Medlen lifts Braves in finale win vs. Nats




Washington – The division race in the NL East may or may not be a fading phenomenon, but the Braves wanted to send the Nationals off with some parting thoughts.

Their secret weapon Kris Medlen was just the man for the job.

Medlen picked right up where he left off last Thursday when he pitched a complete game shutout against the Padres, by pitching seven more shutout innings with much higher stakes in a 5-1 Wednesday night against the Nationals.

The Braves salvaged the series finale, snapped a four-game losing streak and spent only one day feeling the weight of a seven-game deficit in the NL East, their largest of the season.

“I was honestly pretty nervous about when I woke up this morning, knowing how tough of a lineup that is,” Medlen said.

But he never showed it, while extending his scoreless streak to 20 1/3 innings. He hasn’t given up a run since the second inning of his Aug. 11 start in New York, three starts ago. The Braves won the 16th straight game started by Medlen, dating back to before his “Tommy John” surgery in 2010, to break a franchise record. The Braves won 15 straight John Smoltz starts in his Cy Young season in 1996.

For Chipper Jones, Medlen brings to mind another former Cy Young winner with the Braves: Greg Maddux.

“He’s one of those guys that is pretty quiet, but he always walks around like maybe he knows something you don’t,” Jones said. “He’s got Doggie’s kind of presence out there on the mound. He’s not a big guy, but he walks out there like ‘I know I can get you out.’ And he’s got a few different ways to do it. Man, what a great time for him to have a great start because we needed it bad.”

The Braves were already assured of losing back-to-back series for the first time since losing to the Yankees and Orioles June 11-17. But they headed for San Francisco with a six-game deficit in the NL East, a lead in the wild card, and some semblance of a fight.

“There’s nobody giving up in here,” said Jones, as he sat in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park, signing jerseys for Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. “We still have our sights set on the division. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re not just going to concede it to them…

“They’ve gotten the best of us through this point of the season, but we’re still a couple games back and a sweep later on in the season from getting right back into it. It’s been done before.”

The Nationals lead the season series with the Braves 10-5 but have three games left in Atlanta on Sept. 14-16.

For all pitchers with the mid-90s heat the Nationals roll out every night, Medlen showed them a thing or two about his sinker and change-up combination. He scattered seven hits while shattering three bats, walked one and struck out seven. He used a nice double play from Tyler Pastornicky to get him out of a two-runner jam in the second inning and didn’t allow another runner in scoring position until Jayson Werth’s leadoff double in the sixth.

That Werth double helped to load the bases with one out after a Ryan Zimmerman broken bat single to center and a walk to Michael Morse, who didn’t bite on a 3-2 breaking ball.

But Medlen righted himself quickly after a visit to the mound from pitching coach Roger McDowell. He got LaRoche to pop-out on his next pitch and Ian Desmond to ground out shortly thereafter.

“(McDowell) just wanted to make sure I had my wind,” Medlen said. “I tend to get a little excited and can’t hold still most of the time. But I felt composed and I felt good and knew we had the guys behind me to make the plays.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez shook up his lineup Wednesday after the Braves scored only five runs in the first two games of the series. They responded by scoring five on Wednesday, including three in the ninth to put the Nationals away.

An old standby Martin Prado had the biggest hit of the night, after Ross Detwiler walked Medlen with two outs in the fifth inning. Prado doubled over Harper’s head in center field, after Harper had started in, to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. Prado had two doubles in the game and five in the series, while going 6-for-15 (.400).

The Braves took advantage of two Nationals errors in the ninth to tack on three more runs, with RBI hits from Freddie Freeman and Michael Brown. That broke the game open after the Nationals had cut it to 2-1 in the eighth with an unearned run off Eric O’Flaherty.

The four-run lead negated the save situation for Craig Kimbrel, but the Braves closer struck out the side for good measure in the ninth.

“We’re still within shouting distance,” Jones said. “…If nothing else we get a chance to go ‘Whew, take a deep breath.’ A win like this kind of rejuvenates us.”

165 comments Add your comment

Morris Code

August 23rd, 2012
1:08 am

Morris Code

August 23rd, 2012
1:08 am

i wont even say it but f-i-r-s-t

Morris Code

August 23rd, 2012
1:09 am

yes!!!!!!!!!! i finally did it, i’ve never been first!!!!!!! Now I feel complete.

