Heyward, Minor lead Braves in much-needed win

SAN FRANCISCO – Jason Heyward made himself at home again Saturday at AT&T Park, and Mike Minor showed again that he’s the most improved Braves pitcher since the beginning of the season.

Heyward hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Minor allowed only two hits before the seventh inning of a 7-3 win against the San Francisco Giants, a win the Braves needed badly after losing six of their previous seven.

“The clubhouse vibe is a lot better,” Minor said after pitching 6-1/3 innings in his ninth consecutive solid outing, and getting what for him was a relative abundance of run support. “Any time you get a win, especially against a good team like this, you kind of just reverse [momentum], get it going back our way.

“We had a lot of runs today, good at-bats, good defense. Everything just kind of started clicking. So hopefully we’ll keep it going.”

The left-hander was charged with four hits, three runs and no walks with five strikeouts, and two of his runs came on a Francisco Peguero double off reliever Chad Durbin immediately after Minor was replaced in the seventh inning.

“I’m pleased with the way Minor pitched today,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Better than pleased. Ecstatic. And pleased with the offense.”

So was Minor (7-10), who had won just once in his previous seven starts despite a 2.22 ERA in that period. The Braves scored no runs while he was in his past three starts before Saturday — all quality starts and all losses for Minor.

They had averaged just 1.8 support runs per nine innings that he pitched in his previous seven starts.

Heyward made sure there’d be no repeat of that when he pulled a Madison Bumgarner pitch onto the aluminum roof above the right-field wall with one out in the third inning. It was his fifth homer in nine games at AT&T Park, despite the spacious right-field dimensions that have made it a nightmare for most left-handed hitters not named Bonds.

“I don’t know, the crowd always keeps you on your toes here,” said Heyward, who has hit more homers at AT&T Park than anywhere except Turner Field. “It’s a fun environment to play in. They [Giants fans] are there every night, and they’re a good team with good pitchers. You’ve got to focus every at-bat.”

Even more impressive was whom it came against – Bumgarner (14-8) had allowed only four homers this season at AT&T Park, and the left-hander hadn’t allowed a homer by a left-handed batter at home since Joey Votto took him deep in 2010.

Bumgarner had a 1.93 ERA in his past eight starts before Saturday, when the Braves got to him for seven hits, four runs and four walks in 6-1/3 innings. He had allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his previous eight starts.

“I’m just looking for strikes to hit,” said Heyward, who’s hit .316 with 16 extra-base hits (nine homers) and 23 RBIs in his past 31 games. “I’ve faced him since ’08, and he hasn’t really changed much, and he’s been successful at it. Just looking for pitches to hit, trying to stay short [with his swing] and don’t miss the one you get to hit, because if you do he’s got you.”

Minor also helped his cause at the plate by drawing a seven-pitch walk to lead off the third inning and hitting a one-out double to the right-field warning track in the seventh. He scored both times.

After the Giants cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh, the Braves got two runs in the eighth on a pair of two-out bases-loaded walks by Michael Bourn and Martin Prado.

Minor allowed only one baserunner in the first four innings and retired 11 in a row before hitting Hunter Pence with a pitch to start the fifth. Joaquin Arias followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position with none out. It was the type of situation where Minor might have melted down in April or May, but he’s since become well-versed in the art of damage control .

He gave up a run-scoring groundout to the next batter, then got a strikeout and flyout to get out of the inning with a 3-1 lead.

“I was just trying to get guys out, just limit the damage,” he said. “If they score one run, that’s OK. Just try to make a quality pitch and if I walk him, I walk him, but just try to control it.”

103 comments Add your comment

garynpohio

August 25th, 2012
9:22 pm

not going to say, want to but wont

garynpohio

August 25th, 2012
9:24 pm

first, i would like to know is there a way to quantify how many more games the braves would have won if they had a .275 5HR hitting 2nd basemen in place of Ugg.

maybe we will see Prado at 2nd and RJ in left.

also just curious, are all the people that blasted Chipper in the spring still here. seems we dont hear from them now…….

Bob in Florida

August 25th, 2012
9:27 pm

With Francisco at 3rd tomorrow, I’m hoping Johnson stays in left and Prado moves to 2nd to rest Uggla He needs about a month off.

Bob in Florida

August 25th, 2012
9:29 pm

Update, Uggla needs 3 months off.

Dwight

August 25th, 2012
9:31 pm

sir that makes you a much bigger person.

