Braves must avoid slip vs. Marlins team they’ve handled

MIAMI — Coming off an impressive sweep of the Nationals that kept alive faint hopes for the division title and made it even more apparent the Braves will at least win a wild-card berth, the key for the ATLiens now is not to let up this week on the road in six games against the Marlins and Phillies, starting tonight at the first-year Miami ballpark where the Bravos have so far made themselves at home.

Chipper had a big two-run single in Sunday's win against the Nationals. Now he'll play his last series in Miami. (Curtis Compton photo/AJC)

Chipper had a big two-run single in Sunday's win against the Nationals. Now he'll play his last series in Miami. (Curtis Compton photo/AJC)

The Braves are 9-3 against the Marlins this season and 9-2 with a stunning 1.38 ERA in their past 11 games against them, which includes five wins in six games at the retractable-roof Marlins Park in Little Havana. This will be Chipper Jones‘ last visit to Miami before retirement, and the Marlins plan to pay tribute before Wednesday’s series finale.

In six games at the new stadium, the Braves have outscored the Marlins 33-9. Their only loss was by a 2-1 score on July 23. Among their other five games in Miami, the Braves have scored 11, 8 and 7 runs, and won two others 4-3 and 2-1. In other words, they’ve owned Ozzie Guillen’s team in its new home.

But this is a “trap series” if the Braves let it become one. It falls between an important home series in which they invested a lot of emotion and swept the team with baseball’s best record, including two nationally televised wins, and a road series against the resurgent Phillies, who would like nothing better to make things difficult for the seemingly playoff-bound Braves.

The Braves won’t have any problems getting up for those weekend-series games at what will still be packed or close-to-packed Citizens Bank Park. But in the relatively quiet environs of what will be at best a half-empty Marlins Park? Against a team they’ve pretty well dominated this season? Might be a bit more of a challenge gearing up.

On the other hand, after hearing the recent skepticism and predictions of another September collapse, it appears the Braves have the pilot light going strong now and seem determined not to slip up over the final 2-1/2 weeks of the regular season. Especially when there’s still a small hope of winning the division title. They all are absolutely aware of how much more desirable it would be to win the division and avoid playing the one-game play-in game against another wild-card team to win the right to advance to a division series.

Also working in their obvious favor: They have Tim Hudson starting tonight and Kris Medlen pitching the series finale on Wednesday. The Braves, you might have heard, have won 20 consecutive games started by Medlen.

Hudson is 7-2 with a 2.78 ERA in his past 12 starts against the Marlins.

And while it seems highly unlikely the Nationals would blow their remaining 5-1/2-game lead, keep in mind Washington has a far tougher schedule that the Braves the rest of the way. The Nats start a three-game series Tuesday against the playoff-hopeful Dodgers, then have a four-gamer against the surging Brewers, who’ve 20 of 26 games while hitting 40 homers and posting a 3.37 ERA. Then the Nationals go on the road for three against the Phillies and three against the playoff-contending Cardinals, before finishing their season with three more against Philly.

Compare that gauntlet to the Braves’ remaining schedule: three at Miami, three at Philly, then, a six-game homestand against the Marlins and also-long-since-out-of-it Mets, followed by a season-ending series at slumping Pittsburgh. The disparity in remaining schedules couldn’t be much greater for the Braves and Nationals.

And to repeat, we know it’s still unlikely. But there’s a legit chance the Braves could make up 5-1/2 games given those two remaining schedules. The Nationals are 4-5 in their past nine games, with three of those wins coming against the Mets and two of the losses coming at home against Miami. Against a Marlins team that has lost 26 of its past 44 games and 15 of its past 23.

Stranger things have happened, folks. We saw one last September.

• J-Hey likes it here: He has two homers and four RBIs in his past four games, and now Jason Heyward will play three games at a ballpark that has so far been entirely to his liking.

In six games at Marlin Park, Heyward is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, three homers, six RBIs and an .864 slugging percentage. And he’s not alone: Michael Bourn is 8-for-26 (.308) with two homers and five RBIs in six games at the new parki, and Dan Uggla also has two homers among his four hits in 18 at-bat at his former team’s new ‘yard.

