5:29 pm August 28, 2012, by David O'Brien
August 29th, 201212:58 am
Well, I am happy for Uggla. I’m simply noting how anemic the offense has been in this series. Saved by a pitcher who was just about perfect today, but they’d better hit tomorrow, I think.
King of Carrot Flowers
Medlen has the best stuff of any Braves starter. He has the best command. He’s the best at holding runners. This is no fluke.
August 29th, 20121:11 am
Frank and Fredi were saving Medlen. Yeah right.
August 29th, 20121:12 am
I am sure Fredi will say that HR tonight is the reason he keeps running Uggla out there.
The A Bomb
August 29th, 20121:14 am
As long as you’re looking to lock up guys — lock up this guy solely on his attitude. What a gamer. If we had 5 of him in the rotation we’d win the World Series.
Unfortunately back to reality tomorrow with the Red Robot.
August 29th, 20121:18 am
Fredi G on Medlen: “He’s terrific. He does everything you want a starting pitcher to do. Hopefully there’s young players out there watching him pitch. He gets the ball back and fires. He hold runners. He fields his position. He can bunt, hit-and-run. He does a lot of stuff.”
August 29th, 20121:21 am
Each start that Medlen performs like this, adds to the case that he should have been in the starting rotation from opening day.
Medlen has pitched superb!
Minor has pitched very well over the last 2 months. His era is 2.50 over 57 2/3 innings.
Have to get Hanson rolling, and keep Huddy and Maholm on point, and starting pitching will be good.
Hitting has to crank it up a little. If Uggs and Mac can get rolling, and Simmons is able to pick up where he left off, Braves stand a great chance in the playoffs.
August 29th, 20121:22 am
ACE, I agree. I think there’s some revisionist history going on there. All the talk early in the year was the ridiculous idea that Medlen was “more valuable” as a middle reliever. Never heard any mention of an innings limit. And if that was the issue, why was he stretched out mid-season only to return to the bullpen? Doesn’t make sense.
In light of the Strasburg situation, I think Fredi and Wren saw a way to spin their Medlen decision in a way that turned it into an accidental positive, instead of a huge mistake. Just a little self congratulating going on, that’s all. Management wants to be seen as the Braintrust, not the Braindead.
August 29th, 20121:23 am
@The A Bomb,
That’s just palin funny, @ 1:14 am.
August 29th, 20121:24 am
Very enjoyable game – not surprising to see people complaining anyway…
August 29th, 20121:26 am
Not revisionist history – anyone who paid attention in the preseason would have been aware that it was mentioned that one reason Medlen was sent to the bullpen at the beginning of the year was related to the surgery – I apologize for paying attention…
August 29th, 20121:32 am
Hello everyone! DOB Thanks for the new web site, and like the improvements……I think we can call Medlen an Ace now. Great win, but the hitting is pathetic, and something needs to be done about it, and fast…….
August 29th, 20121:33 am
I see VJ is up to his usual teachers way of trying to correct everyone. Do you have any evidence from EARLY in the season that Medlen was in the pen because of surgery?
August 29th, 20121:34 am
The hitting needs to wake the blankety blank up! Glad the Braves won…..
August 29th, 20121:35 am
I didn’t know you were a teacher but I made the remakr that you must have been a teacher in a former life and Brava said that you were indeed a teacher.
August for Medlen:
He should be mentioned for pitcher of the month at the very least. 5 starts and 4 wins, I think any team in baseball would take that.
August 29th, 20121:36 am
Medlen on starting rather than relieving: “I keep saying the same things, but I love the game, I love trying to out-think guys and out-pitch hitters, and catch them trying to look for something and you throw something else…. That’s what I live for. That’s what I’ve done my entire life. I’ve learned so much from so many different people, and I’m just trying to put it all together and figure it out.”
August 29th, 20121:37 am
Dirty Harry – it was discussed before the season if one paid attention – sorry if I do not have the reference here. Nice to have someone I never heard of come on and praise me for the intellectual insight I am able to bring to the blog, however. Thanks so much for supporting my efforts to stamp out ignorance. You are an important personage in helping stamp out rampant hatred of the Braves which others bring. Bless you for your efforts…
Medlen starting sooner could possibly meant more wins.
