Simmons, Braves ready to take on Brewers

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

Milwaukee – So it’s Monday, Sept. 10 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and you know what that means? Andrelton Simmons is scheduled to rejoin the Braves lineup. All indications are the dynamic young shortstop from Curacao will be back in the lineup tonight for the series opener at Miller Park.

His bat has been a pretty good indicator of his readiness too. Simmons has hit .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in six games during his minor league rehabilitation assignment. And this is a guy who hit only one home run all last season while playing in the Carolina League.

But this season Simmons had taken his offensive progression to new heights, reaching the major leagues at the end of May and then winning National league rookie of the month in June at a time when he was being counted on mostly for his defense.

Simmons hit .296 (34-for-115) with seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games for the Braves overall.

Last we saw Simmons in a game was July 8 in Philadelphia, a little more than two months ago, when he slid into second base head first, earning a hustle-double but also a fractured fifth metacarpal. Simmons actually stayed in the game in the bottom of the inning before coming out.

But he’s been chomping at the bit for much of the past two months, and I’m sure he’s beyond excited about tonight. His enthusiasm has been running high, just to get back playing in games. He had designs on winning a championship ring while he was down in Lynchburg, his third stop in three minor league levels during his rehab assignment (he played one game for Double-A Mississippi and one for Rome.)

Simmons helped the Hillcats complete a 2-1 series victory over Wilmington in the first round of the playoffs when he hit one of their two solo home runs in a 2-1 win on Friday. They split their first two games in the best-of-five Mills Cup series before he left the team on Sunday. Simmons DH’d on Sunday, most likely to protect his legs on his final day of rehab, and went 2-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI.

Simmons has been quite the road warrior this week, traveling from Mobile to Rome to Lynchburg to Winston-Salem to Milwaukee from one Sunday to the next. Good thing he’s 23 years old and has a lot of spring in his step! I’ll catch up with him this afternoon and post a note.

Brewers update

So the Braves open this three-game series against yet another team that’s pretty hot, considering its plight in the overall scheme of things. That’s what the Braves faced in the Padres, who’d won seven in a row when they played the Braves. Same thing with the Phillies, who’d won eight of 12, the Rockies, who’d won 10 of 14, and now the Brewers, who have won 15 of 20.

The Brewers very nearly swept the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend. They tied the game 4-4 in the ninth when Norichika Aoki hit a two-run home run with two outs off Cards closer Jason Motte, but the Cardinals rallied with a run in the bottom of the 10th.

That loss dropped the Brewers back to six games behind the Cardinals for the second wild card spot, tied with the Phillies and trailing the Dodgers and Pirates. It’d be tough but they still have some hope, and the Brewers have won 14 of their last 16 games at Miller Park, including their last six in a row.

Ryan Braun (sore wrist) and Corey Hart (sprained ankle) both had to leave Sunday’s game and are considered day-to-day.

The Brewers, who traded Zack Greinke at the deadline when things were spiraling for them, called up four of their prospects in September including the one pitching tonight Wily Peralta against Mike Minor. Peralta was considered the Brewers’ top pitching prospect to start the season. He’s made his first major league start Wednesday against the Marlins, and had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings to record the win in an 8-5 victory.

On the aggressive

The Braves are 81-60 through 141 games. Through 141 games last year, the Braves were 82-59. So they are just one game off the pace they were on in early September, when things were still on the up-and-up. Judging by what Fredi Gonzalez has been doing of late, the Braves are not going to sit back and wait for things to happen for them (or to them) this September.

DOB did an astute job of explaining this in his game story from Sunday’s win in New York, but basically the way I see it, this time around Gonzalez has a) a better-rested bullpen b) he benched Dan Uggla for a three-game stretch, which seems to have rewarded Gonzalez in the long haul as Uggla came back out of the layoff on the attack.

C) He used Craig Kimbrel for a four-out save on Wednesday, then came back Sunday and pitched him in the ninth inning of a tie game on the road, because he saw breaking tradition a small price to pay to handle the key matchups of the game. D) He’s also used Martin Prado at shortstop in four of the past five games, looking for an offensive boost where Paul Janish hadn’t offered much in that regard.

