Braves postgame quotes after Wednesday’s loss

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the big inning coming back to bite:

“All three games, it’s been one inning. They put a big number up, whether we walk a guy or make a misplay. It was one of those things, early in the game we made some great defensive plays. And the guys were bouncing everywhere and you thought ‘OK, here we go, we’re turning it around, we got a couple quick runs.’ But you know, it’s hard to win ball games when we score three runs in three games.”

On if trying to get through Ishikawa with lefty/lefty:

“Yeah, we’ve got those two left-handers. We’ve got Schafer there, since Gomez came out of the game, and try to get the two match-ups there. You feel good that Paulie can handle those guys and obviously that didn’t happen.”

On if off day is happening at right time, to regroup:

“Yeah it is. Going into this series we won three with the Mets, but it wasn’t like we were hitting on all cylinders offensively. We won a couple tight ballgames. We need to get our guys going offensively, score some runs like we’re capable of doing.”

On if knew Brewers capable of this surge:

“Yeah they’re upper third in hitting and they’ve got two guys in the middle of the lineup, one’s got 100 RBIs and the other guy is knocking on the door. In the second half of the season, they’re one of the hottest teams in the National League Central. They may even have a better record than the Cardinals last month and a half or so. They’re playing good. They’re pitching good, putting the ball in play when they have to and you give them an extra out, an opportunity to put up a big number up.”

On still having 5-½ game wild card lead:

“I don’t even want to look at that. We’ve just got to keep winning ballgames that are in front of us. You start thinking about that, and you start thinking about this and that, and you feel comfortable. I don’t want to feel comfortable. One thing that we do well, you see these guys busting their butts, they’re going first and third. And they’re playing hard, but now we’ve got to get some runs. We’ve got to put some crooked numbers up.”

On ball finding Jones:

“The one on the slow roller, he’s the best in the business on that one and when he doesn’t make the play…The other one he’s human. He made an error. Other than that, Bourny made a great play, Janish made a nice play up the middle. Heyward made another one. We played good defense. That one inning just unraveled on us a little bit with the error and then a couple infield singles off of Paulie, then somebody split the gap.”

On if sees more importance with Nats series:

“Well we’ve got to win. We’ve got to keep winning, not only for our division but also for the wild card. We’ve got to win some ballgames.”

On if important to get confidence against them if were to meet them in playoffs:

“Yeah, absolutely. There is for lack of a better word, statement, or something that we need to go out and win that series two out of three just in case we have to play them. That’s what we want to do, win that first game in the wild card and I think we’d have to play them in the division if it stays like that with the wild card format this year.”

PAUL MAHOLM

On the fifth:

“They hit two balls hard, the home run and then the last guy. If you give a hot team extra outs and not make your pitches, then they’re going to take advantage of it. You’ve got to get over it, get out of here and get back home.”

On the early lead:

“We were playing good, that inning, I didn’t make some pitches, some balls that they hit just out of reach, and the inning just kind of went their way the entire way. There’s a reason that as a team we’re doing well and have a great record. You shake it off, you learn from it, and you go home and you worry about the Nationals now. This one is over and get back to winning series and doing what we do.”

On his struggles against the Brewers:

“I can’t say I like this place. I think if you look at the records of the teams that I’ve been on, kind of glad to be out of here and not coming back this year and hopefully once next year. They’ve got a good lineup. Obviously they know me and I know them. There were two balls hit hard and most night that’s good. Tonight it wasn’t good enough.”

On how the Brewers are playing:

“They’re playing well as a team. They’re pitching well. They’re hitting well. They’re taking advantage of situations. They’re doing everything they can to fight back and get in a playoff situation. Obviously over the last three weeks they’ve played well. But you look at it over the course of the season, we’ve played well. We’ve got a couple weeks left and we expect to get back to what we do.”

CHIPPER JONES

On the big inning:

“I take responsibility for that one. Got off on a bad note. I should have made that play. It may have made a difference, it may not have but certainly could have taken some pressure off by making that play. But yeah, just snowballed on us once they turned the lineup over. Having seen (Maholm) for a third time, it seemed like they hit the ball out of the ballpark, seized momentum and hten everything just kind of found a hole after that. We’ve got to do a better job of avoiding the big inning that pretty much killed us this whole series. I thought our pitching was outstanding with the exception of one inning of each game.”

On the ball kept finding you:

“Yeah. That ball should have been backhanded instead of trying to get in front of it, caused me to miss that one. And then I about sprained my ankle on the bag on the ball that Ramirez hit, kind of took my focus off the ball. I don’t know. Just one of those days.”

On getting swept but still 5 ½ games up in wild card:

“We’re lucky to be where we are. But that’s the bright side. We’re in the same position that we were at the beginning of the day. There are a lot of big games down the stretch, not just between us and other people but some of those guys behind us are going to be knocking each other around a little bit. I’d much rather be 5 ½ games up than 5 ½ games back. We’re fortunate to be where we are. Let’s concentrate on playing a little better from here on out.”

