6:28 pm June 19, 2012, by Mark Bradley
June 19th, 20126:37 pm
1st And point out ohw Fredi is whats wrong with this team
June 19th, 20126:42 pm
June 19th, 20126:44 pm
June 19th, 20126:49 pm
Got to hate this for Beachy. Maybe sparks the team to Rise to the Occasion & Finish the Season Strong! Go Braves!
June 19th, 20126:51 pm
Thanks Mark… Good work as always. I’m beginning to question Fredi’s moves. No pinch runner for Ross last night? PR would have been safe at second and could have sparked an inning!?
June 19th, 20127:20 pm
Anybody got the number for Omaha Steaks?
Supersize that order, mutt
June 19th, 20127:23 pm
June 19th, 20127:27 pm
This is a reminder that every professional athlete is one play away from being finished. Good luck to Beachy.
June 19th, 20127:38 pm
To deal or not deal. I think the Braves have too many holes at the moment and would be better off waiting for next year. Even if they move Medlin to the starting rotation,they would need to trade for at least 2 relievers. One for long relief and one to set up Kimbrall as Ventors has struggled and will probably be the next pitcher to wind up on the DL. Then there are the hitting woes. I feel that Freeman will start raking again once he’s healthy. But that will not be enough to go far in the playoffs should they make it. The bench is weak this yr with Wilson,Fransisco, and even the reliable Hinske underperforming. With All the money being freed up next year By departing players or expiring contracts, It might be possible to acquire some very good players. Let’s not trade any of our young rising stars to try to salvage a season that is taking a disappointing downward spiral.
June 19th, 20127:42 pm
Good analysis Mark. The only one that can help us now is the very great and powerful – but mysterious – Wizard of Oz. I doubt if even he could stir Liberty Media to any kind of action. On a serious note maybe Medlen can return to his form of a couple of years ago. Delgado and Minor have been pitching much better of late also. I am more concerned with our hitting woes than anything else right now. We need much more from Uggla, Freeman and Heyward. Maybe Chipper can really get something going for the last three months of his career. We have a lot of maybe’s and a lot of hope for things to change with the current makeup of this club because I doubt if we’ll make many or any moves concerning personnel. It is a shame that ownership of the Braves isn’t what it was 20 years ago because if it was then they would be much more proactive in addressing our current woes.
June 19th, 20127:43 pm
The buck stops at Wren desk!
I know you can’t help injuries but Wren has no back up plan and did nothing all winter.
He needs to be fired..point blank and take Fredi with him.
June 19th, 20127:45 pm
Last time Mark did his gloom and doom video on the braves they went on a big winning streak….
June 19th, 20127:48 pm
Cool job Mark..
June 19th, 20127:58 pm
Mark, has anyone told you that your profile pic looks a lot like Tim Robbins from Shawshank Redemption?
June 19th, 20128:03 pm
The Braves now have their 3rd run of the roadtrip. I predicted 18. Man on third, one out in the fourth. Uggla, our top RBI man, is up. Will Prado score?
June 19th, 20128:35 pm
Wow, we scored 2 runs and went ahead 3-2, however, that lead didn’t last long. Braves announcers were saying how much fun it is to watch Hudson pitch. Now it is 3-3, Jeter has walked, bases loaded.
June 19th, 20128:40 pm
Every game, they find a different way to screw up. Pitching ok? The hitting sucks. Hitting pretty good? The pitching stinks. Hitting and pitching decent? Errors give the other team runs. Loser mentality is what this Braves team has!
June 19th, 201211:08 pm
is that your house?
June 19th, 201211:32 pm
Guess you’re working out of your house these days. AJC is on life support, I guess. I think the web version is run out of the basement of the Grady Journalism School at UGA.
June 20th, 201212:38 am
Tough luck with these Braves…
Freddi has no answers! Stick a fork in this Franchise!
Last won a playoff series in 2001! Just Brutal……..
Hey Larry Jones drop the nickname “Chipper” cause your 40 years old dude!
June 20th, 201212:43 am
Yanks and Sox will sweep these turkeys…
June 20th, 20121:08 am
Does Roger McDowell get a commission fee for each of the Braves pitchers he delivers to Dr. Andrews for “Tommy John” surgery?
June 20th, 20121:18 am
Glad Braves stopped the Yankees’ 10 game winning streak, but I notice Hinske was the Designated Hitter instead of Bones Jones. Isn’t the goal to keep Bones off the field as much as possible? The less Bones is playing 3rd the less he gets a line drive slammed into his body. Seems FG is not thinking long term here.
June 20th, 20128:04 am
Without a dominat number one starter who can shut down losing streaks like a Maddux or Smoltz could this team is simply built to win 85 games regardless of their hitting. Even before Beachy they had a pretty average starting rotation where starters throw 90 pitches by the 5th inning because they don’t have the power to blow anyone away or comand to put the pitch where they need it. Without Beachy they may only win 80 games but with him they were still average. Hate to see him go and I hope for a speedy recovery but I’m not sure this chages the fate of the Braves this year.
