Nats to see improved Minor in series finale

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

ESPN is descending upon Turner Field tonight for the Braves fourth appearance of the season as the game

Simmons scored winning run Friday (above), drove it in Saturday

Simmons scored winning run Friday (above), drove it in Saturday

of the week when the Braves host the first-place Nationals. Who knew it would actually live up to the billing?

Well, the fans did, who are showing up in good numbers and giving the Braves good and loud crowds to buoy them against the Nats.

But it wasn’t really looking too good when the Braves scored three runs in three losses to the Brewers earlier in the week and slumped into this series 8 ½ games back, their largest deficit in the division this season. Since then, the Braves have come up with some new ways to score runs – they won Friday on a throwing error and Saturday on a pitch that grazed Andrelton Simmons’ jersey with the bases loaded.

But when you’re the Braves and you lost games like the one in Washington on Aug. 20 when Dan Uggla froze on a ground ball hit to him with the infield in the 13th inning, you take them.

Tonight’s starter Mike Minor isn’t used to getting many runs of support anyway. The Braves are averaging only 3.2 runs while he’s in the game. And they’ve scored only two runs in the last two games he started.

Minor is keeping up his end of the deal, though, entering tonight’s game with 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two starts. He’s allowed only three hits, walked six and struck out 15 in that time.

Minor has faced the Nationals twice this season, allowing four earned runs in five innings each of those starts (a 7-5 win June 30 and an 8-4 loss May 26 – both at Turner Field.) But that last Nationals start coincides with when Minor really started making some changes and developing into the dominating pitcher he’s been the second half.

Minor faces Nats for first time since June 30

Minor faces Nats for first time since June 30

Minor was 4-6 with a 6.20 ERA in 15 starts as of June 30. Since then he is 4-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 12 starts. Among the things that have changed for Minor? He quit falling in long with his change-up, realizing hitters were sitting on it, and those were a lot of the home run balls he was giving up. He started using his bullpens more constructively to work on specific issues. He started pitching inside more, and he’s pitched with a lot more confidence.

I’m sure there are plenty of other reasons, but those are the ones that come to mind.

Minor’s assignment tonight is to outpitch Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who is the de facto ace of the Nats staff with Stephen Strasburg shut down for the rest of the season. Of course, being second fiddle to Strasburg can still mean you’re pretty good and Gonzalez, an NL Cy Young candidate, is trying to become the first 20-game winner in Washington since Dave Boswell won 22 for the Senators in 1953. He would also be the first 20-game winner in baseball this season.

Gonzalez is 19-7 with a 2.93 ERA, a .206 opponents’ batting average and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s been especially tough of late, giving up only one runs in his past 22 innings over three starts, including a complete game shutout over the Cardinals. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in five of his past six starts, and in the other one he gave up only three. He did walk five in his last start in New York, so if his command is off again, that could give the Braves an opening.

Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts this season against the Braves, including one on Sunday Night Baseball May 27, when he out-pitched Brandon Beachy in a 7-2 Nationals win.

In other Sunday night games: Aug. 12, the Braves lost to the Mets 6-5 in New York; on Aug. 26, Tim Hudson out-pitched Tim Lincecum in San Francisco in a 7-1 win. Tonight the Braves are looking for their first sweep over the Nationals since Sept. 25-27 of 2009.

The Dodgers walked off against St. Louis last night to pull even in the race for the second wild card spot. The Braves are seven games ahead of both of them with 16 to play.

McCann watch

I doubt Brian McCann is back in the lineup tonight, given that he had a hard time even getting down in his crouch yesterday. McCann has tendinitis just behind his right knee, an injury he first “tweaked” on the road trip, where the hamstring muscle connects to several tendons. McCann was planning to come in and get treatment and re-evaluate on Sunday, but he didn’t start any of the previous three games against Gonzalez this season anyway. J.C. Boscan started one and David Ross the other too.

Rotation watch

It’s a short attention span blog today but I was just thinking. The Braves announced that their pitchers for the upcoming Miami series would be Tim Hudson vs. Wade LeBlanc on Monday, Paul Maholm vs.

It's Medlen vs. Johnson on Wednesday

It's Medlen vs. Johnson on Wednesday

Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday and Kris Medlen vs. Josh Johnson on Wednesday. The Braves then have two scheduled off days in a span of four days.

