9:47 pm October 1, 2012, by David O'Brien
October 2nd, 20129:03 am
The Braves have been playing good ball down the stretch with superior pitching. The hitting has been inconsistent to say the least, yet they have been winning. A couple of days to play, rest, and set things up is ideal. I like their chances and it sure beats last year.
October 2nd, 20129:04 am
October 2nd, 20129:09 am
Lack of hitting and run production is not what you want to see going into the playoffs. Chipper needs to rest and step up at the wild card game Friday. The other players seem to play off his cue. Just sit the regulars until Friday. They all look tired and wore out!!
October 2nd, 20129:12 am
If the Braves can get past this one game WC shootout, and I believe that they will, I think that they will have just as good of a chance to win the WS, as any of the other teams that are in the playoffs.
October 2nd, 20129:14 am
Errors & Excuses and no consistency.A team that you have no confidence in.
October 2nd, 20129:25 am
Congrats to the Nats – I didn’t think they could keep it rolling all year. A 90+ win regular season for the Braves is great, but we need to make some noise in the playoffs. I like Medlen hurlin’ the rock Friday night!! Go Braves!!
Old Braves Fan
I want to take back some of my previous comments about no heart and no fire in the belly, the Braves have shown me an awful lot in the past few weeks when they could have easily totaly collapsed after the sweep by the Brewers. There are still concerns however about the offense, they just cannot manufacture runs like they need to and an additonal concern is not doing well against pitchers they have not seen and this has been going on for years and years. Cards or Dodgers should pitch a late season call up against them with very little experience in the majors and take their chances. If Braves can get past wild card game, i personally like their chancecs. I think the Nats may have the best part of their season behind them. GO BRAVES
Sam I Am
October 2nd, 20129:29 am
DOB: “0-3 with a 7.50 ERA in five [starts] this season.” I *want* the Braves to do well, but if you can’t beat a pitcher with a 7.50 ERA and an 0-3 record….
PCOLA Braves Fan
October 2nd, 20129:31 am
I’m watching mlb network showing the Nats celebrating losing to the Phillies and thinking that’s just not right. Look at all the teams that have made the playoffs and the Nats have the worst recored over the last three weeks. I’m hoping that they keep up that momentum.
I’ll be in the stands Friday night rooting on the braves and have tickets for the next round too. I’m hoping that the sleeping offense wakes up and we go all the way. We definitely have the talent if it steps up to it’s potential. GO BRAVES!!!
October 2nd, 20129:34 am
…….but, you can beat 2 of the Cy Young candidates for 2012……..
October 2nd, 20129:43 am
@9:29,,,…….The Braves won against the top two candidates for NL Cy Young Award. Both of which, are 20 game winners in 2012.
They be Gio Gonzalez and R.A. Dickey.
October 2nd, 201210:06 am
What a pitiful loss. When looking back at this season in the aggregate, I didn’t think the Braves would win more than 90 games. I thought 86 was a realistic figure nor did I see them even making the playoffs. I thought 3rd place was realistic for them. But, what I did not see at all was their complete offensive collapse after the all-star break. For the first 40 games of the year they were pretty good. Then for the rest of the season, not quite so much. If the Braves’ general management is thinking straight, then they’ll probably give this team a massive overhaul. Maybe they’ll be in better financial shape after this year, who knows. I don’t think McCann and Bourn will be Braves next year, which I would be fine with. Bourn has been nothing but a strike out victim lately. They could even cut Hudson, but when you can’t score 3 or more runs in a game, you really can’t blame the pitcher. To be a good team in baseball you need to average 5 per game, not 3.9. Simmons, Freeman, Heyward, and Prado are good staple players to build around as well as the pitching they have. Hopefully with 20 million or so free to spend the Braves can do something to fix the offense. Delgado and Teheran could develop into great starting pitchers to. So maybe if the Braves are lucky they won’t have to spend a fortune on the free agent market to sign another starter for a while.
There, I made my peace.
Brave New World
October 2nd, 201210:17 am
The Braves are having a terrific season. We have won over 90 games and we are in the post season. Enjoy, Braves’ fans, and the rest of you, get a life. GO BRAVES!
October 2nd, 201210:25 am
I appreciate the Braves making it to the playoff but this team is going no where . I would like to see them have a barn sell after the season is over Jason Heyward ,Tim Hudson ,Dan Uggla would be all gone from the team. Chipper retiring should mean it’s time to start a new era .
October 2nd, 201210:31 am
All we need to do is show up to the games and show our support! If we have confidence, the Braves will have confidence too! Braves just need to keep truckin away! We have a great advantage, being able to host the Fri game at home. Our offense needs to be on fire! LETS GO BRAVES!
Can’t wait to see the game Friday.
I’d also like to say that I’ve been watching Chipper Jones since I was 7 years old…..I’m now 27. Life is going to be weird next year without #10.
