Offensive woes: Braves hitting .220 in 6-11 stretch

So much criticism is directed at a Braves starting pitcher anytime he gives up a few runs and/or a couple of homers in the first five or six innings, as Tommy Hanson did Tuesday against Colorado.

Martin Prado is the only Braves lineup regular who hasn't seen some sort of dip in production during the team's hitting slump.

Martin Prado is the only Braves lineup regular who hasn't seen some sort of dip in production during the team's hitting slump.

But as much as Hanson hasn’t lived up to expectations this season, but to me the stagnant, inopportunistic Braves offense has been a bigger problem than pitching during a 6-11 stretch that’s all but wiped out the Braves’ hopes of winning the division and could put in peril even a wild-card berth if things continue at this rate much longer.

Over the past 17 games, the Braves have hit .220 and posted a 3.90 ERA while scoring 55 runs. This coming immediately on the heels of a seven-week stretch in which the Brave had a 28-10 record while hitting .248 with a 2.78 ERA and 189 runs.

Yes, the ERA is more than a run higher in the past 17 games than in the previous 38. But the Braves have averaged slightly more than 3.2 runs per game during the 6-11 slide, after averaging 5.0 runs during the previous 38 games. And even that 3.2-run average is a bit misleading, at least in terms of what they’ve been doing recently.

The Braves have scored 24 runs in their past eight games, and 14 of the runs came in consecutive wins Sunday-Monday vs. Philly and Colorado. They totaled 10 runs in the other six games during that 3-5 stretch, including two shutout losses.

After enduring the slow torture of last year’s September collapse, the Braves said they learned from it and were determined not to let it happen again, that they’d know how to make adjustments and prevent a slump from lasting so long. And maybe they will. They still lead the wild-card race and none of the teams behind them have been nearly as hot as St. Louis got in September 2011.

But those Cardinals are only two games behind the Braves, and new-look Dodgers are but 1-1/2 games behind the Cardinals, with the Pirates another game back. There are two wild-card spots, and the Dodgers are 3-1/2 games behind the Braves with nearly a full month to go.

The Braves obviously need to snap out of this funk and start hitting.

Their .237 average since all-star break is third-lowest in NL, and their .386 slugging percentage ranks 11th in the league since break. And it’s not just the overall bad numbers, but particularly their ineptitude with runners in scoring position in the past few weeks.

Before their dramatic win Sunday, when the Braves scored five runs in the ninth inning capped by Chipper Jones’ three-run walk-off homer, the team had hit just .142 (15-for-106) with runners in scoring position over the previous 14 games. That’s an awful lot of wasted scoring chances, and they had plenty more Tuesday night when they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position – all in the first six innings.

In all but one of the first six innings the Braves had at least one runner in scoring position with less than two outs, and failed to score every time.

For the season, the Braves are now hitting .236 with runners in scoring position, 14th in the NL, ahead of only the free-falling Marlins (.232) and rebuilding Padres (.230).

Brian McCann, playing with a bum shoulder and having his worst season, is hitting .165 (18-for-109) with runners in scoring position. That’s the fifth-lowest average in the NL, for a hitter who has ranked among league leaders in that category in the past.

It’s easier to point out the guys who’ve not slumped in the past week or longer – in some cases, much longer – than it is to list those who have. But we’ll list some of the prominent ones who’ve struggled lately.

– Freddie Freeman is 5-for-20 with 11 strikeouts and one homer in his past seven games, albeit with eight walks and a .464 OBP. He’s 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position during the team’s 6-11 slide.

– Jason Heyward is having a strong bounce-back season, but lately even his production is off as the Braves have faced a lot of lefties who’ve handled him. He’s 6-for-33 with no RBIs, no walks, seven strikeouts and a .182 OBP in his past eight games.

– Michael Bourn is 9-for-47 (.191) in his past 14 games with no extra-base hits, 10 walks, 12 strikeouts, five runs, and five steals in eight attempts, although he does have 10 walks and a .350 OBP in that period.

– Paul Janish is 5-for-41 (.102) in his past 15 games with three RBIs, four walks, 11 strikeouts, .170 OBP and .163 slugging in his past 15 games. The Braves could have Andrelton Simmons back by the weekend.

– Dan Uggla lost his starting job this week because of a three-month skid in which he’s hit .152 (37-for-244) in 75 games with seven homers, 27 RBIs, 90 strikeouts and a .578 OPS, including 8-for-52 (.154) with 18 strikeouts, two RBIs and a .267 OBP in his past 17 games.

