3:05 pm October 2, 2012, by David O'Brien
October 2nd, 201211:34 pm
Does Billy Ripken smoke during commercial breaks? He is horrendous to listen to.
October 2nd, 201211:35 pm
Blanco and Infante?? That’s your idea of speed? A 5th outfielder and Infante? I loved Omar when he was here, but the Braves traded HI with him. He has not done much in the 2 years since he left.
A’s winning now. If that holds and LA can take/keep the lead in their game it should be an interesting last day of the season (and possibly beyond)
October 2nd, 201211:37 pm
I don’t want you to leave, I just want you to lose the SEC football/Fantasy Baseball mentality. Is that not too much to ask?
I’m feeling the Dawgs man Defence goes all Erk on the chickens sat and gurshall runs and runs and runs
October 2nd, 201211:38 pm
Giants go up 4-1.
Dodgers look like us at home.
October 2nd, 201211:39 pm
From your lips to God’s ear!
Go Dodgers and A’s (it’s darned hard for me to say that!)
October 2nd, 201211:41 pm
I guess it’s a good thing the Braves had that big silly celebration last week since it’s the last one they’ll have this year.
October 2nd, 201211:42 pm
DS1…….The A’s? Yep, they are going to make some real noise in the AL Divisional!
October 2nd, 201211:45 pm
Despite all the negativity on the blog about the Braves chances, I still think if 2-3 of our hitters get hot in the next couple of weeks, we could go a long way. We’ve got the bats to do it, if they will just break out like they did in mid August.
Stranger things have happened. (and we have about a 50/50 chance of finishing up on Friday too!)
October 2nd, 201211:49 pm
Agree DS1 if we play loose and pitch we could ride awhile
October 2nd, 201211:51 pm
And I think ol Hoss has a little bit left
October 2nd, 201211:54 pm
Immature and premature and also smelt like manure…..too happy for that less than championship behavior—Hinske, Pastor, Uggla….dancing the “Safety Dance,”….well I’m mocking a bit here, but it was funny to watch–all that wasted ‘fancy fizz’…….I truly think this season they were close so after ‘making fun,’….I’ll confess rightly—93 wins=successful/good MLB season–all the one-run ‘goofy games’ notwithstanding.
Kemp at the plate representing the tying run
October 2nd, 201211:55 pm
Who would want Mitchell to leave? The Godfather of the Inability-to-Understand-Baseball would deprive us of countless opportunities for make sport of mental instability…
October 2nd, 201211:56 pm
Blanco and Infante?? That’s your idea of speed?
Yes…… Blanco has 26 sb this season in limited action.. Infante has 15.
Uggla has 4 and caught 3 times….. I guess we can all wait for Dan to hit the Bomb and we will win !
Other than Heyward with 20, Prado with 17 and Bourne who will be a National next year what do we have ?
By the Way Prado played 5 positions this year hit .300, and is tops in the league with the most 2 strike hits….. Is he the Braves MVP ? Maybe Heyward ?
Tonight’s loss was “insignificant” according to DOB.
How can it be insignificant?
I thought as a team you don’t want to go into the playoffs on “auto-pilot.”
Clearly that’s what the Braves are doing.
That would make tonight’s game very significant and a sign of things to come.
I find that rather contradictory, personally speaking.
October 2nd, 201211:58 pm
Kemp with a deep ground ball … went all the way to the pitcher’s mound
October 3rd, 201212:00 am
Mitchell… Simmons batter 3rd……. What the heck is Fredi thinking ?
I guess they will turn it all back on Friday night……. Hmmmmm ?
October 3rd, 201212:04 am
Rangers led the division by 5 games on Sept 24, they are now 6 outs away from being tied with Oakland
October 3rd, 201212:09 am
Gotta love the animated descriptions from the “Wild Thing.”
October 3rd, 201212:10 am
I would love for the orioles to tie up the Yankees tomorrow.