But Heyward, in particular, has stood out at this place. And by the way, against tonight’s starter, Wade LeBlanc, Heyward is 4-for-7 with a homer. He has hit right-handers far better than he has lefties this season, but LeBlanc is one of the exceptions.

Michael Bourn's speed was a major factor in Sunday's win vs. the Nats. He has a couple of home runs this season at Miami.

Michael Bourn's speed was a major factor in Sunday's win vs. the Nats. He has a couple of home runs this season at Miami.

Lately, he’s hit a lot of good pitchers. In Heyward’s past 39 games, he’s hit .281 (43-for-153) with eight doubles, a triple, 10 homers, 21 RBIs, and an .871 OPS, despite having a modest .329 OBP in that period (that’s the only thing he’s not done as well or better this year than he did as a rookie in 2010 – draw walks).

Against righties, Heyward is hitting .306 (96-for-314) with 17 doubles, five triples, 20 homers, 74 strikeouts and a .383 OBP and .583 slugging percentage (.966 OPS). He and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (.580) are first and second in the NL in slugging right-handers, ahead of Carlos Gonzalez (.572) and Jay Bruce (.571)

Against lefties, Heyward has hit .227 (50-for-220) with 10 doubles, seven homers, 68 strikeouts and a .282 OBP and .368 slugging (.650 OPS).

By the way, those who always think Heyward should be hitting in the top half of the batting order, check out this stat: In 99 at-bats in the 6-hole he’s hit a whopping .374 with a 1.143 OPS (.426 OBP, .717 slugging).

In 275 at-bats in the 3-hole, Heyward has hit .258 with a .792 OPS (.330 OBP, .462 slugging).

In fact, he’s hit .258 or lower in the five positions other than the 6-hole where he’s had multiple at-bats this season.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Simmons ss
  3. Heyward rf
  4. Freeman 1b
  5. Prado 3b
  6. Uggla 2b
  7. Ross c
  8. Baker lf
  9. Hudson p

Bonus coverage: For those who asked, here are the results from the cooking competition at the weekend’s Atlanta BBQ Fest, where I served as a guest judge on Saturday and ate more BBQ before 11 a.m. than any human ever should.

PRO TEAMS

Overall Champion: Jack’s Old South

Reserve: Moyers Competition BBQ

3rd Place: Deep South BBQ

4th Place: Wicked Que Atlanta

5th Place: Right Stuff BBQ

6th Place: Tuff Dawg Grillers

7th Place: Tenacious Qbbq-pork-rub

8th Place: Bub-ba-Que

9th Place: Fox Bros BBQ

10th Place: D.B.A. Barbecue

Chicken

1st Place: Smokey Tales

2nd Place: Deep South BBQ

3rd Place: Under Construction

4th Place: D.B.A. Barbeque

5th Place: Tuff Dawg Grillers

Ribs

1st Place: Tenacious Q

2nd Place: Moyer’s Competition BBQ

3rd Place: Jack’s Old South

4th Place: Deep South BBQ

5th Place: D.B.A. Barbecue

Pork

1st Place: Jack’s Old South

2nd Place: Moyer’s Competition BBQ

3rd Place: Fox Bros BBQ

4th Place: Deep South BBQ

5th Place: The Rolling Grill

Brisket

1st Place: Right Stuff BBQ

2nd Place: Wicked Que

3rd Place: Smokin’ Hot’Lanta

4th Place: Grillmaster Flash

5th Place: Jack’s Old South

BACKYARD TEAMS

Overall Champion: Plum Superior BBQ (by the way, that’s the Superior Plumbing team – no kidding)

Reserve: Nice Rack BBQ

3rd Place: That’s How it’s DONE Son

4th Place: Village Porkers

5th Place: Smoking Barrels

6th Place: Mac Daddy BBQ

7th Place: First Due Q

8th Place: Smoking E’s Fine Swine + Bovine

9th Place: Dancing Chivos

10th Place: SweetWater Bar-B-Q

Chicken

1st Place: Plum Superior BBQ

2nd Place: Nick Rack BBQ

3rd Place: That’s How It’s DONE Son

4th Place: Q

5th Place: Smoking Barrels

Ribs

1st Place: Plum Superior BBQ

2nd Place: That’s How It’s DONE Son

3rd Place: Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somethin’

4th Place: Smoking Barrels

5th Place: Village Porkers

Pork

1st Place: Department of Porks and Rumpreation

2nd Place: First Due Q

3rd Place: Plum Superior BBQ

4th Place: Q

5th Place: AJ’s BBQ

• OK, let’s get this posted. We’ll close with a classic from the mighty Neil Young, which you can see him do in this ferocious live performance from 2002.