David Ross, playing more lately in place of injured Brian McCann, is one of the few Braves who haven't struggled in recent weeks.

David Ross, playing more lately in place of injured Brian McCann, is one of the few Braves who haven't struggled in recent weeks.

McCann is 13-for-76 (.171) with no extra-base hits, two RBIs and a .438 OPS in 22 games since the beginning of August.

– Chipper Jones, having a remarkable season at age 40, has hit a modest .255 (12-for-47) with three extra-base hits, four RBIs and .362 slugging percentage in his past 14 games, with only one homer, albeit a loud and dramatic one.

Who’s not struggling? Among the regulars, Martin Prado has hit .298 with 17 extra-base hits (four homers) and 21 RBIs in his past 30 games, including .323 with 10 RBIs and an .890 OPS in his past 15 games.

Backup catcher David Ross has been thrust into a large role in recent weeks, and he’s hit .268 (11-for-41) with four doubles, two homers, six RBIs and an .852 OPS in his past 12 games.

• Reed’s as advertised: And there’s outfielder/pinch-hitter Reed Johnson, acquired from the Cubs along with pitcher Paul Maholm in the July 30 deal. He’s done exactly what the Braves hoped he would, although in a larger role since Martin Prado has been playing more second base with Uggla on the bench.

Johnson has hit .317 (20-for-63) with four doubles, four RBIs and a .348 OBP for the Braves, and in his past 37 games for the Braves and Cubs he’s hit .347 (33-for-95) with eight extra-base hits, a .380 OBP and an .833 OPS.

“He’s been everything advertised,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

I asked before Tuesday’s game whether he planned to keep using Johnson in a platoon with Jose Constanza in left field in those games when Prado is at second base. Gonzalez said yes, that he’s been advised Johnson, who has had back issues in the past, is better and stays healthier when not used so much. He plans to play him primarly against lefties.

Gonzalez said he talked to with his bench coach, Carlos Tosca, who was manager in Toronto in Johnson’s first two major league seasons in 2003-2004.

“From what I understand, you want to play him every day, but the more you play him the more he has a tendency to break down,” Gonzalez said.

Johnson is hitting .328 with an .848 OPS in 125 at-bats against lefties this season, and almost as well against righties (.280 with an .800 OPS in 107 at-bats).

Constanza is 7-for-30 (.233) with a .525 OPS against righties this season, and in his brief major league career he’s actually hit better against lefties (.354 with a .734 OPS in 48 at-bats) than against righties (.230 with a .636 OPS in 100 at-bats).

BRAVES LINEUP

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

• Tonight’s matchup: It’ll be Mike Minor against Rockies right-hander Alex White (2-7, 5.58 ERA).

Minor is 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA in his past five starts, getting zero support runs in the first three of those games and four runs while he was in each of the past two. He gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings and got no decision in a loss to the Phillies on Thursday, the first time in 10 starts that he allowed more than three runs.

The Braves lefty has a 2.87 ERA and .222 opponents’ average in his past 10 starts, but just a 3-4 record in that period. The Braves failed to score while Minor was in four of those games, and scored one run while he was in another.

Juan Francisco is the only current Brave with an official at-bat against tonight's Rockies starter.

Juan Francisco is the only current Brave with an official at-bat against tonight's Rockies starter.

Against Minor, Carlos Gonzalez is 3-for-3 and Michael Cuddyer is 2-for-2 with a homer.

White is 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA in nine road starts (compared to a 4.97 ERA at home), even though nine of his 11 homers allowed have come at Coors Field. He’s allowed a .288 average, 18 extra-base hits and .374 OBP in nine road starts.

Left-handers are hitting .301 with an .894 OPS against White (right-handers .262 with an .809 OPS). The only Braves who’ve faced him are Juan Francisco (1-for-3, home run) and Paul Janish (one walk).

• Etc.

Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez has hit .400 (20-for-50) in his past 20 games against the Braves with five doubles, five homers and 14 RBIs. In his last four against them this season, he’s 8-for-15 with two doubles and homer….

The Rockies are 18-10 with a .292 average and 3.91 ERA their past 28 games, and scored 142 runs in that stretch (5.1 per game)….

