Braves complete first sweep of Nats since ‘09 – updated


The math still says the Braves probably aren’t going to win the National League East, but after they completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals with a 5-1 win on ESPN Sunday night, their hearts are back in it.

“After what happened last year with us, we know anything can happen, so this put us back in the hunt a little bit,” said second baseman Dan Uggla, who did his part with a game-breaking two-run single in the seventh. “We are still going to need some magic, but there’s still time so we’ll see what happens.”

The Braves are within 5 ½ games of the Nationals with 15 games to play. The Nationals have 16 games left, and all 16 are against teams still contending in the wild card: the Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Cardinals.

The Braves are in pretty good fallback position too, leading St. Louis by seven games for the first of two wild card spots. The Braves’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is eight. Even if they don’t find a way past the Nationals for the division, they could see them again later in the playoffs.

“I think it was just big for us to kind of prove to ourselves that we could come out and play good consistent baseball against them for three straight games,” said Chipper Jones, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI. “…You’ve got to clear certain humps along the way, and the Nationals are one of those humps for us.”

The Braves used six strong innings from Mike Minor to complete their first sweep of the Nationals in three years, since Sept. 25-27 of 2009. They used some textbook offense against Gio Gonzalez and three more opportunistic runs on the Nationals’ bullpen to move to finish the season series 8-10 against them.

The Braves blew open a one-run game with a three-run seventh, on two walks, a hit batter and some redemption in the form of a two-out, two-strike, two-run single by Uggla with the bases loaded.

The Braves had watched Michael Bourn go first to third on a Ryan Zimmerman error and score the first run on a groundout to first. Then Uggla made up for his pop-up on the infield in the sixth inning when he helped strand two runners after swinging at a 3-0 pitch.

“It’s very disappointing in a tight ballgame like that to not get the job done,” Uggla said. “So it was awesome to get another opportunity, especially to come through.”

Pitching in his first ever ESPN Sunday night game, Minor extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings over his past three starts before Ian Desmond hit an RBI single with two outs and two strikes in the sixth.

Minor hadn’t faced the Nationals since June 30 and they saw a different pitcher. Minor gave up four runs in each of his first two starts against the Nationals while going 4-6 with a 6.20 ERA through June 30. He gave up only one run in six innings on Sunday to move to 5-4 with a 2.32 ERA since then.

Minor had faced Stephen Strasburg in each of his first two starts against the Nationals this season. With Strasburg shut down for the season, he pitched against the next best thing in left-hander Gonzalez.

But the Braves worked Gonzalez for 50 pitches in the first two innings, and by the time Jones broke through with an RBI single in the third, Gonzalez had thrown 73 pitches.

The Braves kept Gonzalez from becoming the first 20-game winner in the majors this season, but he still tipped his cap to the soon-to-be-retiring Jones as he left the field.

“He’s one of the greatest third baseman to ever play the game,” Gonzalez told reporters afterward. “It was an honor to be on the same field especially at his house.”

The Braves, who have won their last four in a row overall against the Nationals, reached 10 wins for September. They’re 10-5 for the month, a point they never reached during a 9-18 collapse a year ago.

93 comments Add your comment

Brandon

September 16th, 2012
11:15 pm

Good times in Braves country

Big Jacket Fan

September 16th, 2012
11:21 pm

Good win by the Braves. Another good Atlanta sports weekend with the Braves, Jackets and puppies winning.

jeffery

September 16th, 2012
11:22 pm

Almost the same braves as 2011…’cept diff’rent…..
Go Bravos!
Keep the pace and wayta-Go ,seepin’ the Nats!

JNick

September 16th, 2012
11:22 pm

Good win, great sweep – means a lot for confidence, this time of year…

Quack Quack

September 16th, 2012
11:24 pm

Fantastic game!! Imagine scoring runs on single hits with RISP. What a novel idea. ;-)

Great game Mike Minor, and entire “TEAM”. Geo will have to get his #20 some where else, not in “Our House”

Bravos, way to swat them Gnats right out of town, and may the best team win…….

GO BRAVES!!!

afan

September 16th, 2012
11:25 pm

As Bourn goes so do the Braves..Great game!

Bronke

September 16th, 2012
11:25 pm

How about Bobby V for manager of the year? Not : ) go Braves, awesome win tonight!