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“POWDERFINGER” by Neil Young

Look out, Mama, there’s a white boat comin’ up the river
With a big red beacon, and a flag, and a man on the rail
I think you’d better call John,
‘Cause it don’t look like they’re here to deliver the mail
And it’s less than a mile away
I hope they didn’t come to stay
It’s got numbers on the side and a gun
And it’s makin’ big waves.

Daddy’s gone, my brother’s out hunting in the mountains
Big John’s been drinking since the river took Emmylou
So the Powers That Be left me here to do the thinkin’
And I just turned twenty-two
I was wonderin’ what to do
And the closer they got,
The more those feelings grew.

Daddy’s rifle in my hand felt reassurin’
He told me, red means run, son, numbers add up to nothin’
But when the first shot hit the docks I saw it comin’
Raised my rifle to my eye
Never stopped to wonder why.
Then I saw black,
And my face splashed in the sky.

Shelter me from the powder and the finger
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
Think of me as one you’d never figured
Would fade away so young
With so much left undone
Remember me to my love,
I know I’ll miss her.

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,107 comments Add your comment

Kirk

September 17th, 2012
2:51 pm

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
2:52 pm

I like the New Digs in Lil Havana

Braves have Had Good Luck there as opposed to the Old Joe Robbie Stadium which was a House of Horrors for the Braves especially in September Games

stamper

September 17th, 2012
2:53 pm

usnavyvolfaninva

September 17th, 2012
2:56 pm

Actually, the Marlins may see a bit of a spike since it’s Chipper’s last series in Miami.
Braves stepped up against the Nats. They know the Marlins are a dangerous team. Just take it a game at a time, guys, and everything else will fall into place.

Kirk

September 17th, 2012
2:56 pm

Thanks for the update Dave..

Hillbilly

September 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

Terrific frickin’ song.

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

“But this is a “trap series” if the Braves let it become one. It falls between an important home series in which they invested a lot of emotion and swept the team with baseball’s best record, including two nationally televised wins, and a road series against the resurgent Phillies, who would like nothing better to make things difficult for the seemingly playoff-bound Braves.”—DOB

I was temped to Call It a Trap Series This Morning but I would’ve been Told that I needed to Learn The Game according to some of the self-proclaimed experts on here

Hillbilly

September 17th, 2012
3:00 pm

Big John’s been drinkin’ since the river took Emmylou.

My, Oh My…gotta go dig out my Live Rust Album, now.

"hotlanta"

September 17th, 2012
3:00 pm

wow, that was probably the single worst use of “ATLiens” that I have ever seen, don’t ever do that again please

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:01 pm

Braves Just need to hang around .500 the rest of the way…B-Macc in my opinion should be Shut Down until the Final series In Pittsburgh. We need a Healthy B-Macc in that stupid WC Elimination game or better yet we need the Healthy Full Metal Jacket Lineup in that WC game

Plus we don’t lose much anyway with Rossy behind the Dish

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:03 pm

Marlins have set a 30 year low in the fewest attendance for a Ballparks Opening season

Shame Shame on you Fans who live in the 305, the 561 and the 954 area codes

Mixxo

September 17th, 2012
3:03 pm

[I]“I was temped to Call It a Trap Series This Morning but I would’ve been Told that I needed to Learn The Game according to some of the self-proclaimed experts on here”[/I]

Wait! There are experts here??

:mrgreen:

Murph

September 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

Pork

1st Place: Department of Porks and Rumpreation

nice

phil

September 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

There are some odd people in this world…

what makes it go round, i reckon.