Braves reliever Chad Durbin has 4.22 ERA and .282 opponents’ average in his past 12 appearances, allowing 11 hits, five walks, six runs (five earned) in 10-2/3 innings.

• OK, gotta post this. Enjoy the great PJ Harvey and check her out in this video.

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“BIG EXIT” by PJ HARVEY

Look out ahead
I see danger come
I want a pistol
I want a gun
I’m scared baby
I wanna run
This world’s crazy
Give me the gun

Baby, baby
Ain’t it true
I’m immortal
When I ‘m with you
But I want a pistol
In my hand
I wanna go to
A different land

I met a man
He told me straight
“You gotta leave
It’s getting late”
Too many cops
Too many guns
All trying to do something
No-one else has done

Baby, baby
Ain’t it true
I’m immortal
When I ‘m with you
But I want a pistol
In my hand
I wanna go to
A different land

Sometimes it rains so hard
And I feel the hurt
In my heart
Feels like the end of the world
I see the children
Sharp as knives
I see the children
Dead and alive
Beautiful people
Beautiful girls
I just feel like it’s the end of the world

I walk on concrete
I walk on sand
But I can’t find
A safe place to stand
I’m scared baby
I wanna run
This world’s crazy
Gimme the gun

Baby, baby
Ain’t it true
I’m immortal
When I ‘m with you
But I want a pistol
In my hand
I wanna go to
A different land

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,722 comments Add your comment

Ed

September 5th, 2012
2:47 pm

TRADE UGGLA

ACTIVATE ROGER DORN

Threadkiller

September 5th, 2012
2:51 pm

Joe Montana = Clutch….Michael Jordan = Clutch…..Bill Buckner = Not Clutch

Jimmy

September 5th, 2012
2:51 pm

Frank Reardon is sorry.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

Thanks, Chief. Eesh……

Irrational Fan

September 5th, 2012
2:53 pm

Blow the team up! Sell everybody except Simmons, Huddy, and Medlen!

Ward

September 5th, 2012
2:54 pm

Good work DOB, and keep it real………..Thanks for the blog.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
2:54 pm

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
2:50 pm

If one is going to have a blog, then yes, one must be on said blog 24 hours a day answering tough questions in the absence of the ability to ask them…..ACE

CB

September 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

Fire McCann! Ban McFann! :-)

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

Murph’s last post on the previous blog was the best of the afternoon…..

Dead on ball’s accurate.

Ward

September 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

Well mabbe this will piss Uggs off, and we could srue use him to get mad, and start hitting again. Good for Fredi, bench Uggs, and let him think about it.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

Thanks DOB. Let’s get it together boys…

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

What ever happened to Jeff Reardon? And why am I asking?

raleighbravefan

September 5th, 2012
2:58 pm

Bill Buckner = injured…should not have been in the game….I always blamed the manager for that one.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
2:58 pm

Get our regulars in the lineup soon, hope they get hot…. we’ll need them

Ward

September 5th, 2012
2:58 pm

Maybe, this is a good thing , because it shows when you make all that money, and don’t live up to it. You can get benched. That should be a lesson to all those players with big contracts, who don’t live up to it. Glad Fredi benched Uggs. I’m still backing Uggs, but there is time when it’s enough, andf you need to get out there, and hit.

Bat Masterson

September 5th, 2012
2:58 pm

Every year since I started reading this blog the Braves teams have had real problems. Up until his oblique injury Heap has never been one of them, yet he has been ripped all to hell and gone the entire time.

Kind of blew me away at first and I pushed back a lot. I get that unrealistic expectations are put on the best players, but damn.

If I were advising Heap I would tell him to take care of his shoulder whatever that entailed in season and off. Get healthy have a big year next year and sign for every bit of scratch you can get and never look back.

Ward

September 5th, 2012
3:00 pm

Man…… I need to take typing lessons……Little humor

raleighbravefan

September 5th, 2012
3:01 pm

Posts are clutch today. :) This may even be a statement blog.

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 5th, 2012
3:01 pm

FREE MIXXO

Braves haven’t hit for #### Since he got Bozo’d

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:01 pm

When you factor in the weed and the meth on McCann’s WAR, you would think he’s gonna have to give one, or maybe both of them up.

CB

September 5th, 2012
3:02 pm

Bat, don’t base how Braves fans feel about McCann on some of these idiots here. I believe he is beloved by the vast majority of Braves fans, definitely one of my favorites.

