LIVE: Braves go for two over Phillies (and maybe a sign)

The Braves figured there was no harm in keeping this up for a little while.

The Braves figured there was no harm in keeping this up until batting practice Wednesday.

Hello. On my way to Turner Field today, I saw Jason Heyward rescue three kids from a burning building and hurl himself in front of a meteor just before it crashed into Earth.

“No big deal,” he said later, brushing himself off.

Kidding. Sort of.

Everybody here is still exhaling after Tuesday’s dramatic, 4-3 win over Philadelphia. Three-run, two-out, ninth-inning rallies started by the .200-hitting Troy Glaus just don’t happen every day. (The Braves still had the line score up on the scoreboard this afternoon).

A game-tying home run by Heyward? Yeah, that happens. What doesn’t happen with this kid?  As David O’Brien wrote in his ball blog, Heyward’s 16 RBI in his first 13 major league games equals the feat of Ted Williams for players under the age of 21. I have this theory that when your early career accomplishments are starting to be compared to dead legends, you’re pretty good.

Here’s the bigger question, and something I may delve into my later: If Heyward goes on to have the great season now projected, how much does that change the equation in the National League East? Overall, the Phillies still have the better team on paper. The Braves still have a major hole at leadoff (Nate McLouth (.167) is back in that spot tonight, by the way). Glaus and Melky Cabrera (.119) remain significant question marks.

But considering how many players in the lineup are off to bad starts, what does it say that the Braves are still 8-5? What does it mean for the future? Is the Braves’ only postseason hope really via the wild card spot, or do they have a shot to steal the division from the Phillies.

Weigh in and I’ll be back to chat during the game. It’s as good a pitching match-up as you can get: Tim Hudson vs. Roy Halladay.

179 comments Add your comment

Bravissimo

April 21st, 2010
6:34 pm

I think anythings possible with this team.

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
6:36 pm

Jeffrey, I’m a bit skeptical yet about comparing Heyward to The Splended Splinter as some have done.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
6:36 pm

Todd — It’s just a stat.

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
6:37 pm

Jeff, have you ever heard the rumor that Teddy Ballgame’s head is preserved in Arizona somewhere?

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
6:39 pm

Bobby can even put a positive spin on McLouth and Cabrerra.

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
6:41 pm

I’ll REALLY be impressed if pundits start comparing his arm to Koufax’s!

WreckinBall

April 21st, 2010
6:41 pm

Braves Sweep.

Bravissimo

April 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

Jeff..do they still use sterno to keep food warm in the pressbox like the Fred McGriff days….hmmmm…just a thought.

Bravesfan54

April 21st, 2010
7:03 pm

Back in the early days of the Hammer (especially 1956!) when those classic Milwaukee-Brooklyn games were the “Game of the Week”, and you saw “the flick”, you knew history would be Mr. Aaron’s companion. The only muscles in his body that move- so it seemed to all who saw – were those wrists. No arms, no legs, no lurch (except occasionally when he got fooled badly). To say he made it look effortless diminishes those words. I am no old fogey (ok, I lie a little) and I want every, every success for Mr. Heyward in his, hopefully, long career. I just don’t see “Aaron”, yet, and that is my standard. But dang do I like what I see!

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:06 pm

Bravissimo — Actually, Dan Kolb is still burning. We just roast marshmallows over him.

Kane337

April 21st, 2010
7:06 pm

I know it’s only been a couple of weeks but DAAAANG! Heyward is doing special things.

Larry

April 21st, 2010
7:13 pm

Jeff,

You forgot about something–Bobby Cox. Bobby will manage them down to a 3rd place finish.

Preston

April 21st, 2010
7:14 pm

Preston

April 21st, 2010
7:16 pm

SWING BATTA!

LC

April 21st, 2010
7:24 pm

I normally don’t like to complain about my fellow ATLiens. However, watching this on ESPN from NYC I am disturbed by the pathetic turnout. This looks worse than a nationals or pirates game. For god sake this is braves-phillies and hudson v. halladay. Hopefully it is a late arriving crowd because this is truly awful.

We_Run_This_Country

April 21st, 2010
7:27 pm

Huddy needs another quick inning here…can’t wait to see the ovation for JHey in the bottom half!