August 29th, 20121:39 am
Medlen on being in bullpen first half of season, do you look at it as, what might I have done starting? Or say, maybe I’m fresher now?
“Yeah, I look at it that way. But also, I could have been in Strasburg’s situation where I could have gotten shut down. I’m lucky to be in this situation. When I was in the bullpen I did my best, and now that I’m starting I’m going to try to do my best. So far it’s working. There’s still a month and however many days left. We’ve got a long eway to go, and hopefully we just continue to keep playing well.”
August 29th, 20121:40 am
And, since I realize that you are actually being snarky, perhaps I misunderstood that we should read the blog and never comment if we disagree. I marvel at people who seem to think I am the only one who ever disagrees with people who espouse a view that counters the truth, but I appreciate the fact that you recognize my efforts to weed out incivility and licentiousness…
VJ if you are going to state something as fact you should have the proof to back it up.
I’m glad Medlen is pitching great, and he’s proven he’s an (Ace ) to me.
August 29th, 20121:41 am
Ace – so what – he didn’t – and, as a result, he is strong – and golly, he agrees with me…
Dirty Harry – Lay Off VJ, and chill man. Like chill……….
August 29th, 20121:42 am
Dirty Harrty – it was discussed – sorry you missed it – I keep a long list of stupid things people post just to have fun with their miserableness late on – no reason to keep track of every little thing – perhaps you need to do so if you are unable to remember why happened …sorry…
VJ if you are such a baseball fountain of info why don’t you tell us your back ground. Did you ever play? Did you ever coach?
August 29th, 20121:43 am
Ward – see that the Blue Jays’ guy suspended went to Duke? At least he was not a basketball player…
August 29th, 20121:44 am
Time to get some sleep before a fun day here in San Diego tomorrow – sleep well, everyone!!!
August 29th, 20121:45 am
And, should DS1 pop in later, it was fun!!!
I am all for him being stronger now just saying that if he had been in the rotation longer he could have been good for four or five more wins and the team would be tied or either in first place.
August 29th, 20121:47 am
VJ – True on that, and I’m getting ready for some Football. College Football this Saturday, and ready for some Fighting Irish.
August 29th, 20121:48 am
I see that VJ didn’t have anything to back up his argument. I should stoop to his level and correct him but I won’t. Have good night everyone.
August 29th, 20121:51 am
Glad you guys got to see a win and I hope another tomorrow. Like I have said before we can all disagree but in the end we want to see another parade down peachtree.
August 29th, 20121:52 am
Dirty Harry – Relax man……..Forgiveness…….
August 29th, 20121:55 am
Very nice to meet cab, VJ and Wayne today at the ballpark. And we all left with a win!
August 29th, 20121:59 am
Uggla on whether team feeds off Medlen’s energy:
“Yeah, he’s an outgoing, funny guy as everybody knows. He stays loose out there. That keeps us loose. He works fast and just dominates.”
August 29th, 20122:03 am
will chipper play tomorrow?
August 29th, 20122:06 am
Glad Uggla got going, and I think it would be foolish to let Uggla go next year, or trade him. I remember some of the off years Dale Murphy would have, and then he would have a good year, so it happens to all hitters. Uggla will be fine, and I will continue to back him.
August 29th, 20122:08 am
Chipper’s postgame Tweet: Medlen is Maddux-esque rite now, only Med has a better pick-off move! DU went #mammo off the paint can! Bmac is now singing soprano,Lol!!
August 29th, 20122:11 am
Bravos postgame quotage and assorted utterances
August 29th, 20122:13 am
I agree, and Medlen has pitched like an (Ace), and I never thought him to be like that, and pitch, so well, and I’m convinced……
August 29th, 20122:14 am
VJ, do you deny Braves said Medlen was “more valuable” in the pen than starting early in the season? I was paying attention too, smart guy. Why was Medlen stretched out mid-season only to go back to the pen for 6 weeks (or however long it was)? I assume that indecisiveness was about saving innings, also? Man, you sound a little gullible. Here’s a tip: if somebody tries to sell you beachfront property in Nebraska, say no thanks.
August 29th, 20122:20 am
there was talk over the winter and through the spring about how many innings Meds might throw.
There are people here who are only inyerested in ripping the Braves and everything they do.
They pretend to be Braves fans, but they have their own agendas and appear under numerous names saying the same thinks.
