Braves quotes after Monday’s win against Marlins

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On game getting close late

“We got a six-run lead and kind of let them back in the game. I thought Huddy made some good pitches, looking at the quick-video things. May have just caught the plate a little bit too much on some. Off the top of my head, he gave up four two-strike base hits, something like that. But nevertheless, we won the ballgame. The bullpen did a terrific job. Prado had a great night offensively. Danny had the three-run homer, but to me Danny saved us defensively. There’s a guy that gets a bad rap defensively, at times, and he saved the game for us today, making a bunch of plays.”

On his improved hitting past week and half

“Yeah, you see signs. He’s heating up at the right time, now we need to continue that.”

Prado’s four-hit, two-RBI game

“That last RBI was big. It really was. And four hits. Yesterday he wanted to fight me because I gave him a day off. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or whatever, but it seems like every time we give him a little day off, he responds. And today he came up with four hits. It was a big night.”

On Uggla beating out base hit

“That’s the way he plays. No matter what the batting average is, no matter how he’s doing. That’s the only way he plays, and that’s why you love him and stick with him. Because that’s the way he plays the game every single night. He brings it. He brings the intensity. He can separate the offense from the defense, and that’s why you stick with a guy like that as much as you can.”

On how the team’s playing

“We’re playing good baseball. In our eyes we’re still trying to catch the Nationals. We’re pitching good and our offense, you’re starting to see some sparks here and there. There’s still a lot of games left on the schedule. Just keep ticking them away and playing good. At the very least, you go into the postseason hitting on all cylinders.”

**DAN UGGLA

Most proud of the homer or the diving defensive stop?

“Homer. You kidding me? Come on, now. Those have been few and far between this year, and it got us off to a good start and gave Huddy a little cushion. Yeah, definitely the homer.”

Has three homers and eight RBIs in six games at Marlins new ballpark

“I just love coming to Miami in general. I love the city, I love coming to play baseball here. Obviously being down here for five years, it was like my second home for a while. So it’s always fun to come back, see some old friends, and definitely enjoy playing against my old teammates.”

Took advantage of idle Nats, gained another half-game

“Yeah, like I said, crazy things happen in this game. You can’t ever quit until the last out. We’re just going to keep playing and see what happens.”

Momentum carry over from sweeping the Nationals?

“I think so. We’ve had our struggles with the Nationals for a few years now. They’ve kind of had our number. I don’t even remember the last time it was when we swept them. That was definitely much needed, and it carried over a little to tonight, I guess.”

Scoreboard watching going on?

“We definitely want to win the division, because that one-game playoff is such a gamble. I mean, not a gamble, but it’s one game deciding who’s going to go [to the division series]. It’s kind of scary. We’d rather automatically be in the NLDS and not have to worry about that one-game playoff. But if we’re put in that situation, we’ll take care of business the best we can.

“Scoreboard watching? I don’t really keep up with it anymore. I was obsessed with it last year. I mean, you talk about stress upon stress. So I’m just concentrating on our game and worrying about what we’re capable of doing on the field.”

**TIM HUDSON

On big inning getting him again

“That’s kind of been the story most of the year for me. It’s just … we get a big lead [tonight] and I’m not really trying to go to the corners with a big lead like that. You’ve got to tip your cap to those guys over there; they hit some pretty decent pitches. Hernandez hit a front-door cutter that I thought was a pretty good pitch, and the catcher [Brantley] hit a back-door cutter that was 0-2 or 1-2.

“Locations were pretty good, I think. Just one pitch a way from getting out of an inning.”

Braves got into Miami at 3:30 in the morning, then jumped out to a 4-0 lead in 1st inning

“It’s great, man. I tell you, putting up a crooked number early is always awesome. Four runs in the first is a pitcher’s dream. I just hate that I gave a big chunk to them right there in that fourth inning. But you’ve got to tip your hat to the guys – they took the momentum from the Nationals series and come down here and kept it going tonight and hopefully through the rest of the series and take it to Philly.”

On Uggla

“He seems to be comfortable hitting down here. He’s really hurt his former team with the home run here. It’s great to see it. He’s a guy that we’re going to need to lean on some going into this last couple of weeks and in the playoffs. If we can get him hot, it’s going to very much help our offense.”

92 comments Add your comment

DiamondbackMac

September 17th, 2012
11:17 pm

Thanks for the quotes Dave.

