Medlen’s Braves-record streak on line vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO – After being shut out Monday night by a Padres 22-year-old, Casey Kelly, making his major league debut, tonight the braves will face another pitcher they’ve never seen, Andrew Werner, who is making his second major league start. And this rookie is left-handed. Uh-oh.

The Braves have won 16 consecutive games started by Kris Medlen, who toes the slab tonight against the streaking Padres.

The Braves have won 16 consecutive games started by Kris Medlen, who toes the slab tonight against the streaking Padres.

Ah, but the Braves will counter with their no-longer-secret weapon, Kris Medlen, who brings with him a rather remarkable team-record streak of 16 consecutive wins for the Braves in games he’s started going back to 2010.

Medlen and his streak are up against the Padres and their eight-game winning streak. Something’s gotta give, folks. It should be interesting.

By the way, of course, the Braves are facing lefties tonight and in series finale (Eric Stults). It wouldn’t feel right if they didn’t face one or more lefties in a series, know what I mean? Faced two in San Francisco, now two in San Diego. Four lefties in seven days on the left coast.

Not at all unusual for the Braves, who’ve faced more lefties than any other major league team this season, after facing more lefties than any other National League team in 2011.

Here’s a rather stunning stat: The only four NL players with as many as 175 at-bats against lefties this season are all Braves – Michael Bourn (197), Jason Heyward (187), Freddie Freeman (182) and Martin Prado (181).

That’s because no division has as many lefty starters than the East, and the other teams in the division have had more lefties start games this season than the Braves, who had only one lefty starter (Mike Minor) until the July 30 trade for Paul Maholm. In other words, the other teams in the division, the ones with multiple lefty starters during the season, haven’t had to face as many lefties when facing the Braves.

But you got that without me explaining it, so why did I waste the keystrokes?

Anyway, the Braves have 1,638 at-bats against lefties this season, while the Mets (1,506) are only other major league team with as many as 1,500. Last year the Braves led the NL with 1,637 at-bats vs. lefties.

This was particularly troublesome last season, because while the Braves had the most at-bats in the league against lefties, they ranked dead last in the league in average (.228) and OPS (.642) against lefties. You can see where this would be a problem.

This season they’ve already passed that ABs vs. LHPs total, but at least the Braves are up to eighth in league with a .249 average vs. lefties and ninth with a .705 OPS vs. lefties.

Prado and Chipper are two of the only Braves who've not struggled vs. lefties.

Prado and Chipper are two of the only Braves who've not struggled vs. lefties.

Much of that has to do with Prado, back in top form after his health-affected 2011 season. Against lefties, Prado leads Braves regulars by a wide margin with a .331 average (60-for-181) and 24 extra-base hits, a .503 slugging percentage and .891 OPS.

Next on the team is Reed Johnson, hitting .321 in 109 at-bats against lefties, including 8-for-25 with the Braves since being traded from the Cubs. Then it’s Chipper Jones at .310 (40-for-129) with a .392 OBP and .873 OPS.

But after that, Bourn (.284) is the only other active Brave hitting above .241 against lefties (Andrelton Simmons hit .295 with an .833 OPS in 44 at-bats vs. lefties before he got hurt).

Think about that. It’s not many Braves hitters doing well against lefties. Not at all. Uggla was supposed to be their right-handed power, but he’s hit .205 with five homers and 48 strikeouts in 142 at-bats vs. lefties.

• But about Medlen: How did we get so far off the Medlen path? That was what I began the blog with, talking about him bringing his streak into tonight’s game against the streaking Friars. And remember, Medlen is also a Southern California native, so he’ll have some friends and family here tonight from up the road in suburban L.A.

Since Medlen moved from the bullpen to the rotation nearly a month ago, he’s gone 4-0 with a microscopic 0.83 ERA and a .222 opponents’ average, with 29 strikeout and five walks in 32-2/3 innings.

He’s allowed no homers in 27-2/3 innings in four August starts, and in his past three starts he’s 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA, and 20 strikeouts against only two walks in 22-1/3 innings. He enters tonight’s game with a scoreless streak of 20-1/3 innings.

On the road this season, Medlen is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA in 23 games (two starts).

In night games – home and road – he’s 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA in 29 games (four starts).