So we’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store as we go but we’re learning to expect the unexpected.

Frick Award and more

Tallies from the first round of voting on the fan nomination for the Ford C. Frick award were released this morning and both the late great Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren were both among the 41 top vote-getters out of a possible 200 broadcasters.

Voting resumed today and will continue until 5 p.m. on Oct. 5. The top three vote-getters will appear on the ballot along with seven finalists chosen by the Hall of Fame committee. The winner will be chosen by a 21-member panel, including 15 former Frick award winners, and announced at the winter meetings. Fan votes from the first round don’t carry over to this round, so if you want to support Skip and Pete,go to www.facebook.com/baseballhall.

Major League Baseball will commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with on-field tributes on Tuesday, and players, coaches and umpires will wear American flag patches on the side of their caps for their games on Tuesday.

Braves lineup:

1. Bourn CF

2. Prado LF

3. Heyward RF

4. Jones 3B

5. Freeman 1B

6. Uggla 2B

7. McCann C

8. Simmons SS

9. Minor P

982 comments Add your comment

Andy

September 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Excited for Andrelton’s return, but let’s remember that the guy is a (barely) 23-year-old who had never played in AAA a few months ago. Hoping for the best, but outstanding defense, a .240 BA and no power would be more than sufficient from him.

Ron H

September 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Nice new blog!

Weaseal

September 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Yeah Carroll !!! Go Braves

CSP

September 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Welcome Back Andrelton!!

nolie

September 10th, 2012
3:59 pm

almost hoping for a loss yesterday just to show how stupid that bullpen approach is…

nolie

September 10th, 2012
4:02 pm

Thank you carroll :D

raleighbravefan

September 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

Cue the DOB bashing…”by George” :)

Venice Jim

September 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

Thanks, Carroll!

Venice Jim

September 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

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

raleighbravefan

September 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

I like the lineup.

raleighbravefan

September 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

I like the lineup for tonight.

Outta here. I guess I’m not very clutch.

raleighbravefan

September 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

I like the lineup for tonight.

Outta here. I guess I’m not very clutch.

raleighbravefan

September 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

Sorry for the “triple clutch”. I’m having trouble getting the darn thing to go.

ChattTownBrian

September 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

O’Brien is on a vacation AGAIN?!

:oops:

MiaBchBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
4:22 pm

This may sound batty, but given it’s the Brewers, I would spot-start Ben Sheets in one of the three games. As I said yesterday, I would spot-start Sheets down the stretch to keep him in the loop for a possible playoff run, and thus provide starters with an extra day of much-needed rest. Of course, all of this is predicated on the soundness of Sheets’ shoulder, which may be fatigue more than anything else.

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:26 pm

almost hoping for a loss yesterday just to show how stupid that bullpen approach is…

I actually thought that was a really good move with the bullpen yesterday. If the concern is that Moylan almost gave up the game in the 10th, don’t you think it’s more likely he would have given the game up in the 9th, when the middle of the Mets lineup was up, and he would have to face left-handed batters (and 1 run would lose the game, not simply tie it)?

Chris from the Rock

September 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

I know I sound like a jerk for saying this, but I wouldn’t mind if Braun and/or Hart miss this series.

nolie

September 10th, 2012
4:31 pm

almost hoping for a loss yesterday just to show how stupid that bullpen approach is…

JMO, but no, not really, and it’s not like it had to be Moylan.
I am not a fan of that approach, never have been.
I think there is a reason that it has never been used much in real games

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:31 pm

I know I sound like a jerk for saying this, but I wouldn’t mind if Braun and/or Hart miss this series.

I don’t think that’s a “jerk” thing to say. Saying you hope they get hurt would be a jerk thing to say. Or even saying that you are happy that they are hurt. But hoping that they take their time to heal and don’t rush themselves back to action for a non-playoff bound team? You are just looking out for their well-being (and if the Braves benefit, so be it) :) .

DiamondbackMac

September 10th, 2012
4:31 pm

MiaBchBravesFan

I think they may be holding Sheets back for a playoff rotation adjustment.