PaulG

August 25th, 2012
9:36 pm

GaryInpohio….there is a stat…it’s called WAR….from the hypothetical info you presented likely little difference….really need to know OB % ,OPS, range factor, that sort of stuff….believe it ,there are worse 2 b than uggly in the bigs
My own preference is to put prado at 2 b & deal with the of in other ways

garynpohio

August 25th, 2012
9:42 pm

looks like i am not alone in that thought. somebody should send a memo to FG

NORRIS CHUCK

August 25th, 2012
9:43 pm

Justin Upton Claimed On Waivers

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [August 25 at 7:46pm CST]

7:46pm: The Rangers are one of several clubs that placed a claim on Upton, reports MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Since they have the best record in the AL, Texas is dead last on the waiver priority list for an NL player.

SATURDAY, 6:48pm: The Red Sox were not the claiming team, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). He reiterates that Upton will not be traded.

FRIDAY: Justin Upton has been claimed on waivers by an unidentified team, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links). However, a Diamondbacks official said there’s “no chance” of a trade this month.

Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick told reporters last month that it’s a “reasonable assumption” that Upton will stay put for the remainder of the season. It’s not at all uncommon for teams to determine trade interest by placing players — even stars — on the waiver wire.

Norm

August 25th, 2012
9:45 pm

Medlan, Maholm, & Minor (M&M’s) are looking like the top 3 in the Atlanta Rotation right now.

ZACK

August 25th, 2012
9:46 pm

talk about not on steroids any more. UGLA SUCKS!!!! every time he goes to the plate my eyes bleed, and when i think about that i have to watch his crap performace for 5 more years make me wish the braves would have signed keith lockhart for 20 years. I’ve been a braves fan all my life and i seen this crap a thousand time before, im gonna sit back and watch retard gonzalez kill us off down the stretch again.No more marlins in braves uniforms.

Norm

August 25th, 2012
9:47 pm

@Bob in Florida – Johnson’s defense was outstanding today. Agree with you, Prado to 2nd and Uggla sits.

longtimefan

August 25th, 2012
9:49 pm

Just an update-the sky is not falling.

Papa Smurf

August 25th, 2012
9:49 pm

The Dodgers are now the team to beat in the NL. Is there a more formidable middle of the lineup than LA’s?

Ken Stallings

August 25th, 2012
9:53 pm

Kind of ironic that Minor earned the win but in a start where he gave up more runs than he has in all the no-decisions and losses he got hung with. But, the Braves played a solid game in all facets today. Uggla went hitless but got a walk and scored a run from it.

Heyward is playing truly outstanding baseball. The missed play last night was on a 420 foot fly ball and frankly that’s a distance that fielders are not used to running. It’s easy to lose your bearings running that far back.

Sundrop Kid

August 25th, 2012
10:04 pm

With the Dodgers now the team expected to take that division due to their big move, looks like it will come down to a “dogfight” for the wildcard among the Braves, the Giants, and the Cards, and only two can go. The Pirates seem to be going the other way.

Oskie

August 25th, 2012
10:06 pm

Why can’t the Braves see that Uggla is not coming out of it this season?

Braveoneastside

August 25th, 2012
10:11 pm

With each blast off his bat Heyward is rapidly becoming the ATL version of Willie McCovey. Trust the big guy can put one in Mac Cove on Sunday. J-Hey has some extra tools McCovey didn’t have in his bag- speed & range. Hopefully, the Braves can add an extra bat to protect Heyward & Freeman in the lineup next year.

Mldtown

August 25th, 2012
10:11 pm

Minor was being lit up earlier the year, and everyone wanted his head on a platter. This is a remarkable turnaround.

Credit to the kid for not folding.

longtimefan

August 25th, 2012
10:13 pm

Braves looking good for stretch run:
!. Favorable remaining schedule
2. Best NL defense by multiple measures
3. Fifth best pitching in NL, and improving over the last month
4. Third best offense-runs scored
5. Lead WC by 2.5 and likely to get home advantage for one game playoff (still hoping for late run at Nats, an admittedly good, balanced team)

Omawumi

August 25th, 2012
10:21 pm

Bravos played good tonight. But I’m not gettin my hopes up, they’ve done the Lucy-pulls-football-out-from-under-Charlie Brown routine way too many times for me to trust em.

SA

August 25th, 2012
10:28 pm

Uggla needs to unswell his arms so that he can swing the bat better.. I’m just sayin.

I wonder?

August 25th, 2012
10:29 pm

Why one person posts in so many different names using polar opposite personalities on the Braves’ blog sites?