Gary O.

September 5th, 2012
3:06 pm

DOB,

For the season, the Braves are now hitting .236 with runners in scoring position, 14th in the NL, ahead of only the free-falling Marlins (.232) and rebuilding Padres (.230)..

What did they hit with RISP last season?

Shaun

September 5th, 2012
3:06 pm

Joe Montana = Clutch….Michael Jordan = Clutch…..Bill Buckner = Not Clutch

Funny how the Hall of Fame players, the great players, also happen to be the clutch players.

Also, if Bill Buckner wasn’t clutch, why didn’t he perform like it? You look at his performances in pretty much any situation that anyone would define as clutch and you see nothing to indicate there was some inability for him to come through in the clutch. In fact, in many of those situations he was a little better than he was overall. But hey, who cares about what actually happened? Don’t let that get in the way of your beliefs.

Braves with RISP: .236/.341/.371

Braves with nobody on base: .254/.316/.400

Braves with a man on firstbase: .261/.321/.437

Braves overall: .251/.323/.400

Do you see any sort of pattern to suggest that the Braves’ performance with RISP is anything other than randomness?

It’s like assigning meaning to the fact that they hit better in April and July than in any other months this year and have hit worse in September. Because they did that, does that mean it was the result of some sort of ability to come through in April and July?

Or how about their record on Mondays? Just because there is a difference in their Monday record versus their record other days doesn’t mean they have some sort of inability to come through on Mondays. It’s probably just randomness. Same with the hitting with RISP (though I wouldn’t even say hitting, necessarily; I would say batting average).

Ward

September 5th, 2012
3:07 pm

CB – This is the real Ward, just talking about how it is, and trying to talk about how I see it coming down. I will be, so happy to see Simmons back! Braves need some life in them.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:08 pm

This idiot loves McCann too….

But if he can’t play for squat, then he needs to sit in favor of someone who can.

I loved Dale Murphy too, but he lost it. He had to go bye bye.

Sam

September 5th, 2012
3:08 pm

Guys, stop with all the trade Uggla stuff. No one would be interested in taking the next 3 years of his contract even if the Braves were interested in paying any portion of his humongous contract remaining. The best thing to do is to see if he can play his way out of it in a limited role off the bench and hope he starts coming around a little more. If not, we paid a lot of money for someone to make sure the bench doesn’t float away.

The Braves knew what they were getting when they decided to trade for and pay him!

Ward

September 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

We, all love Mac, but we just want him to get healthy, and to be the Mac he once was! Were all concerned……

Gary O.

September 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

We fired the hitting coach, and brought in 2 different guys to help the hitters. If one year later, we are still struggling to hit with RISP…does that confirm the problem is the players, not the hitting coach?

And if so, what do we do about it?

Felix

September 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

The lack of offensive punch was known to most of us before the season started —except for of course FW and Fredi. It has caught up with the Braves, and as the season has progressed, opposing teams have learned out how to exploit the massive holes in this line up.

Murph

September 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

From the previous blog:

That includes getting regular contributions from McCann and Uggla, but they can’t if they are only batting a couple of times a week.

One is hurt and the other can’t make adjustments…

BMac isn’t going to magically heal after just a few days rest. All indications are that he’s headed for offseason surgery.

Uggla also isn’t going to magically get his stroke back overnight. He’s been given more than enough opportunities to break out of his funk but has thus far been unable to do so.

A playoff spot is on the line here… same thing the team faces last season, only this time with a much smaller lead as of September 1st. We all saw what happened when they kept running ineffective players out there in 2011… I’d rather the team make a change and go with a guy who at least has some remote possibility of producing than to keep running the same guys out there who have shown they are either physically or mentally unable to produce.

Fredi did nothing last season and lost. If he were to do the same then I can guarantee you he’d be looking for a new job come November. Better to go down swinging then just stand there and bleed.

Jimmy

September 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

CB and Bat – I have no specific issue with McCann. But the Braves are my team, and whatever helps them to get into a position to win, I’m in favor of. That includes trading McCann before he walks.

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

Buckner was on ‘roids setting career bests for HRs, doubles and RBIs at 35 and 36 years old.

The 1986 ground ball was just a trick to get attention off his power surge.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

What did they (Braves) hit with RISP last season?

