Simmons back soon; sputtering Braves can use him

Since there’s been precious little positive news to report about the Bravos the past couple of weeks (unless Kris Medlen was pitching), we’ll start today’s blog with a couple of pieces of good news before the abundance of bad. After all, it’s nearly a holiday.

Janish was named Defensive Player of the Month at ESPN.com.

Janish was named Defensive Player of the Month at ESPN.com.

First, it looks like Andrelton Simmons could rejoin the Braves by next weekend, provided he gets final go-ahead when he’s examined later today, then has no setbacks during the rehab games he’s expected to play this week for one of the Braves’ Single-A teams, Rome or Lynchburg, that advanced to the playoffs (with the minor league seasons ending, there were only a couple of options for a rehab assignment).

Secondly, the player who’s been filling in for Simmons, Paul Janish, was named voted ESPN.com’s major league Defensive Player of the Month over at the SweetSpot blog. He’s the second Brave to win the award this year, after if you forget you can probably guess whom the other was, right? Yes, it was the kid he replaced, Simmons, who won the award in June in his first month in the majors.

The guys at ESPN’s Baseball Info Solutions had a panel of 11 voters for the award, including former big leaguer Doug Glanville. Janish got eight of the 11 votes, and get this: The play he made Wednesday at San Diego, when he ran into Chipper Jones on a pop-up that fell for a two-base error (charged to Jones), was the only defensive misplay that Baseball Info Solutions has charged to Janish in the nearly 400 innings he’s played this season.

That said, the Braves, particularly now with the offene sputtering, will welcome back Simmons, who along with his superb defense was also batting .296 with 11 extra-base hits (three homers), 15 RBIs and a .788 OPS in his first 33 games in the major leagues before breaking a bone (fifth metacarpal) in his throwing hand while sliding head-first into second base in the last game before the All-Star break.

Will the Braves work him into the lineup slowly once he’s back, or play him every day like he did before?

“We’ll see. My intention is I’d like to play him as much as I can,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said today. “But I know going into it there’s going to be some days better than others with the strength of the forearm and the hand, that stuff.”

By the way, I asked Simmons a few weeks ago about sliding head-first and whether he’d do it anymore. He said it’s a product of being aggressive, and that he won’t temper his aggressiveness. However, he said he would be more careful and “pick his spots” when sliding head-first.

I also asked Gonzalez about it this morning, about whether he’s told Simmons not to slide head-first.

“You know how many times we’ve had that meeting?” he said. “Every baserunning coach in the world has had that meeting at one time or another, as far as probably the first sentence out of their mouth, at spring training or someplace else, ‘Do not slide head-first.’”

But, he said, “That’s just instincts.”

Slump at two-plus weeks: Entering Sunday’s series finale with the Phillies, the Braves have as many losses (10) in their past 14 games as they lost in their previous 38.

They are 4-10 with a .213 batting average, 4.02 ERA and 41 runs scored in their past 14 games (2.9 runs per game), after going 28-10 with a .248 batting average, 2.78 ERA and 189 runs scored in 38 games (5.0 runs per game).

They’ve scored two runs or fewer in eight of their past 14 games, including four of the past five.

Chipper Jones was asked this morning if he’s getting as frustrated as Fredi seemed be after Saturday’s loss 5-1 loss.

“You’re only as good as today’s starting pitcher,” Chipper said. “Huddy struggled from pitch one with his location [Saturday]. I don’t think I’ve seen a team get that many quality swings on him. That just doesn’t happen. His ball is sinking, it’s cutting, dipping, darting. And it was a very odd Tim Hudson start.”

The Braves managed five hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee, who is back to being Cliff Lee lately. And the Braves are back to struggling mightily against most lefties.

“I knew after the first at-bat off Cliff Lee that it was going to be tough sledding because he was at the knees, in, away, he dotted two backdoor cutters first at-bat and I was like, ‘Oh boy,’” Chipper said. “When guys have it like that you just say yourself ‘All right, I’ve just got to scratch out one.’ As much as the rest of the guys tried to scratch out one, we just couldn’t string anything together yesterday against him. Frustrating? A little, but all losing streaks, down periods, are frustrating. It doesn’t matter that it’s Sept. 1 or April 1.