Carolina Gent

August 25th, 2012
10:32 pm

Though I wish I could agree with longtimefan, I’m afraid I think more like Omawumi. WHile the rest of the season doesn’t look too unbearable, this poor play again the better NL teams is nothing new. All season it seems as if we’ve beat up on the weak teams, but drop a key game when it’s a must-win. See the series vs San Diego and Houston at home. Unless Uggla and McCann get hot down the stretch, and Hanson picks it up and another 4th or 5th starter comes through, we may sneak into the wild card but it will be another quick exit. And I want to see a good postseason run– not a one and done and even win one, then lose the division series 4-1..

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 25th, 2012
10:41 pm

The Phillies are heating up….

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 25th, 2012
10:50 pm

Defenitely dont like their chances against Giants, Dodgers or Cards in an elimination game. I’ll keep rooting til the end though.

BrianSC

August 25th, 2012
11:18 pm

The Braves definitely need to stay focused on the NL East title. I don’t like the Wild Card 1-game. Anything can happen in 1 game. Go for the NL East and enjoy an extra couple days of rest. The Nats are good and have been tough this year on the Braves. I think they are beatable. Come on Braves! Catch the Nats!!!

lee maye

August 25th, 2012
11:45 pm

Step on the brakes. Let’s not compare JHey to Willie McCovey. McCovey has a few more homers and didn’t strike out nearly that much. He often still hit over .300 with 40 HR’s. A Hall of Famer.

And, let’s not cover for his drop. A long run, yes, but he should have caught the ball. He has missed a few lately from sunlight to moonlight. Good compared to Hinske and Uggla though.

DOB Needs To Ask Tough Questions!

August 25th, 2012
11:52 pm

Folks. Tip your cap to the Bravos for finally beating a good team. But do you know who Reeeeeeaaallllyyyy gets a tip of the old capper? STAN KASTEN! He is doing for the Dodgers what the he did for the Braves when they had good ole Ted owning the team.
Ahhhh….the good ole days of relevancy, eh? Folks, with these Kool Aid drinking reporters and apathetic fan base, get ready to delve into 60mil payroll and stories from long ago!
So, to alllll thaaaat we say…Atta Boy Stanny!!

Beaten by an Uggla Stick

August 26th, 2012
12:10 am

If the Braves want to have a real chance at the playoffs, they need the best team out there and it doesn’t include Uggla. Send him down for the rest of he year and give us a chance to make the playoffs in Chipper’s lat year. Uggla has got to go.

benchwarmer

August 26th, 2012
12:34 am

LA trade, Gonzalas is likely the only player able to contribute much to LA’s fall race. The pitcher has been toasted on both sides this year.

RanMan

August 26th, 2012
12:45 am

It’s a shame that during one of the few times this season when the Nats have shown that they are mere mortals, and going 5-5 in their last 10; that the Braves go 4-6 during the same time frame. If we could have managed 6-4, we’d only be 3.5 back and the race in the NL East would feel like a race.

Anybody watching the Phillies? May be too little too late but they have pulled it together the last few weeks.

the truth...

August 26th, 2012
1:07 am

Fredi

Sit Uggla and go all out for the division…..the Nats are stumbling now and we have 3 head on in couple of weeks…………

Uggla must sit…..

You told McCarver this year you wouldn;t be so patient like you were last September…………..

FREDI NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP WITH THE PATIENCE THING WITH YOUR BOY BIG DAN….!!

SIT HIM DOWN NOW AND USE YOUR BEST LINEUP EVERY GAME….and that does not include Hinske in left field……

Buzz 2011

August 26th, 2012
3:22 am

Did Uggs get three hits or four?

Buzz 2011

August 26th, 2012
3:25 am

My gosh no!! Uggs craps out again with a hot 0 for 4.. The bum hasn’t had two hits in a
game for months

Brandon

August 26th, 2012
4:18 am

I want to analyze records of braves and nats vs. above 500 teams and below 500 teams

Braves record against under .500 Teams

Colorado 3-0
San Diego 3-1
Houston 4-2
Cubs 3-4
Brewers 3-0
Miami 9-3
Mets 7-5
Phillies 9-3
Red Sox 1-2
Jays 2-1

overall record: 44-21 .677%

Nats record against under .500 teams

Colorado 3-4
San Diego 3-2
Houston 7-1
Cubs 2-1
Brewers 3-1
Miami 7-6
Mets 11-4
Phillies 5-6
Red Sox 3-0
Jays 3-0

overall record 47-25 .653%

Braves record against teams over .500

Diamondbacks 5-2
Dodgers 3-3
Giants 2-4
Pirates 2-2
Cardinals 5-1
Reds 1-5
Nationals 5-10
Orioles 1-2
Yankees 2-4
Rays 2-1

overall record 28 – 34 .452%

Nationals against above .500 teams

Diamondbacks 4-2
Dodgers 0-3
Giants 5-1
Pirates 2-3
Reds 5-2
Braves 10-5
Orioles 2-4
Yankees 0-3
Rays 2-1

overall record is 30 – 24 .555%

If you take out the head to head match ups between the braves and nats, then the braves record against above .500 teams would be 23-24 (.489%). The Nats would be 20-19 (.513%)

As you can see, there is really not much difference in either team’s performances. Braves would be 1 game under .500 vs above .500 teams(with 8 more games played), while the Nats are 1 game over .500 against above .500 teams.

