6:36 pm September 27, 2012, by David O'Brien
September 28th, 20122:31 am
well those .ops dont lie.
Bay Area Steve
No. No, I don’t. My memory is like a Ryan Langerhans OBP: it ain’t much.
How incredulous is it that McCann’s option is an issue? Still a must-accept, for me, but I can’t deem the opposition idiots at this point. Makes me sad.
I think it’s clear 16 is playing through some serious issues. I hope the Braves, right or worng, pick up my guy, and he makes another all-star sqaud. I want another Chipper: another 20-year Brave.
September 28th, 20122:34 am
Really? Gwinnett County All Stars was one of his favorite rants. Used to tick people off every time. It was hilarious.
BAS, got laughed out of the farrm when i said .240 was coming.
you, yorself trounced me.
September 28th, 20122:40 am
francoeur, rocking a .665 .ops.
there about to pick up a 13 million dollar option on someone that is barely hitting a .696 .ops.
but they squeal about a guy that plays everyday. uggla.
September 28th, 20122:42 am
i take uggs.
September 28th, 20122:45 am
First: love me some jjs. For certain.
But, I think it’s time my favorite faction admit they were wrong. ‘OB is who he is. To start, he’s too busy to know who’s who, like the rest of us can. Mostly, he’s an overworked, sarcastic, never-give-in MFer (the reasons I like him). Bob, and mostly those in his defense, took it too personal.
All these years later, it’s clear ‘OB wasn’t personal. He’s just reacting to us idiots. It’s clear, with this whole George/ACE thing, that he focuses on the negative.
Those dozen or so posters made this place. Every bit as much as ‘OB (without diminishing his leadership). I think it’s time those folks realized it ain’t about them, and it ain’t about ‘OB, or about Bob.
It’s about me. Or, at minimum, the readers I represent. This is your home. It always was, and always will be. Come home.
(This message is brought to you by The Reintegrate All MIB Bloggers fund, for no less than the 239th time. While it is repetitive, it’s still worthwhile.)
September 28th, 20122:47 am
i take uggla everday the guy works his arse off. he shows up runs everything out,.
September 28th, 20122:49 am
what, BAS said.
some of us aint so eloquent.
September 28th, 20122:54 am
why did they kill OPIE , my favorite character on SOA?
and with that night, night.
September 28th, 20122:55 am
BAS, well, I get irrationally upset whenever any homegrown leaves, so it would be really hard to see McCann in another uni. But it is kinda scary when catchers start to go bad, especially ones who weren’t that athletic in the first place. But the average catcher OPS this year is .717. His is .696. So, even at his worst, he’s still average or so for his position. And combined, Braves catchers have the 11th highest OPS in the majors for the position. So, I dunno. Wouldn’t commit long term, but we have other holes to fill after the season, so I wouldn’t really needlessly create another.
September 28th, 20122:56 am
“you, yorself trounced me.”
Well then, obviously I was right. Goes without saying. Still not sure what side I’m on, but without doubt, I’m right.
If we’re on McCann: I think any reasonable person would allow that injury is significantly affecting his performance. Where we differ: I don’t believe it’s his weight or catcher-wear-and-tear affecting him right now. I think, with rest, he’ll be one of teh better 2s in the league. Best? Probably not. Darn-near? I think so.
Is $13 million too much. Yeah. But, it’s one year. I think any logic-minded (and I could be way wrong; logic isn’t my thing. I drink.) person says we overpay one year to see what he’s got left. If he plays like we know he can: face of the franchise, Chipper discount, all that. If he .230s it again. Thank you. You were my favorite player, but I have to go buy a Heyward jersey. Come again.
Seems simple to me. (Most things do when you drink).
September 28th, 20122:57 am
Frenchy Forever, UGA! Frenchy Forever!
September 28th, 20123:02 am
awesome stuff bravey, and the friend from the left coast BAS. gotta run.
bravey ouuted me if you know scarsdale NY. well….
September 28th, 20123:03 am
“I wouldn’t really needlessly create another.”
Ross gets two and five ASAP. Option Mac with fingers crossed, and hope Uggla can hit, even in months that don’t end in y. World Series.
Really isn’t that hard. I mean, if you fabricate your own alternate reality, it’s all very simple. If only because it keeps you from cramming the ‘Jumper’ DVD into another overstuffed box. Too specific?
September 28th, 20123:08 am
if you read this moronic diatbribe.
the song should be by CASH.
“when the man comes around.” chippah.
