When will the Atlanta Braves post a series win again?

Now that the Braves have lost six of eight games and all three series on the homestand, we’re asking you, Atlanta, when will the Tomahawks actually post a series win again? The team last won a series in Cincinnati on April 24-26. They next face NL East rivals Florida, Philadelphia and New York on a week-long road swing.

You tell us: What will it take for the Braves to mount a turnaround?

112 comments Add your comment

Jerome

May 6th, 2009
12:23 pm

The bats have gone away. We need to get healthy and build depth on the bench.

brandon

May 6th, 2009
12:27 pm

it is definitely not too early to worry. There is just flat out no offense. The only thing that can possibly be said to give any hope is that there has been no Brian McCann. If Brian McCann could get back in the lineup and play like the all-star he is, a whole heck of a lot would change. People could no longer walk Chipper at every plate appearance. Unfortunately, McCann’s eye problems prevent Brian from being any thing close to what the team needs him to be. With Brain McCann, there is not a hope for this team.

brandon

May 6th, 2009
12:28 pm

that last line was supposed to read “without Brian McCann” not with him. apologies.

Same ole S***,Different Year

May 6th, 2009
12:29 pm

Fire Pendelton! Bring up anybody hitting .350+. We can pitch but we cant hit. Forget blaming on injuries…we did that last year.
DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We ARE DYING!!!!!!

The Soldier

May 6th, 2009
12:30 pm

I was time to worry when the Braves made no moves to bolster the offense on the off-season. Garret Anderson will only be a stop gap and a serviceable outfielder. When will management wake up. The farm system is depleted and we traded away people who at least could put the ball in play. We are a slow punch and judy team.. What a mess!!!!!!!

Wayne

May 6th, 2009
12:32 pm

The Braves spent way to much money on pitching. They have pictures just as good if not better than K Kawakamie in Gwinnett. The money would have been better spent on a number 4 power hitter such as Adam Dunn. Also, the great minds traded the only true lead off hitter the had-Josh Anderson. Brains are not in gear. In past trades they gave up way to much for Tex and Vasquez. Look at all the young pitchers on the other teams. Don’t trade just to fill a spot–get something of value in return. Garrett Anderson is just an old bench player and will not help protect Chipper. GET A POWER HITTER TO BAT CLEAN-up Frank.

Herschel Talker

May 6th, 2009
12:33 pm

Nothing. They are done. They won’t be horrible, but they won’t be good either. Probably about .500 for the year. Not enough to get the job done.

STUCK IN SC

May 6th, 2009
12:34 pm

Stick a fork in em…….their done. Is it Football season yet?

Wayne

May 6th, 2009
12:36 pm

I can’t spell and the pitchers can’t pitch. Guess we are even. Also, a third catch that can play at least first base and pinch-hit would solve a lot of problems and keep the braves from playing short. Wake up Bobby-it hurts the team to play short and to play someone with an injured wrist that can not swing the bat. It puts the play in a bad situation and makes him look bad. Protect your players Bobby, especially the rookies. You of all people should know this fact.

Mitch

May 6th, 2009
12:36 pm

The Braves are a poorly constructed team… no speed, no power, and beyond Lowe the pitching is marginal, at best. This is another example about why you never, EVER in sports allow someone to hire his-or-her successor. John Schuerholz promoting Frank Wren is no different than the hiring of Ray Goff, Bud Carson, or any number of other prime examples. Wren is badly, badly overmatch.

Tommy

May 6th, 2009
12:37 pm

Um we didn’t sweep the Reds we lost the third game in which Kawakami exploded in.

tim

May 6th, 2009
12:37 pm

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Casey Stinkle

May 6th, 2009
12:41 pm

This team will be lucky to win 80 games. 80-82 will not win anything. Starting pitching doesn’t look too bad, but everything else is below par. No power, no speed, and inconsistent defense?? Hope I am wrong, but this team making the playoffs ain’t happening.