“It’s just something you’ve got to persevere through and come to work each and every day, saying that this is going to be the day that we win the first of hopefully a bunch in a row.”

Chipper made, as usual, some great points. Appreciate the insight, as always. But to say the Braves are only as good as that day’s starting pitcher? Well, there have been plenty of days recently when the Braves as a whole weren’t nearly as good as their starting pitcher that day.

Take, for instance, back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday at San Diego. On Monday, Paul Maholm gave up two runs in 6-2/3 innings and the Braves got just four hits against Casey Kelly – in his major league debut – and three San Diego relievers.

On Tuesday, Kris Medlen allowed just five hits in eight scoreless innings to run his scoreless streak to 28-1/3 innings. The Braves got four hits and two runs in six innings against rookie lefty Andrew Werner in his second major league start, and won 2-0. Medlen was terrific that day; the Braves as a whole were not.

But for the most part, the statement is true – teams usually are dependent on that day’s starting pitcher. As is “momentum” in baseball. But if the Braves would score a few runs early in some recent games, their starting pitchers might have not felt the need to be perfect with every pitch and had some better outings than they’ve produced.

And Chipper, never one to pull punches, gave an honest appraisal of the Braves’ offense after being asked if all the good pitching the Braves faced in Washington, San Francisco, San Diego and vs. the Phillies was a big cause for the team’s current hitting malaise.

“I would say the majority of the games that we have played up until this point during this little streak have been against [pitchers] that know what they’re doing out there,” he said. “There have been a couple of games smattered in there where we’ve gotten shut down by a guy that we shouldn’t have gotten shut down by. But for the most part, you’re right, we’ve seen a lot of good pitching. And just like good hitting is contagious, bad hitting is contagious too.

“I think once guys get into some bad habits or develop a confidence problem at the plate, you could have my mom out there on the mound and she’d probably get some guys out.”

And when asked about putting the team on his 40-year-old back and delivering big hits they’ve lacked lately, he said: “I’d be lying if I said two outs bases loaded, bottom of the ninth inning I want anybody else up there but me. That’s just the mentality that I’ve always had. And that’s never going to stop. I don’t care if I’m 40 or 60. But yeah, we have some guys in our lineup that get paid to hit and we’re not swinging the bats the way we’re capable of as a team, and it’s forcing Fredi to make some tough decisions and juggle the lineup and get people in the lineup that normally you wouldn’t think would be in the lineup just to try and find that right combination that works.

Paul Maholm has received weak run support in most starts since being traded to the Braves. He goes again today, after allowing two runs in 6-2/3 innings  ina  3-0 loss at San Diego on Monday.

Paul Maholm has received weak run support in most starts since being traded to the Braves. He goes again today, after allowing two runs in 6-2/3 innings ina 3-0 loss at San Diego on Monday.

“I think it’s good. Sometimes a little competitiveness amongst teammates can sometimes be a good thing.”

Home skid: Speaking of anemic offense, the Braves are 7-7 at home since beginning of August, and followed a four-game home winning streak with a current four-game home losing skid in which they’ve hit .180 and posted a 5.84 ERA. They scored zero, one and two runs in three of those games, and five in an 8-5 loss in the other.

• Uggla sits: Speaking of those tough decisions Chipper referred to with Gonzalez, For the third time in 11 games Dan Uggla and his league-worst .208 batting average are on the bench today. He’s 8-for-55 (.145) with two homers and 18 strikeouts in his career against today’s Phillies starter, lefty Cole Hamels.

It’s the third time in 11 games that Uggla’s been out of the lineup, which is once more than he was out of the lineup in the first 97 games of the season. He started the first 75 games.

• Tighter wild-card race: A year ago through 133 games, there was only one wild-card berth to compete for, but the Braves had a 79-54 record and led their nearest wild-card competition by nine games over San Francisco and 9-1/2 games over St. Louis.

This year there are two wild-card berths available, but the Braves (74-59) are but two games ahead of the Cardinals and 3-1/2 games ahead of both the Pirates and Dodgers, with Arizona (8-1/2 back) also closer to the Braves than the second-place wild-card team was at the same point in the 2011 season.

