Braves shift focus to Friday’s Wild Card game

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Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:44 pm

Which is more likely tonight — the Braves get 2 hits and get shut out, or to shock everyone with 7 runs?

Well, they get 2 hits and shutout with the regular lineup, so I’d say it’s more likely that they break out with 7 runs.

phil

October 2nd, 2012
4:49 pm

Exactly….look for 10 runs, 13 hits, 2 errors, both on Flabsisco….

A good night upcoming.

MIdtown

October 2nd, 2012
4:51 pm

“Be honestly – didn’t some of you folks wish he’d lost once rather than go into the postseason with so much attention focused on the otherworldly streaks and numbers he’s put up?”

That’s what I was thinking when Meds gave up the Solano homer and the lead last Tuesday. He just about lost that one, but Freddie had to spoil it with his walkoff job.

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
4:55 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
RHP Kris Medlen has been selected as the National League Pitcher of the Month for September.

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
4:55 pm

I worry less about the Medlen streak continuing than I do (did) about a win streak continuing. Had the Braves swept the Pirates I would be way more worried going in to Friday… the team just doesn’t do long winning streaks.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
4:57 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
The award is the 2nd-straight POM for Medlen, who also won in Aug. He ranked 1st in MLB with 46 K, 3rd in the NL with 43 IP and T3rd in wins

Minor was pretty good too, maybe even better. Gotta check the stats.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves
Kris Medlen named NL pitcher of the month for Sept after winning Aug. too, 1st #Brave since Maddux to win two in a season (June, July 2001)

Told y’all he’s the next Maddux…

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

Off to the park. Everyone enjoy the game.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
Kimbrel went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 13 scoreless apps in Sept while converting 10-of-10 save opps and allowing just 6 H and 2 BB with 25 K

Atlanta Braves ‏@Braves
RHP Craig Kimbrel has been selected as the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for September.

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

2 straight POM as a starter + body of work in relief = at least name in conversation for CY

Probably cannot win. But I could see a top 5 finish for both Medlen & Kimbrel. You got 2 20 game winners & Cueto. Outside those 3, I do not know who else belongs there.

TennesseePaul

October 2nd, 2012
5:09 pm

Am I correct in stating that MLB TV revenues are split equally between all teams? So when MLB, FOX, ESPN and TBS announce new contracts, it means each team gets roughly 1/30th of the contract?

FOX and TBS signed on for about $800M a year.
ESPN signed on for about $700M a year.

That’s a total of about $1.5B a year in TV revenues for years 2014-2021. So if they do divvy that up evenly, that’s about $50M a year per team. The old ESPN contract is half the new one, if the FOX, TBS is similar, the amount has doubled… Not that that will give ATL a competitive advantage, but it’s just more salt in the wounds of payroll limits.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Minor: 5 starts, 31 IP. He went 4-0, the team was 4-1 in his starts. Allowed 13 Hits, 3 runs (all earned), 1HR, 28Ks, and 9BBs. 0.87 ERA and a .129/.205/.208/.413 oppo. line.

Medlen: 6 starts, 43 IP. He went 4-0, and the team was 6-0 in his starts. Allowed 26 Hits, 8 runs (6 earned), 4 HR, 46Ks, and 5BB. 1.26 ERA and a .169/.195/.279/.474 oppo. line.

Both would have been good choices, and I’m sure Medlen making history helped a bit.

MFin04

October 2nd, 2012
5:12 pm

This is the offense that Tommy Hanson’s pitching deserves. Match made in heaven! :)

northbeach Scott

October 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

Wonder when the last time a Braves pitcher won back to back POM? Smotlz in 1996 CY year, Maddux, Glavine? Curious.

Also, has Kimbrel won Delivery Man of the Month in 2013 or 2012? Sorry, limited data access as I am at 36,000 ft.

Bream Is My Homie

October 2nd, 2012
5:15 pm

Hey Dave, since Medlin is the only pitcher to win the pitcher of the month 2 times this year, does that automatically make him the NL pitcher of the year?

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

TennPaul – That’s what I understood. 1/30.

Of course, the accounting method hasn’t been determined. heh

Bigwheel

October 2nd, 2012
5:17 pm

Its been reported Sheets plans on retiring after the season. So if he pitches well tomorrow, does he get a spot on the DLS if we make it?

northbeach Scott

October 2nd, 2012
5:18 pm

If it turns out that Russ Ortiz, Bob Wickman or Dan Kolb is the last 2 consecutive POM winner, I will toss my cookies.