HAL

September 16th, 2012
11:28 pm

all of a sudden the braves can hit again and fredi and wren are looking a whole lot smarter lol

Just Asking?

September 16th, 2012
11:28 pm

Great game. I’m actually looking forward to the playoffs now!

GOP Cannon

September 16th, 2012
11:30 pm

For us to sweep the Nationals after coming off of a series sweep by the Brewers is HUGE! Way to bounce back, go Braves!

Quack Quack

September 16th, 2012
11:34 pm

@74bravesjersey@1:18…….I think the team must have read your post (and nice call). They just wore Geo out. Isn’t than great!!

Lew Burdette

September 16th, 2012
11:46 pm

Things are looking up. Now keep winning and – who knows – maybe a few other teams will swat the Gnats, too!

chris

September 16th, 2012
11:52 pm

braves are 8-10 vs nats this year… not 6-10.

Ken Stallings

September 16th, 2012
11:53 pm

The sweep means it is time to seriously consider magic numbers. The Dodgers are right now the first team out of the Wild Card at 8 games back in the loss column to Atlanta. The Cards are one gme ahead of the Dodgers (virtue of their win at LA today) and are 7 games back of the Dodgers.

With 15 games left, that puts the Magic number to secure home field advantage in the Wild Card at 9 games and to make post-season at 8 games.

Thing is that it is now lower than the magic number the Nats have against the Braves to secure the NL East division title.

Eat apple pie here

September 16th, 2012
11:58 pm

Man they fooled me again they really gave 100% vs Nats well but McCann still same n Uggla 5…Now lets sweep Fish in Miami too really pounce whip them make Grilled sandwich are Marlin grilled with hush puppies and salad and onion rings for side course…..they good tickets still at marlin Park too…But i can’t be there no afford but that not stop watch on tv at least….

lee maye

September 17th, 2012
12:02 am

Prado was given a rest tonight. Fredi needs to give Uggla a rest tomorrow night against the lefty. Keep Reed Johnson in left.

Dodgers play Nats for 3 next. Either we are helped by the Dodgers beating the Nats, or we are helped in the WC race. Dodgers than go to Cincy for 3. Looks more and more like, it may be the Cards vs Braves in the WC game. Cards play Houston and Cubs in the next 2 series. Considerably easier than the Dodgers’ schedule.

Tom in ATL

September 17th, 2012
12:02 am

Guess Freddy took his smart pill this weekend. But as soon as they lose – he’s an idiot again.

lee maye

September 17th, 2012
12:05 am

Ken, think you mean the Cards are 7 back of the Braves, not Dodgers.

lee maye

September 17th, 2012
12:08 am

Wouldn’t say Fredi took a smart pill. Think he is still and idiot for sitting Prado tonight and letting Danny swing at a 3-0 and popping up. Most of us were praying for a walk. Don’t think it was a good idea to let Hinske and Overbay bat either, when Prado was available. Don’t know about the rest of you, but Prado is a little better hitter than either of them.

Ken Stallings

September 17th, 2012
12:12 am

Yep, 7 games back of the Braves.

ChipperisGod

September 17th, 2012
12:27 am

Amazing game to go to, so glad I went. We played championship caliber baseball tonight. We wore down the best pitcher in baseball. We scored with RISP (minus that one inning where Freddie got the double and put runners on second and third), Minor was masterful minus the occasional control issue, and Bourn fully returned as a table setter.

And we did this all without arguably our best player in Prado. We just gotta keep up this intensity. When we play like this, we are tough to beat.

Chipper’s at bat where he laced that single was electric. Simply incredible plate discipline and execution.

What do the whiners and complainers have to say tonight? Not a darn thing.

Go Braves!

Quack Quack

September 17th, 2012
12:35 am

@lee maye….I still don’t believe the “I’m back” from Uggla, but lets give him credit for a 2 out, 2 strike 2 run scoring single in the seventh. Like I said scoring runs with RISP with singles. All the hits don’t have to go to the parking lot to make runs.

Mike N/ATL

September 17th, 2012
12:56 am

Another great game!!!!!!! A sweep of the first place nationals!!! That has to be the biggest series of the year and to sweep it the way they did. Wheres all of u nagers at now? Yea !! They have proven themselves to the country that they have EVERYTHING they need to win the world series!!! THIS IS BRAVES COUNTRY!!!! BELEIVE IT!!! GO BRAVES!!!!!!