Morris Code

August 23rd, 2012
1:15 am

Wow I really can’t believe it, i’m first, second, third, and fourth

Brava

August 23rd, 2012
1:20 am

Morris Code, congratulations. I guess you have nothing left to live for now. Hope you are an old person or the rest of your life is going to be really boring after this monumental achievement.

TheDude

August 23rd, 2012
1:21 am

and stupid. you forgot stupid.

Morris Code

August 23rd, 2012
1:21 am

Thank you Brava, if i live to be 110, I may never have another moment like tonight. Thank you so much for the compliment.

Brava

August 23rd, 2012
1:26 am

You’re welcome and I’m honored to be a part of your special moment.

Brava

August 23rd, 2012
1:30 am

Is there a better story than Kris Medlen right now? I think not. The little dude picked the whole team up and placed it on his shoulders tonight. Kudos to you, Kris Medlen. You’re the man!

Brian N Smyrna

August 23rd, 2012
2:06 am

Money Medlen. Gotta love the way he battles on the mound. Very happy for him. Hopefully this will keep him out of the bullpen for good now.

Scooter Wayne

August 23rd, 2012
2:31 am

One could say that Kris put the team on his back…dough?!?!?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0yfq2wDvU

BravesFanInNashville

August 23rd, 2012
2:47 am

Next year having Medlen, Hudson, Beachy, Minor and Maholm should be solid.. We have Delgado and Teheran and Gilmartin coming behind them. Pitching looks good in Atlanta for the future. Tommy Hanson is a good trade piece. We need to resign Bourn..

COOPER

August 23rd, 2012
3:37 am

Medlen is definitely our #1 pitcher. Much more confident and under control than Hudson.
Next year after Beachy come back , around July some time, if he is healthy our starting pitcher rankings should be: Medlen, Maholm , Beachy, Hudson and # 5 will come from out of the group who can throw strikes. I would trade Hanson while you can still get something for him.
Medlen reminds me of Greg Maddox.

John w

August 23rd, 2012
5:26 am

Would someone in braves management please tell Reed Johnson to shave that ridiculous looking hair patch on his chin!!

Larry

August 23rd, 2012
5:43 am

When Freeman drove that ball to deep right center with Heyward on second and Jones on first, I couldn’t believe that Chipper Jones–like Heyward–didn’t advance to second. That’s the ultimate in lazy, selffish base running right there and the resulting double play cost the team at least one run.

See the 1997 Marlins and 1998 Padres playoff respective playoff series for more of the same base path blunders by Jones.

And great job by Medlen, he whom the astute among us was calling to start months ago. Just how many games has this dolt of a manager cost this team with his cerebral shortcomings and utter lack of common sense (like letting Maholm pitch to the #8 batter with the pitcher on deck and in dominant form)? By my estimation between 10-12 games year to date….and where in the standings would this have us today?

Dumbest manager in professional sports.

Larry

August 23rd, 2012
6:05 am

John w,

Agreed, but then you have to consider that the vast majority of baseball players–and managers for that matter–are rednecks or from impoverished countries thus most barely finished high school.

Out of 750 total major league players (30 teams x 25 players), only 42 have college degrees (5.6 %). Now compare this to any other profession and quite simply you end up managers like Fredi Gonzalez who struggles to even sound intelligent or remember details of the game he just managed…notice how in his postgame quotes he is frequently posing his answers about certain stats or key moments in the game as questions to the reporter. That’s a clear sign of a low aptitude…poor short term memory.

The good new is this gives dimwitted Porta-Potty rental salesman like LoboSoDumb some hope that somehow even the least cerebral among us can make the big bucks somehow one day.

red&black

August 23rd, 2012
6:15 am

With college football so close, the Braves just don’t seem important to me anymore…..

Giants fan

August 23rd, 2012
6:21 am

Zito vs Hanson??? LOL!! Game 1 is ours.

longtimefan

August 23rd, 2012
6:35 am

Larry, I watch baseball to see athletes compete in this game I’ve enjoyed for years. My college calculus professor couldn’t hit the fastball or curveball. I could care less if any player graduated from college. Despite what you may think, that doesn’t help them play a sport any better. And for that matter, I don’t judge the worth or intelligence of an individual based on their level of education. Sounds sort of snobbish to me. Most people go to college to earn a degree so they can get a better job in the marketplace and enhance their earning potential. I don’t know a thing about you (other than you don’t like the manager with the fifth best record in baseball or our iconic future HOF third baseman) but i’d be willing to bet the average ML baseball player makes more per year than you, even if you did finish the local community college.

