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?
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.
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….
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.
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!
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!
# 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!
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.
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.
He’s playing hard. The radio guys have been on a Yunel love fest all day, talking about how he is a big team before self guy, which fans usually say the opposite about him. Also talking about how the fans perception of him is what makes him have that hang dog expression. He’s an emotional guy who has probably been through more hard times in 27 years- being a Cuban defector- than any of us could comprehend.
When I lived in Memphis I had a unique opportunity in a community outreach program to meet some Cuban defectors living in Memphis. Really sweet people who have been through a lot to get to America and a lot before they got here, which is why I will always give Yunel the benefit of the doubt. It is a completely different culture, and the flair he plays with is part of it.
If I were the Phillies right now, I would be completely deflated. Fielders giving up 2 unearned runs, and unable to tag Hanson when he was falling apart. Then Cox comes out to argue, gets the rare reverse, Charlie comes out to argue, gets the heave ho. Braves in a do-no-wrong groove, and Phillies must feel like we’ve felt many, many games.
Lol, on cue, Chipper snags a bullet to save extra bases.
It’s pretty darned full, that’s for sure. Woman two seats down wearing 5-inch stilettos. Sigh. “Mara” you are NOT allowed to dress up tomorrow. I wanna see ABT t-shirt, ball cap and tennies. Sandals if you must. (same goes for you, too, Frank!)
Anne, oh yeah. Great place to take in a game. My school’s team got to play there a bit, too. I wasn’t on the team, but I’d go because my roommate was a relief pitcher, and I would jaw at him in the pen from the lawn behind left field. Always a good time…
Melky has a nine game hitting streak. Just throwing that out there. I wouldn’t bet a penny on McOut ever having a 9 game hitting streak again in his career. McOut batted around .270 with 26 HR and 46 doubles the year before he became a Brave. I think pitchers might have figured him McOut, oooohhhhhh. Wah-Wah.
I think the radio dudes said the Braves are undefeated when they score 5 runs. When they have the lead after 7 they’re 23-1. Pitching. Pitching. Pitching. Go Braves. Jim Powell also said that we’ve only have lost like 4 games when we only score 4. This is a solid team Wren has put together. Never thought I’d say that back in April.
Hah, I was wondering how many Beach Boys were still in the band. I guess it’s like the Temptations, the Four Tops, and a bunch of other bands from the 60s. At this point, if any of them have more than 2 original members in the band, let alone alive, I’m impressed.
Very nice. Litchfield is just south of Myrtle Beach. Great weather – a little hot, but very tolerable – and zero of the cheese from Myrtle. Although we did head up there today and hit the Ripley’s Aquarium, checked out some Putt Putt courses and some water slides. All the glory Myrtle has to offer. Thanks.
There’s an article on the AJC site about JJ possibly being back by late June… What happens with Medlen? Also, they have to call up Resop (4-1 w/ 2.something ERA at AAA) soon or let him go… Should be interesting to see what moves are going to be made. My guess would be that both Resop and Medlen will go to the pen. What do you fine folks think?
Some choice quotes from the Post article on Jeffrey, [and my uberobnoxious reactions in superfly brackets]
Milwaukee: Jeff Francoeur is done listening to most of the hitting advice he has been receiving. [this is old news, pal]
The struggling Mets right fielder was told by manager Jerry Manuel during a meeting yesterday that it’s time he tuned out the chatter in his brain. [and the chatter in his mouth, too, Jerry was thinking]
“I’ve let way too many people into my circle of trust,” Francoeur said before the Mets’ 8-6 loss to the Brewers last night at Miller Park. [let’s call it your Circle of Bust.]
The new plan is for Francoeur to listen exclusively to Manuel and hitting coach Howard Johnson. […he said in a text message to Rudy Jamarillo]. Entering last night, he was in a 20-for-130 (.154) nosedive dating to the Mets’ 20-inning victory in St. Louis on April 17. [those 25 homers his chattering promised seem less likely]
“I listened to three people last year [I kept swinging for the moon at pitch-outs, but I did like to listen to them talking]: Jerry, HoJo and [Gary] Sheffield,” Francoeur said. “I’ve got to listen to HoJo and Jerry, and everybody else, I’m not going to be a [jerk] about it, I’ll take their advice and let it go in one ear and out the other. [So, if you have something to tell me, I’ll pretend I’m paying attention].
“Right now I’m up at the plate and I’m thinking about six different things [mmm, taco salads are gooood… I wonder what they’re doing in Atlanta right now…my smile hurts, maybe I’ll give it the day off], and you can’t hit doing that.” [or anything. you can’t hit doing anything, this is my conclusion.]
“I’ve never been a guy to worry about my average,” Francoeur said. [no sh*t Sherlock] “It will be there at the end, regardless — .260 or .270 or whatever. [I’m betting on “whatever”]
“But what’s [ticked] me off the last few weeks is I’m not driving the ball. That’s what frustrates me.” [That, and the way I suck at baseball]
The road back, he said, starts with simplicity. He believes that listening to Manuel and Johnson exclusively will unclutter his mind. [Are two rocks banging against each other called “clutter?”]
“You’ve got 10 different things going through your head and half of them are probably contradicting each other,” [You said it was six things just one paragraph ago. I guess “taco salad” mutated into Taco and Salad] Francoeur said. “Last year I got in such a great routine and I’ve got to get back to that.” [Yeah, boy, get back to last year’s routine, Jeff. See you in the funny papers].