Bat Masterson

September 17th, 2012
3:06 pm

Good read, D’OB. Now I’m craving some BBQ. Thanks

Mixxo

September 17th, 2012
3:06 pm

Italics syntax doesn’t work here anymore?

Lotta changes since my hiatus.

Ward

September 17th, 2012
3:06 pm

All, hang in there, and keep hope, and believe………Our chances are good, so let’s get it done……..I believe…….Peace my friends, and talk tonight, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

Brian from SC

September 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

Mixxo, use less than and equal to signs, not brackets.

Brian from SC

September 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

I meant “less than” and “greater than” signs, of course.

Mixxo

September 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

Ahhh….thx Brian.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

That musta been fun to judge that BBQ contest… glad you enjoyed. If only I weren’t so sick…

Thanks for the new blog, DOB!

Would it be wrong for me to call for a sweep??? Well, I’ll call a series win. Win Medlen’s start (obviously), just between Huddy and Maholm on who wants to win more. :mrgreen:

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

mixxos here…have we all been bozo’d?

cabravesfan

September 17th, 2012
3:12 pm

Note to self: Don’t read about really good BBQ (especially Ribs) when hungry…

jptuba

September 17th, 2012
3:14 pm

Brewers, who’ve (won) 20 of 26 games

Possible missed word in that paragraph? Really enjoying this September much more than last year.

jptuba

September 17th, 2012
3:14 pm

Brewers, who’ve (won) 20 of 26 games

Possible missed word in that paragraph? Really enjoying this September much more than last year.

Heisenberg

September 17th, 2012
3:14 pm

DOB, please confer to Braves manager that flipping Medlen and Mahlom for first 2 games of Marlins series on 09/25 & 09/26 will set them up for Medlen/Hudson the first 2 games of playoffs. This works for WC or straight to NLDS. Day off on 24th will still allow normal rest for Medlen. This is best shot at setting rotation for playoffs without skipping starts and having too long of a layoff between starts.

tony austin

September 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

I could have done without seeing that ribs picture, now I want some. Thanks for nothing :)

I’m still in shock that the Braves swept the Nats, and on an ESPN Sunday night game to boot. The Braves sure have been Jekyll and Hyde all season, hopefully they’ll stay the good doctor for the remainder of the schedule onto winning their last playoff game.

CB

September 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

DAP,yes, we have entered Mixxo and Tomahawkin world. Scared?

Mixxo

September 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

mixxos here…have we all been bozo’d?

There’s only one Mixxo chief….or did you forget your apostrophe?

Mixxo could go on and on about how and why he was bozo’d but, we’re in the middle of a pennant race. This is what he is focused on.

cabravesfan

September 17th, 2012
3:16 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s game at MIA (7:10, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Simmons 6 Heyward 9 Freeman 3 Prado 5 Uggla 4 Ross 2 Baker 7 Hudson 1

Bay Area Steve

September 17th, 2012
3:17 pm

Fox Bros. ninth?

Isn’t that one of the oft-mentioned spots, here?

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:18 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

“Thanks for the new blog, DOB!

Would it be wrong for me to call for a sweep??? Well, I’ll call a series win. Win Medlen’s start (obviously), just between Huddy and Maholm on who wants to win more. ”

My Gut Tell me that we Drop 2 out of 3…This is the most up and down team I have seen in decades

Fredo

September 17th, 2012
3:19 pm

“But this is a “trap series” if the Braves let it become one”

also doesn’t help things that the first game of this series is played today … a Monday

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:20 pm

Meant to say that My Gut Tells Me that we Drop 2 out of 3 infront of a Friends and Family only Night at Marlins Ballpark…

Attendance will resemble that of Turner Field during a School Night

ncscoots

September 17th, 2012
3:21 pm

Smoking E’s Fine Swine + Bovine

My fave of the backyard names.

MFin04

September 17th, 2012
3:22 pm

Can a meaningless series really be a trap series? I mean they ain’t winning the division, and they ain’t losing both wild cards, so…1-game playoff here we come.

