It’s Chipper’s last series in Big Apple — BOOOOO!

NEW YORK – Had breakfast Thursday with a freelance writer doing one of those season-ending, career-retrospective stories on Chipper Jones. And after talking about the third baseman from the time I ordered until the time I’d eaten a big bowl of cheese grits and BBQ shrimp (tasty dish at Home Grown in Atlanta), he was still asking questions and I was still going on and on. And I thought, man, Chipper really is easy to talk about. And I’d hate to have to transcribe this interview.

chiipper_nyThen again, he is going to be a Hall of Famer, and has played his entire career with one team, and I have covered baseball in the NL East from his 1995 rookie season until now (covered Marlins through midseason 2002, Braves since then).

On top of that, he’s one of the more accessible and quotable athletes I’ve ever been around. So yeah, there’s plenty of source material.

This weekend has the potential to add another memorable moment or two to the Chipper chronicles, as it’s his last scheduled visit to the city where he’s booed lustily and where he drove many a dagger through the hearts of the Mets and their fans – and Bobby Valentine – over the years. There has been no bigger Mets nemesis over the past two decades than No. 10.

And fitting for the player who is loathed here, but also respected by knowledgeable New York fans – and there really are plenty of those – Chipper’s name has replaced “Foley’s” on that famous baseball-themed Irish bar here in The City, as New Yorkers like to call Manhattan.

The bar, a must on any visiting baseball fan’s list of things to do in the city, is chock-full of baseball memorabilia. Thousands of signed balls to uniforms, hats, bats – everything. And it’s only a few blocks from Grand Central and the team hotel.

So anyway, today through Sunday, Foley’s has been renamed Chipper’s, quite a tribute for a visiting player, much less one who’s done as much damage as he has to the Mets. Hopefully there will be a security guy on hand at the bar overnight, just in case….

Folks always came prepared for Chipper at Shea ... and so did he.

Folks always came prepared for Chipper at Shea ... and so did he.

As for Chipper, perhaps facing the Mets will do him and the Braves’ recently anemic – and we mean absolutely weak – offense some good. Chipper, after going 6-for-16 with two doubles, three homers and five RBIs in four games Aug. 14-18, is 12-for-48 (.250) with a double, a homer and four RBIs in his past 13 games, with five walks and a .321 OBP.

And the thing is, his recent numbers are actually better than most others in the lineup. It’s a serious team hitting slump.

The Braves just took three out of four against the Rockies despite totaling eight runs and zero homers in the four games. They had a 0.75 ERA and won 1-0 Wednesday and again Thursday, the first time they’d won back-to-back 1-0 games since 1971, and first time in Atlanta Braves history it’s been done without getting an earned run.

Obviously they can’t expect to keep winning games like that.

The Braves have hit just .218 and scored 26 runs in their past 10 games, totaling one or no runs in half of those games – half of them! — and also going homerless in five of the 10. They have a 3.34 ERA in that 5-5 stretch.

Their .236 batting average since break is better than only the lowly Astros (.225) and Cubs (.223).

Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that the Braves have free-fallen to 29th in majors in average with RISP at .233, one point behind Cleveland and Miami and ahead of only San Diego (.231)

They’ve maintained the wild-card lead by posting a league-leading 3.09 ERA (second in the majors) since the All-Star break, ahead of Washington (3.35). Philly (3.45) is the only other NL team as low as 3.50.

A bit more on the recently horrid offense: Going back to Aug. 18, Braves have hit just .218 during an 8-11 stretch, totaling 57 runs in those 19 games, including two runs or fewer in 11. They scored one or no runs seven times in that 19-game stretch, and went homerless in nine.

I wonder if some Mets fans privately are wishing that Chipper has a moment like this in his last visit to Citi Field this weekend, just for old time's sake (and so they can muster up one last, great booooo....)

I wonder if some Mets fans privately are wishing that Chipper has a moment like this in his last visit to Citi Field this weekend, just for old time's sake (and so they can muster up one last, great booooo....). This was last week against Philly.

