May 23, 2010

Show #108: The Braves Keep Winning

The Comeback.  What to do with Medlen?  Tracking Chipper’s progress.  And a state of the team discussion.



294 Responses to “Show #108: The Braves Keep Winning”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Can we have a “Cheap Shots at Frenchy” segment every week? I’ll do research. It’s very cathartic: every cheap shot erases one agonizing memory of an inept at-bat/ remark. So… 7,859 to go…

    Here’s one: Batting Average now at .211, and .188 against right handed pitchers. Good thing there aren’t many right handed pitchers in baseball, AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAH!

    I agree the offense looks downright dangerous compared with early returns. 10 batters that seem like legit possibilities for doing damage, do you realize that? Ten: Heyward, Prado, Glaus, McCann, Chipper, Hinske, McLouth, Infante, Escobar, and Conrad. If just 5 of those get hot at once, and say 3 of the other ones just stay north of Mendoza, we could put up lots of runs.

    Starting pitching, though, worries me. I won’t spell it out since I’ve been so negative lately, but I look for our offense to have to carry us through plenty of games.

    Go Braves!

  2. 2
    Curt Says:

    Quilvio Veras was the 2nd baseman who I could not think of earlier.

  3. 3
    Steve Says:

    Sitting in jury duty this morning. Never been picked before. Anyway …

    Back to Bobby’s lineup from Sunday. Curt made a good point about so many guys sitting at one time. My biggest issue was Clevlen for Hinske (despite the match up). It would have been different with Hinske in there from the start.

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    McOut Says:

    The line up would have been fine, but both the 4th and 5th outfielder were starting. I think you guys underestimate Hinske at 3rd, but I also don’t see why Omar couldn’t play left and Conrad 3rd. I don’t know. Bobby needs to stop sitting Hinske. The pitching will be fine. The Braves are no worse off than the rest of the NL in that regard. The bull pen has been phenomenal. Still don’t understand why Mike Dunn is still in AAA, but that is another issue. He is a lefty, and his control has to be better than Kimbrel’s. They need to find another good arm for the pen because Medlen being a starter is going to hurt the pen in the long run. The key to this team is offense. If they keep averaging around 6 runs a game, then they probably won’t drop many series. Also, let’s not forget the stellar D the guys are bringing to the field, too. I’m excited about the Braves again.

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    McOut Says:

    My dad didn’t get to see the game, but he called me this morning after he looked at the box score in the paper and promptly asked, “Who the (expletive) is Brent Clevlen?” My response, “Exactly.” My dad is from St. Louis, but has become a closet Braves fan over the years because they’re always on in Tennessee. He has been calling for Bobby Cox’s head for right around 2 decades. Gotta love a Cardinals fan. They do know baseball. He reminds me every time we talk that guys like Hinske and Infante would never leave the field if they played for La Russa. He can’t wait for 2011 either.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I agree…with all of it. Hammy, not sure Hurley can reach his pants but
    the visual of his trying made me chuckle. I think this team has had a stutter start of the season. Bobby has made some bone head moves but he’s also made some good ones. Like not letting a RHP pitch to Howard and pinch running for people. I’m not saying I’m not ready for him to go but maybe he will continue to read this message board and act accordingly. Love Hinske. I think Glaus will continue to hit and Cabrera who is known for being streaky will get hot. That’s right hot. Chipper will continue to flounder. While I think Hinske should play more often I don’t think Escobar is going to reach normalcy without consistent at bats. Prado wins a batting title. Ok , that last prediction wasn’t in my crystal ball but I just love his passion.

    Can’t wait for a week from today! Cannot wait!

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    Curt Says:

    Leah, remember, i’m NOT going to be there.

  8. 8
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wait…is today Monday? I mean a week from tomorrow. Days spent running errands with certain people in my life should count as two cause they feel like about 20. And yes Curt, the court remembers where your allegiance lies.

  9. 9
    Curt Says:

    Stupid family

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    Mara Wanna Says:


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    Bubdowner Says:

    First, the good news: if the Braves win the Florida series, I am resolved to be positive for a whole month, win or lose.

    Now, the bad: I just glanced back over our May schedule so far. I knew we’d played some bad teams, but, to make a long story short:

    Arizona, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, and the Mets. Look at those all in a sentence together. We’ve played five awful, awful teams.

    Beyond that, we’ve played two decent teams (Washington and Cincinatti) and one very good team (Ph*lly)

    The very good team swept us. One of the two decent teams beat us.

    The only decent team we beat was the Reds, requiring a Braves Record Book comback driven by a Grand Slam off an outfielder’s glove.

    It’s actually remarkable how exactly this team has played to likely outcomes this year. I looked over the bad April and it was the same thing: yeah, the record was bad, but almost exactly in proportion to the good teams we were playing. Braves are not playing up or down to the competition this year, which, I guess, is at least half good.

    But it paints a pretty consistant picture: An average ballclub losing to good teams and beating bad ones.

    So, there’s your daily dose of sunshine. :) :) :)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks Mr. Weatherman. I see your point but I remember we played just terrible against the Cards. I mean, it wasn’t them just being really good it was us being pitiful. I think we’re better than THAT…don’t you?

    Btw…I don’t see the Hinske interview. Am I blind?

  13. 13
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Great minds think alike:

    Mara Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 8:45 pm
    I’m sure this has been discussed on this forum but I can’t remember. Fair or foul…interleague play. Go.

  14. 14
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Found Hinske interview right where I left it. :)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    That may be my favorite player interview. Great questions Steve. Love me some Hinske!

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    Cautiously less pessimistic Says:

    The Braves didn’t get swept by Philly, they won the Saturday game that Medlen pitched.

  17. 17
    Bubdowner Says:

    Didn’t get swept? I thought we did. Oh, well. Yay?

  18. 18
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I HATE nights without baseball.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Make that Braves Baseball. Boston’s beating up on TB.

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    McOut Says:

    Based on the listed stats, Julio Teheran had 7IP w/ 12K, 2BB, 4H, 1ER, 1HR in his first start after being promoted to high A ball. He got a ND, and his ERA is 1. 29. He turned 19 in January.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    “We’re havin’ FISH TONIGHT!”. Who said it Bubdylan. Btw…happy late birthday. I saw on Twitter it was yesterday.

  22. 22
    Steve Says:

    What’s Bub’s Twitter account?

  23. 23
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I have no idea. I may have confused him with the other B. Dylan. :)

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    Oh, sorry – I was being thick.

    The G-Braves just tweeted the Gregor Blanco’s been called up to Atlanta. Who’s being DL’d? Or sent down?

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    McOut Says:

    Hell’s yeah! Bravos vs. Fish means the game’s on in Tampa. I’ll be WATCHING tonight, for better or worse. Go Braves!

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