Braves quotes after Saturday’s shutout of Mets

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Minor

“Outstanding. That’ll be his last start of the regular season, what a hell of a way to go. He gets to go above .500, 11-10, I don’t know more important. He had to be four, five games under. Terrific performance. I just wish we could score him some runs, so he would have a little breathing room instead of staring David Wright and Duda right down the barrel. He was terrific. Durbin and Avilan got us some big outs there in the seventh inning. Jonny did a nice job. We got a little crazy there in the ninth but we had the right guy on the mound to kind of settle him down and get two big punch outs there.”

On Minor’s ERA, low 2’s in second half of season

“Did he break 4.00? [4.12 for the season.] Yeah he’s been terrific. A majority right-handed hitting lineup and he’s pounding them in and he was really good.”

Concerned at all the way the offense is going?

“Well, that’s been for the most part our offense had been kind of in spurts. Yeah sure anything concerns you this time of year. A little banged up, injuries, not scoring any runs. But I remember one year when we played the Cubs, our pitching staff wasn’t very good and our offense was real good, and our pitching held and our offense couldn’t score any runs. We had Sheffield, that team had a bunch of guys over 30 home runs, and we couldn’t score a run so. It’s a little bit concerning but we scored a run today with a double, a wild pitch and a get-him-in on a ground ball by Heyward, so we’ll get it going.”

On Prado being the consistent guy in lineup

“He’s been a constant. It’s a nice thing to see.”

Did McCann and Kimbrel got crossed up?

“I didn’t him ask him. That’s the way it looked like. For me, any time a catcher goes up to the mound after one of those things, something screwy happened. And then Danny, I asked Danny on that ball to lead off the ninth and he said Tejada took a funny swing and he just didn’t catch it right off the (bat). He didn’t have a good read on it.”

On Minor in front of 48,000, like a practice run for postseason?

“He’s pitched one of those ESPN games early on in Cincinnati (as well as a Sunday night game vs. Nationals) when he gave up some home runs. He’s fine. I think that stuff doesn’t spook him.”

On why he stayed away from using O’Flaherty

“Well, ‘O’ came in yesterday and his back stiffened up on him a little bit, so we’re going to stay away from him. He gets it once in a while. Nothing as major as it had been before where we had to give him 15 days off, or anything. He felt a lot better today, so we’re going to stay off him. Hopefully we get him a game before that Friday game, the play-in game, but we’re just going to be cautious with him.”

**MIKE MINOR

What happened, you let a guy reach second base? (sarcasm; referring to Wright’s 7th-inning double)

“Yeah. D-Wright’s pretty good. I thought he hit a decent pitch. It just happens. He’s a good hitter.”

I was only kidding

“Yeah, I know. But I thought I made a good pitch and I turned around and it was at the wall. I thought, that guy’s good. I even asked, ‘Mac, was it middle-up?’ He was like, ‘No, he’s really good.’”

Fun atmosphere tonight, big crowd and all?

“Yeah, it was fun. I felt like tonight was a good team win, because we had a lot of guys come out of the bullpen, Martin had a couple of big hits, we played some defense behind me. Simmons made a play on a ball off a broken bat; I didn’t think anybody had a chance and he made that play in the outfield.”

Proud of how you wrapped up your strong second half?

“Yeah, I was kind of excited that we got the win tonight, and also that I’m not even anymore; I’m 11-10, so that’s a winning record this season. That was big for me.”

On how he felt before tonight’s game

“I had a lot of nerves, not because it was a big crowd but it was more, this could possibly be my last start. I don’t know if I might start again [during the regular season] or come out of the bullpen, whatever they need me to do. But I felt like tonight was one of those nights I was kind of pumped up for, because I knew it was one of my last starts of the year.”

On how he feels about his improvement at this stage

“I feel good. I’m executing pitches. I’m working well with the catchers and Roger [McDowell] and everything, so I’m pretty excited to see what happens in the future.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On Minor’s improvement in second half

“I think his turning point was the game against the Yankees at home. [June 12, 7-1/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk.] He came out and attacked them and trusted his stuff. Once he got through the Yankees and showed himself that he could do that, he could get through anybody. I think it was a real confidence boost for him, and since then he’s been as good as the come in baseball, really.”

More on Minor, only giving up a few hits in most starts recently

“He’s been one of the better pitchers in the game the second half, and it’s good to see him keep getting better and better.”

On working with him, you two getting comfortable with each other

“I think he has confidence in what I’m calling, but at the same time he’s got the ball and sometimes he sees something that I don’t and he goes with it, and it works. He’s becoming more of a student of the game. I tip my hat to him.”

On scoreboard watching, you guys paying attention?

“Yeah, everybody’s watching to see what’s going on. It’s just part of the game. We’re already in the Wild Card game and we’re already playing at home. We’d like to win the division, so we’ve got to hope they [Nationals] lose.”

– Quotes compiled by Carroll Rogers and David O’Brien

41 comments Add your comment

Chipper is the man

September 29th, 2012
11:24 pm

Don’t worry Minor, I’m sure it’s not your last start. Hanson has not been doing so well this year.

