Braves quotes after Sunday’s win against Giants

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson’s performance and the win

“Huddy was good. That seventh inning was a little bit of a jam, and he minimized the damage and did a terrific job. I tell you, we threw some leather at them today. Right from the beginning. Janish made a couple of great plays, Martin made a couple of plays….

“We got some runs early, we manufactured some runs, and then we were able to add on some runs late.”

On winning weekend games after losing 1st two in series, in front of packed houses

“It’s a fun atmosphere any time you come here. It really is. They sell out, the fans are really behind them. I think they’ve got a pretty good home-field advantage with the way they support their team. It’s a beautiful ballpark. You’ve got a little cold weather, so it kind of feels like it’s postseason almost every night. And we bounced back after losing two games. We won two, now we go on to San Diego and try to win that series.”

On Heyward and Freeman in the series

“Terrific, both of them. Jason keeps coming up big. And when he doesn’t come up big offensively, it seems like he does something on the basepath or with a defensive play.”

On McCann getting three hits, albeit one a bloop and another a bunt

“That’s all right; he’s hit some balls hard that were caught. It’s nice to see him get going. I think he’s getting some knocks every game, little by little. It’s a good time to be [going] in the right direction. Now if we can get Danny going a little bit, because he’s a big part of our offense and he can carry us for a while, too.”

On Francisco hitting another homer filling in for Chipper

“That ball he hit … I haven’t seen too many balls hit there. It went almost straightaway center, 15-20 rows deep. He’s got some power. And he made some nice plays, also.”

On Hudson pitching a gem after allowing four runs in 1st inning at Washington

“He’s a competitor. He made some adjustments and he came out today and got the ball down. There was one series of pitches that he threw to Pagan [in the fifth inning], where he struck him out looking and he didn’t miss a spot. It was unbelievable. He hit every single spot he was aiming at.”

On Chipper getting standing ovation when he pinch-hit in the eighth

“It was nice to see San Francisco fans recognize an opponent. That was good to see.”

Sign that he felt a little better? (sore oblique)

“Yeah. I turned around and told Huddy, you never make it easy for me [to pinch-hit for him]. But we were trying to add on runs there.”

**TIM HUDSON

On importance of win

“It was important to at least come out of here with a split. We drop the first two. Any time you lose the first two in a four-game series, it’s tough to come out with a split. But we were able to come out here and get a couple of runs early, and I was able to throw strikes and make those guys put it in play. It was a day where you definitely needed to go out there and pound the strike zone. It wasn’t exactly easy to see out there from a hitter’s point of view. It was my job to pound the strike zone and make them try to hurt me that way, not give them free passes.”

On his sinker

“It was pretty good. I was mixing in some change-ups. I was just mixing everything in. Like I said, as hard as it was to see, it just made [the sinker] a little more effective, probably, than it normally would. It wasn’t a walk in the park out there [for hitters seeing the ball with the shadows], no question. I’m not trying to short-change what I did.”

On Janish’s two-run triple pushing lead to 5-0 in sixth

“That was huge, man. After that you feel pretty comfortable. They had a shot there in the seventh inning. I was able to pitch around some bases-loaded jams giving up only one run. It could have been a different ballgame if I didn’t make some pitches in that inning.”

On his two hits

“The second hit was obviously sun-aided. But that’s smart hitting. You’ve got to it where the sun is, you know? I’ve done that before. No, but it’s fun to go out there and help yourself sometimes. Like I’ve said before, we don’t get to do it too often.”

On his success against the Giants

“I love playing out here. It’s a great place. I enjoy pitching out here. It’s nice weather, cool weather. You don’t have to worry about taking an IV out here. You don’t have to worry about getting dehydrated.”

On Heyward’s six homers in 10 games in San Francisco

“Oh yeah, man. He needs to move out here….[laughs] And still play for us, obviously. Stay here during the offseason and work on that home-run stroke. Then come jack some balls at Turner Field, of course.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On getting three hits

“I found a hole early and bunted late. It’s good to salvage this series after going down 0-2 to a team that was as hot as they were. To win the last two – you would take a split coming out here playing a team that’s hot.”

On Hudson’s performance

“Huddy’s our ace. We feel very confident with him on the mound, and we feel like in big games he’s even better. We expect him to do stuff like that, because he’s that good.”

On the 2-0 lead in first inning

“With the shadows today, once we got those two runs I knew that was probably going to be enough. Even when the shadows weren’t bad, he was really pounding the bottom of the zone and had all his pitches where he wanted them. He pretty much did whatever he wanted to do today.”

