know it really is sickening………….

Look across the field and you see Bochy in the Giant’s dugout….crafty and notice he runs on the Hanson-McCann duo……………………at will……………….

Fredi………….he runs Danny out there and sits Heyward……………

My, my

August 23rd, 2012
11:49 pm

Great comment by Joe Simpson; Hanson starts his motion normally, then when his left leg reaches its highest point he absolutely becomes snail like as he ‘ loads up’. Baserunners must love facing him.

Bronke

August 23rd, 2012
11:49 pm

Not looking good tonight. Braves have no pop in their bats. Wish Heyward was in the lineup tonight. Freeman continuing his swoon when he is sorely needed. Agree that McCann needs to go on the DL. Go Braves and get some life into your team. How many of you miss Medlen already?

And Uggla StrikesOut

August 23rd, 2012
11:51 pm

This is exactly the kind of game we should be going all out to win, the kind of loss – if we lose – that will come back to bite us. Uggla should not be in there, McCann should not be in there, and I’ve got a bad feeling about Hanson being in there. Prove me wrong, Tommy!

Roger

August 23rd, 2012
11:52 pm

Does it bother anyone that his fastball tops out 89

Roger

August 23rd, 2012
11:55 pm

great defensive setup

Fats OKelly

August 23rd, 2012
11:55 pm

Hard to believe they STILL have Uggla out there……………Man is hitting about .200 and seems to get worse every game. FG, This guy ain’t no Babe Ruth………….Sit him down and teach him a lesson. Must be “glutton for punishment” type thing! :)

Ken Stallings

August 23rd, 2012
11:55 pm

Hanson has had baserunners in every inning so far pitched, and frankly I have seen enough to say end this six man rotation experiment. Further, I don’t even seen where Hanson would be worthy of going to the bullpen.

Yes, he pitches out of his own trouble more often than not, but his slow delivery is just terrible for holding runners on base, and his pitches continue to stay up in the zone and by the fifth inning the hitters just tee off on him. Every start he has made has required significant bullpen assistance. So, it’s not just the damage he causes but also the damage he causes to the bullpen.

I would say trade him, but I don’t see how we could get anything for him. With his pending free agency, perhaps the Braves should just put him on waivers at the end of the season, and demote him to AAA just to keep him close in case of emergency.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 23rd, 2012
11:58 pm

Huh, what a surprise… you put Uggla and McCann back into the lineup, and then sit Heyward and guess what happens… the Braves lose.

Tom

August 23rd, 2012
11:59 pm

Hanson sucks!

Tom

August 24th, 2012
12:00 am

Enter your comments hereDude could throw a 100 pitches in 4 innings of slow pitch softball

Ken Stallings

August 24th, 2012
12:00 am

And now the flood gates have opened and Hanson is not fooling anyone. Five runs surrendered so far, and Fredi Gonzalez is hooking him right now. With only 4.1 innings pitched, Hanson has surrendered five runs (three earned) and another runner on second. The error charged to Freeman has allowed two to score so far and the runner at second would also be unearned. But, frankly Hanson is getting scortched. The Giants hitters are acting like the ball is on a tee and they can hit to whatever field seems best.

In my view, this should be the end of the road for Hanson, and frankly I believe that it will be. He can pout and moan all he wants, but he’s a shell of what he once was and frankly he was never a superstar even in his prime, which was all too shortlived!

Citi F. Jones

August 24th, 2012
12:02 am

Let the Fall Collapse begin…

Roger

August 24th, 2012
12:02 am

friend of mine went to spring training one year and said a Houston Astro Scout saidTommy Hanson will at best be number three on any staff…..that was from a Houston Astro Scout….

Tom

August 24th, 2012
12:02 am

Braves won’t score 4 runs in 5 games!

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
12:02 am

How many of you are getting that ugly feeling like it’ s September 2011 all over again? I have to admit that Hanson has become my least favorite pitcher. He has lost whatever was he had in previous years. Bad way to open the road trip :(

Tom

August 24th, 2012
12:03 am

Big red is dead!