Julio Teheran’s stat line since being promoted to High A Ball: 2-0, 0.43 ERA, 21 IP, 1 ER on a HR, 14 H, 28 K, and 4 BB. He turned 19 in January! They must have no hitting on that team because Delgado is 2-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 11 starts. An article on fox sports Braves page mentions that Delgado could find himself in Atlanta by next year. My guess would be that Teheran won’t be far behind. My favorite part of the Delgado story is that the Mets offered him twice as much as the Braves, but he still signed with the Braves because he wanted to wear the tomahawk on his chest. AWESOME!
Bub, thanks for that Frenchy bit. Pretty funny. Frenchy is a moron. Too many hits to the head playing football. My favorites were “Last year I got in such a great routine”. Really Frenchy, when? and your call on the “whatever” for his batting average. I would bet on the whatever, too. That guy is McOut bad. I wonder if he hits as well as a pitching staff too? We probably should of seen the McOut struggles coming when he only got 1 hit off Spring Training pitching.
I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the stat by now, but it bears repeating: Braves have not been in 1st place later than June 1 since 2005!!!!! I am so happy right now. Lots of great posts today. Don’t remember who said it, but I agree that the Braves are riding an uncanny “do no wrong” streak right now and the Phils have got to be pretty deflated adding today’s games to their recent woes. LOVE IT!
Another great post about our offense today with no contribution from Heyward (and in a nod to Hammy from the show last night, nothing from McLouth either) and still being so successful. Some impressive stuff going on with this team right now.
McOut – I bet that Medlen goes back to the pen when JJ returns. Regarding Resop, I bet they are trying to trade him. Doesn’t make much sense to put him back in the bullpen since he’s flourishing in a starting role.
Steve, I’ve done a little name change to see if it gets my former namesake going. Yeah, I think Medlen to the pen is inevitable. It will be interesting to see what they do with Resop. I know he’s been a dud in the past, but maybe they can get something for him, like a shiny new ball, or a new can of dip for Chipper, or a new tattoo for Moylan. I don’t see how he can fit on the big league roster with a full staff and pen, and they have to do something by the next two weeks.
Cledus, yes the coolest of the cool ABTers will be at tomorrow’s game. My entire family will be in the outfield seats for Wednesday’s game. I would love to have a mini meet and greet before the game on Wednesday. Steve, if you’re not too busy can you maybe shoot Tcc my email address? Is that possible? Sorry to be so criptic but you know…there are crazies out there. Tcc, you might have to email Steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com. I think that’s it.
Cledus, yes the coolest of the cool ABTers will be at tomorrow’s game. My entire family will be in the outfield seats for Wednesday’s game. I would love to have a mini meet and greet before the game on Wednesday. Steve, if you’re not too busy can you maybe shoot Tcc my email address? Is that possible? Sorry to be so cryptic but you know…there are crazies out there. Tcc, you might have to email Steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com. I think that’s it.
The Natinals announced at 7pm that Strasburg will start June 8th against the Buccos. By 9pm the Natinals had sold out the game. Wow! Dugout Box seats going for $2,000. Wow!
Braves actually got a little love from Baseball Tonight. Wow! On a less surprising note, Bobby Valentine is still very annoying. The Mets get more coverage on that show when they’re in last than the Braves do when they’re in first. The Mets suck and get more coverage than the Rays, best team in baseball, ever do. They talk about the Mets staff more than the Rays staff, which at one point had three guys with 5-1 like records and low ERAs. ESPN has completely sold it’s sole to New York and Boston.
I say 5-1 like because I think Price’s record was 6-1 at the time, and Garza and Shields were still at 5-1. Since then Garza and Shields have come back to Earth. Now Shields is 5-3, Price 7-2, and Garza 5-3. Wade Davis, their #5 is 5-4, and Niemann is 5-0. I’m really looking forward to that series. The Rays aren’t playing as well as they once were, and I think the Braves can get ‘em with the series being at the Ted. Plus they got Soriano in the 9th, lol. Soriano has a lot of saves, but believe me, a lot of those saves have been shaky at best. GO BRAVES!
Considering how bad our offense was in April and how good Ubaldo Jimenez is, 10-1 with like a 0.78 ERA in 11 starts, I no longer feel as bad about that no-no. Especially considering the garbage line up used for that game. In reality, when you factor the garbage line up and his pitching together, then the no-no is not that surprising to me. I heard on Mike and Mike that he is having the best year a pitcher has ever had in 90 years. My advice to the Braves if they have to face him again is to try to work the pitch count and hope for the bullpen.
Really really hope the Southern Gentleman, Timmy Hudson, dominates pretty boy Cole Hamels and the Phils tonight. Have fun at the game everybody. I’ll be watching you on ESPN from South Florida. I really hope Hershiser isn’t calling the game because he always finds ways to knock the Braves. I guess that loser is still bitter about 95. I guess being a former Dodger and the Braves and dodgers kind of having a past rivalry might explain it too. Regardless, Orel Hershiser is a loser. That said, GO BRAVES! Anne, you know your job when #22 goes yard tonight.
There’s a nice piece on the AJC site comparing the Braves two months. It’s written by Carroll Rogers, who is subbing for David O’Brien before he goes on the 11 game road trip with our tomahawk clad heroes. Both beat writers do a great job covering the Braves, of which I’m sure all you other fanatics are well aware.
