Braves shift focus to Friday’s Wild Card game

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Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:18 pm

That’s just weird, Mixxo

iloveproofreading

October 2nd, 2012
7:18 pm

“Be honestly”…does the AJC have copy editors?

ChipperisGod

October 2nd, 2012
7:18 pm

Fredi should start the starters tomorrow. Whoever he’s planning on starting for the WC game needs to play tomorrow. No way do you give people three days off as he said. At least some at bats by the regulars need to happen tomorrow. Give em a couple of bats and then take them out. Gotta get the offense going. Bourn is hitting well, so is Prado and Uggla, but everyone else is stumbling and scuffling. Good to see Heyward square a ball up last night though. Uggla should DEFINITELY PLAY unless his thumb is still giving him issues. What is it with the Braves this year and their fingers? Two head first slides and some glass in a cooler.

It would be horrible, I don’t want to ever see us lose, but a tiny part of me wanted the streak to end before the postseason. However, I think Medlen will be fine. Just gotta keep doing what he’s been doing. Hopefully those solid numbers against Lohse continue for the offense because you gotta think with the way the Cardinals have been swinging the bat that they’re going to score at least two runs. I hope Meds shuts them out, but he is hittable, and a little more so lately than he was in the middle of this streak.

He can ill afford to start against the Cardinals the way he started against the Mets. Once the third started, he was sharp, but he’s gotta be that sharp the entire time he’s out there. I’m sure he will be. He’s fearless, ferocious and pitches his BEST against top tier teams. He made the Nats offense, which I think is the bets in the NL, to one run in two starts. He’s a freak, he’ll keep it up.

Get everyone a couple of at bats tomorrow and then yank them. And start Ross in the WC game! Mac is just way to banged up and hardly plays anymore. He’s not getting enough reps to be ready for the postseason. I know he’s our guy, but he has so many injuries that he just can’t function at a high level right now.

If you rest him three days and then play him Friday, he might lay an egg. I don’t know, we need our BEST players out there on Friday.

I say:

1. Bourn
2. Prado
3. Heyward
4. Chipper
5. Freddie
6. Uggla
7. Simmons
8. Ross
9. Medlen

Rossy has been clutch this year, that homer off Lee. The homer on Sunday. He’s had plenty of moments this year where he’s shined. I can’t think of the last time McCann played well consistently since July. He had an absolutely torrid stretch, but since then that cist and whatever else is going on in that shoulder is just killing him. I almost want to say put Uggla in the three hole given his good work of late, and his good numbers against Lohse. But part of me also says, you gotta dance with the one who got you here. Heyward’s been cold overall though.

I do not envy the job of Fredi right now. I’ll be back at some point.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:23 pm

Scared of Overbay

ryan

October 2nd, 2012
7:24 pm

Wanted to see Teheran pitch tomorrow who the hell cares if Sheets gets another loss.Hope we can sign Greinke and trade Hanson and MaHolm.Overbay is a piece of crap that will make playoff roster.

Pete

October 2nd, 2012
7:24 pm

The Braves are totally hopeless when they get behind 1-0. They quit. They have no fight in them. All season long their come from behind wins were miniscule……………………pathetic.
Come this Friday they better jump out to a 3-0 start or it’s off to the golf course on Sat.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:27 pm

The Braves led the league in come from behind wins, Pete.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:29 pm

Hit one out big man

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:30 pm

Hey PETE, switch to CLUELESS will ya’?

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:31 pm

I’m sure glad Chip told me how big a pickup Francisco has bee.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:32 pm

Come on, uh, what’s your name

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:34 pm

I would say HANSOIN is pitching for a spot on next season’s 25-man. I hope he rests up and comes out of the gate with a new delivery.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:35 pm

nolie:

Well if CHIP JONES likes him……

Fols

October 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

I so want Ross to get the start over Mac but it’s not going to happen. If Mac is 0-2 or 0-3….in a tight game, I’d love to see FG acknowledge that by giving Ross an opportunity. He’s earned it.

SCBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

Seriously, is there any reason for Hanson to be on *ANY* post season roster…WC, NLDS, NLCS, WS???

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:38 pm

Mac woulda thrown him out!!!

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
7:39 pm

ncbravesfan90

October 2nd, 2012
7:39 pm

Can we manufacture runs like that?

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:39 pm

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
7:40 pm

“Can we manufacture runs like that?”

lol

Not likely……especially lately. :(

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:40 pm

good thing we don’t play in the central

Gil In Mechanicsville

October 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

If the Braves add Tommy Hanson to their post season roster as anything other than someone to hold the rest of the starters’ hats, they are completely out of touch with reality .

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

I don’t care what tonight’s score ends up being. I just want that GEICO caveman-looking heap on the bump for the BRAVES to go seven and not burn up the pen. It’s o.k. with me if he has to throw 250 pitches and loses 38-0.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

Come on, Biff!!

ryan

October 2nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Good chance we get no hit tonight with are worthless bench. I”d really spend my money to watch these guys bat.No Francisco will not make a sarting 3rd baseman.Overbay ,Baker and Constanza dont even think about them next year.Hanson your piece of crap tought you were going to stop them from stealing this year . I say trade him but who would want the big dummy that throws 88 MPH. Enough off this game has to be something better to watch like spong bob.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:46 pm

A GIL sighting! My main man…..how’s tricks? Still want to lunch over your way? Or a three=peat at O’TOOLE’S

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:46 pm

Yay, a sacrifice hit

Steal third, Biff

David O'Brien

October 2nd, 2012
7:47 pm

ChipperisGod

October 2nd, 2012
7:47 pm

Hey Pete, are you insane? What about when we were down 9-0 TO WASHINGTON, CAME BACK AND WON! If you think that’s a small margin to come back from then you are… words can’t describe what you are if you truly believe that. Four nothing to Washington as well. 7-1 to the Phillies and came back as well. Need I say more?

Postseason roster is too valuable @Gil. I agree, Hanson should not be out there.

George_George

October 2nd, 2012
7:47 pm

Repost for the evening folks
George_George

October 2nd, 2012
12:04 pm
Good morning all
Sad night we just could not push across runs, all season long we wasted good pitching. BUT WAIT the season as a whole was pretty good we stayed in contention down to last three days of season. It was great and sad at the same time to watch CHIPPERS last season. Good to watch MEDLEN and MINOR develop and JASON improve, also FREDDY. Now two days of ST LINEUPS a loss Friday and we can relax and look for even better things next year, with our pitching it could happen.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:47 pm

So long, ryan

Turrible call

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

BALLGAME!!!!!!!!

Gil In Mechanicsville

October 2nd, 2012
7:49 pm

Sure GCJ, Let’s shoot for next week, I am somewhat mobile again although not ready for Dancing With The Stars

Gil In Mechanicsville

October 2nd, 2012
7:50 pm

I’ll give you a call tomorrow

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm

I figgered folks were too high on Trumbo. caint remember who I got into it with this spring

George_George

October 2nd, 2012
7:53 pm

Enter your comments here

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

Enter your comments here

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:55 pm

GIL:

Really!!!! Coulda’ fooled me.

Wednesday is the day this week without an 8:00 a.m. hospital or dr’s office call for my wife. I’ll be waiting for a jingle. Man, I can use a drink!

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:55 pm

I wasn’t sure I would ever see another Triple Crown

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm

Almost forgot I’m temporarily GCL. Soon be time to return to rich…….

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm

AZL start on the fourth

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm

tough to decide if Bat or George got the better of those comments….

truth teller

October 2nd, 2012
7:59 pm

Med will probably pitch well, but I doubt he will receive any support and the Cards will put together a few nickle and dimes for a couple of runs and everyone will turn to the Falcons.

Sopheee

October 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

Lyle Lyle, the crocodile finally hit the ball.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

I was cribbing off of George

:oops:

George_George

October 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm
Just playing with mouse and pushed at wrong time.

