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DS1

October 4th, 2012
6:48 pm

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George_George

October 4th, 2012
6:57 pm

Why would we think about signing or tradeing for a catcher? BRIAN may be better next year we have ROSS even if he is kinda old to catch a lot of games. Then we have comming up BETTENCOURT and that other kid who tore up the low minors till he hurt his ankle. We need a LFder who can hit when MARTIN becomes full-time 3RD BASE. JOHNSON and JOSE C can handle CF. With our PITCHING STAFF we should be fine next year. I was going to retire from BRAVE FANDOM when CHIPPER did , but think Iwill stick around another year.

usnavyvolfaninva

October 4th, 2012
7:07 pm

FG starting David Ross. Fire FG! Oh, wait, I said if he started McCann, fire FG….oh, well, fire FG anyway!!

George_George

October 4th, 2012
7:35 pm

usnavyvolfaninva

October 4th, 2012
7:07 pm
FG starting David Ross. Fire FG! Oh, wait, I said if he started McCann, fire FG….oh, well, fire FG anyway!!

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No do not fire yet. When FREDI does something right I will say so and he is right in starting ROSS.

usnavyvolfaninva

October 4th, 2012
7:41 pm

George_george…. I don’t care if we win the WS…fire Fredi! I have no actual legitimate reason why I want to fire him…just ‘cuz!

Jerry

October 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Next year’s starting rotation:

Medlen
Hudson
Minor
Maholm
Delgado or Teheran

I fail to see where there will be a slot available for Hanson, and I just think it’s time to give either Delgado or Teheran there shot just as they did with Minor. I was totally against Minor when this season started, but I was wrong. That kid came around in a huge way. I like Delgado a lot more than Teheran. I absolutely do not like Hanson and his looming shoulder issues and lack of a power arm because of those issues. And I said it once before that I believe Medlen will be in the Cy Young next year. Hell, I think he should get some votes this year!

Jerry

October 4th, 2012
7:53 pm

And as for tomorrow’s game? It’ll be a one and out and Chipper will be on his merry way. Lohse will make this offense look feeble. Unfortunate for Medlen because he should have a good performance. Maybe he can pitch a shutout and win 1-0.

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
8:09 pm

is it 6:00 yet??

Tommy (#7 starter) Hanson

October 4th, 2012
8:17 pm

Fredi! Way to show a pair! Bobby Cox lost playoffs games due to playing his heart and going with his loyalties. Many times Bobby went with a guy based on his PAST performance rather than what he was doing “today.”

What’s the worst that can happen? The Braves lose in the first round of the playoffs? Seems Bobby established that tradition quite a few years before he retired.

Doc Holliday

October 4th, 2012
8:21 pm

Doc Holliday

October 4th, 2012
8:32 pm

If you want to read some positive stuff………got some for you.

The Braves were the team that gave Loshe his worst outing of the season.

Loshe allowed more than 4 runs only 4 times in 33 GS…….. Braves were one of those teams and not only that, they gave him his shortest outing…….5.0 IP

Couldnt look better at least on paper.

Playoffs!!!

October 4th, 2012
8:36 pm

AND, the Cardinals have a righhanded dominated bullpen. 7th, 8th inning guys and closer, all rightys

ChattTownBrian

October 4th, 2012
8:44 pm

If Braves had not half assed it in games this year we wouldn’t have to worry about this one game playoff. Fire the hole bunch of slackers and hire new help for next year. Players that are hungry for a division title!

Doc Holliday

October 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

Braves ranked 3rd best team in MLB by Foxsports…………..behind Reds and Nats

keyLargo

October 4th, 2012
8:55 pm

If we could count hitting, well, we’d have to get some hitters first.

MiaBchBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
8:55 pm

Braves have the best pitching in the NL, I will not argue that. To say that the Braves are a better team than the Giants is a stretch, since the Giants – as feeble as San Fran is – hits better than the Braves.

Then again, the little league team sponsored by Chico’s Bail Bonds hits better than the Braves.

Save for Chipper, no one on the Braves hits better than Kelly from The Bad News Bears; on the plus side, Medlen is way better pitcher than Amanda. :-)

George_George

October 4th, 2012
8:59 pm

cab it is almost 6:00 your time 9:00 my time . so outta here to watch game . DO IT USC.

phil

October 4th, 2012
8:59 pm

Agree with the Tom Hart remarks….

He’s done a good job.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:00 pm

Lose USC!

A bunch of crooks and thugs.

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:01 pm

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

Sox axe Valentine….what a shock!