In nine home games during that period, Braves have hit .209 with 24 runs, including 14 runs in wins Sunday-Monday vs. Philly and Colorado. They totaled 10 runs in the other seven home games during that period, including one or no runs in five.

Immediately before this anemic offensive stretch of 19 games, the Braves went 28-10 while scoring 189 runs (5.0 per game) and hitting 42 homers, and they scored six or more runs in 19 of those 38 games.

• More on Chipper: He’s still hitting .304 with a .381 OBP and .497 slugging percentage in 91 games this season, so his career numbers have barely been affected and he’s still got his plus .300/.400/.500 slash line intact. His batting average has remained at .304, where it was when he began the season, and his OBP has slipped from .402 to .401. His slugging percentage is down just two points to .531.

My only wish for this weekend would’ve been that Shea Stadium had still been standing so Chipper could play one last game there. Hey, even if they had left the place sitting there untouched for the past four years since Citi Field opened, it’s not like Shea would have been in any worse condition than it was all those years we visited (OK, I exaggerate – but only slightly).

Decrepit though it was, there was still something about Shea. Well, no there wasn’t, really. Forget I said that. I mean, I wish I could have seen The Clash there, but other than that, no.

It’s just that, Chipper raked there, and it seemed like almost every time he came to the plate, it was high drama. Particularly in those years when the Mets were really good. (For those too young to remember, it really wasn’t that long ago when they were strong for a few years.)

If Shea were still the venue, I’d like Chipper’s chances of jump-starting the offense a little more than I do this weekend at Citi Field.

In 88 games at Shea, Chipper hit .313 with 40 extra-base hits (19 homers), 55 RBIs, a .407 OBP and .557 slugging percentage (.964 OPS).

In 22 games at Citi Field, he’s hit .207 with seven extra-base hits (three homers), 14 RBIs, a .308 OBP and .377 slugging (.685 OPS).

On the subject of Shea, you better believe any Mets fans over the age of about 25 who come out to the games this weekend will remember and probably talk about Chipper in 1999. That was the year he won his NL MVP award, and the Mets had a lot to do with it. He broke their backs, figuratively speaking.

Chipper hit .400 with seven homers, 16 RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percenrage in 12 games vs. Mets that season. He didn’t have more than five homers or nine RBIs against anyone else, although he hit .405 with five homers and nine RBIs in only nine games vs. the Dodgers, and .429 with four homers and nine RBIs in eight games vs. the Reds.

But against the Mets, who were pushing the Braves for the division titles in the second half, Chipper was the difference. He had seven homers and 14 RBIs in nine games against New York after July 1, including four homers and seven RBIs in a critical three-game Braves sweep Sept. 21-23.

He also had the line of the year when he said, on the record to reporters after all but eliminated the Mets, that he guessed Mets fans could go put on their Yankee garb at that point. Ouch.

You can bet plenty of them will still have that quote in mind this weekend when he comes to bat and they chant “LAR-ee, LAR—ee….”

The Mets are going to do something to honor him this weekend, and I’d guess they give him something from Shea Stadium, whatever hasn’t been sold off from that relic (they made a lot of money selling off the seats and everything else when they tore it down).

They know Chipper named a son Shea, so fond of that stadium was he. And the Mets will pay tribute, even if they’ve so far declined to say when or what they’re going to do, for fear some of their fan base will be upset and/or not react well to advance notice of the team honoring the player who produced a lot of heartache for them and their team.

Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, the Marlins reportedly are planning to honor Chipper on Sept. 19, the last game of his last series there.

BRAVES LINEUP Saturday

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado SS
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Chipper 2B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. McCann C
  8. Constanza LF
  9. Medlen P

• Let’s close with a tune from The Ramones, one of my two favorite bands from Queens, New York (along with Run-D.M.C.). You can see Joey and the boys do this one live by clicking here.

