Postseason ball’s back in ATL, with different feel

This is what it’s supposed to look like in Atlanta in October, with red, white and blue bunting hanging from the façade, folks tailgating five hours before the game, multiple TV crews filming batting practice, and Chipper Jones sitting at a podium talking about what makes his team’s starting pitcher tough and what it’ll be like facing the other team’s veteran pitcher.

Playoff baseball is back, and this time the Braves aren’t limping into it with an injury-riddled team and crossing their fingers while hoping their starting pitcher has one of his best games and their bullpen isn’t entirely out of gas.

Chipper said unlike in past postseasons, he wasn't the least bit nervous before this Wild Card game vs. St. Louis.

Chipper said unlike in past postseasons, he wasn't the least bit nervous before this Wild Card game vs. St. Louis.

This time, the Braves lineup is almost entirely healthy, their key relievers, Eric O’Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel, have been at their best for the past month or more, and their starting pitcher, Kris Medlen, has been the best in baseball since moving into the rotation on July 31.

But unlike any postseason opener we’ve ever seen, and not because it’s last postseason that Chipper Jones will ever play. No, this Braves vs. Cardinals game today is so different because it feels a whole lor more like a Game 7 (or a Game 5 in a best-of-five) than it does an series opener.

For good reason.

It’s not a series opener. It’s not a series, period. It’s the new Wild Card game.

One game, do-or-die, winner-take-all ‘ball. Or as Chipper Jones calls it, “cut-throat baseball.”

By the way, speaking of Chipper…manager Fredi Gonzalez had so much nervous energy when he woke this morning, his wife Pam eventually told him to get out of the house and go to the ballpark. Which he did.

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old “Battle Axe”? He woke and came to work with his parents and without butterflies in his stomach.

“I was riding in with my mom and dad today,” said Chipper, whose parents also came to town for his last homestand and traveled with the team to Pittsburgh for his last regular-season series. “I turned around and told my dad, this is why I know I’m ready to go – I’m not even nervous. I don’t know if that’s just being prepared, or being confident, but usually first game of the playoffs I’m nervous before the workout the day before.

“I’m just ready to play. I’m ready to go. I’m going to go out and play hard for nine innings, hopefully not much further. [He smiled.] I don’t want to go into extra innings, but whatever happens, happens.”

If they win, then we’ll have a proper series to look forward to, beginning Sunday against the Nationals right here at Turner Field. But for now, we’ve got a postseason game unlike any other that’s come before.

And fortunately for the Braves, the city has responded not with the blasé attitude that permeated the opening postseason rounds during the latter stages of the Braves’ remarkable run of 14 consecutive division titles, when a lot of fans seemed to shrug their shoulders and say, let us know when they get to the NLCS.

Nearly entire upper-deck sections of Turner Field would be empty for some of those division-series games back then. But today, despite the awful start time – 5:07 p.m. on a Friday at a ballpark located adjacent to the major artery that runs through downtown in a city with some of the world’s worst traffic – there were standing-room only tickets available and nothing else as of three days ago.

There will be 45,000 foam tomahawks distributed at the gates, and we dare say there won’t be closets filled with leftover foam tomahawks. It’s going to quite a scene here at the start of the game, particularly if the Braves can muster a run or two early against Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse.

Those tomahawks and the war chant that accompanies the chop aren’t politically correct, but it damn sure is a sight to see — and intimidating when done with great gusto in a packed house. Perhaps even with the opposing team is the defending World Series champion, which St. Louis is after slipping into last year’s postseason as the NL wild card when the Cardinals overtook the collapsing Braves on the last night of the season.

Those Braves lost 20 of their final 30 games. These Braves won 20 of their last 29.

The last 23 times that Kris Medlen has started, the Braves have won. He starts the Wild Card game.

The last 23 times that Kris Medlen has started, the Braves have won. He starts the Wild Card game.

Chipper commended Gonzalez for doing a good job walking the line between keeping the Braves fresh and rested late in the season while also continuing to try to chase down the Nationals in the NL East. Like the rest of the Braves and his manager, Chipper would’ve preferred to win the division and avoid this death match of a one-game playoff, or to have won the wild card under the old format when there was only one wild card in each league and that team started the postseason in a best-of-five division series just like the three division winners in each league.

“It is what is is,” Jones said. “It’s exciting for the fans. I’m sure this place will be abuzz tonight and electric. I don’t remember a Game 7 here.”

He forgot the 1996 NL Championship Series, when the Braves beat St. Louis 15-0 in Game 7 at old Fulton County Stadium.