91 comments Add your comment

Venice Jim

August 27th, 2012
12:30 am

We’ll be looking for you Tuesday and Wednesday, DOB!

Teddy B

August 27th, 2012
12:32 am

RAWR, Heyward is BEAST! Love it

JHarber

August 27th, 2012
12:41 am

I love the results of games where Uggla sits. Keep it going guys, Still could catch those Nats.

Dtrainwreck

August 27th, 2012
12:42 am

Gotta suck for the players knowing they have 73 wins and can’t get even half the number of fans to show up and support them as in other contending (and in some case non-contending teams’ cities. I love the braves but am really embarrassed by our weak fan base…

BravesfaninAugusta

August 27th, 2012
12:46 am

Uggla back in the lineup tomorrow…he goes hitless

BayAreaBravesFan

August 27th, 2012
12:54 am

Sat next to the Braves dugout tonight and after watching the games Thursday and Friday this was a great way to split the series and get out of town! Nice job, boys! Now let’s go whoop up on the Friars!

BayAreaBravesFan

August 27th, 2012
12:57 am

FYI I live in SF and yes tons of fans roll into the park but only 25% pay attention or even care about what happens…they’re too busy sniffing their wine and calling their brokers.

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
1:02 am

Now if we can get Danny going a little bit, because he’s a big part of our offense and he can carry us for a while, too.”

I guess that means we will see his sorry ass again tomorrow and Tuesday and Wednesday, lose three more in a row.

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
1:05 am

I have quit watching games in which Uggly plays, my blood pressure won’t stand it.

@DanWeiner

August 27th, 2012
1:33 am

Getting a split is certainly huge, especially after Fredi did everything he could to lose the first two games of the series by not putting his best team on the field.

The reality is for Atlanta that only a collapse like last year will keep them out of the playoffs. They have 34 games left, 28 of them are against teams that have losing records. If they poop the bed and go 17-17 down the stretch (which would be a letdown against the schedule) they still get to 90 wins and will probably go to the playoffs. If they can go 19-9 in that stretch and split the 6 games with Washington and Pittsburgh that puts them at 95-67 and definitely gets them a wildcard.

It’s in their hands. They will determine whether or not they go to the postseason. That’s all you can ask for as you enter September.

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
1:57 am

Good game to watch. Fredi actually show that he has a brain tonight by benching Uggla. He needs to keep him benched because Uggla isnt slumping hes a complete catastrophe. batting under .140 since June 10. Thats nearly 75 games he has “Slumped” and they were want him to break out of it. If Fredi would bench players that dont perform I would like the man. But with Uggla this year and Lowe last year I have my reservations. Im glad McCann dropped that bunt on that stupid shift. If he did that everytime they put it on him he would be batting well over .300 and if he does it enough managers will start playing McCann honest. I do think Mcann should have went on the DL about a week and a half ago but hey maybe he is feeling better. I dont like to dog McCann because Catcher is the 2nd most punishing position in sports behind runningback. But when your injuries affect your play that drastically I think a rest day should at least be given. But now we only have 6 games with teams with a winning recors the rest of the way we need to get healthy and bring up the right players for Sept Call-ups not centimental players like Jack Wilson, and JC Boscan. We need all hands on deck and we need Constanza, Meja, Gerrin, Simmons, Delgado, Teheran, Flande, Luis Durango, and Christian Bethancourt. to help provide some extra depth. We need to win as much as possible and hopefully sweep the Nats in ATL and hope we keep the Cardnials and Dodgers at bay.

jc_dawgs

August 27th, 2012
2:25 am

34 games left. 28 of the next 31 games are against teams with a losing record. The other 3 games are against Washington. The final 3 games of the season are against Pittsburgh. Now is the time for this team to go on a roll. So bench Uggla…start Johnson in left and move Prado to 2nd from here on out. Uggla can pinch hit every now and then.

Rabid dawg

August 27th, 2012
2:30 am

The problem with getting the wild card is that it is a single play in game this year against the other wild card. In those type of games a team is usually only as good as its manager……………Uh OH!