Terry

May 6th, 2009
12:42 pm

What’s to worry about. The Braves have been a 500 club and they still are.

Tonto

May 6th, 2009
12:43 pm

Season over. They will lose 90 games again this year. I agree with the fire Pendleton comment. Loved him as a player but he has not impressed as a batting coach. In fact, the bats have gotten worse every year he’s been here… And he can take Cox with him, he checked out a long time ago.

corkylikesbeer

May 6th, 2009
12:46 pm

I think the Braves should start taking offers for Soriano and Gonzo…since they will both be free agents next year. Due to the trend of not resigning bullpen players we should try to get something for them.

TN Jeff

May 6th, 2009
12:47 pm

Mitch 2:36 pm

Do I know you?

Nate33

May 6th, 2009
12:49 pm

Its only going to get worse. This is how they started last year and they are doing it again. I think Bobby has been a great coach but he needs to retire. This is a team that needs to play small ball and smart ball instead of this lets get on and wait for someone to hit a homer. Oh and Josh Anderson being traded how is that working out in center field for us. He sure would be nice right now.

TN Jeff

May 6th, 2009
12:52 pm

Should we Worry? Why should we worry – the braves players, manager, hitting coach, & general manager aren’t worried, so why should we. Does this season look like a mirror image of the past several 4th place teams – YES.

SO, maintain the mantra – It’s still early in the season! We’ll turn it around on the road against division rivals. After 3 (or is it 4) years of preparing, these braves will really amp it up and play with heart despite having had no transplant or “infusion” (as DOB put it)

Bill Mc.

May 6th, 2009
12:53 pm

I have to agree with Tonto. This team and the managers are not a good combination. This team could perform well under some small ball guidance but not under the wait for the three-run homer strategy that Cox and Pendleton choose. Our starting pitching has not been bad to this point. The only runs we seem to score are gifts from the other team or gy solo homers. The worst thing about it all is that this type of baseball is the worst to watch.

pat

May 6th, 2009
12:53 pm

They need to win. And I aggree with Nate, Bobby does not seem capable of small ball. We aren’t aggressive at the plate or the bases. We do not have sluggers, we have hitters. They do hit, but never at the right time. They sure know how to find the short stop too. To many double plays. I can’t remember when they have strung more than 2 hits together. They don’t need to press, they just need to do it. About the 7th inning last night the Braves had 6 hits and no runs…That to me, is worse than not hitting.

sean

May 6th, 2009
12:54 pm

Actually, they didnt sweep Cincy…they won the first 2 games, and lost game 3.. so it was a series win, but not sweep–get your facts right…dont give the Braves more credit..they suck…

hal

May 6th, 2009
12:55 pm

i am worried. been a fan since mid 70’s. ( oh the tough years) we have great starting pitching. horrible middle relief, and ok on closers. but if they walk chipper everytime, we don’t have anyone getting big hits, or a big threat. mccann, will help, but other than that, it ain’t looking good. go Braves!!

AJC Sports

May 6th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tommy & Sean – You’re right. No sweep in Cincy. We’ve fixed that and apologies for the initial error. Thanks, guys.

Givemeabreak

May 6th, 2009
12:59 pm

This may be the most boring baseball team in the history of sports…..If they are down a RUN in the 5th or 6th inning you can cut off the TV they aint coming back game over…….Bobby Cox is no longer a good manager in fact he may be losing his mind quite frankly….anybody that has Kasey Kotchman as a cleanup hitter as he did earlier in the year is as close to senile as you can get…..The problem is there is absolutely nothing to get excited about maybe McCann comes back but I dont think that will even be enough…..We need another Fred McGriff or someone that is sure enough a homerun hitter….We all said it in the offseason….and all we got was Garrett DL Anderson…..It appears any players in the league now over 35 since the steroid era is over are pretty much done for their career….my guess is 70 wins 92 losses and hopefully Bobby leaves great guy Icon in Atlanta just time to go…..The Braves like Bobby Cox are stale….