So if the Braves stay on their regular rotation, by just pushing back a pitcher until the day after the off day, Hudson would line up to pitch Sunday in Philadelphia, on Saturday Sept. 29 against New York and then pitch in a possible one-game wild card playoff on Friday, Oct. 5 on five days’ rest.

Or if they so choose, the Braves could manipulate the rotation, with upcoming off days, and set it up so that Medlen could pitch in the one-game playoff. Either way, you could have the one of those two ready to go in the one-game playoff and the other in Game 1 of a possible Division Series. A lot can happen between now and then, but it’s good to know for the Braves they would have the flexibility to map it out.

This and that

Beachy was bopping around the Braves clubhouse yesterday, shooting left-handed jumpers with the mini-basketball players have taken to shooting at grocery carts used for laundry in the clubhouse. He’s begun working out again, getting stronger. He said his elbow feels great and his flexibility is right back where it was before his Tommy John surgery on June 21.

He’s counting down the days until he can throw a baseball for the first time again on Oct. 21. It’ll just be lobs from 30 feet but he’s pretty excited about it nonetheless. Put him and Medlen in the mix with Hudson, Minor, Maholm and Tommy Hanson, and the Braves have to be pretty happy with how their rotation could shape up….

Matt Diaz had his cast removed and said he can already tell his thumb is much better because even when he rubs vitamin E on the surgery site, it doesn’t hurt, when doing something similar before did.

He expects to be cleared to start swinging a bat sometime around Thanksgiving which is when he normally does anyway. So that’s good news for Diaz going forward. He said Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie joked with him after his surgery (his second to remove splinters from a palm frond he got clearing his yard in Florida in 2006) that if there were any more splinters in there, he was the one who put them in there. In other words, he conducted a thorough search.

Not that Diaz is in any big hurry to do yard work anymore, but he said he couldn’t resist buying some heavy duty Teflon gloves he saw the other day. Can’t be too careful.

Braves lineup:

1. Bourn CF

2. Johnson LF

3. Heyward RF

4. Jones 3B

5. Freeman 1B

6. Uggla 2B

7. Ross C

8. Simmons SS

9. Minor P

1,143 comments Add your comment

Animus

September 16th, 2012
3:04 pm

Here’s hoping Minor can complete the sweep – just needs a little help from the bats.

DiamondbackMac

September 16th, 2012
3:08 pm

Thanks for the new blog Carroll.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
3:08 pm

Thanks CR!

Go get ‘em Braves!

Mixxo

September 16th, 2012
3:10 pm

Thanks Carroll!

Venice Jim

September 16th, 2012
3:13 pm

Thank you, Carroll!

nolie

September 16th, 2012
3:14 pm

Thank you Carroll. You need to bring us the kinda good luck tonight that David has the last two nights though….

haggard

September 16th, 2012
3:15 pm

Thanks for the new goods, Carroll.

I’m just hoping the weather holds here in Atlanta as a front moves in that supposed to dump 2 to 3 inches through Tuesday.

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
3:16 pm

Thanks Carroll!

haggard

September 16th, 2012
3:16 pm

kenhotlanta

I’m so sorry to hear of all you and your family have lost. My prayers are with you, good man.

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
3:17 pm

#5 for a contender? I think he’s a #5 for a re-building team….

Can you please name me some #5’s for contenders?

Tip O' the Cap

September 16th, 2012
3:17 pm

Ha ha! Teflon gloves. He needs to get a suit of armor, too.

Weaseal

September 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

2 nights of Prime Time for Oh Atlanta… Go Braves & Falcons we need to win both @ Home !!!

Steve

September 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

Diaz will be released.

nolakid21

September 16th, 2012
3:23 pm

We don’t want Hudson pitching the 1 game play-in. His numbers show a true inconsistency and the amount of runs he has given up in the 1st inning this year are shocking. He is a sinker pitcher so it can take him a few innings to start finding his groove. Medlen is the clear choice to pitch the WC game because his command is lethal right now and he has command over 5 pitches.

nolie

September 16th, 2012
3:23 pm

they might make a cheap offer to Diaz, if they can’t get something done with Reed

Mixxo

September 16th, 2012
3:24 pm

kenhotlanta -

Thoughts are with you my friend.

haggard

September 16th, 2012
3:26 pm

nolie

Thanks for the “Insider” scoop. Tom Verducci also has good things to say about the hometown nine.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tom_verducci/09/11/kris-medlen-atlanta-braves/index.html

monty

September 16th, 2012
3:26 pm

Bad news about BMAC. Shoulder, now he can’t squat. Always thought he should change positions, he was such a good hitter,shame to let the hard life of catching rob you of what you do best. Hit!

haggard

September 16th, 2012
3:27 pm

haggard

September 16th, 2012
3:28 pm

Time to forage for some late lunch. See ya’ll for the game Go Braves !