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
2:48 am

@ Rabid dawg: better not let lobosolo hear you bad mouth the “Greatest Manager Ever” Fredi “The Genius” Gonzalez because he has more knowledge in “1 of his molehairs” than any of us do………Maybe Fredi needs to listen to his magic molehairs instead because his brain doesnt work lol

JHarber

August 27th, 2012
3:05 am

@j-man, Bethancourt is out for the year broken hand or wrist.

billy bob baseball

August 27th, 2012
3:11 am

What a brilliant baseball mind we have running our ball club. He keeps an all star second baseman (Prado) in left field, he keeps a 315 hitting left fielder on the bench, so he can keep ‘running out there’ a piece of crap, good for nothing, automatic out to play second base. He let’s a great catcher sit because he is scared to bench or DL McCann, for reasons known only to him. For years we had sports writers and even announcers in this town who called an under performing players out, and challenged the managers when boneheaded decisions were made. Now we have DOB writing a column Sunday about uggla ’slumping,’ joe simpson and the boys in the booth repeating a mantra of ‘he’s gonna come out of it any day now,’ sounding like yogis in a meditative trance. Do they think we’re stupid, that we think ’slumps’ last two seasons, that we don’t know a bum when we see one. We have the team ‘leaders’ like Chipper and Hudson allowing gonzales to put a lineup on the field whose ineptitude should have embarrassed anyone who considers themselves a winner.These guys want to ‘play nice’ with the likes of uggla, hinske and hanson and other under achievers, instead of demanding the slackers on this club get their sh!t together and start performing. That’s why they collapsed last year, and its why they won’t make it this year unless the achievers demand gonzales put the best team out there. If the 20 players on the roster who are professionals are okay with gonzales running their buddy uggla out there to go 0 fer everyday, with allowing gonzales to put a player in the lineup who is only 70% because of injuries, with management that lets the pitching staff remain clueless all year on how to lay down a simple bunt, then they don’t deserve our support.

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
3:58 am

Oh thats right he broke it 2 weeks ago thanks for reminding me jharber I forgot…..That sucks. Oh well lets give Gattis a chance then even though he ha certinlycooled off.

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
3:58 am

Oh thats right he broke it 2 weeks ago thanks for reminding me jharber I forgot…..That sucks. Oh well lets give Gattis a chance then even though he has certinly cooled off.

My, my

August 27th, 2012
5:13 am

Billy Bob Baseball, I have only been a Braves fan since ‘66, but I’ve to heard announcers or read writers that ‘called the players out’ when they struggled. Don’t confuse ATL with your native Philly.
Better yet, go back.

My, my

August 27th, 2012
5:14 am

or…I’ve yet to hear announcers…..

chas

August 27th, 2012
6:17 am

nice to watch a ball game without uggla in the lineup. it sure is sicking to see him do nothing to help the team

Buddy Landel

August 27th, 2012
6:27 am

My, my

August 27th, 2012
5:13 am

Billy Bob Baseball, I have only been a Braves fan since ‘66, but I’ve to heard announcers or read writers that ‘called the players out’ when they struggled. Don’t confuse ATL with your native Philly.
Better yet, go back
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longtimefan

August 27th, 2012
6:38 am

If it were up to the majority of bloggers, Heyward would have been traded this off season, Chipper would have been forced into retirement, Francisco (he’s too overweight, why did that idiot Wren trade for him) and Minor would have been demoted to the minors several months ago. Since the Braves are playing pretty good baseball, attention is now directed to Uggla and occasionally McCann. FG doesn’t even get credit when he benches Uggla. Do any of you naysayers see a pattern with yourselves?

jasons shrinking waist

August 27th, 2012
7:27 am

IM keeping one eye up at the Nats!

Preston Thompson

August 27th, 2012
7:32 am

Billy Bob, you said it so much tactfully than I can. I just don’t have control of my words like you do when I’m pissed.

PaulG

August 27th, 2012
7:34 am

Billy bob….what are your qualifications to manage the Braves? Played professional baseball? Been to baseball camps to learn about strategy?in terms of managing people in general have you had a successful career at a high level position handling people of diverse backgrounds, personalities?are you acutely aware of the saber metric literature on predicting successful baseball performance? Like ferdi or not he passes all these benchmarks except possibly the latter.
Just asking.

John Pappadoppagapoulas

August 27th, 2012
8:16 am

All you statheads. Can somebody compare Francisco to Chipper as far as HR’s, BA, Slugging etc for games played? The guy sure seems to be making the most of his opportunities these days. Will he be our starter next year?