JNick

August 23rd, 2012
6:43 am

Wonder when people will learn the difference between “resign” and “re-sign”….

VinnyD

August 23rd, 2012
6:49 am

In a 1 game playoff, who are we hitching our wagon too? Medlen sure looks like the answer right now.
Medlen
Hudson
Maholm
Sheets
Minor
Hanson looks like your starting rotation right now. I think Sheets needs to miss a start in the rotation though.

RGP

August 23rd, 2012
6:51 am

Freddie made a nice move in benching Uggla and putting Prado at second and Johnson in left field. Uggla should have been benched a long time ago with that .206 average.

Original birddawg

August 23rd, 2012
6:52 am

Medlen’s always reminded me of Maddox, but I’ve always been afraid to say something that outrageous. Now that Chipper has said it, I feel justified in my belief. His presence, and even his delivery remind me of Doggie. Go Braves.

kreedham

August 23rd, 2012
7:09 am

If he ends up with 10 wins or more and continues to be dominate Medlan should get some votes for Cy Young….He can’t and probably shouldn’t win be I think it would be considered an honor by him if he made the list!

Larry

August 23rd, 2012
7:10 am

longtimefan,

That’s the problem with utter, unabashed goobers like you; education or intelligence has litte to no value to you, thus I’d bet you never took a college (or university) calculus class, or for that matter could define such.

As for this manager, even Ozzie Guillen, arguably less intelligent that FG, won a world series. If you can throw run out a Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, Maddux, Neagle, Leibrandt, Millwood and Ortiz in the 90’s it stand to reason one should win the majority of 162 games and qualify for the postseason over 3-4 other teams in a division…but whom did we see celebrate last on the pitcher’s mound 14 of 15 opportunities?

As for me, I pitched baseball for 9 years. But on the topic of education and income, I double-dog dare you to bet with me whom between us ranks the highest in each category.

Managing baseball is the simplest of all sports. Trot out a pitcher, fill out a lineup, sit and watch and try to make sound in-game decisions; ’tis the latter that FG is so grossly incapable…but would I expect you to know this?

Some babies were dropped on their heads but you were clearly thrown at a wall.

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FIRE FREDI

August 23rd, 2012
7:19 am

The win last night, was great. But if the Braves had the player’s of the Nat’s.And the Nat’s had the player’s of the Braves. Fredi G, still manager of the Braves. Braves would still lose to the Nat’s FIRE FREDI. With him as manager, Braves, will NEVER,go far, IF,they reach the playoffs. Fredi. got to GOOOOO.

Macon Fan

August 23rd, 2012
7:19 am

As for me, I pitched baseball for 9 years

Lot of trouble getting out of high school?

Why aren’t you a ML manager? Owners just don’t realize that you could do it sooooo much better?

Game Changer

August 23rd, 2012
7:33 am

Congratulations Medlen, been a fan since gwinnett days.

Living example of a true pitcher in the major leagues, whole lot of them but the scouts and gm’s hide behind the radar gun. The best pitching scouts understand pitching is about the individual, not speed of the pitch.

Tennessee Braves Fan

August 23rd, 2012
7:36 am

Larry,
I’ve had plenty of college calculus and lots of other college courses and you, sir, are an educated snobbish fool.

Uncle Tom

August 23rd, 2012
7:40 am

I told you so! Medlen should have been in the rotation from the beginning. Just because he’s not 6.5 220 lbs, he’s overlooked.

Birdhair

August 23rd, 2012
7:46 am

Who is michael brown?

Atlanta Fan

August 23rd, 2012
7:48 am

I knew the Braves could do it. Never doubted them. Now that they won a big game, I have pulled my Braves Jersey out of the garbage can. When they lose the next big game, I will toss it back in and deny I was ever a Braves Fan. But for today, I stand shoulder to shoulder with my fellow Atlanta citizens, doing the chop with my foamy tomahawk I got for free 6 years ago. Today is a great day to be a loyal Braves fan, isn’t it?!