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

Fredo

“But this is a “trap series” if the Braves let it become one”

“also doesn’t help things that the first game of this series is played today … a Monday”

OH NO, thats an automatic loss for tonight, I’m not gonna Bother Watching after 830 , There is a Huge Monday Night Football Matchup at the Dome, Get Your Popcorn Ready!

phil

September 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

phil

September 17th, 2012
3:25 pm

I keep forgetting that Manning will be throwing for nearly 400 yards tonight at the Dome…

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:25 pm

MFin04

“Can a meaningless series really be a trap series?”

This Series is not meaningless, I hope the team doesn’t think that way and then proceed to play and Get Clowned like they did a week ago in Milwaukee

That Milwaukee series was Brutal, I ended up just Turning it off in the final 2 games

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:26 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Tonight’s game at MIA (7:10, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Simmons 6 Heyward 9 Freeman 3 Prado 5 Uggla 4 Ross 2 Baker 7 Hudson 1

Simmons 2? Freeman cleanup? Baker in LF? Nice stuff. Fredi sure is being experimental! Finally get to see Baker play, that’s good.

Also, am I the only person with the feeling that neither Hinske nor Overbay may make the post-season roster? Both haven’t impressed so far…

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:27 pm

phil

“I keep forgetting that Manning will be throwing for nearly 400 yards tonight at the Dome…”

I totally hate the BSPN 830 start Time…With the Scab Refs reviewing every play, that game will last 4.5 hours

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:27 pm

CB yes, we have entered Mixxo and Tomahawkin world. Scared?

freaky.

heisenburg, its alot simpler than that to get medlen the wildcard playoff game on regular rest. just skip tommy hansons start on the 20th. start hudson instead, on regular rest, as if there werent an off day on the 20th.

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:27 pm

@TOBF

One thing I like abt Fredi is that he won’t hesitate to make lineup changes as needed

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:27 pm

My Gut Tell me that we Drop 2 out of 3…This is the most up and down team I have seen in decades

Well at least you didn’t bank on it like you did for the gNats series… :roll:

ncscoots

September 17th, 2012
3:27 pm

Fredi sure is being experimental!

That’s one word for it.

Arkansas Transplant

September 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Hinske nor Overbay may make the post-season roster? Both haven’t impressed so far…

I wouldn’t expect being too impressed with Baker tonight either.

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

theonlybravesfan Also, am I the only person with the feeling that neither Hinske nor Overbay may make the post-season roster? Both haven’t impressed so far…

when overbay signed, i thought hinske’s days were numbered. have no idea now. they have both been terrible, and overbay has taken more strike 3’s than any pinch hitter ive ever seen.

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

“Also, am I the only person with the feeling that neither Hinske nor Overbay may make the post-season roster? Both haven’t impressed so far…”—TOBF

I got my feelings hurt expecting too much from Overbay…Much like I did from Hack Wilson a year ago….

Bat Masterson

September 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Did they teach you to talk about yourself in the third person while you were in limbo, Mixxo?

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

and thats a strange lineup tonight.

HooRah

September 17th, 2012
3:30 pm

So Mixxo, if you were bozo’ed how did you get back?
And are you saying that they told you who complained about what?
I kinda doubt that happened.

Kat

September 17th, 2012
3:30 pm

David .. the picture of Chipper in your DOB Blog.. when he gives the I love you sign language sign is that to his kids or to the fans or both? I thought I remembered someone on a broadcast saying it was for his kids, but sometimes it looks like he’s pointing towards the fans as a thank you. I always wondered.. any idea?

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:31 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:27 pm

“My Gut Tells me that we Drop 2 out of 3…This is the most up and down team I have seen in decades”—T-Hawkin

“Well at least you didn’t bank on it like you did for the gNats series…”

Don’t Worry Dude, I got more Ackerman Security Systems “Locks of the Week” On Deck!

Arkansas Transplant

September 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

I view Baker as a waste of a roster spot. I would have rather seen one of our minor league guys try to fill that spot then bring in another never has been.

UKUGA

September 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

Chipper won’t lose a grounder in the lights this week.

Go Braves!

ncscoots

September 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

and thats a strange lineup tonight.

Maybe Fredo got to the ballpark early and the hallucinogenic color scheme started him trippin’.

