Live again from the Braves: Hey, they haven’t been no-hit yet!

Ubaldo Jimenez (center) celebrates his no-hitter at Turner Field last April. (AP photo)

Ubaldo Jimenez (center) celebrates at Turner Field last April. (AP photo)

The Braves haven’t hit yet. They’re 13th in the National League in batting, 12th in slugging percentage, 15th (of 16 teams) in on-base percentage. And it isn’t Terry Pendleton’s fault! He’s coaching first base this year!

The batting order that was supposed to be armor-plated includes Nate McLouth, who’s hitting .219, and two guys hitting worse. Dan Uggla is at .176, Freddie Freeman at .172.

It was only a year ago that the everyday eight had holes galore: Troy Glaus and Melky Cabrera and Yunel Escobar weren’t hitting, and McLouth wasn’t hitting then, either. And in the season’s 11th game, absolutely nobody got a hit against Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. Today’s game is the 10th of 2011, so we could be getting near tha time.

Or not. These Braves aren’t going to be futile forever. (Well, McLouth might be. But surely not Uggla.) And today’s opposing pitcher carries an ERA of 20.25. His name is Cole Hamels, and he has a history of being pretty darn good, but he was pretty darn bad in his first start: He retired eight Mets while yielding six hits, two walks and six earned runs.

So maybe this is the day the Braves break loose. Or maybe it’s the day Hamels throws  a Ubaldo. Whatever happens, I’ll be here to chronicle the action, or the lack of same. And I’d appreciate it if you’d join me. We had much fun yesterday, did we not?

By Mark Bradley

278 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

April 10th, 2011
12:57 pm

Benjamin

April 10th, 2011
12:58 pm

Pole position on the Sunday after Kenseth won a big one. Look at me…

We’re nine games in. If we’re 29 games in and Uggla and co. still aren’t hitting, I’ll be concerned. The bats were just fine on Friday from my vantage point down the third base line, and they’ve got some track records in that lineup, so I’m not too concerned.

Let’s get at them Phils today and take the series!

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
1:04 pm

I wouldn’t even be concerned after 29 games, Benjamin. But maybe after 39.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
1:04 pm

Oh, and kudos.

birdbrain

April 10th, 2011
1:26 pm

Mark, you and Benji are idiots. Stop your bandwagon journalism, and your support of these internet twinks.

Steve

April 10th, 2011
1:30 pm

Birdbrain, rough night last night?

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
1:33 pm

Birdbrain is hungover on Charlie Sheen’d Tiger Blood.

Steve

April 10th, 2011
1:39 pm

Mark, how long do you think the Braves will give McLouth? How has Schafer done at Gwinnett so far?

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
1:40 pm

Double play. A Lowe staple.

BobbyCoxLess

April 10th, 2011
1:41 pm

How many times in this series have the Phillies got the first man up on base? Must be about 50% of the innings played if not more.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
1:42 pm

Schafer is hitting .250 for the G-Braves, who have played only three games.

I’d say McLouth gets a month

Bill

April 10th, 2011
1:42 pm

a mile stone…the Phillies did’n score in 1st.

Bill

April 10th, 2011
1:44 pm

Schafer=? not much better than what we got if any………..250 three game ain’t crap.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
1:45 pm

Say-Hay needs to hit today. 2 broken bats yesterday and one with based loaded just killed the Braves.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
1:47 pm

I still dislike the RED Sunday jerseys.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
1:51 pm

Please don’t put him on like yesterday and then the Braves were down 1-0. Beachey should have gone after Howard.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
1:52 pm

The red jerseys do nothing for me, either.

Bill

April 10th, 2011
1:53 pm

Lowe looking good..keeping ball down and away.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

Easy inning for D-Lowe.

Bill

April 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

Agree..they ugly!

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
1:55 pm

B McC need some base runners.

Bill

April 10th, 2011
1:56 pm

Hope Uggla will relax and get his ptch. trying to hard it looks like.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
1:58 pm

Wow that was FAST and didn’t see many bad pitches. Hitters need to work the pitcher but he is throwing strikes.

Bill

April 10th, 2011
2:00 pm

Hamel is dealing..coming right at’em

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:01 pm

Mark anyway you can post the photos of the fans when they do the JERSEY SHORE look-a-likes? HAHHAHA It was funny yesterday.

bucky oneil

April 10th, 2011
2:01 pm

9-3 last year in Home Sunday Red, although I don’t like them either.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:05 pm

LOW and LOWE but a called Strike.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:08 pm

Another sea cruise of a frame

Bob_Horner

April 10th, 2011
2:12 pm

TBS is so awesome.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:14 pm

Not much happening. Except pitching mastery

Bill

April 10th, 2011
2:14 pm

Cruise on………9 up 9 down.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:15 pm

Well time to surf over some to hear the TIGER LOVE FEST also known as the PGA Tour.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:17 pm

Victorino singles. He’s a machine

Bill

April 10th, 2011
2:20 pm

watch for sharks 5150… Mark just got back from Masters…and having two work back to back games..Thanks mark.

Michael

April 10th, 2011
2:20 pm

I like the jersey’s. I hate the alternate hats however.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:21 pm

First and third

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:21 pm

Bill

April 10th, 2011
2:21 pm

Oh crap..the ship may be leaking……………

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:22 pm

Another DP. But the run scores.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:22 pm

Saturday there were too many of the RED jerseys in the stands. It looked a lot like the crow was for the Phillies.
Nice DP, but run does score.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:23 pm

Nice slice of damage control

Bill

April 10th, 2011
2:25 pm

at least the class is half full and not empty……Now lets get that run back.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:28 pm

Does anybody know who many hit Chipper has from each side of the plate. I know he has the 2500 but how many are from the right side?

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2011
2:28 pm

Nate M. breaks up the perfect game. Doubles over Ibanez’s head

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:28 pm

#13 with a nice Double

Bill

April 10th, 2011
2:29 pm

NATE……..maybe a month?

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:31 pm

Deep but now 2 down. B MAC need a good hit please.

Dave

April 10th, 2011
2:31 pm

I’m in dallas ga and the game is not on tv. I tried looking for it but the channels it’s supossed to be on are show HLN news. what happened?

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:32 pm

Maybe should have waited on a pitch or 2 before swinging at that one.

WTGW5150

April 10th, 2011
2:32 pm

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