GT John

August 23rd, 2012
7:49 am

Medlen pitched a beautiful game. He seems to have risen from a wounded relief pitcher to our best starting pitcher so hats-off to him. I thought FG made a good and bold move by shaking up the line-up last night. Also the six-man rotation…at least for now… seems like a brilliant stroke so your starting rotation will not be tired when October rolls around. Many people seem critical of FG… and I must admit that he looks a bit like a deer in the headlights during interviews…but I say cut the guy some slack. Give him a few years. Bobby is/was no dummy about that position and must have seen something in him.

On a separate note, I wish comments would confine themselves to constructive comments instead of insulting each other.

jt

August 23rd, 2012
7:50 am

Glad he let Uggla pinch hit (or in his case pinch strike out) just to remind Fredi that Uggla cannot hit worth a shyte!

Is there ANY pitcher Uggla can hit? I don’t think so, what a worthless piece of S@@T he is, get rid of him. Slow starter? He has taken two (2) YEARS and has not gotten started yet.

I bet Fredi starts him tonight, what a joke, he and Fredi are!

DAWG FAN

August 23rd, 2012
7:52 am

Red &Black, you can say that again.

jt

August 23rd, 2012
7:53 am

Best thing Fredi could do for this team, is to bench Uggla for a couple more games. We did not miss him at all last night.
No, Pastornecky did not get a hit, so what did we give up? Neither does Uggla, shown by his strike out as a pinch hitter (use that term loosely in ref to him)

Original birddawg

August 23rd, 2012
7:54 am

Boy Larry, you’ve got some issues. Why do people like you feel the need to get on these boards and insult everyone. I’m assuming that it’s because of your superior intelligence as evidenced by your frequent use of the prononoun ” whom”. By the way, since sarcasm is so hard to read, I’ll tell you that last statement was dripping with it. The real reason you people ruin these boards is because of your debilitating inferiority complexes. What type of individual anonymously brags of their intelligence and level of income? Feeble minded cowards who live in their parents basement. How old are you? Get a life Larry. Quit ruining everyone else’s. It’s just a game.

alanfalcon

August 23rd, 2012
7:55 am

Someone get the message to Freddie, its to little to late, espically with Uggla, he really looked bad as a pitch hitter and I had the feeling he could have cared less since he didn’t start.

Original birddawg

August 23rd, 2012
7:55 am

Wait for it……..

Derrick Keeter

August 23rd, 2012
7:59 am

All of those dumb starts by Jair Jurrjens and Randall Delgado are the reason that we are six games back. Why wasn’t Medlen been in the rotation since Opening Day? Although Uggla’s ugly batting average has pulled the lineup down, it is starting pitching that separates the first place teams from all the others. (Notice that the three teams ahead of the Braves in pitching are all first place teams.)

LIz

August 23rd, 2012
8:03 am

Awww Larry. I teach college (University) and I love baseball and the “rednecks” and guys “from impoverished countries” that play it. I have never once turned on a game hoping for intellectual stimulation. I have other avenues for that. I suggest you widen your horizons and open your mind a bit. Being from a third-world country or a poor rural town may mean you are less well read than some, but it certainly doesn’t indicate intelligence or aptitude. And it sure as heck says nothing about talent and athletic ability.
Go Braves! Love Medlen!

Dick

August 23rd, 2012
8:11 am

We’ll see if this year’s team has learned anything from last year because here comes St. Louis.

Ath, good grief.

August 23rd, 2012
8:16 am

Enter your comments here

Denny Lemaster

August 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

I see where the Brewers dumped Randy Wolf and his like 6-10, 5.90 ERA. Here is a Braves ace in the making. Better pick him up quick Atlanta! Need those quality starters.

My, my

August 23rd, 2012
8:21 am

Larry,
Go back above the Mason Dixon line, you embarrass yourself here, sir.
MLB players make it to that level because their education came not in the classroom, as you would have us believe yours did, but on the diamond.
Trying to impress a group of bloggers with your intelligence is evidence of having none.