On reception from fans in Milwaukee:

“Lot of Braves fans here in Milwaukee, lot of old time Braves fans, used to be Milwaukee Braves people. So it’s a nice play to come back to. The ovations were awesome each and every day. Certainly didn’t expect the gift that I got. It’s going to go nice in the new house. So just want to thank the Milwaukee Brewers organization and their fans just for being great this whole week. I’ve always enjoyed coming here. They made my stay a little worse by how the Brewers are playing, but warm welcomes nonetheless.”

JASON HEYWARD

On the big inning:

“Seems like the story of the series for us. We couldn’t avoid one big inning. If you keep the game close or within reach, I like our odds, whether we’re coming from behind or not. Give a pitcher like Gallardo that kind of lead, he can go out there and do what he did tonight. He’s a good pitcher and he’s got good stuff. If he can go out there with a cushion and feel like he can attack, the odds are not too great for us.”

On the catch in the corner:

“I knew I had a bead on it the whole way. I wasn’t sure if it was going to go out or not. I was like it better not go out after everything we’ve hit this series that hasn’t gone out for us. Close play at the wall. I was fortunate enough to make it and hold them from scoring right there.”

On still up in the wild card:

“Sweep, get swept. .500 road trip. You kind of shoot to go .500 on road trips. You don’t want to go back losing more than you won. We’ve got an opportunity to go home, quick weekend series, play a team that we’ve done better against gradually as the season has gone on. Hopefully we can win that series. But right now we’ve got to try to win series, the attitude doesn’t change. Every day you come to the field, not think about the last game or the next game, thinking about that game, trying to win that one. If we take care of business that way, we’ll be OK. We’ll be able to be in the playoffs, have a chance to go further.”

On if any added importance it being series vs. Nationals:

“No. You’ve got to win. That doesn’t stop. You’ve got to win? You’ve got to win. You’ve got to beat whoever’s across the field from us. It definitely doesn’t change anything. We’ve got to win the baseball game. That’s the bottom line.”

109 comments Add your comment

Stuart

September 13th, 2012
12:44 am

Just one word. Embarrassing

John Leonard

September 13th, 2012
1:03 am

Good read,thanks again C.R.

Myke hawk

September 13th, 2012
1:09 am

Why would you shoot for a .500 road trip?
Terrible mentality.

tristan

September 13th, 2012
1:18 am

Stuart, my one word is: Pathetic

billy bob baseball

September 13th, 2012
2:13 am

uggla did get a run in, but the bad news is he had to hit into a DP to do it, but that’s ok, he’s back, and fredi is still ‘running him out there.’ Real smart move move fredi, to keep an all star second baseman in LF, a 315 hitting LF’er on the bench and running danny out there, because opposing pitchers really fear him, he’s ‘a game changer.’ uggla’s a game changer all right, nothing like hitting into a DP with the bases loaded to change the complexion of a game, or popping up to the infield with runners in scoring position to deflate a rally, If he were any less mobile at fielding his position, he could be replaced with an oak tree. Yet fredi will ‘run him out there,’ until the 7 game advantage in the wild card race is evaporated, just like 2011. Go Falcons, go Tech, go UGA, because fredi’s team is going nowhere.

NorCal Brave

September 13th, 2012
2:18 am

Done in by one big inning in each game? Excuse me? How about our offense producing 1 (one) RBI over the entire series. Should have seen this coming when we needed shutouts to beat the Rockies last week. Now we get to go home and face a couple of southpaws on the Nats, one of whom could well be the Cy Young winner. Busting their butts every day…..you gotta be kidding me.

Mike

September 13th, 2012
3:27 am

Fredi “feels” this and that. He needs to take that word out of his vocabulary, it’s getting annoying how he “feels it was the right move” or he “feels like they are turning the corner” or he “feels Uggla will come threw.” And tonights gems ” You feel good that Paulie can handle those guys and obviously that didn’t happen.” “you feel comfortable”

No. 1 Braves Fan

September 13th, 2012
3:41 am

It is great that the Braves have such loyal fans as those who post on the AJC blogs.

Impeller

September 13th, 2012
5:07 am

Gotta tip your cap to the other guys. Those other guys are good. They are like pros or something. Danny’s swinging the bat real good. You gotta tip your cap to him. Danny’s certainly earning his $240,000 every week. You gotta tip your hat to Danny. Did I say he’s swinging the bat really good. Those other guys on that other team are really good. Like pros or something. They can score runs. Like 8 tonight. Gotta tip your cap. Dannys really ………… Danny…… Danny……… Go away Fredi.

Can Of Corn

September 13th, 2012
5:14 am

COMMENDING CHIPPER

Chipper is always totally honest with his comments. And if he’s made a mistake, he’ll frankly admit it.

These are qualities to be admired.

It all adds up to Chipper as the true leader of this club.

Plate Appearance

September 13th, 2012
5:24 am

CONGRATULATIONS CHIPPER

Mark Bowman of the Braves MLB web site writes:

“With a little more than three weeks left in his storied career, Chipper Jones has joined an elite group that previously only included Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.

The walk Jones drew to begin the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers was the 1,500th of his career. This marked the last milestone that he had to hit to join these legends in this select group.

Musial, Ruth, Williams, Gehrig and Jones are the only players in Major League history to record at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 walks, 1,500 runs, 500 doubles, 450 home runs and 1,500 RBIs while hitting .300 with a .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.