“Oh yeah,” Jones said. “I forgot about that. I shouldn’t have forgot about that.”

But there hasn’t been a single Game 7 played in Atlanta since the Braves moved into Turner Field in 1997, not that there haven’t been series-ending games played here. More than the Braves would care to recall.

The truth is, the Braves have not been a good postseason team beginning with the 1999 World Series, when they were swept by the Yankees. But they’ve struggled particularly so in home games during that period.

They have a 12-26 postseason record beginning with that ’99 World Series, and the Braves are – you ready for this? — 5-15 at home in that period. Yes, 5-15 with a 4.40 ERA and only 64 runs scored in their past 20 home postseason games, scoring two runs or fewer in half of those games while allowing three or more in 17 of 20 and five or more runs in nine of 20.

The Braves have lost six consecutive playoff series since their last series win vs. Houston in the 2001 division series, when their winning pitchers were Seanez, Glavine and Burkett.

Of course, there is hardly any carry-over from any of those teams to the current one, other than from the beat-up 2010 team that lost four one-run games to the eventual World Series champion Giants in the first round, the last postseason series the Braves played.

Included in that series loss were pair of 3-2 games at Turner Field in the last playoff games of Bobby Cox’s managerial career, when the Braves played without DL’d Chipper (recovering from knee surgery) and without DL’d Martin Prado (torn oblique muscle and groin pull) and, for those two games at Turner Field, without closer Billy Wagner, who pulled an oblique in Game 2 at San Francisco.

This Braves team has a sore-shouldered Brian McCann, who is out of the lineup today in favor of David Ross, a veteran who works well with Medlen and who lately has hit better than the injured McCann.

You know Medlen is 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 starts since moving from the bullpen on July 31. But here’s another stat, for what it’s worth: Medlen has a 1.75 ERA in 92-1/3 innings with McCann catching this season, and a 0.81 ERA in 44-1/3 innings with Ross catching.

Much of Chipper's confidence about tonight has to do with the man starting for the Braves (Medlen) and the pitcher above (Kimbrel) the Braves will have ready to finish it.

Much of Chipper's confidence about tonight has to do with the man starting for the Braves (Medlen) and the pitcher above (Kimbrel) the Braves will have ready to finish it.

He has 69 strikeouts with 15 walks in 92-1/3 innings with McCann catching, and 49 strikeouts with eight walks in 44-1/3 innings with Ross catching, including both his 12- and 13-strikeout games in September.

“He’s the closest thing I’ve played behind to Maddux,” Chipper said of Medlen at today’s pregame presser. “Just in his repertoire, and he’s got the poise to boot. Nothing seems to [bother] him. He knows he’s going to make a mistake here and there, you know? Relegate it to a hard double with nobody or a home run with nobody on. The goal remains the same, which is to keep the team in the ballgame. And I don’t know anybody who’s done it as good as Kris Medlen in the second half.”

Like other Braves, Chipper has said how much he enjoys playing behind Medlen.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I know if Rossy or B-Mac sets up on the outside corner, that’s where the pitch is going to be. That puts me in optimum position to be able to make a play behind him. That was the thing that Maddux and Glavine and Smoltzy and all those guys did back in the day – they hit spots. When a catcher called for it, they hit a spot.

“It allows you as a defender to put yourself in the optimum position to make a play behind them. It’s not wonder why we play great defense behind the Madduxes and Glavines and ultimately the Medlens, because they were strike-throwers. They were aggressive and in the strike zone, and the defense was ready for it.”

• Bullpen duo: The Braves’ led the NL with a 2.87 ERA in the second half, far ahead of runner-up Cincy (3.30). And the Braves bullpen finished the season with a 2.76 ERA, second to the Reds (2.65).

Medlen, Kimbrel and O’Flaherty had a lot to do with both of those statistics.

I’m about to lay upon you some remarkable numbers. That trio of pitchers, since the All-Star break, has a combined 14-0 record with 17 saves and a 0.82 ERA in 78 games (12 starts), with 175 strikeouts and 25 walks in 142-1/3 innings.

Kimbrel's 16.6 strikeouts per nine innings were the most in major league history by any pitcher in 50 or more innings.

Kimbrel's 16.6 strikeouts per nine innings were the most in major league history by any pitcher in 50 or more innings.

Let those marinate in your mind for a moment.

Someone asked Chipper about this being his first playoff series since 2005 and what it would be like when he went to bat the first time today.