Reality

August 23rd, 2012
8:22 am

Braves will win the play in woild card game and then lose a close series i first round of play-offs…

Mikey

August 23rd, 2012
8:23 am

Larry your arrogance and thereby your opinion’s are worthy of a warm bucket of spit. Nobody cares that in your mind you know more then the board combined or is more successful.

Now back to Braves nation. Freddie needs to have Reed Johnson’s bat in the lineup daily, which means Prado moves to second base and Uggla rides the pine. Even Larry with his “9 years of pitching experience” would whiff old Dan. McCann is hurt and should be on the DL and not another automatic out.
Our pitching is having an exceptional second half and deserve more run support for our new September run.

Smackerel

August 23rd, 2012
8:25 am

Comparing Medlen to Maddux is more than just mound presence. He pitches like Maddux. He has one that he throws to left handers that starts inside and breaks back over the black at the last second that usually goes for a called strike – that was one of Maddux’s pitches. He throws a sinking curveball to left handers on the inside black that looks just like one of Maddux’s pitches. He has pinpoint command and can throw any of his pitches in any count, and he has a devastating change up, both key weapons in the Maddux arsenal. And 20+ consecutive scoreless innings is not too shabby. Whether he’s actually thinking at Maddux’ level – probably not since he is throwing whatever Ross or McCann call for. But Lordy, he is sharp right now.

Mikey

August 23rd, 2012
8:29 am

I watch college & pro football & basketball to watch “highly educated & intelligent” athletes compete at a lofty intellectual level.

Inversely Proportional

August 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

Chris Medlen’s ability to win games and be a fan/player favorite
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Obnoxious Larry’s ability to look down on basically everyone except himself

harry taylor

August 23rd, 2012
8:44 am

The Braves may win the wild card but in post season, forget it. They have lost 2 straight series with the good teams. If they go to San Fran and lose the series then hang it up for the rest of the year. If they can win 2 or 3 of the four games from the Giants then there may be a ghost of a chance. If not, then just like last year. Team doesn’t have chemistry or leadership. Can’t go far missing those items.

Lobosolo

August 23rd, 2012
8:48 am

Poor, poor Larry, the Legend That Never Was… at least this time you show some lick of learning by giving us all a pre-emptive retort to myself, knowing that I would call you on your utterly dilusional sense of baseball expertise… You seem to be so bitter about such a good team, but even moreso that you never played at the level you dreamed about… AND failed miserably to learn what the game was about… I can imagine you berating your imaginary teammates on that imaginary team you thought you were pretty good on for nine whole years, jumping in one of your peer’s (is that even possible for such a peerless baseball wunderkind?) business for making an error while you whiffed four times in the big game for the t-ball championship (hint: if you can’t play t-ball after nine years, it should have been a sign that you’d never play baseball… if you had accepted that at the time, perhaps you wouldn’t be the embittered jagoff that you are now)

There is no hope now, Limpy… your time came and went and you’ll never learn to play the game now, much less know what it’s about… I reckon you could find some solace in that you can still come on here and be such a legendary prickman and delude yourself that the people on here actually agree with your manical rantings, but if you’d look closely, you’re only preaching to a choir of thirty or so equally unimpressive armchair “experts”… alexis is always wanting a fellow 20/20 to commiserate with…

You’ve shown yourself to the rest of the real Braves fans to be nothing more than a childish, puckerbutted, whiner- However, in consolation, you could look at yourself as one who is looked upon as a comedian of sorts… You know, one of those poor soul characters who is the brunt of the joke but doesn’t know it, evoking laughter of the embarrassing kind, but eventually (with hope for your miserable existence), shake-your-head pity…

Bless you Lumpy… it’ll be all right…

HAL

August 23rd, 2012
8:50 am

i think most on here watch watermellon eating contests lol

Lobosolo

August 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

And Larry… there is no pitching in T-Ball… you were as deluded then, sadly…. your coach should have intervened…

Original birddawg

August 23rd, 2012
8:55 am

Hey Larry, your last name must be Nails, because you’re getting hammered.

BabstheBravesfan

August 23rd, 2012
9:03 am

Larry, please take your meds today and calm down!! Angry and bitter much?

Braves66

August 23rd, 2012
9:07 am

If I had one game that I had to win like a wildcard play-in game. MEDLEN is the man I want out on the hill! Way to go Braves!

harry taylor

August 23rd, 2012
9:09 am

Holy Toledo we are have a knock down fight between Larry and the rest of the gang. Round 2.