He’s been even better against lefties than against righties, holding lefties to a .217 average (34-for-157) with no homers, a .259 OPB and .280 slugging. Righties have a .241/.281/.316 slash line with two homers in 158 at-bats.

And finally, Medlen has a 10-2 record and 3.47 ERA in 23 career starts, including those as a rookie in 2009 when he looked like a deer in headlights.

He’s come a long way rather quickly, especially considering he missed 13 months recovering from Tommy John surgery.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado ss
  3. Heyward rf
  4. Chipper 3b
  5. Freeman 1b
  6. Johnson lf
  7. McCann c
  8. Uggla 2b
  9. Medlen p

• One more thing on Reed J: He leads the majors with 16 pinch-hits, and Reed Johnson has gone 3-for-6 as a pinch-hitter since coming to the Braves. That’s only four fewer hits than the Braves’ pinch-hits leader, and it’s taken Eric Hinske 46 at-bats to get his seven pinch hits.

Yikes.

The Braves were a poor pinch-hitting team before adding Reed Johnson, who leads the majors with 16 pinch hits.

The Braves were a poor pinch-hitting team before adding Reed Johnson, who leads the majors with 16 pinch hits.

Yes, the Braves were a bad pinch-hitting team before Johnson arrived. Very bad. They still rank next-to-last in the league with a .182 average (30-for-165) by pinch-hitters, but with Johnson on board they’ve got the best pinch-hitter in the majors. He’s got 16 pinch-hits and Eric Young (13) is the only other big-leaguer with more than 11 this season.

Johnson has a whopping .457 average (16-for-35) as a pinch-hitter, with a double, a homer, two walks and a 1.057 OPS. Not bad, huh?

I’d expect him to be in the lineup somewhere tonight against the lefty.

• RF production soars: In the mountain of stats I subjected you to in yesterday’s blog about Jason Heyward, there was still one really good set of numbers that I forgot to include. The Braves’ complete reversal in production from the right field position since last season. It’s drastic.

Braves right fielders – Heyward has started 117 of 129 games at the position — are ranked first in the NL in average (.286), second in OBP (.356), tied for second in slugging (.508), fourth in homers (24), and tied for first in stolen bases (19).

This after ranking last in the league in 2012 with a .238 average, .313 OBP and .378 slugging; 15th in RBIs; tied for 10th in homers; and sixth in steals. They already have 72 RBIs after finishing with 61 in 2011.

Heyward has all of the right fielders’ homers and stolen bases this season, and 67 of 72 RBIs from the position.

• Etc.

The Braves have hit just .212 with 31 runs during their 3-7 streak, and 14 of the runs came in two games Saturday and Sunday at San Francisco. They’ve scored two runs or fewer five times in 10 games….

Don’t look now, but those pesky Cardinals are 16-9 with a .282 average and 3.35 ERA in August, and 6-1 with a .357 average and 46 runs in their past seven games. Granted, that includes a sweep of Houston, but they also have a series win at Cincinnati in that stretch

Speaking of the Reds, they’ve finally cooled a bit, going 6-5 with a 4.80 ERA in their past 11….

McCann has hit .190 (12-for-63) with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 19 August games….

Uggla talked a bit about coming within a couple of feet of hitting one out in straightaway center last night. He’s 3-for-31 (.097) with one double, no RBIs and one run in his past 10 games.

• Since we’re hoping that Peter Moylan will be among the September callups – having Moylan in the clubhouse is a good thing for all concerned – we’ll close this with a great tune by another Aussie, the legendary Nick Cave, here with his Bad Seeds. You can hear it by clicking here. By the way, if you haven’t heard, our man Jason Isbell has been busy recording a live album. And next week, the great Bob Mould’s got a rocking new CD coming out that Warren at Decatur CD played for me last week. It sounded terrific.

Nick+Cave+and+The+Bad+Seeds

“DO YOU LOVE ME?” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

I found her on a night of fire and noise
Wild bells rang in a wild sky
I knew from that moment on
I’d love her till the day that I died
And I kissed away a thousand tears
My lady of the Various Sorrows
Some begged, some borrowed, some stolen
Some kept safe for tomorrow
On an endless night, silver stars spangled
The bells from the chapel went jingle-jangle

Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me
Like I love you?