Jones’ career statistics entering Wednesday included: 2,716 hits, 1,499 walks, 1,611 runs, 547 doubles, 468 home runs, 1,620 RBIs, .304 batting average, .401 on-base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage.” — End quote.

Reality

September 13th, 2012
6:22 am

its getting Uggla out there !

Darryl Blackberry

September 13th, 2012
6:45 am

Not really sure why Uggs is getting the bulk of the heat on the message boards these days. Apart from Jason and Martin, it’s pretty much the whole lineup that’s slumping. Who cares what a guy’s season average at this point? Question is, what’s he done for us lately?

Backdoor Slider

September 13th, 2012
6:47 am

FREDI’S MANAGING

Fredi has managed the Braves right OUT of virtually any chance now to win the division, as the National’s lead is ever increasing.

Will Fredi again manage the Braves OUT of even a rather unattractive one game elimination wild card berth?

Perhaps.

But one thing is sure: After these last three Braves and Cardinals losses, there are certainly several more teams now IN contention for potential wild card spots — including the Brewers, the Phillies and the Diamondbacks.

And Fredi’s sweating bullets — knowing that his job is assuredly on the line.

For if the Braves are OUT, then Fredi’s probably OUT.

To the utter relief of most fans.

Tom Toldyouso

September 13th, 2012
7:15 am

What a bunch of chumps.

Bill M.

September 13th, 2012
7:17 am

I thought the Braves would be in playoff’s. Hate to be negative but are we in for another melt down??????. If they blow this lead some heads better roll. I’m still hoping because if they can get in playoff’s, anything can happen.

Chas

September 13th, 2012
7:29 am

The Epic Collapse of the Atlanta Braves (PART II) is speeding up. When you have junk ball / gopher ball, pitcher, those 80’s mph guys, who pitch in the midle of the plate, and hang stuff, you get the Paul Maholm type, BLOW-UP pitcher. PAULIE is a re-cycled Cub, who has never pitched in a meaningful game before. We see what PAULIE does.
Wren gives the Braves his stand-by RE-TREADS…ball players, once good, now over the hill…He tried Livan…now there is Batista and Overbay. Sheets is another example. From Franki Wren, you get the same crap, different day. (See what Baltimore does, without Franki?)
Bourne has sucked at the plate for half a season…220 hitter, with ever icreasing strikeouts. Just what you need from a leadoff guy. BUT, just like Worthless Dan Uggla, and Brian McCa’t, Fredi keeps running him out there.
The rest of the offense (- Martin) is a choke job group of losers, with not a CLUTCH hitter among them. They struggle because there isn’t a stand up guy on the team. Fredi quotes that Bourny is now working with Walker, who “saw a couple things”…Bourny has sucked half a season, AND NOW Walker sees something. Fredi takes idiot to a new level, everytime he opens his mouth.
It’s now”down the stretch / choke time”, and for a second year running, the Braves show what they are made of. Quite a collection of choke job ball players. Being led by a Bozo doesn’t help, But Fredi’s good at it. He played a big part in last years EPIC COLLAPSE. THIS, we know Fredi can do. We watched it all last year.
Friday-Sunday will be anther sweep. Washington will have no mercy with losers. The Phils will do the same. In the next 9 games, the Braves will spit out 8 of them. It is who they are. Its how they are made. Losers find ways to lose. It’s what the Braves do, when its all on the line. They showed their metal in 2011. 2012 is a repeat. The saving grace, in 2012 will be the firing of Fredi G. (and hopfully Franki Wren).

Joey

September 13th, 2012
7:40 am

“It all adds up to Chipper as the true leader of this club.”
*******************************
How so?

Seems to me there isn’t a leader of the Braves.

Keith

September 13th, 2012
7:42 am

Re: Bill M.

No, Bill. Last year we would have lost 3 games in the standings. This year we didn’t. We still have a winning record in Sept I believe. Last year that wasn’t even possible at this point.

Go BRAVES! :)

stoky

September 13th, 2012
7:47 am

Hey Chas… why not say what you really mean? Why so ambivalent ? But I gotta tip my hat to ya.

Weird Al Yankinitovich

September 13th, 2012
8:01 am

The loss still goes back to no offensive production. Outside of Heyward & Prado the Braves are slumping. You’ve got Freeman,Chipper,& Bourn with recent slump to go with Uggla & McCann that slumped all year and are STILL slumping. I’ve never seen a player like Uggla be allowed to keep his starting spot playing so awful all year. Sugar coat it if you want Fredi, but another epic collapse is staring you right in the face !

Cecil34

September 13th, 2012
8:03 am

It appears the Braves have trouble with .500 teams or better.

So if they get to the playoffs (not a certainty), it will be three and out.

Wow.

Go buy those playoff tickets, fellas!

Preston Thompson

September 13th, 2012
8:13 am

What was that? Freddie……..we hit the ball hard but right at somebody. Danny’s back, I know cuz he said he was. But I ain’t worried. We got plenty of time. No kidding!.

Lard ass McCain is the least hustling player I’ve seen in years. If by chance I were manager he would learn to run out every ball of be gone. I hate lack of effort, and from an “all star” no less.