Ben

May 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

Not a very good home stand at 2-6 and things don’t look any better for this road trip. Same ole story.

TN Jeff

May 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

Only a few of us like this movie but to quote Gene Hackman in “The Replacements” when asked “what does this team need?” -

HEART, a whole lot of HEART

I’ll take an infusion of HEART over Power. Be nice to have some intellegience too, though.

Born2Buzz

May 6th, 2009
1:05 pm

At the end of this string of games against our division rivals we will be sitting in 4th place and will remain there the rest of the season. It’s going to be a long, long summer folks.

Someone tell me how long Pendleton has been the hitting coach? The same time frame that this team has been a lower tier team in batting?

And Bobby just sounds like the old Grandpa that is not really in touch with reality. “Oh, we’re playing fine, just haven’t been getting any breaks.” I swear I heard him say the team is hitting fine, just not putting the hits together to get runs. Huh???

It’s over. And the Hawks will be over shortly as well. September and football cannot get her quick enough.

Michael Price

May 6th, 2009
1:06 pm

Moved from Atlanta to Palm Springs Ca 18 years ago — watch or listen to almost every game. I love the Braves but am amazed how they just don’t know how to play the game. No speed, no fundamentals ( move runners, sac bunts, hit and run etc }. We went from one of the worst teams in any sport to a great run. Pitching and defense wins a large percentage of the time. Strike outs and double plays are at an alarming rate this year and there appears no end in sight. Escobar doesn’t need to bat 2nd if he’s going to con’t hitting ground balls ( one of the highest percentages in baseball . However,I feel he will be the next Davey Concepcion (spelling ?). He will be great if he wants to. We have to figure a way to put some pressure on other teams. They certainly know how to do it to us. Just look at how many games we have two hits and a walk in an inning but don’t score. Double plays and strike outs. Our field is large,build the team around it. Two of the best true baseball players aren’t even starters — Prado & Infante. Give me a team of these guys and I’ll take my chances.

DAN C

May 6th, 2009
1:07 pm

Are the Brave’s done? No. It’s only May 6th. Way to early to give. They do have to start showing signs of getting better. Hiiting has to come around. a healthy lineup would help. Talk to me in august.

Kenny Gannon

May 6th, 2009
1:08 pm

5-1 was the high water mark. It’s over.

Corliss

May 6th, 2009
1:10 pm

Gutless. Simply gutless baseball the Braves are playing. Sadly, these Braves are looking more & more like the Braves of the 80s. Chipper reminds me of Murph in his twilight yrs(trying to carry the team but will get injured if the wind changes directions), Franceour reminds me of Kommisk & Garret Anderson reminds me of Claudell Washington(mercurial, injury-prone). Bobby Cox is looking/acting more & more like Chuck Tanner/Eddie Haas. Casey Kotchman(Rico Brogna, anyone?). Middle relief can’t hold down leads & the gutless ABs W/RISP is nothing short of pathetic. I realize that 1991-1997 is a time capsule that will never be repeated again but the Braves have to do SOMETHING because they’re looking more & more minor league every game. Sad; just sad to watch.

Jamall=Bust

May 6th, 2009
1:10 pm

This is so reminding me of last season. It used to be the old Braves would start off slow, then catch fire a few weeks before the All-Star break, not so anymore. Now they start of slow and stay that way. Their offense is almost non-existent and their Starting Pitching is really failing after the 5th. It’s sad because it’s really been about 1 inning each game where they just fall apart, and we don’t have the fire power anymore to make up for those mistakes. The relievers have done a bang up job recently, but without runs being scored, we won’t even win 75 games. We pieced together our team with a band-aide basically, Lowe has done great, Jurrjens is doing fine, but Javier has one inning a game where he melts down. Kawasaki can’t get run support and the same with whoever is the 5th starter at the time. It’s really become a dull game to watch because we just can’t manufacture anything. Without fire power, you need speed, and speed is not something we have. Looks like another long season of watching the Phills, Mets and Marlins beat up on us.