Jayson Stark, “If the Braves play the way they were supposed to play, they could run away with the division.” This was said in reference to the 20-8 record while being 10th in the league in quality starts and with a struggling Chipper, Mac, and Esky. Buster Olney has been drinking the Braves Kool-Aid, too. Everyone is impressed with what our guys our doing with no JJ and our three perceived top offensive players struggling.
Did any of you guys notice the comment made during the Sunday game? They were talking about the Phillies before they came into town, & (I think it was Glavine) said (I’m paraphrasing): Isn’t it funny that 16 or 17 days ago they got issued a verbal warning by MLB for being accused of stealing signs, & since then their offense has sizzled out?”
BURN. I think whoever said that has a point.
1st in the N.L. East…Currently the hottest team in Baseball…FEAR THE CHOP SHOP…GO BRAVES!!!
Yeah – I saw that. Pretty cool to read about it. So, the line up is out. And what we called for in the show this past Sunday is here: 1. Prado 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. Glaus 1B, 5. McCann C, 6. Escobar SS, 7. Infante LF, 8. Cabrera CF, 9. Hudson P
I’m so stupid, ridiculously excited about tonight.
BluesMan – while I don’t really believe the MLB warning thing, it’s certainly fun to believe that it’s part of the reason. In other words, I don’t just want to destroy the Phillies, I want them to be pathetic, weak cheaters too!
Oh my god, Infante in LF. I am right there with you on tonight Steve. Maybe Bobby has been listening to the show. It is a good show. One of the highlights of my weekend every time. Maybe Bobby also figured out that McOut has as many hits over the past 2 weeks as the pitching staff. You gotta get O his deserved ABs. I just hope it doesn’t take him to long too get it going again after essentially not playing since Escobar’s been back. Bobby has been O’s Iago over the past month. O has actually hit righties better this year, which means he’s probably an everyday player on most other teams. Love this line up. Did Bobby actually make this line up? I still can’t believe it.
I don’t remember if it was Olney or Kurkjian, but one of the two said on BBT that JJ’s shoulder is in great shape. The extra rest is probably going to help him in the long run. JJ hitting full stride for last part of season is going to be the bomb. Suck it Phils! Go Braves!
I could not love this article more (because I’m a small person). I love it not only for the obvious Philly-pain reasons, but also because this was the article written about the Braves only a month ago. http://tinyurl.com/2fom8e3
“Nate’s the one that hasn’t had an off day in a long time,” Cox said of resting McLouth. “We are not going to rest him very long at all. He’s too good in center. He’s kind of like Andruw [Jones] when Andruw wasn’t hitting like he should. He’ll save you runs.”
So much for hoping… Comparing his defense to Andruw is so ridiculous it is unbearable. There is no way McOut’s defensive skills belong in the same conversation as Andruw’s. Just when I think Cox has made the most absurd statement in evaluating a player, he comes back with a head scratcher like this. I threw up in my mouth when I read that- just a disgusting observation on Cox’s part. Andruw Jones was a walking a highlight reel. Not only did he make mind-blowing catches, but he threw runners out, too. McOut is a good defensive player, but comparing him to Andruw is mind-numbingly stupid. McOut has 1 gold glove. Didn’t Andruw win like 10 in a row or something. That’s like comparing Yunel Escobar or Rafael Furcal to Ozzie Smith. It just doesn’t make any sense.
I can’t wait until the second coming of Reggie Sanders is gone from the team. Actually, that’s an insult to Reggie Sanders. Reggie Sanders had a much better track record than McOut but was given nowhere near as long to struggle because it was painfully obvious that he shouldn’t be on the team. Why doesn’t the same apply for McOut?
Shout out to the ABT’ers at the Ted. I’m mad jealous. Sorry it’s spittin’ on you, but glad you got to see a THREE RUN JACK already.
I SO knew Glaus was going to hit that. I was singing, to the tune of Camptown Races, “Glaus gonna f*** your whole day up… Hamels… Hamels…. Glaus gonna f*** your whole day up, oh da do da day…” and BAM, he did it.
Well it looks like the patron saint of sh*^%y umpires (Bill Hohn) is finally going to be getting a talking to by MLB because of how he threw Oswalt out in the opening game against the Nats. I doubt they’re fire him…but why not demote him to the Minors?
This has been a great game. On a less-positive not, Chipper has looked absolutely terrible at the plate. He also got bailed out by Prado’s heady double play after he struggled getting the ball out of his glove and then threw a sinker to second. I guess he did get a walk so Bobby will consider it a good game for him.
Addendum to Mara: I stopped by “Play it again Sports” after work and bought an old, used Rawlings glove for 20 bucks. So, I’ll be the nearly 60 yo, guy with an old blue Braves hat and a young #22 shirt on…plus the glove. See ya at the plaza, or somewhere! Go Braves!
Unbelievable. That was nearly like the 5th(I’ve lost count at this point-could very easily be more)game Bobby’s cost us by way of questionable lineups and bullpen decisions. It’s only June 1. Wake-up and stop letting your undying devotion to players cost us a shot at the postseason, again. Geez. You’d think he’d learn after managing for 25 years. Nope. Same ol’ stubborn Cox. It’s like we see the same 5-15 terribly managed loses/near-loses every year. I can’t wait for a new manager.