Greg

September 17th, 2012
11:47 pm

If the Braves can shave off another game or two in the next 4 or 5 days, it’s going to get really interesting. The Nats have more home games, but their schedule ismuch more difficult with Dodgers, Brewers, Cardinals and two series against the Phils.

ChipperisGod

September 17th, 2012
11:51 pm

Huddy, iron out your mistakes my friend. Love ya, you’re a big part of this team and we need you, but you left to many pitches up tonight. Balls didn’t have the movement on it that they normally did. Left too many pitches up, especially in two strike scenarios. His cutter was not cutting in that fourth inning at all. Hope he can rebound from this, because he is essential in success for the rest of the season and down the road.

NorCal Brave

September 18th, 2012
12:10 am

I’m all for making the Nationals earn this thing. Keep it going!

gotigers72

September 18th, 2012
1:14 am

Braves getting into Miami at 3:30 AM? Does that include Hudson? Used to the next day pitcher would be sent to the venue a day early. Why not now? As soon as they saw that the Sunday game was moved from a day game to 8:00 PM, plans should’ve been made to send Hudson to Miami on a noon flight so he could get proper rest.

reckingball

September 18th, 2012
1:30 am

BOISESTATEBRONCO

September 18th, 2012
3:12 am

Let’s Go Braves!!

BOISESTATEBRONCO

September 18th, 2012
3:12 am

Let’s Go Braves!!

Red Crusher Xtreme

September 18th, 2012
7:40 am

Hudson isn’t an ace or the number 2 pitcher on the Braves. I’d go with Medlen & Minor based on recent performances. When you get a hitter in an 0-2 count you’ve got to throw 3 junk pitches before grooving one.

man and dog

September 18th, 2012
8:18 am

Nice to see the bats going again. Huddy has been up and down all year. Kinda like this team he plays with.

Bronke

September 18th, 2012
8:32 am

Hey Huddy, enough with the cap tipping. You just pitched lousy. Own up and move on! The Braves are down to 2 good starting pitchers and both represent the future. Medlen & Minor. Keep the bats rolling and they will be fine. It would be great to win the division. Play with confidence and they can win wherever they go!

Ralph

September 18th, 2012
8:47 am

Uggla can’t hit enough HR’s to make up for all the games we have lost due to all his strike outs, pop ups and double play ground balls, just hope he hits enough that someone will take him off our hands this winter, don’t want another year of his BS.

DonofAcworth

September 18th, 2012
8:54 am

Hey Ralphie….save that stuff for the end of the season when we can have a final accounting of the whole year. No one is perfect in this game and now is the time for positive thoughts and talks. The guys want to win and it is apparent that they are trying best they can. Compare our record to all the other teams and look where we are. Yes, we all want a home run every time and we curse that pitch right down the middle hit for a homer but hey we are doing very well. That said…. Go Braves!!

Quack Quack

September 18th, 2012
9:33 am

@DonofAcworth…Well said. I Pray that Uggla is back for real, and he has had some good at bats lately. We need entire Team playing at top performance. A win is a win. The last couple of weeks we have been pulling rabbits out of the hat to win, but what ever it takes.

Lets go after the wins!

GO BRAVES!!!

Joey

September 18th, 2012
9:43 am

I hope Medlin will be in position to start that one game “playoff.” I also hope Fredi leaves Hanson out of the equation if we make the real playoffs. He should go with Medlin, Minor and Huddy.

In my opinion, if Uggla gets hot, the Braves will be hard to handle – for any team.

Mister Frisky

September 18th, 2012
10:09 am

Love to see Uggla hot enough to pawn his contract on some unexpecting sucker this winter.

dogsbrekky

September 18th, 2012
10:10 am

Thanks for your tireless efforts on the blog Dave… haven’t been able to post of late but have been reading all your posts… good job

go Braves

JT

September 18th, 2012
10:11 am

Everything going pretty good right now, but we have Paul Malholm pitching tonight, he is a real momentum stopper.
What has he done since we got him lost 3 very important games, and here we are with another very important game. My money says he will screw it up. Where or why do we get these losers????

David O'Brien

September 18th, 2012
10:19 am

Only three MLB teams (all NL) have 42 or more road wins: Nationals (45), Giants (43), Braves (42).

Arizona Brave

September 18th, 2012
10:30 am

Why is Hinski still a bench player,all he is doing is taking up space.