Look at Utah! Lol…

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

A bunch of crooks and thugs.

You care to back that up?

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:06 pm

Don’t have to….

Reggie Bush.
His family.
Your ex-coach.
Your current coach.

All i can think of at the moment. :-)

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:07 pm

Nothing any of those people did was a crime or in any way thug like. Try again.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:09 pm

Cab, i’m basically just yankin your chain a little…

Well, other than the folks i named, plus Leinert and that other back from back then, white….

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:12 pm

Lane Kiffin is an arrogant punk with a Petrino like attitude that will eventually be his downfall….

Other than that, USC is ok i guess….

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:13 pm

Because so many college coaches are know to be so humble

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:15 pm

Come on now….you know this guy is just what I described.

He will eventually implode and take the school down with him for several years.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:16 pm

Now it’s 14?

Lol!

I expect C will still win.

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:16 pm

No. I don’t know. And I will disagree.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:20 pm

Suit yourself. I’ll remind you in a few years if we’re still around here.

Or humbly acknowledge my error.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
9:21 pm

I could see a scenario where Teheran ends back at Triple-A. I guess I just have a hard time seeing a Gwinnett rotation of Teheran, Delgado,Gilmartin, Spruill, and J.R. Graham.

There is near no chance of all five of them being with the organization next year and the same current starting five being in place – Hudson, Medlen, Minor, Maholm, and Hanson.

That’s not a wise use of assets when we have holes in the outfield.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:24 pm

How in the name of FG did Hanson win 13 games this year?

He was wretched.

Trader Jack

October 4th, 2012
9:25 pm

Efrim

Agree with you, but you know that Wren holds his pitching closer to his chest than his wallet

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:26 pm

Braves 5 – Cards 2

Meds goes 7 strong, 8 ks, 2 walks
EOF and Kimbrel mow em down.

Onward!

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
9:26 pm

I’m just hoping for two of Bourn, Heyward and Prado winning a Gold Glove. I do believe that Bourn should – for sure.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Prado should get the GG at third, short and left…

:-)

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
9:30 pm

Team hasn’t given up multiple high end prospects for a player during the offseason in a long time.

Flowers and others for Vazquez and Logan was a trade that sorta hurt.

Morton, Locke, Hernandez for McLouth and the Bourn trade were mid-season trades. As was Tex.

Bat Masterson

October 4th, 2012
9:32 pm

It’s a real shame about Heap’s shoulder. Shoulder surgery on his throwing arm in the offseason is a little disconcerting. Of course it could screw up his swing, too.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
9:33 pm

I don’t think people realize how bad 3rd base is around the league. It’s awful. And it’s not a strong spot in the minors either. Really hard to find good players there. Even though it seems like the Braves have been searching for a LF since I was born, I have to imagine it will be easier to fill that void and move Prado to 3rd.

Just gotta get Prado extended this winter. Has to get done. Heyward too, hopefully. Have a hard time seeing them extending Medlen or Kimbrel. Would love to lock up Medlen. but it’s a tough situation given that the kid hasn’t started for a full season and he’s 3 years away from free agency and already 27 years old.

Efrim

October 4th, 2012
9:36 pm

It’s a real shame about Heap’s shoulder. Shoulder surgery on his throwing arm in the offseason is a little disconcerting. Of course it could screw up his swing, too.

I’d bet the Braves are concerned. Adrian Gonzalez came back strong from shoulder surgery and hit real well. Not sure what needs to be repaired and what the extent of the damage is.

We’re really going to go till the end with Mac and I’m not sure how I see him NOT exploring free agency given the circumstances. A shame.

Bat Masterson

October 4th, 2012
9:36 pm

TOBF thinks the Braves should wait another year on Heyward because of his less than stellar finish this year.

Venice Jim

October 4th, 2012
9:42 pm

Then, not much to debate…

Bat Masterson

October 4th, 2012
9:43 pm

A shame

Yeah it is, Efrim. Homegrown star.

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:43 pm

Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS
room service person kept calling me “Mr. Heyward.” glad to see they have baseball on their minds in atlanta. #jheykid

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Screw up his swing, Bat?

Help fix perhaps.

M.V.P.Heyward

October 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS
room service person kept calling me “Mr. Heyward.” glad to see they have baseball on their minds in atlanta. #jheykid

Good stuff.

monty

October 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

You Don’t Want To Hear It, But….

October 4th, 2012
6:10 pm
“Hanson gave up two ER or less in four of his last six starts and lead the Braves in strikeouts with just shy of one per inning”

Hopefully other GM’s will buy into him as much as you do. IF so, it should net quite the return. But some how, I doubt they will.