Hitting! Heyward is the key. If he hits they seem to roll. If he doesn’t they struggle. The Braves would have to have great hitting to offset their pitching issues and I don’t see great hitting on this team outside of Prado and Bourn.
They will play at or around .500 the rest of the way unless they make some major changes??
June 20th, 20128:23 am
Any of us who have been following baseball for 40 years or more notice the trend on starting pitching?
a) the last several years the emphasis on pitch counts;
b) virtually non-existant complete games;
c) reduction of innings pitched per season;
d) higher utilization of a 5th starter:
And with all this, I see more arm injuries of a ligament nature in the last few years than I ever remember back in the day.
Is it the fact doctors now know what the injury is and they did not know back in the 70’s and 60’s?
June 20th, 20128:26 am
Hinske,Wilson,Francisco,and Diaz need releasing. Call up some hunvry talent from Gwinnett. These VETERANS suck.
June 20th, 20128:29 am
This team will NEVER amount to a thing, until they have a new owner; one that is not a corporation.
June 20th, 20128:35 am
MB- I suggest that in the future you either lose the suit, or opt for a more sports/business background for your video feeds. The juxtaposition of the two disparate images (business and home) bordered on the surreal. It actually distracted from what you were saying.
June 20th, 20128:37 am
Liked the newspaper on the chair in background.
June 20th, 20128:41 am
MB….Just For Men, baby.
Jack Dennis TN
June 20th, 20128:45 am
Not this year. Braves STILL need RH punch at the plate.
June 20th, 20129:05 am
Mr. Bradley—- How can you POSSIBLY – NOT ADDRESS – IGNORE – PRETEND IT DOESN’T EXIST ——- THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM IN THE HISTORY OF THE BRAVES or any team.
FOR CRYING OUT LOUD – With ALL THE DIFFERENT STARTING PITCHERS that the Braves have had in the last SIX or SEVEN YEARS since Leo left and McDowell has been the Pitching Coach – Almost EVERY ONE OF THEM HAVE ENDED UP BEING INJURED.
This is ABSURD – UNBELIEVABLE
For Heavens Sake – SAY SOMETHING.
Sure in a 6 or 7 year period, any major league team will have some pitcher injures – BUT almost ALL OF THEM ????
Recently, most of these have been young, great Pitchers already established. The Braves should have been set for years to come. NOW this has been DESTROYED.
June 20th, 20129:45 am
Wasn’t J_MAN actually first?
June 20th, 201210:10 am
WOW, atl pro sports about as interesting as the cardashians-time for another euro-racsism post…….as Jimmy points out, not even MB pays attention to blogs on the knaves & gawks….
June 20th, 201211:16 am
Do you think that maybe the philosophy is different cause Leo was a starter and Roger a rileiver? Just saying.
June 20th, 201211:49 am
You know the runner from third with one out is not going to score with Uggla hitting unless he hits a home run.
June 20th, 20125:24 pm
June 20th, 2012
You are right about Chipper…………….We need to refer to him by other name: “Possum Bones” Jones
June 20th, 20129:13 pm
I’m glad we took this series from the Yankees, but we still need to address Fredi Gonzalez; the man needs to go. Go after Francona, Wren.
June 21st, 201211:47 am
Francona? You mean the coach that had a mirror image September meltdown. Yes Fredi needs to go, but Francona isn’t the answer.
June 21st, 20121:42 pm
Any major Trades at this venture are highly unlikely to be fruitful. This year is a Wash.. Pure and Simple, use it to develop young Talents, try various options, but seriously, if Bourn is not interested in returning… Let it go, Move Heyward to Center, an easy fix. Move Prado into leadoff, Bat Heyward Third, Dale Murphy’s Very Productive spot, These openings can be Corrected but it will take someone Other than FG or Wren to Figure them out. we’ll see how Jurrjens does friday night…
June 21st, 20124:19 pm
Mark, nice job. Also, nice house. The newspaper leftovers on the barstool suggest you belong to a different era though
June 22nd, 201210:18 am
I really hate Beachy went down but he is just one team member. I’m still sticking with this Brave team who could become a sleeper this years to win a championship.
June 22nd, 201211:22 am
Beachy may have been leading the NL in ERA but do remember he has a 5 and 5 record, nothing to write home about. I’m actually not getting the hype about our high talented prospect pitchers. The Nationals rookie came with the hype and he has delivered ours are so up and down that I really wonder… I still believe in this team but we may have to go out and get an arm!
June 22nd, 20122:17 pm
NO ON FRANCONA
I agree that Francona isn’t the answer to the Braves managing ills.
But Ryne Sandberg could well be.
Make a move Frank!
June 26th, 20129:36 am
Surprise, Surprise – we haven’t had a Pitcher to be injured all this week. Of course, it is only Tuesday – and of course, we didn’t have a game yesterday.
The AJC sports columnist is a blogging fool. But you knew that already
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