Mike N/ATL

September 17th, 2012
1:13 am

As far as the nats schedule goes and the braves schedule, the braves still may have what it takes to win the division considering the match up of the teams the nats are facing. Its difinitely gona be a fight to the finish!!! Whatever the out come may be i see the braves goin full force in the playoffs and right now no team can touch them!!!

Bravesfan54

September 17th, 2012
2:09 am

As a confidence builder at this point in the season, with the better teams “ramping it up”, this was HUGE. There are 16 games left, and the Braves need to build on this, fine-tuning their game. But this was as significant as their 95+ win seasons (when they subsequently fell flat, more often than not). Even if they don’t do all the way, they have the talent in 2013 – assuming they sign Huddy to a reasonable 3 year extension, overpay (as they must) for Bourn, exercise their option (but do NOT sign BMac beyond his over-paid option year), sign Reed Johnson to a decent contract, release Hinske, do not resign Jair Jurrgens or Tommy Hansen, do resign all the rest of the pitching staff, resign Prado (as our third-baseman of the future Braves’ dynasty) , release Janish (with our thanks!), keep Pastnicky, release Jack Wilson, keep Pastornicky, and, of course, Heyward and Freeman (who are under our control in any event)- keep Boscan as a #3 catcher (and bring him along – lets face it both McCann and Ross have a “sell by” date, even tho’ they have been stalwarts: Ross is best playing in a about 60 games, and McCann is a “pig in a poke” as far as his future goes – he could be a Carlton Fiske or a Del Crandall). Boscan should be “brought along”.

I think I have about covered it. Don’t think I missed anybody. Braves should follow my suggestion, for about a five-year run of dominance. (Oh, it goes without saying that apart from Jurrgens and Hansen, the rest of the staff should be resigned,but Maholm should not be overpaid, and Sheets should be given only a minor-league, non guaranteed contract.

Oh, I didn’t mention Uggla, who, of course, is already signed for the next two years. We will play him, unless he plays himself off of the roster. He is not to be shopped around. (We should’ve learned something from jettisoning the slick-fielding 14 HR production of Alex Gonzalez, whom we didn’t replace, unless, of course, Andrellton turns into the next…oh, I won’t say – as the prospects are boundless.

Trust me on these moves. I truly believe in them.

Rich

September 17th, 2012
6:23 am

Braves are 8-10 against the Nats. Not 6-10 as the article states

northbeach Scott

September 17th, 2012
6:40 am

Give the Braves credit for beginning to purge the choke of 2011. Really happy to see them also bounce back from the Brewer’s sweep. I did not think they had it in them.

@Bravesfan54, the Braves have a reasonable $9m option on Huddy for 2013, but you may see them rework it into a more budet friendly two year deal with an option. Huddy is already 37.

Wilson was released right as the rosters expanded. I think Rev needs more time at different positions and AAA at bats before he is really ready for a super utility role. Jannish might improve as a hitter with some work with Walker over the winter. He could be a valuable trade piece when Pasternicky is ready and another team loses their starting SS.

longtimefan

September 17th, 2012
6:45 am

lee maye-despite what you think, you really don’t know better how to manage a MLB team. For all you people out there who think FG is an idiot, look at the position the Braves are in. “the proof is in the pudding”. And if FW is an moron, as many of you have contested all year, then FG has to be a genius of a manager to have the Braves in the position they are currently in, despite what FW gave him to work with on the field. The truth is-FW has managed to put together a very talented team with average payroll that can seriously contend for the next several years at least. Young deep rotation, best closer in MLB, budding stars in Heyward, Freeman and Simmons-and always the under appreciated Prado. After this sweep of MLB best and hottest club it looks like quite a few of you naysayers are eating some crow. How or why some still come on here after a sweep and spew negativity is beyond me.

CRM300

September 17th, 2012
7:07 am

Incredible, gutty series sweep by the Braves. Looking forward to the rest of the career for Mike Minor. Avilan is looking more and more like a very important arm in the bullpen. Haven’t been much of a Bourn advocate, especially in the second half, but his speed and base running ability was eye popping last night. He made that big inning for the Braves. I grudgingly admit that Braves need to resign him, even if they overpay. Hopefully, the hitting coaches can convince him to put the bat on the ball a little more often and cut down on the strikeouts. The remaining schedule for the NATS makes you pretty interested in the last 15 games for the Braves. Keep playing good ball and anything could happen. Sure would be nice to win the division.