Shooter

May 6th, 2009
1:11 pm

Last year all we heard was “its too early to be worried”. To me, a game won in April is one that you dont have to make up for in August. Bobby led us through 14 years of greatness. But just like pitchers adapt to get out batters, you have to adapt as a manager and that is not being done. At some point you have to stop managing “by the book” and manage the ballgame you are in. A .330 hitter sitting on the bench while a .122 hitter is on the field? No stealing, no hit and run, nothing aggresive at all. Having a “professional” attitude is getting us left in the dust. Someone has got to light a fire under some a$$e$$ and get them going. Look what happened with the Nats and the Mets. Managers stood up and said better performance or you will be gone, back to the minors. And what happened? both of those teams rose to the occasion and beat the crap out of Atlanta. Bobby was great in his time, but he needs to step down and allow someone like Pinella, Guillen, or Bowa to step in and save this franchise!

chad

May 6th, 2009
1:16 pm

The braves cannot and I repeat cannot get a hit when it matters most. I would bet that they lead the league in not being able to get a runner home from third with one out. Same old Bobby ball, waiting for the big homerun, but now there are no players that can deliver that homerun like in years past. Sad to watch this team keep blowing games that could and should be easily won. The NL east is ripe for the picking, but all the braves do is pick their noses.

Necromancer

May 6th, 2009
1:16 pm

I agree with someone earlier who said that we should have concentrated more on hitting than pitching. It is looking like Kawakami is not the mega pitcher that he was in Japan. IMO, just a waste of money.

I sound like a broken record, but this team still looks like a bunch of defeated people; always hanging their heads, a manager who stubbornly sticks to the status quo, and owners who do not care.

The Braves are reeling. Period. The End. Amen!!!

rico

May 6th, 2009
1:19 pm

yes, we should be worried but not overly so. there are a few things that need to be be done, & if we are still sub-.500 after that – we’re done.

* put Hanson in the rotation immediately. why wait? clearly he’s ready, & Braves do not have a young, power arm.

* trade for a real 1st baseman. CK is a nice guy & has a great avg. but 0 hr’s & 4 RBI? Unacceptable for a starting MLB 1st baseman. wasn’t Swisher available at 1 pt? He currently has 7 bombs & 19 rbi. Pull the trigger now…do not wait until July or even June.

* more stolen bases. KJ, Esco, B. Jones are all capable of 20+ steals, so why not use them? there are no 40 hr, 125 RBI guys on this team, so we need to create runs.

* make the bullpen more accountable. if they can’t get it done w/Moylan, Bennett, Gonzo & Soriano, etc, then find guys who can.

After these & a few options are tried, then we can truly determine what kind of team we’re dealing with.

also – it would be great if Mac, CJ & Garrett could stay healthy.

larry lawson

May 6th, 2009
1:21 pm

The Braves are gone again this year, I feel sorry ffor Lowe and Vasquez because they could help a contending team. Not sorry for their money just as an competitor.

Greg

May 6th, 2009
1:24 pm

Poor trading for years + won’t spend the necessary money in free agency + a farm system that has become dead average at best = what we have seen the last couple years. Like the current recession, this ain’t gonna get better in a hurry. The Braves are average at best. BTW, at the end of next season, that’s what we’ll be saying about the Falcons, too—you read it here first.

jimmy

May 6th, 2009
1:24 pm

needs:a first or thrid baseman who hits and drives runs in.a sreedy leadoff hitter.thats cures every thing

Fan since '66

May 6th, 2009
1:25 pm

Don’t count on finishing 4th–the Nationals are better than you think, and the Braves seem to lose 13-14 times each year to them. I think we’re looking at dead last. Maybe we can get a good draft pick next June. Bring up the young guys (can anyone @ AA or AAA play first base?) and let’s find out what the next generation can do under fire. It worked for Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, Justice, Gant, etc.