Dan Uggla's Swing

September 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

@Andy dont understand your comment. Simmons was hitting nearly .300 when he got hurt, and looks like he hasn’t missed a day so far in AAA. I guess low expectations can always bring surprises, but I expect him to come back stronger.

ncbravesfan90

September 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

Brewers lineup 9/10/12

1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
2. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
6. Martin Maldonado (R) C
7. Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
8. Jeff Bianchi (R) SS
9. Wily Peralta (R) P

Billy Beaneater

September 10th, 2012
4:34 pm

I too have to tip my cap(begrudgingly) to Freddie for yesterday’s win and his recent managerial prowess. Go Braves.

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:35 pm

JMO, but no, not really, and it’s not like it had to be Moylan.
I am not a fan of that approach, never have been.
I think there is a reason that it has never been used much in real games

I just don’t get why it’s viewed as a “bad” idea. If pitchers got saves for keeping games tied in the 9th or later, and instead of being the “closer” Kimbrel was simply referred to as “the best relief pitcher”, then I feel like putting him in the 9th in that situation would be a no brainer. Just because he didn’t get a “save”, doesn’t mean Kimbrel didn’t save that game right there.

Murph

September 10th, 2012
4:38 pm

So glad to have Simmons back, although Janish did a great job filling in… along with the added bonus of making Jack Wilson 100% expendable.

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:38 pm

Brewers lineup 9/10/12

1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
2. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
6. Martin Maldonado (R) C
7. Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
8. Jeff Bianchi (R) SS
9. Wily Peralta (R) P

If we can just get through those 1st 3 in the order, things should be a lot easier.

Unless of course the Ghost of Aramis Ramirez remembers that he used to destroy Braves pitching. If that happens all bets are off.

ncbravesfan90

September 10th, 2012
4:41 pm

“Unless of course the Ghost of Aramis Ramirez remembers that he used to destroy Braves pitching. If that happens all bets are off.”

This year Ramirez is hitting .297 22 homeruns and 90 RBI, not to mention he is hitting .500 lifetime against Minor….

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
4:41 pm

Like the lineup tonight…. with Uggla and BMac looking better the last few days, no need to jump Simba over them…

Saw the tweet, VJ. I like it! Get Greinke so we have both of those superstars next year! What a 1-2 that will be.

Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst
Kris Medlen’s season is ridiculous. Allowed TOTAL of 5 ER in 1st 8 starts. Only pitcher to do that since Fernandomania (’81): Greinke in ‘09

the Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

We swept the BREWERS when they were in ATLANTA April 13 thru tax day, so I’m sure the BREW-crew are looking for some retributioin at home. Let’s not give them the satisfaction. 2-3 guys, let’s go BRAVES.

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

So glad to have Simmons back, although Janish did a great job filling in… along with the added bonus of making Jack Wilson 100% expendable.

Amen to that. Ways that Janish is superior to Jack Wilson:

1) Just as good on defense
2) At least as good a hitter
3) Cheaper, and should remain so for at least another season
4) Younger
5) Looks like Jimmy Kimmel instead of Gollum from “Lord of the Rings”
6) Has a creative nickname (J-Soft) instead of the most boring name this side of John Smith.

Please feel free to add, this was all I could come up with off the top of my head.

John Leonard

September 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

We need 2 out of 3 real bad.If we can take 2of3 from the Brewers,I believe we, will sweep the Gnats.I hope lighting does’nt strike me,but Shaun is right about the mutts offense,and I could see them taking 2of3.If the above happens I believe we take the division.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

Simba better be able to hit! Otherwise, he’s not much of an upgrade over Janish ;)

While it’s amazing what he’s done with the bat this year, I don’t expect it to continue… his swing is too much like Frenchy’s. Lots of holes. However, while it’s working, enjoy!

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

This year Ramirez is hitting .297 22 homeruns and 90 RBI, not to mention he is hitting .500 lifetime against Minor….

Holy cow, when did that happen? Given I haven’t paid much attention to Milwaukee this year, but I last I heard he was doing terrible….although now that I think about it that was probably in April.