HooRah

September 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

that is a terrible line up and on a monday too. gamblers mush have got to Fredi

Heisenberg

September 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

DAP, Braves off on 20th. Assume you mean 21st. That works too. 20th and 24th are only off days left and are the right time to adjust rotation. Do it Fredi.

Sopheee

September 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

Not my favorite lineup but you never know.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

Tomahawkin One thing I like abt Fredi is that he won’t hesitate to make lineup changes as needed

Except that it took him about 3 months or so to get BMac outta the 3rd spot…But yeah, other than that, he’s been rather good!…

RC

September 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

“Also, am I the only person with the feeling that neither Hinske nor Overbay may make the post-season roster? Both haven’t impressed so far…”—TOBF

Seems fairly certain that Overbay won’t make the post-season roster…I think he was a low-risk gamble, and his performance was going to have to earn him a spot. At this point, it hasn’t.

Hinske is a more complicated case I think. While his performance certainly doesn’t warrant a postseason spot, Fredi has continued to use him as the “go-to” left handed hitter off the bench, even on days when more successful hitters are available, such as Francisco, or Chipper on an off day. If I was making the decision I’d leave Hinske off as of now, but since Fredi is going to have a say, I’d bet that Hinske’s on the team.

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

heisenburg Braves off on 20th. Assume you mean 21st.

yup, skip his start on the 21st, as if he started the 20th (an off day).

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

Sopheee Not my favorite lineup….

Nor mine—no BMac.

Tomahawkin

September 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Arkansas Transplant

“I view Baker as a waste of a roster spot. I would have rather seen one of our minor league guys try to fill that spot then bring in another never has been.”

Bet he goes 2-4 Tonight, Watch!

David O'Brien

September 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Simmons ss, Heyward rf, Freeman 1b, Prado 3b, Uggla 2b, Ross c, Baker lf, Hudson p

David .. the picture of Chipper in your DOB Blog.. when he gives the I love you sign language sign is that to his kids or to the fans or both? — Kat

It’s to his family.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Nor mine—no BMac.

No Rev…

RC

September 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Sopheee Not my favorite lineup….

Yeah, I don’t like moving Prado down the order while putting Simmons #2. Prado has been an excellent #2 hitter all season when the offense was going well, so now that it’s struggling you move him down? Don’t get it at all.

HooRah

September 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

Still wondering what you had to do to get back from your banning Mixxo, in case I get banned one day.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

TOBF

I almost wanted to smack Joe and Chip the other night when they mentioned to Rev twice when they were interviewing him that he hasn’t gotten to play much the last few months…

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

RC Fredi has continued to use him as the “go-to” left handed hitter off the bench, even on days when more successful hitters are available, such as Francisco, or Chipper on an off day.

i dont think thats correct. fredi uses fransisco or chipper first, if the situation calls for it.

Sopheee

September 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

Don’t worry, McFann.

http://i45.tinypic.com/2vba8t3.jpg

It’ll come in handy next year when he’s back to normal. Easier than saying “I told you so”. :)

Arkansas Transplant

September 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

Tomahawkin, I wouldn’t bank on it. Wouldn’t want you to waste your hard earned money on such a long shot.

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

DOB David .. the picture of Chipper in your DOB Blog.. when he gives the I love you sign language sign is that to his kids or to the fans or both? — Kat

It’s to his family.

seems like its to the fans, this season. he used to do it into the dugout camera. now he holds it up towards the seats. im thinking in his last year, it has taken on a different meaning.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

Sopheee

That’ll be great! :D Thanks…

HooRah

September 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

He has used Overbay a few times too and ignore Hinske.
Not sure either will make it

RC

September 17th, 2012
3:46 pm

i dont think thats correct. fredi uses fransisco or chipper first, if the situation calls for it.

Last night in a one run game in the 7th I would have thought the situation called for it, yet Hinske led off the inning, with Prado and Francisco on the bench.