Rick in Macon

September 17th, 2012
7:07 am

Me thinks some of you are too giddy about the Braves beating the Nationals. It’s a new week and the “real” Braves will show back up again. If history is any indication, when they win several in a row, they go off on one of those tears where they’re incredibly bad. It’s comning…just wait.

Ron H

September 17th, 2012
7:23 am

Rick, glass half empty, no?

Good series sweep! Hope the Braves can make the Nats sweat a little in the last 15-16 games. Put a little pressure on them. Probably can’t make up those 5.5 games, but that kind of pressure can make a team do bad things…

Miami Dave

September 17th, 2012
7:34 am

Enter your comments here

Who Me?

September 17th, 2012
7:34 am

Nice to see the Bravos applying the pressure in September instead of folding from it. Perhaps Uggla’s problem is focus and not ‘the uppercut’ swing. Minor continues to work that ERA down and we did what we had to do tonight to win. Let’s not have a letdown in Miami…

Jeff L

September 17th, 2012
7:38 am

@Rick, thank you for your lack of expertise and support. Your comments are worth as much as Miami Dave’s… Great game tonight even with the ESPN announcers drooling over Gio… Go Braves!

haltodd

September 17th, 2012
7:42 am

Someone needs to tell Dan Uggla to swing at the first two pitches. When you watch the first two go by for called strikes, your last swing gets to be one of desperation.

RBrave

September 17th, 2012
7:53 am

Class move there Gio ! Missing his chance to win his 20th leaving under duress and still tipped his cap to Chipper. We have been real lucky to win with the terrible offense, we just have to start hitting ! Good weekend on the board though.

alanfalcon

September 17th, 2012
8:04 am

Geo Gonzales showed a lot of class tipping his hat to Chipper as he walked off of the mound, showed complete respect for Chippers career.

Fats Johnson

September 17th, 2012
8:18 am

Remember FG, “We loves ya when ya wins,but hates ya when ya loses”. That’s baseball :)

GT John

September 17th, 2012
8:31 am

A tip of my cap back to the Nats pitcher for being a class act in recognizing Chipper on his way out.

Ekim

September 17th, 2012
8:35 am

@ Lee Maye, 12:08 a.m.
“Think he is still and idiot … letting Danny swing at a 3-0 and popping up”

You’re kidding, right? How is he going to stop Danny from swinging at any particular pitch?

DeepDiver

September 17th, 2012
8:35 am

Looked like the hitters had a gameplan up there tonight — nice to see them execute and methodically wear down a premier pitcher.

I am in the ‘Fredi is a boob’ camp in terms of game management but I will give him some credit for thinking outside his box lately. This year’s Fredi is much improved relative to the 2011 model.

DeepDiver

September 17th, 2012
8:39 am

Also, hard to hate the Nats…so much easier to hate Philly or Mets. B. Harper seems a sort of douche, but he plays hard, to his credit. The rest of the Nats are either nice guys or neutral.

DC also a long-suffering sports town with a very bland personality. Nonetheless, they must be dealt with.

Free Pastornicky

September 17th, 2012
8:41 am

Where’s Dan the Man? I guess he doesn’t know as much as he thought he did.

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
8:41 am

Gio Gonzalez gets it! Class move.

[...] “He’s one of the greatest third baseman to ever play the game. It was an honor to be on the same field especially at his house.”(Gio Gonzalez, via AJC.com, 9/17/2012) [...]

varoadrunner

September 17th, 2012
8:47 am

Looks like the Braves will definately make the playoffs…..three great wins against the Nats. One question…..Did the Braves look great or di the Nats look flat?

old scout

September 17th, 2012
8:49 am

bravesfan54…if you were the Braves GM they would be a last place organization. Why don’t you just sit back and watch the games instead of pretending you are some sort of baseball genius? You might just enjoy it more that way.

Mikey

September 17th, 2012
9:12 am

I think solid starting pitching and masterful bullpens will make an opposing team “look flat”.

Theron Wasson

September 17th, 2012
9:12 am

I believe the Braves are 8-10 this year against the Nationals because I think they play 18
games against divisional rivals. I could be wrong but since the article was written by O’brien and he is notorious for inaccurate reporting I believe i’m right.