I don’t think it’s misery when one is befuddled by the tying run coming to the plate in a game in which we went into the 9th with a 5 run lead. Maybe I’m alone on that one. Could be…. Don’t worry no misery here, lol. I usually don’t feel miserable over a game. Worse s*** can happen in life. That’s my outlook. Sorry for the ranting. I’ll stop now.
Just got done with work. Love my iphone and the ability to blog at any time. Was I really the only person upset with keeping Venters in in the ninth. Kind of surprised by that. Regardless, 7. N. A. Row. C’mon Hamburglar! Let’s make it a sweep. Puck the Fillies! ESPN replay is on. Timing couldn’t be better. Watching the game again. Surprise! this time I would still take Venters out after the 2nd batter he faced. I guess I’m miserable again, hahhahahaha!
Due to show all’s response to my previous comments about my supposed “Misery” I will begin my transition to the name of Jimmy Caan or Kathy Bates. I like Jimmy Caan more because it leads to the name of “Tollbooth”, which is obviously where Jimmy met his demise in the Godfather saga and is something I come across often in Florida. GO BRAVES!
Leah – I need some Twitter 101 help. I have three questions:
1. How did the Braves Organist know about the ABT tweet if he doesn’t follow us (I checked, he doesn’t)?
2. I went to his Twitter feed and saw his tweet that read “@atlbaseballtalk ; – )”. Shouldn’t that have showed up on the ABT feed (maybe not for the general public, but should I see that response?)
3. How did you know about his tweet?
Anybody see the excuse note on the Braves FB site? You can fill in the blanks and turn it in to your boss since you’re feeling poorly and need to get to the game. Signed by “Dr.” Brian McCann. That Braves front office has some time on their hands…
Steve, I imagine @bravesorganist either has his account set up to show any comment including the words “Braves Organist” or he does a search post game for that phrase. If you follow him all his comments should show up on your feed. Actually it should show up even if you don’t follow him. It showed up on my feed because i follow him.
Why didn’t McBenched try to throw out their catcher at the plate? Unfortunately McBenched isn’t gonna live up to the new name because of Bobby. He said as much in the same interview where he compared his defensive skills to Andruw.
If you don’t want to read the McOut article I’ll save you some time. Pitching staff .184 AVG, McBenched .179. It also mentions that Hinske has as many hits as McTerrible in half as many ABs. He really is BAD.
Can’t wait to hear y’alls take on Chipper Dorn’s inflamed ring finger on this Sunday’s show. I’m already laughing thinking about. Safe travels Bravos. Two very hot teams playing each other this weekend. Should be another great Braves vs Dodgers series. I just looked at the pitching matchups, and on computer screen it looks like we’re in for some close games. GO BRAVES!
Tim Kurkjian said Huddy is the first Braves pitcher to have 9 quality starts out of his first 11. I find that hard to believe when you think of Braves pitchers of past, but I’ll take his word for it because I’m too lazy to look it up. Bleacher Report rated our top 3 prospects as being Teheran, Delgado, and Vizcaino in that order. Freddie Freeman came in 4th and Kimbrel was 5th. Mike Minor was 7th.
LOVE that the crowd was chanting sweep. Seriously people, when was the last time we had this kind of baseball energy around here. Even in the first half of the aughts when we were winning the division, it was pretty tame around here. I love this run!
And how about Lowedemort? And eight innings, no less. I’m going to start calling him Derek soon.
Mara – more description of the crowd and energy, please.
Hello Anne and all. Come and listen to my story about..driving to Atlanta and back in one day for a ball game. I got home about 30 minutes ago. Post game ATL traffic was horrible! Left this morning at 7:30. whew!! And all that for what??
For the pleasure of meeting her Highness, Princess Leah (quite charming), and for the pleasure of seeing Lowe look like a stud pitcher..able to win for once with no run support, and to be able to Sweep the phinkin stillies!
Oh, and Wags, the amazingly friendly ballpark staff, the very occasional cloud and wisp of a breeze that might have reduced my sunburn from 3rd to 2nd degree.
My only regret on the day is that I wish I had eaten two Italian sausage dogs instead of just one!
Steve, I just saw that the Attendance was 26, 309. I have no idea how accurate that is but just eyeballing the crowd it looked like a lot of people for a weekday game. I’m guessing that the possibility of a sweep brought in more local fans. As far as energy, it was very hot and the game was tied at 1 all for much of the game. That’s hard to get people charged up, but when Infante gave us the lead and when Wags came in, there was a great, palpable energy!
Funniest musical moment was when the Phillies right fielder came to bat and the organist played the “rice a roni” song. You know…the Ben Francisco treat! Don’t know if that was mentioned earlier. I do know that I suggested last year that you guys interview that organist. I hear he’s a famous jazz musician, right?
Here ya go…you can experience the last minute and a half from the Rev’s perspective. This is how it was for the entire top of the 9th. When Billy walked what’s his toes (honestly so tired I can’t remember) there was a collective sigh. After the win you can see a few dejected Phillies fans walking up the stairs. Did they really think they could pull out a win? Really? See Steve, no compassion when it comes to baseball.
It’s still a little fuzzy but I hear once it’s approved it will clear up.
Cledus, so fun putting a face with a name…the real one. And seems like a nice lady friend ya got there. We noticed the “Rice a Roni” as well…pretty clever. The Office theme for Ryan Howard is my absolute favorite.