The clear difference maker has been the record the Braves have against the Nats.

If the Braves see a one game playoff, it’ll obviously be a battle, but considering that they split the season series with pirates and dodgers, and beat the cards 5 out of 6, braves have just as much of a chance as the other teams.

dodgers have improved, so they may be more difficult than before, but who knows. We have to see how it plays out. Go Braves!

erubi

August 26th, 2012
5:07 am

Did I hear right that Uggla’s sister got her CA town to make yesterday Dan Uggla Day? Whoa, something wrong..it shoud have been Fredi G. day for supporting her brother by letting him play! I cringe whenever I see the lineup and he is in the game.
Braves need to send him down to work on “getting hot” and also rest McCann and bring up a catcher. I am tired of hearing announcers and others singing praises when they should be asking the hard questions about the obvious. Hanson is another obvious problem. Let him be someone else’s problem in the National League so the Braves can score runs off of him!

CARL AVEN

August 26th, 2012
5:31 am

I was one of those people who spoke of the demise of Chipper in the fall obviously I was wrong ..But I have been correct re. Uggla…If I had been right half of the time in my career I could have done amazing things
Carl M Aven

Father A. Long

August 26th, 2012
6:34 am

Tim Hudson is available to ph for Ugh-la!

jc_dawgs

August 26th, 2012
6:35 am

Infante is hitting 2nd for the Tigers and he sports a .291 average. What a horrible trade! I’d love to trade Uggla and that contract to the Tigers for Omar. Looks like we’re stuck!

tim

August 26th, 2012
6:54 am

I try to be positive you know your team can never do anything wrong. Well that’s what I have always done the Braves are my team and no mater what I am going to continue to support them. Now I am in noway qualified to be a big league manager but for the life of me I cannot understand why Dan Uggla is put in the lineup day after day, if it’s economic fine say so. I kinda think that is what it is Liberty is paying this guy a whole bunch of money and he plays bottom line.

bravesgrl4life

August 26th, 2012
7:25 am

The Sonoma mayor designated it “Dan Uggla Day” for reasons not related to baseball. Dan does a lot of charity work in that community, like other communities, for children. I can take the harping on him about his lack of quality playing, but not about his commitment to charity.

man and dog

August 26th, 2012
7:26 am

Dan Uggla – the 2012 version of Derrick Lowe

lpt nation

August 26th, 2012
8:13 am

@bravesgrl4life its good he is doing charity work for children i wish he would do some charity work for the braves like go home get on a ladder fall off break his arm and be done for the season NOW THATS SOME CHARITY WORK

Amazing

August 26th, 2012
8:33 am

At least 20 different posting names for one person having a conversation back and forth with him or herself. Just amazing.

longtimefan

August 26th, 2012
8:35 am

Nice analysis Brandon.

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
8:54 am

@tim; very good read, I resoundly feel the same way. By the way, since this is a job for ball players, like uggla who are counted on to be productive by their organization, signed to a nice lucrative contract, cause grant it, when he was w/ the marlins, he was gangbusters against us, I use to dread him comin’ up to the plate against us(course now I dread see’n him come up for us) but for some reason, it’s gett’n very iffy to see him swing the bat, but someth’n he’s doin’ ok at is he’s walking more. I thought guys like janish,Bourne,& prado would be good for that sort of thing. But when my company gives me pay increase, their count’n on me to produce, so uggs should have a mind set to find a solution & rectify it asap!

RGP

August 26th, 2012
8:56 am

Uggla looks like he is trying to pull everything to left field at the plate. That is usually when he gets in trouble and he slumps. If i was his hitting coach i would make him try to hit the ball at least toward center field. Just a thought. At this point anything would be an improvement.