Mixxo

September 16th, 2012
3:29 pm

Whaddaya say Hag?!

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
3:37 pm

Can you please name me some #5’s for contenders?

Nats- Edwin Jackson 3.89 ERA, 28 Starts, 173 IP 1.198 WHIP , .238 OBA 103 ERA+ 1.8 WAR

Giants- Barry Zito 4.21 ERA, 29 Starts, 167 IP, 1.37 WHIP, .259 OBA, 82 ERA+, -0.2 WAR

And Zito is considered a bad pitcher…. he’s close to Tommy’s numbers, but his periphs are better

Tigers- Drew Smyly 4.26 ERA, 16 Starts, 87 IP, 1.281 WHIP, .254 OBA, 98 ERA+, 1.1 WAR

Tommy Hanson 4.33 ERA, 28 starts, 158 innings, 1.450 WHIP, .270 OBA, 93 ERA+, -0.4 WAR (worse than Zito’s)

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
3:42 pm

And Zito is considered a bad pitcher…. he’s close to Tommy’s numbers, but his periphs are better

You can’t seriously think that Hanson is a worse pitcher than Zito…..

And also, I think you said “maybe” a #5 on a rebuilding team. You have no idea what you’re talking about if you’re going to say something like that.

You’re position on Hanson is getting close to MFin’s, and thats really sad.

nolie

September 16th, 2012
3:49 pm

Hanson a 3 on many rebuilding teams, 4 on many contenders. would take a deep staff to make him a 5 at this point.
Course he could continue to go downhill or blow out his arm….
or he could gradually improve his command some and produce better

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
3:52 pm

I didn’t say maybe… I said I think. I’ve seen him pitch. I’ve looked at his stats. He’s gotten worse every year. Why exactly should I/we expect that to change? I sure hope that we can trade him… let some other team try him out. Doing so helps us quite a bit. Especially if we can wrangle a good player for him… it’d be a steal.

BTBUS

September 16th, 2012
3:52 pm

Med Dog for the Wildcard game!

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
3:56 pm

Eli doing what Eli does…

Kat

September 16th, 2012
4:01 pm

Carroll Rogers

September 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

you’re welcome, y’all….since it’s going to take all day for this game to start (smile), might as well have some new material.

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

I’ve seen him pitch. I’ve looked at his stats.

And clearly haven’t looked at other teams starting pitchers to think he’s maybe a #5 on a rebuilding team. That’s absurd. Are you aware at how bad some of the other staffs there are out there? Obviously not.

nolie

September 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

calm down guys, we don’t want another Mixxo situation…….

Nova Scotia Steve

September 16th, 2012
4:14 pm

The only way Chipper lands on SNL is if he can do a skit involving a camo jump suit, fake deer antlers and a cross bow.

Kat

September 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

‏@Braves
Tonight’s lineup vs. WSH (8:05, ESPN/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Johnson 7 Heyward 9 Jones 5 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Ross 2 Simmons 6 Minor 1

Bravefaninok

September 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves

Tonight’s lineup vs. WSH (8:05, ESPN/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Johnson 7 Heyward 9 Jones 5 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Ross 2 Simmons 6 Minor 1

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

If you had to put five names in a hat from starters on the braves 40 man roster and the name you pulled had to go seven innings in one game play-off would you put Tommy’s name in the hat?

nolie

September 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

Buster Olney ESPN Insider
How Braves Learned From Their Collapse

ATLANTA — There was a basketball court of sorts set up in the Braves’ clubhouse on Saturday, with two shopping carts positioned as baskets on opposite sides of the room, about 20 feet apart. The object was to fire the ball into the top part of the cart — where a toddler would sit — and with great focus and intensity and laughter, various Atlanta players took turns attempting to successfully drop high-arcing shots into that very small space.

Dan Uggla was consistently good at this; Freddie Freeman got better when he made more athletic moves, rather than standing still as if he was shooting free throws. Craig Kimbrel had his right shoulder wrapped as part of his daily treatment and tried shooting with his left hand, which was unfortunate.

The players laughed with and at each other as this went on, and it was in the midst of that hilarity that one of them raised the subject of last September’s collapse with a reporter.