Curt, I couldn’t tell what they were chanting at Howard but if I had picked up on “O-ver-rat-ted” I would have joined in fo’ shizzle.
GREAT SERIES! What do we think about those Dodgers?
yesterday’s paper said 17 out of last 21 and 7 straight…so my superior math skills say it now must be 18 out of last 22 and 8 straight. Curt, if Bobby was not there, it would be 25 out of last 22, right?
The organist is Matthew Kaminski. He’s a really good jazz organist. In February he released his debut CD “Taking My Time”. I had a feeling he was a jazzer when he played a very solid “A Night in Tunisia” when some guy named Gillespie was batting earlier this year.
Did anyone see that Jim Joyce cost Armando Galarraga of the Tigers a perfect game tonight with a missed call at first base with two outs in the 9th. Unbelievable. The guy was out by a step too. It wasn’t even that close of a play. Could of been the 3rd perfect game in less than a month.
Is it possible to reverse the call now. That’s really really terrible. How do you not give a pitcher the benefit of the doubt in that situation even if it’s a close play? What’s worse is that he hesitated before he made the call. Jim Joyce must of been thinking about what he was going to eat after the game or something.
Hold your horses there, Nate! Are you suggesting MLB should intervene on a disastrous call when they can’t clean up PED’s, can’t see the stupidity of the DH or of giving home field advantage in the biggest series of the year to an exhibition game winner??
Lol, are you watching BBT, too? I like how Bill Hohn appeared twice in their bad calls of the week segment. The guy is obviously a terrible umpire and should be removed form baseball and soon. He cost the Natinals that game, and he cost us 2 games last year. To top off the bad calls, Hahn had a congratulatory fist bump with the Marlins catcher after one of them.
Got to chat with the Crime Dog a little at my gig tonight. I’m sad to report he will be pulling for the Rays over the Braves when the two teams face each other later this month. In spite of that, he is still a very classy, humble individual.
On Wednesday nights I play a funk gig with a group at this bar/restaurant in Tampa. The most exciting part about it is seeing the Crime Dog. Ronde Barber randomly shows up on occasion, too. Would like to think they come out to hear us play, but, yeah, that’s definitely not true, lol. Not my favorite place I’ve ever played to say the least. I’m just not a fan of places where a bunch of randoms act like their hot to trot and better than others, which, unfortunately, there are a lot of in Tampa. It’s especially annoying when people who are somewhat famous go there and act super down to Earth and are very laid back and humble. But, it’s like my mom told me when I was growing up, “Some people just suck.” That’s some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten, and that’s why I usually just try and ignore those types.
Cledus – Strangely enough, a friend of mine who writes about jazz just introduced Matthew and I over email this week. If he’s up for it, we will definitely have him on the show this year. By the way, it’s mind-blowing that we’re meeting each other in person! How crazy and wonderful.
So, my son comes up to me last night and says, “Daddy, I’m worried about the Dodgers.” Now, I think he said that because the Dodgers were good in his spring baseball league, but still … I share his concern. In all honesty, I had very little concern about the Phillies. And if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll split or better. I just hate the cross-country flight, the big emotion of the sweep, they’re good …
And then I find this tidbit and get more confident:
Aside from Casey Blake, who is driving the ball and has a nine-game hitting streak, and Matt Kemp, who has a modest eight-game streak but has more than a single hit in only one of those games, all the regulars are in slumps of various degrees.
James Loney is 2 for 16.
Russell Martin is 2 for 27.
Blake DeWitt is 0 for 15.
Andre Ethier is 1 for 14 since coming off the disabled list.
Rafael Furcal is only 0 for 7 but has yet to attempt a stolen base since coming off the DL May 25 with a strained hamstring.
I’m glad the Cardinals caught the Reds so I can start thinking of Cinci as Wild Card competition instead of the Cards. I’m not conceding the division, though I do think the Phils will come roaring back in the 2nd half, but the Wild Card race would be an awesome insurance policy.
Now, when the Padres sink below the Giants or Dodgers, I’ll be able to look at the standings without my eyebrows twitching.
Steve, the Dodgers also had a May schedule similar to ours: Pittsburgh, D’Backs, Cubs, Astros. The did win 2/3 from COL twice and swept @ SD once, but to me, it looked like a very tame schedule. The Braves are better than all the teams they won series against. I’m with you man. I think our guys can do better than a split. I love reading about the team chemistry we have and the swagger. I also love hearing about Charlie Manuel calling out his team. Utley and Howard looked really odd just kind of lounging in the dugout in the 9th at Tuesday’s game. Meanwhile Venters is putting all kinds of guys on base, and it looked like both guys were gonna get a chance to hit with a chance to tie the game for their team. You’d think maybe they’d be getting geared up for an AB. Both looked completely indifferent and over the whole thing. I have never seen Braves players do that in any tight game. Kudos to our guys for the focus and effort being shown on the field. Also, the Phillies watching Gran Torino in the clubhouse before yesterdays game instead of maybe trying to get ready to avoid being swept is unbelievable. How do their players even think of doing that with the way they’ve been playing? When we were struggling, all you read about was how hard everyone was working and the extra hours being put in by players and coaches. You never heard about the Braves having movie time before a game. The Phillies players are so arrogant and obviously don’t think much of the Braves. I hope more than ever that we take the division from them.