Tom

August 24th, 2012
12:04 am

The colapse is on

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
12:05 am

Are you serious Joe? Now we’re using time zone excuses? The Nationals didn’t seem to have any issues when they were in San Francisco.

And Uggla StrikesOut

August 24th, 2012
12:05 am

Well, that’s the ball game. The ‘91 Braves might have climbed out of this kind of hole; the 1012 Braves won’t.

Ken Stallings

August 24th, 2012
12:05 am

Mercifully, the bottom of the fifth ends with Chipper snagging a liner that allowed him to double up the runner at third. Avilan does his job even though he surrendered a grounder between third and short and the sharp liner to third. But, he doesn’t allow any further runs to score, so good enough.

Now, a bullpen used hard in the marathon game at Washington has to summon up and pitch half of this game.

Tom

August 24th, 2012
12:05 am

How can u be a. It league pitcher and not hold runners….a slide step is basic

Frank Wren2

August 24th, 2012
12:05 am

I do not understand we have the best manager in baseball

Ken Stallings

August 24th, 2012
12:07 am

Zito pitches the Braves tough, but provided Hanson is toast, I am not predicting a collapse. Hanson has just been a momentum killer and bullpen killer combined. Zito got very lucky in the first three innings and he’s wild again to start the sixth. So, the Braves might be able to even come back in this game.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
12:08 am

Now Joe thinks Reed can tie things up with a solo homer.

Tom

August 24th, 2012
12:08 am

Hanson can pout in triple until he can develop a slide step and locate….he’s done!

Retired 6 years too late

August 24th, 2012
12:09 am

Just started watching the game and NO HEYWARD, NO ROSS, UGGLA playing. FIRE BOBBY LITE
NOW! I read what Jason is hitting @ AT&T Park and Bobby LITE sit him. Bobby Lite couldn’t manage my Grandson T-Ball TEAM. Liberty media you deserve what you are getting from Bobby Cox recommendation on his successor. Bobby LITE is killing this team and fan support. FIRE FREDDI RIGHT NOW. Let TP take over Freddi job for the remainder of this season. There will be no playoff for the home team as long as BOBBY LITE is manager.

Ken Stallings

August 24th, 2012
12:09 am

Tom,

All three Braves announcers on TV have really ripped Hanson and essentially called him stubborn for refusing to develop a slide step, or any other device to upset the timing of the runners. Right now, Hanson is the worst of both worlds. He has the slowest delivery in baseball, and if you timed his delivery is it very consistently slow. Hanson has to be the easiest pitcher in MLB to steal on.

lee maye

August 24th, 2012
12:09 am

Big Red with his slow delivery and 89 MPH fastball MAX, has been dead for some time. So, has Popeye. Big Red throws like Olive Oil and Popeye hits and fields and throws like Olive Oil. And, runs the bases like he has a stick up his arse.

Orlando Cepeda

August 24th, 2012
12:11 am

I do not think this is a very good manager.

Citi F. Jones

August 24th, 2012
12:13 am

LOL omg this team is just terrible against good teams.

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
12:15 am

I truly believe the Giants are laughing at this Braves team right now. Man on second and no one out and they don’t even score a run. How pathetic!

Citi F. Jones

August 24th, 2012
12:17 am

lee maye
August 24th, 2012
12:09 am

Big Red with his slow delivery and 89 MPH fastball MAX, has been dead for some time. So, has Popeye. Big Red throws like Olive Oil and Popeye hits and fields and throws like Olive Oil. And, runs the bases like he has a stick up his arse.
************

As much as I agree with you that Hanson sucks, at least get your facts straight – he hit 90mph more than once tonight. Have you even been watching the game?

chello

August 24th, 2012
12:18 am

We were 1-0 when Uggla sat on the bench. I thought we’d keep the streak going by sitting him again tonight? Good Lord, that boy forgot how to run the bases.