.249/.338/.375/.714

cricket

September 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

FREE MIXXO

Braves haven’t hit for #### Since he got Bozo’d

well, he was free when braves had historical collapse last year, so…

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

The keys to this season were Heyward and Uggla.

Uggla did not come through. Heyward picked up but McCann fell off.

Net effect? A push.

I was no fan of AGon but we lost production at SS as well. and for too long this season – 6, 7, 8 and 9 were almost automatic outs.

Heisenberg

September 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

“along with pitcher Paul Janish….”
*************

Wrong Paul ??????????

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

PUT MIXXO ON PROBATION!

He’s can’t handle freedom – collapsing the Braves in 2011 and banned he’s killing ‘em in 2012.

He needs love and rehabilitation.

Shaun

September 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

We fired the hitting coach, and brought in 2 different guys to help the hitters. If one year later, we are still struggling to hit with RISP…does that confirm the problem is the players, not the hitting coach?

And if so, what do we do about it?

It doesn’t confirm anything. Should the Braves fire their manager or a coach or two because they have a poor record on Mondays? Because that’s essentially the same thing as firing a coach simply because of the team’s batting average with RISP.

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

Bring in Ozzie as a bench coach, so we can have a good cop bad cop thing going on.

Having a good cop is good for WAR and a bad cop helps in clutch situations.

Billy Walsh

September 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

Bill Buckner was a very good to excellent player during his career….If you read The Bad Guys Won you would have a new appreciation of Buckner and how shot his legs were, how he was in constant pain and would have to be dipped in ice before each game so he could play.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

Murph, that makes way too much sense….

Bench Chipper.

Shaun

September 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

count_schemula, being an old fielder with bad knees equals being un-clutch, clearly. Obviously he missed that grounder in the 1986 World Series because of his inability to come through in the clutch, not because by that point in his career he was a horrible defensive player.

Bay Area Steve

September 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

“helps them to get into a position to win”

I’d trade ‘OB, Carroll, scoots, ray-ray, pookie, and my own mother if it’d help us win. McCann, at next year’s salary, and the uncertainty regarding his future, is not going to return all that much. I’d much rather take the chance he’ll return to his old self. His bat is not slow.

Giants want to give us Posey, I’ll help McCann move.

Ward

September 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

All the Braves need is 14, or 15 wins. Everyone is acting like it’s nearly impossilbe. Something has to give, and maybe the luck will be in the Braves favor this time?

Mike Berry

September 5th, 2012
3:18 pm

DOB

Has anyone mentioned to you anything about Tommy Hansen’s weight. Looking at him on the mound yesterday…he looks like he’s doubled in size compared to when he first started pitching. I know there has been a concern with his back…but could his weight have anything to do with his inconsistencies lately. Thanks.

Venice Jim

September 5th, 2012
3:18 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s lineup vs. COL (7:10, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Prado 6 Heyward 9 Jones 5 Freeman 3 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Constanza 7 Minor 1

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

Kirk Gibson was a strange combination of unhealthy and clutch. Boggles the mind really.

Bay Area Steve

September 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

“Wrong Paul ??????????”

Democrat?

Bay Area Steve

September 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

American League?

Idiots abound

September 5th, 2012
3:19 pm

But the idiots on this blog claimed years ago this was a Bobby Cox/Terry Pendelton issue. I guess that is why they are idiots.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

We are hitting better with RISP and 2 outs than we did last year

.226/.330/.342/.672 vs .248/.375/.399/.774

Ward

September 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

Someone will have to sign Mixxo a passport…….little humor.

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

Tommy brought that cali weed with him. He turned McCann onto it and now they sit in the corner smiling and eating whole cakes and bags of candy.

Remember when Tommy one man wrecked his car in spring training?

cricket

September 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

I was no fan of AGon but we lost production at SS as well

we were getting production at SS from Simmons till he got hurt

MVPrado14

September 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

“A playoff spot is on the line here”

But to what end? We can’t hit crappy pitchers now, we certainly aren’t going to hit aces of playoff teams.

If the Braves are going to do anything in October, they will need Bourn from the 1st half, the Uggla and McCann of old, and a healthy Simmons. They can’t depend on four guys to carry the load.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

I wanted Mac traded back in ST….

Not because I don’t love him but because he’s fat, won’t do a thing about it and now has other issues as well. Long term, a walking disaster more than likely.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

Uggla!!!! MAC!!!