Bat Masterson

October 4th, 2012
9:51 pm

Heap has a sweet swing and surgery on the shoulder can inhibit range of motion.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:53 pm

Yes, good stuff, but how stupid do you have to be to think heyward is at a hotel in his hometown? In his third season?

Huh?

Or what am I missing?

monty

October 4th, 2012
9:53 pm

I don’t think MAC has anywhere to go but up at this point.

nolie

October 4th, 2012
9:54 pm

Flowers and others for Vazquez and Logan was a trade that sorta hurt…Efrim

how in the world did that trade hurt us?

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:55 pm

True, Bat, but if he risks rest and it fails, then what?

I guess the MRA will help tell the tale…

cabravesfan

October 4th, 2012
9:56 pm

I’m pretty sure they don’t think John Heyman is Jason…

Bat Masterson

October 4th, 2012
9:57 pm

Yeah, I’m not arguing need, time will tell. I’m just saying shoulder surgery does not necessarily mean back to normal.

Mixxo

October 4th, 2012
9:57 pm

I like Mac coming off the bench. He may have a couple of good swings in him when we need some.

phil

October 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

I’m tired.

Obvious now that I look again and actually think a sec….

phil

October 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

We should’ve traded Mac early this year like some of us said….

Utah! Lol

monty

October 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Mixxo

October 4th, 2012
9:57 pm
I like Mac coming off the bench. He may have a couple of good swings in him when we need some.

Yeh, the Kirk Gibson affect.

Powder Blue

October 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Gonna be hard to sleep tonight.

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:07 pm

why get all excited? we already know they are gonna lose it……

phil

October 4th, 2012
10:07 pm

Not for me….

I’m wiped.

In fact, nite all! Let’s get em tomorrow.

phil

October 4th, 2012
10:08 pm

Nolie, you said it…..

Nite.

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

I was quoting

Powder Blue

October 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

Medlen = must see TV

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:13 pm

yeah, Meds has been awesome. Let’s hope it continues

Powder Blue

October 4th, 2012
10:18 pm

Seriously, I haven’t planned my schedule around a pitcher like this since Maddux. I love me some good pitching.

Powder Blue

October 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Guys gotta come out loose tomorrow and just play. No pressing at the plate. I think they’ll be fine.

bravofan

October 4th, 2012
10:22 pm

jeffrey d

October 4th, 2012
10:31 pm

keyLargo

October 4th, 2012
10:32 pm

I don’t know any other way to put it, but the Braves lied about McLouth, had him contiunue to play and then released him. I’m still wainting for someone to tell me what was wrong with him and why he didn’t have surgery. A torn abdominal muscle makes it impossible to give it 100% and I’m sure inferred with his throwing last year.

Nate was, when healthy, a strong starting OFer that would help the team. I just hope we’re not getting Nate – Version II with McCann.

jeffrey d

October 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

keylargo – what are you talking about? As a non-Brave this year, McLouth hit .241 with a .694 OPS. You’re talking like he was a Silver Slugger or something.

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

perhaps they did not know about the hernia, McNate might not have told them

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:38 pm

Nate tore it up in Baltimore Jeffrey. led off with steals, good numbers and had a number of VERY important hits. He is as much a reason for their rebound to post season as perhaps any

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
10:39 pm

@KeyLargo…..”Torn abdominal muscle”

You know Key, I always thought….well, had to be something wrong with Nate’s fate in Atlanta.

Jim

October 4th, 2012
10:39 pm

guys – I won’t single anyone out, but please learn difference between a “mute point” and a “moot point.” The later is the correct usage.

Same with “affect” and “effect.” “Playing Ross will “affect” the lefy-right “effect.”

Good night.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

.268/.342/.435/.777 with a 111 OPS— That’s the healthy and regularly playing Nate McLouth

Bat Masterson

October 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

Yeah, it’s a crime shame people keep screwing all that up, Jim. Thanks

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

@noliee…..I know that these physicals they get aren’t as ‘comprehensive’ as we might assume.

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:42 pm

its a blog joke , Jim. there are a number of them like “your and idiot” and numerous others

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
10:42 pm

But….but…he ‘lefy?”