Who knows how many different aliases Carrothead has used?
August 29th, 20122:21 am
Medlen, was put in the bullpen to work on innings, and get stronger. He did, so well that the Braves didn’t wan’t to move him. They sent him to the Minors to work on exta innings, so he could become a starter. He struggled down there, and the Braves bullpen was never the same, so they called Medlen back up to work, and strengthen his arm, and he made vast improvements. Braves waited as, long, as they could, and move him into the struggling rotation. Medlen, had done far more than all of us expected, and Braves……. The End……
August 29th, 20122:22 am
Glad it all worked out for the Braves, and Medlen , and all of us fans…..
August 29th, 20122:23 am
yes Ward, so I am I.
August 29th, 20122:29 am
Braves updated game story — Medlen in rare air with these winning and scoreless-innings streaks
August 29th, 20122:31 am
Well, I think instead of Greinke next year…..Wren should get us a high priced LF with power, and can hit. I would like Hamilton, but would settle for some one who could hit.
August 29th, 20122:32 am
It wasn’t the preseason.
It was after they sent him to Gwinnett to stretch out, then brought him back and stuffed him back into the pen. That was absurd.
August 29th, 20122:37 am
It’s all been fun. All, I’ll talk tomorrow, and Peace my friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
August 29th, 20122:40 am
All told, Medlen has only pitched 100 innings so far this year (Braves/Gwinnett). So, if they are keeping track of his innings, he probably has 8-10 starts left. That should get the Braves to the World Series
August 29th, 20122:44 am
it was talked about on here during the preseason
August 29th, 20122:47 am
some of you act like you know what is going on in the background with the team, and that is pure unadulterated 100% bull crap.
August 29th, 20122:56 am
Astral – you are 100% correct. A lot of what the Braves Management decides or thinks is never reported. They are one of the best organizations at keeping secrets in professional sports.
For a great example, look at some of the trades Wren pulls off – catches quite a few people by surprise every time!!! So, if people who interact with the team daily (reporters, etc) don’t know, how can some bloggers???
August 29th, 20125:53 am
Divining AStral-ANimus, divining.
August 29th, 20126:17 am
DOWN ON THE FARM
D-Rooks lose a 24 hit slug-fest 8-7 to the CARDINALS. Rookie reliefer BRANDON ROHDE is savaged. Back to the drawing board young man.
RHSP FRANK LaFRENIERE [4.02 ERA] 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 SO.
Good start by 2011’s 47th rounder.
RHRP ED CASTILLO [BS 1, 6.86 ERA] 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
RHRP BRANDON ROHDE [BS 1, L 0-1, 13.50 ERA] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
Hard to believe that 12 hits including five doubles would not be enough to win.
C TY TEWELL [.286 BA] 2-3, 1 2B , 3 RBI .
C TONY SNITKER [.274 BA] 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B .
CF LOGAN ROBBINS 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B , 1 BB, 1 SO.
1B ARIS ALCANTARA [.276 BA] 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B , 1 RBI , 1 BB, 2 SO.
ED SANCHEZ [.256 BA] 2-6, 3 RBI , 1 SO.
RON LUNA [.292 BA], JOSE PERAZA [.281 BA], LEVI HYAMS [.254 BA], FELIX MARTE [.262 BA] had a single each. PERAZA scored a run, and HYAMS had two.
August 29th, 20126:36 am
AARON NORTHCRAFT allows a dinger then shuts the DASH down thru six as the HILLCATS win a squeaker 2-1.
RHSP AARON NORTHCRAFT [W 9-11, 3.95 ERA] 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.
LHRP MATT CHAFFEE [SV 6, 3.81 ERA] 0.2 IP, no-hits, 1 SO.
Game called early – rain.
RF ADAM MILLIGAN [.255 BA] 1-3, 1 2B , 1 RBI , 1 SO.
2B TOMMY LaSTELLA [.285 BA] 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB.
1B CHRIS GARCIA [.295 BA] 0–2, 1 RBI , 2 BB, 1 SO.
DH MIKE SPINA [.248 BA] 1-3
SS NICK AHMED [.261 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 2 SO.
CF MYC JONES [.251 BA] 1-3
August 29th, 20126:49 am
GREEN-JACKETS swarm and scatter the LEGION 10-2. 10 hits by individual Legionaires with one triple, but they are scattered
3B KYLE KUBITZA [.231 BA] 2-3, 1 3B , 1 RBI , 1 BB.