She was given to me to put things right
And I stacked all my accomplishments beside her
Yet, I seemed so obsolete and small
I found God and all His devils inside her
In my bed she cast the blizzard out
A mock sun blazed upon her head
So completely filled with light she was
Her shadow fanged and hairy and mad
Our love-lines grew hopelessly tangled
And the bells from the chapel went jingle-jangle

Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me
Like I love you?

She had a heartful of love and devotion
She had a mindful of tyranny and terror
Well, I try, I do, I really try
But I just err, baby, I do, I error
So come find me, my darling one
I’m down to the grounds, the very dregs
Ah, here she comes, blocking the sun
Blood running down the inside of her legs
The moon in the sky is battered and mangled
And the bells from the chapel go jingle-jangle

Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me
Like I love you?

All things move toward their end
I knew before I met her that I would lose her
I swear I made every effort to be good to her
I made every effort not to abuse her
Crazy bracelets on her wrists and her ankles
And the bells from the chapel go jingle-jangle

Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me
Like I love you?

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,216 comments Add your comment

faninva

August 28th, 2012
5:31 pm

…on the lead lap…

faninva

August 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

Thanks DOB. Let’s go Braves. Keep Meds streak alive

nolie

August 28th, 2012
5:37 pm

Top SS runs saved
Top 30 SS per runs saved this year. 15-20 is always very good.
Ryan, Brendan 20
Escobar, Yunel 16
Hardy, J.J. 16
Simmons, Andrelton 14
Aviles, Mike 13
Barmes, Clint 12
Cozart, Zack 9
Ramirez, Alexei 9
Crawford, Brandon 8
Janish, Paul 8
Castro, Starlin 6
Andrus, Elvis 4
Espinosa, Danny 4
Parrino, Andy 3
Pennington, Cliff 3
Brignac, Reid 2
Ciriaco, Pedro 2
Florimon, Pedro 2
Galvis, Freddy 2
Greene, Tyler 2
McDonald, John 2
Peralta, Jhonny 2
Punto, Nick 2
Vizquel, Omar 2

nolie

August 28th, 2012
5:38 pm

Top Right Fielders runs saved

Heyward, Jason 16
Reddick, Josh 14
Suzuki, Ichiro 13
Stanton, Giancarlo 11
Hunter, Torii 10
Zobrist, Ben 9
Revere, Ben 8
Ethier, Andre 7
Rios, Alex 7
Cowgill, Collin 6
Denorfia, Chris 5
Parra, Gerardo 5
Beltran, Carlos 4
Blanco, Gregor 4
Bogusevic, Brian 4
Mastroianni, Darin 4
Mayberry, John 4
Sweeney, Ryan 4
Upton, Justin 4
Bixler, Brian 3
Aoki, Norichika 2
Bautista, Jose 2
Christian, Justin 2
Fuld, Sam 2

Amber Girl

August 28th, 2012
5:38 pm

Has Chipper gone surfing?

Heisenberg

August 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

Padres relief pitcher last night looks like the love child of Goose Gossage and Al Hrabosky.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

Top CFers runs saved
Bourn, Michael 20
Trout, Mike 20
Span, Denard 16
Gentry, Craig 12
Harper, Bryce 12
Bourjos, Peter 8
Colvin, Tyler 7
Maxwell, Justin 7
Jay, Jon 6
Maybin, Cameron 6
Morgan, Nyjer 6
Young, Eric 6
Cain, Lorenzo 5
Crisp, Coco 4
Rasmus, Colby 4
Ruggiano, Justin 4
Barnes, Brandon 3
Gose, Anthony 3
Parra, Gerardo 3
Young, Chris 3

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

Lock Heyward up this offseason!

6 year deal 64 million

2013 4 million
2014 7 million
2015 11 million
2016 13 million
2017 14 million
2018 15 million

2019 Mutual Option 18 million

brian

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

I love watching Medlen pitch

Weaseal

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

No one cares who posted what we care about a- New Braves Win Streak Starts Tonight

Heisenberg

August 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

Uggla was supposed to be their right-handed power, but he’s hit .205…..
************************

At least his RH/LH splits are consistent.

brian

August 28th, 2012
5:43 pm

I have no problem with the Padres giving Chipper a surfboard. It more like a plaque honoring Chipper but San Diego style. For his trophy room.

