We’re LIVE from Braves, as Lowe tries to make statement

If Derek Lowe wants to start in the postseason, he needs to win games like these.

If Derek Lowe wants to start games in the postseason, he needs to win games like these.

Welcome to the Braves’ series finale against the Florida Marlins.

It’s “Bark in The Park” day, so there are several dogs in the stadium, although I’m not sure at this time if Bob Wickman has been invited back to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

(Thank you. I’m here all game.)

The Braves, coming off  Saturday’s 12-3 win over the Marlins, will try to win consecutive games for the first time since winning four straight Aug. 15-18 (two over Los Angeles, two over Washington). That was followed by a 6-2 loss to the Nationals and a stretch of six losses in eight games before Saturday’s 12-3 win over Florida.

A few subplots in today’s game:

Derrek Lee suffered a strained in his right side Saturday night and is out of the lineup today (Eric Hinske starts at first). The injury is believed to be minor and Lee could be back Monday night against the New York Mets.

♦ If pitcher Derek Lowe (11-12, 4.33) wants to make a statement that he should be a postseason starter, he needs to win games like today’s and start stringing together some impressive games. He was tagged early in his last outing at Colorado, though he ended up allowing only three runs in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies. The Braves have won only one of Lowe’s last seven starts (Lowe in that span: 1-4, two no decisions, 4.17 ERA).

♦ The Braves are 45-18 at home this season and 17-1-2 in home series (trying to make it 18-1-2 today). Their only home series loss of the season came to Philadelphia back in April.

Omar Infante, who went 2-for-4 with a double Saturday, is batting .344 — 18 points higher than National League batting leader Joey Votto (.326). Infante, however, doesn’t qualify for the batting title. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Infante needs 146 plate appearances in the Braves’ final 33 games (4.42 per game) to qualify.

That’s it for now. Here’s the question of the day (and a possible subject of my column later): How important do you think it is for Lowe to have an impressive performance, going into the postseason (should the Braves make it)?

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656 comments Add your comment

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

greg norton was never first in anything. EVER.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Given Hanson’s inconsistency, it’s very important. Right now, I have more faith in Minor to be a playoff pitcher than I do Lowe.

Joey

August 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

They just need to win though I am very pessimistic that they will be able to do much offensively with J. Johnson on the hill. Suppose it’s a bit too much to ask Lowe to keep em to two runs or less, eh?

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Johnson has been iffy the past month or so.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

This I assure you: if the Braves win, the negative Nancies (minus Christopher Chance) will not be around for at least 24 hours. If they should lose, it will be doomsday and the world as we know it will cease to exist.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

got the lineup yet?

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

Joey

August 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

Going forward, Hanson’s emerging inconsistency and propensity for giving up runs in bunches is very troubling for the Bravos. If he can’t be counted on, they haven’t much of a chance of going very far into the post-season, assuming they make it.

Lowe Rider

August 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

In reference to your question– not very important. The Braves should run out Hudson, Hanson, and Jurrjens, and hold back Lowe as an emergency starter. Hanson and Jurrjens have both had their wobbly moments recently, but they can both be absolutely dominating in a way that Lowe never is.

Negative Nancy Numero Uno

August 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

I resemble that remark…..

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Mitchell- I that you?

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

georgia plays in 6 days

POAD

August 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

Jeff, How many DOGS to you see at the park.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

At least 75% of their roster does.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

by play i mean sacrifice louisiana lafsomething to the football gods

POAD

August 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

How cares about the Drunkyard dawgs. Just make sure you take bail money with you to the uga games to helpout the poor uga players.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

Lafayette not their biggest cupcake. Have you researched Idaho State? The were a laughingstock last year. Only team they defeated was coached by……..Jerry Glanville.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

any update on glaus

Long-suffering Fan

August 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

Lowe makes a statement all right, every game he pitches. The statement is “I’m not worth $15 per year, much less $15 million.” Put today’s game in the L category. This albatross will be around the Braves’ neck for two more years.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

Yes. Glaud bent over this morning to pick up a newspaper. he dropped it.

NCBravesFan

August 29th, 2010
1:13 pm

Jesse Stone = My new favorite poster.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:14 pm

i think you mean who cares POAD. course you could just be an idiot.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

what the heck is randy cross doing?