Heisenberg

September 17th, 2012
3:47 pm

I must admit I do not understand how Braves found a spot on the 40 man roster for Baker & Overbay but not for Mejia. Not too late to fix it though. Drop somebody (Wilson, JJJ, Baker, Overbay, Hinski) and add Mejia. You are welcome.

onebravosfan

September 17th, 2012
3:47 pm

Regarding the lineup, my question is why Baker instead of Reed Johnson. I was at the game last night and Reed played pretty well.

phil

September 17th, 2012
3:47 pm

Who cares.

Just win.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 17th, 2012
3:47 pm

McFANN:

I know, I know, but you know that he’d be in there if he could. Needs to heal up.

Juan

September 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

No Stanton in Marlin Line up….GO BRAVES

Kentavo

September 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

Why does it seem like Hudson always lays an egg in a game like this?

ncscoots

September 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

Just win.

You forgot “, baby!”

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

Ghost of Chipper Jones

Yeah…that’s for sure…

TennesseePaul

September 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .143 .250 .171 0.421 .211 ___24
Simmons .231 .333 .269 0.603 .284 ___77
Heyward .250 .308 .528 0.835 .353 __139
Freeman .281 .368 .500 0.868 .353 __150
Prado__ .351 .368 .378 0.747 .351 __117
Uggla__ .323 .447 .516 0.963 .424 __179
Ross___ .219 .250 .406 0.656 .273 ___88
Baker__ .192 .250 .231 0.481 .290 ___40
Hudson_ .278 .316 .333 0.649 .254 ___89

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

RC Last night in a one run game in the 7th I would have thought the situation called for it, yet Hinske led off the inning, with Prado and Francisco on the bench.

thats not a “go-to lefty” situation, if you ask me. a go-to lefty situation would have been a runner in scoring position. if there is a chance to knock in a run, its not hinske your going to see, if the other guys are available.

count_schemula

September 17th, 2012
3:50 pm

DOB,

Did Low Country BBQ present?
http://www.lowcountrybbq.com/

This was my favorite BBQ in the 90s (Park Place downtown), but they did not like running a restaurant and went catering only.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

September 17th, 2012
3:51 pm

Regarding MEJIA…..I was really surprised to see he was not brought up at the end of AAA play. The family affair he had to attend to makes me wonder now if they told him in August he wouldn’t be called up, and he wigged out.

DAP

September 17th, 2012
3:51 pm

kentavo Why does it seem like Hudson always lays an egg in a game like this?

maybe because of your skewed perspective. ;- )

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:52 pm

Well, it is true McFann… The more Rev plays the more we win!

MFin04

September 17th, 2012
3:52 pm

I’m struggling to find the meaning in these last 2 weeks. Maybe the best argument is that you want your team playing well and being confident, but all that goes out the window in a 1-game playoff. No matter how hot/cold you are it comes down to one game, one umpire, one pitching matchup.

Juan

September 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

Mejia should be make this team next year as a Bench Player.

HooRah

September 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

they don’t seem to put prospects on the 40 man roster and bring them up like they used to, guess it costs too much. I miss that it was always fun to see the new guys

Arkansas Transplant

September 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

At least we have Baker.

MFin04

September 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Not good when your pitcher has a better OPS than your two leadoff hitters. ;)

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

Regarding MEJIA…..I was really surprised to see he was not brought up at the end of AAA play.

I was very shocked… thought that Hinske woulda been dropped and Mejia brought up. Or even JJ. Still don’t understand it, he hit just as well as Georgie did and has much more power.

ncscoots

September 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

I’m struggling to find the meaning in these last 2 weeks.

Best to spend it in self-contemplation, instead, then.

count_schemula

September 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

Buster Posey could be getting some MVP consideration, stronger numbers than Ryan Zimmermann:

.333/.407 .545/.952 22HR 73R 93RBI 1SB 88K

I still think it’s Braun:
.312/.387 .602/.989 40HR 95R 103RBI 24SB 118K

But if the ‘roid thing has cast a pall and the team needs to be in the playoffs, Posey looks like the choice. Ironic that Posey picks up the slack from his own ‘roider.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

keithlaw ‏@keithlaw
He’s 12th in NL in fWAR. Should not get votes. RT @michaelg2547: @keithlaw Any chance that Medlen could pick up votes for Cy Young?

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