Tim

September 17th, 2012
9:22 am

Your rotation next year will be:

Medlen
Minor
Hudson
Maholm
Hanson

This is the rotation we will start with unless Delgado proves something in Spring Training. Both he and Teheren will be starters but why rush them. It is obvious that both need more time in AAA or AA. Do not expect to see either one in the starting rotation next year unless they are lights out in Spring Training. I am looking toward 2014 for both these guys. One will take Huddy’s place and one will take Hanson’s place.

Maholm will do very well with us next year. He has never been on a winning team before and this year will only make him a better pitcher for next season.

Hudson will be our number three guy going into next season, but don’t expect dominence from him. I think what you see this year will be what we get next year if we are lucky.

Minor will develop into the dominant lefty that we have been searching for since Glavine left. I look for him to be at least a 14 game winner next year.

Medlen is the staff ace. He is so good that it is ridiculous. Given a full year, he should be pitching for his 20th victory this time next year.

Keep entire bullpen. They are awesome and if Venters doesn’t watch out, Avilan will be the one to replace him and it will be O’lanbrel in the 7-8-9 innings next year.

Same Ole, negative dumbazz comments

September 17th, 2012
9:37 am

lee maye 12:08am……You are so right(again), why would Fredi let Uggla swing on a 3-0 count, with runners on 2nd & 3rd with 0 outs.
He should have made Uggla drive those two runners in, with a walk. Man you are smart.

And Rick in Macon @ 7:07am………..You must have a PHD. in History(BTW, really love that old-timey talking ‘Me thinks’, loving it).
Are you a decendant of Nostradumbazz? I mean being able to see into the future must be great. What are the lotto numbers for tomorrow?
Good to see you two guys have the fortitude to show up on the blog after a Braves sweep of the winningest team in MLB.
Where are our friends BravesFanSince80s, No Hope for the Braves, and some of the others. They should know that they can come of the blog after a Braves series win, just like they do when the Braves lose a series.
Come on guys, lets represent.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
9:44 am

Looks like we have a winner in the daily “Negative Post So I can Appear Wise and Smart if the Braves happen to Lose” Award. And that winner is Rick In Macon (7:07)!! Congratulations! You win a no-expense paid lunch with Frank Wren and Fredi Gonzales to discuss why you even watch the Braves.

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
9:45 am

Theron @9:12am…….Guess you didn’t read the by-line on this article.
Are you notorious for inaccurate commenting? haha

weary fan

September 17th, 2012
9:50 am

Ekim: Umm…ever hear the announcers mention a batter “having the green light” to swing? Obviously, he wasn’t signaled to take the pitch, had the green light, and swung away with the count 3-0.
Good thing they got lucky Friday, winning yet another game on yet another unearned run after yet another night of weak offense and 9 left on base if memory serves. That anemic grounder by Pastornicky looked like it’d be double-play, sending us into extra innings, but the throwing error to home plate turned him into the unlikely hero. No telling how that game would’ve turned out in extra innings, and after being swept by the Brewers, it wouldn’t have been fun to lose Friday’s game. That lucky break just might have been the spark to carry the weekend.

aburtch

September 17th, 2012
9:56 am

Excited about the sweep for sure, but we really need to get some consistency with the offense. Hits with RISP are still a rare commodity for this team.

vesaversa

September 17th, 2012
9:59 am

The Braves now need to go into every games as if it’s their last chance at getting into the playoff and i beleive they will fair better than they have of late .

vesaversa

September 17th, 2012
9:59 am

The Braves now need to go into every games as if it’s their last chance at getting into the playoff and i beleive they will fair better than they have of late .

vesaversa

September 17th, 2012
9:59 am

The Braves now need to go into every games as if it’s their last chance at getting into the playoff and i beleive they will fair better than they have of late .

Frank Shab in PA

September 17th, 2012
9:59 am

If they make the Wild Card gme I fear they will be shutout . To inconsistent, I believe they’ve been sh
shutout 12 times so far. I hope not, wadda think out there?