September 28th, 20123:11 am
But playing everyday when you suck kinda compounds the damage, doesn’t it? Just kinda keeps digging that hole deeper. Since McCann doesn’t play everyday, the damage caused by his poor performance is only 75% of the damage of the guy who sucks everyday. $13 mil is steep for a dude who looks like he is sinking into the abyss, but mccann vs. uggla is the homegrown versus the hired gun. the homegrown usually wins that battle. plus, mccann is just another year worth of grief if it doesn’t work out — after years of memories of him being an All Star for the team. uggla scares the hell out of ya because he might suck the entire time he played for you.
September 28th, 20123:21 am
Uggla has been about the best hitter on the team in September
Ghost of Chipper Jones
September 28th, 20123:56 am
Nice win for the home team.
I see UGGLA accounted for the two runs i wished for in the bottom of the seventh. Thank you very much sir.
We’re now well along toward that 12-0 sweep of the FISH and METS. Nine down – three to go.
Get ‘um BRAVES. Keep putting the pressure on those NATS. Six wins in a row here would be beyond sublime. Let’s make WASHINGTON be just as excellent.
September 28th, 20124:06 am
September 28th, 20124:33 am
I don’t know what this is about, but I’m all about participation…
September 28th, 20124:43 am
Loved me some ‘Suits,’ for some time. But, dude dropped ‘how often do you look at a man’s shoes’ tonight. Strong.
F’ you, and your 71 average. Just ’cause.
September 28th, 20124:44 am
You sweat, the temperature goes up. You freeze up, the temperature goes down.
A barometer of team status.
Right now we’re running on normal and cruz’ control beating the team’s we should be beating.
We struggle, we sweat, or freeze up……….see?
Now I know you’re a drinking man. Isn’t it amazing what some MAKERS MARK can do?
Tater, seriously. I can wait…
September 28th, 20124:46 am
A little ‘SHAWSHANK’ echo.
September 28th, 20124:49 am
What’s up with the flange1 animus? 71 average?
Now ‘just ’cause,’ oh yeah, that I get.
September 28th, 20124:50 am
You highfalutin’ MFer. Are you not aware that CVS purveys an $11 1.75?
I got nuttin to say to you, sir, other than I hope both your girl, and your grand-kid, got some fight. I’m gonna keep rootin’, regardless.
September 28th, 20124:52 am
98.6 and maintain
September 28th, 20124:54 am
Well go jump up a fat lady’s azz then dip-wad.
September 28th, 20125:00 am
I only request you allow me to clarify; this is as sincere as I get:
“I hope both your girl, and your grand-kid, got some fight.”
Please don’t take it otherwise.
September 28th, 20125:01 am
I even managed to piss-off rich.
I guess I’ll just give up.
Yo, VJ, wanna spar?
September 28th, 20125:14 am
Well, if my guy f’d it up with Meghan Markle, I suppose I can feel bad about muckin’ it up with rich…
September 28th, 20125:18 am
I think this is the reality part (your fault, Half Empty). 7:55 seems awful close. F’ ypu again, flange (in a jealous, way-past-juvenile way).
September 28th, 20125:20 am
“VJ, wanna spar?”
I’m not sure this accounts for much, but I frickin’ own fools when they’re not around. Ownage. Hash-tag that…
September 28th, 20126:00 am
The last year or so has been really hectic. It’s shameful, but it caused me to kinda mentally check out on baseball this year. Became much more of a casual fan, reading box scores and stats, catching a few innings here and there, checking in from a distance.
So, let me get this strait. You come on here after we have the celebration? You watched Snooki re-runs all f’n Summer and now you want to celebrate? While we were puttin’ up with the Uggla/McCann/Maholm/DOB/Hanson/etc…SUX, posts all Summer. Thanks, Biotch. RTR.
September 28th, 20126:06 am
Anyone know what cross-site scripting is ?
I think it’s writing about USC injuries.
September 28th, 20126:35 am
BAS – Your 2:17 is spot on.
September 28th, 20126:56 am
That 10 gallon hat. If you paid a premium to get the seats behind it, how do you ask Chipper’s dad to take the damn thing off, so you can see?
“I love your hat, Mr. Jones. I was just telling Barbie, when I wore my Stetson to the Ryder Cup, last time, some f’n Brit grabbed it and said he couldn’t see. I wanted to put a Tony Llama in his arse. Instead of creating a scene during a Steve Stricker pressure putt, I remained quiet and acted like the Texas gentleman, I am. Buy you a Lone Star?”