David O'Brien

September 18th, 2012
10:34 am

Why is Hinski still a bench player,all he is doing is taking up space. — Arizona Brave

How is Hinske taking up space when there’s no limit on roster size in September?

Dan Uggla's Swing

September 18th, 2012
10:53 am

I am back! GO BRAVES!

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jim

September 18th, 2012
11:07 am

If the Braves end up with the 1-game WC and the team can readjust the rosters before the NLDS, I’d go with 10 pitchers: Medlen to start, Minor as a precaution against something unexpected like a long extrainning game, a rain delay, or an injury to the starter, then have 8 relievers Kimbrel, EOF, Venters, Avilan, Gearrin, Durbin, Martinez, and Moylan. The 8 regulars +Ross and Johnson makes 20, leaving 5 bench positions between Francisco, Constanza, Overbay, Janish, Pastor, Baker, Boscan, and Hinske — pick 5 (any 5? by drawing straws? by some rational process?) Hope the weak bench is not the team’s Achilles heel.

If the Braves get into the NLDS either directly or by winning the WC game, do they carry 11 or 12 pitchers? Do they take only 4 starters: Medlen, Minor, Hudson, and (Maholm or Hanson? or neither of the two and go with 3 – man rotation)

Arizona Brave

September 18th, 2012
11:20 am

DOB
I guess you didn’t understand what I meant.If he was not on the bench,FG would not be able to pinch hit with him and get a for sure out.

jim

September 18th, 2012
11:20 am

Is anyone else tired with hearing about Hudson’s record when given 4 or more run lead? It seems like everytime it is mentioned it is the prelude to an offensive explosion by the opposition. In the era of stacked bullpens, how often is the starter around to give up more than the 4-run lead.and actually take the loss? How many times does the team win or lose those games without Hudson getting a decision? Is Hudson’s record in these type of games much different from those of other good pitchers of long duration — Pettite, Sabathia, Halliday; or recently retired aces like Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Clemmens, Pedro, Johnson?

reckingball

September 18th, 2012
11:26 am

Do the Marlins have a name for that thing in centerfield with the dolphins, sun, and birds on it?

JC Boscan III

September 18th, 2012
11:27 am

How many years will Medlen have to pitch in the majors before Braves fans spell his name correctly?! It’s only 6 letters in length, and 2 of them are the same letter….. Yet, almost every AJC article that mentions his name is followed by Braves fans who just insist on spelling it “Medlin”.

On another note, how can Hinske (or Hinski, if necessary) have been so bad since May 4 (.151, 14 of 93 with 32 Ks)?! His slump started after he had a 4-6 game with a homer. How does that happen!? His personality seems great for the Braves, but .151 is a good way to play your way out of the majors…..

reckingball

September 18th, 2012
11:34 am

I had a girl friend slip me some LSD(in my drink) in the early 70s, and I think that I remember seeing something that looked a lot like that, along the way, on my merry trip.
go braves

Don

September 18th, 2012
11:42 am

Right Fredi, we are not paying Danny boy nearly enough — based on his performance, we should increase his salary – and perhaps even extend his contract for aout 5 more years.

MyBoyDan

September 18th, 2012
11:42 am

It’s embarrassing the way Freddie has to ALWAYS mention how much he loves Dan. Every player could have four hits and Dan FOUR STRIKEOUTS and he would say yeah, but Danny is trying, he’s laying it all on the line, he’s coming around, he’ll take us there if we just keep running him out there. Did you see that FANTASTIC walk he drew? Did you see that FANTASTIC dive and ball just bad-hopped him? I just love him!

Buddy Landel

September 18th, 2012
11:42 am

reckingball- It’s just more of Loria’s “artwork”.

jim

September 18th, 2012
11:43 am

Kudos to Uggla for the 3-run HR and 2 key defensive plays in the 8th, but also kudos to Prado — not only for the 4 for 4 but also for a couple of plays at 3B that Chipper probably does not make.

Marteeen!

September 18th, 2012
11:45 am

Martin Prado is a BASEBALL PLAYER through and through. Most underrated player in MLB. I hope he stays here for life!

reckingball

September 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

Buddy Landdel…….Artwork such as that deserves to have a name.
Perhap ‘Marlin Sunshine’ or ‘Mr. unNatural’.

jim

September 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

Lighten up Don.