Bat Masterson

October 2nd, 2012
8:03 pm

Atta boy, Juan

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
8:04 pm

someone should tweet Chip and tell him that Triple Crown winners have not always been MVPS

chipontheroad

October 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Ciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisco!!!

ncbravesfan90

October 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Dang this umpire is all over the place tonight with his strike zone….

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
8:08 pm

If JUAN ever exhales, and learns that the same rate of swing can net a HR as well as a single, the young man will becomes a very dangerous person with a bat in his hands.

His extra wiggle when he tries to muscle up takes a fraction of a second, and throws his balance and swing completely off.

Nice double there. Maybe GREG’s gettin’ through to him. Prolly should leave him off the post-season roster though….dontcha’ think?

George_George

October 2nd, 2012
8:09 pm

Don’t know if I can stand the excitment.

MFin04

October 2nd, 2012
8:09 pm

For those who understand and love WAR ;)

So if the Braves win tonight…does every Braves starter besides Bourn and Simmons…WAR drop by 1.0?!?

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Hanson’s lucky that Bourn and Rev saved him in the 3rd… it could be worse. He’s doing okay, though. Keep it up.

Ghost of Chipper Jones

October 2nd, 2012
8:13 pm

HANSON’s pitching. I’m 99.2.

cabravesfan

October 2nd, 2012
8:14 pm

Jack Wilson was just on with the Pirates guys. He seems like a really good guy- looking forward to being Dad.

Animus

October 2nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Speaking of Triple Crown and MVP – Ted Williams batted for the triple crown in 1942 and 1947. Both years he finished second in MVP voting!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Seriously, is there any reason for Hanson to be on *ANY* post season roster…WC, NLDS, NLCS, WS???

No… no need for him to be on the Braves roster next year either. Enjoy what’s possibly his last appearance as a Braves.

urban redneck

October 2nd, 2012
8:16 pm

wow. the bucs sure went all out for larry. maybe they should have gone with the parrot/eye patch/peg leg combo. he would have gotten more use out of them.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:18 pm

Gretchen Kaney ‏@GeeJayKaney
Braves postseason experience– Chipper Jones: 92 career games. Rest of team: 81 games.

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
8:19 pm

Speaking of Triple Crown and MVP – Ted Williams batted for the triple crown in 1942 and 1947. Both years he finished second in MVP voting…animus

yeah I talked about that yesterday

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:20 pm

Ghost: How does that work, the higher the number the “worse” it is? I’d bump that up to 104. Deathly sick.

Carl Farvman

October 2nd, 2012
8:21 pm

“Thanks, DOB. Yeah, nice exposing the hypocrisy of the Cardinals “not wanting to celebrate getting into the WC play-in game.”
BTW, they haven’t clinched yet. I’m no fan of the Dodgers, but I do like Karma, and I hope Karma helps the Dodgers overtake STL.”

What exactly does Karma apply to in this instance? The Cards, apparently, are just trying to sort though the whole concept of celebrating the right to play a game to see if they actually can participate in the playoffs. And this comes from a team that just won the WS. They simply don’t know what’s normal in this situation. When has there been a time when a team celebrated that it might be in the playoffs?..You shake hands on field and maybe bounce up a down like only baseball players can.

Animus

October 2nd, 2012
8:23 pm

Sorry nolie didn’t read the blog yesterday – did you mention Chuck Klein and Lou Gehrig also?

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
8:24 pm

*To Paul Simon’s Still Crazy…*

Still terrible with RISP.

:(

MFin04

October 2nd, 2012
8:24 pm

So if the Braves win tonight…does every Braves starter besides Bourn and Simmons…WAR drop by 1.0?!? Nothing? Really?

Tommy Hanson is making his audition for the post-season…official team bunter. Wow. Looking tremendous as a bunter tonight.

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:25 pm

AN 0-3 with 2Ks sure doesn’t help Bourn

Fredo

October 2nd, 2012
8:26 pm

I think the real Bourn took a day off too …. the one that’s in the lineup right now isn’t doing anything

Choptober

October 2nd, 2012
8:26 pm

Does any one know when they are announcing Friday nights wild card game time?