September 28th, 20127:09 am
DOB: Just heard on the the Regular Guys show from Mark Owens that Uggla had to get his hand sewn (stapled?) up, played with it like that last night. Apparently he hurt himself during the celebration on Tuesday. Can you confirm?
September 28th, 20127:10 am
Braves win, Phils lose to the Nats. I think the Phils lost to spite the Braves.
September 28th, 20127:24 am
Dan Haren is less-than-thrilled about a report earlier this week that indicated the Angels are leaning towards turning down options for him and Ervin Santana this offseason, writes Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Haren says that he and his fellow pitcher are dialed in on the season at hand and are not giving any thought to their respective contract situations.
And one of his good quotes: “When I have a good game, no one talks about me throwing 89. When I lose, of course, they’re going to talk about that. That’s just the way it is.”
September 28th, 20127:26 am
Tater, seriously. I can wait…
How’s that neck feeling? And, be sure and tell me if you enjoy sleeping to the Weedomatic infommercial with the packing tape in your hand.
Remember where you packed the Motrin? Don’t forget there’s some in the golf bag. Expiration dates are overrated.
September 28th, 20127:27 am
The celebration was an exorcism of last year’s debacle. I hope they double the champagne order after winning the play-in game.
September 28th, 20127:33 am
Glad we won. Terrified that Hanson pitched so well against the Marlins’ minor league lineup. This puts him on the postseason roster and possibly in the postseason rotation. In other words, this win is disastrous.
September 28th, 20127:37 am
Not thinking Hanson starts a game in the post season, provided the Braves make it past the elimination match.
September 28th, 20127:54 am
Dunno if anyone heard this, but apparently yesterday on MLB Network Radio, Fredi said that as of now he’s taking 10 pitchers to the WC game. 3 starters, 7 relievers. He must’ve gotten my note! As of now, it likely would be Medlen, Hudson, and 1 of Minor/Maholm
While not agreed upon, they are considering bringing 3 catchers.
September 28th, 20127:59 am
Well, I’m ready to face the day now. Thank goodness, I decided to read the last couple of pages of the overnights today, and, by God, there’s Braveheart. Multiple posts, even. Better than scrambled eggs with cinnamon in ‘em. Hope you’re back, brother, few things would please me more.
September 28th, 20128:16 am
Geez, with the playoff rosters already. That one-gamer’s pitching roster means you can take darn near everybody on the bench, so why get waxed about it? Somebody think the 15th guy at the end of the bench is gonna hit the game-winner? Man, that’s not a scenario I’m willing to contemplate, thank you.
September 28th, 20128:18 am
Time to bering in the suits to pick up BAS. Wow! ‘Just cause’ HEH!
September 28th, 20128:21 am
HANSON’s going nowhere near the postseason. I have it on good authority. Have no fear.
September 28th, 20128:23 am
HANSON’s going nowhere near the postseason.
Yes he is. Box seat, third base side. To root Chipper on.
September 28th, 20128:32 am
17-7 so far in Sept. 45-26 since the break. Pretty dang good.
Nats 46-27 since the break. I thought they may flounder more.
Fricken LaRoche. .964 OPS in March/April. That dude ain’t ever got off to a hot start. .721 career OPS in March/April.
September 28th, 20128:37 am
I thought they may flounder more.
Ah, scroom. At least, they’ve made the scenario simple: Braves have to run the table and Nats lose both of the remaining series.
September 28th, 20128:49 am
scoots- It’s been a fun wooden rollercoaster we’ve been riding, this year. That chain keeps jerking us back up. clack,clack,clack..
Brian from SC
September 28th, 20128:56 am
Sorry I’m late…computer issues this morning.
Here are the update magic numbers. Texas can become the first AL team to clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Angels tonight.
NL East – Washington – 4
NL Central – Cincinnati – clinched
NL West – San Francisco – clinched
NL Playoffs (relative to Los Angeles)
Washington – clinched
Cincinnati – clinched
San Francisco – clinched
Atlanta – clinched
St. Louis – 4
NL #1 seed – Washington – 6 (relative to Cincinnati)
NL #1 wild card – Atlanta – clinched
AL East – New York – 6
AL Central – Detroit – 5
AL West – Texas – 3
AL Playoffs (relative to Los Angeles/Tampa Bay)
Texas – 1
New York – 3
Baltimore – 4
Oakland – 5
Detroit – 5 (relative to Chicago for division)
AL #1 seed – Texas – 5 (relative to New York)
AL #1 wild card – Baltimore – 6 (relative to Oakland)
September 28th, 20128:59 am
Did we hang a flag last night? Still wondering that
DOB how do you think the team will feel if we lose the play in game?