Blake

October 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

This team Isn’t hitting….what makes us think the playoffs will be any different?….they will only press harder and swing at bad pitches and get theirselves out…..I hate 2B negative but that Is the trend….

Bob Wickman's navel lint

October 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

burp! I didn’t win sh*t. Pass the potatoes, willya, punk?

Tumbledown

October 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

Uh oh. Now it is time for the Ben Sheets Retirement Tour. Ok, it may not be quite the same. Seriously, I was hoping he would be able to continue his career next year.

Brian from SC

October 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

Its been reported Sheets plans on retiring after the season. So if he pitches well tomorrow, does he get a spot on the DLS if we make it?

No.

Bream Is My Homie

October 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Blake-

In the playoffs it’s ok to get thereselves out becuase it’s about small ball and sacrifice bunts to try to manufacture runs. Not worried about it.

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

Medlen wins NL Pitcher of the Month for second consecutive month. That’s highly unusual. Then, so is everything he’s done since moving to rotation….

Sheets will start tomorrow, his 250th career start, then likely retire. Has told some he’s retiring, though Braves officials haven’t been told yet.

AZBravoFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

DOB:
To be honest, I’d rather the 2nd wildcard NOT go to a playoff Thursday. I understand there’s a lot of travel involved, and maybe spending another pitcher. However, these are the scenarios that make for October “us against the world” magic moments. Especially when the Cardinals are involved. We don’t need the Cards coming in here all high off an exciting do or die game. I fear they could roll us. Maybe not, but I’d rather the Cards lose the last 2 and have the Dodgers lose on the last day to back the Cards in.

MFin04

October 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Heck Chipper is retiring, doesn’t mean the guy can’t still play. Would love to see Sheets get a playoff start. If Tommy Hanson is going to get a playoff start, I’d rather Sheets start in his place.

Bream Is My Homie

October 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

AZBravoFan – LOL

Bream Is My Homie

October 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

MFin04 – LOL

AZBravoFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

I assume Minor was in the picture for POM? Oh, and as for Medlen’s roll, I’m glad he hasn’t lost. It’s not like he’s on one of those Jurrjens “play with fire every night” rolls that’s bound to implode any second. Dude has been dominating since he took the ball, and I so no reason barring injury why it should stop.

Bream Is My Homie

October 2nd, 2012
5:28 pm

AZBravoFan – I bet Miner’s 4.12 ERA hurt his case with the voters this month.

Dum-Bass

October 2nd, 2012
5:33 pm

OK, OK, let’s get this straight once and for all, and I am including myself, so don’t jump on me. Everybody, even DOB, is doing this, and he should know better. My 10th grade English teacher, bless her heart, would be proud of me for doing this. (Only one who ever gave me all A’s) It is not Wild Card, nor wild card, nor wild-card, or even Wildcard. It is simply wildcard. Not capitalized and not hyphenated. Based on this article DOB can’t make up his mind which it is either. I’ seen him use it several different ways. It’s driving me crazy because it’s being used so much now, and usually differently by everybody. OK, class dismissed!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:34 pm

AZBravoFan – I bet Miner’s 4.12 ERA hurt his case with the voters this month.

That shouldn’t matter… his stats for September were stellar.

Bream Is My Homie

October 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan – Yeah but in order to be a great pitcher for one month you have to be a great pitcher for more months or else it’s just a fluke. Voters take that into account.

Dum-Bass

October 2nd, 2012
5:37 pm

Honestly, I did type a “ve” after that I’ and it was showing when I hit submit. It just disappeared for some reason (karma maybe?) I read it over twice because I knew some “eagle eyes” would try to find something to pin on me.

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
5:37 pm

Tumbledown

October 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

Dum-bass – Not capitalized and not hyphenated.

Something tells me that your English teachers would have a problem with the above sentence. Of course, nearly all my posts would draw her ire, too.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

<em.Ben Maller ‏@benmaller
$474,771,082 total amount Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox spent on 2012 payroll to NOT make MLB playoffs.

:D

Brian

October 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

Have tickets to tomorrows game, but have a 280 mile drive. Based on tonights lineup, I dont think I will waste time/gas to drive down. Anyon thing the regulars might play?