October 2nd, 201210:33 am
I am pumped for friday night watching the braves….. this team fights to the end i mean if you look at it the braves have won 93-95 games this season with uggla,mccann and a suspect bench…. I have to say that is an accomplishment and we can only be better next year with chippers 14 million coming off the books….. GO BRAVES!!!
WE NEVER TRY TO STEEL ENOUGH WHEN WE HAVE FAST RUNNERS ON FIRST BASE. WHY NOT? THE STEEL WORKS 85% OF THE TIME!!
October 2nd, 201210:36 am
All this worrying about the Braves for nothing, as their season will be over after the Wild Card Series.
October 2nd, 201210:51 am
Big Al you are correct. Poor Braves. Bunch of losers
October 2nd, 201211:01 am
I hate to be blunt, but all you posters who are proclaiming the Braves season to be over on Friday are acting like losers and wusses. I am not saying you are a loser but you are acting like one. Can’t you at least show a little guts and cheer for your team when it gets down to crunch time. Yes, the Braves may lose. Yes, it would be bad for them to fall short in the playoffs. The team, however, has the ability to win and go far. But rather than get behind the team, you supposed fans of the Braves would rather stick your head in the sand right now and cry, cry, cry. Show a little fortitude as a real fan.
October 2nd, 201211:11 am
How can we do that when they have proved that they are nothing but a bunch of LOSERS.
October 2nd, 201211:22 am
The Braves and their tame media need to let go of the beatification of Chipper and concern themselves with approaching the postseason with dead bats. They were eliminated 2-1, on just 2 hits, by the awe-inspiring Pirates with a pitcher on the mound who had ZERO major league wins, six losses and an ERA of 5.82. Yes, two hits with all the regulars in the line-up, but Uggla. Remember, Friday they lost to the sub-.500 Mets with only 4 hits. Chipper may be great, and he is, but if they don’t get some fire at the plate, it will be a one-game play-off loss and another long winter.
October 2nd, 201211:26 am
JJ: Thanks for enlghtening all of us Braves fans with your LOSER Theory, as academia will no doubt proclaim it – a breakthrough in sports probability. As you so astutely point out, the Braves are LOSERS, hence, the Cardnals with less wins are BIGGER LOSERS. Thus, your brilliant theory suports he hypothesis that the Braves win be the lesser LOSER on Friday and defeat the greater LOSER, the Cardnals. All hail JJ!
October 2nd, 201211:29 am
Think back to 2012 when they made the playoffs. Their lineup was seriously hurt and banged up. Tommy and JJ were not available. They were terrible defensively.
Compared to now.
The pitching has been phenomenal in the 2nd half. Our offense, while inconsistent, is fairly healthy. Our back-end bullpen is the best in the majors. Medlen has been the best pitcher in MLB the last 2 months. And we’ve had a great September! Oh, and we’re the best defensive team (error wise) in the NL!!
I am sorry, but I’m definitely looking at the positives. I think our pitching and defense can hang with anyone. Our offense has been inconsistent at best, but I would much rather have pitching and defense than the other way around. The playoffs will be filled with 2-1 and 4-2 games. Braves are usually very good in those cases.
October 2nd, 201211:30 am
*2010 I meant.
October 2nd, 201211:32 am
Does anyone here remember when Bobby Knight (while coaching the Hoosiers) was asked something about whether his players had the appropriate game face on? Knight then distorted his face in a a number of ways before the press to illustrate that the idea of showing a particular game face was ludicrous.
That is how I feel about the suggestion that players should show some fire at the plate. Do we really want them coming to the plate growling and gyrating and beating their chest? I assume that these players are professional enough to do what is necessary behind the scenes to prepare for the at bat and then focus during the at bat. Just gotta execute better.
October 2nd, 201211:42 am
Look…with the Braves record they would currently be tied for first or solely in first place in four of the six major league divisions…they have done nothing wrong except be in the same division as the Nationals who, by their own great play, gave themselves the luxury of being able to win the division without winning yesterday…of course, if they win today or tomorrow it’s a moot point…as a Nat’s fan (with family in Atlanta) the Braves season also goes on…but the Cardinals are playing great ball…
October 2nd, 201211:47 am
vesaversa, so we should get rid of one of our best young players why? And no one will take Uggla right now without the Braves paying the majority of the contract.
THOMAS, part of the reason a base stealer’s percentage is going to be high is because they run in the right situations. Just because you have a fast runner at first, it doesn’t mean it’s always the right decision to run.
October 2nd, 201211:51 am
I hope St Louis does not start a triple A pitcher friday Braves weak spot like forever. I say not only rest the players but send them home for two days to recover and get their minds focused for the playoffs.
October 2nd, 201211:53 am
Which was it; “Koufax on the mound” last night in Ex-Brave Locke, or was it the SAME STORY with FG having NO CLUE in Manufacturing RUNS… This has been the Achilles Heel of the Braves ALL YEAR Long…. FIVE WALKS, and you Can’t score a Single RUN, How Pathetic is that !!!!