Buddy Landel

September 13th, 2012
8:17 am

Musial, Ruth, Williams, Gehrig and Jones are the only players in Major League history to record at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 walks, 1,500 runs, 500 doubles, 450 home runs and 1,500 RBIs while hitting .300 with a .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Those are impressive stats, yet I despise combination stats in baseball. You can twist and turn stats lots of ways to make a particular person fit in.

Buddy Landel

September 13th, 2012
8:18 am

Backdoor slider- Maybe, just MAYBE the Nats are a better team than the Braves.

GaryinBham

September 13th, 2012
8:23 am

I can see a very plausible scenario in which both Phillies and Nats sweep us, split with Marlins, take 2/3 from the Mets and limp into Pittsburgh 6-9. Our place is not secure. I don’t like hating my team. I still root for the Braves, but our path is NOT certain, not even close. I’ll be shocked if we win a game in the Phillies and Nats series. The team looks pretty lifeless. It’s character time. We need somebody besides Medlin, Martin and Jason to make something happen.

Buddy Landel

September 13th, 2012
8:23 am

Chas- Which “metal” did the Braves show last year? And if I thought so lowly of a team, such as you do, I would find another team or hobby.

GaryinBham

September 13th, 2012
8:23 am

I can see a very plausible scenario in which both Phillies and Nats sweep us, split with Marlins, take 2/3 from the Mets and limp into Pittsburgh 6-9. Our place is not secure. I don’t like hating my team. I still root for the Braves, but our path is NOT certain, not even close. I’ll be shocked if we win a game in the Phillies and Nats series. The team looks pretty lifeless. It’s character time. We need somebody besides Medlin, Martin and Jason to make something happen.

Your Filter blogs post from smartphones

September 13th, 2012
8:35 am

Playoffs!? Why?

BillyD

September 13th, 2012
8:39 am

Who in the hell cares . Wild card .what a joke. One good lefty against them and they are toast

yellowfever

September 13th, 2012
8:44 am

We all know where this is headed. You can’t win with only 2 or 3 better than average pitchers and no one and I mean no one in this line up scares you on a consistent basis.

yellowfever

September 13th, 2012
8:46 am

Billy D, right now the way the Braves are playing I don’t think it matters if it’s a lefty or a righty. We couldn’t hit a beach ball right now.

Let's Go

September 13th, 2012
8:48 am

Hopefully the off day will clear those nightmares from last season out of these guys heads. Nats this weekend and Phillies next. At this point I’m not sure .500 ball is going to cut it the rest of the way, the Braves need to win all the remaining series this month so hopefully everything will be locked up prior to the last 3 games against the Pirates. It would be nice to be able to get the rotation set up the way you want it for that 1 game playoff and possible division series.

ab initio

September 13th, 2012
9:01 am

Maholm, the Brewers aren’t the only ones who know that you suck as a pitcher.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 13th, 2012
9:01 am

K Watch~~
153 Uggla
140 Bourn
140 Heyward

*Update* Bourn (our lead off man) is 13K’s behind uggla. My money is still on Bourn for finishing with the most K’s on the team.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 13th, 2012
9:01 am

As we approach another Braves Collapse (Collapse Part Deux)
Here is a report card of our beloved players:

Bourn- Great starter; horrible finisher
Prado- No complaints; he is a consummate professional
Heyward- No complaints; Great bounce back season- Base running needs work
Jones- Its Time.
Freeman- Way too many strikeouts; excellent Glove
McCann- Inconsistent
Uggla- Consistently Bad- Primary cause of offensive woes this year
Simmons- Tremendous Potential
Janish- Horrible Offensively but who cares? His defensive is SUPERB

Hudson- Reliable, great bounce back year
Hanson- Total disappointment; Over hyped??
Minor- Great Start; rough middle ; smooth finish down the stretch
Malholm- Looked promising at one point but now he’s tossing grenades; not to be trusted in a big game
Medlin- Unbelievable. Spectacular. Consistent. A winner. Can it last ?

Kimbrel- An All Star for years to come; Reliable and Dependant
O Flaherty- Underrated. Nobody realizes how good this guy has been
Durbin- Off and on , spotty, but has pitched well at times but definelty overworked
Venters- Not the “everyday Johnny” he once was anymore; Fredi burned him out.

TPic

September 13th, 2012
9:07 am

Willie Wilson is the ONLY player with at least 600 SBs who led the league in triples 5 times, won a Gold Glove, led the AL in batting once, runs once, steals once and hits once. And unlike the Braves third baseman, probably was charged with an error every time he made one.

Reality

September 13th, 2012
9:19 am

Wild Card = watered down baseball; rewarding mediocrity

The days of actually winning or EARNING the division championship are long over for the Atlanta Braves.

One and DONE !

Don

September 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Why in the world would you think that Fredi will be gone???
Look at all the years that they kept Bobby Cox with the same kind of management approach and management skills – only worse.

Don

September 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Why in the world would you think that Fredi will be gone???
Look at all the years that they kept Bobby Cox with the same kind of management approach and management skills – only worse.

Don

September 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Why in the world would you think that Fredi will be gone???
Look at all the years that they kept Bobby Cox with the same kind of management approach and management skills – only worse.

