Braves quotes after Saturday’s win against Phillies

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Mike Minor

“To nagivate that lineup only giving up two hits, he did a terrific job. Sometimes it’s another step in the growing process, pitching with a big lead. Sometimes it’s tough, especially for young pitchers. But he did a nice job. Gave up just a couple of runs there in two different innings.”

On Minor’s midseason turnaround

“All the credit goes to him, but Roger’s done a terrific job with him. We’ve run him out there every fifth day. What’s he got, 28 or 29 starts? We did it with Beachy last year. And you see it. You can’t speed up the process of maturity. Just got to keep running him out there, be patient. He’s done a nice job.”

On the offense and the two-out hits

“We got some big hits and did a nice job. You see Michael Bourn coming and getting some hits here and there. He swung it pretty good. Most of the damage came from that top of the order. That’s what you want the top of the order to do.”

On Halladay

“He’s not the same Halladay I’ve seen. I don’t know if it’s that scapula or shoulder blade, but he didn’t look the same the last couple of times we’ve faced him. Nevertheless, he’s probably gotten us more than we’ve gotten him.”

On Bourn’s thumb (swollen after jammed it into base)

“I’ll probably stiffen up. I’ll probably give him tomorrow off and make sure there’s nothing there.”

**MIKE MINOR

On his performance against a strong lineup

“Just executing pitches, that’s what it comes down to. I left a couple up, obviously the [Frandsen triple] that went off the wall and Howard’s home run. I hit Pierre, but he was kind of leaning over the plate a little bit. But just executed pitches.”

On pitching with big lead

“Chipper came over and told me, this game’s not over unless you give up pitching and you tell us it’s over. He didn’t want me to take any batters off.”

“We threw a lot more fastballs than I guess we normally would. Like to Frandsen, we threw him all fastballs pretty much until his second at-bat.”

“We were up so much early, there was still a lot of ballgame left. And with a big lineup like that, it could change in a hurry. Chipper came over to me a couple of times and just told me to bear down.”

On his midseason turnaround

“It’s just experience. Having a better game plan, pitching to my strengths, comes with just knowing the guys I’m pitching to. This is the third time I’ve faced this team [this season], you put it in your memory bank and you know how to pitch to most of these guys, but you also have to change it up. The first game I pitched Howard and Utley mostly away, and then the next time Howard hits a home run. And today, we went to curveballs. Hadn’t seen a whole lot of curveballs and we went to that and threw probably more than we have all season.”

How ya feeling?

“I feel good. I felt great [today]. Felt like I could have gone back out, but there was no reason. We have plenty of guys out in the bullpen right now with all the callups and everything. I think that’s what they were thinking, too. We have a big lead, not really a time we should be pressing the pitch count when the playoffs are coming and as long as we do what we’re supposed to we should be there; we should be in the Wild Card game. So I think they’re just kind of thinking that way, instead of thinking, hey, let’s put him back out there and let his pitch count go as high as possible, then pull him.”

On having such a strong second half after struggling early

“Someone was telling me that the other day – ‘At least you got the worst of it out in the beginning of the season, and you’re pitching better in the end.’ If it was reversed, it would really suck right now. It’s good. All year long, just getting the experience.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On the two-out hits and the offense against Roy Halladay

“It’s big. Freddie Free in the first and J-Hey in the second. Doc just didn’t seem to have his location today. I think we had him up around 50 pitches in the second. A good job by our hitters capitalizing on mistakes.”

On Mike Minor’s midseason turnaround

“It’s good to see. He went from possibly being on the brink of getting sent down, to being one of our most consistent pitchers over the last month, month and a half. He’s been outstanding. He can go out there and compete with anybody. He’s not fazed by the fact that we’re facing Doc Halladay on the road. He went out there and gave us an opportunity to get up by a pretty big margin, and he didn’t stop pitching. The Mike Minor of years past may have, at some point, let them back in the game. He made a mistake here and there, but he held it to one run and got himself out of a couple of jams.”

On getting magic number down to 3 to clinch a postseason spot

“This was a big win for us for the simple fact, it slows Philly’s roll a little bit. I don’t think anybody in baseball wants to face them in a one-game playoff, with their three aces and that offense. It would be a tough task for anybody. We did a good job of slowing their momentum and hopefully picking some up in the meantime.”