Get a REAL MGR, or the Braves will Never see another Division Title again…
Key Hits Missing, maybe so, but when an Offense is Respected for being able to Score with a Walk and a single Hit; aka Tommy Lasorda style, we should have had 5 runs, There is NO EXCUSE for Not exploiting a given baserunner… and 5 times in the game, and you come up Empty. . . This isn’t watching BASEBALL, it;s like watching Lottery numbers picked out, FG only believes in sheer Luck, and does absolutely Nothing to debunk that theory.
October 2nd, 201211:59 am
pitiful Friday nite Cardinals 10 Braves0. Boo Hoo LOSERS LOSERS
October 2nd, 201212:00 pm
BrandonLee49, even playing small ball it’s extremely difficult to score runs when you only have 2 hits.
Homer the Brave
October 2nd, 201212:19 pm
Tonight’s lineup prediction:
October 2nd, 201212:37 pm
Og my gosh, we ‘re on the verge or another epic collapse! It’s all going down the drain. No offense. Everyone else is better than we are! The sky is Falling! Fire FG! Help! Help!
October 2nd, 20121:06 pm
“I like this scenario becase if we win of Friday then we get redemption from last year if we lose then at least we would be eliminated by the World Champions”
So,the Braves collapse and allow the Cards in and they eventually win the WS. If the Braves knock them out of the pre-post season,then that is redemption? The chance that the Braves win the WS is much less than the Cards winning last year. The Cards had a very solid pitching staff,a potent offense, and a very clever manager. The Braves are spotty in all these area,at best. It is what it is.
October 2nd, 20121:17 pm
“The Braves and their tame media need to let go of the beatification of Chipper …..”
I have to admit that as a moderate Braves fan I’m really worn down by this road show that is nonstop…I spent my first 32 years in St Louis and never had to succumb to this over-the-top worshipping. And this comes on the heals of the previous season and the season-long love fest for Bobby. Man, I can’t wait for this to be over.
October 2nd, 20121:29 pm
Thanks for the memories Chipper. At least he admits that he is just not feeling it right now. He is still hitting almost .300. Bryan Mccann hasn’t been feeling it for 2 1/2 years. He is a backup at best. We have to cut ties because his first 5 years in the bigs was his ceiling. He is doing nothing but hurting our chances to sign great players.
October 2nd, 20121:34 pm
Braves fans tend toward negativity due to so many years of disappointment. 15 postseasons, 1 WS.
Carl Farvman – You do not have to be a victim and succumb to anything. You can simply stop watching, and it will be over for you right now. Where are the real Braves’ fans?
October 2nd, 20121:36 pm
Tip of the day… Press the ‘Submit Comment’ button once. That’s all it takes.
October 2nd, 20121:40 pm
BraveMan – Braves fans tend toward negativity due to so many years of disappointment. 15 postseasons, 1 WS.
I understand thi sentiment. I have fought against negativity as well. Having been a huge Braves’ fan since the mid-70’s I have experienced disappointment with the Braves in many, many forms. But, the Braves have fought back from the collapse last year to compete for a title. We can reasonably quibble over many aspects of the Braves, but at this point it is undeniable that they have a chance this year. Let’s at least see this through as fans. It could be worse (see Pirates as they wrap up twenty years of losing records).
October 2nd, 20122:27 pm
“why does fredi g keep pinch hitting overbay and baker ?they are worthless”
A better question is why are they on the roster at all, given that you had a righthanded firstbaseman(Mehia) and a right handed catcher (Gattis) who had good power years in the minors. I had never heard of Baker before he got to the Braves and Overbay was let go by the Padres who are in last place in the west. This idea that a castoff veteran is better in the playoffs than a hot hitting AAA or AA minor leager is rediculous. How many hits of consequence has either Baker or Overbay had for the month of September?
October 2nd, 20122:38 pm
They haven’t been playing good basebaqll just pitching exceptionally. Meds better pitch a shutout. W
Remind me of he 88 Mets. All or nothing run wise. Let’s hope for the former Friday.
October 2nd, 20122:46 pm
Enjoy, because after Friday the Braves will be watching. No hitting when it matters. Book it.
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October 2nd, 20123:12 pm
[...] But in this often unusual and inconsistent Braves season, it happened. Locke allowed only one run and two hits (albeit with five walks) in six inning and the Braves mustered nothing against the bullpen in a 2-1 loss. [...]
October 2nd, 20124:29 pm
No sense playing Friday – Nostradumbasses (see JJ, bookie) have predicted the game.
October 2nd, 20126:14 pm
Your right Brave New World. Just forfeit and send everybody home. They could spend their money on their kids.
October 2nd, 20126:32 pm
i have been on here ranting for 2 months wondering why meja is not on the braves roster. also why overbay,baker and bautista are on the roster.i wonder if its because if they don’t play it will make fw look bad for signing them..
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