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
9:10 am

Carlina gent, Omawumi; My reservations increased recently, because I don’t know what braves team will show up today, I’m pulling for ‘em though, very passionate about ‘em, wanting a string of wins w/ authority, showing the other play-off calibre teams there no – push overs, that they are a Bull in the ring as well, when I get to feelin’ good about’em, they tear my heart out lett’n the other team dominate ‘em. I feel good about yesterday’s win, hope it carry’s over tonight & goes along for a while say another 35,34 game winning streak would be nice(kool-aid talk’n)& I love kool-aid when there winning. But lately been feelin’ like a yo-yo, up one day down the next, hopefully the nats hit there season down swoon just so we can be on there rear bumper again, be nice, drinkin’ kool-aid w/ splenda, a Lil’ bitter. Oh nice work Brandon good analysis, I concur w/long time.

ijudgenot

August 26th, 2012
9:10 am

Last years hot streak was the worst thing that could have happened to the Braves and Uggla. It is bad for Uggla because he believes that he does not have to make any changes or adjustments to his swing. He believes that it’s just a matter of time before he will get hot. The Braves believe that like last year if they just keep running him out there that it is just a matter of time before he goes on a streak like last year. Both are in denial so they ignore the obvious. It’s like a drug addict seeking that feeling of his first high, he will never get that feeling again but he keeps doping trying to get it again. Uggla will never have a streak close to last years but he keeps doing the same thing hoping to repeat it.

champsbbcoach

August 26th, 2012
9:32 am

Notice when Uggla swings at anything over the plate or on the outside, he pulls his left shoulder back. FG should make him hit everything to right field, if he tries to pull it, he should be pulled. Until he learns to hit to right field and until he remembers how to hit a change up or a breaking ball, he should only hit to right.
While on the subject of screw ups, have you noticed Hanson’s delivery? All arm and shoulder throwing the ball. He has only a short time left before he develops some serious arm problems. Shouldn’t he be taught that once his momentum starts toward the plate, it should continue? By halting, even for that mili-second, he’s losing a lot of his power.

crm300

August 26th, 2012
9:34 am

Uggla has to sit. Prado at second, Johnson in left for the rest of the season. Can’t understand how anybody can call himself a hitting coach and not make Uggla hit a thousand balls to right in batting practice. He is strong enough to hit the ball out of the park to all fields. Now, his left shoulder flies wide open, his head jerks off the plate, and the only time he makes contact is when he accidently swings where the ball is. The only way to get him to stop flying open is to make him hit to right until it becomes a habit. Where is the hitting coach? Uggla has to sit or Braves are headed for another September 2011.

crm300

August 26th, 2012
9:37 am

Also need to give up on Hinske. How many of those plays in left that Reed Johnson made in Saturday’s game would have been extra base hits with Hinske in left? At bat, he is left handed Uggla!

crm300

August 26th, 2012
9:50 am

Any of you Michael Bourn lovers taken a look at his batting average and on base percentage since the All Star game? How about the strikeouts? Do you really want to spend $15 million plus for six or seven years on this guy? Look at his career stats. He is no superstar! The Braves need to learn something from the Uggla/Lowe contracts. Don’t bet the farm on this guy and hamstring the bench or the bullpen because you spent too much money on Bourn. There are cheaper alternatives.

D from Charleston, SC

August 26th, 2012
10:10 am

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HAL

August 26th, 2012
10:20 am

angel pagan in cf is cheaper and better then boun loser

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
10:48 am

I hate ESPN. Showing Braves again. All they will do is cut them down. They don’t like Braves. Now I can’t see them because I have school tomorrow which I hate. NOT FAIR.

Brandon

August 26th, 2012
10:59 am

Don’t worry Amber Girl. School is cool !

Gene

August 26th, 2012
11:03 am

Uggla is a bust at the plate and in the field. This is like last season with Lowe. As Uggla slips toward .200, don’t expect Fredi to make any changes..

Clydesdale

August 26th, 2012
11:16 am

I am a big fan of light bats. Barry Bonds swung a toothpick despite being jacked up. Chipper is old school and swings a big bat. He sprays the ball all over the field. Uggla’s light bat approach needs to be addressed. Borrow Chippers bat for the restof the season. Dont get discouraged by an ofer. Give it a real shot because 100 ofers in 2 seasons is not acceptable with his light bat.

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
11:28 am

@ Mr Brandon School sucks Braves Rock

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
11:32 am

Back later luv y’all

Teddy Ruxpinned

August 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

It’s very disturbing that fans watch the Braves and can see changes that should be made but the changes get made AFTER the season is lost. Like with Troy “No Hit” Glaus,Nate McAutomaticOut,Kenshin Kawacrapi,Derek “Bourbon” Lowe,and now Dan “Can’t Hit” Uggla. The Braves don’t make move on players when they can still win like right now by sitting Uggla. They wait until another season is lost to make a move. Can someone tell me why ?