“It’s like riding a bike,” he said. “Like I said, the stakes don’t change. The goal is still the same. When you walk up there, the goal is to be as tough an out as possible. Know the repertoire of the opposing pitcher. Stick to your strengths as a hitter, and hopefully your strengths mesh with his weaknesses.

“I’m not nervous in the least for this game for the simple fact that I’m confident in my abilities when I walk up to the plate. I’m confident in Kris Medlen and Eric O’Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel. Hopefully, those are the only three guys we have to use today. I just feel like those combinations are a good formula for a W.”

Speaking of Kimbrel, his 42 saves tied for the NL lead for the second year in a row, making him the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in saves for multiple seasons.

Meanwhile, his 16.7 strikeouts per nine innings is the highest in major league history by any pitcher in 50 or more innings.

O’Flaherty finished sixth in the NL with 28 holds, which are basically to middle relievers and setup guys what saves are to closers.

The lefty got better as the season went on, posting a 4.91 in April, 3.18 in May, 1.86 in June, 0.90 in July, and then 0.00 in both August and September. O’Flaherty’s opponents’ OPS went from .797 in April to .724 in May, .712 in June, .536 in July, .574 in August and a stingy .307 in September. He had a .265 opponents’ average and .725 opponents’ OPS in 35 appearances before the break, and .185/.449 in 29 since the break.

Facing Lohse: The Cardinals’ Lohse has no decision and a 9.00 ERA in one start vs. Braves this season (five earned runs, nine hits in five innings), and a 16-3 record and 2.71 ERA in 32 starts against everyone else. Lohse is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in four career starts against the Braves at Turner Field, but that May 30 no-decision was his only start against the Braves anywhere since 2010.

In 10 career starts against the Braves, the righty is 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA, with the loss coming in a 2002 start against a Braves team that had only one player still playing for Atlanta. Chipper, of course. All nine of Lohse’s other starts against the Braves came in 2006 and later, and he’s 3-0 with a 4.11 ERA in those nine.

Against Lohse, Chipper is 6-for-13 with a homer, Freddie Freeman is 2-for-3 with a homer, Dan Uggla is 5-for-15 with a homer, and Prado is 6-for-14. A couple of others of note:  McCann is 5-for-20 with a homer, Michael Bourn is 7-for-34 (.206) with one walk, and Ross is 1-for-2.

BRAVES WILD CARD LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado Lf
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Chipper 3B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Ross C
  8. Simmons SS
  9. Medlen P

CARDINALS WILD CARD LINEUP

  1. Jay CF
  2. Beltran RF
  3. Holliday LF
  4. Craig 1B
  5. Molina C
  6. Freese 3B
  7. Descalso 2B
  8. Kozma SS
  9. Lohse

• Etc.

I wasn’t real surprised by anything about the Braves’ roster for the Wild Card game, after seeing how Fredi used Jeff Baker and Lyle Overbay in Pittsburgh when it looked like he was prepping them by getting them plate appearances.

For most of the year I’d have thought for sure that Juan Francisco would be on the playoff roster, but remember this is just for this one game (rosters will be changed for the division series if the Braves advance). Also, it was pretty clear the last month of the season that the Braves weren’t relying much on Francisco. He only got 26 at-bats over the team’s final 34 games, going 3-for-26 with 15 strikeouts and no walks….

Prado finished the season tied with Jayson Werth for major league lead with a .286 average with two strikes, and Prado was 93-for-325 in those situations while Werth was 50-for-175. AL leaders were Joe Mauer (.266) and Prince Fielder (.265).

Prado also led NL with 60 multi-hit games, while no one else had more than 56. AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera (64) and Derek Jeter (64) were the only hitters with more in the majors….

Uggla (.220) didn’t finish with NL-low average, which went to Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs (.213). Uggla (.187) did finish with majors-low home batting average.

Against the Cardinals, Uggla hit .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in six games this season, and Bourn hit .357 (10-for-28) with two doubles, two homers and seven runs in six games.

Jason Heyward was 5-for-26 (.192) and 14 strikeouts against the Cardinals, though he had two doubles, one homer and five RBIs. In his career against Cardinals, Heyward has .236 average, four homers, 10 RBIs and 25 strikeouts in 72 at-bats (19 games).

• OK, let’s close this with an appropriate tune (at the start of the postseason) from Shooter Jennings (Waylon’s boy) off his Family Man album. Click here to hear it.

