7:05 pm September 29, 2012, by David O'Brien
September 29th, 201210:13 pm
And polls don’t matter when you’re in the SEC.
The way it should be…. best conference out there.
September 29th, 201210:15 pm
Minor is 5-0 in past 7 starts inc. 4-0 w/ 0.87 ERA in his past 5.
Has 2.21 ERA in past 15 starts, after 6.20 ERA in 1st 15.
September 29th, 201210:16 pm
Dawgs need to bury the ole’ ball coach next week, which means they will have to play a lot better than they showed today.
O’Flaherty had stiff back today, won’t pitch for a few days probably. He’s had significant back problems in past, but this isn’t serious according to Fredi.
September 29th, 201210:17 pm
Kevin McAlpin @KevinMcAlpin
Fredi says he thinks tonight was Mike Minor’s last start of the regular season. #Braves
Get him ready for post season. Like it. Game 1!
Lee in S GA
September 29th, 201210:20 pm
The way it should be…. best conference out there.
It seems like it almost hurts the 2 idiots on PTI on ESPN to admit that. They were hoping USC would overtake the championship before the season began (as much as said it several times) …now I know they have to be pulling for Oregon.
scott from fairburn
September 29th, 201210:22 pm
right on, pedal to the metal … i wish coxie would have bought into this about ten division tiles ago
September 29th, 201210:24 pm
make em sweat
If the Cards sweep WAS, then I REALLY want to catch WAS, because I have no desire to face a red hot St. Louis next Friday. None.
I can’t figure Jason out. I’m sure he’s as frustrated as anyone. He hit well for much of the year, and all of a sudden he’s run into a brick wall. Braves need him to get out of his slump if they’re going to go anywhere in the playoffs.
Ghost of Chipper Jones
September 29th, 201210:25 pm
Looks like MEDS, the BEACH-master, and MINOR will carry us into 2014 and beyond with a forty-year old HUDDY as an afterthought. Who woulda’ thunk three season’s ago that HANSON and JURRJENS would both be on the ropes.
I got a lot of respect for HUDSON. He should be honored as much as all our other great players when his career winds up. He’s done more with less than most any pitcher in baseball since the end of the PED’s era. Through all the injuries and surgeries, he’s been a warrior. A true BRAVE.
Nats relievers have really stunk it up this month. If we make it to NLDS, really would prefer to face them
September 29th, 201210:27 pm
UKUGA: Agree with ya.
September 29th, 201210:28 pm
Huddy’s 3 run shot last night could be a huge difference in the division race if the Nats actually lose tonight
Mikeinfla Ismell what you’re steppin in it took a few years to get the guys we needed to get the D# poppin
September 29th, 2012
“…….O’Flaherty had stiff back today, won’t pitch for a few days probably. He’s had significant back problems in past, but this isn’t serious according to Fredi……”
No tongue in cheek re: the manager’s comment……..I hope!
September 29th, 201210:30 pm
got a lot of respect for HUDSON. He should be honored as much as all our other great players when his career winds up. He’s done more with less than most any pitcher in baseball since the end of the PED’s era. Through all the injuries and surgeries, he’s been a warrior. A true BRAVE.
I agree with yo completely. It seems so long ago that he started in Oakland but it just seems to me he don’t get enough credit being a Braves player.
September 29th, 201210:38 pm
Glavine, age 24, ERA 4.28 78 BB, 129 SO
Minor, age 24, ERA 4.27, 56 BB, 141 SO.
September 29th, 201210:41 pm
2 out magic
According to FG, Bourn was ready to go a week ago….
September 29th, 201210:43 pm
Nice one, Cardinals…
i really don’t like the Nats color commentator
pretty sure he’s the same guy they’ve had for a few years.
Nats 6-4 now….
September 29th, 201210:44 pm
Glad to see we won….
Just back from athens….did we manage more than 3 hits?
September 29th, 201210:45 pm
richbrave – sorry about the too-little-too-late comeback effort against the Monarchs…
September 29th, 201210:48 pm
Minor has a .195 opponents’ batting average in his past 15 starts and .129 in his past 5 starts.