Heisenberg

August 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

What else would have been an appropriate gift for CJ? A brick from the building in LF?

nolie

August 28th, 2012
5:49 pm

It more like a plaque honoring Chipper but San Diego style. For his trophy room….brian

yes, and humorous too IMO. very much a SoCal thing

nolie

August 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

22 runs saved between out two SS in just part of a season is almost amazing

Chris from the Rock

August 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

How about a day off for Freddie and Prado at 1st?

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

nolie

How many runs did Pastornicky cost us when he was starting?

Hugo Z Hackenbush

August 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

Hey, wait a minute…Castro is only 11th on your ss list? That’s got to be a misprint!

Venice Jim

August 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

Thanks, DOB! (approaching San Juan Capistrano)

Fredo

August 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

“Something’s gotta give, folks. It should be interesting.”

the “signs of collapse” side of me says that will be Medlen since he’s overdue, “remarkable team-record streak of 16 consecutive wins”, for a loss

Don

August 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

You know a slump is REALLY bad when a really big deal is made about a fly out to center field. I realize Uggla is great guy and all, but he I had to laugh when both the manager and beat writer find it necessary to celebrate an out.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

why would Castro be a misprint? he was worse last season

Chop Chop

August 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

Medlen probably won’t lose tonight. He’s a Cali guy and wants to show out for the home folks. However, he is due to get plastered by someone. Let’s hope it’s an important game that costs us the season.

MFin04

August 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

Surely we aren’t just “accidentally” facing a lot of lefties? I think not. We struggle to win against lefties, therefore we face more than most. Not too hard to figure that one out.

Brava

August 28th, 2012
5:59 pm

Thank you, DOB.

Sounds like Reed Johnson should be playing more and Dan Uggla playing less.

I’ve been saying that for a couple of weeks now, but who am I to question Fredi Jesus?

Braveone

August 28th, 2012
5:59 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,344 comments, TheOnlyBravesFan led the way with 105 posts. There were 165 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 TheOnlyBravesFan 105
2 nolie 102
3 Efrim 41
4 Mark 39
5 Jeff R 38
6 phil 34
7 The A Bomb 31
8 Venice Jim 29
9 ACE 28
10 David O’Brien 28
11 Shaun 27
12 RC 26
13 Bat Masterson 25
14 MIBravesFan 25
15 richbrave 25
16 Brian from SC 24
17 Capt.Mudd 24
18 George 23
19 cricket 23
20 Citifield Jones 22
21 Animus 21
22 Brava 20
23 Trader Jack 20
24 IlliniBrave 18
25 Arkansas Transplant 17

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

You mean a line drive to center that got caught with a great catch… a ball that got drilled 398 feet… that one. :roll: nimwit

Brava

August 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

nolie, where does Martin rank among LF (if you have that information available)?

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:02 pm

2. Braves
Actual record: 73-56
WAR record: 71-58
Determination: Lots of good defense.

I was a columnist in Augusta when the Atlanta Braves went from worst to first in 1991 and went on one of the most extraordinary 15-year runs in baseball history. Everyone knows that the run was fueled by amazing starting pitching led by three men, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, who will all end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Obviously there were some terrific hitters over that stretch — Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield for a couple of years, J.D. Drew in 2004, David Justice, Ron Gant and so on — but that pitching was such an overwhelming part of the story that it’s hard not to think of the Braves as pitching first.

They are not. Brandon Beachy was unhittable for a while there, and Tim Hudson is still offering professional craftsmanship, but the guys who were supposed to lead one of the best staffs in baseball — Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson in particular — have not.

The Braves’ WAR suggests they are winning games with not only their hitting (second in the league in runs scored) but with some great defense — they are more than 7 ½ wins above replacement, which is a pretty astonishing number. WAR’s defensive numbers are contentious, but as Tom Tango points out: They are consistent. The standings say the Braves are 2 ½ games up on the Dodgers in the wild card race. WAR says the Braves — with great defensive play from Michael Bourn, rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons (before he got hurt) and outfielder Jason Heyward among others — are six games better defensively. You don’t have to buy it, but it’s interesting.

Brava

August 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

nolie, that’s very impressive for Simmons, considering he hasn’t played the entire season. I imagine he’ll top the list next season.