Seems the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.

brian

September 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

great – we are facing another pitching prospect with 1 start under his belt…………….

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

So glad to have Simmons back, although Janish did a great job filling in… along with the added bonus of making Jack Wilson 100% expendable.

Indeed. Jack Wilson wasn’t a big piece on this team… really just a pinch bunter and a guy who had 3 more steps of range than Rev. Not that special on D.

the Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 10th, 2012
4:45 pm

brian

September 10th, 2012
4:47 pm

we know simmons will play outstanding defense. It will nt take much offense from him to be an upgrade at the plate now while he is trying to find his groove.

RC

September 10th, 2012
4:47 pm

While it’s amazing what he’s done with the bat this year, I don’t expect it to continue… his swing is too much like Frenchy’s. Lots of holes. However, while it’s working, enjoy!

I disagree that his swing is like Frenchy’s….he makes WAY too much contact for that to be the case. Frenchy had more of an Andruw/Uggla swing, hitting it hard when he made contact, but not making a lot of contact. To me Simmons’ swing is more like Infante’s; lots of contact, but sometimes not enough power to get the ball out of the infield. Also a little TOO good at making contact with pitches off the plate, resulting in slow tappers and weak fly balls.

the Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 10th, 2012
4:47 pm

PERALTA is he LH’d?

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
4:50 pm

Seeing on Fox5 that Grimes is done for the year… Achilles injury. Not good for Falcons fans at all. Robinson back to #2 corner, yikes! And Franks is 3…. Lordy, we can’t escape the injuries.

the Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

DOWN ON YJE FARM

LYNCHBURG

Travel day in the CAROLINA league. Best of five Championship resumes tomorrow with WINSTON-SALEM and the HILLCATS knotted up at 1-1.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

rich: I’m seeing that he is a right-handed thrower. That gives us hope!

the Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

Is my man EL SID doing any good at DE?

the Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

TOBF:

Indeed it does.

cowdogit

September 10th, 2012
4:57 pm

Canstanza’s not in the lineup – No stress on the pitchers – Big swingers like McCann, Jones,Heyward and Uggly will not get the job done tonight.

Gustopher

September 10th, 2012
4:57 pm

Great blog Carroll. I am looking forward to seeing Andrelton play. I met his family, very nice people and very proud of their son.

ncbravesfan90

September 10th, 2012
4:59 pm

“Holy cow, when did that happen? Given I haven’t paid much attention to Milwaukee this year, but I last I heard he was doing terrible….although now that I think about it that was probably in April.

Seems the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.”

Haha yeah he had a terrible start to the year but really turned it around in the summer months….also Weeks is starting to hit very well of late…

Gustopher

September 10th, 2012
4:59 pm

So good I said it twice

Train Wreck Bystander

September 10th, 2012
5:19 pm

So… are the Brewers giving Chipper a few kegs to take back to the 404?

Mikey

September 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

With McCann apparently healthy and Uggla suddenly not pull happy, it is a pretty exciting bottom third of the lineup with Simmons returning. Like the fact that our “big swingers” will be swinging against right handed pitching all series.

ps. Braves lead ML in walks

kelevra

September 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

last week’s earned runs given up
monday – 0
tuesday – 3
wednesday – 0
thurseday – 0
friday – 0
saturday – 3
sunday – 2

thank you pitching for getting this team back on track

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

ps. Braves lead ML in walks

Walks are a good thing. They lead to runs. OBP is king.

And with that, I’m out. Take care all, Braves win tonight, Minor with 6 strong. Heyward and Simba go deep.

Go Braves. Peace.

Efrim

September 10th, 2012
5:30 pm

Thanks for the blog, CR. Go Braves!

Brava

September 10th, 2012
5:36 pm

Carroll,

Thank you for the blog. I tried clicking on the link to vote on the Frick award and it redirects to a blank AJC blog page that states, “comments are closed”.

Mikey

September 10th, 2012
5:43 pm

Chipper’s walk was the winning run last night. Love BB and high pitch counts.

ps. Joey Voto is the only player in ML with a better walk/k ratio then our one and only 40 year old Chipper (Larry) Jones.