Darryl Blackberry

September 29th, 2012
11:25 pm

A rockin’ good win.

James

September 29th, 2012
11:26 pm

First!! Great win boys, lets keep the momentum going all the way.

James

September 29th, 2012
11:26 pm

3rd, I stand corrected lol

lee maye

September 29th, 2012
11:34 pm

Nats win. Braves have to win last 4, hope the Nats lose 4 for a tie. Not a good chance. Don’t bet the mortgage on it.

Quack Quack

September 29th, 2012
11:34 pm

Thanks DOB & Carroll, great interviews. Good night for Mike Minor. He has come such a long way since the start of season. Funny how getting a foot near the fire will cause you to pull it back. Glad he ended up with a winning season. He’ll be one of our best in the future. Looks like Prado, and Simba were right-on tonight, like always. Prado has 92, 2 out hits!! Awesome! Great catch by Simba.

DOB, Read your article about following Chipper all these years. Seems we both worked for the Tribune Company, I was with the “Orlando Sentinel” for 14 years leaving in 1984!

Lets close out the Muts tomorrow, and just keep on winning,

GO BRAVES!!!

GoNatsGo

September 29th, 2012
11:44 pm

Nats will clinch tomorrow. I see a 1 game Russian roulette wild card game in the Braves’ future. GO NATS!!!

Ken Stallings

September 29th, 2012
11:58 pm

Wonder what chances the Braves have to sign David Wright to play third base next season? I figure only slightly better than zero, but it would be a heck of a move!

Could I dream the Braves would pony up enough dough to re-sign Bourn and also sign someone like Wright? That would be a killer team, man!

Oh'man

September 29th, 2012
11:59 pm

The Nats deserve to win the division. They had terrible teams in the past so its good to see them doing so well this year, but when we meet them in the playoffs, their division title will be the only thing they will celebrate for. Lets go Braves!

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
12:00 am

I made this point earlier and one of our resident trolls challenged it. But, to the point that the Braves have the best starting four rotation in the NL after the All-Star break, if you post the top five ERA’s among starting pitchers over the last two months, Medlen is number one and Minor number four on that list. No other team has two pitchers on that list!

Maholm and Hudson have ERA’s under three also. So, it’s a very impressive rotation for postseason since you don’t need your fifth starter.

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
12:02 am

I know it won’t happen, but I kind of wish Chipper would take tomorrow off. Either the emotion of the final home series or playing so many games in a row, he is in a batting slump now — something like 2 for his last 24 as I recall.

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
12:05 am

BTW: with only four games left to play, isn’t it incredible that there is still not even one team in the AL that has clinched postseason!

peachstealth

September 30th, 2012
12:49 am

Chipper can take off one or more games in Pittsburgh. There are thousands coming from all over Braves Country to see him one last time.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
8:14 am

Awesome chemistry, w/ Minor, B-Mac, course can’t sell Ross short on working in pitch sequence w/each starter,(exception of Hanson,hopefully be able to pick it up), but I can very well appreciate McCanns take on Minors approach, it stirs me up to hear how Minors gett’n after it, attacking the hitter’s, trusting his stuff, & how he’s becoming more of a student of the game. This is cool man, the approach, having a idea what you gonna do out there, what cha’ got for each hitter, that’s what it’s all about. We may have our own Cole Hamels right hear developing, stay crafty Mike, Love it man.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
8:15 am

@Ken Stallings; Awesome info sir, very good points.

Keith

September 30th, 2012
8:22 am

Thanks, C.!

Minor has been better than Huddy the 2nd half, but Huddy will get the nod in Game 1 of the DS…I imagine Minor will get the ball in game 2…assuming Medlen & our sputtering offense can beat the defending world champs. Won’t be easy.

GO BRAVES! :)

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
8:22 am

I’m fired up about the future; Meds, Minor, Beachy, heck, throw maholm in there, & if Teheran, Delgado catch on w/ this approach, look out, & of course Huddy while we still got em’ for a little while, I said it in the other blog, Crafty is big, the Maddog approach, pitch to you’re defense, relyon good ball movement, keeping the hitters off balanced. Now lets get our offense on balanced.

Keith

September 30th, 2012
8:22 am

Sorry, DOB, thought it was Carroll. :)

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
8:29 am

Agree Keith; I get this post season feel’n in my gut now, that everything hinges by every pitch(or pitch by pitch), every swing, like everything done, you hold you’re breath to, like those innings were drama, that last forever, things done in sequence. Like the 1-0 clincher against cleveland in 95′, how everybody held there breath on every pitch, nerve wracking.

Joey

September 30th, 2012
8:48 am

Wow, we’ve won as many games as any team in MLB – except one.

I hate to think of a one-game playoff, especially with how we aren’t hitting, if we can squeak past that, I like our Huddy, Minor, Medlin rotation against anybody.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
9:06 am

Hey ya’ll, everythings gotta be in that mindset coming up, the hitting’s gotta be clutch, the pitching’s gotta be clutch, the defense is gotta’ be clutch. Everything postseason is “clutch”. BRAVOS, Ya Gotta Be “CLUTCH”!