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

Who’s calling the game on TV? I have to watch Tommy Hutton and Rich Waltz down here. They are constantly comparing stats of Heyward and Gaby Sanchez to show that Gaby is the better player. They skim over the fact that Heyward was disabled with a lingering thumb injury.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

did cross even play for an sec school?

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:20 pm

Heath

August 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Listen to 680 the Fan on the internet, Jesse. I’d assume they stream the games online.

Jeff Schultz

August 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Greg Norton Facts — But in blog commenting, anybody, even Greg Norton, can be first.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Heath- That’s a thought. I hear many complaints about Skip Caray, but the Marlins commentators have to be bottom of the barrel.

Jeff Schultz

August 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Jesse Stone — Hanson’s last outing was concern, but to me he’s still a postseason starter.

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Sorry! I meant Chip Caray.

dylan

August 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

Multiple Teams Interested In Troy Glaus
By Luke Adams [August 29 at 12:07pm CST]
Multiple American League teams have some interest in Troy Glaus, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Glaus has been on the disabled list since August 18th, but has been hitting well on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett.

When Glaus returns from the DL, the Braves plan to give him some playing time at third base and as a pinch-hitter. However, given his defensive limitations, he would likely fit better with an AL contender in need of some pop at first base or designated hitter. The Red Sox, Rays, Twins, White Sox, and Rangers could all be fits, particularly at Glaus’ affordable price – he has about $340K remaining on his $1.75MM deal.

We’ve yet to hear whether or not Glaus has passed through waivers already in August. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported earlier in the month that players could not clear waivers while on the disabled list, but Morosi later indicated that, as long as the player exhibited good health, he could be placed on waivers prior to being activated. Given Glaus’ .391 average and two homers on his rehab assignment, he appears to be healthy, so that shouldn’t be a roadblock.

Jeff Schultz

August 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

Greg Norton Facts: Infante-4, Heyward-9, Prado-5, McCann-2, Hinske-3, Gonzalez-6, Cabrera-7, Ankiel-8, Lowe-1

dylan

August 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

Heath

August 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

It’s always entertaqining to listen to Chip mangle calls. :)

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:25 pm

Jeff- He is really on or terrible. Not many so-so games. Some pitchers are said to throw their curveball too much, abandoning the fastball. I would actually like to see more off-speed stuff from Tommy. I think he has the biggest up-side of any Braves starter. I would just like to see more consistency.

Jeff Schultz

August 29th, 2010
1:25 pm

POAD — No official count on DOGS . . . or JACKETS.

Mike McDonald

August 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

Bobby’s incompetence and inability to judge talent has severely punished the guy who kept the Braves alive to this point. Despite pleas from fans and head shaking by professional observers, Cox, earlier in the season, refused to play the one position guy, Omar Infante, who could do it all, masterfully. Bobby had some personal gripe with Infante from the time he arrived. His pettiness cost Omar the batting title, one of the greatest honors in the game. It will be fitting justice for the Braves to fall short of the playoffs in this, thank goodness,the final year of the Cox reign. Bobby’s swan song will be like him, a turkey..

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:27 pm

Some would like to see Bobby Cox call for a few more Washauns, they’re tired of ststion to station baseball.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:28 pm

4 of these guys were not in the opening day lineup. this teams like the sequal to the replacements, which is on tbs if anybody cares

Jesse Stone

August 29th, 2010
1:28 pm

Mike- what is this personal gripe of which you speak? Inform us, please.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:30 pm

cripes mike, glass half empty any?

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:32 pm

last game i went to was that infante walk off against the marlins.

Heath

August 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

Heath

August 29th, 2010
1:35 pm

Sutton just said Lowe is 8-5 at home this year.

Jeff Schultz

August 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

First pitch: 1:35. Temp: 82. Count 1-0. Now you’re caught up. … Make that 1-1.

Kentavo

August 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

I can’t see Lowe getting much run support today; they’ll be going up there swinging a bunch of wet noodles; I bet J. Johnson ties Huddy’s K mark from last night. So, Lowe’s gotta keep the ball down and keep the runs down.

greg norton facts

August 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

might be a long day