Venice Jim

September 10th, 2012
5:48 pm

Well, it almost was…

Carroll Rogers

September 10th, 2012
5:48 pm

Brava, thanks for letting me know. I’ve re-inserted the link several times and for some reason it’s not working….but to vote go to http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall……there’s a tab to “Frick 13″ under the photos at the top of the facebook page. sorry for any confusion!

billy bob baseball

September 10th, 2012
5:54 pm

Glad to see Prado is in LF and the .300 hitting Reed Johnson is on the bench in order to “keep running danny out there.” Because, as we have seen uggla’s back! I can only wonder, back to what? We’ve all seen .200 hitters go an a temporary tear and hit like Dimaggio for 3-4 games before they come back to earth and hit like Mendoza again. I hope I am wrong, but uggla’s recent tear, rather than being an indication of “I’m Back,” is instead just proof of the axiom that “a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then.”

ACE

September 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

Put a beat down on the brew crew

ACE

September 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

Put a beat down on the brew crew

Mikey

September 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

V.J.: Sir you are correct! MVP; Mr Prado was/is the man.

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:00 pm

You’re welcome and thanks, Carroll. I’m not on Facebook, so I guess I can’t vote.

BravesWin

September 10th, 2012
6:03 pm

DOB is cool, but Carroll, you deserve your own byline! Never a bad write! AJC, are you listening?

JHarber

September 10th, 2012
6:04 pm

Brava–I went to Talking Chop. Com went to media tweeps, Mark Bowman he has a good link

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:07 pm

Thanks Carroll

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

Murray up a set if anyone is concerned about the tennis match

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

Thanks, JHarber. I tried that, and it still appears you have to be a member of Facebook to vote. You have to “Like” the Baseball Hall of Fame to even get to the ballot.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

I like Carroll and thank you for new blog. I jusu cannot understand why DOB cannot cover two series in a row. If CHIPPER missed as many games as DOB the fans would be up in arms.

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:10 pm

What a weekend for Atlanta sports. A braves sweep, A dawg win, A tech win and A falcons win.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:10 pm

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:08 pm
Good

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:11 pm

George, Carroll does a good job.

jimiz

September 10th, 2012
6:11 pm

Enter your comments here

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:13 pm

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:10 pm
And USC and SF 49ers won for cab.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:14 pm

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:11 pm
Yup I said I liked her.

JHarber

September 10th, 2012
6:15 pm

Sorry Brava, I had no trouble.

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:16 pm

A good time all around. unless you are a packers and steelers game.

SeATLite

September 10th, 2012
6:16 pm

Carroll, the Frick link is still broken. Thanks for the blog!

“Fact check”:

- Janish is hitting in the .180s. There is no human way Simmons won’t be an offensive improvement.

- Nolie and other traditionalists have every right to express discomfort with the notion, but the fact is that the data support bringing in your best reliever earlier than the 9th in a high-leverage situation. The reason it hasn’t often been done isn’t because it doesn’t work — it’s because it FEELS counter-intuitive. For most of baseball’s 170-plus years no one had the numbers to crunch whether saving that reliever for the last inning actually made sense. It does in many cases, but now we have the crunched numbers and they tell us there are exceptions. Being on the road in a tie game with the opposing team’s best hitters coming up is the prime example.

Kudos to Fredi for being open-minded. Watching him evolve this year has been one of the joys of watching the team. We often forget that these guys — players, coaches, all of them — aren’t finished products (except maybe for Chipper); they’re all constantly learning, adjusting, and hopefully improving at what they do. Here’s hoping they never stop.

Welcome back, Simmy! Go get ‘em, Mike!

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

should have said fan

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:18 pm

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:09 pm
Pray tell, what is Frick award for? I know who he was but don’t know the award.

raleighbravefan

September 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

George – I just cannot understand why DOB’s schedule bothers you. I just can’t.