October 3rd, 201212:12 am
Braves need to at least start their regulars and let them get a few at bats. We have to get the bats going or it is going to be a very short post-season
October 3rd, 201212:16 am
I am amazed that you have no problem showing that you are even stupider than we accuse you of being…it is really astounding that you have no embarrassment for showing the total lack of knowledge you have of anything baseball-related…
October 3rd, 201212:18 am
Not that we wish to be condescending to those who are reality challenged…
Waffle House or Bust
October 3rd, 201212:31 am
Hope the starters are back in there tomorrow. Not a fan of resting them before the playoffs. That always backfired for Bobby. Also, hope Hansen never takes the mound again for the Braves. I said six weeks ago he was negative energy for the team and he still is. Guy has a ho-hum attitude and seems like the team throws in the towel before game even starts with him.
October 3rd, 201212:33 am
Resting a day or two unlikely to make the hitting worse…
Who is Hansen?
October 3rd, 201212:38 am
Wow – you are a sicko…
October 3rd, 201212:48 am
Dodgers get a 2 run homer to come withing a run then Mark Ellis tries to turn a double into a triple but gets thrown out at 3rd and Victorino hits a triple the very next pitch.
Ellis will be a very lonely guy if LA can’t at least tie the game
October 3rd, 201212:50 am
Rangers lead has evaporated, the A’s have tied them
October 3rd, 201212:51 am
A’s showing some serious ‘want!’
October 3rd, 20121:08 am
Especially hysterical that he goes off because he does not know the names of our pitchers…and because I was the one making fun of how horrible we have been hitting…
October 3rd, 20121:13 am
And his inability to comprehend rudeness is a kick – but, people who find it humorous to spew hatred at dead family members are in need of our understanding for their deficiencies…
October 3rd, 20121:14 am
Sorry – killing time watching the Dodgers…
October 3rd, 20121:23 am
October 3rd, 20121:24 am
The sword of retribution has cut down Professor Harold Hill!
October 3rd, 20121:28 am
Now I look silly after the deletion – but what can I say?…
October 3rd, 20121:29 am
Gotta love Vin Scully just saying he’ll “shut up” and let the viewer enjoy the pictures and the roar of the crowd. He’s simply one of the best all time. If not THE best.
On a side note, how about the persistance of the A’s? Texas has been ALONE in 1st place since April 9th. And the A’s (NOT the Angels) take them down to game 162 to determine it all.
As for Hanson? I agree with DOB, probably not going to get anything significant for him this winter. But I’m not sure you can give up on him and non-tender him. But I’m also not sure you can put him in the rotation again and rely on him. The way he’s been getting smacked around the 2nd and 3rd time through the order, he has relief pitcher/long man written all over him.
Seems too much to pay for that kind of guy. But if Wren chooses to NOT give up on him, that might be the way to best use him at least to start the season next year.
Let him be the “medlen” of the staff going into next year. And he could be stretched out for emergency rotation need at some point.
But he’s not only not helping the team win that often, he’s also a big part of the bullpen getting used early and often.
October 3rd, 20121:32 am
N8 – it has been a fun night for a baseball fan, especially since our outcome was immaterial…
October 3rd, 20121:35 am
I agree VJ. While I’m bummed about Hanson the impact on Friday night for tonights game was ZERO. In fact, scratch that. Key players got rest and key bench guys got AB’s. So the end game result was positive, regardless of the loss.
And since my NFL season was over before the calendar flipped to October…..
October 3rd, 20121:37 am
I forget (I have a guess, but prefer not to look dumb, at last sometimes) – your NFL team?
October 3rd, 20121:39 am
Wow. That 2-1 pitch was “the” pitch for Ellis to hit. Yikes.
October 3rd, 20121:40 am
It’s (finally) Official: Braves vs Cardinals
So go the Dodgers…
I’m a Chiefs fan VJ. High hopes with all the weapons returning to surround Cassel with and he’s just simply NOT an nfl QB.
But hey…. Jamaal Charles is fun to watch.