Lobosolo

August 27th, 2012
8:21 am

J-MAN, I thought you were just an imbecile, but now I think you’re a drunk imbecile.. Watch out, real Braves fans… the J-WHINE express is back after a win… PaulG, billybobwhatever is just another like J-WHINE, you know, whimperers who read something on a blog or in a magazine and DRIBBLE (verb again, Whiney… you must be drunk… your grammar is much, much worse in your long screed of the day) it out as gospel for the rest of the day…. They won’t answer you when you ask them what qualifies them to be a big league manager… the question seems to stop them in their tracks (or start flipping through Sports Illustrated for Kids to try to find something that will make them seem knowledgable)… J-WHINE, where did you get that pearl of wisdom about catchers and running backs? You read that somewhere, or is it one of your declarations by decree?

They don’t know anything because they don’t have the capacity to…. If the Braves should win the series, they will all be cheering about “us” and “we” and more than likely taking credit themselves… I will give them their props for being whiners, though… No whining slump on the horizon with these crysters… they are on roll…. readying tthemselves for induction into the Baseball Whiner’s Hall of Fame…

J-WHINE, I change my descriptor… Captain Kangaroo has more baseball knowledge in one of his mole hairs than you do….

ijudgenot

August 27th, 2012
8:27 am

“FG doesn’t get credit when he benches Uggla” Having him sit out one game while giving the excuse it’s because he was 0-7 against the Giants starter is not “benching”. What is it with this idea that you can only not start a guy who has hit .146 in 75 games when you have a plausible excuse not to start him, that has nothing to do with the season long slump. Wren made what looked like a good trade at the time(Uggla for Infante & Dunn) that has not panned out. Why does Wren insist on him starting? It only emphasizes the weakness of the trade by running him out there every day. Now, on the other hand if he sets him down and the Braves go on a winning streak and get into the playoffs then the fans will forget about Uggla’s failures until after the season. Also it takes the pressure off the guy and let’s him realize that he has to make some changes in his approach and swing mechanics that Walker is all too glad to help him with. But until that day comes that he is humble enough to take Walker’s instructions there won’t be any improve this year fo Uggla. Sitting on the bench for a prolonged period has a way of producing humility.

Jaded

August 27th, 2012
8:31 am

Fredi at least seems to be trying to learn from his past mistakes. He probably stuck with Uggla too long, but better late than never. His usage of his bullpen also seems to be much more responsible this year. He still leans on Durbin a little more than I would like, but fortunately Chad continues to overachieve.

I do think Fredi gets a little too much criticism on these blogs. He’s not a great manager, but in baseball it’s ultimately about the players performing. You just hope Fredi puts them in the best position to do that, and in that respect, I think he’s improving.

Buddy Landel

August 27th, 2012
8:34 am

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
1:05 am

I have quit watching games in which Uggly plays, my blood pressure won’t stand it
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74bravesjersey

August 27th, 2012
8:42 am

@ Ralph; Good morning sir!

BayAreaBravesFan

August 27th, 2012
8:50 am

Truth? What is the truth?

Billy bob baseball

August 27th, 2012
8:53 am

I am in love with BayAreaBravesFan because I love myself.

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
8:54 am

bostonbravo

August 27th, 2012
8:54 am

**DAN UGGLA
“I did good today, didn’t I?”

ijudegenot

August 27th, 2012
8:54 am

But I love myself too.

Virginia Brave Fan

August 27th, 2012
8:55 am

This is Jason Heyward’s team next year going forward. I’m excited about Heyward and Freeman for the next several years.

I wonder

August 27th, 2012
8:57 am

I wonder why one person comes on here all the time and talks to himself in 20 different posting personalities. Very strange indeed.

BravesfaninWis

August 27th, 2012
8:58 am

VirginiaBravesFan. Let me introduce you to yourself and all myselves.

panamajack

August 27th, 2012
9:25 am

Uggla has sat out 2 times recently and we won both those games,Fruti finally found a way for Ug to help the team out, he should do that the rest of the season. I know it is hard to have 13 million dollars sitting on the bench but what is better, $!3 mil on the bench and winning games or $13 mil on the field and losing games?

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
9:31 am

74bravesjersey

And good morning to you as well, sure is nice to watch a game without Uggla isn’t it, very relaxing.

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
9:34 am

Braves have won 2 in a row, it’s about time for “reckingball” to come out from hiding under the bed with more of his BS.

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
9:36 am

Hurling personal insults does not effectively make any kind of point. There will always be those people who deride Fredi, and it is useless to try to brow beat them. I also see no problem with having a real debate on particular moves and strategies made by the Braves’ manager. However, anyone who undertakes to criticising the manager probably does not have a full understanding of what he has to do in effectively running a team.