J-MAN

August 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

I believe everything should be up to debate. I believe Fredi is a below average manager at best, I believe Uggla should be benched or sent to AAA, I believe McCann is hurt and shouldve been placed on the DL two weeks ago. I believe Hanson shouldnt be a starter anymore, Degado deserves another shot and has better stuff. I believe we need to get back to stealing more bases and working the count instead of swinging for the fences everytime. We need Fredi to show some fire and argue some bad calls. Also remember last season we had a better record and a much bigger WC lead so there is good reason to have doubts. Now thats how I feel if you want to debate me good because I love hearing the other side of the coin. But if your gonna drop insults and lame name calling then that cool too because you just lack the intelligence to properly debate me.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:05 pm

Top LFers
Gordon, Alex 14
Prado, Martin 10
Braun, Ryan 9
Jennings, Desmond 8

Animus

August 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

Janish with a day off and not Uggla against a LH pitcher? Hope it works out.

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

Our next 14 games are against teams under 500. and then we have a 3 game series vs the Nats. If there is any shot at catching the Nationals this is the time to do it!

Were only 5 games behind and the Nationals and they are on a 4 game losing streak.

Animus

August 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

Hey nolie – thanks for the info on the fielders. So the Braves have the #1 RF/CF and #2 LF in runs saved. Sounds like the pitching staff should be buying all the drinks for them!

Mikey

August 28th, 2012
6:08 pm

I think “hang ten” which is s surfing term for you land locked ATL’s & Chippers number 10 had something to do with the board. Either that or he uses it for target practice.

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Safe to say that if we just rolled with Simmons from the get go we’d probably have a couple more wins.

CB

August 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Uggla batting 8th. How the mighty have fallen.

Animus

August 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

Hmmm – looking at the starting lineup again – a Left and Right all the way down. A consequence is Uggla bats 8th!!! I just hope that’s a wakeup call for him.

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

I know some don’t like Denard Span as a possible trade target to replace Bourn cause of his home/road batting splits, but he’s a damn good fielder and fits the budget. Maintaining this great defense will be key. Tho I think our chances of keeping Bourn are under 10%

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

NL Team Runs Saved
Atlanta Braves………………56
St Louis Cardinals…………23
Arizona Diamondbacks…..22
Cincinnati Reds……………13
Los Angeles Dodgers…….10
Chicago Cubs……………….4
Pittsburgh Pirates………….3
Philadelphia Phillies………-4
Milwaukee Brewers……….-5
Washington Nationals….-13
San Francisco Giants….-18
San Diego Padres……….-20
New York Mets…………..-32
Miami Marlins…………….-39
Houston Astros…………..-52
Colorado Rockies………..-67

Hugo Z Hackenbush

August 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

Sorry, have to disagree. Our chances of keeping Bourn are 12.7%…

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

yeah Span is a good fielder, but his splits raise questions and if I have to look at another LHed hitter added to the team I am gonna hurl

Hugo Z Hackenbush

August 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

However, I think there’s a 100% chance that someone here will insult Dan Uggla before midnight…

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

nolie

True, but he’d be taking Bourn’s spot. We really do need a RH hitter besides Uggla who can bat 5th to break up JHey,FF,Mac. Cause at this point I don’t think we can depend on Uggla in the middle of the lineup. Thinking ahead Uggla would be batting 7th to start out 2013 with Simmons 8th.

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

Hopefully Uggla can just get back to mashing the ball with 3 years left on his deal that’s all we can do… Just play 150 games be able to hit around 250. with 30 dingers and i’ll be happy.

Peter R.

August 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

I guess there’s always next year. McCann back to normal with the surgery and Uggla not being as bad? Plus payroll being cleared. I’m banking on what next season will bring. I thought this year was going to be a complete wash for the team. Kind of surprised to this day as to what they’ve accomplished. Blame the players this time and not the general management. I’m kind of indifferent on whether we should spend the big bucks to keep Bourn. The first two of months of the year he was incredible and now he has just gone back to being the player he was with the Stros with less steals.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

yes we do because Uggla hits like a damn lefty too. he is much better against righties and not so good against lefties no matter that he hits right. I want another RHed hitter. I am tired of leading the league in IP against lefties :?

J-MAN

August 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

Uggla hasnt hit anyone since June 10. Thats when his “Slump” began

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

I don’t hate Span, but if that is the best we can do I will be disappointed unless they pick up a great hitting LF/3B and I don’t see both happening

anti-negative guy

August 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

peter R blame the players for what?