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:47 pm

if you don’t tell them that you are hurting, they are unlikely to find much, especially soft tissue. Now why he would not tell them is another question, but I have always believed that he was hurt much of his time here.
I don’t think he’s a star and his great season was likely an outlier, but he can still be a solid lefty hitter with some steals as a platoon player I think

jeffrey d

October 4th, 2012
10:49 pm

Yes, I know nolie. Nate was a reigning All Star when Wren traded for him. And I was as big a McLouth supporter as anyone when he was with us. But he was traded in 2009. Since he came to the Braves, he’s posted OPS’s of .773, .620, .677, .385, and .777. That’s between average and sucky at best.

nolie

October 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

yeah Pete and Jake think he is a bumb, like many here do .
I’m just sticking up for him some, not saying we need him :?

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
10:56 pm

He didn’t tell them [Atlanta]…..he didn’t tell Pittsburgh…..he didn’t want it to affect his market value? He may have just thought it would abate? Or perhaps, just a bunch of old conjecture.

keyLargo

October 4th, 2012
11:01 pm

jeffrey d – you can go back and check you years and numbers and if you can’t do any better, I’m going to give you a big helping hand. You’ve made up about half of what you said.

And you don’t seem to get the point that I’m asking why he continued to play when he had a serious injury that will not heal without surgery.

jeffrey d

October 4th, 2012
11:03 pm

I was saying that that’s 4 years of sucky to decent numbers for McLouth. How long was his stomach bothering him?

nolie

October 4th, 2012
11:03 pm

no conjecture that he had the injury…. and the concussion.
could easily have gotten them at the same time, but that is conjecture

nolie

October 4th, 2012
11:06 pm

took him a while to get back, sometimes it does.
heck the Orioles might be a mirage and he will fold again next season, but if he stays healthy I see no reason to think so. and 777 nowdays is not all that bad

jeffrey d

October 4th, 2012
11:12 pm

You’re not all that bad

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
11:15 pm

You know…..to recall the first game of this season prior to the last is……ok, just a bit premature but—what I remember most regarding game one is the crowd that assembled both outside and inside TheTed. The number of young twenty-somethings was avery high, IMO. The associated ‘tailgate parties,’ numerous and lively….and, when the game ensued and a Brave did well–electric, really cool to b a part of….cool to be a Brave.

Moreover in the five games I witnessed [in person] thereafter, no particular crowd was equal to that ‘first.’ Perhaps I just had dates that drew average to above average crowds; who knows? I just can’t grasp firmly the reason(s) why this entity called, “Opening Day in Atlanta” is as exciting and loud as it was? Overall, I think it is safe to assume–Atlanta Brave fans/crowds could do a heck of a lot better supporting an MLB team with 94 wins…..I hope tomorrow’s crowd will rival that first real great one at Turner Field last Spring.

Puma

October 4th, 2012
11:18 pm

Tomorrows game is pretty much sold out, so I got to think it is gonna be rockin’, at least as much as last weekend. Who wouldn’t be fired up at tomorrow’s game? It doesn’t get any more pivotal than tomorrow, until Game 1 of the NLDS at least.

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
11:21 pm

Some letters I typed in former were omitted–and, as I joked earlier…..that’s what happened to Jim with the “lefy” for lefty I am sure!

keyLargo

October 4th, 2012
11:22 pm

. Since he came to the Braves, he’s posted OPS’s of .773, .620, .677, .385, and .777. That’s between average and sucky at best.

Nate played about 83 games a year in 09,10 , 11. How does that turn into 5 years?

Capt.Mudd

October 4th, 2012
11:23 pm

@Puma…..and I heard they are selling National “Bo” Beer for 25 cents a glass too!

Dum-Bass

October 4th, 2012
11:35 pm

Some need to learn the difference in “later” and “latter” too, right Jim. But, the worst one of all is “prolly” for “probably”. Even “probly” wouldn’t be as bad. Might as well scratch on a blackboard with your fingernails as to say, “prolly”. You know who you are. Doofuses!

nolie

October 4th, 2012
11:37 pm

dum-bass prolly lives up to his moniket I bet

nolie

October 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

anybody who criticizes grammar or punctuation ot types on a blog like this is a total freaking control freak . always the refuge of folks who have nothing important, creative or pertinent to say.
pissant lil’ cretins actually

chipontheroad

October 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

I’d cover part of that

Dum-Bass

October 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

Just saw on ESPN website that out of 28 “so called” experts not even one of them picked the Braves to win the WS this year. They have their long postseason list of picks up now. Most of them picked the Braves to beat the Cards tomorrow, and several, such as Jayson Stark and Buster Olney picked the Braves to take the NL title, which is surprising. BUT, not one out of 28 picked ATL to take the WS! O ye of little faith! Of course several of the ESPN YANKEE HOMERS picked NY.

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