The Braves are in the thick of the wild card race. At this time last year, the team was on the precipice of an epic collapse. Hopefully, the team is ready to battle as there is no cushion this year and the prize of the wild card is not as great as it used to be. Rather than devolve into a pissing match about Fredi, let’s get behind this team getting into the playoffs will not be easy.

Braves Fan

August 27th, 2012
9:37 am

It’s amazing to read this stuff. If the Braves lose tonight they will be the worst team in baseball and they need to fire the manager ASAP!! If some of you people were the manager or the GM the Braves would win the World Series every year!

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
9:43 am

Tumbledown
August 27th, 2012
9:36 am

anyone who undertakes to criticising the manager probably does not have a full understanding of what he has to do in effectively running a team.

Fredi is the one that “does not have a full understanding of what he has to do in effectively running a team”.

HUH?????

August 27th, 2012
9:57 am

Hudson was awesome last night. Just another Auburn grad doing awesome things in pro sports.

HUH?????

August 27th, 2012
9:58 am

Juan Francisco is a beast. Reminded me of a slightly smaller Prince Fielder in the way he swings his bat.

HUH?????

August 27th, 2012
10:00 am

longtimefan

I’ve come to realize that sports fans in GA are irrational when it comes to sports. See: Mark Bradley.

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
10:16 am

Ralph – On what facts do you base your statement that Fredi does not have a full understanding on how to effectively run a team? Maybe the team as a whole feels more confident with Uggla on the field. The Braves have shown great patience with him. Probably too much patience, as I am sure many understandably feel. But let us say you are Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman. You see how much patience the manager has in letting players work out of slumps. Thus, you relax, focus on playing the game, and then your production increases. If the manager has a quick hook, maybe young players like Freeman and Heyward panic, try too hard, and completely lose their confidence.

Most people who criticize fail to see the bigger picture. The manager has to look at the big picture and how his decisions will affect the whole team. Fredi obviously has learned from last year, and the bullpen looks fresher going down the stretch. Of course, last year the bullpen had to pitch extensively because the Braves were involved in so many close games. Everytime you want to blame Fredi, all I ask is that you take a closer look. Getting Hinske into a game may seem short sighted, but you gotta keep your bench players active as that will help them come through in later games.

Folks, the Braves are 73-55 and in the wild card lead. Look at the LA Angels with all that talent. They stand at 66-62, four games behind three teams for the AL wild card. If you want to blame Fredi, why don’t you start looking around and seeing how other teams with a much larger payroll and better talent are doing.

Lobosolo

August 27th, 2012
10:22 am

And you do, Ralphie? Why exactly is it that you even watch the Braves? Before games start, you say they’re going to lose… When they win, you make a snarky comment…. when they lose, you whine to high heaven…. Why, again, is it that you watch? You’re one of the regular doomsdayers on here, like your sister Larry, who seems to want to approach life as a boil on someone’s behind…. Fascinating… what could have happened to you as a child to make you be such a whimpering prig…

The game, simple as it is, is too complicated for you guys…. Besides the TOTAL lack of qualification to be talking about how to actually hit, pitch, field, etc. (you’re not one of those experts who played t-ball for nine years like the LimpOne, are you?), you don’t even consider the role of a manager of people in an atmosphere of competition over the long period of a season, with its constant travel and very, very few days off, the added attraction of constant idiot scrutiny, and performance before large crowds of people… You have nothing in your feebleness except twenty-twenty hindsight….

This might be a dumb question, since not a one of you seems to have the cognitive ability to lead anyone, but I’ll ask it anyway…. We know that none of you has the ability to remotely come close to playing baseball on a major league level…. That is a given… What I’d like to know is this; Do any of you actually manage people on a large scale?… I’m not talking about being a shift leader for 15 at McDonald’s mind you (although I’m led to believe that a shift manager at MickyD’s has a greater grasp than most of you), but a leader of, say 30 or so professionals? Any of you??? If any of you answered “yes”, I’d like to ask you if you kick and stomp when things don’t go right? Do you brow beat your underlings in front of the others? Do you pick the best ones to do the job and send the others to their stations and have them just sit, paying them anyway but not lettg them work? How do you foster an atmosphere of teammates fighting hard, by and for each other? Do you walk out onto the street after work and tell the world what a miserable bunch of losers you have working for you when things don’t go right? Do you look your minions and the eye when they arrive for work and say, “You’re going to work pathetically today, so get it on with it”…

Since you blubberers are so adamant about not defending your bonafides, I’ll let you off the hook… We already know the answer…

Mister Frisky

August 27th, 2012
10:23 am

A slump is 0 for 20.Uggla has been 0 for the better part of 2 seasons.Keep the muscle headed caveman on the bench.

