May 30, 2010

Show #109: The Braves Close In On First Place

The amazing month of May.  McLouth’s struggles.  Heyward vs. Hanson.  And ranking the NL East.



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    McOut Says:

    Good show guys. I love the Manbeast or Big Red dilemma. I would go Manbeast because he plays everyday and I am on such a Heyward high right now. That said, if Tommy Gun helps us win 2 this week, then he might pull ahead of the Manbeast. I’m very flexible on that topic.
    Big week coming up. Hope the Ted is rockin’ for the struggling Phils. We’re on ESPN Tuesday, so it would be nice to see the ATL folk represent our team well. If I didn’t live 7 hours away I’d be there. I smell a sweep. No Rollins, No Polanco, No Halladay. The Hudson vs. Hamels game should be a great matchup, but I think we got their number this week. LA should be an interesting series. We have both of our young SoCal kids pitching near home plus another Hudson start. I’m going out on a limb and saying KK gets his first win this week. 7-0 this week. Book it.
    I honestly think the Braves are the best team in the NL East. The bullpen is the X-factor. The Braves pen has been SO CLUTCH, minus Chavez. The Phils are very beatable with their pitching, minus Halladay. Confidence is also a key. The team’s collective body language on the field is at an all time high, whereas in April it was at an all time low. Dare I say that even the Hamburglar is starting to come around. I no longer believe he should be made to carry a purse everywhere he goes, nor do I still believe he and KK have play tea parties in the clubhouse like my nieces. GO BRAVES!
    P.S. Where can I find Steve interviewing Big Red?

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    Bub Says:

    Gotta choose Heyward to start a team around. The pitcher without an offense versus batter without a pitcher argument is a wash. There are just as many Jake Peavys and Roy Halladays (pre-Philly) as there are Andrew McCutchens and Texas Arods. So that kind of cancels out. You need both.

    Heyward’s chances of being an absolute superstar, not just the best player on the Braves team, but the very best player in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL are decent.

    Sorry, but I can’t see Hanson’s odds of becoming the next Halladay as being that great. Some scouts projected him as a #2 pitcher. I think he will be an ace for Atlanta, but he either tips pitches once in a while or… something. I see more in Hanson’s game to suggest sporadic greatness than complete dominance. Good luck finding a scout that projected Heyward as a “pretty good” hitter. Hanson wasn’t the #1 prospect in all of baseball. Heyward was not just the #1, but heralded more than any #1 in recent memory.

    Hanson is very good. But look at what Heyward is doing in his first few months. It’s unfreakingbelievable. 10 jacks already. Leading the LEAGUE in the most telling offensive statistic in the game. And that’s with two mini-slumps and three small injuries. He’s hitting lefties, righties, curves, and fastballs. He’s hitting early and late, pulling and opp-field. He’s got fielders so nervous they’re erroring him onto base. If the season ended today and the Braves enter the playoffs as the Wild Card (which we lead, I think), Heyward is in the top 3 in MVP voting, to say nothing of ROY.

    I look at him and I see Barry Bonds. Pitchers just not even wanting to fool with him.

    More of a face, as Steve said, too. More quotable than Hanson. Plays every day, so gets quoted more often. He’s black, which in our present baseball culture makes him a special commodity.

    Also, consider this: Wren solved our entire rotation problem in one offseason, but he’s been scuffling to find us an outfielder for three years. We’re programmed to consider solid pitching the harder thing to get, but lately solid outfielders are the needle in the haystack. Much less superstar outfielders.

    Heyward all the way.

    You guys calling us the best team in [fill in the blank] are NUTS. We’re playing very well, though.

    Go Braves.

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    McOut Says:

    The mental image of 6’6” Hamburglar, KK, and translator having a tea party at a table meant for 3 year old girls while surrounded by disgusted teammates is still pretty hilarious to me. If only I were a painter….