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
10:17 am

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” (See FDR). Actually, the Braves just won a game 5-1 against a Cy Young candidate. Minor is probably the Braves No. 3 pitcher. Anything can happen. Yes, the Braves could get shut out. The vaunted Phillies of 2011 were shut out in the deciding game against the Cardinals last year. All this negative stuf could indeed happen. But, maybe the Braves will win that wild card game and play great throughout the playoffs. Keep the faith!!

D man

September 17th, 2012
10:26 am

So why do I feel like we are going to get beat in the wild card game? I guess all of the disappointing years in Atlanta Sports….

weary fan

September 17th, 2012
10:31 am

D man (and Frank): yes, all of the disappointing years, seeing the guys tighten up and swing at the fences non-stop – even at pitches in the dirt…why would it be any different this time around? If it’s against Wain-o, it’ll probably be a CG shutout.

Nerdville

September 17th, 2012
10:51 am

Well it is about time they did something against the Nats. Good series and momentum.

T-bone

September 17th, 2012
10:58 am

DOB, got a request for you. When the regular season is over, consider doing a column on Chipper and give us a list of the gifts that he has received from the other teams. I think it is pretty special that other teams have recognozed him that way. It happened to Bobby last year, but I can’t think of another that this has happened to.

BravesfaninWis

September 17th, 2012
11:04 am

Surprised yet not surprised they actually pulled of a sweep of the Nats. They have a good enough team to do it, but always fall on their faces in positions like that. So now they make it exciting, and if history repeats itself, they will fall on their faces against a Marlins team going nowhere, because that is what they do.

bfred

September 17th, 2012
11:14 am

I think Uggla was just too amped in both of those at-bats with RISP, since he’s finally been having some success at the plate. He’s normally a walking machine so I was actually surprised to see him swing at 3-0 (regardless, the ‘take’ sign should have been on with the bases juiced). The second time he was so far ahead of the pitches I thought he was going to sling his bat into the stands. He does seem to be staying down on the ball a little better.

DOB Lofts The Softballs...Win or Lose

September 17th, 2012
11:17 am

Folks…really?
No Cap Tipping AT ALL after a sweep?
Let me do it for you. First of all, you have to tip the old capper to the Nats. They shut down their main horse to make things exciting. You have to admire their love for Drama, folks. Folks, tip the cap also to Fredi. Fredi didn’t really do anything special here, folks. But what he DIDN’T do is what won the game! Folks, he didn’t sit Chippa. Tip of the Cappa There-A.
Folks, Tip Caps win or lose. Remember that they got swept by BEER PEOPLE. Is that a championship team to you?
Folks, if you want to avoid the headaches, ALWAYS tip the old capper!
Finally, don’t forget that we are about to use a few of our pitchers that were picked up off the crap heap. This is still a fragile time for the Bravos and they could flounder at any time.
Just remember…so we don’t get those stupid posts, ALWAYS Tip the Old Cap win or lose!
ATTA BOY, READERS!

BillyD

September 17th, 2012
11:17 am

Great winsbut remember they were swept by the Brewers in the prior series. This team will elate you then break your heart. Watch and see

DOB Lofts The Softballs...Win or Lose

September 17th, 2012
11:19 am

74bravesjersey

September 17th, 2012
11:35 am

@Quack Quack; Nah man, just mabey they sured up their approach before the game, man, all I am is a big Braves enthusiast, w/ lots of passion for the team, like you buddy, would love to see ‘em pull this thing out, but hey Quack, even though I’m far from deserving any acknowledgement, thank you for you’re sentiments, man has it ever occured if anybody in the organization does from time to time read any of these posts? Somethin’ if the players did but some of these things might get to some of’ ‘em. may not shed any positive light to their focus. Hey all in all, this is a great ride. Go Bravos! Take this thing.

Colleen

September 17th, 2012
11:45 am

We need all the fans to show up to the rest of the home games. Braves need a lot of support!

trbaves

September 17th, 2012
11:53 am

I am going to watch them today and tomorrow in MIA…Go Braves!!

Jeff L

September 17th, 2012
12:21 pm

Dob lobs softballs, Frank in PA, and BravesFaninWisc, Why waste your time here with your negativity? Why don’t you go and show how smart you are on the political blogs. Your BS will fit in right there…

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
1:00 pm

Why swat a Gnat whe you can sweep it? Taking the division is a tall order, but stranger things have happened. GO BRAVES!