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“DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO?” by The Ramones

Rock’n, rock’n'roll radio Let’s go
Rock’n, rock’n'roll radio Let’s go
Rock’n, rock’n'roll radio Let’s go
Rock’n, rock’n'roll radio Let’s go

Do you remember Hullabaloo,
Upbeat, Shinding and Ed Sullivan too?
Do you remember rock’n'roll radio?
Do you remember rock’n'roll radio?

Do you remember Murray the K,
Alan Freed, and high energy?
It’s the end, the end of the 70’s
It’s the end, the end of the century

Do you remember lying in bed
With your covers pulled up over your head?
Radio playin’ so no one can see
We need change, we need it fast
Before rock’s just part of the past
‘Cause lately it all sounds the same to me
Oh oh oh oh, oh oh

Will you remember Jerry Lee,
John Lennon, T. Rex and OI Moulty?
It’s the end, the end of the 70’s
It’s the end, the end of the century

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,160 comments Add your comment

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
2:44 pm

The Fly is here.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
2:45 pm

Go get ya some more Chipper….one last time.

Efrim

September 7th, 2012
2:47 pm

Venice Jim

September 7th, 2012
2:47 pm

Thanks, DOB!!!

nolie

September 7th, 2012
2:48 pm

thank you David

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
2:51 pm

Change that Headliner to “The Rotten Apple”

Great Piece though D.O.B.

Brings back Memories of the old days on TBS

nolie

September 7th, 2012
2:51 pm

The Fly landed first…

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
2:52 pm

FREE MIXXO!

Braves Have hit like #### since he got Bozo’d

And the Braves are 7-11 in that span…

Efrim

September 7th, 2012
2:53 pm

The 7 year, $126 million dollar man, Michael Bourn, is hitting .233/.333/.327 since the All-Star break.

Just had to post it again, for those who feel comfortable offering up to $18 million a year for Michael Bourn and his career 91 OPS+.

nolie

September 7th, 2012
2:53 pm

Mixxo musta been a real bad boy, not all that easy to get banned here…..

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

Thanks DOB!

Trout over Heyward? I think I’d do that too… Don’t kill me Efrim.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 7th, 2012
2:56 pm

Mixxo shoulda been more careful, since he had so much influence…

The 7 year, $126 million dollar man, Michael Bourn, is hitting .233/.333/.327 since the All-Star break.

And it’s the 2nd straight year that he’s fallen off from his 1st half pace.

Efrim

September 7th, 2012
2:58 pm

Trout over Heyward? I think I’d do that too… Don’t kill me Efrim.

Why? I’d do it as well.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:01 pm

Oh…just so all you know…this Fly owns only one jersey and it has #10 on the back…so yes…I love me some Larry Wayne Jones..and I get a lump in my throat every time I see him get all the wonderful respect from the fans…especially the opposing fans. I hope he can clear the mist, and go mamo tonight.

Animus

September 7th, 2012
3:08 pm

This should be a fun series, I just hope with all the hoopla surrounding the weekend it wakes up the Braves’ bats! Offense really needs to get going.

NC Roseman

September 7th, 2012
3:10 pm

Let’s all hope tonight against a lefty, we get more than a 5 iron (D Ross) and a “duck fart” (have no idea), as some dude said on another blog, were the only two hits we had with RISP against the Pads. LMAO at that duck fart…funny son.

Morris Code

September 7th, 2012
3:11 pm

Is Simmons in the lineup tonight?

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

We will be ok as long we we don’t get anyone in scoring position…especially with less than 2 outs….if I see another pop up I think I will puke.

nolie

September 7th, 2012
3:15 pm

Did they take Simmons off the DL?

Bat Masterson

September 7th, 2012
3:15 pm

Good read, DO’B. Thanks

Gonna be hard to see Chipper go.