JHarber

September 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

George, Don’t give DOB too hard a time. You may regret saying that at a later date. Life happens sometimes we don’t want the world to know about it.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:21 pm

SeATLite

September 10th, 2012
6:16 pm
FREDI was right yesterday, kudos to him.

cabravesfan

September 10th, 2012
6:21 pm

George_George-

Do you actually think DOB creates his own schedule? That he just works when he feels like it?

jimiz

September 10th, 2012
6:24 pm

Braves pitchers look pretty good lately. I like the way we held down teams with pitching. Reminds me of the old days a bit. But we have to get consistent on offense and pitching at the same time to do any good in the playoffs. I just wanted to thank Paul Yanish he did a great job in relief at short stop. He did alot for us when he was playing and i don’t want him to forget how much we appreciate him and i hope he stays with us. We can sure use a guy like him. Anyway thanks again Paul awesome job. Good luck in the future i would put you on my team for sure if i had one…lol GO BRAVES get those Brewers Mikey.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:28 pm

cabravesfan

September 10th, 2012
6:21 pm
Hi cab
I think he must have a Angel on high at the AJC.

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

It’s an annual award presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a selected baseball broadcaster, George.

Carl Farvman

September 10th, 2012
6:30 pm

“George – I just cannot understand why DOB’s schedule bothers you. I just can’t.”

Yeah, I thought the same thing. Never in my 30+ years of following sports while living in several markets have I paused to contemplate the schedule of a sports beat writer. Weird stuff,man.

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:30 pm

jimiz, I second your comments about Paul Janish. He really stepped up for us.

ncscoots

September 10th, 2012
6:33 pm

Nolie and other traditionalists have every right to express discomfort with the notion, but the fact is that the data support bringing in your best reliever earlier than the 9th in a high-leverage situation.

Perhaps you might enlighten us on the data of which you speak. What exactly does the data say? How was that data collected? And so forth. I’m certainly open to the idea, but I haven’t seen anything that is close to being conclusive abut the notion. And I’ve read plenty on the subject.

But if there’s something I haven’t seen, please share it with us.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:34 pm

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:29 pm
Hi Brava
Thank you, who do we need to vote for? I am sorry I did not read CArroll’s blog.

Puma

September 10th, 2012
6:37 pm

Anyone else think Phillies have a shot at the playoffs…they are scaring me lately. We really need to win division, I don’t like our chances in 1 game playoff format. Kind of blows that whole season can come down to 1 game. I think I’d rather at least see 2 of 3 or something.

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:39 pm

George, Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren are on the ballot.

Brava

September 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

Puma, the Phillies certainly are on a tear and, it’s a longshot, but I could see them getting the other WC slot.

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:43 pm

Puma

September 10th, 2012
6:37 pm
AGREED, I have been saying it all season long.

ACE

September 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

Murray won the second set for those keeping score

George_George

September 10th, 2012
6:48 pm

Outta here for a bit, Good to have SIMMONS back. LETS KEEP THE WINS COMMING.

tony austin

September 10th, 2012
7:07 pm

You mean you can’t stay on the blog for the entire game George_George? It must be nice to leave during the game. If Chipper left during the game he’d be tarred and feathered. :)

abeeeewright

September 10th, 2012
7:08 pm

I’ve already called Nats versus Phils in the play in game (last blog). Get with the program!

AZBravoFan

September 10th, 2012
7:10 pm

This blog cracks me up. Go back to one of those extra inning road games that we long and how many people cursed Fredi for not using Kimbrel? I thought it was really good managing. He essentially challenged the heart of his order to win the game now, and they did. If Moylan gives up a run there then it’s tied again and the game rolls on. If he pitches the ninth and leaves one up to Davis or Duda the game is over and people are cursing Fredi again for leaving his best pitcher on the bench.

74bravesjersey

September 10th, 2012
7:12 pm

I recall andrelton won a batting title or two in the minors & was hitting pretty decent before the bravos called him up earlier this year, & he was clutch several occasions even while everyone else was slumping before he got hurt. I’d say the kids gotta pretty good idea of the strikezone. He’s young, but pretty good poise at the plate. He’ll spark em’ up again, or bring added spark.

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