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“THE LONG ROAD AHEAD” by Shooter Jennings

Mother may bell’s in a a quiet hell.
I hear a gun and a heart and slay bells.
I’d say things have changed quite a bit,
Since I was young and mother didn’t give a shhh.
I can’t be saved it’s too late,
But with a little help I might concentrate,
Long enough to start believing just to make sure your still breathing.

No time for the broken hearted,
Got to finish just what we started.
The only promise to the pour departed,
Is that they wind up dead.
Just as sure as holy violence,
We starve our songs in silence,
Were all looking for a little guidance
Down the long road ahead

There’s a cold breeze through city streets,
Blows leaves like dreams neath busy somewhere in an easy chair.
Somebody’s momma crying, cause baby ain’t there.
My baby’s so lazy like to lay around… Drive me crazy.

No time for the broken hearted,
Got to finish just what we started.
The only promise to the pour departed,
Is that they wind up dead.
Just as sure as holy violence,
We starve our songs in silence,
Were all looking for a little guidance
Down the long road ahead

No time for the broken hearted,
Got to finish just what we started.
The only promise to the pour departed,
Is that they wind up dead.
Just as sure as holy violence,
We starve our songs in silence,
Were all looking for a little guidance
Down the long road ahead
– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

4,237 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

October 5th, 2012
4:23 pm

Pimp the Cards out!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 5th, 2012
4:24 pm

Playoff blog! It’s a statement game and it gets a statement blog. :D

Let’s do this boys. Go Braves.

FEAR

October 5th, 2012
4:25 pm

southern hope

October 5th, 2012
4:25 pm

Now I can enjoy this game! New blog! New starts! New newish…shiny…look over here….it’s a world series cup…yahoo!!!

….as I slowly lose my last grip on playoff fever….I am dying out here….

David from Athens, AL

October 5th, 2012
4:28 pm

Thanks DOB. Well … one game … so much pressure ….GO BRAVES !!!!

cricket

October 5th, 2012
4:28 pm

elimination blog

southern hope

October 5th, 2012
4:29 pm

and now that i’ve actually read your blog,DOB, its one of the best you’ve done. worth the wait.

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

Oh boy…

Just what we need….ol naysayer Scoots (at least the last week) at the park talking down Rossy and the team…. :roll:

REMLEY

October 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

I’m nervous and not even there

Choppinmama

October 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

Yeah, Playoff Blog!! A truly historic Braves day, Braves Fans.

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:32 pm

DOB-

Thx for the blog….

Try and enjoy the game for a few min if you can…..

Look around while Chipper is up….take in the sights and sounds…..

Anders

October 5th, 2012
4:32 pm

What’s up Braves fans? Not looking to crash your party today but I did want to say enjoy your post season. I’m definetly jealous. I’m on a flight out of your fair city right now and likely will miss most of the game in route so I’ll try to follow at least the early innings on line.

nolie

October 5th, 2012
4:34 pm

good piece, but scary optimistic ;)

Venice Jim

October 5th, 2012
4:36 pm

Thanks, DOB!!!

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:36 pm

Anders-

Thanks….no party crashing….you’re a good sport….

Happy flight and a safe one.

bravofan

October 5th, 2012
4:36 pm

this is what we have waited for all season let’s get a W men!

Jimmy

October 5th, 2012
4:38 pm

Thanks for the new Postseason bloggage.
TOBF – It truly is a statement game.
at 5:05, Meds will throw a statement pitch.

I just shaved. Yeah, at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. Just passing time.

This is the PlayOffs!!! Red, white and blue bunting and red foam tomahawks.

I hope we ‘want it more”!! ;-)

nolie

October 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

looking for some ‘urgency’ tonight from the Bravos

Lew

October 5th, 2012
4:40 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB – I’m getting pumped up for this game. Wish I could be at the game tonight

Jimmy

October 5th, 2012
4:40 pm

nolie, we certainly don’t want to go into “ketchup mode”.

phil

October 5th, 2012
4:40 pm

Great season of work, DOB! Exceedingly well done and thanks.

Now, let’s go get em!!

Chop

October 5th, 2012
4:41 pm

Go get this Bravos!!

faninva

October 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

nnnNNeeerRRRV…ooouuusssss

need a drink.

fan

October 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

Anders

October 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

looking for some ‘urgency’ tonight from the Bravos (nolie)

You really think this will be an issue in a one game winner take all game? Or perhaps you’re just fun’en us? I can never tell with you nolie. {:

phil

October 5th, 2012
4:43 pm

This is my first blog playoff game….lol!

Feel like i’ve been here forever.

Let’s whup em….