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
3:16 pm

Matt Chernoff Just mentioned back when Chipper Swept the Mets at Home in Late September 1999

The Crowds were 47-49K during a weekday series…

Wow

We struggle to draw that much now during some of our playoff games

My , how times have changes

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

I want Lil Andy Back!

He is gonna be the Jolt this offense needs!

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

I want Lil Andy Back!

He is gonna be the Jolt this offense needs!

Bat Masterson

September 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

Is Mixxo banned or did he just leave? He said before he disappeared he was not gonna be around much longer.

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 7th, 2012
3:18 pm

Really a great read DOB. I like the headline: boooooo. Never before will booing and jeering be so positive and sentimental. Hope chipper has a couple more dramatic movie like moments in him for this weekend.

Joey

September 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

Bad news – we ain’t hitting a lick.

Good news, 4th best record in the Majors – would be in first place in half of the 6 divisions.

If (and it’s big) the bats wake up, there’s still time to finish strong.

cricket

September 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

Trout over Heyward? I think I’d do that too… Don’t kill me Efrim.

fixed it – Trout over Heyward? I think I’d do that too… Don’t kill me nolie.

BK Brave

September 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

Richard Justice ‏@richardjustice
Lowest NL ERAs since All-Star Break, minimum 10 starts: 1. Mike Minor 2.56. 2. Lucas Harrell 2.59. 3. Clayton Kershaw 2.62.

JoshTown

September 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

Classy of them to rename the bar for Chipper. NY fans may be loud, but as DOB said, they’re crazy smart, and know the game’s history. Chipper’s made plenty of it, and deserves to go out in style. Go Braves!

phil

September 7th, 2012
3:21 pm

The Braves just took three out of four against the Rockies despite totaling eight runs and zero homers in the four games. They had a 0.75 ERA and won 1-0 Wednesday and again Thursday, the first time they’d won back-to-back 1-0 games since 1971, and first time in franchise history they did it without getting an RBI.

Obviously they can’t expect to keep winning games like that.
************
DOB spewing the hate, I see….

Of course they can expect to keep winning em like that….we’re the Braves.

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
3:21 pm

Does Anyone Miss Chipper and John Rocker Effing with Mets Fans?

I Sure as Hell Do

That was when The Braves were PRIMETIME And dis Well in those Big games on National TV

ncscoots

September 7th, 2012
3:22 pm

Well, these guys were 3-fer-35 with RISP (or something close, I guess) in a four-gamer, nine opportunities a game on average. That’s bound to turn around, if only because of pure dog-cussedness. Keep getting those guys on, they’re gonna start coming in. Probably in bunches.

The baseball gods are mean, but not mean-spirited, so some RISP-karmic-payback is likely in the offing. Mets are as good a whipping-boy as any, I reckon.

cricket

September 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Bat Masterson

“Is Mixxo banned or did he just leave?”

He Got Bozo’d during the Padres Series at home a few weeks ago

phil

September 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Bat Masterson

September 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

Is Mixxo banned or did he just leave? He said before he disappeared he was not gonna be around much longer.
*********
Hope he didn’t….well, you know.

Efrim

September 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Ben Badler ‏@BenBadler
Braves 18-year-old SS Jose Peraza starting to get more attention from scouts. Wrote him up here a year and a half ago http://bit.ly/eAQJm6

Ben Badler ‏@BenBadler
I do. Very good bat control. RT @gondeee I’ve been excited about Peraza. Ridiculous speed & defense. You think he’ll continue to hit?

Ben Badler ‏@BenBadler
I don’t, but I still like him RT @gondeee do you see Mauricio Cabrera being thought of as a prospect in same way Teheran & Delgado were?

Venice Jim

September 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Bat – he had two posts in which he threw multiple f-bombs at another blogger who was trying to explain that the loss that evening was not the end of the world. I counseled that a bit more decorum would be wise, but his two responses to me brought new and different words to spell using multiple %,&,and *s. He did not resurface after that…

Tomahawkin (Suffering Fan)

September 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Braves Will Slap Niese Tonight!