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

With Uggla I don’t care about AVG and OBP.. We just need him to SLG. 30+ homers with a 460+ SLG and watch the RBI totals rack up. That’s what we paid him to do. He’s never been a good hitter, he’s your classic slugger.

eddie57

August 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

When Simmons comes back he should hit ahead of Ugglier not behind him. It’s pretty pathetic when the most positive thing Ugglier has done lately is fly out to deep centerfield.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

August 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

David O’Brien‏@ajcbraves

#Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado ss, Heyward rf, Jones 3b, Freeman 1b, Johnson lf, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Medlen p

J-MAN

August 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

@ VaBravesFan thats true to an extent but we expected at least .260 from Uggla and also Uggla hasnt hit the HRs like he usually does only 4 since June 10. In fact if you take Uggla 34 game hitting streak away Uggla is batting under .200 as a Brave. So the question for debate is has Uggla just lost it and is it really a slump or is this gonna be his normal play from here on.

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

nolie

Span only makes 4.75 million next season. We could trade for him and still have plenty of payroll flexibility to add a quality bat for LF/3B

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

With Uggla I don’t care about AVG and OBP.. We just need him to SLG. 30+ homers with a 460+ SLG and watch the RBI totals rack up

I certainly care about him not making outs, but he slugs less too against lefties,
and RBI are much dependent on where he bats not just how many homers he hits, or homers would have a higher correlation with runs scored than they do

eddie57

August 28th, 2012
6:37 pm

Hugo, no sense waiting till game time to bash Ugglier.

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Uggla owned a nice slash line of 263/349/488/837 before coming to Atlanta. (5 seasons in FLA)

222/324/416/740 as a Brave

Very Alarming. You’d think that the whole pressure of a big contract would be gone, so it could very well be Uggla falling off a cliff at 31 years old.

phoenix

August 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Why, why, why? Why has the Braves defense been depleted tonight, just to keep Uggla’s horrible bat in the lineup? Prado at SS, Uggla with a bat. Advantage: Padres.

Sylvester Bill

August 28th, 2012
6:39 pm

J-MAN

Hard to argue with you on that 6:03 post. I just wish Fredi would go out there and show his butt once in a while. Was waiting for him to take up with Marteen in the first inning last night, but a no show as usual.

Bama Braves

August 28th, 2012
6:39 pm

Span Does not Wont To Leave The Twins.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

Obviously Washington bribed Fredi, phoenix…..

JD

August 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

Terrible lineup. Fredo just has to let his boy play no matter how much it hurts the team. Prado should be at 2B and Janish at SS. McCann, Uggla and the pitcher is a huge black hole at the back of the lineup.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

August 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

prado isnt a ss ! dont fredi get it ?! yessh !

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

Uggla is certainly not the first player to come here and struggla

Bravofan

August 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

Prado playing short and Uggla in the 8 hole interesting

Brava

August 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Thanks, nolie. I figured Martin had to be in the top ten. He’s just so good at everything.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

he may not want to Bama, but AFAIK he has no ability to stop a trade

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

August 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

uggla next to the pitcher. :mrgreen:

phoenix

August 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Fredi: “We just need to pick Uggla’s spots.” I agree. I’m thinking Japan.

ACE

August 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

DOB says leave the tough questions to the columist. He should leave trade rumors like the Griffey debacle to them also. If you don’t believe me ask Hudson.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

yeah Brava, but I gotta admit that I was a bit surprised by his being second

DiamondbackMac

August 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

Animus & Nolie

So the Braves have the #1 RF/CF and #2 LF in runs saved.

If you combine Simmons and Janish (22) we have the #1 SS in runs saved.

Lew

August 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Why? Maybe it has something to do with Janish getting a day off rayher than keeping “Uggla’s horrible bat in the lineup”. You’d rather Pastornicky with little experience and a terrible fielder and weak hitter himself at second just because you hate Uggla?

Dude’s definitely been disappointing this year, but we’ve seen him break loose before and if he does now, we could well overtake the Nats. Since no one else we have guarantees us any offense, it would be beneficial to have him in the lineup in case he does break loose = not as if he’s holding someone better back from receiving playing time..

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

what exactly is it that you get out of attacking DOB, ACE?

