Braves venture into September after loss to Phillies – updated

As much as the Braves want to distance themselves from last September, they keep finding ways to remind people of it.

Friday night was a prime example. The Braves blew multiple leads, including a one-run lead in the ninth by Craig Kimbrel, and lost to the Phillies in 10 innings 8-5.

The Braves headed into September conjuring up memories of last September’s wild card collapse, which they completed on the last day of the season with an extra-inning loss to the Phillies after a blown save by Kimbrel.

The reigning National League rookie of the year has blown only three saves since then, and two of them have come against the Phillies. This time a stray 0-2 fastball to Erik Kratz cost him a solo home run in the ninth – the first home run in six Kimbrel has allowed as a major leaguer on an 0-2 count.

“I was trying to elevate on him and it didn’t go high enough,” said Kimbrel, who blamed location on the 99 mph pitch, more than familiarity Phillies hitters have with him now. “…I threw a pitch right down the middle, 0-2. Any time you do that, no matter how hard you do it, it’s going to get hit.”

The Braves had rallied to win both games this year when Kimbrel blew a save. But this time it was the Phillies doing all the rallying – from 4-1 down in the fifth and 5-4 in the ninth. John Mayberry Jr. gave the Phillies their first lead since the second inning with a three-run home run off Cristhian Martinez in the 10th.

The Braves have lost nine of their past 13 games and fell 6 ½ games behind the Nationals in the NL East. But they didn’t lose ground in the NL wild card race as both St. Louis and Pittsburgh lost.

“You hate to let those kinds of games slip away,” Braves center fielder Michael Bourn said. “…You can’t lose too many of those as you go down the stretch like that. We have to have those games to take it to the next level.”

The Braves were left kicking themselves again about missed opportunities after they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners. It started when Jones struck out as Bourn got thrown out in the first inning and continued through the eighth when Paul Janish held at third base on a wild pitch as Martin Prado was waving him home.

“The toughest ones when you’re at third base are when the balls are going away from you,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “You don’t have the depth perception. But you know what, Prado hit a rocket to the first baseman in that inning and we could have used a couple of extra runs.”

Staggering home after scoring only four runs in three games of a series loss in San Diego, the Braves were looking to make an impression to open a seven-game homestand.

They thought they had, when 40-year-old Chipper Jones went barreling into Kratz in home plate collision in the fourth inning that went for an out but seemed to fire up his Braves teammates, who rallied with four runs in the next inning.

Prado and Freddie Freeman hit a pair of home runs off Roy Halladay to chase him after only 4 2/3 innings. But Mike Minor wasn’t for much longer.

Minor lasted only five innings after giving up four straight singles without recording an out in the sixth. Ryan Howard singled softly to center to plate two runs, accounting for a bigger blow than his solo home run off Minor in the second inning. Then Ty Wigginton tied it 4-4 with a sacrifice fly to left off Chad Durbin.

The five innings for Minor was his shortest outing since a rain delay limited him to 3 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Aug. 2. Otherwise he had pitched six or more innings in eight of his previous nine outings dating back to June 30, when he pitched five innings against the Nationals.

“If they give me runs,” Minor said. “I need to go out there and shut that inning down.”

95 comments Add your comment

Ralph

August 31st, 2012
11:08 pm

You can tell iti’s September, not because the leaves are turning or the wheather is getting cooler but because the skid is here and Kimbrell blowing a save, it’s going to be an early fall classic but without the Braves

GRAPHITE

August 31st, 2012
11:09 pm

The spirits made life miserable for the Braves tonight….full moon..restless

P B Orr

August 31st, 2012
11:18 pm

I’m truly hoping they collapse again. It’s the sure way to be rid of Gonzales, who might be the most irritating manager/coach in my 40-year memory of Atlanta sports. His only real competition is Marion Campbell. I can’t watch this team any more with him at the helm.