No. 1 Braves Fan

September 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Braves Team > Braves bashers

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

I like how Buckner returned to Boston and they gave him a standing O.

Jimmy

September 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

VJ – Good. Uggla back in there.

Ward – “All the Braves need is 14, or 15 wins”. Ward, you understand that 14 or 15 wins requires more than 14 or 15 runs scored, don’t you. :-)

Ward

September 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Constanza is back…….Let’s see what he can do tonight? All, it’s been good talking, and Talk tonight. Peace my friends, and”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!” Let’s get it done!!!!!!

richbrave

September 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Four man rotation to finish out the season.

MEDLEN, seven more complete game shut-outs #1, MINOR #2 for seven shutout innings seven times, and the pen, HUDSON five shutout innings six times and the pen, HANSON three shutout innings five times, then C-MART for three shutout innings five times, and the pen #4, 1 SHEETS start for three shutout innings, MAHOLM for three shutout innings and pray for a rain-shortened game #5.

Heisenberg

September 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

“Wrong Paul ??????????”
Democrat?
**********

In the section “Reed’s as advertised:”, the reference is to Paul Janish being acquired along with Reed Johnson. Thus the wrong Paul ????? No idea what his political affiliation is.

Murph

September 5th, 2012
3:24 pm

Uggla!!!! MAC!!!

0-8!!!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
3:25 pm

Mixxo can stay bozo’d…. I don’t mind. :)

Bat Masterson

September 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

CB_

I know, man. Funny, but I don’t think Heap gets ripped more now than he did when he was putting up All Star type numbers.

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

“we were getting production at SS from Simmons till he got hurt”

Yep. I’m a big fan of Simmons. Good head, and looks like a line drive hitter who won’t go HR crazy like Furcal did occasionally.

Can’t wait to see a full year of him.

phoenix

September 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

Uggla’s back in the lineup…I guess the public pouting display worked. He’ll probably make good contact on a foul ball, prompting Voice-Crackin’ Caray and Homer Simpson to talk about how he’s got his stroke back, and he’s about to get hot.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

After 3 days out, makes sense to give Uggla a shot….

As for Buffet Brian, I guess we’ll see with him too.

Rude Dog :-)

September 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

When – oh, when – will people who are otherwise smart stop referring to Uggla’s sorry offensive performance as a “skid”? Since he has been a Brave, he’s been a good hitter for one modest stretch – the hitting streak from early summer 2011. Otherwise, he has been terrible. So terrible that his .263 average with the Marlins – which isn’t very impressive – actually looks good by comparison.

ncscoots

September 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

I’d trade ‘OB, Carroll, scoots, ray-ray, pookie, and my own mother if it’d help us win.

Well, that hurts a little, but I’m willing to live with it. You know, for the good of the team. :-)

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:31 pm

Of course, if, and only if, Uggla did get hot, what a help it would be.

Odds? Same as Mac pushing away from the table after one heaping helping….

count_schemula

September 5th, 2012
3:32 pm

In a one game playoff, the other team would be mighty tempted to throw their weakest rookie lefty at us, while we would have to counter with Meds.

Cruel.

Heisenberg

September 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

“He’ll probably make good contact on a foul ball”
***********************

Into the left field seats. I wish he would try moving out of the back of the box and closer to the pitcher. Could get a few of those fair. Plus he would have a better chance at making contact on a curve ball before it gets in the dirt. But I fear Uggla has come down with a case of Frenchy disease……just swing harder.

CB

September 5th, 2012
3:34 pm

scoots,you would have to go if it was for Posey. Maybe you go out there and straighten out PL and a few of those other Calis. :-)

Bat Masterson

September 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

Trade scoots and I’m done with the blog. I’m all ready scrolling like crazy.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

Dump Bat for a title!!

;-)

ncscoots

September 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

If the Braves are going to do anything in October, they will need Bourn from the 1st half, the Uggla and McCann of old, and a healthy Simmons. They can’t depend on four guys to carry the load.

On this, at least, we mostly agree. Uggla and McCann don’t have go All-Star, just be somewhat effective. It would lengthen the lineup and force very different pitching patterns.

As it is now, the pitcher can be pretty selective around the middle of the order and those hitters have a tendency to expand a little. Because both parties know what’s coming up in the bottom half of the order.

ncscoots

September 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

Bat, I think BAS might work us up in a package deal. He’s no hugger, and nobody is untouchable. :-) Man just wants to win.