October 3rd, 20121:42 am
Dodgers just lost to Giants, so Braves face Cardinals in Wild Card game on Friday.
October 3rd, 20121:43 am
Wanna face and eliminate the Cardinals. That would be sweet.
But wanted them to at least have to fly cross country and burn up some pitching before Friday.
Yet at the same time, am kind of happy that the Dodgers failed miserably after all the high dollar contracts they took on with their trades.
Don’t care who we play on Friday. Need to score 3 for Medlen and then pray that Hudson and Minor are on their game come Sunday and Monday.
SOOOO sucks that the Braves have to “waste” Medlen in that play in game. But oh well.
None of it is going to matter if they don’t hit.
October 3rd, 20121:47 am
N8 – that’s what I thought I remembered – fortunate enough to root for the defending champs (the only team for whom I have maintained allegiance for 50 years – thanks, Dad!)…although I am pleased living in Richmond pulled me toward the Braves in the late 80’s…
October 3rd, 20121:49 am
the playoff game will be your classic “Pitching” (Braves) vs “Hitting” (Cards)
prediction: whoever wins the playoff, that team will at least make it to the NLCS.
October 3rd, 20121:50 am
If I were not concerned about having some moron like me quote me later, I would say I feel good about Friday, but uncertain thereafter…but have this feeling that the Boswellian certainty about the Nats’ chances might doom them (and the hope that their hitting might start having the issues their pitching is starting to face)…
October 3rd, 20121:51 am
Later, guys! Early game out here tomorrow…
October 3rd, 20121:54 am
I just wish someone would tell us when the game is Friday, since h”e” clearly knows…
Star Sportswriter @theajcbraves
For the 4,234,129th time, it hasn’t been determined yet – depends on how much rest Medlen needs RT @obiwankenobi: Hey @theajcbraves do you know what time the #Braves game is on Friday??
October 3rd, 20121:55 am
1993 was the last time (with Joe Montana) that the Chiefs won a playoff game. Sigh……
It’s gotten so bad that I’ve been thinking Herm Edwards would be an upgrade again over the current regime. Just frustrating to have as many high draft pick as they’ve had for the past few years and yet they seem so far away from being consistently competitive.
Pioli’s downfall as GM is hinged to Matt Cassel and his stubborness in NOT finding competition for him. His first move as GM was trading a 2nd round pick for him and then sight unseen in KC giving him that extention and sticking with him. So many QB’s he could have drafted since being the GM and he’s passed. Not want HIS golden boy who he drafted to have to fight for his job.
Cassel has the distinction on his resume as being the guy that took literally the same Patriots team that went 16-0 and “leading” them to an 11-5 record the next year. LOL.
The irony is that it’s the Chiefs that are to blame. They are the ones who knocked Brady out that year, opening the door for Cassel to fool the world (and mostly his GM) into thinking he was good enough to lead a team.
The one good year he’s had in KC was the year the Chiefs led the league in rushing and all he had to do was not mess it up.
The Falcons took the under the radar Patriots guru and the Chiefs took the guy everybody wanted for their GM. He’s done NOTHING as GM to improve this team in 4 years and most of it hinges on his desire for Cassel to be the man. It’s going to end up costing him job i believe.
Too tired – “he”… moron VJ
Cards overtook the Braves last season, and went on to win the champsionchip.
It’s time for payback, but the Braves will have to get the bats going, and going well. It’s something that they have not been able to do all season long.
October 3rd, 20121:56 am
Dimitroff has done well, from my vantage point…
October 3rd, 20121:57 am
Really must move on – vaya con CJ…
October 3rd, 20122:23 am
Very happy we’re not having to face lefty Clayton Kershaw in that one game playoff with the Dodgers. They were playing some really good ball down the stretch. Now it’s time for some payback against the Cardinals.
Lee in S GA
October 3rd, 20125:46 am
Hinske will not be a Brave in 2013.
He doesn’t need to be in the plyoffs either. This truly may be the worse bench ever for the Braves. Keith Lockhart would look like an all-star around these bench players.