Lakewood

August 31st, 2012
11:19 pm

Someone tell Kimbrel that September & October are part of the season also. As dominant as he is I feel like he chokes in huge games. No excuse for giving up a hr to a guy who I had never heard of before 20-25 minutes ago.

snoopy

August 31st, 2012
11:19 pm

Mike McDonald

August 31st, 2012
11:19 pm

If Washington plays only .500 ball for the rest of the season, the Braves would have to play .667 to win the division.
The new wild card format is a mirage. Tune in for big changes in 2013 from stem to stern and hopefully from the bridge to the engine room.

Todd A.

August 31st, 2012
11:21 pm

Craig Kimbrel…big time arm, but certainly no Mariano Rivera. As dominant as he seems at times, he’s had some huge blown saves: playoff game with SF two years ago, game one against St. Louis in Sept last year that led to a three game sweep and ultimately leading to the Cardinals surge, and the game in Fla last Sept. where Chipper lost the ball in the lights in the 9th inning; a game the braves were desperate to win. Remains to be seen how big this blown save will be.

Dum-Bass

August 31st, 2012
11:21 pm

Would not it have been better if CJ had tried to score by sliding around the catcher and touching the plate with his left hand? I know people like this writer apparently love the collisions but the object of the game is to win it. That run would have made the difference as it turned out. That one HR would not have tied it. Being “macho” does not always make a difference. BTW, was very disappointed with this write-up. Seemed to me to be sugar-coated too much. The season is almost over, and it’s time to tell it like it is, no matter who is involved.

jeff

August 31st, 2012
11:21 pm

just have no words to better describe this game other than pitiful… from gonzalez to Kimbrel to Janish not scoring on the wild pitch to Martinez to this teams COMPLETE lack of ability to play a brand of baseball called Small ball.. Bourn and prado lead off the game with singles and what happens Heyward Jones and freeman do nothing.. another Game given away from this team.. they are 4-9 in thier last 13…. thats just pathetic and unacceptable…..

Who Me?

August 31st, 2012
11:25 pm

Lame Baseball tonight. End of story..

Nerdville

August 31st, 2012
11:31 pm

Bow wow, arf arf, woof woof.

woodie

August 31st, 2012
11:37 pm

Wait till next year !

Observer

August 31st, 2012
11:42 pm

IT’S AMAZING HOW THE NEVER WERE’S, AREN’T NOWS, AND NEVER WILL BE’S COME OUT AND START THE NEGATIVITY AFTER EVERY LOSS ….

THESE SAME ONES…..ABOVE….FOR SEVERAL YEARS CRITICIZED CHIPPER AND SAID HE SHOULD RETIRE….EVEN THOUGH HE WAS STILL PLAYING…AND CONTINUES TO PLAY….FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAME BASEBALL.

NOW THEY’RE CRITCIZING KIMBRELL, WHO IS THE BRIGHTEST CLOSER IN THE GAME TODAY….AT ONLY 24 YEARS OLD.

HEY…ALL YOU LOSERS…..SHUT THE F-BOMB UP !!!

Fansince66

August 31st, 2012
11:42 pm

Same old braves. Sleepwalking thru the game. Guess it’s time to watch the Dogs and wait for Wrens speech about looking for a power hitting left fielder. From looking at the crowds lately, they think the same.

Bronke

August 31st, 2012
11:43 pm

Braves are expected to lose! But why does it still hurt so bad?

NorCal Brave

August 31st, 2012
11:45 pm

Bronke, you and I must be brothers.

TL432

August 31st, 2012
11:47 pm

Heyward, Jones, McCann: 0-13 tonight was a killer. I have a bad feeling the last 3 games of the season at Pittsburgh will be a mini-playoff for the last wildcard spot.

It's over now

August 31st, 2012
11:47 pm

The collapse appears to be in full swing………..if only the Braves had owners who cared……about winning.

double

August 31st, 2012
11:52 pm

Errors & Excuses-Mondays.moon,September.Guess would be Phils waxing-Braves waning.

Mike Bell 790

August 31st, 2012
11:52 pm

Edo River

August 31st, 2012
11:54 pm

Braves get tense, nervous because of the monkey…, Sorry to say that Gonzalez is not the kind of manager to change the mind-set. the Braves will crash again, However it was a good 4.5 months of baseball

don

August 31st, 2012
11:55 pm

Will history repeat itself?

tru 404

August 31st, 2012
11:55 pm

Seat back & watch the Train Wreck, it happens every year !