Blake

October 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

@Bream Is My Homie …do you really think their will be any clutch hitting In the playoffs facing top tier pitchers?…..I don’t….Even If you play small ball you have to have a clutch hit or a fly ball….they strike out too much…..

berigan2electricboogaloo

October 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

Kat, great pic of PNC! I hear it’s one of the best stadiums, hope I can go there some day…

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan – Yeah but in order to be a great pitcher for one month you have to be a great pitcher for more months or else it’s just a fluke. Voters take that into account.

He’s been pretty good since July. 2.21 ERA since July 1

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

There are as many ways to punctuate wildCard as there are ways to spell Midlen Medlin Medlan Medlun Medlon Medlyn Medlen.

mpimentel

October 2nd, 2012
5:44 pm

a question…overbay can play catcher?

mpimentel

October 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

wow hinskie are completly forgotten …uhf

DAP

October 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

theonlybravesfan $474,771,082 total amount Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox spent on 2012 payroll to NOT make MLB playoffs.

alot of that is on the same players, too.

mpimentel

October 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

we have a very deep bench for sure…I hope the starting lineup rest before THAT game

mpimentel

October 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

so in the division series could be: hudson – minor – maholms – medlen…(keep hanson in a long relieve spot)…I like it…

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
5:53 pm

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal
Interesting comparison: #Dodgers’ Kershaw since ASG: 7-4, 2.18 ERA. #Braves’ Minor: 6-4, 2.16. Both have made 14 starts.

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
5:54 pm

“(keep hanson in a long relieve spot)”

Keep Hanson as a cheerleader.

mpimentel

October 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

sheets deserves a spot in the bullpen to…why not?

mpimentel

October 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

hehehehehe…..yeah right Heisenberg , I doubt hanson can move his colita as a cheerleader…now serious please give him a break!

Lew

October 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Why not Sheets in the pen? P{robably the same reason they haven’t played him since coming off the DL – Dude’s apparently running on his final fumes – Glad he’s getting a final start in a game that is basically meaningless, but let’s not push the feel good too far.

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
6:01 pm

Sheets says he’s “100 percent” sure that tomorrow will be his last game of career. Said he’s ready to be a full-time dad again.

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
6:01 pm

Just met Chipper’s parents. Supe nice ppl.

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
6:02 pm

Forgive me if it;s been posted, but Jayson Stark has some good thoughts on the AL MVP:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8450155/mike-trout-buster-posey-rest-2012-award-winners-mlb

Heisenberg

October 2nd, 2012
6:03 pm

that is it for today

Dum-Bass

October 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

You’re right, TUMBLEDOWN. She would have said, “Young man, you need to buy a comma. They are your best friends!” She was a quadriplegic but had an IQ way up there. Very keen mind. You’re pretty good also, to have spotted that.

jim

October 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

There is no need for Hanson to be on the playoff roster at all. There will be no need for a 5th starter, and we’d be better off with an extra bullpen arm. 7 relievers — Kimbrel, EOF,Venters, Avilan, Durbin, and choose 2 (Gearrin, Moylan, Martinez) or take all 3.

South Bound And Down

October 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

They better shift focus to hitting the ball!

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
6:17 pm

Jayson Stark has some good thoughts on the AL MVP:

uh…How about the NL Cy Young?

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
6:17 pm

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
6:18 pm

Couch Tater-

Haven’t gotten that far yet :)

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

DOB, any idea why the blog forums are running so horribly lately? Did the AJC just upgrade the software or something? — Murph

Yes, and it’s not working well so far. I have the same problems with the dial-up-like speed that you’re having, particularly when trying to load a new blog or go back and look at comments, etc.

braves-falcons-hawks

October 2nd, 2012
6:27 pm

Does anybody know at what time the Braves game is on friday??????

JesusHChristo

October 2nd, 2012
6:28 pm

I can’t seem to find a straight answer on this…

…If we win Friday night, do we know when our first Home Game will be? I keep hearing different days and the MLB Post Season schedule shows multiple days. Also, some are saying that Home Field Advantage does not mean the series starts in that city this year….True?

eric

October 2nd, 2012
6:31 pm

i just have 2 questions that no one ever seems to ask… whats up with chipper always wearing the mock turtle neck???.. and how is his “out of wedlock” relationship???