BravesDude

August 24th, 2012
12:18 am

The Braves are making Zito look like a Cy Young canidate, and Uggla is taking it back to little league with base running skills…I’ve seen enough, good nite Atlanta.

Caseyatthebat

August 24th, 2012
12:22 am

Fredi’s going with the hot hitters………..right! He sits Heyward and plays Uggla and McCan’t. Fredi’s the best man on THE OTHER team.

chello

August 24th, 2012
12:28 am

Wow! Uggla doesn’t seem to care with his at-bats. Strike three low and in the dirt. Growing up playing baseball, the phrase was “Don’t help the pitcher”. Now, that’s all Uggla ever does is help the pitcher.

Retired 6 years too late

August 24th, 2012
12:28 am

The Home Team will lose all four games against The Giants. When The Braves return home to face Philly, playoff hopes(Wild Card) will be a thing of the past and another tank season under Bobby Lite. Give Braves Fan som relief and FIRE FREDDI NOW!

BravesDude

August 24th, 2012
12:29 am

If anyone in that Braves locker room says, “you gotta tip your cap to them” after this game i will vomit.

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
12:29 am

These Braves are less exciting than the Houston Astros right now! The Cardinals are heating up and the Braves are beginning to fade. Wow I didn’t think it was possible back to back years!

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 24th, 2012
12:29 am

Worst manager in sports hands down… Left hanson in about 5 innings to long, sat the hottest hitter he has, started 3 men with BA’s below 220

Someone please ask this idiot in the interview how he thought it was the right thing to do to sit his hottest hitter.

JHarber

August 24th, 2012
12:30 am

Till Freddi is gone, I am gone

Biff

August 24th, 2012
12:37 am

At 25 Hanson is an injury prone former “power” pitcher topping out at 90-91. He has proven to be highly unreliable. Wasn’t long ago we were told how special this guy was. Apparently that was incorrect.

Citi F. Jones

August 24th, 2012
12:41 am

P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
12:43 am

Braves about to be shut out for the 11th time this year. Zito should pitch underhanded in the ninth. Does anyone even care anymore on this team?

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 24th, 2012
12:44 am

Hanson is horrible, he needs to go to double A
He should take Uggla and the manager with him. Uggla single handily set the tone for this game making an out at 3rd base, then getting picked off by 20 feet. Reached base twice, only to get out on base twice. Only sad part is his average went up 3 points because of a dribbler off the plate.
#Fire Fredi

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
12:56 am

Mission accomplished, we avoided being shutout… now we can come up short with Uggla and Mac coming up to kill the rally.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
12:58 am

It’s nothing short of a miracle when Dan Uggla makes contact with the ball, because his head and shoulders completely pull off the ball. He NEVER watches the ball hit his bat.

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
1:04 am

McCann is a lard ass

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
1:05 am

Mac comes through with flying colors… strikes out looking. Well done.

Biff

August 24th, 2012
1:09 am

Wonder what Mac was looking for?Down 1-2 guess he wasn’t expecting a strike.

Bronke

August 24th, 2012
1:10 am

There goes the game. Woo hoo

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
1:11 am

“Wonder what Mac was looking for?Down 1-2 guess he wasn’t expecting a strike.”

When you go up to the plate looking to hit a homer, anything that doesn’t split the middle of the plate looks like a ball. Maybe he could stop trying to hit the ball out of the park???

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 24th, 2012
1:12 am

Not sure which is killing us worse… McCant and Uggla, or the idiot that fills out the line up card with them in it every night. Then again, I knew Hanson was pitching tonight with his awesome ERA of 6+ over his last like 6 starts. What a bum. Fire Frediot

the truth...

August 24th, 2012
1:12 am

Fredi tonight’s demonstration of your judgement and managerial ability shows exactly why we are 6.5 games behind the Nats………….