“Hey, it happened,” the veteran said. “There’s no sense in avoiding the topic.”

And they don’t. It’s just an acknowledged element of their shared history, in the way that an employee remembers the job interview he botched before joining his current company, or how a divorced man jokes about the alimony paid to an ex-wife. The context for the present is provided by the past.

Fredi Gonzalez will tell you flatly that he learned from what happened last September. This September, he’s been much less patient with the status quo and much more willing to make changes. Uggla was benched, and the slumping and injured Brian McCann was moved down in the lineup. Ben Sheets pitched well and was in the rotation, but then he struggled and has now been shifted into the bullpen.

Because of the near-complete collapse of what had been one of the best bullpens in the majors last season, Kimbrel, Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters each have about 20 fewer appearances than they did a year ago. Last year, those three pitchers had been used so often that they had almost nothing left down the stretch; this September, they are all throwing well.

Kimbrel struck out the side with 10 pitches Friday, with a ferocity that was striking to some of his teammates, and he got three strikeouts again Saturday.

“Everybody in the ballpark knows a fastball is coming,” said Uggla, “and it doesn’t matter.”

Dating back to Aug. 28, Kimbrel has struck out 24 of the 36 batters he has faced, allowing four hits, two walks and one run. He has 104 strikeouts in 55.1 innings this season, with 23 hits and 14 walks. O’Flaherty has an 0.47 ERA in the second half and hasn’t allowed an earned run since July 13. Venters struggled earlier this season, raising questions about whether he had recovered from his 2011 workload, but he’s allowed runs in only two of his 20 appearances since the All-Star break.

The Braves were swept in Milwaukee earlier this week, raising questions about whether another collapse was in the making. But they beat the Washington Nationals on Friday and again on Saturday. What happened last year will always be a part of the Braves’ shared history, but they are working to create something new.

Chipper Jones walked into the room Saturday, aimed a shot at the shopping cart and drilled his first and only attempt, and raised an arm in celebration, the same thing you see when he hits a walk-off. The other players reacted loudly, not all of them generously.

It’s the same team, but a different time for all of them.

The Braves rallied in a big way Saturday.

A call went against the Nationals here Saturday, and what followed was a lot of ugliness, Adam Kilgore writes.

In the Nationals’ clubhouse, a thick skin is required.

McCann is day-to-day with knee tendinitis.

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
4:19 pm

I’d kinda like to see another Mixxo situation

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:20 pm

In case anyone wants to watch, the Dodgers/Cards game is the free MLB.tv game online today

nolie

September 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

what does that have to do with it? There are very few #4 or #5 starters who go 7 with any regularity at all, in fact many 3s don’t either.

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

Gotkowski chokes

nolie

September 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

yeah, well with Mixxo it was ok……

brian

September 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

not a fan of either but great game between the Giants and the Bucs. Eli Manning definitely went above his pitch count

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

Prado with a day off… nice to see

Tampa got screwed by the replacement refs, btw… :mad:

Bravefaninok

September 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

Wich esteemed blogger is this???

The Associated Press

ATLANTA —

The Atlanta Braves say a man got $76,000 worth of tickets by using bad checks.

Police told WSB-TV (bit.ly/V034bQ) that 36-year-old James Lally was arrested in Atlanta and made his first court appearance Saturday. His bond was set at $20,000.

He’s accused of buying 1,300 tickets and then bouncing the five checks he wrote to pay for them. He’s accused of selling the tickets at a bar and online. Authorities are unsure how many were sold. The Braves have deactivated the tickets, but there is no way to know who has the tickets that will no longer work.

Authorities said Lally is also accused of bouncing checks in Florida

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan-

How did Tampa get screwed?

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
4:30 pm

It doesn’t have any thing to do with it I just hope if he pitches for the braves in the future he works hard to overcome his obvious struggles.I would love to see him suc seed on some other club

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
4:31 pm

He’s accused of selling the tickets at a bar and online

Man, if you can’t trust someone at a bar or on the internet, who can you trust?

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
4:32 pm

There are some bad staffs out there, yes… but Tommy has consistently gotten worse every year. You almost have to expect that trend to continue next year. Put him in the AL, and mercy! Maybe some GM will take that risk and pay this guy 3.5 mil + trade a decent prospect for him. I hope someone does.