Think about that: Four teams (including St. Louis) are closer to the Braves in the wild-card standings than there were at the same point in the 2011 season. A week later in 2011, the Braves still had an 8-1/2-game lead over the second-place team in the WC race after 140 games.

Yes, they blew an 8-1/2-game lead in the final 22 games of the season.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado 2b
  3. Chipper 3b
  4. Freeman 1b
  5. Ross c
  6. Heyward rf
  7. Johnson lf
  8. Janish ss
  9. Maholm p

• Today’s game: It’s a good lefty vs. lefty matchup with Maholm facing the Phillies’ Hamels.

Maholm is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA and .220 opponents’ average in five starts since being traded to the Braves. He’s allowed six homers in 36-2/3 innings as a Brave, and has received just 3.2 support runs per nine innings.

He’s 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA in his past two starts, with more homers (three) than walks (two) in 13-2/3 innings. The Braves scored one and no runs while he was in those two games.

Against the Phillies, Maholm is 4-2 with 4.11 ERA in eight career starts. He won his only start against them this season, on April 27 at Philly when he was with the Cubs. He allowed one run and five hits in 6-1/3 innings in that game.

Ty Wigginton is 6-for-13 with a homer against Maholm, and Chase Utley is 5-for-16 with a homer against him.

Hamels went 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA in five August starts, including a five-hit shutout against the Braves on Aug. 7. He allowed two earned runs in seven innings in the loss (the Phillies failed to score while he was in that game).

While the Braves fared well in several starts against Hamels earlier in his career, the lefty is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA and .208 opponents’ average in his past 10 starts against them, with 58 strikeouts and 15 walks in 61 innings.

Against Hamels, Chipper is 14-for-40 (.325) with two homers and seven walks, Martin Prado is 15-for-52 (.288) with a homer, and Brian McCann is 16-for-57 (.281) with three homers, seven walks and 15 RBIs.

• Etc.

Jason Heyward is batting sixth today, the first time he’s hit anywhere but third since the 75th game of the season on June 28, when he batted second. Heyward is 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts against Hamels, and against lefties this season he’s hit .215 with a .617 OPS in 200 at-bats, compared to his robust .312 average and .990 vs. right-handers, including a league-best .599 slugging percentage against righties. Gonzalez cited the batting-average disparity vs. lefties and righties as the reason for moving him today today….

Brian McCann is 13-for-76 (.171) with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 22 games since the beginning of August, including 10-for-61 with one RBI, three walks, 11 strikeouts and a .379 OPS in his past 16 games. After homering in each of his first six games against the Phillies and going 9-for-26 with six homers, 16 RBIs and a 1.038 slugging percentage in those games, McCann is 3-for-19 (.158) with no extra-base hits and one RBI in his past five games against them….

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is 6-for-14 with three homers, eight RBIs and four strikeouts in four games against the Braves since Aug. 7. He’s 19-for-73 (.260) with three homers, 16 RBIs and 32 strikeouts in 19 games against everyone else in that period.

OK, let’s close this and get it posted before first pitch. Here’s a terrific Ryan Bingham cover of one of the signature tunes by the great Guy Clark. Here it by clicking here.

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham

“DUBLIN BLUES” by Guy Clark

I wish I was in Austin
In the Chili Parlour Bar
Drinkin’ Mad Dog Margaritas
And not carin’ where you are

But here I sit in Dublin
Just rollin’ cigarettes
Holdin’ back and chokin’ back
The shakes with every breath

Forgive me all my anger
Forgive me all my faults
There’s no need to forgive me
For thinkin’ what I thought
I loved you from the git go
I’ll love you till I die
I loved you on the Spanish steps
The day you said goodbye

I am just a poor boy
Work’s my middle name
If money was a reason
I would not be the same

I’ll stand up and be counted
I’ll face up to the truth
I’ll walk away from trouble
But I can’t walk away from you

I have been to Fort Worth
I have been to Spain
I have been to proud
To come in out of the rain

I have seen the David
I’ve seen the Mona Lisa too
I have heard Doc Watson
Play Columbus Stockade Blues…

Forgive me all my anger
Forgive me all my faults
There’s no need to forgive me
For thinkin’ what I thought
I loved you from the git go
I’ll love you till I die
I loved you on the Spanish steps
The day you said goodbye

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,462 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

September 2nd, 2012
4:52 pm

Uggla needs to get real.

MIBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
4:54 pm

Thanks for the blog, DOB

Weaseal

September 2nd, 2012
4:55 pm

Lets win 2 in 24 hours

David from Athens, AL

September 2nd, 2012
4:56 pm

Wow … Thanks DOB … GO Braves!!!!

George_George

September 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Welcome back DOB
You are the best when you work and do fine job running the blog.

CHOKE ARTISTS

September 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Why does Chipper keep putting all the pressure/blame on the pitchers? It’s supposed to be a TEAM effort, the bats have a job to do also. Plenty out of guys have thrown good games, only to see them get screwed out of a w because the offense was a no-show. THIS guy is your LEADER?

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Not feeling too great about our chances, but hey, that’s we watch the game… gotta see how it plays out.

Go Braves! Get ‘em boys… I just wanna see a good showing from the offense.

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
4:59 pm

Great blog. Thanks, DOB.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

I’d love to see Mejia called up, but I don’t see it happening. He might have a chance to win a bench spot next year though.

monty

September 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

Get some early runs Chipper and maybe the pitchers won’t feel like they can’t make a mistake or it’s over!

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:01 pm

Thank you very much DOB. Great read.

George_George

September 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

Will the Braves work him into the lineup slowly once he’s back, or play him every day like he did before?
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FREDI best play his best players every game, they will have all winter to rest. This is crunch time, we cannot go 10-20 this SEPT. Get CHIPPER in playoffs his final season.

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

Why does Chipper keep putting all the pressure/blame on the pitchers?,/em>

Agree, it’s getting tiring to read when we all can see how putrid the offense has been.

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

DOB, I see the little man had a movie meltdown. I will give you credit this time it was something that I said. The last time you went on a rant it was a statement George made that you attributed to me. I noticed that you never printed a retraction on that one.

Check out All the presidents men and the Zodiac for some movies with good reporters in them.

You are 1 for 2 keep up the good work. It’s this type of reporting that make some people mad. Just ask Tim Hudson.

GoNatsGo

September 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

The Nats won again this afternoon. The pressure’s on, Bravos!

richbrave

September 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

NATS are in. BRAVES vying for the WC.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

By the way, I asked Simmons…about sliding head-first and whether he’d do it anymore. He said it’s a product of being aggressive, and that he won’t temper his aggressiveness. However, he said he would be more careful and “pick his spots” when sliding head-first.

I also asked Gonzalez about it this morning, about whether he’s told Simmons not to slide head-first.

“Every baserunning coach (says)…. ‘Do not slide head-first.’”….But, he said, “That’s just instincts.”

This does need to stop though…. sliding head first is waay more dangerous and very stupid, imo.

Chris

September 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

The hell is up with the game time?

count_schemula

September 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

“The Nats won again this afternoon. The pressure’s on, Bravos!”

Nats beating StL was a good thing.

richbrave

September 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

HAMELS expected to win and the BRAVES to lose. Guaranteed B RAVES win today.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

I would like to see Maholm avoid the gopher ball today.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:09 pm

Nats beating StL was a good thing.

Indeed.

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Come on, ump.

Lee in S GA

September 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Heard on the radio about 20 min. ago that Bowman interviewed Uggla and he is frustrated and not too happy about being on the bench today.

richbrave

September 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM

ROME

Postponed, inclement weather

George_George

September 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

This does need to stop though…. sliding head first is waay more dangerous and very stupid, imo.
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IT would also help to keep your hands closed in fist by holding dirt or batting gloves

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:11 pm

Nice play Prado…. almost had the DP

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:11 pm

Tomahawk Mafia

September 2nd, 2012
5:12 pm

Yet another groundball that was too weak to turn a double play. The poor luck continues.

kevkat

September 2nd, 2012
5:12 pm

count_schemula

September 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm
“The Nats won again this afternoon. The pressure’s on, Bravos!”

Nats beating StL was a good thing.