We can discuss the shortcomings of Uggla in the off season, but right now he is not hurting (actually helping) the Braves with his presence on the field. He had a good game last night. If there is a need to complain about anyone, blame Hudson for not shutting down the Marlin’s offense and causing the Braves to use Kimbrel and EOF in a game that was well in hand early on. Enjoy the next two weeks. Win or lose, catch the nats or not, this is the time of the year we relish.

jim

September 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

Lighten up Don.

We can discuss the shortcomings of Uggla in the off season, but right now he is not hurting (actually helping) the Braves with his presence on the field. He had a good game last night. If there is a need to complain about anyone, blame Hudson for not shutting down the Marlin’s offense and causing the Braves to use Kimbrel and EOF in a game that was well in hand early on. Enjoy the next two weeks. Win or lose, catch the nats or not, this is the time of the year we relish.

lee maye

September 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

Not true, DOB. There is limit on roster in Sept. 40. So, in a way, keeping guys like Hinkse, Home Run Baker, the 42 year old pitcher, and Overbay keep Braves from bringing up some guys who could help: Gattis and Mejia.

lee maye

September 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

Not true, DOB. There is limit on roster in Sept. 40. So, in a way, keeping guys like Hinkse, Home Run Baker, the 42 year old pitcher, and Overbay keep Braves from bringing up some guys who could help: Gattis and Mejia.

DAM

September 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

That’s Uggla’s problem. All he wants to do is hit homers. He should be more proud of the defensive play. If he took more pride in doing the little things, then maybe he would do them better. Yesterday he swung 3-0 and popped out to first when all he needed to do was put the ball into the outfield or onto the ground somewhere to get a run home. No, he still swings for the fences on what would have been ball 4 and produces one of the only two results that doesn’t get the run across.

Buddy Landel

September 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

reckingball- I live in South Florida and that sculpture is a perfect representation of the franchise. It looks TACKY. The promotions are tacky, the front office is a joke. When I think of the Marlins, I think of gimmicks. Even when they assembled this high priced roster, I knew it would fail.

Buddy Landel

September 18th, 2012
1:08 pm

MyBoyDan

September 18th, 2012
11:42 am
It’s embarrassing the way Freddie has to ALWAYS mention how much he loves Dan. Every player could have four hits and Dan FOUR STRIKEOUTS and he would say yeah, but Danny is trying, he’s laying it all on the line, he’s coming around, he’ll take us there if we just keep running him out there. Did you see that FANTASTIC walk he drew? Did you see that FANTASTIC dive and ball just bad-hopped him? I just love him!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
It’s called positivity. Obviously, Fredi thinks Uggla needs it right now. If you want a manager that throws his players under a bus, move to Boston.

David O'Brien

September 18th, 2012
1:10 pm

There is limit on roster in Sept. 40. So, in a way, keeping guys like Hinkse, Home Run Baker, the 42 year old pitcher, and Overbay keep Braves from bringing up some guys who could help: Gattis and Mejia.lee maye

Sorry, but that’s just wrong. Because in no way whatsoever is keeping Hinske on the roster keeping the Braves from bringing up Gattis, Mejia or anyone else. If they were at 40, yeah, you could make the claim. They’re not even close to 40. Therefore, the points makes no sense.

And the Braves didn’t call up Gattis because he missed half the season and hasn’t played enough against higher-level pitching in minors or spring training for them to think it’s worth adding him to 40-man roster and throwing him into the middle of a pennant race and simply hoping he can hit big-league pitching.

If they wanted Mejia here and believed he could help them win right now, he’d be here. Period. They have absolutely no reason to keep him off roster if they think he could help them win. So why do you think he’s not here? You don’t think the Braves want to win as badly as you do, or have as much invested in winning as you do? Or don’t know as much about this particular player as you do? Please explain why they would not bring him up if they thought he could help now in pennant race.

reckingball

September 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

DAM…..How about when Uggla hit the single, that allowed two runs to score(and also widened the lead, allowing Fredi to not have to use OFlarity or Kimbrel) in his next AB, does he get any credit for that?
Probably not.
go braves

Chris White

September 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

Dan Uggla is fine whre he is. If he is just now getting going, so be it. He has not hurt the team as much as he has not helped the team. If you make the statement he has hurt the team, you have to include McCann as well. They both have struggled, but the chemistry is there. Not one man can lost a season for a team. They are making it this far as a team, with chemistry in place to go much farther. Everyone needs to relax on the bash Dan train. He hustles his butt off no matter his average, strike out totals or the score. Let’s focus on his hustle. Go Braves (and Uggla)!!!