Double Zero Eight

August 23rd, 2012
9:11 am

Right now Medlen is the best pitcher on the staff. He deserves
to be number one in the rotation for the post season.

billy bob baseball

August 23rd, 2012
9:12 am

HAL
August 23rd, 2012
8:50 am

i think most on here watch watermellon eating contests lol
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Yeah, and we were really pulling for you to win them all this season. But don’t worry, the seed spitting competition is coming up soon and we expect you’ll do better than your third place finish last year.

billy bob baseball

August 23rd, 2012
9:18 am

john w
August 23rd, 2012
5:26 am

Would someone in braves management please tell Reed Johnson to shave that ridiculous looking hair patch on his chin!!
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That’s right, little johnny has to go to work everyday dressed and tonsured the way someone else tells him to. On the weekends he has to dress the way his wife tells him to. Little johnny doesn’t like it when someone has the freedom to look and dress the way they want to, little johnny likes Stepford wives and husbands who all look the same. Little johnny doesn’t like freedom and individualism, that’s baaaaad. Little johnny likes bundling, we all bundle.

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 23rd, 2012
9:19 am

I have something to say to Larry. Honey, they are changing their names on here to get after you. You must have rung that man’s bell and hurt his feelings so bad he cannot compensate. He thinks he can change his handle and make it seem everybody hates you. Well, this SW Atlanta girl appreciates you telling it like it is. Medlen did great last night but Fredi had nothing to do with it. I did see Fredi bring in Dan Uggla to pinch hit though. It’s a good thing that right after the game he has no recollection of what went on or he might harm himself.

PaulG

August 23rd, 2012
9:20 am

Larry…please provide details of your professional baseball experience and education so we can search the original sources to verify your claims of baseball skill,academic achievement….thanks

Jerry Sanducky

August 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

Larry, bitter little man aren’t you? do you want to talk?

Lt Col Razorback

August 23rd, 2012
9:26 am

I hope Craig Kimbrel doesn’t get a single save for the rest of this season! If the Braves go into the final innings with leads of 2 or more runs, it’s fine by me! :)

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
9:26 am

A win for all of us arm chair managers! Finally FG heard our pleas! Medlen and Prado are our heros. Uggla’s pinch hitting, seemed an appropriate last hurrah. He continues to be an embarrassment to himself, the Braves and those who foolishly voted him as a starting All-Star. Send him down as far as possible and bring up fresh talents like Constanza. Liberty might as well eat his salary.

Ken Stallings

August 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

Medlen’s performance spoke for itself. It was masterful and given on a day that will be seen as critical for any Braves post-season efforts. In my view, Kris Medlen is now the ace of the starting rotation. Huddy is a very good 1A right now. If Medlen is available for the one-game Wild Card playoff game, he should be the one on the mound and let Huddy start game one of the NL series should the Braves win that Wild Card play-in game.

billy bob baseball

August 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

It’s unfortunate that with all that education larry has, he never studied psych 101, else he would have learned that when someone is laying it on thick with the snobbery and superiority, they are simply hiding a very massive inferiority complex. My guess is that larry was always the last guy picked when choosing sides for baseball, football, etc and now he comes to an anonymous blog to vent his frustration. Poor guy, he was probably stuffed into his locker one time too many by the jocks. Let’s give him some sympathy.

erubi

August 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Here is a sign of Fredi’s future – If Uggla and McCann are in tonight’s lineup!

Kwajbraves

August 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

Medlen, the little engine that could…

Big Series

August 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

Should take Uggla out for a few days, put Reed Johnson in Left field and put Prado at second and see what happens

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 23rd, 2012
9:51 am

Larry, you win. You have exposed the blog bully. What you see him doing now is trying to compensate. He’s probably had to do that most of his life. Even a girl from SW Atlanta who has played some serious softball on some very successful softball teams can see that you have exposed this weakling for all to see. You must feel very proud. I am proud of you. Fredi will be overmatched in the dugout long after we stop blogging here.

oh brother!

August 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

Hey…how about Uggla’s great pinch hit at bat last night? That guy rocks!

Pippa's hiney

August 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

Who is this Larry guy? What an a-hole.