And Uggla Strikes Out

August 31st, 2012
11:58 pm

When I fired up my iphone and discovered that the Braves had a 4-1 lead with Minor on the mound, I was sure we had this one in the bag. Guess I was wrong.

braveslover

August 31st, 2012
11:58 pm

Braves management and Liberty love passion from the fans…it doesn’t matter if it’s passion for good play or passion against losing play. What they will not be able to ignore is apathy and fans who don’t care enough to watch, vent, or attend. Here is one fan who is on to football and will leave the hapless Braves to lose in whatever fashion they deem for the rest of the season. I’ll catch the score in the paper and just shake my head. I’ve enjoyed your rants and raves again this year group. Maybe we will become better next year. Maybe we will have more to cheer for. See ya’ll in March fellow fans.

WTF

August 31st, 2012
11:59 pm

which allowed the Braves to tie it 4-4 after loading the bases on Minor…Who does the proof reading – this IS a major market.

stoky

August 31st, 2012
11:59 pm

I still lay awake at night dreaming of that double play to end the braves season last year. Freddy slamming down his helmet… a beautiful sight and lasting memory. Go Phillies

Tina

September 1st, 2012
12:02 am

Just like last year when Bourn didnt score on wild pitch.It is pittyful that McCann had no extra hits in AUG. How the hell can you win with what him and Uggla are doing.This team can get the first two runners on and just cant advance them with the next batter; Cannot see this team doing anything if we were to get a wildcard.Why cant Bourn try stealing more instead of running on full count and las two times out on DP. Freeman, Heyward , Simmons ,Prado,Krimbel ,Medlen ,Hudson and OfLARTY ARE THE ONLY ONES WORTH KEEPING

Bronke

September 1st, 2012
12:15 am

NorCal Brave.

Thanks for sharing the pain. I hope they can turn it around but don’t expect much. I keep saying year after year it will be different but who am I kidding. Have a good night!

mayhem is coming

September 1st, 2012
12:20 am

Look out, it’s coming. “Actions speak louder than words” and right now there is no action. The Braves are slow to make changes, benching or dropping Uggla in the line up, likewise McCann. Slow to make a pitching change on the mound even when our guy.is getting shelled. I dunno, it appears that the Manager is a little reluctant to respond to whatever is going wrong. It looks like another swoon is on the horizon. Hopefully not. . .

Braves Baseball & Fans

September 1st, 2012
12:50 am

Fist of all people need to CALM down! How is it that when the Braves are winning everyone is on the bandwagon. They go on a losing streak and all of a sudden there the worst team in baseball and a good for nothing organization? Yes it does suck when they lose I’m not saying it doesn’t but there human just like us and things are going to happen. Kimbrel is a 24 years old coming off his rookie season, he’s human and he’s going to make mistakes. Their offense isn’t what their capable of either and it’s been that way for a while. Yes, it does suck when they lose but it doesn’t help when everyone is ripping their every move!

Larry

September 1st, 2012
12:51 am

Typical Goober ^

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 1st, 2012
12:54 am

Uggla 4 game hitting streak!! (with 4 hits and a whole lot more strike outs)

Tonight’s game was flukey. Yes the Braves had multiple chances to place runs and choked systematically every time. Our opponents? They get a lead off man on and its almost given that they are going to score.

Stop swinging for the fences morons and do stuff like moving runners over, taking less than home run cuts, and drive the ball the other way? Team full of idiots.

Some teams bench star players for not running out fly balls in the infield. Ours allows players to mindlessly swing for the fences at all times, regardless of the situation, and rewards them with more playing time! Can’t wait for this idiot to get fired.

JAFO

September 1st, 2012
1:03 am

Only fg can make charlie look like a genius. Two 2run hrs and still lose. Risp remains the issue. Inept.