Hugo Z Hackenbush
September 29th, 201210:49 pm
Yes, “we” managed more than three hits, pissant.
September 29th, 201210:50 pm
If Cards come back and win this, it will highlight why I don’t want to play them.
only 3 runs scored in last two games against a very crummy mets team.
September 29th, 201210:51 pm
Compared to .256 over last 15 and .248 over last 5 for Tim Hudson.
September 29th, 201210:52 pm
Nats scored 2 in the top of the 10th, lead Cardinals 6-4 in bottom 10th
September 29th, 201210:53 pm
Typo on that earlier comment, attendance was 48,310 tonight.
September 29th, 201210:55 pm
How much will Chipper play in Pittsburgh?
If Nats win tomorrow or Braves lose tomorrow, will he be on PH-only duty?
I’m worried about the guy being out of gas.
The Nationals are worse… especially against the Braves… it’s like no lead is safe against those freaks.
Braves drew just over 100,000 the past 2 nights
September 29th, 201210:57 pm
If game is at night next Friday, wonder if Braves will draw another 50,000?
Would be wild.
September 29th, 201210:58 pm
I like our chances
Nats win 6-4 in 10 innings, reduce magic number to 1 to clinch division title. Have already locked up at least a share of the title, and either 1 Nats win or 1 Braves loss the rest of the way gives Washington the title.
September 29th, 201211:00 pm
Got ‘em right where we want ‘em.
September 29th, 201211:02 pm
Smokey R on live at Daryl’s
September 29th, 201211:04 pm
UKUGA, I think Turner will be sold out. By the way, I’d also like to know what time the game starts. Got to work until 2 on Friday’s. No way I’m missing the game. I’d like to see them try and stop me.
Baseball Etiquette 101
Attention Fans at the TED:
If you are sitting in the middle of a row, please do NOT leave or return to your seat in the middle of an inning. Not only are you causing the people in your row who have to get up to let you in or out to miss part of the action, but also all those fans behind them who cannot see when they’re standing. In case you haven’t noticed, there is a natural break in the action after every third out which will give you ample time to leave or return to your seat.
September 29th, 201211:07 pm
Im not sure if this has been said lately………but for those who dont believe in pitching:
LA Dodgers are the only team among top 6 ERA teams that are not making the playoff.
Only 2 teams among top 5 in runs scored are going to the playoffs……….. Cards and Nats.
Same goes in the AL:
of the top 9 ERA ………..8 of those teams are still alive or are already in for the playoffs. Only mariners (3rd) are out.
While in runs scored……..only 6 of top 9 are in or alive………….
this clearly tells that pitching gives you a better shot at advancing into playoffs.
September 29th, 201211:08 pm
Sure would be funny as hell to see Medlen choke that wild-card game away against the Cards. Would it be possible for Braves fans to hate the Cards anymore after we choked it away to ‘em last year? Maybe.
September 29th, 201211:14 pm
Why would a Braves fan hate the Cards?I hate the Reds Dodgers Phillies and working on the Nats
September 29th, 201211:15 pm
Oh yea Twins and Pin stripers hate them too
September 29th, 201211:16 pm
Gus Johnson’s on tilt.
September 29th, 201211:18 pm
Where have you been, Doc?
September 29th, 201211:20 pm
that was a great comeback drive by the Longhorns, assuming the call stands
September 29th, 201211:21 pm
Sure would be funny as hell to see Medlen choke that wild-card game away against the Cards
Glad to see someone who hates the Braves posting…or a fan with a perverse sense of humor…
(no offense intended, since you have always had a claim to alleged fandom, despite clearly not falling into the camp)…
I love the Cards
September 29th, 201211:28 pm
Updated game story with playoff scenario, quotes, etc
September 29th, 201211:30 pm
I’ve always liked em too nolie but Oct 5 I hope they are
off the chain bad
I love the Cards of Stan Musial, Ken Boyer, Vinegar Bend Mizell, Bobby Del Greco, Bobby Gene Smith, Red Schoendienst, etc. That team and the Milwaukee Braves had by far the best looking uniforms ever.