Ghost of Chipper Jones
October 3rd, 20125:59 am
16 position guys
October 3rd, 20126:04 am
The TV execs will be hurling with enthusiasm, if the Nats and Orioles end up in the WS.
October 3rd, 20126:05 am
Between BAKER and HINSKI, I think HINSKI is the choice.
Next year, HINSKI will be ‘thanks for the memories’ from a long time ago-guy.
I wouldn’t mark down six of these guys.
Maybe HINSKI and BOSCAN are weak, but the other six will have some positive contributuions in the play-offs.
October 3rd, 20126:11 am
DELGADO – spot starter
MARTINEZ – long relief
DURBAN – middle relief/set up
O’FLAHERTY – set-up/closer
VENTERS – set up/closer
KIMBREL – closer
October 3rd, 20126:23 am
Oh, well, Braves vs Cards it is. I’ve had enough of the Cards bouncing the Braves out of the postseason…time to return the favor.
October 3rd, 20126:26 am
mmmm…i dunno. Nats pretty much owned ATL up until their last series. Anything’s possible, I guess.
October 3rd, 20126:27 am
“….. I’d by that for a dollar …..” – ROBOCOP
Let’s beat the crap out of ‘um
October 3rd, 20126:28 am
I’m a Huge Eric Berry fan. Didn’t they beat the Saints in the Dome? Don’t give up on them too quickly..LOL…I’m a Dolphins fan, so I know about suffering (from a sports standpoint)
October 3rd, 20126:29 am
“Now witness the power of our fully armed and operational pitching staff” ….followed by evil 150 year old Emperor laugh.
October 3rd, 20126:33 am
Well, I guess CK isn’t even going to be considered for the CY. MLB went through the list, all starters. So, being a UT-homer, I hope RA Dickey gets it.
October 3rd, 20126:50 am
McCann last 8 months.
Aug 2011- .146avg
April 2012- .229
May – .263
Past two Aug-Sept numbers are hard to imagine. Having such a great year prior to the oblique injury last season, tough to take.
If he doesn’t get healthy in the offseason going to be a lot of money spent on a mediocre player right now.
October 3rd, 20126:54 am
I would move up Simmons to 7th spot and bat B Mac 8th in the playoffs. Uggs-Mac back to back hasn’t worked much magic this season.
October 3rd, 20127:04 am
TennPaul – FYI
when the deals all kicked in in 2014, each club in MLB would see about $26.28 million each year over the $23.72 million they were each seeing as part of the last agreements
October 3rd, 20127:25 am
I don’t mind Chip Caray like some here, but if I had to listen to “Thuuuu Yankees win” 94 times, I would microwave my cable coax.
October 3rd, 20127:52 am
I would move up Simmons to 7th spot and bat B Mac 8th in the playoffs. Uggs-Mac back to back hasn’t worked much magic this season.
Agree… Though, I’d probably use Ross for the play-in, but we know that’s not happening
Brian from SC
October 3rd, 20127:55 am
One day to go. Here is the playoff picture:
In the National League
3. San Francisco
5. St. Louis
If Washington wins OR Cincinnati loses today, then the Nationals are the #1 seed. The Reds will get it if they win AND Washington loses. The winner of that #1 seed will play Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS on the road against the winner of the Atlanta/St. Louis game, which will take place in Atlanta. The #2 seed will host San Francisco starting Saturday in the NLDS.
The American League still has a lot to be sorted out.
We know that Detroit is the #3 seed and will be on the road for Game 1 of their ALDS on Saturday. Every other playoff team still has a shot at every other seed, except Baltimore, who cannot be the #1 seed.
The Yankees are in the most control. If they win, they are AL East champions and the #1 overall seed in the AL. Oakland is in the 2nd-best position because they own all the tiebreakers. If they beat Texas, they are AL West champions, and then if New York loses, the A’s are the #1 seed.