Ken Stallings

September 18th, 2012
1:21 pm

David,

I am somwhat surprised you spent that much effort trying to reason with deliberately foolish people! Hinske is on the bench because he is one of the better pinch hitters in the game today. He’s no longer the best as he used to be, but he is still proven valuable. Accordingly, Hinske’s playing time is down. Fredi has done a good job managing his team.

Chris White

September 18th, 2012
1:26 pm

Ken Stallings,
I was thinking the same thing, lee maye pissed DOB off with his nonsense! Hinske has not hurt the team! Kawakami and Jurrjens hurt the team, so they are gone. One thing you can say is Braves management have done well with the resources they have. They have put together a patchwork team and it is truly beginning to gel. If you have nothing positive to say, then you are not a true fan! Be intelligently constructive or keep quiet.

Mikey

September 18th, 2012
1:32 pm

Though I’m not a fan of Dan’s year with the Braves, you’ve got to give the guy credit for clutch hitting and amazing D at least in the last 2 important games

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
1:39 pm

HA! The roster size wouldn’t matter guys…..our bench sucks and will continue to suck no matter who they throw out there….Gattis and Mejia had no chance of being called up….

Plus, the roster size wouldnt matter because Fredi cant even manage 25 guys let alone 40…thats why he is so against the expanded rosters….

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

Hmm….I’m not sure how Hinske hasnt hurt the team….he has what, 6 PH all year and is hitting .200….

In fact, bringing in Reed Johnson makes him the ONLY legitimate PH threat we have….

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

Hmm….I’m not sure how Hinske hasnt hurt the team….he has what, 6 PH all year and is hitting .200….

In fact, bringing in Reed Johnson makes him the ONLY legitimate PH threat we have….

Mikey

September 18th, 2012
1:56 pm

P Brain: “only legimate PH threat we have”…..Last night Fredi had Chipper, McCann, Francisco, Costanza, Pastornicky, Overbay, Janish & Johnson….take your pick???

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
2:00 pm

Mikey –

Chipper IS NOT a normal PH….

McCann is NOT a normal PH…

Once we get to the playoffs Fredi will NOT use Ross to PH…

Constanza is awful at PH…

Francisco AWFUL at PH….

Overbay 1 hit since we picked him up…

Janish a .200 hitter

So yes, Reed Johnson is the only legitimate PH we have…..

You may want to actually watch games w/ your eyes and consult stats before you throw out names….

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
2:01 pm

Some of us reflect over a full season and are looking forward to the playoffs…

If Chipper and McCann are on the bench come that time MIKEY, we are in deep sh*t

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
2:04 pm

P-Town – Plus, the roster size wouldnt matter because Fredi cant even manage 25 guys let alone 40.

Once again, an empty criticism is lodged against Fredi. Assuming that you are correct and the bench is lousy, how has Fredi mismanaged them? it would seem that any manager would be in trouble with such a supposedly crappy bench. It looks to me like the pitching staff is as fresh as it could be this late in the year. I think Fredi has learned from some mistakes made last year. The team is 85-63 (11-5 in September). There has to be some good managing going on here. Am I missing something P-Town?

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

In fact MIKEY, the Braves are the worst team in the LEAGUE in pinch hitting by about 25 points and only have 32 hits all YEAR off the bench…

In fact MIKEY, the Angels and Orioles are the only 2 teams with worse batting averages as far as pinch hitters, but they also have 140 and 143 less ABs….

So once again, think before speaking MIKEY

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

Ok, I see some of your specific reasoning now.

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

But, P-Town, please explain why you blame Fredi for the bench’s shortcomings.

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
2:11 pm

Tumbledown-

I am not saying it is ALL his fault, I am just saying that he has a hard time even managing the 25 he has….

With a big lead a few games ago, he could have given the pen that we fully plan on entering Oct w/ some rest and pitched Delgado since he’s fresh….

I liked what happened the other night when the game got to 5-1, but what happens if the game is still 2-1 or 3-1…..do ppl really NOT throw him under the bus if he pitches Durbin in the 9th of a close game and we blow it….

Yes he has gotten better in handling the pen, but game circumstances have helped him out a boatload there….

Im sorry, I just have never been a very big Fredi supporter….didn’t think he could win in Florida and still think he gives away close games….