September 29th, 201211:33 pm
I understand your point about the “mental” edge, but there have also been lots of teams in the last several years who have had TERRIBLE Septembers and went on to get hot in the playoffs and win it all (i.e. Cardinals of 2006…and other teams I can’t remember at the moment). — Keith
But how far back did you go to find the first example of a team that went in cold and won it? As opposed to all the examples I gave of teams that did the opposite SINCE then?
September 29th, 201211:37 pm
but Oct 5 I hope they are off the chain bad…Chip
but of course
September 29th, 201211:40 pm
“I love the Cards” nolie
To each their own as Chipper would say.
September 29th, 201211:41 pm
following our braves but silently.
I like the Cards farm system, their CF, and RF. That’s about it!
Cards knocked us out in ‘82. IIRC Knucksie was leading the first game and it got rained out, and the rest of our pitching wasn’t worth much anyway. Knucksie came back on one day rest and wasn’t quite as sharp
September 29th, 201211:42 pm
How ’bout those Orioles?
September 29th, 201211:43 pm
I’m taking about the team over the decades, not the players today. For a long time is was the farthest West and deepest South team around and it has a great history.
How much will Chipper play in Pittsburgh? — UKUGA
If Nats clinch, would expect Chipper to rest all or most of Pittsburgh series.
September 29th, 201211:45 pm
are they giving him a gift?
September 29th, 201211:46 pm
Phil Niekro was a real hero of mine man he was fun to watch but it was hell trying to catch him
September 29th, 201211:47 pm
Thought the Nats might give the Braves a sliver of hope, but they came back to beat the Cards after the Cards came back to tie from an early 4-0 deficit. Now the best the Braves can do is tie the Nats and force a one-game playoff for the division and frankly I would rather the Braves avoid that and just take their chances in the Wild Card playoff game with Medlen on the hill. I like our chances with him pitching whether it is the Cards or the Dodgers.
At this point it will be either the Cards or the Dodgers. If the Dodgers win tonight, then things get interesting for the Cardinals. Wouldn’t it be poetic justice is the irony in Wainwright’s intemperate remarks was that the Dodgers took the Wild Card away from the Dodgers and they never had a chance to play the Braves in postseason?
September 29th, 201211:48 pm
I suppose anyway
September 29th, 201211:49 pm
Yep, in 1982 that rainout killed the Braves. It took Knucksie out of the NLDS (which was a short series back then that started the first two at Saint Louis. If the rainout had come just a half inning later, it would have been official and the Braves won.
Might have been a totally different outcome had that happened, but alas such was not the case and the Braves got swept. The Cards went on to win the 1982 World Series as their catcher Darrell Porter was named MVP of the World Series.
September 29th, 201211:50 pm
Dale Murphy hit a sharp single up the middle to plate that RBI. Would have been a nice cherry on his NL MVP award that year!
September 29th, 201211:51 pm
I would hate to play the Dodgers if they were on a roll but I guess it dont matter as long as we are loose and play our game
September 29th, 201211:54 pm
Trying to get into the Cards mindset here. The Braves have Medlen going tomorrow to set him up for pitching Friday’s play-in game. The Cards are throwing Lynn tomorrow who is 17-7 but is a RH pitcher. Are they doing the same thing with him? They do have a lefty, Garcia(only LH starter) but he’s pitching on Monday. If he goes for them on Friday, that would be with 3 day’s rest. If they looked at the stats they would surely go with Garcia, but apparently manager Mike Matheny has other ideas. The Braves have only scored 238 runs this season vs LH’s and 448 vs RH’s. Huge difference! Almost looks like a mistake.
You could pick up the Cardinal games on the radio at night with Harry Carey (when he was sober and good) and Jack Buck. Also, the White Sox, Pirates, Phillies, Yankees, Reds, and sometimes the Tigers. I was a wide-eyed little kid listening to my baseball card heroes.
September 30th, 201212:03 am
I’ve been missing that Panama hat. Good to see a post. Jump in and cause some controversy. heh, heh.