Here is how the scenarios play out:
New York wins, Oakland wins, Baltimore wins:
1. New York, 2. Oakland, 4. Baltimore, 5. Texas
New York wins, Oakland wins, Baltimore loses:
1. New York, 2. Oakland, 4. Texas, 5. Baltimore
New York wins, Texas wins, Baltimore wins:
1. New York, 2. Texas, 4. Baltimore, 5. Oakland
New York wins, Texas wins, Baltimore loses:
1. New York, 2. Texas, 4. Oakland, 5. Baltimore
New York Loses, Oakland wins, Baltimore wins: Baltimore/New York do a Thursday playoff
1. Oakland, 2. New York/Baltimore winner, 4. New York/Baltimore loser, 5. Texas
New York Loses, Oakland wins, Baltimore loses:
1. Oakland, 2. New York, 4. Texas, 5. Baltimore
New York Loses, Texas wins, Baltimore wins: New York and Baltimore do a Thursday playoff
1. New York if they win playoff, Texas if Baltimore wins playoff, 2. Texas if New York wins playoff, Baltimore if Baltimore wins playoff, 4. Loser of New York/Baltimore playoff, 5. Oakland
New York loses, Texas wins, Baltimore loses:
1. New York, 2. Texas, 4. Oakland, 5. Baltimore
October 3rd, 20127:58 am
Today we need to give our regulars 2 at bats and our bench guys 2 at bats.
we need to use EOF Kimbrel Venters Availan and Gerrain one inning each. That is 5 innings right there.
Sheets for 2 innings. So that is 7 Innings right there.
I don’t see why Delgado and Teheran are slated to go multiple innings. Dont want our bullpen to be rusty come Friday.
October 3rd, 20128:01 am
Braves are sleep walking into the wildcard game…not good. No sense of urgency or itensity with this team. Guess they are just happy to make the playoffs and call it a year.
October 3rd, 20128:02 am
If you give every game above a 50/50 shot, here’s the probability of each team getting each AL seed.
1 seed: Yankees 60%, Oakland 30%, Texas 10%
2 seed: Texas 40%, Oakland 20%, New York 20%, Baltimore 20%
3 seed: Detroit 100%
4 seed: Baltimore 40%, Texas 20%, Oakland 20%, New York 20%
5 seed: Baltimore 40%, Texas 30%, Oakland 30%
I also did not note above that the Yankees cannot be the #5 seed.
October 3rd, 20128:03 am
Yeah, they’ve only won 7 of their last 10.
October 3rd, 20128:05 am
I don’t like rolling into that stupid WC game with our bats being as flat as they are…
We simply have too many guys who are prone to K or pop up in 0-Out or 1-out R.I.S.P. Situations
And This bench we have is the Worst Bench a Braves Playoff caliber team has ever had…Don’t bank on getting much in return of clutch hits from the bench guys, other Than Rossy
October 3rd, 20128:07 am
A feel-good story regarding a cousin of Todd Helton…great way to start the day….
Brian from SC
[Braves are sleep walking into the wildcard game…not good. No sense of urgency or itensity with this team. Guess they are just happy to make the playoffs and call it a year.]
“Yeah, they’ve only won 7 of their last 10.”
Only because our Pitching staff minus Big Red has been Awesome over that stretch and for the month for that matter. Problem is we have too many guys in the lineup who go into deep slumps at the same time
October 3rd, 20128:11 am
Here is how I would construct the roster for the play in game http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-er Thanks for checking in again.
October 3rd, 20128:23 am
No need to play these last few games with sense of urgency. People are overeacting. We need to rest our players so that they can be fresh. Remember sense of urgency brings adrenalin and adrenalin can only last so long. You want to be able to use adrenalin at the right time. If you se adrenalin in a game like today then by Friday that adrenalin will wear off. We are taking a good approach by resting and relaxing our players. You have to remember adrenalin isn’t something that you can use in 162 games a year.