Bank on It

Bat Masterson

September 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

He Got Bozo’d during the Padres Series at home a few weeks ago

Is that something you know or assume?

cricket

September 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

Lowest NL ERAs since All-Star Break

what are defense-behind-adjusted ERAs?

phil

September 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

4th best record in the majors and little hope of even getting past the wildcard game, if we make it….

That’s sad.

phil

September 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

Well, that’s good. I guess he was just bounced.

Bat Masterson

September 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

I know Mixxo went off. I did not see the comments, (must have been scrubbed)

cricket

September 7th, 2012
3:27 pm

Braves 18-year-old SS Jose Peraza starting to get more attention from scouts

that should be enough for generating “trade simmons for more value” proposals here

cricket

September 7th, 2012
3:28 pm

Braves Will Slap Niese Tonight

hope they do the same to his pitches

Bat Masterson

September 7th, 2012
3:29 pm

Anyway, Mixxo never bothered me and he told me to “F’ off chief” more than once. I just said right back at ya chief, and laughed.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:30 pm

The Fly doesn’t do twitter/facebook etc…so I can’t post there but to answer the below….that was a LaRoche and whoever we could get for Freeman tradeoff I’d rather of HAD back when LaRoche was still here…not now….although I might still take the trade.

“Hey, LaRoche lover; where would we put Freeman? I’ll take the YOUNG stud with a future over the older guy at that position. Plus Freddie is incredible defensively.” Score: 43

Venice Jim

September 7th, 2012
3:30 pm

Bonnie Bernstein ‏@BonnieBernstein
Holy cow-> RT @SI_JimTrotter: BREAKING: A 3-member appeals panel overturns player suspensions in #Saints bounty case. Details coming.

Ken Stallings

September 7th, 2012
3:31 pm

Cheese grits and BBQ shrimp! That sounds awfully good! Makes me wish I was there to give it a try!

Efrim

September 7th, 2012
3:32 pm

Tumbledown

September 7th, 2012
3:33 pm

Is Sheets coming off the disabled list soon? I would like to see him take over Hanson’s spot, assuming his shoulder has sufficiently healed.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

Cheese grits and BBQ shrimp! Washed down with a XX…I’m all over that like a fly.

Venice Jim

September 7th, 2012
3:36 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s lineup at NYM (7:10, PTV/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Johnson 7 Jones 5 Freeman 3 Prado 6 Heyward 9 Uggla 4 Ross 2 Maholm 1

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 7th, 2012
3:37 pm

Bonnie Bernstein ‏@BonnieBernstein
Holy cow-> RT @SI_JimTrotter: BREAKING: A 3-member appeals panel overturns player suspensions in #Saints bounty case. Details coming.

WTF! That doesn’t help my Falcons…

David O'Brien

September 7th, 2012
3:40 pm

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

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 7th, 2012
3:40 pm

Lucas Sims is Braves #4… That’s pretty nice. Hope to see him by late 2014 or beginning of 2015

Zing

September 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

Interesting that Randall Delgado is no longer considered a prospect. I guess he made too many appearances in the Majors.

phil

September 7th, 2012
3:42 pm

I like the lineup tonight…..only two clear black holes instead of 4 and they’re broken up in theory….

As for the Saints, one word…..Katrina.

Zing

September 7th, 2012
3:42 pm

Also interesting that Prado is playing shortstop so much. He really has looked good out there. What an amazing athlete. Fredi should play him a couple of innings in center, RF, and catcher just to try to set some kind of record.

ncscoots

September 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

that should be enough for generating “trade simmons for more value” proposals here

His value will never be higher. :-)

Braves lineup:

No real reason for it, I guess, but I really hate these lineups with Prado at 5.

cricket

September 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

any update on simmons?

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

I seem to remember a number of bloggers saying Prado couldn’t play SS…guess that was wrong.

phil

September 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

It certainly gets one of the 4 automatic outs out of the lineup….