TPic

September 13th, 2012
9:28 am

Semper Fi Braves Fan – those are alarming strikeout figures, but in my opinion, Ks and batting average receive too much attention. (I will agree that a leadoff hitter should never have 100 Ks in a season). Instead, look at the overall production. Guys like Adam Dunn and Ryan Howard strikeout like we change underoos, but they draw walks and go yard often, producing lots of runs. One other comment on Heyward – he Marlins RF, who we never hear about also strikes out a ton. But he is a far better outfielder and hitter than Heyward.

Frank Wren

September 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Opening Day 2013; I can see it now as we raise another new post-season banner in Turner Field:

“Atlanta Braves, 2012 Wild Card”

I get a lump in my throat just thinking about it ! I’m so happy for Fredi !

Mr Baseball

September 13th, 2012
9:32 am

I could accept a .214 batting average if the player hit 40+ homers.

Unfortunately, Dan Uggla won’t have half that amount.

I want Omar Infante back ! He was a lot cheaper also.

TPic

September 13th, 2012
9:34 am

Because Don, everybody gets a trophy and this team is fine with 2nd place. You have to keep in mind, they don’t care about championships – they would rather brag about 15 division titles.

DR. BASEBALL

September 13th, 2012
9:55 am

NICE TO SEE ALL OF CHIPPEE’S STATS ON THE BLOGS TODAY….BUT ALL Y’ALL MISSED A BIG ONE,,,IN 20 YRS HE NEVER HAS WON A GOLDEN GLOVE……SHOULDA BEEN IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE AS A DH…

Gene

September 13th, 2012
9:57 am

The other half of Fredi’s big innining excuse is nine innings of pathetic hitting. This is not a championship team and may not get past the one- game playoff assuming they even get that far. There is a complacency that starts at the top with Fredi’s rationalization and defense of poor performance.

Gene

September 13th, 2012
9:59 am

PS, If we lose the one-game playoff, do we still get to add the wild flag?

Barbara

September 13th, 2012
10:01 am

Pathetic series. Getting worse than better. No hits no playoffs. Going out and picking up cheap pitchers and players just won’t cut it. Most of the guys just doesn’t seem to have the heart to win. Look at Philly they really look like they want to win. Come on Braves get off your sorry ass and start playing and hitting like you are capable of. You are an embarrassment to your dedicated fans. Just prove you can do it even with a jerk manager and GM. You owe it to your fans

John A.

September 13th, 2012
10:04 am

I predict the Braves miss the playoffs again this year. We need to score runs and Fredi has Danny Boy at 2nd and Janish at short. Janish is hitting .214 and Simmons is hitting ,298….Uggly is no comparision to Prado in fielding or hitting. Does anyone other than me understand why we are slipping away again this year? GOOD SHOW FREDI & FRANK.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 13th, 2012
10:15 am

@TPic
Uggla- Consistently Bad- Primary cause of offensive woes this year

Yeah because 1 person is the entire offense.

The point isn’t about K’s for Uggla or Heyward, I perfectly understand that this day and age in the game a player with high HR totals is almost expected to have high K totals. Its all about the big fly for the big check.

A lead off man however should never be near the top of that list. Cut down on your swing, choke up on the bat, what ever you have to do to put the ball in play. The odds of getting on base with a K are about 1:1500.

As for the whole overall production thing.

**Chipper Jones never struk out 100 times in a seson, even the year he hit 45 HR’s**
**Barry Bonds only had 100 K’s in one season, his rookie year**

Gary

September 13th, 2012
10:20 am

this is serious…need to bench UGGLA…..play CONSTANZA AND JOHNSON in left…/.Prado at second

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 13th, 2012
10:26 am

See what happens when Fredi keeps running Uggly & Lardass McCann out there. We win more
with Costanza or Johnson in Left and Ross catching.

Don

September 13th, 2012
10:30 am

You cannot expect to have a consistant offense or be a championship team with multiple hitters with those kinds of strikeout totals.
This is also does not indicate having a good hitting coach – or at least a hitting coach that players are listening to.

Just a Bit Outside

September 13th, 2012
10:34 am

When will the Braves be “the hottest team in baseball” in September? When is it our turn? Every time we hit a skid like this, the line is always, “Well, we ran up against some really good teams that were playing great baseball” Really??? When will that be Atlanta the other team is talking about?? Feels like “Never”.

TPic

September 13th, 2012
10:38 am

Semper Fi – I think you may have confused me with another poster. I never mentioned Uggla in my comments, mostly because I like the way he plays – even when he isn’t playing well, he plays hard. Jones never struck out 100 times in a season, but only half of his career consists of full seasons.

Don

September 13th, 2012
10:38 am

After all those years, and years, and years, and years of suffering, and suffering, and suffering through Bobby Cox’s management style and management skills (or rather lack thereof); finally he retires.
And what do they do — replace him with a (almost) a Bobby Cox clone – who isn’t that much better.
How long does a Braves fan have to suffer?

Tina

September 13th, 2012
10:53 am

Fredi you ass forgot to mention the great job that Venters and Durbin did. Just thought we would see Teheran or Delgado but we know have to let the two loser from Monday work the rust off. We all knew they would do a great job. Fredi will not win a playoff game with the Braves that Cox wannabe. FIRE HIS SORRY ASS TODAY.