P Rose

August 23rd, 2012
10:00 am

Please, Fredi Gonzalez, PLEASE — if the Braves make it to the one-game wild card playoff, PLEASE start Kris Medlen. Please DO NOT start Tim Hudson. I know Tim is the veteran and has “earned” the start, but Medlen is the best starting pitcher on the team, and you HAVE TO win that game.

Lobosolo

August 23rd, 2012
10:01 am

Pride goeth before the fall, Limpee… changing your name to LaBrenda and giving yourself Larry-like kudos for being a softball player (let me guess, Ms. Watson… you played for nine years, right? Nice to change the modifiers, though… you went from being “pretty good” to “pretty serious”) doesn’t hide the fact that neither one of your monikers knows what he/she is talking about … Fredi will be the MANAGER long after you tire of this pitiful charade…

Don Gurian

August 23rd, 2012
10:07 am

While you guys are busy insulting eah other, it will be interesting to note what lineup FG trots out tonight; my money says he puts Uggla and McCann right back in there, learning NOTHING from yesterday!
McCann is a real shame, because his injury should relegate him to backup catcher. Ross is plenty good enogh to play every day.
Uggla, on the other hand, should be put out to pasture!
Let the Rev rotate if nec. with Prado at second, and use Johnson in left in that rotation.
BTW, when Simmons comes back, is there any real reason that Janish could not move to second? I have a strong feeling that he could play there with little or no problem.

Marsellus Wallace

August 23rd, 2012
10:26 am

Larry, right about now, you probably feel a slight sting. That’s pride messin wit ya. Heck with pride! Pride only hurts, it never helps. Fight thru that stuff! You have to face the truth, if you were gonna do it, you woulda already done it. Truth is, after nine, your arse went down, say it!

PMC

August 23rd, 2012
10:27 am

KMed is just a phenominal pitcher. Loved seeing the change up with Pastornicky at 2nd last night and Reed Johnson giving Bourn a breather.

Bourn showed his worth and baseball IQ again last night going to 3rd and then going home when the ball was only 3 yards away from Zimmerman, he knew his arm was giving him trouble from earler in the game and he scored easily.

clt brave

August 23rd, 2012
10:28 am

GREAT game from Medlin….im so glad his hard work and time spent in rehab is paying off so well for him. What a relief to see that FG gave Dan the night off from starting last night….I hope he keeps him and his .207 average on the bench for a while…

WesleyII

August 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

And great job by Medlen, he whom the astute among us was calling to start months ago. Just how many games has this dolt of a manager cost this team with his cerebral shortcomings and utter lack of common sense
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Hey Idiot Larry, Fredi had nothing to do with keeping Medlen out of the starting rotation at the beginning of the year. The ORGANIZATION’S plan all along was to limit his innings to 130 and they are sticking with that. Unlike the Strasburg innings limit, the Braves planned all along to hold Medlen out of the rotation until the second half of the season. Why don’t you know that, you blithering community college dropout?

PaulG

August 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

Attaboy lobosolo?..my guess is that Larry’s grandiose thinking is reflective of a psychiatric disorder

space monkey

August 23rd, 2012
10:32 am

Medlen is by far our best pitcher. He should start the wild card game.

Hoss is my hero

August 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

Medlen is awesome, like a lttle bulldog out there, a mini Maddux cutting down the opposing batters. probably best pure pitcher on team, truly knows how to pitch and nobody in organization knows it. keep up the good work Meds and maybe one day you’ll get to be starter without having to look over your shoulder wondering when your going back to the bullpen.

vic_in_biscuitland

August 23rd, 2012
10:34 am

Nice game when it was most needed.

But who is this “Michael Brown” that got a hit for the Braves in the 9th? Proofreading is such a lost art…

Eisendawg

August 23rd, 2012
10:35 am

Looks like Larry, unlike GTBob, has been shamed into oblivion.

bananajacket

August 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

Larry—-not going to insult you or be vicious, but to say that “managing baseball is the simplest of all sports” is mind-boggling and really reveals your knowledge of the game. Good luck with your anger/identity issues.

space monkey

August 23rd, 2012
10:39 am

WesleyII:

You really believe that BS about holding Medlen till the second half. What’s clear is that the organization doesn’t believe he’s a starter because he’s short. What’s ironic about that is that he’s the closest thing to a power pitcher that we have. Bet he leaves the rotation in two weeks. Because that’s just how old, stupid baseball people think. Hanson is taller therefore he should start. It doesn’t matter how much he stinks. Hudson will start the WC game because he’s the veteran. It doesn’t matter that he’s likely to give up three runs in the first inning and then play with two infields until he’s lifted in the 5th with the team down 5-1 and facing Kershaw or Cain. What we need in this organization is somebody with a freaking brain.

