3:53 pm September 10, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
September 10th, 20123:58 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.
Nice new blog!
Yeah Carroll !!! Go Braves
Welcome Back Andrelton!!
September 10th, 20123:59 pm
almost hoping for a loss yesterday just to show how stupid that bullpen approach is…
September 10th, 20124:02 pm
Thank you carroll
September 10th, 20124:04 pm
Cue the DOB bashing…”by George”
September 10th, 20124:05 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
September 10th, 20124:10 pm
I like the lineup.
September 10th, 20124:11 pm
I like the lineup for tonight.
Outta here. I guess I’m not very clutch.
September 10th, 20124:14 pm
Sorry for the “triple clutch”. I’m having trouble getting the darn thing to go.
September 10th, 20124:21 pm
O’Brien is on a vacation AGAIN?!
September 10th, 20124:22 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.
September 10th, 20124:26 pm
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, 20124:29 pm
I know I sound like a jerk for saying this, but I wouldn’t mind if Braun and/or Hart miss this series.
September 10th, 20124:31 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 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) .
I think they may be holding Sheets back for a playoff rotation adjustment.
Dan Uggla's Swing
September 10th, 20124:32 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.
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
September 10th, 20124:34 pm
I too have to tip my cap(begrudgingly) to Freddie for yesterday’s win and his recent managerial prowess. Go Braves.
September 10th, 20124:35 pm
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.
September 10th, 20124:38 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.
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.
September 10th, 20124:41 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….
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, 20124:42 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.
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
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.
September 10th, 20124:44 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.
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!
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.
September 10th, 20124:45 pm
great – we are facing another pitching prospect with 1 start under his belt…………….
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.
September 10th, 20124:47 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.
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.
PERALTA is he LH’d?
September 10th, 20124:50 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.
September 10th, 20124:52 pm
DOWN ON YJE FARM
Travel day in the CAROLINA league. Best of five Championship resumes tomorrow with WINSTON-SALEM and the HILLCATS knotted up at 1-1.
September 10th, 20124:54 pm
rich: I’m seeing that he is a right-handed thrower. That gives us hope!
September 10th, 20124:55 pm
Is my man EL SID doing any good at DE?
September 10th, 20124:56 pm
Indeed it does.
September 10th, 20124:57 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.
Great blog Carroll. I am looking forward to seeing Andrelton play. I met his family, very nice people and very proud of their son.
September 10th, 20124:59 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…
So good I said it twice
Train Wreck Bystander
September 10th, 20125:19 pm
So… are the Brewers giving Chipper a few kegs to take back to the 404?
September 10th, 20125:25 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
September 10th, 20125:28 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
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.
September 10th, 20125:30 pm
Thanks for the blog, CR. Go Braves!
September 10th, 20125:36 pm
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”.
September 10th, 20125:43 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.
September 10th, 20125:48 pm
Well, it almost was…
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, 20125:54 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.”
September 10th, 20125:56 pm
Put a beat down on the brew crew
V.J.: Sir you are correct! MVP; Mr Prado was/is the man.
September 10th, 20126:00 pm
You’re welcome and thanks, Carroll. I’m not on Facebook, so I guess I can’t vote.
September 10th, 20126:03 pm
DOB is cool, but Carroll, you deserve your own byline! Never a bad write! AJC, are you listening?
September 10th, 20126:04 pm
Brava–I went to Talking Chop. Com went to media tweeps, Mark Bowman he has a good link
September 10th, 20126:07 pm
September 10th, 20126:08 pm
Murray up a set if anyone is concerned about the tennis match
September 10th, 20126:09 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.
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.
September 10th, 20126:10 pm
What a weekend for Atlanta sports. A braves sweep, A dawg win, A tech win and A falcons win.
September 10th, 2012
September 10th, 20126:11 pm
George, Carroll does a good job.
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September 10th, 20126:13 pm
September 10th, 2012
And USC and SF 49ers won for cab.
September 10th, 20126:14 pm
September 10th, 2012
Yup I said I liked her.
September 10th, 20126:15 pm
Sorry Brava, I had no trouble.
September 10th, 20126:16 pm
A good time all around. unless you are a packers and steelers game.
Carroll, the Frick link is still broken. Thanks for the blog!
- 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!
September 10th, 20126:17 pm
should have said fan
September 10th, 20126:18 pm
September 10th, 2012
Pray tell, what is Frick award for? I know who he was but don’t know the award.
September 10th, 20126:20 pm
George – I just cannot understand why DOB’s schedule bothers you. I just can’t.
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.
September 10th, 20126:21 pm
September 10th, 2012
FREDI was right yesterday, kudos to him.
Do you actually think DOB creates his own schedule? That he just works when he feels like it?
September 10th, 20126:24 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.
September 10th, 20126:28 pm
September 10th, 2012
I think he must have a Angel on high at the AJC.
September 10th, 20126:29 pm
It’s an annual award presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a selected baseball broadcaster, George.
September 10th, 20126:30 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.
jimiz, I second your comments about Paul Janish. He really stepped up for us.
September 10th, 20126:33 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.
September 10th, 20126:34 pm
September 10th, 2012
Thank you, who do we need to vote for? I am sorry I did not read CArroll’s blog.
September 10th, 20126:37 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.
September 10th, 20126:39 pm
George, Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren are on the ballot.
September 10th, 20126:41 pm
Puma, the Phillies certainly are on a tear and, it’s a longshot, but I could see them getting the other WC slot.
September 10th, 20126:43 pm
September 10th, 2012
AGREED, I have been saying it all season long.
September 10th, 20126:45 pm
Murray won the second set for those keeping score
September 10th, 20126:48 pm
Outta here for a bit, Good to have SIMMONS back. LETS KEEP THE WINS COMMING.
September 10th, 20127:07 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.
September 10th, 20127:08 pm
I’ve already called Nats versus Phils in the play in game (last blog). Get with the program!
September 10th, 20127:10 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.
September 10th, 20127:12 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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