Speedy Gonezalez

September 13th, 2012
10:54 am

McCann is the man, if we came to your job(assuming you have one) half of you armchair managers would get fired since you probably suck worse than Fredi, besides McCann’s homer won me the jackpot inning, so he IS an all star my book! Go Bravos

Frank Wren

September 13th, 2012
10:55 am

I like this team.

Scout

September 13th, 2012
10:57 am

Uggla & McCann are absolutely KILLING our offense, especially with runners on base.

These two should be dealt at any cost !

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 13th, 2012
11:01 am

Bourn, McCan’t, Janish, Freeman, Jones, and anyone else in the line up are all collectively killing this team.

However, Uggla has been involved in every scoring play for the past week, minus Heywards home run.

TPic

September 13th, 2012
11:02 am

Dr. Baseball, I try to be objective regarding Jones’ defense and while I agree with your sentinent, let’s be fair. He’s really only had 17 seasons at 3rd base where he would be considered for a GG. (he was in LF for two years when Castilla was manning the corner and he was brutal out there) but I get your point. Other than the bunt or swinging bunt – which he is excellent at playing – he has been awful on defense for his entire career. That he has only 11 errors this season with all the gifts (he was given aniother in the inning last night where he should have been charged two errors instead of one), don’t be surprised if he’s handed a Gold Glove as a going away present similar to the all-star appearance that wasn’t deserved.

Croaker

September 13th, 2012
11:03 am

How can you not go with Prado at 2b and R.Johnson in LF? How do you justify benching a .300 hitter like R.Johnson then play a .200 hitter like Uggla? We need an explanation.

Nevada Roy

September 13th, 2012
11:05 am

October 5, 2012 is looking to be the most critical game of the year as it will be the one-game play-in for the two wild-card teams. By my calculations the Braves pitchers will be:

09/14/12 Medlen
09/15/12 Hanson
09/16/12 Minor
09/17/12 Hudson
09/18/12 Maholm
09/19/12 Medlen
09/20/12 **Off**
09/21/12 Hanson
09/22/12 Minor
09/23/12 Hudson
09/24/12 **Off**
09/25/12 Maholm
09/26/12 Medlen
09/27/12 Hanson
09/28/12 Minor
09/29/12 Hudson
09/30/12 Maholm
10/01/12 Medlen
10/02/12 Hanson
10/03/12 Minor
10/04/12 **Off**
10/05/12 Hudson

I know Huddy would give it his best but I would like to see the rotation adjusted that Medlen pitches on 10/05/12. His stuff is just better and more consistent.

Arizona Brave

September 13th, 2012
11:10 am

WTF!!!!!! When is FREDI going to wake up? He needs to shake up the line up or the Braves are not EVEN going to make it as a wild card.

Too Tough

September 13th, 2012
11:12 am

I cant take it yall…FG is not managing these last several games in the mode I feel a mgr should be managing for the playoffs..He has no sense of when to pull a pitcher, he has become complacent, lazy, and apparently unconcerned about the team getting into the W. series. The other night when he brought in Kimbrell, I thought that was a perfect move and I thought he had seen the “light” of how important every game is at this point of the season….but against the brewers….he convinced me I was giving him too much credit…LOOK Dumb A##, it is time to play your best hitters, look at the stats Freddie and use them to your advantage..if you dont , YOU and the BRaves are DONE! Go Braves!

Joe

September 13th, 2012
11:33 am

One game wild card and Braves will go home. But it will save Fred’ies job.

what of it?

September 13th, 2012
11:43 am

how about on why freddi waited for maholm to give up 7 runs before pulling him when he was clearly struggling after giving 2?

Tip O' the Cap

September 13th, 2012
11:47 am

One this is for sure: can’t lose tonight!

Yep. Just feeling frustrated. Definitely one and done playing this way.

Way Cool, Jr.

September 13th, 2012
11:48 am

Semper Fi Braves Fan,

Are you Uggla’s mother?

Casting blame on others doesn’t detract from what he’s done the past two seasons in a Braves’ uniform: stealing money.

Just another brilliant move by Frank Wren

Fredi Gonzalez

September 13th, 2012
11:50 am

My wife and I have a Mediterranean cruise scheduled for October 6th.

I’ll have Jurrjens or Hanson start the WildCard game, with Uggla hitting clean-up.

PMC

September 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

Hope everybody sleeps today and goes to the spa to get treatment. Relax. Have a Few Beers…. get some new bats, put pine tar all over them and get the hitting boxers on for the weekend.

smithyred

September 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

The way Braves are playing now they do not need to be in playoffs. They would lose anyway.

jim

September 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

Given Maholm’s history against the Brewers and the right-handed preponderance in their lineup, should Fredi have taken a radical step and started Delgado in last night’s game? Would the blog applaud him for thinking out of the box even if the gambit did not work, or would he be criticizded for a dumbass move? If the gambit worked would Don give him a tip of the cap or tell us why it was a stupid move and only a lucky outcome?