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
12:15 pm

Miss DUMB Amber is back

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

Yeah; Uggs front shoulder pulls off the ball in his swing, use to, seems like he’d notice these things himself, or I’m sure Walk & fletch would have let him seen this himself on film, try to correct these things, & to keep the head down in the zone during the follow thru. Some of the basics in hitting, big key is keeping you’re head still in the swing, go from front shoulder w/ you’re chin to the back shoulder in the follow through, from shoulder to shoulder w/ the chin. A habit that keeps the head still in the zone during the follow through. Mabey he’s gotta learn the squish the bug more like my 8 yr.old daughter is learning in fastpitch.

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

Hey, anybody, say you we’re uggla, or should I say Dan, going through this horrendous slump, if this was you right now, what would you do to get yourself out of this funk? Like some feedback.

Bud

August 26th, 2012
12:24 pm

I am sure Fredi G is the happiest man in town to see Ben go on the DL. Now he will not have to make that dreaded decision as to who the five starters would be. I don’t think he would have made any decision but would have said that the six man rotation was working fine and he was going to stay with it. Fredi G cannot and will not make a controversital decision. He cannot pull the trigger on sending a base runner, hit and run, etc. Now he doesn’t have to thanks to the DL.

Teddy Ruxpinned

August 26th, 2012
12:25 pm

Why can’t you,Carroll,Jeff S.,Mark,B.,Chip Caray,Joe Simpson,or J.Jurinovich ask Fredi why he continues to play Dan Uggla with options like Prado & Pastornicky available ? Force the issue.

Teddy Ruxpinned

August 26th, 2012
12:28 pm

I’d ask to be sent to AAA to get my swing back instead of handicapping the Braves by making so many outs. A team player would sacrifice himself for the betterment of the team.

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
12:33 pm

@Mr74bravesjersey You don’t want to talk to a very upset DUMB Amber girl. Braves are on ESPN tonite. Can’t see them . too late. Got school tomorrow. Hate ESPN Hate school. Braves rock. NOT FAIR

Predator X

August 26th, 2012
12:35 pm

The Dodgers just won the AL West with that trade. The Braves will be battling Giants,Reds,Cardinals,Pirates,D’Backs for 2 Wild Cards. The Giants look to have a lock on one Wild Card. The nemesis Cardinals are favored to win the 2nd Wild Card. Put the hottest hitters on the field right now. And Uggla & Hinske are not hot.

BrandonLee49

August 26th, 2012
12:36 pm

It’s quite Obvious here that Minor and Medlin are the Two Accountable Starters, in the Battle to forge ahead into Play-off Land… If we ever get beyond Two games and are still playing, Yhe Jig is Up… Now What did Chipper do yesterday??? Went 2 for 4 with 5 RBI’s… Really ??? or did he even Play???
oh Really? That’s Nice… Minor wasn’t actually Expecting any Run Support, anyways… It is Actually a Nice Additive in your Pitching Arsenal to have someone like Mike Minor& Kris Medlin who go out and Pitch to Win, irregardless to what the Braves hitters do or don’t do.
Mike Minor & Kris Medlin are True Winners… something the Braves haven’t had since Stan Kasten left….. and either the Braves and it’s Staff-in-tow Recognize this or there will be Other Teams Knocking on these doors come Contract-time. And They’ll be Pitching for a Major League Team, not the Cactus-league.

Brave New World

August 26th, 2012
12:38 pm

Lee Maye: Step on the brakes. Let’s not compare JHey to Willie McCovey. McCovey has a few more homers and didn’t strike out nearly that much. He often still hit over .300 with 40 HR’s. A Hall of Famer.

Lee: Willie McCovey was a terrific ballplayer, but he only hit .300 once as a regular player (he did hit .300 in less than 200 AB’s as a rookie). And I agree with you not to compare J-Hey to Willie McCovey – it’s better to compare him to Willie Mays.

Brandon

August 26th, 2012
1:01 pm

@Predator X – i wouldn’t go as far as saying that the dodgers have clinched the division with that trade. Games still need to be played out, and the giants still have a very formidable team.

Still an overall horrible trade for the dodgers in my opinion.

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
1:05 pm

Hi MR Brandon. Why do you say school is cool? If I don’t like it, how is it cool. School sucks. Braves rock

Brave New World

August 26th, 2012
1:07 pm

Brandon: Agree with you that the Dodgers got the short end of the trade stick. Beckett is an injury-prone head case who will pitch a good game every so often, but is not worth half of what he is being paid. Crawford was terrific playing for small crowds in Tampa, but wilted in Beantown. Gonzalez is the real deal, but comes with another huge salary. Red Sox free up budget, and get Loney and several highly-regarded prospects.