Anyone else siked about Looper coming out today in theaters!!!
September 28th, 20129:04 am
No one was eliminated yesterday, but several dominoes can fall tonight.
Arizona and Philadelphia are each eliminated with a loss OR with a win by St. Louis. The Angels would be eliminated from the AL West race with a loss to Texas. The White Sox would be eliminated from wild card contention with a loss to Tampa Bay or with a win by the Angels.
Here are the updated elimination numbers
NL Playoffs (relative to St. Louis)
Philadelphia – 1
Arizona – 1
Milwaukee – 3
Los Angeles – 4
AL Playoffs (relative to Oakland)
Tampa Bay – 5
Los Angeles – 5
Chicago – 5 (relative to Detroit for division)
September 28th, 20129:12 am
Sorry, I forgot to update Washington’s record for some reason.
Washington’s magic number for the NL East is 3.
Their magic number for the #1 seed is 5.
September 28th, 20129:15 am
How will they feel if they lose? Great. Just great.
Well I sure enjoyed seeing the Braves celebrate. I hope they do it 3 or 4 more times this year.
In reading Chippers comments this morning I wonder if swinging the big heavy bat helped him stay patient. He’s never really swung out of his shoes but when he drops the head on it it goes a long way.
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
September 28th, 20129:19 am
Bay Area Steve—
September 28th, 20129:21 am
We are currently hot, which is a good thing, but at some point we have to lose. I just hope that day doesn’t come on October 5th. I’d be sick if that happened. It wouldn’t be as bad as last year, but it’d still hurt a lot.
September 28th, 20129:23 am
Heyward since August 27th: .227/.271/.382 – 28 games, 118 PA’s. .253 babip during that stretch.
He does have 3 walks in his last 5 games, so there is that.
September 28th, 20129:25 am
We have a chance to get to 92+ wins for the first time since 2004.
September 28th, 20129:27 am
Pretty impressed again with one of the trade acquisitions from the Marlins. I think they did well to get Eovaldi, Turner and Brantley back in the deals this summer. All three should factor in as regulars on next years team. Still think they were good baseball trades and not as much of a sell mode dump as some are depicting it.
September 28th, 20129:29 am
Tommy Hanson in September – 27 IP, 24 hits, 12 ER, 9 BB’s, 29 K’s, 4.00 ERA.
September 28th, 20129:33 am
that high? He had 3 decent starts, least I thought he did.
September 28th, 20129:36 am
Yep, guess that clunker in Philly hurt. However, this pleases me… .235/.297/.520/.817 oppo. state line and a WHIP of 1.222 (his lowest, save June). 9.7 K/9 and a 3.22 K/BB ratio.
September 28th, 20129:38 am
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has indicated that Andre Ethier might be a platoon player next season.
“I can say all day long that I think he’s capable of hitting against lefties, but if the numbers keep telling us that maybe he can’t, then we have to go a different route,” Mattingly said. It was telling when Ethier, who is batting just .215/.270/.321 this season against southpaws, didn’t start Wednesday against Padres lefty Clayton Richard. The Dodgers in June gave the 30-year-old a five-year, $85 million extension, which is a lot to pay a potential platoon player.
Yup. He isn’t a good fielder or baserunner either. Not a smart contract extension.
September 28th, 20129:43 am
I’m not sure this accounts for much, but I frickin’ own fools when they’re not around. Ownage.
I am certainly not going to argue with that sentiment. I bow to your ownagership…
September 28th, 20129:46 am
Speaking of ownage, there are a number of blog compatriots who would be awarding the Ryder Cup to Europe right now in what is essentially the first inning…
September 28th, 20129:52 am
Heyward looked awful last night and the night before. Lots of guys on base for him and he can’t seem to drive them in. Might be time to bat Prado 4th, at least he puts the ball in play. You absolutely can’t strike out with men on base. Put the ball in play, Prado did last night and the Braves got some unearned runs. Tough to get runs when you are striking out with guys on base.
September 28th, 20129:56 am
Braves are 17-6 in their last 23 games. A great way to head into the postseason, although the offensive struggles have still been alarming to me.
September 28th, 201210:05 am
DOB: Just heard on the the Regular Guys show from Mark Owens that Uggla had to get his hand sewn (stapled?) up, played with it like that last night. Apparently he hurt himself during the celebration on Tuesday. Can you confirm? — TheOnlyBravesFan
Yeah, I wrote it in my game story filed 11 hours ago.
September 28th, 201210:08 am
Braves have hit .235/.317/.373 as a team in the 2nd half. 11th in the NL in OPS. Overall, they are 9th in the league in OPS.