Mitchell

October 2nd, 2012
8:28 pm

A great comeback indeed, Joe.

Didn’t matter though, now did it?

Mitchell

October 2nd, 2012
8:29 pm

Works for me, Mixxo.

Great song, terrible offense.

nolie

October 2nd, 2012
8:29 pm

I thought it was Carl Farbman

Fredo

October 2nd, 2012
8:30 pm

“Does any one know when they are announcing Friday nights wild card game time?”

probably tomorrow or Thursday

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:30 pm

That’s not what we needed. Ross is our PS starter. Told him to start Boscan!

HooRah

October 2nd, 2012
8:31 pm

you are unbelievably dumb Mitchell, and annoying as hell. i hope for your sake that you are no older than 15 or 16

Capt.Mudd

October 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

Hey guys–and gals..wonderful day; even better night—wow, what with Hanson on the hill and our Bravos in high gear. What’s not to like?

Oh by the way, I did not do a thing today…I totally mailed it in!

Sopheee

October 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

Probably as soon as they know whether the Yanks won the division or wild card.

Sopheee

October 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

Beautiful Hanson. Nice way to make a case to get on PS roster, and raise your trade value.

ncbravesfan90

October 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

That’s what happens to an 87 MPH fastball in the big leagues…..

Capt.Mudd

October 2nd, 2012
8:33 pm

Yes Sir Tommy–they love ya in Pittsburgh!

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
8:33 pm

On a high note, this may be Hanson’s last start as an Atlanta Brave. :cool:

He just got smoked again.

Choptober

October 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

Thanks for the reply Fredo.. I know tbs shows the al game to start at 6:00 pm et. and the nl at 9:30 pm et. i hope it stays that way!

Animus

October 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

Third time through the order – Hudson’s biggest problem all year.

Capt.Mudd

October 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

It is hilarious…these announcers….Chirp and Joe, don’t really know what to say??????

Tommy (#7 starter) Hanson

October 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

So how does it feel to be soooo wrong about a big league pitcher’s potential?

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
That was Jones’ 27th HR and the 27th Hanson has allowed this year. Hanson’s previous career high was 17.

Sigh..

Trey

October 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

Hanson really sucks. Oh well, we made it to the playoffs!

Capt.Mudd

October 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

Hudson too????

Fols

October 2nd, 2012
8:36 pm

I will not complain if this is the last game he’s pitched for us…….in fact this is the perfect place for him. A meaningless game while kids like Medlen prepare for the real deal.

Fredo

October 2nd, 2012
8:36 pm

what are the chances the Kansas City Braves see enough positive in Tommy to trade for him

Tommy (#7 starter) Hanson

October 2nd, 2012
8:37 pm

I bet we go through the Winter hearing from the Braves how Tommy and the coaching staff figured out a problem with Tommy’s mechanics and how he would be a beast in the Braves rotation in 2013?

Anyone want to dispute that?

N8

October 2nd, 2012
8:38 pm

Tommy Hanson is going to be a nice addition to some team’s bullpen in the near future. He’d be an excellent “Chard Durbin” for some non contender.

He’s gone from future ace and anchor of the Braves rotation to Kenshin Kawakami really fast.

How has this guy won 13 games this year?

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
8:38 pm

Fredo -

Hopefully high….as in ‘off the chart.’

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 2nd, 2012
8:38 pm

Somehow a GM will trade for this…. I sure hope so. Not really seeing it.

gcs

October 2nd, 2012
8:40 pm

Leave Hanson in there. Make him tough it out.
He won’t make the post-season roster anyway.

Sopheee

October 2nd, 2012
8:40 pm

Tom Hart must be really bored.

Mitchell

October 2nd, 2012
8:40 pm

5-1?

5 to f’ing 1?!

Mixxo

October 2nd, 2012
8:40 pm

lol@ the kid Tom’s talking to in the stands.

Kid’s a playa!

Capt.Mudd

October 2nd, 2012
8:41 pm

Can someone tell me who that kid is? The recent interview on tube

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