David O'Brien

October 5th, 2012
4:45 pm

CARDINALS LINEUP

Jay CF
Beltran RF
Holliday LF
Craig 1B
Molina C
Freese 3B
Descalso 2B
Kozma SS
Lohse

Jimmy

October 5th, 2012
4:45 pm

OK, signing off for the game.
I hope everyone enjoys this playoff game.
This is what we cheer for. The Postseason.

Lets GO BARVES.

Later good folks.

MIdtown

October 5th, 2012
4:45 pm

Well, an old Hebrew proverb says, “The battle belongs to the LORD.” – per David against Goliath.

May God bless the USA, and the Braves!!! (The latter for a more selfish reason)

chipontheroad

October 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

D O’B Thnx for a great regular season of coverage and Carroll too

GO BRAVOS

Brian from SC

October 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

The home plate umpire is Jeff Kellogg.

Pitchers have the second-lowest ERA this season in baseball with him behind the plate, a 3.11 ERA. Only Hunter Wendlestedt is lower.

3.04 K/BB ratio of pitchers with him calling balls and strikes is 4th-highest.

This is a pitcher’s umpire.

count_schemula

October 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

Win one for the Chipper!

phil

October 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

Thanks for the stupid tweet, Alex Wood!

Do you have any sense at all?

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:47 pm

Brian –

Yet Lohse has a career 6.11 ERA with him behind the plate

FEAR

October 5th, 2012
4:49 pm

let’s roll………..

savannah brave

October 5th, 2012
4:49 pm

Where have Anders been?

M.V.P.Heyward

October 5th, 2012
4:49 pm

Almost game time, folks!

Go! Braves! 4:1 Braves!

Jaded

October 5th, 2012
4:50 pm

Let’s get it on! I’m feeling weirdly optimistic. If the Braves can survive tonight, I think we could go on a special run.

The Blogger Formerly Known as Billy

October 5th, 2012
4:51 pm

I see it being 4-3 with cardinals making a late push and getting shut down by Oventerbal.

Brian from SC

October 5th, 2012
4:51 pm

Kellogg gives bases on balls at a lower rate than any umpire in baseball this season (minimum 12 games behind the plate) except for Bill Miller.

reckingball

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

Two very good team going head to head.
I predict that the winner of this game will ultimately be decided by the team that scores the most runs.
go braves

cabravesfan

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

And, naturally, we just lost our TBS feed

savannah brave

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

lets go bravos!!!

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:53 pm

I dunno Billy….Im really wondering if its not Aviflahbrel

Avilan has undoubtedly outpitched Venters….Jonny struggles against the Cards….and well, Luis has earned my respect!

Yogi Berra

October 5th, 2012
4:53 pm

Do -r- die- let go Braves!

ER Steve

October 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

I am ready for some crazy good baseball. Runs are going to be so hard to come by, great defense, manufacture runs, and get a clutch hit or two will be the difference. Either way I am proud of the Braves this year and I have really enjoyed watching them this year. GO BRAVES!

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

Brian-

So be aggressive and ready to swing the bat….

But then again w/ Lohse and Meds on the bump, I think that was well known already

Train Wreck Bystander

October 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

Got my cap on! Got my radio on! Let’s DO THIS

southern hope

October 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

Reckingball – yes, that is genius. :)

All, now i’m glad about the early start time…I literally could not wait until 7.

The Blogger Formerly Known as Billy

October 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

Either way, our bullpen shuts them down.

Jerry

October 5th, 2012
4:55 pm

Prediction: Cards win 3-1

savannah brave

October 5th, 2012
4:55 pm

Chipper’s bat will take us home today.

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:56 pm

Billy-

Yup….

Get us a lead through 6 and I really REALLY like our chances!

Yogi Berra

October 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

Reckingball-is that the same as cash?

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

I believe its about time to “take a break” from my desk and head over to find a tv to at least watch the first inning….

LETS GO BRAVES!

Trey

October 5th, 2012
4:58 pm

Let’s go Braves!! Send the Tweety Birds home!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Z-11PxYKU

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

October 5th, 2012
4:58 pm

dave obrien, how is uggla’s hand ???

James

October 5th, 2012
4:58 pm

I’m nervous as well as pumped. Lets get it BOYS!!

P-Town Brave ©

October 5th, 2012
4:58 pm

Cmon…get the quote right….

“Cash, which is just as good as money”

ncgary

October 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

texas and atlanta accordinhg to the tbs crew

chipontheroad

October 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

ncbravesfan90

October 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Joe Simpson and Ron Darling with the call on TBS. Be hard for Joe to not show his bias I think.