1B BRANDON DRURY [.230 BA] 1-4, 1 RBI . 1 SO.
Rookie RF CHASE ANSELMENT [.213 BA] 2-4, 1 SO.
Rookie 2B ROSS HEFFLEY [.290 BA] 1-3
FABIEN and three reliefers allow t11 H, 10 earned on 11 BB with only 5 SO.
August 29th, 20126:56 am
The Braves gain a game on the Nats, who’ve lost five-in-a-row. Are the Nats finally coming back to earth?
The Bravos need to take the rubber match in SD and even out their road trip.
August 29th, 20127:04 am
Nice to wake up to a win! 4 back.
Medlen to the pen!
August 29th, 20127:22 am
Went to sleep with the Braves up 1-0. Woke up to a 2-0 victory.
Meldeeeen keeps getting ‘r done.
Get a win tonight and Braves have a 5-5 road trip.
Five back in the loss column.
Is Strasburg starting to show the effects of the long season? Gave up seven runs last night.
How long before Zimmerman and Detwiler show the same synptoms?
Meanwhile, Cincy pulls into #1 seed in the NL.
August 29th, 20127:27 am
6:30 Eastern game today.
Good to see that VJ, Cab, DS1 and Kat met up at the game. And glad you guys got to see a Braves win.
Only 4 out now. We need this rubber game today.
Oh, fire FG, send Uggla to AAA and sign Zack.
There, that should cover it.
August 29th, 20127:28 am
Kat: You going to today’s games as well?
The Nats are falling! The Nats are falling! The Braves are coming! The Braves are coming!
The Nats collapse has started. Me like it very much.
August 29th, 20127:30 am
And in other news, Baltimore is only 3 1/2 back behind the Yanks. That’s got to be the baseball story of the year. That, and maybe throw the Pirates in there too.
It’s that throw-back Orioles logo they’ve brought back.
August 29th, 20127:33 am
Maybe the Yanks’ oldsters are running out of gas. And the O’s are playing well. Surprised that the Rays have cooled.
Pirates slammed the Cards last night. Maybe they’re pulling out of their hitting slump.
TOBF- They’ve got the Cardinals starting Thursday too.
I don’t know about Pittsburgh. They’re fading and they did this last year too. Of course, I think they lasted longer this time.
August 29th, 20127:42 am
Oh hey, the new format of the AJC makes you register before you comment. Very nice
August 29th, 20127:46 am
jeffery d – I didn’t have to register to post a comment. ?
And the reason I mentioned the Pirates is, I think it has ben something like 20 years with a losing record. I don’t think they make the WC, but big improvement and something for their fans to cheer about.
August 29th, 20127:47 am
I think that’s because this blog was made before the change.
August 29th, 20127:48 am
Great win last night. Need to take the series finale
Pirates may be fading, but I think I’d rather the Braves face the Pirates than the Cards if the Braves cannot secure the division.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Today, my own unofficial NL Cy ballot would be: 1. Cueto. 2. Craig Kimbrel. 3. Aroldis Chapman.
Kimmeh needs more opportunities to pitch! Relievers so need their own Cy Young type of award…
August 29th, 20127:50 am
It’s called the Rolaids Relief Award
TOBF- They’ve (Nats) got the Cardinals starting Thursday too.
August 29th, 20127:56 am
Medlen lights out again, the Braves gain a game on the Nats and Uggla hits one out. Love it.
From this morning’s Washington Post’s Nats’ story blog:
Not only is the team losing, they are losing UGLY. Listless and gutless is an apt description to the play that the Nats have exhibited for the last week. The pitching has been less than stellar. The bullpen even worse. They look tired. I hope they’re not done, but the vital signs are fading.
August 29th, 20127:57 am
Hmmm, I’d never heard of that …. I’m a bad baseball fan
Brian from SC
August 29th, 20127:59 am
Kris Medlen, what a stud.
Medlen pitched a great game, but if I had to pick an MVP of the game last night, it would be Everth Cabrera, who somehow managed to reach base on Craig Kimbrel. Incredible.