I agree Count. Can’t worry about division title now.

richbrave

September 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Lee in S GA
September 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Heard on the radio about 20 min. ago that Bowman interviewed Uggla and he is frustrated and not too happy about being on the bench today……”

Heh! Oh well…..Maybe this light’s a fire under his azz. Or makes him bolt for the door and another franchise. What’s his weight? Is he hitting it?

George_George

September 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Ok, outta here for game, I don’t want to get upset on this during game. These are must win games.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

How come it’s the good pitching that causes the offensive molaise, & our pitching’s been good, but the score & outcome weighs against us. Isn’t good pitching part of playoff baseball? What about getting clutch hits w/ men in scoring position, keeping quality at bats, working the count, keeping you’re head down in the zone, not pulling off the ball but going w/the pitch, not waisting at bats, having good at-bats against good pitching? These great crafty pitcher’s who change speeds, throws offspeed stuff(Hamels), that we need to make adjustment to adjust to our line-up. Hamels relies on junk,ball-movement, so we should be locked in, make the at-bats good battles, don’t get suckered to his pitches. Battle in the count, make him throw you’re pitch in the zone, you’re zone, make him throw alot of pitches, wear him down w/good quality at-bats. QUIT being a sucker & easy out flailers. Flailers who just swing away, no approach, not being a tough out, need to adjust. ONe small adjustment can help you find success. When two strikes, protect the plate, have a 100 foulballs if you have to, STAY ALIVE IS KEY! Keep the at-bat alive, don’t strike-out so easy, sure everybody strikes out, but don’t have to be so often.

Dum-Bass

September 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Wouldn’t just one “Thank You” be enough for the blog? That’s redundant and repetitive. Almost as bad as those “firsts” we all have learned to despise.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

Dang… Bad luck started already :(

buzzer

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

why are we playing at 5:00 pm on a Sunday? Isn’t that weird?

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

Lee in S GA

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

yeah richbrave I kinda thought the same thing

Tomahawk Mafia

September 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

What a wonderful opening to this game. Maholm is being squeezed and he lacks the stuff to be in the strike zone.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

September 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

Not BallGame, how about Season Done!!!

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

another great start

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

njbraves

September 2nd, 2012
5:17 pm

Maholm sucks. Soft tossing garbage pitcher. Losing again.

jeffrey d

September 2nd, 2012
5:17 pm

Wouldn’t just one “Thank You” be enough for the blog?

I know, right! Finally someone who sees it like me. The other day I volunteered at a soup kitchen. When the second consecutive person told me “thank you” I said “WHOA, bub! Lady right there already said thanks. One’s enough. Keep moving.”

Yes, this world really needs fewer people being polite.

What an odd thing to complain abot.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 2nd, 2012
5:17 pm

Well, now Maholm has allowed runs on something other than a homerun and the Braves find themselves in yet another early deficit. Same crap different day.

buzzer

September 2nd, 2012
5:17 pm

We r cursed. I don’t know how,what ,or why. But we’ve been cursed since ‘96.
Bring out the goat….

jeffrey d

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

Only good thing was the ball didn’t go out.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

He needs to start pitching in the zone, he’s getting squeezed. Unfortunately, since he isn’t a power pitcher, he doesn’t have the stuff to pitch like that…. he’d get rocked.

MFin04

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

Why pitch around Ryan Howard?!? Hmm…

Tomahawk Mafia

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

It hurts that Howard’s double was on an 0-2 pitch off the plate.

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

Get the bullpen up.

njbraves

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

This team needs to acquire some power arms. I’m so sick and tired of 87mph fastballs.

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

I sure hope this ump will be consistent when Hamels pitches.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

David O'Brien

September 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

During their 4-10 stretch before tonight, the Braves have hit — this is astounding — .142 (15-for-106) with runners in scoring position.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

September 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

Season Over!!!! Period!

Trade who ever and get some real power arms in the rotation. Slop tossers do not win games when it matters. Fu k u Uggla, Fred, Fat Mac, Fat Hanson.

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

Richbrave; How many call-ups is the team alloted or allowed? I know they don’t want so many bodies to clutter the duggout or clubhouse.

Jaded

September 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

This is just heartbreaking. Another season that held so much promise inexplicably falling apart because these guys don’t have the mental toughness to handle pressure.