NC BRAVES FAN

October 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Minutes from the first pitch. Our beloved Braves won 94 games and had the second-best record over the final 20 games of the regular season. Our pitcher hasn’t lost a start in two years — TWO YEARS! We have the most dominant closer in baseball. We are playing in the sold-out Ted — against a Cardinals team whose starting pitcher has a 8.64 ERA against us this year. But a real Braves knows only one stat: Since 1991, we lead the league in heartbreak. So we’re screwed.

phil

October 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

I’ve been saying for 2 full seasons that we’ll go as far in the playoffs as our bats will let us…

Time to find out.

And I assume decent pitching when i say it!

Boonie

October 5th, 2012
5:00 pm

I’m predicting a 2-0 shutout…..Braves win!!!!!!!!

Anders

October 5th, 2012
5:00 pm

Where have Anders been? (Savannah Brave)

I’ve beenn in and out of here this late season. Not nearly the time i used to spend here. Been pretty busy work wise. I have to say though most of the times I came on here it was pretty dead. Especially for an obvious playoff team at that point. I was starting to think the old blog had lost it’s luster andmany had moved on to some other Braves site.

Chop

October 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

The future wins this game today: Medlen, Heyward and Freeman show!!!

faninva

October 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

joe simpson on the tbs telecast. interesting.

phil

October 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

At least it isn’t chip carey!

The Blogger Formerly Known as Billy

October 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

sounds like the stadium rocking early 90’s style.

bravesgrl4life

October 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

Go cards i love carlos beltron, sorry braves fans

phil

October 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

As my cable goes out….figures. Sunny, perfectly nice day, right before game time…..

mexican brave

October 5th, 2012
5:03 pm

Yes!!! Joe Simpson!! good start ! lol

kelevra

October 5th, 2012
5:03 pm

phil

mine too….what is this crap

southern hope

October 5th, 2012
5:03 pm

NC BRAVES FAN at 4:59 pm — from your lips to God’s ear. Go!!!

FEAR

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

for the love of God Meds be on tonight.

phil

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

Simpson will behave….

The guy is normally a zombie anyway.

bye bye Comcast

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

Well, I’ve had it with Comcast. HD went out right at 5 PM. I’m changing asap. Go Braves.

brian from SC

October 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

Pulling for braves now that my phillies are not in post season=========

phil

October 5th, 2012
5:05 pm

Who knows….

You wait all damn year for games like this.

brandon

October 5th, 2012
5:05 pm

Enter your comments hereis tbs messing up for anyone on comcast

Anders

October 5th, 2012
5:05 pm

I’ll respectively step aside now. Enjoy yourselves. (Not too much)

BTW- I think a defensive play will decide this game. Just a hunch.

James

October 5th, 2012
5:05 pm

Man seeing the fans doin the chop giving me goosebumps

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

Mark Bowman‏@mlbbowman

Packed house here and the tomahawks are chopping like they did when Chipper played his first postseason game back in 1995

phil

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

Ok, it appears to just be HD tv that’s out for TBS…..regular is ok.

Trey

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

Heres hoping braves 1 and done!!!! cheers !!!!!!!

Sparks

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

Hey great timing there Comcast..or TBS or whomever is screwing up the telecast of the game…

cricket

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

Veer

October 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Prediction:

Bourn 1-4
Prado 1-4
Heyward 0-4 2k’s
Jones 0-2 2 walks
Freeman 2-3
Uggla 0-1 3 walks
Ross 0-4

Medlen 6 IP 1 Run ( no decision)

Game comes down to Venters and EOF
Simmons 1-4

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Nervous, but ready.

Ken Stallings

October 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Great crowd at the game! Tomahawk chopping like at an FSU football game! Let’s get it on!!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal
Don’t be surprised if #Braves use McCann as first PH against #STLCards’ predominantly RH bullpen. Carrying three catchers. Have flexibility.

Mitchie-sand

October 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Yogi Berra

October 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

The crowd is wild and ready making noise… everyone fired up..great to see. Good job Atlanta Fans.

Cracker

October 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

cricket

October 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

kelevra – search vipboxsports.eu for online streaming if cable is out

rockdawg

October 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

Is this game on tv?

TheOnlyBravesFan

October 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

Carved him up on 3 pitches. Wow. Jay didn’t look good. I don’t want him for CF next year!

chipontheroad

October 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds!!!

phil

October 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

Sweet maddux pitch!

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