August 29th, 20128:00 am
McCann singin’ soprano…bless his heart. LOL
August 29th, 20128:02 am
They look tired. I hope they’re not done, but the vital signs are fading.
Sound like the Braves from last year…. surely their illustrious manager, Davey Johnson, isn’t being dumb like Fredi…. I mean, a smart manager like him should fire up his team and get them winning again.
August 29th, 20128:11 am
The Nats have 5 relievers with at least 49.1 IP ( one guy has an many as 74.1 IP). Braves have just 3 relievers with at least 49.1 IP (4 if Medlen is included). CMart has the most IP of any Braves reliever, with 64.1
August 29th, 20128:12 am
From former Brave Adam LaRoche in a Washington Post article this morning:
“Anytime you start something like this, it’s easy for people outside our clubhouse to think, ‘Oh, here we go. Here’s a big skid,’” Adam LaRoche said. “Hopefully guys don’t start buying into it and we’re able to shake it off and come back out. I think it’s also because we haven’t had many of them. Most teams go through this quite a few times in a year, and we haven’t had those.
August 29th, 20128:13 am
I don’t know if their vital signs are fading, but I did watch the Nats/Marlins’ game last night and the Nats had their behinds kicked.
August 29th, 20128:15 am
regardless of how the nats are playing now over the rest of the season they have 2 off days – 35 games in 37 days (including yesterday) plus they play 13 games against playoff contenders
the braves have 4 off days – play 32 games over the next 36 days and only 6 games against playoff contenders
granted phillies/marlins have been playing much better recently I’m actually more comfortable we have a shot at the division now than I was a month ago
August 29th, 20128:19 am
The Nats will do whatever they do…if the Braves play like they should over this relatively easy last month of the season, they’ll be fine. If they do so and don’t win the division, it will be because Washington wins on the order of 96-97 games. No shame in falling short of that.
If Washington plays .500 ball the rest of the year, they will get 94 wins. If three of those losses are against Atlanta, 94 may not be enough for them.
Still a long ways to go. I like seeing Washington lose, of course, but I’m still a couple of weeks away from obsessing over that gap in the standings.
lew – just for the record I wasn’t posting as a rebutal or smart ass comment to yours 8:13 although the timing kinda makes it look that way
I think everyone here knows i couldnt type that much that fast
August 29th, 20128:20 am
Amazing as it is, both the Braves and Nats have used 12 guys in relief this year.
The Nats have used their BP for 399.2 Innings. 21-12, with 43 SV and 80 Holds. Their top 3 innings leaders out of the ‘pen have pitched for 74.1, 61, and 58.1 Innings.
The Braves have used their BP for 390.1 Innings. 19-11 with 36 SV and 59 Holds. Our top 3 innings leaders out of the ‘pen have pitched for 64.1, 54.1, 51.2 Innings.
how has nobody pickued up this freeman quote
“We know he’s going to go out there and throw strikes. He’s got a Bugs Bunny change-up…”
that is awesome
August 29th, 20128:21 am
The only bad thing about a Medlen start, is that it’s followed by a Hanson start. That’s like Elvis opening for the Partridge Family. All those first-pitch strikes, great pickoff moves and smart pitch selections? You won’t see them tonight.
August 29th, 20128:22 am
Most teams go through this quite a few times in a year, and we haven’t had those.
It’s time now…. what a great time for them to do so.
Hanson just need to throw strikes and let the ballpark swallow up the fly balls. This is a good place for him to have a confidence-building start.
August 29th, 20128:23 am
still not sure what jim riggleman was thinking we he jumped ship on the nationals last year.
August 29th, 20128:26 am
Since June 3rd, the Braves are 11-2 in games started by Tommy Hanson.
August 29th, 20128:27 am
The braves are playing good but we need more hitting…. today/tonight is a crucial game the braves have to win and go on a role…. the nats are playing the cardinals so you have to think if the braves keep winning that they might be able to pull ahead by next week…. GO BRAVES!!!
The only bad thing about a Medlen start, is that it’s followed by a Hanson start. That’s like Elvis opening for the Partridge Family.
Laurie was way cuter then Elvis.
Brave New World
August 29th, 20128:28 am
Medlen. ‘Nuff said.
A win tonight salvages a 5-5 road trip and gives the Braves momentum heading home to play two teams they have dominated this year.
And best of all, I can actually watch some of it!
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