PaulG

August 27th, 2012
10:27 am

Tumbledown….great post….keep it up…lucid & rational

Crank My Wren

August 27th, 2012
10:33 am

Really hope Wren somehow convinces someone to take Uggla off our hands this offseason. I think at this point, thru almost 40% of his contract, we can all agree this was a terrible trade/extension. We had an all-star 2nd baseman, who is much better defensively as well, already there and basically handcuffed ourselves by moving him to left field for a lesser player. It appears Francisco has a pretty decent shot at locking down the starting job at 3rd next season, leaving Prado again without a real position. He’s played a remarkably good left field, but he’s too solid an infielder to subject him to the outfield, imo.
If we can’t dump Uggly, make his sorry ass learn left field and let Martin play HIS position. Just watching him there last night brought back good memories. As soon as the ball was hit hard to the right side, I was holding my breath, as I always do now, until I remembered Martin was there. That’s a great infield for next season if you LET MARTIN PLAY his natural position and move Uggla either out of town or left.

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
10:40 am

Thanks PaulG. I just think it is important to make the effort and look at things as objectively as possible. It is not easy to do as we all want quick answers and solutions. Shoot, after the collapse last season and the first four games of this season, I was too quick to think the whole season was going down the drain and that the whole organization needed to change from top to bottom. But, the Braves are now 73-55. There just has to be some overall good work being done by the organization, including Fredi.

PMC

August 27th, 2012
11:01 am

All that work JHey put in during the offseason is really paying dividends now.

Imagine if Freeman never had those eye problems…. wow.

reckingball

August 27th, 2012
11:02 am

Ralph @1:05am……”I have quit watching games in which Uggly plays”

Uggla is probably going to play in ALL of the Brave’s remaining games. So, if you are NOT going to watch anymore Braves games, you probably don’t need to comment on these blogs, as you will not know what is going on with the team.
Wait a minute(my bad), when has you’re not knowing what is going on, ever kept you from making you’re asinine comments before? HaHa.

Uggla will start hitting again.
go braves

PMC

August 27th, 2012
11:02 am

The bullpen being overworked is not as much of a problem this fall. The starters need to be better as a whole but mostly the offense simply has to score more runs on a daily basis.

The starters are decent, but not good enough to win a lot of games 2-1.

BravesBanter31

August 27th, 2012
11:09 am

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Gene

August 27th, 2012
11:21 am

Great game last night, but we never know when the hitters will show up. I do not like the prospect of a one-game playoff with St. Louis.

Dirty Dawg

August 27th, 2012
11:23 am

I’m just a regular fan but if I can see what Uggla’s problem is surely those that are paid to know, can too. The guy’s gotta stubborn streak as big as his steroid-pumped biceps. He simply is incapable of backing off his ‘if at first you don’t connect, swing harder’ approach at the plate. Maybe if they threatened to fine him $10,000 for every ball he hit to the left side of the diamond, he’d pay attention. Dammit Dan, cut down on your swing and just concentrate on making contact. Surely you’re not so muscle-bound in the brain that you can’t comprehend that concept.

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August 27th, 2012
11:51 am

Lobosolo do you fellate uggla and fredi as well in the flesh as you do on these pages? Is that why you feel so qualified to defend them, because you’re able to satisfy them so well Is that why you always question others qualification to talk baseball, because you get the straight, right from fredi and dan. Get off your knees and watch a game every now and then.

Mr. Biggs

August 27th, 2012
11:56 am

Nobody here hates Uggla. We just want the best hitters on the field. Compare Dan Uggla and Reed Johnsons numbers. Who do you think gives the Braves a better chance to win?

Barbara

August 27th, 2012
11:58 am

Well another win without Uggla whois a rally buster. I don’t think Fredi knows small ball we could have had more runs if he did the small ball other teams know how to do it. Why isn’t MdCann on the DL he is not well enough to play we have a great second string catcher (who is better right now than McCann) sitting of the bench. Bourn needs to be signed for next year please don’t lose him. Prado is a great player and can take over Uggla place hopefully get someone to take Uggla next season

Mr. Biggs

August 27th, 2012
12:06 pm

Wow. I felt like. I wrote that blog on bravesbanter. He spoke my mind when he said why not try Prado at 2b and R.Johnson in LF rest of year. You know what you will get from Uggla. I hope Wren can trade Uggla this off season. Its painful watching him go 0fer every game.