“It’s good to come out on the road and beat a good team. I know that they haven’t played as consistently as they wanted to this year, but injuries are a big factor. It took Howard and Utley a while to get back in the swing of things. Doc’s had some health issues this year. But they’re playing good baseball right now, and for us to come in here after them building a little momentum last night, and stopping them today emphatically, it’s a nice little confidence boost for our club.”

**MICHAEL BOURN

On hurting his thumb sliding into base

“I’ve done it before, where I tore my ligament. So I know what it feels like. I knew I jammed it. I was just thinking, get to second because I wanted us to continue to hit. Last thing I wanted was to get out right there, so in my head I was thinking to get to the bag. I knew I was going too fast. I don’t like to slide head-first, and that’s the reason why. It’s too risky. You go in too fast with your hands and you’ll feel it more. Go in with your feet, you have a better chance.”

X-ray it or anything?

“No, it’s just jammed. They did all the tests, nothing fractured or anything like that. I’ll have tomorrow off, then [team is off Monday], so hopefully after that I’ll be OK.”

“Didn’t do any X-ray, just did all the [strength] tests on my thumb. Ligament was intact, tendon’s intact. I was able to finish the game. I could feel it a little bit, so you get a little scared. But I was all right.”

Comes just as you have a two-hit, two-walk game, starting to show signs of coming out of slump

“That’s what I was thinking in my head, look at this. Just started, got a little feel back, and what do I do? Slide into the bag head-first. But I’ll be all right.”

30 comments Add your comment

eskippy

September 22nd, 2012
8:37 pm

David from Athens. AL

September 22nd, 2012
8:39 pm

bravesgrl4life

September 22nd, 2012
8:40 pm

Thanks for the quotes, DOB!

Coach D

September 22nd, 2012
9:01 pm

Am looking forward to the playoffs!!!!

Ken Stallings

September 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

I already posted the magic numbers in a previous blog today, which are looking very good for the Braves. The Braves are almost certain to earn the home field Wild Card and should wrap it up mathematically about the time they reach 90 wins (team’s at 87 right now). Then, Fredi will have the luxury of tweaking the rotation for postseason, including giving the bullpen an optimal balance of rest and innings to keep them sharp.

The Cards had to reverse their performance over the Cubs from last night, as they hit a solo homer to tie in the top of the ninth, and then won in extra innings.

Even though it is not mathematical, barring the Braves going 0-10 and the Brewers or Dodgers going 10-0, the Braves are going to reach postseason. So, the only real question is whether the Braves collect the five combined wins and Cardinals losses to earn that home field advantage in the Wild Card.

The Braves can do a lot of damage in postseason. They have three strong starting pitchers (Medlen, Hudson, and Minor) to go with the best bullpen in baseball. Their lineup has a good blend of speed and the hitters know how to go deep into counts. There is also power throughout the lineup. With Uggla, Heyward, and Freeman all looking good now (plus Chipper doing his part), the speed and consistency of Bourn, Prado, and Simmons can allow the Braves to score runs in different ways.

I also think that playing the first two games of the five-game NL division series gives the Wild Card team that advances a distinct advantage. If things remain as they currently are, then that team would be the Nationals.

Felix

September 22nd, 2012
9:19 pm

Playoffs? You said playoffs? playoffs?

It is really a play in game.

lee maye

September 22nd, 2012
9:29 pm

Ken: Let’s not get too excited. A one game playoff is a big crap shoot. And, Uggla is looking good? .217 after an 0-4 and 2 K’s. I guess if you say so. Better than he was, but not looking good.

David

September 22nd, 2012
9:43 pm

Quack Quack

September 22nd, 2012
9:57 pm

Great game Bravos! Mike Minor is growing everyday each outing keeps getting better.

I hope Bourn is O.K. with a couple of days off. He really looked good today. Prado, JHey, Freeman. WOW!!

Lets put the Philthies back even farther. Funny last season they were our downfall, this series maybe the spark we’ve been looking for.

GO BRAVES!!!

Tumbledown

September 22nd, 2012
9:59 pm

I appreciate your optimism Ken Stallings. A crap shoot is much better than last year!