Nate – I agree with all of it. Oh man, I’m getting all crazy excited about the game tonight. And then I read this, and it got me even more revved up. Goose bump stuff for me:
Chipper – ““This is a very, very, very important road trip for us. It is imperative that we go out and play well and get Ws on this particular road trip. LA is just as hot as we are. Arizona is struggling. Then you’ve got Minnesota, which is arguably one of the best teams in the American League, on the road. Come out of this with a winning record, that validates the fact that we’re for real.””
It’s the whole “Braves are legit” thing is happening in perfectly graduating levels:
Level 1: April. Uh, no.
Level 2: May, beating poor teams. Mmmm… yawn.
Level 3: Beating the Reds in a teaser sweep. Yes, maybe, but we required two incredible comebacks and a grand slam off a fielder’s glove. Nice, but who knows.
Level 4: Beating Florida in a series. Hey, what have we here??
Level 5: Sweeping the NL Champs, beating them senseless in the first two games, Lowe pitching legit in the third. Almost definitely we are for real. The only thing is, Phillies in its worst slump in years, so… we need…
Level 6: The Western Swing. This will determine things absolutely in my mind. If the Braves go 6-5 on this trip, I am utterly convinced they are going to the playoffs. And if they go 5-6, I won’t be down on them at all.
(Level 7 would obviously be regaining their winning ways after their first slump and after Philly catches fire again.)
June will be like the Braves Mid-Term exam. I think the guys are prepared and should do well. The Rays are not playing very well right now, and I think the Twins just lost the O Dog for a while. As Steve pointed out, the Dodgers are not the great hitting team they were when we saw them last year. I really like our pitching to get us through this weekend still in first. Then we get the D’Backs. Lots of optimism for me right now. My only concern is BMac’s throwing in these upcoming series against the Rays, Twins, and Dodgers.
Mara, I just heard Jim Joyce’s interview where he admitted to missing the call. He was just torn up about it. You can definitely tell that’s going to stick with him for a while. The Tigers handled it very professionally, as well. Props to everyone involved for doing a superb job of damage control. If only every umpire were as classy as Jim Joyce. (Thinking of Bill Hohn and Joe West when I typed that last thought)
McCann 4th? Can we end that experiment please? Amazing that if it were Glaus, Hinske, McCann I’d be jumping through the roof. He’s got some good protection all around him so they have to pitch to him. That will help.
I have to say, and maybe it is too long coming, but as Bub pointed out this train took some time to get rolling, but it appears this is not longer the 2008/2009 Braves. They are doing things completely different. And that be good.
P.S. I’m sitting on the porch with the beach wind blowing and sipping a nice cocktail. Even got in 18 with the 6 year old this morning and as we are walking off 18 he says – “I love golf. You’re my best friend.” Good day had by all.
Can’t say that I’ve ever had an issue with that Mara. I always get burned on my back. My girlfriend hates it when that happens because she goes on aloe and then peeler/scratcher duty. I’ve noticed she’s gotten better at pre-burn sunscreen applier duty as a result.
Steve, you made me curious about when I started listening to the podcast…#57. I’m on my second cup of coffee so I can stay up and watch the Bravos so I’m very chatty. Watching a couple episodes of The Office while I wait…”mega desk”.
Mike Minor tonight: 8 IP, 3 H, 11 K, O R. I didn’t know if anyone else was listening to the radio and heard that. If the Bleacher Report article on our top 10 prospects is right with him being 7th best, then I’d say the future is very bright.
I actually have some hope that he won’t. Am I alone? KK was the odd man out when Huddy needed innings last year. Is it a stretch to hope he’ll be the odd man out when Medlen/Minor/My Grandma are poised to outpitch him?
I don’t know if Bobby will do what makes sense to the rest of us. He’s made some uncharactaristically good managerial moves this season so…maybe. I wish going to Braves games had come at the end of my vacation instead of the beginning. I’m sad.
This is the funnest game for some reason. Seems like you all feel the same way. Maybe it’s because it feels like, for the first time all year, we’re playing with house money. Like it would be okay to lose to these hot Dodgers after the effort they put up at home. But they’re still winning. Still dominating, even.
What a great game. More timely hitting and great pitching. Lowe’s best start of the season followed by Medlen’s best start of the season. Really good game so far (that was for you, Mara). How did they give Medlen a hit in the 6th? Some serious home town scoring there.
Bub – I’d almost bet a bunch of money that Medlen goes back to the pen. KK was not very good coming out of the bullpen last year and has pitched quite well his last 3 starts. AND, we need a long relief guy out there. There’s a hole in the bullpen right now – the team’s just been lucky it’s not been exposed.
Ok…I’ll have to send them one at a time and let’s get a head count first. Steve, Anne, BP Frank, and, of course, Cledus…does anybody care if Bub posts pics of you to some groovy tunes? Actually, I have 3 pics total so it will be more like groovy measure.
DOB tweeted “For those wondering, Braves haven’t had a winning streak longer than eight since their 15-gamer back in 2000.” That’s pretty cool…if it can happen cause ya know this game is not over. There are 1.5 innings left to play.
Very tired Bub despite coffee. Swimming with 6 kids 3 of which can’t swim for 5 hours also not for the weary. Ok…Meds had a good night. Now it’s time to let the other guys have some fun. Bobby, it’s TIME to let the bullpen take over. BOBBY!