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
4:33 pm

But Tommy has pitched us to alot of wins this year you can’t take that away from him

Half Empty

September 16th, 2012
4:33 pm

There is no starter on the Braves, other than Medlen with his relatively small sample size, who has averaged 7 IP per start

Playoffs!!!

September 16th, 2012
4:34 pm

I sure hope the Braves are not considering anyone except Kris Medlin for the one-game playoff. That is a no-brainer.

nolie

September 16th, 2012
4:36 pm

man, whatever happened to guys with 20-30 complete games each season???….

bobbymahlon

September 16th, 2012
4:36 pm

How can there be any question who should pitch the play in game. I won’t even take the time to tell you who I think that pitcher should be but his initials are CM. I respect anybodys opinions for somebody else but I won’t agree.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
4:36 pm

they called that sideline pass an incomplete pass… I’m confident that the receiver took 2 steps with the ball

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:37 pm

Actually, if you are talking about Medlen, his initials are KM…

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:39 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan-

It was an incomplete pass because he did not maintain control throughout- that is a rule they changed a few years back- you cannot be bobbling the ball when you go out of bounds (and it appeared to hit the ground also)- he clearly did not have control of the ball when he was going out. (Mike Pereira agreed that it was not a catch)

ncbravesfan90

September 16th, 2012
4:43 pm

“It was an incomplete pass because he did not maintain control throughout- that is a rule they changed a few years back- you cannot be bobbling the ball when you go out of bounds (and it appeared to hit the ground also)- he clearly did not have control of the ball when he was going out. (Mike Pereira agreed that it was not a catch)”

But from what I could tell is that he caught he ball, had two feet in bounds, and then made a football play, and then got hit by a defender. He had possesion until he was hit by the defender. Even with the new rule, my understanding is that if you catch the ball, have two feet in bounds, make a football play, and then get hit and the ball comes loose, its still a catch.

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:46 pm

ncbravesfan90-

To me, it didn’t look like he had complete control of the ball- was moving even as he was being hit (I know, balls move, but that apparently is enough)- but I think they said he didn’t make a football move. Anyways, I don’t think it was an atrocious call. And I’ve seen the regular refs make that same ruling many times :)

Bravefaninok

September 16th, 2012
4:46 pm

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ncbravesfan90

September 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

cabravesfan-

Oh yeah agree, definitely wasn’t a terrible call, could have gone either way.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
4:48 pm

I saw him get 2 feet in bounds and had possession until he got hit by the defender. The ball movement before that didn’t seem to be a big deal to me… he didn’t lose possession then

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:50 pm

ncbravesfan90-

In recent years, I have rarely, if ever, seen that ruled a completed catch. But it’s more of a judgement call, and consensus seems to be that it was correct.

What was atrocious, however, was Tampa’s secondary in the 2nd half…

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
4:51 pm

I’d rather have Hanson than Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar or any other Royals starter currently at the major league level.

I’d say the same about the Rockies, Blue Jays, Twins and possibly the Indians.

And he’d be the #1 on those teams. He really just needs to be another member of a rotation for the other team.

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
4:52 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan-

You don’t have to lose possession- you just have to not have complete control (which is any movement of the ball)- and given that he did lose the ball as he was going out of bounds, that typically equals an incomplete pass.

UKUGA

September 16th, 2012
4:53 pm

Yesterday was fun. How about one more?

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

Phillies down 7-4 to the Astros. If they lose they will be 4 games back of the 2nd Wild Card with 15 games to go.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

And he’d be the #1 on those teams. He really just needs to be another member of a rotation for the other team.

And that’s the sad part… a declining pitcher is a #1. You’re 2nd part is definitely correct, he needs to be in a rotation on a team not named the Braves. Maybe the Phils/Marlins will want him? We can beat him up a few times a year… ;)

Ryan

September 16th, 2012
5:00 pm

Sorry hoping Hanson and Maholm arent with us next year.

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:02 pm

If Tommy could get some serious improvement in his health over the winter I hope he comes back and wins 20 next year I just have a hard time believing it will happen

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
5:03 pm

We can beat him up a few times a year…

Are you related to MFin?

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:07 pm

Would love to see what Maholm could do with a complete season for us next year

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
5:07 pm

Are you related to MFin?

No… I just can’t defend his sukkage.

I hope he comes back and wins 20 next year I just have a hard time believing it will happen

Agree. He’s more likely to only make 20 starts than have 20 wins….

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 16th, 2012
5:09 pm

The only way I can see Maholm not being here next year is if we sign Greinke and we need that 6.5 mil of room…. Maholm is staying.