And with Mac out too, there’s some hope.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:46 pm

So can he pitch too…:)

cowdogit

September 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

Sure lost a lot of division titles because Cox did’n want to share the glory with Mazzone. It’s true what they say” Dynasties always fall from the inside!

chipontheroad

September 7th, 2012
3:48 pm

ncscoots

September 7th, 2012
3:48 pm

seem to remember a number of bloggers saying Prado couldn’t play SS…guess that was wrong.

There’s some difference between “Prado playing SS” and “Prado can play SS”.

Heisenberg

September 7th, 2012
3:49 pm

Was looking at Braves rotation over last few weeks of season. Right now it looks like Medlen would pitch 1st game of final series against the Pirates on Oct 1. WC game would be on Oct 5. If Fredi were to push Hanson (or Sheets) start in previous series back to move Medlen start up a day or 2, he could be set for the WC game on normal rest then with Hudson for game 1 the next day. Hopefully Braves can be in position to set that up.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:50 pm

He must be the better option than The Rev…I feel better about it anyway.

nolie

September 7th, 2012
3:50 pm

I think that is an assumption Bat, you know just state it as a fact whether it is or not.
He did go off, but he also said b4 it sometime that he was leaving.
Could be either one I guess

nolie

September 7th, 2012
3:51 pm

I feel better about it too

DAP

September 7th, 2012
3:52 pm

well, im surprised prado ever got in at SS and even more surprised he keeps finding his way there. i cant imagine he is much better than pastornicky, but its not like hes eric hinske out there.

long time fan

September 7th, 2012
3:52 pm

Why is Uggly back in the lineup? Fredi has to bench him a lot longer to get his attention. One double off the top of the fence in right ain’t cuttin’ it.

ncscoots

September 7th, 2012
3:54 pm

He must be the better option than The Rev

Faint praise, LOL.

I got no problem with it, either. He’s not going to make a fool of himself over there. I certainly have less problem with him playing SS than him hitting freakin’ 5.

Heisenberg

September 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

He is no Ozzie Smith, but Prado at SS has played it decent enough that I like the concept of trying to get a lead, then putting Janish in late and moving Prado to LF. Of course that assumes offense can score more than 1 unearned run.

O.M.G.

September 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

Bat, I thought DOB told us when somebody got banned.

Fly On The Wall

September 7th, 2012
3:56 pm

Uggs needs to try a garter belt and breathe through his left eye lid…maybe a chicken mcnugget would help too.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

Prado has played SS more than a couple games this year with good results. Pastornicky was absolutely horrid at SS, hence the reason he was sent down. I think the kid is a good ball player, but I thought it was obvious he didn’t have the arm to play that side of the infield.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 7th, 2012
3:58 pm

Braves hitters love to see Jonathan Niese… they have a .304/.348/.485/.833 line against him. (52-171, with 15 2B, 2 3B, and 4 HR … 28 RBI, and 12 BB vs 38 Ks)

Hitters who’ve done well against him:

Uggla 7-26 (3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 Ks) .269/.321/.385/.706

Prado 6-24 (4 2B, 1 3B, 3 BB, 2 Ks) .250/.333/.500/.833

Bourn 5-14 (1 2B, 2 BB, 3 Ks) .357/.438/.429/.866

Heyward 5-14 (2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 Ks) .357/.438/.714/1.152

David Ross 6-13 (1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 3 Ks) .462/.500/.923/1.423

Freeman 5-13 (1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 Ks) .385/.385/.692/1.077

Jeff Baker 6-12, with a double and 1 RBI

Reed Johnson 5-9, with 2 RBIs and a walk

Constanza and Janish both 1-3, Constanza has 1 RBI against Niese

The one Braves hitter who has struggled against this guy (and good thing he’s out of the lineup) is McCann… 1-12 with 5 Ks.