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:27 pm

Larry — Congrats, Larry. I’m sure there’s some sort of Debbie Downer Certificate we can mail you for first Bobby Cox slam of the blog.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:28 pm

OK. No score through 1. But you just wait until the ninth . . .

carlchamblee

April 21st, 2010
7:30 pm

Werth doesn’t hustle on that drive off the wall. Fortunately for him neither does Melk Dud. Leadoff double

We_Run_This_Country

April 21st, 2010
7:30 pm

premature high five…. lol

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:33 pm

OK. Back to back doubles by Werth and Ibanez off Hudson. 1-0 Phils. But you just wait until the ninth.

We_Run_This_Country

April 21st, 2010
7:34 pm

Huddy doesn’t appear to have it tonight……not good! Come’on Braves!

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
7:35 pm

Jeff, a suggestion: just wait till the 9th.

82Dawg

April 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

Larry …last time I checked Bobby doesn’t play. Jeff if you need help with the postage for that certificate let me know. I will be glad to cover the cost.

a

April 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

don’t know why, but i was under the impression that a coach couldn’t touch a player while the ball is live, like lopes just did when werth rounded first on what he thought was a homer. not true, i guess…

heywood jablomey

April 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

miss me???

if heyward did do that, it would have been “herschel-esque” like when herschel was out
jogging and flipped over that wrecked car and saved that woman from a terrible fate.

at least that’s how it was told to me back in the day. good to hear from u, jeff.
sorry for the recent loss of your mom. im enjoying your work more than ever.

go braves.
go dawgs.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:37 pm

Todd — YES. That’s what I’m talking about!

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:38 pm

82 Dawg — Thanks.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:40 pm

Thanks, Heywood.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:42 pm

Nice catch by McLouth … Huddy picked it up after that double-double-single start, retiring 3 straight. Fortunate to get out allowing only 1 run.

a

April 21st, 2010
7:44 pm

gotta say, jeff, the crowd doesn’t look awfully large on TV.

We_Run_This_Country

April 21st, 2010
7:45 pm

Glaus is about to HR

We_Run_This_Country

April 21st, 2010
7:46 pm

man, i was close!! :(

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:47 pm

Not sure if that ball by Glaus would’ve been gone or hit the top of the wall, but great catch by Victorino.

We_Run_This_Country

April 21st, 2010
7:48 pm

would have hit top of wall and bounced over it appears

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:49 pm

A — It looks like that for a reason. Great night, 2-for-1 seats in outfield, top opponent, but small crowd …. again.

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
7:52 pm

Glaus should have had that

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
7:53 pm

the cost may have something to do with weak attendance.

heywood jablomey

April 21st, 2010
7:55 pm

aren’t there something like $5 seats available?

Steve

April 21st, 2010
7:58 pm

Pretty sad about the crowd tonight. I’d be there if I were not out of town. Be there tomorrow though! They sure are hitting Hudson hard even though it is only 1-0, which may be all Halladay needs unfortunately. I guess we can hope to get to that pathetic Philly bullpen!

Todd, are you really that stupid? Do you know how cheap it is to go to a Braves game? Plus, you can bring your own food. No excuse.

Steve

April 21st, 2010
7:59 pm

Plus Todd, it is a fact that attendance goes way up once school gets out so the kids can go and college students are back in town.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
7:59 pm

Every Wednesday is 2-for-1 Terrace and Pavilion level tickets.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
8:01 pm

Random thought: When I go to hell, I’m quite certain there will be a Home Depot outfield race between the Hammer, Screwdriver and Paint brush.

Steve

April 21st, 2010
8:02 pm

Jeff did you ever write about your preseason predictions for this season? If not, could you share them now? If so, sorry I missed it. I am thinking Houston vs. Baltimore.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
8:02 pm

Hudson is really skating here — Phils have only one run despite 6 baserunners and three doubles in 3 innings.

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
8:02 pm

That IS hell!

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
8:03 pm

steve, not stupid. just observant.

Not Don Waddell

April 21st, 2010
8:04 pm

Have any teams in baseball history been no-hit twice in 5 days?

With Melky and McClouth in the lineup, I could easily see the Braves getting no-hit again tonight.

Jeff Schultz

April 21st, 2010
8:04 pm

Halladay is perfect through three.

todd grantham

April 21st, 2010
8:06 pm

Halladay may be perfect through nine. unless he gets lazy and goes on holliday.