Bill

May 6th, 2009
1:26 pm

Ownership.As long as Liberty Media owns this team expect this kind of result.People it starts at the top.

I swore as long as this ownership was in place I would not set foot in Turner Field or buy any Braves merchandise.

Knuckle Sandwich

May 6th, 2009
1:26 pm

This team is fundamentally flawed. First, you should never rely on your catcher as a cleanup hitter, if you ever want to have stability in the lineup. McCann is going to have to sit once a week, even if he is healthy. Garrett Anderson might end up being worse than Raul Mondesi. He shows no passion, and his decision to not take a rehab start in Gwinnett shows that he is not a team player. He could have gone 0-4 with a double play in Gwinnett just as easily as he could have done it in Atlanta. No excuse.

PHIL

May 6th, 2009
1:27 pm

Finding a place to play Martin Prado would help the offense. Infante over Kelly at second. Send Shaefer down to let his wrist heal or remember how to hit the ball with the bat, which ever is the problem. Why is Garret Anderson suddenly so bad? Can’t hit can’t catch. Figure out why Vasquez is dominating for all but one inning a game. I honestly believe that we don’t have the money to be a great team anymore. There is a team or two that is playing well with a smaller payroll, but they are few and far between. During the Braves dominating years, where they really pounded teams was the 3, 4 and 5 pitchers dominated the other teams 3, 4, and 5 pitchers. Not happening anymore. We used to have 3 number one’s and two number two’s. Can’t afford that now.

Kawakami was excellent last night, but I don’t understand how Japan has great pitchers in the WB deal and when we get one of their best, he’s not that good.

Kirkwood Kenny

May 6th, 2009
1:28 pm

Agreed with the above posters. Yeah the pitching has improved, but the hitting is downright fugly. The results so far have been about the same as last year – a sub . 500 record with no ability to put together a winning streak. Instead of losing games by four or five runs last year, now we lose by one or two. I don’t see it getting drastically better even with McCann inserted back into the lineup. Yuck!

Kirkwood Kenny

May 6th, 2009
1:29 pm

Agreed with the above posters. Yeah the pitching has improved, but the hitting is downright fugly. The results so far have been about the same as last year – a sub . 500 record with no ability to put together a winning streak. Instead of losing games by four or five runs, now we lose by one or two. I don’t see it getting drastically better even with McCann inserted back into the lineup. Yuck!

Dean

May 6th, 2009
1:31 pm

Once I heard that Chipper was the team Captain I should have known that they would stink. For all the talent he has this guy has never shown a heart beat other than when that Nationals player spiked him in the groin. Gonzalez is the only one who plays like he cares. The rest of ‘em play like bums!

Dean

May 6th, 2009
1:33 pm

Trade it all away at the deadline and get alot in return. Build up the farm system so that we can compete in the future like we did in the 90’s. I’ll take a few last place finishes to become a long term powerhouse again

RHAIZ UR BLAIDE

May 6th, 2009
1:33 pm

You have to be concerned about the lack of production from the 1st baseman….That’s an offensive position….Starting pitching has been ok but the bullpen being inconsistent is worrisome…’THEY’ always say that the hitters will hit eventually…I hope so…Our best hope now is that the Mets, Phils, and Marlins keep playing .500 among themselves…Yes, it is much too early to write the season off.

Bill Mc.

May 6th, 2009
1:37 pm

It would at least be nice to see some managers come in with some fire and emotion. Bobby’s “everything is all right, we’re just unlucky routine” is way past it’s prime. I agree that it’s a little to early to give up this year, but the problem is that I don’t see it changing. Don’t we have some previous players out there that can manage this team. How about stealing Tony Gwynn ??? He could be the manager/hitting coach. Or I would trust anyone he recommended for the hitting coach position. The worst thing is that I think some other managers could win the division with this team, but not ours.