Luke

August 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

I think for the Braves to win the world series, Dan Uggla has to hit. Line up is too left handed and needs that punch from the right side…as bad as he has played we really do need to get him going. just my opinion. trust me though i am just as annoyed with the guy as you guys are but i feel like we need him to make a legit run through october

Luke

August 27th, 2012
12:38 pm

but…easier said then done when the guy is hell bent on pulling everything.

DawgDad

August 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

Luke:

Uggla is essentially a reverse-platoon player. He does not hit lefties well, and other teams know this.

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74bravesjersey

August 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

@Ralph; Sorry to take so long to respond back at’cha; had to step away, man, it does feel good, but geez, I wish things could go better for Uggs, I mean that stick would be nice if he was a glimpse of what he was in that streak last year, but yeah, I cringe when it’s clutch time wonder’n if his heads on straight or he’s up there pull’n off the ball – a – flail’n. I hate easy outs. Not to give up at bats should be the mind set, ain’t that what uncle wren said from the beginn’n? I don’t know?

74bravesjersey

August 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

@ J-MAN; I agree from you’re 1:57am post, (near the top) about McCann, I hope he could square it up before the year’s out. Another call-up if he’s on, is Gattis, I’ve been pull’n for him from the beginn’n, He & Mejia could be some nice threats pinch hitt’n wise. Gattis is a catcher to boot, has a strong arm, doesn’t “K” much.

reckingball

August 27th, 2012
1:46 pm

Ralph probably, “is hiding under the bed with more of his BS”(see:Ralph@9:34am).
J-MAN might be there with him. haha.
Go Braves!

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

Glad to see the braves win a couple and get reckingball out of hiding. As soon as they lose a couple he will crawl back under the bed with locosolo.

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

As I stated before, hurling personal insults does not effectively make any kind of point. I see a lot of comments not making any points.

Anyway, what has Gattis been up to recently in the minor leagues? Is he really ready for an ML appearance given his injuries this year?

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
2:42 pm

Ok Reckingball and lobosolo So you wanna call me out for criticizing the Braves for playing Uggla. Why is that the man has hit .146 since June 10, he doesnt perform and yet Fredi keeps playing the man. He leads the NL in worst batting average and is 2nd in strikeouts. So this blind faith in Uggla doesnt make any sense. Its not a slup anymore it has gone way past that point. Fredi Freeman had a slump for 3 weeks when he had problems with his contacts. Uggla has hit worse than that for going on to 3 months. But he Reckingball it is actually good to see you because unlike lobosolo we can actually talk without going to insults. Which is what debating is all about. I can respect people that have different opinions that at least try to back it up, but lamosolo only has lame insults like Armchairs, whiners and dribble and he still uses it when he means to say drivel and cannot tell the difference between drivel and dribble, and he calls himself a grammar expert BTW ….IRONIC actuallly MORONIC. But actually he is finally coming up with new material like J-Whine……thats a good 1 and it only took you 4 months to come up with, guess I should wait for another 4 months for your cognitive cobwebs to clear up to hear you come up with a new lame line. But I guess I’ll rip a line of of Shaq.
Hey lobosolo tell me how Fredi @$$ taste.

J-MAN

August 27th, 2012
2:46 pm

But I’m here reguardless of win or loss…..Where were lobosolo and Reckingball when Fredi played Hinske in LF Friday night??????

They are cowards that wont come out to take their punishment when Fredi does mess up.
If you dont believe me just wait until Fredi messes up again and you wont see any thing from them. Actually you will it will just be under another user name where they are with the other Fredi bashers.

Mr. Biggs

August 27th, 2012
3:38 pm

If Braves still had Lowe to go with Uggla theyd have whiskey bent & hellbound…

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
3:50 pm

Criticizing Fredi for playing Hinske is, I believe, an unfair use of 20/20 hindsight. What if Hinske had gone four for four with two home runs? It would then be equally unfair to heap undeserved praise on Fredi for playing Hinske. I am sure if one review decisions by other managers this year, you will see them starting a bench player every now or then in the outfield.

Why would these managers, including Fredi, do this? Maybe it is because they want to rest a player, as it is a long season and a day of rest could benefit a starter late in the year. Maybe a manager would like to give a player, like Hinske, a chance to stay active and involved. I am willing to bet that there will come a time in September where the Braves will need Hinske to perform, whether in a pinch hit situation or in the field somewhere.