Both Davey Johnson and Bruce Bochy eat you alive…………..we’ll be lucky to win one in San Fran with your astute wisdom.

Frank can you get the Uggla one off the field ???????????????????

the truth...

August 24th, 2012
1:14 am

Fredi wil manage us right out of the Wild Card………….watch…………..

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
1:15 am

Yeah, nothing new there….

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
1:15 am

He’s done it before.

derek k

August 24th, 2012
1:16 am

So freddie wants to play the hot bats ight?? well McCant! sure didnt help! Ross should of pinch hit for him ad heyward next but no instead we go with McCant! when is he going to realize McCant cant hit!!! Just play ross and if Ugg dnt start hittin play Pastor….. It seemed to work yesterday…the one time that he switched itup in the last 6 games..hmm and that was the one we won!!!! HELOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
1:16 am

Gant’s keys to the game are always the pitcher that “dominates” the offense, never the miserable performances of the hitters themselves.

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 24th, 2012
1:19 am

IF the Braves manage to make it to a wild card Frediot will retain his job. My hopes, no play offs (even in chippers last year) I just cant watch next season with Fredi as manager and no chipper at 3rd.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 24th, 2012
1:22 am

That’s my hope as well, but there’s always a chance Fredi keeps his job regardless of this season’s outcome. Hard to imagine him being allowed to stay after two straight collapses, but I’ve seen stranger things happen.

derek k

August 24th, 2012
1:26 am

I honestly think they are goin to choke!! Move ugg and Mccant to 8 and 9 because id rather have the Fn pitcher ahead of their azzez they literally piss me off like yall said both are going for the homerun instead of takin what you get and just puttin the ball in play!!!!! Pastornicky and Ross are a better suit ill say it and swear by it!!!

Go dj

August 24th, 2012
2:48 am

Dan please get it together as a 20 yr braves fan I wish you nothing but success . Quit lifting weights take that crap out of your mouth and concentrate you are a much better hitter than what you have shown braves fans. We want you to do well and spend good hard earned money to come see you and every other braves player perform. You and Matt Diaz are actually the only guys who hustle out on 99% of their grounders. I respect you for that and hope you get it going. Don’t get down .call your wife talk to your daughter and get yourself in gear. You’re a better player than kawakami francoeur, kolb, wick man and every other guy who struggled.

Freddie you have one of the best lead off combos in baseball and you dont even use them. High avg guys and we do ZERO hit and runs… It’s the simple things that we as braves fans want to see our team do and it is not being done. The Padres do hit and runs against us and we make their manager look like the Most Interesting Man in The World. You decide repeatedly against pinch running for your catcher after a lead off bunt single in a game against your MIA Marlins that we ultimately lost by two if you think these losses don’t matter look at last year we lost the WC by ONE game. I doubt I could walk a mile in your shoes or know what it’s like to manage a HOF player and a approx $90M payroll of players but fundemental things aren’t being done and if as a fan I see it Im sure management sees it. Im disgusted in what I had to watch on ch 53 tonight but it’s over go give them hell tomorrow night WE aren’t out of this race by far .

OTP

August 24th, 2012
7:01 am

So, we take the hot hitter and make him sit, while all these other clowns keep playing?!

OPEN YOUR EYES

August 24th, 2012
8:12 am

HOW DID WE LOSE TO ZITO OF ALL PITCHERS????? TOMMY HANSON IS EVERY BASE STEALERS WET DREAM, HE NEEDS TO BE BUMPED TO THE BULLPEN ASAP!!!!!!!

Duh-Uggla

August 24th, 2012
10:15 am

Trade Hanson to an NL team so he can come back here next year and get a NO-HITTER against the Braves – with Uggla taking a called third strike for the last out!