October 3rd, 20128:24 am
Not having seen the game last night, you can take this with a grain of salt, but I saw the starting lineup prior to the game, and it wasn’t exactly one that would strike terror into the heart of any starting pitcher. I think we both know why, but to me it was a “garbage” game designed to rest the regulars. But, I don’t know if some of the regulars came in later to pinch hit, so hence the grain of salt.
October 3rd, 20128:28 am
I know, it was “The Give Up Lineup” as Chuck Oliver Coins It, last night so I didn’t expect much other than knowing that Big Red Pitched his last game of the season…But man minus Rossy, our bench is BAD…That will be a huge area for Fredi to address in the offseason
After 3 innings I turned it off and started watching BSPN 30 n 30 “Broke”
Finally BSPN had something on worth watching last night
October 3rd, 20128:30 am
Thanks….my head will be spinning for the rest of the day now. LOL… the thing I gleaned from all that is that Detroit, the #3 seed, will at best have 7 fewer regular season wins than the #4 or #5 seeds.
October 3rd, 20128:31 am
Sorry, I was wrong…Detroit could have, at best, 5 fewer wins than the #4 or 5 seed.
October 3rd, 20128:33 am
Maybe I’m calloused for thinking this, but I turned off Broke in about the same amount of time, because I just can’t feel sorry for pro-athletes who blow their wad doing stupid stuff… maybe I’m being too judgmental?
October 3rd, 20128:38 am
“because I just can’t feel sorry for pro-athletes who blow their wad doing stupid stuff”—usnavyvolfaninva
Agreed, I have no sympathy at all for people who blow through that kind of money, many of whom have never worked a day in their lives
I was amazed at the end in how many Athletes went bankrupt…Lower tier guys like Wally Backman, among others
October 3rd, 20128:40 am
Then again, we’re all human, and we all screw up. If going broke isn’t the end of the story, and the guy fixes himself, then that’s awesome… I’m a big believer in redemption.
Probably isn’t a big deal, but I did make a little bit of a math error. These are the actual probabilities of each team getting each seed, assuming all games today are a 50/50 shot.
1 seed: Yankees 68.75%, A’s 25%, Rangers 6.25%
2 seed: Rangers 43.75%, A’s 25%, Yankees 18.75%, Orioles 12.5%
3 seed: Tigers 100%
4 seed: Orioles 37.5%, A’s 25%, Rangers 25%, Yankees 12.5%
5 seed: Orioles 50%, Texas 25%, A’s 25%
“maybe I’m being too judgmental?”
No not at all because many of them become ####’s once they get all that kind of money…Ya know the ones who blantantly gloat about it to the average person…
The Leboring James is the Perfect example
October 3rd, 20128:43 am
Brian, you made a math error? That’s sooo front-page, man!! JK. I got my math degree, but sucked at statistics. probably just didn’t invest the time needed to learn the stuff.
October 3rd, 20128:46 am
Yeah, I think LBJ is primed for a huge personal downfall…I don’t necessarily wish it on people, but sometimes they need that wake-up call.
Yet he has won 13 games on a playoff team and is only 26 years old. What’s he worth? Who would have thought just recently that our future wouldn’t include either Jurrjens or Hanson? I’m thinking we better put him in a deal this year before this becomes Jurrjens x2. Agree or Disagree? — Garla
I don’t know that you could get anything of value in return. His trade value is at a low right now. It’s a real tough spot to be in. No easy solutions.—DOB
Isn’t that what I’ve been saying for months?
October 3rd, 20128:48 am
I agree that our bench needs help….Wren better be maxing out his cell-phone minutes. LOL.
October 3rd, 20128:49 am
Re Hanson, I’m not convinced he’s 100%. I could be wrong, but I refuse to believe that he can’t be as good as he was (dang, threw a little Toby Keith in there)
October 3rd, 20128:50 am
Average seed of each AL team for all scenarios, assuming 50/50 result of each game played today. This tells you who is in the best position.
Yankees – 1.56
A’s – 3
Rangers – 3.19
Orioles – 4.25
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