Nick

September 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

Ballgame already, its a blowout. This team blows. I told everybody this team would choke again. Loser mentality that stems from a loser manager. I’m actually rooting for them to lose every game the rest of the way so Fredi and Wren will get canned.

Kat

September 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

Thanks for the new DOB blog David. Chipper always has some great quotes, I’m gonna miss his honesty when he’s gone.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

I sure hope this ump will be consistent when Hamels pitches.

^^^

Dang it, Paul… this sukks

ChattTownBrian

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

I’d say I can’t believe this, but I can.

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Wow! Maholm, really?

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Danger Fredi Danger Fredi

buzzer

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

count_schemula

September 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Why do we pitch to Howard? Dude could be in full body traction and he would still drive in runs against us.

MFin04

September 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

For all of us who were called negative when we said we’d get swept in this series, can we now simply just be called REAL Braves fans?

njbraves

September 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

Meds is the only Braves starter who goes after hitters. He’s attacking the strike zone from the very first pitch. The rest of these losers nibble around the ate, walk guys, fall behind, and then get hammered. This starting staff is garbage.

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

C Mart up in the pen

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

BP up already, that’s not what we want to see…. unfortunately, Paul doesn’t have it so far… though Fredi might be overreacting.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

Finally a strike. WHew

CaptainMudd

September 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

…….Whew….good little nap I grabbed; alarm worked and here I is…..and there my beloved Bravos are: first inning magic by Maholm–Phillies off and running….sad to wake up to us in the same boat.

Nick

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

The Braves need to rebuild completely. Its obvious this band of losers don’t have the talent or mental aptitude to win anything.

Dum-Bass

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

Looks like “THE ATLANTA ZOMBIES” have chosen to come out in the daytime again. Bet if you looked in the eyeballs of those fans sitting in the stands now all you would see is $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

count_schemula

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

bullpen up – CMart

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

buzzer

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

Brava

September 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

Damn it. This sucks!

njbraves

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

I honestly hope they miss the playoffs. Save us all the disappointment of getting embarrassed I the one game playoff. Clean house and start with clueless Fredi.

CaptainMudd

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Ahh….Fredi, excuse me–most MLB Managers would be off their @ss and out there in a flash.

count_schemula

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

David O'Brien

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Well, Maholm is pitching as if proving Chipper’s point — you’re only as good as that day’s starting pitcher.

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

How far do want to get behind before you make a move Fredi????

MFin04

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

That collapse is in full effect and some of us who aren’t blind homers called it.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Well, there goes Maholms’ sterling ERA…didn’t feel great about this start, but hey, it’s only the 1st. Maybe Hamels’ struggles too. It’s not ballgame yet.

How many call-ups is the team alloted or allowed? I know they don’t want so many bodies to clutter the duggout or clubhouse.

I believe they can bring up all guys on the 40-man roster if they want to….

Dum-Bass

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

TOBF celebrating a strike, now that’s funny. Has it come to that Mr. Eternal Optimist?

Heath

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

TV, turned off. Adios friends.

buzzer

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

Jeez,,thank God 4 Football cause the Braves r just too awful 2 watch.

DANG DANG DANG

buzzer

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

Jeez,,thank God 4 Football cause the Braves r just too awful 2 watch.

DANG DANG DANG

Nick

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

Lmao. Great addition Wren. At this rate, that $6.5M option for Maholm is a no brainer to be declined.

ChattTownBrian

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

Tomahawk Mafia

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

Wow. I kind of thought the Braves would win today.

MFin04

September 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

“Maholm is pitching as if proving Chipper’s point — you’re only as good as that day’s starting pitcher.”

Tell Chipper to stop running his mouth and hit the ball…

njbraves

September 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

The game is over before the Braves could record the second out. Well done Braves.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

I honestly hope they miss the playoffs.

:roll:

George_George

September 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

74bravesjersey

September 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm
Richbrave; How many call-ups is the team alloted or allowed? I know they don’t want so many bodies to clutter the duggout or clubhouse
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They can call up as many as they want up to 40 roster, but remember they have to pay the callups, so they weill not call up many. I know I am back.

ACE

September 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

Fredi, you just have to tip your cap to the phillies in the first inning.

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