Lew

September 7th, 2012
3:58 pm

I’ll admit to being wrong. Apparently Martin does play ss and can probably be the emergency catcher if they asked him to do it – and probably do a good job of it.

nolie

September 7th, 2012
3:58 pm

he will make the routine plays, he lacks the range and arm a bit to be outstanding.
there have been balls that Janish or Simmons would have gotten to

nolie

September 7th, 2012
4:00 pm

The great thing about Prado, all the way up the ladder and still in the bigs, is his dedication to making himself better and better

Heisenberg

September 7th, 2012
4:00 pm

Maybe the banned list can be put under the tweets to the right of our witty comments.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 7th, 2012
4:00 pm

I don’t like Martin at SS…. I wanna see my boy Rev :cry:

Look for the bats to come alive tonight… we should (I hope) get 10-12 hits and 6+ runs… we’ve been too good against this guy.

Quack Quack

September 7th, 2012
4:00 pm

Nice article DOB. The cheese grits and BBQ shrimp make my mouth water. Thanks!! ;-)

What’s the chance of seeing Simmons this weekend? I’m still pretty sure he can add some zip to our line-up.

I hope Chipper found a good bed last night. His back always gives him problems on this trip.

GO BRAVES!!!

ncscoots

September 7th, 2012
4:02 pm

there have been balls that Janish or Simmons would have gotten to

Speaking of…

What does Fredo do if Simmons comes back with termites in his lumber? I can’t believe the kid will hit much after all the time missed and the specific injury he had. If Fredo is sitting Janish because of his stick, will he do the same if Simmons starts out feeble?

Zing

September 7th, 2012
4:03 pm

It’ll be nice when Simmons gets back. Then, if Fredi wanted to, he could go with Johnson in LF and Prado at 2B. 2 sub-.200 guys out. Major upgrade to the offense.

Disgusted

September 7th, 2012
4:04 pm

I am going to miss Chipper getting Booed by those Muts fans.

They do not Boo nobodys. Chipper earned every one of those Boos & when a player gets Booed all the time by a division rival in their stadium that is as high a compliment an athlete can receive.

nolie

September 7th, 2012
4:04 pm

lotsa late inning defensive rearrangements???

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 7th, 2012
4:05 pm

Simmons was 1-4 with a walk and 0k’s yesterday for Lynchburg.

RC

September 7th, 2012
4:05 pm

I seem to remember a number of bloggers saying Prado couldn’t play SS…guess that was wrong.

I think I was probably one of them, so I’ll utter words rarely heard on this blog, “I was wrong”.

Disgusted

September 7th, 2012
4:06 pm

We need Andy bac for sure, Janish did his job in the time he was in there but we need offense.

We really need Ross to be the Number One guy for now, Mc Cann cannot do it right now. He is not breaking out of it till next yr.

nolie

September 7th, 2012
4:06 pm

but Disgusted boos everybody…..

RC

September 7th, 2012
4:06 pm

I am going to miss Chipper getting Booed by those Muts fans.

They do not Boo nobodys.

I disagree. They boo Jason Bay at least once a week.

ZING!

nolie

September 7th, 2012
4:07 pm

well sure, Bay is their guy….

Disgusted

September 7th, 2012
4:07 pm

RC — That is a different type of Booing.

Chpper gets Booed out of respect.

Bay deserves to be Booed for different reasons — I would Boo that BUMB if he were a Brave.

Disgusted

September 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

Nolie — I like to Boo, I believe it will add 7 yrs to my life.

Tina

September 7th, 2012
4:09 pm

Come on Freddi we dont want to see Uggla in the lineup another 0 for 4 tonight he cant hit a lefty or righty and cant play defense But he was an ALLSTAR.

Murph

September 7th, 2012
4:10 pm

Also interesting that Prado is playing shortstop so much. He really has looked good out there.

But… I mean… everyone here said he couldn’t play SS. People who suggested otherwise were strung up by their pinkie toes.

Heisenberg

September 7th, 2012
4:11 pm

Swing hard just in case you hit it Danny Boy.

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