YELLOW BRITCHES

August 26th, 2012
1:08 pm

Tick a fork in this edition of the Braves. They are done. You don’t win when your usually stellar and reliable catcher is hurt and hitting 60 points below his average and you are financially tethered to a 2nd baseman who, like Andruw Jones before him, refuses to goes with the pitch. Why in blue blazes does a guy hitting 205 insist on pulling everything. Oh, did I mention Bourne is 35 points below what he was hitting just one month ago. While not a train wreck, the Braves are a car stuck on the interstate (left lane) driven by a senior citizen with its blinkers on. Watch out!! Watch out!

BravesFanInNashville

August 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

Dodger – Red Sox trade…. Brandon and Brave New World…… Totally agree.. This move undoes what Theo Epstein did in Boston. He tried to compete with the Yankees by buying free agents even if he had to overpay them to keep them away from the Yankees. This is the equivalent of someone buying a Million Dollar beach home in Florida at the top of the market in 2007 and knowing it only appraises for 1/2 that now and getting someone to move in and take over your mortgage and get your name legally removed from any obligations.

The Dodgers just way overpaid for Gonzalez because the Beckett and Crawford contracts are awful deals. Boston has a new lease on life and now can sign better contracts to support Pedroia, Loney, Lester, Bucholtz and their new third baseman.. Red Sox fans have to be happy about this and Dodger fans can be too because their ownership group seems to have endless money supplies they’re willing to spend to make the Dodgers great again.

Bravesfan54

August 26th, 2012
1:24 pm

crm300 – many on this blog share your observation about Hinske in left. He gave us a couple (was it 3?) of good years before he gave out. But he appears to be a completely spent force now, and needs to stay seated and used only in a situation when the “mercy rule” would otherwise apply.

Bravesfan54

August 26th, 2012
1:38 pm

No matter how good a year Bourne ends up with, I would not sign him to a “market-based” contract. Those contracts are skewed to the “insane money” crowd. The recent unproductive contracts of Uggla, Lowe, Kawakami pale in comparison to some doozers. Werth, Crawford (it would appear), Zito, Vernon Wells – for starters – should be abject lessons in staying out of this parade. (Though not gargantuan by a long shot – $30M over 3 years- just look up the career and/or contract-year numbers for Milton Bradley. Astounding that any GM could pay that kind of money for those numbers from anyone, let alone a player with his disruptive history!)

It goes without saying that BMAC’s option should be declined quietly and at respectful time and with a proper and respectful commentary. (eg.”We appreciate the many contributions….blah, blah, but, as a small market team with other needs and with the current economic framework of the game, we are unable to exercise our club option and wish Brian well…blah, blah…”)

Jaded

August 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

It’s great to see Heyward getting back on the path to superstardom. I said before the year that he was the key to the Braves’ season. He was the one guy with the ability to transform this into a dangerous lineup, and he’s done exactly that. He’s also playing an outstanding right field.

Jason is the man. He’s a perfect heir to Chipper as the face of this franchise.

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

Jason go yicketty again tonite

alex

August 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

do we expect at least average informative work from GM prior to big signing for our finance limited team. elementary research even from outside showing suspicious numbers for player in contract era. Wren worked around baseball for decades and got blind in signing uggla. man batting around .230, .240 for all carrier but .282 only in contract year. has it give you a pause for juice consideration. and still this fool signed him, no hesitation. this kind of signing barely affected teams like ny, la, philly but huge albatross in poor Atlanta. for this mistake only one punishment – fire and find someone with common sense.

danny

August 26th, 2012
3:25 pm

I had an absolute nightmare last night…………. 1 game playoff. Braves vs. Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw pitching for Dodgers.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

August 26th, 2012
4:02 pm

I’m still not looking forward to the Braves impending one game wild card playoff………

TomTomClub

August 26th, 2012
4:03 pm

Why are players like Jurrjens and Delgado held accountable for less than stellar performance yet Uggla is given a complete pass when viable alternates are sitting on the bench? Please don’t say it’s Uggla’s salary because that isn’t a valid reason. It is utter lunacy to compound the stupidity of signing Uggla to that extension by leaving him in the starting lineup when he is obviously hurting the team. Don’t get me wrong, Jurrjens deserved to be sent down. I just think Uggla should be judged by the same standard.

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 26th, 2012
4:16 pm

Phillies really helping the Bravos out.

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

J-Hey and FF are in Mammo-mode

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 26th, 2012
4:44 pm

Phillies are REALLY helping the Braves out.