RoyU

September 1st, 2012
1:06 am

People who prey on the supposed “negativity” of some Braves’ fans only show themselves to be unable to maturely face “reality”! This team has enough talent to make the playoffs or even take it all! Yes, if “everything goes their way”! In “reality”, it is definately not a championship team and probably a playoff team that is going to go very far. They have been showing their fans this all season. Management and ownership both are well aware of this and should have the courage to admit that that is all they want to pay for. Media and fans alike should be venting their ire in that direction instead of to each other. Baseball fans, Braves or otherwise deserve more responsible ownership. The team on the field gives at least 110% and that’s where the extra effort ends!!!!!

John

September 1st, 2012
1:08 am

Chipper is the only one who has the balls to call anbody out. You give a pitcher a 4-1 lead they should be able to get through the game. Maybe they need a players only meeting or something. I can’t and won’t watch another collapse last year.

RoyU

September 1st, 2012
1:09 am

To correct my previous comment! “Team that is “NOT” going to go very far”!

JohnnyOnTheSpotWalker

September 1st, 2012
1:11 am

I knew we were waving the white flag, when we brought Hinske to pinch hit for us. When are the Kool-Aid drinkers going to quit talking about the home run he hit. in the playoffs against the Giants? That home run doesn’t mean anything, because we all know the story what happened after that. He is fat, and has a horrible BA. Put the kool-aid down Braves fans!

Chop Chop

September 1st, 2012
1:21 am

The problem that the Braves have is that a wild-card spot only secures a one-game playoff. That makes things really dicey. And let’s face facts, if the Nats play well the rest of the way, the Braves will have to be great to catch them.

RaleighDawg

September 1st, 2012
1:28 am

@John – I hope Chipper will call himself out for: a) lollygagging from second on Janish’s hit; b) trying to stop so as to NOT run into the catcher; c) not even attempting to slid either under or around the catcher; d) striking out three times; and e) failing to field Wiggington’s three hopper in the 8th…per Chipper this is when you’re “supposed to leave it all on the field”…Mr. Larry Wayne Jones, Jr needs to take a hard look at himself in the mirror tonight to see if he can REALLY say he did so…and if this is the BEST he can do, then he needs to wind it up NOW.

Fats Johnson

September 1st, 2012
1:38 am

Lay off Kimbrell……………….He has been our only stud all year. He has been perfect most of the year. I am sure we will make the playoffs. That is all that matters. St. Louis proved last year,once you make the playoffs, ANYTHING can happen :)

Fats Johnson

September 1st, 2012
1:39 am

Somebody tell Bones Jones don’t run into a catcher like that. He might get hurt………….Come to think of if, Bones might get hurt anyways :)

Bill Martin

September 1st, 2012
1:39 am

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! I said in this same space in April that the Braves would not be playing
in October. Not even a wild card spot. Still don’t believe me ? ? ?

Braves fan

September 1st, 2012
1:46 am

It’s nice to see all the support the Braves are getting from fans :) NOT! Meanwhile the Nationals of all teams are sitting in first laughing at the Braves losing! What people should start doing is a little less complaining a little more supporting! Win or lose!!!!!

Fats Johnson

September 1st, 2012
1:50 am

Braves fan is right. We got to get behind these old “squaws” I meant “Braves” to push the sumbitches in to the playoffs. :)

Braves fan

September 1st, 2012
1:51 am

And one last thing go be a Nationals fan if your sick of the Braves! Everytime I read a DOB article it never fails having a bunch of negative comments

Kujohn

September 1st, 2012
2:16 am

If the braves get to the playoffs it will be despite Gonzalo’s Let chipper take over player mgr for the rest of season Team would be motivated Then next season offer him the job Maybe he would change his mind an take it (long shot ) I know But with ever shrinking payroll the braves are gonna need someone like chipper To fill the seats

Brave Decisions

September 1st, 2012
2:18 am

Kwajbraves

September 1st, 2012
3:22 am

Maybe we can persuade MLB to expand to 4 wildcard berths.

IdahoBravesFan

September 1st, 2012
4:21 am

Hey, college football is here. The Braves have become to painful to folllow.

LAC

September 1st, 2012
4:33 am

As long as Chicken wren and freddi continue to be in control, the team will FAIL… period !