Thinking back to last year, Delgado pitched the biggest game of the year for us (the first game in the final series against the Cardinals) and provided us with a two run lead going into the bottom of the 9th when Kimbrel blew his first save in 2 months. Had the Braves won that game, the momentum of the race would have changed, and even if the rest of the season played out exactly as it did, the Braves would have ended the season 1 game up on the Cards. Kimbrel and EOF were rested and the likes of Moylan, Gearin, and Avilan could get us through the 6th and 7th if necessary. He was not intimidated by the situation he faced. In the majority of his starts this year, Delgado pitched well enough to win, but got no run support. As usual, the bad starts are remembered on this blog more than the OK to good ones.

jim

September 13th, 2012
12:12 pm

Uggla has had a terrible season, and projects to be a drain on the resources of the club for the next 3 years unless we can find someone to take him (even if we eat half the salary), but to focus on Uggla during the current offensive meltdown is misguided. Freeman, Bourn, and even Jones have been less productive over the span of the last 10 days.

jim

September 13th, 2012
12:19 pm

Are the Chipper farewell tributes becoming a distraction for both him and the team? Playing at home the next 6 games allows the focus to be entirely on baseball, and hopefully the team will look more focused on the field. If I were Fredi, I would start Johnson in place of Bourn in the first 2 games against the lefties (and Ross at C), then see who should stay in the lineup after that.

Dum-Bass

September 13th, 2012
12:22 pm

There’s two or three over-the-line optimists on here who are downright nauseating! Being unable to face and accept reality is not a good trait. It’s one thing to be hopeful but when you have “crap” on the wall in front of you staring you in the face, it’s hard not to “smell” it !!!! How about racheting it back a bit. You are looking rather silly right now just by hoping for ONE WILDCARD GAME! What does that get you, with an obvious loss already in the books?

Dan Uggla's Swing

September 13th, 2012
12:29 pm

Dear Jim Powell,
I have to disagree with your assessment that this team never gives up of feels out of it. I see no enthusiasm, no drive, and no heart. On rare occasion that they come from behind, they actually show these things, but lately, they look lost. I know your a team broadcaster/commentator and cant sit up there bad mouthing your employer, but enough already. For the last several weeks when this team gets down by on or two runs, the game is pretty much over. The lack of offense is putting way to much pressure on the pitching to be perfect, and for nearly two weeks it was perfect. I still believe this team will make the playoffs, but I have serious doubts as to whether or not they can get past a one game playoff. The make mediocre pitchers look like Cy Young candidates, how are they going to fare against an actual quality pitcher? I have never been one of the guys to sit here and blame Fredi G, but I am starting to think there is a serious lack of leadership. He made a bold move when he sat Uggla, but two days later he is right back in there. Yes he has started hitting, but he is still trying to kill everything. I just cant understand how a team with the quality of players the Braves have continue to struggle offensively down the stretch for nearly three years in a row now. I am starting to believe it comes from management. Bobby Cox had a laid back patient attitude with his players, Fredi is of the same mold. Its not working. I love my team, but unless something drastic happens, I am afraid Chipper retires officially the day after the one game playoff. Geez I am such a debbie downer. Lets turn this thing around now and find a way to go all the way now, no time like the present to go on a run!

Humbug

September 13th, 2012
12:30 pm

There is no reasonable excuse for insisting on playing Uggla and using your best second baseman in the outfield, putting your better left fielder on the bench, insisting on playing McCann and having your best catcher on the bench, using your over the hill castoffs to pitch in crucial situations instead of giving the younger pitchers a chance.
Consistently doing this shows the manager’s intent is not aimed at fielding a winning team. Fredi is succeeding at that.

Tumbledown

September 13th, 2012
12:46 pm

jim – I remember clearly that game with St. Louis. When the Braves blew the lead and lost the game, I felt this pit in my stomach that the Cardinals were going to be a threat. Along with the Yankees, the Cardinals have a rich championship history and have great fans. Never arouse a sleeping giant.

A person could complain all day about individual moves by Fredi, but the Braves failure to win that game contributed mightily to the outcome of last season. And, it was all about player execution. I am not blaming Kimbrel as he was running on fumes and the Cardinals simply executed a great comeback. A cynical fan could fault Fredi’s handling of the bullpen last year which indirectly led to Kimbrel’s late season fade. Maybe there is little bit of truth to that. However, Fredi had to use his bullpen alot last year as there were so many close games and the starters were not going very deep in games.

Using Delgado now would be a bold move, one which I would not be quick to criticise if it did not work out. He does show poise in difficult situations. I just fear that his effectiveness as a starter will fade as he resides on the bench the next couple of weeks. It is tough being a manager.

bobbymahlon

September 13th, 2012
12:46 pm

How come we have only one error last night when I saw Chipper make two and Freeman make one, oh I forgot they are not allowed to charge more than one error per game because this is the biggies.

bobbymahlon

September 13th, 2012
12:50 pm

Errors cost us the game last night and instant replay showed a miss-call at first cost us the game the night before.