Philly Phanatic

August 26th, 2012
4:57 pm

You’re welcome. June killed the Phillies. They were like 9-21. If they had Halladay, Utley, and Howard and worst case went 15-15 they’d be 67-61, right there. I think any baseball sports writer that knows his salt would conclude with the exception of the Dodgers they are the best team in baseball right now without their best player Ruiz in the lineup for the last month. he was batting.340 with 14 Hr,s and 50 something RBI,s. They have 19 games left with Marlins, Mets, and Houston. They easily have the best starting pitching with Kendrick winning 4 in a row giving up a run a game and the Big 3 all pitching great. Face facts in a 5 or 7 game series nobody but a homey lummox would bet the Braves over the Phil’s. You have nothing coming out of 2nd, short, catcher, left field. 3rd base is a crapshoot with Mr. Hollywood playing when he feels like it. A beating B and C sweeping A in baseball really doesn’t have any credence so that point is moot. I think the reason the Philly papers which I get both in N’ville has brought up the old you never know. Someone must have looked at the schedule and seen with who’s playing who it’s almost like you have to 30 – 4 to have a shot. right now they are chasing Braves and St. Louis. St. Louis is a lock if history tells you anything and along the same lines the Braves will fade as usual so LA/SF and. Cards will end up as wild cards. If you lost yesterday there wouldn’t be much disagreement but a win and it’s amazing what your feelings are. Just remember 1 win. You still play the Phil’s and in Sept Philly treats you as foster children. After last year nobody can dispute history but conjecture is just that. for the time being you should be thankful. Washington has lost two series sine all star break, Phil’s a combined 5-1. I despise St. Louis so if the Phil’s can’t pull off a miracle I think Atla. And LA is good for me. They claim the 2 wold card system is great, unless you’re the number 1 by say 3-4 games it is a gross injustice that 1 game decides it. If you play LA they have a decided edge with Kershaw and St. Louis with Wainright. I don’t trust Hudson for a second.

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 26th, 2012
5:02 pm

northbeach Scott

August 26th, 2012
5:03 pm

The Phillies are old. They will not win another division title with this group.

GRAPHITE

August 26th, 2012
5:31 pm

I suggest the Braves sign Bill Lee and Roger Clemens. They are both 1-0 and could come cheap.

Freeman's Volleyball Kneepad

August 26th, 2012
5:38 pm

I suggest all the trolls gtfo and get back under their bridge that is the Phillies blog.

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
7:04 pm

Hey; I remember J-hey & Buster durin’ their rookie seasons & of course Buster won out, but I remember the chant during the playoffs, posey’s better,clap,clap,-clapclapclap, which I know, to give it to giant fans for bein’ inventive, but realiz’n posey out for most of the year last year, @ralph, or anyone, can compare this years stats between the two? Just curious, are they still gonna chant posey’s better tonight? Course he is a Ga. boy himself, can’t hardly compare, they both gonna be steller.

Fruiti Gonzalez

August 26th, 2012
7:10 pm

Hi Boys!! Are we ready for a thuper game tonight? Get those sticks ready. Gooooo Braves yayyy!!!

Amber Girl

August 26th, 2012
7:13 pm

Mr74bravesjersey Hi J-Hey, Jilly, and roadrunner go yicketty. Braves win tonite. Is that OK with you

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
7:18 pm

Somebody in that green suit forgot that philly wasn’t suppose to lose out in that 1st round too quickly w/ the all world talent, & blowhole bank account they had last year. It was world series or Bust, Huh? well I guess the lighter shows ( They Bust!) sure it was one step better than those lowly Braves, pull’n out all the stops to take the low life braves out that last weekend, yeah took alot of energy to do in those bravos, that’s why fillies(female horses) didn’t havenoth’n in the tank against those redbirds. So ya’ll had to sit at home watch’n w/ the rest of us durin’ the rest of the fall classic. Yeah o’l buddy, you got alot to peacock about. O’well syanara, still that green mascot really is a hoot! He’s been crack’n me up for years. Ya’ll later.

Train Wreck Bystander

August 26th, 2012
7:21 pm

Uggla’s batting average has fallen below that of Paul Janish.

Uggla: 87 hits, 423 AB, 0.20567
Janish: 28 hits, 136 AB, 0.20588

Yikes.

74bravesjersey

August 26th, 2012
7:22 pm

Miss Amber, that would be cool! Sure hope so. & hope they do it for ya girl.

DawgNole

August 26th, 2012
7:24 pm

Just think, if our Braves could pull one out tonight, that would be two straight nationally televised victories. Been a good while since we’ve seen something like that.

C’mon, Braves. Do it for your bloggers. You know you love ‘em so.

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