Red&Black

August 23rd, 2012
10:42 am

“But on the topic of education and income, I double-dog dare you to bet with me whom between us ranks the highest in each category.”

Larry, before making a bet regarding educational achievement, you might want to look up the difference between “whom” and “who”. My 4th grader is one WHO knows how to use them correctly. You do not.

WesleyII

August 23rd, 2012
10:45 am

Medlen only has 87 innings so far this year. He’ll make 5 or 6 more starts and end the year right at about 130 innings. I’m just going with what the Braves have said all along and it looks like they’ll keep Medlen right at the target they set without having to pull a Strasburg shutdown.

Farnsworthy

August 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Why? Why so long to get Medlen in the rotation? Why oh why???
What a bunch of ditzes running the Braves these days. These guys are so bad at evaluating talent that, had they been around in the 90s, they probably would have relegated Greg Maddux to the bullpen or sent him to the minors to stretch.

Way to go Medlen!!! You are a gamer.

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 23rd, 2012
10:53 am

Well, Larry, there you go again exposing the blog bully – who attacks from all sides with various different names. And to the blogger who says Fredi had nothing to do with Medlen not starting games – can you fathom why the manager would have nothing to do with setting the rotation? If what you say is true, the front office must regard Fredi as an idiot with nothing to contribute. This SW Atlanta girl with more softball experience than anyone else on here is sure of one thing and that is that Larry has touched a nerve with somebody who is very insecute and is trying hard to compensate for something small in his life. I’ve seen that before and not on the softball field.

frito bandido

August 23rd, 2012
10:53 am

To all of you rednecks, that hate to have a manager with an hispanic last name, all what I can
say is that he has the fifth best record this year in the majors, with a team with a limited payroll,
playing, with guys like Hinke,Uggla, because we can afford to have the luxury of expending money.So before you make your hatefull coments learn more about baseball, and managing.

devilish d

August 23rd, 2012
10:55 am

lebrenda chenaenae and larry must be sexting each other. Good Lord, girl you are all over this goober’s nonsense like drool on a baby! Larry nine out of ten doctors agree: you’re a pompous, belligerent rascal who obviously doesn;t have a clue about what they’re talking about baseball-wise. Just pathetic. And Labrenda Chenaenae…the SWATs doesn’t have any serious softball teams…just sayin’

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

The Cheniles were very good sportsmen and one reason I am named Chenile is because of our pride in all things sporting and the way we blanket the softball field when we are in the lineup. That is why I can say without reservation that Larry may be the smartest blogger on here just because he has riled up the ever present blog bully blowhard who dominates with posts of little depth. I was hitting a softball out of the park long before I started blogging here with Carroll and I know what I am talking about – or for the gammarists I know about what I speak. Atlanta Public Schools rule – especially the ones in SW Atlanta!

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LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 23rd, 2012
11:07 am

Growing up in SW Atlanta I was exposed to the greatest Braves athletes like Hank Aaron and Marquis Grisson and I remember Ralph Garr making some appearances long after he played. So, I know real ballplayers and real ballplayers don’t play ball like Fredi coaches ball. Larry has it right. Multi-named blogger has it wrong. I love softball and I love the Braves and I know more about ball playing than any guy that just sits here and blogs all day about how smart he is and how dumb he thinks Larry is.

benchwarmer

August 23rd, 2012
11:09 am

I have noticed that when Uggla has hit well in the past that his eye is on the ball during the swing. When he is hitting poorly he does not keep his eye on the ball. Definate sign of overswinging.

therut

August 23rd, 2012
11:11 am

For all of us astute braves fans, please realize that we got shutout again last night except for the error that was called and the one on Harper that was not called. Otherwise we lose 1-zip. Don’t start on me I love the braves but our offense is just awful.

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