Bat Masterson

September 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

Wouldn’t even get you a replacement level commenter, phil.

cricket

September 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

In a one game playoff, the other team would be mighty tempted to throw their weakest rookie lefty at us, while we would have to counter with Meds.

only Maddon or La Russa would have ba**s to do that, so we are good

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

Only 2 Braves have faced the Rockies starter for tonight, Alex White…Juan Francisco and Paul Janish. Juan is 1-3, with 1 HR and 2 RBI… Janish is 0-0 with a walk.

ChattTownBrian

September 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

So much for the new hitting coach(s).

Ted M

September 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

Good blog DOB…I think Sheets is gonna be just fine when he gets back all he needs is some run support.

DOB – the Brave defense has been sub-par for the last month too.

Bat Masterson

September 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

scoots_

Ha, sure I’ll be the bad contract they have to take on.

Brava

September 5th, 2012
3:45 pm

White is 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA in nine road starts (compared to a 4.97 ERA at home), even though nine of his 11 homers allowed have come at Coors Field. He’s allowed a .288 average, 18 extra-base hits and .374 OBP in nine road starts.

Sounds like another shutout for the Braves tonight. ;)

Widespread panic

September 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

DOB mistyped. He meant to say “Maholm” was the pitcher we picked up from Chicago along with Johnson.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

Well, we certainly theoretically have a better chance offensively tonight with Yanish out…

Of course with Mac and Uggla back in there, maybe not.

Brava

September 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

On a serious note, I’m glad to see BMac and Uggs back in there. Hope they both have a great night.

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

Good point on White….

He’ll eat us alive. Sigh…

ChattTownBrian

September 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

I’ll stand by my theory that this team is fighting a mental problem. The problem DOB listed with this offensive is mind boggling at first. Then you start to realize they pressure themselves with RISP and less than 2 outs saying “I’ve got to get a guy in here”, but with 2 outs it’s like “well there are 2 outs, so nobody is really expecting me to do much”. In turn they feel way less pressure and are coming through.

cricket

September 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

insurance aspect of strasburg shutdown, conspiracy theorists rejoice

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2012/09/05/stephen-strasburgs-shutdown-and-how-baseball-teams-insure-contracts/

The issues surrounding the Nationals’ insurance policy on Strasburg’s contract would seem to be a tad murkier. He is not returning from an acute injury, and the medical science on Tommy John recovery is less concrete than, say, healing a broken bone. Still, while both Fairlie and Burns had not studied the Strasburg case intently, they said an insurance company would probably have the legal ground to void the Nationals’ policy if he continued pitching this fall.

Jimmy

September 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

Brava – A White Wash. :-)

Where is Fish Bisch and her “owns us” lines?

ChattTownBrian

September 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

I’ll stand by my theory that this team is fighting a mental problem. The problem DOB listed with this offensive is mind boggling at first. Then you start to realize they pressure themselves with RISP and less than 2 outs saying “I’ve got to get a guy in here”, but with 2 outs it’s like “well there are 2 outs, so nobody is really expecting me to do much”. In turn they feel way less pressure and are coming through.

CB

September 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

DOB made a mistake? Fire DOB!

Brava

September 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

DOB, thanks for the blog.

Those numbers are astounding. I knew the offense was bad but… wow!

ChattTownBrian

September 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

See it’s such a good theory that it posted twice! :smile:

vitriol spewer (phil)

September 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

Watch your back, Brava….

Incendiary remarks like your 3:47 will get you lashed! ;-)

See you folks later…

Brava

September 5th, 2012
3:51 pm

That’s a good one, Jimmy. Very good. :)

richbrave

September 5th, 2012
3:51 pm

.241 BA; .270 OBP; .642 OPS; 074 OPS+
.296 BA; .336 OBP; .788 OPS; 110 OPS+
.231 BA; .291 OBP; .623 OPS; 068 OPS+

Since ‘Jumpin’ JACK the flash’ WILSON is gone, I didn’t include him in this.

Which one of those three above would you like playing SS for the BRAVES? Guess which one represents SEA BASS in 2011. A-GON sukked in 2011 as a BRAVE….he sukked, there’s no other way to put it….he SUKKED. He’s gone. Good-bye to bad rubbish.

Oh, and PAUL JANISH

191 BA; .268 OBP; .509 OPS; 039 OPS+

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