I agree, Mara, Rays are playing like poo-poo lately. I like watching the Rays but the Braves are way ahead as my numero uno. I wish we got all the Braves games in TB. Alas, I have to wait for them to play a Florida team to watch.
19 of 23 is unbelievable. Had no idea it was that good, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with all the series wins and sweeps. I’m liking my original prediction for the week: 7-0. KK will get his first win tomorrow, and then we got H&H over the weekend. Bring It Bravos!
Oh, the drama last night! What a terrific win. So much to feel good about. Moylan, not so much – but a really gutty win. I love that this team is winning them in all kinds of ways. It’s only building more and more confidence. And doing it without Chipper, without Mac hitting. Again, only builds more confidence. 10pm cannot come quickly enough.
10 pm cannot come quickly enough for me either. Are we worried about Moylan? He seems to struggle for a bit and then be lights out again…right? Or is that wishful thinking? Our bullpen is stretched pretty thin without Saito being hurt.
Anne? Cledus? I’ll assume Steve’s “ok” goes for himself and BP Frank…they might as well be family.
Wow, that is crazy on Bay and Glaus. I had no idea Bay is getting that much. The Mets should really clean house in their front office. How does Omar Minaya still have a job? There are some bad salaries on that team. 136 M payroll and they’ll probably finish behind the Marlins. The West Coast starting times are killing me.
Maybe we do need our bulldog back in the pen. Did you guys see in DOB’s postgame quotes that Meds said he likes coming out of the pen better. That kind of surprised me, but he’s a gamer and wants to play everyday and help the team. Wren really doesn’t have to do too much in free agency with all these great baseball players the organization is drafting and developing. Troy Glaus is turning out to be a fantastic bargain bin signing.
Curt. Great link. You know, while it’s certainly sexier to write about Heyward, that opening paragraph could have just as easily been written about Prado and what he and the team have done since he moved to the 1 hole on May 15.
Maybe the NL should just let Ubaldo pitch the All-Star game so the Braves have home field advantage in the World Series. Anyone got a lineup for tonight? My guess is the same one we saw last night, but maybe Chipper Dorn will play today. Hats for bats, keep bats warm.
I am so sick of McOut not even attempting to throw out runners at home. This guy doesn’t know how to play. He bunts with men on with the pitcher hitting behind him. At least make the effort, or let Heyward throw it if you don’t want to.
Good chance to take the series with Hanson and Hudson. I really hope McOut doesn’t get to start tomorrow. He is absolutely pathetic. How many has he LOB in the past couple weeks- not that it has mattered until tonight. Seriously though, the guy, as Bub pointed out, is hitting .175 and it’s June. I really don’t think his defense is good enough for him to be playing with that average. He needs time to in the minors to figure out how to hit. Frenchy was a much better defensive outfielder, and he got sent down. Other than that the team is playing really really really well. Glad to see Escobar get that big hit. Tough break for KK and EOF. Even Chavez had a good outing. You can’t win ‘em all. ‘Night everybody. USA vs Australia live from South Africa @ 8:30 AM tomorrow. Got the DVR ready to go because I will not be getting up that early.
P.S. I love the CWS. Some of these matchups are really amazing. For example, in one regional you have Bethune-Cookman, with an enrollment of about 2,850, against the University of Florida, with an enrollment of about 51,000. What a game.
Back in the ATL. Finally….. Long trip home. It began at 9:15 and just ended 30 min or so ago. The wife apparently can’t really read the printed out directions in reverse so we added an hour or so to the trip as we went all the way down to Charleston. It was of course my fault. Then she wanted Wendy’s and we went to the busiest and/or slowest Wendy’s on the planet. So that took another hour. Yikes. But we are all back in one piece and had a great time, so that’s the most important part.
I missed most of the game last night packing and sleeping to endure the ride. The streak had to end sometime. It starts anew tonight.
Welcome home Curt! Everyone must read DOB’s latest blog entry! Mandatory!
“I don’t care who’s the best second baseman in the National League,” he said. “I don’t care about that. The only thing I care is if I’ve got the respect of all my teammates, all the people who see me play every day. That’s my All-Star Game.”
Just read it, Mara. It is definitely a great blog on a great player. The picture of McOut looking up at the sky while the ball bounces behind him pretty much sums up his entire Braves career to date. DOB does some great work. I never enjoy reading the dumb and sometimes racist remarks made by those who are on the ajc blog, though. That’s why I never respond on anything and usually don’t read past what DOB has typed. I don’t know why I made the mistake today.
Nice video Bub. What a happy bunch of Braves fans. Looks like fun was had by all in spite of weather. The picture of Wagner’s arm when he’s throwing is pretty cool. I liked the random glamour shot of Hamels being very elegant with his wife.
Girls of the ABT Comments section unite!! I’m staying up to watch the whole freaking game tonight…having nothing to do with meeting the boyfriend’s parents tomorrow morning. Some methodist-type church (beware lightning) followed by lunch. Heaven help me. I bought a whole new outfit today. I hope I pass. In ON-topic news: Go Braves!!
Oh my..new outfit and everything. Does it include stilettos? I hear Methodists love their women in stilettos and low necklines. I never asked how long it took you guys to walk the three miles back to your cars. Hope it was uneventful. Did BP Frank have to carry Steve? Yeah…I knew that would happen.
My Grandfather always said when a woman was feeling “discontent” at home she would either go out and have an affair or buy a pair of red shoes. He was always happy to see my Grandmother come home with red shoes. Don’t fret. You’re delightful and I’m sure they will love you.