Charles

September 1st, 2012
5:18 am

I have been a loyal Braves fan for over 30 years. I have lived through the good and the bad, but the last six or seven years have been too painful to watch. I will stick by the Braves for THIS SEASON ONLY out of respect for Chipper who represents the last vestige of that fair time that was Camelot. If the Braves make the playoffs (and that means getting past the play-in game to get to the playoffs) I will stick with them, but if they don’t, I will move my loyalties elsewhere.

kevin

September 1st, 2012
5:20 am

Wouldn’t putting the same group of choke artists on the field from last year and expecting a different result be considered insane? AJC can run as many rosy articles as it likes, but the Braves are once again choking. Fredi should’ve been fired a long time ago. Good third base coach. Horrible manager.

SOS Braves

September 1st, 2012
5:35 am

Until the braves get rid of that flipping idiot manager, the braves have no chance of postseason play!

Brave Hokie

September 1st, 2012
5:59 am

Kimbrel is no different from the rest of legacy of LOSER Braves throughout the past 20 years…

When the light is ‘on’ he will fail ~ they will lose and NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE.

Heartless LOSERS, all of them ~ I hope you are caught and are sitting home again this post-season.

Fore Freddi G.

September 1st, 2012
6:13 am

We’re on the island of misfit toys……comon, sing along, you kow the words.

Phils fan

September 1st, 2012
7:19 am

the braves have a very special closer. and they didn’t have trade a m.bourn or dish out a ridiculous 100 million(lidge/papelpon) in 5yrs to get’em. you really don’t know how lucky you are. and he added a sick breaking pitch this season to go along with that wicked fastball. he made a mistake. it happens. the kid will be fine. eric kratz(that’s right) has been raking like lenny from ‘of mice and men’ since filling in for ruiz. strong as a bull.

BRAVESFAN

September 1st, 2012
7:34 am

I’m scared of Fredi’s lineup today and I think Chipper needs a day off (always does better after). I’ve got a feeling that Uggla hitting fourth in the lineup would work out good because he’s got his stroke back.

Kimbrel just needed to get that out of his system, better now than later. Every time he pitches I thank god he’s on our team.

Let’s drown out those Phillies fans today!

Keith

September 1st, 2012
7:40 am

Fire Freddie and bring in new blood DAVEY LOPES!!! Braves are done…………………….

old fart

September 1st, 2012
7:57 am

TIMBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. HERE WE GO AGAIN

Carroll

September 1st, 2012
8:12 am

This is just un-effing-real. How on earth can such a talented group be so utterly gutless and heartless??! Get it together boys!!!

clanmack

September 1st, 2012
8:16 am

You complainers sound like 4 year olds who dropped your ice cream cone and Daddy doesn’t have any more money. WAAAA WAAAA. Grow up it is MLB.

Mr. Hankey (Pankey.)

September 1st, 2012
8:23 am

I think the Braves should be permanently banned from playoff competition for making a farce of the process. I noticed I didn’t read Uggla’s name once again as a contributor. The bad about that is he doesn’t have drugs, booze or some other addiction or out of control behavior to blame his performances on. Fact is he appears to be a good, conscientious guy, which makes it all the sadder to realize the guy simply can’t hit. He couldn’t play dead in a western. I couldn’t throw himself in ocean from the deck of the Titanic. And what make is worse is I don’t care that I used to care. Bring in whomever you want to The Ted, fire the manager, annoint Kembrell the pope. You ain’t getting my love no mo! And I’m plainly enjoying the vitrial of writing in this blog. Boooo! Hisssss! And some folks around the ATL blame it on the fans for not showing up and boosting revenues. Seriously, who the hell wants to go down to the DMZ known as mechanicville, pay $20 to park, $8 a beer, get hit up on for “bus fare” by crackheads to watch them suck on a stick? I think more of my time and money.

older1

September 1st, 2012
8:25 am

Janish should have have scored from third on the past ball, but what does he care he knows as soon as Simmons is back he’s history. No facial expressions at all, just waiting for the ax, to bad he’s a pretty good shortstop.