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    McOut Says:

    I am a little nuts, but I think they’re right up there Bub. Before the season I thought the Cardinals and Phillies were the cream of the NL crop. If we had to play both in a 7 or 5 game series, then I would take us over Philly. I still don’t think we’re better than St. Louis because they have Carpenter and Wainwright, both of whom have owned the Braves of late. None of this talk really maters in June, though, because who knows what teams are gonna be hot when it matters. If you had told me in May or June of 2007 that the Rockies would make the Series, then I would of told you you’re crazy.

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    Jess Says:

    To comment on one of the last comments made, about someone “making their way” out to see one of the rays games. I am actually driving out to Atlanta from New york(gasp, Altanta fan living in New York) to see that entire series so definitely go and join me!

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    Steve Says:

    McOut – the Hanson interview is part of Show #95.

    Jess – that is very, very cool that you’re coming down for the Rays series.

    Bub – why is it so nuts? We were (from a record and offense standpoint) the best team in the NL East in May.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I wouldn’t dare say Braves are better than Phillies this week of all weeks. I think the baseball gods are partial to them and I don’t wanna jinx the next three days. Go Braves!!!!

    I’m pretty sure “I should have a blog Bubdylan” commented about pitchers still afraid of what Chip can do and that it won’t last. They will start going after him.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Today’s lineup: Prado, 4; Heyward, 9; Chipper, 5; McCann, 2; Glaus, 3; Hinske, 7; Escobar, 6; McLouth. 8; Hanson, 1.


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    Anne Says:

    Headed to The Ted – will listen to the podcast on the way. What’s that? You’re all begging for a play-by-play of The Beach Boys post-game concert?? Especially Curt?? You got it!

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    McOut Says:

    Big Thanks and appreciation to all veterans and current service men and women out there. The sacrifices that have been made by others for our current way of life must never be forgotten, and I am very proud to live in a country where they will never be forgotten. God Bless and Go Braves!

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    Anne Says:

    Lotsa parking lot traffic – bodes well for a big crowd. Go Braves!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    # 10…ditto. I just watched the condensed version of yesterday’s game and I’m still not willing to say anything specific regarding the Braves v. Phillies until after this Wednesday. In the words of the greatest boss, “I’m not superstitious just a little stitious.” I will say they played damn good yesterday. I know it was the Pirates whose pitching is bad but the Bucs had some good defense behind that pitcher. McOut is killing me but he was robbed at least once in RF. Kitchen looked awesome! Pitching out of some serious jams and only one real mistake. I was greatly comforted by his outing. Come on Big Red…be-aggressive…b-e-aggressive!

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    Anne Says:

    White caps today. Me no rikey.

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    McOut Says:

    Still can’t believe I picked 7-0 last night. I was up late doing work and was obviously a little delirious after listening to the show. I think Steve’s more reserved 5-2 is more accurate. Plus Steve’s been right on his predictions 2 weeks in a row. KK gets a win this week. It’s gotta happen. The radio guys said yesterday that he hasn’t gotten a win at the Ted in like a year and 8 days…Yikes. That means he hasn’t won in Atlanta since he faced the Blue Jays version of Roy Halladay. He hasn’t gotten a win period since like last August. He’s been pitching well and is due. He’ll pitch game 2 of LA, so the bats should be awake by then after the long flight out West. Props to the ATL fans for giving him a standing O after yesterdays game. Pretty Cool.

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    McOut Says:

    Tommy cannot walk under mendoza hitting Dobbs in this lineup….

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    Anne Says:

    I can’t take a 9-inning nail-biter!!

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    McOut Says:

    He got lucky. Almost a 20 pitch first inning. I hate Chase Utley.

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    McOut Says:

    I hate Victorino, too.

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    McOut Says:


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    Mara Wanna Says:

    That did NOT just happen!

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    McOut Says:

    These guys are crushing balls.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    NICE Hinske!

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    McOut Says:

    Tommy…. c’mon man.

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    McOut Says:

    No out. 32 pitches. 2nd inning. Last start against the Phils he didn’t make it out of the 5th. History may repeat itself. His control has been absent two starts in a row… Really frustrating to listen to after the offense puts up 3.

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    McOut Says:

    Whew… Is Werth hurt too?

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