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
9:08 am

Oh yeah, Fredi, be “Clutch” padnah.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
9:12 am

Hey DOB; You are the “Clutch” beat writer, you & Carrol, hard to beat.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 30th, 2012
9:33 am

I hope the playoff game fri is sold out?

Ranger Randy

September 30th, 2012
9:52 am

Wright must be sick of playing for a losing team. Let’s get him!

Quack Quack

September 30th, 2012
10:02 am

I watched (stick figure) MLB game w/Gnats & SL, both teams just look tired. If we wear out their starters and get to the bullpens we can beat any team!

Lets keep rolling…Beat the Muts.

GO BRAVES!!!

Jack Lill

September 30th, 2012
10:22 am

Fredi pulls Minor and Mahorm after one hit in thr sixth innin. If it was Hudson or Hanson he would leave them in. He pulls Hanson in the sixth innin, but he has already given up six or seven hits and is behind in the score

Jack Lill

September 30th, 2012
10:22 am

Fredi pulls Minor and Mahorm after one hit in thr sixth innin. If it was Hudson or Hanson he would leave them in. He pulls Hanson in the sixth innin, but he has already given up six or seven hits and is behind in the score

J J

September 30th, 2012
10:58 am

They got very very lucky. I hope they don’t think 2 runs will beat Cardinals. Never happen.

jj4960

September 30th, 2012
12:01 pm

Also I’m glad FG and the pitching staff stuck with MM even through his rough first half of the season. By continuing to run him out there every fifth day, he was able to figure it out and make an awesome second half turnaround. WTG MM!!

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Carl Farvman

September 30th, 2012
12:24 pm

“Could I dream the Braves would pony up enough dough to re-sign Bourn and also sign someone like Wright? That would be a killer team, man!”

Here we go……more talk about overpaying for FAs. Let another team overpay for Bourne’s lack of consistency. A novel idea: Why don’t we try to develop some of these players at the farm system level,use their talent for the first 6-8 years and, then, let the big spending clubs overpay for the downside of their careers.

J J

September 30th, 2012
12:33 pm

Bourn will be a National. You can bet the bank on it.

jim

September 30th, 2012
12:44 pm

Let’s worry about the 2013 team in November. Hopefully today is the last of the Chipper retirement focus. He needs to sit at least 2 of the 3 games in Pittsburgh, and Heyward could use a couple of days off also. I hope the focus on Friday is on the playoffs and Chipper’s possible last game is not even a backstory.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
1:01 pm

I’m w/ you fellas, Wright would be right for ‘da Bravos, nab ‘em! Chippers been good friends w/ him, he’s hunted w/ chipper on his land several occasions, mabey chipper can help sweet ‘n the deal when some recruiting be in order. Say hunt on the land when as you please, etc.,etc.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
1:01 pm

I’m w/ you fellas, Wright would be right for ‘da Bravos, nab ‘em! Chippers been good friends w/ him, he’s hunted w/ chipper on his land several occasions, mabey chipper can help sweet ‘n the deal when some recruiting be in order. Say hunt on the land when as you please, etc.,etc.

74bravesjersey

September 30th, 2012
1:02 pm

Hate repeats, my bad, computer slow.

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
4:11 pm

Farvman,

You really tee it up and make it easy! Michael Bourn is “inconsistent” you say? Well, his stat line this season is:

BA: .276, OBP: .348, SLG: .394, OPS: .742, 170 hits, 26 doubles, 10 triples, 9 homers, 57 RBI’s, 40 stolen bases with only 12 caught stealing, 68 walks, and up to today 94 runs scored. Yes, he has 151 strikeouts. But, even with the K’s go find me a better leadoff hitter in the NL this year.

And then add in his excellent range, glove, and arm in centerfield (two Gold Gloves won in 2009 and 2010), and it isn’t even a close decision — you make the effort to re-sign him.

In the NL, Bourn ranks this season: first in stolen bases, 10th in walks, and 7th in runs scored.

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
4:15 pm

Oh, and more to the point, the Braves have no one in their farm system able to replace what Bourn brings to the team — not by a long shot. It is sophomoric to negate the role of free agency in today’s game. No team has everything they need in their farm system. Even farm dependent teams like the Oakland A’s have to go looking into free agency and trades to fill gaps because regardless of your draft success, you cannot have all pieces of a team perfectly ready for MLB at the same time.

Bourn can likely be signed for around $10 million a year. David Wright likely can be signed for $15 million a year, and it would not take a huge increase in payroll for the Braves to handle that, and yet I doubt that will happen.

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
4:32 pm

Kris Medlen wins his ninth of the season in less than half a season of work in the starting rotation, and the team won his MLB record-setting 23rd game he started, surpassing Whitey Ford and Carl Hubbard who had the previous record of 22.

Chipper goes out winning his final regular season home game and Chipper did contribute offensively but even moreso with his glove with three key defensive efforts.

Grag Kimbral notches his 41st save and ended a brief drama in the bottom of the ninth.

Awesome way to end the regular season at home!

Ken Stallings

September 30th, 2012
4:34 pm

AHHH! Make that Carl Hubbel!

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