In fact, it wasnt til a few weeks ago when his philosophy some how all of a sudden changed that the team started playing better (outside of MIL)….but does anyone truly believe that after managing a certain way for 5 months of this year and ALL of last year that these were solely HIS decisions….

I think he knows and was fully told that his job is on the line….thus the altering of decisions like benching Uggla and bringing Kimbrel in during the 8th inning.

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

And Tumble, the fact that he continues to give Hinske the bulk of the PH for the majority of the season was beyond me too….he didn’t hit last year either….

In fact, just about any other team would have released him by now….not the Braves….they seem to value clubhouse presence much more than a guy who actually can get on base and help them win….

He’s a nice guy, but his career is cashed.

Chris White

September 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

Guys, we lead the Wild Card by 8 games and only 5 behind the Nats… How in the world canyou guys be bad mouthing them. They have the third most wins on the road, give them a break.

HAL

September 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

uglas real crime for this blog is the color of his skin ..white lol

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
2:20 pm

I agree about Delgado. I would like to see him get some useful innings in September. I just have a feeling he may come up big come playoff time, but he needs some inings now. I always thought last year he was hurt by the fact that the starter very rarely went deep into games and there were so many close games. Nevetheless, all the pitchers seem to be better rested.

One thing is for sure, the next few weeks will provide better evidence one way or the other as to his evolution as a manager. I still tend to think that we do not properly evaluate him and his decision making. I have seen other games where managers like Joe Madden and Joe Girardi made some moves during games that backfired (sticking with a pitcher too long, etc.).

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
2:28 pm

The Braves do value clubhouse presence, probably to a fault sometimes. But, I still would rather have Hinske on the team as opposed to someone like Yunel Escobar. And, I would not be too hasty to right off Hinske as an important contributor. People wrote off Uggla, and he has rebounded to some degree. I remember Nate McClouth being considered done. He has certainly resurrected his career in Baltimore.

I really believe Fredi has done a very good job managing this team. This team suffered an embarrasing collapse last year. He has gotten the team as a whole to remain confident. They are not the most talented squad in the NL. I believe that the Nationals, Reds, Cardinals, Giants, and Dodgers are all on paper more talented. Yet, the Braves have the third best record in the NL.

Mikey

September 18th, 2012
2:44 pm

P-T…….In the playoffs, get use to seeing McCann*,Costanza**, Francisco***, Janish , Johnson and Boscan as our bench.
* McCann will not be catching with his hamstring/knee injury but can hit…ever catch dude?
*”Constanza wins International League batting Title” but he can”t hit?
***Francisco has 9 hrs and is a treat against LH…but he can’t hit? I’m thinking now pal!

Ken Stallings

September 18th, 2012
3:01 pm

Speaking of Escobar, MLB is investigating an issue about something he apparently wrote on his eye black that was derogatory in nature. So, Yunel has not tempered his questionable behavior.

Dwayne

September 18th, 2012
3:05 pm

Dwayne

September 18th, 2012
3:14 pm

Does anyone on this blog trust Fredi in the post season, especially late inning decisions? In a close game? To much like Boobie Cox for me. What is yall’s opinion?

Mikey

September 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

Escobar had a “derogatory anti gay slur” in Spanish on his eye black. Classy guy!

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

Mikey – as I said, 32 hits for the ENTIRE season from the bench….most of Francisco’s hits have come starting games….

We need players who can come in and get PH’s in the postseason and can do so cold and are used to it….Francisco is not that guy….

IF Constanza even makes a postseason roster, its going to be as a running threat and NOTHING else….just because a guy hits AAA pitching doesnt make him a God at the ML level…Remember Mike Hessman….

And if McCann’s injury is much worse than they say, yeah, we are in trouble….No, I never actually caught myself….played SS and CF though, two of the most important positions on the field….and for quite some time….long enough to know that no one except you considers Brian McCann part of the bench….

Oh, and if what you said is the case and Boscan makes the playoff roster, then no way in hell does Constanza make it.

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
3:25 pm

Dwayne – Hopefully, Fredi will give us reason to trust him. As of now, I do not think we can automatically trust him or not trust him. How is that for a definitive maybe?

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
3:28 pm

I believe Fredi has improved as a manager and has done a very good job this year. People may reasonably disagree. Hopefully, we can witness a Braves team go far in the playoffs. I know all of us want that.