September 28th, 201210:09 am
Braves are 14th in OPS in September – .231/.307/.340 – scoring 87 runs in 24 games.
September 28th, 201210:11 am
braveheart, name the record shop you were at when DOB manned the cash register. — uga-brave
It was Ella Guru, named after Don’s daughter Ella.
And by the way, after a few years out of the game, Donny boy is about to open a new record store. That’s right. It’ll be a much smaller store down in the little shopping center at Oak Grove and La Vista.
Uggla hurt his hand? Damn – there goes that .300, .385, .450 season.
September 28th, 201210:12 am
DOB – Don’s Wurlitzer needed a new home.
September 28th, 201210:13 am
I know better. Truly I do. But so help me, I am going to go down and just find a ticket tonight. I hope the scalpers are gentle with me. But dang it, I am going. Game number 25 for the year, not counting Gwinnett games.
Hugo Z Hackenbush
September 28th, 201210:15 am
Funny how perception of players works. If you just looked at Uggla’s monthly splits, he was awful in only two months, June and July. The other four have been better-than-average to excellent. But if you just read the blog, you’d think he was the worst position player in baseball all year…
September 28th, 201210:18 am
97-65. Make it happen,Braves.
September 28th, 201210:21 am
But Hugo, salary plays a part in it. What every day 13 million dollar expected middle of the order hitter was less effective this year than Dan Uggla? He’s been better in the last two weeks, but for the most part he was a disaster at the plate this year.
September 28th, 201210:23 am
Hugo – Yeah, Uggla only knocked in half our runs last night. But, as we know, RBI are meaningless.
September 28th, 201210:25 am
“But, as we know, RBI are meaningless.”
I can’t help it… I LOVE RBIs or RsBI. I just wanna hug them all!
September 28th, 201210:27 am
AT doesn’t want to hear that we won’t be trading Uggla to Detroit.
September 28th, 201210:28 am
PMC, worrying about his salary is also silly. Virtually every team has one or two or five overpaid players. Those who want to whine about the 13 mil don’t ever spend time gushing over the 490 thou paid to Medlen. When it’s over, the Braves will have paid about one mil per victory, which beats the hell out of some other teams I could mention.
September 28th, 201210:29 am
But, as we know, RBI are meaningless.
Apparently folks need to work on their comprehension or I need to explain things better.
It’s not that RBI are meaningless. It’s that they are a lot like pitcher wins and things of that sort. They depend a lot on opportunity and they aren’t so much a measure of skill as opportunity. Pretty simple, really, if you think it through for about two seconds.
September 28th, 201210:32 am
shaun Apparently folks need to work on their comprehension or I need to explain things better.
i think you need to take yourself a little more seriously.
you guys woke up Shaun…
September 28th, 201210:34 am
There’s got to be some kind of metaphysical warning light that flashes in his basement every time someone mentions a Shaunian topic. Shaun’s the Genie of the Sabrmetric bottle.
September 28th, 201210:35 am
I wonder where we ever got the notion that RBI are meaningless?
September 28th, 201210:38 am
“and they aren’t so much a measure of skill as opportunity.”
Disagree. Driving in runs is a skill. Especially on this team where guys LOVE to strike out with RISP rather than put the dang ball in play. BRIAN McCANN and DAN UGGLA. But yes occasionally they do luck into some RBIs.
September 28th, 201210:39 am
Shaun – We ALL have a thorough and comprehensive understanding of your “fact” concerning RsBI, both individual and team. You obviously don’t recognize whern someone is poking fun with (or at)you. The rest of us get it.
September 28th, 201210:40 am
Uggla’s 3rd on the team in RBIs with 77, 2 behind JHey. Would it be nice if he had more? Of course. But even with his .217 avg, he’s driven in 77. That’s still a respectable number.
You get runners on with Dan at the plate, he does a decent job of getting them in. He’s hitting .258/.410/.477/.886 with 59 RBIs (and 33 BBs vs 42 Ks).
He has 33 Hits in that situation, Freeman has 34, and the team leader Bourn has 36.
September 28th, 201210:41 am
Uggla’s 3rd on the team in RBIs with 77, 2 behind JHey.
I rest my case.
September 28th, 201210:42 am
Shaun – I believe individual RBI are a COMBINATION of both skill and opportunity. One COULD debate which component is more important…but it is clearly not as black and white as you believe…as with most stuff you yammer on about.
September 28th, 201210:43 am
Shaun – You don’t have a case to rest. Never did.
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