Yes, I agree it is time to sit Uggla many more times as it is apparent that he will not suddenly spring to life with his bat. But, this is not as easy a decision as it appears from the comfort of our computer holes. Uggla is well liked by his teammates, and there may be some intangibles involved with him playing that are not so apparent to us outsiders. I could be wrong. I do welcome more lineups with Reid Johnson and Prado playing second.

Ralph

August 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

Tumbledown

Criticizing Fredi for playing Hinske is, I believe, an unfair use of 20/20 hindsight.

You don’t need 20/20 anything to not play Hinskie in LF, just look at the stats, this is a pennant race we’er in, not a personality contest, don’t ever forget we missed the playoffs by one game last year and every game is important.

Father A. Long

August 27th, 2012
4:42 pm

Ughla did not strike out!

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
4:53 pm

Ralph – We agree to disagree on the impact of Fredi’s decision making. every game is important, but we can go crazy trying to dissect the importance of every move made by every manager. I wonder if the Pirate’s manager has palyed somebody he should not have and that has led to their fall. I do not know.

Anyway, the important thing is that the discussion did not devolve into personal insults going back and forth. We are all Braves’ fans and should try to be more cordial with each other on this blog.

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
4:54 pm

Goodness, my last comment is full of typos.

BUGGSY

August 27th, 2012
5:29 pm

@Tumbledown, Can we just all get along?HELL NO and my point here is JUST WIN BABY! Oh and your a Blibit…

Tumbledown

August 27th, 2012
5:54 pm

Good luck in life Buggsy! You will need it.

Lobosolo

August 27th, 2012
6:09 pm

More drivel dribbling from J-WHINE and Rolph…. See you still can’t even attempt to answer the question I posed… It’s because you can’t answer because neither of you knows your behind from third base….

I thought it was just casual mistakes at first, Armchair, but your spelling and grammar is off-the-charts poor…. I imagine it has to do with that lack of cognizance… One must pause to wonder exactly what a couple of genii like you actually do for a living… “I’m a armchair baseball xpert… I don’t need no effin’ grammer”… What a tool! LOL! Your family must be so proud…

Lobosolo

August 27th, 2012
6:11 pm

All the armchairs have bad grammar!!! Buggsey…. your, you’re, there, they’re, their, stupid, stoopid…

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August 27th, 2012
6:49 pm

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ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 27th, 2012
10:34 pm

“Criticizing Fredi for playing Hinske is, I believe, an unfair use of 20/20 hindsight. What if Hinske had gone four for four with two home runs?”

4-4 with two homers? Heh, that’s a bit of a stretch considering how horrible Hinske has been this year. Even if he had a perfect night at the plate, starting Eric Hinske in LF in a park like AT&T is simply stupid. There’s A LOT of ground to cover in that outfield, and for obvious reasons, playing guys that possess good speed and range is the best thing one could do. Fredi Gonzalez seems incapable of making the best (or the most logical) decisions when he’s filling out a lineup card. He took a gamble with playing Hinske in LF, and unsurprisingly he got burned. If he had played Hinske at 1B, that would have been a completely different story. Gonzalez lacks common sense, and he outsmarts himself far too often to be considered a competent manager.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 27th, 2012
11:19 pm

“Folks, the Braves are 73-55 and in the wild card lead. Look at the LA Angels with all that talent. They stand at 66-62, four games behind three teams for the AL wild card. If you want to blame Fredi, why don’t you start looking around and seeing how other teams with a much larger payroll and better talent are doing.”

The Angels may have a larger payroll, and they may have more talent, but your argument is essentially invalid, as both teams are playing in two separate leagues of a very different quality. The Angels are having to play clubs like the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, A’s, White Sox, and the Rays on a consistent basis. If the Braves had to play the Yankees and Rangers throughout the season, do you honestly believe they would have the record they hold now? The Braves have beaten up on teams that are playing under .500, but are being beaten down by quality teams like the Nationals, Giants, and Dodgers.

Tumbledown

August 28th, 2012
9:49 am

Buttermilk -Those are your opinions of which I respect. My argument regarding payroll and talent is not essentially invalid just because you say so. Seven or eight NL teams have higher payrolls then the Braves this year, yet the Braves have the 3rd best record in the NL even after last night loss. Before one failrly criticizes Fredi, I want to see a comparison with managers from these higher payroll teams. I just want the complete, objective truth.

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