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
3:33 pm

Tumble – Agreed….we all want the team to do well and we will all disagree on how to get them there….

I mean cmon, if we all agreed, what would be the point of things like Twitter, Facebook, or this blog….

And FWIW, I don’t think Delgado has any chance to make the postseason roster w/o pitching the final month of the season….I think Hanson will get left off as well and the Braves will go with extra pen piece like Gearrin and the extra catcher….(per the Bobby Cox playbook)

I like Delgado and think he could be useful as well….but for whatever reason Fredi just doesnt trust him or he’s on an innings count

Brandon

September 18th, 2012
3:34 pm

i think fredi has done a great job this september. He has really stepped up his game and I actually feel we can win the WS although it depends more on the players than Fredi

Mikey

September 18th, 2012
3:35 pm

Braves will only carry 11 pitchers for the NL playoffs, so Costanza will be on it along with Boscan. McCann can’t crouch down and catch…too much pain.

reckingball

September 18th, 2012
3:43 pm

What difference does it make if we trust or don’t trust, Fredi’s managing in the playoff games?
What is anyone on these blogs going to do about it, if they don’t trust him?
Bitch about it? Apparently, yes.

Brandon

September 18th, 2012
3:44 pm

@ptown and mikey – in postseason, braves will generally carry a 3rd catcher so mccann or ross should be available to pinch hit if necessary.

i think pastornicky is a pretty good hitter off the bench, and so is reed johnson. Thats 3 guys.

Im a fan of francisco but ptown is right…the majority of his hits have been when starting

jeff baker actually looked pretty good at the plate so i would go with him as well

as for constanza, he’s always been a good hitter when he gets playing time. A .281 avg in 160 ML ab’s is not bat at all, especially whenever youve had limited playing time. Its true that a good AAA player does not always become a good major leaguer, but constanza always been solid in the majors.

Sean G

September 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

That choking sound you hear is coming from our nation’s capital. The Nats are fully capable of blowing their once seemingly insurmountable lead. They’ve never been in a pennant race. If the Braves get within three games the pressure will be intense on Washington. The prospect of having to face this one game playoff nonsense should make them play even tighter. Let’s see how they react.

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

reckingball – What difference does it make if we trust or don’t trust, Fredi’s managing in the playoff games?

You are right. It does not matter at all whether we trust Fredi’s managing in the playoffs. I have a suspicion that the Braves’ success will hinge on their execution of pitches, defense, and hitting relative to the opposition’s hitting, defense, and hitting. I am not breaking any ground with this opinion.

jim

September 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

If the Braves go with 7 relievers and 4 starters, the relievers will be:
Kimbrel, EOF, Venters, Avilan, Durbin, Gearrin, and Martinez (with a chance that Moylan makes the roster as an 8th reliever)

I would expect that Maholm and Hanson are in a battle the rest of the way for the 4th starter’s spot (although I personally would rather see Delgado take a couple of starts before the season ends to see if he can be part of the 4th starter discussion — or Sheets). With 11 pitchers and 8 regulars plus Ross and Johnson, that leaves 4 additional spots — Constanza adds speed, Janish adds defense, Moylan adds a righty specialist to get a ground ball, Boscan add security if Ross and McCann are still hurting, The Rev might be the most reliable (or least unreliable) bat on the bench among the candidates for the last 4 slots, and he can bunt and has some speed. Francisco has power and may be needed to play 3rd if Chipper can’t go, Baker is a complete unknown, and Hinske and Overbay are left-handed for whatever that is worth.

jim

September 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

If the Braves go with 7 relievers and 4 starters, the relievers will be:
Kimbrel, EOF, Venters, Avilan, Durbin, Gearrin, and Martinez (with a chance that Moylan makes the roster as an 8th reliever)

I would expect that Maholm and Hanson are in a battle the rest of the way for the 4th starter’s spot (although I personally would rather see Delgado take a couple of starts before the season ends to see if he can be part of the 4th starter discussion — or Sheets). With 11 pitchers and 8 regulars plus Ross and Johnson, that leaves 4 additional spots — Constanza adds speed, Janish adds defense, Moylan adds a righty specialist to get a ground ball, Boscan add security if Ross and McCann are still hurting, The Rev might be the most reliable (or least unreliable) bat on the bench among the candidates for the last 4 slots, and he can bunt and has some speed. Francisco has power and may be needed to play 3rd if Chipper can’t go, Baker is a complete unknown, and Hinske and Overbay are left-handed for whatever that is worth.