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
6:31 pm

JesusHChristo-

If we win on Friday, Game 1 of the NLDS will be Sunday in Atlanta. Game 2 would be (I believe) Monday, also in Atlanta.

braves-falcons-hawks

October 2nd, 2012
6:32 pm

jesusHCHRISTO: if the braves win friday they will play game 1 and 2 at the ted this year is a little different

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
6:33 pm

JesusHChristo-

And no, technically we would not have home field advantage because games 3-5 would be on the road. But having the first 2 games at home (for this year only- the format changes next season) is an advantage in my view

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
6:38 pm

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
6:39 pm

Kat @ 5:37

Nice pic, thanks. I see Heap at the batting cage. How did he look in BP?

brian

October 2nd, 2012
6:42 pm

love that Sheets was able to come back to the majors and make an impact, even if it was brief. I hope he has a great last start then enjoys being a full time dad. Injuries did shorten a promising career but it is nice to see he can retire on his terms.

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
6:42 pm

Fredi said Braves might carry 16 position players and 9 pitchers for Wild Card game, instead of 15/10 original plan. Would allow to pinch run for catcher early, etc.

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
6:43 pm

Bat – Play Golf?

brian

October 2nd, 2012
6:45 pm

tomorrow is the great debate about whether or not to play the regulars. I would give most of them at least an at bat or two to stay sharp. Then if they want to rest, let them rest. Having the day completely off and not hitting in 4 days will not help them come Friday

brian

October 2nd, 2012
6:48 pm

so the Braves can adjust their roster from the Wild Card play in game to the NLDS series if they win….

If so there is no reason to carry a bunch of starting pitchers for a one game series. Even a 5 game series, I would carry more position players.

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
6:48 pm

Fredi plans to start regular lineup tomorrow, give those guys one or two at-bats. Hinske will come in today, Bourn probably only getting couple of at-bats and Constanza will go to center.

Carolina Gent

October 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

IF we should happen to win on Friday, can we collectively pray for a rainout for the Monday game, given the team’s lousy Monday record??

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

Tater_

Yeah, but not lately.

Carolina Gent

October 2nd, 2012
6:50 pm

Obviously Fredi is listening to Brian for his 6:45 post!

Murph

October 2nd, 2012
6:52 pm

Obviously Fredi is listening to Brian for his 6:45 post!

Fredi IS brian

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
6:57 pm

Couch Tater-

:D I actually prefer my trout fresh caught, lightly battered, and fried with the skin on. Or grilled. Fresh Rainbow Trout is tasty!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
6:57 pm

9 pitchers… hopefully that means CMart is left off and not an extra starter (Minor)

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
6:58 pm

OK, OK, let’s get this straight once and for all, and I am including myself, so don’t jump on me. Everybody, even DOB, is doing this, and he should know better. My 10th grade English teacher, bless her heart, would be proud of me for doing this. (Only one who ever gave me all A’s) It is not Wild Card, nor wild card, nor wild-card, or even Wildcard. It is simply wildcard. Not capitalized and not hyphenated. Based on this article DOB can’t make up his mind which it is either. I’ seen him use it several different ways. It’s driving me crazy because it’s being used so much now, and usually differently by everybody. OK, class dismissed!,,,Dum

all that ink just to be wrong. a wildcard is like a one-eyed jack. Baseball calls it a Wild Card

jeffrey d

October 2nd, 2012
7:00 pm

What an odd thing to rant about.

And while we’re at it, what the heck is it with apostrophies in peoples’ last names??

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
7:00 pm

16 position players? I thought we had only 15 already before Janish got hurt…

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
7:01 pm

View from tonight. Center behind home plate. I’m a special section next to the camera . Awesome view. http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/2433/imag1755.jpg

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:02 pm

Rainbow and Steelhead trout are actually part of the Salmon family

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
7:03 pm

And I was wrong… damn. We have 17 position players not couting Janish. Someone will still be left off

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:03 pm

good pic Kat. thanx

Brian

October 2nd, 2012
7:08 pm

Kat, heading down for tomorrow’s game. We’re in section 117, behind home plate. Thanks for a preview of seats near us!

JesusHChristo

October 2nd, 2012
7:08 pm

Okay – so my tickets for Home Game #1 at the Ted will be Sunday… If we win Friday…

…Thanks!

……Wild Card! (for you nolie ;p)

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:09 pm

might be hard to decide who is too worthless to include considering the plethora of candidates

Couch Tater

October 2nd, 2012
7:11 pm

nolie – I car’d bout the wild, but the Series Club wunt take me.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:13 pm

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
7:15 pm

Marte….

Sweet!

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
7:16 pm

I hope they light Big Red :roll: UP!

Kat

October 2nd, 2012
7:16 pm

Brian.. I’m one level up in the 200s

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:16 pm

How nice, check swing double

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:16 pm

go to hell , fool

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