Officially concerned that Tommy is regressing a bit. I half expected a rough outing from him today. It just seems like he labors every game. And also back to wondering if he tips his pitches. It’s remarkable how hittable he’s been even when his full arsenal is catching 4 different spots in the zone.
He has a tell on what he’s gonna throw. Either they can see the grip change, or he has a repetitive physical gesture in his delivery for each pitch that tells the batter what pitch he’s gonna throw. It could be anything no matter how small. For example, tilting your head slightly when you’re gonna throw a curve or slider. Not tilting it when throw the fastball. It’s kind of hard for me to explain. It’s like a tell in a poker game. If a guy’s got a good hand he always acts a certain way or has a gesture. When he’s bluffing he’ll smirk or wipe his brow.
Mara, it’s the same as tipping your hand in poker. Sometimes pitchers develop little involuntary mannerisms they do just before a certain pitch, or certain pitches, during the early delivery or even just before the wind, and if a team’s scouts can find it in the video room, they can exploit it.
A pitcher on my high school rival would raise his glove to different levels in his delivery depending on whether he would throw a fastball or a curve, and we would crush him every time. It’s an unbelievable advantage for a hitter.
I’m getting a little tired of F*** being the go-to word for baseball players getting mad. I mean, every time? That word? Think of the kiddies. It’s not like they save it up for the absolute worst. It’s nightly.
Kids in bed. Now back to business. Thanks for the splaining and Anne, thanks for answering my Dodger Stadium question. Just saw a funny tweet…McLueless. And yes Bub, you are old but we’ve already covered this.
Almost as good as Jim Powell saying McOut looks like he’s swinging in the dark and commenting that Hinske at least attempted to throw home in the 3rd on Ethier’s sac fly. I’m gathering that Jim Powell isn’t a big McOut fan. In the past Jim’s been equally as puzzled as I’ve been about McOut bunting with men on or RISP with the pitcher behind him. I much prefer Jim Powell to Chip.
Joe Simpson was letting McLouth have it last night or night before when he didn’t throw home. Must have been last night. It was when Furcal scored. Simpson was wondering aloud why if McLouth had no intention of throwing home why he wouldn’t yield to Heyward to let him cut one loose. What did they have to lose making the throw with no one else on base? And the strange thing was that McLouth circled the pop up like he was positioning himself to throw and then didn’t.
Curt, I loved that article. Really really funny. Some great stuff from Mark and the fans in that article. I definitely remember how bad his April was. It was BAD. I was having Ken Caminiti flashbacks during Glaus’s April. Now, not so much.
Timmy Kurkjian called ol’ Chipper the best number 1 pick of all time while Sports Center was indulging in some ATL love. Suck it Strasburg. Prado, Glaus, and THE BENCH were all mentioned as heavy contributors along with you know who: Jason “The Manbeast” Heyward. Thanks Curt. About 2 hrs 30 min to go.
The segment on Chipper’s signing was pretty cool. Apparently the whole thing took all of 12 hours with no agents involved. Did I mention I hate Scott Boras. BTW, Tex went 0-6 with 5 Ks yesterday, so I don’t think Jason should feel to bad about Friday’s game. He makes a lot less than Big Foot.
I agree, Bub. Sweeping Philly was huge for our divisional record and for the team’s confidence, but the Dodgers are as hot as the Braves right now. Both teams are really about the same right now. I would give the edge to the Braves only because of depth and pitching. If JJ comes back and pitches like the previous 2 years, then WOW! I am so excited about our team.
I’m on radio, can’t say how Ely looks. But Infante’s hit could have been ruled an error and Prado’s was an infield hit. So we’re not hitting him that hard, except Esco’s out.
I did some scouting on Ely last night and he doesn’t seem like a pitcher who will end the year as well as he’s started it. But who knows. Lots of wins against poor teams, and his original scouting reports from the minors were #5 starter.
Then again, his AA numbers were really great.
Huddy gets a strike out and then Loaf to slow roll for out 3. Some confusion on the field as the umpire lost track of the outs in the inning.
2 innings over. Zero to Zero. Top of the order coming up.
I’m with you Bub. It’s like Bobby just threw in the towel. Wags didn’t pitch the entire series. Venters hitting for himself and pitching another inning would have been better than McOut pinch hitting and Chavez pitching. Just really really questionable managing all day.
I like that Sutton called the no-name who just got the game winning hit a career minor leaguer before he got the game winning hit. I don’t know if it was because of karma or the fact that Chavez threw him the most hittable change up in baseball after he’d blown fastballs right by him.
Good week, though. Steve called 5-2, so he has been right the past 3 weeks. For the record, I corrected my 7-0 original post with a 5-2 prediction. I hope you guys keep a record on the show of who’s been right. Since I’ve been listening Steve is crushing Curt and Hammy.
Nicely done Will. Before this week we weren’t in first. Now we have a 2 game lead and we get to play the D’Bags for 4 games. Escobar had a decent week too. We can’t forget about Troy Glaus going yard 3 times, almost 4, including 2 big ones against the Sillies.
We should’ve won today after being up 4-1 with Hudson pitching, but a 4-game split against the Dodgers isn’t the worst thing in the world. Plus, we finished the week with a 5-2 record, which is exactly what Steve called for! Nice call, Steve.