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

The Ben Sheets that won his first few games with the Braves would be a great No. 4 starter in the playoffs. Of course, it may not be possible for him to reach that level again this year. I like many have little confidence in Hanson. Even when he pitches decently, he burns up the bulpen.

jim

September 18th, 2012
4:20 pm

Sorry about the double post. There was no indication for a long time that the first post was actually transmitted.

Sean,
You may be right. Even the weather could be a help for the Braves today. No way the Phils-Mets play in NY today, and it’s likiely this storm is also being felt in DC. If nothing else it backs up the Philly rotation and gives them an extra game before playing the Braves. If the Nats get rained out and the Braves win it tightens the pressure on them and gives them 3 extra games than the Braves during the last 2 weeks against tough opposition. They would need to play a double header against the Dodgers this week.

jim

September 18th, 2012
4:20 pm

Sorry about the double post. There was no indication for a long time that the first post was actually transmitted.

Sean,
You may be right. Even the weather could be a help for the Braves today. No way the Phils-Mets play in NY today, and it’s likiely this storm is also being felt in DC. If nothing else it backs up the Philly rotation and gives them an extra game before playing the Braves. If the Nats get rained out and the Braves win it tightens the pressure on them and gives them 3 extra games than the Braves during the last 2 weeks against tough opposition. They would need to play a double header against the Dodgers this week.

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
4:33 pm

jim and Sean – If the race tightens, the Nats also will feel increased scrutiny and pressure for sitting down Strasburg.

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
4:36 pm

Thought it was a bit too early to do this but here we go for the roster for the division series…..can’t count the 1 game playoff because hell, you’d only carry 2 SP at most for that game and a bunch of relievers and bench players….

Starters P (4) : Minor, Hudson, Medlen, Maholm

Starters Pos (8) : McCann, Freeman, Uggla, Simmons, Jones, Prado, Bourn, Heyward

Relievers (8) : Avilan, Durbin, Gearrin, Kimbrel, Martinez, Moylan, O’Flaherty, Venters

Bench (5) : Ross, Boscan, Janish, Johnson, Francisco

Thats the roster…..IF theres any wiggle room its for the 3rd catchers spot on the bench and then that 8th pen spot that could be between Moylan, Martinez, Hanson, and Sheets….but if anything, Pastornicky would be ahead of any of the other bench players because he can bunt and he can run….plus we have enough lefties in our lineup that you really wouldnt want to PH more lefties….

So my fringe players would be Hanson, Baker, and Pastornicky unless someone gets crazy hot over the last 14 games OR Sheets gets healthy and shows he can pitch

P-Town Brave ©

September 18th, 2012
4:39 pm

While I think we all agree in giving Janish a spot because of what he provided while Simmons was down, unless we plan on bringing him in to play 2b at the end of games in the playoffs, what does he really give us? —- For me, Tyler may get his spot if I were running things….loyalty can only take you so far when you’re trying to win….

bostonbravo

September 18th, 2012
4:57 pm

agreeing” Mr. Frisky” et al…hope Danny boy does well enough some dope wants him in trade. This Fredi/Danny crap is gut wrenching.

DAM

September 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

reckingball, sure, Uggla came through in that particular AB, and sure, he made same nice defensive plays yesterday. My point is that he seems to take pride in nothing but homers.

Tumbledown

September 18th, 2012
5:34 pm

The fact Uggla said he was more proud of the homer does not necessarily mean he takes no pride in other areas of the game. I am sure if asked a specific question whether he took any pride in his defensive plays, he would say yes.

Capt.Mudd

September 18th, 2012
5:55 pm

Lobosolo

September 18th, 2012
6:29 pm

P-Town… sure you’re not Larrhoid running from his failures? How come you’re not manging the Braves? Think you could have them standing at the stretch run with the 4th most wins and 4th best record in the majors (and not far from the best, I might add) like Fredi does? With such an awful bench? You really think so? 5 games from the best in baseball? Your considerable whining to the contrary, looks like Fredi has done right well… Just another armchair-think-I-know-baseball-enough-to-judge-people-who-ACTUALLY-do crybot, who likes to disparage a team he calls “we”… Don’t go looking to talk about “your” team if “y’all” win it all…. “teammates” like you don’t remain so… Go whine about something else you don’t know jack about…

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