D from Charleston, SC

August 24th, 2012
10:20 am

ATTN Braves FANS: New post on http://bravesbanter.com/ about what the Lyle Overbay signing means for the rest of the Braves bench and the Current Standings of Atlanta’s starting rotation. 6 men for 5 spots… Who is the odd man out as of today? Other Braves news like where Michael Bourn will call home next year and a position by position breakdown of the BRAVES vs NATIONALS! Also, how to sit in HANK AARON SEATS for under $50, eat and drink for FREE at Turner Field, and which seats to avoid during day games.. All at http://bravesbanter.com/ … Don’t Stop the Chop!!!

semper fi braves fan

August 24th, 2012
10:42 am

The manager says “We are sitting Jason Heyward tonight due to left handed starter”
Reporter should have said “So you’re sitting your hottest hitter in a strugling line up, and putting in a left handed catcher with Ross on the bench?”

PCOLA Braves Fan

August 24th, 2012
10:47 am

I’m really trying to figure the Uggla deal out. Is it like others suggested, does he have something on Fredi? Is it the money he makes? Is Fredi afraid of him? Last year when Hayward struggled, there was no hesitation with benching him for a while. This year he is hitting really good and Uggla is struggling and Hawyard still gets benched. I thought a manager was suppose to put his best available 9 men on the field at the time and do what it took to win the game. What I am seeing is the manager putting his favorite friends on the field and hoping they might win, but no biggie if they don’t. As a fan that spends a lot of money to see every game I go to, with hotel, food, and ticket expenses, it’s hard to justify me to go to games to watch Fredi’s friends play.

Bro

August 24th, 2012
11:53 am

Freddi G, have you ever played a game of baseball. Any little leaguer would tell you that you need a change at second base. Any major leaguer hitting barely 200 and making constant outs with runners in scoring position needs to go to the bench. They would also tell you that Hansan is not a very good pitcher. Very inconsistent and unable to hold runners on first. Delgado did a much better job and he got sent down. Sheets has exhausted his degree of surprise and will not provide any extended help to a bad pitching staff. The only hope you have is –well there just isn’t any. Especially with your lack of knowledge in running a major league team. But not all the blame is yours. Scouting has failed to provide any suitable replacements–if they had than Delgado and Tehran would be in the majors. PS. Freeman needs a few days off. Six man rotation only good after Sep first.

Sonny Jackson

August 24th, 2012
11:54 am

I’d love to know what Joe, Chip, Don and Jim Powell really think of Fredi’s lineup, Uggla, Brian and the rest of this crew… We’ll never hear the truth but they slip up sometimes and voice a real opinion.

Brandon

August 24th, 2012
12:21 pm

As much as Uggla has been struggling, it is still hard to put blame on uggla for last night. He got an infield hit and 2 walks.

Yes you can call it a base running blunder to get picked off trying to steal 2nd, although i disagree. Everybody always complains about Fredi not sending runners or the braves not putting pressure on the defense, but when somebody tries to, they get bashed for it. You can’t try to steal a base without getting caught sometimes.

As for the second inning base running, that was just a tough one right there. i can call that a blunder right there, but the ball was back to the mound in half a 2nd. Uggla took two quick steps and then he was in no man’s land.

Still, the braves had many opportunities. The hitters need to show more patience at the plate. I felt like zito wouldve given the braves some runs if he gave them the chance to

[...] on Thursday night, but a couple weren’t nearly enough. The Giants scored four more… Hot-hitting Heyward gets rest against lefty Zito – blogs.ajc.com 08/24/2012 SAN FRANCISCO – In his first couple of series against the Giants [...]

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 24th, 2012
6:38 pm

Ball on the ground man on 3rd should freeze to see where it goes, not advance. We had 1 out. Uggla made a COSTLY error on 3rd base. You go on contact when there are 2 outs, not 1. Uggla’s an idiot and should be sent to double A to learn either to field or hit, better yet BOTH before he comes back up.

JETHRO

August 24th, 2012
7:27 pm

Uggla can always try the “moonshining business” if this don’t work out. :)

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