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
5:11 pm

No… I just can’t defend his sukkage.

You need to look more around the league at the mid-back of teams rotations.

Redneck Braves

September 16th, 2012
5:11 pm

I think Hanson isn’t going anywhere. Maholm, Sheets and Jurgens on the other hand I can’t see in the ATL in 2013.

abeeeewright

September 16th, 2012
5:11 pm

Phillies trying to give away a series to the disAstros. Pirates blow a lead to the Cubbies.

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:12 pm

And Greinke is staying in L.A.

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

Anaheim is not Los Angeles

Efrim

September 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

Maholm, Sheets and Jurgens on the other hand I can’t see in the ATL in 2013.

I agree with the last two, but I’d be really surprised if Maholm wasn’t here.

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

Nats have a brutal remaining schedule

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

Sorry- that’s one of those things that I just can’t stop. My fingers go on autopilot and the words just appear. :)

abeeeewright

September 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

Hanson is on his way to throwing a full year with the Braves, less one 15 day stint on the DL for back problems, for the first time in two years (failed to complete 2011).

All his stats are disappointing relative to his career norms. But, he’s generally showing that the injury is probably behind him.

abeeeewright

September 16th, 2012
5:18 pm

Diaz won’t be released.

abeeeewright

September 16th, 2012
5:19 pm

Someone had to say it … since Diaz’s contract expires at the end of this year and he won’t come off the DL til November.

SpinMeister

September 16th, 2012
5:19 pm

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:12 pm

And Greinke is staying in L.A.

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cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

Anaheim is not Los Angeles

Hmmmm – the Los Angeles Angels true, the stadium is in Anaheim, but technically chipontheroad is correct!

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
5:20 pm

Anaheim is not Los Angeles

Then why are they called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? hmmmm?? :)

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:22 pm

And Hogansville is not Atlanta but I still say I’m from Atlanta when Massachucettsites ask me were I’m from

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

Then why are they called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? hmmmm??

Because the LA market is bigger and more important than the Anaheim one.

abeeeewright

September 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

I hope Braves sign some guy named “Jurgens” just so I can say “Jurgens WILL be with the Braves in 2013.”

Jair Jurrjens, on the other hand, won’t be on the Atlanta roster in 2013. Even if he were non-tendered and re-signed for a reasonable salary, Braves would probably like to sign someone with lower injury risk for the 10th place on the depth chart.

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

And just because they are CALLED the LA Angels does not mean they play in LA, so by saying Greinke will stay in LA is technically incorrect, since he is not actually in LA.

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

And Hogansville is not Atlanta but I still say I’m from Atlanta when Massachucettsites ask me were I’m from

Right. And when I’m at Disney World and people ask where I’m from, I don’t go, “Do you know where Buford is?”

Redneck Braves

September 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

I think Maholm staying in Atlanta will depend on what the Braves decide to do with the extra money with Chipper gone and whether they want to sign Bourne.

abeeeewright

September 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

Phils drop another game to the disAstros. I think they’ve cooled off a bit from their earlier torrid streak.

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:25 pm

chipontheroad-

And that comment was not directed in any way at you- I say that to VJ every time he calls them LA ;)

SpinMeister

September 16th, 2012
5:25 pm

And just because they are CALLED the LA Angels does not mean they play in LA, so by saying Greinke will stay in LA is technically incorrect, since he is not actually in LA.

Whatever, it’s all LA LA Land :lol: btw, how far did your MIGHTY Trojans fall in the polls???? They lost a game to a ranked opponent, so it shouldn’t have been too far, right?

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
5:25 pm

But the team is called LA. So saying he’s staying in LA is correct.

chipontheroad

September 16th, 2012
5:27 pm

Ahh the mysteries of the :”Buford triangle”

jeffrey d

September 16th, 2012
5:27 pm

And aren’t they like, 8 feet from each other?

Bat Masterson

September 16th, 2012
5:27 pm

Long time reader, first time commenting. Great blog, Carroll.

Big Brave fan here in the Arctic Circle. Its a lot warmer here than one might think. Love Chipper, Chris Meldeen, too.

Pastornicky is a dream.

Hanson is toast, been getting worse every year. The Braves will be lucky to trade him for a McDonalds Happy Meal. Hope I’m wrong

Go Braves!!!

cabravesfan

September 16th, 2012
5:28 pm

jeffrey d-

Anaheim and Los Angeles? They are not even in the same county

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