Bob

September 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Cheap Shot Chipper …. Disgusting on hitting Phillies catcher with elbow when he was unprotected catching the throw … It’s one thing to play agressive … It’s another thing to play dirty … Have we sunk this low? Dave O Brian print the truth dude … Braves lost because Jones couldn’t field Utley’s bunt

Jerry in Tennessee

September 1st, 2012
8:36 am

RaleighDawg you are correct. If Chipper had not stopped running and slid, he would have been across the plate before the ball arrived.

daSarge

September 1st, 2012
8:50 am

You can’t spell BraveS without BS. Forget these losers, college football is back!!

DawgNole

September 1st, 2012
8:53 am

Observer
August 31st, 2012
11:42 pm

IT’S AMAZING HOW THE NEVER WERE’S, AREN’T NOWS, AND NEVER WILL BE’S COME OUT AND START THE NEGATIVITY AFTER EVERY LOSS ….
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It’s amazing how delusional dumbazzes like Observer always SCREAM their posts with ALL CAPS.

DawgNole

September 1st, 2012
8:54 am

WTF
August 31st, 2012
11:59 pm

which allowed the Braves to tie it 4-4 after loading the bases on Minor…Who does the proof reading – this IS a major market.
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Based on the postseason performances of its pro sports teams, it is NOT a major market.

Phils fan

September 1st, 2012
8:57 am

never thought of it like that. the throw was up the line. i guess the phillies have tormented the braves for so long, the braves are a little to excited to return the favor. don’t know if it was dirty or chipper panicked with those old knees. you have to think the on deck hitter was telling him where the throw was coming in from and to get down. to be fair, chase utley has done some dirty things too. infamous for the harsh way he breaks up double plays and uses his leg to block 2nd base.

DawgNole

September 1st, 2012
8:58 am

Braves Baseball & Fans
September 1st, 2012
12:50 am

Fist of all people need to CALM down! How is it that when the Braves are winning everyone is on the bandwagon. They go on a losing streak and all of a sudden there the worst team in baseball and a good for nothing organization? Yes it does suck when they lose I’m not saying it doesn’t but there human just like us and things are going to happen. Kimbrel is a 24 years old coming off his rookie season, he’s human and he’s going to make mistakes. Their offense isn’t what their capable of either and it’s been that way for a while. Yes, it does suck when they lose but it doesn’t help when everyone is ripping their every move!
______________________

Have you ever stopped to think that the frustration might be the result of the city’s pro sports teams winning only ONE championship in 155 seasons of competition?

No? Didn’t think so.

Sav FAN

September 1st, 2012
9:08 am

And so it begins-I turned it off after the 9th-so it begins-nice slide Chipper

No. 1 Braves Fan

September 1st, 2012
9:08 am

To anyone who has commented that they are sick of the Braves, want FG fired, and are not going to watch them anymore: Good riddance, go watch college football, or find another BB team to watch. It will be good to read DOB`s blogs without you. See ya.

DawgNole

September 1st, 2012
9:08 am

Fats Johnson
September 1st, 2012
1:38 am

I am sure we will make the playoffs. That is all that matters. St. Louis proved last year,once you make the playoffs, ANYTHING can happen
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Actually, it’s NOT all that matters. With ONE championship in 46 years (and that’s the BEST this city’s pro teams have done), simply making the playoffs isn’t gonna cut it.

tennisbrave

September 1st, 2012
9:22 am

Well, it is September and fans know what happens to the Braves when it’s that time.