September 30th, 201212:22 am
Great column — the Braves need to keep pushing and not go into a rest mode. Offense is still questionable in a 5 game series vs. the Nats, especially since you will only have Medlen for 1 game. So I think you are spot on with not going into hibernation for the final series vs. the Pirates. Rest Chipper as needed and any injured, but otherwise play to win. The recent series vs. the Nats may have put a scare into them. While the division title is gone, the Nats will be sweating bullets if the Braves close it to 2 games or better by seasons end. The Strasbourg issue will get a lot of press and they may collapse. So keep on the heat.
September 30th, 201212:28 am
I hope we do play the Cards- payback for last year! Either way, I hate the 1 game play in, too much can go wrong for a team in 1 game.
I don’t see a let-up in the future for the Braves, even if the Pittsburgh series is all but meaningless, I don’t think 3 games is enough to lose the edge. Also a good opportunity to give some of those bench guys some at bats.
DOB – Do you know / think Janish will be able to play in postseason? Sure would hate to see him left out after the impact he had.
I almost feel guilty growing up in NY where I could listen to and watch the team I rooted for…made up for it living in Richmond, where I’d be happy to catch the FAN, and, later, when I finally started rooting for the right team, WSB at night…
September 30th, 201212:30 am
My kingdom for some runs tomorrow!!!
September 30th, 201212:34 am
I’d save your kingdom for Friday…
Puma, as much as Janish is playoff-worthy, Pastornicky will probably get the nod because of his better hitting, relatively speaking. Honestly, who’s to say what which players will make up the bench for the playoffs. Collectivley, with the exception of Reed Johnson, Braves’ pinch-hitting has been rotting putrid.
If the Braves beat the Cards on Friday, it will be because Medlen twirls a shutout.
September 30th, 201212:37 am
It may be too late in the night to ask this Q, but has Medlen ever faced the Cards as a starter? For that matter, ever?
September 30th, 201212:39 am
Oh come on MiaBch – that is just too pessimistic. They’ll come around…I hope. But hey, can’t complain too much being 18-8 or something close too that in September, they are playing some good baseball right now.
September 30th, 201212:41 am
Officially impossible to lose if the other team doesn’t score, in case that was still unclear.
That’s been made official.
Nothing to worry about moving forward. We just need Medlen, Hudson, Maholm and Minor to throw shutouts and the World Series trophy is ours.
Simple… as… that.
September 30th, 201212:42 am
Took a quick look, Meds pitched 3 innings in 2 games back in May vs StL, gave up 1 run in the 2 inning stint.
Since you must not have a computer available, Medlen pitched 3 games in relief against the Cardinals in May, 5/11-12-28…4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER – clearly, we are doomed, since we will score no runs…
September 30th, 201212:44 am
Mitchell with his usual brilliant analysis, given that the Braves average 0.00034000567 runs oer game…
September 30th, 201212:45 am
Janish and Tyler might both make the roster for the play-in since some pitchers will be left off
September 30th, 201212:49 am
“Officially impossible to lose if the other team doesn’t score, in case that was still unclear….” – Mitchell
Kris Medlen has pitched against the Cardinals in 5 games…. never started against them, however.
oops – slight miscalculation – the Braves average 4.3 runs per game – not that Mitchell has the mental dexterity to understand anything beyond his own myopic vision of his own myopic vision…
September 30th, 201212:51 am
And of the Cardinals hitters who have faced him, they are a combined 4-25 .160/.160/.240/.400 with a triple and 2 RBI. 0 Walks vs. 5 Ks.
Beltran is 0-6 against him with a K and an RBI.
September 30th, 201212:52 am
I guess there isn’t much need for Janish on roster if Simmons healthy, since the defense is a wash between those two, a shame though, enjoyed watching him play.
all numbers I posted are career… not just this year
September 30th, 201212:54 am
September 30th, 201212:56 am
LOL – No, V-Jim, just lazy tonight combined with spotty wi-fi. Actually, I think Medlen will twirl a shutout as a starter against the Cards, just aggravate them into submission. If they start Kyle Lohse, it may go into extras, tied 0-0.
unless Simmons goes down. no way they start Tyler at short, though they might Prado
September 30th, 201212:58 am
If Simmons does go down they can add Janish right?
Later, guys – given the unlikelihood of the Nats losing out, I will turn my attention to golf in the morning (where there is a strong unlikelihood that the US can screw it up)…
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