Rusty

September 22nd, 2012
10:06 pm

DOB; What`s the Braves` record when Prado plays SS?

Ken Stallings

September 22nd, 2012
11:27 pm

Felix,

The Wild Card game is part of the playoffs just as much as any other single-elimination playoff game — such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament, or the NFL playoffs.

And yep, I’m talking playoffs! Because the Braves are a vastly better team than was the team who’s coach uttered that famous post-game quote!

Buddy Landel

September 23rd, 2012
7:05 am

lee maye- what is your fixation with Dan Uggla? Win or lose, you gripe, and most of the time it’s Dan Uggla. You whine because Fredi stays positive with him, you whine about an ofer, even when the Braves win. How does your husband/wife/other put up with your incessant whining?

JT

September 23rd, 2012
8:17 am

I’m with “Lee Maye” Uggla sucks!

bravofan

September 23rd, 2012
8:43 am

Ugla is gonna be our second baseman for at least the next two.years so get over it ! Everyone wines about ugla but he has gotten better over the last month and will do some
big things in the playoffs. Quit ur.bitchn!!! Jt i think u sux and lee maye is the biggest whiner ive ever seen. We won the game and yall still find something to complain about. Now shut it or you go try out for second base next year!

bravofan

September 23rd, 2012
8:43 am

Ugla is gonna be our second baseman for at least the next two.years so get over it ! Everyone wines about ugla but he has gotten better over the last month and will do some
big things in the playoffs. Quit ur.bitchn!!! Jt i think u sux and lee maye is the biggest whiner ive ever seen. We won the game and yall still find something to complain about. Now shut it or you go try out for second base next year!

74bravesjersey

September 23rd, 2012
9:01 am

Bravo Offense; Awesome approach against Halliday, just like you did in the past, just like you did against”Gio” only better results this time. Minor’s becoming a Kool customer & clutch pitcher, he’s catch’n on w/ crafty pitch’n. That maturity will be big for postseason.

74bravesjersey

September 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

@Ken Stallings; Good info; Now the team get geared up to have mommentum to finish strong, & start 0-0, whether one game playoff, one game ata time, still everybody gets to start fresh. Just hope they’ll have the best 25 for postseason.

Nova Scotia Steve

September 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

I’m not sure what some Uggla bashers want = he hit 36 homers last season. He’s had a terrible season this year and still will hit more than 20 HR’s.

He’s got a few more years left on the contract – I look forward to them. I hope he hits for more average. But we’re paying him to hit home runs whether you like it or not.

If the Braves go deep in the play-off – Uggla will have play a big role in it – guarnteed.

Amber Girl

September 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

Good morning and Good Bye to Mr 74bravesjersey. Thanks for being my friend. Mom and I are moving away. Please tell Mr Quack Quack goodbye for me. Thanks again. Go Braves!!!

shorty

September 23rd, 2012
10:16 am

Halladay is done so are the phillies

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 23rd, 2012
11:12 am

Good luck Amber Girl. Where are you moving to?

Amber Girl

September 23rd, 2012
11:19 am

Amber Girl

September 23rd, 2012
11:19 am

RBI

September 23rd, 2012
12:06 pm

…just not sure about Bourn anymore…

reckingball

September 23rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Moving to the land of no computers, or internet.

bobbymahlon

September 23rd, 2012
12:10 pm

I suppose having Bourn out of the lineup Prado will probably play center. Why not, now that he is looking good at SS it’s time to move him. That man is something else not only has he made the routine plays but he has made the difficult ones too. All the while they have been shuffling him around he has been doing a little hitting to. Now that’s what you call a baseball player.

reckingball

September 23rd, 2012
12:13 pm

Felix @9:19pm…..”Playoff?”…….”It is really a play in game.”
Please tell me what you consider the difference to be, in the two?
If you would be so kind, as to do so.
Thanks.

Amber Girl

September 23rd, 2012
12:37 pm

Reckingball you are wrong. They do have computers and internet. That’s OK no one likes me antway so I will not even bother with you idiots

JT

September 24th, 2012
1:57 pm

“BravoFan” maybe you should go back to school and learn to spell? Uggla

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