Davey Sprocket

September 1st, 2012
9:25 am

As a Nationals fan who has had to put up with office mates who are Braves fans, I think this is great! My buddy said before the season that the Nationals were “terrible” – he did’t even KNOW that they were a rained-out game away from .500 last year, and had made some very smart acquisitions – Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, etc – all he knoew is that they had lost 100 games a couple of times recently. “Third place, at BEST”, he says. I am winning our bet obviously.
What Braves fans have to realize is that nothing happens in a vacuum. Sure, they will have a full season of Bourn, more experience for Heyward, Freeman, etc., and surely Uggla can bounce back after such a bad season. OF COURSE, the pitching staff will get better and better, (and stay healthy) and eveyone who played over their heads will, of course, do so again. While all of this planning and thinking/dreaming, was going on in Atlanta, the Washington team had added 2 starters to s rock-solid bullpen (Storen, in fewer chances had only 5 fewer saves than CK, and blew fewer), were primed to get Werth, R, Zimmerman, Strasburg, J.Zimmermann and LaRoche back from injury, while priming the pump with Harper, Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, and other rookies (5 of 25 ML roster were rooks, a while ago, due to injury). Standard development of the young position players – Desmond, Espinosa, Morse (tho, he is 30, I think), Ramos, Bernadina, among others – would add to the potential. Add the BEST manager in baseball, imo, who has won everywhere he goes (even Baltimore!), and the recipe was pitch-perfect.
So, the Braves plans had to be compared to the Nationals plan – it appears to not have worked out, so well, eh? Until they spend money, it will only get worse, and Bourn is a more important piece than a lot of you think. The exra playoff spot helps the team forget about the epic, total faliure last season, but this is not a team, as currently assembled, that is destined for a long successful run. Nats bandwagon has a bit more room, fellas. Go Nats!

alex

September 1st, 2012
9:31 am

‘THE FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD’, please “release” FW and FG…….
Braves are a sloppy team plane and simple, don’t do the “little” things to win (like BUNT,SLIDE,GO HOME ON A WILD PITCH),sheesh…. Lobo, rationalize this:blabber, blabber, blabber, Me thinks DOB is a bit tired of it all, ready to ride into the sunset with some BBQ

Don Gurian

September 1st, 2012
9:32 am

Has it occured to anyone that perhaps Chipper CAN’T slide with his knees the way they are. Maybe he should be sitting more if he can’t run the bases effectively. He is slow as molasses.
I can’t believe I am saying this but it might be time to use Francisco more.
BTW, last night’s loss (for a change) was not Uggla’ fault, but we should still sit him and Mac and let healthy, and better players play.

Winchester

September 1st, 2012
9:36 am

Last night’s game is a reaffirmation of why Atlanta does not fill the seats in important games. Blowing a 4-1 lead midway through the game, blowing another lead in the 9th, not going home from 3rd on a wild pitch, leaving 10 men on base, and never capitalizing on the absence of Hallladay.

Durbin sucks, Martinez sucks, and so does Minor. Small ball is unknown to this collective bunch of multi-millionaires and the manager hasn’t a clue as to how to orchestrate it.

The west coast trip was a joke and a perfect example of what this team is capable of performing. Post season? Don’t waste our time with the tease.

1991 braves

September 1st, 2012
9:37 am

Minor blows 3 run lead should be the headline. But i would still rather have him anyday than Hanson. Braves need to make a decision about Hanson quickly, before he loses all the value he has. Remember J.J.? The braves also need to make a decision on McCant. He is killing the braves in the middle of the lineup. The guy had 1 R.B.I. in the month of August, add his pitiful offensive numbers with Uggly, and it will be groundhog day again this Sept. McCant and Hanson, should both be dealt as quickly as possible while the braves can get something in return, if not, Wren will once again prove why he is one of the worst G.M’s in baseball. After all , the Braves are still paying for Lowe, K.K, Nate the great, Hinski, and they are getting nothing in return. Now add McCant, Uggly, J.J, and Fredi the brilliant one to that list, and Wren looks Dumber everyday.

Philly Phanatic

September 1st, 2012
9:47 am

Halladay had been really good of late. Last night he tells Dubee on the 3rd he was sick throwing up night before. Right now and that’s why I give us a shot, Lee, Hammels, Kendrick, and healthy Halladay are going to make this interesting down the stretch with the worst of the 3 opening day outfielders, can’t knock Kratz ( I’d take Kimbrell over Pap or any closer) but Pap #2. Back to Kratz that was miraculous but Ruiz batting .335 when hurt and leading team in HR’s. Face facts we’re sure as hell aren’t going to catch Braves only hope the right teams lose and we after losing 2 of 3 to Mets if we’d have swept only 6 games back of Cards. Braves are in good spot but as somebody pointed out earlier say they play a team ( hope with miracle Phil’s) and beat them by say 5 games a 1 game playoff is ridiculous for the 1st runner up so to speak. If I had to pick a 1 day starter for Phil’s it’d be Lee as he’s fearless and the odds are he’s owed some wins after worst bad luck season ever. I love reading your blogs when Braves lose. Any consolation they’re the same everywhere particularly Philly, NY, Boston.