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
1:04 pm

Since the Braves have been winning, we have weeded out most of the trolls on this blog. Unfortunately, the ones that are left are the “bottom of the barrel trolls” – not only obnoxoius, but the ones without the sense to know they are fools.

Colleen

September 17th, 2012
1:09 pm

Wish I could afford to go down and watch the Braves win in MIA. Then celebrate the win on S. Beach! B-)

David O'Brien

September 17th, 2012
1:15 pm

Folks, Tip Caps win or lose. Remember that they got swept by BEER PEOPLE. Is that a championship team to you? — DOB lofts the softballs

If you paid attention to baseball instead of coming up with painfully unfunny comment after comment after comment, you might realize Milwaukee has won 20 of its past 26 games. They’ve hit 40 homers in that span and posted a 3.37 ERA.

trbaves

September 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

Great thing about watchin the braves in MIA is that the Ticks are cheap because nobody shows up to the games…lol

Carl Farvman

September 17th, 2012
1:22 pm

Time to sign Uggla & Bourne to huge free agent contracts and get extensions for Fredi and Frank. Print the WS tickets,folks.

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
1:48 pm

DOB: You are spot on – Brewers are hottest team in baseball and still in the playoff hunt. I noticed that the Nats have to play the Dodgers (3 games) and the Brewers (4 games). Anything can happen over the next 2 weeks. GO BRAVES!

Dum-Bass

September 17th, 2012
2:15 pm

Anybody know if Medlen pitches the one game wildcard play-in game on Friday the 5th, if he will then be available, after 4 days rest, to pitch on Wed. the 10th in the NLDS? If that starts on Sunday, the 7th that means two games will have been played when he comes around again. Looks like there would be a game on Sunday and Monday in ATL and then no game on Tues. to me. Am I looking at that right?

Disbott3000

September 17th, 2012
2:23 pm

Gio Gonzalez proved what a classy player he is last night, tipping his hat to Chipper at third after being pulled from the game. Hell, I’d let him pitch for my team.

Sioux Brave

September 17th, 2012
2:24 pm

Braves need one more big bat .

larry dothan al

September 17th, 2012
2:37 pm

i can not understand why f g keep playing uggla.

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

Dum_Bass…….From what I have heard, with two days off coming up, Fredi G will be in position to manipulate the rotation, so that he can start Hudson, or Medlen, in the WC shootout.
IF they don’t win the Div.
go braves!

BraveMan

September 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

I won’t get too excited about the Braves sweeping the Nats. First of all, the Nats handed the first two games of the series to the Braves on a platter — losing on an error and a hit batsman. The Braves managed five hits on Sunday, six hits on Saturday, and only two runs with ten hits on Friday. They had 25 runners LOB in three games. The Nats lost the series more than the Braves won it.

varoadrunner

September 17th, 2012
3:42 pm

Up and down testy today. Thw sweep was wonderful……Just wish Uggla could snap out of his funk…..Bases loaded, 0 outs, 3-0 count, ball down the middle – pop up. He might be lost for the season due to whatever head problems might have set in due to this SLUMP. It is a slump isn’t it?

Congrats, congrats and congrats to Chipper, Minor and Jason.

older1

September 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Let’s hope the Braves peak in October, that would be so nice.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 17th, 2012
4:04 pm

Bmac is out for the year? Is that true??

Joshua

September 17th, 2012
4:07 pm

Bravesfan54, I with you on nearly everything you said. The only difference I have is I think Jannish should be kept on the roster – or at least in AAA. It’s nice to have a quality glove like that in our pocket just in case, and he managed to come up with a few key hits as well.

Joshua

September 17th, 2012
4:09 pm

Medlen must pitch the WC play-in. I mean you have to ride that streak. Let Huddy pitch game 1 after that. It’s not even a debate.

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
5:40 pm

The level of negative studipity after a Braves sweep of one of the best teams in MLB, is staggering.
Complaining about the quality of the wins, and Uggla swinging with an 3-0 count, come on man. Get real, for once.
go braves

Larry30

September 17th, 2012
9:03 pm

Good wins for the home team. One thing that is painfully obvious about this team; they are a better team with Ross behind the plate. Does anyone believe the braves will exercise the $12 million club option for McCann in 2013? They will either negotiate a smaller contract (then hopefully trade him if he starts off good) or, as I’ve predicted for two years, he will simply sign with another team and we will get nothing.

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