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

August 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

yeah, gary sheffield came here and only hit 38 hr in each year here…

Animus

August 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Fredi doesn’t seem to have the desire to argue about calls he know won’t get changed. The play at first last night with Prado being a perfect example. BUT…the only one arguing was Prado, I didn’t see TP say anything either – he’s a coach, great position to see/hear the play…maybe Fredi was taking a cue from him?

That being said, there’s nothing wrong with a manager showing the umpires he’s not afraid to step onto the field and question a call – don’t have to go out and get tossed, just let them know you WILL show your players and the fans that you’re not afraid to show an ump he blew a call.

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

If you combine Simmons and Janish (22) we have the #1 SS in runs saved. Mac

true, but then you gotta include Tyler :(

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

August 28th, 2012
6:46 pm

marquis grissom had at least 100 hits and 200 hits in his final year here…

VaBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

nolie

I agree with that, but I’d take a 2011 Uggla from here on out with the current lineup around him. I just don’t see Uggla coming back to his Florida form. So if I had to pick something that he could maintain it would be slugging. Give us around 60 XBH

nolie

August 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

gary sheffield came here and only hit 38 hr in each year here

so what, I never said that none have succeeded, but we have seen a number that haven’t too, which is what I said BooBoo

Animus

August 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

Hey DiamondbackMac – getting wet? Raining hard here, lot’s of wind – looks like you’re still under tornado warning? Be safe man.

DiamondbackMac

August 28th, 2012
6:50 pm

nolie

true, but then you gotta include Tyler

Ouch!! :(

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
6:54 pm

Blue Jays first round draft choice Marcus Stroman has been suspended for 50 games for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program, the team announced. Stroman…maintains that he “unknowingly ingested a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter supplement.”
He wasn’t the only former first rounder suspended today. Josh Sale, who was selected 17th overall by the Rays in 2010, also obtained a 50-game suspension, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune (on Twitter).

Sigh…. these people keep killing their bodies… and baseball doesn’t do enough to discourage it. Look at Melky, A-Roid, and Balco Bonds…. need stronger punishments.

Max Sizemore

August 28th, 2012
7:01 pm

Hey, nolie, great stuff. Keep it coming.

DiamondbackMac

August 28th, 2012
7:02 pm

Animus

Nothing here yet.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

August 28th, 2012
7:03 pm

Dang! BMac got bumped back down to #7 again? And why no Janish? Boo…

Ken Stallings

August 28th, 2012
7:17 pm

Well, truly it is another need to win situation for the Braves. They need to win this series versus the Padres and thereby salvage a .500 road trip. Kris Medlen needs to step up again and delivery a gem and hope the offense can solve the riddle and score some runs.

mpimentel

August 28th, 2012
7:19 pm

Uggla will rebound for sure…and it will be in sept when it counts…btw we wont gioing to find a CF like bourn, but we could find someone a defensive, healthier one (pierre?)…the biggest hole to fill in will be a LF, if prado came back to 3d… And assuming that prado will be at 3d the infield will lokk great ( prado, fransisco,pastor,simmons,janish,uggla,freeman)…well I think that pastor could be tradeed on winter!

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 28th, 2012
7:22 pm

mpimentel

August 28th, 2012
7:23 pm

What in span’s off line this season…maybe we can make a deal for him (on winter)…geez I will love to have bourn back.

brian

August 28th, 2012
7:23 pm

Hopefully the braves can take this one tonight. Take 2 out of 3 in SD and have a .500 road trip

Arthur Redding, Jr.

August 28th, 2012
7:23 pm

Is this the Best Braves Line-up Right Now?

Bourn CF
Prado 2B
Heyward RF
Jones 3B
Freeman 1B
Johnson LF
Ross C
Janish SS
Hudson P

brian

August 28th, 2012
7:26 pm

McCann hitting 7th and Uggla hitting 8th works for me. Fredi went with a stronger hitting lineup with Prado at SS

brian

August 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

yes it is arthur

MFin04

August 28th, 2012
7:32 pm

Uggla hitting 8th. Gotta be the best 8th hitter in all of baseball, right? At least the most powerful. ;)

This lineup is great. Defense probably isn’t as good, but defense can’t win games when we score 0 runs.

bravesgrl4life

August 28th, 2012
7:34 pm

Go Braves!!!

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