alex

September 1st, 2012
9:49 am

in two remaining games this series braves get pretty good pitchers from philly, lee and hamels against hudson and maholm – advantage philly, considering also struggling braves hitters, specially with runners on the base. strong possibility for sweep. now need to pray for SL, LA, and Pitt. continue theare slumps. so we in playoff with surging Phill. and 1 and out for Atlanta. go dawgs!

anti3baldheadedyankeesstinkinuptheairwaves

September 1st, 2012
10:14 am

I smell a sweep; it is over, these bums are done. No passion, no zeal, no personality, no excitement. They wonder why the fans don’t come out, they are less enthusiastic than pond water. The collapse is here; thes jokers are finished.

least of the east

September 1st, 2012
10:28 am

when you knock out Halladay early, you expect to win. but as Sept. approaches and arrives, the Braves find ways to give away games and lose.
Kimbrel has been dynamite, but I hope this isn’t a repeat of 2011. it sure is eerily similar.
Moylan hasn’t fooled anyone at AAA so i don’t know what they think he’s going to do here. is he ready to help ?
if you don’t make the playoffs, it’s better to be really bad for a few yrs. this way you can draft in the top 5 or 6 and get stars like Tim Cole, Brad Komminsk and Derek Lilliquist ! remember those 3 phenoms ? oh, i forgot, you need good scouts.

Ralph

September 1st, 2012
10:35 am

At least they will finish better than I predicted, pre-season I thought 4th place for the STAND PAT Braves.

Stumpknocker

September 1st, 2012
10:43 am

They remind me of the Dawgs. In stead of keeping the pressure on, the Braves withdraw into “try not to lose mode”.

drew

September 1st, 2012
10:59 am

Who cares???
It’s FOOTBALL SEASON !!!!!

BraveMan

September 1st, 2012
11:08 am

I would say “Let the choke begin,” but it already has!

brian

September 1st, 2012
11:32 am

the sky is falling!….yawn.

Felix

September 1st, 2012
11:34 am

Well, well, well. I see the al qaeda of trolls -Filly fans- are finally coming out from hiding in their dark caves.

TechRon

September 1st, 2012
11:58 am

It pains me to say it, but the Braves have no class. Fredi is among the worst managers in baseball also. If I were managing that team, no pitcher of mine would ever throw a strike on 0-2, especially with a one run lead. You just don’t do that. It is fundamental. You pitch it where they might take a swing at it but definitely not a hitable ball.

Also, they were 1-10 with RISP. Unforgivable. They suck and they need a real manager.

TechRon

September 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

And see Winchester’s comments above. 100% correct.

DJ

September 1st, 2012
12:20 pm

We all know where this is all heading, right? I mean, one of the main reasons the Braves collapsed last season was Brian McCann’s lack of hitting, especially since he used to be a great run-producer. He is certainly doing his part again this season. We cannot blame it on bullpen fatigue this time. If McCann was raking it like he did for 5 seasons, we would be able to overcome the pitching problems. For some reason, he has forgotten how to hit for the last 15 months. Uggla hitting .208 does not help either, but McCann being a career .280 hitter is hard to explain.

opinon

September 1st, 2012
12:41 pm

collapse. Same pattern as last year. But who is surprised, it’s the same players doing the collapsing. Chipper, 0-fer… McCann, 0-fer… Bullpen….

Mikey

September 1st, 2012
1:28 pm

McCann is obviously hurt, but Freddie must feel that a struggling McCann can contribute more then a healthy Ross. With the next 2 games facing quality L/H pitching, it will be interesting to see if Freddie will put the best 8 batters on the field. Happy September!

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