Harpie

September 13th, 2012
1:31 pm

Just ONCE could these guys admit it when they’ve played like crap? That’s one reason they choked away the playoffs last year – because if you can’t admit when you’re screwing up, you can’t fix things…

Lost Team

September 13th, 2012
1:45 pm

When something goes against this team it seems to create a snowball effect. Fredi seems to be thinking about something else because when Malholm gave up the hit and walk in the 5th there wasn’t much communication between Fredi or Roger about strategy to minimize the damage. You could tell Malholm was frustrated and Roger should have popped out of the dugout instead they wait thinking Malholm will induce a groundball leading to a double play. Roger you better let Fredi know you understand the personalities of your pitching staff. Oh maybe not. No captain to steer this stinken ship.

Worthless Manager

September 13th, 2012
1:50 pm

This losing streak will continue because no one in this organization has the guts to say we are playing horrible and accept accountability. If they blow the wildcard start packing your bags Fredi, staff, and good ole Frank. I am tired of hearing excuses well the other team came in playing hot or we ran into a good pitcher. Who cares give me the results or sit your butt down.

2011 St Louis Cardinals

September 13th, 2012
1:50 pm

a BIG THANK YOU to the Atlanta Braves for making our World Championship possible, and sending Tony LaRussa out a winner. Your collapse made it happen for us.

Too bad you couldn’t do something similar for poor old Bobby Cox his last season, or this being Chipper’s final year.

beekay

September 13th, 2012
1:58 pm

How much money do you think bourn loses if he contiues to slump through the end of the season? People were saying he might get 15 mill for 5-6 yrs. I’m guessing he doesn’t get more than 5 yrs 60mm

Goliath

September 13th, 2012
2:07 pm

I thought Uggla was benched. Why are we seeing this instant out back in the lineup? This team NEVER puts up a fight. They lay down for a beating night after night. You can tell this team does not WANT to be in the playoffs. To them, it’s just more days they have to work.

There is NO WAY this team makes the playoffs.

reckingball

September 13th, 2012
2:10 pm

Oh, woe is me.

reckingball

September 13th, 2012
2:12 pm

The Braves have them(rest of the playoff teams), just where they want them.
go braves

tennisbrave

September 13th, 2012
2:28 pm

Well, looks like the choking continues in 2012. Some teams seem to thrive on the pressure of a pennant race, but not the good ole Braves and Fredi.

Goliath

September 13th, 2012
2:38 pm

When a team SWEEPS another team, it is a STATEMENT. It means our pitchers are better than yours, our hitters are better and our manager is better. It wasn’t a 1 game lucky outing. It was a series of games.The Brewers made this statement to the Braves.The Brewers are NOT currently a playoff team.

All the other playoff teams HEARD this statement LOUD and CLEAR.
The Braves are NOT a playoff caliber team.

jim

September 13th, 2012
2:40 pm

It’s all Fredi’s fault!!! Fredi couldn’t hit his way out of class A when he was younger, and now he has infectred the team. In the world of weak hitting, Fredi must be a carrier. Just by close proximity on the bench this “Typhoid Fredi” has spread the ClassAitis bug to this bunch of major leaguers, even a future Hall of Famer. The only known cure for classAitis is to remove exposure to the disease. Fredi must be fired immediately or the team will not get another RBI for the rest of the season. Weak hitting is contagious — Chipper has admitted as much — so the weak hitting manager must go. It’s only logical.

Bob Horner

September 13th, 2012
2:50 pm

I like how it’s Freddi’s fault that the team isn’t hitting. What about the 2-headed batting coach?

Tumbledown

September 13th, 2012
2:59 pm

Bob Horner- It’s almost as much Fredi’s fault for the lack of hitting as it was your fault when the Braves lost that game years ago in which you hit four home runs.

Rick C

September 13th, 2012
3:00 pm

Goliath, like how the Phillies swept the Nationals last month? Are the Nationals not a playoff caliber team?

Also not quite sure how you can call out Uggla when he’s probably been our hottest hitter the past week.

Double Zero Eight

September 13th, 2012
3:06 pm

This collapse is a collective effort. Fredi is
clueless as to what to do to keep the ship from
sinking. He is in semi-panic mode and you
can see it in his eyes. I have never been a fan
of McDowell and between him and Fredi, I have
no confidence in their late inning decision making
down the stretch. The hitters are trying, but they
are pressing too hard, and have lost confidence.

They will make the playoffs. This will not be a total
collapse. Their only hope is to have Medlen start the
wildcard game, and hope he has another spectacular
outing. I still have a glimmer of hope that they can
get on a winning streak at the right time.

Bernie

September 13th, 2012
3:46 pm

CHOKE CHOKE SWEPT SWEPT All year long there has been no offense to speak of. Why in the world knowing that Mr. Wrenn didn’t do a thing in the off season. If he worries about pitching and stands with the same attitude this off season nothing is going to change.We need some newplayers in Atlanta but the bad thing about that is it will ruin their careers because once in Atlanta their bats become silent. I just think our players don’t have the stamina for the whole year.

cornjolio

September 13th, 2012
4:44 pm

“Also not quite sure how you can call out Uggla when he’s probably been our hottest hitter the past week.”

Are Dan Uggla’s relatives in Kentucky hanging out on this blog?

Past week? What has he been dong collectively since June 1st ?

He should be on a milk carton instead of stealing Liberty Media’s dollars.

.214 is unacceptable on any level, as well as the .232 he coughed up last season

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